Thursday, June 7, 2018


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Obama paid billions to a regime that requires its citizens to chant “Death to America.” That regime has used the money to finance jihad terrorists who want to see America’s destruction and are actively working against American interests. Treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy. 
Obama ought to be charged with treason.
“Obama Administration Skirted U.S. Sanctions to Grant Iran Billions in Cash,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, June 6, 2018:
The Obama administration skirted key U.S. sanctions to grant Iran access to billions in hard currency despite public assurances the administration was engaged in no such action, according to a new congressional investigation.
The investigation, published Wednesday by the House Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, further discloses secret efforts by top Obama administration officials to assure European countries they would receive a pass from U.S. sanctions if they engaged in business with Iran.
The findings confirm earlier reports by the Washington Free Beacon surrounding efforts by the Obama administration to go above and beyond the terms of the landmark nuclear deal to appease Iran and grant it billions in hard currency, as well as access to the U.S financial system, despite multiple assurances to Congress this was not the case.
Congressional investigators have now confirmed that the Obama administration ordered the Treasury Department to issue a secret license granting Iran access to the U.S. financial system and American dollar, a process that played out at the same time these senior administration officials were testifying to Congress that they were not engaged in such activities.
The investigation confirms allegations by many in Congress that the Obama administration was engaged in covert diplomacy with senior Iranian officials beyond the nuclear agreement to help Tehran obtain billions in hard currency, cash that was later used by the Islamic Republic to fund its ballistic missile program and fighting forces operating in Syria and across the region.
“The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. “Despite claims both before and after the Iran deal was completed that the U.S. financial system would remain off limits, the Obama administration issued a specific license allowing Iran to convert billions of dollars in assets using the U.S. financial system.”
Several days after the Obama administration announced the implementation of the nuclear agreement, U.S. officials were contacted by Bank Muscat in Oman, which was seeking to convert nearly six billion dollars on Iran’s behalf.
Bank Muscat petitioned the Obama administration to allow it to access the U.S. dollar in order to conduct the transition, which was to be carried out from Omani rials, into U.S. dollars, and then into Euros. That money would then be transferred into the Central Bank of Iran, or CBI, which was long designated for sanctions by the United States as a result of its efforts to fund Iran’s terror operations and nuclear program.
“The inability to convert the funds held at Bank Muscat through the U.S. financial system frustrated key Iranian officials,” according to the congressional investigation. “On January 24, 2016, a lead Iranian negotiator, wrote to his U.S. State Department counterpart, complaining that Iran could not convert its assets as it requested.”
While such transactions remained prohibited under the nuclear agreement, also known as the JCPOA, senior Obama administration officials in the State and Treasury Departments scrambled to find back-door methods to appease Iran.
In one email obtained by congressional investigators, a Treasury Department official says that the United States committed much more to Iran than was publicly disclosed at the time by the Obama administration.
“Yikes. It looks like we committed to a whole lot beyond just allowing the immobilized funds to settle out,” the official wrote.
While the administration was not obligated to conduct any such transactions on Iran’s behalf, Obama administration officials decided to pressure the Treasury Department to issue a secret license permitting Iran to access the $5.7 billion from Oman’s Bank Muscat using the U.S. financial system, according to the investigation.
“Treasury Department officials began working on a specific license authorizing Bank Muscat’s transaction,” the report finds. “A specific license allows specified transactions to occur that would otherwise violate U.S. sanctions.”
The license did not have to be publicly disclosed and it was ultimately issued during a time when top Obama administration officials were testifying to Congress that they had no intention of permitting Iran access to the U.S. financial system….




Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any dumber…

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Newsflash idiots; No one wants to watch frumpy, miserable feminist bitches droning on about the patriarchy at a beauty pageant.


