Daily Archives: September 4, 2018

September 4: Utopian Truth for Today

Hosea 8:1–10:15; Acts 4:1–37; Job 16:1–9

Wealth often tempts us to materialism, as our possessions make us feel secure, valued, and comfortable. But sometimes the lack of these assets allows this temptation to exert even more power over us, driving us to spend our lives chasing the higher salary, the bigger house, or the new car. Our pursuit of this illusion makes it easy to dismiss passages like Acts 4 as utopian fantasy—ideal for difficult times, perhaps, but hardly realistic.

“Now the group of those who believed were one heart and soul, and no one said anything of what belonged to him was his own, but all things were theirs in common. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. For there was not even anyone needy among them, because all those who were owners of plots of land or houses were selling them and bringing the proceeds of the things that were sold” (Acts 4:32–34).

We too easily find ways to distance ourselves from the selfless acts of the early believers. Sell plots of land or houses? Give it all away? That doesn’t seem reasonable. Won’t people take advantage of us? Won’t they grow lazy and begin to feel entitled?

The early church responded differently. They responded to the testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with concrete acts of faith. They saw Christ as Lord over all they previously regarded as their personal possessions. They were so united in purpose and prayer that the things they owned mattered little unless they could be used in service to others—in doing the work of Christ.

No matter where we stand financially, we need a new mindset. If it’s difficult to imagine changing our lifestyle to help someone in need, then we need to examine our hearts. If we cling to the belief that our possessions give us security, value, and comfort, then we need to examine our faith. Either way, we have to assess our possessions, talents, and time, consider the people in our lives, and make decisions that are governed by the values of a new kingdom.

How can you better use your money, possessions, time, and talents to serve others?

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.

September 4 The Balanced Approach to Spiritual Victory

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:10–11).

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Spiritual victory is not passive; it involves the discipline of daily obedience to Christ and His Word.

When I was a child, my father and I watched a boxing match on television. After going through the ritual of punching the air, kicking his feet, and putting rosin on his shoes, one of the fighters knelt in the corner and crossed himself. I asked my dad if that helped. He said, “It does if he can punch. If he can’t punch, it doesn’t help at all.”

That illustrates a point we touched on yesterday and will explore further today: God’s part and our part in spiritual warfare. Many Christians believe spiritual victory comes simply by surrendering more completely to God. They quote verses like 2 Chronicles 20:15 to support their view: “The battle is not yours but God’s.” “Stop struggling and striving,” they say. “Instead, yield and completely surrender yourself to God. He alone does the fighting and gives the victory.”

Such people are often called “Quietists” because they view the Christian’s role in spiritual warfare as passive or quiet. Their anthem is, “Let go and let God.”

But Scripture gives a very different view of the believer’s role. It pictures the Christian life as a war, a race, and a fight. We depend on God’s energy, power, and strength, but we are by no means passive. We’re commanded to apply ourselves to good deeds, resist the Devil, bring our bodies under subjection, walk in wisdom, press toward the prize, cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and perfect holiness in the fear of God. Those are calls to fervent action.

In Ephesians 6:10–11 Paul says, “Be strong in the … strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God.” That’s the balance. God supplies the resources; we supply the effort.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the strength He gives for spiritual victory. ✧ Ask for His wisdom in living a balanced Christian life.

For Further Study: Read 2 Peter 1:3–7. ✧ What does God supply for Christian living? ✧ What must you as a believer supply?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 260). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Targeting Black Babies for Abortion is Not Racist? — David Fiorazo

Referring to black people and the propaganda of the birth control agenda, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King made this compelling statement:

“When we said we will no longer sit in the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for us down at the abortion clinic.”

Has the conscience of our nation become so desensitized that there’s no outcry when a movement encouraging black women to abort their babies is practically ignored? Isn’t it racism to promote the selective extermination of the offspring of a people group? Wake up, America, your apathy is showing.

They sell abortion like just another form of birth control. But like slavery, just because something is legal does not make it moral. Through history in the pages of the Bible, pregnancy is seen as a blessing to be enjoyed, not a problem to be eliminated. But even though Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), culture is always changing.

One hundred years ago, at a time when abortion was still seen as taking innocent life in a mother’s womb, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger coined the term, “birth control.” The deception has now become public policy, and what was once spoken of in hushes and whispers is now openly and proudly promoted.

Even Oprah got behind the “Shout Your Abortion” movement as its founder, Ameilia Bonow, was recently featured in Winfrey’s O Magazine.

But a new billboard in Texas actually takes this darkness to a new level. In large capital letters, the sign reads: “ABORTION IS SELF-CARE” which follows the astonishing statement:

“Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves.”

But how can a black woman – or any woman – start a family unless a baby in the womb is allowed to be born? What lies! The left calls abortion “reproductive justice,” but they’re not at all concerned about justice for the innocent lives being wiped out.

And we just go on with our lives. Have our hearts become that hardened? Abortion is legalized brutality against a pre-born human being.

Nationally-syndicated talk show host, Stacey Washington tweeted:

WOW. So for BLACK women, killing our offspring is like a day at the spa. They don’t market this way to any other group. @PlannedParenthood still operating on behalf of Margaret Sanger.

What Adolf Hitler did to millions of Jews through eugenics and sterilization, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger has dwarfed by pioneering a movement leading to the abortion of over one hundred million babies in the United States. Just as disturbing, the horrendous Roe V Wade decision in 1973 seemed to justify the evil of Sanger’s worldview.

A native New Yorker, Margaret Sanger is still celebrated by feminists and liberals today including Hillary Clinton who once said she was in awe of Sanger. Is it just a coincidence approximately 78% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority communities?

Margaret Sanger’s publication, The Birth Control Review, was founded in 1917 and through the years, she often published articles from eugenicists such as Ernst Rudin. Rudin was a psychiatrist who worked as Adolf Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and founded the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene (Germany’s racial purity program).

Ernst Rudin’s article, “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” was also published in 1932 in Sanger’s Birth Control Review journal. The fol­lowing year, Rudin drafted the Nazi Sterilization Law in Germany. Rudin publicly praised Hitler for making his “more than thirty-year-old dream a reality” by imposing “racial hygiene.” It was only one year after Sanger delivered her infamous Peace Plan that Hitler signed the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring.

There is an abortion every 26 seconds in America, and minority populations are taking the hit. More black babies are aborted than born in New York City. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers indicate the horrific fact that nearly 72% of black babies are aborted in Mississippi.

It appears the original vision and eugenic work of Margaret Sanger has become a reality. Sanger even spoke to the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey in 1926, and just three years later, her American Birth Control League laid the groundwork for Sanger’s first clinic in Harlem.

Sanger worked closely with William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Col­ored People (NAACP). Prior to World War II, she was outspoken about her views on race, and used the influence of prominent blacks to promote abortion as “compassion.”

Du Bois helped Sanger with the “Negro Project,” for which Sanger invited black leaders includ­ing physicians, ministers and journalists, to form an advisory council to help direct the Harlem clinic and control births in the community.

