Daily Archives: October 2, 2018

OCTOBER 2 UNWILLING TO YIELD

Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead.

Romans 6:13

I know there are people who hear me preach regularly who will never consider changing their way of living. They will go “underground” before they will do that!

Our situation is not an isolated case. There are millions of men and women with an understanding of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who are still not willing to receive and commit themselves to Him whom the very angels and stars and rivers receive. They hesitate and they delay because they know God is asking the abdication of their own selfish little kingdom and interests.

This is the tragedy of mankind, my brethren! We have rejected Him from our lives because we must have our own way. But until Jesus Christ is sincerely received, there can be no knowledge of salvation, nor any understanding of the things of God.

The little, selfish, sinful man rejects the Son of God. While he is still enumerating the things he deserves, the Son of God stands outside.

My brethren, I repeat: This is the great tragedy of mankind!

Dear Lord, we all know of some people in our lives who are aware of the truth of the gospel but who choose to live apart from God. I pray that Your Spirit will cause each of these people to feel an overwhelming sense of dread concerning their future destiny.[1]


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

Tim Keller Tells Christians How to Vote, Says Jesus ‘Lost Power’ on Cross — Pulpit & Pen

Tim Keller writes in nuanced language. But in his latest column in the New York Times, the incarnation of the intellectual think-tank of the American religious left (as embodied in Tim Keller) has a simple message: Christians shouldn’t vote straight-line Republican. Projecting himself as above politics, the man who has asserted more times than I have fingers that he is greatly influenced by the Frankfurt School of Marxism, wants evangelicals to know that they should vote for both parties, and that both the Democratic National Convention and the Grand Old Party are equally as virtuous. His goal is simple, and that is to get as many evangelicals as possible to vote Democratic in the upcoming 2018 election, shifting the longtime tradition of evangelicals forming a politically conservative voting block.

Keller, who is more a political ideologue than a theologian, gathered several months ago with other Marxists and leftists to strategize on how to pull as many evangelicals to the political left as possible before the next election. We wrote about that in the post, Marxist Brain Trust Gathers at Wheaton to Discuss Moving Evangelicals Left. Any naivety that Keller’s New York Times column is just a simple exhortation for Christians not to be beholden to a single political party (as some claim) should be betrayed by his lifelong allegiance to Marxist theory and his April meeting with evangelicals where they strategized ways to make evangelicals vote Democrat.

Keller writes in the New York Times:

The Bible shows believers as holding important posts in pagan governments — think of Joseph and Daniel in the Old Testament. Christians should be involved politically as a way of loving our neighbors, whether they believe as we do or not. To work for better public schools or for a justice system not weighted against the poor or to end racial segregation requires political engagement. Christians have done these things in the past and should continue to do so.

Of course, there is not an inkling of Scriptural data to suggest that either Daniel or Joseph had any social agenda whatsoever, least of which was working “for better public schools.” And while a justice system should not be weighted toward the rich, it should also not be weighted toward the poor, which is precisely the goal of Marxists like Keller. Regarding our current supposed need to end racial segregation, one wonders exactly what institution in America still lacks integration, except for perhaps jazz music and professional hockey. Of what is Keller speaking?

Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one.

While it is true that no single political party is synonymous with the Christian Church and no single political party can claim to exclusively represent Christian values (there are lots of smaller political parties, like the Constitutionalist Party, for example, that purport to have a Judeo-Christian worldview), it is unfair to say that some political parties don’t better represent Christianity than others. While the current POTUS is certainly an adulterer, whore-monger, and a profane man with no semblance of Christianity about him, the reality is that the opposition party is a declared enemy against God and stands starkly opposed to virtually every single issue of importance to evangelicals. There is nothing remotely Christian about the DNC, from platform to politicians. A whole host of Republican politicians may very well be as personally wicked as Democratic politicians (although I doubt it), there is no doubt that one party’s platform is a literal checklist of the things that God detests.

Criminalizing abortion and putting to death abortion doctors and abortive parents is a social justice issue that all Christians should get behind, but abortion remains the holy blood sacrament of the Democratic Party. Their inclusion and mandated-celebration of the LGBTQXYZLMNOP agenda leaves us believing the DNC should change their headquarters to Sodom. The DNC’s systemic oppression of people of faith and their fascist-like opposition to our rights of conscience on matters ranging from health care to gay wedding cakes should be categorically rejected by anyone who believes in Soul Liberty. Their intentional removal of language referring to Christ from the public square should ring out to us as evidence of the depravity of their heart.

If the Republican Party can be considered “worldly,” the Democratic Party should be considered as hell itself.

Another reason not to align the Christian faith with one party is that most political positions are not matters of biblical command but of practical wisdom. This does not mean that the church can never speak on social, economic and political realities, because the Bible often does. Racism is a sin, violating the second of the two great commandments of Jesus, to “love your neighbor.” The biblical commands to lift up the poor and to defend the rights of the oppressed are moral imperatives for believers. For individual Christians to speak out against egregious violations of these moral requirements is not optional.

Right. So, we should stop murdering infants in their mothers’ womb.

 I know of a man from Mississippi who was a conservative Republican and a traditional Presbyterian. He visited the Scottish Highlands and found the churches there as strict and as orthodox as he had hoped. No one so much as turned on a television on a Sunday. Everyone memorized catechisms and Scripture. But one day he discovered that the Scottish Christian friends he admired were (in his view) socialists. Their understanding of government economic policy and the state’s responsibilities was by his lights very left-wing, yet also grounded in their Christian convictions. He returned to the United States not more politically liberal but, in his words, “humbled and chastened.” He realized that thoughtful Christians, all trying to obey God’s call, could reasonably appear at different places on the political spectrum, with loyalties to different political strategies.

This is Keller’s point…be more politically liberal. It’s okay. Nevermind that socialism has always been a great enemy of theism and Marxism is responsible for the death of 100 million people in the 20th Century. Nevermind that socialism has never proven itself a friend of “human flourishing” and has only led to the starvation and oppression of the masses.

This emphasis on package deals puts pressure on Christians in politics. For example, following both the Bible and the early church, Christians should be committed to racial justice and the poor, but also to the understanding that sex is only for marriage and for nurturing family. One of those views seems liberal and the other looks oppressively conservative. The historical Christian positions on social issues do not fit into contemporary political alignments.

What Keller is espousing here is the Christian Democrat and Communitarian philosophy of Russell Moore. The idea is that Cultural Marxism and Critical Race Theory and dismantling sovereign borders through illegal immigration are inherently Christian ideas. Those of this philosophy are Marxists, both culturally and economically, but maintain a (supposed) Biblical ethic on human sexuality. We’ve seen how much these evanjellyfish have defended traditional marriage and asserted the sinfulness of Same Sex Attraction, which is not at all. Amazingly, abortion seems to have become a complete non-issue to Keller.

The Gospel gives us the resources to love people who reject both our beliefs and us personally. Christians should think of how God rescued them. He did it not by taking power but by coming to earth, losing glory and power, serving and dying on a cross. How did Jesus save? Not with a sword but with nails in his hands.

This is actually heresy. Jesus did not “lose” power or “glory.” That is called kenosis, and I addressed it in my podcast here. Jesus lost none of his divinity in the cross, not the least of which was his omnipotence.

