Daily Archives: October 30, 2018

OCTOBER 30 THE DAY OF THE LORD

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them.

Revelation 17:14

The human race has always been quick to blame the world’s disasters, floods, famines, plagues on natural causes. But in the end of the age, when the final judgments of God begin to fall, how long will it be until people confess that there is another real, though invisible, force in operation?

Truly the wrath of God will leave no hiding place for sinning, alienated men and women!

John, in the Revelation, speaks of the mighty trumpets that will sound and the woes that will descend upon the earth. In my own view, I link these events to the dramatic period throughout the earth when the antichrist has prevailed by deception and force.

When God is finally ready to refine and restore the earth, everyone in heaven and on earth and in hell will know that no human laboratory could compound the fire that will be poured out on the earth. God has promised that He will not hide His wrath forever. He is prepared to speak in supernatural manifestations in that coming Day of the Lord!

Lord, it is no consolation that in the final judgment the wrath of God will be poured out upon unsaved men and women. That the Day of Judgment will surely take place should motivate us to be relentless in sharing the gospel with lost people.[1]


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

OCTOBER 30 WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

—John 4:24

Worship must be in spirit and in truth!

It must be the truth of God and the Spirit of God. When a person, yielding to God and believing the truth of God, is filled with the Spirit of God, even his faintest whisper will be worship.

The stark, tragic fact is that the efforts of many people to worship are unacceptable to God. Without an infusion of the Holy Spirit there can be no true worship. This is serious. It is hard for me to rest peacefully at night knowing that millions of cultured, religious people are merely carrying on church traditions and religious customs and they are not actually reaching God at all.

We must humbly worship God in spirit and in truth. Each one of us stands before the truth to be judged. Is it not now plain that the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit of God, far from being an optional luxury in our Christian lives, is a necessity? WHT046

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit as I worship You today. I don’t want just to carry on church traditions and religious customs. Send the Spirit today, that my worship might be more real. Amen. [1]


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

Evangelicals and the Encroachment of Cultural Marxism — Pulpit & Pen

[Center for Cultural Leadership] Advocates despise and naïve evangelical proponents reject, has always exploited Orwellian Newspeak to identify itself lest its origins with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels be exposed. It began long ago after Marxism’s failure to achieve worldwide revolution following WWI. Marxism began to morph under the ingenuity and directives of Italian Antonio Gramsci, Hungarian György Lukács, and the multiple members of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research who birthed Critical Theory, with its various iterations, all appealing to pompous, pretentious, eggheaded, erudite sophisticates at America’s universities who imposed the poison pill upon a whole generation of students beginning in the 1960s, perverting their morals and ethics and twisting their reasoning, Cultural Marxism continues its Long March through the Institutions under various designations but always with the same Marxist agenda.

Once college and university students of the 1960s and 1970s who had joined the Long March graduated, they perpetuated the Transforming of America by imposing Critical Theory upon the American society and culture. Advocates of Critical Race Theory hijacked the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s by shifting the achievement of Equality Before the Law and the demise of Jim Crow Laws. How did they accomplish this? The Critical Race Theorists of Cultural Marxism achieved it by exploiting Newspeak with the hope that Useful Idiots would hear “Equality Before the Law“ when they fully meant “Equality of Outcomes.” They exploited the same Newspeak appeal when speaking of equality of the sexes. The naïve, the ingenuous, and the Useful Idiots applauded the affirmation that male and female are equal, which is a truism if the context is “before the law,” but the apparatchiks of Cultural Marxism had in mind utopia, the eventual erasure of all distinctions between males and females as their substitution of “gender” for “sex” presaged. Instead, they spoke of Equal Outcomes as they patiently bided the time until they could make their demands more explicit in subsequent generations. For a generation they have touted their slogan, ad nauseam, “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” which was actually established by law (Equal Pay Act of 1963), but the facts have never deterred Cultural Marxists from their repetitive sloganeering that denies reality and subverts the truth.

College graduates who had been subjected to Critical Theory’s doctrine of Equal Outcomes brought the dogma with them into their careers, whether law, politics, industry, or education. Thus, Cultural Marxism’s Critical Theory took on various iterations but always advanced its universal cause that invariably entails its design for cultural revolution, the notion that equality within any society is fictional and immoral unless that society achieves Equal Outcomes. Perhaps its most influential domain became government-sponsored education where “Outcome-Based Education” (OBE) which sounds so noble and righteous, mingled with the “Self-Esteem Movement,” became crucial features of the philosophy of education that reigned supremely from the 1970s onward, though the buzzwords have changed. Outcome-Based Education has corrupted every generation of American students since its inception. Thus, apart from parental instruction and guidance, children and grandchildren of the 1960s generation became Cultural Marxism’s compliant and unwitting apparatchiks.

Since its beginning, Cultural Marxism’s Long March through the Institutions, that has exploited Newspeak Political Correctness, eventuated in the rise of President Barack Obama who instantiated and embodied the essence of Critical Theory, with all its nuances and iterations concerning world cultures, race-ethnicity, male-female, same-sex sexual relations, etc., as well as all the features of Cultural Marxism with his outspoken agenda to Transform Americaboth domestically with Class Warfare and internationally with the mantra that no culture is better than any other culture, derogating the United States of America as he did during his first 100 days in the presidency in 2009 while on “The Apology Tour.” Thus, Rush Limbaugh rightly stated, “I hope President Obama fails,” a statement which, despite his full and adequate explanation that he was referring to Obama’s “Transform America” agenda, the Useful Idiots of the Mainstream Media seized upon it as an ad hominem and racist attack upon President Obama.

Of course, the politically ambitious Community Organizer from Chicago could never have become President Obama apart from the corrosive, destructive, and poisonous Long March of Cultural Marxism’s Critical Theory through America’s institutions. Critical Theory’s exploitation of its subjects by way of Sensitivity Training, a form of brainwashing, during the 1960s with its varied iterations since has subjugated subsequent generations to the tyranny of Political Correctness, the holiness speech code of Cultural Marxism. Since the 1960s Cultural Marxists have used a variety of designations for Sensitivity Training that conceal their continuity with the early forms of brainwashing that more palatably appeal to subsequent generations of gullible recipients, designations such as Diversity Training or Cultural Competence and more recently as Cultural Intelligence (CQ)Cultural AwarenessImplicit Bias Trainingand Unconscious Bias Training. Regardless which banner or slogan the disingenuous apparatchiks exploit to advance their deceptive cause, the agenda is always the same: subversion, corrosion, and destruction of individuality and of society. To accomplish their semi-veiled agenda, they exploit legerdemain and trickery as they project upon their political, cultural, social, and theological domestic opponents their own mischief and faults to divert society’s attention from their own destructive activities and agenda which they impose with nimbleness upon their naïve, ingenuous, gullible dupes.

