Daily Archives: October 23, 2018

OCTOBER 23 THE LONELY HUMAN

The joy of our heart is ceased…woe unto us, that we have sinned!

Lamentations 5:15–16

There is a strange contradiction in human nature all around us: the fact that a person can reek with pride, display a swollen ego and strut like a peacock—and yet be the loneliest and most miserable person in the world!

We find these people everywhere—pretending and playing a game. Deep within their beings, they are almost overwhelmed by their great loneliness, by their sense of being orphans in the final scheme of things.

The result of this strange, aching human sense of loneliness and cosmic orphanage is the inward, groping question: “What good is it to be a human being? No one cares about me!”

In the garden, Eve believed Satan’s lie—the lie that God was not concerned about her and that God had no emotional connection with her life and being. This is where the unregenerate person is in today’s world.

It is only sin and defeat that can bring this sense of orphanage, this sense of having been put out of the father’s house, and the feeling that follows when the house is burned down and the father is dead.

Lord, it is a joy and privilege to be counted among Your children on earth. But there are many who remain on the outside, where it is dark and cold and lonely. I pray for Your Spirit to draw many lost souls to join Your family today.[1]


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

Forget gender: Now pick your race, age, even species!

The transgender community is enthralled that people should be allowed to choose their gender, and some jurisdictions have incorporated that idea into law.

But that is so 2000s, according to a new pollindicating a substantial portion of British adults believe people also should be allowed to choose their age.

And race.

And even species.

The survey, a project of ComRes, interviewed 2,002 British adults ages 18 and up online in September.

One in three respondents support those over 18 being allowed to self-define their race.

Twenty percent supported those over 18 being able to define their age.

Stunningly, it also found 10 percent “support those who wish to define as a non-human species.”

The marriage organization said the survey found that 51 percent believe those under 18 should not be allowed to self-define their gender.

But over 18? Forty-four percent said those people should be able to self-define gender.

Colin Hart, the chairman of the U.K.’s Coalition for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage,
said the survey shows the public is “deeply concerned at the government’s obsession with pushing transgenderism on all.”

“There is, after all, nothing progressive with children who are so ashamed of their bodies that they think they must change gender, something that has risen at an alarming rate in recent years,” he said.

Hart’s concerns have been raised by news that British Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt wants to know why there has been a more than 4,000 percent increase in the number of girls seeking support from “transitioning” services in the last decade.

But gender may be only part of the puzzle.

The coalition said: “Worryingly the poll found significant support for those who want to self-define their race (32 percent), their age (19 percent) and even their species (10 percent). Among young people, these figures were higher in every category. Thirty-four percent of 18-24 year olds backed the right to choose your race, 23 percent their age and 18 percent their species.”

It also found only 5 percent of parents would be pleased if their child wanted to change gender.

Forty percent said it would make no difference.

“This poll shows conclusively that the public remain highly skeptical about the direction of government policy and want children to be protected from the irreversible treatments such as suppressing puberty with powerful hormones or the removal of genitals,” Hart continued.

“It also shows that there is concern about the fairness of transgender individuals competing in sporting competitions if they have what many would see as an unfair advantage because of the bodies they were born with. This is an echo of the debate raging in the U.S. about young men who transition to women and compete in college wrestling.”

He noted the survey shows that for young people, race, gender, age and species are “increasingly becoming fluid” and can be “changed at will.”

In the survey, 211 of 2,002 respondents supported or strongly supported “the ability of anyone above the age of 18 to self-define as a non-human species.”

Six hundred thirty-two out of the 2,002 supported or strongly supported the idea of self-defining one’s race.

About 400 said the same about age.
— Read on https://www.wnd.com/2018/10/forget-gender-now-pick-your-race-age-even-species/

On Gender, Left Steps Up Effort Against Notorious Hate Group: Reality | The Babylon Bee

U.S.—On trans and gender equality issues, the left have increased their effort against the notorious hate group constantly working against them: reality.

“Reality has for a long time dictated people’s beliefs about men and women,” said activist Rebecca Vaughn. “And it’s time for people to finally stand up against it.”

Reality is notoriously stubborn on issues of sex and gender, imposing chromosomes on people that tend to divide them into two distinct groups, male and female, and making the two groups different in immutable ways. This has been the main cause of sexism and gender inequality throughout history, but now many on the left are ready to take it on.

“Reality says you will not have an equal number of women in tech jobs without a lot of unhappy women doing jobs they don’t like,” said student Steven Brown. “Reality says someone with XY chromosomes participating in a women’s sports competition ruins the whole point of having a separate women’s division. Reality says a lot of things — but guess what? We’re not listening anymore.”

It is widely agreed upon that reality is often unfair, but the main right/left split on gender issues is whether we should try to coexist with reality or denounce it as hate and fight against it. Many see a battle against it as pointless, but others disagree.

“We can defeat reality — not with facts, not with reason, but with feelings,” Vaughn explained. “Also, a lot of yelling at people for being bigots. Look at it this way. Many say you can’t make two plus two equal five, but if you yell at people enough and make them scared, maybe deep down they’ll never believe two plus two equals five, but they’ll not contradict you when you say it. And when that happens, we win and reality loses.”
— Read on babylonbee.com/news/on-gender-left-steps-up-effort-against-notorious-hate-group-reality

BREAKING: DHS Confirms Gang Members and Other Dangerous Criminals Are Embedded in Migrant Caravan Traveling to US — The Gateway Pundit

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed what we already knew to be true.

Gang members and people with “significant criminal histories” are embedded in the massive migrant caravan of mostly military-aged males marching up to the United States.

DHS spox Tyler Houlton said Tuesday in a tweetstorm:

“The DHS can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,” Tyler Houlton said.

The DHS then confirmed Judicial Watch’s reporting that people from Bangladesh, Congo, South Asia and the Middle East are also traveling with the caravan.

“Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.,” Tyler Houlton added.

“Stopping the caravan is not just about national security or preventing crime, it is also about national sovereignty and the rule of law. Those who seek to come to America must do so the right and legal way.”

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton called for a criminal investigation into who is organizing this army invasion.

“President Trump should order criminal investigation of how the “caravans” have been organized and financed. Based on our team’s reporting from Guatemala, it is likely Americans involved,” Fitton said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The President came under heavy fire Monday after he said there were “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” embedded in the Honduran caravan.

As usual, Trump was right.

BREAKING: DHS Confirms Gang Members and Other Dangerous Criminals Are Embedded in Migrant Caravan Traveling to US — The Gateway Pundit

OCTOBER 23 GOD AS HONORED GUEST

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

—Psalm 2:2-3

The old world of fallen nature is the world of human will. There man is king and his will decides events. So far as he is able in his weakness he decides how and what and when and where. He fixes values: what is to be esteemed, what despised, what received and what rejected. His will runs through everything….

Yet in their pride men assert their will and claim ownership of the earth. Well, for a time it is true, that this is man’s world. God is admitted only by man’s sufferance. He is treated as visiting royalty in a democratic country. Everyone takes His name upon his lips and (especially at certain seasons) He is feted and celebrated and hymned. But behind all this flattery men hold firmly to their right of self-determination. As long as man is allowed to play host he will honor God with his attention, but always He must remain a guest and never seek to be Lord. Man will have it understood that this is his world; he will make its laws and decide how it shall be run. God is permitted to decide nothing. Man bows to Him, and as he bows, manages with difficulty to conceal the crown upon his own head. POM034-035

Lord, I want to heed the admonition of God through the psalmist, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry …” (Psalm 2:12). Help me to give You today the supremacy, the throne, the absolute authority that You deserve. Amen. [1]


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

October 23, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

“It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788


REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Monday that transgender issues were in flux and he aims to protect the country after a report that his administration was considering defining gender as male or female based on genitalia at birth drew widespread condemnation.

