"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit.
God is continually molding believers to be more like Him. Often, transforming people into the image of Christ is a difficult process. It involves emptying a person of sins and filling him or her with Christlike characteristics. In 1 Thessalonians 1:6, Paul admonished, “You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (nasb).
You are being molded by God. He teaches you through trials, and He guides you by the Holy Spirit. You endure this process so that you will understand God’s Word and be His witness in the world.
L. Moody said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts.”
Each of us needs help becoming all that God created us to be. This is why God has given us His Spirit. The frustrations we face help to refine us and mold our lives so that we reflect God’s mercy and grace to others. It is through this molding process that God helps us fulfill His plan for our lives.
The Holy Spirit keeps you connected to the heart and will of the Father. The Spirit guides you through the toils and trials on the pathway to becoming more like Christ. He sustains you with joy as you conform to the image of your beloved Savior.
Holy Spirit, fill the corners of my heart. Show me the places where You cannot enter because of my own debris. Guide me in sweeping clean a pathway for You.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.
When Ruth Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, was sent to a North Korean school as a young girl, she wrestled with loneliness and discouragement. Her missionary parents were hundreds of miles away—an especially frightening thought for an adolescent reared in a loving, Christian environment.
Alone and afraid, Ruth Graham learned a lesson that has befriended her for life: “In missionary school I learned to turn to the Bible for comfort and encouragement,” she reflected. “Through the years I have continued that practice, and it has brought me more encouragement than any other source.”
The words of Scripture are not only for instruction and correction but also for encouragement. If your heart is troubled, open your Bible. Read the God-breathed utterances given to uplift and sustain you.
Look at the lives of Old and New Testament characters, and trust in the unchanging God to work His wonder on your behalf. The Bible speaks peace. It is steeped in love. It is aglow with hope. Its words are living and vital, true bread and water for the weak and afflicted.
O God, Your Word never changes. It is forever settled in heaven. It is aglow with hope. It is living and vital. It is the bread that strengthens and the water that pours divine life into me.
 Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 178). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
Divorce has become too common in our fractured age. Its disabling effects—financially, emotionally, and socially—are well documented in various studies.
In a real sense, sin has effected a divorce between man and God. When the original couple, Adam and Eve, sinned in the Garden, God evicted man from His presence: “He drove out the man” (Gen. 3:24). The Hebrew word for “drove” is also used in the Old Testament on five occasions for divorce.
God and man—united at Creation in intimacy, fellowship, and purpose—were separated by sin. The holiness of God and the sin of man are incompatible. The Creator and the creation, man, can no longer live together in harmony apart from faith in Christ. Sin drives unbelieving man out of God’s presence and into chaos and evil.
The great divorce, as author C. S. Lewis put it, has fixed a gulf, a chasm, between God and man. Born into sin, man suffers from the emotional and spiritual wreckage of life apart from God, driven by wayward desires and instincts, walking in the darkness of his own counsel.
The truth about sin is ugly. But you must know the truth, the good and the bad, before you can be set free.
Set me free from sin, dear Lord. Restore my fellowship with You. Lead me from darkness into Your glorious light.
It’s time to stop condoning destructive behavior, and start speaking truth in unconditional love.
by Matt Barber
If your daughter, sister, mother or friend “identified” as a fat person trapped in a perilously emaciated body — if she truly believed she was obese, but, in reality, suffered from anorexia — would you affirm her “fatness” and get her liposuction, or would you go to the ends of the earth to help her bring her subjective (and mistaken) identity into alignment with objective reality? When someone is engaged in demonstrably self-destructive behavior, it is not loving, but hateful, to encourage persistence.
It was, ironically, lesbian activist and writer Dorothy Allison who once wrote, “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” In validation of this truism, a series of new peer-reviewed studies have just been released that serve to utterly debunk and deconstruct key “progressive” homosexual-activist talking points…
While Donald Trump has kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign in Florida reiterating a vow to bring “deep state” figures out into the open, AG William Barr’s “investigation of investigators” is gaining steam. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has shared his views on the role of Barack Obama and his team in the so-called “spygate” case.
