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‘We Are in War’: Skillet Frontman John Cooper Fights for Biblical Truth over Cultural Relativism

Milton Quintanilla | Contributor for ChristianHeadlines.com | Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘WE ARE IN WAR’: SKILLET FRONTMAN JOHN COOPER FIGHTS FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH OVER CULTURAL RELATIVISM

John Cooper, who has been fronting the Christian rock band Skillet for over two decades, is speaking out against cultural relativism in his fight for biblical truth, Faithwire reports.

In a recent episode of the Edifi With Billy Hallowell podcast, Cooper argued that Christians have “gotten so scared about saying things that are true that it has caused a crisis.”

“It has caused a crisis of people believing that they are good and that they can reach heaven without Jesus’ help,” Cooper asserted.

The rockstar also noted that some of his Christian friends were starting to compromise on biblical truth after they made comments inconsistent with Christianity.

“I don’t think that Jesus is the only way,” the singer said of one of his friend’s claims.

 Cooper added that now he must step up and help others be grounded in biblical truth amid an increasingly chaotic culture.

“There is chaos happening for a reason and we need to be bold about what those reasons are,” Cooper argued. “If you just ground your life in the truth of Christ, you can escape all of this chaos.”

Cooper went on to note a troubling trend taking place today as many people are embracing relativism.

Many are saying things like “your truth” and “my truth” because “nothing in the world is absolutely 100 percent true,” Cooper explained.

“Relativism is something that Christians cannot believe,” he stressed. “We are in war where the church is losing so much ground within the church … the church is not looking like Christianity anymore.”

While he may lose fans, Cooper believes there’s too much at stake to stay quiet.

“What we are losing is so great,” he said. “If it costs me fans, we have to start trying to save as many as we can. It’s that kind of a time.”

Cooper, who also hosts the Cooper Stuff Podcast, recently published his first book titled, Awake and Alive to Truth: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World.

“Awake and Alive to Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the popular view of the goodness of man-and combats these viewpoints by standing on the absolute truth of the Word of God,” the book’s description reads.

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Franklin Graham: U.S sins ‘are a stench in the nostrils of our Creator’

‘God’s judgment is coming. We are in trouble’

By Bob Unruh
Published January 6, 2021 at 1:29pm

The American vote system, the 2020 results of which remain under challenge in multiple courts, first apparently gave the office of president to Democrat Joe Biden, whose recent epiphany about abortion now has him supporting the killing of the unborn almost without limit.

Now voters in Georgia, based on preliminary totals, apparently have given two Senate seats to Democrats who are part of the “demonic-driven abortion agenda.”

The result, according to Franklin Graham, chief of the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse?

“God’s judgment is coming.”

On social media, even as the final counts for the Georgia Senate runoff elections were being continued, he wrote, “The votes are in, but is the election over? I have no clue. I guess we just have to wait and see. But I do know that we need to pray for our nation.

“We are in trouble,” he continued. “I believe God’s judgment is coming, for the sins of our nation are great and they are a stench in the nostrils of our Creator.”

He earlier had urged voters to reject that “demonic-driven abortion agenda” of the Democratic Party.

Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue faced challenger Jon Ossoff in one race, and incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler faced Raphael Warnock in the other.

Graham was responding to Planned Parenthood’s praise of Warnock. The abortion-industry giant called him a champion for reproductive rights.

“Truthfully translated, that means Raphael Warnock champions the killing of babies in the safety of a mother’s womb through abortion,” Graham wrote on Facebook.

“I hope the church and all Georgians will see through this demonic-driven abortion agenda,” he said. “This is not just a political issue, it is a moral and biblical issue. We need leadership in our nation that sees the wisdom in defending life.”

Noting the impact of the race on the whole nation, he urged Americans to join him “in praying that candidates who support life – note the murder of babies in the womb – will be elected.”

Graham, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, noted Warnock tweeted he supports “reproductive justice.”

“Justice? What an ironic term to use. Abortion represents the biggest, most significant INJUSTICE of our time in history—genocide of entire masses of babies,” Graham said.

Earlier, Graham urged people to believe President Trump when he charges that the 2020 election was stolen.

After all, when Trump said he was spied on by the Barack Obama administration, he was right, the evangelical leader wrote on Facebook.

And when he said there was no collusion with Russia, he was right.

“When President Trump says that this election has been rigged or stolen, I tend to believe him. He has a track record of being right. Pray for President Trump, pray for Joe Biden, and pray for our nation—that we will get through this, and for God’s will be done,” Graham said.

