Daily Archives: July 24, 2018

July 24: Slaves to God, Equipped for Righteousness

2 Samuel 13:1–39; 2 Peter 1:9–15; Psalm 140:1–13

I used to think that I was powerless when it came to sin. Christ had saved me from my sinful state, but I was still wretched and helpless. Even though I knew I was no longer a slave to sin, I didn’t always think about what freedom in Christ really looks like.

Peter’s letter sheds light on this. After listing both virtues and vices, he encourages early Christians to examine their lives and pursue the virtues that characterize faith: “For if these things are yours and are increasing, this does not make you useless or unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the one for whom these things are not present is blind, being nearsighted, having forgotten the cleansing of his former sins” (2 Pet 1:8–9).

Peter shows us that Christ’s sacrifice doesn’t leave us helpless. We are not left alone to flounder until He returns. Earlier in his letter, Peter states that “[Christ’s] divine power has bestowed on us all things that are necessary for life and godliness, through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence of character” (2 Pet 1:2–3).

We’re not slaves to sin. Our lives are not stagnant. We’re equipped and enabled to live a life pleasing to God. This isn’t pride in ourselves or vanity in our own abilities; it’s the opposite. It’s proof of God’s work in our lives that enables us to live and love as we should. As we grow in faith, praying for the work of the Spirit in our lives, we will look back and see how our lives are becoming more fully devoted to Him—all for His glory.

In what areas of your life do you feel weighed down by your sin? How can you pray to God for help in this area of your life?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

July 24 Inheriting Heaven or Hell

“[God] caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

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Everyone receives an eternal inheritance—either Heaven or Hell.

We have seen several aspects of the believer’s inheritance, and we will see more in future days. But realize that unbelievers also will receive an inheritance, for Jesus will say to them, “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. … And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:41, 46).

Only Christians have eternal life and a royal inheritance. When you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you became a new creation in Christ, and your life began to center on Him rather than yourself. The Holy Spirit indwelt you and began to transform your attitudes and actions. That’s the new birth! It’s like starting all over again, only this time you’re pursuing God’s glory rather than worldly pleasures or goals.

Also, when you were saved you became an heir of God and a fellow-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). So the new birth was the means of your salvation and your eternal inheritance.

Having said that, I must admonish you, just as Paul admonished the Corinthians, to “test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5). You will want to avoid ever being deluded about your relationship with Christ. When you trust in the living Lord, you have a living hope and a glorious eternal inheritance. Anything less results in an inheritance of eternal damnation.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies” (John 11:25). Be sure your faith is firmly fixed on Him.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Pray for family and friends who don’t know Christ. Ask the Lord to redeem them, so He will be glorified and they will become joint-heirs with Christ.

For Further Study: What do the following verses teach about the new birth? John 1:12–13; 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 218). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

President Trump Confronts Multinational Big-AG, Proposes Bridge Subsidy To Break Up Controlled Markets and Exploitative Contract Farming… — The Last Refuge

There’s a lot of news this week reflecting a great deal of oppositional alignment against the presidency of Donald Trump. CTH can get down in the weeds of each specific issue to discuss the motives and intents (we will, and do), but the big picture MUST remain at the forefront of understanding. If we lose track of the big picture, the weeds are overwhelming.

…“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”

~ Niccolò Machiavelli

♦POTUS Trump is disrupting the global order of things in order to protect and preserve the shrinking interests of the U.S. He is fighting, almost single-handed, at the threshold of the abyss. Our interests, our position, is zero-sum. Our opposition seeks to repel and retain the status-quo. They were on the cusp of full economic victory over the U.S.

(Reuters Article Link)

Summary of Action: President Trump structuring a plan to break up multinational BIG-AG, and their “controlled markets.”  STOP  In the interim, to return to supply-side principles, POTUS Trump proposes a bridge-subsidy approach to wean farmers off exploitative, globalist, multinational “contract farming”.  STOP  In this endeavor President Trump and Mexican President Lopez Obrador will be brothers-in-arms.  FULLSTOP

President Trump is disrupting decades of multinational financial interests who use the U.S. as a host for their ideological endeavors. President Trump is confronting multinational corporations and the global constructs of economic systems that were put in place to the detriment of the host (USA) ie. YOU; or in this example the U.S. farmer. There are trillions at stake; it is all about the economics; all else is chaff and countermeasures.

Familiar faces, perhaps faces you previously thought were decent, are now revealing their alignment with larger entities that are our abusers. In an effort to awaken the victim to the cycle of self-destructive codependent behavior, allow me to cue a recent audio visual example from U.S. Senator John Thune. WATCH:

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What South Dakota Senator John Thune is showcasing here is his full alignment with big multinational corporate agriculture (BIG AG). Big AG is not supporting local farmers. Big AG does not support “free and fair markets.” Big AG supports the interests of multinational corporations and multinational financial interests.

For those interests the U.S. is the host; from our perspective they are the parasite.

It is critical to think of BIG AG in the same way we already are familiar with multinational manufacturing of durable goods.

We are already familiar how China, Mexico and ASEAN nations export our raw materials (ore, coking coal, rare earth minerals etc.). The raw materials are used to manufacture goods overseas, the cheap durable goods are then shipped back into the U.S. for purchase.

It is within this decades-long process where we lost the manufacturing base, and the multinational economic planners (World Trade Organization) put us on a path to being a “service driven” economy.

The road to a “service-driven economy” is paved with a great disparity between financial classes. The wealth gap is directly related to the inability of the middle-class to thrive.

Elite financial interests, including those within Washington DC, gain wealth and power, the U.S. workforce is reduced to servitude, “service”, of their affluent needs.

The destruction of the U.S. industrial and manufacturing base is EXACTLY WHY the wealth gap has exploded in the past 30 years.

With that familiarity, did you think the multinationals would stop with only “DURABLE GOODS”?

They don’t.

They didn’t.

The exact same exfiltration and exploitation has been happening, with increased speed, over the past 15-20 years with “CONSUMABLE GOODS“, ie food.

Raw material foodstuff is exported to China, ASEAN nations and Mexico, processed and shipped back into the U.S. as a finished product.

Recent example: Salmonella Ritz Bits (whey); Nabisco shuts New Jersey manufacturing plant, moves food production to Mexico… the result: Salmonella crackers.  This is the same design-flow with food as previously exploited by other economic sectors, including auto manufacturing.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Monsanto, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Bunge, Potash Corp, Cargill or Wilmar, stay out of the public eye by design.  Most megafood conglomerates have roots going back a century or more, but ever-increasing consolidation means that their current corporate owners may have been established only a few years ago.  Welcome to the complex world of Big Ag:

Start with the so-called Big Six [PDF]. Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Bayer, and BASF produce roughly three-quarters of the pesticides used in the world. The first five also sell more than half the name-brand seeds that farmers plant, including varieties modified for resistance to the very pesticides they also sell. Meanwhile, if farmers want fertilizer, a list of 10 other companies, starting with PotashCorp, account for about two-thirds of the world market.

Once the plowing, planting, nurturing, and harvesting are done, around 80 percent of major crops pass through the hands of four traders: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus. These companies aren’t just financiers, of course—Cargill, for example, produces animal feed and many other products, and it supplies more than a fifth of all meat sold in the United States.

And if you ever had any ideas about going vegetarian to avoid the conglomerates, forget about it: ADM processes about a third of all soybeans in the United States and a sixth of those grown around the globe. It also brews more than 5.6 billion liters of ethanol for gasoline and pours more than 2 million metric tons of high-fructose corn syrup every year. And it produces a sixth of the world’s chocolate.  {Continue – and go Deep}

Multinational corporations, BIG AG, are now invested in controlling the outputs of U.S. agricultural industry and farmers. This process is why food prices have risen exponentially in the past decade.

The free market is not determining price; there is no “supply and demand” influence within this modern agricultural dynamic. Food commodities are now a controlled market just like durable goods. The raw material (harvests writ large) are exploited by the financial interests of massive multinational corporations.  This is “contract farming”.

