Daily Archives: February 14, 2019

Social Media and the Church

Now we live in a new age of technology, and it is having massive, unforeseen effects.

We live in the age of technology. This age has been characterized in other ways by other people, social commentators, and gurus of culture.

Famously, Canadian philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor calls our age the “age of authenticity.” To be authentic is the final word in credibility. We must be true to ourselves. Dr. Ed Stetzer calls our age the “age of outrage.” We are constantly annoyed at each other and positioning for our tribal groups to gain precedence over one another.

What is behind this?

Part of it is philosophical. Dr. Neil Shenvi has described how “critical theory” is moving from the universities to the mainstream, and in some cases to the unthinking church. Critical theory is based on the proposition that we are defined by the group to which we belong—gender, race, culture, and others—and that each of these groups is vying for hegemony over the other.

In addition to these philosophical roots, there is also a technological engine that is driving the development. The printing press changed Europe and changed the world. The use of gunpowder changed the world through shifting the balance of power to those who could employ it best.

Now we live in a new age of technology, and it is having massive, unforeseen effects.

Not all of technology, by any means, is bad. Just as pornography is widely available across the globe and into the privacy of home more than ever before through the smartphone, so also are Bibles, various translations, biblical teaching, and spiritual resources.

In the smallest village where books would take months to penetrate, there are now farmers with smartphones.

We must not be luddites when it comes to technology. But we must also be aware of what it is doing to …

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Jared Kushner Will Present His Mysterious Middle East Peace Plan For Israel And Palestine During Passover After Israel’s April Elections — Now The End Begins

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday held a rival summit in Sochi with the leaders of Turkey and Iran.

Do I think that Jared Kushner could possibly be the biblical Antichrist? Maybe, maybe not. Aside from the fact that he looks an awful lot like the Antichrist from a PureFlix movie, owns a billion dollar building at 666 Fifth Avenue, and has been friends with the Netanyahu family since birth, I could be totally wrong about this. But I am willing to keep all options open at this point.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)

Rolling out the US Middle East Peace Covenant in the springtime takes you to two places. First, it takes you to Passover starting on April 19th and running to the 27th. The second place it takes you is the time of the year that the Bible infers will be the time for the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, Solomon tells us that event takes place after Winter in the Spring.

Needless to say, we will be watching this closely. Very closely.

US to present Mideast peace plan after Israeli vote, Jared Kushner says

FROM POLITICO: The United States will put forward a Middle East peace plan after an Israeli general election on April 9, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, told officials at a Middle East conference on Thursday.

Ministers who took part in a closed-door session with Kushner at the conference in Warsaw said he told them that Israelis and Palestinians would each have to compromise.

A number of nations chose to boycott the U.S.-sponsored conference, including Russia, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, raising serious questions about whether the Trump administration will have the credibility to gain any momentum for a peace proposal.

Trump has also made a number of divisive moves in the Middle East, including announcing the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday held a rival summit in Sochi with the leaders of Turkey and Iran. READ MORE

via Jared Kushner Will Present His Mysterious Middle East Peace Plan For Israel And Palestine During Passover After Israel’s April Elections — Now The End Begins

Andrew McCabe Admits Top NatSec Officials Plotted Coup Against Trump — The Federalist

After the James Comey firing, McCabe discussed removing Trump from office and began a counterintelligence investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe publicly admitted that after the firing of James Comey, national security officials strategized on invoking the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office.

“There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment,” Scott Pelley said he learned in his “60 Minutes” interview with McCabe.

Pelley described the top bureaucrats as “counting noses,” and speculating on where various cabinet members might stand on the question of the president’s removal.

“These were the eight days from Comey’s firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what to do with the president,” Pelley said.

More than once, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire into the White House to attempt to record incriminating conversations with the president. McCabe said this was an idea he took seriously and discussed with FBI lawyers.

McCabe, who was fired by President Trump last March, admitted to ensuring a counterintelligence investigation of President Trump and his alleged ties to Russia. “I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” McCabe said. “That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”

In a statement to CBS, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that McCabe had “opened a completely baseless investigation into the president.”

.@ScottPelley on what McCabe told @60Minutes: “There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment.” pic.twitter.com/iVAyrEV4MF

— Norah O’Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) February 14, 2019

After CBS aired a portion of the “60 Minutes” interview Thursday morning, Trump mocked McCabe on Twitter, saying he was “a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country.”

Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a “poor little Angel” when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax – a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of “insurance policy” in case I won….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019

McCabe’s new book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” is self-described as “a dramatic and candid account of his career,” and details the behind-the-scenes events that unfolded between Trump’s election and McCabe’s firing.

Pelley’s full interview with McCabe will air on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

via Andrew McCabe Admits Top NatSec Officials Plotted Coup Against Trump — The Federalist

President Trump RIPS Andrew McCabe After Explosive “60 Minutes” Interview — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump ripped former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Thursday morning in a pair of tweets after an excerpt from McCabe’s explosive interview with “60 Minutes” was released.

Andrew McCabe gave an interview to CBS’s “60 Minutes” which will air this Sunday as part of his PR blitz to get ahead of a potential grand jury indictment.

McCabe said in his “60 Minutes” interview that top DOJ officials were so worried over President Trump’s decision to fire corrupt Comey as FBI Director that they discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Andrew McCabe also ordered officials to open an obstruction of justice case after Trump fired Comey to see if President Trump was acting as an agent on behalf of Russia.

Both of these revelations were previously reported by the media — The New York Times first reported that DAG Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to help oust Trump and in December CNN reported that McCabe opened an obstruction case before Mueller was appointed.

Rosenstein has denied reports he discussed wearing a wire to oust Trump using the 25th Amendment.

President Trump mocked McCabe Friday morning, calling him “poor little Angel” and accused him of giving Crooked Hillary a pass.

Trump then said McCabe gave Hillary a pass because his wife received “BIG DOLLARS” from Clinton people for her campaign. 

The Inspector General released a devastating report on Andrew McCabe last April and stated the FBI official “lacked candor” (lied), including under oath several times.

Andrew McCabe was subsequently fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and criminally referred to the US Attorney’s office about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

A grand jury was impaneled last summer to investigate Andrew McCabe – The Washington Post first reported about the grand jury in September of 2018.

McCabe’s appearance on “60 Minutes” is just a PR blitz to get ahead of a potential grand jury indictment — A judge didn’t propose a gag order on McCabe.

In contrast, a corrupt Obama judge proposed a gag order on Roger Stone to prevent him from defending himself publicly.

via President Trump RIPS Andrew McCabe After Explosive “60 Minutes” Interview — The Gateway Pundit

Brannon Howse Gets Flagged on Right Wing Watch — Pulpit & Pen

Brannon Howse of Worldview Weekend just won the distinct honor of being flagged on Right Wing Watch. His comments about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are apparently beyond the pale.

RWW posts:

Howse said that Ocasio-Cortez represents a very serious threat to this nation because she has “no reverence whatsoever” for her position and “is disgracing her office with her juvenile tactics,” which makes her very “appealing to the dumbed-down masses.”

They continue:

“Someone is pulling her strings, or there is some demonic connections going on here where she is just living out what the demonic realm wants,” Howse said. “I am not sure which one; maybe both.”

The audio is below.

In the meantime, if all it takes to get flagged on Right Wing Watch is to claim Democrats are of the devil, I guess that goes for a great many of us.

via Brannon Howse Gets Flagged on Right Wing Watch — Pulpit & Pen

Messianic Politics on Display: The Green New Deal and the New Political Order — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

Since her election to congress last November, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has broken the traditional mold of a freshman legislator in Congress. Freshmen rarely make the headlines. They generally do not sponsor legislation, and they carry little influence, even if they caucus with the majority party. Ocasio-Cortez, however, might be one of the most influential Democrats in the entire nation because of what she represents: a young, vocal, social-media savvy political operative who knows how to push her party towards the far left of American politics. The centerpiece of her rise to prominence is the “Green New Deal.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey sponsor this sweeping resolution that would, indeed, involve a lot of green—not just ecological but financial. This proposed legislation encompasses environmental changes coupled with economic and financial policy initiatives. Indeed, the entire purpose of this bill aims to drag the Democratic party to the far left of the political spectrum. The “Green New Deal” abounds with radical proposals about the future of the United States, but it also raises questions about whether politicians really mean what they say when they speak to the American people.

On its face, the resolution redounds with impossible, impractical, and grossly generalized policy proposals that would have massive consequences on American public life. It includes a 10-year commitment to convert 100% of power demands in the United States to clean, renewable sources. It mandates upgrading all existing buildings in the country to meet energy efficient requirements. It aims to make air-travel obsolete by expanding high-speed rail. It promises millions of new jobs, guaranteed health care, and a sustainable family wage—all of that in the matter of a decade. This is no “Green New Deal.” It marks an entirely new conception of the American government and way of life. It takes up proposals that have been a part of the climate change and energy discussion in the U.S. and then launches into an imaginary world in which a new age of liberal miracles arrives just in time to save humanity.

