Daily Archives: October 9, 2019

October 9 The Riches of God’s Grace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3–12

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

When God bought your salvation, He spared no expense. He provided the costly blood of Christ to purchase your eternal life. Why is it, then, that some believers spend their lives trying to earn what God has already paid for?

Abraham Lincoln surmised that it is because believers fail to recall God’s great grace. Lincoln wrote, “We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”

If believers imagine they have earned salvation through virtue, then when virtue is lacking, they believe they have lost the blessing. However, salvation was never based on human acts of piety. Salvation has its foundation in the sacrificial grace of Christ. His grace covers your sin. It was a great penalty to pay, but Jesus deemed that your salvation was worth the price.

Accept the riches of His grace and invest your life in thankfulness to Him.

Your grace covers my sin. Thank You, Lord! I am so glad You deemed my salvation worth the price.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 9 Prayer Protection

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:11–18

Key Verse: Ephesians 6:11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

It’s late in the evening. You sit down to enjoy God’s Word and pray. But soon after you bow your head, your mind wanders. An evil thought creeps in and won’t go away. Where did that come from? you wonder. You try once more to put your focus on the Lord. As the minutes go by, however, you feel sleepier and sleepier. Before you know it, you’re waking up the next morning.

This scenario is a familiar one, and for good reason. Satan is pleased when your attention is diverted, and you feel like a failure in your prayer life. He knows God can use you most effectively when you pray, and harming your prayer life is the fastest way to short-circuit your ability to serve Him.

That’s why God has given you special prayer protection. The spiritual armor that guards your faith is also designed to keep you firm and strong as you talk to God. The breastplate of righteousness will keep your mind pure; the shield of faith will help you put out “the flaming missiles of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16 nasb).

Ask God to fit you with His armor when you pray. Trust the Lord to guard your time with Him. If you fail, don’t be depressed. God still waits for you. The victory in the battle of prayer is yours.

Almighty God, I claim Your prayer protection—the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the girdle of truth. Victory in the battle of prayer is mine![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate — Christian Research Network

“Republicans will want to know more about the origins of the whistleblower complaint, especially given the unorthodox use of whistleblower law involved.” 

(Byron York – Washington Examiner)  In an Aug. 26 letter, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, wrote that the anonymous whistleblower who set off the Trump-Ukraine impeachment fight showed “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”

A few weeks later, news reports said the whistleblower’s possible bias was that he is a registered Democrat. That was all. Incredulous commentary suggested that Republicans who were pushing the bias talking point were so blinded by their own partisanship that they saw simple registration with the Democratic Party as evidence of wrongdoing.

“Give me a break!” tweeted whistleblower lawyer Mark Zaid. “Bias? Seriously?”

Now, however, there is word of more evidence of possible bias on the whistleblower’s part. Under questioning from Republicans during last Friday’s impeachment inquiry interview with Atkinson, the inspector general revealed that the whistleblower’s possible bias was not that he was simply a registered Democrat. It was that he had a significant tie to one of the Democratic presidential candidates currently vying to challenge President Trump in next year’s election. View article →

via Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate — Christian Research Network

‘Our Deepest Needs Are Met Through God’: Clarence Thomas Speaks Openly About His Fall From Faith | CBNNews.com

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas reveals there was a time when he withdrew from God and relied on his own wisdom.

Source: ‘Our Deepest Needs Are Met Through God’: Clarence Thomas Speaks Openly About His Fall From Faith

October 9 Straight Paths

Scripture reading: Proverbs 3:1–12

Key verses: Proverbs 3:5–6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

As we listen for God’s still small voice to direct and guide us, we find Solomon’s words in Proverbs 3 to be especially meaningful.

When we place our trust in the Lord, we essentially lay down our right to attempt what only God can do—determine the destiny of our lives. One of the reasons we struggle greatly at times is that we resist His intervention.

We brush aside His plan for our lives but not without consequence. In doing so, we often settle for second best. For many, it is easy to accept His love, protection, and salvation but difficult to submit to the conditions surrounding His eternal care.

Is there a war raging within you? Do you fight feelings of jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, and pride? These are the signatures of the flesh that are at constant war with God’s principles and standards. They have nothing to do with the moving of His Spirit and everything to do with what keeps you from becoming all He desires.

The principles of God are timeless, and you never outgrow your need for them. Ask the Lord to open the eyes and ears of your heart so you may know His perfect will.

Help me trust and acknowledge You, Lord, rather than lean to my own understanding. Make my paths straight.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

In-N-Out Owner Keeps Adding New Bible Verses to Packaging: It’s ‘a Family Touch’ | ChristianHeadlines.com

Some company owners try to distance their brand from religion and faith. In-N-Out’s president, though, is embracing it.

In-N-Out Burger owner and president Lynsi Snyder, 37, says in a new interview with The Christian Post that she has expanded a tradition started decades ago when then-company president Rich Snyder printed Bible references on packaging.

“It was my Uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early ‘90s, just before he passed away,” Snyder said according to the Christian Post. “He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups.”

The verses are discreet – on the bottom of a cup, for example – but easy to find with a quick search. The company has used well-known Bible references like John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world …”) but also less-popular ones like Nahum 1:7 (“the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”).

Snyder said in recent years she has added Proverbs 24:16 (“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes”) to the fries container and Luke 6:35 (“but love your enemies, do good to them”) to coffee cups, The Post reported.

