CHURCH / PLURALISM
A Thief in the Night
- Alf Cengia -
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the expression, like a
thief in the night means: "secretly or unexpectedly and
without being seen."
That sounds just about right to me as well.
After all, why do thieves break into houses at night? Well, they're
unlikely to be spotted at that time. People are asleep or not
paying close attention. You might eventually end up hearing or
even seeing the thief if he makes too much noise. But the idea
is that he comes unexpectedly.
The Apostle Paul used the term in context to the Day of the Lord
in 1 Thess 5:2.
The thief in the night axiom is also linked to the pretribulational
rapture and its imminent quality. It's the idea that Christ
could come any time for His church.
One of the champions of imminence was Gerald Stanton (Kept from
Non-pretribbers naturally disagree with Stanton's view that the
rapture is imminent. They argue for "expectancy" rather
than imminence. The idea of expectancy in the place of imminence
has been promoted by posttribulationists such as George E. Ladd
and Robert Gundry.
Doug Egsti's 36 page essay attempts responses to Stanton and
other pretribulationists. He insists that some events need to
occur before the rapture, although he doesn't get into the heart
of the imminence verses. In one example, Egsti notes Arnold Fruchtenbaum's
teaching that imminence is applicable only after 70 AD. Then
he takes issue with the fact that Fruchtenbaum entertained the
possibility that the seven churches of Revelation represented
historical eras. How could the rapture then be imminent?
Alva McClain (who agrees with Fruchtenbaum regarding 70 AD) preempted
this objection by pointing out that if these Historical Church
Eras were a direct revelation, then the rapture couldn't occur
at any time. But he added that there was no such revelation.
Another problem cited by Egsti is the fulfillment of the Great
Commission. His colleagues often insist that the 144,000 in Revelation
chapter 7 aren't evangelists. In other words the church must
be still around to fulfill it. And yet Rosenthal wrote that:
"It is almost like a baton being passed between runners.
The 144,000 must be sealed for protection to go through the Day
of the Lord before the church can be caught up to the throne
in heaven. God will not leave Himself without a people on the
earth." ~ The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church page 185
In contrast, Van Kampen wrote:
"These 144,000 will become the firstfruits of unsaved Israel
(Rev. 14:4), not saved until the rapture occurs - which is why
they will not be raptured with the saints..." ~ The Rapture
Question Answered p 155 (Emphasis mine)
That's rather convenient timing! One gets the feeling that all
sorts of excuses have been formulated to keep the church on earth
right up until the last moment. Interestingly, Rev 14:6 has an
angel preaching the Everlasting Gospel to those who dwell on
Non-pretribbers like to point out that the thief expression occurs
in Matthew 24:43 and Revelation 16:15 (and elsewhere). They note
that the former verse appears in the Olivet Discourse in context
to Jesus' coming at the end of the tribulation. The latter verse
appears during the 6th bowl judgment.
That being the case, how can anyone justify using the thief idiom
for the pretrib rapture?
Robert Van Kampen (p 107) even advised his readers to find a
pretribber and ask them why it is not permitted to set dates.
Almost everyone quotes Matt 24:36. The pretribber is then informed
that v 36 is cited in context to the Second Coming verses earlier,
so it cannot refer to the rapture.
In response to all this, we can make a number of observations:
That the Lord warns of coming as a thief at Rev 16:15 is a parenthetical
statement warning readers of all periods. It does not mean Christ
hasn't returned by then. The verse should be compared with 1
Thess 5:2-3 where Paul says the Day of the Lord comes as a thief
in the night while they are saying peace and safety. There is
no peace and safety at the 6th bowl, or after the 2nd seal for
In Matthew 24 Jesus prophesied certain events and gave signs
leading up to His Second Coming. Yet at v36 He tells the disciples
that no one knows the hour or the day of His return. How can
Non-pretribbers argue that it is the time of the events leading
up to the rapture which cannot be determined; hence the timing
of the Second Coming is unknown. Once the Seven-Year Covenant
has been confirmed and the Abomination of Desolation enacted,
we can have firm parameters - but only then. In contrast, prewrathers
will switch to imminency once the Great Tribulation is under
Pretribulationists note that at Matt 24:36 Jesus used the word
but (peri de), which introduces a new subject or idea (Fruchtenbaum,
Hart etc). While He responded to the disciples' Jewish concerns
(the Temple and the end of the age etc), it was His prerogative
to shift focus and add extra information.
In fact Jesus says something in vv37-38 which logically demands
a different coming. How can the worst time in history (Matt 24:21-22)
parallel a period of normalcy where people are eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage? He punctuates the point further
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at
an hour you do not expect. Mat 24:44
Yet didn't Jesus just give the disciples a set of signs to look
for? Go take another look at 1Thess 5:2-3!
But that's not all.
Hosea 5:15 and Matt 23:39 suggest that Christ's premillennial
return is contingent to Israel's seeking Him. If the Lord's coming
relies on Israel's request, then He cannot return unexpectedly.
Moreover, it rules out the scenarios argued by Rosenthal and
Van Kampen (as noted earlier).
Given all this and considering verses which strongly imply imminence
(Matt 24:42, 44, 50, 25:13; Mark 13:34-37), I believe it takes
some special pleading to simply argue for expectancy.
Perhaps Jesus just means what He says - to be ready at all times
because He could return for the church at any time!
"Ah! Think how would you like to be overtaken by the coming
of the Saviour. Try your daily occupations - your daily state
of feeling - your daily enjoyments - try them by this test: Am
I doing as I would wish to do on the day of His coming? ~
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The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore
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- GOOD FIGHT MINISTRIES - Lessons
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- In the wake of Alabamas
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have been left dumbfounded as the nation mourns and wonders how
a young man could murder 11 people in cold blood. Many are still
shocked that mass school shooting and murder sprees have become
common place in the United States, and I ask: Why?
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- QUEEN OF ALL
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TETLOW AND ROGER OAKLAND
- Brad Myers co-author of Queen
of All The marian apparitions' plan to unite all religions under
the Roman Catholic Church http://www.eternal-productions.org/PDFS/Queen.pdf
- I would like to inform you
of a new end times audio drama that exposes the coming ET and
Marian deception by Jim Tetlow and myself with the help of many
people. It is called 'The Coming Global Transformation.'
KEEPING THE LAW
- For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend
in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)
The law of God, centered in the Ten Commandments, is holy,
and just, and good (Romans 7:12) and expresses perfectly
the will of God for holy living. The man that doeth them
shall live in them (Galatians 3:12).
The problem is that no man can possibly do them all. He may keep
most of the commandments most of the time, but he will inevitably
fail in some of them some of the time. Since the law is a divine
unit, breaking any commandmentas our text reminds usbreaks
the whole law, bringing the guilty one under Gods curse
of death. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all
things which are written in the book of the law to do them
(Galatians 3:10). Therefore by the deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in his sight (Romans 3:20).
All men, having sinned against Gods law, are therefore
lost and in urgent need of salvation. This is where Gods
wonderful grace comes in. But now the righteousness of
God without the law is manifested, . . . Even the righteousness
. . . which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all
them that believe (Romans 3:21-22), Christ hath redeemed
us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us
(Galatians 3:13). He kept the law for us, and bore its curse
for us: Thus we are saved through trusting Him.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that
grace may abound? God forbid (Romans 6:1-2). We now desire
to keep His commandments, because we love Him. For this
is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments
are not grievous (1 John 5:3). We are now able to keep
them, because His Spirit now lives in us, and we are strengthened
with might by his Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16).