Reporting for the New York Times, Lisa Friedman and Glenn Thrush wrote, “Liberal Democrats put flesh on their Green New Deal slogan with a sweeping resolution intended to redefine the national debate on climate change.” They go on to write that “the resolution has more breadth than detail and is so ambitious that Republican’s greeted it with derision. Its legislative prospects are bleak in the foreseeable future. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has no plan to bring the resolution in its current form to the floor for a vote.”

There is a level of political irony in that last sentence—the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, refuses to bring the “New Green Deal” up for a vote, while the conservative Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises that the Senate will hold a vote. Where Pelosi must balance the liberal wing of her party with the members who describe the “Green Deal” as nuts, McConnell has made a politically masterful move by forcing the Democrats in the Senate, especially Democratic Senators running for President, to put their vote where their mouth is—to cast an official vote rather than pay lip service to a radical liberal agenda.

Indeed, every major Democratic candidate for President who has a seat in the United States Senate has come out in favor of the “Green New Deal.” The political vector of the Democratic party continually presses towards a moral liberal and increasingly socialist agenda. The energy swirling in the Democratic party flows from the more liberal and populist ideology that arose during the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. As a result, the new wave of Democratic contenders for the White House, in an attempt to tap into that liberal fervor, have pledged their support to liberal policies like the “New Green Deal.” Now, however, with an impending vote orchestrated by McConnell, these Democrats have a conundrum on their hands of epic proportions. It’s one thing to say they support this New Deal; it’s another thing altogether to voice that support in a vote—a vote for an outlandish, irresponsible, proposal that not even Nancy Pelosi wants to touch in the House.

The irony only continued when the Senate sponsor of the “Green New Deal,” Edward Markey, complained about McConnell’s plan to bring this legislation up for a vote. This might be the first time in American politics where the sponsor of a bill complains that his proposed bill is to be put up for debate and a vote.

Political hilarity and irony aside, Markey’s complaint about a vote for his bill reveals the underlying absurdity of “Green New Deal.” Markey decries McConnell’s move as legislative sabotage. When it’s sabotage to adopt your own legislation, maybe you didn’t mean the proposals in the first place. What turned out to be legislative conviction was only political grandstanding.

Grandstanding puts it lightly. Democrats know that this legislation has no path to law—it cannot happen, nor will it ever happen. It is not just economically impossible, it is technologically impossible. Even if Democrats gain control of the entire government in 2020, it will not pass. It is a political stunt. The entire American economy with all its trillions of dollars could not afford the “Green New Deal.” The Democrats proposed this grand, green deal only to toss raw meat to their base for the upcoming elections and, perhaps more importantly, to shift the entire political climate of the nation—to make the radical and disastrous policies of this legislation normal and reasonable in the public eye.

As Ross Douthat put it in his opinion piece in the New York Times, “The core conservative suspicion is that when liberals talk about the dire threat of global warming, they’re actually seizing opportunistically on the issue to justify, well, full socialism, the seizure of the economy’s commanding heights in order to implement the most left-wing possible agenda.” As Douthat concluded, the “Green New Deal” is actually a bold admission of that charge. Indeed, this “Green New Deal” aims not at revolution of ecological policy, but an entire reorientation of America’s economic ideology.

But the most significant remark made by Senator Markey as he proposed the legislation as this: “We will save all of creation by engaging in massive job creation.”

Seriously, this bill will “save all of creation.” If nothing else, what we see here is messianic politics. The Green New Deal calls for peace on earth, healing humanity, freeing indigenous peoples, stopping population loss from rural areas, and guaranteeing a well paying job, health care, and the arrival of full “economic security for all people of the United States.” As if any bill, any government act, or any government on earth, could do that.

The Christian worldview provides a more comprehensive and lasting promise for the care of creation. God entrusted mankind with the solemn stewardship of the environment. From the Garden of Eden to our present moment in history, God summons his people to care for the world and all God’s creatures. Stewardship of creation implies the existence of a Creator and that our dominion over the creation was no evolutionary accident. He granted mankind responsibility and dominion over the earth—a dominion that requires carefulness, not recklessness. It also requires honesty.

No doubt, this political debate has only just begun. The breakneck speed of American politics leaves little room to catch a breath, much less think about these important issues facing the nation. The gloves are on, the battle lines drawn, and Christians must vigilantly profess the biblical worldview that can answer and lead us through moral and political quandaries of the day.

