Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches.

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Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

By Timothy B. Lee, Updated: August 19, 2013

If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

In 2007, the police arrested a Massachusetts man who appeared to be selling crack cocaine from his car. The cops seized his cellphone and noticed that it was receiving calls from “My House.” They opened the phone to determine the number for “My House.” That led them to the man’s home, where the police found drugs, cash and guns.

The defendant was convicted, but on appeal he argued that accessing the information on his cellphone without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the man’s argument, ruling that the police should have gotten a warrant before accessing any information on the man’s phone.

The Obama Administration disagrees. In a petition filed earlier this month asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, the government argues that the First Circuit’s ruling conflicts with the rulings of several other appeals courts, as well as with earlier Supreme Court cases. Those earlier cases have given the police broad discretion to search possessions on the person of an arrested suspect, including notebooks, calendars and pagers. The government contends that a cellphone is no different than any other object a suspect might be carrying.

But as the storage capacity of cellphones rises, that position could become harder to defend. Our smart phones increasingly contain everything about our digital lives: our e-mails, text messages, photographs, browser histories and more. It would be troubling if the police had the power to get all that information with no warrant merely by arresting a suspect.

On the other hand, the Massachusetts case involves a primitive flip-phone, which could make this a bad test case. The specific phone involved in this 2007 incident likely didn’t have the wealth of information we store on more modern cellphones. It’s arguably more analogous to the address books and pagers the courts have already said the police can search. So, as Orin Kerr points out, if the Supreme Court ruled on the case, it would be making a decision based on “facts that are atypical now and are getting more outdated every passing month.”

Mark Rutland: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 21.

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Mark Rutland: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 21
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You might think you’re smart when you get out of college, but I suggest that the real education is only just the beginning.

In an Amish kitchen in Bird-in-Hand, Pa., in the heart of Dutch country, I saw a sign I’ll never forget: “Too soon old, too late smart.” When I saw it, I thought it was memorable but hardly meaningful. I was 21. Now the words are meaningful, but I can barely remember the farmhouse. I am 64.

Sometimes I have the fantasy that I will sit up on my deathbed and cry out, “Oh, I get it,” and lie down again and die. The Amish have it right.

Recently a friend said he wished he were 21 again. The thought held little interest for me, but he made an intriguing counteroffer: What if you could be 21 and know what you know now?

That held more allure, but it begged a question: What, if anything, do I now know that I wish I had known at 21?

I came up with 10 things, none of which I think I would have placed on my priority list at age 21.

1. Inner healing is greater than outward success. It is probably impossible to arrive at 21, let alone 64, without wounds in the inner person—deep wounds that need God’s healing grace. The more I see of inner healing and the more I face up to my own inner wounds, the more I wish I had let Messiah touch my deepest hurts earlier in life. That childhood hurt, that hidden outrage, that long-suppressed horrific memory can lurk like a monster in the basement waiting for years, even decades, to rise and wreak havoc.

Hiding the monster, denying that it’s down there, is a dangerous game. The temptation is to create an alternative reality where success and accomplishment and appearances seem so very real and the monster but a mirage. If I were 21 again I would bore down into the inner world of me and find Christ’s healing touch in the darkness under the floorboards.

2. Mercy is greater than justice. I have found that many in the church want the wayward to “get what’s coming to them.” Too often, there is a shortage of mercy among the followers of Christ, who blessed the merciful in His most famous message, the Sermon on the Mount. Were I 21 again, I would learn and practice mercy, knowing that later I would need it.

Churches, boards, denominations and individual believers who hanker for justice when a colleague stumbles may be planting for a bitter harvest. They gloat over the sins of others, humiliate the fallen and demand their administrative pound of flesh.

Competitiveness and legalism are the death of mercy. Mercy makes love real, acceptance and understanding a practice, and tenderness a way of life.

3. Kindness is better than being right. Just before my friend Jamie Buckingham died, I asked him for a word of wisdom. He said, “It is better to be kind than to be right.”

At 21, I advocated my positions too aggressively. I argued with an eye toward winning, unconcerned about the heart of my “adversary,” who may not have been adversarial at all. I made debate a contact sport. In preaching I let the bad dog off the chain, to the applause of the gallery.

Should time travel be mine and were I to be back in the land of 21, I would be kinder and less concerned with being right. Too many young adults give little thought to kindness.