- The Lord's Prayer is not allowed
U.S. Public schools any more.
A child in Minnesota, wrote the following
NEW School Prayer:-
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene..
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all..
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the State..
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles...
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
- THE DEAD ARE BEING RAISED?? .
Published on Nov 19, 2016
- CORN vs GRAIN - Bible Changed - END TIMES
EXTOL YESHUA ALWAYS
November 26, 2016 - Revelation 19:13 tells us that the NAME of
JESUS CHRIST is the WORD OF GOD. He is eternal, unchanging and
all powerful and His WORDS never fail, they are settled in heaven.
What we are seeing the printed and audible Bible changed. Nobody
has any clue how it is being done. Only the creator would have
such a power as that. Who is the One who puts people into a delusion?
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:" They
will keep reading the word without noticing the changes because
they do not love the truth. The pope discards the Bible and makes
it say anything he says. If God takes the true Word away,
there is no way to prove the truth except what we have learned
in the past. The strong delusion has arrived. Are you awake?
Those who studied the Word will know the errors.
- Read Amos 8:11-12, Daniel 7:25, and 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11
- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 "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 [the Rapture] 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 [the
Pope] , or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
- Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you
these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might
be revealed in his time [the Word was the restrainer]. For
the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of the way [the Word].
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness
of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And
with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
- That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give
thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification
of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you
by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions
which ye have been taught [past tense], whether by word,
or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even
our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting
consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts,
and stablish you in every good word and work."
- JESUS CASTS OUT DEVILS?? - END TIMES
- EXTOL YESHUA ALWAYS
Published on Nov 25, 2016
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THE CHURCH IS
RAPIDLY HEADING INTO THE DARKEST HOUR!
- John 9:4 I must work the works of him that
sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man
- Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there
was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet
- RABBI PREDICTS TRUMP WILL WIN AND USHER IN THE SECOND COMING
By Bob Eschliman - November 4, 2016 - In two separate sets of
Bible codes, published three months apart, international Bible
codes expert Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson shows evidence he has
found that declares Donald J. Trump will win next week's presidential
election. Trump's victory, Glazerson said, is directly connected
to his support for Israel. The first table was published in July,
the second just last week. He found "Donald" in Hebrew
next to the Hebrew word for president. He also found a abbreviation
for the Hebrew words for United States.
Glazerson also found codes that point to both Nov. 8 and Nov.
9, the date of the election and the first day Trump would be
president-elect, if he wins. The rabbi quotes the book of Isaiah
and the story of Cyrus, which has been frequently referenced
by evangelical faith leaders who have supported the Republican
presidential nominee. The codes also reference the Hebrew words
for "chosen" or "elected" and "love
for Israel." Trump has made it clear he has a deep love
for Israel and would protect it, if elected next week. Glazerson
also found a connection between Trump and the word "moshiach"
(messiah), which in Hebrew means "anointed," saying
his election would be connected to the arrival of Messiah. Many
Christians have felt the day of the Second Coming is fast approaching,
and the rabbi's findings may be further evidence. The first set
of codes (above) were found in the book of Deuteronomy. The second,
identical, set (below) were found in the book of Numbers.
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- JOHNIE MOORE: EVANGELICAL PANIC OVER DEATH OF CHRISITIANITY
HELPED FUEL TRUMP WIN
By Bill Hoffmann | November 11, 2016 - The sweeping support evangelicals
gave Donald Trump on Election Day was stoked by their fear that
Christianity is being killed off, Johnnie Moore, a spokesman
for My Faith Votes, which focuses on getting Christian Americans
to the polls, tells Newsmax TV. "America has become an increasingly
intolerant place for Christians.... The religious right is dying,
Christianity is dying," Moore said Friday to J.D. Hayworth
on "America Talks Live."
- "What we've learned is America isn't Los Angeles or
New York. America is the center of the country and the majority
of the people in this country want religious freedom, they stand
up for Christian values and are unashamed of our Judeo-Christian
"It's what's happened in America: Threats to religious liberty
and all these other things. But I've got to tell you, Donald
Trump deserves all the credit in the world."
- See Steve Malzberg and J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV: Tune
in beginning at 12 PM EDT to see "America Talks Live"
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- Moore, whose nonpartisan group motivates and mobilizes the
Christian vote, said he has never seen anybody "with so
much power and so much influence go to the effort he went to
build individual relationships with not dozens of significant
Christian leaders, but thousands of them."
- He noted that some pastors have the billionaire real-estate
tycoon and president-elect's cell phone number.
"[Trump] invited criticism, he created an evangelical advisory
board, he didn't even require everyone to endorse him to be on
the board because he legitimately wanted their advice and they
had an open conversation with him. And it worked in an astonishing,
astonishing way," Moore said.
"And this is as American as anything. I mean we are a country
with a Judeo-Christian foundation. We have a congressionally-mandated
National Day of Prayer. This is something we do.
"I started getting emails and text messages and phone calls
from every direction on Election Day [saying] we're praying
for America, we're praying for Mr. Trump, we're praying for religious
freedom, we're praying for all these things. And it happened.
Not only that, the turnout effort was unbelievable."
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No sooner had networks projected Donald Trump would be the 45th
president of the United States than speculation began...
Moore said in the previous two elections, 25 million evangelicals
"just sat at home." "That wasn't the case this
time. They, in fact, turned out in record, record numbers. But
it wasn't for lack of effort. I mean My Faith Votes alone had
[public service announcements] in 110 million households
six daily on over 1,000 Christian radio stations all across the
country," he said. Moore said a repeal of the so-called
1954 "Johnson Amendment" which prohibits some
tax-exempt organizations from endorsing and opposing political
candidates is a big issue for Christians that Trump is
going to tackle.
"This amendment was passed in order to keep the pastors
in this country to keep their mouths shuts. They can't
speak about politics, they could be penalized by the IRS and
that's an anti-American as anything," Moore said. "And
you know Donald Trump is the first Republican candidate
in the history of the Republican Party, to put the repeal of
the Johnson Amendment as part of their platform. Moore, president
of The KAIROS Company a faith-based publicity and marketing group,
is author of "Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the
Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard," published
by Thomas Nelson.
TWO WITNESSES WILL NOT TICKLE YOUR EARS!
- PARTIAL COMMENT ON FACEBOOK BY LISA DENNIS SPARKS: Regarding
Donald Trump: I'm looking into that, but I can tell you already
that he considers himself evangelical Catholic. That means he
aligns with the Pope. We already know that Trump aligns with
the Pope.....although he says he is Presbyterian. His former
Pastor however, (who he has nothing but praise for) renounced
Christ and turned to Shinto....a false god. He was also a 33rd
degree Mason. That is what you call evidence that adds up to
one conclusion. Trump isn't under the blood, but he's not obvious
evil like Hillary. God is the furthest thing from his mind. He
doesn't have time to serve God..... nor the desire. His focus
is to serve the American people, and to save the economy. [Facebook]
- POPE FRANCIS ISSUES CALL FOR TRANSGENDERS
- TO BE 'EMBRACED' BY CATHOLIC CHURCH
- [Ednote: Pope Francis once again proves that Jesus is not
necessary to go to heaven. According to him all go to heaven,
there is no hell. He doesn't believe in the Bible.]
Pope Francis recounted the story of a Spanish transgender man
who wrote him a letter recounting his transition from a woman
to a man, who later married a woman. The Pope said: 'And I received
them. And they were happy.'
by Geoffrey Grider October 4, 2016
- Pope Francis has said all transsexuals and homosexuals should
be welcomed and embraced by the Catholic Church.
