Daily Archives: June 11, 2019

June 11 Reasons to Trust God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1–9

Key Verse: Psalm 37:3

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

There are many reasons why we can trust God:

  • He is the one, true God (2 Samuel 7:21–22). From the beginning of time, those who seek God have found Him. No other god has revealed himself to man in this way.
  • He is the essence of truth (Hebrews 6:17–18). God cannot lie, and He will never lead you astray. However, He has told us that there is one who deceives us, and that is Satan. Jesus called him the “father of lies” and rightly so (John 8:44).
  • He is absolutely faithful (Lamentations 3:23). When was the last time God let you down? He never has, and He never will. No matter what you are facing, God knows about it, and He is near to show you how to resolve your dilemma.
  • He has all power (Matthew 28:18). Henry Thiessen writes, “God can do what he wills to do, but he does not necessarily will to do anything.… To the Christian the omnipotence of God is a source of great comfort and hope.”
  • He loves you unconditionally (John 15:9). God will never stop loving you. Even when you are unlovely, He loves you. And it is His love that draws you away from sin and into His arms of infinite care.
  • He never changes (Hebrews 13:8). God is immutable. Thiessen writes: “He is exalted above all causes and above even the possibility of change.”

You are the one, true God and the essence of all truth. You are faithful, You have all power, You love me unconditionally, and You never change![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 170). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 11 Reinforcing Your Faith

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1–5

Key Verse: Romans 5:3

Not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.

You forgot a 9:00 a.m. meeting that you were supposed to attend. Your computer lost a half day’s work. You arrived home to discover a car windshield smashed by a baseball. Have you had one of those days when everything went askew? What about one of those weeks or months?

We like our days to be as cooperative as possible. We tolerate adversity but certainly do not appreciate it. Often, however, God can accomplish more of His purposes on these perplexing, aggravating occasions than on unclouded days. God uses rough times to build character:

  • When the boss says no, we develop perseverance.
  • When a mate is ill for an extended time, long-suffering and kindness are cultivated.
  • When a neighbor is harsh, goodness and love are surfaced by the Holy Spirit.

God also uses rough times to build trust.

Jerry Bridges writes in his book Trusting God that it is often “easier to obey God than trust Him.” Trusting God under a heavy cloud cover is the surest sign of a growing faith. God wants us to lean on Him, even when we cannot always see His presence. Let your hard days build sturdy character and reinforce your faith. You may not enjoy them, but they will not be wasted.

Dear God, nothing is wasted—not even the hard and difficult times. Use them to build my character and reinforce my faith. Teach me the value of adversity.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 170). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Pinterest attacks Christians, pro-life perspective | WND

Lila Rose

Pinterest, the social media company apparently used by millions, has responded to documentation released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas that it discriminates against “Christian” and pro-life subjects by banning Live Action, the very popular and influential organization that fights abortion misinformation with accurate videos and expert analysis.

O’Keefe’s report was on video, and confirmed, with whistleblower testimony and insider documentation, how the company prevents routine access to phrases like “Bible verses,” instead auto-populating search bars with “Bible versus.”

The report also revealed that Pinterest had added Live Action to its “porn” list of blocked sites.

See the report:

Only a short time after the report apparently revealed that Pinterest is anything but a neutral platform that it claims to be, and is a publisher with a definitive agenda, it slammed the Live Action organization a second time.

“Your account was permanently suspended because its contents went against our policies on misinformation,” it claimed. “We don’t allow harmful misinformation on Pinterest. That includes medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence.”

Live Action explained, “@Pinterest has just permanently BANNED Live Action, claiming we are causing ‘immediate and detrimental effects on Pinner’s health or public safety.’”

The American Life League, another prominent player in the American fight against the abortion industry, responded to Live Action that its own account previously was suspended when Pinterest claimed it was “spam.”

The Twitter news aggregator Twitchy called out Pinterest for its “censorship.”

And it posted O’Keefe’s updated: “Pinterest REACTS to investigative report that exposed they listed LiveAction as a porn site – banning LiveAction’s account PERMANENTLY. Tweet @Pinterest and ask why they banned LiveAction. Are they a neutral platform or publisher with editorial agenda? Lines drawn.”

O’Keefe’s report on Pinterest explained how the company refuses to allow basic auto-complete functions for its users, such as on the word “Christian.”

Its report included product code, Slack messages and internal policies and terms, revealed by a whistleblower.

“The documents we obtained raise questions about whether or not these tech companies really operate like neutral platforms, as opposed to publishers with editorial agendas,” he stated.

Pinterest, based in San Francisco, apparently was just following the path established by Twitter, which also was caught by O’Keefe’s organization “shadow-banning” conservatives. Facebook also has had leaked documents its own plans to target conservative thought.

The documentation found by Project Veritas regarding Live Action revealed it had been added to Pinterest’s “porn” list, with employee Genet Girmay saying it should be left there.

Project Veritas reported: “The insider explained that the ‘block list’ was intended to be a collection of pornographic websites that Pinterest uses in order ensure that pornography cannot be posted. LiveAction.org is not a pornographic website, instead it is the web domain of a prominent pro-life advocacy group.

“The insider explained that websites on a ‘domain block list’ cannot be linked in posts made by users. While investigating, Project Veritas tried to post the LiveAction.org link on Pinterest and failed to do so, receiving an error message that read, ‘Sorry! Your request could not be completed.’”

Other popular websites found on Pinterest’s “porn” list, the report said, included zerohedge.com, pjmedia.com, teaparty.org and other various conservative websites.

Live Action founder Lila Rose said, “Pinterest says that their mission is to ‘help empower people to discover things that they love,’ but despite the fact that millions of people love babies and the pro-life cause, they are secretly censoring our life-affirming messages. Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly.”

Project Veritas reported the Live Action ban apparently was instituted by Megan McClellan, “who works on Pinterest’s Trust and Safety Team.”

Project Veritas also confirmed the whistleblower’s documentation revealed “Bible verses” is on the company’s “Sensitive Terms List,” which restricts auto-complete functions.

“Another document Project Veritas received was a screenshot from an internal Slack channel at Pinterest, where Public Policy and Social Impact Manager Ifeoma Ozoma instructed others to monitor the platform for ‘white supremacist’ content from individuals like conservative commentators Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens. Three days after Ozoma’s message, the terms ‘ben shapiro muslim’ and ‘ben shapiro islam’ were added to the ‘Sensitive Terms List,’” the report said.

The whistleblower also explained that Pinterest sometimes simply removes material – and doesn’t even notify those who posted it.

Rose added, “By secretly applying the label of ‘pornography’ to Live Action’s pro-life content, Pinterest demonstrates a concerted effort to sideline a leading pro-life organization the only way they knew how. This does not appear to be a simple mistake. When confronted with an appeal, their employees doubled down and kept LiveAction.org on the pornography list. What exactly is Pinterest attempting to block? Inspirational messages to pregnant mothers, ultrasound images showing the science of prenatal development, medically accurate information on the abortion procedure, and images saying women deserve better than abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood.

“Pinterest has targeted Live Action, I believe, because our message is so effective at educating millions about the humanity of the preborn child and the injustice of abortion.”

Source: Pinterest attacks Christians, pro-life perspective

Pinterest Insider Reveals Company Censors Bible Verses, Christian Terms | CBNNews.com

The whistleblower website Project Veritas is reporting the social media website Pinterest has been banning Bible verses and other Christian terms in its search engine.

“Project Veritas has received and published documents from an insider at Pinterest,” the website reported Monday. “The documents, which include product code, Slack messages, and internal policies, reveal terms and websites that Pinterest apparently censors.”

The group reviewed Pinterest’s “Sensitive Terms List” and found Christian-related terms like “Bible verses” and “Christian Easter” were identified as “brand unsafe.”

In an excerpt of a video interview with Veritas Founder James O’Keefe posted to Twitter, the whistleblower who works for Pinterest explains how the company censors Christian content in their search program.

“When I type in the word ‘Christian’ and something interesting happens,” O’Keefe told the insider who remains off camera and whose voice is disguised.

“‘Christian,’ the insider explains, “is being blocked from auto-complete.”

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

NEW: Tech Insider Blows Whistle on How Pinterest Listed Top Pro-Life Site as Porn, “Bible Verses” Censored #LifeCensored (See full story: https://t.co/mzMipyy02N) pic.twitter.com/scyNxBfJIV

— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) June 11, 2019

Pinterest is a publicly-traded social media company headquartered in San Francisco, CA with more than 300 million monthly users.

“The documents we obtained raise questions about whether or not these tech companies really operate like neutral platforms, as opposed to publishers with editorial agendas,” O’Keefe writes.

When Project Veritas asked Pinterest for a comment on the story, a company spokesman provided the following statement.

“Religious content is allowed on Pinterest, and many people use our service to search for and save Pins inspired by their beliefs. To protect our users from being targeted based on personal characteristics such as their religion, we have policies in place so that ads and recommendations don’t appear alongside certain terms.” 

When asked why he came forward, the whistleblower told O’Keefe: “I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency. And the thing is one person can make all the difference… one person can bring transparency to big tech.”

At the same time that the news about the Bible censoring surfaced, Pinterest also banned the pro-life group Live Action from the site. Read more about that story HERE.

Source: Pinterest Insider Reveals Company Censors Bible Verses, Christian Terms

Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference Focuses on the Beatitudes & Elects David Uth as President — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Danny Wood, president of the 2019 SBC Pastors’ Conference and pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala., welcomes hundreds of Southern Baptist pastors to the annual event June 9 at the opening session of the two-day conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. A combined choir of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, and Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church helped lead worship. Photo by Matt Miller

“Kingdom Character” was the theme of Monday afternoon’s and evening’s 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference (June 10). The focus, from Matthew 5, was on the last three Beatitudes and being salt and light.

Pastors also elected David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando, Fla., as president of the 2020 SBC Pastors’ Conference during Monday afternoon’s session, held in conjunction with the SBC’s annual meeting in Birmingham June 9-10.

Speakers challenged attendees as follows:

Ben Mandrell

Ben Mandrell, pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Denver, gives a message on “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” June 10 on the last day of the two-day 2019 SBC Pastors’ Conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Lindy Lynch

Quoting from the iconic college football movie, “Rudy,” Ben Mandrell, pastor of Denver’s Storyline Fellowship, helped pastors focus on seeing God as part of their study of the Beatitudes during the 2019 Pastors’ Conference.

