Friday Church News Notes, Volume 15, Issue 42

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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ABANDONED WIFE DESCRIBES HOW THAT HOMOSEXUAL LUST DESTROYED HER MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (Friday Church News Notes, October 17, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “‘I Refuse to Be Silent’: Writer Says Homosexuality Shattered Her Marriage, Family,” Christian News Network, Oct. 13, 2014: “A mother and writer has generated much discussion following the publication of an article in which she shares her personal story of how homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” shattered her own marriage and family. ‘I refuse to be silent,’ wrote Janna Darnelle (a pen name used to protect her family’s identity), who states that behind many of the happy photographs in reports on same-sex ‘marriage,’ there are untold stories of sorrow and pain. ‘I represent one of those real life stories that are kept in the shadows. I have personally felt the pain and devastation wrought by the propaganda that destroys natural families.’ Darnelle recalled that in 2007, her husband announced to her that he believed he was a homosexual, and that he wanted to file for divorce. ‘In an instant, the world that I had known and loved--the life we had built together--was shattered,’ she said, advising that she urged her husband to stay and fight for their marriage. ‘But my voice, my desires, my needs--and those of our two young children--no longer mattered to him. We had become disposable, because he had embraced one tiny word (gay) that had become his entire identity.’ She said that when the matter went to court, her husband sought primary custody of the couple’s children, and asserted that he deserved everything that he wanted in the divorce because he was a homosexual. He was granted his request, and later went on to ‘marry’ his male partner with the children present--a photograph that was featured in USA Today. ‘Commenters exclaimed at how beautiful this gay family was and congratulated my ex-husband and his new partner on the family that they created,’ Darnelle recalled. ‘But there is a significant person missing from those pictures: the mother and abandoned wife.  . . .  I am missing. But I am real, and I represent hundreds upon thousands of spouses who have been betrayed and rejected.’ She later expressed concern about the life that the children are now exposed to and how it might affect their psyche as they try to understand their own manhood and womanhood. Her husband and children live in a condo with sixteen other homosexual men. ... ‘My children are brought to gay parties where they are the only children and where only alcoholic beverages are served. They are taken to transgender baseball games, gay rights fundraisers, and LGBT film festivals. [My daughter] needs a dad who will encourage her to embrace her femininity and beauty, but these qualities are parodied and distorted in her father’s world. Her dad wears make-up and sex bondage straps for Halloween. She is often exposed to men dressing as women,’ she continued. ... Darnelle explained that she understands that when a spouse announces that he or she is struggling with same-sex attractions, it may be difficult for them to resist temptation, but they must--just as a man who lusts for a woman who is not his wife--do what is right for the sake of their own wedding vows.”

POPE SAYS “WE ARE ON THE WAY TO RECONCILIATION AND COMMUNION” (Friday Church News Notes, October 17, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Pope Francis told a massive crowd at St. Peter’s Square that it is the devil who causes disunity among Christians but that “we are on the way to reconciliation and communion.” On October 8, the pope said, “the Church is..

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The Osprey

October 16, 2013 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

The Osprey
The osprey is a magnificent fish-eating raptor that is found on every continent except Antarctica. A full grown bird is about 24 inches in length with a six-foot wing span and weighs between two to four pounds.

With its amazing eyes, this bird of prey can see a fish swimming underwater from 130 feet in the air. Like the bald eagle, the osprey’s eyes face forward, giving it binocular vision and great depth perception. Its sharp eyes correct for the refraction caused by the bending of the light in the water.

When it sights a target, it hovers, folds its wings and dives feet first with its talons ready to grab the prey. Its outer toes are reversible, allowing it to grasp its prey with two talons in front and two behind or three talons in front and one behind, and its feet have backwards-facing scales which act as barbs to help grip the slippery fish. The osprey’s nostrils are closable to keep out water during dives, and it has a membrane that covers the eye and acts as a contact lens when it is under water.

When flying with its catch, it carries the fish head-forward to reduce wind resistance.

The birds usually mate for life, building a large nest that is renovated each season. The male provides the nest-building materials for the female to do the actual construction, and the male brings food to the nest while the female incubates the eggs. A pair of nesting birds and their chicks will eat six pounds of fish per day.

