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

Fraternal Order of Police Releases Statement Slamming Nike for Propping Up Cop-Hater Colin Kaepernick — The Gateway Pundit

Colin Kaepernick started a national uproar after kneeling during the National Anthem at NFL games as a commentary against police abuse.

Kaepernick took it a step further when he wore ‘cops as pigs’ socks at his football practice.

Kaepernick has been cheered and celebrated on the left for his slam on the country and police officers.

On Monday Nike announced they were hiring Colin Kaepernick for their 30th Anniversary advertising campaign.

On Tuesday the Fraternal Order of Police released a statement on Nike’s latest hire.

The statement was a powerful statement.

“If Nike chooses to create an ad campaign featuring a former quarterback who describes cops as ‘pigs’ and makes large donations to the family of a convicted cop killer and wanted fugitive, Joanne Chesimard, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood in 1973, they are free to do so.

“Since 2016, 381 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything, as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something and are prepared to sacrifice everything.

“Ultimately, this ad campaign will end and our nation will no longer associate ‘sacrifice’ and ‘sneakers.’ Instead, we will once again associate ‘sacrifice’ with our fellow Americans in our military and police departments who stand in harm’s way to protect the rest of us and our right to express ourselves.”

The Fraternal Order of Police released a statement on Tuesday slamming Nike for their shameful act.

via Fraternal Order of Police Releases Statement Slamming Nike for Propping Up Cop-Hater Colin Kaepernick — The Gateway Pundit

Slouching To Ancient Rome — Christian Research Network

Peter Jones examines the implications of Revoice 2018 that took place in July. Why was the conference held? According to their website: Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.

Jones reminds us that the Apostle Paul made “no place for homosexuality, even a certain kind of “inoffensive homosexuality of the mind” à la Revoice. Paul always makes obedience a matter of the heart; of desire,” says Jones. Paul “insists on radical, positive obedience on the basis of our identity in Christ, reached by the power of the risen Christ within us. He certainly does not recommend, for the sake of openness to the Gospel, a general non-discriminatory acceptance of cultural homosexuality in the Roman or Israeli cultures of the day.” (emphasis added)

So with this in mind, read Dr. Jones’ thought provoking piece over at truthXchange. This is his second installment on Revoice. We’ve provided a link to the first installment below.  In part 2, he compares our modern culture with that of ancient Rome and gives fair warning of what lies ahead if we continue down this path. He writes:

I’ve just finished reading a description of how Christians were treated in ancient Rome. It was a reality check. It made me think again[1] about Revoice’s well-meaning empathy to the gay culture. A touch of historical realism is in order. This aspect of the Revoice phenomenon must be thoughtfully examined. I believe it can only accelerate a cultural decline into paganism. It is worrisome to see orthodox Christianity somehow implicated in this sad process, when it should be standing firmly against it. As we watch our culture increasingly reject the God of Scripture, and embrace various forms of paganism (of which open homosexuality has always been a part),[2] ancient Rome can serve as a stunning example and a needful warning.

The founder of Revoice, Nate Collins, in his introduction to the Revoice conference, used terms that show that “Christian” gays like him feel a strong rapport with the larger gay community. He uses social justice terminology to speak of “minority issues” as in “gender and sexual minorities” and calls for the end to “straight privilege.” Though I’m sure he wants to represent the gospel to lost and wandering gays, he also sees himself as a spokesman and facilitator for the general “gay community” in relation to straight Christians. In doing so, he seems to make common cause with them. (This was visually indicated by the attendees who wore rainbow bracelets and body piercings, rainbow-colored shoelaces, and rainbow Ichthus pendants, etc.) He specifically calls on the church to adopt a “non-discrimination,” pro-gay policy in secular culture.[3] Does this non-discrimination endorse gay dorms in Christian colleges, pro-gay educational programs in grade schools, or drag queens reading to little ones in public libraries? What about California’s AB 2943, which criminalizes as consumer fraud counselors who help homosexuals overcome unwanted same sex attraction? What about the recent New Planned Parenthood guidelines for children, which state: “Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl. It doesn’t matter too much what parts someone has.”

Collins affirms that: “[I]t’s possible to show support for increased civil protections for LGBT people while maintaining a commitment to traditional views on sex and marriage.”[4] Is he naïve in assuming that gay culture will respect and tolerate the biblical view of sexuality and marriage?

What kind of a culture will appear when the heterosexual “image of God” (Genesis 1:27–28) is virtually obliterated from human consciousness? Will we not find ourselves living in full-orbed paganism, like that of pagan Rome? In spite of Collins’s optimism, the gay community seems determined to silence the Christian voice on sexuality and marriage. For instance, Jack Philips, the baker who won a United States Supreme Court case this year (after refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding) has been sued again for refusing to make a blue and pink cake for a man celebrating his transition into a woman. View article →

Related:

Revoice: Sliding Into Heresy

Research:

Homosexual Agenda 

Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

Video: Voddie Baucham Says “Sexual Orientation” Doesn’t Exist

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‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Sparking Protests in Southern Cities — Christian Research Network

One passerby returned to counter-protest, holding a sign that read “Ignore the trash” and telling the protesters, “If you died right now, you would make a lot of people very happy.”

(Heather Clark – Christian News)  Residents in some Southern cities have pushed back against plans to bring “Drag Queen Story Hour” to their local library, an event that features men dressed as women reading stories about topics such as homosexuality and “gender fluidity” to young children in an effort to impart acceptance of those lifestyles.

“DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models,” the Drag Queen Story Hour website reads. “In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

In Mobile, Alabama, a group called Common Sense Campaign Tea Party has organized a protest for the story hour scheduled for this Saturday. “Drag queens reading kids stories about homosexuality and transgenderism appears to be the latest craze sweeping public libraries in the United States and Canada,” reads the event page on Facebook. “A drag queen will read to our children ages 3 to 8 years at the Ben May Main Library, Mobile, on Saturday, Sept 8th. Kids love to play dress up, so they will be pulled in by this person.  ” View article →

Research:

Homosexual Agenda

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Senate Democrats Vow To Impotently Shake Fists While Kavanaugh Is Confirmed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the Senate holds hearings to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice, Democrats have come up with a new tactic — the only tactic left to them since Harry Reid “nuked” the filibuster: impotently shaking their fists in disapproval.