Hopefully, you’ve been apprised as to why it’s a good thing Lifeway is shutting their retail outlets. Originally designed as the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board and commissioned with creating Sunday School material, the SBC retail stores have become the nation’s largest peddler of outright heresy. From Heaven Tourism to Omen Interpretation to Word-Faith Theology to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, New Age mysticism, to Anti-Trinitarianism, Lifeway’s doctrinal standards amount to profit motivation.
Before 2014, however, few focused on the heresy being sold at Lifeway Christian Resources. That is, until a tweet from Ed Stetzer set off a firestorm in social media. After John Piper referred to the Pope as a “brother,” and several indicated their displeasure as card-carrying Protestants, Stetzer claimed on December 23 of 2014 that “it was the same 15 Calvinists who are mad about everything.”
Stetzer then tweeted angrily at Pulpit & Pen, but the masses weren’t having it.
In the days that followed, many thousands of Christians began a grass-roots movement to boycott Lifeway Christian Resources, chiefly because of the theological heresies by their stores. Pulpit & Pen did undercover investigations and used recording devices to determine that Lifeway would special order nearly anything for customers, including everything from Joel Osteen books to gay propaganda.
Within a day of the #the15 campaign, Stetzer had personally called those whom he thought were friends of mine, including Phil Johnson and at least one of my family members, to make the onslaught stop. But alas, it would not; people were fed up with the bad doctrine promoted by Lifeway.
During that time, Alex Malarkey joined #the15 movement. He was incensed that Lifeway was continuing to sell the best-selling Heaven Tourism book falsely ascribed to him. Malarkey wrote his Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Retailers, raking them over the coals for selling such bad doctrine, and furthermore, for refusing to pull the book when he and his mother asked.
The blog article at Pulpit & Pen soon became the #1 news story in the world on January 17 and 18 of 2014. This website was featured on The Today Show, and as far away as the UK Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post. Lifeway’s shame was covered in the New York Times, the LA Times, and the Chicago Tribune. In response, Lifeway spokesmen claimed they had no idea the book was false. Then, Pulpit & Pen released private emails with Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer in which they were told the book was false and asked to pull it many months earlier. They refused to do so, and attacked their critics. Simply put, Lifeway was caught in a lie.
To this day, Lifeway has never responded to Malarkey’s letter or given him an apology for using this story against his permission and in full knowledge that it was contrived. Lifeway is an evil, evil organization.
I laid out the strategy for closing Lifeway stores in this article on December 29, 2014. Everything I asked for has happened, and I praise God for it.
However, Lifeway still doesn’t want to admit that what ultimately did in their retail operation wasn’t the softening of the book market, but conservative evangelicals who were tired of their garbage.
As LifeWay’s ship was sinking, its two most towering “leaders,” Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer (two men I’m convinced are both lost and wicked) pulled their golden parachute chords and abandoned ship. Stetzer moved off to ruin the Billy Graham School of Evangelism at Wheaton College and Rainer has moved off to capitalize on his personal brand that he used SBC resources to create. Both saw the hand-writing on the wall.
So when LifeWay gave a presentation to SBC messengers last week about their store closings, Stetzer and Rainer were nowhere to be found. Instead, Interim LifeWay president, Brad Waggoner, was left to spit a spin on their retail failure. You can watch the video below.
Waggoner acknowledges that “stores began to see significant losses” in 2014, just as #The15 began. By 2015, there was 9 million in losses. By 2017, there were 11 million dollars in losses. However, by 2018, the figures continued to decline. By the end, there were more than 50 million dollars.
The video, however, was more a pep-talk. Rather than admitting that their failure culminated in a massive conservative boycott of their stores, Waggoner insisted that it was external market forces. He also assured the messengers that they would continue to sell their products online (where there will no doubt be even fewer doctrinal standards than in the store).
Ultimately, the closure of Lifeway stores are the result of #the15 in two different ways. First, Bible-believing Christians stopped using their stores. There are countless thousands of churches who, because of #the15, swore to never patronize the company again. There are tens of thousands of laymen who promised to never again darken their door.
Secondly, however, Lifeway had to remove many products from their shelves (like TD Jakes books, for example), which #the15 consumers threw the biggest fits about. This didn’t help Lifeway’s sales numbers, which had developed an undiscerning consumer base that relied upon Lifeway to provide them with the latest heretical books.
