Daily Archives: January 30, 2019

January 30 Barriers to Faith

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25

Key Verse: Psalm 25:14

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

Barriers to faith keep us from accomplishing God’s will. A poor self-image; ignorance of who God is; doubt; feelings of inadequacy; fear of failure; selfish desires and actions—all display a lack of faith in God. Anytime our eyes of faith drift from Jesus Christ we run the risk of losing our spiritual focus. At some point, everyone fights feelings of doubt and low self-esteem. However, these are feelings, and feelings have nothing to do with truth.

Jesus was quick to point out that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). He is relentless in his attempt to draw you away from God. Whispering thoughts of doubt and feelings of self-pity easily assist his disabling work.

How can you break through barriers to faith such as the ones just mentioned?

First, learn to listen only to God. If you are unsure of what you are hearing, go to God’s Word and ask Him to reveal His will to you.

Second, be courageous and not afraid to trust God. He has never failed anyone, and He won’t fail you.

Third, when He tells you to go forward in faith, do it, and allow Him to take care of the consequences of your obedience.

Fourth, once you have obeyed God, look for evidence of His blessing in your life. Obedience is the gateway to blessing, and God blesses those who honor Him with their lives.

Father, I choose to listen for Your voice and trust You in every circumstance. Let this day be one of new direction in my spiritual journey as I move forward in faith and obedience.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 31). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

In Rare Moment Of Honesty, Democrats Finally Admit They Support Infanticide — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—In a rare moment of honesty this week, Democrats finally just came right out and admitted that they actually support infanticide.

After a Virginia lawmaker made an utterly repulsive defense of abortion during birth and the state’s governor calmly discussed the killing of an already-born child should the mother so choose, the nation at least had to admit that Democrats were finally being honest about something.

“Usually, we try to hide behind the ‘pro-choice’ label or spew a bunch of crap about the mother’s health or something,” Virginia governor Ralph Northam said. “But we’re going to part ways with our usual deceitful methods and actually just be upfront about our position here: infanticide? We’re totally cool with it. We’re all about being pro-choice, no matter if we’re talking about a baby that’s in the womb or one that’s already been born, patiently standing by to see if their mother decides they’re a person.”

The nation agreed that this approach is preferable to the usual doublespeak exhibited by Democrats on the abortion issue.

“It’s kinda refreshing, to be honest,” said one man in Florida. “At least now we know what we’re getting with the Dems—before I couldn’t tell if their support for abortion really had to do with women’s rights or if they secretly wanted to kill babies.”

“It’s a nice change of pace,” he added.

via In Rare Moment Of Honesty, Democrats Finally Admit They Support Infanticide — The Babylon Bee

JD Greear Calls Greed Equally Sinful as Homosexuality & Same-Sex Attraction — Pulpit & Pen

This past Sunday on January 27, 2019 Pastor, JD Greear of Summit Life Church, preached a sermon entitled How the Fall Affects Us All. In this hour and a half sermon, Pastor Greear addresses the topic of Homosexuality and Same-Sex Attraction (SSA). This sermon is part of his series, The Book of Romans. In this sermon, he is addressing Romans 1:24-32, which he purely mishandles and misappropriates.

In fairness, I want to mention this caveat, JD Greear in his sermon does mention the need for being “born again through Christ,” and that one cannot be a Christian without a rebirth of the heart through Christ. However, there are some major difficulties with some of the equivocations Pastor Greear makes in his sermon. The first being on the degrees of sin God contributes to homosexuality and SSA. At about forty-eight minutes into his sermon, Pastor Greear makes the blunder of stating SSA attraction is “no worse sin than others.” How can a Pastor that is preaching through the book of Romans say this? Especially when the opening chapters in Romans deals with what God calls and thinks about homosexuality and SSA.

Let’s clarify Greear’s “slip up,” God does recognize different degrees or levels of sin and Scripture proves it. Jesus said in John 19:11, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason, he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” The context in this passage is that Judas had betrayed Jesus, and so our Lord was before Pilate who said that he had the authority to crucify Jesus. Jesus said that the one who had delivered him into Pilate’s hands had the greater sin. There are also other verses that show that God does delineate the degree of our sins.

  • Luke 7:41-43, “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
  • Luke 10:11-13, ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 “I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city. 13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.”
  • Luke 12:47-48, “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

The Bible makes it clear that there are different types and degrees of sin and that God looks upon sin in this manner; which Pastor Greear fails to point out when he equivocates homosexuality and SSA attraction as being to equal to other sins.

At nearly fifty-four minutes into his sermon, Pastor Greear is trying to vacillate on what God calls an abomination in Romans 1:27 by tying this sin to the sin of “greed.” Pastor Greear clearly and unmistakably tries to make homosexuality and SSA attraction seem less of an importance than having a greedy heart. What Greear fails to realize is that he is assigning levels or degrees to sin himself, which he claims God does not do. So is Greear now more knowing than God? Well, I don’t believe that Greear believes that or is even aware that he is doing this, so there is a lesson to be learned from this: If you are going to preach on a subject stick to Scripture. Leave your personal thoughts that are not bound by the Word of God out of your sermon. While Pastor Greear is claiming to preach through the Book of Romans, then he should do that and preach all of it, in its complete context and not cherry pick verses to fit what seems to be an outside agenda.

via JD Greear Calls Greed Equally Sinful as Homosexuality & Same-Sex Attraction — Pulpit & Pen

Virginia’s Moderate Governor Admits Abortion Bill Allows Babies To Be Killed After Birth — Christian Research Network

“Northam’s position is so extreme he supports abortion on demand – that’s abortion for any reason anytime during the pregnancy – and he favors using your tax dollars to pay for abortion.”

(Steven Ertelt – LifeNews)  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam not only has defended a new bill in the state legislature that would legalize abortions up to birth – even if the mother is dilated — he defended infanticide during a radio show today.

Northam apparently thinks it’s okay to kill a baby once the infant is fully delivered.

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

This shocking video follows another one shows a Democrat legislator in Virginia introducing her bill to allow abortions up to birth. During an exchange with another legislator, Virginia House of Delegates member Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) admits the bill does indeed allow abortions up until the last second before a baby is born.   View article →

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via Virginia’s Moderate Governor Admits Abortion Bill Allows Babies To Be Killed After Birth — Christian Research Network

SBC Prez Calls on Christians to Stand Up for LGBT Rights — Reformation Charlotte

The current Southern Baptist President, J.D. Greear, is proving himself to be unfit for the position he holds in America’s largest Protestant denomination. Over the last few years, the SBC has taken a sharp turn toward political as well as theological liberalism while pushing a social justice agenda.

Reformation Charlotte reported earlier today that Greear, during an eisegesis of Romans 1, compared homosexuality to “greed” and “boasting,” even stating that most of these sins are “more egregious in the eyes of God” than homosexuality.

