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02/22/2019 — Wretched

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•The resurgence of flip-phones
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•Should we call Jesus “Yeshua”?
•Little girls are forced to share bathrooms with boys
•What do I make of conversion via dream?
•Did Todd criticize small groups?
•Should I dismiss a job candidate with ties to Bethel?
•Can Christians enjoy superhero movies?
•PTSD and Biblical Counseling
•Should my friend find a new church when his wife has a falling-out?
•Born again at 92
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02/22/2019 — Wretched

February 22 Your Sin Is Forgiven

Scripture Reading: Psalm 85

Key Verse: Psalm 85:2

You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.

The store manager listened as the little girl explained how her mom had told her she could have only one toy car. However, not being able to choose between two, she stole the second one.

At home she tried to act surprised when two cars popped out of the same box, but her mom saw through her folly. Once her dad was home from work, the truth came out, and they returned to the store.

Looking up at the manager with tears in her eyes, the little girl told him she was sorry. Her dad paid for the item and placed it in his pocket. On their way home, she touched her father’s hand and said, “Daddy, I’m sorry. I don’t ever want to do that again.”

He held her tiny hand in his and said, “Honey, that was a hard lesson for you to learn. But I hope you realize what happens when you do something wrong. I also want you to know your mom and I love you very much and so does God.”

Once they were back home, he reached inside his pocket and tossed the toy in the trash. The little girl blinked in confusion. “Dad, why did you do that?”

“Because you’re forgiven. Once you tell God you are sorry and receive His forgiveness, He’ll never bring that sin up again and neither will I.”

Lord, I am so thankful that my sins are gone. You will never bring them up again. You have forgiven me; now help me to forgive myself.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 55). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

New Federal Rule To Yank Tax Funds From Planned Parenthood If It Keeps Doing Abortions — The Federalist

The Trump administration has announced a new rule banning taxpayer dollars from all organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control.

The Trump administration has announced a new rule banning taxpayer dollars from all organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control. The Ronald Reagan administration implemented a similar prohibition in 1988 and won a challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Clinton administration undid the rule, however, and it has never since been fully restored.

The rule threatens federal funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, three years after Republicans with full control of Congress repeatedly failed to make good on campaign promises to defund the organization after undercover videos showed it trafficking in human remains from abortions.

According to a Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet, the proposed rule would require recipients of federal birth control funds to prove they are financially and physically separating federal funds from abortion, “Prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning,” and “Ensures conscience protections for Title X health providers by eliminating the requirement for providers to counsel on and refer for abortion.”

Federal funding for contraception largely emanates from a provision known as Title X, a law that clearly says none of its taxpayer funds “shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” Every year, approximately 4 million people receive Title X provisions. One in five of these is a minor. The new rule also requires Title X recipients to involve minor recipients’ parents or guardians in communications about them seeking taxpayer-provided birth control. It prohibits Title X providers from being under the same roof as an abortion facility, and restricts them from referring women for abortions.

The rules apply to all Title X recipients. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of federal Title X funds. “Title X is not supposed to make funds available to abortion providers, but Planned Parenthood gets around the legal prohibition by formally separating its abortion clinics and its other family planning services, even when those are located in the same facility and essentially funded jointly,” writes Yuval Levin.

Under the rule, Planned Parenthood could still receive federal contraception funds if it stopped providing abortions. Since abortions are Planned Parenthood’s highest revenue-generating service, however, that seems unlikely.

“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide health care to women but do not perform abortions,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement. “The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars.”

The rule also does not affect most of the taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, even though polls consistently show majorities of Americans oppose using tax dollars to subsidize abortions.

“In the year 2014 to 2015, federal and state funding to Planned Parenthood amounted to $553 million or 40 percent of the organization’s budget,” Newsweek reported last year. “Of the half a billion dollars or so, around 25 percent was Title X funding, the rest was Medicaid reimbursements.”