Again, if we were to pull out of NAFTA our food bill would drop 25% (or more) within the first year. Further, if U.S. supply and demand were part of the domestic market price for food, we would see the prices of aggregate food products drop by half almost immediately. Some perishable food products would predictably drop so dramatically in price it is unfathomable how far the prices would fall.

Behind this dynamic we find the international corporate and financial interests who are inherently at risk from President Trump’s “America-First” economic and trade platform. Believe it or not, President Trump is up against an entire world economic establishment.

When we understand how trade works in the modern era we understand why the agents within the system are so adamantly opposed to U.S. President Trump.

♦The biggest lie in modern economics, willingly spread and maintained by corporate media, is that a system of global markets still exists.

It doesn’t.

Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations. Institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Bank control trillions of dollars in economic activity. Underneath that economic activity there are people who hold the reigns of power over the outcomes. These individuals and groups are the stakeholders in direct opposition to principles of America-First national economics.

The modern financial constructs of these entities have been established over the course of the past three decades. When you understand how they manipulate the economic system of individual nations you begin to understand understand why they are so fundamentally opposed to President Trump.

In the Western World, separate from communist control perspectives (ie. China), “Global markets” are a modern myth; nothing more than a talking point meant to keep people satiated with sound bites they might find familiar. Global markets have been destroyed over the past three decades by multinational corporations who control the products formerly contained within global markets.

The same is true for “Commodities Markets”. The multinational trade and economic system, run by corporations and multinational banks, now controls the product outputs of independent nations. The free market economic system has been usurped by entities who create what is best described as ‘controlled markets’.

U.S. President Trump smartly understands what has taken place. Additionally he uses economic leverage as part of a broader national security policy; and to understand who opposes President Trump specifically because of the economic leverage he creates, it becomes important to understand the objectives of the global and financial elite who run and operate the institutions. The Big Club.

Understanding how trillions of trade dollars influence geopolitical policy we begin to understand the three-decade global financial construct they seek to protect.

That is, global financial exploitation of national markets.

FOUR BASIC ELEMENTS:

♦Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national outputs (harvests an raw materials), and ancillary industries, of developed industrial western nations. {example}

♦The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks. (*note* in China it is the communist government underwriting the purchase)

♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

♦With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

Against the backdrop of President Trump confronting China; and against the backdrop of NAFTA being renegotiated, likely to exit; and against the necessary need to support the key U.S. steel industry; revisiting the economic influences within the modern import/export dynamic will help conceptualize the issues at the heart of the matter.

There are a myriad of interests within each trade sector that make specific explanation very challenging; however, here’s the basic outline.

For three decades economic “globalism” has advanced, quickly. Everyone accepts this statement, yet few actually stop to ask who and what are behind this – and why?

Influential people with vested financial interests in the process have sold a narrative that global manufacturing, global sourcing, and global production was the inherent way of the future. The same voices claimed the American economy was consigned to become a “service-driven economy.”

What was always missed in these discussions is that advocates selling this global-economy message have a vested financial and ideological interest in convincing the information consumer it is all just a natural outcome of economic progress.

It’s not.

It’s not natural at all. It is a process that is entirely controlled, promoted and utilized by large conglomerates, lobbyists, purchased politicians and massive financial corporations.

Again, I’ll try to retain the larger altitude perspective without falling into the traps of the esoteric weeds. I freely admit this is tough to explain and I may not be successful.

Bulletpoint #1: ♦ Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.

This is perhaps the most challenging to understand. In essence, thanks specifically to the way the World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995, national companies expanded their influence into multiple nations, across a myriad of industries and economic sectors (energy, agriculture, raw earth minerals, etc.). This is the basic underpinning of national companies becoming multinational corporations.

Think of these multinational corporations as global entities now powerful enough to reach into multiple nations -simultaneously- and purchase controlling interests in a single economic commodity.

A historic reference point might be the original multinational enterprise, energy via oil production. (Exxon, Mobil, BP, etc.)

However, in the modern global world, it’s not just oil; the resource and product procurement extends to virtually every possible commodity and industry. From the very visible (wheat/corn) to the obscure (small minerals, and even flowers).

Bulletpoint #2 ♦ The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

During the past several decades national companies merged. The largest lemon producer company in Brazil, merges with the largest lemon company in Mexico, merges with the largest lemon company in Argentina, merges with the largest lemon company in the U.S., etc. etc. National companies, formerly of one nation, become “continental” companies with control over an entire continent of nations.

…. or it could be over several continents or even the entire world market of Lemon/Widget production. These are now multinational corporations. They hold interests in specific segments (this example lemons) across a broad variety of individual nations.

National laws on Monopoly building are not the same in all nations. Most are not as structured as the U.S.A or other more developed nations (with more laws). During the acquisition phase, when encountering a highly developed nation with monopoly laws, the process of an umbrella corporation might be needed to purchase the targeted interests within a specific nation. The example of Monsanto applies here.

Bulletpoint #3 ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

With control of the majority of actual lemons the multinational corporation now holds a different set of financial values than a local farmer or national market. This is why commodities exchanges are essentially dead. In the aggregate the mercantile exchange is no longer a free or supply-based market; it is now a controlled market exploited by mega-sized multinational corporations.

Instead of the traditional ‘supply/demand’ equation determining prices, the corporations look to see what nations can afford what prices. The supply of the controlled product is then distributed to the country according to their ability to afford the price. This is essentially the bastardized and politicized function of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This is also how the corporations controlling WTO policy maximize profits.

Back to the lemons. A corporation might hold the rights to the majority of the lemon production in Brazil, Argentina and California/Florida. The price the U.S. consumer pays for the lemons is directed by the amount of inventory (distribution) the controlling corporation allows in the U.S.

If the U.S. lemon harvest is abundant, the controlling interests will export the product to keep the U.S. consumer spending at peak or optimal price. A U.S. customer might pay $2 for a lemon, a Mexican customer might pay .50¢, and a Canadian $1.25.

The bottom line issue is the national supply (in this example ‘harvest/yield’) is not driving the national price because the supply is now controlled by massive multinational corporations.

The mistake people often make is calling this a “global commodity” process. In the modern era this “global commodity” phrase is particularly nonsense.

A true global commodity is a process of individual nations harvesting/creating a similar product and bringing that product to a global market. Individual nations each independently engaged in creating a similar product.

Under modern globalism this process no longer takes place. It’s a complete fraud. Massive multinational corporations control the majority of production inside each nation and therefore control the global product market and price. It is a controlled system.

EXAMPLE: Part of the lobbying in the food industry is to advocate for the expansion of U.S. taxpayer benefits to underwrite the costs of the domestic food products they control. By lobbying DC these multinational corporations get congress and policy-makers to expand the basis of who can use EBT and SNAP benefits (state reimbursement rates).

Expanding the federal subsidy for food purchases is part of the corporate profit dynamic.

With increased taxpayer subsidies, the food price controllers can charge more domestically and export more of the product internationally. Taxes, via subsidies, go into their profit margins. The corporations then use a portion of those enhanced profits in contributions to the politicians. It’s a circle of money.

In highly developed nations this multinational corporate process requires the corporation to purchase the domestic political process (as above) with individual nations allowing the exploitation in varying degrees. As such, the corporate lobbyists pay hundreds of millions to politicians for changes in policies and regulations; one sector, one product, or one industry at a time. These are specialized lobbyists.

EXAMPLE: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

CFIUS is an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) (section 721) and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 800.

The CFIUS process has been the subject of significant reforms over the past several years. These include numerous improvements in internal CFIUS procedures, enactment of FINSA in July 2007, amendment of Executive Order 11858 in January 2008, revision of the CFIUS regulations in November 2008, and publication of guidance on CFIUS’s national security considerations in December 2008 (more)

Bulletpoint #4With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

The process of charging the U.S. consumer more for a product, that under normal national market conditions would cost less, is a process called exfiltration of wealth. This is the basic premise, the cornerstone, behind the catch-phrase ‘globalism’.

It is never discussed.

