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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.

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  3. By Evie Fordham - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince accused Iran on Sunday of carrying out Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers near the globally important Strait of Hormuz. “The problem is in Tehran and not anywhere else,” Prince Mohammed told Arabic-language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat according to The Associated Press. “Iran is always the party that’s escalating in the region, carrying out terrorist attacks and criminal attacks either directly or through its militias.” The U.S. is also pointing a finger at Iran, which denies culpability for the attacks. The U.S. military released video footage they say shows Iranian special forces removing an unexploded limpet mine from Japanese-operated tanker Kokuka Courageous after Thursday’s attacks. Members of the Japanese tanker’s crew reported seeing “flying objects” during the attack as opposed to limpet mines, reported The AP. The crown prince claimed that Iran disrespected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by allegedly carrying out the attacks while he visited Tehran. Prince Mohammed did not have any evidence to back up his claims. “The kingdom does not seek war in the region, but we will not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, sovereignty and vital interests. … The choice before Iran is clear. Do you want to be a normal state with a constructive role in the international community or do you want to be a rogue state?” Prince Mohammed continued according to The AP. Saudi Arabia and Iran have long been at odds. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudis and the Houthis have been in conflict since 2015, according to The AP. Gen. Frank McKenzie, who commands American forces in the Middle East, said Iran poses a “very real” threat earlier in June. He spoke after the alleged sabotage of four oil tankers in the Persian Gulf in May. Saudi Arabia also blamed Iran for those attacks. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected] Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Blames Iran For Oil Tanker Attack is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  4. By Jose Montemayor - This is the fifth article of our “On the Stage” series, where the goal is to get to know each and every single candidate vying for the chance to take on President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election as the Democratic nominee. As the first of the Democratic debates approach, we try to understand each of the candidates and their campaigns better. Who is Tulsi Gabbard? Tulsi Gabbard is the current four-term representative of the state of Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. She is an American-Samoan and also the first Hindu to serve in the House of Representatives. She saw time in Iraq as a soldier, and attributes her foreign policy views to this period. Before her career in national politics, he was the youngest legislator to be elected to the Hawaii state legislature at 21 years old. How is Rep. Gabbard doing in the polls? RealClearPolitics currently has Tulsi Gabbard tied for the 16th to 20th spots in the race, having a polling average of 0.3 percent along with Congressmen Eric Swalwell and John Delaney, author Marianne Williamson, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In all the statewide polls on record, Gabbard only has not seen numbers in California and Texas. In the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Gabbard is at the 11th and 10th places with 0.8 percent and 0.5 percent averages to date. In Nevada, she is tied for 9th with 1.5 percent, while at South Carolina, she has the 10th highest numbers with 1 percent. Her best status is currently in Massachusetts, where she is tied for eighth, also with 1 percent. What are the key ideas of the Gabbard campaign? On climate change. Tulsi Gabbard is massively progressive on climate change. She calls for a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to extract oil and gas. In 2017, she proposed the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act to radically transition the United States to 100 percent dependence on renewable energy by 2035. Gabbard has been comparatively more moderate as of late, and instead advocates for eliminating fossil fuel usage by 2050. On education. Rep. Gabbard has called for making public colleges tuition-free in all states, although only for citizens with family incomes below $125,000 annually. She proposes that these be funded by placing taxes on gains from trading stocks and bonds. On healthcare. Gabbard is an advocate for Medicare for All and expanding funding for this by raising taxes on the top 5% of income earners, establishing a progressive excise and payroll tax system, and for imposing taxes on stocks and bonds and not just the gains from trading these. Unlike other proponents of Medicare for All, she does not intend to fully eliminate private insurance but will retain this as an option. On the military and foreign policy. Congresswoman Gabbard has a relatively unconventional foreign policy. Although she supports the removal of American troops from Afghanistan and Syria, she has raised some eyebrows in her personal meetings with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. While she defended these by asserting that this was a move for a peaceful, diplomatic approach to addressing the conflict in Syria, she has been highly criticized for not having consulted with Democratic leadership in the House before proceeding with these meetings. Besides these, Gabbard has said that President Assad is not the enemy in this issue, although the latter has been accused by the international community of war crimes against his own people. She is also against using the term “Islamic extremists” to describe, well, Islamic extremists, and she has raised controversy from both sides of the aisle for her actions. As a whole, she is an anti-interventionist, and is highly against American intervention in international conflicts. On gun control. Gabbard, like other Democrats, proposes a ban on assault weaponos sales and universal background checks in all cases, aiming to close the “gun show loophole” which she sees as a big problem. On social issues. Tulsi Gabbard was raised a social conservative, especially on issues involving the LGBTQ+, and remained one throughout her early political career. In 2004, she opposed a bill that allowed civil unions for same-sex couples in Hawaii. In 2016, the LGBTQ+ caucus of Hawaii withdrew their initial endorsement for her. However, she states that her time serving in Iraq led her to question her views, and now is much more liberal on these issues being a supporter of same-sex marriages. She also advocates for decriminalizing and removing penalties for abortions beyond 20 weeks, and for allowing transgenders to serve in the U.S. military. What’s Next for Tulsi Gabbard? She has already made history by being the first Hindu-American in the House of Representatives. In a landscape where diversity is a priority and identity politics are ever rising, she has the choice of using her aforementioned status as a religious minority as well as a female politician and American Samoan, to gain popularity. On the policy aspect, she does not have much positive differences that would allow her to stand out from the rest of the progressive Democrats. Her positions on foreign affairs, however negative their receptions, are still unique to her, and she may attempt to gain more publicity through these. Whether good or bad, publicity is publicity. In this crowded Democratic primary race, she’ll have to be satisfied with that. On the Stage: Tulsi Gabbard is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  5. U.S. In celebration of Father's Day, the nation's pastors reportedly spent the whole sermon praising fathers, single mothers, people who take care of pets and feel like a father, and also people who take care of a Tamagotchi electronic pet. The post Nation's Pastors Praise Fathers, Single Mothers, Pet Owners, People Who Take Care Of A Tamagotchi appeared first on The Babylon Bee. View the original full article
  6. Hi! It’s nice to meet you, Hungry! My name is Dad. The post Hi, Hungry. I'm Dad. appeared first on The Babylon Bee. View the original full article
  7. U.S.—While everyone has a mother--a necessity in every family for raising and providing for the children--there is a second type of parent some people have called a “father.” It is unknown what purpose this seemingly vestigial parent provides, but today is a holiday known as Father’s Day, where the existence of fathers is acknowledged even if their purpose is unknown. The post Nation Spends Day Acknowledging Existence Of Completely Unnecessary Parent appeared first on The Babylon Bee. View the original full article
  8. There is difference between the number of allowed immigrants and the number of allow refugees. As for Refugees' In 2018 about 10,493 individuals applied for refuge statues and out of those applicants only 42 were accepted. As, of 2018 the total number of Foreign residents in Japan is listed as 2,637,251 . American expats (about 56,834) make up the 8th largest group. But, there are also expats from Iran(4,069), Afghanistan(3,039), and Pakistan(15,583). How many of those are Muslim? I do not know. Japan as far as I know has never claimed to be most tolerant nor for that matter politically correct country in the world. However, it is far more open/accommodating than countries in Asia like China and Korea as far as work/residence visas are concerned. Speaking as person with a permanent tan (or individual who gets more vitamin D from the sunny light [attempt at humor]) I have found Japan to have been far more than hospitable. You did ask me if I was a was citizen of Japan: And, I answered your question. Now, I apologize for misunderstood you and I would really like to understand the messages you are trying to convey rather than us continuing to be in a state of Grace and Peace
  9. I think you likewise missed my point totally. Again, we are talking past one another. Right, Japan has no issue because of its intolerance towards others! <sarcasm> Japan's policies are the equivalent to a Japanese KKK. Only a diverse nation such as ours has the issues that we are facing. Please tell me what happened to Americans in Japan during the World War? In my opinion there are others that are quite glaringly hypocritical in their criticism of America. Don't get me wrong. I actually agree with Japan on these issues. If it were up to me voting would be returned to only property owners. And to be a property owner I strongly believe one ought be an American citizen. Has little to do with gender, that is my view, but it has more to do with invested interest. As far as relinquishing any citizenship to any other country wasn't that my point which you call a rabbit hole? I'm all for many of the policies held by Japan today. I like its position on illegals, immigrants, and refugees. Forget political correctness! However, I agree with you in that Japan doesn't call itself a Christian nation. Could you imagine all the criticism and the standard of morality Japanese would be subjected to by critics? You guys don't want that! After all ya'll make "wonderful" Japanese cartoon porn and even make the "best" sex robots. No criticism here because the moral bar is non existent. My point is that a Christian nation will have the struggles that only a Christian nation has. For example: Church A says, we have a problem of division within our congregation. The Whites, Blacks, and Asians keep to themselves. Church B says, we don't have that problem. We are an Asian only church.
