Daily Archives: January 4, 2019

January 4 Transparency Before God

Scripture reading: Matthew 26:36–46

Key verse: Matthew 26:38

He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

Transparency is an oft-overlooked element in our growing closer to Jesus Christ. Intimacy with the Lord requires our full, humble, and honest openness before Him.

Jesus Himself was a wonderful model of openness as He dealt with His disciples. For instance, we discover in today’s reading that in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus shared with the disciples His anguish over His upcoming crucifixion and brief separation from God the Father.

Knowing that the sins of the entire world were about to be cast upon Him, Jesus grieved, even to the point of near death. God, clothed in human flesh, was being completely honest, open, and forthright about His emotions. That is how Christ would have us react to Him.

A proud, arrogant, egotistical, self-sufficient Christianity bristles at the thought of such transparency: “Why should I burden God with this when I can handle it myself? I’m just not going to deal with God about this.” Such thinking and behavior go against everything for which God created us.

However, God cherishes and honors a humble, contrite spirit from someone trying to be himself before the Lord. Confess sin, worry, doubt, and fear. He already knows all, but your willingness to intimately share with Him all the details speaks volumes about the bent of your heart.

Father, I confess my worry, doubts, and fears. Cleanse me from sin and let me be transparent before You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 4, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

As a partial U.S. government shutdown hit the two-week mark, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders prepared to meet on Friday over ways to break an impasse pitting his demand for building a border wall against Democrats’ call for alternative security measures.

Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday by approving legislation backed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown, ignoring President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall.

Nancy Pelosi again became the most powerful woman in American politics on Thursday, gathering dozens of children around her as she took the oath of office as the next speaker of a diverse and deeply divided U.S. House of Representatives.

Spain has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, according to European Union estimates published on Friday.

Buddhist Rakhine insurgents killed 13 policemen and injured nine in attacks on four police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday as the country marked Independence Day.

A woman aged 46 has become the third to enter the Sabarimala Hindu temple in south India in defiance of an ancient ban on females of menstruating age, the office of the chief minister of Kerala state said on Friday.

Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching cyber attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for hackers.

In a legal victory for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, a federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lower court ruling that blocked a policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces, which the government said is important for military readiness.

China’s central bank said on Friday it was cutting the amount of cash that banks have to hold as reserves for the fifth time in a year, freeing up $116 billion for new lending as it tries to reduce the risk of a sharp economic slowdown.

Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

AP Top Stories

The federal government shutdown has led to the closure of a number of U.S. immigration courts handling cases for tens of thousands of people whose status is in limbo – another twist in the protracted showdown between President Donald Trump and Democrats over border wall funding.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that non-farm payrolls rose to 312,000 in December, surging past expectations of 184,000. The BLS also upwardly revised its figure for non-farm payroll additions in November to 176,000, from 155,000 previously reported. The unemployment rate rose to 3.9% in December. The unemployment rate was 3.7% in November, the lowest overall unemployment level since 1969.

The US State Department has issued a travel advisory urging Americans to “exercise increased caution” when travelling to the People’s Republic of China.

Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others,

The UN refugee agency Thursday voiced “concern” for the safety of 100 Arab citizens who went missing after seeking shelter in Algeria and others stranded at the border with Niger.

New York City experienced another record-setting crime reduction in 2018, continuing a more-than two decade decline that has cut the number of homicides to a fraction of the 2,000 that were seen in 1990. The city recorded its second consecutive year of less than 300 homicides, with 289 last year, down from 292 in 2017.

A historic ceremony, 17 black women were sworn in as judges for Texas’ most populated county.

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) has become the youngest black woman to serve in Congress, according to congressional archives. The 32-year-old was sworn into office on Thursday, after her historic election victory in the 14th Congressional District in Illinois in November. She is the first woman and black person to represent her district, which is overwhelmingly white.

BBC

Three former Credit Suisse bankers have been arrested over their alleged role in a $2bn fraud scheme connected to firms in Mozambique, according to US authorities.

A Royal Navy patrol ship has been sent to the English Channel to deter migrant crossings, the Ministry of Defense has confirmed.

Gatwick and Heathrow are to spend millions of pounds on anti-drone technology following the disruption at the Sussex airport before Christmas. The equipment, which can detect and jam communications between a drone and its operator, was deployed on a roof at Gatwick last month.

WND

More troops are expected to be deployed to the Southern border to construct or upgrade 160 miles of fencing and provide medical care to a steady stream of migrant families arriving from Central America, according to military sources.

The new Democratic majority in the House will hold the first hearings on Medicare-for-all legislation, a longtime goal of the party’s left, after Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi lent her support for the process.

Gen Z, which consists of those born between the mid-’90s through the early 2000s are attempting to avoid the mistakes of millennials, and focus on getting jobs that pay well without acquiring useless degrees and crushing debt.


News – 1/4/2019

Sweden EBOLA WARNING: Europe on alert as hospital ward CLOSED as patient has deadly virus
A PATIENT in Sweden has reportedly been struck down with Ebola according to local media reports. The patient’s identity is still unknown, but is currently in isolation at a University Hospital in Uppsala. The patient’s test results are expected on Friday evening. Ebola is one of the world’s most dangerous diseases and killed over 11,000 people during an epidemic in Africa that started in 2014., while an outbreak is still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Scientists hack plant photosynthesis to boost crop yields by 40%
An international team of researchers has, for the first time, demonstrated that by fixing a common glitch in photosynthesis, a crop’s yield could be improved by around 40 percent. The landmark study suggests optimizing a plant’s photosynthetic efficiency could significantly increase worldwide food productivity.

U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills 10 al-Shabab extremists
The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in southwestern Somalia that killed 10 members of the al-Shabab extremist group. The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Wednesday near Dheerow Sanle to “diminish al-Shabab’s freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network.”

Romney ripped by his GOP boss niece over anti-Trump op-ed
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel took to social media to rebuke her uncle and ignite a family feud for writing an anti-Trump column published in a leftist Washington, D.C., daily. “POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7,” McDaniel tweeted. “For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive.”

Judicial Watch Exposes 1.5 MILLION Inactive Voters STILL on the Rolls in California
Judicial Watch announced today that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

What to watch in 2019: Russia building dangerous military alliance with Iran, Turkey, Libya and other enemies of Israel as U.S. withdraws from Syria.
As 2019 begins, I will be writing a series of columns on leaders, countries and global trend lines to keep a close eye upon. Chief among them: Russian President Vladmir Putin’s diplomatic and military activity in recent months. Putin is steadily building strategic alliances with Israel’s worst enemies, from the leaders of Iran who long to create a nuclear-armed Persian empire to President Recep Erdogan of Turkey who sees himself as a modern day sultan longing to create a new Ottoman empire.

Pompeo Warns Iran on Space Launch Vehicles, ‘Identical’ to Ballistic Missiles
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran on Thursday about activating space-launch vehicles, which officials and experts contend is a cover for the regime’s ballistic-missile program, that the Islamic Republic announced would occur “in the coming months.” The U.S. top diplomat said that such a launch would violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, …

Plague of Blood Red Rivers Suddenly Appears in Multiple Locations
The first plague that struck Biblical Egypt made several reappearances last week as rivers in Malawi Africa and in Indonesia turned blood-red.