Of course, this is foolish, as homosexuality is the one sin that caused God to wipe two cities off the face of the earth. It is, according to the text he clumsily referenced, the sin that God gives people over to because of their other sins. It is actually the wrath and judgment of God being poured out on a people to be given over to depraved minds and dishonorable passions.

It has now come to light that not only has Greear misrepresented the Scriptures regarding the sin of homosexuality, he has also called on Christians to stand up for the rights of LGBT people.

Just what kind of “rights” is he referring to? Of course, all citizens of this country are entitled to the same rights afforded us in the Constitution, and we are all afforded certain God-given, unalienable rights. But no Christians–like literally, none–are actually advocating for the loss of these rights among LGBT people.

The “rights” that LGBT people are fighting for are, for example, the right to use the public restroom of whatever gender they choose to identify as on any given day. Rights such the right to get married and practice sodomy in the apartment next door. The right to get married in your conservative church. The right to be fully embraced as an active, affirmed, and participating member of your church. And the right to propagandize you and your children with their vile affections that God has given them over to in order to become a normalized accepted community of unrepentant sinners that can now band together and deaden their conscience against their sin that they commit against a holy and righteous God–and to do so freely without conviction.

Is this what you really want, JD?

via SBC Prez Calls on Christians to Stand Up for LGBT Rights — Reformation Charlotte

January 30 Fellowship with Jesus

Scripture reading: John 1:9–14

Key verse: John 1:14

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Before sin entered the world, man enjoyed unbroken fellowship with the Lord. In Genesis, we read that God would come to Adam, walking in the cool of the day. There was a natural flow of fellowship between God and man. No hint of discontentment or pressure emerged—just loving fellowship. However, that came to an abrupt end when man disobeyed God by eating of the tree of knowledge.

God loves you with an everlasting love. He does not have evil in mind for your life but is constantly seeking to bring blessing and hope to encourage you along the way. Man’s sin struck the first hurtful blow to the heart of God. For that, man suffered a grave consequence—separation from the abiding presence of God.

The eternal love of God did not burn dim, and God was motivated to send His Son as an atonement for our sins. The birth of Jesus Christ brought restoration to a lost world. God in His grace once again reached out to mankind.

Now we can enjoy what the Old Testament patriarchs could only envision—continual fellowship with almighty God. Just as God walked in the Garden with Adam and Eve, He walks with you. No detail in life is too small for Him, and nothing is too difficult for Him to handle. When you come to Him, He listens and brings hope to whatever you face.

Father, I thank You that there is no detail in my life that is too small for You to handle. There is no problem too large for You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 31). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 30, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called top U.S. intelligence chiefs “extremely passive and naive” on Iran and dismissed their assessments of the threat posed by North Korea a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony.

President Trump on Wednesday warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Venezuela amid the political crisis there over control of the government, as the United States and other nations have recognized Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s rival Juan Guiado.

Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ordering his assassination while his main global backer Russia called on Wednesday for mediation in a standoff deepening geopolitical splits.

Negotiations in Afghanistan are going well, President Trump said, after U.S. officials earlier this week said there had been significant progress in talks to end 17 years of war in the country.

The United States sent the first Central American asylum seeker back to Mexico through a crossing at the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday as part of a hardened immigration policy, an official at Mexico’s national migration institute said.

Powerful committees in the U.S. Congress held hearings on Tuesday on insulin affordability and high prescription drug prices, an issue both chambers have said is a top priority for the year.

More than 100 migrants are believed missing and 38 confirmed dead off the coast of Djibouti after two boats capsized, the U.N. migration agency said on Wednesday.

Tanzania has launched a manhunt for suspects in the abduction and murder of up to 10 children this month in cases believed to be linked to witchcraft, the home affairs minister said.

The United States and China were set to try again on Wednesday to dig out from a damaging trade war with a new round of high-level talks aimed at bridging deep differences over China’s intellectual property and technology transfer policies.

Parts of the United States are bracing for record low temperatures on Wednesday. Temperatures could hit minus 40 Fahrenheit in parts of the Northern Plains and Great Lakes.

AP Top Stories

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he is willing to negotiate with the opposition and hold early congressional elections, in a concession as opponents plan another big demonstration.

France opened the door to repatriating more than a hundred jihadists being held in Syria, in a marked change in stance brought about by the planned withdrawal of US troops from the country.

Palestinians in Hebron accused Israel of trying to rid the flashpoint city of witnesses to its actions in the occupied West Bank by ejecting a foreign observer force that helps safeguard residents.

More than 130 migrants were thought to be missing after two boats capsized Tuesday off the tiny East African nation of Djibouti, the U.N. migration agency said.

Thousands more troops will head to the US-Mexico border, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday, as part of a controversial mission to enhance security along the frontier. Currently, about 2,350 active-duty troops are working along the border.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says five European Union nations (Germany, France, Portugal, Romania and Malta) are stepping forward to help resolve the latest impasse involving migrants stuck at sea on a humanitarian ship, but he bemoaned the lack of a systematic EU way to deal with migrant rescues.

President Trump signaled his support on Monday for state bills that would allow public schools to teach courses in the Bible, which he once proclaimed was his favorite book.

So much for “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.” The U.S. mail won’t be delivered Wednesday in large swaths of seven states due to the crippling cold of the polar vortex.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, a potentially critical economic move aimed at increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the opposition in the South American nation.

BBC

Prosecutors in northern Germany are investigating a 96-year-old man who was involved in the massacre of 86 French men and boys in a village in northern France in April 1944.Karl Münter was sentenced to death in France in absentia in 1949, and can no longer be prosecuted for the killings. But he caused outrage in a TV interview when he blamed the victims for the massacre because they ran away. He is now being investigated for incitement to hatred.

Toxic smog in Bangkok has forced more than 400 schools to close for the rest of the week, to protect children from its harmful effects.

Six large animals have died at South Africa’s biggest national park after storms toppled a power cable. A rhino, a giraffe, two lions and two hyenas were electrocuted when the power line came down in Kruger National Park.

Authorities in Sudan have ordered the release of all detainees held during weeks of anti-government protests. More than 1,000 people are reported to have been detained in the protests.

WND

Amid all the talk about impeaching President Trump, more than 100,000 people have signed a White House “We the People” petition calling for the impeachment of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing her of treason.

Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has commanded every citizen to turn over an impossible 200 pounds of human manure a day for fertilizer in an effort to revitalize the communist country’s struggling agriculture, according to reports.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” —James Madison (1787)

Demo 2020 Frontrunner Vows to Destroy Private Health Care

ObamaCare was never the end goal; Democrats have always wanted single-payer.

Leftmedia Spin on the U.S. Intelligence Threat Assessment

Actually, Trump has a maddening ability to be both wrong and right at the same time.

About Those Omitted Judicial Nominees…

Trump’s resubmitted list of nominations has some conservatives worried that he’s caving to Dems.

Fossil-Fuel-Burning Elon Musk Finds an Enemy in WaPo

But other climate crusaders are allowed to do business as usual without fear of Leftmedia vilification.