Congress took up the issue of the Electoral College votes, which remain under challenge in the courts, on Wednesday.

Graham noted Trump said the government was spying on him.

“The media said that he was paranoid. The Obama administration and the Democrats said that this was an absolute lie and that Donald Trump was not fit to be president, only for us to find out later that the U.S. government did spy on Donald Trump, and what he had said was in fact true,” Graham said.

“Then we spent the next two years with the president under investigation for collusion with the Russians. The president said there was no collusion, but night after night, the media and the Democrats said there was collusion. After an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it turned out to be false—there was no collusion. President Trump was right again.

“Then the Democrats impeached him over a phone call. The president has been maligned, falsely accused, and attacked on every front since before the election in 2016,” he said.

Regarding Biden, Graham has urged his social media followers to pray for him.

“As we approach a transition in the leadership of our government in Washington, it is critically important for followers of Jesus Christ to pray for those who will be making decisions that impact the future of our nation,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Just because we might not have voted for someone doesn’t mean that we get a pass to not pray for them. The Bible instructs us to pray for all of our leaders—’all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior’ (1 Timothy 2:2-3). We must not give up or waver,” Graham wrote.

“Pray for President-elect Joe Biden, that he would not be swayed by the voices of self-interest, but that he would listen to the still small voice of Almighty God,” he said.

Graham said he’s thankful for the accomplishments of the past four years.

“People have asked if I am disappointed about the election,” he said on Facebook. “When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against ‘the swamp’ and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police.”

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Report- Religious Persecution Will Significantly Worsen In China And India

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

Religious persecution is increasing around the world, but China and India are two major hot spots to watch, since there is open hatred for all things Christian in both nations, and there has been no secret made, barely hidden, that there is a long-term plan to eventually exterminate Christianity and Christians from both nations in the name of nationalist violence.

As such the Christian Post reports that religious persecution is likely going to increase in 2021.

Though religious persecution in China and India is expected to increase in 2021, exposure to the Bible is increasing in North Korea, the world’s most repressive country, according to the annual Persecution Trends survey from Release International.

In its latest report, RI, an international Christian watchdog organization for persecuted Christians worldwide, said that persecution is “thriving” in China and will likely increase in the new year.

RI cited the recent passage of tough new laws controlling religion, the shuttering of numerous churches, and the increasing number of registered churches forced to install CCTV cameras and put up posters proclaiming communist ideals and beliefs.

However, the Chinese Communist Party has “bought the silence of the international community” through increased dependence on trade, it said.

“The government of President Xi Jinping is increasing its ‘clean up’ of anything that does not advance the communist agenda. They appear to believe that they can achieve this by systematic opposition,” the group warned.

Corroborating other reports, RI said that China has been exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to tighten restrictions on underground believers.

Earlier this year, it was reported that amid the outbreak, impoverished Christian villagers in China were ordered to renounce their faith and replace displays of Jesus with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi or risk losing their welfare benefits.

“The Chinese government is trying every way to take advantage of the virus by increasing the crackdown against Christian churches,” said RI partner Bob Fu, of ChinaAid. “It has accelerated particular campaigns, such as the forced removal of crosses.”

The group also predicted that in India, intolerance toward Christians and other religious minorities will continue to grow during 2021, largely due to growing Hindu nationalism. (source)

The trend of Christian persecution, since it is directly tied to nationalism and politics, is not going away. While the US will criticize Christian persecution in China, she will be silent when it comes to India, since she is seeking to use India as a political weapons against the Chinese, dividing the two billion-strong giants to battle in the Himalayas while attacking China on other fronts.

The biggest losers, no surprise, are the Christians, who will find no real allies at all save for when it is considered to be politically expedient, and which can change at any time. It would be wise to note then that Christians must care for each other, and prepare for the worst as things become more difficult leading up to war in order to be able to help others, since one will not be able to rely or trust in governments at all to do this.

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: VATICAN UNVEILS VISUALLY REPULSIVE 2020 NATIVITY SCENE THAT WOULD BE RIGHT AT HOME IN ANY HORROR MOVIE

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 14 that Satan wants to be just like God, wants to take everything God has, pervert it, and present it as deception. If Satan was to design a nativity scene, it would be unsettling, repulsive, ghastly, creepy, and it would stand in utter opposition to Almighty God. This is exactly what Pope Francis and the Vatican have given the world, a nativity scene that glorifies the Devil in this crazy year of 2020 where the Devil has been given a charge to begin preparations to rule the world for 7 short years during the time of Jacob’s trouble.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 14 that Satan wants to be just like God, wants to take everything God has, pervert it, and present it as deception. If Satan was to design a nativity scene, it would be unsettling, repulsive, ghastly, creepy, and it would stand in utter opposition to Almighty God. This is exactly what Pope Francis and the Vatican have given the world, a nativity scene that glorifies the Devil in this crazy year of 2020 where the Devil has been given a charge to begin preparations to rule the world for 7 short years during the time of Jacob’s trouble.

by Geoffrey Grider December 12, 2020

Pope Francis and the Vatican uncovered its 2020 manger scene in Saint Peter’s Square Friday, leaving onlookers scattered, scandalized, and scornful. If Satan had a nativity scene, this is what it would look like.