In 2015, Snyder told CBS This Morning about the Bible references, “Our main thing is we’re giving God the glory and that we believe that He has blessed this company. And He’s really had his hand on it through all the tragedy. … I don’t feel bad about having that on there. Do we have some persecution or haters? Sure. But I don’t spend too much time thinking about it.”

In-N-Out’s restaurants are found primarily on the West Coast and in the Southwest.

Snyder has a net worth of $3 billion, according to Forbes.

Source: In-N-Out Owner Keeps Adding New Bible Verses to Packaging: It’s ‘a Family Touch’

Judge Approves Devin Nunes’s Lawsuit Against Twitter — Opens Door for Thousands of Conservatives Mistreated by Social Media Giants — The Gateway Pundit

On Tuesday Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Tucker Carlson that a federal judge agreed with him that Twitter can be held accountable for its mistreatment of the conservative lawmaker.

This is great news for Trump-supporters!

Rep. Devin Nunes: Thankfully a judge now decided to agree with us that Twitter can be held accountable for its actions, for its negligence. So as many people know who have been on Twitter, especially if you’re a conservative, it’s quite often that things ‘randomly happen to you.’ You lose followers, some people can’t see what you post on Twitter, you get shadowbanned. In my case what was happening is they were allowing hundreds of accounts to slander and defame me on a daily basis. It was almost a minute-by-minute basis. Finally a judge said, “OK Twitter that’s it.” rejected all of their arguments. And now that case is going to move forward in Virginia. I think Americans understand that Twitter is a public company.

This is good news for the thousands of conservative voices who have been shadowbanned, silenced and censored by the social media giants.

Devin Nunes sued Twitter for $250 million in damages for censoring conservatives back in March.

A 2018 study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter is censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.

Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique.
Twitter was (and is) also censoring prominent pro-Trump accounts including: Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP’s Jim Hoft, TGP’s Cassandra Fairbanks, former TGP writer Lucian Wintrich, TGP’s Cristina Laila and Laura Loomer .  Laura Loomer has since been eliminated from Twitter.

This should also alarm Facebook who has worked overtime to silence and eliminate conservative voices on its platform.  

via Judge Approves Devin Nunes’s Lawsuit Against Twitter — Opens Door for Thousands of Conservatives Mistreated by Social Media Giants — The Gateway Pundit

Who are the Kurds? Why is Turkey invading Syria? How should Christians respond? — Denison Forum

When cultural or geopolitical events warrant, we publish website articles intended to explain the issues and offer biblical perspective. In this context, we’ll look today at the escalating conflict in Syria involving Turkey and the Kurds.

Who are the Kurds? 

Though not a formal country, Kurdistan represents the areas in which the Kurds live throughout Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Armenia.

Between twenty-five and thirty-five million people known as Kurds live in a region straddling the borders of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Armenia. They are indigenous to the Mesopotamian plains and form a distinct community united through race, culture, and language. The exact origin of their name is unclear.

The Kurds may be mentioned on a Sumerian clay tablet dating to the third millennium BC. Many consider themselves to have descended from the Medes, an ancient Iranian people. The majority today are Sunni Muslims.

Their traditional way of life was nomadic, revolving around sheep and goat herding. The enforcement of national boundaries after World War I impeded the seasonal migrations of their flocks, forcing most of them to abandon their traditional ways for village life and settled farming.

They also became famous as warriors and mercenaries. The sultan Saladin, known for his victories during the Crusades, epitomizes their military reputation.

After the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I, Western allies made provision for a Kurdish state in the 1920 Treaty of Sèvres. However, the Treaty of Lausanne, which was signed three years later and set the boundaries of modern Turkey, made no provision for a Kurdish state.

As a result, because they live in an area that crosses several borders, the Kurds have majority status in no country. For instance, they constitute 15 to 20 percent of the population in Turkey, 7 to 10 percent of the population in Syria, and 15 to 20 percent of the population in Iraq.

Their status in their host countries has often been very problematic. The Kurdish Project notes: “Because the Kurds have remained a separate ethnic group, they’ve always sought autonomy and independence. These aspirations have resulted in almost continuous conflict and a history of repression, resiliency and reinvention in the face of existential threats by the Turks, Arabs and Iranians and their forebears.”

After uprisings in the 1920s and 1930s in Turkey, many Kurds were resettled and faced severe persecution. An armed struggle against Turkey began in 1984 in which forty thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced. Violent clashes have continued to the present.

How have the Kurds been involved in the fight against ISIS? 

In 2013, ISIS fighters attacked Kurdish enclaves in northern Syria. Kurdish fighters in Syria responded. An ISIS advance in Iraq in 2014 drew that country’s Kurds into the conflict as well. A US-led coalition helped defend the Kurds from ISIS in northern Iraq.

Later in 2014, ISIS launched an assault on a Syrian Kurdish town, forcing tens of thousands to flee across the nearly Turkish border. However, Turkey refused to attack the ISIS position in response or to allow Turkish Kurds to defend it.

In 2015, the Kurds aligned with local Arab militias in Syria to form a coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Aided by US-led coalition air strikes, they drove ISIS out of much of northeastern Syria and established control over a large stretch of the border with Turkey.

Two years later, their coalition captured the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa. In 2019, this coalition captured the last pocket of territory held by ISIS in Syria.

Why are the Kurds being attacked by Turkey? 

