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Must See – How Should The Church Treat And Speak To Homosexuals? (And, Why Its Good To Be Single) (video, left), Ben Witherington III, Seven Minute Seminary, Seedbed
Must See – What’s Surprising And New In Jesus’s Teaching About Women? (video, right), Ben Witherington III, Seven Minute Seminary, Seedbed
You Said You Would Free Us: Jesus And The LGBTQ Community, Lou Engle, Elijah List
A Prediction About The Coming Split In The Methodist Church, Michael Brown, Charisma
The Gay Divide Is Taking Out Churches – Is Yours Next? Shane Idleman, Charisma
Also see, What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality? Shane Idleman, Westside Christian Fellowship
Did Jesus Say Anything About Homosexuality? Shane Idleman, Westside Christian Fellowship
The Devil May Be Behind This New Netflix Series, But God Will Use It For Good, Mike Bickle, Charisma
CS Commentary: We have not been able to find the primary prophecy from Bob Jones about this, so the reliance here is totally on what the article describes as Shawn Bolz’s report about what Bob Jones said – in other words, this is third hand information.
Todd Bentley Panel Investigation Conclusions, updated 1/25/20
See our Archives on September 29, 2019 and September 22, 2019 for more on this controversy. For Other Links And Statements on the Todd Bentley Controversy see our September 8, 2019 Spiritual Life Post and our September 15, 2019 Spiritual Life Post
CS Commentary, updated 1/14/20: From our previous reports on the Bentley ‘scandal’ we affirm the panel’s statement above. We won’t comment on Joyner’s entry except to say that – once again – no mention appears to be made of the victims in this, and that some of it comes across as a kind of ‘rambling’ mess that engages in a fair amount of self-justification. A lot of reader’s won’t appreciate that we’ve said this, but we are just trying to keep it ‘real.’ We were wrong previously to suggest that, perhaps, some of the Apostle Paul’s writings, like 2 Cor. 10-12 in particular, might come across in a similar fashion. Though some of his contemporaries did complain that Paul’s writings were ‘hard to understand’, we can’t compare Joyner’s diatribe here to them – and particularly not to 2 Cor. 10-12 which comes across as a clear, justifiable defense of Paul’s apostleship. That said, we don’t pretend to know what the Lord has said directly to Joyner or what pressures a leader at that level has to endure. At any level though, the panel’s conclusions – a panel initiated by Joyner through Michael Brown – have to be read as an affirmation of Powell’s initial warnings, and at least a partial, if indirect, indictment of Joyner’s handling of the affair. Our opinions and conclusions on the rest of the controversy and disagreements between Joyner and Powell, and others, which can be accessed beginning with this link, stand.
My Final Statement On The Todd Bentley Investigation, Michael Brown
Investigative Panel Declares Todd Bentley Disqualified From Ministry – He Starts New Ministry, Jenny Rose Spaudo, Charisma
Todd Bentley Investigation Finds ‘Steady Pattern’ Of Immoral Conduct, Bob Smietana, Christianity Today
Must See – Ron Cantor Speaks Out On Todd Bentley Investigation Findings, You Tube/Ron Cantor – Reach Tel Aviv
CS Commentary: Another wise, balanced, Biblical synopsis of the Todd Bentley affair including a summary of the incidents and arguments for the wisdom of Brown’s handling of the investigation and of the panel’s conclusions.
Must Read: Panel On Todd Bentley – A Line Being Drawn In The Sand, Joseph Mattera, Charisma
Strange Fire: A Decade In The Life Of Todd Bentley, Warren Cole Smith, Ministry Watch
CS Commentary: We are not familiar with this site or author, but the evaluation here is up-to- date, and mostly objective, fair and helpful, even the excerpt from Cole’s upcoming book, Faith-Based Fraud. Cole’s findings are a good reminder for all believers in Charismatic circles to think through a higher level of Biblical criteria for evaluating leaders and ministers – and a challenge for all of us to exercise a higher level of discernment.
