Daily Archives: July 2, 2019

July 2 The Freedom We Need

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18–25

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:18

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The mother wonders if her daughter will ever speak to her again. The father wonders if his relationship with his son can be restored. The young man wonders if the damage in his relationship with his best friend will ever be repaired.

When situations in our lives appear broken forever, despair can settle in our hearts if we don’t turn to the source of ultimate freedom: our heavenly Father.

As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he explained that the word of the Cross—the death of Christ there and what that means to us today—is what brings power to our lives. Jesus’ death and resurrection was the ultimate portrait of freedom from a life of despair.

The sin of the world seemed far beyond forgiveness, and the weight of all that sin rested on the shoulders of Jesus. Yet, through His death and resurrection, He not only paid the price for our sin, He brought us freedom, both for now and eternity.

It doesn’t matter how desperate our situations appear to be here on earth now; we can always find hope in God. As we read Scripture and seek Him in prayer, we discover that He desires to free us from the bondage of despair, giving us the freedom we need to trust in Him.

Lord, I relinquish to You the sins that would own me. In Your forgiveness lies my power to overcome.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 193). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 2 The Message of Freedom

Scripture Reading: Psalm 107:1–9

Key Verse: Psalm 119:25

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.

We receive all kinds of messages in life. Messages tell us how to live, where to vacation, what to eat, how to cook it, and then how to exercise it all away.

God’s first concern is always toward the spiritual part of a person’s life, not the physical. Because of the relentless spotlight placed on the need to look and act a certain way, depression, eating disorders, and anxiety top the list of problems people are most likely to struggle with.

However, these are only symptoms of a more serious dilemma. When we seek to become something apart from Jesus Christ, we end up chasing a very elusive shadow. Even if we do achieve a certain status, there is always something else on the horizon demanding more from us. Someone is always ahead of us causing us to think we need something other than what we have in order to be happy.

The person who finds his identity in Jesus Christ has freedom and peace. If you are struggling with thoughts of inadequacy, ask God to make His love for you very clear. He will never place unhealthy expectations on you. Nor does He say you have to reach a certain status before He can love you.

The moment you accept His Son as your Savior, He comes into your heart with perfect love and acceptance. He created you and is bound in love to you forever.

Heavenly Father, I want to find my true identity in You. Free me from the bondage of my limiting inadequacies.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 193). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

European Nations Urge Iran to Abide by Nuclear Deal as Israel Says It’s Military is Preparing for Possible Confrontation — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

FILE PHOTO – French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the media ahead of a European Union leaders summit that aims to select candidates for top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

European signatories to a nuclear pact with Iran said on Tuesday they were “extremely concerned” by Tehran’s apparent breach of the 2015 deal, as Israel said it was preparing for possible involvement in any confrontation between Iran and the United States.

Iran announced this week it has amassed more low-enriched uranium than is permitted under the nuclear pact, a move that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to say Iran was “playing with fire”.

“We regret this decision by Iran, which calls into question an essential instrument of nuclear non-proliferation,” the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain said in a joint statement with the EU’s High Representative on Iran. “We urge Iran to reverse this step and to refrain from further measures that undermine the nuclear deal,” they said.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased since Trump pulled Washington out of the pact last year and moved to bar all international sales of Iranian oil. Washington also blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, something Tehran denies.

The European signatories to the accord have sought to pull back the two longstanding foes from direct confrontation, fearing a mistake could lead to war accidentally.

Israel has encouraged the Trump administration to press ahead with sanctions against its arch-foe Iran, predicting that Tehran will eventually renegotiate a more limiting nuclear deal.

But Foreign Minister Israel Katz told an international security forum that Iran might accidentally stumble out of what he termed the “gray zone” of contained confrontation.

“It should be taken into account that mistaken calculations by the (Iranian) regime … are liable to bring about a shift from the ‘gray zone’ to the ‘red zone’ – that is, a military conflagration,” he said in a speech to the Herzliya Conference.

“We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalation scenarios.”

Israel has long threatened to take preemptive military action to deny Iran the means of making nuclear weapons. Tehran says it has no such designs. One of its senior lawmakers warned on Monday that Israel would be destroyed within “only half an hour” should the United States attack Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denies that Iran is in violation of the nuclear accord by amassing more low-enriched uranium, saying Iran is exercising its right to respond following the U.S. pullout.

By exceeding the limit, Tehran could prompt the return of all international sanctions on Iran but one European diplomat, asked if Europe would trigger a dispute resolution mechanism that is part of the accord, said:

“Not for now. We want to defuse the crisis.”

