The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, though this does not imply an endorsement.
WEST COAST STAFF MEMBER BUILDING BRIDGES TO THE CONTEMPORARY SBC POSITION (Friday Church News Notes, July 3, 2015, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - The compromise at West Coast Baptist College and Lancaster Baptist Church is evidenced by the affiliations of its staff members, some of whom are comfortable straddling the fence between a fundamentalist and a contemporary position. This is dangerous, unscriptural bridge-building. Jim Schettler is an example.
He was the pastor of the campus church at Pensacola Christian College for many years, then moved to California to pastor First Baptist Church of Santa Maria and to be the Vice President of Student Affairs at West Coast Baptist College. Pastor Schettler’s son, Ben, is founder of Ask or Think Ministries and a teen ministry called Pure Truth Conferences. He is also a member of and preaches at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, a rock & roll Southern Baptist congregation that uses modern versions (NIV, NASV, The Message) and despises “separatism.” Olive Baptist’s pastor, Ted Traylor, was First Vice-President of the SBC in 2000 and President of the SBC’s 2004 Pastors’ Conference. Olive Baptist rocked out in both services on June 28 with the Jason Lovins Band. At his blog, Ben Schettler currently recommends a book by John Piper’s son, Barnabas, that glorifies doubt, which is an emerging principle, as we have documented in What Is the Emerging Church? [See “Glorifying Doubt” under the Emerging Church section of the Articles Database at www.wayoflife.org.] West Coast’s Jim Schettler is partnering with Ben in ministry. He is a prominent speaker at Ben’s conferences, most recently in April 2015 in Cincinnati. Rand Hummel, director of the Wilds of New England, is also a speaker at Ben’s conferences. We believe that a man should love his son no matter what he believes and should show it and seek to win his heart to the truth, but fellowship with a son on a personal basis is one thing, while joining hands in ministry with a son committed to the contemporary, anti-separatist, rock & roll SBC philosophy is an entirely different one. Many Lancaster members and West Coast students will walk across the bridges that are being built by its teachers and staff members. (See also “Next Generation Rocking at Lancaster Baptist Church,” Apr. 23, 2015.) Following are sites that document the things stated in this report:
FANTASY SPORTS A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY (Friday Church News Notes, July 3, 2015, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - Fantasy Sports, not long ago the province of a few die-hard fans, is now a multi-billion dollar a year industry that attracts more than 51 million American participants. Fantasy players spend an average of $465 a year on their fantasies, more than four times..
Enlarged July 2, 2015 (first published April 12, 2006) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
I was a teenager when the Beatles burst onto the American scene in 1964. When I came back to the States from Vietnam and was discharged from the Army, I was so full of the rock & roll philosophy that I determined that no one was ever again going to tell me what to do. I grew my hair long to let my “freak flag” fly; I used drugs and sold them for an “easy” income; I determined to ride a bicycle to South America but when I had ridden about 20 miles down the road I decided that I needed a better plan! I sold the bicycle and hitchhiked across America and back again, working all sorts of day jobs, such as washing syrup off of barges in New Orleans. I stayed at rescue missions and slept by the highways in a pop-up tent. I attended the Mardi Gras twice, joined a Hindu meditation society, played the slot machines in Las Vegas, and I went to jail.
All of that was “the bad old days,” to say the least. I look back on my life before Christ as foolishness and waste and shame, and I thank the Lord that He gave me a new life.
He also gave me a new song. “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3).
A couple of months after I was saved the Lord began dealing with me about rock & roll. It was a real struggle, because I absolutely loved rock and had listened to it practically every waking moment for many years. I had begun to study the Bible zealously as soon as I was saved. Each day I would find a private place away from distraction and would read and meditate upon the Word of God. I had been deceived and in bondage to Satan for many years; and now that I had received the truth, I never wanted to be deceived again. I held on to Christ’s promise in John 8:31-32. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And in John 7:17: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
July 1, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following is excerpted from In the Footsteps of Bible Translators. This book follows in the exciting footsteps of Bible writers and translators across Great Britain and Europe. Please see the end of this report for more information about this book.
On the morning of March 30, 2003, we drove to the Piedmont area of northwest Italy where some of the Waldenses were located going back to at least the 11th century and probably much earlier and where they were bitterly persecuted by the Roman Catholics until the 18th century. The term “Waldenses” refers to “people of the valleys,” and there are four major valleys in the Cottian Alps that formed the historic home of these Waldensians: Val Germanasca, Val Chisone, Val Angrogna, and Val Pellice. To the north is Switzerland and to the west, France. We drove part way up two of these valleys. Even today there are not many roads and those that do exist do not go all the way up the valleys. In particular, we visited the following towns and villages: Torre Pellice, Villar Pellice, Luserna, Gianavella, Bobbio Pellice, Rora, Lorenzo, Chanforan, and Serra.