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish. Luke 13:3 (KJV)
- GEOFFREY GRIDER EDITORS NOTE: Pope Francis is adamant
that the Catholic Church must welcome and accept transgenders
and homosexuals but does not say that homosexuality is
a sin. Would the Jesus of the Bible turn away a homosexual who
came to Him? No
the Jesus of the Bible would tell
that man or women they needed to repent and turn from their sin.
Pope Francis says they should be welcomed just as they are with
no need for them to repent and get saved. Thats a doctrine
of the Devil. Francis said Jesus would never have turned away
transgender people and revealed he had ministered to homosexuals
as a priest, bishop and now as Pope. When a person arrives
before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, Go away because
you are homosexual, the religious leader said.
- Pope Francis: Global Warming is SIN Homosexuality
Each case must be welcomed, accompanied, studied, discerned
and integrated. This is what Jesus would do today.
- Francis said he had ministered to gay people throughout his
career in the Catholic Church. He said: Ive never
abandoned them. When someone who has this condition comes before
Jesus, Jesus would surely never say go away because youre
gay. Francis recounted the story of a Spanish transgender
man who wrote him a letter recounting his transition from a woman
to a man, who later married a woman. The Pope said: And
I received them. And they were happy. source http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pope-francis-issues-call-transgenders-homosexuals-embraced-catholic-church/
- FRANCIS: SEXUAL MORALITY DETERMINED CASE-BY-CASE, EVEN TRANSGENDER
- by Joshua J. McElwee | Oct. 2, 2016 - Francis in Georgia
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE FROM AZERBAIJAN -- Pope Francis has said
that Catholics must discern difficult situations of sexual morality
on a case-by-case basis, even when presented with a person who
is considering or has had gender reassignment surgery.
In a lengthy press conference aboard the papal flight back to
Rome Oct. 2 after a weekend visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan,
the pope said "you must take things as they come" and
give time to accompany and discern individually with the various
situations people are facing.
Francis recounted a meeting at the Vatican he had last year with
a Spanish transgender man who had written to the pontiff to describe
his own case and had asked for a personal encounter together.
"She is a young woman who suffered much because she felt
like a young man," the pope explained. "She felt like
a young man, but she was physically a young woman." The
woman, Francis said, had undergone gender reassignment surgery
and had then married a woman. "He wrote me a letter saying
that, for him, it would be a consolation to come [see me] with
his wife," the pope said, clarifying: "He that was
her but is he." The pope said that during the meeting the
transgender man spoke of his experience in his parish in Spain,
where a younger priest had recently replaced his former pastor,
who had turned 80.
"When the new pastor would see him, he would shout to him
from the sidewalk: 'You will go to Hell.'" Francis said.
"But when the old pastor would come find him, he asked:
'How long has it been since you confessed? Come and confess so
you can have communion.' "
"Do you understand?" the pope asked the journalists
aboard the flight. "Life is life and you must take things
as they come."
"We must be attentive, not saying all are the same,"
he continued. "Every case: Welcome it, accompany it, study
it, discerning and integrating."
- RECENT JEWISH POPES, (CRYPTO-JEWS):
Pius XI (1922-1939) Jew, Das Papsttum, Breitkopf & Haertel
1904. Pope Leo X was a Medici (i.e. Khazar Black Nobility) and
Clement VII (a Jew), was his cousin.
- Pius XII (1939-1958) Jew, Khazar Black Nobility whose father
was a banker brought to Rome in Rothschild employ.
- John XXIII (1958-1963) Jew, whose family had been accepted
into the annals of Roman nobility more than a century before
his birth. (The Broken Cross The Hidden Hand in the Vatican
by Piers Compton, p. 51).
- Paul VI (1963-1978) Jew, Paul VI,(Montini) , was Jew according
to the Blue Book of prominent families in Italy.
- John Paul II (1978-2005) Jew, Mother was a Jew, maiden name
"Katz" Polonised as "Kaczorowska".
- Benedict XVI (2005-2013) Jew, Ratzinger familys paternal
- Rabbi Yehuda Loew (Leib) ben Bezalel [the MaHaRal of Prague]
(c.1512-1609), m. Perla Shmelkes-Reich(c.1516-1610)
- Vogele Loew (c.1556-1629) m. Rabbi Isak Ha-Cohen (c.1550-1624)
- Chava [Eva] Ha-Cohen (1580-1651) m. Rabbi Abraham Samuel
Bachrach (1575-1615), Rabbi in Worms
- Rabbi (Moses) Samson / "Simson" / Bachrach (1607-1670),
Rabbi in Goding, Leipnik, Prague, and Worms, m. Dobrusch Phobus
- Rabbi Jair Chayim Bachrach, aka "the Chavas Yoir"
(1638-1702), Rabbi in Worms, m. Sarah [Dinah Sorle] Brillin (c.1638-1703)
- Rabbi Samson / "Simson" / Bachrach (b. c.1657),
wife's name unknown
- Malka Bachrach (b. c.1680), m. Rabbi Zalman Shpitz, president
of Beit Din in Eisenstadt
- Sarl [Sarah] Shpitz (b. 1703), m. Rabbi Jacob Knoepflmacher
(c.1700-before 1739), "The Master", or the "Chief
Rabbi in Mehrin"
- Nissel Knoepflmacher (b. c.1722), m. her father's youngest
brother, Rabbi Moses Knoepflmacher(1718-1798) of Holesov
- Jacob Knopfelmacher (b.1739) m. Katharina (b.1740)
- Joachim Knopfelmacher (b.1764) m. Anna (b.1764)
- Markus Knopfelmacher (b.1786) m. Betty
- Josefina (Peppi/Josefa) Knopfelmacher (b.1809) m. Jacob Tauber
- Betty (Elisabeth Maria) Tauber (b.1834 Mahr. Weisskirchen
Moravia) married in 1858 at Rio de Pusteria to Anton Peter Peintner
- Maria Tauber Peintner (b.1855 Rasa d.1930) m. Isidor Rieger
- Maria Peinter Rieger (b.1884) m. Joseph Ratzinger
- IN MUSLIM AZERBAIJAN,
FRANCIS CALLS FOR INTERRELIGIOUS UNITY AGAINST VIOLENCE
- by Joshua J. McElwee | Oct. 2, 2016 - Francis in Georgia
Baku, Azerbaijan -- Pope Francis made a forceful call for Islamic-Christian
unity against continuing religious violence on Sunday, saying
in a whirlwind 10-hour visit to this majority Muslim Caucasus
country that the faiths must work together to "overcome
the tragedies of the past and the tensions of the present."
In a meeting with other religious leaders at Baku's Heydar Aliyev
Mosque in the afternoon, Francis said the Christian and Islamic
faiths should demonstrate together "that it is not opposition
but cooperation that helps to build better and more peaceful
- "Religions ... are called to build a culture of encounter
and peace, based on patience, understanding, and humble, tangible
steps," he said. "This is the way a humane society
is best served."
- The pope then called for the religions to build "a lasting
peace, animated by the courage to overcome barriers, to eradicate
poverty and injustice, to denounce and put an end to the proliferation
of weapons and immoral profiteering on the backs of others."