Twenty-seven years ago, in 1991-92, when I was a young college professor, Cultural Marxism began to target Christian universities and colleges for cultural transformation. Cultural Marxism marched onto campuses under the Newspeak banner, “Multiculturalism and Diversity.” The impetus for this was the Racial/Ethnic Diversity Initiative of the Coalition of Christian Colleges (CCC) now known as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). The CCC executives called for every member institution of higher education to establish an office that would advance the cause of “Multiculturalism and Diversity” on campus. This initiative entailed Tom Skinner, a prominent preacher and member of the National Black Evangelical Association, who visited Christian college campuses as a “Minister of Reconciliation” to call upon boards, administrators, faculty, staff, and students to repent for their alleged implicit if not explicit racism. What was the evidence for their alleged implicit racism? The principal evidence to which Skinner appealed to support his allegations both he and the CCC borrowed from secular multiculturalists and race “experts.” It was the claim that “Coalition schools failed to mirror the ethnic diversity of the surrounding culture” (James A. Patterson, Shining Lights: A History of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities [Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001], 93; see “Multiculturalism Goes to College”). He, of course, attempted to ground his argument in Scripture by using passages such as Exodus 20:5 with Jeremiah 32:18 or 2 Corinthians 5:13-21 with Ephesians 2:11-16 or  Revelation 5:9-10 with 7:9 (for rebuttals see “Let’s Get Biblical”).

Far from bringing reconciliation and harmony to campuses, Skinner stirred up animosity, strife, and hostility but especially toward anyone who would not acquiesce to his angry invectives and acknowledge their presumed inherent racialism if not racism. Yet, Skinner’s nimble appeal to Scripture to buttress his charges of racism invoked credulous college boards and administrators, under the burden of needing to show themselves receptive if not atone for the guilt heaped upon them, conceded to the demands of the Coalition of Christian Colleges. So, under the direction of the CCC and authorized by college boards and administrators, directors of campus offices for the advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, without knowing the term Critical Race Theory or understanding how it subverts the gospel, they heedlessly embraced its agenda and baptized it with Christian lingo and propped it up with cherry-picked Scripture passages (see “Let’s Get Biblical”). Thus, they effectively ostracized and demonized anyone who would (1) critically assess the tactics of Critical Race Theory, (2) see through the worldly agenda, and (3) administer caution and thoughtful repudiation of the diabolical, destructive, and anti-gospel goal of “Multiculturalism and Diversity.”

Cultural Marxism’s seductive intrusion into Christian colleges and universities took place a generation ago where it came to hold sway and to suppress dissenting voices more than a decade ago. Thus, Christian universities and colleges have been graduating a generation of students who have been subjected to Christian baptized Cultural Marxism which dresses up as Social Justice. It is not surprising that many of them are Social Justice Warriors. What is surprising and disheartening is that many prominent evangelical leaders now lend the weight of their influential positions to the cause of Social Justice, and mockingly reject concerns that they are embracing and advancing the cause of Cultural Marxism.

To continue reading, finish at at Center for Cultural Leadership

[Editor’s Note: The author is Professor of New Testament & Greek, University of Northwestern—St. Paul, Arnel Caneday, originally posted here]

via Evangelicals and the Encroachment of Cultural Marxism — Pulpit & Pen

October 30 Daily Help

IF our Lord is so ready to heal the sick and bless the needy, then, my soul, be not thou slow to put thyself in his way, that he may smile on thee. Be not slack in asking, if he be so abundant in bestowing. Give earnest heed to his word now, that Jesus may speak through it to thy heart. Where he is to be found, there make thy resort, that thou mayst obtain his blessing. When he is present to heal, may he not heal thee? But surely he is present even now, for he always comes to hearts which need him. And dost not thou need him? Ah, he knows how much! Thou Son of David, turn thine eye and look upon the distress which is now before thee and make thy suppliant whole.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 307). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Cramer: The only thing that can save the market is Powell changing course or Trump stopping tariffs

The only thing that can stop the market’s recent plunge is the Federal Reserve changing course on interest rates or President Donald Trump ending his tariffs, according to CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

“My main fear is that we could have a mini version of 2008 if the Fed doesn’t change course,” the “Mad Money” host said Monday night. “If Fed chief Jerome Powell actually starts listening to the stock market and wakes up to the damage that [Trump’s] tariffs can do to the economy, then maybe he’ll shift gears, just like [then-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan] did in ’98.”

Cramer has been critical of Powell in recent weeks, agreeing with Trump who has been arguing against further rate hikes. The Fed has already raised rates three times this year, and one more is expected in December. Earlier this month, Powell said rates are a long way from so-called neutral.

If Powell halts his rate hikes, then “we can bottom and even roar higher” in the stock market, Cramer said. “But as long as Powell stays committed to the December hike and three more next year … and the president stays committed to expanding his tariffs, then history says we’ve got more downside no matter what.”

Source: Cramer: The only thing that can save the market is Powell changing course or Trump stopping tariffs

Former Planned Parenthood Director Reveals Why She’s Desperate for People to Escape the Abortion Industry

Abby Johnson is a former clinical director at Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider that terminates over 300,000 young lives every single year. But after eight years facilitating the organization’s often brutal work, everything changed when Johnson witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion during which a 13-week-old baby fought for its life, but ultimately succumbed to the trauma.

Clergy Ask God for His ‘Blessing’ on Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility

https://www.faithwire.com/2018/10/25/clergy-ask-god-for-his-blessing-on-planned-parenthood-abortion-facility/embed/#?secret=4XrrAplf8t

After this horrifying experience, the evils of abortion suddenly dawned on Johnson, and she decided to leave the organization for good, instead seeking to advocate on behalf of the unborn and to help other workers escape the sordid abortion industry.

Now, she is helping create a movie based on her astonishing life story. “Unplanned” does not yet have an official release date, though it is likely to be announced very soon.

In a candid interview on the Lucas Miles Show, Johnson talked at length of her excitement at the movie’s development and detailed some of her experiences as an abortion-worker-turned-pro-life-activist.

Speaking to her on the set of “Unplanned,” Miles pressed Johnson on her feelings as she watches the plot unfold in production — a narrative that she, on occasion, finds herself wincing at the sight of.

“I’m watching them be the worst version of myself,” she said. “It’s hard, but also beautiful because I can see how far I’ve come. I can see God’s presence in my life and how incredible that has been.”

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As for her former life as a Planned Parenthood executive, she said that, in light of her experiences, she believes her process of grief will be long-lasting.

“I expect I’ll be healing from my past for the rest of my earthly life,” Johnson said.

So how did she get involved with Planned Parenthood in the first place?

“I was 21 and was in college,” she said. “I met a woman who was recruiting volunteers in Planned Parenthood. I didn’t know anything about them. I was raised in a pro-life home, but abortion wasn’t something we sat around and discussed  at the dinner table.”

Planned Parenthood, which has an annual revenue of around $200 million, devotes a huge amount of resources to sending representatives to college campuses to recruit young and enthusiastic workers who it hopes will carry out its mission in the future.

“I was very naive, and very easily manipulated when I heard the talking points from this Planned Parenthood recruiter,” Johnson said, adding that the recruiter was “so smooth” in the way she presented the work of the organization.

Contrary to popular opinion in the pro-life community, Abby said that the recruiter declared her organization was “here to help women,” and that abortion is “not very common with us.” The woman added that it was “better for [abortion] to be safe rather than people dying from these illegal abortions.”

“All of that to me, in my naivety, really did make sense,” Johnson admitted.

