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Monday, July 24, 2017

"OUR BIBLE": NEW LGBT BIBLE APP PROMOTES END TIME APOSTASY

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CREATED BY AN EX SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST WHO WAS REFUSED MINISTRY BECAUSE OF HER OPEN LESBIANISM, NOW A HERETICAL FALSE PROPHETESS/TEACHER & PROMOTER OF THE REVISED, ALTERED, TWISTED VERSION OF THE BIBLE EDITED FOR LGBT & "PEOPLE OF COLOR"
END TIME APOSTASY
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
EXCERPT:  "THE PROBLEM:  I don't know about you but I get frustrated when I go to the Christian section of a bookstore and amongst the hundreds and thousands of books, there are none that feel like they are talking to me. None of us is defined by one or two identities, but conservative Christianity today seems to believe we are all the same person with the same needs, wants and desires. (By the way I'm a black, female, lesbian and that's a pretty tall order to fill when looking for something that speaks to me.) 
Devotionals on friendships, romantic relationships, family, love, life journeys and others are all geared towards a very specific kind of Christian, and in today's society that brand of conservative fundamentalist Christianity is seemingly less and less Christlike. It doesn't appeal to LGBT people, their allies, feminists, agnostics, people who feel more spiritual than religious or even folks who just want wise words to meditate on. Instead what is offered is so heteronormative, judgy, shaming and well... political. What's more, those devotionals parcel the true language of the Bible to fit certain molds of faith and worship and let's face it. The Bible doesn't say just one thing about anything. There are as many narratives as there are identities and we need to honor that! The truth is, there are people writing affirming and inclusive devotionals, but you won't find them in a Christian bookstore."
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The pro-LGBT Our Bible app distorts the Bible to tickle itching ears.
A new Bible app that promises to be pro-LGBTQ and promote a version of Christianity that affirms all beliefs and lifestyles is set to launch this summer. The “Our Bible App” is led by a group who teach a heretical version of the faith and confirm what Beginning and End warned of for years: the movement to abandon Biblical Christianity and plunge the church into the prophesied end times apostasy.

A ‘Bible’ For Outsiders

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The Our Bible app reached its crowdfunding goal for launch.
The Our Bible app promotes itself as “A progressive Bible app for Christians who are LGBT affirming, pro women and people of color.” Crystal Cheatham, the CEO and founder, states on their crowdfunding page:
“It’s the place where a transgender teen can find affirming bible texts. It’s the place where your church will watch and then chat about a sermon, it’s where you’ll find new books and organizations that you care about.
It’s an app but it’s also a movement. It’s about ending a stigma against what it means to be a Christian and filling in a pitfall that generations before us have fallen into. We can make that difference for ourselves and for our communities. Please donate today.” (source).
Keeping with the current trend, the app includes gender neutral language, removes verses from Scripture the founders disagree with and includes hundreds of devotionals and podcasts that celebrate the LGBT lifestyle.  The Bible of course is very clear that homosexuality is a sin:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.” – Leviticus 18:22.
The Lord Jesus Christ defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman:
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” – Matthew 19:4-6.
In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul details homosexuality as being the result of a world whose heart has turned from The Lord:
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.   Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” – Romans 1:21-27.
These verses clearly outline the Biblical position on sexuality.  But that does not stop many pastors, teachers and lay Christians from trying to rewrite the Bible to suit their own purposes. The Our Bible app is the perfect example of twisting Scripture into heresy for the sole agenda of accommodating a lifestyle the Bible defines as sinful.

Dangerous Heresies Abound

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In their “What We Believe” section of the website, the founders have a section entitled “Discovering the LGBT Presence In The Bible.” Here they try to make a doctrinal case for their beliefs. Like many websites for apostate churches today, the opening statement attempts to convey how seriously the founders are about adhering to the Word of God:
Looking at the Bible in this new way is about reading between the lines. We spend a lot of time analyzing what each story, paragraph and sentence means, down to the very last comma. We should also spend time considering what the Bible is not saying, especially if we are to believe its words with our whole hearts.” (source).
However, once one reviews the section where they teach their actual doctrine, the errors become obvious:

“Transgender Presence

Genesis 37: 3-4, [Like] his father, Joseph was also effeminate: 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
The word described by tunic or “coat of many colors” is k’tonet passim. The only other person to wear a k’tonet passim was Tamar in 2 Samuel 13: 6-18, and is understood to be a very pretty, princess-like dress.” (source).
The app attempts to state that Joseph was either effeminate or transgender because of the coat of any colors his father Jacob made for him. There is nothing in the text to support this. Looking at the passage in context reveals the reasons for his special garment:
“And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.  These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.  And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:  For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.  And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.  And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?  And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.” – Genesis 37:1-11.
First and foremost, Jacob loved Joseph more than his other sons. That is the clearly stated reason for him making the coat for him. Joseph was the first son of Jacob with his wife Rachel, who was the true love of his life. Because of trickery arranged by Rachel’s brother Laban, Joseph was deceived into marrying Rachel’s older sister Leah. With Leah and two concubines Joseph fathered 10 of the 12 sons who would be the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel. Late in life, Jacob and Rachel had Joseph and Benjamin. Thus, Joseph held a special place in his heart. Nothing was said about Joseph’s personality or behavior.
Additionally, once Joseph revealed his dream to his family, a much greater work came into play: God’s providential hand at work. Joseph’s dream was a divinely inspired prophecy. After being betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt, Joseph rose from being in jail to being second in command to Pharaoh over the mightiest empire on Earth at that time. God would use Joseph’s position to save his family once a famine ravaged the Middle East. All of this was symbolized in the coat he received.
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An accurate reading of the book of Genesis reveals a much more powerful message – salvation from sin.
The app author is correct in asserting that the Hebrew term for “coat of many colors” is kĕthoneth passim. Kĕthoneth means “coat”, “robe” or “long sleeved under-garment.” It is not necessarily a female piece of clothing. In fact, the first kĕthoneth made in the Bible occurred in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve committed the first sin in human history and became aware of the nakedness before God:
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats [kĕthoneth] of skins, and clothed them.”  (Genesis 3:21).
Both Adam and Eve, who were married, wore kĕthoneth. Thus, there was nothing “effeminate” or “transgender” about the clothing. Additionally, the Our Bible app completely overlooks the Gospel symbolism here: after Adam and Eve sinned, God killed animals to make clothing for them. A sacrifice was performed to cover the shame of the first two human sinners. This is all remarkable foreshadowing of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. All throughout the Old Testament, God instituted a system of repentance where animals had to be sacrificed to atone or “cover” the sins of the people and the nation of Israel. The animal served as a substitute – taking the punishment for the person who sinned. But this was a temporary measure that did not bring true forgiveness. All the Levitical sacrifices pointed to the ultimate sacrifice – Jesus Christ on the cross:
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” – Hebrews 9:11-15.
Joseph, who ultimately became heir to Jacob (when his older brother Reuben was disqualified), was a “Savior” to his family when he rescued them from famine. As stated in our article: Joseph Foreshadow of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s entire life was a prophetic preview of the life and ministry of The Lord Jesus Christ on Earth. And the kĕthoneth was symbolic of his special role.
In Exodus, God commanded the High Priest of the tabernacle, Aaron, to wear a colored coat:
“And thou shalt embroider the coat [kĕthoneth] of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.” –Exodus 28:9.
Isaiah 22 contains a Messianic description involving rulership over Israel and the ruler wears a kĕthoneth:
“And I will clothe him with thy robe [kĕthoneth], and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.  And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” – Isaiah 22:21-22.
 When The Lord Jesus Christ was going to be crucified, he was dressed in a kĕthoneth:
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.” – Matthew 27:27-30.
The robe Jesus was dressed was one befitting royalty. The soldiers mocked Jesus by pretending to bow to him. Unbeknownst to them in their wickedness, they were truly bowing before God and the King of The Jews.
It is a lack of understanding of God’s Word that led to such awful actions by the Roman soldiers. And the Our Bible app completely misses the mark with its heretical re-imagining of Joseph. Rather than providing an accurate account of Joseph’s faithful service to God (or noting the fact that he married a woman and had children), and the rich Gospel-centered doctrine in his life account, they twist the verses to try to turn Joseph into a transgender.

Jacob Was Effeminate?

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The Our Bible app founders may be sincere in their compassion. But they are sincerely wrong on Scripture.
The heretical doctrines continue on the site with their “teaching” regarding Jacob:
“Genesis 25:27, Jacob, the effeminate twin: 27 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.” (source).
So, from this one verse, the Our Bible writers conclude that Jacob was effeminate and/or transgender. There is no further attempt to explain how they derived this conclusion from Scripture. When one looks at the word “mild” in Genesis 25:27 (in the King James Version the word “plain” is used) it becomes evident that Our Bible app is incredibly wrong.  The Hebrew term for plain/mild is tam, which means to be “complete, perfect, lacking in nothing in beauty, morally innocent, having integrity.” (source). There is nothing in the definition that contains any notion of being effeminate, gay or transgender.
Letting Scripture interpret Scripture, the meaning is further emphasized:
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect [tam] and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. – Job 1:1.
“Behold, God will not cast away a perfect [tam] man, neither will he help the evil doers:” – Job 8:20.
“The bloodthirsty hate the upright [tam]:  but the just seek his soul.” – Proverbs 29:10.
“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled [tam]:  for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.” – Song of Solomon 5:2.
In each instance, the use of the word tam refers to good moral character and integrity. There is no gender or sexual connotation to the word whatsoever. Yet the Our Bible app wants its readers to believe that somehow these passages are LGBT affirming.