The rule takes effect 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register, but court challenges are expected.

via New Federal Rule To Yank Tax Funds From Planned Parenthood If It Keeps Doing Abortions — The Federalist

BREAKING: Trump Admin Moves to Cut Off Some Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood — The Gateway Pundit

The Trump Admin moved to cut off some funding for the baby butchers at Planned Parenthood on Friday.

The Trump White House posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning centers to be in a separate building from abortion centers, a move that would effectively cut off some federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Washington Examiner reported:

The rule applies to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings for 4 million low-income people. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.

Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X.

The rule will no doubt get challenged in a federal court.

It is important to note that this rule would not defund all of Planned Parenthood because they get other government funding as well.

This rule will however make a dent and force Planned Parenthood to rebuild facilities or forgo millions of dollars in government funding.

The rule would also block providers from referring for abortions for the purpose of family planning or promoting the practice if they are receiving Title X grants. Because of this, critics have often referred to it as a “gag rule,” reported The Examiner.

Ronald Reagan instituted a similar policy in 1988 with the backing of the Supreme Court, however, Bill Clinton rolled it back shortly after he began his first term as president.

via BREAKING: Trump Admin Moves to Cut Off Some Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood — The Gateway Pundit

BREAKING: Trump admin cuts $60 million from Planned Parenthood

$60 million has been cut, $500 million remains.

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule changing funding regulations under the Title X family planning program, a long-awaited action expected to reduce Planned Parenthood’s federal tax subsidies by almost $60 million.

President Donald Trump announced the move last May, which will require facilities providing Title X services to be physically separate from those that commit or refer for abortions. Under the previous rules, Title X services and abortions could “co-locate” in the same center, as long as the abortions were privately funded. Now, the money will be redirected to Women’s Qualified Health Centers that are not involved in abortions, which dramatically outnumber Planned Parenthood locations across the United States.

According to an HHS press release and fact sheet released Friday, the finalized language requires “clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” bans “referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” eliminates a “requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral,” and requires “more complete reporting by grantees about subrecipients and more clarity about informal partnerships with referral agencies.”

“The final rule amends the Title X regulation, which had not been substantially updated in nearly two decades, and makes notable improvements designed to increase the number of patients served and improve the quality of their care,” the department’s press release says. “The Department received and carefully reviewed more than 500,000 comments, and made certain changes to the final rule as a result of its consideration of the comments.”

“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser responded. “The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions. The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars.”

While the rule change comes as welcome news to pro-lifers, Planned Parenthood remains far from defunded. The abortion giant is still expected to take in more than $500 million in tax dollars next year, based on its latest annual report. Its $563.8 million in funding for the most recent fiscal year was actually a $20.1 million increase over the previous year, despite the Trump administration reinstating and expanding the ban on foreign aid money to abortion groups.

The former GOP majority’s failure to defund Planned Parenthood during the president’s first two years remains a source of frustration among pro-lifers, particularly now that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives can block defunding legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused House pro-lifers’ calls to reconsider Senate filibuster rules to pass pro-life bills, and National Review reports that former House Speaker Paul Ryan downplayed defunding Planned Parenthood during budget negotiations.

For the next two years, the pro-life agenda in the federal government is largely focused on confirming hopefully-pro-life judges in the Senate, introducing legislation that cannot pass but can put pro-abortion politicians on the record, and whatever administrative actions the executive branch can take to regulate and investigate the abortion industry.

Source: BREAKING: Trump admin cuts $60 million from Planned Parenthood

Trump Admin Ends Abortion ‘Slush Fund,’ Frees Taxpayers from ‘Forced Partnership with Abortion Industry’

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has delivered a blow to the abortion industry, finalizing a rule that redirects Title X family planning funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood, which is America’s biggest abortion provider.

Under the new rule, health clinics must be “physically and financially” separate from abortion providers in order to receive Title X family planning grants.

To get those grants, women’s clinics also won’t be permitted to refer clients to other places to get an abortion. Moreover, clinics will not be allowed to promote abortion as a family planning method.

