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In the 1950s and 1960s it was easy to argue and even get into fights over differences between Lutherans and Catholics. But today those animosities are long gone. No one is looking for a fight.

Last October 31, Pope Francis and Bishop Mounib Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, signed a joint statement in which Catholics and Lutherans pledged to pursue their dialogue to remove the remaining obstacles that hinder them from reaching full unity. They also stressed their commitment to common witness on behalf of the poor, the needy and the victims of injustice.

The leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has signed the “Declaration on the Way” document. At the heart of it are 32 “statements of agreement” that state where Lutherans and Catholics do not have church-dividing differences on topics about church, ministry and the Eucharist. For example, Lutherans and Catholics believe the same about the real presence of Jesus in Holy Communion.

Agreement No. 30 states: “Lutherans and Catholics agree that in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Christ himself is present. He is present truly, substantially, as a person, and he is present in his entirety, as Son of God and as a human being.”

Our church doors are not big enough to post the 32 agreements on them; however, the bulletins of Catholic and Lutheran Churches could publish a summary of them to mark the 500th anniversary the week of October 31.

As the march toward full, visible, sacramental unity nears maturity, watch for remaining differences between Catholics and Lutherans to melt away.

“And all the world wondered…” Revelation 13:3.


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“With Bible prophecies of the end times appearing to come to pass before our very eyes, there’s a big one many wonder about. Is the Antichrist alive? Who is he? What is he doing? … Here’s what Graham had to say … The Bible refers to the Antichrist as an evil person of great spiritual power who will appear at the end of the present age … As the name ‘Antichrist’ implies, he will be completely and utterly opposed to Christ and His people … Is the Antichrist alive today? On one hand, the Bible urges us not to speculate about this or become overly anxious about it … The most important fact about the Antichrist, however, is that he will not win.”

This is pretty much what you get from Protestants now regarding the antichrist. Billy Graham not only is unable or unwilling to pinpoint the antichrist, he makes the same mistake that the majority of Protestants and Evangelicals make today. And that is to take the Jesuit line of thinking regarding antichrist. Proposing that the antichrist is one person who would arise in the very last days. And yet the Bible makes it real clear that the antichrist is not one person who will arise in the last days, but a RELIGIOUS SYSTEM which tries to TAKE THE PLACE OF CHRIST, that has been with us for a long time!

This antichrist system is known as the ‘little horn power’ of Daniel 7, the ‘man of sin’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, the ‘sea beast’ of Revelation 13, and ‘Babylon the Great’ of Revelation 17. And these ALL point unmistakenly to the Papal Church of Rome, with that ‘man of sin’, the pope as it’s leader! You see, the word ‘antichrist’ does NOT just mean ‘against’ Christ, as the English word suggests. If you look at the original Greek word, you will see it also means to ‘TAKE THE PLACE’ of Christ. And what religious system on earth has tried to do just that? Roman Catholicism. Just look at what the ‘fathers’ of Protestantism believed:

MARTIN LUTHER – ” For who is the man of sin and the son of perdition, but he who by his teaching and his ordinances increases the sin and perdition of souls in the church; while he yet sits in the church as if he were God? All these conditions have now for many ages been fulfilled by the papal tyranny.” (Martin Luther, First Principles, pp. 196-197)

JOHN CALVIN – “Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist. .. I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” (Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol.3, p.149)

JOHN KNOX – “as for your Roman kirk, as it is now corrupted, and the authority thereof, whereon stands the hope of your victory, I no more doubt but that it is the synagogue of Satan, and the head thereof, called the pope, to be that man of sin, of whom the apostle speaks.” (John Knox, The History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland, p.65)

JOHN WESLEY – “In many respects, the Pope has an indisputable claim to those titles. He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure.” (John Wesley, Explanatory Notes Upon The New Testament, p.216)

CHARLES SPURGEON – “It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name … Popery is contrary to Christ’s Gospel, and is the Antichrist, and we ought to pray against it.” (Michael de Semlyen, All Roads Lead to Rome)

ELLEN WHITE – “This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of the man of sin foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power – a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will. To secure worldly gains and honors, the church was led to seek the favor and support of the great men of earth; and having thus rejected Christ, she was induced to yield allegiance to the representative of Satan – the bishop of Rome … Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to ‘think to change times and laws. (Daniel 7:25)” (E.G.White, The Great Controversy, pp.49-51)

Many other great men and women, including William Tyndale, John Wycliffe, Philipp Melanchthon, Huldreich Zwingli and the Translators of the King James Bible all proclaimed the antichrist to be the Papal Church of Rome, with the pope as that ‘man of sin’. Sadly, Protestants today have joined hands with that whore of Babylon and have accepted false Jesuit teachings concerning the antichtist to divert people from the truth!

