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Pentecost Part 3: Repent and Evidence of God

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Pentecost Part 3 Repent and Evidence of God

The people who heard Peter’s Sermon are convicted. Peter’s instruction to them is more applicable to new believers today than even his sermon. In Part 3, this article in the Pentecost series will focus on the part of Pentecost called the Ingathering.

37Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

43Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:37-47 NASB

The very first instruction Peter gives is repentance. Though Peter laid out the charge that they crucified Jesus, sin is self-evident. The struggle is often convincing people they need a savior from their sin. But the power of the literal resurrection convinced this audience that they needed a savior, paired with the realization that they were wrong. With that hurdle crossed, the immediate question is what then must we do? Repentance. Now repentance is not just ceasing sin. That’s a stop. Repentance is more characterized as a U-turn and moving in the opposite direction. That direction is towards sanctification, being made holy through the Holy Spirit growing inside of you.

Insufficiency of Belief

The crowd heard Peter and believed, but belief (intellectually) alone isn’t enough. Intellectually believing the sacrifice that Jesus made is something even Satan can do. The crowd wanted to know what to do with this conviction. Belief was not enough for them. They wanted to know. They wanted reassurance that they would not be on the wrong side of scripture again. Peter instructs the new believers to repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit.

Repentance is necessary

The idea of repentance and, by extension, sanctification are too often rejected by our churches, but Peter makes this first in his instructions to new believers. Too often our churches do not follow the example of the early Christians who placed great emphasis on repentance. In fact, often churches do not emphasize sin, hell, or the justice of God. That is the state of Christianity in America today. It doesn’t grow attendance numbers. But it also isn’t creating revival. Peter’s Sermon was a large crowd, but his message delivered revival, because his message was powered by the Holy Spirit. Growing the church, not attendance, requires this power.

Evidence of God

An atheistic reading would discount the speaking in tongues, perhaps overlooking the loud noise that brought the people to hear the speaking of tongues in the first place, but an atheist would have to accept that a large Jewish crowd heard the Christian message and believed, or else Christianity would not exist today. So at some point in time this story, or something very close, had to have happened. And if an atheist concedes that this took place in Jerusalem, the same location as the crucifixion, Jews who lived concurrently with Jesus believed in the literal resurrection. It doesn’t matter how crazy the twelve apostles were, if the audience had no knowledge of Jesus and the resurrection, Christianity falls apart at Pentecost, at best, adding to the number of obscure Jewish sects. But if the resurrection did take place, then it makes that much sense for a well-informed Jewish audience to accept the gospel change their lives and their day of worship. The event of Pentecost supports the existence of God.

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‘Godfather’ star Gianni Russo on Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo’s rant

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When CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was filmed delivering an unhinged rant to a heckler at a restaurant, one of the things many people took offense to was his declaration that the term “Fredo” was to Italian-Americans as the “n-word” is to African-Americans. This has been completely debunked since then with guests on his own show using the name to refer to Donald Trump Jr. But that didn’t keep CNN from backing their guy.

TMZ caught up with Gianni Russo, a star from The Godfather who told the reality of the situation from three unique perspectives. First, he said it wasn’t a racial slur and clearly referred to the weaker brother, a perspective he understands as a star of the film. Second, he knows the Cuomo family well and couldn’t believe Chris would have said that. Third, knowing father Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, leads him to believe the elder Cuomo would have smacked his son had he heard him say what he did.

No real repercussions are expected against Cuomo from his employers at CNN.

Here’s a video from TMZ of Russo’s perspective:

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Do Omar, Tlaib oppose LGBTQ rights like the Palestinian Authority?

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Do Omar Tlaib oppose LGBTQ rights like the Palestinian Authority

Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib want Israel to be boycotted, divested, and sanctioned. They want the Democrats in the House of Representatives to take Congressional action against Israel. They want to drive a wedge between the United States and Israel. Most importantly, they want Israel to no longer exist, replaced by the Palestinian Authority and a “New Palestine.”

Do they also support the Palestinian Authority’s ban on LGBTQ activities? Do they agree with the anti-LGBTQ tenets of the Muslims organizations the Congresswomen support?

In a society in which the media handled things in an unbiased manner, these are questions the press would be asking Omar and Tlaib following the Palestinian Authority’s ban on LGBTQ activities in the West Bank, an area where Tlaib’s grandmother lives and where she petitioned to visit before declining to do so after Israel allowed it.

The press should ask them if they support the Palestinian Authority’s move against LBGTQ individuals:

Palestinian Authority bans LGBTQ activities in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.

The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for “the bow”), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. The group operates both in the West Bank and among Arab-Israelis.

Both Tlaib and Omar claim to be supportive of LGBTQ rights. But they also have a not-so-subtle attachment to the Palestinian Authority and are actively working to put them in control of all of Israel. Does that mean they would approve of their ban of LGBTQ individuals “from the river to the sea”?

While many in America’s LGBTQ community continue to support and often partner with Islamic groups to help their friends in the Democratic Party, others in the community have spoken out against the anti-LGBTQ policies Muslim majority nations impose on their people. This needs to be addressed by LGBTQ leaders; they can’t (or at least shouldn’t) ignore the plight of the international LGBTQ community for the sake of political expediency.

The Palestinian Authority’s ban on all LGBTQ activities in the West Bank should be a point of contention that Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib need to reconcile. But they won’t. Mainstream media will bury the story and nobody will ask them how they feel.

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Dan Bongino calls out Antifa for what they really are

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There’s a strange series of contradictions within the Antifa movement. They claim to be anti-fascist, yet their actions can only be categorized as fascist suppression techniques. They claim to be against racism and misogyny, yet they intimidate any minority or woman who doesn’t agree with them. They pretend to be brave, yet they hide behind masks.

Conservative pundit Dan Bongino knows a thing or two about fighting fascism, stopping bigotry, and being brave. As an outspoken commentator and former Secret Service agent, Bongino has done more to defend this country and promote the proper ideologies we need in order to prevent fascism from ever rearing its ugly head here. He’s also no fan of Antifa.

As he notes, the real agenda of Antifa isn’t anti-fascism. Their name really implies they’re anti-FA – First Amendment. Even as they fight “hate speech,” they do so in ways that are designed to suppress our freedoms to speak. They’re quickly becoming a parody of the old progressive movements, albeit more dangerous today.

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