A second diplomat said Britain, France and Germany would focus on bringing Iran back into compliance and that they wanted to gain more time for dialogue.

“In the immediate term, Iran must return to its obligations. There is room for dialogue,” a French diplomatic source added.

China, like France a signatory to the deal, said it regretted Iran’s move but urged all parties to exercise restraint and said the U.S. policy of increasing pressure on Iran was the “root cause of the current tensions”.


The nuclear deal lifted most international sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear work. It aimed to extend the time Tehran would need to produce a nuclear bomb, if it chose to, from roughly 2-3 months to a year.

Iran’s main demand – in talks with the European parties to the deal and as a precondition to any talks with the United States – is to be allowed to sell its oil at the levels before Washington pulled out of the deal and restored sanctions.

Iranian crude exports were around 300,000 barrels per day or less in late June, industry sources said, a fraction of the more than 2.5 million bpd Iran shipped in April 2018, the month before Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal.

Iran says it will breach the deal’s nuclear curbs one by one until it is able to sell that amount of oil, saying this is the least it should be able to expect from an accord that offered economic gains in exchange for nuclear restrictions.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday that the Islamic Republic’s enriched uranium stockpile had passed the 300kg (661 lb) limit allowed under the deal.

“We have NOT violated the #JCPOA,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to the deal by the abbreviation of its formal title, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani accused Trump of trying to bully Tehran with his remark about playing with fire, and said such language would only made Iran stronger.

Zarif reacted with exasperation to a White House accusation that Tehran had long violated the terms of the deal.

“Seriously?” he said in a one-word message on Twitter, after White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that “there is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”

Her comment contrasted with CIA Director Gina Haspel’s testimony in January to the Senate Intelligence Committee that “at the moment, technically, they are in compliance.”

Additional reporting by Francois Murphy in Vienna, Writing by William Maclean and Alistair Bell; Editing by Jon Boyle and Grant McCool

Source: Reuters

via European Nations Urge Iran to Abide by Nuclear Deal as Israel Says It’s Military is Preparing for Possible Confrontation — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Israeli Ambassador to US with Mark Levin Warns: ‘There’s a Price of Doing Nothing’ Concerning Iran | CNS News

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (left) and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer (right) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

On the nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” with host Mark Levin on Monday, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer warned that “there’s a price of doing nothing” concerning Iran and the defense of Israel.

“[T]here’s a price of doing nothing,” stated Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. “Just like there’s a price of doing something, there’s a price of doing nothing. And in Israel’s history, the price of doing nothing is usually much greater than the price of doing something.”

The Israeli ambassador’s comments came after Iran, according to CNSNews.com, exceeded “the amount of low-enriched uranium permitted under the 2015 nuclear deal,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggesting, “No nuclear deal should ever allow the Iranian regime to enrich uranium at any level.”

Below is a transcript of Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer’s remarks with Mark Levin on the show Monday:

Mark Levin: “Ambassador Ron Dermer, ambassador to the United States from Israel. So, my question, Mr. Ambassador: when you strike in Syria on these Iranian military sites or operations, are you concerned, is the prime minister concerned – I mean – prepared for a military reaction?

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer: “Well, we always take that into account.  But Mark, we have no choice. We have to defend ourselves. Iran is a regime that has vowed to destroy the state of Israel, and they work every day to advance that goal. And we are not going to allow them to entrench themselves militarily in Syria and to create another front against Israel.

“They already have one in Lebanon. In southern Lebanon they’ve established a beachhead through Hezbollah, which is a terror proxy of Iran – which effectively controls Lebanon today. They support Hamas on the southern side of Israel in Gaza, and they have fired thousands of rockets at us. Hezbollah’s also fired thousands of rockets at us. And now what they’re trying to do in Syria is entrench themselves militarily to create another front against Israel, really, to put a noose around Israel’s neck, and we’re not going to allow them to do it.

“And any time you engage in military action, there’s always, you always have to calculate and think about a potential response. But there’s a price of doing nothing. Just like there’s a price of doing something, there’s a price of doing nothing. And in Israel’s history, the price of doing nothing is usually much greater than the price of doing something.

“And the prime minister has been very clear, and I think the people of Israel overwhelmingly supported that we’re going to do what we have to do to defend ourselves. And that’s [in] Syria or anywhere else.”

Source: Israeli Ambassador to US with Mark Levin Warns: ‘There’s a Price of Doing Nothing’ Concerning Iran

ERLC Removes Public List of Research Fellows After Pulpit & Pen Article Comes Out — Pulpit & Pen

Pulpit & Pen recently wrote an article about Russell Moore’s weaponization of ERLC “research fellows” to attack his enemies, after three of his colleagues went on a tirade against Liberty University president, Jerry Falwell, Jr. Shortly after that article was published, the ERLC removed this list of research fellows from its website.