- "The blood of far too many people cries out to God from
the earth, our common home," he exhorted, speaking at a
lectern just to the side of the mosque's mihrab, or the niche
indicating the direction of Mecca. https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/muslim-azerbaijan-francis-calls-interreligious-unity-against-violence
- ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH GROWING AT FASTER RATE THAN GLOBAL
POPULATION 1,229 BILLION BAPTIZED 'CHRISTIANS'
- October 20, 2014 by Volubrjotr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPPJh1Z4qOY
- THE NEW JESUIT 'BLACK POPE' ELECTED
- Venezuela's Sosa Abascal is Jesuits' new 'black pope' 30th
successor of Jesuit founder St Ignatius of Loyola
- (ANSA) - Rome, October 14 - Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, a
68-year-old Venezuelan, on Friday was elected superior general
of the Society of Jesus at the 36th general congregation of the
Society of Jesus in Rome.
- The 30th successor of Jesuit founder St Ignatius of Loyola
succeeds Father Adolfo Nicolas, a Spanish priest who resigned
this month aged 80.
- Pope Francis was the first to be informed of the appointment,
- Sosa Abascal is the Jesuits' first non-European leader in
the congregation's nearly 500-year-long history and the first
superior general to be elected under a Jesuit pope.
- Both the superior general and the pontiff are Latin-American.
- The Jesuit leader is nicknamed the Black Pope due to his
simple black priest's vestments.
- THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BANS GOD'S NAME
- CATHOLIC CHURCH: DOCTRINES, SYMBOLS & FALSE TEACHINGS
- FOUR CARDINALS OPENLY CHALLENGE FRANCIS OVER 'AMORIS LAETITIA'
By Joshua J. McElwee | November 14, 2016 | NCR Today | Amoris
Laetitia - Rome -- Four semi-retired cardinals have publicly
questioned Pope Francis' most recent teachings on family life,
issuing an open letter to the pontiff with five yes or no questions
about how he understands church teaching following the publication
of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetita.
While the cardinals say they are writing the note in "an
act of justice and charity" to allow the pope to "dispel
all ambiguity" about his exhortation, they take a defiant
tone and pit Francis' document against others written by his
predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
- Publication of such an open challenge to a Catholic pontiff
from some of his cardinals, who normally act as the pope's staunchest
defenders, is exceedingly rare. Although 13 cardinals were reported
to have questioned Francis in a letter during the 2015 Synod
of Bishops, their letter was only made public after it was leaked
to the press. Once it was public, several of the prelates attached
to the note publicly distanced themselves from it.
POPE FRANCIS, THE ULTIMATE HEADHUNTER
by David Gibson | Religion News Service | November 18, 2016 -
Vatican City -- Pope Francis is often referred to as the pope
of surprises for many reasons. One of them is the unexpected
churchmen he chooses to elevate to the rank of cardinal, as he
will do with 16 bishops and an elderly priest on Saturday in
St. Peters Basilica. These new cardinals include prelates
from 11 dioceses and six countries that have never before had
a cardinal, and from places far outside the traditional European
orbit of ecclesiastical influence: Albania, for example, plus
the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Mauritius, Bangladesh,
Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
- But the real surprise in these picks, as in past appointments,
is that they came as a complete surprise to many of the new cardinals
themselves, and to the popes closest collaborators. Cardinal-designate
Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis, for instance, found out about his
red hat in the early morning hours on Oct. 9 when he turned on
his iPad to say his morning prayers and saw the news that the
pope had included him among the list of new cardinals announced
at the Vatican. I am shocked beyond words by the decision
of the Holy Father, Tobin tweeted a few moments later.
Explore Pope Francis apostolic exhortation on the family.
Download our free study guide. Fr. Ernest Simoni, an 88-year-old
Albanian priest who spent years in jail and under forced labor
during the communist dictatorship, was watching Francis on television
as he read the list that same day and was stunned to hear his
name as well. https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/pope-francis-ultimate-headhunter
- ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SECRET SOCIETY
BEHIND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT, EPISODE
- By Emma - November 10, 2016 - Sustainable development, the
Global Goals, global warming, Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, what does
it all mean? All of these have been built up to be positive and
proactive for the planet, but what the foundation the above agendas
are built upon is filled with lies and deception. Once those
in power who want to implement these goals get their way of building
a global order, the foundation will crumble under their very
feet, exposing the deception this future new world was built
upon, and by that time it will be too late.
- In this series we will expose the lies of the United Nations
and the many agendas they use to cloak their real plans. We will
pull back the layers to see who is behind the UN feeding them
their ideology. We will discuss why the sustainable development
goals are of utter importance to them and how they will use them
in the future to achieve their master plan. As we
dig deeper, we will uncover the spiritual motives behind their
agenda and how it will effect us. Along the way we will offer
solutions that we have come up with to combat their agendas and
awaken others to the many deceptions at hand.
- DONALD TRUMP, MAN OF FAITH
by Matthew Schmitz August 2016 - [Ednote: Norman Vincent Peale
was a Freemason, so was Billy Graham - so are the Mormons]
Donald Trump is a man of faith. Its true that during his
presidential campaign he has demeaned women, mocked the disabled,
and praised the abortionists of Planned Parenthood; that his
early exploits include repeated adulterous affairs, about which
he boasts, and a failed attempt to evict a widow from her home;
that, unlike King David, to whom his more shameless supporters
compare him, he has never asked God for forgiveness. Trump is
nonetheless a man of strong and very American faith. His career
throws a light on the spirit of the age, as Lytton Strachey once
said of Cardinal Manning. The light is not very flattering.
- Trump was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian
Church in Jamaica, Queens, in New York City. His parents raised
him in the austerities typical of devout low-church Protestants.
As a result, he does not gamble, smoke, or imbibeeven when
the stimulant is caffeine. Ive never had a cigarette.
Ive never had a glass of alcohol. I wont even drink
a cup of coffee, he told Esquire last year. (It is hard
to forget when noting Trumps abstemious habits that Hitler
and Mussolini neither smoke nor drank.)
- In his late twenties, Trump began attending Marble Collegiate
Church on Fifth Avenue. Founded in 1628 in the Dutch colony of
New Amsterdam, Marble Collegiate is one of the few institutions
that survives from the citys founding. Peter Minuit, the
governor of New Amsterdam, was the first church elder, and Peter
Stuyvesant, the colonys director general, led worshippers
to service every Sunday. The high steeple of its current home,
erected in 1854, rises two hundred feet above the pavement, a
symbol of uprightness set in stone. Here Trump walked down the
aisle after exchanging vows with Ivana and heard the sermons
of Norman Vincent Peale, a man whose philosophy would become
- When Trump met him, Peale was already famous as the author
of The Power of Positive Thinking, a book that would go on to
sell some five million copies. Peale occupied a position at the
center of the establishment, though this standing was endangered
in 1960, when he joined a group of 150 Protestant pastors, including
Billy Graham, that wanted to keep Kennedy out of the White House.
The group issued a manifesto asking whether a Catholic could
be trusted as president when Rome had shown such determined
efforts . . . to breach the wall of separation of church and
state. Peale led the public presentation of the document
and faced an immediate backlash from Union Theological Seminarys
Reinhold Niebuhr and John Bennett, who accused him of blind
prejudice. The embarrassed Peale apologized and from then
on sought to distance his teaching from the harsh realities of
politics. [...] These were the people he met in masonic halls,
resort hotels, and cruise-ship conference rooms. In them he sensed
innate decency and ability. Any one of them could become efficient
and successfulif only he would believe in himself, harnessing
the power of positive thinking. [...]
