Daily Archives: October 8, 2019

October 8 The Power Within

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20–4:6

Key Verses: Ephesians 3:20–21

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Some days the person staring back at you from the mirror appears to be anything but a powerhouse. How well you know your own faults and weaknesses! As you look at yourself, you wonder if you could hope to aspire to the grand plans and goals that have inspired your heart.

Meister Eckhart has a word of encouragement for you: “If it be not the will that fails you, but only the power, then truly, before God, you have done it all, and no man can take it from you or even hinder you for a moment; for to will to do as soon as I can is the same before God as having done it.”

If God has called you to some great undertaking, then you have all the power you need to accomplish it. All you need is the will and determination to go forward. Ephesians 3:20–21 admonishes believers that God is able, in His strength, to do things in us and through us beyond anything we could ever imagine.

God’s plans are more wonderful than can be imagined, and they include a place for you. You are His child, and His desire is for you to succeed. So, as you look at yourself in the mirror, remind yourself that the power within you is the power of God, and nothing is impossible for Him.

Lord, if You are calling me to be a powerhouse, then I want to stay plugged into You. I know that You alone have everything I need to succeed.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 295). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 8 Teach Us to Pray

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1–4

Key Verse: Mark 1:35

In the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

In the first chapter of the book of Mark, we are given a rare glimpse into the early days of Jesus’ ministry. The twelve disciples had not been chosen, but Andrew, James, John, and Peter were already emerging as followers of Christ.

In Mark 1:35–37 (nasb), we read for the first time of Jesus’ prayer life: “In the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there. And Simon and his companions hunted for Him; and they found Him, and said to Him, ‘Everyone is looking for You.’ ”

Jesus’ behavior was not the norm. He didn’t always go to the temple to pray as everyone else did. Instead, He arose early to be alone with God. But His goal in prayer wasn’t to complete a ritual; it was to communicate with His heavenly Father and to gain refreshment for His soul.

Later, Luke recorded a different scenario as Jesus interacted with His disciples. The same men were the ones thirsty for what Jesus was experiencing with the Father. They, too, wanted to know that type of holy communion and pleaded, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).

God loves us and He wants to make His love apparent. Would you, too, yearn along with the disciples, “Lord, teach me to pray”?

Teach me to pray, Lord. I want to experience the same intimate communion that You had with the Father. Help me set aside time to learn.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 295). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Internal Documents Prove Cru Leaders Officially Promoting Social Gospel — Enemies Within: The Church

Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), has officially gone down the social gospel road.

Enemies Within the Church first reported on Cru’s decline with an article on Sarah Van Opstal’s radically left speech at Cru19, in which she stated that ICE agents deporting illegal migrants was “another holocaust.” Enemies Within the Church then produced a montage of Cru19 exposing the critical race theory, social justice, and feminist themes which emerged at the summer staff conference. A whistle-blower on staff with Cru revealed screenshots proving that program director Matt Mikalatos invited “Native American Christian mystic” Kaitlin Curtice to speak at the event. Last week, Enemies Within the Church reported that staff member and Revoice speaker Grant Hartley, Rachel Gilson, the director of theological development for Cru, and Matt Mikalotos have all undermined biblical teaching on homosexuality. Cru’s “Urban Project – International,” headed by Michael Sylvester, pushes a pro-socialist curriculum.

Cru has responded.

In a recent video from Conversations That Matter, Jon Harris reveals internal documents from Cru, including a letter from Executive Vice-President, Steve Sellers, and a message to Cru staff from Matt Mikalotos. Both items dismiss concerns.

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Most notable in Harris’s revelation is a “talking points” memo designed to help Cru staff answer supporters with questions about the organization’s new social justice direction. Included in the talking points, created by “leadership,” are two exceptionally troubling discoveries. First, Cru endorses homosexual orientation as an acceptable identity marker for Christians. Second, the document explicitly states that “proclaiming the gospel” can be accomplished simply by practicing James 1:27’s command to “visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world,” apart from “a viewpoint of the Great Commission.” This is a classic articulation of the social gospel.

Enemies Within the Church is investigating the connection between social justice efforts in Christendom and the money funding them. Support our movie at http://enemieswithinthechurch.com/.

Come to our conference on October 18-19 and hear Jon Harris, and many other speakers, talk about the social justice movement and what you can do about it! Register at https://standagainstmarxism.com/.

via Internal Documents Prove Cru Leaders Officially Promoting Social Gospel — Enemies Within: The Church

Truth Matters: The Sufficiency of Scripture | The Cripplegate

R. C. Sproul once said, “I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a technique, in anything and everything except where God has placed it: His Word.” He was right. Truth is the fundamental principle of any consistent attempt to navigate the world. What is true? By what authority? How can we tell? These are absolutely foundational questions.

God’s answer to these questions is that truth is whatever conforms to His own mind. And He has revealed His mind to His creatures in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. Scripture is the sole infallible authority for all matters which it addresses.

By God’s grace, quite a few within evangelicalism agree with that confession of sola Scriptura. Many affirm Scripture’s inerrancy and authority. Not as many, though, affirm Scripture’s sufficiency. This is the watershed issue of our day. We agree that the Bible is necessary. But is the Bible enough? Do we rightly sing, in that great hymn, How Firm a Foundation, “What more can He say than to you He hath said?” Has God granted us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of God by His precious promises (2 Pet 1:3-4)? Or do we need supplemental something more?

To answer these questions, Grace To You is hosting another Truth Matters Conference. This one is set for October 16 to 18 at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles. And the topic is the sufficiency of Scripture. It’s the perfect topic to celebrate the 50 years of faithful ministry of the President of Grace To You, Pastor John MacArthur. Registration is closed, but a live-stream link will be available.

In anticipation of the conference, Grace To You has been posting teaser videos, asking the keynote speakers popular questions about the doctrine of Scripture’s sufficiency. More are still to come, but you can see the videos that have been posted below.

1. Why do we need a conference on the sufficiency of Scripture?

2. Why is it crucial to defend the sufficiency of Scripture?

3. If it doesn’t speak to every specific issue, is Scripture truly sufficient?

4. What are the chief threats to the sufficiency of Scripture today?

5. Why read anything else if Scripture is sufficient?

6. Is it consistent for continuationists to affirm the sufficiency of Scripture?

7. Is belief in the sufficiency of Scripture important for our sanctification?

8. How does the sufficiency of Scripture inform and energize evangelism?

Source: Truth Matters: The Sufficiency of Scripture

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi Democrats Changed House Rules on Impeachment on Day ‘Whistleblower’ Complaint Filed — Pulled Authority Away from Full House! — The Gateway Pundit

As Joe Hoft reported earlier today —  The House Impeachment Rules were updated on August 12, 2019.

