Heaven Attacks!

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Heaven Attacks!

Dear Friend,

It is more than appropriate at this time of year that we proclaim the supremacy of Christ over the devil.  Films abound in the Halloween season that trumpets a great falsehood. God and the devil are supposedly locked in a mortal battle for the Universe.  In many films God is not even able to hold His own against lower ranked devils!  It all began with The Exorcist where a Priest is helpless before a demon.  Several films later satan became even more menacing and irresistible in The Devil’s Advocate.  In The Exorcism of Emily Rose, God is so limited in His witness that He is forced to leave a girl demon possessed to help prove His existence.  Now the devil is a CEO in the sitcom Reaper.If the world has overstated the Devil’s power then the church is guilty of being ignorant of His devices!  Both of these conditions are caused by the devil’s crusade against the Bible.   Oh how the Devil hates the Bible.  The Holy Scriptures show Him for the wrecked and ruined being that he is.  The Word of God records his defeat on the Cross and his impending doom in the Lake of Fire.  No wonder he has moved men through the ages to blast the pages of the Bible and ban it whenever possible!  Not only did lucifer manipulate the world to reject the Bible, he has also fooled believers into downgrading its authority.  Many Charismatics rely too heavily on personal experiences for guidance.  Many go by feelings, impressions, and prophetic words for guidance the way the world uses horoscopes and the Ouija board.

I came to understand the supremacy of Christ over Satan because I wanted to win souls. Winning souls to Christ means everything to me.  The reason that I beg for signs and wonders is because they help win souls.  The reason that I preach direct truth is because it gives the lost soul the greatest chance to see their real condition.  The reason I believe so strongly in prayer is because it pierces the darkness and leaves the sinner helpless before God.

Jesus sat the twelve down and gave them special authority which included the power to cast out devils.  This power eluded me for much of my early ministry.  Then one day I was on the San JoseStateUniversity campus preaching in Morris Daley Auditorium to hundreds of students. There was a lot of buzzing going on.  Skeptics, hecklers and radical left agitators were there to disrupt my preaching.

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What happened next was beyond unexpected.  A man about 20 years of age burst into the crowded hall. He was screaming as if he were burning alive.  He ran to the front and something threw him to the floor and he began to writhe like a snake and foam at the mouth.

My first reaction was terror and complete helplessness. The audience’s reaction was amazing.  Though some of them were stone atheists they feared that they had just entered the realm of the supernatural.  This was no seizure or mental condition; this was the face of evil!

The Holy Spirit rose within me.  I knew it was He who had enveloped me in such serene confidence and clear direction.  I obeyed immediately.  I was not to yell or cause a scene. I was to merely kneel beside this tortured soul and whisper the words that God had ordered; “Come out of him and never return.”  He became lifeless. We sat him up and I asked him if he would receive Jesus and be healed of his possession.  Now childlike tears of repentance replaced the screams of hell. He stood and declared his salvation before the stunned audience.

I knew better than to try and preach.  If you could morph all of the greatest preachers who ever lived into just one masterful oration it would not have had the impact for Christ of that young man’s deliverance! I opened the altars and there was an astounding harvest of souls.

It was out of this experience that God convicted me of something that changed the very course of my ministry. God said, “Don’t just win souls; make disciples!”  Now I had the key!  How could I expect a killer gang member, a crack addict or a prostitute to say a prayer and just go back to their wretched environment with no power?  From now on we had to cast out demons and then make sure they are baptized into the Holy Spirit!

In 1989 I went to the Cow Palace Arena in San Francisco armed with this added weapon.  I called on my good friends Vinnie and Nancy Longo to oversee a special ministry.  They came all the way from the New York area.  We would rent an adjacent hall and lead the demonically possessed into this hall and see them delivered. I chose Vinnie and Nancy because they had the true gift of faith.  They know the Word of God and they minister in love and balance.

The results were stunning.  The management of the hall must have known the urgency of what was happening to these precious souls because they often allowed us to stay in that hall until 3 AM!

Today there is something going on that would be hilarious if it were not also so pathetic.  Modern Charismatic churches that no longer have a place for the supernatural refer demonic cases to psychiatrists who then refer them to on fire churches that pray for deliverance.

What is the accurate picture of satan?  What threat does he actually pose to God?  Let me put it this way, an amoeba has a better chance to survive on the surface of our sun than the devil does in an attack on God.