The story was a simple one. Russell Moore wanted to attack a critic, but the smarmy politico likes to keep his hands clean. So instead, he sent out Thomas Kidd – one of his regular henchmen – to take a hatchet to Falwell. Other “research fellows” – per usual – jumped onto the dogpile, while Moore remained pristine and clear of the conflict.

As we reported at the time, the ERLC research fellows don’t actually research anything. They’re just a posse’ – a Latte Mafia, if you will – that runs with Dr. Russell Moore and uses their social media influence to bully and attack his critics, and keep the plebes in line.

Now, as you can see by clicking on this link, the ERLC has made its list of “research fellows” private. Or, you can click the link from Google which previously took you to the ERLC research fellows page, and see that it now takes you to the ERLC’s main site. The research fellows are no longer listed.

The Southern Baptist Deep State would rather you not know how they work or who works for whom. Why aren’t Southern Baptists entitled to know who is and who is not part of Russell Moore’s “research fellows” posse? What do they have to hide? Why delist them from the website suddenly?

Hopefully, the ERLC is removing their “research fellow” honorary positions altogether. It does little more than provide people a resume incentive and honorary title to attack people on behalf of Russell Moore.

via ERLC Removes Public List of Research Fellows After Pulpit & Pen Article Comes Out — Pulpit & Pen

Few Protestant Churchgoers Read the Bible Daily | LifeWay Research

By Aaron Earls


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christians say the Bible is God’s Word, but even among Protestant churchgoers only a third spend time reading it every day.

The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about Scripture.

The study identifies Bible engagement as one of eight signposts that consistently show up in the lives of growing Christians.

“This research asked churchgoers about many biblical characteristics to see which actions, beliefs and desires are present in the lives of followers of Christ,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “Among them, Bible reading was one of the most predictive of spiritual maturity.”

Regular Bible reading

A third of Americans who attend a Protestant church regularly (32%) say they read the Bible personally every day. Around a quarter (27%) say they read it a few times a week.

Fewer say they only read it once a week (12%), a few times a month (11%) or once a month (5%). Close to 1 in 8 (12%) admit they rarely or never read the Bible.

A 2016 LifeWay Research study found 1 in 5 Americans said they had read all of the Bible at least once. However, more than half said they have read little or none of it.

In the latest study, churchgoers aged 50 to 64 are more likely to say they read the Bible every day (35%) than adults under 50 (30%).

Churchgoers in the western U.S. (37%) are more likely to be everyday Bible readers than those in the Midwest (31%) or South (31%).

Hispanics are the ethnic group most likely to say they read Scripture every day (40%).

Those who attend church four times a month or more (34%) are more likely to read every day than those who attend less frequently (27%).

Evangelical Protestants (36%) and black Protestants (30%) are also more likely than mainline Protestants (20%) to say they read Scripture every day.

“Jesus’ prayer for His followers was that they would be sanctified by the truth of God’s Word,” said McConnell. “It’s not surprising that the lives of those who spend time reading the Bible look more like Christ.”

Impact of regular Bible reading

In a 2016 study of churchgoing Protestant parents, LifeWay Research found regular Bible reading as a child was the biggest factor in predicting the spiritual health of young adults.

The latest survey finds Bible reading as an adult has similar far-reaching effects.

LifeWay Research asked churchgoers if they think about biblical truths throughout the day and if they miss time with God if they go several days without reading the Bible. Responses to those questions are closely tied to how regularly churchgoers read the Bible.

When asked if they find themselves thinking about biblical truths throughout the day, 32% of Protestant churchgoers strongly agree. In total, almost 7 in 10 at least somewhat agree (69%).

Twelve percent disagree and 20% aren’t sure.

Women (33%) are more likely than men (29%) to strongly agree.

Churchgoers 65 and older (27%) are the age demographic least likely to strongly agree, while Hispanics (52%) are the ethnic group most likely to strongly agree.

Evangelical Protestants (35%) and black Protestants (33%) are more likely than mainline Protestants (18%) to strongly agree.

Among those Protestant churchgoers who say they read the Bible every day, 51% say they find themselves thinking about biblical truths during the day.

For those who read the Bible a few times a week, 32% say the same. That falls to 20% of those who read Scripture once a week to a few times a month and 9% of those who read it once a month or less.

“This is a case in which the action of reading the Bible influences one’s thoughts,” McConnell said. “This mindfulness on God’s truths has additional benefits of influencing other actions and speech.”