Dems Seek to Purge Constitution From Election Process

The Left wants to federalize voting law so as to disenfranchise Red States.

Left Attacks Nominee for Kavanaugh’s Circuit Court Seat

This is about dissuading constitutional conservatives from seeking court nominations.

Video: The Super Bowl of Welfare

John Stossel goes after the politicians who use tax dollars to subsidize sports stadiums.

Today’s Opinion

Byron York
In Border Talks, a New Fight for Barrier Deniers
Marc A. Thiessen
Trump Can Call Democrats’ Bluff on Border Security — and Regain His Leverage
Ben Shapiro
The Democrats’ Radicalism Problem
Terence Jeffrey
Bigger Threat: Russian Social Media or Mexican Drug Cartels?
Guest Commentary
How Bible Literacy Classes Could Help Heal Our Bitter Divisions
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top Headlines

Trump budget delayed, more troops to border, Kamala Harris waffles, polar plunge, constitutional carry, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Wednesday Short Cuts

“Democrats want to have it both ways: They want to push radical leftist policy, but they don’t want the blowback such policies entail.” —Ben Shapiro

News – 1/30/2019

The Tower of Syene: A Prophetic Wonder
It’s not often that one can point to a physical object at a specific geographical location in the contemporary world, and identify it as being the focus of a biblical prophecy that was written long before Christ. Yet, that is exactly what we can do in the case of a remarkable manmade edifice in Egypt that didn’t exist until 1970. It is a 230-foot tower, called the “Lotus Tower,” because it is topped by the five petals of the lotus blossom. The tower was designed as a token of Arab-Russian friendship, its five petals perhaps signifying the five pillars of the Islamic faith. It is only 49 years old, yet Ezekiel referred to it by name … twice. They suggest that Egypt will soon experience a massive devastation that is unique to its geography. And apparently, for reasons that shall become clear, this event will predate Gog’s lightning assault upon Israel.

Russia: A Friend of Israel or Prophetic Enemy From the North?
In the wake of Israeli airstrikes targeting Iranian military sites in Syria, Russia released what seemed to be conflicting statements; decrying “arbitrary Israeli airstrikes” on one hand while at the same time claiming they were deeply concerned about “ensuring a very strong security of the State of Israel.” With a major military presence in Syria, it is essential to understand Russia’s intentions for the region. Russia’s role takes on apocalyptic implications when considering verses that identify the pre-Messiah War of Gog and Magog …..

Forget Global Warming, Real Concern is Geomagnetic Shifting
On Wednesday, the United States government is due to release a report showing that the magnetic north pole is shifting far more quickly than previously thought, indicating something strange is happening deep beneath the earth’s crust. On January 30, the World Magnetic Model governing modern navigation systems is due to undergo an unscheduled update.

As polar vortex lingers, parts of U.S. set for record lows
Parts of the United States are bracing for record low temperatures on Wednesday, as a blast of Arctic air gripping much of the country spreads further across the Midwest and Eastern states. Temperatures could hit minus 40 Fahrenheit (minus 40 Centigrade) in parts of the Northern Plains and Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said.”The heart of this cold… is hitting us now. A lot of records are going to fall,” said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.

Syrian Envoy to UN Threatens Ben Gurion Airport
Syrian envoy to the UN threatened to attack Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv. The threat came in response to Israeli airstrikes earlier this week in Damascus.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s activist group calls to annihilate Israel
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) activist group, the Democratic Socialists of America, voted to adopt the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement in 2017. A video was dug up of the event supporting BDS on Twitter by Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra and depicts an audience raising their hands following the carrying of a pro-BDS motion and chanting, “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

World Council of Churches pulls observers from Hebron, fearing settlers
The World Council of Churches plans to pull its observers from the West Bank city of Hebron fearing that they are no longer safe from “harassment” by Jewish residents of the city and the IDF. The announcement follows Israel’s decision to end the 22-year old observer mission, known as the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, which had 64 civilian participants from Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and Turkey that participated.

Thousands In Twin Cities Lost Power In Dangerous Cold
Thousands of Minnesotans endured the coldest night in a generation without power. Xcel Energy says equipment failures on power poles is leading to outages all over the metro Tuesday evening, which started at about 5:40 p.m. At the peak of the outage, about 8,000 residents were affected in the Twin Cities metro area. As of 11 p.m., less than 600 customers people were still without power.

DC Antifa Leader Charged With ‘Ethnic Intimidation’ Related To Attack On Marines
Washington, D.C. Antifa leader Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, also known as “Chepe,” was arrested and charged with multiple felonies in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 in connection to the Antifa mob attack against two Marines in November. Alcoff faces 17 charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and terroristic threats, and one count of robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury.

Palestinians ask UN to deploy observer force in West Bank
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday asked the United Nations to deploy a permanent international force in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, after Israel announced it was suspending operations of an observer force that had been in the city of Hebron for more than 20 years. The U.N. should “guarantee the safety and protection of the people of Palestine” until “the end of Israel’s belligerent occupation,” said Palestinian official Saeb Erekat.

Iran: Proxies in Lebanon, Gaza will respond with ‘hellfire’ to Israeli attacks
Iran will continue supplying high-precision missiles to its proxies in Lebanon and Gaza so they would be able to respond to Israel’s “acts of stupidity with hellfire” said the country’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani on Tuesday. The remarks come in the wake of a massive aerial bombardment launched by Israel Air Force on Iranian targets in Syria last Monday…

Iran facing the toughest economic situation in 40 years: president
Iran’s president said on Wednesday the country was facing its toughest economic situation in 40 years, and the United States, not the government, was to blame. U.S. President Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions. Workers, including truck drivers, farmers and merchants, have since launched sporadic protests against economic hardships…

15 UK Christian churches get threatening letters warning them to stop ALL services, or they will face Islamic bombings and stabbings
Islamic law forbids Christians to make public display of their religion. Could that have something to do with this? Perhaps not, but what other group thinks Christian worship is immoral and wrong in itself, and has a theology of force and violence?

New Tel Aviv Skyscraper: Remake of Tower of Babel or Preparation for Third Temple?
One of the largest real-estate developers in Israel revealed plans for the soon-to-be tallest building in Israel that looks surprisingly similar to images of what the Tower of Babel may have looked like. But a closer look reveals the new building may be much more, what one rabbi thinks could be a dry-run for building the Third Temple.

Despicable Anti-Israel protest held during ‘LGBTQ’ event in Detroit
An anti-Israel protest again took place during Creating Change, an LGBTQ conference that was the site of a raucous anti-Israel protest in 2016.

Feminists & Leftists Now Want to Force Men to Sit Down to Pee
The Feminist’s War on Masculinity: Now They Want Laws to Force Men to Sit-Down to Pee

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: California Wants to Teach Kindergartners There Are 15 Genders
The California Department of Education is working on a plan to teach kindergartners that there are at least 15 different “genders.” The materials under the scheme also claim it is impossible to know whether babies are boys, girls, or something else, because they cannot talk yet. Parents will not be notified and are not allowed to opt their children out of the indoctrination sessions.

