Daily Archives: April 20, 2019

April 20 The Miracle of the Resurrection

Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1–11

Key Verses: Mark 16:9–10

Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.

When you read the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection in the Bible, do you ever stop to wonder why He appeared to His disciples and friends after the Resurrection? They already knew that the stone had been rolled away and that His body was not there. He had already promised them that He would rise again on the third day.

It is common belief that Jesus’ multiple appearances were to answer the questions that existed among them and to cast out disbelief. He appeared to Mary Magdalene to rule out the possibility of His body being stolen and to expound upon the scriptural prophecies that were now fulfilled. He appeared to Thomas to prove that His broken, punctured body had indeed risen from the grave. He also appeared to Peter to reestablish His love, even after being denied.

These important visitations equipped the new messengers of the gospel with further knowledge and evidence of Jesus’ true identity as the Son of God. If any had held the slightest doubts in their hearts before, they could not doubt now. Jesus suffered the death of a criminal to rise as a King. He is alive, and His love is great enough to conquer doubt.

Meditate on the miracle of His resurrection as you lift your prayers to Him today.

Lord, just as You appeared to Your followers to equip them for ministry, so, too, help my finite mind grasp the wonder of Your death as a criminal, and resurrection as a King.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 115). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 20 A Definition of Love

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verses: Ephesians 2:4–5

God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

In his book The Cross of Christ, John R. W. Stott talked about why Christ’s death at Calvary is God’s greatest revelation of divine love:

It is not only the justice of God which seems to be incompatible with the prevailing injustices of the world, but also His love.

Personal tragedies, floods, and earthquakes, accidents which cost hundreds of lives, hunger and poverty on a global scale, the cold vastness of the universe, the ferocities of nature, tyranny and torture, disease and death, and the sum total of the misery of the centuries—how can these horrors be reconciled with a God of love?

Christianity offers no glib answers to these agonized questions. But it does offer evidence of God’s love, just as historical and objective as the evidence which seems to deny it, in the light by which the world’s calamities need to be viewed. The evidence is the cross.

Only one act of pure love, unsullied by any taint of ulterior motive, has ever been performed in the history of the world, namely the self-giving of God in Christ on the cross for undeserving sinners.

That is why if we are looking for a definition of love, we should look not in a dictionary, but at Calvary.

Calvary defines Your love for me, dear Lord. I receive it with thanksgiving and praise. Let me share its reality with others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 115). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

BREAKING: Mohler Allegedly Removed from Ligonier for Social Justice Position — Pulpit & Pen


Albert Mohler is a Social Justice Warrior, make no mistake about it. His snapping at Phil Johnson at the ill-advised ShepCon Q&Aincluded the caveat that who he “platforms” speaks for his positions. If that’s the case, then Albert Mohler is one of the most radical Social Justice Warriors in evangelicalism, doing a 180-degree turn from his 2014 debate with Jim Wallis on the subject.

However, after a disastrous Q&A at a Ligonier event in which Ligon Duncan endorsed the work of a gay Anglican priest, reports are circulating that Ligonier has done some soul-searching regarding how much they want to be affiliated with the biggest social justice advocates out there, with Duncan and Mohler included. According to reports today, this soul-searching has led to a severing of the official relationship between Albert Mohler and Ligonier.

Ligonier, founded by the late R.C. Sproul and headquartered in Orlando, Florida, has been torn on the issue of Social Justice. The traditionally conservative and Gospel-centered organization is called Ligonierbecause it was founded in Ligonier Valley, Pennsylvania in 1971 and it publishes the popular Table Talk Magazine, which is edited by Burk Parsons. Its primary teaching fellows include Sinclair Ferguson, Steve Lawson, Steven Nichols, Albert Mohler and Burk Parsons.

Jon Harris, a former SEBTS student who opposes social justice and maintains a social media presence resisting the movement, posted on Twitter that Mohler and Duncan have been removed as teaching fellows by Ligonier due to their position on Social Justice.

Harris writes, “Lines are being drawn. Both Al Mohler and Ligon Duncan were just dismissed as teaching fellows at Ligonier for perceived compromise on SJ.

P&P sought confirmation of Harris’ claim and determined that although Ligonier has used Duncan for lectures in the past, he was not a teaching fellow as alleged. In fact, there had been ‘bad blood’ between the Sproul family and the Duncan family up and until the time of Sproul’s passing.

P&P spoke to two sources familiar with the matter, including one associated closely with Ligonier. They did confirm that Mohler had been dismissed as a teaching fellow, but that he would continue to speak at (at least) two forthcoming events for which he was already scheduled to speak. They also confirmed that they would not be looking at Duncan for speaking engagements in the future.

Our sources indicate that Mohler’s social justice position was indeed a part of that decision, but not the only reason for the decision. There were also Ligonier donors who felt that the Baptist theologian was trying to take over Ligonier, which – like Sproul – is Presbyterian, or at the very least, that it was unhealthy for Mohler to play such a prominent role in the organization which only seemed to be growing since Sproul’s death.

So, in other words, the decision to dismiss Mohler was multi-faceted but did include his position on Social Justice which was at odds with many at Ligonier and with the widow of R.C., Vesta Sproul, who signed The Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.

This may be the first time that an evangelical organization drew a line at Social Justice and a pro-SJW suffered a consequence for their position (Shepherds’ Conference sources indicate that Mohler and Duncan will not be back, but said that it would not be publicly stated that it was due to their Social Justice position).

Our Ligonier sources warned that it may take time to see Mohler’s name removed from the website, and probably won’t happen until his scheduled speaking engagements are over. They also continued to stress that it was Mohler’s influence in the institution, as well as his position on Social Justice, that led to the decision and that the final call was ‘multi-faceted.’

via BREAKING: Mohler Allegedly Removed from Ligonier for Social Justice Position — Pulpit & Pen

April 20 Blessings Abounding

Scripture reading: Judges 16:1–31

Key verse: Judges 16:28

Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

Samson was a man of supernatural strength. Yet even this gift from God did not keep him from seeking to meet his needs his way. And as the result of his wayward living, Samson died a tragic death.

God understands that we have needs, but He wants us to bring those needs to Him. Even the desires we experience are opportunities for God to answer prayer and provide for us in mighty ways.

Unfortunately, sometimes we allow our passions to control us. We overlook the fact that we belong to God, and He has a pathway for us to follow. We strike out on our own only to meet a costly defeat.

