Daily Archives: October 12, 2018

OCTOBER 12 LIGHT—AND SHADOWS

Charity suffereth long, and is kind.

1 Corinthians 13:4

A person once called me to ask this question: “Mr. Tozer, do you think a person who is really a Christian can hurt another Christian?”

There is no easy answer—but I had to reply: “Yes, I think so.”

Why is it that a man can be on his knees one day, praying earnestly, and the next day be guilty of offending or injuring another Christian? I think it is because we are halfway between heaven and hell. It is because the light—and the shadows—fall upon us.

The best answer is that we are being saved out of all these contradictions we find in our lifetime. Perhaps on this earth we will never be able to comprehend fully the awful, terrible price the Lord of all beauty paid to gain our redemption—to save His people from the ugliness of sin.

If you do not know Him and worship Him, if you do not long to reside where He is, if you have never known wonder and ecstasy in your soul because of His crucifixion and resurrection, your claim of Christianity has little foundation!

Lord, I know that I hurt some people in the past with the words I used. I can see now that I was immature at that time. Help me to continue to grow in Your grace, Lord.[1]


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

OCTOBER 12 WHERE IS MARY?

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

—Luke 10:39

Today the Christian emphasis falls heavily on the “active” life. People are more concerned with earth than with heaven; they would rather “do something” than to commune with God. The average Christian feels a lot nearer to this world than to the world above. The current vogue favors “Christian action.” The favorite brand of Christianity is that sparked by the man in a hurry, hard-hitting, aggressive and ready with the neat quip. We are neglecting the top side of our souls. The light in the tower burns dimly while we hurry about the grounds below, making a great racket and giving the impression of wonderful devotion to our task….

It is time that we prayerfully test the flavor of present Christianity and compare its spiritual quality with that of the New Testament. I think we shall find the element of mystic worship all but absent from it….

It is to our lasting reproach that we cannot live full, rounded and symmetrical lives, embodying in our redeemed personalities the practical service of Martha and the adoring vision of Mary. We would appear to be unwilling to have both sisters present at once. Just now Martha is all over the premises, but where is Mary? I wish someone would find her soon. TET046-047

Lord, forgive me for neglecting the important aspects of worship and adoration. Quiet my heart as I sit at Jesus’ feet to hear what He has to say to me. Amen. [1]


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

What do you think about all this Satan stuff? (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

This article by CRN managing editor Marsha West was first published  September 21, 2016.

It’s a fact of earthly life that when God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the devil opens the doors of hell to blast us. When God begins moving, the devil fires up all his artillery. — Adrian Rogers

According to a number of Bible scholars, Isaiah 14:12-15 tells the story of Lucifer, an archangel, who fell from God’s grace and became the devil.  Lucifer conspired to make his throne higher than the clouds (he contrived to dethrone God) at which time he was booted out of heaven.

Lucifer is Latin for “morning star” or “light-bearer.” (In 2 Peter 1:19 the “morning star rising in your hearts” is not a reference to Satan.) The way Isaiah describes him is a far cry from the way in which he’s viewed by our culture:

How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.

Many people have heard the story of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman God created.  All humanity is related to this pair.  Adam and Eve came into the world without a sin nature.  Moreover, they were created with a free will.  We learn from the book of Genesis that they made their home in the Garden of Eden. It was into that garden that Satan, often referred to as the wily serpent, came with evil intent.  He found Eve alone and by using lies and deceit convinced her to disregard God’s command to Adam “…you must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for when you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:17) The serpent told Eve that God had withheld knowledge that would give humans hidden wisdom….and make them like God. So Eve threw caution to the wind, disregarded God’s warning, and took a bite out of the fruit.

The serpent was right that God withheld knowledge from them.  The moment she ate of the fruit her eyes were opened…and sin came into the world.  Wanting Adam along for the ride, Eve then offered the fruit to her husband and, without thinking twice, he took her suggestion and ate it.  Instantly, Adam and Eve went from being God-centered to being self-centered.

When God confronted them with what they had done, what did Adam do?  He laid the blame on his wife! “It’s her fault, not mine!” So, by Adam choosing to ignore God’s specific warning, he precipitated what we know of as the “Fall of Man.”

The couple soon learned the consequence of sin — death.  Until sin there was no death.  (2 Cor. 11:3) As a result of the Fall, all human beings are in bondage to sin….and the kingdom of Satan.

Giving Satan’s Whereabouts Some Serious Thought

Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing a strong preaching on the devil.

One said to the other, ‘What do you think about all this Satan stuff?’ 

The other boy replied, ‘Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your Dad.’

What do you think about all the Satan stuff?  Do you believe Satan exists?  If you do, where do you think he hangs out? He must be a regular globe trotter.  Every minute of the day, in every part of the world, exorcisms are performed on people who are supposedly possessed by the devil.  If these exorcisms are indeed legitimate, the implication is that Satan can be in a million places at once.

According to Scripture, Satan is a personal being. Note that Jesus used the personal pronoun when referring to him:

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Logically, Satan can only be in one place at a time.  So I’ve been giving his whereabouts some serious thought.  To me it makes sense that he would be headquartered on Capitol Hill.  I could be mistaken, though.  Perhaps he’s in the Middle East or even Hollywood.  Regardless of where the “liar” resides, you’ve got to admit that some pretty powerful demonic forces are working their wiles on a number of our elected officials.  I mean, think about it; the Left’s diabolical agenda is most certainly influenced by lying spirits.  Who knows?  Perhaps Satan himself influences decisions made by people who run our government, the media…business…education…entertainment and so on.

But I digress.

The Bible contains many references to angels and demons.  To Bible believing Christians like myself, the spirits are very real — a clear and present danger.

Long after I came to faith in Christ, I remained skeptical of Satan and his legions.  After reading the Bible, I came to believe that there are indeed “spiritual forces of evil.” As I pointed out in my introduction, we first meet Satan (the serpent) in Gen. 3:1. He showed up in the Garden of Eden with the intent of tricking Eve into disobeying God. The instant Jesus uttered “It is finished” while hanging from the cross, Satan was defeated. (John 12:31Rom. 16:20Col. 1:13-14Col. 2:151 John 3:8Heb. 2:14-15)  The Revelation of Jesus Christ reminds us that he will get his comeuppance. (Rev. 20:1-3) Without going into the gory details, let’s just say Satan and his demons will be sent spiraling into the abyss where they will cool (or warm) their heals for all eternity.  God’s judgment is final, by the way.  No spirit or human being sentenced to eternal damnation (Mat. 25:46) in the lake of burning sulfur (Rev. 20:10) will get out on good behavior — or for any reason!

But before Satan takes up permanent residence in the place prepared for him and his angels, he’ll remain the “god of this world.” (Cor. 4:4)  Answers.com explains Satan’s influence:

Satan is the major influence on the mind-set expressed by the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people. His areas of influence also encompass the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world are under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions.

Angels were created with a free will.  A number of them exercised their free will when they chose to rebel against God, at which time they were cast out of heaven to Earth.  For thousands of years God has allowed the rebellious spirits to wreak havoc on this planet and they’ve been doing a pretty thorough job of it.

In Eph. 6:12 Paul “outs” mankind’s true enemy:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The Bible defines the struggle as “spiritual warfare.”  Spiritual warfare has been ongoing since the Fall of Man. Satan may have won a multitude of battles but in the end he will be the Big Loser.

