Daily Archives: September 23, 2019

September 23 The Gift He Has Given

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:21–24

Key Verse: 1 Peter 2:24

… who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

Have you ever felt guilty for something you’ve done? Sure you have. The truth is, there are no perfect people in this world, and—it will come as no surprise—that includes you and me. That means every single one of us has done something of which we are not altogether proud.

The question, then, isn’t whether or not you have ever experienced guilt, but rather what God thinks about your feelings of self-condemnation. Does your righteousness in Christ require you to mourn continually over your sin?

The answer is a resounding no! Too many believers fall victim to the guilt mind-set. This is the inclination to become almost crippled with remorse over poor decisions and sinful actions. Obviously, God is not pleased with our sin, but He does not want us mastered by guilt!

This certainly does not mean that our wrongdoing is insignificant. In fact, it required the highest price imaginable to secure our freedom from sin, death, and guilt. That price was the very life of the Son of God. The only reason believers are not condemned by their sin is that Jesus already bore the punishment (1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).

Please understand what this means: Jesus died, not merely for the sin “of the world,” but for your sin. He paid the penalty; He accepted the guilt. God will not send the punishment for your sin a second time. The debt is paid! No one can repay God for what He’s done; we can only praise Him and accept the wonderful gift He has freely given.

Lord, I praise You for the gift You have given—salvation and assurance of my eternal destiny. I thank You for paying my debt.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 278). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

God Does Not Help Those Who Help Themselves Or Why The Reformation Still Matters — Abounding Grace Radio

The Reformation Still Matters

Sometimes when we talk about the Reformation we give or receive the impression that it was purely a historical event with no continuing relevance or even that Reformation is one thing and mission is another. Here is an episode that illustrates wonderfully the continuing relevance of the Reformation in several respects. On September 19, 2019 The Christian Post ran an article recounting a story told at a recent conference by a church planter in the Middle East. According to the story, recounted by the church planter, the Lord Jesus has personally visited a man to reveal to him directly the gospel of John. The story goes on to repeat the claim that a great number of Muslims are being converted to the Christian faith through dreams and direct revelations of the Lord. The church planter is quoted as saying, “‘I learned a valuable lesson: God will do his part, but we still have to do ours,’ he added.

AGR is not posting a direct link to the article, however, because it is illustrated with a violation of the second commandment of God’s holy law but the article and the story it contains is great illustration of the continuing relevance of the Reformation for missions.

The Holy Spirit Is Still Free

Let me preface my criticisms by saying that Muslims are coming to saving faith through the faithful proclamation of the law and the gospel. It is not safe for them for me to say where or when but there are reliable accounts of such from credible witnesses. That Muslims, Hindus, and others should come to new life and true faith is a thing very much to be desired and an answer to much prayer. We should pray fervently that the church would send men faithful, prepared to plant churches, to preach the law and the gospel, and to reach the lost with the gospel. We should pray that the Holy Spirit would soften the hearts of his elect and draw them to new life and true faith where ever they are. We should pray for a great ingathering of Muslims who are being converted by the work of the Spirit through the preached gospel.

Further, the Dutch have a saying that fits here: God uses crooked sticks to strike straight blows. There may be some irregular sorts of missions and church planting efforts through which the Spirit is pleased to act. It is not our business to tell the Holy Spirit where and when he may act. It is our business, however, to be faithful to God’s Word. We know what God’s revealed will and Word are from the Scriptures and we are not bound to fallible interpretations of providence.

Sola Scriptura Still Matters

The Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura (according to Scripture alone) holds that the Bible is God’s infallible Word, that it does not err, that it was given by the Holy Spirit, and that it is the final authority for the Christian faith and the Christian life. It was originally articulated in the context of Romanist claims that the Roman communion had authority to revise Scripture (e.g., by denying the cup in the Lord’s Supper to the laity), or to add to Scripture, e.g., by imposing doctrines and practices not imposed by the Word itself. It was also formulated in the context of Anabaptist claims of continuing miracles and revelation.

With the rise of the Modern missions movement in the 18th century and with the rise of the modern Pentecostal movement in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Reformation doctrine of sola Scriptura remains relevant. The history of Modern missions (since the 18th century) is replete with examples of unverified claims of apostolic-like direct revelation or other sorts of quasi-apostolic miracles and wonders. On this see B. B. Warfield, Counterfeit Miracles (1918). The patterns that he observed a century ago have only intensified with the growth of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. The claim that Muslims are receiving dreams, visions, and apparitions of the risen Lord is a part of the culture of Modern missions and especially of Modern Charismatic and Pentecostal piety. We are not obligated to accept these claims, which are almost always second or third-hand accounts.

The Reformation insistence that Scripture alone is the Word of God and that direct revelation of Scripture has ended with the close of the canon is a great guardian against such claims, which always work against the unique and final authority of the Word of God.

