A Century of Decline
How the Church Lost Argentina
3-22-13, Foreign Policy -- According to the Pew Forum, 76.8 percent of Argentina’s population is at least nominally Catholic, but only 33 percent of Catholics interviewed in 2010 cited religion as very important in their lives, down from 40 percent in 2002 and only 19 percent in 2013.
Homosexual Marriage Rights in Argentina
In 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize homosexual marriage. Argentina’s laws ensuring lesbian, gay and transgender people’s right to marriage — which it extends to non-resident foreigners — and adoption are among the most liberal in the world.
Decline of Christianity in the USA
10-16-19, PewForum -- The USA shrinking white evangelical share of the population reflects both demographic changes and broader religious changes in American society where the share of all adults who identify with Christianity has declined.
Homosexual Marriage Rights in United States
In 2004 Massachusetts was the first state to allow same-sex marriage. Since then there's been a wave of legal rulings expanding the legalization of homosexual marriage in the US. In 2015 the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage of all the nation's homosexuals.
12-31-18, DailyWire -- An estimated 60 million unborn babies have died since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973. Thankfully President Trump has been making great strides to curtail the United States from the brutal killing of unborn human babies. The total number of abortions worldwide stands just 17 million people below the total number of general deaths worldwide (59 million), which does not factor abortion into its statistic. That means the correct total number of deaths worldwide in 2018 stands closer to 101 million. Those who would accuse pro-lifers of drastically over-inflating the numbers or wrongfully equating abortions with death fundamentally deny science.
How can we deny that there is a direct parallel between mankind's sin and the consequences of that sin?
Argentina homosexuality & God? USA abortion, homosexuality & God??
Argentina may have been rich 100 years ago. She was rich in 1914 because of commodities; its industrial base was only weakly developed. The landowners who made Argentina rich were not so bothered about educating it: cheap labor was what counted. That attitude prevailed into the 1940s, when Argentina had among the highest rates of primary-school enrolment in the world and among the lowest rates of secondary-school attendance. Primary school was important to create a sense of citizenship; but only the elite needed to be well educated. [..snip]
Now in the USA too many of our youth go all through 12 grades unable to read, write and add 2 + 2. The USA is on the same path as Argentina.
God said, "I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up." [Leviticus 26:16; Proverbs 24:22]
In 1999 How the Senators Voted on Bill Clinton's Impeachment
2-12-1999, CNN --The perjury charge against Pres Bill Clinton was defeated with 55 "not guilty" votes and 45 "guilty" votes. On the obstruction-of-justice article, the chamber was evenly split, 50-50. See how they voted here
Democrats have abandoned bipartisan format of Bill Clinton's perjury impeachment
10-10-19, WashExam -- The Clinton impeachment inquiry opened in December 1998 with a bi-partisan vote ...Today, the Democrats are employing a far different procedure than two decades ago when President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury over Monica Lewinsky.
"In 1945 Nazi Germany, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer Died a Martyr's Death - He Opposed Hitler - He preached salvation in repentance and faith in Jesus - He described 'cheap grace vs costly grace'
"We have a great high Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
From the New York Times bestselling author of book Amazing Grace, biography of German Christian Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, one man who stood up to Hitler. His is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. Pastor Bonhoeffer was a double-agent, he participated in one of the many plots to assassinate the monster Adolf Hitler. At age 39, in 1945 Dietrich died a martyrs death as the Nazis hanged him in Flossenberg concentration camp.
“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man His life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” [1 Corinthians 6:19-20] and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered Him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”
- Cheap grace essentially takes sin lightly; therefore cheapening the Lord Jesus's sacrifice taking IT lightly
- Costly grace comes from a realization of how great our sin was, how important our faith and repentance is because of the extremely costly 'gift' of Christ's Gospel
Three minute video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je22nSpTZVQ
President Trump's Complaints Have Been Successful Causing Many NATO Nations to 'Pay up!'
May 25, 2017, NYPost · President Trump, who during the presidential campaign called NATO “obsolete,” urged the countries to pay their own way by increasing their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic product, saying it “is not fair to the taxpayers of the United States.” See video here
Nancy Pelosi: I “Guarantee” Trump Will Not Be President ...
