Daily Archives: September 1, 2018

Five signs of a dangerous pastor.

Costi Hinn, nephew of Benny Hinn, is the Executive Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Orange County, CA and a Teaching Fellow for Reformanda Ministries. Due to his background and expertise, he educates churches and organizations around the world on strategies for dealing with the prosperity gospel. He is co-author of “Defining Deception” and his work has been featured on CNN, Christianity Today, and numerous other publications. He resides in Irvine, CA with his wife and three children.

Costi shares his thoughts on the biblical definition of trustworthy leadership and points out five signs of a dangerous pastor.


Costi writes:

Trustworthy leadership is hard to find. Inside and outside Christianity, men and women with fancy letters behind their names are doing nasty things to innocent people – and children. It’s becoming more and more apparent that academic degrees (while important) and achievements (while admirable) are not the measure of success for…

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September 1: An Unusual Portrait

Hosea 1:1–2:23; Acts 1:1–26; Job 15:1–9

“At the beginning when Yahweh spoke through Hosea, Yahweh said to Hosea, ‘Go, take for yourself a wife and children of whoredom, because the land commits great whoredom forsaking Yahweh.’ So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son” (Hos 1:2–3). God’s people had prostituted themselves to other nations by seeking their help instead of Yahweh’s. Hosea’s act, which dramatized the rebellion of God’s people against Him, is one of the oddest in the Bible.

God loves His people with passion and jealousy. He has little tolerance when they seek alliances with other nations and put false gods before Him. At times, He takes shocking measures to get their attention. The act He requires of Hosea not only depicts Israel’s unfaithfulness, but it also reveals God’s own feelings of betrayal. Many of us can empathize.

At such moments in the Bible, it’s hard to understand how God uses such behavior to further His plan. But within the view of biblical theology, desperate situations like Hosea’s are transformed into redemptive scenes. Such is the case when we open the book of Acts: “I produced the former account [of the Gospel of Luke], O Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day he was taken up, after he had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen, to whom he also presented himself alive after he suffered, with many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking the things about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:1–3). Jesus came to redeem a people who sought refuge in the arms of false gods and other nations.

When we see Hosea’s story in the light of Jesus’ acts and the subsequent acts of His apostles, we learn that God can indeed bring even the most wretched of people to righteousness. We also learn that sometimes it takes a vivid, if odd, real-life portrait for us to understand the truth about our false ways.

Are you seeking refuge in the wrong places or the wrong ways? What are you placing before Yahweh and His work in your life?

John D. Barry[1]


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

September 1 The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world-forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:10–12).

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Victory in battle comes when you identify the enemy, resist his attacks, and then take the initiative against him.

Our nation has known many wars, but Vietnam was an especially frustrating campaign. Thick jungle terrain made the enemy hard to find, and guerrilla warfare made him hard to fight. Many Vietnamese who peacefully worked the rice paddies by day donned the black garb of the Viet Cong soldier by night and invaded unsuspecting U.S. forces camped nearby. American public opinion was strongly anti-war, and morale among our troops was often low.

Spiritual warfare has similar parallels. Subtly and deceitfully, Satan disguises himself as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14)  and “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). His emissaries disguise themselves as “apostles of Christ” and “servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:13–15). It takes wisdom and discernment to identify them and to defend yourself against their attacks.

Most people are defenseless, however, because they scoff at the supernatural and deny the reality of spiritual warfare. They think Satan may be fine for movie plots and book sales but assume that only the superstitious and credulous take him seriously. Unfortunately, many Christians have succumbed to such persons’ ridicule and have forsaken the battle.

Ephesians 6:10–24 reminds us that spiritual warfare is real and that God has given us all the resources we need—not only to defend ourselves, but also to take the initiative and win the victory over the forces of darkness.

