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from Got Questions:

The Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion. However, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is.

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13–16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22–25 prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This law and its punishment clearly indicate that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much a human being as a full-grown adult. For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose to have a baby. The baby is already present and living. Abortion is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6).

What does the Bible say about abortion? Simply put, abortion is murder. It is the killing of a human being created in the image of God.

A common argument against the Christian stance on abortion is “What about cases of rape and/or incest?” As difficult as it would be to become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, is the murder of a baby the solution? Two wrongs do not make a right. Intentionally killing the unborn child is not the answer. Also, keep in mind that having an abortion is a traumatic experience. It seems nonsensical to add an additional trauma to the woman. Too, abortion can be a means of rapists covering up their crimes. For example, if a minor is molested and becomes pregnant and then is taken to have an abortion, the molestation could continue without penalty. Abortion will never erase the pain of rape or incest, but it very well may add to it.

A child who is conceived through rape or incest is as much made in the image of God as any other human. That child’s life should be protected just as much as the life of any other human being. The circumstances of conception never determine the worth of a person or that person’s future. The baby in this situation is completely innocent and should not be punished for the evil act of his or her father. Depending on the situation, the mother might choose to raise the child. If she does not already have a community of support, there are many organizations and local churches ready to walk alongside her. Or she might place the child for adoption. There are many families, some unable to have children on their own, who stand ready to receive and love a child from any background.

It’s also important to keep in mind that abortions due to rape or incest account for a very small percentage of total abortions: only 1 percent of abortions can be traced to cases of rape or incest (Torres and Forrest, cited by Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health and the Alan Guttmacher Institute in An Overview of Abortion in the United States, October 2001, www.abortionfacts.com/facts/8#cite-1, accessed 9/9/21).

Another argument often used against the Christian stance on abortion is “What about when the life of the mother is at risk?” Honestly, this is the most difficult question to answer on the issue of abortion. First, let’s remember that such a situation is exceedingly rare. Dr. Landrum Shettles, a pioneer in the field of in vitro fertilization, wrote, “Less than 1 percent of all abortions are performed to save the mother’s life” (Landrum Shettles and David Rorvik, Rites of Life, Zondervan Publishing House, 1983, p. 129). Dr. Irving Cushner, Professor of Obstetrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, when testifying before the U. S. Senate, was asked how often abortions are necessary to save the life of the mother or to preserve her physical health. His response: “In this country, about 1 percent” (testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution of the United States on October 14, 1981, quoted in The Village Voice, July 16, 1985).

Other medical professionals go further, stating that abortion is never necessary to save the mother’s life. Over 1,000 OB-GYNs and maternal healthcare experts signed a statement in 2012, saying, in part, “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion—the purposeful destruction of the unborn child—is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman” (Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health, www.dublindeclaration.com, accessed 9/9/21). Further, in 2019, “medical leaders representing more than 30,000 doctors said intentionally killing a late-term unborn baby in an abortion is never necessary to save a mother’s life” (www.lifenews.com/2019/03/05/30000-doctors-say-abortion-is-never-medically-necessary-to-save-a-mothers-life, accessed 9/9/21).

Second, let’s remember that God is a God of miracles. He can preserve the life of a mother and her child despite all the medical odds being against it. Third, even in the small percentage of abortions performed to save the life of the mother, most of those abortions can be prevented by an early induced delivery of the baby or a C-section. It is extremely rare that a baby must be actively aborted in order to save the life of the mother. Ultimately, if the life of the mother is genuinely at risk, the course of action can only be decided by the woman, her doctor, oftentimes the father of the child, and God. Any woman facing this extremely difficult situation should pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) as to what He would have her do.

The overwhelming majority of abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have the baby. As indicated above, just 2 percent of abortions are for the reason of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being at risk. Even in these more difficult 2 percent of instances, abortion should never be the first option. The life of a human being in the womb is worth every effort to preserve.

For those who have had an abortion, remember that the sin of abortion is no less forgivable than any other sin. Through faith in Christ, all sins can be forgiven (John 3:16; Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:14). A woman who has had an abortion, a man who has encouraged an abortion, and a doctor who has performed an abortion—all can be forgiven by faith in Jesus Christ.

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from The Federalist:

The right has come to expect transgender accolades in the corporate media, with networks such as CNN and MSNBC perpetually promoting that left-wing ideology. But conservative viewers were stunned on Friday to see that radical narrative being pushed by the only major cable network still sympathetic to their views: Fox News.

As part of its push for Pride Month, Fox aired a segment about a family who transitioned their now-14-year-old daughter when she was only 5 years old because, as Fox said, “before Ryland could even speak, ‘he’ managed to tell his parents that he is a boy.”