CS Commentary: Again, not familiar with the author or the site – and we don’t agree with everything here (like her environmental perspective) – but, it is good to read constructively critical reports from those either outside of your own stream or critical of it. The author has some valid warnings, questions, and some insightful things to say. One place we disagree is with her implied criteria for prophetic authority – that some prophetic voice should have prophesied about Soleimani’s recent death.
The prophetic voice is not about ‘prediction’ primarily, it is about turning God’s people back to Him (for more, see Evaluating Prophets And Prophecy). According to Amos 3:7, “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants, the prophets.” Yes – but this verse, nor anywhere else, says that the prophet is required to announce everything to the people. In fact, the reverse. God talks to His ‘friends’ and shares with them information that He may not share with the people at large.
Perhaps a better challenge, or question, for someone who claims to be a genuine prophet would be, “Did God show you about Soleimani’s death before it happened? How?” And, “Why did you not share it at large before the event took place?” There are many reasons a genuine prophetic voice may not share a piece of information. Just one is that God may have restrained or instructed him or her from doing so.
CS Commentary: As we have shared many times on this site, according to both Gallup and NPR, LGBTQ is less than 5% of the total population of the US. Transgenders are less than 1%. How is it that America has allowed such a small portion of the population to gain so much power and intimidation?
For a complete Biblical view of the LGBTQ issue be sure to view the teaching videos and other links above.
Many times over the last 50 years the church has made gays or gay advocates ‘scapegoats’ for issues in the church. In the church’s defense, the gay lobby and gay activists are some of the most powerful and aggressive in the nation. Some of them could even be described as ‘bullies.’ It is time for the church to stand up to such behavior.
Even so, in our view, God does not view LGBTQ individuals any different than He views anyone in heterosexual sexual sin. It is the effect and symbol of gay sin that is the issue in the Bible. That is, though God views the individuals the same – as sinners whom He loves in need of a Savior – according to the Bible, the individual negative effect of gay behavior is greater and its negative effect on society is greater. At the same time, increasing gay behavior and societal acceptance of it is a sign and symbol of the moral disintegration of a culture and one of the clear signs that a nation is in decline (Romans 1).
The 2nd American Revolutionary/Civil War, Part 26: America’s Purpose, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
The 2nd American Revolutionary Civil War: Champions, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
The 2nd American Revolutionary Civil War: How To Prepare, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries; Also see, The Second American Revolutionary/Civil War, Part 9: Timing, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
Prophecy Related News & Resources
CS Note: For more recent updates on the coronavirus, see the More Common Sense section of the Home Page.
Iran To Go Full Nuclear By December, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News
Quote: “Iran is still two years away from developing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear payload.“
In Post-Caliphate Era Does ISIS Still Pose A Risk To Israel? Yaakov Lappin, JNS
Spector Of War In The Middle East Rises As America Retreats, Bernard Haykel, Alarabiya
Germany’s Middle Eastern Criminal Clans, Judith Bergman, Gatestone Institute
Europe: Anti-Christian Attacks Reach All Time High in 2019, Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute; Also see, France, “The Budding Islamic Republic”, Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute
Quote: “Gatestone Institute reviewed thousands of newspaper reports, police blotters…from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain. The research shows…that roughly 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019 — which is on track to becoming a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege on the continent.”
666 Watch: Amazon Wants To Turn Your Hand Into A Credit Card, Emma Newburger, CNBC
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Common Sense Interpretation
Christianity Today Calls For Trump’s Removal From Office Following Impeachment, Joseph A. Wulfshon, Fox News; Also see, Christianity Today Editor Calls For Trump To Be Removed From Office, The Hill; Also see, Franklin Graham’s response, Facebook; Also see, Dr. James Dobson’s Response To CT
CS Commentary, How The Mighty Have Fallen: Henry Luce, Founder of Time, and Billy Graham, Founder of CT, are now both rolling over in their graves. Two premier publications have sunk to the level of mediocrity and the editors have proven their susceptibility to deception. To Continue Reading See This Link
CS Evaluation: We live in California and at least here in Southern California, the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ was not even noticed. This, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily mean anything – except if almost nobody notices something how can it be a ‘sign’ or a ‘warning?’ This link explains a ‘bomb cyclone’ – as does this NY Times 2 minute link – its basically nothing but a severe, fast developing winter storm, but not near as bad as a hurricane, and nothing to get upset about. I suppose it sounds alarming because of the name – but a little investigation proves otherwise. It appears to be a relatively common occurrence.
