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Exergesis vs Eisergesis of Interpretation of Bible Prophecy


April 7, 2018 James Arendt




Did you know that most evangelicals today believe interpretations of the prophecies of Daniel, Matthew 24, and the Book of Revelation that are based not on what the Bible says, but what John Nelson Darby (18 November 1800 – 29 April 1882) and C.I. Scofield (August 19, 1843 – July 24, 1921) says it means?

Scofield’s Endtime teaching is based on Darby’s teaching. Darby read into Bible prophecy stuff that is not there! Sound Bible prophecy interpretation should be based on what is called, “exegesis” which comes from Greek and it means “to lead out”. Exegesis means to interpret a text by way of a thorough analysis of its content. In other words, we should stick with what the Bible says it says and not insert our own ideas based on assumptions.

John Nelson Darby, C.I. Scofield, and most modern Bible prophecy interpreters have have used a method of interpretation called, “eisegesis” which is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text. This is commonly referred to as reading into the text.

Let me give you examples of eisegesis:
The 70th Week of Daniel being ripped off from the first 69 weeks and thrown into the future.
The “he” of Daniel 9:27 interpreted as the Antichrist.
The word “confirm” of the KJV changed to “make” in modern translations.
The “covenant” interpreted as something the Antichrist will make with the Jews in the Endtime. It is also called “treaty” in some modern Bible translations.
The “one week” interpreted as the last 7 years of Satan’s reign through the Antichrist.
“He shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease” interpreted as the Antichrist breaking the covenant with the Jews, stopping all animal sacrifice, and declaring himself to be God.

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I’m Not Religious, and I Eat Chick-fil-A


By KATHERINE TIMPF

April 16, 2018 8:07 PM



People line up outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Manhattan in 2015. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


Yes, Chick-fil-A’s CEO is a Christian. So what?


The New Yorker published an essay by Dan Piepenbringcondemning Chick-fil-A’s existing in New York City — claiming that its “Christian traditionalism” makes the presence of the chain feel like a “creepy infiltration.”

Chick-fil-A’s “headquarters, in Atlanta, is adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet,” Piepenbring continues. “Its stores close on Sundays.”

(Oh the horror!)

Piepenbring also explains that Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan Cathy, is opposed to gay marriage and that in the past he has donated to groups that oppose gay marriage.

Personally, I’m not religious. So . . . do I feel like this Christian-owned chicken chain is infiltrating my city? Do I associate the smell of its fried food with bigotry and hate?

Nope. I associate it with chicken. Piepenbring may attest that Chick-fil-A’s locations in New York City feel like an “infiltration,” but to me, it just feels like I can get a delicious sandwich only one block from my office. I can have that sweet chicken biscuit in the morning and that delectable lunch sandwich, with extra pickles, in the afternoon.

Let me be clear: I say all of this as someone who supports gay rights. To say that I disagree strongly with the view that homosexuality is immoral would be an understatement. I absolutely do believe that gay people should be able to get married; I don’t think that the government should have the power to tell any consenting adults that they can’t get married. I also sometimes like to eat some chicken.


Cult leader? ‘Sinful Messiah’? 25 years after Waco, interest in David Koresh still strong


Fire engulfs the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993.
RON HEFLIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS


BOBBY ROSS JR. | RELIGION NEWS SERVICE

2:02 pm EDT April 16, 2018


WACO, Texas (RNS) — The curious keep coming.

They turn onto a gravel road 10 miles east of Waco and pass through a black gate leading to a rural complex where David Koresh — leader of an apocalyptic religious sect known as the Branch Davidians — and 75 followers perished in a firestorm on April 19, 1993.

That came after six Branch Davidians and four federal agents earlier died amid a flurry of gunfire in the government’s initial Feb. 28, 1993, raid on the 77-acre Mount Carmel property.

“I was just really curious about seeing this memorial and seeing what’s out here,” said Eric Williams, a Seattle film producer who made it a point to visit the site during a leisure trip to Texas.