To control the market price some contracted product may even be secured and shipped with the intent to allow it to sit idle (or rot). It’s all about controlling the price and maximizing the profit equation. To gain the same $1 profit a widget multinational might have to sell 20 widgets in El-Salvador (.25¢ each), or two widgets in the U.S. ($2.50/each).

Think of the process like the historic reference of OPEC (Oil Producing Economic Countries). Only in the modern era massive corporations are playing the role of OPEC and it’s not oil being controlled, thanks to the WTO it’s almost everything.

Again, this is highlighted in the example of taxpayers subsidizing the food sector (EBT, SNAP etc.), the corporations can charge U.S. consumers more. Ex. more beef is exported, red meat prices remain high at the grocery store, but subsidized U.S. consumers can better afford the high prices.

Of course, if you are not receiving food payment assistance (middle-class) you can’t eat the steaks because you can’t afford them. (Not accidentally, it’s the same scheme in the ObamaCare healthcare system)

Agriculturally, multinational corporate Monsanto says: ‘all your harvests are belong to us‘. Contract with us, or you lose because we can control the market price of your end product. Downside is that once you sign that contract, you agree to terms that are entirely created by the financial interests of the larger corporation; not your farm.

The multinational agriculture lobby is massive. We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.

Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor. Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies. (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).

This corrupt economic manipulation/exploitation applies over multiple sectors, and even in the sub-sector of an industry like steel. China/India purchases the raw material, coking coal, then sells the finished good (rolled steel) back to the global market at a discount. Or it could be rubber, or concrete, or plastic, or frozen chicken parts etc.

The ‘America First’ Trump-Trade Doctrine upsets the entire construct of this multinational export/control dynamic. Team Trump focus exclusively on bilateral trade deals, with specific trade agreements targeted toward individual nations (not national corporations).

‘America-First’ is also specific policy at a granular product level looking out for the national interests of the United States, U.S. workers, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers.

Under President Trump’s Trade positions, balanced and fair trade with strong regulatory control over national assets, exfiltration of U.S. national wealth is essentially stopped.

This puts many current multinational corporations, globalists who previously took a stake-hold in the U.S. economy with intention to export the wealth, in a position of holding contracted interest of an asset they can no longer exploit.

Perhaps now we understand better how massive multi-billion multinational corporations and institutions are aligned against President Trump.

WATCH:

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RELATED:

♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

♦Treasury Secretary Mnuchin begins creating a Parallel Banking System – HERE

♦How Trump Economic Policy is Interacting With The Stock Market – HERE

♦How Multinationals have Exported U.S. Wealth – HERE

via President Trump Confronts Multinational Big-AG, Proposes Bridge Subsidy To Break Up Controlled Markets and Exploitative Contract Farming… — The Last Refuge

JULY 24 TWO-WAY TRAFFIC

Straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mark 9:24

In the uncertainty of our times, the traffic between faith and unbelief is tragically heavy, as the Scriptures declared it would be. But we may encourage our hearts with the knowledge that the traffic does not always move in the direction of unbelief—sometimes it moves the other way!

Every now and then the cheering news comes of some “liberal” who gets sick to his stomach of the mixture of applied psychology and cheap poetry, and comes home like the prodigal to the Father’s house. It is true that the movement from orthodoxy to liberalism is usually slow; almost too slow to be perceived. I have never heard of a single instance where any person accepted modernism as a result of a spiritual experience.

But the movement back to faith is likely to be sudden, often explosive. A man or woman is converted to Christ by a sudden encounter with God and spiritual things!

The simple fact that the believer always experiences something and the unbeliever never does should tell us a great deal. Only the true Christian is sure the sun has risen!

Lord, there are many people in this community and around the world who are standing at the crossroads of life, not knowing which way to turn. Will You steer them in the right direction today?[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Why the Prosperity Gospel is so poisonous — Christian Research Network

“We don’t worship God to get his good gifts.  We worship God because God is infinitely worthy of our worship, whatever gifts he gives or doesn’t give us.”

(Kate Bowler)  I’m sure you’ve heard the following:

“You are a King’s Kid as a Christian, you are royalty!  You shouldn’t settle for second best!”

 “God favour should overflow into your life as you walk in God’s anointing and enjoy health and financial prosperity!”

 “God hates poverty and illness, you should claim your victory!”

 “If you’re not walking in full victory of sin, illness and financial difficulty, you either lack faith or have unconfessed sin. Jesus came to give us abundant life!”

This is the Prosperity Gospel.

The Prosperity Gospel (PG) is called so because it teaches that God desires all his people to be prosperous.  Physically prosperous.  Healthy and wealthy.

To put it simply, the PG is the belief that God grants health and wealth to those with the right kind of faith.

The PG movement (according to Kate Bowler1, an assistant professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke University) has its roots in the late 1800’s in American tradition of New Thought.  That is, that positive thoughts yield positive circumstances; and negative thoughts, negative circumstances.

The American New Thought movement took a Christian slant with a Pastor named EW Kenyon, who ministered in the US in the early 1900’s.

Christians, Kenyon said, should avoid words and ideas that create sickness and poverty; they should instead “speak life”.

Christians should repeat to themselves, “God is in me. God’s strength is mine. God’s health is mine. I am a winner. I am a conqueror.” View article →

Research:

Word of Faith – Prosperity Gospel

via Why the Prosperity Gospel is so poisonous — Christian Research Network

Pat Buchanan: Is Putin’s Russia Really “An Evil Empire”?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce,” a saying attributed to Karl Marx, comes to mind in this time of Trump.

To those of us raised in the Truman era, when the Red Army was imposing its bloody Bolshevik rule on half of Europe, and NATO was needed to keep Stalin’s armies from the Channel, the threat seemed infinitely more serious. And so it was.

There were real traitors in that time.

Alger Hiss, a top State Department aide, at FDR’s side at Yalta, was exposed as a Stalinist spy by Congressman Richard Nixon. Harry Dexter White, No. 2 at Treasury, Laurence Duggan at State, and White House aide Lauchlin Currie were all exposed as spies. Then there was the Rosenberg spy ring that gave Stalin the secrets of the atom bomb.

Who do we have today to match Hiss and the Rosenbergs?

A 29-year-old redheaded Russian Annie Oakley named Maria Butina, accused of infiltrating the National Rifle Association and the National Prayer Breakfast.

Is Putin’s Russia really a reincarnation of Stalin’s Soviet Union? Is Russia a threat of similar magnitude?

Russia is “our No. 1 geopolitical foe,” thundered Mitt Romney in 2012, now cited as a sage by liberals who used to castigate Republicans for any skepticism of detente during the Cold War.

Perhaps it is time to contrast the USSR of Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev with the Russia of Vladimir Putin.

By the beginning of Reagan’s tenure in 1981, 400,000 Red Army troops were in Central Europe, occupying the eastern bank of the Elbe.

West Berlin was surrounded by Russian troops. East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria were all ruled by Moscow’s puppets. All belonged to a Warsaw Pact created to fight NATO. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine were inside the USSR.

By the end of the Jimmy Carter era, Moscow had driven into Ethiopia, Mozambique and Angola in Africa, Cuba in the Caribbean, and Nicaragua in Central America, in the greatest challenge ever to the Monroe Doctrine.

The Soviets had invaded and occupied Afghanistan. The Soviet navy, built up over 25 years by Adm. Sergey Gorshkov, was a global rival of a U.S. Navy that had sunk to 300 ships.

And today? The Soviet Empire is history. The Soviet Union is history, having splintered into 15 nations. Russia is smaller than it was in the 19th century. Russia is gone from Cuba, Grenada, Central America, Ethiopia, Angola and Mozambique.

The Warsaw Pact is history. The Red Army is gone from Eastern Europe. The former Warsaw Pact nations of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria all belong to NATO, as do the former Soviet “republics” of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

When the flagship of Russia’s navy, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, sailed from Murmansk to Syria, it had to pass through the North Sea, the Channel, the east Atlantic, the Straits of Gibraltar, and then sail the length of the Med to anchor off Latakia.