The United States has launched a cyber campaign aimed at Russian operatives in an effort to curb misinformation ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, in what it said was the first known such operation to protect American elections.

A U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia could give the Pentagon new options to counter Chinese missile advances but experts warn the ensuing arms race could greatly escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in the second such operation this year, as the U.S. military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

A package containing what appeared to be an explosive device was found in a mail box outside the New York residence of billionaire financier George Soros on Monday, police said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, under pressure to punish Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said on Tuesday it would be very hard to scrap an arms deal with Riyadh worth up to $13 billion as critics have demanded.

A U.S. judge on Monday affirmed a verdict against Bayer AG unit Monsanto that found its glyphosate-based weed-killers responsible for a man’s terminal cancer, sending the German company’s shares down 8 percent.

AP Top Stories

Authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up shelters as an “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Willa with winds of 130 mph headed toward a Tuesday afternoon landfall along a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast dotted with high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages.

Five fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the Museum of the Bible’s most prized artifacts, were exposed as fakes on Monday and pulled from displays.

Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from a key anti-nuclear pact with Russia, calling the decision “not the work of a great mind.” “All agreements aimed at nuclear disarmament and limiting nuclear weapons must be preserved, for the sake of preserving life on earth,” Gorbachev told Russia’s Interfax news agency Sunday.

Some 50,000 troops will kick off NATO’s biggest military exercises since the Cold War on Thursday in Norway, a massive show of force that has already rankled neighboring Russia.

Catholic women say there’s a clerical stained glass ceiling in the Vatican, and they want to shatter it. They want to vote in major policy meetings. They want Pope Francis to deliver on his promise to put more women in senior positions in the Holy See’s administration. And some of them say they want to be priests.

King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan has notified Israel it wants to reclaim two small plots of territory leased under their 1994 peace deal.

President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted that he is “substantially” cutting American aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador over a migrant caravan headed toward the United States.

Ethiopia signed a peace deal on Sunday with Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels from its Somali Region, whom it had previously outlawed as a “terrorist group,” officials said.

Somali intelligence officials say the deputy leader of an Islamic State-affiliated extremist group based in northern Somalia has been killed in the capital.

BBC

A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 34 miles and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.

French-based transport firm Transdev has been ordered to stop an “unlawful” test of a driverless school bus in Florida by US regulators. The regulator said the firm had not been authorized to transport schoolchildren in Florida, and said the test was “irresponsible” and “inappropriate”.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. It follows a five-year inquiry which found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in the nation’s institutions over decades.

Doctors in Belarus are reported to have cured more than 80% of sufferers from a deadly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis using a new drug, bedaquiline, alongside other antibiotics. Belarus has the highest rates of multidrug-resistant TB.

North and South Korea have agreed to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom, the “truce town” that straddles their border. Panmunjom is the only place along the border where troops from the two Koreas face each other. The aim is to reduce tensions between the two countries.

WND

Arkansas’s bar has declined to sanction former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her handling of her secret emails, rejecting a request that she face a misconduct investigation.

Cow’s milk a symbol of white supremacy? That’s the claim not only of the animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals but also researchers featured in a report by the New York Times.

Teens are abandoning Facebook at a staggering rate, but they’re still flocking to sister app Instagram, according to a new survey.


News – 10/23/2018

IDF Uncovers Hezbollah Observation Posts on Israel-Lebanon Border
In a statement, the IDF explained that Hezbollah uses Green Without Borders “as a cover story for the organization’s activity in the contact zone and establishes observation posts aimed at gathering information about IDF forces. “The Hezbollah terrorist organization violates UN Resolution 1701 on a regular basis, operating in the area south of the Litani River, and using civilian camouflage and reinforcing military capabilities in the rural areas of the Shi’ite villages in violation of the UN resolution,” the IDF said.

Unusual: 3 large quakes off Vancouver Island within an hour
Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.6-magnitude quake about 160 miles (260 kilometres) west of Tofino, followed by a 6.8 tremor and then a third measuring 6.5. Survey geophysicist Zachary Reeves said all three quakes occurred in the same general area over about an hour and at a shallow depth of approximately six miles

Sky sources: Jamal Khashoggi’s body parts found
Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky sources. Sources have told Sky News the writer had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured”. One source also suggested Mr Khashoggi’s remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s home.

Suspected bomb found at George Soros’ New York home
A package containing what appeared to be an explosive device was found in a mail box outside the New York residence of billionaire financier George Soros on Monday, police said.

“Drowning In A Sea Of Red”: Global Markets Plunge As European Tech Stocks Crash; Chinese Rout Returns
Yesterday morning, Morgan Stanley declared that the “dead cat bounce is over. One day later, the bank’s thesis was confirmed with global markets a sea of red on Tuesday, as a violent rout in Asia carried over into Europe, slamming tech and industrial stocks, and crossing the Atlantic, sending US equity futures retesting the lowest level hit during the October 10/11 two-day rout.

Turkey’s Erdogan says signs show Khashoggi killing was planned
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday there were strong signs Jamal Khashoggi’s “savage” killing was planned and attempts to blame it on intelligence operatives – Riyadh has suggested it was a rogue operation — “will not satisfy us.” In a speech to parliament, Erdogan did not mention Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who some U.S. lawmakers suspect ordered the killing.

Hurricane Willa: Mexico warns of ‘extremely dangerous’ storm
Mexico has issued an alert for parts of its Pacific seaboard as it prepares for the “life-threatening” Hurricane Willa. Willa is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s south-western coast later on Tuesday and is “potentially catastrophic”, forecasters say. Currently a Category Four – out of five – storm, it threatens to bring torrential rains and major flooding.

Dow is set for steep triple-digit losses as investors keep dumping major technology and bank stocks
U.S. stock futures pointed to a deeply negative open Tuesday morning as investors continued to sell major technology and financial shares during this turbulent October for markets. Netflix dropped 2.3 percent in premarket trading, set to add to its 11 percent drop this month. Amazon, Nvidia, Alphabet and Twitter shares were also set to open lower as investors worried about valuations for high-flying technology names with interest rates on the rise.

Previously Deported Illegal Aliens Join Caravan: ‘It’s Time for Me to Go Back’
Previously deported illegal aliens are joining the now 7,000-strong migrant caravan headed to the United States-Mexico border, to inundate and overwhelm the country’s asylum and immigration system. A new report by the Washington Post reveals that the migrant caravan now includes illegal aliens who have already been deported from the U.S., but who are looking to illegally re-enter through the southern border with the caravan.

Thanks, Common Core: ACT Scores for Class of 2018 Worst in Decades
he creators of the ACT test announced on Wednesday that scores for the class of 2018 are the worst reported in decades. Math scores, in fact, are in freefall among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates, falling to their lowest mark in 14 years, according to The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018, the ACT’s annual report. The report includes ACT test results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Bill proposal: PA to pay terrorists’ medical bills
The Ministry of Public Security presented new legislation on Tuesday proposing to impose costs of terrorists’ medical expenses on the Palestinian Authority. The bill…proposes to add a new clause to the National Health Insurance Law that would restrict medical care “for those who take part in terrorist activity” and exempt Israel from footing terrorists’ medical bills.

