Daily Archives: June 29, 2019

June 29 Truth in Action

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:34–51

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 17:45

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

At some point during our relationship with Christ, we have to plunge into the unknown with some measure of faith. The circumstances could vary—a new job, a new relationship, a battle with an illness—and we have no idea what the outcome will be.

Yet we put our faith to the test, trusting that God will bring about the best for our lives. As He works, transforming us into the image of Christ, our faith builds. Faith isn’t merely a concept anymore. It is truth in action.

Conquering faith develops from faith that has been tested and has seen the faithfulness of God. And conquering faith never forgets past victories won by the Lord. When David approached King Saul about fighting Goliath, he went with great confidence. While Goliath was large and intimidating, David remembered from where he derived his strength: God. During his days as a shepherd, David battled a lion and a bear, defeating them both through the strength of the Lord. He knew that it had nothing to do with his own strength, just his faith. He believed God would deliver him again in a battle against Goliath.

In our desire to have a conquering faith, we must never forget where we have been with the Lord. It is necessary to get where we are going.

Lord, give me conquering faith. Help me remember where I have been with You in the past so that I may arrive at my future destiny.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 188). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 29 When God Is Silent

Scripture Reading: Genesis 37

Key Verse: Psalm 54:7

He has delivered me out of all trouble; and my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies.

For more than ten years, things had gone from bad to worse for Joseph. Once a free man, he was sold into slavery by his own brothers to people who were his enemies. Through it all, he continued to obey God and work hard for his master. Then, he was falsely accused of assaulting his master’s wife, and he was thrown into prison.

Where was God in the apparently negative events? Not once had Joseph received encouragement from family or friends. Even though Joseph knew God was guiding and blessing him, the times of waiting rigorously challenged his faith.

When God is silent, when He doesn’t intervene, it may seem that He isn’t involved in your life. But God is never still. He is always at work, especially in the “silent times.” He uses every event, every situation, and every person in your life to prepare you for the future and fulfill His perfect purpose.

When finally released and ruling Egypt as second in command, with the power to save his family and people, Joseph at last understood God’s special plan. Cling to Him in the tough times; trust Him with the details. You will rejoice as you see His faithfulness unfold.

Lord, even when You are silent, You are at work in my life. Help me trust in the silent times, knowing that You will use every event, situation, and person to prepare me for Your purposes.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 188). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 29 Evidences of the Flesh

Scripture reading: Galatians 5:16–21

Key verse: Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

In Galatians 5, Paul used the term flesh to describe the part of our lives that stands in opposition to God. The fruit of the Spirit, or the evidence of Christ’s life in us, includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The evidence of the flesh includes immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissension in our relationships, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and other things like these.

The flesh is not so much tangible in nature as it is revealed in our attitudes, desires, and lifestyles. Never think that just because you serve the Lord, you won’t be caught up in the trappings of the flesh. A person can serve God, make a wonderful public impression, and still be living in the flesh.

The central focus of the Spirit-filled life must always be Jesus Christ, while the primary focus of the flesh is self-will, self-assertion, self-love, self-indulgence, self-pity, self-reliance, self-consciousness, self-righteousness, and self-glorification.

However, we do not have to serve the desires of the flesh. As children of God, we have been given the power to say no to our old way of living and thinking. Ask the Lord to reveal any evidences of the flesh in your life. Be willing to allow Him to strip away all that does not glorify Him.

Father, please reveal any evidences of the flesh in my life. Strip away all that does not glorify You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 188). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 29, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

They Contaminate the Church

A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. (5:9)

A third characteristic of the false teachers was that they contaminated the church, spreading their heresy among both true believers and would-be believers. Just as a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough, so a small amount of falsehood can corrupt the thinking and living of a large group of people.

In Scripture, leaven often represents sin directly, as in Jesus’ warning about “the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees,” which referred to their false teaching (Matt. 16:6, 12). But the figure of leaven is generally used simply to indicate permeating power, whether of something good or evil. In this passage, as in his reference to the gross immorality of the Corinthians, Paul used the figure of leaven in both ways, as representing the actuality of sin as well as its power to infect and permeate that which is good (see 1 Cor. 5:6).

Just as a single cell of cancer can metastasize until it spreads throughout the physical body, a single false doctrine can multiply itself and spread throughout a body of believers. A great forest fire can be started by one spark. “For want of a nail the shoe was lost,” wrote Benjamin Franklin; “for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost; and for want of a rider the battle was lost.”[1]

9. A little leaven. This refers, I think, to doctrine, not to men. It guards them against the mischievous consequences which arise from corruption of doctrine, and warns them not to consider it, as is commonly done, to be a matter attended by little or no danger. Satan’s stratagem is, that he does not attempt an avowed destruction of the whole gospel, but he taints its purity by introducing false and corrupt opinions. Many persons are thus led to overlook the seriousness of the injury done, and therefore make a less determined resistance. The apostle proclaims aloud that, after the truth of God has been corrupted, we are no longer safe. He employs the metaphor of leaven, which, however small in quantity, communicates its sourness to the whole mass. We must exercise the utmost caution lest we allow any counterfeit to be substituted for the pure doctrine of the gospel.[2]

9 Paul now quotes a proverbial saying (cf. 1 Co 5:6) to indicate the insidious character of the Judaizers’ “different gospel” (1:6). The inherent danger for the Galatians in this teaching is that as it is taken in, it may permeate their faith and become a corrupting, evil influence that not only perverts the truth but will come to control their lives (cf. Mk 8:15). Paul warns the Galatians again, by implication, to avoid evil consequences by resisting the false message of the Judaizers.[3]