I pray that our studies this month will encourage you in the battle and will challenge you to always have on “the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Seek discernment and grace to identify the enemy and to stand against him courageously.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 6:10–24. What armor has God supplied to protect you in spiritual warfare?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 257). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Earth’s ‘Big Freeze’ Approaches As Sun Remains Devoid Of Sunspots For Most Of 2018

08-31-2018 • http://www.shtfplan.com, Mac Slavo

Scientists are reporting that the sun has been free of sunspots for a total of 133 days this year, according to The Express UK. With only 241 days of 2018 passing, that means the sun has been blank for the majority of the year. Experts continue to warn that this is a sign that the solar minimum is on its way. “The sun is spotless again. For the 133rd day this year, the face of the sun is blank,” wrote the website Space Weather. “Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun’s atmosphere, and strangely pink auroras,” the website continued.

The sun follows a cycle of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the sun gives off more heat and solar particles and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in the sun’s magnetic waves.  Our sun was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020, but it appears to be heading in that direction a little early which could prove to be bad news for warm weather lovers.

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US Military Presence in Africa: All Over Continent and Still Expanding

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https://www.lewrockwell.com, By Arkady Savitsky

On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier took command of US Army Africa, promising to “hit the ground running.”

The US is not waging any wars in Africa but it has a significant presence on the continent. Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and other special ops are currently conducting nearly 100 missions across 20 African countries at any given time, waging secret, limited-scale operations. According to the magazine Vice, US troops are now conducting 3,500 exercises and military engagements throughout Africa per year, an average of 10 per day — an astounding 1,900% increase since the command rolled out 10 years ago. Many activities described as “advise and assist” are actually indistinguishable from combat by any basic definition.

SEPTEMBER 1 CONFIDENCE IN GOD

If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

1 John 3:21

This is surely one of the great realizations that can come to us in the Christian life—we can put our complete confidence in the God who has revealed Himself to us!

It was a gracious day in my early Christian experience when I realized that it was not in God’s character to pounce upon me in judgment. He knows that we are dust, and as our God He is loving and patient towards us.

If it were true that the Lord would put the Christian on the shelf every time he failed or blundered or did something wrong, I would have been a piece of statuary by this time!

It is surely true that God will bring judgment when judgment is necessary, but the Scriptures say that judgment is God’s strange work. Where there is a lifetime of rebellion, hardened unbelief and love of sin, judgment will come.

But God watches over us for spiritual growth and maturity, trying to teach us the necessity for fully trusting Him and coming to the place of complete distrust of ourselves. We have met God and can now say with Paul, “That the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Lord, in this world there are not many “sure” things. But You, O Lord, are 100 percent unchangeable. Your love is unfailing towards us. Your patience is undying. I praise You, Lord.[1]


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

Saturday Sampler: August 26 — September 1

The Outspoken TULIP

Vintage Tulip

I love Elizabeth Prata for many reasons. In particular, I love her boldness to speak unpopular truths in her blog, The End Time. Her essay, Shout Your Abortion, and John Owen on infanticide, offers no apology for unmasking the basic brutality behind the willful termination of a pregnancy.

Equally outspoken, Leslie A of Growing 4 Life answers the question, What Does the Bible Say About…(Being Relevant)? We should carefully consider the Scriptural arguments she makes.

Ancient Church 01Clint Archer, writing for The Cripplegate, examines Charismatic and mystical experiences in his pithy piece, Are claims of supernatural experience really that harmful (in 500 words)? You need to read this one!

Plucking Forbidden Fruitby  SharaC appears in Into the Foolishness of God with an interesting observation for control freaks.

The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundations blog includes Is Reading the Bible a Chore or a Delight? by Steve Midgley. You’ll…

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MSM one step away from McCain myth-making – well, you can learn from Lenin classic!

With the US media venerating the late John McCain, one can only wonder if the stories will soon cross into the realm of pure mythology. If so, Russia’s Soviet history may offer the MSM some quality myth-making inspiration.

Source: MSM one step away from McCain myth-making – well, you can learn from Lenin classic!

HOW AWFUL! Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Look Sick As Elites Pile on Their Father at McCain Funeral — The Gateway Pundit

John McCain was eulogized today at a memorial in Washington DC.

The funeral service was also an opportunity for the Washington DC elites to rip and trash the sitting president — who was told not to come by John McCain.

Speaker after speaker, from Meghan McCain, to George W. Bush, to Barack Obama took turns to rip President Trump in words of anger.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were in attendance.
They looked sad and embarrassed at the nonstop abuse.

