Turmoil, Turbulence, Treachery, and Transgression
Hurricane Lorenzo became the most intense hurricane so far east in the Atlantic Ocean on record Thursday night. It is a beast of a hurricane 500 miles wide (one report says 600) and its impact can be felt over 1,200 miles away. It was a Category 4 but weakened slightly to a Category 3, still a major hurricane. No major storm has ever lasted in the Eastern Atlantic as long as Lorenzo has, and the low-pressure system won’t dissipate anytime soon. The historic storm is poised to lash the Azore Islands on its way toward Ireland and the UK, where the tail end of it is predicted to land this coming Thursday or Friday. It will be one of Europe’s strongest-ever hurricanes to bring 80mph gales and 16ft waves next week, with over 150mm of rain and even snow in some parts of the UK.
As of Saturday, Sept 28, Lorenzo carried life-threatening wind speeds of 115mph, with hurricane-force winds stretching 50 miles from the eye of the storm. Swells from the hurricane are affecting portions of the northeastern coast of South America and Lesser Antilles and are expected to spread westward to portions of the north coasts of the Greater Antilles, Bahamas, Bermuda, and east coast of the US during the next few days.
Tropical depression Karen unleashed soaking rain in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands on Sept 24. It’s expected to become a tropical storm and head toward Bahamas, Cuba or Florida this upcoming week.
Cyclone Hikaa hit Oman with strong wind and rain on Sept 25.
Typhoon Tapah battered Japan’s southern Okinawa islands last weekend, with heavy rain and strong winds. 19 people were injured. The typhoon killed one person in South Korea.
Parts of the Missouri River are smashing records for days above flood stage, and more rain is ahead.
Though fall officially began on Monday, summerlike weather will continue baking much of the South through the end of September and into next month. Millions of Americans across the South will face record-challenging temperatures into early October as an area of high pressure remains over the region. Many cities have broken multiple daily high-temperature records so far this month.
Weeks of dry, hot weather have plunged the US Deep South further into a drought that’s affecting over 11 million people and threatening crops across the region.
Heavy rain, flooding and severe thunderstorms will cause problems into the first part of the coming week for a wide area of the US Midwest.
The first day of fall may have just been on Monday, but winter is already well on its way to parts of the northern Rockies, where a potentially “significant and possibly historic” early-season snowstorm was predicted for the weekend. “Snow, lots of it across the northern Rockies and the northern Plains.
A 6.5 quake in Indonesia killed 23 people and injured over 100 on Sept 26. Hundreds of houses, offices, schools and public facilities were damaged. At least 15,000 had to evacuate.
A 5.8 quake in Pakistan on Sept 24 has left at least 38 people dead and hundreds injured.
A 5.8 quake occurred in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept 26, toppling a huge minaret from a mosque and causing some buildings to have cracks. Turkey is crossed by fault lines and prone to earthquakes. Experts have long warned that a major earthquake is expected to hit Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city with more than 15 million residents. A 4.6 quake hit Istanbul two days prior.
A 6.1 quake occurred at Chile’s border with Argentina on Sept 26. No reports of damage or injuries.
A 6.0 quake struck near Puerto Rico on Sept 23, scaring and rousing many from their sleep.
Also this week, there were several quakes near and over 6.0 in the oceans.
In Trinidad and Tobago last weekend, residents living near the Piparo mud volcano reported hearing a loud explosion, after which cracks appeared across roads, and there was a high sulfur scent in the air. In May, geologists said pressure is building under the volcano, raising fears that another eruption is imminent. A devastating eruption occurred in 1997. The volcano has a cycle of large eruptions every 25 to 30 years.
Six US states have reported a record number of infections of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne virus blamed for 7 recent deaths. Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and North Carolina have reported 27 cases — the largest number of infections since 2005, when 21 cases were recorded. “EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito viruses we have here in the US,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services.
A report that came out this past week from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that in May 2017, Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services was notified of a case of pulmonary tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis in a man aged 77 years. The patient had regularly hunted and field-dressed deer in the area during the past 20 years.