 

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Wednesday August 9th, 2017

Twitter has rejected a pastor’s request to use the social media site’s advertising platform to promote a tweet highlighting his new book advocating for a traditional Christian belief in marriage.

Craig Stellpflug, a former pastor, paid for Twitter Ads to promote a tweet he posted about his new book titled One Man One Woman: God’s Original Design for Marriage, published by WestBow Press.

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Stellpflug, a retired cancer nutritionist with a pastoral career who now teaches Bible study and Sunday school at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, Washington, said he received an email response from Twitter telling him that his tweet “has not been approved for use in your Twitter Ads campaign.”

The tweet in question says, “One Man One Woman is about God’s original design for marriage carried from Adam and Eve in the garden through today.” The tweet also includes a photo of the book and a link to the WestBow Press online bookstore.

The email from Twitter explained that the tweet violated Twitter’s ad policy. “This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hate.” Twitter’s policy says that Twitter prohibits “hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.” Twitter also lists a number of scenarios in which the policy applies, including “hate speech or advocacy against an individual, organization or protected group based on race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other protected status.”

“They started promoting it, they took my money,” Stellpflug said. “Then, I get that email that [the] tweet was not approved and that it was determined to be hate.”

Stellpflug said that his book is “definitely not an anti-gay book” and that it is “not about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual movement. In fact, I address different issues — homosexuality, adultery, divorce, pornography and other like issues,” he said. “I don’t give any special weight to homosexuality. I do give tremendous weight to God’s forgiveness, God’s judgment versus our judgment.”

“I suppose if I named my book ‘One Man and Another Man Together in Marriage,’ it would soar past the critics and actually garner praise as some clarion call for peace and unity,” Stellpflug told CP. “My book is not hate! It highlights conservative Christian marriage values — therefore it is ‘hate.’ Have we stooped so low in our country that my freedom of speech is squelched because I promote my Christian beliefs? I’ll tell you where the hate is. It is flaunted against the majority by the few as a tool to promote liberal agendas.”

Stellpflug said he penned another tweet promoting his book and paid Twitter to promote it. Stellpflug did not receive a response to his latest advertising campaign from Twitter administrators before press time.

This is not the first time that Twitter has been accused of rejecting an ad campaign promoting a social conservative value. In June, it was reported that Twitter is not allowing pro-life organizations like Live Action and the Susan B. Anthony List to procure ads that warn against abortion, show unborn baby ultrasounds and fact-check claims from the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

“And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.” Genesis 19:9.

“Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot…” Luke 17:28.

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Wednesday July 19th, 2017

 

Many Evangelicals have made a mistake when they made a deal with Donald Trump. “Vote for me,” he said, “and I will give you Supreme Court picks and abolish the Johnson Amendment.” Mr. Trump’s “tempting” offer is remarkably like another made two millennia ago… when the devil offered Jesus the power to rule over all the kingdoms of the world with justice and mercy, if only Christ would bow down to the devil. American Christians should not have taken a deal Jesus rejected. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36.

Evangelicals want to change America through politics and the courts. They fear the decline of Christianity if the Supreme Court shifts any further to the left, and they want to take it back to the right. So, they have focused on the promises of Mr. Trump to bring conservatives on to the Supreme Court and fashion it in their image.

But if the churches need the Court to save souls and empower faithful witness – both spoken and lived, then they are truly lost. Christ promised a cross and the Holy Spirit, not tax breaks for businesses and a worldly Court to defend Christian beliefs.

It is folly for Evangelicals to place their hope of religious freedom in a man who says he’ll use the government to give them more power. Why do they need more civil power, except to force their will and their beliefs on others? Can’t they preach powerful life-changing sermons and live powerful lives that will change hearts like Jesus did?

And where did this anti-Johnson Amendment stuff come from? In what world do they think it’s a good idea to allow churches to use their tax-deductible tithes and offerings in the support of political candidates and for churches to become openly partisan political operations? Is there a faster way to turn God’s house from a house of prayer into a den of thieves?!

