Daily Archives: August 5, 2019

August 5 The Positive Power of Joy

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:13–18

Key Verse: Philippians 2:17

Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

It was not uncommon for Jesus to instruct those He healed to go to the temple and offer a sacrifice. In doing this, the people were acknowledging God’s mighty work while giving praise to Him, instead of just focusing on the healing itself. There was a release of joy and praise as the people went before God, thanking Him for what He had done. Joy is foundational to the Christian life. The Bible teaches us to be joyful in all things.

Can this mean that even when we fail to see God’s miraculous hand at work in our lives, there is joy? Yes. Imprisoned and away from those he loved, the apostle Paul wrote, “Even if I am being poured out as a drink offering … I rejoice and share my joy with you all” (Philippians 2:17 nasb). It is possible to have peace and be joyful even though our world seems to be coming apart at the seams.

Because of Christ’s love and devotion to you, you can have peace and joy in times of disappointment, heartache, and personal loss. This is because joy is not based on your circumstances; it is based on a Person—the Lord Jesus Christ.

When you feel sorrowful, take your sacrifices of praise to Him. Let His arms of encouragement engulf you and hold you close. Joy and peace reside deep within the heart, not in external circumstances.

Lord, I claim peace and joy to reign in my life today, regardless of my circumstances. I offer a sacrifice of praise to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 228). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 5 Sin Does Not Fit

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1–11

Key Verse: Matthew 4:11

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Have you ever watched a movie or television program and suddenly felt dirty because of the contents? Maybe you have been with friends and were caught off guard by something one of them said.

Deep inside you were embarrassed, but you tried not to look shocked. Later you thought through the situation and remembered a time when lewd language or actions would not have mattered much.

What has changed? You have. Paul wrote, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17 nasb). At the point of salvation, you became a new creature. God through the presence of His Spirit regenerated your life. He has taken the old sinful you and infused new life into your being. You have been given a new life spiritually.

Sin and darkness no longer fit who you are in Christ. It’s like wearing clothes several sizes too big. Sin doesn’t fit, and it never will again. Because Jesus lives in you, His hope and His purity are yours, and you can say no to temptation and sin.

Study how Christ successfully faced and defeated the enemy in Matthew 4:1–11, and then read Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:1–10 as he described your glorious transformation from spiritual death to eternal life.

Lord, sin doesn’t fit me very well anymore, and it never will again. Thank You! Only Your love could make such a change.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 228). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 5 The Gospel of Peace

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 3:13–22

Key verses: 1 Peter 3:15–16

Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

Do you think of the spiritual armor in largely symbolic terms? It’s an excellent word picture to describe how God equips us for spiritual battle, but the concepts don’t have to remain in the abstract.

For example, have you ever considered what it means to be armed with “the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15)? How can something peaceful be a protection in a spiritual confrontation? The good news of Jesus is a message of love, and love quells many fiery darts, thus becoming a weapon. In many cases, a nonbeliever may be drawn to antagonizing you because he senses a peace in your life that is missing in his.

First Peter 3:15–16 gives us an idea of how God intends the “preparation of the gospel of peace” to be put into operation: “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.”

Don’t be put off immediately when others seem to question your lifestyle or ask combative questions. They are probably trying to find out who you really are and what you believe. Always be armed with the gospel.

Father, arm me with the power of Your gospel. Prepare me to make a defense to people who question me about my spiritual experience. Let my godly behavior put them to shame.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 228). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Democrats use mass shootings in attempt to gain 2020 advantage… what else is new? | RT – Daily news

With America reeling from two new mass shootings, Democratic candidates for president have taken the opportunity to pin the blame for all of the country’s woes and ills squarely on Donald Trump.

The dust from the harrowing shootings in Ohio and Texas had barely settled before Democrats had proclaimed Trump “responsible” for the tragic events, pointing to what many have regarded as his racially-charged rhetoric of recent months — but was the concern sincere, or was it just some cheap electioneering rhetoric to gain political advantage in a time of crisis?

The former vice president, Joe Biden, was quick to accuse Trump of emboldening white nationalists by stoking “the flames of hatred” and coddling white supremacists, while California Senator Kamala Harris — who has accused Biden himself of supporting racist policies in the past — condemned Trump for using his microphone to sow “hate and division.”

Also on rt.com Trump accuses internet & social media of providing ‘dangerous avenues’ to mass shooters

Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke called on Americans to “connect the dots” on the hatred and racism that is “coming from the highest positions of power,” while Cory Booker said Trump was simply “responsible” for the El Paso shooting, citing the suspect’s manifesto which expressed hatred for immigrants.

The more progressive wing of the party also got in on the action, with Bernie Sanders calling on Americans to reject what he called the “growing culture of bigotry espoused by Trump and his allies,” while Elizabeth Warren did not mince her words, calling the president a “racist” who has “created plenty of space for hate.”

While it can certainly be argued that Trump’s sometimes inflammatory rhetoric could exacerbate social tensions, it seems Democrats would like voters to believe racial hatred in the US began with his election three years ago.

Also on rt.com American gun laws: Why the issues are not as clear-cut as they first appear

Yet, social discontent and mass shootings were a well-established facet of US life long before Trump came along. Given their frequency, one could surmise that these shootings are a symptom of problems in society that might go deeper than Trump’s Twitter antics — but not to Democrats.

With an election rolling around, it’s still all about Trump. The hashtag #WhiteSupremacistInChief was even trending on Twitter in the US on Monday.

If all we need is the “right president” as was said this morning, then why did we have mass shootings under Obama?

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 5, 2019

This kind of thing can and does happen “under any president, for any reason and for [a] number of reasons,” human rights attorney Jennifer Breedon told RT. Those things can include “social media rhetoric, outrage, hate, dissention and partisan divide.”

Democrats and the media, Breedon said, tend to pick up stories about shootings if the motives fit the right narratives, while ignoring other instances of violence.

“If it’s white nationalists, they’re going to scream it from the top of the hills and the mountaintops because it fits with a certain narrative,” she said. “It’s being used for political issues rather than looking into factors that might mitigate or stop this kind of violence.”

Also on rt.com American ‘wild, wild West’ needs taming, but politicizing cold-blooded murder is not the way

On the other side, Republicans also used some of the same rehashed talking points that get aired in the wake of mass shootings, blaming things like violent video games, and arguing that more guns on the scene could have prevented the tragedies.

Trump himself also used the shootings in an attempt to further his own political agenda, suggesting on Twitter that Congress could “marry” new gun control laws with immigration reform, which he has been seeking.

Later, in a White House press conference, Trump called out the manufacturers of violent video games for adding to a culture that “celebrates violence.” He said said mental illness and hatred on social media causes “disturbed minds” to carry out mass shootings.

Yet, despite all the debates over potential causes and the calls to act, the problem never seems to go away, and real action is rarely taken.

It looks like Americans are going to face another long election cycle of false promises and self-serving rhetoric, with little to show for it at the end.

Source: Democrats use mass shootings in attempt to gain 2020 advantage… what else is new?

Remember How Republicans Blamed All the Mass Shootings between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2017 on Obama? | LRC Blog

Neither do I. They did blame Obama for all sorts of horrible things happening in the Middle East because he was not mass murdering as many Muslims as the crazed neocon Pompeo/Bolton wing of the GOP would like, but to their credit they still apparently believe that individuals who commit domestic crimes are the ones responsible for the crimes. The Democrats, on the other hand, are so consumed by their desperate hunger for totalitarian power fueled by explosive hatred of anyone who stands in the way of it that they will tell any lie, no matter how absurd. Their latest is that Donald Trump is responsible for the murders in Dayton, Ohio by the deranged nut who has been identified as a Bernie/Warren-supporting/Trump-hating/Antifa-supporting socialist.

Source: Remember How Republicans Blamed All the Mass Shootings between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2017 on Obama?

SBC President Provides “Devotional” Demanding People Give Up Their White Privilege — Pulpit & Pen

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Using the explicit terminology of Critical Race Theory and Identity Politics, the website belonging to JD Greear just posted a daily devotional explaining why Christians should be giving up their “privilege.”