They Twitter hurtful words like poisonous birds. Their humor is mocking, acidic and unkind. And they are more concerned with being thought clever than with being kind. The value of gentleness has declined on the world market; if I were 21 again I would wish to know the worth of a kind word.

4. Serving is better than being served. Encircled by their entourages, the “success” merchants of modern Christianity place high dividends on being catered to. When I was a pastor, the church I led invited a singing group to come minister. Their list of special demands, including a particular type of orange cut into equal fourths (I kid you not), was five pages long. We canceled.

I wish I had known at 21 how hollow is all that outward stuff. I wish I had known that caring, not being cared for, is what Christ had in mind.

I wish I had changed more diapers instead of leaving that to my wife. I wish I had served more meals, carried more bags, held more doors and lightened more burdens.

5. Brokenness is the doorway to wholeness. This mysterious paradox was hidden from me at 21. I feared brokenness. I ran from it, and when it got too close fought it off with all my might.

If I had but known brokenness was the key to my healing, it would have lifted such fear from me. I thought it would maim me at least and maybe even kill me. Now I know that there is very little real wholeness that does not emerge from real brokenness.

6. Truth is liberating and devastating. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” My friend Jamie tacked on, “But first it will make you miserable.”

How true. There is a phrase popular among many young adults that I quite like despite my usual distaste for pop jingoes. It is, “Keep it real.” I am not sure of all that is meant by it, but I know what I mean by it.

I wish I had known not to fear the truth about myself. I wish I had known that the temporary misery of the truth was worth going through to find the freedom that it brings.

7.Learning is greater than education. I am a university president, and Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a great university. I am not saying that higher education is unimportant. What I am saying is, I hated getting educated.

At 21, I was a miserable college senior. I was a miserable student from the first grade right through high school and on through three degrees. I was miserable because I did not understand the connection between education and learning.

If I were 21 again, I would still go to college. But this time I would go to learn not just to graduate. I would unleash my curiosity, embrace the process, worry less about my grades and enjoy learning.

How strange that I love to learn at the age I am now. I read voraciously—any subject. I want to know, to understand, to go deeper. If I were 21 again I would take that to college.

8. Giving is sweeter than gaining.I believe in the laws of the harvest. If there is any place in the world that understands “seed faith” it is ORU. Seed faith is not a new idea to me. I believed it at 21. I practiced it and am blessed today because it is real.

Yet I wish that at 21 I had known the sheer joy of giving. I know God will bless us when we give, and sometimes we have made this merely a method to gain. I wish I had realized the joy of generosity. I would have given more and delighted more in the good that giving does and less in the returns it provides.

9.Forgiveness doesn’t fix everything. Not the happiest truth I wish I had known, but it’s among the most sobering. Had I known this I might have been less callous, less reckless and more mindful of the cost.

There are things, relationships and hearts that once broken cannot be fully “fixed” by forgiveness. The wound, the uncaring and insensitive word—they may be forgiven, but the damage from them may never quite be right again.

When I was 21 I just wanted to be forgiven. I wish I had known to do less damage.

10. Prayer is more powerful than persuasion. In all of life, at every age, conflict is an inescapable reality. I wish I had known younger that in conflict and crisis talking to God works better than talking to people. At 21, due perhaps to youthful arrogance, I thought that I could talk my way through everything.

Self-sufficiency, a dangerous habit, breeds prayerlessness. The older I get I find that crisis drives me faster to my knees and more slowly to the phone.

I have seen God turn hearts around, change organizations and melt opposition by prayer alone—when no persuasive speech could have made a difference. If I were 21 again, I would spend more time talking with God and less (far less) persuading others to do what I want.

I wish I had known more than I did at 21. I might have considered one or two of these truths, but I doubt I would have fully appreciated their value.

I do not think I want to be 21 again. But if I had to, if some evil genie made me go back and live it all over, then these are the things I would want to know and the things I would want to believe.

Do not remain silent! A dire warning to Silent Pastors from the distant past.

Do not remain silent: A dire warning to American Pastors from the distant past.

By Mario Murillo

 

Mordecai said to Esther, “for if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

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It is with a broken heart and deep reverence that I beg you my fellow ministers, do not remain silent about Obama and the Democratic Party.  I know that for me to remain silent will put blood on my hands and perhaps judgment in my future.  You may ask me how do you dare make such a claim?  That is when I will ask you, what more must Obama do before you admit that he is a grave threat to everything that we hold dear as men of God?