The World Health Organization claims a measles epidemic in the Congo is the world’s largest and fastest moving. Over 800,000 children are targeted for vaccination after claims of 3,500 deaths.
Hypocrites in Hollywood promote violence in films: The Army issued a warning to its personnel about the possibility of extremists carrying out mass shootings at upcoming screenings of the movie “Joker” which opens Oct. 4. The memo was issued in response to social media posts from so-called “incels” uncovered by the FBI. 12 people died and 70 were injured in an attack in Colorado during a 2012 screening of the Joker movie The Dark Knight Rises.
In California, Prop 47, known as Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, was intended to keep non-violent criminals out of crowded prisons. The law more than doubled the amount a suspect could steal before facing a felony (from $450 to $950). Since then, retail theft statewide is up. California Police Chiefs blame Prop 47. “The consequences are so small…it makes that risk worth it,” they explained.
VIDEO: A 59-year-old man attending the Great Frederick Fair in Maryland was murdered by a pair of teenage brothers after he refused their demand to give them a dollar.
In South Africa, an Underberg dairy farmer and his pregnant wife were stabbed by intruders at a chalet they’d rented for her birthday and for a wedding they were attending. He survived but had to have part of his intestines removed, and his wife and unborn child died. Their toddler son was sleeping upstairs and was unharmed. Robbery was not a motive since nothing was taken.
In West Papua, New Guinea, 27 people are dead in a new wave of tribal violence. Hundreds of protesters, mostly high school students, set fire to buildings on Monday. At least 23 people died, some of whom were trapped inside burning buildings. Four people died in a separate incident after a mob of students reportedly attacked a soldier and police officers with machetes and rocks.
LAST DAYS TRAITOROUS TIMES (2 Timothy 3)
First, some good news: President Trump and India’s Prime Minister Modi were well-received by a crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans. Modi described Trump as a “friend” of India and praised his economic success in the United States.
Thought Control: 3 public schools in San Francisco, California, took kids as young as 5 to march in a “Close the Camps” leftist protest. Teachers are indoctrinating children that Trump is a racist that hates immigrants. The children are lectured in public school on the goodness of open borders. The children prepared protest signs at school, and teachers coached them on anti-Trump chants!
In Florida, a test, given to students at Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach County, described President Trump as a businessman, a Republican and an idiot.
From Israel National News: “The Democrats are hell bent on transforming America into a Socialist state… running a campaign built on hate, racism and division. The stench of Socialism is in the air and… it is only a temporary pause on the road to full-blown Marxism… They win over the hearts and minds of the young, but they are anything but progressive or liberal. They are intolerant radicals promoting big government control over every aspect of citizens’ lives based on an economy that will ruin the country.
Democrats newest ploy for impeachment of President Trump is over him inquiring whether Biden’s son was involved in corruption in the Ukraine. Trump said, “If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?” Trump says that he did not tell the Ukraine president that his country would get US aid only if it investigated Biden’s son. Joe Biden himself is up to his ears in the very corruption regarding the Ukraine that the Dems are accusing Trump of. Read Bill Wilson’s article at this link in which he discusses this and mentions Hillary’s corruption regarding Russia that the Left didn’t even bat an eyelash over.
Summary of what Rob Kall, director of a “progressive” Democrat website, admitted is the real purpose of the impeachment investigation: “The idea should be to keep the impeachment going as long as possible with new testimonies, new releases of disclosures of alleged corruption and treason on a regular basis. Ideally, it will get so bad that Republicans will put up someone else to run in the election. Keeping him under investigation, at least through the election, will increasingly erode support of Trump and the Republican party, making a Democrat takeover of the Senate and White House, and an increased control of the House even more likely.” In other words, it is a political power play.
ISRAEL ELECTION MESS
PM Netanyahu is expected to tell President Rivlin that he can’t form a majority coalition after Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) the Jewish New Year, which begins at sunset on Sept 29 and ends at sunset Oct 1. Gantz is not likely to be able to form a majority coalition either, and talks between the two to form a unity government don’t appear to be getting anywhere. Gantz refuses due to the indictment aka “witch hunt” of Netanyahu on bribery charges.
