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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

Kansas City Chiefs Winning The Super Bowl Is A Sign Of Revival, Relevant

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

Official Statement From The Leadership Panel – Todd Bentley’s Investigation, January 2, 2020, Ask Dr. Brown

Rick Joyner’s Response On Todd Bentley Panel Statement, Facebook

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.

About Todd Bentley And 2020 Prophecies: How Are Reporters Supposed To Cover This Stuff? Get Religion

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.

Editor’s Choice


The Spirit Of Witchcraft And The Reason For The Rise Of LGBTQ (video, left), Sadhu Selvaraj

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


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Prophecies And Insight Concerning the USA, 2020 Elections, President Trump & The Mid-Term Elections & Results – See This Link.

Terry Bennett’s 21 Year Gabriel Prophecy – See This Link

Spiritual Life-Prophecy Interpretation Page See This Link

Prophecy Related News & Resources


Must See – Coronavirus Accelerates As China Attempts To Contain It (video, left), Channel 4 News

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.“

Iran Begins Nuclear Operations; N. Korea, ISIS Still A Threat (video, left), Fox Business

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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Evaluations

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

For full text of CT statement see here

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: A ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Just Hit California – Is This The Key Prophetic Sign That John Paul Jackson Warned Us About? Michael Snyder, 365 Prophetic

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: Michael Snyder Says John Paul Jackson’s ‘Perfect Storm’ Prophecy Is Happening Now – Is It? Shawn A. Akers, Charisma

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.

Briefs 

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

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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

Articles/Video

Correct Theology Or Tradition?

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.

Video Compendium: Are You Called To The Office Of Prophet? Charisma

Evaluating Prophets and Prophecy: We need truth over tradition, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Prophecy

Academics

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.

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Review Of Some Of The Late Kim Clement’s Words


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Prophetic Words Prior To, And Concerning, The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election


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More Common Sense


Books:

Peter Schweizer’s ‘Profiles In Corruption’: Biden Family Full Of Corruption (video, right), Fox Business/Tea Partiest

It Begins: Peter Schweizer Book Set To Upend Official Washington, Breitbart

Culture:

Must See – Satire Site Babylon Bee Comes Under Fire For Making Democrats And MSM Uncomfortable (video, left), Tucker Carlson, Fox News

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

Health/Fitness/Relationships:

Update: How Did The 1918 Flu Pandemic Start? Could We Have Another One? (video, left), ABC News

CS Note: For more recent updates on the coronavirus, see the More Common Sense section of the Home Page.

Update: CDC Home Page On Coronavirus – Now In 4 US States

How Asia’s Coronavirus Could Spread, Fox Business; Update On Coronavirus: More Americans Will Be Affected (video, right), ABC News

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

Movies:

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

Music:

Top 40 Popular Songs, 2020 (video, left), Love Music

There Was A Time When The Devil Had Me: Kanye West Ministers To 12,000 At Youth Conference, Andrea Morris, CBN

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.

Sports: 

Tony Gonzalez On Excitement Of Watching Chiefs Make Super Bowl (video, left), The Herd

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

Tech:

Amazon Wants To Turn Your Hand Into A Credit Card, Emma Newburger, CNBC

Travel:

The Best And Worst Airlines Of 2019 (video, left), WSJ

Must Read: Airport Revenues Soar After Allowing Travelers To Pay To Turn Off CNN, Babylon Bee;

Delta Flight Dumps Fuel Over CA Schools Before Emergency Landing At LAX, CBS

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

The Best And Worst Airlines Of 2019, Scott McCartney, WSJ; Or, see this link

TV/Streaming:

2020 SAG Awards: The Only Recap You Need To Watch (video, left), THR

Netflix’s Rating Methodology Means Viewers Have No Idea How Popular Any Shows Really Are, Rick Porter, THR

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

The Expanse, Season 4, Official Trailer, Amazon Prime Video; Also see, The Expanse, Season 2 Trailer, SyFy

Quote: “Best Science Fiction Show In A Decade”, NPR

CNN Unveils New Format Where Anchors Watch Fox News And Yell At It, Babylon Bee

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)

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