Daily Archives: September 27, 2018

SEPTEMBER 27 NO PLACE FOR FANTASY

I…am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2 Timothy 1:12

Let me tell you about the true Christian, the Bible Christian, and his view of this troubled and uncertain world in which he lives.

He is not the worldly-wise, smiling optimist who draws his comfort from a denial of the facts or bases his hopes on false expectation of peaceful intentions among nations.

Rather, he is of all men the truest realist. He will have nothing to do with fantasy—he wants to know the facts—and he does not hesitate to face up to any truth wherever he finds it.

He knows the world is lost on a wide area, and that the Christian alone knows the way to the desired haven. For in the Bible, and there only, is found the chart to tell us where we are in this rough and unknown ocean.

He knows that the day when Christians should meekly apologize is over; that they can get the world’s attention not by trying to compromise and please, but by boldly declaring the truth of divine revelation with the affirmative signature, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Lord, I pray that Your Word will penetrate the minds and hearts of many unbelievers today. There’s no time to wait.[1]


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

SEPTEMBER 27 VACATE THE THRONE ROOM OF YOUR HEART

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

—Colossians 1:18

Fénelon teaches that to make our deeds acceptable to God it is not necessary that we change our occupation (if it is honest), but only that we begin to do for Christ’s sake what we had formerly been doing for our own. To some of us this will seem too tame and ordinary. We want to do great things for God, to hazard our lives in dramatic acts of devotion that will attract the attention of fellow Christians and perhaps of the larger world outside. Visions of Huss at the stake, Luther at the Diet of Worms or Livingstone in the heart of Africa flit before our minds as we think on spiritual things. Plain, workaday Christians like us—how can we rise to such heroic heights? With our families to support, with our lot cast in the dull routine of the commonplace, with no one threatening us with imprisonment or death: how can we live lives acceptable to God? What can we do to satisfy the heart of our Father in heaven?

“The answer is nigh thee, even in thy mouth” (Romans 10:8). Vacate the throne room of your heart and enthrone Jesus there. Make Him your all in all and try yourself to become less and less. Dedicate your entire life to His honor alone and shift the motives of your life from self to God. Let the reason back of your daily conduct be Christ and His glory, not yourself, nor your family nor your country nor your church. In all things let Him have the preeminence. BAM069-070

It is my prayer, Lord, that in all things Christ might have preeminence so I can do great things for You. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

A Prayer for Revolutionaries — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

This article is an excerpt from my book, The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. This post is the fourth in an eight part series on the Lord’s Prayer. 

The first petition in the Lord’s Prayer is that God’s name be hallowed. The second petition, “your kingdom come” builds on the first by showing us how God’s name is hallowed in the world. God reveals his character and reputation as his kingdom spreads to every corner of the earth and as citizens of that kingdom do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. But what is God’s kingdom, and what are the implications of praying in this way?

A Radical and Revolutionary Prayer

Very few prayers are so memorable that they become cemented in the public consciousness. Certainly, the Lord’s Prayer is one of the few examples of a prayer that has exercised a formative cultural impact. Some other prayers, considerably more trite than the Lord’s Prayer, have also become artifacts of the culture. For instance, the so-called “Serenity Prayer” is one of the most well-known prayers in our culture: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” A great deal of controversy surrounds who first wrote the Serenity Prayer, though the most likely candidate seems to be theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

The Serenity Prayer has enjoyed some time in the spotlight since it was first penned. It has been adopted, for instance, by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other humanitarian or self-help organizations. It has been placarded and painted on decorative pieces throughout the country. Calvin and Hobbes even spoofed the prayer, perhaps writing a superior version in the process. In one famous comic strip Calvin humorously prays, “Lord grant me the strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can’t, and the incapacity to know the difference.”

In many ways, the Serenity Prayer is the model prayer for a post-Christian society. It says nothing about the character of God, the plight of man, the need for redemption, or the nature of the Gospel. The Serenity Prayer is nothing more than a generic prayer for a people with generic religious convictions.

The Lord’s Prayer, however, is doctrinally robust, theologically deep, and anything but serene. The Lord’s Prayer is anything but tame. Regrettably, our familiarity with the Lord’s Prayer often blinds us from seeing just how radical, even subversive, this prayer is. In other words, this is not a generic prayer for a people with generic theological convictions. The Lord’s Prayer is for those who hold firmly that Jesus Christ has inaugurated a kingdom, has risen from the dead, reigns at the right hand of God, and is coming again to judge the living and the dead. The Lord’s Prayer is for revolutionaries, for men and women who want to see the kingdoms of this world give way to the kingdom of our Lord…

Ultimately, the radical nature of this petition challenges everyone in every theological tradition. We are all guilty of trying to domesticate the kingdom so that it doesn’t subvert our values or disorder our commitments. For decades theological liberals and revisionist theologians have sought to speak of God’s kingdom as something we can engineer through humanitarian efforts and good works. In the liberal conception of the kingdom, God is little more than a cheerleader encouraging our own efforts. He is not one who is infinitely sovereign, but instead just someone who is infinitely resourceful. His kingdom makes no demands on our lives because, as king, he is merely an impotent monarch who simply encourages humanity to live up to its full potential.

Of course, conservatives can similarly domesticate God’s kingdom by confusing a particular political party or a particular government with the kingdom. Christians too often fall prey to the temptation that we can bring the kingdom of God by political force or some other sociological means. But we must always remember that God’s kingdom is not of this world. As Jesus teaches us in this prayer, we are dependent on God and God alone to bring the kingdom to every heart and every corner of the earth. We cannot manufacture God’s kingdom by our own efforts. Instead, we are called to be faithful in the Great Commission, trusting that God by his sovereign, supernatural grace will spread his redemptive reign to every tribe, tongue, and nation.

So, what are we asking when we say “your kingdom come”? We are asking for something wonderful and something dangerous all at the same time:

  • We are praying that history would be brought to a close.
  • We are praying to see all the nations rejoice in the glory of God.
  • We are praying to see Christ honored as King in every human heart.
  • We are praying to see Satan bound, evil vanquished, death no more.
  • We are praying to see the mercy of God demonstrated in the full justification and acquittal of sinners through the shed blood of the crucified and resurrected Christ.
  • We are praying to see the wrath of God poured out upon sin.
  • We are praying to see every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
  • We are praying to see a New Jerusalem, a new heaven, a new earth, a new creation.

This is indeed a radical prayer. We must not take this petition lightly. But, as we have seen, this petition also carries great hope. Our God will come to save us and bring us to know the fullness of his grace in the final revelation of his kingdom. To that end, we pray.

via A Prayer for Revolutionaries — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

Levin: Senate Judiciary Committee ‘Either Filled with Perverts or Totalitarians’

Mark Levin (Screenshot)

“There’s not a single shred of evidence” of sexual assault, so Democrats are using totalitarian tactics to discredit Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, constitutional scholar Mark Levin said Wednesday.