“This is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen,” quoted Mandrell, referring to the moment Rudy’s father beholds the Notre Dame stadium for the first time. Mandrell added, “One of the greatest gifts that God has given to us is the ability to see.”

His message from Matthew 5:8, titled “Blessed are the pure in heart,” challenged pastors to refocus their eyes on what it takes to truly see God. “If you get your heart right, you get a ‘Rudy,’ God-moment,” he said. “The people who get to see God are the people who desire above all other things and who have purity in their hearts.”

Addressing issues of power-seeking, adultery, and sharing negativity about the church in the pastor’s home, Mandrell said it was impossible to bring a message about how the pure in heart will be blessed by seeing God without confronting pastors with these difficult issues.

“We all think that we are immune from this. And, because we actually believe this, we don’t keep our guard up,” Mandrell said. “We must take better care of our hearts and take better care of our homes so that when we see Him we will say, ‘This is the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.’”

Dhati Lewis

Dhati Lewis, lead pastor of Blue Print Church in Atlanta, shares the message of Matthew 5:9 — “Blessed are the peacemakers” — June 10 on the last day of the two-day 2019 SBC Pastors’ Conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Lindy Lynch

Being a peacemaker is not “elective,” but is a call from Christ to every believer, Dhati Lewis, lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Ga., and vice president of Send Network for the North American Mission Board, said.

He spoke on Matthew 5:9 and Christ’s Beatitude, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Lewis defined being a peacemaker as “bringing reconciliation where God has called us.”

For him, that means leading a multiethnic church in the heart of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward — an area that is home to an ongoing gentrification initiative and the city’s largest Section 8 housing area.

As a leader of a diverse church and a husband in a diverse family (his wife is Caucasian), he encourages believers to “run to the tension” and to be known for their vision, instead of their “anti-vision” defined as being known “more for what you’re against than what you’re for.”

Additionally, instead of seeking justice, the believer must seek reconciliation, because, “Justice without reconciliation is what the Bible calls hell,” he said.

Matthew 7:12-14 encourages Christians to “rep” (represent) Christ as peacemakers by calling them to reflect personally, emphasize corporately, and pursue the narrow road of reconciliation, Lewis shared.

This can only be done if an individual lays aside prejudices that come from being “more dependent on culture than on Christ.”

“My prayer for us in the SBC is that we can give what we can [and] start to have (peace) and that one day we would be able to really embrace the beauty and the complexity (of diversity),” he said.

His vision for members of the SBC is that churches would “really be able to plant churches everywhere for everyone. And that we can demonstrate the complexity of what it means to be SBC, what it means to embrace our identity in Christ as peacemakers.”

In order to achieve that, though, “We recognize that even though we fall short, we have the ultimate Prince of Peace” and believers must be “willing to pay the price for the type of peace that God wants for this country, for our denomination, for the body of Christ.”

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Source: Baptist Press

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Robert Smith Jr. Opens Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference With a Call to Character From the Beatitudes — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Robert Smith, Jr., the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair in Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, gives an overview of the Beatitudes June 9 during the opening session of the two-day 2019 SBC Pastors’ Conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Matt Miller

Whether in suffering or dealing with a social media firestorm, lean into the godly character that the Holy Spirit is fashioning in your heart — that was the core challenge of the first two sessions of the 2019 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 9-10 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala.

The first seven speakers began working their way through the Beatitudes — found in Matthew 5:1-12 — challenging church leaders to live out the theme of “Kingdom Character.”

Robert Smith Jr.

Robert Smith, Jr., the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair in Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, gives an overview of the Beatitudes June 9 during the opening session of the two-day 2019 SBC Pastors’ Conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Matt Miller

Robert Smith Jr. began session one by preaching an overview of the Beatitudes.

Smith, the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, explained that the Beatitudes were paradoxical statements made by Jesus.

“A paradox occurs when two mutually exclusive statements meet at the intersection of apparent contradiction only to produce truth,” Smith said.

The Beatitudes address nine “cause” statements and then leave the rest of the Sermon on the Mount to address the effect, he said. “They address the root while the sermon addresses the fruit. The Beatitudes address the motive, why you do what you do, leaving the entirety of the Sermon on the Mount to address the action.”

Smith concluded his message by explaining that Christians will not be able to live out the Beatitudes without the power of the Holy Spirit and will not be able to embody them fully until they are glorified in Heaven.

“The Holy Spirit is not a luxury, He is a necessity,” Smith said. “It’s like you can’t even be a Christian without the Spirit. God is working to develop from the inside what He has already put in you. In other words, you don’t have seven of these blessings, you have all nine of them. The question is not how much of the Spirit do you have, but how much of you does the Spirit have?”

Jay and Katherine Wolf

Jay Wolf and his wife, Katherine, speak on the beatitude Blessed are the poor in spirit during the 2019 SBC Pastor’s Conference June 9 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. The couple are evangelists and advocates for disabled people. Photo by Matt Miller

Evangelists Jay and Katherine Wolf of Hope Heals in Atlanta displayed Christ’s power in suffering by telling how Katherine nearly died from a massive brain stem stroke at age 26. From a wheelchair on stage, Katherine, now severely disabled, said all people “have invisible wheelchairs of so many different kinds.”

“We’ve all been through various types of suffering — hard things, past trauma, pain, the sin that’s hurt us, how we’ve hurt others,” Katherine said during the Sunday night session.

“… We’re just a testament to the power of Jesus taking some really hard, bad suffering and using it. I want to encourage you to listen to us share with that perspective, seeing yourself in this story because it is in fact your story too,” she said. “The specifics may be different … but I guarantee you’ve had hard stuff in your story.”

Jay, whose father is the longtime pastor Jay Wolf at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., said the body of Christ “forever has changed our story and our life, and I know we wouldn’t be here today were it not for the church coming around us and uplifting our life and our story when everything fell apart.”

In the hours after the stroke, Katherine’s doctor did not expect her to live but decided to risk a lengthy surgery to give her a slight chance at survival. During that surgery, he had to make decisions about which parts of her would become disabled in order to sustain her life.

“In the wounding of Katherine came the healing of Katherine,” she said. “I think that is true in all of our stories. In our terrible woundings, a beautiful healing can come, and that is the Christian life.”

Katherine encouraged believers to accept that there is pain that is “lifelong that we will not understand or that will not be healed, taken away, until heaven.”

“We need to be OK with the tension that everything is not healed and restored on earth and that there is a tenor of sadness to things in life for sure, and that that’s OK, that God is absolutely present and at work even in the hard, sad things where there is ultimately such beauty,” Katherine said.

Ed Litton

Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Mobile, Ala., preaches on the beatitude Blessed are those who mourn during the 2019 SBC Pastor’s Conference June 9 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Litton and his wife both experienced the loss of previous spouses in car accidents. Photo by Matt Miller

When Ed Litton’s wife Tammy passed away in a tragic car accident in 2007, he wanted to “helicopter over” the Valley of the Shadow of Death and get through it as quickly as possible. But God invited him to walk through it instead, he told those present at the Sunday night session.

“When I was standing at the trailhead of the Valley of the Shadow of Death I was frightened; I was terribly afraid,” said Litton, pastor of Redemption Church, Mobile.

He asked, “Lord, how long is this going to take?” But God didn’t answer him, Litton said.

“The more I traveled with Him, I discovered He is utterly faithful to us,” he said. “He draws near to those who are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit.”

If you skip the walk, “the reality is you miss the beauty that is hidden in that dark trail of tears,” Litton said. “We miss the beauty and the God who says I will never leave you or forsake you.”

This “blessed condition” for those in grief and sorrow is “only possible because of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he said as he spoke on Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn.” But mourning in the Beatitudes doesn’t just mean grief because of the loss of a loved one or an ability or ministry, he explained.

“I’m talking about a greater kind of loss, the kind of loss when we drift from the Lord or depart from the Lord,” he said. When Christians see their sin the way God sees it, it leads to mourning.

“There’s a hole in our repentance,” Litton said. “We tend not to mourn; we helicopter over it and go straight to (God’s) forgiveness.”

True godly sorrow in repentance is not a quick fix, he said — it’s a blacksmith in Christians’ hearts beating out the sin that keeps them from God, sins like racism and indifference toward their neighbors. It’s this kind of repentance that can truly bring revival, Litton said.

“We need to stop just saying we want revival, and we’ve got to start filling the hole in our repentance which brings what we long for,” he said.

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Source: Baptist Press

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June 11 God Is in Everything

Scripture reading: Psalm 89:1–17

Key verse: Psalm 89:11

The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;

The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.

God is involved in every area of your life. And while this may be easy to understand in joyful times, it is just as true in times of sorrow and heartache. God will never abandon you to the harsh forces of this world without some form of help and support.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the apostle Paul told us: “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.”

Let the Holy Spirit show you a deeper meaning of this word. Temptation can come in the form of a testing of your faith. It may involve something that suddenly appears and leaves you feeling helplessly overwhelmed.

Often you cannot see the outcome of the testing of your faith. God stretches you in your relationships, job, and other areas to see if you will remain steadfast and true to Him and the others involved. Ultimately, the outcome of your testing is tremendous blessing.

Is God in everything? The answer is a hardy yes! He is not the One who causes the pain you feel or the disappointment you experience, but He promises to use each one for your good and His glory. Therefore, you can trust Him in times of rain, wind, and sunshine.

I trust You, Lord, in good times and in bad. You have promised to use everything for my good and Your glory.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 170). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Russell Moore: “An SBC that doesn’t have a place for Beth Moore doesn’t have a place for a lot of us” — Reformation Charlotte

Russell Moore is the head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and a political change agent. A former Democratic staff member, Moore has taken his leftist political ideology and transformed the Southern Baptist Convention into a progressive organization wrought with anti-Christian ideologies such as Critical Race Theory. Putting a Christian facade over these progressive ideas and cloaking them in Bible verses, Moore has been able to turn a large portion of the once conservative denomination into a religious organization that now largely elevates social issues such as financial and economic equality over and above biblical issues such as abortion and homosexuality.

Russell Moore has also been an outspoken defender of Beth Moore (no relation) who has, on the other side of the social justice aisle, made her mission in life to advance feminism and abolish biblical complementarianism.