Turkey’s military has been active in northern Syria since August 2016, when it supported a Syrian rebel offensive against ISIS. They now want to create a twenty-mile “safe zone” inside northeastern Syria to protect their border and resettle up to two million Syrian refugees.

However, this area is occupied by Kurdish fighters. American troops were employed in the area as well, but they were withdrawn by the order of President Trump on October 6, 2019. The White House stated that US forces, “having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

Turkey then launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters the morning of October 9. “Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,” Turkish President Erdogan said in a tweet. However, a spokesman for the SDF said Turkish warplanes were targeting “civilian areas” in northern Syria, causing a “huge panic” in the region.

That morning, President Trump defended his decision to pull back US troops from northeastern Syria, tweeting “Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!”

Others have criticized the president’s decision as “morally wrong and strategically short-sighted.” They warn that it will damage America’s reputation as a trustworthy ally, making it more difficult to assemble coalitions when we need them in the future. The president’s former envoy for the fight against ISIS criticized the decision as well amid fears that thousands of jihadist prisoners could be left unguarded and the Islamic State could be strengthened.

How should Christians respond to the Kurds? 

The Scriptures call us to respond to the Kurds in four ways.

One: Support Kurdish Christians. 

Christians in Kurdish territories date their history to the first-century Apostle Andrew. The church persisted until the Arab conquest, when a majority of the Kurds were forced to convert to Islam. Some Muslim Kurds, however, converted to Christianity.

There is an evangelical witness and church working among the Kurdish people today. They are our brothers and sisters and deserve our intercession. Paul’s commitment should be ours: “From the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

Two: Seek to lead Kurds to Christ. 

We can pray for Christians who are sharing the gospel with the Kurdish people, echoing Paul’s request: “Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18–19).

And we can ask the Lord how he wants us to help in sharing his word with them.

Three: Pray for protection for those in danger. 

Military conflict nearly always leads to innocent suffering. As we pray for those in danger, we can ask God to preserve their lives so they might testify, “Your right hand delivers me” (Psalm 138:7).

Four: Pray for peace in this conflicted region. 

I have been leading study tours to the Middle East for twenty-five years. It was my privilege to travel widely in Turkey some years ago while writing a book on the seven churches of Revelation. I am certain that the ongoing conflict in the region of Jesus’ birth grieves the heart of our Father. We should pray for lasting peace in Jerusalem and across the entire area as well (Psalm 122:6).

The One who came as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) is the ultimate answer to the conflicts of the Middle East and in every soul. As we turn to Jesus, we find in him “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Please join me in praying for such peace in every heart, beginning with our own.

via Who are the Kurds? Why is Turkey invading Syria? How should Christians respond? — Denison Forum

Democrats’ Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level — Christian Research Network

“This indeed should strike fear in the hearts of the Democrats. The Department of Justice holds the whip hand. They can indict people. Yes, the Democratic Congress can impeach. And no wonder they are trying their best to do that now. They are riding high–or some of them may think they are–because of polls and the nonstop outrage of the media.”

(Roger L Simon – PJ Media)  The important news of the day–far beyond the inevitable tedious impeachment jousting–is that John Durham’s investigation of the provenance of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of possible Trump-Russia collusion has expanded, according to several administration officials.

Fox News previously reported that Durham would be reviewing the days leading up to the 2016 election and through the inauguration.

However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

That’s the same Robert Mueller who testified under oath he was “not familiar” with Fusion GPS after years investigating a supposed scandal instigated by that company. This eye-rolling lie is far more significant than anything he has prosecuted others for. This is the same Mueller who also lied, administration officials just informed us, in denying, again under oath, he interviewed for the FBI job before becoming special counsel.  View article →

via Democrats’ Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level — Christian Research Network

Graham Tells Pelosi GOP Senators Won’t Remove Trump Over Ukraine Call: ‘She Can Stop Now’ | The Epoch Times

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said he will send a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicating that Senate Republicans will not impeach President Trump over a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying “she can stop now.”

Speaking to Fox News, Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he will ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to Pelosi that said they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense.”

“They’re about to destroy the nation for no good reason,” Graham said. “And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country.”

(R-L) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House intelligence chairman, hold a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Pelosi and other high-ranking House Democrats have said that they are focusing on Trump asking Zelensky to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

According to a transcript released by the White House after Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry, Trump asked his counterpart whether he “can look into” Biden’s role in the firing of a prosecutor. However, the transcript showed that Trump didn’t pressure Zelensky, and there was no evidence of quid pro quo.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also slammed the Democrats for their attempt.

“Overturning the results of an American election requires the highest level of fairness and due process, as it strikes at the core of our democratic process,” McConnell wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “So far, the House has fallen far short by failing to follow the same basic procedures that it has followed for every other President in our history.”

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a National Day of Prayer service in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 2, 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

White House Letter

The White House on Tuesday also told Pelosi and three committee chairmen that it will not participate in the “highly partisan and unconstitutional” impeachment inquiry.

“You have conducted your proceedings in secret. You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives. All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent,” the letter (pdf) read.

It prompted a response from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, who said that Trump administration officials could be jailed if they don’t comply with subpoenas.

“You know, a subpoena is very serious document. It literally means under penalty if you don’t show up, there is a penalty—jailing and fines and that sort of thing,” he told CNN.

