Daily Archives: May 1, 2019

May 1 The Priority of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5–8

Key Verse: Proverbs 15:29

The Lord is far from the wicked,

But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

A few words offered up without much thought—that is what many Christians regard as their “prayer life.” Only in times of desperation or great tragedy is any thought put into the words spoken to the God of the universe.

Prayer is so much more than that. It is when we communicate with God, sharing with Him our hearts as He shares His with us. And then we respond to what He says, walking in the direction that He desires for us to go.

Instead of being an afterthought to our busy days, prayer should be a constant. It should be the element of our lives that we establish and maintain with as much diligence as we do getting up in the morning.

Not only did Jesus spend a large portion of His teaching ministry talking about the importance of prayer, He also modeled a life of prayer, escaping often to the mountaintop to commune with God. In our desire to become more like Christ, we can imitate His actions as much as His words. And His actions speak much louder than words in this case.

Jesus realized it was imperative to maintain a constant relationship with His heavenly Father if He was going to obey Him. And He knew that no matter what happened, God would hear Him. “He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).

Lord, I have been careless with my prayers. Help me to take more seriously these conversations with You, so that I can better understand Your will.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 128). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 1 A Quick Response

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1–4

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:3

Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Jehoshaphat received devastating news. Judah was about to be invaded: “A great multitude is coming against you.” The first thing the king did was go to God in prayer: “[He] turned his attention to seek the Lord; and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (2 Chron. 20:2, 3 nasb).

When trials or tragedies come, let your quick response be one of petition and prayer. The people realized there was nothing they could do to save themselves from the approaching army. Only God could intervene. In prayer we must be willing for Him to do whatever it takes to bring about a victory.

Second, we must humble ourselves before God, confessing our need of His wisdom and deliverance. When adversity strikes, many people try to work out their circumstances on their own. But God told Jehoshaphat the battle was not his. It was God’s.

Judah was delivered, but not by conventional means. God instructed the choir to go before the army and sing songs of praise to Him. As the battle cry rose, the Lord delivered His people from the hand of the enemy, and He will do the same for you.

Prayer, praise, and trust are key elements to victory. Are you trusting the Lord for the solution to the problem facing you? If not, you can begin right now. Give your burdens to Him in prayer, and praise Him for the victory.

Dear God, I trust You to work out every problem I face today. I give my burdens to You and ask You to reign as Lord over each circumstance.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 128). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 1 His Deeds and Greatness

Scripture reading: Psalm 150:1–6

Key verse: Psalm 95:6

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Two basic truths can lead to sincere worship, changing the perspective on problems and giving hope for endurance:

“Praise Him for His mighty acts” (Ps. 150:2). God created the heavens and earth. He created you. He sent His Son to earth to bear your sin so you might receive eternal life. He has filled you with the Holy Spirit, who always extends the mercy and grace of God for your every need. The list goes on. Think of those special times when God answered your prayers, provided guidance in critical situations, protected you from harm, and specifically worked in your life. Thank Him that He is still working in your present circumstances to bring about positive future results, even though that may seem impossible right now.

“Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!” (Ps. 150:2). God never changes. He is always loving, always caring, always working for your good. His power stands firm in the midst of any storm. Spend time thanking Him for who He is.

Praise lights the candle of hope and encouragement in the midst of blackness that no ill wind can snuff out. Worship is the way to put your problems in God’s capable hands.

I praise You for Your mighty deeds, Father. I thank You that You have answered prayer and that You are working in my present circumstances to bring positive future results.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 128). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump approval highest in two years in CNN poll | TheHill

President Trump’s approval rating stands at its highest level in two years, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday.

Trump’s 43 percent approval rating is the highest since a CNN poll conducted in April 2017 around the 100-day mark of his presidency. His disapproval rating stands at 52 percent in the new survey. 

The president’s job approval rating now includes roughly half — 46 percent — of all independents and 86 percent of Republicans. Only 5 percent of Democrats gave Trump a favorable performance review. 

In addition, 59 percent of respondents said they do not feel that Trump should be impeached and removed from office, compared to 37 percent who said he should be ousted.

The poll comes after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller released a redacted version of the report last month, which stated that the special counsel was unable to “conclusively determine”  that no criminal conduct occurred regarding whether Trump obstructed justice.

Nearly half of the CNN poll’s respondents — 48 percent — said they believed Trump committed obstruction of justice during the course of the investigation, compared to 45 percent who said he did not.

Fifty-eight percent want Congress to investigate whether Trump committed obstruction of justice during the course of the Mueller probe, according to the CNN poll. And a majority — 61 percent — said they want their representatives to pursue legal action to obtain the full, unredacted version of the report.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Tuesday that Mueller expressed “frustration” to Attorney General William Barr in late March over the lack of context in the attorney general’s four-page memo describing his investigation’s findings.

Mueller sent a letter stating that Barr’s March 24 memo on his report did not “capture the context, nature, and substance” of his findings.

Forty-eight percent in the new poll said they have a favorable opinion of Mueller himself, up from 36 percent last fall. Additionally, 59 percent said they approve of the way he handled the investigation, up from 48 percent before it was completed, according to CNN.

The CNN poll of 1,007 adults, conducted April 25–28, has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

— Read on thehill.com/homenews/administration/441521-trump-approval-highest-in-two-years-in-cnn-poll

Ron Paul Warns: “Hapless” Guaido Now “Worth More Dead Than Alive” To Washington’s Venezuelan Coup-Creators | Zero Hedge

“…right now that he is actually now worth more dead than alive not only to the CIA…A shot in the crowd or something like that to take Guaido out…the CIA is pretty good at this kind of things.”

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido failed to kick-start a military uprising on Tuesday. After this fizzle, RT reports that his life may be in danger from his own CIA backers, the director of the Ron Paul Institute argued in a debate.

Daniel McAdams and Ron Paul, the former libertarian representative from Texas, discussed the repeated attempts by Guaido to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with the backing from the US government. Despite all the efforts, Maduro remains in power, supported by many Venezuelans and in control of its military and police forces.

Paul said he was concerned that the Latin American country may be plunged into large-scale violence by some provocation.

“The big danger is a hard war breaking out. I’d still bet it won’t be too bad, with thousands of troops moving. But it could be a guerrilla war or something like that. If there is a false flag or some important official on either side gets killed, you can’t tell what might happen,” he said.

McAdams pointed out that Guaido himself, with his record of failing to mobilize the protest against the Maduro government, could be a target for such a provocation.

He has been a kind of a hapless figure so far. He calls for mass protests and no one shows up. I don’t think he realizes right now that he is actually now worth more dead than alive not only to the CIA, but also to his own opposition people. A shot in the crowd or something like that to take Guaido out. It might shock you, Dr. Paul, but the CIA is pretty good at this kind of things.

He said Tuesday’s events, when Guaido declared a military-backed coup to be underway in Caracas which as of now seems to have led to little consequence for Maduro, seemed like an act of desperation.

“[Guaido] said: ‘this is the final phase of [the] plan to overthrow the government’. It sort of smacks of desperation because he declared himself [interim] president in January and nothing happened. He kept trying to do things to get the military to turn and he was unsuccessful,” he said.

Paul blasted US officials rooting vigorously for Guaido and his efforts to seize power in Venezuela while denouncing with indignation things like the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“How many places have we been involved in in the last 20-30-40-50 years? I mean – that’s our business. It’s solidifying our empire,” he said. “I think it’s pure hypocrisy for us to think that we are doing [the interference in Venezuela] and we are against government interference. We love it, except’ when we don’t.”

The devoted constitutionalist added people like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or National Security Advisor John Bolton, who appealed to Venezuelan soldiers to protect their nation’s constitution by siding with Guaido, were “a bunch of clowns.”

They don’t have the vaguest notion about what the constitutional law in our country would be like. And they are going to restore the constitutional law in other countries? It’s just clichés and nonsense!

CNN, MSNBC Ratings Plunge After Release Of Mueller Report Destroys Their Collusion Obsession — The Gateway Pundit

CNN’s prime-time ratings plunged 26 percent in April, compared to 2018. MSNBC’s ratings fell 14 percent compared to last year.

For the record, the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, which cleared President Trump of allegations he and his campaign colluded with Russia to alter the 2016 election, came out April 18.

The two liberal networks have been hyping the Russia collusion story for more than two years. Mueller’s exhaustive report said there was no proof of collusion or obstruction of justice, putting a dagger through the heart of that story.

According to Nielsen Media Research’s ratings, CNN suffered its lowest-rated month in viewers since October 2015. CNN had just 767,000 average primetime viewers, down from 1.04 million in April 2018. “In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, it was the network’s least-watched month since Aug. 2015,” The Hill reported.