This article draws from the February 14th edition of The Briefing. To listen to the full episode, click here. To subscribe to The Briefing–Dr. Mohler’s daily podcast that serves as an analysis of news and events–click here

via Messianic Politics on Display: The Green New Deal and the New Political Order — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

February 14 Consequences and Punishment

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5–11

Key Verses: Hebrews 12:5–6

You have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”

One great misconception about the nexus between sin and consequences is a distorted notion of the character and nature of God.

Too many people view God as a celestial law enforcement officer, seeking to apply strict punitive measures to our misbehavior. Such a God is certainly not meant to be enjoyed. This tragic conclusion exists because of the confusion between consequences and punishment. God has established the moral law of sin and consequence in the spiritual realm as surely as He has fixed the law of gravity in the temporal realm.

God has designed consequences for our behavior as a means to teach us wise, profitable behavior. When we err, the often unpleasant results of our actions help to avoid reoccurrence. Consequences are not punishment. Punishment is retribution or revenge. God’s punishment for sin was meted out on His Son at the cross, His justice and holiness both displayed and satisfied. He uses consequences as an expression of love to correct and keep us from evil.

Just as an earthly father uses consequences to teach his children, our heavenly Father allows the results of sin to instruct us in the ways of righteousness. His motivation is love, never punishment; and the consequences are always mingled with mercy.

Dear Lord, thank You for consequences that teach me to walk in the way of righteousness. How grateful I am that Your motivation is love instead of punishment and Your judgments are mingled with mercy.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 47). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Gay Priest Speaking at Ravi Zacharias Event Tomorrow — Reformation Charlotte

Sam Allberry is a gay priest in the Anglican Church — an apostate denomination — and is scheduled to speak on February 15 at the Zacharias Institute with well-known and respected Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias.

Allberry, who is a co-founder of the Living Out ministry — which advocates for same-sex relationships, cohabitation, and physical intimacy so long as it stops short of bodily penetration — will be addressing Christians attending the event on the question of “How ​Can ​I ​Know ​My ​Gender?”

Allberry advocates for homosexuals to accept their orientation, that same-sex attraction need not be repented of because it is not a choice. He teaches that same-sex attraction is more like an affliction, an illness, and that it will likely not change once you become a Christian.

Allberry is a rising star in New Calvinist and social justice outlets such as the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition. Last year, Allberry spoke at the ERLC conferencesuggesting that church members should accept homosexuals in their churches, and even go as far as to “share their children” with homosexuals by allowing them to babysit so that they can experience what it’s like to be a part of a family.

Read also: Gay Christianity and the Church Growth Movement

Recently, Allberry and The Gospel Coalition put out a video urging churches to back single-parent adoptions in their churches. Let that sink in: a gay priest calling on churches to advocate for single-parent adoptions.

The Ravi Zacharias event website states,

On ​February ​15th, ​the ​Zacharias ​Institute ​will ​be ​hosting ​our ​second ​event ​in ​the ​#TrendingQuestions ​series, ​“How ​Can ​I ​Know ​My ​Gender?” ​Join ​us ​as ​we ​seek ​to ​understand ​the ​cultural ​moment ​that ​we ​live ​in ​with ​regard ​to ​gender ​identity, ​and ​consider ​how ​the ​Bible ​can ​bring ​clarity ​and ​compassion ​to ​many ​of ​the ​questions ​that ​we ​are ​facing ​today. ​Our ​featured ​speaker ​will ​be ​RZIM ​itinerant ​Sam ​Allberry, ​and ​author ​of ​Is ​God ​Anti-Gay? ​and ​his ​forthcoming ​book, ​7 ​Myths ​About ​Singleness.

Gay Priest Speaking at Ravi Zacharias Event Tomorrow — Reformation Charlotte

What Caused The Recession Of 2019-2021? — ZeroHedge News

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The banquet of consequences is now being served, but the good seats have all been taken.

As I discussed in We’re Overdue for a Sell-Everything/No-Fed-Rescue Recession, recessions have a proximate cause and a structural cause. The proximate cause is often a spike in energy costs (1973, 1990) or a financial crisis triggered by excesses of speculation and debt (2000 and 2008) or inflation (1980).

Structural causes are imbalances that build up over time: imbalances in trade or currency flows, capital investment, debt, speculation, labor compensation, wealth-income inequality, energy supply and consumption, etc. These structural distortions and imbalances tend to interact in self-reinforcing dynamics that overlap with normal business / credit cycles.