A word of warning before I move on.  Evil spirits have supernatural powers that humans do not possess, never will possess, and should not endeavor to possess.  Deceptive spirits have tricked certain people into thinking that they’re endowed with supernatural powers, that they’re the “enlightened ones” (EO).  Allegedly EO’s are a spiritually advanced order of philosophers and peacemakers.  (Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are said to be EO’s.)  They believe they’re here to help usher in a new way of being on the planet.  In other words, they’re here to help humans evolve to a higher plane of existence.  EO’s think they possesses superior intellect and have been given extraordinary insights…some are even magically empowered.  Many EO’s seek guidance from spirits through practicing meditation and yoga.

In Scripture God makes it clear that spirits, including angels, are not to be evoked, called on, invited in, or channeled.  We should never try to connect with spirits and we certainly shouldn’t try to glean information from them.  In fact, Jesus often told the demons to keep quiet!

Christians who are in contact with so-called angels will read this article and get a little testy with me because they see nothing wrong with contacting angels — and they don’t want anyone raining on their parade!  But here’s the thing.  Getting a little wet beats getting struck by a lightning bolt from Above.

God makes it clear that He forbids contacting spirits or consulting mediums for any reason.  In other words, taking part in occult activities is taboo.  (Deut. 18: 10-12) You ask, “Why does God care?”  As I pointed out, the spirits are malevolent.  Likewise, they’re counterfeit…phony…fakes!

One final point.  Many Christians have a misconception of “spiritual warfare.”  Nowhere in Scripture are believers told to go into enemy territory and “cast out” demons.  What should God’s people do to those bad boys?  Paul tells us to be “strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”  Peter admonishes us to, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour…”

Be strong in the Lord!  Resist the devil!  Put on the full armor of God!  When God’s people stand firm in their faith the tempters make tracks.  (To help give Christians an inside look at angels and demons fighting for control of the mind of a back-slidden Christian, read the allegory I wrote on the armor of God here.)

spiritual-warfare-2An All Out Spiritual Battle

Thanks largely to the secularization of America, the culture is becoming darker, more corrupt and perverse every day.  Almost everyone I know has gone through, or is currently going through a trial, including myself. I would go so far as to say that there’s an all out spiritual battle going on for the hearts and minds of men! What’s behind this?  To use Paul’s terminology in Eph. 6:12: rulers, authorities, cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places. In other words, Satan and his minions.

Some who are reading this may think I’ve gone round the bend.  But consider this.  A large number of rational people who resist the idea that Satan exists do believe in angels. Others believe in ghosts and that the ghost is often someone they know such as a deceased loved one.  Moreover, a growing segment of our society believes that extraterrestrials visit this planet.  I could go on, but there’s not enough space to cover all the things people believe.  What’s important to understand is that the infallible, inerrant, God-breathed Word of God says there are forces of good (angels) and evil (demons) that occupy the “heavenly realms” – and even the minds of the unregenerate.

The names alone should be enough to convince us not to mess with the spirits.  The Bible calls the chief of fallen angels Satan, Beelzebub and Belial.  He’s also called the old serpent, our adversary, god of this world, prince of darkness, father of lies, great dragon…enemy…deceiver… murderer…I’ll leave it at that.  Fallen angels are liars (1 Kings 22:22,  23;  2 Chron. 18: 21, 22).  So what’s the point of addressing them?

Demons have nothing but contempt for humans.  And they’re hellbent on destroying God’s entire creation.

Before I close, I should point out that some professing Christians reject the notion of Satan.  And as I said, many people who deny his existence believe there are benevolent angels!  Likewise, they believe in ghosts, fairies, and extraterrestrials!

satan-halloween-costume

Some skeptics think the devil’s a mythological character.  Others say he’s a merely a symbol of evil, still others think of the devil as a sort of caricature.  (Parents who view him that way often dress their children in devil costumes on Halloween.  Most of the costumes are a combination of red and black, with bat-like ears, a long tail with a spear on the end of it and a three-pronged pitchfork.  Some women’s devil costumes are sexy.)

Christians who read and study Scripture are well aware that Satan relishes being thought of as a silly, or sexy, caricature.  Who would fear someone who goes around in red tights sporting a cape and carrying a phony pitchfork. No one takes these sorts of devils seriously.  I mean, why would anyone fear such a goofy-looking creature?

But what we must remember about Satan is that he’s very real and he doesn’t wear a goofy costume.  He comes as one of us.  He “disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Cor 11:14-15) 

Recommended:

Are all angels safe? By Marsha West

Angels, Demons & Spiritual Warfare

Adapted from “American’s All Out Spiritual Battle, Part 1,” 2010 by Marsha West (Part 2Part 3)

Copyright 2016 by Marsha West.

What do you think about all this Satan stuff? (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

80 Percent Of Americans Think Political Correctness Is A National Problem

Contrary to a common media and cultural narrative, majorities of Americans of all ages, income levels, and racial backgrounds strongly oppose political correctnesss.

Source: 80 Percent Of Americans Think Political Correctness Is A National Problem

October 12 Daily Help

COME, O Lord my God; my soul invites thee earnestly, and waits for thee eagerly. Come to me, O Jesus, my well beloved, and plant fresh flowers in my garden, such as I see blooming in such perfection in thy matchless character! Come, O my Father, who art the Husbandman, and deal with me in tby tenderness and prudence! Come, O Holy Spirit, and bedew my whole nature, as the herbs are now moistened with the evening dews. Oh, that God would speak to me! Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth. Oh, that he would walk with me; I am ready to give up my whole heart and mind to him. I am only asking what he delights to give.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 289). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

10/12/2018 — Wretched

WR2018-1012

•How you will know if Justin Peters has been kidnapped
•The problem with depending on extra-biblical revelation
•Did Jesus teach collective guilt?
•A discernment blog doing Satan’s work
•Is seminary necessary for pastors?
•The difference between hyperbole and exaggeration
•Help! My church elder is on his phone all service
•Will A&E attack the church while attacking a cult?
•A God-honoring obituary
•How casual can we be during prayer?
•Temple Merchants and Church bookstores
•Should I provide child care for a homosexual couple?

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via 10/12/2018 — Wretched

‘Living in Orwell’s 1984’ – Alternative voices react to Facebook and Twitter Crackdown

Alternative voices online are incensed after Facebook and Twitter closed down hundreds of political media pages ahead of next month’s crucial midterm elections. Facebook says they broke its spam rules, they say it’s censorship. FULL STORY: https://www.rt.com/usa/441117-facebook-twitter-ban-reacts/ RT LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAcqaNzNSc

War in Syria won’t end while the US remains there – Lavrov to French media

The illegal US presence in Syria is one of the reasons why war there cannot end, especially since Washington is apparently trying to create a quasi-state on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, the Russian foreign minister said.

Source: War in Syria won’t end while the US remains there – Lavrov to French media

Jesus Commands: Trust & Fear Me | Adrian Warnock

Fear and trust sound like opposites. And yet Jesus commands both from us. We are much more comfortable with the idea that we are meant to trust Jesus, so I will start there. View the PDF of this post for ease of printing. 
— Read on www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2018/10/jesus-commands-trust-fear-me/

GOP Seizes On Left’s “Unhinged Mob” Mentality In Viral Video

The GOP message going into midterms just three weeks away is simple; the left is an “unhinged mob” full of “radical Democrats” who shouldn’t be allowed to govern the country.

