"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
The Bible echoes with great battle cries: “Raise a signal on a bare hill, lift up your voice to them; wave the hand.… A sound of the roar of the kingdoms, of nations gathering! Yahweh of hosts is mustering an army for battle” (Isa 13:4).
In this proclamation, God declares war on Babylon for their brutal and evil deeds against His people. Yet He calls for “a signal” to be raised so that the Babylonians might repent from their great wickedness. They have an opportunity to surrender to Yahweh before it’s too late—and we must do the same.
We tend to see ourselves as less evil than the infamous sinners of the past, but in a way we all carry shades of Babylon in ourselves. Just as the Babylonians did, we set up and worship idols instead of loving Yahweh with our entire being. Similarly, we attack others instead of loving them the way God has loved us. If we search our hearts, we find that painting ourselves as more righteous than past sinners doesn’t work: We’re all in need of a Savior. We’ve all fallen short (Rom 3:21–26). In that sense, we all come from Babylon.
Although most of us are willing to identify our private idols—such as money, power or fame—few of us realize the depth of our betrayal. When Isaiah portrays the sinner that is Babylon, he is neither tolerant nor sympathetic (Isa 13:19). Instead, he issues a harsh warning that the day of Yahweh’s coming—the time of reckoning is near (Isa 13:6). It’s no different for us today. When the nt writers depict sin, they do not underestimate how much it inhibits God’s work in us and in the world (2 Pet 1:8–15). With the same urgency that Isaiah expressed, they note that now is the time to repent and do God’s will (2 Pet 3).
God has called us to join Him in the battle against evil by living Spirit-filled lives in accordance with His will—lives of loving others, despite how hard that might be sometimes (Eph 4:1–6; 6:11–20). We must answer God’s urgent call upon us. There is no time to waste.
How can you express love today as a sign of God’s war against evil?
“If I have the gift of prophecy … but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2).
Love is an indispensable ingredient in the learning process.
I have the privilege of spending time each week with hundreds of young people who attend The Master’s College. As I observe their progress, I see the impact godly teachers have had on their lives, and I’m convinced that students learn best when they know that their teachers genuinely care about them.
Isn’t that true in any relationship? Don’t you respond more readily to those who love you and have your best interests at heart? That’s certainly true in ministry. Think of the pastors and teachers who have meant the most to you over the years. They’re probably the ones who have loved you and ministered to you in special ways.
Whether it’s a pastor, teacher, family member, or friend, whoever speaks to people on behalf of God must do so with genuine love and concern. That’s the positive side of Paul’s negative statement in 1 Corinthians 13:2. Jeremiah was such a man. He loved the people of Israel deeply and was grieved at their apostasy and impending judgment. “O that my head were waters,” he said, “and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” (Jer. 9:1). That’s the spirit of a loving prophet, and this was typical of Jeremiah’s lament over his people’s sin.
Loveless preaching and teaching misrepresent God’s character and hinder the gospel; loving proclamation is winsome and effective. That doesn’t mean that all who hear you will respond positively; quite the contrary. The people of Judah didn’t listen to Jeremiah, so they incurred severe judgment. Similarly, some to whom you speak will politely reject what you say; others will react with hostility. But those who respond in faith will appreciate your loving concern for their spiritual well-being.
Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for those who have ministered to you in love. Seek to follow their example as you reach out to others.
For Further Study: Read Acts 20:19, 31, Romans 9:2–3, and 2 Corinthians 2:4, noting the things that prompted Paul to weep for the people to whom he ministered.
Kanye West. Kim Kardashian. Russell Wilson. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber. I know that if you hear these names you think, “solid Christian believers.”
No? The influence of charismaticism’s prosperity-driven moralistic, therapeutic deism in Hollywood has been well-established. In particular, the influence of Hillsong has been explored by major media. Like the Church of Scientology, Hillsong has thrived primarily by celebrity influence. And so, Carl Lentz – the pastor of Hillsong New York – has been seen taking shots with addiction-riddled Justin Beiber. Beiber and his one-time sweetheart, Selena Gomez, have visited pastor of Hillsong’s affiliate church in Seattle, Judah Smith via private jet.