“We won’t take this lying down,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed. “Nor will we take it while standing. We plan to take it while sitting and shaking our fists. Let the last thing Kavanaugh sees before his lifetime appointment be a number of fists bobbing about, expressing a threat no one here is capable of following through on.”

“I’m also going to make angry faces,” vowed Senator Cory Booker as he demonstrated a number of expressive faces which, while unable to counteract the fact the Republicans already had the votes they needed, did all show great disapproval.

Not to be outdone, Senator Kamala Harris vowed to wear a Handmaid costume while shaking her fist. “I think that will really show how much I disapprove,” the senator explained. “Though I haven’t seen that show, so I can’t really be sure. But maybe Kavanaugh has seen it, and it will mean something to him. Something bad.”

The Democrats have vowed to keep up their showy but ultimately pointless spectacle for as long as they don’t have anything better to do, which could be for quite some time.

— Read on babylonbee.com/news/senate-democrats-vow-to-impotently-shake-fists-while-kavanaugh-is-confirmed/

September 5, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Supernatural Peace (John 14:27)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (14:27)

Turmoil, both public and personal, is a reality that marks this fallen world. Such unrest is perhaps most clearly seen on the international level, as nations clash against each other in war. Many years ago, historians calculated that in the previous 3,500 years, the world had seen less than 300 years of peace (cf. Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History [New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968], 81). It has also been estimated that in the last five and a half millennia, more than 8,000 peace treaties have been broken, and more than 14,000 wars fought with a combined total of about four billion casualties. Even though there have always been illusions of global peace, this world continues to be unsuccessful in the effort to pursue that elusive goal.

The concept of peace is, of course, much broader than just the realm of international social harmony. People want peace in their personal lives, relief from the relentless pressures and problems that each day brings. The language of peace fills conversation. People seek “peace and quiet” to be refreshed from the din of life; they are told to “make peace” with their past; they expect local law enforcement to “keep the peace” and stop those who disturb them. Even when this life ends, the concept of “resting in peace” is so commonplace it has become a synonym for death itself.

Sadly, though people pursue it their entire lives, left to themselves they have no idea how to find true peace. Those who look for it in temporal things like social change, economic stability, or some recreational experience are always disappointed. Only God’s Word can authoritatively point to the relationship that produces lasting peace.

Both the Old and New Testaments underscore the divine source and character of true peace. One of the most important theological terms in the Old Testament is the word shalom (“peace”). The word, which occurs approximately 250 times, was sometimes used as a greeting (Judg. 19:20; 1 Sam. 25:6, 35), as it is in modern Hebrew. Shalom can also refer to the absence of strife between people (Gen. 26:29), nations (1 Kings 4:24), and between God and man (Ps. 85:8). In this latter sense, it will be the hallmark of the future messianic kingdom (Ps. 29:11; Isa. 2:4; 9:6–7; 52:7; 54:13; 57:19; 66:12; Ezek. 37:26; Hag. 2:9). But shalom also speaks of personal peace—not merely in the negative sense of absence of trouble or conflict, but positively of completeness, wholeness, contentment, welfare, health, prosperity, harmony, and fulfillment. Peace is one of the blessings that flow from a right relationship to God.

True biblical peace does not depend on the circumstances of life, but lives above them. One Greek lexicon defines the New Testament word for peace (eirēnē) as “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.” It was this type of peace that characterized the apostle Paul, who wrote: “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil. 4:11–12). Paul remained calm and at peace in the midst of the most trying circumstances, such as being thrown into prison (Acts 16:23–25), savagely attacked by an unruly mob (Acts 21:30–39), or caught in a raging storm at sea (Acts 27:21–25).

Humanity defines peace primarily in negative terms. For example, in some languages the word for peace means, “to be without trouble,” “to have no worries,” or “to sit down in one’s heart.” Peace to most people means the absence of war, strife, quarrels, disagreements, hostility, or unrest. They see it as deliverance from or the absence of any external conflict and every inner turmoil, resulting in an undisturbed and tranquil state of mind. But this understanding of peace is incomplete, because true peace is much more than just the absence of conflict. Armed with an inadequate definition, unbelievers are incapable of finding peace. They do not understand what they are looking for, and therefore fail to look in the right place.

There is only one source of true peace, as this simple yet profound verse (27a–b) reveals. The setting in which this magnificent promise was given is the upper room on the night before Christ’s death. The Lord, knowing His disciples were brokenhearted because He was leaving them, gave the eleven a farewell message of comfort and hope. As noted in the previous chapter of this volume, Jesus promised them that through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit He would continue to be with them, as would the Father and the truth. That marvelous legacy would turn the disciples’ temporary sorrow over His death into eternal joy. It also served as the basis for the supernatural peace that He now promised to them.

This one brief statement reflects four features of divine peace: its nature, source, contrast, and result.

The Nature of Peace

Peace I leave with you; (14:27a)

Objectively, peace in the New Testament has to do with a person’s standing before God; subjectively, with the believer’s resulting experience of peace in everyday living. Peace with God, of course, is the bedrock on which all other peace is based. If there is no peace with God, then there cannot be any real peace in this life. Thus, objective peace is a necessary prerequisite for subjective peace, neither of which are possible for the unsaved person to enjoy.

Since the rebellion of Adam and Eve (cf. Gen. 3), the human race has been at war with God. All violate His holy law and deny Him glory, and therefore are His enemies. The Bible calls this rebellion sin, and declares every human being (with the exception of Jesus Christ) to be a sinner (Rom. 3:23). From birth, every man and woman opposes God—both by heritage (Rom. 5:18; cf. Pss. 51:5; 58:3) and by personal choice (cf. Rom. 3:10–18). No one is neutral because, as Jesus said in Luke 11:23, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” In Genesis 8:21 God’s own commentary on His fallen creation was that “the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (cf. Job 15:14). Thus, having set themselves against God’s law, all people inevitably face His wrath and the penalty of eternal punishment.

