China spotted illegally selling oil to North Korea, report says

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U.S. spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October.

Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources.

North Korea was barred in September by the United Nations Security Council from importing natural gas and had its crude oil imports capped in response to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile program.

The U.S. Treasury in November also sanctioned North Korea’s Maritime Administration and its transport ministry, in addition to six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels, in an effort to block the rogue regime’s transportation networks.

The satellite images appear to identify the ships. One of them — Rye Song Gang 1, seen “connected to a Chinese vessel” — was included in the Nov. 21 sanctions as a vessel of Korea Kumbyol Trading Company possibly transferring oil to evade sanctions.

While Russia exports some oil to North Korea, China is the main source of oil for the rogue nation, according to Reuters. However, the country exported no oil products to the North during the month of November. It was reportedly the second consecutive month China didn’t export diesel or gasoline to North Korea.

NORTH KOREA CALLS UN SANCTIONS ‘AN ACT OF WAR,’ ‘RIGGED UP BY THE US’

“This is a natural outcome of the tightening of the various sanctions against North Korea,” Cai Jian, an expert on North Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the news organization. Cai added the “tightening … reflects China’s stance.”

It’s unknown if China supplies crude oil to the North, but it’s believed by industry insiders that China provides the cutoff nation 3.8 million barrels of crude oil each year through an “aging pipeline,” Reuters reported.

A government source told the South Korean newspaper that, “We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a UN Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products.”

Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, told The Telegraph that China trading oil to North Korea could be possible.

NORTH KOREA’S OTHER WEAPONS: EXPERT WARNS NUKES AREN’T BIGGEST CONCERN

“There is a lot of under-the-radar on the Chinese side,” Kelly said. “Beijing does not police the border strictly or enforce the sanctions toughly. This could be that.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had no information following Chosun’s report, but said “the Chinese government has been completely and strictly enforcing Security Council resolutions” aimed at discouraging North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.

Hua questioned whether any country could make sure “not a single breach will happen,” but noted: “We are taking a sincere and serious attitude and forceful and effective actions.”


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Christian-owned toy store in UK refused to open on Christmas Eve despite estimated loss of $3M in sales

The Christian owner of one of the largest toy store chains in the U.K. decided to keep all of its 149 branches closed on Christmas Eve this year so the staff can spend time with their families.

The Entertainer faces losing nearly £2.3 million (US$3.8 million) in sales by closing on Christmas Eve, but owner Gary Grant says he believes that the gain for the families of his 1,700 workers is worth it.

Grant, a devout Christian, refuses to open on Sundays as he believes that giving his staff the time off on that day helps strengthen family life, which he says is already “under attack enough.”

“I have given the concept of one day in seven as a day of rest a lot of thought and I am not making an exception just because it is Christmas Eve,” he said, according to Daily Mail.

“I value families. I have four children and six grandchildren. I employ a lot of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties. It is convenient that everybody has the same day off, that parents can be off at the same time as their children,” he added.

Grant said that he does not know any other shops being closed on Christmas Eve — when experts expect shoppers to spend a total of £1 billion (US$1.34 billion) as people make a last-minute dash to buy presents and supplies for Christmas.

His decision not to open on Christmas Eve has been commended by the shop workers’ union Usdaw. “Staff in retail work very long hours in the run-up to Christmas. Our members tell us they need time off to recuperate as well as to spend time with their family and friends. That is especially important when they have children,” a spokesman said.

Grant, who describes himself as a “charismatic Christian,” said that he tries to apply Christian values to every aspect of his business, giving away 10 percent of his profits to charity in line with biblical teaching.

He also refuses to sell items with occult themes, including Halloween witches’ costumes and Harry Potter merchandise. In a 2009 interview with The Guardian, Grant noted that he does not stock toy trolls because it is being marketed as creatures with “magical, mystical powers of good luck.”

Grant entered the toy store business in 1981 after taking over a local shop in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The company now makes a £9 million profit each year on sales of £150 million and it opened 16 new stores this year.


 

Is the U.N. fulfilling ancient biblical prophecy?