9 In what appears to be a proverbial saying (cf. 1 Cor. 5:6b) Paul further illustrates the definitely evil character of the Judaizers’ teaching: “a little yeast ferments the whole lump of dough.” “Proverbial in form, but not found outside Paul as a proverb, these words might have been associated in the Christian church with the parable of the leaven [Mt. 13:33; Lk. 13:21],” but a direct relation is not apparent. In any event, the saying “goes rather beyond the thought and usage of the Jewish festival [of Unleavened Bread]. It is a generally valid saying, an illustration of the truth of experience that little causes can have great effects.”95

It is difficult to say whether “leaven” refers to the false teachers or to their teaching; possibly in favor of the latter is the use of “leaven” for the hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Lk. 12:1) and the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Mt. 16:6, 11f.). Moreover, the emphasis in v. 8 is clearly not so much on the individual as on his “persuasion.” However, the unity of teaching and person can be recognized and the situation adequately explained if we say: “The doctrine of the necessity of circumcision, insidiously presented by a few, is permeating and threatening to pervert the whole religious life of the Galatian churches.”[4]

9 Paul applies a bit of proverbial wisdom to demonstrate that the rival teachers and their influence represent a danger to the entire Christian enterprise in which the Galatians are engaged: “a little yeast leavens the whole lump” (5:9). The proverb is effective, since everyone would be familiar, given the ubiquitous practice of baking bread, with how a small amount of leaven (the ancient equivalent of a sourdough starter) gets worked into the whole lump of flour and makes the whole lump puff up equally (transferring the sour smell of fermentation also equally throughout the lump).87 Paul no doubt wants the connotations of corruption and souring to be transferred and applied to the rival teachers’ influence; if he was effective in demonstrating the divergences between God’s plan and the teachers’ advice, he will be successful here as well.

Paul uses this same proverb in 1 Cor 5:6 to talk about the corrosive effects of one shameless sinner on the moral fabric of the entire community. A little shamelessness in regard to sin in one small pocket of the community has the power to erode the entire community’s sensitivity to sin and to God’s ethical standards. So here, being persuaded by the rival teachers on a small point (e.g., the necessity just of circumcision, let alone obeying the whole Torah) or allowing their influence to take hold in a small pocket of the church would lead to the reintroduction of slavery to the whole.[5]

Its harmful effects would spread (v. 9)

Paul’s warning in verse 9 that ‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough’ is also heard in 1 Corinthians 5, where the concern is with the defiling effects of an immoral man on the whole congregation. Such a man needs to be removed. Here in Galatians 5 the proverb is used in connection with harmful teaching. If the teaching isn’t stopped, it will eventually damage the entire church.

False teaching, in other words, is subject to the same law that governs yeast. Its harmful effects spread. What a melancholy witness is borne to that truth throughout church history! That is why false teaching must be given no quarter. Teaching that robs us of our liberty in Christ and threatens to enslave us again is too dangerous to be tolerated. Its tendency is to spread and harm more and more people. At the earliest possible opportunity it must, if possible, be stopped.[6]

5:9 / The saying “a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” is found also at 1 Corinthians 5:6. It appears to have been common in the ancient Greek-speaking world to use yeast as a symbol for evil’s powerful corrupting capacity (cf. Mark 8:15). In this case Paul is warning that even though there may be only a few advocating circumcision their influence could damage the nature of the Galatian churches.[7]

9. A little leaven—the false teaching of the Judaizers. A small portion of legalism, if it be mixed with the Gospel, corrupts its purity. To add legal ordinances and works in the least degree to justification by faith, is to undermine “the whole.” So “leaven” is used of false doctrine (Mt 16:12: compare Mt 13:33). In 1 Co 5:6 it means the corrupting influence of one bad person; so Bengel understands it here to refer to the person (Ga 5:7, 8, 10) who misled them. Ec 9:18, “One sinner destroyeth much good” (1 Co 15:33). I prefer to refer it to false doctrine, answering to “persuasion” (Ga 5:8).[8]

Ver. 9.—A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (μικρὰ ζύμη ὅλον τὸ φύραμα ζυμοῖ); a little leaven leaveneth the whole kneading. This proverb is cited again in precisely the same words in 1 Cor. 5:6, with the words prefixed, “know ye not that.” In both passages the leaven is an element of evil, and so also in Matt. 16:11; but our Lord applied it also to an element of good, which was to penetrate (apparently) the whole mass of humanity (Matt. 13:33). What has the apostle precisely in his view as the leaven in the present instance? In 1 Cor. 5:6 it is unchastity, which, if once tolerated in a Church, especially amid so licentious a population as that of Corinth, would be but too likely to impregnate balefully the sentiment of the whole community. And here likewise, as there, the leaven does not appear to denote, as some have supposed, the individuals in whom some noxious element was conspicuous, but that noxious element itself; namely, to judge from the colouring of the immediate context, the “readiness to hearken” to “another gospel,” which was promising comfort and sense of acceptance, more or less, in the practice of at least some of the outward ordinances of Judaism. This leaven had already begun to work, embodying itself in the observance, pedantically and ostentatiously, of the days and feasts of the Jewish calendar (ch. 4:10). Now, a movement of mind manifesting itself in some form of external religionism, when once it begins to show itself in a Christian community, has a great tendency to spread. For always, in every Church, there are unstable souls, too often not a few, never able to come to the knowledge of the truth; which have never truly discerned Christ’s all-sufficiency for their spiritual needs, or have lost any superficial persuasion of it once enjoyed; and which, consciously unsatisfied with what they as yet possess, and nevertheless only toying with spiritual things, are ready to adopt almost any novelty of religious behaviour offering itself for their acceptance. The particular form in which the external religionism of seekers after another gospel clothes itself varies according to varying tastes or circumstances. Among the Galatian Christians such persons were now beginning to feel attracted by that venerable kind of outward piety exhibited by devout or professedly devout Jews; but in their own practice committing the fatal blunder of mistaking the external shows of saintliness for the reality of saintliness, and but too willing to make the former serve in lieu of the latter. The danger of the leaven spreading was, in the present case, increased by the instability of character and the quick impulsiveness belonging to the Celtic temperament. The true antidote to this “leaven” is in every age the same; namely, that which the apostle in this Epistle strives to administer—the gospel of the righteousness and Spirit of Christ crucified.[9]

