Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 31 Walking by Faith

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:35–39

Key Verse: Romans 8:37

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Do you ever worry about whether you can trust God? Many deny it, but their actions speak differently. Have you ever prayed for something and felt as though your prayers were going unanswered? After a while, it is easy to think that maybe it would be okay to help God out—give Him a little shove to start things off. But you may want to consider the following:

God is sovereign. He is both personal and loving. He has not forgotten you. Even though you may have to wait for the answer to your prayers, when it comes, it will be a wondrous blessing because you were willing to wait and trust the Lord for the answer.

God is infinitely wise. All knowledge about all things belongs to Him. He knows everything. Deep love and commitment toward those who have accepted His Son as their Savior are hallmarks of His personal care. Therefore, He has provided a way for sin to be eradicated from your life. In wisdom and mercy, He desires for you to live free of the bondage of sin and failure.

God loves perfectly and completely. He can meet all your needs. You may wonder how this can be, especially since you can’t see or touch Him. Deep within the resources of His love, contentment and a sense of peace are waiting just for you. Nothing the world offers can duplicate these things.

Father God, You are sovereign and wise. You know everything about my life. You love me perfectly and completely and have the ability to meet all my needs. Thank You that You have not forgotten me![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 32). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 31 Sin Is a Choice

Scripture reading: James 1:13–16

Key verse: 1 Corinthians 1:29

That no flesh should glory in His presence.

Of all who have ever lived, Eve was the one who could come the closest to using legitimately the phrase “the devil made me do it.” And God did not accept this excuse even from Eve, who had the serpent speaking directly to her (Gen. 3). We cannot pass the buck for sinning to anyone else. God wants us to understand the true source of sin so that we can come to terms with it honestly before Him.

Patrick Morley describes our blame passing in his book Walking with Christ in the Details of Life:

We give Satan too much credit. Satan is fallen. He cannot foretell the future. He is limited in space and time—he can only be one place at a time. He is not eternal …

It is impossible for Satan to make you sin. Sin is a choice. Satan can tempt us, but we decide to sin. “By his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:14). Since the devil is unable to make us sin, we need to reconsider blaming him for our wrong choices …

The bigger enemy is our flesh. To square off against Satan is easy by comparison. The flesh must be battled daily, even momentarily. That’s why the Scriptures say, “For the … Spirit desires what is contrary to the sinful nature.” … The battle against Satan is already won. The ongoing battle is with the flesh.

If you want to ascend the mountain of His holiness and dwell in the presence of God, then you must recognize that sin is a choice. Reject it.

Father, I realize now that sin is a choice. Help me choose the paths of righteousness that will lead to new spiritual heights with You in the mountain of Your holiness.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 32). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Laura Ingraham: Today’s Democrats Are a ‘New Breed of Radical Zealots’

Democrats seem awfully cocky lately. Since winning the House in November and forcing Trump’s hand on the shutdown, they feel like they’re on a glide path to 2020.

Every other day, it’s a litany of smugness from the Resistance. At 21 months out from the election, of course, they are practically calling the race already. They hope that the sheer volume of negative headlines about Mueller and the showdowns with Pelosi and Schumer are all going to take their toll.

Well, objective reporting, of course, is the last thing on their minds because that would require a focus on the smashing success of the Trump economy, which is far and away the strongest in the world.

So what is their goal? To demoralize Trump’s base.

The Washington Post delivers dour headlines like this: “Walls around Trump are crumbling. Evangelicals may be his last resort.” And why bother dissecting the genius of, like. Trump’s maneuvers with China on trade when you can assign some flack to write headlines like this? “White evangelical support for President Trump slips in the midst of the government shutdown.”

Now, think about it. While the president’s approval numbers may have taken a hit during the shutdown, his numbers were identical before and after the shutdown — unlike Pelosi, who actually lost support during the shutdown battle.

So my prediction? The more full of themselves the Democrats get, the more voters learn about this new breed of radical zealots. The less they are going to want to roll the dice with this crowd, and the more they’ll start to appreciate President Trump. And if, by the way, the bright lights of the pundit class think that evangelicals are going to abandon the GOP and Trump, they’re suffering from delusions of electoral grandeur.

The Democrats have completely misread what happened in November. They captured one House of Congress and handily, of course. But this doesn’t mean that the American people are willing to ditch capitalism for socialism, or that they have abandoned totally their core humanity for cold convenience.

Related: Why New York’s Late-Term Abortion Law Is Based on Lies

But I’ll tell you, many Democrats have, like Virginia State Del. Kathy Tran. When press about her latest abortion bill, Tran admitted her bill would allow abortions to take place even up to the point the mother is dilating.

Absolutely barbaric and sick. Tran is a co-sponsor of the Repeal Act, which would eliminate all restrictions on late-term abortion.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ‚ who is also a pediatric neurologist, by the way, which is extra sick — endorses this disgusting bill. When asked to explain third-term abortions on Wednesday, he said the following: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Dr. Mengele would be proud. You’d be arrested if you did any of that to a dog in Virginia, by the way. And the infanticide movement, always cynically disguised as “reproductive health,” is spreading. It was given a standing ovation in Albany just last week. And now Rhode Island is jumping on the carnage express, as Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo, a Roman Catholic, says she’ll sign a pro-partial-birth abortion bill into law. Earlier this month, when Raimondo was sworn into office for a second term, she pledged to be a “beacon of hope.” More like a harbinger of death.

Related: Abortion Comments by Democrat Northam Deemed ‘Morally Repugnant’

Again, this is in America. This is the Democrat Party decomposing for all to see. While a good chunk of Trump voters might get tired of some of his tweets, or they just want him to dial back the drama on occasion, it’s really hard to see how independents, in any way, shape, or form are going to cozy up to this Democrat Party.

Remember Kamala Harris at the Kavanaugh hearing? She kept interrupting. She was incredibly boorish and rude to the now-associate justice of the Supreme Court. And she totally flamed out.

That was her big audition for the big top. Well, the American people do not want to do things like tear down history in the middle of the night, any more than they want to blame men for things that happened 30 years ago that no one is witness to. They don’t want to ban fossil fuels. They don’t want Medicare for All if it means bankrupting the entire system. They don’t want ration care and raising taxes.

They don’t want traditional religious organizations to be branded as hate groups, which Kamala Harris, by the way, tried to pull a few weeks ago when she chided judicial nominee Brian Buescher for being a member of the Knights of Columbus, a group opposed to abortion and of course, a Catholic organization.

No. This is not the Democrat Party of JFK. He actually believed in religious liberty, and he believed in low taxes and a robust military, etc., etc.

So, my friends, the next time if someone tells you, “It’s all over for Trump,” just remember, the full effects and the stark costs of the Democrat agenda are just now coming to light for many Americans.

They say that there are two sure things in life: death and taxes. But do you really want to be a party that advocates for both?

Adapted from Laura Ingraham’s monologue from “The Ingraham Angle” on Jan. 30, 2019. Laura Ingraham is the host of Fox News Channel’s (FNC) “The Ingraham Angle” (weeknights 10 p.m./ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. This Fox News opinion piece is used by permission.

Read more at Fox News:
New Details of 2016 Meeting with Trump Dossier Author Conflict with Dems’ Timeline
Tyrus Admits Defending Trump Can Be a Challenge
Pelosi Takes Heat for Bid to Push Back Trump’s SOTU

Source: Laura Ingraham: Today’s Democrats Are a ‘New Breed of Radical Zealots’

WALSH: Please Stop Killing Undocumented Infants Who Are Just Trying To Cross The Border Of The Birth Canal

The only difference between a baby moments before leaving the womb and a baby outside the womb is documentation. A birth certificate and Social Security card are issued to a child within a few weeks of birth. This paperwork is necessary to make the child an official citizen of the United States, but they cannot actually confer biological personhood status. Personhood may be recognized by words on a page, but the words cannot make a person. Besides, I’ve been reliably informed that undocumented people are still people and deserve all of the same rights as those of us with documentation.

I’ve also been told many times that undocumented people have the right to cross through barriers and over borders in pursuit of life and liberty. Planned Parenthood even says that the undocumented “have the right to live.” I totally agree with this sentiment. All people have the right to live. And I certainly would not support summary execution of immigrants on the southern border. It’s fortunate that no one has ever suggested such a thing.

But there is, you might say, a different southern border that is quite often protected by violent means. Undocumented infants who are trying to cross the border of the birth canal in hopes of a better life are routinely stabbed, poisoned, crushed, and dismembered for doing so. The murder of these migrants is especially egregious because, unlike the type from Central America, they really have no choice but to leave their homeland. It is often insisted that migrants from Mexico and Guatemala are “forced” to leave because of conditions in their countries. Well, undocumented infants really are forced. They did not choose to be conceived in their womb of origin. They do not choose when and if they are born. They are victims of circumstance.

Immigrants deserve a chance. Isn’t that the slogan? They are “dreamers.” They are good people, decent people, just trying to survive. These are the lines, correct? Am I saying this right? Well it applies just as well to infants.

It is claimed that we are all undocumented immigrants. This is false, of course. Our ancestors, maybe, but not us. And even our ancestors may have come to this country legally, through Ellis Island. Or maybe they came back in settler and pioneer times, when there was no documentation thus no distinction between undocumented and documented. But it is true that we were all, at one time, undocumented infants. All of us began our existence in the womb. All of us were granted the opportunity to flee the womb and build a life for ourselves. Who are we to deny this right to the undocumented infants who come after us? It is the worst form of discrimination.

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Source: WALSH: Please Stop Killing Undocumented Infants Who Are Just Trying To Cross The Border Of The Birth Canal

Life Is Under Attack

Look at how far the Democratic party has fallen.

This week, a delegate to the Virginia state legislature introduced a bill affirming abortion up to the moment of birth. In shocking testimony, the delegate admitted that even when it was obvious that a child was about to be born — in the 40th week of a pregnancy, even in the midst of active labor — this proposed law would allow for the child to be aborted, so long as a single doctor approves.

Governor Ralph Northam, a supporter of the bill, went even further in a radio interview the next day. He tried to reassure its opponents that if a child survived an abortion, “the infant would be kept comfortable. [And] the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue.”

There’s another word for this: infanticide. And it is morally reprehensible and evil.

Virginia’s bill comes just a week after the New York state senate was filled with cheers following the passage of a similar law. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared it “a historic victory for . . . our progressive values” and directed pink lights to shine on landmarks throughout the state, including One World Trade Center.

This shameless embrace of a culture of death is startling to every American who cherishes life. Not too long ago, the Democratic party’s stated position was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” It was this widespread rejection of late-term abortion that led a large bipartisan majority in Congress to pass the partial-birth-abortion ban in 2003. But now look at how far the Democratic party has fallen.

To support, let alone cheer, late-term abortions not only marks a disturbing step backward by so-called “progressives” — it also violates every demand of human decency. As modern science has moved the point of viability ever earlier in pregnancy, most Americans have agreed that a child who can survive outside the womb deserves a chance at life. Only a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, allow late-term abortions.

Until we heard those cheers coming from Albany and the defense of the indefensible over the airwaves in Virginia, we thought states were moving beyond such barbaric practices.

