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Actually, It’s the Religious Left That’s Dying
by Minister Michael Brown
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 Just Get Rid of the Debt Ceiling? 
by Thomas Gallatin:  One of the results from Donald Trump’s decision to side with Democrats on connecting the Hurricane Harvey relief package with raising the debt ceiling was an agreement that the debt ceiling should be eliminated altogether. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee expressed Trump’s position on the issue, stating, “The president encouraged congressional leaders to find a more permanent solution to the debt ceiling so the vote is not so frequently politicized.” House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI) argued against the idea, saying, “I think the debt limit should be used to try to bring reform in Congress. I think the debt limit is a good vote to have.”
          Trump’s plan isn’t good news for fiscal conservatives, but it’s not surprising news either. From an ideological perspective, Trump isn’t a fiscal conservative, and thus his stance on the debt ceiling doesn’t look good. Concerns over too much government spending and a ballooning national debt leading to an eventual crisis are real. Hence the logic behind the debt ceiling. However, practically speaking, the debt ceiling has proven to be little more than a minor speed bump, good only for providing regularly repeated moments of political grandstanding and partisan bickering threatening government shutdowns, all the while the spending continues and the debt grows. Political theater vs. actual solutions.
          Trump is clearly not an ideologue, and his frustration with Republicans over their inability to repeal liar-nObamaCare has given him license to seek solutions across the political aisle. Practically speaking, this consideration by Trump makes sense, and it removes an obstacle for Republicans in the future. The growing debt problem most certainly needs to be addressed, but the debt ceiling has proven inadequate for the task.  ~The Patriot Post
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PULOSI Lays Off Trump, Into SESSIONS
and BANNON as White Supremacist DACA Haters
{rickwells.us} ~ Babbling dunderhead Pulosi starts her comments a few different ways before lining her thoughts up into a complete sentence, albeit a contorted one... She didn’t want to attack President Trump in her customary manner, the reason she had to restart, because he just gave her everything she and “clown-Chuck” wanted and she expects more to come. She’ll be civil towards him until the gifts stop flowing. Instead she attacked Attorney General Sessions. It’s not because he’s letting Lois Lerner, liar-Clinton, Comey or any of the many other criminal Democrats walk free, or interfering through obstructions, redactions and delays with every investigative effort... http://rickwells.us/pelosi-sessions-bannon-white-supremacist/
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Anti-Trump RINO Ended His
Career With These Seven Words
{greatamericandaily.com} ~ RINO-Jeff Flake continues to fight Donald Trump’s agenda. He gave one interview where he made jaw dropping comments about Trump’s proposed border wall... And he uttered seven words that were the final nail in the coffin for his political career. Arizona’s RINO-Jeff Flake continues to play to the cheers of the liberal media. He gave an interview on CNN where he sold out the GOP by flatly stating that if Trump meant a wall would secure the border “then no, nobody ought to support that.”...  http://greatamericandaily.com/anti-trump-rino-ended-his-career-with-these-seven-words/
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DACA Is Unconstitutional, as liar-nObama Admitted
by Hans A. von Spakovsky
{heritage.org} ~ President Donald Trump has caught a lot of heat for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a six-month wind-down... Few people seem aware that he's ending an administrative amnesty for illegal aliens that President Barack liar-nObama lacked the constitutional and legal authority to implement. How do we know? Because even liar-nObama admitted it – repeatedly. Responding in October 2010 to demands that he implement immigration reforms unilaterally, liar=-nObama declared, "I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself." In March 2011, he said that with "respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case." In May 2011, he acknowledged that he couldn't "just bypass Congress and change the immigration law myself. That's not how a democracy works." Yet in 2012, he did it anyway...  http://www.heritage.org/immigration/commentary/daca-unconstitutional-obama-admitted?utm_source=he...
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Terrorists in Germany's Parliament?

Terrorists of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Jordan
by Bruce Bawer
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ In a remarkable decision taken at the end of August, Germany's Interior Ministry declined to bar the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) -- listed as a terrorist organization by the US, Canada, the European Union, and Australia... "from campaigning as a political party in the September general election to the Bundestag." Yes, the PFLP -- on a joint list with the Marxist-Leninist Party -- plans to field candidates in this month's elections in Germany and run for Parliament. What is the PFLP? Formed shortly after Israel's Six-Day War through the merger of three militant groups -- The Young Avengers Palestinian nationalists, The Heroes of the Return based in Lebanon, and the Palestinian Liberation Front which operated largely out of Syria and the West Bank -- it is today, after Fatah, the second largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10957/germany-election-pflp-terrorists
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 VIDEOS
 
Black Trump Supporter Rips Maxine Waters Outside of Her DC Office!
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Mexico Hit By Largest Earthquake In A Century 8.5 on Richter Scale
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Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Menendez Saying Trial Is Anti-Hispanic Is A “Mistake”
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ISIS Invading Afghanistan: They Set My Husband On Fire
 
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Actually, It’s the Religious Left That’s Dying
by Minister Michael Brown
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townhall.com} ~ No sooner had the Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality been issued then we began to hear a common refrain from the left. “This is another sign that the religious right is dying! This statement represents the last gasp of the old, antiquated guard! It’s time to say good bye and good riddance! Let’s welcome the new thing the Spirit is doing!”