This was a horrific display by the DC elites.

CNN analyst Ana Navarro thought it was funny.

Other liberals and DC elites were outraged that Jared and Ivanka would be at the event.

via HOW AWFUL! Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Look Sick As Elites Pile on Their Father at McCain Funeral — The Gateway Pundit

‘OUTRAGED’ Americans Disgusted With Hyper-Politicized McCain Funeral — The Gateway Pundit

Americans were outraged Saturday after John McCain’s funeral turned into a Trump bashing session.

Meghan McCain took the occasion of her father’s death to slam President Trump numerous times Saturday in Washington DC.

What a sad and petty woman.

It’s no secret to Americans why the third most unpopular US senator is being hailed as a hero.
He hated Trump.

Meghan McCain spoke at her father’s funeral and took several cheap shots at President Donald Trump.

Then former President Barack Obama followed Meghan McCain by piling on President Trump.

Americans were disgusted Saturday after another grotesque stunt by the classless D.C. elites who bashed Trump at a funeral.

These elitists can’t even shut their mouths about President Trump at a funeral–let that sink in.

Reaction from Americans…

via ‘OUTRAGED’ Americans Disgusted With Hyper-Politicized McCain Funeral — The Gateway Pundit

UGLY DEPARTURE: Obama Joins Chorus – Rips President Trump at McCain Funeral (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Former Presidents Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton attended Senator John McCain’s funeral today in Washington DC.

President Trump was asked to stay away.

McCain was the third most unpopular US senator serving today.
He hated President Trump.
The liberal media loved him.

McCain Meghan started off the funeral by slamming President Trump with several cheap shots.

Former President Barack Obama followed Meghan McCain by piling on President Trump.

Barack Obama: “John McCain understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency, or party orthodoxy, our democracy will not work… Our politics, public life, public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in insult and phony controversies…It’s the politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born of fear. John called on us to be bigger than that.”

Barack Obama never understood that President Trump is a natural reaction to his endless lecturing.

via UGLY DEPARTURE: Obama Joins Chorus – Rips President Trump at McCain Funeral (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Latest Kids’ Books Drenched with ‘Social Justice’ Porn — Christian Research Network

According to Linda Harvey, kids who attend public schools are exposed to books that are a Satanic stew designed to mess with their minds, souls and bodies.  She’s talking about your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors.  Most public schools are nothing more than centers for “progressive” indoctrination. One of the goals of progressives is to see that youngsters in grades K-12 become sexualized as early as kindergarten. Christians need wake up to what has been going on right under their noses.  It’s called social engineering. To learn more about what progressives and the LGBT community has in store for children, read Berean Research’s White Papers on Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity” and the Homosexual Agenda. Part of the Left’s objective is promote their views in public schools and shut down free speech of the opposition. They’ve achieved that goal. But some parents who don’t share the Left’s views aren’t going to be robbed of their right to speak freely. They’re fighting back. “The good news is that, with leadership from the Indiana Liberty Coalition and others, parent objections called a halt and the trash-filled reading list was scrapped.” So standing up to the Left can make a difference, as you will see in Linda Harvey’s piece over at MissionAmerica:

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Parents in Las Vegas were furious when seventh-graders came home with an assigned bookThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. One boy asked his mom about a word he didn’t understand – “masturbate.” When mom looked through the book, she was horrified.

The school’s excuse? To counteract “racism.”

And anti-cop indoctrination prompted parent and law enforcement outrage over a high school’s summer reading list in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The books in question were The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas and All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

Fact-free, depravity-laden agendas are alive and well at your child’s school. The approaches and excuses are many, from “drag queen story hours” to celebrating LGBT identities to blatant Islamic indoctrination. Little children need to be introduced to alternate families, according to publishing giant Scholastic.

As the school year gets underway, look closely at those reading lists, texts and library displays, parents. Many of the recommended books belong only in your trash can.

Our nation’s publishers allied with the American Library Association have hit on a winning youth marketing strategy: wildly sensational themes, unencumbered (they hope) by parent and teacher objections.

I am urging you to get complete information and think for yourself.