On December 21, 2017, the U.N. united as one to stand against one city on the planet: Jerusalem. Twenty-five centuries earlier, the prophet Zechariah wrote these words from the Lord: “I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle.” (Zech. 14:2) Did the U.N. just move us one step closer to fulfilling this ancient prophecy?

Before answering this question, let’s look at the events on the ground.

First, the U.N. once again distinguished itself for hypocrisy by targeting Israel for its criticism – specifically, America’s support of Israel – while remaining silent on so many issues of world importance.

What has the U.N. been doing during the horrific war in Syria? Where has the U.N. been during the attempted genocide of Christians in the Middle East? Decades earlier, what did the U.N. have to say about Tiananmen Square in China or Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare against the Kurds? Yet when America recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.N. is in an uproar.

As I noted previously, groups like UNWatch.org have documented the U.N.’s consistent policy of singling out Israel for rebuke and condemnation while virtually ignoring atrocities committed on a mass scale by other nations, including Israel’s neighbors.

To give one case in point, during the U.N. General Assembly’s 61st session (2006-2007), “the time spent by ambassadors on enacting the 22nd anti-Israel resolution of the year was time not spent on passing a single resolution on Sudan’s genocide in Darfur.”

So, while Sudanese Christians were being slaughtered en masse by Muslim soldiers and gangs, the U.N. General Assembly spent its time enacting 22 anti-Israel resolutions.

In 2015, as noted by Israeli journalist Noga Gur-Arieh, “At the closing of the 59th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women … only one political resolution was passed; one that accuses Israel of mistreating Palestinian women, in all aspects of life.”

A similar resolution was passed in 2016 by the same U.N. commission.

So, of all the nations on earth, only Israel was singled out for its alleged mistreatment of women.

That’s why Abba Eban, Israel’s legendary diplomat, once remarked: “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”

Second, in anticipation of the U.N. vote, the United States handled things exactly as it should have: with a strong word of rebuke and warning.

After all, different international leaders did not simply call President Trump and say, “We strongly differ with your recognition of Jerusalem.” Instead, in the most public forum available, 128 nations stood together to condemn America for doing was what right and righteous, declaring our decision “null and void.”

Nikki Haley’s words to the U.N. before the vote said it all:

“To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel. Both the current and the previous Secretary-Generals have objected to the U.N.’s disproportionate focus on Israel. It’s a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution, and that in turn is harmful for the entire world.”

Good for you, Mrs. Haley. Call the U.N. on the carpet.

Then, after articulating all the good our country does around the world, along with its support for the U.N., she rebuked the U.N. for disrespecting America, saying:

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

And finally:

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N. And this vote will be remembered.”

Here, here, Ambassador Haley!

Third, the seven nations that stood with Israel and America today are a most unusual group, consisting of Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo, and Palau. Honestly, now, how many of us heard of some of these countries before? And how many of us could locate some of them on the map?

Whether it was out of economic dependence on the USA, a connection to Israel, or something else, these nations should be remembered for good in the days to come. They did what was courageous and correct.

As for the countries that abstained (35 in all), two (the Czech Republic and the Philippines) already stated they are considering relocating their embassies; a number of African nations have developed solid ties with Israel; some might have considered their need for American dollars; and others might have remembered Israel’s kindness to them (such as Mexico, which was greatly aided by Israel after their disastrous earthquake in September, although Mexico did use its floor time to speak critically).

Already, “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley invited representatives of countries who didn’t vote in favor of the United Nations General Assembly’s Jerusalem resolution to a reception as ‘thank you for your friendship to the United States.'”

Donald Trump has always appreciated loyalty.

But what of the matter of ancient prophecy? Is there a connection between the U.N.’s vote and the Bible?

I would say yes, for at least three reasons:

  1. The vote confirms international hostility towards a Jewish Jerusalem.
  2. The vote reminds us that the biblical authors were inspired when predicting that an end-time coalition of nations would come against a Jewish Jerusalem.
  3. The vote tells us that, just as Scripture indicates, the city of Jerusalem alone is the whole world’s business (see Zech. 12:3).

