Daily Archives: January 22, 2019

January 22 Trusting God

Scripture Reading: Genesis 39

Key Verse: Genesis 39:23

The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

People who have spent time in prison talk about the mind-numbing effects of incarceration. Days slide into days, months into months, and an inmate’s perception of time and reality may become stunted. It is easy to lose motivation or the will to live without hope, a goal, something to work toward.

Such was not the case with Joseph. If ever anyone had a reason to be bitter, it was Joseph. He did not even deserve to be in jail. Joseph could have allowed his frustration to deepen into resentment and then taken it out on his fellow prisoners and the guards. He could have made life miserable. Instead, Joseph chose to trust God:

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. And the chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper. (Gen. 39:21–23 nasb)

Joseph understood that God’s plans for him extended beyond the negatives of the here and now; in faith he could look past the present pain, and as a result, God turned his circumstances into a beautiful testimony of His love and provision.

I trust You, Master! By faith, I look beyond the past and present into the tremendous future You have planned for me. Turn my negative circumstances into a testimony of Your love and provision.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Gospel Coalition, Gay Priest, Suggests Churches Should Help Singles Adopt Children — Reformation Charlotte

There is no doubt that the downgrade in evangelicalism is sweeping at an alarming rate. The Gospel Coalition is basically the epicenter of what many would think is the more conservative side of the Christendom equation–but it’s not conservative at all.

The Gospel Coalition has been relentlessly promoting a man–a gay Anglican priest–who advocates for same-sex relationships to be accepted by the church so long as they fall short of bodily penetration. At a recent ERLC conference, this same man–Sam Allberry–advocated for the destruction of the nuclear family in favor of a broader church family, even suggesting that parents should share their kids with unmarried homosexuals in their churches so they “won’t feel lonely.”

Now, let’s put this together. You have a gay priest who feels lonely and wants to babysit other people’s kids who is now advocating for churches to allow singles to adopt kids because the nuclear family isn’t really as important as your church family.

Let that sink in.

God’s design for family is not single-parenthood, but now, The Gospel Coalition has taken this a step further putting out a video of Allberry calling on churches not only to accept, but help their “single members” who are “in a position to adopt” to do so. Let’s be clear, singles–gay or straight–are not in a position to adopt. Children need fathers and mothers. Further, if a single person has the desire to adopt children, but no desire to marry, this person should be looked at with a serious amount of suspicion anyways.

In the video, Sam Allberry suggests that children don’t necessarily need a mother and a father as long as they have their “real family,” the church. This vile reinterpretation and redefinition of family being ferociously shoved down the throats of believers is far more than unbiblical–it’s down right sickening.

Look at the video below.

via The Gospel Coalition, Gay Priest, Suggests Churches Should Help Singles Adopt Children — Reformation Charlotte

Should You Be Outraged? A Handy Flowchart — The Babylon Bee

With so many different current events competing for your time, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s worth being outraged about. That’s why we here at The Babylon Bee have created the above flowchart: so you can carefully examine whether a current event is worth getting all worked up over. Study it hard, tattoo it on yourself, and go forth to be outraged about literally everything, just like Jesus taught!

via Should You Be Outraged? A Handy Flowchart — The Babylon Bee

Media Outlets Unleash 3 Major Anti-Christian Blunders in Just 7 Days — Faithwire

It has not been a good week for the mainstream media. President Trump often refers to media as “fake news” and they’ve certainly been doing a good job in recent days of helping make that claim credible.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw pointed out earlier today that there have been four major blunders this week alone:

As Crenshaw observes, the shared common thread among the stories is that they are anti-Christian nature.

The reporting missteps include the speculative Buzzfeed story that has been publicly refuted in a rare statement from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

In a telling stat, the Women’s March received 15 times more media coverage than The March for Life, despite massive crowds and appearances from Ben Shapiro and Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.

The smear of the Covington Catholic high school boys took on a life of its own after they were initially accused of taunting and jeering and intimidating a Native American protester who was drumming. After the full video surfaced, that narrative began to fall apart and many apologies have since been issued by reporters and organizations alike. Some, however, are continuing to double down on the false narrative, with the New York Daily News embarrassing themselves by posting a picture of a ‘blackout’ basketball game. Shockingly, many media outlets are continuing with the false storyline, despite the original being debunked.