False gospel. False preacher. False Christian.

Tim Keller Tells Christians How to Vote, Says Jesus ‘Lost Power’ on Cross — Pulpit & Pen

OCTOBER 2 NOTHING CAN HINDER GOD

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

—1 Peter 4:16

The essence of spiritual worship is to love supremely, to trust confidently, to pray without ceasing and to seek to be Christlike and holy and to do all the good we can for Christ’s sake. How impossible for anyone to hinder that kind of “practice.” As soon as our normal churchgoing religion is interdicted by government decree or made for the time impossible by circumstances, we can retire to the sanctuary of our own hearts and worship God acceptably till He sees fit to change the circumstances and allow us to resume the outward practice of our faith. But the fire has not gone out on the altar of our heart in the meantime and we have learned the sweet secret of submission and trust, a lesson we could not have learned any other way.

If we find ourselves irked by external hindrances, be sure we are victims of our own self-will. Nothing can hinder the heart that is fully surrendered and quietly trusting, because nothing can hinder God. ROR148-149

Lord, I know that nothing can hinder the worship of my heart except the coldness of my heart! May I remain “fully surrendered and quietly trusting.” Find me faithful today, I pray. Amen. [1]


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

President Trump on Kavanaugh: ‘It’s a Very Scary Situation Where You’re Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Donald Trump defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying that “it’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

President Trump spoke to the press Tuesday before leaving for Philadelphia.

The President defended Judge Kavanaugh, calling him “an outstanding person” who’s being “very brutally treated.”

Trump also noted that it’s a “scary time for young men.”

“It is a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House.

Discussing the allegations against Kavanaugh, Trump spoke out about the presumption of guilt that the judge has been dealing with.

“It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Trump said. “That is a very, very difficult standard.”

When asked if he had anything to say to young women, Trump stated that “Women are doing great.”

via President Trump on Kavanaugh: ‘It’s a Very Scary Situation Where You’re Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Kavanaugh Accuser’s Recollection May Stem from False Memory, Suggests Psychology Professor — Christian Research Network

 

Mather explained how a concept called the “availability heuristic” helps explain part of the phenomenon of false memories.  “The availability heuristic allows us to kind of base our belief in the confidence of what we’re retrieving on how easily we recalled it.”

(Michele Blood – LifeZette) Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (shown above right; Ford is at left) could stem from a false memory, Dr. Robert Mather told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Monday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“There’s volumes of research that show, going back to [Dr. Elizabeth] Loftus’ work, that you can implant memories in children, such as being lost in the mall,” said Mather, who is a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Cognitive psychologist and University of California, Irvine professor Elizabeth Loftus is a respected pioneer in false memory research.

She has studied the phenomenon for decades.

“Sometimes people are very, very certain and wrong,” Loftus told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in a recent interview, which Yahoo News published late last week. View article →

via Kavanaugh Accuser’s Recollection May Stem from False Memory, Suggests Psychology Professor — Christian Research Network

Kavanaugh Carnival Continues: Exposing Ford’s Paper On “Creating Artificial Memories”

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

The carnival continues with interesting twists such as Ford’s paper about using self-hypnosis to create memories

The Federalist reports Kavanaugh Accuser Co-Authored Study Citing Use of Hypnosis to Retrieve Memories.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape in the 1980’s, co-authored an academic study that cited the use of hypnosis as a tool to retrieve memories in traumatized patients. The academic paper, entitled “Meditation With Yoga, Group Therapy With Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-Term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial,” described the results of a study the tested the efficacy of certain treatments on 46 depressed individuals. The study was published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology in May 2008.

While the paper by Ford and several other co-authors focused on whether various therapeutic techniques, including hypnosis, alleviate depression, it also discussed the therapeutic use of hypnosis to “assist in the retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to assist in treatment.

Ford’s paper cited a controversial 1964 paper on the use of hypnosis to treat alcoholics and claimed that “hypnosis could be used to improve rapport in the therapeutic relationship, assist in the retrieval of important memories, and create artificial situations that would permit the client to express ego-dystonic emotions in a safe manner.” The study by Ford and her co-authors also used “self-hypnosis” to help treat their randomized sample of patients.

The 2004 text by Spiegel and Spiegel referenced by Ford and her fellow researchers discusses in detail the use of hypnotism, and even self-hypnotism, to recover memories from traumatic episodes.

“Remember that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis,” the authors of the referenced 2004 text on hypnotism wrote. “[T]herefore, therapists are only tapping into their patients’ natural ability to enter trance state.”

The authors noted that hypnosis as a means of recovering traumatic memories could also lead to the “contamination” of those memories.

“Patients are highly suggestible and easily subject to memory contamination,” they noted.

Source: Kavanaugh Carnival Continues: Exposing Ford’s Paper On “Creating Artificial Memories”

Hillary’s Fingerprints are All Over Kavanaugh Inquisition

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Is a picture worth a thousand words?
In this case it might be worth more.

A closer look at the woman behind Hillary Clinton reveals that it might be Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz.

Very interesting.

The photo was taken at a 2016 campaign benefit hosted by Anti-Trumper Cher, according to Dr. Eowyn of Fellowship of the Minds.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign on August 21, rabid anti-Trumper Cher hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at the Pilgrim Monument & Museum in Provincetown, Cape Cod.

The fundraiser, attended by a cheering crowd of about 1,000 useful idiots, netted $1.5 million for Hillary’s campaign coffers. (Cape Cod Times)”

Let’s pause for a moment to give the leftists at Snopes a chance for  a rebuttal. The above photo was originally posted by TMZ and they have since retracted.

Snopes explains, “Although the woman behind Hillary Clinton in this photograph may bare a passing resemblance to Debra Katz, the pictured woman is actually Clinton’s official campaign photographer, Barbara Kinney.

Hundreds of Chinese Christian Schoolchildren Forced to Declare They Follow ‘No Religion’ — Faithwire

Some 300 schoolchildren in the overtly Christian Zhejiang province have been forced to fill out a form declaring that they do not follow any religion.

Myanmar: Communist Rebels Detain Pastors and Shave Their Heads, Destroy Churches

A “trusted source” told Christian persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor (WWM) that it is very normal for parents to fill in a questionnaire that asks them about their child’s religion, but that having to falsely declare that they do not follow Jesus is unheard of.

“In this case,  the children were handed a questionnaire in class about faith, which is not normal,” the source explained, adding prying for more information on the kids appears to be part of a new initiative “to identify Christians and give them pressure of one sort or another.”

“Children in this part of China would write ‘Christian’ because of 1) their innocence and 2) they come from families of fervent believers who do not compromise their faith,” the source added. However, following this, the teacher demanded that each child specify on their form that they follow “No religion.”

Despite many of the kids choosing to keep their first answer of “Christian,” after numerous warnings, all but one of the students changed to “no religion.”

“It seems teachers recently were tasked with pressuring children by separating them from the other students to ‘counsel’ or talk to them sternly about the ‘consequences’ of talking about being a Christian believer at school, urging them to write “No religion” on their questionnaire,” the WWM source explained.

“This is for the child’s sake and to limit any growth of Christianity amongst young people through evangelism or simply becoming known as the ones who could answer questions other pupils may have about Christianity.””