In a 1932 essay in Sanger’s Birth Control Review, ‘W.E.B.’ Du Bois, wrote:

“The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disas­trously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.”

The warped propaganda campaigns worked. The billion dollar-business of abortion is not only a Sacrament to the Democrat Party, a new study reveals nearly 75% of women now feel unwanted pressure to kill their babies.

That public pressure did not suddenly appear overnight, but it’s now the reality young women face. Billboards promoting abortion are offensive and wrong. If we truly care, we must not be silent. We need to work and pray to change hearts and minds about the value of every human life – regardless of its location.

So many verses in Scripture support life in the womb, but I’ll leave you with Psalm 106:37-38, which may well be a description of America’s genocide:

“They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with the blood.”

*Originally published by Freedom Project Media

One Nation Under Apathy: the Devaluing of Human Life

via Targeting Black Babies for Abortion is Not Racist? — David Fiorazo

RenewAmerica Newsletter for September 4, 2018

September 3, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Judge Denise Casper has ruled against a Christian’s access to a program that routinely hoists privately owned flags over a city building, concluding that other flags are acceptable because they’re not religious. “The city’s policy of excluding non-secular flags is viewpoint neutral because it excludes religion as a subject matter of speech on the flagpole……. (more)

September 3, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — The Catholic Church would not be able to function as a criminal enterprise without the financial contributions of its members. Unless Catholic parishioners restricted their contributions to the local poor, their largesse was at least partly going toward underwriting the activities of pedophile priests and cover-ups through the Catholic bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. and Rome. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, should be asked about this growing scandal during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Has he been implicated in the scandal through his donations to the church?… (more)

September 3, 2018
JOHN FUND — The past week has featured so much extravagant praise of John McCain that Jill Abramson, the former editor of the New York Times, had to admit “McCain would cringe over some of the glowing tributes pouring in.”… (more)


September 3, 2018
PJ MEDIA — As the fall elections approach, it’s clear that the Left side of the aisle is getting nuttier by the day. The public spectacles of the two funerals, Aretha Franklin’s and John McCain’s, brought forth the usual characters from our long-running American sitcom-cum-political soap opera, including a lecherous Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan in Detroit; and the leading lights of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Joe Lieberman, in Washington, almost all of whom seemed not to have the dearly departed on their minds, but their bete noire in the White House, Donald Trump…. (more)

September 3, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, tweeted for the first time in more than two years to honor the late Sen. John McCain on Sunday. In the tweet, Abedin hearkened back to how the Arizona Republican defended her years ago against unsubstantiated allegations by House Republicans that she was part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government…. (more)

September 3, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The litany has been repeated so often that it’s easy to recite: The walls are closing in on Donald Trump, person x or y or z is going to bring him down, it’s only a matter of time before he is caught or exposed or loses his base of support and driven from public life. The phrases sound out from our cable channels. We see them in newspaper headlines and in our Twitter timelines. This time Trump has gone too far. The end is near. Take that, Drumpf!… (more)

September 3, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — The “progressives”‘ game plan to re-acquire power in Washington and make it permanent has been shockingly obvious for some time: Import millions of illegal immigrants, hook them on government aid and turn them into voters – – legally or illegally. Two Democrats running for Congress in Texas have come out for decriminalizing illegal immigration, along with Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat. Virtually all Democratic office holders oppose voter ID laws…. (more)

September 3, 2018
BYRON YORK — Obama appointee Sally Yates was acting attorney general under President Trump for just 10 days – – from Jan. 20, 2017 until Jan. 30, 2017 – – but by any measure they were consequential days. Even now, two issues from Yates’ brief tenure are still of interest to congressional investigators. One was the series of events that led Yates, in charge of the Justice Department, to reject the president’s executive order temporarily suspending the admittance into the United States of people from some Muslim nations…. (more)

September 3, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — It had to happen sometime. The Southern Poverty Law Center has made so many vile, unjustified, hysterical, and hateful accusations over the years, it was bound to pay a price. When it did, the bill due was $3.375 million. Such was the amount the SPLC agreed to pay the British Muslim Maajid Nawaz and his think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, after smearing them in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”… (more)

September 3, 2018
PJ MEDIA — In an interview this week, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò challenged journalists to investigate what happened to the “cache of documents” Benedict XVI delivered to Pope Francis after his election. Some sexual abuse victims and journalists seem to have heeded the call, demanding the documents outside the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C…. (more)


September 3, 2018
‘It was a significant impact’
JOE KOVACS — Perhaps it’s a lesson in simple economics: Don’t enrage your customers, especially with politics. In the wake of the June incident in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave The Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for President Trump, the local area is suffering a serious financial slump…. (more)


September 3, 2018
Schools no longer teaching the needed skills?
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Big companies like Google, Apple, and IBM are no longer requiring applicants to hold a college degree. This is a significant change. Historically, employers have required a college degree whether or not it was necessary to do the job. Is this because colleges are no longer teaching the needed skills, or because there are so many job openings to fill that standards are dropping? Could it be that vocational training and self-taught skills are enough for certain jobs in the modern-day economy?… (more)

September 3, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — An explosive new Ivy League university study is being suppressed because it concludes that today’s exceptionally rapid growth in cases of transgenderism among children and teens is very likely a result of “social contagion.” The Brown University study is titled “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reports.”… (more)

September 1, 2018
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett: ‘This should effectively end Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation’
ART MOORE — Republican Congress members who questioned Bruce Ohr behind closed doors Tuesday learned the former top Justice Department official had regular contact in 2016 with Andrew Weissmann – – who is now Robert Mueller’s top deputy – – regarding the dubious, anti-Trump dossier of unverified claims that became a major premise for launching the special counsel investigation…. (more)

September 1, 2018
U.N. agency perpetuating Palestinian problem called ‘irredeemably flawed operation’
WORLDNETDAILY — The Trump administration on Friday canceled scheduled payments of hundreds of millions of dollars to an “irredeemably flawed” United Nations agency that was making payments to convicted terrorists and their families in the Middle East…. (more)

September 1, 2018
BRIETBART — Donald Trump criticized Democratic Socialists on Thursday for promising leftist dreams of universal health care through Medicare. “They want to raid Medicare to pay for socialism,” Trump said during his rally in Indiana, as the crowd booed…. (more)

September 1, 2018
Thomas, Gorsuch, Alito dissent
WORLDNETDAILY — An emergency plea from families helping Philadelphia’s neediest children through a Catholic Social Services foster care program has been given a thumbs by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit over the charity’s refusal to place children with same-sex couples…. (more)

September 1, 2018
Vatican envoy faces heat for charging Francis knew of sex abuse
ART MOORE — The explosive charge by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that Pope Francis covered up sexual abuse by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick should be taken seriously, contend Catholic leaders who know Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. capital…. (more)