This is the exact same day that the partisan CIA whistleblower filed his complaint – August 12, 2019.

Here is the updated document.

The Conservative Treehouse reported on this last night.

As noted, the impeachment process document was updated on August 12, 2019.

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We now have the exact changes that were made from the previous version.

The most obvious change is that Pelosi moved the responsibility and control from the entire House of Representatives to the House Judiciary Committee.

Here is the old language:

The two most recent resolutions adopted by the House to authorize an impeachment investigation were taken up by unanimous consent at the request of the Rules Committee chair.15 Rather than convene a committee meeting to order the resolutions reported with a quorum present, the chair asked unanimous consent that the House discharge the Rules Committee and agree to the resolution. Both of these resolutions concerned federal judges, and they were agreed to without debate.

In the case of the most recent authorization of a presidential impeachment inquiry, the full House did debate the resolution.

The new version created by House Democrats and published on August 12th gives the authority and control to the House Judiciary Committee.

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The two most recent resolutions adopted by the House to authorize an impeachment investigation were taken up by unanimous consent at the request of the Rules Committee chair. Rather than convene a committee meeting to order the resolutions reported with a quorum present, the chair asked unanimous consent that the House discharge the Rules Committee and agree to the resolution. Both of these resolutions concerned federal judges, and they were agreed to without debate.

In the three previous instances of judicial impeachments, however, the House did not approve a resolution explicitly authorizing an impeachment inquiry. The Rules of the House since 1975 have granted committees the power to subpoena witnesses and materials, administer oaths, and meet at any time within the United States—powers that were previously granted through resolutions providing blanket investigatory authorities that were agreed to at the start of a Congress or through authorizing resolutions for each impeachment investigation. In two of the three recent cases, the House agreed to separate resolutions to allow committee counsel to take affidavits and depositions.

If the House does approve an authorizing resolution, then in addition to the Rules Committee, the Judiciary Committee can report an original resolution authorizing an impeachment investigation if impeachment resolutions have been referred to the committee. In the case of the most recent authorization of a presidential impeachment inquiry, the Judiciary Committee reported such a resolution, and the full House debated it.

And here is a visual comparison of the changes that were made by Democrats to the document on August 12th, the same day that the whistleblower filed his complaint!

The Democrats took the power and responsibility away from the full House and put it into the hands of the House Judiciary committee.

It is also noteworthy that the new document states that the Judiciary Committee holds the investigation, hearings and markup of articles of impeachment.

However the current impeachment sham is being held by the most dishonest Representative in Congress today- Democrat Adam Schiff – who oversees the Democrat’s Intelligence Committee, not Judiciary

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President Trump is an innocent man.  He is doing great things for America.  Across the Union Americans are outraged with the corrupt, if not criminal, actions of the current Democrat House members.  Americans will not stand for this.  We demand justice and the rule of law, not the destruction to the Constitution that has been going on for the past decade under Democrats in Congress and their President Obama!

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Hillary Rockets Into 3rd Place On PredictIt As Rumors Swirl Over 2020 Run | Zero Hedge

The odds of Hillary Clinton entering the 2020 presidential race and winning the Democratic nomination jumped to third place per PredictIt, as rumors swirl that she’ll be back to take another bite at the apple.

Notably, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon told Fox Business last week “She is running. She’s just trying to decide how to fit her way in.”

The jump in popularity comes as Joe Biden faces uncomfortable questions over whether he abused his position as Vice President to engage in profiteering with his son Hunter in Ukraine and China.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren was caught in yet another lie about her past – after video and documentary evidence disproved her claim that she was fired from a teaching job for being “visibly pregnant,” when she left voluntarily.

On Monday, a Rasmussen poll had Hillary “neck-and-neck” with President Trump in a hypothetical rematch despite a majority (71%) responding that she shouldn’t run.

President Trump, meanwhile, is trolling the whole idea, tweeting on Tuesday “I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren. Only one condition. The Crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors including how & why she deleted 33,000 Emails AFTER getting “C” Subpoena!”

I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren. Only one condition. The Crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors including how & why she deleted 33,000 Emails AFTER getting “C” Subpoena!

While Clinton firmly denied in March that she would run, telling New York’s News 12 “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe.

Via Vannity Fair

Clinton, of course, has firmly denied any interest in the 2020 race. Her current press tour is to promote a book she cowrote with her daughter, Chelsea, that comes out this month. To Bannon, though, Clinton’s press junket is a sure sign she’s jockeying for position ahead of the presidential primary. “Hillary Clinton is doing a whole thing,” he said. “A meeting this week for a book…she said [Trump is] an illegal president, illegitimate president…he’s a clear and present danger.”

That said, as Vanity Fair also notes, “if she is attempting a comeback, it might not be as smooth as could be hoped,” suggesting that “Clinton’s remark that staying in her marriage to Bill Clinton was the “gutsiest thing” she’s ever done on a personal level raised some eyebrows, as did her comments to People that the body politic should “get over” Biden’s habit of touching women in ways that make them feel uncomfortable.”

Source: Hillary Rockets Into 3rd Place On PredictIt As Rumors Swirl Over 2020 Run

He Justifies the Ungodly…

The Reformed Reader

  One of my favorite phrases that the apostle Paul wrote is found in Romans 4:5.  The NASB translates it like this: “…Him who justifies the ungodly….”  I like how W. G. T. Shedd commented on this aspect of justification.

The justification of the “ungodly” (Rom. 4:5; 5:6) includes both pardon and acceptance. Either alone would be an incomplete justification of the ungodly. In the case of a sinner, the law requires satisfaction for past disobedience and also perfect obedience. When a criminal has suffered the penalty affixed to his crime, he has done a part, but not all that the law requires of him. He still owes a perfect obedience to the law in addition to the endurance of the penalty. The law does not say to the transgressor: “If you will suffer the penalty, you need not render the obedience.” But it says: “You must both suffer the…

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Judge Tammy Kemp Shares the Conversation She Had With Amber Guyger That Led to Giving Her a Hug, a Bible, and Hope of Redemption — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Judge Tammy Kemp, right, offered encouragement to Amber Guyger after a jury sentenced her to prison. “The act that she committed was horrific,” the judge said in an interview. “But none of us are one thing that we’ve done.”
Credit: Pool photo by Tom Fox

Judge Tammy Kemp is a woman of faith. For more than 25 years, she has attended the same church in Dallas, where she serves as a deaconess. She keeps a Bible in her chambers, positioned on top of her laptop to remind herself to start her day with prayer. And she believes in redemption: In her courtroom, she encourages defendants to use their time in prison to remake their lives.