JD Greear is the ‘woke’ President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and you can read more about him here. Greear has recently been tweeting the ultra-leftist views of a lesbian, has said that voting for Democrats in 2020 is “great,” has claimed that saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God ‘has merit,’ and earlier in January of this year preached that it’s our obligation as Christians to “spread the privilege around,” which is how Neo-Marxists say, “redistribute wealth.”

In a podcast back in January, Greear defined “privilege” as “a kind of invisible set of [unearned] assets.” Christians call such things “blessings,” while Marxists call it, “privilege.” Christians praise God for blessings, Marxists lament it. Christians pray for more blessings, Marxists demand that people give up the privilege they already have. At the time, Greear’s remarks – clearly stained with overt Identity Politics – got the attention and received the ire of theologians like Alex MacFarland, who called it plainly for what it was.

Read more: SBC President Provides “Devotional” Demanding People Give Up Their White Privilege — Pulpit & Pen

Graham: Trump not racist, trying to help make country better | One News Now

Trump and GrahamThe evangelical community has famously split over whether to support or loathe President Donald Trump but a prominent supporter of the president says he is not backing back down.

It’s no secret that some prominent evangelicals fled from Trump in 2016, vowing to oppose the brash, billionaire playboy after he survived the GOP primary. But on Election Day, a whopping 80 percent of evangelical voters read the other name on the ballot and voted for Trump.

Weeks after the surprise election, at Trump’s rainy inauguration, Franklin Graham read from 1st Timothy, where the ailing Apostle Paul was writing to advise his young pastor, Timothy:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Now, 2 ½ years later, Graham tells OneNewsNow that President Trump was elected by the people of this country following the election laws of this country, and that makes him president despite the protests.

“I think that we should try to back [Trump] all we can and support him all we can,” Graham says. “He is trying to make America great again.”

It has been a challenging task at times for Graham, who has defended Trump in the media from adult film star Stormy Daniels and a likely extramarital affair. He also defended the president from other evangelicals over the U.S. stopping refugees from entering without better vetting.

Regarding allegations of an affair, Graham told NBC News that Trump is not the same person at 70 he was years ago and said Christians don’t hold Trump up as “pastor” of the United States.

When the Trump administration announced it was slowing the flow of refugees from war-torn countries into the U.S., Christiantoday.com reported that Graham “bucked the trend” of other evangelical leaders who condemned Trump for doing so.

“We want to love people. We want to be kind to people. We want to be considerate,” Graham stated in 2017. “But we have a country and a country should have order, and there are laws that relate to immigration and I think we should follow those laws.”

Trump with Christian conservatives placardThe newest media-driven accusation is that Trump is “racist” toward blacks and Hispanics after he criticized the living conditions in Baltimore and its Democratic political leaders, most of them minorities.

“What is bothering me,” Graham tells OneNewsNow, “is how they use this term ‘racist.’ If you disagree with somebody, you’re a racist. Donald Trump is not a racist. That’s just not in his DNA.”

The word “racist” was “weaponized” by the Left until it has lost all meaning, he adds.

Asked how he responds to claims that his support of President Trump hurts his credibility as a Christian and evangelist, Graham insists that it remains intact.

“I find the opposite,” he says. “People are interested in what I have to say. And remember, the gospel has power because the gospel is not my words, it’s God’s words.”

Source: Graham: Trump not racist, trying to help make country better

August 5, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

3. And God said. Moses now, for the first time, introduces God in the act of speaking, as if he had created the mass of heaven and earth without the Word. Yet John testifies that ‘without him nothing was made of the things which were made,’ (John 1:3.) And it is certain that the world had been begun by the same efficacy of the Word by which it was completed. God, however, did not put forth his Word until he proceeded to originate light; because in the act of distinguishing2 his wisdom begins to be conspicuous. Which thing alone is sufficient to confute the blasphemy of Servetus. This impure caviller asserts, that the first beginning of the Word was when God commanded the light to be; as if the cause, truly, were not prior to its effect. Since, however, by the Word of God things which were not came suddenly into being, we ought rather to infer the eternity of His essence. Wherefore the Apostles rightly prove the Deity of Christ from hence, that since he is the Word of God, all things have been created by him. Servetus imagines a new quality in God when he begins to speak. But far otherwise must we think concerning the Word of God, namely, that he is the Wisdom dwelling in God,4 and without which God could never be; the effect of which, however, became apparent when the light was created.

Let there be light. It was proper that the light, by means of which the world was to be adorned with such excellent beauty, should be first created; and this also was the commencement of the distinction, [among the creatures.] It did not, however, happen from inconsideration or by accident, that the light preceded the sun and the moon. To nothing are we more prone than to tie down the power of God to those instruments, the agency of which he employs. The sun and moon supply us with light: and, according to our notions, we so include this power to give light in them, that if they were taken away from the world, it would seem impossible for any light to remain. Therefore the Lord, by the very order of the creation, bears witness that he holds in his hand the light, which he is able to impart to us without the sun and moon. Further, it is certain, from the context, that the light was so created as to be interchanged with darkness. But it may be asked, whether light and darkness succeeded each other in turn through the whole circuit of the world; or whether the darkness occupied one half of the circle, while light shone in the other. There is, however, no doubt that the order of their succession was alternate, but whether it was everywhere day at the same time, and everywhere night also, I would rather leave undecided; nor is it very necessary to be known.

4. And God saw the light. Here God is introduced by Moses as surveying his work, that he might take pleasure in it. But he does it for our sake, to teach us that God has made nothing without a certain reason and design. And we ought not so to understand the words of Moses as if God did not know that his work was good, till it was finished. But the meaning of the passage is, that the work, such as we now see it, was approved by God. Therefore nothing remains for us, but to acquiesce in this judgment of God. And this admonition is very useful. For whereas man ought to apply all his senses to the admiring contemplation of the works of God, we see what license he really allows himself in detracting from them.[1]

3  This first day of six days of divine activity produces the creation of light. This is quite natural, for the existence of light is the sine qua non for the creation of anything else. All creation takes place in the light.

These three verses contain the words of both God and the narrator. Actually there are only two narrated words of God on this first day: yehî ʾôr, “Let there be light.” Everything else (introduction of the deity, a description of the created object, a statement of evaluation, information on subsequent activities of God, a chronological note) is from the narrator. Yet it is the words of God, however brief, that are paramount. The narrator’s contributions function as something of an appendage. God is the soloist; the narrator is the accompanist.

Verse 3 also introduces the reader to the frequently used phrase of Gen. 1—and God said (vv. 3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 24, 26). It is the Vulg. translation of v. 3, fiat lux, “Let there be light,” that has given birth to the phrase “creation by fiat.” The emphasis is on creation by speech as command.

All Creation stories, biblical and nonbiblical, describe creation in one of four ways: (1) through action of some deity or deities; (2) through conflict with antagonistic forces; (3) through birth and self-reproduction; (4) through speech. Obviously the second and third are not found in Gen. 1 and 2, but both chapters do reflect the use of the first and fourth.

Worth pursuing is the interpretation that claims that there is a basic distinction between the mode of creation in 1:1–2:3 and that of 2:4–25. The contrast is between creation by word and creation by action, God said versus God formed/planted/took a rib. (By the way, this difference is one of the criteria that source critics use to drive a wedge between these two chapters; they label 1:1–2:4a as “Priestly” and therefore late, and 2:4bff. as “Yahwistic” and therefore earlier, maybe 9th/8th century b.c.)

A closer examination of the two chapters shows that such a distinction is not maintained in the text itself. One observes that the only item in Gen. 1 that is created by fiat, strictly speaking, is light: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Everything else is created, or emerges, in Gen. 1 by fiat plus some subsequent activity that is divinely instigated. Thus, there is no “ ‘let there be a vault,’ and there was a vault,” nor any “ ‘let there be lights/animals/man,’ and there were [was] lights/animals/man.” So, after the “Let there be” of day 2 (v. 6a) comes “And God made the vault.”

