Daily Archives: May 13, 2019

May 13 Solving Problems Through Prayer

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:2–5

Key Verse: Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Hi, Bill. How’s your brother doing?” Tom asked. Bill replied, “I suppose he is fine. I haven’t heard otherwise.”

We often overhear exchanges like this, but have you ever stopped to consider what they mean? The implication is that while good things in a person’s life may go by without fanfare, problems will usually be known well by everyone around. People simply enjoy talking about hardships because they make such dramatic stories.

Why is this so? Could it be that others discuss our problems so much because that is what we emphasize in our lives? Are we quicker to discuss our trials than our joys? Within a loving family or church body, it is appropriate and natural to share our concerns with others (Galatians 6:2). We do this so that others may be aware of our circumstances in order to pray specifically for our needs. However, when we become best known for our worries, it is almost impossible for anyone to perceive our joy in Christ.

Jesus takes our hardships quite seriously, and so should we. However, we must view our problems through the lens of our saving relationship with Christ. If you are suffering beneath immense obstacles, make sure that you are discussing the matter with Him more than anyone else. Only He has the power to solve every problem, every time.

Lord, only You have the power to solve my problems. Let me turn to You first in prayer, instead of talking to others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 13 A Way of Escape

Scripture Reading: James 4:1–8

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Helen Lemmel’s song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” strikes a comforting chord when facing the temptation to give up. It asks the questions, “O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?” and then it directs the anguished soul to look to the Savior for abundant life. As your eyes are turned upon Jesus and you look into His face, the things of earth grow dim in the light of His glory.

The enemy of our souls sends temptation for the purpose of discouraging us and causing us to give up. God allows temptation. Without its fierce and mighty blows against our lives, we cannot fully develop the courage that accompanies faith.

The Lord knows you will make mistakes. In facing temptation, train yourself to say no to the tempter. There is Someone stronger within you, and He calls you to remain faithful to the One who can save you from the physical and emotional sorrow temptation brings.

Jesus understands the turmoil that comes as a result of fiery trials. Therefore, He has provided a plan of escape from Satan’s angry grasp (1 Cor. 10:13). However, you must first say no to the enemy’s enticement. Jesus used Scripture when He was tempted to turn from God. The Word of God is your sure defense. Hide it in your heart, and call out to the Lord of your soul.

Precious heavenly Father, I turn my eyes upon You for strength for my journey. Enable me to say no to the enemy’s enticements along the way. I cry out to You for help![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How Should Churches Address Pornography Use Among Christians? — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

As pornography use is becoming more common and acceptable in today’s culture, many practicing Christians feel trapped in a shameful dependency they know is direct disobedience to the will of God.

With past surveys showing that as many as two-thirds of practicing Christian men reported looking at porn monthly or more often, professor Samuel L. Perry of the University of Oklahoma contends Christians are not being challenged by their churches to change their sinful behavior.

Perry, a professor of sociology and religious studies who comes from an evangelical background, authored the book Addicted to Lust: Pornography in the Lives of Conservative Protestants. The title was released this month, as May marks National Masturbation Month in some circles.

The book features interviews and survey data to help Perry present a balanced overview of how increasingly easier access to internet pornography is impacting conservative Protestants in different ways than porn users of lesser or no faiths might experience.

“I think conservative Christians are really at a difficult place. In the book, I’d like to say I end on a more positive note. I try to be optimistic. I try to give some counsel on what I feel like would be some helpful steps to take for the subculture generally,” Perry told The Christian Post. “And yet, I got to acknowledge that I think conservative Protestants really face a pickle.”

As a scholar of religion and families, Perry began researching more closely the topic of pornography around five years ago when he was curious about the link between pornography use and divorce. Today, around 20 of his over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles have focused on the issues of pornography, lust and masturbation.

With technological advancements over the years with the internet and smartphones, access to pornographic material is less restricted than ever.

Although conservative Christians are known for holding staunch beliefs when it comes to sexual sin, many conservative Christians also report being helplessly trapped in the grip of pornography dependence as technology is making it harder to avoid the temptation.

“This is a real challenge as the broader culture in the United States becomes more antithetical to a traditional Christian sexual ethic,” Perry explained.

Perry said one of the main points of the book is that among the negative consequences that conservative Protestant users of pornography face is the experience of “consistently, willfully, repeatedly violating their own moral convictions by looking at pornography.”

“[T]hey feel stuck, and they feel judged; they feel like they have to hide it, and lie about it,” he said. “It hurts their mental health when they have to kind of pretend they’re not doing this or they feel bad about themselves. It also certainly hurts their marriages and their intimate relationships because they definitely feel like they have to hide that.”

Perry added that data show conservative Protestant women are twice as likely to divorce their husbands over the issue of pornography use as compared to non-conservative Protestant women.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

via How Should Churches Address Pornography Use Among Christians? — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

May 13 Personal Intimacy

Scripture reading: Psalm 142:1–7

Key verse: Psalm 142:5

I cried out to You, O Lord:

I said, “You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.”

The goal of a married couple is not just to stay married but to develop a personal intimacy that touches body, soul, and spirit. Likewise, the goal of a believer is not just to be a Christian but to cultivate an intimate, devoted relationship with the heavenly Father.

In both instances honest, sincere, and consistent communication is the key to such oneness and nearness. The Christian experiences that process through a deepening, growing, expanding experience of praise, worship, and prayer.

God’s goal in intimacy is not just to answer your petitions or hear your complaints or solve your problems. Although He does address each of these needs, they are only a part of the Lord Jesus Christ’s ultimate purpose—oneness and union with Him.

God wants you to know Him; to enjoy Him; to live continually in the light of His favor, wisdom, and truth. He desires a genuine relationship with you, His child. Daily worship and prayer are the spiritual closet where you and the Father are drawn into a personal intimacy in which God’s love for you and your love for Him become the bedrock of your faith.

Make it your goal to know God intimately. Learn to worship and praise Him—then watch your prayer life move into a new dimension.

Heavenly Father, my goal is to know You intimately. Teach me how to worship. Teach me how to pray.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Steve Hilton Excellent Recap on China Trade Confrontation… — The Last Refuge

Looking at the retaliatory response from China today; there’s lots of great news.  China is doing exactly what President Trump quietly predicted.  They are walking directly into his trap.  Trump is a friggin’ genius…. more on that coming.

This video from Steve Hilton last night was very well presented.

via Steve Hilton Excellent Recap on China Trade Confrontation… — The Last Refuge

May 13, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 13, 2019

The Foundation

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

The Long-Running Trade War With China

The president aims to end China’s decades-long abusive trade practices.


When Does Life Begin?

As states like Georgia consider “heartbeat” abortion bills, that’s the only question that matters.


No Privacy Equals Totalitarianism

Tech giants are doing a number on Americans’ privacy, and most aren’t even aware of it.


New Judges Confirmed at Record Pace

Trump is gradually remaking the judiciary, as 39 judges are confirmed to U.S. circuit courts.


Tension Points With Iran

Recent weeks have seen already bad relations between nations deteriorate further.


#Blexit2020 — How Black Voters Will Turn Out in 2020

More blacks than ever are seeing through the Democrat facade on the issues.


Video: Leftist Response to Tragedies

Tragedies don’t occur because they don’t believe in God, but because they’re not PC enough.


Video: When Dems Were Against Holding the AG in Contempt

That was before they voted to hold current AG Bill Barr in contempt. Hypocrites.



Today’s Opinion

Hans von Spakovsky
NY Times Publication of Trump Tax Information Violates His Legal Right to Confidentiality
Scott Powell
How the U.S. Can Solve the Current Trade Tariff Impasse With China
Kathryn Jean Lopez
How About Rediscovering the Human?
Guest Commentary
The Children Demand ‘Medicare for All
’
Todd Starnes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army Must Stand Up to Leftist Bigots
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

China issues tariffs, oil-tanker sabotage, new border barriers, Google-Leftmedia coalition, biology prevails, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from James Comey, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Rashida Tlaib, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 5/13/2019

Eleven-year-old ‘Drag Kid’ now a spokeschild for Converse shoes
An 11-year-old drag performer known as Desmond-is-Amazing is now a model for a shoe company. The Converse footwear company, once known for its fashionable high top basketball shoes, has announced a new “partnership” with Desmond Napoles and five other “individuals connected with the LGBTQ+ community” to market its new “Pride collection.”

FBI uncovers Islamic terror training camp in Alabama
The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil. “The threat of domestic terrorism exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life.”

Minister: Iran could strike Israel if U.S. standoff escalates
If there’s some sort of conflagration between Iran and the United States, between Iran and its neighbours, I’m not ruling out that they will activate Hezbollah (in Lebanon) and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, or even that they will try to fire missiles from Iran at the State of Israel,” said Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet.