In prime time, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC for the 208th month in a row. MNSBC had double the viewership of CNN — and Fox News tripled CNN total viewers.

While the collusion story is all but dead, CNN and MSNBC have simply moved on to hype the next conspiracy theory. On Tuesday, reports emerged that Mueller reportedly told Attorney General William Barr that his summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the work the special counsel’s office performed.

“CNN gave the Mueller letter wall-to-wall coverage during primetime and MSNBC dedicated the vast majority of their programming to it as well,” Fox News reported. “Only MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow managed to dedicate a segment on the chaotic power struggle in Venezuela between the two liberal cable news networks on Tuesday night.

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blasted Barr for “distort[ing]” and “shap[ing] the public perception of the Mueller Report forever” and said he could tell that “Mueller was pissed.”

CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon piled on the attorney general during their handoff. Cuomo called Barr and “agent” for President Trump instead of the American people while Lemon called him a “political hack” and a “mercenary for the president.”

“You don’t have to be a lawyer to see when someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes,” Lemon told Cuomo. “You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand how William Barr got this job, how he auditioned for it, how he conducted himself during the hearings, and how he conducted himself at the press initial press conference with the letter and the second press conference.”

via CNN, MSNBC Ratings Plunge After Release Of Mueller Report Destroys Their Collusion Obsession — The Gateway Pundit

May 1, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

9. Ascend on the high mountain. He proceeds with the same subject; for the Lord, having formerly promised that he would give prophets who should soothe the grief and fear of the people by promises, now commands that this consolation shall be more widely spread; because it is his pleasure to diffuse his grace throughout the whole of Judea.

Lift up thy voice aloud, O Jerusalem. Formerly he had given to Jerusalem and Zion the hope of this joyful message; now he commands that the same voice shall be spread and shall be heard through other cities, and, for this reason, gives orders that the loud voice shall be lifted up, and proclaimed from a lofty place. Although by the words “Zion” and “Jerusalem” he means the same thing, yet the repetition is emphatic; for he shews that one city excels all other cities, for no other reason than because God hath chosen it to be his sanctuary.

That bringest tidings. He gives to the city this appellation, because there the priests and Levites were instructed according to the injunctions of the Law, that they might be the teachers of the whole people, and by their labours might spread the doctrine of salvation. (Mal. 2:7.) Yet we ought carefully to observe this commendation which God bestows on his Church, that it may not be without a clear mark of distinction; for an assembly in which the preaching of heavenly doctrine is not heard does not deserve to be reckoned a Church. In this sense also, Paul calls it (1 Tim. 3:15) “the pillar and foundation of the truth;” for although God might have governed us by himself, and without the agency of men, yet he has assigned this office to his Church, and has committed to it the invaluable treasure of his Word. For the same reason it will be called in another passage, “the mother of all believers.” (Isaiah 54:1; Gal. 4:26.) Hence it follows that, nothing is more absurd and wicked than for dumb idols to boast of the name of the Church, as is done in Popery.

We are likewise taught, that the Church has not been instructed by God, in order that she may keep her knowledge hidden within herself, but that she may publish what she has learned. Besides, he commands that grace shall be freely and boldly proclaimed, that prophets and teachers may not speak with timidity, as if it were a doubtful matter, but may shew that they are fully convinced of the certainty of those things which they promise, because they know well that “God, who cannot lie,” (Tit. 1:2,) is the Author of them. He enjoins the witnesses of his grace to proceed from Zion, that they may fill with joy the whole of Judea.

Behold your God! This expression includes the sum of our happiness, which consists solely in the presence of God. It brings along with it an abundance of all blessings; and if we are destitute of it, we must be utterly miserable and wretched; and although blessings of every kind are richly enjoyed by us, yet if we are estranged from God, everything must tend to our destruction. From this circumstance it ought also to be remarked, that nothing is more opposite to faith than to estimate by the present appearances of things what God declares by his prophets, who at that time must have been struck dumb, had they not raised their views above the world, and thus, through the power of unshaken boldness and perseverance, dared to draw others along with them, that they might cherish good hopes when matters were at the worst. And indeed when wicked men and wickedness prevail, the greater the terror that is spread all around, and the greater the seeming wretchedness of the Church, the more ought we to extol the grace of God, and to point out his presence to believers.[1]


40:9 In this section of Isaiah (40:1–55:13), Zion is an endearing term for the remnant who have remained faithful to God. The good tidings are that God has come to rescue His enslaved people. Behold your God: Compare John 1:36; 19:5.[2]


40:9 Zion … good news … Jerusalem … good news. Like a messenger on a mountain, to be seen and heard by all, the prophet called on the city to proclaim loudly to the rest of Judah’s cities the good news of God’s presence there (cf. 2:3). Here is your God! The restoration of Israel to the Land is to include the resumption of God’s presence in Jerusalem after many centuries (Eze 43:1–7; Rev 21:22, 23; cf. Eze 11:22, 23).[3]


40:9 high mountain. The reliability of God’s promise calls for wholehearted public announcement (cf. 52:7). fear not. They are to proclaim the message by faith, whatever the conditions at the time (cf. 35:3–4). cities of Judah. The Jewish exiles will return to the Promised Land, for that is where the divine Messiah is to appear (cf. 48:20; Mic. 5:2).[4]


40:9 Zion, bringer of good news Rather than identifying Zion or Jerusalem as the herald, the Hebrew allows for the reading “herald of good news for Zion” and “herald of good news for Jerusalem” in the parallel line. In the context of the prophet’s message and charge to preach, it is reasonable to read v. 9 as addressed to him along with v. 8. See v. 1 and note.

Here is your God The simple call to look upon their God is expanded and amplified in vv. 10–31.[5]


[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 3, pp. 213–214). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 846). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 40:9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1310). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 40:9). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

CNN Drops 26% In Prime Time As Fox News Dominates April Cable Ratings | Forbes.com

Fox News extends its lead as America’s most-watched cable news network to 208 consecutive months.

As CNN prepares to move its prime time studios and operations to a glitzy new building at New York City’s brand new–and widely reviled–Hudson Yards development, the network saw its prime time lineup drop 26% in April compared to the same month one year ago. CNN’s total audience in prime time was well under a million viewers–767,000–while competitors MSNBC and Fox News finished the month far ahead: MSNBC in second place overall with 1.660 million total viewers, and Fox News leading all of cable with a total audience of 2.395 million.

April ranks as CNN’s lowest-rated month among total viewers in nearly four years, since October 2015. CNN’s Cuomo Primetime, which has been the network’s highest-rated hour, drew a total audience of 917,000 viewers in April, the show’s worst-ever performance.

Among viewers 25-54, the demographic most coveted by national advertisers, the falloff for CNN was even more stark: down 41 percent. CNN drew 198,000 viewers in the demo, behind MSNBC (255,000) and Fox News (389,000). All three networks saw year-over-year declines in April, with MSNBC down 36% and FNC down 19%.

Read more: CNN Drops 26% In Prime Time As Fox News Dominates April Cable Ratings

The Garden of Eden, Legalism, and Antinomianism — Ligonier Ministries Blog

In this brief clip from our 2017 National Conference, Sinclair Ferguson discusses the relationship between Satan’s lie in the garden and legalism and antinomianism.

Transcript

So here in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, there is a portrayal of Yahweh the Covenant God who reveals Himself to Moses, who Moses understands is the same covenant God. He uses the name Yahweh here in Genesis chapter 2—the same covenant, gracious, generous, God who has come in creation seeking fellowship with Adam and Eve. There’s a very interesting thing in these verses at the beginning of Genesis chapter 3; Satan never calls God Yahweh. So something else is taking place, a diversion away from the real character and covenant love of God, and then this very subtle twisting in which God is being turned into a God who will love you and will be generous to you if you meet the qualifications. And then do you see what happens? Satan comes in, and he says in verse 5 ‘God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like Him knowing good and evil.’ And you see this is further pressing on the same principle: God may say He’s good. God may say He’s generous, but He’s not really good and generous. He’s demeaning your life. He’s spoiling your life. He doesn’t want you to be like Him. He wants to keep you in your place until you’ve done enough to earn His pleasure. There are fathers like that. I’ve heard them in restaurants. I’ve seen them in life. ‘I will love you if…’ And such a child never grows to love his father.