August 30, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — As he was preparing to attend a White House dinner of evangelical leaders, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) sent out a fundraising message in support of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. What Perkins didn’t reveal to FRC supporters is that Kavanaugh’s mentor on the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, supported abortion-on-demand and same-sex marriage, and that Kavanaugh has promised to uphold Court precedents…. (more)

August 30, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — The New York Times’ slogan is famously, “All the news that’s fit to print.” I guess Facebook’s slogan should be, “All the liberal news that’s fit to print.” And not just Facebook, but Google, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, and Apple. Look at this variety of recent examples where social media giants are allegedly censoring conservative or Christian content:… (more)

August 30, 2018
‘The only way to clear up this messy saga is for Trump to immediately declassify all the documents — without redactions’
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was star-crossed from the start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own admission prompted the investigation – – with the deliberate leaking of classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to the press…. (more)

August 30, 2018
ART MOORE — The former top Justice Department official at the center of the anti-Trump dossier scandal, Bruce Ohr, testified that the FBI was aware when it submitted the dossier as evidence to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign that the document’s author was biased against Trump and that Ohr’s wife worked for the company that produced it…. (more)


August 30, 2018
BRIETBART — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has been excluded from his funeral. Breitbart News has independently confirmed an earlier report in People magazine, which reported that Palin was not sent an invitation and was told through intermediaries to stay away from the ceremony…. (more)


August 30, 2018
U.S. rate actually less than 1/10th of that claimed, less than 3% of world’s total
WASHINGTON TIMES — A shock 2016 study argued that the U.S. accounted for nearly one-third of all mass shootings, sparking global headlines about the dangers of an American gun culture. Now another researcher says the original study “botched” the data. John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, crunched the numbers and said his count shows that the U.S. had less than 3 percent of the world’s mass public shootings over a 15-year period…. (more)

August 30, 2018
NEWSMAX — Larry Klayman on Tuesday told Newsmax TV of his intention to file a class action lawsuit this week against Google, Facebook and other companies for anti-trust violations around censorship of conservative websites…. (more)

 

Barna Infographic | Do Christian Students Want Spiritual Growth from College?

Millions of young people will begin college this fall with a primary focus on preparing for a career and financial success. But what about their spiritual and moral development? A recent Barna study asked Christian students about their openness to faith-based learning opportunities.

Read more: https://www.barna.com/research/spiritual-growth-college/

09/04/2018 — Wretched

WR2018-0904

•John MacArthur preaches on Social Justice from Ezekiel
•What is Social Justice and is it Biblical?
•Which story is most disheartening?
•Antifa protests a Church for holding Christian beliefs
•Misogyny is a hate crime in the UK
•Michael W. Smith wants to launch a new Great Awakening with TBN
•What does prophecy offer that Scripture does not?
•Ezekiel and personal culpability

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via 09/04/2018 — Wretched

The Ground of Justification

by Louis Berkhof

One of the most important points of the controversy between the Church of Rome and the Reformers, and between Reformed theology and the Arminians, concerned the ground of justification. With respect to this the Reformers taught:

1. Negatively, that this cannot be found in any virtue of man, nor in his good works. This position must also be maintained at present over against Rome and the Pelagianizing tendencies of various Churches. Rome teaches that the sinner is justified on the basis of the inherent righteousness that has been infused into his heart, and which, in turn, is the fruit of the co-operation of the human will with prevenient grace. This applies to what is called the first justification; in all following justification the good works of man come into consideration as the formal cause or ground of justification. It is impossible however, that the inherent righteousness of the regenerate man and his good works should be constitute the ground of his justification, for (a) this righteousness is and remains during this life a very imperfect righteousness; (b) it is itself already the fruit of the righteousness of Christ and of the grace of God; and (c) even the best works of believers are polluted with sin. Moreover, Scripture teaches us very clearly that man is justified freely by the grace of God, Rom. 3:24, and that he cannot possibly be justified by the works of the law, Rom. 3:28; Gal. 2:16; 3:11.

Source: The Ground of Justification

SEPTEMBER 4 “BE THOU EXALTED”

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 57:5

Essentially, God’s gracious plan of salvation was wrought to bring about the restoration of a right relationship between men and women and their Creator.

The disobedience and fall of Adam and Eve destroyed the proper Creator-creature relation, in which, unknown to them, their true happiness lay.

Many of us are interested in walking with God and pleasing God and resting in the promises of God. We have discovered that such a life on this earth begins with a complete change in relationship between God and the sinner—a conscious and experienced change affecting the sinner’s whole nature.

The atonement in Jesus’ blood makes such a change judicially possible, and the working of the Holy Spirit makes it emotionally satisfying.

We must begin with God—and God must be the center of all we are and all we do. “Be thou exalted” is plainly the language of victorious spiritual experience and central to the life of God in the soul!

Heavenly Father, throughout this day my praise for You will continually be on my lips. I am so grateful that You did not turn Your back on the human race when Adam and Eve disobeyed You. Instead, You already had a plan for redemption in mind! Bless Your name![1]


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

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel: Background, Exegesis, Application — Alpha and Omega Ministries

Given that The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel was released today, I dedicated the program to the topic, the background of the statement, etc.  I also took time to provide some biblical reasoning from Revelation 5 and Ephesians 2, and then made application to social media statements that illustrate the corrosive effects of this movement within the church.  About an hour and 45 minutes of discussion today.

via The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel: Background, Exegesis, Application — Alpha and Omega Ministries

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself In the Midst of Depression and Anxiety — HeadHeartHand Blog

This is one of the most powerful sermons I’ve heard in years. It’s entitled, ‘Preach The Gospel To Yourself When Your Soul Is Downcast,’ and was preached by Pastor David Sunday, a dear friend and a Christian brother I greatly admire and respect. It’s the kind of sermon that took years to prepare and I pray it will get a wide hearing and help thousands of souls. The Scripture reading starts at 2.13 and the sermon at 7.04.

https://livestream.com/accounts/9226053/events/8348222/videos/179757434/player?width=640&height=360&autoPlay=true&mute=false

via Preaching the Gospel to Yourself In the Midst of Depression and Anxiety — HeadHeartHand Blog

Democrats Demand Kavanaugh Submit To DNA Test To Prove He’s Not Actually Hitler — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh began Tuesday, the leaders of the Democratic Party immediately turned up the heat on the nominee.

While several Democrats have simply questioned Kavanagh’s prior political opinions, a growing contingent within the Party is demanding that the nominee submit to a DNA test in order to prove that he’s not literally Adolf Hitler.

“History books claim that Hitler committed suicide by ingesting cyanide and then shooting himself in the head, but we don’t know anything for sure,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). “Wouldn’t it be just like this president to choose Hitler to serve on the Supreme Court?”

As the hearings started up Tuesday morning, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) claimed that Kavanaugh’s judicial decisions “put him on the same level as Hitler.” He added: “How can we know he’s not der Führer until we have DNA proof?” He then grilled Kavanaugh: “Are you now or have you ever been ADOLF HITLER HIMSELF, GOOD SIR???”