Samson had a deep need. Delilah was not the answer. Perhaps his need was to feel that someone loved him. Or it could have been that he had a need to feel worthy. All sin has a root, and that root runs directly to a basic need. When we choose to meet our needs in illegitimate ways, we suffer the consequences of our wrong decisions.

The way Samson’s life ended was not what God desired for him. Yet the Lord knew that Samson would turn back to Him. And at the very end, that was what God’s prophet did.

Don’t wait until the end of your life to enjoy God’s goodness. Make a vital decision to allow Him to meet your needs. When He is in control, blessings abound.

Heavenly Father, when you are in control, blessings abound. So please, take control of every aspect of my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 115). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

REPORT: President Trump Preparing to Declassify Carter Page FISA Docs in Coming Weeks — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump and his aides are preparing to declassify the Carter Page FISA docs and other pertinent Russiagate records following the release of the Mueller report.

Investigative reporter James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcasting, reported that according to sources, with Mueller’s report now public, President Trump and key White House aides are said to be taking a fresh look at declassifying documents that will expose the FBI’s and DOJ’s criminal actions of spying taken against Trump’s 2016 campaign.

According to James Rosen, President Trump is planning on declassifying the documents around the same time Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report on FISA abuses.

Horowitz is reportedly drafting his final report which is due to be made public within about six weeks.


In September of 2018, President Trump issued an immediate declassification order of Carter Page FISA docs and all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr.

A few days later, President Trump walked back his promise to declassify the docs.

“I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release. “Therefore, the Inspector General has been asked to review these documents on an expedited basis,” Trump said.

According to ranking member of the House Intel Committee Devin Nunes there is exculpatory evidence in the 20 redacted pages of the Carter Page FISA docs.

The first FISA warrant was issued on Carter Page in October of 2016, just weeks before election day.

Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant and THREE subsequent renewals on Carter Page.

It is also important to note that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe signed the June 2017 FISA renewal –one month after Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia collusion.

According to Mueller’s report, the allegations against Carter Page used to justify the FISA spying campaign against him were FALSE.

“The investigation did not establish that Page coordinated with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” the report stated.

Under the law, the FBI must go back to the FISA court every 90 days and present the FISA judge with enough evidence that the subject may be acting as a foreign agent in order to obtain a renewal on the spy warrant.

What evidence did the FBI present to the FISA judges on FOUR separate occasions that enabled the FBI to obtain a total of FOUR spy warrants on Carter Page if the allegations against him were false??

Trump hinted Friday that a storm is coming when he tweeted, “It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even Spying or Treason. This should never happen again!”

via REPORT: President Trump Preparing to Declassify Carter Page FISA Docs in Coming Weeks — The Gateway Pundit

When Should We Use the Bible? — Christian Research Network

“If we ignore or will not appeal to the Bible as our authority, we have no basis for absolute morality and can no longer authoritatively stand for what’s right and wrong. Many of the people with whom we speak reject this foundation for our worldview, but if we as Christians abandon it, we’ve lost the battle!”

(Ken Ham – Answers In Genesis)  Popular Roman Catholic blogger Matt Walsh (who we’ve covered beforerecently wrote: “I have gotten into trouble with some Christians for several of the opinions I expressed during my interview with Ben Shapiro on the Sunday Special.” He writes that during this interview he “contend[ed] that Christians should not appeal to the Bible when arguing with unbelievers about political and cultural topics.” Is he right about this?

Walsh went on to write,

There is no need to quote Scripture when trying to explain, for example, why it’s wrong to kill babies. You don’t need to pull out Genesis to convince someone that a man in a dress isn’t a woman. It’s not necessary to mine the Epistles in order to advocate for free speech rights. And if your interlocutor doesn’t believe in the Bible, then this appeal to authority is not only unnecessary but counterproductive. You have now turned a conversation about logic, reason, or science, into a theological debate with a person who rejects the entire premise of your theology . . .

I believe that the Bible is an authority. But if the person I am addressing does not share that conviction, then, if I want to prove my point by referencing it, I must first convince him that it is an authority. That is an entirely different subject, and a difficult one, and not one you are likely to settle with one conversation. Why go off on that track if you can make your case honestly and persuasively and without having to wait for your opponent to get baptized?

Here’s what I would say to that argument. The Bible, God’s infallible Word, is the absolute authority and, for Christians, it’s the foundation for a truly biblical worldview. Without this basis, fallible man (like me, Matt Walsh, and anyone else) doesn’t have an absolute basis for morality. Therefore, we could only argue based on subjective opinions.  View article →

via When Should We Use the Bible? — Christian Research Network

On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX ‘Infallibly Declared’ That Mary Was A Divine Being And Commanded Catholics Everywhere To Worship Her — Now The End Begins


Pope Pius IX is also known for writing the Roman Catholic doctrine concerning the character and nature of Mary, called the Ineffabilis Deus, published on December 8, 1854, in Rome

If you are a Roman Catholic, you might want to click away right now, because this article will blow your mind. In it, we will prove conclusively that the official teachings of the Roman Catholic church elevate the humble and obedient Mary to a level equal with very God Himself. We will not use our opinions or preconceived notions about what we think the Catholic church teaches, no, but instead use official Vatican doctrine concerning this issue. The doctrine we will look at today is called  the dogmatic bull Ineffabilis Deus, of Dec. 8, 1854, declared to be infallible and authored by Pope Pius IX.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (KJV)

Today we bring you the story of what is perhaps the most interesting pope of the last 1,700 years since the Roman Catholic church was formed in 313-325 AD by the Roman government. You will meet Pope Pius IX, a colorful character to say the least. Little known ‘fun facts’ about Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti include that for a 35 year period he was the longest serving pope in Catholic history, he convened the First Vatican Council in 1869, and he was the very first pope to be captured with the then new medium of photography. Pretty cool, right? Not content to rest on those laurels (pun intended), Pius would be forever known as the man who officially elevated Mary to the level of the Godhead. This article will prove that.

Pope Pius IX is best known for writing the Roman Catholic doctrine concerning the character and nature of Mary, called the Ineffabilis Deus. Pius made many “infallible” statements about Mary, not the least of which include that she was “born sinless”, that she is seated in Heaven at the “right hand of Jesus”, that she is to be the object of the affections of Catholics, and that she is to be prayed to for guidance, wisdom and for the fulfillment of all the “needs of the faithful”. As if that wasn’t enough, Pius went on to threaten anyone who dared disagree with these statements, saying that they would be kicked out the Catholic Church, would be considered as apostate, and that would face the full “penalties established by law” for their refusal to pray to Mary.