And, last but not least we have the attack on Karen Pence for going to work at a Christian school that holds standard Christian beliefs. This caused a bizarre media outburst, where they essentially declared publicly their disdain for Christianity, more than anything else.

Faithwire’s Will Maule and I responded to these poor examples of journalism and called for reporters and readers alike to be mindful of a few things before writing and before sharing stories out to the world. Just some handy tips on how NOT to be fake news – given the state of media today.

The growing list of fake news incidents is concerning enough, but the fact that more of them are directed at Christians and Christianity itself are increasingly disturbing.

We shouldn’t be surprised, as Christians, to find ourselves at the center of societies scorn. After all, Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). Being persecuted is not the challenging part as a Christian, however. The real difficulty comes in how we are to respond in the face of persecution.

Should be combative and raise a fist? What does the Bible say we should do?

We are to “Bless those who persecute you” (Rom. 12:14) and “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27–28).

Certainly not easy, as our hearts are prone to make us seek the upper hand or win the argument. But the Bible teaches us differently.

Here’s a great bit of wisdom from John MacArthur:

Ultimately, there is no better way to bless those who persecute us than by showing them the truth of the gospel. As a matter of fact, that is the only appropriate way to respond when suffering for Christ’s sake (1 Peter 2:21–23).

Everything proud and fleshly in us screams against such a strategy. But here’s a reminder: it is a token of divine blessing and a cause for rejoicing when God counts us worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake (Acts 5:41). To suffer on His account, Christ taught, is the very pinnacle of blessing (Matt. 5:10–11). Moreover, Scripture says it is inevitable that believers who truly seek to be faithful will suffer at the hands of those who hate Christ (John 15:18–20).

So, do not be shocked or fearful of the increased media attacks on Christians. Expect it, because the world despises Christians just as the world despised Jesus. And respond how Jesus wants us to respond – in a way that will cause people to wonder why we are filled with such peace, hope and confidence. In short, in a way that glorifies Him.

via Media Outlets Unleash 3 Major Anti-Christian Blunders in Just 7 Days — Faithwire

The Lake of Fire: What’s It Like, Who Goes There, and Why? — Banner of Truth USA

‘And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.’
–Revelation 20:15

Can there be any more sobering reality than what we read in the verse noted above? And should you not, my dear friend, contemplate your own eternal existence after your earthly demise? Read this with fear and trembling. I write without the slightest equivocation. If you die without being a Christian, without being born again through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, if you never gain the life of God in your soul, then upon your death your soul will immediately go to hell, a place of conscious, eternal torment, where the fire is never quenched and the worm never dies. As bad as hell is, however, you would give everything you have, to stay there in hell for a million years.

Why? Because those now in hell know what you will know when you transition to there. They fear more than anything ‘that day’. And what is ‘that day’? It is the great white throne judgement, because there, on the day of Christ’s return, all the dead, unsaved sinners who have ever lived, great and small, will stand before God and give account of the deeds they have done, according to the things written in the book. Know this too, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a two-edged sword. Paul says that because Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, he is the first fruits of those who are asleep (1 Corinthians 15:20). Paul wonderfully and vividly lays out the case for glorified bodies for the saints. At the last trumpet, the dead will be raised imperishable. However, the reuniting of body and soul on the new earth for believers is also true of unbelievers at the great white throne judgement. Daniel says, ‘Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life; but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt,’ (Daniel 12:2). Jesus tells us not to fear man who can kill the body. Rather we are to fear God who can destroy both the body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28). And the parable of the rich man in hell makes clear that he possessed a body. He was asking Lazarus to place a drop of water on his tongue to quench his thirst (Luke 16:24). It is one thing to suffer in one’s own soul in hell, it is quite another to suffer in body and soul in the final judgement.