Iranian commander: US forces must leave the region
“The presence of the Americans in the Persian Gulf region has reached its end and they must leave the region,” Khanzadi said. In addition, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said the US military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target.

Are the Palestinians Planning Another Round of Temple Mount Violence?
Ramadan began eight days ago and the security situation is already heating up the Temple Mount, threatening to be as violent as it has been in the past.

The Middle East Anti-Peace Movement
Ibrahim al-Karaki, the mayor of the Jordanian city of Al-Karak, 87 miles to south of Amman, with a view to the Dead Sea, is under attack for hosting Israeli (Jewish) tourists during the Jewish Passover holiday. His critics have accused him of promoting normalization with the “Israeli enemy” and are demanding his resignation.

Pence Again Calls for Removal of Omar From House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Ilhan Omar has made statements … anti-Semitic comments … statements against our most cherished ally: Israel … that ought to be rejected by every American,” said Pence during an interview with Fox News. Even before running for Congress, Omar made anti-Israel statements such as tweeting in 2012 that Israel has “hypnotized the world,” a post that has since been deleted.

Catholic philosopher: Why I signed the open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy
The Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church that was signed by a number of scholars and pastors, including me, furnishes clear evidence of heretical (not just erroneous) statements that may be found in the approved writings of Pope Francis, as well as evidence—in the form of repeated acts and omissions of governance—that he is fully aware of what he is promoting.

Devin Nunes: ‘Comey is in a lot of trouble’ after making ‘a mess of the FBI’
What’s more, according to Rep. Devin Nunes, the former chairman and now ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday, Comey may be facing substantial legal problems in the near future.

6.1 magnitude earthquake in Panama injures two
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled homes in southwest Panama on Sunday near the border with Costa Rica, damaging buildings and injuring at least two people, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities, authorities said. The quake struck some 4 miles southeast of Plaza de Caisán, Panama, at a depth of about 12 miles,…

Remains of 35 found at western Mexico clandestine sites
Mexican investigators have found thirty-five bodies buried around the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, the country’s second city, state prosecutors said on Saturday. The discovery of the bodies was another reminder of the task facing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December vowing to reduce the gang-fuelled violence that produced nearly 29,000 murders in Mexico last year, a record.

Pompeo to meet Putin in Russia next week
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Russian city of Sochi to discuss “bilateral and multilateral challenges,” US State Department said Friday. Pompeo’s Russia trip is scheduled from May 12 to 14. He would lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Monday, according to a statement issued by the department.

Alexa, Why Are Employees Looking at My Data?
Everyone’s been talking about Bloomberg’s report that Amazon workers are listening to the voice recordings created when you speak to Alexa. But Amazon is far from alone. Here’s how tech companies can—and have—looked at that private data you upload.

Bitcoin donations to ISIS soared day before Sri Lanka bombings
“Globes” can reveal that an investigation conducted by Israeli blockchain intelligence startup Whitestream has found that on the day prior to the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, there were exceptionally large transfers in the bitcoin wallets that ISIS uses to raise contributions. Militant Islamic terror group ISIS took responsibility for last month’s Sri Lankan bombings, which claimed the lives of over 250 people.

Trump bumps up Brazil to ‘major non-NATO’ ally
President Donald Trump said he will grant special military status to Brazil, making it a “major non-NATO ally” in a move to boost cooperation. “I am making this designation in recognition of … Brazil’s recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil,” Trump said in a letter to Congress. Trump said he also was giving consideration to having Brazil become an actual member of NATO,…

Ex-intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents to reporter
A former intelligence analyst was taken into custody Thursday after federal authorities unsealed an indictment accusing him of leaking more than a dozen classified national defense documents to a journalist. The document does not identify the reporter or his outlet, but the description suggests they are Jeremy Scahill and the news site The Intercept. The outlet said in a statement Thursday morning that it “does not comment on matters relating to the identity of anonymous sources,” but it described the arrest as an abuse of power.

RED ALERT ‘Unprecedented’ 100,000 people hit by EU measles outbreak – as deadly disease spreads at terrifying rate
MEASLES is spreading at a terrifying rate across Europe with more than 100,000 people hit by the outbreak in the last year.

War with Iran forthcoming? Most experts say they don’t think so
It’s been an intense couple of weeks in the triangle of the United States, Iran and the European Union. The immediate trigger is the one-year mark since US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Trump administration decided to use that anniversary to impose fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Qatari envoy arrives in Gaza Strip, transfers $30 million to Hamas
The Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi arrived at the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing and handed over $30 million to Hamas on Monday, and families are now being asked to check whether they received the $100 grant they deserve. After the last round of fighting last week, the Qatari Foreign Ministry issued an official statement saying that Qatar would transfer $480 million in support of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Saudi Energy Minister says two Saudi oil tankers attacked near UAE waters
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were among vessels targeted by a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), condemning it as an attempt to undermine security of global crude supplies. The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were hit by sabotage near the emirate of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz.

Burkina Faso church attack: Priest among six killed
Gunmen have killed six people including a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say. The attackers, said to number between 20 and 30, then burned down the church. The town’s mayor, Ousmane Zongo, said that there was panic as other buildings were burned down and a health centre looted.

Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target not a threat -ISNA
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported. The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move that U.S. officials said was made to counter “clear indications” of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.

Handful of ‘left leaning sources’ dominate Google’s ‘Top Stories,’ study finds
A new study from the Computational Journalism Lab at Northwestern found that many of Google’s top hits for news searches came from just a handful of left-leaning sources. Researchers Daniel Trielli and Nicholas Diakopoulos conducted their study by looking at the results of more than 200 news-related questions every day in November 2017.

Coalition deal could pave way for ultra-Orthodox-only communities
The ultra-Orthodox parties are focused on the Housing Ministry and control of Israel’s Land Authority as part of negotiations to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition, indicating they will make new neighborhoods already being planned exclusive to the ultra-Orthodox community. According to religious MKs, outgoing Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s policy for subsidized housing, resulted in a shortage of homes for the ultra-Orthodox community…

Face it: If you are using Amazon Alexa in your home, you are an incredibly stupid person
Amazon has really pulled a fast one on the public with its Alexa ploy – and especially those stupid enough to actually pay money for one of these things, which basically allows Jeff Bezos and his brigade of digital peephole perverts to spy on them 24/7.

Mississippi River Flooding: With New Orleans Levee Pressure Increasing, Bonnet Carré spillway Opened; Louisiana Governor Declares Statewide Emergency
As the flood-swollen Mississippi River rises across the South into Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Bonnet Carré spillway north of New Orleans in a precautionary move to relieve potential stress on the city’s levees, which protect from catastrophic flooding.

Police In New Zealand Looking To Make Arrest of Person Who Left A Chick Gospel Tract About Islam And Muslims Called ‘Men Of Peace’ In Mailbox
Do you get the sense that the wide-open window we have enjoyed for so long is starting to close? I do. Yes, this story takes place in New Zealand and not in America, but guess what? America is a kitten’s whisker away from turning Socialist. Could I see Americans in America arrested for handing out gospel tracts if the Democratic Socialists get power? I absolutely do!

Texas Officials Illuminate Crosses After Atheists’ Call for Removal
Elected officials in an East Texas community defiantly illuminated the crosses on their courthouse after an atheist organization told them to take them down. The move came after the county judge and commissioners voted unanimously to keep the four crosses on the county building.

Horror! Nazis Crash Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony in Arkansas – With Signs About Ovens
Nazis and white supremacists interrupted a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Arkansas last Sunday. The nazis were chanting, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported:

FBI Breaks Up Homegrown Islamic Terror Camp in Alabama Owned by Terrorist Siraj Wahhaj and his Supporters
A homegrown Islamic terrorist training camp was discovered in Alabama recently. The property belongs to terrorist Siraj Wahhaj who was arrested at a camp in New Mexico.

Vatican Wishes Happy Ramadan to ‘Muslim Brothers and Sisters’ As Christians Are Slaughtered in Ramadan-Jihad Terror Attacks
Why doeasn’t speak in defense of his flock? Outreach is all well and good but Ramadan is the season of jihad — pure terror for non-Muslims living in Muslim countries.

Catholic Clergy Accuse Pope Francis of Heresy, Call to Reprimand Him
A group of Catholic Church clergy members and theologians has called on bishops to admonish Pope Francis, accusing the head of the Vatican of heresy, according to reports.