Nearby, a woman snapped a picture of a monument listing the names of Koresh and the other 81 Branch Davidians — including 18 children ages 10 or younger — who lost their lives in the 51-day federal standoff that ended in a nationally televised inferno.

Twenty-five years after the siege, interest in what happened outside Waco — and who’s to blame — remains immense.

Evidence of that can be seen in the spate of recent television specials coinciding with the anniversary — from ABC’s Truth and Lies: Waco to the Paramount Network’s six-part miniseries Waco to the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary Waco: The Longest Siege.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Reaching across the religious divide


Caroline Hanssen, a member of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unity, asks whether people will continue to identify themselves by religion in the future. [Special to The Providence Journal / Kevin G. Andrade]


By Kevin G. Andrade / Special to The Journal

Posted Apr 15, 2018 at 9:24 PMUpdated Apr 15, 2018 at 9:24 PM



Fear and combating fear of the other was a major theme that Sandra Keating, an associate professor of theology at Providence College and practicing Catholic, elaborated on at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Soon after Sandra Keating finished speaking to a group of 70 people Sunday about the history of interactions between Christianity and Islam, a young, veiled woman earnestly expressed gratitude about what she’d just heard.

“People see in the media ISIS and think that Islam is like that,” said Zeynep Cetintas, a Muslim immigrant from Istanbul who now lives in Providence. “To see it equated with terrorism, it hurts my heart.

“In the U.S.,” she continued, “when I see how people want to learn about other religions I admire it. You don’t see that in Turkey.”

Indeed, fear and combating fear of the other was a major theme that Keating, an associate professor of theology at Providence College and practicing Catholic, elaborated on at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 20 Old Rd.

“Whenever there’s something new, people get really nervous,” said Keating, adding that Muslims have been present in the U.S. since its inception, though in smaller numbers than today. “Whenever you get a new group, people want to know how that will affect what’s familiar to them.

“We’re constantly coming up against one another in this age of globalization,” she continued, “and what it’s done is brought up old questions that we thought were settled.”

Caroline Hanssen did not hesitate to build on that thought when the floor was opened to questions.

“God created Adam and Eve, and I think Muslims, Christians and Jews can agree on that,” said Hanssen, a member of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. “If God created us with the very special purpose of being fruitful in mind, are we going to be hung up on our religions this whole time?”


Sunday, April 15, 2018

More restaurants go cashless, accept only cards and other forms of payment


Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY

Published 6:01 a.m. ET April 15, 2018 | Updated 3:36 p.m. ET April 15, 2018



If you’re sharing you're credit card, your likely to wind up with a losing hand. USA TODAY



(Photo: Simon Dawson, Bloomberg)


If you're craving the Serrano Grilled Shrimp Bowl at the Tender Greens salad chain, don't bother bringing cash.

Tender Greens, with28 restaurants on the East and West coasts, is one of a growing number of eateries that are either shunning cash and only accepting credit and debit cards and contactless payment systems, like Apple Pay, or experimenting with the strategy.

While no one has kept a running count of restaurants adopting the cashless policy, interest is clearly rising. A 2016 Federal Reserve study found the number of non-cash payments — including credit and debit cards — totaled 144 billion in 2015, having grown 5.3% annually between 2012 and 2015

Sweetgreen, another salad chain on the coasts and part of the Midwest, and some independent restaurants have adopted the same policy. Two national chains are exploring it.

In January, Starbucks made one of its shops in its hometown of Seattle cashless, and Shake Shack, the gourmet hamburger chain, began testing cashless kiosks at its Astor Place restaurant in New York City in October. Both chains declined to discuss their experiments.

Restaurant owners say ordering is faster from customers who slap down plastic instead of dollars, cutting a few seconds out of the process. But most of the benefits appear to accrue to the restaurants: less time taken counting bills, reduced pilferage, no armored-car fees or fear of stickups.

It's a risky strategy. For starters, upscale Millennials — among the most coveted of diners because of their youth and affluence — prefer to pay in cash, according to Bankrate.com data. Also, more than a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 37 do not have a credit card.

