The important thing, Mike, is to get people out to vote like they did in 2016âđ It is interesting to see some of the earlier history of Mr. Trump. He seemed to had a connection with Giuliani for instance?
Edward Ericson Jr. wrote: ...."Tony Lombardi, the federal agent closest to then-U.S. Attorney [Rudy] Giuliani, opened a probe of Trump's role" in the transaction, Barrett reported in the 1993 Village Voice story he reprised last year for the New York Daily News. The feds subsequently made a case against Hopkins' mortgage broker, Frank LaMagra, who offered to give up Trump and even wear a wire. Lombardi's response? He went straight to Trump, who denied any wrongdoing, and that was that. Lombardi "closed the Trump investigation without even giving it a case number," according to Barrett. "That meant that New Jersey gaming authorities would never know it existed."
Shortly after Lombardi approached him, Trump announced that he'd raise $2 million "in half an hour" if Giulianni ran for mayor. He later channeled $41,000 into the future mayor's 1989 campaign....
--- https://tinyurl.com/qtvoqht://tinyurl.com/y69ppb9g (Five times law enforcers could have arrested Donald Trump but didnât)
CNN Wire wrote: .... In anÂ editorial published Sunday, Christianity Today president Timothy Dalrymple said the magazine is âtheologically conservative,â but still felt https://tinyurl.com/yx3toqel compelled to say âthe alliance of American evangelism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness.â
âWhile the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ,â he wrote....
excerpt from, "Christianity Today Says It Saw Spike in Subscriptions After It Called for TrumpâsÂ Removal"
Great news that Trump helped raise the subscription-base forChristianity Todayâ It is certainly an elite publication that doesn't muck around in the swamp of White Identity religion. đż
Whatever his background is, wayfarer pilgrim, his editorial and his boss' which I have the URL for in this message are very good!
Vanessa Taylor wrote: .... To be clear, CT isn't close to a "far left" or "progressive" magazine as Trump claims. In an interview with The Atlantic, Galli identified CT's audience as "moderate, center-right, and center-left evangelicals." It's long been a published hub for evangelical thought and is "vehemently anti-choice," as author and musician Mikel Jollett noted.
excerpt from, "Trump attacks 'Christianity Today' after magazine editor calls for his removal"
Apparently, Timothy, I haven't mentioned the article often enough!
https://tinyurl.com/y576t94tÂ (Should Christians try to force the kingdom on others?)
It has some excellent links to commentary on dominionism I would suggest this would be also excellent reading material
Ex-Catholic Journal wrote: Definition:Â Â Water that has been specially blessed to provide spiritual benefits to those who use it. Holy Water is placed in fonts located at the entrances of a Catholic Church. Upon entering, people are encouraged to dip their fingers into the holy water and to make the sign of the cross. Both the water and the sign of the cross are sacramentals which convey the blessed intercession of the Church. Sacramentals can remit the punishment for venial sins, and can shorten time spent in purgatory. The water may also be taken home for personal use.
Discussion:Â Jesus warns of the worthless ceremonial washing traditions of the Pharisees (Lk. 11:39). Such traditions are externals that convey no spiritual benefit, but rather deceive their practitioners (Col. 2:8). The Catholic Church binds its adherents by offering salvation on the installment plan, available through false mediation and superstition.
I have several times pointed out this interesting short article, https://tinyurl.com/y576t94t Â (Should Christians try to force the kingdom onto others? And while I recommend it again I will point this out as of corollary:
Barnes' New Testament Notes wrote: Verse 19.Â If ye were of the world. If you were actuated by the principles of the world. If, like them, you were vain, earthly, sensual, given to pleasure, wealth, ambition, they would not oppose you.
Because ye are not of the world. Because you are influenced by different principles from men of the world. You are actuated by the love of God and holiness; they by the love of sin.
I have chosen you out of the world. I have, by choosing you to be my followers, separated you from their society, and placed you under the government of my holy laws.
Therefore, &c. A Christian may esteem it as one evidence of his piety that he is hated by wicked men. Often most decided evidence is given that a man is the friend of God by the opposition excited against him by the profane, by Sabbath-breakers, and by the dissolute,Â John 7:7Â 1 John 3:13.