Other celebrity evangelical pastors, like Rich Wilkerson, have been featured in Kardashian reality shows. These preaching superstars have made in-roads into Hollywood’s elite culture.
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40
No doubt, there are countless good Bible teachers exhorting Los Angeles-area residents to repent of their sins and believe the Gospel. In fact, Grace Community Church, the home of John MacArthur in Sun Valley is only about 30 minutes in traffic from Los Angeles. However, these particular pastors (above) are not known for producing disciples that in any way, shape, form or fashion resemble authentic believers in Christ. Chris Pratt, who vaguely (but commendably) referenced the Gospel amidst his recent divorce at the 2018 MTV Music Awards, might be the exception to the outright overt ungodliness for which the rest of these celebrities are famously known.
While none of this is new, what is absolutely fascinating is the article that surfaced yesterday from The Cut, entitled, A Guide to the Evangelical Celebrities and Pastors Dominating Hollywood. From a polemics perspective, it’s a case in very real intrigue to see how the secular mind views these evangelical leaders from a cultural rather than theological perspective.
Allie Jones writes…
When Justin Bieber, the 24-year-old oft-troubled pop star, announced his engagement to Hailey Baldwin, the 21-year-old model daughter of Stephen Baldwin, the first thing he mentioned was their shared faith. “I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make,” he wrote on Instagram. “Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT!”
Even if they did not Google this factoid, Bieber’s proclamation reminded the 12.8 million casual fans who liked this Instagram of his devotion to evangelical Christianity. For the past few years, he has been a regular attendee at Hillsong, the Pentecostal megachurch founded in Australia in the early 1980s and imported to the States by the “rock-star pastor” Carl Lentz in 2014. Lentz has been a personal mentor to Bieber, while his wife, Laura Lentz, is close with Baldwin, who, of course, attends Hillsong services regularly.
You’ve probably heard about Hillsong because of Bieber — before he proposed to Baldwin, he was photographed taking several different girlfriends to Sunday services, and he often posted about Lentz on Instagram and Twitter. Hillsong, however, is not the only influential church currently catering to pop stars looking to repent for past sins.
There are several youth-focused, Pentecostal megachurches springing up across the country, and Bieber has attended just about all of them. In addition to Lentz, he has close relationships with Chad Veach, a pastor who wears cool glasses and founded Zoe Church in L.A., Judah Smith, another pastor who wears cool glasses and leads the congregation at Churchome in L.A. and Seattle, and Rich Wilkerson Jr., who does not wear cool glasses but who officiated the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. He presides over Vous Church in Miami.
These stylish, white evangelical pastors are leading a new religious organization in Hollywood, which looks cool and casual — everybody’s wearing streetwear and waving their hands to Christian pop-rock bands — but actually stems from the traditional Pentecostal movement. In each of these churches, there is a heavy focus on baptism, tithing (most now have convenient iPhone apps for this purpose), and the Bible. But the Pentecostal interpretation of the Bible is not always what millennials want to hear. Media outlets have questioned Lentz, Veach, Smith, and Wilkerson about their views on marriage equality and abortion, which more traditional Pentecostal churches rail against. The cool pastors, however, prefer not to share their opinions on these issues.
When the New York Times questioned Veach about abortion rights earlier this year, he said he doesn’t like to talk about politics, but offered, “At the end of the day I am a Bible guy.” Wilkerson and Smith have been similarly withholding in interviews when asked about social issues. (“I do not like blanket statements,” Smith told MTV, when asked whether or not he’d officiate a same-sex wedding.) Lentz, under pressure, has said he believes homosexuality and abortion to be sins, but that he welcomes all sinners to his church.
Despite these equivocations, thousands upon thousands of stylish young people have chosen to follow the pastors and donate their earnings to build their churches. Lentz and his peers can thank Bieber: In the past four years, he’s done for Pentecostal megachurches what Tom Cruise did for Scientology and Madonna did for Kabbalah. When he posts about Bible study at Hillsong or is photographed attended a Zoe Church conference, more millennial celebrities (and celebrity-obsessed millennials) join the flock.
