Daily Archives: October 24, 2019

October 24 Jars of Clay

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

The apostle Paul knew true success in ministry, but he also knew something about pain and turmoil. During his ministry, he was hunted, imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and mocked. His fellow Jews branded him a traitor, and he was often scorned or not trusted by his Christian brothers. Paul faced the worst that life had to offer, yet he retained the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus.

Unfortunately, many new believers assume that the saving work of Christ in their lives will prevent them from experiencing times of trials and troubles. Paul, however, disagreed. In 2 Corinthians 4:7–18, Paul illuminated the pain often associated with discipleship. Dispelling the illusion that Christians are spared hardships, Paul instead praised God for those times in which His power is revealed in human weakness.

In verse 7, Paul wrote about earthen vessels and the power of God. The NIV translates “earthen vessels” as “jars of clay.” The image here is of the unimaginable power of God being poured into fragile, cracked containers: you and me.

God’s glory is not revealed in spite of our brokenness, but rather through our brokenness. Just as a cracked jar will seep water, so will the power of God leak out from our fractured lives.

Do not be ashamed of your “cracks.” Rather, examine yourself to discover how God may be more fully revealed to you and others through your hardships.

Dear heavenly Father, let me realize that the “cracks” in my jar of clay provide openings for Your light to shine through. Reveal Yourself through me today.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 311). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Whole of the Christian Life Is Repentance — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We don’t just repent once. In this brief clip, Sinclair Ferguson explains that the Christian life requires daily repentance and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ.

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

Most of you know the story of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The first of these theses was this: When our Lord Jesus said “repent.” He meant that the whole of the Christian life should be repentance. You ever heard somebody say, well I repented twenty years ago, thirty years ago, ten years ago, it’s done and dusted. No it’s not done and dusted for Jesus. It is the whole of the Christian life. This transformation, this newness, this difference that is the Christian life, takes place only when we find ourselves bowing down to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

via The Whole of the Christian Life Is Repentance — Ligonier Ministries Blog

October 24 Sharpen Your Shovel

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1

Key Verse: Psalm 19:10

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

If you were an explorer, and you had a guaranteed, accurate map directing you to buried treasure, you would be committed to uncovering it, wouldn’t you? Nothing would deter you from the expedition. You would have a shovel in hand and a single-minded purpose that was not deterred by any difficulty.

Did you know that God’s Word is a treasure? It’s true, and not just in an obscure or abstract way. The Bible is truth, God’s unerring, unfailing, and eternal revelation to mankind. Every principle is rock-solid; you can bank your very life on what it says.

King David, who possessed much wealth, expressed the worth of Scripture in these poetic terms: “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart … They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb” (Ps. 19:7–10 nasb).

These are the words of a rich man, yet he found the Word of the Lord richer still. If you have read the Bible for years, you can certainly testify to its growing sweetness. If you are just beginning to “mine” in Scripture, you need to sharpen your shovel and get ready to dig—you’ll never reach the bottom.

O Lord, sharpen my spiritual shovel. I want to mine the wealth of Your Word. I am ready to dig into Your limitless resources.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 311). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 24 Hearing and Doing

Scripture reading: James 1:22–25

Key verse: Romans 9:26

It shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,

“You are not My people,”

There they shall be called sons of the living God.

How you enter church each week will have a great impact on how you exit it. The reference here is to attitude and intention, not to whether you look or act just right.

James told us to be doers and not just hearers of the Word. The only way to be a doer is to be an intense hearer. We must know what to do and how to go about it before we can be doers. It is imperative that we walk into church services having resolved that we will intently, actively listen to the preaching of the Word of God.

Pray for God to prepare your heart for what He wants you to hear from your pastor. Take notes. Pray during the message. Say something like, “Lord, what are You trying to teach me here?” If there is a particular point that God continually is impressing upon your spirit, ask Him, “Father, what am I missing? Reveal what You would have me learn. How can I absorb what I am hearing and apply it to my life?”

Comprehending God’s Word will help you become a doer of God’s Word. This is the truth behind Romans 8:29, in which God would have us to be conformed to the image of His Son. You must comprehend to be conformed, and you must be conformed to effectively communicate in speech and deed the Word of God.

Make me an intense hearer, Lord, so I can be an obedient doer. Conform me to the image of Your Son, so I can effectively communicate Your Word in speech and deed.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 311). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 24, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

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Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? (6:26)

There are many birds in northern Galilee, and it is likely that Jesus pointed to some passing birds as He said, Look at the birds of the air. As an object lesson, He called attention to the fact that birds do not have intricate and involved processes for acquiring food. They do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns.