Indeed, these are not empty threats put forward by government-swayed educational staff. If students fail to comply and are bold to declare their faith, they will likely forfeit any opportunity to, for example, become a class representative. In more severe cases, they may not even obtain their leaving certificate upon graduating from school, making it difficult for the student to gain admission to a university.

Indeed, the persecution can go even further than that for young followers of Jesus. Every choice the child makes with relation to their official religious status is recorded on their “file.” These are then held by government officials on a permanent basis. Thus, an out-of-line answer may result in hampered employment opportunities. “Of course these are all hypothetical scenarios and would be determined largely by the level of involvement of the individual school, its teachers and principals,” the source qualified.

“But generally the sense is one of bias against Christians.”

Do continue to pray for Christians across China, and the persecuted Church across the world.

(H/T: World Watch Monitor)

via Hundreds of Chinese Christian Schoolchildren Forced to Declare They Follow ‘No Religion’ — Faithwire

Crooked Hillary Cackles Over Kavanaugh’s Claim Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him Are ‘Revenge on Behalf of Clintons’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Crooked Hillary broke out into a shrill cackle on Tuesday when she was asked about Brett Kavanaugh’s claim that the sexual assault allegations brought against him were ‘revenge on behalf of the Clintons.’

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg asked Hillary about Brett Kavanaugh’s claims as the audience laughed.

“It deserves a lot of laughter,” Hillary said, cackling. “I thought it was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation.”

“I told someone later…they give us a lot of credit. Thirty-six years ago, we started this against him?”

VIDEO:

Of course this is a political hit by the Clintons. Hillary Clinton is angry that Trump is stacking the Supreme Court with Justices, not herself.

Furthermore, when Hillary Clinton was First Lady, her husband, then-President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjuring himself about having “sexual relations” with a very young White House intern–Monica Lewinsky.

Hillary even vowed to fight Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.

In June, Hillary promoted a radical left-wing organization called ‘Demand Justice’ as a new group her pac, Onward Together would be teaming up with to fight President Trump’s MAGA agenda.

“This whole two week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election–fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record–revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” Judge Kavanaugh said in a hearing last Thursday.

The sexual assault smears against Kavanaugh have Hillary’s fingerprints all over it.

via Crooked Hillary Cackles Over Kavanaugh’s Claim Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him Are ‘Revenge on Behalf of Clintons’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

October 2 Daily Help

POOR souls! forget not the present Saviour, who bids you look unto him and be saved. He could heal you at once, but you prefer to wait for an angel and a wonder. To trust him is a sure way to every blessing, and he is worthy of the most implicit confidence; but unbelief makes you prefer the cold porches of Bethesda to the warm bosom of his love. O that the Lord may turn his eye upon the multitudes who are in this case to-day; may he forgive the slights which they have put upon his divine power, and call them by that sweet constraining voice, to rise from the bed of despair, and in the energy of faith take up their bed and walk.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 279). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

10/02/2018 — Wretched

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•Canada kicks God out of Christian Schools
•Tim Challies’ trip to India
•Was William Carey a Social Justice Warrior?
•Are there Apostles today? Justin Peters answers
•9 things you should know about Bethel Church
•11 Signs you have a guardian Angel; Not sure if it’s satire
•Alistair Begg explains why we need the New Birth
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October 2, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Monday touted a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a win for U.S. workers while investors breathed a sigh of relief that the key pillars of NAFTA had survived his hardball strategy to reshape global commerce.

The number of U.S. diplomats in Syria has doubled as Islamic State militants near a military defeat, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday.

With oil prices hitting fresh four-year highs, long-dormant proposals to allow the United States to sue OPEC nations are getting a fresh look in Congress, though they were once considered a longshot to becoming law.

Toyota, Nissan and Mazda welcomed on Tuesday the revised North America trade deal that left Japanese automakers unscathed but they may face a bumpy ride when Washington and Tokyo hold new talks on over $40 billion of annual U.S. auto imports from Japan.

France seized assets belonging to Iran’s intelligence services and two Iranian nationals in response to a June plot to attack an exiled Iranian opposition group’s rally outside Paris, the government said on Tuesday.

More than 20,000 policemen, firemen, border and prison guards gathered on Tuesday in Warsaw to decry “outrageous” working conditions and demand pay rises, in what they described as the biggest protest in Polish police history.

Amazon.com said on Tuesday it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for U.S. employees from next month, seeking to head off criticism of working conditions at the world’s second most valuable company.

Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said.

A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for breakthroughs in laser technology that have turned light beams into precision tools for everything from eye surgery to micro-machining. They include the first female physics prize winner in 55 years.

AP Top Stories

he Trump administration will no longer provide visas for same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. officials serving in the U.S., a policy that went into effect Oct. 1. Only if a same-sex couple is married will the spouse be eligible for a visa, but that could prove problematic for some, as the majority of the world’s countries do not recognize same-sex marriages.

The number of North Koreans fleeing to South Korea has declined significantly since Kim Jong-un came to power in Pyongyang, with human rights groups saying security crackdowns on the border with China and the rising prices being demanded by brokers for safe passage are putting many would-be defectors off.

Pope Francis opens a month-long meeting of bishops on engaging young Catholics as his church is again under fire for the way it covered up for priests who raped and molested young people.

Violeta Chamorro, Nicaragua’s first female president, was hospitalized on Monday and placed in intensive care after an apparent stroke, her family said.

Chile’s Roman Catholic Church was criticized by victims’ groups on Monday as having “poor judgment” and being arrogant after it apologized for a manual published on the website of Santiago’s archbishop instructing priests and other Church workers not to “touch the genitals of” or “sleep with” children.

The U.S. military said it had killed nine militants in an air strike in southern Somalia this week during a battle between U.S. and Somali government troops and al Shabaab Islamist fighters.

U.S. plane maker Boeing and Brazil’s Embraer are in talks to set up an assembly line to build KC-390 military cargo jets in the United States, Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico reported.

About 400 guns have been stolen from a UPS facility in Memphis, Tennessee, and authorities are concerned about the theft’s potential effect on public safety in this city and elsewhere.

BBC

The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,347, disaster response officials said. The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previously confirmed figure of 844.

A cancer-stricken former soldier who battled to the top of an Afghan mountain treating wounded troops has won the highest US military award. President Trump presented him with the Medal of Honor. The former staff sergeant left the military in 2011 to join the US Secret Service.

A new species of hummingbird has been spotted and identified in Ecuador by a multinational team of ornithologists.

Brazilian Maya Gabeira has set a new Guinness World Record by successfully riding the largest wave ever surfed by a female surfer. She tackled the 68ft wave in Portugal in January.

All couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to have a civil partnership rather than get married, Theresa May has announced. The move will give mixed-sex couples and their families the option of greater security, the government said.

WND

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is beginning to enforce federal work requirements mandating all able-bodied adults to work 20 hours a week to receive food stamps after three months.

A gun raffle for a Georgia high school soccer team has drawn criticism from former students. Some former students of Dodge County High School are bothered after learning through Facebook that 30 guns were being raffled in September to benefit the soccer team, the Telegraph of Macon reported. An organizer of the raffle said they are trying to raise money to help with uniforms and feed kids on out-of-town trips.


