Testimonies about the Bible

November 25, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org;)

“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed” (Patrick Henry).

“Bible reading is an education in itself” (Lord Alfred Tennyson).

“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian” (A.W. Tozer).

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible” (George Washington, first president of the United States).

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man” (Abraham Lincoln).

“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year” (John Quincy Adams).

“My advice to Sunday Schools no matter what their denomination is: Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your heart, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future. ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people’ (Proverbs 14:34)” (Ulysses S. Grant).

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Fantasy Dangers

November 24, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:23-27).

We live an age of technology-driven fantasy, and a rapidly-growing number of people live in fantasy worlds.

The human imagination is a gift of God and can be used for good as well as evil, but man’s fallen condition and the existence of dark spiritual powers means there are great dangers in fantasizing.

The first appearance of “imagination” in the Bible is a warning about evil imaginings: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man
was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

The corruption of the imagination was one of the first steps in the downward slide to idolatry and moral perversion in man’s early history as described in Romans 1. “... when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but BECAME VAIN IN THEIR IMAGINATIONS, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).

The same thing happens in the lives of individuals. If the imagination becomes perverted, the person’s life will reflect this.

The heart is the source of man’s actions. God’s Word says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life,” and, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 4:23; 23:7).

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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 16, Issue 47

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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ON THE PARIS ATTACKS (Friday Church News Notes, November 20, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) The following is adapted from some thoughts on the recent terrorist assaults by Hughie Seaborn of Cairns, Queensland, Australia, a former Pentecostal who is today a friend of the Truth and a friend of the editor of the Friday Church News Notes: “The Babylonians and Syrians are now well entrenched amongst the peoples of the nations who have rejected the God of the Bible and refuse to retain Him in their knowledge. The events of 9/11 in New York City are happening today in other countries because they’ve rejected the God of the Bible and made a ‘god’ of their own imaginations. The nation’s leaders make strange and dangerous decisions about immigration, because they’ve rejected God and He gives them over to think strange thoughts and to make strange decisions, so it says in Romans chapter one. God brings His enemies upon them to cause those who claim to be His people to reconsider their evil ways. Sometimes they repent, like in the book of Joel, but sometimes they get worse, like what’s happening in France. A man brings his mobile piano to the scene of the crime, where people had been ‘innocently’ enjoying a filthy Death Metal concert just hours before, and plays John Lennon’s blasphemous, God-rejecting song ‘Imagine’ (“Man bikes grand piano to attacked Paris concert hall, plays Lennon’s Imagine,” CBCNews, Nov. 14, 2015). The song says we should ‘imagine that there’s no Heaven or Hell, and no religion too’ (especially not that narrow-minded Bible type). Maybe the man should drag his piano over to Iraq or Syria and play that song to ISIS. Not to be outdone, Pope Francis responds to the Paris attacks by shuffling to the window overlooking St. Peter’s Square and offering a prayer of world peace to ‘Mary, Mother of mercy’ (“It’s blasphemy to use God’s name to justify violence,” Zenit.org, Nov. 15, 2015). The pope called the French nation ‘the eldest daughter of the Church, all of Europe and the whole world,’ referring to the long history of the Catholic Church in France. Doesn’t sound like anyone’s going to repent any time soon, does it?”

PETA SUES IN BEHALF OF SELFIE MONKEY (Friday Church News Notes, November 20, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sued photographer David Slater who published photos of a monkey using his camera to take selfies. PETA claims that the monkey should be the legal owner and should receive proceeds from the sale of the photo (“PETA’s Lawsuit over a Monkey Selfie,” Petapixel.com, Nov. 12, 2015). This is a publicity stunt by a nutty organization, but it is also probably an attempt..

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Help for Families Who Are Facing a Spiritual Crisis with a Child

November 19, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org;)

A study from James 4

When a believing husband and wife find themselves faced with a spiritual emergency in the lives of their children, the tendency is to despair, even to throw up the hands and quit the battle. To do this is the position of doubt rather than faith. It is to surrender to the enemy. See Hebrews 12:12-13.

Christian parents must think soberly about what God has and has not promised. The Christian life is a spiritual battle, and there is no promise of smooth sailing. In fact, the more zealous we are for the Lord and the things of the Lord, the more severe will be the spiritual battle. This is true in all areas of life.

God hasn’t promised that believing parents will face no crises in raising their children. Each child has its own will and must make his or her own choice in spiritual matters. Every child must face the reality of his own lost, rebellious heart and must chose to repent and put his faith in Christ and thus come to a salvation experience. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. It takes time, and it can be a very difficult process for all concerned. After salvation, he or she must still chose to surrender to Christ day by day.

Proverbs 22:6 does not promise that there will be no serious problems along the path of training children. It says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and WHEN HE IS OLD, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). “Old” is a variable term in the context of child training. It depends on the individual child.

My wife and I have had to deal with spiritual crises with our children, as have countless other parents. In fact, the family that hasn’t had a spiritual crisis in child training is probably non-existent.

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Who Are the Piranhas?

November 18, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

There is a crowd of independent Baptists who despise biblical reproof when it is geared toward prominent preachers, and it is one reason why we say that most independent Baptist churches will be emerging within twenty years. When reproof is maligned, there can be no correction.

Public reproof toward a fellow Baptist preacher is invariably mischaracterized as cheap gossip, slander, and carnal backbiting, regardless of how true it might be. It is called “shooting the wounded” and is always characterized as a harmful thing.

You will wait in vain for these men to characterize public reproof of prominent Baptist preachers as a positive, biblical thing that can be done from a sincere, God-led heart or for any encouragement to be given by these men to reprovers.

The most recent example of the maligning of reproof is an article by Cary Schmidt entitled “What Christians Can Learn from Piranhas” published on the Ministry127.com blog.

The following excerpt sets the tone for the whole of the blog: “
God’s Word warns us repeatedly about devouring each other, but it’s too easy to fall into this trap. We often mask our slander as ‘concern’ or ‘standing for the faith’ but in the presence of Jesus, those flimsy rationalizations will be vaporized, and our true hearts will be revealed. ... This thought brought to mind the picture of a piranha--a regular fish that rabidly devours” (“What Christians Can Learn from Piranhas,” Ministry127.com, Sep. 5, 2015).

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