Like every creature, birds have their life from God. But God does not say to them, in effect, “I’ve done My part; from now on you’re on your own.” The Lord has provided them with an abundance of food resources and the instinct to find those resources for themselves and their offspring. Your heavenly Father feeds them. He “prepares for the raven its nourishment, when its young cry out to God” (Job 38:41; cf. Ps. 147:9).

If God so carefully takes care of such relatively insignificant creatures as birds, how much more will He take of those who are created in His own image, and who have become His children through faith? Are you not worth much more than they?

Arthur Pink comments, “Here we may see how the irrational creatures, made subject to vanity by the sin of man, come nearer to their first estate and better observe the order of nature in their creation than man does. For they seek only for that which God has provided for them, and when they receive it they are content. This solemnly demonstrates that man is more … vile and more base than even the brute beasts” (An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974], p. 229).

Jesus does not suggest that birds do nothing to feed themselves. Anyone who has observed them even for a little while is impressed with their diligence and persistence in foraging for food. Many birds spend the greater part of their time and energy finding food for themselves, their mates, and their young. But they do not worry about where their next meal is going to come from. They gather food until they have enough, and then go about whatever other business they may have until time for the next meal. Birds only eat excessively when humans put them in cages. They never worry about or stockpile their food. Certain species store seeds or nuts for winter, but they do so out of instinctive sense, not out of fear or worry. Much less do they stockpile simply for the sake of gloating over their hoard. In their own limited way they illustrate what we should know: that the heavenly Father feeds them.

Yet no bird is created in the image of God or recreated in the image of Christ. No bird was ever promised heirship with Jesus Christ throughout all eternity. No bird has a place prepared for him in heaven. And if God gives and sustains life for birds, will He not take care of us who are His children and who have been given all those glorious promises?

The idea that the world’s food supply is rapidly diminishing is untrue. A recent bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture states, “The world has more than enough food to feed every man, woman, and child in it. If the world’s food supply had been evenly divided and distributed among the world’s population for the last eighteen years, each person would have received more than the minimum number of calories. From 1960 to the present world food grain production never dropped below a hundred and three percent of the minimum requirement, and averaged a hundred and eight percent.”

Nor has the per capita amount of food been dropping. The same bulletin reports, “World per capita food production declined only twice in the last twenty-five years. In fact production of grain, the primary food for most of the world’s people, rose from two hundred and ninety kilograms per person during the early fifties to three hundred and sixty kilograms per person during the last five years.” It is also stated that only ten percent of the agricultural land in the world could produce enough food to feed every human being on our planet, even by the standard of U. S. consumption![1]


26 To worry about food and drink is to have learned nothing from the natural creation. If the created order testifies to God’s “eternal power and divine nature” (Ro 1:20), it testifies equally to his providence. The point is not that disciples need not work—birds do not simply wait for God to drop food into their beaks—but that they need not fret. Disciples may further strengthen their faith when they remember that God is in a special sense their Father (not the birds’ Father), and that they are worth far more than birds (“you” is emphatic). Here the argument is from the lesser to the greater.

This argument presupposes a biblical cosmology without which faith makes no sense. God is so sovereign over the universe that even the feeding of a wren falls within his concern. Because he normally does things in regular ways, there are “scientific laws” to be discovered. But the believer with eyes to see simultaneously discovers something about God and his activity (cf. Carson, Sermon on the Mount, 87–90).[2]


26 The first of the concerns mentioned in v. 25 (food) is addressed by means of an illustration from nature; the second (clothing) will be similarly addressed in v. 28. For similar lessons from nature in the OT cf. Job 12:7–10; Prov 6:6–11; Jer 8:7. Solomon was famous for them, 1 Kgs 4:32–33. For a close rabbinic parallel see m. Qidd. 4:14. For God’s provision for his animal creation see e.g. Ps 104:10–15, 27–30. While it is true that God’s creation provides the food which birds need, the statement that “your heavenly Father feeds them” should not be misunderstood. As Luther famously put it, God provides food for the birds, but he does not drop it into their beaks. More obviously than the flowers of v. 28, birds have to work for their food by searching and hunting, even if not in the human way of sowing, reaping and storing. This is not a charter for laziness, for birds or for humans. The argument is a fortiori: if God provides for the birds, how much more for you? The assumption that God’s human creation is of more importance to him than the non-human (cf. 10:31; 12:12) echoes the pattern of the Genesis creation narrative, where human beings constitute the final and climactic act of creation and are given authority over the rest of the animal creation (Gen 1:26–28; cf. Adam’s naming of the animals in Gen 2:19–20). While the idea of the “dominion” of humanity over the rest of creation has been seriously abused, especially in recent generations, the contention of some more extreme proponents of animal rights that humanity has no special place in God’s order for his world finds little biblical support and is here clearly contradicted. It is interesting to observe that the same assumption with regard to the vegetable creation in v. 30, while equally taken for granted, is less explicitly stated than here.[3]


26. Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are of more value than they, are you not? The sky above Palestine and neighboring countries is full of birds. Scripture mentions many of them. In the small compass of seven verses (Lev. 11:13–19) no less than twenty kinds are listed: eagle, ossifrage, osprey, kite, falcon, raven, ostrich, nighthawk, sea gull, hawk, owl, cormorant, ibis, water hen, pelican, vulture, stork, heron, hoopoe, and bat. In the old dispensation all of these were considered “unclean.” The pigeon and the turtle-dove are mentioned in Lev. 12:6 (cf. Luke 2:24); the sparrow and the swallow in Ps. 84:3; for the former see also Matt. 10:29, 31; Luke 12:6, 7. In addition to turtle-dove and swallow Jer. 8:7 mentions the crane. In the passage parallel to Matt. 6:26 Jesus calls the attention of his audience to the (already mentioned) raven (Luke 12:24). The barnyard with its domestic fowl is not neglected; note the strikingly beautiful passage about the hen and its chicks (Matt. 23:37), and the part the rooster plays in the story of Peter’s denial (Matt. 26:34 ff., and parallels). The eagle, referred to not only in Lev. 11 but in several other Old Testament passages (including such well-known ones as Deut. 32:11; Ps. 103:5 and Ezek. 17:3, 11) returns in the pages of the New Testament (Matt. 24:28; cf. Luke 17:37; Rev. 4:7; 12:14). We have already become acquainted with the dove in our study of the baptism of Jesus (see p. 214).

For a complete list and description of the birds mentioned in Scripture one should turn to the delightfully interesting work by A. Parmelee, All the Birds of the Bible, New York, 1959. That author calls the country in which the Sermon on the Mount was delivered “the cross-roads of bird-migrations.” Was a thick swarm of winged travelers cleaving the air at the very moment when the Lord spoke the words of 6:26? It is entirely possible.

What Jesus is saying here is that the birds of the air neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet are being fed and kept alive by their Creator. This passage must not be misinterpreted as if it were an encouragement to idleness. It could not have been that, for the Lord knew well enough that his audience was conscious of the fact that adult birds are by no means lazy. They work for their living. They do not just settle themselves on some twig and wait for food to drop into their mouths. No, they are very busy. They gather insects and worms, prepare their nests, care for their young and teach them how to fly, etc. A certain degree of “care” for impending contingencies can be ascribed to them, especially to the migrants among them; for, as the season may dictate, these travel to warmer or cooler regions. Nevertheless, two things must be borne in mind. First, birds are not guilty of overdoing a good thing. They are not like the rich fool of the parable (Luke 12:16–21). Secondly, when these birds prepare their nests, train their young, migrate, etc., they are acting “instinctively.” When we say this, are we not really affirming that it is their Creator who, by endowing them with these instincts, is caring for them, while they themselves are merely responding to certain stimuli?

With men the story is entirely different. It is they, not the birds, who not only sow and reap and gather into barns, but who, while engaged in all this, are often filled with dreadful forebodings, in large measure ignoring God’s promises! While the birds are “carefree,” men are “careworn.”

Christ’s argument—from the less to the greater, contrast verse 25—amounts to this: If the birds, who cannot in any real sense plan ahead, have no reason to worry, then certainly you, my followers, endowed with intelligence, so that you can take thought for the future, should not be filled with apprehension. Again, if God provides even for these lower creatures, how much more will he care for you, who were created as his very image. And especially, if the One who feeds them is “your heavenly Father” but their Creator, then how thoroughly unreasonable your anxiety becomes. “You are of more value than they, are you not?” asks the Lord, in a question so worded in the original that it expects an affirmative answer.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 421–423). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 215). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (p. 268). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 349–351). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Rand Paul: There Are GOP Senators ‘Whose Allegiance Is More to the Deep State’ Than Trump | Breitbart

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Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson questioned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as to why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had not been aggressive employing his subpoena power as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee against various central figures involved with the effort to derail Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and his presidency.

Paul explained he had urged Graham to act. However, he said there were other Republican members of the U.S. Senate that had more of an “allegiance” to the so-called Deep State than Trump.