So, if you are a hell-bound sinner, why should you fear the great white throne of judgement more than hell itself? Because you, and every other unbeliever, will stand, body and soul, before King Jesus to witness the charges against you and them. As you stand, by yourself, before the thrice Holy God, the jealous and avenging God, who will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, your thoughts will be judged (Romans 2:16). Jesus will summon every thought you ever had — your lusts, anger, bitterness, bigotry, jealousy, envy — and place them alongside his holy law. You will be speechless (Romans 3:19). You will have no defense. You are doomed and you know it. Then your words will be summoned, because Jesus said that every careless word will be judged (Matthew 12:36). All those harsh, foul, sensual, vile, blasphemous, lying, manipulating, degrading words you spoke throughout your life will be placed alongside the purity of the One with whom we all must give an account. No defense there either. Finally, your every action will be judged (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12; Matthew 16:27). All of the millions of times you disobeyed God, in what we might call small or large ways, will be evaluated in light of his perfect law. Every jealous, selfish, licentious, sensual, idolatrous act you ever did, will be judged by the One whose eyes are a flaming fire, whose feet are like bronze made to glow in a furnace. Not only your sins of commission, but perhaps even more dreadfully, your sins of omission will be judged. You will remember the times you passed by a needy man on the street and did nothing to help him. You will remember the multitudinous times you neglected to care for your spouse, children, parents, or close friends. You will remember the times you hated instead of loved your enemy. You will also be unable to make a defense before God for your actions.

With all of this evidence now displayed before you and the Holy One, you will hear those words you knew were coming but have dreaded the entire time you were in hell, the most awful words which could ever be uttered, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed one, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels,’ (Matthew 25:41). And as you are being led from the great white throne of God to be cast into the lake of fire, you will know for certain, without the slightest equivocation, that you are receiving the exact judgement you deserve.

The lake of fire is the second death. Many have noted that those who are born once, will die twice; and those who are born twice will die once. And what will you do in the lake of fire? Presumably the same thing you have been doing in hell from the moment you arrived there, but now, due to the union of body and soul, the pain, horror, and awareness will be infinitely magnified. As in hell, there will be weeping or wailing along with the gnashing of teeth. I have heard the anguish and grief of unmitigated wailing coming from one who has suddenly lost a child or a spouse. Perhaps you have also. It is terrible. The wailing in the lake of fire will be infinitely worse. Every sense will be heightened there. Though you are alone in darkness, you nonetheless will hear the hopeless wailing of the damned. With your eyes which on earth looked at pornography or read blasphemous books denying the Christ whom you have always hated, you will look on untold, unimaginable horror. With your ears which listened to wicked jokes and took in perverse, godless, licentious ideas, you will now hear the cries of the condemned. They beg for mercy but there is none forthcoming. With your mouth, which uttered blasphemous, vile, crude, demeaning speech, you will curse God and his servants with loud voices of contempt, hatred, and sorrow. With your hands, which were engaged in all manner of creative sinning, building kingdoms for yourself which you used to oppress other people, they will now reach up to heaven, begging for a touch from the God whom you rejected, but there is no reciprocation from the Holy One. Your feet, which were swift to run to the shedding of innocent blood and to take you to places of sensual delight and debauchery, will then seek to run for refuge, but they will be like feet stuck in cement. There is no deliverance from judgement. There is no hope. You are lost in a most dreadful judgement. There is no mercy in the lake of fire.

Do you think this is over the top? My friend, I am so completely limited in my ability to communicate to you the horrors of hell and the lake of fire. It is infinitely worse than I am able to portray to you.

You will have no second chance after you die. You must come to Jesus in this life or you will not come at all. And can you be so sure that you will live past today? Don’t you know people who one day seemed to be in picture perfect health, and the next day were dead! The devil’s great ploy is to tell you that you have plenty of time to get religion. ‘Don’t worry,’ he says, ‘about that now. Live it up, then maybe when you are old and tired and have nothing better to do, you can become a Christian.’ But if you persist as you are, then surely you will die in your sins, be cast into hell, and eventually end up in the lake of fire. Then, my friend, what will you do? Paul the Apostle said, ‘Today is the day of salvation.’ Jesus said, ‘Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest.’ He also said, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes on Me has eternal life.’ He said to the thief on the cross who had believed on him, ‘Today you will be with Me in paradise.’ Isaiah says, ‘Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call upon him while he is near.’ If you believe on the Lord Jesus, he promises to forgive all your sins, to give you his righteousness and holiness, to hear your prayers, and to take you to heaven when you die. Where else can you go for relief from sin, hell, and the second death? Why die in your sins? There is no need. Run to Jesus! He is ready and willing to save you right now.