Now we would like to present selected portions of the Ineffabilis Deus, with the quotes of Pope Pius IX unedited, after which we will comment from the biblical position. We also urge you to read the full document in it’s complete context after you are finished with this article. If you are a Catholic who does not pray to and worship Mary, then you are a bad Catholic because that is the official teaching of the Catholic Church.

If you are a Catholic who denies that Catholicism teaches Mary worship, this article will forever prove that position to be untrue. And with that we give you the dogmatic papal bull of Ineffabilis Deus, or the Immaculate Conception of Mary, written in Rome and declared to be official Catholic doctrine and teaching.

Ineffabilis Deus

Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius IX on the Immaculate Conception. Given at St. Peter’s in Rome, the eighth day of December, 1854, in the eighth year of our pontificate.

  • MARY DECLARED TO BE BORN SINLESS:The Catholic Church, directed by the Holy Spirit of God, is the pillar and base of truth and has ever held as divinely revealed and as contained in the deposit of heavenly revelation this doctrine concerning the original innocence of the august Virgin — a doctrine which is so perfectly in harmony with her wonderful sanctity and preeminent dignity as Mother of God — and thus has never ceased to explain, to teach and to foster this doctrine age after age in many ways and by solemn acts. From this very doctrine, flourishing and wondrously propagated in the Catholic world through the efforts and zeal of the bishops, was made very clear by the Church when she did not hesitate to present for the public devotion and veneration of the faithful the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin. By this most significant fact, the Church made it clear indeed that the conception of Mary is to be venerated as something extraordinary, wonderful, eminently holy, and different from the conception of all other human beings — for the Church celebrates only the feast days of the saints.” Not only did Pope Pius declare Mary to be born sinless, he goes on to compound his blasphemy by saying that her birth is different from “all other human beings”. Jesus was born as a human being, was He not?
  • CATHOLIC CHURCH COMMANDED TO TEACH THIS DOCTRINE: “These truths, so generally accepted and put into practice by the faithful, indicate how zealously the Roman Church, mother and teacher of all Churches, has continued to teach this doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin. Yet the more important actions of the Church deserve to be mentioned in detail. For such dignity and authority belong to the Church that she alone is the center of truth and of Catholic unity. It is the Church in which alone religion has been inviolably preserved and from which all other Churches must receive the tradition of the Faith. The same Roman Church, therefore, desired nothing more than by the most persuasive means to state, to protect, to promote and to defend the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. This fact is most clearly shown to the whole world by numerous and significant acts of the Roman Pontiffs, our predecessors.” Again, here we see that this idea of the “divinity of Mary” was not just theological musings by some of the faithful, but rather deeply entrenched doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • MARY’S BIRTH EQUAL TO THE BIRTH OF JESUS: “The Feast of the Conception should be celebrated in every church with the very same honor as the Feast of the Nativity; that it should be celebrated with an octave by the whole Church; that it should be reverently and generally observed as a holy day of obligation; and that a pontifical Capella should be held in our Liberian pontifical basilica on the day dedicated to the conception of the Virgin. Finally, in their desire to impress this doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God upon the hearts of the faithful, and to intensify the people’s piety and enthusiasm for the homage and the veneration of the Virgin conceived without the stain of original sin, they delighted to grant, with the greatest pleasure, permission to proclaim the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin in the Litany of Loreto, and in the Preface of the Mass, so that the rule of prayer might thus serve to illustrate the rule of belief. Therefore, we ourselves, following the procedure of our predecessors, have not only approved and accepted what had already been established, but bearing in mind, moreover, the decree of Sixtus IV, have confirmed by our authority a proper Office in honor of the Immaculate Conception, and have with exceeding joy extended its use to the universal Church.” Here is where Pope Pius IX begins to really pour it on, declaring that the Roman Catholic Church must honor the birth of Mary with the same reverence as the birth of Jesus. Those are his exact words, and he is only just getting warmed up. But I think anyone with half a brain can see where this is going. Pius says that Mary is sinless, her birth is to be celebrated, and that she alone is the “center of Catholic unity”. It does not take a rocket scientist to see that the RCC has already put her on equal footing with God. But wait…there’s more.
  • THEY LIE ABOUT HER PERPETUAL VIRGINITY: “All these things our illustrious predecessor, Alexander VII, summed up in these words: “We have in mind the fact that the Holy Roman Church solemnly celebrated the Feast of the Conception of the undefiled and ever-Virgin Mary, and has long ago appointed for this a special and proper Office according to the pious, devout, and laudable instruction which was given by our predecessor, Sixtus IV. Likewise, we were desirous, after the example of our predecessors, to favor this praiseworthy piety, devotion, feast and veneration — a veneration which is in keeping with the piety unchanged in the Roman Church from the day it was instituted. We also desired to protect this piety and devotion of venerating and extolling the most Blessed Virgin preserved from original sin by the grace of the Holy Spirit.” The bible clearly and plainly shows  that Mary had other children, a minimum of 6 to be exact. “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” Mark 6:3 (KJV)
  • PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE THIS DOCTRINE ARE THREATENED: “And therefore, against all and everyone of those who shall continue to construe the said Constitutions and Decrees in a manner apt to frustrate the favor which is thereby given to the said doctrine, and to the feast and relative veneration, or who shall dare to call into question the said sentence, feast and worship, or in any way whatever, directly or indirectly, shall declare themselves opposed to it under any pretext whatsoever, were it but only to the extent of examining the possibilities of effecting the definition, or who shall comment upon and interpret the Sacred Scripture, or the Fathers or Doctors in connection therewith, or finally, for any reason, or on any occasion, shall dare, either in writing or verbally, to speak, preach, treat, dispute or determine upon, or assert whatsoever against the foregoing matters, or who shall adduce any arguments against them, while leaving them unresolved, or who shall disagree therewith in any other conceivable manner, we hereby declare that in addition to the penalties and censures contained in the Constitutions issued by Sixtus IV to which we want them to be subjected and to which we subject them by the present Constitution, we hereby decree that they be deprived of the authority of preaching, reading in public, that is to say teaching and interpreting; and that they be also deprived ipso facto of the power of voting, either actively or passively, in all elections, without the need for any further declaration; and that also, ipso facto, without any further declaration, they shall incur the penalty of perpetual disability from preaching, reading in public, teaching and interpreting, and that it shall not be possible to absolve them from such penalty, or remove it, save through ourselves, or the Roman Pontiffs who shall succeed us.” Wow, that’s harsh. That’s what Pope Pius IX declared to be the penalty for disagreeing with his doctrine of worshipping Mary, harsh yes, but perfectly in line with the history of the Roman church. After all, who was it that fed Christians to the lions? it was Rome. Who was it that killed Jesus and executed all the apostles except for John? It was Rome. Who was it that killed millions of Christians in the Spanish Inquisition? It was Rome, and to this the bible bears true witness. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:5,6 (KJV)
  • MARY GIVEN THE POSITION OF JESUS CHRIST: “This doctrine so filled the minds and souls of our ancestors in the faith that a singular and truly marvelous style of speech came into vogue among them. They have frequently addressed the Mother of God as immaculate, as immaculate in every respect; innocent, and verily most innocent; spotless, and entirely spotless; holy and removed from every stain of sin; all pure, all stainless, the very model of purity and innocence; more beautiful than beauty, more lovely than loveliness; more holy than holiness, singularly holy and most pure in soul and body; the one who surpassed all integrity and virginity; the only one who has become the dwelling place of all the graces of the most Holy Spirit. God alone excepted, Mary is more excellent than all, and by nature fair and beautiful, and more holy than the Cherubim and Seraphim. To praise her all the tongues of heaven and earth do not suffice.” Now Pope Pius IX is running on all 8 cylinders! Drunk on his false doctrines, he now takes his praise of Mary into the stratosphere. Mary is not just the humble and obedient servant the bible says she is, no that’s not good enough! The RCC now says she is “more holy than holiness”, that she is “sinless perfection” that she is the “dwelling place of the Holy Spirit”, Wow, imagine that! Looks like Jesus is not so special and unique after all, eh? If you are intellectually honest, you can clearly see that Pope Pius is commanded worship of Mary. This is not mere veneration, as is falsely claimed. Only Jesus can possibly meet the standards of perfection set by the RCC for Mary, only Jesus could ever be considered “more holy than holiness”. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10,11 (KJV)
  • CATHOLICS COMMANDED TO PRAY TO MARY: “Let all the children of the Catholic Church, who are so very dear to us, hear these words of ours. With a still more ardent zeal for piety, religion and love, let them continue to venerate, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, conceived without original sin. Let them fly with utter confidence to this most sweet Mother of mercy and grace in all dangers, difficulties, needs, doubts and fears. Under her guidance, under her patronage, under her kindness and protection, nothing is to be feared; nothing is hopeless. Because, while bearing toward us a truly motherly affection and having in her care the work of our salvation, she is solicitous about the whole human race. And since she has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth, and is exalted above all the choirs of angels and saints, and even stands at the right hand of her only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, she presents our petitions in a most efficacious manner. What she asks, she obtains. Her pleas can never be unheard.” Now we have it all under one roof, for here we read the words of Pope Pius IX in his infallible declaration commanding Catholics to venerate Mary, invoke the name of Mary, and to PRAY TO MARY. Showing for all time that yes, Catholics do pray to Mary because Roman Catholic doctrine commands them to do so.