Chips Ahoy Goes Full SJW – Promotes “Drag Moms” in Bizarre Mother’s Day Advertisement (VIDEO)
Chips Ahoy! promoted “drag moms” and drag queens in their Mother’s Day advertisement on Sunday. Is nothing sacred anymore? An infinitesimal percentage of people dress in drag, yet Chips Ahoy decided to feature a (male) “drag queen” in their Mother’s Day advertisement.

More ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bills Emerge in the Midwest and South
New “heartbeat” abortion bills are emerging in the Midwest and South that will ban pregnancy terminations after a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

Pelosi’s Holy Imam Compared Jews to Nazis and Homosexuality to Bestiality
On Thursday Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave opening prayer duties to Imam Omar Suleiman. Anti-Semitic radical Linda Sarsour praised Pelosi for the choice.

Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling,’ shockingly claims Palestinians created ‘safe haven’ for Jews
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has made yet another shocking and historically ignorant claim: That thinking about the Holocaust gives her a “calming feeling” because her Palestinian ancestors provided a “safe haven” for Jewish victims of the tragedy.

Pope Urges Youth to Hear the ‘Anguished Plea of the Earth’
Pope Francis has told young economists and entrepreneurs that the world needs a different kind of economy, “one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it.”


Headlines – 5/13/2019

Trump envoy: PA dismissal of peace plan hurts ordinary Palestinians

Ex-IDF chief said to warn Trump envoy of West Bank violence over peace plan

Israel TV: US won’t oppose extension of Israeli law to all West Bank settlements

Settlers hail ‘historic opportunity’ after report Trump won’t oppose annexation

Netanyahu chooses site in Golan Heights to be named after Trump

Official: Qatari envoy slated to arrive in Gaza by Monday to distribute funds

Years of Gaza rocket strikes leave dark mark on the south’s psyche

Palestinians criticize new booklet praising Abbas handed out in PA schools

Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling,’ shockingly claims Palestinians created ‘safe haven’ for Jews

Rashida Tlaib slammed by House GOP over comments on Holocaust, Palestinians

Germany vows to back Israel at UN, in apparent break from past record

Miami man arrested for threatening to ‘get rid’ of Jews in calls to bagel shop

Amid US-Iran tension, Israeli minister fears Tehran ‘may fire rockets at Israel’

Iran says US doesn’t dare attack for fear of provoking assault on Israel

Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target not a threat

Iran ‘Facing All Out War’ As U.S. ‘Aims To Fix Its Destabilizing Influence’

UAE Says Four Commercial Vessels Targeted by ‘Sabotage Operations’ Near Iran

Two Saudi Oil Tankers Targeted in Sunday’s ‘Sabotage Attack’ Near Iran

Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

Inside Syria’s secret torture prisons: How Bashar al-Assad crushed dissent

Isil extremists using Instagram to promote jihad and incite support for terror attacks on the West

Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso

‘It’s time to rise up,’ Venezuelan general tells military officers in video

Nearly 3 dozen bodies found buried in western Mexico, likely linked to gang-related violence, officials say

The Pentagon is reportedly shifting funds from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund Trump’s border wall

Manning refusing to testify at grand jury probing WikiLeaks

Trump may provoke U.S. lawmakers to impeach him: senior Democrat

Trump’s Trade War Escalation Will Exact Economic Pain, Adviser Says

Handful of ‘left leaning sources’ dominate Google’s ‘Top Stories,’ study finds

YouTube and its users face an existential threat from the EU’s new copyright directive

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Canoas, Costa Rica

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Claveria, Philippines

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Severnaya Zemlya

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 11,000ft

Heavy rains, ‘incredible’ flooding blamed for 2 deaths across Southeast from storm system

‘Up to my kneecaps in water’: New Orleans slammed with heavy rains, flooding streets

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to break record for longest river flood event since 1927 on May 21

UN chief says world ‘not on track’ with climate change

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC’s borders unless attacks stop

March for Life UK challenges hearts and minds on abortion

Anti-abortion bills mount as GOP-led states angle for Supreme Court fight over Roe v. Wade

Rep. Lee Zeldin says Pelosi showed ‘bad judgment’ allowing anti-Israel imam to deliver House prayer


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Setting Aside the Power of the Gospel for a Powerless Substitute

Former Baptist youth pastor gets 4 years for raping teenage student

Pennsylvania: Former Willow Grove church is now a Sunni mosque

Mother Says 12-Year-Old Daughter Was Taken To Clinic, Had Birth Control Implanted In Arm Against Her Will

Should this cross be removed from public land?

Texas Officials Illuminate Crosses After Atheists Call For Removal

Far-right US pastor becomes first person banned from Ireland under exclusion powers

Asia Bibi’s Cell Now Holds Another Christian Woman on Death Row for Blasphemy


Truth2Freedom Blog Disclaimer

This post was originally posted on: https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com

This blog is an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will keep people informed about current trends, current events, discussions and movements taking place within our church and culture.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107,material here is distributed without profit for research and educational purposes. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

An article and/or blog post link doesn’t necessarily mean that there is agreement or approval with all the views and opinions expressed within the linked article/posting. Caution is also warranted with regards to the advertisements and links that are embedded within the headline linked article.

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

 

Cult Member Commissions Students at Liberty University — Reformation Charlotte

Seventh-Day Adventism is a cult — it is not a true expression of Christianity. Founded by false prophet, Ellen G. White, Seventh-Day Adventism adheres to a form of works-righteousness that they call “investigative judgment” whereby they teach that the blood of Jesus “reveals” those who have righteousness of their own. The biblical doctrine of imputed righteousness and substitutionary atonement — that Christ actually died and took the punishment for sinners — is pertinaciously denied in this cult.

Ben Carson, an accomplished neurosurgeon who is well-known for his presidential run in 2016, was invited to speak at Liberty University Friday night commissioning over 20 thousand students.

Ben Carson has openly stated that he is in full agreement with his church’s doctrine, which teaches such heresies and aberrant doctrines such as Jesus is the archangel, Michael, denial of eternal Hell, and soul sleep.

via Cult Member Commissions Students at Liberty University — Reformation Charlotte

Why isn’t the Senate investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter over China, Ukraine dealings? | American Thinker

Party of corruption.

Is selling out U.S. national security OK so long as Democrats are doing it?

What a disturbing picture is emerging from the research of Peter Schweizer, who has a new one out about Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings with China.

In a New York Post op-ed, Schweizer writes:

In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.

If it sounds shocking that a vice president would shape US-China policy as his son — who has scant experience in private equity — clinched a coveted billion-dollar deal with an arm of the Chinese government, that’s because it is.

The details get worse and worse and worse, the further you read — the Chinese, for instance, kept news of the deal away from the English-language portion of its website.  The agreements signed came just ahead of then–vice president Joe Biden’s trips to China.  The deals themselves were to buy into companies that were stealing U.S. secrets.  The secrets they were after involved U.S. nuclear submarines.  And Biden Junior didn’t know jack about nuclear things, Chinese things, or venture capital; he was there just for being the vice president’s son.

And both Joe and young Hunts insist nothing untoward was going on; the Chinese just chose to partner with Hunter based on his amazing business acumen, nothing more.

Schweizer writes that it’s actually a pattern of activity — Biden Junior did the same thing in Ukraine, and the ties between Hunter and Joe as the foreign cash rolled in for Hunter were even more obvious:

Consider the facts. On April 16, 2014, White House records show that Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner in the Rosemont Seneca deals, made a private visit to the White House for a meeting with Vice President Biden. Five days later, on April 21, Joe Biden landed in Kiev for a series of high-level meetings with Ukrainian officials. The vice president was bringing with him highly welcomed terms of a United States Agency for International Development program to assist the Ukrainian natural-gas industry and promises of more US financial assistance and loans. Soon the United States and the International Monetary Fund would be pumping more than $1 billion into the Ukrainian economy.

The next day, there was a public announcement that Archer had been asked to join the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural-gas company. Three weeks after that, on May 13, it was announced that Hunter Biden would join, too. Neither Biden nor Archer had any background or experience in the energy sector.

…and…

The choice of Hunter Biden to handle transparency and corporate governance for Burisma is curious, because Biden had little if any experience in Ukrainian law, or professional legal counsel, period. But that didn’t stop Burisma from paying the younger Biden what The New York Times has reported was as much as $50,000 a month while the company was under investigation by officials in both Ukraine and abroad.

Joe Biden’s trip to Kiev in March 2016, and his threats to withhold $1 billion in foreign aid if Ukrainian officials didn’t dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, Victor Shokin, take on added meaning when you consider that Shokin’s office had been leading an investigation into Burisma’s owner.

This guy sounds like a one-man health hazard to U.S. national security, and greedy as heck.  These are the kinds of deals Chavista elites engage in over in Venezuela.