(v) "therefore the world hateth you"Â Jn 17:14
if a Christian isn't that an elitist, there's something wrong with himâđ
Barnes' New Testament Notes wrote: ...Pearls are precious stones found in shell-fish, chiefly in India, in the waters that surround Ceylon. They are used to denote anything peculiarly precious,Â Matthew 13:46Â Revelation of John 17:4Â Revelation of John 18:12-16. In this place they are used to denote the doctrines of the gospel.Â DogsÂ signify men who spurn, oppose, and abuse that doctrine; men of peculiar sourness and malignity of temper, who meet it like growling and quarrelsome curs,Â 2 Peter 2:22Â Revelation of John 22:15.Â SwineÂ denote those who would trample the precepts under feet; men of impurity of life; corrupt, polluted, profane, obscene, and sensual; who would not know the value of the gospel, and who would tread it down as swine would pearls,Â Proverbs 11:22Â 2 Peter 2:22. The meaning of this proverb then is, do not offer your doctrine to those violent and abusive men, who would growl and curse you; nor to those peculiarly debased and profligate, who would not perceive its value, would trample it down, and abuse you....
excerpt from "Matthew 7:6"
Christians have been elitist.
I would like to know how many of these 200 have Black evangelicals backing them up?
WP, just what do you consider flagrantly disobeying the law?
FredÂ Hiatt, EditorialÂ PageÂ Editor wrote: One year ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thought he could end a debate with a bone saw. He did succeed in ending a life and silencing a voice â that of our brave and distinguished colleague, Jamal Khashoggi. But as you will see here, the debate lives on, and the quests that animated Khashoggiâs life â for freedom, democracy, tolerance and greater understanding across cultures â cannot be so easily defeated.
https://tinyurl.com/y3b93ds2 (Jamal Khashoggi: A missing voice, a growing chorus)
This will lead you to a series of articles, some that can be read in an alternate language, Arabic. The Washington Post certainly has a valid interest and Jamal khashoggi's death since he work for them
Can you can discuss a few points of the following article?
R. Clarke wrote: 3. Now let us consider ...a figurative use of âson of Godâ as found in Luke 3:38. This verse is the conclusion of a long list of names tracing the history of Christ's ancestry. The last person, Adam, is âthe son of God.â In what sense is he God's son? The simplest...way of explaining this expression is that Adam is like God because he was made in God's image. Some Muslims reject this implication not wanting to endorse the Jewish Tanakh and Christian Bible....a team of six international Islamic scholars have plainly admitted this fact in their recent publication, The Study Qur'an. A footnote to Surah 95:4 quotes the phrase in Surah 64:3, âhuman beings are the best of God's creationâ and also references a famous hadith qudsi which echoes Genesis 1:27, âTruly God created Adam in His image.â Remarkably, the footnote actually references Genesis 1:27 and then continues, âThis hadith is understood to mean that human beings are created with such attributes as life, knowledge, power, will, speech, hearing and sight (the qualities most often used in Islamic theology) to describe God which are, in fact, Divine attributes.â
---"Jesus, the Son of God" https://tinyurl.com/t7p8tkw
"God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy"
You are here at least the first verse of this Christmas Carol throughout the followingđâ
https://youtu.be/_rbgQMtgxAU (Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1971 TV Special) [25 Minutes long]
Jpost Editorial wrote: .... Contrast these data with the figures in a report published by then-British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in July. The report found that the number of Christians in the Middle East has dwindled from 20% of the population a century ago to just 5% â most notably in the Palestinian territories, where they have dropped to below 1.5%.
âWeâve all been asleep on the watch when it comes to the persecution of Christians,â Hunt said.
The organization Open Doors put âthe Palestinian Territoriesâ in 49th place â out of 50 â on its World Watch List, an annual report on the global persecution of Christians. The report cited âIslamic oppressionâ as the main source of persecution, adding that âIslamic extremist militants are also present in the West Bank, causing Christians to fear being attacked,â and that the persecution is particularly brutal for converts to Christianity....
https://tinyurl.com/tccsnfv (A Christian crisis in Gaza and the West Bank)
Francis would do well to work towards a post Catholic worldâđ
Nicole Winfield wrote: .... âMay we not wait for our neighbors to be good before we do good to them, for the church to be perfect before we love her, for others to respect us before we serve them. Let us begin with ourselves,â he [Francis] said....