HATRED OF CHRISTIANITY AKA HATRED OF GOD
First, some good news: In Alabama, a school district eliminated prayer at athletic events after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a threatening letter. But students stood and recited the Lord’s Prayer anyway. See video.
Good news: A new documentary “Sheep Among Wolves Volume II” tells the story of the “fastest-growing church” in the world, an underground, persecuted Christian movement in a country known for exporting Islamic terrorism. People in Iran are fleeing Islam in droves as believers bow their knee to Jesus and become pro-Israel. A pastor explains that everything they do underground is built on prayer. “We find people of peace through prayer. We even find locations through prayer,” he says. “[Jesus] has come in their dreams or he’s come miraculously in their lives. When we hear this, we know that Jesus has gone ahead of us.”
In India, a Christian woman was hacked to death with ax in front of her 3-year-old daughter. The husband and father, Rohit, said, “After they killed my wife, they called for all the Christians to come out, saying, ‘We will get rid of all of you, once and for all.’” Rohit’s father was killed when the ax at first missed his wife and hit his father instead. Then they held the child upside down and were about to kill her. Rohit prayed, ‘Do something Jesus; save her.’” When he looked up again, he saw his daughter quietly walking toward a neighbor’s house. This was Rohit’s own family doing the killing because he married from the lower caste and they converted to Christianity. Though they looked for Rohit, he managed to escape. Then the family told police that Rohit did the killing, but police discovered the truth. India ranks as the 10th-worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.
In Nigeria, Fulani Muslim herdsmen kidnapped and killed a pastor’s wife three days after suspected herdsmen killed a Baptist pastor in another part of the state. Unaware that Esther Katung had been killed after being kidnapped, her family paid a ransom before discovering her body. They’d broken her legs and smashed her head in after she tried to escape. Also, Alhamdu Mangadus, pastor of Nasara Baptist Church in Asso, was killed while working on his farm. Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.
HATRED OF JEWS AND ISRAEL AKA HATRED OF GOD
Anti-Semitism in New York City is so bad that demonstrators are calling for a state of emergency. Just this year alone, anti-Semitism has increased by over 60%!
In Poland, recent months have seen a dramatic rise in reports of anti-Semitism online, in the media and in local politics.
A report exposed posts from 10 UN employees that included praises of terrorism against Israelis, and a picture of Hitler describing him as a humanitarian. The latest cases bring the total number of staff members uncovered sharing similar content to 100.
Arab historian, Abd Al-Ghani Salameh, admitted that the “Palestinian” people is a new concept that came about in the 1960s…Still some people believe the Jewish people took land from a so-called “Palestinians.” Despite proof from the Bible, history, and archaeology that the Jewish people have been living in Israel for thousands of years continuously, the world still claims they are invaders. Never mind that the Bible says God would return the dispersed Jews to their land in the last days.
ISLAMIZATION OF THE NATIONS
President Trump notified the University of North Carolina and Duke that he will pull federal funding over their Islamic teachings. The two schools held a symposium that turned out to be a Jewish bash-fest.
In Israel, an Arab terrorist walked up to officers at the Temple Mount, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab them. One policewoman was stabbed in the hand before the terrorist was apprehended. At least three members of the Muslim Waqf were taken in by police for questioning.
In Israel, an Arab terrorist tried to throw a Molotov cocktail at Israelis at Joseph’s Tomb on Tuesday. Instead, it exploded in his hand, putting him in critical condition. Jewish Israelis who pray at Joseph’s tomb must do so in the middle of the night, with express permission under heavy guard, despite the Oslo Accords giving them freedom to pray at the site.
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS
Rockets struck near the US Embassy in Baghdad just as Iran’s Rouhani was speaking at the UN saying they want peace and stability. The rockets were fired from an area in Baghdad where Iraqi paramilitary forces close to Iran hold sway.