The mob-mentality began last Saturday after President Trump said that the Democratic resistance to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was an attempt by an “angry mob” to hijack the proceedings “in their quest for power.”

“They threw away and threw aside every notion of fairness, of justice, of decency and of due process,” Trump said of the anti-Kavanaugh efforts. “What he and his wonderful family endured at the hands of Democrats is unthinkable, unthinkable.

Trump then said “On November 6 you will have the chance to stop the radical Democrats — and that’s what they have become.”

To that end, the GOP has crafted an advertisement around the “unhinged mob” theme in a Thursday video which quickly went viral:

Others have created similar videos, such as conservative political consultant, Harlan Hill:

The MSM “resists” 

To combat the phrase “mob” from being attached to leftists, the mainstream media has begun to push back against conservative guests who utter the word. This was immediately picked up on and turned into yet another viral video of reporters telling people not to say “mob” juxtaposed with more of the “unhinged left.”

Inciting the troops

During a Sunday campaign event in Georgia, former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder suggested violence against conservatives; telling the crowd “Michelle [Obama] always says ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them.

Moments later Holder sought to clarify, saying “I don’t mean we do anything inappropriate. We don’t do anything illegal.”

Then in a Tuesday interview, Hillary Clinton rejected the idea that Democrats should be “civil” with Republicans in the age of Donald Trump.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” said Clinton.

Perhaps the GOP messaging campaign is the only reason we didn’t see the same highly organized protests after Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Instead, the left seems to have completely forgotten about their latest hill to die on.

Source: GOP Seizes On Left’s “Unhinged Mob” Mentality In Viral Video

This ‘n’ That for October 12, 2018

  • I like tea. I like mints. I hate abortion. Tea and mints are normal. Abortion is not, and it cannot be “normalized” with tea and mints.
  •  I always appreciate Dr. Michael Kruger’s teaching.
  • This is a great explanation of total depravity, and how the concept is often misapplied among Christians.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (HT to my friend who doesn’t like cats but sent this to me anyway).
  • I mean, it’s fine. We should all be voting early and often anyway, right?
  • Christians need to be part of a local body of believers.
  • Is it weird that I’m excited about this resource?
  • Sloths are slow on purpose!
  • I haven’t listened to this yet, and I missed it when it first happened, but apparently Family Radio, which once broadcast Harold Camping’s heretical teachings, has repented for their perpetuating such damaging teaching and has asked forgiveness. Praise the Lord!
Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether. 
—William Secker

Source: This ‘n’ That

Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should TERRIFY Everyone…

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• The Organic Prepper by Daisy Luther

Yesterday, the alternative media purge was boldly advanced in a coordinated effort to silence people who dissent from establishment views. It’s just one more step toward a monopoly on information by those who hate freedom. At this rate, they’ll soon have unquestioned access to the minds of more than 2 billion people. And this should terrify everyone who wants to be free to question the status quo and to seek a wide range of information.

Hundreds of alternative media site administrators logged onto Facebook to discover that their accounts had been removed. Soon after, many of these sites and their writers found that their Twitter accounts had also been suspended.

Popular pages like The AntiMedia (2.1 million fans), The Free Thought Project (3.1 million fans), Press for Truth (350K fans),  Police the Police (1.9 million fans), Cop Block (1.7 million fans), and Punk Rock Libertarians (125K fans) are just a few of the ones which were unpublished.

Why were these alternative media accounts removed?

The reason given doesn’t really add up.

Facebook told the LA Times that these pages had violated the company’s spam policies.

“Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said in a blog post. “People will only share on Facebook if they feel safe and trust the connections they make here.” (source)

But this isn’t actually what their spam policy says. Here’s the policy.

We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud, and security breaches, all of which detract from people’s ability to share and connect. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to collect likes, followers, or shares.

Do Not:

*Artificially increase distribution for financial gain

*Create or use fake accounts or compromise other people’s accounts to

*Impersonate or pretend to be a business, organization, public figure, or private individual

*Attempt to create connections, create content, or message people

*Restrict access to content by requiring people to like, share, or recommend before viewing

*Encourage likes, shares, or clicks under false pretenses

*Maliciously use login credentials or personally identifiable information by:

*Attempting to gather or share login credentials or personally identifiable information

*Using another person’s login credentials or personally identifiable information

*Promise non-existent Facebook features

(source)

The Washington Post originally said that these pages were purged for “pushing political messages for profit” as you can see by their URL:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/10/11/facebook-purged-over-accounts-pages-pushing-political-messages-profit/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fa1a364488b3

But of course, since they too push political messages for profit (waaah, Trump!) as do all the other corporate media outlets out there, they changed their headline to “Facebook purged over 800 U.S. accounts and pages for pushing political spam.”

October 12, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Rescuers used heavy equipment to clear debris in the Florida Panhandle towns hit hardest by Hurricane Michael, searching for survivors amid expectations the death toll of 12 from the powerful storm likely will climb.

A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release the U.S. evangelical Christian pastor at the center of a bitter diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington, a move that could be the first step toward mending ties between the NATO allies.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Central American countries on Thursday the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence.

U.S. voting rights advocacy groups on Thursday sued Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, accusing him of putting more than 50,000 voter registration applications on hold to boost his gubernatorial campaign.

A federal judge on Thursday set a Feb. 3, 2020 trial date for Christopher Collins, a Republican U.S. congressman from New York who was charged earlier this year with taking part in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company.

A militia group fighting against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young as 11.

Faced with a proliferation of new electronic cigarettes and a sharp rise in teen vaping, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday sent letters to 21 electronic cigarette manufacturers seeking information to assess whether the products are being marketed illegally.

The five nations in the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network have been exchanging classified information on China’s foreign activities with other like-minded countries since the start of the year, seven officials in four capitals said.

A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

AP Top Stories

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

Former first lady Michelle Obama says Democrats should not embrace a strategy of instilling fear in their opponents. She still believes in taking the high road.

Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional and converted to life in prison all pending death sentences in the state.

The remains of a gay US college student whose murder became a symbol of homophobic violence will be interred at Washington National Cathedral 20 years after his death, the church has confirmed. Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, robbed and beaten in 1998, then left to die strapped to a ranch fence in Laramie, Wyoming.

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and five others wounded in a roadside bomb blast in the country’s northwest near the Afghan border on Thursday, officials said.

Whether crude hits $91 per barrel, as Citigroup Inc. says it may, or if it breaches $100, as other major oil traders suggest, no nation’s relationship to the rally is the same. What the countries all have in common are the trade-war shock waves they face, which have buffeted the outlook for global growth and provide plenty of scope for mishaps.

Amazon said any workers already earning $15 would get raises of $1 per hour. Now, some of those employees are learning their hourly raises will actually be $1.25 an hour. Additionally, Amazon is introducing a new cash bonus of $1,500 to $3,000 for tenure milestones at five, 10, 15 and 20 years. Workers with good attendance in the month of December will also get a $100 bonus, according to the company.

Democrats on Thursday agreed to expedite votes on 15 of President Donald Trump’s nominees to lifetime federal court seats so they could allow vulnerable members to campaign less than a month before the November midterm elections.

The Taliban have reinstated a security guarantee in Afghanistan for the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC), two months after withdrawing safe passage for the neutral humanitarian agency, the militant group and an ICRC official said on Friday.