But following what she described as a “dramatic transformation” which took place during that fateful ultrasound abortion procedure, Johnson handed in her resignation letter to the prolific termination provider and never looked back. She had realized one simple truth: abortion was wrong, and it had to be stopped.

As you might imagine, similarly to her heart-change on the morality of abortion, Abby’s transition to pro-life advocacy was swift. She left Planned Parenthood on Oct. 6, 2009, and her first pro-life speaking engagement was that November.

“I did start speaking right away,” she said. “That had not been what I intended, but when the media got hold of my story I was sort of propelled into this spotlight and I took it on.”

“I really want to help expose what is taking place in these clinics,” she added. “What we are trying to do is to re-humanize the worker in the clinic and to shift blame not to the individual, but to the systemic culture that we’re in. To the abortion industry itself that is influencing people so heavily, primarily through the media. That became the goal.”

She was careful to add that “redemption and forgiveness is available to anyone, no matter their past.”

“That has to be the way we are talking to people in the pro-life movement,” she said.

Johnson is determined to the shift the emphasis in the pro-life movement from one of judgment and condemnation to love and compassion, doing it all in the name of Jesus, who offers us all forgiveness of sins.

“The other day someone called an abortion clinic an ‘abortorium’ — I’m like, ‘that’s not even a word! That’s ridiculous,’” Johnson exclaimed. “We are not doing a very good job of relating to the people we are trying to convert. And that should be our primary goal.”

And, by all accounts, Johnson’s team are achieving that lofty objective.

So far, an astonishing 422 abortion clinic workers have left the abortion-providing industry as a direct result of Johnson’s advocacy work with And Then There Were None.

“It’s interesting because none of them go back,” Johnson noted of those who have fled abortion-related employment. “They come to us because they have had some sort of conversion in their heart, and they may not even totally understand what that is or means, but they are seeking truth. Our job is to help them find that truth and ultimately get them into a relationship with Christ.”

“Because we know that healing and forgiveness won’t come without Him,” she said.

Though she was brought up in a Christian home and at an early age was convinced that pro-life ethics were unique to those who believed in Jesus, upon leaving Planned Parenthood, Johnson sought to research the pro-life community more broadly. What she found was that there were many non-Christian groups who were also battling for the lives of the unborn.

“I was looking at their stuff and it was all very science-based,” she explained. “For me, I know that science comes from my creator. But for these people, it was just about science — fetal development and peer-reviewed research. That’s speaking my language, right there.”

Science, Johnson noted, is absolutely essential in developing an air-tight pro-life argument that can reach those who have no faith.

“I could talk to anybody, faith background or not, and make a solid case for why abortion is wrong without ever bringing up my faith,” she explained. “That doesn’t mean that I’m embarrassed by my faith, absolutely not. But in order to reach someone who doesn’t have the same beliefs as you do, sometimes you have to speak their language.”

“We need to know the scientific ‘why’ behind abortion being wrong,” Johnson noted.

So how strong is Planned Parenthood’s position now? Are we getting closer to de-funding its activity?

“We are definitely making strides,” Johnson said. “Primarily at state legislative level. To put regulations on facilities, to require ultrasounds before abortions. It’s shutting clinics down and getting women to look at what they are doing before they have abortions performed. It’s getting proper informed consent.

“We’ve seen a lot of gains in the pro-life movement,” she added. “We’ve seen defunding efforts in Texas, the abortion rate drop more than 30 percent. The rates of abortion’s of minors have dropped. We have had a record number of closures in our state.”

Johnson said that many people have been waiting a long time for the “cavalry to come,” and have developed a false hope that “knights in shining armor from the federal government” will “swoop in to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortion.”

“Those knights are not coming,” Johnson stated bluntly.

The Trump administration has previously made big promises to strip Planned Parenthood of federal tax dollars, but has yet to accomplish that major goal. Instead, The House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that protected Planned Parenthood’s federal remuneration, totaling over $500 million per year.

Earlier this year, the president announced the proposed “Protect Life Rule,” which if passed would deprive Planned Parenthood of around $60 million in federal Title X funding.

With the political stalemate in mind, Johnson argued that pro-lifers should do all they can to engage the people on the cold-face of abortion procedures — those undergoing them, and those performing them.

“Our best gains are made in one-on-one dialogue outside of abortion centers with peaceful and prayerful sidewalk advocates, and they are made inside well-run pregnancy centers,” she said, adding that gains can also be “made in state legislative houses.”

“We just can’t wait for other people to do the job that God has called us to do,” Johnson implored, adding that “we all have a place in the pro-life movement to eradicate abortion and make it unthinkable,” she said.

Crucially, Johnson also said that those in the pro-life community should “not be afraid to offend people” when battling to save the lives of unborn babies.

“Let me be clear, people on the other side of this debate are not the least bit worried about offending you. We’ve gotta stop worrying about biting our tongue,” Johnson advised. “Sometimes, the offense is the building block to conversion. Sometimes that offense is what opens their eyes to truth.”

Johnson also revealed that she has had two abortions herself, and talked about the impact this experience has on her advocacy work.

“The place I find it to be most beneficial is when I’m outside of a clinic talking to women going in,” she said. “When I tell them ‘I’ve done this too,’ they always turn around and look at me.”

“Sometimes they come back and talk to me, sometimes they don’t. But I do find that it resonates with women who are considering an abortion because they want to hear other people’s experiences,” she said.

Sadly, however, Johnson hasn’t always been met with grace from those in the pro-choice movement after they hear of her prior abortions.

“They will say ‘oh, it was good for you two times, but now you’re not gonna allow other people to do it,’” she shared. “That’s like reprimanding someone who is a recovering alcoholic, like ‘how dare you lead AA meetings. So it was good for you to get drunk all the time, but now you’re telling others not to?’”

Johnson noted her belief that a profound sense of “woundedness” is essentially driving the pro-abortion movement.

“I think there is a desire to bring other people into their point of view because they need justification for their own actions,” she said. “I know many people who are proud to say that most women, when they get pregnant, should have abortions. They are very for abortion in all circumstances.”

One thing is for sure, after experiencing it for herself, Johnson truly believes that abortion is never the answer.

Visit AbortionWorker.com for more information on Abby Johnson’s vital work.

Source: Former Planned Parenthood Director Reveals Why She’s Desperate for People to Escape the Abortion Industry

Study: Media 10 Times More Critical of Trump, GOP

The media is in near full liberal activist mode one week before the November midterm elections, making 10 times more negative statements toward Republicans than Democrats, Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes reported.

Source: Study: Media 10 Times More Critical of Trump, GOP

Don Lemon: ‘The Biggest Terror Threat in This Country Is White Men’

Monday on CNN, network host Don Lemon declared “the biggest terror threat in this country” to be white men, adding that “most of them radicalized to the right.”

Lemon made those remarks in reference to the fatal shooting of two black people in Kentucky, the bombs mailed to political figures, and the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which killed 11 people.

Lemon said, “Now, another one. And then you have all of them in a row. And, you know, we talked, we messaged about it a little bit this weekend. I keep trying to point out to people and not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity. But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else, someone people who are marching, you know, towards the border, like it’s imminent. And the last time they did this, a couple hundred people came, and you know, most of them did get into the country, most of them got tuckered out before they even made it to the border.”