A statement from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List praises the new rule, saying in past years Planned Parenthood has received almost $60 million in Title X grants.

“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions,” she continued.

She pointed out that Title X program was never intended to be a “slush fund” for abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, “which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year.”

“We thank President Trump and (Health and Human Services Secretary Alex) Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion,” Dannenfelser concluded.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also praised the move by the Trump administration, calling it “a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry.”

“Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite. Either way, this will loosen the group’s hold on tens of millions of tax dollars,” he said.

Source: Trump Admin Ends Abortion ‘Slush Fund,’ Frees Taxpayers from ‘Forced Partnership with Abortion Industry’

Joel Osteen Frustrated As His Pulpit’s ‘Check Theology’ Light Comes On Again — The Babylon Bee

HOUSTON, TX—An exasperated Joel Osteen threw up his hands while preaching this past Sunday as his pulpit’s “Check Theology” light came on once again.

“Ugh, this is the third time this month—what now!?!” he shouted in a rare outburst. Osteen then suddenly realized that the tens of thousands of people who come to his church for a self-help speech every Sunday were watching him intently. “Oh, uh, heh—I mean, it’s no problem. I, uh, just had that little outburst so you could see what NOT to do.”

“See, you don’t want to let negativity in your life,” he said, regaining his composure as he plastered a fake smile on his face.

After the service, Osteen had a pulpit mechanic in to look at the sleek, stainless steel podium. The mechanic hooked it up to his portable computer. “Ah, here’s your problem, bud,” the worker said. “Looks like you’re preaching the Word-Faith gospel again. See, when you tell people that all they have to do to solve their problems is speak words of positivity, it trips the warning on this model.”

“I recommend repenting of your false gospel right away,” the mechanic said helpfully.

Osteen then thanked the mechanic for his help and paid him to rip the Check Theology light right out of the dash.

via Joel Osteen Frustrated As His Pulpit’s ‘Check Theology’ Light Comes On Again — The Babylon Bee

February 22 God’s Dependent

Scripture reading: Luke 15:11–32

Key verse: Luke 15:18

I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.”

As we grow up, we long for more autonomy, the freedom to make our own choices and function as adults. Can you remember waiting for certain “milestone” ages? The day you could go to school, the day you could drive a car—these are important steps in becoming mature.

If parents are wise, they help their children learn how to make the right choices for themselves. In fact, from a social perspective, a person is often not looked upon as being a complete adult until he is able to support himself and be responsible for his decisions. That is why it is difficult for many to understand the principle of dependence when it comes to abiding in Christ.

The prodigal son in Jesus’ parable, in one way, represents all believers when we choose to go in our own direction with complete disregard for our Father. God does not want you to live as a child in the sense of being irresponsible as you function in daily life. However, He does want you to live as a spiritual child, humbly acknowledging your complete dependence upon Him and His Word.

When you order your life on the principles of God’s Word, you can relax in His care, rest in His love, and know beyond doubt that He is leading you in a good direction. He is the perfect Father, and He longs for you to return home again to Him if you are wandering in your own selfish ways. It’s never too late to be God’s dependent.

Make me Your dependent, Father. I want to relax in Your care, rest in Your love, and follow the path You have ordained for me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 55). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Recession Indicator With A Perfect Record For 70 Years Is About To Be Triggered — ZeroHedge News

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

The unemployment rate has been a perfect forecaster of a recession in the past 70 years, and it appears to be edging closer to triggering that signal.  “It’s never been wrong. It’s something to watch,” said Joseph Lavorgna, chief economist for the Americas at Natixis.

As the unemployment rate hovers around 4% (the number reported in the mainstream media) a more accurate unemployment number is 8.1%.  This takes into account those who have given up on finding work and those who are underemployed (workers who are part-time but want full-time employment),  This more accurate unemployment number is called the U-6, while we often hear the U-3 reported on the news. But even former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says the U-6 is a much more accurate indicator of where things are with regards to the economy.