4  This verse logically follows v. 3, for x can be separated from y only on the assumption that both x and y are already in existence. separated means here not to pull apart, but to assign each part to its respective sphere and slot.

God’s work in Gen. 1 is often a work of separation. The verb is used five times in this chapter (vv. 4, 6, 7, 14, 18), once with light and darkness, twice with the celestial vault, and twice with the luminaries. A. Kapelrud has suggested that this verb appears as often as it does in Gen. 1—and nowhere else in Genesis—for a deliberate reason. Beginning with the idea that this story was composed for the sake of exiled Judeans who were in jeopardy of compromising their faith, Kapelrud makes the point that the proliferation of “separate” in Gen. 1 functions as a subtle exhortation to the exiles to separate themselves from every possibility of contamination with pagans.

This suggestion strikes us as more fanciful and imaginative than exegetical. If anything, these opening chapters of Genesis provide a contrast between a separation that is wholesome and a separation that is malignant. In creation there is separation toward order: light from darkness, waters above from waters below, day from night, woman from man. In sin and trespass there is a separation toward disorder: man and woman from God; man from woman; man from the soil; man from a garden.

The major difference between this work of separation and the other two in Gen. 1 is that here the pronouncement of God’s benedictional statement—God saw how beautiful the light was—precedes the separation. In vv. 6–8 and 14–19 this sentence of evaluation follows the separation. Thus it is the light itself that is beautiful (or good, Heb. ṭôḇ), not the creation per se of time into units of light and darkness.

Still, it is important, as was indicated above, that we place in proper perspective what happens on the first day in comparison with following days. God’s first creation is time (vv. 3–5). His second creation is space (vv. 6–10). Can it be without significance that this Creation story commences in the context of time and concludes (2:1–3) with a return to that category, a day of rest? A civilization whose concept of time is essentially cyclical will for obvious reasons not sanctify the category of time. Its exclusive obsession will be with the sanctification of space. The Genesis concept of the sanctification of time (compare the root qdš in Gen. 2:3) receives more prominence than does the concept of the sanctification of space; in fact, not until Exod. 3:5, which is incidentally the next occurrence of the root qdš (“sanctify”), does one encounter the concept of the sanctification of space—“for the ground on which you are standing is holy ground.”

It will perhaps strike the reader of this story as unusual that its author affirms the existence of light (and a day for that matter) without the existence of the sun, which is still three “days” away. The creation of light anticipates the creation of sunlight. Eventually the task of separating the light from the darkness will be assigned to the heavenly luminaries (v. 18). It is unnecessary to explain such a claim as reflecting scientific ignorance. What the author states is that God caused the light to shine from a source other than the sun for the first three “days.”[2]

3. God said—This phrase, which occurs so repeatedly in the account means: willed, decreed, appointed; and the determining will of God was followed in every instance by an immediate result. Whether the sun was created at the same time with, or long before, the earth, the dense accumulation of fogs and vapors which enveloped the chaos had covered the globe with a settled gloom. But by the command of God, light was rendered visible; the thick murky clouds were dispersed, broken, or rarefied, and light diffused over the expanse of waters. The effect is described in the name “day,” which in Hebrew signifies “warmth,” “heat”; while the name “night” signifies a “rolling up,” as night wraps all things in a shady mantle.

4. divided the light from darkness—refers to the alternation or succession of the one to the other, produced by the daily revolution of the earth round its axis.[3]

Ver. 3.—Day one. And God said. This phrase, which is ten times repeated in the narrative of the six days’ work, is commonly regarded as an instance of anthropomorphism, a peculiarity of revelation, and of this chapter in particular, at which rationalism affects to be offended. But any other mode of representing the Deity would have failed to convey to finite minds an intelligent idea of his nature. “Touching the Almighty, who can find him out?” The most that God himself could do in communicating to his creature man a conception of his ineffable and unapproachable Godhead was to supply him with an anthropomorphic image of himself—“the Word made flesh.” Deeper insight, however, into this sublime statement discerns that “anthropomorphism” does not exhaust its significance. God spoke; but to whom? “This was an omnipotent word,” says Luther, “spoken in the Divine essence. No one heard this word uttered but God himself.… The Father spoke within.” It is observable too that every time the word goes forth from Elohim it is followed by instantaneous movement in the chaos, as if the word itself were inherently creative. Remembering, then, that the doctrine of a personal Logos was not unknown to the later theology of the Old Testament (cf. Ps. 33:6; 148:5), and is clearly revealed in the New (John 1:1; Heb. 11:3), it is difficult to resist the inference that here we have its roots, and that a correct exegesis should find in the creative word of Elohim an adumbration of the Devar Jehovah of the Hebrew Psalter, the Logos of John’s Gospel, and the Rema Theou of the writer to the Hebrews. Let there be light: and there was light. The sublimity of these words, which arrested the attention of the heathen Longinus (‘De Sublimitate,’ ix.), and which Milton (‘Paradise Lost,’ vii.) and Du Bartas, an elder poet (vid. Kitto in loco), have tried to reproduce, is in great measure lost in our English version. Γενηθήτω φῶς καὶ ἐγένετω φῶς (LXX.) and sit lux et fuit lux (Vulg.) are superior translations of יְהִי־אור וַיְהִי־אור which might be rendered, “Light be, and light was.” With reference to their import, the least satisfactory explanation, notwithstanding the eminent names that have lent it their support (Bush, Kitto, Murphy, Wordsworth), is that which understands the sun to have been created a perfectly finished luminous body from the first, though hitherto its light had been intercepted by the earth’s vapours, which were now dispersed by Divine command. But the language of Elohim is too exalted to be applied to so familiar a phenomenon as the dissipation of terrestrial mists, and, besides, expressly negatives the hypothesis in question by affirming that the light was summoned into being, and not simply into appearance. The historian, too, explicitly asserts that the light was, i. e. began to be, and not merely to be visible. A modification of this view, viz., that the sun and moon were now created, but did not become visible until the fourth day (Inglis), must likewise be rejected, as according neither with ver. 1, which says that the heavenly bodies were created in the beginning, nor with vers. 16, 17, which declare that not until the fourth day were they constituted sources of light for the earth. The exigencies of the text, as well as the ascertained facts of physical science, require the first day’s work to be the original production of light throughout the universe, and in particular throughout our planetary system (Kalisch, Lange, Delitzsch, Dawson). Calvin, though much more deeply concerned about the refutation of Servetus, who maintained that the Word only began to be with the creation of light, was able to perceive that this light was independent of the sun and moon; in this agreeing with Augustine, who, however, conjectured it to be not material, but spiritual in its nature (‘De Genesi ad Literam,’ lib. i. c. 3). Nor does it in the slightest conflict with ver. 1 to suppose that light was now for the first time produced, light being a mode or condition of matter, and not a distinct element or substance, as was at one time believed. Luminosity is simply the result of incandescence, although what specific change is effected on the constitutions or adjustments of the molecules of a body by the process of heating which renders it luminous science is unable to explain. Any solid body can be rendered incandescent by being heated up to between 700° and 800° Fahrenheit. Any liquid that can absorb as great a quantity of heat likewise emits light. Gases do not appear to be capable of incandescence, though the phenomena attending their sudden condensation discover light-producing properties in their composition. As to how the light of incandescent bodies is transmitted to the eye, the Pythagorean and Newtonian theory of small, impalpable particles of luminous matter being constantly emitted from their surfaces towards the eye may be said to have been successfully displaced by that of Descartes, Huygens, and Euler, which accounts for the phenomena of vision by the existence throughout space, and in the interstitial spaces of bodies, of an infinitely attenuated ether, which is thrown into undulations by luminous bodies precisely as the atmosphere is made to vibrate by bodies which are sonorous. But whichever theory be adopted to solve the mystery of its transmission, that of emanation or of undulation, it is impossible to resist the conclusion that the creation of light, which formed the opus operatum of the first day, was in reality the evolution from the dark-robed, seething mass of our condensing planet (and probably from the other bodies in our solar system) of that luminous matter which supplies the light. It seems unnecessary to add that it could not have been either the subterranean fire which produced the igneous rocks of geology (Tayler) or caloric (Clarke); though, as aor is used in Scripture for heat (Isa. 44:16), fire (Isa. 31:9; Ezek. 5:2), the sun (Job 31:26), lightning (Job 37:3), and there is every reason to believe that light, heat, and electricity are only modifications of the same force, we may be warranted in embracing all the three in its significance.