And here they are, going on with their deals as if the U.S. were a third-world country, with Joe Biden’s son cutting his China and Ukraine deals for buku bucks without any apparent rationale other than family ties.

Meanwhile, people such as George Papadopoulos get thrown into prison for process crimes, and little guys such Navy sailor Kristian Saucier get thrown into prison for taking careless photos.  And people such as Don Trump, Jr. get put through the wringer for apparent entrapment operations linked to Fusion GPS and the people who brought us the Steele dossier, not actual spies from an enemy side.

Schweizer thinks that if Congress is going to go around investigating Trump in the pious interest of preventing collusion with foreign actors, then it needs to put its money where its mouth is and get the Senate to start investigating.

But Democrats aren’t saying a thing about Biden or his deals — not even the Democrat rivals fighting to knock Joe from his frontrunner status and win their party’s presidential nomination themselves.

Not only do these Democrats not care about Joe’s kid’s big money deals, they don’t care about the assymetry of justice going on against less powerful people. Worst of all, they couldn’t care less about the threats to national security that arise out of this Democrat cupidity. They are after all, the party of the man from Hot Springs, Bill Clinton, who sold out U.S. interests to the Chinese in acts the U.S. is still paying for as China builds up its deepwater navy. They are also the party that defended his wife’s illegal private server, brimming with classified communications, stored in some guy’s bathroom. That of course was to prevent anyone from discovering, via Freedom of Information Act inquiries, that their Clinton Foundation was offering a pay-to-play operation to gamy foreign players such as the uranium-hungry Russians, with Hillary Clinton then the Secretary of State.

This is corruption, fourth world corruption, and it’s what’s on offer if a Democrat takes power. Is every Democrat this putridly corrupt? Why aren’t they saying anything, if for nothing else to put old Joe out to pasture and reduce the Democrat field for themselves?  The times calls for people to do after these seedy dealings to show a difference. In the Senate, as Schweizer argues, and certainly beyond. Thus far, Democrats don’t seem to think there’s a problem, which makes you wonder what they’re planning for themselves.

Source: Why isn’t the Senate investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter over China, Ukraine dealings?

Trump Throws a Dem Talking Point Back in Their Face, Says They Have Their Own ‘Constitutional Crisis’ | IJR

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to throw a Democrat talking point back in their faces after weeks of them claiming he created a “Constitutional crisis.”

As IJR Blue reported, several prominent Democrats have claimed that President Trump created a Constitutional crisis by allowing Attorney General William Barr to refuse to remove the redactions from protected information about the grand jury.

Both Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) have used the phrase “Constitutional crisis” to attack the Trump administration. Nadler, in particular, has used the phrase to defend himself as he pushes contempt charges against Barr forward.

The phrase has even leaked into Hollywood. As IJR Red reported, Bill Maher recently called out Democrats for repeatedly claiming that Trump created a “Constitutional crisis,” but then refusing to take actions against him.

Maher said, “So it’s a constitutional crisis. Democrats, either do something or stop talking about it because I think you’re just making yourselves look weak.”

Because Democrats are trying to monopolize the phrase and use it against his administration, Trump took to Twitter and threw the phrase back in the face of his opponents. Trump claimed that Democrats in Congress have created a “Constitutional crisis” of their own by refusing to legislate.

Trump pointed to Congress’ inaction on immigration as a key failure of House Democrats. As IJR previously reported, the migrant crisis has brought the U.S. immigration system to its knees as hundreds of thousands of migrants overwhelmed the system and pour into the United States with little slowing them down.

The crisis at the southern border already created friction between the legislative and executive branches when President Trump declared a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border after House Democrats refused to fund the wall.

This is not the first time Trump has hijacked a Democrat talking point. His most notable term is “fake news” which he took after Google and many liberals claimed misleading stories won him the election.

Source: Trump Throws a Dem Talking Point Back in Their Face, Says They Have Their Own ‘Constitutional Crisis’

Decade after recession, 40% of families still struggling… | The Drudge Report

A decade after the recession, 40% of U.S. families still struggling

By Aimee Picchi

May 13, 2019 / 5:01 AM / MoneyWatch

Four in 10 Americans sometimes face what economists call “material hardship,” struggling to pay for basic needs such as food and housing, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. Even middle-class families routinely struggle financially and are occasionally unable to pay their bills.

The finding is striking given the U.S. has experienced a decade of economic growth in the decade since the recession ended. The unemployment rate is at its lowest in half a century, and the stock market has enjoyed a decade-long bull run. But for many Americans, incomes haven’t kept up with the rising cost of necessities such as housing and health care, resulting in financial anxiety.

About 39 percent of Americans ages 18 to 65 experienced at least one type of material hardship last year, statistically unchanged from the 39.3 percent who suffered hardship in 2017, the nonpartisan think tank found. The study spans the first two years of the Trump administration, as well as the first year of the tax overhaul. Yet there was little progress easing the financial challenges experienced by U.S. adults last year, the Urban Institute said.

“The modest declines in hardship during the current favorable economic environment suggest further progress will require additional policies to raise and stabilize incomes, offset the cost of essential expenses and protect families against adverse financial shocks,” the study noted.

The Urban Institute started tracking material hardship in 2017 ahead of proposed cutbacks in federal safety-net programs, such as proposals to add work requirements to food stamps and Medicaid. Some U.S. states have already moved forward with such plans, such as Maine’s work requirement for its food stamp recipients.

The think tank is revisiting the survey each year to measure changes in how American families are are faring financially. The study surveyed more than 7,500 adults about whether they had trouble paying for housing, utilities, food or health care.

The hardships experienced by U.S. families underscores that income is only one part of the equation, the Urban Institute said. “It is also important to consider the cost of major expenses such as housing, utilities, child care, transportation and health care” on household budgets, it noted.

Food insecurity and medical bills remain a sticking point for many families, with nearly 1 in 5 families saying they had experienced difficulty paying for food or medical care.

But the researchers found that even middle-class families are struggling with the bills. Almost 1 in 3 households that earn at least twice the federal poverty level — equivalent to annual income of $50,200 for a family of four — say they struggled with meeting basic needs. The bills that caused them the most trouble — medical and food costs, the study found. About 1 in 7 middle-class families said they struggled with medical bills or didn’t receive medical care because of the cost.

To be sure, low-income families — those earning less than twice the federal poverty level, or less than $50,100 for a family of four — are struggling most. About 60 percent of those surveyed said they struggled to pay their bills, with 53 percent reporting paying more than half their income on housing, considered a severe housing burden.

“These housing-cost burdens are likely to constrain low-income families’ ability to pay for housing and other essential expenses, such as food, medical care, transportation, and child care,” the authors noted.

First published on May 13, 2019 / 5:01 AM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.


 

 

Source: Decade after recession, 40% of families still struggling…

May 13, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

glory

23 In fulfillment of Isaiah 60:19–20, there will be no further need, as in ancient temples, for any natural or artificial lighting because the glory of God will dim the most powerful earthly light into paleness (cf. Zec 14:7). In the earthly tabernacle and temple, there was, to be sure, artificial lighting (the seven-branched lampstand in the OT tabernacle and the temple); yet the Most Holy Place had no such lighting because of the shekinah, the light of God’s own presence.[1]


23 The heavenly city has no need of sun or moon to shine because it is illuminated by the glory of God. Isaiah had pictured the glorious restoration of Jerusalem in much the same terms (Isa 60:19–20). John is not supplying his readers with information about future astrological changes but setting forth by means of accepted apocalyptic imagery the splendor that will radiate from the presence of God and the Lamb. In his Gospel John used language in much the same way. He called Jesus the “true light that gives light to every man” (John 1:9) and the “light of the world” (John 8:12; cf. 3:19; 12:35). The metaphor is not uncommon in apocalyptic language (2 Esdr 7:39–42).[2]


23. in it—so Vulgate. But A, B, and Andreas read, “(shine) on it,” or literally, “for her.”

the lightGreek, “the lamp” (Is 60:19, 20). The direct light of God and the Lamb shall make the saints independent of God’s creatures, the sun and moon, for light.[3]


Ver. 23.—And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; hath no need. So Isa. 60:19, 20, “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting Light, and thy God thy Glory.” For the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. The glory of God (cf. ver. 11). No distinction is to be made between God and the Lamb; both are the Light (cf. John 1:5).[4]


23a καὶ ἡ πόλις οὐ χρείαν ἔχει τοῦ ἡλίου οὐδὲ τῆς σελήνης ἵνα φαίνωσιν αὐτῆ, “The city has no need of the sun or of the moon to illumine it.” This is an allusion to Isa 60:19, and Charles argued that it was based on the Hebrew text (1:lxxvi), though the phrase οὐ χρείαν ἔχει, “it has no need” (see the parallel phrase καὶ οὐκ ἔχουσιν χρείαν, “they have no need,” in 22:5), is in fact found neither in the LXX nor in the MT but rather corresponds to a phrase in Tg. Isa. 60:19 (Chilton, Isaiah Targum), “You shall no longer need [לא תצטרכי֝ lʾ tṣṭrkyn] the sun for light by day nor even the moon for brightness by night.” Wilcox proposes that Rev 21:23 is derived from an interpretive tradition similar to that found in Tg. Isa. 60:19 (“Tradition,” 207–8).