Partial transcript as follows:

CARLSON: So I don’t want to single out, I don’t want to be, you know, unfair to any particular senator. But I would tell you that I hear a lot from our viewers, you know, what is the answer? How did this start? Lindsey Graham is the Committee Chairman. He claimed he would get to the bottom of it. Why hasn’t he?

PAUL: Well, not just any senator can do this. So I can’t call a committee hearing and drag these people in. Senator Graham has the power. He is the Chairman of a powerful committee, the Judiciary Committee. And yes, I’ve encouraged him publicly and privately to do this.

Big Pharma And Microsoft Are Teaming Up In Something Called The ‘ID2020 Alliance’ That Will Combine Vaccinations With Implantable Microchips To Create Your Digital ID — Now The End Begins

Big Pharma is officially partnering with the tech industry to pair “immunization” with digital biometrics, meaning humans will soon be microchipped, tracked, and ultimately controlled through a global identification matrix.

For years we’ve been watching as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, now retired from the company he founded, use his billions to give ‘free vaccinations‘ to people in third world countries. Now Bill has become a founding partner in another company, this one is called the ID2020 Alliance, and its goal is to give every human being on Earth a digital id. How do they plan on accomplishing this feat? By combining mandatory vaccinations with implantable microchips. Genius, isn’t it? And coming soon to a theater near you, as the saying goes.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

So now you know what Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were really doing over the past 10 years, travelling to third word countries and giving ‘free vaccinations’ to the poor, downtrodden natives. Those ‘free vaccinations‘ was research and a live testing lab to conduct the necessary experiments required to form ID2020. And as you will see today, this unholy hybrid of vaccinations and implantable microchips is already happening in Bangladesh, soon it will be Boston. A page on the Gates Foundation website says that Bill and Melinda have so far invested over $2.5 billion dollars to this project, with no end in sight. Can the man who put the world behind a personal computer now put a vaccination microchip digital ID into the global population? Bill Gates is absolutely positive he can, and indeed is well on his way to achieving that goal.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 (KJV)

We have been warning you about this for the past 10 years, and now it is happening. Are you ready for what comes next? I hope you are. Keep looking for that Blessed Hope, and thank God it comes before the time of Jacob’s trouble. If only my friend, Carl Sanders, the man who first revealed the inner-workings of the team that created the RFID microchip, had lived long enough to see this day.

Vaccines now being used to harvest biometric identities of everyone; Big Brother merges with Big Pharma

FROM NATURAL NEWS: The ID2020 Alliance, as it’s being called, is a digital identity program that aims to “leverage immunization” as a means of inserting tiny microchips into people’s bodies. In collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, also known as GAVI, the government of Bangladesh and various other “partners in government, academia, and humanitarian relief,” the ID2020 Alliance hopes to usher in this mark of the beast as a way to keep tabs on every human being living on Earth.

Similar to how cattle are marked with ear tags, this globalist alliance wants all humans to be “vaccinated” with digital tracking chips that will create a seamless monitoring system for the New World Order to manage the populations of the world with ease.

“We are implementing a forward-looking approach to digital identity that gives individuals control over their own personal information, while still building off existing systems and programs,” says Anir Chowdhury, a policy advisor at a2i, the Bangladesh government’s “Access to Information Program.”

“The government of Bangladesh recognizes that the design of digital identity systems carries far-reaching implications for individuals’ access to services and livelihoods, and we are eager to pioneer this approach,” he adds.

While the ID2020 program’s testing grounds are primarily in the Third World, the group says it’s also now working with governments here in the United States to start microchipping people through vaccination.

In Austin, Texas, for example, the homeless population is now being exploited as a collective guinea pig for ID2020’s microchip vaccination program, which the group claims will help to “empower” homeless people by supposedly giving them “control” over their personal identity data.

“The City of Austin, ID2020, and several other partners are working together with homeless people and the service providers who engage with them to develop a blockchain-enabled digital identity platform called MyPass to empower homeless people with their own identity data,” writes Chris Burt for BiometricUpdate.com.

The ID2020 Alliance, as it’s being called, is a digital identity program that aims to “leverage immunization” as a means of inserting tiny microchips into people’s bodies.

ID2020 is also jabbing refugees with its microchip vaccinations through two inaugural pilot programs known as iRespond and Everest. According to reports, iRespond has “improved continuity of care” for more than 3,000 refugees receiving drug treatments for chronic illness. Everest, on the other hand, has “assisted with the provision of access to critical energy subsidies and a range of additional services with secure and user-centric digital identities without relying on a smartphone,” Burt writes.