Kavanaugh calmly pushed back against these claims by noting that he looks nothing like Adolf Hitler, and that he’s only 53 years old, a full 76 years younger than the dictator would be if he were alive today.

Despite the nominee’s rebuttal, several Democrats have already filed a request with the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram, New York, in order to have the body of Hitler’s nephew, William Patrick Stuart-Houston, exhumed for DNA testing against Kavanaugh.

via Democrats Demand Kavanaugh Submit To DNA Test To Prove He’s Not Actually Hitler — The Babylon Bee

Why I Signed the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

This summer I met with a group of concerned Christian leaders in Dallas, Texas in order to discuss the issues surrounding the in vogue movement known as social justice. As we discussed the issues, it became plain and clear that this is one of the most confusing and potentially dangerous agendas to face the church in recent history. For that reason, we engaged in a project to collectively formulate a theological statement that would address these cultural matters in love and stand for the pure gospel of Jesus.

So, why did I engage in this project and attach my name to it? I would like to attempt an answer to that question.

The Gospel

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for fallen sinners. All throughout history, there have been attempts to redefine the gospel, to malign the gospel, to subtract from the gospel, and to include additions to the gospel. In a time when people have so much access to knowledge—we continue to lack truth for the brokenness of depraved humanity. This pattern of life is not because truth doesn’t exist, but because so many ideas are elevated above God’s truth and people continue to suppress God’s truth leaving broken sinners confused.

Our hope is the clear sounding of the gospel. We must be heralds of truth—not political ideas or cultural trends—faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ. If lost and blind sinners will see—it must be through light shining into their darkness. When social ideas and constructions replace truth, it runs the risk leading people into further darkness and oppression. Therefore, we must stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ and deliver the only message that will bring oppressed and broken sinners to a saving relationship with God—that’s the message of the cross of Jesus Christ. We must never forget that even the learned Jews with the oracles of God and the covenants lost the gospel.

The Call to Contend for the Faith

In Jude 3, we find him urging believers to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” The word “contend” carries an interesting meaning. The word is “ἐπαγωνίζομαι” which is connected to “ἀγωνίζομαι” from where we derive the English word agonize. It means to exert intense effort. The idea is to put forth a ready and serious defense for the faith. It’s clear from context that the word “faith” is in reference to the saving faith of Christ through the gospel.

Far too often people are unwilling to stand for the gospel publicly because they are afraid of rebuke, criticism, and the loss of support for their ministry. Many people are willing to work long hours on their ministry strategy in order to protect their brand and their image, but they’re unwilling to subject themselves to heavy criticism that could potentially cause their brand to lose support in the end. Interestingly enough, Jude never says to protect your ministry strategy. The calling for Christians is to contend for the gospel. Jesus never promised us an easy life without trouble. In fact, he promised us much worse.

The Perspicuity and Sufficiency of Scripture

The antiquarian term perspicuity means clarity. In other words, throughout history theologians and scholars have pointed to the clarity of the Scriptures as the Spirit of God makes known to us the meaning of the text. This is brought to pass in the life of the Christian by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Unbelievers are blind and unable to understand the truths of the Scriptures because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14).

It has become obvious to me through discussions on social justice that terms like intersectionality, critical race theory, and other relevant terms in this discussion are vague at best and as clear as mud in most circles. When the Scriptures are clear and sufficient for us—why would we abandon the biblical model of hermeneutics (literal, historical, grammatical, and redemptive interpretation) for the political savvy of intersectionality? It seems that we’re living in times when sociology has replaced theology—or theology is being formulated through the lens of sociology. For that reason, we must have a clear call to come back to the Scriptures. We can gain much ground if we will open the Scriptures and reason together rather than becoming champions of social justice.

Love

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). If we love the oppressed as Jesus does—as the commandments teach, we will love our neighbor as ourself. However, as we consider the proper way to love our neighbor, we must not ignore truth and deliver a cheap substitute. The oppressed need the good news of Jesus and the best way to love the oppressed is to apply the gospel to them—serving them in truth without placing an emphasis of social justice above the gospel.

Should we as followers of Jesus stand for justice? Sure, and that flows out of the gospel, but it should never be elevated above the gospel—which runs the risk of creating a social gospel. Where racism exists, it must be confronted. Where women are discriminated against, we must speak up. However, one of the most unloving and patronizing things that we can do is to create a religious version of affirmative action within evangelicalism that flows out of methods of intersectionality in order to satisfy a quota of skin color and gender in specific positions in the local church and denominational life.

It is out of love that we point out error. When victimology has replaced theology, one of the most unloving things a person can do is to remain silent when error is entangling the minds of friends, family, and fellow church members. It’s necessary to engage in this conversation in love and it’s out of love for God that we do so. Sure we love our fellow man and our neighbor, but we love God supremely and for that reason—we must speak up.

For these reasons I have engaged in this project and attached my name to it. I have no desire to attack personalities and create further division. At times people need to be criticized, as I’m quite sure my positions will be examined and critiqued. However, I do not approach such critique without first giving a heavy self-examination and seeking to be balanced and biblical. May the Lord be honored and his gospel be elevated before the eyes of people during this important theological conversation.

If you would like to sign The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel — you can visit the site and sign it here.

If you share it on social media – use hashtag #SocialJusticeStatement

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Greg Koukl debates Michael Shermer on God, atheism, meaning and morality

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Two tough rams butt heads, and may the best ram win! Two tough rams butt heads, and may the best ram win!

The full transcript of a debate between Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine, and Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason. This debate occurred on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, and was moderated by Hugh Hewitt.

HH = Hugh Hewitt
GK = Greg Koukl
MS = Michael Shermer

Here is the full debate transcript from Stand to Reason.

And here’s an excerpt:

GK: Right. Actually, the big question here, Hugh, is whether it’s possible to be good without God. Now I’m not talking about whether it’s possible to be good without a belief in God. I certainly think that’s possible, but be good without God. And the answer to that question hinges entirely on precisely what you mean by good. And so I was going to give an illustration. So a man drags a young girl into the alley…

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Tucker Carlson on Nike Honoring Kaepernick: “When the Most Successful People Hate the Society You’ve Got a Problem” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

 

On Monday, Nike revealed they selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be the face of its 30th anniversary of its ‘Just Do It’ campaign.

 

Nike posted a close up picture of Kaepernick’s face with a caption that read, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt”

Colin Kaepernick ruined the NFL after he started the National Anthem boycott by ‘taking a knee.’

NFL ratings have plummeted since Kaepernick’s National Anthem boycott. Stadiums often have rows and rows of empty seats because Americans are fed up with the politicization of football.

Now it’s Nike’s turn.

Americans immediately launched a boycott against Nike after finding out Kaepernick was chosen to be the face of its campaign.
Nike may hate America but most Americans still love their country.

On Tuesday Tucker Carlson weighed in on Nike’s decision to use Kaepernick as its public face.