There is a doublet to this text in Rev 22:5:

Rev 21:23

 

Rev 22:5

 

καὶ ἡ πόλις οὐ χρείαν ἔχει

 

καὶ οὐκ ἔχουσιν χρείαν

 

And the city has no need

 

and they will have no need

 

τοῦ ἡλίου οὐδὲ τῆς σελήνης

 

φωτὸς λύχνου καὶ φωτὸς ἡλίου

 

of the sun or the moon

 

for lamp light or sunlight,

 

ἵνα φαίνωσιν αὐτῇ

 

 

 

to illumine it,

 

 

 

ἡ γὰρ δόξα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐφώτισεν αὐτήν,

 

ὅτι κύριος ὁ θεὸς φωτίσει

 

for the glory of God illumines it,

 

because the Lord God will illumine

 

 

 

ἐπ! αὐτούς.

 

 

 

them.

 

καὶ ὁ λύχνος αὐτῆς τὸ ἀρνίον.

 

 

 

and its lamp is the Lamb.

 

 

 

23b ἡ γὰρ δόξα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐφώτισεν αὐτήν, καὶ ὁ λύχνος αὐτῆς τὸ ἀρνίον, “for the glory of God illumines it, / and its lamp is the Lamb.” This couplet consists of two synonymous lines arranged chiastically:

a

 

 

 

For the glory of God

 

 

 

b

 

illumines it

 

 

 

 

and its lamp

 

 

 

 

is the Lamb.

 

The first phrase alludes to Isa 60:19–20, which predicts that the everlasting light of the Lord will replace the sun and the moon (Pesiq. Rab Kah. 21.5; Justin Dial. 113.5; Origen Contra Cels. 6.51). Isa 60:19–20 has perhaps influenced one of the blessings in the Jewish order of morning prayer, “O cause a new light to shine upon Zion,” and Rev 21:23 may reflect an early Jewish-Christian adaptation of such a synagogue ritual (see Dölger, Sol Salutis, 121; Simon, Verus Israel, 501 n. 83). The equation of the glory of God with light is also found in Isa 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” The tradition of the presence of the glory and the light of God in the eschatological Jerusalem is a motif that occurs in early Jewish literature in probable dependence on Isa 60 (Bar 5:1–4; Sib. Or. 3.787; 5.420–27; T. Dan 5:12–13; see Volz, Eschatologie, 371–72). In answer to the question regarding when light first appeared in the world, R. Samuel b. Nahman reportedly replied, “The Holy One, blessed be He, cloaked himself in it as in a white garment and illuminated the entire world from the splendor of his glory” (ed. Neusner, Pesiqta de Rab Kahana 2:75). According to 2 Enoch 31:2 (tr. F. I. Andersen, OTP 1:154), God created an open heaven for Adam so that he could look upon the angels and “the light which is never darkened was perpetually in paradise.” There is a pagan parallel in the Pantheon, a temple for all the gods, which was rebuilt by Hadrian and had an enormous vault representing the cosmos (Dio Cassius 53.27). The dome had a single source of illumination, the so-called oculus, “eye,” at the top. Since the ancient Romans regarded the sun as the eye of Jupiter, the supreme God was illuminating the room and therefore was present like the cult statue in an ordinary temple (see Hannestad, Roman Art, 87–88).

The second phrase, “its lamp is the Lamb,” is a possible allusion to Ps 132:17b (nrsv): “I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one,” in which “Lamb” has been substituted for “anointed one,” one of the clearest indicators of the basic messianic significance of the figure of the Lamb in Revelation. This passage was understood to refer to “the lamp of the Messiah” (Lev. Rab. 24:2; Tanḥuma to Exod., Tĕrûmâ 61 [Exod 25:1]; see Flusser, “No Temple,” 457–58). Flusser has shown that midrashic interpretations of Ps 132:17 and Isa 60:19 have been combined in Tanḥuma to Exod., Tĕṣawwēh 6 (Exod 27:20) (“No Temple,” 458–59):

The Holy One said to Israel: “In this world you needed the light of the Temple, but in the world to come, because of the merit of the above mentioned lamp (Ex. 27:20), I will bring you the King Messiah, who is compared to a lamp, as it is written ‘There I will make a horn to sprout for David, I have prepared a lamp for my Messiah’ (Ps. 132:17). And not only this: I will make light for you, because this is what Isaiah said: ‘The Lord will be your [i.e., Jerusalem’s] everlasting light, and your God will be your glory’ (Is. 60:19).”

The parallels with Rev 21:22–23 are three (Flusser, “No Temple,” 459, 464): (1) in the world to come there will be no need of the light of the temple, (2) God will be the everlasting light of Jerusalem, and (3) the Messiah is compared to a lamp (i.e., the lamp of the Messiah supersedes the lamp of the historical temple). These midrashic traditions are all much later than Revelation, though Flusser argues that since both they and Rev 21:22–23 combine three distinctive themes, they must reflect a common antecedent source or tradition. The tradition of the lamp of the Messiah is also reflected in a lead lamella from Amorgos that contains an incantation to exorcise the demon who has caused the tumor; part of the adjuration reads, “I adjure you, malign tumour, by the name of him … who by his son enlightened Jerusalem with a torch [τὸν διὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ φωτίζοντα τὴν Ἰερουσαλὴμ μετὰ λύχνου]” (T. Homolle, “Inscriptions d’Amorgos: Lames de plomb portant des imprécations,” BCH 25 [1910] 430–56; the text and translation are also included in H. Leclercq, “Amulettes,” DACL 1:1796–99). In the Barbelognostic treatise Pistis Sophia, the transcendent origin of Jesus is indicated by the tremendous light that he radiates (1.3; ed. Schmidt-Till, p. 3, lines 24–36; ed. Schmidt-MacDermot, p. 5).[5]


21:23. The New Jerusalem looked like a gigantic diamond to John (cf. 21:10–11) because it was illuminated by God’s glory. This verse does not say that nighttime will be done away with in the eternal state or that there will be no sun, moon, or stars. It simply states that the New Jerusalem had no need of them (see comments on 22:5). It will be the heavenly version of “the city that never sleeps” because the Lamb is its light (cf. 1 Tim 6:16; 1 John 1:5).[6]


21:23 Because of the light provided by God’s glory and the Lamb, there is no need of the sun or of the moon in the eternal state (contrast Gen. 1:14–19). It is speculated that God’s glory was the source of the light mentioned before the creation of the sun and moon in Genesis (Gen. 1:3–5, 16).[7]


21:23 — The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.

We got a small hint of coming attractions when Jesus displayed a little of His glory at the Transfiguration. There, “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matt. 17:2).[8]


21:23 Language echoing Isa. 60:19–20 identifies God the Father as the source, and Christ as the mediator, of the bride’s radiant light (her truth and purity).[9]


[1] Johnson, A. F. (2006). Revelation. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 783). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Mounce, R. H. (1997). The Book of Revelation (pp. 395–396). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 602). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Revelation (p. 513). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Aune, D. E. (1998). Revelation 17–22 (Vol. 52C, pp. 1168–1170). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[6] Vacendak, R. (2010). The Revelation of Jesus Christ. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1329). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1766). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Re 21:23). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[9] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2496). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Former North Korean Military Officer Who Was Almost Executed is Now Following Christ and Helping Other Defectors Safely Escape Oppressive Regime — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Kim Yong-Hwa, the founder of the North Korean Refugees Human Rights Association, speaks at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2019 for a North Korea Freedom Week event. | The Chrisitian Post

As a former North Korean military officer marked for execution, Kim Yong-Hwa says he knows all too well the tribulations facing the thousands of defectors on the run for their lives from the repressive Kim regime of North Korea.

The founder of the North Korean Refugees Human Rights Association, now in his mid-60s, spent over nine years imprisoned in three different countries during his decade-plus journey to true freedom.

The journey that began with the intention of committing suicide after being accused of disloyalty to an authoritarian regime that he loved so much took a much different route than Kim initially anticipated.