During the week of September 23 to 29, the ALA will attempt to manipulate public opinion by lamenting a crisis of its own making. It’s the annual disinformation campaign called “Banned Books Week.”

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Related:

Regarding “Sexual Orientation,” Evil Desire, and the Question of Moral Neutrality by Phil Johnson

Research:

Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

Homosexual Agenda

via Latest Kids’ Books Drenched with ‘Social Justice’ Porn — Christian Research Network

September 1, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

A Disciple Confesses the Lord

Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (10:32–33)

In addition to emulating his Lord and not fearing the world (see chap. 20, on Matt. 10:24–31), a true disciple openly confesses Christ before the world.

In his book I Love Idi Amin ([Westwood, N.J.: Revell, 1977], p. 112) Festo Kivengere, a leading evangelical minister in Uganda, tells the history of persecution and martyrdom of Christians in that country. In 1885 three Christian boys, ranging in age from eleven to fifteen, were forced to give their lives for Christ because they would not renounce their faith in Him. The king was adamantly opposed to Christianity and ordered the boys’ execution if they did not recant. At the place of execution the boys asked that the following message be given to the king: “Tell his majesty that he has put our bodies in the fire but we won’t be long in the fire. Soon we will be with Jesus, which is much better. But ask him to repent and change his mind or he will land in a place of eternal fire.” As they stood bound and awaiting death they sang a song that soon became greatly loved by Christians in that country as “The Martyrs’ Song.” One verse testifies,

O that I had wings like the angels,

I would fly away and be with Jesus.

The youngest of the boys, named Yusufu, said, “Please don’t cut off my arms. I will not struggle in the fire that takes me to Jesus.” Because of the boys’ testimony that day, forty adults trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, and indirectly countless more converts were won to the Lord over a period of many years. By 1887 a large number of other Christians were martyred, many of them inspired by the fearless, loving testimony of those three boys. None of those martyrs knew much theology or much about the Bible, because most of them were illiterate and all of them were relatively new believers. But they had a deep love for Jesus that they refused to hide, no matter what the cost. As is nearly always the case, those who died were replaced severalfold by new converts who came to Christ because of their testimony.

Everyone is an inclusive term that gives a sober warning to all would-be and all professing believers for careful self-examination. A person’s willingness to confess Christ before men determines Christ’s willingness to claim that person before His Father. Paul eagerly confessed, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). He was not ashamed to acknowledge the person and work of Christ because His is the only message that offers salvation and hope to a corrupt and dying world.

Throughout the history of the church, believers who have been unashamed to confess Jesus before men are those the Lord uses to bring others to Himself. Whether it is through preaching, teaching, personal witnessing, or the courage of martyrdom, those who confess Him boldly and unapologetically before the world not only are the Lord’s most faithful disciples but also His most effective disciple makers.

Confess means to affirm and agree with. It is not simply to recognize a truth but to identify with it. Even the demons, for example, recognize that God is one (James 2:19), but they by no means confess God, because they are His implacable enemies. We do not confess Christ simply by acknowledging that He is Lord and Savior but by acknowledging and receiving Him as our Lord and Savior. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,” Paul says, “and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 10:9–10). Outward confession with the mouth is a reflection of genuine belief in the heart.

Men, like everyone, is universal. A true disciple is willing to openly identify with Christ wherever he is, whether before a fellowship of other believers, a group of serious inquirers, or a hostile crowd of unbelievers. “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). To the faithful church at Pergamum, the Lord said, “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells” (Rev. 2:13).

Near the end of his life Paul wrote to his beloved Timothy, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:6–7). But a few verses later he spoke of Demas, who “loved this present world, [and] has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” (v. 10). Demas had been a faithful helper of Paul’s, but when persecution became severe, he held the things of the world too dear to give them up (cf. Matt. 13:22). Hard times are the test of faith. The church does not lack for supporters when it is popular and respected; but when the world turns against it, its fair-weather friends are not to be found.

Believers can be silenced by much less than persecution. Simple embarrassment or friendly ridicule has closed many Christian mouths. It is sometimes easier to stand up to vicious physical injury by a hostile government than to stand up to unbelieving family and friends who would never do us physical harm.

