Daily Archives: December 27, 2018

12/27/2018 — Wretched

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•Entertaining people into the Church in the 19th century
•Pastors should heed the example of Old Testament priests
•God is Love, but what does that mean?
•Pilgrim’s Progress, slavery, and the burden of sin
•Church retreat for Goddesses
•Ezekiel 4:9 cereal; now with cow dung?
•Democrats don’t see a difference between Christianity and Islam

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12/27/2018 — Wretched

More Evidence of Church Apostasy — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The evidence of the Church at large going into apostasy is overwhelming when reading daily news items.  It can be disheartening, but also encouraging at the same time because we know these apostates with fold with persecution and the true Church will become more evident.  Watch out for these wolves and false teachings of every sort, that you don’t let them lead you astray.
This is why we quit ringing the bells and supporting the Salvation Army.
These “churches” are dens of iniquity. Their leaders are wolves. The Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ especially long ago left any semblance of following Christ. The others mentioned in the article are following Satan as they worship Molech.
Beth Moore — again!  Why do churches continue to support her!?!?
Go figure; a United Methodist Church is putting on a Muslim Christmas play! Oh the apostasy of that denomination never ceases to amaze me!
Pope Francis proves he has no clue.  In fact, he is trying to convince everyone that we need more Muslim “immigrants!”  (As well as “immigrants” in general.) As usual, the Pope cares nothing for sovereign nations and their laws, contrary to what Scripture says about obeying the laws of the land. He is a shill for the LEFT.
The Church of England has bowed to the “transgender” agenda and has approved baptism for them.
I’ve posted many things about James MacDonald over the years, but here is an excellent article exposing all sorts of sin and corruption problems at Harvest Bible Chapel. And here is a followup. And, another one.
Lifeway “Christian Resources” is just another minefield of false teachings, and yet get praise from The Gospel Coalition!
With a place like this as their seminary, it’s no wonder that the ELCA has been apostate for decades!
So why hasn’t Rome excommunicated all these apostates?!?!?
More on the situation with Lauren Daigle; some people don’t like their favorite stars to be criticized.  I found this article to be right on the money, but also quite humorous.
A perfect example of why Andy Stanley MUST be considered a false teacher — his new book, Irresistible.
A “bishop” of Satan’s “church.”  How these people can thumb their noses at God and expect His blessings is beyond me!

More Evidence of Church Apostasy — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

‘Israel’s wall works 99.9%’: Trump says shutdown only about Democrats not letting him win

US President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of opposing funding for a border wall only to deny him and the Republican party a policy victory. Walls work, Trump says, pointing to the case of Israel.

Source: ‘Israel’s wall works 99.9%’: Trump says shutdown only about Democrats not letting him win

Trump Trolls Barack Obama over His 2011 Comments on Illegal Immigration — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump trolled failed president Obama over his past comments on illegal immigration today.

Trump tweeted out Obama’s tweet from 2011.

Of course, Obama did nothing to close the southern border but he did lock immigrant children in cages.

President Trump also lashed out at Open Borders Democrats on Thursday in a series of tweets.

The president pointed out that there is a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant killer.

This is interesting.

via Trump Trolls Barack Obama over His 2011 Comments on Illegal Immigration — The Gateway Pundit

December 27 The Best Use of Life

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:21

 

Personalize today’s verse by filling in the blanks: “For to me, to live is __________, and to die is __________.” If you put wealth in the first blank, dying brings not gain but loss. The same is true if you selected prestige, fame, power, or possessions because none of those things remains after death: prestige is lost, fame is forgotten, power is useless, and possessions are taken by others. For today’s verse to make sense as Paul wrote it, only Christ can fill the first blank. Otherwise, death is inevitably a loss.