Of course, this does not set a time frame for a united attack on a Jewish Jerusalem, and we don’t know if “all nations” (in the words of Zechariah) means every nation on earth or simply a worldwide coalition. But, after watching the last 2,500 years of history, coupled with the U.N.’s anti-Jerusalem vote this week, it’s hard to read the Bible and think that the writers just guessed things right. What are the chances of that?


 

Theresa May: UK should be proud of Christian heritage and religious freedom

The UK should be proud of its Christian heritage, Theresa May has said in her Christmas message that focused on religious freedoms around the world.

The Prime Minister urged Britons to ‘take pride in our Christian heritage and the confidence it gives us to ensure that in Britain you can practice your faith free from question or fear’.

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ReutersTheresa May is a regular churchgoer and grew up in the vicarage.

May, a vicar’s daughter, went on: ‘Let us remember those around the world today who have been denied those freedoms – from Christians in some parts of the Middle East to the sickening persecution of the Rohingya Muslims.’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his Christmas wish was for everyone to do more to build the society they want and help the ‘cut off and lonely’.

The Lib Dem’s Vince Cable focused on the importance of more mental health support and affordable housing.

May started her message by thanking ‘those whose service to others means they will be spending time away from their loved ones this Christmas’. She paid tribute to the armed forces as well as emergency services, making particular reference to their response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the ‘abhorrent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London’.

The Prime Minister, who attends regularly and grew up in a vicarage, said: ‘As we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us celebrate all those selfless acts – and countless others – that epitomise the values we share: Christian values of love, service and compassion that are lived out every day in our country by people all faiths and none.’

Corbyn said Christmas was ‘a time of the year when we think about others. Like those who have no home to call their own or who are sleeping rough on our streets.

‘We think about those who feel cut off and lonely. Many older citizens to whom we owe so much will be spending what should be a time of joy alone.

‘We think of others such as carers who look after loved ones, people with disabilities or dementia.’

‘My Christmas wish is that we all do more to help bring about the kind of society and world we want to live in.’


 

Top insider exposes ‘Luciferian’ origin of globalist empire

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“Spirit cooking.” Occult imagery outside meetings of the most powerful people in the world. Bizarre rituals held at globally important events.

What is going on? What perverted ideology animates those who control our global destiny?

Global insider Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, who was worked at the highest levels on Wall Street, at the United Nations, at elite universities like Yale and Oxford and served on the executive board of the World Economic Forum, has a disturbing answer. It’s “Luciferianism.” And Malloch described the ideology and its influence on world leaders in a recent interview on Infowars.

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“The E.U. is part, of course, of the globalist empire, the New World Order, and I think many of its origins are in fact quite evil,” Malloch explained. “And I think that we should talk about that.”

Malloch, reportedly President Donald Trump’s first pick to be the U.S. ambassador to the E.U., condemned the “unconditional surrender Germany is demanding of Britain” during the Brexit negotiations. “It’s basically a German takeover of Europe, making Europe into its own puppet state, with its crony capitalism and its own fake currency, the Euro,” thundered Malloch.

But beyond the policy implications, Malloch sees a disturbing ideology, Luciferianism, which motivates many global elites.

“Luciferianism is a belief system that venerates the essential characteristics that are affixed to Lucifer,” he explained. “That tradition has been informed by Gnosticism, by Satanism, and it usually refers to Lucifer not as ‘the devil’ per se but as some kind of liberator, some kind of guardian, some kind of guiding spirit. In fact, as the true god as opposed to Jehovah.”

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Malloch identified many people in the E.U. hierarchy and in the Democrat Party as aligned with this belief. He explained how Lucifer is seen as a symbol of independence and of true human progress.

“Turning away from God and turning to Lucifer in order to enlighten yourself,” he summarized the creed.

Malloch said the leaked emails of John Podesta, as revealed by Wikileaks, contain powerful evidence there is something sick and wrong in America’s political class.

The emails contain bizarre references to the occult and possible allusions to child abuse using coded language.

“They prove he is involved, very deeply involved, as a committed Luciferian,” Malloch intoned. “Among other things is the invitation by Marina Abramovic to what is called a ‘spirit cooking’ ritual, which I think is the most revealing.

