Why Younger Christians are Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

When anyone reads the Bible, it must be considered as a whole (Isaiah 28:13) and is not subject to what we feel about a issue (2 Peter 1:20).  We have been given the Bible as an instruction manual so that we can discern right from wrong and not be led astray (Isaiah 5:20; 9:16).  The scriptures are timeless and very clear on this subject (see below).

Support for same-sex marriage is at an all time high – even among white evangelicals and it’s due to a generational shift, according to a new study from Pew Research Center.

Their poll shows that 47 percent of…those born after 1964..favor gay marriage, compared with 26 percent…those born between 1928 and 1964.

Rodgers said her views shifted because she saw another way of interpreting the Bible.

“When pastors and leaders begin to come out (as LGBT affirming), people are going to move. They just need permission,” she said. “It gives people …permission to say, ‘I feel that way, too.’ ”

“Many contemporary interpreters of the Bible hold to a view of marriage — that it is simply about love between any two people, regardless of their sex,” he said.

Dr. Hill points to key passages in the Bible that speak to homosexuality: Genesis 1:27, 19:5, Leviticus 18:22, Galatians 5:16, Romans 1:26-27, 29-31, and 1 Corinthians. 6:9-10.

“Many contemporary readers of the Bible are trying to find ways to say that the Bible’s prohibitions against same-sex sexual behavior are culturally limited and not universally applicable….”

www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/june/why-younger-christians-are-favoring-same-sex-marriage

China, Germany Step Up as U.S. Retires From World Leadership

The coming shift in power is remarkably underlined in the following article.  In accordance with prophecy the US and UK along with Israel will continue to decline as the EU and the East rise along with others.

The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time.

When world leaders meet in Hamburg on Friday, China and Germany will move in to usurp the U.S.’s role.

The two industrial powerhouses of Asia and Europe are being nudged into an informal alliance to pick up the leadership baton that the U.S. is accused of having dropped since President Donald Trump’s inauguration earlier this year….

“China and Germany’s new closeness is something that happened because of the Trump episode,” said Diego Ramiro Guelar, ambassador to Beijing for G-20 member Argentina. “The two most important leaders in the world are President Xi and Chancellor Merkel at the moment.”

The U.S. has “left somewhat of a vacuum” in the region by abandoning the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement….

“There’s a clear recognition of our leaders that German-Chinese leadership is now needed,”….

There are still significant limits to how far a Germany-China tandem can go, ….

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-03/as-u-s-retires-from-world-leadership-china-and-germany-step-up

 

 

Russia-China Plan vs US Plan for North Korea

Another case of the future Kings of the East working more closely together …. and against the US and its interests.

Moscow has dismissed US-led calls at the UN Security Council to introduce new sanctions over Pyongyang’s latest ballistic missile test, calling instead, for more “creative” diplomacy, citing the joint proposal by the Russian and Chinese leaders Tuesday.

Describing the North Korean ballistic missile launch on Tuesday as “dangerous, reckless and irresponsible,” the American Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council to implement new measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The US has vowed to take measures to protect its security and that of its regional allies in case sanctions fail, even if it means using force against the North Korean regime.

Russia’s deputy envoy to the United Nations, spoke out against new sanctions, calling on member states to follow a join Russian-China initiative…

“Any attempts to justify a military solution are inadmissible and will lead to unpredictable consequences for the region. In the same manner, attempts to economically strangle North Korea are equally unacceptable, as millions of North Koreans remain in need of humanitarian aid,” Safronkov stressed.

“The Russian Federation and the Peoples Republic of China put forth a join initiative, based on Chinese proposed ideas of a ‘double freezing‘ [missile and nuclear activities by the DPRK and large-scale joint exercises by the United States and the Republic of Korea] and ‘parallel advancement’ for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as establishing a peace mechanism on the Peninsula,” the diplomat said.

Moscow’s part of the “phased” plan, Safronkov said, calls on Pyongyang to make a “voluntary political decision” and “declare a moratorium on testing of nuclear explosive devices and ballistic rocket tests.”

https://www.rt.com/news/395423-russia-china-unsc-korea/

 

European Nuclear Weapons Program Would Be Legal

Germany and the EU continue to seriously look at greatly expanding its military capabilities, apparently due to decisions that Trump will/is/has made. For all the seemingly positive ones that he has made, other decisions may very well precipitate the rise of the final Beast Power.

A review recently commissioned by the German Parliament has determined that the country could legally finance the British or French nuclear weapons programs in exchange for their protection. The European Union could do the same if it changed its budgeting rules, the study found.