All of these valleys were scenes of terrible massacres during the 15th to 17th centuries. The cruelties perpetuated against the Bible believing Christians were vicious. The following brief account of a just few of these fearful acts is given by a Waldensian pastor:
“There is no town in Piedmont under a Vaudois pastor, where some of our brethren have not been put to death ... Hugo Chiamps of Finestrelle had his entrails torn from his living body, at Turin. Peter Geymarali of Bobbio, in like manner, had his entrails taken out at Lucerna, and a fierce cat thrust in their place to torture him further; Maria Romano was buried alive at Rocco-patia; Magdalen Foulano underwent the same fate at San Giovanni; Susan Michelini was bound hand and foot, and left to perish of cold and hunger at Saracena. Bartholomew Fache, gashed with sabres, had the wounds filled up with quicklime, and perished thus in agony at Fenile; Daniel Michelini had his tongue torn out at Bobbio for having praised God. James Baridari perished covered with sulphurous matches, which had been forced into his flesh under the nails, between the fingers, in the nostrils, in the lips, and over all his body, and then lighted. Daniel Revelli had his mouth filled with gunpowder, which, being lighted, blew his head to pieces. Maria Monnen, taken at Liousa, had the flesh cut from her cheek and chin bone, so that her jaw was left bare, and she was thus left to perish. Paul Garnier was slowly sliced to pieces at Rora. Thomas Margueti was mutilated in an indescribable manner at Miraboco, and Susan Jaquin cut in bits at La Torre. Sara Rostagnol was slit open from the legs to the bosom, and so left to perish on the road between Eyral and Lucerna. Anne Charbonnier was impaled and carried thus on a pike, as a standard, from San Giovanni to La Torre. Daniel Rambaud, at Paesano, had his nails torn off, then his fingers chopped off, then his feet and his hands, then his arms and his legs, with each successive refusal on his part to abjure the Gospel” (Muston’s history of the Waldenses).
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Updated June 30, 2015 (first published July 2, 2004) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
Professor Agostino Borromeo [pictured at left], historian of Catholicism at the Sapienza University in Rome, says the Inquisition wasn’t as bad as it has been made out to be. He is the editor of a 783-page report issued by the Vatican which claims, for example, that only 1% of the 125,000 people tried by church courts as suspected heretics in Spain were executed (“Historians say Inquisition wasn’t that bad,” The Guardian, London, June 16, 2004).
Catholic Cardinal Georges Cottier agrees with the report’s findings and says Rome shouldn’t “ask for pardon for deeds which aren’t there.”
In fact, it has been estimated by careful and reputable historians that 50 million people were slaughtered for the crime of “heresy” by Roman persecutors between the AD 606 and the middle of the 19th century. This is the number cited by historian John Dowling, who published the classic “History of Romanism” in 1847 (book VIII, chapter 1, footnote 1).
It is not sufficient to speak of those who died directly at the hands of Roman Catholic inquisitors (including languishing in prisons), even though this was a massive number, because that was only one aspect of Rome’s brutality toward those who refused to submit to its authority. Multitudes of non-Catholics were murdered in crusades instigated by the popes and by various other means. Here we are not speaking of Rome’s crusades in the Middle East but of her crusades against the Albigenses, Waldenses, and other Bible-believers in Europe.
Consider just one group of “heretics” that Rome treated with its Inquisition. From AD 1160-1560, the Waldensians that dwelt in the Italian Alps were visited with 36 different fierce persecutions that spared neither age nor sex (Thomas Armitage, A History of the Baptists, “Post-Apostolic Times -- The Waldensians,” 1890). This does not include the persecutions against Waldenses who lived in southern Italy, France, Germany, England, and other parts of Europe.
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June 28, 2015-- (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
On Friday, the majority members of a divided U.S. Supreme Court exalted themselves against God and His Word and the U.S. Constitution by ruling that same-sex couples can “marry” in all states, invalidating existing laws against this practice.
This is not a surprise, of course, in light of the court’s rulings over the past 50 years in which it has created law rather than ruled on law (e.g., removing prayer and Bible reading from schools in 1962 and 1963, inventing a right to abortion in 1973, striking down sodomy laws in 2003, and decriminalizing most forms of pornography).
This flies in the face of the teaching of Jesus Christ that marriage is between one man and one woman.
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew19:4-6).
The ruling was not only against God’s Word; it was against the U.S. Constitution. There is not a hint of support for same-sex “marriage” in the founding documents.
To their credit, justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito issued insightful and scathing dissents.
Justice Roberts said, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent. Just who do we think we are? ... Those who founded our country would not recognize the majority's conception of the judicial role ... They would never have imagined yielding that right on a question of social policy to unaccountable and unelected judges” (“Chief Justice Roberts,” Business Insider, Jun. 26, 2015).