News – 10/2/2018

Where is the FBI Investigation of Blasey-Ford?
If we’re going to rake the good Judge Brett Kavanaugh over the coals on a never-ending basis and require background checks (of him) by the FBI over and over again (until presumably it finds something to nail on him), should we not—at least—require a background check on his accuser? There are more and more articles showing Ms. Blasey-Ford’s family connections to the CIA (and logically to John Brennan) coming out.

“Hillary Said So”: Iran Quotes WikiLeaks At U.N. To Prove Saudis Are State Sponsors Of Terror
The Iranian ambassador supported his case by appealing to a specific WikiLeaks email: “Everybody knows that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism in a very blatant and widespread manner,” he said. In a shock statement before his UN audience, he added, “in the framework of WikiLeaks in 2009, Hillary Clinton is said to have stated that Saudi Arabia is the greatest donor to terrorist groups around the world.” He was referencing a 2009 intelligence memo released as part of Clinton’s emails…

Obama Doesn’t List Ellison Among Endorsements in Minnesota Races
Obama didn’t list embattled Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison (D.) among his endorsements in election races on Monday.

Pope Defrocks Chile’s Most Notorious Pedophile Cleric
Pope Francis invoked his authority to defrock Rev. Fernando Karadima, the most prolific clerical abuser of children in Chile to date. The Vatican did not announce any new evidence that led to the decision, though the move came shortly after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused the pontiff yet again of covering up sex abuse allegations.

First direct brain-to-brain “social network” is a true meeting of minds
The internet has made it easy for groups to collaborate from pretty much anywhere, but this experimental brain-to-brain “social network” could be the
beginning of a whole new ballgame. The new system, dubbed BrainNet, was tested by wiring three test subjects up to machines that let them send
messages to each other using just their brainwaves. Using these systems, one brain can modulate its electrical signals to implant messages directly
into another brain.

IAEA ignores Netanyahu’s demands for Iran nuclear inspection
Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call to inspect Iran’s nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency fired back in a statement…saying that they use all relevant information available and do not take any information at face value. “All information obtained, including from third parties, is subject to rigorous review and assessed together with other available information to arrive at an independent assessment based on the Agency’s own expertise,” the statement said.

Russian General: Syrian side of Quneitra crossing ready to be opened
Syria is ready to re-open the Quneitra border crossing with Israel, Deputy Commander of the Russian Forces in Syria Lt.-Gen. Sergei Kuralenko announced Tuesday. “The border crossing is ready for opening and to start operating. This comes due to a great effort carried out by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic with the assistance of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” Kuralenko was quoted by Russia’s TASS News Agency as saying.

Bolivia sea dispute: UN rules in Chile’s favour
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled against Bolivia in its dispute with neighbouring Chile over access to the Pacific Ocean – a feud dating back to the late 19th Century. Landlocked Bolivia lost access to the sea in 1884 after a war with Chile and has tried to regain it ever since. The court said Chile was not obliged to negotiate granting Bolivia access.

South China Sea: Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course
A Chinese warship has forced an American destroyer to change course in the South China Sea by sailing close to it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner, the US Navy says. The USS Decatur was sailing past the Gaven and Johnson reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands, which China claims. The Luyang destroyer “approached within 45 yards [41m] of Decatur’s bow”, Commander Nat Christensen said.

Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 Customs fine
Travellers who refuse to hand over their phone or laptop passwords to Customs officials can now be slapped with a $5000 fine. The Customs and Excise Act 2018 – which comes into effect today – sets guidelines around how Customs can carry out “digital strip-searches”. Previously, Customs could stop anyone at the border and demand to see their electronic devices. However, the law did not specify that people had to also provide a password.

Gaza night protests step up months of anti-Israel unrest
It’s nearly 10:00 pm when young Palestinian men begin banging drums and chanting songs, while others attach incendiary devices to balloons — all closely watched by Israeli snipers on the border. For six months, Palestinians have gathered regularly along the fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel for often violent daylight demonstrations against Israeli policies. But in recent weeks they have deployed a new tactic: “night confusion units”.

Indonesian Earthquake-Tsunami Flattened This Small Island, Death Toll Rises To 800
More than 800 people have died in Indonesia after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated portions of the string of islands, The Associated Press reported Monday morning.

Official: Indonesian Earthquake Tsunami Was 20 Feet High
The massive tsunami created by the earthquake the Indonesian city of Palu was 20 feet high, according to an official.

Iran launches ‘DEATH TO AMERICA’ Missiles in a Nighttime Strike
Iran has launched a barrage of missiles with the inscription ‘Death To America’ written on the fuselage, according to reports.

The UN Migration Pact will erase national all borders and ram Islamic refugees down country’s throats regardless of support for it
Adopting the current comprehensive migration pact currently under discussion in the United Nations would be the worst possible step when it comes to tackling the challenge of migration, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said at a session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

WW3 RED ALERT: Argentina stages their biggest mock invasion of the Falkland Islands in decades, infuriating the U.K.
ARGENTINA has staged a mock invasion of the Falkland Islands, government sources have revealed. And last night Gen Julian Thompson, who led British land forces during the Falklands conflict, suggested Argentina could strike in the event of a Labour government because, “It’s unlikely Jeremy Corbyn would use military force to defend the islands”.

More Than 50 Colleges Endorsing The First Ever Holiday Of Zieselves, Xerselves, Eirselves
More than 50 colleges are endorsing the inaugural International Pronouns Day on Oct. 17 to “make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace.”

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of mind control research “creating artificial realities”
In another stunning bombshell about the hoax accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, we’ve now learned and confirmed that Christine Blasey Ford co-authored a science paper that involves her carrying out mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of a mind control program that cites methods to “create artificial situations.”

Robert de Niro Linked to Child Sex Trafficking Ring According to Court
…The files of clients’ names seized by the police are said to include many well-known members of the sports and show-business jet-set on both sides of the Atlantic. The only names to emerge so far are De Niro, Fibak and the French film producer, Alain Sarde.

65 year-old Swedish woman jailed for criticizing Islam in stunning court ruling – a new and terrifying era has dawned in Europe
In March, the district court acquitted the woman who was prosecuted for hate speech comments made on Facebook. She had criticised Islam and wrote that “the IQ level in Sweden will fall as a result of immigration”.

CHUTZPAH: Abbas Tells UN That ‘Palestinians’ Have Been Angels, It’s All Israel’s Fault
Like a child caught red-handed in a mischievous act, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was eager to blame someone else, anyone else.

Archbishop Viganó: Pope ‘Compared Me to Great Accuser, Satan’ for Exposing Corruption
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said Pope Francis “put in place a subtle slander” against him by comparing him to “the great accuser, Satan” in a homily, according to an open letter released by LifeSiteNews which is dated Sept. 29 but was released Sept. 27.

Antifa’s New Blend In And Attack Strategy
Social Media would protect us all from questioning the narrative, but when it comes to fueling the violence of the left their supposed terms of service banning violent hate speech don’t exist. As a case in point, look at communist podcast host Dr. Bones who tweeted, “Hey quick little question for military minded lefties: should leftists train/organize in a ‘insurgent’ focus…for potential attacks or a more ‘militia’ structure focused on holding/maintaining turf?”

Chinese Company to Use Face Recognition to Detect Underage Gamers
A Chinese company is planning to use facial recognition technology to detect minors attempting to play its video games.

