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Merry Christmas, everyone!  What a joy to be reminded that the creator of the universe stepped into his creation to save and redeem those He has called.


The Selective Outrage of Mark Galli & Christianity Today — They are too busy calling Trump out to bother with corrupt and immoral Christian leaders.  No, it is worse: They give those leaders a forum!  Galli is a fraud and so is his publication.  Please share the link when the topic comes up.  The mainstream media just wants to peddle the myth that Protestant churches wait for CT to tell us what to think, so they’ll never tell the truth about their cronyism.

For those who aren’t aware, CT last fall published what was arguably its most reprehensible op-ed ever. It was penned by the corrupt, and now disgraced, former pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, James MacDonald. And the entire purpose of the op-ed entitled, “Why Suing is Sometimes the Biblical Choice,” was to justify MacDonald’s unbiblical and morally repugnant lawsuit against me, two bloggers, and their wives. Their wives!

And as if that weren’t bad enough, there’s the shocking backstory of the op-ed. As we now know, the op-ed came after Ed Stetzer, CT contributing editor and executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, used his influence at CT to arrange a phone call between MacDonald and CT Global Director Jeremy Weber. (That phone call was captured on a “hot mic” recording, which has since been published on YouTube.)

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What’s become abundantly clear is that Galli and CT’s outrage concerning immorality is extremely selective. If one happens to be an evangelical powerbroker, CT will give your indiscretions, and even blatant corruption, a pass.


The Kmart conundrum for feminists — Women control over 80% of all sorts of spending in the U.S., yet they are also completely oppressed.  And they have lifestyles and comforts that 99+% of when in history and around the world would covet, yet they are miserable because of the patriarchy or something.  Apparently you should feel sorry for them.


Pope Francis warns of ‘rigidity,’ says church must adapt or it will become increasingly irrelevant — Typical “Christian” Left talk.  As if 95 reasons weren’t enough to avoid him and his religion . . .


The VA AG seems a little cheesed off over those Second Amendment sanctuary proclamations — 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Cities are infinitely more legitimate than Illegal alien Sanctuary Cities.


I keep hoping that some Leftists will say “enough” and acknowledge that their “woke” culture will eat them too for speaking scientific truths, no matter what perverted and fawning caveats they offer.  The wussified woke crowd lives to destroy.  It is where they get their feelings of self worth.  If you cater to them you get what you deserve.

Scientific facts denied by Leftists because of their rebellion against God: There are still just two genders, and you can’t change them.

Schadenfreudelicious!


Does God Care If We Diet and Exercise? – Redeeming Productivity — Good article, to which I would add another reason: Loving your family. You can’t control everything, but staying healthier is a huge benefit to your family. They suffer if you have preventable diseases from smoking, obesity, etc. It is a loving thing to minimize burdens on them. And consider even the little things like being able to get on the floor to play with your grandchildren. And make no mistake: staying attractive for your spouse is not only a wise strategy but a loving thing to do.

I’ve heard of countless people who just start doing a little exercise and see huge benefits. It also sets a great example for your kids. I’d rather have them be life-long exercisers than be elite scholarship athletes who quit exercising after college.

By the way, I highly recommend resistance training of some sort (weights, Pilates, etc.). My basic philosophy is to encourage people to do anything, even just walking around the block. But resistance training does great things for practical daily living and is often more sustainable for people than high impact exercises.


How Are Men and Women Different? by Kevin DeYoung – lots of great points.

In fact, at the risk of being too graphic, it’s worth noting that natural revelation itself suggests that our physiology corresponds to a divine moral injunction. When two men are together sexually, the member that is supposed to give life is often placed in a part of the body where death and decay are expelled. Even apart from supernatural revelation, the very body God has given us suggests that our bodies are designed for a certain purpose, and using our members for any alternative purpose is unnatural and rebellion against the creator. .

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Pastors, in a day when male movie pirates, figure skaters, and stand-up comedians wear eye liner, we cannot ignore this question. The Bible may not give us every detail we might want on this topic, but it does, at least, affirm an essential truth no longer obvious in our day—it is disgraceful for a man to appear to be a woman and a woman to appear to be a man. That is the theological foundation under 1 Corinthians 11.


Never heard about this before!


Colorado teen, 18, severely brain-damaged after breast implant surgery gone wrong, family says — It it stupid to visit Unnecessary Surgery Land

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So AOC quoted Romans 1:25 (I wonder who fed that to her?) to respond to a Republican.  It will backfire if her fans read verses 26-27!!  If she believes that verse then why not those following it?

Romans 1:26–27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Who knew that AOC was such a homophobe?