Humanity hates God (cf. John 15:18–19; 1 John 2:16–17), and all who are part of the world system cannot be at peace with Him: “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

The good news, however, is that enemies of God can be reconciled to enjoy eternal peace with Him through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; for it is through Him that God has chosen “to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20; cf. Acts 10:36; Eph. 2:14–17). In Romans 5:1 Paul wrote, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Because Christ paid sin’s penalty on the cross, those who trust in Him are “reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:10; cf. v. 11; 2 Cor. 5:18–21; Col. 1:22). At the moment of justification, the rebellion ends, all sins are forgiven, and enemies become sons of God (cf. Rom. 8:12–17).

As a result, those who formerly had a “mind set on the flesh [resulting in] death” now have a “mind set on the Spirit [resulting in] life and peace” (Rom. 8:6). Thus Paul called the gospel the “gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15), because it is the good news of how sinful rebels can be at peace with God through Christ.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ to satisfy God’s holiness was necessary so there could be peace between sinful men and holy God, since righteousness and peace are inseparably linked (cf. Ps. 85:10). Because God is holy and just, He requires that a penalty be paid when sinners violate His law. It is only because Christ’s sacrifice fully satisfied the demands of divine justice that God can “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). Though perfectly righteous, Christ was punished in the place of all who believe as though He were a sinner, so that they through faith in Him could be treated as though they were perfectly righteous. Thus, through Christ’s substitutionary atonement and the imputation of His righteousness to sinful men (2 Cor. 5:21), the enemies of God can become His friends (James 2:23).

That objective peace of justification results in experiential peace. This is not peace with God but “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,” meaning that it transcends human insight, analysis, and understanding. This peace “will guard [believers’] hearts and [their] minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). The Greek word translated “guard” is a military term meaning, “to keep watch over.” The peace of God protects believers from anxiety, doubt, fear, and distress. Thus, it is not passive but active; far from being affected by circumstances, it triumphs over them, turning sorrow into joy, fear into boldness, and doubt into confidence. This is the peace that Jesus promised to His followers.

Experiential peace is an essential part of the Christian life. “The kingdom of God,” wrote Paul, “is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). Later in Romans the apostle added this benediction: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (15:13). Paul gave a similar benediction at the end of 2 Thessalonians: “Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance” (2 Thess. 3:16). Peace is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)—given by the Helper whom Christ sent to indwell His people (cf. the discussion of John 14:16–17 in the previous chapter of this volume). Such peace not only manifests itself in private tranquility, but also in harmony with other believers (Mark 9:50; Rom. 14:19; 2 Cor. 13:11; Eph. 4:3; 1 Thess. 5:13; 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 3:2).

The Source of Peace

My peace I give to you; (14:27b)

Because He is the “God of peace” (Rom. 15:33; 16:20; Phil. 4:9; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:20; cf. Judg. 6:24; Isa. 9:6; 1 Cor. 14:33; 2 Cor. 13:11; 2 Thess. 3:16), God is the one source of all true peace; hence Jesus said, My peace I give. As with every blessing in the Christian life, peace comes from all three persons of the Trinity. The oft-repeated salutation in the New Testament Epistles, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:3; Eph. 1:2; Phil. 1:2; Col. 1:2; 2 Thess. 1:2; cf. Eph., 6:23; 1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philem. 3; 2 John 3) indicates that God the Father and Jesus Christ are the source of peace. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to impart that peace to believers (Gal. 5:22). Like the rest of the legacy Jesus left the disciples, the peace He promised to give them would come in fullness on the day of Pentecost.

Christ called that peace, My peace. It is the same peace that kept Him calm in the face of mockery, scorn, hostility, hatred, betrayal, and death (cf. 1 Peter 2:23). Christ’s peace provides believers with a serenity and freedom from worry and anxiety that is unaffected by and triumphs over even the most difficult of circumstances. In the midst of the trials and temptations of life, believers do well to fix their “eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2). It is only in looking to Christ that anyone can find peace and settled confidence in the midst of any hardship.

The Contrast to Peace

not as the world gives do I give to you. (14:27c)

In the truest sense, no real peace is to be found in the world. Godless people in a godless world are by nature enemies of God and in a state of resultant turmoil. The world only offers an experience of a momentary, fleeting tranquility through self-indulgence, materialism, love, romance, substance abuse, false religion, psychotherapy, or a host of other placebos. But the world’s pseudopeace is in reality the bliss of ignorance. If unbelievers understood the wrath of God, and the agonizing, unrelieved, eternal torment awaiting them in hell, they would never enjoy a moment’s peace in this life.

The Bible repeatedly emphasizes that the world’s peace is inadequate. “ ‘There is no peace for the wicked,’ says the Lord” in Isaiah 48:22. In Isaiah 57:21 the prophet echoed the Lord’s words: “ ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.’ ” In Jeremiah 6:14 God excoriated the false prophets who had “healed the brokenness of [His] people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace” (cf. 8:11; Ezek. 13:10, 16). “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace!” Jesus lamented over Jerusalem, “But now they have been hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42). The apostle Paul wrote of unbelievers that “the path of peace they have not known” (Rom. 3:17). In the end times, “while [unbelievers] are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3). Like wayward Israel finally admitted, “We waited for peace, but no good came; for a time of healing, but behold, terror!” (Jer. 8:15). The world’s peace is only an illusion. A peace based on temporarily positive circumstances or ignorant escapism is not genuine peace at all. The reason people lack peace is not emotional, psychological, or circumstantial, but theological. As noted earlier in this chapter, only those who know Jesus Christ can have peace with God and, subsequently, experience true peace in this life.

The Pursuit of Peace

“Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (14:27d)

After promising to give His disciples peace, Jesus repeated His command that they not let their heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (see the exposition of v. 1 in chapter 9 of this volume). There is no inconsistency between Christ’s promise and His command, however. The Bible teaches that Christians are responsible to appropriate God’s promises. The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers believers, but they in turn are to be filled with (Eph. 5:18) and walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25). Christians have been given eternal life; in response they are to “consider [themselves] to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11) and “present [themselves] to God as those alive from the dead” (v. 13). The Holy Spirit is their supernatural teacher (1 John 2:20, 27), yet that does not negate believers’ responsibility to study the Scriptures diligently (2 Tim. 2:15). The same apostle Paul who wrote “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20) also wrote “Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:26–27).