Israel’s IDF Military Intelligence Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom said the chances of a major escalation between Israel and Iran are increasing.
Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs said all options against Iran, including military response, are open after attacks on two oil facilities which it and other countries blamed on Iran.
After thanking UN traitors for blindly siding with “Palestinians,” the PA (aka PLO) president M. Abbas took to the podium and threatened war against Israel. He promised to continue paying terrorists and/or their families who kill Jews, and he received applause from the UN General Assembly.
As usual, 7,000 Arabs rioted against Israel along the Gaza border, throwing firebombs and explosives at IDF soldiers. Two military vehicles were damaged and one rioter found out the hard way that Allah doesn’t exist and there are no 72 virgins in paradise to deflower for eternity.
The UN Human Rights Council heard that China is engaged in widespread harvesting of human organs from persecuted religious and ethnic minorities. They’re “cut open while still alive for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale,” the report said. The body parts are then used for medical purposes. Extremely short wait times for organ transplants in Chinese hospitals are evidence of the practice.
NATURE WORSHIP AND ITS GLOBAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL RUSE
First, the good news: Comments from President Trump at the UN to gathered world leaders: “Human rights come from God not from governments.” “We ask the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith, and give glory to God.” “The future does not belong to globalists.” He slammed open-border activists for their “evil agenda.”
Professor Larry Backer of Penn State University says resistance to social credit systems in the West could be dissolved when the masses are “socialized…as a collective” and…the great culture management machinery of Western society develops a narrative in which such activity is naturalized within Western culture.”
A group of 500 esteemed scientists and professionals in climate science officially notified the UN that there is no climate crisis and that spending trillions on a non-problem is ‘cruel and imprudent.’
It Was All A Hoax: The young girl seen crying in viral video at a global warming rally is a child actress – she was just a child prop for the Left.
17 Democrat presidential candidates took part in the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry which featured thousands of steaks. Their participation follows weeks of climate change alarmism from the presidential candidates, many of whom have signaled support for limiting beef consumption in order to combat what they say is a looming climate catastrophe. According to reports, organizers were prepared to grill roughly 10,500 steaks.
One of Britain’s foremost barristers, Michael Mansfield, wants to make eating meat a crime. In a message delivered at the Vegan Now campaign, he claimed farming of livestock for meat (cow flatulence) is destroying the planet and called for prosecuting those who cause global warming and eat meat. Nature-god worshipers and/or globalists put animals before people. The climate change hoax is a ruse, and the real “solution” of the globalist elite is to drastically reduce the human population and enslave those that remain – that is, unless their Islam immigration plan to destabilize Western nations and destroy Judeo-Christian values backfires on them, and those very same Muslims take control and kill them first.
“In the UK it is George Orwell’s Animal Farm come true.” Goldsmiths, University of London will ban red meat to fight “climate change.” Cows flatulence, they claim, contributes to CO2. The new green authoritarianism is joined by the University of Cambridge. It’s ideological conformism obtained through obedience of students and the population to extremist ecological diktats.
Summary from Arutz Sheva: At Cambridge, a famous bell at St Catherine’s College was removed due to claims it had links to colonization; It suspended lectures of a conservative professor after academics and students protested; It withdrew the invitation of a conservative researcher on immigration; It announced the intention of literature professors to replace white authors with minority writers, following proposals by academics and students to “decolonize” the curriculum. The “decolonization” campaign was extended to Physics, Chemistry and Engineering in a case of unbridled student tyranny. A writer for Arutz Sheva compared it to “Animal Farm by George Orwell, where pigs walk on two legs, dress like men and declare ‘all animals are equal, except that some are more equal than others.’ Then, from lambs to cows, they find themselves slaves again, this time under the pigs’ rule.”
Facebook suspended “tens of thousands” of apps following a data investigation that may have mishandled users’ personal data, sparking fresh concerns about the tech giant’s privacy practices. Court documents state that Facebook suspended 69,000 apps. About 10,000 apps may have misappropriated or misused Facebook user data, according to the documents filed as part of an investigation by the Massachusetts attorney general.