Now why this is so important is because of what it produces in Eve, and it’s very important to notice what it produces. The first thing is it produces legalism: That God will love me and be generous to me only on the basis that I meet the qualifications. And then the second thing it produces is antinomianism: in order to be delivered from that bondage, she breaks the law that was given for her blessing, and she becomes an antinomian. There is then, put into the spiritual DNA of the whole human race, exactly the same reality of a spirit of legalism in relationship to God and, yes in relationship to His gospel, to which people will inevitably respond in one of two ways: either by seeking to pursue the legalism and do enough to earn His pleasure or to seek the blessing by breaking His commandments.

via The Garden of Eden, Legalism, and Antinomianism — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Christian parents must be willing to fight for the heart and soul of their children — Christian Research Network

(Marsha West – Christian Research Network)  Recently I penned a piece to explain Bible believing Christian parent’s responsibility in helping shape their children’s worldview. I received so much feedback so I thought it would be a good idea to write a follow-up to “Christian kids must slay wolves in sheep’s clothing, not pet them!

Let me start by saying that Christian parents must be willing to fight for the heart and soul of their children. In the same way we fight the spiritual battle each of us faces daily, preparing them to win that same battle requires parents, and to a reasonable degree, their children to  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 6:10-12)

What believers are facing is a spiritual battle. How we are to equip ourselves to fend off the slings and arrows of the evil one and his minions comes from Sacred Writ, not from me. What does Paul tell us to do? “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” In other words, stand your ground, brethren. Do not waiver. Stand firm! Wearing the full Armor of God is of the utmost importance if you’re going to defeat the enemy, both for you and on behalf of your children.

Public Education…Indoctrination

America’s kids are attending government schools and universities run by liberals who are indoctrinating them into their “value-free” culture.  No one disputes that anymore. What parents must come to grips with is the far-left indoctrination that’s happing right under their noses.

According to James Barrett, “a study of 8,688 tenure-track professors at 51 of the 66 top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the U.S. published by the National Association of Scholars found that the ratio of faculty members registered as Democrats compared to those registered Republican is now a stunning 10.4 to 1. If two military colleges that are technically described as “liberal arts colleges” are removed from the calculations, the ratio is 12.7 to 1. (Source)

Wake up and smell the coffee, people!

The rude awakening will come when children raised in Christian homes start spewing pure socialist propaganda and join the party of the far left – the Democrat party. Imagine your child becoming the next Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez!  It could happen!

Back to my primary point. America’s public schools have become hot beds of multiculturalism, political correctness, moral equivalency and sexual indoctrination. Consequently, young people’s hearts and minds have been taken captive by educators that don’t share your values, despise conservatism, and reject the Christian worldview.

Facts…

In an article I wrote over 12 years ago I offered the following facts:

Fact: By the time a child graduates from high school, he or she will have spent 11,000 hours in school, 2,000 hours with their parents, 800 hours in church (if they attend church regularly) and 63,000 hours consuming the Internet, computer games, occult books, TV, movies and music.

Fact: “Teens who said they listened to lots of music with degrading sexual messages were almost twice as likely to start having intercourse or other sexual activities within the following two years as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.”

Fact: On college compasses across America students are exposed to moral depravity, which includes prostitution, pornography, orgies, drunkenness, addictive drugs, raunchy movies, and music with sexually explicit lyrics.

Fact: 80% of kids raised by evangelical Christian parents leave their faith behind when they enter college.

That was 12 years ago! A recent Harvard poll reports that two-thirds of young voters picked a Democrat in the 2018 midterms. What did a third of young voters list first as their most important foreign policy concern?  Protecting the environment. They’re also concerned with stopping terrorists and protecting human rights. This same poll also showed that young Republicans are concerned about the moral direction of the nation. Fifty-five percent said they believe same-sex relationships are morally wrong.

If you want what’s best for your children—and I know you do—don’t permit our corrupt culture to mold them into “progressives.” If possible, remove your kids from government schools that are turning them into mind-numbed robots.  If it’s financially feasible, place them in private schools. Even better, homeschool. That way you can teach them your own values and worldview.

It is no secret that most America universities promote leftist propaganda. Professors with a far left political ideology are turning out literally hundreds of thousands of anti-American, anti-Christian, Cultural Marxists (linked to political correctness and multiculturalism), moral relativists (there is no truth, no universal or absolute set of moral principles) who have no regard for parent’s beliefs….even though parents pay their salaries.

Even knowing all the above, moms and dads continue sending their teenagers off to secular universities and colleges with little or no training on how to defend themselves against forces of evil. Christian kids are thrown into a den of wolves, often without the weapons they need to fend off their attackers.

We know that many teachers are anti-American and anti-God.  These people are intelligent in their own way and wily — they’re on a mission to impose their secular humanist beliefs on those they teach, especially those with a Christian worldview.

Granted there are some who have no ax to grind and teach with the sole purpose of educating the student and preparing them for future endeavors.  As previously indicated this attitude and approach can be attributed to a very few.  An early idea of what kind of teacher your son or daughter has can be determined by reviewing the accuracy of the history curriculum.  For the most part revisionist history is the name of the game.  Revisionism is defined by the Free Dictionary as advocating “the revision of an accepted, usually long-standing view, theory, or doctrine; especially a revision of historical events and movements.”  Many liberal college professors teach revisionist history so that they can tear down the truths taught at home and in the church to set the stage for the introduction of a different worldview.  It’s all about manipulating them into accepting changes, especially in the public policy arena. Gone are the days when an educator’s principal motivation was to teach children how to think rather than what to think.  A simple example of how students minds are transformed can be found by looking at a the teaching of a small period of American history where rather than emphasizing a broad range of events and achievements attributable to the Founding Fathers, they promote only that these individuals were pro-slavery racists who managed to develop a Constitution these professors and teachers methodically demean.

Speaking of history, liberal-progressives found a way to bash President Trump in a textbook:

A textbook published by Pearson Education entitled, By the People: A History of the United States, depicts President Donald J. Trump as mentally ill and paints his supporters as racists.

The book says:

Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters. (Source)

Revisionism is one methodology for changing student’s worldview.  Embedding false information into every phase of curriculum from kindergarten to college is another. In an article by Michael W. Chapman entitled ‘Latina Mama’ Warns Pete Buttigieg: “Don’t Force Your Sexual Ideology on Me and My Children,” research scholar at the Witherspoon Institute and founder of the marriage movement CanaVox, Ana Samuel warns that “policies that undermine our parental rights and duties by seeking to indoctrinate our children in progressive sexual ideology without our consent and sometimes in spite of our explicit protest.”

Moreover…

These policies, she said, include reading assignments in the public schools that are explicitly designed “to normalize LGBT lifestyles”; sex education classes that promote abortion, masturbation, condom use, sex toys, and rectal intercourse; “[p]ediatricians who ask to see our teenagers alone and then push to prescribe them contraceptives or ask them about sexual behaviors that we find offensive”; “public library programming where unicorns, rainbows, gingerbread persons, drag-queen story hours, and other symbols of progressive sexual ideology make an appearance, so that we must regularly steer our toddlers clear of the propaganda”; and promotion of transgender propaganda in the schools. (Source)

Get a load of what is going on in some California schools. Not surprisingly, the campaign to legalize pedophilia is gaining momentum in the Golden State. According to Freedom Project: 

Government school officials in California think it is “really important” to teach children about pedophilia and pederasty in the classroom because it is a “sexual orientation.” The stunning admission came after a parent-information meeting last month for the Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD). Stephanie Yates, founder of Informed Parents of California, asked school officials why they were “teaching pedophilia in school to 9th graders.” But instead of a denial that such an atrocity was taking place, a top school official confirmed it was happening and acted like there was nothing wrong with it. (Source)

“Sexual orientation” is a legally protected category in many states. Defining pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” has alarming implications. Mark my words. If pedophiles simply have a different orientation, what follows is that these child rapists will become a protected class.

In public schools, your children are not going to learn that God created the world around them. What they’re going to be taught is Darwinian evolution – that homo sapiens evolved from primates. They’ll be exposed to sex-ed classes where they’ll learn all about homosexual sex.  They won’t be taught that God created woman to compliment man, instead teachers will fill their minds with such nonsense as “homosexuality is normal and natural.” And if your daughter dares to disagree with the radical LGBTQ+ agenda, she’ll be labeled hateful, homophobe, bigot and she’ll be bullied. Her teachers will never suggest that moral purity is something to aspire to.  But she’ll how to use a condom.

Manchurian Christians

The teachings of our covert enemies has also invaded our churches. Several years ago, blogger Paul Proctor lamented:

Many today are simply turning themselves and their kids over to the capricious care of “Manchurian Christians” who teach and encourage them to follow their feelings, follow the crowd and emulate the very culture Jesus Christ came to deliver us from – in the name of Jesus, of course. They have been so thoroughly indoctrinated into the new spirituality of Results and Relationships that they no longer know or really even care what “doctrines and ideas” are being taught at their church today or what activities their kids participate in, as long as everybody is having fun, making friends and occasionally hears that sugary, deceptive and egocentric cliché: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. That’s like saying: “Love God? – Check here – Thanks for coming – Have a great time!