China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the spiraling trade war. China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

BBC

Doctors’ use of Caesarean section to deliver babies has nearly doubled in 15 years to reach “alarming” proportions in some countries, a study said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told the BBC that it is only a matter of time before the US and North Korea declare an end to their state of war on the Korean peninsula. The war ended in 1953 with an armistice but a peace treaty was never signed.

The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight has landed in New York, ending a journey from Singapore of more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes.

WND

According to a report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”


News – 10/12/2018

The exorcists: Bishop setting up team to combat ‘evil forces’
A Catholic bishop has said he is establishing a “delivery ministry” group of people who will be attempting to rid people of “the devil” through exorcism. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan says he has received “several requests” from people to help deal with evil forces and one priest in his diocese of Waterford and Lismore is about to start training in the practice of exorcism. Dr Cullinan warned against the possibility of users of reiki and other healing methods being exposed to evil spirits.

Pompeo Ramps Up Pressure On Iran, Aiming To Oust It From Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime on Wednesday, promising to oust its presence in Syria. Echoing National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement last month that American troops would remain in Syria “as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders,” Pompeo blasted Iranian leadership, remarking on their label as the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.

Pro-Israel ‘Trump of Brazil’ poised to win presidency
Right-wing presidential candidate who vowed to move embassy to Jerusalem, close Palestinian embassy in Brasilia, holds double-digit lead.

Trump will meet China’s Xi at G20 if talks look positive: CNBC
U.S. President Donald Trump would go through with plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit next month if it looked like it would be a positive meeting, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.

Pope accepts resignation of Washington archbishop in sex abuse crisis
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Vatican said on Friday, making him one of the most senior Catholic figures to step down in a worldwide sexual abuse crisis. Wuerl has been under fire since the release in August of a U.S. Grand Jury report on sexual abuse found evidence that at least 1,000 people, mostly children, had been sexually abused by some 300 clergymen over the course of 70 years. The report covered six diocese in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh when it was led by Wuerl.

Fusion GPS Founder Will Plead The Fifth To Avoid Testifying To Congress
The co-founder of the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier, Glenn Simpson, will invoke his First and Fifth Amendment privileges to avoid testifying before Congress next week, his lawyer has told Congress.

Hamas leader: We are trying to ‘reach understandings’ with Israel
Ismail Haniyeh says negotiations, mediated by Egypt and UN, over potential ceasefire arrangement are still ongoing and emphasizes that group is willing to agree to ‘quiet in exchange for the lifting of the blockade,’ In addition, Hamas releases statement criticizing Palestinian Authority for trying to curb Qatari efforts to supply fuel to Gaza.

PA edict: Selling property to Israelis an act of ‘high treason’
For the second time this year, the Palestinian Islamic religious authorities in Jerusalem reaffirmed a ban on selling property to Israelis, and warned that any Palestinian involved in such transactions would be accused of “high treason.” The latest decision on Thursday followed news that Jews had purchased a house in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Netanyahu: US Navy ship visit shows support for Israeli action in Syria
The US Navy warship USS Ross’s port of call in Ashdod is a clear signal that Washington backs Israel’s military efforts to prevent Iranian intervention in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said…. “This is the first visit in some 19 years by an American destroyer at the Ashdod port,” Netanyahu said as he toured the ship with his wife, Sara. “There is significance to this visit; it symbolizes that deep alliance between Israel and the United States.”

Uganda landslide near Mount Elgon kills more than 30
A landslide following heavy rains in eastern Uganda has killed more than 30 people. It is feared that the death toll could rise as a government rescue team reaches the Mount Elgon area. A river burst its banks and a torrent of mud and water swept villages away. Pictures from the scene show people retrieving bodies from the mud and carrying them away.

Queensland storm: Tornadoes and huge hailstones wreak damage
Tornadoes and a thunderstorm “supercell” have swept across Queensland in Australia, injuring four people and causing widespread damage. The dangerous weather system hit the state’s south-east on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said. One tornado struck Tansey, a town 250km (155 miles) north of Brisbane, snapping trees and ripping roofs from houses.

Andrew Brunson: Hopes rise as US pastor returns to court
Hopes are rising that American pastor Andrew Brunson may be freed, more than two years after he was first detained in Turkey. Mr Brunson returned to court on Friday, with US media outlets reporting a deal had been struck for the North Carolina evangelical’s release. However, US Vice-President Mike Pence would only say “we remain hopeful”.

US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’
Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US’s military arsenal can be “easily hacked” using “basic tools”, a government report has concluded. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “mission-critical” cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems tested between 2012 and 2017. That includes the newest F-35 jet as well as missile systems.

DNA databases can send the police or hackers to your door, study finds
More than 60 percent of Americans who have some European ancestry can be identified using DNA databases — even if they have not submitted their own DNA, researchers reported Thursday. Enough people have done some kind of DNA test to make it possible to match much of the population, the researchers said. So even if you don’t submit your own DNA, if a cousin does, it could lead people to you.

US Federal Government targets absurd transgender bathroom policies after a 5 year-old gets sexually assaulted by a ‘gender fluid’ student
A Georgia school’s transgender bathroom policy is being examined by the U.S. Department of Education as it investigates the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in a school bathroom.

“London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together”: 423 mosques, 100 Sharia courts
And the police in many areas are enforcing Sharia blasphemy laws, hunting for people who insult Islam. The end of Britain as a free society is at hand.

Canada in crisis as Muslim migrants are causing chaos at the free hotels they
Toronto’s shelters are full, not with homeless Canadians — with Muslim refugees, asylum seekers, irregular migrants, or what they really are – illegal aliens. Some 18-20 migrant wannabes are arriving in the city every day, mostly from Nigeria (a country that is NOT at war). So they are putting them up in hotels, such as the Raddison Toronto East hotel.

7 Reported Dead From Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael has claimed seven reported lives in Floria, Georgia and North Carolina.

Hurricane Michael Dumped 6 TRILLION Gallons Of Rain Over The South
Hurricane Florence dumped nearly 6 trillion gallons of rainfall on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the previous two days, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Man sets fire and draws devil outside California synagogue
Police arrested a northern California man who set a small fire outside a synagogue in Modesto and drew a devil on the sidewalk. Brett Bisnett, 37, of Modesto, could be charged with vandalism to a place of worship and arson for his attack on Congregation Beth Shalom.

Palestinian baby gets heart transplant from Jewish child in medical first
A desperately-ill six-month-old Palestinian baby is bravely fighting for his life this week after receiving a heart transplant from a Jewish child.

Iranian terrorists hacking phones worldwide
Hackers deployed by the Iranian government’s proxy terrorist group Hezbollah infiltrated mobile devices worldwide, obtaining access to the personal information of unsuspected social media users, according to the Czech Security Intelligence Service

Brooklyn Witches Host ‘Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh’
Antifa, the far-left, and their radical feminist counterparts are all pretty spooky. Now, those who oppose Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have actual witches and warlocks joining their ranks in a last-ditch effort to oppose the newest member of the Supreme Court. Members of New York City’s occult are organizing a massive rally on October 20th to “hex” Kavanaugh.

‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer’
It’s not the crime; it’s the cover-up. That phrase conjures images of a perpetrator covering up his crimes. Yet what if the cover-up is done by the news media, which seem to be suppressing news of the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history?

Egypt condemns 17 to death for jihadist church attacks
An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 people to death over a series of suicide bombings of churches claimed by the Islamic State group that left dozens dead.