For customers, patronizing restaurants that don't take cash means one less payment option when they need a quick meal during an all-too-short lunch hour. Plus, it raises questions about whether it discriminates against cardless teens and the poor.

Miah Daughtery took to social media in the fall after encountering the policy at a Sweetgreen restaurant in Washington, D.C.

"There’s an assumption that people have a credit or debit card on them. If I didn’t, does that mean I wouldn’t be able to get lunch?" said Daughtery, 38.

She added that her parents grew up in an era when cash was king, so they would potentially be out of luck, too.

A committee in Chicago is weighing Alderman Edward Burke's proposed requirement that merchants accept cash. Massachusetts has had a Discrimination Against Cash Buyers rule on the books since 1978.

"Most people who use cash are people who don’t have access to a bank account and are lower income," said Lana Swartz, co-editor of the book Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff. "One of the cornerstones of American capitalism is everyone’s money is equal."

Big guns from both sides defend pastor in bogus jury-tampering case



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The libertarian Cato Institute advocates for liberty, free markets and limited government.


The American Civil Liberties Union is mostly on the opposite side in political disputes.


However, the two organizations are joining forces in a case that could set a precedent regarding free speech in Michigan.


It’s about the state’s prosecution of former pastor Keith Wood for handing out brochures about jury rights on a public sidewalk in front of the Mecosta County courthouse in November 2015 in Big Rapids, Michigan.


Officials charged him with a misdemeanor and a felony. While the felony count was dismissed, he was convicted on the misdemeanor for exercising his First Amendment rights, and his case is before the state Court of Appeals.


“It is difficult to overstate the extent to which the decision below, upholding the conviction of Keith Eric Wood, strikes at the core of the First Amendment,” Cato wrote.


“Mr. Wood was arrested and convicted for engaging in classic political advocacy (peacefully distributing pamphlets) in the quintessential public forum (the sidewalk in front of a courthouse) on a matter of public concern more ancient than Magna Carta, and at the heart of Anglo-Saxon law (the rights, duties, and independence of citizen jurors). One can well imagine why an English monarch might wish to suppress efforts to inform potential jurors of their power to resist tyranny by refusing to convict fellow citizens who had incurred the sovereign’s enmity; what is – or should be – more surprising is American courts American sovereigns to suppress such speech on American soil.”


Cato pointed out it was solely because the subject of the pamphlets was jury work that he was convicted.


Summit of the Americas: Syria strikes, Venezuela politics in focus

'We convinced him': Macron says he steered Trump on Syria strikes



French president claims he guided response to Douma chemical attack after ‘things got a little carried away over tweets’

Reuters

Sun 15 Apr 2018 19.35 EDT



Emmanuel Macron says he brought Donald Trump round to his way of thinking on Syria. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AP

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed that he convinced Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit Saturday’s joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities.




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Macron said in an interview on Sunday that restricting the missile strikes to specific targets was not necessarily Trump’s initial plan. “We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets,” he said.

The French president also said: “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria’. We convinced him it was necessary to stay. We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.”

While it is unusual for a French president to present himself as driving US policy on military matters in the Middle East, Macron and Trump have developed a friendly relationship over the past year.
Macron invited Trump to Bastille day celebrations last year and will travel to Washington on a state visit this month.

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Macron has exposed the bigotry of French anti-Catholics


posted Friday, 13 Apr 2018



French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a meeting of the Bishops' Conference of France (Getty Images)


French secularists got all they could have wanted years ago. So why are they still angry?

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, spoke to the French bishops the other day and said a few things that would not create the slightest ripple in, let us say, the United Kingdom, about Church and State co-operation and dialogue. But in France the outrage was immediate, as you can read here. It is of interest to note that none of the angry secularists managed to express any reason for their disapproval or make any substantive charges against what the President said. It seems that it is simply enough to Macron to speak to anyone in a cassock to be called “ a little priest” (which, in French, is quite insulting.) One can read (in French) what Jean-Luc Mélenchon said here. It seems Macron has, in his opinion, crossed a red line: but how exactly?