“This is a ritual in which participants use the vilest human body fluids in order to summon spiritual energies for assistance and favor. To any sane person, this sounds completely ludicrous. But to a Luciferian, this is the practice of enlightenment. This is something that initiates them. It’s something that they understand.

“The whole idea is to be possessed by Lucifer himself. And these practices of a Luciferian religion, of an anti-Christianity, I would argue are the absolute inversion of Christianity.”

Malloch further contended cannibalism and pedophilia are “common practices amongst Luciferians.”

Malloch said the global elite are infuriated by the rising influence of Christianity in Russia, which presents an obstacle to global control.

“They obviously have to feel very annoyed by any people, any person, any community, any nation that turns their hearts back to God, and there’s increasing evidence that lots of people in Russia are doing that,” Malloch said. “Obviously, that was impossible during the 70 years of heinous Communism. So they are falling back on these traditions, their old religion, the Eastern Orthodoxy in Russia. But if you look at the pure statistics around the world, about 85 percent of people believe in God in different spiritual traditions, in different sacred texts … Luciferians detest this, and particularly detest the Christian tradition, because Lucifer is the fallen angel away from Christ.”

Malloch, an insider who has been termed a “global Sherpa” because of his ability to navigate the worldwide networks of elite power, says all of this evidence should lead Americans to question just what kind of an elite rules them.

“It’s beyond detestable,” said Malloch. “It’s actually radical evil. We have to expose this, where it exists, to the degree it exists, the fact that it is at the top of our government, that fact that it is at the top of international organizations.”

Malloch referenced the infamous and influential leftist “community organizer” Saul Alinsky and his dedication of his book “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer.

As Alinsky wrote:

“Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

Host Alex Jones argued figures such as Alinsky would say they are making these comparisons to Lucifer in a cheeky way, simply meant to provoke. However, in a deeper sense, Jones claimed such figures really do believe they are setting themselves up as gods on earth.

Malloch largely agreed with this analysis.

“They’re turning to this form of anti-Christ, to Lucifer, and that’s the foundation for their ‘enlightenment’ and for their institutions,” said Malloch. “I would argue even for the definition of this whole New World Order.”

Malloch expressed the hope the Deep State saboteurs trying to set up Donald Trump would be brought to justice in the new year. And he hailed the Republican Party’s triumph on taxes.

“I was in tears when I saw the Republican Congress on the steps there with the president and I mean, it’s just an incredible accomplishment,” Malloch said. “It’s taken three decades to bring this about. But the leader of this whole exercise is the person that took center stage. He shared the stage with many of its authors of course but without Donald Trump this wouldn’t have happened.”

Most importantly, Malloch urged Americans not to give in to despair and to continue to fight for American independence from globalist control and a corrupt ruling class animated by evil ideas.

“We can’t give up!” exclaimed Malloch. “We have to pray for this country. It’s like Poland and Hungary, where they’re actually battling the European Union over this very culture right now.”


 

US religious leaders protest ‘transgender ideology’ in open letter

Religious leaders in the US have signed a statement attacking ‘transgender ideology’ and warning of the harm done to children when they are told they can change their sex or are given hormones to affect their development.

The statement, ‘Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders’ was signed by Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox bishops, Muslim leader Imam Faizal Khan and by evangelical figures including Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

It denies that the ‘socio-cultural reality of gender’ can be ‘separated from one’s sex as male or female’.

It says God ‘created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw – it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God’.

It describes someone’s ‘discomfort’ with their sex as ‘a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth’.

However, the statement warns against the harm done to children in particular by ‘gender ideology’, saying it ‘harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt’.

It concludes: ‘We desire the health and happiness of all men, women, and children. Therefore, we call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. We hope for the renewed appreciation of the beauty of sexual difference in our culture and for authentic support of those who experience conflict with their God-given sexual identity.’

National GeographicScreenshot/National GeographicNational Geographic used a nine-year-old transgender boy for its January 2017 cover.


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U.N. votes to condemn U.S. recognition of Jerusalem

Why does the UN Building resemble the Tower of Babel?

 Despite President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the vast majority of U.N. countries voted in favor of such a resolution on Thursday.