The current recession has not yet been acknowledged, but this is standard operating procedure: recessions are only declared long after they actually start due to statistical reporting lags. Maybe the recession of 2019-21 will be declared at some point in the future to have begun in Q2 or Q3, but the actual date is not that meaningful; what matters is what caused the recession and how the structural imbalances are resolved.

So what caused the recession of 2019-21? Apparently nothing: oil costs are relatively low, U.S. banks are relatively well-capitalized, geopolitical issues are on the backburner and stocks, bonds and real estate are all well-bid (i.e. there is no liquidity crisis).

This lack of apparent trigger will mystify conventional economists who generally avoid the enormous structural imbalances in our economy because those imbalances are the only possible output of our Neofeudal Power Structure in which a New Nobility/Oligarchy dominates financial and political power and skims the vast majority of gains the economy generates.

The cause of the recession of 2019-21 is exhaustion: exhaustion of the pell-mell expansion of credit (i.e. credit exhaustion/saturation), exhaustion in the household and small business sectors as real-world price increases continue exceeding wage and revenue gains, exhaustion of margin expansion in stocks, and exhaustion of Corporate America’s policy of masking inflation by reducing quality and quantity: at some point, the toilet paper roll is so visibly diminished (i.e. stealth inflation) that companies can no longer reduce the quantity: at that point, they must raise prices to remain profitable, and this explains the recent surge in the sticker price of consumer staples.

Conventional economics has no answer for exhaustion: the only “solution” in a Keynesian universe is to goose borrowing by lowering interest rates and sluicing limitless liquidity into the financial system.

But if everyone who is qualified to borrow more has no interest in borrowing more, lenders turn to unqualified borrowers who will soon default. This sets up a destruction of debt, collateral and wealth that also has no policy answer. The credit impulse doesn’t expire, it simply fades away, along with “growth,” rising stock markets, higher tax revenues, etc.

The second “solution” is to substitute government spending for private spending. But in case nobody noticed, please observe that state/local and federal borrowing and spending has been soaring at insanely unsustainable rates since 2008.

Exhaustion overtook the global economy in 2016, but central banks injected massive doses of financial adrenaline to shock the comatose patient. This “solution” continues to this day, as China’s central bank reportedly injected an unprecedented $1.2 trillion into credit markets in January alone.

The problem with financial adrenaline is that every dose reduces the impact of the next dose. At some point, the patient fails to respond. The positive effects of the stimulus become toxic, and attempts to increase dosage will only push the patient into collapse.

That’s where the global economy is today. The exhaustion that was taking hold in 2016 was stimulated away by unprecedented injections of monetary stimulus. The response to current massive injections is between tepid and zero. Adding debt to stimulate “growth” no longer works, and injecting the patient with higher doses of stimulus will only cause collapse.

The banquet of consequences is now being served, but the good seats have all been taken by those with no debt, unimpaired collateral and little dependence on central bank stimulus or central state legerdemain. All that’s left are the bad seats with horrendous consequences for perverse, distorting policies that refused to deal directly with painfully obvious imbalances.

Source: What Caused The Recession Of 2019-2021?

Boom Bust asks if the bubble is bursting as record number of Americans fall behind on car payments

Soaring car-loan debt in the US is a disturbing sign for the economy, showing that the middle class is in “serious economic trouble” as people sacrifice their basic necessities, Professor of Economics Richard Wolff believes.

A record seven million Americans are three months or more behind on their auto-loan payments, according to a recent report released by the New York Federal Reserve. The number is more than one million higher than it was in 2010, when the world was still reeling from the economic crisis.

RT’s Boom Bust sat in with economist and co-founder of Democracy at Work, Professor Richard Wolff, to find out if the situation is a proxy for economic desperation, similar to the mortgage crisis that led to the long economic downturn.

“The folks at the top have been doing very, very well; but the mass of people – even if they get a job finally – [they] get a job with lower income, less security, fewer benefits and you’re seeing the results,” he said.

“If it were just the unpaid car loans, it would be one thing, but we’re seeing it everywhere,” Wolff told host Bart Chilton. He added that most people “are in very serious economic trouble and the slightest downturn is going to take us over the edge.”

Cars are an “absolute necessity” for Americans and their everyday routine – from going to work and getting kids to school to doing shopping. The fact that they are not paying for this might mean that these people are ready to give up other basic things, like a visits to the doctor, the analyst warned.