Falling Into Place: Top 10 Bible Prophecy-Related Stories Of 2018
Almost one-third of the Bible relates to eschatology or Bible prophecy. I think we can conclude that a lot of what is happening today foreshadows “things to come.” Some of the predicted signs will manifest in the Church Age. Most are Tribulation events that are casting a giant shadow today.

U.S. warns Iran of new sanctions if it launches weaponized space vehicles
The United States warned Iran of new sanctions if it launched three Space Launch Vehicles, that have technology which is akin to that used in ballistic missile. “We advise the regime to reconsider these provocative launches and cease all activities related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement he issued on Thursday.

Egypt’s Sisi: Military cooperation with Israel at unprecedented levels
Military cooperation between Egypt and Israel has reached unprecedented levels in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with CBS News. When asked by CBS if security this cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two countries that once were once enemies, he said “That is correct…we have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis.”

Suspicious Iranian cargo plane made 72 flights since September
An Iranian cargo plane that has been flagged as flying suspicious cargo to Damascus and Beirut made dozens of flights in the fall of 2017, according to flight tracking data. An analysis of the flights shows that this plane routinely flies to Damascus and also has flown to Beirut, Qatar and Istanbul. Western intelligence sources said in September that Fars Air Qeshm, a civilian airline in Iran, was “suspected of smuggling weapons into Lebanon,” reports indicated.

Thailand Pabuk: Tourist spots hit by worst storm in decades
Tropical storm Pabuk has begun pelting southern Thailand with rain and wind, in what is expected to be the worst storm to hit the region in 30 years. The storm made landfall at 12:45 local time (05:45 GMT) in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, the meteorological department said. It is expected to move across southern Thailand, hitting popular tourist spots.

US issues fresh travel warning after China detentions
The US state department has urged Americans to “exercise increased caution” when travelling to China after a spate of high-profile detentions. Its updated advice says dual US-Chinese nationals are at particular risk from so-called exit bans that prevent them from leaving. Canada also revealed that 13 Canadians had been detained since 1 December.

German politicians targeted in ‘mass hack attack’
Hundreds of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel have had personal details hacked and published online, reports say. Contacts, private chats and financial details were put out on Twitter which belong to figures from every political party except the far-right AfD. Data from celebrities and journalists also appear to have been leaked.

Is this the Islamic State group’s last stand in Syria?
US President Donald Trump has described Syria as just “sand and death”, as he defended his decision to withdraw American troops from the conflict. But the Kurdish militia and Arab tribes who are battling the Islamic State group in the country are warning that his decision could result in disaster. The Syrian Democratic Forces say the move could lead to a resurgence of the extremist Islamist group…

Genetically modified ‘shortcut’ boosts plant growth by 40%
Scientists in the US have engineered tobacco plants that can grow up to 40% larger than normal in field trials. The researchers say they have found a way of overcoming natural restrictions in the process of photosynthesis that limit crop productivity. They believe the method could be used to significantly boost yields from important crops including rice and wheat.

Iran to send warships to the Atlantic, closer to U.S. waters
The Iranian navy will send warships to deploy in the Atlantic from March, a top commander said on Friday, as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States, its arch foe. Iran sees the presence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf as a security concern and its navy has sought to counter that by showing the flag near American waters.

Croatia gives Israel deadline on F-16 jets sale amid U.S. row
Croatia on Thursday urged Israel to overcome a rare disagreement with the U.S. and confirm whether it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used F-16 fighter jets, adding that otherwise the purchase will be annulled. Croatia’s Defense Ministry said it needs an answer from Israel by January 11. The tentative $500 million deal to buy the upgraded F-16 Barak fighter jets from Israel was made in March last year pending U.S. approval…

China slashes banks’ reserve requirements again as growth slows
China’s central bank said on Friday it was cutting the amount of cash that banks have to hold as reserves for the fifth time in a year, freeing up $116 billion for new lending as it tries to reduce the risk of a sharp economic slowdown. The move comes amid mounting worries about the health of the world’s second-largest economy, which is facing both slowing demand at home and punishing U.S. tariffs on its exported goods.

Trump: Iran can do what it wants in Syria
US President says predecessor Obama already lost Syria, all that is left is ‘sand and death.’

New Dem congresswoman literally wipes Israel off her office map
The anti-Israel wing of the Democrat party is already making a stir on day one of its congressional tenure.  The office of incoming Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who claims Palestinian heritage, has placed a so-called correction on the map in her office, replacing the sovereign state of Israel with a post-it note that says “Palestine” on it.

Frightening Report: Orange County, Florida, America’s Tourist Capitol, Has Highest Level of Sex Offenders
A new report released by the state of Florida has determined that Orange County is home to the highest concentrations of sex offenders in the state of Florida, according to reports from the Associated Press and WFTV.

Evangelical groups hop on LGBTQ bandwagon
The recent action by the boards of two organizations that have been nationally visible as representing conservative evangelicals is “The Great Evangelical Sellout” for a number of critical reasons,.

PEW Says Christians ‘Overrepresented’ In Congress
Christians are “overrepresented” in Congress compared to their representation in U.S. society, a new PEW report found.

Scientists Have Invented a Graphene-Based Sieve That Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water
Researchers have achieved a major turning point in the quest for efficient desalination by announcing the invention of a graphene-oxide membrane that sieves salt right out of seawater.

Lesbian ‘Batwoman’ Series Gets Green Light at CW
The CW network has announced that it is going ahead with a pilot episode order for Batwoman based on a lesbian comic book character created in 2006.

Emmanuel Macron Grants Asylum To ISIS leader who Slaughtered 1,700 soldiers
The Islamic State (ISIS) leader, who posed as a refugee was granted political asylum in France by Emmanuel Macron, was responsible for the 2014 slaughter of some 1,700 soldiers near the northern Iraq town.

Is Romney Delivering a Thinly Veiled Assassination Threat to Trump (for the Third Time)?
Does lightening ever strike twice in the same place? Well, when it comes to the animosity of Mitt Romney, it just did. In fact, it has struck three times. For the third time in two years, Romney delivered what could considered to be a thinly veiled assassination threat to Donald Trump.

Preview of the CHAOS to come in 2019 and 2020… if you dare to glimpse reality
 I’ve been putting off writing about events to come in 2019 – 2020 for the simple reason that I don’t think anyone is mentally prepared to accept the level of chaos that’s coming.

Socialist Democrats: They Didn’t Come To Play, They Came to Destroy the USA
…Nowhere in their florid description does Vanity Fair indicate that all six are Socialist Democrats pushing an agenda to turn America into a Socialist State. But the Vanity Fair portfolio with words describes better than anything else—including today’s swearing-in ceremony—just what Americans are up against—going backwards to nation-destroying Socialism rather than going forward.

Report: Biggest Jailer of Journalists is Communist China
The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2018 report on deadly attacks and abuses against journalists shows that the “biggest jailer of journalists,” as of December 2018, is Communist China, which is holding 60 reporters.

Bloodbath: It’s 2019 And The Stock Market Is Crashing
The Dow futures dropped nearly 300 points on the troubling economic news in China. Coupled with the disastrous trade war, 2019 could very well be a bloodbath for the stock market.