I beg you!  Quit hiding behind myth of separation of church and state!  You have the right, yea the duty to speak out now before it is too late.

Listen to Matt Barber vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, “In recent years there’s been an epidemic of cultural inaction exhibited by far too many ministers of the gospel. It’s fear-based. “Oh, I don’t talk about political issues,” they say. “You know, ‘separation of Church and State’ and all that.”

Baloney.

If this is you — and only you and our Lord knows for sure — you’ve been deceived by the enemies of God. You’ve chosen the easy way out — the path of least resistance. This is something Christ, whom all Christians are called to emulate, never did — not once.

So, respectfully, man-up, Padre! Be the “salt and light of the world,” as Christ so admonished.

Did you get that? Despite hundreds of thousands of threatening letters sent by hard-left groups like the ACLU and Barry Lynn’s Americans United, not a single church has lost tax exemption for socio-political activity — zip, zero, nada. Not even for endorsing candidates from the pulpit.”

Obama and the Democratic Party’s agenda cannot win without the Christian vote and I believe that  if Pastors remain silent, we are headed for another defeat in 2014!

Are they afraid of losing tithers?  I am trying to wrap my brain around the idea of  a man of God who would rather lose a nation than a tither.

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Perhaps you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?  Maybe God gave you that pulpit for such a time as this?  What if you are here to speak up at the precise time that socialism is about to swallow of American exceptionalism?  We have to rise up in the name of God and stop  this plan for the dismantling of everything good and right about America.

Are you still hiding behind the excuse that we are to be “loving and not speak out ”?  What if Esther had hidden behind that excuse?  Does love keep silent?

Maybe you believe that we need a big government ruling our lives. Just remember, when they start to control healthcare they will come and control your church.   They will do it in the name of good.

Here’s what C.S. Lewis said about the nanny state:  “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

 

Maybe you believe that the grievance insdustry fomented by Jesse  Jackson, Al Sharpton and the NAACP  is a part of the civil rights movement.  It is not, listen to Dr. King’s own words:

“There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and outside agitators. But the Christians pressed on in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide.”

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You can cave into pressure, remain silent and let this moment bring irreversible damage.  However, do not fool yourself.  I say this with tears of love and I am quaking with conviction.  I believe we are fairly warned!  The next time you pray for growth, miracles, blessing or finances, consider the broken heart of God who will remember your silence, and that silence, I believe, will be screaming at God a lot louder than your prayers.

Obama Presidency A Lengthening Legacy Of Lawlessness.

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Obama Presidency A Lengthening Legacy Of Lawlessness.

 Posted 08/16/2013 06:43 PM ET

Leadership: President Obama’s approval numbers are now hitting record lows, yet his critics are often written off as simple-minded “Obama haters.” It doesn’t wash. The problem is a pattern of presidential lawlessness.

Last time we checked, the Constitution requires the president to “faithfully execute the law.” That’s no editorial opinion, but Article 2, Section 3, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “(The President) shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Our founders conceived and established in that document three co-equal branches of government to preserve our individual liberty and restrain the unlimited power of government. But this president and his administration have routinely ignored the divisions of power between the presidency, the Congress and its legislation, and the Supreme Court and its rulings.

Constitutionally, the president has the authority to check the legislative branch by recommending legislation to be passed by Congress or through the presidential veto. But he cannot legislate through executive fiat and he can’t pick and choose which parts of the law he will comply with or decline. Nor can he defy judicial rulings from the highest court in the land.

But that’s what he’s done. In just the latest example, President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has directed federal prosecutors to conceal the amount of drugs seized during an arrest to circumvent mandatory minimum sentences set by Congress in 1986.

Whether one agrees with that law or not, its legal authority lies within the constitutional powers of Congress, not the executive branch. And that’s the issue. It’s part of a growing litany of presidential lawlessness:

• Aug. 14, 2013: The Obama administration delayed the provision in ObamaCare to cap out-of-pocket health care costs, picking and choosing parts of the law to enforce, which is to exceed its authority.

• July 17, 2013: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals joined the federal appeals courts in D.C. and Philadelphia in ruling President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board recess appointments — who by law must be approved by Congress — were unconstitutional. Thus far, the president has ignored the ruling.