Boycott these 60 companies that donate money to fund the systematic murder of unborn human babies
Many of Planned Parenthood’s practices surrounding abortion are unconscionable. Whether you agree with abortion in theory or not, it’s hard to get behind an organization that was caught trafficking the body parts and organs of the babies it murders for profit.

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

Here are the names of the human child MURDERERS in the NY Senate who passed the bill legalizing infanticide
…The radical late-term abortion law declares abortion a “fundamental right” and defines personhood at birth, which allows carte blanche murder of a child in utero up until nine months or more of gestation. New York just severed all protections and all rights for babies, as long as they are killed before they are born.

DEVELOPING: ICE Agents Arrest 100+ ‘Convicted Criminal’ Illegal Immigrants Across New YorkThe Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency confirmed Tuesday that they recently arrested 118 illegal immigrants -more than 100 of whom had prior criminal convictions or were awaiting trial- across New York.

Shirtless Bernie Sanders Sings ‘This Land is Your Land’ with Drunk Russians
If Bernie Sanders was Republican, you could guarantee the clip below would be used to destroy him from the inside out.

Bizarre Theory Linking Global Warming To ‘Polar Vortexes’ Resurfaces. Scientists Are Pushing Back
In what’s become an annual affair, the media is pushing articles suggesting bone-chilling temperatures about to hit the U.S. are the product of man-made global warming.


Headlines – 1/30/2019

Palestinians ask UN to deploy observer force in West Bank

Israel’s decision to end Hebron observer mission may breach Oslo accords – Norway

Joining forces with Gantz, Ya’alon rules out support for two-state solution

Breaking political silence, Gantz indicates he won’t serve under indicted PM

Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah tenders resignation

Abbas accepts Hamdallah’s resignation, asks government to stay on for transition

Iran: Our Missiles Are Ready to Launch From Gaza and Lebanon

Democrats Launch Fresh Initiative to Stop Trend of Growing Partisanship Surrounding US-Israel Ties

Twitter suspends 61 ‘fake news’ accounts from overseas aimed at Israelis

Gantz: We will never withdraw from the Golan

Netanyahu holds talks with Russian officials on Syria ‘friction’

Russians won’t be able to push Iran out of Syria, expert says

Mosul Museum partially reopens in Iraq after IS destruction

Egypt arrests 54 suspected of planning violence on uprising anniversary

Two bombs explode in southeast Iran, police officers wounded

CIA chief says Iran still ‘technically’ adhering to 2015 nuclear deal

Two bombs explode in southeast Iran, police officers wounded

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

Maduro Fights Back With Targeted Killings and Media Blackout

More Than 40 Dead, 850 Detained in Venezuela Violence, UN Says

Maduro pummels Venezuelan slums as his power comes under attack

Mounting anger in France after police use increased force, specialized weapons against ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters

France and Germany: “We Are Committed to the Emergence of a European Army”

Theresa May is on a doomed mission to renegotiate Brexit

MPs vote to demand that Theresa May reject a no-deal Brexit

British lawmakers instruct May to demand EU reopen Brexit deal; EU says ‘No’

As Brexit looms, UK Jews seek sanctuary in Germany

The US border situation isn’t a national emergency, Pentagon officials tell Congress

Pentagon is preparing to send “several thousand” more troops to the southern border

Model who promised to spill Trump-Russia secrets now says she made claims to save her life

Spy chief says Russia will attempt to interfere in 2020, contradicts Trump on North Korea’s denuclearization, ISIS defeat

US spy agencies doubt North Korea will give up its nukes

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Orcopampa, Peru

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Chontalpa, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 21,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Kuchinoerabujima volcano on Japan erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts 11,000ft

Toronto absolutely smashed its previous snowfall record yesterday

Illinois governor issues disaster proclamation amid winter storm ‘with life-threatening wind chills’

Deadly polar vortex sweeping Midwest with wind chills as low as minus 65

Extreme weather is so bad in some parts of the country, even the US Postal Service won’t be going out

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

Anti-Israel Protest Again Sparks Controversy at LGBTQ Conference

Over 2,000 clergy urge Church of England to reconsider transgender affirmation guidance

Duterte’s Brutal Crime War Turns Toward Children

Dems to strike ‘so help you God’ from oath taken in front of key House committee, draft shows


Apostasy Watch Daily News

How to Know if You Are Being Spiritually Abused or Deceived—A Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire

Russell Moore Says Rights Are Never Absolute

Ex pastor Prosperity Pimp Todd Coontz gets 5 years in prison for failing to pay taxes

7 states already allow abortion up to birth — Not just New York

Drag queens: Reporters can’t comprehend why many parents don’t want them in kid libraries

Pakistani top court rejects review, setting Christian woman Asia Bibi free

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How seared is our nation’s conscience that she tolerates this cruelty? — Denny Burk

Two items have appeared in the news this week out of Virginia that ought to shock every decent person who sees them. Both of them involve elected officials in Virginia arguing for infanticide. And, no, I’m not being hyperbolic. I want you to see this for yourself to establish exactly what happened.

First, Virginia State Delegate Kathy Tran has proposed a bill that would guarantee a right to abortion even when the mother is in the process of giving birth in the 40th week. Republican legislator Todd Gilbert pressed the point in a hearing with Tran. You can watch the exchange above or read below:

Gilbert: So how late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman?

Tran: Or physical health.

Gilbert: Okay. I’m talking about mental health.

Tran: I mean, through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.

Gilbert: So to the end of the third trimester?

Tran: Yes. I don’t think we have a limit in the bill.

Gilbert: So where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she’s about give birth, would that still be a point at which she could still request an abortion if she was so certified? [pause] She’s dilating?

Tran: Mr. Chairman, you know, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician, and the woman would make.

Gilbert: I understand that. I’m asking if your bill allows that.

Tran: My bill would allow that, yes.

Yes, you read that correctly. Tran argues that it ought to be legal to kill a child at the 40th week as the child is coming through the birth canal. If it is surprising to you that such a thing is legal (even if rarely done), be surprised no more. This is exactly what Roe v. Wade and its companion decision Doe v. Bolton have established. Roe makes this kind of barbarism into a “constitutional right” through every stage of pregnancy—right up until the point of birth.

Second, if Tran’s testimony didn’t send chills up your spine, then this certainly will. The Democratic Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam went on a radio program this morning to defend Tran’s 40-week abortion bill. The host asked Governor Northam about Tran’s remarks the previous day. He was asked specifically about whether the bill allows a woman to have an abortion after she has gone into labor at the 40th week of pregnancy. This is what the Governor said:

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

You can watch Gov. Northam’s statement below:

Now just think about what this means. Governor Northam is going even further than Tran. He is saying that a fully delivered baby could be left to die on the operating table if that is what the mother and the physician want. A fully delivered baby!