Coming and going, the Kuznetsov was within range of anti-ship missiles, aircraft, submarines and surface ships of 20 NATO nations, among them Norway, Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal, and many U.S. bases and warships.

Entering the Med, the Kuznetsov had to travel, without a naval base to refuel, within range of the missiles, planes and ships of Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Along the banks of the Adriatic and Aegean there are only NATO nations, except for Kosovo, which is home to the largest U.S. base in the Balkans, Camp Bondsteel.

To sail from St. Petersburg through the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic, Russian warships must pass within range of 11 NATO nations — the three Baltic republics, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Britain and France.

The Black Sea’s western and southern shores are now controlled entirely by NATO: Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey. Russia’s lone land passage to its naval base in Crimea is a narrow bridge from the Kerch Peninsula.

With the breakup of the USSR, Russia has been reduced to two-thirds of the territory and half the population of the Soviet Union.

Its former republics and now neighbors Georgia and Ukraine are hostile. Its space launches are now done from a foreign land, Kazakhstan. Its economy has shrunk to the size of Italy’s.

It has one-tenth the population and one-fifth the economy of its looming neighbor, China, and, except for territory, is even more dwarfed by the United States with a GDP of $20 trillion, and troops, bases and allies all over the world.

Most critically, Russia’s regime is no longer Communist. The ideology that drove its imperialism is dead. There are parties, demonstrations and dissidents in Russia, and an Orthodox faith that is alive and promoted by Putin.

Where, today, is there a vital U.S. interest imperiled by Putin?

Better to jaw-jaw, than war-war, said Churchill. He was right, as is President Trump to keep talking to Putin – right through the Russophobia rampant in this city.

Source: Pat Buchanan: Is Putin’s Russia Really “An Evil Empire”?

The Troubling Terms of the Social Justice Movement

The following terms come from those who consider themselves “Social Justice Warriors.” This is a dangerous movement, brethren, as you’re about to see. The Church prefers the term Social Justice Christian (SJC). If you’re unfamiliar with this movement, you won’t be for long because what really is liberalism, i.e. progressivism, all tied up with a […]

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Supergirl TV Show To Introduce First Transgender Superhero — Christian Research Network

“The LGBT identity movement is pushing full steam ahead to receive not only tolerance, but celebration from every segment of culture, teaching the false idea that one’s identity is found in sexuality and gender. With homosexuality, bi-sexuality and now transsexuality being normalized in every day media, what will be the next push for inclusion?” 

(Movieguide) It was announced at Comic-Con this past weekend that the CW is further pushing the LGBT agenda by introducing the first trans superhero in the TV series SUPERGIRL. The show, which originated on CBS moved to CW to join the other DC entities ARROW, THE FLASH and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. …

Ever since it moved to the smaller network, the storytelling took a far-left turn, incorporating a “coming out” episode arc for one of the lead characters. Even though the show is continually dropping in ratings, and many Movieguide® readers have informed us they’ve stopped watching the program due to the politically correct and sexually immoral messages, the series is adding a trans superhero to the mix. 

Nicole Maines, who is a male by birth will play the trans character of Nia Nal aka Dreamer in the fourth season of SUPERGIRL. Maines in an interview expressed excitement to take on the role, stating, “I think we’re in a time right now where more than ever representation in the media matters, and what we see on television has a very dramatic effect on our society.” This is on the heels of FX renewing the drag/trans TV drama POSE for a second season. View article →

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He Knew All Your Sins (Goodwin)

The Reformed Reader

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 5 The saving work of our mediator, Christ Jesus, is something deep, wide, rich, and beautiful in ways that are beyond our fallen and finite minds.  It isn’t an exaggeration to say that in Christ we find absolutely everything we need for salvation and for our Christian life.  Everything!

In his book Christ the Mediator Thomas Goodwin (d. 1680) explored many of the benefits we have in Christ.  There are too many to list here for sure!  One part of this book that I appreciate is the section where Goodwin talked about the “use” or application of the fact that Christ was made a curse for us, redeeming us who were under the law (cf. Gal. 4:4-5).  He lists quite a few points of application.  The one below was especially comforting to me.  I’ve edited it slightly:

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July 24, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Exaltation of Christ

Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.” Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified. (2:33–36)

Not only did Jesus rise from the dead, but he also was exalted to the place of honor, glory, and power (cf. Phil. 2:9–11) at the right hand of God (cf. Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 5:31; 7:55–56; Rom. 8:34; Col. 3:1; Heb. 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22). From that exalted position, Peter says, Jesus, having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, has poured forth this which you both see and hear. Peter now brings his listeners full circle back to the phenomena of Pentecost. He tells them that what they had just seen resulted from God’s promise to send the Spirit to inaugurate the messianic age (Joel 2:28–29). Now that Christ was risen and glorified, God fulfilled that promise (cf. John 7:39).

Peter then quotes from another Davidic psalm, Psalm 110, to prove from His ascension and exaltation that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Once again, the psalm could not be referring to David, since it was not David who ascended into heaven. In fact, David himself says in that psalm, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.” Placing one’s enemies under one’s feet was a figure of speech denoting their abject submission (cf. Josh. 10:24–25). David was not exalted to God’s right hand, but Jesus was (Acts 1:9–11). The proof of that was the outpouring of the Spirit that the crowd had just witnessed.

Peter has provided overwhelming evidence from Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and exaltation that He is indeed Israel’s long-awaited Messiah. He now draws his sermon to a powerful conclusion with these ringing words: Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified. Asphalōs (for certain) speaks of that which is known beyond a doubt. The same Jesus whom God attested as Messiah through His life, death, resurrection, and exaltation was the same Jesus whom they had crucified. The verdict was in, and they were on the wrong side, guilty of opposing God and rejecting their Messiah. As Peter was later to put it, “He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the very corner stone” (Acts 4:11).[1]


2:32–33 / The prophecy of Psalm 16 had been fulfilled; God had raised this Jesus from the dead (v. 32), as Peter and the others could affirm (lit. “Jesus, of whom we are witnesses”; see note on 4:10). Jesus was therefore shown to be the Messiah. But the story did not end there. Resurrection was followed by ascension. This is the reference of verse 33, though the dative case of the Greek should perhaps be rendered “with the right hand of God” (as neb), not to the right hand, in a possible allusion (Luke’s, not Peter’s) to lxx Psalm 117:16 (118:16), “the right hand of the Lord has exalted me,” the same verb as in this verse. But the point remains that Jesus had been exalted to a place of power and authority, marked by his receiving from the Father the promised Holy Spirit to give to human beings (v. 33). There may be yet another allusion to the Psalms in these words, this time to the version of Psalm 68:18 quoted by Paul (Eph. 4:8): “When he ascended on high, he … gave gifts to men.” For Peter declared that what they now saw and heard was Jesus’ gift poured out on his people (v. 33). Significantly, in the quotation from Joel it was God who would pour out his Spirit (v. 17), but now Jesus acted on God’s behalf. He had become the divine executor.[2]


His exaltation (2:33–36)

Peter now jumps straight from Jesus’ resurrection from the dead to his exaltation to God’s right hand. From this position of supreme honour and absolute power, having received the promised Spirit from the Father, Jesus has poured out the Spirit.

‘Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

‘ “The Lord said to my Lord:

Sit at my right hand

35until I make your enemies

a footstool for your feet.” ’

36‘Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.’