So when one of those defendants — a former police officer convicted of murdering her unarmed neighbor — asked the judge for advice and a hug last week, the judge’s thoughts turned to a sermon she had heard in church the previous Sunday. The Parable of the Lost Sheep tells the story of a shepherd who still has 99 sheep in his flock, but looks for the one sheep that is lost.

“Our pastor had said: ‘If we’re going to attract the one, we’ve got to show love and compassion.’ And then I also thought, God says my job is to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly,” Judge Kemp said. “So how can you refuse this woman a hug?”

That moment of compassion, in which Judge Kemp gave the former officer a Bible and a hug, was fiercely debated in the days after the trial. Some praised it as a rare and much-needed moment of humanity; others criticized it as potentially unconstitutional and wondered whether a black defendant would receive similar attention in the criminal justice system.

For many, it was simply the latest moment to be debated in an unusual and emotional case, in which an off-duty white police officer, Amber R. Guyger, fatally shot an unarmed black man, Botham Shem Jean, in his own apartment, claiming she thought she was facing an intruder in her own apartment. Community activists had looked to the judge, who is black, to help ensure a fair outcome, and in the end a diverse jury returned a rare verdict of murder, punishing her to 10 years in prison.

Speaking publicly on Monday for the first time since the trial, Judge Kemp, 57, said she was not thinking about Ms. Guyger’s race when she agreed to give her a hug, nor did she offer the Bible unprompted.

Far from regretting her decision, Judge Kemp said she only wished she had not hesitated before agreeing to the hug. “I’m a little embarrassed to say she had to ask me twice,” Judge Kemp said in an interview.

Judge Kemp, with her black robe and thick pearl necklace, became a well-known figure during the trial, which was streamed online and closely followed across the country. Her exasperated expression when she found out that the district attorney had given a television interview that may have broken a gag order in the case was widely shared in a GIF. She also showed uncommon emotion, at times tearing up on the bench.

But it was the final moments in the courtroom, after the trial had formally ended, that drew the most attention.

After a jury sentenced Ms. Guyger to prison for murder, Mr. Jean’s brother took the witness stand to address her directly. Rather than expressing anger, he asked to give her a hug in the courtroom.

“He said ‘please,’ and he said ‘please’ again,” said Judge Kemp, when asked about her decision to allow him to step down from the witness stand. “I just could not refuse him that.”

Judge Kemp, a former prosecutor who took the bench as a Democrat in January 2015, said she approached this case like any other: She got to work each day early in the morning, sometimes while it was still dark, so she could arrange for coffee and make sure jurors had the Greek yogurt and Gatorades they needed to get through a long day in court.

When witnesses testified, she took notes in longhand on a legal pad. And to avoid directing the jury’s attention in any one direction, she said she tried to glance around the courtroom periodically.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Sarah Mervosh

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LISTEN: Hell, Part 1 (Theology of Eternal Damnation in Hell #23 with Daniel Whyte III) — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

This podcast is about the negative side of eternal life. When it comes to what happens after death, people love to talk about Heaven and the wonderful benefits of eternity with God. However, there is less talk about the negative side of eternal life. This podcast will explore what the Bible says about Hell and the eternal damnation of those who die without Christ.

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is a very remarkable fact that no inspired preacher of whom we have any record ever uttered such terrible words concerning the destiny of the lost as our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Bible says in Matthew 5:21-22: “21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

Allow me to share with you some important points on this passage from The Bible Knowledge Commentary:

Jesus’ first illustration pertained to an important commandment, Do not murder. The Pharisees taught that murder consists of taking someone’s life. But the Lord said the commandment extended not only to the act itself but also to the internal attitude behind the act. Of course, murder is wrong, but the anger prompting the act is also as wrong as plunging in a knife. Furthermore, becoming angry and assuming a position of superiority over another by calling him a derogatory name demonstrates sinfulness of the heart. A person with such a sinful heart obviously is a sinner and therefore is headed for the fire of hell. The word translated as “Hell” is literally “Gehenna”. “Gehenna” means valley of Hinnom, the valley south of Jerusalem where a continually burning fire consumed the city refuse. This became an apt name for the eternal punishment of the wicked.

Our topic is “Hell, Part 1” from the Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology by Walter Elwell:

Hell is the place of God’s final retributive punishment. Scripture progressively develops this destiny of the wicked: the Old Testament outlines the framework, while the New Testament elaborates on it. Jesus, however, is most responsible for defining hell.

In the Old Testament Sheol denotes the abode of the dead; conscious souls face a shadowy existence in this “land of oblivion”. Since death is not a natural occurrence but issues from the fall, the Old Testament confidently awaits God’s demonstration of his lordship over Sheol by raising the righteous to life. While God’s kingship also has implications for the wicked, here the Old Testament is more reserved. The Old Testament infrequently suggests a bodily resurrection for the wicked, a final judgment and retribution for evil deeds. Nevertheless, the contemptible and horrible destiny of the wicked, irretrievably isolated from the righteous, is clear.

The intertestamental literature constructed divergent scenarios for the wicked dead, including annihilation and endless torment. Sheol frequently became an interim location for the dead, distinguished from the place of final punishment. This final punishment was usually located in a valley south of Jerusalem, known in Hebrew as Ge Hinnom or the Valley of Hinnom, and in Greek as gehenna. This valley had a long history as a place of infamy. Notorious for the child sacrifices offered to Molech during the reigns of Ahaz and Manasseh, this valley was further desecrated when Josiah used it as Jerusalem’s refuse dump and it was prophesied as the place of God’s future fiery judgment. While some intertestamental writings equate hell with the “lake of fire” in this “accursed valley” of Hinnom, others use it to denote a place in the underworld.

In addition, the respective scenarios for the wicked, whether annihilation or eternal torment, shaped images of God’s judgment. For instance, at times fire consumes the wicked; in other texts fire and worms torment their victim to a useless existence.

Let’s Pray —

Dear friend, please understand that after you die, you will be ushered into one of two places to spend eternity, Heaven or Hell.