Twisting The Words Of The Lord Jesus Christ

The app moves on the New Testament using the very words of Christ Jesus to teach false doctrine:
“Mark 14:12-14, Jesus gives significance to a social outsider: 12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?”
13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’
Consider how Jesus chooses this one person as a landmark. He could have chosen anyone as a landmark to guide his eager disciples to their destination, but Jesus chose to highlight the existence of a man who was not following along the traditional gender lines of his biological sex. Men did not carry pitchers of water. That was women’s work, especially in this place in history. If this happened today, it would be the same as Jesus asking one of us to go find a man wearing read high heels. It was that obvious that the man was stepping out of his gender role. Yet this was the man Jesus spoke of.” – Our Bible app (source).
This is yet another example of misreading the text. In this passage, Jesus instructed His disciples to find appropriate lodging for them to have their Passover supper (commonly referred to as “the Last Supper”). It was at this dinner that Jesus revealed that one of the disciples would betray Him and instituted the New covenant that would be established by His shed blood on the cross. Rather than discuss these foundational doctrines, the Our Bible writers instead focus on the man who directed the disciples to the house where they would have supper.
The app claims:
“Jesus chose to highlight the existence of a man who was not following along the traditional gender lines of his biological sex. Men did not carry pitchers of water. That was women’s work, especially in this place in history. If this happened today, it would be the same as Jesus asking one of us to go find a man wearing read high heels.” (source).
Nowhere in Scripture are we told that carrying water was “women’s work.” This is just speculation on the part of the app writers.  When The Lord Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate form, accompanied by two angels, appeared at Abraham’s home in Genesis 18, Abraham immediately took charge of all the “women’s work”:
And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,  And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:  Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:  And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.  And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetch a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.” – Genesis 18:1-8.
Immediately, Abraham offers water to be fetched for The Lord and His angels. Abraham then rushed to prepare a meal of a beef and bread with butter. Notice that the calf that was cooked was prepared by a male servant who lived with Abraham. It was not a woman cooking, but a man. There was no gender distinction to the work done by a servant.
Similarly, in Mark 14, the man carrying the jug was a servant. Jesus specifically told the Disciples that when they found the man with the jug they were to ask “the Master of the house” where they could eat the Passover supper. Just like Abraham’s male servant cooking food, the male servant in Mark 12 carried water for the master of his home. There was nothing transgender about the passage at all. Not to mention that again, these teachings completely ignore the Gospel – the fact that Jesus Christ was preparing to show that He was the true Passover Lamb – the Lamb who would take away the sins of the world through His death on the cross.

Somehow Adam And Eve Are A Gay Couple?

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The Our Bible App makes outrageous heretical claims that take Scripture completely out of context.
The King James Version states that God made a “help meet” for Adam, which means someone who was suitable or “meet” for him. And the person God created was Eve – a woman. To somehow imply that Eve’s gender was potentially going to be a male is an outrageous misreading of the text.
King David And Jonathan
As some erring pastors have also taught in the past, the Our Bible app uses the account of King David’s love for Jonathan as proof they were a same-sex couple:
2 Samuel 1:26, David confesses that his love for Jonathan is greater than that of a woman:
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me;
Your love to me was wonderful,
Surpassing the love of women.” – Our Bible App, (source).
The verses above were David’s words after Jonathan, his closest friend, died in battle. Jonathan, the son of David’s enemy King Saul, was a prince and potential heir to the throne of Israel. Yet Jonathan forsook any pursuit of power and even defied his father the king, to help protect David’s life. David, like Joseph, was a foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, in the book of Ezekiel, a prophecy of the Messiah refers to Jesus as: “David, my servant” at a time in history when King David had been dead for centuries.
Jonathan’s love of God’s chosen King was emblematic of the love believers are to have for Christ:
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 10:37-39.
Jesus made it clear that our love for Him should surpass any Earthly relationship. For the simple fact that a friend, family member or spouse could attempt to lead you away from faith in Him. So must we forego and forsake anything if it would remove us from belief in the Savior. Jonathan’s love for David was sacrificial. He risked life, reputation and the love of his father for David’s well-being. The Bible speaks of their hearts being “knit.” Rather than this being a romantic, homosexual affection, it is emphasizing the unbreakable, eternal bond the men shared. This is the love that Jesus has for all born again believers:
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” – John 6:37.
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” – Ephesians 5:2.
In John 17, Jesus recited one of His final prayers for His disciples and all believers before going to give His life on the cross. And in that prayer, He echoed that all believers will be “one” with Him through faith – and that this unbreakable bond was premised on love:
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” – John 17:20-23.
This was the love Jonathan and David typified.  Their bond exceeded family, ambition, ego and self. This is the love that Jesus desires from all believers. It was not a romantic love, but a sacrificial love based on faith. Jonathan believed in David as God’s anointed King, despite Jonathan being rightful heir to the throne by blood.
Furthermore, the Our Bible app completely ignores the fact that King David married a woman. He was heterosexual and fathered children and had many concubines. Additionally, his gravest sin recorded involved sexual sin with Bathsheba, a woman (2 Samuel 11:1-5). His illicit desire for Bathsheba led him into an affair, fathering a child with her and then arranging the death of her husband to conceal his infidelity.
This is very telling. When David was confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, he did not proclaim his innocence or that he was making a “lifestyle” decision, or that he somehow not doing something wrong in committing adultery. Instead his response was: “… I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samuel 12:13).  David acknowledged his heterosexual sin before The Lord, repented deeply (Psalm 51) and was forgiven.
Ignoring this, the Our Bible app instead tries to portray his friendship with Jonathan as a homosexual affair – ignoring the Gospel-centric themes of their bond.

The Prophesied Endtimes Apostasy

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“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
The Bible predicted that in the end times, false, heretical Christianity would rise and run rampant throughout society. Rather than adhering to “sound doctrine” – meaning a proper reading of the Bible, many pastors, bloggers and “teachers” are instead twisting and reinventing Scripture to preach a message that pleases “itching ears” -avoiding discussion of sin or like the Our Bible app, declaring that certain sins no longer exist (or never existed at all).
Jesus Christ said:
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” – John 3:17-20.
The Our Bible app promotes a false Christianity that avoids the truth: all people are sinners. All people stand condemned before a just and Holy God. All people deserve the punishment of the grave and Hell. But the greatest truth it avoids is that God in His love for all people, sent Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to die on the cross as a sacrifice – taking the punishment for all people. And it is by acknowledging our sins and trusting in the work of Christ on the cross that we receive free forgiveness of sin.