Source: Boom Bust asks if the bubble is bursting as record number of Americans fall behind on car payments

Surge in Auto Loan Delinquencies: Auto Loans in High Gear

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Auto loan delinquencies are well below the great recession. But they are well above the years prior to the recession.

Earlier today the Fed released its report on household debt. Interestingly, the Fed did a separate, special report called Auto Loans in High Gear.

Although household debt balances have been rising since mid-2013, their sluggish growth in the fourth quarter was mainly due to a flattening in the growth of mortgage balances. Auto loans, which have been climbing at a steady clip since 2011, increased by $9 billion, boosted by historically strong levels of newly originated loans. In fact, 2018 marked the highest level in the nineteen-year history of the loan origination data, with $584 billion in new auto loans and leases appearing on credit reports, up in nominal terms from 2017’s $569 billion.

The overall performance of auto loans has been slowly worsening, despite an increasing share of prime loans in the stock. The flow into serious delinquency (that is, the share of balances that were current or in early delinquency that became 90+ days delinquent) in the fourth quarter of 2018 crept up to 2.4 percent, substantially above the low of 1.5 percent seen in 2012.

The relative performance between each credit score group stands out immediately; but the increase in delinquency is most obvious among the loans of the two groups of lower-score borrowers, shown by the blue and red lines in the chart below. Borrowers with credit scores less than 620 saw their transitions into delinquency exceed 8 percent in the fourth quarter (annualized as a moving sum), a development that is surprising during a strong economy and labor market.

Seriously Delinquencies by Credit Score

Auto Loan Performance by Age Group

Shifting gears and looking at loan performance by the age of the borrowers [top chart] , some interesting trends emerge. Age-based flows into serious delinquency for auto loans—in the Quarterly Report and reproduced in the chart above—depict a sharp worsening in the performance of the loans held by borrowers under 30 years old between 2014 and 2016. Meanwhile, delinquencies on auto loans held by borrowers over 30 have crept up slowly over time.

Although rising overall delinquency rates remain below 2010 peak levels, there were over 7 million Americans with auto loans that were 90 or more days delinquent at the end of 2018. That is more than a million more troubled borrowers than there had been at the end of 2010 when the overall delinquency rates were at their worst since auto loans are now more prevalent. The substantial and growing number of distressed borrowers suggests that not all Americans have benefited from the strong labor market and warrants continued monitoring and analysis of this sector.

Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham Demands McCabe Testify After Explosive “60 Minutes” Interview — The Gateway Pundit

Lindsey Graham

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) demanded Andrew McCabe testify to the Committee after an excerpt of his explosive “60 Minutes” interview was released.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: “After Mr. McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, it is imperative that he, and others, come before the senate judiciary to fully explain how and why a FISA warrant was issued against Carter Page and answer questions about what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump.”

Senator Graham is also seeking testimony from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, reported The Hill.

“Yeah, I would like to know what happened. You’re having a conversation about whether or not you’re going to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Graham said when asked if he would subpoena Rosenstein to testify if he didn’t agree to appear before the panel.

“I imagine if the shoe were on the other foot, my Democratic colleagues would want to know about that conversation if it involved a Democrat. Absolutely, I want to hear from him at the appropriate time,” Graham added.

Andrew McCabe gave an interview to CBS’s “60 Minutes” which will air this Sunday as part of his PR blitz to get ahead of a potential grand jury indictment.

McCabe said in his “60 Minutes” interview that top DOJ officials were so worried over President Trump’s decision to fire corrupt Comey as FBI Director that they discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Andrew McCabe also ordered officials to open an obstruction of justice case after Trump fired Comey to see if President Trump was acting as an agent on behalf of Russia.

Both of these revelations were previously reported by the media — The New York Times first reported that DAG Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to help oust Trump and in December CNN reported that McCabe opened an obstruction case before Mueller was appointed.

Rosenstein has denied reports he discussed wearing a wire to oust Trump using the 25th Amendment.

In plain English, this was an attempted coup and it is still continuing with Mueller’s inquisition.

This was the “insurance policy” that McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussed which was revealed in the text messages exchanged between the FBI lovebirds.

Rosenstein previously denied reports he planned to wear a wire and oust Trump from office as “inaccurate and factually incorrect” — on Thursday, the Justice Department released a statement reiterating Rod Rosenstein’s denial he plotted to remove President Trump.

