David Aaronovitch’s article in The Times today dares to say what others dare not say about the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, namely that the point of his action is the pointlessness of …
Here we are living in a world which scorns the religious dogma and calls out for us to be brave and go into the world alone and out of the world again alone, yet when someone does exactly that, and takes their actions to the logical conclusion of that position, everyone scurries to their comfort blanket of motives.
The motive is staring the godless culture, the secular culture of the immanent frame (as Charles Taylor puts it) in the face, and the culture blinks. It cannot stand its own truth.
Source: The Pointlessness of Vegas is Its Point – Stephen McAlpine
The President was right on target when he referred to the murderous act in Las Vegas as “Pure Evil.” Satan is the author and instigator of all evil.
We don’t yet know whether the 64-year-old Vegas gunman was deranged or cruelly rational. But we do know his act was demonic. No, the devil didn’t make him do it. The murderer made a horrible choice by giving Satan control of his life and accomplished the enemy’s deadly purpose.
Source: Las Vegas Shooting: Pure Evil | The Stream
Evil points to a necessary moral judgment made by a moral authority greater than we are — a transcendent and supernatural moral authority, God. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” [Isaiah 5:20,
Source: “An Act of Pure Evil” – Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas – AlbertMohler.com
In addition to revealing the heroic acts that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday night, witness Taylor Benge revealed that […]
Source: ‘I’m a Firm Believer in God Now’: Emotional Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Says He’s No Longer Agnostic — Here’s Why – Faithwire
by Matt Walsh
Hugh Hefner died last night. I’m sorry he’s dead. I’m sorry for his family. But mostly I’m sorry for the incredible damage he did to society as one of the pioneers of the sexual revolution and a driving force behind our cultural decay.
It’s unfortunate that we must point out the fact that Hefner was a pornographer and a pimp. That his life’s work was to amass a collection of desperate women who were willing to be used and exploited. But we must tell this truth in order to combat the untruths that people are now saying about him.
We live in a country where men like Hefner are immediately canonized upon death. I’ve seen Hefner described as a “hero” and a “role model.” These are lies, and we must call them lies. The fact that Hefner is dead does not change the fact that he was a peddler of filth. If a man wishes to be remembered as virtuous and decent, he must live virtuously and decently. We don’t become virtuous and decent when we die, as if death itself washes away every bad thing we’ve done. Quite the opposite, actually. Death is when we reckon with the bad things.
I’ve been assured that Hefner is “in a better place” now. I realize this is just a thing we say about all dead people, no matter who they are and what they did. And indeed it’s possible that Hefner repented before death and has now entered the Better Place. But to confidently state as fact that a pornographer is in Heaven is arrogant and dangerous. Pray that God has mercy on him, but do not run around declaring that a man who spent his life having orgies and taking pictures of naked women must necessarily be reaping eternal rewards.
Let’s try to be serious for a change. Let’s treat the death of a man like Hefner with somber honesty. It is always sad when someone dies. It is even sadder when a corrupt and decadent man dies. We may have hope that a man of great faith and goodness is in Heaven. We may have the same hope for the corrupt man, but it is a slimmer hope. So, we simply trust in the mercy and justice of God, knowing that He will deliver us all to the destinations we have chosen. And, if we must learn anything from Hefner’s life, it’s that a life of selfish pleasure seems so pointless once it’s over. That is the great lesson he taught us.
May God have mercy on him and all sinners. Amen.
If you want bad news about America, I can give it to you in abundance. If you want to make a case for why it’s too late for national reformation, I can make quite the case. Yet there are two words that give me hope, and I want to share that hope with you. But first the bad news: America is really sick – as in really, really sick. That’s why some conservative preachers and pundits believe we have passed the point of no return. After all, the blood of more than 55 million aborted babies is crying out from the ground. How long before God avenges it?
Source: Two Words That Give Me Hope for America | Ask Dr. Brown
Mark Bauerlein, writing about Camille Paglia: She announced it a few months back in an interview with the New York Observer. The very first question asked her about comparisons between President Trump
Source: This Crisis? It’s Nothing | The American Conservative
The most damage done to black Americans is inflicted by those politicians, civil rights leaders, and academics.
The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.
Source: The Black Family is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery | The Stream
What could be better than the promise of four years of free college? Just last year the idea seemed to poll well.
Source: Is Free College a Losing Message for Democrats? | The Stream
What you should know about the religiously syncretistic and racially separatist group known as the Nation of Islam.
Source: 9 Things You Should Know About the Nation of Islam
A florist and baker at the heart of major legal cases explained why they won’t use their creative talents and services to affirm same-sex marriage.
Source: They Serve Gay Clients, So Why Won’t They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding?
Find your joy in God with sermons, books, podcasts, video, and daily articles from the ministry of John Piper.
