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In an effort to stem a massive loss of value over the last few days (UD $24 billion), Google (and its parent company Alphabet) has begun taking steps to further restrict how major advertisers ads are paired alongside extremist YouTube videos.

Google said it was taking steps to protect its clients from inadvertently supporting hate. But it was still inadvertently allowing ads to be paired with anti-Semitic, extremist Islamist, neo-Nazi and homophobic video clips in Germany, France, Sweden and South Africa. Google has struggled to match the expansion of the ad crisis.

Some major advertisers began cutting off advertising to YouTube or updating the filters to stop delivery of ads to extremist sites. “We didn’t know that our ads were played in this context,” Axa spokeswoman Anja Kroll said in an email. “We have immediately arranged for an update of the filters and stopped the delivery” of the ads because “diversity, tolerance and openness are values that are of key importance for us and that we practice daily.”

While Axa hasn’t pulled its ads from YouTube, the German unit is using “blacklist” filters to prevent its ads from appearing next to extremist, racist or other undesired content, Kroll said. In this case, she said, the filters apparently failed.

Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google could “get pretty close” to guaranteeing companies’ ads won’t be placed near hateful material, advertisers throughout Europe were confronting more than a dozen new examples and scrambling to protect their brands.

“We don’t comment on individual videos but as announced, we’ve begun an extensive review of our advertising policies and have made a public commitment to put in place changes that give brands more control over where their ads appear,” a Google spokesperson said. “We’re also raising the bar for our ads policies to further safeguard our advertisers’ brands.”

Some of the world’s biggest marketers halted spending on YouTube as a result of revelations of the Times of London, that their ads were running alongside offensive content. Range Rover in South Africa, Telenor in Sweden, Nissan and Nilson (a shoe manufacturing company) are all taking measures to address their exposure. Total, IBM, MTN, Tag Heuer, HBO and Netflix didn’t respond nor had no immediate comment to questions from the media, while, Tradera’s owner, PayPal Holdings, declined to comment. IKEA in Sweden asked its media company to “immediately investigate the reason behind this.” Other companies that also pulled or suspended their ads were JP Morgan Chase, Ford, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Verizon Communications, BBC, Sainsbury, Volkswagen and Toyota in a variety of nations exposing the global nature of the problem for Google.

Google and Facebook use automated computer programs that maximize volume and helped them dominate online advertising. Digital-based ad sales will overtake TV to become the number one media category in 2017. Ads reportedly bring Google billions of dollars per year and are its fastest growing business.

Google is scrambling to address the controversy, saying it was increasing safeguards to protect advertisers, such as automatically excluding ads from videos deemed “potentially objectionable” and giving advertisers more control over placement.

Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s CEO appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria” and said Google can generally ensure clients that their ads won’t be placed next to “hate” content.

“We match the ads and the content,” Schmidt said. “But because we source the ads from everywhere, every once in a while somebody gets underneath the algorithm and they put in something that doesn’t match.” He said that Google had tightened its policies and increased the amount of time it spends manually reviewing the content, “and so I think we’re going to be okay.”

This controversy highlights the problem God’s people will face if their biblical content is one day considered to be extremist. Censorship and revenue restrictions on distinctive biblically-based content will make it difficult to give the final warning.

“We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now. We must look our work fairly in the face and advance as fast as possible in aggressive warfare. From the light given me of God I know that the powers of darkness are working with intense energy from beneath, and with stealthy tread Satan is advancing to take those who are now asleep, as a wolf taking his prey. We have warnings now which we may give, a work now which we may do; but soon it will be more difficult than we can imagine. God help us to keep in the channel of light, to work with our eyes fastened on Jesus our Leader, and patiently, perseveringly press on to gain the victory.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, page 22.

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A joint penance and reconciliation service was held in Germany to commemorate the Reformation in Germany. The chairman of the Roman Catholic German Bishop’s Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and the chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, sponsored the meeting.

World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev, Olav Fykse Tveit spoke at the service on March 11 in Hildesheim, Germany. He praised the gathering as an “encouraging sign of unity in the world.” And when it comes to healing memories, the “power of forgiveness,” he added, can free up the way for the common witness that the world we live in desperately needs.

The organizers said that this year, for the first time in history, the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany, which have been separate since the Reformation 500 years ago are coming together for an ecumenical celebration of the anniversary. They said that the will for reconciliation would have been unimaginable in the past.

Characterizing the Reformation as division and disunity, Catholics have tried to say that Luther was criticizing abuses of his times, in spite of the fact that indulgences, the trigger for the Reformation are still proffered by the Catholic Church along with other abuses Luther protested. Likewise, Lutherans have long ago stopped thinking about the Reformation as a powerful defense of Bible truth in contrast to Roman Catholic errors and abuses.