“The Deputy Attorney General never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references. As the Deputy Attorney General previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment,” a DOJ spox said on Thursday.

via Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham Demands McCabe Testify After Explosive “60 Minutes” Interview — The Gateway Pundit

McCabe Admits He And Rosenstein Plotted To Remove President Trump

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has an interview set to air on “60 Minutes” this weekend and it is a bombshell.

From what has leaked in video snippets the major news is that McCabe and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did plan to use a wire to catch President Donald trump doing something.

That would be used to recruit cabinet members into using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.

Ex-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe: “I was speaking to the man who had just … won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia.” Via CBS pic.twitter.com/AT2I27hZvo

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 14, 2019

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” McCabe said.

“That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace,” he said.

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision,” he told Scott Pelley.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and just won the election for the presidency. And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage,” he said.

Do you support President Trump?

“And that was something that troubled me greatly,” he said.

Even Pelley, the man interviewing him, was surprised by what he was told.

“The most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these eight days in May when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people really didn’t know about,” he said.

“There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment,” he said.

“These were the eight days from Comey’s firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president,” he said, CBS reported.

This is a Banana Republic type of thing. McCabe and Rosentein using a wire to get information to recruit Cabinet members to use the 25th Amendment to remove a duly elected president because they did not like that their friend Comey was fired.

Pelley said McCabe confirms in their interview that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire in meetings with President Trump. Previously, a Justice Department statement claimed that Rosenstein made the offer sarcastically, but McCabe said it was taken seriously.

“McCabe in [the 60 Minutes] interview says no, it came up more than once and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it,” Pelley told “CBS This Morning.”

McCabe has written a book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” in which he describes his career, and the FBI investigative process. It’s an insider’s account that details FBI decisions in the 2016 election and what took place at the bureau in the days between the firing of Comey and the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to probe Russian influence in the election.

Source: McCabe Admits He And Rosenstein Plotted To Remove President Trump

Brannon Howse: February 13, 2019

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Guest: Pastor Sam Jones. Topic: Why pastors must warn their flock of the men that have risen from within that are promoting socialism disguised as the gospel. Topic: Pastor Sam responds to the pastors that say Christians should only vote and not be political while the same pastors promote the gospel coalition that is a front group for socialism. Topic: The stage is set for a social credit score in America as is in China. In China your social score impacts your ability to travel, get a job, promotion at work, and even the use of public services. In America there is already talk of examining your social media accounts before you are allowed to purchase a gun. Today Brannon explains how the Mark of the Beast could in fact be tied to a social credit score so that those that are believers or those that oppose the political, economic, and religious system of the one-world leader are punished and excluded from basic services and the ability to buy or sell. Topic: Throughout time the thought has been that believers would reject the Mark of the Beast. While the Bible makes it clear that believers will not take the Mark of the Beast, what if it is the world government that makes this decision for them based on their social credit score so they are denied basic services and the ability to buy or sell as another form of persecuting believers and conservatives? Topic: The data already exists to build a social credit score of almost every America simply through your social media accounts, bank accounts, credit card statements, and tax returns. Topic: We take your calls.

Source: Brannon Howse: February 13, 2019

Sexual Abuse in the Church: A Resource Guide — CBN News feeds

Sexual abuse has been exposed in recent years as a critical issue in the global Church – in Catholic and Protestant churches alike.

A recent Houston Chronicle investigation revealed hundreds of cases within the Southern Baptist Convention alone. And a CBN News exclusive report examined one church’s tragic experience with a pastor who abused countless children for decades before finally being caught.

If you or someone you know has suffered from sexual abuse there are many resources available to help you.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline receives calls 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE. You can also chat online with a hotline worker.

The hotline cites national statistics from Child Protective Services that show as many as 57,329 children were sexually abused in FY2016. Two-thirds of child abuse victims are between the ages of 12 and 17 and one-third are under 12. Perpetrators are usually a family member or someone known to the child.

For adult survivors of child sexual abuse, survivor advocate Jimmy Hinton recommends Together We Heal which links survivors of child sexual abuse with partners and volunteer therapists.

For those who’ve been abused by religious or institutional authorities such as pastors, elders, teachers and coaches the SNAP Network offers a variety of resources.

Survivors of abuse within the church who cannot attend church because of their trauma can find help at PorchSwing Ministries.

Hinton also recommends Flying Free Now which offers help to women who’ve survived spiritual abuse, often from leaders in the church.

Adults who survived abuse as children on the mission field can network with other survivors in the organization MK Safety Net.