An unfortunate choice of words

Gretchen Carlson: Allowing Fatties to Enter Miss America is Part of "Cultural Revolution"



Trump Remembers D-Day After Signing Veterans Healthcare Bill


US soldiers ‘gave their heart, blood, very lives’ for country, says president

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President Trump delivered remarks remembering the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy, France, while touting a newly-signed veterans health care bill.
“Today we also mark another milestone, the 74th Anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy,” Trump said in a speech at the Rose Garden Wednesday.
“They gave their heart, their blood, and their very lives on those beaches to drive out the enemy and strike a lasting victory for our country and for freedom.”
The VA Mission Act offers veterans more non-VA healthcare choices, which has been extremely limited in the past, resulting in long lines and wait times for patients.
“What a beautiful word that is — choice — and freedom to our amazing veterans,” Trump said at the signing ceremony. “All during the campaign I’d go out and say, ‘why can’t they just go see a doctor instead of standing in line for weeks and weeks and weeks?’ Now they can go see a doctor.”
The White House also released a statement Wednesday outlining the benefits of the legislation.
“The President’s 2019 Budget supports a new, consolidated community care program for veterans and all of VA health care within the discretionary caps already in place,” said the statement.
“We have a responsibility to provide our Veterans with the care they deserve, while also being good stewards of the taxpayer dollar.”