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The Bible warned Christians that false doctrines would become popular in the end times.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.
The book of 1 John says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9). Rather than telling those in the gay and transgender community a lie (that the Bible does not call homosexuality a sin), Bible-believing Christians should teach the truth – that like all people, they are sinners in need of a Savior. And God, in love, provided a way for all people to escape condemnation and the lusts of the flesh that we all experience. It is through faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Our Bible app makers to repent of their rampant heresy, blatant doctrinal error and false teachings. And pray for those who are in the LGBT community or others who feel marginalized. Jesus Christ is here for those on the margins. There is forgiveness and love in the Bible for LGBTQ community. Jesus does indeed love the outsider and the outcast. But He is also God and we are to love and deal with Jesus on His terms, not our own. And that means following the Bible truthfully, not making “Our” own version that teaches another religion altogether. Our prayer is that the Our Bible app makers will realize this and experience the true love of free forgiveness in the Savior.
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Crystal Cheatham, Creator & CEO
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Crystal Cheatham received her MFA from Antioch University. She is an LGBTQ rights activist with a focus on religious liberty. Since 2011 Crystal has worked simultaneously as a ghostwriter and queer rights activist with groups such as Soulforce and the Attic Youth Center. As an entrepreneur Crystal is the founder of two projects: Follow the Red Balloon and The IDentity Kit, both of which provided resources for marginalized communities of faith.  As an outspoken activist she has written for The Huffington Post on the intersections of faith and sexual identity, a faith and spirituality column for the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, sat on the steering committee of the HRC as the Faith & Spirituality chair, and partnered with Equality PA to influence clergy to support non-discrimination legislation. She is the host of Lord Have Mercy, a podcast about God, sex and the bible, and has been featured in TeenVogue, Autostraddle, and LGBTQNation amongst others

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

CHINESE PROVINCES SEEK TO ERADICATE SUNDAY SCHOOLS & CHRISTIAN SUMMER CAMPS

 
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HANGZHOU, Zhejiang (China Aid) As China clamps down on the freedoms of its state-run churches, officials in the country’s eastern Zhejiang province have recently issued orders aimed at closing Sunday schools and keeping children from Christian events over the summer months.
“For a long time, teenagers and students have not been allowed to participate in religious activities,” a local Christian surnamed Zhang said, referencing a Chinese law that seeks to control religion among children by forbidding them from attending religious events.
“However, the Three-Self Churches and house churches would usually hold summer camps during the summer vacation. The government then emphasized … that even the Sunday schools would be closed down. The government’s major intention is to shut down the Sunday schools.”
 This crackdown comes in the wake of a recent order from the Henan Provincial Three-Self Patriotic Committee and the Henan Provincial China Christian Council arbitrarily forbidding churches from organizing summer camps for minors and students, citing high temperatures as a possible health risk. A Christian from Henan said the government’s behavior is atypical, since such camps have been allowed in previous summers, and the government would originally only interfere if they received a tip-off about the event.

Likewise, Zhang argued, “The government is trying to control ideology. During [Chinese Presidents] Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao’s time, the government was tolerant toward preaching and missionary work. After Xi Jinping came into power, the government’s grip on religion has strengthened.”

In order to further their control, the Nanyang Municipal Religious Affairs Bureau, located in Henan, ordered all 20,000 registered house church members in the province to join the Three-Self Church. Many Chinese Christians disagree with the Three-Self Church based on theological discrepancies and rampant government censorship, making the forced merging of these two branches a violation of religious freedom.

Additionally, Henan has recently begun making Three-Self Churches seek approval for all large-scale religious activities.


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SOROS CAUGHT FUNDING TERRORIST REFUGEE BOATS TO EUROPE

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SOROS CAUGHT FUNDING TERRORIST REFUGEE BOATS TO EUROPE 
  EU Foreign Policy Chief Wants European Coast Guard 
to Protect Migrants
SEE: http://ntknetwork.com/eu-foreign-policy-chief-wants-european-coast-guard-to-protect-migrants/
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
 Federica Mogherini said that she is most concerned with migrants’ 
rights, as Europe has been overwhelmed with foreigners pouring into the 
continent.
 
July 17, 2017
      
Federica Mogherini, the foreign policy chief of the European Union, said at a press conference on Monday that Frontex, the European coast guard, should protect migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East to enter Europe.
A reporter at the event asked Mogherini about Frontex’s practice of detaining migrants attempting to sneak into Europe.
“We are working so much with the IUM and the UNHCR to guarantee that [migrants] have access to these centers where living conditions appear to be inhumane, to improve the living conditions of the migrants, to protect their lives and their rights,” Mogherini said to the press.
Mogherini cited UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi, saying that the EU needed to change the “logic of detention,” and she criticized the EU for not following Grandi’s words.
The EU’s foreign policy chief lamented the conditions that migrants face as they cross into Europe and called for the continent to do more to help those to cross from Africa and the Middle East. “The work the European Union is doing with the UN agencies, with the international NGOs, is exactly to protect the migrants,” she said.
In order to alleviate the crisis, Mogherini said the EU would help those who wanted to “voluntarily return” to their home countries, but made no mention of those who wished to stay in Europe.
Europe has experienced a migration crisis for years as countries in North Africa and the Middle East collapse into civil war, with millions of migrants pouring into European countries every year. The crisis has fueled a nationalist backlash across the continent as voters seek to more effectively close their borders.
 