A combination of these two things proved too much for the retail juggernaut. And ultimately, Goliath fell.
[Publisher’s Note: For more info on #the15 movement, click here. Contributed by JD Hall]
A restaurant that has a corporate mission to “glorify God” is officially the third-largest restaurant in the United States. Chick-fil-A climbed from No. 7 to No. 3 in the latest rankings by the Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) analysis after it had $10.46 billion in total sales in 2018, trailing only behind No. 1 McDonald’s ($38.52 billion) and No. 2 Starbucks ($20.49 billion).
A major corrupt player at the Clinton Foundation player has vanished. Amitabh Desai is nowhere to be found!
Over the past decade the Clinton Foundation’s Amitabh Desai was very active capturing money for the Foundation. The far left New York Times even commented on this when Desai was involved in a transaction with Russia:
But this was not Desai’s first clandestine transaction for the Foundation. In 2011 it was reported that –
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) CEO Ira Magaziner sent an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, Clinton Foundation foreign policy director Amitabh Desai, Douglas Band (an aide to former US President Bill Clinton), and two others, regarding Saudi Arabian and Ethiopian billionaire Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-‘Amoud [above].
Magaziner writes: “CHAI would like to request that President Clinton call Sheikh Mohammed to thank him for offering his plane to the conference in Ethiopia and expressing regrets that President Clinton’s schedule does not permit him to attend the conference.”
Desai replies, “Unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check, this sounds crazy to do.“
Band then comments, “If he doesn’t do it CHAI will say he didn’t give the money [because] of wjc [Bill Clinton].”
Podesta writes, “I agree with Doug and this seems rather easy and harmless and not a big time sink.”(Wikileaks 10/12/16)
Thus it can be seen Sheikh Mohammed is giving some money to the foundation, though the amount is unknown. Also, the exchange shows Podesta, who has no position in the foundation, helping make foundation decisions.
Amitabh Desai, director of foreign policy for the Clinton Foundation, writes in an email to other foundation officials, that he met with Qatar’s ambassador to the US four days earlier, on April 12, 2012. The ambassador is Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Mutib Al Rumaihi, who just assumed that position several weeks earlier. (QatarMinistry of Foreign Affairs, 12/26/2013) (WikiLeaks, 10/13/2016)
He summarizes that Al Rumaihi “Would like to see WJC [former President William Jefferson Clinton] ‘for five minutes’ in NYC [New York City], to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011.”
The assistant to the Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Mutib Al-Rumaihi attends a foreign ministers meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on March 9, 2015. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi called for the creation of a unified Arab force to battle the spread of Islamic extremist groups.
Additionally, “Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti – particularly on education and health. They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF [Clinton Foundation]Haiti team.”
The email is sent to foundation officials Douglas Band, Justin Cooper, Bruce Lindsey, Laura Graham, and Clinton advisor John Podesta. (WikiLeaks, 10/13/2016)
Two years later, on August 19, 2014, Clinton will comment in an email: “[W]e need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia,which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.” (ISIL is also known as the terrorist group ISIS.) (WikiLeaks, 10/13/2016)
On October 14, 2016, the day after this email is made public by WikiLeaks, Reuters will report that this donation, if it took place, could be a major ethics breach. The donation takes place while Hillary Clinton is secretary of state, and the Clinton Foundation made an agreement with the Obama administration not to accept any increases in donations by foreign governments during that time. The email doesn’t specify that the donation was accepted, or if it went to the foundation or to Bill Clinton personally. Foundation records indicate the Qatar government did give over $1 million, but it isn’t clear when. When asked by Reuters if the donation was accepted by the foundation, a foundation spokesperson will decline to say. (Reuters,10/14/2016)
Amitabh Desai, a foreign policy director at the Clinton Foundation, emails Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills about an invitation for former President Bill Clinton to be paid $650,000 for speech in North Korea. Desaiasks “Is it safe to assume” the US government “would have concerns” about Clinton giving the speech, since North Korea is a strident enemy of the US at the time. Mills simply replies, “Decline it.” Clinton never does speak in North Korea. Three weeks later, Desai writes back to explain that the invite came from Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham. Further details about the offer are unknown.