Source: Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth | Desiring God
Tim Ferriss in an incredibly successful writer, podcaster, investor, and corporate advisor. As he relates in his 2017 TED talk, he was found intellectual satisfaction in the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. Ultimately, however, Stoicism will fail Tim. Although there are many ethical comparisons between Stoicism and biblical Christianity, the foundational contrasts between the two are irreconcilable. The main differences between biblical Christianity and Stoicism can be summarized in the three most important events in the life of Jesus Christ: His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Source: A Brief, Biblical Response to the Stoicism of Tim Ferriss
Most of us, whether we realize it or not, evaluate our marriages almost every day. If we’re in a social situation, we tend to wonder, “How does our marriage measure up to theirs?” When we’re by ourselves, the evaluation is often along the lines of, “Am I happier today than I was yesterday?” or “Am […]
Source: A Quick Test to Evaluate Your Marriage | Gary ThomasA Quick Test to Evaluate Your Marriage | Gary Thomas
Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent? How did that happen? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains.
Source: If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism | PragerU
Praying these three prayers allows us to seek the activity of God in all this and yet to display deep trust in him to work as he chooses for his glory.
Source: Praying in the Middle of a Storm | For The Church
Find your joy in God with sermons, books, podcasts, video, and daily articles from the ministry of John Piper.
Source: My Dark Night of the Soul | Desiring God
President Donald Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday evening, citing his record of service to his country. (appointed judges are the problem in our government.)
Source: Donald Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Breitbart
The lessons of history are warning enough. The lessons of heresy are even more pressing. Brothers and sisters in Christ, we dare not miss the lessons of history and heresy. God will judge us. This we know.
Source: Letter from Berlin: The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority – AlbertMohler.com
One drunken mistake can change your life forever. Just ask Toronto Blue Jays fan Ken Pagan
Source: Throwing it all away
On Monday’s No Spin News, Bill welcomed syndicated radio talk show host Michael Medved, whose Jewish mother and grandparents fled from Germany in 1934.
Source: Bill O’Reilly: No Spin News Excerpt – Bill O’Reilly’s Full Interview with Michael Medved on Nazis, Charlottesville, & Trump
Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? Watch as Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares the inconvenient history of the Democratic Party.
Source: The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party | PragerU
Results of the new NPR/PBS Marist poll are pretty surprizing for we who have relied on the media to accurately report on the mindset of the country. It’s not that the numbers are good for Trump; they’
Source: Trump Is More In Touch Than You Think | The American Conservative
The Left and Right perceive the world differently. One side sees it as it exists, accepts fundamental truths and facts–even if they are painful–and then adopts a worldview. The other side adopts a vision, and then views the world through that prism. Which side sees the world as reality? And which as it imagines? Dennis Prager’s Left-Right Differences Series Part 4: How Do You Deal With Painful Truths? How do Conservatives and Liberals differ?
Source: How Do You Deal With Painful Truths? Left vs. Right #4 | PragerU
The cross of Jesus Christ is all about God’s holiness. That may seem strange, that a place of blood and suffering and torment would be all about holiness. But the cross answers this question: How can a holy God be reconciled to unholy people? That question demands this one: How can the relationship between a holy God and an unholy people be restored without some gross act of injustice?
Source: God’s Mercy and God’s Wrath Meet at the Cross – Tim Challies
A few days ago, our Sunday school lesson was centered on the first chapter of the Westminster Confession and its emphasis on the necessity of Scripture. In discussing how wonderfully God provided
Source: Easy Lies to Believe | Gentle Reformation
God will build his church regardless….. I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. That includes the LGBT organization and the Demoncrats.
On Thursday’s No Spin News, Bill welcomed Pastor Robert Jeffress, who has advised President Trump, to discuss the morality of the North Korea situation.
Source: Bill O’Reilly: No Spin News Preview – Bill O’Reilly and Pastor Robert Jeffress on Trump & North Korea
I’m not a conspiratorialist, and I don’t believe the sky is falling. But I do know that some major players on the left are trying to silence many of us on the right. Our views are considered toxic and dangerous and discriminatory and hateful. Our views, we are told, belong to a bygone, bigoted era and do not deserve a hearing. Our views, in short, must be suppressed and silenced, and those who dissent will be punished.
Source: Don’t Let Them Silence Us! | Ask Dr. Brown
To my brothers and sisters in ministry, I ask in the sight of God: Please speak plainly and clearly … and with love… when it comes to homosexuality,
Source: Christian Leaders, Please Speak the Truth About Homosexuality Plainly and With Love | The Stream
We need to make some important distinctions about the biblical meaning of “fearing” God. These distinctions can be helpful, but they can also be a little dangerous. When Luther struggled with that, he made this distinction, which has since become somewhat famous: He distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear.
“It is a frightening thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). As sinful people, we have every reason to fear God’s judgment; it is part of our motivation to be reconciled with God.
Source: What Does it Mean to Fear God?
Are there circumstances under which a murderer deserves the death penalty? In other words, should capital punishment be abolished or not? Dennis Prager explains.
Source: Is the Death Penalty Ever Moral? | PragerU