FALSE TEACHER OF THE DAY: SCOTT HOFERT, WATERSHED CHURCH

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 FALSE TEACHER OF THE DAY: SCOTT HOFERT, WATERSHED CHURCH
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But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.2 Peter 2:1-3
This passage explains clearly why exposing false teachers in the church is a crucial aspect of the gospel. There are many who distort the true gospel of Jesus Christ and cause destruction in the church. Last night, while evangelizing at a Rob Bell conference in Charlotte, NC, I ran into a couple who were in line to see the event. This couple claimed to be church planters who pastored a church here in Charlotte yet they took serious issue with the gospel that we were giving to people. I found it peculiar that a pastor, a professed minister of God’s word would be so repulsed by the preaching of His word.
This morning I woke up to see that this pastor’s wife had spouted her commentary all over one of the threads of our Facebook video, threatening to contact the staff of my church and griping about how obnoxious our preaching was to those who were simply there to “hear their friend [Rob Bell] speak.”
This prompted me to research the “church” they planted and lead here in Charlotte, and what I found was, well, actually unsurprising.
The name of this “church” is Watershed. It’s located in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte. The church is co-pastored by Scott Hofert, whom we met last night, and Matt O’Neil. What kind of church is this? According to their website,
Watershed was birthed out of two things: deep relationship and justice. Our founders and co-pastors, Matt O’Neil and Scott Hofert, along with their wives Donna and Taryn, met in the late 90’s while working together for a Virginia-based international humanitarian organization.
Okay, so they met while working for a humanitarian organization. Red flag. Humanitarian = social justice. Couple this with Scott’s wife’s comments on our Facebook page in opposition to our proclamation of gospel truth where she states,
I was there in line last night- we are church planters and pastor a church in plaza midwood. Your loudspeaker blared in all our ears as you yelled scripture and damnation so we couldn’t hear ourselves think. In a city like ours surrounded by so much brokenness and poverty are there not better ways to bring God’s kingdom than accosting people who bought tickets to hear a friend speak? Wouldn’t your hours be better spent feeding the hungry, empowering the marginalized and being hope rather than yelling about it? And we wonder why people don’t want to become Christians, you know? If you wanted to bring attention to yourselves you succeeded- but to God? Not a chance.
Notice this: She objects to us “yelling Scripture,” and believes that the preaching of the Word of God is why unbelievers don’t want to “become Christians.” We preach Christ, and if unbelievers reject what we proclaim, it is Christ who they reject. These “church planters” are repulsed by Scripture. But it makes sense now. They are not really church planters–not in the biblical sense by any means–they are social justice warriors. They claim the name of Christ yet flee from His word.
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’Matthew 15:8-9
Okay, so this pastor, Scott Hofert, and his wife are at a Rob Bell conference. Rob Bell, a well known false teacher and distorter of God’s truth, is widely known for rejection of the biblical doctrine of Hell and false teachings on the sinfulness and depravity of mankind. With this comes Bell’s obvious objection to the Holiness of God whose divine attributes, according to Scripture, include not only love and mercy, but justice and wrath. I wanted to see if these so-called church planters promulgated the same distortion of God’s character.
I took a look at their beliefs posted on the church website, and I must say, the beliefs do not depict the Christ that is found anywhere in Scripture. What I found was pure idolatry–a false Jesus that these so-called church planters and “pastors” have invented for themselves. While I will not go through every belief line by line, I will focus on a few of the weightier here.
First, the question is “What do you believe about salvation, sin and redemption?”
We believe that the original gift we are given in this lifetime is goodness.  When God created us, he did so and called us good, called us beloved and found us to be pleasing.  However, we also believe that, regardless of how well we are cared for throughout our lifetimes, we all experience a degree of woundedness or distortion in ways that are both seen and unseen. Through his life, death and resurrection, we believe Jesus was announcing a way of becoming awake and a way of letting go of the sin that these wounds create in ourselves and in our world.
This is a completely baseless and false assertion about Jesus’ redemptive purpose. It is true that we were created in the image of God and God called His creation “good.” But the statement then veers off into something foreign to the Scriptures. Our depravity, as humans, is not dependent or relative in any way to “how well we are cared for throughout our lifetimes.” The Scriptures say “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).” Our “woundedness” is directly related to our sin nature. We are sinners because of our nature. Through the fall, sin entered the world and tainted our good image (Romans 5:12).