Most ospreys migrate for the winter, with European ospreys wintering in Africa and American and Canadian ospreys wintering in Florida, California, and South America. They travel an average of 160 miles per day during migration.
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The Myth That The Bible Has Been Discredited

October 15, 2013 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

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The following is excerpted from AN UNSHAKEABLE FAITH: A CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS COURSE. ISBN 978-1-58318-119-5. (Second edition January 2013) This course is built upon nearly 40 years of serious Bible study and apologetics research and writing. Research was done in the author’s personal 6,000-volume library plus in major museums and other locations in America, England, Europe, Australia, Asia, Turkey, Greece, and the Middle East. The package consists of a 360-page apologetics course (both print and eBook editions are supplied) plus 20 professional PowerPoint/Keynote presentations featuring 2,253 slides dealing with archaeology (ancient writing, Ur, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Lachish, Hezekiah’s tunnel, Medo-Persia, evidence from Israel itself, Luke’s writings, the Roman Empire), evolution/creation science (natural selection, mutations, fossil record, homology, peppered moth, Darwin’s finch, fruit fly, Lucy, Laetoli, vestigial organs, Haekel’s embryo chart, the Miller experiment, horse, whale and bird evolution, billions of years, icons of creation), and prophecies pertaining to Israel’s history. (Keynote is the Apple version of PowerPoint.) The course can be used for private study as well as in practically any Bible-teaching setting, such as teen and adult Sunday Schools, Youth Groups, Bible Institutes, and Home Schooling. The course is extensive and has a lot of depth, but this does not mean that it must be used as a whole or that it is limited to a “seminary” setting. It can be adapted to any age group from teen and older and can be divided into segments for any length of study, from one month to a year. The course can also be used as a reference manual. Practically any question that arises in the context of evolution, creation science, archaeology, Christ’s resurrection, etc., can be answered from this book. There are review questions and a summary of the course, which emphasizes the major points that the students should master. The major sections include The Bible’s Nature, The Bible’s Proof, The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Bible’s Difficulties, Historical Evidence for Jesus, Evidence for Christ’s Resurrection, Archaeological Treasures Confirming the Bible, A History of Evolution, Icons of Evolution, Icons of Creation, Noah’s Ark and the Global Flood. The course is printed on 8.5x11-inch stock with coated color cover and is spiral-bound so it can be laid flat. The package consists of the book and the PowerPoint/Keynote presentations. www.wayoflife.org.
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The outcome of a murder trial in a U.S. courtroom requires evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt,” because so much is at stake, and we should require no less on the issue of creation vs. evolution, which has grave consequences that are not only earthly but also eternal.

The Bible claims to be the revelation of God to man, and if the Bible is true, there is an Almighty Creator God and a heaven and a hell; man will live forever in one place or another; and salvation is only through personal faith in Jesus Christ.

This issue is too serious to be decided on the basis of anything other than solid proof that the Bible is
not trustworthy, yet no such proof exists. In fact, the critics have been proven wrong time and time and time again.

Charles Darwin said, “The clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported” (
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, edited by Nora Barlow).

Like many others since then, Darwin FALSELY ASSUMED that the “clearest evidence” is lacking. They have falsely assumed that the Bible has been discredited by modern science and by the “higher criticism” of theological liberalism, but the fact is that the modernistic theories have been repeatedly
disproven whereas the Bible has been repeatedly authenticated.

Those who have maintained faith in the Bible have never been disappointed.

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The Darwinian Inquisition

October 14, 2013 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

The following is excerpted from AN UNSHAKEABLE FAITH: A CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS COURSE. ISBN 978-1-58318-119-5. (Second edition January 2013) This course is built upon nearly 40 years of serious Bible study and apologetics research and writing. Research was done in the author’s personal 6,000-volume library plus in major museums and other locations in America, England, Europe, Australia, Asia, Turkey, Greece, and the Middle East. The package consists of a 360-page apologetics course (both print and eBook editions are supplied) plus 20 professional PowerPoint/Keynote presentations featuring 2,253 slides dealing with archaeology (ancient writing, Ur, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Lachish, Hezekiah’s tunnel, Medo-Persia, evidence from Israel itself, Luke’s writings, the Roman Empire), evolution/creation science (natural selection, mutations, fossil record, homology, peppered moth, Darwin’s finch, fruit fly, Lucy, Laetoli, vestigial organs, Haekel’s embryo chart, the Miller experiment, horse, whale and bird evolution, billions of years, icons of creation), and prophecies pertaining to Israel’s history. (Keynote is the Apple version of PowerPoint.) The course can be used for private study as well as in practically any Bible-teaching setting, such as teen and adult Sunday Schools, Youth Groups, Bible Institutes, and Home Schooling. The course is extensive and has a lot of depth, but this does not mean that it must be used as a whole or that it is limited to a “seminary” setting. It can be adapted to any age group from teen and older and can be divided into segments for any length of study, from one month to a year. The course can also be used as a reference manual. Practically any question that arises in the context of evolution, creation science, archaeology, Christ’s resurrection, etc., can be answered from this book. There are review questions and a summary of the course, which emphasizes the major points that the students should master. The major sections include The Bible’s Nature, The Bible’s Proof, The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Bible’s Difficulties, Historical Evidence for Jesus, Evidence for Christ’s Resurrection, Archaeological Treasures Confirming the Bible, A History of Evolution, Icons of Evolution, Icons of Creation, Noah’s Ark and the Global Flood. The course is printed on 8.5x11-inch stock with coated color cover and is spiral-bound so it can be laid flat. The package consists of the book and the PowerPoint/Keynote presentations. www.wayoflife.org.
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In the days of Charles Darwin and his “bulldog” Thomas Huxley [pictured at left], science became the new religion and scientists the new priests. There was “One Catholic Apostolic Church of True Knowledge.”

