Daily Archives: August 24, 2018

August 24: Who Is Trustworthy?

Isaiah 48:1–49:26; Luke 19:11–48; Job 11:1–12

We might get sidetracked when reading the Parable of the Ten Minas. Businessmen aren’t sympathetic characters in our modern world. In movies and sometimes in life, they’re often flat, miserly characters who take advantage of naïve individuals and community values.

Although there is often an element of truth to some stereotypes, it can be too easy to take sides. And we’re forced to take sides in this parable. Whose view is correct—the people of the city who hate the nobleman, the fearful servant, or the nobleman and his faithful servants?

The response of the masses seems unjustified. The two servants entrusted with minas are faithful characters, but not the focus of the parable. When the final servant is summoned, we expect an interesting turn of events. Will we sympathize with him? We’ve already heard that the citizens hate the nobleman, and the final servant seems to confirm this: “For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man—you withdraw what you did not deposit, and you reap what you did not sow!” (Luke 19:21).

But it’s not the final servant who provides the climactic turn of events that we’re looking for—it’s the nobleman. Instead of punishing the servant for disobeying His commands, the nobleman holds the servant accountable to his own perceived value system: “By your own words I will judge you, wicked slave! You knew that I am a severe man, withdrawing what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. And why did you not give my money to the bank, and I, when I returned, would have collected it with interest?” (Luke 19:22–23). Rather than letting him off the hook, the nobleman points out that the servant is inconsistent. He has been making excuses for his unfaithfulness all along.

Because we’re imperfect characters, we need to be ready and willing to take an honest look at the lenses with which we view the world: our hearts. If we’re ready to live faithfully, we need to look to the only trustworthy character—the one who sacrificed everything for us.

How do you rationalize or interpret Scripture in a way that makes you less accountable? Do you have someone in your life who challenges you? Why or why not?

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.

August 24 Covering Sin

“[Love] bears all things” (1 Cor. 13:7).

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Love confronts sin but protects the sinner.

In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but “all things” in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4–6); but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God’s Word.

“[Love] bears all things” speaks of love’s willingness to cover sins and protect sinners from further harm. That’s opposite our tabloid-mentality society in which gossip is big business and people seemingly have an insatiable appetite for exposés and “true confessions.”

Love seeks to protect, not expose. It confronts and disciplines sin but never broadcasts failures or wrongs. It feels the pain of those it loves and is willing to take that pain upon itself when necessary—as Christ did when He suffered for our sins.

In the Old Testament, the mercy seat was the place where the blood of atonement was sprinkled to cover the sins of the people (Lev. 16:14). That covering prefigured the perfect covering of sin that Christ brought through His death on the cross (Rom. 3:25–26). All who trust in Him are forever covered with the mantle of God’s love.

You cannot cover sins in the redemptive sense, but you can help protect and restore its victims. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.” First Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”

When you hear of someone’s sin, what is your first reaction? Do you think the worst of him or even gloat over his failures? Or do you expect the best and want to protect him from further exposure, ridicule, or harm? Are you willing to confront sin when necessary and even help bear the burden that person might be carrying? How you react indicates the quality of your love.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for covering your sins with Christ’s blood. ✧ Commit yourself to loving others in a way that truly bears all things.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 53:3–12. ✧ How is Christ pictured? ✧ What did He endure on your behalf?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 249). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • Did you know there’s a giveaway happening?
  • The first few minutes of this Q&A with John MacArthur are immensely important and helpful (well, the whole thing is, but I am particularly interested in the first conversation).
  • Ew, ew, ew, EW! No, no, no, NO!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
An active faith can give thanks for a promise even though it be not yet performed, knowing that God’s bonds are as good as ready money. —Matthew Henry

via This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

How Can I Best Prepare Students to Live Their Faith out in Public Schools? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Children face many challenges to their faith in school. How should parents and teachers respond? From our 2017 National Conference, Albert Mohler explains how and why we must teach young people to turn to the Word of God. If you have a biblical or theological question, just visit Ask.Ligonier.org to ask your question live online.…

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AUGUST 24 HEIR TO ALL CREATION

God…hath…spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things.

Hebrews 1:1–2

In this life, we are experiencing only unfinished segments of God’s great eternal plan. Certainly we are not able to comprehend fully the glory that will be ours in that future day when leaning on the arm of our heavenly Bridegroom we are led into the presence of the Father in heaven with exceeding joy!

The writer to the Hebrews has tried to help us in the proper exercise of our faith, with the amazing statement that our Lord Jesus Christ is the heir of all things in God’s far-flung creation. All things created have been ordered and laid out so they become the garment of deity and the universal living expression of Himself to this world!

What does “heir of all things” really mean? It includes angels, seraphim, cherubim, ransomed men and women of all ages, matter, mind, law, spirit, value, meaning. It includes life and events on varied levels of being—and God’s great interest embraces them all!

Surely God has left nothing to chance in His creative scheme—whether it be the tiniest blade of grass or the mightiest galaxy in the distant heavens above!

Lord of the Harvest, there are still people in this world who have never heard the name of Jesus. Nor, therefore, have they heard that He will be the rightful “heir of all things.” I pray that Your Spirit will hasten the sending of the gospel to the remaining unreached peoples of the world.[1]


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

Twelve Reasons Why Atheism Cannot Explain Reality

by Scott J Shifferd

This worldview gets hit and trampled quickly. The weapons of the faithful are powerful in destroying the walls of opposition. The knowledge of God destroys the lofty arguments that rise high and fall hard. Christ captivates. He is ready to punish every disobedience (2 Cor 10:3–6).

1. Purpose — Atheism cannot perceive an ultimate purpose for humankind and the universe. Without God, there is no ultimate purpose. Without God, humanity would eventually cease to exist, the stars would go dark, and the galaxies would drift into nothingness forever. The best explanation for purpose of life is God.

2. Morality — Atheism is limitless in moral boundaries, and thereby, secularists can invent their own morality. Such subjective morality increases moral corruption. Societies and individuals can set their own moral definitions and limits without an objective standard. However, most people live by some sense of fairness that they expect others already to know. Because people can corrupt their moral consciences, humanity needs an objective moral standard as a corrective. However, atheism denies the only plausible objective standard for morality. Secularism can only support subjective morality from either society, instinct, or self. Furthermore, subjective morality is self-centered by definition while objective morality is selfless. Without God, there are no objective moral values. However, objective moral values exist. Therefore, God exists. There are behaviors that are absolutely right or wrong. God is the objective moral standard and His special revelation is the moral corrective for humanity.

3. Motives — Secularism assumes unbiased neutrality and yet excludes other plausible explanations that include recognizing a transcendent Cause and Creator — a personal God. Any person who disregards or reinterprets reality for the purpose to reject God is not honest. Neutrality cannot dismiss a prime Cause and Creator and remain honest. Atheistic worldviews are free from an objective corrective of motives. Therefore, subjective morality alone thrives in secularism and is self-centered by nature. Secularism ignores and atheism denies the only plausible moral corrective who is God. Subjective morality allows people to set their own morals and then invest in potentially meaningless ventures and destructive innovations for the purposes of euthanasia, abortion, and genocide. Humanity’s universal sense of fairness demonstrates a transcendent moral corrective of motives — who is God. The God-given conscience and God’s moral standard motivates humanity toward respecting life, acting with compassion, and saving lives…

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Are 11,000 earthquakes since July sign of the BIG ONE coming?

Are 11,000 earthquakes since July sign of the BIG ONE coming?More than 11,000 earthquakes have struck the planet in the last 30 days, with 149 in the past 24 hours alone – but could these powerful tremors be a sign of the Big One coming?  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and EarthquakeTrack follow the number of earthquakes rocking the planet around the clock.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 149 earthquakes stronger than magnitude 1.5 hit the planet, most of which were in the so-called Ring of Fire. EarthquakeTrack has tracked 1,210 earthquakes in the last seven days and more than 82,800 in the past year. Today, a powerful magnitude 6.3 tremor hit the Andreanof Islands on the border of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. READ MORE

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

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President Donald Trump criticized social media companies on Friday, saying without evidence that they have silenced “millions of people” in an act of censorship.

A county elections board in Georgia on Friday blocked an effort to close most polling places in a largely black county ahead of the November election, where a Democrat is vying to become the first U.S. African-American female governor, a county spokesman said.

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation to fund much of the government, including $675 billion for the Department of Defense, as lawmakers worked to minimize the risk of a government shutdown before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

A lawsuit attempting to block the Trump administration from arresting illegal immigrants seeking to legalize their status based on their marriages to U.S. citizens can move forward, a federal judge in Boston ruled on Thursday.

Lawyers for the U.S. government and families separated by border officials after they entered the United States from Mexico said 37 more children have been freed from federal custody in the last week, as both sides work out means to enable children to seek asylum.

U.S. sanctions against Russia tied to a nerve agent attack in Britain, which were announced earlier this month, will officially take effect on Monday, according to the Federal Register.

The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building towards a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the U.N. migration agency said on Friday.

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is forging ahead with its plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

The Federal Reserve’s steady interest rate hikes are the best way to protect the U.S. economic recovery and keep job growth as strong as possible and inflation under control, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in a high-profile endorsement of the central bank’s current approach to policy.

A Maersk vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics will next week become the first container ship to navigate an Arctic sea route that Russia hopes will become a new shipping highway.

The T-Mobile cyber-security team found and shut down unauthorized access to certain information on Aug. 20, and reported the matter to authorities, No financial data, social security numbers or passwords were compromised, but other personal information like name, email-id, phone number, zip code, account number or type (postpaid or prepaid) may have been exposed.

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Facebook’s former security chief warned that attacks on the American electoral system are alive and well ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, urging the country to learn from its mistakes and prepare itself to handle any threats connected to the 2020 elections.