A total of 128 nations voted to support the resolution that condemned the U.S. for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its decision to eventually move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Nine nations, including the United States and Israel, voted against the resolution; 35 nations abstained from voting, and 21 delegations were absent. (See vote by nation)

The Trump administration launched a massive lobbying campaign, which included letters sent from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to over 180 countries warning that the U.S. would be taking names of those who voted against Trump’s decision.

But when it came to the vote, major U.S. aid recipients including Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq ignored Trump’s threat and supported the resolution.

The nine countries voting “no” were the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Togo. Among the notable abstentions were Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Mexico.

It is also noteworthy that 21 of the 193 U.N. member states were absent for the vote including Kenya, Georgia and Ukraine which have close U.S. ties.

Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. aid raised the stakes in Thursday’s U.N. vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail.

At the start of the emergency General Assembly meeting ahead of the vote, representatives of Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations rejected his threat and urged a “yes” vote against the U.S. unilateral decision on Jerusalem.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who flew to New York for the meeting, called the U.S. action “an aggression on the status of Jerusalem” and said “those who want peace must vote for peace today.”

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that Americans are tired of being taken advantage of by countries that take hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars, and then vote against the United States. He said he will be watching Thursday’s vote: “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

Haley echoed his words in her speech to the packed assembly chamber, threatening not only the 193 U.N. member states with funding cuts, but the United Nations itself if the world body approves the resolution declaring Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “null and void.”

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” she said.

The vote will make no difference on U.S. plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Haley said, but it “will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N., and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered.”

Yemen’s U.N. Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany, whose country chairs the Arab Group at the United Nations, introduced the resolution and urged all “peace-loving countries” to vote in favor of it.

He called Trump’s action “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world,” and “a dangerous violation and breach of international law.”

It threatens peace in the world, undermines any chance for peace in the Mideast, “and only serves to fan the fires of violence and extremism,” Alyemany warned.

Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, tweeted after Trump’s comments: “Our government should not use its leadership at the UN to bully/blackmail other nations that stand for religious liberty and justice in Jerusalem. Justice is a core value of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.”

Israel’s prime minister says he completely rejects the “preposterous” U.N. resolution declaring the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “null and void.”

Benjamin Netanyahu says in a video posted to Facebook that Jerusalem “always was, always will be” Israel’s capital. He also says he appreciates that “a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theater of the absurd.”

Netanyahu is thanking President Donald Trump for his “stalwart defense of Israel.”

Trump’s declaration on Dec. 6 departed from decades of U.S. policy, and international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations.

Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel sees the city as its undivided capital.


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Pastors: Stop Trying to be Popular

A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent “Christian” leaders talked about replacing “preaching” with “having a conversation.”

At first, I thought that they might be confusing individual conversations with how we should speak to the masses, but I was wrong. They felt that we should stop “preaching” from the pulpit and start being more passive and less confrontational. Never mind the fact that Jesus said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 4:43). But according to many, it’s time to replace the pulpit with a couch and preaching with conversing.

It’s not my practice to name names, or reference churches, but when they depart from truth they open themselves up for exposure. Sadly, many churches carry their books, promote their material, and seek to model their church after them.

There is a very troubling trend in the evangelical church as a whole. We are in desperate need of genuine leadership—broken, humble people who are not afraid to admit that they need God; men who are more worried about prayer than about status and recognition; men who petition God rather than position themselves. Many men want the recognition, but not the brokenness; the honor, but not the humility. The state of the family today is disheartening as well. Men have largely forsaken their God-given role as spiritual leaders in their homes…that, no one can deny. And I believe that the pulpit is partly to blame.

Today, the truth is often neglected, watered-down, or avoided altogether in the hope of not offending members and building a large audience. Judgment is never mentioned; repentance is never sought; and sin is often excused. We want to build a church rather than break a heart; be politically correct rather than biblically correct; coddle and comfort rather than stir and convict.

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15), yet, many avoid words such as sin and repentance. The good news about Christ can only be appreciated with the bad news as the backdrop. There are times when the saints must be fed, and there are times when the sinners must be warned (C.H. Spurgeon). Preaching, witnessing, and teaching are to be done with God-given authority to truly be effective. When we fail to proclaim God’s Word faithfully, we run the risk of “encouraging sin” and “perverting the words of the living God” (cf. Jeremiah 23).