The entire segment, about Ryland Whittington and the rest of the family, was trans propaganda. It legitimized the idea that incoherent toddlers can discern their sex, that sterilizing children is compatible with “Christian faith,” that pumping wrong-sex hormones into young bodies protects them from suicide, and that pretending a girl is actually a boy is what “living authentically” looks like.

Fox News viewers felt deep betrayal — not only because the segment promoted the abuse of children and flew in the face of everything they stand for, but because in a culture where the left controls virtually every major institution, corrupting the few remaining places conservatives have a home with lies throws the game away.

Aside from a shrinking batch of good churches that still preach the gospel and the remaining nuclear families that have prevailed against societal odds, the left dominates all major institutions.

It controls universities, which it uses to pump out political activists with otherwise-useless degrees and silence students who dissent.

The left dominates health care, where conservatives are made to quit or violate their consciences over experimental vaccines, gender-bending procedures, and the killing of the unborn.

The left owns big tech, which routinely censors any deviation from the leftist script and props up Democrat political candidates and policies.

It controls taxpayer-funded public schools, which are weaponized to instill radical ideas about race and sex in young minds.

It dominates the FBI and the rest of the deep state, which it uses to harass and intimidate conservatives.

It’s captured the military, which now prioritizes nonsense diversity and inclusion quotas over ability and preparedness.

The left even controls language, with leftists deciding how words are defined in the dictionary and how media are instructed to communicate (such as using the plural pronoun “they” to refer to a singular person who rejects the realities of sex).

Likewise, the left controls corporate media, from print newspapers at The Washington Post and The New York Times to a plethora of cable news networks that shape the way Americans across the country see the world through both overt left-wing rhetoric and subtle framing. Every day, the left-wing media tells the country what they should care about through what they cover versus what they conceal.

Fox News, along with a few online conservative publications, was one of the few remaining places normal Americans, abandoned and despised by every other institution, could count on to give it to them straight. Fox was a network conservatives could trust to give them cultural courage: To say, no, violent riots are not peaceful protests; yes, critical race theory has infiltrated classrooms; no, boys are not girls and girls are not boys. But on Friday, viewers were betrayed.

By lying that a 14-year-old girl is actually a 14-year-old boy, Fox News threatened its spot as a trustworthy network — for now. But the network has a choice.

First, it must not allow rogue producers and so-called reporters to call the shots and lean into lefty gimmicks like Pride Month. Those who greenlighted a transgender-accolades segment should be called to account and probably fired. Otherwise, honest employees and contributors should resign — and Americans will stop watching.

We can be force-fed trans fodder from anywhere. Why on earth would we put up with it from Fox?

But because the right has so few safe harbors, Fox News has a real opportunity here, and it must meet the moment. If it cares about its viewers, and therefore its revenue, it must own up to its mistake.

Americans crave the type of call-it-like-you-see-it programming they could count on from Fox. They need the one network that’s willing to air anything but the sham Jan. 6 show trial that nobody but Liz Cheney and Nancy Pelosi cares about. The one network where someone can say, no, actually we shouldn’t go to war with Russia. No, the Capitol riot wasn’t an insurrection. No, the president isn’t cognitively fine. This is the way.

The left owns way too much cultural ground for conservatives to watch one of its few remaining harbors like Fox News give the game away. It’s time for Fox to come back to its viewers so its viewers can come back to Fox.

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Deuteronomy 22:5

“A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

from The Spectator:

In a new poem, a gender-bending minister for the nation’s third-largest denomination says that queerness is divine.

Last year, the United Methodist Church accepted Isaac Simmons, who regularly preaches dressed as a drag queen under the name Ms. Penny Cost, as a candidate for ordination. Since that time, Simmons, who serves as an associate pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, has challenged basic theological concepts, projecting a worldview where divinity rests not in God but in queerness. 

In a church preparing to split over LGBTQ issues, the drag queen pastor, who embraces queer theology while barely attempting to plaster on the basic tenets of Christian theology, has become a lightning rod. Conservatives argue that Simmons’ role as a celebrated figure among progressive Methodists proves the church has become so radically liberal as to forswear Christ. Progressives promote Simmons and invite him to preach in drag as a way to challenge the conservative position on sexuality that the denomination officially still takes. 

The United Methodist Church was ready to split in 2020, but that has been postponed until 2024 because its quadrennial general conference was canceled due to COVID-19. The liberal wing will retain the denomination’s name and permit same-sex marriage while the conservatives will join a new denomination where same-sex marriage is forbidden.

Simmons has published a new video of himself performing slam poetry in what may be his most provocative repudiation of traditional Christianity and embrace of queer spirituality.

“God is nothing,” the self-described “dragavangelist” repeats throughout the poem, adding, “the Bible is nothing” and “religion is nothing.” In the end, he concludes God and the Bible are nothing “unless we wield it into something.”

“God must be f***ing nothing,” he says, “if her boundaryless, transubstantiated bodies of color are run down, beaten, and strewn in the streets of America instead of ruling the runways of life.”

