Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

September 5: I Loved You; I Love You Now

Hosea 11:1–12:14; Acts 5:1–42; Job 16:10–22

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (Hos 11:1). This line is beautiful if read alone, but it is sad when read in context: “When I called them, they went from my face. They sacrificed to the Baals, and they sacrificed to idols” (Hos 11:2). It’s incredible how quickly we forget God’s mercy and provision. All too soon we return to putting our desires before His.

When we put things in front of God’s will—false gods and our own misguided ways (Baals and idols)—we thwart His will not only for our lives, but also for the lives of others. For each of us, God has a tremendous plan that also affects others, for His glory and for the betterment of the world. When we fail to seek His will, we neglect our faith and operate by our own agenda, setting His work aside.

Our missteps can have terribly painful consequences: “The sword rages in [my people’s] cities; it consumes [their] false prophets and devours because of their plans. My people are bent on backsliding from me. To the Most High they call, he does not raise them at all” (Hos 11:6–7).

We endanger ourselves when we backslide. Sin tears at our very souls. Yet God is loving. Unlike us, He doesn’t act out of vengeance but out of His perfect will: “I will not execute my fierce anger, I will not again destroy Ephraim; because I am God and not a mortal, the Holy One in your midst; and I will not come in wrath. They will go after Yahweh; he roars like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the sea” (Hos 11:9–10).

God’s goodness is not an excuse for our poor behavior; it’s the reason to run back to Him—our great lion. Let’s let Him roar against the darkness that seeks to capture our desires and our hearts. Let’s let Him push back. Let’s call upon Yahweh.

What circumstances in your life prompt you to call on Yahweh today? What are you battling against?

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.

What You Need to Know About the Dallas Statement on Social Justice — Pulpit & Pen

I don’t think people adequately understand the significance of The Dallas Statement (as I call it) and its reception. Let me put some thoughts down here and explain exactly what has happened and what is happening. As someone who has been covering the mission drift of the Young, Restless and Reformed (YRR) into social progressivism for years and who has tirelessly documented the Downgrade in this area, I’m in a unique position to grasp what’s happening and explain it.

There are several categories of people as it relates to The Dallas Statement. Understanding how these various pieces fit together is important to grasping the entire narrative.

UNDERSTAND THE PARTIES INVOLVED

1. The first category includes those who do not know about theRauschenbuschism debate and do not care. This, for the time being, includes most of those in the media and most of those outside of Reformed or Calvinistic American evangelicalism. That there’s even a disturbance in the force of this small but influential circle of evangelicalism is mostly lost on this category of people. Altar-call revivalists, televangelists, Finney-esque traditionalists and most in the media have a radar which simply doesn’t not cover this segment of American evangelicalism at all. They do not know what’s happening in our circle because they don’t pay attention to our circle (which is a shame, because what is happening with us will affect them greatly).

2. The second category includes a subset of Calvinistic evangelicalism called the Young, Restless and Reformed (YRR) or New Calvinism. These are who we might call “fad Calvinists.” They were not Calvinists 10 years ago, and most will not be Calvinists 10 years from now. They are the so-called millennials (and a few older leaders who are desperately trying to remain hip and relevant). As I defined them in the hyperlinked video above, they are typically not Confessional, often they are not Covenantal, they are typically Charismatic or Continuationist, and they do not uphold the Regulative Principle of Worship. For the time being, these are the cool kids. These include guys like Matt Chandler, David Platt, Russell Moore, JD Greear, and then a black guy or two for the sake of diversity in their movement, which is overwhelmingly white and privileged. They are functional post-millennialists, meaning that whether or not they’re technically post-millennial in their eschatology, they are still enthralled with changing the culture, taking dominion, making societal wrongs righted, so optimistic regarding human nature they are utopian in their outlook for the future. These New Calvinists are obsessed with culture and deride godly separation and holiness as “fundamentalism.”