To illustrate how influential and interconnected this world is, we’ve made a map of the four most famous, Bieber-approved pastors and the A-listers who follow them.
Lead pastor at Hillsong in New York City Instagram followers: 612,000
Carl Lentz is currently the pastor best known for ministering to Bieber. The 39-year-old father of three leads the New York City branch of Hillsong, which currently serves about 8,000 worshippers every Sunday in the Hammerstein Ballroom near Penn Station. Hillsong is famous for its pop-rock worship songs (Selena Gomez performed one on her “Revival” tour in 2017) and a fun, millennial-friendly attitude that belies its more traditional views. (The church’s founding Australian pastor Brian Houston fired a choir director when he announced his engagement to another man.) One thing that is totally okay in the eyes of the Lord, according to Hillsong, is the pursuit of cash, which makes the church especially friendly to celebrities. Pastors do not take a vow of poverty, and as such, they can lead lifestyles similar to those of the pop stars they serve. Lentz has been seen wearing Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton x Supreme.
Lentz’s relationship with Bieber goes back to at least 2014, when he baptized the then-repentant pop star in NBA player Tyson Chandler’s bathtub. (You can read about that moment in Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s 2015 GQ feature on Lentz and Hillsong.) Since then, Lentz has become a regular fixture on Bieber’s preferred gossip outlet, TMZ. Last summer, after Bieber cancelled the remaining dates on his “Purpose” tour to focus on his “soul and well-being,” TMZ reported that Lentz was stepping in to support Bieber as a “second father.”
Lentz popped up in the tabloids again in January, when TMZ and People reported that he was personally offering Christian couples counseling to Bieber and Gomez, who briefly reunited at the end of 2017. Sometime after Bieber and Gomez broke up in March, however, Bieber and Lentz had a “major falling out,” according, again, to TMZ. No outlet has managed to report out any details of the split, but if this video of Lentz begrudgingly congratulating Bieber and Baldwin on their engagement is any indication, the relationship is currently pretty frosty.
Lentz has plenty of other celebrities to minister to, thank God. Bieber’s ex-girlfriends Gomez and Baskin Champion, remain, by all accounts, devoted followers of the church. Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been photographed attending services, as have several NBA players including Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (Lentz played college basketball and has been the chaplain for the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets). Lentz may not get to officiate Bieber’s wedding, but he could do the honors for Hillsong follower Nick Jonas, who just got engaged to Priyanka Chopra.
So who will officiate Bieber and Baldwin’s wedding? They have a few options.
Founding pastor of Zoe Church in L.A. Instagram followers: 180,000
Lately, Bieber has been hanging out a lot with Chad Veach, a 38-year-old father of four who founded Zoe Church in 2015. The congregation first met in the celebrity hotspot 1 Oak (yes, a nightclub) before moving to the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire. Veach told the New York Times in a recent profile that he believes social media brings 1,600 worshippers to the popular music venue each Sunday. “Instagram built our church,” he said. “Isn’t that fascinating?”
Bieber also probably had something to do with it. Veach joined Bieber for part of his “Purpose” tour in 2017, and the two are often photographed running around together wearing matching streetwear. (In a story about “Hypepriests,”GQ praised Veach’s “Fear of God” ballcaps.) And Veach has plenty of other celebrity fans, too. The Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson and Baldwin both have tattoos to honor Veach’s daughter, Georgia, who was born in 2012 with lissencephaly (Veach wrote a book about her condition calledUnreasonable Hope).
Plus: Veach may have had a hand in introducing a new Hollywood couple. In June, the tabloids reported that Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, started dating after connecting at church. Pratt is a regular attendee at Zoe, and according to an interview Shriver did with Veach last December, Veach regularly comes to the Shriver home to meet with Katherine and her siblings. Earlier this week, Pratt and Schwarzenegger were photographed kissing for the first time … outside of a Sunday service at Zoe. They were also photographed with Veach in the parking garage.