  10. Thank you @Becky Yes and Yes! This is part of what makes USA a great country. It is comparable younger than the majority of nations in the world yet it has matured and grown much fast than any country in History. I agree with this practice! I did this too back in the 80s and early 90s expect I had not thought about writing American in place. Greetings @William You do realize I was speaking of Americans of Japanese decent not of citizens of Japan during WW2. Now are then by the quote above suggesting that then Americans of Japanese decent were generally warring against America? By lack a of rights for women As I was referring to the past my unsaid point was on voting rights. Not the permission to murder defenseless babies! William if I was a liberal as you seem to be trying to suggest do you seriously think I would be spending my time here? Exactly! And this was precisely my point! When we Traditionalists or conservatives speak of America being founded on Judea-Christian values we are right and historical accurate to do so, but we in my opinion must not paint everything as if it were a theocratic Christian utopia and in doing so I believe we shall have a stronger and more persuasive argument then if we make excuses or attempt to whitewash the past. William If you haven’t already please read my post and notice that I said absolutely nothing about immigration my point was on American citizens! However I will answer your questions I believe they are a bit of a rabbit trail miles away from the point I was making. After all he point was on the Christian statues of American. Japan has never claimed to be a Christian nation. Answers: Yearly Japan accepts few refugees of any kind. Like less than 10! The Japanese Ministry of Justice not the office of immigration is in charge of managing foreign residents. Like the US government the Japanese government keeps a close watch over the activities Muslim Residents and their Mosques and anything else that might look suspicious. Japanese does however accept immigrants from other countries usually at first on short term visas and then as their visa may be renewed for longer terms if they meet certain social requirements. Of course Japan is not and will probably never be as diverse as America but then again that has nothing to do with the point I was making. All in all I have personally found Japan and the Japanese to be very welcoming. And I been living here for about 17 and half or 18 years now. I hold permanent residence status and/or I am a Permanent Resident of Japan. I got only after two years of living here but that’s another story and part of why I find Japan so welcoming. My wife would like me to naturalize and become Japanese which by the way is easy to do as long as you have a clean record, speak Japanese, and are willing to relinquish any citizenship to any other country you hold. Basically the same requirements for become a Permanent Resident although with PR you can hold on to other citizenships. I am still debating wether I want to relinquish my other citizenship. Grace and Peace
  11. You know how they justified it, just like any sin that is done through tradition. Since it has always been done that way, we have no choice but to continue. Let's not rock the boat, they say.
  12. By Jason Hopkins - The Mexican government released the details of the side agreement it made with the Trump administration, pledging to take on additional measures if it fails to adequately stop the flow of illegal immigrants reaching the U.S. border. Details of the side agreement come after the White House and Mexico City reached a sweeping immigration deal on June 7. In return for the U.S. not imposing 5% tariffs on all Mexican products, the Mexican government would deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala, and allow more U.S. asylum seekers to stay within its country. President Donald Trump told media at the time that Mexico had agreed to additional terms, but he would allow their government to release the information at their discretion. “Here’s the agreement. A very simple agreement,” Trump said to reporters on Tuesday, waiving a folded piece of paper. “This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States.” Mexico has now revealed what’s inside that piece of paper. Well, Mexico just released the full page that @realDonaldTrump carried when he said there was a secret agreement pic.twitter.com/A5ocd4WV6p — Carlos Manuel Rodríguez (@carlos_rgz) June 14, 2019 The supplementary agreement states that if the U.S. deems, after 45 days from the joint declaration, that Mexico has still not sufficiently managed the illegal immigration crisis, “Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force.” Additionally, the side agreement reveals that Mexico has left the door open to becoming a “safe third country,” an option their government had adamantly opposed before the start of the negations. Safe third county mandates that migrants must seek asylum in the country they first enter. For example, a Guatemalan migrant heading north for the U.S. would be required to seek asylum in Mexico, and would be immediately deported back to Mexico if they tried to enter the U.S. Before the details of the side agreement were released, Trump had eluded to a harsh “phase two” if Mexico didn’t adequately manage the illegal immigration crisis. “If Mexico does a great job, then you’re not going to have very many people coming up. If they don’t, then we have phase two. Phase two is very tough, but I think they’re going to do a good job,” the president said on Wednesday. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected] Mexico Releases The Details Of Its Immigration Deal With Trump is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  13. By Jose Montemayor - This is the third article of our “On the Stage” series, where the goal is to get to know each and every single candidate vying for the chance to take on President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election as the Democratic nominee. As the first Democratic debates approach, we try to understand each of the candidates and their campaigns better. Who is Tim Ryan? Ohio native Tim Ryan has been in Congress since 2003, representing the 13th District of his home state for nine consecutive terms until the present. He served in the Ohio Senate for two years before his stint in Congress began. In 2016, he made an unsuccessful attempt to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the House Minority Leader, before the Democrats regained their majority in the House of Representatives. He is also a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the body that is responsible for passing appropriations bills in the lower house. How is Tim Ryan in the polls so far? Although he has not had 65,000 individual contributors to his campaign, Tim Ryan has managed to meet the polling threshold to qualify or the first set of Democratic debates on June 26. An Iowa poll conducted in the period of April 4 – 9 by Monmouth University had him as the candidate of 1 percent of respondents, while 2 percent named him their choice in a statewide poll by the University of New Hampshire in April 10 – 18. Reuters/Ipsos also found him to be the preference of 1 percent of likely primary voters in a nationwide poll conducted last 17th to 23rd of April. RealClearPolitics reports that he is currently tied for the 11th to 15th spots in the national race for the Democratic nomination, garnering an average of 0.5 percent among recognized polls along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governors Jay Inslee and John Hickenlooper, and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Statewide poll averages do not show him to have favorable numbers in most states that have had polls, except in New Hampshire where his averages places him in a tie at 10th with 0.5 percent along with Hickenlooper and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. How is Tim Ryan on the issues? On the economy. Tim Ryan is a proponent for a “clean-energy economy”. He wants more educational programs in engineering, and more apprenticeships and training courses for modern jobs, all through federal funding. He also believes in reforming the nation’s penions and retirement programs, and has been a critic of some of his own fellow Democrats in his words that simply dumping more taxes on Americans wouldn’t make life easier if the welfare system is not relieved of its problems. On China and foreign policy. Rep. Ryan does not oppose imposing tariffs on China per se, but he does believe that this shouldn’t be the main strategy of the United