The irony here is that Islam is predicated upon a claim by the prophet of direct revelation from Allah via an angel. Thus, this story seems a fairly transparent example of seeking to making Christianity credible in the context of a religious culture that is premised on a religion of direct revelation. Some of the prophets and apostles saw visions of God the Son but some were simply “carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:21). Scripture, as Peter says, is not the product of the human will. It is always the product of the Holy Spirit but the Spirit operated through the language and media of the time. In short, the Christian understanding of inspiration and the Muslim understanding are rather different.

The credibility of the Word of God does not rest on claims of a direct revelation to contemporary “prophets” or persons. The credibility of the Word rests in the Word itself. In Westminster Confession 1.4, the Reformed said: “The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.”

Finally, under this heading, we should note that the article reporting these claims contained what the Reformed churches confess to be a violation of the second commandment. God’s Word says:

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments (Ex 20:4-6; ESV).

Since the 7th century (but not before), it has come to be widely assumed that since God the Son became incarnate we may represent him with images. That is not the teaching of the New Testament, which left us no images of Jesus. Nothing in the NT even hints that we may make representations of Jesus. God’s Word is plain that God may not be represented. God the Son incarnate, Jesus of Nazareth, is God. Therefore he may not be represented in images (icons) even for the most worthy of reasons (worship or instruction).

Further, the earliest Christian teachers explicitly rejected the use of images of Jesus as contrary to the Word of God. Here are some resources on this question. Here again, sola Scriptura helps us avoid a serious theological and moral error.

Sola Fide Still Matters

The second thing to be noted in this article is the statement by the church planter, as reported in the article, “I learned a valuable lesson: God will do his part, but we still have to do ours.” The reporter did not add much context and the link to the presentation is no longer live (the site does indicate that the presentation did happen, however). The thing to be concerned about here is that this is the very language used by late-medieval theologians just before the Reformation.

Indeed, Martin Luther himself was taught in university, to paraphrase, “God helps those who help themselves.” In regard to salvation this is known as Pelagianism, the teaching of the heretical British monk from the late 4th and early 5th century. The Council of Ephesus declared rightly this teaching heresy in 431.

The biblical doctrine of salvation is not that God helps those who help themselves. Scripture does not teach that God will do his part and we must do ours. Scripture teaches that, by nature we are dead in sins and trespasses (Rom chapters 1–3; Eph 2:1–4) and that while we were utterly unable to help ourselves, Jesus obeyed for us, died for us, was raised for us, and that the Holy Spirit graciously, freely applies the work of Christ to his elect before they can do anything. The biblical doctrine of salvation is not grace and works but grace alone (sola gratia). The sole instrument through which we receive Christ and his finished work is faith (sola fide).

Sola gratia, sola fide, and sola scriptura: These were central Reformation doctrines. They freed us from the imaginations of men and from their good intentions. They freed us from the bondage of salvation through grace and works. They freed us from looking to ourselves for salvation. They freed us to look to Christ alone for salvation.

Let us rejoice that the elect among the Islamic people groups are being brought to new life and true faith and let us seek to bring the gospel to those groups and others according to the Scriptures. Let us seek to bring to them the gospel and the Christ of the Scriptures (sola Scriptura).  Let us preach the biblical gospel of salvation by God’s free favor alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. That message will liberate the captives. The Reformation is not an impediment to mission. It is an incentive to mission, to set the captives free to trust in Christ alone for their whole salvation and to give themselves to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria).

via God Does Not Help Those Who Help Themselves Or Why The Reformation Still Matters — Abounding Grace Radio

Trump Criticizes World Leaders on Religious Freedom, Earmarks $25 Million — National Review

President Trump delivered a sharp rebuke to world leaders during a United Nations summit on Monday, accusing his fellow heads of state of hypocrisy on worldwide religious persecution.

via Trump Criticizes World Leaders on Religious Freedom, Earmarks $25 Million — National Review

LISTEN: Are You Born Again? (Gospel Light Minute X #403 with Daniel Whyte III) — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #403 titled, “How To Be Born Again” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Changed from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly! This transformation that takes place in nature is a good illustration of what happens when a person experiences the new birth.

NEW BIRTH IS NEEDED

In God’s eyes, our natural state is unattractive, too, since we are born in sin and formed in iniquity. As we grow, we continue to live after the desires of the flesh and mind. This is opposed to God’s purpose in creating us, and shows our need to be made new creatures in Christ Jesus. Only the new birth can give us new desires and a new life. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by education, religion, or self-effort. Likewise, it is only by the miraculous metamorphosis of new birth that your life and mine can be made beautiful to God.

NEW BIRTH IS FROM GOD

The Bible states in John 1:12-13 the facts of the new birth: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons [children] of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God..” Only those born of a certain man have the right to be recognized as the children of that man. So only those who are born of God have the right to be recognized as the children of God. Thus it is that those who receive Christ as Saviour and Lord become children of God. To receive Christ is to have true repentance to God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

HOW ARE WE BORN AGAIN?