Tucker Carlson: It’s factually ludicrous. You can’t give up everything and maintain a Nike contract. It’s the executives profiting on him and his attacks on the United States while simultaneously denying they are attacks on the United States… This is an attack on the country. So it would be very different if he were saying I’m protesting this politician or this policy or this specific person for doing this specific thing. But no, sitting during the National Anthem is a way of making a broad-based generalized and therefore impossible to rebut attack against the country that made him and Nike rich. Again there is something really decadent about that when the most successful people in your society hate the society you’ve got a real problem. It’s a metaphor for our entire ruling class.

Via FOX and Friends:

via Tucker Carlson on Nike Honoring Kaepernick: “When the Most Successful People Hate the Society You’ve Got a Problem” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

New video: How can I have assurance of salvation? — Credo Magazine

How can you know if you are truly saved? On what basis can you have assurance of salvation? How can a sinner really be confident that he or she is right with God? In this new Credo video, Matthew Barrett answers these questions and many others, seeking to give Christians assurance of salvation not on the basis of something they have done but on the basis of what their Savior has done on their behalf.

via New video: How can I have assurance of salvation? — Credo Magazine

September 4, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

The Kremlin dismissed President Donald Trump’s warning to Syria not to launch an offensive in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib, saying on Tuesday that the area was a “nest of terrorism”.

U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday complained about Republicans blocking access to documents stemming from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s previous work in the White House under President George W. Bush as the conservative judge’s Senate confirmation hearing began.

The longer Donald Trump stays in office, the higher the risk that anti-American forces will gain the upper hand in Germany and push it into the arms of Russia and China, veteran German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger said in an interview.

Turkey told the United States that Kurdish militants must completely abandon Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said, as violence in the rebel-held northern Syrian enclave of Idlib escalated.

A Spanish Defense Ministry spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday a media report that Spain has halted the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia amid concerns about their use in a conflict in Yemen.

U.S. consumers have been shifting away from traditional passenger cars for larger, more comfortable SUVs and pickup trucks, which are also more profitable for automakers.

A growing number of countries can hack into private computer networks and install malicious software to sabotage another country’s infrastructure, Germany’s domestic spy chief said.

AP Top Stories

President Trump has done more to hurt American workers than help them, the leader of the largest federation of unions in the nation declared. Union workers will likely support Democratic candidates in November, predicted AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

Eighteen people were injured in rival demonstrations capping off a week marked by xenophobic protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz, prompting Germany’s foreign minister to urge Germans to “get off our sofas” and speak up against racism.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent’s economic prospects to its own.

Conflicting accounts emerged on Monday of an attack by Islamists on the Nigerian military last week, with security sources saying as many as 48 soldiers had been killed but state media quoting an official army spokesman as saying such reports were wrong.

Two women were publicly caned by a Malaysian Shariah court on Monday for allegedly having sex, a punishment that drew international rebuke as both cruel and indicative of growing concerns about LGBT discrimination in the country.

Pope Francis on Monday said “silence and prayer” were the answer to those seeking “scandal and division”, amid a barrage of attacks from ultra-conservative Catholics.

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful and feared groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced.

Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state.

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, left for a visit to Israel and Jordan on Sunday, as his nation pivots away from a long-time reliance on American military hardware and support. The four-day visit to Israel will be the first by a Philippine leader in more than 60 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Germany’s emboldened far right has seized on a number of high-profile crimes allegedly committed by migrants to excoriate Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal border policy. Police statistics indicate that crime in Germany has seen a steady decline in recent years. However, violent acts committed by foreign nationals have risen since the height of the refugee influx in 2015.

A group of Israeli farmers is filing a war crimes complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday against Hamas over the torching of thousands of acres of farmland in recent months.

For every 18 people crossing to Europe over the central Mediterranean between January and July 2018, one person died. Over the same period in 2017, there was one death for each 42 refugees and migrants attempting the crossing.

Middle East oil ministers told CNBC Monday that they didn’t believe oil prices would rise above even $80 in the near term, particularly given Saudi Arabia and Russia’s pledge to up production. Very little spare capacity in the market leaves $90 for a barrel of oil a very likely prospect by November, one industry expert told CNBC.

BBC

The Venezuelan government says the levels of people leaving the country are “normal”. UN figures suggest that 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela’s economic and political crisis since 2014.

Neighbors has shown the first ever TV same-sex wedding in Australia. The soap is reflecting on marriage equality, after same-sex marriage was legalized in December.

Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, causing at least six deaths and 160 injuries.

WND

Biologist Ryan Bethencourt is just one of a growing group of scientist-entrepreneurs determined to produce artificial animal-like food without the animals. It may sound crazy, but the future may be right around the corner. One of his goals is to produce eggs without chickens. Another is to produce milk without cows.


News – 9/4/2018

Ultimate Rebellion: Satanism Is Experiencing Explosive Growth In America
As attendance declines at Christian churches all over America, many Satanic groups are experiencing tremendous growth. For some, embracing Satanism is the ultimate form of rebellion, for others it is about making an anti-Trump political statement, and yet others claim that they are attracted by the very real power that they discover in Satanism.

Russian tank train pictured ON THE MOVE as Putin sends ‘up to 1000’ to border with Europe
RUSSIA has been spotted shipping up to “1000 tanks” to their westernmost border with Europe amid rising tensions with NATO. Vladimir Putin’s forces have been seen loading cargo trains with tanks which have gone hurtling towards the Russian border with Ukraine.

Is Trump right about the violent, hateful left?
This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It’s a referendum on so much. It’s not a question of like or dislike, it’s a question that they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they will do it quickly and violently.

China–US Trade War Prompts Taiwan Firms to Shift Supply Chains out of China
Taiwanese tech companies are leaving mainland China in droves as the U.S.–China trade war threatens to disrupt supply chains, according to Taiwan media reports.

‘A terrible menace’ Battle of Britain hero warned EU would ‘succeed where Hitler failed’
A BATTLE of Britain hero warned of the “terrible menace” of the EU 12 years before the nation joined the country the-then European Economic Community (ECC) in a private letter revealed today. RAF pilot Sir Hugh Dowding said in a private letter to Lord Beaverbrook in 1961 that “all the unemployables” of Europe would “invade” Britain if the nation was to join the ECC. The late Sir Hugh warned the bloc would “succeed where Hitler failed”. The letter was penned four years after the creation of the ECC, which was then known as the common market and 12 years before Britain joined.

Solar storms coming THIS WEEK: Coronal hole on Sun faces directly towards EARTH
A CORONAL hole which has opened up on the surface of the Sun is facing directly towards Earth and experts are now expecting solar storms to head our way.

Tropical Storm Gordon races toward U.S. Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Gordon barreled on Tuesday toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it was expected to become a hurricane and shake parts of the south with high winds and heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

Russian drill might cause flight changes at Israeli airport
A large military drill ready to be launched by Russia in the east Mediterranean Sea ahead of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s planned phased offensive to regain Idlib will affect certain aviation routes in Israel, including Ben Gurion Airport, Sde Dov Airport and the Tel Aviv area. Dozens of warships and aircraft are taking part in the drill which will see the Russian army conduct naval and maritime maneuvers in the area.