Every believer has lapses of faithfulness, which is why the Lord’s promise of 1 John 1:9 is so dear: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Peter denied the Lord, but he could not live with his denial and he went out and wept bitterly. His heart was broken because he had so terribly failed and grieved His Lord. Timothy was Paul’s most promising protege, yet years after he had himself become a leader in the church, Timothy apparently had become reticent about openly proclaiming the gospel. Paul therefore admonished him, “Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” (2 Tim. 1:8).

Peter and Timothy had lapses of faithfulness, but feeling shame of the gospel and of the Lord was not their normal attitude. Those whose lives are characterized by confessing Christ, in name and in obedience, are those whom Jesus will also confess … before [His] Father who is in heaven. What an incredibly wonderful thought, to know that all Christians will stand before the Father … in heaven and hear Jesus tell Him that they are His, that He claims them because they have claimed Him!

When Pliny was governor of the province of Bithynia, in northern Asia Minor, he wrote a letter to the emperor Trajan trying to explain why he had been unsuccessful in stamping out the sect called Christians. He had tried arrest, fines, imprisonment, beatings, torture, and various forms of execution in order to get them to renounce Christ and to burn incense to Caesar as an act of worship, but to no avail. In trying to excuse himself before the emperor, he said, “None of these acts, those who are really Christians can be compelled to do.” Even a pagan ruler knew that a person with such unflinching conviction must be a true believer.

The negative side of Jesus’ warning is sobering: But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. This warning applies to a person who makes an outward profession of Christianity but turns away when hard testing comes.

It is possible to deny Christ before men by silence, by failing to witness for Him and trying to be an unnoticed Christian—whose friends and neighbors, and perhaps even family, would never suspect of being a believer. It is also possible to deny Christ by actions, living like the rest of the world lives, with no higher standards or values. It is possible to deny Christ by words, using the world’s profanity, vulgarity, and blasphemy. It is possible to deny Christ in many ways that are short of verbally and publicly renouncing Him.

The future tenses in verses 32–33 tell us that Jesus is speaking of future judgment. In that day, those who confess Him, He will also confess, and those who deny Him, He will also deny.

The difference between true and false discipleship is a much-repeated theme in Matthew. Near the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (5:20). Later during the sermon He distinguished between false disciples, who go in the wide gate and travel the broad way, and true disciples, who enter by the narrow gate and walk in the narrow way (7:13–14).

He spoke of those who bear good fruit and those who bear bad fruit (7:16–20) and then said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’ ” (vv. 21–23). Immediately after that He distinguished between the person who builds his religious house on the sand of man’s wisdom and is destroyed and the person who builds on the rock of His Word and is saved (vv. 24–27).

In chapter 13 Jesus gives the parables of the sower, of the wheat and tares, and of the dragnet (vv. 1–30, 47–50), all three of which illustrate distinctions between true and false faith. He pictured the judgment of the nations at the end of the Tribulation as the separation of believing sheep to His right and unbelieving goats to His left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ ” (Matt. 25:34).

The sheep are those who not only identify themselves with Him but who, by their public confession of Him and their daily obedience to His will, reflect His own love and compassion by serving others in His name (vv. 35–36, 40). They confess Christ by their words and their actions, by loving as He loved, reaching out as He reached out, caring as He cared. The all-essential hallmark of being a true disciple of Christ—and therefore of truly confessing Christ—is to be like Christ, our Teacher and Master (10:25).

In the story of the sheep and goats Jesus went on to say, “Then He [the King] will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels’ ” (Matt. 25:41). Although pagans, agnostics, atheists, and every other kind of unbeliever will face the same eternal fire, Jesus was not talking about such people in this illustration. He was speaking of those who claimed to be His followers and who will say to Him on the day of judgment, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?” (v. 44). Like Judas, they professed Him but they did not genuinely confess Him. They claimed Him as Lord but they never belonged to Him; they had not trusted in Him or obeyed Him.

I believe that Jesus was continually concerned about Judas, whom He knew did not believe and whom He therefore could not confess before the Father. Judas is the classic example of a professor who is not a confessor.