What does this tell us?

The first thing it tells us is that relations between Church and State are still very much a live issue in France today, despite a tortured history of legislation that goes back to the Revolution of 1789. French anti-clericalists have surely been given everything they wanted, which included the confiscation of Church property, the dissolution and banning of religious orders and the judicial murder of large swathes of the clergy. But it never is enough, for the anti-clerical appetite is never satisfied. Not even by the legislation introduced by Émile Combes back in 1905, which signified a complete defeat for the Church and its expulsion from public life, and which, incidentally Jean-Luc Mélenchon, accuses Macron of trying to roll back, with no evidence whatever.

So, one is left asking, what more could the French anti-clericals want that they have not already been given? Could it perhaps be the death of religion? Is their rage really fuelled by the sneaking suspicion that Voltaire, after all, was wrong? After all, religion has persisted, despite hopes and many practical steps to the contrary.

The other thing that we need to grasp, a secret which the anti-clericalists have let out of the bag in their collective hissy-fit, is that the French Republic’s self-declared secularism, or laïcité, involves much more that what one would normally assume by secularism. Laïcité means banishing religion from the public sphere, and making it hard for a Church or another religious grouping to function, by denying it any status in law. This goes far beyond the State being neutral in religious matters: it means, in effect, that the State in hostile to religion.

No one should object to the State having a neutral approach to faith groups; in fact, that would be a great improvement, from the point of view of us Catholics, to the hostility we suffer in so many countries (including, let us remember, this one.) The reactions of the various standard bearers of laïcité to President Macron’s speech show that they are not neutral but hostile towards Catholicism.

Moreover, the idea that the State treats all religious groups alike is also a myth. Because the French Left, and elements of the French Right, are still fighting the battles of the 19th Century, they cannot reason properly when they think of Catholicism. Things like the Dreyfus case figure greatly in their imaginations and actively inform their present attitude. But the Muslims, who have never been politically powerful in France, do not have this disadvantage of being seen through the lens of a difficult history.

Of course, history is important, but just as not all Muslims should be blamed for 9/11, similarly not all French Catholic should be blamed for the Dreyfus case. Indeed, given that the Dreyfus case took place over a hundred years ago, I am not sure any Catholics should be blamed for it today.

M. Macron’s laudable desire to establish good relations with the Church has exposed those who do not want to have good relations, indeed would rather have no relations at all. The State may well be secular, but the people in it may be religious. It is time to wake up to that fact, not just in France, but everywhere.



Pope Francis washes and kisses inmates’ feet in Rome prison



Adam Smith

Saturday 31 Mar 2018 8:14 pm


Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates during his visit to Regina Coeli prison (Picture: IPA)


Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners and said: ‘Jesus is ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them’.

The Pontiff visited Rome’s Regina Coeli prison and celebrated Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the prisoners.

First look at burning remains of Syrian chemical lab after airstrikesThe Vatican News reported four were Italian, two were from the Philippines, two from Morocco, and one each from Moldova, Colombia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Eight of the 12 were Catholic, two were Muslim, one was Orthodox, and one was Buddhist.

The 81-year-old pope said: ‘The sign that Jesus serves us today in Regina Coeli is that he wanted to choose 12 of you today for the washing of the feet.

I am a sinner like you, but I represent Jesus today. I am his ambassador. When I kneel before each of you, think, “Jesus took a risk on this man, a sinner, to come to me and tell me he loves me”.


Pope Francis holding his Holy Thursday service in Regina Coeli prison (Picture: AFP)


‘This is service. This is Jesus. He never abandons us. He never tires of forgiving us. He loves us so much.’

The prison was built to house 600 prisoners but now has 900 inmates, with more than 65% immigrants.

When visiting the prison infirmary Pope Francis revealed he was suffering from cataracts on his eyes and was preparing for an operation to remove them.