 

We have done hundreds and hundreds of stories, articles and exposés on the Roman Catholic Church that your King James Bible says is the biblical and prophetical Whore of Babylon as found in Revelation 17 and 18. We have shown you the utter spiritual depravity of its leader, Pope Francis, who is not only the Roman Pontifex Maximus, but also the king over the Holy See at Vatican City. We even showed you how he speaks in open defiance of the words of Jesus Christ. And today, Jorge Bergoglio, leader of Chrislam, takes things to a whole, new level with this repulsive nativity scene that is absolutely perfect for this prophetical year of 2020.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:5,6 (KJB)

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 14 that Satan wants to be just like God, wants to take everything God has, pervert it, and present it as deception. If Satan was to design a nativity scene, it would be unsettling, repulsive, ghastly, creepy, and it would stand in utter opposition to Almighty God. This is exactly what Pope Francis and the Vatican have given the world, a nativity scene that glorifies the Devil in this crazy year of 2020 where the Devil has been given a charge to begin preparations to rule the world for 7 short years in the coming time of Jacob’s trouble.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJB)

Yes, the Pretribulation Rapture is right around the corner, maybe even in the Spring of 2021, but regardless of when that blessed hope event takes place, what you need to know now is that the spirit of Antichrist has been released onto the world, and the irreversible end times countdown has begun. If you’re a Roman Catholic, as I was before I got saved, you need to flee the harlot church and get saved, or stay lost. The Vatican from this point on will only grow in power, as it works to bring in the One World Religion of Chrislam, and then God will burn the whole, demonic, counterfeit Christian system to the ground. Get out while you still can.

Vatican Unveils Hideous Nativity Scene in Saint Peter’s Square

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The Vatican uncovered its 2020 manger scene in Saint Peter’s Square Friday, leaving onlookers scattered, scandalized, and scornful. Observers shoveled abuse upon the unfortunate spectacle, rivaling each other to come up with the most appropriate epithets to describe the appalling scene. “Mummified Mary,” “Weeble Jesus” (after the ovate children’s toys launched by Hasbro in the 1970s), “Martians,” “toilet paper rolls,” and “astronauts” were some of the comparisons made to the cylindrical figures meant to represent the Holy Family, the Magi, and the shepherds at Bethlehem.

Others saw in one ominous figure the helmeted image of “the Mountain” from the Game of Thrones television series, while another conjured up memories of the Robot from Lost in Space:

As one irate Italian wrote on social media of the Vatican manger scene, “Ugliness is the first thing you notice, followed by a lack of familial warmth and the distancing guaranteed by the cylindrical figures. If you wish to judge harshly, the cylinders call to mind the sacred poles of Satanic cults condemned in the Bible.”

Traditionally, a manger scene is intended to evoke feelings of piety and devotion — not pity and revulsion — over the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and thus this particularly regrettable work offends not only aesthetic sensibilities, but also the religious reverence of the faithful.

The Vatican said the Nativity scene exhibited in St. Peter’s Square was created by the students and faculty of the FA Grue Art Institute, a state-run high school for design, which in the decade of 1965-1975 devoted its scholastic activity to the theme of Christmas.

“WE BELIEVE THAT THIS YEAR’S EXPERIENCE OF A NATIVITY SCENE DONATED BY AN ARTISTIC HIGH SCHOOL IS REALLY A POWERFUL SUMMONS FOR EVERYONE TO INVEST MORE IN THE TRAINING OF THE NEW GENERATIONS BOTH AT THE LEVEL OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND FOR THE UNIVERSITY WORLD,” SAID BISHOP LORENZO LEUZZI IN A STATEMENT GUARANTEED TO GARNER BROAD CONSENSUS.

Elizabeth Lev, an American art historian living and teaching in Rome, told Breitbart News she thinks the choice was a poor one.