These Virginia and New York late-term abortion bills should be a call to action for all Americans. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and it would be unconscionable for us to let this moment pass in silence. We must recommit ourselves, today and every day, to restoring the sanctity of life to the center of American law.

For my part, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in American history. From his first week in office, President Trump has been a tireless champion of life. He reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, ensuring that our foreign-aid dollars don’t go to groups that promote or perform abortions abroad. He withdrew the United States from the United Nations Population Fund to prevent our tax dollars from supporting forced sterilization and abortion overseas. And he signed a law to empower states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers — and defund Planned Parenthood.

But the commitment to life extends further than our administration. Beyond the White House, state leaders are taking action to protect the unborn. They are encouraging parents to choose life by requiring brief waiting periods, setting ultrasound and other informed-consent standards, and prohibiting abortions based solely on a child’s sex, race, or disability — a measure I was proud to sign into law as governor of Indiana.

And thanks to the efforts of millions of compassionate and caring Americans across the country, we are changing minds and turning hearts to embrace life as never before. Fewer abortions are being performed than ever recorded — a decrease of more than 50 percent since the 1980s. This is a true cause for celebration.

So even in this dark moment in our nation’s history, Americans should take heart. The New York and Virginia bills aren’t some bold departure into a brave new world. They are the last gasp of a dying movement that stands in stark and irreconcilable contrast with our nation’s timeless founding principles.

After all, at the base of the same One World Trade Center that was bathed in pink last week to mark the passage of New York’s law, is the September 11th memorial. There, the names of all who died in the horrific terrorist attacks 18 years ago are etched in stone — including the eleven unborn children we lost along with their expectant mothers.

Our commitment to the unalienable right to life is as sure as the stone in which those names are etched. And our administration, and our movement, will continue to fight until our nation once again recognizes and celebrates the sanctity of all human life.

Source: Life Is Under Attack

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Force to be Reckoned With — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

Whatever else you may think of her, first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is a great American success story. Hers is a classic “triumph of the underdog” tale. Nobody expected her to upset 10-term incumbent Congressman and Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Joe Crowley, in last June’s Democratic primary in her New York City congressional district, but she did. Using her apartment as her campaign headquarters and going door to door in her district, AOC proved once again that a motivated, hard-working American can succeed against long odds.

AOC is clever and shrewd in some ways, embarrassingly clueless in others. On the positive side, she is media-savvy and shows astute political instincts. On the negative side, to put it mildly, her understanding of American government is deficient (she didn’t even know what the three branches of government are), her grasp of economic and history is minimal (she espouses the ideology of socialism despite its inherent flaws e.g., no economic calculation or coordination is possible without private property, market-based prices, and a profit-and-loss calculus), and she seems oblivious to elementary arithmetic, as evidenced by her proposals for Uncle Sam to spend tens of trillions of dollars more than exist in spendable form.

Conservatives seem to think AOC will self-destruct by repeatedly showing her economic obtuseness, but they are wrong. They are underestimating her ability to exploit media and her political acumen. Last summer after her primary victory, AOC was a guest on “The View.” Channeling King David’s son Absalom—the prototype for using flattery and charm to further one’s political ambitions—she effusively hugged each of the five hostesses, gushing and giving them her best “Oh, I’m so privileged to meet you” greeting.

In her interview on “60 Minutes,” she alternately voiced clever, quotable sound bites at the expense of Republicans and responded to questions about her apparent factual inaccuracies by playing the role of a disarmingly innocent political neophyte who admittedly hadn’t mastered all the details, but whose heart is in the right place.

On Twitter, she drops the innocent act and reveals herself to be a rough-and-tumble street fighter. Examples: She rallied to the support of fellow freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after Tlaib publicly referred to President Trump as a “motherf*****,” tweeting, “I got your back.” She also isn’t bashful about disrespecting non-Republicans. Advised by one-time Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman to take a more moderate approach, she caustically tweeted, “New party, who dis?”

Like it or not, AOC, by virtue of her two-million-plus Twitter followers and as the fresh new face alongside Bernie Sanders at the forefront of America’s democratic socialist movement, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with on the national stage. Her fund-raising clout is bound to be considerable. This will enable her to chart an independent course, much to the frustration of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Expect AOC to drag Democrats even further to the left whether they really want to go that way or not.

Politically, her proposals—no matter how over-the-top, ridiculous, or unviable—will actually enhance rather than hurt her popularity. As the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises wrote nearly six decades ago, it no longer matters, politically, “whether a measure is fit to produce the ends aimed at. What alone counts for [the politician] is whether the majority of voters favor or reject it.” Sadly, wisdom and knowledge are not nearly as important in democratic politics as impassioned promises for a Santa Claus government to give voters free goods. Voters believe in the Santa Claus fantasy, and AOC is playing Santa to the hilt, promising free health care, free college, etc.

Another factor enhancing AOC’s popularity is her public stance that she would rather lose her seat in Congress than compromise her principles. In this day and age when few politicians are known for sticking to their principles, AOC stands out from the crowd.

She may know precious little about sound economics, but she has a keen nose for power. That is why she advocates the abolition of the Electoral College—because it is an obstacle to the mighty (and mighty dangerous) power of unbridled majoritarianism which our wise founders rightly understood to be one of the greatest threats to rights and liberty.

The important question going forward will not be the mind of AOC, but what kind of heart she has. Like most prominent leaders of socialist movements, she has a knack for taking care of Number One. I am referring to her reported unwillingness to divide the wealth equally when her own financial interest is involved. A larger concern is her refusal, so far, to condemn the murderous regime (murder by bullets and starvation) of Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. This raises the question of whether her support for socialism is that of a naive enthusiast or a convicted fanatic. Let’s hope that her mind isn’t so blinded by the imagined glory of her “grand plan” for a more humane world that she lacks the compassion to disavow socialist policies when they hurt the very people whom they were supposed to help.

via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Force to be Reckoned With — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

Manmade Climate Change Caused by HAARP: NO CONSPIRACY-JUST THE FACTS

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I have been wanting to write about HAARP for many years.  What held me back?  It was fear of being called “Conspiratorial”  until now.

My readers know me as a writer of truth.  I stay clear of topics which cannot be vetted.  I’ve been reading about HAARP for years, but the globalists snicker and mock at anyone who dares to tread on their turf.

The only websites I would find on HAARP – although very thorough in the research, was still speculation without a solid foundation.  For every website attempting to uncover the truth about HAARP, there would be ten more insisting that it was simply an instrument used for studying the ionosphere.

For instance, let’s look at what U. of Alaska Fairbanks says:


High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and…

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Homosexuality and the Catholic Church — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The sexual abuse of boys by Catholic clergy is now a mushroom cloud hanging over the Church. … But the Church invited this scandal when it began allowing homosexuals to enter its seminaries in the 1960s. They did so because of the difficulty of recruiting young men into the priesthood who quite naturally wanted to marry and have families. As more and more homosexuals flooded seminaries and then went into the priesthood, a culture of homosexuality was fostered in the church with all its attendant pathologies.

via Homosexuality and the Catholic Church — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

A Call To Men: Lead In Discernment — Reformation Charlotte

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13

A man who does not protect his family is a worthless man. We know this instinctively. I am not speaking of men who are unfortunately disabled and therefore are hindered in their ability to protect their family in the greatest capacity. No, I am talking about a man who would let another man attack his wife or children. A man who would just stand by and watch while another man abuses his family. A man who hides in the closet when there are noises downstairs. The very image of such a man brings anger and sorrow to our hearts.

This is the very first failure of our father Adam. In Genesis 3 we are told the story of how the devil tempts Eve:

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”

There he is, Adam, standing there like a coward letting his wife be deceived by the devil and what does he do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Even worse he takes part in the deception. How sad. How shameful. Yet can we be guilty of the very same thing? Are we not often the same as our father Adam?

God calls for men in the church to lead in discernment. Paul charges the Corinthian men to act like men. What is essential to acting like a man? Being watchful. Brothers, it is a shameful and effeminate thing if you are not training the powers of your discernment (Hebrews 5:14). God calls us to take the lead in our families and churches to watch for the devil’s schemes. Polemical ministry can feel burdensome, but it is a burden we must carry for the sake of our famillies.

Paul warns Timothy as to the nature of false teachers:

For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” – 2 Timothy 3:6-7

There are men who are wolves. Men who would use their lies to sway weak women in the church just to get their foothold in the door. Just as their father the devil deceived Eve so too these men seek to capture the minds of our sisters. We must stand against it.

This is a call to all husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, pastors, and deacons to take up arms. Equip yourself for battle! Avail yourself the whole Armour of God! Study your Scriptures so you might identify false doctrine. Look at our mighty King Jesus and how mercilessly he spotted error! Discern the men or women in your church who seek to sneak sensual doctrines into your church. Sniff out the Trojan horse of the devil so that the body of Christ might be sparred the devil’s schemes.

This is your duty men, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 

via A Call To Men: Lead In Discernment — Reformation Charlotte

Hillsong’s Judah Smith Says “Jesus is Not Your Judge” — Pulpit & Pen

Pastor Judah Smith and teen-age girl, Justin Bieber.

Hillsong is known for lots of things. Among secular culture, Hillsong is known as the celebrity-saturated, music-drive pop-culture venue that is spreading like wildfire throughout the world. Among discerning Christians, Hillsong is known for dancing naked cowboys, sleazy Christmas cabarets, pedophilia cover-ups, gay worship leaders, sticking up for abortion, and really, really bad theology.

As a case-in-point on the latter, the characterstically bad theology of Hillsong’s pastors, we bring to your attention to lastest jaw-dropping, cringe-worthy theological failure of celeb-bedazzled Hillsong-affiliated pastor, Judah Smith.

Smith is the lead pastor of The City Church (Churchome Global) in Seattle, a church heavily affiliated with the Hillsong mothership in Australia. Smith is featured on the Hillsong website, speaks at their conferences, contributes to their websites and publications, and is considered a part of the “Hillsong family.” Smith is also one of the pastors written about in Vice Magazine as “one of the evangelical celebrities dominating Hollywood.” He is regularly seen with his protege, Justin Beiber alongside another Hillsong pastor, Carl Lentz.

And just yesterday, Smith tweeted out this insanely unbiblical comment.

The controversy here is in relation to Smith’s assertion, “[Jesus] is not your judge.”

Of course, Jesus is your judge. It seems that evangelical pop-culture has gone from claiming in libertine defiance, “Only God can judge me” to “Not even God will judge me.”

The Bible – that book with the leather cover and shiny pages, should Judah Smith forget what it looks like – begs to differ on the subject of Jesus being our judge.

“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.” – Acts 10:38

Or how about…

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. – 2 Corinthians 5:10

Or maybe…

“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son…and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. – John 5:22 & 27


And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. – Revelation 19:11

Jesus as the judge of the quick (living) and the dead is a pretty important part of his Lordship over all the heavens and Earth.

Dear reader, please know that in spite of the theological vapidity of Judah Smith, we can assure you that Jesus is most assuredly your judge. You must find the true Gospel, the faith in which can allow you to escape his judgment unscathed. You will not find that Gospel preached by Judah Smith or so many other celebrity pastors.