“Europeans Are Shocked And Frightened”: Czech PM Blast Europe’s Migrant Policy
In an apparent bid to join the Italian-Hungarian “anti-immigration axis”, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis declared that Europe must fight for its culture and values amidst the migration crisis, and said the recent riots in Germany show how the uncontrolled influx of migrants leads to explosive situations. “I’ve been thoroughly explaining that this is a fight to preserve our European civilization and culture. We don’t want to live in Africa or the Middle East here. We must fight for our values.”

‘Strange disappearance’ of WikiLeaks consultant in Norway
WikiLeaks said that Kamphuis, an associate of founder Julian Assange, had a ticket for a flight departing on August 22 from Trondheim, which is over 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of Bodo. “The train between the two takes (approximately) 10 hours,” suggesting he disappeared either in Bodo, Trondheim or on the train, WikiLeaks said.

Exeter University to study best way to summon fairies and demons
Researchers will start with ancient spell books up to 600 years old.

M5.5 earthquake hits China’s Xinjiang
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Kashgar, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at a depth of eight kilometers on Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center

Pew’s New Analysis: 42% of US Jews Reject their Religion
What emerges from the data, in the case of the Jews of America, is an exceptionally massive pull away from the “old-time religion” on the part of close to half of those who identify themselves as Jewish. Close to 17% of the Jewish respondents identified themselves as Sunday Stalwarts (Shabbes stalwarts, obviously); about 8% each said they were God-and-Country Believers, Diversely Devout, Relaxed Religious, or Spiritually Awake; 17% said they are Religion Resisters, and a whopping 25% called themselves Solidly Secular.

East Jerusalem Residents Claimed to Prefer Municipality to UN Refugee Agency
A few days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Jerusalem’s outgoing mayor Nir Barkat said he will expel the Palestinian refugee service organization from Israel’s capital. The Jerusalem Municipality, he said, would give better educational and services than UNRWA, which is “a failure,” he added.

Trump warns Assad, Syrian allies on reported plan for Idlib province offensive
President Trump late Monday warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and his allies in the region not to attack rebels in the country’s Idlib province, warning that “hundreds of thousands” could be killed. Trump’s tweet came shortly after Iran’s foreign minister said “terrorists must be purged” from Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the country. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments in Damascus came as Syrian forces and their allies are preparing for an assault.

Chicago’s violent Labor Day weekend leaves at least 6 dead; more than 1,000 shot since Memorial Day
Violence erupted over the Labor Day weekend in Chicago with shootings killing at least six people and wounding 23 others. In all, more than 1,000 people have been shot since Memorial Day, the Chicago Tribune reported, and while total shootings are down slightly from the same period in 2017, many Chicagoans have said the deadly gun violence remains a major problem that the city desperately needs to fix.

Over 10,000 expected at Western Wall for ‘Day of Jewish Unity’
US Ambassador David Friedman expected to join thousands in mass prayer event at Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashanna.

Japan issues evacuation advisories as typhoon Jebi approaches
Japan issued evacuation advisories for almost 300,000 people and cancelled hundreds of flights in the face of strong winds and heavy rain as typhoon Jebi roared north and was set to make landfall later on Tuesday. Wind gusts of up to 166 km/h (103 mph) were recorded in one part of Shikoku, with forecasts for gusts as high as 216 km/h (135 mph).

Report: U.S. tells Israel ‘please leave Iraq to us’
US officials have warned Israel not to strike Iraq after officials signaled that the IDF could target Iranian military positions in the country. According to a report on Israel’s public broadcaster KANN, Washington asked Israel several weeks ago to not carry out any airstrikes in Iraq, weeks before reports surfaced that Tehran had deployed ballistic missiles capable of hitting Saudi Arabia or Israel.

Syria war: Russia ‘resumes Idlib air strikes’
Russian warplanes have reportedly bombed the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, where troops have been preparing for a major offensive. If confirmed, they would be the first such air strikes there in three weeks. Earlier, US President Donald Trump warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad against launching a “reckless attack” on Idlib.

Water levels continue to drop at Lake Mead, Lake Powell
Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River’s worsening “structural deficit,” scientists said. Scientists from the Colorado River Research Group said Lake Powell has declined because of extra water releases flowing into Lake Mead, the Arizona Republic reported last week.

Israel threatens attack on Iranian assets installed in Iraq
Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, signalled on Monday it would “contend” with Iranian provocations wherever they are found.

UNRWA: Millions of Palestinian refugees ‘cannot be wished away’
Pierre Krahenbuhl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), addressed Monday US aid cutoff, saying that millions of Palestinian refugees “cannot simply be wished away.” While Israel supports the American move, Palestinian officials threaten to appeal the decision.

Tropical Cyclone Threatens South Florida, Takes Aim At Gulf Coast
“Tropical Storm Gorden formed over the Florida Keys Monday morning and is poised to bring very heavy rainfall to south Florida on this labor Day. As Gorden pushes into the Gulf of Mexico this week, it will interact with anomalously warm waters as it churns toward the Gulf Coast”.

Tel Aviv is now in Iranian missile range after new base set up in Iraq facing the Jewish State – will Israel bomb it?
Russia, Iran, Syria and Hamas have launched six steps to counter the US-Israeli plan to hit Iranian military targets in Syria, which National Security Adviser John Bolton finalized in Jerusalem two weeks ago. That plan is to strike Iran’s Al Qods Brigades and allied Shiite militia forces in Syrian and western Iraq, as DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources were first to reveal.

ENEMIES OF ISRAEL: What Obama and Kerry had planned for the Jewish State will shake you to your core
PM refused Kerry and Obama’s proposal to withdraw from Judea and Samaria and have US soldiers stationed there, Kerry reveals in new book.

Russia Continues to Warn of Militants Preparing Fake Chemical Weapon Attack to Frame Damascus
In the wake of an aggressive tweet from President Donald Trump, Russia is continuing to warn the US that militants are preparing to stage a fake chemical weapons attack in Idlib in order to frame Damascus.

University studies conjuring of demons, ‘fairies’
Researchers at the University of Exeter in the U.K. are studying the casting of spells from collections of literature from the 15th to 17th centuries to summon demons and “fairies” to uncover their secrets.

Amazing Green Comet 21P to Make Closest Approach to Earth in 70 Years
On September 10, the Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner will make its closest approach to the Sun and Earth in 72 years as it journeys into the inner Solar System

Disaster drills held across Japan
Large-scale disaster drills were held across Japan on Saturday, as Sept. 1 is designated Disaster Prevention Day in the nation.

Pigs in Palestine: Anti-Israel Left Spreads Anti-Semitic Boar Libels
Combatants for Peace, an anti-Israel group widely touted by the media, has been accusing Jews of attacking Muslim settlers in Israel by releasing the pigs.