According to Lavorgna, since 1948, the economy has always entered or been in a recession when the unemployment rate increased 50 basis points (or 0.50 percentage point) from its trailing cyclical low. Lavorgna added that a recession has occurred in all 11 instances regardless of the level of unemploymentaccording to CNBC. He pointed to the example of a recession in 1953 when the unemployment rate rose to just 3.1 percent, and in 1981 when the cyclical low in the unemployment rate was high at 7.2 percent.

The unemployment rate which was reported February 1, rose to 4 percent in January from 3.9 percent. It is currently 30 basis points above the low of 3.7 percent reported in November.  Based on simple math, the unemployment rate is close to triggering a recession indicator. But Lavorgna says the chances are still only 1 in 3 that that happens.

“The current rise is notable and would be troubling if it continues,” notes Lavorgna.  “The recent increase in the rate has been due to rising labor force participation, which is a sign of economic strength, not weakness.”

https://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=7000057433

According to CNBC, the reason the unemployment rate has risen is actually a good thing.  The long-term unemployed are returning to the workforce and looking for a job. “Generally job growth is positive just before a recession,” said LaVorgna.

This isn’t the only indication that a recession is creeping up on the United States.  Other signs are there if you choose to look past the glassy-eyed talking heads in the media. Retail sales were so bad in December of 2018, that many say it had to be “suspect data”and not the simple fact that the economy isn’t as strong as many would have you believe.  If the data was not suspect than a recession is on the way. And with retail stores closing at an alarming rate, it isn’t surprising to hear retail sales have dropped.

Source: A Recession Indicator With A Perfect Record For 70 Years Is About To Be Triggered

From Trayvon to Jussie — Poll Shows Media Hoaxes Killed Race Relations — Christian Research Network

“Although exonerated in a court of law, Zimmerman was tried and convicted by the media using lies, fabricated evidence, and outright racism; and to their forever disgrace, President Obama and the Democrats milked this hoax for all it was worth.”

(John Nolte – Breitbart)   Gallup began polling opinions of race relations back in 2001. At that point, 70 percent of black Americans graded race relations as “very good” or “somewhat good,” while 62 percent of white people agreed.

Think about that… Eighteen years ago, black people were more satisfied with race relations than white people.

For another dozen years, outside of a bump here and a hiccup there, those numbers held. On average, more than 60 percent of black people and around 70 percent of white people gauged race relations as good.

In 2013, all was still good. More than two-thirds of blacks and whites were optimistic about race relations, and then it all collapsed. We went into a five-year dive we have still not recovered from. In the latest polling, only 55 percent of whites and 49 percent of blacks view race relations in a positive light.

So what happened in 2013?

What suddenly killed everything?

The answer, sadly, is an organized media hoax: the death of Trayvon Martin.  View article →

via From Trayvon to Jussie — Poll Shows Media Hoaxes Killed Race Relations — Christian Research Network

Man Denied Life Insurance Policy After Revealing He Wears MAGA Hat In Public — The Babylon Bee

NAPERVILLE, IL—Local man Don Wilder recently applied for a life insurance policy but was denied after he revealed that he wears a “Make America Great Again” hat in public on occasion.

Wilder met with a life insurance agent to appeal the decision.

“I’m sorry sir, but we can’t offer you coverage at this time,” said the agent. “There are certain dangerous activities that just make the risk too great for our company to take on, for instance, smoking, bungee jumping, skydiving, or wearing a Make America Great Again hat in broad daylight.”

“I mean, if you do it in the privacy of your own home, so long as the shades are drawn and all video recording devices are turned off, I think it would be OK,” he added.

The agent pointed out that there’s about a 429% chance that you’ll get assaulted should you wear one in public, especially in a large, liberal-leaning city, where the risk increases to 1,782%. He also showed Wilder how there was a decent chance you get accused of assaulting someone and tying a noose around their neck.

“Frankly, there’s no premium you could pay that would make that kind of risk acceptable to us,” he said.