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Here are two examples of the supremacy of Christ that stand out to me in Scripture: Luke 8:26-28 says, Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.  And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Highest God? I beg You, do not torment me!”

Notice how they ran to Jesus begging for mercy the moment that Jesus stepped upon their shore.  This was unconditional surrender!  Now let us consider how many demons were in this man.  Donald Grey Barnhouse said, “At Gadera the Lord confronted the poor man who was possessed by the powers of Satan.  He called upon the evil force to declare itself by name and the evil spirit answered, ‘My name is Legion: for we are many.’  If we may put any stress on the meaning of the name it is highly significant to note that in the time of Augustus a Roman legion counted 6,100 foot soldiers and 726 horsemen.”  Though they were many, these imps were so powerless that they offered no resistance to the Christ!

Now lets look at another example of supremacy: Revelation 20:1 “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil and satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.”  Here we have an angel of such low rank that we are not even given his name and yet he possesses the power to hammerlock, cuff and imprison Lucifer!

When satan fell he was stripped of all power but one; He was left with the power of illusion. It was in the Garden of Eden after Adam left Eve alone that satan first plied His remaining skill on Humanity.  If he had real power there would be no need to seduce man.  If he had physical authority he would not need to lie.   He was there to gain the power that God gave to man and to hold the object of God’s love as a hostage.

When the serpent made His pitch to the woman it included the three greatest lies that mankind has ever been told.  These lies have echoed in history and is the basis for every false spiritual ideology including Humanism, New Age, occult, witchcraft, Satanism and Eastern Mysticism.

Let look at this first conversation between satan and mankind.  Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.”

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Here in all of its decadent glory are the three lies that spawned every false religion and ideology.

A. God is trying to deprive you so go your own way.  The snake said, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”  Eve passed this test by reminding the devil of every other fruit that was legal. However the seed of doubt was planted and she felt deprived.  Throughout the ages man’s right to have everything and the lie that God seeks to deprive us has fueled rebellion.  The promise of the serpent was freedom but it delivered slavery.

B. If you eat this it will give you power. We cannot number the many false religions that fall into this category.  Here we see the lie that a physical act can bring power.  Crystals, magic wands, special diets, chants, talisman, chicken bones and garlic all fit into the system that holds that if you do something physical it will give you power.  The only means for power that man ever had was to submit and obey God.  The word of God says in Galatians 4:1 “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.”  Man was never deprived he was merely in training.  When the right time comes God gives us more than we can ever imagine!  New Age cannot go through proper channels, mystics and witches cannot wait, they cannot bear doing it God’s way.  Small wonder that the Word says “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”

C. You will become a god.  Satan said, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.”  Scientology says this!  Hinduism says this!  Darwin says this!  This explains so much.  In the great society of spiritual pursuit this explains why Christianity and Judaism are outcasts!  We are punished for believing that we are not to become God but the children of God and worship Him alone!

No mention of satan’s defeat can leave out the Cross! Paul said of Jesus on the Cross, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them.”  Paul also teaches us that if Satan grasped what the Cross was going to do to Him, He never would have crucified Jesus!

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In my book I am the Christian the Devil warned you about I wrote this, “lucifer has merely been allowed to exist. He is deceived by design and obligated to have of his acts ultimately recoil back onto him.

How can I prove this to you?  Simply ask yourself, what single event of all time has been most devastating to the Prince of Darkness?  It is the Resurrection of Christ, of course!  This universal detonation of Glory which saved man and brought unspeakable gifts of grace and righteousness would not have been possible without a death first.

Beelzebub committed a massive blunder in killing the Christ yet, he has access to all of the Old Testament prophecies.  He even eavesdropped on Jesus as He taught His disciples about His death, burial, and Easter miracle.  None of this helped the devil restrain His disastrous impulses.”

I Corinthians 2:8 says “which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”   Satan knew but He didn’t know!  God gave Him a mental illness beyond amnesia that would allow God to pull the strings until the Devil’s use is complete! Then comes his worst nightmare!  Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Even though He sees you reading this He is helpless to stop its benefit to your life. He is screaming to you what the Wizard of Oz screamed to Dorothy…“Ignore the man behind the curtain!”  As Barnhouse said of Satan, “he is limited to lying about his prestige and position, thus exhibiting the ragged tatters on the lining of his pride.”  Hallelujah to the Christ who reigns forevermore!