Spiritual counterfeits are rampant in the visible Church. Therefore, Bible believing Christians must be equipped to recognize aberrant and heretical teaching if they’re going to avoid being taken in by false teachers and cultists.  The Bible admonishes believers to become apologists for their faith.  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,” admonishes Peter. “But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15) It’s imperative that Christian parents have solid answers when their kids ask questions about the Bible.

Many Christians are serving two masters – God and the World.  “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).  Who will you serve, God or the World?

Slaying The Dreaded Dragon

We are witnessing societies downhill slide into the secular humanist abyss. So how can Christian parents slay the dreaded dragon? One way is to stop being friends with your kids and get your house in order!  Dads and moms have got to become proactive in raising their children. God expects parents to be responsible. His desire is for children to have moral character. “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right” (Proverbs 20:11). Youngsters must understand what the Bible teaches about right and wrong, the value of human life, respect for others, and respect for our laws and our lawmakers.

The loss of parents as the primary guidance counselors and teachers of children has had dreadful consequences.

What are some things parents can do to give our young ones a fighting chance to overcome the world? Immerse them in a biblical worldview. Parents who have the opportunity and are up to the challenge, homeschool your kids.  If you’re unable to homeschool and your kids attend a government school, pay attention to what they’re learning in the classroom.

Read your child’s textbooks.

Attend parent teacher conferences and ask teachers probing questions.

Talk to your kids.

Take advantage of teachable moments, especially with teens.

Monitor what youngsters are being exposed to on social media, TV, books, movies, music, the Internet.  Talk about it!

Teach them what the Bible says about immorality.  Are the behaviors they’re witnessing right or wrong?  Explain the reasons that sexual immorality cannot produce a healthy society.

No one said it would be easy and it isn’t in today’s world.  Success isn’t guaranteed, but strongly promoting a Godly worldview enhances the chances for a positive outcome.

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Christian kids must slay wolves in sheep’s clothing, not pet them!

Copyright by Marsha West, 2019.

via Christian parents must be willing to fight for the heart and soul of their children — Christian Research Network

Obama, Not Trump, The True Menace To The Media — The Gateway Pundit

The White House press corps on Saturday held its annual celebration of itself, cramming 2,500 nattering narcissists into a Washington, D.C., hotel ballroom to eat overcooked filet mignon and fret about the fate of the First Amendment.

Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, which throws the increasingly debauched party, was in high dudgeon over the state of America’s media under the horror that is President Trump.

“I don’t want to dwell on the president,” Knox said in a speech, to much applause from the audience of fakes and phonies, charlatans and mountebanks. “This is not his dinner. It’s ours.”

Then Knox (whom this writer has known for more than a decade as a solid journalist and a great father) got personal.

“In nearly 23 years as a reporter, I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. And there was a brief moment in Afghanistan when I thought a soldier not quite old enough to shave would shoot me dead for the crime of taking a picture inside the presidential palace,” he said.

“And yet I still separate my career to before February 2017 and what came after,” he said. “February is when the president called us the ‘enemy of the people.’”

That is, of course, false. Trump calls the “fake news media” the “true enemy of the people” — as he did in an October 2018 tweet — because of their “inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news.” But that’s beside the point. Knox, who has covered the White House for years, was asserting that Trump is worse than his predecessors.

That, too, is false — demonstrably false. Yes, Trump is harsh — even immature — about the press and its coverage of him. He has thin skin and he’s never grown out of the name-calling phase of his snot-nosed youth. Trump’s a talker — often a whiner — but he’s never really done anything to the media, which are flourishing despite his supposed efforts to thwart them.

But President Obama — celebrated as The Chosen One and beloved by the media — stomped on the freedom of the press like no other president since Tricky Dick.

Obama, who pledged “the most transparent administration in history,” was deemed “the least transparent and the most antagonistic toward the media since the Nixon administration” by The San Diego Union-Tribune, which summed up his efforts to control the media in a single paragraph.

Some specifics? Obama’s administration prosecuted three times as many cases targeting whistle-blowers and leakers than all previous administrations combined. It said there was probable cause that a Fox News reporter was a “co-conspirator” in a plot against the U.S. government because of his attempts to gather information about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. It secretly scoured the phone records of nearly 100 Associated Press reporters and editors for two months, which an editorial in The New York Times characterized as “a fishing expedition for sources and an effort to frighten off whistle-blowers.” And in 2014, according to AP, the Obama administration broke its own record for censoring government files or refusing to provide files sought under the Freedom of Information Act.

Since 1945, the government has used the Espionage Act of 1917 just 11 times to prosecute journalists and their government sources. Seven of those occurred while Obama was president.

By the time Obama was leaving office, his administration had set a new record for rejecting Freedom of Information Act requests from journalists trying to gather information, censoring materials or flat-out denying applications for access in 596,095 cases — or 77 percent of the time, according to a review conducted by the Associated Press. The irony of the situation was perfectly captured in a Vice News headline: “It Took a FOIA Lawsuit to Uncover How the Obama Administration Killed FOIA Reform.”

Having covered the White House for a dozen years — the end of Bill Clinton’s terms, the entire George W. Bush presidency, and the first two years of Obama — each administration has sought to limit access to journalists more than the last, and they’ve succeeded each and every time. It’s just the nature of the game — a high-stakes game, but a game nonetheless.

Trump is no different. But where he talks the big talk and loves to mix it up publicly with reporters — like CNN’s insufferable Jim Acosta — Obama quietly worked to throttle the press corps. Leonard Downie Jr., the former executive editor of The Washington Post, said in 2013 that “the administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration.”

And that paper knows a thing or two about Tricky Dick.

*Joseph Curl ran the Drudge Report from 2010 to 2014 and covered the White House for a dozen years. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter at @JosephCurl. A version of this article ran previously in The Washington Times.

via Obama, Not Trump, The True Menace To The Media — The Gateway Pundit

RenewAmerica Newsletter for April 30, 2019

April 29, 2019
Fighting for injured workers’ rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)


April 29, 2019
Alan Keyes targets ‘the false guise of global citizenship’
ALAN KEYES — The spectacle of Mexican armed forces disarming American soldiers on U.S. soil demonstrates the folly of forgetting the Constitution’s imperative decree affecting the purpose of the Armed Forces of the United States:… (more)

April 29, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, beset from all sides with criticism over his role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, is resigning. Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, effective May 11, the Wall Street Journal reported. Rosenstein’s designated successor, Jeffrey Rosen, a favorite of Attorney General William Barr, is awaiting a likely confirmation by the Senate…. (more)

April 28, 2019
Says in graduation speech he is proud to be a ‘gay son of God’
WORLDNETDAILY — A valedictorian at the leading Mormon academic institution, Brigham Young University, announced during his graduation speech he is a “gay son of God.” Matt Easton’s speech Friday to BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences as the political science valedictorian was met with applause and cheers, reported KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City…. (more)


April 28, 2019
THE MORNING CALL — The deadly shooting attack at a synagogue in Poway on Saturday underscores concerns about rising incidents of anti-Jewish hate across the nation. Authorities have not provided many details about the alleged shooter. But the mayor of Poway said the attack, which killed one person and left three others wounded, appears to be motivated by hate…. (more)


April 28, 2019
JERUSALEM POST — Condemnations of the New York Times increased over the weekend after the paper’s international edition published an antisemitic cartoon. The offensive image was of a blind U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke, being walked by a dog with the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wearing a Star of David collar. Despite the paper calling it an “error of judgment” to publish it, congressmen and Jewish organizations joined the chorus of outrage…. (more)


April 28, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama nudged Joe Biden not to run for the White House in 2016, believing Hillary Clinton had a better shot and that his grieving vice president wasn’t in the right state of mind, the New York Times reported…. (more)


April 28, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Cosmetic doctors are certain that former Vice President Joe Biden’s full head of hair, smooth forehead, and Cheshire Cat grin are the result of plastic surgery and other procedures…. (more)

April 27, 2019
FOX NEWS — President Trump announced Friday that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the UN Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms… (more)

April 27, 2019
BYRON YORK — Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed May 17, 2017. Twenty-two months later, on March 22, 2019, Mueller sent his report to the Justice Department…. (more)

April 27, 2019
Charges officials failed to address Russian interference
WORLDNETDAILY — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is scheduled to leave his post in two months, long has been criticized by conservative Republicans. Amid what has been described as an attempted coup, he allegedly offered to wear a wire to record President Trump after the president’s controversial firing of FBI director James Comey in May 2017…. (more)

