This and That 11-12-11

White House: There’s no sign of E.T. or UFO cover-up– The White House has responded to two petitions asking the U.S. government to acknowledge formally that aliens have visited Earth and to disclose any intentional withholding of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings.  “The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race,” Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy reported on the website.“In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.” – MSNBC

Bennett: This Is Not a ‘Lynching’ of Herman Cain – If Herman Cain wants to be taken seriously as a public advocate for anything, never mind running for the chief executive and commander in chief of the most powerful and important and blessed country in the world, he needs to give a full press conference dedicated exclusively to this issue and these allegations.  I have watched long enough and held my tongue long enough to give him the benefit of the doubt, but can no longer say this is a witch hunt, “a lynching” to use his word, or any other euphemism. There are allegations out there that matter and they have stacked up. For we who led the charge against Bill Clinton on a number of related issues to continue to blame the media or other campaigns or say it simply doesn’t matter makes us the hypocrites as well. – Bill Bennett

A Majority of Democrats Seldom or Never Go to Church, Says Gallup –  A majority of Democrats—52 percent—say they seldom or never go to church, according to Gallup data published Monday.  That result is based on Gallup’s daily tracking polls conducted between June 1 and Aug. 31 of this year.  In addition to the 52 percent of Democrats who told Gallup they seldom or never go to church, another 20 percent said they go to church nearly weekly or monthly, and 27 percent said they go weekly.  On Oct. 28, Gallup reported that its daily tracking polls between June 1 and Aug. 31 showed that 38 percent of Republicans said they seldom or never go to church, while 21 percent said they go to church nearly weekly or monthly, and 40 percent said they go weekly.

The Message Being Communicated When Preaching Is Not Redemptive – When I say that the saved need the gospel, I mean that God’s people need to continually hear of His work on their behalf. This is what nourishes the soul of the believer. One’s position in Christ, based on His redemptive work, is the platform upon which spiritual progress is made. The preaching and teaching to the saints must always be set in a redemptive context emphasizing God’s grace that comes through Jesus Christ. I am not suggesting that the saints need to be evangelized. I am saying that the saints need to be continually fed the good news. They need to hear gospel-centered messages. They need to understand that the flow of the Christian life is to come out of our abiding in Christ. It is His work for His glory and our good. It is not that the saints do not need to hear the law (what to do). The hearing of the law can guide. It must also move the believer to humbly depend on Christ alone. Our obedience must flow out of our dependence. It must also come from hearts full of thanksgiving. It must come from one’s delight in God through Christ. This requires constant gospel feeding. We must see the good news as not only involving our justification (our receiving the imputed righteousness of Christ) but also our sanctification (our spiritual progress in faith that only happens because of our justification). Sanctification is God’s work too. Not only that, but it arises from our justified position. There is no growth unless one is actually in Christ. It is in His new life that we have life! – James Wilkes


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