Theologian: God Will ‘Raise up Others’ If Church Leadership Cannot Fix Sex Abuse
A prominent Catholic priest and theologian has published a sobering essay, insisting that if Pope Francis and the Church’s bishops are unwilling or unable to tackle the clerical sex abuse crisis, God will intervene in another way.

Trump Admin Sues After California Adopts Net-Neutrality Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill reinstating Obama-era open-internet rules in the state, and the Justice Department responded almost immediately with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law.

A Breach by Unknown Attackers? No! Government Reach…into Your Data
Fifty million users’ Facebook accounts have been breached? Ridiculous. That kind of a scale points a finger toward one possible “actor” (as they label themselves, now), and that actor is a government. A “State Actor.” This is the deal. US laws can be easily circumvented by a foreign power that is given the authority to act on behalf of the United States. Many in-depth articles have been circulating regarding the “Five Eyes.” These are the five nations of the U.S., Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. See the “common ground?”

California Governor Rejects Bill Mandating Abortion Pills On College Campuses
California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a bill Sunday that would mandate college campuses to offer abortion pills, calling it unnecessary.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Jackie Alnor – Metamorphosis of the Universal Church in Our Time

The Emergent Church’s War on the Word

‘LGBTQ’ Activists at ‘Devoted’ Youth Pastor Conference

I Know Adam And Eve; I’ve Seen Them Personally – Bishop Daniel Obinim

God Has Been Using Racehorses To Speak to Mark Taylor About Plans To Execute Democrats

Pastor Gets 7 Years for Sexual Assault, Sex With Youth Group Members

Christian Wrestling Gets National Stage on Now Network

Did Jesus Perform Miracles? Half of British Adults Say No; Only 1 in 10 Back Literal Bible Accounts


Headlines – 10/2/2018

Trump cuts to coexistence efforts will cause ‘long-term damage,’ NGO head warns

Trump administration praises Obama-era Israel aid package upon launch

UNRWA evacuates most international staff from Gaza to Israel amid death threats

Gaza night protests step up months of anti-Israel unrest

93 Palestinians injured as Gaza flotilla intercepted at sea

IDF spy drone crashes in Gaza area, prompting search

Malaysian PM Calls Jews ‘Hook-nosed,’ Responsible for Troubles in the Middle East

Lebanon FM gives diplomats tour aimed at disproving Netanyahu’s missile claims

Lebanese president rejects PM’s claims on Hezbollah missile facilities in Beirut

Netanyahu: Hezbollah ‘brazenly lying’ to world about weapons sites

UN Nuclear Watchdog Rebuffs Netanyahu on Iran: ‘Our Independence Is Paramount’

Netanyahu slams ‘ridiculous’ Iran effort to tie Israel to attack at parade

Germany’s best-selling paper calls for end of Iran trade to protect Israel

Iranian ballistic programme is a threat, says French defence minister

France freezes Iranian assets over Paris bomb plot said thwarted by Mossad

Turkey orders 417 detained in money-laundering probe linked to US-based Iranians

Iran state media: Alleged secret nuclear site is a scrap metal recycling center

Al Arabiya cameras film suspicious Iranian ship in Red Sea near Yemen’s coast

Family of Iran cleric: Revolutionary Guards hid explosives in Hajj pilgrim bags

Syria FM says Iran coordinated its ballistic missile strikes

Syrian FM says Iran’s missile strikes in eastern Syria ‘legitimate’

Syria says shot down over third of missiles fired by Israel in Latakia attack

Iran launches missiles at Syria, but message is aimed at U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia

New USA goal in Syria: Iranian retreat

Russia using world’s largest military planes to deliver S-300 system to Syria

Syrian rebels reject Russia presence in planned demilitarized zone

Erdogan: We will continue to seek solution with Syrian people, not Syrian govt

Erdogan urges Turks to report price hikes, says government will raid stores

Suicide bomb targets Italian army trainers in Somali capital

Chinese warship came within 45 yards of USS Decatur in South China Sea: US

North, South Korea begin removing landmines along fortified border

Seoul: North Korea has 20-60 nuclear weapons

Massive Election Rallies Reflect Deep Divisions in Brazil

Venezuela: nearly 2m people have fled country since 2015, UN says

OPEC ‘powerless to prevent’ oil prices jumping toward $100 a barrel this year

Dow rises nearly 200 points after the US and Canada strike a deal to replace NAFTA

Trump: Trade deal returns US to ‘manufacturing powerhouse’

This bull market run has echoes of the late 1920s, Nobel Prize-winning economist Shiller says

In FY 2018: Debt Up $1,271,158,167,127; Feds Borrowed $8,172 Per Every American With a Job

Democrats’ new tack: Go hard after Kavanaugh’s credibility

Mutual friend of Kavanaugh, Deborah Ramirez reportedly turns over text messages to FBI

Text messages suggest Kavanaugh wanted to refute accuser’s claim before it became public

Police questioned Kavanaugh after bar fight in 1985

White House slams ‘ridiculous’ NYT report on Kavanaugh’s college ice-throwing incident

Trump defends Kavanaugh, but notes ‘difficulty’ with alcohol

Ex-boyfriend says Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick threatened to kill his unborn child, ‘was exaggerating everything’

White House authorizes FBI to expand Kavanaugh investigation: report

McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote ‘this week’

McConnell unloads on Senate Dems amid Kavanaugh probe: ‘Their goalposts keep shifting, but their goal hasn’t moved an inch’

Grassley taunts Bernie Sanders in salty response to Kavanaugh probe letter

Trump, Defending Kavanaugh, Accuses Senate Democrats of Hypocrisy and Dishonesty

Trump slams Senate Democrats over Kavanaugh nomination, claims he saw one unidentified senator in ‘somewhat compromising’ situations

‘We’ve Seen This Before’: Liberal Group Ties Kavanaugh to Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton in New Ad

Far-left cartoonist accused of targeting Kavanaugh’s 10-year-old daughter in vicious cartoon

Red-state Dems face nightmare scenario on Kavanaugh

Lindsey Graham: If Kavanaugh vote fails, Trump should re-nominate him before midterms, ‘appeal the case to the American people’

Georgetown professor says white GOP senators ‘deserve miserable deaths’ after Kavanaugh hearing

Kavanaugh allegations trigger angry, anxious response from Republican men – Many say they are now seen as guilty until proven innocent

DFL will refer Ellison allegation to law enforcement after internal investigation can’t substantiate

Las Vegas shooting: One year later, hundreds of videos traumatize some survivors

“Digital Strip-Searches”: New Zealand travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 Customs fine

India’s Biometric ID System Has Led To Starvation For Some Poor, Advocates Say

Glimpse: How Electronic Tattoos Will Change The World – And Ourselves

Researchers recommend ‘no-selfie zones’ to prevent tourist accidents

Indonesia clamps down on looting as quake-tsunami toll reaches 1,234

Indonesian Quake and Tsunami… Wave Reached 20 Feet High

See how the Palu earthquake shifted the landscape then washed away the shore

Indonesia Earthquake Liquefied the Ground, How Did That Happen?

