Friday Church News Notes, Volume 17, Issue 17

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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TARGET SHOWS LACK OF CONCERN FOR ITS FEMALE CUSTOMERS BY OPENING DOOR FOR A PERVERT TO USE WHATEVER RESTROOM HE PLEASES (Friday Church News Notes, April 29, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Target department stores has announced a weird new policy allowing men who “identify” as women to use the women’s restrooms, no questions asked. The company said, “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. ... We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” There is no need for a gender change operation or even as much as a statement from a psychologist. It is enough that a man claim that he feels like a woman, or vice versa, and it is more than insanity; it is vile and perverted. Target supposedly has great compassion on “transgenders” but obviously has zero compassion on mothers, daughters, and granddaughters who might be exposed to the preying eyes of perverts, or even worse. Not even Sodom was this foolish. “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4).

ATHEIST PASTOR IN CANADA (Friday Church News Notes, April 29, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Atheist Pastor Sparks Debate,” MSN.com, Apr. 24, 2016: “There is not one mention of God during the 70-minute service at Toronto’s West Hill United church. Bibles are nowhere to be seen. The large, steel cross--one of the few remaining religious symbols in this church--is hidden behind a cascade of rainbow streamers. But that is perhaps to be expected in a church led by an avowed..

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Lawyer Says My Position on Music Is “Opinion”

April 28, 2016 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

A lawyer wrote to request a Bible verse to support my warnings about the rock music being addictive and contemporary worship music being a bridge to the one-world church.

He believes that the warnings are based on opinion rather than Scripture and that I should admit this. A reader of
O Timothy magazine, he has written to me numerous times, always graciously.

The following statements are combined from two of this brother’s emails:

“I am writing about your article ‘The Problem Is Not the Soft Rock Itself’ (Friday News, Sept. 25, 2015). I would like you to comment on this email in a future issue as I believe that in this article you have shown that much of your positions are simply your opinions as opposed to scripture based ones.

“For example, you say, ‘First, the soft rock is addictive and creates an appetite for sensual music.’ While my opinion might be the same as yours there is no clearcut scripture that supports this conclusion. Some general verses may hint at it but they are not clear enough to support your position. The burden of proof is on you to produce a clearcut specific verse that supports you.

“You also state, ‘Second, the contemporary songs they are using are bridges to the one world church that is represented by the large majority of the contemporary worship musicians.’  

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The First Catholic English Bible

April 27-, 2016 (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 ROME AND THE BIBLE: TRACING THE HISTORY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ITS PERSECUTION OF THE BIBLE AND OF BIBLE BELIEVERS. ISBN 1-58318-003-6. To our knowledge, this is the first history ever published that documents the Roman Catholic Church’s relationship to the Bible from the first millennium to the present. It could be entitled “The Bible through the Centuries.” The author spent thousands of dollars obtaining rare documents relevant to this history for his own library (such as a 1641 edition of Foxe’s unabridged Acts and Monuments) and has researched the topic in major libraries in Canada, America, England, Ireland, and Europe. The book covers the Roman Catholic Inquisition from the 11th to the 19th centuries, the history of ancient separated Christians, including the Paulicians, Waldensians, and Lollards, the history of the English Bible from John Wycliffe to William Tyndale, the history of the Spanish, German, French, and Italian Bibles. It describes how that Rome has changed tactics since the 20th-century and joined hands with the Bible societies. The book contains 100 illustrations, mostly from rare books. When I was in Ireland in the early 1990s, Dr. Ian Paisley commended Rome and the Bible and showed us his copy in which he had written the following words: “Brother Cloud is not beclouded!” Fourth edition April 2009, 310 pages. Available in print and eBook editions, www.wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143

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It was not until 1582 that the Roman Catholic Church published its first English translation of the Bible. This was two hundred years after John Wycliffe had provided the English-speaking world with a Bible, and almost a half century after William Tyndale produced the first printed English New Testament. Both men were mercilessly hounded by Catholic authorities.

When Rome finally did produce its own edition of the English Bible, it was an attempt to counter the powerful influence of the Protestant English Bibles that were flooding the English-speaking world with spiritual light. Rome’s attempt to quash this light had been unsuccessful, so it would use a second tactic, that of setting up a competing translation in English in an attempt to keep its people from reading the Tyndale versions. By having their own English translation, the Catholic authorities could insert their heretical notes and thereby obscure the plain meaning of Scripture to the undiscerning.