Trump’s missile treaty pullout could escalate tension with China
A U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia could give the Pentagon new options to counter Chinese missile advances but experts warn the ensuing arms race could greatly escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific. U.S. officials have been warning for years that the United States was being put at a disadvantage by China’s development of increasingly sophisticated land-based missile forces…

How many missiles does Hezbollah have aimed at Israel?
Security Minister reveals Lebanese terror group’s arsenal has grown to 150,000 missiles and rockets, says Iraq could join assault on Israel.

Meet the Devious Christian Group Working to Turn You Against Israel
Evangelical Christians are some of Israel’s biggest supporters in the United States. However, there is a movement to turn evangelicals against Israel and it’s coming from other Christians.

South Africa’s black government prepares to seize hundreds of acres of land from white farmers as a test case to see if theft without compensation is legal
Mayor Mzwandile Masina called implementation of new land laws a test caseEkurhuleni just outside Johannesburg to start seizing hundreds of acres of landSouth Africa introduced land seizures without compensation from white farmersThousands of black citizens living in shacks as no room to build low cost housing

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Personhood of Unborn Babies, Judge Calls for End to Roe
The Alabama Supreme Court unanimously voted to uphold the “value” and personhood of unborn babies in the womb on Friday, Oct. 19, in the case of Jessie Livell Phillips v. State of Alabama

Trump’s Water Compact Will Lower Food Prices and It Could Guarantee Victory in the Midterm Elections
Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown’s policies destroyed the rural farming in California both in the south central and northern areas of the state. President Trump is bringing back water to these areas in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s wishes.

Planned Collapse of the Dollar and the Federal Reserve Is Behind the Plot
This article will take a purposeful snapshot of the globalist forces who are conspiring to bring down the US dollar and derail the Trump-led populism that is sweeping the country.

Cinemas drop ‘Gosnell’ film despite success
Phelim McAleer, producer of “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” says he and his team are receiving reports from across the country of movie theaters obstructing people who want to see his film about the notorious abortion doctor.

The Swedish Are Micro-chipping Themselves By The Thousands
Thousands of people in Sweden are microchipping themselves in an effort to speed up their day. The Swedish are inserting microchips under the skin in their hands to make their daily lives easier.

Caravan Migrant: Donald Trump Is The ‘Antichrist’ And Is ‘Going to Hell’
A Central American migrant in the 7,000-strong army headed for the United States told CNN over the weekend that Donald Trump is the “Antichrist” and he is “going to hell.” “Donald Trump is the Antichrist,” the angry migrant shouted at CNN’s Bill Weir in Spanish at the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

FBI Admits Undercover Spies Were Planted Within Trump Campaign
Under James Comey’s leadership, the FBI planted undercover spies within the Trump campaign to covertly spy on the then-presidential candidate’s officials, a bombshell new court filing has revealed.

Report: 5 Dead Sea Scrolls ‘fake’ at Museum of Bible
The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is reportedly removing five artifacts from its Dead Sea Scrolls display after scientific testing indicated the fragments were not authentic.

Scores of Christians Killed in Muslim Attack on Market in Nigeria, Church Building Set Ablaze, 55 DEAD
The world has learned nothing from the Holocaust. Silence and fear then. Silence and fear now. Worse still, the United Nations, created to prevent genocide, actually aids and abets it. They just gave a terror orgainization additional power at the United Nations in order to lead the G77, the largest voting bloc at the global body.

OUTBREAK ALERT: Ebola Containment Stalled By Violence
Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has made it increasingly difficult for health officials who are attempting to contain an outbreak of Ebola. The DRC’s Ministry of Health reported that rebels in the Rwenzori neighborhood of Beni killed at least 15 people and kidnapped another dozen over the weekend.

Child Abuse Survivors Win Massive Lawsuit Against Priest For Pedophile Cover-up
The three Chilean child abuse survivors of the country’s most notorious pedophile priest have won a massive lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago, according to reports.

Hondurans Burn The American Flag As 7,000 Migrants March To Assault The US Border, Women And Children Conspicuously Absent
As the migrant caravan gets closer to the US border, one thing becomes frightfully clear. These are not poor and needy, economically deprived people just looking for food, clothing and shelter. Not only that, women and children are conspicuously absent from this march north.

Christian Leader Ralph Reed: “We’re Going to Turn Out the Biggest Christian Vote” in the 2018 Mid-terms in Modern History!!!
Ralph Reed..current head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition..recently spoke..and shared how his group is reaching out to over 26 million Christian Americans in highly contested states in the mid-term election and to encourage them to vote for Republicans in their states.

Taking heat and taking land: 9 things to know for October 22
1-Right of returning land: Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday announced that the country would be ending a lease on lands with Israel that was part of the 1995 peace agreement, including an area known as the Isle of Peace, or Naharayyim.


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Benny Hinn Sued for Nearly 3 Million in Defaulted Loans

Eugene Peterson, author of ‘The Message’ and pastor to other pastors, dies at age 85

Museum of the Bible says 5 Dead Sea Scrolls are forgeries

Pastors Will Ask for God’s Blessing on Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic

Nigeria: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” murder 55 Christians, burn Christian-owned homes and shops


Headlines – 10/23/2018

Liberman vows tough response in Gaza, says ‘no choice but war’

Liberman says Israel has ‘exhausted all options’ on Gaza

Gazans scale back border protests as Egypt renews cease-fire efforts

Emerging truce deal would see Qatar fund Gaza’s salaries, fuel

Hamas cracks down on Gaza drugs

PA condemns arrest of senior Palestinian officials by Israel

Soldier lightly injured in stabbing attack in Hebron; assailant shot dead

Israeli-Jordanian peace deal is strong – despite Amman’s ingratitude

Jordan foreign minister says will not negotiate with Israel over leased land

Jordanian FM: We Will Not Negotiate Sovereignty Over Annexes With Israel

Jordan nixing of land leases could sow distrust, but some see hope for reversal

Jordan Revoking Part of Peace Treaty With Israel an Economic ‘Death Sentence’ for Farmers

Trump reported to be losing faith in Netanyahu’s commitment to peace

Trump said to question Netanyahu commitment to peace, threaten to get ‘tough’

Trump told Macron he’s ready to pressure Netanyahu to back peace plan

Kushner: ‘Reasonable’ Palestinians will back peace plan, status quo unacceptable

Kushner hopeful of achieving lasting peace between Israel and Palestine

Khashoggi’s Killing Threatens Trump Dreams for Mideast Peace

Kushner says cannot take Saudi account of Khashoggi murder at face value

Kushner says he told Saudi prince to be ‘fully transparent’ on consulate death

Trump describes death of Saudi journalist Khashoggi as ‘plot gone awry’

Khashoggi’s Murder at Saudi Consulate ‘Monstrously Planned,’ Turkey’s Ruling Party Says

‘Bring Me the Head of the Dog’: How the Top MBS Aide Behind Khashoggi’s Murder Ran the Killing via Skype

Saudi Operative Seen Wearing Jamal Khashoggi’s Clothes After Killing

Saudi summit website attacked by hackers

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief distributes 92 tons of food aid to displaced Yemenis