Here’s how you can be sure that you will not go to hell and suffer eternal damnation forever and rather have a home in Heaven when you die. The Bible says, ”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Here’s how you can be saved from sin and hell and have a home in Heaven when you die in more detail.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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Turkey Immediately Attacks Syria By Bombing Kurdish Supply Route Just Hours After President Trump Gives Order To Pull out US Troops — Now The End Begins

Turkey fired its first shots against the Kurds overnight by bombing a key supply route on the Syria Iraqi border mere hours after President Trump orders US troops out, officials have confirmed.

Well, that didn’t take long, less than 24 hours. Turkey is now officially at war in Syria with our now-former allies the Kurds, who were so instrumental in our fight against ISIS. Funny way to treat an ally, don’t you think? 🤔 This will go down as a very, very bad decision by President Trump, one that could possibly have a strong impact on the 2020 elections. An even worse decision by Trump is the invitation extended to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to come and be a guest at the White House in November.

As God’s protective Hand is pulled farther and farther away from America, the chaos and the craziness is being multiplied to a once-unimaginable level. Is this what it looks like when a nation is collapsing? That’s what it looks like to me, and you don’t need to be a prophet to see that.

Turkey confirmed it carried out strikes against Kurdish forces on the Syria-Iraq border overnight Monday

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: The Turkish air force struck the Semalka Border Crossing in order to stop Kurdish forces resupplying along a route which links their territories in northern Iraq and Syria, two security officials said.

‘One of the fundamental goals was to cut off the transit route between Iraq and Syria before the operation in Syria, a source told Reuters. ‘In this way, the group’s support lines, including ammunition, are shut off.’

Video shot in the area overnight shows two large flashes against the horizon while the distant sound of fighter jets can be heard. It is thought this shows the crossing being destroyed.

It comes a day after Donald Trump agreed to withdraw US troops from Syria and hand control of regional security over to Turkey, which has vowed to create a ‘peace corridor’ along its border by wiping out ‘terrorists’.

Trump also confirmed on Tuesday morning that he’d  extended an invitation to the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to meet with him at the White House in November.  In a tweet, Trump said Turkey was a ‘good trading partner of the US’ and had been ‘very good to deal with’.

Turkey views the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces – America’s key ally in the battle against ISIS – as a terror group and has previously outlined plans to strike a series of their strongholds along the border. Trump has been accused of a ‘spineless’ capitulation to Turkey over his pledge to withdraw troops – and on Tuesday denied that he had abandoned the Kurds to their fate.

He tweeted: ‘We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters. Likewise our relationship with Turkey, a NATO and Trading partner, has been very good.’

Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from the region, despite it being met with fury and disgust by GOP lawmakers.

Shortly after announcing he’d extended an invitation to Ergodan, Trump tweeted that: ‘Turkey already has a large Kurdish population and fully understands that while we only had 50 soldiers remaining in that section of Syria, and they have been removed, any unforced or unnecessary fighting by Turkey will be devastating to their economy and to their very fragile currency. We are helping the Kurds financially/weapons!’

This comes after Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called the move ‘a retreat’ that ‘would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup’. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s closest friends in Congress, also blasted him in a tweet, calling the move ‘a stain on America’s honor’ and ‘a disaster in the making.’ Graham said: ‘The biggest lie being told by the administration [is] that ISIS is defeated.’

Turkey has been involved in a decades-long conflict with Kurdish separatists as they demand their own state, which would fall largely on Turkish territory. Erdogan has been repeatedly accused of carrying out atrocities against Turkish Kurds.

As the Syrian conflict threatened to enter a deadly new phase:

  • Iran, Turkey’s regional ally, warned Ankara not to push ahead with its invasion and to ‘respect’ the territorial integrity of Syria
  • Turkey’s vice-president said his country ‘won’t bow to threats’ after Trump warned he will crash their economy if they do anything he deems ‘off limits’
  • The Syrian government urged the Kurds to join with Assad’s forces ‘rather than plunge into the abyss’ after being abandoned by the US
  • President Trump confirmed he will meet President Erdogan during a visit to the White House next month

Trump was accused of a ‘spineless’ capitulation to Turkey, Iran and Russia after suddenly agreeing to withdraw US troops during a call with Erdogan on Sunday which left the Defense Department ‘blindsided’. READ MORE

Turkey-Syria border: What does Trump’s decision mean for the Kurds?

President Donald Trump has threatened to ‘obliterate’ the Turkish economy if they do anything ‘off limits’ in Syria.

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Would It Be Trite To Ask Whether Or Not Benny Hinn Has Really Repented?

The Outspoken TULIP

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The Internet chatter and speculations over Benny Hinn’s wishy-washy repentance from the Prosperity Gospel has pretty much died down at this point, with only a few rumblings here and there. The last rumble I encountered was on the September 30th episode of Too Wretched for Radio with Todd Friel and Phil Johnson.

People generally conclude that Hinn has yet to demonstrate any real repentance. Please, though, read that conclusion with sorrow, joining me

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Jordan, Meadows, Gaetz and Zeldin Respond to Adam Schiff Impeachment Manipulation and Gordon Sondland Non Appearance… — The Last Refuge

U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland was directed by the State Department not to appear Tuesday for an interview with House committees leading the fraudulent impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The non-appearance follows Chairman Adam Schiff’s manipulative media releases based on Ambassador Kurt Volker testimony.

Knowing that testimony from “impeachment inquiry” participation is being selectively used to create a false narrative; and knowing the committees’ will not release full transcripts and or documents gained therein; the administration is not going to assist Pelosi and Schiff’s scheme to create the illusion of something that doesn’t exist.

These “requests for interviews” are not legal subpoenas because the House has not created judicial authority within the committees’ by holding a full House vote to authorize. Therefore non-appearance puts more pressure on Pelosi to hold a House vote. Republican members Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Mark Meadows and Lee Zeldin explain:

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October 8 Asking for Help

Scripture reading: Psalm 32:1–11

Key verse: Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will guide you with My eye.

Are you secretly afraid to ask the Lord for guidance? Maybe you harbor the belief that what you need is not important enough to talk to God about, that somehow your request is too small. Catherine Marshall addresses this issue in her book Adventures in Prayer:

A little child who has no shyness or hesitation about asking his parents for what he needs is unselfconsciously revealing his helplessness, along with a normal, right relationship with his father and mother.