Peale promised his readers constant energy if they
thought positively. Optimistic thoughts opened one up to a vital
force coming directly from God. Negative thoughts, especially
a tendency to dwell on ones faults, could interfere with
the divine charge. He warned those with active consciences that
the quantity of vital force required to give the personality
relief from either guilt or fear was so great that it left
only a fraction of energy for going about ones
tasks. Productivity and cheeriness became for him the signs of
eternal election. (In attacking Jeb Bush for being low-energy,
Trump effectively accused him of having forfeited the Holy Ghost.)
[...] Christianity is a religion of losers. To the weak and humble,
it offers a stripped and humiliated Lord. To those without reason
for optimism, it holds up the cross as a sign of hope. To anyone
who does not win at life, it promises that whoever loses his
life for Christs sake shall find it. At its center stands
a truth that we are prone to forget. There are people who cannot
be made into winners, no matter how positive their thinking.
They need something more paradoxical and cruciform.
After one of Trumps outbursts, I walked up to Marble Collegiate
Church to see where he once worshipped. I tried a front and then
a side door before deciding that the church must be closed. When
I was about to turn away, a janitor came out of the building.
He asked me what I wanted and then led me inside. The sanctuary
was painted in burgundy and gold, with soft carpet, and pew brackets
that hold plastic thimble cups used for communion. The janitor
pointed out a recently installed stained-glass window depicting
the Crucifixion. Before that window was put in, there was
no cross in here, he told me. I asked him whether he attended
church there and he said, no, he was a Catholic.
- POPE ON CHRISTIAN LOVE: NO TO IDEOLOGIES & INTELLECTUALISM
[POPE IS GOING TO BLAME FUNDAMENTAL BELIEVERS FOR RUINING HIS
CHURCH. SAY 'NO' TO I'M A CATHOLIC OR I'M A CHRISTIAN.
HELP OTHERS INSTEAD.]
[EDNOTE: Definition of ideology: 1 visionary theorizing 2 A:
a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or
culture B: a manner or the content of thinking characteristic
of an individual, group, or culture c the integrated assertions,
theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program. The
pope speaks with forked tongue. He said previously that the Bible,
the WORD, is too far fetched for him. He believes in evolution.
He said that God is not a magician who went around with a magic
wand to create this universe.]
- November 11, 2016 - Vatican Radio - Pope Francis on Friday
stressed that Christian love is a concrete reality and warned
believers against ideologies and intellectual theories
on this love, saying these strip away the Flesh of the Church
and ruin it. He was speaking during his Mass celebrated on Friday
morning at the Santa Marta residence. Taking his cue from the
days gospel reading coming from the second Letter of St.
John, the Popes homily was a reflection on the nature of
Christian love and how the word love is used nowadays
to describe many different things. He stressed that the true
criterion of Christian love is the Incarnation of the Word, saying
whoever denies or does not recognize this is the antichrist.
- A love that does not recognize that Jesus came in the
Flesh is not the love that God is asking of us.This is a worldly
love, a philosophical love, an abstract love, a love that has
flagged, a soft or weak love. No! The criterion of
Christian love is the Incarnation of the Word. Whoever says
that Christian love is something else is the antichrist!
Who does not recognize that the Word became Flesh. This is our
truth: God sent his Son, who became flesh and who lived like
us. To love as Jesus loved (us), to love as Jesus taught us,
to love by following the example of Jesus; to love, journeying
along the path of Jesus. It is the path of Jesus that gives life.
- Pope Francis went on to explain how the only way to love
in the way Jesus loved us is to cast aside our own selfishness
and go out to help others because Christian love is a concrete
love, one with acts of mercy.
- Going beyond is a mystery: coming out from the Mystery
of the Incarnation of the Word, of the Mystery of the Church.
Because the Church is the community around the presence of Christ
and it goes beyond this. That is a really strong word, isnt
. proagon, whoever walks beyond. And its from
this that all the ideologies spring: the ideologies on love,
the ideologies on the Church, the ideologies that strip the Flesh
of Christ from the Church. These ideologies strip away
the Flesh of the Church! Yes, Im a Catholic, yes
Im a Christian, I love the whole world with a universal
But this is so ethereal. Love
is always interior, concrete and does not go beyond the doctrine
of the Incarnation of the Word.
- AFTER EMBRACING GAY MARRIAGE, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH USA DYING
ON THE VINE
- [EDNOTE: CHURCH ATTENDANCE IN GENERAL HAS DROPPED FROM 80%
TO 20% SINCE OBAMA CAME ON BOARD]
By Jennifer LeClaire | May 20, 2015 - The Presbyterian Church
USA (PCUSA) is not only failing to see growth, it appears to
be dying on the vine.
A new report from the Office of the General Assembly shows that
the denomination, which capitulated to the gay agenda, has less
than 10,000 churches after an exodus of Bible-believing pastors.
Recently, 34,000 black churches broke ties with the PCUSA, among
others. Meanwhile, you have Presbyterian ministers who don't
believe in God yet still claim to be Christians. Franklin Graham
has had plenty to say about the PCUSA's apostasy.
Total membership at the end of 2014 was 1,667,767. That's compared
to 1,760,200 at the end of 2013 and 1,849,496 at the end of 2012.
"Membership declines continue, but on a whole the denomination
is settling into the new thing God is creating," says Gradye
Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA. He
insists the denomination is still "made up of vibrant congregations
doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their
communities and in the world." Some may argue that, but
what can't be argued is the declining membership. According to
the report, the total number of churches in 2014 was 9,829, compared
to 10,038 in 2013 and 10,262 in 2012. Significant of the 209-church-loss
of 2014 was the fact that only 101 of those were dismissed to
other denominations, a decrease from the 148 congregations dismissed
to other denominations in 2013.
- FLASHBACK INTERVIEW: TRUMP DEFENDS GAYS FROM CLINTONS IN
- By Jim Hoft - June 18th, 2016 - Back in 2000 Donald Trump
was interviewed by the gay Advocate magazine. This was after
eight years of Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House. Donald
Trump in 2000 defended gays from the Clintons. Last fall Donald
Trump shook up the political world by announcing he was joining
the Reform Party, a major step in exploring a run for president.
The pundits laughed, claiming that the real estate mogul knew
more about glamour than politics, but Trump made a number of
television and personal appearances that showed his proposed
candidacy was no joke. Privately, friends speculated he was bored
with the real estate business. In January Trump published The
America We Deserve, which outlines his vision for the nation.
Anyone who thinks his candidacy is a joke, he says, should read
the book. For moderates in the Reform Party, Trump has emerged
as their best hope of stopping Pat Buchanan from winning the
partys presidential nomination. With his name recognition
and record in business, Trump could prove a wild card in the
presidential race, appealing to people tired of politics as usual.
Recently I put a wide-ranging set of questions to Trump concerning
gay issues, to which Trump responded in writing. His answers
might surprise some pundits, both for their thoroughness and
for their bluntness.
- SECRETIVE ORGANIZATION PAYING
TAB FOR EMANUEL'S TRIP TO ROME
November 16, 2016 - (CBS) A large delegation of Chicago
luminaries including business executives, educators, and
politicians are making their way to Rome for the elevation
of Archbishop Blase Cupich to cardinal. Most are paying out of
pocket. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not.
- So, whos footing his bill and how much is it costing?
CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has the answers. Illinois
Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife; Chicago Ald. Ed Burke and his
wife, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; Chicago Police
Supt. Eddie Johnson; and Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago
are all paying their own way to Rome. But Emanuel and his wife
and several City Hall staffers are not traveling on their own
- This is a trip of World Business Chicago. No taxpayer
money, the mayor said Wednesday. World Business Chicago
is a highly secretive agency that promotes Chicago commerce and
industry. It reports directly to the mayor. It is so secretive,
CBS 2 cameras werent even allowed to visit its offices
in the Page Building, next to the Chicago Theatre. In 2015, WBC
spent $8.7 million, mostly private money, but it also received
$1.2 million in city taxes. Again, Emanuel says no public money
is paying for his trip. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/11/16/secretive-organization-paying-tab-for-emanuels-trip-to-rome/
- COURT ORDERS REMOVAL
OF TEN COMMANDMENTS MONUMENT
November 13, 2016 - CBN News - The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
has upheld a lower court order to remove the Ten Commandments
monument from the lawn of Bloomfield City Hall in New Mexico.
- The three-judge panel ruled that the display is an "unconstitutional
endorsement" of Christianity.
- "Bloomfield has not undertaken sufficiently purposeful,
public, and persuasive actions to secularize the Monument's previous
'principal or primary' religious message," the panel wrote
earlier this week.
- "The City has never explicitly said this Monument was
not for religious purposes, nor that it was exhibited only for
its historical significance."
- The monument, paid for with private money, was erected in
2011 after a resolution allowed private residents to place historical
displays at city hall. However, local Wiccans were offended by
the statue and contacted the American Civil Liberties Union.
"Our clients who are not Christians, they took issue with
this and it made them feel alienated from their community,"
Alexandra Smith, legal director for the ACLU of New Mexico, told
local television station KRQE. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against
the city in 2012, claiming that the monument's location on government
property equated to the government's endorsement of religion.
- In 2014, a court judge sided with the plaintiffs and ruled
that the City of Bloomfield violated the Establishment Clause
by endorsing a religion.
- The city appealed, but circuit court judges Robert Bacharach,
Carolyn McHugh, and David Ebel unanimously rejected their argument.
- "In light of those considerations, and the situational
context of the Ten Commandments on the lawn, the City would have
to do more than merely add a few secular monuments in order to
signal to objective observers a 'principal or primary' message
of neutrality," they concluded. "Because we find an
impermissible effect of endorsement that is insufficiently mitigated
by curative efforts, we affirm."
- The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) said the city is considering
making another appeal.
- "As the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear, a constitutional
violation doesn't occur simply because a person encounters speech
he finds disagreeable and 'experiences a sense of affront,'"
remarked legal counsel Jonathan Scruggs in a statement.
- "In this case, a Ten Commandments monument nestled among
many other monuments honoring significant documents in American
history shouldn't be attacked simply because two people feel
offended by it. For these reasons and others, we are consulting
with our client to consider their options for appeal," he
SOUL SEARCHING RESEARCHERS CLAIM HUMANS HAVE SOULS WHICH CAN
LIVE ON AFTER DEATH
- The idea that human consciousness lives on after death has
been put forward by a number of well-respected scientists - Video
By GEORGE HARRISON - Novmber 5th, 2016 - SCIENTISTS have claimed
that death may not be as final as we once feared and that
humans have souls that can leave the body after their hosts kick
the bucket. It may sound like a supernatural myth, but the idea
that human consciousness lives on after death has been put forward
by a number of well-respected scientists. And the British scientist
at the forefront of the eerie theory claims that humans have
souls which don't die along with the body. We many not know exactly
what consciousness is, but physicist Sir Roger Penrose believes
that it's just a packet of information stored at a quantum -
or sub-atomic - level. Sensationally, he claims to have found
evidence that this information, which is stored in microtubules
within human cells, leaves the body after a person dies. Sir
Roger has argued that when a person dies temporarily, this quantum
information is released into the universe, only to return to
the body's cells if the host is brought back to life. He argues
that this explains why people can have near-death experiences,
and believes that this quantum information amounts to a soul
leaving the body. The physics expert said: "If the patient
dies, it's possible that this quantum information can exist outside
the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul."
- NEW MUSEUM INVITES VISITORS TO DESECRATE IMAGE OF VIRGIN
By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. October 13, 2016 The new National
Museum of Estonia features an exhibit that invites visitors to
desecrate a virtual image of the Virgin Mary, in celebration
of the Protestant Reformation in the historically Lutheran nation.
A virtual image of Our Lady of Graces is projected onto a screen
in a glass box. The image remains static until a visitor kicks
a spot marked out on the plinth of the display. Once this area
is kicked the image of Mary shatters into pieces and is replaced
by the word Reformation. The exhibit then resets
to the image of the Virgin Mary again, until the next visitor
comes forward to kick it. The Museum was inaugurated on the 29th
September 2016 by the President of Estonia and the exhibit itself
forms part of area that covers the history of the Reformation
in Estonia. This desecration of a sacred image has led to protests
from Christian leaders and politicians in Estonia, who claim
that the display mocks religion. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/10/13/new-museum-invites-visitors-desecrate-image-virgin-mary/
- SHARIA LAW IN FRANCE TICKING TIME BOMB
- NO TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PUTIN'S
RUSSIA CRACKS DOWN
- We all know about the dire circumstances faced by Christians
in the Islamic world. Even the White House has finally called
what's happening to Christians in Iraq and Syria "genocide."
- But there's another place where religious freedom is under
- This is a surprise to some. After all, post-Soviet Russia
takes pride in its Christian heritage. Its president, Vladimir
Putin, has positioned himself as a champion of Russian Orthodoxy.
His stance on traditional marriage and opposition to homosexual
activists has won him praise and admiration from many conservative
- But just ask Donald Ossewaarde if he thinks that Putin and
Putin's Russia are champions of religious freedom. Ossewaarde,
a Baptist missionary from the United States, was one of the first
people to run afoul of the recently passed "Yarovaya Law."
The Yarovaya Law, which purports to be a counter-terrorism and
public safety measure, prohibits "religious gatherings in
unregistered places," restricts promoting religion on the
internet, and makes it easier for Russian officials to deny entry
into and departure from the country. http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=701
- WHEN GOD LEFT THE BUILDING DVD
Though the vast majority (78%) of Americans identify themselves
as Christians, they have largely stopped attending church. LESS
THAN 20% of the population now makes it to church in a typical
week and some 4000 churches are closing every year. Why?
- POLICE STATE, USA: NO 'PRAYING' IN OWN HOME
- 'I was terrified that night. It was one of the worst nights
of my life'
By Bob Unruh - October 3, 2016 - WND - A stunning claim that
police officers in Louisburg, Kansas, ordered a woman to stop
praying inside her home has been elevated to the 10th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals after a district judge dismissed the complaint
out of hand. The case is being handled now by lawyers with First
Liberty Institute after Mary Anne Sause, a retired Catholic nurse
on disability, handled the initial claim on her own.
The result was that Judge Julie Robinson granted a motion from
the city to dismiss the case and told the women she wasnt
allowed to amend her complaint.
First Liberty, however, decided to challenge the recent ruling
based on the First Amendment issues at stake. Ms. Sause
alleged that Officers [Lee] Stevans and [Jason] Lindsey commanded
her to stop praying, under threat of arrest. And they did so
without any legitimate law-enforcement justification, the
organization said. This is a plain violation of her clearly
established First Amendment rights to pray in her own home and
to be free from official retaliation for exercising that right.
