Daily Archives: January 29, 2019

January 29 Standing in Faith

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6

Key Verse: Hebrews 11:33

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

A plot was afoot. Some political advisers decided it was time to put a negative spin on the efforts of one of the chief officials, to make sure he was put in the bad graces of the executive in chief. Their plan worked. The official’s loyalties were cast into question, and it wasn’t long before he paid the price.

That sounds as if it could be part of a plot for a modern novel, but it’s really a very old story about how Daniel came to be in the lions’ den. Daniel took a stand of obedience by refusing to pray to anyone besides the Lord God, and his decision ran in the face of the new law that demanded worship of King Darius alone for thirty days.

Taking a stand in faith very often entails negative consequences, at least from an earthly perspective. Those who do not honor God as Lord are usually angered by those who do, and radical displays of humble reliance on Him can incense them even more.

If you have ever been the victim of harassment by peers, “friends,” coworkers, or supervisors as a result of sticking by a scriptural conviction, then you understand a little of what Daniel felt. You have probably not experienced retribution this dire in your own life, but the principle is the same. God will turn negative response into something for His glory. God shut the mouths of the lions, and He can silence your detractors as well.

I take my stand, Lord! I honor You as Lord of my life. I rely on You to turn the negative to positive in every area of my life. You plead my cause. I rest my case with You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 30). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Breaking: After Legalizing Infanticide, New York Now Pushing for Assisted Suicide Rights — Reformation Charlotte

In the wake of a horrific bill passed in New York state last week allowing abortions for infants up until birth, and in some cases after birth, a push for doctor-assisted suicide is now being called for by a group in New York.

A group by the name of Compassion and Choices New York held a press conference with several speakers calling for the legalization of this practice and the passage of Assembly Bill 2694, citing that nearly forty percent of doctors agree with this measure.

The bill was introduced on January 25 and a rally was held today in support of it. The bill allows for the prescription of fatal medicines by doctors to patients who want to end their lives and mandates that the prescribing physician discuss all options with the patient before prescribing the medication.

via Breaking: After Legalizing Infanticide, New York Now Pushing for Assisted Suicide Rights — Reformation Charlotte

Why Was Stone Arrested Instead of Being Asked to Surrender? — Gatestone Institute

Judge T.S. Ellis (right), who presided over the first Manafort trial, observed that flipped witnesses sometimes have an inducement not only to “sing” but to “compose” — that is, to embellish. (Image source: Fox News video screenshot)

The reasons given thus far for Roger Stone’s pre-dawn arrest by armed FBI agents are utterly unconvincing. He was not a flight risk, as evidenced by the low bail and easy conditions of release set by the judge without objection from the government. Stone knew he was going to be indicted and if he wanted to flee, he had plenty of time to do so. The same is true of destroying evidence, wiping his electronics or doing anything else that would warrant an arrest rather than a notice to his lawyer to appear in court at a specified time. A search was conducted of various residences pursuant to a search warrant. No arrest was necessary to conduct these searches.

So, if there was no legitimate reason for the arrest and handcuffing of this presumed innocent defendant, what was the illegitimate reason? To paraphrase the indictment against Stone, the illegitimate purpose of the arrest was to intimidate the potential witness — namely Stone — into not invoking his constitutional right to remain silent, rather than to testify as a government witness.

The arrest was nothing more than a show of toughness — a foretaste of what Stone could expect if he did not cooperate with Mueller. Police do this all the time: “Look, we can do this the easy way or the hard way.” The tough arrest with handcuffs and shackles was a demonstration of the hard way.

Prosecutors have enormous power and discretion whether and how to use it. All too often they use it the way Mueller has been using it during this investigation: to pressure witnesses to testify against Trump. As Judge T.S. Ellis, III, who presided over the Manafort trial, observed: “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud — what you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment.”

Judge Ellis also pointed out the dangers of this tactic: “This vernacular to ‘sing’ is what prosecutors use. What you got to be careful of is that they may not only sing, they may compose.”

If Hillary Clinton had been elected president and if a special prosecutor had arrested one of her associates in the rough and demeaning manner by which Stone was arrested, civil libertarians would be up in arms. They would correctly argue that to marshal dozens of armed FBI agents to arrest an elderly man accused of non-violent crimes is an abuse of authority and a waste of FBI resources. They would complain that it constitutes intimidation and violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. But because the arrest is of a Trump associate and the purpose is to get evidence against President Trump, we have not heard from fair-weather civil libertarians who use civil liberties and constitutional rights as tactics to serve their partisan political agendas.