He speaks of God not as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but rather as the source of queerness, describing him as “nothing but a drag queen with a microphone of biblical f***ing proportions,” “nothing, but if she were, she would be ‘yes, queen’-ing her way down the runways of Paris and Montreal,” and “nothing, but if she were, she would be a seamstress of divide couture, weaving together string theory and self portraits to form the fiercest gowns of queer existence.”

He believes humanity, then, is an emanation of that divine queerness: “From under a shroud of secrecy came the beauty of humanity, humanity made in the gender-bending, identity-breaking, system-shaking image of God, the imago Dei.” He refers to humanity as “God’s queerly anointed creation.” 

Simmons writes that the poem is “directed to those who actively and passively cause harm against the LGBTQIA2S+ Community due to their understandings of Scripture.”

The formation of the new Methodist denomination for fleeing conservatives, the Global Methodist Church, was announced May 1. Conservatives are pointing to Simmons to encourage individual churches to join. A church court ruled that individual churches, not conferences, must be the ones to leave the United Methodist Church, even though whole conferences in Georgia and Florida wanted to join the Global Methodist Church. One hundred seven churches in Florida have already left even though the split has not yet officially occurred. 

Simmons said he has received hateful comments as a result of the conservative backlash. A group is trying to get his name removed from the list of candidates certified for ordination in the Methodist Church, he said Monday. The Institute on Religion and Democracy, which advocates for conservative theology in mainline Protestant churches, reported on his approval for ordination, generating wider attention (Simmons recently accused it of defamation).

At the same time, Simmons says he has received copious support. Many official bodies of the church are promoting him and inviting him to speak. He was featured in glowing terms, for instance, in a video produced by the United Methodist News Service. 

Simmons’ slam poem is where he declares most clearly his disbelief in the God of traditional Christianity, but he has repeatedly preached sermons where he upholds LGBTQ identity as divine. 

He describes drag as a spiritual experience that allows him to connect with God. “Drag allows me to process the mystery of myself, the mystery of God, the mystery of love, and the mystery of pain,” he said. “When I walk the streets in six-inch heels and wear four pounds of hair, double-stacked wigs, the power which lies within my mystery is released into the world. When I paint my face, meditating upon those who came before me, my spiritual ancestors, I can reach into a deeper part of my soul.”

“Drag allows me not only to celebrate the divine surety that dwells within me,” Simmons said, “it allows me to show others how to celebrate it themself.”

In this theology, baptism and repentance are replaced by coming out of the closet: “There is holy liberation occurring when folks feel they can release the mysterious secret shrouded by society,” he preached. “There is holiness in queerness.” 

In April, a Southern Baptist pastor, Al Mohler, said the United Methodist Church’s decision to make Simmons a certified candidate for ordination was “an intentional refutation and revolt against the very order of creation that God has given us, and a direct violation of the clear teachings of Scripture concerning the fact that those whom God has made as men should identify as men.”

“This is open revolt,” Mohler said, “and of course, you’re going to see a division between those who are appalled by it, deeply troubled by it, deeply concerned by it and opposed to it on the one hand, and those who celebrate it and say that it’s arrived far too late on the other hand.”

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from Breitbart:

“Jesus and the Buddha were peacemakers and promoters of nonviolence,” the pontiff told the delegation of Mongolian Buddhists during a private audience in the Vatican, while also urging an end to violence against the environment.

Jesus himself “lived in violent times” and yet he “marked out the path of nonviolence,” Francis said. Similarly, the “core message of the Buddha was nonviolence and peace” and he taught that the peaceful live happily, “discarding both victory and defeat.”

To be true followers of Jesus today “includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence,” he asserted, whereas Buddha taught that “he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself” rather than others.

Peace is the “ardent yearning of humanity today,” Francis said, and “there is an urgent need, through dialogue at all levels, to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence, and to work to that end.”

This dialogue must invite “all people to reject violence in every form, including violence done to the environment,” he said. “Sadly too, there are those who continue to abuse religion by using it to justify acts of violence and hatred.”

As religious leaders deeply rooted in our respective religious teachings, we “have a duty to awaken in humanity the firm resolve to renounce violence and to build a culture of peace,” he declared.

“Mongolia has a long-standing tradition of peaceful coexistence between different religions,” the pope said. “It is my hope and prayer that this ancient history of harmony in diversity may continue in our own day through the effective implementation of religious freedom and the promotion of joint initiatives for the common good.”

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I remember thinking during the height of the COVID “Planscamedic” how Israel was the zealous of countries to institute the most stringent of lockdowns, and how hard it came down on those who would not be vaccinated, and now, it once again is one of the strongest proponents along with the U.S. and Europe to hand over national sovereignty to a globalist organization like the World Health Organization.