Find your way to a small, forgotten church where the light still shines from the windows on Sunday morning. Walk in and ask to hear what you won’t hear from the celebrity megachurches…God’s Word and the Good News.

via Hillsong’s Judah Smith Says “Jesus is Not Your Judge” — Pulpit & Pen

Southern Baptist-Endorsed Organization Hosts Nancy Pelosi to Address Christian Professors — Reformation Charlotte

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is a network of Christian groups with a globalist, open borders agenda that supports amnesty for illegal immigrants and opposes traditionally conservative political ideology.

Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) strongly endorses this organization which is tied to Moore’s Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT)–a George Soros-funded institution.

The National Association of Evangelicals models both conviction and cooperation. When the NAE speaks, it is with careful theological reflection and with a tone that never compromises the gospel of Christ or the mission of the church. As the Body of Christ engages often complex questions facing civil society, it is a blessing to have a strong, unifying, biblically-anchored ally in the National Association of Evangelicals.

Russell Moore, ERLC

Earlier this week, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) held a conference addressing presidents from over 180 different Protestant universities and colleges worldwide, tackling subjects such as immigration. The CCCU is one of many groups that make up the EIT.

Nancy Pelosi and Russell Moore

Interestingly, the supposedly conservative Christian association invited arguably the most liberal politician in any American political office today, Nancy Pelosi, to not only talk about immigration, but faith.

Because people have faith, they believe. They believe in God and believe in themselves. They believe in the goodness of others, the charity of others. It gives them hope Faith is the strength and has always been the strength, of our country. It is also a country full of love.

Just days after some of the most horrific abortion bills were passed in America, the Christian Post reports that Pelosi specifically addressed immigration, referencing “human dignity” and “worth.” Praising evangelical leaders, including Russell Moore who was present at the conference, she continues while praising Galen Carey, the vice president of government relations for the NAE, for his advocacy on the immigration issue,

I have worked with some of you in this room over time on the immigration issue and the evangelical community has been in the lead on it for a long, long time — being there for so many strong initiatives for comprehensive immigration reform, respecting the dignity and worth of every person

With another government shutdown looming in the near future if a deal isn’t reached between the White House and Congress, Pelosi is leveraging support from the evangelical community to put the pressure on President Trump to abandon his support for a border wall. If not for common political reasons, why else would a God-hating liberal Democrat be invited to address a room full of conservative Protestant evangelical leaders?

Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

Amos 3:3

via Southern Baptist-Endorsed Organization Hosts Nancy Pelosi to Address Christian Professors — Reformation Charlotte

Russell Moore Joins With Nancy Pelosi to Address Liberal Organization — Pulpit & Pen

Russell Moore speaking alongside Nancy Pelosi really isn’t a stretch of the imagination. Moore, a former Democractic staffer, has done everything in his power to be as fierce a critic of President Trump as the Speaker of the House. From calling a border wall a “Golden Calf” to serving on George Soros’ Evangelical Immigration Table, to demanding an end to the shutdown and for Trump to send more tax-dollars overseas to our enemies, Moore’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) basically serves as a Democratic PAC.

Yesterday, Moore spoke alongside Nancy Pelosi at the same event, hosted by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the organization that we wrote about changing its ‘transgender’ and homosexual policy, which now supports an expansion of the law that would give ‘transgender’ and homosexual people extra legal protections the rest of us do not have. The name of that post was ERLC-Backed Group Secretly Supports Expansion of Gay Rights.

The NAE also took part in the event. The NAE is a sister organization of the National Council of Churches, which is affiliated with the World Council of Churches. The NAE is an ecumenist organization, which from its inception was branded as being theologically liberal. Russell Moore fits in with the NAE like a duck takes to water and a pig rolls in mud. These are his people.

The CCCU hosted event yesterday included both Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat acolyte, Russell Moore, as you can see from the screenshot above, taken from the NAE Facebook page.

According to Religion News Service, Pelosi used the opportunity to speak about a topic that both she and Russell Moore are in complete agreement upon…illegal immigration.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of Christian educators gathering in the nation’s capital this week that she intends to uphold her responsibility to “act upon our beliefs in the dignity and worth of every person.”

Those people include refugees seeking to cross our borders…

Moore, who helps to run the Soros-funded EIT, would no doubt have little problem with Pelosi’s statements to the pro-gray NAE or CCCU or her ambitious agenda to destroy America’s sovereign borders.

via Russell Moore Joins With Nancy Pelosi to Address Liberal Organization — Pulpit & Pen

Frank Turek: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”: The Ohio State University — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Our Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance at The Ohio State University hosted Dr. Frank Turek, author of “I Don’t Have Enough to be an Atheist” at The Ohio State University on Jan 28th, 2019. Dr. Turek is also author of Stealing from God: Why Atheists Have to Make Their Case. He has debated Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer and others. He spoke to a standing room only crowd of over 500 people.

The outline of the book goes like this:

1.Truth about reality is knowable
2. Opposites cannot both be true
3. The theistic God exists
4. Miracles are possible
5. Miracles performed in connection with a truth claim are acts of God to confirm the truth of God through a messenger of God
6. The New Testament documents are reliable
7. As witnessed in the New Testament, Jesus is God incarnate
8. Jesus’ claim to divinity was proven by an unique convergence of miracles/his resurrection
9. Therefore, Jesus was God in human flesh.
10. Whatever Jesus (who is God) affirmed as true, is true
11. Jesus affirmed that the Bible is the Word of God
12. Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God

If you want to support the work we do on college campuses, see our link here. It takes alot of work to make these events happen.

via Frank Turek: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”: The Ohio State University — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

January 31, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Claim

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. (10:25–31)

But Jesus already had told them plainly who He was (cf. 5:17ff.; 8:12, 24, 58); in fact, He had spent the last three years doing so. Not only that, the works that He did in the Father’s name also demonstrated that He was the Messiah; the Son of God; God in human flesh (cf. vv. 32, 38; 3:2; 5:36; 7:31; 11:47; 14:11; Acts 2:22). The Lord’s twice-repeated declaration, you do not believe, indicates that the problem was not due to any ambiguity in the revelation of the truth, but rather to their spiritual blindness. They lacked understanding, not because they lacked information, but because they lacked repentance and faith. Their unbelief was not due to insufficient exposure to the truth, but to their hatred of the truth and love of sin and lies (John 3:19–21). Anyone who willingly seeks the truth will find it (7:17), but Jesus refused to commit Himself to those who willfully rejected the truth. Had He again given them the plain answer they were demanding, they would not have believed Him anyway (cf. 8:43; Matt. 26:63–65; Luke 22:66–67).

From the perspective of human responsibility, the hostile Jews did not believe because they had deliberately rejected the truth. But from the standpoint of divine sovereignty, they did not believe because they were not of the Lord’s sheep, which were given Him by the Father (v. 29; 6:37; 17:2, 6, 9). A full understanding of exactly how those two realities, human responsibility and divine sovereignty, work together lies beyond human comprehension; but there is no difficulty with them in the infinite mind of God. Significantly, the Bible does not attempt to harmonize them, nor does it apologize for the logical tension between them. For example, speaking of Judas Iscariot’s treachery, Jesus said in Luke 22:22, “The Son of Man is going [to be betrayed] as it has been determined.” In other words, Judas’s betrayal of Christ was in accord with God’s eternal purpose. But then Jesus added, “Woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” That Judas’s betrayal was part of God’s plan did not relieve him of the responsibility for his crime. In Acts 2:23 Peter said that Jesus was “delivered over [to the cross] by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God.” Yet he also charged Israel with responsibility for having “nailed [Jesus] to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” God’s sovereignty never excuses human sin. (For a more complete discussion of the interplay of divine sovereignty and human responsibility, see the exposition of 6:35–40 in chapter 20 of this volume.)

Repeating what He said in His discourse on the Good Shepherd (see the exposition of vv. 3–5 in the previous chapter of this volume), Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” The elect will heed Christ’s call to salvation and continue in faith and obedience to eternal glory (cf. Rom. 8:29–30).

The Lord continued by articulating the wonderful truth that those who are His sheep need never fear being lost. “I give eternal life to them,” Jesus declared, “and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Nowhere in Scripture is there a stronger affirmation of the absolute eternal security of all true Christians. Jesus plainly taught that the security of the believer in salvation does not depend on human effort, but is grounded in the gracious, sovereign election, promise, and power of God.

Christ’s words reveal seven realities that bind every true Christian forever to God. First, believers are His sheep, and it is the duty of the Good Shepherd to protect His flock. “This is the will of Him who sent Me,” Jesus said, “that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day” (6:39). To insist that a true Christian can somehow be lost is to deny the truth of that statement. It is also to defame the character of the Lord Jesus Christ—making Him out to be an incompetent shepherd, unable to hold on to those entrusted to Him by the Father.

Second, Christ’s sheep hear only His voice and follow only Him. Since they will not listen to or follow a stranger (10:5), they could not possibly wander away from Him and be eternally lost.

Third, Christ’s sheep have eternal life. To speak of eternal life ending is a contradiction in terms.

Fourth, Christ gives eternal life to His sheep. Since they did nothing to earn it, they can do nothing to lose it.

Fifth, Christ promised that His sheep will never perish. Were even one to do so, it would make Him a liar.

Sixth, no one—not false shepherds (the thieves and robbers of v. 1), or false prophets (symbolized by the wolf of v. 12), nor even the Devil himself—is powerful enough to snatch Christ’s sheep out of His hand.

Finally, Christ’s sheep are held not only in His hand, but also in the hand of the Father, who is greater than all; and thus no one is able to snatch them out of His hand either. Infinitely secure, the believer’s “life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

The Father and the Son jointly guarantee the eternal security of believers because, as Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one” (the Greek word one is neuter, not masculine; it speaks of “one substance,” not “one person”). Thus their unity of purpose and action in safeguarding believers is undergirded by their unity of nature and essence. The whole matter of security is summarized in our Lord’s own words in John 6:39–40:

This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.

Incensed by what they accurately and unmistakably perceived as another blasphemous claim to deity by Jesus, the Jews, self-righteously exploding in a fit of passion, picked up stones again to stone Him—the fourth time in John’s gospel that they had attempted to kill Him (5:16–18; 7:1; 8:59). Though the Romans had withheld the right of capital punishment from the Jews (18:31), this angry lynch mob was ready to take matters into its own hands.[1]

Christ, the Calvinist

John 10:27–29

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

One time, after I had preached a sermon from John touching on some of the main points of the Reformed faith, I found a copy of that week’s bulletin on which someone had scribbled his opinion of the message: “I’m sick of Calvinism in every sermon.”

The message did not particularly bother me. Notes like that seldom do. But I found it surprising that the person who wrote the note somehow regarded Calvinism as a system of thought that could well be dispensed with while, nevertheless, as he assumed, still preserving Christianity. In other words, this person, like many others, somehow regarded the doctrines that go by the name of Calvinism as at best an addition to the pure gospel and at the worst a system that is opposed to it. Is this true? Are the doctrines of grace wrong? One proof that they are not is seen in the verses to which we come in this chapter.