APOSTASY AND DOCTRINES OF DEMONS
The United Methodist Church appears to be finally splitting due to LGBT issues that have already divided the church for over 40 years.
The German Catholic Church’s controversial plan includes the creation of an unprecedented “Synodal Assembly” in close partnership with the Central Committee of German Catholics, a lay group that has demanded, among other things, the blessing of same-sex unions by the Church and rethinking of all Catholic teachings on sexuality. This proposed Synodal Assembly will have “deliberative power” to force these changes upon Catholics in Germany.
ONE-WORLD RELIGION GOD WARNS AGAINST IS “PROGRESSING”
From LifeNews: The United Arab Emirates unveiled plans for an interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi that will unite a church, a synagogue and a mosque collectively known as the “Abrahamic Family House.” This follows Pope Francis’ February visit to the UAE, the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula. During the visit, Pope Francis and the Muslim grand imam of al-Azhar signed a declaration to form an interfaith council called The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity. The Abu Dhabi document marks a step forward in implicating the Catholic Church at the head of interfaith initiatives while at the same time working to give the UN the upper hand in obtaining a global alignment regarding religious faiths in the name of world peace.
Summary from Lighthouse Trails: Wycliffe, YWAM (Youth With a Mission), and other evangelical groups will take part in a Roman Catholic-endorsed global event in 2020 called Global Year of the Bible. YWAM is a big promoter of contemplative prayer and emergent missiology. In Emerging so-called “progressive Christianity,” you can go for Jesus but don’t have to identify as Christian. This spills over into missionary societies where they teach people from other religions that they can keep their religion, just add Jesus to the mix. The outcome of contemplative/ emergent spirituality is ecumenism—with all religions. Lighthouse Trails can’t help be nervous about this “global conversation” with which “billions” may be involved. If organizations like YWAM and the Roman Catholic Church are instigators, we can easily speculate what this conversation will look like. All the while, Christian leaders stand by silently or join in bringing it about.
It’s ironic that the Roman Catholic Church would endorse the 2020 Year of the Bible when it discourages members from reading the Bible. So why would the pope endorse this, unless his reasons are to use it to “bring back the lost brethren” into the so-called “Mother Church”? We’re seeing it folks, the one-world religion, not only forming but gaining momentum, almost at the point of culmination. How can any truly Bible-believing Christian agree with such a clearly ecumenical agenda? The Pope will very likely be the head of the false church described in Revelation. He’s not “officially, visibly” that yet, but it’s there, waiting in the wings.” More at this link.
THE THIRD TEMPLE AND THE PUSH FOR GLOBAL ENFORCEMENT OF NOAHIDE LAWS
This subject should concern us all, so please bear with me for the next two pages; then we’ll get to the last prayer concerns in the news under the heading, “The Last Days of Lot.”
The Nascent Sanhedrin hosted the Conference of the Organization of the 70 Nations on Thursday in which an animal sacrifice was offered on the Mount of Olives.
This modern-day want-to-be permanent Sanhedrin is determined to have the third temple and renew animal sacrifices. The Nascent (developing) Sanhedrin aka Rabbinical Court of 71 judges, was established in 2004 (it is not recognized by all Jewish groups nor by the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body). So why should we be concerned about it?
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple institute in Jerusalem, is one of the participating rabbis. This Sanhedrin promotes Noahide Laws, also **now supported by various countries and organizations. “Education and Sharing Day,” once a year, honors the Kabbalist Rabbi Schneerson who was considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century; and it is he who launched the global Noahide campaign. The modern Noahide movement came about within the past 30 years. Not all Jews are Noahide followers and not all Noahide followers are Jews. Some are Gentiles who believe the Old Testament but reject the New Testament. There are about 20,000 followers of the Noahide movement. They believe if they faithfully follow the seven Noahide laws, they’ll earn a place in heaven.