‘Microwave weapons’ eyed as likely source of mystery ailments for US diplomats in Cuba, scientists say
A team of scientists has singled out what it claims left U.S. diplomats in Cuba sickened by mysterious ailments and symptoms in recent months, according to a new report.

Girl And Boy Kill Themselves After Playing Horrific ‘Momo’ Game on Whatsapp
A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy took their own lives after playing a new horrifying game called ‘Momo,’ which challenges youths to commit suicide via messaging application Whatsapp.

Breaking News: Chinese Military Enters So. Africa and Afghanistan-Is WW III Imminent? 
I have been very outspoken about the presence of Chinese troops inside the United States. Around the world, the Chinese are the most aggressive nation on the face of the earth.


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Rick Becker – The church at Ephesus – discerning, yet found wanting

Zionists Are Capitalizing on the Fear and Ignorance of Christians

Ed Young to Preach Pro-Wrestling Sermon Series Featuring WWE’s The Undertaker, Ric Flair

Pastor Who Uses Cussing to Draw Millions Doesn’t Give a Da*n What You Think

British Prime Minister Theresa May Pledges £200 Million to Promote Abortion Worldwide


Headlines – 9/4/2018

Colombia’s president says predecessor’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state is ‘irreversible’

Commentary: A Jordan-Palestinian confederation – why not?

Japan reaffirms commitment to solidarity with Palestine

Jordan, Japan to organize conference to support UNRWA

Jerusalem mayor vows to oust UNRWA from city

UNRWA chief defends refugee criteria for millions of Palestinians

Trump is pushing the Middle East to face reality in Palestine

Report: PA demanding Trump fire Jason Greenblatt

Israeli farmers to file war crimes complaint against Hamas over arson attacks

Palestinian with knife approaches soldiers in West Bank settlement, is shot dead

Mainline Protestant Churches’ Mantra of “Palestinian Rights”

At Yad Vashem, Philippines’ Duterte pledges to fight ‘insane rulers’ like Hitler

Duterte: Israel and the Philippines ‘share the same passion for peace’

Russian drill in Mediterranean expected to disrupt Israel flights

Netanyahu: Closer ties to Arab world are the silver lining of ‘bad’ Iran deal

In threat to Iran, IDF general says another war in the north will be the last

Israel threatens attack on Iranian assets installed in Iraq

Defense minister indicates Israel could hit Iranian targets in Iraq, elsewhere

Israel Signals Lull in Syria Strikes Is Over, Resuming Military Action Against Iran

Iran using civilian flights to smuggle arms to Hezbollah

Iranian convoy hit in strike near US base in Syria, monitor says

Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani to meet in Iran for talks on ‘normalization’ in Syria

Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against ‘reckless’ attack on Idlib

Syria Idlib: Trump warns of ‘grave humanitarian mistake’

Syria war: Why does the battle for Idlib matter?

Russia says situation in Syria’s Idlib cannot be tolerated indefinitely

Iran FM says ‘terrorists must be purged’ from Syria’s Idlib

Iranian rial hits record low at 128,000 to the dollar

Iran admits: Regime working with Soros organization

Amid a currency crisis, Turkey’s central bank vows to step in to contain rampant inflation

Turkey’s woes could be just the start as record global debt bills come due

Bowing to US pressure, Japan reportedly to halt Iran oil imports

Britain warns of ‘real threat’ from ISIS regrouping in Afghanistan

After 17 years of war, Taliban field commanders signal openness to peace talks

Somalia: Suicide bomb attack hits offices and school in Mogadishu

Man who stabbed American tourists in Amsterdam names Wilders, cites ‘insults’ to Islam

Brazilians see metaphor for their struggles in museum fire

Police, protesters clash after Brazil’s National Museum goes up in flames

Former president Kirchner appears in Argentine court over corruption

Argentina’s president announces new austerity measures

Global debt soars, along with fears of crisis ahead

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Ecuador

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Arzak, China

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon Jebi: Japan hit by strongest storm for 25 years

Typhoon Jebi: Japan tells one million to evacuate and cancels hundreds of flights as 135mph storm makes landfall

Ship smashes into Kansai airport bridge as typhoon hits Japan

Kansai International Airport submerged as Typhoon Jebi hits Japan

Tropical Storm Olivia approaching Hurricane strength

Norman to batter Hawaii with dangerous seas later this week

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

Tropical Storm Gordon to dump inches of rain along Gulf Coast

Louisiana governor declares state of emergency

Where is Tropical Storm Florence headed in the Atlantic?

What Is Swine Fever? 38,000 Pigs Killed as Virus Spreads to China

Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex

New York governor candidate Cynthia Nixon self-identifies as ‘queer,’ not as a lesbian, spokeswoman says

Silicon Valley is under pressure again, this time over online pedophilia

Under-attack Pope calls for ‘silence and prayer’

Churchgoer shouts ‘shame on you’ at Cardinal Wuerl during Mass

Military hardware company swamped with orders for bulletproof schoolbags as US school term starts


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MacArthur, Baucham, White, Peters, et al. release ‘The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel’ — Christian Research Network

This statement opposes the dangerous movement known as “Social Justice Christianity” and clearly lays out the true Gospel of Jesus Christ which is in stark contrast to the progressive social gospel that will “lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.” The statement is in the style of other Christian documents such as the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Nashville Statement.  Sign it if you agree.

Following is the Introduction to ‘The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel’:

Introduction

In view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christ’s church, we wish to clarify certain key Christian doctrines and ethical principles prescribed in God’s Word. Clarity on these issues will fortify believers and churches to withstand an onslaught of dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel, misrepresent Scripture, and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Specifically, we are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality. The Bible’s teaching on each of these subjects is being challenged under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for “social justice.” If the doctrines of God’s Word are not uncompromisingly reasserted and defended at these points, there is every reason to anticipate that these dangerous ideas and corrupted moral values will spread their influence into other realms of biblical doctrines and principles.

We submit these affirmations and denials for public consideration, not with any pretense of ecclesiastical authority, but with an urgency that is mixed with deep joy and sincere sorrow. The rapidity with which these deadly ideas have spread from the culture at large into churches and Christian organizations—including some that are evangelical and Reformed—necessitates the issuing of this statement now.

In the process of considering these matters we have been reminded of the essentials of the faith once for all handed down to the saints, and we are re-committed to contend for it. We have a great Lord and Savior, and it is a privilege to defend his gospel, regardless of cost or consequences. Nevertheless, while we rejoice in that privilege, we grieve that in doing so we know we are taking a stand against the positions of some teachers whom we have long regarded as faithful and trustworthy spiritual guides. It is our earnest prayer that our brothers and sisters will stand firm on the gospel and avoid being blown to and fro by every cultural trend that seeks to move the Church of Christ off course. We must remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

The Apostle Paul’s warning to the Colossians is greatly needed today: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). The document that follows is an attempt to heed that apostolic command. We invite others who share our concerns and convictions to unite with us in reasserting our unwavering commitment to the teachings of God’s Word articulated in this statement. Therefore, for the glory of God among his Church and throughout society, we offer the following affirmations and denials.   View article →

Related:

Albert Mohler Forbids SBTS Faculty From Signing ‘Social Justice Statement’

Research:

Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity” 

via MacArthur, Baucham, White, Peters, et al. release ‘The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel’ — Christian Research Network

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel — Founders Ministries

On June 19 of this year I had the privilege of meeting in the iconic Herb’s House coffee shop in Dallas with 13 other men to discuss our common concerns about some teachings and practices being advocated in the name of “social justice.” We had never been in a room together but all accepted the invitation of Josh Buice, who was aware that we had similar perspectives on this growing movement.