Peter again clinches his argument with an apt Old Testament quotation. As he has applied Psalm 16 to the Messiah’s resurrection, so he now applies Psalm 110 to the Messiah’s ascension. For David did not ascend to heaven (34), any more than he had been preserved from decay by resurrection. Yet he designated as ‘my lord’ him whom Yahweh had instructed to sit at his right hand. Jesus had already applied this verse to himself, as did Paul and the writer to the Hebrews later.50 Peter’s conclusion is that all Israel should now be assured that this Jesus, whom they had repudiated and crucified, God had made both Lord and Christ. Not of course that Jesus became Lord and Christ only at the time of his ascension, for he was (and claimed to be) both throughout his public ministry. It is rather that now God exalted him to be in reality and power what he already was by right.[3]


2:33–36. Peter wanted to proclaim the whole gospel, so he could not stop at the crucifixion and resurrection. In these verses he moves on to the exaltation and the coming of the Holy Spirit, bringing his listeners right up to the moment. Another quote from the Psalms (110:1) surely must have stabbed their collective attention. The humble carpenter of Nazareth was not only the Messiah, but now he lives in heaven and has caused all the Pentecostal commotion which evoked this sermon in the first place. Showing an enormous confidence in his God and his message, Peter used a phrase appearing only here in the New Testament (all Israel) and hammered home his final point: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. In fine homiletical style he returned to his original text (v. 21) and, along with the prophet Joel, extolled the messiahship of his Lord. The one you think dead is your living Lord, Master, and Messiah![4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1994). Acts (Vol. 1, pp. 67–68). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Williams, D. J. (2011). Acts (pp. 52–53). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Stott, J. R. W. (1994). The message of Acts: the Spirit, the church & the world (p. 77). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[4] Gangel, K. O. (1998). Acts (Vol. 5, pp. 29–30). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

July 24, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

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The White House on Monday threatened to strike back at critics of President Donald Trump’s contacts with Russia by revoking the security clearances of six former U.S. officials, drawing accusations that he was abusing his power and aiming to stifle dissent.

U.S. Senate and House negotiators reached agreement on Monday on a $716 billion defense policy bill, which includes provisions on tightening foreign investment scrutiny and telecommunications security in addition to authorizing military funding.

An airport in central Mali was hit by shells, the regional governor said on Tuesday, the latest unrest just days before the country votes for a president.

Voter intimidation, threats of violence and coercion including people forced to attend political rallies are being increasingly reported ahead of Zimbabwe’s elections on July 30, especially in rural areas, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday.

Britain set out on Tuesday how it plans to keep European Union laws during its transition from the bloc after next March, saying elements of the 1972 laws which make Britain a member of the bloc would need to be saved, including a role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The Kremlin said on Tuesday President Vladimir Putin would meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in South Africa on Thursday at a summit of BRICS countries.

Iran will react with equal countermeasures if Washington tries to block its oil exports, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, while the Islamic Republic’s armed forces chief said U.S. threats would draw an “unimaginable and regrettable” reaction.

The chief trade negotiator of the incoming Mexican administration, Jesus Seade, said on Tuesday he expected the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)to be agreed in the next few months.

Hundreds of people are missing and several are feared dead after a hydropower dam under construction in southern Laos collapsed, causing flash flooding that swept away homes, state media reported on Tuesday.

Israel said it shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in operations against rebels on Syrian territory.

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North Korea has started dismantling some facilities at its main satellite launch station, seen as the testing ground for its intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to expert analysis of recent satellite images.

The Trump administration said Monday that 463 parents separated from their children at the southern border were no longer in the United States, many of whom were possibly deported, according to new court filings.

Israel evacuated hundreds of White Helmets rescuers and their family members threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan on Sunday for resettlement in Western countries.

A military operation by Afghan commando units in northeastern Kapisa province left at least 12 insurgents dead, including a Taliban shadow governor and district chief, a security official said.

Chile is now investigating 158 members of the country’s embattled Catholic Church — both clergymen and lay people — for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in talks focusing on the Iranian presence in Syria.

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could last for months or years and threaten new communities on the Big Island, according to a report by U.S. government geologists.

More than 600 people-smugglers have been arrested across six countries since Australia introduced its hardline border regime, a senior official said Tuesday, with over 30 asylum-seeker boats turned back.

BBC

Japan’s weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past week. On Monday, the city of Kumagaya reported a temperature of 106F, and the highest ever recorded in Japan.

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has refused to bow to protesters’ demands that he stand down. He said the deaths of about 300 people during three months of protests were caused by paramilitary groups.

The homes of about 30,000 people have been demolished in a Kenyan slum to make way for a new $20m dual carriage way in the capital Nairobi. The residentswere given just two weeks’ notice to leave.

South Africa’s prestigious Wits University has given students the option to change the gender prefix – such as Mr, Ms and Mrs – listed on their communication with faculty staff. The university wanted to create a more inclusive environment for students who are transgender‚ non-binary or gender non-conforming. The gender-neutral title “Mx” is among the titles students can now use.

At least 74 people have died in wildfires in the Attica region around Athens, in Greece’s worst fire disaster in more than a decade.

WND

Venezuela’s inflation will skyrocket to 1 million percent by the end of the year as the government continues to print money to cover a growing budget hole, the International Monetary Fund predicted on Monday. The crisis is comparable to that of Germany in 1923 or Zimbabwe in the late 2000s, said Alejandro Werner, head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department.

At least 36% of the largest newspapers across the United States – as well as at least 23% of the highest-traffic digital-native news outlets – experienced layoffs between January 2017 and April 2018.


News – 7/24/2018

‘New day’ for Israel at the U.N. with Trump strategy, Nikki Haley says
“It is a new day at the UN,” she declared, citing a recent vote in the General Assembly that allowed debate on Hamas’ culpability for the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. “From now on, every country knows that the United States will not just block anti-Israel measures, we will shine a light on those who are responsible. There won’t be any more free passes for those who bully Israel at the UN.”

Battle of Gog/Magog On The Horizon?
The nation of Syria no longer exists. It may exist in name, but that’s it. What used to be Syria has been carved up and divided by any number of groups. And the three biggest are Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Why is this so significant? It’s significant because it sets the stage for an event the Bible prophesied over 2,000 years ago.

Trump – The De-Globalizer!
What if, considering the motion towards peoples’ new self-determination – Trump’s jumping from chaos to more chaos, to the never-ending sanction game (punishing, or threatening friends and foes alike) – will lead to a genuine de-globalization of the world? If this were to happen then, we the 90% of the globe’s population, should be very grateful to Mr. Trump who has shown and created the path to enlightening – the enlightening of de-globalization.

Huge stone detaches from Western Wall
A large stone detached from the Western Wall early Monday, shattering in the egalitarian prayer area, only a few meters away from one of the women praying there. No one was hurt. In the wake of the unusual incident, the mixed-gender prayer area was closed, and Israel Antiquities Authority personnel were called to the scene to assess the situation.

Gregg Jarrett: Comey and Strzok — Two key players in the scheme to clear Clinton and frame Trump
In one of the more stunning revelations contained in the report compiled by the Justice Department’s watchdog, former FBI Director James Comey claimed he doesn’t remember the moment he decided – and put down in writing — that Hillary Clinton had committed crimes. The truth is that Comey well remembers what he wrote, because he participated in subsequent discussions with top officials at the FBI about Clinton’s “gross negligence.”

Targeting critics, Trump threatens ex-officials’ security clearances
Trump has targeted the former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, because they have “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances, making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia.” Among them is John Brennan…

Nikki Haley speaks out on Putin summit and she does not hold back
“Well, first of all, we don’t trust Russia,” Haley responded forcefully, “we don’t trust Putin, we never will, they’re never gonna be our friend, that’s just a fact.” “But what I do think is, whether it’s the president sitting down with Kim [Jong Un], or whether the president sits down with Putin, those are things that have to happen,” she continued. “You can’t get to the end of the other side if you don’t have those conversations.” “I care more about what he does”

Israel to Russia: Iran must withdraw completely from Syria
Russia has offered to keep Iranian forces in Syria away from the Israeli border, but Israel wants Tehran to completely withdraw, an Israeli official said Tuesday.

Death toll in Japanese heat wave hits 65
At least 65 people have died as a result of a heat wave in Japan that started on July 9th and more than 35,000 people have been hospitalized.

Erdogan calls Israel’s Nation-State Law ‘fascist,’ in ‘Hitler’s spirit’
Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Israel’s Nation-State Law legitimizes oppression and shows that Israel is a fascist and racist country where the spirit of Adolf Hitler has re-emerged.

Israel fires Patriot missiles against Syrian jet in Golan Heights
Israel launched two Patriot missiles against a Syrian fighter jet, the IDF said on Monday, as rocket sirens were heard across northern Israel and the Golan heights. It was the second-such incident of interceptors being fired in two days, opposite Syrian areas where Damascus’s forces have been routing rebels.