In the same way, asking immediately puts us into a right relationship to God. It is acting out of the fact that He is the Creator with the riches and resources we need; we are the creatures who need help. It’s a cap-in-hand stance which we resist because it diminishes us—a certain amount of pride and self has to go for us to ask for help, whether of God or of another human being.

Simple happenings uncover our pride and stubbornness about asking like the motorist who loses his way. Often we will go miles off our route, waste time trying one road after another, rather than stop and ask for the help we need. God insists that we ask, not because He needs to know our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking. Similarly, making our requests specific forces us to take a step forward in faith.

I step forward in faith, Lord. I bring my requests to You, believing that You will guide me in every circumstance of my life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 295). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Transports Going To Send First Bearish Message In 10-Years? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Transports have been flying high for nearly a decade. Is this trend about to end?

This chart looks at the Dow Jones Transportation Index over the past 14 years. Since the summer of 2009, they have been creating a series of higher highs along line (2).

Over the past year, they have created a series of lower highs, just below line (1). These two lines are forming a narrowing pennant pattern that has to end.

The weakness of late has Transports testing 10-year rising support at (3) this week.

Until broken, this is a strong support line for this key sector.

If the support line would break at (3), Transports would send a concerning message to the broad markets.

Keep a close eye on what this important sector does in the next few weeks,

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WATCH: Hong Kong Protester Gives MUST-SEE Warning To The West About Chinese Communist Party (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

A Hong Kong protester recorded a video to let the world know why it is so important for the entire world to support the Hong Kong people in their fight for freedom from the Chinese communist party.

WATCH this video to see his warning:

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Hundreds of young transgender people seeking help to return to original sex

WINTERY KNIGHT

Thinking about transgenderism Thinking about transgenderism

I know that in my office, the people on the left are very adamant about gay rights. And they basically equate disagreement with gay marriage and transgenderism with racism. But what if some people who are in those lifestyles aren’t happy with their choices, and are looking for someone to talk to about getting out of it?

Here’s a story from UK Sky News about transgender people with regrets:

Hundreds of young transgender people are seeking help to return to their original sex, a woman who is setting up a charity has told Sky News.

Charlie Evans, 28, was born female but identified as male for nearly 10 years before detransitioning.

The number of young people seeking gender transition is at an all-time high but we hear very little, if anything, about those who may come to regret their decision.

[…]Charlie detransitioned and went public with her…

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Double Imputation: Our Sin For His Righteousness — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Two things happen when we are saved: our sin is imputed to Jesus, and His righteousness is imputed to us. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explains the great exchange of double imputation.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation plus the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols at ligm.in/Reformation. Offer ends October 31, 2019.

Transcript

At the heart of the gospel is a double imputation: my sin is imputed to Jesus. His righteousness is imputed to me. And in this twofold transaction, we see that God, who does not negotiate sin, who doesn’t compromise His own integrity with our salvation but rather punishes sin fully and really after it has been imputed to Jesus, retains His own righteousness. And so, He is both just and the justifier, as the Apostle tells us here. So my sin goes to Jesus; His righteousness comes to me in the sight of God.

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Five Examples of Amazing Grace in the Life of John Newton — Banner of Truth USA

It is nearly three hundred years since the birth of John Newton and we do well to pay our little tribute to his worthwhile life.

In his day Newton was famous for five things — he was an outstanding example of a converted infidel, he was a great hymn-writer, he was a wise spiritual counsellor, he had true charity for all Christians, and his personality had an unconscious godliness about it. All these are worth our study.

1. Newton was an outstanding example of a converted infidel

When only six Newton lost his mother, but she left him two great possessions, the ability to read and a head-knowledge of God. She had taught him to read fluently and he remained bookish all his days, and she had taught him about God and his ways, teaching he never quite forgot. She had herself been a Dissenter attending Dr David Jennings’ Congregational church in London.

When only eleven Newton was taken to sea by his father, who captained a ship trading in the Mediterranean. Unhappily, his father, who had remarried, never gave Newton the impression of really loving him, which would have meant so much to an only, motherless child as quiet as Newton was. With his father Newton made five voyages to the Mediterranean, during which, it seemed, his soul was a spiritual battleground; for on the one hand he learned to curse and to blaspheme, and on the other he three or four times made serious attempts at moral and religious reform, becoming in the course of them a vegetarian and an ascetic.

When seventeen Newton met Mary Catlett, a 13-year-old distant relation, and fell in love with her. The memory of her helped Newton through the next seven years and proved a somewhat restraining influence on his actions. At the age of eighteen Newton was press-ganged into the navy. His father’s influence caused him to be made a midshipman, but a year later he was publicly flogged and demoted for deserting his ship. In disgrace he sailed to Madeira, where he was suddenly allowed to transfer to another ship, which was bound for Sierra Leone. Here Newton decided to work for a white slave trader.

A terrible year followed. The African mistress of his new master treated him with cruelty and contempt, especially when he was struck down with a fever. He had difficulty then in getting even a drink of cold water. Even the African slaves secretly brought him food on occasion. Half starving, Newton used to steal out at night to feed on the raw roots of vegetables. His white master, believing the worst about him, locked Newton to the deck of the ship when he went ashore, and in his ragged clothes Newton bore for hours on end the lashing of torrential rains. His spirit broken, Newton’s only relief in this West African period was to draw mathematical diagrams on the sand.

Finally, a ship’s captain from England, acting on his father’s request, took Newton aboard as his guest. Newton’s lot was now pleasant, yet he was ‘so daring a blasphemer’ that he daily invented new oaths and, though not fond of drink himself, sometimes initiated daring drinking parties among his friends. But on the long voyage home the ship encountered a frightful storm and was badly damaged. In the day of trouble Newton began to think of, if not to call on, the Lord. In between times when he was manning the pump, he remembered the Bible warnings memorised as a child. A little later he began to pray and to examine the New Testament more carefully and ‘to think of that Jesus [he] had so often derided’.

The tide of the battle for Newton’s soul slowly turned with the dawning of gospel light, though for another six years he did not understand or enjoy evangelical preaching or conversation. Finally, the irresistible grace of God (or, as Newton preferred to say, the invincible grace of God) won the day — the crisis of capturing the citadel of Newton’s soul was over and the life-long process of mopping-up operations was begun.

Newton regarded himself as ‘one of the most astonishing instances of the forbearance and mercy of God upon the face of the earth.’ But he was on guard against complacency and forgetfulness. After the publication of his autobiography An Authentic Narrative he wrote, ‘The people stare at me . . . and well they may. I am indeed a wonder to many, a wonder to myself, especially I wonder that I wonder no more.’