John 3:5 tells how we receive the new birth— by “water and the Spirit.” What the water signifies is plainly told in Ephesians 5:26 which reads: “That he [Jesus] might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” The water is the Word of God—the Gospel of Christ preached to sinners like you and me—which, by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit, produces the new birth.

WHEN ARE WE BORN AGAIN?

John 20:31 gives us the time of the new birth: “and that believing ye might have life through his name.” It is immediately upon believing that we receive life eternal. John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life… “

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

Nothing that we can do will enable us to “see” or “enter the kingdom of God.” For this, the Lord Jesus says in John 3:7, “Ye must be born again.”

Without the new birth, we have no life toward God. By being “born again” through faith in the Lord Jesus, we receive everlasting life. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Without the new birth, we are “condemned already”. By being born again, we are freed from judgment. If you are to be eternally saved, it is absolutely necessary for you, dear friend, to be born again.

The Bible says in Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”

Acts 16:31 states, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.

via LISTEN: Are You Born Again? (Gospel Light Minute X #403 with Daniel Whyte III) — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Admits to ‘Clear Bias’ in Blocking Pro-Life Videos — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

FILE – In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted ‘clear bias’ in blocking pro-life group Live Action’s videos, saying it was wrong to censor.

CBN News reported that late last week, in a meeting with the social media giant’s executive and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Lila Rose, founder and CEO of pro-life group Live Action, confronted Zuckerberg over the mistake.

“…In a meeting today with Missouri Republican Josh Hawley, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook was wrong to censor me & Live Action, that there was clear bias, and that the ‘fact-checkers’ were activists,” she said in a tweet.

Despite the admission of guilt, Facebook did not apologize for the mistake, nor for telling thousands of Live Action’s followers that the nonprofit was “false news.”

Zuckerberg did express his concern about the mistake, however, according to Conservative Review.

The censorship involved two pro-life videos that underwent a “fact-check” after claiming that abortion is not medically necessary. The independent fact-checking board included Robyn Shickler and Daniel Grossman, both who support abortion. Schickler said in her evaluation that “all reasons for deciding to seek abortion care are valid; no one reason is better than another.”

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Source: Christian Headlines

via Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Admits to ‘Clear Bias’ in Blocking Pro-Life Videos — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

President Trump Announces $25 Million to Protect Religious Freedom Around the World — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the InterContinental Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump on Monday announced $25 million in funding to protect religious freedom and religious sites around the world, and asked the world’s governments to join together to end religious persecution.

Trump also announced an initiative comprised of a “coalition of U.S. businesses for the protection of religious freedom.”

Trump was speaking at a meeting on religious persecution he convened at the United Nations, with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and other international officials in attendance. Vice President Mike Pence said Trump was the first American president to hold a meeting at the U.N. on religious persecution.

The $25 million, Trump said, will go toward protecting religious freedom, religious sites and relics.

“We’re … urging every nation to increase the prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities,” Trump said. “There can be no greater crime than that.”

The initiative involving business, he said, will “encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace.”

“Too often, people in positions of power preach diversity, while silencing, shunning or censoring the faithful,” Trump said. “True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.”

Trump listed several examples of religious persecution: the Easter bombings of churches in Sri Lanka, the murder of an 85-year-old Catholic priest in France, anti-Semitic attacks at synagogues in Pennsylvania and California, and the murder of Muslims in New Zealand.

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Source: Christian Headlines

via President Trump Announces $25 Million to Protect Religious Freedom Around the World — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Did Charisma Magazine edit an article on Bill Johnson to protect his heretical agenda? — Christian Research Network

While this may seem a minor issue, these changes hid Bill Johnson’s heresy to the point he no longer appears to be attacking the divinity of Jesus Christ – until you read further into the piece.  So what did we find that verified Charisma Magazine was being dishonest?

(Churchwatch Central)  Back in 2017, Church Watch Central published an article exposing the heretical Jesus of NARpostle Bill Johnson, who publicly stated ‘that Jesus ceased to be God so He could perform miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit’:

Bill Johnson denies the real Jesus.

This was just one of many articles exposing Johnson’s heretical ‘Kenotic Christ’ views. What was particular about that article was the fact that CWC editors had published it, not realising that it was later reworded by Charisma Magazine. At the beginning of the CWC article, Johnson is quoted as saying the following in the Charisma Magazine (emphasis ours):

“While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divinity and became a man (see Phil. 2:7).”

However the Charisma article earlier attached to our introduction, now said this (emphasis ours):

“Jesus only did what the Father was doing and only said what the Father was saying (see John 5:17-18; 8:26). This sets a pretty high standard for how to live.

While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divine powers and became a man (see Phil. 2:7). It’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God.”