How did we get to the point that we considering whether or not to throw away the life a fully delivered baby? How did we get to the point that a fully delivered baby’s life may not be protected in law? I thought every person had an inviolable right to life under our Constitution? Well, apparently not according to Governor Northam.

If you have been paying attention to the abortion debate in America at all, none of this will be surprising to you. The pro-choice position excludes the unborn from the human community. It gives no consideration at all to the human life that is growing inside a mother’s womb. It says that a woman’s so-called “right to choose” trumps the right of another person not to be killed. That is the pro-choice position. It is no surprise that we now have a governor who is saying that a fully delivered baby’s life is disposable and subject to a woman’s “right to choose” as well.

The United States of America has the most liberal abortion laws on the planet, and that is due to Roe v. Wade. That infamous decision makes it legal to kill unborn people at any point during pregnancy up to and including the point of birth. Because of that, Roe v. Wade has presided over the killing of 60 million unborn human beings since 1973. That is the holocaust times ten. And now there is a Democratically elected governor who would expand this barbarism to include those children who survive birth. How seared is our nation’s conscience that she tolerates this cruelty?

The state of New York has recently passed a similar bill, and the state legislature cheered after its passage. It was an abominable display. I hope and pray that the same ugliness won’t make its way to the state of Virginia. If you live in Virginia, you need to call your representatives and oppose this with all your might. You need to flood their phone lines until this bill is stopped.

I am reminded that the pro-life cause has a long way to go. So many people in our nation have hardened their heart to the humanity and dignity of the weakest among us. Today is proof of that.

via How seared is our nation’s conscience that she tolerates this cruelty? — Denny Burk

“Mortifying the Spin” in the Contemporary Church: A Podcast — Julie Roys

Normally, I wouldn’t post a podcast on the same day that a special radio broadcast of mine is airing (see below). However, since many of you, like me, live in the Midwest–where it’s actually colder today than in Antarctica!–I thought you might enjoy some extra listening entertainment while you hunker down in your homes. (For the rest of you, just consider yourselves blessed that you’re not in our shoes–or perhaps I should say, fur-lined boots!)

I’ve done a lot of interviews lately concerning my investigation of Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald but this truly is one of my favorites. The podcast is called, The Mortification of Spin. And it’s sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a coalition of pastors, scholars, and churchmen who hope “to foster a Reformed awakening in today’s Church.” Hosts of the show are three, very sharp individuals: Todd Pruitt, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia; Carl Trueman, a humanities professor at Grove City College; and Aimee Byrd, an author, blogger, and self-described “housewife theologian.”

Here’s how Mortification of Spin billed our conversation:

Back in the bunker, the three amigos meet with Julie Roys. Julie is the embodied combination of Sherlock Holmes and Lois Lane. She’s a longtime investigative reporter committed to uncovering the truth, and—much like Carl, Todd, and Aimee—interested in “mortifying the spin” concerning issues in the contemporary church.

Julie has achieved some notoriety for her investigative work and her latest coverage on the alleged spiritual abuse, intimidation, misappropriation of funds, etc. surrounding Harvest Bible Chapel and Pastor James MacDonald. Unfortunately, this isn’t a unique case. The fabulous four discuss the devastating effects on the Church when disqualified men remain in leadership without being confronted, and the shame it brings to the name of Christ.

Hope you enjoy the podcast!

Also, here’s more on my special radio broadcast tonight: The Roys Report: The Church in Crisis.

Over the past year and a half, scandals and controversy have plagued the church and Christian organizations. From Willow Creek Community Church Chicago and Highpoint Church in Memphis—to Sovereign Grace Churches and, most recently, Harvest Bible Chapel—the accusations of sexual harassment, financial impropriety, bullying, and intimidation have left Christians reeling. In a special radio broadcast, The Church in Crisis, I will explore not only what’s happened in the church, but why it happened, and what redemptive solutions are available. Joining me will be people with first-hand knowledge of these scandals, as well as church leaders offering biblical insight and help.

via “Mortifying the Spin” in the Contemporary Church: A Podcast — Julie Roys

Stone Indictment Underscores That There Was No Trump-Russia Conspiracy — Christian Research Network

It has to have been obvious to investigators for months that this suggestion was misleading. Yet there has been no correction of the record. For month after month, the FBI, the Justice Department, and the special counsel have been content to allow the presidency to be enveloped in a cloud of suspicion that necessarily infects the administration’s capacity to govern, to conduct foreign relations, and to deal with Congress.

Why?

(Andrew C. McCarthy – National Review) Roger Stone is the shiny object. The obstruction charges in his long-anticipated indictment, made public on Friday, are not the matter of consequence for the United States.

Nor is the critical thing the indictment’s implicit confirmation that there was no criminal “collusion” conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

What matters is this: The indictment is just the latest blatant demonstration that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have known for many months that there was no such conspiracy. And yet, fully aware that the Obama administration, the Justice Department, and the FBI had assiduously crafted a public narrative that Trump may have been in cahoots with the Russian regime, they have allowed that cloud of suspicion to hover over the presidency — over the Trump administration’s efforts to govern — heedless of the damage to the country.

The rationale for the Trump-Russia investigation — namely, the notion that the Trump campaign had “coordinated” in the Kremlin’s cyber-espionage operation to meddle in the 2016 campaign — has been nothing more than a suspicion harbored by political, law-enforcement, and intelligence officials who loathed Donald Trump. That there may be a thousand good reasons to dislike Donald Trump is irrelevant, for we are talking about investigations, not politics. Investigative suspicions must be rooted in fact, not contempt. View article →

via Stone Indictment Underscores That There Was No Trump-Russia Conspiracy — Christian Research Network

Oops! Iran Announces Transfer of Uranium Yellowcake – Day After DNI Director Dan Coats Refutes Trump, Insists Iran Is Not Pursuing Nukes — The Gateway Pundit

On Tuesday Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats refuted President Trump and insisted the Iranian regime was not seeking nuclear arms.

Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and defended the Iranian regime and Obama administration talking points.

Politico reported:

America’s top intelligence official on Tuesday publicly broke with President Donald Trump on several critical foreign policy fronts, saying North Korea is not likely to give up its nuclear weapons, Iran is not yet seeking a nuclear weapon and the Islamic State terrorist group remains a forceful presence in Iraq and Syria.

The remarks by Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence, underscored how out of step Trump’s pronouncements on major national security issues often are with the rest of the government he leads, including intelligence agencies that he has long scorned.

On Wednesday Iran announced the second consignment of yellowcake uranium to its conversion facility in Isfahan province.
Fars News reported:

Iran on Wednesday dispatched the second cargo of yellowcake produced in Ardakan plant in the Central parts of the country to the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan province.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi issued an order to transfer the yellowcake produced in the Ardakan factory, located in the Central province of Yazd, to the UCF in Isfahan.