As is the case with all of God’s promises, then, believers are responsible to appropriate Christ’s promise of peace. Psalm 34:14 commands God’s people to “seek peace and pursue it” (cf. 1 Peter 3:11), while Psalm 119:165 declares that “those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.” Similarly, Isaiah 26:3 reveals that it is those who steadfastly trust Him that God keeps in perfect peace, and Isaiah 32:17 links experiencing peace with living a righteous life. Paul instructed Timothy to pursue peace (2 Tim. 2:22), and Peter exhorted his readers, “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). James also connected peace with godly living when he wrote, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable … And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:17–18). In fact, one way God produces peace in our lives is by chastening us: “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11).

When we trust in His goodness, faithfulness, and provision, God fills us “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:13). To live in anguish over the past, anxiety concerning the present, or apprehension about the future is to fail to appropriate that peace. As noted earlier, believers are to be “anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let [their] requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard [their] hearts and [their] minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pointed out the sinful folly of allowing fear and worry to corrode the believer’s experience of divine peace:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?” For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:25–34)

God has forgiven the past, provided for the present, and guaranteed the future, leaving nothing to legitimately disrupt the believer’s peace. Applying that principle to his most difficult circumstances, the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians,

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed … For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor. 4:8–9, 17–18)

The good news of the gospel is that the war between the sinner and God can end, since the treaty ending that war was purchased by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The resulting experiential peace becomes a guiding and controlling principle in every believer’s life. In Colossians 3:15 Paul exhorted Christians, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Brabeuō (“rule”) was used to describe the work of an umpire in deciding the outcome of an athletic event. Believers can allow Christ’s peace to referee the choices they make by asking two crucial questions. First, they should ask whether what they are considering is consistent with the reality that they are now at peace with Christ and thus part of His kingdom (cf. Col. 1:13). Anything that would disrupt the oneness and harmony they enjoy with Him must be rejected. Paul illustrated that principle in 1 Corinthians 6:17–18 when he wrote, “The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality.” Their union with Christ compels Christians to purity.

A second consideration concerns how the choice will affect the peace of mind that comes with a clear conscience (cf. Rom. 14:22–23; 1 Cor. 8:12). Thoughts, words, and deeds consistent with the peace of Christ will result in a clear, good, and blameless conscience (Acts 23:1; 24:16; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 3:9; 2 Tim. 1:3; Heb. 13:18; 1 Peter 3:16); those that are not will result in a troubled, accusing conscience (1 Sam. 24:5). Christians who live in unrepentant sin forfeit the experience of peace and assurance that is Christ’s legacy to His people. Remembering his sin with Bathseba, David declared to God:

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away

Through my groaning all day long;

For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;

My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.

I acknowledged my sin to You,

And my iniquity I did not hide

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;

And You forgave the guilt of my sin. (Ps. 32:3–5)

The unsettled, guilt-ridden conscience is made whole when the believer confesses his sin to God and repents (cf. 2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 1:9). Knowing that his sin has been forgiven (through the cross) and that his relational fellowship with God has been restored (through confession and repentance), the believer can once again experience the profound peace that God offers to all of His children.

On the night before His death, the Lord promised supernatural peace to His troubled disciples. By pointing to Himself as the giver of peace, rather than to the fearful circumstances they faced in His absence, Jesus offered His followers a peace that is unmoved by the events of this world and that lasts forever. It was this peace that characterized Him throughout His sufferings. And it would also mark His followers through the many persecutions they would face on His behalf.

Charles Wesley, the famous hymn writer, summed up the God-focused nature of the Christian’s peace with these fitting words:

I rest beneath the Almighty’s shade,

My griefs expire, my troubles cease;

Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,

Wilt keep me still in perfect peace.[1]


27 On the eve of his departure from the world, Jesus bestowed on his disciples the legacy of peace. In that day eirēnē (“peace,” GK 1645) was used as both a greeting (Ro 1:7) and a farewell (Mk 5:34). The Greeks thought of peace in essentially negative terms, namely, the absence of hostility. In Hebrew thought, however, peace also designated a positive sense of well-being. The LXX regularly uses eirēnē to translate the well-known Hebrew šalôm (GK 8934). Jesus further identifies peace as “my peace,” the total well-being that results from a perfect relationship to God. It was his peace because he would purchase it by his own death and grant it as a gift to those who would accept it. Peace is a blessing that involves all the positive benefits flowing from Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Like all spiritual blessings, it cannot be earned but must come as a part of the free gift of salvation.

The peace of Jesus differs from the peace that the world gives. That “peace” depends largely on circumstances, which by definition are in a state of constant flux. Tasker, 168, lists as examples of the world’s peace temporary freedom from distraction and anxiety, the peace of momentary flight from all that is unpleasant, and the peace of false security. They all fall woefully short of the rich blessings of God’s personal presence in the life of the believer.

The peace Jesus provides is the peace of sins forgiven and of reconciliation to God. It is a peace that “transcends all understanding” (Php 4:7). Therefore, even though Jesus will soon depart, the disciples need not be “troubled” or “afraid.” (Knox translates the latter verb, deiliaō, GK 1262, with “to play the coward”; Berkeley has “to be intimidated.”) For the early Christians fear was incompatible with faith. Though opposition was strong, they should not be alarmed. Paul writes that not being frightened by the opposition is a sign to the opposers of their coming destruction (Php 1:28).[2]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2008). John 12–21 (pp. 121–129). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 569). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

September 5, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the final massive agriculture bill that the U.S. Congress sends to him to sign into law should have work requirements for people receiving food stamps, the grocery subsidies officially called “SNAP

A Boston city councilor’s historic defeat of a 10-term Democratic incumbent in the U.S. Congress was the latest sign of the rising clout of minority candidates in the party, many of whom are angry at Republican President Donald Trump.

Chaos engulfed the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, as Democrats on Tuesday complained bitterly about Republicans withholding documents about the nominee’s past White House service and shouting protesters were arrested in droves.

Top executives from Facebook and Twitter will defend their companies in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday over what lawmakers see as a failure to combat continuing foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics.

Moscow and Pyongyang are discussing the possibility of a visit by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, to Russia, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.

The Syrian military shelled the last stronghold of active rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday as a war monitor said insurgents blew up another bridge in anticipation of a government offensive.

Goldman Sachs Group is ditching plans to open a desk for trading cryptocurrencies as the regulatory framework for crypto remains unclear, Business Insider reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

World oil consumption will reach 100 million barrels per day (bpd) later this year, hitting that level much sooner than previously forecast, OPEC’s secretary-general said on Wednesday.