The first Roman Catholic English translation was the Rheims-Douay, so named for the location of the Catholic college under the auspices of which it was produced. The seminary was founded at Douay, Spain, in 1568 “for the training of priests who were to win England back to the Catholic faith” (John Eadie,
History of the English Bible, II, p. 114). In 1578, it was moved to Rheims, France, and it was here that the New Testament was completed in 1582. The school was moved back to Douay in 1593, where the Old Testament was completed some fifteen years later, in 1609-10.

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Way of Life Literature’s Free Ebooks

April 26, 2016 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

Free eBooks
Over the last three years, we have published a series of free eBooks. There are currently 75 titles, with new ones added regularly.

These titles are available for free download as eBooks at the Way of Life web site.

We have made them available in the three most popular formats: PDF, ePub, and MOBI (Kindle).

Free eBooks
You don’t have to have an eBook reader (Kindle, etc) to read the books. You can read the PDF version by simply clicking the “Read the PDF Book” link found on each book’s description page. For example, here’s the pdf for Why Most Independent Baptist Churches will be Emerging in 20 Years.

The books are also available to purchase in print editions. They can be ordered in single copies or in lots of 5 or more at a substantial discount.

The books total over 7,600 pages.

Free eBooks
To learn more about eBooks and eBook readers (devices and apps), check these helpful articles:
About eBooks, eReaders, and Reading Apps
How do I get my eBook onto my Kindle?
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iPads, Kindles, eBooks and Way of Life Materials

Following is the current list of titles:

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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 17, Issue 17

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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THE NONSENSE CONTINUES AT AZUSA (Friday Church News Notes, April 22, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Unscriptural nonsense has been happening at Azusa since the birth of the Pentecostal “revival” there 110 years ago. The most recent outbreak was the Azusa Now conference on April 9 organized by Lou Engle. Its unscriptural character was evident in a hundred ways, not least of which was the call for ecumenical unity across all denominational lines. A Catholic priest asked for forgiveness for the “sin” of division and kissed Engle’s shoe, and Engle reciprocated. This is in the online Azusa Now video at about 6:56. Azusa Now’s ecumenism goes far beyond this, though. It encompasses all religious “spirituality.” A traditional Native American nature worship dance was performed at the event by a group called Broken Walls, the leader of which says that when God calls people from other religions, “He didn’t ask them to stop being who they were; he said just come and follow me” (“Azusa Now Pantheist Dance Earth Worship,” Apr. 11, 2016). Azusa Now featured a full cast of false teachers, including Paul Cain, the discredited soothsayer who long based his prophetic mystique on the lie that he had not experienced sexual desire since the Lord allegedly touched him when he was a young man (David Pytches, Some Said It Thundered, p. 41). He was exposed in 2004 as an alcoholic and a homosexual. Mike Bickle was there, who says that prophecies don’t have to be infallible (Growing in the Prophetic, p. 41). Jack Hayford was there, who claims that God spoke to him and told him not to judge the Roman Catholic Church (“The Pentecostal Gold Standard,” Christianity Today, July 2005). Lou Engle is painful to watch, as his head bobs back and forth as if he is physically afflicted. Former Pentecostal Hughie Seaborn observes, “I never saw that one in all my years in Pentecostalism. I saw just about everything else, and some things similar, but not the ‘Lou Engle Bob,’ which seems to have spread. God’s always doing a new thing, so they say, so we should be prepared for things we’ve never seen or heard about before.” Pentecostals and charismatics give lip service to holding to the Bible as sole authority, but in practice they exalt experience above Scripture, which is always a recipe for spiritual disaster. (For more about Azusa, the birth of Pentecostalism, the birth of Charismaticism, and the major events and figures in these movements, see The Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements: The History and the Error, available in print and eBook editions from www.wayoflife.org.)

THE HYPOCRISY OF AMERICAN CORPORATIONS ON THE HOMOSEXUAL ISSUE IS ASTOUNDING (Friday Church News Notes, April 22, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “PayPal, Apple, Coca-Cola Reject N.C. ‘Bathroom Law,’” CNSNews.com, Apr. 13, 2016: “Although many large businesses, including PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola [plus Google, Levi-Strauss, Barnes & Noble, Kellogg, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Starbucks, Facebook, and others], have criticized North Carolina’s new locker room and bathroom law as ‘discriminatory’ to LGBT people, those same four corporations do business in Middle Eastern countries where homosexual conduct and cross-dressing are illegal. In Saudi Arabia, for instance, homosexual conduct is..

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