The Air Force’s B-2 Stealth bomber has test-dropped an upgraded, multi-function B61-12 nuclear bomb which improves accuracy, integrates various attack options into a single bomb and changes the strategic landscape with regard to nuclear weapons mission possibilities.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday his party would vote to suspend funding to the European Union next year unless other states agreed to take in migrants being held on a coastguard ship in Sicily.

At least 31 people killed or wounded in western Yemen on Thursday in a missile strike for which the Huthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition fighting them traded blame.

A UN team of investigators has begun work in Iraq aimed at collecting evidence on the massacres of the Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group, according to a letter released Thursday.

British Airways and Air France said on Thursday they would halt flights to Iran from September for business reasons, months after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would re-impose sanctions on Tehran.

Clashes have broken out between Taliban militants and government forces in Afghanistan forcing some civilians to flee from their homes near the city of Ghazni, which the insurgents stormed this month, officials said on Friday.

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An Ebola-infected doctor is surrounded by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a “dreaded” situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. An Ebola outbreak erupted in the region on 1 August, with 63 deaths to date.

A Japanese woman will be flying through the glass ceiling as she becomes her country’s first female fighter pilot.

US authorities have found a secret 600ft drug tunnel stretching from a former KFC in the state of Arizona to Mexico.

The Trump administration is considering allowing schools to access federal education funding to purchase guns for teachers, US media report.

A controversial law in Australia’s New South Wales that allows graves to be “rented out” is going to a public inquiry, reports say. The act allows relatives to rent graves for 25-99 year periods if they can’t afford the leasehold fees on their loved one’s permanent grave.

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A teaching assistant at the University of Utah tried to create a “Second Amendment zone” in a classroom, forcing students who legally carry to stand in a tiny, taped-off area during class. Upon being alerted to the situation, the university promptly overruled the instructor and assigned them to non-teaching duties for the duration of the semester.

A rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers on the infected person’s genitalia has been in reported in England, according to the Lancashire Post.


News – 8/24/2018

Chinese Military Joining Russians for Nuclear War Games

Russia and China will hold a large-scale military exercise next month that will include simulated nuclear weapons attacks, according to American defense officials. The People’s Liberation Army will send more than 3,200 troops, 900 pieces of military equipment, and 30 aircraft to Russia for the exercise known as Vostok-18, or East-18, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, noting the exercises will involve practicing maneuver defense, live firing of weapons, and counterattack.

PMO to borrow 2,600-year-old ‘Netanyahu tablet’

This past Jerusalem Day, the government held its routine meeting at the Bible Lands Museum and during the session the museum staff surprised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and presented him with the tablet collection including the one bearing his family name. After learning of the ancient origin of his name, the prime minister asked the museum if his office coule borrow the tablet. It will be kept at the PMO and exhibited to visiting foreign dignitaries in order to demonstrate the continuity of the Jewish people, who were exiled from the Land of Israel and returned after 2,000 years.

‘Megaquake’ fears after planet shaken by 144 earthquakes in seven days

The Pacific Ring of Fire has been hit by a series of strong earthquakes with Venezuela being struck by a major 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. There are fears of a so-called ‘megaquake’ after the planet was shaken by 144 earthquakes in the past seven days. It comes after Venzuela was hit by a major 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. Around 70 earthquakes are said to have hit the Ring of Fire, which is a horseshoe shaped area of volcanic arcs, volcanic belts and tectonic plates.

7.1-magnitude earthquake on border of Peru, Brazil, USGS reports

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Peru, close to its borders with Bolivia and Brazil on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was recorded at 4:04 a.m. local time at a depth of 378 miles. There was no immediate information on damage or casualties.

Bolton: We will de-fund the UN Human Rights Council

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday that the United States intends to cut funding to the UN Human Rights Council from which it withdrew in June. “We are going to de-fund the Human Rights Council,” Bolton told The Associated Press in an interview, while warning that other UN agencies could also be up for cuts in U.S. funding.

3 decades of alarmists’ false climate prophesies unfulfilled

That year, Shabecoff’s alarmism blaming industrialized society was buttressed by two scientists’ bogus predictions – a trend that has seen one ominous climate forecast after another fail … year after year. “Predictions made on that day – and ever since – continue to be falsified in the real world,” Bradley stressed in his report. “The predictions made by climate scientist James Hansen and Michael Oppenheimer back in 1988 – and reported as model projected by journalist Philip Shabecoff – constitute yet another exaggerated Malthusian scare, joining those of the population bomb (Paul Ehrlich), resource exhaustion (Club of Rome), Peak Oil (M. King Hubbert), and global cooling (John Holdren).” The pseudo-science based on the concept of global warming scared mainstream media connoisseurs and easily influenced students attending America’s public schools and universities, who have been taught that crops and people would soon die if society doesn’t adopt ultra-green environmentalists practices and policies to “save the Earth.”

Lethal Pig Virus in Fourth China Province Raises Disease Threat

The emergence of African swine fever is a major threat to China. The country has more than half the world’s swine, and pork is the country’s principal source of dietary protein. Besides being capable of killing every domestic pig it infects, the virus is highly contagious and persistent. There’s no vaccine to protect hogs from catching it and culling infected animals and imposing strict containment measures are the way to limit further spread.

Hands-on Reenactment of Temple Bread Baking in Biblical Israel

Focusing specifically on the breads described in Jewish texts, Saidel has conducted the hands-on workshops since last summer, teaching techniques and explaining the history and symbolism behind three different types of breads mentioned in the Talmud and commentaries.

Report: Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Deal Nears Completion

The Egyptian brokered ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas is nearly completed, the London based Al-Hayat Arabic language daily reported Thursday. According to the report, the deal needs a few minor revisions before being finalized, but Egypt has obtained Israel’s agreement and an exchange of documents between the sides is underway. The deal is set to apply for a period of one year, after which it would be automatically extended for an additional four years.

Fatah leader: Israel is offering Hamas an airport near Eilat

Israel has offered Hamas a seaport in Cyprus and an airport near Eilat under Israeli supervision, as well as an airline flying to Qatar, deputy chairman of the ruling Fatah faction Mahmoud al-Aloul claimed on Thursday. According to Aloul, the Israeli offers are part of US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled plan for peace in the Middle East. “I doubt this plan will succeed,” he said.

Naval experts concerned over China’s increasing presence in Mediterranean

The increasing presence of China in the Mediterranean region as part of the Asian giant’s Belt and Road Initiative should be a cause of concern, experts told The Jerusalem Post this week. “What concerns us is China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its growing role in Israel’s maritime domain, especially operating of Haifa port,” Rear Admiral (Ret.) Professor Shaul Chorev told the Post…

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Venezuelans trying to emigrate to Peru are rushing to get there before Saturday when new rules will come into force requiring them to have valid passports. So far, Venezuelans have been allowed to enter Peru with just their ID cards. Many have been waiting for their passports for years with the authorities blaming “mafias” inside the registry services for the delays.

Russia says 63,000 troops have seen combat in Syria

Russia has revealed the extent of its military involvement in Syria’s war. A defence ministry video said more than 63,000 Russian military personnel had “received combat experience” in the country since September 2015. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the end of last year that 48,000 personnel had been deployed. The video also said Russian air force had flown 39,000 sorties, destroying 121,466 “terrorist targets” and killing more than 86,000 “militants”.

Netanyahu says has not given up on U.S. recognition of control over Golan

Israel is not giving up trying to gain US recognition of its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. US National Security Advisor John Bolton said in a Reuters interview a day earlier that the Trump administration is not discussing possible US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic plateau.

Scott Morrison is new Australian PM as Malcolm Turnbull ousted

Scott Morrison has become Australia’s new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest. Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an “insurgency” by conservative MPs. Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton – who had been Mr Turnbull’s most vocal threat.

Drug tunnel ran from old KFC in Arizona to Mexico bedroom

US authorities have found a secret drug tunnel stretching from a former KFC in the state of Arizona to Mexico. The 600ft (180m) passageway was in the basement of the old restaurant in San Luis, leading under the border to a home in San Luis Rio Colorado. Authorities made the discovery last week and have arrested the southern Arizona building’s owner.

Hurricane Lane: Hawaii hit by flooding and landslides as storm nears

Hawaii has been hit with strong winds and torrential rain as Hurricane Lane approaches the US state, causing flash flooding and landslides. Schools and offices were closed as residents took shelter from the storm, which was downgraded to category three strength on Thursday. As the hurricane neared the islands of the Aloha state, it brought winds of 125 mph (200 km/h) and heavy rainfall.

Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy

Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. Last week, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, invited employees from a dozen companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Snapchat, to gather at Twitter’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Dangerous parasitic disease caused by ‘kissing bugs’ has sickened 300,000 Americans

A parasitic illness that can cause strokes and heart failure is spreading across the US, doctors have warned. Chagas disease is transmitted by an insect known as the ‘kissing bug’ because it tends to bite people’s faces, near their mouths. Many never shown signs that they’ve been infected with the disease, which is why it has earned the nickname of the ‘silent killer’.

Magic mushrooms to treat depression? This Peter Thiel-backed startup just got FDA okay to begin trials

The Food and Drug Administration has greenlighted the use of the psychedelic ingredient in “magic” mushrooms for a drug trial to treat depression. The federal agency gave the U.S. approval to London-based life sciences startup called Compass Pathways that launched in 2016 under the backing of billionaire Peter Thiel. Regulatory approvals for the trial have already been given in the U.K., the Netherlands and Canada.

ObamaCare more popular than GOP tax law

ObamaCare is more popular than the GOP tax law, according to a new Fox News poll. The 2010 health-care law registered a 51 percent approval rating, compared with 40 percent for the 2017 Republican tax cuts, according to the survey released on Thursday. The poll, which surveyed 1,009 registered voters, also found that only 36 percent of respondents approve of the way President Trump is handling health care, with 55 percent disapproving.