AP Top Stories

It’s back to school for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, but funding cuts to the UN agency supporting them means students may only be in class until the end of month.

Laboratory tests by the chemical weapons watchdog confirmed British conclusions that two people in Amesbury, southwest England, were exposed to a Novichok-type nerve agent, it said on Tuesday.

Brazil on Monday mourned the loss of the “first Brazilian,” Luzia, after the 12,000-year-old fossil was destroyed in a raging fire that ripped through Rio de Janeiro’s treasured National Museum.

Russia launched checks Tuesday after its space chief said an air leak on the International Space Station last week could have been deliberate sabotage.

The U.N. Security Council will hold a meeting on Friday on the situation in Syria’s Idlib province, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday, warning Syria’s government not to use chemical weapons ahead of a widely expected military offensive there.

Eleven members of the Haqqani militant network have been arrested in the Afghan capital, the National Directorate of Security said on Wednesday, a day after the Taliban announced the death of the group’s founder.

A house is hit by a rocket on the same day that the UN mission in Libya says it brokered a ceasefire to end a week of clashes in the capital Tripoli that have killed dozens and forced thousands to flee their homes.

Iran is to move its main oil export terminal from the Gulf to the Oman Sea, President Hassan Rouhani announced on Tuesday, sparing its tankers from using the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

A US soldier was killed and another wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, marking the sixth American service member death in the war-torn country this year.

U.S. Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in Afghanistan in a handover ceremony on Sunday.

Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somalia leaders are set to meet in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, furthering the diplomatic thaw in the strategic Horn of Africa region.

A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress toward democracy in the Southeast Asian country.

An Israeli military official said Tuesday the army had carried out some 200 strikes in Syria over the past 18 months against mainly Iranian targets, a rare confirmation of such action.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has apologized for comparing himself to Hitler, visited Israel’s Holocaust memorial on Monday and said he hoped the world learned lessons from the “horrific” period in history.

BBC

Eleven Latin American countries say that they have agreed to allow Venezuelans leaving their homeland to enter their countries even if their travel documents have expired.

Police in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are investigating the theft of a gold, diamond-studded lunchbox that belonged to a former royal family. The thieves also stole a ruby and gold teacup, saucer and teaspoon. Weighing 3kg, the items are valued at about $7m.

A 19-year-old Afghan who stabbed two American tourists in Amsterdam was shot just nine seconds after he launched his attack, the city’s police chief has revealed.

WND

Political analyst Bill Schneider predicted on Tuesday that 25 Democrats would launch presidential bids to challenge President Trump in 2020.


News – 9/5/2018

Evangelicals falling under spell of social-justice warriors
Many contemporary churches have moved far into the field of social activism, oftentimes casting it as “social justice,” based on collectivist ideas and strategies that include the defense of left-leaning causes such as gay rights. Evangelical churches are among them, and now some Christian leaders are responded with a “Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel.” “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,” declares the statement.

Hungary And Italy Unite On Migrants: EU Is About To Take A Nosedive
The EU is facing a real problem now that a new alliance has emerged within it. The Aug. 28 Hungary-Italy high-level meeting was a landmark event that seriously jeopardized European unity as those deep divisions emerged into the open. Budapest and Rome agreed to jointly oppose Brussels on the issue of migration.

Cryptocurrencies Flash Crash; Bitcoin, Ethereum Plummet
Just before 6am ET, cryptocurrencies suddenly flash crashed, tumbling on no news with some plunging as much as 12%, after a largely unchanged overnight session

Ellison chased from own event over abuse claims
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. – the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a candidate to be the top law-enforcement officer in Minnesota – was confronted at a campaign event by investigative journalist Laura Loomer about domestic-violence allegations brought against him by two women. Ellison, a supporter of the Hamas-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations, was spotted recently wearing a “No Borders” T-shirt. And he wrote to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos last month demanding the company stop selling books by any author condemned by the extremist Southern Poverty Law Center.

Friedman: Trump has ‘slayed sacred cows’
The Trump administration has “slayed the sacred cow of the calcified thinking that has held back progress on the Palestinian front,” US Ambassador David Friedman said Tuesday evening. Friedman, speaking at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception held in his Herzliya residence, said that up until now, the conventional wisdom has been that “to solve a problem, throw money at it.” “Since 1994, the United States has thrown more than $10 billion in humanitarian aid to Palestinians,” he said.

Pentagon Plans to Deploy Space-Based Missiles
The Pentagon is studying the deployment of space-based missiles and new sensors to counter the growing threat of high-speed missile attacks from China and Russia, senior defense officials said Tuesday. Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said a network of 1,000 missile interceptors deployed on satellite launchers,…

Temple Institute Announces Birth of Red Heifer
Last Tuesday, the Temple Institute’s Red Heifer program was blessed with results; an entirely red female calf was born, paving the way for re-establishing the Temple service and marking the final stage of redemption. One week after it’s birth, the newborn red heifer was certified by a board of rabbis as fulfilling all the Biblical requirements. The rabbis emphasized that the heifer could, at any time, acquire a blemish rendering it unsuitable. They will be inspecting the calf periodically to verify its condition.

Israeli Farmers Sue Hamas in International Court
The allegations include the burning of agricultural areas with the use of the incendiary devices, attacks on the Israeli border, the use of children in combat and of the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. Named as parties in the suit are Khaled Mashal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, Meshal’s deputy, and Zaher Jabarin, a top financial officer in Hamas.

The Daily Express: Macron and Merkel to meet in Marseille as EU tensions flare
The French centrist has called for closer European cooperation on security, immigration and the economy, but is facing bitter resistance from the bloc’s conservative leaders. The meeting between the two leaders will focus on “European subjects including the euro, migration, digital technology and the international situation,” the official said on Monday.

Tropical Storm Gordon Spreading Heavy Rain Inland After Making Landfall Last Night Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall Tuesday night along the Gulf Coast. Gordon is spreading heavy rain through parts of the Deep South. Flooding rain is possible Thursday from the Florida panhandle to Arkansas.