Trump rejects UN and UNESCO’s fictitious Palestinian state
President Trump’s National Security Adviser – John Bolton – has exposed the fiction that there is a legally-constituted “State of Palestine”—shredding United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations (UN) resolutions misleadingly recognising such a state when none – in fact—exists.

Exclusive: UK Government urged to reveal its role in getting Saudi Arabia onto UN Human Rights Council
David Cameron has been urged to “come clean” over the role the UK Government played in voting Saudi Arabia on to the UN Human Rights Council in an alleged secret deal.

New fund utilizes Israeli tech to help small farmers in Africa
An estimated 5,000 Ethiopian farmers will take part in a new agricultural loan program utilizing Israeli agriculture technology and improved seeds. The initiative, launched by the American Joint Distribution Committee this week, joins a number of Israeli agriculture improvement programs in Ethiopia and other countries in Africa.

Brett Kavanaugh Snapped Serving Meals To Homeless Just Days After Confirmation
This is the second time in recent months that Kavanaugh has been photographed volunteering for the homeless after a milestone in his professional career.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Why we can’t approach God on our own terms

Self Proclaimed Prophet Mark Taylor: Chemtrails Caused California Wildfires as Preemptive Punishment for Electing Republicans

Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing ‘Astronomically’

A&E’s New Series “The Devil Next Door” Provides a Voice to Ex-members of the Controversial Word of Faith Fellowship Church

Church Says Viral Sign About Stolen AC Unit, ‘Hot Where You’re Going,’ Just a Joke

U.S. Pastor Council Sues City of Austin to Ensure Churches Have Right to Hire in Accordance With Scripture

Update: Turkey Orders Release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson

Myanmar: Christians Forced to Sign Papers Vowing Not to Pray in Church, Curb Their Faith

Nepal: Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival


Headlines – 10/12/2018

PLO: UN peace envoy ‘no longer acceptable’ because of Gaza truce efforts

Qatar pledges $150 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza

Pompeo: U.S. blocked $165m in funding due to Palestinian incitement

Amid mounting tensions, Hamas urges Abbas to lift Gaza Strip sanctions

Israel said poised to dramatically worsen Palestinian prisoners’ conditions

IDF releases footage of Gaza tunnel discovery, destruction

Netanyahu: Israel ‘systematically dismantling’ Hamas’s tunneling capability

Incendiary balloon found clinging to roadside railing in central Israel

IDF captures terrorist who stabbed IDF reservist

Settler leader calls for ‘reprisal operations’ after West Bank stabbing

Cabinet set to approve first new homes for Hebron settlers in 16 years

PA edict: Selling property to Israelis an act of ‘high treason’

Guatemalan cities name streets ‘Jerusalem capital of Israel’

New Quebec government plans to ban public servants from wearing kippas – Jewish groups assail move to limit religious symbols as ‘assault on fundamental freedoms’

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Face Starvation as Russia and Assad Try to Force U.S. Out

Kurds in Syria say they hold 900 foreign IS fighters

Egyptian military court sentences 17 to death over church bombings

Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

What the media aren’t telling you about Jamal Khashoggi – The dissident’s fate says a lot about Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state

How the missing Saudi writer could affect Israel

Trump reluctant to halt Saudi arms sales over journalist’s disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey’s Erdogan urges Saudi Arabia to release images

US pastor held in Turkey may be released under secret deal

S.Korea’s Moon says N.Korea means to abolish all nuclear weapons

Kudlow says ‘there’s some movement’ toward a meeting between Trump and China’s Xi amid trade tensions

Global growth is ‘probably not enough’ to withstand a trade war, IMF’s Christine Lagarde warns

Dow tumbles over 500 points, bringing 2-day losses to more than 1,300 points

Zimbabwe currency crisis: No cash, no bread, no KFC

Michelle Obama rebukes Holder, Clinton over calls for political warfare

Hillary Clinton to Trump: ‘You asked Russia to hack me on national television’

Facebook removes over 550 Pages, 250 accounts in latest spam purge ahead of US midterms

Indonesia arrests four for ‘selling babies on Instagram’

DNA databases can send the police or hackers to your door, study finds

Employees on the Las Vegas strip fear being replaced by robots

Space crew survives plunge to Earth after Russian rocket fails

Russia ‘launches criminal investigation’ into rocket failure

NASA exploring flying space station without crew

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Asahi, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

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

‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael

Michael is the strongest hurricane to hit the continental US since Andrew

Hurricane dangers will linger long after Michael’s trail of devastation, experts say

‘Nothing Left’: Devastating Drone Footage Shows Mexico Beach, FL After Hurricane Michael

Florida Air Force base suffers “widespread catastrophic damage” from Michael

Tropical Storm Michael Spreads Flooding Rain, Wind Into Carolinas, East After Historic Category 4 Florida Panhandle Landfall

‘Zombie’ Hurricane Leslie may take a run at longest storm to churn in the Atlantic

After a U-turn, Hurricane Sergio comes back as tropical storm

Cyclone Titli: 8 dead in Andhra Pradesh, one in Odisha

Oman braces for the devastation of cyclone Luban

UK weather: Storm Callum brings rain and 76mph winds to Britain

Southern Queensland lashed by wave of monster tornadoes

Australian mom who shielded infant daughter from tennis ball-sized hail shares photos of her injuries

Majorca floods leave at least 12 people dead

A plague of frogs is terrorizing North Carolina, as if Southerners need a new pest to shoo away

Experts Said A War Zone Ebola Outbreak Would Be A Nightmare. It’s Been Even Worse.

Rewriting reproduction: With stem cells and CRISPR, scientists breed mice with same-sex parents

Australian law allows religious schools to reject gay students, PM says

Mike Pence Becomes First Vice President to Address Anti-Gay Summit

Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC

Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing ‘Astronomically’

Myanmar: Christians Forced to Sign Papers Vowing Not to Pray in Church, Curb Their Faith


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for October 12, 2018

October 11, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — The recent Kavanaugh kerfuffle underscores an important lesson for all of us: Your integrity is your most important asset. Period. What else does anyone have, ultimately? Meanwhile, there are trolls amongst us who don’t care about truth and other people’s reputations…. (more)

October 11, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Can you feel the excitement? Hillary Clinton is in The Atlantic, telling us how democracy is in crisis. She is on CNN, telling Christiane Amanpour that only when Democrats win back both the House and the Senate, “that’s when civility can start again.” She’s on tour: Together with her husband, she plans to embark on a post-midterm 13-city romp during which they’ll bedazzle audience members with “one-of-a-kind conversations [about] some of the most impactful moments in modern history.”… (more)

October 11, 2018
The public will reward Senate Republicans and President Trump for holding firm
NATIONAL REVIEW — This is impetuous, but I think the electoral map has changed with the Kavanaugh decision. The Democrats avoided direct confrontation and tried to sandbag the nominee by a late allegation of sexual assault from 30 years before. They gambled that whipping up post-Weinstein militant-feminist support would induce the president to say something outrageous that would split his party and drench him in another momentary shower of confected outrage, such as during the partial migration ban, the Charlottesville imputations of softness toward Nazis and the Klan, the Helsinki comments, and the detention of abandoned minors of illegal immigrants at the southern borders…. (more)

October 11, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — When the Christine Ford saga finally ended with the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a lot of truth had distilled out, along with the evaporation of prior pretensions and misconceptions…. (more)