And if Jesus has saved you, why not bow reverently this very moment and thank him for saving your soul and delivering you from hell fire? It matters not one bit your lot in life, your financial or professional status or accomplishments. Rejoice, my friend, that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

via The Lake of Fire: What’s It Like, Who Goes There, and Why? — Banner of Truth USA

In Chicago, Harvest Admits “Shortcomings” Concerning Firing Naples Pastor, but in Naples the Silence “is Deafening” — Julie Roys

This weekend, the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) announced to the church’s Chicago-area campuses that the elders were owning their “failures” and getting “low before the Lord” to understand and address those failures (see video below). Among their failures, they admitted “shortcomings in the decision-making process of the Elder Board and Church Leadership” concerning the “termination” Friday of John Secrest, founding pastor of Harvest’s Naples Campus. (They admitted similar shortcomings concerning the recent lawsuit and dissolution of Harvest Bible Chapel.) Yet at the Naples campus, where Secrest’s firing arguably had the greatest impact, those in attendance said no such announcement was made.

According to Heather Mahoney,* who attended the 9:00 a.m. service in Naples, Elder Fred Ananias simply told the congregation that it had been a tough week and that there was a bit of a crisis. She said Ananias added that if anyone had any questions, they could talk to him or Elder Scott Stonebreaker, but that the service was not the right time or place for those questions. Carolyn Housewert, who also attended the 9:00 a.m. service, said that’s what she heard, as well. Housewert said she and her husband began attending Harvest Naples shortly after Christmas and only very recently learned of any issues concerning Harvest and James MacDonald.

I reached out to both elders and Harvest asking for an explanation as to why the Naples congregation didn’t hear the same elder statement that was read in the Chicago area. To date, I have not received a response.

Debra Szemplinski, a former member of HBC in Elgin, IL, felt so strongly that people in Naples needed to be informed about recent events that she flew to Naples this weekend from her home in Illinois. Szemplinski was putting copies of my article about Secrest’s firing on the windshields of cars in the church lot when two security men approached her and asked her to leave. She said as she was leaving, she asked one of the men if he knew about Secrest’s firing. She said the man replied that Secrest hadn’t been fired, but had resigned. She said the man then took pictures of her and her license plate, so Szemplinski took a picture of him (below):

I’m writing more about the situation at HBC Naples in an upcoming article for WORLD Magazine. I spent Sunday and Monday in Naples, but unfortunately got stuck in Atlanta the night before due to issues with a connecting flight and arrived after services had ended. I got some great interviews in Naples, though, and had a sweet time with John Secrest and his wife Jessica.

To date, Secrest said he hasn’t heard anything from Harvest since he was fired other than an email from Human Resources. I connected with the Secrests in the late afternoon on Sunday. When I asked the couple if they had heard the announcement the elders gave in the Chicago area, he said no, so I played a recording for him that I had on my phone.

Below is video of the elder announcement read from the stage in Rolling Meadows by elder Dan George:

Today, Secrest sent an email to the Naples church family, expressing gratitude for the encouragement he’s received and pledging to not abandon them. He added that “there may come a time soon when we can gather to pray, to talk, and to clarify any questions and confusion.” Below is the full email:

Dear Harvest Naples Church Family,

Shortly after my last email to you on Friday 1/18/2019, I was fired by the elder board of Harvest Bible Chapel.  These have been days of grief and mourning, but also days of listening and reflection and prayer.  Many of you have reached out with words of encouragement for which I am grateful.

I had hoped there could be some clarity given to you regarding these circumstances on Sunday.  But the silence from church leaders has left many confused.  I want you to know that I am available to you and there may come a time soon when we can gather to pray, to talk, and to clarify any questions and confusion. I am not abandoning you. I have not spoken out thus far because I have not wanted to make things worse, but the silence itself is deafening.

Please be in earnest prayer today and in the coming days, calling on the Lord to bring peace and healing, repentance and reconciliation for His glory.  Let us be together on our knees praying for unity.

I am praying with you and for you.

Pastor John

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

*Mahoney is a former longtime member of Harvest in Chicago, and the mother of Ryan Mahoney, one of the authors of The Elephant’s Debt. She and her husband happened to be vacationing in Naples this weekend, and due to the current crisis, decided to attend the service.

via In Chicago, Harvest Admits “Shortcomings” Concerning Firing Naples Pastor, but in Naples the Silence “is Deafening” — Julie Roys

January 22 Enjoying God

Scripture reading: Jeremiah 32:39–41

Key verse: Deuteronomy 30:9

The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers.

