Friday Church News Notes, Volume 16, Issue 35

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.
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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING PROMOTES THE GODDESS KALI (Friday Church News Notes, August 28, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Empire State building in New York City was recently used as a screen for the projection of the image of the Hindu goddess Kali. This was part of a light show entitled Projecting Change that was intended to raise awareness about wildlife extinction. The image of Kali was interspersed with images of animals. Kali, a gruesome, black goddess who is depicted with a lolling, blood-drenched tongue, a necklace of skulls and a loin cloth of severed arms, is supposed to be both a wild, insatiable devourer and a tender mother. Sacrifices are made to appease the goddess and to obtain various objectives, such as general good fortune, health, wealth, revenge on an enemy, a male offspring, or deliverance from demons. Until 200 years ago, a male child was sacrificed daily in the Kali temple in Calcutta (Alex Perry, “Killing for ‘Mother’ Kali,” Time magazine, Jul. 22, 2002). Though driven underground by laws against human sacrifice, the practice continues in India and Nepal. One commentator observed that Kali is a fitting image for New York City with its wholesale murder of unborn black babies. “New York City is the only city in America where more black babies are murdered than are born. They are not as fortunate as the snow leopard, snake or bird whose images were projected across 33 floors of the Empire State Building. Black New Yorkers didn’t receive $33 million in funding to protect their survival and weren’t even on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign’s radar. (In fact, the very organizations claiming to aid minorities, including blacks, under the guise of ‘health’ programs, are primarily committed to advancing eugenics-based population control among the poorest communities worldwide--in order to reduce them.) Disturbing as the plight of chained elephants is, nothing is more disturbing than the U.S. government legalizing and funding half of an organization’s $1 billion budget to dismember living human beings. ... Like Kali, Planned Parenthood’s knives drip with blood from the tissue and parts of babies’ feet, hands, livers, eyes, skin and other organs--in exchange for $23 million in ‘financial donations.’ (Fetal liver cell prices, for example, range from $488 to $24,250.) Rather than wield a sword to chop off heads, Planned Parenthood suctions off heads of living babies, after they have writhed in excruciating pain” (“Planned Parenthood’s Goddess Projected,” Charisma News, Aug. 20, 2015).

TENNESSEE WANTS TO REPLACE “MOTHER” AND “FATHER” WITH “PARENT 1” AND “PARENT 2 (Friday Church News Notes, August 28, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Last week, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts said that it was replacing “mother” and “father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” on official documents. After a public outcry, the office reversed the decision, at least for now, saying that it was..

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Evolutionists Against Darwinism

Enlarged August 27, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article)

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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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Dolly Parton

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, fbns@wayoflife.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.

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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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Questions Answered About Repentance

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, fbns@wayoflife.org)

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?

ANSWER:

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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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 16, Issue 34

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.
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New Find at Gath
NEW FIND AT ANCIENT GATH (Friday Church News Notes, August 21, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.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 fbns@wayoflife.org, 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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