9 μικρὰ ζύμη ὅλον τὸ φύραμα ζυμοῖ, “ ‘a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.’ ” The occurrence of these exact words in 1 Cor 5:6, introduced by the epistolary formula οὐκ οἴδατε (“do you not know”) and the quotation formula ὅτι (“that”), suggests that both there and here Paul is using a proverbial saying having to do with the tendency of small matters to become large concerns and so to dominate a given situation. In 1 Cor 5:6 the proverb has to do with an incestuous man whose conduct had the potential of corrupting the whole Corinthian church. Here it has to do with a false theology that was perverting the Galatian churches. While in one of Jesus’ parables the leavening influence of yeast is compared positively to “the kingdom of heaven/God” (Matt 13:33//Luke 13:21//Gos. Thom. 96), most often in the NT and antiquity yeast was used figuratively as a negative symbol for the penetrating and corrupting influence of evil (cf. Mark 8:15, par.; 1 Clem 5.6; Ignatius, Mag. 10.2; Plutarch, Quaest. Rom. 109 [2.289F]; Justin, Dial. 14.2.3; Ps. Clem. Hom. 8.17).[10]

9. The warning continues, this time in the form of a proverbial saying, found also in 1 Cor. 5:6: A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Seemingly insignificant causes can lead to momentous consequences, whether for good (as in Matt. 13:33) or for evil, as in the present case. Principles penetrate! When a person has forsaken the sound principle of salvation by grace alone through faith (the latter considered as God’s gift; see N.T.C. on Eph. 2:8), and has taken his stand on a new “persuasion,” namely, salvation by grace plus works, the attention is gradually shifted to works, until grace has disappeared completely, and so has Christ, on whom grace rests. Illustrations of the penetrating power of evil: a. In ancient Israel the deceptively innocent worship of Jehovah under the symbolism (and by means) of an image soon led to gross idolatry; b. it took only a “worm” to destroy Jonah’s “gourd” (Jonah 4:7); c. cancer spreads (metastasizes), so that a malignant tumor, ever so small in its beginning, may in the end destroy the entire body (cf. 2 Tim. 2:17); d. a “little” (?) carelessness starts a forest-fire, with destruction of thousands of valuable lumber-producing trees, or sets fire to a hotel, killing several people; e. someone tosses a few roots of a “beautiful” flower into a stream; result: many of the rivers, canals, lakes, and bayous of beautiful Florida, etc., are choked with the water hyacinth, which menaces wildlife, causes floods, strangles navigation, costs a fortune in attempts at eradication, so far with no completely satisfactory remedy in sight; and f.:

“For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost; for want of a rider the battle was lost; and for want of a battle the kingdom was lost. All this for want of a horseshoe nail” (Benjamin Franklin, according to one version).[11]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Galatians (p. 140). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (pp. 154–155). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Rapa, R. K. (2008). Galatians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 622). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Fung, R. Y. K. (1988). The Epistle to the Galatians (pp. 236–237). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[5] deSilva, D. A. (2018). The Letter to the Galatians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (pp. 434–435). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[6] Campbell, D. (2009). Opening Up Galatians (pp. 89–90). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[7] Jervis, L. A. (2011). Galatians (p. 135). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book.

[8] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 336). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[9] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Galatians (pp. 244–245). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[10] Longenecker, R. N. (1990). Galatians (Vol. 41, p. 231). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[11] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Galatians (Vol. 8, pp. 202–203). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Former ICE Director Doubles Down on Slamming 2020 Dems Offering ‘More Enticements’ for Illegal Migrants | IJR

Former acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan is doubling down on 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls’ stance on immigration.

Homan previously blasted Democratic presidential candidates following Wednesday’s debate, saying that “none of these people on the stage last night obviously studied the issue” of immigration and addressing the migrant crisis at the southern border.

Immigration was a hot topic on both nights of the debate between the 20 candidates.

During Thursday’s 2020 Democratic debate, every candidate said they’d extend government-funded health care to illegal immigrants.

“Our country is healthier when everybody is healthier,” South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said in defense. He added:

“And remember, we’re talking about something people are given a chance to buy into. In the same way that there are undocumented immigrants in my community who pay — they pay sales taxes, they pay property taxes, directly or indirectly — this is not about a handout. This is an insurance program, and we do no favors by having 11 million undocumented people in our country be unable to access health care.”

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday, Homan declared that “we’re in the midst of a national crisis” with the “unprecedented surge on the southern border.”