Abortionist: ‘God performs way more abortions than I do’
The abortionist who earlier this year boasted she prevents unborn babies from screaming by cutting their vocal cords is stirring controversy again, reports Breitbart News. Responding to a tweet wondering what God thinks of her profession, Utah abortionist Leah Torres said, “God performs way more abortions than I do, so there’s that.”

Pope Francis Calls on Migrants to Flood the US: ‘Forget National Security’
Pope Francis has called on migrants to flood the United States and other Western nations whilst urging world leaders to “forget about national security” concerns as immigrant’s needs are “more important” than borders.

Journalist Dies Suddenly Just Days After Exposing Mueller, Strzok ‘Cover-Up’
A conservative journalist and pundit has died suddenly, just days after she broke a news story alleging that special counsel Robert Mueller and his team had deleted evidence proving anti-Trump bias at the FBI and Justice Department.

British Army Launches Recruitment Drive For ‘Millenials’, ‘Snowflakes’
The British Army’s new 2019 recruitment campaign is targeting snowflake millennials, binge gamers, and selfie addicts and the armed forces continue their drive to attract recruits from unconventional parts of society.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

House Dems Usher in the Resistance

The donkey party offers nothing but Trump-hating division and economy-crippling socialism.

Deregulation Remained Impressive in 2018

Meanwhile, December’s jobs report was superb, to say the least.

The Personality Cult of Ginsburg

“RBG” has attained celebrity and virtual deity status among many leftists. That’s a problem.

Cortez Is Green on the Outside, Red on the Inside

Her “Green New Deal” is a radical remaking of the American energy sector.

The New York Times Is ‘Unmistakably Anti-Trump,’ Says…

The paper’s former executive editor calls out the rag for its lack of journalistic integrity.

Video: Rubin and Peterson Leave Patreon Over Free Speech

Popular YouTubers Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson discuss their frustrations with the platform.

Friday Short Cuts

Braying Jenny: “We’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf—ker.” —newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Friday Top Headlines

Job growth surges, record employment, articles of impeachment, Speaker Pelosi reelected, national debt, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
The Irrational Allergy to the Wall
Michael Barone
Think Things Are Bad Now? They Were Lots Worse in 1919
Gary Bauer
Six Seconds Was Too Long
David Harsanyi
First on Nancy Pelosi’s Agenda: Attacking Free Expression
David Limbaugh
President Trump Isn’t the Enemy, Mr. Romney

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 1/4/2019

In first political comments, Gantz says certain settlements to remain ‘forever’

UN envoy: Stoning of Palestinian PM’s convoy ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Abbas to meet Sissi for talks on reconciliation with Hamas – PA official

New Palestinian political body aims to rival Abbas, Hamas

Brazil’s Bolsonaro: Only Israel has the right to decide its capital

Brazil has ‘clear intention’ to move embassy to Jerusalem, but no date set

Netanyahu: Mandelblit facing ‘thuggish, inhumane’ pressure to announce indictment

Mandelblit on Netanyahu’s investigation: ‘I spend day and night trying to get to the truth’

Livni on PM’s investigation: ‘The public has a right to know Mandelblit’s conclusions’

More than half of new immigrants to Israel in 2018 not considered Jewish

Israeli study: 1/4 of Jews killed in Holocaust murdered in 100 days in 1942

Jordanian unionist says more Israeli flags to be drawn on floor of complex

Egyptian president confirms Israel helping fight Sinai jihadists

Ethiopia Expects $4b Dam Project on the Nile to Start Operations in 2020

Croatia gives Israel deadline for F-16 sale amid rare US dispute

Islamic Jihad Leader in Tehran: ‘We Will Attack Israel from the North and South’

Pompeo on Tehran rockets: US ‘won’t stand by’ as Iran threatens global security

Netanyahu: US acting against Iran economically, Israel operating militarily

Iran rejects U.S. warning against space launches, ballistic missiles

Iran Seeks to Block Instagram, Citing ‘Immoral, Obscene Content’

Trump’s Iran, Kurdish and Afghanistan comments leave Middle East perplexed

Pompeo: US seeks to ensure ‘Turks don’t slaughter the Kurds’ in Syria

Trump Accuses Syria’s Kurds of Selling Oil to Iran Then Vows to Protect Them

Turkey, Iraq will deepen cooperation in fight against terrorism, Erdogan says

UK foreign minister Hunt: Syria’s Assad will be around for a while

Joel Rosenberg Commentary – What to watch in 2019: Russia building dangerous military alliance with Iran, Turkey, Libya and other enemies of Israel as U.S. withdraws from Syria

Saudi Arabia to seek death penalty for five suspects in Khashoggi trial, prosecutors say

Yemen, UAE, Saudi Arabia say Houthis fail to abide by ceasefire deal

Coalition: Houthis violated Hodeidah ceasefire 20 times in past 24 hours

Niger says days of raids kill 280 Boko Haram extremists

U.S. issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

The US government is warning Americans that if they visit China they may not be able to return home

Cyber-espionage and Trade Wars: How Fear Sent Global Markets Tumbling

Apple is basically blaming Trump’s trade war for disappointing iPhone sales in China

Dow falls 660 points on Apple bombshell China warning, US factory slowdown

‘Flash crash’ hits the currency markets as financial volatility intensifies

Brazil’s new foreign minister says country will abandon globalism

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he is open to hosting a U.S. military base

A mayor in Mexico was killed less than 2 hours after being sworn in

Trump makes ‘historic progress’ in crackdown on deportation deadbeats

Day 13: Dems pass funding plan without wall, Trump digs in

‘Unacceptable’: White House vows veto on Dems’ bill to end shutdown without wall money

McConnell vows Senate will block House funding bill that excludes wall money

Pelosi elected speaker despite defections, as Democrats reclaim House majority

Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ as Democrat-controlled 116th Congress begins

Democrat introducing impeachment measure against Trump on first day of new Congress

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not ruling out impeachment against Trump

Pelosi Says Trump Can Be Indicted Despite Justice Department Guidance

Georgia congressman compares Trump to Hitler

The FBI is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

Don’t Use Facebook? Facebook Tracks You Anyway

‘Super blood wolf moon’ kicks off super year for eclipses

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

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

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

Krakatau volcano in Indonesia erupts to 40,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

NASA’s Juno mission spots dramatic volcano eruption on Jupiter moon Io

Tropical Storm Pabuk: Thailand braces amid fears it could be worst in a generation

Tropical Cyclone Penny brews into category two system as it moves towards Queensland coast

Fiji’s Rotuma spared by unpredictable Cyclone Mona

Meth, cocaine overdoses rise as Mexican cartels sidestep anti-opioid crackdown

Yemen cholera epidemic strain ‘came from eastern Africa’

African swine flu threatens China’s long and storied love affair with pork ahead of the Year of the Pig

Ebola outbreak in Congo surpasses 600 cases amid more violence

Flood of refugees fleeing Congo raises fears of spreading Ebola

Abortion Kills 42 Million in 2018

Experts urge Egypt to rethink two-child population strategy

This Startup Wants to Send a Pregnant Woman to Space to Give Birth

The Multiple Dilemmas of a Boy Dancing in Drag in a Gay Bar

Pope Francis acknowledges sexual abuse scandals have damaged the Catholic Church

Names surface of more than 1,000 priests accused of sex abuse in U.S.

