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Baptist pastor lays waste to Joel Osteen’s prosperity gospel: ‘It is a damning heresy’

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A conservative Virginia pastor dismantled the teachings of prosperity gospel televangelist Joel Osteen as false and misleading.

Adam Blosser, senior pastor of Goshen Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, published a column in The Free Lance-Star reacting to Osteen’s recent appearance nearby — and he urged Christians to reject the televangelist and his gospel.

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“Make no mistake, Joel Osteen is a false teacher and should not be trusted as a source of biblical teaching by Bible-believing Christians,” Blosser wrote.

He said Osteen’s message was built on the power of positive thinking and urged followers to reject negativity, but Blosser said that ignored Christ and his disciples’ teachings.

“Osteen teaches that faithfulness to God and righteous living results in material blessing,” he wrote. “Jesus makes it clear that sometimes faithfulness to God and righteous living results in persecution. (That) alone would be enough to identify Osteen as a false teacher.”

But the Texas pastor also teaches his followers to reject churches that teach that all people are sinners who must repent and place their full trust in Christ, which Blosser said contradicts the essential message in the gospels.

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“He has become successful by proclaiming a false message,” Blosser said. “That is why he is so dangerous.”

“If we fail to compare the things that Osteen says with the clear teachings of Scripture, it is easy to be deceived,” he added. “The prosperity gospel sounds good to itching ears, but it is a damning heresy from which Bible-believing Christians should flee.”

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Roger Stone’s entire defense strategy seems to be hoping Trump will pardon him: national security lawyer

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Trump ally Roger Stone is on trial this week on charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice -- and one national security attorney is baffled at how he's trying to defend himself.

Attorney Bradley Moss wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he simply doesn't see how Stone hopes to beat the charges laid out against him, as he so far hasn't had any serious rebuttal to his documented efforts to pressure witness Randy Credico to commit perjury.

"I seriously do not understand Roger Stone's defense strategy," Moss wrote. "This seems like a pro forma defense centered around the belief Trump will simply pardon him and Stone can then monetize his victim status further."

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Trump has wrecked US diplomacy and replaced it with ‘crony-to-crony relationships’: former ambassador

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Eric Edelman, a former official in the George W. Bush administration, shredded President Donald Trump on Tuesday for taking a wrecking ball to American diplomacy.

In an interview with the New York Times, Edelman said that Trump takes a purely transactional approach to foreign policy that serves his own personal interests instead of the interests of the United States.

"Trump is replacing formal relations among nations in several cases with family-to-family relationship, or crony-to-crony relationships," said Edelman, who served as the American ambassador to Turkey during the Bush administration. "Certainly, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan would prefer that kind of relationship as he runs a crony capitalist regime of his own, but it ought to be a matter of concern to all Americans."

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Trump falsely claims Ivanka ‘created 14 million jobs’: ‘That’s all she wants to talk about’

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While speaking to the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, President Donald Trump praised his daughter Ivanka, who he claimed had "created 14 million jobs."

"We launched the Pledge to America’s Workers, Trump explained, "367 private sector partners are providing more than 14 million skills and career training opportunities for U.S. Workers."

Trump then gave Ivanka Trump credit for the jobs.

'My daughter, Ivanka, that’s all she wants to talk about," he said. "I say, 'Ivanka, can we please talk something about.' [Ivanka replies,] 'No. I met with Wal-Mart.'"

Trump added: "When she started this 2 1/2 years ago, her goal was 500,000 jobs. She’s now created 14 million jobs."

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