No Ceasefire in Sight As Gaza Border Remains Hot
At midnight, Hamas announced a ceasefire via Egypt. A few hours after the ceasefire was declared, at least three projectiles were fired into Israel. On Saturday morning, several Gazans attempted to infiltrate into Israel, prompting the IDF to fire a tank shell at a Hamas post. The infiltrators returned across the border.

IDF shoots down Syrian fighter jet with Patriot missiles
The IDF shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace from the Golan Heights border on Tuesday afternoon. The IDF shot down the Russian-made Sukhoi jet, which infiltrated two kilometers into Israeli territory, with two Patriot missiles launched from Safed. It reportedly crashed inside Syria. Rocket alert sirens blared through the Golan Heights shortly after 1:30pm in the Golan Regional Council, in the Jordan Valley and in the city of Katzrin.

Israel rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from Golan
Israel rebuffed on Monday a new Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria away from the Golan Heights ceasefire line, an Israeli official said, complicating Moscow’s bid to stabilize the country amid a waning civil war. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the issue came up during a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a visiting Russian delegation led by Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

Erdogan calls Israel’s Nation-State Law ‘fascist,’ in ‘Hitler’s spirit’
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Israel’s Nation-State Law legitimizes oppression and shows that Israel is a fascist and racist country where the spirit of Adolf Hitler has re-emerged. The controversial Jewish nation-state bill became Israel’s 14th Basic Law early Thursday morning after it passed into law in the Knesset plenum.

Abbas: We won’t stop payments to ‘martyrs’ and prisoners
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas again vowed on Monday to continue funding Palestinian security prisoners held by Israel and families of Palestinians killed in attacks on Israelis. Abbas was speaking during a meeting he held in his office with families and relatives of Palestinian “martyrs” and former security prisoners.

Laos dam collapse: Hundreds missing after flash floods hit villages
Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number dead after a dam under construction collapsed in south-east Laos, state media reported. The collapse at the hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province late on Monday sent flash floods through six villages, Lao News Agency said. More than 6,600 people have been made homeless, it added.

Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts
Japan’s weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past week. An agency spokesman warned that “unprecedented levels of heat” were being seen in some areas. More than 22,000 people have been admitted to hospital with heat stroke, nearly half of them elderly, emergency officials say.

Greece wildfires: ’60 dead’ in holiday area
At least 60 people have reportedly died in wildfires in the Attica region around Athens, in Greece’s worst fire crisis in more than a decade. A local official gave the death toll to local media after flames devastated the seaside village of Mati. Rescuers found the bodies of 26 adults and children who apparently hugged each other as they died, trapped by the inferno just metres from the sea.

Antidepressant prescriptions for children on the rise
The number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen over the past three years, figures obtained by BBC’s File on 4 reveal. In England, there was a 15% rise. Scotland saw a 10% increase. And in Northern Ireland the number rose by 6%. In total, there were 950,000 prescriptions issued between April 2015 and March 2018.

US Southwest sizzles as temperatures near 120 degrees
Temperatures approached 120 degrees in parts of the U.S. Southwest on Monday, and forecasters said this week could bring the region’s hottest weather of the year. Phoenix reached a sweltering 115 degrees (46 Celsius), which broke the previous daily record, according to the National Weather Service.

Cambridge University scientists create artificial embryo from stem cells
Artificial embryos built from scratch using stem cells have been created by scientists. Researchers bypassed the act of fertilisation by growing the self-assembling structures in the laboratory. Although the cells used came from mice, the experiment has opened up a new frontier in embryo research with major ethical implications.

New flotilla set to leave Palermo in bid to break blockade on Gaza
A new flotilla of ships intent on breaking Israel’s 10-year blockade of the Gaza Strip was due to set sail early this week from the Italian port of Palermo, two months after it first set off from Copenhagen in Denmark.

Why Liberal Comedy Writers At Buzzfeed Love To Bash Jesus Christ And Christians But You’ll Never See Mohammed Get The Same Treatment
So why do all the Liberal comedy sites like Buzzfeed feel complete liberty to mock and belittle Christians and our Saviour Jesus?

Obama’s peace envoy: Israel is carrying out ‘reversed Oslo’ in West Bank
Amid rising doubts over the viability of US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-released peace plan, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is speaking out against what he describes as Israel’s “alarming” rejection of previous agreements aimed at moving towards a two-state solution.

In Damascus, Syrians dare to hope that war’s end may be near
In the capital of Damascus, many of the checkpoints that for years have snarled traffic are gone. The city is again connected to its sprawling suburbs once held by the opposition, and many former residents and visitors from other parts of Syria fill its streets.

‘Sisters in hate’ join to raise money for ‘Muslim Mafia’
Two prominent American Muslim activists known for their hatred of Israel and support for terrorism have teamed up to raise money for a MoveOn.org-style Muslim activist group and the San Francisco chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a D.C.-headquartered group designated as a terrorist organization by an Arab Gulf state.

Cuba debates constitutional change legalizing gay marriage
As Cuba enters a new era with a modern constitution, acclaimed Cuban writer and ethnographer Miguel Barnet said Sunday that it is time to break with the past and endorse a constitutional change that will allow same-sex marriage on the island.

Trump Might Revoke Security Clearances of 6 Top Obama Intel Officials
President Donald Trump is investigating whether to revoke the security clearances of as many as six former Obama administration security officials “because they’ve politicized and, in some cases, monetized their clearances,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

New York State Has Quietly Begun Facial Recognition Scans at Toll Booths
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has revealed that facial recognition systems are already scanning drivers’ faces in New York City and putting their photos into databases. The state is even “experimenting” with technology to identify people just by pictures of their ear.

University of Minnesota To Punish Students And Teachers For Incorrect Usage of Gender Pronouns
The University of Minnesota is potentially going to punish students and teachers for improper use of gender pronouns. The policy is still under consideration and includes a punishment up to expulsion or firing.

‘Fact-Checker’ Who Accused ICE Officer Of Having A ‘Nazi Tattoo’ Hired To Research The ‘Far Right’
A former New Yorker fact-checker, who set off a firestorm after accusing an officer of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of having a “Nazi tattoo” has found new employment — as an expert on far-right hate groups for the Soros-funded leftist site, Media Matters.

TV Gets Its First Transgender Superhero
The character Nia Nal will be played by transgender actor Nicole Maines (a man presenting himself as a woman) and will be based of the DC Comics character Nura Nal. Sometimes called “Dream Girl,” the character Nia Nal is a humanoid alien that also sees into the future.

Is the Gun Confiscation and Coming Genocide of White South Africans a Beta Test for America?
South Africa is walking down an old familiar path. The South African version of our Supreme Court just issued a ruling that calls for  300,000 gun owners to turn in their firearms. The loophole which allows the South African government to confiscate 300,000 guns comes from the controversial Section 24 and Section 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act.

Tunisia: Muslims hold a barbeque in a Jewish cemetery
Tunisia is supposed to be a “moderate” Muslim country, but this news article demonstrates that even “moderate” Muslims have hatred of and contempt for Jews.

Democratic socialists of America and Progressive Democrats One and the Same
Though they do their cunning best to keep it well hidden from a seemingly unsuspecting electorate, there is no difference between the Democratic Socialists of America (Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders,  New York City congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and the plain old, same old Progressive Democrats.


Headlines – 7/24/2018

Abbas vows to continue stipends to terrorists even with PA’s ‘last penny’

Abbas: The martyrs have priority over everything

Bennett: ‘A ground operation should be executed in Gaza only as a last resort’

IDF strikes Gaza terror cell for second time in 24-hours

PM Netanyahu tells parents around the world about terrorist attack on preschool as the children were playing. ‘Hug your children.’