“The Nativity celebrates the Incarnation, God who comes into the world as flesh, not in a totemic form,” Dr. Lev declared. “At the end of this extremely difficult year people are looking for beauty, for something to elevate, inspire, and unite them, and the scene offered in Saint Peter’s Square gives them something else altogether.”

“THE MISSHAPEN FIGURES IN THE NATIVITY SCENE LACK ALL THE GRACE, PROPORTION, VULNERABILITY, AND LUMINOSITY THAT ONE LOOKS FOR IN THE MANGER SCENE,” SHE SAID. “THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS HOLIDAY IS THE SECOND PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY TAKING HUMAN FORM, BORN AS A BABY OF FLESH AND BLOOD, AND THERE IS NOTHING PARTICULARLY HUMAN ABOUT THE FORMS WE SEE BEFORE US.”

“Context is also important and these works are surrounded by Bernini’s majestic colonnade, capped with the monumental figures of the saints, with Saint Peter’s Basilica in the background containing a thousand years of beautiful statuary,” Lev continued.

“It has been a dark year and many have had their faith challenged. Perhaps it would have been better to give them a symbol to rally round rather than an object of mockery,” she said. “This scene leads people to heap derision upon an icon representing the Holy Family. It is unfortunate we couldn’t find something to inspire at least tenderness if not full-on reverence.”

Moreover, Lev concluded, “In the context of last year’s polemics over the Pachamama statue, it seems ill considered to use images that will confuse people and further a sense of division.”

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Days before Christmas, Jupiter and Saturn will look like one bright star — some believe the alignment is the same described in the Bible

It will be the first time the planets are this close since the Middle Ages

CARLOS GARCIA

A rare event in the heavens just ahead of Christmas will feature an alignment of planets that a famous astronomer believed was the phenomenon that is mentioned in the Bible when Jesus Christ was born.

The alignment of Jupiter and Saturn will appear in the skies on December 21, the winter solstice. The last time the rare alignment of the planets was this close was in 1623, nearly 400 years ago. That was only 14 years after Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with the invention of the telescope.

Another famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, posited in 1614 that the alignment of the two planets might have been what was reported in the Nativity Story of Christ in the Bible. The planets aligned in 7 B.C., around the time that Christ was born.

The account in the Gospel of Matthew says that the wisemen came to Jerusalem to seek the birth of the “King of the Jews” after seeing a bright star in the sky.

…behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.

There is much debate among theologians and Christians as to whether the bright star in the sky was a natural phenomenon or a supernatural event.

Whether the star was the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn or not, the rare sight will be visible to those in the Northern Hemisphere shortly after sunset in the southwestern sky. The conjunction will dip under the horizon after a few hours.

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TIME-FRAME OF MESSIAH’S ARRIVAL REVEALED IN BOOK OF DANIEL

BY RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER | NOV 11, 2020 | BIBLICAL NEWS

“From the time the regular offering is abolished, and an appalling abomination is set up—it will be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Happy the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.” Daniel 12:11 (The Israel BibleTM)

in the countryside around Jerusalem (Shutterstock)

CONNECTING THE ELECTION TO REDEMPTION

Rabbi Isser Weisberg of Machon Mishne Torah in Lakewood, New Jersey has been making waves recently with a series of YouTube videos connecting the recent US presidential election to geula (redemption). 

Weisberg was recently interviewed by radio host Tamar Yonah from Israel News Talk Radio. In that 43-minute interview, Weisberg revealed the timeframe in which Moshiach (Messiah) will come, according to the Book of Daniel. “I don’t claim I’m a prophet. I don’t speak to God. But I did do an enormous amount of research. I’ve been studying Biblical prophecies for over 30 years,” Weisberg explained to Yonah.

One of the difficulties in understanding Biblical prophecy correctly, according to Weisberg, is that “prophets speak in metaphors,” so the literal meaning of a Biblical prophecy isn’t necessarily the truth. He further elaborated that some prophecies are ambiguous because they could unfold in various ways.

As Israel365 News reported on November 8, Weisberg has openly predicted that the election is far from over and Trump will remain in power. “It seems clear, from all the prophecies, that Donald Trump will be in the White House for another four years,” he stated. “I worked hard and I put together the puzzle. In the past, my predictions were correct. I predicted the last three elections. I’m pretty confident I got this one right too.”

Toward the end of the interview, he shared another astonishing insight, based on a rather obscure teaching from the Book of Daniel.

THE CALCULATION OF WHEN MESSIAH WILL ARRIVE

“I calculated exactly [by] when Moshiach has to come. The Time of the End was given to the prophet Daniel in the Book of Daniel several times.