October 11, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Tennessee representative Marsha Blackburn is firing back at Taylor Swift after the singer launched a broadside at her in endorsing her Democratic opponent in the race for the seat being vacated by Republican senator Bob Corker…. (more)

October 11, 2018
CAL THOMAS — Arguably, a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opens Oct. 12 in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist sentenced in 2013 to life in prison without parole for the murder of a baby born alive in a botched abortion…. (more)

October 11, 2018
NEWSMAX — The son of former National Security Adviser Susan Rice filed charges against one of his fellow Stanford University students for allegedly assaulting him during a rally for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. John Rice-Cameron, the president of the Stanford College Republicans (SCR), told police Melinda Hernandez physically pushed him during an event the SCR was holding Tuesday to promote support of Kavanaugh, who was confirmed to the nation’s highest court last weekend…. (more)


October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — With the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh completed, GOP senators are quickly pivoting to filling out the rest of the federal courts, eyeing more than 40 district and circuit judges they want to confirm before the end of the year. One top priority is filling the seat left vacant on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals when Justice Kavanaugh was elevated…. (more)

October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump, already the most media-accessible president in memory, is talking to journalists almost nonstop as his successes pile up ahead of the midterm elections. Take Tuesday, for example. Mr. Trump opened an Oval Office meeting to the press in late morning to accept the resignation of Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations. Such a high-profile departure ordinarily wouldn’t be a positive for the White House, but the president and Mrs. Haley made clear that the separation was friendly. They took questions from journalists for 20 minutes on a variety of subjects…. (more)

October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rap star and Trump supporter Kanye West was the object of several racial attacks in a CNN segment Tuesday night, in which he was accused of being an illiterate token whom black people don’t want to be black. In the segment presided over by a chuckling Don Lemon, CNN commentators Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer repeatedly attacked Mr. West, who will meet President Trump at the White House on Thursday, in terms immediately called out as racist – – albeit not on CNN…. (more)

October 11, 2018
Joseph Farah laments ‘fool’s paradise’ taught by 50 years of mis-education
JOSEPH FARAH — In 1951, Upton Sinclair, the author of the anti-capitalist screed “The Jungle,” who was fresh off two efforts at running for Congress on the Socialist Party ticket, wrote a letter to Norman Thomas, the party’s perennial candidate for president…. (more)

October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — With an unassuming air and a black Toyota Tundra he says was “the first new vehicle I’ve ever purchased,” Beto O’Rourke has campaigned thousands of miles across Texas and risen to national prominence on a workaday image that aligns with his politics, but not his personal finances…. (more)

October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Oregon Republican Party filed a complaint Wednesday against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown over multiple allegations that she used public funds for campaign purposes. The complaint cited a Project Veritas sting in which former Brown campaign manager Michael Kolenc alleged he was fired in 2016 because Ms. Brown’s chief-of-staff wanted to run the political operation, a violation of state law…. (more)

October 11, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — FBI director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that China trumps Russia as a counterintelligence threat to the U.S. “China in many ways represents the broadest, most complicated, most long-term counterintelligence threat we face,” Wray told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “Russia is in many ways fighting to stay relevant after the fall of the Soviet Union. They’re fighting today’s fight. China’s is fighting tomorrow’s fight.”… (more)

October 10, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The surprise resignation of Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has triggered a scramble to find a replacement as the public face of the Trump administration at the world body…. (more)


October 10, 2018
NEWS BUSTERS — In four weeks, Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections that the news media are casting as a referendum on the Trump presidency. Over the summer, the broadcast networks have continued to pound Donald Trump and his team with the most hostile coverage of a President in TV news history – – 92 percent negative, vs. just eight percent positive…. (more)


October 10, 2018
BYRON YORK — Not long after a 2017 meeting in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing a wire to secretly record conversations with President Trump, two top officials in the meeting, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and bureau lawyer Lisa Page, went to the office of a third FBI official, general counsel James Baker…. (more)

October 9, 2018
Alan Keyes explains true meaning of ‘separation of powers’
ALAN KEYES — Many constitutional aims and purposes seem to be forgotten in this era of purely self-serving, factional politics. Among them are the aims and purposes of the “separation of powers.” Overacted partisanship means that the distinction of powers makes less and less difference, especially when it comes to relations between Congress and the president. When controlled by different parties, it’s taken for granted by most people that those relations will be adversarial. When the same party controls both branches, people expect the two branches to be fellow travelers…. (more)

October 9, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — One of the last remaining representatives of the old Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party, liberal Never-Trump Republican Senator Susan Collins, made history by casting the deciding vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh after getting assurances that he would vote to preserve the pro-abortion ruling Roe v. Wade. The recipient of a Planned Parenthood award, Collins gave Kavanaugh his crucial 50th vote, confirming him as a Justice on the Supreme Court, after calling him a “centrist,” not a conservative…. (more)

October 9, 2018
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate, Inc. loses the Pentagon but gains Silicon Valley
ROBERT KNIGHT — The hate business may not be what it used to be – – at least on the government level. The Defense Department has become the latest federal agency to sever ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based, hard-left group whose “hate map” is being used against Christian groups. Well, bully for the Pentagon for showing that bully the door…. (more)

October 9, 2018
Activist accuses Maine Republican of ‘white supremacy’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour on Friday launched a racial attack against Sen. Susan Collins, saying the Maine Republican was guilty of espousing “white supremacy” with her decision to support the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh…. (more)

October 7, 2018
Trump: ‘Big day for America!’
ART MOORE — After one of the most divisive Supreme Court nominations in recent history, the U.S. Senate voted 50-to-48 to confirm President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court…. (more)


October 7, 2018
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned and praised a “mob” of activists opposed to just-confirmed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling reporters they terrorized lawmakers while firing up the GOP base…. (more)

October 7, 2018
Departs from Obama administration’s downplay of Islam’s role
BOB UNRUH — In a striking departure from the Obama administration, which sought to downplay the role of Islam in terrorism, the Trump administration is naming “radical Islamist” groups at the “principal terrorist enemies.”… (more)


October 7, 2018
NEWSMAX — Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said Saturday…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 10/12/2018

No Comment or Question Off Limits

So many controversial issues and debates, so little time! Here’s what listeners want to discuss today:

To what level can a Christian be depressed?
How much does our faith play into our emotional and mental health, and how much depends on trusting God?
I know spiritual warfare is real because we are warned many times about it in the New Testament, but to what extent can demons influence Christians?
My strong hunch is that a majority of Americans have bought the lies about Justice Kavanaugh because they no longer think logically.
What do you think the greater problem in most churches is – ignorance in the pulpit or cowardice?
Didn’t know how extensive the Burning Man movement has become. It seems like a combination of New Age, humanism, environmentalism, and a combo of religions: can you please boil this ideology down so it’s easier to understand?
With all the division and spiritual confusion in the church, it’s no wonder many young people want nothing to do with Christianity today.
I’m a newer Christian, could you please explain Replacement Theology? Is it a salvation issue?
Hillsong’s stance on issues such as evolution, homosexuality, and seeker-friendly movement are concerning to the Australian Council of Churches. Hillsong produced some wonderful music, but as a whole they seem to have exchanged traditional, historical Christian doctrines to seek fame and fortune.
I’m a former Catholic and know some good Roman Catholic friends, even though many of their Church doctrines are unbiblical: can a Catholic go to heaven or not?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Mormon No Longer

In the final segment this morning, Mike and David look at an important announcement from leadership of the Mormon Church: they will no longer call themselves “Mormons” so they can, in their words, emphasize their “Christian” doctrine. Those of us who understand the Bible compared to the foundational beliefs of Mormonism realize this is pure deception, and we’ll explore the potential reasons they are making this change in name only.