Beth Moore calls herself a complementarian. Of course, she isn’t, as she regularly disobeys the Scriptures and assumes the function of pastor and elder and preaches to mixed audiences — even on Sunday mornings.

Some conservative leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention have been adamant about holding fast to the biblical complementarian position. On May 7th 2019, Dr. Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary published an article Divine Order in a Chaotic Age: On Women Preaching, where he called Beth Moore and SBC president, JD Greear’s endorsement of women preaching into question. Beth Moore responded angrily on Twitter, stating she would be “terrified” to be a woman that Strachan would “approve of.”

Read more: Russell Moore: “An SBC that doesn’t have a place for Beth Moore doesn’t have a place for a lot of us” — Reformation Charlotte

While the SBC Falls Apart, Top Leaders Take to Stage to Perform Lynyrd Skynyrd Song — Reformation Charlotte

The Southern Baptist Convention is undoubtedly dying. The once conservative denomination has been turned into a progressive political organization with a focus on “cultural engagement.”

While the SBC is falling apart, with the threat of schism looming closely as conservative leaders hang on to the last thread trying to save the denomination, some of the convention’s top leaders are wasting time at the annual convention performing Lynyrd Skynyrd songs, among other things.

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Colossians 4:5

At the North American Mission Board (NAMB) luncheon at the 2019 SBC Convention, leaders Kevin Ezzell of NAMB, Jamie Dew, Adam Greenway, former SBC president Ronnie Floyd, and IMB president, Paul Chitwood can be seen in the video below.

The SBC is falling apart. In other news, SBC leaders doing this performing Lynyrd Skynyrd at annual convention. pic.twitter.com/3w1dpuar9x

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Bad Bible Interpretation Really Can Hurt People — Logos Bible Software Blog

Anyone who teaches the Word of God wants people excited about exploring Scripture. Ultimately, you want to turn listeners into competent students so that they can teach others. Along the way, you have to deal with a lot of mistaken methods and conclusions. But so what? Hey—having folks engaged in studying the Bible is more important than what they actually think they see in it. It’s no concern that what most Christians think is “digging deep” is barely scratching the surface of a passage or a topic. I’ll take one misguided Bible student over a hundred straight-laced, passive, ecclesiastically-correct “believers” who never open a Bible anywhere else but church. At least those are the sorts of things I’ve told myself for a long time. If I’m honest, though, I’ve had doubts about the wisdom of my position. I still do.

I’ve run across a lot of bad Bible interpretation over the years. The problem isn’t just the Internet. Granted, most of what passes for Bible teaching online could be aggregated under the banner of the “P.T. Barnum School of the Bible.” Unfortunately, a lot of poor thinking about Scripture has been published for popular consumption in the Church—and consumed it is.

But is it really harmful? Most of it isn’t destructive. It won’t do anything worse than keep those who buy into it ignorant and never able to move on to what they might really discover. And I’ve seen a few instances where bad Bible interpretation has even been helpful. Because of the sorts of things I do—especially writing paranormal fiction and maintaining two blogs on strange stuff that people believe—I often encounter people with terribly misguided ideas about the Bible and its meaning. My offbeat “ministry” produces all sorts of, shall we say, interesting email.

Many people who contact me are Christians with genuine testimonies who’ve had an unusual, frightening experience, or who’ve spent too much time watching Ancient Aliens on the Fantasy (er, History) Channel. After their pastor or another friend who’s ill-equipped to talk about what’s causing their spiritual crisis tells them they need counseling (or worse), they have a decision to make: dump Christianity or find a way to process what’s disturbing them using the Bible. I’ve heard some of the most absurd Bible interpretation imaginable emerge from those sorts of struggles, but it often keeps people pursuing the Lord. So be it. In these circumstances, the last thing that’s needed is a biblical scholar-bully destroying the interpretations that keep people in the faith. It’s far better to maintain some relationship and build some trust. Maybe down the road we can have a talk about the fact that the Tower of Babel really wasn’t a Stargate.

Truly Destructive Bible Interpretation

But some Bible interpretation is truly damaging—and on a wide scale. For that sort of harm, you needed professionals—people who are supposed to know better because they have degrees or are in positions of spiritual leadership.

Perhaps the most egregious example is racism. Since the Age of Exploration (sixteenth century) on through the eras of European empire and colonization, the racism that was an inextricable part of those centuries can be laid at the feet of the Church. Though it may make you flinch, it’s true—and I’m not launching into some ludicrous left-wing propagandistic screed. It’s pretty simple and, on its own terms, very understandable, though the coherence of how it all came about is no excuse.

In the sixteenth century, as Europeans ventured for the first time across the Atlantic and deepened their penetration east into the “Indies,” they encountered people and places that were not part of the biblical world. The place that would be called North America was not India or China, places that Europeans had been exposed to earlier. How did they get here? The Bible said nothing about them. Things didn’t get any more comfortable in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries after the decipherment of the literary language of ancient India (Sanskrit). In a shocking twist, Sanskrit turned out to be from the same language family as classical Latin and Greek (Indo-European), the intellectual bedrock of European civilization. Sanskrit texts revealed a much longer human history than that of the Bible. And the physical evidence of a civilization much older than the patriarchs gave weight to that history.

The cumulative impact of all these discoveries was that the Bible no longer looked like it had any claim on being special. To make the crisis even more acute, in 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. In the wake of that bombshell, the alternative stories of creation in Sanskrit and the discoveries of people in the New World who shouldn’t have been there (because the Bible didn’t mention them) gave opponents of the Bible all the ammunition they needed. The Bible was not only wrong but inferior. After all, it was such a Jewish book.

It’s no accident that this was the era that produced theories about how all races not European (especially blacks and Semitic peoples) were inferior to the “more pure” Europeans. Defenders of the Bible couldn’t argue there; instead, they did their best to make the Bible support those things. The era produced “scholarly” defenses of how the sin of Ham produced the black peoples, or how Cain’s wife proved there were co-Adamic races in antiquity, inferior to Adam, who wasn’t Jewish by the way, or that Jesus wasn’t really a Jew but an Aryan, a Sanskrit term for the high born. Other interpretive leaps were used to justify older suspicions of Jews as Christ-killers whose disinheritance by God had subordinated them to the civilization that had embraced Christianity—the Europeans. But at least the Bible wasn’t left behind in its “accurate” understanding of history. It still deserved its high status. And so the Bible was “saved” through horrific Bible interpretation. And we’re still living with the results since this was all brought to American shores.

So yes, sometimes bad Bible interpretation is truly destructive—with effects lasting generations. This is yet another illustration why we need to get serious about interpreting the Bible in its own context, not against the backdrop of our own modern questions. The tragic baptism of racism was completely unnecessary. But there it is.

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why is the bible hard to understandThis article is excerpted from Dr. Heiser’s book The Bible Unfiltered.

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a scholar-in-residence for Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software. He is the author of The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible and Angels: What the Bible Really Says about God’s Heavenly Host.

via Bad Bible Interpretation Really Can Hurt People — Logos Bible Software Blog

Live Action Permanently Banned from Pinterest for Spreading ‘Harmful Misinformation’ | Faithwire

The pro-life advocacy organization Live Action announced Tuesday morning it had been permanently banned from the popular social media site Pinterest, which suggested the anti-abortion group traffics in “harmful misinformation” that could “have immediate detrimental effects on a Pinner’s health or public safety.”

Alison Centofante, director of external affairs for Live Action, announced the censorship via Twitter:

A statement from Pinterest informed Live Action its page was “permanently suspended because its contents went against our policies on misinformation.” The note went on to claim Live Action spreads “medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment and violence.”

According to an investigation conducted by Project Veritas, Pinterest actively chose to block Live Action content from spreading on the social media website. Furthermore, the pro-life group’s website was allegedly “intentionally added” to the “blocked list of pornography websites in February of 2019.”

Centofante learned of the permanent banning shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday.

“By secretly applying the label of ‘pornography’ to Live Action’s pro-life content, Pinterest demonstrates a concerted effort to sideline a leading pro-life organization the only way they knew how,” Live Action president Lila Rose said in a statement obtained by Faithwire. “This does not appear to be a simple mistake. When confronted with an appeal, their employees doubled down and kept LiveAction.org on the pornography list.”

Rose went on to say she believes Pinterest blocked Live Action “because our message is so effective at educating millions about the humanity of the preborn child and the injustice of abortion.”

“Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly,” she concluded. “If Planned Parenthood can promote their message on Pinterest, then Live Action should be able to as well.”

Live Action is now asking people to sign a petition urging Pinterest to “live up to the stated values of your company and the spirit of the First Amendment with consistency and end the suppression of opinions affirming life and human dignity.”

Following the news about Live Action, another pro-life organization, the Catholic advocacy group American Life League, announced via Twitter it was “shut out of Pinterest last year.”

Source: Live Action Permanently Banned from Pinterest for Spreading ‘Harmful Misinformation’

Pinterest Bans Zero Hedge By Adding To “Porn Domain Block List” Used To Target Conservatives | ZeroHedge News

Documents leaked to Project Veritas by a Pinterest insider reveal that the San Francisco-based social media company has blocked links from Zero Hedge and several conservative or religious-based websites – adding them to a ‘porn domain block list’ originally intended to keep the platform free of sexually explicit material.

Veritas has published several internal documents and interviewed the insider, who explained how the company with nearly 300 million active monthly users censors pro-life and Christian content. The leak reveals an aggressive campaign to censor conservative content under the guise of ‘hate speech’ and ‘fake news.’ 

Links to the leaked documents can be viewed here, here, here, here, here and here. Of note, in February the social media platform made headlines for blocking searches related to anti-vaccination material. At the time, the company was criticized over their seemingly random methods for determining offensive content.

There’s a secretive process with no real appeal where people are making extremely difficult subjective calls that have to do with politics, culture and religion,” said ACLU lawyer Jennifer Granick.

The insider who leaked to Veritas agreed, saying that they were “pretty surprised” after discovering Live Action’s inclusion on the porn list.

The insider explained that websites on a “domain block list” cannot be linked in posts made by users. While investigating, Project Veritas tried to post the LiveAction.org link on Pinterest and failed to do so, receiving an error message that read, “Sorry! Your request could not be completed.” Project Veritas reviewed the list of websites from the “porn domain block list” and was able to confirm that along with LiveAction.org, websites like zerohedge.com, pjmedia.com, teaparty.org and other various conservative websites were also listed. The majority of the document lists pornographic websites. –Project Veritas

Screenshot of leaked internal document (via Project Veritas)

The company is particularly protective of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), where content “attacking credibility” of the Green New Deal can result in action taken against its source.