Thanks to some individuals contacting us, we investigated to see if Charisma Magazine were in fact protecting their Apostle Bill Johnson from closer scrutiny, perhaps making such an edit for two reasons:

  1. To give the impression that Christian discernment sites such as Pirate Christian MediaPulpit & Pen or Berean Research are simply slanderers.
  2. To give NARpostles and NARpologists like Michael Brown, Joseph Mattera and other leading NAR voices, an opportunity to discredit the very well researched and credible work of these sites.  View article →

Research

Bill Johnson

New Apostolic Reformation

via Did Charisma Magazine edit an article on Bill Johnson to protect his heretical agenda? — Christian Research Network

Rudy Giuliani Discusses Biden’s Corrupt Ukraine and China Interests With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Oh how the controlled media don’t want people to share the message delivered by Rudy Giuliani Sunday during his interview with John Roberts.  The thought police are out in full control operations today (long and familiar story), I digress.  Now we share information with counter-control processes in place.  Hat Tip Michael Sheridan for Video

Rudy Giuliani appeared Fox News this morning to once again discuss and outline the Joe Biden Ukraine issues with Maria Bartiromo.  [Video and counter-control back-up below]

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Backstory Here
Democrat Agenda Here

It is not seem accidental this Ukraine story is being hyped by interests in DC and their allies in the media at the exact time when DOJ-IG Michael Horowitz is set to release his extensive report on potential FISA surveillance abuses by the intelligence community.

Here’s the full backstory with back-up Giuliani interview below:

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The government of Ukraine under both Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and now President Volodymyr Zelensky, had been trying to deliver information about Obama officials and Democrat party officials (DNC on behalf of Hillary Clinton) requesting the government of Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election.

Both Poroshenko and Zelensky administrations had tried, unsuccessfully, to get information to current U.S. officials. U.S. State Department officials in Ukraine were refusing to give visa’s to Ukrainian emissaries because they did not want the damaging information sent to the President Trump administration.

Failing to get help from the U.S. State Department, the Ukranians tried a workaround, and hired a respected U.S. lawyer to hand deliver the documentary evidence directly to the U.S. Department of Justice. The contracted American lawyer hand-delivered the information to the U.S. Department of Justice in New York.

However, after delivering the information and not hearing back from the U.S. government, the Ukrainian government, now led by President Zelensky, interpreted the silence as the Trump administration and U.S. government (writ large) being upset about the Ukraine involvement overall. Out of concern for a serious diplomatic breakdown, the Zelensky administration made a personal request to the U.S. State Department for assistance.

The U.S. State Department then reached out to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani; and asked him if he would meet with Zelensky’s top lawyer, Andrei Yermak.

Rudy Giuliani agreed to act as a diplomatic intermediary and met with Yermak in Spain. After the meeting, Mr. Giuliani then contacted the State Department Officials in charge of Ukraine and Europe and debriefed them on the totality of the subject matter as relayed by Andrei Yermak.

All of this activity preceded the phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

President Trump and President Zelensky discussed the issues, and this phone call is the one now referenced by the concerned “whistleblower”. The “whistleblower” obviously had no knowledge of the background and why the subject matter discussed in the phone call was framed as it was.

Apparently in the phone call, President Zelensky was explaining what action the Ukranian government had already taken to try and get the information about corrupt U.S. officials, including former VP Joe Biden, to the U.S. government.

It was from this clarification of information that President Trump is reported to have told Zelensky it was OK to proceed with any internal investigation of corruption in Ukraine that might also encompass former U.S. officials.  Yes, that would include Joe Biden.

From this context we can see how the “whistle-blower”, knowing only half of the information – would seek to weaponize the story with a false narrative. Additionally, there’s a possibility the “whistle-blower” may be ideologically aligned with the same government entities that were trying to block the Ukrainian government from delivering the information in the first place.

Beyond the media, pundits and democrat politicians making fools of themselves, four very significant questions/issues become obvious:

  • (#1) who in the U.S. State Department Ukraine embassy was blocking the visas of Ukrainian officials, and why?
  • (#2) Who was the official at the New York office of the DOJ who took custody of the records hand-delivered by the American lawyer working on behalf of Ukraine?…. and
  • (#3) why were those records never turned over to Main Justice?…. Or
  • (#4) if they were turned over to Main Justice, why didn’t they inform the Trump administration they had received them?

At the end of this fake news narrative parade, these will be the questions that remain.

Muh Russia – 2016To get impeachment, they needed obstruction. To get obstruction, they needed an investigation. To get the investigation, they needed evidence. To change the Steele dossier from oppo-research to evidence they needed a FISA. To get a FISA they needed a target. The target was Carter Page.

Muh Ukraine – 2019 – To get impeachment Schiff needs obstruction. To get obstruction, Schiff needs an investigation. To get an investigation Schiff needs evidence. To change political innuendo into evidence, Schiff needs a ‘whistle-blower’. To use a ‘whistle-blower’ they need a report… And guess where we are?

It should be emphasized the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG); the guy who accepted the ridiculous premise of a hearsay ‘whistle-blower‘ complaint, who was “blowing-the-whistle” based on second hand information of a phone call without any direct personal knowledge, is Michael K. Atkinson.