Luther’s protest triggered the worldwide Reformation, which put the Roman Catholic Church on the defense, which led to some extremely bloody wars which were largely perpetrated by Rome.

“This is moment of truth and is a decisive step towards the unity of the church,” said Tveit in his message. “In the prayer of Jesus in John 17, we read that the unity of the disciples with one another is needed that the world may believe,” said the general secretary.

Catholic and Protestants have decided to share ecumenical celebrations of the Reformation anniversary during 2017 in different parts of Europe and the world, as well as in Germany.

German President Joachim Gauck and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended the service that was broadcast live by national broadcaster ARD.

Ecumenism, begun by Rome after Vatican II is the process by which churches draw together toward full, visible, sacramental unity by minimizing distinctive doctrine.

“The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed—however important they might be from a Bible standpoint—must necessarily be waived.” The Great Controversy, page 444.

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March 26, 2017

Andrew Garfield, the actor who played Desmond Doss in the movie Hacksaw Ridge, had an experience with ‘Christ’ while preparing for another movie about a 17th century Jesuit priest

Garfield studied for a year with Jesuit priest James Martin in preparation for the aforementioned movie about Jesuits.  During that year, he studied (and learned) the Ignatian Spiritual exercises–the ‘holy grail’ of spiritual formation.  Garfield said that Martin helped him better grasp who God is.

“He gave me spiritual direction as if I were a Jesuit in training,” he said. “It became a very personal journey for me.”

“It is a transformational meditative process where you do these imaginative prayers” said Garfield.  “In fact”, he continued, “Stanislavski, who invented the basis for modern acting, was deeply inspired by Saint Ignatius’ spiritual exercises.  So I felt right at home as an actor.  It was this very weird thing where you create this deep relationship with Jesus Christ”  he stated in an interview.

“I hadn’t studied the Bible, being an agnostic pantheist, and I discovered that the Jesuits are incredibly pantheistic in a way.  They find God in all things.  God is in the tree that was used to make this table, and I think that is a wonderful way to see the world.”

The highlight of Garfield’s Ignatian experience was a week of silence.

“The week was full of meditation in and attempt to get close to those deep inner voices and the spiritual exploration we were doing.  After the seven days, I was traveling to the airport with another actor and the devil showed up in a disgusting, dark conversation between us for three hours.  It was like the devil came in and made us say these nasty words, I can’t even remember the words, they are like, blocked out of my memory.”

Wow.  This experience has become Garfield’s experiential replacement for the Bible.  It has brought moments where the Enemy took control of his thoughts and speech, and yet convinced him that he has found the true Jesus.

These spiritual formation exercises are flowing rapidly through their latest vehicle, the Emergent Church movement, and have positively affected not a few Adventists, who claim that they (Ignatian Spiritual exercises) might be a good way to get closer to God, or Jesus Christ.  But which Jesus?  There are lots of false Jesus’ and only one real One.  There are many spirits and one Holy Spirit, in our heightened spiritual culture.  We must be wise, and test the spirits by the Word of God.  There is much deception around us.

Andrew Garfield final words:  “My philosophy is that a life of faith is not a life of certainty; a life of faith is a life of doubt.”  Huh? In Colossians 2:8 it reads  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Desmond Doss’ life exemplified biblical conviction, and to be portrayed by an actor who says these things should remind us anew that Hollywood is no friend of truth.  Now you know the rest of the story, and knowing it, you might say a prayer for this poor deceived man, Andrew Garfield.  There might be more hope for him than for Christians who go down this dark path.  In fact, our culture is not moving from Christian to secular; it is moving from secular to pagan.

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:3-6).

 

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Biblical World View in Danger of Extinction

Friday March 24th, 2017 in Briefings, Prophetic Intelligence Briefings By Keep the Faith Ministries

Of more than 75 million American Millennials (those born around the year 2000 and later) only four percent have a biblical worldview, says well-respected pollster George Barna. And he says that’s not good news looking down the road. Barna describes them as “one of the most spiritually challenging generations to reach adulthood in the past century.” They are “raising a new set of challenges to Christianity and to a nation whose morals and values have long reflected biblical principles,” he adds.

When asked questions that would identify their connection to a biblical world view, only one in 25 Millennials came up with answers that put them in the “biblical worldview” category. The younger set, he says, is trending in the wrong direction. “By and large they are not inclined to move toward Christianity,” Barna said.

“They’re less likely to describe themselves as Christians, they’re less likely to embrace Christ as their Savior, [and] they’re more likely to say that they have no kind of faith connection whatsoever.”

According to Barna, Millennials are living out worldviews that have no moral anchor in a stormy culture. “They’re much more accepting of lying, they’re more accepting of cheating, they’re more accepting of abortion and divorce and stealing and pornography,” he explains.