Katherine’s brother Patrick Schwarzenegger has expressed his support for Veach, but he’s also been spotted attending services at Hillsong with Bieber. Schwarzenegger dates the model Abby Champion, who is the sister of one of Bieber’s Hillsong exes Baskin Champion.
Lead pastor of Churchome (formerly City Church) based in Seattle and L.A., alongside his wife Chelsea Smith Instagram followers: 575,000
Judah Smith, a 39-year-old father of three, was one of the first pastors to minister to Bieber. He introduced Bieber to both Lentz and Veach. (Veach used to work for Smith before starting his own church — all of these guys are friendly and connected, and they often preach at each other’s churches. But they compete for followers — and donations — too.) Smith presides over Churchome, which his parents founded as City Church in Seattle in the 1990s. Smith and his wife, Chelsea, took over the congregation in 2009 and launched a celebrity-friendly location in L.A. in 2013. (They meet in the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, a ten-minute drive from Zoe.)
Though Bieber has plenty of pastors to hang out with at this point, he remains close to Smith. Last December, during his brief reunion with Gomez, the couple boarded a private jet to Seattle just to hear Smith’s Sunday sermon.
The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
When Jesus walked and taught in Galilee 2,000 years ago, many asked, “Who is that Man?”
The Bible’s answer is clear: That Man walking in Galilee was God, acting like God! It was God, limited deliberately, having crossed the wide, mysterious gulf between God and not God, between God and creature. No man had seen God at any time.
In John 1:18, the English translators have said, “The only begotten Son…hath declared him.” Other versions skirt around it, doing everything to try to say what the Holy Spirit said, but when we have used up our words and synonyms, we still have not said all that God revealed when He said, “Nobody has ever looked at God, but when Jesus Christ came He showed us what God is like” (paraphrase of John 1:18).
He has revealed Him—He has shown us what God is like!
He has declared Him! He has set Him forth! He has revealed Him!
He is in the Father’s bosom. It is stated in present, perpetual tense, the language of continuation. Therefore, when Jesus hung on the cross, He did not leave the bosom of the Father!
Lord Jesus, that You are the Son of God is the bedrock of our faith. Thank You for revealing what God is like during Your brief sojourn on earth.
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4:24. However, besides serving as a visual aid for parental instruction of children, the memorial stones had a broader purpose: that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful. As the families of Israel spent their first night in the land, their hearts may well have been filled with uncertainty and fear. The mountains rising steeply to the west looked foreboding. But then the people looked at the 12 stones taken out of the Jordan and were reminded that God had done something great for them that day. Surely they could trust Him for the days ahead.
4:24 — “ … that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
What happens to God’s people has ramifications far beyond their own lives. The Lord wants the whole world to know Him, and He “advertises” His activity through us.
4:24 The dramatic manner in which the Lord brought Israel into the land was intended to alert the peoples of the earth to the fact that the hand of the Lordis mighty and to engender true devotion—which is what fear of the Lord connotes—in the hearts of God’s people forever, that is, through all the generations that would hear of the river passage.
4:24the hand of Yahweh is strong The people will be intimidated in the manner described by Rahab (see 2:10–11; 5:1).
4:23, 24 The pronoun “you” in vv. 23, 24 identifies the later generations with the earlier great acts of God, as Moses did in Deut. 4:9–24; 5:2–5, and as Joshua will do in Josh. 24:5–10 (24:7 note).
4:24 all the peoples of the earth. The wonders of chs. 3 and 4 will have effects far beyond the immediate generation and far beyond the Israelite people (2:10; 5:1; cf. Gen. 12:3). The wonderful works of God in the Bible are expected to affect those who hear about them as powerfully as those who see them (Ex. 10:2; and supremely John 20:30, 31). See notes 2:9, 10.
know. The knowledge of God and His purposes has been the objective of these wonders (3:7, 10 notes). This goal is now shown to apply to all peoples. This knowledge does not necessarily imply salvation (Ex. 14:18).
fear the Lord. A common Old Testament expression for true faith (Ps. 128:1). See 24:14 note.