Further, the purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection presented in this church’s beliefs is a total distortion of Christ’s salvific work. Jesus did not purpose His work on the cross to “announce a way of becoming awake and letting go of sin,” Jesus bore our sin on the cross.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.2 Corinthians 5:21
This is a false gospel.
In the statement of beliefs regarding social justice, it states,
Since our inception Watershed’s passion for undermining systems that perpetuate human suffering has slowly grown … Watershed believes that our response to the change we experience in our life with God should activate our empathy and compassion to personally and communally respond to systematic suffering; lovingly, creatively, non-violently, sacrificially and purposefully.
It is not wrong to be compassionate toward those who are suffering. In fact, a necessary consequence of becoming a regenerate child of God is compassion. Yet, the primary mission of the church is not relieving the suffering of this world. The primary mission of the church is the proclamation of the Risen Christ, the savior of the world. His final words to the church were to go forth and make disciples. How do we do that?
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14-17
Now, remember, this is what these “church planters” were opposed to, the preaching of the Word of God, the “yelling of Scripture and damnation,” as the pastor’s wife states. The couple is totally fine with a false teacher like Rob Bell coming to spew his repugnant falsehoods about our God yet totally opposed to the reading and preaching of Scripture. See a problem here? Of course, according to a few of the visitors to Bell’s event, their reason for being there is because they find Bell’s God “comforting.”
Now, keep in mind, that the vast majority of Bell’s constituency are unrepentant idolaters who, instead of seeing themselves as God sees them, find comfort in a false God that approves of their sin. That’s Bell’s purpose. Interestingly, Watershed’s God appears to be of the same ilk. For their statement of beliefs makes the following assertion:
At Watershed we acknowledge that sexual expression can be both life giving as well as destructive to ourselves and to others, regardless of orientation.  We believe God’s love and acceptance is not withheld from anyone due to their sexual identity or expression.
So they are obviously a gay-affirming church. This means they believe that you can practice sin unrepentantly and still see the Kingdom of God. Yet the Scriptures completely deny this false assertion in Romans 6:9-11. Further, Jesus says in Luke 13:3-5, not once, but twice, “unless you repent, you all will likewise perish.” This false church denies the biblical gospel of repentance and faith in Christ alone.
Like Rob Bell, this false church denies or downplays the existence of a real, eternal punishment for those who die without Christ and instead redefine Hell as something people in this temporary life experience while “on the receiving end of abusive power, greed, or lust.” While this experience can be devastating, this experience is nothing close to what Jesus describes as everlasting torment for unbelievers–where the worm does not die and the fire is never quenched (Mark 9:48). Jesus was adamant about the existence of this eternal place of death and torture and warned incessantly against it. There is no equivocation in the Scriptures regarding the existence of Hell, yet Hofert and his church have decided that this is not an important issue and the relieving of temporal sufferings should most certainly take precedence over the true gospel. They state,
And while Watershed will often engage dialogue about what happens after a person dies, the conversation that we find more interesting is what happens in our lives with each other and in this world before you die.  In other words, how will your life becoming more alive and more in sync with the ways of Jesus make ways for heaven to overwhelm the hells that we know exist today for others?
Why would a pastor be so offended by those proclaiming Christ and his truth? These people do not know Christ. Scott Hofert does not know Christ, not the biblical Christ. Hofert has idolized a false Jesus, teaches a false gospel, and operates a false church. Hofert’s God is a god that overlooks sin and comforts sinners in their transgressions. The true God is a just God who demands punishment to satisfy his wrath towards sin. Man can never completely satisfy God’s wrath, and this is why Hell is eternal for those outside of Christ.
Hofert believes that his ways, his teachings, his ideas are better than God’s, yet his ways, according to the Scriptures, will only lead him to destruction (Proverbs 14:12), unless he repents. Scott Hofert is clearly a false teacher according to the Word of God and because of this, he must be marked and avoided (Romans 16:17).
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