Instead of going to China and shooting himself in a spot where he could only hope his body would not be found, Kim told The Christian Post that he ultimately discovered the truth that the Kim regime kept hidden from North Koreans. From that point, Kim was inspired to live on to tell his story.

Through his journey, Kim discovered the Gospel of Jesus Christ and today runs a South Korean-based ministry that helps other North Korean defectors facing a similar situation in China find their way to safety.

Kim is one of over 32,000 North Korean defectors who has successfully made the treacherous journey through China and other Asian nations to South Korea since the end of the Korean war in 1953.

But there are an estimated 230,000 North Korean defectors wandering around China who are searching for safety and still at risk of being arrested and repatriated to North Korea, where they could face execution or life in labor camps for the crime of defection.

The road to South Korea, where many North Korean defectors ultimately desire to seek refuge, is not easy.

“Let there be no such tragedy as I experienced [for] anyone else,” Kim told CP while he was in Washington, D.C., for last week’s North Korea Freedom Week.

Accused of disloyalty

In a 40-minute sit-down interview through a translator, Kim admitted that at one point in his life, his love for North Korea’s first leader, Kim Il-Sung, and the communist regime was above and beyond his love for God.

“I thought that If Kim Il-Sung lives no more, I would probably die,” he explained. “I would even die for him. That would be happiness and joy. When there is no Jesus in that nation officially, then he was higher than Jesus back then to me.”

Kim worked until 1981 as a member of the Korean People’s Army in charge of managing vehicles. But he switched in 1981 to become a member of a state security service at the Railway Safety Bureau.

At that job, Kim was in charge of the second military train, which operated under Kim Il-Sung’s family and the Worker’s Party.

But thanks to an aging facility, a military train coming from Russia to North Korea tipped over in July 1988.

Because of the incident, the North Korean regime labeled Kim as “disloyal.”

“Disloyalty had nothing to do with the train accident,” Kim asserted nearly 31 years later. “Giving me blame, I was to be executed.”

Kim was tipped off by a friend about his pending execution. Kim felt betrayed and decided the best thing for him to do is go to China and kill himself in order to protect his family.

“With the decision of the North Korean regime, there is no way you can avoid that once the decision has been made,” Kim explained. “Even if you escape, that is also considered being a traitor. Also, committing suicide is also being disloyal (which could result in the persecution of family members). So I really wanted to go to a place where no one could see me because I wanted to shoot myself.”

Kim said that in late July 1988, he crossed over the Amnok River with a friend into China. But instead of following through with the plan to kill himself, Kim said that he heard a South Korean radio broadcast that changed the course of his life entirely.

He overheard a broadcast that Korean-Chinese man was listening to. It was a broadcast in which the high-profile defection case of North Korean Man-chul Kim’s family to South Korea was discussed.

As a state security officer, Kim had access to a special periodical for security officials.  The newspaper claimed before Kim defected that the boat that Man-chul Kim and his family escaped on had been shot and sunk by the North Korean military.

“That was on the North Korean news,” he recalled. “So I knew because of that news I read, Man-chul Kim was dead. But because he appears on that broadcast, it is either deception or lies by the South Korean or the North Korean. I was a bit confused.”

Kim said he listened to that broadcast in its entirety and realized that he had been “deceived” by the North Korean regime.

“So, therefore, I wanted to go to Korea and let the truth be known that was in my heart,” he stated.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

via Former North Korean Military Officer Who Was Almost Executed is Now Following Christ and Helping Other Defectors Safely Escape Oppressive Regime — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

‘Tables are turned’: Democrats furious over Trump’s call to investigate Biden’s Ukraine links

Donald Trump wants attorney general William Barr to begin investigating the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden over his alleged meddling in Ukrainian political affairs – something Biden denies. Democrats say Trump is just trying to get rid of a strong opponent.

Franklin Graham schools Cory Booker on faith | WND

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN)

Franklin Graham, chief of the Samaritan’s Purse global Christian ministry, apparently has taken on additional responsibilities as a Christian leader during the 2020 presidential election season.

He’s schooling the candidates on the Bible.

The latest lesson was directed to Democrat Cory Booker, who complained in an interview that the idea of “thoughts and prayers” helping someone is just “bull—-.”

“Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker obviously doesn’t know the power of prayer,” Graham wrote on social media.

“He said that thoughts and prayers after gun violence is BS. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. When people have lost loved ones, they need the comfort and strength that can only come from God.”

He explained, “The solution for the problem in this country is much deeper than more laws. The Bible says, ‘…out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies …’ (Matthew 15:19). Jesus’ words are true, and only He can transform the human heart. I’m sorry that some of our politicians have turned their backs on God. I’m going to continue to pray for victims of violence and their loved ones, and I’m going to continue to urge others to pray for them when these tragedies occur. Unless our nation calls on God and turns our heart toward Him, violence of all types will only continue to escalate.”

The Blaze reported on Booker’s comments, which it described as a “passionate rant about gun control where he mocked those offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ with an expletive.”

“So, when I’m president of the United States, I’m taking the fight to this issue like folks will never seen before because we’re better than this as a country. It’s a uniquely American problem, no other country have this kind of carnage,” Booker stated. “More people in my lifetime have died in this nation, uh, due to gun violence than in all the wars and revolutionary wars to now. We’re not gonna give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just b——- and I’m sorry to say that as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead.”

Booker’s plans have included a national gun registration and it drew criticism for the fact it did not exclude the idea of confiscating guns and putting owners in jail.

Graham previously rebuked Democratic presidential hopeful and gay candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for his perspective on homosexuality.

Graham earlier had scolded Buttigieg for attacking Vice President Mike Pence’s faith.

Graham responded on Facebook to Buttigieg’s claim that God doesn’t favor one political party or another.

“Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws, and standards He gives us to live by. God is God. He doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” Graham wrote.

“Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian and he wants to unite people behind him. I’m sure there will be many people who will want to follow. But as a Christian I believe what the Bible says. God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized. The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman – not two men, not two women.”

Graham noted Buttigieg also declared “the core of faith is regard for one another.”

“We are definitely to support and help each other – no question,” Graham said. “But that does not come above believing and being obedient to what God says is truth. Without that foundation, we really can’t help anyone in a way that impacts their eternity. The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world – to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation.”

And just a few months back, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the headlines,
Graham urged Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to take a stand against abortion by excommunicating Cuomo.

Others already had called on Dolan, the archbishop of New York, to excommunicate Cuomo, a Catholic, because of his signature on an abortion law that allows the killing of unborn infants until the moment they are born.

On Facebook, Graham noted Dolan told Fox News on Monday that Cuomo is “not going to be moved by this, so what’s the use?”

“I call on my friend Cardinal Dolan to take a moral stand. Whether it moves the governor’s calloused heart or not, it will have a great impact on not only the church in New York, but on the church worldwide,” wrote Graham, also the CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“My question would be – if the church loses their moral voice, then what’s the use? It’s about standing for right over wrong, good over evil.”

“This legislation expands upon New York’s already liberal abortion laws, which allow for on demand abortion up until 24 weeks. The RHA’s main aim is to justify abortions throughout a pregnancy’s entire term based on the overly broad exceptions defined in Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, including such subjective measures as a woman’s emotional and psychological wellbeing. Late term abortions had only previously been authorized in New York if done to save the life of the mother.”

He said New York already was considered the abortion capital of the nation, but this bill “also allows non-physicians to commit abortions, and decriminalizes abortion by moving it from the criminal code to the public-health code.”

“New York is symbolically doubling-down on the killing of the unborn on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, casting an even darker shadow on a date already shrouded in tragedy and the loss of innocent life,” he said.

Source: Franklin Graham schools Cory Booker on faith

3 Marks of a False Gospel | Bible Thumping Wingnut Network

The gospel, or “good news,” is essentially the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world for the purpose of reconciling God’s people to Himself. Sadly, there is much perversity masquerading as the gospel, yet it’s designed to lead man away from the truth, and into a false sense of relationship with the Creator. Many cults and false religions have arisen contrary to the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3), but there are far more subtle attacks on the biblical gospel that, in many cases, go unnoticed, and are poisoning the church today. Let’s review five telling marks that a gospel being preached is false.

[themoneytizer id=”18934-1″]

1.) The gospel exalts man.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 1:6-7

This may sound like an obvious one, but sadly, so many preachers today preach a gospel that exalts man. Arminianism is perhaps the most notorious of these. Man is said, contrary to Scripture, to have within himself some level of “goodness” to be able to “choose” God. Scripture teaches that man cannot choose God (Romans 3:11) because we are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).