What will this do to the evangelical witness? By accepting Trump’s deal, Evangelicals have traded all they are – their spiritual heritage – for a “mess of pottage.” Yes, that’s right. Evangelicals were the spiritual descendents of the great Reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Once compromised by the ecumenical movement (they no longer carry a protestant message), they lost their spiritual birthright and became vulnerable to political temptations of the Trump Presidency.

Mr. Trump will definitely not save the church’s influence in an increasingly secular world. As a politician, the only thing he can do is give them more political power. He cannot restore their moral influence, or morality and Christian decency in America for that matter. Those things are gone forever, except in the lives of faithful souls who live above all the political distractions in the light of Christ’s countenance.

But the age-old question for Christians during times of moral decline is whether they will turn to a strongman for salvation from the liberal left, or keep faith in the One who controls the strongman through meekness, love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. God’s kingdom will come regardless, sooner or later. But what will Evangelicals say when the Lord asks them in whom they trusted in the last days?

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Psalm 146:3 and 4.


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Approximately 58 people died (30 confirmed) in a towering inferno as one of London’s high-rise public housing blocks was gutted by fire. Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, faced a barrage of criticism for the government’s initial response to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

May said that the government has begun distributing funds from a $6.4 million (USD) emergency fund created to assist victims of the blaze, and housing officials are conducting safety checks of other public high-rise towers in London. “I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims’ relatives and the survivors,” May said.

Protesters in London are demanding to know why long-standing fire safety concerns raised by a tenants’ group about the 24 story building, tucked in the city’s ritzy North Kensington neighborhood, had not been addressed. They also expressed anger that the prime minister did not meet with survivors or victims of the fire when she initially visited the neighborhood following the tragedy.

Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police, also said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which could add to the death toll. “The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead,” said Cundy. “It might be that some of those are safe and well but for whatever reason have not reached (out) to let us know. Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the housing block that was devastated. Police said 19 injured in the fire remain hospitalized, including 10 who were in critical condition.

“My heart goes out to those affected,” Cundy said. “As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones.” Cundy said authorities plan to release video and photographs from inside the badly-charred building.

Investigators are trying to figure out why the fire spread so quickly to the top floors especially since the apartment complex underwent a $13 million refurbishment last year that included new thermal cladding to the exterior.

The Grenfell Action Group, the tenants’ organization, had expressed concerns for years about the testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site. “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable,” the group said after the fire broke out, according to the Associated Press. In a blog post written last year, the Grenfell Action Group warned of “dangerous living conditions” in the tower. “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO.”

KCTMO, the Kensington and Chelsea Management Organization, has managed the building on behalf of local public authorities who own it. The management organization said it was aware of the complaints made by residents, but that it was “too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread.”
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen’s birthday. The queen said in a statement that she was “profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity,” she added. “United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

“The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God’s judgment is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. We are not to be surprised at this time by events both great and decisive; for the angel of mercy cannot remain much longer to shelter the impenitent.” Prophets and Kings, page 278.

 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says human rights laws will be changed “if they get in the way” of the country’s fight against terror. May said she would seek to introduce longer prison terms for those convicted of terrorist offenses and make it easier to “deport foreign terrorist suspects.”

May has overseen cuts to police officer numbers by over 20,000 during her tenure as home secretary and is trying to shore up her domestic security credentials in the wake of criticism from the opposition party.

May has previously called for closer regulation of the Internet to tackle extremism and criticized social media firms for not doing enough to police their platforms. British security services already possess wide anti-terrorism powers that have been denounced by Amnesty International as among “the most draconian” in Europe.

Questions about how Khuram Butt and Youssef Zaghba got through the “net” since they were well-known to police and had been investigated have prompted calls to further erode human rights to deal with these kinds of threats. Butt, Zaghba and another man, Rachid Redouane, rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a stabbing spree in bars and restaurants at nearby Borough Market on Saturday night. At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured. The three terrorists were shot dead by police.

May said more needed to be done “to restrict the freedom and movement of terrorism suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.”

As Home Secretary, May oversaw the replacement of control orders — sweeping powers introduced in 2005 that placed extreme limits on the freedom and movement of terrorism suspects — and their replacement with what some critics have described as “watered down” restrictions. But May has now said that it needed to be easier to kick terror suspects out of the UK.