David Horowitz: Visa, Mastercard Cut Off Payments to My Think Tank Based on SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Label

The David Horowitz Freedom Center has had their donation processing system blocked by Visa and Mastercard allegedly following a campaign by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Visa has since contacted Breitbart News to deny involvement in the blacklisting of the Freedom Center. The David Horowitz Freedom Center stated in a recent email that its ability to accept donations by credit card has been disabled by both Visa and Mastercard following a campaign by the SPLC to label the Freedom Center as a hate group.

Navy takes part in world’s largest maritime exercise

For the very first time, an IDF Navy delegation took part in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. During the drill, which took place near Hawaii last month, Israeli officers joined the commanding team. The exercise included 25 participants from 26 countries, 47 warships, 200 fighter planes, and five submarines.

U.N. Rights Expert Calls US Sanctions on Iran ‘Unjust and Harmful,’ Praises EU Efforts to Counter Them

A U.N. human rights “special rapporteur” whose appointment stoked controversy has come out against the Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions against Iran, calling the move “unjust and harmful” and praising the European Union for opposing it.

Schumer: Kavanaugh Refused to Tell Me If Roe Was Correctly Decided

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor on Wednesday that when he met on Tuesday with Judge Brett Kavanaugh—whom President Donald Trump has nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court—Kavanaugh refused to tell him whether he believed Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey were correctly decided.

Mexico opened 2,599 homicide investigations in July — the most ever recorded in a month

Mexico continues to grow more violent, logging more homicide cases in July than in any month on record.

Cancun horror as 8 bodies, including 2 dismembered in bags, found on streets
Eight bodies — two of which were dismembered and shoved in plastic bags — were discovered on the streets of the Mexican resort city Cancun, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The EU plans a massive transportation initiative for Muslims in Israel – yet doesn’t even consult Israel

The European Union (EU) is working on plans to construct a massive transportation grid connecting the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian Authority (PA)-administered territories in Judea and Samaria, but has not informed Israel.

America’s Date with Genocide (Part 1)
Is America following down a path which could culminate in the government carrying out acts of genocide against select members of its population? There is increasing internet “chatter” which addresses this topic and many are beginning to discuss the possibility for the first time. I began to wonder the same and began to actually research the patterns of genocide in an attempt to determine if America is in trouble.

Facebook secretly tracking “trust ratings” for users with “social score” algorithm right out of communist China

Under the guise of combating “fake news,” social media giant Facebook has unveiled a new censorship scheme that basically allows the platform to either award or penalize users based on what it deems to be the overall “trustworthiness” of their browsing, liking, and sharing habits.

Corbyn under fresh fire for saying in 2013 ‘Zionists’ don’t get English culture | The Times of Israel

Video footage from 2013 has surfaced of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is battling allegations of anti-Semitism, implying that Zionists were unable to understand British ways of thinking despite growing up in the country.

Archbishop: Pedophilia Causing People to Quit Catholic Church in Record Numbers

Archbishop Eamon Martin has said in an opening address for the Vatican-organized major summit on the family that many people are leaving the Catholic church in record numbers to Pedophilia.

Outbreak Alert: Rare ‘Flesh-Eating’ STD Reported In England

A rare flesh-eating STD (sexually transmitted disease) has been reported in England. An unnamed female patient, who lives in Southport has been diagnosed with donovanosis within the last 12 months.


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Anthony Wade – New False Prophets to the Old False Prophets — Time for you to Step Off

Rick Becker – Like Jackals Among the Ruins 

Evangelical Pastor Raised in Utah: Mormonism and Christianity Not the Same

Man attacks ex-pastor in courtroom

Woman Sues Church After Affair With Pastor, Claims He Convinced Her to Have Abortion

Yoga Pants Put the Squeeze on Evangelical Colleges

Cornerstone Christian School defends rejecting Muslim San Antonio teen’s enrollment

Catholic Church spent $2M on major N.Y. lobbying firms to block child-sex law reform

Bipartisanship – Senate amendment to defund Planned Parenthood fails 45-48


Headlines – 8/24/2018

EU Slams Israel for Advancing West Bank Settlement Construction: ‘Illegal Under International Law’

EU blasts settlement homes announcement as Palestinians call for sanctions

Erekat: U.S. encouraging ‘settlements’

Netanyahu still hopes U.S. will recognize Israel’s Golan claim

‘Trump is pushing the PA into a corner’

PA forces said to thwart West Bank bomb attack against Israeli troops

Report: More Arabs Want to Vote in Jerusalem Municipal Elections, but Face Threats From Palestinian Terror Groups

UN official: Palestinian refugee issue can’t be wished away

Mexican-Palestinian congressional candidate believes walls are not the answer

Ultra-Orthodox MKs slam PM for apparent support of Shabbat construction work

Netanyahu lands in Lithuania, grandma’s birthplace, in search of European allies

Survivors ask Zuckerberg to censor Holocaust denial on Facebook

Corbyn under fresh fire for saying in 2013 ‘Zionists’ don’t get English culture

Air France, British Airways to end flights to Tehran as US reimposes sanctions

Netanyahu lauds European airlines for ending Iran flights, says more will follow

EU agrees 18 mln euro development aid for Iran

U.N. Rights Expert Calls US Sanctions on Iran ‘Unjust and Harmful,’ Praises EU Efforts to Counter Them

Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran

Bolton says US rejected halting Iran sanctions for rollback in Syria

Bolton: Putin shares our desire to get Iranian troops out of Syria

Lavrov says ‘uninvited foreign forces’ in Syria should leave, in reference to US

Russia says 63,000 troops have seen combat in Syria

Having pulled out of UNHRC, Bolton says US will now cut its funding

Jimmy Carter: The US has ‘lost its place’ as a leader in human rights

Pompeo calls on Pakistan’s Khan to act against ‘terrorists’

ADL skewers Trump for tweet on white South African conspiracy theory

Venezuelans turn to spoiled meat amid months of power outages, economic turmoil

New Air Force B-2 ‘earth penetrating’ nuclear weapon changes combat strategy

With new special envoy, Pompeo heading to N Korea amid ‘deadlock’ over denuclearization

Naval experts concerned over China’s increasing presence in Mediterranean

India, China agree to expand military ties after defence talks

U.S.-China trade talks end with no breakthrough as tariffs kick in

Trump misunderstands trade, Japan’s trade minister says

Trump says US economy will tank if he’s impeached

Explained: The campaign finance laws that ensnarled Trump’s lawyer

Leadership spill: How the world’s media reported Australia’s political crisis

A week of whiplash in Australian politics – and it’s not over yet

Facebook pulls its Israeli-made security app over privacy concerns

Europe’s new data law upends global online advertising

As Japan’s farmers age, drones help with heavy lifting

NASA Chief Wants to Send Humans to the Moon – ‘To Stay’

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Iberia, Peru

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Sulangan, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Hurricane Lane Threatens Devastating Hit on Hawaii, Churns Toward Oahu

Hurricane Lane Weakens To Category 3 As Rain Triggers Floods, Landslides

Red Cross still responding to Hurricane Harvey victims one year later

Tropical Storm Cimaron slams into mainland Japan with flooding rain, damaging winds

Taiwan faces more flooding as extreme rain may total in excess of 1,200 mm

Drought In Central Europe Reveals Cautionary ‘Hunger Stones’ In Czech River

Devastating wildfires trigger air quality concerns, evacuation orders in northwestern US and British Columbia

Huge wildfire spreads southwest of Berlin

Health ministry confirms two Israelis dead in mass West Nile fever outbreak

Knesset Health Committee to convene session on West Nile Virus

What is Chagas Disease? ‘Kissing Bug’ Parasitic Illness Spreading in the U.S., Doctors Say

Shock in Algeria… 41 confirmed cholera cases

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Calls Roe v. Wade ‘Settled Law,’ but What Does That Mean?

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Seismic Shocker: The Number Of Global Earthquakes Over The Last 30 Days Is More Than 50% Above Normal

Why is the number of earthquakes happening around the world increasing so dramatically?  In recent days, we have seen very large earthquakes in Venezuela, Fiji, Italy and elsewhere.  Here in North America, significant quakes have rattled Oregon, Alaska and the west coast of Mexico.  As I reported on all of these important seismic events, it sure seemed like the number of earthquakes was rising, but I wanted to be sure.  I once worked as an attorney, and I was trained to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the facts.  So I decided to pull up the numbers, and what I discovered was extremely alarming.  I turns out that the number of earthquakes that we have witnessed over the last 30 days is more than 50 percent above normal.  Of course the Earth is constantly being pummeled by quakes, but this is a huge deviation from the norm.  Could it be possible that we have entered a time when major Earth changes are going to start happening on a regular basis?  If so, what does that mean for the future of our society? (Read More…)

New False Prophets to the Old False Prophets — Time for you to Step Off — Christian Research Network

“The message is clear and the gauntlet has been thrown down. If you are part of the old regime that has fleeced God’s flock through lying about what He says — time to step off! Have some humility to let the new batch of wolves into the pen.”

Read Jeremiah 23:16-32

(Anthony Wade – 8:28 Ministries) It seems there is a civil war brewing within the apostate church. For the sake of their master, I am sure they will remember how to sing Kumbaya but in the interim the irony is gratifying. R. Loren Sandford is a pastor in Colorado and apparently he thinks it is time the old guard goes off to that false prophet retirement ranch. What is delicious is he takes their own false prophet network language, weaponizes it and uses it against them. Thus get ready get ready get ready because there is a shift coming in the prophetic atmosphere! Let us reason together through above linked article:

“Something is about to shift in the prophetic world. A cleansing is imminent and already underway. As this purification of much that has been impure takes root, it will also include a changing of the guard. While faithful patriarchs such as John Paul Jackson, Bishop Bill Hamon and my own father, John Sandford (to name a few) have paved the way for reliable prophetic ministry, it seems clear that a fresh set of voices will now carry it forward. An older generation is passing away or simply fading from the spotlight while a fresh group of anointed prophets is just beginning to emerge.” — R. Loren Sandford

Thanks for your contributions fellas! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out now! There is a cleansing going on now! Do you know what needs cleansing beloved? Something that is dirty. Something that is filthy and disgusting. Sandford even goes as far as to call what has occurred before this moment impure! Out with the old! In with the new freshly anointed batch of false prophets!