This idea of the Noahide Laws is from the Talmud. Unlike the Torah, the Talmud is not the authoritative Word of God. It is a book of rabbinic sages’ discussions created many centuries ago. They give their own interpretations of the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament). These rabbis say the Noahide Laws were given by God to Adam and Noah – however, you won’t find that in the Bible). These Sanhedrin Noahides wants these laws imposed upon the world. One of these laws is “Do not deny God – no idolatry.” The Kabbalist rabbis added, “Do not profane God’s Oneness in any way.” Under Noahide Law, the death penalty could possibly be imposed for breaking this law.
Christians worship the Trinitarian three-in-one God. Let that sink in. Are we therefore considered idolaters under Noahide law?
Also Kabbalah has a pantheistic characteristic – the notion that God and His creation are one, or view the Creator and the Creation as a continuum.
So, does that mean they view all creation as sacred; divine? What does that mean for those of us who deny that belief?
Watch this disturbing short video of Rabbi Yisrael Ariel (head of the Temple Institute and member of this Nascent Sanhedrin) speaking of imposing the Noahide Laws including the death penalty for Christians. Do all the Sanhedrin members feel that strongly?
Oh, and then there’s this: “… violation of any one of the seven laws subjects the Noachide to capital punishment by decapitation. (Sanh. 57a). (Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Noahide Laws”)
Here are the 7 Noahide Laws according to the Kabbalist site Chabad.org: (they don’t spell out God)
>Do not profane G‑d’s Oneness in any way. (Acknowledge that there is a single G‑d who cares about what we are doing and desires that we take care of His world).
>Do not curse your Creator.
>Do not murder.
>Do not eat a limb of a living animal.
>Do not steal.
>Harness and channel the human libido.
>Establish courts of law and ensure justice in our world.
**Have the Noahide Laws been recognized by any governments? Yes; but how many of them look at those laws and say, oh that’s good for mankind, but don’t know about what one of these laws can mean for Christians? Or those they may say aren’t “taking care of the creation”?
A Vatican document recognized them in 2007. See this link (look between #3 & #4).
In 2006, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel met with a representative of Chabad to sign a declaration calling on all non-Jews in Israel to observe the Noahide Laws. A year later, Chabad brought together ambassadors from Poland, Japan, Ghana, Latvia, Mexico and Panama, who all championed the Noahide Laws.
Every US president since Jimmy Carter has recognized the Noahide Laws. This was made official by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. He signed into law a historic Joint Resolution of both Houses of Congress recognizing the Seven Noahide Laws as the “bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization.” Herman Van Rompuy, former president of the European Union wrote (in July, 2014) that he seeks greater “dissemination of the universal values known as the Noahide Laws.” Major General Michael Jeffery, Governor General of Australia, in a 2008 letter, wrote that he believed that observing the fundamental values of the Noahide Laws can be an antidote to such ills of society.
On July 2, 2012, Rabbi Yaakov Cohen addressed the United World Conference. Here’s a portion of his speech:
“On this day, people all over the world will be gathering on the Laws of Noah. Their observance is required, so that the vision of the United Nations– to have a settled and civilized world, in which economic justice and righteousness will prevail – can be fulfilled, with all of us working together in unison.”
And here are notes from that conference by Yosef Geller: “The United Nations took dramatic steps towards world peace when ambassadors, NGOS, Rabbis and chaplains met to discuss the Seven Laws of Noah at a United Nations conference room on Monday, July 2. “It is critical that the representatives of the United Nations affirm and commit publicly to the basic premise, that people respect the very core fabric of life given by the Creator, which the Seven Universal Laws of Noah represent,” said Rabbi Yaakov Dovid Cohen, founder and director of Institute of Noahide Code and the key note speaker at Monday’s event. The Seven Laws of Noah are an obligation on all of man-kind.” – source [I’m not so sure how far they’ll get with all UN members. So many are anti-Israel.]
The interpretation of the Law of those ancient Jewish sages or the modern ones are not all the same as the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. And about the Law of Moses, we’re told in the New Testament that Christ fulfilled the Law.