2. Newton was a great hymn writer

In all, Newton published nearly a million words. Among all the letters and books were 280 hymns. Though this number was small compared with Charles Wesley’s 6,500 and Isaac Watts’ 600, several of Newton’s hymns have stood the test of two centuries and their changing tastes.

The Dissenters and Methodists in particular were keen on composing spiritual songs in eighteenth-century England. Singing was part of the Evangelical Revival. When thirty Newton attended in Liverpool, where he was the tide surveyor, an early morning meeting taken by Whitefield, with whom he enjoyed an acquaintance. Though the Anglican prayer book was used at the meeting, Newton recalled that there were ‘many little intervals for singing hymns — I believe nearly 20 times in all.’ When thirty-nine and finally, despite his lack of formal education, an Anglican minister himself, Newton encouraged his parishioners to sing and began to compose hymns for them, some of which fitted in with his sermons. This was at Olney, a large village 50 miles north-west of London.

William Cowper, soon to be the most famous Christian poet of his day in England, deliberately moved to become Newton’s near neighbour. The two men, so different in background, respected and loved each other and for nearly twelve years met almost every day. Newton encouraged Cowper to write hymns for his congregation to sing at their Tuesday evening prayer meetings. The important upshot was the publication in 1779 of the Olney Hymns, a hymnal that sold by the thousand. Of its 348 hymns Newton wrote as many as 280. Cowper’s was a relatively small contribution because for the second time in his life he endured a long period of depression or insanity which at times included suicidal bids.

Some of Newton’s hymns familiar to us are now in a truncated form, among them the lovely Christ-centred hymn:

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!

Then it was Newton who wrote that noble hymn of praise,

Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!

also the much-used hymn, ‘Come, my soul, thy suit prepare’ with its challenging second verse:

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For his grace and power are such
None can ever ask too much.

Then there is the familiar hymn,

Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer

which, with many others, was written expressly for the weekly prayer meeting.

Finally, we should mention the hymn that gives our article its title, and that was popularised by the bagpipes of the Royal Scots Guards’ Band

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound!)
That sav’d a wretch like me!

‘If Watts, Doddridge, the Wesleys, Martin Madan and others introduced the evangelical hymn into the Church’s worship, Newton and Cowper fixed the type of the evangelical hymn.’ The Countess of Huntingdon and Rowland Hill were among the many who used the Olney hymns. Great too was their popularity in nineteenth-century America. Newton may have lacked the high poetic gift and imagination of Isaac Watts, but his hymns are clear and convincing. ‘Simple, direct and Christian. That was John Newton, and that is why his hymns live.’

3. Newton was a wise spiritual counsellor

Newton’s counselling was done through two main channels — letters and private interviews.

Fancy asking your correspondents to return your letters to their writer so that he could publish them! But Newton felt he had a ‘call’ to write letters and published 199 of them as a result. In 1759 Newton could say ‘I number my Christian correspondents among my principal blessings — a few judicious, pious friends, to whom, when I can get leisure to write, I send my heart by turns.’ Five years later he complained that his correspondence was so large that it almost engrossed his time. At one time 60 letters lay on his desk awaiting an answer. At the end of his life Newton could say of all the letters he had written ‘Yes, the Lord saw I should be most useful by them.’

Most of Newton’s letters appeared in the volume entitled Cardiphonia. Marked by a serious concern to impart spiritual teaching and advice, they certainly proved to be popular and were translated into German and Dutch. One young Scot, thinking from the book’s title (translated ‘The Utterance of the Heart’) that it was a novel, bought a copy of Cardiphonia for his circulating library in Jamaica and became a Christian through reading it. This was John Aikman, instrumental in the awakening in North Scotland of 1797 and for 33 years a useful Congregational minister in Edinburgh.

These letters, some of which are almost 5,000 words long, were written to a variety of people. These included Newton’s brother-in-law, Newton’s servant, ministers of different denominations, the aunt of William Wilberforce, Thomas Scott and Lord Dartmouth. Six years younger than Newton, the Earl of Dartmouth was the leading aristocrat converted in the salons of the Countess of Huntingdon. Politically he rose to be the Secretary of State for the Colonies. In 1764 he offered Newton the curacy at Olney and then, as his patron, introduced him to John Thornton, reputedly the country’s richest merchant and the ‘Nuffield of the Evangelical Revival.’

Newton also excelled at personal counselling. In 1774 a young curate was ashamed to learn that two of his dying parishioners had been visited several times by Newton from a neighbouring parish when he himself had not visited them once. Later the curate tried to draw Newton, whom he held in ‘sovereign contempt’ as a Methodist or Evangelical Anglican, into controversy, first in a room full of ministers and then in correspondence. But, as the curate expressed it, Newton ‘prudently declined the discourse; but a day or two after, he sent me a short note, with a little book for my perusal. This was the very thing I wanted; and I gladly embraced the opportunity, which, according to my wishes, seemed now to offer, God knoweth, with no inconsiderable expectations, that my arguments would prove irresistibly convincing, and that I should have the honour of rescuing a well-meaning person from his enthusiastical delusions.’

The two men exchanged several letters and in time became friends, though the young curate was still ashamed to be caught in Newton’s company because of his ‘fanatical’ sermons, which he could not really understand. However, in the end it was the curate who changed his religious views and became a Christ-honouring, Bible-believing, personal salvation-insisting Evangelical.

This man was Thomas Scott, the rough diamond among English Evangelicals, who started life as a grazier and became a scholar whose Bible commentary was second in popularity only to Matthew Henry’s. Scott’s Force of Truth related with candour the change in his life style and rivalled Newton’s own Authentic Narrative as the most notable Evangelical autobiography of the age.

Scott was not the only famous person Newton influenced for God. In 1785 a wealthy and witty young man paced hesitantly past Newton’s London house. Finally he called in and made an appointment for two days later. Even then, as he said, he walked ‘about the Square once or twice before I could persuade myself . . . [to call] upon old Newton.’ To his surprise the visitor was ‘much affected in conversing’ with Newton, finding ‘something very pleasing and unaffected in him.’ Newton impressed him by saying that he had not ceased to pray for him since meeting him as a boy in the home of his Evangelical aunt at Wimbledon, and recommended him to stay on in politics and high society.