“While I am not saying there was anything less than godly in those now fading from the spotlight, or in those now gone home to glory, and while I am certainly not in any way minimizing the contributions they made to the body of Christ, I am saying that the generation now emerging carries a fresh heart for a new day. These will speak more from humble intimacy with Jesus and from a pastoral spirit than from a concern for gifting. Their words will flow more from the heart of the Father than from any felt need to prophesy, build a great ministry or stand on anyone’s stage. More than developing their gifts, they will seek oneness with Jesus and His nature. They will pursue rest in relationship with Him, more than being supernatural.” — R. Loren Sandford

Not saying anything less than godly? You just said they were impure and in need of cleansing! I see though the new generation of false prophets carry a fresh heart for a new day of deceiving the masses. Beloved watch the next sentence carefully — they will speak more from humble intimacy with Jesus and from a pastoral spirit rather than from a concern for gifting. Translation is that the new experiential Christianity from places such as Bethel and IHOP are creating this new wave of younger false prophets and their focus will be on the pretend relationship they have with Jesus where they wait until something pops into their mind and then pretend it was Jesus speaking to their hearts. They contrast this with the old guard who they feel worried too much if you actually had the gift of prophecy! How absurdly hysterical! The old guard is so heretical they opened up schools to teach people how to falsely prophesy! Many of the young guns that now seek to push them out were probably trained at such schools! This new group though? They do not even care if they have the gift of prophecy! As long as the false prophecy flows from the depths of their wickedly deceitful hearts! Forget about that stodgy old gift development! That so old school. I am unsure how they think they can attain oneness with Christ without His word.

“The aforementioned pioneers pointed the way with an emphasis on character, the cross and biblical grounding, but their foundational core messages were, in my opinion, too little heard by too many who needed to listen. In this coming generation, however, the call to integrity, character and solid biblical grounding has been heeded. The need to wow the body of Christ and tickle the ears of men is giving way to a hunger to bow before the King of kings, broken by His love and faithful to His words, regardless of the fallout. As a result, these emerging prophets will release into the people of God a deeper level of life than we have known, as well as a sense of liberty in holiness that is both life-giving and free of condemnation.” — R. Loren Sandford  View article →

Research:

New Apostolic Reformation

via New False Prophets to the Old False Prophets — Time for you to Step Off — Christian Research Network

Russell Moore to Speak at George Soros Event — Pulpit & Pen

https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F477728040&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true

Russell Moore will be a plenary speaker at the National Immigration Forum, an organization formed and funded by Democrat financier, George Soros. The purpose of the National Immigration Forum is to advance the cause of amnesty for illegal aliens, demolish national sovereign borders, and establish a global government. In short, the National Immigration Forum would seek to demolish the Nation State, the surest and most trustworthy defense of personal religious liberty. Russell Moore, in partnering with George Soros’ global agenda, is accomplishing precisely the opposite of the mission of the organization he runs, the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Foundation. We have written about the partnership between the two leftists previously:

Evangelical Leaders are not entirely aware that their lobbying arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is in full cooperation with a George Soros funded organization that seeks to deconstruct America’s sovereignty and dismantle our sovereign borders. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), which is an entity of the largest Protestant denomination in the United States and is directed by the former Democratic staffer, Russell Moore, leads the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT). As most liberty-conscious Americans already understand, there is perhaps no greater bulwark and defense for personal liberties like freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly than that of a robust and sovereign nation-state. The EIT, in seeking to repeal immigration law for the purpose of unabated globalism, is an opponent of the very liberties that the ERLC is commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to promote. – Source link

The relationship and money trail between George Soros and Russell Moore is well established and well beyond the realm of conspiracy. If anyone doubts the reality, I would urge you to peruse the information available using the search function on this website or check out the thorough documentation at Sovereign Nations. For even more information, check out the links below:

  1. Call To Pause: Evangelical Men Join Women’s Call To Hit Pause On Culture War
  2. NIF Richard Land Impact Report Document
  3. National Immigration Forum Grants From Open Society Foundations
  4. Influential Signatories Of The Evangelical Immigration Table
  5. Evangelicals and Immigration
  6. Intersectionality and Reconciliation in Our Churches
  7. Pro-Amnesty Christian Groups Receiving $1 Billion From Feds Double-Down for Syrian Refugees
  8. Evangelical Leaders: Tell Us to Vote for Clinton
  9. Russell Moore Responds to Trump’s “Nasty Guy” Tweet With An Epic Burn
  10. The Nonpartisan Solution to Our Roy Moore Problem
  11. Top Evangelical Leader Tears Into Roy Moore’s Defenders
  12. Dr. Russell Moore: “The Future of Evangelicalism is at Stake”
  13. Dozens Of Evangelical Leaders Meet To Discuss How Trump Era Has Unleashed ‘Grotesque Caricature’ Of Their Faith
  14. Video: A House Divided Cannot Stand: Understanding and Overcoming the Inconsistencies in White Evangelicals on Racial Issues
  15. Video: T4G Session 3 – David Platt – Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters: Racism and our Need for Repentance

According to Michael O’Fallon, who is one of the most well-connected men in all of the Reformed theological world, he had a front row seat to how this bizarre relationship between open-border zealots and Southern Baptists began. According to the podcast below, O’Fallon explains that there was an intentional decision by the Evangelical Intelligentsia to promote illegal immigration and dismantle sovereign nation-state borders in order to capitalize on what they say is the one segment of American evangelicalism that isn’t shrinking…ethnic minorities. Coveting church growth, men like Russell Moore have made the cold and calloused decision to lock arms with George Soros and follow the path of Roman Catholics, who have seen some success in retaining Hispanic followers by opposing immigration law. Russell Moore has chosen to promote a thoroughly political ideology (the end of national sovereignty) for the sake of church growth. While listening to O’Fallon’s explanation of the evangelical partnership with Soros, I repeatedly acknowledged the validity of Pulpit & Pen’s Seth Dunn, who has time and time again argued that the appeal to immigration lawlessness is financially motivated, looking at demographics and deciding that Caucasians will not be able to keep evangelical institutions (like the SBC) afloat in coming decades.

 

As the links above demonstrate, the National Immigration Forum is directly funded by George Soros. Its initiative, Bibles, Badges, and Businesses, is an explicit strategy to get evangelical churches (Bibles), law enforcement (badges) and corporations (businesses) to coalesce for the purpose of ending national sovereign borders. Beginning with Richard  Land, then president of the ERLC, and followed up by Russell Moore, Southern Baptists have been a part of this sinister strategy from the beginning. Continuing the strategy of turning evangelicals into a leftist voting block, commandeering the Moral Majority for the sake of the Democratic Party, Russell Moore is again partnering with the National Immigration Forum and will be speaking at an upcoming conference.

Russell Moore is one of the keynote speakers.

Notice that Lifeway Executive Director of Research (Ed Stetzer’s old gig), Scott McConnell, is also speaking.

Shirley Hoogstra, the President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, is a longtime supporter of illegal immigration and also serves on the Soros-funded Evangelical Immigration Table, a sub-organization of the National Immigration Forum, a sub-organization of Soros’ Open Society Foundations (as the links above demonstrate). Margaret Mims is the Sherriff of Fresno County, California, and made waves for rejecting Trump’s proposal to have federal immigration officers deputize local law enforcement. Mims said that her department would not be asking people for their immigration status. While rejecting the idea of “sanctuary cities,” Mims has also rejected the idea of her department enforcing immigration law.

via Russell Moore to Speak at George Soros Event — Pulpit & Pen

The Bee Explains: The Immigration Debate — The Babylon Bee

Liberals and conservatives don’t see eye to eye on much (except how terrible pineapple pizza is). But there aren’t many issues that bring as much heated debate as the conversation over immigration laws and how our country should deal with illegal immigrants.

In this brief article, we’ll explain all the important facts from the only two viewpoints you’re allowed to have:

What do the two sides believe?

Liberals: Let everyone come to America. And we mean everyone: terrorists? Come on in. Murderers? Right this way, please. The Borg want to show up and assimilate all of us? Well, put out the fine china and let’s throw a welcome party.

Conservatives: Let nobody come to America. If conservatives had their way, the entirety of the American population would be 17 rednecks living in a fort in Alabama watching NASCAR. THE MASTER RACE MUST BE PRESERVED.

How do we secure our borders?

Liberals: I’m sorry, did you say ‘BORDERS?’ TRIGGEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREDDDD!!!

Conservatives: We need common-sense border enforcement, such as a 700-foot-high ice wall guarded by knights sworn to defend our land to the death. Also a moat with sharks maybe.

How do we deal with illegal immigrants once they’re here?

Liberals: Deport them from the streets of America to government-funded housing, with free internet, food, healthcare, and a subsidized account to their favorite MMO.

Conservatives: Shoot on sight.

How should we respond when an illegal commits a crime?

Liberals: If it’s revealed that a criminal might have been here illegally, immediately stop talking about the crime. Don’t report on it, don’t mention it—pretend it never happened. In fact, you could blame the crime on white supremacy or something while you’re at it.

Conservatives: Loudly complain that no one is reporting on the crime, even though it’s literally all over every single news network in the country. Point out the scientific fact that only illegals commit crimes, and that no American has ever so much as hurt a fly or a Native American or anyone in the Middle East.

What terms should we use to refer to illegal immigrants?

Liberals: Undocumented heroes, victims of border law oppression, saviors of America.

Conservatives: We can’t post most of the terms they use to refer to illegal immigrants. We are a Christian site, for goodness’ sake.