What we must remember is this is all in line with Biblical Prophecy and will reach its climax when Israel makes a pact to come under the full protection and oversight of a Global Government, only for that Global Government to then turn against Israel!

from: LeoHohmann

Globalism is a demonic spirit that has infected every nation, even those least likely to realize a single long-term benefit from it. That would include the United States and Israel. Both of these nations were much stronger when they relied on their own people for manufacturing, supply chains and military protection of secure borders.

But Israel has now agreed to join the U.S. in a diabolical plan to hand over sovereignty on matters of “public health emergencies” to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Israeli leaders apparently have short memories.

Just three years ago, in May 2019, the WHO passed a resolution accusing Israel of perpetuating a “public health crisis” in the Palestinian territories.

In 2019, a nation accused of having a public health emergency still had the right to disagree with the WHO’s assessment and tell that global body to go pound sand.

That right still exists but is hanging by a thread.

If the U.S.-sponsored amendments to the International Health Regulations get passed by a majority of the 194 WHO member states next week at the WHO’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, the new rules will go into effect in six months, which is in November. And unless the amendments get watered down or removed at the last minute, the signatories will cede their sovereignty over who gets the final word on declaring public health emergencies to the WHO. The current leadership of the U.S., the E.U., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and now Israel all think this would be a good idea, as do quite a few other nations.

The flag of the U.N. World Health Organization

The U.S. and Israel are weak and growing weaker because they are led by usurpers, global predators — not real national leaders looking out for the interests of their citizens.

Globalists have waged war on the family, the individual, and the nations for well over 100 years, convincing them they didn’t need God and to submit to the man-centered beast system they’ve been erecting, one layer at a time.

The nations are now as ripe as apples in autumn, almost ready to fall off the branch, before they can be plucked up and hauled off for processing by ferocious predators, wolves pretending to be sheep. The globalist usurpers have entered their final phase of destruction before the Great Reset, and only the spiritually prepared will have the strength to cling to the branch (Jesus Christ) and endure until the time when the usurpers, the kings and queens of this counterfeit kingdom, are destroyed and the real King comes for His people.

The below article by Adam Berkowitz of Israel 365 News is brilliant in its depth of understanding. Berkowitz did at least find one politician in Israel who sees this upcoming vote in Geneva for what it is, a power play for global governance. I’m still looking for that one politician to emerge in America.

By ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | BIBLICAL NEWS

In four days, the World Health Organization will vote on resolutions that will give them emergency powers over any country they choose. The Biden administration initiated the measures but kept them under wraps until just a few weeks ago when the vote was a foregone conclusion. It was recently revealed that Israel fell into lockstep, backing the measure, though one exceptional politician has become the voice of reason in a government that has run amok.

The World Health Assembly (WHA), the World Health Organization’s (WHO) governing legislative body, will be voting on Provisional agenda item 16.2 in Geneva on May 22. The agenda, described by the WHO under the headline “Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies,” the new agenda would give them the power to unilaterally declare a health emergency in any country, thereby giving them emergency powers. The Biden administration gave these proposed amendments to the WHO on January 18. No one knew this until April 12, less than a month ago. If passed, the resolutions will go into effect in November. 

These amendments will empower WHO’s Director-General to declare health emergencies or crises in any nation and do so unilaterally and against the opposition of the target nation. The Director-General will be able to declare these health crises based merely on his personal opinion or consideration that there is a potential or possible threat to other nations.

These regulations are a “binding instrument of international law.” UN member states can be required by law to obey or acquiesce to them. Under the new regulations, WHO will not be required to consult with the identified nation beforehand to “verify” the event before taking action. 

In a covert manner similar to what happened in the US, the Israeli government intends to support Provisional agenda item 16.2  as well. The only politician willing to speak out against joining in is Moshe Feiglin.

Feiglin is a veteran of Israeli politics and the leader of the Zehut Party. A former member of Likud, he headed the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction within the party and represented Likud in the Knesset between 2013 and 2015. Defined as a libertarian, he is a thoughtful ideologue. At the same time, he has put his ideas into action and led nationwide acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

“This agenda has already been decided,” Feiglin told Israel365 News. “There won’t be any debate or decision process. What has been discussed and said already is only the tip of the iceberg. The actual decision will be far more extreme in removing the rights of the individuals. This decision has nothing to do with world health, and if you read the resolution itself, it is clear that it deals exclusively with the transfer of power. It sidesteps entirely any democratic process.”

“Throughout history, any successful power grab is aided by silence from the people who have the most to lose. Even if they are aware of what is happening. They tell themselves that it really won’t affect them, that the world will not change. The people want to believe the lie.”

“This is entirely a war of beliefs, an agenda to create a new world order of globalism. This is the belief in progressivism versus the belief in God. Progressivism wants to turn Man into God, replacing the Creator, claiming that the world is a result of chance and happenstance and that Creation is made-up.”