Every conscientious pastor at times becomes anxious that some people in his congregation may not truly know the Lord and will wake up in eternal damnation, although they may be active in church activities and live moral and seemingly selfless lives.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 226–229). Chicago: Moody Press.

Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

Court Ruling Guts Key Law, Child Pornography Now More Likely to Be Produced, Scholar Says

Major Archbishop: Pope Francis Covered Up Sex Abuse, Must Resign

World’s Largest Hotel Chain to Place Bibles in Hundreds of Thousands of Rooms

The Maker of the Maker of Middle-earth

Global-Warming Advocates Pressure Media to Silence Skeptics

Let’s Pause and Consider the Dangers of Humanized Robots

Responding to Scientism and Secularism: Interview with J.P. Moreland

Pro-life leaders condemn ‘sick’ abortion billboard targeting Black women

Unbelievable: Debunking Science and Faith Myths with Historian Mike Keas

Daniel Dennett thinks a game can show that computers could really think

Texas cheerleaders win a victory for freedom of religious expression – Praise the Lord

Study Silenced for Suggesting Kids Become Transgender Due to Social Influence

California Assemblyman Drops So-Called ‘Gay Conversion Therapy Ban’ Bill

Archaeologists Believe They Found the Site of Jesus’ First Recorded Miracle

Thousands of Catholic women sign letter telling Pope Francis: ‘We deserve your answers now’

States Must Stop the War on Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

Elderly Couple Threatened With Eviction for Leading Bible Study in Their Home

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad
Last week’s edition is here.

via Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

TRUMP DROPS BOMB ON DEEP STATE: Illicit Actions Revealed – Obama Admin Caught in Act Spying on Political Opponent — The Gateway Pundit

On Monday evening Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) revealed Congressional investigators have learned the FBI and DOJ previously leaked information to the press then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify seeking FISA warrants on Trump advisor Carter Page. They knew all along the story was bogus and planted the evidence in the liberal media.

On Friday conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch dropped another bombshell. The Justice Department admitted in a court filing that the FISA Court never held hearings on the FISA applications for former Trump advisor Carter Page.

Now it appears and is likely that the Obama administration bypassed the FISA Court to spy on the Trump campaign based on a story they knew to be false.

ImperatorRex on Twitter explained how the Obama administration went around the FISA Court to spy on the opposition party based on lies they helped push in the liberal fake news media.

** Read our previous post here.

On Saturday morning President Trump echoed our reporting at The Gateway Pundit.

The Obama administration spied on Republican Donald Donald Trump based on a phony dossier and criminal actions by Obama deep state operatives.

President Trump: Report: There were no FISA hearings held over Spy documents.”It is astonishing that the FISA courts couldn’t hold hearings on Spy Warrants targeting Donald Trump. It isn’t about Carter Page, it’s about the Trump Campaign. You’ve got corruption at the DOJ & FBI. The leadership of the DOJ & FBI are completely out to lunch in terms of exposing and holding those accountable who are responsible for that corruption.” @TomFitton @JudicialWatch “You have a Fake Dossier, gathered by Steele, paid by the Clinton team to get information on Trump. The Dossier is Fake, nothing in it has been verified. It then filters into our American court system in order to spy on Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s political opponent. Donald Trump, and now we find out that there wasn’t even a hearing – that Donald Trump’s 4th Amendment right to privacy was signed away…and someone in there is swearing that this stuff is true, when it wasn’t? This is the scandal here – a police state.” Dan Bongino

via TRUMP DROPS BOMB ON DEEP STATE: Illicit Actions Revealed – Obama Admin Caught in Act Spying on Political Opponent — The Gateway Pundit

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 09/01/2018

Oprah Winfrey’s ‘O’ Magazine Promotes ‘Shout Your Abortion’ Movement   Aug 26, 2018 05:28 pm

Oprah’s “O” magazine recently published an article in its “inspiration” section written by the founder of the “Shout Your Abortion” movement, in which she shared how a Facebook post expressing her “gratitude” to Planned Parenthood for her abortion snowballed into over 300,000 people tweeting the “ShoutYourAbortion” hashtag and the launching on an official…