Pope Huxley and his fellow bishops in the Church of Science brought back the inquisition by disallowing challenges to evolutionary theory and excommunicating those who dared to question it. Consider St. George Mivart, who was “excommunicated from the Church of Science.” He started out as an ardent evolutionist and a disciple of Huxley, but he was savaged when he had the audacity to publish a book debunking Darwinism and warning that it would destroy morality and produce despair (Desmond,
Huxley, p. 455). The Huxley inquisitors had Mivart’s membership in the prestigious Athenaeum Club nixed. Mivart was shunned as a leper by the Darwinian elite, and he wasn’t even a Bible believer; he was a liberal Roman Catholic who held to theistic evolution.

Mivart was only the first victim of the Darwinian inquisition, a phenomenon that has broadened in scope and intensity in our day.

By 1995, Phillip Johnson observed:

“Darwinian theory is the creation myth of our culture. It’s the officially sponsored, government financed creation myth that the public is supported to believe in, and that creates the evolutionary scientists as the priesthood. ... So we have the priesthood of naturalism, which has great cultural authority, and of course has to protect its mystery that gives it that authority--that’s why they’re so vicious towards critics” (In the Beginning: The Creationist Controversy, PBS documentary, May 30-31, 1995).

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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 15, Issue 41

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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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS RULING AGAINST STATE BAN OF “GAY MARRIAGE” (Friday Church News Notes, October 10, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Supreme Court Declines to Hear Gay Marriage Cases,” The Christian Post, Oct. 6, 2014: “The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear appeals from five states of appellate court rulings striking down state marriage laws. The decision to not hear the cases, for now, means that Virginia, Wisconsin and Utah will begin recognizing marriages of two people of the same gender. Since the appeals courts for those states cover other states, the decision could mean that an additional six states may be required to recognize same-sex marriages, even if the voters or elected bodies of those states chose to define civil marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. The Court was petitioned by both traditional marriage supporters and same-sex marriage supporters to hear the cases. The Court could be waiting for a split decision at the appellate level before hearing the cases. So far at the appellate level, the courts have only struck down state marriage laws. There are several cases pending at other appeals courts, however. If one of those courts upholds a state marriage law, the Court will be more likely to hear the cases. The Court has until January, if it is going to take up gay marriage this term. Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, criticized the Court’s decision as leaving in place poor court decisions that trampled upon democratic processes, or government of the governed. ‘This is an unfortunate setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture,’ he wrote. ... In a system of limited constitutional self-government, the people and their elected representatives should be making decisions about marriage policy...’ he wrote. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a social conservative advocacy organization, also warned that the decision undermines democracy and the rule of law. ‘Even more alarming,’ he said, ‘lower court judges are undermining our form of government and the rights and freedoms of citizens to govern themselves. This judicially led effort to force same sex “marriage” on people will have negative consequences for our Republic, not only as it relates to natural marriage but also undermining the rule of and respect for law.’”

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT AND BIBLE PROPHECY (Friday Church News Notes, October 10, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In ruling after ruling, the United States Supreme Court is fulfilling Bible prophecy. Most recently, it did so by letting federal court rulings stand, thus overthrowing the laws of states that forbade same sex “marriage,” effectively making this abomination the law of the nation. In 1973, in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that American women have the right to murder their unborn children that bear God’s image. The rule was based on a mythical “right to privacy.” In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading and prayer is not allowed in public schools. This effectively robbed students and teachers of their constitutional rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion. All of these were rulings against Almighty God and His holy Word. It is a fulfillment of Psalm 2, which describes..


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