ICIG Atkinson’s self-interest:  Michael K Atkinson was previously the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ-NSD). That makes Atkinson senior legal counsel to John Carlin and Mary McCord who were former heads of the DOJ-NSD in 2016 when the stop Trump operation was underway.

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[Irony Reminder: The DOJ-NSD was purposefully under no IG oversight. In 2015 the OIG requested oversight and it was Sally Yates who responded with a lengthy 58 page legal explanation saying, essentially, ‘nope – not allowed.’ (PDF HERE) All of the DOJ is subject to oversight, except the NSD.]

Put another way, Michael Atkinson was the lawyer for the same DOJ-NSD players who: (1) lied to the FISA court (Judge Rosemary Collyer) about the 80% non compliant NSA database abuse using FBI contractors; (2) filed the FISA application against Carter Page; and (3) used FARA violations as tools for political surveillance and political targeting.

Yes, that means Michael Atkinson was Senior Counsel for the DOJ-NSD, at the very epicenter of the political weaponization and FISA abuse.

Immediately after the Carter Page FISA warrant is approved, in the period where DOJ-NSD head John Carlin has given his notice of intent to leave but not yet left, inside those specific two weeks, the National Security Division of the DOJ tells the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) they have been breaking the law.  The NSD specifically inform the court they are aware of contractors who have been using FISA 702(16)(17) database search queries to extract information on political candidates.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has looked into the FISA application used against U.S. Person Carter Page.  Additionally, U.S. Attorney John Durham is said to be looking at the intelligence communities’ use of systems for spying and surveillance.

If the DOJ-NSD exploitation of the NSA database, and/or DOJ-NSD FISA abuse, and/or DOJ-NSD FARA corruption were ever to reach sunlight, current ICIG Atkinson -as the lawyer for the process- would be under a lot of scrutiny for his involvement.

Yes, that gives current ICIG Michael Atkinson a strong and corrupt motive to participate with the Schiff/Lawfare impeachment objective.

via Rudy Giuliani Discusses Biden’s Corrupt Ukraine and China Interests With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Leftist Progressive Puppet Teen Greta Thunberg Gives Outrageously Bad Acting Performance At UN That Left People Thinking ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Instead Of Climate Change — Now The End Begins

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

When I saw the photos of “teen activist” Great Thunberg giving her great speech at the UN, it all looked very formidable and serious. That is, until, I watched one of the many videos of this badly-coached young woman who is obviously nothing more than a female version of David Hogg with a slightly different agenda. As I watched her speech, all I could think of was Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ crying out “Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my closeup!“. Fade to black.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 (KJV)

Propping up Greta Thunberg to be a Climate Change shill shows you two important things about the Progressive Left. The first thing is that they don’t care who they use or whose lives they destroy in order to advance their agenda. Thunberg’s speech was like a campy 1970’s horror movie, devoid of any and all connection to reality. This embarrassing spectacle, captured forever on video, will follow this poor girl around for the rest of her life. On paper, her speech was great, on video it was quite the opposite as you will see below.

The second thing is that is shows their complete desperation to advance the religion of Climate Change. When Hitler starting drafting children into the army, it was all but over for Germany. It was a desperate move by a beaten man. Using this girl with the funny accent who made even funnier faces when trying to “be mad” for the cameras shows a desperate Left who has now started drafting children into their army.

“You have stolen my dreams”: Greta Thunberg rages at world leaders at UN climate summit

FROM VOX: Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg raged at world leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, an audience that briefly included President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

“You have stolen my dreams, my childhood, with your empty words,” Thunberg, the 16-year-old powerhouse activist from Sweden, said. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about are your fairy tales of money and eternal economic growth.” (Read the full text of her speech here.)

The summit was convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to push countries to go beyond their tepid climate change goals and do more to limit global warming. And it follows on the heels of a massive international youth-led climate strike on Friday — one of the largest environmental protests ever — that Thunberg organized with young people around the world.

Before the packed room of presidents, prime ministers, governors, and mayors, Thunberg was livid. “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be in school on the other side of the ocean,” she said. “How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as usual and some technical solutions?

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

She was also critical of the limited ambitions at the summit, arguing that none of the plans being presented by countries are in line with the level of reduction necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the more ambitious target from the Paris climate agreement. Countries like Germany have proposed reducing its reliance on coal, deploying more renewable energy, and financing adaptation to warming. But Thunberg said they don’t move the needle far enough fast enough. READ MORE

Climate Protesters Want To Go To Extremes

Weepy-eyed Great Thunberg was at the UN talking about the coming “mass extinction” being caused by Climate Change, but on the streets it was nothing but confetti and gay twerking as far as the eye could see. 

“Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” – Sunset Boulevard

This is what I thought of when I watched Greta Thunberg give her Climate Change speech at the UN. 