4:24 All the events since the plagues in Egypt had been intended to glorify the Lord to all the peoples of the earth. The emphasis in the O.T. is on Israel, but the Lord never loses sight of His purpose to bless “all the peoples of the earth” (Gen. 1:28; 12:3; Ex. 9:14–16; 14:31).
4:24 The purpose of this miracle is to declare God’s might to all the peoples of the earth and to encourage Israel to always fear the Lord. Faith and commitment to God is the goal, just as with the miracles of Jesus (Jn 20:30–31).
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President Donald Trump faces a test of his political influence on Tuesday in a special congressional election in Ohio that has become a referendum on his leadership and a last chance to gauge Democratic strength ahead of November’s midterm elections.
White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearize despite an agreement between Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.
A U.S. court on Monday ruled the Trump administration could not enforce an updated policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, becoming the second court in the country to rule against the government since it unveiled the policy in March.
U.S. President Donald Trump pledged on Tuesday that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from the United States, as new U.S. sanctions against Iran took effect in spite of pleas from Washington’s allies.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok topped 100 on Tuesday as rescuers found victims under wrecked buildings, while thousands left homeless in the worst-affected areas waited for aid to arrive.
California’s biggest wildfire on record raged on Tuesday as hot and windy conditions challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state. The Mendocino Complex grew to span 283,000 acres on Monday when two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest.
Tesla has started hiring for its new Shanghai factory, according to job postings on its website, just a month after the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker signed agreements with local authorities for the $2 billion project.
Oil prices rose on Tuesday with revived U.S. sanctions against major crude exporter Iran expected to tighten global supply.
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An Israeli strike on Tuesday killed two militants of the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas movement after shots were fired at soldiers, Gazan and Israeli officials said.
Macedonian police arrested seven people on Tuesday believed to have fought alongside Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, the interior minister said.
Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists.
A man was killed and two others were injured Monday in a shooting on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that caused several cars to collide and shut down all traffic lanes for hours.
The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) said Sunday it is closing its offices following “alarming” threats to its staff over its high-profile reporting on the violent repression of anti-government protests.
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A Brazilian federal court has ordered a block on Venezuelans crossing the border from their economically imploding country, but there was no indication Monday of the suspension yet taking effect.
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Brazil has re-opened its northern border with Venezuela to those fleeing economic and political turmoil there, after briefly closing it.
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a “land of drought” as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers.
Police in Sulawesi, Indonesia say they have freed a 28-year-old woman who was held captive in a cave for 15 years by a village shaman. The 83-year-old man is alleged to have kidnapped the woman when she was 13, and brainwashed her into believing he was possessed by a spirit or “jin”.
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“We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.” That admission came recently from Councilman Jesse Dominguez during a meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council regarding the criminalization of the use of plastic straws.
Of the more than 1,000 people surveyed in May and June of this year, only one person was able to name all five First Amendment rights. A whopping 40 percent, however, couldn’t name any.
News – 8/7/2018
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Massive wildfire rages after becoming largest in California’s history
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Black conservative attacked for being … black conservative
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IDF strikes two Hamas militants after gunfire exchange near border
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U.S. reimposes sanctions on Iran
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Venezuela crisis: Brazil briefly shuts border to migrants
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Iran sanctions: Trump warns trading partners
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Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans for Government Takeover of the Internet
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Hamas discusses battle-readiness in response to Israeli pessimism
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90% of You Will Not Be Here In Less Than Seven Years
..I made a fundamental judgment error, just like many of the Jews did in the early days of Nazi Germany. When Hitler first came to power most Jews thought that he was merely a passing fad that would soon fade away. This soon gave way to having the Jews worst nightmares realized.
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As social media giants desperately scramble to scrub conservative voices from the internet ahead of the coming US Midterms, liberal actor Peter Fonda has called for voter fraud to help the Democrats win the next elections.
D.C. Virgins Wanted for Sacrifice Party
Weird Craigslist: normally all fun and games, bros broing bros and people trading sexual favors for hurricane supplies. But not anymore! Today’s Craigslist brings the forboding news that someone in our metropolitan region is planning to throw a party, and they need some virgins to douse in fake blood.