FANTASY THINKING: MISS WORLD'S VERY OWN ISLAM

 
MISS WORLD'S VERY OWN ISLAM 
BY HUGH FITZGERALD
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
 
If you google “Islam” and “news” this week, you will pull up from the Internet the inspiring story of Esma Voloder, who has just been declared Miss World Australia 2017.
Here is her message to the world:
My heart is full Gratitude and joy overtook me last night as I was crowned @missworldaustralia 2017 at @grandhyattmelbourne Last night re-affirmed that dreams really can become realities. We have all heard this and some of us have been fortunate to not only think it, but truly know it… though it has never prevented the doubt that creeps up on us… it is faith in the best outcome provides us with the strength and motivation to do our best and continue striving. So many people I would like to give a whole hearted thank you to- My family for your love and support. Miss World Australia team and @pageantqueenaus (Miss World Australia director) for your kindness, understanding, faith and trust in me. The judges who represented diverse and relevant elements and industries in Australia that I admire- from an organisation dedicated to helping those in need and giving women opportunity, comedy to keep us light hearted, fashion that keeps us feeling who we are, health and fitness which equips us with the energy to chase our dreams and send positive messages, and reality which showcases bravery to be who we are in front of a large audience. To @phuketpearls for the stunning crown inspired by the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge-it is so appreciated and considerate of you to have incorporated iconic Australian culture into your carefully handcrafted masterpiece, it is so beautiful and I love it dearly <3 The @hugthailand for your partnership and hospitality- I am so very excited to travel to the land of smiles once I have an extra big one to bring to your country @ozwearaustralia , @novoshoes and all our other sponsors for their generously donated gifts (products, thoughts, hospitality and love) . Each time I received something I felt so spoilt and meeting some of you has been a pleasure you are all so infectious and it really does translate in your products. Thank you for having myself as your ambassador. It has been a blessing to raise funds under #beautywithaprpose and for @varietyaustralia . Thank you Australia- for giving me a home and opportunity to do good #missworldaustralia2017
So far, so breathtakingly banal.
This crazed, cliche-filled stream of naively covetous consciousness, by this pretty and mindless girl, who is grateful to, and is full of love for, practically everyone, begins with her heartfelt thanks — in the manner of someone accepting an Oscar at too great a length — to her family, for their “love and support,” to the Miss World Australia team for their “kindness, understanding, faith, and trust in me,” to the judges “who represented diverse and relevant [?] elements [?] and industries in Australia that I admire,” “from an organisation dedicated to helping those in need” and “giving women opportunity, comedy to keep us light hearted” and “health and fitness which equips us…” — possible spokeswoman  for gym equipment? — “with the energy to chase our dreams” and “send positive messages” [?] and “reality [?] which showcases our bravery [?] to be who we are.”
But there’s not just this blend of nonstop nonsense and banality. There’s also the shout-out to, product placement for, the sponsors, for all the gifts they’ve lavished upon her, from “ozwear” to phuketpearls for providing her with a $58,000 necklace, and to an entire country, Thailand, for its “partnership and hospitality,” which she hopes to visit (and of course she will, it’s all part of her deal) — would-be tourists, please take note of her endorsement — just as soon as she can learn to give a smile big enough for that “land of smiles.” And then a last little incoherent thrust: “you are all so infectious [!] and it really does translate [!] in your products [!]. Thank you for having myself [English is not her strong suit] as your ambassador.”
But that’s not the main reason to deplore Ms. Voloder’s newfound fame. She doesn’t just want to be a brand ambassador for pearls and ozwear and tourism in Thailand. She wants to be a brand ambassador for Islam, the faith she was born into and which, she assures us, has been getting a bad rap. Included in her acceptance speech was this:
“The Islam that I know, that is in the Qur’an, I don’t associate that with any acts that are occurring around the world. People tend to blame religion for the atrocities that are happening, but if we do that we take responsibility away from the individuals.”
“A lot of things have been misconstrued about Islam. I feel that a category has been created that is not really what the Qur’an actually promotes. I believe Islam is about peace, unity, prosperity and inclusion.”
The Islam that she knows may be in the Qur’an, but only in the most misleadingly abridged of versions. Shall we yet again, as we always must on such occasions, remind her of 9:5 and 9:29 and 8:12 and 3:151 and 47:4 and 98:6? Is it possible that her eyes glazed over when she came to those verses, or did she somehow manage to ignore them and more than a hundred others like them, that command Muslims to fulfill the duty of violent Jihad against the Infidels, until such time as they are everywhere subdued, and Muslims rule, everywhere?
She may not “associate” the Qur’an “with any acts that are occurring around the world” (by this she is demurely alluding to terrorist acts by Muslims, of which there have been more than 30,000 since 9/11/2001), but apparently many of those who commit these acts do not agree. Some of them chant Qur’anic verses on uploaded YouTube videos showing the decapitation of Infidels, or the blowing up of enemy vehicles. Others show the warriors of the Islamic State, marching through Mosul or Raqqa under the black flag of Islam, with the Shehada written on it, apparently associated by these warriors not with peace but war. And the two killers of Drummer Rigby, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, converts to Islam who after their attack proudly held up their copies of the Qur’an, even quoting passages about violence — is it they who have misunderstood Islam, or is it Esma Voloder? What was it that that vastly learned Shi’a theologian, Ayatollah Khomeini, did not understand about Islam when he issued  his many calls for making war on the West and, especially, on the archenemies  Zionists and Americans? Was his successor Ayatollah Khamenei calling for “peace” or “unity” or “inclusion” when, a few weeks ago, he called for a Jihad against the hated Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir? Was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State, showing an ignorance of the “real” Islam when he so often called for “jihad,” or for ‘more jihad” or for “tornadoes of jihad to erupt,” with not the slightest doubt that he meant endless war against the Infidels? Like the Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei, al-Baghdadi has had extensive theological training. He obtained a BA, MA, and PhD in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad. Is it possible that all three were misinformed by their teachers about the true peaceful Islam, the only kind of Islam that Esma Voloder recognizes?
Esma Voloder, of course, has plenty of distinguished company in her certitudes. Tony Blair, who claimed to never be without his copy of the Qur’an, once praised that book as “practical and way ahead of its time. The most remarkable thing about reading the Koran – in so far as it can be truly translated from the original Arabic – is to understand how progressive it is.” His successor David Cameron knew Islam, the real Islam, could do no wrong, so that after the killing of Drummer Rigby, he quickly denounced the attack, describing it as a “betrayal of Islam.” Theresa May has repeatedly called Islam “peaceful” after every terror attack — not just at home, but to an American audience in Philadelphia — and described the Muslim attack on Westminster Bridge as a “perversion of Islam.” Barack Obama has said, repeatedly, that “Islam is a religion that preaches peace.” His predecessor George Bush produced his own variations on the theme in a series of treacly Iftar messages: “Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.” And “Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion.” And “all Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith — face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate.”