In India, Catholic priests have preyed on nuns for decades

Exorcism and Demonic Possession Are Now Tools in the Culture Wars


Apostasy Watch Daily News

True Religion And Progressivism Cannot Co-Exist

A New Years Thank You Note from The Evangelical Industrial Complex

Pew reports, ‘Christians overrepresented in Congress’

Sheriff: Fake pastor carrying drug-filled Bible visited jail

Democrats Pass First Bill After Taking Over House: Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood


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Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: You Can Trust the Four Gospels

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Thabiti Anyabwile Welcomes Alliance With Christopher Hitchens For His Racially Divisive Agenda Of Secular Monetary Reparations. — Pulpit & Pen

 

Prominent Southern Baptist Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile, who changed his name from Ron Burns to identify with the Nation of Islam black nationalist movement, demonstrated in a recent tweet, that not even militant atheists such as the late Christopher Hitchens are off limits when it comes to gaining allies for his political agenda.

I did not think I would ever agree with Christopher Hitchens about anything. So I’m stunned to say that this, imo, is a very good, brief (10 min, so clearly not exhaustive) comment in favor of reparations with which I agree…

In the tweet, issued 9:38 PM – 3 Jan 2019 we see the following:

 

The argument the prominent late atheist makes can be seen in the following video. However, it should be needless to say that since Anyabwile claims a biblical worldview, where does he see common ground in this ideology (2 Corinthians 6:15)?

Editor’s Note: Pulpit & Pen has been warning about the repercussions and the end goal of the “racial reconciliation” movement for several years now (see here). The major proponents of this movement are not after true, biblical reconciliation. They are after entitlements.

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Weekly Watchman for 01/04/2019

Is “American Christianity” Sliding Toward Apostasy?

Today we read your questions and comments on any topic you would like to discuss.  Many of you are responding to our discussion yesterday about Pope Francis calling Mary “our hope and our life” along with our look at how a growing number of churches and denominations seem to be compromising with secular culture and […]

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Why Christianity is Failing in America

It’s important we look at a recent study that discusses the many ways professing Christianity is not only failing our nation, but many who attend church services every week. As the professing church continues to conform and compromise with the world Jesus told us we are to hate, a growing number of churches sacrifice the pursuit of holiness for entertainment and secular growth programs.

Mike and David touch on this dangerous path a growing number of churches and denominations are currently on – leading people away from God rather than drawing them nearer to Him and equipping the saints for ministry. Just as disappointing, we will address recent comments from Pope Francis’ January 1 “Mary Mother of God” Mass, including “we can do no better than to put our hands in hers and to acknowledge her as our life.”

In our first segment, Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council shares a tragic decision by the State of Wisconsin to provide “gender reassignment” coverage for people under state Medicaid.

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The Future of Christianity in America

2019 will bring powerful and unique challenges and opportunities for the Christian Church in America. Satan’s battle against the Church will intensify as he acquires more and more allies to join him in his plan to neutralize the Church by making it look more like the secular culture it is supposed to resist and oppose.

We start this new year by looking at the prophetic signs of 2018 that might be pointing to the return of the Lord, along with the increased persecution of true believers around the world. Is this persecution a preview of the life coming for true believers in America?

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for January 4, 2019

January 3, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — Mitt Romney began attacking Donald Trump before Romney he was even sworn in, in a scathing op-ed in the Washington Post. He hammered the president for character flaws and mistakes in policy, but mostly for character flaws…. (more)


January 3, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — The year 2018 will be deplored by pundits as a bad year of more unpredictable Donald Trump, headlined by wild stock-market gyrations, the melodramas of the Robert Mueller investigation, and the musical-chair tenures of officials in the Trump administration…. (more)

January 3, 2019
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Democrats used their new control over the House of Representatives late Thursday to pass two bills that would reopen parts of the government that have been shut down for two weeks…. (more)

January 3, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — One House Democrat moved quickly Thursday to flex his party’s new majority, introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump. While that’s not yet on party leaders’ to-do list, another bill announced on the first day of the new Congress that aims to block Mr. Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller is likely to see speedy action…. (more)


January 3, 2019
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Wednesday said he’ll reject legislation proposed by House Democrats to fund nine partially closed government departments without money included for a border wall…. (more)

January 3, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump said Wednesday that he “essentially” fired former secretary of defense James Mattis due to Mattis’s failure to effectively implement the administration’s foreign-policy agenda. “What’s he done for me? How had he done in Afghanistan? Not too good,” Trump said Wednesday during his first cabinet meeting of the new year, according to the White House press-pool report. “As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I.”… (more)

January 3, 2019
FOX NEWS — A former executive editor of the New York Times says the paper’s news pages, the home of its straight-news coverage, have become “unmistakably anti-Trump.” Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility…. (more)


January 3, 2019
FOX NEWS — The Associated Press was slammed last week for publishing a “garbage” obituary of Bre Payton, a conservative writer at The Federalist and frequent guest on television news outlets including Fox News Channel. Payton died at age 26 after reportedly contracting the H1N1 flu virus and possibly meningitis. Her sudden death was mourned by figures throughout the news industry, but AP drew sharp criticism for an obit that “wasn’t so friendly,” according to NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck…. (more)

January 3, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — The abortionist who earlier this year boasted she prevents unborn babies from screaming by cutting their vocal cords is stirring controversy again, reports Breitbart News. Responding to a tweet wondering what God thinks of her profession, Utah abortionist Leah Torres said, “God performs way more abortions than I do, so there’s that.” Last week she tweeted that she had no problem using abortion as “birth prevention.”… (more)

January 2, 2019
POLITICO — In the reinvigorated feud between her uncle, Mitt Romney, and her boss, President Donald Trump, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has picked a side: the president’s. McDaniel was critical of Romney, referring to him in a post to Twitter only as “an incoming Republican freshman senator.” Romney, who will be sworn in as a senator from Utah later this week, authored a scathing op-ed published Tuesday by The Washington Post in which he wrote that Trump “has not risen to the mantle” of the presidency…. (more)


January 2, 2019
PAUL BEDARD — Washington is already taking sides in the battle between President Trump and incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, with Trump ally Sen. Rand Paul slamming the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. Paul, R-Ky., tweeted that Romney is a “Big Government Republican” and a faux conservative, and a top Paul aide said that Trump is delivering on his promises…. (more)

January 2, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — A former federal prosecutor has emerged as special counsel Robert Mueller’s most persistent courtroom critic. It’s not Rudolph W. Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney and now President Trump’s ubiquitous defender, or any of cable TV’s prosecutors-turned-pundits. He is Eric A. Dubelier, a litigator for the Reed Smith law firm who knows international law and the D.C. playing field. He served eight years prosecuting cases as a Justice Department assistant U.S. attorney in Washington. He refers to his former employer as “the real Justice Department,” implying that Mr. Mueller’s team is something less…. (more)

January 2, 2019
SUN SENTINEL — The state commission investigating the Parkland school shooting unanimously approved a tough final report Wednesday that puts the responsibility for reform on school districts, law enforcement agencies, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and state legislative leaders…. (more)