The ACLU has been absolutely silent in regard to the questionable tactics employed by Mueller. They, too, would have been up in arms had these tactics been employed against their favorite candidate and mine, Hillary Clinton. They would have demanded an explanation as to why the extraordinary power of arrest, which is supposed to be reserved only for cases warranting this use of force, was employed in this case. Their silence speaks volumes about their partisanship and lack of neutral standards of civil liberties.

The American public is entitled to an honest explanation of why Stone was arrested. We have not received the truth. Congress should hold a hearing and call as witnesses those who ordered the arrest and demand they explain and justify it. It is unlikely that a plausible and credible explanation will be offered, but Mueller and his FBI agents should at least have an opportunity to set the record straight. Maybe there is a good reason for why the arrest was necessary, but if so, we have not heard it and it is unlikely that the reason involves national security or other secrets. These hearings should lead to legislation setting enforceable standards for when the kind of arrest to which Stone was subjected should be permissible. The power to arrest, using armed FBI agents, handcuffs and shackles must not become a tactic to be used by law enforcement for impermissible reasons. Nor should it become routine. Congress must act to prevent these abuses from recurring.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of The Case against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump, Hot Books, January 2, 2019, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Gatestone Institute.

Source: Why Was Stone Arrested Instead of Being Asked to Surrender?

LGBT+ REBELLION SPREADS IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AMERICA — thirtypiecesofsilverdotorg

ANOTHER PCA CHURCH PROMOTES LGBT+ FLOURISHING AND “QUEER CHRISTIANITY”

by Thomas Littleton

1/28/2019

On Sunday January 27th 2019 the spread of the the controversial Revoice conference movement “promoting LGBT+ flourishing ” in the PCA was confirmed .

Grace Church Seattle  (PCA ) proudly announced it was hosting  Revoice founder Nate Collins and Vice President Stephen Moss in its Sunday service .

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As announced in the church news section (see page 16 ) Grace Seattle planned a 3 day event hosting  the Revoice movement leaders

 

“Revoice Visit
January 25-27th 2019
The weekend of January 25-27th, Nate Collins and Stephen Moss—
two key leaders of Revoice—will be making a trip to Seattle and to
our church specifically. In addition to giving a brief snapshot
of Revoice during worship, Nate and Stephen will take part in a
panel discussion on Sunday during Christian Formation Hour on
Sunday, January 27th. This will be a great opportunity to hear from
them about their vision for how LGBT/Same-Sex Attracted people
can actually flourish in a church like ours. They will also be taking
time to answer some of the many questions I am sure we all have. If
y o u h a v e a n y q u e s t i o n s , p l e a s e c o n t a c t J o h n
john@graceseattle.org.”

Grace church appears to have given the Revoice duo its “Christian Formation ” or Sunday teaching hour and dedicated the entire Sundays focus to Revoice LGBT+ message

“Dear Friends,

We wanted to remind you that in order to allow more space for those attending the Revoice visit during Christian Formation Hour, there will only be one worship service this Sunday, January 27th, at 9:00am.

We hope you will join us at 10:45 am in the sanctuary for Christian Formation Hour to hear from Stephen Moss and Nate Collins!”

We hope to worship with you.

Grace Church Seattle”

https://mailchi.mp/316d8083d69c/reminder-only-one-worship-service-tomorrow-1096361?fbclid=IwAR1pVo4qn2Dy5U-GKaQ2Qurz-mRcQT5nOUD_wDAkvqEB7bfzymv3_WzfpwM

GRACE SEATTLE -THE TIE THAT BINDS THE CHURCH TO REVOICE

Clearly one major issue for PCA members who are not ready to embrace LGBT+ and “Queer Christianity” is the obvious infiltration of their flagship Seminary Covenant in St Louis . This is evident by both the number of Covenant recent graduates in the 2018 Revoice conference and the stealthy responses from it to the controversy to PCA General Assembly inquires .

Also it would appear that the Grace Seattle PCA church bonds with Covenant would be a source of the embrace of Revoice as well  since it’s pastor is a Covenant graduate and a member of the Board of Trustees .

https://www.graceseattle.org/about/staff

“Rev. John HaralsonPastor
John is exceedingly grateful to be in his second decade as a pastor at Grace. An adult convert to Christianity, he loves being part of bringing the gospel to a skeptical and doubting city and seeing a congregation empowered to live faithfully and lovingly in such a context. Prior to coming to Grace, John served in congregations in Manhattan and San Francisco.Pastoral ministry is a second career for John. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and worked as an environmental engineer for 9 years. He earned a Masters in Divinity at Covenant Theological Seminary, and now serves on their Board of Trustees.