In an interview on Fox News, Levin told host Sean Hannity that the Democrats believe they can use totalitarian tactics to circumvent both the Constitution and Bill of Rights by using the Senate Judiciary Committee to destroy Kavanaugh:

“(Democrats believe) only the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Bill of Rights don’t apply; only the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Constitution doesn’t apply. No due process, no presumption of innocence, because they have to make that case.”

“The reason why they blow this off – that this isn’t a court of law – is because that’s how totalitarians think.”

Levin then condemned the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the way they’ve handled the accusations against Kavanaugh, saying they must be either “perverts or totalitarians”:

“I’m starting to wonder about the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sean. They’re either full of perverts or totalitarians. It’s one or the other. They are gleeful, they are inciting, and they’re salivating over all of this. It is a disgusting spectacle.”

Source: Levin: Senate Judiciary Committee ‘Either Filled with Perverts or Totalitarians’

September 27, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections, saying Beijing did not want his Republican Party to do well because of his pugnacious stance on trade.

China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that Beijing does not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, after U.S. President Donald Trump accused it of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voiced support for the #MeToo movement on Wednesday in a striking statement on the eve of a high-stakes U.S. Senate hearing into allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump’s nominee to the court, Brett Kavanaugh.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a massive spending bill on Wednesday, averting the threat of a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends at midnight on Sept. 30 as President Donald Trump indicated that he would sign it.

A normally sealed-off road along the Israel-Egypt border was opened for a Jewish holiday, giving travelers on the Israeli side a glimpse into the Sinai desert backdrop to the biblical journey commemorated by the festival.

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell in August after four straight months of strong gains, while shipments barely rose, but that will probably not change expectations of solid growth in business spending on equipment in the third quarter.

The goods trade deficit widening sharply last month, driven by declining exports and rising imports. But wholesale and retail inventories increased strongly, which should help to offset some of the anticipated drag from trade on economic growth in the third quarter.

U.S. gasoline prices are sitting at four-year seasonal highs headed into the November midterm elections, even as President Donald Trump has called repeatedly for OPEC to push prices lower.

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Pope Francis on Tuesday acknowledged that young people are being driven away from the Roman Catholic Church because of the way it has handled the problem of clerical sexual abuse.

The Texas attorney general has jumped into a Houston area lawsuit to defend a state law that requires schoolchildren to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance unless a parent or guardian opts them out.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country doesn’t want a war with the United States and believes America will “sooner or later” support the Iran nuclear agreement again following the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that he had not seen indications that Iran is intending to block the Strait of Hormuz.

Mexican authorities have taken control of the entire police force in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco, claiming the department has been infiltrated by drug gangs.

A U.S. decision to remove anti-missile systems from several Arab allies was an “internal and routine procedure”, Kuwait said on Wednesday, adding that its defenses would not be affected.

War crimes investigators called Wednesday for the UN’s top rights body to let them continue probing the “extremely alarming” situation in Yemen, amid resistance from Saudi Arabia and others.

Pending home sales slipped in August as fewer Americans signed contracts to purchase a house, the fourth decline in the past five months.

Earlier this week, Trump urged OPEC to ramp up production levels in order to prevent further price rises ahead of the mid-term elections in November. “As a result, the talk is now (of) Brent reaching $100 a barrel this year,” Tamas Varga, senior analyst at PVM Oil Associates, said in a research note published Thursday.

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India’s top court has ruled adultery is no longer a crime, striking down a 158-year-old colonial-era law which it said treated women as male property.

Online retailing giant Amazon is opening a store in New York that will only sell products that receive a high rating on its website. The store will sell toys, household goods and other items that have a rating of four stars or more online. Customers who visit the store will pay less if they have bought into Amazon’s Prime service. Physical shops are becoming a key expansion area for Amazon as it seeks to take on more traditional retailers.

Ethiopians are celebrating the annual Meskel festival, the first big festival of the Ethiopian religious year. According to Ethiopian Orthodox Christian tradition, the national holiday marks the finding of the cross that Jesus was crucified on.

A new study has found that nearly half of Kenyan mothers with disabled babies were pressured to kill them.

The low-lying shrubs, grasses and other plants growing in the Arctic are getting taller. The finding comes from scientists who have analyzed three decades of measurements. This data, gathered across Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia, indicates that a warming climate is driving the change.

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Washington watchdog Judicial Watch is warning that the Department of Defense has failed to institute procedures that would make sure extreme health risks – such as live Bacillus anthracis – cannot be randomly mailed around the country. The demand for protective procedures came after a U.S. Army lab several years ago mailed the live bacteria that causes anthrax to 194 facilities around the globe.

There are many new voting security issues after West Virginia’s decision to allow voters in 24 counties to vote on their smartphones, reports Paula Bolyard at PJMedia. Immediately, experts were warning of possible security breaches.


News – 9/27/2018

US And Turkey “Quietly” Making Progress At “Highest Levels” On Release Of American Pastor
A new report in Middle East Eye says Pastor Andrew Brunson could very soon be released from Turkish detention after months of immense US pressure on Ankara has sent the Turkish lira into a nosedive. In the past weeks the issue has been out of the public eye compared to the heated and seemingly constant back and forth between US and Turkish leaders concerning the detained American citizen over the summer.

Cardinal Cupich Has Removed Chicago Priest Who Burned Rainbow Flag
The removal was announced by Cupich himself through a letter to the many staff and parishioners of Resurrection Church located in the Avondale neighborhood of the city. Kalchik was helped by a few parishioners during the burning. Kalchik, who is 56 years old, and a few congregation members set fire to the rainbow banner, an LGBTQ pride symbol which was once displayed prominently in the church. The flag was set on fire despite a strict order of the Chicago archdiocese to desist from doing so.

China Engaged in Election Influence Operations to Undermine Trump
China’s communist government is conducting overt and covert influence operations aimed at swaying the upcoming November elections in a bid to undermine President Trump, the president disclosed on Wednesday. “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration,” Trump said during a session of the U.N. Security Council in New York. “They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. And we are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.” Trump says friendship with Xi Jinping may be over.

Netanyahu talks with Sisi amid Quartet concern over Gaza violence
Sisi “stressed the importance of resuming the negotiations between the two sides, the Palestinians and the Israelis, to reach a just and a comprehensive solution based on a two-state solution and in accordance with the international treaties,” according to a presidential statement. Al-Sisi was the only Arab leader to meet with Netanyahu, who also spoke with US President Donald Trump as well as leaders from Belgium, Guatemala, Austria and Poland.