He then blasted all of the candidates for “offering up more enticements for more people to come here illegally”:

“They want to make illegal immigration legal. They want to offer a pathway to citizenship to people that enter this country illegally, in violation of our law. They want to give them medical care. And they also don’t want to detain anybody. […]  Do they think any of that language is going to help the crisis on the border?”

Watch the video below:

President Donald Trump responded to the Democrats’ push to extend health care to illegal migrants, tweeting: “How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!”

Additionally, Border Patrol Council Vice President Art Del Cueto also caught wind of the push by Democrats. He told Fox Business on Friday that he isn’t sure what additional medical care Democrats want to give illegal migrants, “but, I mean, it is concerning, especially when you see so many people in the United States that are in need of some care themselves.”

Source: Former ICE Director Doubles Down on Slamming 2020 Dems Offering ‘More Enticements’ for Illegal Migrants

Michael Brown Cites False Prophet, Heidi Baker, As Proof of Continuationism — Reformation Charlotte

The canon of Scripture is closed and the apostolic sign gifts have ceased. This is an irrefutable biblical fact. Yet, modern-day Montanists continue to perpetuate this heresy and the movement that claims that these gifts — such as prophesy, speaking in tongues, and the gift of healing — are still present today continues to grow.

Michael Brown is the chief apologist for charismatic continuationism and acts as a bridge-builder between Christianity and charismaticism. (Just to lay this out on the table, charismaticism is in no way Christian — it is actually in many ways opposed to Christianity.) During a recent airing of Ask Dr. Brown, Brown was asked to rebut cessationism — the biblical doctrine of the cessation of the apostolic sign gifts — and to cite examples of any of these gifts today.

Read more: Michael Brown Cites False Prophet, Heidi Baker, As Proof of Continuationism — Reformation Charlotte

BOOM! President Trump: “The Democrats… Want to Have Open Borders, for the Life of Me, I Can’t Figure That Out” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday Night at the Democratic Candidate debate the NBC Moderator asked the Democrat politicians:
— Raise your hand if your government plan would provide health care coverage for undocumented immigrants.

The following committed to free health insurance for illegals:


On Saturday President Trump was asked about the Democrat debates during his trip to Osaka, Japan for the G20 meetings.

The president was asked about the Democrat Party’s push for open borders.

“The Democrats it seems to me that they want to have open borders and for the life of me I can not figure that out.”

via BOOM! President Trump: “The Democrats… Want to Have Open Borders, for the Life of Me, I Can’t Figure That Out” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Even Salon.com says “Joel Osteen Worships Himself” (re-post)

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

I was working on an essay about the Drag Queen programs in public libraries but I simply could not continue. Here is a repost of an essay I wrote in June 2012. Joel Osteen is a false teacher, you guys.


Joel Osteen worships himself
At a D.C. rally, it’s clear that the megachurch pastor’s childlike faith is really about the power of narcissism

The article is from Salon.com, a fairly liberal media outlet. I found it interesting that Mr Osteen’s obvious narcissism is apparent even to someone who may be liberal and may be an outsider to the faith.

Pastor Mike Abendroth at No Compromise Radio and Bethlehem Bible Church says that when people realize Abendroth is a pastor, they try and make an attempt at spiritual connection with him by saying, “I listen to Joel Osteen.” He said as an example to one lady who’d…

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Saturday Sampler: June 23 — June 29 — The Outspoken TULIP

Fish Sampler

Each Sunday, Pyromaniacs provides our “weekly dose of Spurgeon” by quoting lengthy passages from the sermons and writings of C.H. Spurgeon. This week they quote a medley of passages in Spurgeon on women preaching. Helpful  stuff!

Emma at My Redemption for His Glory blogs about The One Thing Keeping Us From God. She holds up some strong challenges that each of us must consider, but she also brings us back to our merciful Savior.

With a careful balance of respect for the dead and concern for the deceived, Pastor Gabriel Hughes writes Remembering (and Responding to) Rachel Held Evans. Because Rachel’s followers continue to read her books and believe her false teaching, Gabe rightly understands the necessity of countering her assertions.

I’m recommending a second item from Pyromaniacs this week, this time written by Hohn Cho. The Complimentarian Responsibility Toward Women is primarily aimed to men (pastors, in particular), but as women we can see how Biblical masculinity offers us protection and security.

As a baby boomer, I appreciate Tom of excatholic4christ for writing One last time to witness for Jesus? in response to an obituary in his local paper.

Although I don’t anticipate deleting my personal Facebook page quite yet (that separation is becoming a distinct possibility at some point, I admit), I beloved Mark McIntyre of Attempts at Honesty makes some important observations in Living up to our Facebook Page. See what you think.

Golf and the Sanctity of Life, which Richard Holderman writes for Gentle Reformation, is definitely heartwarming. But it also requires us to think about why we should value human life.

Writing from personal experience (and most likely very recent experience), Michelle Lesley offers Five Words of Encouragement for Spiritual Warfare’s Battle-Weary Soldiers. As always, she substantiates each point with abundant Scripture — one of the reasons I love her work so much.

Posting to The End Time, Elizabeth Prata assists us in Learning when to stay in and when to separate out. She draws from the wisdom of Proverbs to make a practical and timely application.

via Saturday Sampler: June 23 — June 29 — The Outspoken TULIP

Second Worst President in History Says Trump Admin Is Torturing, Kidnapping Migrant Children — The Gateway Pundit

Jimmy Carter, the second worst US president in history thanks to Barack Obama, cut loose on President Trump in a recent video.

Carter said President Donald Trump is an illegitimate president who lost the 2016 election but became president because of Russia.