Liberman: U.S. sanctions will reduce Iran’s terror financing

Protesters demand Iran’s intelligence ministry be placed on EU terror black list

EU urges Russia, US to preserve 1987 arms treaty

Russians tell US security chief they’re ready to cooperate over nuclear treaty

Bolton faces tense talks with Russia over nuclear treaty

Kremlin: We’ll Respond in Kind if U.S. Develops Intermediate Missiles

Trump threatens to build up U.S. nuclear arsenal against China, Russia

US sails warships through Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China

Trump’s tariffs could end up hurting China’s economy ‘very badly’ over the next few months

Chinese official tells American investors at a meeting: We don’t fear a trade war with the US

U.S. Treasury calls reveal “deep concern” over S.Korea banks’ N.Korea plans

Explosive device found in mailbox at George Soros’s New York home

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Describes Extreme Chaos in Trump Administration

Over 7K-strong, migrant caravan pushes on; still far from US

Second migrant caravan: New group rushes to join ranks, deportees vow return to America

Honduran ex-lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan to US is detained

Homeland Security warns of cartels’ role in migrant caravan

Donald Trump Is the ‘Antichrist’ and Is ‘Going To Hell,’ Immigrant From Caravan Says

As caravan approaches, Trump warns he’ll cut aid to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

Migrant caravan could prompt a wider confrontation between Mexico, US

Trump on migrant caravan: ‘Onslaught of illegal aliens’ represents ‘disgrace’ to the Dems

California company that hires protesters is accused of extortion

Banks’ Golden Deposits Are Heading Out the Door

YouTube CEO warns EU ‘meme ban’ threatens the open internet

Uber’s drone-based food delivery could begin in 2021

Several earthquakes strike off Vancouver Island, with no reports of damage

3 earthquakes off Vancouver Island ‘reminder’ that the big one is coming

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Hardy, Canada

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Hardy, Canada

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Hardy, Canada

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Hardy, Canada

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yining Xian, China

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kasiguncu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5 Earthquakes Recorded in England Just Days After Fracking Restarts

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Guam, Northern Mariana Islands on alert for future Typhoon Yutu

Hurricane Willa Strengthens Into a Category 5 in Eastern Pacific; Poses Danger to Mexico on Tuesday

Austin residents ordered to boil water following historic flooding

UN’s 10-year plan to tackle world’s drug problem has been ‘spectacular failure’ as production and consumption soar, report says

Employees and execs are failing drug tests at shocking rates

Mysterious ‘polio-like’ illness AFM is likely more widespread than reported, experts say

Designer babies aren’t futuristic. They’re already here.

Racial tension divides Pa. town after first black, gay mayor is elected

Trans People Say They #WontBeErased As Trump Administration Mulls Defining ‘Sex’

Australia offers rare national apology to victims of child sex abuse

China’s ‘Ultimate Goal Is to Eliminate All Religion,’ Priest Warns


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for October 23, 2018

October 22, 2018
ALAN KEYES — I am not at all surprised that Facebook is practicing repressive policies aimed at stifling political views at odds with its elitist totalitarian corporate culture. Facebook’s success rests on luring people into accepting a corporate culture that amounts to indentured servitude/slave labor…. (more)

October 22, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the midterm elections come down to mob rule, saying if voters elect Democrats, they’ll be rewarding bad behavior. The South Carolina Republican will be campaigning in 13 states over the course of 12 days, cheering on Republicans ahead of the November election…. (more)

October 22, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — An angry constituent confronted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, while they were dining in a Louisville, Ky. restaurant Friday night. “Why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave the entire country?” the man yelled at McConnell, local CNN affiliate WLKY reported…. (more)

October 22, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — During the lead-up to the Vietnam War, the media sometimes carried horrific images of Buddhist monks setting themselves afire to protest the South Vietnamese government. These tragic self-immolations were literally Pyrrhic victories for the protesters, who never got to see the results of their sacrifice…. (more)

October 22, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The combined efforts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and the U.S. were not enough to deter thousands of migrants who broke through barricades or swam into Mexico over the weekend, defying their home government’s calls for them to return and America’s warnings that their journey is futile…. (more)


October 22, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the U.S. is quickly approaching a “moment of crisis” when it comes to immigration. Speaking at a press conference in Mexico City alongside his counterpart, Mexican foreign secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, Pompeo stressed the need to address the influx of immigrants to both countries. “We are quickly reaching a point which appears to be a moment of crisis,” he said…. (more)

October 22, 2018
N.Y. Times ‘apoplectic’ over bold Trump initiative
JOSEPH FARAH — The New York Times is apoplectic – – again. But this time, it’s because of something so scary to the left, so unimaginably horrific, so brutally honest, so politically incorrect – – an act of courage so profound by President Trump – – that it could possibly save the country from ruin…. (more)

October 22, 2018
BRIETBART — Less than a year before gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum publicly denounced President Donald Trump’s efforts to investigate the threat of voter fraud, Gillum’s brother, Marcus Gillum, voted in the 2016 general election in Tallahassee, Florida while a resident of Chicago, Illinois. According to Florida law, you must be a legal resident in Florida to vote in elections. Casting an illegal vote in Florida is a third-degree felony…. (more)

October 22, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A report from Iranian dissidents shows how the hard-line Islamic regime places terrorist operatives abroad under the cover of diplomacy. From Austria to Albania to Iraq, an expansionist Iran has turned embassies into terrorism planning sites to meddle in host governments and hunt down the opposition, according to the report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The coalition includes the activist chapter known as MEK, which operates far-flung spy networks in Iran…. (more)

October 20, 2018
Grisly numbers rise in widening funeral homes scandal
WORLDNETDAILY — Stuffed into boxes and freezers, some 63 unexplained fetuses have now been discovered at two Detroit area funeral homes sparking grisly concerns of a second Kermit Gosnell-style scandal. Detroit Police executed a search warrant at a west-side funeral home near Wayne State University and removed 63 remains of fetuses, police said, while custody of the remains – – found at the Perry Funeral Home, on Trumbull just north of Warren Avenue – – was turned over to state investigators, who immediately declared the business closed and its license suspended, according to a statement from Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs…. (more)


October 20, 2018
Movie chronicling crimes of Philadelphia abortionist owes success in part to crowdfunding
WASHINGTON TIMES — It was a movie destined for failure – – relying on crowdfunding for its shoestring budget, garnering little to no attention among liberal media outlets and opening in only 673 theaters around the country. Still, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” succeeded in its opening weekend at the box office, becoming the No. 12 film release last week. Its $1.16 million in ticket sales placed the film just behind “A Simple Favor” ($1.3 million) and just ahead of “Crazy Rich Asians” ($1 million), according to the Box Office Mojo website…. (more)

October 20, 2018
Senator used firm’s business partner rather than commercial service to prove heritage
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ex-husband co-founded a DNA testing company and wrote one of the first computer codes for making genetic comparisons. Jim Warren’s career involved him in the kinds of genetic testing that Elizabeth Warren controversially invoked this month to prove that she had Native American ancestry…. (more)

October 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Radio host Rush Limbaugh is confident that the unreliability of political polling will be highlighted once again once the midterm election results roll in. A preview for “El Rushbo’s” Thursday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity offers a prediction from the famous conservative: Republicans will hold onto the House and Senate in large part because of political developments over the past month…. (more)