“God told Daniel, ‘I’m giving you numbers, but you don’t understand what they are, and I’m not giving you the keys to decipher the code’, but He told him that, at the End of Days, before the Moshiach comes, the keys will be out there and people will be able to decipher it.

“I BELIEVE I CRACKED THE CODE,” HE SAID WITH CONFIDENCE.

From the time the regular offering is abolished, and an appalling abomination is set up—it will be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Happy the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. Daniel 12:11-12

Weisberg explained that the “appalling abomination” spoken about in the Book of Daniel is the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was completed in the year 692. Counting 1290 (a thousand two hundred and ninety) years from the completion of the Dome of the Rock “you get 1982 and the 1335 (one thousand three hundred and thirty-five) ends in 2027. So that’s the window (1982-2027) when the Moshiach has to come.”

Finally, Weisberg connected these two predictions – that President Trump will stay in office to finish the job he started four years ago, and Moshiach will arrive before 2027.

“Whatever has to be accomplished before Moshiach comes has to be done through President Trump. There’s no time for someone else. The deadline of 2027 is set in stone, based again on my understanding, which of course I could be wrong but it seems like I’m not. There’s no other interpretation of those prophecies,” he asserted.

The YouTube video series is called Trump and the Messiah. At press time, one 11-minute video from the series, created after the media began referring to Joe Biden as the President-Elect, called A bump in Trump’s road to victory has been viewed over 17K times.

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VATICAN FORMING NEW CHRISLAM GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH ‘DEVOUT CATHOLIC’ AND PASSIONATE PRO-ABORTION AND CHILD TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE JOE BIDEN

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s communication office’s publication, hailed Mr Biden’s victory with great emphasis by placing it on its front page. The piece also mentioned Mr Trump’s decision to go to “war” by disputing the results. In short, the president-elect sees eye to eye with the Vatican far more than the Trump administration ever did, as argued by Pasquale Annichino, Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies of Cambridge University.

by Geoffrey Grider November 10, 2020

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s communication office’s publication, hailed Mr Biden’s victory with great emphasis by placing it on its front page. The piece also mentioned Mr Trump’s decision to go to “war” by disputing the results.

 

The globalists that Donald Trump nearly put out of business are licking their lips in anticipation of a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris joint presidency, and rightly so. Joe Biden will lay down and spread wide open to accommodate them, already promising to rejoin the phony Paris Climate Accords and the Iran Nuclear Treaty. Now the Vatican wants a slice or two of the pie, gushing over how ‘devout catholic’ Joe Biden is going to make everything better again. And he will. Things will get much better for the New World Order globalists.

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:15-18 (KJB)

Multiple high-ranking Roman Catholic thought leaders have been effusive with praise for Joe Biden, touting him as a ‘devout Catholic’, when in reality just the opposite is true. Joe Biden is 100% pro-abortion, Joe Biden is 100% for helping children as young as 8-years old to become transgender, are these Roman Catholic values? Well, they are in the “new” Catholic Church that Pope Francis has been busy building, the One World Religion we call Chrislam.

The Roman Catholic Church, shown to us in Revelation 17, and the Vatican that we see in Revelation 18, are two wings of the same Beast, and is right now rising in ascendency to fulfill the prophetical role it must play. Pope Francis is looking for all the world like the False Prophet, and now like the wolf he is, makes his move to snap up the United States. Chomp, chomp…tick, tock…time is almost up. Are you ready for what comes next?

Joe Biden and the Vatican: allies in the making?

FROM FORMICHE: Joe Biden is set to become the next president of the US. His entourage is gearing up to restore the nation’s international ties, seeking to repair the damage dealt by President Donald Trump. The past four years have seen a decrease in Washington’s moral leadership and international influence, as Mr Trump’s “America First” policies and his disengagement from multilateral forums botched the US’ historic global outreach.

The president-elect has promised to reverse the course and reach out to allies, in a bid to reinstate Washington’s power to impact global issues. And as the matter of religious freedom is seeping back into the public limelight, Mr Biden is likely to look towards a soft power behemoth: the Vatican.

The US relationship with the Vatican has been frayed by US partisan issues, catalysed by Mr Trump’s administration. The Christian right, who generally sides with him, is opposed to what it perceives to be the pope’s “liberal” agenda (which is explicated in his latest encyclical).

Mr Biden, a devout Catholic and a Democrat, has recently declared that his political views coincide with the Catholic social doctrine. He pledged to reunite his divided nation and heal the festering wounds that are polarising it, asking his supporters – in a convincingly Christian fashion – to “reach out to a Republican” during his victory speech.