Galatians 2:16-21: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Christ fulfilled the Law. We are justified, made righteous, through faith in Him alone, and not by any works to earn a place in heaven. Yes, it’s good to keep the Ten Commandments. But if keeping them was what it took to save our souls, we would all be damned.
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST: THE LAST DAYS OF LOT RETURNED (Luke 17:28-30)
Sacrificing the Unborn to the god of Self
First, some good news: A sixth Texas city has banned abortion, declaring itself a “sanctuary for the unborn.” The liberal-left protects criminals and illegal aliens with sanctuary cities. But children born and unborn need protection from the liberal-left pro-abortionists.
In New South Wales, Australia, the opposite of the good news we just read in the above paragraph occurred. Pro-abortion politicians celebrated with hugs and cheers Thursday after the state legalized killing unborn babies for any reason up to 22 weeks and up to birth with permission of two doctors and a hospital committee. Ignoring strong opposition from its citizens, lawmakers passed the bill. “Abortion has been decriminalized in NSW. I am sorry this has taken so long,” MP Alex Greenwich, lead sponsor of the bill said after the vote.
Ruining the Children
The FDA says drugs used as puberty blockers in youth are linked to thousands of adult deaths. Between 2012 and June 30 of this year, the FDA documented 40,764 adverse reactions suffered by patients who took Lupron which is used as a hormone blocker. Over 25,500 reactions logged from 2014-2019 were considered “serious,” including 6,370 deaths. Lupron is prescribed off-label for children diagnosed with so-called gender dysphoria despite the lack of formal FDA approval for that purpose.
In the UK, children as young as six years old are receiving instruction on how and why to stimulate their genitals as part of classes that will become mandatory in hundreds of primary schools. All About Me classes involve an explanation of ‘rules about self-stimulation’ in the Year Two lesson plan for six and seven-year-olds. The guidance on touching is repeated in lesson plans for Years Four and Five, involving pupils aged eight to ten. This plan is being rolled out across 241 primary schools by Warwickshire County Council and may be adopted by other local authorities next year as part of the Government’s overhaul of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
Mattel is introducing gender neutral dolls that can be accessorized to be a boy, a girl, neither or both. While researching, Mattel spoke to over 250 families with children who identify across the gender spectrum. Molly Woodstock, gender educator and co-host of the podcast Gender Reveal, says, “It’s unarguably good that all children are being given the option to play with some sort of doll that doesn’t have a neatly assigned gender or gender roles.” She added, “Just the social and cultural validation of trans and nonbinary gender identities through this doll feels really powerful.”
A survey presented to students at Oakdale Middle School in Louisiana presented questions about vaginal and oral sex that got parents riled up. “Have you ever had any type of sex — vaginal, anal or oral sex,” the survey asked. “Have you ever been attracted to the same sex? Girl to girl or guy to guy? Or do you feel that you are gay, lesbian or bisexual?”
An 11-year-old boy drove 200 miles to meet a man he met on Snapchat. Fortunately, he was spotted by a police officer when he was driving around lost. Children under 18 should not be using Snapchat. Read why at this link. But just briefly, Snapchat is a harmful “app’ for children under the age of 18 to use, because the messages or pictures are quickly deleted after they’re sent. This makes it nearly impossible for parents to see what their child is doing within the application.
Pornography, Human Trafficking and Prostitution
Smart phones and computers are creating a generation of porn addicts. More than a dozen states have passed health bills deeming pornography an “epidemic that is harming people” starting at young ages.
North Carolina: 28 people have been charged in a two-day prostitution, human trafficking sting. “For some time, here in this county and the state of North Carolina, we have had a tremendous problem with prostitution and human trafficking,” Sheriff Terry Johnson said. “North Carolina is ranked No. 8 in the nation for human trafficking, and we’re trying to do everything we can to curb that statistic. This is just a drop in the bucket of what could be caught.”
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity…
“In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment” (Isaiah 59:1-4, 13-15).
Come, Lord Jesus!