• July 1, 2013: The Obama administration unilaterally decided to delay the employer mandate provision of ObamaCare for a year, which is to provide information to the feds about the extent of an applicant’s insurance. Never mind that the law states the mandate must go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 — they are now relying on the “honor system” from applicants to determine if they are qualified for subsidies.

• March 27, 2012: EPA issued final rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions on electric utilities that require power plants to use nonexisting carbon capture-and-control technology to meet new emission standards, in defiance of the Congress’ rejection of cap-and-trade legislation.

• April 23, 2012: The administration postponed Medicare Advantage cuts by calling them a “demonstration project” and used funds not approved by Congress to delay effects of those cuts before the election.

• March 1, 2011: Attorney General Holder lied to Congress, saying “decisions made in the New Black Panther Party case were made by career attorneys in the department.” Associate A.G. Thomas Perrelli, an Obama political appointee, overruled a unanimous recommendation for prosecution by DOJ attorneys.

V Feb. 3, 2010: Judge Martin Feldman held the Obama administration in contempt for re-imposing an offshore drilling moratorium that was struck down by the courts.

This is just a small sampling of the lawlessness of this administration. From the Zimmerman trial, the EPA phony-address emails, the handing of farmers’ personal information to green activists, down to the illegal campaigning by Cabinet members, the list continues.

This lawlessness is the leading cause of distrust in government. As polls show, it’s also the leading cause of President Obama’s lost luster as America’s leader.

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Hitler and Hypergrace

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The Brand of Christianity that is popular today is the same brand that pervaded Germany when Hitler came to power.

When Detrick Bonhoeffer, the famed German Pastor and theologian asked how Hitler came to power, he did not cite the bad economy, the rise of hate, or even Hitler’s towering oratory.   He blamed cheap grace in the German church.

Here is what cheap grace did in Germany:

1. It made it unpopular to question Hitler’s actions.  He was in power because of God.  To question his actions was to question God’s will.  Ministers who criticized Hitler were rejected. Instead of taking action they were taught to say their prayers.

2. They became absorbed in private spiritual experiences, so they looked the other way.  They looked the other way as their constitution was dismantled; as their rights and freedoms were taken away, and even as Jews were herded into concentration camps.   Since God was with them, they had no opinion on anything that did not directly affect them.

3.  Even when they did see the wrongs done by their leader it was acceptable because of the good they thought he was doing for the country.   Basking in their perception of God’s goodness, they felt the end justified the means.   Cheap grace dulled them so that they could see no contradiction between their faith and the monstrous deeds of their Chancellor.

Hitler and our hypergrace: It is not a coincidence that the brand of Christianity that is popular today is the same brand that pervaded Germany when Hitler came to power.   Bonhoeffer called it cheap grace but today we know it as hypergrace.   Hypergrace has appeared now by design.  Satan used this tactic before so why wouldn’t he use it again?

Recently, a high profile leader was restored to the pulpit after a short time.  He had an affair that lasted for 5 years, agreed to a two year restoration but then the church changed its mind because of finances and brought him back after only 9 months.

A leading Christian magazine blamed hypergrace and said, “Clearly, there’s a strong disagreement among well-known leaders in the body of Christ over whether this man should have been released back into public ministry so quickly. In an age of the hypergrace movement—which is full of dangerous errors, such as denying the need for true repentance—re-ordaining a man who admitted to a four-year affair after less than a year smacks of grace wrongly applied.”

There may be “strong disagreement among well-known leaders in the Body of Christ,” but the general reaction by American Christians is a shrug.  They are shrugging at a lot of things…especially the destruction of our nation.  Hypergrace dulls Christians in America to natural outrage.

The leading teacher of hypergrace believes that 1 John 1:9, which says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,”   does not apply to Christians but to unbelievers.   In other words, God’s grace does not want repentance from us. Hypergrace turns God into an abused husband who not only does not want repentance from his wife but is in fact offended when she apologizes to Him about her sin.

Our constitution is being dismantled.  Our personal freedoms are being taken away.  A torrent of immorality has swept away the America we once knew.  At the very time that the Body of Christ should be alert, unified and on the attack she is in a stupor.  Here is how hypergrace is affecting us.

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1. Hypergrace points our outrage away from where it rightfully belongs. 

Instead of rising up with one mighty voice to oppose the forces that cost us marriage, privacy, prosperity, safety and freedom we turn our wrath on ministers who are brave enough to speak out.