5-23-16, Listen to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, saying: “Donald Trump is not going to be President of the United States. Take it to the bank, I guarantee it.” Many believe she's just a senile old bat who not too long ago was second in line to the Oval Office [and is again! 12-2-19]. That thought still haunts many people as she hold so much power in the USA. The left was very confident from the beginning that Donald Trump would have no chance at securing the Republican nomination, even outright laughing at people like Ann Coulter who suggested he would be victorious. [Trump won - so what do the despicable leftist America hating Dems do - first week in office they start an impeachment parade to extract Pres Trump. These people are diabolical.]
Nancy Pelosi Still Doesn't Know Where Natural Gas Comes From
9-17-08, The day before the Dem Natl Convention, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went on Meet the Press and told Tom Brokaw: "I’m investing in something I believe in. I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels. … These investments in wind, in solar and biofuels and focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives." Natural gas is not an alternative to fossil fuels … it is a fossil fuel. One would hope that Mrs Pelosi had studied up on the issue since then, but her comments after the House passed a bill codifying the ban on most of the Outer Continental Shelf shows she still does not. She told The Washington Post: “We’re not trying to give incentives to drill, we’re giving incentives to invest in renewables and natural gas that will take us where we need to go.”
11-29-19, There is increased support for President Donald Trump within the African-American community. Black Voters’ Support for Trump at Record Numbers.
New Poll Shows Black Voters Are Raising Their Voices in Support of Pres Trump
11-27-19, Two new polls show black support for U.S. Republican President Donald Trump at or slightly above 34 percent, and that means the president could get an unprescendented 20 percent of the black vote in 2020.
Black support for Trump goes up and one reaction is just rude
11-26-19, In response to the rude tweet from Ana Navarro-Cárdenas: "Zero chance this is accurate. Zero. The poll must have only been conducted in the homes of Ben Carson, Kanye, that sheriff guy with the hat and those two Cubic Zirconia & Polyester-Spandex ladies [Diamond & Silk]." Reuters poll found Black support for Trump doubled from 11% to 22%.
"EPHESUS" occurs 17 times in 17 verses in the Holy Bible’s New Testament
4-6-18, Faith enforced and assured by the number of persons and locations identified in the biblical record by archaeological finds. (See 53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically, Biblical Archaeology Society, April 12, 2017)
Excavations in Ephesus, Turkey
The excavations of the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Ephesus, Turkey began in 1895 under Otto Benndorf. He received permission to excavate from the Ottoman Sultan, and brought up a good part of Ephesus in the course of his research. One site is the Temple of Artemis where 36 columns once stood in 6th Century BC [before Christ]; surely the Apostle Paul preached here.
Six Archaeological Discoveries That Support the Bible
Beliefnet.com -- Archaeological discoveries in the Holy Land add to the ever increasing pile of evidence that the people, locations & events in the Bible are fact. Many of the locations of missionary journeys are located in the current nation of Turkey. There are seventeen mentions of Ephesus in the New Testament as follows:
- Act 18:19 - And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
- Act 18:21 - But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
- Act 18:24 - And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
- Act 19:1 - And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples.
- Act 19:17 - And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
- Act 19:26 - Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
- Act 19:35 - And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
- Act 20:16 - For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
- Act 20:17 - And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
- 1Co 15:32 - If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.
- 1Co 16:8 - But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
- Eph 1:1 - Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
- 1Ti 1:3 - As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine.
- 2Ti 1:18 - The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
- 2Ti 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
- Rev 1:11 - Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
- Rev 2:1 – Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.
Prime Minister Netanyahu recently said: “It is important for me to emphasize that the only ones who determine who the prime minister will be are Israeli voters. That is the essence of democracy.”
Unelected officials have launched show trial coups in the USA & Israel. Public confidence in this political lefty mafia is at an incredible all-time low. The voters are responding by rejecting their credibility. [..snip]
The media claims that Netanyahu is “inciting” against the judiciary; but he’s just saying what everyone knows - the system is corrupt. And it abuses its powers to go after the targets of its corruption.
The Right began its dominance of Israeli politics because most of the country loathes the corrupt system that the old socialists put into place to maintain control of the people and the country. They just don’t believe that there’s an alternative to the system. That’s what the indictment is about. [Just like in America the lefties proclaim they must impeach Donald Trump or else he'll be re-elected!]
Caroline Glick recently said: “the opposition stands on two planks – destroying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and eternalizing the regime of Israel’s unelected bureaucrats."