3. The third category includes another subset of Calvinistic evangelicalism I’ll call the Old Guard. These are the guys who were Calvinists long before it was cool. They are stodgy, typically older, and battle-scarred. These are the guys whose work made the Reformed Resurgence possible. They labored in their life to bring the Doctrines of Grace to the masses. They were the types who founded the Banner of Truth, Ligonier, and Grace to You. These were the types who provided the theological heft to the movement known as the YRR that, much to their chagrin, got wildly out of control. The chiefest name among these is John MacArthur, the dispensationalist and Calvinist pastor of the Baptistic Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Also included in this number is Tom Ascol, whose work with Founders Ministry helped Calvinism grow steadily in the Southern Baptist Convention. And while there are others in this category, they are greatly overwhelmed, outnumbered, and underfunded. I cannot reiterate this enough; if there is a full-blown civil war between New Calvinists and the Old Guard, the Old Guard will be absolutely (metaphorically) slaughtered in almost every conceivable way, sort of God’s intervention. Except for very few names among those who’ve signed the Dallas Statement, there are no “heavy hitters” that can compete with the long list of celebrities, star-power and influence on the other side.

This is not, and will not be, a fair fight between two relatively otherwise equal parties.

4. The fourth category of those who care are the politicos. As we have documented thoroughly, the New Calvinists (category 2, above) are funded deeply by globalists and progressive-leftists. Russell Moore’s ERLC works in a tandem partnership with George Soros, who has bankrolled Moore’s efforts to dismantle national borders and promote illegal immigration. James Riady has funded Ligon Duncan’s Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Westminster Philadelphia, The Gospel Coalition, and the ERLC. Make no mistake about it; the Gospel Coalition is designed as a change agent to get the largest Republican voting block – evangelicals – to change the way they vote, either convincing them not to vote or to actually get them to cross the aisle and vote Democratic with Thabiti Anyabwile, Tim Keller and Russell Moore. Sooner or later, it may be conceivable that political forces on the right might support, patronize or finance the Old Guard, but I legitimately don’t think that’s going to happen. No one wants to finance or help the side that is going to lose. Right now, the vast amount of political interference in the debate is coming from those on the left in New Calvinism, not the right with the Old Guard.

UNDERSTAND THE BIG PICTURE

Listen, Pulpit & Pen was right when we warned you about this for years before anyone else. We were right when we warned you about Russell Moore. We were right when we warned you about Tim Keller. We’re right about this, too. Much of our work – whether they want to admit it or not – provides much of the underpinning of The Dallas Statement. Our appraisals of the facts and information have been steadfast and unassailable. So then, understand what has happened, and how the schemes of the devil are subtly involved.

Theological fads come and go. We know this because of what I call “The Ed Stetzer Paradigm.” Ed Stetzer is a weather-cock, and nothing else. He’s the rooster on the top of the barn that will tell you which way the wind is blowing. He is a surfer riding the waves of public consensus and makes decisions by wetting his pinky and sticking it into the wind. There hasn’t been an aberrant, dumb fad he hasn’t promoted in the name of relevance, contextualization or being missional, including the Emergent Church, the Seeker-Sensitive Church, Charismatic chicanery, the Mystichicks lady-preacher schtick and so on. If you name a bad, sub-biblical movement, Ed Stetzer has promoted it. These movements, throughout the course of the centuries, come and go.

However, true works of the Holy Spirit also come and go, just like the Spirit Himself, who like a wind comes from one place and goes to another without any hint or indication. In fact, the true work of the Holy Spirit will last in one form or another, forever.

In the midst of the Seeker-Sensitive movement, while midgets were being shot out of canons, pastors entering the pulpit via zip-line, and Ronnie Floyd shooting confetti out of his fire-engine baptistry, something amazing happened. As most of the evangelical world was distracted with the loud noises and shiny objects of the phenomenon of budding mega-churches, Reformed Theology (or, at least, Calvinism) was making a comeback. Not even fifteen years ago, being a Calvinist was a great way to get fired from almost any ministry position. It was not talked about at seminaries or Bible colleges outside a few small pockets of academia. It certainly wasn’t in vogue. Primitive Baptists and a very small number of Reformed Baptists kept that fire lit in non-Presbyterian circles. Organizations like Ascol’s Founders Ministries helped to keep the coals stoked.

Suddenly, out of nowhere (it seemed), Calvinism exploded. This was written about most famously in Colin Hanson’s Young Restless and Reformed article and then book. In reality, Calvinism had not really exploded. It just came into vogue. There had always been a sizable contingent of America’s preachers who held to the doctrines of Jesus, Paul and John Calvin. But suddenly, it was popular. It should be noted that the Holy Spirit had begun to do many works to make what would be known as the “Reformed Resurgence” possible. As stated previously, Banner of Truth – started by Iain Murray (and Jack Cullum and Sidney Norton) – was a big part of it. Reformed publishing houses had started to publish the work of the Reformers and Puritans in the 50s. The Reformed Resurgence, which seems to have appeared out of nowhere, was more than half a century in the making. Certain “giants” like John MacArthur and Dr. R.C. Sproul helped incubate the movement, even before it began.