April 27, 2019
‘Much, much more’ coming due to completion of Mueller probe
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump promised Thursday to declassify records related to the Obama administration’s investigation and surveillance of his 2016 campaign. The president told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity he wanted to wait until after the completion of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of Russian interference…. (more)

April 27, 2019
Concerned about ‘disclosures of surveillance efforts and other classified information’
WORLDNETDAILY — Attorney General William Barr recently stunned senators in a hearing by declaring he believes the Obama administration spied on the 2016 Trump campaign and is investigating the matter. Now, two top GOP senators are asking for a briefing on the investigation…. (more)

April 27, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Veterans of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu have slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, D-Minn., for accusing them of killing “thousands” of Somalis and ignoring the fact they were engaged in a United Nations mission designed to protect civilians from a murderous warlord following a devastating famine and civil war…. (more)

April 25, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — A Cook County judge recently castigated State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for upholding a double standard by prosecuting an anonymous woman for filing a false police report after dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was indicted for the same offense…. (more)


April 25, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime…. (more)


April 25, 2019
Pat Buchanan sees today’s politics increasingly bringing disunity
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — President Donald Trump has decided to cease cooperating with what he sees, not incorrectly, as a Beltway conspiracy that is out to destroy him. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said Wednesday. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are out to win in 2020.”… (more)

April 25, 2019
DAILY WIRE — Green New Deal proponents, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), have long claimed that the GND, an expansive, costly, and dramatic change in the American economy (and in American infrastructure), would be worth it if it such extreme measures would in the long run lessen our impact on climate…. (more)


April 25, 2019
‘Maybe make smelling the hair an additional $50’
WORLDNETDAILY — Longtime politician Joe Biden, vice president under Barack Obama, on Thursday added his name to the long list of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for president in 2020. So talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh immediately offered him a solution to the still-developing scandal over women who have accused him of hugging or touching them inappropriately and sniffing their hair…. (more)


April 24, 2019
NEWSMAX — In the wake of federal raids at the homes and City Hall offices of embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, one report asserted she has skipped town. The first-term Democratic mayor slipped out of sight April 1, citing deteriorating health, just as Gov. Larry Hogan called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of “self-dealing.” She has not been heard from since…. (more)

April 24, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — College students in Los Angeles will now be quarantined if they cannot prove they have received the measles vaccine after being exposed to a confirmed case of the viral infection. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a partnership on Thursday with the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University Los Angeles…. (more)


April 24, 2019
AP NEWS — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country’s prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still at large…. (more)

April 24, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A massive caravan of approximately 10,000 migrants traveling through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States is expected to arrive in Mexico City this week, according to local media reports on the group’s movements…. (more)

April 24, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — The two Nigerian brothers who claim to have helped Jussie Smollett perpetrate a fake hate crime earlier this year said Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack” in a defamation suit filed Tuesday against the Empire actor’s attorneys…. (more)

April 23, 2019
YOUTUBE — An 8-year-old girl does a spot-on impersonation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… (more)

 

May 1, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is set to meet with Republican senators on Wednesday over a proposal to waive rules that only U.S.-flagged ships can move natural gas from American ports to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Northeast.

President Trump and Democratic leaders agreed on Tuesday to spend $2 trillion on U.S. roads, bridges, power grids, water and broadband infrastructure, while leaving the thorny details of how to pay for it all to another meeting in three weeks.

President Donald Trump is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement.

As Democrats weigh a field of 20 White House hopefuls that includes candidates who would be the youngest or oldest president ever elected, new Reuters/Ipsos polling shows age could be a liability at either end of the spectrum.

A U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Democrats in Congress can move forward with a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the law by accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments through his businesses.

A group of 19 Catholic priests and academics have urged bishops to denounce Pope Francis as a heretic, in the latest ultra-conservative broadside against the pontiff over a range of topics from communion for the divorced to religious diversity.

French police fired tear gas to push back masked demonstrators in central Paris on Wednesday as thousands of people used an annual May Day rally to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a British court on Wednesday for skipping bail when he holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for seven years until police dragged him out last month.

Japan is rapidly going grey. Thanks to a declining birth rate and one of the highest life expectancies, it has become the most aged society in the world. About 28 percent of the population is 65 or older and that number is expected to grow in coming decades to more than 35 percent, straining the country’s social services.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a “sense of solemnity” but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. military has stopped tracking the amount of territory controlled or influenced by the Afghan government and militants, a U.S. watchdog said on Tuesday, one of the last remaining public metrics that tracked the worsening security situation in the war-torn country.

OPEC oil supply hit a four-year low in April, a Reuters survey found, due to further involuntary declines in sanctions-hit Iran and Venezuela and output restraint by top exporter Saudi Arabia.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres raised the plight of ethnic Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang region during talks with Chinese leaders and stressed that China must fully respect human rights, his spokesman said Monday.

Residents of a northeastern Nigerian village torched by Boko Haram fighters said Wednesday that nine more bodies of their relatives had been found, taking the total massacred to 30.

The suicide rate among US teenage boys rose the month after the release of 13 Reasons Why, a show which focused on an adolescent girl who ended her own life, a new study claims.

Islamic State fighters who waged a bloody campaign in Syria and Iraq are heading to Afghanistan to continue their jihad and help plot “spectacular” attacks against America, a US official has told AFP.

No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups and exhaust your enemies with a “war of attrition.”

Small business owners around the country are preparing for a recession, according to a new survey by Bank of America Corp, and the bank wants to put more business specialists in branches to help, an executive told Reuters.

BBC

All 1,800 workers trapped underground at a platinum mine in South Africa have been brought to surface, the government’s Department of Mineral Resources has said. Rails had fallen down a shaft on Tuesday afternoon, leaving the workers “stuck” underground at the mine in Rustenburg in North West province, the mine’s owner, Sibanye-Stillwater, said. Last year, 955 miners were rescued from a Sibanye-owned gold mine after a storm damaged electricity supply and trapped them underground.

Netflix has secured the rights to make a mini-series about the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in northern Thailand last year.

WND

A Hong Kong-based company has been forced to sell its American container port after the US government raised security concerns about its parent being a Chinese state-owned shipping giant. Orient Overseas (International), which is majority-owned by Cosco Shipping Holdings, will sell off its entire interest in Long Beach Container Terminal in California for $1.78 billion in cash.

A survey by TotalJobs found that three out of four people want all physical contact banned at work. The idea is to remove confusion over what kind of touch is appropriate. Some companies are now considering whether they should prohibit handshakes.

The Department of Defense is planning to spend $7.4 million on a troop mission at the United States-Mexico border that includes feeding and caring for migrants and border crossers.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 1, 2019

The Foundation

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

Venezuela: Cold War Renewed

For Trump, it’s not only about standing against socialism; it’s about standing against old enemies.


Hey Big Spender — $2 Trillion for Infrastructure?

Trump and Demo leaders agree in principle on a major deal. Is it worth it?


Evangelical Support for Trump Is Pragmatism, Not Blind Worship

The president isn’t an exemplary man, but he fights for Christians’ religious liberty.


Mueller Blames Media, Media Blame Barr

A deep-state leak politically timed to damage Barr ahead of congressional testimony.


O’Rourke Introduces His ‘Last Chance’ Climate Plan

Vague on specifics, he says he can accomplish it for a mere $5 trillion, not the $93 trillion of the GND.


‘Boyz n the Hood’ Are Missing Something

Reflecting on John Singleton’s timeless message after his untimely death this week.


Video: AOC Says of VA, ‘If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!’

Her comments contrast with reports of veterans taking their lives in the parking lots of the VA.


Video: Inequality Myths

Politicians and reporters often rail about “the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”



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The Left’s Hate Campaign Against Stephen Moore
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Will NRA Become a Casualty of the Culture War?
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Wise Welcome
John Stossel
A Lie, a Myth and a Question
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Wednesday Short Cuts

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News – 5/1/2019

Saudi Arabia offered Abbas $10 billion to accept Trump’s peace plan – report
A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah refused to comment on the report. Referring to meetings between the Saudi crown prince and Abbas, the newspaper said that “according to information obtained by Al-Akhbar, Salman briefed Abbas about the details of the deal of the century and asked him to accept it. Abbas, however, rejected the offer and said it would “mean the end of my political life,” the report added… the Saudi crown prince also told Abbas that the Trump administration was prepared to give the Palestinians the land which they already live on.

Human Rights NGO Reports on Hamas’ Abuses in Gaza Strip
A human-rights nongovernmental organization that has a special consultative status in the United Nations released a report last week that documented the fact that several hundred people were summoned, arrested and detained over the course of a year by the terrorist group Hamas solely because of their political beliefs.