Historic Calvinism

The verses I have in mind are those in which the Lord Jesus Christ spoke plainly to his enemies, saying that those who do not believe on him do not believe because they are not his sheep, that those who are his sheep believe and follow, that this is true because they are given to him by the Father, that these who are given to him by the Father inevitably come to him and, finally, that these who come will never be lost. This is a message of man’s complete ruin in sin and God’s perfect remedy in Christ, and it can be expressed in the distinctive points of Calvinistic theology. Before we look at these points in detail, however, we should see that far from being an aberration or addition to the gospel, these truths have always belonged to the core of the Christian proclamation and have been characteristic of the church at its greatest periods.

To begin with, the doctrines of grace that have become known as Calvinism were most certainly not invented by Calvin, nor were they characteristic of his thought alone during the Reformation period. As we shall see, these are the truths taught by Jesus and confirmed for us in Scripture by the apostle Paul. Augustine argued for the same truths over against the denials of Pelagius and those who followed him. Luther was a Calvinist. So was Zwingli. That is, they believed what Calvin believed and what he later systematized in his influential Institutes of the Christian Religion. The Puritans were also Calvinists; it was through them and their teaching that both England and Scotland experienced the greatest and most pervasive national revivals the world has ever seen. In that number were the heirs of John Knox: Thomas Cartwright, Richard Sibbes, Richard Baxter, Matthew Henry, John Owen, and others. In America, thousands were influenced by Jonathan Edwards, Cotton Mather, and George Whitefield, all of whom were Calvinists.

In more recent times the modern missionary movement received nearly all its direction and initial impetus from those in the Calvinistic and Puritan tradition. The list includes such men as William Carey, John Ryland, Henry Martyn, Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, John G. Paton, John R. Mott, and many others. For all these the doctrines of grace were not an appendage to Christian thought but were rather that which was central and which most fired and gave form to their preaching and missionary efforts.

This, of course, is precisely why I am reviewing this history—to show that the doctrines known as Calvinism are not something that emerged late in church history but rather are that which takes its origins in the teachings of Jesus, which has been found throughout the church in many periods, and which has always been characteristic of the church at its greatest periods of faith and expansion. It follows from this that the church of Jesus Christ will again see great days when these truths are widely proclaimed, and proclaimed fearlessly.

Jesus is our example. We sometimes think of these doctrines as household doctrines; that is, as truths to be proclaimed only to those who already believe. But this was not Jesus’ procedure. He taught them also to his enemies. In this case, they had come to him with the implication that he was responsible for their failure to believe; they had said, “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” He answered this, not so much with a statement concerning his identity as the Messiah (although he did say that his words and works authenticated him), but much more importantly by a full statement of man’s utter inability to choose God and of the necessity for divine grace in each step of salvation. Did they want it told plainly? Well, this is the truth told plainly: “You do not believe because you are not my sheep. … My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (vv. 26–29).

State of the Lost

First of all, Christ’s words reflect the desperate state of the lost; that is, the state of all men as they are apart from Christ. The teachings on this point are not so much direct as indirect. Still they underlie the positive points made in this passage.

In reference to man’s desperate state apart from Christ, these verses show that he has lost spiritual life; otherwise it would not be necessary for Christ to speak of it as a gift. Originally, man had life. When the first man and woman were created by God they were created with that life that shows itself in communion with him. Consequently, we learn that they communed with God in the Garden in the cool of the day. When they sinned, this life was lost, a fact evidenced by their hiding from God. This has been the state of people ever since. Consequently, when the gospel is preached, those who hear it turn away unless God intervenes to do a supernatural work of regeneration in their hearts.

Moreover, the desperate state of people apart from Christ is suggested by the fact that no one can recover this life except as a free gift from God. Jesus calls it a gift, for it is undeserved and unearned. If it were earned, it would be wages; if it were merited, it would be a reward. But eternal life is neither of these. It is a gift, which means that it originates solely in God’s good will toward men.

As a last thought on this subject, it is also true, is it not, that men and women will perish except for this gift. Jesus says of those to whom he gives life that “they shall never perish.” But since he makes this promise, it must be because we will perish if he does not intervene. We are sinners. Sin makes us heirs of God’s wrath. If God does not intervene, we stand under divine judgment, without hope, facing the punishment due us for our own sins. According to these verses, we cannot even come to Christ, for we are not of his sheep and so lack the ability to hear his voice and turn to him.


This brings us to the next thought. For while it is true that in ourselves we cannot come to Christ and so lie under God’s just condemnation, the main point of these verses is that God has nevertheless acted in grace toward some. Earlier this was expressed by saying that Christ died for the sheep; in other words, by the doctrine of a particular redemption (v. 11). In this section we are told that Jesus has given eternal life to the same people (v. 28), and that these are those whom God has given him (v. 29).

You cannot trace the origins of our salvation farther back than that. In this, as in all things, the origins are to be found in God. Some say, “But surely God called them because he foresaw that some would believe.” But it does not say that. Others say, “He chose them because he knew in advance that they would merit salvation.” It does not say that either. What it does say is that the initiative in salvation lies with God and that this is found, on the one hand, in God’s electing grace whereby he chooses some for salvation entirely apart from any merit on their own part (which, of course, they do not have) and, on the other hand, in Christ’s very particular atonement by which he bore the penalty for the sins of these people.

I need to say also, however, that there are aspects of the death of Christ that apply to the world at large. I am not denying that. The death of the Lord Jesus Christ is a revelation of the nature of God. It is a revelation of his hatred of sin in that Christ died for it. It is most certainly a revelation of God’s love, for love lay behind it. It is an example to the race. These things are true. But in addition to these there is also a sense in which the Lord Jesus Christ died particularly and exclusively for his own, so that he literally bore the penalty for their particular sins, that they might be forgiven.

These truths do not make us proud, as some charge. Rather they increase our love for God who out of pure grace saves some when none deserve it.

An Effective Call

The third of the reformed doctrines presented by Jesus is the effective call: that is, that God’s call of his people is accompanied by such power that those whom he calls necessarily come to him, believing on Christ and embracing Christ for salvation. Jesus expresses this by saying: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (v. 27). It is a mark of the sheep that they both hear and follow their shepherd.

In the Puritan era it was the habit of many preachers to play on these two characteristics, calling them the marks of Christ’s sheep. In days when there were many flocks of sheep it was necessary to mark the sheep to distinguish them. In our day, at least on cattle, this is done by branding. On sheep it was often done by cutting a small mark into the ear. “Well,” said the Puritans, “each of Christ’s sheep has a double mark—on his ear and on his foot. The mark on his ear is that he hears Christ. The mark on his foot is that he follows him.”

This is true, of course. It leads us to ask, “Do we hear? Do we follow?”

How many of those who come to church on a typical Sunday morning really hear the voice of Christ or have ever heard it? They hear the voice of the preacher; they hear the voices of the members of the choir. But do they hear Christ? If they do, why are they so critical of what they hear? Why are their comments afterward so much more about the Lord’s servant than the Lord? Those who are Christ’s hear Christ. And they follow him. But how many who come to church are really following? Most seem to make good leaders—in their own cause—but they are poor followers. They make good critics—of the Bible and of Christ’s people—but they are poor disciples. They make respectable wolves, for they ravage the flock, but they do not have the traits of the sheep and would even be contemptuous of them if they had an understanding of what those traits are.

Do not presume on your relationship to Christ. You are not his unless you hear his voice and follow him. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7).

Never Lost

Finally, notice that these verses also speak at length of God’s perseverance with his saints. That is, they teach us that none whom God has called to faith in Christ will be lost. Indeed, how can they be, if God is responsible for their salvation? Jesus says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (v. 28).

“But,” says someone, “suppose they jump out of their own accord?”

“They shall never perish,” says the Lord.


“No, never,” says Jesus. “They shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”

This does not mean that there will not be dangers, of course. In fact, it implies them; for if Jesus promises that no one will succeed in plucking us from his hands, it must be because he knows that there are some who will try. The Christian will always face dangers—dangers without, from enemies, and dangers within. Still the promise is that those who have believed in Jesus will never be lost. We may add that the Christian may well be deprived of things. He may lose his job, his friends, his good reputation. Still he will not be lost. The promise is not that the ship will not go to the bottom, but that the passengers will all reach shore. It is not that the house will not burn down, but that the people will escape safely.

Do you believe this promise, that you are safe in Jesus’ hands, that you will never be lost? Are you able to trust God for this as you have for other truths? I suppose there is a way of explaining away almost everything, but I must say that I do not see how the opponents of eternal security can explain away this text. Am I Christ’s? Then it is he who has promised that neither I nor any who belong to him shall perish. If I do perish, then Jesus has not kept his word, he is not sinless, the atonement was not adequate, and no one in any place can enter into salvation.

I wish that all God’s children might come to know and love these truths. I wish that many might be saved by them.

We live in a day that is so weak in its proclamation of Christian doctrine that even many Christians cannot see why such truths should be preached or how they can be used of the Lord to save sinners. This was not always so. It was not always the case that these truths were unused by God in saving sinners.

Did you know that it was these doctrines, particularly the doctrine of God’s perseverance with his people, that God used to save Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers who ever lived? Spurgeon was saved when he was only fifteen years old, but before that time he had already noticed how friends of his, who had begun life well, made shipwreck of their lives by falling into gross vice. Spurgeon was appalled by such things. He feared that he himself might fall into them. He reasoned like this: “Whatever good resolutions I might make, the probabilities are that they will be good for nothing when temptation [assails] me. I [will] be like those of whom it has been said, ‘They see the devil’s hook and yet cannot help nibbling at his bait.’ I [will] disgrace myself.” It was then that he heard of the truth that Christ will keep his saints from falling. It had a particular charm for him and he found himself saying, “If I go to Jesus and get from him a new heart and a right spirit, I shall be secured against these temptations into which others have fallen. I shall be preserved by Him.” It was this truth along with others that brought Spurgeon to the Savior.

I wish it might be the same with you! I do not preach a gospel that has a shaky foundation. I do not proclaim a religion of percentages and probabilities. I proclaim the message of Christ, Paul, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and all others who have found God to be their pure hope and salvation. It is the message of man’s complete ruin in sin and of God’s perfect remedy in Christ, expressed in his election of a people to himself and his final preservation of them. God grant that you might believe it wholeheartedly.[2]

Safe in His Hand

John 10:22–29

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:28–29)

When well-known Bible expositor James Montgomery Boice was preaching through John 10, he found a church bulletin on which someone had written, “I’m sick of Calvinism in every sermon.” The note referred to teachings associated with the name of John Calvin, teachings also known as the doctrines of grace. What is noteworthy is that in reading Boice’s published sermons on the preceding passages, one discovers that he had not mentioned Calvin or emphasized Calvinism, but had simply expounded the teachings of Jesus.

This makes the point that the doctrines for which Calvinism is known do not originate with the great Reformation teacher. We might observe that such teachings as man’s total depravity, God’s unconditional election, the definite design of Christ’s atonement, effectual grace, and the eternal security of believers were taught long beforehand by biblically minded preachers such as Martin Luther and Augustine. Nor do these doctrines depend on Calvin’s writings: they have since been taught and defended by such great teachers as John Knox, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones. These doctrines were believed and spread by the early leaders of the modern missionary movement, including William Carey, Henry Martyn, David Livingstone, and John G. Paton.