Jimmy Carter made the remarks during a joint interview Friday with his Vice President Walter Mondale conducted by Jon Meachman that was posted by C-SPAN.

“If fully investigated, it would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put in office because the Russians interfered …on his behalf.”

But, the 94-year-old former president was not finished with his attacks on President Trump.

Carter accused President Trump of torturing and kidnapping migrant children.

This is the daily insanity coming from the left.
Completely nuts.

via Second Worst President in History Says Trump Admin Is Torturing, Kidnapping Migrant Children — The Gateway Pundit

Is Postmodernism Sneaking in the Back Door of the Southern Baptist Convention? — The Messed Up Church

Is the Southern Baptist Convention is being infiltrated by an ideology that is antithetical to the Christian religion, right under the noses of SBC members?

From The Federalist : In Last-Minute Move, Southern Baptist Convention Supports Anti-Christian Racial Identity Politics

Below is the latest podcast exploring these issues further:

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Here’s a lot more information about Postmodernism:

The Postmodern Progressive Cornucopia of False Doctrine


via Is Postmodernism Sneaking in the Back Door of the Southern Baptist Convention? — The Messed Up Church

Vladimir Putin Says Western Liberalism is ‘Eating Itself’: Questions Migration Policies, Defends Russia’s Ban On LGBT “Propaganda” — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired a new broadside against Western liberalism on Saturday, saying that policies such as welcoming migrants have hurt people’s interests.

Speaking after the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Putin charged that Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and a drop of popularity of traditional parties in Europe have been rooted in growing public dismay with mainstream liberal policies.

He said Trump’s election victory was driven by growing disenchantment with liberal policies.

“The liberal idea has started eating itself,” Putin said at a news conference. “Millions of people live their lives, and those who propagate those ideas are separate from them.”

He also charged that the influx of migrants to Europe has infringed on people’s rights. “People live in their own country, according to their own traditions, why should it happen to them?” Putin said.

The Russian leader added that while “liberal ideas remain attractive as a whole,” election results show that people want change.

Putin hailed his meeting with Trump on Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit as “business-like and pragmatic.”

“We addressed almost the entire list of issues of mutual concern,” he said. “Of course, we talked about the situation in various parts of the world. Overall, these consultations were useful.”

He said the claims of Russian meddling in the U.S. election were part of the agenda of his talk with Trump.

At the start of Friday’s meeting, the Russian leader laughed when a reporter shouted about Trump warning Putin “not to meddle” in the 2020 presidential election.

Asked Saturday whether the issue was discussed during the meeting, Putin said that “we talked about it,” but didn’t elaborate.

He said he believes it’s necessary to “turn the page” in relations with the U.S., which have plunged to the lowest level since the Cold War era.

In November, Trump abruptly canceled a scheduled round of talks with Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian navy ships and their crews. Russia has kept the seamen in custody pending trial.

Putin said that Trump raised the issue during Friday’s meeting and made it a priority.

The Russian leader said the naval incident was a provocation staged by the former Ukrainian president, and signaled that the Ukrainian seamen could be released after their trial is over.

“We should wait until it’s over and then could deal with it,” he said. “They were only fulfilling an order, but they violated the Russian law.”

Putin said he and Trump agreed that the nations’ top diplomats should continue discussions on a possible extension of the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty that expires in 2021.

They also talked about the need to encourage the development of bilateral economic ties, Putin said.

He also responded to criticism from singer Elton John, who accused Putin of duplicity after he offered a critical view of the Western emphasis on LGBT rights.

“I deeply respect him, he is a musical genius and we all love his performance, but I believe he’s mistaken,” Putin said.

John and the filmmakers of his biopic “Rocketman” have sharply criticized a Russian distributor’s decision to censor scenes from the new movie featuring gay sex and drug use.

Putin argued that Russia’s ban on “propaganda” of LGBT culture among children is aimed at protecting them from aggressive proselytizing by the LGBT community.

“Let a person grow up first before making a choice,” Putin said. “Let the children in peace.”

He said that “our attitude to the LGBT community is absolutely calm and unbiased,” but added that “this part of community aggressively enforces its point of view on others.”

International human rights groups have said that Russia’s “gay propaganda” law has exacerbated hostility toward LGBT people in the country and stifled access to LGBT-inclusive education and support services.

They also strongly protested a 2017 crackdown on gays in the mostly Muslim republic of Chechnya, where more than 100 gay men were arrested and subjected to torture, with some of them killed, according to activists.

Earlier this year, rights activists in Russia reported a new crackdown on gays in Chechnya in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained. Authorities in Chechnya have denied the claims.


via Vladimir Putin Says Western Liberalism is ‘Eating Itself’: Questions Migration Policies, Defends Russia’s Ban On LGBT “Propaganda” — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Spot-On: “Democrats’ God is the God of Their Imagination,” Says Robert Jeffress — Pulpit & Pen

Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, appeared on the Fox Business Channel and then recently claimed that the Democrat’s god is the god of their imagination.

When asked about Pete Buttigieg (the homosexual Indiana mayor running for president) and his castigation of Christians who believe in immigration law and order, Jeffress played counterpoint, arguing that those who claim to hold to Christianity but support the Democratic talking points on faith are insincere in their convictions.

“God has given government the right and responsibility to establish laws, enforce those laws, and protect its citizens. And there’s nothing wrong, nothing unChristian, about government protecting its borders to protect its citizens.”

The Fox host then asked Jeffress about the DNC recently hiring an anti-Trump pastor, Derrick Harkins, to help sway evangelicals and if they had a credibility problem.