January 2, 2019
Move announced by Trump administration now completed
WORLDNETDAILY — The United States and Israel have completed their announced departure from UNESCO, the United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, over its anti-Israel bias. UNESCO repeatedly has condemned Israel while granting membership to the Palestinians and naming ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites. WND reported UNESCO designated the Temple Mount, the likely site of the original Jewish temples during biblical times, with Muslim names…. (more)

January 1, 2019
Gives president little credit for pro-America policies, standing up to rabid left
MITT ROMNEY — The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down…. (more)


January 1, 2019
CLIFF KINCAID — The new leader of the anti-Trump resistance in the Senate, Mitt Romney, will take the oath of office January 3. The former Massachusetts governor and failed GOP presidential candidate represents what could be called the reemergent Rockefeller wing of the GOP…. (more)

January 1, 2019
ALAN KEYES — During the 2016 election, I doubted the sincerity of some of the positions candidate Trump staked out to ingratiate himself to conservatives disgusted and angry over the GOP leadership’s continual betrayals of the principles and policies espoused in the party’s platform since the election in 1980 that put Ronald Reagan in the White House…. (more)


December 31, 2018
DENNIS PRAGER — I rarely make predictions – – whether of election results or anything else. My policy has always been to say what I believe should be done, not what will be done. I am making an exception with regard to America in 2019. 2019 will be a dark year in America…. (more)


December 31, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — New House majority leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly spent the holidays at the Fairmont Orchid on Kona, contemplating future climate-change legislation and still adamant in opposing the supposed vanity border wall…. (more)


December 31, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Last week, California’s strict adherence to “sanctuary city” status caused the death of hero policeman Cpl. Ronil Singh. He was gunned down by a known gang member who was in the United States illegally. The killer’s very illegal status should have led to his removal by ICE before this senseless murder occurred…. (more)


December 31, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — n recent weeks, oil has been moving below $50 a barrel – – owing partly to concerns of oversupply and partly to concerns over a slowing global economy. Petroleum has helped to fuel the global economy for over a century, and its relative abundance today contradicts the doomsayers who feared “peak oil” in the past. Cheap oil is also a problem for the environmentalists, who fear that an oversupply of fossil fuels will undermine the global transition to green energy…. (more)

December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — When Melania Trump accompanied her husband President Trump to Iraq this week, it was the first time in more than a decade that a first lady of the United States had visited a war zone. Trump also became the only first lady to have visited Iraq since the war began more than 15 years ago…. (more)

December 29, 2018
CNN, media outlets accuse troops of engaging in political activity
WASHINGTON TIMES — U.S. Air Forces Europe said Thursday that U.S. troops who asked President Trump to sign their red “Make America Great Again” hats violated no military policy. “There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” said USAFE in a statement, as reported by Stars & Stripes…. (more)


December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump on Friday threatened to close the southern border if Democrats do not relent in the standoff over border wall funding, which has resulted in a partial government shutdown that has lasted a week. “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” the president tweeted…. (more)

December 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., vowed to oppose any spending bill that doesn’t include funding to build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border. Graham’s comments came in a Friday tweet as the partial government shutdown continued due to the impasse between Trump and Democratic lawmakers over wall funding…. (more)

 

This ‘n’ That for January 4, 2018 — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • Um, wow. At least appropriate action was taken.
  • DebbieLynne of The Outspoken Tulip gives us an update on her holiday. Please be praying for her!
  • Tumultuous years are nothing new because human depravity is nothing new.”
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Here are some resources that might help with your Bible study this year.
  • Yeah, Sunday was rough.
  • Do you have a favorite woman of the Reformation? Yep, I said woman. Turns out God used them throughout Church history, too, and continues to do so. Imagine that.

There is nothing which so certifies the genuineness of a man’s faith as his patience and his patient endurance, his keeping on steadily in spite of everything. — Martyn Lloyd-Jones 

This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

January 4 Putting Off Procrastination

scripture reading: Ecclesiastes 11:4–6
key verse: Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

In Gone with the Wind Scarlett O’Hara repeatedly uttered this now celebrated line whenever faced with calamity: “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” How often do we—either intentionally or not—develop the same “tomorrow” outlook? We too easily find ways to put off until tomorrow what we can do today.

A sober look at procrastination’s aftereffects, however, might help us realize its subtle dangers. Procrastination can cause us to miss out on God’s best for our lives. When we fail to confront an issue or a situation, we fail to develop the godly, positive character desired by God. By hesitating, we delay God’s blessings.

Prompt obedience always brings eventual blessings. When you procrastinate, you are dangerously close to disobedience—along with its consequences.

You can learn to face and deal with undesirable circumstances by trusting God to supply what you lack. He will give courage, wisdom, grace, mercy, power—whatever the need.

As you confront your problems rather than avoid them, your faith is nurtured and stretched. Your confidence grows; your fears subside.

Let your motto be: “Do it now as the Lord directs and enables me.” It will save a lot of heartache later.

Father, there may be difficult circumstances ahead during this year, but give me the courage to face them in Your sufficiency. Nurture and stretch my faith. Help me in Your strength and power to deal with issues as they occur.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 4, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

29:18–20. David knew that the people needed to keep their devotion and remain circumspect in their obedience, so he prayed that the Lord Himself would preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You (v. 18). This emphasis on the heart continued with a petition for Solomon (v. 19)—give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments. David knew better than anyone that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1Sm 16:7).

This prayer was not just evocative but motivational: how can God’s people remain motivated for the task set before them? They must pray sincerely. Acknowledging God’s sovereignty and their utter dependence, they must maintain a willing and obedient heart. The prayer closes with a blessing on the Lord by the people (1Ch 29:20).[1]


29:18 This formula Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel was associated with God’s covenantal promises to the Israelites (Ex. 3:6, 15; 6:3, 4; Deut. 6:10). With this name of God, David was petitioning God to keep His people always in covenant fellowship with Himself.[2]


29:18 Wholehearted commitment comes ultimately with the perfection of Christ (Heb. 10:7–10) and the change of the heart that he works in us in the new covenant (Heb. 10:16–17).[3]


29:18 establish their heart toward you David asks for God to help them keep faithful to His covenant.[4]


29:18 keep forever. David’s words speak directly to the readers of a later time, who must continue to give freely to temple worship.[5]


29:18–19 David prays that such a generous and obedient heart will continue in the people and in Solomon.[6]


[1] Zuber, K. D. (2014). 1 Chronicles. In The moody bible commentary (p. 581). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 530). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 741). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Ch 29:18). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 594). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Corduan, W. (2017). 1 Chronicles. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 642). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

SBC’s Russell Moore Signs Statement with Muslim Leaders, Claiming “Common Ground” — Pulpit & Pen

Russell Moore, of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

If you don’t think the American Evangelical Intelligentsia would sell their birthright for a bit of peace and prosperity, you don’t know them. They are sniveling, weak, effeminate men without spinal columns, courage, or guts. They are shells of humanity, with the good stuff taken out and replaced with cream puffery.

When Pulpit & Pen discovered that the National Association of Evangelicals had secretly embraced an expansion of gay rightsin exchange for promises of religious liberty, I thought I couldn’t see much worse. And then I saw the information I’m about to give to you and I saw that, as always, it could get much, much worse.