Amazing Things Accompany The Imminent Arrival of the Messiah
Starting with the premise that we are already living in the time of the arrival of Moshiach (Messiah), Rabbi Anava recently spoke in detail about what life will be like after Moshiach arrives and how we can best prepare ourselves, to ensure a smoother transition to the Messiaic era.

NASA Conference on Asteroid Defense: Disaster Planning or Plotting for Deception?
This week, 300 scientists from around the world gathered at a NASA conference to prepare for a scenario they constantly and consistently deny has any possibility of occurring: the planet-threatening impact of a huge asteroid with the earth. An expert in Torah-sourced astronomical phenomena rejects the scientific approach, pointing to evidence that the self-proclaimed experts are clearly hiding the truth. The answers and solutions, he claims, have already been provided by “a higher authority.”

Report: Violent anti-Semitic attacks in US doubled in 2018
The New York-based group counted 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents — either harassment, vandalism or physical assault — in 2018. That is a 5% decrease from the 1,986 incidents reported in 2017, but the third-highest total since ADL began tracking the data in the 1970s.

Dermer: New York Times Has Become a ‘Cesspool of Hostility’
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said on Monday that The New York Times has become a “cesspool of hostility” amid the publication’s international edition featuring antisemitic cartoons on April 25 and over the same weekend that a Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in Southern California was attacked by a gunman who killed one woman and injured three others, including a child. “The same New York Times that a century ago mostly hid from their readers the Holocaust of the Jewish people has today made its pages a safe space for those who hate the Jewish state. ”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Launches Missile at Israel, Explodes in Sea
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was accused of launching a long-range rocket from northern Gaza at Israel on Monday evening, in an attempt at provoking a heavy response from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israel’s Army confirmed the launch Tuesday – which landed in the sea off the country’s southwestern coastline – and was “deliberately” intended to destabilize the fragile ceasefire agreement. The IDF said that the Iran-backed Palestinian militant group had intended to hit land, but that the rocket missed its target and landed in the Mediterranean sea.

“An Estimated 150-200 Million Pigs” Have Been Hit By A Global Plague Of Biblical proportions
African Swine Fever is the greatest threat to global food production that we have seen since World War II ended. As you will see below, the disease has now spread “to every province in mainland China”, and it has now infected “an estimated 150-200 million pigs”. To put that number in perspective, that is more pigs than the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year. In other words, the equivalent of the entire U.S. pork industry has just been wiped out.

Wonky black hole seen firing off plasma “bullets”
But not everything gets sucked in – many black holes have been found to spew jets of high-speed particles. Those usually form long, straight beams but now astronomers have discovered a weird black hole that’s spinning like a wonky top, firing off “bullets” of plasma in all directions.

U.S. Air Force F-35s carry out first combat mission against ISIS targets
Two weeks after the United States Air Force (USAF) deployed several F-35 fighter jets to the Middle East, the jets carried out their first combat mission in Iraq against Islamic State targets. The first American combat sortie of the stealth fighter jet came a day after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video for the first time in five years when he declared the caliphate in a now infamous speech in Mosul.

Violent antisemitism on the rise worldwide
Violent attacks on Jews and Jewish targets around the world rose in 2018, a report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry released on Wednesday indicated. According to the study, released in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, the number of major violent cases globally jumped 13% last year, from 342 to 387.

US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says
U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional.

Trump oil sanctions go into effect while debate on move continues
U.S. President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision to ban all Iranian oil purchases after May 1…came after hawkish economic and security advisors allayed the president’s fears of an oil price hike, according to three sources familiar with the internal debate. The unprecedented move to fully sever Tehran’s financial lifeline – finalized just days before the April 22 announcement – underscores the strong influence of hard-liners within Trump’s inner circle.

Saudi Arabia beheads 5 homosexuals, yet but one peep from liberals, mainstream media or LGBT community
FIVE of the 37 men beheaded in Saudi Arabia last week were secret gay lovers according to Saudi reports. The men from the Shia minority were reportedly tortured into terror confessions.

SHOCKING VIDEO: Border Agents Release New Footage of ‘111 Migrants’ Crossing US-Mexico Border
ICE Warns of Surge in ‘Fake Families’ Exploiting US Law to Cross Border Authorities warned Monday of a surge in “fake families” at the border as illegal immigrants are entering the United States by using children to pose as a family as exploit US laws, according to reports.

Venezuela Pulls CNN, BBC Off Air After Military Vehicles Plow Into Protesters
CNN and the BBC were quickly taken off the air in Venezuela on Tuesday by the government amid an apparent coup by forces loyal to National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó.

Trump: ‘In America, We Don’t Worship Government, We Worship God’
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Indianapolis, reminding Americans that the foundational blocks for life are “faith and family” and not the worship of government.

NOT DEAD YET: Infamous ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Emerges From His Rat Hole For First New Video In 5 Years, Takes Credit For Sri Lanka Bombings
ISIS exists largely in the minds and memories of what’s left of its adherents since President Trump kept his campaign promise to eradicate ISIS. Their cowardly leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. has emerged like a rat from whatever hole he has been hiding in, to basically take credit for any and all Islamic terrorism happening anywhere including the recent murders in Sri Lanka.

Venezuela Coup? “Live Fire” Exchanged Outside Contested Air Base In Dramatic Escalation
update 3: Things are getting hotter in Venezuela, as Reuters reports that a pro-Guaidó gathering at the La Carlota military air base came under fire and shot back. In this video, what sounds like gunfire can be heard.

Sports Illustrated Promotes Sharia Law By Featuring Muslim Model Halima Aden In ‘Swimsuit Edition’ Wearing An Islamic Hijab And Burkini
There are a lot of orthodox Jewish women who dress modestly when swimming, the same goes for a lot of bible believing Christian women as well, but you won’t see them in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition any time soon. Why? Because Sports Illustrated has no interest in promoting modesty, obviously, but they are interested in promoting the doctrine Far Left Liberals like Ilhan Omar and AOC.

China is ‘Funding Biden Family Businesses’ with ‘Billions,’
Democratic 2020 hopeful Joe Biden’s family’s business dealings with China’s government mean that the former vice president is “compromised by a foreign power and unfit to be president,” according to a report by Fox News’s Steve Hilton.

Under the Cover of the Measles Panic, the CDC Is Mobilizing for a Fake Ebola Pandemic
Something is seriously wrong in LA. People and institutions were unduly isolated when the “reported” cases of measles totaled less than 20. When I was kid, you caught measles, stayed home for 14 days and returned to school. Nobody died! Now the mainstream media would have you believe that everyone will die. Of course when I was a kid, we took 9 vaccinations. Today, there are 77 and according to the CDC and mainstream media, they are all equally safe.


Headlines – 5/1/2019

Addressing new Knesset, Netanyahu expresses hope for peace with Arab world

Opening Knesset after bitter election, Rivlin tells MKs to ‘clean up’ politics

Abbas: ‘Europe invented Zionism and Israel… let’s not fool ourselves’

The ‘Peaceful’ Movement to Destroy Israel – Setting the record straight on BDS and the call for two states

Senators Visit Jordan, Warn That Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Could Destabilize Kingdom

Only copy of US recognition of Israel signed by Truman up for sale

Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Despite Brexit and Corbyn, immigration to Israel from UK is dwindling

ADL: While anti-Semitic incidents in US went down, they’ve gotten more violent

Anti-Jewish hate consuming Europe and America, says French Nazi hunter

Rising anti-Semitic hatred is changing Jewish life across the United States

Anti-Semitic attacks in the US have doubled: ADL

ADL: All extremist anti-Semitic attacks in 2018 were by white supremacists

Jewish students sue to oust pro-Palestinian event at UMass, citing anti-Semitism

Israeli envoy calls for criminalizing antisemitism after NYT cartoon

PA court sentences Palestinian to prison for trying to sell land to Israeli Jews

Reducing reliance on Russia, Poland considers purchase of Israeli gas

How Russia contaminated $2.7 billion of oil exports to Europe

Jordan Reviews Gas Agreement with Israel

IDF deploys Iron Domes ahead of Eurovision, Independence Day

Israel Accuses Islamic Jihad of Rocket Launch, Limits Gaza Fishing Zone in Response

Trump mulls terror designation for Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says it will continue ‘peaceful’ work regardless of Trump moves

Turkey’s AK Party: U.S. move against Muslim Brotherhood would damage democracy in Middle East

Isis leader’s video an attempt to shore up control, say experts

US urges Russia to end ‘escalation’ in Syria’s Idlib

Erdogan says F-35 project would collapse without Turkey

Russia, Turkey call for ceasefire in Libya: Kremlin

Libya ‘war crimes’ videos shared on social media

UN expert on Libya weapons ‘illegally jailed in Tunisia’