At publishing time, Wilder had been approved on the condition that he wear a Che Guevara shirt in public instead.

via Man Denied Life Insurance Policy After Revealing He Wears MAGA Hat In Public — The Babylon Bee

Roseanne Barr vs. Jussie Smollett: The Two Cases Show a Clear Liberal Bias in Hollywood

If there is any doubt that there’s an aggressive left-leaning political bias in Hollywood, all one needs to do is look at the Jussie Smollett case — and compare it to the 2017 firing of Roseanne Barr.

Barr, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, was abruptly fired from her own show “Roseanne” — which had just been brought back to television and earned monster ratings — after she put out a tweet that some deemed to be racist.

The tweet targeted former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

Barr said Jarrett was a cross between the “Muslim brotherhood and ‘Planet of the Apes.’” Considering Jarrett is black, there was immediate backlash against the tweet. Barr apologized multiple times for the tweet and insisted she did not know Jarrett’s race at the time.

She said her tweet was more of a criticism of Jarrett’s foreign policies.

Yet ABC fired Barr from the successful, and politically unbiased, show despite her apology. Barr eventually even signed away all financial and creative rights to the very show she had created. Still, this was not enough. The media and fellow celebrities smeared her as a racist. Her apologies and reparations meant nothing to anybody.

Cut to Jussie Smollett. The “Empire” star and outspoken critic of Trump came out with a story weeks ago saying he was physically attacked by two white men wearing Make America Great Again hats in Chicago in the early morning.

He claimed the men yelled, “MAGA country!” while attacking him. He even said the men put a noose around his neck.

Despite Smollett’s story changing several times, he wasn’t questioned all that much. Liberal politicians and celebrities immediately threw their support behind the actor. He even landed a cushy, softball interview on “Good Morning America” about the alleged attack.

Related: Five Celebrities Who Owe Apologies to Trump and His Supporters About the Jussie Smollett Case

Smollett has now been charged by police with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. He continues to insist on his innocence through his lawyers, but Chicago police have said they believe Smollett faked the entire attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary on “Empire.”

Police allege the actor paid two Nigerian brothers who were extras on “Empire” to carry out the “attack.” They also allege Smollett gave himself injuries. There is also now video footage of the brothers buying masks and rope for a noose before the attack.

Smollett has not been fired from “Empire.” Many celebrities continue to defend his crumbling account of events.

Others simply refuse to acknowledge the possibility that this man likely faked a hate crime.

There is no world where a bad joke tweet measures up to faking an evil hate crime. The difference in the treatment of Smollett compared to the treatment of Barr by mainstream Hollywood is disgusting — and shows clear as daylight that this is an industry willing to forgive just about anything, as long as someone is on the “right side.”

Think about it: In this current environment, all it takes for someone to lose everything they’ve worked for over a long period of time is … a tweet.

For more, check out this video:

Source: Roseanne Barr vs. Jussie Smollett: The Two Cases Show a Clear Liberal Bias in Hollywood

United Methodists Seeking to Affirm LGBTQ Clergy Tomorrow — Reformation Charlotte

CT — One of the world’s largest Christian denominations faces potential fracture as United Methodist leaders gather to finally decide how to navigate deep divisions over gay marriage, ordination, and ministry.

The United Methodist Church (UMC) meets Saturday through Tuesday to weigh options to address the differing convictions on the issue, including some that would lead one side or the other to leave the denomination.

This special session of its General Conference, a denominational decision-making body made of around 1,000 delegates, represents the culmination of years of passionate debate about the application of scriptural teachings, particularly when it comes to issues around sexuality.

There’s a lot at stake. Beth Ann Cook, a UMC minister and clergy delegate, said the issue comes down to “how we interpret and apply Scripture in our daily lives,” and she’s praying that “delegates fully and honestly face the depth of our divisions.”

“While this General Conference is about much more than LGBTQ justice and inclusion for the United Methodist Church, we are at this juncture because of the discrimination against LGBTQ people in the church,” said Jan Lawrence, whose Reconciling Ministries Network advocates for the UMC to change its longstanding policies and language around homosexuality.