JK Rowling Cancelled by Woke Outrage Mob For Saying Biological Sex is Real — Sweet, sweet schadenfreude.  Another Leftist getting attacked by the monsters she helped create.

Rowling being cancelled is particularly ironic given that she has thrown her weight behind virtually every ludicrous ‘woke’ crusade in recent years, including by claiming that her character Hermione was black despite her being described as having a “white face” in the Harry Potter books.


“The Rise of Skywalker” features first gay kiss in a Star Wars movie — Ooh, how progressive!  Another reason I never go to movies.


Nike releases shoe celebrating date Kaepernick first knelt for national anthem – They really hate decent people.  I won’t burn my current Nike merchandise (I have a lot!) but I’ll never buy from them again.


37% of kids who own a smartphone exposed to sexting by age 13: study — good lesson for parents!


Mormons to pull 400,000 youths from Boy Scouts, create own program — They still have a false religion, but good for them on this one.  The Scouts ruined their organization by caving to the Gaystapo.


Hallmark reverses decision, reinstates commercial with same-sex kiss — So predictable, as well as the expected mealy-mouthed pandering gibberish explaining their decisions.  Welcome to get work, go broke, Hallmark.  You’ve caved to the perverts who weren’t watching your channel — and who will still hate you after you caved while they stand over your carcass — and offended your core customers.

P.S. Note the additional predictability of the “marriage” scene in the commercial in question: One woman dressed as a woman with the other dressed as a man.


Opinion: The Ts are out to erase the Ls, Gs, and Bs — Yep. Lesbian, Gay and Bi perversions of God’s created order at least assume a gender binary reality, but the “Trans” lobby and the moronic SJWs who reflexively support them insist otherwise.  It makes a great conversation starter with Leftists: “Whose side do you take, the LGB’s or the T’s?”  When they look confused, point out how you must pick a lane if you insist on supporting any of them.

Pass the popcorn.


Best tourism video ever.


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Valedictorian Struggles with Remedial Math — High school and college degrees used to mean something.


The absurdity of the “Christian” Left

By pretending that we don’t know what parts of the Bible God “really” inspired, they imply the additional portions in italics:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ But we don’t know which words came from the mouth of God, so what I just said was pointless.  Never mind.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  But we don’t know what “all scripture” really is, so we don’t know what is profitable for teaching, etc., and the man of God can’t be complete and equipped.  Oh, and that just triggered me by not mentioning women, and triggered me even more by pretending there are two genders!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  Except that we don’t know what the word of God really is, so never mind. 

You could literally do this for many hundreds of passages.  These people only thrive because of biblical illiteracy, a severe lack of common sense and a insatiable love of the world.  While they are busy abusing the scriptures, may God open their eyes to truth that it all turned out just as He wanted it to!


Also see Leopard Theology: Not as fun as it sounds, where I analyze how the “Christian” Left believes that the Bible is only inspired in spots and that they are inspired to spot the spots.

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Good News! God Does not Love You Unconditionally — He loves believers steadfastly.  We went to a church before I was a believer (Disciples of Christ – my parents have always belong to that denomination) and the pastor preached the “God loves you unconditionally” theme every week and even put up a billboard with that lie.  I could imagine all the pagans thinking, “Great, He loves me unconditionally – no need to repent and believe or go to that church to learn more!”


Growing List of “Unnecessary” Treatments Under Socialized Medicine — Only people who fail at basic economics don’t realize that Socialized Medicine leads to more rationing — and especially when ridiculous “trans” procedures will be covered.


Black Woman’s Presidential Campaign Rejected by Racist Sexist Democrats

How perfect is this? Kamala Harris got beat by a gay white guy, a fake Cherokee and a socialist Jew. Trump couldn’t have planned it any better as a way to inflame racial paranoia in the African-American community. I’m sure Vladimir Putin must be delighted by this news . . .

So the Left – including the media – is completely racist!

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Humorless scolds.  Pure self-parody: Melinda Gates get rich by marrying white male tech geek Bill Gates then spends his money acting like it is oppression because women don’t choose STEM degrees.  And she got a bunch of bitter, irrational, un-funny people to make a video where the premise is that it will take 208 years (note the precision!) for women to be “equal.”  The only funny parts are how the dislikes on the videos are vastly higher than the likes and that they had to turn the comments off.


Former Obama Operatives Creating FAKE NEWS Sites To Help Democrats Win Election — The propaganda machine is in full swing.


Chick-fil-A gave money to Southern Poverty Law Center two years ago, tax records show — That’s twisted on multiple levels.