Source: Graham Tells Pelosi GOP Senators Won’t Remove Trump Over Ukraine Call: ‘She Can Stop Now’

Newt Gingrich: Trump ‘Absolutely Justified’ for Not Cooperating | Newsmax

President Donald Trump is “absolutely justified” in saying he won’t cooperate with the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, and in ordering the U.S. ambassador to the European Union to stay away from a House deposition about the Ukrainian controversy, .

Source: Newt Gingrich: Trump ‘Absolutely Justified’ for Not Cooperating

If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically about Their Faith — Christian Research Network

“Unfortunately, we are so focused on teaching our kids what to believe that we can forget to train them why to believe. Teaching the what without the why is like building a house without a foundation. It may stand for a season. But when the storms come, the house comes crashing down. Likewise, a faith that doesn’t understand why it’s true will not be able to withstand the challenges and doubts of life.”

(Tim Barnett – Stand To Reason)  I take my job as a parent very seriously.

It’s my responsibility to teach my kids how to act. This starts early with a lot of “do’s and don’ts.” Don’t talk with your mouth full. Don’t talk back to your mother. Don’t hit your sisters. Do be kind. Do say please. Do share.

But right behavior is not my only goal. I’m also deeply committed to teaching right thinking. In other words, it’s not only my responsibility to teach my kids how to act; it’s also my responsibility to teach them how to think.

What to Believe Versus How to Think

Now, I’m not merely talking about teaching them what to believe. That’s an important part of parenting. But teaching your kids what to believe is not the same thing as training them how to think.

A great way to teach your kids right beliefs is to get them to memorize a catechism. A catechism is a summary of core Christian beliefs in the form of questions and answers.

Catechism is important. It helps our students know important theological truths. But it’s not enough. One of the ways I illustrate this is by asking students the question “What is a unicorn?”  View article →

via If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically about Their Faith — Christian Research Network

October 9, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

heart of stone verse

26 And I will give a new heart to you, and a new spirit I will give into your inner parts, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will give my spirit into your inner parts, and I will make it so that you will go in my rules, and my regulations you will remember, and you will do them. 28 And you will dwell in the land that I gave to your ancestors, and you will be to me as a people, and I will be to you as God.

Harris, W. H., III, Ritzema, E., Brannan, R., Mangum, D., Dunham, J., Reimer, J. A., & Wierenga, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Bible (Eze 36:26–28). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.


26–27 Second, Yahweh will remove Israel’s fossilized heart and replace it with a sensitive fleshly organ. V. 26 is a virtual quotation of 11:19, as the following synopsis demonstrates:

11:19

 

36:26

 

wĕnātattî lāhem lēb ʾeḥād

 

wĕnātattî lākem lēb ḥādāš

 

wĕrûaḥ ḥădāšâ ʾettēn bĕqirbam

 

wĕrûaḥ ḥădāšâ ʾettēn bĕqirbĕkem

 

wahăsirōtî lēb hāʾeben

 

wahăsirōtî ʾet-lēb hāʾeben

 

mibbĕšarām

 

mibbĕšarĕkem

 

wĕnātattî lāhem lēb bāśār

 

wĕnātattî lākem lēb bāśār

 

I will give them a single heart;

 

I will give you a new heart;

 

And a new spirit I will put within them;

 

And a new spirit I will put within you;

 

I will remove the heart of stone from their body;

 

I will remove the heart of stone from your body;

 

I will give them a heart of flesh.

 

I will give you a heart of flesh.

 

As in the antecedent texts, lēb and rûaḥ represent the person’s internal locus of emotion, will, and thought. Like Jesus, centuries later (Matt. 15:17–20), Ezekiel recognized the problem of rebellion and sin against Yahweh to be more deeply ingrained than mere external acts. Ezekiel concretizes the metaphor by describing the heart as stone, which speaks of coldness, insensitivity, incorrigibility, and even lifelessness (cf. 1 Sam. 25:37). Ezekiel knew whereof he spoke, having had to deal with the obduracy of his people from the time of his call. But God has been struggling with the problem for centuries. The present solution is more radical even than the circumcision of the heart prescribed by Deut. 30:6–8. The only answer is the removal of the petrified organ and its replacement with a warm, sensitive, and responsive heart of flesh (bāśār).

Concomitant with the heart transplant, Yahweh will infuse his people with a new spirit, his Spirit. On first sight, the present juxtaposing of rûaḥ and lēb in such precise, if chiastic, parallelism suggests that “spirit” and “mind/heart” should be treated as virtual synonyms. However, the synonymity is seldom exact in Hebrew parallelism, and here the terms are associated with different prepositions. The new heart is given to (nātan lĕ) the Israelites, but the spirit is placed within (nātan bĕqereb) them. This distinction is confirmed by the manner in which vv. 26b–27 elaborate on the two statements. The provision of the new heart involves a removal of the petrified organ and its replacement with a heart of flesh, the source of which is unspecified. But the new spirit placed inside Israel is identified as Yahweh’s rûaḥ (v. 27), which animates and vivifies the recipients. In customary Ezekielian style, the subject is not developed here, but will be picked up and afforded full-blown exposition in 37:1–14.