Liberals May Win Control of Largest U.S. Protestant Denomination
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The Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest protestant denomination and a historically conservative wing of the Christian church in the United States, is on the verge of falling to organized “progressive” social-justice forces and anti-Trump activists, according to media reports and insiders involved in the battle. One leading opponent of the scheme has even blasted what he described as the “Evangelical Deep State” working to infect the church with unbiblical ideologies.   
The goals of these forces, dubbed “neo-Marxist” by some critics, include softening and eventually quashing Christian opposition to homosexuality, normalizing gender confusion in the church, promoting left-wing politics at all levels of government, fueling constant obsession and angst over race and gender, facilitating mass Islamic migration into the United States, and much more.
Most rank-and-file Southern Baptists remain oblivious to what is happening, insiders said. But the implications for the church, the culture, the nation, and politics could be earth-shattering.   
Still, the battle is not over. Critics of the controversial progressive effort to take over the SBC are fighting back hard ahead of the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas between June 12 and 13.
Among other tactics, conservatives within the denomination are pushing a resolution that would strongly condemn the “unbiblical” and “Marxist-based” so-called “social justice” movement. According to the text of the measure, “social justice by definition is based on anti-biblical and destructive concepts of Marxist ideology.”
The measure also says social-justice activism “should be considered evil” and represents “a vehicle to promote abortion, homosexuality, gender confusion, and a host of other ideas that are antithetical to the gospel.” The resolution also cites the Methodist and Episcopal denominations as a warning, noting that their membership numbers are collapsing following the embrace of “social justice.” 
The resolution, proposed by Pastor Grady Arnold of Calvary Baptist Church in Texas, would represent a devastating blow to the “social justice” forces seeking to hijack the SBC.
The outcome of the battle remains uncertain. But Southern Baptist pastors and leaders are warning that if the progressives succeed, organized conservative Christianity in America may collapse.
“It's not an overstatement to say the progressive movement is on the verge of taking control of the [Southern Baptist] Convention,” Pastor Grady told The New American. “They are very friendly with liberal theology, with feminism, with the LGBTQ movement, and so on. They may not push those views, but they're friendly to them. The next step is to embrace those views — a continual softening until it becomes an embrace.”
While Pastor Arnold is not sure whether his resolution will pass, and suspects there may even be an effort to prevent a vote on it, he said it is already accomplishing part of what he hoped would happen. “Whether it passes or not, the purpose is to wake people up to the fact that this is happening,” he said. “Most of these churches in the heartland, most of these are rural churches and most of them have no idea what's going on.”
He said many of the pastors for smaller rural churches have other jobs, too. They have busy lives, and therefore they are not very involved in the inner workings of the SBC. That has given the highly organized progressive forces a major advantage in terms of furthering their agenda and their power within the denomination. Arnold has been working hard to raise awareness, including appearances on top conservative radio programs such as Janet Mefferd Today.  
“My fear is that if progressives get in control of the Southern Baptist Convention — [Summit Church Pastor] J.D. Greear is one of their guys — the people in the heartland are going to start seeing this stuff infiltrating the literature, the bookstores,” Arnold said. “But by then it will be too late, and these progressives will be running the show. At that point, the response will be too little too late. We need to let people know now. People didn't know social justice was being pushed in some of our churches; now they know.”
Among other concerns, Arnold noted that the progressive forces in the SBC were pushing divisive far-left narratives such as “white privilege,” “white guilt,” “social justice,” “sexual minorities,” feminism, “liberation theology,” and other anti-Christian ideas. “On the surface, some of these guys can even look conservative,” the Texas pastor continued. “But if you dig down, you'll find something else.”   
Arnold also said that the progressives were in the process of destroying the conservatives who stand in their way. “These social justice people, they find somebody they don't like, then they create a narrative, they find a flash-point, and then they attack,” he said, referring to a well-respected longtime SBC leader who has been relentlessly attacked and demonized in recent weeks. “In this case, it has to do with feminism. Feminism was unheard of in the SBC 15 years ago, but now it's infiltrated.”
The vote for president at the upcoming annual meeting will be crucial, Arnold said. Many conservatives and life-long SBC stalwarts are hoping to elect Dr. Ken Hemphill, former Southern Baptist Convention seminary president. “Even people from the progressive side don't have much bad to say about him,” said Arnold, who will be in Dallas for the annual meeting. “It's all going to be about numbers, how many for each side.”  
Another one of the SBC leaders working to expose and oppose the progressive agenda is Reverend Thomas Littleton, an outspoken Southern Baptist pastor in Alabama who has spoken and written extensively on the infiltration of LGBT ideology into even conservative Christian circles. “We could not be closer to an entire collapse of the organized Christian right and it is clear that these leaders have been complicit with the powers determined to bring it down,” he told The New American. “In some cases, they are the powers.”
Littleton has also raised national awareness of these issues through his articles and his appearance on top radio programs such as Janet Mefferd's nationally syndicated show. Among other concerns, Littleton says that seminaries and campus ministries under the influence of a network he dubs the “Evangelical Deep State” are becoming saturated with social-justice narratives. In fact, many of these movements are even working on “queering” the Christian faith, he said.  
One of the key players he identifies in the move to fundamentally change the Southern Baptist Convention and other historically conservative denominations such as the Presbyterian Church in America is the so-called Gospel Coalition. The alliance, which brings together various leaders from ostensibly conservative churches, sounds very conservative — at first glance. But through alliances with controversial groups and affiliations with controversial activists, the “fruit” that is emerging is a major threat to the Christian faith, Littleton argues. “Most people in Gospel Coalition-affiliated churches have no idea what's going on,” he said.     