Fmr Israeli Commander: God Protected us in Battle
During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, IDF soldiers fought ferocious battles against largely Syrian and Egyptian attackers. Effie Eitam was leading a routine reconnaissance patrol on the Golan Heights when his unit was ambushed. Involved in the some of the heaviest fighting of the war, none of Eitam’s unit’s members were either killed or wounded. (VIDEO).

Netanyahu Meets With Trump in New York, Refuses UNESCO invitation
Netanyahu was effusive in his praise of the U.S. president, remarking that he personally, and the State of Israel had much to be thankful for. Netanyahu initially thanked President Trump for his strong statement at the UNGA, “against the corrupt terrorist regime in Iran. You back up your strong words with strong actions. And I think that the fact that you brought American sanctions to bear has cut the cash machine of Iran and its campaign of carnage and conquest of the Middle East.”

UN Secretary-General: Denying Israel’s right to exist is antisemitism
Attempts to delegitimize Israel is a form of antisemitism, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday at a high level forum to combat hatred against Jews that was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly. Modern antisemitism…expressed “itself in attempts to delegitimize the right of Israel to exist, including calls for its destruction, using the pretext of the situation in the Middle East to target Jews and Jewish symbols.”

Trump: Two-state Middle East solution would work best
US President Donald Trump believes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would “work best”. Mr Trump moved away from decades of US policy calling for an independent Palestinian state last year, when he said he would be happy with a one-state solution if both parties wanted it. But after meeting Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday, he declared: “I like [the] two-state solution.”

Palestinians reject Trump’s two-state overture: ‘He’s waging war’
US President Donald Trump is waging war against the Palestinians, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters in New York on Wednesday night after holding an an international diplomatic meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. He spoke after Trump publicly endorsed a two-state resolution to the conflict for the first time and said he believed the Palestinians would engage in a US lead peace process.

IMF boosts bailout for crisis-hit Argentina
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to provide a bigger, faster bailout to Argentina than initially planned in an effort to restore market confidence in the country. The IMF plans to boost its 36-month financing package to $57.1bn (£43bn) from $50bn announced previously. It will make about $50bn in credit available though 2019 – $19bn more than previously anticipated.

US B-52s fly near contested islands amid China tensions
The US Air Force conducted two bomber flights this week into areas considered sensitive by the Chinese military, missions that have come amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing. Earlier this week, US B-52 bombers flew from Guam and transited through the South China Sea, an area where the Chinese government has built islands and established military facilities on disputed features.

Suicides in the US are up, says CDC official
The principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned on Wednesday that suicide is on the rise in the U.S. among almost every age group. “Suicide – in all ages except for young children and the elderly – is one of the few conditions that’s getting worse instead of better around the country,” Anne Schuchat told “Rising” Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

Ex-Google employee warns of ‘disturbing’ China plans
A former Google employee has warned of the firm’s “disturbing” plans in China, in a letter to US lawmakers. Jack Poulson, who had been a senior researcher at the company until resigning in August, wrote that he was fearful of Google’s ambitions. His letter alleges Google’s work on a Chinese product – codenamed Dragonfly – would aid Beijing’s efforts to censor and monitor its citizens online.

The Government Wants Airlines to Delay Your Flight So They Can Scan Your Face
Omnipresent facial recognition has become a golden goose for law enforcement agencies around the world. In the United States, few are as eager as the Department of Homeland Security. American airports are currently being used as laboratories for a new tool that would automatically scan your face — and confirm your identity with U.S. Customs and Border Protection — as you prepare to board a flight…

WALSH: The Party Of Evil
Democrats have long since hit the bottom of the barrel in their attempts to smear Brett Kavanaugh. Now they’ve busted through the bottom and are furiously digging into the dirt. Last night, they presented the latest Kavanaugh scandal: his yearbook. Apparently Kavanaugh wrote something rude in his 12th grade yearbook. This is supposed to have some sort of significance, though nobody can quite explain why.

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: Texas school petition wants boys to be able to wear makeup and express themselves in a safe environment
A student petition that criticizes a Texas high school’s dress code as “outdated” and “gender biased” wants administrators to change the rules and allow boys to wear makeup on campus so they may express themselves in “what is supposed to be a safe environment.”

Israel lauds Trump’s ‘impressive’ UN speech, while Palestinians lambast it
Israeli officials on Tuesday praised US President Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly, while Palestinians and dovish US Jews decried the address as harmful.

DRC Ebola outbreak: WHO warns of “perfect storm”
The fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a “perfect storm” that could help an outbreak spin out of control, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

Christian University to Allow Same-Sex Relationships between Students
Azusa Pacific, a Christian university in southern California, recently announced that they were removing their restriction on same-sex relationships between students. The move comes after pressure from student groups who demanded a change in the regulation.

Court agrees with atheists: Fixing church furnace is ‘religious’
A  New Jersey court’s determination that fixing furnaces or repairing broken plumbing in historic church buildings is “religious” is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled last year a church cannot be excluded from a program generally available to the public.

‘This is a safe space’: Colorado Children’s Hospital Removes Gender from Patient Wristbands
A children’s hospital in Colorado announced it has eliminated gender designations on patient wristbands. Children’s Hospital Colorado noted the change in a tweet last week.

DOJ: Chinese National Arrested For Allegedly Spying On US Soil
 The Department of Justice announced Tuesday the arrest of a Chinese national in Chicago accused of spying on behalf of Beijing. According to the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs, 27-year-old Ji Chaoqun is alleged to have operated on U.S. soil as an “illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China.”

Top U.S. scientists forced to resign over allegations of corruption and false studies
Integrity and incorruptibility are qualities that we have every right to expect from the pillars of the scientific community. Shockingly, however, these pillars seem to be crumbling right before our eyes.

Europe Flips Off America, Sides With World’s Largest State Sponsor of Terrorism 
The European Union, sticking it to the United States and President Trump, has announced that it will implement a special payments channel to maintain economic ties with Iran in order to save the disastrous 2015 nuclear deal.

President Trump Tells PM Netanyahu In New York That He Wants Middle East Peace ‘In My First Term’
There are many things that Bible prophecy tells us about Israel in the last days in general, and about the importance of the physical land of Israel in particular. One of the most interesting things we are are found in the book of the prophet Joel, who tells us plainly why God gathers the nations for battle during the time of Jacob’s trouble. It’s because someone has divided the land, God’s land, and God is not in favor of it.

Trump Administration Cancels FDA’s Aborted-Baby-Parts Contract
On July 25, the Food and Drug Administration signed a contract to acquire “fresh” tissue from aborted babies so it could transplant that tissue into mice.