All of this is priming the public for an eventual mandate of microchip vaccinations, which will be required for every individual in order to buy and sell goods. Chowdhury openly admitted this in stating that digital identity systems will be necessary for “individuals’ access to services and livelihoods.”

In other words, the Bible is right: A global identification system is in the works that will eventually be required for people to function in society, and ultimately survive. Without these microchips in their bodies, people won’t be able to work, let alone eat, and it’s all happening right before our very eyes.

Keep in mind that ID2020 is a part of the so-called “REAL ID,” which will soon be required for those who wish to travel. REAL ID will also be used as a backdoor method of implementing mandatory vaccination policies for adults. READ MORE

Our Manifesto | ID2020

We believe the ability to prove one’s identity is a fundamental and universal human right. ID2020 Alliance partners jointly define functional requirements, influencing the course of technical innovation and providing a route to technical interoperability, and therefore trust and recognition.

ID2020 Summit 2018: Part 1

The ID2020 Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to improving lives through user-centric, portable, privacy-protecting digital identity. This year’s Summit, convened by ID2020 Alliance, brought together leaders and innovators in the field to discuss the technical and non-technical requirements to yield a collective roadmap that moves us towards broad adoption of “good” digital identity for all.

Carl Sanders Helped Design The first Implantable Microchip

Carl Sanders was an engineer on the world’s first implantable microchip, and in the process of working on this incredible end times device, Carl got saved and spent the rest of his life warning people about what was coming. What you will hear in this video clip is taken from a cassette tape that was sent around churches back in the 1990’s, I had one of those copies. When the Lord had me start NTEB, Bro. Carl and I became friends and he was a guest on our program many times. 

via Big Pharma And Microsoft Are Teaming Up In Something Called The ‘ID2020 Alliance’ That Will Combine Vaccinations With Implantable Microchips To Create Your Digital ID — Now The End Begins

October 24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A year after the U.S. Vice President’s hawkish speech on China caused an
uproar in Beijing, Mike Pence is expected to strike a gentler tone in a
second policy address on the country Thursday, as hopes blossom for a
partial trade deal with Beijing.

A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump told a federal appeals court
Wednesday the president does not have to hand over his tax returns to New
York state prosecutors because he is immune from criminal investigation.

The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment investigation
said on Wednesday that the State Department refused to comply with a
subpoena for documents that they now know are key to their probe into
whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office.

The 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London are believed to
be Chinese nationals, police said on Thursday, as they questioned the
driver detained on suspicion of murder.

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell more than expected in
September and shipments also declined, a sign that business investment
remains weak amid the continuing fallout from the U.S.-China trade war but
other data on Thursday showed it has yet to have much effect on the overall
jobs market.

Chile’s president and lawmakers prepared on Thursday to push forward social
equality reforms after the easing of riots in the latest flashpoint of
protests against South American leaders.

More than half a million homes and businesses in California could lose
power this week as utilities including Pacific Gas & Electric and
Southern California Edison cut off electricity as a preventive measure
against wildfires.

Several U.S. states that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic are
pushing back on a proposed $48 billion settlement framework that would
resolve thousands of lawsuits against five drug companies accused of
fueling the addiction crisis.

AP Top Stories

President Trump on Wednesday announced “a major breakthrough” in Syria amid
bipartisan anger over his decision to pull U.S. troops from the region,
allowing a Turkish invasion that has displaced more than 100,000 of
America’s Kurdish allies.

The United States has been quietly reducing its troop strength in
Afghanistan despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban, weakening
its hand in any future negotiations with the insurgents.

An Iranian beauty queen is seeking asylum in the Philippines, fearing for
her life after Tehran demanded her extradition for a crime she claims she
did not commit.

Cars will soon start rolling off General Motors’ factory floors after a
month-long shutdown, but the pain will linger for some of the carmaker’s
key suppliers. American Axle & Manufacturing, Lear and other car parts
suppliers rely heavily on General Motors for revenue. The companies all
suffered varying degrees of damage from the sudden shutdown of operations
on September 16, when United Auto Workers members went on strike.

A fast-moving wildfire forced the late night evacuations of residents in a
northern California’s Sonoma County as intense winds fanned flames
southwards and tens of thousands are without power Wednesday night into
early Thursday.

Chan Tong-kai, the murder suspect whose case sparked a political crisis in
Hong Kong, has been released after serving 18 months in prison.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who’s still trying to settle a nearly
week-old teacher’s strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax
and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to
close a massive $838 million budget deficit.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and
abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the
Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the
Turkish army.