The Liberty group’s director Martha Spurrier accused May of wanting to rip up British human rights laws. “If Theresa May does what she threatens, she will go down in history as the Prime Minister who handed terrorists their greatest victory,” she said. “For cheap political points and headlines, she is willing to undermine our democracy, our freedom and our rights — the very things these violent murderers seek to attack.”

Limiting human rights of unconvicted suspects to eliminate Muslim extremist threats will have implications for other religions too. If your Christian faith is ever considered extreme, which is very likely, your human rights will be curtailed too. Prophetically, terrorism is really about targeting western constitutions and removing the freedoms their citizens have enjoyed. Terrorism is the perfect tool in the hands of the enemy, to do this without much opposition.

We must work “while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4.

 

 

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President Trump doesn’t like the rules of Congress and wants to change them. His agenda has been challenged at every turn and Mr. Trump thinks he needs more power to get it through.

“It’s just a very, very bureaucratic system,” he said on Face the Nation. “I think the rules in Congress and, in particular, the rules in the Senate, are unbelievably archaic and slow-moving.”

Donald Trump is trying to approach government by using business principles, taking aim at the 60 vote threshold in the Senate for many of the key elements of his agenda.

In essence he is blaming the Constitution, which embodies the separation of powers for the cumbersome process required to get things done through Congress.

During a recent interview with Fox News to discuss his first 100 days as president, Mr. Trump denounced the constitutional system of checks and balances as “archaic.”

“It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system,” Trump said. “It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the president is thinking about amending or even abolishing the First Amendment to stifle what they consider to be unfair media criticism. When asked by Jonathan Karl whether they had considered a constitutional amendment so that the president can sue his critics, Priebus responded: “I think it’s something that we’ve looked at. How that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story.”

President Obama himself often attempted to avoid dealing with Congress by using and threatening to use executive orders to get things done. In spite of that, he said in 2016, “If you disrespect the Constitution by threatening to shut down the press when it doesn’t say things you like or threaten to throw your opponent in jail or discriminate against people of different faiths. If you do that before you are elected, then what are you gonna do when you have actual power to do those things?”

President Trump, his legislative agenda largely stalled more than 100 days in office, is lamenting the “archaic” rules of Congress.

When defending why he wasn’t as productive as he promised his supporters he would be during his first 100 days, he said on Fox News that the process of getting things done in Congress is “a very rough system. It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

“Well, I think things generally tend to go a little bit slower than you’d like them to go,” he said on “Face the Nation.” “It’s just a very, very bureaucratic system. I think the rules in Congress and, in particular, the rules in the Senate, are unbelievably archaic and slow-moving.”

Then the president zeroed in on the real issue by saying that Democrats can block him from furthering his agenda by filibustering legislation in the Senate. “All they do is obstruct,” he told CBS. “All they do is delay. Even our Supreme Court justice, as you know — who I think is going to be outstanding, Justice Gorsuch — I think that it was disgraceful the way they handled that.”

After the first 100 days in office, many of the president’s priorities, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are languishing and are uncertain to get through Congress.

President Trump is likely to go ahead to get rid of the filibuster. He recently tweeted that the GOP should consider if it can’t get 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. He even threatened a government shutdown of prove his point.

“We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix [the] mess!” he said. He told Fox news, “We don’t have a lot of closers in politics, and I understand why: It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system.”

“You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House — but the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through — it’s really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion. They’re archaic rules. And maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different.”

“You can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair. It forces you to make bad decisions. I mean, you’re really forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules.”

But will changing the rules be a good thing? Once President Trump leaves office, what of the next president. Things could easily go from bad to worse.

Presidents don’t like their powers limited. Donald Trump wants more power — and he wants it quickly.

If he was able to get rid of the filibuster, he would be placing a lot of power in the hands of the majority party. Getting rid of it completely would change the face of American politics for good. Yes, it would clear a major hurdle for President Trump in passing his agenda. But, what of future presidents? Whether he targets the filibuster specifically or not, his attitude toward his own power is clear: the more, the better.

Could removing or adjusting the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for one reason (i.e. making it easier to sue members of the press) set a precedent for the removal of other freedoms?

Every principle of the U.S. Constitution will be repudiated in one form or another. See Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, and page 451.

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