Bill Clinton delivers 215 speeches for $48 million in the four years Hillary Clinton is secretary of state and this is one of a very few that anyone in the State Department told him he shouldn’t do. [Emphasis added] (ABCNews, 8/28/2015)
Finally, Citizens United, the conservative watchdog group, requested emails from the Clinton Foundation and in particular those of Amitabh Desai. Of course this was delayed and delayed with only 17 emails provided in the first two months out of an estimated 4,000 emails requested.
What ever happened to Amitabh Desai? Where is this guy? He appears to have vanished!
This piece by Rev. Steven Warhurst is entitled “Responding to Revoice: The Case for Overture 28 at the PCA General Assembly (Part One).” An overture is the request of a presbytery for action by the General Assembly upon a specific matter. According to Rev. Warhurst “The Revoice Conference speakers affirmed homosexual orientation as a legitimate part of their identity; something that should not be condemned or changed. Overture 28 offers a different perspective.” Rev. Steven Warhurst’s overture is published on The Aquila Report:
The Revoice Conference speakers repeatedly affirmed homosexual orientation as a legitimate part of their identity; something that should not be condemned or changed.[i]Ray Low condemned those who recommended counseling to help change his orientation.[ii] Greg Johnson expressed skepticism about whether sexual orientation could change[iii]and rejected the possibility of repenting of attractions.[iv]
What is this ‘sexual orientation’ that the Revoice speakers think is a legitimate part of a person’s identity and needs to be affirmed? Grant Hartley (a speaker who sought to define his terms) adopted the American Psychological Association’s definition of sexual orientation which says: “Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions to men, women or both sexes. Sexual orientation also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.” [v]
In order to determine whether homosexual orientation is legitimate, we must determine if homosexual attraction is legitimate, for according to the APA definition, homosexual orientation is an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to the same sex. If we find that God condemns the attraction, then we must conclude that He would also condemn the orientation.
Romans 1:26-27 says, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
Scripture clearly teaches that homosexual attraction is a vile passion. When Paul speaks of God giving men over to vile passions (πάθη ἀτιμίας), the first example of a vile passion is homosexual attractions. The apostle goes on to say that this attraction is ‘against nature’. When men are sexually attracted to men they ‘leave the natural use of a woman,’ and when women pursue women, they do ‘what is against nature.’ Thus homosexual attraction is a dishonorable passion that is not only sinful, but is against nature. If God condemns homosexual attraction as sinful and against nature, then He also condemns homosexual orientation, which is simply the enduring pattern of this degrading passion. [crn_lin url=”https://www.theaquilareport.com/responding-to-revoice-the-case-for-overture-28-at-the-pca-general-assembly-part-one/”%5D
Republican Senator Josh Hawley has introduced a bill aimed at stopping censorship on social media platforms based on political ideologies.
The ‘Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act‘ seeks to remove protections granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if platforms are not acting neutral in regards to political views. Currently, platforms cannot be held responsible for user-posted content, as they are not considered publishers. As these companies become more political — and take an editorial stance, many have called for these protections to be stripped.
Sen. Hawley’s bill would require platforms to follow the First Amendment when it comes to free and legal speech, if they want to keep their liability waiver.
“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley explained. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”
The bill would only be aimed at platforms with 30 million monthly users or more than $500 million in global annual revenue — so small message boards and overly specific forums would not be effected. Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube would be.
“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with. Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate,” Hawley wrote.
If Hawley’s legislation is successful, tech giants will have to submit to an audit every two years to prove to the Federal Trade Commission that they are acting neutrally.
Google and Facebook’s lobbying group, The Internet Association, has come out swinging at the bill.
“This bill forces platforms to make an impossible choice: either host reprehensible, but First Amendment protected speech, or lose legal protections that allow them to moderate illegal content like human trafficking and violent extremism. That shouldn’t be a tradeoff,” Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said in a statement.
Beckerman’s statement conveniently ignores that Hawley’s bill is only seeking to protect free and legal speech — which obviously would not include human trafficking.