In Hong Kong a single, 134.5 square foot parking spot at a 73-story office
tower in the glitzy financial district has sold for $969,000, according to
local media reports. That works out to just over $7,200 per square foot. By
comparison, the average apartment in upscale Manhattan goes for four times
less, at around $1,770, according to real estate analytics firm
NeighborhoodX.

The Virginia city of Norfolk has the right to move its “Johnny Reb”
Confederate statue from a busy downtown intersection to a local cemetery,
the state attorney general and a local prosecutor have determined.

Republicans in South Carolina have voted to proceed on a measure that would
strip abortion exemptions in cases of rape or incest, and criminalize the
procedure almost entirely as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.

BBC

Israeli ex-military chief Benny Gantz has been tasked with forming a
coalition government after PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts ended in
deadlock. It is the first time that someone other than Mr. Netanyahu has
received such a mandate since 2009.

A painting seized by the Nazis from a Jewish family in Germany in 1933 has
been found at a museum in New York. The piece is held by the FBI until it
can be returned to the Mosse family.

EU leaders are set to decide on Friday whether to grant the UK a
three-month Brexit extension, the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler says.

WND

A jury in Texas prevented a father from intervening in the gender
“transitioning” of his 7-year-old son through chemical castration.

Complaining of a “Soviet-style process,” more than a dozen House
Republicans stormed a closed-door meeting Wednesday where Democratic
lawmakers were questioning a Defense Department official in the impeachment
inquiry into President Trump.

The Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (ESAC)
suggests that math is subjective and racist, saying under one section, “Who
gets to say if an answer is right,” and under another, “how is math
manipulated to allow inequality and oppression to persist?”


Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 24, 2019

The Foundation

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

Republicans Expose Dems’ Impeachment Secrecy

House Republicans storm the closed-door testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper.


Rep. Katie Hill’s Brewing #MeToo Scandal

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Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”? — Lighthouse Trails Inc

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The headline above is from an article Lighthouse Trails wrote in 2015. We are posting this article again because this month four highly popular evangelical leaders did something that more than surprised many people. And we believe what they did is a perfect example of what this article is warning.

On October 18, 2019, Religious News Service reported:

This week SBC adherents watched in (near) terror as prominent Southern Baptist pastors, including Franklin Graham, Jack Graham (no relation to Franklin or Billy), Robert Jeffress and Greg Laurie [not SBC], tweeted their approval of a new book by Paula White, President Trump’s spiritual advisor. In another time, these long-respected gospel preachers and conservative leaders would never have risked reputation and religious conviction to promote her.

One can only speculate at this point why these high-profile evangelical leaders would endorse a book written by someone who has aligned with the prosperity-gospel and the New Apostolic Reformation (see links below). It doesn’t take much imagination to believe that these endorsements by the two Grahams (not related), Jeffress, and Laurie were politically motivated.

As we explain below, there is every reason for American Christians to be seriously concerned about the state of our country and to hope and pray for godly leadership in the political realm. But will Christian leaders and pastors replace commitment to the Gospel for commitment to a unified dominionist agenda to “save the country”? Sadly, in many cases, the Gospel has already been replaced with various substitutes, and dominionism is one of those.

2015 Article by the Editors at Lighthouse Trails:

Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”?

As America is fast approaching another presidential election year, Dominionist/Kingdom Now political and religious figures are joining forces with evangelical Christian groups. While having concern for the state of America is more than legitimate, will Christians replace commitment and loyalty to the Gospel for commitment and loyalty to a dominionist agenda? If they do, they will learn the hard way that compromise and a “whatever it takes” attitude will do more harm to the cause of Jesus Christ than good.

This article is not a statement that Christians should not be involved in or concerned about the political state of their countries. Rather, the intention of this article is to exhort believers to use discernment in understanding the times in which we live. It is to show how a present ecumenical, dominionist movement (that is heading toward a one-world religion to “establish the kingdom of God on earth”) is operating and deceiving many Christians. As Christians, we are to be witnesses for Jesus Christ and His Gospel message of salvation. But today, many Christians may be on the brink of buying into a plan that will ultimately create a global religion and global government.

The apostle Paul was very clear that we are not to entangle ourselves with those who say they are of the faith but preach “another gospel” (Romans 16:17, Titus 3:10, 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).

The definition below of dominionism is helpful in understanding the goals of the dominionist movement:

The Gospel of Salvation [according to dominionism] is achieved by setting up the “Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ.