States in dealing with Beijing. He believes that tariffs should merely be a part of a larger strategy of outcompeting China in trade and commerce, which, on the American side of things, Tim Ryan believes entails investing in the production of electric vehicles, the usage of renewable energy, and other such ways to revolutionize the Ameican economy. On the environment. As evidenced by Ryan’s stances on the economy and on China, he, like many other Democrats, have the environment in mind with their policies. Having said all these, Tim Ryan has expressed support for a Green New Deal, but not THE Green New Deal being pushed by the bloc of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. Instead, Ryan wants to involve the private sector more into the green initiatives being proposed, primarily through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) instead of utilizing federal and state funding for all the initiatives. He believes that financial incentives, if enacted properly, can synergize with the numerous green initiatives that are sprouting everywhere on the Democratic side of the aisle. On immigration. Tim Ryan supports the DREAM Act which provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. He also proposes the formation of a non-partisan commission for immigration issues including border security, which he recognizes as a priority, as well as detention centers and processing facilities for incoming migrants. On gun rights. Rep. Ryan was a former National Rifle Association member. Take note: former. Sandy Hook changed it all. Before 2012, he was a card-carrying member of the NRA and even had an A-rating from the pro-gun group. After the tragic shooting at Connecticut, he reconsidered his positions and eventually flipped. By 2017, he had been co-sponsoring brand new gun control legislation including an assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks. He has also donated $20,000 to multiple gun control organizations, matching the reported amounts that the NRA donated to him and his campaigns throughout the course of his earlier political career. On education. Tim Ryan has co-sponsored three bills in the House of Representatives that aim to make obtaining a college education in a public institution to be both tuition- and debt-free through measures such are free community college and federal student aid programs. Besides these, he also wants to expand funding for STEM and music and arts programs for public schools. As opposed to some other candidates in the field, Tim Ryan does not fully oppose charter schools but instead wants to have improved transparency and accountability on the schools’ part, and this was encapsulated in his 2011 Charter School Accountability Act. On healthcare. Congressman Ryan is actually a co-sponsor of the 2019 Medicare for All Act and supports a single-payer system similar to what the Sanders bloc wants. He also voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2017 and introduced legislation for the Medicare buy-in choice for citizens between 50 to 64 years of age. The Outlook for Tim Ryan Tim Ryan has not been silent in criticizing the POTUS. He’s stated that proper leadership isn’t being seen from the White House in the trade conflict with China (PBS); that he’s going to “fight for the Americans Trump abandoned” (CNN), implying that President Trump’s policies have left some Americans behind; that he believes the president doesn’t give a sh*t about the Constitution, and that he (Ryan) would push for impeachment proceedings to take place (The Hill). Whether or not he gets to bring all these to a 1-on-1 with the President is not yet sure, as a lot can and will happen from now until the Democratic primaries conclude. The current numbers, however, don’t exactly favor that, and he may have to remain content challenging POTUS from the House of Representatives. On the Stage: Tim Ryan is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  14. By Jose Montemayor - This is the fourth article of our “On the Stage” series, where the goal is to get to know each and every single candidate vying for the chance to take on President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election as the Democratic nominee. As the first of the Democratic debates approach, we try to understand each of the candidates and their campaigns better. Who is Julian Castro? Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Julian Castro served as the mayor of the same city from 2009 until 2014, when he was courted by President Obama to join his administration as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He launched his presidential campaign on January 12, and would become the first Hispanic / Latino – American to become president, if elected. As a fun fact, Julian Castro has an identical twin in Congress, Joaquin Castro, the representative of the 20th congressional district of the Lone Star State. How is Sec. Castro doing in the polls? Julian Castro has qualified for the first set of Democratic debates by fulfilling both the polling and fundraising criteria, and will be part of the June 26 lineup. As things stand, he has a polling average of 0.5 percent, enough for the candidates currently at 11th to 16th in the middle to lower end of the race. He is tied with Senator Gillibrand of N.Y., and Governors John Hickenlooper (CO) and Jay Inslee (WA). Castro is among the top preferences of likely primary voters in California, where he is tied for the 7th spot with 1.5 percent of potential votes; in Iowa, where he places 10th with 1 percent; in Massachusetts, where he has 0.5 percent good for a shared 11th ; and in his home state of Texas, where he is performing best at 6th place with 4 percent of likely primary voters selecting him as their candidate of choice. He has failed to establish a presence in South Carolina and New Hampshire, though. What are the key ideas of Julian Castro’s campaign? Julian Castro is part of the Democratic party that’s becoming ever more progressive and moving to the left. He has many progressive stances on various issues. On immigration. Secretary Castro supports establishing a path to citizenship for illegal aliens residing in the United States including recipients of DACA that remain. He opposes President Trump’s restrictions on immigration from Muslim countries and his desire to build a strong and secure wall on the Southern border. Instead, he wants to invest government funds into newer, more advanced security technology at the border,as well as to improve legal immigration processing facilities for migrant arrivals. He also advocates for a 21st century Marshall Plan to provide aid for the Central American countries to address poverty and violence which forces immigrants to flock to America for a hope of a better, safer future. Castro also wants to transfer the duties of drug trafficking and anti-terrorism monitoring from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and transfer these to the Department of Homeland Security, reconstituting ICE to be dedicated to strictly immigration and customs affairs. On gun rights. Julian Castro wants a ban on all assault weapons sales and to severely limit high-capacity magazine sales. He pushes for universal background checks on all gun sales, and wants to close “gun show loopholes”. On law and order. Castro has been pushing for police reform plan that demilitarizes police and dissuades stop-and-frisk situations, aiming to limit potentially deadly police violence and abuse. On healthcare. Like many Democrats, Castro is a proponent of Medicare for All, a single-payer healthcare system, and he wants this system to be funded by raising taxes on corporations and the uppermost echelons of American society, even suggesting higher taxes on the top 0.05 percent. On education. Castro is an advocate of universal pre-kindergarten education in all states funded by federal grants to states and localities. In fact, as San Antonio mayor, he raised taxes by an eighth of a cent to establish a citywide program guaranteeing pre-K education. With regard to higher education, he supports making public college tuition-free and debt-free, as well as expanding technical-vocational training programs to all citizens. On other issues. As expected, Julian Castro is socially-liberal as a pro-choice politician, supporting legalized abortion even after 20 weeks; protecting the legal rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to marry; allowing transgenders to serve in the U.S. military. On foreign policy, he believes in renegotiating previous trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and for pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, although not at the speed and abruptness that President Trump called for. How does he deal with President Trump? Julian Castro has been a vocal critic of the President. In his recent town hall with Fox News, he called POTUS a failure on the border crisis, and stated that there is a lot of cleaning up to do once Trump is out of the White House. Previously, he’s also called for the President’s impeachment, sentiment that is growing in popularity among Democrats. The Castro Campaign Moving Forward As a progressive, Julian Castro shares a lot of similar beliefs and policies with the rest of the crowded Democratic presidential field. He does not have specific issues where he stands out among the rest. His status as the only Hispanic-American running might help him build up a loyal base as the campaign rolls on, and this is what he should capitalize on as he is truly unique in this regard. If he wants to become a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination, he has to extend and even improve his current status in his home state of Texas where he is currently sixth to other states, especially the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire where he has much work left to do. On the Stage: Julian Castro is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
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  16. It's almost funny, you know what is sensitive? The conscience of the unregenerate. You see this a lot of atheists and Christian cults, that they cannot stand scripture truth. It's like you've thrown holy water on a vampire, especially topics like evil and hell. Out of one side of their mouths, they reject the truth, downplay it like it's tooth fairy nonsense, but who do you know that gets so very angry, censoring and in a lather over the tooth fairy, if that's all it is? Apoplectic, shouting in all caps, using exclamation marks? I've seen them, time and again, just lose it over scripture that pricks their conscience. As much as scripture, Shakespeare comes to mind, truly, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." They can run, but they can't hide, because, fact of the matter, the Holy Spirit is convicting the whole world of sin and righteousness. They can censor all they like, but there's no refuge from that restless conscience, that heart, at odds with their Creator. This is going to bug them to their deaths, if they don't repent, and this regardless they were able to censor all scripture form the web. Many people don't even understand they flee to drugs and alcohol, because they can't stand themselves and need to repent, will have no real peace, until they find peace with God and peace in those things eternal, that await us all. But what's worst is their evil being exposed, suppose that's like holy water mixed with garlic juice tossed on vampires, or, well, like sunlight: John 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. This is why they persecute Christians, as they don't even want us around to remind them of God and what they are, by simply good behavior, scripture aside. It's like a bunch of guilt ridden drunks, that keep trying to shove a drink in your face, don't like anybody around that might have a better idea and can live without. Like it's cool for everybody to hate the goody goody, which Christian children can horribly suffer, among their partying peers, at school. Their evil peers likely have no idea, even, what's in them, that makes them hate the righteous, that subconscious guilt and the demonic influences. They can only run like the devil or delete you, anything but to be reminded of the truth, face the truth, that they're living a lie that won't end well. Nobody likes to look in the mirror and see the real Dorian Gray. Want some really cool scripture, though, on the subject? Makes one praise the Lord Jesus all day and just yearn for the next insult! Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Honestly, I've known people where it's say whatever you please, as long as you don't like me. Now, that would really worry me!
  17. Hi Horstius haven’t been on the forum for ages and just seen your post. I was wondering if you ever got sorted with a seminary or college? out of curiosity what part of Ireland are you in. I live just outside Belfast.
  18. American Christians today reject the rights of LGBT~Q and unborn children the right to life while denying women the right to murder them. Is the inconsistent position perhaps due to a broad definition of Christian? American slavery, the Liberal/Democrat party is the party of pro-slavery, responsible for later Jim Crow laws and the KKK. Lots of people twisted Scripture in order to justify racial slavery while at the same time American Christians led the Abolitionist movement to abolish slavery. Nothing really has improved except for the Liberal/Dem tactic which has been so developed it now has minorities wanting segregation and economic enslavement by forfeiting rights and freedom in return of social welfare benefits which confine them to Ghettos just like "indigenous tribes" are self-confined today in Federal reservations. Indentured slavery has returned, a peoples are returning to bondage. The lack of rights for women is once again being championed by the Liberal/Dems because women are denied the right to abortion and say in what happens to their own body. LGBT~Q want the right to marry whoever, and Pedophiles want equal rights too. Christians are divided on these issues today. Lots of Christians use Scripture to justify equal rights for LGBT~Q, Pedophile, and even Polygamy. Lots of atrocities have been committed in Christ's name in the past and continue being done so. Lots of atrocities are committed in various other names of gods. But not everything was peaches and ice cream in America, before it was settled by Europeans there was cannibalism, headhunting and human sacrifice in North America. Of course the argument is that not all Indians participated in such. Perhaps "internment camps" should of been created until the wars were over? Lastly, in a time of conquer and conquest Indian tribes warred against other tribes, stole territorial lands, enslaved, and "treated" ill the conquered. Even in the American slave trade American slave traders purchased slaves from African tribes which conquered other African tribes and sold them off to slave traders. What I am stating is rather obvious, today slavery has been abolished but slavery continues and is worst than in the days of American slavery in the very areas of the world which too profited from American slavery. The only difference today is in "general" some want "white" Americans to be accountable and responsible for past actions while at the same time excusing the hypocrisy of the "conquered". Therefore, nothing has improved. ALLEN WEST: LBJ, "I’ll Have Those N*ggers Voting Democratic for the Next 200 Years" CLASHDAILY.COM On March 20, 1854 the Republican Party was established in Ripon, Wisconsin. Referred to as the GOP or Grand Old Party, it established for... 3 percent.... Just what was the percentage of Japanese which warred against America? That is, if we excluded pacifist and moderate Japanese? Today, we are facing war against Terrorism. Radicals, but what is the percentage of radical Muslims? If we exclude pacifist and moderate Muslims? Back to the people with Japanese heritage on American soil during an attack by the Japanese. How much damage, really, could 3% of say 120,000 which were put into internment camps do? Are we not facing the same issue today over illegal immigration? Aren't there camps now which people are being held until properly vetted? Likewise in our fight against Terrorism various departments of defense are finding and stopping "sleeper cells" on American soil. There's an estimated 22+ million illegal immigrants here now, what's 3%? I mean how many soldiers were responsible for the two attacks on American soil during Pearl Harbor or 911? Were the total numbers 3% of the Japanese population or the population of Islam? 19 terrorist were responsible for 911 on American soil. How many percent of the total population that identifies as Muslim do 19 men make up? Really, lets invite 12 men in our house knowing that 1 is of the Devil. How much damage could that 1 inflict upon our house? And I'm just curious, how "friendly, welcoming, and tolerant" are Japanese today to the likes of Islamic refuges etc? Is Japan taking in the mass amounts of people fleeing other countries? How diverse is Japan today? Are you a citizen of Japan? IF so what is your view as a Japanese citizen and Christian?