Iran had on April 20, transferred the first batch of yellowcake (10 tons) to the UCF to mark the country’s National Day of Nuclear Technology. The second cargo which weighs 30 tons was dispatched on Wednesday.

Before issuing an order to send the new consignment, Salehi said that Iran is prepared to increase its production of yellowcake to over 300 tons annually in the next 5 to 6 years.

Yellowcake is a type of uranium concentrate powder obtained from leach solutions, in an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores. It is a step in the processing of uranium after it has been mined but before fuel fabrication or uranium enrichment.

Dan Coats should be removed.

via Oops! Iran Announces Transfer of Uranium Yellowcake – Day After DNI Director Dan Coats Refutes Trump, Insists Iran Is Not Pursuing Nukes — The Gateway Pundit

The Selfish White Church: Spread that Privilege Around Says Greear — Pulpit & Pen

[OneNewsNow] The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says “white privilege” exists – and that the job of Christians is to spread the privilege to those who have less.  A Christian apologist, though, is taking issue with those comments.

In a recent podcast titled “Is white privilege real?,” Pastor J.D. Greear defines privilege as “a kind of invisible set of [unearned] assets” he gets from being part of the majority culture. He attributes most of what he’s learned about white privilege to Dr. George Yancey, a black professor of philosophy at Emory University – who has stated that privileges are like “rights” that should be experienced by everyone.

In his “Ask Me Anything” podcast on Monday, Greear(pictured below) notes that some argue that those with privilege – white people, in this case – need to make reparations for historic inequality. Others say white people need to fix current structural inequality. Greear says white people need to spread the privilege around.

Those of us that experience a certain privilege of whatever kind, we want to see people of a different race, from different backgrounds, we want to see them have access to the same opportunities, the same privileges that we have,” he states.

Saying there’s a “burden” of being a person of privilege, Greear argues that a Christian’s duty is to put others’ needs before themselves.

“So what do we do now? As a Christian I know that I’m responsible to bear the burdens of others around me and I want to see privilege extended to them,” he says. “So if I’ve been given any privilege in whatever situation, I’m going to leverage that – not for self, but … to lift others up.”

“As a pastor, I can say to all Christians: whatever privilege you have, it is your responsibility to leverage it to help others who are not as privileged.”

Christian apologist and author Dr. Alex McFarland says it’s troubling to hear Greear infusing today’s secular humanist culture into the gospel. “One of the sure ways to make the gospel less relevant is to try to help the gospel be relevant,” he tells OneNewsNow, “and I think that might be what J.D. Greear might be actually doing.”

Instead, says McFarland, believers should model themselves after the Apostle Paul.

[Editor’s Note: This was written by Steve Jordahl and originally published at OneNewsNow.]

[Editor’s Note: Title changed by P&P.]

via The Selfish White Church: Spread that Privilege Around Says Greear — Pulpit & Pen

Voddie Baucham Explains Why Christians Should Be Ashamed to Use the Term ‘Social Justice’ — Reformation Charlotte

Dr. Voddie Baucham brings our first detailed message by defining what “social justice” is by the definitions provided by the adherents of the movement. Dr. Baucham then provides a polemic from an orthodox Christian understanding of justice.

This presentation was given on January 16, 2019 at the Sovereign Nations ‘Social Justice & The Gospel’ Conference in Atlanta, Georgia preceding the G3 Conference. For more sessions, visit https://sovereignnations.com.

See also: Why Social Justice is Not the Gospel, It’s Heresy

via Voddie Baucham Explains Why Christians Should Be Ashamed to Use the Term ‘Social Justice’ — Reformation Charlotte

SHOCK: Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Endorses the Murder of NEWBORN Babies (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Satan’s party.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) advocated for the murder of newborn babies in a radio interview with DC-based WTOP on Wednesday.

After years of convincing young women that their unborn babies are ‘just a clump of cells’ and they have a ‘choice’ to dispose of the ‘cells,’ the Democrats are now openly advocating for the murder of born-alive babies, also known as infanticide.

We knew this was coming.

Governor Northam was asked about a new bill that would lift restrictions on late term abortions (3rd trimester) in Virginia.

The radio host pointed out the new bill proposed by Kathy Tran, a Democrat lawmaker in the Virginia House of Delegates, would allow for a mother to abort (kill) the baby minutes before giving birth.

“She [Kathy Tran] was pressed by a Republican delegate about whether her bill would permit an abortion even as a woman is essentially dilating, ready to give birth and she answered that ‘it would’ permit an abortion at that stage of labor,” the radio host Julie said. “Do you support her measure and explain her answer,” Julie added.

“I wasn’t there, Julie. And I certainly can’t speak for delegate Tran. But I would tell you one, the first think I would say, this is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician by the way. And it is done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is non-viable.”

Northam continued, “So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Yes, he said that.

WATCH:

via SHOCK: Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Endorses the Murder of NEWBORN Babies (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Says Babies Can Be Terminated After Birth — The Federalist

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Says Babies Can Be Terminated After Birth

“The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”

When asked about the controversial late term abortion bill presented in Virginia’s House of Delegates this week, Governor Ralph Northam said a fully developed child born in the third trimester would be kept alive, but the physician and mother would get to discuss and decide whether to take its life or not.

“If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother,” Northam said on WTOP’s “Ask The Governor” segment this morning.

The radio host, Julie Carey, did not bother to clarify what he meant by “resuscitated” or whether this meant mother and a doctor could choose to kill a baby after birth, a baby who would have just taken their first breath.

The Repeal Act presented by Delegate Kathy Tran, a Democrat, would reverse many of the state’s current abortion restrictions, and would allow women going into labor at 40 weeks gestation to be eligible for abortions. (On Monday, a subcommittee voted to table the bill for now.)

Northam reiterated multiple times in the interview that he believes more than one doctor should have to certify a late term pregnancy eligible for abortion, a restriction that Tran’s bill would reverse.

“I think it’s always good to get a second opinion and for at least two providers to be involved in that decision because these decisions shouldn’t be taken lately, and so I would certainly more than one provider,” he said.

Tran’s bill removes the language “substantially and irremediably,” allowing doctors to terminate a baby by determining it would put the mother’s physical or mental health at risk, and without a second or third doctor’s medical opinion.

“This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” he said. “When we talk about third trimester abortions these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physicians by the way.”

Northam is clear that he believes it is up to a mother and two other doctors to decide whether another human is allowed to live or not.

via Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Says Babies Can Be Terminated After Birth — The Federalist

January 30, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

His Forgiveness

and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (8:9b–11)

After the departure of the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained standing where she was, in the center of the court. The text does not say whether the crowd that had been listening to Jesus’ teaching (v. 2) had also left. Whether they were still there or not, the focus of the narrative is on the Lord and the woman.