UAE’s Gargash: Arab states support Sudan transition, want stability

Sudan military council: Six security personnel killed in clashes with protesters

Sudan’s military council: We are ready to negotiate but no chaos after today

As Bad as War? Trump Steps Seen Deepening Iran’s Economic Pain

Iranian economy collapsing as Trump administration tightens sanctions: report

India apprehensive Iran sanctions could boost oil, inflation

Pompeo: Removing sanction waivers on Iranian oil sales likely won’t impact China trade talks

N. Korea warns of ‘undesired consequences’ if no change in US nuclear stance

Xi urges youth to ‘love’ the Communist Party

Trump threatens Cuba with ‘full and complete’ embargo, ‘highest-level sanctions,’ citing Venezuela role

Venezuela’s Guaido urges troops to rise, mass protests planned

Venezuela’s Guaido says troops have joined him to end Maduro presidency

Head of Venezuela’s secret police breaks with Maduro

Venezuela uprising turns violent after military armored vehicle plows into crowd of opposition supporters

UN chief appeals to all sides in Venezuela to avoid violence

Internet restrictions reported in Venezuela

FAA bans low flights over Venezuela’s airspace, citing political instability

Massive police deployment planned for Paris May Day marches

New Zealand police arrest man in Christchurch after reports of bomb threat

Suspect in bomb plot to avenge New Zealand shootings kicked out of US Army

Prosecutors: When his gun jammed, Poway synagogue killer had 50 unfired bullets

At least 2 dead, 4 injured in shooting at University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Mueller told Barr his letter didn’t capture ‘context, nature and substance’ of findings

Barr to face Dem grilling in first Senate hearing since Mueller report release

Robert Reich: Congress Should Be Ready to Arrest Attorney General William Barr If He Defies Subpoena

Facebook announces major overhaul after privacy failures, spreading extremism

NSA Reports 75% Increase in Unmasking U.S. Identities Under Foreign Surveillance Law in 2018

Are Digital Memories Ruining Our Real Ones?

The Dow Is Partying Like It’s 1999. It Could Be Headed for a Fall.

NASA chief warns meteors are a threat to the planet

Huge ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid to pass near earth in 2029: report

Don’t Panic! Errant Tsunami Warning Sent in Jersey Shore Town

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Popondetta, Papua New Guinea

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala eurpts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Strengthening Cyclone Fani could hit eastern India as ‘extremely severe’ storm

More than 100 million in the path of life-threatening Cyclone Fani

Save the Children says its running out of aid money to help Mozambique recover from monster cyclones

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Rare Tornado Tears Through Romania

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Parts of Iowa city flood as barrier fails; buildings, cars evacuated

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Wall Street banks boycott Brunei-owned hotels after kingdom makes homosexuality punishable by death

Event for Brazilian leader tests companies on LGBT rights

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Goodbye Handshakes? Some Companies Considering Banning All Physical Contact In Workplace


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

 

May 1 Be Ready for Conflict

scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:8–9
key verse: Genesis 3:4

The serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”

One of the surest wake–up calls in the Christian life is realizing that you are in spiritual warfare. The avenues of Satan’s assaults vary, but be assured that he will launch spiritual attacks against your mind, emotions, and will.

The apostle Peter warned that you should “be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 nasb).

Before you received Christ as Savior, you were a captive of sin and Satan, whether or not you were aware of this bondage. Paul instructed Timothy not to quarrel with unbelievers but to hope that God would help them “come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” (2 Tim. 2:26 nasb). You lived, in Paul’s words, “according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [the devil and his evil angels]” (Eph. 2:2 nasb).

However, as a Christian, you have been delivered from “darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18 nasb). You are no longer under the devil’s dominion or authority. Praise God for your mighty deliverance, but be ready for conflict.

Lord, thank You for deliverance from darkness to light, from the dominion of Satan to You. Make me ready for the conflicts that lie ahead.[1]


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

1 may (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

War! War! War!

“Fight the Lord’s battles.” 1 Samuel 18:17

suggested further reading: James 3:13–18

It is the Christian’s duty always to have war with war. To have bitterness in our hearts against any man that lives is to serve Satan. We must speak very strongly and sternly against error, and against sin; but against men we have not a word to say, though it were the Pope himself. I have no enmity in my heart against him as a man, but as anti-Christ. With men the Christian is one. Are we not every man’s brother? “God hath made of one flesh all people that dwell upon the face of the earth.” The cause of Christ is the cause of humanity. We are friends to all, and are enemies to none. We do not speak evil, even of the false prophet himself, as a man; but, as a false prophet, we are his sworn opponents. Now, Christians, you have a difficult battle to fight, because you fight with all evil and hostility between man and man: you are to be peacemakers. Go wherever you may, if you see a quarrel you are to abate it. You are to pluck firebrands out of the fire, and strive to quench them in the waters of lovingkindness. It is your mission to bring the nations together, and weld them into one. It is yours to make man love man, to make him no more the devourer of his kind. This you can only do by being the friends of purity. Smite error, smite sin, and you have done your best to promote happiness and union among mankind. Oh, go, Christian, in the Spirit’s strength, and smite your own anger—put that to the death; smite your own pride—level that; and then smite every other man’s anger. Make peace wherever you can, scatter peace with both your hands.

for meditation: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) Men need to hear of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) who alone can give them peace with God and, as a result, peace with man (Ephesians 2:14–17).

sermon no. 250[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 128). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

1 MAY 365 Days with Calvin

Rejecting Gospel Light

But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house. Ezekiel 3:27

suggested further reading: Isaiah 6:8–13

Ambassadors are usually sent to conciliate, by courteous and friendly discourse, those with whom they have to deal. But God here follows a method completely contrary to that. Ezekiel tells us the Lord says, “He who hears, let him hear: he who forbears, let him forbear.” By this the Israelites may understand that the prophet was sent to them, not because there was any hope of their becoming wise again, since they had proved by sufficiently numerous examples that they were altogether desperate, but to tell them that that the Lord will strike and wound them further, and at length inflict a deadly blow on them.

Now we see confirmation of what the prophet previously warned, that the office of teaching was given to him, not because his labor would be useful and fruitful among the common people, but that he might enflame the Israelites to madness if they still prove unwilling to grow wise.

God deals with the reprobate in various ways. Sometimes he appears doubtful that they can be cured. He sends prophets to them to exhort them to repentance. But when he sees their ingratitude in burying the light that is sent to them, God then deprives them of all doctrine. The light shines forth again but at length is succeeded by other, deeper darkness.

Therefore, as long as the doctrine of salvation shines upon us, let us hasten to repent lest God darken all our minds and senses, and deprive us of the singular benefit of having the image of his paternal favor engraved on us.

for meditation: It is sobering to think that continued rejection or disregard of the gospel may result in its removal. With the great blessing of gospel light comes great responsibility to steward that light. What a curse it would be if we were driven into darkness as the Israelites were in Ezekiel’s day![1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 140). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Should Christians Just Admit That The Bible ‘Got It Wrong’ And Move On? – AlbertMohler.com

Sometimes, a headline says it all. A recent article appeared in the USA Today by Oliver Thomas with such a headline. It reads, “American churches must reject literalism and admit we got it wrong on gay people.”

The article begins with a provocative statement: “Churches will continue hemorrhaging members until we face the truth: Being a faithful Christian does not mean accepting everything the Bible teaches.”

What teachings of the Bible does Thomas have in mind that Christians must reject? He targets passages that expressly condemn homosexuality and the entire array of LGBTQ sexual ethics. Moreover, the source of the Church’s error, he argues clearly, is not a misinterpretation of the Scriptures. Rather, the Biblegot it wrong—the biblical authors were bound by time, culture, and an antiquated worldview that wrongly encumbered and vilified homosexual behavior.

Thomas laments the current positions held by many evangelical Christians. He writes, “A sad thing is happening in America. The church is killing itself. A great revelation has occurred that is bringing joy and happiness to millions, but it is being met with resistance and retrenchment from many of my colleagues inside the church.” Oliver Thomas makes a bold claim by using the word “revelation”—his argument is a revelatory argument, which suggests that God has revealed new truth to the world, but not through the Bible. The genesis of this new revelation is sociological experience.

He explains the “what” behind the revelation, writing, “The revelation is that LGBTQ people are just like the rest of us—only LGBTQ… People don’t choose their sexual orientation any more than they choose their race or gender. This is what lay behind a recent comment by Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, that Vice President Mike Pence’s quarrel—if he has one—is not with the mayor. ‘Your quarrel, sir,’ said the openly gay Democratic presidential candidate, ‘is with my creator.’”