  19. By Luke Rosiak - President Donald Trump’s Department of Education has launched an investigation into foreign cash secretly flowing into U.S. universities and sent letters to Georgetown University and Texas A&M Thursday. A Senate report found that 70 percent of colleges that took money from a Chinese propaganda program broke the law by not disclosing it. Almost all of the colleges that have a contract with the U.S. government to shape the way U.S. textbooks teach about the Middle East received massive funding from countries in the region. The letter also asked Georgetown about a possible connection to a Russian cybersecurity firm. The Department of Education is going after U.S universities over supposed ties to foreign governments, after some allegedly took huge quantities of foreign cash and hid it from regulators. At the top of the list are Georgetown University and Texas A&M, which have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar, a middle eastern nation with suspected links to international terrorism. Both schools received letters from the Department of Education on Thursday saying they should have disclosed that funding but their filings “may not fully capture” the activity, the Associated Press reported. The letter warned that they could be referred to the attorney general to “compel compliance.” Georgetown was also asked about possible ties to Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, as well as Saudi Arabian money, and both schools were ordered to disclose funding from Huawei and ZTE, Chinese firms suspected of spying. Top Foreign Funders of U.S. Universities, 2011-2016 (Source: Department of Education) Country Amount Qatar $1,024,065,043 England $761,586,394 Saudi Arabia $613,608,797 China $426,526,085 Canada $402,535,603 Hong Kong $394,446,859 China In February, a Senate investigative subcommittee released a bipartisan, 100-page report that found that not only had China been pouring money into the U.S. for a program linked to propaganda efforts, a huge percentage of U.S. colleges had violated the law by hiding the money. “Since 2006, the Subcommittee determined China directly provided over $158 million in funding to U.S. schools for Confucius Institutes,” the report said. “The Department of Education requires all post-secondary schools to report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more from a single source within a calendar year of receiving them. Despite that legal requirement, nearly 70 percent of U.S. schools that received more than $250,000 from Hanban failed to properly report that amount,” it continued. Yet the Department of Justice told Senate investigators it had no indication that the Department of Education has ever tried to take U.S. colleges to court for allegedly violating the law. So-called “Confucius Classrooms” funded by China have grown rapidly even though they were touted as a weapon by China’s former Minister of Propaganda. Teachers also committed rampant visa fraud, and China blocked the U.S. from creating a reciprocal program in that country, the report said. During a 2018 congressional hearing on China’s activities in U.S. universities, FBI Director Christopher Wray said “I think the level of naïveté on the part of the academic sector about this creates its own issues.” In March, security experts said that Chinese hackers had infiltrated a web of U.S. universities and stolen military research from them. “They are a full-fledged operation,” an expert told the Wall Street Journal. “And they are not going anywhere.” Qatar Georgetown is cooperating with the investigation and “takes seriously its reporting obligations and provides all information as required by the Department of Education every six months,” the school told the Associated Press. The Daily Caller News Foundation asked the school for information about its foreign funding and how it might give other countries influence over the curriculum several times in recent months, but the school refused to answer. In Texas, even though information about donors to the public university is supposed to be public, when a lawyer filed a Freedom of Information Act request, Texas A&M refused to turn over the records and instead alerted Qatar, which hired a politically-connected law firm that took legal action to tie up the request, documents reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation show. Georgetown has received nearly $333 million from Qatar since 2011. For a nation seeking sway over the U.S., Georgetown University would be a particularly tactical site of influence. The D.C. university, located near the State Department, trains many of the United States’ future diplomats at its Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS). Its website notes that “At SFS, you can study with former Secretaries of State” and access “connections to diplomats from just about every country, and of course, the seat of the U.S. government. Our location gives SFS the extraordinary opportunity for us to engage (and sometimes even influence) the debates that lead to real action.” Saudi Arabia The Department of Education’s letters are part of a broader forthcoming inquiry that will put numerous universities in the crosshairs for their ties to multiple foreign powers. One mentioned in the letter to Georgetown is Saudi Arabia. A Saudi royal gave Georgetown $20 million to set up the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which has appropriated social-justice language to push a Saudi-centric agenda to students. CMCU’s website says it “reframes ‘Islamophobia’ as ‘anti-Muslim racism’” sharing an enemy in “white supremacy” with other U.S. minority groups. It talks about “resisting anti-Muslim racism” using “hip hop.” Georgetown received the Arab money at the same time that it was tasked by the U.S. government with shaping how K-12 textbooks treated the Arab world. In fact, an analysis by TheDCNF found that 12 of the 16 schools empowered to shape understanding of the Middle East in this way received money from Muslim nations. In each case, the foreign money dwarfed the amount of the U.S. contract. The contracts are part of a Cold War-era program that pays colleges to help students better understand international relations. They were intended to help prepare a cadre of intelligence agents and diplomats. In 2008, a congressman asked Georgetown if it had ever written any reports critical of Saudi Arabia since receiving the funds. Georgetown did not answer the question in a statement quoted by The Washington Post in an article on the Virginia Republican’s letter. Jonathan AC Brown, who serves as director of the CMCU, has defended slavery because the prophet Muhammad had slaves, and his father-in-law was convicted of providing material support to terrorists. 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  20. By Jose Montemayor - This is the second article of our “On the Stage” series, where the goal is to get to know each and every single candidate vying for the chance to take on President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election as the Democratic nominee. As the first Democratic debates approach, we try to understand each of the candidates and their campaigns better. Who is Seth Moulton? Ever since 2015, Seth Moulton has been the representative for the 6th district of Massachusetts. As a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, he has been positioning himself as the “national security / foreign policy candidate”, and has strong views on this matter. He earned a Bronze Star medal for his service in Iraq, which he did not reveal even to his parents, until the Boston Globe found out in an investigation into his military service. How are the numbers going for Seth Moulton? Bad. The numbers are bad for Seth Moulton. RealClearPolitics does not have any of his numbers in recorded national or statewide polls, and he has not managed to attain even the 0.3 percent that Tulsi Gabbard, Eric Swalwell, John Delaney, Marianne Williamson, andBill de Blasio, the candidates currently at 17th – 20th , have. He has not had significant polling numbers in any of the early primary states, and has not reached 1 percent for even one recognized poll. Because he has also failed to meet the fundraising criterion for the debates, he will thus not participate in the first set of Democrat debates later this month. What are the key ideas of the Moulton campaign? As a centrist Democrat and more moderate than the more well-known candidates moving farther to the left, his stances on certain key issues differ. On healthcare. Despite stating his belief that healthcare is a human right, Rep. Moulton does not support a single-payer Medicare-for-All plan. As a veteran, he frequently refers to the Veterans Administration’s single-payer system and all its failures in providing service members with quality accessible healthcare. Instead, he advocates for the reforming of the Affordable Care Act by focusing on driving healthcare costs down and improving the coverage of ACA. On foreign policy and national security. This issue appears to be Seth Moulton’s forte. As one to have seen Americans at war firsthand, he has been bold in pushing for changes in the way the federal government spends on military and national defense. First, he wants cuts on massive weapons programs that produce quantities upon quantities of conventional weapons. He then wants to redirect these funds towards more modern defense technology, especially cyber research. He also advocates