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Fifth-Grade Student in North Carolina Disciplined After Calling His Teacher ‘Ma’am’   Aug 27, 2018 01:06 pm

(Yahoo News) — Growing up, many of us were taught to refer to our elders as “ma’am” and “sir,” especially if you were raised in the South. However, while some may think of the terms as a polite way to show respect, others find them to be outdated — and possibly even offensive. Parents Teretha Wilson and McArthur Bryant were shocked to find out…

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Pakistani Christian Loses Sight in One Eye in Attack by Muslim Neighbors   Aug 28, 2018 01:27 pm

KARACHI, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man in Karachi, Pakistan lost sight in one eye when armed Muslim neighbors attacked his family, his father said. Vikram John, 25, lost sight in his left eye after Muslim neighbors who had pressured his family to leave the neighborhood with months of harassment beat him and other family members on the…

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Couple Who Refused Abortion, Entrusted Son to ‘God’s Hands’ After Being Told Condition Was Terminal, Learns Doctors Misdiagnosed Baby   Aug 31, 2018 01:40 pm

Photo Credit: Drew and Ariann Corpstein/GoFundMe DES MOINES, Iowa — A couple in Iowa who was counseled by doctors to abort their unborn son after he was diagnosed with a terminal condition has learned that their child, who was born last month, was misdiagnosed and is expected to live after all. “I didn’t feel like it was my decision to make,” Ariann Corpstein…

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Lesbians Sue Retirement Village ‘Operating in Accordance With Biblical Principles’ for Declining Housing Request   Aug 28, 2018 11:46 am

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Two women who identify as lesbians have filed a federal lawsuit against a Christian retirement village for declining their application to live in the senior community due to its longstanding cohabitation policy that only allows married men and women or siblings to share a dwelling. Attorneys for Mary Walsh and Bev Nance filed the lawsuit against…

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‘My Rebellion Separated Me From God’: Former Homosexual Activist in Uganda Says She Has Renounced Lesbianism   Aug 25, 2018 07:57 pm

KAMPALA — “Anyone who doesn’t believe God can change anyone has never met the true and living God of the Bible,” reads the Facebook intro of a former homosexual activist from Uganda who says that she has now renounced lesbianism as her heart has been changed by God. Val Kalende was one of the earliest board members of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), which is…

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Preacher Against Homosexuality? ‘Gay’ Athlete? Assignment Asks Students to Determine Who Is ‘Most Deserving’ to Live or Die   Aug 29, 2018 06:29 pm

Screenshot WKYC-TV CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — A “Whom to Leave Behind” assignment given to students at a public middle school in Ohio has generated controversy as it asks youth to choose 8 people from a list of 12 whose lives will be saved in a hypothetical situation in which the Earth will be destroyed. According to reports, the exercise was recently assigned to…

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U.S. Army Rejects Charge Against Chaplain Investigated Over Lesbian Who Wanted to Attend Marriage Retreat   Aug 25, 2018 01:36 pm

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An official with the U.S. Army has rejected the findings of an investigation into a chaplain who declined to lead a marriage retreat after learning that a lesbian had signed up to attend the event with her partner, and will not charge the chaplain with “dereliction of duty” as an investigator had recommended. “We are grateful that the Army…

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125 South Korean Women Collectively Ingest Abortion Pill in Protest of Country’s Laws Banning Abortion   Aug 28, 2018 07:22 pm

Photo Credit: Yonhap/Korea Bizwire SEOUL — A reported 125 South Korean women collectively ingested an abortion pill on Sunday in a protest against the country’s laws banning abortion. Korea Bizwire reports that the demonstration was held in front of the Bosingak Pavilion in Seoul’s Jongno district as the protesters called for the South Korean government to…

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‘Repentance Must Come With Restitution’: Anonymous Donor Restores Stolen Office Supplies Tenfold 40 Years Later   Aug 27, 2018 06:26 pm

MINDEN, La. — An anonymous individual who says that they stole pencils and markers from the office supply room while working for the Webster Parish Courthouse 40 years ago has mailed a box to the office where they worked as a teen, restoring the office supplies tenfold and enclosing a letter outlining that they believe God would have them make things…

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