Others may teach that God has chosen to save man, not solely according to the purposes of His own will (Eph 1:11), but because of some inherent value in us. Sure, we have some value to God–we are created in His image. We were also created to glorify Him. But Scripture clearly teaches that it is not because of any value or goodness in us that God has chosen to save us, he chose to save us to display His own glory (Romans 9:23).

This mark of a false gospel places our hope in something false–a hope in something other than Christ alone. It places our hope in something within ourselves, and God will not share His glory with any other.

[themoneytizer id=”18934-1″]

2.) The gospel teaches that you are saved from temporal afflictions.

This is mostly found in the Prosperity, Health and Wealth, and Word of Faith movements. Essentially, it teaches that when you are saved, you no longer have to suffer from worldly calamities such as poverty, sickness, and disease. Further, it teaches that if you do suffer from these things, that your faith simply isn’t strong enough. Often, your level of faith is purportedly reflected in how much money you give to the organization propagating this false teaching.

This teaching can certainly lead people astray, giving some who are not truly born again a false sense of security in practices such as tithing and seed-faith offering. Once again, Christ as the sole object of our faith is diminished and our faith is placed in our good works and is evidenced by our prosperity.

The apostle Paul teaches worldly struggles are not only likely but that God uses them for His glory, in which our purpose is to glorify God.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong…”

2 Corinthians 2:10-11

[themoneytizer id=”18934-1″]

3.) Emphasis is placed on the Holy Spirit more than Jesus Christ.

Many charismatic churches teach a gospel that emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit more than the work of Christ. Certainly, the Holy Spirit, equal with the Father and Christ, is worthy of our acknowledgment. But the Work of the Holy Spirit is always to point to Christ and not to Himself (John 16:14-15). Yet these charismatic churches, in many ways, teach that the Holy Spirit is the primary end of our salvation and that it is manifested through signs and wonders performed by those who have “received Him.” This often results in aberrant teachings such as that speaking in tongues is a necessary evidence of salvation.

Jesus Christ, however, is the primary ends of our salvation. As stated in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 above, His grace is sufficient. Seeking for signs and wonders, Christ said, is evidence of a wicked and adulterous people (Matthew 16:4).

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

Read the rest of this article including a fourth and fifth mark at Reformation Charlotte – HERE

Source: 3 Marks of a False Gospel

Dow Jones Industrials Triple Topping At Key Fib Price Level? — Kimble Charting Solutions

The 4-month stock market rally to start 2019 brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average within 1 percent of its all-time highs made in 2018.

This strong move higher has bulls excited about a new bullish wave higher that will lead to new all-time highs.

But that cannot occur until the Dow Industrials decisively break out to new highs.

And if bears have their way, this test of resistance will form the third and final top within a bearish triple top formation.

At a minimum, this price area looks to be strong resistance. This triple top testing area also marks the 261.8 Fibonacci price extension.

A pullback or correction from this level would not be uncommon. Bulls want a breakout, bears want a triple top. Let’s see how it plays out! Stay tuned!

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see original post CLICK HERE

via Dow Jones Industrials Triple Topping At Key Fib Price Level? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Finally! President Trump BLASTS FBI Director Chris Wray for Protecting the Mueller and DNC Deep State Swamp — The Gateway Pundit

FBI Director Chris Wray has taken every opportunity he has had to excuse and defend the scandal-plagued FBI and to attack President Trump.

Swamp creature FBI Director Chris Wray and FBI brass have yet to condemn the Obama administration spying on the opposition party during the 2016 election.

The FBI sent several undercover agents to infiltrate the campaign and entrap Trump campaign officials in nefarious acts. The liberal mainstream media is just starting to admit that this happened during the election. It is still not clear how many deep state FBI plants were used to entrap Trump campaign officials.

Chris Wray knows but is not ready to condemn this FBI practice. Apparently, the current leadership at the FBI believes it is an acceptable practice to spy on Republican candidates and their staff?

On Tuesday Chris Wray told the Senate Appropriations Committee that Bill Barr’s use of the word “spying” to describe the spying on the Trump campaign and administration was “not the term I would use.”

Wray also told the committee has no evidence the Obama administration was spying on Trump.

President Trump has had enough.
On Sunday President Trump finally lashed out at the conflicted FBI director accusing Wray of protecting the deep state gang.

It is clear that Chris Wray is not up for the job.
And President Trump is no fool.

 

via Finally! President Trump BLASTS FBI Director Chris Wray for Protecting the Mueller and DNC Deep State Swamp — The Gateway Pundit

Atheist gets her PhD in astronomy and astrophysics and finds evidence for God

WINTERY KNIGHT

Christianity and the progress of science Christianity and the progress of science

Christian apologist Terrell Clemmons tweeted this testimony by Sarah Salviander, a research scientist in astronomy and astrophysics at the prestigious University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Salviander writes:

I was born in the U.S., but grew up in Canada. My parents were socialists and political activists who thought British Columbia would be a better place for us to live, since it had the only socialist government in North America at the time. My parents were also atheists, though they eschewed that label in favor of “agnostic.” They were kind, loving, and moral, but religion played no part in my life. Instead, my childhood revolved around education, particularly science. I remember how important it was to my parents that my brother and I did well in school.

I just want to point out that I hope that all you Christian parents are taking seriously the obligation…

View original post 1,266 more words

5 Principles for Sexual Sin — For the Gospel

Old time evangelist Vance Havner once said, “The alternative to discipline is disaster.”[1] You know what? He was right. And what’s more? From beyond the grave his words are still piercingly true. When we apply them to how we deal with sexual sin in the church today, his much-needed words touch a sensitive nerve and must stir us into action.

Without question, sexual sin must be addressed and dealt with in the body of Christ. If we do not lovingly and firmly face our impurities, our lack of discipline will most certainly lead to disaster. Are you a church leader to whom God has given some level of responsibility in overseeing His flock? Do you have a biblical philosophy for dealing with sexual sin in the lives of those entrusted to you? Are you a believer who is discipling someone who is floundering in sexual temptation without a clear plan for waging war against sin? Use the following principles from 1 Corinthians 5 and 6. Without a clear plan from God’s word, you may be found wanting in this area of your life and ministry.

#1 Be direct and specific

Nobody benefits when sexual sin is kept in the dark by those who know about it. When Paul addresses the sexual sin that was plaguing the Corinthian church he was not passive aggressive or dropping hints in the hopes that someone might catch his drift. He was direct, and specific. In no uncertain terms he wrote, “It is reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such kind does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife” (1 Cor. 5:1). Well, there are you have it. Paul simply “goes there.” Pastors should use tact when doing this because Paul’s not necessarily mandating a public shaming for every case of sexual sin. In Corinth, this was blatant and unrepentant. It was happening without much challenge. It needed public discipline. How you apply this can vary depending on context. However, one thing is clear: when sexual sin is present it needs to be dealt with in a direct way.

#2 Mourn sexual sin

It may be our desensitized culture or the result of antinomianism in too many churches but sin isn’t always mourned the way it should be. Paul sternly reprimands the Corinthians saying, “And you have become arrogant, and have not mourned instead…” (1 Cor. 5:2a). He is unseated in frustration because the Corinthians are not broken over sin! Where is the agony? Where is the good kind of guilt that tells us something is very wrong and must be fixed? Too many professing Christians want to jump right to grace but they’ve never faced their guilt with genuine repentance. One can argue that the church is fattened with many false converts as a result. We need to know the bad news about our sin and face it before we can appreciate the good news of grace. If you’ve never mourned your sin, you may be living a superficial, American version of Christianity.

#3 Discipline sexual sin

Want to do something unpopular in today’s tolerant world? Call for the discipline of sexual sin when it remains without repentance and is blatantly unceasing. Call it what it is. Call the person what they are. Put them out of the church because they are not a part of the church. True believers will sin, but they will repent of sin and habitual sin will slowly fade from the pattern of their life. Grace doesn’t mean we keep on sinning. Paul exhorts the church to remove “the one who had done this deed” (1 Cor. 5:2b), to “judge those who are within the church” (1 Cor. 5:12), and to “remove the wicked man from among yourselves” (1 Cor. 5:13). This is explicit and clear. Discipline sexual sin.

#4 Demand purity

Another unpopular and dogmatic step here we come! In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul continues by following up his demand for discipline with a demand for purity. The body belongs to the Lord and Christians are to “flee immorality” (1 Cor. 6:17). The body “is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19a) and should be treated as such. There is no room for a sexually flagrant lifestyle in which sexual sin is not repented of. Every church leader is biblically allowed to demand purity from themselves and those they serve. It’s not man’s authority that calls for this. It’s the word of God.