We’ll also look at an interfaith religious coalition’s “Peace Caravan” headed to Israel to promote a peace treaty between Israel and the nations committed to her destruction.

In the first segment, we continue our look at “30 Biblical People You Need to Know” with Pastor Randy White. Our subjects include Saul, King David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Nehemiah, King Herod and Daniel.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Reality of Demons and Spiritual Warfare

Our special guest today is author, Dr. Karl Payne, pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship at Antioch Bible Church in Washington who formerly served as chaplain for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He has warned that America’s current cultural climate is paving the way for overt demonic activity.

Karl Payne talks with Mike and David about the importance of Christians recognizing the reality of spiritual warfare, and then responding to it with the Word of God, faith, and prayer.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Same Facts, Different Conclusions

It is interesting how two people can view the same exact facts and evidence, yet come to two completely different conclusions based on those facts. Born-again believers look at the wonders of this world and the created universe completely convinced it was all crafted by an amazing God. But atheists and skeptics look at the same evidence and facts and conclude that it all happened out of random chance and chaos.

As the world started introducing ideas such as free sexual expression in the 1960s and gender fluidity in the 2000s, they touted the benefits of experimentation while we as born-again believers saw serious dangers. In our final, segment, Mike and David will share some of the effects of this movement to see who was right.

But first, Carl Kerby of Reasons for Hope Ministries joins the program to talk about how Christians can use the evidence of creation all around us to point people to the truth of God and His Word.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Delusion, Illusion, and Spiritual Warfare

The stated or apparent issue is usually not the real issue. As Christians and political Conservatives celebrate the victory concerning the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, there will be a tendency to breathe a sigh of relief and just continue as usual. But doing that underestimates the damage that may have been done to our nation and even the professing Christian Church in America. In the midst of this important victory, were the enemies of our nation and most importantly enemies of God emboldened to use evil tactics to pursue their agenda in the future?

Are we seeing the beginning of a new type of war against truth that supersedes anything we have ever witnessed in our nation? And has spiritual warfare in our nation reached a fever point where things could get very ugly for true believers in the future?

Joining Mike and David to discuss this is Pastor and best-selling author, Carl Gallups. Carl also has extensive experience in law enforcement and this morning, we talk about how everything might have changed in America based on what we witnessed on the Senate floor the past three weeks.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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October 12, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Paul was not a people Pleaser

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (1:10)

Gar (for) has numerous meanings, which are largely determined by context. It can also be translated “because,” “yes, indeed,” “certainly,” “what,” and “why.” It can also sometimes mean “there,” which is a helpful rendering in this verse. For is not an incorrect translation, but “there” seems to follow better the flow of Paul’s argument in this context. “There,” he is saying, referring back to the strong anathemas of the previous two verses, “does that sound like I am a people pleaser? Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men?” Obviously, Paul’s pronouncing a curse on men (v. 9) does not fit with the accusations of the Judaizers against him. Rather, it unquestionably seeks to honor God, whose truth was being perverted.

If I were still trying to please men refers to the days when he did seek to please his fellow Jews by zealously persecuting Christians, assuming he was being faithful to God while concentrating his effort on favoring traditional Judaism. But in light of what he taught and the way he had lived since his conversion, the idea that he was still trying to please men was preposterous. If that were true, he would not be a bond-servant of Christ. He had surrendered his life entirely to the lordship of Jesus Christ, and that surrender had cost him dearly in human terms. At the end of this epistle Paul reminds his readers, “For I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus” (6:17). Some of those marks he had received in Galatia, where, in the city of Lystra, he was once left for dead after being stoned (Acts 14:19). Suffering at the hands of people who were not pleased with him was a common occurrence for him and was the price of honoring God.

By nature, people pleasers are not martyrs. The desire to escape ridicule and trouble is one of their hallmarks. Pleasing men does not bring the severe persecution Paul endured and is totally incompatible with being a bond-servant of Christ.

It was rather Paul’s Jewish accusers who were men pleasers. It was “to make a good showing in the flesh” that they tried “to compel [Gentile believers] to be circumcised,” for the very purpose of not being “persecuted for the cross of Christ” (Gal. 6:12). Paul’s first purpose was “to be pleasing to Him” (2 Cor. 5:9). And pleasing the Lord Jesus Christ meant that he had every right to pronounce a curse on anyone who tried by a doctrine of works righteousness to detract from the gracious finished work of the Savior (cf. Gal. 2:21). His second purpose was to see men saved and that required strong denunciation of any false gospel that would damn them by its deceit.[1]


10 The relationship of v. 10 to the surrounding verses is debated. Some suggest that v. 10 belongs with vv. 11–12 as a literary transition from vv. 6–9 and to vv. 13–17. Others see it as an emotional outburst following vv. 8–9 and therefore standing alone.

But understanding v. 10 as a part of the letter’s exordium allows us to recognize that Paul is here attempting to gain or recapture credibility with the Galatians by suggesting that his words are trustworthy because he is a servant of God and isn’t concerned with pleasing other people. Together with reinforcing the notion of his apostolic authority, this verse reminds the Galatians of Paul’s character as a preacher of the gospel and prepares the way for his spirited defense of his apostolic authority and the truth of his gospel (cf. 1:11–2:14). Paul does not “please men,” because his gospel was given him by the risen Lord Jesus as was his commission to preach that gospel. He will now defend himself and his message on the same terms.[2]


1:10 / Paul continues in verse 10 by defending himself against what is likely a charge against him—that he is a people pleaser. Those who have come into his churches to teach that observance of the law is essential may have been presenting Paul’s law-free gospel as a sign of his weakness, saying that he wanted to make the gospel as palatable as possible and so to win the approval of men. Paul says to the contrary that he is a servant of Christ. This, as he makes clear at the end of the letter (6:17), is not a role that curries favor with people but rather it entails suffering. Paul insists that he is not one to bend his shape in order to gain favor from others, saying that what he has just now said proves that he cares only about the truth. He implies that his former way of being did concern itself with trying to please men but now being a “servant of Christ” makes such a stance impossible. For Paul, serving Christ is about only being for the gospel. As his gospel is not of human origin it will be offensive or discomfiting to people.

In other letters as well (1 Thess. 2:4) Paul claims that his focus is on pleasing God. In some instances Paul says that pleasing other people is appropriate (1 Cor. 10:33), but concerning the integrity of his gospel Paul sees things in either/or terms. To be a servant of Christ is mutually exclusive of pleasing people.