Almost from the beginning, however, problem-signs in the fledgling resurgence began to show. This Calvinism was different from that of the Reformers. It was different from that of the Puritans. And, it was different from the Old Guard that helped steward the doctrines through the latter half of the 20th Century. With Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill being the prime example, this kind of Calvinism had a weird side. With Wayne Grudem and Sam Storms as its intellectual power-houses, “Charismatic Calvinism” (a bastardized beast more oddly patchworked together than Frankenstein’s monster…and every bit as unsettling) somehow became a thing. With a dash of Abraham Kuyper, this branch of New Calvinism became particularly interested in conquering the culture, which eventually led them to slum the gutters of entertainment and riotous living. A Puritanical pursuit of holiness has been altogether absent from the movement, which has been more closely associated with drinking, smoking, and tattoos than with anything seriously theologically minded.

However, Calvinism divorced from godliness and sober-mindedness seemed popular among the masses. Soon, a gaggle of new leaders formed who, in their tight t-shirts, quaffed hair and ripped jeans would lead their churches to megachurch status; Mark Driscoll, JD Greear, Matt Chandler and so on. Acts29, still a powerful force in the progressive-left brain trust of “woke” evangelicalism even now absent their founder, Driscoll, formed to take a lead in church planting and – by extension – evangelical thought.

MacArthur and his right-hand, Phil Johnson, were the first to take issue with the potty-mouthed, porno-visioned leader of New Calvinism, Mark Driscoll. They were mercilessly attacked for it by Driscoll’s many followers, most of whom had been Calvinists for less time than it takes MacArthur to preach through a chapter of the New Testament. From that time forward, friction existed between the Old Guard – who in my view represent authentic Calvinism – and New Calvinists, who represent Calvinism in the same way that the Olive Garden represents Italian food.

UNDERSTAND THE POLITICS

What has frustrated me about this debate perhaps more than any other thing is the New Calvinist narrative that the Old Guard have been co-opted and corrupted by politics. John MacArthur wrote, “Why Politics Can’t Save You.” This side, the Old Guard, have famously avoided politics. Russell Moore, on the other hand, got his start as a Democratic congressional staffer. The Gospel Coalition ran what amounts to campaign ads for Hillary Clinton. Thabiti Anyabwile endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. Moore came to the ERLC claiming to intend to move beyond politics, but since his tenure began, the ERLC has been more political than ever before. He turned all the ERLC research fellows into Rubio’s faith advisory committee and turned the ERLC itself into what was effectively a Rubio PAC. Moore routinely, daily trolled candidate Trump, up and until Trump called him a “very nasty man with no heart.” Moore, the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition have routinely encouraged “political diversity” in our churches, told people to vote Democrat rather than Republican, and even turned immigration into a “pro-life issue.”

In the space of five years, TGC and the ERLC have got a sizeable contingent of American evangelical pastors to believe that the Republican Party has “disqualified itself” over the immigration issue. They have pushed for animal rights in joint documents with the humane society. They have insisted that Judge Roy Moore and clerk Kim Davis resign rather than break the “law” and have insisted that Donald Trump break the law rather than enforce it. A huge portion of the conservative voting block now has pastors who are thoroughly inundated with leftism, thanks to the influence of the ERLC, TGC, RTS, and others who have thoroughly replaced a Biblical worldview with political ideologies founded in the twentieth century.

If anyone were vaguely familiar with Cultural Marxism or Critical Race Theory, they would instantly recognize that most of the Social Justice talking points of New Calvinism are not theological, but political. Their references to these ideologies are not veiled. Those most heavily promoting evangelicalism’s hard-left turn are not even trying to disguise their political motivations. The idea that MacArthur or Ascol are politically driven but not former Democratic staffer, Russell Moore and unashamed Marxist, Tim Keller, is intellectually untenable.