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi Satu, Indonesia

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi, Indonesia

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi Satu, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi Satu, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kasiguncu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi Satu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

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

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Japan hit by unseasonal high temperatures after Typhoon Trami leaves four dead and hundreds hurt

Massive blackout continues after Typhoon Trami

Japan, South Korea on alert for Super Typhoon Kong-rey

Tropical Storm Rosa Fueling a Flood Threat in Southwestern United States As It Heads for Baja California Landfall

Meet The Weird Fruit That Could Soon Become as Common as a Strawberry Thanks to CRISPR Genome Editing

‘Brain-eating amoeba’ kills 29-year-old; CDC testing Texas pool for parasite

Health officials ‘very worried’ as African swine fever spreads in Europe and Asia


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Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The Good:
The slow killing of congregational singing.  Yes, I’ve witnessed this so much over the years.
A Christian can not be pro-abortion and adhere the Christian faith.
Good article explaining the cult of Scientology.
The Gospel is described throughout the New Testament, moreso than you’d think.
An interesting history lesson.
The Bad and/or Ugly

Hillsong is now a denomination.  Just what we need, another cult.
When are Catholics going to wake up and see how demonic their pope is!?! Oh, he really knows how to abuse Scripture to demand governments commit suicide.
Bethel and Bill Johnson: about as aberrant and occultic as it gets.  Good examination of what is wrong with this movement.
Oh, the depths of depravity in the Anglican Church; nothing Christian here!
The social gospel is heresy, plain and simple.
This is the Episcopal Church.  It is not a Christian church; the Episcopal Church long, long ago turned its back on Christ and joined the world against God.
When it comes to sexual abuse in the church, the Mormon church is much like the Roman Catholic Church.
Why is it that Christian colleges have difficulty with standing by God’s teachings on homosexuality? Would they react the same to students who commit adultery or bestiality? Christians should leave these colleges because the colleges are more interested in pleasing man than pleasing God. They have betrayed Christ.
If you want to see just how bad Rachel Held Evans is, read the review of her book, “Inspired.” This page is of chapter four, but it has links to all the previous chapter reviews.  The woman is no more a Christian than was Adolf Hitler. H/T Neil Simpson
And of course there is the current “Christian” media idol, Jen Hatmaker. She is also no more Christian than was Adolf Hitler!
More about Beth Moore — as if you haven’t read enough about her on this blog proving what a horrid teacher she is.
This is an example of what apostasy looks like.
More evidence against Tim Keller; he preaches a Marxist social gospel. Cameron Beuttel explains a lot about Keller’s false ideology.

via Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

RenewAmerica Newsletter for October 2, 2018

October 2, 2018
Alan Keyes says Trump UN speech akin to Babe Ruth’s historic home run
ALAN KEYES — “The ball is going, going, going, high into the center field stands….and it is a home run!” (Tom Manning, calling Game 3 (Yankees vs. Cubs) of the 1932 World Series) Perhaps the most memorable boast in America’s history wasn’t a matter of words. The Cubs bench hooted laughter and derision as Babe Ruth defiantly pointed his finger to warn his opponents and dramatically predict to all the world what was to come. “On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field…. it was said to be one of the greatest home runs in history.”… (more)

October 1, 2018
SELWYN DUKE — There was something curiously missing from Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s Thursday Senate testimony, something quite relevant to her basic claims. Please consider the following segment from her testimony about the alleged (circa) 1982 sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh:… (more)

October 1, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus that I attended in my youth showcased acts like the freak show in which people with all sorts of bizarre physical features would attract millions of morbidly curious wide-eyed visitors.But even Tom Thumb and the Siamese twins, the bearded lady and the dog-faced boy, and the head of Medusa that “turned men into stone” had nothing on the oddities of the 2018 circus that billed itself as the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee’s Hearing to determine if Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s selection for the Supreme Court, is fit for that august position…. (more)

October 1, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg withdrew his nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987 after admitting that he had smoked marijuana several times. President Reagan, who nominated him, was embarrassed by the disclosures. But today’s conservatives, led by the Never-Trumpers, want President Trump to sink or swim with a proud beer-drinking “conservative” nominee that the Washington insiders in the conservative legal establishment foisted on him without adequate vetting…. (more)

October 1, 2018
Lists major problems with accuser’s testimony

October 1, 2018
BLOOMBERG — The U.S. and Canada have agreed on a trade deal that would save the North American Free Trade Agreement as a trilateral bloc, according to three people familiar with the matter…. (more)


September 30, 2018
Scientist, author, filmmakers see advent of creeping totalitarianism
ALICIA POWE — Throughout history, totalitarianism has been associated with storm troopers, blitzkriegs, and superior firepower, but a bestselling author and filmmaker says it’s creeping into American culture, subverting privacy rights, instituting censorship, imposing speech codes, and threatening free elections – – without a government action or a shot being fired…. (more)

September 30, 2018
Deployed in 26 states in 2016 election
WORLDNETDAILY — A decade-old flaw has been discovered that would allow for the hacking of a voting tabulator used to count ballots in more than half of the states. The M650 machine manufactured by Election Systems and Software could be infected with a malicious code, according to a report from the Voting Village at DEF CON, a renowned annual hacking conference…. (more)

September 30, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Actor Matt Damon received some glowing praise for his portrayal of an angry Brett Kavanaugh facing senators’ questions about sexual assault allegations during the cold open of the 44th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC…. (more)


September 30, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Thursday’s explosive hearing pitting sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh surprisingly changed few minds, according to a new survey. The latest YouGov/Economist survey said that the answers given by over 1,000 poll respondents before and after the hearing were largely the same, a sign that political partisanship is more powerful than the testimony…. (more)

September 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump said Friday he found the testimony by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago to be “very compelling,” but added that he’d given no consideration to the idea of nominating someone else. “Not even a little bit,” Trump said…. (more)


September 29, 2018
The assault on Kavanaugh is the playbook for what is planned for Trump
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was approved on an 11-10 party-line vote Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yet his confirmation is not assured. Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, has demanded and gotten as the price of his vote on the floor, a week-long delay. And the GOP Senate has agreed to Democratic demands for a new FBI investigation of all credible charges of sexual abuse against the judge…. (more)

September 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — A nation riveted by the Brett Kavanaugh/Christine Blasey Ford hearings on Thursday translated into big audiences for broadcast and cable TV networks. Six major networks providing coverage of the hearings attracted a total of 20.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The viewership spanned ABC, CBS and NBC, and three 24-hour news channels: Fox News, MSNBC and CNN…. (more)

September 29, 2018
‘He will answer any and all questions posed to him’
WORLDNETDAILY — Brett Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge would be willing to cooperate with an FBI investigation, Judge’s lawyer announced Friday. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) proposed that the FBI probe allegations that the Supreme Court nominee, in Judge’s presence, sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982…. (more)


September 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has agreed to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee later this year over Republican concerns that the company is biased against conservatives, a senior Republican said on Friday…. (more)

September 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Facebook Inc. said it discovered a security breach earlier this week that affected almost 50 million accounts, the latest in a series of missteps that are undermining confidence in the company’s social network and business model…. (more)


September 29, 2018
THE HILL — Video released this week shows construction underway in El Paso, Texas, for a portion of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The video published by the El Paso Times shows construction beginning to replace existing fencing with a wall in Chihuahuita, El Paso’s oldest neighborhood…. (more)