For the first time, someone addressed the woman. Straightening up from His posture of stooping to write, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” The term woman was a polite, respectful form of address (cf. Matt. 15:28; Luke 13:12; 22:57), one with which Jesus addressed His mother (John 2:4; 19:26), the Samaritan woman at the well (4:21), and Mary Magdalene (20:13, 15). With her accusers gone, there was no one left to condemn her. Exercising His divine prerogative to forgive sin (Matt. 9:6; cf. John 3:17; 12:47), Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Forgiveness does not imply license to sin. Jesus did not condemn her, but He did command her to abandon her sinful lifestyle. Gerald L. Borchert writes,

Jesus’ verdict, “neither do I condemn,” however, was not rendered as a simple acquittal or a noncondemnation. The verdict was in fact a strict charge for her to live from this point on (apo tou nun) very differently—to sin no more (mēketi hamartane). The liberating work of Jesus did not mean the excusing of sin. Encountering Jesus always has demanded the transformation of life, the turning away from sin.… Sin was not treated lightly by Jesus, but sinners were offered the opportunity to start life anew. (John 1–11, The New American Commentary [Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002], 376)

As Paul wrote in Romans 6:1–2, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

This story is far more than a battleground for textual critics. It paints a marvelous picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose gracious humility, infinite wisdom, convicting speech, and tender forgiveness are its central themes. All Christians should be grateful to God for sovereignly preserving it.[1]


11. Neither do I condemn thee. We are not told that Christ absolutely acquitted the woman, but that he allowed her to go at liberty. Nor is this wonderful, for he did not wish to undertake any thing that did not belong to his office. He had been sent by the Father to gather the lost sheep, (Matth. 10:6;) and, therefore, mindful of his calling, he exhorts the woman to repentance, and comforts her by a promise of grace. They who infer from this that adultery ought not to be punished with death, must, for the same reason, admit that inheritances ought not to be divided, because Christ refused to arbitrate in that matter between two brothers, (Luke 12:13.) Indeed, there will be no crime whatever that shall not be exempted from the penalties of the law, if adultery be not punished; for then the door will be thrown open for any kind of treachery, and for poisoning, and murder, and robbery. Besides, the adulteress, when she bears an unlawful child, not only robs the name of the family, but violently takes away the right of inheritance from the lawful offspring, and conveys it to strangers. But what is worst of all, the wife not only dishonours the husband to whom she had been united, but prostitutes herself to shameful wickedness, and likewise violates the sacred covenant of God, without which no holiness can continue to exist in the world.

Yet the Popish theology is, that in this passage Christ has brought to us the Law of grace, by which adulterers are freed from punishment. And though they endeavour, by every method, to efface from the minds of men the grace of God, such grace as is every where declared to us by the doctrine of the Gospel, yet in this passage alone they preach aloud the Law of grace. Why is this, but that they may pollute, with unbridled lust, almost every marriage-bed, and may escape unpunished? Truly, this is the fine fruit which we have reaped from the diabolical system of celibacy, that they who are not permitted to marry a lawful wife can commit fornication without restraint. But let us remember that, while Christ forgives the sins of men, he does not overturn political order, or reverse the sentences and punishments appointed by the laws.

Go, and sin no more. Hence we infer what is the design of the grace of Christ. It is, that the sinner, being reconciled to God, may honour the Author of his salvation by a good and holy life. In short, by the same word of God, when forgiveness is offered to us, we are likewise called to repentance. Besides, though this exhortation looks forward to the future, still it humbles sinners by recalling to remembrance their past life.

12 Therefore Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he who followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13 The Pharisees therefore said to him, Thou testifiest concerning thyself, thy testimony is not true. 14 Jesus answered, and said to them, Though I testify concerning myself, my testimony is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but you know not whence I come, and whither I go.[2]


11 Jesus is not saying that the woman’s act of adultery is not worthy of condemnation but that he doesn’t intend to press charges. In no way does he condone her sin. Neither does he offer her divine forgiveness for what she has done. He simply tells her to “go, and never sin again” (Montgomery). We would hope that the guilty woman repented of her sin, but the text is silent about that. And of course there is room in the kingdom for every kind of sinner (including the adulteress) who turns from sin and embraces by faith the Lord Jesus.[3]


8:10–11. The first two scenes of the story described the charges and their response. Now we come to the verdict. With the accusers gone, there remained no condemnation. The Son of God refused to press the issue. Her sin was not just set aside; soon Jesus would pay the penalty for both the woman and her accusers.

James Boice tells the story of a man who sat in his office aware of his deep sin but unable to do anything about it. Boice ministered to him by using the illustration of a man walking along a street and splashed by a car in the dark. As he continued he came into the light of a street lamp and became aware of the stains on his clothing. Finally, the man decided he could not go on, turned around, and went home to put on clean clothes. At that point the young man in Boice’s office responded by saying, “My problem is that I don’t have any clean clothes.”

Precisely. Chapter 8 tells about a woman who had no clean clothes—and about Pharisees who also had no clean clothes. She knew she did not; they thought they did. Jesus offered the clean clothes of forgiveness to all of them—and to us as well.

Jesus asked a rhetorical question and the woman answered it simply. Forgiveness rests upon the Lord’s understanding. In this vignette we find recognition, repentance, regeneration, restitution, and reconciliation.

A second important lesson in these two verses is that forgiveness rests upon the Lord’s grace. Remember the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15? The father showed unconditional forgiveness and restoration when the son returned. Salvation does not come from suffering; it comes from grace—from the suffering and death of Jesus on our behalf.

Finally, we see that the verdict rests upon the Lord’s forgiveness. Forgiveness demands a clean break with sin. In Matthew 9:2 we read, “Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven.’ ” In searching for a way to translate this, a missionary linguist working among the Guajira tribe in Colombia rendered the Lord’s words, “I forgive you. Let’s be friends again.”

The same Jesus offers forgiveness today to sinners whose sins equal that of the woman or those of the Pharisees. And not only forgiveness for initial salvation but also for daily sins of anger, disobedience, envy, greed, and the judgmental character shown by the Pharisees which gave birth to this episode.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 329–330). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 323–324). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 472). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Gangel, K. O. (2000). John (Vol. 4, pp. 160–161). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

January 30 Always Just Beginning

scripture reading: John 11:21–26
key verse: Colossians 1:13

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

Danny Buggs was an electrifying wide receiver in both the collegiate and the professional ranks. Playing for the University of West Virginia, the Washington Redskins, several World and Canadian Football League teams, and other National Football League teams, Buggs generated excitement and touchdowns galore.

But as with all athletes, Buggs’s body soon wearied, and younger, sturdier men took his place. The story does not end there, however. Buggs received Christ as his Savior along the way and now works with youths from all walks of life, sharing Christ and His love with thousands of seeking adolescents. While his athletic exploits are finished, the gift of eternal life he received through Christ has only begun.

So it is with all believers. We here and now enjoy the benefits of eternal life. Christ, our Life, fills us with His purpose, joy, peace, power, and patience for life’s daily struggles. We have a new, rich quality of life as heirs of God.