In turn, the pope’s attention to climate change, the plight of refugees and favour towards multilateralist approaches resonates well with Mr Biden’s campaign promises (and Democratic platform). Francis’ recent approval of gay civil unions, too, parallels the Democrats’ attention towards the LGBTQ community.

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s communication office’s publication, hailed Mr Biden’s victory with great emphasis by placing it on its front page. The piece also mentioned Mr Trump’s decision to go to “war” by disputing the results.

In short, the president-elect sees eye to eye with the Vatican far more than the Trump administration ever did, as argued by Pasquale Annichino, Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies of Cambridge University. 

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Pastors call Christians to return to God: America is ‘perishing unnecessarily’

By Jackson Elliott, Contributor FOLLOW| Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Amid division and hatred in the nation, one Illinois pastor believes America is “perishing today unnecessarily.”

Addressing fellow church leaders and the public on Monday during America’s Pre-Election Online Prayer and Communion Service, held at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., Pastor James Ward of INSIGHT Church said the future of America “is not guaranteed” and that God is warning His people to return to Him.

“It is most unfortunate and it really breaks my heart that in America, we are perishing today unnecessarily,” he said. “I believe with all my heart that God is calling America to not only turn but to return to Him to live and not die.

“You don’t have to die. You don’t have to perish unnecessarily.”

His comments came during a contentious election season and a day before the general election. A Rasmussen poll conducted in June found that 34% of likely U.S. voters think the United States will experience a second civil war in the next five years. 

Ward said many cities across the country are experiencing “Hell on earth” and largely because Christians have stopped praying.

“Whenever God’s people stop praying, stop proclaiming and stop promoting ‘thy Kingdom come and thy will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven,’ Satan’s kingdom will come and his will will be done on earth as it is in Hell in contrast to as it is in Heaven,” he said.

“We don’t have to live the way that we’re living under Hell’s dominion. Christ has made it possible so that the blessing of Abraham can come upon gentiles, any person … because God so loved the world.”

Ward’s call for Christians to get on their knees and return to God was echoed by other church leaders on Monday.

Pastor Mark Daniel of Focal Point Church in Orlando acknowledged that 2020 was not a normal year but that God allows disruptions so that His people can stop drifting from Him and turn back.

“A heavenly alarm has sounded and it is continuing to sound,” Daniel said. “I think the Church has abdicated our hope to a politician or to someone else and we’re needing to return and say our hope is Jesus Christ.”

Christians have “departed from His Word, from His ways” in the family, society and the Church and God is calling them to humility and prayer.

“We say, ‘God come heal our land,’ but He’s saying, ‘I’m looking for you to respond, my people,’” Daniel said. “We should not be trying to get back to normal. We should be looking for an urgency, a humbling to come upon us.”

Pastor Carlton Arthurs, founder of Wheaton Christian Center in Illinois, also warned on Monday that these are the “last days.”

“We’ve entered definitely what the Word of God refers to as the last days. The end of the age is rushing upon us. God’s people must know.”

He said that God spoke to him and told him to now make the emphasis of his life and ministry “preparing people for the soon return of the Lord.”

Also featured at the prayer event was the mother of Jacob Blake, who was hospitalized after being shot by police on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police were responding to a 911 call in which a woman reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be at the residence. The shooting, which sparked protests, is still under investigation.

Julia Jackson said that Blake had recommitted his life to Jesus and that his “faith in Christ has grown.”

“He’s reading his Bible daily. God is keeping us and blessing us,” she said.

Although her family’s pain has been immense, it’s a blessing that he lived, she said.

“I hear the LORD telling me, ‘I feel the same pain every time one of my created beings is destroyed or maimed in any area,’” she said. “His pain from the hatred and the violence among humans is great.

“So I pray to the Lord to continue to hold back His wrath as He touches the hearts of men and women to bring us to a place of repentance and love and honor and respect for each other.”

She added, “Until He comes there will be no peace. Until we open our hearts and let Him in, there will be no reconciliation. There will be no true justice because He’s the God of justice, and He’s the God of healing, He’s the God of love. So I’m asking the Lord every day, even before this, ‘Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.’”

As the pastor to Blake’s mother and as someone who had been in talks with President Donald Trump, Ward said that during his prayers in the wake of the shooting, “Jesus began to tell me that He loves President Trump. And Jesus begins to tell me that He loves Jacob Blake.”

These were two persons whom “the culture has put on opposite ends of the playing field,” Ward noted.

“I began to think about the heart of God toward all people and how we fail to see each other the way that God sees us.”