When he’s not pastoring or helping his kids with their homework, John enjoys working out, reading, Seahawks football, and aspiring to be a Jeopardy contestant. John and his family live on Capitol Hill.”

 

IS THERE A COVERUP GOING ON IN THE PCA TO KEEP REVOICE HOPES AND MOVEMENT ALIVE?

Read  more here

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/01/10/is-revoice-lgbt-thriving-through-cover-up-in-pca-missouri-presbytery/

 

Christians deeply committed Biblical Sexuality in the PCA are quickly seeing their denomination fast tracked to “LGBT+ Flourishing ” in their churches . Sad days lie ahead  as strange days have found us !

Meanwhile what are  our nation and our churches becoming as the prophetic voice is silent and denominations leaders turn blind eye and call for Christians to stand down, make nice and fail in the call to be SALT  and LIGHT ?

Revelation 18:2 (KJV) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

via LGBT+ REBELLION SPREADS IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AMERICA — thirtypiecesofsilverdotorg

Do You Desire a Savior or a Santa Claus — BellatorChristi

Jesus Better than Santa Claus

By: Brian G. Chilton | January 28, 2019

The American church has a major problem. While I could certainly discuss declining attendance and many other issues, the root of the problem is focus. The American church has a spiritual maturity problem. It has nothing to do with Millennials, Gen-X, the iGen generation, or the Baby Boomers. The problem is an inherent desire to have a Santa Claus rather than a Savior.

This is a similar problem that the rich young ruler had. In Luke 18, a rich young ruler approached Jesus to inquire what was necessary for him to obtain eternal life. The young man listed all the good deeds he had performed in hopes that he would receive some special privilege from Jesus. Jesus gave the young man the answer. He was to sell everything he had and follow Jesus. It is not known if Jesus literally meant for the man to sell all he owned or if he was merely testing the man. Either way, the young man loved his possessions more than he desired to follow Jesus. The young man desired a Santa Claus rather than a Savior. Like the young ruler, the modern church also desires to have a Santa over a Savior in four ways.

  1. Needs over service. Notice that the rich young ruler was merely looking to have his needs met rather than seeing what he needed to do to serve the Lord. He was accustomed to living the good life and thought that following Christ would meet his personal needs. The problem was that Jesus demanded service. The man had to make God the focal point of his life. Rather than being egocentric (self-centered), he must become theocentric (God-centered). Too many Christians approach Christianity only for what they can receive than for what they can give. For this reason, many Christians church-hop (moving from one church to another) based on their perceived needs and desires. In such cases, the person wants a Santa Claus rather than a Savior.
  2. Works over faith. The young man thought that he could do enough things to earn his place in heaven. It is thought that if a child is good, he can make the “nice list” and receive a prize on Christmas morning. Too often, believers have accepted this mindset, believing that heaven is a thing to be earned rather than a place to be received. Yet, the Bible notes that “all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment” (Is. 64:6, CSB). Humanity does not have the ability to earn a spot in a place they don’t own. Like I could not force myself into a home that is not my own, so a person cannot work oneself into a place that cannot be possessed. Again, the placement of works over trust in Christ leads one to desire a Santa Claus over a Savior.
  3. Entertainment over discipleship. Modern believers often want to be entertained. Many will seek places that have the best music or preachers that provide the most theatrics. Yet, such antics seldom provides true growth and discipleship. Rather, discipleship is the process in which one grows in the person’s walk with Christ. Discipleship includes dying to oneself. That is the opposite of the desire to be entertained. The desire to be entertained indicates one’s desire to have a Santa over a Savior.
  4. Comfort over mission. The young ruler was comfortable with his financial status. No one likes to be uncomfortable. Discomfort is not pleasant. The young man wanted to do the very least he could to obtain eternity. However, Christ was calling him to become missional. The young man could not accept this because he was hoping Jesus to be more like a Santa Claus figure than he was a Savior.

Believers face many challenges. Some challenges could be resolved by simply following the will of the Lord. When a person’s emphasis is placed on the self, it can lead to all sorts of unhealthy practices. Furthermore, a person may find that one has not placed genuine faith in the risen Lord Jesus, but rather in an ideology comparable to Santa Claus rather than the historical and biblical Jesus of Nazareth. So as Jesus asked his disciples, we must ask ourselves, who do we say Jesus is (Mt. 16:15)?

Brian G. Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Brian has been in the ministry for over 15 years and serves as the Senior Pastor of Westfield Baptist Church in northwestern North Carolina.

Source: Do You Desire a Savior or a Santa Claus