Pope Francis spoke at length to inmates Regina Coeli prison (Picture: IPA)


He also visited prisoners who have been convicted for sexual crimes and are cut off from the general prison population for their own safety.

This year was the fourth year Pope Francis celebrated Thursday Mass in a detention facility, the Catholic Herald reported.


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Students, alumni reach hearts of homeless through feet




Al Ursales washes the feet of with a homeless man after washing his feet at the Crosswalk Clinic in Redlands in January.



As a Loma Linda University student, Tevita Palaki once skipped meals to financially support his budding ministry that now coordinates numerous volunteers to serve the homeless population in San Bernardino County by offering them the Christian act of footwashing.

Today, the non-profit organization, United Feet, which Palaki launched as a sophomore in 2015, sends out volunteers up to four times a week to serve local homeless. Volunteers are armed with buckets, soap and towels to serve homeless men and women at area churches and outreach events with a sacrament from New Testament accounts of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Volunteers set up chairs and supplies, wash the feet of homeless people interested in being served, provide them a pair of socks and offer to pray with them.

"You can look into their lives, where they've walked and help wash them clean,” says Palaki, who graduated from Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions in 2017 with a Master’s of Science in orthotics and prosthetics. “Showing how Jesus lived is sometimes more impactful than saying it.”

Students from a variety of academic programs at Loma Linda University now volunteer for the ministry, building relationships with the less fortunate in the community, listening to their stories and praying with them.

Participants are hoping to grow the ministry, which serves a small portion of the homeless populations of nearly 60,000 people in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, according to county records.

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In Russia, Adventists Enrich Government Panel on Religious Education



Some of the Russian government and Christian and the Jewish faith representatives who discussed the importance of religious education and how to assign it a greater role across the nation educational institutions. [Photo: Euro-Asia Division News]

April 12, 2018

In Russia, Adventists Enrich Government Panel on Religious Education


Inter-faith roundtable highlights the importance of strengthening faith-based education.


By: Elena Leukhina, Euro-Asia Division News & Adventist Review

The Seventh-day Church in Russia recently took an active part in a roundtable discussion entitled “Actual Problems in the Development of Religious Education and Science in the Russian Federation.” Oleg Goncharov, director of Religious Liberty and Public Affairs of the Adventist Church in the Euro-Asia Division region, served as a moderator of the discussion in Moscow on March 28, 2018.
The event, organized by the Russian Association for the Protection of Religious Freedom (RARS), was attended by representatives of public and religious organizations, including from the Ministry of Science and Education.

“A development of the system of religious education is of great importance for our society,” acknowledged Alexander Kudryavtsev, deputy head of the Department for Humanitarian Policy and Public Relations in his opening remarks. “Thus, the Russian government is interested in helping religious organizations solve urgent problems related to the work of religious educational institutions.”

Konstantin Blazhenov, deputy head of the Department for National Policy and Interregional Relations of Moscow, added that respect among different faiths is essential in a modern society, especially in cosmopolitan cities such as Moscow.

“Moscow is a multinational and multi-confessional city—it’s a city of students,” he said. “All denominations have their educational institutions…. And the Moscow City Government considers this a very important factor for maintaining interethnic, intercultural, and interreligious respect because conflicts arise most often where there is not enough information.”

Adventist Leaders Contributions

In his role, Oleg Goncharov, who is an ordained minister, urged the religious organizations of our country to give due attention to the development of the religious educational system. “Today, society needs spiritual people who are brought up by moral values,” he said. “Currently, at the legislative level, positive changes are taking place, [as] our current legislation allows religious organizations to establish and open religious educational institutions at all levels.”

According to Ivan Ryapolov, education associate director of the Adventist Church in the region, the Adventist educational system is going through important changes. “Over the past five years, [the Adventist Church] has opened 36 [schools] across Russia and former USSR countries,” he said. He also informed that currently, the Adventist Church operates 52 schools, where Christian education is offered to 1,989 students. Adventists now plan to open ten new schools every year, he said.