Third, Yahweh will cause his people to be obedient to himself. The construction of v. 27b is unique, highlighting the divine coercion: I will cause you to walk in my decrees, so you will diligently observe my laws (lit. “I will make [wĕʿāśîtî] that you walk in my statutes [ḥuqqîm] and observe my covenant standards [mišpāṭîm] and act [accordingly]”). According to M. Greenberg, “God will no longer gamble with Israel as he did in old times, and Israel rebelled against him; in the future—no more experiments! God will put his spirit into them, he will alter their hearts (their minds) and make it impossible for them to be anything but obedient to his rules and his commandments.”95 The declaration abandons all hope that Israel, in her present condition, can achieve the ideals of covenant relationship originally intended by Yahweh. The status quo can be altered only by direct divine intervention.[1]


36:26–28. God will give the purified Israel a new heart and … a new spirit. In place of a heart of stone He will give Israel a heart of flesh (cf. 11:19; 18:31), not hardened toward the Lord, but alive in Him. With God’s Spirit indwelling them (cf. 37:14), they will be motivated to walk in (obey) His statutes and observe (keep) His ordinances (cf. 37:24).

God’s restoration will not be simply an undoing of Israel’s sin to bring her to a state of neutrality. Rather it will be the implanting of a new nature in the Jewish people, making them righteous. This is an application of the new covenant introduced by Jeremiah (cf. Jr 31:31–33) and initiated by the Lord Jesus with Israel through His disciples (Mt 26:26–32; Lk 22:14–20). Since the initiation of the new covenant at the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, any individual who trusts Jesus as his or her Savior can experience the spiritual aspects of the new covenant. However, in the future all Israel (all the Jewish people living at the time of the tribulation), when they call upon the Lord to save them and recognize Jesus as He returns, (Zch 12:10) will be saved and become partakers of the new covenant (cf. Rm 11:26). Implanting God’s Spirit in believing Israelites will produce a new spiritual relationship between Israel and her God. The Lord established a unique relationship with the Jewish people as His chosen people at the call of Abraham, a relationship based on God’s faithfulness to them, regardless of Israel’s obedience and spiritual condition (cf. Gn 12:1–3; Dt 7:6–8). However, in the future all Israel will recognize Jesus as the Messiah, and their spiritual condition will match their national status: then you will be My people, and I will be your God (cf. Ezk 11:20; 14:11; 37:23, 27).[2]


36:26, 27 The ritual of purification from sin would be empty and meaningless apart from true repentance and the regenerating and empowering work of the Holy Spirit on the inner spirit of individuals. God would not only restore the people physically to the land, but would restore them spiritually, by giving them a new heart and new spirit to help them follow Him and do His will. (11:19–20; 18:31; 37:14; 39:29; Jer. 31:31–34; Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:17, 18; Rom. 7:7–8:11; 2 Cor. 3:3–18; Heb. 8:6–10:39.)[3]


36:26 — “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

God does not want remodeled hearts, but brand new ones. He doesn’t want a reform in character, but a new spirit that loves to do His will. He wants transformation, not mere accommodation.[4]


36:25–27 I will cleanse you. Along with the physical reality of a return to the Land, God pledged spiritual renewal: 1) cleansing from sin; 2) a new heart of the New Covenant (cf. Jer 31:31–34); 3) a new spirit or disposition inclined to worship Him; and 4) His Spirit dwelling in them, enabling them to walk in obedience to His word. This has not happened, because Israel has not trusted Jesus Christ as Messiah and Savior, but it will before the kingdom of Messiah (cf. Zec 12–14; Ro 11:25–27; Rev 11:13).[5]


36:26–27 God’s initiative moves from external to internal with the gift of a new heart and new spirit (see 11:19; cf. 18:31). The outer purification will be no use without the inner disposition to live rightly before God (36:27). The connection of “water” (v. 25) and “Spirit” (v. 27) lies behind John 3:5. I will put my Spirit within you predicts an effective inward work of God in the “new covenant.”

36:27 The promise of the Holy Spirit is fulfilled at Pentecost (Acts 2:1–21) and in the giving of the Spirit to those who believe in Christ (Rom. 8:9–17).[6]


36:26 a new heart to you, and a new spirit Develops the promise from Ezek 11:19–20. Yahweh’s cleansing entails a total transformation of heart and spirit. From a biblical perspective, the heart was the seat of the mind and will, not just emotion. Ezekiel seems to use heart and spirit in tandem to refer to a person’s whole being (compare 18:31).

I will remove the heart of stone See 11:19. The people’s arrogance and stubborn self-reliance had hardened their hearts, making them unable to respond to Yahweh as they should.[7]


36:26 new heart … new spirit. See 11:19 and note on 18:31. Instead of a heart of stone, unable to respond to God with love and obedience, God will provide a new heart and a new spirit. Note that these come as the result of divine initiative and not human attainment. Jeremiah describes the new covenant in the same way (Jer. 31:33; and Prov. 3:3; 7:3; Rom. 2:15, 29; 2 Cor. 3:3).[8]


36:26, 27 The promise of a “new heart” parallels Jeremiah’s vision of the covenant in the heart (Jer. 31:31–34). This is the clearest statement of the N.T. concept of conversion to be found anywhere in the O.T. In the N.T. a new heart is the result of conversion (Matt. 5:8; 22:37; Rom. 10:10; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 6:6; 1 Pet. 3:15). Receiving the “spirit” is also fulfilled in Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16–18, 23; 16:7–15) and the ultimate fulfillment at Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4). One day all of this shall also be true for repentant Israel.[9]


36:26 The statement I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you reflects the teaching of Dt 30:6–8—that the Lord will circumcise the hearts of his people so they may live in obedience. This radical new creation (Ezk 11:19; 18:31; Jr 31:31–34) was necessary to break the people’s bondage to the cycle of sin and retribution emphasized in Ezk 20. Regeneration is a secret act of God by which he imparts new spiritual life to dead hearts. Texts that address regeneration include Eph 2:5; Col 2:13; Jms 1:17–18; and 1Pt 1:3.[10]