Since its first official statement on homosexuality in 1972, the denomination has tried to mark out a middle ground of grace and traditional orthodoxy, stating that “homosexuals no less than heterosexuals are person of sacred worth” while still considering “the practice of homosexuality … incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Decades later, with half the 12.5 million-member denomination located outside the US, the UMC’s historic position has become the source of heated debates at the General Conference gatherings, held every four years. The clashes have intensified as protestors eager to see the denomination change its stance interrupt deliberations and in one case, a demonstrator threatened to jump from a balcony.

This dissent has been going on for well over 20 years. By now, some pastors and bishops violate the prohibitions on same-sex marriage outright, and several regional bodies have chosen to ordain and commission openly gay clergy and a bishop.

Many in the United States consider the UMC a more progressive denomination, though they have officially held a more traditional position on sexuality, voting to add statements barring ordination for “practicing homosexuals” in 1984 and same-sex marriage ceremonies in 1996.

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via United Methodists Seeking to Affirm LGBTQ Clergy Tomorrow — Reformation Charlotte

United Methodists Likely to Fully Affirm Sodomy this Weekend — Pulpit & Pen

There are more than 12 million United Methodists worldwide and more than 4 thousand are meeting in Saint Louis from Saturday to Monday. Of these, more than 800 are voting delegates who will ultimately decide where the United Methodist Church stands on the topic of homosexuality.

Many might have assumed that the United Methodist Church already affirms sodomy because so many of its ministers have acted contrary to the UMC Book of Discipline and are outspoken proponents of the LGBT agenda. In actuality, however, the UMC has not yet affirmed disgusting same-sex desires and behavior. While homosexuals may serve as UMC clergy, they must remain celibate (much like famous Anglican homosexual priest promoted by The Gospel Coalition, Sam Allberry). Likewise, UMC clergy are not technically supposed to officiate gay weddings, although many have and continue to, sometimes with and sometimes without denominational sanction.

The Special Sessions of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will decide whether or not this line should be stricken from the denomination’s Book of Discipline, The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.

Matt Miofsky, who is pastor of The Gathering, one of the largest and quickly growing UMC congregations in the United States, wrote an open letter encouraging the full inclusion of sodomites into the denomination. He wrote:

We are called to be passionate about Jesus, committed to the whole of Scripture, eager to share life in Christ with all people. We are also called to a robust, bold and unapologetic invitation to queer people to be fully active at all levels in our churches. These two are not contradictory, they are not mutually exclusive, and they do not represent a compromise of any strong belief in God, Scripture or Christ.

A group of 93 United Methodist educational institutions, schools, colleges, and seminaries has officially lobbied for full inclusion of sodomites into the denomination, as reported by P&P on January 11.

A task force called A Way Forward was to investigate where United Methodists stood on the issue. There was not a task force called to determine where the Bible stands on the issue.

It is expected by denominational insiders that the voting delegates at the special session will either fully affirm sodomy or give each church the right to decide the matter for themselves.

The odds of the denomination standing by their original condemnation of sodomy is infinitesimally small.

via United Methodists Likely to Fully Affirm Sodomy this Weekend — Pulpit & Pen

Giant Topping Pattern Could Be Forming, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

The first fact of the day; The long-term trend for tech remains up and the decline into the lows on Christmas Eve DID NOT break this trend!

This chart looks at NDX 100 ETF (QQQ) on a weekly basis over the past 14-years. For the past decade, since the lows in late 2009, QQQ has remained inside of rising channel (1). As you can see the decline into the end of the year lows, did nothing more than test support, which held and a strong rally has followed!

Over the past few months, QQQ could be forming a “Head & Shoulders” topping pattern. It’s possible the 8-week rally off of 10-year rising support is forming a right shoulder.

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am- Is a giant a topping pattern is in play?  QQQ would need to break the neckline and rising channel support at (3), to prove that an important topping pattern has been completed!