Forbes: White House Predicted in 2010 That 93 Million Would Lose Their Health Plans Under ObamaCare

Forbes: White House Predicted in 2010 That 93 Million Would Lose Their Health Plans Under ObamaCare

By Noel Sheppard | October 31, 2013 | 10: A  A
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To counter accusations that the President lied when he repeatedly told Americans they can keep their health insurance plans if they liked them, the administration has claimed that he was referring to the millions of people covered by their employers.

An article from Forbes Thursday thoroughly refutes this claiming that Obama officials back in 2010 predicted that 93 million Americans would have their plans cancelled as a result of ObamaCare including a vast amount of those with employer-sponsored plans:

If you read the Affordable Care Act when it was passed, you knew that it was dishonest for President Obama to claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” as he did—and continues to do—on countless occasions. And we now know that the administration knew this all along. It turns out that in an obscure report buried in a June 2010 edition of the Federal Register, administration officials predicted massive disruption of the private insurance market. […]

[T]he administration’s commentary in the Federal Register did not only refer to the individual market, but also the market for employer-sponsored health insurance.

Section 1251 of the Affordable Care Act contains what’s called a “grandfather” provision that, in theory, allows people to keep their existing plans if they like them. But subsequent regulations from the Obama administration interpreted that provision so narrowly as to prevent most plans from gaining this protection.

“The Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013,” wrote the administration on page 34552. All in all, more than half of employer-sponsored plans will lose their “grandfather status” and get canceled. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 156 million Americans—more than half the population—was covered by employer-sponsored insurance in 2013.

As we found out from Lisa Myers’ report Monday, the administration predicted that between 47 and 60 percent of individually-purchased policies would be cancelled under ObamaCare.

Forbes did the math to calculate a total:

51 percent of the employer-based market plus 53.5 percent of the non-group market (the middle of the administration’s range) amounts to 93 million Americans.

What this means is that not only did Obama lie when he repeatedly told Americans that they can keep their plans if they like them, he also lied in Boston on Wednesday when he said he was referring to the majority of Americans coverered by their employers.

Will media report this?

Stay tuned?

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/10/31/forbes-obama-officials-predicted-2010-93-million-would-lose-health-pl#ixzz2jKIFwXgq

The President Who Has Done the Most Damage.

Dennis Prager

The President Who Has Done the Most Damage.

By Dennis Prager – October 29, 2013

I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance “compassionate” is a euphemism for ever-expanding government.

But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.

This is equally true domestically and internationally.

Domestically, his policies have gravely impacted the American economy.

He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history.

He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion dollars in five years (this after calling his predecessor “unpatriotic” for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).

He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid — means-tested, let alone non-means tested — than work full-time.

He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money — thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking another reserve currency — and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.

With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act, he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employee-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers.

His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable.

His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a video maker in California who had nothing to do with the assault.

In this president’s White House, the buck stops nowhere.

Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress — the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.

Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”) and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police “acted stupidly”) were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic and, most of all, divisive.

He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world — something he should know as well anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against “the rich” and “corporate profits.”

Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War I.

One wonders if there is a remaining ally nation that trusts him. And worse, no American enemy fears him. If you are a free movement (the democratic Iranian and Syrian oppositions) or a free country (Israel), you have little or no reason to believe that you have a steadfast ally in the United States.

Even non-democratic allies no longer trust America. Barack Obama has alienated our most important and longest standing Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Both the anti-Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Iran Arab states have lost respect for him.

And his complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has left that country with weekly bloodbaths.

Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse.

He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” That is the one promise he has kept.

Google puts a large mystery barge in San Francisco Bay.

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Google takes secrecy to new heights with mystery barge

By Ronnie Cohen and Alexei Oreskovic

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – How badly does Google want to keep under wraps a mysterious project taking shape on a barge in San Francisco Bay? Badly enough to require U.S. government officials to sign confidentiality agreements.

At least one Coast Guard employee has had to sign a non-disclosure agreement with the Internet giant, said Barry Bena, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman. Another person who would only identify himself as an inspector for a California government agency had to do the same.