On the website Israel TomorrowFeiglin described the new agenda as “a totalitarian world revolution that abolishes the whole principle of human freedom.”

“Among other things, the organization will get the right to manage and control the movement of people, imprison them, and restrict them in any way they choose, to demand that they undergo such and other treatments,” he wrote. “The WHO will supervise all objects, facilities, and equipment: suitcases, containers, buildings, bags, etc., and collect information of any kind they want, all under the heading of an international emergency – which will now be solely at their discretion. And to be precise – at the discretion of only one person – the organization’s secretary-general.”

Feiglin noted that Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Meirav Elon Shachar, is expected to vote in favor of the resolution, which will bring Israel into the agreement without any discussion in the Israeli legislature and, thus far, without any mention in the Israeli media.

“In fact, this absurd situation already exists in practice,” Feiglin wrote. “Almost all countries in the world have acted in accordance with WHO policy in the last two years, even though this was ostensibly only a recommendation.”

Feiglin noted that the WHO had generated significant conflicts of interest, most recently when Pfizer corporation, which produced the COVID vaccine, made a significant contribution to the Ministry of Health and its workers’ organization. Pfizer funded the campaign of Dr. Sharon Elroy Price to be the head of the ministry’s public health services division. She then went on to be a powerful advocate for vaccinating Israeli children.

Several larger pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, make significant contributions to the WHO.

In this manner, Feiglin noted, major decisions relinquishing the rights of individuals and even countries are made, giving these rights to unelected officials and company shareholders.

Feiglin explained this process in theological terms:

“In the last decade, humanity has entered the violent phase of the postmodern era. In the Age of Enlightenment, humanity experienced the expulsion of God from the public space, restricting Him in the private space.”

“In this postmodern age, we are experiencing postmodern naivety that grants everyone their own truth, destroying the naive belief that leaves room for the assumption of objective existential reality (i.e., God),  replacing it with a violent progressiveness that leaves no room for any truth other than that of the rule of power.”

“It is a revolution that abolishes all of the constructs of human identity, whether it is sexual identity, family identity, or national identity. Globalism claims that human identity is created by men and does not originate in God (who they claim does not exist). God-given identities are evil, in this postmodern age, put in place to enslave women, blacks, LGBT people, and the like.”

“National patriotism becomes primitiveness. We are all rushing towards the global identity and see it as a liberating identity. Journalists do not need to be warned, and, in fact, there is no need to silence journalists. They do this naturally, out of the progressive consciousness from which they operate. Members of the Knesset – if they had known what was happening – would also not have pointed a finger. After realizing that this was an American proposal, they would have understood that this was happening anyway. They understood that opposition to blocking Israel’s support and joining this move would mark them as enemies of progress, deniers of plagues, and the like.:”

Feiglin noted that, ironically, nationalism is returning due to the conflict in Ukraine in a process that points toward global war.

“It seems that humanity will feel the peace of mind of these two sticks, both of the overt national war and the sophisticated progressive one. In a short time, the masks, tests, closures, shots, and other global coercion games will return – and at the same time, we will find ourselves fighting on more fronts – internal and external. We have to fight to maintain zeal, both for our identity and our personal freedom, and for our identity, our national freedom – at the same time.”

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The “Seeker-Sensitive” movement was in actual fact the enabler of its own demise! When you look at the road to apostasy, asking people who are marginal Christians at best, what they would like to see in a Church, you get something that reflects the transient wants of a consumer society!

from Protestia:

Willow Creek Community Church, once a multi-campus 25,000 member church founded by Bill Hybels that pioneered the church growth and seeker-sensitive movement – the demonic practice of gearing everything about a church service to be as comfortable and friendly to non-believing “seekers” as possible, is crashing and burning.

The church announced that they were cutting their staff budget by $6.5 million dollars and axing 30% of the employees, the result of losing over 10,000 congregants in the last 3 years:

(In Post-Covid) In our informal network with other large churches, we know of only two churches experiencing attendance and engagement beyond 60% of their pre-Covid numbers, with many around 50%….

Willow has not escaped this reality. We reopened all our doors for weekend gatherings in April 2021. At the end of 2021, we were averaging 43% of our 2019 weekly average attendance. (A drop of 57%

….The best rule of thumb for multi-site churches like Willow is to keep staff costs at or below 50% of the overall budget. Our staffing costs are 72% of our overall budget, which is too high to be sustainable.

It’s not the first time they cut staff- they did so in 2019 and 2020, in order to cope with the sheep bleeding away from their crummy church. We’re all for this massive cut, and would like nothing better for the whole church shut down. You’ll recall in in 2007, a major study was released that was commissioned by the church itself, finding the church was failing catastrophically at producing deep, mature followers of Christ.