He added, “So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right. And we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on  — they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban. So, what do we do about that?”

(h/t Grabien)

Source: Don Lemon: ‘The Biggest Terror Threat in This Country Is White Men’

More College Students Seeking Mental Health Care — Blogs

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are sending U.S. college students to mental health clinics in record numbers, a new study finds.

Between 2009 and 2015, treatment and diagnoses of anxiety increased by nearly 6 percent among these students, followed by depression and panic attacks, which each increased about 3 percent. Anxiety is the most common problem, affecting almost 15 percent of college students across the United States, the researchers reported.

“Mental health is a critical issue for college students, and institutions of higher education need to explore prevention and support strategies that best meet the needs of their campus,” said lead researcher Sara Oswalt. She is chair of the department of kinesiology, health and nutrition at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

It’s not clear if the college environment is causing or even contributing to the increase in these problems. But if mental health problems aren’t addressed, success in school is jeopardized, she said.

Oswalt believes more students are seeking help because more of them are suffering from mental health problems, coupled with a willingness to get help. There is less stigma about mental health issues, and schools may be providing more mental health services.

For the study, Oswalt and her colleagues used data from the American College Health Association to collect information on more than 450,000 undergraduates.

The investigators found a significant increase in the diagnosis and treatment for eight of 12 mental problems they examined, with anxiety, depression and panic attacks accounting for the biggest increases.

The researchers also found that students are more willing to use university mental health services.

By 2015, nearly 20 percent of those surveyed said they used these services, an increase of more than 4 percent since 2009. Moreover, nearly 75 percent said they would consider using university mental health services — an increase of nearly 7 percent.

College students’ need for mental health resources is increasing, Oswalt said, so schools need to do more to safeguard their students’ well-being. They must do it in a way that is effective and use outside services when they cannot handle demand themselves, she suggested.

Because 75 percent of all serious adult psychiatric illnesses start by age 25, universities have an essential role in addressing mental health issues early, Oswalt explained.

The report was published in the Journal of American College Health.

Source: HealthDay
https://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/anxiety-news-33/more-college-students-seeking-mental-health-care-738933.html

via More College Students Seeking Mental Health Care — Blogs

Reformation 2018: Salvation Is By Abounding Grace Alone — The Heidelblog

Protestant churches, i.e., those that still believe and confess the theology, piety, and practice recovered in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, celebrate Reformation Day on October 31. This is the day, in 1517, that Dr Martin Luther (1483–1546), a German biblical scholar and theologian, mailed to the Archbishop his famous Ninety Five Theses against the abuse of indulgences. According to Roman (Catholic) Canon Law, an indulgence is “a remission before God of the temporal punishment of sins.” According to Roman dogma, Christians who do not complete those temporal punishments (penance) in this life must do so after this life before going to heaven. The church, however, Rome says, has the authority and power to release (remit) someone from those punishments. As a fund-raising scheme in the 16th century, a certain monk, Johann Tetzel (1465–1519), went about Germany selling plenary (full) indulgences. For the price of a donation, Tetzel, with the authority of the papacy and Roman ecclesiastical authorities behind him, sold indulgences by pleading with Christians to rescue loved ones from the pains and tortures of purgatory. He even had a jingle: “When the coin in the coffer clinks, the soul from purgatory springs.” Modern huckster like Kenneth Hagan or Kenneth Copeland are nothing new.  Rome had been offering indulgences to the dead since the Council of Constance (1414–17). Remarkably, contrary to oft-repeated claim that the sale of indulgences ended with the Council of Trent, Rome continues to sell indulgences. Just a few years ago, Rome offered an indulgence for those who follow Pope Francis’ Twitter feed. Rome continues to claim the authority to sell indulgences. In §1471 of her Catechism she says that those who are “duly disposed,” who have already been forgiven [by a priest], gain “under certain prescribed conditions” an indulgence. Trading money for services rendered is one of those conditions as in the case of the Great Jubilee (2000) when Rome offered indulgences to those who made a pilgrimage to specified places or who “support by a significant contribution” works of a religious or social nature [emphasis added].

Luther was certainly right when he said, in thesis 28: “It is certain that when money clinks in the money chest, greed and avarice can be increased; but when the church intercedes, the result is in the hands of God alone.” Read more»

R. Scott Clark, “Reformation is By Abounding Grace Alone” (October 30, 2018)

via Reformation 2018: Salvation Is By Abounding Grace Alone — The Heidelblog

When Do We Use the Word Sin, and Why? — Christian Research Network

“Are we as a church clearly communicating to one another and the watching world what sin really is?” 

(Aimee Byrd – Mortification of Spin)  A couple days ago, I wrote about how even the world of Reformedish evangelicalism is contributing to the sad “State of Theology” that is evidenced in the Ligonier Ministries’ survey. Bad theology is perpetuated in our own circles when ethics is prioritized over our theology of God, his Word, man, and the gospel.

And so I asked, why are we surprised by this? If we accept bad theology on the basics, our ethics are going to follow suit. Our updated survey is showing just that. And so we see that even the ethics that we held so dear are now falling apart:

An alarming 69% of people disagree that even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation, with 58% strongly disagreeing.

As the results reveal a low view of God and his Word, a high view of man, and a distorted gospel, it only follows suit that sin is no longer that big of a deal. I can’t tell you how many “Christian” books I’ve read by popular authors in our circles that don’t even use that word anymore. One of the most powerful books upholding the holiness of God and the evil of sin that I have ever read is Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Evil of Evils. If sin is a missing word in our vocabulary, evil is even more offensive. His premise is, “That it is a very evil choice for any soul under heaven to choose the least sin rather than the greatest affliction,” reasoning that, “There is more evil in sin than in outward trouble in the world; more evil in sin than in all the miseries and torments of hell itself” (2,3). View article →

via When Do We Use the Word Sin, and Why? — Christian Research Network

Saudi Massacre In Yemen Worse Than Estimated. Will Congress Finally Speak Up? (Video)

According to a new study by experts at the University of Sussex, the death toll in Yemen after years of Saudi aggression may be eight times more than estimated. Will the whispers of concern in Congress over the US role in these massacres begin to be more audible? Will more Senators and House Members join the efforts to curb the violence?

Christians and Donald Trump

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A controversial topic with a controversial author about a controversial figure. Frank interviews Dr. Michael Brown about his new book: Donald Trump is Not my Saviour.

As a Christian, how can you support a president whose present actions and personal history you utterly disagree with? Radio host, Biblical scholar, and social activist, Dr. Michael Brown, represented the collective fears of many evangelical Christians when it became clear that Donald J. Trump would emerge as the presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

Dr. Brown talks about this difficult topic with wisdom and clarity. You don’t want to miss this fascinating interview.

Source: Christians and Donald Trump

October 30, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said he thinks there will be “a great deal” with China on trade, but warned that he has billions of dollars’ worth of new tariffs ready to go if a deal isn’t possible.

Democrats will try to harden U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea if they win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while maintaining the status quo on hot-button areas like China and Iran, congressional sources said.