The Shorter Catechism encapsulates the Christian’s purpose in this terse statement: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

Most committed followers of Christ passionately seek to honor Him. Fewer, however, really know how to enjoy God. Perhaps this is due in part to the misunderstanding of how God feels about you. He takes great pleasure in you.

John Piper writes in The Pleasure of God: “God is rejoicing over my good with all His heart and with all His soul. He virtually breaks forth into song when He hits upon a new way to do me good.”

Piper continues:

But the promise is greater yet. Not only does God promise not to run away from doing good to us, He says, “I will rejoice in doing them good” (Jeremiah 32:41). “The Lord will again take delight in prospering you” (Deuteronomy 30:9). There is a kind of eagerness about the beneficence of God. He does not wait for us to come to Him. He seeks us out, because it is His pleasure to do us good.

God is not waiting for us, He is pursuing us … I have never forgotten how a great teacher once explained it to me. He said God is like a highway patrolman pursuing you down the interstate with lights flashing and siren blaring to get you to stop—not to give you a ticket, but to give you a message so good it couldn’t wait till you get home.

Set me free to enjoy You, dear Lord. Thank You for Your goodness and the blessings You bestow upon me each day.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump Told Sarah Sanders “Not To Bother” With Press Briefings Anymore

In a week that has been defined by blunders committed by the “Fake News” media, President Trump is taking his bashing of the American press to a whole new level.

Following an earlier tweet where he condemned the mainstream media outlets for bashing a teenager at a Catholic high school in Kentucky who was accused of harassing a Native American activist after video footage of the encounter was taken wildly out of context, Trump revealed that he told Press Secretary Sarah Sanders “not to bother” with press conferences because of the unfair and “rude” media coverage she receives.

Since almost the beginning of the Trump Administration, the mainstream press has consistently griped that the supposedly “daily” White House press briefings now only happen once in a blue moon. According to an analysis by Quartz, which cited data from the American Presidency Project, in 2018, Sanders “held drastically fewer briefings than her peers, allowed relatively few questions, and engaged in many contentious exchanges.”

Compared with her 13 most recent predecessors (including Sean Spicer), Sanders holds far fewer briefings per month, averaging only 11.5 during her tenure as of September. However, that number is expected to plummet because Sanders has held only 3 briefings since September. And while Trump himself has regularly held press briefings independently of Sanders, he is also holding fewer than most of his recent peers (though he is tied with Obama at 21).

Given the direction that coverage of the Trump administration has been trending, we wouldn’t be surprised to see that number fall even further.

Source: Trump Told Sarah Sanders “Not To Bother” With Press Briefings Anymore

SCOTUS Upholds Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

“I felt a great disturbance in the farce, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

In a decision that is bound to ‘trigger’ millions across America (while the majority go about their days giving exactly zero f*cks), the U.S. Supreme Court cleared President Donald Trump’s administration to start barring most transgender people from serving in the armed forces.

As Bloomberg reports, transgender troops have been serving openly since June 2016, when President Barack Obama’s administration began lifting a longstanding prohibition. Opponents of the ban say reinstating it would violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

“This case is about whether men and women who want to serve in the United States Armed Forces to protect their country and who are able and otherwise qualified to do so should be barred from military service because they are transgender,” according to court filings on behalf of current and prospective military members.

The justices, voting 5-4, put on hold lower court decisions that had blocked the administration’s planned ban from taking effect. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.

The administration’s policy is less absolute than Trump’s original tweet suggested. It lets people continue to serve if they began transitioning their gender in reliance on the Obama policy. But it would bar anyone from starting gender transition while in the armed forces. And the policy would block people from joining the military if they have already transitioned.

Source: SCOTUS Upholds Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Lady Gaga’s attack on Mike and Karen Pence’s Christian faith is ‘misguided’, says Franklin Graham

Lady Gaga has attacked the faith of Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, calling it the ‘worst representation of what it means to be a Christian’.

Source: Lady Gaga’s attack on Mike and Karen Pence’s Christian faith is ‘misguided’, says Franklin Graham

Covington MAGA Kids To Meet With Trump; Families Plan To Sue After MSM Witch Hunt Results In Death Threats

According to Fox News‘ Laura Ingraham, President Trump will meet with the Covington Catholic students at the center of a viral encounter with a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (who has lied about the incident), after the left was whipped into a bigoted frenzy over the image of a grinning student Nick Sandmann standing his ground while the tribal elder pounded away at his drum.