There is much more that Pope Pius IX had to say on this doctrine, and again we urge you to read the whole document in its complete context. But trust me, it only gets worse. The takeaway that you need to get from all this is that the Ineffable Deus is not “one pope’s opinion”, it is confirmed doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was a Catholic for the first 30 years of my life. I was baptized as a baby, received “first holy communion”, was “confirmed”, spent 3 years as an altar boy in St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, NJ, and in total was educated in the Catholic school system for 12 long years. Part of our Catholic training was learning how to pray to the Virgin Mary. Statues of Mary were everywhere you looked, we were taught about the many apparitions of Mary around the world, celebrated Mary on May Day, and gave her the top spot in our thoughts and devotions. St. Mary’s school and Roman Catholic Church taught us these things by order of the Vatican. Every other Catholic school or church I ever visited in 30 years did likewise. So with all that being said, why am I constantly hearing Catholics denying that they pray to Mary, when it has been the official teaching and position of the Roman Catholic Church since 1854?

What we have written here is not an “anti-Catholic” article, it is an article that shows you in the very words of Pope Pius IX himself as he declared Mary to be equal to God and to qualify to become the “fourth part” of the Godhead. All popes since 1854 have confirmed the blasphemous words of Pope Pius IX, as you can see on the Vatican website here.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

Roman Catholicism is not biblical Christianity, not even close. It is Mystery, BABYLON from the book of Revelation and the enemy of very God Himself. If you are Catholic, God is calling YOU to come out of this evil system before it is destroyed. This article is not hate speech, it is the truth, and your very soul depends on what you do with it. I was once enslaved in the Roman system, but God called me out and saved me. He is calling you out, too.

Pope Pius IX Begins The Longest-Ever Reign Of A Catholic Pope

By the 1850s Pius IX had become more conservative, and he began to consolidate the power of the Church. The capture of the Papal States by the Italian Army in 1870, however, led to him declaring himself the ‘Prisoner of the Vatican’.

via On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX ‘Infallibly Declared’ That Mary Was A Divine Being And Commanded Catholics Everywhere To Worship Her — Now The End Begins

This Passover/Easter weekend, there are some 1 million Jewish followers of Jesus in the world. I’m one of them. Here’s why.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

testimony-joel-oneforisrael(Jerusalem, Israel) — Last year, a ground-breaking study was released by LifeWay Research revealing there are now some 871,000 Jewish followers of Jesus in the United States alone.

Add in the 30,000 Jewish believers who live in Israel, and the many others who live in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, and there are now about one million Jewish followers of Jesus in the world today.

That’s an astonishing number, especially when you realize that in 1967 there were fewer than 2,000 Jewish believers in the entire world.

I’m grateful to be one of them. Yet, I’m constantly asked — especially by Jewish people — how in the world this is possible.

“Dude, how can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?

I love this question. I was first asked it in November of 2002. I had just released my first novel, The Last Jihad. I was doing a telephone interview…

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SBC President Defends Charging Admission for Good Friday Service, Contradicts Self — Pulpit & Pen

Last night I published an article reporting that Summit Church in North Carolina, which is pastored by Southen Baptist Convention President JD Greear, was charging admission to it’s Good Friday service. In less than 24 hours and during a period of typically low weekend readership, that article has already been shared over 700 times. Reaction to Summit’s sale of tickets has, understandbly, been almost universally negative on social media. Responding to inquiry about selling tickets to corporate worship, Greear issued the following statement via Twitter.