Pinterest is also looking out for Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, and has provided a list of websites to watch which have been critical of the latter.

Auto-complete block too!?

In addition to the domain bans, a leaked “Sensitive Terms List” includes phrases that can be blocked by the site’s auto-complete feature.

Project Veritas also received a large text file titled “Sensitive Terms List.” The insider said the file contains search terms that Pinterest considers “sensitive,” and that the terms are modified in search results according to different value assignments. According to the insider and supporting documents, terms are assigned an “abusive,” “sensitive,” and “brand unsafe” value.

Some of the actions that can be taken on search terms include: blocking auto-complete results in the search bar, providing an advisory message when a term is searched for, removing the term from recommended or trending feeds, and blocking email or push notifications. Search results are also modified based on the values that are applied to terms.

Project Veritas reviewed the “Sensitive Terms List” and discovered that Christianity-related terms like “christian easter” and “bible verses” were marked as “brand unsafe.” The insider explained to Project Veritas in an interview that such terms are removed from auto-complete search results. –Project Veritas

Meanwhile, another leaked document reveals internal Slack channel discussions in which Public Policy and Social Impact Manager Ifeoma Ozoma instructs others to watch for “white supremacist” content from conservative commentators Ben Shapiro, Candace Owens and others. As Veritas notes “Three days after Ozoma’s message, the terms “ben shapiro muslim” and “ben shapiro islam” were added to the “Sensitive Terms List.””

“I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency,” said the insider, adding “And the thing is one person can make all the difference… one person can bring transparency to big tech.

(H/T Ali Alexander)

Source: Pinterest Bans Zero Hedge By Adding To “Porn Domain Block List” Used To Target Conservatives

June 11, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

5. And the throne shall be prepared in mercy. The Jews explain the whole of this verse as referring to Hezekiah; but this is altogether inappropriate, for the Prophet speaks of a more important restoration of the Church, and the Moabites had not been punished during the flourishing condition of Hezekiah’s reign; and the blessing of God again began to burst forth on the Jews. It is as if it had been said, “All the enemies of the chosen people maliciously contrive the ruin of that kingdom, which God promised should be established for ever.” (2 Sam. 7:13.) That the godly may not give way to despondency amidst the unhappy confusion, they are reminded of the perpetuity of the kingdom, of which they had been assured by a well-known prediction.

It cannot therefore be explained as referring to any other than to Christ, though I acknowledge that Hezekiah was a type of Christ, as David and the rest of his successors also were. But they conduct us to Christ, who alone is the protector and leader of his people, (John 10:16,) and who has gathered the remnant that was scattered abroad. (John 11:52.) For this reason he sends back the godly to Christ, as if he had said, “You know what God you worship. He has declared that he will watch over your safety, so that under his protection you will always continue to he safe and uninjured; and if you shall at any time meet with reverses, he has promised to you a Redeemer, under whom you shall enjoy renewed and steadfast prosperity. Though for a time you may weep, yet the protector of the Church will come, and will restore you to a flourishing state of freedom. You ought, therefore, with your whole heart, to rely on the expectation of him; even when you see the Church to be in a confused and wretched condition.”

This ought to be carefully observed; for all other consolations are transitory and fading, if we do not refer all of them to Christ. Let our eyes therefore be fixed on him, if we wish to be happy and prosperous; for he has promised that we shall be happy even amidst the cross, (Matt. 5:10, 11,) that agony and torments will open up the way to a blessed life, (2 Cor. 4:17,) and that all the afflictions which we shall suffer will add to the amount of our happiness. (Rom. 8:28.)

In mercy. Isaiah shows that this does not take place through the agency of men, but by the kindness of God, who is the builder of this throne; and therefore we ought to acknowledge that it is owing to his undeserved goodness that this sacred throne is established among us. The Prophet expressly confirms this by saying, that the cause of it must not be sought anywhere else than in the absolute mercy of God. Nor can any other cause be found; for God could not be induced by any excellence of character, or by merits, (of which there certainly were none,) to set up again the throne which had fallen down through the fault and through the crimes of the people; but when he saw that those whom he had adopted were ruined, he wished to give a proof of his infinite goodness. Now, if God build this throne, by whom shall it be overturned? Will wicked men be stronger than he?

And he will sit upon it in the tabernacle of David. Almost every word here is emphatic, so that this verse deserves to be continually pondered. I do not object to the opinion that the word tabernacle contains an allusion to this effect, that he was but an ordinary man before he was called to sit on a throne. (1 Sam. 16:11, 12; 2 Sam. 7:8.) The Prophet intended to draw a picture of the Church, which has no resemblance to the thrones of kings and of princes, and does not shine with gold or precious stones. Though he has held out the spiritual kingdom of Christ under a mean and despicable shape, yet at the same time he shows that that kingdom will be seen on earth and amongst men. If he had only said that the throne of Christ will be erected, we might have asked, Will his throne be in heaven, or also on earth? But now when he says, in the tabernacle of David, he shows that Christ reigns not only among angels but also among men, lest we should think that, in order to seek him, we must enter into heaven. Wicked men ridicule what we preach about the kingdom of Christ, as if it were some phantom of our own imagination. They wish to see it with their eyes, and to have the evidence of their senses; but we ought not to conceive of it as at all carnal, but to be satisfied with his arm and with his power.

In steadfastness. אמת (ĕmĕth) denotes not only truth but every kind of certainty. The Prophet means that the kingdom of Christ will be firm and steadfast, as Daniel also declared. (Dan. 2:44, and 7:14.) The Evangelist also says, Of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:33.) In this respect it is distinguished from the ordinary condition of kingdoms, which, even when they are founded on great and enormous wealth, crumble down or even fell by their own weight, so that they have no more permanency than vanishing pictures. But Isaiah declares, that the kingdom of Christ, though it frequently totter, will be supported by the hand of God, and therefore will last for ever. These proofs ought to fortify us against temptations which arise, whenever the kingdom of Christ is attacked by enemies so numerous and powerful that we might be ready to think that it will quickly be destroyed. Whatever weapons the world may employ, and though hell itself should vomit out flames of fire, we must abide by this promise.

Who shall judge. I understand שפט (shōphēt) to mean Governor, as if he had said, “There will be one who shall govern.” Often do we see a magnificent throne when there is no one to sit on it, and it frequently happens that kings are either idols or cattle, without judgment or skill or wisdom. But here he says, that one will sit who shall discharge the office of a good governor; and this is added in order to assure us that Christ will be our protector.

And seek judgment and hasten righteousness. The judgment and the righteousness which are ascribed to him, are nothing else than the protection under which he receives us, and which he will not allow to be infringed; for he will not allow wicked men who injure us to pass unpunished, while we patiently and calmly commit ourselves to his protection. By the word hasten he shows that he will quickly and speedily avenge our cause. This must be viewed as a rebuke to our impatience, for we never think that his assistance comes soon enough. But when we are hurried along by the violence of passion, let us remember that this arises from not submitting to his providence; for although according to the judgment of our flesh he delays, still he regulates his judgment in the best manner by the seasons which are well known to him. Let us therefore submit to his will.[1]


4b, 5 As noted above, the prophet here puts words in the Moabite messenger’s mouth. He looks forward to the day when the oppression which has driven the Moabites into the Hebrews’ arms will be brought to an end by that ideal ruler of the Davidic house. Because of his attachment to mercy, faithfulness, justice, and righteousness, oppression will not be able to coexist with him (cf. Ps. 89:2–5 [Eng. 1–4]). He will offer a kind of security that will be more permanent than any heretofore known. This vision is clearly messianic, as comparison with 9:1–6 (Eng. 2–7) and 11:1–9 must show. Isaiah recognizes that Moab’s hope is identical with Judah’s. Both wait for a King of Israel who will somehow embody those traits which are in fact of the character of God (Ps. 89:14–38 [Eng. 13–37]). Here then is another way of expressing the truth of 2:1–4: Moab is representative of the nations which will come to the mountain of God to learn his ways, ways which are incarnated in a person who is the true ruler of Israel.

(ii) The fall of Moab’s proud vines (16:6–12)

We have heard of the pride of Moab,

his excessive pride and arrogance,

his pride and overbearing,

but his empty talk is not so.

Therefore, Moab howls for Moab,

all of it howls.

For the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth

they moan, utterly stricken.

For the fields of Heshbon wither,

the vine of Sibmah.

The lords of the nations have broken down the choice vines

which reached as far as Jazer

and trailed into the desert.

Its shoots spread abroad;

they went over the sea.

Therefore I weep with the weeping of Jazer,

O vine of Sibmah.

I drench you with my tears,

Heshbon and Elealeh.

Because over your ripe fruit and over your harvest,

the shout of joy has fallen still.

10 Joy and gladness have been gathered

from the orchard,

and in the vineyard

no one sings, no one shouts.

The treader does not tread wine in the wine vats;

I have made the happy shouts to cease.

11 Therefore my bowels moan like a harp for Moab,

my inward parts for Kir-hares.

12 When Moab appears on the high place

he will become weary.

When he comes to his sanctuary to pray,

he will not be able.