Let me give you a disclaimer. Of all my years following Russell Moore, the ERLC, and the progressive-liberal intellectuals who are subversively driving evangelicalism to the hard-left, this might be the worst thing I have seen to date. And given my knowledge of the ERLC and their chicanery, that’s saying something.

Coming across my Google alerts, I saw an article by Richard Ostling which highlighted what I feel to be the most over-looked news story of 2018. On November 29, a group of evangelicals led by the SBC’s Russell Moore and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president, Leith Anderson, joined with a group of non-Christians and cultists in the name of religious liberty. These include Seventh Day Adventist, Marc Stern of the American Jewish Committee, various Roman Catholics, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus. Also partnering with Russell Moore and the NAE are President Sayyid Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, Islam’s first accredited liberal arts college in America.

As Ostling points out in his article, the typical mainstream denomination leftists you would expect to lead the way in such ecumenical enterprises haven’t even signed onto the document yet. But Russell Moore and the NAE are leading the way.

Ostling points out that the document takes no stance on important ethical issues…

The charter has won a notably varied list of initial endorsers because it purposely avoids taking stands on the “sometimes bitter debates” over how to apply these principles, in particular clashes between religious traditionalists and the LGBTQ community. Think Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. Says the charter, “although it is not always possible to uphold both non-discrimination and religious liberty claims in particular cases, both claims should be taken seriously, and both sides should seek common ground.”

What the “American Charter on Freedom of Religion and Conscience” does is – like the NAE document reported on earlier today – surrender our rights to act according to our religion for the concession to merely ideologically hold to our religion. It’s nothing short of treasonous.

The document basically says, “Make us do anything you want, as long as you let us believe what we want.”

The five-thousand-word document is available via pdf here.

The goal of the document, according to its introduction, is everything you would expect a feckless, cowering, ecumenical claptrap would be…

Their aim is to restore civility to public discourse on religion and freedom of religion and conscience in America; explore the meaning and value of freedom of religion and conscience as a foundation of American democracy and national and global prosperity; and build a multi-faith, non-partisan coalition working to affirm freedom of religion and conscience as a vital safeguard for people of all faiths and none.

The document’s goal is to promote a form of globalism by gutting America of its theological underpinnings, minimizing its Christian heritage and over-emphasizing its committment to pluralism. The document reads…

In a world of strong and undeniable diversity, all imposed absolutisms, coercive universalisms, and movements of religious and secular ideological cleansing are the open enemies of freedom, equality, and justice for all.

The document seems to emphasize secularism, and goes well beyond supporting a separation of church and state.

I’ve read this document thoroughly, and let me tell you, there is 100% reason to assume that the signers of this statement – from everything written therein – would support both gay marriage and abortion in the name of “religious freedom.” Zero doubt…none.

No doubt the Islamicists eagerly signed onto the documents because of statements like this one…

We are opposed, therefore, to any governmental policy that would discriminate against individuals or groups based on their religion. Likewise, we reject rhetoric and actions by governmental leaders and others that demonize individuals or faith communities based on their religion or that hold entire faith groups collectively responsible for the evil deeds of a few.

What’s in view, probably, would be policies like that threatened by President Trump, which would place a temporary moratorium on immigrants from primarily Islamic nations who want to destroy the United States. We know what side Russell Moore and the Soros-funded Evangelical Immigration Table were on in that debate, and they’re the same ones signing this document.

The document places oppressive religions like Islam in the same category as Christianity and credits them all with equal contributions to the American way of life…

In America, religion helped to spur the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement. We also acknowledge, however, that some have at times used religious claims in support of prejudice, oppression, or violence. But the majority of individuals and communities motivated by faith have provided an overall thrust in America toward
grassroots civic renewal and progress. Throughout our history, people of faith have empowered robust charitable giving and caring, essential educational institutions and initiatives, and vigorous political criticism and reform. These acts of kindness, charity, and service have unleashed the power of social innovation and entrepreneurship and have enriched
our civic life immeasurably

The document is clearly the most ecumenical document I’ve ever read, and perhaps has ever been attempted in the history of man. It reads…

It does not attempt to ground unity and civility in enforced conformity concerning the substance of particular religious or secular doctrines. Rather, this covenant secures unity and civility on the basis of voluntary agreement on foundational moral and political principles—principles of human dignity and human rights.

Let me ask you, Christian reader, from where comes our belief in human rights? Is it not in the Imago Dei? Is that not a uniquely Christian doctrine altogether unshared by Buddhists or Sikhs? From where comes the concept of morality? Can you acquire morality without theism? Is there a “secular” foundation of ethics? If there was a coherent foundation of secular ethics, could Christians ever agree as to what was in substance ethical?

Refuse. Utter refuse.

The document has the gall to quote Jefferson, Madison, the Federalist Papers, and Alexis De Tocqueville. Ostensibly, this is to send the message to the undiscerning reader that their statement is just a continuance of some grand American tradition. It is not. This document is a great betrayal of the grand American tradition.

According to Tocqueville, America’s committment to Christianity is responsible for its national exceptionalism, saying, “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.”

He continued…

The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.

Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts-the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.

Alexis De Tocqueville

This, of course, is precisely the opposite sentiment of this horrible ecumenical document.

What the American Charter document demonstrates is that for Russell Moore and the Evangelical Intelligentsia, there are no limits on ecumenism. They will hold hands with anyone and everyone in the name of living a little bit longer under an oppressive globalist regime they’re personally helping to empower.

SBC’s Russell Moore Signs Statement with Muslim Leaders, Claiming “Common Ground” — Pulpit & Pen

James MacDonald Removes Walk in the Word From TV & Radio Amid Controversy — Julie Roys

Popular radio preacher and megachurch pastor, James MacDonald, has announced he is pulling his Bible teaching program, Walk in the Word, from all radio and TV platforms over the next couple months. The announcement comes about a month after my investigative report in WORLD Magazine, and subsequent blog posts, revealing allegations of spiritual and financial abuse by MacDonald and his Chicago-area megachurch, Harvest Bible Chapel.

In a surprise announcement to staff on Wednesday, MacDonald said he had decided to remove Walk in the Word from all “traditional” broadcast mediums and exclusively focus on digital delivery, like podcasts. MacDonald said the reason for the change was primarily pragmatic.

“Traditional broadcast is a dying thing,” MacDonald said in a live announcement to staff that was recorded by Harvest and sent to me by an anonymous source. “What that means is that the cost of it continues to rise while the demographic of it continues to age and the response to it continues to diminish.”

However, MacDonald also admitted that the current controversy is straining relationships with Christian broadcast ministries. Walk in the Word currently is broadcast on more than 2,000 outlets, including stations on the Moody Radio Network, Salem Radio Networkand Trinity Broadcast Network.

“When our church goes through difficult times like of late, that becomes even more of a strain and a burden to carry in a way that none of you would ever even know what goes on behind the scenes.”

“There’s all the upkeep that’s going on with all the relationships,” MacDonald said. “When our church goes through difficult times like of late, that becomes even more of a strain and a burden to carry in a way that none of you would ever even know what goes on behind the scenes.”