October 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Mexico has asked the United Nations for assistance with the migrant caravan knocking on its border, saying international officials must help figure out who deserves asylum and who should be deported or refused entry. Hundreds of Mexican police faced off Thursday across the Mexico-Guatemala border against the vanguard of the caravan, which has grown to some 4,000 people, mostly from Honduras. Some migrants reportedly made it to shelters in Mexico…. (more)


October 20, 2018
Alleged to have concealed offer of interview in California
WORLDNETDAILY — When Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her decades ago, she said she didn’t know that committee staffers had offered to meet her in California…. (more)

October 20, 2018
CHERIE ZASLAWSKY — On Thursday, October 4th, Chuck Schumer repeated his claim that Christine Blasey Ford’s uncorroborated testimony was credible, and added that she “came forward and won America’s hearts.” Huh? No Chuck, she didn’t “win our hearts.” She made us sick to our stomachs… (more)

October 19, 2018
Alleged accomplice has grounds for defamation after losing home, job
ART MOORE — With Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., suggesting Democrats might investigate Brett Kavanaugh if their party takes back the House in November, the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of attempted rape by the new Supreme Court justice 36 years ago remains relevant…. (more)

October 19, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the “scourge of homosexuality” in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it…. (more)

October 19, 2018
Sabo, a conservative street artist, replaced a photo of killer Michael Myers with one of the congresswoman.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — A billboard advertising the new Halloween movie opening Friday was altered after a street artist swapped out an image of serial killer Michael Myers and replaced it with one of Maxine Waters. The gigantic billboard at Pico Boulevard in West Hollywood remains intact, only the congresswoman is now holding the sharp butcher knife in her right hand, looking ready to plunge it into an unsuspecting victim. The phrase “#Uncivil Democrats” has also been added…. (more)


October 19, 2018
NEWSMAX — The creator of the comic strip Dilbert predicted in a new interview that Republicans will turn out in droves to cast their votes on Election Day next month. Cartoonist and author Scott Adams, a supporter of President Donald Trump, spoke with Breitbart and said he believes the GOP will have large turnout – – although he noted that may not lead to the party retaining control of the House…. (more)

October 19, 2018
NEWSMAX — Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez offered another variation of Michelle Obama’s oft-stated advice on what to do if Republicans “go low.” “When they go low, we go vote,” Perez said while discussing the November midterm elections during a Friday interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”… (more)

October 19, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Saudi Arabia acknowledged late Friday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and claimed that he died in a fist fight. In a statement on Saudi state television, the government said 18 Saudi citizens have been detained pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Mr. Khashoggi, a prominent government critic and legal U.S. resident…. (more)

October 19, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flatly denying an ABC News report that said he listened to, and read the transcript of, audio of columnist Jamal Khashoggi being murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. ABC quoted a “senior Turkish official” for the bombshell story that indirectly confirms that such a tape exists and that a Saudi hit squad killed Mr. Khashoggi…. (more)

October 18, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — My Irish-American blood recoils whenever I hear the word “Fredericksburg.” So many young Irishmen were sent to a needless early death because of the slaughter that occurred in that Virginia city 53 miles south of Washington, D. C., during the American Civil War in December 1862…. (more)

October 17, 2018
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — I began attending mass regularly in late 2000 at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill. The pastor was Fr. Paul Lavin. I didn’t know at the time, but in the prior decade, a man had accused Fr. Lavin of molesting him as a boy. A couple of years later, after I had moved to the other side of the Hill and mostly went to another parish, Fr. Lavin was suspended after a second accusation of sexual abuse came out…. (more)

 

Barna Update | U.S. Adults Have Few Friends—and They’re Mostly Alike

Barna has been examining the role of friendships over the years and, like other researchers, finds signs of a loneliness epidemic. Drawing from a number of recent studies of all adults, as well as Gen Z and pastors, we look at the state of friendship in the U.S.

Do Americans make friends who are unlike them? Which groups are more likely to feel lonely? For teens raised in a digital era, are in-person friendships important? How do pastors describe their closest relationships? These and other questions are covered in this article about friendship trends.

Read more: U.S. Adults Have Few Friends—and They’re Mostly Alike

What’s Worse Than Fake News?

It is popular among conservatives today to call false news reports “fake news.” While many of the news reports coming out today are fake, inaccurate, and in many cases outright lies, the news is far worse than just fake news – it’s propaganda. Propaganda is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” It is disinformation (i.e., manipulation of the truth into lies) similar to that used by the former Soviet KGB and the Nazi Ministry of Information. Most of the information today on the major TV networks (think CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and most mainstream media) is blatantly misleading or false – especially when it is related to political and financial matters.

Using lies and disinformation to promote ideas and influence public opinion can have devastating consequences. For example, if a food company lies about the contents of its products (a common occurrence in our day), it could cause health problems for some and even death if they lie about the allergens, chemicals, etc. Lying about the efficacy of a medical treatment or prescription drugs or vaccines can destroy the health and wealth of many people, and it can also result in death – as we are currently seeing with flu vaccines in the US. In fact, it happens on a daily basis in this country. We’ve written about how our medical system (especially Big Pharma) has bought and paid for the media (and the Congress), both of which refuse to speak ill of most drugs, vaccines, and medical procedures, or to speak favorably of alternative treatments. The result is deadly.

But when it comes to politics and government, the result can be even more deadly. In Germany, for instance, propaganda led to the death of over six million Jews and tens of millions of Allied and Axis soldiers and civilians. In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin hailed the glories of communism, and then proceeded to kill over 40 million people. Likewise, in China, the propaganda produced by Mao Tse Tung (Zedong) destroyed capitalism and ended up in the death of over 45 million people in four years.

When governments control the media, the results are terrifying. Not only do people lose their freedoms, they lose everything they own, and they often lose their lives. Many will say that America won’t follow the Nazis, communists, and fascists, but MIA has previously detailed how America is already essentially a fascist state, and is rapidly moving toward greater control of everything and every person. Mind/information control is their most potent weapon.

Between the government, the major corporations, and the Establishment-controlled media, fascism in America is already here and its propaganda machine is in high gear. (This is also very true within the American public education system – where children are brainwashed from kindergarten through university.) The leftist control of information (or disinformation) is clearly demonstrated by the radical opposition to Trump and his agenda – from both Democrats and many Republicans. The Democrats and the controlled media no longer hide their propaganda – it is right in your face and obvious to any thinking person. The liberal Establishment controlled Republicans (RINOS), however, are just as sinister. They hate Trump even more than the leftist Democrats. They are a propaganda machine for big government, the controlled media, and their corporate supporters.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, February 2018)

Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Roman Catholics believe salvation is by faith plus works, grace plus merit, and Christ plus our own righteousness. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul looks at the Reformers’ objections to this view.

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

In the Roman Catholic view, it is faith plus works that gives us justification. It is grace plus merit that gives us justification. It is Christ plus me and my inherent righteousness that gives me justification. That’s the formula in a nutshell. The reformers objected strenuously to this and said, “No.” This is crossed out by the reformers. This is crossed out by the reformers, and my inherent righteousness is crossed out, so that you have faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone.

via Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone — Ligonier Ministries Blog

’The Creepy Line’ Documentary Explores How Google and Facebook Can Undermine Democracy — Christian Research Network

The Creepy Line explores how the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley can utilize their platforms to suppress speech and undermine democracy — a topic of vital importance for elections in 2018, 2020, and beyond.