Verses 6–12 contain an elegiac reflection on Moab’s pride and abundance and on the futility of it all.[2]


Ver. 5.—And in mercy shall the throne be established; rather, and there shall be a throne established in mercy. A Messianic vision comes upon the prophet in connection with the disappearance of the oppressor. There shall be one day—he knows not how soon or how late—a throne established in mercy, and “One shall be seated upon it in truth, who shall occupy the tent [or, ‘house’] of David, as one who judges, and seeks justice, and hastens on [the reign of] righteousness.”[3]


16:5 throne … tent of David. The Davidic king will some day sit on His throne in Zion (Am 9:11, 12), ending all injustices such as those committed by the Assyrians.[4]


16:5 Despite her record of enmity, Moab (like other hostile nations) can find refuge in the Messiah. Christ’s mercy extends to all nations (Acts 1:8; Rev. 5:9–10).[5]


16:5 in steadfast love. God had made a covenant with David (55:3; 2 Sam. 22:51; Ps. 89:28; see note 54:8). In Jesus, the Son of David, the nations find shelter (Acts 15:16, 17).

throne … tent of David. Hope lies in Yahweh and in His promises to David (9:2–7; 11:1–9; Amos 9:11, 12).[6]


16:5 Some commentators assert that the judge who will sit on the throne “in the tent of David” was Hezekiah, who would come to the aid of the Moabites during their time of oppression by the Assyrians. Since this Davidic ruler will “execute justice” and “will sit on the throne forever,” his characteristics coincide with those of the Davidic Messiah in 9:6–7 (see 2 Sm 7:12–16). Thus, Isaiah was pointing to someone much greater than Hezekiah.[7]


16:5 The pronouncement evokes the picture of a just descendant of David ruling on the throne. The language is a reminder of the Davidic covenant in 2Sm 7:12–16 (cp. Is 9:7; 11:1–9), and it hints at the expectation of the Messiah.[8]


[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 1, pp. 485–488). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Oswalt, J. N. (1986). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1–39 (pp. 343–345). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 1, p. 277). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 16:5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1271). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 973). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[7] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1014). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[8] Longman, T., III. (2017). Isaiah. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1066). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

June 11, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Monday asked an appeals court to overturn a ruling that his accounting firm must turn over his financial records from before he was president to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives Oversight Committee.

The Trump administration is again changing the way it vets people who want to sponsor minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone in an effort to speed up the release of thousands of migrant children currently in U.S. custody.

The U.S. Department of Defense has a “handshake” agreement with Lockheed Martin Co to cut 8.8 percent from the price of its latest order of F-35A fighter jet, shaving a year from the time frame in which each aircraft will cost less than $80 million, a Pentagon official said on Monday.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Monday announced they were introducing a bill to toughen U.S. laws requiring shell companies to disclose their true owners’ identity.

A third summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is entirely possible and is up to Pyongyang, White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, saying Washington is ready to hold one when Pyongyang is.

Mexico must expand migration facilities on its southern border with Guatemala to ensure it makes a success of a deal struck last week with the United States to reduce migrant flows, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

A Polish court has ordered church authorities to hand over to prosecutors classified files regarding a paedophilia case, in a rare example of a clash between the state and the powerful Catholic Church in deeply devout Poland.

Hong Kong braced for strikes, transport go-slows and another mass demonstration in protest against a proposed extradition law that would allow people to be sent to China for trial, as the Chinese-ruled city’s leader vowed defiance.

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve have broken one set of precedents, his talk of stacking the central bank with political allies has strained another, and his on-again off-again tariff threats have made the economic outlook harder than ever to predict.

The French government’s new law on mobility will uphold a planned ban on fossil fuel-powered cars by 2040, Transport Minister Elizabeth Borne said on Tuesday.

A near record-sized “dead zone” of oxygen-starved water could form in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, threatening its huge stocks of marine life, researchers said. The area could spread over 8,700 square miles (22,500 square km), scientists at Louisiana State University said on Monday – about the size of the state of Massachusetts, and five times the average.

Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand and carbon emissions last year, oil giant BP said on Tuesday, issuing a stark warning that the world risks losing the battle against climate change.

AP Top Stories

A pilot died when a helicopter crashed onto the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building in a hard landing on Monday, filling the air with smoke and clogging the city streets with fire trucks, according to police and fire officials.

Authorities in northeastern Syria have handed 12 French and two Dutch orphans whose fathers were killed fighting for the Islamic State group back to their countries, according to Kurdish and European officials.

Passengers aboard the Norwegian Sun were disappointed, but not totally surprised, to find their ship rerouted from Cuba to the Bahamas Wednesday after new travel restrictions to the island nation were put in place last week.

The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementarity” of men and women to make babies.

A New Zealand court on Tuesday stopped a man accused of killing a woman in Shanghai a decade ago from being extradited to China, at least for now, due to concerns he could be tortured.

BBC

All charges against Russian reporter Ivan Golunov have been dropped, after a huge public outcry. Mr Golunov, an investigative journalist, had been accused of drug dealing – but his lawyers said the drugs were planted by authorities. Russian newspapers rallied around him in a rare public show of support.

Four more bodies have been recovered after salvage crews raised the wreck of a tourist boat that sank on the Danube in Budapest last month. The boat was carrying South Korean tourists when it was hit by a cruise ship and capsized, killing 20 people and leaving eight missing.

Alabama has signed into law a bill that requires some convicted pedophiles to undergo chemical castration. Under the law, those found guilty of a sex offence against a minor under the age of 13 will have to start medication a month before release on parole. A court will decide when it is no longer necessary.

Botswana’s High Court has ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality in a landmark decision for campaigners.

The head of the global nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is increasing its production of enriched uranium.

WND

The absolute intolerance of leftists who reject anyone holding a different political perspective was put on stage on Santa Clara University recently when student leaders refused to allow a conservative organization on campus. The situation developed in a vote rejecting the Young America’s Foundation. That group, which has chapters on campuses across the nation already, is dedicated to assuring that the messages of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values are available to those who want them.

A new survey found that 67 percent of students would rather have free tuition than a diploma from a “prestigious” institution.


Mid-Day Snapshot · June 11, 2019

The Foundation

“There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Absurd Anti-Trump ‘Watergate’ Show Continues

House Dems bring in Nixon White House Counsel John Dean to offer his partisan opinion.


The SCOTUS Suppressor Decision

The firearm accessories are not “silencers” as the Leftmedia insist on reporting.


Mileage Standards and Biofuels Are Both Terrible

These top-down government mandates override the free market and should be scrapped.


Why Russia Is in a World of Geopolitical Hurt

The U.S. is using natural gas to cause a little pain for Putin and Moscow.


Teens Rescue Elderly Neighbor From Burning Home

Four teenage boys were in a nearby home when they noticed the smell of smoke.


Video: Who Does the Media Most Want to Silence?

Conservatives women are facing unfair pressure from the mainstream media.


Video: Media Outlets Escalate War on Youtubers

The past few weeks should make it clear that there is an effort to destabilize YouTube.



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James Shott
Supreme Court Stability Essential and Term Limits for Congress
Ken Blackwell
Despite Mainstream Media Claims: No Doom and Gloom Behind Low Interest Rates
Tony Perkins
Rogue Embassies: Along for the Pride?
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Tuesday Short Cuts

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News – 6/11/2019

4.2 Lake Erie earthquake strikes Cleveland area
An earthquake registering 4.2 was detected in Lake Erie, a half-mile north of Eastlake, shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said.

Indonesia warns of further eruptions after volcano spews ash
Indonesian officials warned on Monday against the prospect of further eruptions from an active volcano on the island of Sumatra after it emitted a huge column of ash, causing panic among residents. Mount Sinabung, which has seen a spike in activity since 2010, erupted for around nine minutes on Sunday, sending clouds of volcanic ash 7 km (4.4 miles) into the sky.

Tar, Natural Gas Rises Up Onto Streets Near La Brea Tar Pits
“You see a little bit of tar oozing up between the pavement,” Kogan says, “all over the neighborhood. That’s not unusual but this seems to be flow tar. I’ve never seen this before.” Not to mention the constant hissing sound coming from the ground — it’s methane.

Hundreds Of U.S. Flights Canceled As GPS-Based Aircraft Navigation System Fails
“Does anyone know what happened to GPS/ADS-B last night?” one aviation commentator asked Twitter on June 9, a Sunday. “The issue seemed to be quite wide-spread, with a lot of aircraft grounded… Had this happened on a weekday, it would have been leading headlines on national news⁠—some sort of GPS fault grounded a chunk of the U.S. commercial fleet and hardly anybody noticed.”

China hijacked 70,000 European internet routes, analysts say
European internet traffic took an unusual turn last week when it was hijacked by China and re-routed through Chinese gateways, researchers found. A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) leak took place at Swiss data center Safe Host, which resulted in more than 70,000 internet traffic routes being rerouted from the internet service provider’s (ISP) internal infrastructure to China Telecom, China’s third-largest telecommunications and ISP company, Director of Oracle’s Internet Analysis division Doug Madory said in a blog post on Thursday.

Iranian attacks on US Mid-East allies continue. US, Gulf states, Israel affect unconcern
the IDF confirmed that it was deliberately aimed at Israel’s military outposts on the slopes overlooking the Golan from deep inside Syria, while declining to name the source. DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources can reveal that they were fired by an Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit on the orders of the Al Qods chief Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Seismologist Warns “People Ought To Be Concerned” About SoCal Quake Swarm
A seismologist working on researching the recent earthquakes in Southern California said they have taken an unexpected turn, and that’s a reason to worry. Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson says residents should be alert and on their toes. The likelihood of a larger seismic event, given how many quakes that have occurred over such an extended period, is higher than normal, Hauksson said.

In California, Illegals Come First; Californians Don’t Matter
The number of homeless Californians in the Los Angeles county has reached 58,936, New York Times reported this weekend. But Californians don’t seem to be the priority of democratic governor Gavin Newsom. Under an agreement between Gov. Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. State officials estimate that will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98m a year.

John Cleese: London is no longer an English city
Monty Python comedian John Cleese recently had the audacity to tweet that London is no longer an English city and that he could not help but notice that it was a pro-E.U. stronghold. Naturally, he was lambasted for his remark with the usual slurs: racist, bigot, and islamophobe. No-one disputes the veracity of his claim, but in the United Kingdom, you are not supposed to say uncomfortable truths out loud. London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan…does not like to refer to himself as British, but rather as a “proud European.” He has made several video ads bragging about how non-English and multicultural London has become, with native Brits now being a minority in their own capital.

U.S. bans flying rainbow flag at Jerusalem embassy for Pride Month
The U.S. Embassy in Israel was instructed not to fly the rainbow flag for LGBTQ pride month after the State Department reportedly rejected similar requests from several U.S. embassies around the world.

Pope says he wants to visit Iraq in 2020
Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to crises in the Middle East. He also warned that God would unleash his wrath on hypocritical leaders who liked to talk about peace while selling weapons to warring nations.

Iran’s FM affirms right to execute gays and blasts U.S. and Israel
Regarding Iran’s execution of gays, Zarif said that: “Our society has moral principles, and according to these principles we live. These are moral principles regarding the behavior of people in general. And that’s because the law is upheld and you abide by laws.”