In response, Jeffress said, “Yes, it’s referred to as the ‘god problem’ of Democrats and it’s a very real problem they’re trying to remedy, but it’s a self-inflicted problem…It’s the Democrat party that tried to remove God from their platform a few years ago, they’ve removed God from their oath of office in many instances and now they want the faith votes…”

Jeffress continued, “…they want some faith votes so they’re pretending that they’re interested in God. In fact, you hear some of the Democrat contenders talk about their faith in God, but it’s not connecting with voters because the god they talk about is not the god of the Bible, but is the god of their imagination; a god who loves abortion and hates Israel, whereas the true God most Jews and Christians are familiar with is a God who hates abortion and loves Israel.”

Jeffress is, of course, spot-on.

You can watch the video below.

via Spot-On: “Democrats’ God is the God Their Imagination,” Says Robert Jeffress — Pulpit & Pen

A Warning To Christians About Homeopathy — Christian Research Network

“Since I have been observing many in the Christian community accepting and embracing the claims of homeopathy, and since the focus of the Sola Sisters ministry is primarily to warn about false teachings coming into the church, I am therefore making a warning to the church at large about the unscientific, untested claims associated with Homeopathy. I am also warning about the unbiblical belief system out of which Homeopathy was developed. To begin with, I think it might be prudent to simply consider the scientific method, and why it is so valuable.” 

(Christine Pack – Sola Sisters)  The idea of mystical essences imbued into nature isn’t a hard sell to New Agers. After all, the New Age mindset already embraces a panentheistic worldview, which means that they believe some form of Divinity is “in” all things……..in the stars, the galaxies, the planets, in zebras, rocks, mountains, oceans, snakes, plants, humans, etc….

This concept of “Divinity,” however, is far from the Christian understanding of the God of the Bible, and can mean that this animating force comes from a monotheistic god (somewhat similar to the biblical God) or from multiple gods (polytheism), or it can also simply serve to describe some kind of vague force often nebulously described as an “energy,” “vibration” or “essence.”

With this worldview in mind (a worldview, that is, that developed in the east outside of the scientific method that was developing in Christian nations in Europe and America in the west), it’s not hard to see that eastern methods of health treatment (which I hesitate to call medicine, as they don’t employ scientific methodology) would develop along distinctly different lines. The overarching view in eastern medicine, which stems from their panentheistic belief that “God” (or some concept of “Divinity”) is “in” all things, is that the human body is born into a state of perfect alignment, wholeness and health, and that illness is just a result of some element no longer being in alignment. This is obviously in distinct contrast to the Christian worldview, which is that illness is a result of humans living in a broken, fallen world, and that until Christ returns to institute his kingdom, there will be suffering, illness and disease in this life. By saying this, I don’t mean to imply that people shouldn’t care for their bodies to the best of their ability (they should). But, Christians should not resort to using pagan medicine that has occultic spirituality at its core when their bodies begin to break down. Until we are in heaven, ALL of us are inhabiting bodies that, at some point or another, are going to begin to break down. Out of the eastern mindset and worldview, we have many alternative forms of treatment, but here are just a few:

– Aromatherapy – Yoga – Reiki – Acupuncture – Acupressure – Cranial sacral massage – Rolfing – Chakra therapy – Cupping – Iridology

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New Age Spirituality

via A Warning To Christians About Homeopathy — Christian Research Network

Matt Chandler & Other Evangelical Leaders Rejected TED Bloggers’ Pleas to Expose Harvest in 2012 — Christian Research Network

I’m heartened that Chandler may be changing his tune. But I am underwhelmed by his response. The failure by Chandler and his unnamed colleagues left thousands at the mercy of a vicious wolf, including Mahoney and Bryant. These leaders should be cut to the heart right now and asking these men and others hurt by Harvest for forgiveness.”

(Julie Roys)   Former celebrity pastor, James MacDonald, has been fired. His sins have been splashed on national headlines. Every elder and senior leader at Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) has resigned. And the church is scrambling to stay afloat.

But it all could have been prevented.

That’s according Ryan Mahoney and Scott Bryant, authors of The Elephant’s Debt (TED), a blog critical of Harvest and MacDonald.

The two revealed on my radio show last Saturday that in 2012, when they launched TED, they sent emails to prominent evangelical leaders and pastors, urging the leaders to visit TED and then use their influence to expose wrongdoing at Harvest.

Only two leaders responded to the email (posted below). One was Matt Chandler, lead pastor at The Village Church and president of the Acts 29 Network.  Instead of offering help, Chandler said he would do all he could to oppose what Mahoney and Bryant were doing.

“I might not agree with decisions made by James or the elders at HBC,” Chandler wrote, “but I have no intention of drawing any attention to your blog and if I can in any way deflect others from giving it ‘coverage’ I will use my influence to that end.” Chandler said he believed the blog was “unhelpful and maybe even harmful,” and added, “This will not lead to repentance, this will only serve to push people to the fringes where helpful discourse is impossible and ignorance and aggression will take over the conversation.”

I requested an interview with Chandler to discuss his response in 2012. He responded via email with the following statement:  View article →


James MacDonald 2012

James MacDonald current

Matt Chandler


via Matt Chandler & Other Evangelical Leaders Rejected TED Bloggers’ Pleas to Expose Harvest in 2012 — Christian Research Network

Wake Up: DNC Hiring “Social Justice Pastors” to Win 2020 Evangelical Vote — Pulpit & Pen

Derrick Harkins

Democrats care about evangelical voters like they care about babies. They’ll kiss us at their rallies, but secretly, wouldn’t care if we dropped dead. But that isn’t stopping the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from appointing a pastor to a new spot within the party to help them with the evangelical vote in 2020. After Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, in which she ignored evangelicals altogether, the DNC has learned their lesson. But who is this man chosen to convince America’s evangelicals to vote like the devil?