Liberals seized on the short clip to condemn the Trump-supporting students, only to backpedal furiously after footage of the entire incident exonerated the kids.

Trump weighed in on the encounter on Tuesday, tweeting: “Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”

Following the left’s shameful knee-jerk reaction to the incident, several Covington Catholic High School families plan to sue media outlets which participated in a mob-rule campaign against the students – which resulted in doxing and death threats, according to PJ Media.

Los Angeles attorney Robert Barnes offered to represent the Covington kids for free in a Sunday tweet, and told PJ Media that he was working with families to sue media outlets which smeared the Trump-supporting teens.

Barnes told PJ Media that he was working with the families to sue the media outlets that defamed them.

He said that “anyone who doesn’t correct and retract” their false smears would be subject to a lawsuit and that updated stories merely indicating “a more complex picture has emerged” would not necessarily be enough.

When asked if such stories would count as a retraction, he replied that it “depends.” –PJ Media

Barnes, who has more than 42,000 followers on Twitter, applauded to those who have “confessed” to their rush to judgement – while implying that things won’t turn out so well for people like CNN‘s Ana Navarro – who still hasn’t deleted her tweet falsely claiming the Native-American man, Nathan Phillips, was “taunted by racist MAGA-hat wearing teens.”

The Los Angeles-based trial attorney retweeted entrepreneur and pundit Jeff Giesea, who initially jumped on the anti-Covington bandwagon only to immediately retract after watching the extended video exonerating the MAGA kids.

Barnes has given media figures plenty of warning, and has amplified others calling people out for their hasty reactions…

Meanwhile, several campaigns have been launched to assist Covington families and document the witch hunt against the Trump-supporting students.

Covington High School, meanwhile, announced in a Tuesday letter sent to parents, students and staff that they would remain closed Tuesday due to safety concerns.

The announcement by Covington High School Principal Robert Rowe was made in a letter sent to parents, students and staff. Students from the Catholic school are said to be facing death threats – and have been widely maligned and vilified online – after a video clip emerged Saturday that gave some commenters an inaccurate impression that the teens were harassing a Native American man, Nathan Phillips, following the pro-life demonstration. –Fox News

“After meeting with local authorities, we have made the decision to cancel school and be closed on Tuesday, January 22, in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Principal Rowe. “All activities on campus will be canceled for the entire day and evening.  Students, parents, faculty and staff are not to be on campus for any reason.”

A basketball game between Covington and Campbell County was also canceled Tuesday.

Source: Covington MAGA Kids To Meet With Trump; Families Plan To Sue After MSM Witch Hunt Results In Death Threats

HE LIED: Native American Activist Nathan Phillips Never Served in Vietnam — But Raised Money By Saying He Did — The Gateway Pundit

The Washington Post has had to issue yet another retraction after falsely claiming that far-left Native American activist Nathan Phillips served in the Vietnam War. He didn’t — but this lie was previously used to help raise money for a documentary about his life.

On Monday, the Washington Post quietly issued a correction to their story about the activist, saying that while he served in the Marines, he was never deployed to Vietnam.

“Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam,” the correction reads.

This wasn’t the first time that Phillips has misrepresented his service.

In 2012, over $6,000 was raised for a documentary about his life in which he claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.

In a video about the documentary, director Maria Stanisheva explained that her documentary was about Phillips’ belief that he could pray cancer away from his wife.

Stanisheva explained in the footage that Phillips had been sent to a Catholic boarding school at the age of five. From the sound of it, he resents the experience.

“Nathan’s past is a difficult one. He was forced out of his family at the age of five to be integrated into a Catholic school — like so many ther Native Americans — not being allowed to see his family for ten years,” Stanisheva stated.

Stanisheva goes on to say that “he was then a Marine in Vietnam — and right after that he became an alcoholic for 20 years.”

Countless media outlets and reporters used this false claim about his service in an attempt to shame those who questioned his antics when he confronted the students in Washington, DC.