Both. For sure limited space. & bc this is a choir concert not a worship service, choir has traditionally sold tickets. But every year they pick a mission project to give 100% of proceeds to—usually one of our community ministry partners. This year it is to send singers to SBC.

— J.D. Greear (@jdgreear) April 20, 2019

In his response, Greear manages to make the situation at Summit look even worse.

Read more: SBC President Defends Charging Admission for Good Friday Service, Contradicts Self — Pulpit & Pen

Saturday Sampler: April 14 — April 20 — The Outspoken TULIP

Elizabeth Prata, writing in The End Time, reminds us that Grace IS Amazing as she reflects on her own conversion to Christ. It’s good to look back on who we were without Him so that we can delight in how He changes us for His glory.

For an insightful assessment of 21st Century Christianity, read Mike Ratliff’s False disciples and a compromised gospel in Possessing the Treasure. He apples doctrine drawn from God’s Word to address a very contemporary problem among professing Christians. I highly encourage you to give serious thought to his perspective.

In his article for Knowable Word, Ryan Higginbottom writes Context Matters: The Prodigal Son to challenge our traditional understanding of this beloved parable.

How Do Christians Lose Their Saltiness? Jordan Standridge challenges our misguided attempts at being “all things to all people” with this hard hitting piece for The Cripplegate. What excellent incentive to live in holiness!

Maybe my French heritage leads me to recommend Sam Wegener’s The Bells of Notre Dame Will Be Silent This Easter in Caffeinated Theology, or maybe it’s because The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is of my favorite novels. More likely, it’s because we need to pray for spiritual awakening in France.

The Ligonier Ministries blog features What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean? by the late R.C. Sproul. What a timely article after yesterday’s observance of Good Friday.

Would it shock you to hear that Mr. Rogers Deserved Hell? John Chester’s blog post for Parking Space 23 explains this jarring statement with a personal anecdote followed by reasoning from Scripture. Don’t forget to click the link to his companion post about rightly understanding John 3:16.

Jared Olivetti writes Lies & Sex as his contribution to Gentle Reformation. If you’ve fallen for any of these lies, please remember that God gives grace to repentant sinners. Then start walking in truth and purity.

Reflecting on the church growth movement, R. Scott Clark of Abounding Grace Radio cautions, Choose Your Metaphors Carefully: The Church Is A Pasture Not A Business. Having been in churches that adopted church growth models, I praise the Lord for this Biblical depiction of God’s intention for His Church.

Christians shouldn’t need Michael Coughlan’s warning to be Careful With Your Mocking: SSTA! in the Things Above Us blog. Sadly, some discernment bloggers do succumb to the childish temptation to make personal attacks on false teachers.

Let’s have a second post from Elizabeth Prata, shall we? Tap dancing on the fence confronts us with the either/or nature of following Jesus. If you suppose that you can be a Christian without sacrificing your hopes, desires and even your very life, I beg you to read this essay.

via Saturday Sampler: April 14 — April 20 — The Outspoken TULIP

April 20, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Sanctuary Devastation

And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, (27:51a)

The fourth miracle that occurred during the crucifixion was the divine devastation of the sanctuary, as the veil of the temple was torn in two.

Naos (temple) does not refer to the Temple as a whole but to the inner sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt in His symbolic presence. A huge woven veil separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple, and Josephus reports that this massive curtain was predominantly blue and was ornately decorated.

Once a year the high priest was allowed to pass through the veil on the Day of Atonement to sprinkle blood on the altar for the sins of the people, and that only for a brief period of time. Because, like God’s presence in the Holy of Holies, even that special sacrifice was only symbolic. The ritual had to be repeated every year, anticipating the one, true sacrifice for sins that the Son of God Himself one day would offer.

When Christ gave up His spirit, that once-for-all sacrifice was completed and the need for a veil no longer existed. By coming to the Son, any man could now come to God directly, without need of priest, sacrifice, or ritual. Consequently, the veil was torn in two from top to bottom by God’s miraculous act, because the barrier of sin was forever removed for those who put their trust in the Son as Lord and Savior.

By rending the Temple veil, God was saying, in effect, “In the death of My Son, Jesus Christ, there is total access into My holy presence. He has paid the full price of sin for everyone who trusts in Him, and I now throw open My holy presence to all who will come in His name.” The writer of Hebrews admonished, “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

The Father’s dramatic tearing of the veil was made while the Temple was filled with worshipers, which included not only countless priests but also many thousands of pilgrims who were at that very moment celebrating the Passover sacrifice. Although the Temple was not destroyed until some forty years later, in a.d. 70, the sacrificial system of Israel and its attendant priesthood ceased to have even symbolic value when the veil was torn in two and the Holy of Holies was exposed. The ceremonies and priestly functions continued until the Temple was destroyed, but their divine significance ended when Christ died, as the Old Covenant was abrogated and the New inaugurated.

Soil Disturbance

and the earth shook; and the rocks were split, (51a)

A fifth miracle that occurred during the crucifixion was a supernaturally caused earthquake. Immediately after Jesus died and the Temple veil was torn in two, the earth shook; and the rocks were split. Making still another statement about His Son to the world, and especially to His chosen people, the Father brought a devastating earthquake to Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

Again the Old Testament gives insight into the significance of the occurrence. When God appeared to Moses on Mt. Sinai, “the whole mountain quaked violently” (Ex. 19:18), and when He appeared to Elijah on a mountain, “a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord, … and after the wind an earthquake” (1 Kings 19:11). David sang of the earth’s shaking and trembling when the Lord became angry (2 Sam. 22:8; Ps. 18:7; cf. 77:18). Isaiah spoke of the Lord’s punishing His people through “thunder and earthquake and loud noise” (Isa. 29:6), and Jeremiah of His venting His wrath on the nations of the earth by causing it to quake (Jer. 10:10; cf. Nah. 1:5). The book of Revelation tells of God’s causing the stars to fall to earth and of mountains and islands being “moved out of their places” during the final judgment (6:13–14).

In the original creation there were no earthquakes, because the earth, like all else that God made, was perfect. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve lived in a perfect environment on earth in the very presence of God. But when they sinned, not only were they cursed and separated from God but the earth they inhabited was cursed as well. Since that time, both literally and figuratively, the earth has been reeling under the destructive forces both of Satan’s evil corruption and of God’s divine judgment. One day there will be a new heaven and a new earth, but until that time when the usurper will be forever banished to the lake of fire and the true Sovereign, Jesus Christ, reigns in His kingdom, the earth will continue to suffer corruption and destruction.