September 29, 2018
ABC — An Orange County judge on Thursday ruled that SB54, California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law, is unconstitutional. The Superior Court judge said the law violates the rights of charter cities. The ruling comes in response to a challenge from Huntington Beach officials. The city opposed the controversial law, arguing it infringes on local governments’ authority. The judge agreed, saying cities must be allowed to police themselves…. (more)

September 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — Tom Hanks in makeup and costume as Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s television show host, appeared for the first time on Thursday, with the Oscar winner wearing the signature Mr. Rogers red sweater, along with a dress shirt and tie, tan slacks, and sneakers…. (more)

September 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump and his aides spent much of Thursday glued to the TV watching Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford testify in a stormy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, with the president believing the nominee survived the decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct and binge drinking…. (more)

September 27, 2018
YOUTUBE — Senator Lindsey Graham accuses Democrats of an ‘unethical sham,’ says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has nothing to apologize for, urges fellow Republicans to vote to confirm Kavanaugh…. (more)

September 27, 2018
YOUTUBE — Judge Brett Kavanaugh responds to allegations… (more)

September 27, 2018
YOUTUBE — At the start of Thursday’s hearing over her sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty.”… (more)

September 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — CNN host Don Lemon said Sen. Ted Cruz, by becoming a public official, had “signed up for” harassment by antifa activists and likened attacking lawmakers in any and every public space to the civil rights movement. In a segment late Tuesday evening with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, who joined Cruz opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke in decrying the attack on Mr. Cruz and wife Heidi at a D.C. restaurant, Mr. Lemon said the activists from Smash Racism DC had no choice…. (more)


September 26, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — The push to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been dogged by one scandal after another. It was supposed to be an easy confirmation process because he knew what to say and how to say it to the liberals. He told them abortion and gay rights were “settled law.” But he offered the left a target-rich environment that has tainted not only his reputation but his Catholic education and the conservative movement…. (more)

 

How Online Predators Find Their Prey

The Internet was supposed to foster an intellectual renaissance. Instead, it’s created a self-centered culture of voyeurism and narcissism. The primary thing people are thinking about is themselves. With the cell phone acting as part of their identity, they let the phone do their thinking for them. Youth have always struggled to use their brains to think. Now cell phones have destroyed their problem-solving abilities. But the threat to our children goes far beyond the physical damage they cause to their brains.

Social media has become a wide-open gate for predators seeking to devour our children. With 81% of teens using social media and 65% of them logging on more than once a day, social media is a virtual smorgasbord for sexual predators. Teens feel free to share personal information on these sites, but they rarely consider privacy settings, the information they display, or the short- and long-term effects of displaying such information. In fact, 69% of teens regularly receive messages online from people they don’t know. And three out of ten teens have been stalked by complete strangers on Facebook.

The US Department of State estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked each year in the US. Of these, 75% were at one point sold online. Here’s how it happens. Traffickers first target their victims using chat rooms. While Instagram and Snapchat are among the most popular for teens, any app or game that has a chat function can be a tool for the pimps to gain access. First, they view profiles and choose their victims. Then they make contact, starting by complimenting them or building false relationships to gain trust. They may offer them opportunities that sound better than their current situation. But here’s the amazing reality: Once the trafficker secures trust, the victim is often trafficked within 24 hours. They move fast. They use abuse through violence, threats, or guilt to gain access. And unlike drugs, traffickers can sell a body to multiple johns every day. This is big business.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, February 2018)

Has the Roman Catholic Church Changed Since the 16th Century? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The Roman Catholic Church has changed since the 16th century. But has it gotten better or worse? In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explains that the need for reformation is far from over.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for a donation of any amount this month only, you can also receive a copy of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, a documentary featuring interviews with R.C. Sproul and several Ligonier Teaching Fellows, on DVD. Offer ends 10/31/18.

Transcript

The Roman Catholic Church has changed since the 16th century. There’s no question about it. And the differences that we had in the 16th century have changed. They’re far greater now than they were in the 16th century. All the Mariological decrees have come since the Reformation. The de fide proclamation of the infallibility of the Pope came since the Protestant Reformation. Things are not getting better; they’re worse. And in the recent Roman Catholic Catechism of the decade of the 90s, all of the essential issues of the 16th-century debate were reaffirmed in that catechism including the treasury of merit, purgatory, indulgences, justification through the sacraments. So when people say that the Reformation is over, they just don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s that simple. They don’t know Roman Catholic theology.

via Has the Roman Catholic Church Changed Since the 16th Century? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

How To Love Jesus More And More

What kind of a question is that? No Mark, I want to love him less. And I want less joy in my life. And while we are at it I’d like a few less blessings.

Often my love for Jesus feels even weaker than my love for opera (no offense opera lovers). I’m sure it’s my ignorance and lack of ability to appreciate the glories of people dressing up like Vikings and singing in Italian. Wait a minute! I’m just kidding. Don’t go filling up the comments section with rebukes. I know opera isn’t really about people dressing up like Vikings and singing in Italian. Opera is about pinball wizards, like in “Tommy” by The Who.

Ever try to light a match on a windy day? Sometimes my love for Jesus feels about as strong as a match flame in a hurricane. I’m not happy about my weak love for Jesus. I take seriously Jesus’ warning to the church of Laodicea about being lukewarm.

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. REV 3:14-19

These words to the church of Laodicea are sobering. We in America live in a prosperous nation. Compared to multitudes in the world we have prospered materially. But we never want to forget how needy we are spiritually. We always need the Lord to fill us with love for him, to keep us from the love of the world. We need Jesus to continually fill us with passion for him and his kingdom.

Jesus said in Luke 10.27:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

I don’t know about you, but I desperately need God’s help to love him in this way. Because I am so easily distracted, I’m so easily drawn to love other things. I want to love the Lord my God with all my heart and soul and strength and mind, but I need him to help me.

And the good news is, Jesus does not command his people to do anything that he will not give them the grace to do if they ask him.

So ask Jesus to give you more love for him. Ask Jesus to help you delight in him and enjoy him and make him your treasure above all other things.

And do not let the weakness of your love for Jesus cause you to despair. For any genuine love for Jesus, even if it’s as small as a mustard seed, is proof that one is born again. Unbelievers don’t love Jesus and don’t care that they don’t love Jesus. Only genuine believers love Jesus and desire to love Jesus more.

Even your desire to love Jesus more pleases him.

What wife wouldn’t be blessed if her husband said, Honey I’m not content with how much I love you. I love you, but I want to love you so much more.

To long to love Jesus more says we recognize he is worthy of our all. That his infinite glory demands infinite love, praise, and worship. That our love for him doesn’t match his worthiness to be loved.

A toddler can’t possibly love her mother the way she should or appreciate all the ways her mother loves her and cares for her. Yet when that child says, “Mommy I love you” that child’s imperfect love brings joy to her mom. So it is with us. When we come to our heavenly Father and tell him we love him, even though we can’t ever fathom his infinitely glory and beauty and majesty, it brings him joy.

Most of us know we’re pretty poor servants of Jesus. We often muddle and stumble along as best we can, like little kids who make a bigger mess trying to help than if the parents had just done it themselves. (How many times has Jesus had to clean up after me). Yet somehow even our feeble, flawed love for him brings a smile to his face.

I’m so grateful Christ bled on the cross for all the imperfections of my bungling love and halting, feeble affection. And grateful that even my match-flame of desire delights him, because he’s the one who lit that fire in my heart, no matter how small it seems.