Ver. 4.—And God saw the light, that it was good. The anthropomorphism of this verse is suggestive, as teaching that from the first the absolute and all-sufficient Elohim was an intelligent Spectator of the operation of his own laws and forces, and was profoundly interested in the results which they achieved—an amount and degree of interference with the vast machine of nature which would satisfy any rational theist of today. God saw, i. e. examined and judged the newly-finished product, investigated its nature and its properties, contemplated its uses, admired its excellences, noted its correspondence with his own Divine idea; and in all these respects he pronounced it good. Afterwards it is the particular arrangement effected, or condition induced, by the creative word that evokes the Divine commendation; here it is the creature itself—“perhaps as the one object in nature which forms the fittest representation of the Creator himself, who is Light, and in whom is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5), and of the true Light, which lighteth every man (John 1:9)” (Macdonald). And God divided between the light and the darkness. The celestial bodies not having been constituted “light-holders” for the earth until the fourth day forbids the supposition that the luminous matter, on being eliminated from the chaotic mass, was forthwith transported towards and concentrated in the sun. The sun itself, it is now well known, is “a solid mass of highly igneous matter engirt by a bed of dense clouds, on the top of which there lies, encircling all, a floating phosphorescent or luminous atmosphere, the lower part of it splendid, but the upper of lustre altogether dazzling, from which streams the flood of light that enlivens all surrounding spheres” (Nichol’s ‘Cyclopedia,’ art. Sun). “If, therefore, with Laplace, we may assume that the physical history of the sun was the archetype of that of the various planetary bodies that compose our system, we must think of them also, in the process of condensation, developing luminous atmospheres, which would continue encircling them, and in fact making them suns, until, through their further condensation, those phosphorescent bands were broken up, and, becoming disengaged from their parent globes, were attracted towards, and subsequently centralised in, the photosphere of the sun. So far as our earth is concerned, that happened on the fourth day. On the first day the light would either sphere it in a radiant cloud, or exist apart from it, like a sun, though always in the plane of its orbit” (Delitzsch). If the former, then manifestly, though revolving on its axis, the earth would not experience the vicissitude of day and night, which some conjecture was not at this time established; if the latter, then the same succession of light and darkness would be begun as was afterwards rendered permanent by the fourth day’s work. The chief reasons for the latter alternative are the supposed necessity of understanding the term day as a period of twenty-four hours, and the apparent impossibility of explaining how the light could be divided from the darkness otherwise than by the diurnal revolution of the earth. The Hiphil of בָּדַל, however, means to disjoin what was previously mixed, and may simply refer to the separation of the luminous particles from the opaque mass. By that very act the light was divided from the darkness. It was henceforth to be no more commingled. “The light denotes all that is simply illuminating in its efficacy, all the luminous element; the darkness denotes all that is untransparent, dark, shadow-casting; both together denote the polarity of the created world as it exists between the light-formations and the night-formations—the constitution of the day and night” (Lange).[4]

[1] Calvin, J., & King, J. (2010). Commentary on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis (Vol. 1, pp. 74–77). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 (pp. 119–121). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 17). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Genesis (pp. 9–11). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

Josh Harris’ Gay Pride Posts Raise Questions — Julie Roys

Josh Harris yesterday posted numerous pictures of himself at a gay pride parade, prompting questions about whether something other than existential angst had prompted the best-selling Christian author to kiss his marriage and faith goodbye. Also, five days ago, Harris posted something to Instagram that indicated Harris wasn’t quietly walking away from Christianity, but wholly embracing another path.

“That old Bukowski poem has been ringing in my ears. ‘If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start,’” Harris wrote. He further stated that it’s important to him “to refuse to disappear. To live my life. Hold my head up. Look my Christian friends in the eyes and smile when I pass them on the sidewalk. Even the seemingly insignificant act of posting a picture on Instagram is important for me. To say I’m here, I’m alive, I’m not ashamed.”⁣

Below are Harris’ posts from yesterday, as well as his post from five days ago:

Read more: Josh Harris’ Gay Pride Posts Raise Questions — Julie Roys

Joshua Harris marches in pride parade after apologizing to LGBT community — Christian Research Network

“Harris’ participation in Vancouver’s Pride Parade comes after he announced that he and his wife Shannon are separating, he no longer considers himself a Christian, and he regrets having taught that marriage is a union only between a man and a woman.”

(Leah MarieAnn Klett – Christian Post)  Former pastor and evangelical author Joshua Harris demonstrated his support for the LGBT community by marching in Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade less than a month after announcing he no longer considers himself a Christian.

On August 4, Harris, former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shared several Instagram photos of himself participating in the British Columbia parade, engaging in Pride festivities, and “swapping stories” with LGBT activists.

“An American in Canada marching with the British Consulate in the Pride Parade,” he captioned one photo.

Harris also shared a photo of himself alongside LGBT advocates, including Matthias Roberts, host of Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being, and gay rock singer Trey Pearson.

“Enjoyed swapping stories, gentleman!” he captioned the photo.

Harris’ participation in Vancouver’s Pride Parade comes after he announced that he and his wife Shannon are separating, he no longer considers himself a Christian, and he regrets having taught that marriage is a union only between a man and a woman.

Years earlier, Harris denounced his 1997 bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which discouraged dating and influenced the purity movement.    View article →


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via Joshua Harris marches in pride parade after apologizing to LGBT community — Christian Research Network

Ex-Google Engineer Says Tech Giant Has ‘Political Agenda,’ Wants To Ensure Trump Loss in 2020 — The Gateway Pundit

A former Google engineer said Monday that he thinks the tech giant is intent on influencing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

“When President Trump won in 2016, Google executives went on stage right away and cried — literal tears streaming down their faces,” Kevin Cernekee said on “Fox & Friends” Monday.

“They vowed that it would never happen again and they want to use all the power and resources they have to control the flow of information to the public and make sure that Trump loses in 2020,” said Cernekee.

The engineer claims he’s been blacklisted by the search engine company for holding conservative views. “They are very biased. There is bias at every level of the organization…and if you disagree with them even one iota, they will come after you, they’ll target you, they’ll make you an example,” he said.

Cernekee said Google will “ramp up the censorship,” curtailing political advertisements and filtering search results to promote Democrats, Fox News reports.

He also said Google has the tools to make it happen. “Google has a huge amount of information on every voter in the U.S.,” he said, adding that the company will “build psychological profiles” on users.

Cernekee said members of Congress should act swiftly. “I think President Trump needs to know that there are a lot of potential whistleblowers in these companies,” Cernekee said. “And they will speak up if they know he has their back.”

In an appareance Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Cernekee said the company’s management as “highly ideological.”

“You can see bias at every level at the organization,” he said. “One thing that I’ve noticed that just handling routine issues is plagued with bias. Like they will get a report, an email from a liberal reporter complaining about something and they will jump on it and they will fix the issue very, very quickly,” the Daily Caller reports.

Cernekee told Carlson how it took nine months to fix a bug he reported that returned “Mein Kampf” to people who search for Trump’s book “Crippled America.”

“They just stalled at every opportunity,” said Cernekee. “They assigned it to people who no longer work there. They made every excuse in the book to avoid taking down something that made Donald Trump look bad. And I saw a number of other incidents just like that.”

via Ex-Google Engineer Says Tech Giant Has ‘Political Agenda,’ Wants To Ensure Trump Loss in 2020 — The Gateway Pundit

August 5, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Monday tied any potential action on gun control
after two mass shootings over the weekend killed 29 people to immigration
reform, and sought to blame the nation’s rising violence and divisions on
the media.