Over the past several weeks, numerous radio listeners have told me that they contacted Moody Radio to complain about the network carrying Walk in the Word.

In an email to Greg Thornton, Moody senior vice president of media, listeners Tim and Jessica Hockett of Evanston, IL, wrote: “We trust that you are familiar with the recent controversies involving James Macdonald and Harvest Bible Chapel, including the (mis)use of donations from Walk in the Word . . . We ask that you would carefully consider the weight of all allegations and supporting evidence against James MacDonald and the Elders of HBC—including their decision to file a defamation lawsuit against 5 believers—and remove Walk in the Word from Moody Radio programming.”

Thornton responded, “While we’re not at liberty to discuss programming selections, we prayerfully and closely monitor the impact of all Moody Radio programs to our constituents, and we invite you to join us in continued prayer for a Godly resolution to the internal conflict at Harvest Bible Chapel.”

Even so, MacDonald maintained that his decision was something that he had considered for years, but especially in the month of December. He complained that Christian radio networks like Salem continue to give their prime-time slots to veteran broadcasters like John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, and even deceased preachers like J. Vernon McGee. This, MacDonald claimed, forced programs like Walk in the Word to pay two-thirds to three-quarters as much money for time slots that delivered less than half the audience.

He said Christian radio is “increasingly trapped in an old generation,” and claimed that the future is in digital delivery. “We want to grow . . . and reach more people than we ever have before,” he said, “but less of the, you know, 75-year-old lady in Kansas City who’s listening to her third sermon today, and more of the young adults, or even college student, who’s consuming their media on their mobile device.”

According to MacDonald, 70-percent of Walk in the Word’s audience already is engaged digitally. He added that sales of Walk in the Word products—like CDs, curriculum, and books—have dropped by as much as 700-percent in the last five years.

MacDonald said Walk in the Word staff would be reduced but didn’t specify by how much. He only said that more than one-third of the staff would remain. According to Harvest’s website, Walk in the Word will no longer employ veteran radio host Wayne Shepherd.

Below is audio of the announcement MacDonald made to the staff:

James MacDonald Removes Walk in the Word From TV & Radio Amid Controversy — Julie Roys

Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2018: ABORTIONS

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

It wasn’t guns.  It wasn’t the Flu.  It wasn’t Ebola.  It wasn’t natural disasters.

It WAS the satanic practice of interfering with a human developing in their mother’s womb, and taking the life of that person – ABORTION.

And yes – I said PERSON.

Shout Out Your Abortion Vs. Silent No More

Those who are proud of killing their babies joined the “Shout Out” group, while Millions of women who regret taking the lives of their babies have joined the “Silent No More” movement.

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Alveda Scott King, is one of the founders of Silent No More. Knowing that there are really two victims in an abortion (the baby and the traumatized mother) Alveda King is very outspoken on the evils of abortion and about the women who suffer silently with guilt and regret.

To combat the ‘Silent No More’ movement, Planned Parenthood came…

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January 4 The Call of Faith

Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1–9

Key Verse: Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Suppose you plan a wonderful surprise vacation for your family or friends. The big day finally comes. The car is loaded, everyone has taken care of all those last-minute details, and your tank is full of gas. Everyone piles in the car and fastens seat belts in anticipation.

Finally someone asks the fateful question, “Hey, where are we going?” And you say with great authority, “Well, I don’t know exactly.” After the bewildered looks and cries of dismay, probably the only one left in the car with you is the dog, and he isn’t looking too certain either. People simply don’t make big trips without knowing where they’re going—unless God asks them to. And that is precisely what God asked of Abram and his family: “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great” (Gen. 12:1–2 nasb).

God gave them some very important information, but He did not hand them a road map. Why? He wanted them to trust Him for the journey. Abram did not know where they were headed, but he knew their future was blessed, more than he could conceive.

Are you letting God take you in His direction, or are you still insisting on a travel plan?

Lord, take me in Your direction. Help me learn to walk by faith. I know my future will be blessed, more than I can imagine. No travel plan is necessary for my journey—I need only You as my Guide.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why do so many atheist historians think that 1 Corinthians 15 is reliable history?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Investigation in progress Investigation in progress

Which passage of the Bible is the favorite of Christians who like to defend the Christian worldview? I don’t mean which one is most inspirational… I mean “which one is the most useful for winning arguments?” Well, when it comes to the historical Jesus, the most important passage has to be 1 Corinthians 15:3-7.

The tradition in 1 Corinthians 15 is an early creed that was received from the eyewitnesses Peter and John when Paul visited them several times in Jerusalem, as documented in Galatians 1 and 2, where Paul meets the eyewitnesses. And of course, Paul records his own eyewitness experience, documented in 1 Cor 15:8.

So, is this passage accepted as historically reliable by all ancient historians? Or only by the Bible-believing ones?

Here’s something posted by Dr. William Lane Craig about the 1 Corinthians 15 passage:

The evidence that Paul is not writing in…

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There’s such a thing as fake [Christian] news

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Introduction

We hear a lot these days from our President about ‘fake news.’ Wikipedia defines this new term fake news as,

Fake news or junk news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media

I’m sure you’ve all seen examples of this. Fake news is news that the mainstream media publishes which turns out to have been twisted or are simply untrue.

Well, there’s fake news in the Christian world too. Sometimes it happens due to ignorance. Not that the person passing it on is an ignorant person, but is perhaps ignorant of the scriptures. Sometimes it happens because someone is lazy and doesn’t dig, research, or think it through. Sometimes it’s carelessness. We see examples of the carelessness aspect via Jess Pickowitz’s eye-opening examples in her series…

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ERLC-Backed Evangelical Group Secretly Supports Expansion of Gay Rights — Pulpit & Pen

Russell Moore with the National Association of Evangelicals, and organization that just supported an expansion of LGBTQ “rights” in the name of religious liberty.

In the name of preserving their “religious freedom,” two prominent evangelical groups have adopted rules capitulating on the issue of sodomy in order to not face possible negative consequences in the future. Agreeing not to act on their convictions toward the LGBTQ, the organizations hope to be allowed to still have their convictions quietly.

One wonders what the point of religious freedom is when you surrender your liberty of consicence at the first sign of hardship.

Acting quietly, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) have formally endorsed principles that would add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to federal nondiscrimination law. One of these groups, the NAE, is heavily endorsed by Russell Moore and partners with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Shirley Mullen, the president of Houghton College and a board member of both the CCCU and NAE, said, “As Christian higher educators, we are increasingly persuaded that the most viable political strategy is for comprehensive religious freedom protections to be combined with explicit support for basic human rights for members of the LGBT community.”

Political strategy.

And all of God’s people said…barf.

Of course, neither the CCCU nor the NAE havein any way denied “basic human rights for members of the LGBT community.” No homosexual has been denied human rights by these organizations. Mullen and others representing the two boards are trying to make it seem that they’re just affirming broad human rights, but in fact they are capitulating on the sinfulness of sodomy. This is, in part, responsible for both groups keeping their decision to make LGBT-affirming statements quiet.

World Mag obtained the document agreed upon by the two organizations entitled, Fairness for All Motion. The document repudiates “unjust discrimination” towards those practicing sexual deviancy.