26. new heart—mind and will.

spirit—motive and principle of action.

stony heart—unimpressible in serious things; like the “stony ground” (Mt 13:5, 20), unfit for receiving the good seed so as to bring forth fruit.

heart of flesh—not “carnal” in opposition to “spiritual”; but impressible and docile, fit for receiving the good seed. In Ez 18:31 they are commanded, “Make you a new heart, and a new spirit.” Here God says, “A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” Thus the responsibility of man, and the sovereign grace of God, are shown to be coexistent. Man cannot make himself a new heart unless God gives it (Php 2:12, 13).[11]


Vers. 26, 27.—A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you. The third step in the progress of sanctifying Jehovah’s Name (comp. ch. 11:19, where a similar promise is made, and ch. 18:31, where the new heart is represented as a thing Israel must make for herself). This antinomy frequently occurs in Scripture, which never shrinks from holding man responsible for the production of that, as e.g. faith, for which he is incompetent without the help of Divine grace. Besides the cleansing of her guilt and her restitution in consequence to Jehovah’s favour, Israel is promised such an inward renovation of her moral and spiritual disposition as to secure that she shall in future adhere to the worship and service of Jehovah. This change is described in a fourfold way. (1) Negatively, as a removal of the old, stony, unsusceptible heart, which had remained impervious to all appeals and insensible to all higher feelings (Zech. 7:12). (2) Positively, as a new heart and a new spirit, called elsewhere “one heart” and “a heart of flesh” (ch. 11:19; Jer. 32:39), “a heart to know God” (Jer. 24:7). (3) Causally, its existence being traced to the indwelling of God’s Spirit, who writes God’s Law upon the new heart, and inclines it to a life of obedience thereto (Jer. 31:33). (4) Practically, by its manifestation, walking in God’s statutes and keeping God’s judgments (ch. 11:20). The account here furnished of the moral and spiritual change proposed to be inwrought on Israel corresponds exactly with that given in the New Testament of the regeneration of the individual soul (John 3:3–8; Rom. 8:2, 5, 9; Gal. 5:22; Titus 3:5, 6; 1 Pet. 1:22).[12]


[1] Block, D. I. (1997–). The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 25–48 (pp. 355–356). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Dyer, C. H., & Rydelnik, E. (2014). Ezekiel. In The moody bible commentary (p. 1257). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 994). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Eze 36:26). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eze 36:25–27). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1558). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Eze 36:26). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1191). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Eze 36:26). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Rooker, M. F. (2017). Ezekiel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1300). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[11] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 610). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[12] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Ezekiel (Vol. 2, pp. 240–241). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

Ellen Outed As Conservative After She Treats Others With Respect — The Babylon Bee

DALLAS, TX—Ellen DeGeneres has been forced to come out of the closet as a conservative after she was spotted treating a political foe with respect.

Friends and family members have suspected she was a closeted conservative for years.

“She was always, like, smiling and talking with other people, even people she disagreed with,” said a tearful Portia de Rossi. “I thought maybe she was just experimenting, but a full-blown conservative—I never feared it was this bad.” De Rossi said that she’s caught DeGeneres hiding in their giant walk-in closet listening to Ben Shapiro’s podcast.

“I assumed she was just trying to find his weakness so she could punch him one day. I never in my wildest dreams thought she’d been turned.”

DeGeneres came out to her fans in a special episode of her show yesterday.

“This is who I am,” she said. “I’m a conservative, and I’m loud and proud. I can’t hide my identity any longer. I have to be true to myself.”

Audience members threw non-GMO tomatoes at her and she was forced to flee the set. She has been replaced with a more appropriate liberal spokesperson, Alyssa Milano, who will bring a different conservative on the show each week and punch them.

via Ellen Outed As Conservative After She Treats Others With Respect — The Babylon Bee

Mueller Exposed: He Reportedly Lied Under Oath About Pursuing FBI Director Job | LifeZette

Several White House officials have told Fox News that former special counsel Robert Mueller was, in fact, pursuing the job of director of the FBI — something he previously denied under oath.

Related: 25 Most Incredible Reactions to Mueller’s Appearance Before Congress

Chalk it up as yet another instance of President Donald Trump’s being able to say, “I told you so.”

Trump took to social media this past July to say, “It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director.”

“Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the vice president of the United States!” the president added.

Multiple administration sources have backed up that argument — citing official government documents.

During congressional testimony in July in which Mueller was under oath, he denied pursuing the position.

“My understanding was I was not applying for the job,” Mueller stated.

“I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job.”

Here he is testifying that he was not interviewed as a candidate:

Emails released by Judicial Watch show Mueller knew he would be named special counsel if he wasn’t appointed as director, something the president has argued demonstrates a conflict of interest.

Then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had talks with Mueller about being special counsel before he met with the president about the FBI director job.

“The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions,” Rosenstein wrote, referencing either the president or former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In other words — Mueller went into his meeting with the president knowing full well he would be named special counsel.

“I am with Mueller,” Rosenstein wrote the day before the meeting with Trump.

“He shares my views. Duty calls. Sometimes the moment chooses us,” added Rosenstein.