The real start of their losses however began in 2018, after allegations of decades of sexual misconduct came forth against Hybels, including inviting women to his hotel room, making suggestive comments to female employees, extended hugs, kissing a woman against her will, and engaging in oral sex with an employee, leading Hybels to resign. Then his co-pastors who succeeded him. Then the entire elder board.

Willow Creek completely shut down in-person gatherings for almost a year, and then when they did reopen, did so at 25% capacity and mandatory masks for 2-year-olds and above.

Last year they made our radar after one of their woke pastors said that he Refuses to Teach to Mostly White Churches: describing it as ‘Casting Pearls Before Swine.’

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Happy Resurrection Day!

from Got Questions:

“The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, the resurrection witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, then He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting and gain the victory over the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is also important because it validates who Jesus claimed to be, namely, the Son of God and Messiah. According to Jesus, His resurrection was the “sign from heaven” that authenticated His ministry (Matthew 16:1–4). The resurrection of Jesus Christ, attested to by hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3–8), provides irrefutable proof that He is the Savior of the world.

Another reason the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important is that it proves His sinless character and divine nature. The Scriptures said God’s “Holy One” would never see corruption (Psalm 16:10), and Jesus never saw corruption, even after He died (see Acts 13:32–37). It was on the basis of the resurrection of Christ that Paul preached, “Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39).

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only the supreme validation of His deity; it also validates the Old Testament prophecies that foretold of Jesus’ suffering and resurrection (see Acts 17:2–3). Christ’s resurrection also authenticated His own claims that He would be raised on the third day (Mark 8:319:3110:34). If Jesus Christ is not resurrected, then we have no hope that we will be, either. In fact, apart from Christ’s resurrection, we have no Savior, no salvation, and no hope of eternal life. As Paul said, our faith would be “useless,” the gospel would be altogether powerless, and our sins would remain unforgiven (1 Corinthians 15:14–19).

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), and in that statement claimed to be the source of both. There is no resurrection apart from Christ, no eternal life. Jesus does more than give life; He is life, and that’s why death has no power over Him. Jesus confers His life on those who trust in Him, so that we can share His triumph over death (1 John 5:11–12). We who believe in Jesus Christ will personally experience resurrection because, having the life Jesus gives, we have overcome death. It is impossible for death to win (1 Corinthians 15:53–57).

Jesus is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). In other words, Jesus led the way in life after death. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is important as a testimony to the resurrection of human beings, which is a basic tenet of the Christian faith. Unlike other religions, Christianity possesses a Founder who transcends death and promises that His followers will do the same. Every other religion was founded by men or prophets whose end was the grave. As Christians, we know that God became man, died for our sins, and was resurrected the third day. The grave could not hold Him. He lives, and He sits today at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Hebrews 10:12).

The Word of God guarantees the believer’s resurrection at the coming of Jesus Christ for His church at the rapture. Such assurance results in a great song of triumph as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (cf. Hosea 13:14).

The importance of the resurrection of Christ has an impact on our service to the Lord now. Paul ends his discourse on resurrection with these words: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Because we know we will be resurrected to new life, we can endure persecution and danger for Christ’s sake (verses 30–32), just as our Lord did. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, thousands of Christian martyrs through history have willingly traded their earthly lives for everlasting life and the promise of resurrection.

The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). And He is coming again! The dead in Christ will be raised up, and those who are alive at His coming will be changed and receive new, glorified bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important? It proves who Jesus is. It demonstrates that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It shows that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that the bodies of those who believe in Christ will not remain dead but will be resurrected unto eternal life.”

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A senior pastor, becoming addicted to sleeping pills, taking anti-anxiety medication, drinking too much and then “visiting” the hotel room of a woman who was not his wife?!?!? The sad part about this article is the “corporate hierarchy” of Hillsong attempting to play down these things as if they could happen to anyone! Are they kidding?

What they so obviously fail to grasp and then to articulate is: Something is very seriously wrong with Brian Houston, and Hillsong! Of course if you have been following the “Shenanigans” of Hillsong Inc. you could very clearly see that it is not an organization that understands Biblical Christianity! And sadly because of that, just like so many other “mega organizations” in the Pseudo-Christian world the leaders of the organization such as Brian Houston display fallen thinking and actions!

from abc Australia:

The founder of global megachurch Hillsong, Brian Houston, has resigned after an internal investigation found he behaved inappropriately towards two women.

The acting head of the church, Pastor Phil Dooley, made the announcement at an emergency all-staff meeting on Wednesday and said Hillsong will launch an “independent review” of its governance structure.

Pastor Dooley read a statement by the Hillsong global and Australian boards which said: “We would like to advise you that Pastor Brian Houston has resigned as global senior pastor of Hillsong Church and the board has accepted his resignation.”

He said it was time for a “humble reflection” for the church and thanked Mr Houston and his wife Bobbie for their service.