Moored in the shadow of the Bay Bridge off of Treasure Island, a former military base, the nondescript barge is stacked several stories high with white shipping containers, and sprouts what appear to be antennas on top. The hulking structure, half shrouded in scaffolding, has stirred intense speculation in the Bay Area since reports of its existence surfaced late last week.

Technology website CNET theorized that the vessel might be a floating data center that will house banks of computers. Local TV station KPIX said the barge is intended to serve as a floating retail store for Google’s “Glass” wearable computer device – although its external appearance, at least thus far, doesn’t suggest such a purpose.

Adding to the mystery, a second similar barge was recently spotted in Portland, Maine, and is also registered to By and Large LLC, according to local media reports.

The company itself is keeping mum, refusing even to acknowledge its affiliation with the vessels.

Secrecy is a standard business practice in Silicon Valley, where technology companies such as Apple Inc go to great lengths to keep their latest gadgets under wraps and a constellation of blogs compete to reveal highly prized details.

But the concealment effort surrounding the barge is in another league. Chain-link fences and security guards encircle a pier and a couple of nearby buildings on the island, which sits between San Francisco and Oakland.

A California state inspector, who said he had business in the hangar-like Building 3 where some of the early construction took place, told Reuters he had to surrender his mobile phone and sign a confidentiality agreement in order to enter.

Bob Jessup, a construction company superintendent who works in a building across the street, said Google spent the past year working on the project. He said they fenced off a wide area and brought in at least 40 welders a day, who worked around the clock and refused to say a word.

“They wouldn’t give up any of the information,” Jessup said. “It was a phenomenal production. None of them would tell us anything.”

He said they worked on the inside and the outside of the shipping containers, outfitting them with electronics – “very hush hush” – and then loaded them onto the barge with a crane. They put sides on the containers, with glass windows in some of them. They had to weld them very precisely so they could stack, Jessup recounted.

Jessup said he could not imagine that Google would try to use the floating vessel as a retail outlet. “Who’s going to want to climb up in there?” he asked. “It’s really ugly.”

The vessel is registered to a company called By and Large LLC, and some nearby property on Treasure Island has been subleased to the same firm. Representatives of the firm could not be reached for comment.

Larry Goldzband, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, told Reuters his agency has had several meetings with Google officials about the barge in recent months. Yet the company provided little information other than telling him that the vessel will be used for “general technology purposes,” he said.

Google “could not give us a specific plan of any kind,” not even whether they intended the barge to move or stay in one place, Goldzband said. If the barge remains in place for an extended period of time after its construction is completed, it will require a permit from the BCDC, he said.

“We’ve asked counsel to get us as much information as soon as they can, so that we can continue the discussion,” Goldzband said, referring to Google’s law firm.

(Reporting by Ronnie Cohen and Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Edwin Chan, Jonathan Weber and Lisa Shumaker)

Has a man ever delivered a baby?’

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Here is a report of how it is going so far at the Sebelius hearing

Ellmers: ‘…has a man ever delivered a baby?’

Sebelius had a sharp exchange with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who asked if it was true that under the Affordable Care Act, men would have to buy maternity coverage?

“This is why premiums are going up, because we are forcing people to buy coverage they will never need,” Ellmers said.

Sebelius responded that insurance policies cover many things people may never need, and that many of these men may need such coverage for their spouses.

“To your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?” Ellmers asked before the chairman cut her off because she had run out of time.

 

Hearing may continue for a while

In an indication that the hearing may go on for a while longer, Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told Sebelius that he was going to try to get her out of there by 12:30 p.m. Chuckles arose from the room.

“Is that a joke?” Sebelius said.

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12:20 PM

Gardner to Sebelius: ‘Why aren’t you losing your insurance?’

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) told Sebelius that he and his family buy their health insurance on the private market, and like other people in his boat, got a notice saying his plan was being discontinued this year. He said he chose to reject his congressional insurance to be more like people in his district.

“Why aren’t you losing your insurance?” he demanded of Sebelius. “Why won’t you go into this exchange?”

Sebelius responded that she is not eligible, because people who get affordable coverage through their employer may not apply through the marketplace.

“I would urge you to be like the American people,” he said, before asking for a waiver from the health-care law for his Colorado district.

Gardner also referenced this ad from Colorado.

Sandhya Somashekhar
12:14 PM

We’re off to see the wizard…

Several members of the Energy and Commerce Committee compared the launch of Obamacare to the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

“There is a famous movie called the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ and in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ there is a great line,” said Rep. Joe Barton, (R-Tex.). “Dorothy at some point in the movie turns to her little dog Toto and says, ‘Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.’”