Now that you’re informed, go ahead and pass this article on to others so they can become as intelligent as you. Only you can elevate our nation’s level of discourse on immigration!

via The Bee Explains: The Immigration Debate — The Babylon Bee

Tim Keller’s Full Endorsement of Being Gay and Christian — Pulpit & Pen

The Apostle Paul warns us:

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

No warning has been more marginalized or flat out ignored by the professing, visible church than this one from our Lord’s great servant and apostle. There are many dangerous voices of error invading the church to condemn God’s Word on the clear, biblical truth regarding the sin of homosexuality. This blog post will focus on just one movement afoot that in its cleverness and subtlty has and will continue a full, frontal assault on God’s truth.

Sam Allberry, who identifies as “gay and Christian” and pastors St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead UK (Pictured above), promotes the idea that one can be homosexual and Christian, and therefore must have inclusion in the Lord’s Church. The Word of the one, true God clearly proclaims otherwise:

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”        1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Sam Allberry has established a ministry website that is solely devoted to the false teaching of “gay” Christianity; http://www.livingout.com. While there are many prominent, professing evangelicals supporting Allberry and his ministry, none are as devoted to Allberry’s philosophy as the ever-popular Dr. Tim Keller, who has been behind the scenes quietly and cleverly pushing the same ideas for years promoting his powerless, non-transforming and false gospel. In June 2018 Allberry hosted a conference through his Living Out ministry with Keller as keynote speaker.

The conference was promoted with an Identity in Christ theme, but it was quite clear from the beginning that they have a far different agenda, as they promote the idea of ignoring the homosexual’s sexual preference (or “identity”) and focus instead on their “identity in Christ”.

The glaring problem is that there is no such thing as a Christian homosexual, therefore they have no identity in Christ.

They are self-deceived, lost souls in dire need of a faithful servant of Christ to come forward and proclaim boldly to them the all-powerful, transforming gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The link below is the promo video for the conference featuring Tim Keller:

http://www.livingout.org/resources/tim-keller-gives-a-taste-of-the-identity-in-christ-conference

This conference team produced a list consisting of 10 points or questions they claim every church must get in line with in order to be “biblically inclusive.” They refer to this as an “audit” for every church: http://www.livingout.org/resources/the-living-out-church-audit

Articles regularly posted by Allberry and others on the LivingOut site demand inclusion by way of deceptive, clever language, as this excerpt from an article recently published on the site demonstrates:

Contributed By Sean Doherty

I became a Christian in my late teens, and not long after that I came to acknowledge that I was gay. I was committed to celibacy. At university I said I was gay, and I never experienced homophobic treatment from other Christians. This has convinced me that love and unconditional acceptance of gay people does not require approval of same-sex activity. Love and acceptance was my consistent experience. I was involved in the Christian Union in my university and I served on its ‘exec’ for a year, working alongside other young evangelicals who all knew I was gay and only ever treated me with great respect and affection. My evangelical college chaplain, also conservative about sexuality, strongly encouraged me to pursue ordination. I found the church to be a deeply supportive and affirming place. I was nurtured, given responsibility in ministry, and encouraged towards ordination. It is undeniable and indefensible that in the church there has been prejudice and even mistreatment of people because of their sexuality. But my experience has convinced me that this prejudice and mistreatment does not come from believing what the Bible says about marriage and sex.

Please note Doherty’s notion of “homophobia” in the church. It is just this type of nonsensical language that is regularly propagated in the articles and videos published by Living Out. Also note that the many “accepting” Christians Doherty claims to have encountered in college who never judged but instead respected and accepted him unconditionally, and with great affection, were not Christian at all, as the true believer walks in truth and will call a man to repentance:

“When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”  Ezekiel 33:8-9

This conference illustrates just how cleverly deceptive this movement really is, as they manipulate the audience emotionally with heart-wrenching testimonies between each and every session by “homosexual Christians” who have “decided” to be celibate for Christ, for which they surely deserve all the glory and applause!

To continue reading, head over to the Bible Thumping Wingnut.

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Toni Brown and first published at the Bible Thumping Wingnut, here]

via Tim Keller’s Full Endorsement of Being Gay and Christian — Pulpit & Pen

Weekly Watchman for 08/24/2018

Listener Comments & Questions

Here are some of today’s Listener questions/comments:

How long will we in America elevate man’s teachings over God’s Word?
Those who don’t know Scripture well end up following people like Andy Stanley
Are some pastors really keeping their followers ignorant of deeper things of God’s word?
My husband and I are struggling with our church of 11 years whose leadership is committed to Bill Hybels and the Willow Creek Assoc. We’re divided on whether or not to leave. Any advice?
Catholics are hurting over the priests sexually abusing children, and many are hurting. This may be an opportunity to reach them with the true gospel.
The Roman Catholic Church’s extensive history of abuse, coverup, and hypocrisy.
Does social media play into anorexia and bulimia?
It is idiotic to want plastic surgery in order to look better in your selfies. What causes this warped thought process?
Can you explain the difference between a fornicator and an adulterer, in other words is lusting in the heart truly considered adultery?
There is a huge difference between “bashing the church” and confronting and exposing error.
Can you clarify Paul’s teaching in Romans 13 about submitting to governing authorities?
For those who say division is always wrong, how about the Reformation?
I’m a former Catholic and used to trust the church (institution) over God’s Word. Any advice on how to engage Catholics in discussions about Scripture and true doctrine?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Destruction Disguised as Reform

There is a huge political, ideological and spiritual battle taking place in our nation. Our nation has not been this polarized or angry since the Civil War; in fact many believe we are once again entering a “civil war” that might just rip our nation apart.

The Far Left, which touts its movement as “progressive” claims it wants to reform systems to make them more just and fair. But is that the real goal of progressive leaders? Or is their goal total destruction of Western Civilization, our Constitution and most importantly Biblical Christianity?

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has studied and talked about this phenomenon for years and he joins us to look behind the curtain and see what is really going on behind the scenes. We’ll also look at the crisis in the Roman Catholic Church over the discovery of hundreds of Priests sexually abusing young people for decades, along with assessing the future of the Evangelical Church in America.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Foolishness of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 tells us the message of the cross is “foolishness” to those who are perishing.  Bub the Bible also teaches the fool is a person who says in their heart ‘there is no God.’ (Psalm 14:1) And we who share the gospel of salvation are increasingly seen as fools for our beliefs and our passion to see the lost come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Our special guest, Ray Comfort of Living Waters knows well the accusations of “fool” that the world throws at those who share the good news, and he has produced a movie about it titled “The Fool” and he joins us in the second segment to discuss his new movie. You’ll enjoy the story behind it!

Mike and David also look at the growing culture of death in our society in two articles.  First, the seduction of cultural relativism and justifying murder (wait ’till you hear this), or perhaps we should call it human sacrifice. Then, we discuss – like mother like daughter – Chelsea Clinton justify abortion and claiming Roe v Wade helped women add 3.5 trillion dollars to the economy. Yes, she said that.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Is Middle East War Knocking on the Door?

When we take our eyes off Israel and the Middle East, we tread on dangerous ground. The Bible tells us the final days before Jesus’ return will find Israel and The Middle East front and center. And a lot is happening there these days that the secular media is choosing to downplay, misrepresent, or ignore completely.

In Ezekiel, God says he will drag Israel’s enemies toward her to set off a great conflict, ushering in the final days. And today we see Russia and China increasing its might and influence in the Middle East. And we see increasingly powerful enemies like Turkey and Iran stirring up trouble against Israel.

Gary Kah of Hope For the World has studied and written about the coming One World Government and religion, and studied biblical prophecy for decades. He joins us this morning for an important update and reminder for Christians to be about the Father’s work in these uncertain times.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Fight for Religious Freedom has Just Begun

If you are naive enough to think that simply because the Supreme Court gave a narrow victory to cake baker Jack Phillips earlier this year means our religious freedoms are secure – you’re living in a fantasy world. Do not underestimate the intolerance and vile hatred of the radical left as well as the LGBTQ movement toward God and Christianity.

The ink was barely wet on the Supreme Court decision favoring Philips, and now he is back in court accused of a similar “crime” in the minds of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This time, a man claiming to be a woman filed a lawsuit against the Christian baker. The Colorado Commission will this time claim they are sensitive to Phillips’ religious beliefs, but that this type of “discrimination” just cannot be tolerated. Mike and David will look at the complaint in detail to help you understand how Christians are being set up for badgering and intimidation, all in the hopes of shutting us up.

In our first segment, Mike and David discuss church security with retired Police Office, Joel Benson, who has a passion to equip churches to protect their members when they assemble to worship God.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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August 24, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Character of God

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (3:9)

Peter’s support for the second coming culminated in an appeal to the character of God. The thrust of his argument is this: The reason Christ’s return is not immediate is because God is patient with sinners. Any waiting is attributable only to God’s gracious longsuffering. It is not that He is indifferent, powerless, or distracted. Instead, it is just the opposite. Because He is merciful and forbearing, He delays so that elect sinners might come to repentance (1 Peter 3:20; cf. Matt. 4:17; 9:13; Mark 6:12; Luke 15:10; Rom. 2:4; 2 Tim. 2:25; Rev. 2:5).

Despite the ridicule of the scoffers, the Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness. Slow (bradunō) means “delayed,” or “late,” implying the idea of “loitering.” None of that applies to God; His seeming slowness is not due to lack of ability, forgetfulness, or apathy. In fulfilling His promise, God is working everything precisely according to His perfect plan and schedule (cf. 2 Sam. 22:31; Ps. 111:5, 7–8; Isa. 25:1; Jer. 33:14; 2 Cor. 1:20). That same principle applied to Christ’s first coming: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law” (Gal. 4:4).

Patient translates a form of the verb makrothumeō. It is a compound word combimbining “large” with “great anger.” Peter used it here to show that God has a vast capacity for storing up anger and wrath before it spills over in judgment (cf. Ex. 34:6; Joel 2:13; Matt. 18:23–27; Rom. 2:4; 9:22). While that judgment is inescapable and deadly, God’s merciful patience beforehand gives the chosen the opportunity for reconciliation and salvation (see 3:15). His wrath toward the individual sinner is immediately appeased whenever that person repents and believes the gospel (cf. Luke 15:7, 10; Acts 13:47–48).