Dominionism shares some of the same ideologies as the emerging church, the primary similarity being the belief that a utopian “kingdom of God” will be set up on earth prior to the return of Jesus Christ, and in fact there won’t actually be a bodily physical return of Christ; but rather His presence will become more manifest within us the more the kingdom of God on earth is created. This is totally contrary to Scripture that tells us that Jesus Christ will return physically (where every eye shall see Him), and it will be to a world that has become completely chaotic and reprobate, not utopian and godly.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. (Revelation 1:7)

An article titled “7 Mountains – Set to Go Viral” examines the goals of this dominionist agenda, expressing “concern that this radical mandate for dominionism, and the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which birthed it, are becoming part of the political Right and evangelical mainstream.” The article states that the “7 mountains mandate is already becoming a unifying rally point among evangelicals from many diverse theological camps and from some very unexpected quarters.”

The Dominionist/Reclaiming our Culture mind-set is a dangerous path that leads, not to biblical truth, but rather to an ecumenical, Road to Rome, “Army for God” that will attempt to force culture to be “Christian” (something Jesus Christ or the disciples never mandated) and will end up leading all down that Road to Rome and eventually into a one-world religion and one-world government.

The article assesses:

Not only does the Kingdom of God have a different King to the kingdoms of the world, but it has different citizens, has a different future and it operates by different principles. One of the principles that makes God’s Kingdom radically different to that of the world is the lust for power as opposed to the willingness to serve.

“Jesus said: ‘Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.’” (Matthew 20:25-28).2

This is not to say that Christians should not try to be a light and the “salt” in a fallen culture (Matthew 5:13). But there is a difference between what Scripture instructs us to do and what the 7 Mountains movers teach; they  believe they are “building an actual PHYSICAL kingdom here on earth — structurally through man’s mechanisms. This is the 7 mountains that they want to take over. They believe they can take them over by political, scientific, and psycho-social means.” And like the New Agers, they also want to build the spiritual kingdom within, “which they believe they can perfect themselves here on earth via mysticism” thus “they will begin to ‘manifest’ Christ — become the sons of God.”3

A Civil War?

In a radio transcript titled “Blues and Grays,”  Roger Oakland of Understand the Times states:

Christianity is about to be purified through a civil war, they say. Is this behavior indicative of a revival as some claim? Or is this exactly what occurred in the past when “enlightened Christians” became the “manifested sons of God”?

[In] an article written by Rick Joyner called the Coming Civil War in the Church. . . . Joyner states he believes a civil war will soon be breaking out within the church. He states: “There is a huge portion of the church which is being held bondage to the same religious spirit that manifested itself to the Pharisees, and it will attack any new movement that arises in the church. The more anointed the new movement is, the more these traditionalists will be threatened by it, and the more vehemently they will attack it.”

Joyner’s solution for removing the people who oppose this “anointed new move” sounds rather militant. Listen to what he says:

“The longer we continue to compromise with such institutions which use manipulation or control for the sake of unity or for any reason the more it will ultimately cost us to remove the cancer from our midst.”

Joyner then went on to describe how the conflict in the church will develop:

“The coming spiritual civil war will be between the Blue’s and the Gray’s. In dreams and visions blue often represents heavenly-mindedness, and gray speaks of those who live by the power of their own minds – which is equivalent to the brain’s gray matter. This will be a conflict between those who may be genuine Christians, but who live mostly according to their natural minds and human wisdom, and those who follow the Holy Spirit.” 4

In Kevin Reeves book, The Other Side of the River, Reeves discusses Rick Joyner. Reeves, a former elder of a Latter Rain/dominionist church, states:

Joyner’s blatant Latter Rain beliefs were assimilated into our congregation on the wings of the mythical end-times revival which would supposedly sweep millions into the kingdom. A super-spiritual elite group of prophets and apostles will be raised up, Joyner states, and will transform the world of these last days, doing greater miracles than even the apostles who walked with our Lord. Whole nations will tremble at the mention of their names.

Interesting. Sounds a lot easier to deal with than Jesus’ prophecy that “[Y]e shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9).5

In Final Quest, Joyner says he hears from a dead saint (one of the foolish virgins mentioned in Scripture), who has told him the things that are to come. According to one researcher, “Rick Joyner was one of the ‘Kansas City Prophets’ who now wields considerable influence through his ‘prophecies’ about a coming militant church.”6 Joyner states:

We are coming to the times when passive Christianity and passive Christians will cease to exist. There is a maturity, a discipline, and a divine militancy coming upon the people of God. Those who have succumbed to humanistic and idealistic theologies may have a hard time with this, but we must understand that God is a military God. The title that He uses ten times more than any other in Scripture is “the Lord of hosts,” or “Lord of armies.” There is a martial aspect to His character that we must understand and embrace for the times and the job to which we are now coming.7

We know that the Lord will return with a cloud of witnesses to bring down judgment on the earth, but we don’t believe Rick Joyner or the self-proclaimed apostles and prophets will be leading the way.