The appeals court is being asked to reverse the lower courts
decision, or, at a minimum, order it back to the lower court
with instructions to allow an amendment. http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/stunner-cops-tell-woman-to-stop-praying
- CHA-CHING! MOSQUE WINS $1.7m WITH THE HELP OF OBAMA'S DOJ
- October 2, 2016 - Leo Hohmann - WND - A Michigan community
being sued by the Obama Justice Department and CAIR for rejecting
the construction of a large Islamic school has agreed to settle
out of court for $1.7 million and allow the project to go forward.
The tentative settlement agreed to by Pittsfield Township would
be one of the largest cash payouts ever by a U.S. municipality
to a mosque. The deal could send shock waves throughout the nation
among communities fighting to keep large mosques and madrasas
out of residential areas.
- Shaykh Moataz Al-Hallak emigrated to the U.S. from Syria
and founded mosques in Texas, Maryland and Michigan. The FBI
has investigated him in the past for ties to terrorists but never
found sufficient evidence to warrant an arrest. The settlement
grants an Ann Arbor-based mosque led by a Syrian imam the right
to build a 70,000-square-foot Islamic school, a residential development
consisting of 22 duplex units and three single-family homes,
plus a park, the Detroit News reported. Shaykh Moataz Al-Hallak
migrated to the U.S. from Syria in the 1980s and has been organizing
and leading mosques ever since. The New York Times reported on
Sept. 18, 2001, that Al-Hallak was a Muslim cleric suspected
of ties to the Osama bin Laden organization and that he
had been banned from preaching at a Texas mosque because he was
considered by some congregants as having an overly rigid
interpretation of Muslim theology. But he has found a home
in Michigan and is poised to greatly expanding his influence
after this weeks settlement, a deal he won with the full
backing of the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Pittsfield Township not only agreed to pay $1.7 million and
allow the project to move forward, but it also agreed to have
its elected leaders and staff receive sensitivity training in
how not to discriminate against Muslims or any other religious
- Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/city-agrees-to-pay-mosque-1-7m-for-discriminatory-zoning-regs
OBAMA ORDERS MILITARY TO PAY FOR GENDER REASSIGNMENT SURGERY
By the RAND Corp.'s estimate in a June 2016 study, there are
between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender troops on active duty. Of
those, between 30 and 140 would prefer hormone treatment, and
25 to 130 would seek surgery. The surgery will either be conducted
at a military hospital or a private hospital if the former lacks
the qualified care, USA Today reports.
Commander-In-Chief Obama Orders Military To Pay For Gender Reassignment
Surgery For Transgenders
By the RAND Corp.'s estimate in a June 2016 study, there are
between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender troops on active duty. Of
those, between 30 and 140 would prefer hormone treatment, and
25 to 130 would seek surgery. The surgery will either be conducted
at a military hospital or a private hospital if the former lacks
the qualified care, USA Today reports.
by Geoffrey Grider October 3, 2016
Starting today, the U.S. military will pay for gender reassignment
surgery for transgender soldiers, a program that could cost up
to $8.4 million a year.
- The Defense Departments policy states that if a soldiers
ability to serve is adversely affected by a medical condition
or medical treatment related to their gender identity,
they are eligible for reassignment surgery or hormone therapy,
subject to a commanders approval for the timing.
- By the RAND Corp.s estimate in a June 2016 study, there
are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender troops on active duty.
Of those, between 30 and 140 would prefer hormone treatment,
and 25 to 130 would seek surgery.
- The surgery will either be conducted at a military hospital
or a private hospital if the former lacks the qualified care,
USA Today reports.
- Those in the military who oppose the policy argue that since
gender reassignment surgery makes it impossible for soldiers
to deploy for up to 135 days, the money spent on surgery could
be better used elsewhere. I think this is a gross misuse
of military medical dollars.
- Ron Crews, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
- Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for
Religious Liberty, said military personnel are also getting transgender
education, which takes valuable time. However, the Palm Center,
a pro-LGBT armed forces group, welcomed the move. Aaron Belkin,
director of the Center, said surgery could reduce the number
of suicides among transgender troops. The militarys
continued progress in integrating transgender service members
is a tribute to core principles and values. Aaron
Belkin, director of the Palm Center
- TRUMP "HOLDS HIGH THE FLAG FOR GAY EQUALITY"
- Friday Church News Notes - November 18, 2016 - David Cloud
- On Sunday, October 30, two days before the presidential election,
Donald Trump "proudly held up a rainbow flag with the words
'LGBT for Trump' written on it to a cheering crowd of thousands"
("Donald Trump holds high the flag," The Washington
Times, Nov. 2, 2016). An OpEd in the Washington Times said, "It
was an historic moment for gay equality and the Party of Lincoln
as the 2016 GOP nominee for President of the United States held
high the flag for gay equality. No other Republican Presidential
nominee in history has embraced the LGBT community in such a
loud and proud way." Some Baptists have told me that Trump
is an answer to prayer. I want to ask them, "If God is actually
answering prayers in regard to the American presidential election,
why didn't He raise up one of the Republican candidates who ran
on at least something of a moral ticket? I don't believe Donald
Trump is an answer to prayer. I believe the fact that he blasted
out of nowhere to push aside better men and gain the Republican
nomination at a time when the Democratic nominee was exceedingly
vulnerable is yet another in a series of divine judgments on
a wicked nation. http://www.wayoflife.org
- LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GERMANY WILL NOT TRY TO CONVERT JEWS
- Friday Church News Notes - November 18, 2016 - David Cloud
- On November 9, the Evangelical Church in Germany approved a
declaration rejecting any efforts to convert Jews. Synod president
Irmgard Schwaetzer said it is "a further step on the path
of contemplation and reorientation in our relationship with Jews"
("German Lutheran Church," Associated Press, Nov. 9,
2016). The truth is that it has been a very long time since this
liberal "church" has tried to convert anyone by the
gospel of Jesus Christ. The German Lutheran church was the very
mother of theological liberalism which destroyed the absolute
authority of God's Word, which, in turn, resulted in moral relativism.
In 2010, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the German state
of Bavaria adopted a ruling that "gay and lesbian ministers
may live with their partners in parish parsonages if they have
entered into a state-sanctioned civil union" ("German
Church Allows Gay Pastors to Live with Partners," Huffington
Post, Nov. 17, 2010). It is obvious that the Evangelical Church
in Germany does not believe the words of Jesus Christ when He
said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Nor do they accept
the authority of the apostle Paul who said, "For I am not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and
also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16). http://www.wayoflife.org
- HOBBY LOBBY CEO WRITES HEART BREAKING LETTER.
[EDnote: Muslims don't have to participate in Obamacare, that's
okay?? ] BREAKING: Hobby Lobby To Close All Stores The
Reason Why Is Heartbreaking - August 22, 2016 - With over 500
locations in 41 states, Hobby Lobby is one of the most popular
stores in America. However, the brand has become controversial
in the last few years since it refuses to back down from its
strong Christian beliefs.
- Liberals have been trying to shut down Hobby Lobby for years,
but the chain has always remained strong: until now. According
to American News, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green just
released an open letter explaining that he may need to close
all of his stores. Heres the full letter:
- When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we
were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling
miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasnt
much bigger than most peoples living rooms, but we had
faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according
to Gods word.
- From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nations
largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations
in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders,
and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family. Were
Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles.
Ive always said that the first two goals of our business
are (1) to run our business in harmony with Gods laws,
and (2) to focus on people more than money. And thats what
weve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see
their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays,
one of the weeks biggest shopping days, so that our workers
and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it
is by Gods grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has
blessed us and our employees. Weve not only added jobs
in a weak economy, weve raised wages for the past four
years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum
wage. But now, our government threatens to change all of that.