Washington not asking Friedman to ‘walk back’ comments about annexation
The White House has given no indication that it will ask US Ambassador David Friedman to walk back comments in a New York Times interview published on Saturday saying that Israel has the right to retain some of the West Bank. Though the comments incensed the Palestinian Authority and led to calls for his dismissal by the Israeli Left, inquiries by The Jerusalem Post indicate that there is no intention in Washington to ask for him to issue any type of retraction. “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” Friedman said in the interview.

Locusts destroy crops in ‘worst invasion in Sardinia for 60 years’
A huge plague of locusts is wreaking havoc on the Italian island of Sardinia in the worst insect invasion in more than 60 years, local media report. Large swarms are destroying crops and invading homes in Ottana and Orani in the central province of Nuoro. More than 2,000 hectares of farmland has been destroyed by “blankets” of the insects, reports said. The locust invasion has been linked to a recent rise in temperatures after months of cooler weather on the island.

Pentagon Suspends Turkish F-35 Training as Erdogan Embraces Putin
The suspension of Turkey’s F-35 pilot training is a reminder that Erdoğan’s purchase of the S-400 air defense system will have ramifications beyond [Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] sanctions,” Erdemir said. “If Erdoğan fails to step back from his deal with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, Turkey’s security cooperation with the U.S. will suffer a significant blow, as Turkish access to American hardware, partnerships, and training will be severely restricted in the months to come.”

Firefight breaks out between IDF and Palestinian forces in Nablus
A firefight broke out between IDF forces and Palestinian security forces in the West Bank city of Nablus early Tuesday morning in what the IDF said was a case of mistaken identity. “During operations to arrest terrorist operatives in the city of Nablus, a firefight broke out between IDF soldiers and people who were identified by the troops as suspects. After the fact, it was determined that it was Palestinian security services personnel,” the IDF said..

Iran has increased production of enriched uranium – IAEA
The head of the global nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is increasing its production of enriched uranium. But International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said it was not clear when they will reach a limit set under a 2015 international deal. Iran announced last month that it would suspend some commitments in retaliation for sanctions reinstated by the US.

Genome sequencing ‘revolution’ in diagnosis of sick children
Genome sequencing is set to revolutionise the diagnosis of rare childhood conditions, according to researchers in Cambridge. All seriously ill children in England with an unexplained disorder will be eligible for genome analysis, which involves mapping a person’s entire genetic code, from next year. It follows a project at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Cambridge university.

Top Execs of 180 Companies: Abortion Necessary to Be Successful in Business
The top executives of more than 180 companies have signed a letter that says abortion is essential in order for people to be successful in their businesses. “When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities and our economy are better for it,” the executives say in the letter posted on a newly launched website titled “Don’t Ban Equality.”

Upgrade Your Memory With a Surgically Implanted Chip
In a grainy black-and-white video shot at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a patient sits in a hospital bed…He’s trying to recall 12 words for a memory test but can only conjure three: whale, pit, zoo. After a pause, he gives up, sinking his head into his hands. In a second video, he recites all 12 words without hesitation. “No kidding, you got all of them!” a researcher says. This time the patient had help, a prosthetic memory aid inserted into his brain.

Locusts destroy crops in ‘worst invasion in Sardinia for 60 years’
A huge plague of locusts is wreaking havoc on the Italian island of Sardinia in the worst insect invasion in more than 60 years, local media report.

Dead zone: Near record zone forecast in Gulf of Mexico
The annual Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that’s harmful to sea life – will be the second-largest on record this summer, scientists announced Monday.

Photos: Severe flooding prompts states of emergency, leaves 3 dead in North Carolina
Severe flooding persists as waters continue to rise in the southeastern United States. The flooding forced hundreds from their homes, caused travel disruptions and damaged property early this week.

Poll: Socialism Gaining Ground, Particularly Among Women
An increasing number of Americans are seeing socialism in a more positive light, a recent Harris poll shows.

ISIS plotted to send westerners to US through Mexico border: report
A chilling confession from a captured ISIS fighter has shed light on how the terrorist group intended to exploit the vulnerabilities of the U.S. border with Mexico, using English speakers and westerners to take advantage of smuggling routes and target financial institutions.

California Poised To Spend $1 Billion On Healthcare For Undocumented Immigrants | Calmatters
As California moves closer than ever to offering free health care to low-income undocumented adults — at a potential cost of $1 billion — battle lines are being drawn about who should benefit, and who ultimately will pay the price.

Teens arrested for fentanyl stash at school
Police in San Luis, Arizona arrested three students Wednesday at summer school for allegedly having more than 3,000 potentially deadly pills.

It’s Begun: Mexican Military Begins Arresting Migrants Riding Train to US Border
Mexico has not wasted any time following its agreement with the United States to stem the flow of illegal migrants into the country.

Breaking: Ebola Concerns In Texas After Illegals From Congo Cross Border Into US
According to sources in Texas US Border Patrol Agents have apprehended illegal aliens crossing into the US from Congo. There currently is a deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo.

THE FRUITS OF SOCIALISM: Democrat Run California Has Such A Bad Homeless Problem That Diseases From The Medieval Age Like Typhus Have Resurfaced And Are Causing Havoc
If you want to see what all of America will look like if we elect a Socialist candidate for president in 2020, you only need look at the once and no longer Golden State of California. Run by hardcore Leftists with Socialist policies, California right now is a disgusting slime pit, where the homeless problem has reached such epidemic proportions that rats carrying Middle Ages diseases like typhus are highest in American history.

As Ebola Emerges, the Use of Medical FEMA Camps Will Be Accepted-Do You Know Your Odds of Surviving In a FEMA Camp?
..I have asserted in the past 48 hours that weaponized immigrants are being turned loose inside the United States. Weeks ago, I published a report in which I recounted the stories of both DHS and the DEA in which several immigrants from the Congo had tested positive with Ebola only to have them disappear into the night.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano Who Exposed Pope Francis And The ‘Gay Mafia’ Inside The Catholic Church Is Hiding In Exile Afraid For His Life
Last year, we brought you the story about a former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, released an explosive, 11-page report in which he laid out a series of allegations against a number of high-ranking prelates, including Pope Francis. In that report, Viganò laid out his claim of a ‘gay mafia’ inside the Catholic Church that was making it possible to enable all the pedophile priests to keep abusing children.

Michigan Hotel Owner Offers Free Rooms To Women Seeking Abortions
A hotel manager in a conservative Michigan town has publicly announced that she will provide free rooms and transportation to and from clinics for women seeking abortions from states that have placed restrictions on the procedure.

Soros Spends $1 Million on VA Prosecutor Races
Liberal billionaire George Soros has continued his bid to “overhaul” the criminal justice system in the United States by pouring nearly $1 million into local Virginia prosecutor races to prop up far-left candidates.

Disturbing Video Surfaces Of Childrens’ Drag Show, With Touchy-Feely Adults
As reported last week, a venue called the Friendly House played host to a child centric drag queen show in Portland (where else), featuring 10 year old drag kid Sparkle Lynn More. It was also promoted on MensGo.com as a gay audience event. Street videographer Brandon Farley attended the event and has posted video of the entire thing on his YouTube channel.

British Think-Tank Proposes Not Prosecuting Pedophiles For Viewing Child Pornography
A British think-tank has issued a 132 page report advocating for not prosecuting pedophiles for viewing child pornography and abuse videos online, with the support of the new Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird.


Headlines – 6/11/2019

Washington not asking Friedman to ‘walk back’ comments about annexation

Palestinian FM says Friedman’s comments intended to help Netanyahu annex Palestinian Territory

Palestinians urge sanctions if Israel moves to annex parts of West Bank

Palestinians announce ‘popular uprising’ against Trump peace plan

Ya’alon: Like Hamas leaders, Netanyahu rules over Likud with ‘balance of terror’

Lapid: If it weren’t for Netanyahu’s corruption probes, we could’ve had a unity government by now

Netanyahu says he’ll attend October pre-indictment hearing

Sara Netanyahu plea bargain put on ice at attorney’s request

Senior UK Labour lawmaker calls for suspension of new MP in anti-Semitism row

Corbyn says new MP accused of anti-Semitism is ‘not a racist in any way’

Pompeo: US will ‘push back’ against Corbyn before he makes things hard for Jews

Pro-Israel UK Tory leadership candidate in trouble after cocaine use admission

UK said to have foiled 2015 Hezbollah London bomb plot, then covered it up

NY Times will end its political cartoons after ‘anti-Semitic’ depiction of Netanyahu, cartoonist says

Rabbi beaten in central Argentina, in apparent anti-Semitic attack

Incendiary balloons suspected as cause of brush fires near Gaza Strip

Israel completes new section of protective Gaza border wall

Russian jets kill at least 25 in north-western Syria

Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at U.S. base

UN hears calls to enforce Libya arms embargo

Mass civil disobedience campaign shuts down Sudanese capital as death toll rises

Internet blackout across Sudan

Why does the Strait of Hormuz matter?