You refers both to Peter’s immediate readers and any who will ever come to faith in Jesus Christ (cf. John 10:16). Some have argued that you implies the salvation of all people. But the immediate context and comments about “the destruction of ungodly men” (v. 7) clearly limits the you to believers. The letter is addressed to “those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.… He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature” (1:1b, 4a; emphasis added). From then on, the use of you is directed at believers (2:1–3; 3:2). The you of 3:1 are “beloved.” The words of verse 8, “do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved” (emphasis added), again link the you to the beloved. The you with whom the Lord is patient are therefore the same beloved ones He waits to bring to repentance.

Those who perish—“utterly destroyed” in eternal hell—suffer damnation because they are dead in their sins and refuse God’s offer of salvation in Christ. At the same time, it is clear from Scripture that the Father takes no delight in the death of the lost: “ ‘For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,’ declares the Lord God. ‘Therefore, repent and live’ ” (Ezek. 18:32; cf. Jer. 13:17; Matt. 23:37). In fact, God actually offers salvation to all (cf. Isa. 45:21–22; 55:1; Matt. 11:28; John 3:16; Acts 17:30; 1 Tim. 2:3–4; Rev. 22:17).

Scripture clearly states that God thoroughly hates sin (Deut. 25:16; 1 Kings 14:22; Pss. 5:4–6; 45:7; Prov. 6:16–19; 15:9; Hab. 1:13) and therefore its potential consequences for every person, including eternal punishment in hell. Yet, in order to display His own glory in wrath, God chose to save some and not to save others. As the apostle Paul explained:

So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. (Rom. 9:16–18; cf. Josh. 11:20; John 1:13; 6:37, 44; Rom. 11:7)

The context indicates that any and all are limited to the elect—namely all those whom the Lord has chosen and will call to Himself. Put another way, Christ will not come back until every person whom God has chosen is saved. By using the term you (a reference to Peter’s believing readers), the apostle limits any and all to the realm of elect human beings.

Of course, once all of the elect are accounted for, God’s patience will run out. Having given the world as much time as He has sovereignly determined, God will pour out His wrath upon the earth. While His patience currently holds back His judgment, the time of grace that mankind now enjoys, however long it seems by human standards, will not last forever (cf. Gen. 6:3).[1]


The power of God’s word revealed through his promise (v. 9)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise. We must all dispel from our minds any idea of a doddery, old-looking, white-haired person who is slow on the uptake, some super Santa Claus up in the sky. That view is not only wrong, it is also blasphemous, for God is the most dynamic being of all. Yet he is also the most loving, caring and merciful being.

God always keeps his word, as the Second Coming will reveal.[2]


3:9 / The explanation of divine delay? The Lord is not slow (the Greek word means to loiter, be slack, be late) as some charge. He is indeed able to fulfill his word and is not indifferent about doing so. The reason for the delay is that he wants to give every possible opportunity to all to come to repentance (1 Tim. 2:4). The Lord has no pleasure in wanting anyone to perish. Some are going to perish (v. 7), but it is certainly not God’s will that they should do so.[3]


Peter’s comment (3:9)

Peter follows his quotation with an explanation. Why had the Christians to remember this? Because God was being accused of slowness, or even of being ‘slack’. So he stresses in verse 10 that ‘the day of the Lord will come’ (‘will come’ is placed first in the original, for emphasis). Whether those who perceive this slowness are the recruiting false teachers, or some Christians who are starting to be swayed, does not affect their accusation. God has clearly promised to judge, so why the lack of action?

The answer, says Peter, lies in correctly understanding that psalm. If Psalm 90:3 (‘You turn men back to dust’) refers back to Genesis 3:3 (humanity’s creation and fall), then the problem is given the widest possible scope. God forbade the man and woman to eat the fruit, saying, ‘When you eat of it you will surely die.’ Although they did eat, they did not die immediately because the Lord mercifully extended the possibility of salvation. Instead of dying on the day of our disobedience, then, ‘the length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength’. But ‘all our days pass away under your wrath’. The Old Testament teaches that God is patient.9That, says Peter, is a lesson which the false teachers ‘deliberately forget’ (3:5), but which we must ‘not forget’ (3:8). It is not just that, in Bengel’s quaint phrase, ‘The age-measurer (so to speak) of God differs from the hour-reckoner of mortals’, but that it is for our benefit that God measures time on his timescale rather than on ours. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Is God then so patient that everyone will be saved? Some have taken this verse in that way, along with a handful of other verses that imply the same. But it is difficult to reconcile that interpretation of these words with what Peter says two verses earlier about the ‘destruction of ungodly men’ (3:7). It is probably better to say that here is a mystery at the heart of God, where without any contradiction he can will both salvation and judgment. It is because he actively wills both that the obedient death of Jesus saves us from his judgment. In one sense Jesus died for everyone, for ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son’. But it is also true to say that he died only for those who are saved, for ‘whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. Eternal life is a free option for all, but perishing is the option that will be taken up by many.

In the light of this, Christians must be careful to use the time while God is being patient. First, bearing in mind that Peter’s direct appeal here is to you, we must make sure that we Christians are right with him. Peter speaks here primarily to Christians who are in danger of falling, with the awful warning of the judgment on the false teachers ringing in our ears. It is not enough that we can look back to a past knowledge of Christ. Peter warns us to be on continuous watch lest our lives stretch God’s patience to the limit.

Michael Green is surely right to add that ‘the logical corollary of this verse is that Christians should use the time before the advent for preaching the gospel’, telling others of God’s patience with them. Although several parts of the New Testament speak of the apparent delay in Christ’s return, and one of the major concerns of the New Testament is how we live in the period before the return, surprisingly few tell us the reasons for the delay. Peter’s reason here, that the slowness is caused by God’s patience, must mean that we are to use the time left to spread the news about it. Paul echoes this when he asks, ‘Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realising that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance?’ Evangelism leaps to the top of the Christian agenda.

Christians have often responded to the apparent ‘problem’ of the delay in Christ’s return in one of two ways. One reaction has been to become fixated with the minutiae of the Bible’s obscurer parts, and obsessed with charts and plans depicting how God is going to fulfil his promises and how the current political crisis only proves its imminence. This inevitably gives rise to inward-looking Christians, who do not see that the reason for God’s apparent delay is that he has a task for us in the meantime. It also produces sceptical non-Christians, who see, more clearly than we often do, that we are being duped by people who only want us to buy their books. The second response, more usual among the academic community, has been to interpret the delay as indicating that God’s plan is not the personal return of Christ but the extension of his kingdom by other means, whether political, economic, revolutionary or social. Rather than fostering inward-looking Christians, this often produces people who are passionately concerned for issues of justice and mercy in ways that put more traditional Bible-believers to shame. But it requires a radical reworking of the New Testament teaching, and leads to a different kind of scepticism among non-Christians, who see clear biblical doctrines being jettisoned for the sake of a political agenda.

How much wiser we would be if we admitted ignorance over the precise timing of Jesus’ return! Even the Lord Jesus himself did not know when it would be. We should therefore keep a level head at times of international conflict and upheaval,16 and build on the firm information he has given us—that he will return, and that he has tasks for us to work at until he comes. The challenge, then, is to be neither inward-looking obscurantists nor downward-looking secularists, but Christians who are motivated by looking both outward to fulfil the Great Commandment18 and upward to fulfil the Great Commission. In Peter Lewis’s words, ‘The delay of Christ’s second coming to salvation is not, after all, the failure of God’s plan, but rather the condition of its success.’20[4]


9. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Because the Christians of the first century expected the imminent return of the Lord and waited patiently, they needed a word of encouragement from Peter.

  • “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise.” The term Lord in this verse and the next (v. 10) is a synonym for “God.” In other words, Peter refers not to Jesus but rather to God with his use of an Old Testament designation for God. Peter alludes to the Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk:

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;

it speaks of the end

and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it;

it will certainly come and will not delay. [2:3]

The writer of Hebrews, who assures his readers that God will fulfill the promises that he made to them, quotes this same Old Testament prophecy (see Heb. 10:37). Why does God delay the return of Christ? The cause of the delay stems not from indifference or inattentiveness on the part of God. It lies in God’s grace and mercy toward sinners. He allows them time to repent of their sins. Jesus will return when God’s patience has ended, when the time allotted has expired, and when the last believer has accepted Christ as Savior. “Not human sin, but divine forbearance, which cannot be constrained, determines the delay. It is the sovereign God who graciously grants an interval for repentance.” God works out his plan and purpose even though man expresses doubts.

  1. “As some understand slowness.” We understand that the “some” in this verse are not the scoffers (v. 3) but believers who have been influenced by these scoffers. Some Christians are unable to explain the delay of Christ’s return and begin to doubt as they listen to the scoffers. They need not doubt, because God is in full control.
  2. “He is patient with you.” Notice that Peter addresses the readers, not the scoffers, when he writes the pronoun you. He indicates that God does not judge his people hastily, but grants them sufficient time to come to repentance (compare 1 Peter 3:20).
  3. “Not wanting anyone to perish.” Peter is not teaching universalism in this sentence. In his epistle, he clearly states that the false teachers and the scoffers are condemned and face destruction (see 2:3; 3:7; Rom. 9:22). Does not God want the false teachers to be saved? Yes, but they disregard God’s patience toward them, they employ their knowledge of Jesus Christ against him, and they willfully reject God’s offer of salvation. They, then, bear full responsibility for their own condemnation.
  4. “[God wants] everyone to come to repentance.” God provides time for man to repent, but repentance is an act that man must perform. Take the case of Esau, who led a godless life and sold his inheritance rights to his brother Jacob. When he wanted to receive the blessing, Esau was rejected. “He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears” (Heb. 12:17; also compare Rom. 2:4). Likewise the scoffers in Peter’s day refuse to come to repentance, even though God is granting them a period of grace.[5]

3:9 God has promised to end the history of ungodly men with judgment. If there seems to be delay, it is not because God is unfaithful to His promise. It is because He is patient. He does not want any to perish. His desire is that all should come to repentance. He purposely extends the time of grace so that men might have every opportunity to be saved.