A key individual leader involved in the Gospel Coalition and the effort to inject the “social-justice” agenda into Christian churches and the SBC in particular is Russell Moore, who serves as president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). He is mentioned in Arnold's anti-social justice resolution for bringing the church to a “crisis point” through his promotion of social justice within the SBC for almost a decade now. Moore's record on various issues has also sparked alarm among more than a few conservatives.
“In 2013, Russell Moore took over the ERLC and promptly declared that the culture war was over, and that we lost,” explained Littleton. “Now the social-justice rhetoric is everywhere in the church, on race, on women, on politics, and on everything else. This is dangerous.”
Among other controversies, Moore has been fiercely critical of both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, widely seen as the favorite 2016 Republican presidential candidates by Christians and conservatives. After Trump won the nomination, Moore urged Christians to vote for an independent or third party candidate, a move that was widely perceived as a boost to Hillary Clinton and her self-declared pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage,” pro-open borders, anti-religious liberty agenda. Before going into ministry, Moore worked for a Democrat congressman whose cumulative Freedom Index score was a terrible 51 percent.
Reverend Littleton said that many of the men graduating from ostensibly conservative seminaries these days claim to be conservative, but they are often progressives. He says many of those involved in the Gospel Coalition have also been at the forefront of the “Never Trump” movement among evangelicals. Some openly worked to sabotage former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in his U.S. Senate campaign, even though evidence clearing him of the vile false allegations was coming out every day, Littleton said.   
Now, the same playbook the progressives used against Roy Moore has been deployed against Paige Patterson, the widely respected former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who was recently taken out based on what more than a few experts and insiders say are false allegations. The accusation is that he tried to cover up a sexual assault in 2003 by encouraging a female student not to report an alleged rape to police. But now, evidence, including a letter from the victim, seem to confirm that Patterson was not involved.
Numerous high-profile leaders, including Dr. Alex McFarland, the former president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, have suggested that the take-down of the conservative stalwart may have been driven by ulterior motives. “There are factions [in the SBC] that have political agendas, theological agendas, cultural agendas,” McFarland was quoted as saying. “I would be brokenhearted to think that an opportunity was taken here under the guise of pursuing truth … when in reality it was just an opportunity to leverage this great denomination for political ends.”      
According to Littleton, these progressives are now “turning the template they used to destroy Roy Moore and using it against Paige Patterson.” “This is the exact same template,” Littleton said. “What happened to Paige is cruel.”
Even more alarming is the so-called “Revoice” movement, which is working to normalize homosexuality and gender confusion by treating those issues as part of a person's identity. On the Revoice website, the mission is defined as “supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.”
The Revoice conference “takes the whole language of the Gospel Coalition on LGBT to the next level,” explained Littleton. “They hit critical race theory, white privilege, sexual minorities, feminism, the deification of MLK, and so on. Now, just in time for Gay Pride month, Revoice is being promoted by the Gospel Coalition. There are direct links between the Gospel Coalition and Revoice in terms of who is involved in these.”  
“This movement was seen as a reformed theological movement,” Littleton said. “The problem is it's highly ecumenical, highly emergent, and it is highly political. While it has been masked as theologically conservative, it is not conservative in any way.”
“This whole movement of dwelling on minorities, the notion that the church is filled with oppressed minorities including sexual minorities, that we need quotas and so on, this is all really nefarious,” he continued. “It's a weird approach that's already embedded in the seminaries and we're starting to see it in our churches. Social justice curricula is already in the seminaries. This stuff was on the fringes for a long time, but it's working its way toward the core, and now it's close to the heart and soul of the last two conservative denominations of any size [SBC and PCA].”
Littleton argued that the Gospel Coalition, or at least parts of it, is really a progressive political movement with a “thin veneer of theology” that is marketed as being theologically conservative. “But the mantra of the Gospel Coalition is that conservatives have ruined the Gospel by being too conservative and political and waging a culture war,” he said. “Really what Christians are doing is providing a Godly response to a culture war being waged against us. How is it that we're waging a war when all we're doing is responding?”
The other side, meanwhile, is “responding by taking down major figures in the conservative movement.” “Now even I'm being called mentally ill and a conspiracy theorist just for calling this out, and everything I say is documented,” Littleton added. “Any leaders who speak out against this are going to have to count the cost. But this is not the time to hide under our desks, or institutionalized conservative Christianity in America will be gone.”
Already, though, there is some pushback, and it is growing, Littleton said. “There are people within these denominations who really get it,” he explained. And as more and more everyday Christians realize what is taking place, the opposition will continue to grow. Even people outside the churches should be concerned about these developments, he added.    
When asked what Christians can do, Pastor Arnold from Texas, the leader behind the SBC resolution to condemn social justice, called for prayer and more. “Certainly pray about this, please, but we need prayer and also action,” he said. “First thing to do is get informed. We're just now organizing, but the bottom line is this: pray, learn about what's going on, and be ready to take action.”  
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Prophecy News Watch   June 06, 2018
For two thousand years, a core tenet of Christianity has been that, to paraphrase John 14:6, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life – no one comes to the Father but through Him. The eternal reward of Heaven is exclusively for those who repent, put their faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and asked to be saved from their sins.
Now even this bedrock belief of Christianity has been undermined by some ministers who preach, in the postmodern age of liberal theology, that there are many paths to God and Heaven.