What is “unjust discrimination,” you might ask? Surely, that’s a loaded term, especially in a document designed to be waved like a white flag of surrender. The document goes on to explain, “These rights include basic legal and human rights related to housing, credit, jury duty and employment…

This means that Christian homeowners would have to rent homes to Sodomites and Christian-owned businesses could not decline to hire a sodomite or crossdressser on the grounds that they’re sinful or gross. So in the name of “religious liberty,” the CCCU and NAE are surrendering their religious liberty to discriminate (yes, discriminating for religious reasons is a First Amendment right) wholesale.

With liberty like that, who needs slavery?

The document is candid about its purpose. It’s trading LGBT inclusion for religious liberty like 30 pieces of silver. The document says…

“This proposed legislation seeks to secure basic human rights for the LGBT community at the national level in exchange for strong and perpetual protections for religious freedom.”

Judas Priests, they are.

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is highly endorsed by Russell Moore and partners with the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

You can see Russell Moore’s endorsement of NAE here and view it below.

Moore writes, “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.”

The Fairness for All Motion is the epitome of everything wrong with today’s spineless, feckless, traitorous evangelicals. Born without courage and void of intestinal fortitude, these evanjellyfish have just offered to surrender our conscience for the right to have one.

They have surrendered their right to act upon their conviction for the right to simply statetheir conviction. Ultimately, that’s really no religious freedom at all.

For why we should never surrender our convictions in the name of “religious liberty,” listen to JD Hall’s sermon at 2015 Reformation Montana below. In the sermon, he spoke of Russell Moore and the ERLC’s allies who would ultimately give up their convictions in the name of liberty.

Listen here.

ERLC-Backed Evangelical Group Secretly Supports Expansion of Gay Rights — Pulpit & Pen

Trump Spats With Pope Over Immigration and Utterly Smacks Him Down — Pulpit & Pen

The President of the United States is feuding with the Bishop of Rome, and Trump just had a ‘drop the mic’ moment with the pontiff.

On one side of this dispute is Donald J. Trump, who took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. On the other side is Pope Francis, a Brazilian Jesuit who was thoroughly indoctrinated by South American liberation theologians. Trump wants to protect America, and the Pope wants to unite the world globally under the banner of Rome.

The men with two different missions locked horns yesterday as Trump gave a scathing rebuke of Pope Francis’ constant chastisement of United States immigration policy, which is among the most charitable in the world. The U.S. takes in more than 1.2 million immigrants a year, which is among the highest in the world. Nearly 13.5 percent of those inside America’s borders were born outside America, a demographic and stastistical limit to be able to maintain American cultural unity.

In spite of American generosity, Pope Francis has been constantly dinging Trump in speeches across the world, primarily centered on Trump’s insistence to do his job by enforcing already-existent immigration law and building a border wall that was already approved by Congress.

On Thursday, Donald Trump had enough of the Pope’s undermining of American sovereignty. At a cabinet meeting, Trump told the media that the Vatican and the Pope himself proves that American immigration policy – and the border wall – are moral.

When they say the wall’s immoral, well then you got to do something about the Vatican, because the Vatican has the biggest wall of them all.

Trump continued, “Look at all of the countries that have walls, and they work 100 percent. It’s never going to change. A wall is a wall.

This isn’t the first time the two figures have tangled over the issue of American sovereignty versus globalism. In 2016, Pope Francis said that building “walls rather than bridges” wasn’t Christian. Trump responded by saying that if the Vatican walls were scaled by ISIS the Pope would be thankful he were president.

President Trump is factually correct. The Vatican has one of the most impressive border walls in the world.

The impressive border wall at the Vatican may be the tallest border wall in the world, much larger than the Great Wall of China.

The walls were built in the 9th century, commissioned by Pope Leo IV, ostensibly to protect the Vatican from people intent on plundering the city. Other Popes increased the height of the walls in the 14th and 15th century and mutltiple times throughout its history the Vatican has also closed the gates. In other words, the Vatican not only protected its borders from unlawful entry, it has closed the ports of lawful entry – something not even proposed by President Trump.

The Pope has thus far ignored Trump’s recent comments. He is in the Vatican, behind its walls, currently dealing with the massive Roman Catholic sex abuse scandalsthroughout the world.

In the meantime, President Trump should point out that the Pope isn’t the only religious leader with a border wall. Christ Jesus also has one in Heaven.

[The Holy City] had a great, high wall, with twelve gates…Revelation 21:10

Trump Spats With Pope Over Immigration and Utterly Smacks Him Down — Pulpit & Pen

Shepherds Gone Astray — Paul Tautges

The book of Jeremiah is essentially a long essay on apostasy. What is of particular interest is its evidence of the incredible power of leaders to influence people for good or for ill. The prophet begins with a pathetic description of the state of spiritual leadership in Judah: “The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and walked after things that did not profit” (2:8). What a tragedy! The very men who were supposed to lead the people to God did not even know God. As a result, “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule on their own authority; and My people love it so!” (5:30–31). Leaders ruled independently of God because they had already rejected the authority of His Word: “Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them; they have no delight in it” (6:10). The more the shepherds neglected the ministry of the Word of God and did ministry their own way, being “greedy for gain” (6:13), the more they offered God’s people false forms of healing. “And they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace” (6:14). And naïve sheep loved it! But God did not.

Instead, God’s tender love for His flock moved Him to grieve over this neglect. And so it is today. When God’s sheep are “healed” superficially with theories that do not originate in His Word, psychological “felt needs” are stroked by preaching that only affirms, and emotional problems are “treated” by therapeutic counseling, people’s outward symptoms may be nursed while the core problem of the heart is often ignored. As a result, the people of God are given false hope which ultimately leads to disaster. “Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their plans, because they have not listened to My words” (6:19). When God’s shepherds neglect His Word, the flock always suffers. There is no way around it. Unfortunately, the general state of church leadership today is not much better than it was in Jeremiah’s time.

Leadership journal has been a prominent periodical directed toward pastors and church leaders for decades. After studying its shift away from the Word of God as well as devotion to theology, David Wells concludes,

As the journal turns away from the Bible to what it apparently assumes are more fruitful sources of knowledge it is redefining Christian ministry and the pastor who accepts its point of view. In the study, the evangelical pastor is now the C.E.O.; in the pulpit, the pastor is a psychologist whose task it is to engineer good relations and warm feelings.

Fifteen years later, in another book, The Courage to Be Protestant, Wells indicates that “the lay of the evangelical land” has not improved, but in fact has worsened, giving way to a new kind of leadership among pastors.

Gone is the older model of the scholar-saint, one who was as comfortable with books and learning as with the aches of the soul. This was the shepherd who knew the flock, knew how to tend it, and Sunday by Sunday took that flock into the treasures of God’s Word. This has changed. In its place is the new “celebrity” style. What we typically see now, Nancy Pearcey suggests, is the leader who works by manipulating the feelings of the audience, enhancing his own image with personal anecdotes, modeling himself after the CEO, and adopting a domineering management style. He (usually) is completely results-oriented, pragmatic, happy to employ any technique from the secular world that will produce the desired results.

In other words, the very nature of the pastorate is being intentionally overhauled and the “new” worldly paradigm does not look much different from that which God condemned in the Old Testament.

Shepherds Gone Astray — Paul Tautges