Reminding America of the “unchangeable” message of God’s love and salvation to those who believe, Ward said, “[W]e desperately need to hear good news about a good God who sent a good King who only desires more than anything else to do good and not harm to the people of the United States of America.”

God’s offer of love and repentance extends to all people, he said.

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NEWLY REVEALED TESTIMONY IN CONGRESS: PLANNED PARENTHOOD LIED, THEY DO SELL FETAL PARTS

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | NOV 2, 2020 | BIBLICAL NEWS

Speak up, judge righteously, Champion the poor and the needy. Proverbs 31:9 (The Israel BibleTM)

In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released undercover videos in which members of the CMP posed as representatives of a biotechnology company in order to gain access to meetings with abortion providers and abortion facilities. The videos showed how abortion providers made fetal tissue available to researchers. Planned Parenthood claimed the use of the fetal tissues was legal, claiming that the federal law against fetal trafficking didn’t apply to its facilities. When questioned by authorities, Planned Parenthood officials from the Gulf Coast in Texas claimed they did not have a fetal tissue program, and that the only tissue transfer it participated in was donating placenta to a University of Texas medical branch.

But another story emerged when CMP released another video on Sunday, showing Melissa Farrell, the vice president of research at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, testifying to Congress under oath in 2015. Farrell admitted her branch sold the “products of conception in its entirety,” which means everything removed from a woman during an abortion, including the fetus, the placenta, the umbilical cord, and the amniotic sac.

The video also showed the testimony of Dr. Mary Gatter, former medical director of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, testifying that she was responsible for “research projects.” When asked if this involved fetal tissue, she said she could not remember. 

“When the undercover videos were first released, Planned Parenthood delivered a carefully-constructed script to the public and to the press minimizing their involvement in fetal experimentation — but under oath, their story changes,” CMP founder David Daleiden said in a statement last Thursday. “Now we know that Planned Parenthood flagrantly lied to the United States Congress about the extent of its abortion clinics’ criminal trafficking in fetal body parts for experimentation.”


Though Planned Parenthood claimed that they did not profit from the sale of fetal tissue and were only reimbursed for “transport fees”, later investigations showed that this was also inaccurate. Recently unsealed documents showed that  Planned Parenthood Mar Monte charged the tissue procurement company StemExpress $55 per “usable” organ and $10 per maternal blood sample. Over the course of three months, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte billed StemEpress a total of $24,940. 

CMP also uncovered contracts showing that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast charged $150 per specimen to the University of Texas. The new video also shows testimony by Dr. Mary Gatter, a former medical director of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Gatter was shown on earlier CMP videos haggling about the cost of aborted baby body parts and saying, “I want a Lamborghini.” This may violate the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 is a federal law that prohibits the acquisition, reception, or transfer of fetal tissue for monetary considerations.

Another CMP video showed a Planned Parenthood partner admitting that body parts were harvested from aborted babies who still had beating hearts. In the video, Advanced Bioscience Resources’ procurement manager Perrin Larton describes how fetuses “just fall out” of some women in the operating room “once every couple months.” She says she receives these intact fetuses straight from the abortion doctor and dissects them in the clinic lab for body parts. Larton is asked if those fetuses have a heartbeat. “It depends,” she says. “I can see hearts that are not in an intact P.O.C. [product of conception] that are beating independently.”

In a deposition, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, former medical director for Planned Parenthood Los Angles and current medical director at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, admitted that she has had “non-viable” fetuses delivered in her facilities. When asked how she determines whether a fetus born alive is considered viable, Nucatola answered that it “depends on where you work” and that one way she determines a baby’s viability is “the availability of interventions” at the facility.

Jon Dunn, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Orange County testified that on at least one occasion, he was made aware of a fetus born alive at his facility. The staff did not call 9-1-1 and “kept it warm and comfortable,” Dunn said.

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If true, Planned Parenthood and its business partner, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), violated the federal law that mandates a fetus born with a beating heart is a human being equally entitled to protection under the law.

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Prophecy, heresy and Pope Francis

Exclusive: Scott Lively sees pontiff’s civil-union remark as part of Apostle Peter’s warning

By Scott Lively
Published October 26, 2020 at 7:05pm

Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis in March of 2013. I published my first article about Pope Francis and the LGBT agenda on Aug. 1, 2013, when he was in the news for appearing to legitimize the concept of a “gay” identity as innate and unchangeable. That concept is the false, anti-biblical premise of so-called “Queer Theory” (their term, not mine), a pseudo-scientific invention of “gay” political strategists, which underlies the entire LGBT political agenda. Francis infamously said in a media interview, “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge that person?”