(Lucas Nolan – Breitbart) The Creepy Line is a new feature-length documentary that explores how Silicon Valley tech companies can use their vast influence to crack down on speech and undermine democracy. The film focuses specifically on Facebook and Google, and analyzes exactly what these companies do once they have unlimited access to user’s data. The film uses first-hand accounts, scientific experiments, and detailed analysis to explore the risks of allowing these two tech giants free reign over the personal information of millions of people.

Watch the Creepy Line Trailer on the site

The title of the documentary is lifted directly from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during an interview in 2010 he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

The new feature-length documentary is directed by M.A. Taylor and features interviews with prominent figures such as Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and Peter Schweizer, President of the Government Accountability Institute and author of Clinton Cash.  View article →

via ’The Creepy Line’ Documentary Explores How Google and Facebook Can Undermine Democracy — Christian Research Network

Restoring True Heresy – Again — Christian Research Network

To be fair, some heretics are probably not even aware that they are peddling recycled heresy because they are usually as ignorant of Church history as they are of Christian doctrine. So when they burst on the scene and breathlessly announce (for the gazillionth time) that at some point in the past “all of the church was corrupted and apostatized,” and they are “restoring true Christianity after centuries of spiritual darkness,” it may be that they just don’t know how many cults have already recovered true Christianity.

(Joy Venoit – Midwest Christian Outreach)  When books or articles feature questions such as, “When Did Jesus Become the Christ?” or “When Did Jesus Become the Son of God?” it usually indicates that we are about to be introduced to a heretical view about the identity of Jesus. …

Most often the proposed answer to the question will demonstrate a lack of any real familiarity with Scripture or history, and nearly always employs strawman arguments that the author erects and then boldly kicks over. Antagonists of the biblical/historical faith quite often engage in this type of setup, but they are not alone in their folly. Cults of Christianity (cults which identify as Christian and are supposedly biblically based) use similar tactics. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, for example, recycles the adoptionism heresy, which was condemned in the second century. The view essentially claims that the merely human Jesus was adopted as the Son of God or anointed as the Christ (or Messiah) at His baptism. They write in their 1975 book, Holy Spirit – The Force Behind the Coming New Order on page 90,

When did this Jesus become actually ‘Christ the Lord’? Not on the eighth day of his birth, when he was circumcised. He was not anointed on that day. It was when he was thirty years old.

A few pages later we read on page 113:

Jesus was anointed with holy spirit after his baptism in water and he thus became Christ or Anointed One, so too with his disciples.

One doesn’t have to go too far in the Gospel of Luke to find Scripture exposing this claim as false. In Luke 2:11 we read,

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (ESV, cf. Matthew 1:17)

The biblical writers record the angel announcing that the One Who was born, the Savior, already isChrist when He was born. However, we have noticed over the years that the Watchtower has never been one to let the truth get in the way of a good story. View article →

Research:

Cults & Heretical Teaching

via Restoring True Heresy – Again — Christian Research Network

Will Evangelicals love both Israel and her Arab neighbors? It’s not always easy. But it’s a command of both Moses and Jesus. (My remarks to the 2018 Christian Media Summit, delivered at the Israeli President’s Residence.)

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Joel-PresidentRivlin-speech(Jerusalem, Israel) — Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to join some 180 Evangelical journalists, broadcasters and authors from more than 30 countries participating in the 2018 Christian Media Summit held here in the Israeli capital. 

Over the course of four days, we met with and were able to ask questions of:

“We have no better friends in the world than our Christian friends and I take this opportunity to thank you for your steadfast support,” the Prime Minister told us…

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Liberals Outraged As Trump Admin Plans To Scientifically Define Gender According To Biological Condition Present At Birth — Now The End Begins

The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.

For the past 6,000 years, only two types of people have been born, either male or female. Occasionally there will be a mutation such as a person born with both sex organs, twins fused together as siamese twins, or people born missing body parts. But suffice to say, a third gender has never exited a human mother’s womb in the entire history of humanity. Even the miracle birth of Jesus to Mary, who remained a virgin until she began to have 6 other children with Joseph, did not produce a third gender. No, it would take Barack Obama to produce more than the 2 genders created by God.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Genesis 1:27, 2:22 (KJV)

So just where did this idea that there are more than 2 genders come from? It was a product of the Obama administration, invented from whole cloth to satisfy his Liberal voter base. It was not the product of science, biology or new revelation from empirical evidence in the laboratory. Obama created something that existed only in fantasy, something that the Trump administration is going to undo and rightly so.

When a Christian debates a Liberal over something like creation, we are immediately mocked as bible believing ‘science deniers’. Yet, that same Liberal will turn their back on science when discussing gender because science only recognizes two genders. Obama gave the LGBTQ something they were never entitled to have in the first place, something that didn’t exist. Trump is not ‘redefining’ gender as the New York Times derisively suggests, he is simply returning it to the position the entire world has held for 6,000 years.

FROM THE NY TIMES: A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept. Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed.

Protests As President Donald Trump Administration Considers Re-Defining Gender

Now the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.

The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into.

The move would be the most significant of a series of maneuvers, large and small, to exclude the population from civil rights protections and roll back the Obama administration’s more fluid recognition of gender identity. The Trump administration has sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military and has legally challenged civil rights protections for the group embedded in the nation’s health care law.

Several agencies have withdrawn Obama-era policies that recognized gender identity in schools, prisons and homeless shelters. The administration even tried to remove questions about gender identity from a 2020 census survey and a national survey of elderly citizens. READ MORE

via Liberals Outraged As Trump Admin Plans To Scientifically Define Gender According To Biological Condition Present At Birth — Now The End Begins

October 23 Daily Help

IF there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of His people, it is where He plunged deepest into the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the Man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold His heart so brimming with love that He cannot hold it in—so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the Man as they drive the nails into His hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. If we would live aright, it must be by the contemplation of His death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering His humiliation and His sorrow.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 300). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

October 23, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Redeemer

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. (15:20–22)

First Paul reaffirms Christ’s resurrection: But now Christ has been raised from the dead, a truth his readers already acknowledged and believed (vv. 1–2). The words “and become,” found in some translations (e.g., the KJV), do not come first in the original text and are misleading. Christ did not become the first fruits at some time after His resurrection, but at the moment of His resurrection, by the very fact of His resurrection. His being raised made Him the first fruits of all who would be raised.

Before Israelites harvested their crops they were to bring a representative sample, called the first fruits, to the priests as an offering to the Lord (Lev. 23:10). The full harvest could not be made until the first fruits were offered. That is the point of Paul’s figure here. Christ’s own resurrection was the first fruits of the resurrection “harvest” of the believing dead. In His death and resurrection Christ made an offering of Himself to the Father on our behalf.

The significance of the first fruits, however, not only was that they preceded the harvest but that they were a first installment of the harvest. The fact that Christ was the first fruits therefore indicates that something else, namely the harvest of the rest of the crop, is to follow. In other words, Christ’s resurrection could not have been in isolation from ours. His resurrection requires our resurrection, because His resurrection was part of the larger resurrection of God’s redeemed.

The resurrection of which Paul speaks here is permanent resurrection. Both the Old and New Testaments tell of persons who died and were miraculously brought back to life (1 Kings 17:22; 2 Kings 4:34–36; 13:21; Luke 7:15; John 11:44). But all of those persons died again. Even those whom Jesus raised—the son of the widow of Nain, Jairus’s daughter, and Lazarus—eventually died again. Christ Himself, however, was the first to be raised never to die again.