But what really matters is what the Bible teaches. A study of the prophets and apostles will reveal their teaching of the doctrines of grace. Most significantly, as John 10 shows, these truths were emphasized by Jesus himself. This is why the great evangelist George Whitefield said, “I embrace the Calvinistic scheme, not because Calvin, but Jesus Christ has taught it to me.” The famous Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon explained, “There is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is called Calvinism.… Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else.”2

The doctrines known as Calvinism are therefore not some addition to the gospel that we may safely neglect or ignore, but are at the very heart of the Bible’s teaching about God, man, and salvation. Some would say, however, that while they are true, these doctrines should be kept in-house. We might discuss them in seminaries, but we should not preach them to general audiences and especially not to unbelievers. But Jesus did not seem to share this view. He declared the truth of man’s lost condition, God’s sovereign grace, and the final security of believers to all who would hear and even in the presence of his enemies. In fact, Jesus’ preaching of these doctrines was most explicit in his most public sermons, such as in John 6 and John 10. We must therefore regard them as essential to Christian faith and vitality and humbly receive them from the mouth of the Lord.

Sinful Man’s Spiritual Inability

In chapter 10, John advances his timeline of Jesus’ ministry from fall to winter, with Jesus now appearing at the Feast of Dedication, which recalled God’s blessing in restoring the temple in the year 164 b.c. The Jews had been controlled by the Greek king Antiochus Epiphanes, who had defiled the temple with pagan idols. Under the leadership of Judas Maccabaeus, the Jews expelled the Greeks and restored the temple. Jewish people continue to celebrate the Feast of Dedication today under the name of Hanukkah.

John points out that it was winter, which described not only the weather but also the chilly winds of unbelief that were blowing in Jerusalem. “Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon,” John says, referring to the great pillared porch that surrounded the temple courts, when “the Jews gathered around him” (John 10:23–24). The Greek word for “gathered around” (kukloo) indicates that they surrounded and pressed in on Jesus. In Revelation 20:9, the same word is used for a military siege. This indicates the intensity and spirit of their question: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly” (John 10:24).

In fact, Jesus had not publicly named himself as the Messiah in so many words. It seems that he did not do this because so many people understood the Christ, or Messiah, to be a political and military leader who would overthrow the Roman rule. In private conversation with his disciples, Jesus had plainly identified himself as the Messiah (see John 4:26; 6:69). But in public speech, he seems to have avoided this title because of the popular misunderstanding.

In his answer to the question asked of him, Jesus expounds one of the chief teachings of the doctrines of grace, namely, sinful man’s spiritual inability. The Bible teaches that man’s problem is not just that he has yet to decide to turn from sin. Man’s problem is that because of sin he is spiritually dead and thus beyond the point of being able to do anything for his own salvation. As Paul wrote, “You were dead in … trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). There is no hope for a dead man unless he is miraculously raised to life; likewise, apart from God’s saving grace, sinful man is not able to believe.

Jesus made this point, first, by insisting that he had revealed himself quite clearly: “I told you, and you do not believe” (John 10:25). While Jesus had not publicly claimed the title of Messiah, his teaching had nonetheless made quite clear who and what he was. Jesus had openly identified himself as the Son of God (5:25–26) and Son of Man (5:27; 6:53, 62; 9:37), the latter of which was a clear messianic title. He had referred to himself as “the bread of life” (6:35, 48) and “the light of the world” (8:12). Jesus repeatedly claimed to be sent from heaven (6:58; 8:42), and he took the divine name “I am” (8:28, 58). These and other teachings were clear enough for his disciples to believe on him as the Christ; the fact that the religious leaders did not believe reveals their moral perversity and spiritual inability.

Jesus makes the same point about his “works,” which refers especially to his miracles: “The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me” (John 10:25). Jesus’ miracles fulfilled many prophecies and could be accounted for only by the fact that he was the Messiah. This was the chief function of the miracles: to bear witness to Jesus as the Christ. But Jesus’ miracles only hardened the hearts of his unbelieving observers, yet again demonstrating the sinful bondage of their hearts and minds.

Jesus culminated his reply by stating the cause for their unbelief: “You do not believe because you are not part of my flock” (John 10:26). This is a significant statement. Most people would put this backward: “You are not part of my flock because you do not believe.” But Jesus insists that their unbelief was caused by their not being his sheep. Unbelief is not the cause of man’s separation from God, but the result and mark of man’s separation from God. They did not believe because their nature was darkened and hardened in total depravity. Moreover, since Jesus states that they were not elect in himself—“you are not part of my flock”—they remained unregenerate. This does not reduce their responsibility for unbelief. D. A. Carson points out: “That they are not Jesus’ sheep does not excuse them; it indicts them.”

Salvation by Grace

Jesus’ answer furnishes some valuable insights for believers. It reminds us that we are not members of Christ’s flock because we believe; we are not saved because of our faith. We do not save ourselves by believing in Jesus, but God saves us through the gift of faith (Eph. 2:8–9). We believe because we have been saved—because we have been graciously entered into Christ’s flock by God’s sovereign mercy. Indeed, we could not possibly believe until we had been born again, that is, until the Holy Spirit had changed our hearts so that we became sheep who hear Christ’s voice. Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). It is because Jesus calls us “my sheep” that he says that we hear his voice and follow. To be sure, one must believe to be saved. Yet our salvation does not rest on our faith, but rather on God’s grace in Christ, who calls his sheep to faith.

Consider the question: Why does a Christian believe whereas another does not? Is it because the Christian is more spiritual by nature, more willing or more able in and of himself or herself? Not according to the Bible! Christians were just as sinful and spiritually dead as anyone else before being born again (see again Eph. 2:1). It is only by God’s sovereign grace in election that Christ’s sheep believe and are saved.

When we speak of salvation by grace, we mean that sinners receive eternal life as a free gift from God. Jesus states this plainly: “I give them eternal life” (John 10:28). This implies that before being saved, we do not have eternal life. This is why we are not able to believe until we are first born again (see 3:3). As a gift, salvation is free. A gift is not something we claim as a right; God is not obliged to save sinners, but out of his grace he gives eternal life. James Montgomery Boice comments: “If it were earned, it would be wages; if it were merited, it would be a reward. But eternal life is neither of these. It is a gift, which means that it originates solely in God’s good will toward men.” “For by grace you have been saved through faith,” Paul writes. “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).

When it comes to the doctrines of grace associated with Calvinistic theology, it would be hard to find a more concentrated teaching than John 10:27–28. Jesus says, “My sheep,” which refers to divine election, for he goes on to say, “My Father … has given them to me” (10:29). Next, they “hear my voice”—this is effectual calling unto saving faith. It is by Christ’s power in the gospel that we hear and believe. “I know them,” he continues. This corresponds to our justification; through faith in Christ we are forgiven and accepted into the divine love. “They follow me,” Jesus adds. Here is sanctification, as Christ leads his sheep in paths of righteousness (Ps. 23:3). Then he states, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.” Here is glorification: Christ’s sheep will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6). Here, then, are the doctrines of grace as taught by Jesus: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish” (John 10:27–28).

Salvation by grace is the greatest news that one could ever hear. We cannot earn salvation, since no good works can erase the guilt of our sins. We cannot buy salvation, since we have nothing to offer to God. We do not have a right to eternal life, since our whole race fell into death by the sin of Adam. Yet we can still have eternal life: by receiving it from Jesus as a free and unmerited gift of God’s grace.

Salvation through Faith

How, then, do we receive this gift? The answer is through faith in Jesus Christ. Paul explains: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, … to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:23–25).

John 10:27–28 gives a short summary of the meaning of saving faith. We may say that faith involves three elements, the first of which is the faith of the hands. Jesus says, “I give them eternal life” (10:28), and faith receives his gift. Faith does not reject the gift of eternal life or resent the fact that we cannot earn our own way to heaven. Faith gratefully accepts what God offers us in Jesus Christ.

But there is also the faith of the ear. This was Jesus’ point in answering the Jews’ question. They demanded that he tell them plainly whether he was the Messiah. Jesus replied that if they had had the ears of faith, they would already have believed his teaching and miracles. The ears of the unconverted are dead to Christ’s voice, but the ears of his sheep hear and believe. “My sheep hear my voice,” he says (John 10:27).

Finally, there is the faith of the foot. “And they follow me,” Jesus adds (John 10:27). This is where our claim to faith is tested. Do you say that you believe in Christ? Then are you following him? Do you obey God’s commandments? Do you strive to copy Jesus’ example? Is your character being conformed to his—in humility, love, and holiness?

In Jesus’ day, shepherds would mark their sheep with a special notch on the ear. But Jesus places two marks on his sheep: on the ear and on the foot. In the same way, what you believe and how you live identifies whether you are one of Christ’s sheep or not. If your hands have received God’s gift of eternal life, if your ears have heard and believed, and if your feet are following after Jesus, you may be confident that you belong to Jesus and have eternal life.

Salvation to Safety

Those who truly belong to Christ not only possess eternal life, but also have the blessing of knowing that they can never lose it. “I give them eternal life,” Jesus said, “and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

Given such a clear statement, it is hard to understand how so many Christians can be taught that a true believer can lose eternal life. By its very definition, eternal life cannot be lost. As everlasting life, it lasts forever. It is true that false disciples may lose their salvation, for the simple reason that they never really had it. But those who truly believe—who have received God’s gift into their hands and are marked on the ear and foot through a living, obedient faith—cannot lose a life that is eternal.

Eternal life is a true gift from God. A gift that is taken back was never truly a gift. And since God cannot change, his gifts cannot be revoked. “The gifts and the calling of God,” Paul says, “are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29). Therefore, if you are sure that you have God’s gift of eternal life, you can be equally sure that you always will.

Since we are prone to doubt, Jesus expresses this as a promise that he is obliged to fulfill. “They will never perish,” he says. A Christian may lose many things in this world: money, position, worldly esteem, and comfort, and unless Jesus returns first, we will all lose our mortal lives. But we will not lose our eternal life. Since Jesus has been raised from the dead and has entered into his eternal heavenly reign, there will never be a time when he will not uphold this promise. “He holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever,” says the writer of Hebrews. “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:24–25).

A World War II bomber was hit by flak fire during a mission. The pilot had trouble steering, so he asked the rear gunner how bad it was. The gunner replied, “There’s a three by five hole in the left horizontal stabilizer and elevator.” “Will we be able to make it home?” he asked. “No sweat,” the pilot replied. But they barely made it, skewing and skidding as they landed. When they got out and the pilot examined the damage, he screamed: “When you said three by five I thought you meant inches, not feet!” They really had not been safe but were in mortal danger all along. Leon Morris, who tells the story, comments:

A good deal of our earthly security is like that: it is far from being as secure as we imagine. Sometimes things turn out all right for us and sometimes they don’t.… But the wonderful thing about eternal life is that it is absolutely secure. Jesus holds his people in his own firm grasp, and they can trust his assurance that they will never perish.

In John 10:29, Jesus gives one more reason why his sheep are eternally secure: the power of God the Father in keeping safe his own. It is as though Jesus, knowing our need of encouragement, were wrapping his own saving hand with the omnipotent hand of God the Father: “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

It is self-evident that nothing is stronger than God. So if we are placed in his hand, we can never be taken out. It is true that we are weak, but how strong God is! It is true that we are prone to error and stumbling, but God is faithful to bring us back and lift us up. We are beset with many enemies and dangers, but God is greater than them all, so no one can “snatch us” out of God’s hand.