Speaking of God’s judgment on unbelievers, the writer of Hebrews declares, “His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.’ And this expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Heb. 12:26–27).

At the cross Jesus earned the right to take the title deed to the earth from the hand of His Father (Rev. 5:9–10). Therefore when God shook the earth at the death of His Son, He gave the world a foretaste of what He will do when one day He shakes the earth in judgment at the coming of the King of kings. Because Jesus became “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” His heavenly Father “highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:8–11).[1]

51. And, lo, the vail of the temple was rent. When Luke blends the rending of the vail with the eclipse of the sun, he inverts the order; for the Evangelists, as we have frequently seen, are not careful to mark every hour with exactness. Nor was it proper that the vail should be rent, until the sacrifice of expiation had been completed; for then Christ, the true and everlasting Priest, having abolished the figures of the law, opened up for us by his blood the way to the heavenly sanctuary, that we may no longer stand at a distance within the porch, but may freely advance into the presence of God. For so long as the shadowy worship lasted, a vail was hung up before the earthly sanctuary, in order to keep the people not only from entering but from seeing it, (Exod. 26:33; 2 Chron. 3:14.) Now Christ, by blotting out the handwriting which was opposed to us, (Col. 2:14,) removed every obstruction, that, relying on him as Mediator, we may all be a royal priesthood, (1 Pet. 2:9.) Thus the rending of the vail was not only an abrogation of the ceremonies which existed under the law, but was, in some respects, an opening of heaven, that God may now invite the members of his Son to approach him with familiarity.

Meanwhile, the Jews were informed that the period of abolishing outward sacrifices had arrived, and that the ancient priesthood would be of no farther use; that though the building of the temple was left standing, it would not be necessary to worship God there after the ancient custom; but that since the substance and truth of the shadows had been fulfilled, the figures of the law were changed into spirit. For though Christ offered a visible sacrifice, yet, as the Apostle tells us, (Heb. 9:14,) it must be viewed spiritually, that we may enjoy its value and its fruit. But it was of no advantage to those wretched men that the outward sanctuary was laid bare by the rending of the vail, because the inward vail of unbelief, which was in their hearts, hindered them from beholding the saving light.

And the earth trembled, and the rocks were split. What Matthew adds about the earthquake and the splitting of the rocks, I think it probable, took place at the same time. In this way not only did the earth bear the testimony to its Creator, but it was even called as a witness against the hardheartedness of a perverse nation; for it showed how monstrous that obstinacy must have been on which neither the earthquake nor the splitting of the rocks made any impression.[2]

51a There were two temple curtains, one dividing the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place and the other separating the Holy Place from the court. Tearing the latter would be more public, but tearing the inner curtain could hardly be hushed up. Jewish parallels are interesting (b. Yoma 39b reports the doors of the temple opened of their own accord during the forty years before the destruction of the temple) but difficult to interpret. The inner curtain is presupposed in Hebrews 4:16; 6:19–20; 9:11–28; 10:19–22. Destruction of the outer curtain would primarily symbolize the forthcoming destruction of the temple, while destruction of the inner curtain would primarily symbolize open access to God (Best, Temptation and the Passion, 99); but destruction of either curtain could point in both directions.

There is more. If the death of Jesus opened up a fresh access to God that made the OT sacrificial system and the Levitical high priesthood obsolete, then an entire change in the Mosaic covenant must follow. It is impossible to grapple with Matthew’s fulfillment themes (see comments at 5:17–20; 11:11–13) and see how even the law points prophetically to Messiah and hear Jesus’ promise of a new covenant grounded in his death (26:26–29) without seeing that the tearing of the veil signifies the obsolescence of the temple ritual and the law governing it. Jesus himself is the New Temple, the meeting place of God and man (see comments at 26:61); the old is obsolete. The rent veil does indeed serve as a sign of the temple’s impending destruction—a destruction conceived not as a brute fact but as a theological necessity. For extensive discussion, see Daniel M. Gurtner, The Torn Veil: Matthew’s Exposition of the Death of Jesus (SNTSMS 139; Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007).[3]

27:51 / Josephus records a number of remarkable events that were said to have taken place before the destruction of the Jewish temple (War 6.288–309). One was the automatic opening of one of the doors in the sanctuary.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 4, pp. 273–275). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 323–324). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 649–650). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Mounce, R. H. (2011). Matthew (p. 263). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

April 20 Not Guilty

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 7:9–10
key verses: Isaiah 55:6–7

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

The newspaper headline read: “Bank Robber Turns Himself in After 20 Years.” The accompanying story told how a man finally had gone to a local jail and confessed to a crime he had committed twenty years earlier.

Why would he voluntarily surrender to authorities when he might not be found out, at least on earth? “I just could not live with the guilt anymore,” the man said.

Guilt afflicts the entire human race. We know the inner gnawing and churning that come with having violated the moral or civil code. It drives some to depression, others to compulsive behavior, still others to suicide.

The foundation for dealing with all guilt is the cross where Christ died. Jesus, the Son of God, became a guilt offering for us. Because Christ bore God’s ultimate judgment, we are free to experience the forgiveness of God.

When you receive Christ by faith, God declares you not guilty. The slate is clean—from both its penalty (which is death) and its guilt. Your conscience is cleansed, and your burdens are lifted.

The verdict is in, and I’m not guilty! I am free from sin and its penalties—both death and guilt. Thank You, Father, for a clear conscience.[1]

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

Top 10 things media got wrong… | New York Post

The prestige press has some explaining to do — for subjecting the nation to a long, cruel ordeal named “collusion” and “obstruction.” Almost two years and millions of column inches later, special counsel Robert Mueller has revealed the theory that President Trump and his campaign conspired with Russia has been just that.

All that remains of collusion and obstruction is the media’s shattered credibility.

The errant reporters and pundits — the ones who peddled the most outrageous falsehoods — want nothing more than to move on. But not so fast: There has to be some accountability for the biggest foul-ups.

Here are the 10 worst, drawn from among many more:

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Trump blasts Mueller’s ‘op-ed’ on obstruction | WND

Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in the White House in 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

While the Mueller report exonerated President Trump on charges his campaign colluded with Russia, the chief executive blasted the special counsel for his extensive recounting of alleged dialogue and actions in the White House without the opportunity for rebuttal.

“Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue,” Trump wrote via Twitter late Thursday night.

The focus of criticism by Trump and others has been “Volume II” of the Mueller report, released Thursday, which focuses on the allegation of obstruction of justice. Mueller ultimately decided to hand over the matter to the attorney general, who concluded there was no case for obstruction.

Trump said some of the statements recounted in the report “are total bull—t & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad).”

He reiterated his assertion that the investigation was “an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened.”

The president said Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel “should get the Pulitzer” for her reporting on the origins of the investigation.

“She is a treasure (and I don’t know her) who correctly called the Russia Hoax right from the start! Others who were soooo wrong will get the Prize,” Trump wrote. “Fake News!”

Strassel summarized the Mueller report in a tweet Thursday:

  • “endless, unrevealing details of inconsequential interaction between trump folks and Russians.
  • “remarkable details about the many and varied statutes the SC [special counsel] nonetheless debated using to tie someone up for something on the Russia front.”

The Gateway Pundit noted that media largely have taken out of context Trump’s alleged reaction to news that Mueller had been appointed to investigate the Russia allegations.

“Oh my God,” the president told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to the report, citing the notes of Sessions chief of staff Jody Hunt. “This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f—–.”

Taken alone, Trump’s words could be interpreted to mean he believed he was guilty and was going to get caught.

But Trump, who now has been shown to be innocent of collusion, clearly was referring to how a special counsel probe would impact his administration.

“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency,” Trump said. “It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

Mueller’s ‘fake legal analysis’

Affirming the president’s assessment, Judicial Watch founder and president Tom Fitton said Mueller’s report was filled with “innuendo” and “fake legal analysis.”

Fitton, in an interview Thursday with the Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs, said that while he was happy the president has been “vindicated once again,” he’s “outraged that there was this 448-page smear operation against him.”

“And you can see why the left was desperate to keep AG Barr under wraps and to suppress and actually try to stop press conferences,” he said.

“The Mueller team, I’m convinced, just wanted to drop this 448 report on him, innuendo, fake legal analysis, and Barr wasn’t going to let him do that.”

Fitton was referring to Barr’s press conference prior to the release of the report in which the attorney general emphasized that Mueller concluded there was no evidence that any American colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

Barr took time to explain how the obstruction of justice allegation, upon which Democrats have focused, was handled by Mueller. The special counsel listed 10 “episodes” of potential obstruction. But Barr pointed out that Mueller, nevertheless, did not refer charges, giving that task to the attorney general.

The Judicial Watch president said Trump is “attacked in the report for defending himself.”

The suggestion from Mueller is, ‘Well, that could be obstruction of justice, potentially. Don’t tweet at me, because I’ll put you in jail.”

‘200-page op-ed’

Radio host Mark Levin, a constitutional lawyer, called the obstruction section of the Mueller report “a 200-page op-ed” and “a political document that he never should have written,” the Daily Caller reported.

Levin said the first section, on possible collusion, was handled properly.

But “Volume II,” on obstruction, has not “legal significance,” he said.

“There is not a syllable of law in it. It doesn’t matter what (White House legal counsel Don) McGahn said or what the president said. None of it has been tested in a court of law. There has been no challenge to it. There has been no cross-examination. Nothing. That’s why Mueller wrote this.”

Levin said Mueller likely knew that left-leaning news networks such as CNN and MSNBC would obsess over it, insisting that was why it was written.

“This is a political document that he should never have written,” he said.

“This is 200-page op-ed. That is all this is. No prosecutor who wouldn’t want to be disbarred would ever produce anything like this.”

Most of the obstruction section, Levin said, amounted to “he said, she said” hearsay testimony.

None of it has been challenged, but the media have treated it as the truth, he said.

Source: Trump blasts Mueller’s ‘op-ed’ on obstruction

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/20/2019

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre Christians After Baby Dedication in Nigeria   Apr 19, 2019 02:24 pm

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 17 Christians who had gathered after a baby dedication at a church in central Nigeria, including the mother of the child, sources said. Safaratu John Kabiru Ali, the mother of the baby, was slain in the attack on Sunday (April 14) in Konshu-Numa village, in Nasarawa state’s Akwanga County,…

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Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Asserts of His Homosexuality: ‘Your Quarrel Is With My Creator’   Apr 14, 2019 06:20 pm

Photo Credit: CBS News/YouTube Screenshot WASHINGTON — Speaking before the LGBTQ Victory Fund in Washington, D.C., the openly homosexual mayor of South Bend, Indiana and now Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg recently asserted that if someone takes issue with his homosexuality, their problem is really with his Maker. “f you have a problem with…

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Wisconsin Mother to Face Murder Charge After Strangling Newborn Son, Beating Head Into Toilet   Apr 15, 2019 07:49 pm

MARSHFIELD, Wisc. — A prosecutor in Wisconsin states that he plans to file a murder charge against a woman who has now admitted to strangling her newborn son while beating his head into the toilet because she “didn’t want the baby.” According to reports, Marylinn Feher, 22, gave birth sometime after midnight on April 6. Her boyfriend, Allen Rice, 19, later drove…

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Christian Missionary Killed in Paraguay   Apr 14, 2019 02:53 pm

Photo Credit: La Nacion (Evangelical Focus) — American missionary Wayne Goddard was killed by several gunshots on Tuesday night in his residence, in the indigenous colony Mboijagua, 20 Km from the Paraguayan Villa Ygatimi district. Goddard had been working with natives for more than 25 years for the mission organization Ethnos360, formerly known as New Tribes…

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Pastors Pen Open Letters Rebuking Jack Graham for Praising Chair Who Killed Texas Bill to Criminalize Abortion   Apr 17, 2019 08:26 pm

HOUSTON, Texas — Two pastors at a Baptist church in Houston, Texas have penned open letters rebuking megachurch leader Jack Graham after he publicly praised his church member and Republican House committee Chairman Jeff Leach, who announced last week that he would not allow the “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act” to move forward because it “subjects women who…

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‘Unplanned’ Movie’s Abby Johnson Says Mothers Who Have Their Babies Killed by Abortion Shouldn’t Be ‘Punished’   Apr 16, 2019 07:32 pm

Abby Johnson, the center of the film “Unplanned,” which tells of the former Planned Parenthood director’s departure from the abortion industry, is generating questions and opposition as she has outlined on social media that she does not believe that mothers who take their unborn children to be killed by abortionists should be punished at all — a position that some…

