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“Putin Is More Dangerous Than Radical Islam,” says author/expert. Here’s why. [My new op-ed for Fox News & interview with Breitbart News.]

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — This morning, FoxNews.com published a new column of mine on the massive Russian war games underway near the borders of three NATO countries and Ukraine. The column includes findings from an exclusive poll I commissioned about American attitudes towards Russia and Putin earlier this year.

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by a reporter for Breitbart News about the Putin threat and my forthcoming novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy. That article was also published today.

Here are excerpts from that article:

  • As Russian forces conduct a major military exercise this week in northwestern Belarus, one man has ominous words to describe the latest global aggression directed by President Vladimir Putin.
  • “After 16 years of writing about radical Islam I’m personally convinced that Vladimir Putin is more dangerous than radical…

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The Law of the Spirit

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NASB) 

In this post we will look at Paul’s “therefore” he placed in the passage above. In other words, in Romans 8:1 Paul begins an important summary and conclusion which is related to his preceding arguments. We normally find that argument in the passages directly preceding the “therefore.” However, this “therefore” introduces the staggering results of all Paul’s teachings in the first seven chapters of Romans, which would include justification by faith alone on the basis of God’s overwhelming grace. 

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In Wrath Remember Mercy

Daily Devotions

Habakkuk was a man who would have fit well into our church family.

He was a man deeply interested in the things of God. We do not know much about him, but he proved to be one consumed with law and grace. Consequently, he was a man passionate about praise, prayer, and preaching. He longed to hear God’s Word, sing God’s Word, pray God’s Word, herald God’s Word, do God’s will, and increase the number of God’s people. Sound familiar?

The prophet was also one seriously confused by the mysterious providence of God. He wondered why the wicked prospered, the righteous suffered, and his Sovereign Lord did not immediately right that which was wrong. He longed for God to flex his mighty arm, but his God seemed so slow in doing so. Don’t you find yourself wondering what in the world the Lord of the Nations is doing?

Habakkuk was also…

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Satanism At the United Nations And the Coming Antichrist

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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: 1-4).

The Beginning

Alice Ann Bailey, a leading disciple of the Russian theosophist Madame Helena Blavatsky, formed the Lucifer Trust in 1920. In 1922, the name was changed to Lucis Trust…

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Feeling is not a Fruit (Or: Feelings and the Faith)

The Reformed Reader

Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something by [Hansen, Brant] In evangelical circles, there’s a major emphasis on feelings.  Much popular Christian music is aimed at making us feel good so the lyrics are aimed at the emotions.  Many popular Christian books say so much about experiences and feelings.  Preachers preach with emotion and feeling and they preach to people’s emotions and feelings.  I’ve heard sermons where preachers spend quite a bit of time telling the congregation how a verse makes them feel.  They are very passionate and emotional about their feelings.  This even happens in Reformed and Calvinistic circles.

There’s a negative consequence when feelings are over-emphasized: Christians who don’t feel that way begin to think of themselves as inferior, less spiritual believers.  When a preacher talks about how a verse makes him feel, a Christian in the pew thinks, “I don’t feel that way at all…am I a bad Christian?”  Brant Hansen puts it this way:

“It’s no…

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Though the Justified are Released From the Law The Sin Nature Remains

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23 (NASB) 

For the several years of this ministry I did almost daily battle against the emergent movement. That meant I had to know what they were “all about.” To do that I had to listen to their sermons and read their articles and whatever else I could get my hands on. To this day I am still amazed at their reasoning…

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Sanctification is the triumph of grace over the power of sin

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1-2 (NASB) 

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? Romans 6:15-16 (NASB) 

As I stated in yesterday’s post, if the Gospel is preached correctly, that is, with justification by faith alone being central with absolutely no merit or work by the believer having any bearing on it, then the two rhetorical questions Paul raised in the two passages above should be on the forefront of the…

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The Imputation of Righteousness

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11 (NASB) 

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Women Pastors In the Body of Christ? The Word of God Clearly Says NO

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Not a week goes by where I do not read about the errant and apostate teachings in the mainline denominations. They are taught to hate Israel. They are taught that the Word of God in not infallible. They are taught that homosexuality is perfectly fine with God, and even appoint gay pastors in their churches.

As my readers know, I am in no way “Politically Correct.”  The statement I am about to make will enrage many women in the mainline churches. I must speak truth, and the truth is this:  The mainline churches are filled with female pastors, and I believe that the Word of God is very clear that this is not God’s will.  Women should not be in positions of authority over men in the church.

From gotquestions.org

Question: “Women pastors / preachers? Can a woman be a pastor or preacher?”

Answer: There is perhaps no more…

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God Told Me!? (A Critique of Mysticism)

The Reformed Reader

What do you do when a friend says, “God told me I needed to go on a diet,” or “The Holy Spirit spoke to me last night and said you should make more friends”?  How do we even begin to respond?  It’s not easy to respond to such comments; it takes patience and wisdom!  If you’ve heard these statements before, you might appreciate Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ comments on this kind of “God-told-me” mysticism.  In the paragraphs below, Lloyd-Jones says these are his main critiques of mysticism: 1) it is claiming continuing inspiration, 2) it devalues Scripture, 3) it devalues the person and work of Christ, 4) it focuses on the Lord’s work in us so much that it forgets His work for us, 5) it is weak on the doctrine of sin, 6) it is entirely subjective, 7) it tends to extremism and fanaticism.  Here are his comments:

“The main criticism…

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Hillsong Leaders suffering from pride or narcissism? Part 1: Christine Caine.

In New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) theology, their mission is to infiltrate, take over, transform and control the nations to establish the kingdom of heaven here on earth. This is called the Dominion Mandate.

In NAR theology, it’s taught that a divine God-like generation (aka New Breed), will emerge to lead the Army of God (Joel’s Army), the true end-time church to transform the world, vanquishing evil and leading the world into a global awakening and global end-time harvest to usher Christ’s return. Bobbie Houston has actually taught the Dominion Mandate and the New Breed theology, her concepts echoed in some of her Hillsong campaigns.

Bobbie Houston Hillsong church Prophet Bobbie questions if a generation in Hillsong will rise up and usher back Christ’s return…

These doomsday theologies are also evident in Hillsong’s mission statement. Brian Houston hopes Hillsong’s “heartfelt praise and worship touches Heaven and changes earth” and he is “committed to raising, training…

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My brethren, do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 (NASB) 

In our daily Christian walk it is a rare day in which we take every thought captive and, through our active repentance, successfully deny ourselves through every circumstance. I don’t think I could claim that I have successfully done this the majority of the time. However, our God is wise and omniscient. It should be a matter of great rejoicing on our part that our perseverance is in His hands and is based on the work of the…

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