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When Influential pastor John MacArthur thinks of preacher and author Beth Moore, he thinks she should “go home.”

Speaking at the “Truth Matters Conference” meant to honor his 50 years in ministry, MacArthur, fellow pastor Phil Johnson and a small panel of other men were asked to play a word association game. The moderator starts off the game by asking MacArthur what he thinks when he hears the name of Beth Moore. 

MacArthur responded saying, “Go home!” 

“There is no case that can be made biblically for a woman preacher – period, paragraph, end of discussion,” the 80-year-old preacher added to roaring applause.

When Johnson was asked about what word he associates to Beth Moore, he said “narcissistic.”

Johnson then recalled the first time he saw Moore preach. He said upon seeing her, he thought, “This is what it looks like to preach yourself rather than Christ.”

MacArthur then spoke up again only to further criticize Moore along with the #MeToo movement.

He said, “The #MeToo movement, again, is the culture of reclaiming ground in the church.

“When the leaders of evangelicalism roll over for women preachers, the feminists have really won the battle,” he added before the audience broke out in applause. 

“The primary effort in feminism is not equality” he continued. “They don’t want equality, that’s why 99 percent of plumbers are men. They don’t want equal power to be a plumber, they want to be senators, preachers, congressmen, president, the power structure in a university. They want power, not equality,” MacArthur asserted.

The long-time preacher’s comments sparked widespread outrage among other Christian leaders over the weekend.

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear, took to Twitter on Saturday, and speaking directly to Moore wrote, “Dear Beth Moore, you’re welcome in our home any time.”

Singer, author and wife of pastor Matthew Chandler, Lori Chandler, wrote on Saturday, “When I hear the words ‘Beth Moore,’ I think ‘good and faithful servant.’”

Pastor Brandon Cox also commented on the situation writing, “The host says, ‘Beth Moore.’ And a man who is supposed to be a model of biblical manhood and spiritual leadership responds, ‘Go home!’ And a room full of men laugh. This is sad. It's unbiblical. But it's the fruit of arrogance.”

Preacher and Christian Counselor Kyle Howard also chimed in writing, “I have lost all respect beyond Imago Dei for John MacArthur, Friel, & Phil. To hear them mock, degrade, & publicly slander a sister in Christ like this is wicked. To hear a crowd of pastors laugh is disgusting. This is utterly shameful.”

Beth Moore has yet to respond to MacArthur’s and Johnson’s comments.

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Video courtesy: Reformation Charlotte 

H/T: Relevant Magainze

On October 6, President Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave the contested area of northeastern Syria. Just three days later, Turkey began an offensive on Syria displacing thousands of Syrians and Kurds living in the region. 

When violence broke out between the neighboring nations, President Trump sent Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to meet with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan agreed to a 5-day ceasefire in exchange for a 60 mile “safe zone” being put in place and the promise that the U.S. would not place sanctions on Turkey. 

As a part of the ceasefire, Kurdish fighters are being forced to leave the “safe zone” and withdraw roughly 20 miles from the border. According to the Associated Press, the particular area dubbed the “safe zone” is the region where the Syrian Kurds population is concentrated. Some are calling the forced evacuation of the Kurds, ethnic cleansing.

Who are the Kurds

Wade Burleson, writer and historian, says the Kurdish people being attacked by Turkey soldiers are descendants of a grandson of Moses.

Burleson, a teaching pastor at Emmanuel Enid in Oklahoma, says the Kurds are what the Bible calls Medes, which are descendants of Madai. Madai was one of Moses’ 16 grandchildren.

“The Medes settled in Amida,” he said in a blog on his site. He said the city was renamed Diyarbakur in the 7th century AD by the Muslim Arabs during conquests of Persia.

“The Arabs called the ethnic Medes who lived in the Zagros Mountains by the Arabic name Kurds,” he said.

Burleson said that today, Divarbakir is now the largest city in southeastern Turkey with a majority of Kurds living in the area. He said as Turkish forces invade Kurdistan, the region of Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran where Kurdish people live, those civilians are facing violence.

“What we have going on during this October 2019 Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is an ethnic cleansing,” he said. “It's a holocaust. President Trump should know better than to allow it to happen.”

The Kurds and Persians are “from the same ancestral stock,” he said. He added that the Bible reveals the importance of Medes during ancient times.

He said Numbers 24:17 details that the prophet Balaam was a Kurd who prophesized about the coming of Jesus. In Isaiah 44 and 45, Burleson points to King Cyrus, who was called the “Messiah of the Jews” after freeing Jews of Judea from captivity in 539 BC. The three wise men who visited Jesus are also from Medes, having studied at the Mede/Persian School of the Magi.

“These Wise Men are what we’d call modern Kurds,” he said.

Throughout recent history, however, America has failed to follow through on its promises to officially create the country of Kurdistan, Burleson said in his post. 

“Pray for the modern Medes as they fight against an erratic Muslim leader named Erdogan,” he said. “Please, President Trump, do not abandon the Syrian Christians that need our help more than ever.”

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Waco, Texas will fill with DIYers and shoppers as Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines host their fifth annual “Silobration” this weekend.

The Magnolia Silos in Waco will boast more than 40 artisan vendors, food trucks and concerts by Christian artists Josh Garrels and JOHNNYSWIM, CBN News reports.

Some 40,000 people are expected to attend the weekend event, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

New this year is the couple’s latest launch, a coffee shop called Magnolia Press. The coffee shop will have a grand opening later, though it had a soft opening earlier this week to prepare for the Silobration.

“It’s a big weekend for Waco,” said Carla Pendergraft, director of marketing for the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Also just announced for the Waco couple is a new hotel opening in downtown Waco. The couple is planning to renovate and reopen a historic three-story hotel in the city. The hotel is expected to open in 2021.

"We are ready to get started on this icon building downtown, a few blocks away from the Silos. It's going to be a big project, but we cannot wait to restore it to its former glory. There is (sic) so many details about this building that are just gorgeous," Joanna said in an interview.

The couple also sponsors the Magnolia Foundation, which supports charitable organizations that work in youth development, family housing, community work and orphan care.

"I believe that each of us, in every circumstance, has what it takes - that built within the construction of who we are is whatever that moment in time requires," she says. "We all will have trials, we all will have miracles, and because of grace, I believe we have it in us to handle both - no matter what that looks like," Joanna wrote.

The Silobration continues through Saturday. Find details here.

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