Death is but a doorway into the presence of God. Eternal life is yours forever, serving and living in the very presence of God. Eternal life means everything counts—here and hereafter. Nothing is meaningless; nothing is wasted; nothing is ever finished.

You are always just beginning.

Thank You, dear Lord, for purpose, power, and patience for my daily struggles. I rejoice that I am Your child, an heir to eternal life. I am just beginning![1]


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

Adults who corrupt children for fun and profit — Christian Research Network

But the drag queens’ own website tells a different story. “Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress-up is real.”

(Bart Stinson – OneNewsNow)  I went to an out-of-state sporting event recently and was surprised to see that a youth dance troupe from my city, just a couple of blocks from our house, preceded us there. The boys drummed, and the girls danced.  

At halftime, they marched from the lobby onto the basketball court. They had remarkable stage presence. They knew how to hold an audience’s attention, starting with the throbbing, thunderous pulse of the drums. The girls strode in with eye contact from heads held high, a procession rather than a mere entrance.

Then, at center court, the dancing began. It was quite skillful, even acrobatic. An adult man crouched at courtside holding up fingers and gesticulating to direct the girls. They appeared to range from six or seven years of age to mid-teens.

As the pace quickened and the percussion loudened, the girls’ dancing changed. By the time the drumming climaxed, their dance was vulgar and salacious.

If the crouching man had posted a video of these children’s dance online, instead of presenting them live in a college gymnasium, he might have had legal difficulties. If some of these girls were adults, including some who appeared to be fifth-graders, they would have all the requisite exotic dance moves for employment in an Atlanta strip club.

The audience was mostly middle-aged and older small-town Midwestern folks. They were too polite not to applaud the youngsters who had obviously worked so hard, and traveled so far to entertain them. But they must have thought to themselves that something has gone terribly wrong in America. View article →

Research:

Homosexual Agenda

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Adults who corrupt children for fun and profit — Christian Research Network

JD Greear Minimizes Homosexuality, Says Other Sins Are ‘More Egregious’ in God’s Eyes — Reformation Charlotte

There is a push to minimize the sin of homosexuality and sexual immorality in the Evangelical church today, and the Southern Baptist Convention is at the forefront. Last year, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission hosted a conference featuring a gay Anglican priest who suggested that churches need to fully embrace same-sex attracted people.

In a recent video captured by a Twitter user, Southern Baptist President, JD Greear displays a massive lack of biblical knowledge suggesting that homosexuality is no different than being “disobedient to your parents.”

One of the progressive tactics used to reduce homosexuality to a minuscule sin is to attempt to equalize it with other sins. New Testament Professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary says,

Usually the comparison is then made with sins for which accommodations are often made by Christians (like gluttony or remarriage after divorce), rather than with sins for which no accommodation is made (like incest or murder), as a way of either shutting up Christian opposition to homosexual practice altogether or contending that self-affirming participants in homosexual practice will still “go to heaven.”

In this instance, Greear compares the sin of homosexuality with other sins that the Apostle Paul lists in Scripture.

Here’s a question: do you think of deceit and boasting as equally depraved? How about greed? Do you think of greed as equally depraved as homosexuality? How about a rebellious attitude against your parents? Do you see that as equally depraved? Paul would.

Either Greear has lost his mind or has a severe lack of theological understanding of the consequences of sin. Of course, Paul thought of homosexuality as more egregious than other sins. Paul wrote in Romans 1:26, “For this reason, God gave them over to dishonorable passions…” It is for “this reason,” that is, other sins like the ones that Greear is listing off, that God gave them over to the most corrupt form of judgment on earth–homosexuality.

I suppose that Greear wants us to believe that having sex with sheep is morally equivalent to boasting.

Worse than that, Greear elevates materialism as an even more heinous sin than homosexuality. Of course, we know from the direction that the Southern Baptist Convention is taking that this is likely a political move. Conservatives are repulsed by homosexuality and the progressives are seeking to change them. They see conservatives as “materialistic” because they believe in individual, absolute rights–including property rights–something that progressive evangelicalism is seeking to destroy.

Quoting female bible teacher, Jen Wilkin, Greear says,

We ought to whisper about what the Bible whispers about, and we ought to shout about what the Bible shouts about. And the Bible appears more to whisper when it comes to sexual sin compared to it shouts about materialism and religious pride.

Homosexuality is the only sin in Scripture in which two cities were wiped off the face of the earth for not only committing, but celebrating. The notion that God does not see homosexuality as far more egregious than other sins is despicable. Paul taught that some sins are worse than others, and had a particular revulsion toward homosexuality (Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 5:1-12, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 15-17, 1 Thessalonians 4:6)

JD Greaar is a favorite among the New Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention, along with Tim Keller and Russell Moore. They are pushing Evangelicalism into a completely different tradition–from one that had a strong, conservative view of Scripture and theology to one that is now barely recognizable by conservative Christians. The push to normalize homosexuality, promote female teachers and preachers, and seek man-centered solutions to cultural problems are of particular concern, and are an effort to make Christianity more attractive and palatable to a lost and dying world as the Church’s influence in our culture declines.

Co-authored by: Jeff Maples and Ed Dingess

JD Greear Minimizes Homosexuality, Says Other Sins Are ‘More Egregious’ in God’s Eyes — Reformation Charlotte

30 january (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The shameful sufferer

“Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

suggested further reading: Luke 9:18–22, 51–53

You have an enemy who all his life long has been your enemy. His father was your enemy, and he is your enemy too. There is never a day passes but you try to win his friendship; but he spits upon your kindness, and curses your name. He does injury to your friends, and there is not a stone he leaves unturned to do you damage. As you are going home to-day, you see a house on fire; the flames are raging, and the smoke is ascending up in one black column to heaven. Crowds gather in the street, and you are told there is a man in the upper chamber who must be burnt to death. No one can save him. You say, “Why that is my enemy’s house;” and you see him at the window. It is your own enemy—the very man; he is about to be burnt. Full of lovingkindness, you say, “I will save that man if I can.” He sees you approach the house; he puts his head from the window and curses you. “An everlasting blast upon you!” he says; “I would rather perish than that you should save me.” Do you imagine yourself, then, dashing through the smoke, and climbing the blazing staircase to save him; and can you conceive that when you get near him he struggles with you, and tries to roll you in the flames? Can you conceive your love to be so potent, that you can perish in the flames rather than leave him to be burned? You say, “I could not do it; it is above flesh and blood to do it.” But Jesus did it. We hated him, we despised him, and, when he came to save us, we rejected him. When his Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to strive with us, we resist him; but he will save us; nay, he himself braved the fire that he might snatch us as brands from eternal burning.

for meditation: The wonderful determination of Christ and his insistence on carrying out his Father’s will despite all the attempts to distract him (Matthew 16:21–23; 26:51–54; Luke 13:31–33).

sermon no. 236[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 37). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.