And the church is ill equipped to help. “Only about a third of born-again Christians in America actually have a biblical worldview,” he offers. “That indicates that churches may partly be struggling because they tend to rely on born-again adults as the backbone of the church.”

“The worldview that you have at the age 13 is essentially the worldview that you die with,” said Barna. And since the parents of Millennials may not be any more biblical in their worldview than their kids, those conversations may well fall to their grandparents, further decreasing its chances of transmission.

“…Because 24 of every 25 Millennials lack a biblical worldview today,” Barna says, “the probability of them transmitting such to their children is extremely low. You cannot give what you don’t have. In other words, if today’s children are going to eventually embrace a biblical worldview, people with such a perspective must exert substantial influence on the nation’s children to supply what their parents are unable to give them.”

To add to the problem, roughly a third (32%) of adults of “grandparent” age (50 or older) possess a biblical worldview. So, chances of transmitting a biblical worldview to future generations are seriously diminished.

“The light esteem in which the law of God is held, even by religious leaders, has been productive of great evil. The teaching, which has become so wide-spread that the divine statutes are no longer binding upon men, is the same as idolatry in its effect upon the morals of the people. Those who seek to lessen the claims of God’s holy law are striking directly at the foundation of the government of families and nations. Religious parents, failing to walk in his statutes, do not command their household to keep the way of the Lord. The law of God is not made the rule of life. The children, as they make homes of their own, feel under no obligation to teach their children what they themselves have never been taught. And this is why there are so many godless families; this is why depravity is so deep and wide-spread.” Christian Education, page 220.

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Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 in Briefings, Prophetic Intelligence Briefings

“Alarmist” has become the newest slur label given to conservative Christians who raise concerns about the current trajectory of the culture in general or churches in particular. The “alarmist” label goes like this: “Conservative Christian leaders are using false information to stoke fears for their own personal gain, either to sell books or mobilize voters.”

There are certainly cases in history where this label would be accurate. But is the alarmist label always correct when conservative Christians in America raise an alarm? The answer is categorically no!

Before the Obama administration, warnings of coming discrimination against Christians were often considered to be alarmist. But these predictions came true during President Obama’s second term when he pushed his agenda very powerfully against Christian individuals, businesses and institutions. The alarm was justified.

Liberals generally were unwilling to defend the religious freedom of the conservatives. Conservative Christians were justifiably alarmed because what was happening was, in fact, alarming.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned, “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage — when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples?”

Was Roberts an alarmist? No. He was completely justified in raising the “alarm” because everything he warned about actually happened.

Some on the left accuse conservative Christians of false alarmism (unjustifiable alarm) for saying Christians are discriminated against. Since they advocate policies that are discriminatory toward conservative Christians, they have to have a way to diminish opposition. Conservative Christians now have to both defend their own religious freedom and explain why they are complaining about their loss of religious freedom. Perhaps their so-called “alarmism” was not so off-track after all.

The most recent accusations of false alarmism have been in response to Rod Dreher’s new book called The Benedict Option. Dreher’s book, “calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life.” His ideas have been called the “White Christian Industrial Persecution Complex.” Dreher’s book is not primarily about persecution and loss of religious freedom. It ‘s mostly about defending the church from apostates and dealing with Western cultural shifts.

But the alarmism accusation is also, at times, associated with allegations of racism, an obsession with homosexuality and intensifying a sense of “living in a wasteland.”

Are Conservative Christians wrong simply because they are “alarmists?” No. There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the future of our nation. Meteorologists weren’t sure exactly how bad the storm Stella would be. They advised Northeasterners to prepare for the worst. Can you blame them?

Bible prophecy declares that there will come a time of trouble such as never was, and that religious laws will be imposed on all the world removing religious liberty especially from those who keep all of God’s Ten Commandments. There are also dire predictions through prophetic symbols such as a black horse and a pale horse, etc. Warning people to separate from false religion coupled with predictions of punishment will likely be considered “alarmism.” Explaining the third angel’s message of Revelation 14 could bring up allegations of alarmism, especially with its predictions of national and universal Sunday laws.

“Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel’s message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been—the defender of religious freedom. But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect, which it could not have had before. The Great Controversy, pages 605 and 606.

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Does it upset anyone else that the “beast” in Disney’s new remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is a goat-man with very long horns that bears quite a resemblance to Baphomet?  In Disney’s 1991 animated version of “Beauty and the Beast”, the “beast” looked very much like a gentle lion.  There were a couple of small horns poking out of his head, but those could have easily been mistaken as tufts of hair.  But this time around, the “beast” has been depicted as a hybrid goat-man that has enormous goat horns sticking out of his head.  And of course anyone that is familiar with the occult knows that the most famous goat-man in the entire world is Baphomet – the official symbol of the Church of Satan.  Could it be possible that the similarity between this “beast” and Baphomet is more than just a coincidence?