We have evaluated John Paul’s ‘Perfect Storm’ prophecy below and whether or not it is in the process of being fulfilled and noted that the ‘events’ Snyder points to are presumptuous as to its fulfillment. We should not use the prophetic or our interpretation – or misinterpretation – of it as some sort of alarmist cry that brings attention to ourselves, our political career, or articles that we want to get published. This does not serve the prophetic or the Body of Christ in general.
CS Evaluation: Though there is much continued potential for Jackson’s prophecy to begin to unfold, we don’t believe that we are there yet. Snyder mentions Trump’s impeachment, worsening manufacturing numbers, and ‘plummeting global trade’ as signs. Dubious. Jackson referred to a confluence of events as evidence of the ‘perfect storm.’ As John Paul himself says in the video above in Must See Videos (see our updated commentary), it is a confluence of crises in 5 areas: economic, government, religious, war, and geo-physical. It is not just one event in each area, but many events in each area that will occur at the same time. No, the ‘Perfect Storm’ prophecy is not here yet.
Predictions about the Future Price of Gold – see The Perfect Storm Commentary in Must See Videos above.
CS Evaluation: The Stock Markets, Money And The Bible, Michael Brown, Charisma
CS Evaluation: A pretty one-sided treatment of money and investing, and fear-based relative to the stock markets. Proverbs also has plenty of other wealth advice like ‘throw your seed on many waters’, etc.
How Can We Know The Truth? Examine The Founder Of Any Religion To Know The Truth About That Religion, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual LIfe
How Did Jesus Interpret The Scriptures? Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Two Red Flags When Looking For A Church Or Any Kind Of Relationship, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The Greatest Need Of The Prophetic Church Today, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Interpretation
Daily Do-ables: This Is What Resisting Temptation And Repentance Looks Like, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
Church Must Be Done In A New Way Before New Things Will Come, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
‘Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment’ – It Doesn’t Mean What You Think, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The #1 Objection To Prophecy: Prophecy Is Not For Today, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The #2 Objection to Prophecy: If It Does Not Come True, It Is a False Prophecy Given by a False Prophet, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Interpretation
Tertullian On Dreams, John Boruff
Dream Discernment: Discerning The Source of Dreams Is The Most Important Aspect Of Dream Interpretation, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
A Dream From God Has 6 Clear Characteristics, John E. Thomas, Charisma
How Should You Respond To The Crazy Thing You Dreamed Last Night, John E. Thomas, Streams Ministries
Video: What Do The Numbers In Your Dreams Mean? John E. Thomas, Streams Ministries/Charisma
Misinterpreting Dreams: Personal vs. Universal, Part 2, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Misinterpreting Dreams: Mistaking A Personal Dream For A Universal Dream, Part 1, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The Gift Of Prophecy Vs. The Ministry Of The Prophet (video, right), Jeremiah Johnson
CS Commentary: This is a good beginning on the distinction between the gift and the office. 1 Corinthians 12-14 delineates the gift, while Jeremiah 1, 18 and 23 elaborates on the office and true ministry of the prophet. While any believer may prophesy or operate in the gift at any time, there are those who have the gift of prophecy. Of those who have the gift there are fewer who are called into the ministry of a prophet. Miriam is a type of the ministry of a prophet; Moses is a type of the office of prophet (see Numbers 12). Of those who have the ministry of prophet, there are even fewer who attain the office of prophet. Even in the office of prophet, there are distinctions between personality, function, and call. For some of this theology, see 1-2 Kings. Also see Sadhu Selvaraj’s messages on prophets and the prophetic.