UN rights chief calls out Israel over detained Palestinian children

UN rights chief slams Israel over Gaza border deaths and nation-state bill

Palestinian Leaders to Seek UN Sanctions After Israel Passes Nation-state Law

PLO Secretary-General: Nation-State Law destroys two-state solution

Egypt again invites Hamas, Fatah for ‘reconciliation’ talks

15 Jews arrested at Temple Mount, as record numbers visit for Tisha B’Av

220-Pound Stone Drops From Western Wall, Narrowly Missing Worshipper

Stone dislodges from Western Wall, crashes down on platform for egalitarian prayer

Western Wall rabbi urges ‘soul-searching’ after massive stone crashes down

Entire Western Wall is ‘danger zone,’ archaeologist says

PA religious leaders deny the Jewish connection to the Western Wall and claim that it is an Islamic site

Netanyahu praises Trump, Pompeo after Iran saber-rattling

Hailing Trump threat, Israeli UNESCO envoy calls Iranians ‘animals’

No walkback this time: National security advisor John Bolton doubles down on Trump’s Iran threat

John Bolton backs Trump’s Iran threat: ‘They will pay a price’

Iran dismisses Trump threat, says he ‘won’t dare’ attack

Following Trump’s warning, Iran’s FM tweets back: ‘Be Cautious!’

In Latest War of Words Salvo, Iran Slams Trump’s ‘Psychological Warfare’

Just tough Trump tweeting? US ratchets up Iran pressure

After Trump tweet, White House says Iran, not US, is ‘inciting’

If Iran tries to close this strait crucial to the oil trade, the US Navy can unblock it quickly – Adm. Stavridis

IDF chief: Main concern in past year was blocking Iran in Syria

Bennett: Terror in north and south is led by Iran

Israel, seeking total withdrawal, rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria 60 miles away

Before meeting again with Russians, Netanyahu stresses close U.S. ties

Syria slams ‘criminal’ evacuation of White Helmet rescuers by Israel

Some White Helmets declined to evacuate via Israel

Number of women and children who joined Isis ‘significantly underestimated’

Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil governorate building in Iraq’s Kurdish region

Iraq protests leave 14 dead in two weeks

North Korea begins dismantling rocket test site – analysts

‘We don’t trust Putin. We never will’: Nikki Haley distances herself from Trump on Russia

Trump: ‘I gave up nothing’ during Putin meeting

Russia considers fake news law that would fine social networks

Obama cyber chief confirms ‘stand down’ order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016

Trump is right to pull security clearances from those actively undermining his administration

Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 26,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Geologists say the Hawaii volcano eruption could last for months, or even years

There may be traces of radioactive particles from Fukushima in your California red wine

Extreme weather wallops both coasts with flooding, scorching heat, wildfires

US Southwest sizzles as temperatures near 120 degrees

At 114, Waco sets all-time temperature record

Japan soars to its highest temperature ever recorded: 106 degrees

Japan heatwave: Over 40 people dead as entire country is hit with record breaking 41C temperatures

Heat wave strikes the Arctic, and the climate enters the Twilight Zone

Intense heat wave to build across western Europe as deadly wildfires rage in Sweden, Greece

Wildfires near Athens kill at least 20, injure 104

For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others More than a Year Later

British scientists create artificial embryo from stem cells

Louise Brown, world’s first test tube baby backs genetic editing of human embryos

World’s first test tube baby now living in Bristol was sent broken test tube with foetus and fake blood

Louise Brown on 40 years of IVF: ‘I was the world’s first IVF baby, this is my story’

15-year-old raped by brother jailed for having abortion on the Indonesian island of Sumatra

Hundreds of health care employees to Netanyahu: Stop creating laws against the LGBT community


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In an article published last month, WND’s Bob Unruh reported that Amazon.com is acting on information provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to subject people to the deprivation of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Now comes this further report:… (more)

July 23, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The FBI continued to tell judges that dossier writer Christopher Steele wasn’t the source of a news article the bureau used to corroborate a wiretap application when in fact Mr. Steele had publicly acknowledged that he fed the anti-Trump story. This chronology is contained in four heavily censored Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act…. (more)

July 23, 2018
BYRON YORK — The weekend release of a highly-redacted version of the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page has renewed the argument over the Nunes memo – – the brief report produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes detailing problems in the application…. (more)

July 23, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump on Sunday said top-secret documents prove the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign in an “illegal scam,” putting him at odds with Capitol Hill lawmakers, including Republicans, who insist federal authorities were justified in tracking foreign policy adviser Carter Page…. (more)

July 23, 2018
Says he never acted as foreign agent
WASHINGTON TIMES — Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser, said the warrant FBI agents used to snoop on him is “so ridiculous” and “misleading” and that he never acted as a Russian agent. “I’ve never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination,” Mr. Page told CNN’s State of the Union…. (more)

July 23, 2018
NEWSMAX — Ripping the redactions of the recently released FISA documents, civil liberties expert Alan Dershowitz denounced the “flawed” special counsel process that has rendered “more questions than answers.” “The process is a very flawed one, and the more the American people know about it, the more distressed they are at how special counsels operate, particularly in the context of political elections,” Dershowitz told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We need to know more not less. We need less redaction, more transparency, and we have the right to judge for ourselves whether or system of justice is operating fairly, within the Constitution, and consistent with civil liberties…. (more)


July 23, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump plans to help set the conditions for a successful revolution by the Iranian people against the Islamic Republic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday. “There are times when things happen that are unexpected, unanticipated; our revolution would be one of them,” Pompeo said Sunday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif…. (more)

July 23, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Last Tuesday in South Africa, Barack Obama gave a speech with some lines right out of a Donald Trump stemwinder. If you didn’t pay close attention, you might have thought that he had become a born-again conservative. He defended free markets and entrepreneurial capitalism. He argued for the importance of national borders and lawful immigration. He argued for honesty and the rule of law. He even took a swipe at identity group politics…. (more)

July 23, 2018
Sees ‘conspiracy’ against President Trump: ‘the Deep State is deep rooted’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro has a new book, and the title explains all: “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy,” released last week by Center Street. It currently is the No. 1 overall top-seller at Amazon, as well as topping the political categories…. (more)

July 22, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump on Saturday accused special counsel Robert Mueller of prolonging the Russia probe in order to help Democrats in the midterm elections. “The Rigged Witch Hunt, headed by the 13 Angry Democrats (and now 4 more have been added, one who worked directly for Obama W.H.), seems intent on damaging the Republican Party’s chances in the November Election. This Democrat excuse for losing the ’16 Election never ends!” tweeted Mr. Trump…. (more)

July 22, 2018
BYRON YORK — Something has been going on with Robert Mueller’s investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair. The special counsel, assigned to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Trump,” has been farming out seemingly important parts of the investigation to offices outside his own…. (more)

July 22, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — In response to Democrats’ charges of Trump treason at the Helsinki summit, conservative research groups have documented a series of the president’s anti-Russia moves both economically and on the battlefield the past two years. The groups say President Trump has been tougher on Vladimir Putin than predecessor Barack Obama, who, along with his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, defended the Russian president during the “reset” era…. (more)

July 22, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Defense Department approved a $200 million military aid package to Ukrainian forces on Friday, bringing the total amount of American weapons and equipment sent to support Kiev’s fight against Russian-backed separatists in the country to $1 billion…. (more)

July 22, 2018
NEWSMAX — A federal judge in New York on Friday struck down a lawsuit filed by former state attorney general Eric Schneiderman against a coalition of Christian pro-lifers who had been accused of harassing patients, staff and family members outside an abortion clinic in New York City for years…. (more)

July 21, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — It would be nice to say you can think what you want about President Trump’s trip to Europe over the last week, but the national media is doing its damnedest to make sure you don’t by misrepresenting over and over again what exactly happened…. (more)

July 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump insisted Wednesday that he has been tougher on Russia than his predecessors, outlining sanctions and other ways he’s punished Moscow as the White House tried to quell the furor in Washington over the administration’s response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election…. (more)

July 19, 2018
NEWSMAX — Alan Dershowitz said that Democrats and those calling President Donald Trump’s performance in Helsinki an act of treason have gone “completely over the top,” the noted law scholar and professor told conservative voice Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. “You might not like what Trump did. I didn’t like what he did. But to call it treason is just wrong as a matter of constitutional law,” Dershowitz said on Hewitt’s radio show…. (more)