NBC’s Seth Meyers Mocks Catholic Church And Then Uses It To Go After Brett Kavanaugh
Comedian Seth Meyers mocked the Catholic church on NBC’s “Late Night” Tuesday and then used it to lambaste Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s claim he was a virgin in high school and years after.

George Soros Funded Fusion GPS, His Spokesman Confirms
George Soros has indirectly funded Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Steele dossier, a spokesman for the billionaire financier has acknowledged.

Rothschild, Soros, Corbyn and One Europe – the Road to Global Governance
…Corbyn is totally committed to mass migration into the United Kingdom and Europe, employing the Soros strategies of moral blackmail and name-calling in order to intimidate and silence any opposition, declaring limits on immigration to be inherently racist, thus ignoring considerations such as jobs, crime, and social cohesion, and assuming that these are of no value to others.

Monkeypox: contagious disease confirmed as having spread in UK for first time as third case discovered in Blackpool
A healthcare worker has been quarantined with monkeypox in a bid to prevent the potentially deadly virus from spreading, public health officials have confirmed.


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Evangelist Christine Caine Sued by Colo. Author for Copying Book

Video – Justin Peters Exposes Guillermo Maldonado and the Gold Dust Hoax – 4:01

Why do people “hate” Beth Moore? What’s the problem with Beth Moore?

Key Players and Buzz Language of the Social-Justice “Gospel”

Understanding the NAR Government Mountain Theology and Why It Is Unbiblical

Eugene Cho Introduces Brenda Salter McNeil as New Transitional Pastor at Quest Church


Headlines – 9/27/2018

Full text of Trump-Netanyahu: ‘I like 2-state solution. You heard me, right?’

Trump says he ‘likes’ 2-state solution, aims for peace deal in first term

Trump: Two-state Solution Will Be ‘Like a Real Estate Deal’

Trump: I prefer two states, one state is OK too, as long as there’s a deal

President Donald Trump says Mideast peace plan possible in next four months

US president states publicly for first time that he ‘likes the two-state solution’, acknowledges that Israeli premier may ‘feel differently.’

At warm meeting, Trump jolts Netanyahu by explicitly backing two-state solution

Netanyahu: Trump accepts Palestinian state would remain under Israeli security control

King of Jordan: ‘impossible to reach peace deal without the US’

Minister Bennett: ‘No Palestinian state while I’m in government’

Lieberman: ‘I do not care about a Palestinian state’

Trump’s two-state support draws Palestinian skepticism, right-wing resistance

Corbyn says UK will immediately recognize Palestinian state if he’s elected

Netanyahu meets Egyptian president – ‘the two stressed the importance of renewing cease-fire talks with Hamas.’

Trump says Palestinians will “absolutely” come to the negotiating table — because he cut their aid

Palestinian Official Denies Abbas Rejected Netanyahu Meeting: Israelis Should Cease Blame Game

Cornered by US and Israel, Abbas could pull the plug on Gaza – and start a war

PA reportedly arrests dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank

Argentine leader asks UN to remember attacks on Jewish sites

More Than 6,000 pro-Israel Evangelicals to March in Annual Jerusalem Parade

PM boycotts UNESCO anti-Semitism event, confirms Israel will leave organization

As Syrian troops return to Golan, Israel ready to reopen crossing to UN staff

Netanyahu: Trump gave me guarantees about freedom of Israeli operations in Syria

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Continue Syria Operations to Prevent Iranian Entrenchment

Russia denies it spurned Israeli bid to send officials to discuss downed plane

Trump claims credit for stopping assault on Syria’s Idlib

Trump at UN Security Council: Syria’s Butchery Is Enabled by Russia, Iran

Rouhani says Iran will stay in Syria, wants to avoid conflict with US

Iran says Israel will ‘regret’ further attacks on Syria

US said to pull Patriot air-defense systems from Mideast as threats shift

Kuwait calls US decision to remove missile systems “routine”

Two Arrested in Denmark for Trying to Supply Islamic State With Drones

Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State

Islamic State threatens Iran with more attacks

Macron: UNSC has to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons

Trump tells Security Council: US will ensure Iran never acquires nuclear bomb

Trump: Iran used nuclear deal funds to become ‘world’s leading terror sponsor’

Iran’s president predicts US will eventually rejoin nuclear deal

Trump: US to pursue additional sanctions against Iran

Iran Says U.S. ‘Abused’ Security Council, Is ‘Further Isolated’

May calls for global cooperation at UN and chides Trump over Iran

Laughter at Trump speech a sign of U.S. isolation, Iran guards chief says

Nikki Haley to Fox News: World Leaders Laughed at Trump Out of ‘Respect’

Iran says Trump should stop interfering in Middle East if he wants cheap oil

Iranian Rial Hits Record Low Against the Dollar

Rouhani says Iran does not wish to go to war with US forces in the region

Kuwait: Houthi militias threaten international borders with Iran missiles

Talk of U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Suddenly Gains Traction

Pompeo to visit North Korea next month to set up summit

China won’t let U.S. Navy ship dock in Hong Kong amid trade tensions

US sends B-52 bombers ripping through the contested South China Sea twice in less than a week as tensions soar

Trump claims China ‘attempting to interfere’ in U.S. midterm elections

Ex-Google employee warns of ‘disturbing’ China plans

Google dodges questions about China during Senate privacy hearing

Amazon, AT&T, Google push Congress to pass online privacy bill to preempt stronger California law

The billionaire LA Times owner calls social media the ‘cancer of our time’

India’s Top Court Rules Massive Biometric Identity Database Legal—With Restrictions

TV Networks Gear Up for Kavanaugh Hearing Frenzy

Trump spars with reporters over Kavanaugh accusers

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford offers Senate four people who corroborate her assault claims

Full transcript: Christine Blasey Ford’s opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Ahead of pivotal Senate hearing, witnesses surface to say Christine Ford may have mistaken them for Kavanaugh

Second Kavanaugh accuser in standoff with committee over terms to come forward

White House is open to testimony from 2nd Kavanaugh accuser, Trump spokeswoman says

Third Kavanaugh Accuser Alleges Trump Nominee Targeted Girls for ‘Gang Rape’

Avenatti releases graphic Kavanaugh allegations, calls for new delay

Kavanaugh calls new allegations against him ‘ridiculous’ and from ‘Twilight Zone’

Kavanaugh chaos: Democrats are sinking the #MeToo movement in politics. Can it survive?

What Role Is George Soros Playing in Anti-Kavanaugh Protests?

Trump may choose to shut down the government this weekend over his border wall demands

Stocks reverse gains to close lower as the Fed raises interest rates a third time in 2018

As Debt Rises, the Government Will Soon Spend More on Interest Than on the Military

Wealth Of Top 1% Surpasses $100 Trillion: More Than Global GDP And All Central Bank Balance Sheets

Executives are selling off their company’s stock at a record pace

Why Are So Many People Talking About The Potential For A Stock Market Crash In October?