“Well, Madam Secretary, while you’re from Kansas, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Some might say that we are actually in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ land given the parallel universes we appear to be habitating.”

Sebelius did not seem amused by the Kansas reference.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and  Rep.  Greg Harper (R-Miss.) also made references to the “Wizard of Oz.”

Pompeo said that when the characters in the “Wizard” got to the end of the yellow brick road, “at the end of the day, and they pulled back the curtain,” what they found wasn’t any different than something they already had.

Vincent Bzdek
12:06 PM

Sebelius: Obama not responsible for botched Obamacare rollout

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that President Obama is not responsible for the botched rollout of his signature health care law.

“No, sir,” Sebelius said when asked directly whether Obama is responsible at a House hearing.

Instead, Sebelius pointed to the department she leads, HHS.

“We are responsible for the rollout,” she said.

PROMINENT CHRISTIAN PASTOR STUNS EVANGELICALS WITH THIS SHOCKING ENDORSEMENT OF GAY RELATIONSHIPS.

PROMINENT CHRISTIAN PASTOR STUNS EVANGELICALS WITH THIS SHOCKING ENDORSEMENT OF GAY RELATIONSHIPS

Jan. 16, 2013 12:33pm 

When one of the most prominent evangelical Christian leaders steps out in support of same-sex relationships, heads naturally turn. This is exactly what has unfolded in the United Kingdom after Steve Chalke, the senior minister at Oasis Church who is widely regarded as one of the region’s key faith leaders, came out in support of homosexuality. He announced his change-of-heart — one that is sending shock-waves throughout the international evangelical community — in the most recent issue of Christianity magazine.

In his startling proclamation, Chalke admitted being nervous about how the news will be received. He noted that some will accuse him of drifting away from the Christian scriptures, while others will claim he’s no longer an evangelical. However, he noted that his ideological transition comes after “prayerful reflection.”

“I feel both compelled and afraid to write this article. Compelled because, in my understanding, the principles of justice, reconciliation and inclusion sit at the very heart of Jesus’ message,” the pastor wrote. “Afraid because I recognise the Bible is understood by many to teach that the practice of homosexuality, in any circumstance, is a sin or ‘less than God’s best.’”

UK Pastor Steve Chalke Shocks Evangelicals With Endorsement of Gay Relationships

For those wondering how Chalke rectifies the traditional Christian view on gay marriage with new new-found beliefs, consider some portions of his article,which highlight his primary arguments on the matter:

One tragic outworking of the Church’s historical rejection of faithful gay relationships is our failure to provide homosexual people with any model of how to cope with their sexuality, except for those who have the gift of, or capacity for, celibacy. In this way we have left people vulnerable and isolated. When we refuse to make room for gay people to live in loving, stable relationships, we consign them to lives of loneliness, secrecy and fear. It’s one thing to be critical of a promiscuous lifestyle – but shouldn’t the Church consider nurturing positive models for permanent and monogamous homosexual relationships? […]

Christianity is not about a book, but about a person who is the word of God made flesh. On the issue of women or slavery, as just two examples, the New Testament closes some distance from where even the most conservative Christian now is in their understanding. The process of understanding the character and will of Yahweh as revealed through Jesus is an ongoing task for every generation.

Here is my question: shouldn’t we take the same principle that we readily apply to the role of women, slavery, and numerous other issues, and apply it to our understanding of permanent, faithful, homosexual relationships? Wouldn’t it be inconsistent not to?

Chalke notes that he is finally making his views public, because he believes that peoples’ lives are at stake. He describes how homosexuals feel when they are cut out and treated negatively by believers — something he decries in the article. He notes that “tolerance is not the same as Christ-like love” and he petitions that Christians go beyond the former to properly show the latter.

The pastor believes that it is essential for believers to find ways to “formerly support and encourage” those engaged in same-sex partnerships, so that they, too, can become an active part of “Christ’s body.”

UK Pastor Steve Chalke Shocks Evangelicals With Endorsement of Gay Relationships

Throughout the article, Chalke also takes the opportunity to address portions of the Bible that purportedly condemn homosexuality, calling them into question and attempting as they are traditionally understood to also add context to the discussion. On his web site, in a separate article entitled, “A Matter of Integrity,” he clarified his stance in an abridged discussion on the issue of homosexuality.