President Donald Trump’s administration is considering unveiling, as early
as September, his healthcare plan as part of his presidential re-election
campaign strategy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said negotiations have begun with three
Pacific island nations to renew a national security agreement that would
help Washington counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would be
forced to start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear
missiles if the United States started doing so after the demise of a
landmark arms control treaty.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of
placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively
soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a landmark arms control

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Friday urged the Trump
Administration to suspend future sales of munitions and crowd-control
equipment to Hong Kong police which has been accused of using excessive
force against anti-government protesters.

Advertisements by Coca-Cola around a music festival in Hungary that promote
gay acceptance have prompted a boycott call from a senior member of the
conservative ruling party.

A single capital murder charge was filed on Sunday against the man accused
of killing 20 people and wounding more than two dozen others at a Walmart
store in El Paso, a mass shooting authorities are viewing as a case of
domestic terrorism.

The Syrian army said on Monday it was resuming military operations in a
Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands
and killed hundreds, blaming Turkey for not abiding by its commitments
under a truce deal.

French inventor Franky Zapata on Sunday succeeded in crossing the English
Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, zooming over the Strait of
Dover in just over 20 minutes.

U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime
Minister Scott Morrison said, after the United States revealed ambitions to
site missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, said it would cut around 4,500 jobs from
its Metro stores in a new wave of redundancies designed to cut costs and
reposition the group to compete in the highly challenging environment.

AP Top Stories

Five people died and several were injured after a powerful 6.9 magnitude
undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s heavily populated Java island,
triggering a brief tsunami warning, the national disaster agency said

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard on Sunday denounced
Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, calling it “an act of terrorism
against the Mexican-American community and Mexican nationals in the United

Hong Kong police said on Sunday they arrested more than 20 people after
violent clashes with anti-government protesters overnight, as the
Chinese-controlled territory braced for more protests and a general strike
aimed to bring the city to a halt.

Iran is responsible for security in the Persian Gulf and is acting more
vigorously to protect it, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, suggesting
that a showdown between his country and Western powers over crucial
shipping lanes could escalate.

Japan in early July unveiled tough restrictions on exports crucial to tech
titans such as Samsung, following a series of South Korean court rulings
ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour during World War II.

Another foreign oil tanker was seized in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s state
media said Sunday. It was the third such ship to be detained by Tehran amid
high tensions between Iran and the U.S. after Washington renewed sanctions
on Iran’s oil exports.


McDonald’s new paper straws – described as “eco-friendly” by the US fast
food giant – cannot be recycled.

An Australian woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to end
their life under new assisted dying laws, a charity says.

An Iranian-born Canadian resident has escaped from Iran after being
imprisoned there for 11 years and returned to Canada.

New Zealand’s government has proposed decriminalizing abortion and allowing
women to choose a termination up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

At least 42 people have died in a drone strike in south-western Libya
carried out by the forces of rebel Gen Khalifa Haftar, local officials


Victoria’s Secret has reportedly hired its first-ever transgender model –
less than a year after the lingerie company came under fire after an
executive made remarks about transgender people walking in its annual
fashion show.

The University of Florida is paying a student organization some $66,000 to
settle a lawsuit prompted by its now-discontinued policy allowing only “one
type of thought.” The dispute was over the school’s practice of giving
money for special speakers to left-leaning student groups but not

News – 8/5/2019

Currency War Begins: Chinese Yuan Crashes Past 7 To New Record Low As Global Markets Tumble
China’s central bank has confirmed that it is, indeed, on, saying that it is able to keep the yuan exchange rate at a reasonable and balanced level – whatever that means – while acknowledging that the Yuan plunging beyond 7 per dollar is due to market supply and demand, trade protectionism and expectations on additional tariffs on Chinese goods.

A Year In, the Second-Largest Ebola Outbreak Continues to Rage
One year after the outbreak, certainly, we didn’t expect it to be still going on,” says Michelle Gayer, director of emergency health at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a humanitarian organization that has been responding to the outbreak in more than 70 health facilities. “It’s killing more people than it should, despite vaccination and treatments. It’s still going on, and it is affecting more women than previous outbreaks.”

US – Russia Relations: Pentagon To Test New Missiles After US Pulls Out Of Nuclear Treaty
“Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. The U.S. has accused Russia of violating the deal by deploying 9M729 missiles. “It’s been true now for two administrations, that Russia has been the one not in compliance with the treaty, not the United States,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said.

Is The Cyber War With Iran Every Man For Himself?
Christopher C. Krebs, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said in an official statement that his organization was “aware of a recent rise in malicious cyber activity directed at United States industries and government agencies by Iranian regime actors and proxies.” Iranian actors and their proxies were after much more than money – they were using “destructive wiper attacks.” “What might start as an account compromise, where you think you might just lose data,” Krebs said, “can quickly become a situation where you’ve lost your whole network.”

Only One Country In The World Has A Higher Homicide Rate Than The City Of Baltimore
According to WorldAtlas, the murder capital of the globe is Honduras — where there are 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people. Baltimore, with 56 homicides per 100,000 people, edges out the number two spot ahead of Venezuela, where there are 53.7 homicides per 100,000 people. Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas is widely known as one of the world’s most dangerous cities with 122 homicides per 100,000 people.

Former Google Engineer Says Google Will Try to Prevent Trump’s Reelection
former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that his former employer will try to prevent President Donald Trump’s reelection. “Do you think that Google will attempt to influence the election outcome, attempt to prevent Trump from being reelected?” Carlson asked. “I do believe so,” Cernekee replied. “I think that’s a major threat. They have openly stated that they think 2016 was a mistake. They thought Trump should have lost in 2016. They really want Trump to lose in 2020. That’s their agenda.” The former engineer also said Google has “very biased people running every level of the company. They have quite a bit of control over the political process. That’s something we should really worry about.”

Russia to sell India air-to-air missiles
Russia will sell India air-to-air missiles to be used on Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets, Russian and Indian news agencies reported on Tuesday. “Some time ago, fairly large contracts for airborne missiles were signed, involving the supply of about 1,000 missiles for various purposes,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation …

Tensions Overshadow US-Turkey Talks on Syria Safe Zone
Turkey is gearing up for a new round of negotiations with the United States this week over a safe zone in Syria, and analysts tell The Media Line that Ankara’s fresh threats of a unilateral military incursion could add to what generally are deteriorating relations between the NATO allies. As Turkey sees it, the safe zone is intended to clear a border area inside Syria of the Kurdish YPG militia, which has been allied with the US in its fight against Islamic State. The Pentagon has stated that a unilateral military incursion into northeastern Syria, especially where US personnel might be, was unacceptable.

Trump To Address Nation Monday Over Mass Shootings, Says More Gun Control May Be Needed
But, the president ignored shouted questions about whether the El Paso shooter’s anti-immigrant manifesto shared similarities with his rhetoric and said the shootings are part of “a mental illness problem.”

AOC aide faces Fed investigation amid resignation: report
The controversial chief of staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who resigned on Friday is currently being investigated by federal officials, a new report says. The investigation is reportedly related to Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, two PACs Chakrabarti started to back progressive candidates. The March complaint alleged that the groups funneled more than $885,000 to the similarly named Brand New Campaign LLC and the Brand New Congress LLC — companies controlled by Chakrabarti that, unlike PACs, are exempt from reporting all of their significant expenditures. The PACs claimed the payments were for “strategic consulting.”

Tower of Babel Falling Down? Belgium is Third Country to Halt UNRWA Funding
The already-beleaguered division of the UN suffered another blow in the wake of a scandal. Tasked with taking care of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA was defunded by the Trump administration last year after he described the organization as a tool for perpetuating conflict. On Friday, Belgium became the third nation to suspend funding to the United Nations Works and Relief Association (UNRWA) in the wake of a scandal that included allegations of serious ethical misconduct of senior administration.