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits East of the South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Methoni, Greece

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Langsa, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near San Isidro, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Dangerous Super Typhoon Trami may slam into Japan this weekend

Tropical Storm Kirk reemerges, strengthens in Atlantic, forecasters say

After Florence, South Carolinians brace for record flooding – Rivers swollen from the hurricane could spill over

Climate Change Is Causing Earth to Wobble on Its Axis, NASA Says

Suicides in the US are up, says CDC official

Health care data hacks are on the rise

Number of babies born with syphilis has more than doubled since 2013

FDA Contract to Buy Aborted Baby Parts for ‘Humanized Mice’ Terminated After Pro-Life Outrage

‘We are together’: Drag queens draw standing-room crowd at Wichita library

Vatican-China Deal Is ‘Betrayal’ to Millions of Christians, Critics Warn


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Over A Half Million Students to Celebrate Free Speech by Participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day Oct. 4 — Bible Gateway Blog

More than 500,000 students from across the United States are expected to participate in the Bring Your Bible to School (@BringYourBible) movement on Thursday, Oct. 4. The annual student-led event, now in its fifth year, provides a unique opportunity for young people to share about their faith by highlighting its source: the Bible. Throughout the day, children and teens will share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #BringYourBible.

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Though the First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees students the right to discuss their beliefs and read the Bible at school, many feel unspoken pressure to remain silent about their faith. Others report overt efforts to silence them from presenting their biblically based viewpoints in class discussions or assignments.

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“For countless kids and teens, faith is at the center of everything they do. But when it comes to sharing the joy and peace they find through reading the Bible, some young people fear the consequences of doing so at school,” says Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. “Fortunately, our Founding Fathers foresaw the need to guarantee individuals the ability to express their beliefs, and that’s exactly what students who participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day every year are celebrating.”

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Buy your copy of Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayThis year, Focus on the Family is partnering with Sadie Robertson, honorary chair of the 2018 Bring Your Bible to School Day event. Through her New York Times bestselling books and her Live Original Tour, Robertson shares her heart for empowering this generation to boldly walk in the freedom of who they were created to be in Christ. Robertson, who starred in A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” shares, “The Bible has gotten me through everything in my life. I want students to know they can freely live out their faith at school.”

Individuals who sign up to participate for Bring Your Bible to School Day at BringYourBible.org will have a chance to win a free trip for four to meet Sadie Robertson in person.

Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is again partnering with Focus on the Family to offer students free legal representation if their rights are violated at school.

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Courage to Speak

Buy your copy of Self-Guided Tour of the Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayWhile Focus on the Family is the sponsor of the event, it’s children and teens like Isabella, age 13, a public school student in Minnesota, who lead it. About 20 students joined Isabella for the event at her school last year. “This is a new thing for me because at our school, it’s not normal to see kids praying or doing that type of stuff. People keep it to themselves if they do pray. So this is a very public thing for us to do.”

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Ethan, a 16-year-old student in Colorado, said Bring Your Bible to School Day opened up the opportunity to have more conversations about God with his friends. “You don’t know the person you’re sitting next to,” he said. “You don’t know their past, you don’t know what they’ve been through. Maybe they’re in a cry of desperation to try and find some hope, and it just so happens to be that day where you actually bring your Bible to school and they start asking you questions.” Ethan said he wants to share the hope of God’s love that he read about in the Bible—because it was that love that helped him survive the loss of his father to a drug addiction. “I’ve had a lot more people ask me questions about my faith and what I believe. It’s opened up a lot of opportunities for ongoing conversations.”

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Other elementary kids shared how they organized a bilingual #BringYourBible event at their school.

Students can find more information, including the official video and stories from students and parents, at BringYourBible.org, where they can also sign up to participate and get free, downloadable guides. Elementary, teen and pastor/parent versions are available.

Students can also follow “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official hashtag is #BringYourBible.

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September 27 Daily Help

AND he is full of truth. True have his promises been; not one has failed. I want none beside him. In life he is my life, and in death he shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in sickness he makes my bed; in darkness he is my star, and in brightness he is my sun; He is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and he shall be the new corn of the host when they come to Canaan. Jesus is to me all grace and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and of truth and grace he is full, infinitely full. My soul, this day, bless with all thy might “the only Begotten.”[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 274). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Why do people ‘hate’ Beth Moore? What’s the problem with Beth Moore? — Christian Research Network

“People with sound doctrine don’t tend to support uniting with and promoting heretical word of faith teaching.”

(Hetrodox Research Initiative)  SUMMARY: People with sound doctrine don’t tend to support uniting with and promoting word of faith and prosperity gospel heretical teaching. You simply can not trust the doctrine, theology, and teaching of someone who promotes and partners with heretical false teachers. There are much better sources to get your teaching from than Beth Moore. You don’t need to be a cessationist to have problems with Beth Moore.

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Many in attempts to answer these questions end up getting bogged down in the continuist vs. cessationist debate. I’m going to avoid that topic, and prove you don’t need to be a cessationist to have concerns and problems with the teaching and ministry of Beth Moore.

Continuists who believe tongues and prophecy are still active today can have real concerns with Beth Moore. (By the way, this isn’t about hating Beth Moore. I chose the title for the search engines.)

Beth Moore in 2016 joined word of faith teacher Joyce Meyer at her Love Life Women’s Conference. Source Archived Source 2

That is more than a simple friendship with someone. Moore is partnering with someone and lending her credibility and support to her ministry. View article →

Research:

Word of Faith

via Why do people ‘hate’ Beth Moore? What’s the problem with Beth Moore? — Christian Research Network

Is There A Decent Democrat Left In America? — Christian Research Network

“As Chuck Schumer and his army of elected flying monkeys attack Kavanaugh and Republicans with absurd and obvious lies, not one Democrat has stepped up to say enough. No one has come forward to say the presumption of innocence is fundamentally American, and Judge Kavanaugh deserves it, politics be damned.  None.”

(Derek Hunter – Townhall)  The attempted character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has brought out the worst in Democrats, every Democrat, everywhere. They’ve convicted a good and decent man of things he wasn’t even falsely accused of, so desperate are progressives to stop someone who believes the Constitution means what it says from sitting on the Supreme Court. …

From elected officials to unelected Democrats with media credentials, the last two weeks have exposed the Democratic Party as a gaggle of guttersnipes willing to destroy a man for the “crime” of disagreeing with them politically. After watching this unfold, you really have to wonder one thing: Is there a single decent, honest Democrat left in the United States?

The circus Democratic Senators created surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination should serve as a scarlet letter on every single one of them for the rest of their lives and should stain the buildings they’ll fund in their states with our tax dollars with will bare their names. It’s a disgrace.