Now The End Begins is your front line defense against the

via Leftist Progressive Puppet Teen Greta Thunberg Gives Outrageously Bad Acting Performance At UN That Left People Thinking ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Instead Of Climate Change — Now The End Begins

Trump Lashes out at Media and Biden over Whistleblower Complaint — National Review

President Trump excoriated the news media and Joe Biden Monday, denying speculation that he withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate Biden and his son Hunter.

via Trump Lashes out at Media and Biden over Whistleblower Complaint — National Review

Report: Trump Refused to Let Hillsong Cult Leader, Brian Houston, Visit White House — Pulpit & Pen

Australia’s Prime Minister was offered an invitation to a Rose Garden dinner party hosted by the Trump White House and given a “plus 1” to bring along a friend. The PM chose Hillsong’s pastor, Brian Houston. However, Houston was rejected by the White House and told PM Morrison that Houston was unwelcome on the premises.

Bible-believing Christians in Australia are terrified by a happy-happy fun-time worship cult named Hillsong, which has spread its tentacles as far away as New York and Los Angeles. The music-centered Arian Snare cult uses elaborate music and choreography, along with a vague and generalized prosperity-laden theism to attract throngs of followers. Among many influential leaders who have been mind-melded by this cult (in the way that Scientology has taken over much of Hollywood) include Australia’s own Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

For why Hillsong music is dangerous in your church, click here.

Morrison has prayed at Hillsong events, and worldwide discernment ministries are concerned that Morrison is an agent for Hillsong and the New Apostolic Reformation, exercising what charismatic believers called the Seven Mountain Mandate to take over various aspects of culture, including government. Conspiracies aside, there is no doubt that Morrison is politically the most powerful NAR-affiliated leader in the world.

According to The Guardian, the White House declined Morrison’s request.

Houston, the founder of the evangelical Hillsong Church, failed to alert the police about allegations his father, Frank, had sexually assaulted children, and had a conflict of interest when he assumed responsibility for dealing with the accusations, according to the findings of the 2014 royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Frank Houston abused up to nine boys in Australia and New Zealand and, in its final report, the royal commission found multiple failings within the church executive – at the time led by Brian – in responding.

When asked about the allegation that Morrison asked for Houston to attend at Trump said no (originally reported in the Wall Street Journal), Morrison’s office issued a statement saying…

“Invitations to the state dinner are entirely at the discretion of the White House and, as has been the case previously, is expected to include people from all walks of life from politics to sport to business, entertainment, science and technology and religion.”

That Morrison would neither confirm nor deny the report by the Wall Street Journal has led most to presume it’s true.

via Report: Trump Refused to Let Hillsong Cult Leader, Brian Houston, Visit White House — Pulpit & Pen

President Trump Arrival at U.N. General Assembly… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump arrived at the U.N. General Assembly for discussions and bilateral meetings with various world leaders. As the president arrived he briefly stopped to talk to a massive assembly of international journalists.

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The global leftists brought the child-prop for their current cause célèbre to the U.N. President Trump ignored the child and the climate nuts went bananas.

via President Trump Arrival at U.N. General Assembly… — The Last Refuge

President Trump and Vice President Pence Deliver Remarks During U.N. Meeting on Religious Freedom – (Video and Transcript)… — The Last Refuge

President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence convened a meeting at the U.N. General Assembly of international leaders to discuss religious persecution and religious freedom.  It is the first such discussion initiated by a U.S. President.

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via President Trump and Vice President Pence Deliver Remarks During U.N. Meeting on Religious Freedom – (Video and Transcript)… — The Last Refuge

September 23 God’s Plan for Your Life

Scripture Reading: Romans 1:14–16

Key Verse: Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

In his book on world missions, In the Gap, David Bryant shares a letter from a young student whose spiritual eyes had been opened to the importance of a missionary spirit:

What really hit home to me the most was the fact that God wants us to live beyond the getting of things in life. Even as a Christian, I could see myself becoming an average college graduate, concerned only about getting through, getting out, and getting a job. I was feeling boxed in by my career in special education because preparing for it was taking too much of my time and energy.

But as God spoke to me about being part of the great adventure of life by being a World Christian I started to see my career through God’s eyes. I can see now that a career in special education is significant only as it relates to God’s total plan for life as a World Christian.

Perhaps you, too, have felt “boxed in” by career or family. These are not liabilities at all, since work and family are integral parts of God’s plan. Seek out information from your local church about the need for prayer and financial support for missions. Order a mission-centered magazine such as The Short Term Mission Handbook.

God’s plan for your life is bigger than you can ever imagine.

Dear heavenly Father, give me a missionary spirit. Make me a World Christian. Open my spiritual eyes to new opportunities to become involved in Your divine plan.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 278). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 23 Responding to Criticism

Scripture reading: Proverbs 13:1–10

Key verse: Proverbs 13:18

Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction,

But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.