President Donald Trump plans to push an executive order to end the right of U.S. citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and immigrants in the country illegally, he told Axios in an interview published on Tuesday, a move that would prompt a constitutional fight.

U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they may issue more pro-business rulings giving companies wide latitude to use arbitration to resolve disputes with employees, customers or other businesses rather than the courts.

President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to postpone a trial set for Nov. 5 that will examine the legality of its decision to ask people taking part in the 2020 U.S. census whether they are citizens.

The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration ahead of Nov. 6 mid-term elections.

Apple on Tuesday is expected to unveil updates to its Mac computers and iPads that include facial recognition features that have been available in the iPhone lineup at an event in Brooklyn.

U.S. sanctions against Iran will have “severe consequences” for the world order, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday, days before new sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports take effect.

Mastercard on Tuesday joined bigger rival Visa in reporting stronger-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, as it benefited from more Americans swiping their credit cards for everything from gasoline to groceries.

AP Top Stories

After spending the last 17 years fighting grinding counterinsurgencies in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is shifting its gaze. This year’s National Defense Strategy charged the military with preparing for high-intensity conflict against major nation-state threats like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Army is falling in line.

A suspicious package addressed to CNN was intercepted Monday morning at an Atlanta post office, according to CNN President Jeff Zucker.

The U.S. commission on international religious freedom has denounced Yemen’s Shiite rebels for charging 24 Baha’is, including women and a teenager, with espionage and apostasy.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he disagreed with President Trump’s suggestion that arming houses of worship rather than stronger gun control laws would stop mass shootings.

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have arrived in eastern Syria to help a US-backed alliance fight the Islamic State group after a major setback last week, a monitor said Tuesday.

A Saudi-American dual national held by the US military in Iraq as a “foreign fighter” for 13 months has been freed, his lawyers said Monday, after his case tested the Trump administration’s legal detention powers.

Punishing new U.S. sanctions against Iran take effect this weekend. The measures are aimed at quashing the Islamic republic’s nuclear ambitions, as well as its missile programs and influence in Syria.

“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade warned viewers on Monday about the migrant caravan making its way up to the United States from Central America, saying that the country can’t have “entire populations” of refugees seeking asylum come in and bring “diseases” into this country.

Hundreds of Hondurans crossed a river into Mexico in a fresh wave of migrants heading to the United States on Monday as the United States said it would deploy 5,000 troops on its border with Mexico.

At least three people were killed when supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric clashed with security forces during a protest march in Abuja, the Nigerian Army said.

BBC

Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.

A man accused of mailing 14 pipe bombs to prominent critics of U.S. President Donald Trump was ordered held without bail on Monday, and authorities intercepted a similar suspicious package addressed to CNN in Atlanta.

An ex-nurse in Germany has admitted at the start of his trial that he murdered 100 patients, making him one of the world’s most prolific serial killers.

The Cerrado savanna is an area in Brazil the same size as Western Europe. It’s one of the most biodiverse places in world – 40% of animal and plant species there can be found nowhere else on the planet. A report by the WWF says it is being burned and cleared at speed, with the deforestation largely driven by demand for land to grow soybeans. These are mainly exported to feed livestock, such as pigs and chickens, for consumption around the world.

WND

Universities in the US, UK, Australia, and other countries may have been unknowingly collaborating with China’s military. According to a new study by Canberra-based think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which found that dozens of scientists and engineers linked to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had obscured their military connections when applying to study overseas.


News – 10/30/2018

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes New Zealand

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck on Tuesday on New Zealand’s north island, the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of a tsunami warning, damage or casualties from the quake, which hit 63 km east of the city of New Plymouth, at a depth of 228 km.

A SURGEON SPEAKS: Sex change regret is skyrocketing among transgenders, but no one will talk about it because it will offend LGBT community

Professor Miroslav Djordjevic told Canada’s National Post that, for the first time in his long career as a world-renowned surgeon, people who have had sex change operations are coming to him to have them reversed, a procedure that is not just expensive but very painful. “Those wishing the reversal,” Djordjevic told the National Post, “have spoken to him about crippling levels of depression following their transition and in some cases even contemplated suicide.”

Trump to end birthright citizenship in US

President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order aimed at ending what is known as “birthright citizenship” in the United States, Axios reported on Tuesday. In an interview with Axios set to be released Sunday, President Trump said that was planning to end birthright citizenship without a constitutional amendment, and is preparing an executive order to that effect.

Ebola outbreak WARNING: Child killer is back – virus now RAMPANT in Africa

Government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have blamed traditional healers at clinics with poor hygiene levels for spreading the virus at an unprecedented level. The country is already in the grip of multiple outbreaks with Reuters reporting the haemorrhagic fever is believed to have killed 168 people and infected a further 98 in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, which border Uganda and Rwanda. The latest outbreak, centred around the city of Beni, has seen 120 people diagnosed with confirmed cases of ebola with at least 30 being children aged 10 or younger. Citing health ministry data, the agency said 27 of them have died.

Sweden crisis BOILS OVER: Europe on ALERT as Löfven fails to form new Government

SWEDEN’S political crisis has deepened further and left Europe on high alert after the Scandinavian country’s latest failure to form a new coalition Government.

‘I moved the embassy – and I’m anti-Semitic?’

US President Donald Trump rejected charges that he had any responsibility for the murderous anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh and noted that he had just received a plaque from the prime minister of Israel thanking him for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

South China Sea CRISIS: US issues chilling warning to Beijing – ‘we’ll meet more AND MORE’

Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson warned the United States and China ‘will meet each other more and more on the high seas” after a Chinese warship came close to a US vessel in the hotly disputed waters. The Chinese vessel came within an eye-watering 45 metres of the USS Decatur during a “freedom of navigation” sail, US Vice President Mike Pence said. The US mission was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.

Pope Francis Claims Catholic Clergy Are Being Persecuted … Amid Abuse Crisis

Pope Francis claimed the Catholic Church is being persecuted by accusations — apparently alluding to claims of abuse and cover-up — again asserting that claims against the church are Satanic. Francis made the comments at the end of the gathering of the synod of bishops, comprised of 250 bishops from around the world, at the Vatican on Saturday. He asserted Satan, “the Great Accuser,” was attacking the church through those who make accusations against the clergy.

Enemies of Christianity: ‘Palestinian’ archbishop blasts pro-Israel evangelicals, saying they’re NOT real Christians

A Palestinian Christian leader recently claimed that evangelicals who support the Jewish state “have no connection to the values of Christianity.”

Parents shocked to learn their young children were taken to a mosque, where they dressed in Islamic garb, took off their shoes and bowed down in submission to Allah

In a teaching profession dominated by leftists and multiculturalists, political and religious education has too often provided a cover for indoctrination of children.

Trump and Hungarian PM Orban refuse to sign the UN Global Compact that would dump African and Islamic refugees in countries all over the world whether they like it or not
The Global Compact for Migration for UN member states is more or less a globalist project where all signatory states declare their will to abolish the current different categories of migrants in order to declare migration a blanket “human right.”

UNDER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Canada is now the best country in the world in which to be a Muslim terrorist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just announced that he wants jail sentences for terrorism offenses to be REDUCED to only six months.