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You might know Jonathan Cahn from the failed predictions in his best-selling book, The Harbinger, which seeks to draw parallels between Israel’s past and America’s present. Or you might know Jonathan Cahn from the failed predictions of The Mystery of the Shemitah, another best-selling book that claimed a “shaking” was going to take place between 2015 and 2016 that would economically rock the world. Or, you might know Cahn from any number of his different prophecies in which he takes obscure Old Testament passages, extrapolates a distorted message, and claims that it’s an omen for the present day.
Now, the failed prophet – who still is popular on the charismatic speaking circuit, where they typically care more about the novelty of the prophecy than its accuracy – claims that the prophecy of Donald Trump was foretold in the Bible. Of course, it would have been nice had he told us this long before Trump became president. A little heads-up would have been nice.
The video is of Michael Brown hosting Sid Roth’s Program, It’s Supernatural! For clarity’s sake, this is not a new video and was filmed about 10 months ago. It was, however, just recently uploaded by Charisma Mag and promoted on their website just today. Michael Brown seemed to find the Donald Trump prophecy fascinating, without offering critique or rebuke.
You can watch the video below.
Michael Brown appeared on Iron Sharpens Ironwith Reformed Baptist apologist, James White, yesterday.
Before we get to Rick Becker’s piece, here’s a quote by Theresa Dedmon, a woman who’s on the pastoral staff at Bethel Church in Redding CA. Bethel’s not far from the raging Carr fire that took the lives of 7 people and destroyed well over 160,000 acres and 1,077 homes in Shasta County:
All of us have most likely experienced raging fires, like the Carr fire, that has come against us either in our relationships, pursuing our dreams, or feeling secure for our future. Remember, that support from others, hearing God’s voice, declaring, and giving thanks will be key for your victory. I can hardly wait to share with you stories of victory and breakthrough as we press in for God’s mercy and blessing for protection and restoration. Remember you are Born to Create, and declare life! (Emphasis in the article)
“Hearing God’s voice,” “declaring,” “breakthrough,” “Born to Create” are terms frequently used by those who are caught up in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) cult.
In this piece over at Famine In The Land, Becker scrutinizes Theresa Dedmon’s theology in a letter she wrote in response to the catastrophic fire that has affected a large number of people in her community. He writes:
As the ashes from the Carr fire settle in Redding, Bethelites remain in denial that their methodology and theology lie in ashes. Their prophetic ministry failed – hundreds have been “activated” into the prophetic at Bethel, yet none of them foresaw the Carr fire. Don’t expect them to cancel any of their prophetic courses – all opportunities for shameful gain will continue….their prophets are in it for a profit or self-aggrandizement. Any rational person would come to the conclusion that Bethel’s ministry had no impact on the Carr fire. Their decrees and declarations could not extinguish a single ember. The weather did not obey their commands, the dead were not raised, and Bethel has had to be content with doing the not so miraculous by operating as a distribution hub for the Salvation Army. So what does Bethel do when their talk differs from their walk? They make assumptions, camouflage their failed teachings, and continue in their deluded state.
In this post, we examine Theresa Dedmon’s article in response to the tragedy titled “Beauty For Ashes”. But first, some background information on Dedmon. From her webpage: “I am on pastoral staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where I oversee the Creative Arts department for the Church and School of Supernatural Ministry. I instruct on worship expressions and arts events within the church, as well as strategy and coordination for city transformation and outreach.”
Theresa describes her ministry as “equipping and activating people in prophetic and healing ministry as I show them how to step into their supernatural and creative destinies.”
Her own creativity has resulted in her range of stretch pants, and apparently wearing her art “enhances your awareness of God’s presence, and helps you become a walking encounter of Heaven’s message to those around you.” Let’s not forget her other brand – tarot destiny cards.
Some snippets from Theresa’a blog posts:
Her“passion is to empower others to walk in supernatural power and transform the world through creative expressions of God’s presence.” Well, we know that’s not going to work out, and neither will this: “True creativity restores relationship: relationship with God and others. Our creative destiny can only be fulfilled to the degree that we are change agents in culture to restore community and connection in relationship.”