Derrick Harkins is a senior vice president at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Union is the oldest seminary in the United States, and is now best known for its “progressive Christianity” and was founded by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Union Seminary is also the birthplace of Black Liberation Theology, the heresies founded by James Cone, which are now taught as far and wide as Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Harkins had also previously served in the Department of Faith Outreach for the DNC up until 2012 when the party scuttled the program in the run-up of the 2016 election when the Clinton camp became convinced that evangelicals were no longer a powerful voting block. The DNC is bringing back Harkins to again infiltrate America’s churches with a message of religious leftism after rural evangelicals pushed Trump over the finish line in 2016.

Sounding like he works for the Gospel Coalition, one of Harkins’ bios said of him, “[Harkins] is leaving his flock and his city for a different kind of social justice ministry.

Harkins has also served as Vice President of the North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance and has been a guest lecturer on social justice at Bucknell, Cornell, Iona College, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Like the Southern Baptist ERLC’s Russell Moore, Harkins works for “comprehensive immigration reform” with Jim Wallis and is on the Board of Directors for Sojourners (Moore also serves with Wallis on the Evangelical Immigration Table).

Shortly after being hired by the DNC only a few weeks ago, Hawkins organized roundtables with progressive “faith leaders” and high-ranking members of the DNC. Taking part was the CEO of the Union of Affirming Christians, representatives of Islam, Sikhism, Coptic Christianity, and the LDS. They met with the top dog in the DNC, party chairman, Tom Perez.

Helping with Harkins’ efforts to win over evangelical voters for the DNC is Paul Raushenbush, the Senior Vice President of Auburn Seminary, former Huffington Post religion column executive editor, and editor of BeliefNet. Rauschenbush is also the son of Walter Rauschenbusch (Paul began to spell his own surname differently), who was the chief proponent and main progenitor of Social Gospel.

Raushenbush took part in the DNC-evangelical brainstorming session and told the press, “It wasn’t a token thing. It was serious listening and respect.”

Rauschenbush claimed, “We’re not going to be co-opted by any political party, but we do recognize that elections have consequences for the morality and the values that we held dear.”

Paul Raushenbush

The Social Justice pastors gathering with the DNC claimed that their path to victory was lined out in Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore in Alabama in 2017. The pastors claimed that Moore’s loss was caused by a surge in votes from religious African Americans. If only liberal or left-leaning evangelicals could be mobilized in 2020, they feel, Democrats could win in a landslide.

Individual Democrat candidates are also snatching up Social Justice pastors to help them win the vote. Mayor Buttigieg and Senator Cory Booker, two presidential contenders, are hiring faith outreach advisors. Candidates Julian Castro and Kirstin Gillibrand are also making overtures to the faith community, and nine Democratic presidential candidates recently attended an event hosted by Social Justice clergy called the Poor People’s Campaign.

Simultaneously, in Reformed Evangelicalism, Social Justice has become all the rage. The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission helps to run the Evangelical Immigration Table, which is financially funded and founded by George Soros’ National Immigration Forum. James Riady, the former Clinton ‘money man’ who was kicked out by the State Department after pleading guilty to using foreign cash to affect our political process, is a major financial donor to Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Philadelphia, and The Gospel Coalition.

More conservative Christians are starting to realize that the advance of so-called “Social Justice” into evangelicalism is little more than a political operation of the Democratic Party.

via Wake Up: DNC Hiring “Social Justice Pastors” to Win 2020 Evangelical Vote — Pulpit & Pen

Weekend Snapshot · Top Stories This Week – June 29, 2019

Roberts Helps Dems Rig Elections

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked Trump’s citizenship question on the 2020 census.

SCOTUS Rules It Has No Role in Gerrymandering

“Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties.”

The Second Amendment v. NRA Fratricidal Fire

“The NRA must get its act together quickly [and] stop the internal fighting.” —Donald Trump

Dems’ ‘Fake Border Crisis’ Turns Out to Be Real

Detention centers are overrun and people are dying while trying to cross the border.

The True Story of Two Dead Migrants

It’s not legitimate to seek asylum because you don’t earn enough money at work.

Demo Debate 1: How Far Left Can They Go?

On the economy, immigration, health care, and other topics, they “know better” than you.

Demo Debate 2: ‘Food Fight’

Along with pushing further left, this contest featured far more personal attacks.

SCOTUS and Fouled-Up Free Speech

What constitutes an “immoral or scandalous” trademark? And who gets to decide?

A Law to Protect Campus Speech?

We wouldn’t have thought it necessary in America, but South Dakota may lead the way.

California Will Endure Prearranged Power Outages

First World problems in the Golden State are thanks to insane leftist policies.

Tax Withholding Allows Politicians’ Theft to Go Unnoticed

Money confiscated before people even receive it allows for all sorts of political malfeasance.