Another day — another fake news media lie.

via HE LIED: Native American Activist Nathan Phillips Never Served in Vietnam — But Raised Money By Saying He Did — The Gateway Pundit

Why is Christianity So Close-Minded and Exclusive? — Christian Research Network

How could a good God let so many good people perish? The idea of Jesus being the only way sounds very offensive to some people. Won’t God accept someone who is sincerely trying to do good to others, even if he never hears about Jesus Christ or refuses to believe in him? Won’t God understand and be sympathetic?

(Nicholas Davis – Core Christianity) According to the recent study, “The State of Theology” by Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research, 46 percent of self-identified evangelicals in America believe that “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” So the question, “Does a person really have to go through Jesus to get into heaven?” is clearly a divisive one within evangelical Christianity today. Some might wonder, “Why is Christianity so exclusive?” This is a good question, but there is an even better question to ask.

Why is Christianity so inclusive? If we pause for a brief moment, it is shocking to hear the good news that the gospel of grace brings: God tells us that he doesn’t justify the godly. (Well that’s good to know, at least I qualify now!) God actually justifies the ungodly (Rom. 4:5). In other words, God includes the “despicable me’s” of this world, and he decides to call them acceptable—they are counted as righteous instead of wicked in his sight.

That’s a pretty inclusive message! God in Jesus Christ reached out to the sinners, prostitutes, and tax collectors—society’s greatest misfits and outcasts—and he was personally associated with their kind. He was even labeled among them as a “drunkard” (Luke 7:34).

That God would save anyone is itself a marvel. But that God would save the dirty, rotten, neglected, marginalized, hated, and scorned is a true mystery. Personally, I’m grateful for his decision to save those who are undeserving. With Paul I can easily say, “Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Tim. 1:15). View article →

via Why is Christianity So Close-Minded and Exclusive? — Christian Research Network

Cortez: “We’re Like the World is Going to End in 12 Years!”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

And I’m like: “Take a crash course in public speaking – after your inauguration.” (Cortez wrote that she was to be inaugurated  in January)

You can’t make this stuff up!

The World is Ending in 12 Years Comment

Brethren, this comment was taken right out of the United Nations playbook, but again, Cortez got it wrong.  The Sustainable Development Goals are projected (by the UN) to be fulfilled by 2030. They warn that “Climate Change” will destroy our planet by that year if regulations are not implemented in every country.

I’m like “That would be 11 years, Ms. Cortez.”  Evidently your math ranks right up there with your public speaking. Okay, I know that was nasty, but if a person runs for office in the United States of America – they should be able to speak to the people; at least somewhat articulately; and do simple math.

George Soros has…

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Increasingly Secular Nation Replaces Outdated Religious Ideas With End Times Prophecies, Moral Judgments — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—The increasingly secular nation has replaced its outdated religious ideas with more advanced, enlightened ideas, like telling you what behavior is immoral and predicting when the world is going to end.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just predicted that the world will end in 12 years if you do not give the government more power over your life. Leftists across the country agreed this is a big improvement on outlandish religious claims that the world will end and you will be judged for your sin one day soon.

In addition, Lady Gaga pronounced Mike Pence’s Christianity as lacking morality, a claim immediately praised by the same people who agree that morality is relative and that you can’t judge people based on who they are or what they do.

“Having been freed from the shackles of religion, we will now make wild predictions about when the world will end and inform you who is moral and who is not,” atheist small group leader Beorn Mingles said at a Portland coffee shop Tuesday. “Finally, we have cast off the opiate of the masses and instead will just tell you what to believe and how to behave.”

“I’m glad it’s the 21st century,” he added, chuckling, as his small group members arrived, marked-up copies of The God Delusion in tow. “Living under the thumb of religion’s doomsday declarations and moral judgments is so last   millennium.”

via Increasingly Secular Nation Replaces Outdated Religious Ideas With End Times Prophecies, Moral Judgments — The Babylon Bee

Eugenics, I’m Embarrassed to Say, is Alive and Flourishing in Modern America — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

The modern eugenics movement is attributed to Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), a half-cousin of Charles Darwin. Perhaps better known as the Father of Psychological Testing, Galton argued that the human gene pool could be improved, natural selection explicitly facilitated, and the evolution of the human race accelerated, by reducing the number of children born to “below average” humans and increasing the number of children born to “above average” humans.