And Netanyahu is making clear that it’s either him or the bureaucrats. The actual case or cases against Prime Minister Netanyahu, as against President Trump, are a joke.
They depend on media leaks, intimidation by political operatives within law enforcement and the judiciary, and a lot of hand-wringing about the moral downfall of the nation with very little evidence.
The centerpieces of the coup against Netanyahu, Cases 2000 & 4000, both claim that the Israeli leader undertook to support certain policies in exchange for favorable media coverage. Glick said: “Nobody ever heard of the concept that positive media coverage could be considered a bribe because in no country on the face of the planet is positive coverage considered a bribe because if positive coverage is considered a bribe, then journalism as a point of fact is a criminal enterprise.”
If the media providing positive coverage of politicians who support their agenda is a crime, every single politician and media boss would be in jail. That’s the selective prosecution part. And, as with the US President Trump, not only is the prosecution selective, but it invents new crimes in the process of selecting them.
- elected and unelected officials
- open and closed systems
- freedom and tyranny
- media power and people power
A coup[s] either ends with the defeat of the people or the plotters. As PM Netanyahu said, this comes down to the question of who determines who will run the country; the voters or the lawyers?
11-25-19, Lucianne.com -- Anti-gun New York Democrat Michael Bloomberg officially joined the race for president spending $34 million on TV ads during the coming week. Recently Breitbart News reported the depth of Bloomberg’s gun control support; he backs criminalizing private gun sales via universal background checks, banning “assault weapons,” banning “high capacity” magazines, expanding the prohibited purchaser’s list, instituting more gun trafficking laws, instituting Red Flag Laws, and placing more regulations on gun shows.
11-25-19, Clarion -- The net worth of former NY mayor Democrat Mike Bloomberg will go a long way as he pays for his own presidential campaign; net worth $54 billion. He's spending $35 million for his splashy entrance into the 2020 presidential contest is costing him. He has purchased time in a whopping 98 television markets around the country with millions more being spent on national ads. The money, as expected, is largely flowing to the “Super Tuesday” states that will vote on March 3, 2019. Bloomberg is spending $1.9 million to advertise in Los Angeles, another $1.2 million in Houston, $1.17 million in Dallas even in GOP Utah.
11-25-19, Politico -- Michael Bloomberg doesn’t plan to collect donations for his presidential campaign. That means he won’t appear in the next Democratic debate — and risks missing the half-dozen debates planned for next year. The billionaire businessman’s long-standing policy of bankrolling his political ambitions puts him in conflict with the Democrat National Committee’s requirements for participating in presidential primary debates. The threshold for the upcoming debate — hosted by POLITICO and PBS NewsHour on Dec. 19, 2019 — is 200,000 donors, with 800 donors in 20 different states.
World Events: Hard to Describe
"The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever."
12-1-19, This week's prophecy update from John Haller is loaded with news that goes unreported in the mainstream media. The world is a mess ... we find ourselves living in a "post-truth" society, where the ability to analyze, decipher and reason has taken a backseat to fantasy, feelings and frustration.
At times it's difficult to fully describe the state of the world when logic is sacrificed on the alter of political correctness, yet that is exactly where we find ourselves; religious pilgrims living among the majority who embody the description of the self-proclaimed "wise" described of Romans 1.
To that we say "Res Ipsa Loquitur." Let the thing speak for itself. Today's report status of significant events in the world.
One hour twenty-two minute video here
"Since Jesus Came Into My Heart!"
Beautiful traditional collection of Christian worship hymns; sing along!
US Senators Sanders & Warren Wants Israel's US Aid to Go to the Gaza Islamic Terrorists
11-1-19, JewishJournal -- In recent days, US Sens Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana all have proclaimed their desire to use American aid of $3.8 billion annually in military assistance to the Jewish state of Israel to force policy changes by Israel. Sanders led the charge when he told the annual conference of the liberal ...
... Mideast policy group J Street earlier this week that he would tell Israel "it must fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza” if it wants continued U.S. military support. He also said some of that money should go toward humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza that's controlled by Islamic terror group Hamas. Warren has been less specific, but she told J Street that if Israel proceeds with moves to annex parts of the West Bank, the United States “should make it clear that none of our aid should be used to support annexation.”
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