Strong earthquake 6.3 mag, 54 km ENE of Namie, Japan
A earthquake with magnitude 6.3 (ml/mb) was reported 54 kilometers (34 miles) from Namie in Japan on Sunday. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us600050if. Id of event: us600050if. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 04/08/19 / 2019-08-04 10:23:03 / August 4, 2019 @ 10:23 am. The temblor was detected at 19:23:03 / 7:23 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, depth 38.56 km, 141.5361° East, 37.7344° North. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Facebook-backed brain research decodes thoughts as words instantly for the first time
researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have made a breakthrough they say represents a first for the field. It builds on an advance the team made earlier in the year, where it developed a brain implant that could turn signals into synthesized speech. One drawback, however, was that the scientists needed weeks or months to carry out the translations. Now, the team says the technology is capable of decoding spoken words and phrases in real time.

How artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize medical diagnosis
When it comes to medical ailments and their diagnosis, time is absolutely of the essence. The sooner we’re aware of a developing condition, the better chance we have of treating and ultimately overcoming it. Lately we’re seeing how artificial intelligence is poised to play a greater and greater role in detecting tell-tale signs of disease long before doctors can, with potentially life-saving ramifications.

First human-monkey chimera raises concern among scientists
Efforts to create human-animal chimeras have rebooted an ethical debate after reports emerged that scientists have produced monkey embryos containing human cells.

Suicidal Christianity turns British cathedrals into golf courses
…The Rochester affair comes a few days after the publication of a new report on the end of Christianity in the United Kingdom. The presence of Christians has halved in Great Britain in the last 35 years with only one person in three who today identifies itself as Christian, while atheists and Islam continue to grow. The figures, published by the British Social Actitudes Survey, reveal a drop of 50 percent in the number of Christians since 2008.

Nellie Ohr Criminal Referral Being ‘Finalized’ According To Jim Jordan
Congressional Republicans are “working to finalize” a criminal referral of Russiagate lynchpin Nellie Ohr, the wife of the Justice Department’s former #4 official Bruce Ohr.

These Horrific Mass Shootings Show Us That As America Grows Ever More Dark, Violent And Divided, It’s Becoming Apparent That We As A Nation Are Under God’s Judgment
Yesterday’s mass killings in Dayton, Ohio and  El Paso, Texas not to mention the killings that took place at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, were horrific on every possible level. But after people have had time to process not only these events but also the dozens of mass killings that have been happening over the past decade, I believe there is only one logical conclusion that can be arrived at. America has finally come under the judgment of God.

Millennial Drops Support For Socialism After Learning How Hard It Is To Get Avocado Toast In Venezuela
31-year-old Darlene Austin has always been an avid supporter of socialism, but she recently had an eye-opening experience. “At a vegan cafe, I met a guy from Venezuela,” Austin explained. “I asked him about how great it must be to live in a country working to end economic inequality, but then he went into a long diatribe about oppression, poverty, and murder.”

US officials call El Paso shooting terrorism, mull death penalty for suspect
The shooting that killed 20 people at a crowded El Paso shopping area will be handled as a domestic terrorism case, federal authorities said Sunday, as they weighed hate-crime charges against the gunman that could carry the death penalty.

Dayton Shooter Identified: 24-Year-Old Connor Betts from Bellbrook, Ohio — Wore Satanic Patches on His Clothing– PHOTOS
The shooter Connor Betts was pictured with satanic patches on his jacket in a previous photo — via Robby Starbuck.

The Left Cannot Win In 2020, So They Need to Start a Racial Civil War
I want to express my deepest condolences to the people who lost friends and loved ones in the El Paso Walmart false flag shooting.

Latest Breaking New On the Ground at the El Paso Shooting
Latest Breaking New On the Ground at the El Paso Shooting.  I have been speaking with a confidential informant from DHS. There were actually multiple shooters at more than one location. Anything else the MSM is a lie. It is not know if this related to Antifa’s threats to commit violence in El Paso.  Here is what we know as of late Saturday afternoon/early evening.

Google ‘Very Biased At Every Level’ And ‘Will Attempt To Influence 2020 Election’:
A former Google engineer told Fox News‘s Tucker Carlson on Friday that Google has “very biased people running every level of the company,” and is a “major threat” to President Trump in the 2020 US election.

Harvard Scientists, Funded By Bill Gates, To Begin Spraying Particles Into The Sky To Dim The Sun
No, we are not a satire site. We are not a conspiracy theory site. The information you are about to read is factually accurate and 100% real despite the ostensible ‘skeptics’ who claim otherwise. The controversial subject of geoengineering or weather modification – which was popularized, and oversimplified with the term “chemtrails” – is once again stepping from the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny. And it may soon be a reality as Harvard scientists plan first ever experiment to spray particles in the sky to dim the sun.

Headlines – 8/5/2019

Netanyahu alleges ‘plot’ to unseat him by Liberman, Lapid and right-wing figures

Israel’s Left Struggles for Traction in Bid to Topple Netanyahu

Top 40 Likud candidates sign pledge not to oust Netanyahu after elections

PA, Human Rights Watch are Angry UN Won’t Say Israel Violates Children’s Rights

UK Experiencing Unprecedented Wave of Antisemitic Incidents

The British Jews who have moved to Israel because of rising anti-semitism at home

Syria’s Idlib: The Hot Potato the U.S., Russia and Turkey Are Fighting Over

Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria: Erdogan

17 killed, 32 injured in Cairo road accident explosion

Macron pushes Libya ceasefire with Egypt’s Sisi

US struggles to build willing coalition amid Strait of Hormuz tensions

Iran ‘seizes Iraqi tanker in Gulf for smuggling fuel’

Iraqi oil ministry denies ties to tanker seized by Iran

Gen. Keane defends Trump negotiating with Taliban: ‘Truth is we always negotiated with terrorists’

Indian Kashmir under lockdown order amid troop build-up: state govt

India’s Kashmir goes dark as phone lines, internet suspended in widening clampdown

Strike grips Hong Kong as leader warns protests challenge China’s sovereignty

Christian rights campaigner fears ‘Tiananmen-style crackdown’ in Hong Kong

Protesters, police play cat-and-mouse game across Hong Kong

Hong Kong government: protests are pushing city to ‘extremely dangerous edge’

Hong Kong leader says protests are challenging China’s sovereignty

More than 100 flights canceled in Hong Kong: airport

China destabilizing Indo-Pacific: U.S. Defense Secretary

Seoul says US, South Korea preparing joint military drills

Russian opposition plans new protest despite over 1,000 arrests

Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. after deadly El Paso shooting

Manifesto linked to El Paso gunman rails against ‘Hispanic invasion’ of Texas

US officials call El Paso shooting terrorism, mull death penalty for suspect

Double shootings heighten fears of ‘white terrorism’ in US

After El Paso massacre, liberal US Jews say Trump fueling white nationalism

‘When Will Trump Stop Demonizing Immigrants?’: U.S. Jewish Leaders ‘Rage’ in Wake of Mass Shootings

Trump declares ‘hate has no place in our country,’ as Dems demand recall of Congress

Trump orders flags to half-staff as ‘mark of solemn respect’ for victims of shootings

2020 Democrats lay blame on Trump’s rhetoric for shootings

Mulvaney: Not fair to lay shootings ‘at the feet of the president’

Howard Kurtz: ‘Horribly unfair’ for media to blame Trump for mass shootings

Recent mass shootings in the U.S.: A timeline

Ohio Gunman Hailed Satan on Twitter, Wrote ‘I’m Going to Hell and I’m Not Coming Back’

Ohio gunman had bulletproof vest, was stopped within 30 seconds of opening fire outside bar, police say

In less than a minute, Ohio gunman kills nine people, including sister

At Least 4 Killed, 41 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

At least 7 people shot in Chicago park; 1 killed, 3 others wounded in separate shooting

AOC aide faces Fed investigation amid resignation: report

Scientist claims cyborgs will rule the planet within 80 years – with one surprising caveat

Mysterious radiation cloud over Europe traced to secret Russian nuclear accident

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Japan, Including Tokyo

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Do Gonbadan, Iran

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ashkasham, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuripan, Indonesia

Ulawun volcano on Papua New Guinea erupts to 45,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 18,000ft

Asosan volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

New Zealand to decriminalize abortion laws, critics say bill falls short

Drag queen Sparkle Leigh brings LGBT storytime to Cincinnati church

Victoria’s Secret reportedly hires first-ever transgender model

Democratic socialists convention erupts due to ‘sensory overload,’ gendered pronoun usage

Pope encourages priests disheartened by sex abuse fallout

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Humility is the key to the Spirit-led walk

“The Call to Glory is the Mantle of Proximity” – Ryan Lestrange or Cheech Marin?