A third of Protestant churchgoers (33%) strongly agree they desperately miss the time with God if they go several days without reading the Bible. Almost 3 in 5 at least somewhat agree (58%).

Around 1 in 5 disagree (20%) and 22% neither agree nor disagree.

Women (36%) are more likely to strongly agree than men (30%). Hispanic churchgoers (44%) are more likely to strongly agree than African American (36%) and white churchgoers (31%).

Those 65 and older are the least likely age group to strongly agree they miss the time with God when they go several days without reading the Bible (27%).

Evangelical Protestants (38%) and black Protestants (33%) are more likely to strongly agree than mainline Protestants (19%).

The more regular the Bible reading habit, the more likely churchgoers are to say they miss that time with God.

Among Protestant churchgoers who read the Bible every day, 65% strongly agree. That number is cut in half among those who read Scripture a few times a week (32%). It continues to decline among those who read it once a week or a few times a month (13%) and among those who read it once a month or less (6%).

“One indication that reading God’s Word is beneficial is how much readers miss it after not reading for a few days,” said McConnell. “This fits with the Bible’s own description of itself as being ‘living and effective.’”

Bible engagement is one of eight signposts measured in the Discipleship Pathway Assessment and addressed in LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. For more information, visit DiscipleshipPathwayAssessment.com.

Aaron Earls is online editor of Facts & Trends and a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.

The online survey of 2,500 Protestant churchgoers was conducted Jan. 14–29, 2019. Respondents were screened to include those who identified as Protestant or non-denominational and attend religious services at least once a month. Quotas and slight weights were used to balance gender, age, region, ethnicity, income and denominational affiliation. The completed sample is 2,500 surveys. The sample provides 95% confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 2.0%. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

Source: Few Protestant Churchgoers Read the Bible Daily

More Wolves and False Teachings — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

I’ve been hard-pressed to even think about blogging due to the many days I am not home for the past few weeks.  Many reasons which can’t be avoided lead to being home overnight but during the days the gardens are neglected, housework gets behind, and blogging gets forgotten. When we are out with all the necessary reasons, we will usually have lunch at a fast-food place, but sometimes we will have enough time to actually sit down at a better restaurant; 20 days in June we ate out!
I do try to keep up with news items of apologetic nature when I DO get a chance to breathe, so I have collected a goodly number of links to articles which warn you about wolves invading the Church as well as the Internet, people who need to be avoided for spiritual safety. So buckle up and go for the ride.
Joel Osteen continues to demonstrate his rebellion against God.
Francis Chan should be avoided like the plague.
I’m really tired, and saddened to see solid Bible teachers and pastors continuing to use Tim Keller’s material or cite his teachings in any way. Christians should be pointed away from this false teacher, not to him.
This apostate PCUSA church is using the world to attract young people to church.  Go figure. And it gets even worseAnd worse.
An example of all that is wrong with The Gospel Coalition.
Beth Moore obfuscates a response to the open letter. Then she praises and promotes false teacher Eugene Peterson!!! The woman has absolutely NO discernment.  Just how bad does she have to get before her followers leave her?!?!
The charismatic day of infamy, June 23, 2008.  What a day of aberrations and heresies.
So why is this bishop still with the apostate Episcopal Church anyway? They punish him for not being as apostate as they are!
Kevin Mannoia is not an “evangelical,” rather he is an apostate thumbing his nose at God.
Another example of the apostasy within Hillsong’s goat pens.
Michael Brown continues to prove why he is a false teacher.

via More Wolves and False Teachings — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

July 2 Childlike Faith

Scripture reading: John 3:1–17

Key verses: Ephesians 2:8–9

By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Every once in a while you hear someone say, “God helps those who help themselves.” However, the truth is, God helps those who are quick to admit their need and absolute dependency on Him. As long as we think we can somehow work our way into heaven or perform some great deed on our own, we receive very little from the hand of God.

Jesus instructed the disciples to become like children in their approach to God. The issue He was addressing was one of pride. A child looks to his mother or father for support and help. He may try to do things on his own, but when frustration comes, he knows he can turn to his parents for a solution.

A young father told how he secretly watched his three-year-old daughter struggling to put on her shoes. The more she tried lacing and tying the shoes on her own, the more frustrated she became. Finally in desperation, she dropped back on her bed and loudly proclaimed: “Help me, God. I just can’t do it.”

Nicodemus had a hard time understanding Jesus’ concept of a new birth. As a member of the Sanhedrin, he was highly educated. Still the only way he could expect to spend eternity with God was to place his childlike faith in Jesus Christ. It was not a matter of intellect; it was a matter of humble faith and grace. Take time to tell the Savior you need Him more than anything else.