Will the Christian Church Sell Out?

During the years just prior to the 2008 presidential election, an all out effort was made by leaders in the emerging church to help get elected a liberal, far left president. Many of these leaders, such as Rick Warren, said things that made many conservative Christians feel guilty for voting on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality. Books by emerging “progressive” authors suggested that Christians shouldn’t even become involved in politics (e.g. Shane Claiborne’s book, Jesus for President) (see our booklet on this issue).  And while the older conservatives were being manipulated not to vote, young Christians were being persuaded to vote differently than their “old fashioned parents,” to vote for social justice regardless of biblical standards or lack of them.  And, well, no need to say what these emerging efforts did to America.

No single political party can save the world. The Bible says that the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the worse the state of the world will be in. Rather than “evolving” into perfection, mankind is disintegrating.8 It’s because of man’s sin and a world that has for the most part rejected the Savior of the world. Revelation 12:9 states that the day will come when Satan will “deceiveth the whole world.” Yet just as Jesus gave the coin to pay the tax to Caesar, so too we as Christians can be responsibly active in our world. But foremost, let us remember that the Bible says we cannot serve both God and man at the same time (Matthew 6:24).The true calling of born-again believers is to preach the Gospel, make disciples, and contend for the faith. And we must never compromise by embracing dominionist agendas and interspiritual Peace Plans and joining forces with those whose goals and ambitions are contrary to the Christian commission given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must ask ourselves, is a militant dominionist agenda what we really want to embrace and support? Is it what we want to serve?

In a powerful radio interview a few years ago, former radio host Ingrid Schlueter addressed this dominionist agenda. She stated:

We have a group of leaders who are horrified with the moral collapse in this country. I am horrified with the cultural collapse in this country. We have a problem in identifying and discerning why our culture is collapsing. What we are seeing around us is not fruit of Christians not caring. It’s fruit of Christians abandoning the gospel. And if we’re not going to define the gospel along biblical terms, and we’re going to allow false teachers in among us, and we’re going to link arms with said false teachers, and we’re going to work with them who are preaching another gospel, who are teaching lies, if we’re going to link arms with them to save the culture, we are not only engaged in a futile effort, but God is going to, in turn, judge that conduct. Because judgment, Scripture tells us, begins at the house of God.9

An article on this issue states:

The sad fact is that great opportunities to present the message of the gospel of salvation are being lost. Precious time is being wasted . . . Those who truly need to hear a message of repentance, salvation and hope aren’t being witnessed to. Discipleship isn’t happening. . . . It is a false gospel that preaches that the culture/nation can be changed rather than focusing on the lost who will perish in hell if they do not repent. . . . And when the lost are truly saved and born again, their lives will change and this is when the miracles begin to happen and when the culture around them begins to be positively impacted by the salt and light of their changed lives.10

Lighthouse Trails is dedicated to warning the sheep about last-days spiritual deception. While it is difficult to have to sound this warning at a time when many are concerned about the state of their countries and the world at large, Jesus made it very clear about how we are to view the world, behave in the world, and reach out to the unsaved. He never told his disciples to form associations with those promoting spiritual deception in order to establish a kingdom on earth. On the contrary, Jesus said:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)

My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)

Notes:

  1. “Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism”: http://www.crossroad.to
  2. “Seven Mountains Set to Go Viral
  3. Discernment Ministries in an e-mail conversation on 8/15/2011 with Lighthouse Trails.
  4. “Blues and Grays” by Roger Oakland
  5. Kevin Reeves, The Other Side of the River, (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2007), p. 99.
  6. http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm
  7. “TAKING THE LAND—“We Are Establishing Our Eternal Place And Position Here On Earth” by Rick Joyner, 11/29/05, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=3617
  8. Please watch Roger Oakland’s powerful DVD lecture series on evolution vs creation. It shows the connection between evolution and the current spiritual deception in the world today: Searching for the Truth on Origins.
  9. VCY America interview with Ingrid Schlueter
  10. “May Day Prayers: What Repentance?”

Links to Paula White’s teachings:

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/whitesfalseteaching.html

http://www.letusreason.org/Popteach39.htm

Photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission.

via Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”? — Lighthouse Trails Inc