NYC pastor accused of stealing $631K from charities to pay for vacations, bar tabs

Purity Culture Pastor, Josh Harris, Who Renounced His Faith is Marching in Gay Pride Parade

To know evangelical Christians is to dislike them, study says

Campus Crusade (CRU) Now Regurgitating Democratic Party Talking Points

‘He’s wearing the youth pastor’s salary’: Celebrity preachers called out for wearing expensive watches

Late-Term Abortionist Admits: It’s a “Baby” and “I Have No Problem” Killing It

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United Nations Continues To Push Gaia Worship Saying Humans Must Become Vegetarians In Order To Stop Climate Change By 2050 — Now The End Begins

The world must turn to vegetarianism with plant-based diets to stop climate change, a United Nations report has warned

Climate Change and worship of the Earth as the ‘mother goddess‘ is quite popular in our day. The New Agers who practice this ancient pagan religion call it Gaia, but they are not the only ones. Earth worship is a favorite ‘sermon topic’ for Pope Francis in Rome, for all major universities and colleges here in America, and for the demonically-powered United Nations in New York City.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Romans 1:22,23,25 (KJV)

After the born again Church of Jesus Christ leaves in the Pretribulation Rapture, Gaia worship combined with Roman Catholicism will form the basis for the ungodly and ecumenical One World Religion of Antichrist. The United Nations is just giving us a ‘sneak preview’ of coming events. The first video at the bottom of this article declares the Bible to be a fraud in the first 5 minutes as it attacks both Testaments, Christianity and coming prophetical events. Our Enemy is quite crafty and cunning, no doubt, but he always reveals his hand if you are paying close enough attention to see it.

Humans must adopt vegetarian or vegan diets to stop climate change, UN report warns

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Our food system accounts for between 25 and 30 percent of greenhouse gases, and is choking the life from fresh and coastal waterways with excess nitrogen. In order to feed the predicted 9.8 billion people on Earth in 2050, the world will need to produce 56 per cent more food compared to 2010.

If the level of meat and dairy consumption rises in line with current food habits, six million square kilometres (2.3 million square miles) of forests would need to be converted to agriculture – an area twice the size of India.

Johan Rockstrom, former director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Change Impact Research, said: ‘To have any chance of feeding ten billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries, we must adopt a healthy, plant-based diet, cut food waste, and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts.’

The ‘great food transformation’ proposed in the report is at odds with other schemes that aim to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

One report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) proposes to convert areas the size of India to biofuel crops or CO2-absorbing trees.

Nearly all Paris-compatible climate models slot in a major role for a two-step process that draws down carbon by growing biofuels, and then captures CO2 released when the plants are burned to generate energy.

The amount of ‘bioenergy with carbon capture and storage’, or BECCS, required in coming decades will depend on how quickly we sideline fossil fuels and shrink our carbon footprints.

Capping global warming at 1.5C would require converting some 7.6 million square kilometres (2.9 million square miles) to BECCS.  Even if temperatures were allowed to climb twice as high, the report concluded, biofuels would still need to cover some 5 million square kilometres (1.9 million square miles).

But these proposals ‘could compromise sustainable development with increased risks – and potentially irreversible consequences – for food security, desertification and land degradation,’ a draft summary of the 1,000-page IPCC report warns.

Meanwhile, the fundamental drivers of Earth’s environmental meltdown – CO2 and methane emissions, nitrogen and plastics pollution, human population – continue to expand at record rates, further reducing our margin for manoeuvre.

At this pace, humanity will exhaust its ‘carbon budget’ for a 1.5C world before US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, turns 45 in 16 years. READ MORE

GAIA · The Big Mother

GAIA · The Big Mother is a 48′ documentary about the origin, evolution and future of the Earth, focusing on the geological concepts and the role of life and humans. Facts and ideas are shown through illustrations and animations together with films made on places like museums and relevant landscapes. The threats to the sustainability of our planet are also exposed.
NOTE: This video takes aim at the Holy Bible and God’s prophetical revelation and gets rid of it within the first 4 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Pope Francis Wants You To Love Your Mother Goddess

The Roman Catholic religion is based on, not Jesus Christ, but on the worship of the ‘Virgin Mary‘ who they say is the ‘conduit’ whereby all ‘grace and blessings‘ are imparted to the believer. Pagan nonsense, of course, but this is why the Roman pope is always preaching on Climate Change because the RCC and mother goddess worship are two peas in a pod.

via United Nations Continues To Push Gaia Worship Saying Humans Must Become Vegetarians In Order To Stop Climate Change By 2050 — Now The End Begins

Campus Crusade For Christ Teaching Kids That It’s Okay to be Gay — Christian Research Network

Rachel Gilson, whom Hartley quoted in his above tweet, is a campus staff director for Cru in Boston. What Gilson said, that the Bible does not call us to be straight, is demonstrably false. Romans 1 clearly refers to homosexuality as “vile affections” and “dishonorable passions.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) is an organization that touts itself as an interdenominational Christian ministry that is primarily found on university campuses around the world. Now a global parachurch mission outfit, Cru is a staple of youth and college group partnerships with over 25,000 missionaries in nearly 200 countries. In short, Cru is an influential voice among evangelical students.

For the last several years, evangelicalism has been promoting the unbiblical notion that you can be both gay and Christian. The movement, largely influenced by pro-gay parachurch organizations such as Living Out and Revoice, has gained inroads into churches at an alarming rate. The notion that one can identify as homosexual while continuing to dress and act like a homosexual is acceptable so long as one doesn’t actively engage in sexual activity is biblically preposterous. Yet, this is the crux of the movement.  View article →

via Campus Crusade For Christ Teaching Kids That It’s Okay to be Gay — Christian Research Network

August 5 Unconditional Presence

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1–6
key verse: 1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

The incarnate Jesus was Immanuel—God with us. As His crucifixion neared, He spent His last hours with the disciples explaining that the gift of the Holy Spirit would be the divine agent of God’s presence following His death and ascension.

Because you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God is with you always through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. You are never alone. You are never helpless. You are never comfortless. The presence of the Holy Spirit is unceasing. Once you are saved, His residence is permanent. The Holy Spirit will never be taken from you.

The presence of the Holy Spirit is unconditional. His presence does not depend on your performance. When the joy of the Lord fills you to the rim, when the depths of despair overwhelm you, He is there.

Knowing that, you should feel great security in the Spirit’s unceasing and unconditional presence. It should also encourage you. Through the Holy Spirit, God is intimately involved with every detail of your existence.

Thank You, Lord, that I am never alone. I am not helpless. I am not without comfort. The presence of Your Spirit is always with me. Unconditionally. Unceasingly.[1]

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

TRUMP: ‘In One Voice, Our Nation Must Condemn Racism, Bigotry And White Supremacy’ — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump on Monday addressed the mass shootings occurred over the weekend, laying out several avenues Democrats and Republicans can take to make America safer but stopping short of calling for the ban of assault-style weapons.

Trump called for “bipartisan solutions” as he set out four avenues of action: Identifying potential mass shooters before they strike; curtailing violent video games that “celebrate violence”; reforming mental health laws; and strictly limiting firearms to troubled people under “red flag laws.”