“Rather than condemn and exclude, can we dare to create an environment for homosexual people where issues of self-esteem and wellbeing can be talked about,” he writes. “Where the virtues of loyalty, respect, interdependence and faithfulness can be nurtured, and where exclusive and permanent same-sex relationships can be supported?”

Not everyone is responding favorably to his change of heart, but some are disagreeing with calmness and rational rebuttal. Take, for instance, Steve Clifford, the director of the U.K.’s Evangelical Alliance, who penned an open letter (read it here) in which he called Chalke a friend who has contributed greatly to the Christian cause. However, he expressed intense disagreement with the preacher’s newfound views on homosexuality.

“While I understand and respect Steve’s pastoral motivations, I believe the conclusions he has come to on same-sex relationships are wrong,” he said. “Generations of Christians have faced the challenge of making the gospel relevant within their cultural settings. The danger we all face, and I fear Steve has succumbed to, is that we produce ‘a god’ in our own likeness or in the likeness of the culture in which we find ourselves.”

You can read all of Chalke’s arguments in support of same-sex relationships here.

NEARLY 1.5 MILLION LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE DUE TO OBAMACARE

NEARLY 1.5 MILLION LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE DUE TO OBAMACARE


by JOHN NOLTE 28 Oct 2013 

By merely adding up recent media reports, the National Center for Public Policy Research discovered that 1.5 million insurance cancellations have already gone out. These cancellations are all due to the ObamaCare mandate that requires every health insurance policy meet a minimum requirement of a one-size-fits-all Cadillac plan that forces people to pay for coverage they neither want nor need.

During his sales job to pass his signature health insurance plan, President Obama repeatedly and without qualification promised the American people that if you liked your insurance plan, you could keep it. Obama also promised everyone that their premiums would decrease and that he would never raise taxes on the middle class.

Already 1.5 million have had insurance they were happy with stripped from them. If the Congressional Budget Office is correct, this will happen to millions more.

That is one broken promise.

Sunday, the LA Times reported that middle-class Californians face, on average, a 30% rate increase “due to several factors ties to” ObamaCare.  That is just one state, and it is another broken promise.

One could also argue that these premium increases are nothing more than tax increases to pay for ObamaCare. So that is another broken promise.

Finally, how many of the millions losing the health care plan they like will lose their doctor in the process? That is yet another broken promise.

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance.

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks out to deliver remarks alongside Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2013.

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

The White House does not dispute that many in the individual market will lose their current coverage, but argues they will be offered better coverage in its place, and that many will get tax subsidies that would offset any increased costs. “One of the main goals of the law is to ensure that people have insurance they can rely on – that doesn’t discriminate or charge more based on pre-existing conditions.  The consumers who are getting notices are in plans that do not provide all these protections – but in the vast majority of cases, those same insurers will automatically shift their enrollees to a plan that provides new consumer protections and, for nearly half of individual market enrollees, discounts through premium tax credits,” said White House spokesperson Jessica Santillo.

Individual insurance plans with low premiums often lack basic benefits, such as prescription drug coverage, or carry high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. The Affordable Care Act requires all companies to offer more benefits, such as mental health care, and also bars companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions.

 Today, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked about the president’s promise that consumers would be able to keep their health care. “What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage, minimum services that every insurance plan has to provide,” Carney said. “So it’s true that there are existing healthcare plans on the individual market that don’t meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act.”
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Heather Goldwater, 38, of South Carolina, says that she received a letter from her insurer saying the company would no longer offer her plan, but hasn’t yet received a follow-up letter with a comparable option.

Other experts said that most consumers in the individual market will not be able to keep their policies. Nancy Thompson, senior vice president of CBIZ Benefits, which helps companies manage their employee benefits, says numbers in this market are hard to pin down, but that data from states and carriers suggests “anywhere from 50 to 75 percent” of individual policy holders will get cancellation letters. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, who chairs the health committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, says that estimate is “probably about right.” She added that a few states are asking insurance companies to cancel and replace policies, rather than just amend them, to avoid confusion.

A spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an insurance trade association, also said the 50 to 75 percent estimate was consistent with the range they are hearing.

Those getting the cancellation letters are often shocked and unhappy.