When Colin Hanson’s piece, Young, Restless, and Reformed came out, it introduced the Reformed Resurgence to the greater world. There are people who seek to influence the American political system, on both sides. However, Marxism, in particular, has found great success and support by commandeering pulpits. They had already done this once before – and they did it successfully – in the African American church in the 1950s and 1960s. Marxists introduced into African American churches, “Liberation Theology,” a theology invented by Marxists and propagated by Latin American Jesuits in the 1940s and 1950s. That theology stripped the robust and healthy Gospel preaching of black churches and replaced it with a social religion, a culture-damning error that is to this day one of the sources for the systemic sub-cultural problems of the African American community. Ironically, when David Platt looked out at Together for the Gospel in 2018 and asked why there weren’t more black people in the audience, the answer is, “Because what you’re trying to do to us now, they already successfully did to black churches 40 years ago.”

Unlike in Europe, where churches are mostly dead, the American pulpit is a powerful political force. If only a fraction of evangelical churches – which are overwhelmingly conservative – would change their vote pattern, it would easily tip the political balance of America. And so, to influence American religion is exactly what these influential and wealthy leftist elite set about to do in the last decade.

As we have covered ad nauseam (use our search function for more information), James Riady – the corrupt Clinton financier who pled guilty to a felony and was removed from the country for illegally trying to affect the U.S. political system with foreign cash – is a huge donor to the Gospel Coalition, Ligon Duncan’s RTS, Westminster and other New Calvinist institutions. George Soros, similarly, has funded organizations – like and including the ERLC – through his Open Society Foundations.

UNDERSTAND THE TRAGEDY

What was so very, very good and beautiful – a resurgence of Calvinism in American religion – has been used to corrupt the very Gospel itself. And because of the sheer scope and size of the influence of New Calvinism in American evangelicalism, not to mention the bottomless pockets of Soros and Riady, the Reformed Resurgence has been turned into a weapon against true religion. Whatever fight MacArthur, Ascol, Baucham, and other are planning to have will be their Alamo.

In the end, history will vindicate them.

via What You Need to Know About the Dallas Statement on Social Justice — Pulpit & Pen

September 5 Overcoming Satanic Opposition

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might . … 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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Spiritual warfare can be intense, but God’s grace enables you to prevail against Satan’s attacks.

Through the ages Satan has accused, besieged, and battered believers in an effort to prevent them from living to the glory of God. He attempts to snatch the gospel message from a person’s heart even before salvation occurs (Matt. 13:19). He bombards believers with false doctrine, trying to confuse and distract them from Biblical truth (Eph. 4:14).

Martin Luther reported that his conflict with Satan became so intense that at one point it was as if he could see him. In anger over Satan’s incessant attacks, Luther picked up his inkwell and threw it at him. It hit the wall with a resounding crash, splattering ink throughout the room. The stains remained for many years, reminding all who saw them of how vivid spiritual conflict can be.

You may not have experienced anything like the intensity of Martin Luther’s conflict, but spiritual warfare is just as real for you as it was for him. You are in mortal combat with Satan and his evil forces. That’s why Paul said, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against … spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

“Struggle” in that verse speaks of life-and-death, hand-to-hand combat—the kind Jesus Himself experienced while on earth. He met opposition and persecution at every turn. The same was true of Paul and the other apostles as they dealt with Jewish religionists, heathens, sorcerers, and demon-possessed people who tried in vain to thwart the apostles’ missionary efforts.

Satan’s onslaughts may seem overwhelming at times, but don’t be discouraged. See them for what they are—a defeated foe’s last-ditch efforts to inflict damage on the conquering army. The Lord will strengthen and protect you, just as He has protected all believers before you.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for being your protector and the source of spiritual victory.

For Further Study: Read Acts 4:1–22. ✧ What kind of opposition did Peter and John face? ✧ How did they respond to the Jewish Council’s order not to preach the gospel?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 261). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

SARA CARTER: President Trump Expected to Declassify Russia Docs By End of Week: Sources — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump is expected to declassify the redacted 20 pages of Carter Page FISA docs by the end of the week, according to investigative reporter Sara Carter.

Numerous sources tell Sara Carter that President Trump may declassify these pertinent docs by the end of the week.

The Department of Justice has been stonewalling Congress on the Carter Page docs and other classified records related to the Russia witch hunt for a year.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the de facto head of the DOJ since Jeff Sessions recused himself the first day on the job.