Trump to chair Security Council meeting on Iran
US President Donald Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday, …

S.Korean envoys meet North’s leader Kim
South Korean envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and handed him a letter from President Moon Jae-in, the South’s presidential office said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Blue House said the meeting was held during the envoys’ one-day trip to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to discuss a third summit of the leaders to be held this month.

Syphilis: Rates of the sexually transmitted disease on the rise
Syphilis is a thing of the past? Wrong. The number of syphilis infections worldwide has increased drastically in recent years. 4,309 cases were reported in Germany in 2007, 10 years later, it had reached 7,476. But why?

Poll: 89% of Israeli Jews don’t see peace in 5779
Amid reports that US President Donald Trump’s “Ultimate Deal” Middle East peace plan will be postponed until after mid-term elections…and the next Israeli general election…in the new Jewish year, 5779, which begins Sunday night. According to the monthly Peace Index poll…89% of Israeli Jews see “the chances that in the year soon to begin there will be a positive breakthrough in Israel’s relations with the Palestinians” as low.

U.S. sanctions ‘will cripple the economy’ of Iran, say economists
The slated US sanctions targeting Iran’s energy and financial sectors in early November will pulverize the Islamic Republic’s struggling economy, according to a new analysis released last week… The organization Oxford Economics wrote that the second wave of US sanctions will hit Iran’s “oil industry and crude exports which form the backbone of the economy and the primary source of revenue and foreign currency for the government” and ” will cripple the economy.”

Libya violence: UN says ceasefire agreed
Rival militia factions that have been fighting in Libya’s capital Tripoli for the past week have agreed a ceasefire, the United Nations says. At least 47 people have been killed and 1,800 families internally displaced by the violence, officials say. Last week, a ceasefire deal announced by officials from western cities only held for a few hours.

Typhoon Jebi forces closure of Kansai airport, near Osaka in Japan
A major international airport in western Japan has been closed, with thousands of people evacuated, in the wake of deadly Typhoon Jebi. Kansai airport, a major transport hub serving Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, was cut off when an ocean tanker hit and damaged its bridge to the mainland. Jebi, Japan’s most powerful storm in 25 years, has killed at least 10 people.

Latin American states to accept Venezuela expired papers
Eleven Latin American countries say that they have agreed to allow Venezuelans leaving their homeland to enter their countries even if their travel documents have expired. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country’s hyperinflation and severe shortages. But many do not have valid passports because renewing them can take years.

SEC Wants to Keep Tabs on Social Media Posts That Could Move Markets
Social media has become such a powerful tool it can affect the very institutions that underpin society. The Securities and Exchange Commission is well aware of this… In order to keep tabs on the never-ending flow of statements on the various social media platforms, SEC is looking for a complete, web-based tool to scrape the major sites for keywords on relevant topics.

Erez border crossing closes due to violent clashes
Israel closed on Wednesday the Erez border crossing in the northern Gaza Strip following violent riots which erupted on the Palestinian side of the checkpoint on Tuesday. According to the IDF Spokesperson Unit, hundreds of people participated in the riots, reportedly hurling rocks at the crossing which resulted in severe damage to the infrastructure. The IDF said they responded with tear gas and live fire.

Syria says IAF jets launched strikes in Hama
Fighter jets struck targets in Syria’s Hama countryside, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Tuesday, in an attack Syria swiftly attributed to Israel. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the explosions were heard in the area between Masyaf and Wadi al-Uyoun near Hama city. According to RT in Arabic, two people were killed in the attack and at least five were wounded.

South Korean envoys meet Kim in North to prepare for third summit
South Korea said its envoys met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for a third inter-Korean summit later this month, with hopes of putting momentum back into stalled talks between the North and the United States on denuclearization. Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump reached a broad but unspecific agreement on denuclearization at a Singapore summit in June, but those talks have stalled…

South Africa in Recession After Land Threat: ‘Shocking Drop in Agriculture’ 
South Africa slid into an official recession Tuesday, as second-quarter growth domestic product (GDP) figures showed a contraction of 0.7% — the second straight quarter of decline. First-quarter figures were revised down, from -2.2% to -2.6%.

The Pope is a pedophilia denialist and an affront to God; allows DEMONS to rape little children
Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic empire, doesn’t want to acknowledge that countless Catholic clergy are pedophiles who rape little boys. He similarly refuses to acknowledge the recent purge that took place in Pennsylvania, resulting in some 300 child-raping Catholic priests being nabbed as active participants in a massive pedophile ring.

Piano teacher told to cover up religious music
A piano teacher is suing a charter school for rejecting her application because of worries that many of the old masterpieces she uses in her teaching are religious.

THE SILENT GENOCIDE: Muslims burn alive a Christian pastor in the midst of an orgy of violence 
Fulani Muslim militants launched raids on eight villages in central Nigeria this week, burning alive a Christian pastor along with his wife and three of their children.

FBI Wants AI for USA (United Surveillance of Americans)
Cameras everywhere, 5G surveillance and now permanently deployed police surveillance blimps — what more can the government do to watch us? The FBI wants Artificial Intelligence to construct fingerprints that are not complete. What could possibly go wrong?

Chicago Priests Arrested For Performing Oral Sex in Car in Broad Daylight
Two priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Chicago headed by Cardinal Blase Cupich, a close ally of Pope Francis, were arrested on Monday in Miami Beach and charged with Lewd and Lascivious behavior after pedestrians and the police observed the two priests performing oral sex in a parked car.

Jew portrayed as money-grubbing at Czech city festival
A municipally organized street show in Prague celebrating Czech nationhood featured a skit apparently mocking an Orthodox Jew.

France Bans Cellphones From Schools To Combat Sexualization Of Children
France has issued an official ban on cellphones being used by children at school in a bid to combat bullying, violence, and sexualization from pornographic videos.

Israeli planes said to attack Iranian military sites in Syria
Assad’s state media claims air defenses intercepted some missiles; bombings said to target alleged chemical facility near Hama, site in Tartus

Chinese Imperialism Threatens to Pull the World Into World War III 
…the Chinese are in Africa, all of Africa, and are seeking natural resources from this continent and they are using their military to procure these resources. This is exactly what Japan did prior to WW II as they swept through Asia acquiring needed resources required for industrialization. The Chinese are an example of history repeating itself.  These events were being reported in the South African media. It would be a gross understatement to say that we are a on path to World War III.