When Jesus says that “no one” can snatch believers, what is included in this “no one”? The answer is “everything.” Time is included, since it has no effect on God. Death is included, since God is the Maker and Giver of Life. Sin, too, is unable to snatch a true believer from eternal life. God defeated sin by the death of his Son on the cross. What about earthly powers—kings, generals, and captains of industry? They are part of this “no one,” since God rules over them. What about spiritual powers—Satan and his minions? The Bible shows that Satan can go no further in his wicked schemes than God allows him. Jesus states that God will not allow anyone to pluck his sheep from his hand. Even we ourselves are included in this “no one,” with all our foolish, sinful, rebellious tendencies: nothing we can do can pluck us from God’s strong hand. Paul, therefore, was able to rejoice in the full assurance that every believer can have in the unchanging grace of God. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Paul asked (Rom. 8:35). He answered: “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:38–39).

For this reason, though we are beset with many troubles and woes, every Christian has every reason to rejoice all the time. As the hymn says:

Heav’n above is deeper blue,

Earth around is sweeter green, …

Since I know, as now I know,

I am his and he is mine.

Salvation for Me

This wonderful teaching of God’s saving grace for Christ’s sheep leaves only one question: How can I be sure that I am one? The reality is that some who profess faith in Christ do not persist to the end. According to the Bible, this proves that they never were truly saved. John says of them in his first epistle, “They were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us” (1 John 2:19). So how can I be sure that I am not one of those who fall away?

The classic contrast is between Peter and Judas. Both were disciples, at least outwardly. One persisted in faith until death, but the other, Judas, betrayed Jesus and lost his soul. So how can I know that I am a Peter and not a Judas?

We cannot tell merely by an outward affiliation with Christ and his church, since this was true of both Peter and Judas. But we read on more than one occasion of Peter’s making a good confession of faith in Christ, while from Judas we hear nothing. So have you made a public profession of faith that has been recognized as genuine by the church? Or are you only lingering in the company of God’s people and, like Judas, never committing yourself to Christ?

Furthermore, we cannot tell the difference by observing which one fell into sin, for they both did. John tells us that Judas was greedy and frequently stole from the disciples’ moneybag (John 12:6). Peter was often at the center of error and division, usually because of his pride. So what was the difference? The difference was that Peter was eager to repent of his sin and that his life was increasingly shaped by his discipleship to Christ. Are you repenting of known sins? Are Jesus’ teachings shaping your attitudes and thoughts in new and godly ways? In Judas’s remorse, he turned to self and was destroyed; in Peter’s remorse, he turned to God and in the power of God’s grace repented and was saved.

Finally, we also cannot tell a difference merely by the fact that Judas betrayed Jesus, since Peter did as well. Judas betrayed Jesus to the religious authorities, but Peter denied Jesus three times on the night of his arrest. The difference is that Peter returned, whereas Judas went off to die in despair. Are you returning to Christ, if you have failed or denied him? How important it is that you do.

Ultimately, we can be sure of our eternal safety only through a present and living faith in Jesus. Jesus says that his sheep are those who accept God’s gracious gift of salvation, hear his voice, and follow him. Flawed and foolish though you may be, does this describe you? If not, then now is the time to commit yourself to Jesus. If this does describe you, you have eternal life and will never perish. Saved in Christ, you are safe forever, and no one will ever snatch you from his mighty hand. What greater incentive could you ever have to live for his glory and serve wholeheartedly in his cause?[3]

27. My sheep hear my voice. He proves by an argument drawn from contraries, that they are not sheep, because they do not obey the Gospel. For God effectually calls all whom he has elected, so that the sheep of Christ are proved by their faith. And, indeed, the reason why the name of sheep is applied to believers is, that they surrender themselves to God, to be governed by the hand of the Chief Shepherd, and, laying aside the fierceness of their nature, become mild and teachable. It is no small consolation to faithful teachers, that, though the greater part of the world do not listen to Christ, yet he has his sheep whom he knows, and by whom he is also known. Let them do their utmost to bring the whole world into the fold of Christ; but when they do not succeed according to their wish, let them be satisfied with this single consideration, that they who are sheep will be gathered by their agency. The rest has been already explained.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 441–443). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 777–782). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 653–662). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, p. 415). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

January 31, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump expressed optimism on Thursday about high-level trade talks with Chinese officials in Washington but said no final deal would be made until he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the near future.

Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would let the Justice Department decide how to handle the special counsel’s report on an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he was dispatching a team to make preparations for the next summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held somewhere in Asia late in February.

A Kentucky jury has awarded U.S. Senator Rand Paul more than $580,000 in damages against a next-door neighbor who broke six of the Republican lawmaker’s ribs in a gardening dispute.

U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday they expect Congress will pass a resolution ending U.S. involvement in the Yemen war, which would force President Donald Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency in order to continue supporting the Saudi-led coalition.

China and the United States are ahead of the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence (AI), according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on Thursday.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits surged to near a 1-1/2-year high last week, which could raise concerns that the labor market is slowing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped 53,000 to a seasonally adjusted 253,000 for the week ended Jan. 26.

Migrants forced to remain on board the ship that rescued them off the coast of Libya almost two weeks ago stepped onto dry land in Sicily on Thursday, with Italy’s government promising to continue to block charity ships from its ports.

Brazil’s Minas Gerais state labor prosecutors’ office said on Thursday it had frozen more than $219 million of miner Vale’s funds as compensation for victims of a deadly tailings dam burst.

French lawmakers have backed a bill banning protesters from hiding their faces during demonstrations, reinforcing President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to push back against violent members of the “yellow vest” movement.

AP Top Stories

Cameroon authorities should not shut their borders to thousands of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram militant attacks in Rann near the frontier, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Wednesday.

The killing of 535 civilians in western Democratic Republic of Congo last month was carried out in an organized and planned manner, the United Nations said, and called for the perpetrators to be prosecuted.

Venezuela’s government struck back at self-declared interim president Juan Guaido on Tuesday, seeking a travel ban and freeze on his bank accounts that prompted a warning from Washington of “consequences” after imposing oil sanctions.

U.S. negotiators seeking to end America’s longest war are trying to reassure current President Ashraf Ghani this time will be different as they near a framework agreement with the Taliban, which controls about a third of the country’s territory. It’s not going well.

Britain, France and Germany will launch a special payment mechanism Thursday that the EU hopes will help save a nuclear deal with Iran by bypassing US sanctions, European sources told AFP.

Russian authorities have moved to quash suspicions that 20 tonnes of gold are about to be moved from the Venezuela’s national bank to Moscow.

A British minister on Monday suggested that the Bank of England should decline to release £1 billion of gold to Venezuela’s dictator after the opposition leader wrote to Theresa May.

Moscow and Washington have made “no progress” in talks on saving a key arms control treaty, a Russian diplomat said on Thursday, with the United States expected to begin withdrawal this weekend.

A grenade thrown into a mosque in the southern Philippines has killed two people and wounded four, security officials say, three days after twin bombings at a church on a nearby island killed 21 people.

The launch of the Parker Solar Probe which will study the Sun in more detail than has ever been possible before. The probe has already broken several records and proven that it’s capable of enduring the intensity of our star, and it’s starting out 2019 by adding another notch to its belt. The probe, which launched in August of last year, recently completed its first full orbit of the Sun on January 19th. It’s a feat that the spacecraft will repeat many times over the next several years, but completing the first full loop is obviously cause for celebration.


Eleven EU countries have imported beef from a Polish abattoir accused of handling sick cows, and urgent checks are now under way, EU officials said. Poland has identified 9.5 tons of beef from the plant, now closed down, 2.5 tons of which was exported.

Canada will cut its embassy staff in Cuba by up to half after a mystery illness affected another person there, authorities in Ottawa have said.


The Democratic Party has proposed rules for the new Congress that eliminate the phrase “so help you God” from the oath witnesses take when they testify before the House.

People who make their beds daily are generally cleaner, healthier, more outgoing, and have better quality of sleep than those who leave the comforter and sheets in a heap, according to a recent study.

Apple is planning to launch a new iPhone and a new iPad with “3-D AR cameras” next year.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1809)

The Macabre Leftist Culture of Death

Destroying all limits on abortion “rights” is the ultimate goal for Democrats.

Democrats Cut Jobs, Republicans Cut Taxes

It’s tax-filing season, which is going to be great news for millions of Americans.

Voter Fraud — Accuracy or Advocacy?

The real story about the 95,000 noncitizen voters discovered on the rolls in Texas.

Thousands Attend ‘Unaccompanied’ Air Force Vet’s Funeral

“We are overwhelmed at all this love and support. We do NOT leave Veterans behind.”

Video: Yes, Immigrants Should Assimilate Into American Culture

Tom Brokaw apologized after saying Hispanic immigrants should better assimilate.

Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Much Has Changed for the Better Since 2016 — Not That Trump Will Get Credit
Gary Bauer
Promoting Infanticide
Edwin J. Feulner
Expanding Economic Freedom at Home
Tony Perkins
Nancy Pelosi’s God Problem
Cal Thomas
What Became of Country Before Party?
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Thursday Top Headlines

Deficit due to spending, House votes for pay raise, Virginia governor endorses infanticide, three incoming caravans, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Thursday Short Cuts

“Democrats are becoming the Party of late term abortion, high taxes, Open Borders and Crime!” —Donald Trump

News – 1/31/2019

Benjamin Netanyahu brings Donald Trump into Likud election campaign
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought in a major figure to make a cameo appearance in the Likud campaign: US President Donald Trump. “And frankly, a strong prime minister is a strong Israel, and you truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu – there’s nobody like him,” Trump added. “He’s a winner, he’s highly respected, he’s highly thought of by all and people really do have great, great respect for what’s happening in Israel.

Returning to Prophecy; Christianity’s Hebraic Roots and Defending Israel and its Jews
In Cardoza-Moore’s assessment the reappearance and seemingly widespread acceptance of open antisemitism (predominantly in the US, but the same holds true of Europe and elsewhere also) should be a “wake-up call to both Christians and Jews.” She said that PJTN’s mission was to “educate Christians around the world to stand with Jewish people to counter antisemitism.” And she is under no illusion about the scale of the task. She stated that if one had mentioned to her in 2005, for example, that in 2019 we’d see antisemitism as commonplace, she would have not thought it possible. “Why is the Church silent on this issue?”

2018 natural disasters statistics: volcanic activity resulted in more deaths than previous 18 years combined
There were 281 climate-related and geophysical events recorded in the EM-DAT (International Disaster Database) in 2018. These caused deaths of 10 733 people and affected 61 million people across the world. There were a number of major disasters in certain regions, however, there were no mega-disasters which inflate yearly averages, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) who manages EM-DAT said. Earthquakes and tsunamis accounted for the majority of the 10 373 lives lost.