Think back to the last time someone criticized you. Perhaps it came from family member, coworker, or friend. Perhaps it was totally unexpected and stung you bitterly. Perhaps even your reaction was unexpected in its harshness, pain, or grief.

As believers, we understand that we are not perfect. Sometimes God corrects us on His own. Sometimes He uses others. The criticism you received may have been accurate, and even if it was inaccurate, you can grow from the experience.

If you have had difficulty accepting criticism, ponder how you will react to such words in the future. God can use criticism or praise to mold you, but your attitudes toward both must be healthy.

When you are criticized, for the moment disregard whether it is valid. Disregard the temperament or tone of the critic. Instead, prepare yourself by thinking, Could this be true? And then respond in a most disarming fashion: “Thank you very much. I appreciate what you’ve said, and I’ll consider it. Do you have any other suggestions on how I can improve?”

When you meet criticism with humility, you reveal your teachability. You won’t need to change every time, but occasionally, you will receive valid criticism. A humble heart and receptive spirit can transform a potentially ugly, abrasive moment into lasting polish.

Give me a humble and teachable heart, dear Lord. Help me accept and respond to valid criticism in a positive way.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 278). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Leaked Letter: Trump Admin Working To Build Coalition In UN To ‘Protect The Unborn’

A leaked letter reveals that the United States is pushing fellow United Nations member states to join them in fighting “to protect the unborn.”

Source: Leaked Letter: Trump Admin Working To Build Coalition In UN To ‘Protect The Unborn’

Left goes ballistic as teen climate agitator criticized | WND

Leftists have gone ballistic over criticism that their newest global warming campaign star, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, resembles some of the Nazi propaganda that was used to turn the world against Jews more than half a century ago.

Thunberg is a celebrity in her home country Sweden. She started skipping class to protest global warming, or climate change as it’s now known, especially since global cooling leveled off and global warming is no more.

She delivered a rant recently at the United Nations, and charged the adults in the room with stealing her dreams and her childhood.

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing,” she claimed. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction…”

See a compilation of her statements from Ryan Saavedra:

Which prompted author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza to note her resemblance to those whose images were used by evildoers at the time, in the time leading up to World War II, to promote their propaganda.

On social media, he said, “Children – notably Nordic white girls with braids and red cheeks – were often used in Nazi propaganda. An old Goebbels technique! Looks like today’s progressive Left is still learning its game from an earlier Left in the 1930s.”

He included an image alongside a depiction of a female in Nazi garb.

Those who disagreed with his evaluation of a political issue weren’t happy.

“Do us a favor, blow your brains out. And please have someone post the vid,” was the diatribe from “Max Keiser, tweet poet.”

They immediately demanded that his speech be censored, with “Cassy Stowe” explaining, “Amazing that so many have reported this tweet and it STILL hasn’t been taken down.”

“Caroline,” part of #RESIST, said, “Take down this tweet. You are insane. She is a 16 year old child, with Asberger’s syndrome, she’s not part of propaganda.”

Thunberg was not as much in favor, however, on the social media comments that followed Saavedra’s video.

“Should have stopped at ‘I shouldn’t be up here,” wrote “Tony Po.”

“‘I should be in school’ Then go to school,” added “Samantha Garber.

“Niko,” however, remained confused, “I see they’ve changed the propaganda to Climate Action (from Protect the Ozone, the Global Warming, Global Cooling, to Climate ‘Change’ – just in my lifetime). So is it going to be colder? Warmer? Moderate to fine? And Action against what exactly?”

Her performance wasn’t so far from propaganda, another said.

“Kimann” said, “Child abuse to manipulate a little girl to this extent & then use her as a human billboard for childhood angst. There is nothing she does/can do that is not planned & brought to fruition by her adult controllers & so-called caregivers.”

“This girl has anger problems. She has been trained to be a vear monger,” added Alexander Padilla. “Regardless of the issue, I do not want to be lectured by a kid.”

Thunberg’s rant was littered with insults, including, “There will not be any plans presented in line with these figures here because the numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.”

And, “If you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you.”

And “Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”

At the Twitter social media aggregator Twitchy was the comment, “‘Where are the parents’? Greta Thunberg’s ‘disturbing’ rant at U.N. Climate Action Summit suggests she’s been thoroughly terrorized.”

The comment continued, “The bad people in this equation are all those who have instilled this young woman with fear and are using her as a human shield – and her parents for letting it happen.”

Thunberg’s warnings echo those of socialist U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who is on record that in a few years Miami would disappear because of global warming. And that the world has only about a dozen years left.

But the Competitive Enterprise Institute has reported there has been a long list of foreboding threats about the climate – none of which have happened.

“Modern doomsayers have been predicting climate and environmental disaster since the 1960s. They continue to do so today,” the report said, but, none have come true.

The CEI pointed out that while the predictions grab media headlines, “the failures are typically not revisited.”

Among the failures:

The Los Angeles Times reported in 1967 that Stanford University’s Paul Ehrlich warned it already was too late for the world “to avoid a long period of famine.”