The German assessment comes after months of discussion in Berlin over whether Europe can still rely on American security assurances, which President Trump has called into question. Some have called for considering, as a replacement, a pan-European nuclear umbrella of existing French and British warheads.

The assessment provides a legal framework for such a plan. Britain or France, it finds, could legally base nuclear warheads on German soil.

The document states that “President Trump and his contradictory statements on NATO” have led to fears “that the U.S. could reduce its nuclear commitment” to Europe.

Nonetheless, analysts say, the review indicates the growing seriousness with which Germany is preparing for the possible loss of the American guarantees that have safeguarded and united European allies since World War II.

“Someone wanted to see whether this could work,” said Ulrich Kuhn, a German nuclear analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “It suggests people consider this a possibility.”

www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/world/europe/germany-nuclear-weapons.html

 

Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities

As we focus on our military might to deter countries from attacking, additional ways of bringing us to our knees are being developed.

Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries.

The hackers appeared determined to map out computer networks for future attacks, the report concluded. But investigators have not been able to analyze the malicious “payload” of the hackers’ code, which would offer more detail into what they were after.

www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/technology/nuclear-plant-hack-report.html

 

Pope Shakes up Vatican

By definition “catholic” literally means universal.  The goal of Catholicism is to include or have everyone adopt its religion.  The Catholic church will continue to step up this approach more and more as we get closer to the end time.

In a major shake up of the Vatican’s administration on Saturday, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism’s top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff’s vision of a more inclusive Church.

Mueller has criticised parts of a 2016 papal treatise called “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love), a cornerstone document of Francis’ attempt to make the 1.2 billion-member Church more inclusive and less condemning.

In it, Francis called for a Church that is less strict and more compassionate towards any “imperfect” members, such as those who divorced and remarried, saying “no one can be condemned forever”.

www.yahoo.com/news/pope-shakes-vatican-replacing-conservative-doctrinal-chief-125031115.html

 

Strategic Patience with North Korea Over

Please see our comments from before Trump became president.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a “determined response,” and that the era of “strategic patience” with North Korea’s government had ended.

“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed. … Frankly, that patience is over,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden in a joint appearance with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“We’re working closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world, on a range of diplomatic, security and economic measures to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea,” Trump said.

http://news.trust.org/item/20170630160143-sndld/

‘The Next War will be Bloody’

Romans 3:15-17

“The next war will be pretty bloody for both sides. Israel will evacuate its population and I suggest the Lebanese do the same,” Lt.-Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi told The Jerusalem Post at a briefing in Metulla, Israel’s northernmost town at the border with Lebanon.

Israel has long avoided evacuating civilians during wars, but is looking to change that policy in the North. In addition to the threat posed by Hezbollah’s stockpile of more than 100,000 rockets, the IDF is now concerned about the very real possibility of ground attacks against Israeli communities.

“It will be a totally new battlefield than what we saw in 2006,” she said, pointing out that the group has significantly increased its battlefield knowledge by fighting for the regime of Bashar Assad.

….two scenarios that would lead to war on the Lebanese front. “One would be Iran deciding to give the order to attack Israel, and the other would be a miscalculation by either side which would escalate into a full-blown war”….

A Hezbollah poster features a photo of the Dome of the Rock and an armed fighter. The face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini glowers down over the dome where “We are coming” is written in Hebrew and Arabic.

http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=498169

Next Global Crash

Though it is not yet evident, the beast power will become the leading economic power of the world (Revelation 18:7) and many others will hitch their wagon to that rising star and become wealthy because of it (Revelation 18:9).

A new financial crisis is brewing in the emerging economies and it could hit “with a vengeance”, an influential group of central bankers has warned.

Emerging markets such as China are showing the same signs that their economies are overheating as the US and the UK demonstrated before the financial crisis of 2007-08….

The BIS, which is sometimes known as the central bank for central banks…warned of trouble ahead for the world economy.

It predicted that central banks would be forced to raise interest rates after years of record lows in order to combat inflation which will “smother” growth.

The world economy is still recovering from the financial crisis and the euro crisis which followed it in 2010.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/global-financial-crash-central-bankers-warn-back-with-a-vengeance-china-debt-gdp-ratio-a7807811.html

Australian Majority Ditches Religion

Many wonder where God is today and why He is not actively involved in our lives. It is because we are moving from Him and not the other way around.

Australia is becoming older and more diverse — both culturally and religiously — according to new data from the country’s census.

Fifty years ago, census data showed that more than 88% of the country was Christian. It’s now just over 52%.

In the survey, which had a 95% response rate, more Australians didn’t identify with a religion than any single religion, a first for the country which had been predominantly Catholic. Nearly 30% reported “no religion,”….

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/27/asia/australia-census-2016/index.html