It is ironic on so many levels to hear Christians tell preachers “get off this political stuff and just preach the Gospel!”   First of all, if we do not take action against Obama and the runaway Democratic Party it will be illegal to preach the Gospel in America and in fact, in many ways it is illegal now.

Second of all, there is nothing more political than to avoid a confrontation with evil because you will lose members or because you don’t want to get involved.

Hypergrace creates Christians who are illiterate. They do not know their Bible, The Bill of Rights, history or current events.  The root of this illiteracy is the delusion that they do not need to know.

It is alarming to see them sit back and watch our government violate the Constitution simply because they have no clue about what life is going to look like in America once we lose this irreplaceable document.

A strong case can be made that we have already lost the first 4 Amendments of the Constitution.  Benghazi is proof that the White House does not answer to the Constitution.  4 Americans are dead and all demands for an explanation have been ignored.  A filmmaker was imprisoned for making a film that had nothing to do with Benghazi.  The IRS was a tool to manipulate an election and continues to attack Christians and those who oppose Obama’s policies.  The NSA is spying on us right now.  Pastors are subject to arrest for merely being Biblical.

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Hypergrace wants to hear a consoling message even when it is a lie.

There are many that simply wish pastors would keep preaching a rosy message.   Millions of American Christians will shower success and accolades on those who will stand in pulpits and soothe their guilty conscience.

In the story of Scrooge the ghost of Jacob Marley delivers a terrifyingly inconvenient truth to Scrooge.  Scrooge in return begs for a comforting word: “ ‘Jacob,’ he said, imploringly. ‘Old Jacob Marley, tell me more. Speak comfort to me, Jacob.’

 ‘I have none to give,’ the Ghost replied. ‘It comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men. 

The words of grace of comfort do not belong to carnal Christians and is not to be preached by compromised ministers.   The Grace and Comfort we seek belongs to the broken vessel contending to obey and be used of God in a dark and dangerous world.

If some of the popular T.V. ministers of today had been the Captain of the Titanic they would have announced to the passengers on that fateful night, “don’t worry, we stopped to get ice!”

So what shall we do and how will the story of America end.  If we do not turn from lukewarm faith we are done.   However, there is a force for God that is rising!   God will bring correction and yes, judgment on America…by conviction is that in the end we will be mercifully restored!

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Chronicles 36:15, 16 says, “And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy”  Is America now a land without a remedy?

After much prayer and study God has settled the matter in my heart and it is my honor to humbly pass on to you what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me.   What is going on here is a strange form of judgment.   Heed my words!  What we are seeing is a surgical strike that will leave some desolate, but the righteous will be fully protected.  It is a preemptive strike meant to restore our Christian roots.  In fact I now know that this recession which is judgment on some will come out to the greater good of the righteous and that we can expect an unintended consequence: REVIVAL and a return to the core values that once made this nation great!

You see this selective judgment in Isaiah 3:10, and 11, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.  Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”  Furthermore, Isaiah describes a time of simultaneous wrath and blessing: Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

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The New Attacks on the Bible will Fail…Here’s Why.

 

By Mario Murillo

The Bible will survive all of the latest attacks.  Here’s why:

We cannot begin to fathom the unbridled hatred Satan has for the Word of God.  He is obsessed with the Bible because He sees it as the final obstacle in his plan to beat God.   By discrediting the Bible he believes he can fully conquer man and hold God’s beloved hostage and force a divine surrender.

Remember, He is the first being ever to suffer from denial.  He still believes he can win.  His mental illness is by design.  Satan is permitted to rage until in the fullness of time, God will act and as it was so well said by Martin Luther, “One little word shall fell him.”

People say that the Bible is not the Word of God…well, people have said a lot of things:

In 1889 a schoolteacher told a ten-year-old boy, “You will never amount to very much.” That boy was Albert Einstein. In 1954 a music manager told a young singer, “You ought to go back to driving a truck.” That singer was Elvis Presley. In 1962 a record company told a group of singers, “We don’t like your sound. Groups with guitars are definitely on their way out.” They said that to the Beatles. Man is prone to make mistakes. Those who reject the Bible should take the time to look at the evidence before they come to a verdict.