One such “open-minded” voice is the pastor Michael Walrond Jr. who preaches at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church. Preaching to a portion of his 10,000 strong congregation, he is quoted as saying, “There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you’re going to Hell. That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes.”
 He did not bother to cite the precise verses of scripture where Jesus tells His followers that there are other paths to God and that He is not the only way or the only truth. But it is likely that he didn’t need to in order to sway his audience, because the pastor, and others like him, are tapping into a powerful in postmodern and liberal theology in which Christians no longer believe in the traditional view of Christ’s sacrifice and its value.
Ten years ago, in 2008, studies done by the Pew Research Center showed that more than half of American Christians no longer believed that Christianity was the only way to come to God and enter Heaven. Members of African American churches and evangelicals were the most likely to believe in the God of the Bible at 92 and 91%, far greater than the average.
Pluralistic notions of religious relativism and vague spirituality have resulted in a stark difference between traditional Christian doctrine and the now common belief that Christ’s sacrifice is just one method of salvation among hundreds. In a pluralistic society, the reasoning isn’t hard to imagine.  After all, wouldn’t it be horrible if our Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and atheist neighbors, who are nice enough people, couldn’t go to Heaven with us? That just wouldn’t be fair, especially if they believed in their version of God.
Out of the 80% of Americans who profess a belief in a god, only 56% of the total believe in the God of the Bible. Muslims, Jews and Hindus make up a very small part of this difference, but much greater are those who hold a vague, spiritualist notion of what God is, while clinging to Christianity in name only, including 28% of Catholics, 26% of Protestants who, according to this survey, no longer believe in the God of the Bible.
What caused this shift? There are doubtless several factors at work here, such as a breakdown in family structures, an increasingly postmodern culture and media attacks on traditional Christianity. Institutions of higher education are among the chief culprits in this change, according to J. Lanier Burns, a senior professor of systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.
According to Burns, “This is the agenda of the universities at the present time because it is felt that maybe it is religion that has generated all the wars and so maybe if we can get rid of exclusive religion we might have greater peace in the world.” Could he be on to something? Could seminaries and schools of theological studies be transforming religious belief on such a grand scale to fit their agenda?
The liberal bias in higher education, a self-reinforcing cycle, is especially pronounced in university religion departments. A recent study by Mitchel Langbert of Brooklyn College, found that, among 8,688 professors (with a Ph.D. and on tenure paths) from the 51 of the top universities, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by a 10 to 1 ratio. But in religion departments, the ratio is an astounding 70 Democrats for every 1 Republican.
It is not difficult to conjecture that there may be some connection here between liberal politics and liberal religion, but it is also true that the same forces at work to create such a political imbalance have also worked to create and reinforce a trend toward increasingly liberal theology.
Langbert points out that “Political homogeneity is problematic because it biases research and teaching and reduces academic credibility. Even though more Americans are conservative than liberal, academic psychologists’ biases cause them to believe that conservatism is deviant.” Within the university setting, dare to defend Biblical beliefs and traditional Christianity in many divinity schools and you may suffer consequences.
Burns also points to a shift from finding truth in scripture to a view of truth as mere societal consensus, a sort of democratization of God in the postmodern age. “We are going wrong because we have moved the authority from Scripture to consensus. That’s where we are going wrong”.
Finally, as we seek to answer the question, ‘what has caused this shift?’, we need look no further than the church, itself, as suggested in the first paragraph of this article.
Men who have become popular or prominent within the church, seek to enhance their popularity (or offerings) by a watered-down Gospel. Having been seminary-trained to be CEO’s instead of Biblical proclaimers of the Gospel, many pastors are structuring their style to be ‘consumer’ oriented; to be ‘appealing’ rather than ‘demanding’. Some call this being ‘seeker sensitive’.
In an interview with Phil Donahue in 1984, Norman Vincent Peale said: “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine. … I’ve been to the Shinto shrines, and God is everywhere.” Donahue then exclaimed, “But you’re a Christian minister; you’re supposed to tell me that Christ is the Way and the Truth and the Life, aren’t you?” Peale replied, “Christ is one of the ways! God is everywhere.”
In an article in Christianity Today, Robert Schuller said that the most destructive thing that has been done in the name of Christ is the attempt to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition. He called it “crude” and “uncouth”.  [October 5, 1984]
But Jesus Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14.6)
When Peter stepped out of the upper room on the Day of Pentecost, he preached Christ crucified and solemnly declared, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4.12)
The apostle Paul, in meeting with the Ephesian elders, warned that men would arise within the church (“of your own selves”) “speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them”. (Acts 20.30) It is the rampant deception that marks these Last Days, and it is being fulfilled among us, in spades.
(Publisher’s comments: We are not trying to be picky, or even suggesting that we could add anything to this excellent article by PNW, but after making it clear that the way of salvation is through Christ alone, they turn right around and make the same mistake that I have made, and many more have and still make constantly and that is to suggest that salvation is the “reward” for those who believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life.  After making it clear that salvation is not of works but by faith alone, they fail to explain that “rewards” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: “a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement.”  Having said this, Michael Walrond, Jr. is a mighty poor excuse for a preacher in our estimation.  Too bad he has the name “Baptist” tacked on.  He would be what my old pastor used to call a “Bad twist.”  One thing for sure, he certainly matches the scripture that says, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; 2 Tim 4:3-4 but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.)
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