What would have happened if that visitor had not plucked up courage to call on Newton must remain among the ifs of history, but call he did, and came to respect Newton as his friend. This man was William Wilberforce, who went on to weave threads of gold into the fabric of English society. In the Spring of 1786 he returned to Parliament (where his close friend William Pitt, the younger, was Prime Minister) a changed man, no longer spiritually depressed but finding a direction to his life and sensing his responsibilities as a Christian politician. In time he became the ‘authentic keeper of the nation’s conscience’ and brought blessing to thousands at home and overseas. At the start of Wilberforce’s campaign of 46 years on behalf of negro slaves, Newton wrote his Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade. No doubt this pamphlet partly salved Newton’s bad conscience about the period when he was a slave ship commander and of which he had written ‘I never knew sweeter or more frequent hours of divine communion than in my last two voyages to Guinea . . .’

In 1787 Newton had another visitor of eminence. She had enjoyed Newton’s Cardiphonia — ‘I like it prodigiously; it is full of vital, experimental religion.’ At her first meeting with Newton she talked with him for an hour and ‘came home with two pockets full of sermons.’ Newton soon became this lady’s regular correspondent and adviser. Her name was Hannah More, whose schools in the Mendip Hills of Somerset became famous. As for the many tracts she wrote and got written under the collective title of the Cheap Repository Tracts, whose circulation was about two million in their first year, they helped to counteract the atheistical teaching of Tom Paine and others during the years following the French Revolution.

Another person helped by Newton was a young man who had run away from Glasgow University and his home to London. After four years there, he took his mother’s advice and went along to hear Newton preach in his City of London church near the Bank of England. )He had become rector of St Mary Woolnoth in January, 1780). He at once wrote anonymously to Newton ‘. . . when you spoke I thought I heard the words of eternal life. I listened with avidity, and wish you had preached till midnight . . .’ From his pulpit Newton invited the anonymous letter writer to visit him. Of the ensuing interview the man wrote to his mother ‘I called on him [Newton] . . . and experienced such a happy hour as I ought not to forget. If he had been my father he could not have expressed more solicitude for my welfare. Mr Newton encouraged me much.’ This man was Claudius Buchanan, whom Newton introduced to Henry Thornton, who financed Buchanan’s study for a degree at Cambridge. From 1796 Buchanan served God as an East India Company chaplain in India and as Vice-Provost of Fort William College aided the Baptist William Carey with his great Bible translation work.

John Campbell, a godly young layman in Edinburgh, and William Jay of Bath, an up-and-coming preacher, were other prominent Christians helped by Newton. The former made Newton his spiritual adviser, and the latter, when a mere nineteen years of age and preaching for the first time in Rowland Hill’s London chapel, received words of encouragement from Newton who visited him in the vestry.

The important truth is that Newton was always approachable, but despite his prominence towards the end of his life among the small but influential and growing group of Anglican Evangelicals who formed the Church Missionary Society in 1799, Newton never put on airs. Often dressed in his old blue sea-jacket, he had a smile or a word for any who came to his Sunday services or to his Thursday breakfast parties at home. Furthermore, Newton was worth approaching, for he had an interest in individuals, was blessed with a sense of humour, and drew on his wide experience of life and human nature in counselling people.

4. Newton had true charity for all Christians

In theology Newton called himself ‘an avowed Calvinist’, writing much in the following strain: ‘The Lord has a right to us by creation, by redemption, by conquest, when he freed us from Satan’s power, and took possession of our hearts by his grace; and, lastly, by our own voluntary surrender in the day when he enabled us to fix our choice on himself, as our Lord and our portion.’

But, while a Calvinist, he was by no means an extreme Calvinist. He heard, met and corresponded with John Wesley, for instance. Neither man hid his beliefs from the other, but they expressed their views in a mild manner. Wesley once wrote to Newton, ‘Love is the plainest thing in the world. I know this dictates what you write, and then, what need of ceremony?’ Wisely Newton kept clear of the vicious pamphlet warfare waged in the 1770s after Whitefield’s death between the Calvinists and the Arminians. At Charles Wesley’s request Newton acted at his funeral as one of the pall-bearers. Years before ordination Newton had written, ‘I bless God I am kept from a party spirit, and that I am neither fearful nor desirous of being called after the names of men.’

Newton was a Calvinist but used his Calvinism with wisdom. William Jay recalled Newton as saying, ‘I am more of a Calvinist than anyone else; but I use my Calvinism in my writings and my preaching as I use this sugar [taking a lump, and putting it into his tea-cup, and stirring it, adding] I do not give it alone, and whole; but mixed, and diluted.’

Newton was a Calvinist but realised that even theological beliefs were not the be-all and the end-all of Christianity, for, as he once wrote, ‘Though a man does not accord with my views of election, yet if he gives me good evidence he is effectually called of God, he is my brother.’

Newton was an ordained minister but rejoiced in Christian work done by laymen. His Eclectic Society included a layman among the four founder members and came in time to include Dissenters also. And when hearing of the spiritual awakening brought to the north of Scotland in 1797 by laymen, though Newton warned against preaching without sufficient warrant, he yet rejoiced with all good men at the advance of God’s kingdom, whatever the agents God chose to use. It was Newton’s pithy comment, ‘A fig for forms and names, if the truth is preached and sinners converted!’

By denomination Newton was an Anglican, yet he had sympathy for those Christians in England dubbed Dissenters. His own mother had been one of them. He was offered and seriously considered accepting the pastorates of Congregational and Presbyterian churches in England before being offered the curacy at Olney. He mixed freely with Baptists, especially when at Liverpool and Olney, the latter town being in the strong Baptist country which gave birth to the Baptist Missionary Society in 1792. Newton warned Buchanan in India not to despise the pioneering Baptist missionaries there; he attended the Baptist Association when it was held in Olney and entertained Baptist ministers in his home. There were times too when Newton postponed his own church meetings to enable his parishioners and himself to attend the special services of Dissenters in neighbouring churches. His letters published in Cardiphonia were sent to people of various denominations, Baptists and Moravians included. On occasions Newton worshipped with Moravians and with Independents (or Congregationalists) and once drew up a plan for training Independents for the ministry.

Though a Calvinistic Anglican Evangelical, Newton knew that God cut across denominational boundaries. As he put it to a Presbyterian, ‘How does Christ receive us? Does he wait till we are all exactly of a mind? Does he confine his regards, his grace, his presence, within the wall of a party? Is he the God of the Presbyterians or the Independents only?’ Newton tried to be as broad-minded and as big-hearted as he believed God was. He tried to love all whom he considered true Christians, and once wrote to a friend in Scotland, ‘If you know a Papist who sincerely loves Jesus, and trusts to him for salvation, give my love to him.’