for more diplomatic approaches towards conflicts and tensions, and to avoid unnecessarily deploying American troops on foreign soil. He aims to strengthen existing American alliances and to forge new, reliable ones in the face of new international challenges. On climate change. Rep. Moulton moves closer towards his more outspoken, left-leaning party mates on this one. In the House, he co-sponsored the Green New Deal, the controversial set of proposals that radically address climate change by extremely fast transitions to clean energy and massive increases in spending on green infrastructure. Besides the measures already stated in the GND, he has also proposed the creation of a Federal Green Corps that employs Americans for two years to retrofit existing buildings to be more energy efficient, a proposal that would be an incredible burden on the federal budget on top of the costs that will be imposed by the Gren New Deal. Seth Moulton also envisions that by 2030, America will be utilizing renewable energy for half of its needs. On gun rights. He is strongly in favor of restricting gun rights. Seth Moluton pushes for a complete ban on the sales of assault rifles and bump stocks nationwide, as well as mandatory background checks for all arms sales. On other issues. Seth Moulton supports a path to citizenship for recepients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He pushes for the raising of the national minimum wage, albeit to just an hourly pay of $12 by 2020, rather than the commonly-proposed $15. He wants to make education more affordable by mandating that community college be free in all states. He is also in favor of abortion rights and in removing penalties for having procedures. As a pro-choicer, he has also supported the Equality Act for LGBTQ+ individuals. The Bottom Line for the Moulton Campaign Things are looking terrible for Seth Moulton right now. He is a long, long way from even a spot at the next Democratic debates. His status as a moderate Democrat doesn’t help, and we can see most of the more centrist candidates not named Joe Biden to be languishing in the also-ran section. It would be interesting to see how Moulton plans to approach the next months of his campaign and how he would aim to raise his status and gain more attention in this crowded race. Capitalizing on his status as a veteran and on his focus on national defense and foreign policy may help him to carve a niche towards those prioritizing these issues. But even that is a long shot towards the nomination, as these issue don’t stand out to a majority of Democratic voters. On the Stage: Seth Moulton is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  21. By Evie Fordham - The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris scheduled its first mass for Saturday after the devastating fire that led to the collapse of its iconic spire. Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit will celebrate mass Saturday with a select group of roughly 30 worshippers in a side chapel. Only a small number of priests, canons and church employees will be allowed in, and they will have to wear hard hats, reported Reuters. However, worshippers outside the cathedral will be able to watch the service on a Catholic television station that plans to carry it, according to The Associated Press. “It is a nice symbol. A very small group of people will attend and one can understand why as there are still major safety issues,” French Culture Minister Franck Riester said, reported Reuters. The cathedral is still “in a fragile state, namely the vault, which has not yet been secured. It can still collapse,” Riester added. The French Senate passed a bill in late May approving reconstruction of Notre Dame, but it came with a catch. The legislation mandates the cathedral must be re-built exactly the way it was, according to French publication The Local. The report stated that France hopes to have the cathedral rebuilt in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. While terrorist groups like ISIS celebrated over the destruction of the cathedral, arson and terror-related motives are not suspected. An investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected] Notre Dame Schedules First Mass Since Devastating April Fire is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  22. By Jose Montemayor - This is the first article of our “On the Stage” series, where the goal is to get to know each and every single candidate vying for the chance to take on President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election as the Democratic nominee. As the first of the Democratic debates approach, we try to understand each of the candidates and their campaigns better. Who is Eric Swalwell? Eric Swalwell is a sitting four-term congressman from the 15th district of California. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, he served on the city council of Dublin, California, was a member of the Dublin Arts & Heritage and Planning Commissions, and also served as an assistant district attorney. Despite representing California in Congress, Swalwell was born in Iowa, and he hopes to catch some of that hometown magic in the upcoming primaries. How is Eric Swalwell doing in the polls? Though he has not yet had 65,000 individuals donate to his campaign, Eric Swalwell has qualified for the first set of Democratic debates by virtue of meeting the poll qualification which requires that candidates attain no less than 1 percent of responses in at least three national or statewide polls recognized by the Democratic party. For Swalwell, these were an April 4-9 Monmouth University survey among likely Democratic primary voters in Iowa, an April 10-18 University of New Hampshire poll in the Granite State, and a nationwide Reuters/Ipsos poll on April 17-23. As of the moment, Swalwell is tied for 16th place among the Democratic primary candidates with a 0.3 percent rating along with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, author Marianne Williamson, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to RealClearPolitics. He does not have significant numbers on any statewide polls that RCP has on record, though, namely candidate averages in Iowa, New Hampshire, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Massachusetts. What are the key ideas of the Swalwell campaign? On healthcare. Rep. Swalwell supports Medicare for All, although a system in which private insurance would not be completely eliminated, but also wherein a public option would be guaranteed to all who opt to avail of it. He supports expanding federal funding for research on critical diseases such as cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). On environment and climate change. The congressman advocates for a gradual yet urgent transition from a fossil fuel-dependent society to one that taps renewable energy. In the past, he has supported legislation to further regulate oil fracking, to ban offshore oil drilling in California, and to fund research and development into clean energy technologies and infrastructure. On social issues. Eric Swalwell is pro-choice, and is in fact a member of the pro-choice caucus in the House of Representatives which supports expanding access to reproductive health. He supports repealing the Hyde Amendment which bans federal funding to go directly to financing abortions. He is also an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and has co-sponsored civil rights protections on the federal level for non-binary individuals. On immigration. He is an vehement opponent of the immigration policies of the Trump administration, and has moved to block funds for the President’s alleged “Muslim ban” and for the proposed Southern border wall. He co-sponsored the DREAM Act of 2017 which would formalize legal protections for illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as children and thus are eligible for DACA. WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 26: Gun control supporters march from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument to call on Congress to pass gun control measures on January. 