Give me childlike faith in You, dear Lord. I need You more than anything else.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 193). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Hispanic pastors tour border facility lambasted by AOC and say they are ‘shocked by misinformation’ | FOX news

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was “full of indignation” when he saw the reports and heard from politicians about the deplorable and inhumane conditions for illegal immigrants at an El Paso County, Texas migrant detention center. But what he saw at the same facility toured by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. with a group of pastors was “drastically different.”

The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento shared his firsthand experience touring a migrant detention center during a press briefing Monday.

“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted. “To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

The group of pastors saw a very different picture described by Ocasio-Cortez and other politicians and media outlets.

“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”

In fact, some told him the sources from whom the negative coverage originated “never toured the areas of the facility that we toured” and speculated they might have had political motivations.

The pastors left encouraged by the commitment and dedication of America’s Border Patrol and immigration officers, “many of which are Latinos, by the way.” He said one emotional Border Patrol agent turned to him and said, referring to the vilification: “Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, with an accompanying delegation of pastors at the Clint Patrol Station this weekend in El Paso County, Texas.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, with an accompanying delegation of pastors at the Clint Patrol Station this weekend in El Paso County, Texas. (Courtesy Rev. Samuel Rodriguez)

Pastor Carlos Moran, NHCLC board member and immigrant, said, “we, as evangelical leaders that serve in different segments, are very committed to helping children regardless of their status and we commend those officers that are trying their very best to serve and fulfill their duty at the border. However, we do call on our political leaders to set aside their personal agendas and begin focusing on resolving this immigration crisis.”

Rodriguez points blame for that broken immigration system at consecutive White House administrations and especially both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress and implored each to “address the system they created.”

“What’s heart-wrenching is that we have both Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress, who can’t come together for the purpose of doing the right thing and finding a solution to our immigration crisis,” he said. “Please, President Trump, please White House, work with the Republicans and the Democrats [and] please, please, please, please, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, please come together to solve this crisis, immediately.”

Source: Hispanic pastors tour border facility lambasted by AOC and say they are ‘shocked by misinformation’

Pence Recalled To White House As Putin Pulls Out Of Scheduled Event; Officials Say “No Cause For Alarm” | ZeroHedge News

Update 3: RT is reporting that Putin is meeting with his defense minister about this morning’s deadly fire aboard a Russian deep submersible.

It’s still unclear what Pence and the EU Security Council are doing.

Now, officials are clarifying that Air Force Two never actually left Washington.

Meanwhile, the National Guard has confirmed that gunshots are being investigated at the Pease Air National Guard base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It’s unlikely that has anything to do with Pence, but it’s another strange coincidence.

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Update 2: It could be just a coincidence, but the timing is certainly curious. Not long after Pence turned around to head back to Washington Tuesday morning for an unspecified non-emergency, Russian press reported that Vladimir Putin has abruptly pulled out of a scheduled event to hold a meeting with his defense minister.

Meanwhile, the European Commission security council has also been convened for a meeting. There’s speculation that it could be related to Iran, or Syria, or that Russian submarine that caught fire.

Or perhaps we’re closer to the brink of WWIII than most Americans realize? An aide to the VP said simply that ‘something came up’, and another reporter noted that officials seemed to be going out of their way to say that the meeting has ‘nothing to do’ with Trump or his health. Another reporter said the incident has nothing to do with national security.

One Twitter wit seized the opportunity to make light of the situation.

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Update: The Office of the VP has clarified that Pence wasn’t recalled to Washington for an “emergency”, but to deal with an undisclosed “situation.”

Though the language is less ominous, but only slightly.

A crowd of roughly 200 had shown up to the Granite Recovery Center in Salem, NH to hear Pence speak about the opioid crisis, but they are now leaving now that the event has been cancelled.

Another reporter said she was told by unnamed officials that the reason for the Pence recall is “no cause for alarm.”

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Vice President Mike Pence has been called back to the White House on Tuesday because of an undisclosed “emergency,” NBC 10 Boston reports.

Pence had been scheduled to land in Manchester around 11:25 am, but instead, just before he was due to land, news broke that his event had been cancelled and that he would be heading back to Washington instead of making an appearance in New Hampshire to discuss the opioid crisis.

Air Force 2 was reportedly diverted due to the emergency. No further information was immediately available.

Whatever the emergency, it can’t be good.

Source: Pence Recalled To White House As Putin Pulls Out Of Scheduled Event; Officials Say “No Cause For Alarm”