John Dowd, attorney to the president during the Russian hoax investigation, said Mueller’s actions were the “most dishonorable conduct I have ever witnessed.”

“Capt. Robert Mueller, USMC, sits in front of his commander-in-chief being interviewed for FBI director knowing he is going to investigate the president and never says a word,” he fumed.

But Mueller did say a word or two under oath.

And those words contradict what actually happened.

Will Mueller, who dragged multiple Trump associates through the mud over process crimes and perjury charges, be charged himself?

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

Source: Mueller Exposed: He Reportedly Lied Under Oath About Pursuing FBI Director Job

“Can’t Let This Pass!” – President Trump Speaks Out after Mueller Caught Lying Under Oath About Applying for Job as FBI Chief — The Gateway Pundit

Robert Mueller

As Cristina Laila reported yesterday…
White House officials confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that Robert Mueller indeed was pursuing the open post as the Director of the FBI when he met with President Trump in May of 2017 — Mueller previously denied this under oath.

Via Fox News producer Jake Gibson: EXCLUSIVE: Multiple administration officials tell @BretBaier and myself that when Robert Mueller met with President Trump in May of 2017, Mueller was indeed pursuing the open post as the director of the FBI – something the former Russia probe special counsel denied under oath.

President Trump has repeatedly stated that Robert Mueller should never have been allowed to be appointed as special counsel because “he wanted the job of FBI director and he didn’t get it.”

This shows an obvious conflict of interest on top of the fact that Mueller and Comey were friends.

Robert Mueller in July testified to Congress that he was not a candidate for FBI Director.

“When you talked to President Trump the day before you were appointed as special counsel, you were talking to him about FBI director position again. Did he mention the firing of James Comey?” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked.

Mueller interrupted Gohmert and said that he had not discussed the role “as a candidate.”

WATCH:

Government documents show evidence to the contrary.

Not only was Mueller pursuing the open position of FBI Director, he was already secretly talking to then-DAG Rod Rosenstein about being appointed special counsel to investigate President Trump.

This means while Mueller was sitting in his meeting with Trump in May of 2017, he knew he had a way to retaliate if Trump didn’t offer him the Directorship job — and that’s exactly what Mueller did.

Robert Mueller has ZERO honor.

On Wednesday morning President Trump tweeted out that this criminal act by Robert Mueller — “Can’t let this pass!”

Trump officials have gone to prison for far less.
Maybe they should put Mueller in isolation?

via “Can’t Let This Pass!” – President Trump Speaks Out after Mueller Caught Lying Under Oath About Applying for Job as FBI Chief — The Gateway Pundit

Haunted House For Progressives Just Normal Conservative Man’s Home Containing Bibles, Guns, And A Copy Of The Constitution — The Babylon Bee

PORTLAND, OR—It’s that time of year where houses, churches, and businesses around the neighborhood begin opening up their haunted houses for those seeking a good fright.

One haunted house in Portland is promising progressives the scariest experience of all: a tour of a regular conservative guy’s home. The home contains a sizable collection of guns, several Bibles, a few American flags, some pictures of Ronald Reagan, and of course, a copy of the Constitution.

“I can’t look!” screamed one progressive as he opened one door and saw a hunting rifle. “Ahhhhh!!!” he ran from the house screaming.

The haunted house’s owner, Bob Larson, told reporters he saw an opportunity to make a little bit of cash and ran with it. “I didn’t really even change anything,” he said, shrugging, as he turned Fox News up to full blast to add a spooky atmosphere and started cleaning one of his handguns. “I just sit here and watch my favorite Fox News hosts and they all walk through the house, screaming in fright.”

No progressive has currently made it through more than a few rooms in the house, as they usually run screaming or dive out a window in their hurry to get away.

In the haunted house’s scariest room, the attic, there’s a copy of the Constitution hanging on the wall. As guests slowly approach the frightening document, a hidden speaker begins reading it out loud in the voice of George W. Bush. One progressive died on the spot of a heart attack.

Larson’s haunted house did give one of his entrepreneurial progressive neighbors an idea, however, and the liberal has opened a haunted house for conservatives that’s just a gay person standing there doing nothing.

via Haunted House For Progressives Just Normal Conservative Man’s Home Containing Bibles, Guns, And A Copy Of The Constitution — The Babylon Bee

IT’S WAR: Turkey Launches ‘Operation Peace Spring’ With Blistering Military Offensive Into Northern Syria As Air Strikes Target Civilian Areas — Now The End Begins

The Turkish military operation into Syria has been launched today with airstrikes targeting ISIS and Kurdish forces, a Turkish security source confirmed.

On Monday, President Trump announced the United States would begin withdrawing troops in Syria to allow Turkey to begin attacking the Kurds, our ally in the fight against ISIS. Yesterday, Turkey began bombing the Kurds supply lines. Today, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the official statement that the ‘Operation Spring Peace‘ military campaign against Syria had officially begin. Within minutes of that announcement, bombs began falling on Syrian civilians as jets began relentless airstrikes. Turkey has declared not a ‘limited campaign against terrorists’, this is all out war against Syria.

“And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.” 1 Kings 18:33-35 (KJV)

You don’t have to be Doris Kerns Goodwin or Ken Burns to immediately understand the historical significance of what is happening right now in Syria. And the fact that this latest war would not have been possible without tacit approval from President Trump bodes badly for the White House. Having your name tied to the carpet bombing of Syrian civilians is not a good optic for a man who is simultaneously defending himself against impeachment and running for reelection.