It is in Rod Rosenstein’s best interest to keep the Carter Page FISA documents redacted and under lock and key because he signed the June 2017 FISA renewal.

Via Sara Carter:

President Trump is expected to declassify the redacted 20 pages of documents from the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that have still not been made public, which allowed the FBI to spy on short-term campaign volunteer Carter Page, numerous sources told SaraACarter.com. This comes after nearly a year of stonewalling by the Department of Justice at the demand of lawmakers, who claim that the 20 redacted pages will reveal explosive information about the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, according to sources.

However, President Trump, who has been under pressure from some DOJ officials not to release the classified documents, “could always change his mind and it’s not a guarantee that it will happen, but the indications are that it more than likely will possibly be before the end of this week,” said a U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the subject.

Last month, House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) revealed a few bombshellswhen speaking to FOX News’s Sean Hannity.

First, Chairman Nunes told Hannity the DOJ has handed over to Congressional investigators all the requested classified documents under subpoena.

“As of tonight, we’re getting closer and closer to having to having the information that we need,” Nunes said. “All the issues that were in our subpoena either we’ve been able to review or they’ve been delivered to the committee in one form or fashion of another,” Nunes continued.

Nunes then shifted his focus to the 20 pages of the Carter Page FISA docs that the House Intel Panel has requested the President to declassify.

“We need these docs declassified,” Nunes said.

“There is exculpatory evidence that we have seen in the classified documents that need to be declassified –the Carter Page FISA, the judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence the FBI and DOJ had,” Nunes told Hannity.

GOP lawmakers will ask President Trump on Thursday to issue a declassification order on all Carter Page FISA docs, Bruce Ohr 302’s and other relevant Russia docs.

Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) will ask President Trump to throw down his ace card tomorrow and declassify all the pertinent Russia docs.

It is way past time for President Trump to declassify the Russia documents–let the chips fall where they may.

via SARA CARTER: President Trump Expected to Declassify Russia Docs By End of Week: Sources — The Gateway Pundit

Former Congressman: “The Deep State Is Real..& They Don’t Like Trump’s Disruption”

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

In his new book titled  “The Deep State: How an army of bureaucrats protected Barack Obama and is working to destroy Donald Trump,” Jason Chaffetz alleges that the deep state is very real.

His book, which is set to be published on September 18, details the lengths the intelligence community is going to in an attempt to undermine Trump.

“The Deep State is real,” Chaffetz wrote, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

“They don’t like exposure, accountability or responsibility. They fight back, outlast and work the system for their advantage. And they certainly don’t like disruptive forces such as Donald Trump.”

Of course, this flies in the face of ‘lying’ former FBI Director James Comey, who exclaimed in May that:

There is no deep state, but there’s a deep culture and commitment to the rule of law that runs all the way down through not just the Department of Justice and the FBI but the military services and the intelligence community. It would be interesting to see what would happen next,”

Chaffetz, a former congressman from Utah, resigned from Congress in June 2017. At the time, that was about six months into Trump’s presidency. Chaffetz then decided to take a job as a political analyst for the FOX News Channel and the FOX Business Network, according to USA Today.

Chaffetz says that the devastating Benghazi incident is what uncovered a larger problem in the corrupt government.

“Without exposing Benghazi we might never have learned that Hillary Clinton was using her private email server to conduct government business and transmit classified information,” Chaffetz wrote.

Benghazi was a symptom of a much deeper problem at the State Department. Their decisions were based not on a security calculation, but on a political one.” 

Chaffetz also tosses the Department of Justice firmly under the bus in his book as well. The DOJ is a frequent target of both Trump and the House Freedom Caucus.

“The DOJ should be protecting us,” Chaffetz wrote.

“And yet it is the federal agency that stands head and shoulders above the rest in enabling the Swamp.”

The leftists both in political positions and amongst the public see Chaffetz as going after Obama while allowing Trump to run free.

“Despite issuing a steady stream of far-reaching subpoenas during the Obama Administration, the Oversight Committee has essentially gone dormant under the Trump Administration, and Chairman Chaffetz’s successor has not issued a single subpoena to anyone, on any issue, ever,” Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland and the top Democrat on the  House oversight panel said.

Source: Former Congressman: “The Deep State Is Real..& They Don’t Like Trump’s Disruption”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Testifies to Congress About Social Media Platform Controls, Filters and Manipulation… — The Last Refuge

These “executives” are nuts; simply bananas.  For some reason the corporate management and ownership of Twitter (CEO Jack Dorsey) and Facebook (COO Sheryl Sandberg) refuse to admit that people, employees of their companies, actually make the content decisions.