For Pope Francis, who has somehow managed to overlook 1400 years of war against Christians by Muslims, “all religions want peace” (this was uttered shortly after an 85-year-old priest had his throat slit) and “Islam is peaceful” and the “Qur’an is peaceful” and “Muslim terrorism does not exist.” How many times must he say it, in how many variations on the nonsensical theme, to make you believe it? Credo quia absurdum — this should be the motto repurposed for this Pope — “I  believe because it is absurd.”
Just repeat the Pope’s prescription for World Peace and Interfaith Outreach ad libitum, and surely something good will eventually come of it. Or will it? Lots of people in the Western world have wagered not just their own reputations, but the survival of their own peoples, on some version of the ever-more doubtful notion that Islam is about “peace, unity, prosperity, and inclusion.”
Esma Voloder has her precious crown, her ozwear, her phuket jewels, her endorsement deals and brand ambassadorships locked in, with many more no doubt to come. But she wants to do something for the good of everyone. She wants to promote Islam. Pro bono, apparently. She claims, and she may even believe, that Islam is all about “peace, unity, prosperity, and inclusion.” Though Muslims have been purveyors of taqiyya since 680 A.D., I don’t think that’s necessarily the case here. She sounds like a political naif who is simply repeating a line she has been fed. But perhaps I am being too kind. Whether she is misinformed, or deliberately deceptive, given her new position as Miss World she will undoubtedly have many occasions to tell interviewers her understanding of Islam. As always, such an interview will make even a minimum of sense only if the interviewer has properly prepared to question her by reading the Qur’an, and some of the hadith and sira. It won’t be time wasted; as a central subject of the age, Islam is here to stay, and anyone who has actually learned something about it will find many occasions on which such knowledge will come in not just handy, but indispensable.
Such an interviewer ought first to allow Esma Voloder to have her pollyannish say, all about “peace, unity, prosperity, and inclusion.” She should then be asked what verses in the Qur’an she thinks support her view of  peace, or unity, or inclusion? Could she recite a single such verse? If she offers 5:32, make sure to insist on reciting 5:33, and explain how it modifies 5:32. And if there are some verses (early, Meccan) she manages to recall, remind her of the doctrine of abrogation, which she undoubtedly will never have heard of. Then suggest that there are quite a few verses in the Qur’an that help explain the dozens of military campaigns Muhammad took part in, just in the last ten years of his life. What does Esma Voloder make of this verse (read out 9:5)? Or this (read out 9:29)? Or this (read out 47:4)? Read them slowly. Explain that there are more than a hundred such verses in the Qur’an, and that you’ve posted them at your website, to which you then provide a link. Piqued by Ms. Voloder’s display of confusion, which will be obvious as soon as she tries to explain away just those three verses quoted by the interviewer, others will want to check out these and other Qur’anic verses for themselves. And with that link,you’ve made it easy for them.
Ms.Voloder will have a hard time explaining away these verses, but make her task harder still. Even before she can offer the “these-verses-have-to-be-put-in-context” excuse, the interviewer should proleptically note that “the usual way” these verses are dealt with by Muslim apologists is not to forthrightly acknowledge them, but instead to “contextualize” them, to pretend they apply only to specific enemies from 1400 years ago. “But,” the interviewer can add, “both the glosses provided by the most eminent Qur’anic commentators, such as Ibn Kathir, and the behavior of Muslims themselves over the past 1400 years, show that these verses were meant to be prescriptive, applicable for all time, and not merely descriptive, applicable to a particular time and place and enemy.” And if that interviewer is in a take-no-prisoners mood, even with one so winsome and mentally helpless as Esma Voloder, then let Esma be asked yet again, by way of summary so far, to explain why Muhammad’s life is so full of war, assassinations, mass decapitations, and the Qur’an so full of commands about conducting violent Jihad against, striking terror in the hearts of, the [Infidel] enemies, if Islam is all about “peace, unity, cohesion”?
And then it may be time to demonstrate, in the most telling way possible, how little Esma Voloder knows about Islam. Leave the Qur’an — the point about its sinister contents has been made — and raise the issue of the Hadith. Ask Ms. Voloder if she has ever read them, if she knows why the Hadith are so important to Muslims. If she answers that she  has “never’’ read because she didn’t think they were that important, or still worse, had never heard of them, that will make her look not just ignorant, but idiotic. If she answers “yes” or “well, some of them,” take this as the moment to recite the usual horrifying list of events in Muhammad’s life that Muslims would prefer you never find out about: Muhammad’s marriage to little Aisha, the murders of Asma bint Marwan, Abu Afak, and Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, the rape (as it must be called) of the Jewish girl, Saafiya, by Muhammad on the same day he had her father, husband, and brother killed, the torture and murder of Kinana of Khaybar, the killing of the 600-900 prisoners of the Banu Qurayza.  Don’t spare Ms. Voloder; ask sweetly, but ask, if she is familiar with any or all of these events in the life of Muhammad, just as you had asked her earlier about those Jihad verses in the Qur’an. Either she will have to admit to knowing about them, and then have to explain them away (just how do you explain away Aisha? Asma bin Marwan? Saafiya? Kinana?) as best she can, which makes her look both sinister and foolish, or she will claim she was not aware of those particular hadith, which leaves her looking merely foolish. And then ask if she is aware that Muslims consider Muhammad, the man responsible for that list of atrocities that have just been recited, as “al-insan al-kamil,” the Perfect Man, and “uswa hasana,” the Model of Conduct. Given what you have just told her about Muhammad, would she describe him as the Perfect Man? What can she say?
And then, just one last question for beauty queen Ms. Voloder.  Ask her to imagine herself walking down a street in Saudi Arabia or Iran or Afghanistan or Pakistan, her hair loosely flowing, as she wears it in Australia, her makeup and dress just the same as she had for her Miss World competition, with her shoulders bare, or dressed as she does for her work as a criminal profiler. Then ask her what she thinks would happen to her, wearing  that sort of getup, in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan. We all know she would at the very least be yelled at, perhaps beaten by the mutawwa (religious police), even possibly taken into custody to be charged by the state, or might well have to endure both curses and beatings administered by outraged Muslim vigilantes. And don’t even ask what would happen to her in those countries if she dressed as she would have had to for the swimsuit component of the Miss World competition). She cannot deny the likelihood of such mistreatment. Doesn’t that at least give Ms. Voloder a moment’s pause as Defender of the Faith? And shouldn’t that be enough, along with those 30,000 acts of Muslim terrorism since 9/11 for which she can find no convincing explanation in Islam, to create, among the handful still wanting to believe her, more than a little doubt?