1. It is unique in its continuity.

If just 10 people today were picked who were from the same place, born around the same time, spoke the same language, and made about the same amount of money, and were asked to write on just one controversial subject, they would have trouble agreeing with each other. But the Bible stands alone. It was written over a period of 1,600 years by more than 40 writers from all walks of life. Some were fishermen; some were politicians. Others were generals or kings, shepherds or historians. They were from three different continents, and wrote in three different languages. They wrote on hundreds of controversial subjects yet they wrote with agreement and harmony. They wrote in dungeons, in temples, on beaches, and on hillsides, during peacetime and during war. Yet their words sound like they came from the same source. So even though 10 people today couldn’t write on one controversial subject and agree, God picked 40 different people to write the Bible—and it stands the test of time.

2. It is unique in its circulation.

The invention of the printing press in 1450 made it possible to print books in large quantities. The first book printed was the Bible. Since then, the Bible has been read by more people and printed more times than any other book in history. By 1930, over one billion Bibles had been distributed by Bible societies around the world. By 1977, Bible societies alone were printing over 200 million Bibles each year, and this doesn’t include the rest of the Bible publishing companies. No one who is interested in knowing the truth can ignore such an important book.

3. It is unique in its translation.

The Bible has been translated into over 1,400 languages. No other book even comes close.

4. It is unique in its survival.

In ancient times, books were copied by hand onto manuscripts which were made from parchment and would decay over time. Ancient books are available today only because someone made copies of the originals to preserve them. For example, the original writings of Julius Caesar are no longer around. We know what he wrote only by the copies we have. Only 10 copies still exist, and they were made 1,000 years after he died. Only 600 copies of Homer’s The Iliad exist, made 1,300 years after the originals were written. No other book has as many copies of the ancient manuscripts as the Bible. In fact, there are over 24,000 copies of New Testament manuscripts, some written within 35 years of the writer’s death.

5. It is unique in withstanding attack.

No other book has been so attacked throughout history as the Bible. In A.D. 300 the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered every Bible burned because he thought that by destroying the Scriptures he could destroy Christianity. Anyone caught with a Bible would be executed. But just 25 years later, the Roman emperor Constantine ordered that 50 perfect copies of the Bible be made at government expense. The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.

The Bible has also survived criticism. No book has been more attacked for its accuracy. And yet archeologists are proving every year that the Bible’s detailed descriptions of historic events are correct.   More on this soon!

RNC Unanimously Votes to Shut Out CNN, NBC From Debates

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RNC Unanimously Votes to Shut Out CNN, NBC From Debates

Friday, 16 Aug 2013 12:58 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

The Republican National Committee on Friday made good on its threat to dump CNN and NBC from covering its GOP presidential primary debates unless they drop their “political ad” productions about Hillary Clinton.

It unanimously passed a resolution that prevents any partnership with the two networks as long as the Clinton projects move forward.

So far, neither has budged in their plans to produce the programs, despite pleas from some of their own news staffers.

“Former Secretary Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, and CNN and NBC have both announced programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting [her],” the RNC said in the resolution passed at its summer meeting in Boston.

“These programming decisions are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election.

“Airing this programming will jeopardize the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks.”

The RNC noted also that Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, contributed the maximum amount to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign committee; $25,000 to Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund; and this year, $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

The committee again called on CNN and NBC “to cancel the airing of these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

It said that if they continue the projects, the committee “will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor.”

The RNC concluded it will “endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators, and debate partners.”

The no-nonsense resolution follows RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ warning earlier this month that the two television networks would be shut out unless they pulled the Clinton projects.

Priebus had written both NBC’s Greenblatt and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, to protest their programming plans.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” Priebus said.

NBC has announced plans to air a four-hour mini-series about the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state entitled “Hillary,” which, the network says, will track “Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician, and cabinet member,” starting in 1998.

CNN is working on a documentary from director Charles Ferguson, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his film “Inside Job,” which he once described as chronicling “the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry.”

In letters to the two networks, Priebus said airing the shows would be unfair not only to the GOP’s presidential pick, but to Clinton’s potential Democratic primary rivals — who he named as Vice President Joe Biden, Govs. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Andrew Cuomo of New York, and John Hickenlooper of Colorado, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

He said the networks’ “actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing. … I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd has said the planned mini-series from his network’s entertainment division could represent a disaster for the news division.

People fail to realize the split between the two NBC arms, which don’t always get along,he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“This is why this mini-series is a total nightmare for NBC News,” Todd said.