Pelosi-Affiliated PAC Sent $250,000 to George Soros Effort
A political action committee linked to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) pushed a total of $250,000 to an activist campaign that was primarily bankrolled by liberal billionaire George Soros, Federal Election Commission filings show. The House Majority PAC, the Pelosi-affiliated group dedicated to electing Democrats to the House of Representatives, this past election cycle made numerous transfers to the “Win Justice” campaign, which was launched by a handful of liberal activist organizations including Planned Parenthood Votes, Color of Change PAC, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Center for Community Change.

House Gives Victims of Illegal Alien Crime Bipartisan Standing Ovation on Chamber Floor
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday gave victims of illegal alien crimes a bipartisan standing ovation on the floor of the chamber as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy read out the names of Americans killed by illegal aliens in a lengthy speech. McCarthy began his speech bashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy on the government funding battle that has protected the “status quo” on immigration, a system that has led to serious consequences for American citizen victims of illegal immigration. There have been 266,000 criminal aliens arrested the last two years. This includes charges or convictions of 100,000 assaults, nearly 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Three hundred Americans die every week from heroin. And More than 90 percent of heroin comes across the Southern border. And roughly 10,000 children are being smuggled into the U.S. every year to be sold for human trafficking.

US plans suspension of nuclear treaty with Russia, official says
The U.S. plans to suspend its obligations under a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty with Russia after a deadline passes this weekend and the Trump administration inches closer to full withdrawal from a pillar of Cold War diplomacy, a White House official said Monday. Unless Russia destroys all its ground-launched cruise missiles known as 9M729s, associated equipment and launchers by Feb. 2, the U.S. will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to the official, who asked not to be identified because a decision hasn’t been announced.

Another minor earthquake rattles central Massachusetts
A magnitude 1.6 earthquake centered in Templeton was recorded just after 6 p.m. Monday. The tremor comes about a month after the area felt two other minor earthquakes.

Japanese astronomers spot new class of object in the Kuiper Belt
While astronomers are still hunting for a huge new planet somewhere beyond Neptune, smaller objects have been turning up with surprising regularity lately. Now, a team at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has discovered a new class of object that has long been thought to exist in the Kuiper belt on the fringes of the solar system. It’s a small body on the scale of a few kilometers.

Advanced AI system converts brain signals into speech
In a remarkable landmark breakthrough, scientists have demonstrated a computer system effectively translating brain signals into intelligible speech. The extraordinary experiment presents a proof-of-concept that could pave the way for a large variety of brain-controlled communication devices in the future. The science fiction idea of being able to control devices or communicate with others just by thinking is slowly, but surely, getting closer to reality.

Florida recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital
Florida’s state cabinet took the unusual step of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal and undivided capital.” It issued a proclamation to on Tuesday in a move that places it one step ahead of the Trump Administration’s stance on Israel, which recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but has not spoken of whether it supports a united or divided Jerusalem.

Gilets jaunes: France to ban masks at protests amid unrest
France’s National Assembly has approved a law banning the wearing of masks at protests, and another to ban specific people from taking part in rallies. Wearing a mask could now result in a one-year prison sentence and a €15,000 (£13,000; $17,000) fine. France has seen weekly protests by the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) movement – with isolated pockets of violence.

Italy in recession amid sluggish eurozone
Italy’s economy tipped into recession at the end of last year, according to latest figures. In the final three months of 2018, the economy shrank by 0.2%, following a 0.1% decline in the third quarter, the Istat statistics office said. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the contraction was likely to continue into 2019.

Mystery illness sees Canada halve its Cuba embassy staff
Canada will cut its embassy staff in Cuba by up to half after a mystery illness affected another person there, authorities in Ottawa have said. Medical testing after the reappearance of unusual symptoms in November saw a 14th Canadian affected. Canada’s foreign office said the number of staff will now be cut by up to half as a result.

Polar vortex brings deadly cold snap to US states
Cities are all but shutting down across the US Midwest as the region shivers in a deadly cold snap known as a polar vortex. At least eight people have been killed in several states as a result of the Arctic weather. Temperatures fell to -30C (-22F) in Chicago – colder than parts of Antarctica – and -37C in North Dakota. Freezing weather will chill 250 million Americans, and 90 million will experience -17C (0F) or below.

New report finds heavy metals like arsenic and lead in 45 packaged fruit juices
Some popular fruit juices may contain heavy metals, according to a new report out Wednesday morning. Consumer Reports tested 45 packaged fruit juices for heavy metals, like lead, arsenic, and cadmium and found measurable levels in every product. Long-term exposure to these metals could cause some serious health risks, like kidney disease and certain types of cancer.

U.S. to stop complying with nuclear pact with Russia after talks flop
The United States will stop complying with a landmark nuclear pact with Russia as soon as this weekend after last-ditch talks with Moscow to save it fell flat, a senior U.S. arms control official said on Thursday. Washington has long accused Russia of flouting the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), alleging that a new Russian missile, the Novator 9M729, called the SSC-8 by NATO, violates the pact…

Sarah Sanders: God Wanted Donald Trump to Become President
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke to CBN News reporters David Brody and Jennifer Wishon in an interview Wednesday in which she said she believed God wanted Donald Trump to become president of the United States.

‘Several thousand’ more troops preparing to deploy to the border, Shanahan says
The Pentagon is preparing to send “several thousand” more troops to the southern border following a request from the Department of Homeland Security, Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today.

Toronto absolutely smashed its previous snowfall record yesterday
In fact, it snowed so much Toronto smashed its previous snowfall record for January 28, previously set in 2009. A decade ago, 13.4 cm fell across the city, while yesterday, a whopping 26.4 cm landed on Toronto.

Dems to strike ‘so help you God’ from oath taken in front of key House committee, draft shows
A key committee in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is moving to eliminate the God reference from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the panel, as part of a new rules package expected to be approved this week, according to a draft obtained exclusively by Fox News.

Gosnell 2: The Exoneration
“…I continue to feel optimistic of the eventual outcome…the vindication of what I’ve done, why I’ve done it and how [it] will become accepted within my lifetime.”— Kermit Gosnell, after his conviction

A CATHOLIC DISGRACE: Pro-gay bishop who slandered Covington teens to lead controversial ‘LGBTQ’ retreat at Notre Dame
A famously pro-gay Catholic bishop is slated to lead an “LGBTQ retreat” next weekend at the University of Notre Dame.  At the retreat, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky “will be integrating sexual orientation and faith from a Scriptural and Biblical perspective,” according to an online description provided by the University’s Gender Relations Center (GRC). The University’s Campus Ministry is a cosponsor.

OF COURSE: After Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, New York Now Considering Legalizing Assisted Suicide
There are three assisted suicide related bills introduced in New York. The first bill A 30 is a study bill requiring the commissioner of health to conduct a study relating to medical aid in dying. Study bills always raise a caution because you don’t study an issue unless you are considering legalization.

339 Arrested in 3-Day Human Trafficking Sting in California
Authorities arrested 339 people during a three-day human trafficking sting in California, law enforcement officials announced Tuesday.

Petition to ‘Impeach Nancy Pelosi for Treason’ Exceeds Target of 100k Signatures
As Neon Nettle reported on Monday, the campaign calls for the Democratic House speaker’s impeachment and began gathering momentum over the weekend.

‘We’ve Become Dumber’: Media Rushes To Tie Record-Breaking Cold On Global Warming
A “polar vortex” event is breaking record-low temperature readings across the Great Plains and Midwest, and many in the media are rushing to blame the deep freeze on global warming.

FBI Deep State Source Nellie Ohr Spied on Trump Children During Election
As the details surrounding the Spygate scandal are uncovered, connections draw closer to former President Obama.

WATCH: Ilhan Omar Suggests Israel Should Not Be Allowed To Exist As Jewish State, Suggests Not A ‘Democracy’
Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggested in an interview this week that Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state, Israel is not a democracy, and compared Israel to Iran — which is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Democrats Propose Eliminating This Word That Witnesses Swear In Oaths. What A Surprise.
Look at the following question that is part of the draft for new rules for witnesses instituted by the Democratic-controlled House Committee on Natural Resources and see if you can guess what’s missing: “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

Va. Delegate Introduces Bill That Would Allow Abortions Up to Moment of Birth
Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D)introduced a bill, House Bill No. 2491, that would eliminate restrictions on abortion in Virginia and would permit abortions to be performed right up to the moment of birth.

Facebook Paid Children as Young as 13 to Install App That ‘Spied’ on Them
Social media giant Facebook has admitted it paid young people to install a ‘social media research’ app on their phone to monitor web activity, reports say.

Democrats just legalized murdering their own children in New York… do you really think they won’t murder Christians and Trump supporters next?
Under a new law that just took effect in New York, a child may be aborted up to the due date or even during the birth itself. If that child survives the attempted abortion and is born alive, that child may be murdered on sight by an abortionist to “complete” the abortion.

Sheriffs in Rural Washington Refuse to Enforce Latest Gun Controls
Sheriffs in rural Washington state are reportedly refusing to enforce the gun controls contained in I-1639, an initiative passed by voters in November 2018…The NRA-ILA noted that this was a repeat of a 2014 initiative — I-594 — in which wealthy donors heaved gun control onto the backs of law-abiding citizens.

Poll stunner! Blacks like taxpayer funding for abortionists
A new Barna Group poll commissioned by the pro-life movie “Unplanned” found that blacks support tax subsidies for abortion giant Planned Parenthood more than any other group.

Headlines – 1/31/2019

PA’s UN envoy says he’s dropping bid to become full member state due to “obstacles”

US aid to Palestinian security services to end Friday, at Abbas’s request

PLO official confirms PA asked US to end funding for security services due to fear of lawsuits over support for terror

Palestinian woman tries to stab Israeli guards, shot dead

UK Jews face ‘perfect storm’ with new wave of far-right extremists, radical left

Rising anti-Semitism brings secular UK Jews closer to their roots

Leviathan platform foundations lowered into Mediterranean Sea

Iran: Proxies in Lebanon, Gaza will respond with ‘hellfire’ to Israeli attacks

Iran worried over delay in Chinese nuclear reactor redesign

Nearly all of Iran’s advanced nuke centrifuges failing, top expert reveals

Iran Ships 30 Tons of Mined Uranium ‘Yellow Cake’ to Facility in Isfahan

Trump slams US intelligence chiefs as ‘passive and naive’ on Iran

Iran facing the toughest economic situation in 40 years: Rouhani

Europe set to announce plan letting Iran bypass US sanctions

Germany, France and Britain to set up European transactions channel with Iran

Israel’s Iran Feud Could Spark Dangerous New Phase in Syrian War

France scrambles to move ISIS detainees out of Syria ahead of U.S. withdrawal

US says ISIS to lose last bits of Syria territory ‘in weeks’

Al-Qaida Threat Grows in Syria as Militants Expand Control in North

US falls in global corruption ranking report; Somalia and Syria are worst offenders