California to start recycling sewer water into tap water… and yes, it’s full of insane chemicals
Water has apparently become so scarce in the Golden State that some municipalities are about to begin piping recycled sewer water back into people’s homes, new reports indicate.

146 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Ohio Meatpacking Raid, 13 Charged for Fake IDs
After nearly 150 suspected illegal aliens were arrested at an Ohio meatpacking plant, 13 illegal alienshave been charged with using fraudulent identities to appear as though they were working in the United States legally.

Egyptian media: John McCain was the “Godfather,” “leader,” and “real Supreme Guide” of the Muslim Brotherhood
McCain has already been canonized by an establishment media desperate to destroy President Trump in any way it can, but in Egypt they’re not so worshipful. McCain “was the main supporter for the terrorist Brotherhood. Senator McCain was the one who opened up the Congress to the Brotherhood. He was the one arranging the meetings and appointments and providing them with protection.”

A Big Christian Victory in California With a Concern and a Caution
Make no mistake about it. The news from California is very big and very positive. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, “California legislator shelves bill to ban paid ‘gay conversion therapy’ for adults.” In a somewhat unprecedented move in the history of gay activism, Assemblyman Evan Low, himself gay, has withdrawn AB2943 from a final vote.

Scott Walker’s Dem Opponent: Tax Dollars Should Pay for Abortions Just Like They Pay for Tonsillectomies
ony Evers, the Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial nominee running against Scott Walker, said in an interview on Tuesday that the Democratic party needs to be a “big tent” that welcomes pro-life voters order to win in November. While pro-life Democrats are dwindling in numbers in Congress and ostracized within other states, Evers told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that “pro-life Democrats are welcome in the party, and I respect their decisions on this issue.”

Did You Know The NYT Is Run By The Democratic Party And The CIA?
Alex Jones talks about how the New York Times works hand-in-hand with the Democratic party and the CIA to control America.

U.N. Expert Asks Facebook to Label Fewer Violent Activist Groups ‘Terrorists’
A United Nations expert is calling on Facebook to limit the scope of its “sweeping,” definition of terrorism over concerns it facilitates the suppression of legitimate dissenting voices.


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – By the grace of God we are what we are in the Lord

Dallas woman says she was forced out of faith-based Holy Yoga for reporting sexual harassment during class

‘There Are No Tints On The Window’: Miami Beach Police After Two Priests Caught Performing Sex Act In Car

Diane Feinstein Falsely Claims She Put Women in Jail for Having Illegal Abortions

Indian Couple Beaten After Leaving ‘Old Gods’ for Jesus


Headlines – 9/5/2018

Haley: Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian ‘deal of the century’ can happen if Abbas comes to the table

Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’ for Middle East peace meets resistance, throwing rollout into question

Trump reportedly sought to meet Abbas, offered to delay peace plan

Spanish FM: US losing its role as Israel-PA mediator

Friedman: We’ve thrown $10b. at Palestinians; peace isn’t a millimeter closer

UNRWA: Millions of Palestinian refugees ‘cannot be wished away’

Hamas leader insistent there’s no ceasefire deal with Israel

Red Heifer Candidate Born in Israel

UK Labour adopts full anti-Semitism definition, but adds ‘free speech’ caveat

Corbyn tried in vain to give Labour the okay to say Israel’s existence is racist

The Middle East’s Tinderbox Is Heating Up Again

Netanyahu: Israel acts against threats that have not yet materialized

Kerry’s memoir decries ‘disrespectful’ Netanyahu, who ‘distorted’ Iran deal

EU chief diplomat to quit after struggle with Iran nuclear deal

Iran’s president vows oil exports to continue despite US pressure

U.S. sanctions ‘will cripple the economy’ of Iran, say economists

American UN Envoy: Trump to Chair Security Council Meeting Focused on Iran’s Misbehavior

Israeli planes said to attack Iranian military sites in Syria

IDF says it has bombed over 200 Iranian targets in Syria since 2017

Defying Trump, Russia Pounds Idlib in Syrian War’s Last Major Battle

UN urges Putin, Erdogan to talk urgently to avert Idlib ‘bloodbath’

Watergate journalist: Trump wanted to assassinate Assad after chemical attack

U.S. tells Israel ‘please leave Iraq to us’

Four million Iraqis return home after war on ISIS

Iraqi forces kill six protesters in southern city of Basra

Turkey won’t fulfill ‘unlawful requests’ on U.S. pastor case, Erdogan says: report

South Koreans arrive in North amid stalled denuclearization talks

Venezuelan drivers face long lines for fuel as new payment system flops

Colombia Central Bank Head Rules Out Intervening if Peso Falls

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Turns into ‘Political Brawl’

Brett Kavanaugh: Supreme Court confirmation hearing marred by public protests and charge of ‘mob rule’

Ted Cruz: Dems Delaying Kavanaugh Confirmation Because They Want to ‘Re-Litigate’ 2016 Election

Dick Durbin Admits: Democrats Plotted to Disrupt Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Hearing

White House counts ways Democrats’ antics at Kavanaugh hearing will backfire

Damning Woodward book depicts ‘Crazytown’ Trump White House

Woodward book puts White House back in damage-control mode

Trump slams Woodward book as ‘a con on the public’

Twitter says Trump not immune from getting kicked off

Social media execs prepare for showdown

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Planet Nine: Ancient tapestries, texts may help expose the Solar System’s biggest mystery

Here Is How To See All Eight Planets In One Night This Week

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ural Mountains region, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25.000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko in the Kuril Islands erupts to 11,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Major typhoon kills 10 and paralyzes swaths of Japan

Typhoon Damage Closes One of Japan’s Largest Airports Indefinitely

Gordon makes landfall, child in mobile home storm’s first fatality

Deadly ‘rat fever’ kills at least 12 in flood-ravaged Indian state

‘There Are No Tints On The Window’: Miami Beach Police After Two Priests Caught Performing Sex Act In Car

Sinister ‘Momo’ Online Game Linked to Children’s Suicides in Colombia

Cities may not prosecute homeless people for sleeping outside if they have no access to shelter, appeals court rules


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September 5 Prayer for Harvest Workers

Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.—Matt. 9:38

“The Lord of the harvest” is a title of God that represents His role as the Judge of the unsaved—those who will stand before Him in the last day and be condemned to hell. We are to plead for Him to send workers who will lovingly warn them so they may be a part of those harvested to eternal glory.