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Bill Clark/Getty Images) On gun rights. Rep Swalwell supports restrictions towards gun usage. He supports universal background checkes on all gun sales, banning of all assault weapons sales, as well as a buyback program for these weapons on the federal level. On other issues. He is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and of the House Judiciary Committe, and was highly-involved in the investigations to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. He supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, corporate tax incentives for more profit-sharing and equity-sharing incentives. He has pushed for a federal minimum wage of $15/hr and more federal workforce training for technology jobs The Bottom Line for the Swalwell Campaign In an April 15 article, Business Insider reported that only 14 percent of Democratic primary voters have heard of Rep. Swalwell. If that is not bad enough, only 11 percent of the respondents of the same survey said that they think Swalwell can beat Trump, while 49 percent expressed the opposite. This says a lot in Swalwell’s perceived electability, which will indeed play a significant role in the choices voters make in the primary elections. Another issue that the Swalwell campaign currently face is that they have not been able to establish a potential voter base for themselves. The same Business Insider source indicated that those interested in Eric Swalwell’s ideas and policies are also among those who count themselves satisfied with the candidates of other more popular left-leaning nominees such as South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian. If Congressman Swalwell wants an actual shot at the nomination, he has to impress in the June 27 debates and up his campaign game. With the Democratic Party doubling the polling and fundraising qualifications for the third and fourth debates, Swalwell has some ground to make, starting with the first round of debates. On the Stage: Eric Swalwell is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  23. Well, I have a question, and am here to testify, check it out, yourself, that there's the mega-church world of the yellow smiley face pastor, that doesn't like to talk about repentance, sin and hell, doesn't like to talk about loving God first and seeking things eternal, rather it's, as if, "I'm okay, you're okay, Jesus loves your black little hearts of the world, loves you just as you are, after all, none of us can help having one foot in hell: today's special is a hundred to one return on that seed sown...". Or, there's no hell at all, and everybody will be saved, as somebody mentioned these universalist congregations that so tickle the unrepentant sinners' ears. Or you have the works cults, where you can juice your salvation by going to church on Saturday and avoiding meat or coffee, et al, all with their grand, extra-Biblical prophets of the true doctrines (Revelation 22:18), the chosen denomination, but all of which disagree with each other, as well as the Holy Bible, on many points. Millions and millions going through those doors! (Ask yourself this, is the power of the Holy Spirit failing these masses? You'd have to believe this, which would also make Christ a liar, if all these people are really saved and not being led into all truth, are, rather, chasing lies and somehow saved, John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. Of course, would hasten to add there are the young, that grow in sanctification and leave these churches, that is, not to say a person can't be saved and deluded, for a time, anyway.) On the other hand, you have these other churches, often a small Baptist or non-denominational, but other denominations here and there, not to slight Presbyterians, Lutherans or Methodists, the latter in theory, anyway, but with a pastor that teaches, without reservation, the whole of scripture, many, many of which may only have a hundred people or so in the audience, any given Sunday. And no big, loud band, no skits performed that are like Aesop's fables to entertain, likely even, heaven forbid, a place you'll hear and sing the old hymns. I know, because I've attended them, and am here to tell you the pastors aren't doing anything for money, either. So, to recap, we have a church that attracts people just like a Satanic heavy metal band, in droves, and another small church, that is hardly prospering, in material terms, faithfully teaching the true gospel, from the whole word of God, which I can guarantee you no practicing, unrepentant sinner, paying lip service to Christ, wants to hear. The question is this, considering what the Lord Jesus clearly taught, in the following verses, what else could you expect? Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Maybe let's throw in: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. The following verses are in context of the antichrist, but it is also a principle, that there is strong delusion that may tickle the ears, but damns, which God will allow people to make their beds of and sleep in, people of false religion, with the bottom line problem of loving the world more than God (James 4:4), the primary problem of the world having pleasure in unrighteousness: 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 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. I thought to make this point in a Christian politics thread, almost an oxymoron: where are you going to get your Bible Christian majority to rule this mess, even if the Bible told us to set the world straight, which it does not? Isn’t that more like Don Quixote, charging a windmill, trying to do, with the world, what only the Lord has the power to do? Isn’t, in fact, the world being the world, the “Christian nation” a myth, if we were to get real about it? Throw in the masses of born again Christians, flocking to the mega-church big top, likewise a myth? John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  24. It is the left that is intense on the race issue...With medical being the only exception ... When i fill out papers I check the box "other" and write in American. Back in the 70s i did some college . I marked the papers as above the girl wrote over my answer i asked why? she said we have to put down what we think you are. The left controls a lot by dividing .. to the point they divide the child in the womb from humanity. At the same time i agree with you on the 'host of other issues' It is also truth that much of those issues where corrected , not soon enough but corrected. "We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, "Speech at Springfield, Illinois" (October 4, 1854), p. 242. Worse then the crime of interning the Japanese was not giving them back what was rightfully theirs as Americans. To only look/hold at the faults of a country is akin to only seeing the faults in our ancestors. Israel of old had some very ugly kings, that is not the end of the story they also had King David and son.
  25. [email protected] I understand and agree (which why my post is absent of hyphens and or references to color). Unfortunately, color or race is still very much institutionalized in the USA. When, school students go to take standardized test/exam often one the first questions they need to fill out is to answer which race they are or think they they should be classified as. USA birth certificates also continue to indicate race or color rather than just using the term American. The US census also takes note of race/ethnicity. Since, I am strange looking guy when ever I am in the states people tend to ask what race I am, and I find it annoying. I think American society is obsessed with race. I know very little about American two party system and did not intend to make any reference to it as I personally find the two party system to be highly confusing. Rather I was and still am highly curious how American Christian's of the past justified the treatment of the indigenous tribes, the institution of slavery, the treatment of indentured servants, the lack of rights for women, segregation, the interment of American citizen of Japanese decent and the like. "One of the most stunning ironies in this episode of American civil liberties was articulated by an internee who, when told that the Japanese were put in those camps for their own protection, countered "If we were put there for our protection, why were the guns at the guard towers pointed inward, instead of outward?" https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/japanese-relocation "The roundups began quietly within 48 hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. The announced purpose was to protect the West Coast. Significantly, the incarceration program got underway despite a warning; in January 1942, a naval intelligence officer in Los Angeles reported that Japanese-Americans were being perceived as a threat almost entirely “because of the physical characteristics of the people.” Fewer than 3 percent of them might be inclined toward sabotage or spying, he wrote, and the Navy and the FBI already knew who most of those individuals were. Still, the government took the position summed up by John DeWitt, the Army general in command of the coast: “A Jap’s a Jap. They are a dangerous element, whether loyal or not.” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/injustice-japanese-americans-internment-camps-resonates-strongly-180961422/ "In 1976 Pres. Gerald R. Ford officially repealed Executive Order 9066. He used that opportunity to express regret for that policy: February 19th is the anniversary of a sad day in American history. It was on that date in 1942…that Executive Order 9066 was issued…resulting in the uprooting of loyal Americans….We now know what we should have know then—not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese Americans were and are loyal Americans….I call upon the American people to affirm with me this American Promise—that we have learned from the tragedy of that long-ago experience forever to treasure liberty and justice for each individual American, and resolve that this kind of action shall never again be repeated." https://www.britannica.com/event/Japanese-American-internment I wasn't questioning whether or not U,S.A is one nation or not. It clearly is one nation made up of many states. Rather I was and still am highly curious how American Christian's of the past justified the treatment of the indigenous tribes, the institution of slavery, the treatment of indentured servants, the lack of rights for women, segregation, the interment of American citizen of Japanese decent and the like. Yes, of course. Greetings @Becky I agree, in fact I would go further and state that if those documents had have been actually adhered in American's past there would not have been any slavery, Jim crow laws, and a host of other issues.