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Mother of Baby Found Buried in Flower Pot at Texas Cemetery Charged With Murder   Apr 18, 2019 08:10 pm

DALLAS, Texas — The mother of a baby that was found buried in a flower pot at a Texas cemetery last month has been charged with murder after admitting that she engaged in conduct that resulted in the death of the child, whom she sought to hide from her family. She and a friend then bought a flower pot and buried the newborn under the soil and flowers, and left the…

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Woman Who Identifies as Man Sues California Hospital for Canceling Surgery to Remove Uterus   Apr 15, 2019 02:32 pm

Photo Credit: ACLU of Northern California EUREKA, Calif. — A woman who identifies as a man has filed suit against a Roman Catholic hospital for declining to allow her surgeon to perform a hysterectomy for a requested “sex change” operation. “Upon information and belief, it is because defendant as a matter of religious policy is prohibited from providing…

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UK School Employee Fired After Posting Objection to Homosexual, Gender Curriculum on Her Facebook Page   Apr 17, 2019 02:08 pm

GLOUCESTERSHIRE — An employee at a school in the UK has been dismissed after posting objection on her personal Facebook page to teaching about homosexuality and transgenderism in the nation’s schools. According to reports, Kristie Higgs learned last year that her son’s primary school, a separate school in the village that is affiliated with the Church of…

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Three American Christians Detained in Laos   Apr 17, 2019 03:02 pm

(International Christian Concern) — International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 8, three American Christians were detained by police in Laos as they visited villages north of Muang Sing in the Luang Namtha province. Wayne, Autumn, and Joseph were volunteering with the US-based Christian non-profit organization Vision Beyond Borders (VBB) at…

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Weekend Snapshot – Top Stories This Week · Apr. 20, 2019

Dems Enraged at Trump’s Plan to Send Illegals to Sanctuary Cities

Regardless of whether this threat is enacted, it exposes the Left’s rank hypocrisy.

Barr: No Bail for Asylum Seekers

AG orders DHS to enforce the law as written, which means no bond for illegals crossing the border.

Notre Dame: Metaphor for Western Christianity

A cathedral that stood for nearly 900 years is a symbol in more ways than one.

Breaking Down Taxes by the Numbers

The vast majority of government spending is unconstitutional wealth redistribution.

Sanders ‘Paid the Taxes I Owe,’ Not Rate He Demands

Millionaire Bernie blasts the wealthy for not paying their “fair share.”

Democrats Turn on Women

From anti-gun legislation to protection for the “transgendered,” women get the shaft.

Assange Was Not Right

WikiLeaks founder is an anti-American lawbreaker and he should pay for his crimes.

Google’s Blatant Bias

From search results to advanced technology, Silicon Valley is bent hard left.

Quote Of The Week

“Purposely, the Mueller Report is like looking at clouds and deciding what you see in them.” —Chuck Woolery

Russian Embassy calls for end of ‘smoke and mirrors’ in tit-for-tat response to Mueller report — RT World News

It was no surprise that the Mueller team, which did so much to prove a “hollow and laughable” Russiagate conspiracy, delivered no tangible result, the Russian Embassy in the US said in its own report on the issue. 

The embassy responded to the much-anticipated report by Robert Mueller and his team just two days after it was made public on Thursday. In a massive 120-page paper, the diplomatic mission debunked key Russiagate claims, including allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election, involvement in the DNC hack attack, and Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.

The publication also featured a long list of “groundless accusations” made by US mainstream media, politicians and experts in relation to the Russiagate conspiracy theories. It notes that the tremendous efforts made by the Mueller team to find any sign of collusion had failed.

After three years, more than 8,000 publications in just four main outlets (Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and MSNBC), endless congressional inquiries, 22 months of the work of Robert Mueller that cost taxpayers an estimated $32 million, more than 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witnesses interrogated, and as many search warrants, an obvious conclusion is reached – there was no collusion.

“All this time, Russia pointed to the obvious made-up nature of these insinuations,” the report reads. Moscow had “fruitlessly” asked Washington to provide any hard proof of the allegations, and even offered help to investigate those claims, but “the US refused every single time.”

The embassy said it hopes that the “end of the Mueller saga would contribute to further dispelling the smoke and mirrors on this topic.” Now, it is time for the US and Russia to heal ties and “join efforts to repair the damage to bilateral relations.”

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The Mueller report generally obliterated the Russiagate conspiracy theory, but it still claims that Russian “interference” in the election did happen, and that Russian military intelligence was complicit in “hacking” the DNC, as well as the private email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.

— Read on www.rt.com/news/457061-russia-embassy-report-mueller-probe/

Gallup: Number of Americans who are members of a church is in steep decline, at 80-year low | Hot Air

It’s an 80-year low only because that’s when the subject first began being polled. In reality today’s percentage of church members is almost certainly the lowest in American history.

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This may help explain why a Catholic priest’s mention of “the body of Christ” this week somehow ended up being translated by the New York Times into “a statue of Jesus.” They probably had no frame of reference.

That’s some graph. Normally with data related to matters of religious belief you’d expect to see a gradual slope downward, possibly starting in the 1960s. Not here. Church membership is cruising along steadily for 60 years — and then, in 1998 or so, something happens. Twenty years later, the share of church members across the population is down 20 points. At that rate you’d expect Americans to have completely given up membership in churches by 2070 or so.

Causation is complicated, Gallup notes: “A sharp increase in the proportion of the population with no religious affiliation, a decline in church membership among those who do have a religious preference, and low levels of church membership among millennials are all contributing to the accelerating trend.” Churches are losing members in part because religions are losing members — but even people who do belong to a particular faith are less likely to belong to a particular church. What gives?
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Jeff Hester debates William Lane Craig on the topic “Is Belief in God Rational in a Scientific Age?”


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I was very excited to see a recent debate by Christian philosopher William Lane Craig against atheist astronomer Jeff Hester. When I summarize a debate, I do a fair, objective summary if the atheist is intelligent and informed, as with Peter Millican, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong or Austin Dacey. But the following summary is rated VS for Very Snarky, and you’ll soon see why.

The debate itself starts at 29 minutes:

The audio is very poor.

Dr. Craig’s opening speech

Dr. Craig went first, and he presented 4 arguments, as well as the ontological argument which I won’t summarize or discuss. He later added another argument for theism from the existence of the universe that does not require an origin of the universe.

A1. Counter-examples

Theists who are elite scientists cannot be “irrational”, for example: Allan Sandage, Gustav Tammann, George…

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