And rather than focusing continually on our feeble love for the Lord, it is far better to continually focus on his great love for us. God tells us in his word:

We love because he first loved us. 1 JN 4.19

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…1 JN 3.1

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. RO 5.8

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. RO 8.37-39

The best way to start your day is to call to mind his love for you:

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;b
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. LA 3:21-23

So let us focus on God’s incredible love for us, and ask him to keep fanning the flame of our love for him. Here is my hope. I don’t love Jesus as much as I should, but I will. Increasingly. For all eternity.

Jesus, give us more love for you!
— Read on theblazingcenter.com/2018/10/how-to-love-jesus-more-and-more.html

Uranium One: FBI Refuses To Release Three-Dozen Secret Memos Involving Clintons, Russia And Obama

The FBI has refused to declassify 37 pages of materials related to the Uranium One deal, citing national security and the privacy issues, reports The Hill‘s John Solomon. The documents are thought to contain information regarding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s involvement, as well as the Obama administration’s knowledge of the controversial deal.

The existence of the documents became known after a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release of related material contained an entry entitled “Uranium One Transaction.” The publicly available portion includes benign material, such as public letters from members of Congress who demanded information on the Uranium One approval.

Perhaps the FBI’s unexpected “release” — and I use that word loosely, since they gave up no public information of importance — in the FOIA vault was a warning flare designed to remind America there might be evidence worth looking at.

One former U.S. official, who had access to the evidence shared with CFIUS during the Uranium One deal, said this to me: “There is definitely material that would be illuminating to the issues that have been raised. Somebody should fight to make it public.”

That somebody could be President Trump, who could add these 37 pages of now-secret documents to his declassification order he is considering in the Russia case. –The Hill

William Campbell and the FBI 

In October of 2017, John Solomon and Alison Spann broke the story of former CIA and FBI undercover agent, William D Campbell – who remained unnamed until this year. Campbell was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry while Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI – which paid him a $51,000 “thank you” award for his service.

For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell noted in his testimony, which was obtained by this reporter. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information. In the 1990’s I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.” –saracarter.com 

While undercover, Campbell was forced by the Russians (with the FBI’s blessing) to launder large sums of money – which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian “nuclear money laundering apparatus.” Campbell claims to have collected over 5,000 documents along with video evidence of money being stuffed into suitcases, Russians bragging about bribing the West, and millions of dollars routed to the Clinton foundation. 

The evidence was compiled as Secretary Clinton courted Russia for better relations, as her husband former President Clinton collected a $500,000 speech payday in Moscow, and as the Obama administration approved the sale of a U.S. mining company, Uranium One, to Rosatom. –The Hill

Campbell initially discovered that Moscow had compromised an Maryland-based uranium trucking firm, Transport Logistics International (TLI) in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – which bribed a Russian nuclear official in exchange for a contract transport Russian-mined U.S. uranium, including “yellowcake” uranium secured in the Uranium One deal.

Yellowcake uranium

He delivered bribes from TLI in $50,000 increments to Russian nuclear official Vadim Mikerin of Tenex. Under orders from the FBI in order to maintain his cover, Campbell fronted hundreds of thousands of dollars he says he was never reimbursed for. As a result of Campbell’s work, TLI co-president Mark Lambert was charged in an 11-count indictment in connection with the scheme, while Vadim Mikerin, who resides in Maryland, was prosecuted in 2015 and handed a four-year sentence.

Second, Campbell says that Russian nuclear officials revealed a scheme to route millions of dollars to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through lobbying firm ARPCO, which was expected to funnel a portion of its annual $3 million lobbying fee to the charity.

“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.“ –William Campbell

Campbell told Congressional investigators that the Uranium One deal along with billions in other uranium contracts inside the United States during the Obama administration was part of a “Russian uranium dominance strategy” involving Tenex and its American arm Tenem – both subsidiaries of state-owned Russian energy company Rosatom.

“The emails and documents I intercepted during 2010 made clear that Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One – for both its Kazakh and American assets – was part of Russia’s geopolitical strategy to gain leverage in global energy markets,” he testified.  “I obtained documentary proof that Tenex was helping Rosatom win CFIUS approval, including an October 6, 2010 email …  asking me specifically to help overcome opposition to the Uranium One deal.”

“Rosatom/Tenex threw a party to celebrate, which was widely attended by American nuclear industry officials. At the request of the FBI, I attended and recorded video footage of Tenam’s new offices,” he added.

Officials with APCO – the lobbying firm accused of funneling the money to the Clinton Global Initiative, told The Hill that its support for CGI and its work for Russia were not connected in any way, and involved different divisions of the firm.

What did Obama know?

As Solomon notes, a giant question remains that may be solved by the release of the 37-pages of classified information; what did the Obama administration know about this?

Did the FBI notify then-President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other leaders on the CFIUS board about Rosatom’s dark deeds before the Uranium One sale was approved, or did the bureau drop the ball and fail to alert policymakers?

Neither outcome is particularly comforting. Either the United States, eyes wide open, approved giving uranium assets to a corrupt Russia, or the FBI failed to give the evidence of criminality to the policymakers before such a momentous decision. –The Hill

Campbell says that his FBI handlers assured him that Obama had been briefed by then-FBI Diretor Mueller on Rosatom’s criminal activities as part of the president’s daily briefing, however “politics” was the reason that the sale was approved anyway.

Smearing Campbell

After Solomon broke the Campbell story, Democrats viciously attacked Campbell, a cancer-stricken man showered by praise by the Obama administration at a 2016 celebration dinner in Crystal City, VA. Since his undercover work in Russia, Campbell has undergone 35 intensive radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer and leukemia.

Michael Isikoff

Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News wrote an article slamming Campbell – saying he would be a “disaster” as a witness because some of his claims could not be documented, an anonymous source told Isikoff (Isikoff’s Yahoo News article was used by the FBI to support the FISA spy warrant on Trump aide Carter Page, after Isikoff was fed information by Christopher Steele).

Meanwhile, in a move which can only be interpreted as an effort to protect the FBI, the Obama administration and the Clintons, AG Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein even tried to suggest the nuclear bribery case uncovered by Campbell is not connected to the Uranium One deal.

Via John Solomon last November

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in testimony last week and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a letter to the Senate last month tried to suggest there was no connection between Uranium One and the nuclear bribery case. Their argument was that the criminal charges weren’t filed until 2014, while the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approval of the Uranium One sale occurred in October 2010.” –The Hill 

This rubbed several Congressional GOP the wrong way:

“Attorney General Sessions seemed to say that the bribery, racketeering and money laundering offenses involving Tenex’s Vadim Mikerin occurred after the approval of the Uranium One deal by the Obama administration. But we know that the FBI’s confidential informant was actively compiling incriminating evidence as far back as 2009,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, (R-Fla.) told The Hill, adding “It is hard to fathom how such a transaction could have been approved without the existence of the underlying corruption being disclosed”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a similar rebuke to Rosenstein, saying the deputy attorney general’s first response to the committee “largely missed the point” of the congressional investigations.

Between the DOJ stonewalling Campbell and the MSM smear job he was subjected to after he went public, perhaps it’s more important than ever that those 37 pages see the light of day.

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