Iran Says Only Nuclear Deal Will Be Discussed as Talks With Germany, Japan Begin

Former IRGC chief: The smallest action against Iran will set the region on fire

UN nuclear watchdog ‘worried about increasing tensions’ over Iran

UN nuclear watchdog: Iran uranium production up, can’t confirm compliance

Iran has accelerated production of enriched uranium, IAEA says

Zarif: Israel is the one with nuclear arms, the one threatening Iran

Iran’s foreign minister: Netanyahu wants to destroy us, and we will respond

Netanyahu: Iran’s Zarif lying, Tehran is the one threatening destruction

Zarif: U.S. launched ‘economic war’ against Iran, ‘cannot expect to stay safe’

Ocasio-Cortez Suggests ‘Powerful People Trying to Bribe’ Trump Into Iran War

Iran’s FM affirms right to execute gays and blasts U.S. and Israel

Iran-linked terrorists caught stockpiling explosives in London

At Least 95 Killed in Ethnic Massacre in Village in Central Mali

BBC to stop using the word ‘terror’ to describe attacks

The Arrest of a Russian Investigative Journalist Prompts Outrage and Solidarity

Reporter’s Arrest Sets Off Widespread Protests in Russia

Hong Kong to push ahead with extradition bill that sparked huge protest

Hong Kong’s Massive Protests May Be Chinese Democracy’s Last Stand

Hundreds of North Korean public execution sites identified: survey

Kim Jong Un goes Bond villain: Throws general in Piranha-filled pool

Trump and Macron’s symbolic friendship tree dies

2 Dead in Haiti as Protesters Demand the Removal of President Jovenel Moise

Brexit chaos could push the UK economy into reverse this quarter

Mexico eyes Brazil for U.S. asylum deal as Trump revives tariff threat

House Democrats appeal order against them in Trump border wall lawsuit

Democrats push ahead with hearings on Russia probe

Democrats launch Trump oversight offensive with Watergate figure John Dean testimony

Key Nixon Accuser Returns To Capitol With Sights Set On Another President

Ex-Nixon aide John Dean testifies on Watergate-Russia ‘parallels,’ as GOP mocks appearance

Nadler puts Barr contempt push on hold after striking Mueller report deal

Gun Seller That Bet Big on Hillary Clinton Getting Elected Goes Bankrupt

DOJ investigating ‘non-governmental organizations and individuals’ as part of ‘broad’ probe into surveillance abuses

How AI is catching people who cheat on their diets, job searches and school work

The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker

Google CEO: New YouTube Restrictions Coming, We Want To ‘Really Prevent “Borderline” Content’

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Tual, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

ODOT cameras capture 4.0-magnitude earthquake near Cleveland

2.3 magnitude earthquake shook Georgia near Lake Hartwell

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Severe flooding prompts states of emergency, leaves 3 dead in North Carolina

Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer

Pressure mounts on aviation industry over climate change

Locusts destroy crops in ‘worst invasion in Sardinia for 60 years’

Upgrade Your Memory With a Surgically Implanted Chip

Russian Biologist Pledges to Create More CRISPR-Edited Babies

Abortion laws are “bad for business,” nearly 200 CEOs say

Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research

Overturning Roe v. Wade is the ‘wrong goal’ for pro-life movement, Care Net CEO warns

At Pride Fest in Des Moines, politics are in the spotlight

U.S. bans flying rainbow flag at Jerusalem embassy for Pride Month

‘One American flag flies’: Pence defends barring pride flags on U.S. embassy flagpoles

Budweiser UK Celebrates ‘Asexual,’ ‘Grey-Asexual,’ and ‘Demi-Sexual’ Pride

Vatican Issues Document During Pride Month Denying Gender Identity Is A Choice

Vatican condemns gender theory as bid to destroy nature

Age matters more than sexual orientation to U.S. presidential voters

Sex Work Would Be Broadly Legal in New York Under New Bill Introduced Monday

Justices reject challenge to ‘In God We Trust’ on U.S. money


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 11, 2019


June 10, 2019
WES VERNON — Mark Levin, perhaps best known as TV/radio’s hell-raising intellectual, has outdone himself in taking down the media for their attitude sometimes interpreted as “Hark! We are your betters, thus you must heed our wise words.” In his New York Times bestseller “UNFreedom of the Press,” Levin punctures every form of fakery tossed at a sometimes over-tolerant public…. (more)

June 10, 2019
JOAN SWIRSKY — Throughout the ages, Jews have been the targets of genocidal forces both large and small, educated and ignorant, liberal and conservative, pagan and religious. Other small sects and religions have never inspired the particular psychotic animus that Jews have because they never threatened the larger populace as Jews have with blazing green-eyed jealousy – – the most powerful emotion of the human species. In fact, Proverb 14 states: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy makes the bones rot.”… (more)

June 10, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump said on Sunday his administration will release additional details of its agreement with Mexico as he denied a news report that there were no new major commitments made by Mexico to stem a flow of Central American migrants at the U.S. southern border…. (more)

June 10, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said Sunday that President Trump negotiated “brilliantly” with Mexico by securing a border-security deal days after threatening to impose tariffs. “In general, Republicans understand tariffs are attacks on American consumers, and we don’t want to see them in place long term, not do I believe President Trump does, either,” Mr. Johnson told “Fox News Sunday.” “He’s using tariffs as leverage in trade negotiations, and I think he used them as leverage in this situation brilliantly, quite honestly.”… (more)

June 10, 2019
NEWSMAX — Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan on Sunday credited President Donald Trump’s threat to slap tariffs on Mexico with bringing it “to the table with real proposals” to crack down on illegal immigration…. (more)

June 10, 2019
Charges against GOP congressman ‘must fall’

WORLDNETDAILY — Former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman was convicted of financial crimes and sent to prison, so the case is all wrapped up, right? Maybe not. A new friend-of-the-court brief, filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals where his conviction is being challenged, explains that using the precedents the government set during its prosecution of Stockman will make it easy to attack people if they are engaged in “ideological, political, or even religious education, discourse, advocacy, and missions.”… (more)


June 10, 2019
‘Defending against a management bully like this is not grounds for eviction’
WORLDNETDAILY — A discrimination charge has been filed with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing over the eviction of an 85-year-old woman from her apartment. She was told it was because of her religious activity. “What happened to our client, Diana Martin, was wrong on many levels,” said Matthew McReynolds, a lawyer with the Pacific Justice Institute…. (more)

June 10, 2019
Dozens of agents stage raid over fake rumor, then demand it ‘relinquish its moral standards’
WORLDNETDAILY — California has a reputation for implementing the leftist, pro-homosexual and pro-abortion agenda in its schools. Even back when “The Terminator,” actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was governor, the state required that schools teach only a “positive” view of homosexuality, preventing teachers from informing students of the health risks…. (more)

June 9, 2019

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Democrats plan to join forces again with a #Resistance psychiatrist to prove that they can be just as immoral and unethical as President Trump. That ought to show him…. (more)


June 9, 2019

BREITBART — True the Vote, a nonpartisan conservative election integrity group that fought a nearly decade-long battle with the IRS and other federal agencies that unfairly targeted the group, has won a major decision in federal court and shall be awarded maximum attorney fees…. (more)


June 9, 2019

DAILY CALLER — CNN anchor Victor Blackwell admitted Saturday morning on “New Day” that the United States got “almost everything it wanted” in the U.S.-Mexico trade deal that was announced Friday. The “New Day” coverage began with CNN White House correspondent Sarah Westwood describing the White House’s intention to “frame this as a victory for President Trump,” who reversed his original plans to impose a tariff on Mexican imports in response to the country’s concessions, particularly “stepped-up immigration enforcement efforts.”… (more)


June 9, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump is on the cusp of the greatest diplomatic victory of his presidency, and probably of the decade. By threatening tariffs against Mexico, he has persuaded its government to take action…. (more)

June 9, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s use of tariff threats against Mexico to induce concessions on migration policy was a counterproductive exercise in “threats and temper tantrums,” according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…. (more)

June 9, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Alan Dershowitz criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after she reportedly said she wants to see President Trump in prison. “As a liberal Democrat, I am appalled at Nancy Pelosi,” Dershowitz, a civil liberties advocate and former Harvard law professor, said Thursday on Fox News. “The idea of her weaponizing the criminal justice system and calling for the imprisonment of the President of the United States without him being charged with any crime, without him being charged with any impeachable offense. It’s just outrageous.”… (more)

June 9, 2019
‘Read more scripture’
WORLDNETDAILY — At a time when suicide rates among Marines are rising, two senior officers in the military branch are encouraging their rank and file members to get well spiritually. First was Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, who noted that more than 200 Marines have ended their lives since he took over command in 2015. He said “collective mental wellness” and spiritual fitness need to be sought to stop the epidemic…. (more)

June 9, 2019
Put ‘sinister’ light on Ukrainian who actually was State Department intel source
WORLDNETDAILY — Special counsel Robert Mueller left a “game-changer” out of the report of his investigation into Democrat claims that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia. It was a key piece of evidence Mueller had concerning a Ukrainian businessman, Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reported investigative journalist John Solomon for The Hill…. (more)

June 7, 2019
Administration rejects requests from U.S. embassies to fly rainbow flag during LGBTQ Pride Month
NBC NEWS — The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News. The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said…. (more)

June 6, 2019

FOX NEWS — President Trump paid stirring homage Thursday to the brave Allied fighters who “stood in the fires of hell” to help turn the tide of World War II, speaking at the edge of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, where thousands of men stormed the shore 75 years ago in a relentless onslaught that was both a suicide mission and a historic triumph of good over evil…. (more)


June 6, 2019
Source says ‘dossier’ author cooperating with DOJ probe
WORLDNETDAILY — Christopher Steele, the author of the now-debunked anti-Trump dossier that spurred the Russia probe, will tell investigators that the FBI lied to a top-secret court and to Congress regarding the former British spy’s infamous document, says a former U.S. attorney…. (more)

June 6, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A former intelligence official predicted British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s intention to meet with Justice Department investigators “will be a car wreck” and a “hot mess.”… (more)

June 6, 2019
POLITICO — Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings…. (more)

June 6, 2019
NEWSMAX — Fifty-four percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump will be re-elected in 2020, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday. Trump is set to formally announce his re-election campaign on June 18…. (more)

June 6, 2019
Affirms ‘that this is a strongly pro-life administration’
WORLDNETDAILY — After a nine-month review of all research involving fetal tissue harvested from elective abortions, the Trump administration has canceled a contract that provides government funding to the University of California, San Francisco…. (more)

June 6, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would end the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions for medical research. This is yet another victory for the Trump administration in the never-ending battle to protect human life…. (more)

 

William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus

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Here is Dr. William Lane Craig giving a long-form argument for the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus, and taking questions from the audience.

The speaker introduction goes for 6 minutes, then Dr. Craig speaks for 35 minutes, then it’s a period of questions and answers with the audience. The total length is 93 minutes, so quite a long period of Q&A. The questions in the Q&A period are quite good.

Introduction:

  • Many people who are willing to accept God’s existence are not willing to accept the God of Christianity
  • Christians need to be ready to show that Jesus rose from the dead as a historical event
  • Private faith is fine for individuals, but when dealing with the public you have to have evidence
  • When making the case, you cannot assume that your audience accepts the Bible…

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Does A Politician’s Moral Character Matter? A Handy Flowchart — The Babylon Bee

Christians and unbelievers alike seem to struggle with this question: does a politician’s moral character matter? It’s a tricky one. There are so many factors!

Luckily, we put our political experts to work, and they were able to distill the question down to just one factor: is the politician a member of your own political party?

Now, any time you’re unsure whether you should care about the moral failings of a politician, just run the question through our official flowchart. It’s easy to preserve your cognitive dissonance this way.