What would prove this pattern is a bust? Nothing more than a rally above the left shoulder highs and a break above last years highs!

via Giant Topping Pattern Could Be Forming, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

From Mars Hill to Harvest: Hope for a Wounded Church — Christian Research Network

“While Harvest and Willow Creek represent two recent, prominent examples in the Chicago area, abuses of power and church mismanagement happen across denominations and in churches of all sizes. Plenty in the pews have been left with the twisted grief of watching once-respected leaders leave their positions and facing the reality of a church in crisis.”

(Kate Shellnutt – Christianity Today) Last weekend was the first time Harvest Bible Chapel gathered for worship without James MacDonald as its senior pastor.

Days after firing the church’s founder, the elders of the Chicago-area multisite congregation announced more changes. The executive committee—the top leaders on the elder board—would also be resigning within months. A task force had been formed to review church structure and processes. This week, the elder board winnowed from 30 people to 9.

At Harvest, concerns had lingered for years after the church’s dismissal of three elders in 2013, alleged mismanagement, and negative reports swirling around MacDonald. As leaders and members pray and plan for a healthier church culture, they’re also left lamenting the hurt, confusion, and discord that’s led to this point.

“We know there are many of you feeling shock and frustration—those feelings are real and understandable. We know there are many who have been grieved by these things over the past weeks, months and even years—and we share your grief,” Dave Learned, pastor of counseling ministry, told the congregation on Saturday night. “Our earnest desire is that God would, in his grace, forgive our sins, heal our wounds, and restore unity and harmony to this congregation.”  View article →

Research:

Mark Driscoll

James MacDonald

Bill Hybels

This news story is posted for informational and research purposes and is not in any way intended as an endorsement of Christianity Today.

via From Mars Hill to Harvest: Hope for a Wounded Church — Christian Research Network

President Trump: Your Global Campaign Should Be For the Unborn Babies

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

To say that I am disappointed in our president for his announcement about decriminalizing homosexuality globally would be a gross understatement.

With all the publicity about the “Wall” and then the recent law in NY which allows killing mills to murder babies up to the day of delivery; I was hoping to hear outrage from President Trump over this, and an announcement of a campaign to STOP late term abortion.

Instead, we hear that he will fight for the LGBTQ cause and decriminalize this across the globe.  Is he going to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman,  and demand that homosexuality be decriminalized in that Muslim country?

I seriously doubt that. 

So, what would prompt our president to suddenly become a spokesperson for the rights of homosexuals?  A writer from wnd.com, Scott Lively says this:

“President Trump has put his conservative base in a terrible situation by…

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Undesirables Grounded As Social Credit Scoring Takes Off in China… Is America Next? — The Gateway Pundit

America already has social credit scoring. Just ask Laura Loomer, whose unofficial social credit score led Chase bank to cut her off from her accounts. She broke no laws. She’s just undesirable, socially.

Where’s this all going? Look to China.

Millions of Chinese citizens were banned from buying airline tickets last year as the communist regime launches its draconian “social credit score.”

BEIJING (AP) — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket.

Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior.

This is bad, and it’s going to get worse.

Is that the same software that @Chase Bank used to deplatform and other Conservatives?

Yes. Yes it is.

via Undesirables Grounded As Social Credit Scoring Takes Off in China… Is America Next? — The Gateway Pundit

The Gospel Coalition Now Promoting Charismatic Heresies — Reformation Charlotte

The Gospel Coalition is basically a bridge between orthodox Christianity and practically every conceivable theological heresy there is. While on the one hand, TGC is mostly Calvinists — at least in name — the practical implications that come from much of the drivel pouring out of its pages are strange, at best.

TGC is the epicenter of the Rauschenbusch heresy — the social gospel. Led by such names as Tim Keller and Russell Moore, the social gospel has effectively infected the vast majority of Evangelical churches so much so that it’s extremely difficult to find a Church that isn’t “woke” — the modern craze.