In reality, it is the religious left that is dying, while those who uphold Scripture are seeing blessing and increase around the globe. Before I back up this statement, here’s what some “progressive” Christian leaders are saying.

Writing for the Huffington Post, seminary professor Greg Lancaster scornfully claims, “Their public audience shrinking, their public presence waning, and their credibility shot to hell, the Christian right needs attention.”

His article is titled, “The Nashville Statement and the Decline of the Religious Right,” and he concludes with this salvo: “In the end we’re stuck with a meaningless document. It adds nothing to the conversation that hasn’t been said. If anything, its fake compassion increases the agony of LGBT Christians. All that’s accomplished by this document is a little press for the religious leaders who signed it, a whiff of air time for the disenfranchised. The Statement underscores the obvious: in the age of Trump, the Christian Right has lost its moral authority. These guys — they’re almost all men – may be have a spiffy website, but nobody’s listening.”

Pastor John Pavlovitz, a frequent critic of conservative evangelicals, recasts the Nashville Statement in his own words. He claims that the framers of the Nashville Statement are really saying, “We've chosen to wage cheap war on innocent and vulnerable people homosexuals in order to feel mighty again.” Quick note to Pastor Pavlovitz: I appreciate your rhetorical flourish, but do you really believe this?

This is how he rewrites the statement’s Preamble: “Evangelical Christians are at the precipice of extinction—and we know it. We are a profoundly endangered species coming to grips with the urgency of the moment, of our impending disappearance, of the whole thing going sideways here in the Bible Belt—and we’re in a bit of a panic.

“We are leaking people from our churches, watching multitudes walk away in disgust, and losing market share in the religious landscape, as well as the vice-like stranglehold we’ve had on American politics for the past 241 years—and we are rightly terrified.”

So much for the Pavlovitz paraphrase. Shall we return to reality?

It is certainly true that many evangelicals, me included, are deeply concerned about the moral and spiritual condition of our nation. And it is certainly true that we are heavily burdened for the many young people who have dropped out of church and consider themselves “nones” – having no religious affiliation.

But, as has been demonstrated time and time again, it is the so-called progressive churches that are “leaking” and the liberal denominations that are fading. This is true in America as well as around the world. And since the so-called progressive Christians have pointed to numbers, let’s take a more careful look.

Out of the 100 largest churches in America, how many are conservative? The vast majority, at the least. The same with the fastest growing churches and the fastest growing denominations. Almost all of them hold to conservative biblical values, even if they are “progressive” and chic and cutting-edge in other ways. Almost all of them would affirm the basic tenets of the Nashville Statement, at least in private.

Out of the most rapidly shrinking denominations, how many are liberal? Almost all of them? Which seminaries are bleeding the most, conservative or liberal? Take a guess. And how about major youth gatherings – yes, youth gatherings – for prayer and worship and teaching? Which events draw the biggest crowds? If you said “conservative” you’d be right again.

In recent years, I’ve been invited to speak on the subject of “Can You Be Gay and Christian?” at: 1) the most financially generous church in America, which gives more than one million dollars to world missions every month; 2) the largest megachurch in Europe, with a membership of more than 70,000; and 3) the largest evangelical church in the Philippines, with a sanctuary that seats 10,000 and a much larger membership than that.

And this represents a much larger pattern: The most thriving, growing churches in the world hold to conservative sexual ethics.

In contrast, churches like the once influential GracePointe in Franklin, Tennessee have seen a massive decline in numbers after embracing same-sex “marriage,” losing as much as 80 percent of its membership in the last few years.

As for having a national influence, isn’t it interesting that, this same, vilified “religious right” that was deemed almost dead and buried just a few years back is the key spiritual group seeking to provide godly counsel to the president? And didn’t some of these religious “has-beens” help defeat pro-abortion candidate liar-Hillary Clinton? And should I mention that a good number of the signers to the Nashville Statement can hardly be categorized as politically-affiliated members of “the religious right”?

Putting things into a larger perspective, Mark Tooley notes that, “Critics of the Nashville Statement should realize that about 95 percent of the world’s approximately 2.5 billion professed Christians are associated with branches of Christianity that share the Nashville Statement’s perspective. Of course not all are compliant with those teachings, and nobody complies completely, everyone relying on grace. But these teachings are the constant shelter under which the universal church rests.”

And, he states, “Dissenting Christian institutions are almost entirely confined to declining Western liberal Protestant denominations. If the Nashville Statement’s critics were correct, these dying churches should be flourishing by their embrace of the spirit of the age. But in almost every culture and time, spiritual seekers are more drawn to religion that challenges, not that accommodates.”

Of course, numbers alone prove nothing, but since progressives keep pointing to numbers, we should respond with truth. And where other signs of spiritual vitality are measured – prayer and study of Scripture and wining the lost and caring for the needy and investing in family – it will be seen that, around the globe, those who hold to the authority of the Word are reproducing in a far healthier way.

I have no problem with leaders wishing that the Nashville Statement made reference to the many sins in our own camp, such as rampant divorce and pornography, or that it confessed our past failings to reach out compassionately to those who identify as LGBT.

But the reality is that, to the extent the religious left departs from the clear testimony of Scripture, to that extent it will lack the blessing of God. And to that extent it will fail to do the very thing it wants to do: namely, reach a hurting and dying world with the message of forgiveness and transformation.

Grace and truth cannot be separated without doing immeasurable harm to one or the other.

 

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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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