In the opening of his letter (1:1–10) Paul has emphasized the divine origin of his apostleship (1:1), signalled his disapproval of the current faith of his converts (1:2b), expressed his bewilderment at their actions (1:6–7), denounced his rivals (1:8–9), and taken umbrage at unfair criticisms of himself. Before we modern readers even know exactly what Paul is upset about, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the apostle’s emotions are raw as he writes to his Galatian churches.[3]


1:10. Paul’s critics accused him of preaching “easy believism” because he did not include the law as grounds for salvation and Christian maturity. They claimed Paul watered down the gospel, by omitting the law, to increase his popularity among the Gentiles. Through two rhetorical questions, Paul adamantly denies the charge and states clearly that his motive is to please only God. He was concerned with preserving truth not increasing his approval ratings. To please people is to desert Christ. You must choose: serve people’s fickle pleasures or serve the faithful Christ.[4]


10. Paul has used forceful language. That gives him an opportunity to answer a charge of the opponents. He writes: There! Is it the favor of men that I am now seeking to win or of God? Or is it men whom I am seeking to please? Here one detects an echo of the opponents’ accusations and insinuations, on this order: “Paul is trying to win human, rather than divine, favor. He tries to please everybody, so that everybody may follow him. Among his own people he preaches circumcision (Gal. 5:11; cf. Acts 16:3), for he knows that they believe in it. But he withholds this rite from the Gentiles because they welcome exemption from it.”

Paul answers: “Would a popularity-seeker hurl anathemas at people? Is it not clear that it is not men’s but God’s approval in which I am interested, and that I am seeking to please my Lord?” Continued: If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Two misinterpretations:

  • a. “I never yield to human customs and traditions.”

Total indifference on this score would not have been like Paul. It would bring Gal. 1:10 into conflict with 1 Cor. 9:22. Tactfulness is not a vice but a virtue when paired with honesty and truth. The apostle desired to be “all things to all men, in order in one way or another to save some.” Hence, among the Jews he was willing, during this transition period, to observe certain traditions (Acts 16:3; 21:17–26; cf. 18:18), as long as these were not considered means unto salvation, for on that issue he was adament. When Judaizers tried to force circumcision upon Gentiles, declaring that otherwise salvation could not be obtained, the apostle invoked God’s curse on these distorters. In Paul’s religion there was room for flexibility, but ever within the limits prescribed by the gospel.

  • b. “If I were still, as formerly, trying to please men,” etc.

This supposed reference to the apostle’s unconverted state is out of line with the present context.

The true interpretation is this: “If, in spite of my claim that I am Christ’s servant, I were still, or nevertheless, attempting to please men, my claim would be false.” One who trims his sails to every breeze of opinion and bias, cannot be a servant of Christ. Paul, on the contrary, is such a servant, for he joyfully acknowledges Jesus as his Redeemer, Owner, and Lord, and is fully surrendered to him. It was this very Christ who said, “No man can serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24). Paul realizes that for himself this life of complete loyalty means persecution (Gal. 5:1), but he glories in such affliction. Not Paul but his opponents are trying to avoid persecution (Gal. 6:12). They are the men-pleasers (Gal. 6:13), a type of conduct reprehensible even in slaves (Eph. 6:6; Col. 3:22). Paul’s chief concern is God’s glory.[5]


1:10. Apparently the Judaizers had charged Paul with teaching freedom from the Law in order to curry the Gentiles’ favor. But the tone of this letter, specifically the harsh language Paul had just used, was hardly calculated to win the approval of men. Men-pleasers simply do not hurl anathemas against those who proclaim false gospels. Indeed, if the apostle had wanted to please men, he would have remained a zealous Pharisee and promoter of the Law rather than becoming a servant of Christ. Elsewhere Paul affirmed his purpose to please God, not men (cf. 6:12; 1 Thes. 2:4).[6]


Review of accusations (1:10). Because most of Paul’s epistles were occasional letters (prompted in response to problems existing in the churches addressed), we are placed in a position similar to one who eavesdrops on one side of a telephone conversation. Often we must reconstruct the sense of the whole conversation with only a few clues upon which to proceed. Such is the difficulty here. Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions, each with an intended negative answer. They give us an indication of the types of accusations which were made by those who discredited his view of the gospel and/or his apostolic authority.

The Greek grammar of verse 10, with the use of the term gar (for) as a connective from the previous thought, indicates that Paul’s questions are prompted by his previous pronouncement of anathema. Paul appears to be reviewing accusations, presumably from the outside agitators (v. 7), that his preaching of free grace was motivated by an attempt to win a vast following for his ministry. Those who held a view that gave an important place to a righteousness based on good works would quite understandably have believed such a “do nothing” gospel to have been formulated by a desire to be popular among the Gentiles.

Paul’s previous anathemas (which potentially included himself in the cursing, v. 8) were designed to show that it was not popularity he sought, but faithfulness to the gospel. The final statement of the verse indicates that if pleasing men (humankind generally) was his goal, being a “servant of Christ” would not be the most logical way to proceed (v. 10). His words are reminiscent of those said by Jesus regarding the serving of two masters (see Matt. 6:24).[7]


1:10 Paul is probably reminded at this point that his enemies accused him of changing the message to suit his audience, so he asks, in effect, “In insisting that there is only one gospel, am I trying to please men, or God?” Obviously he is not trying to please men, because they hate the suggestion that there is only one way to heaven. If Paul changed his message to suit men, he would not be a bondservant of Christ; in fact, he would be inviting the wrath of God to fall upon himself.[8]


1:10 To please men was neither Paul’s motivation nor the source of his authority (v. 1). Paul continually sought the approval of God. He did not base his decisions on the opinions of other people. Instead he single-mindedly aimed at pleasing God (Phil. 3:14). As an apostle Paul was a leader, but he was always a bondservant of Christ.[9]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Galatians (pp. 22–23). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Rapa, R. K. (2008). Galatians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 566). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Jervis, L. A. (2011). Galatians (p. 39). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book.

[4] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, p. 7). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Galatians (Vol. 8, pp. 43–44). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Campbell, D. K. (1985). Galatians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 591). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] McClelland, S. E. (1995). Galatians. In Evangelical Commentary on the Bible (Vol. 3, p. 1004). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1876). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1517). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

We Are Ministers and Not Messiahs

Unfathomable Grace

As elders in Christ’s church, we often take ourselves, our ministries, our successes, and our failures to personally and seriously.

Sometimes we over-think our importance in God’s Kingdom due to ignorance. Somewhere in our training someone has impressed upon us that we really have the ability to change hearts, change families, and change communities. We prove not to understand the sovereignty of God and the depravity of mankind as we ought.

Sometimes we over-think our importance in God’s Kingdom due to arrogance. We have been privileged to enjoy some degree of success in church-building and the applause of men has been sweet to our ears. Sadly, this has resulted in our having a “Messiah Complex” where we believe we really have what it takes to do good work for Jesus. We arrogantly believe we have the power within us to bring about Christ’s Kingdom if we work wise and…

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The Gosnell movie opens today in 750 theaters, and I’m going to see it!

WINTERY KNIGHT

These empty benches at the Gosnell trial were for the mainstream news media Empty benches at the Gosnell trial reserved for the mainstream news media

Since I’m going to see the Gosnell movie today, I thought I would read a few articles to remind me of the facts. The best article was by the film makers themselves, writing for the Daily Signal.

They say:

In progressive Pennsylvania, here was a doctor, Kermit Gosnell, an African-American, he’s in his early 70s now, who ran an abortion clinic for 30 years, where he routinely, and these are not my words, this is the grand jury’s words, where he routinely delivered babies alive and then cut their necks with scissors.

And he did this for 30 years. That’s why in the eyes of the grand jury and also ABC’s Terry Moran, he was described as America’s biggest serial killer, which is the phrase we use in the film.

There’s so many details that are worth…

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