As in 15:6, 18 (cf. Matt. 27:52; Acts 7:60; 2 Pet. 3:4), those who are asleep refers to the dead, in this instance to the righteous dead, whose spirits have gone to be with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; cf. Phil. 1:23) but whose remains are in the grave, awaiting recomposition and resurrection.

Through Christ, as a man, came the resurrection of the dead, just as through Adam, the first man, came death. Paul’s point here is that Jesus’ humanness was inextricably involved both in His resurrection and in ours. It was because Jesus died, was buried, and was raised as a man that He could become the first fruits of all other men who would be raised to glory. As already noted, the first fruits and the harvest were from the same crop.

In verse 22 Paul continues to explain how the great truth of the one resurrection of Christ affects believers. The convincing analogy comes from the first man: For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. Just as Adam was the progenitor of everyone who dies, so Christ is the progenitor of everyone who will be raised to life. In each case, one man doing one act caused the consequences of that act to be applied to every other person identified with him. Those who are identified with Adam—every person who has been born—is subject to death because of Adam’s sinful act. Likewise, those who are identified with Christ—every person who has been born again in Him—is subject to resurrection to eternal life because of Christ’s righteous act. In Adam all have inherited a sin nature and therefore will die. In Christ all who believe in Him have inherited eternal life, and shall be made alive, in body as well as in spirit. “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).

From countless other passages of Scripture we know that the two alls in verse 22, though alike in some respects, cannot be equal. Those who attempt to read universalism into this passage must contradict those other passages that teach reprobation (Matt. 5:29; 10:28; 25:41, 46; Luke 16:23; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 20:15; etc.). The alls are alike in that they both apply to descendants. Every human being is a descendant of Adam, and therefore the first all is universal. With only the exceptions of Enoch and Elijah, whom the Lord took directly to be with Himself, and of those saints who will be raptured, every person born will die.

Only those who trust in Jesus Christ, however, are His descendants (as illustrated in John 8:44), and the second all therefore applies only to the saved. It is only all the fellow sons of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26, 29; 4:7; Eph. 3:6; cf. Acts 20:32; Titus 3:7) who shall be made alive. In Adam is simply to be human, to have been born once. In Christ is to have eternal life, to be born again. By natural descent from Adam, having inherited his sin, all die. By supernatural descent from Christ, having inherited His righteousness, all shall be made alive.

Though the inheritance in both cases is bodily as well as spiritual, Paul’s major emphasis here is on the bodily. Through Adam’s sin, man died spiritually and became subject to death bodily. Likewise, through Christ believers are given life spiritually and will be raised bodily. But our spirits, because they go to be with the Lord at death, will not wait to be resurrected. Only our bodies will be resurrected, and that is the truth stressed here.[1]


20 “But now” (nyni de; NASB) are two of the sweetest words in the Bible, for they are often followed by words of comfort and hope (see, e.g., Ro 3:21; 6:22; 7:6; Gal 4:9; Eph 2:13; 5:8; Col 1:22; Heb 9:26; 1 Pe 2:10). Here Paul has just been speculating on the possibility that Christ had not been raised from the dead (vv. 13–19). But now he triumphantly states, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” Easter did happen, not (as some today claim) in the minds of the disciples in order to keep the ideals of Jesus alive, but in actual historical fact. The tomb was empty on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion not because someone stole the body, but because the body that lay in the grave emerged alive. Thus all the hypothetical consequences of vv. 13–19 are false; i.e., preaching is valid, the apostles are not false witnesses, faith does save, we are not in our sins, and there is the hope of resurrection for all who have fallen asleep in Christ.

This last statement is the implication of the second part of v. 20: Christ is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” The imagery of “firstfruits” (aparchē, GK 569) links with the Feast of Firstfruits in the OT (cf. Ex 23:16; Lev 23:9–14). On this day, at the beginning of the grain harvest, the Israelites brought the first sheaf harvested and dedicated it to the Lord. This offering assured the Israelites that the rest of the harvest would follow. Christ is the firstfruits of the resurrection—the first person to be raised from the dead permanently. His resurrection assures us that someday there will be a complete harvest. A day is coming when all God’s people who have died will be raised to life and will enter the new kingdom of God—at the time when Jesus returns on the clouds of heaven (cf. 1 Th 4:13–17). Those in Corinth who were denying the possibility of human resurrection are simply wrong.

21–22 Paul now draws into his discussion the entire Adam-Christ typology (cf. Ro 5:12–21; see comments there). Sin entered the world through one man, Adam, when he ate of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. As a result of his sin, death entered into the human world in fulfillment of the word of the Lord—“when you eat of it [the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] you will surely die” (Ge 2:17). Part of the curse of God on sin in Genesis 3 contained these words of judgment: “for dust you are and to dust you will return” (3:19). While Adam did not die physically on that fateful day, he did die spiritually, and his sin set in motion the seeds of corruption and decay that eventually resulted in “and then he died” (5:5). The results of his sin have been passed on to us so that all human beings are now subject to death. In other words, “death came through a man” (1 Co 15:21); “in Adam all die” (v. 22).

But through another man, Jesus, who as the sinless Son of God paid the penalty of sin by his death on the cross, came also “the resurrection of the dead.” Jesus’ resurrection was not simply an event that happened to him as a human being, but an event that set in motion the reversal of the curse of God against Adam. We can now anticipate a time when our bodies, laid in a grave at the time of death, will be raised back to life. In other words, “the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man” (v. 21); “in Christ all will be made alive” (v. 22).

It is important to recognize here the notion of representation. Adam stands as the representative of an entire group of people (all human beings), and what happened to him will happen to all those in that group—all human beings will die. Christ too stands as the representative of an entire group of people, but in this case it is not all human beings, but only those who have believed in him. Thus the “all” of v. 22b is more limited than the “all” of v. 22a. Paul’s emphasis here is that the “all” who will be made alive are all those who are “in Christ.”[2]


15:20 / Paul sets this line in firm juxtaposition to his previous comments with the initial words “But now” (Gk. nyni de). In declaring a fresh starting point, Paul abandons imaginary rhetorical conditions and proclaims his essential conviction, which is to be taken as the foundation of the faith and understanding of the Corinthians: Christ has indeed been raised from the dead. Paul explains this basic conviction and its implicit meaning for Christian life in a biblical metaphor: the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

The declaration of Christ’s resurrection required explanation in part because its occurrence defied expectations. In Judaism the resurrection was thought to be future and corporate. All those who would be raised were expected to be raised together at some future time that God would determine. This pattern of expectation was developed in Judaism in a dialogue with the Scriptures. Thus, to claim that Christ was raised from the dead—before all others and before the end—seemed to go against the biblical perspective. Paul’s metaphor of “firstfruits,” however, demonstrates that the reality of Christ’s resurrection is not contrary to the teachings of Scripture, but in keeping with the biblical patterns of thought. In Judaism, the firstfruits were the first portion of the new crop that were taken as a sign and a promise of the remainder of the crop that was to come. By faith the Jewish farmer took the firstfruits and offered them to God in honor of God’s promise, and so the entire crop was consecrated to God.