Accusations that would get laughed out of any court in the land before they got in the door are treated as if they were carved into stone tablets by a burning bush by these charlatans. And now the entrance of Creepy Porn Lawyer with bogus allegations of serial gang rape at parties in the early 80s where no one ever said a word, yet people still voluntarily attended. It’s so stupid it’s funny.

The worst of the worst, at least among those not employed by major newspapers or CNN and MSNBC, are Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kirsten Gillibrand from New York. Each, on several occasions, have said things about Judge Kananaugh that would get them sued for their net worth and more if they’d said it about anyone not a public figure. View article →

via Is There A Decent Democrat Left In America? — Christian Research Network

September 27, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ex 34:5–7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


34:6 The Hebrew verb translated passed (’abar, “to cross over”) is the same verb that describes Abram’s journey through the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:6). The name Hebrew is probably derived from this verb. Here the word speaks of the “movement” of the Lord before Moses. As the Lord moved by Moses, He proclaimed the meaning of His name Yahweh (Ex. 3:14, 15), revealing His gracious character in an unforgettable manner. Indeed, this verse is the foundation for understanding the character of the Lord. The words merciful and gracious convey the idea of “overwhelmingly gracious.” long-suffering: The idea of the Hebrew idiom is that God is very slow to anger. In our idiom, we would say He has “a very long fuse.” The Hebrew word for goodness means “loyal love”; the word for truth means “faithfulness,” “truth,” and “constancy.” When the Gospel of John introduces Jesus as the Word, there is celebration of the fact that He is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17). In this way John echoes the words of this passage. To see Jesus is to see the Father! (John 1:18).[1]


34:6–7 The Lord’s proclamation of his name and the declaration of his character becomes a central confessional passage for the OT (e.g., see Neh. 9:17, 31; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; Jonah 4:2; Joel 2:13). This confession describes the Lord’s gracious character in preserving Israel as a whole for the sake of God’s overall purpose and in sparing those individuals who look to him in true faith (e.g., see note on Ps. 32:1–5). Moses will argue these very words back to the Lord when he intercedes for the people after their rebellion following the spies’ report on Canaan (see Num. 14:18–19). The description emphasizes the merciful and gracious character of the Lord (see Ex. 33:19), whose steadfast love and forgiveness extends to thousands (probably of generations, cf. Deut. 7:9; and note on Ex. 20:5–6) in contrast to the few generations upon whom he visits iniquity. Moses will appeal to Israel’s need for the Lord’s gracious and merciful presence so that he might forgive them and take them as his inheritance (see 34:9). On visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, see notes on 20:5–6 and Deut. 5:9–10.[2]


34:6 Yahweh passed over before him In passing, God—whose name Moses already knew (3:14)—calls out His name, Yahweh, along with a list of attributes in accordance with 33:19–23.

Yahweh told Moses that He would place him in a cleft in the rock and then shelter him with His own hand so that Moses would not see His presence (panim in Hebrew, which may be literally rendered as “face”). Yahweh would then remove His hand once He had passed by Moses so that Moses could see His back (33:23). The biblical writers use the language of anthropomorphism and embodiment when referring to God as having a face or a hand.

Yahweh, Yahweh In Hebrew, the first use of the divine name Yahweh can be the subject of the verb “to proclaim.” The result is the rendering, “Yahweh proclaimed, ‘Yahweh, the compassionate and gracious God’”—which creates the impression that Yahweh is using the third-person voice to refer to himself. Either way is consistent with 33:19.

compassionate and gracious The attributes listed here emphasize God’s benevolent character. These characteristics explain why—despite Israel’s apostasy with the golden calf (ch. 32) and the breaking of the covenant (32:19)—God will forgive and renew the covenant in this chapter.

loyal love The Hebrew term used here, chesed, is directly associated with God’s covenant love for Israel and is frequently paired with the Hebrew word emeth (which may be rendered as “faithfulness”). Used together, these words convey God’s reliability to fulfil His promises. See note on 15:13.[3]


34:6, 7 This description of God is foundational for later Israelite piety (Num. 14:18; Neh. 9:17; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jon. 4:2; Nah. 1:3). God’s mercy is still proclaimed toward Israel despite her dismal failure (Hos. 11:8).

34:6 abounding in steadfast love. “Steadfast love” here translates the Hebrew term (ḥesed) denoting God’s covenant faithfulness and devotion to His people (15:13 note). Because of God’s love and faithfulness, He will not abandon His people, but dwell among them in His tabernacle.[4]


34:6, 7 Jewish scholars look to these verses as a key statement of the attributes of God. There is a remarkable balance between forgiveness and punishment which defines Yahweh’s character in terms of “righteous love.” No man can sin and hurt only himself. There are always extended relationships which are affected.[5]


34:5–7 Rather than providing a new visual description (in contrast with chaps. 3; 13–14; 19–20; 24), the account of the Lord’s display of his glory this time offers his list of a series of invisible qualities. The Lord has the capacity to be compassionate and gracious, to be slow to anger, and to forgive, in addition to exacting punishment (cp. Nm 14:18; Neh 9:17; Ps 86:15; 103:6–14; 145:8; Jl 2:13–14; Jnh 4:2; Nah 1:3).[6]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 144). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 200). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ex 34:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 144). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[5] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ex 34:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Coover-Cox, D. G. (2017). Exodus. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 145). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

September 27 Fulfilling the Law

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:9

The key to obeying the law of God is love. When we love others, we will automatically obey the law. You won’t commit adultery if you love someone. That’s because love doesn’t defile others or steal purity. Only lust and selfishness do that. If you love someone, your love renders useless the command not to kill. I don’t need to be reminded not to kill people if I love them. When you love someone, you won’t steal from him either. Therefore you don’t need to be told not to steal. Nor will you covet what someone else has when you love him.

Love doesn’t replace the law; it fulfills the law. Through love, you can fulfill God’s love.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 292). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Justice in Society — Founders Ministries

With the recent discussions about social justice on social media and blogs, I submit that the dispute is not about whether Christians should seek justice in society but what kind of justice they should seek. While there may be a historic Fundamentalist impulse which says that Christians should simply preach the gospel and pray for the conversion of souls, ignoring the injustices that take place in society, I am not aware of anyone in this current discussion who is advocating that view. The question at hand is “What constitutes biblical justice in society?” Here are some of the Bible’s categories of justice in society.

The Moral Law of God

The Apostle Paul says, “For when the Gentiles who do not have the law by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them” (Rom 2:14-15). Note that all human beings “by nature” have the “work of the law” written on their hearts. What law is Paul talking about? He is thinking of moral law, as summarized in the Ten Commandments because he mentions “stealing” and “adultery” in Romans 2:21-22.