Evaluating Prophets and Prophecy: We need truth over tradition, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Prophecy
The Hook Interlocking Structure of Revelation, Seaborn Hall, Novum Testamentum
Note: This article, published in 2002, was the academic basis for the 3 part article on Revelation in the section above.
More Common Sense
Peter Schweizer’s ‘Profiles In Corruption’: Biden Family Full Of Corruption (video, right), Fox Business/Tea Partiest
Growing Up in Pornland: Girls Have Had It With Porn Conditioned Boys, Melinda Tankard Reist as published on ABC Religion and Ethics; Also see, Stop Blaming Only Boys For “Pornland”, Matthew Cochran, The Federalist
Harvey Weinstein’s Defenders, Prosecutors Reveal Strategy In Jury Selection, Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter
Harry And Meghan’s Abdication Biggest Since King Edward VIII, Laura Italiano, Page Six
United Methodist Church Expected To Split Over Gay Marriage, Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post
Must Read: Airport Revenues Soar After Allowing Travelers To Pay To Turn Off CNN, Babylon Bee; Also see, Majority Want Impeachment To Continue As Long As Possible So Congress Won’t Have Chance To Meddle In Our Lives, Babylon Bee; Also see, Ralph Northam: ‘A Militia Assembling To Defend Their Rights Against Tyranny Is A Dangerous First In American History’, Babylon Bee
CS Note: For more recent updates on the coronavirus, see the More Common Sense section of the Home Page.
Over 35 Weight Loss & Get Lean Plan, Facebook
Artificial Sweeteners Bad For The Brain, Lorie Johnson, CBN
How To Cook Scrambled Eggs, Gordon Ramsey/Master Chef
Just Mercy, Official Trailer (video, left), Warner Bros.
‘Just Mercy’ Questions The Notion of Equal Justice In The United States, Molly Davis, The Federalist
Happily Ever After – Even In Hollywood, Wilcox/Wang, National Review
Brian Banks, Official Trailer (video, left), Bleecker Street
CS Review: True story; good, solid movie and performances, perhaps dramatically watered down slightly due to the flashback oriented structure. CS Grade: B+
Oscar Nominations 2020, Variety
Top 40 Popular Songs, 2020 (video, left), Love Music
Erin’s Chains, The Nashville Celts
Always By My Side, Ric Blair
Holy Fire, Ric Blair
CS Commentary: This song should be a classic by now.
Baseball All Star Invites Fans To Read Through The Bible With Him, Michael Foust, Christian Headlines
Biggest Differences Between The Falcons And 4 Remaining Playoff Teams Should Be Obvious, Jeff Schultz, The Athletic
How To Survive The NFL Playoffs: How The Ravens Failed And The Chiefs Came Back, Bill Barnwell, ESPN
Amazon Wants To Turn Your Hand Into A Credit Card, Emma Newburger, CNBC
Pilot: The Mystery Of Delta’s Fuel Dump, Les Abend, CNN
I Flew American Airlines One Way And Delta Back – It Wasn’t What I Expected, Chris Matyszczyk, Inc.com
9-1-1 Lonestar: Its What An Idiot From NYC Thinks Of Austin Without Ever Visiting, Brad Jackson, The Federalist
CS Commentary: We like Rob Lowe, but its an embarrassment for him that he’s even associated with this benign, check-all-the-pc-boxes show. Frankly, one 9-1-1 was bad enough. If you want a much better written 9-1-1 type of show, check out ‘Chicago Fire.’
Quentin Tarantino Says He Will Write And Direct All 5 Episodes Of ‘Bounty Law’ Series, Charles Barfield, The Playlist
TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Finally Makes It To The Screen After 5 Year Journey, Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter
Behind Seth McFarlane’s NBCUniversal $200 Million Deal, Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter
Quote: “Best Science Fiction Show In A Decade”, NPR
Quotes Of The Month:
Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed. – (Prov. 27:5 NAS95)
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. – (Prov. 27:6 NAS95)