SPLC’s list may have contributed indirectly to a terrorist attack in 2012, when a gunman attacked the Family Research Council. The shooter said he had found the name on the SPLC’s website and had wanted to attack them in a blow for LGBT rights. At the time of the shooting, the terrorist had over a dozen Chick-fil-A sandwiches on his person.


Andy Ngo Suspended From Twitter for Stating Facts — Ngo’s thought crime was tweeting this: “The US is one of the safest countries for trans people. The murder rate of trans victims is actually lower than that for cis population. Also, who is behind the murders? Mostly black men.”  But these ignorant and/or malicious and/or cowardly Leftists pretend that if you don’t completely cater to these mentally ill / sinful people that they’ll all get murdered tomorrow.


These people really need Jesus.  Interesting that he noticed how the LGBTQX designations are part of this, as people are desperate for anything that makes them feel special.

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Christian feminist: I refuse to take my husband’s last name! Smash the patriarchy!

Christian: So you’re going to keep your dad’s name instead?

CF: Oh, uh, maybe I’ll take my mom’s name then! Smash the patriarchy!

C: So you’re going to take your grandfather’s name instead?

[Seemingly infinite regress]

CF: You mean they are all male names?!?! Stupid patriarchy.


The most nonsensical thing about the Ukraine thing is that the Dems are basically saying that it would be bad for Trump to want foreign countries to help us discover wrongdoings by Democrats.


Great points!  Why don’t these climate “strikers” stop using their electronic devices 24×7, tell teachers to turn off A/C, start riding their bikes everywhere, etc.  Hat tip: Danny


Savagery Reaches Edmonton — It is creepy enough at its core, but remember that the Left wants the guy to be able to waltz over our border and get full benefits here after he is paroled.

Koshwal faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years for stabbing his former girlfriend Nadine Skow more than 100 times, then removing some of her organs.



Every single 2020 Democrat would force taxpayers to cover abortion — Of course, because they are Molech-worshiping ghouls.  But the Republicans should use this every chance they get.  Only pro-abortion extremists want to force others to pay for abortions.


Why Are Pro-Choicers Bothered by Images of Aborted Clumps of Cells?  Because they know who they are killing.

Now why is a pro-life display “hurtful, sometimes deeply so,” if the unborn are not human persons? If the unborn are merely tissue mass, as the pro-choice side claims, then why would it deeply hurt anyone to see that our society is complicit in the removal of mere clumps of cells? It’s only hurtful if pro-life displays remind people of their guilt—the kind of guilt that one presumably wouldn’t feel since abortion doesn’t terminate the life of a baby. Or does it?

Let’s do a thought experiment: Suppose a fringe group believes that appendectomies and tonsillectomies are murder. The rest of us counter that appendixes and tonsils are just human organs and not whole human beings themselves. Suppose, further, this fringe group says, all right, they’ll display images of appendectomies and removed tonsils on public college campuses. Would anybody care to block their pictures? Would anybody claim this is “hate speech” and deeply hurtful?

Most of us would say, go ahead, we don’t feel any guilt over having our appendixes removed, and those pictures would actually prove our case that organs are not human persons. Their displays wouldn’t drive us to the point of censoring and covering pictures by standing in front of them.

But that’s the rub, isn’t it? Pictures of aborted fetuses have arms, heads, and faces. Appendixes and tonsils do not have faces that will never smile nor eyes that will never open again.


Paris: Feminists Attack Other Protesters For Highlighting Study Showing 52% of Male Rapists Are Migrants — Feminists are insane, even by Leftist standards.

“While the feminist marchers weren’t interested in hearing about who is “doing the raping” — as our president would say — they were very interested in flashing their bosoms in public to random onlookers to allegedly “protest” against “patriarchy,” notes Chris Menahan.


Academics Confirm Welfare Draws Immigrants — Who needed a study for this?  It is such basic economics.  Incentives drive behavior.  We are funding our own destruction by giving money to illegals.


I love this movie.


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Slavery Is Plantation Care | The Babylon Bee

Conservative Slams Liberal Policies He’ll Support Five Years From Now | The Babylon Bee — Yep.  So many conservatives are just rolling-20-year-Leftists – i.e., they don’t conserve biblical values or timeless conservative positions, they just wait until the pressure gets too great before changing to the new status quo.

Nation’s Progressives Give Thanks That They Have So Much To Be Angry About This Year | The Babylon Bee


We’re gonna need a lot of millstones to clean this up . . .

Chicago area school district allows transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms — So sick, and made worse by the adults who are preening over their perverted policies.

John 10:25-30 – so many eternal truths in one short passage

I’ve been focusing on this passage a lot as I added it to my Bible Memory list.  It has one fascinating and important truth after another.  The context is the “Good Shepherd” narrative where Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees.  He was asked if He was really the Christ, but they didn’t want the answer.