I quoted the above verses from 1 Kings to illustrate the level to which the degree of difficulty that Donald Trump’s actions on Syria have now done to his 2020 campaign. Elijah filled the altar with water because only God was able to set that on fire. And only the direct intervention of God will see Donald Trump re-elected. He has my vote, but man oh man, he is ever up against the wall now.

President Erdogan Announces ‘Operation Peace Spring’ Has Begun

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: This afternoon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his offensive into northern Syria had begun in a bid to ‘bring peace to the area’ by targeting terrorists. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkish warplanes struck its region in the northeast, sparking ‘huge panic among people’ today.

Mustafa Bali, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman, said on Twitter: ‘Turkish warplanes have started to carry out air strikes on civilian areas.’ Pictured and video footage from the ground appeared to show civilians desperately fleeing the area as smoke rose from bombed positions. Kurds living near the border said civilians near the border were hurt in the attack, according to reports.

Syrian state media and a Kurdish official separately said bombing hit the town of Ras al-Ain in the northeast along the Turkish border that will be supported by artillery and howitzer fire. Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions across the border from Turkey.

Erdogan tweeted today that his armed forces along with the Syrian National Army had launched ‘Operation Peace Spring’ to ‘prevent the creation of a terror corridor’ along the Turkish border.

He added the aim to is to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a ‘safe zone’ in the area.

The Turkish president wrote on Twitter: ‘Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area. We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.’

A Turkish official confirmed the military action after explosions rocked the town of Ras al Ain in northeast Syria, on the border with Turkey. Earlier today Syria vowed to respond to a planned Turkish invasion of the northeast of the country, saying it condemned Ankara’s ‘hostile intentions’.

The Syrian foreign ministry said the ‘hostile actions’ of the Turkish government revealed its ‘expansionist ambitions,’ saying an attack on Syrian territory ‘could not be justified’ and pledged to ‘confront a Turkish assault’.

Turkish troops crossed into Syria earlier today in preparation for an imminent attack on Kurdish territory, an official claimed. READ MORE

Turkey’s Peace Spring Offensive Begins

Turkish military has now started its operation against the YPG terror group. The operational goal is to create a safe zone for the return of more than one million Syrian refugees displaced by war. The advance by Turkey follows US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he was withdrawing US troops from the region. The American withdrawal is designed to avoid accidental confrontations on the battlefield between the two NATO allies. Ankara is carrying out the operation with its regional ally – the newly formed Syrian National Army. One division, the Al Hamza brigade, has been training for the past six months. and has the support of local Arabs and Kurds.

via IT’S WAR: Turkey Launches ‘Operation Peace Spring’ With Blistering Military Offensive Into Northern Syria As Air Strikes Target Civilian Areas — Now The End Begins

Why Was Brian Houston, Hillsong, Allegedly Not Allowed at White House Dinner Given for the Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Abuse Coverup Maybe? — The Wartburg Watch

Did Brian Houston of Hillsong coverup his father’s abuse of young boys? This is not a political discussion.

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“We live in a society where people are often more offended by those who point out child abuse than by the abuse itself. In other words, society does not view abuse as the problem; the problem is you pointing it out. Society’s basic mindset is that “If we don’t talk about abuse, then it’s not happening.” Similarly, children are attacked when they point out the dysfunction around them.” ― Darius Cikanavicius


This post is not meant to be a political commentary. Please-no debates om political matters  Let’s stick to the  issue surrounding Hillsong and abuse. If the politics get carried away, GBTC will shut down the comment section. I don’t want that to happen since this is a fascinating story.

The Guardian posted Gossip’: Morrison sidesteps claim Hillsong pastor snubbed by White House

Here are some of the points.

Scott Morrison has sidestepped questions about whether he wanted the Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston to be a guest at Friday night’s glittering black-tie state dinner hosted by Donald Trump, characterising the reports as “gossip”.

Asked whether it was true that he had lobbied to have Houston attend the dinner and been knocked back by the White House, the Australian prime minister told travelling reporters: “I don’t comment on gossip. It’s all gossip.”

…The Wall Street Journal revealed Morrison had wanted the Hillsong Churchpastor to be a guest at the state dinner at the Rose Garden in the White House,

But according to the Journal, 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 accusation

Another post Hillsong leader’s father ‘still preached after suspension for sex abuse’

A pentecostal pastor who abused up to nine children decades before he made a confession was still preaching one week after he was supposedly suspended, it has been alleged at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

Frank Houston, who died in 2004, confessed in 2000 to sexually abusing a boy in New Zealand more than 30 years earlier, referred to in this week’s hearing as AHA. He was sacked by his son, Brian Houston, the high-profile head of Hillsong Church, who was then national president of the Assemblies of God, a worldwide grouping of pentecostal churches.

It appears that the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is BFFs with Brian Houston. However, Brian Houston is getting pushback in Australia for his reportedly dismal response to his father’s abuse of young boys.

The following 4 1/2 minute video is well worth your time.

It appears that a number of celebrities in the US are quite supportive of Houston. For example, Beth Moore often appears on the Hillsong Channel.  This is odd considering the fact that she is currently starring in ERLC’s Caring Well conference.

Frankly, I’m glad he wasn’t toasting and dining on my dime.

via Why Was Brian Houston, Hillsong, Allegedly Not Allowed at White House Dinner Given for the Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Abuse Coverup Maybe? —