Some who read this will say they put Christ in the blank. But if they think about it carefully, they will realize that what they really meant was Christ plus wealth, Christ plus power, or Christ plus possessions. Christ can’t share the first blank with anything else. Those who truly live for Christ have no fear of death and make the best use of life—in both they glorify Christ.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 388). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Syria: Mr. President, You Made the Right Move

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https://rense.com, By Devvy

Let me take you back to two of my columns. First: Democrat Congresswoman Introduces Bill That Must Anger Obama, November 23, 2015 – I know everyone is busy but I ask you to please take time to read that column. The factual information I provided must get out to the American people so they understand the big picture and stop being distracted by BS headlines; anything to fill space on “news” web sites.

“As I have written several times, you and I are being raped in taxes to fund so-called rebels in Syria who want their legally elected president, Assad, thrown out of office. Assad is another bad guy who oddly enough has protected Christians in his country even though he is a Shia muslim.

“Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, and Austin Scott, a Republican, introduced legislation on Friday to end what they called an “illegal war” to overthrow Assad, the leader of Syria accused of killing tens of thousands of Syrian citizens in a more than four-year-old civil war entangled in a battle against IS extremists, also known as ISIS.

Poll: Americans Trust Clergy Less than Ever — Pulpit & Pen

[HuffPo] The level of trust Americans have in clergy members has dropped to a record low, a recent Gallup survey suggests.

The polling organization found that only 37 percent of 1,025 respondents had a “very high” or “high” opinion of the honesty and ethical standards of clergy, according to a report published on Thursday. Forty-three percent rated clergy’s honesty and ethics as “average,” while 15 percent had low or very low opinions.

The 37 percent positive rating is the lowest Gallup has recorded for clergy since it began examining views about religious leaders’ ethical standards in 1977.

Currently, only 31 percent of Catholics and 48 percent of Protestants rate the clergy positively, according to Gallup.

Gallup has been asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy since 1977.
Gallup has been asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy since 1977.

John Fea,  a professor of American history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania,
told HuffPost he believes the prominence of the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal this year may be contributing to a lack of trust in the clergy.

In July, Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, resigned from the church’s College of Cardinals amid allegations that he had sexually abused children and adult seminarians over decades. And in August, a Pennsylvania grand jury identified 301 predator priests and more than 1,000 victims in a landmark report into sexual abuse in the state. The report has inspired other attorneys general across the U.S. to start similar investigations into the cover-up of sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses.

“Men and women turn toward clergy in some of the most intimate moments of their lives,” Fea told HuffPost in an email. “The kinds of scandals and authoritarian leadership that we saw this year among the clergy undermines the trust we place in them.”

Stephen Prothero, a professor of American religions at Boston University, told HuffPost that along with Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, there’s another factor at play. Prothero wrote in an email that he believes the increasing entanglement of evangelical Protestants and key evangelical leaders with the Republican Party has led many to view Christianity as a right-wing political movement “more concerned with getting people like President [Donald] Trump elected than with saving souls.”

“The overwhelming majority of American clergy are neither sexual predators nor right-wing political hacks,” Prothero told HuffPost. “But this is one of those cases of a lot of bad apples spoiling the whole bunch.”

Only 37 percent of respondents had a “very high” or “high” opinion of the honesty and ethical standar
Only 37 percent of respondents had a “very high” or “high” opinion of the honesty and ethical standards of clergy, according to a Gallup report.

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Gallup has been asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of various professions for 42 years. The company has asked the question about the clergy’s honesty 34 times over that time period.

Trust in clergy hit a historical high of 67 percent in 1985. A sharp drop occurred in 2002, the year the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team first started reporting on the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis. Positive views about clergy have been steadily declining since 2012, Gallup stated.

Fea said American religion has always existed in a “consumer society,” where individuals “shop” for the churches that best meet their needs. Fueled by a general distrust in the authority of the clergy, Americans have been finding other sources for their spiritual nourishment, he wrote.

“With Internet churches and other kinds of on-line social media offering spiritual advice and counsel, coupled with the sex abuse scandals, the clergy does not seem to be as important any more as people seem to place their trust in other places,” Fea said.

A Gallup poll measured the public's views of the honesty and ethical standards of members of various occupations.
A Gallup poll measured the public’s views of the honesty and ethical standards of members of various occupations.