5. Newton’s personality had an unconscious godliness about it

The late Duncan Campbell of Scotland said that the most solemn thing about any man is the unconscious influence of his personality, which daily leads others to God, or away from God. Under the residing Holy Spirit, Newton’s personality came to tell more and more for Almighty God. William Jay’s judgement of Newton was that he was the ‘most perfect instance of the spirit and temper of Christianity I ever knew — shall I say — with the exception? — no, but with the addition of Cornelius Winter!’

Faults and deficiencies Newton undoubtedly had. Some of his friends considered that his ‘real influence at Olney had suffered by over-much familiarity on his part, and from an excess of charitable feeling by which his judgement was sometimes led astray.’ His ministerial friend and biographer Richard Cecil admitted that Newton’s ‘talent did not lie in “discerning of spirits”’. Cecil also lamented that Newton’s sermon preparation was not always adequate and that he did not ‘generally aim at accuracy in the composition of his sermons, nor at any address [skill] in the delivery of them.’ Then it seems as if Newton almost idolised his wife Mary while she was alive, and her memory afterwards. Again, contrary to what his early adventures at sea might suggest, Newton was not of a very adventurous disposition. As he wrote of himself, ‘I have not much of the hero in my constitution’, though he bore the loss of his beloved wife and niece and the physical limitations of his last trying years with persevering fortitude. But Newton had a peace-loving nature and perhaps was sometimes too accommodating and guilty of purchasing peace at too high a price.

Yet even through some of his faults Newton’s love shone brightly. It was because he loved that he was occasionally duped and taken advantage of by those to whom he was kind, deeming the risk of misplacing his trust a risk worth taking. Despite his imperfections as a preacher he was heard by large numbers who respected his Christian character. And his relationship with his wife he could cite as an example of Christian love in marriage.

Like all good Christians, Newton learnt the painful art of self-examination and self-criticism. Recorded as part of his table-talk is the saying ‘I have read of many wicked Popes, but the worst Pope I ever met with is Pope SELF.’ And who would not sympathise with Newton when he tells against himself this incident which occurred soon after he took up residence in London? ‘I was invited to dine with one of my parishioners yesterday. It was the first invitation I had received from any who were not professedly serious. They behaved well. I behaved poorly, for I could not at the first sight introduce the best subject. This is often a hindrance to me; but the Lord can give me further opportunity, and put a word in my mouth some time. Ah! it is a shame to seem so earnest and pressing in the pulpit, and then to be so cold and mealy-mouthed at table.’

Newton had other marks of the Christian who is growing in grace. He was essentially honest. Even when after difficulty he found a bishop to examine him for deacon’s orders, he did not hesitate to ‘dissent from his Lordship upon some points’, for he was ‘resolved not to be charged hereafter with dissimulation . . .’

Newton was also essentially humble and teachable. Success did not go to his head, but sent him to Christ’s feet. He never forgot his former degradation and painted over his study mantelpiece at Olney, where they can be read to this day, the words of Deuteronomy 15:15 — ‘But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee.’ And in 1778 he confided to his journal, after breakfasting with Thomas Scott, ‘I think I can see that he has got before me already. Lord, if I have been useful to him, do Thou, I beseech Thee, make him now useful to me.’

Newton was essentially a prayerful minister. He discovered that ‘prayer is the great engine to overthrow and rout my spiritual enemies, the great means to procure the graces of which I stand in hourly need . . . I generally find all my other tempers and experiences to be proportioned to the spirit of my prayers.’

Above all, Newton was essentially loving. He had not only sympathy for but empathy with others, entering into the trials of his parishioners and correspondents, coming alongside them and boarding them with practical help and advice. Helped by Thornton’s money, he gladly entertained on Sundays those Olney parishioners who had come from a distance of six miles or more, and kept an open house for Christians of all ranks and denominations. His first sermon at his London church was on ‘speaking the truth in love’ and in London ‘his largeness of heart seemed but to increase with the demands made upon it.’

In William Jay’s eyes Newton had ‘the tenderest disposition’; in the opinion of Josiah Bull, the grandson of Newton’s close friend, it was Newton’s ‘goodness rather than his greatness that rendered him so especially attractive — the abundance of the grace of God that was in him.’ Freely Newton had received of God’s love, freely he gave of love. Who follows him in this?


This article was first published in the March 1975 edition of the Banner of Truth magazine under the title ‘John Newton Under Amazing Grace’.

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Karl Vaters on Why Christians Should Seek Truth Wherever It May Be Found — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Christianity has always been a faith in pursuit of the truth. Because of that, we’re not afraid of solid scientific research. In fact, we support it.

After all, our faith rests, not on a set of ideas or behaviors, but on a verifiable historical fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

Plus, the library of books we rely on (also known as the Bible) is filled with names, dates, places and events that can be compared to known history and geography.

Remain Educated

Here’s a case in point, from a very recent CNN article entitled, Scientists hope to digitally unravel scrolls charred by Vesuvius with light 10 billion times brighter than the sun.

The article describes how a team of scientists from the University of Kentucky are using extremely cutting-edge technology to read a scroll (as seen in the above photo) that was buried and preserved by Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The scroll is too fragile to unroll, but this technology will hopefully allow them to read it anyway.

W. Brent Seales is the head of the University of Kentucky’s Digital Restoration Initiative and is also a Christian. According to CNN, Seales “hopes they might end up reading an early Christian text, which could have been written in the same time period as the eruption of Vesuvius. Regardless, he says the overall academic effort to ‘remain educated’ motivates the quest.”

This should be an encouragement to everyone who gets discouraged, as I sometimes do, with the anti-education bent that is too often displayed by some fellow believers.

Remaining educated about the truth has always been a primary characteristic of serious Christian thought. And it must remain so.

The Truth Will Set You Free

As believers, we should never be afraid of finding the truth. And we should never be guilty of twisting the truth.

To deny or twist the truth is a betrayal of the very Jesus we say we serve. After all, he proclaimed that he was and is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). And he told us “you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).

This recent search for more information in the ruins of Vesuvius is not new among Christians. Every year there are dozens, sometimes hundreds of new discoveries made by archaeologists who keep finding items that verify the Biblical record.

In just the last few months, for instance, digs in the Middle East appear to have unearthed the town of Emmaus (previously only known from the post-resurrection narrative in Luke 24) and Gath, the hometown of Goliath.

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Source: Christianity Today

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