Creativity has replaced the gospel?
Mysticism and Bethel go hand in hand – Dedmon writes the following: “Now if I was to interview people about what they love about San Francisco last weekend, it probably wouldn’t be just one thing like the food, diverse people, hills, and architectural design. It would be the intangible feelings evoked from the many memories that now are attached to their experiences that happened while they were there. In the same way, the more we create with God in the unseen realm, we will have intangible feelings of God’s presence associated with our experiences as we have created with Him.”
Have you created with God in the unseen realm? What does this even mean?
On dreaming, Dedmon writes: “We can literally dream our way to our destiny. Our dreams can change us, and the world around us…Anything is possible in the Kingdom of God. What will you build in your life? Your dreams will determine the answer!”
MICHAEL OBERNDORF — Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was a country, unique in the world and in history, where the people were not subjects of the whims and delusional rule of tyrannical kings and other potentates, but lived free under the Rule of Law, laid out in a constitution written by the People themselves. It clearly enumerated the powers they granted to the government, not the other way ’round. It also listed (and guaranteed) rights granted to them by God, not by government, and thus “unalienable.”… (more)
DAN POPP — A society which is socialist cannot also be democratic, in the sense of guaranteeing individual freedom. – – Milton Friedman With all the folks recently declaring themselves “democratic socialists,” I thought it would be worthwhile to examine why this is another assault on language by the barbarian left…. (more)
BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE — No less an authority than Robert Sweet, President of the National Right to Read Foundation (NRRF), said there are a dozen good phonics programs and which one is best doesn’t matter that much. This answer is reassuring; it furthers my resolve not to pretend I know which one is best. My goal is to make sure everyone understands why phonics is superior, and that phonics offers a lot of variety and creativity…. (more)
THE HILL — In a decision that could be only be described as dumbfounding and hypocritical, The New York Times is standing by its decision to hire tech writer Sarah Jeong as an editorial board member despite the emergence of racially-charged tweets she posted a few years ago…. (more)
WESLEY PRUDEN — Donald Trump’s critics have made a wonderful contribution to our golden age of letters. But who could have guessed that this glorious abundance of creative writing would be found in political commentary? The president’s detractors compete to be the first to describe how he finally comes a cropper, with his carcass nailed to the barn door by Robert Mueller, who was commissioned to find the evidence of collusion with the Russians. Everybody knows the evidence is so abundant a child could find it…. (more)
CNBC — Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Spotify clamped down on content by Alex Jones Monday. Apple confirmed on Monday that it had removed five out of Jones’ six podcasts, which includes the infamous “The Alex Jones Show” as well as a number of other InfoWars audio streams. The news was originally reported by BuzzFeed News…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — Things move very quickly in the media realm, and in quirky ways. Despite the fact that Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify banned controversial broadcast host and “Infowars” creator Alex Jones, he still led the national trends on Twitter throughout Monday. Such is the irony of social media. Certain content producers are banished from busy sites for violating “community rules” about the nature and tone of content – – then the public can’t wait to talk about them. And talk they did…. (more)
‘These policies are deliberately unclear as well as political’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Ben Shapiro may consider InfoWars is a “dumpster fire,” but he still says Apple, Facebook, and YouTube were wrong to ban the channel from their platforms. The editor in chief of The Daily Wire told readers on Monday that the swift termination from InfoWars from major social-media platforms is a sterling example of “the political Left” in action. His take: Purposefully ambiguous guidelines allow companies to target anyone they choose at will under the guise of combating “hate speech.”… (more)
MEDIA MATTERS — Facebook, well-known as a breeding ground for misinformation, has a particular problem with disseminating false and misleading messages about climate change science. The platform spreads climate-denying videos and other posts, hosts climate-denying ads, and officially partners with climate-denying media outlets and organizations…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — Facebook has reportedly approached several of the biggest U.S. banks, asking them to share their customers’ financial data with the social-media giant. According to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal, the data included such detailed matters as card transactions besides Facebook-related purchases and checking-account balances…. (more)