In referring to Christ as the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep, Paul indicates that he understood the resurrection of Christ as an anticipatory promise of the general resurrection of the dead and as a consecrating reality that signaled the devotion of the remainder of those who were to be raised to God. This rich biblical metaphor ultimately sets and states Paul’s understanding of the meaning of Christ’s resurrection from the dead in more specific terms than did the complex arguments of verses 12–19.[3]


15:20. Paul insisted that it was a fact that Christ … indeed had been raised from the dead, but Christ’s resurrection was more than one person’s triumph over death. At the very heart of Christ’s resurrection was the idea that he was the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Paul drew an analogy between Christ’s resurrection and the Old Testament ritual of firstfruits. The firstfruits were the first portions of the harvest, and they were given as offerings to God (Lev. 23:15–17). The firstfruits indicated that the entire harvest was soon to follow.

In Paul’s outlook, Christ’s resurrection was not an isolated event. It represented the beginning of something much larger. His resurrection promised the rest of the harvest. The full harvest, of which Christ is the first sign, is the harvest of those who have fallen asleep.

The New Testament frequently uses the euphemism “sleep” for the death of believers to emphasize that their deaths are only temporary conditions. Christ himself had fallen asleep in death, but in his resurrection he left that state and entered eternal life. His entry into the “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4, NASB) was the firstfruits representing much more to come—the resurrection of all believers who have died.[4]


20. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

  • “But now.” The first two words in this text are important. The first one is the adversative but that changes the discourse from a series of negative statements on the resurrection (vv. 12–19) to a positive testimony on Christ raised from the dead. After writing seven conditional statements to demonstrate the effect of denying the resurrection, Paul turns from the contrary teaching of some Corinthians to the consistent doctrine of the Christian church: the tenet of Christ’s resurrection.

The second word now can indicate a temporal reference, a logical conclusion or, in this verse, both. For Paul, the raising of Christ from the dead was a historical fact with far-reaching and lasting implications; Christ Jesus has been raised by God the Father to effect the restoration of all his people. Conversely, the adverb now signals the logical conclusion of Paul’s lengthy discussion on the denial of the resurrection that some Corinthians championed.

  • “Christ has been raised from the dead.” This brief testimony sketches an incontrovertible fact that is rooted in history and is basic to the Christian faith: Christ arose. The evidence Paul has marshaled in the earlier part of this chapter is sufficient for believers, namely, the empty tomb and the appearances (see vv. 3–8). Granted that unbelievers continue to scoff, Christians do not need further proof for this historic truth that in their minds is irrefutable (see Acts 3:15; 26:23).

Paul repeats the words he wrote in verse 12. There he put the statement “If Christ has been raised from the dead” in conditional form, but here he phrases it as a declaration that relates a historical fact. There he raised the theological question that some Corinthians denied this fact, while he himself attested its truth. Here he reiterates positively the truth of the resurrection; he knows that only some of the Corinthians deny Christ’s resurrection. Perhaps the readers have not understood the implications of this redemptive doctrine, but after Paul’s expansive discourse on the subject they should now be able to realize the profound importance of this teaching.

The question remains whether Paul now excludes those who deny Christ’s resurrection or addresses all the Corinthians. Is he continuing his discourse directed against those who reject this teaching or is Paul now speaking only to those who accept it? There is no indication in the current section (vv. 20–28) that Paul excludes anyone. In effect, after thoroughly discussing the negative consequences of denying the resurrection, Paul invites all his readers to examine the positive aspects of confessing this doctrine.

  • “The firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” This clause is a pithy statement of only three words in the Greek text, yet it is filled with meaning. Paul assumes that his readers are acquainted with the Old Testament teachings on the firstfruits. These were the earliest gathered fruits that the people offered to God in recognition of his faithfulness for providing crops in due season. Moses instructed the Israelites to offer, before the Lord on the day after the Sabbath following the Passover feast, a sheaf of the first grain that was harvested (Lev. 23:9–11). Exactly seven weeks later, they were to present an offering of new grain to the Lord (Lev. 23:15–17; see also Deut. 26:1–11). In a later century, Israel was called the firstfruits (Jer. 2:3). Paul applied this word to the first converts in western Asia Minor and in southern Greece respectively (Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:15, NASB). And the 144,000 redeemed from the earth are offered as firstfruits to God (Rev. 14:3; compare James 1:18).

The term firstfruits signals that the first sheaf of the forthcoming grain harvest will be followed by the rest of the sheaves. Christ, the firstfruits raised from the dead, is the guarantee for all those who belong to him that they also will share in his resurrection. Paul describes the people who belong to Christ as those who have fallen asleep. He is not mentioning Jesus’ resurrection with reference to either the temporal or the religious aspect of the Jewish Passover. He means that Christ’s resurrection is a down payment for his people (v. 23) or their guarantee (2 Cor. 1:22). Christ is not the firstfruits of those who have been raised but of those who have died. In fact, no human being has been raised physically from the dead. The sons of both the widow of Zarephath and the Shunammite died in later years; so did the daughter of Jairus, the young man of Nain, and Lazarus. Only Christ has conquered death and is risen from the dead. All others must wait for their bodily resurrection until the appointed time.60[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 416–418). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 395–396). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 331–332). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 263). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 547–548). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

October 23 Burned Up

As a flower of the field, he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass;its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

James 1:11

Wealthy people usually do not realize that they can’t take their riches with them. Only those who have been humbled before God know that life is “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

In today’s verse, James writes about the blooming grasses and flowers of Palestine that flourish with beautiful color in February and dry up by May. James also borrows part of his illustration from Isaiah 40:6–8. The burning heat, which could refer to the scorching wind known as a sirocco, destroys the vegetation in its path. It is illustrative of the fury of death and divine judgment that put an end to the rich man’s earthly life and his material possessions.

When the rich man’s possessions are burned up, he will have the true riches, just as the poor man does. If you are wealthy, make sure you have a true spirit of humility and don’t trust in the possessions of life.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 320). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

October 23 Joined to Christ

“… That you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.”

Romans 7:4

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No longer married to the law, the believer is now married to Jesus Christ.

Of the many New Testament metaphors used to describe the church, the most intimate is that of the bride of Christ. Paul describes that relationship in Ephesians 5:24–27: “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.”

By describing Christ as “Him who was raised from the dead,” Paul stresses the believer’s union with Jesus not only in His death but also in His resurrection (Rom. 6:4–5). Thus, our marriage bond with the living Savior will last forever.

The result of our union with Christ is “that we might bear fruit for God.” It is the goal of every believer’s life to glorify God by bearing fruit. There is no such thing as a Christian who bears no fruit, because the inevitable result of salvation is a transformed life. Jesus continues that process of transformation throughout our lives, continually pruning us so that we may produce even more fruit to His glory (John 15:1–2).

Spiritual fruit may be defined as any righteous act that glorifies God. It may consist of godly, Spirit–produced attitudes (Gal. 5:22–23), praise to God (Heb. 13:15), others led to Christ (Rom. 1:13), giving to those in need (Rom. 15:26–28), and righteous living (Phil. 1:11).What a great privilege is ours, to be eternally “one spirit” (1 Cor. 6:17) with the Lord of Glory!

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Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that God would enable you to do all things for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31).

For Further Study: Read the list of the fruit of the Spirit Paul gives in Galatians 5:22–23. Using a concordance, Bible dictionary, or other reference tools, study each aspect of fruit listed. ✧ Look for ways to implement into your daily life what you learn.[1]


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

More Emails Depict Obama-Era Abortions For Underage Illegal Aliens

How Obama’s Office of Refugee Resettlement transferred underage illegal immigrants to other states to avoid parental notification laws and obtain late-term abortions.
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