“We understand there will be much emotion at this news and we all share these feelings,” he said.

“We ask that you continue to pray for them and the entire Houston family during this challenging time.”

Pastor Dooley acknowledged “that change is needed”.

“As you can appreciate, there is still much to be done and the church leadership continues to seek God for his wisdom as we set the course for the future,” he said.

Hillsong last week revealed that an investigation into two incidents involving Mr Houston found he had breached the church’s moral code of conduct for pastors and engaged in conduct of “serious concern”.

The church’s global board on Friday afternoon said in a letter to its members: “We have sadly been dealing with two complaints made against Pastor Brian over the last 10 years.”

The first incident, detailed in the letter and by Pastor Dooley in an extraordinary meeting involved 800 staff members, involved “inappropriate text messages” sent to a female staffer in 2013.

The church said Mr Houston was under the influence of sleeping tablets, which he had become dependent upon, when he sent the texts.

“He immediately apologised to the person,” the global board said, adding it had since helped Mr Houston eliminate his dependency on the medication.

The female staffer, however, was “upset and felt awkward” and made a complaint to Hillsong general manager George Aghajanian before resigning.

The second incident occurred in 2019, during a Hillsong annual conference in Sydney Olympic Park that Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened.

The church said Mr Houston was drinking with a group and after being locked out of his hotel room, ended up knocking on the door of a woman who he met earlier. 

The woman, who was not a member of the church, opened the door and Mr Houston went into her room and spent 40 minutes there. 

Pastor Dooley said “no sexual activity” was reported, but the woman raised a complaint. 

The board said an investigation found Mr Houston “became disorientated … following the consumption of anti-anxiety medication beyond the prescribed dose, mixed with alcohol”. 

The investigation did not uphold all parts of the complaint but “important elements of the complaint were sustained and the conduct was of serious concern”. 

“Ultimately, the board found that Brian had breached the Hillsong Pastor’s Code of Conduct,” the board said. 

The church apologised “unreservedly” to both women and said Mr Houston had paid compensation or refunds to them from his own pocket.

Mr Houston in January stepped down as the director of all Hillsong boards to defend a criminal charge that he concealed his father’s child sexual abuse.

Hillsong Church was approached for comment.

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A “church” that forgot:

Galatians 3:28:

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”

from Breitbart:

First United Church of Oak Park has been “fasting from whiteness” during the season of Lent by abstaining from all music associated with white people.

In a post on its website, the congregation said it will replace “music or liturgy written or composed by white people” with music from other minority groups.

“For Lent this year, First United is doing a mix of ‘giving something up’ and ‘taking something on.’ In our worship services throughout Lent, we will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by white people,” the statement said.

“Our music will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more,” it added.

Turning Point USA reported the church also erected a sign that said it would be specifically “fasting from whiteness” throughout the season meant to honor Jesus Christ’s walk through the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.

“This Lent, we build our worship life around the voices of black people, indigenous people, and people of color,” the sign read.

The church will also be “fasting from whiteness” with reflections called  “evotionals.” One dated from March 29, titled “Kindness and Privilege,” said, “We honor our fast from whiteness this Lent by prioritizing the voice of Bruce Reyes-Chow through a chapter of his book, In Defense of Kindness.”

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FAKE REVIVAL

“At a time when it should be vibrant and strong, the state of the Church is quavering and faltering. Jesus Christ has been sidelined as an addendum to the faith, no longer our “first love” (Rev. 2:4). As injustices increase and persecution looms, the spiritual condition of the Church is Laodicean: “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17), malnourished, starving, diseased, broken, lost and scattered (Ezekiel 34). For four decades prominent shepherds have neglected to issue clarion calls for solid biblical doctrine without compromise. Few have preached holy living according to Scripture. Psychology has replaced repentance. The evangelical media/publishing complex has spun a web of deceitful lusts, substituting sensuality for God’s Word. It is more lucrative to cater to the itching ear$$$ of sensationalism (1 Timothy 4:3). This is all happening at a time when many are praying for revival. Indeed, we are sorely in need of a revival — a real revival in Jesus Christ.

from Herescope:

Part 7B of Fake Awaken

    Read Part 7A: Fake Awaken

FAKE PROPHETS article seriesRead Part 1: The White Lab Coats

Read Part 2: The Fishbowl 

Part 3: Fake Normal

Part 4: Fake Choice

Part 5: Fake Enforcers

Part 6: Fake Fear

The original Reopen America Tour

By Sarah Leslie* & Gaylene Goodroad

Introduction: CHURCH & STATE TROUBLES

The focus of these reports is on our spiritual concerns (the Church), not the political issues (the State). Yet, for the past several years the State has been doing things that directly impacted the Church and this has provoked a response. 