Trinidad under worst flooding in 50 years
Many citizens of Trinidad and Tobago would be justified in saying that the second half of 2018 was more than a bit unkind to the Caribbean’s most southerly island, as it has been battered by one disaster after another.

The PLO Announces They No Longer Recognize The Right Of The State Of Israel To Exist As A Nation

Palestine is not now a state or a nation, and in the history of the world no such place has ever existed. Modern-day Palestine is the creation of Muslim terrorist Yasser Arafat, and it was created only after Israel was formally regathered on May 14th, 1948.

EXCLUSIVE – Ron DeSantis: Andrew Gillum Will Turn Florida into ‘A Petri Dish’ for George Soros

Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is warning that if Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum is victorious then his state will “become a petri dish for people like George Soros and Tom Steyer,” referring to the activist billionaires.

Israel backs Hungary, says financier Soros is a threat

Israel’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denouncing U.S. billionaire George Soros, a move that appeared designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a visit to Budapest next week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

UN Imposed Medical Martial Law Is Back for a Second Attempt
I have pondered what I am about to write for the past several days. I have actively tried to debunk my own dire conclusions because I did not want to believe them and I did not want to be the one to report what I am about to report here.

Jewish Leaders Ban Trump from Pittsburgh Until He Embraces Globalism
In the wake of the horrific shooting attack on Saturday, that left 11 dead and many more injured, a group of Jewish leaders has told President Trump that he is no longer welcome in Pittsburgh until he embraces globalism.

Environmentalists: To Save The World, Dump Your Pets

According to a study out Monday on global climate change, your dog (or your cat) is probably killing the environment, and if you want to stem the tide of global warming, it’s time to say “good-bye” to Fido and Fluffy.

China’s military ordered to ‘concentrate preparations for fighting a war’ as tensions with West grow

CHINA’s President Xi Jinping has told his military commanders to “concentrate preparations for fighting a war” as Beijing ramps up fighting talk with the West. The communist ruler’s instructions come amid rising tensions over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan and weeks after a Chinese warship tried to ram a US Navy destroyer.

Four Bullets Fired Into Republican Headquarters in Florida

Another day, another act of terror from violent leftists. Orlando, Florida – Four bullets were fired into Volusia County Republican headquarters, police say. According to police, on Monday morning a worker noticed damaged windows and called authorities. WFTV reported that according to police, at least four bullets were shot through the window of the Republican

Caravan Migrants Chuck Rocks at Mexican Border Police for FOUR STRAIGHT HOURS (Video)” href=”https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/10/watch-peaceful-caravan-migrants-chuck-rocks-at-mexican-border-police-for-four-straight-hours-video/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>WATCH–>Caravan Migrants Chuck Rocks at Mexican Border Police for FOUR STRAIGHT HOURS (Video)

They’re not sending their best.

The second illegal migrant caravan was held up at the border between Mexico and Guatemala this weekend.

Japan announces new plan to drain radioactive Fukushima water DIRECTLY into the Pacific Ocean
Government authorities in Japan have announced new plans to start dumping highly radioactive wastewater from the failed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility directly into the Pacific Ocean.

Piers Morgan Asks Americans: Consider ‘Giving up Some of Your Guns’

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan took to Twitter on Sunday to ask Americans to at least consider “giving up some of your guns.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

In Today’s Edition

  • What would it take to end “birthright citizenship”?
  • Trump has a point that the press has become the “enemy of the people.”
  • GM wants the government’s thumb on the scales for electric cars.
  • Al Gore was wrong. Again. This time about U.S. emissions.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

Trump Mulls Ending Birthright Citizenship via EO

The president wants to shut down one of the biggest magnets for illegal immigration.

Is the Leftmedia’s Incendiary ‘Fake News’ the ‘Enemy of the People’?

Trump means the press has become the enemy of the Liberty that has sustained our Republic since its inception.

‘Government Motors’ Chief Calls for Electric Mandate

After receiving a massive taxpayer bailout, GM is looking to the government to make GM great again.

Al Gore Proves to Be a False Prophet, Again

Despite the dire warnings, Trump exiting the Paris Agreement hasn’t brought greater emissions.

Iranian Immigrant Starts GoFundMe, Raises Nearly $1M for Jewish Victims

“Every time something happens,” he said, “I am reminded of how great this country is.”

Video: Illegal Immigration: It’s About Power

Cesar Chavez’s life is a reminder of how much the left has changed — and how quickly.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“This has now become a struggle about good versus evil. And the president of the United States is evil.” —Howard Dean

Tuesday Top Headlines

“Birthright citizenship,” troops to the border, guns save lives, pro-life win, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Dennis Prager

The Pittsburgh Synagogue, Anti-Semitism and Trump

Cal Thomas

The Sickness Spreads

Tony Perkins

The Remedy for Evil

Stephen Moore

Why the Left Hates Prosperity

Hans von Spakovsky

No Asylum. Period.


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Talmudic Judaism and Their Disregard of the Scriptures

When False Prophets Use 1 Cor 13:9-10 1 Cor 14:27-29 1 Thes 5:21-22 To Justify False Prophecy

Ohio Megachurch Pastor Had ‘Multiple’ Women, Bishop Paul S. Morton Confirms

Zimbabwe ‘Prophet’ Slammed After Claiming He has a Cure for HIV/AIDS

Defectors say former church pastor is a ‘cult leader,’ but her son fights back

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Catholic Who Won Over Evangelicals, Pledges to Follow Bible as President

Doctors Advised Mom of Baby Born with Half a Heart to Have Abortion, Baby Makes Amazing Recovery


Headlines – 10/30/2018

PLO Votes to Suspend Recognition of Israel Until It Recognizes Palestinian State

Bennett: The charade has ended – Palestinians are not interested in peace and never have been

Despite mounting pressure, Netanyahu says Israel seeking to prevent war in Gaza

‘Mistaken’ cabinet members holding back army from hitting Hamas, says Liberman

Israeli strike ‘kills Gaza youths planting bomb’

‘The people want to bomb Tel Aviv’ – Thousands of Gazan Arabs take to the streets, demanding terror groups take revenge on Israel after 3 terrorists eliminated in air strike

Bennett, Jewish leaders to discuss Israeli help to US synagogues after massacre

Emergency gov’t panel including Mossad to convene after Pittsburgh attack

In Europe, synagogues are fortresses. Is this the path for the US?

Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law? Opponents worry it could infringe on civil liberties and freedom of speech

Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect appears in court; could face death penalty

White House: Trump to travel Tuesday to Pittsburgh after synagogue massacre

Pittsburgh survivor asks Trump not to come, likens him to Nazis; others disagree

Iranian refugee raises over $700,000 for Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue

Outrage as Pence brings out Messianic ‘rabbi’ to pray for synagogue victims

Sessions: Pittsburgh shooting ‘an attack on all people of faith’

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter tended to by Jewish doctors and nurses, officials say

Echoing Trump, Israeli Ambassador Dermer Blames ‘Both Sides’ for anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise even before Pittsburgh shooting

Commentary: The anti-Semitism is coming from the left

Australia’s ex-PM warns Jerusalem embassy move could harm ties with Indonesia

Israel hails election of Brazil’s controversial Bolsonaro, who plans visit soon

Denmark won’t fund groups that promote BDS, question Israel’s legitimacy, FM says

Israel has struck in Syria since Russia plane downed: Israeli official

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Stranded in Desert Near Jordan Border Risk Starvation

Trump faces Congress complaints that new Iran sanctions ‘not tough enough’

Trump’s Iran sanctions resolve faces test from oil-thirsty China, India

South Korea asks U.S. for ‘maximum flexibility’ on Iran sanctions waiver

Ex-Iranian President Khatami warns of ‘social uprising if no real change happens’

Turkey warns Saudi Arabia against stalling investigation of Khashoggi slaying

Suspected ISIS fighters attack central Libyan town

Tunis attack: Woman blows herself up in Tunisia

Report: China, Russia, North Korea Prepared to Launch EMP Attacks on US

Commentary: Merkel’s exit will be Europe’s loss in these polarised times

Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S. With ‘Rifles, Missiles and Well-Oiled Tanks at the Ready’

Trump: Caravan migrants are ‘wasting their time’

Trump Sending 5,200 Troops to the Border in an Election-Season Response to Migrants

‘Big Bang Theory’ exec Chuck Lorre asks God to ‘make thy presence known on’ Election Day in show credits

Anger toward media spreads into local communities

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens to remove government ads from ‘lying’ media outlets

China’s currency just hit its lowest level in a decade. What’s next?

Dow swings more than 900 points as stocks end lower on U.S.-China trade worries

Morgan Stanley breaks with rest of Street, thinks October sell-off is ‘morphing’ into a bear market

Tiny gyroscope the size of a grain of rice could help shrink gadgets even further

The Mystery of the New Boeing Jet That Plunged Into the Sea, Killing 189

New Zealand earthquake: 6.2-magnitude shake halts parliament

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Drake Passage

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Mouzaki, Greece

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Drake Passage

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pasirnangka, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Acandi, Colombia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mouzaki, Greece

Aoba volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 40,000ft

Sabancaya volano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,500ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Veniaminof volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon Yutu obliterated parts of Northern Mariana. Now it hits the Philippines.

Typhoon Yutu Batters Philippine Areas Devastated by Mangkhut

Typhoon Yutu to slam Luzon before taking turn toward China, Taiwan at midweek

Hurricane Oscar may bring damaging wind, heavy rain to the British Isles late Friday into Saturday

High tide floods most of Venice as wild weather kills six across Italy

Three-quarters of Venice flooded by exceptional high tide

Venice Hit With Worst Flooding In A Decade As Tourists Wade Through Landmarks

From Germany to Australia, drought affecting national economies

Germany’s iconic Rhine river is at a record low bringing businesses and boats to a standstill

Training teams sent to centers amid deadly viral outbreaks

Same-sex couple carries same ‘miracle’ baby in what may be fertility world first

Texas Judge Rejects Christians’ Restraining Order Request Against ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’

The Satanic Temple says Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ stole Baphomet statue design, is ‘taking legal action’


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for October 30, 2018

October 30, 2018
Alan Keyes trounces Catholic clerics who violate their vows
ALAN KEYES — An article in America – The Jesuit Review purports to substantiate the notion that “homosexuality is not a risk factor for the sexual abuse of children.” It purports to substantiate the conclusion that the victims of clerical abuse by Catholic clergy are mostly boys because boys are more available to priests, not because so many priests are homosexuals…. (more)

October 29, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — This past Saturday morning, 11 Jews were shot to death in a Pittsburgh synagogue by one of the millions of Jew haters who contaminate our world. To Jews like me, who know and appreciate Jewish history as I do, this is no surprise. Tragic, yes; shocking, no…. (more)

October 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — They were professors and accountants, dentists and beloved doctors serving their local community. A day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, officials released the names of the victims. The oldest of them was 97. The youngest was 54. They included a pair of brothers and a husband and wife…. (more)


October 29, 2018
STEPHEN STONE — Those who doubt President Trump’s claim that the media have stirred up “great anger in our country…by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news” should consider a vivid distortion the media got away with in June…. (more)

October 29, 2018
Chancellor tells Christian Democrats she also will not seek re-election as party chairwoman in December
THE GUARDIAN — After dominating European politics for well over a decade, Angela Merkel has said her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor will be her last. Speaking after disastrous regional elections in Hesse and Bavaria for her Christian Democrats and its Bavaria-only sister party, Merkel on Monday said she saw the results as a “clear signal that things can’t go on as they are”…. (more)

October 29, 2018
‘The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate shall constitute a person’s sex’
ROBERT KNIGHT — The idea of two distinct sexes has been acknowledged as fundamental reality for thousands of years by billions of people, biology and every major religion. The Trump administration agrees, which is why the Health and Human Services Department is circulating a proposal defining gender this way for purposes of interpreting Title IX of the Civil Rights Act:… (more)

October 29, 2018
CHERYL K. CHUMLEY — President Donald Trump is mulling an executive order that would stop the caravan in its tracks and send the thousands and thousands of people trying to cross America’s borders back to their homes. That makes perfect sense. It’s a viable solution that would lead to a redefining of asylum seekers – – a honing, of sorts, of the criteria that determines who gets into the country versus who gets refused…. (more)

October 27, 2018
BRYAN FISCHER — John Kasich was quick to condemn President Trump for being un-Christlike by seeking to stop the invading army of thousands of illegal aliens snaking its way across Mexico. After all, Kasich says, Jesus taught the story of the Good Samaritan to teach us that we as a nation should throw our borders and our arms open wide and welcome them to cross our sovereign border en masse…. (more)

October 27, 2018
Yelled ‘All Jews must die’ — regularly spewed hatred of Jews and Trump on social media site
DAILY MAIL — The suspected gunman who opened fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others, has been named as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, a Trump-hating anti-semite who regularly complained on social media about the president and ‘the infestation of Jews.’ Bowers allegedly opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh shortly before 10 am. The synagogue was busier than usual with Sabbath services and because of a baby naming ceremony that had also been scheduled…. (more)


October 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — In response to the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, President Trump on Saturday called for Americans to unite in condemning anti-Semitism and all forms bigotry and prejudice. “Today with one unified voice we condemn the historic evil of ant-Semitism and every other form of evil and unfortunately evil comes in many forms. And we come together as one American people,” said Mr. Trump. The attack by a lone gunman, who was taken into custody, killed at least 10 people at a baby-naming ceremony at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh…. (more)

October 27, 2018
‘Political violence’ must never ‘take root’
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump Friday, while commenting on the arrest of a suspect in connection with the pipe bombs that were sent to several Democratic leaders over the past week, called for the people of the United States to come together and for an end to political violence…. (more)

October 27, 2018
DAILY MAIL — A single fingerprint helped the FBI crack the mail bombing spree targeting critics of President Donald Trump and identify a suspect, officials have revealed. Cesar Altier Sayoc, 56, was taken into custody on Friday morning in Plantation, Florida in connection with the 14 suspicious packages that have been discovered this week…. (more)