- A new government healthcare mandate says that our family
business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs
as part of our health insurance. http://americanupdater.com/breaking-hobby-lobby-to-close-all-stores-the-reason-why-is-heartbreaking/
- DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING PEOPLE
OF FAITH LIKE CRIMINALS
- By Jeff Hunt - October 04, 2016 - · FoxNews.com -
The modern Democratic Party is the greatest threat to the free
exercise of religion in Americas history. In their attempt
to limit religious freedom, they are attacking the foundation
of Americas goodness.
- Never has a major party sought to shove the practice and
influence of religion out of the public square like todays
Democrats. Christians are beginning to recognize these attacks.
Under President Obamas watch, we had to fight for the right
to practice our faith in business and in community service. See
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Zubik v. Burwell respectively.
In other words, Christians had to sue the government in order
to continue to practice their faith. In a recent report, the
chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission is quoted as saying,
The phrases religious liberty and religious
freedom will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long
as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism,
sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any
form of intolerance.
- In the minds of the Obama administration, religious freedom
is nothing more than discrimination and intolerance.
- WANT MOVIE TO MAKE MORE MONEY? DROP 'GAY' CONTENT
- 'The myth is that there is this big group out there that
wants this stuff'
By Alex Murashko - October 15, 2016 - WND - Movies with no homosexual
content make about six times more money at the box office than
movies with some, frequent or heavy homosexual content, according
to a three-year study by Movieguide and the Christian Film &
- The study is part of a detailed economic report to the entertainment
industry recently released by Movieguide and the family advocacy
groups founder, Ted Baehr.
- We do an analysis of all [categories of] the box office
and for many years, people would say that violence sells or sex
sells and of course, weve found that not to be the case,
Baehr told WND.
- Homosexual content in a movie may sell to the the 2.5
or 3 percent who claim to be LGBT or homosexual or bisexual,
but 98 percent of the moviegoers who dont think about that,
think about family and think about marriage.
- Baehr, as well as industry insiders, say it would be difficult
to find anyone within Hollywoods A-list willing to make
a public comment on the study, but the commissions hope
is that filmmakers think about their pocketbooks before investing
their efforts in homosexual content.
- Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/want-movie-to-make-more-money-drop-gay-content
- COACH RAMPS UP FIGHT
FOR PRAYERS ON 50-YARD LINE
Trump decries 'absolutely outrageous' attack on 'religious liberty'
October 4, 2016 - Bob Unruh - NFL players are using the playing
of the national anthem to promote a social agenda, and its
already spread to college and high school athletes.
- There have been no serious repercussions. But let a high
school coach, on his own initiative, kneel in prayer at midfield
after a game and watch out. Thats the substance of the
legal argument developing for Joe Kennedy, an assistant football
coach for Bremerton High School in Washington state until he
was fired for taking a knee on the field before and after games
- A district court denied his request to halt the school districts
discrimination against him, and now he has notified the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals of his plan to appeal
- Ive attended the games this season as a spectator,
but its been a punch in the gut to be in the stands,
Kennedy said in a statement released by First Liberty Institute,
which is working on his case. See what American education has
become, in Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using
Government Schools to Destroy Americas Children.
I hope the court will rule that I can get back on the sidelines
and keep coaching these amazing guys. Kennedy sued after
Bremerton High School terminated him for offering a brief, quiet
prayer at the 50-yard line after football games. In the lawsuit,
Kennedys attorneys claimed the Bremerton School District
violated Kennedys First Amendment rights.
- Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/coach-fired-for-kneeling-in-prayer-takes-action-to-settle-score/
- SCHOOL ORDERS TEACHERS TO REMOVE "RELIGIOUS" ITEMS
- By Todd Starnes - Todd's American Dispatch - October 04,
2016 - FoxNews.com - Jesus just got kicked out of public schools
in Henry County, Georgia. The school district fired off a directive
to school administrators ordering them to eradicate anything
remotely religious from all public school buildings. Click here
to join Todds American Dispatch: a must-read for Conservatives!
- One of my readers sent me a copy of the directive from the
Henry County School District that was relayed to the staff at
East Lake Elementary School.
- You are hereby directed to remove all items which contain
religious symbols, such as crosses, printed bibles, angels, bible
verses, printed prayers, and biblical quotations from the common
areas, hallways, classrooms, and office of East Lake Elementary
School, the edict read.
religious and biblical references should
not be included in notes to parents, email signature lines, or
any other correspondence sent on behalf of East Lake Elementary
School, the edict continued.
- But the Henry County School District wasnt quite finished
with their orders to eradicate religion from the school house.
- Finally, please remember that all references to holiday
parties should comply with the Henry County School Districts
Policy, Procedure and Practices for Holidays, the edict
concluded. Something tells me there wont be any Nativity
Scenes in Henry County public schools.
- District spokesman J.D. Hardin confirmed the authenticity
of the directive sent to administrators on Monday.
- TEACHING THAT THE CHURCH WILL GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION
IS ANTISEMITIC REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY
- People who, in error, attempt to place the Church in the
time of Jacob's trouble can only do it by putting the Church
where Israel should be, and as such are guilty of teaching Replacement
Theology. They are guilty of stealing promises made to the Jews
and Israel alone, and God will have none of that.
- by Geoffrey Grider - October 2, 2016
- Are you guilty of teaching the antisemitic doctrines of Replacement
Theology? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is
like it: it is even the time of Jacobs trouble; but he
shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV) What is Replacement
Theology? It is the pernicious and false teaching that God is
finished with the Jews and national Israel, and has replaced
the Jews with Christians and Israel with the Church. Sadly it
is taught by many in the Christian world today. You dont
have to be a Bible scholar to be able to see the hundreds of
verses all through the Bible that show a final restoration of
Israel in the end. For I would not, brethren, that ye should
be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own
conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until
the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall
be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the
Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this
is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Romans 11:25-27 (KJV)
- Dont misunderstand me by any means, Israel may have
been prophetically regathered in 1948 but they as a nation remain
in spiritual rebellion to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
One generation after the horrors of the Holocaust, hospitals
in Israel now perform third trimester abortions. Tel Aviv has
somehow become the LGBT capital of the world. From a Biblical
perspective, which is to say Gods perspective, Israel is
every bit as wicked a nation as the United States of America.
But Israel has something that America will never have. They have
a covenant with Almighty God to preserve their nation of Israel
forever. America tries in vain to claim the promise of 2 Chronicles
7:14 but alas cannot, for it is a promise to Israel alone.
- If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
Gods people are the Jewish people, and their land
is the literal, visible, physical nation of Israel. Christians
are never Gods people in the Bible, we are
His redeemed through the work that Jesus did on the cross at
Calvary. We are the Church, the Body of Christ, and as such are
wholly separate and distinct from the Jews and Israel. We are
elect of God but we are not the elect
as that is always a reference to the Jews. When a Jew accepts
Jesus Christ in the Church Age, they from that point on are counted
with the Church, not with national Israel.
- For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ
Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have
put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all
one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28 (KJV)
- So the coming Great Tribulation is not for the Church, as
much as our slothful Laodicean generation may deserve it. It
is the time in which God will judge the world and finally reclaim
His chosen people, the Jews. The Bible never calls this time
the Great Tribulation, that is a misquote from Matthew
24 where Jesus says there will be great tribulation
as an adjective, but not as a definitive noun. Jesus is describing
that time, He is not giving it a name or title. That job is given
to the prophet Jeremiah.