John 10:25–30 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

It is crucial to note that these people have seen Jesus face-to-face many times and even seen his miracles firsthand, yet they still don’t believe.

John 10:25 I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe . . .

Keep that in mind when skeptics say they’d believe if only they got a sign from God.  The Bible says they have already been given plenty of signs to know about God:

Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

And Jesus warned against asking for signs:

Matthew 16:4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

And just ask atheists if they’d worship God even if they were provided evidence that met their standards.  Many will admit that they still wouldn’t follow him.

Why didn’t the listeners believe even when they talked to the incarnate Christ in person and saw his miracles?  Because they weren’t his.  The Father hadn’t given them to Jesus.  And as Stan noted in the comments section, they believed because they were his sheep.  They didn’t believe and then become his sheep.

but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep . . . My Father, who has given them to me . . .

How are his sheep identified?  They believe Jesus, they follow Jesus and they persevere over time.

but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

So when “Christian” Leftists and other false teachers deny the Bible – which Jesus affirmed (the Old Testament) and authorized (the New Testament), then you can know they are wolves.  They don’t believe Jesus.   They don’t follow him, they follow the world.

One of the hidden blessings of the LGBTQX movement is that it makes a clear distinction between sheep and goats.  No one will have an excuse as to why they followed a false teacher.

This is an important truth for evangelism.  We should scatter the seed of the Gospel broadly and not try to guess who is and isn’t in Jesus’ flock.  We’ve all seen people who seemed highly unlikely to believe (I witness that monthly doing prison ministry) as well as those who you’d think would believe but don’t.  It glorifies God to proclaim the truth about Jesus regardless of whether people accept him.  But if people are hostile to the Gospel, then they either aren’t his sheep or it isn’t their time to believe.

And note the double assurance of perseverance: No one will snatch you out of Jesus’ hand or the Father’s hand.  You didn’t save yourself, you won’t un-save yourself, and no one else will un-save you.  That isn’t to say that you should never test yourself, just that if you have repented, believed and trust his Word then your default setting should be set on assurance.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

If you work really hard you can ignore the concept of predestination and salvation by grace and not works in this and other passages :-).  There is no hint that Jesus thinks that if He just badgers them some more that they will become his sheep.  Also this:

My Father, who has given them to me . . .

And note Jesus’ divinity here.  His hand = the Father’s hands. And this:

I and the Father are one.

The whole passage is so clear about sheep, goats, evidence, evangelism, predestination, perseverance of the saints and salvation by grace.  It is no accident that the “Christian” Left works overtime to dismiss the authority of the Gospel of John (and more).  Every time they do so they prove Jesus’ points.

Meditate on this passage today and enjoy the beautiful truths!

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Christian feminist: I know what the Bible says, but I refuse to submit to my husband!

Also Christian feminist: I gladly submit to my male supervisor, even though he would fire me or lay me off if it was in his best interests.


Watch: Anti-Trump Protester Refuses to Denounce Obama For Deporting More Immigrants Than Trump — The Moron Vote is dangerous.


Wow, good for him!  So many celebrity Christians have weak theology, but not this guy.  I love how he uses his forum so well for the real Gospel and slams the prosperity gospel.


Teacher adopts student with Down syndrome after his mother dies — Beautiful story.  One of the hardest things about raising a special needs child would be worrying about their care once you are gone.


‘It’s Violence’: Transgender Person Lashes Out At CNN Reporter For Mispronouncing Name — More Transanity.  Aside from the lunacy of saying you “misgendered” someone by stating their true gender, it obviously isn’t violence.  Worse yet, mispronouncing someone’s name – even if deliberately – isn’t remotely violent.  And the “trans” person used an unusual pronunciation, so reporter did nothing wrong.



I’m trying to figure out why Hot Air removed this comment from this post — The Salvation Army took on LGBTQ activists…. and won:

“Look, the men of Sodom groped for the door to pursue their homosexual desires even AFTER God blinded them*. Do you really think the Leftists, including the “Christian” Leftists, are going to give up so easily?

*Genesis 19:11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.”


Numerous outlets retract story on immigrant children after discovering it used Obama-era numbers

Democrats were swift to condemn the numbers before they realized they were from when former President Barack Obama was in office. The House Homeland Security Committee posted a now-deleted tweet saying, “These numbers are horrifying. The Trump administration’s child separation policy is cruel and shameful.”


Students Ditch Their Phones For a Week, Report Feeling Happier & More Refreshed


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Pro-Choicer Finds Baby Floating Down River, Shoves Him Toward Waterfall To Speed Things Along | The Babylon Bee — Oof!

We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.