October 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The TV images could hardly be worse for the White House. The white van impounded by police as they arrested mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. was shown repeatedly on cable networks Friday, its windows covered with political stickers championing President Trump and showing gun crosshairs on Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and on CNN personalities…. (more)

October 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump slammed “lowly rated” CNN Friday for blaming him for a series of suspected pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats. “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, “it’s just not Presidential!” the president tweeted at 3:14 a.m…. (more)

October 26, 2018
Fox News hosts in heated exchange after arrest of bomb suspect
WORLDNETDAILY — Two Fox News anchors got into a heated argument Friday afternoon reflecting the nation’s sharp divide over whether President Trump’s political rhetoric incited the apparently pro-Trump Florida man arrested in connection to mail bombs addressed to top Democratic leaders…. (more)

October 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a new request Friday for the Justice Department to open a second investigation into Michael Avenatti, saying the anti-Trump lawyer lied to Congress through a second affidavit. “Simply put, the sworn statement Mr. Avenatti provided the committee on October 2 appears to be an outright fraud,” Mr. Grassley wrote in asking the FBI to conduct a review…. (more)


October 26, 2018
NEWSMAX — NBC News says the “Megyn Kelly Today” show is being canceled. In a statement, the network news division said the show won’t return, a decision that follows fallout from Kelly’s on-air comments about blackface. NBC News says the hour that had belonged to Kelly will be hosted next week by other “Today” show co-anchors…. (more)


October 26, 2018
YOUTUBE — JFK assassination conspiracy theorist and investigator, Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney was interviewed by Johnny Carson regarding the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Original airdate: January 31, 1968…. (more)


October 25, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — There is an incredible movie with pro-life implications in the theaters right now, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, starring Dean Cain, Sarah Jane Morris, and Nick Searcy (who directed the film)…. (more)

October 25, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The pipe bomb and white powder that forced an evacuation at CNN headquarters in New York City Wednesday morning were harmless, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press. The purported explosive device was similar in construction to those sent Wednesday to former President Barack Obama, former attorney general Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.), and Representative Maxine Waters of California. A package containing white powder was delivered later in the day…. (more)


October 25, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — New Jersey Republican congressional candidate Jay Webber received a letter Wednesday that contained threats of violence against his children and demanded that he withdraw from the race to represent the state’s eleventh district…. (more)

October 25, 2018
NEWSMAX — CIA director Gina Haspel heard audio that purportedly depicts the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul when she visited Turkey this week, according to a new report…. (more)


October 24, 2018
Says Honduran president told him caravan organized by ‘leftist groups’ and funded by Venezuela
WASHINGTON TIMES — Venezuela is funding the illegal immigrant caravan, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday, backing up President Trump’s claims that there are bad elements within the thousands of people. Mr. Trump said he doesn’t have specific proof to back up his claim a day earlier that Middle Easterners are part of the caravan, but said there “could very well be.”… (more)

October 24, 2018
People ‘with significant criminal histories’ headed for U.S.
ART MOORE — The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it can confirm that gang members and males from the Middle East and Asia are in the caravan headed for the United States that began in Honduras…. (more)

October 24, 2018
NEWSMAX — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday lashed out at the “extreme mob behavior” of the “far left,” recounting how he and his wife were targets of “aggressive intimidation” at a restaurant in his home state by a fist-slamming, shouting protester…. (more)

 

October 30, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

9 In such a state of depression it is not easy to communicate meaningfully. One’s thoughts are not coherent. Self-doubt incapacitates the depressed. The psalmist’s emotions, actions, and speech are fused together into a “groan.” The word “longings” (taʾa, GK 9294, lit., “desire”) in this context signifies “sighing” of the heart rather than “desire.” Here it is synonymous with “anguish” (v. 8) and “sighing” (v. 9; cf. Dahood, 1;233: “all my sighing is before thee”).[1]


38:9 The phrase in front of you means “in your presence.” Sin cannot dwell in God’s presence (see note at 5:4–5), but when there is a change in a person’s attitude toward sin, represented here by my every desire (or “longing”), God accepts and acts on it (55:16).[2]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 354). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 852). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

“Enduring the Storms of Life” by Michael Mahoney | The Master’s Seminary Blog

Psalm 46 was written as a refuge for God’s people in this age of suffering. Whatever storm we are facing, if God is our Savior and stronghold, we will not be shaken. Since God is the only real source of safety and security in times of great disaster and danger, the true believer need not fear because God’s protection and ultimate victory over the world is inevitable.
— Read on www.tms.edu/blog/enduring-the-storms-of-life/

‘Hate’ Attacks In America – Is Free Speech To Blame? by Ron Paul

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Mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend and bombs in the mail last week. Why the seeming increase in crimes motivated by hatred and extreme divisions in our society? Are we going off the rails? Do we allow too much free speech?

https://youtu.be/-GY4moB443I

Liberals Laugh And Applaud As Hillary Clinton Says ‘All Blacks Look Alike’ In Racist Joke During Recode Interview — Now The End Begins

Hillary Clinton joked in a Recode interview with Kara Swisher about how black men like Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former Attorney General Eric Holder ‘all look alike.’

During an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher on Friday, Hillary Clinton made a joke that sent her audience into side-splitting laughter and applause. Interviewer Swisher upon hearing the ‘joke’ turned to Hillary and remarked ‘well done!’ to her statement. What ‘joke’ did Hillary make that went over so well?

Hillary said that ‘all blacks look alike’ while smiling from ear to ear. Yes, this is the same Hillary Clinton that famously referred to all blacks as ‘super predators‘ back in the 1990’s while campaigning for Bill Clinton. Hillary said that these black ‘super predators’ must be ‘brought to heel’.

So what, besides silence, has been the reaction from the fake news Liberal media? Laughter. They think it’s witty, amusing, and most of all funny. If a Republican – any Republican – had made the same ‘joke’ on Friday, there would be mobs of George Soros funded agitators at their homes, at their offices, and the fake news mediawould run that story until that person was destroyed.

Please remember this story when you go to vote on November 6th, and vote for the America you want to see. If you vote Blue instead of Red, having these lying hypocrites holding the reins of power will be the America you and I will be forced to live in. And there is nothing funny about that.

Hillary Clinton quips ‘they all look alike’ after interviewer mixes up Cory Booker and Eric Holder

FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER:During an interview on Friday, Hillary Clinton made the quip while correcting Recode’s Kara Swisher about who recently goaded on Democratic voters by rhetorically encouraging them to “kick” Republicans when they “go low.”

1996: Hillary Clinton on “superpredators” (C-SPAN)

Hillary Clinton heckled by activist

After Hillary Clinton noted how she adores Booker, Swisher asked the former secretary of state what she thought about this “kick them” remark.

“Well, that was Eric Holder,” Clinton noted.

“Eric Holder, oh, Eric Holder, sorry,” Swisher said.

“Yeah, I know they all look alike,” Clinton quipped to a wave of laughter and applausein the room.

“No, they don’t. Oh, well done. Now, Hillary …,” Swisher said.

Hillary Clinton further joked that she was “paid” by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to make the comment. READ MORE

Liberals Laugh And Applaud As Hillary Clinton Says ‘All Blacks Look Alike’ In Racist Joke During Recode Interview — Now The End Begins