God punished pagan societies for violating His moral law, showing that all societies are held accountable for lawlessness. Even pagans know “by nature” (Rom 2:14) not to steal, murder, lie, etc. Old Testament prophets condemned non-Israelite nations for their violations of His moral law (Isa 13-23; Jer 46-51; Ezek 25-32; Amos 1-2; Obadiah; Jonah, Nahum). Clearly, God is concerned with lawless injustices in human society.

The point is that God’s standard of moral law, reflective of the image of God, planted within human nature, further expounded in His Word, and most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, should be the final Christian standard for justice in society.

It is unfair, and even tyrannical, for Christians to adopt any non-Christian definitions of justice and impose them upon others. To do so would be a violation of Christian liberty, which says that we are free from the doctrines and commandments of men. The Bible says, “Where there is no law, there is no transgression” (Rom 4:15; cf. 3:20; 5:13; 1 Jn 3:4). To insist that people are guilty of sin (or injustice) without citing the law that has been breached, and clear evidence for its breach, is to impose a foreign standard upon others, violate Christian liberty, and threaten the unity of the Church.

The Need for Sufficient Evidence of Injustice

Biblical justice requires more than mere allegations of lawlessness. It requires more than a feeling or sense that an injustice has taken place. One person’s allegation of injustice is indeed evidence, but it is insufficient evidence by itself. Justice requires that all allegations be corroborated, examined against the known facts, and evaluated for consistency, because human beings are sinful, and they lie (Rom 1:29).

Scripture teaches that there must be two or three consistent witnesses of any given instance of sin, never just one witness (Deut 19:15; Matt 18:15-16; Jn 8:17-18). Of course, when the Bible speaks of multiple witnesses, it certainly means to accept any other clear proof or evidence of sin. Pictures, recordings, emails, forensic evidence, etc., are all strong witnesses in their own right. Any sort of evidence should be accepted as a witness to prove an injustice.

But the Scripture also warns against accepting only one human witness (Num 35:30), inconsistent testimonies (Mk 14:55-59), false witnesses (Gen 29:12-14; Ps 35:11; Matt 26:59), as well as hearsay, speculations and opinions (Job 32:3).

In short, true biblical justice in society requires sufficient evidence of alleged violations of God’s law. This standard requires that all allegations be heard and investigated, but it also requires the presumption of innocence until there is sufficient evidence to prove otherwise.

Adjudication by Human Authority

Finally, the Bible teaches that there are appropriate venues in which to evaluate the evidence of injustice and to mete out just penalties. The Word of God establishes human authority, partly for the adjudication of injustice. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.” Titus 3:1 says, “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities.” 1 Peter 2:13 says, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution.” Scripture teaches: husbands have authority in their homes (Eph 5:22); parents have authority to raise their children (Eph 6:1); pastors have authority in churches (Heb 13:17); and civil magistrates have authority in society (Rom 13:4-5).

God established human authorities to advocate for those who are injured by the sinful actions of others. Paul tells us that the purpose of civil government is to be “an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Rom 13:4). True justice involves careful due process. The role of authorities is to examine and cross examine the witnesses, evaluate the available evidence, and compare it to the standard of just law (which must be consistent with God’s moral law). Then the authorities are to make a judgment on whether an injustice has taken place and assign appropriate penalties. Authorities that fail to administer justice to the oppressed are acting sinfully against their divine purpose.

To be clear, the Bible never gives authorities the right to violate God’s moral law or coerce others through sinful means. God never gives absolute power to human authorities. Human authorities are always accountable to the transcendent moral law of God, which stands above them. If authorities violate just biblical law, then they should be held accountable by other human authorities. Specifically, society should be structured in such a way that no human authority is absolute, but the oppressed always have recourse to another human authority that has the power to hold them accountable. Horrible systemic injustices occur when authorities cannot be held accountable for their violations of God’s moral law. But God is a just judge who will bring full and final justice when Christ returns.

Psalm 72:1-4 speaks of a just king, the higher human authority, whose righteousness is expressed by crushing the oppressor (the human powers who use sinful coercion to serve themselves). This righteous King is ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, all righteous authorities follow His example:

“Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!”

On the other hand, the Bible warns against popular uprisings and mob justice. Scripture warns, “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many so as to pervert justice, nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit” (Exod 23:1-3). Note that these verses say it is wrong to side with a mob and show partiality to the poor, just as it would be wrong to show partiality to the rich (Jas 2). In the Old Covenant, God provided “cities of refuge” (Num 35) as safe harbor from vigilantes, until suspects could stand trial for their actions.

Christians disagree as to whether there is ever a place for revolution and uprising against human authorities, when injustice is pervasive and cannot be corrected through the established authorities. John Calvin’s view was that mob justice is never permissible, but that in cases of severe and systemic injustice, people may follow lesser magistrates in order to obtain justice over the greater magistrates.

The Question of the Extent and Limitations of Power for Each Human Authority

Christians legitimately disagree about which institutions should enforce and adjudicate which violations of God’s moral commandments. This is a disagreement about institutional callings and division of responsibility among the various human authorities.

I submit that one fruitful area of discourse among Christians who differ about “justice in society” may have to do with the callings and responsibilities of the various human authority structures.

For example, Christians all agree that children are to honor their parents (5th commandment), and when children don’t honor their parents, they should be corrected and trained. But I’ve never met a Christian who believes that it is the government’s responsibility to correct and train their children. The home is the sphere of authority for the training of children (Eph 6:1-4).

There are other areas, however, where Christians disagree about the responsibilities of human authority. For example, Christians disagree about whether the government should punish blasphemy (1st commandment). As a Baptist, I don’t believe that God gives (non-Israelite) civil governments that power (Jn 18:36). Theonomic reconstructionists, who have a different hermenuetic, tend to say that He does (Lev 24:10-16). Christians all agree that government should punish thieves (8th commandment). They disagree, however, about whether the Bible gives the governmentthe authority to tax the rich and give to the poor (the positive side of the 8th commandment, Eph 5:28). Some Christians believe the government has that power. Other Christians would say the Bible teaches that individual Christians and churches are to give to the poor voluntarily, but never under coercion of any kind (2 Cor 8:1-15).

Furthermore, Christians disagree about the role of the institutional church in seeking justice in society through political means. That is, they disagree about the relationship between the church sphere and the civil sphere. Historically, Baptists have held that while individual Christians should seek to accomplish justice in society through their particular callings, as they have opportunity, the pastors of a local church should only spend their time administering the means of grace and doing pastoral ministry (Acts 2:42; 6:2; 20:18-28), which includes preaching against social evils. But local churches, and their pastors, should not lobby congress, organize rallies, etc., and lead political mobilization to accomplish justice in the civil sphere. On the other hand, some Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Anglicans may believe that the institutional church, along with her pastors, should directly engage the civil sphere on issues of justice.