I actually defended him against the charge that this statement represented an endorsement of homosexual conduct, and gave him the benefit of the doubt that he had merely been duped into adopting politically correct terminology and reasoning because it was even then so ubiquitous in the societies of the world through the aggressive global promotion of all things LGBT by the Obama administration. Obama had tasked all U.S. government agencies with pushing the “gay” agenda as a global priority in 2011.

As time went on, it became obvious that Francis had not been duped into contradicting the Bible, but was intentionally using his authority to slowly and incrementally advance the LGBT agenda in Roman Catholicism, which has arguably been the most doctrinally faithful denomination on the sanctity of marriage in all Christendom, despite a very powerful network of homosexual men who had infiltrated the Catholic clergy since the 1960s and reportedly gained control over many of its seminaries. The misleadingly labeled “pedophile priest” scandal was evidence of this phenomenon; it should have been called the “pederast priest” scandal to highlight the homosexual orientation of the abusers, who overwhelmingly targeted young teen boys in puberty, not prepubescent children of both sexes. (That false labeling by the leftist media was not accidental!) Importantly, this adult/teen pederast phenomenon is the same one seen in the secular world in such notorious cases as the Terry Bean scandal, the Ed Murray scandal and the Sam Adams scandal, and many others. These are not outliers in “gay” culture. Indeed, Terry Bean was the founder of the world’s largest and most powerful homosexual organization, the Human Rights Campaign – and he was one of Barack Obama’s top “money bundlers.”

In February 2017, a group of Catholic lay leaders sent a letter to President Trump detailing evidence that Obama, Soros and the Clintons had “used the United States’ diplomatic machinery, political muscle and financial power to coerce, bribe and blackmail ‘regime change’ in the Roman Catholic Church in order to replace the conservative Benedict with the current Pope Francis – who has since become an unlikely mouthpiece for the international left, stunning Catholics around the world.” They cited then-recently released Wikileaks emails by top Obama adviser and Clinton agent John Podesta from 2011 outlining plans for a “Catholic spring” comparable to the “Arab spring” regime change coups then being orchestrated by the U.S. in the Middle East.

In their letter to President Trump, the group of Catholics leaders write: “Approximately a year after this email discussion, which was never intended to be made public, we find that Pope Benedict XVI abdicated under highly unusual circumstances and was replaced by a pope whose apparent mission is to provide a spiritual component to the radical ideological agenda of the international left. The Pontificate of Pope Francis has subsequently called into question its own legitimacy on a multitude of occasions.” I would add that Benedict “resigned” shortly after a report he commissioned confirmed the existence of a powerful “gay mafia” in the Vatican.

I personally have no doubt that Obama did in fact orchestrate the Vatican coup and that this fact retroactively explains other world events I have written about. In early 2016, months before I became a Trump supporter, and a year before the Catholics’ coup allegation, I wrote a piece called “Pope Francis and Global Government” in which I detailed the Obama/Francis partnership behind the United Nation’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – the 17-point blueprint for creating the infrastructure for a global government that was kicked off at the U.N. assembly with a speech by Francis shortly after his face-to-face meeting with Obama in Washington.

I want to switch now from the political to the theological perspective. I take no firm position on the Catholic prophecy of 12th Century Saint Malachy that predicted a specific number of men would become pope and the last one would essentially be a false prophet and preside during the reign of the Antichrist. By all accounts Pope Francis is this “last pope,” at least by numerical count, and seems to fit the bill, at least in part, as to conduct and character.

My emphasis, however, is upon the prophecy of the Apostle Peter, whom the Roman Catholic Church claims as its first pope. Any first-year Bible student in any denomination knows of the “petros” debate between Catholics and Protestants over whether “petros” (the rock on which the church rests, per Matthew 16:18) meant Peter the man, or Peter’s confession of faith about Jesus Christ. What is not in dispute is that Peter the Apostle in 2 Peter 2 prophesied a last-days heresy that would define the generation in which the Antichrist would briefly rule.

It is this prophecy that should concern ALL Christians everywhere, because, as I have explained in detail in my book “The Petros Prophecy,” the heresy Peter warned against so vehemently is what we call today “gay theology.” And just this week, Pope Francis has openly endorsed “gay civil unions” – an overt legitimization of the very conduct the Bible unequivocally condemns as an “abomination” and which I prove (by cataloging and comparing every significant mention of homosexuality in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation) is identified by God Himself as THE harbinger of His wrath – specifically triggered whenever homosexual rebellion against His created order becomes culturally legitimized.

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