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Quote Of The Week

“One of the funniest aspects of the secular religion is how their dogmatics insist on adding letters to their creedal statement. First it was the LBG, then LBGT, now commonly LGBTQ, but some add the IAA, etc. Personally, I’d go with BLT&G because who doesn’t love a BLT?” —Erick Erickson


Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 06/29/2019

‘Are You Ready to [Expletive] Party Tonight?’ Joel and Victoria Osteen Attend Lady Gaga Concert, Pose for Sirius/Pandora Merger   Jun 26, 2019 08:41 pm

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Newborn Baby Girl Abandoned in Indian Garbage Dump, Video of Child Leads Couple to Seek Adoption   Jun 23, 2019 06:14 pm

NAGAUR, Rajasthan — A heartbreaking video of a newborn baby left lying in the dirt at a garbage dump in India has grasped the attention of a filmmaking couple, and the two are now seeking to adopt the infant as their own daughter. Vinod Kapri and his wife Sakshi Joshi saw the footage earlier this month on Twitter and were moved to action. The video showed a…

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PCUSA ‘Church’ Caretaker Dresses in Drag, Reads Story on ‘Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag’ During Service   Jun 23, 2019 08:41 pm

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Cincinnati Enquirer video CINCINNATI, Ohio — An apostate assembly that identifies itself as “a loving and progressive faith community” held their own sort of drag queen story time last Sunday as the building caretaker dressed in drag and read to the congregation a story about homosexual politician Harvey Milk and the creation of the…

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Video Shows Georgia Deputies Finding Baby Alive in Plastic Bag Abandoned on Side of Road   Jun 26, 2019 07:46 am

FORSYTH, Ga. (NBC News) — Georgia deputies released body camera footage Tuesday of the moment first responders found a newborn baby alive abandoned in a plastic bag in the woods. Authorities found the baby girl in a wooded area in Cumming, Georgia, after a 911 call came in around 10 p.m. on June 6, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Baby…

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Teen ‘Pride’ Event Includes ‘Chest Binder’ Giveaway, Info on How to Use Condoms, Drag Show   Jun 24, 2019 06:45 pm

RENTON, Wash. — A pride event for teenagers that was promoted as “he most rainbow-filled fun you can imagine” and featured a drag show, a presentation on safe sex and how to use a condom, and a giveaway for “chest binders” for girls who identify as boys was held at a public library in Washington on Saturday. “A pride celebration designed by teens for…

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‘Passion of the Christ’ Actor Jim Caviezel Says Mary ‘Guided’ His Career, Film Depicts Her as ‘Co-Redemptrix’   Jun 22, 2019 01:13 pm

AMSTERDAM — “The Passion of the Christ” actor Jim Caviezel, a Roman Catholic, recently delivered a tribute to Mary at the “Eucharistic Holy Hour for World Peace Through the Mother of All Peoples” in Amsterdam, during which he outlined how the popular Mel Gibson film — which was embraced by evangelicals and Catholics alike — “depict our lady’s role as…

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‘No Such Thing as Girls and Boys’? Canadian Couple Files Complaint After Gender Lessons Confuse Daughter   Jun 25, 2019 09:45 pm

OTTAWA — A Canadian couple has filed a complaint with a human rights tribunal as they state that their six-year-old daughter came home confused after her teacher allegedly told the class that there is “no such thing as girls and boys.” Jason and Pamela Buffone state that first graders at Devonshire Community Public School in Ottawa, Ontario were shown a video…

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The March for Jesus Gathers Millions in Brazil   Jun 26, 2019 07:48 pm

(Evangelical Focus) — Around 3 million evangelicals, according to the organizers, filled the streets of the Brazilian city of of São Paulo, in the 27th edition of the March for Jesus, held on June 20. The march began at one of the main metro stations of the city, after the opening prayer of Estevam Hernandes, President of the March for Jesus in Brazil. “We…

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US Supreme Court Allows Foul Language Trademarks in F-Word Case   Jun 24, 2019 11:14 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a longstanding U.S. ban on trademarks on “immoral” or “scandalous” words and symbols, ruling in a case involving a clothing brand with an indelicate name that the law violates constitutional free speech rights. The justices ruled against President Donald Trump’s administration, which…

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Traffic Signals Changed to Homosexual, Transgender Symbols for Scotland Pride March   Jun 22, 2019 02:59 pm

Photo Credit: Siemens Mobility (BBC) — A series of green traffic signals along the pride parade route in Edinburgh have been replaced with a range of diversity images. Four designs have been created to represent lesbian, gay, trans and straight relationships, using recognized gender symbols on 35 lights. Edinburgh Pride will march through the streets on…

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June 29 Irritation

scripture reading: Psalm 35:1–4
key verse: 2 Timothy 2:24

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient.

What bugs you? Whether it’s a neighbor who enjoys mowing his lawn at 7:30 on Saturday morning or a coworker who snaps her gum all day or a mate who always forgets to pick up after himself or herself, you are forced to deal with nagging irritations.

The most important principle to remember if you are to deal with minor irritants successfully is to view them as helpers in your spiritual growth. Each time you confront an abrasive person or circumstance, you must either lay down your personal rights or enforce them. That involves a denial of self and a yielding to the lordship of Christ.

Your choice in such situations advances your growth in godliness or neutralizes it.

You choose the way of humility and servanthood as Jesus did, or you proclaim your selfishness.

Tough choice, isn’t it? But if you realize that each irritation is an opportunity for the expression and release of the Christ–life within you, then you can view such occasions as stepping–stones rather than stumbling blocks.

Irritations reveal the true nature of self. Accepting them as God’s agents for maturity and obedience allows them to scrape away the layers of pride, ego, and selfishness and reveals the pearl of genuine spiritual beauty.

I am easily irritated, Lord. I confess it! Let me view every irritation as an opportunity for the release of Your life within me—to use them as stepping–stones rather than stumbling blocks.[1]

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