In Isaiah 61:2 we read of the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of His vengeance. This suggests that He delights to show mercy and that judgment is His strange work (Isa. 28:21). It may also indicate that He can extend His longsuffering 1000 years and condense His judgments into one day.

He waited 120 years before He sent the flood. Now He has waited several thousand years before destroying the world with fire.[6]


3:9 The delay of God’s judgment is not due to slackness, but to the Lord’s longsuffering attitude toward His people. not willing that any should perish: This text does not teach that God actually decrees that all will be saved (universalism). The reference here is not to God’s decree, but to His desire. Obviously everything that a sovereign God decrees will occur. Here Peter is describing the sovereign God’s desire that all people would turn to Him and turn away from unprofitable lives (1 Tim. 2:4).[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2005). 2 Peter and Jude (pp. 121–123). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Anderson, C. (2007). Opening up 2 Peter (p. 101). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (p. 216). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Lucas, R. C., & Green, C. (1995). The message of 2 Peter & Jude: the promise of His coming (pp. 138–140). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 333–334). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2302). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1700). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for August 24, 2018

August 23, 2018
R.T. NEARY — The one undeniable truth in this great historic Land of the Pilgrims today is that we live by the lie. Disseminating untruths is not only acceptable but applauded, if they are phrased not to offend certain selected elements in our social structure. Ironically, the one exception is if one’s utterances seem to be echoing the bedrock principles which led to the founding of the Bay State and ultimately these United States. To some it may sound strange, but just referring to our nation as a Republic will set off alarm bells in numerous circles…. (more)

August 23, 2018
Radio host says Democrats ‘exonerated or given one hell of a benefit of the doubt’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Radio host Rush Limbaugh says special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is proving to millions of citizens that a “dual system of justice” exists in America. The man behind the “Golden EIB microphone” told listeners on Wednesday that a large population of Americans view legal battles surrounding President Donald Trump’s former pers… (more)

August 23, 2018
DAILY CALLER — The New York Times opted to delete the immigration status of the man suspected of killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts in an update to a headline about the incident Wednesday. According to the Twitter account Editing TheGrayLady, The Times made a number of changes to the headline of its story on Tibbetts’s murder before finally falling on “Immigrant Is Charged In Mollie Tibbetts Murder in Iowa, and Trump Seizes on Case.” (RELATED: Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murder Of Mollie Tibbetts)… (more)

August 23, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts suggested that preventing family separation at the border should be a more pressing concern than preventing illegal immigrants from committing violent crimes during a Wednesday appearance on CNN…. (more)


August 23, 2018
FOX NEWS — The Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger while running last month in a small town was stabbed to death, investigators announced Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results from the state medical examiner’s office determined that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was the victim of a homicide who died from “multiple sharp force injuries,” the Division of Criminal Investigation announced in a news release…. (more)


August 23, 2018
Democratic incumbent tied with Republican Knute Buehler in deep-blue state
WASHINGTON TIMES — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown positioned herself early on as a leader of the anti-Trump opposition, but the state’s never-ending panoply of protest activity has backfired on her re-election bid with voters suffering from resistance fatigue. Ms. Brown, who was expected to coast to victory in deep-blue Oregon, has found herself deadlocked in the latest polls with state Rep. Knute Buehler, an affable orthopedic surgeon whose moderate brand of Republicanism is attracting crossover voters…. (more)

August 23, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Melania Trump walked into a conference the other day to summon attention to her “first lady’s project,” using her own bully pulpit to curb cyber-bullying of children. Who wouldn’t report with respectful appreciation what the woman was saying, about a major problem confronting our children today? She found out who, after receiving an onslaught of online bullying for daring to separate herself from her husband’s political attack style…. (more)

August 21, 2018
Plotted with Google, Facebook to eliminate ‘right wing propaganda’
ART MOORE — The recent wave of censorship of conservative voices on the internet by tech giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Apple mirrors a plan concocted by a coalition of George Soros-funded, progressive groups to take back power in Washington from President Trump’s administration…. (more)


August 21, 2018
‘I suspect no one will pay the price’ for removing videos
WORLDNETDAILY — Prager University founder Dennis Prager says he’s unconvinced by an apology from Facebook for removing some of his commentary and educational videos. He has a lawsuit over restrictions on his videos pending against Google and its subsidiary, YouTube, at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…. (more)

August 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — A progressive Democrat earned his fellow left-wing protesters’ wrath earlier this month for the act of carrying an American flag. Paul Welch, who describes himself as a “slightly progressive leftist,” was protesting the right-wing group Patriot Prayer’s August 4 rally in Portland, Ore. As he carried his American flag alongside other counter-protesters, several black-clad Antifa members carrying various weapons demanded he hand over the flag, calling it a “fascist symbol.”… (more)

August 21, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — For months, these columns have contended that, on the question whether President Trump should agree to a request by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III for an interview, the burden of persuasion has been imposed on the wrong party. That is, the president should not even be asked to submit to questioning at this point; the prosecutor must first establish that the president (1) is implicated in a serious crime and (2) has information or evidence that the prosecutor is unable to obtain from any other source…. (more)

August 21, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The thing to bear in mind is that the president of the United States does not “attempt” to fire anyone in the executive branch. The chief executive either fires an inferior executive official or he does not. “Attempt” does not enter into it…. (more)

August 21, 2018
DAILY WIRE — A new poll released on Wednesday from Rasmussen Reports revealed that President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the black community is exploding, almost doubling from a year ago. The poll showed that nationally the president’s job approval rating is split with 49% approving and 49% disapproving…. (more)

August 21, 2018
STEPHEN MOORE — Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany? Japan? No, no, no, no, no and no. The answer to that question is the United States of America. Wow! How can that be? This must be a misprint. Fake news. America never signed the Kyoto Protocol some two decades ago. We never enacted a carbon tax. We don’t have a cap and trade carbon emission program. That evironmental villain Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world…. (more)


August 21, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The South African government has begun the process of seizing white-owned farmland, reportedly filing legal papers seeking to expropriate two farms for one-tenth of their estimated value. The filings, involving two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo, come as the African National Congress government is seeking to amend the country’s constitution to allow outright seizures of land with no compensation. The ANC’s leader also has recently argued that pure expropriation is allowed anyway now “in the public interest.”… (more)


August 21, 2018
THE COLLEGE FIX — A pro-choice professor is refusing to say whether or not unborn human beings are actually human, something a prominent professor and bioethicist called an “objective biological fact.”… (more)

August 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — An illegal immigrant has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, officials announced on Tuesday. The body of Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared after going for a jog on July 18, was located in a cornfield on Tuesday, according to Rick Rahn, special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation…. (more)


August 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on Tuesday afternoon on eight counts of financial crimes, while Judge T. S. Ellis declared a mistrial on ten other counts for which the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Manafort was found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. Each count carries with it a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, meaning he now faces up to 240 years behind bars…. (more)

August 21, 2018
Energy Dept. cites misunderstanding of law
BOB UNRUH — An Obama administration decision to ban incandescent light bulbs was based on a misunderstanding of the law, according to the Department of Energy, meaning those faithful products that had been in use for a century may be returning…. (more)

August 20, 2018
Insult directed against every generation since founding
ALAN KEYES — I can’t say that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells the truth. But I will say that now and then “the truth will out,” even from someone whose factional blinders prevent them from applying the name of truth to anything that does not serve their ideological dictatorship…. (more)


August 19, 2018
Says Strzok has ‘mental problems,’ Brennan a ‘very, very strange guy’ not well liked at CIA
NEWSMAX — The firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok earlier this month was long overdue, according to James Kallstrom, a former FBI assistant director who worked for the agency for 27 years. Speaking to John Catsimatidis on his “The Cats Roundtable” Sunday radio show on AM 970 in New York, Kallstrom said that Strzok’s “actions were just so outrageous. I think he has tremendous exposure criminally.”… (more)


August 19, 2018
‘Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices’
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump came out fast and furiously Saturday in denouncing the burgeoning censorship by Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Amazon and other mega-corporate speech police for discriminating against Republican, conservative and other dissident independent media voices…. (more)

August 19, 2018
Joseph Farah ID’s the 1 entity on earth that can battle internet monopolies
JOSEPH FARAH — As many of you know, I’ve been concerned about Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon and Apple for a long time. I nicknamed them the “Internet Cartel” and the “Digital Cartel” because they all think alike, act alike, talk alike, walk alike and rake in billions a lot like monopolies – – which, let’s face it, they are…. (more)

August 19, 2018
‘The U.S. Constitution requires government to be neutral toward religion, not hostile’
WORLDNETDAILY — Officials in Washington state have set up a program that pays part of the wages of college students who work for various employers to advance their experience in the job world as they prepare to graduate. But the work-study program forbids “sectarian” organizations from participating. Those would be organizations like churches and Christian schools, and now a new lawsuit charges that that action is unacceptable bigotry on the part of the state…. (more)

August 19, 2018
Majority of Democrats now favor it as progressive leaders rise
GREG COROMBOS — A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Democrats are favorable towards socialism and their opinion of capitalism is quickly souring, a trend that one respected expert chalks up to the political rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders and a full century of education steering America’s youth to appreciate a system that has failed everywhere it’s been tried…. (more)

 

Progressive Christians and their doctrines of devils (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

This article by CRN managing editor Marsha West was published December 3, 2016

Do not be fooled by professing Christians who prefer either “progressive Christian” or “social justice Christian” over evangelical.  It matters not what trendy terms they come up with to describe themselves, these folks are leftists.  Some are Marxists.  And others are Communists.  As I said in a series of essays I wrote entitled “Liberals created the culture of evil and death” the visible Church has been infiltrated by:

…ubiquitous, aggressive liberals many of whom are renowned pastors, authors, conference speakers, missionaries, televangelists, radio hosts, and CEOs of Christian organizations.  As of late, even some of our most beloved evangelical leaders appear to be morphing into theological liberals.  