George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was “perfectly happy” with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The “comparable” plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.

And the best option he’s found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month.

“The deductible is less,” he said, “But the plan doesn’t meet my needs. Its unaffordable.”

“I’m sitting here looking at this, thinking we ought to just pay the fine and just get insurance when we’re sick,” Schwab added. “Everybody’s worried about whether the website works or not, but that’s fixable. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This stuff isn’t fixable.”

Heather Goldwater, 38, of South Carolina, is raising a new baby while running her own PR firm. She said she received a letter last July from Cigna, her insurance company, that said the company would no longer offer her individual plan, and promised to send a letter by October offering a comparable option. So far, she hasn’t received anything.

“I’m completely overwhelmed with a six-month-old and a business,” said Goldwater. “The last thing I can do is spend hours poring over a website that isn’t working, trying to wrap my head around this entire health care overhaul.”

 Goldwater said she supports the new law and is grateful for provisions helping folks like her with pre-existing conditions, but she worries she won’t be able to afford the new insurance, which is expected to cost more because it has more benefits. “I’m jealous of people who have really good health insurance,” she said. “It’s people like me who are stuck in the middle who are going to get screwed.”

Richard Helgren, a Lansing, Mich., retiree, said he was “irate” when he received a letter informing him that his wife Amy’s $559 a month health plan was being changed because of the law. The plan the insurer offered raised his deductible from $0 to $2,500, and the company gave him 17 days to decide.

The higher costs spooked him and his wife, who have painstakingly planned for their retirement years. “Every dollar we didn’t plan for erodes our standard of living,” Helgren said.

Ulltimately, though Helgren opted not to shop through the ACA exchanges, he was able to apply for a good plan with a slightly lower premium through an insurance agent.

He said he never believed President Obama’s promise that people would be able to keep their current plans.

“I heard him only about a thousand times,” he said. “I didn’t believe him when he said it though because there was just no way that was going to happen. They wrote the regulations so strictly that none of the old polices can grandfather.”

For months, Laszewski has warned that some consumers will face sticker shock. He recently got his own notice that he and his wife cannot keep their current policy, which he described as one of the best, so-called “Cadillac” plans offered for 2013. Now, he said, the best comparable plan he found for 2014 has a smaller doctor network, larger out-of-pocket costs, and a 66 percent premium increase.

“Mr. President, I like the coverage I have,” Laszweski said. “It is the best health insurance policy you can buy.”

500,000 Californians Lose Health Policies.

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500,000 Californians Lose Health Policies

My wife, the syndicated San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders, has learned that at least 500,000 Californians may lose their health insurance next year — and that’s a conservative estimate. From her Token Conservative blog:

According to this link as of December 2012, there were 491,977 covered lives in individual health care plans regulated by the state Department Insurance that are not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act. (If they bought a plan after March 2010, their coverage is not grandfathered.) This is a 2012 number, but if the number of people with private coverage hasn’t changed much in the last ten months, that’s half a million Californians who will lose their coverage.

Those canceled policies will have to be replaced with Obamacare-approved insurance:

California Association of Health Plans president Pat Johnston told me that by law providers must cancel non-grandfathered individual policies. (It is my understanding some folks will lose their coverage at year’s end, others might be able to extend into 2014 through the end of a covered year.) This probably means premiums hikes for people who “not only were they healthy, they also probably were very savvy shoppers.” This is a small corner of the insurance market; others may well save money under the Affordable Care Act. But for the people kicked off their individual California plans, Johnston said, it may well be that ”if you’re outside that subsidy range, you’re on your own.”

So much for, “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.” The train wreck continues.

The Spiritual Avalanche that Could Kill Millions.

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This is coming to you from a man who has just passed through the valley of the shadow of death. Since my close call with eternity just a short while ago … everything has become clearer. I can hear His whisper. Unabated obedience has become my mandate. That is why I’m writing this word from the Lord.

A few days ago, after enjoying quality time with Jesus, I was surprised by an alarming vision. I saw a massive, majestic mountain covered in glistening snow. It reminded me of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Its peaks were sparkling white and I was amazed by God’s attention to detail. It was so realistic I wanted to go skiing! But I sensed that there was more that the Holy Spirit was about to reveal. As I closed my eyes, I was in a winter wonderland bustling with thousands of vacationers. The ski lodge, condos, hotels and cabins were at full capacity at this popular resort.