“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed with racist hate,” Trump said during in a speech from the Diplomatic Room of the White House. “In one voice, our nation must condemn bigotry, hatred and white supremacy,” he said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated.”

In remarks aimed at stating how his White House will respond to the shootings, Trump said: “We vow to act with urgent resolve.”

“We can and will stop this evil contagion,” he added.

Over the weekend, 30 people were killed and another 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in two horrific mass shootings. In El Paso, a 21-year-old gunman opened fire on Saturday morning in a Walmart crowded shoppers, killing 20 and wounding 26 others. In Dayton, a 24-year-old man wearing body armor fired at people in on the streets about 1 a.m. Sunday, killing nine and wounding 27 in less than a minute.

Trump on Monday urged social media companies “to develop tools to identify mass shooters before they strike.”

“The perils of the internet and social media cannot be ignored, and will not be ignored,” he said.

Trump also took at video games, saying they are part of a “culture that glorifies violence. And targeted mental health. “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger ― not the gun,” he said.

The president said he supports “red flag laws” that allow law enforcement authorities to take away guns from those deemed dangerous. And he directed the Justice Department to propose legislation that would deliver the death penalty to mass shooters, saying this “capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”


via TRUMP: ‘In One Voice, Our Nation Must Condemn Racism, Bigotry And White Supremacy’ — The Gateway Pundit

While media were focused on mass shootings, explosive revelations about the Russia Hoax came out in a Sunday morning interview | American Thinker

Sunday morning, while the nation’s eyeballs were glued to El Paso and Dayton, crucial details emerged about the vile plot executed by agents of the US intelligence community in order to carry out the Russia Hoax.  In an interview of former House member Trey Gowdy by Maria Bartiromo, we got a preview of some of the smoking guns that are contained in transcripts that remain classified – for now.

[Recall that President Trump has given Attorney General William Barr the power to declassify documents, and Barr has appointed US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to investigate and prosecute and crimes associated with the obtaining of the FISA warrants and other crimes.]

Maria Bartiromo has immersed herself in the details of the Russia Hoax, and has used her weekly Fox News program, Sunday Morning Futures, to tease out details of information from current and former Republican congressmen who have seen documents and interviewed witnesses that the public has not yet had access to. The picture that emerges is ugly, indeed.

Yesterday in an interview with former House oversight committee chairman Trey Gowdy, she exposed new details – outrageous behavior by a US intelligence asset – in the setting up George Papadopoulos in order to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and (unsuccessfully) attempt to lure him into a chargeable crime.

She focused on a still-classified transcript of George Papadopoulos speaking with Stefan Halper, the Cambridge academic who has reportedly received a million dollars for serving as an intelligence asset over the last several years.  Gowdy had read the classified transcript when he was chair of the House Oversight committee and is constrained in speaking about its details. But Bartiromo skillfully worked around his constraints to provide a picture of the shocking trap the transcript reveals, by quoting George Papadopoulos’s account of the conversation.

YouTube screen grab

The video is embedded below, but here is the essence of that portion of the conversation in my transcription:

“George Papadopoulos told me last night that the memo and the transcript that you are referring to is from a conversation that he had with Stefan Halper and it was in London. The Sofitel Hotel in London, where Stefan Halper told him something like ‘Russia has all these transcripts, all these emails of Hillary Clinton, and when they get out, that’d really good for you, right?’ Would you help? That’d ne really good for you and the Trump campaign if all those emails got out, right?’

“And George Papadopoulos answered and said, ‘That’s crazy! Are you kidding me? That would be treason. People get hanged for stuff like that. I would never do something like that.’

That is the transcript that George Papadopoulos told me is still classified.”

Following this, Bartiromo acknowledged that Gowdy cannot comment on the contents of classified documents, but asked him if such exculpatory information should be provided to a FISA court, and he replied,

“Only of you want a justice system that is fair….”

“What you just described is textbook exculpatory information….

“What you just described is one transcript… there are others.”

According to this account, which Gowdy did not dispute, Papadopoulos is a patriotic hero, indignantly rejecting the trap laid by a vile agent provocateur. Yet, this information apparently was withheld from the court, in order to paint a picture of intrigue that required spying on a presidential campaign. That picture was 180 degrees opposite of the realty of the situation. When that transcript is declassidied and revealed, perhaps in a trial, the reaction to the abuse of a patriot by a intelligence operative will be strong. All in good time, in the 15 months we have left before voters decide on who should hold the reins of political power.

Here is the video of the interview, starting after a discussion of the shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Following this discussion, Bartiromo asked Gowdy about his friend John Ratcliffe’s treatment after being nominated for the DNI job. Gowdy revealed that it was both the lack of support by Senator Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that led Ratcliffe to withdraw his name from consideration. His comments about first opposing Ratcliffe and then comng to admire him are well worth hearing.

Hat tip: Sundance

Source: While media were focused on mass shootings, explosive revelations about the Russia Hoax came out in a Sunday morning interview

Candace Owens: Ohio Shooter Was a Socialist Warren Fan – But, ‘We Don’t Blame Anyone But the Shooter’ | CNS News

Candace Owens

(Getty Images/Zach Gibson)

Conservative commentator and Blexit leader Candice Owens blasted Democrat presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke for blaming President Donald Trump for Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Owens replied on Twitter Sunday to a video of O’Rourke tweeted by MSNBC Producer Kyle Griffin, in which O’Rourke accused Trump of “encouraging” mass shootings like the one in Texas.

The Ohio shooter was a self-described socialist and Elizabeth Warren fan. Do we blame @AOC and her squad?

No-we do not.
We don’t blame anyone but the shooter. @BetoORourke you are a coward for blaming Trump supporters for El Paso.
Rest assure, you will never be President. https://t.co/8QcIcYZEnX

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 5, 2019

In her response, Owens said that the suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio was a self-described socialist and fan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) – but, no one should be blaming Warren or anyone other than the shooter for the tragedy:

“The Ohio shooter was a self-described socialist and Elizabeth Warren fan. Do we blame @AOC and her squad?

“No-we do not. We don’t blame anyone but the shooter.

“@BetoORourke you are a coward for blaming Trump supporters for El Paso. Rest assure, you will never be President.”

“Beto O’Rourke on the El Paso mass shooting: ‘We’ve got to acknowledge the hatred, the open racism that we’re seeing. There is an environment of it … We see it from our commander-in-chief. He is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it.’”

Owens’ Blexit movement seeks to bring conservative values to America’s inner cities.

Source: Candace Owens: Ohio Shooter Was a Socialist Warren Fan – But, ‘We Don’t Blame Anyone But the Shooter’

The road to hell is paved with good intentions? RT debates controversial human-monkey hybrid trial | RT World News

Scientists have grown the first genetically-modified human-monkey embryo, in an experiment on future organ transplantation. RT heard different views on whether this method is ethical and morally acceptable.

Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Murcia Catholic University (UCAM) in Spain deactivated the organ-growth genes in the monkey’s embryo and replaced them with human stem cells, which can be used to grow any type of human organ and tissue. The experiment, which ended after two weeks without fully growing the embryo, paves a way for creating organs for transplantation, scientists say.

Also on rt.com Scientists grow first ever HUMAN-MONKEY embryo in ‘promising’ step for organ harvesting

New York Observer columnist and political commentator Andre Walker told RT such methods can be “cruel” to animals but the research, nevertheless, will be a “positive step forward” if it helps to save patients who might die without a transplant.

In an ideal world we wouldn’t harm animals in this way. But I think that if you’re being given a choice between the death of a child and the death of a monkey, [you] have to accept the death of the monkey.

Disagreeing with him, fellow political commentator David Vance argued that using animals in medical experiments is “scientifically and morally flawed,” and “will repel many people.”

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and just because those ushering us along that road wear white coats, does not mean that it is a destination that we should be going.


Source: The road to hell is paved with good intentions? RT debates controversial human-monkey hybrid trial