Enlarged October 30, 2014 (first published October 31, 2000) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143)
It cannot be disputed that a spirit of insanity accompanies rock & roll music more than any other in modern times.
Since the 1950s, rockers have thumbed their noses at God’s holy laws, proclaiming, “I’m free to do what I want, any old time.” The reality has been anything but freedom.
Consider the turmoil that envelopes the lives of a large percentage of rock and roll musicians, the countless untimely deaths, the broken marriages, and the mental instability, even pure insanity, that has accompanied this music.
While it is true that the following cases are often associated with drug and alcohol abuse, it is the rock & roll philosophy of “don’t let anybody tell you what to do” that is the underlying culprit.
The following examples are only the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of other members of the blues, jazz, and rock & roll industry have been incarcerated in psychological institutions, undergone psychological counseling, and in other ways demonstrated serious mental imbalance.
G.G. ALLIN was arrested more than 50 times for attempted murder, assault and battery, public lewdness, inciting a riot, indecent exposure, endangering lives, etc. (Pamela Des Barres, Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon, p. 293). He treated his audiences to nudity, assault, defecation, urination, sexual acts with dead animals, eating feces, bashing out his teeth, eating his own flesh, breaking his own bones, setting himself on fire, slicing himself up with broken bottles, knocking himself unconscious, and other insane things. When Allin died in June 1993 at age 36 of a heroin overdose, his brother, Merle, said G.G. would have been disappointed to die that way because he was planning to die on stage and kill many people in the audience at the same time.
GRAHAM BOND, one of the pioneers of jazz-rock in Britain, was often “abusive, cruel, and self-destructive” (Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, p. 28). He claimed to be the son of Satanist Aleister Crowley. Together with his first wife, Diane Stewart, he formed a band called Holy Magick, named after Crowley’s sorcery. He was incarcerated briefly in a mental hospital. A biography by Harry Shapiro, The Mighty Shadow, says Bond’s’ life was characterized by wild mood swings and obsession with the occult. In May 1974, he committed suicide at age 3 by throwing himself under the wheels of a London underground train at the Finsbury Park Station.
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October 29, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com;)
The Trimurti – the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva -- is nothing like the lovely Trinitarian God revealed in Scripture.
Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are not three different persons but are the three different aspects of the one all-ensouling Life of the Universe. They are supposed to be the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe.
1. The Hindu Trimurti is not three eternal Persons in one Godhead. Instead the Hindu gods are mere manifestations of one impersonal, unknowable god who is called Brahma and other names.
“Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva is not three but is ONE, manifesting in three different ways at three different times. It is entirely a matter of personal choice and preference as to whether an individual refers to the all-ensouling Life of the Universe as Vishnu or as Shiva or as Brahma.
“In the beginning was only Being, ONE without a second. Out of Himself He brought forth the cosmos and entered into everything in it” (“Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva,” BlissofHinduism.wordpress.com).
2. In Hinduism, it is not necessary to worship God as any one thing or person. In Hinduism God can be worshiped however the worshiper sees fit, whereas the God of the Bible reveals Himself precisely and must be worshiped according to His own revelation.
3. The Hindu Brahma is not the Creator, because nothing new is ever created. Hinduism does not teach creation but rather emanation and evolution. Hinduism says that there is no such thing as “creation” since nothing new can ever be made.
“Brahman, ‘Infinite Godhead,’ is not a Creator, has never created anything, and can never create anything. It simply emanates Itself through Itself, within Itself, and as Itself. Emanation and evolution are realities but creation is not. And it is Brahma which is the great Evolver” (“Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva,” BlissofHinduism.wordpress.com).
“Brahma is evolutionary energy.”
4. The Hindu Brahma is not a knowable person who has revealed himself as such to man.
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October 28, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org;)
“I read your piece today about brethren not appreciating your ministry of ‘warning,’ especially pertaining to Paul Chappell, Shelton Smith, and Lee Roberson. [He is referring to the article ‘Turning Doctrinal Issues into Personality Issues.’]
“My brother you should understand that what you have sent out as ‘warnings’ have been perceived by a large percentage of men who might otherwise be sympathetic to you, as attacks against these brethren. A common refrain heard in preachers’ meetings is that Cloud has an axe to grind, especially towards West Coast. Whether you like it or not, that is how you come across. What especially galls brethren is that you have never taken the time to actually go to West Coast and talk to them and understand the greater context of which you seem oblivious. And it is my understanding that you have never even heard or met Shelton Smith, who is a man of integrity.
“When Jesus said ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged,’ it was not so much a commandment as it was a proverb. When a person sits in judgment over others, others will sit in judgment of him. That is pretty much where you are at. You have been very critical of just about every well-known preacher or college. What’s sauce for the goose has become sauce for the gander. It is coming back on you. ...
“Many others do understand the issues. ... You presume you are the final word on what is right and what is not right, but you do not have the perspective of many who have, for example, been to Lancaster and have seen the big picture there. Likewise for Shelton Smith as another example. You take the cheap-shot route and heap criticism on these men and others, with clear prejudice, but never go the trouble to truly investigate. Surely you know that internet research is often inaccurate and seldom gives solid perspective. You shoot from the hip with pre-conceived prejudices and assumed stereotypes. That is why other Fundamental brethren have turned on you. ...
“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee. You presume to be the exclusive voice of God. ... You presume you are the only one who has any discernment. That is pride of heart, notwithstanding your feeble attempts at humility (i.e., ‘I am just a long-haired hippy saved by grace.’)”
BROTHER CLOUD’S REPLY
I didn’t say anything about the brethren not appreciating the warnings.
What I said was that the brethren ignore the warnings and twist them and turn them into an occasion of personal attack. That is precisely what you have done in this e-mail by repeatedly charging me with pride, prejudice, etc., when you are in no position to know the condition of my heart.
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October 23, 2013 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
There is a lot of confusion today about the place of miracles in the Christian life and ministry. Is divine healing for today? Are there apostles and prophets today? We have dealt with these and many other issues extensively in the book The Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements, available from Way of Life Literature. We advise each student to read this book carefully.
In this present lesson we will consider some of the foundational teachings of Scripture that can help us understand these issues.
1. The miracles of Christ and the miracles of the apostles had a special, temporary purpose and are not models for the entire church age.
a. The miracles of Jesus were signs to prove that He was the Messiah (John 5:26; 10:25, 37-38; 14:11; 15:24; 20:30-31). These Scriptures leave no doubt as to the purpose of Christ’s miracles. Even the apostles could not do all of the amazing things that Jesus did (i.e., quieting storms and feeding the multitudes); and had they done so, the sign nature of Christ’s miracles would have been rendered ineffective.
What about John 14:12? This cannot mean that believers through the centuries would be able to do greater sign miracles than Jesus. That would be impossible. What could be greater than feeding multitudes, walking on the water, and raising the dead? Jesus did not say that the disciples would do greater miracles; He said they would do greater works. Though the word “works” is sometimes used to describe Jesus’ miracles, it is not limited to that. Whereas Jesus ministered only in Palestine and saw relatively few souls saved under His direct ministry, His disciples have ministered throughout the world and have seen multitudes of souls saved. Whereas Jesus wrote no books, the apostles completed the canon of Scripture. God’s people have enjoyed the power to live holy lives in the face of a godless generation, to withstand the most searing persecution, and to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. God’s people have continued to experience miracles and have done great works, but they have not done the Messianic sign miracles.
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