Pastors are to be pillars who support truth, not who oppose it. Truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes—it’s solid and unyielding. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails—you don’t change truth—truth changes you! We must begin here.

Where are the Isaiahs and Jeremiahs calling nations to repentance? Where are the Peters and Pauls who spoke with such authority that martyrdom did not silence them? Though they are dead, they still speak! Where are the Wycliffs who stood so unyielding for the truth that he was called The Morning Star of Reformation?

Where are the Tyndales and Huss’ who were burned at the stake for simply declaring the truth? Where are the Luthers who, when asked to recant or face possible execution, said, “Here I stand; I can do no other”? Where are the John Calvins who shape the religious thoughts of our Western culture? Where are the John Knoxs who cried, “Give me Scotland [for the cause of Christ] or I die”? Where are the Whitefields who shook continents? Where are the Howell Harris’, Daniel Rowlands’, and Griffith Jones’ who preached with such passion during the Welsh revivals of the 18th century that we still honor them today?

I say again, “Where are they?” Where are the John Wesleys who said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and we will shake the gates of hell?” Where are the David Brainerds who spent so much time in prayer that even the great Jonathan Edwards was convicted? Where are the Robert Murray McCheynes who, even though he died at age twenty-nine, was one of Scotland’s most anointed preachers—causing people to weep before even preaching a word (not emotionalism, but anointing)?

Where are the Spurgeon’s who spoke with such authority that his sermons are read more today than ever before? Where are the D.L. Moodys who brought America to her knees? Where are the Evan Roberts’ who, during the Welsh Revivals of 1904-5, preached so powerfully against sin that people cried out to truly know God? Where are the Puritans like Richard Baxter, who said with such humility, “I speak as a dying man to dying men”?

As the church falls deeper into self-reliance and further from reliance on God, our need for bold leadership has never been greater. Change in our nation will only occur when there is a strong conviction of sin, genuine faith, humility, and sincere repentance, beginning in the pulpits. May God grant us the wisdom and strength to proclaim these truths.

We must stop confusing God’s patience with His approval and preach with conviction from the pulpits again—as dying men to dying men.


Pastor Dukes Books now published on Amazon and Kendle Proceeds  to be used to pioneer new work in Yerington NV.Sister Carol Dukes Book now published on Amazon

Professing Christian Mother Sues Over ‘Religious Indoctrination’ in Louisiana Public School District

WEBSTER PARISH, La. — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against a school district in Louisiana on behalf of a professing Christian mother who is unhappy that teachers, principals and others in the district have promoted Christianity during school hours and at school events.

“Since enrolling two of her daughters in the Webster Parish School District more than 12 years ago, Plaintiff Christy Cole has become increasingly alarmed by the pervasive religious indoctrination to which students in the district are subject,” the suit reads.

One of her daughters has since graduated and the other is still in high school.

“Christy Cole believes her daughter and all students should be able to attend public school without exposure to government-sponsored religious practices and messages, and without harassment for their religious beliefs,” the complaint explains.

e Cole was brought up in the Baptist denomination, and says she values her faith, she still objects to Christianity being promoted in public schools and believes that “praying in public is a sin.” At least one of her daughters identifies as agnostic.

“K.C. has felt and feels coerced, both directly and indirectly, to participate in religious activities and expression that did not and do not comport with her personal beliefs,” the legal challenge outlines. “She feels that she has been subjected to unwelcome indoctrination.”

Cole says that students read a prayer daily over the loudspeaker, and that prayer is incorporated into sporting events and assemblies. Christianity has also been discussed by teachers at times, and graduation ceremonies are held at local church

Cole additionally states that in 2014, eighth grade students were walked to the gym to be introduced to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group. The school went on lockdown due to a security issue at the time, and one of the representatives of the Fellowship decided to preach to the students. Cole says that a student began crying because they did not want to hear the message, and that her daughter was also upset that she could not leave.