#5 Point to Christ

All these imperatives can seem too intense if we’re not constantly reminding ourselves of the ultimate motivation for purity. Legalism isn’t our motive. Good behavior isn’t our motive. Pleasing men is not our motive. Christ is our motive! In light of the gospel and what Jesus has purchased, every believer can overcome sexual sin and “glorify God” in their body (1 Cor. 6:20b). Perfection doesn’t come until heaven, but we ought to be progressing in our purity while here on earth. Purity is desired when we remember that we belong to Christ (1 Cor. 6:15) and have been “bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:20a).  Could there be a better motivation when dealing with sin than to look to the One who shed His blood for it?

Much more can be said about dealing with sexual sin and various practical applications can be added here. But that fact remains, we must internalize what the Bible says about sexual sin so that we can equip ourselves to be striving for purity, and pro-active when helping others.

[1]As quoted in Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2014), 21.

via 5 Principles for Sexual Sin — For the Gospel

False Teacher And Gospel Pimp Paula White Now Says That God Has ‘Elevated Her To An Apostle’ So That She Can ‘Train Pastors’ For The Ministry — Now The End Begins

 

Controversial televangelist Paula White, who serves as a spiritual advisor to President Trump, announced on May 5 that she has transferred the pastoral leadership of New Destiny Christian Center to her son and his wife — which has also been renamed Destiny City. She outlined that she will now move to the “apostolic overseer” role at the church, as she believes that governance and “pastoring pastors” are her calling in life.

There are your run-of-the-mill, greedy-for-lucre crooked televangelists like Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, laughable frauds like Benny Hinn that are so bad you cannot imagine that anyone could take them seriously, and a whole assortment of Laodicean gospel crooks of all shapes, sizes, genders and colors. When you arrive at the bottom of the barrel, you meet gospel pimp Paula White.

“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” Acts 20:29-31 (KJV)

Paula White had one goal in life, to fleece her flock and become wealthy, and her desire for money was so strong it nearly derailed her career. We told you in previous articles of her ‘sermons’ where she tells her deceived followers to send her ‘one month of their salary‘ if they want to ‘honor God’, and they did. Prior to that she taught the ‘Lazarus Seed’ heresy where she tells you to send her $1,144 to fulfill John 11:44, you can see that video below. Watch as much as you can stomach. Her career as a gospel pimp wasn’t doing so well, and the end seemed in sight until one day destiny came knocking on her door.

In a series of events too incredible to believe, greedy gospel pimp Paula White became the ‘spiritual advisor‘ to President Donald Trump, and a whole new career for her was born. Now White had the things she had always craved, access to raw power and lots and lots of money. She also claims that she ‘led Trump to Christ’ but there is no evidence that anything like that has ever taken place.

So how do you top becoming spiritual advisor to the president of the United States? Easy, you become an apostle! Only in the burnt out mind and soul of a Charismatic fraud could this level of Laodicean chicanery ever come to pass. Not only does the bible forbid female pastors, the office of the apostle closed 1,900 years ago with the death of the last apostle, John. But if you think the nonsense is stopping, you’re quite mistaken. Her son, the newly appointed ‘pastor’ Brad has a message for anyone who will not get in line and support his mom, Apostle Paula, but brace yourself. It’s a doozy!

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1,2 (KJV)

As Paula White steps into her role as ‘apostolic overseer’, she has appointed her son Brad and his wife Rachel as ‘pastors’ of New Destiny ‘church’, and Pastor Brad has a message for everyone. Misapplying Genesis 12:3, God’s promise to Abraham, and heretically transferring it to Paula White, ‘Pastor’ Brad said that everyone who ‘blesses’ his mom Paula White will ‘be blessed’, and everyone who ‘curses’ his mom will ‘be cursed’. What utter nonsense, what blasphemy and perversion of the word of God!

“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:31 (KJV)

But before we go, know this. All this end times heresy and lunacy could not be possible without the loyal and enduring support of the thousands of deceived followers of Paula White. If you are a member of the New Destiny Christian Center and support this mess, God will hold you accountable for financing this gross end times deception. According to the bible, Paula White is not a pastor, she is not a prophet, she is not an apostle, and she does not preach the truth.

Paula White Transfers Church Leadership to Son, Claims ‘My Call Is to Govern’ as She Moves to ‘Apostolic Overseer’ Role

FROM CHRISTIAN  NEWS: White had taken the pastorate at New Destiny Christian Center following the 2011 death of then-leader Zachery Tims, who according to reports, was found dead in a New York City hotel room due to “acute intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and heroin.”

She told the congregation last Sunday that Tims, a longtime friend, had called her in 2005 and gave a personal prophecy that “wouldn’t make sense [then] … but it would make sense in 2019.” She said that she knew when she took the leadership role at New Destiny that it was only for a season.

“I knew that I wasn’t taking us into the promised land. … To everything there is a time,” White stated.

She also postulated that the Lord more recently told her that the time was right for the next step, which includes installing her son, Brad Knight, and his wife, Rachel, as lead pastors over the church.

“The Lord spoke to me very clearly and said, ‘If you miss this moment, you’ll delay things. Do not miss this moment,’ White claimed. “So, today I am officially enstating Pastor Brad and Pastor Rachel as the senior pastors over City of Destiny.”

White said that she would serve in an “apostolic overseer” capacity, adding that the word “apostolic” can be misunderstood, and she is therefore not completely comfortable with the word. “I believe that my call is to be that, to govern. I believe it’s that, to church plant. I believe it’s that, to pastor pastors,” she remarked.

“As oversight pastor, I believe for 3,000 church plants. I believe that City of Destiny will have 3,000,” White continued. “I will continue with Paula White Ministries. If Pastor Brad asks me, I will preach for him as many times as he asks me to preach.”

false-gospel-of-pentecostal-charismatic-prosperity-televangelists-nteb

White said that City of Destiny will also be launching a university, as well as a performing arts center, and that $155 million is “coming in” to build the facilities. She stated that she believes that the building projects will transpire quickly.

“The only thing that would get upset about anything is your flesh,” she stated. “So, anyone who’s spiritual, you just took a leap, like quantum, because you were like, ‘thank goodness.’ Because the worst thing is our destiny being held up, and your destiny just got released because God just elevated you to a new position.”

“It’s going to blow people’s mind. And God’s about to shine the light. And all you have to do is have half of a spiritual eye,” she told those gathered.

Knight, in praising his mother, said that he feels sad for those who are not understanding of White.

“I understand that God has favored you, that those who bless you will be blessed. Those who curse you will be cursed,” he asserted. “And I’m thankful that despite the fact that you’re Paula White … you have the humility and the ability to hear God enough to look toward succession, and that’s very, very rare.”

“You truly are an apostle, and the quicker that people that realize that, the quicker they realize that God has granted you favor and authority — and unique favor and authority, the better off that they’ll be,” he stated.

As previously reported, White considers herself a life coach, authoring books such as “The Ten Commandments of Health and Wellness,” “Simple Suggestions for a Sensational Life,” “I Don’t Get Wholeness, That’s the Problem — Making Relationships Work” and “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.” She also serves as the chair of President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board.

White has been married three times, with her first marriage being to Dean Knight, who she married as a teenager. In 2007, White divorced her second husband, Randy White of Without Walls International Church in stating that their lives were going in two different directions.

In 2015, she married Journey rocker Jonathan Cain, known for the secular hits “Don’t Stop Believin,’” “When You Love a Woman” and “Who’s Crying Now.” Cain has likewise been married two other times.

Paula White drew controversy last year when she urged followers to give a “first fruits” offering of a day, week, or month’s wages, and said that there were consequences for not being obedient to the Lord.

“We are demanding life to your purpose,” she declared. “And with obedience to this first fruits instruction, which is putting God first now, your purpose, your year, your prosperity, and your power will have life and be resurrected!”

“When you apply this, everything comes in divine alignment for His plan and promises for you. When you don’t honor it, whether through ignorance or direct disobedience, there are consequences,” White also warned.

Following media reports about the matter, staff revised language on White’s website to remove any reference to a “day, week or month’s” wages, as well as text about “consequences.” READ MORE

Paula White Goes ‘Easter Pimpin’ For Your Generous Gift Of A Thousand Dollars Or More

Nothing says Easter like begging for money from gullible, greedy Christians who think that if they somehow give large piles of money to the Laodicean false preachers and teachers, that God will ‘send them a blessing’ and give them piles of money, too. But guess what? It doesn’t work that way. Not even close. And when it comes to ‘holy begging’ for your ‘faith seed’, Paula White can pimp it out like few others can.

via False Teacher And Gospel Pimp Paula White Now Says That God Has ‘Elevated Her To An Apostle’ So That She Can ‘Train Pastors’ For The Ministry — Now The End Begins