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News You Should Know About
News You Should Know About

 August & September 2017

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH TO OFFER SPECIAL SERVICES FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE (Friday Church News Notes, July 14, 2017, , 866-295-4143) - The Anglican Church’s General Synod has voted in favor of “offering special services to welcome transgender people to the Anglican faith” (“Anglican Church set to offer,” The Guardian, Jul. 9, 2017). The motion passed by a margin of 284 to 78. Proposing the motion, Chris Newlands, from Blackburn, Lancashire, said: “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives.” The God who created man created him male and female, so a transgender person is rebelling against God’s created order. Gender is not an accident of nature. Psalm 139 says God creates the individual in the mother’s womb according to His plan. The Anglican Church has never been a biblical church, and in recent times it has grown ever more doctrinally apostate and morally reprobate. Already in 1953, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, in his book Nature and God, said, “... there is no such thing as revealed truth.” (For more on this see the report “Fifty Years of Anglican Liberalism” at the Way of Life web site.)

 

THOUSANDS MARCH IN SUPPORT OF THE BUILDING OF THE THIRD TEMPLE (Friday Church News Notes, August 4, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On Monday evening, July 31, thousands of Israelis marched around the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City at the beginning of Tisha B’Av in support of the building of the Third Temple (“Israelis March Demanding Access to Temple Mount and Building of Third Temple,” Israel Today, Aug. 1, 2017). Tisha B’Av, meaning the ninth day of the month Av, is a mourning fast to remember the destruction of the first and second Jewish temples, which were destroyed on the same day (the first in 586 BC and the second in AD 70). On Tisha B’Av, the Torah is draped in black. There is fasting and mourning, with the reading of the book of Lamentations and Jewish poetry called kinnot. Orthodox Jews believe that Tisha B’Av will be kept until the Messiah comes to build the temple and bring peace to Israel, at which time it will become a celebration. In truth, the third temple will be built by the antichrist and desecrated by his presence. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

 

U. S. PRESIDENT TRUMP BANS TRANSGENDERS FROM. MILITARY (Friday Church News Notes, August 4, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - President Trump has announced via Twitter that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in any capacity in the United States military, apparently signaling his decision to turn back the policy instigated by Barack Obama. Trump said, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical cost and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” This is good news for military readiness, assuming that the “presidential twitter ban” is actually implemented from top the bottom and that it is not overturned by activist military officers, the courts, or the next president.

 

HEAD OF U.S. COAST GUARD’S INSUBORDINATION  (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, has publicly and brazenly stated that he will disregard his Commander-in-Chief’s announced ban on transgenders in the military. “Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who took charge of the Coast Guard under former President Barack Obama, says he ‘will not break faith’ with transgenders under his command. ‘The first thing we did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come out’ as transgender, Zukunft said at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, reports the Hill. In his comments, Zukunft referred to the Coast Guard’s first openly transitioning officer, Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured in a Washington Post article about the effects of the ban on transgender members of the service. ‘I feel very unwanted,’ Miller reportedly said. ‘Mortified and embarrassed. Most people my age are worried whether they’re going to get a date or what apartment they’re going to rent. I’m worried about how I’m going to cover the cost of my hormones, hide from everybody and not get beaten up and murdered in an alleyway’“ (“Coast Guard Chief Will Disregard Trump’s Ban,” Breitbart, Aug. 3, 2017). This is a huge mess which has the potential to bring great harm to the U.S. military and the nation at large. In fact, it already has. There was gross lack of wisdom on the part of President Obama in foisting his radical social agenda upon the military. There is lack of wisdom on the current President’s side in announcing a major policy change in such a slapdash manner (via his private Twitter account). And there is gross insubordination on the part of the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in making a public announcement that he will not obey a lawful order. It is evidence of the lawless spirit that has permeated American society.

 

ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER SEEKS RUSSIA’S HELP  AGAINST IRAN (Friday Church News Notes, September 1, 2017, www.wayoflife.org - In his meeting with Vladimir Putin on August 23, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought Russia’s help in resisting Iran’s growing influence. Netanyahu told Putin that Iran’s growing presence in Syria is deeply concerning because it has vowed Israel’s destruction. Netanyahu said, “Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Islamic State, and this is a very important thing, but the bad thing is that where the defeated Islamic State group vanishes, Iran is stepping in. We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel. It arms terrorist organizations, it sponsors and initiates terror” (“Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Seeks to ‘Annihilate Israel,’“ Israel Today, Aug. 24, 2017). Netanyahu needs to read his Hebrew Bible more carefully. Russia will lead a military alliance against Israel in the battle of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 38-39. Ezekiel tells us exactly where this Gog lives, and that is in the “north parts” relative to Israel (Eze. 38:6, 15; 39:2). Netanyahu does well to see Iran as a threat, as Iran (the biblical Persia) is listed as one of Gog’s associates (Eze. 38:4-7). Russia has a long history of anti-Semitism, stemming back to ancient times. The Czars stirred up programs against the Jews by spreading lies about them. In 1984, the U.S. ambassador dealing with human rights under the Helsinki Accords said, “Berlin was once the world capital of anti-Semitism; I am afraid that today it is Moscow.” Russia has been arming Israel’s enemies since the early 1950s. When Israel entered the Sinai Peninsula in 1956 to force Egypt to allow free movement for its ships, Russia threatened her with annihilation (Moshe Dayan, Diary of the Sinai Campaign, 1966, p. 185). Russia armed Syria and Egypt for the 1973 Yom Kippur War with some of its most advanced weapons systems and provided Soviet technicians to help operate the equipment (Jerry Asher, Duel for the Golan, Kindle location 520). By the early 1970s, 15,000 Soviet military experts were shaping the Egyptian armed forces into a modern army (Abraham Rabinovich, The Yom Kippur War, Kindle Loc 255). Russia supplied Israel’s enemies with fighter jets, tanks, artillery, anti-aircraft missile batteries, and portable anti-tank weapons. Russia airlifted 15,000 tons of armaments to Syria and Egypt during the war. Russia is also providing Iran with nuclear technology and high-tech armaments. In September 2008, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, warned that Russian arms sales to Iran and Syria are “destabilizing and dangerous for Israel” (“Israel Irked by Iran-Russia Military Ties,” PressTV.ir, Sept. 13, 2008). “Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 39:1-2)

 

POPE AND WORLD COUNCIL MEET TO PROMOTE UNITY AND TO SAVE THE WORLD (Friday Church News Notes, September 1, 2017, - On August 23-24, leaders of the World Council of Churches had a private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican Palace to discuss ecumenical unity and the salvation of the world. WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit called the meeting fruitful and said that the “the unity of the church and the unity of humankind are interconnected” (“Pope Francis, WCC leadership meet in Rome, WCC News, Aug. 24, 2017). Tveit said that ecumenical unity is necessary to save the world, and he doesn’t mean the salvation of souls. Addressing the pope, the WCC leader said, “The future of humanity is threatened; the poorest among us are already feeling the worst consequences of them. We encourage you and the Roman Catholic Church to be with us in mobilizing a real change of mind, heart and priorities.” They want to save the world from such things as poverty, racial and religious division, nuclear armament, and climate change. “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, WHO MIND EARTHLY THINGS.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:17-20).

IRAN BOASTS THAT IT TRICKED THE WORLD AND CAN NOW START MAKING NUCLEAR BOMBS (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017- The following is excerpted from “Iran Boasts,” Israel Today, Sept. 7, 2017: “Israel warned former US President Barack Obama that Iran wouldn’t honor the nuclear arms deal he brokered with the Islamic Republic. The ayatollahs and their elected puppets went through the motions, but never truly fulfilled the stipulations of the agreement. The West, fearful of escalating tensions, turned a blind eye to numerous violations. But that only kicked the can down the road, as the Americans say. Now, top Iranian officials are openly boasting of successfully playing the West, while retaining the ability to restart their nuclear arms program at a moment’s notice. In an August 22 interview on Iran’s IRINN TV, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, revealed that his people had poured cement into a few external pipes at the Arak nuclear reactor in order to fool international inspectors, but had not disabled its core. ‘If we want to, we can start enriching uranium to 20% within five days, and that is very significant,’ said Salehi.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH BOOKS FACILITIES TO SATANIC FASHION SHOW (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, - Last week, an Anglican church was the venue for a fashion show featuring immodest models wearing satanic horns and upside-down crosses. St. Andrew Holborn Church has long been one of the London Fashion Week venues, but this year the show featured the work of Dilara Findikoglu who told Vogue magazine that she is fascinated with the occult and magic (“Bishop’s blast at ‘satanic’ London Fashion Week,” Daily Mail, Sep. 23, 2017). Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, rightly called it “not acceptable” and “blasphemous.” The church issued a statement saying, “We took this booking in good faith and were not aware of the content or design before the show took place.” But to host any kind of modern fashion show in a church is not only unacceptable, it is wicked. Recently the Wells Cathedral in Somerset hosted the filming of the latest occultic Hellboy movie. The Church of England is a nest for every kind of heresy and unclean thing. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). 

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? Following is by Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia: Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks…Gillard angered some Australian Muslims by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote: “IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’ ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!’ ‘Most Australians (but not me) believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’ We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us. “This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’. ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’” (Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves in Canada & USA and UK, We will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.) (From 2011 Challenge)

 

 


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