“Most disastrous by 1975,” said the report.

Oops.

Ehrlich, a “population biologist,” had several others. In 1969 he warned that by 1989, “everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam.”

Oops, again.

In 1970, the New York Times reported on a threat from James P. Lodge Jr., a “pollution expert,” who said there would be an ice age by 2000.

Also in 1970, NASA’s S.I. Rasool said that over the next five to 10 years, there would be “such a temperature decrease [that it] could be sufficient to trigger an ice age.”

Brown University scientists in 1972 wrote to the president that “very soon” there would be “a global deterioration of climate, by order of magnitude larger than any hitherto experienced by civilized mankind.”

They looked at the bottom of the ocean to determine that.

The list continued.

WND long has reported on such failures and admissions about the political and financial agenda behind the activists pushing the idea of global cooling, global warming and climate change.

Al Gore, for example, once admitted the campaign is “torqued up.”

He was discussing a warning from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that horrible things are ahead for humanity if it continues to use carbon fuels.

PBS host Judy Woodruff noted the panel members were “painting a much more alarming picture of what we face than we had previously known.”

Gore, the vice president under Bill Clinton and a failed Democratic nominee in 2000, said, “The language that the IPCC used in presenting it was torqued up a little bit, appropriately – how [else] do they get the attention of policy-makers around the world?”

If you want the actual scientist, a look at scientist Art Robinson’s The Petition Project is helpful.

The effort has gathered the signatures of at least 31,487 scientists who agree that there is “no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

They say, “Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

Robinson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California-San Diego, where he served on the faculty, co-founded the Linus Pauling Institute with Nobel-recipient Linus Pauling, where he was president and research professor. He later founded the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. His son, Noah Robinson, was a key figure in the petition work and has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech.

Source: Left goes ballistic as teen climate agitator criticized

Marionette Strings Clearly Visible During Greta Thunberg Testimony — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—Climate activist and adolescent Greta Thunberg gave a passionate speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, declaring, “How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing.”

“This is all wrong,” she declared, clearly on the verge of tears.

Savvy viewers, however, noticed there were marionette strings attached to the 16-year-old throughout her speech.

“Hey, wait a minute!” one attendee shouted. “Those are puppet strings, kinda like on Thunderbirds!” This caused some uproar, with everyone tracing the strings to see who had brainwashed this young girl into thinking the world was ending and pulling her strings. Some people got bored with the speech after that and just went and watched Thunderbirds, which had more interesting puppets and better acting.

Security found the other end of the marionette strings hastily abandoned by whoever had been controlling her, and a man fitting the description of Al Gore diving off the fire escape into a private jet. Thunberg slumped down in her chair and shortly woke up out of her daze, angered and disappointed to find she had been exploited like this.

via Marionette Strings Clearly Visible During Greta Thunberg Testimony — The Babylon Bee

At least 40 civilians, including 12 children, killed at Afghan wedding party during a US-backed military raid gone wrong | RT – Daily news

A US-backed raid by the Afghanistan security forces on an Islamist militants’ hideout in the Helmand province turned into a bloodbath when a nearby wedding party was hit as well and dozens of civilians were killed and injured.

The raid on the hideout, located in the central Afghan town of Musa Qala, occurred late on Sunday. The targeted facility has somehow been used by both the Taliban and Al Qaeda to train suicide bombers, according to local officials.

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The operation, however, turned into carnage as a wedding party was being held next door with a large group of civilians in attendance.

“We were going to the bride’s house for the henna ceremony, some of us were outside the home and some inside, [when] suddenly the battle began…We told the security forces that we were not members of the Taliban,” Mohammad Salim, a survivor of the massacre and a relative of the victims, told Reuters.

The warning apparently did no good to the civilians, as at least 40 people were killed – including 12 children – while 13 others were injured during the gun battle. Both Afghan and US military officials acknowledged the civilian casualties, and shifted the blame for massacre on the militants.

Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for US forces stationed in the country, said they participated in the raid, conducting “precision strikes against barricaded terrorists firing on Afghan and US forces.” The majority of the killed civilians were struck by the militants’ small arms fire and explosions of their munition cashes and suicide belts, he claimed.

Apart from the civilians, 22 Taliban fighters were killed and 14, including six foreign nationals, were captured, according to the governor’s office of the Helmand province. Four senior Taliban commanders and the Taliban shadow governor of Musa Qala are said to be among those killed. It remains unclear if the government forces sustained any casualties during the raid.

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As the US-Taliban peace talks collapsed two weeks ago, violence in the war-torn country is on the rise and it has already taken a heavy toll on civilians. The wedding party incident came a few days after at least 32 pine nut harvesters were killed and 40 injured during a US drone strike. The bombing run targeted Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants, who seemingly happened to “hide” among the farmers.

Source: At least 40 civilians, including 12 children, killed at Afghan wedding party during a US-backed military raid gone wrong