Turkey issues dozens of arrest warrants for military pilots

Yemen ceasefire looks dire but is holding, says UN envoy

30,000 Nigerians fled a town over the weekend due to Boko Haram violence

UN condemns ritual killings of Tanzanian albino children for body parts

Corsica gunman kills 1, injures 6 before committing suicide, officials say

Actions against Guaido would be ‘foolish’, U.S. envoy warns Maduro

Venezuela opposition ‘has met military’, says Juan Guaido

Court bars Venezuela opposition leader from leaving nation

Venezuela’s Maduro offers to negotiate with opposition

Maduro Fights Back With Targeted Killings and Media Blackout

Maduro pummels Venezuelan slums as his power comes under attack

Venezuela Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown

Don’t deal in Venezuelan gold, White House says, in anti-Maduro push

FBI finds no motive for Las Vegas shooting, closes probe

FBI conducts dozens of probes into Chinese economic spying

UAE used cyber super-weapon to spy on iPhones of foes

Canada confirms 14th case of diplomat falling mysteriously ill in Cuba

Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization

Purported hackers stole U.S. evidence to discredit Mueller probe – filing

Robocalls reach ridiculous level, as people are afraid to even answer their phones

US Military Space Plane Wings Past 500 Days on Latest Mystery Mission

You Can See Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and a Gorgeous Crescent Moon in a ‘Celestial Parade’ Tomorrow Morning

Scientists Have Detected an Enormous Cavity Growing Beneath Antarctica

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chinameca, El Salvador

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Heavy rain, flooding causes 12 deaths in Saudi Arabia

Relief coming for blast-chilled Midwest, but not until after another record-low day

Polar vortex by the numbers: 6 states in US record temperatures as low as South Pole

77 below zero? Polar vortex yields deadly cold as thousands endure power cuts, travel issues mount in Midwest

‘It Is Getting Cold, Fast’: Thousands In Twin Cities Lost Power In Dangerous Cold

Extreme Cold Straining Xcel Energy’s Natural Gas System, Residents Urged To Turn Down Thermostat

Record Cold Forces Rethink on Global Warming

Amtrak cancels trains to and from Chicago amid polar vortex, ‘extreme weather conditions’

Chicago train tracks have to be literally set on fire to keep the trains running amid record-breaking cold

As U.S. freezes, it’s so hot in Australia that snakes are taking refuge in people’s toilets

Power outages hit thousands of Sydney homes in Australia as temperatures soar

Extreme weather: Polar vortex in Midwest, record heat in Australia, weird warmth in Alaska. What’s going on?

Extreme Weather Is Already Breaking Records Around The World In 2019

Toxic smog forces Bangkok to close hundreds of schools

Five arrested in connection with Brazil dam disaster

Mass power outages across Sydney restored after affecting 45,000 customers

Food industry sway over public health gets new scrutiny

Coca-Cola emails reveal how soda industry tries to influence health officials

Former stripper-turned-drug exec gave doctor lap dance while pitching painkiller, witness testifies

CDC says four cases of measles considered an outbreak

East Bay Biochemist Sells ‘Gene-Editing Kit’ For The Masses

German parties reach deal on softening Nazi-era abortion law

New York’s Not Alone: Here’s a List of States That Permit Abortion Up to Birth

Virginia Governor Defends Bill Legalizing Aborting Babies During Childbirth

Trump slams Virginia Democrats over ‘terrible’ abortion stance

Franklin Graham Tells Catholic Leaders to ‘Take a Moral Stand’ Against Cuomo Over Abortion Law

Eyes on Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as Supreme Court weighs whether Louisiana abortion law can go into effect

Kim Davis Must Pay Legal Fees After Same-Sex Marriage Battle, Kentucky Governor Says

LGBT+ people in Singapore ‘more fearful’ after HIV data leak

Vatican chief who handled sexual abuse cases resigns after accusations of sexual abuse

Super Bowl Sting: 33 arrested for sex trafficking in just 4 days

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Darren Wilson is Offering a False Christ who brings a False Salvation and Marketing it As Love

The real problem with ‘conversion therapy’

SBC Prez Calls on Christians to Stand Up for LGBT Rights

Divinity student becomes first to decipher Baptist theologian’s 200-y-o sermons

Faith healer with millions of followers ran a “sex slave farm and sold babies to highest bidder”

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Theology for the Teen Years — Credo Magazine

They call my generation Generation Z, and we’re passionately progressive, open-minded, and tolerant – except in one notable area: religion. We are, in fact, the least religious generation in US history. Since the birth of my generation (around 1995), there has been an unprecedented decline in prayer, church attendance, Bible reading, belief in God, and any kind of religious affiliation.

In the 1990s, there was a feverish fear in evangelical culture about teens leaving the church after graduation. Today’s graduating teens are still leaving the church, but in a secular culture awash with religious apathy or antagonism, many are disinterested or unengaged in church long before graduation.

Culture of Individualism

That leads us to ask the question, Why? What led to Generation Z (also known as iGen) being the least religious generation in US history? Jean Twenge, a secular psychology professor at the University of San Diego, offers a surprisingly spiritual answer: we’ve created a culture of individualism… and that drives teens away from God.

Community was once woven into the fabric of daily life and seen as a fundamental facet of society. It’s deeply embedded in Christian history and remains embedded in how the church still functions. God’s people were not saved in isolation to live separate, lonely lives. They were saved as part of the church, Jesus’ precious bride, to participate in the holy communion of the saints (Eph. 5:25-27). God created people to need other people (Gen. 2:18).

But our Western culture has lost sight of the beauty and necessity of community. Instead, we’ve promulgated a fiercely independent society, where people live fragmented lives, following their own dreams and desires in search of maximum personal gain.

Twenge insightfully points out the disconnect between a culture that idolizes individual beliefs and religion, which inherently requires believing in something bigger than yourself. She says, “In a society where young people hear, ‘If it feels good, do it’ and ‘Believe in yourself,’ religion seems almost countercultural” (iGen, p. 185).

And the popular views of faith youth tend to adopt are often colored by this cultural influence – believing in a God that exists to make people happy and approves of whatever you believe as long as you’re a “good” person.

A robust, life-changing gospel is indeed radically counter-cultural.

The Counter-Cultural Idea: Why Teens Need Theology

But when has the gospel ever fit into the culture? And when have Christians ever been called to make the gospel fit into the culture? Never. The shocking work of the gospel is how it changes lives that don’t think they need to be changed. And despite the fact that many of today’s teens don’t think they need the gospel, they need it now more than ever.

Teenagers swimming in a current toward individualism need to be redirected toward a community of faith. They need a community who will rally around them and pour deeply into them – a community who will teach them who God is and what he’s done. A community whose teaching will go past superficial stories and moralistic lessons. A community who will challenge them and take them seriously. A community who will answer their big questions. Teenagers swimming in a current toward individualism need to be redirected toward a community of faith. Click To Tweet

What they need is a community rooted in theology.

Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly), this is what the non-Christian Jean Twenge found too: “iGen’ers want to interact with religion and not just be told what to do. Trevor, 20, wrote: ‘Young adults want answers about life and about who we are, why this even matters, what we can do. Instead, we get told just to pray or a handout worksheet about Bible verses.’ … This suggests religious organizations should focus on active discussions with iGen’ers that address the ‘big questions’ they have about life, love, God, and meaning” (iGen, p. 189).

David Kinnaman has reported that 36% of young adults say they don’t feel they can “ask my most pressing life questions in church.”

Theology for the teen years should mean addressing these questions about life, love, God, and meaning according to Scripture. My generation is trying to figure out our place in this world, and we need a community who will teach us about the Solid Rock on which to build a foundation of faith.

A community who won’t just skip the hard parts of the Bible but who will teach them with humility.

A community who will talk about suffering, pain, and death and answer our questions about God’s goodness and power.

A community who will talk about science and how God’s character and creation are not in opposition to it.

A community who will talk about sexuality and gender and sensitively show us God’s design for men and women.

A community who won’t dumb things down for us but who will raise their expectations of us.

A community who will teach us about why God made us and help us understand our purpose and identity.

A community who will model a passion for God and his Word over and above games and pizza.

Despite the fact that my generation is the least religious generation in US history, God is at work among my peers. He is using faithful churches, pastors, and parents to give us clarity in the midst of a blindingly confusing culture. All throughout history, some of the biggest explosions of conversions and gospel work have happened among students. That could happen again today.

But a reserved and hyper-individualistic generation is not just going to run to you, begging to be taught theology. They need you to come to them. That starts in your church with the youth you have. It looks like personal and empathetic discipleship, open and authentic conversations, and rigorous and theological Bible training. It looks like compassion, discernment, and a whole lot of prayer.

God is at work among my generation. And the harvest is plentiful. So, pastors, keep laboring. Parents, keep laboring. Youth workers, keep laboring. Don’t give up on us. Because Generation Z needs all the laborers we can get.

via Theology for the Teen Years — Credo Magazine

‘It’s Terrible’: Trump Slams Dem’s Late-Term Abortion Proposal, Says It Will Only Strengthen Pro-Life Movement — Faithwire

President Donald Trump has eviscerated a Virginia lawmaker’s proposal to allow the abortion of babies up until the moment of birth.

Virginia Democrats Propose Bill That Allows Abortion Up to Moment of Giving Birth

The proposal, which has been met with fierce criticism online, gained massive exposure this week after Virginia House Democrat Kathy Tran was quizzed on the specifics by Republican Todd Gilbert during a House subcommittee hearing. During this exchange, Tran made it clear that the HB 2491 or “The Repeal Act,” would allow for the termination of an infant life even if the mother has begun “dilating” and is about to give birth.

VA Governor Supports Post-Birth Infanticide in Shocking Radio Interview

“I thought it was terrible,” Trump said of Tran’s proposal in an interview with The Daily Caller. “Do you remember when I said [during a 2016 presidential debate] Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it’s terrible.”

On Wednesday morning, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appeared on WTOP Radio to answer questions about the new bill, which he said he fully endorses.

During WTOP’s “Ask The Governor” segment, Northam defended HB 2491, noting he believes Tran’s comments were “really blown out of proportion.”

Northam went on to offer a troubling scenario that appeared to support not only Tran’s bill, but out-of-the-womb infanticide:

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he said. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

My Gov. Ralph Northam Should Be Ashamed of Himself

Though the president had not heard Northam’s comments at the time of the interview, he noted that he was “surprised,” that Northam said that, adding that he had “met him a number of times.”

In response to understandable backlash against his sickening remarks, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, posted a defiant message on Twitter:

“This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before,” Trump said of the controversy. “I think this will very much lift up the issue because people have never thought of it in those terms.”

via ‘It’s Terrible’: Trump Slams Dem’s Late-Term Abortion Proposal, Says It Will Only Strengthen Pro-Life Movement — Faithwire

Five states passing legislation to allow abortion up to 40 weeks, and after birth


CNN: Unborn baby born at 21 weeks is "thriving" CNN: Unborn baby born at 21 weeks is now “thriving” at 3 years old

Last week the Governor of New York signed a law that makes abortion legal right up to birth. But other Democrat governors are willing to do the same thing in their states. We’re really seeing Democrats reveal their real priorities now. It’s not job creation, it’s infanticide.

So Virginia is going infanticide, next. Here is video of a Democrat legislator being questioned about her infanticide bill:

So will the bill get signed into law? Here’s the latest report about the Democrat Governor of Virginia from The Federalist:

When asked about the controversial late term abortion bill presented in Virginia’s House of Delegates this week, Governor Ralph Northam said a fully developed child born in the third trimester would be kept alive, but the physician and mother would get to discuss and decide whether to take its life…

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