Americans viewed clergy as less honest than police officers, accountants, and funeral directors, Gallup’s December report states, but more trustworthy than bankers, lawyers, business executives and telemarketers.

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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Carol Kuruvilla and first posted at the Huffington Post]

via Poll: Americans Trust Clergy Less than Ever — Pulpit & Pen

Leftists Mock First Lady Melania For Wearing ‘Timberland Boots’ – But They Loved Michelle Obama’s Streetwalker Thigh-High Glittery Boots — The Gateway Pundit

Our lovely First Lady Melania joined her husband and surprised US troops in a post-Christmas visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq this week.

As usual, Melania Trump looked gorgeous in a mustard yellow top and dark pants. She swapped her usual high heels for ‘Timberland boots.’

The First Lady is in a combat zone so she’s trying to balance fashion and comfort, but the left just can’t help themselves — they had to mock Melania’s shoes.

The hate-filled leftists who always attacks Melania Trump for her heels and now these ‘Timberland’ boots just loved Michelle Obama’s streetwalker thigh-high glitter boots she paired with an ill-fitting dress.

First Lady Melania Trump already has set a number of records as First Lady.

Melania Trump is:

  • First First Lady not to have been born a citizen of the United States or in what would later become the United States. (Though Louisa Adams was born outside of the United States, she was the daughter of an American father – Joshua Johnson, the American Consul in London – and American citizenship was therefore her birthright.)[38][39] She naturalized in 2006.[40][41][42]
  • First First Lady to be born in Slovenia.
  • First First Lady to be fluent in five languages.[22] Besides Slovene, which is her native language, she speaks EnglishGermanFrench and Italian.[43]
  • First First Lady to be a non-native speaker of English.[22]

Melania Trump is also the first First Lady to have a successful career as a fashion model.

And on Wednesday Melania Trump became one of the first First Ladies to enter a combat zone.

But leftists only have the brain power to talk about Melania’s shoes and debate whether our troops violated military rules because Trump signed red MAGA hats. Let that sink in.

via Leftists Mock First Lady Melania For Wearing ‘Timberland Boots’ – But They Loved Michelle Obama’s Streetwalker Thigh-High Glittery Boots — The Gateway Pundit

December 27 God Becomes Visible

“[Christ] is the image of the invisible God.”

Colossians 1:15

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In Christ, the invisible God became visible.

Sometimes I listen to different preachers on the radio or watch them on television, and I get tremendously frustrated. That’s because so many of them present a confusing picture of who Christ really is. Since there are so many who distort the Christian faith, there should be in every believer a desire to defend it. The apostle Paul certainly had that desire. Since the heretics at Colosse viewed Jesus as a lesser spirit who emanated from God, Paul refutes that with a powerful description of who Jesus really is.

Paul describes Him as “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). The Greek word translated “image” (eikon) means “likeness.” Although man is also the eikon of God (1 Cor. 11:7), he is not a perfect image of God. Humans are made in God’s image in that they have rational personality. Like God, they possess intellect, emotion, and will, by which they are able to think, feel, and choose. We humans are not, however, in God’s image morally: He is holy, and we are sinful. We are also not created in His image essentially, since we do not possess His divine attributes.

Unlike man, Jesus Christ is the perfect, absolutely accurate image of God. He did not become the image of God at the Incarnation but has been that from all eternity. Hebrews 1:3 says Christ “is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature.” Christ reflects God’s attributes and is the exact likeness of God. That is why Christ could say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

By using the term eikon, Paul emphasizes that Jesus is both the representation and manifestation of God. He is the full, final, and complete revelation of God. He is God in human flesh. That was His claim (John 8:58), and it is the unanimous testimony of Scripture (cf. Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13). To think anything less of Him is blasphemy and gives evidence of a mind blinded by Satan (2 Cor. 4:4).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank the Lord for removing your spiritual blindness so that you could “see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4).

For Further Study: According to Romans 8:29, what has God predestined for all believers?[1]


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