“On the morning of November 7, 2017, Lakeside held a mandatory assembly featuring You Are Worth It (YAWI), a religious nonprofit corporation in Monroe, Louisiana,” the lawsuit states. “Although YAWI’s promoted purpose is to caution teens and young adults against drunken driving, YAWI’s president, Bill Baldridge, also proselytizes and urges audiences that ‘faith in God’ will help them overcome obstacles and achieve success.”

The following day, a local minister spoke to students during a Veterans Day assembly.

Cole and the ACLU are seeking a declaratory judgment that the district’s practices violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as well as an injunction against any further promotion of Christianity.

Read the complaint in full here.

“Being subjected to unwelcome religious indoctrination should not be the price of getting a public education in Webster Parish,” Heather Weaver, senior staff attorney for the ACLU, said in a statement. “Webster Parish is a textbook example of why government-sponsored religious indoctrination is so harmful and why our country’s founders took pains to prevent it. The aggressive and pervasive religious proselytizing by Webster Parish School District has made our client feel unwelcome at her own school and shunned by her peers and teachers. This needs to stop…”

The district has not yet commented on the matter.

As previously reported, in 1828, just 41 years after the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Noah Webster, known as the Father of American Scholarship and Education, wrote, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed. … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Noah Webster’s famous “Blue Back Speller” referenced Christianity, including God-centered statements in reading lessons such as “The preacher is to preach the gospel,” “Blasphemy is contemptuous treatment of God,” and “We do not like to see our own sins.”

The first textbook used in the American colonies even before the nation’s founding, “The New England Primer,” was likewise largely focused on the Scriptures, and was stated to be popular in public and private schools alike until approximately the early 1900’s. It used mostly the King James Bible as reference, and spoke much about sin, salvation and proper behavior.

“Save me, O God, from evil all this day long, and let me love and serve Thee forever, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Thy Son,” it read.


British government refuses to answer whether proclaiming Christianity can be considered a hate crime

(Reuters/Carl Court/Pool)Peers take their seats in the House of Lords.

A representative of the British government in the House of Lords has refused to say whether proclaiming the Christian faith could be considered a hate crime.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), said that he raised his concern about the issue on the House of Lords, but the government did not clarify whether Christians cannot be prosecuted just for proclaiming their faith.

“I said to the government ‘Will they confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says that Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offence, however much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion?'” Pearson told Premier.

In response, government whip Baroness Vere of Norbiton reportedly told him, “My Lords, I am not going to comment on that last question from the noble Lord,” adding that the legal definition of “hate crime” has remained the same for the past 10 years.

Pearson said that Vere’s refusal to answer his question “was pretty unique” and “makes one very worried.”

The UKIP peer clarified that he does not condone attacks against a person of another faith, but he said he does not think that the government should be involved if someone is merely criticizing another religion or proclaiming their own.

He stated that the current definition of “hate crime,” which relies on whether the victim feels offended, was “stupid” and called for a clarification of the law.

The Crown Prosecution Service currently defines racial and religious hate crime as “particularly hurtful to victims as they are being targeted solely because of their personal identity, their actual or perceived racial or ethnic origin, belief or faith.”

According to Express, the Crown Prosecution Service has documented a total of 15,442 hate crime prosecutions between 2015 and 2016.

Several clerics and street preachers have been charged with hate crime in the past few years for sharing their views on homosexuality and Islam.

Last year, two senior Spanish clerics were accused by feminists and gay rights groups of committing hate crime after they delivered homilies that criticized gender theory.

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares and Archbishop Francisco Javier Martinez were both charged, but they were immediately dropped after prosecutors found insufficient evidence that they broke the law.

In September this year, street preacher Daniel Courney was convicted by Lincoln Magistrates Court of using “threatening and discriminatory language” after he was accused by Muslims of hate speech while he was preaching in Lincoln in June.

Courney appealed the conviction with the help of Christian Legal Centre’s solicitor Michael Phillips, who argued that English law provides the preacher with the freedom to share the Gospel and that this has been successfully upheld for many years. A Crown Court judge agreed with Phillips and overturned the lower court ruling earlier this month.