July 19, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump said Wednesday he’d accept the assessment from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats that Russian attempts to interfere in U.S. elections are ongoing, despite Trump publicly offering a range of opinions about the danger Kremlin-linked interference operations pose to the American political process…. (more)

July 19, 2018
Calls former CIA director Brennan a “total low-life”
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Wednesday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is ultimately responsible for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and that he warned Mr. Putin “we can’t have this” meddling in the future…. (more)


July 19, 2018
Facebook censors Declaration of Independence quotes as “hate speech”
WORLDNETDAILY — Democrats continue to ridicule Republican claims of political bias by social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google. At a congressional hearing on the issue Tuesday, Rep. David Cicillone, D-R.I., claimed, “There is no evidence that the algorithms of social networks or search results are biased against conservatives.”… (more)

July 19, 2018
Relies on left-wing SPLC ‘hate group’ designation
ART MOORE — The vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee is asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop the retail giant’s “sale of literature and music published by entities identified as ‘hate groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”… (more)


July 19, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Tim Allen of “Last Man Standing” let fans know this week – – with a smile – – that ABC couldn’t keep him down. “Mike Baxter” and his family will soon be back on the airwaves to the delight of millions of fans. An extra bonus for those who protested ABC’s sudden cancellation in May 2016, however, came with a teaser released Tuesday…. (more)


July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — The state Supreme Court decided Wednesday that California will remain intact geographically, at least for now, while it decides whether the voters can consider a proposal to divide the Golden State into three new states. The three-state initiative, Proposition 9, had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Nine days after opponents filed suit, the court issued a unanimous order removing the measure from the ballot and ordering further legal arguments on whether it should be placed on another ballot in 2020 or struck down altogether…. (more)

July 19, 2018
(YOUTUBE) — JFK researcher Jerry Kroth, author of two previous books on the Kennedy assassination, has released a new book (with a video) based on 50,000 secret documents newly released by President Trump that implicate Vice President Lyndon Johnson in the November 22, 1963, assassination. In his video, “The Kennedy Assassination: what really happened,” Kroth says, “There are at least 80 huge revelations in this book that just came out. The media mentioned about six. The media missed virtually everything.” Among his conclusions is that LBJ orchestrated a coup d’ etat involving members of the CIA, the FBI, and the mafia that enabled him to illicitly gain the presidency of the United States, and then successfully covered up his involvement. [language alert]… (more)

 

July 24 Strong Profession Is Not Always Sincere

Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”—Matt. 8:19–20

The issue of commitment is one to be evaluated very carefully. The scribe here was an authority on Jewish law and a close ally of the Pharisees. As such he would have broken with his allies had he become one of Jesus’ true disciples. He knew a decision like that would be costly, and thus he might have been testing Jesus’ reaction to his words.

Normally the scribes were teachers, not followers of other teachers. And one such as this man would have been reluctant to follow a rabbi like Jesus, who was not from the scholarly class, not educated in a rabbinic school, and not loyal to Jewish religious traditions.

For this scribe to address Jesus as he did was quite out of the ordinary and probably impressive to the apostles and the crowds, since he issued the claim as a Jewish leader. It’s not certain that the man ever really believed in Jesus, but he probably felt sincere in his own mind with what he professed. He was likely just as convinced as Peter that he would always follow the Lord (Matt. 26:33, 35), but neither could be sure about that, as Peter’s temporary denial illustrates.

Unlike today’s evangelical church, always eager to instantly embrace a prominent person who professes Christ, Jesus knew that every strong profession does not necessarily translate to strong commitment. Hence He compared His living situation to the foxes and birds as a testing of the man’s true dedication, which ought to be a self-examining device for us too.

ASK YOURSELF

Think of the bold promises you’ve made to the Lord before and the many times you’ve failed to follow through. Have your past inabilities kept you from making such statements anymore? Is that what God wants you to learn from these experiences?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 214). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JULY 24 THE FOOLISH MAN: NO STORE OF ETERNAL TREASURE

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall these things be?

LUKE 12:20

Many of us are forgetting the caution of the Lord Jesus that we ought not to set our hearts on earthly things. He warned that there is a very real danger involved: the same heart of man that was made to commune with God and hold fellowship with the Divine Trinity, to soar away to worlds unknown and behold God upon His throne, that same heart may be locked up in a bank vault or in a jewelry box or somewhere else here on earth!

Jesus gave us the example of the foolish man who accumulated corn, naively telling his soul to rest because he had many barns, and lots and lots of corn. Jesus reminded him that he had to die, and his store of corn, which had a legitimate and proper value on earth, could do him no further good because he had neglected the higher values. He had no store of eternal treasures laid up above!

If we are wise, we will transmute any unit of goods or wealth upwards to another level of value, and the same for our talents and gifts and abilities, mind and strength and nervous energy.

Our faithful missionaries do this, for the ultimate values they seek are the heathen, headhunters, pagans turning to Jesus Christ, putting away their idols and their sins and believing in Jesus with bright, shining faces—singing the gospel and going to heaven, one by one.

These are the true values—the wealth of human beings, translated and changed and purified by the grace of God![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Which Country Has the Most Human Slaves in the World? Global Index Lists Top 10

by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post:

North Korea has the most human slaves in the world, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, with research showing it is keeping over 2.6 million people in modern day slavery.

Among the nations in the top 10, most are some of the worst persecutors of Christians as well.

The 2018 Global Slavery Index, released last week by the Walk Free Foundation, which compiles statistics and engages in research aimed at ending human slavery, reported that one in every 10 North Korean citizens is forced to work under slavery conditions.

“As a United Nations. Commission of Inquiry has observed, violations of human rights in North Korea are not mere excesses of the state, they are an essential component of the political system,” the report noted.

The country with the second highest prevalence of modern slavery is the African nation of Eritrea, described as “a repressive regime that abuses its conscription system to hold its citizens in forced labor for decades.”

Read here
— Read on www.christianpost.com/news/which-country-has-the-most-human-slaves-in-the-world-global-index-lists-top-10-226319/

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Fakenews MSNBC Panel In Shock Over Trump’s High Approval Ratings After Russia Summit : These Christian Times

The media just doesn’t get it. Their complete lack of self awareness contributes to their constant shock over Trump’s popularity. The media is so hated and so obvious in their left wing advocacy, that they increase his popularity with every ridiculous attack. No matter how much they attack him will only contribute to the fact the Americans can see right through the fakenews outrage on Trump.

— Read on www.thesechristiantimes.com/2018/07/24/from-russia-with-love-fakenews-msnbc-panel-in-shock-over-trumps-high-approval-after-russia-summit/

The Religious Left’s Top 5 Distorted Teachings at Wild Goose — Juicy Ecumenism

Picture Woodstock, Birkenstocks, and unorthodox Jesus references. You have an image of the Wild Goose Festival. It’s an annual summer gathering of the Religious Left on a campground in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Last weekend’s sweltering heat did not deter the overwhelmingly white, older Mainline Protestant participants from convening under scattered tents to acknowledge their own privilege and power. I was huddled among them.

Year-by-year Wild Goose Festival speakers grow more dissident and unpredictable. Their teachings align less with Scripture and ever-closer to the political left. Considering this, it’s no wonder I learned a lot of fascinating, albeit deceptive lessons this year…

(Read the rest of article over at The Streamhere.)

via The Religious Left’s Top 5 Distorted Teachings at Wild Goose — Juicy Ecumenism

Here Is A List of Deep-State Insiders, Democrats and Republicans, Trying to Destroy Trump for Pursing Peace with Russia

Deep State insiders are so upset over President Trump’s private meeting with Putin to calm US relations with Russia, they are accusing him of treason, punishment by death, and calling for a military coup to pull him from office. Many of these people served under Obama and still have top-secret security privileges.
— Read on needtoknow.news/2018/07/list-deep-state-insiders-democrats-republicans-trying-destroy-trump-pursing-peace-russia/