https://tinyurl.com/vys2uqw (Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year)
Unfortunately, I don't think the pope is steering Catholics away from the Romish Church He should be encouraging them to,
https://tinyurl.com/gmt84eo (Come out of the Catholic Church)
John MacArthur wrote: ....But I would just like to get down to the core of this deal, what is the true spirit of Christmas?Â Is it fun?Â Is it fellowship?Â Is it giving?Â What is it?Â Well, as always, the best answer to that question is to go to the Bible and so I would like to take you to Luke chapter 1 and chapter 2 and there, we will find out what the spirit of Christmas really is. It will come clear to you as I read some selected reactions to the birth of Christ, among people and angels.... .... It is the most selfless thing we do.Â It is as the hymn writer puts it, to be lost in wonder, love, and praise.Â It is to be so grateful and so filled with wonder at what the Lord has done that we lose ourselves in adoring worship, adoring praise.Â What better time for this than Christmas when we focus on the very giving of Christ who is our savior....Â
https://tinyurl.com/r47tkr4 (The True Christmas Spirit)
The above would probably make a pretty good transcript for the sermon that is on SermonAudio by John MacArthur,
http://tinysa.com/336863 (The True Christmas Spirit)
By the way, the above is one of the best attacks on the Romish Mary cult that you'll findâ
This Christian editor resigned after his publication join team Trump.
CNN Wire wrote: âLike so many other media companies, theyâve chosen to silo themselves. Theyâve chosen to represent a narrow (and shrinking) slice of Christianity. That might be a good business decision, short term at least. But itâs bad for Democracy, and bad for the Gospel. It means there will be one more place where readers can go for bias confirmation, but one less place where readers can go to exercise their brains on diversity of thought.â
excerpt from, "Christian publication editor quits over pro-TrumpÂ editorial"
His former colleagues, should really read this article by Phil Johnson---
https://tinyurl.com/hbtgqek (Politically Incorrect?) Written before Donald Trump, but still when many evangelicals we're making the move from Christianity to politics.đ
Adriel, you should appreciate the article by Phil Johnson. I think you agree on some things?
Something for you Timothy! I may have to subscribe to Christianity Todayâđ
A subscription to it, could be the Christmas present that you should give to yourself. đŻâď¸
Heather Timmons wrote: .... Evangelicals have been a bedrock of support for the Republican president, and the magazine noted in its new editorial
, published Sunday, that Trump "has done a lot of good for causes we all care about." But the magazine's president, Timothy Dalrymple, wrote in the editorial, headlined "The Flag in the Whirlwind," that evangelicals' embrace of Trump means being tied to his "rampant immorality, greed, and corruption; his divisiveness and race-baiting; his cruelty and hostility to immigrants and refugees." "With profound love and respect," Dalrymple said, "we ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to consider whether they have given to Caesar what belongs only to God: their unconditional loyalty."...
excerpt from, "Christianity Today again slams Trump, raises issue of 'unconditional loyalty'"
Let's hope that one's pastor, points out the important linkage between Christmas and Easter. Surprisingly, perhaps to some of you, it is what makes Christmas Merry
âThe FISC expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the Court,â the judge added. âWithout it, the FISC cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis.â---- Judge Rosemary Collyer
Representing tens of Millions? They're representing their portfolio managers. Just when did Christianity become a popularity contest? The more popular a cult is, the greater number of people it has!
Herb Keinon wrote: Christianity Today brought into the American public eye something many may not have realized: Not all Evangelicals love US President Donald Trump. https://tinyurl.com/rr5rq9t
Trumpâs Evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president,â he wrote. But, he added, âNone of the presidentâs positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character." That argument, that the failings of Trumpsâ character outweigh the good he is doing, is one also often heard in the Jewish community â by people who love and support Israel, yet loathe the president.
Those US Jews who detest the president could have just as easily written that sentence to their co-religionists who support the president, changing just a few words: ....
excerpt from, "Dilemmas shared by Christians, Jews over Trump - Analysis" https://tinyurl.com/qopv2zo
BBC wrote: Christians in the Indonesian province of Aceh are preparing to celebrate Christmas in makeshift tents in the jungle.
Their churches were destroyed four years ago by Islamic vigilante groups and the police.[ ]
Indonesia - the worldâs largest Muslim population - has a pluralist constitution that is meant to protect the rights of followers of all the major faiths.
But Church leaders in Singkil Aceh say the local authorities are stopping them from rebuilding.
Video by BBC Indonesia's Ayomi Amindoni and Dwiki Marta. Edited by Kevin Kim
excerpt from, "Forced to celebrate Christmas in a tent"
Remember when the tsunami hit that area and a couple of ex-presidents said that we should use our tax returns to give aid to this area. Well at least I tried to have mine funneled through a Christian organization, but I would suppose some Mohammedans benefited from it as well.
Look how the Mohammedans repay us Christians âđđ¸ You should find the above 3 minutes 13 second video educational.