Day quickly turned to night as the skiers, snowboarders and sports enthusiasts were settling in. Anticipation grew as the snow began to fall. Everyone headed to bed believing tomorrow would be a day of sheer enjoyment on freshly covered slopes. For an avid skier, the exhilaration of being the first one to race down a new blanket of snow is a dream come true.

Throughout the night, winter storms dropped several feet of new snow on the slopes. The night ski patrol was put on full alert. Their mission was clear. With the potential of killer avalanches they took to their posts.

I began to weep as the vision continued to unfold along with its spiritual application.

The ski patrol operated like a well-trained platoon. Some boarded helicopters manned with small bombs, others jumped on snowmobiles loaded with hand held explosive devices. What seemed to be a strategic group of sharpshooters were stationed at the base maneuvering anti-tank weapons aimed at the snow covered peaks. They fired their weapons at strategic points in the “avalanche zone” to force avalanches before the snow accumulated to a life-threatening depth. Left unchecked, the accumulation of heavy, dense snow packed on top of lighter snow could easily slide down with incredible speed and force, resulting in enormous damage and loss of life.

The Lord began to speak. I trembled. The fresh, new snow represented the false teaching that is steadily falling on the ears of the body of Christ. It has been, and is, a heavy snowfall. The skiers represented believers and non-believers, trusting the resort for a safe and memorable experience. As Christians, we have been warned to be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). However, the present, awe-inspiring teachings have lulled many into a deeper sleep.

The layers upon layers of snow have been steadily covering the solid traditional truth of Christ. The truth is that foolish teaching in these days will become so fashionable even the most dedicated believer could become deceived (Matt. 24:24). It’s happening before our eyes. One spiritual leaders said the other day: “You guys are old-fashioned ‘holiness,’ we are modern day ‘grace.’ You live in bondage while we can do anything we want.

Pastors and teachers worldwide have succumbed to heretical teachings including universal reconciliation, deification of man, challenging the validity of the Word of God including His judgments, and even lifting any boundaries, claiming His amazing grace is actually “amazing freedom.” You are free to live according to your own desires. Sound familiar? “They had no king and did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6). These popular self-proclaimed ministers of the gospel are covering the “slopes” and will be held accountable for the spiritual death of millions.

Just as the ski patrol did in this vision, those who are aware of what’s happening must take swift and accurate action. Their weapons of warfare must be aimed at the peaks and the ‘avalanche terrain’ to dispel the lies. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers must be willing to drop spiritual bombs, fire anti-heresy missiles, and even drive into the danger zones armed with explosive truth to confront this potential avalanche. The generals of this generation must leave the war room and put their years of experience on the front lines.

Friend, I humbly encourage you to heed this vision and take it before the Lord. I’ve written it just as it was given. My responsibility is to share with the body of Christ His words to me. The ears that hear and the hands that obey are out of my control. This is not just Steve Hill telling a story. Most of what the Lord shares with me is personal and remains in my heart. But I sincerely believe that this is a warning for this hour.

Satan is “snowing the saints” but it can be stopped. In the vision I heard explosions. I saw dedicated Christian soldiers scrambling to do anything it took to bring down this avalanche before devastation occurred. One of the most powerful weapons we possess to combat this onslaught is the tongue. Let God set yours ablaze by preaching ALL the words in RED. If we take action now the result will be a tearing down of false teaching and a remaining layer of solid, God given, biblical instruction that will save the lost, heal the sick and strengthen Christians to do the true work of the ministry.

Note from Mario:  Are we past letting God warn us?  I pray we are not!   This is the time for all of us to heed God’s warnings and take hold of His promises.  The fields are white unto harvest!  Let’s put off our petty differences and present the Gospel of love and power to millions of Americans who ready for the real hope and change in Christ.

They are calling it the BIG ONE.  People whose discernment I trust are predicting that LIVING PROOF FOR FAIRFIELD will be the most awe inspiring outreach yet.  If you are anywhere near Fairfield bring everyone you can.  We are not spouting a slogan when we say LIVING PROOF.  In these meetings,  God is taking vengeance on Satan and all of his works!    I pray that this is the big one!  I hope that you will either come and join me or at the very least pray for these two explosive nights!   The doors open today at 4:30.

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