It’s also very common for heresies to enter the church through the conduit of continuationism — that is, the continuation of the apostolic sign gifts. In fact, most heresies have crept in that way. And it is also true that the typical TGC contributor/follower is, at least on some level, open to continuationism. But in a recent article, TGC is now promoting some of the outright heresies of the charismatic movement.

A new term, eucharismatic, coined by Andrew Wilson is basically a mixture of charismaticism with orthodox Christianity. Of course, when you mix falsehood with truth, you get falsehood, and when you mix heresy with orthodoxy, you get heresy. This idea, eucharismaticism, endorsed by Matt Chandler and now being promoted at TGC, calls on orthodox Christians to embrace the apostolic sign gifts, like healing, prophecy, and tongues — even a second baptism in the Holy Spirit — as normative. The article What Does it Mean to be Eucharismatic reads,

It’s a word that, as I see it, sums up a theological vision for the church, in which all of God’s gifts are treasured and celebrated, whether they are eucharistic (the sacraments, liturgy) or charismatic (prophecy, healing); it invites the church to bring out of our storehouse both old and new treasures, so that God’s people can enjoy his grace in Spirit and sacrament.

The continuation of the apostolic gifts is, by all discernible standards, heretical. There heresy, founded by Montanus in the 2nd century, was condemned as heresy by the early Church. Yet, the heresy is alive and well today.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit is among the most serious and dangerous ideologies of the charismatic movement. It teaches that a second experience apart from the moment of salvation is the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” where ostensibly one receives the apostolic sign gifts, such as tongues, prophecy, and healing. Of course, this is nowhere substantiated by Scripture.

Wilson, however, wants orthodox churches to embrace these serious errors. He writes,

Then imagine them drenched in the Holy Spirit, prone to spontaneous outbursts of praise and the kind of joy that reaches the face. They begin to heal the sick. They read Psalm 150—and actually do it. They cast out demons when needed. They use spiritual gifts in meetings—not just the leaders, but everyone. They shout sometimes and dance sometimes. They laugh like children. They pray as if the Lion of Judah is on the edge of his seat, hackles raised, ready to pounce. They expect God to speak to them at home or in the office. Their meetings look more like African weddings than English funerals.

Now put all of this together. Imagine a service that includes healing testimonies and prayers of confession, psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, baptism in water and baptism in the Spirit, creeds that move the soul and rhythms that move the body. Imagine young men seeing visions, old men dreaming dreams, sons and daughters prophesying, and all of them coming to the same Table and then going on their way rejoicing.

Can you see it?

That’s what it means to be Eucharismatic.

via The Gospel Coalition Now Promoting Charismatic Heresies — Reformation Charlotte

Is the SBC Seeking to Embrace Roman Catholic-Style Hierarchical Ecclesiology — Reformation Charlotte

ONE NEWS NOW — The Southern Baptist Convention is proposing changes it hopes will allow it to better prevent child sexual abuse in its churches – but a Christian theologian and apologist is warning that the crisis could be used to change the priorities of the denomination.

The Houston Chronicle investigation brought the problem to the public’s attention almost two weeks ago, but SBC leadership has been working through the issue for some time now, as the denomination’s president J.D. Greear (pictured) explained to CNN recently:

Greear: “I’d appointed a study group back in July of last year that was really going to study this issue from top to bottom to try to analyze [the places where] we are we missing the mark.”

The solution, according to recommendations from the SBC Executive Committee, is to ask churches to voluntarily take strict measures on vetting staff and volunteers:

Greear: “Churches that will not go along with what we believe on this have to be removed as a part of who we are – and that’s what I’ll be calling for.”

That kind of top-down mandate is new for Southern Baptists, whose churches to this point have been autonomous, according to theologian Dr. Alex McFarland. He contends some in SBC leadership are looking to make the denomination more attuned to “social justice” causes.

“… The more [the SBC] becomes hierarchical and leftist – as there’s an attempt being made to lead it that way – the less that people are going to see the need to be a part of a local church,” he argues.

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