We commenced a deep dive into researching the multiple unfolding political crises here in America and investigated how they were intersecting with Church matters. We were particularly intent to discover what is true factually versus what is false, spin, and narrative. The research was daunting due to the suppression of documentation and the clamp down on alternative voices across all of the political spectrum.[1] The very act of critically expressing a different point of view is now deemed suspicious. We learned that fact checkers are acting as fact suppressors. And we learned that conspiracy has been redefined to mean anything that falls outside the State-certified, Tech-sanctioned narratives. As someone cynically pointed out, Noah was a conspiracy theorist until it started raining.

The State of the State

We listened intently as salt-of-the-earth citizens raised serious political issues in public hearings and signed affidavits at the cost of losing their jobs, threats, stalking, doxxing, intimidation, lawsuits and smears to their good reputations. We were shocked to see highly qualified scientific and medical professionals, esteemed experts in their field, become targets — harassed, deplatformed, censured, fired, and worse, merely for suggesting alternate scientific paradigms. We have been saddened by the degradation of civil discourse, the loss of personal freedom and bodily autonomy, and the erosion of free speech. 

We ran into normal people in our daily lives — not radical kooks — who recounted how they had been cancelled, deplatformed, and frozen out of accounts, simply for expressing their opinion on social media. Through tears parents and grandparents in multi-ethnic families told us how much it hurt to be falsely labeled racists, bigots, extremists, and worse terms we can’t even use. We were shocked at the grotesque mischaracterizations of Christian believers and ordinary citizens by politicians, federal officials, and a malicious press. Then came the scary reports that the State was ramping up to criminalize nonconformists, including local garden-variety parents. In sum, the civic State is teetering on the precipice of despotism:

[Source] Read the NTAS Bulletin HERE [3]
[Source][4]

The State of the Church

At a time when it should be vibrant and strong, the state of the Church is quavering and faltering. Jesus Christ has been sidelined as an addendum to the faith, no longer our “first love” (Rev. 2:4). As injustices increase and persecution looms, the spiritual condition of the Church is Laodicean: “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17), malnourished, starving, diseased, broken, lost and scattered (Ezekiel 34). For four decades prominent shepherds have neglected to issue clarion calls for solid biblical doctrine without compromise. Few have preached holy living according to Scripture. Psychology has replaced repentance. The evangelical media/publishing complex has spun a web of deceitful lusts, substituting sensuality for God’s Word. It is more lucrative to cater to the itching ear$$$ of sensationalism (1 Timothy 4:3). This is all happening at a time when many are praying for revival. Indeed, we are sorely in need of a revival — a real revival in Jesus Christ.[5]

We are sad to report that we have been encountering bedraggled sheep everywhere we go. Pitiful souls are grasping for truth amidst a hodge-podge of skewed beliefs. The leaven of fake gospels is permeated throughout the Church. So many have verged off track from Scripture to follow conspiracy theorists, psy-op pundits, church growth gurus, prophecy fear-mongers and science fiction purveyors. Countless saints told us that they, or their family members, are entangled in the prickly brambles of sensory and substance addictions. 

It is any wonder that wolfish shepherds and fake prophets can so easily con, fleece, manipulate, deceive and mistreat the feeble sheep? Fed on a diet of spiritual junk food for decades, some are so malnourished that they cannot stand, much less “stand fast,” as a time of persecution rapidly comes upon us (1 Cor. 16:13).

Editor’s Note

We have strong sympathies with the causes of freedom and issues of civic integrity that form the backdrop to this report. We spent considerable time digging into the dishonest political shenanigans that went on. But the focus of this article series is what is happening to the Church, especially as it veers off into dangerous compromises.

RAT leader Mario Murillo on awakening the 7 mountains[6]

A Messy Mixture Corrupts the Message

Our narrow focus in this article series lies in the nexus of the Christian Right with grassroots political action. The political world is filled with snakes, fakes, spies, and betrayers. Political gamesters have their own insidious agendas for power. Novices who have entered the political realm may be unprepared for its traps and snares. Treachery is lurking everywhere. We ask: if Christians cannot discern the errors of their own errant shepherds how will they ever be able to spot liars, political plants, controlled opposition, false flag instigators, tricksters, and slick propagandists in the political realm? How will they resist infiltration, subterfuge, deception and corruption?!

Likewise, we are concerned for the earnest folks who are working side by side with evangelicals. These ordinary citizens may not realize that some of these evangelical groups hold very different endgame goals. American patriots are working to return to representative government and the constitutional freedoms exemplified in the Bill of Rights. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and Word of Faith (WOF) spokesmen proclaim they are for the same thing. But these leaders also hold a contradictory agenda. They want to build their own Church/State “kingdom on earth.” They also desire a “Christian America,” which they envision as a prosperous utopia where they will rule. Below is the mystical eschatology taught by NAR self-proclaimed “apostles “and “prophets“ for decades:[7]…………

read the full article here.

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