Thus, there is room for disagreement and discussion among Christians about what constitutes biblical justice in society.

Conclusion

The current dispute among evangelicals regarding matters of “justice” is not a question of whether Christians should seek biblical justice in society. I know of no one who is saying that Christians should simply remain silent and passive when injustices take place or that Christians should put their heads in the sand and simply pray and do evangelism. Scripture is clear that all faithful Christians are required to pray for and advocate for true biblical justice in society.

Justice in Society — Founders Ministries

WATCH: Juanita Broaddrick Explains Why She’s in DC and Supporting Kavanaugh — The Gateway Pundit

Juanita Broaddrick is in DC Thursday to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh and spoke to the Gateway Pundit about why. 

Broaddrick explained that she is here to make the hypocrisy clear about the lack of concern for her allegations against former President Bill Clinton versus the lesser claims against Kavanaugh.

When asked why she is supporting Kavanaugh, she stated that it is just terrible how he has been treated.

Broaddrick has been the most vocal woman to accuse former President Bill Clinton of rape. Now in her 70s, the former Arkansas beauty queen has long claimed that she was raped by the then-governor in 1978. She has very publicly detailed him ripping off her nylons, raping her, and biting her so hard that he nearly ripped her lip off.

The Democratic Party has long ignored her pleas for justice.

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WATCH: Juanita Broaddrick Explains Why She’s in DC and Supporting Kavanaugh — The Gateway Pundit

September 27 The Spirit Unveils the New Covenant

“Whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”

2 Corinthians 3:15–16

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One of the most important truths the Holy Spirit unveils for us is the glory of the New Covenant.

The Old Testament contains many veiled statements, types, prophecies, and parables. The Israelites didn’t understand most of those things because the Old Testament didn’t have plainness of speech. Its glory was veiled and was even described as fading away (2 Cor. 3:13–14).

In contrast to the Old Covenant, the present New Covenant age is characterized by the clarity of all the key doctrinal and practical passages in the New Testament. This progress from the veiled glory of the previous era to the unveiled glory of the present era occurred when the Holy Spirit came in the Book of Acts. All that God wants us to know and do is clearly brought into focus now because of the teaching ministry of the indwelling Spirit.

The Spirit guides and enlightens New Covenant believers as they read and study God’s Word. Therefore, there is no longer any need, for example, to unscramble the pictures and prophecies regarding Christ. Thus Paul can say, “We use great plainness of speech” (2 Cor. 3:12, kjv). He goes on to say in verses 17–18, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Those verses describe the essence of the Christian life: becoming like Jesus Christ. The only way to do that is to know well the unveiled glory of the New Covenant and allow the Holy Spirit to change you more and more into the Savior’s image.

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Suggestions for Prayer: As you go through this day, ask the Lord to remind you often of the glory, clarity, and freedom you have under the New Covenant. ✧ Pray that all your actions would reflect this truth.

For Further Study: Hebrews 8 begins a discussion and outline of the superiority of the New Covenant. Read this chapter, and record what it says are differences and improvements from the Old to the New Covenant. ✧ Who mediates the New Covenant?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

These women are hired guns!

None of these Kavanaugh accusers is remotely believable. This is a Democrat con game.

The despicable charges leveled against Judge Kavanaugh since he performed so brilliantly throughout the Judiciary Committee hearings are so patently false that it would be amusing to watch the Democrats support and defend the accusers if this were not so deadly serious – for Brett Kavanaugh, for his family, and for the country.  We know from Brian Fallon, a Hillary Clinton operative, that the left has planned to destroy any person Trump nominates to the Court.  One has to wonder what the left’s strategy would be had he nominated Amy Coney Barrett.  Perhaps leftists would have reported that she had worked her way through college as a stripper or a prostitute.  One thing is certain: they would have pulled out every sleazy trick in their playbook to see that she was not confirmed, either.

This is who the Democrats are these days.  They will go to any lengths, no matter how seedy or illegal or fabricated, to ruin the people they fear.  Whom do they fear?  Good, honest men like Brett Kavanaugh.  People they cannot manipulate, bribe, or threaten to do their bidding. 
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/these_women_are_hired_guns.html

September 27 John 3:16—The World

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.—John 3:16

John 3:16 is undoubtedly the most familiar and beloved verse in all of Scripture. The first thing you notice is God’s motive for giving Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 9:15)—because He loved the evil, sinful world of fallen humanity. There was nothing in man that attracted God’s love. Rather He loved because He sovereignly determined to do so.

It is important to note that “world” is a nonspecific term for humanity in a general sense. The statement in verse 17, “that the world might be saved through Him,” proves that it does not mean everyone who has ever lived, since all will not be saved. Verse 16 cannot be teaching universal salvation, since the context promises that unbelievers will perish in eternal judgment (vv. 16–18). Our Lord is saying that for all in the world there is only one Savior (1 John 2:2), but only those who are regenerated by the Spirit and who believe in His gospel will receive salvation and eternal life through Him.

Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:19, used “world” in a similar way: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” The reason God was reconciling the world to Himself is that the world has no other reconciler. That not all will believe and be reconciled is clear from Paul’s plea in verse 20: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

ASK YOURSELF

How else might you respond to someone who believes that “a loving God would not send anyone to hell” and therefore everyone will be saved in the end? What does this probably tell you about the person making this claim?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 279). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Thursday Briefing Sept 27, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

How a fundamental breakdown in our political system led to this moment in American history

What Christians should watch for during today’s Kavanaugh hearings

Worldview issues abound when looking at this year’s most closely contested Congressional races

Throwback Thursday ~ 8 Unbiblical Notions Christian Women Need to Be Set Free From

Michelle Lesley

Originally published June 2, 2017

Your recent article on prayer really helped me. I was always taught that prayer was a two-way conversation. For years, I would talk to God and wait for Him to talk back to me, but He never did. I thought it was because there was unknown sin in my life, or that I didn’t have enough faith, or that God just wasn’t interested in me. It’s so freeing to know the truth.

Comments like this from readers are always bittersweet for me. It makes me practically giddy to hear from Christian women who have been set free from false doctrines they’ve been taught, but it also grieves me deeply to reflect on the years they spent thinking they were somehow deficient as Christians or doubting God’s love for them simply because they were taught, and believed, unbiblical notions and ideas.

Let’s see if we can…

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What Does a Seared Conscience Look like?

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata
This essay first appeared on The End Time in January 2014.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,”
(1 Timothy 4:1-2).

What does a seared conscience look like? Like this:

Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!” And he said, “If the Lord will not help you, how shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the winepress?” And the king asked her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son and ate him. And on…

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