To defend the platform from critics who point out the ideological filtration, both Dorsey and Sandberg present a bizarro proposition that some created omnipotent, nebulous and invisible force has the decision-making power to determine content; and does so without consideration of view.  It’s just plain weird.  But that’s their story and they’re sticking to it.

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These people would have a lot more credibility if they were just intellectually honest. The hearing continues below:

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via Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Testifies to Congress About Social Media Platform Controls, Filters and Manipulation… — The Last Refuge

More Than 3,000 Evangelicals, Churches Join John MacArthur in Statement Against ‘Nebulous’ Social Justice

More than 3,000 evangelical Christians and organizations have joined well-known theologian and pastor, John MacArthur, in endorsing a statement on social justice and the purported dangers the concept poses to the Gospel.

Source: More Than 3,000 Evangelicals, Churches Join John MacArthur in Statement Against ‘Nebulous’ Social Justice

5 Signs of a Dangerous Pastor — Christian Research Network

This pastor knows exactly what he wants and his will, ahem…I mean God’s will be done. You may hear this pastor say something like, “I started this church and this is how it’s going to be!” or “This is my church and no one is going to take it from me!” Those exclamatory statements may seem shocking but they are not uncommon. 

(Costi Hinn – For the Gospel)  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 a leader.

Integrity is.

I recently tweeted about the “5 signs of a dangerous pastor” and wanted to add some commentary to each of the 5 points in an effort to shed more light on this topic. While it’s understandable that an article like this is not an exciting read, there are people who need to read it. For those who are trying to discern whether or not to stay at their church, this is a huge deal. Just like lives are changed every day when people find faithful pastors who labor in Christ-exalting service, lives are changed for the better every time someone escapes the dangerous ones too. If just one family – no, one individual – is made more aware of what to look for in a church leader because of a list like this, it’s worth it all.

If you’re a pastor, this list is the mirror of conviction we can stand in front of; asking the Holy Spirit to expose where we’ve been compromising and trusting His power to set us straight. If you’re a church member who suddenly realizes this list fits the bill of your pastor – and has for a long time – buckle up. You may need to find a new church.

Here are the 5 signs: View article →

Research:

Discernment

via 5 Signs of a Dangerous Pastor — Christian Research Network

SEPTEMBER 5 MEEKNESS AND REST

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5

Jesus calls us to His rest, and meekness is His method!

But, we may be assured, the meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority.

Rather, he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson, but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life.

He knows that he is as weak and helpless as God has declared him to be. Paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is, in the sight of God, of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing! In God, everything!

The truly meek man rests perfectly content to allow God to place His own values. He will be patient to wait for the day when everything will get its proper price tag and real worth will come into its own—when the righteous shall shine forth in the kingdom of their Father!

Having attained a place of soul rest, he is willing to wait for the coming of that day!

Lord, sometimes I get very upset at the injustices I see all around me. I don’t want to appear obnoxious or angry in my encounters with others. Season my life with Your grace, Lord. You set the highest example for us to follow.[1]


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

Twitter’s insane mind-control power — Christian Research Network

In 2016, Kellogg’s and other companies stop advertising on Breitbart after a campaign on Twitter. 

(Jim VandelHei – Axios)  The big picture: Twitter’s awesome power was on full display on Labor Day as The New Yorker, which had proudly announced Steve Bannon as a headliner at the annual New Yorker Festival, promptly retreated when liberals on Twitter revolted, including other festival speakers who vowed to withdraw.

  • New Yorker Editor David Remnick said in an 800-word note to his staff: “I don’t want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I’ve ignored their concerns. … I’ve changed my mind. There is a better way to do this.”
  • “If the opportunity presents itself,” Remnick continued, “I’ll interview him in a more traditionally journalistic setting as we first discussed, and not on stage.”
  • Bannon crowed: “In what I would call a defining moment, David Remnick showed he wasgutless when confronted by the howling online mob.”
  • Bannon added: “Progressives are triggered like never before.”

This was simply the latest example of activists demanding — and getting — swift action against the media, companies and platforms:  View article →

via Twitter’s insane mind-control power — Christian Research Network