As a result of his thinking, more than 30 of our states adopted legislation aimed at compulsory sterilization of certain individuals. Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood with the explicit goal of encouraging contraceptive use for poor and immigrant women, hence helping to realize Galton’s goal of improving the human gene pool.

The other means of altering the gene pool, beyond the number of births from parents with differing genes, would be to take active steps to cleanse the human race of existing “inferior” peoples. This, of course, defined the Nazi regime of Hitler, in which he targeted individuals he deemed to be inferior, sometimes on the basis of mental ability, and other times on the basis of his racial and ethnic stereotypes. Indeed, Hitler’s operationalization of eugenics convinced society that such steps were inhumane, unethical, and totally unacceptable. Eugenics had seen its height and would quickly decline. Or so we like to think.

Since the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, more than 60,000,000 babies have been aborted in America. This dwarfs the number of Jews exterminated by Hitler. This dwarfs the number of Soviets murdered by Stalin. Realizing her dream of altering the gene pool of the human race, Margaret Sanger seems to have facilitated her goal, given that these abortions are not evenly distributed across the American population.

The 2010 U.S. Census indicates that 72.4% of residents indicated that their race was “white alone;” 27.6% indicated some minority racial/ethnic status. The distribution of abortions in America, however, are dramatically different. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, summarizing data from 36 states (14 states did not report, did not report by race, or did not meet reporting standards), approximately 50.5% of abortions in the United States in 2014 were obtained by white women, and 49.5% were obtained by women of minority racial or ethnic status. When I crunch these numbers, I learn that minority fetuses are more than two times more likely to be aborted in America than white fetuses. The most vulnerable and oppressed group in America (the unborn) are not being treated with equality. This, by another name, is the practice of eugenics.

As Ian McEwan wrote in The Child in Time, “Children are our greatest resource.” For most people, it is very easy to become a parent; it is very hard to be a parent. The decision to become a parent is a decision to accept the toughest job in America. The decision to abort a baby is a decision to put one’s convenience ahead of another’s life.

I know many Christians who are living out their faith by adopting one or more babies. Many of these adoptions today involve international handicapped children, in large part because American babies are not available, given the practice of abortion.

I regularly hear the accusation that conservative Americans don’t care about the poor, racial equity, or social justice (and certainly, we can do better). Nevertheless, I argue that among the largest oppressed group in America, the unborn, there is no equality in support of minority opportunities for life. There is no social justice when racial and ethnic minorities are being aborted at a rate more than 200% higher than white Americans. The liberal support of abortion is the ultimate evidence of racial and ethnic inequality in America. It is the ultimate denial of social justice. It is time to put eugenics to death.

via Eugenics, I’m Embarrassed to Say, is Alive and Flourishing in Modern America — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

1984: Covington Catholic Teen Persecuted For Committing “FACECRIME” — The Gateway Pundit

We are living in George Orwell’s 1984.

Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandmann was persecuted for standing silently while a far left Native American activist beat a drum in his face.

Sandmann is a teenage boy who showed incredible restraint in the face of being harassed and heckled by black racists who called him a “cracker.”

After being heckled by black racists, a far left Native American activist approached Sandmann, got in his face and loudly beat a drum while chanting.

The left-wing media persecuted Sandmann for his “smirk” or as George Orwell called it “facecrime.”

In Part 1, Chapter 5 of George Orwell’s 1984, citizens are persecuted for having a politically incorrect expression on their face:

“The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.”

H/T: Paul Joseph Watson

via 1984: Covington Catholic Teen Persecuted For Committing “FACECRIME” — The Gateway Pundit

Trusting God and our Gods

Unfathomable Grace

For twenty years, Jacob has been a prodigal son, a fugitive brother, and a desperate sojourner seeking safety and provision in a foreign land. The consequences of his deceitful scheme have been hard for him to bear. For two decades he has been separated from his father, mother, brother, kinsman, and the Land of Promise. However, despite his sin and its consequences, he has not been separated from his Covenant-Keeping God. Despite his bumbling and stumbling, God has blessed him, and now he finds himself with safety, honor, wives, children, servants, and abundant wealth. The Lord has given Jacob far more than his fair share. The Covenant-Keeping God has been faithful and generous to his less-than-faithful son.

Jacob receives revelation and learns it is time for him to head back home. However, because he fears Laban and his sons, he determines to forgo announcing his departure. He waits until Laban and…

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