The extent of movement to liberal ideology varies with each individual, but in certain cases they have gone completely off the rails. False doctrine abounds in books, Bible studies and Bibles authored by notable Christians and promoted by so-called Christian publishers and book sellers.  We have been duly warned about this sort of thing happening:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Tim. 4:1

One such liberal is Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners. For the remainder of this piece, my focus will be on Mr. Wallis who leads a pack of liberal wolves who cover themselves in sheep skin.  Forewarned is forearmed.  Once we’re aware of who the wolves are, we won’t be taken in by them – and we’ll be equipped to warn others about the liberal social justice gospel…that saves no one. 

In a blog post entitled “Progressive Christians to ‘Take Back Their Faith’ After Election,” Derryck Green informs us that progressive Christians were apoplectic over Donald Trump winning the election.  Green even “names names.”  For instance, he tells us that Rachel Held Evans was very unhappy about Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton.  Evans is a popular author, speaker and blogger who took to her blog to bewail the results: “We’re about to witness firsthand what happens when the established Church compromises its moral authority and sells out the marginalized ― refugees, immigrants, religious and ethnic minorities, sexual assault survivors, the sick and those with disabilities, and LGBT people ― for the promise of power. It won’t be pretty.”  Unfortunately, this progressive “Christian” has the ear of a large number of women.

Benjamin Corey is another name Green mentioned.  Corey suggested that: “This election revealed that a far larger branch of Christianity has been married off to political power than we previously thought,” emphasizing that the religious right is more concerned with political power than the actual gospel of Christ.

Green also mentioned Rev. Wallis:

Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of America’s Original Sin, claimed, “White Christians voted just like white people in America did, and being Christian didn’t matter much. So how do we teach white Christians, white evangelicals to be more Christian than white? That’s the issue going forward.”

Wallis – reflecting on Jesus’ counsel regarding the relationship between treating a ‘stranger’ and treating Jesus – suggested that pastors allow their churches to become sanctuaries to protect illegal aliens from deportation.

To an extent, there’s some truth about the concerns of progressive Christians. Corey’s observation regarding evangelicals having become too cozy with political power, which has muted the volume, consistency, and effectiveness of their prophetic political witness, is a legitimate concern.

But where’s the moral balance and condemnation of progressive Christians for having done the same? What about Episcopalians, Presbyterians (USA), a segment of Methodists, and other left-leaning Christians who’re guilty of preferring political power and cultural cache to the Christian gospel.

Whether one agrees or disagrees, at least conservative evangelicals can be praised for attempting to clarify – or redeem – what it means to be an evangelical and have a responsible and biblically articulate political witness in the age of Donald Trump. (Source)

It seems students, faculty, staff and alumni at Fuller Theological Seminary took Jim Wallis’ suggestion and ran with it. A group from the seminary got together and penned a letter to President Labberton, et. al, with the heading: “Fuller Theological Seminary Sanctuary for Undocumented Immigrants requesting that ‘Fuller begins the necessary process to declare every campus a sanctuary for undocumented students and workers.’” The group collectively whined that the results of the election caused students to feel dismayed and disoriented.  Moreover, the letter presented their version of the gospel:

In the past week Dr. Labberton and Dr. Mouw wrote of Fuller Seminary’s non-negotiable commitment to the evangel, the gospel, which calls us to faithfully enact God’s good news of love, justice, and mercy.

Faithfully enacting God’s good news of love, justice, and mercy is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  No.  What this is, brethren, is the social justice gospel.  Historic, orthodox Christianity has never taught liberalism’s faux gospel for the reason that it’s not the good news we find in Scripture, it’s a lie from the pit of hell!

Hopefully this information gives you a sense of the negative impact progressive Christians are having on the visible Church. So in closing let me now re-focus on Jim Wallis and the principle role he has played in the spread of the social gospel. Here’s an excerpt from part 3 of “Liberals created the culture of evil and death”:

To give readers a sense of what kind of person to be on the lookout for let me introduce one of the most dangerous wolves in Christendom, the Rev. Jim Wallis.  This man wears many hats.  He is the founder of Sojourner’s Magazine, speaker, author and activist.  He’s also President Obama’s “spiritual advisor.”  This alone speaks volumes.  Rev. Wallis insists that he’s an evangelical Christian even though he has abandoned the biblical gospel for the “social gospel.”  He believes he’s on a mission from God to assist the poor and oppressed to bring forth the Kingdom of God on earth.

David Noebel sheds light on some of the good reverend’s activities:

“Wallis’ Sojourners enterprise has been a radical, socialistic undertaking from the start. Frontpage Magazine (March 17, 2009) says, ‘As one of its first acts, Sojourners formed a commune in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Southern Columbia Heights, where members shared their finances and participated in various activist campaigns that centered on attacking the U.S. foreign policy, denouncing American ‘imperialism,’ and extolling Marxist revolutionary movements in the Third World.’” (Source

Jim Wallis also champions unbiblical movements such as the Emergent Church, Spiritual Formation (contemplative prayer/mysticism) and what he refers to as “spirituality.”  Here is his view of prayer: 

I pray, but there are many understandings about prayer. For many, prayer is talking to God, sometimes a great list of requests and needs—sort of like a child’s Christmas list mailed to Santa Claus. But at least for me, prayer is becoming a time of listening rather than talking. There is so much noise in our world and our lives (much of our own making); prayer becomes a quiet space that enables us to stop talking long enough to see what God might be trying to say to us.

The disciplines of prayer, silence, and contemplation as practiced by the monastics and mystics are precisely that—stopping the noise, slowing down, and becoming still so that God can break through all our activity and noise to speak to us. Prayer serves to put all parts of our lives in God’s presence, reminding us how holy our humanity really is. (The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, 290) (Source)

Wallis is promoting unbiblical contemplative/centering prayer. 

On homosexuality he believes: 

[T]he major differences of theology and biblical interpretation in the church with regard to issues such as the nature of homosexuality, gay marriage, and ordination are not issues that should be allowed to divide the churches –that local churches should lead the way here, and that an honest, open, respectful, and, hopefully, loving dialogue should characterize the church on these very controversial questions. (Source

Issues which are clearly unbiblical, such as the sin of homosexuality, should not be allowed to divide us?  Really?

Are professing followers of Jesus Christ supposed to ignore the Bible’s explicit teaching on marriage, one man and one woman for life, so that men can marry men?  Should we really go against what God says in His Word regarding His plan for sexuality and marriage and adopt a “pro-gay” theology to accommodate a small group of gays and lesbians?  The answer is “May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, ‘That Thou mightiest be justified in Thy words, And mightiest prevail when Thou art judged.’” (Romans 3:4)

Going against God is folly!  (For the biblical view of homosexuality read Answering the Gay Christian Position)

Even though Wallis is a Red-Letter Christian and a Wild Goose chaser, he poses as an evangelical.  Sadly, he and his ilk have many starry-eyed, misguided followers who, like most liberals, wish to farm out their obligations to tax payers.

Liberals such as Jim Wallis dub themselves “progressive Christians” and more recently “social justice Christians” (SJC).  Social justice has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  But hold your horses!  SJC has its roots in communism and has the same aim: The common good.

Sounds magnanimous, doesn’t it?  Don’t be fooled!  What these people are striving for is government transfer of wealth from one group of citizens to another to level the playing field.  Some liberals use Genesis 4:9 “I am my brother’s keeper” to make their case.  Leftist hypocrites have no problem quoting Scripture to defend wealth redistribution, but when conservative Christians quote Scripture to defend their opposition to abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and so forth they cry foul!

In an essay entitled “A Biblical View of Social Justice,” John Wheaton writes:

“[I]t is essential that Christians clearly define what social justice entails. On its face, the term has a positive connotation that conveys a seemingly strong sense of virtue and morality. Basing a claim on an appeal to “social justice” provides the claim holder with a degree of persuasive advantage – a kind of moral blessing on his or her political, theological, or social ideas.   However, social justice involves much more than a superficial label or feelings of compassion. It must involve a clear understanding and delineation of each social problem, the root cause of the problem, and the best solution for the problem. In short, “Good justice requires good judgment.”

For the SJC Christianity is a lifestyle.  Their morality comes, not from Scripture, but from popular opinion.  Although they believe that some things in the scriptures are true, the Bible doesn’t hold a place of authority in their lives.  As one blogger put it, “the emphasis is more on growth thru the process of work and serving others.”  In other words, a person must have faith plus he/she must do good “works” in order to be saved.  This teaching is demonstrably unbiblical.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph. 2:8, 9) (Bold added)

Confused 3Many SJCs are Darwinian evolutionists, environmental extremists (save the planet, not souls), and they think nothing of co-mingling Christianity with paganism gleaned largely from Eastern mysticism.  They are supposedly Christians, yet many of them support abortion, the normalization of homosexuality, and same-sex “marriage.”  What is most telling is their denial of basic biblical doctrines such as the inerrancy of Scripture; the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ as God’s judgment for sin; Hell; and Jesus Christ as the only way to God and instead hold to collective salvation – all roads lead to God (religious pluralism).

What it all boils down to is that many SJC’s are cultural Christians.  They’re not regenerate (born again) believers.  In fact, they’re hostile to the true gospel. Moreover, their goal is the redefinition of traditional Christianity.

Liberal wolves are spreading a false gospel or what Peter called “damnable heresies.” (2 Peter 2:1–2)  In a word, evil. 

Recommended:

Liberals created the culture of evil and death Part 1 … Part 2Part 3

Steve Lawson presents the true Gospel of Jesus Christ

Emergent/Emerging Church documentary by Elliott Nesch

Research:

Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

Emergent Church

Copyright 2016 by Marsha West

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