The Christian’s first responsibility is not to go and start working as soon as he sees a need but to come to the Lord in prayer. Waiting on the Lord is a crucial part of serving Him. Before the disciples received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost they were not prepared to witness for Christ, and He therefore instructed them “not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me’ ” (Acts 1:4).

It is possible to pray regularly for the salvation of a loved one, a neighbor, a friend, or a fellow employee and then to let our concern stop with our prayer. But when we earnestly pray for the Lord to send someone to those unsaved people, we can’t help becoming open to being that someone ourselves. It is possible to pray for someone’s salvation while keeping them at arm’s length. But when we sincerely beg the Lord to send someone to witness to them, we place ourselves at His disposal to become one of His “workers” in that ministry. Be prepared to take on that role.

ASK YOURSELF

Who among your family, your friends, or the associates among whom you’re thrust each day is in need of Christ’s saving touch? Name them in prayer today . . . and at every remembrance of them. And pray that the Lord would send someone His Spirit can use to bring conviction to their souls, even if that someone is you.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 257). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Over Half Of America Suffering Drought As Lake Powell, Lake Mead Drop To “Dangerous” Low Levels

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

The worst drought in years in the western half of the United States has sparked hundreds of wildfires, has crippled thousands of farms, and has produced what could ultimately be the worst water crisis in modern American history.

As you will see below, Lake Powell and Lake Mead have both dropped to dangerously low levels, and officials are warning that we may soon be looking at a substantial shortfall which would require rationing.  Unfortunately, many in the eastern half of the country don’t even realize that this is happening.  The mighty Colorado River once seemed to be virtually invulnerable, but now it doesn’t even run all the way to the ocean any longer.  Demand for water is continually increasing as major cities in the Southwest continue to grow, and this is happening at a time when that entire region just keeps getting drier and drier.  To say that we are facing a “water crisis” would be a major understatement.

I have written quite a bit about the drought in the Southwest in recent months, and it just keeps getting worse.  According to Forbes, more than half the nation is now experiencing some level of drought…

Drought conditions across the United States have worsened throughout the summer, culminating in more than half the country experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions by the end of August.

The latest update of the United States Drought Monitor shows that more than half of the country—nearly 56 percent—is abnormally dry or mired in a full-on drought. More than a third of the country is experiencing drought conditions, and almost eight percent is in an extreme or exceptional drought.

Of course most Americans don’t really care as long as water keeps coming out of the taps.  And for the moment, nobody is going without water.

But that could change if this drought continues to intensify.

According to the Denver Post, Lake Powell and Lake Mead have both dropped “to dangerous levels”…

Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River’s worsening “structural deficit,” scientists said.

A “structural deficit” is simply a very fancy way of saying that we are using water faster than it is being replenished.

Lake Powell is being steadily drained to support Lake Mead, and at this point the water levels in both lakes have fallen to levels that are unprecedented

“I want people to know that what’s going on at Lake Mead is very, very closely tied to what’s going on Lake Powell,” Doug Kenney said, the group’s chair and a professor at the University of Colorado. “We’re draining Lake Powell to prop it up.”

Lake Powell is about 48 percent full, and Lake Mead is about 38 percent full. By the end of the year, Powell’s levels are projected to fall 94 feet (29 meters) below where the reservoir stood in 2000 when it was nearly full.

Many Americans don’t realize how exceedingly important these two lakes are.

Approximately 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and northwestern Mexico rely on water from the Colorado River basin, and it has been steadily drying out for about 20 years

The Colorado River basin, which feeds the two reservoirs, has been drying out over the last two decades, scientists said. With the demands from farms and cities exceeding the available the water supply, the strains on the river and reservoirs are being compounded by growing population, drought and climate change.

The Colorado River and its tributaries support about 40 million people and more than 7,800 square miles (20,200 square kilometers) of farmland.

If things don’t change, and there is no reason to believe that they will, we will soon have a shortfall.

What that means is that certain areas would have their water allocations reduced, and Arizona and Nevada would be at the top of that list

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said the chances of a shortfall in Lake Mead, the river’s biggest reservoir, are now 57 percent, up from the 52 percent projected in May.

If the surface of Lake Mead drops below 1,075 feet (330 meters) above sea level, some deliveries would be cut under agreements governing the system.

Arizona, Nevada and Mexico would have their shares reduced first in a shortage.

Are you starting to understand how serious this is?

Scientists tell us that the 20th century was an unusually wet period of time for the southwestern United States.  For most of human history, a bleak and barren desert dominated most of the region, and it appears that we may be headed back in that direction.

During the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, vast numbers of Americans migrated to other areas due to heat, drought, massive dust storms and a lack of water.

Now Dust Bowl conditions are returning, and it is entirely possible that we could see a new wave of migration in the years ahead.

Despite all of our advanced technology, we haven’t discovered a way to defeat drought, and the devastating drought that is currently gripping the Southwest seems to be getting worse with each passing day.

Source: Over Half Of America Suffering Drought As Lake Powell, Lake Mead Drop To “Dangerous” Low Levels

SEPTEMBER 5 CAPACITY TO THINK: GOD WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee….

ISAIAH 26:3

The book of Proverbs tells us about the man who lies on his bed, turning like a door on its hinges, while the weeds grow up in his garden, choking and killing his crop. Then, when harvest has come, he has nothing and is reduced to begging for help.

Now, staying in bed when he should be cultivating his garden may not be overly sinful—but I think there is no argument but what a willfully lazy man is a sinful man! It follows, then, in my estimation, that a person who is intellectually lazy is a sinful person. God had a reason for giving us our heads with intellectual capacity for thinking and reasoning and considering. But what a great company of humans there are who refuse to use their heads and many of these are Christians, we must confess.

Many a preacher would like to challenge the intellectual and thinking capacity of his congregation, but he has been warned about preaching over the people’s heads. As a preacher, I deny that any of the truths of God which I teach and expound are over the heads of the people. I deny it!

I say to my Christian brother: “You ought to take that head of yours, oil it and rub the dust off and begin to use it as God has always expected you would. God expects you to understand and have a grasp of His truth because you need it from day to day!”[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.