  26. For every reason except for the Japanese internment camps is why I believe one cannot be a Liberal/Democrat and Christian (we can define that later). The internment of Americans with Japanese heritage as far as I am aware were put into camps for their own safety. War was on our soil and to prevent "friendly fire" the camps served for protection. How would one distinguish between a Japanese solider (out of uniform) and Japanese-American? Obviously, cooperation for practical reasoning would be a good indicator. Rebellious Japanese may of been construed as having Japanese loyalty during the attack on American soil. Do you think such action was an atrocity? Note: I prefer to refer to those of any skin color as American if they are citizens I do not believe in hyphenating American. When We the People pledge an allegiance we are one nation. One of the problems we are facing today is cultural segregation. Segregation which is being aggravated by the Liberal/Dem party, working to not only confound our language but the ideology of America. Even our Constitutional Studies has been replaced with "Social Studies". The Constitution is not taught but some foreign tribes way of life is and promoted as equal and to be respected here. This really is an interesting topic for me because I have just moved from CA to Idaho from a Liberal/Dem state which segregates culture and even confines minority groups into Ghettos. Those that want to escape for financial reasoning are a concern to neighboring states because they bring their failed politics with them. Likewise, I'm sure you can understand the concern when a foreigner wants to obtain American citizenship but abolish our founding documents, replace our culture, and even change what has long been our most predominant religion. Reaganite Independent: Teddy Roosevelt: "No Room in This Country for Hyphenated Americans" REAGANITEREPUBLICANRESISTANCE.BLOGSPOT.COM Conservative News, Opinion, and Humor from the New Media Right
  27. Psalm 89 is an unusual psalm, finishing as it does with Ethan’s very strong complaint against God. Psalms may express many vexatious circumstances and emotions, but will finish with an affirmation of faith and confidence in God. But Ethan dares to suggest to God that He has failed to bring about the guarantees he gave to David concerning his throne and his seed. Ethan recounts them back to God; “My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with Him. His seed also, I will make to endure forever, And His throne as the days of heaven. "If his sons forsake My law, and do not walk in My judgments, if they break My statutes and do not keep My commandments, Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, My lovingkindness I’ll not utterly take from him, nor allow My faithfulness to fail. My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. Once I have sworn, by My holiness; I will not lie to David: His seed shall endure forever, and His throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established forever, like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.” And had God’s promises failed? Ethan thought so. ‘But You have cast off, and abhorred! You have been furious with Your anointed! You have renounced the covenant of Your servant! You have profaned his crown, by casting it to the ground! You have broken down all his hedges; You have brought his strongholds to ruin. All who pass by the way, plunder him; He is a reproach to his neighbours. You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries; You have made all his enemies rejoice. You have turned back the edge of his sword, and have not sustained him in the battle. You have made his glory cease, and cast his throne down to the ground. The days of his youth You have shortened; You have covered him with shame. - How long LORD?! Will You hide Yourself forever!? Will Your wrath burn like fire!? ……. Lord! where are Your former lovingkindnesses, which You swore to David in Your truth?’ Had god’s promises failed? Not at all. Isaiah would show that the sure mercies promised to David would be fulfilled in an everlasting Covenant, that is, the New Covenant announced by the gospel of Christ. 55:1-5. "Ho! Everyone who thirsts; Come to the waters. And you who have no money, Come, buy, & eat! Yes! come, buy wine and milk, Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread? And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, & your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you - the sure mercies of David.” In Psalm 89 a certain ‘David’ was promised a never-ending throne, and this promise coming after David the son of Jesse was dead and buried. Jesus Christ, the son of David, was announced as that prophetic David! ‘Then the angel said to her; "Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.” - Luke 1:30-32. And Paul confirmed this; “And we declare to you glad tidings -that promise which was made to the fathers, God has fulfilled for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son: Today, I have begotten You.' And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption (ie., die again –v37.), He has spoken thus; 'I will give You (Jesus) the sure mercies of David.' - Acts 13:32-34. And no king on his throne is without a people, and the seed promised to the prophetic David was a people to whom the promises would be as sure and immutable as those given to Christ, for they would be to them in Him. These too would be part of the divine fulfilling of the sworn oath, consisting specifically of those persons given to Christ by the Father, and who would not be lost. And Jesus continually reiterated their part in the divine guarantee, declaring: “All that the Father gives Me, will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me: that of all He has given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” - John. 6:37-39; Of them being the Father’s gift to Him, Jesus said: “No-one can come to Me, unless the Father, Who has sent Me, draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It’s written in the prophets; 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” - John. 6:44,45. These, Jesus took responsibility to receive, to shepherd. to intercede for, and to raise up at the last day. What about those who clearly fall away from the Son of man? Jesus knew who these were. Others might seemingly follow Him, but He knew and distinguished between those who had been given Him by the Father, and those who had not. His words, He said, would thus be life to the one, but not to the other: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you, are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him, and He said; "Therefore I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted to him by My Father." - John 6: 63-65. He knew those whom the Father gave Him would follow Him. Both He and the Father would keep them: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.” - John. 10:27,28. He could assert that ‘they shall never perish’ because He would pray for them. He prayed; “Father, keep through Your name, those whom You’ve given Me.” (John 17:11) And four times He had vowed; “I will raise them up at the last day.” So we may not say: - that His prayers to the Father to keep them, will prove to have been in vain: - that He will be seen to have failed to accomplish the Father’s will, which was to keep them all: - That He will have failed to fulfilled His repeated vow to raise them up. In the Assembly of saints, He triumphantly cries; “Here I am, and the Children God has given Me!” (Heb. 2:13) These chosen, justified and kept ones, are the eternal heirs of ‘The Sure Mercies of David’ ! ‘Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy’ writes Jude. (24) He’s able to do it. It is His will to do it. And He will do it! God performs that which He promises: He does not merely foretell what men will and won’t do: He promises that which HE will do! And He will perform His sure promises to the Son of David and to His seed.
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