After comparing notes and reviewing some of the more troubling dimensions of this movement’s impact on evangelical churches and organizations, we determined to make a public stand together in hopes of warning about the dangers we see in some of what is being promoted in the name of social justice.

Interestingly, and in a way that confirmed the importance of our efforts, we discovered that several of us had described the errors of this movement as the most serious threat to the gospel that we have seen. That is certainly the way that I see it and my fear is that if these issues are not addressed and errors corrected then we will soon be longing for the days when we were fighting over Calvinism and Arminianism.

Today “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” is being released to address the concerns that were articulated in that June 19th meeting. It has been produced to encourage a closer examination of things that should be most surely believed among evangelical Christians as well as things that should be most surely rejected. Our hope is that thoughtful Christians will consider the statement and be compelled to go back to the Word of God for careful study as the issues raised are evaluated.

Here is the beginning of the statement’s introduction:

In view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christ’s church, we wish to clarify certain key Christian doctrines and ethical principles prescribed in God’s Word. Clarity on these issues will fortify believers and churches to withstand an onslaught of dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel, misrepresent Scripture, and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Specifically, we are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality.

Take time to read the rest of the statement, including the 14 articles of Affirmation and Denial by going here.

via The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel — Founders Ministries

September 4, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

5  Thus says the LORD:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6  He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.

7  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
8  He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Je 17:5–8). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


7–8 But this is not the end of the story. “Blessed is the man” (bārûk, meaning blessed by God, in contrast with ʿašrê, which means “truly happy, fortunate”; cf. NIDOTTE, “ʿašrê,” 1:570–72) who puts his trust in the Lord (always praiseworthy conduct in the OT; cf., e.g., Pss 112:7; 125:1; Pr 3:5–6; Isa 26:3; the root bṭḥ occurs twice here, verbally and nominally). He who does this will be firmly and luxuriantly planted by the water (v. 8), with roots extending into a stream (or canal). Thus he will be completely unaffected by disaster when it comes, presented here under the figure of withering heat.

Note the contrast here with v. 6: The cursed man will not experience (rʾh b) good when it comes, whereas the blessed man will not fear (yrʾ) heat when it comes (or according to the Qere reading, “will not see”—again rʾh—the heat when it comes; so Rashi and others), such will be its ongoing nourishment. (For the biblical connection between trusting Yahweh and not being afraid, see Ps 112:7; also 27:1; 46:1–3). Even in drought he will bear fruit, since he is dependent on supernatural sources rather than natural. (All of this, of course, immediately calls to mind the promises of Ps 1:1–3.)

As encouraging as this word is, however, it is daunting to realize that throughout the rest of Jeremiah this passage stands as the finest promise and loftiest hope provided for righteous individuals who will live through the Babylonian onslaught. The best that is promised to godly individuals from here on, generally speaking, is that they will live and not die. See, for example, 21:8–9, and compare the gracious word to Ebed-Melech in 39:18: “I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’ ”[1]


17:7 The term blessed is used often in the Psalms and Deuteronomy to describe the benefits that accrue to one who is devoted to the Lord and His word. The words translated trusts and hope are related in Hebrew.[2]


17:5–8. Judah’s sin centered on her trust in false gods and foreign alliances, rather than in the Lord. This short poem contrasts the way of the wicked, who fail to trust in God (vv. 5–6), with the way of the righteous, who trust only in Him (vv. 7–8). It is similar to the message of Ps 1, but in reverse order.

Judah had been trusting false gods and foreign alliances for strength, but God said anyone who trusts in man (flesh) for protection is cursed because his heart turns away from God. Instead of prospering, he will be like a bush in the desert, living in a harsh wilderness. By contrast, a righteous person is blessed because he trusts in the Lord. He will flourish like a tree planted by the water, which puts down deep roots by a stream, and not be troubled by drought. When difficulties (represented figuratively by heat and drought) come, he will not fear, but will bear fruit. Jeremiah used the warning concerning disobedience and the consequences of drought as judgment to communicate the seriousness of Judah’s sin (Jr 2:13; 14:1–9)[3]


17:5–8. Jeremiah included a short poem contrasting the way of the wicked (vv. 5–6) with the way of the righteous (vv. 7–8). Judah had been turning to false gods and foreign alliances for protection, but God indicated that a person who trusts in man for protection is cursed because his heart has turned away from God. Instead of prospering, he will wither away like a desert bush. God would make him as unfruitful as the barren salt land around the Dead Sea, unable to support life.

A righteous person is blessed because his confidence (trust) is in God. Unlike the person in verses 5–6, a righteous person will flourish like a tree planted by the water (cf. Ps. 1:3). When difficulties (represented figuratively by heat and drought) come, he will not fear. Instead he will continue to prosper like a tree that bears fruit and whose leaves remain green.[4]


17:5–8 Cursed is the man. Jeremiah contrasted the person who experiences barrenness (vv. 5, 6) with the one who receives blessing (vv. 7, 8). The difference in attitude is in “trust” placed in man or “trust” vested in the Lord (vv. 5, 7). And the contrast in vitality is between being like a parched dwarf juniper in the desert (v. 6) or a tree drawing sustenance from a stream to bear fruit (v. 8; cf. Ps 1:1–3).[5]


17:7 Blessed. Filled with God-defined benefits. whose trust is the Lord. Only trust in God motivates confident obedience in times of crisis.[6]


17:7 Blessed be the person Describes positive benefits from trusting Yahweh, the opposite of v. 5.[7]


17:7 trusts. The Lord repays trust because He is by nature trustworthy (Is. 7:9). The close similarity between vv. 7, 8 and Ps. 1:1–3 suggests that trust in the Lord entails obedience to His law.[8]


17:7 Happiness is found in trusting Yahweh, because it is here that one may find hope. “Hope” is mivtah (Heb.) and could be rendered “confidence” or “trust.”[9]


[1] Brown, M. L. (2010). Jeremiah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Jeremiah–Ezekiel (Revised Edition) (Vol. 7, pp. 258–259). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 905). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] Dyer, C. H., & Rydelnik, E. (2014). Jeremiah. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1133). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] Dyer, C. H. (1985). Jeremiah. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 1151). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Je 17:5–8). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1405). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Je 17:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1077). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Je 17:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.