In 1856, Eliphas Levi drew his infamous picture of a goat-man which came to be known as “Baphomet”.  Since that time, his drawing came to be very closely associated with the devil, and eventually it was even adopted by the Church of Satan as their official symbol.  The following comes from Wikipedia…

Lévi’s Baphomet is the source of the later Tarot image of the Devil in the Rider-Waite design. The concept of a downward-pointing pentagram on its forehead was enlarged upon by Lévi in his discussion (without illustration) of the Goat of Mendes arranged within such a pentagram, which he contrasted with the microcosmic man arranged within a similar but upright pentagram. The actual image of a goat in a downward-pointing pentagram first appeared in the 1897 book La Clef de la Magie Noire by Stanislas de Guaita. It was this image that was later adopted as the official symbol—called the Sigil of Baphomet—of the Church of Satan, and continues to be used among Satanists.

Over time, the symbol of Baphomet has become increasingly prominent in the occult world.

In recent years, the Satanic Temple has made national headlines by attempting to erect statues of Baphomet in several major cities…

In 2014 The Satanic Temple commissioned an 8 1/2 foot statue of Baphomet to stand alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments at Oklahoma State Capitol  “respect for diversity and religious minorities” were cited as reasons for erecting the monument After the Ten Commandments monument was vandalized plans to erect the Baphomet statue were put on hold as the Satanic Temple did not want their statue to stand alone by the Oklahoma capitol. The Oklahoma Supreme Court declared all religious displays illegal and On 25 July 2015 the statue was erected near a warehouse in Detroit, as a symbol of the modern Satanist movement. The Satanic Temple may take the statue to Arkansas where another 10 Commandments monument is proposed.

So why does this new “beast” in “Beauty and the Beast” resemble these statues so closely?

In no other version of Beauty and the Beast has the “beast” ever been depicted as a goat-man.

So was this a conscious choice on the part of the producers of the film, or was it just an accident?

Up until now, the biggest controversy surrounding the film has been the fact that it is the very first Disney movie to feature an “exclusively gay moment”, and this prompted Rev. Franklin Graham and many other leaders to call for a boycott.

Unfortunately, the boycott did not make much of an impact because Beauty and the Beast made an astounding $350 million worldwide during its opening weekend…

Beauty and the Beast earned $180 million internationally and an additional $170 million at the domestic box office, a sterling result for the $160 million-budgeted film. In a sign of its popularity, Beauty and the Beast topped the box office in nearly every market where it screened. The fairy-tale romance earned $44.8 million in China, grossed $22.8 million in the United Kingdom, grabbed $11.9 million in South Korea, nabbed $10.7 million in Germany and picked up $7.6 million in Italy. Beauty and the Beast even performed well in Russia, where its opening was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the inclusion of a gay character. Russian authorities gave the film a higher rating to limit younger audience’s access. Russia has a number of anti-LGBT laws in place.

Of course the LGBTQ community saw this as a great victory for their cause.  The following comes from a prominent gay advocacy website…

This is the largest opening weekend ever for a PG-rated film and for a Disney live-action film, surpassing Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella. Experts predict that,at this rate, Beauty and the Beast may break $1 billion in ticket sales.

GLAAD, an LGBT media organization, was elated by the box-office success. “Inclusive storytelling pays,” tweeted CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

“This will help send a message to LGBTQ kids that they’re important,” the group declared on social media, along with the hashtag #TeamLeFou, a show of solidarity with Disney’s first clearly gay character.

The film would have never made so much money without millions of evangelical Christian families flocking to go see it.

This is the kind of apostasy that we always knew was coming in the last days, but it is still shocking to see.  What we willingly feed into our minds is going to determine who we eventually become.  And so when we gladly gobble up thousands of hours of “programming” that the big media corporations keep feeding us, we shouldn’t be amazed that our culture now reflects their value system.

As far as Beauty and the Beast is concerned, just consider the value system of the director.  The following comes from the Olive Branch Report…

Beauty and the Beast‘s director Bill Condon, 61, born in New York City and raised in an Irish Catholic family, is openly homosexual and has a visceral hatred for Christianity.

Pete Baklinski reports for LifeSiteNews, March 17, 2017, that in a 2007 interview with Passport Magazine, Bill Condon said he wishes he could “rip pages out of the Bible” when he stays in hotel rooms.

When millions of dollars are at stake, very few things happen just “by accident”.

Someone needs to ask the people in charge of this film why the “beast” looks so much like Baphomet.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that most people would care even if we were told that it was done on purpose, and that is yet another indication of just how far we have fallen as a society.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11