You’re welcome.

via Does A Politician’s Moral Character Matter? A Handy Flowchart — The Babylon Bee

Eight Reasons Why People Won’t Accept the Gospel — Banner of Truth USA

It was sometime in the year that the Lord mercifully saved both of us, that my father said to me, ‘If a person really understood the gospel, I don’t see how he could reject it.’ His point was that if we could just make the gospel absolutely clear, everyone would perforce accept it. Our pastor was then preaching a marvellous series of sermons from Romans, making clear the message of justification by faith, and the all-sufficiency of the cross of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We thought that if only this saving gospel of Romans 1:16 could be made just as clear to all men, every heart would joyfully receive the gospel.

A quarter of a century later, by the grace of God, my father and I are still simply clinging to the cross. What has become painfully clear to me is that, no matter how clearly the gospel is presented, men will reject it. That brings us to ask the question: Why will men not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved?

Of course there is one answer, and there are a hundred answers. As one who accepts and loves the Calvinistic doctrines of God’s grace and sovereignty, I know that there is one answer. It did not please the Father to grant them saving faith (Matt. 11:25) . If you do not believe, it is because God did not elect you. There are also a hundred answers, ranging from religious tradition, to family objections, to the blinding work of Satan, to the doubting of God’s Word.

We are not here ranging into those reasons, though. We are asking what is the precise perversity and blindness in sinful man which leads him to reject the gospel of Christ? Let the answer come in the words of Thomas Boston, the eighteenth-century Scottish divine. The following notes are taken from Boston’s sermon on Isaiah 61:1 (Works, vol. 9, pp. 540-541).

Thomas Boston states that man’s rejection of the gospel is traceable to certain sinful weaknesses. We shall quote Boston’s main analysis phrase by phrase and then add explanatory comments of our own.

1. ‘No due sense of spiritual wants’.

Proverbs 27:7: ‘The full soul loatheth the honeycombe’. This is the old Laodicean sickness (Rev. 3:17). A man says, ‘I do not sense any great hurt or lack or failure in my life. I have a good education; I have achieved vocational success; my marriage and children are fine; my personal life is one of morality and integrity. I have respect for the church, I believe in God, but I do not see any overwhelming need in my life — nothing that compels me to cry out to Jesus Christ to save me.’ This is the man who hears of the treasure hid in the field. He replies, ‘Yes, many people could really use that treasure, and I am sure they would find it good for them, but thank you anyway, I have enough treasure of my own.’

2. ‘No true sight and sense of their own sinfulness’.

He says, ‘I’m no angel, I’m not perfect, sure I’ve done wrong, call it sin if you like, but. . .’ There is always that ‘but’. Many evangelistic method booklets prescribe that we ask a question such as, ‘Do you admit you have sinned?’ The usual answer is, ‘Of course I do.’ There is always the crossed finger, or a qualification, though. ‘It depends on what you mean by sin; I am no serial killer. I was not in the Nazi party, I am not a pervert. So if you mean, have I been less than I ought, yes. But if you mean that I am some sort of depraved person, then no. Certainly God and religion could make me a better person, and we all need that. But I do not consider myself a ruined sinner, with a corrupt life, whose only hope is in the mercy of God.’

3. ‘They do not see the clouds of wrath which are hanging over their heads’.

Our apprehension of our wretchedness is directly proportionate to our apprehension of the glory of God. The same ratio holds true for our sinfulness and God’s holiness. What man comes before God as did the prophet Isaiah? What man sees God as unapproachable, a consuming fire, a pure and utterly holy and excellent Being? No, men have dealings with a ‘god’ who is much like themselves. How does a lost man react to Boston’s image of ‘clouds of wrath hanging above his head’? He replies, ‘Those are old-fashioned clouds and a new wind has blown them away.’ Now that those old clouds are gone, man imagines he can see God clearly. ‘He is a God who suits man’s self-indulgence, a God who is waiting to bless men in their sin.’ But such a view of God is drawn from man’s imagination.

4. ‘They are strangers to their utter inability to help themselves’.

Total inability and total depravity are nearly interchangeable. They are two sides of the same coin. These truths are not only offensive, but incomprehensible to the natural man. Many people have heard the basic gospel message, and it ends with, ‘Now here is what you must do. . . Repeat this prayer. Exercise simple faith. Raise your hand. Say yes.’ Most men say, ‘I understand the steps. Now I can take the final step to salvation as and when I please.’ That ‘step’ however, is about ten miles. Men think it is just that last little step, into the kingdom. That ‘final step’ is a giant step, an impossible step for man to take of himself.

Consider a man trapped in a burning house. He senses no dire need, because he is just one doorway from his drive and from safety. What he does not realise is that the door is locked and he has no key.

5. ‘They do not feel their need of Christ’.

The natural man says, ‘I see that Christ could help me in many ways. I can see that his cross is the way for my sins to be forgiven.’ What he does not see, though, is his own need for Christ to save him. He does not painfully and sensibly ‘feel’ that he is lost, condemned and helpless before God. He does not feel the horrible realisation that if Jesus Christ does not do the saving work, he is going to an eternal hell of fire. He does not feel the desperate bondage in which his sins have chained him.

6. ‘They see not their own unworthiness’.

Self-worth is the catchword of our day. Allegedly, men need to have a good ‘self-image’, a positive ‘self-­concept’, a strong ‘self-affirmation’. That is what popular Christianity tells them. It is the language of popular psychology, popular media talk and popular paperback books. In fact, today’s gospel goes so far as to say that a poor self-image is hurtful. It is keeping you from the fulness of God’s blessing. The whole point of the gospel, so it is now said, is to give a good ‘self-worth’. Obviously, men do ‘not see their own unworthiness’. In fact, it would nowadays be deemed wrong to do so. Boston puts it in this way: ‘They cannot see how the Lord can reject (them). The thought that God may rightfully reject me, the very idea that I am unworthy of God — that is said to be a harmful subject to broach with sinners.

7. ‘They have no anxiety for the supply of their soul wants’.

Here are the foolish virgins, sleeping on through the night. Why do they sleep, when they know that the Bridegroom is coming? Because they have worn themselves out with the activities of the day. They have been diligent, thoughtful and devoted to many things. They have built up their supplies of financial security, of pleasant housing, of physical fitness, of community standing, of family togetherness. But what about their supply of ‘oil’? Time enough for that! They have felt no need to be anxious about the oil of grace which saves and supplies the soul. ‘God would not want us to be upset about religion or about spiritual matters. God does not lay a “guilt trap” on us. No, God wants us to be at peace. He does not send nightmares or sleeplessness upon men. Surely spiritual anxiety could not be from God!’ With such language sinners deceive themselves and perish.

8. ‘They are not content with Christ but on terms of their own making’.

Here Boston, with great perception, exposes the sinner’s fatal mistake. Man realises he needs the gospel, but he has set a limit on the price he is willing to pay. If the asking price is too high, he will go without. Or else, he will look for a ‘Christ’ who is less demanding. If the demand of Christ is to pluck out the right eye, the price is too great. Man will look around for a gospel which allows him to keep his ‘eye’ — and also his ‘right’ hand, lusts, and riches — and still go to heaven. If the gate is too narrow, then widen the gate! The terms of the gospel are now set by men, not by Christ. As Stephen Charnock wrote, ‘The happiness the gospel proposeth is naturally desirable. . . but not the methods which God had ordained for the attainment.’

Here then are Thomas Boston’s eight reasons why men will not believe the gospel. He was a ‘master of Israel’ and although he pastored a people little removed from feudalism, he was a magisterial divine, who still to this day speaks directly to the heart of man.


This article was first published in the January 1990 edition of the Banner of Truth magazine.

via Eight Reasons Why People Won’t Accept the Gospel — Banner of Truth USA

Progressive Mom Proudly Declares Son To Be Transgender After He Walks Through Barbie Aisle — The Babylon Bee

PORTLAND, OR—Young mother Olivia McKinley declared her three-year-old son Kale to be transgendered after he took a brief walk through the Barbie aisle while in the toy section at Target on Monday. She could be heard shrieking, “My son is trans! I accept you, my beautiful, brave trans girl. I do not judge you! I love you just the way you are!” Her mouth was just inches from the boy’s face as she embraced him tightly, though he tried to squirm free.

A man who had overheard the screams walked by and asked, “Is everything OK?”

McKinley shoved the man back and shouted, “Back off! Don’t you dare judge my brave trans daughter! How dare-h-H-HOW dare you!” The man left the store shocked and confused.

When McKinley returned to her son he had walked over to the Avengers toys and had taken down a Captain America figure. “NOOO! NO! They got to you! Don’t let them in! Don’t let their binary poison break your little mind! Be yourself, Kale, be yourself!!” Kale began to cry as the agitated mother ripped the action figure from his hands and replaced it with astronaut Barbie. “Imagine if you became a woman… you could become the first woman on Mars! Or an MMA fighter! Or the first man to get an abortion!”

When last seen, McKinley was overheard calling her son “Kayla” and forcing him to try on a dress while shouting, “It’s OK! I accept you! Stop scratching me!”

via Progressive Mom Proudly Declares Son To Be Transgender After He Walks Through Barbie Aisle — The Babylon Bee

CEOs From 180 Companies, Including Twitter And H&M, Pen Letter Opposing State Abortion Laws — Christian Research Network

“For starters, the statement made — that without abortion, businesses will find the health, independence and economic stability of their employees threatened — seems to imply that work-life balance is outdated, and that the CEOs and their respective companies don’t value the idea of employees having a family.”

(Emily Zanotti – Daily Wire)  CEOs from 180 companies signed on to a full-page ad in The New York Times released Monday, claiming recent restrictive abortion laws passed in states like Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri are “bad for business.”

The list of CEOs includes Twitter’s Jack Dorsey (though, after his name, he lists his other company, payment processor, Square) as well as the heads of Postmates, Slack, Yelp, H&M, and Tinder, as well as a handful of fashion designers and Ben and Jerry of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

The letter claims that “it’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care,” and that restricting abortion is “bad for business,” though the letter makes no real connection between the availability of abortion and the business climate of a particular state. Instead, they claim restricting “reproductive freedom” is “against our values.”    View article →

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via CEOs From 180 Companies, Including Twitter And H&M, Pen Letter Opposing State Abortion Laws — Christian Research Network