He also chronicles what he believes to be the tragic developments in the United Methodist Church, which has, by his estimation, moved towards the wrong side of history by affirming the traditional Christian teaching on sexuality and gender.

Oliver Thomas believes that the source of the church’s modern troubles stems from an erroneous approach to the Bible. “Here is the corner we have painted ourselves into. The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it. Yet, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures did not float down from heaven perfect and without error. They were written by men, and those men made mistakes.”

In just a few words, Thomas has denied the position of the believing Church since its inception — that the Scriptures are holy and stand as the inspired, authoritative Word of the living God. This is an explicit denial of sola Scriptura. We can at least credit Thomas for his candor—he does not hedge nor equivocate. In his view, the Bible has simply erred.

Moreover, Thomas dismisses a fantastical view of inspiration that in no way accords with the Bible’s internal witness. He depicted Christian belief in the inspiration of the Scriptures as the sacred writings floating down from heaven.

Of course, Christians do not believe the Bible simply descended from the heavens. The Apostle Peter told us that “no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 2:1). Furthermore, the Apostle Paul wrote that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).

This is the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture—the Bible did not spiral out of the heavens but came as God’s unfolding revelation through the ages. The Holy Spirit guided human authors to write his holy, infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word. Thomas rightly stated that the Scriptures were indeed written by men. He fails to recognize, however, that God protected the authors of Scripture from error.

The impetus of Thomas’ charge is moral. The Bible does not correspond to his moral and ethical worldview, which celebrates the entire array of the LGBTQ spectrum. The sexual revolution has no compatibility with the Bible—so the Scriptures must be tossed out as erroneous artifacts of a bygone age.

A new revelation has come. This revelation demands the normalization of the LGBTQ morality. The Church has been wrong for two-thousand years because the Bible was wrong.

Thomas tries to cite an oft-deployed argument from liberal Protestants against the evangelical position on biblical sexuality. Not long ago, the Church defended slavery and segregation because the Bible led them there. When Christians liberated themselves from the authority of the Bible, they realized the evils of slavery and segregation.

We can see what Oliver Thomas is doing, but the Christians who pressed heroically for the end of slavery and the slave trade did not argue that the Bible was in error.

Thomas also cites the Bible’s teaching regarding women. Thomas writes, “While the Apostle Paul…exhorted women to submit to their husbands and keep silent in church, reason and experience taught otherwise. Despite Catholic and evangelical resistance, more and more of today’s churches are elevating women to positions of leadership and authority.”

Thomas has now moved away from the word “revelation” and instead used “reason and experience” as his authorities for truth and meaning. He continues to argue, “Churches will continue hemorrhaging members and money at an alarming rate until we muster the courage to face the truth: We got it wrong on gays and lesbians. This shouldn’t alarm or surprise us. We have learned some things that the ancients—including Moses and Paul—simply did not know. Not even Jesus, who was fully human and therefore limited to what first century humans knew, could know about cancer, schizophrenia, atomic energy and a million other things the centuries have taught us.”

This amounts to a complete rejection and full broadside assault against the authority of the Bible. Truth is defined by the subjective emotivism rather than the enduring and objective truth from the transcendent God. Thomas condescendingly dismisses Moses and Paul as inspired authors and instead depicts them as any other ancients bound by a pre-modern, harmful worldview.

But Thomas does not merely throw Moses and Paul under the bus. He lumps Jesus—the divine logos, very God of very God—into the same category of an antiquated ancient figure with no authority to speak into the issues of modernity.

Yes, Jesus was truly man; but he was also truly God. His humanity does not mean he did not know all there is to know, except for what the Father had not yet told him regarding the date upon which he would return. In John chapter two, the Apostle tells us that Jesus knew everything. He did not need to be told what was in man because he had made man. There is nothing in the cosmos that escapes Jesus’ knowledge; and not because he learned it all but because he created it all.

Near his conclusion Oliver Thomas argues, “It’s difficult to watch good people (and the churches are full of them) buy into the sincere but misguided notion that being a faithful Christian means accepting everything the Bible teaches.”

This is a rejection of the Church’s very responsibility; indeed, this is a rejection of the responsibility of every thoughtful Christian and disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The existence of the Scriptures means that our God speaks, he speaks truth, and he has revealed himself that we might know him. It is, therefore, our responsibility to study the Bible, to understand its spectacular unfolding of God’s plan, to revel in the unfolding story of God’s redemption, to apply the Scripture’s worldview to our lives, and to obey its imperatives.

Where you find a church, you find the right preaching of the Word of God. Where you do not find the Word of God honored, there is no church.

Indeed, Oliver Thomas wrongly asserts that once Christians liberate themselves from the authority of God’s word that they will then see their pews filled and the collection plate overflowing. The exact opposite is true. Where you find churches jettison the Word, you find empty pews. Liberal Protestant churches have steadily declined because they have “liberated” themselves from a biblical worldview.

They have sacrificed the Scriptures on the altar of cultural relevance—the results reveal dying churches and denominations. Once you abandon the Scriptures, you have no life, no hope, no good news to offer. Your moral, therapeutic deism is a hollow promise that offers no life.

This story underlines the importance of the conservative recovery of the Southern Baptist Convention over the last several decades. I knew Oliver Thomas more personally as “Buzz.” His is a very affable and friendly attorney who served as the general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs. Buzz Thomas had a remarkable career, especially on the issues of religious liberty. He put together the coalition that led to the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993.

The Southern Baptist Convention, however, defunded the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs precisely because it did not represent the convictions of Southern Baptists on many issues like the authority of God’s Word.

Had the conservative recovery—the reformation of the Southern Baptist Convention—not happened, Thomas’ argument would now be made from the inside rather than from the outside of the leadership of my own denomination.

This issue, therefore, is not personal but deeply theological and now public, given that Oliver Thomas published his views in the USA Today.

Interestingly, Oliver Thomas made a very similar argument in another opinion piece for USA Today in 2010. He is apparently frustrated that conservative Christians are declining his advice.

Thomas’ article ends with a question: “What does loving my neighbor—and my enemy—as myself look like?” It looks like not withholding the words of eternal life.

— Read on albertmohler.com/2019/04/30/should-christians-just-admit-that-the-bible-got-it-wrong-and-move-on

Annual anti-Semitism report finds spike in number of Jews murdered worldwide – World News – Haaretz.com

Report by Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University and European Jewish Congress also finds rise in violent anti-Semitic attacks including assault, vandalism and arson

Two people hug as another talks to a San Diego County Sheriff's deputy outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Saturday, California, April 27, 2019.
Denis Poroy/AP

More Jews were murdered in anti-Semiitc attacks around the world in 2018 than in any other year over the past several decades, according to a report published Wednesday by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center. 

The report, compiled together with the European Jewish Congress, also found a rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents defined by the Kantor Center as violent and severe – 387 in 2018 – a 13 percent rise compared to the previous year.

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The violent incidents counted in the report include vandalism, threats, arson and use of a weapon. At least 138 people were attacked for anti-Semitic motives in 2018 worldwide. There were also 104 reported cases of damage to private property. 

“Anti-Semitism peaked recently in a manner that casts doubt on the very existence of Jews in many parts of the world,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the Jewish European Congress, was quoted as saying in a press release.

“As we have seen following the second mass shooting incident at a U.S. synagogue, many parts of the world are no longer safe for Jews as we thought they were in the past,” he noted. Kantor also added that there is an increasing sense of “emergency among Jews in many countries.” 

A makeshift memorial a block away from the Chabad synagogue in Poway, north of San Diego, where a gunman opened fire killing one congregant and injuring others. April 27, 2019
\ JOHN GASTALDO/ REUTERS

According to the report, the situation is at its worst in Western European countries, especially in Germany, where an uptick of 70 percent in violent, anti-Semitic incidents was recorded. The country with the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents that were defined as severe is the United States, which, with a Jewish population of 5,700,000 Jews, is home to the largest Jewish population in the world after Israel.

More than 100 serious anti-Semitic incidents took place in the United States in 2018, the report states. Following the United States on the list of serious incidents is the United Kingdom (with 68 incidents reported in 2018), France and Germany (with 35 incidents  each) and Canada (20 incidents). 

In Eastern Europe, the number of violent incidents targeting Jews was considerably lower than in the Western portion of the continent. It was limited to a few incidents reported in each Eastern European country  (except for Ukraine, where 12 such incidents were reported).
— Read on www.haaretz.com/world-news/annual-anti-semitism-report-finds-spike-in-number-of-jews-murdered-worldwide-1.7187779