Jimmy and Clara Hinton also provide resources on their personal websites.

via Sexual Abuse in the Church: A Resource Guide — CBN News feeds

February 14 Holding Fast to the Faithful Word

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:41–48

Key verse: John 17:17

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Think for a moment about how many books, magazines, newspapers, and other materials you have read in the last year. What we read and see is not the sort of material that gives meaning and purpose to our existence.

For that, we must always turn to the Bible, which is the revelation of God to man concerning His unchanging plan for mankind. God’s Word is the foundation upon which you and I can establish an enduring life.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning instruction, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). The Holy Scriptures unfold the plan of salvation, unveil the Lord’s plan for abundant living, and share what life after death will be like.

The Word of God is faithful: “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). You can count on its truth and power to deal with every aspect of life.

God’s Word will never lead you astray because the God who cannot lie is its Author and Guarantor: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17).

Equip me for every good work, O Lord, as I build my life on Your unchanging Word.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 47). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

37 Ways to Love One Another — Paul Tautges

A local church is not built by one man, or even a few men, but by every believer being actively involved in ministry through evangelizing the lost people in their lives and serving their fellow Christians. A quick glance at the practice of the New Testament church reveals that they thought very little about programs and very much about relationships.

Consider the disciple-making that would naturally take place in the life of a local church if every believer would practice the loving, one-another ministry that the early churches first read about in the instructions they received from the apostles:

  1. Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  2. Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  3. Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16).
  4. Accept one another by withholding judgment (Rom. 14:1).
  5. Accept one another by showing deference (Rom. 14:1–5; 15:7).
  6. Esteem [highly regard] one another in love (Rom. 14:5; Phil. 2:3).
  7. Build up one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11).
  8. Counsel one another (Rom. 15:14).
  9. Serve one another by showing deference in matters of liberty (Gal. 5:13).
  10. Bear one another’s sin burdens (Gal. 6:2).
  11. Be gentle with one another (Eph. 4:2).
  12. Be kind to one another so as to preserve unity (Eph. 4:32).
  13. Speak truth to one another (Eph. 4:25; Col 3:9).
  14. Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21).
  15. Show compassion to one another (Col. 3:12).
  16. Bear with the inherent sinfulness of one another (Col. 3:13).
  17. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13).
  18. Use Spirit-filled, Word-saturated music to teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).
  19. Comfort one another with the hope of Christ’s return (1 Thes. 4:18).
  20. Encourage one another (1 Thes. 5:11).
  21. Live in peace with one another (1 Thes. 5:13).
  22. Seek good for one another (1 Thes. 5:15).
  23. Encourage one another to forsake unbelief and hardness of heart (Heb. 3:13).
  24. Stimulate one another to spiritual growth (Heb. 10:24).
  25. Encourage one another by faithful participation in your local church (Heb. 10:25).
  26. Confess sins to one another (James 5:16).
  27. Pray for one another’s spiritual and physical healing (James 5:16).
  28. Be long-suffering and patient toward one another (1 Peter 4:8; Eph. 4:2).
  29. Be hospitable to one another without complaint (1 Peter 4:9).
  30. Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10; Gal. 5:13).
  31. Act in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).
  32. Show holy affection to one another (1 Peter 5:14).
  33. Participate in the holy walk with one another (1 John 1:7).
  34. Refuse to become resentful toward one another (1 John 3:11–12).
  35. Give sacrificially to meet one another’s needs (1 John 3:16–17).
  36. Fight fear together by growing in love (1 John 4:18).
  37. Walk in truth together (1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:5).

The Christian life is all about relationships. It’s God’s design for our personal growth, which then translates into church growth—the real kind. Loving one another is a powerful evangelistic tool, as Jesus says: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

[The above list makes a great personal Bible study or the basis for small group discussion.]

via 37 Ways to Love One Another — Paul Tautges

Are You Allowing Your Child to Be Injected with Vaccines that Contain Chopped Up Aborted Baby Parts? — Triablogue

There is a lot of justified outrage out there of late about abortion among Christians. However, many Christian parents either do not want to know or are simply ignorant of the fact that major vaccines given to children contain aborted baby parts.

This is not a post about the question of the safety or effectiveness of vaccines. So please do not comment on that facet of the vaccine debate in the comments. It’s about whether we are consistent in our ethics: Can you be a Christian and knowingly allow your child to be injected with aborted fetal tissue? 

How can you know what vaccines contain it? The following video discusses this issue.

via Are You Allowing Your Child to Be Injected with Vaccines that Contain Chopped Up Aborted Baby Parts? — Triablogue