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“A 2005 poll by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Social and Religious Research found that 60% of American medical doctors reject Darwinism, stating that they do not believe humans evolved through natural processes alone. Thirty-eight percent of the American medical doctors polled agreed with the statement that ‘Humans evolved naturally with no supernatural involvement.’ The study also reported that 1/3 of all medical doctors favor the theory of intelligent design over evolution. ... The prestigious journal Science reported the following in 2006 concerning the United States: ‘The percentage of people in the country who accept the idea of evolution has declined from 45 in 1985 to 40 in 2005. Meanwhile the fraction of Americans unsure about evolution has soared from 7 per cent in 1985 to 21 per cent last year.’ In January 2006, the BBC reported concerning Britain: ‘Just under half of Britons accept the theory of evolution as the best description for the development of life, according to an opinion poll. Furthermore, more than 40% of those questioned believe that creationism or intelligent design (ID) should be taught in school science lessons’” (“Evolution,” Conservapedia).
The following scientists do not hold to biblical creationism. In fact, some of them are strongly opposed to creationism. They hold to the long age of the universe. Some hold to theistic evolution and interpret Genesis 1-3 poetically, while others believe only in an undefined Higher Power or Designer.
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Republished August 26, 2015 (first published December 2, 2014) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following is from the latest edition of The Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians, which is available as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.
Since Dolly Parton (b. 1946) is popular with many in the Southern Gospel crowd, we are including her in this Directory.
The September 2002 edition of Singing News, which covers Southern Gospel, contained a full page promoting Dolly Parton’s Dollywood entertainment center in Tennessee. Dollywood is the location of the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame, and it hosts an annual Southern Gospel Jubilee. It also hosts an annual gay and lesbian day!
Dolly Parton claims to be a Christian, but her Christianity represents the type that is popular among American entertainers, particularly country music stars. Country music today is “live as you please” rock & roll with a thin veneer of “Jesus” and a heavy dose of New Age gobbledygook.
Dolly dresses very immodestly and is comfortable in the midst of the moral filth of Hollywood. She played the madam in the R-rated movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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Updated August 25, 2015 (first published February 24, 2000) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
My articles and books dealing with repentance and exposing the error of what I call “quick prayerism” have produced questions both from friends and enemies. The following are my answers to these questions:
QUESTION: Where does the Bible say that repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of life?
First, we see this definition of repentance in many clear Scriptures, such as the following:
“Bring forth therefore FRUITS MEET FOR REPENTANCE” (Mat. 3:8).
“Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, THEY WOULD HAVE REPENTED LONG AGO IN SACKCLOTH AND ASHES” (Mat. 11:21).
“The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because THEY REPENTED AT THE PREACHING OF JONAS; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here” (Mat. 12:41). Jesus said the men of Nineveh ‘repented at the preaching of Jonas.’ According to Jonah 3, this means that they believed God, fasted, put on sackcloth, and turned from their sin. Christ taught that their change of action was a result of their repentance.
“But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but AFTERWARD HE REPENTED, AND WENT” (Mat. 21:28-29).
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NEW FIND AT ANCIENT GATH (Friday Church News Notes, August 21, 2015, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - Archaeologists at the site of the ancient Philistine city of Gath (Tel Tzafit) have unearthed another exciting find. This year an expedition from the Bar Ilan University discovered the ancient gate which is mentioned in the Bible (1 Sam. 21:13). Professor Meir Ettinger says the gate is among the largest ever found in Israel (“Goliath’s Humongous Gate Found,” Israel Today, Aug. 6, 2015). Gath, one of the five major Philistine cities of the Old Testament era, is mentioned more than 30 times in Scripture, and archaeological research since 1996 has confirmed the Biblical record in many interesting ways. First, evidence was found of a Dagon temple with two central pillars. Judges 16:23-30 says the Dagon temple at Gaza had two central pillars. While the temple at Gaza has not been found, the Philistine temples found at Gath and Qasile had central pillars that were close enough together for a large, supernaturally-empowered man to have pushed them apart. Second, evidence was found for the mid-eighth century earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:1. Third, evidence was found for the sieges and destruction of the city in the ninth century, which agrees with the biblical account of sieges by Hazael (2 Ki. 12:17) and Uzziah (2 Ch. 26:6). Fourth, two names “etymologically similar” to “Goliath” were found inscribed on pieces of pottery in “Proto-Canaanite” letters. Though the inscriptions might not refer to the Goliath of Scripture, they prove that this name was in common usage at the time.
CHINA’S RICHEST MAN SAYS HE WAS HAPPIER BEFORE WEALTH (Friday Church News Notes, August 21, 2015, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - Jack Ma, China’s richest man, said in a speech this year that he was happier working as a teacher for $12 a month than he is now as a billionaire. Ma’s company, Alibaba, was valued at $25 billion when it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange last September. In a speech before the Economics Club in New York City, he spoke about the burden of being ultra-rich. He said that when you reach $10 million, “you’ve got troubles” (“Jack Ma, China’s richest man, was happier earning $12 a month,” Business Insider, Jun. 9, 2015). Ma told CNBS that there is a lot of pressure that comes..
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A principle that has helped me, and a principle that I delight in is that when things aren't spelled out in Scripture, there is liberty for the Lord’s will to be sought and followed in each particular situation.
When the Bible’ teaching is clear, that is law. When the Bible is silent, that is liberty, and there is a lot of liberty.
One man put it like this: There is form and freedom. The form is the words of Scripture rightly interpreted. The freedom is anything beyond the form.
This is the teaching of Romans 14. Paul says that in matters such as diet and holy days, we are not to judge one another. There is liberty. Those are examples of things that aren’t spelled out in Scripture. There are no dietary laws or laws about holy days in the New Testament dispensation, so there is liberty in all such matters. Though the New Testament does mention Sunday as the day of the Lord and it does say that the brethren assembled on that day, it doesn’t spell out what can and cannot be done on that day as in Israel’s Sabbath laws, so there is great liberty.
I strongly disagree with those who try to make laws out of things that the Bible isn't clear on. The Bible’s silence is not law; it is liberty.
For example, the principle that churches should not use musical instruments is based on the fact that the New Testament is silent on that. But the silence isn’t a law against musical instruments; it is liberty to use them or not use them so long as they are used according to Scriptural principles. Some within the house church movement make laws out of silence in things such as graded Sunday Schools, youth ministries, and nurseries. Though the Bible doesn’t describe such things, it also doesn’t forbid them if they are operated according to scriptural principles.
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