WESLEY PRUDEN — Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) rarely kills, but it wounds, and it might be fatal to the Democratic crusade to take back the House. That struggle is just beginning, and one Democratic pollster says Democrats, despite their successful run on Fort Knox to build an abundant campaign war chest, feel more “exhausted” by the current news cycle than Republicans do…. (more)
ROBERT KNIGHT — During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong’s Red Guards marched people through the streets in large dunce caps. The victims had said or done something outside the canon of Chinese Marxism. An Americanized version of public scapegoating is unfolding daily as tweets, emails, phone calls or writings, some of which go back many years, are held up as evidence of wrong thinking, circa 2018. Although not remotely comparable to Mao’s vicious treatment of dissidents, the penalties can be harsh – – loss of job, income, social standing and being publicly branded as an enemy of “diversity.”… (more)
NEWSMAX — The National Rifle Association is suffering grave financial harm that threatens its ability to pursue its advocacy mission because of a “blacklisting” campaign by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York regulators, the gun rights group said in a federal lawsuit…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — Guns for me, but not for thee. The National Rifle Association taunted gun control activist David Hogg and his group’s Saturday protest at its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters by noting his security. “Today, @davidhogg111 (with armed security) and a bunch of gun-grabbing activists protested our empty HQ,” the gun-rights organization wrote on Twitter on Saturday night…. (more)
CNS NEWS — Following last month’s strong employment report, the numbers released on Friday were even better in some respects. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says a record 155,965,000 people were employed in July, the 11th record-breaker since President Trump took office 19 months ago…. (more)
NATIONAL REVIEW — Hiring slowed in July as unemployment fell even farther, according to Labor Department numbers released Friday. The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs last month, falling short of the expected 190,000. Unemployment ticked down to 3.9 percent from 4 percent, and there have been more job openings than workers to fill them since April…. (more)
BYRON YORK — Congressional investigators know that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign, kept supplying allegations to the FBI after the 2016 election – – and even after he was terminated as a source by the bureau for giving confidential information to the media…. (more)
NEWSMAX — The FBI Friday released 71 heavily redacted pages describing that it had corresponded with former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of a dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and revealed the agency was paying him to gather intelligence…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Jim Jordan said the struggle between the House of Representatives and the Department of Justice is part of a larger show of disrespect from several parts of the executive branch. During an interview with The Washington Times’ Tim Constantine for “The Capitol Hill Show” on Thursday, Mr. Jordan explained the reasoning behind the decision to file articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration moved Thursday to freeze fuel economy standards, saying that suspending higher Obama-era mileage requirements will give drivers access to “more affordable” vehicles and boost the economy…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The top brass at Fox Television Group has assured skittish fans of “Last Man Standing” that they have nothing to fear regarding “Mike Baxter’s” return. Tim Allen’s popular character won’t be stripped of his conservative streak when the hit show lands at Fox on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. EDT. Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman, Gary Newman confirmed the continuing political status while talking with reporters in Beverly Hills, California…. (more)
‘This is a story about life, our first unalienable right’
ART MOORE — Facebook banned a pro-life video ad by a judicial candidate, explaining it violated the social-media company’s policy of not allowing “shocking, disrespectful or sensational content.” Chris McDonough, a Republican candidate for St. Charles County Circuit Judge in Missouri, posted the ad on Sunday, reported the Gateway Pundit…. (more)
BOB UNRUH — At least 22 women have been killed, and hundreds more have ended up with ectopic pregnancies or have required blood transfusions and hospitalization due to an abortion pill fast-tracked by the Bill Clinton administration…. (more)
ART MOORE — In his movie and companion book “Death of a Nation,” filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza presents an interview he conducted with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who has become a symbol of white nationalism…. (more)
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — “Medicare for all,” the universal single-payer healthcare system increasingly popular among Democrats, would cost taxpayers an extra $32 trillion over a decade under the most optimistic scenario, it was estimated this week. Debate ensued over whether that means “Medicare for all,” as drafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, would cut overall healthcare spending, or whether the assumptions that produced the $32 trillion figure involved unrealistic assumptions about cuts in payments to doctors and providers…. (more)