Republished May 21, 2015 (first published October 8, 1999) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org) -
For more on this see the video “Southern Gospel Music,” available as a free download at http://www.wayoflife.org/zzfls92049fj19284hf0jfso24/mfgoe.html
In September 1999, I attended the National Quartet Convention (NQC) with press credentials. It was held in Louisville, Kentucky, and I stopped by there on the way from Oklahoma to meetings in New York.
After writing a report on Southern Gospel Music last year (1998), I was contacted by the executive director of the National Quartet Convention. He commended me for getting my facts right in the article, but he said that he disagrees with my position on Christian music. He said he believes music is neutral and that any type of music can be used to glorify God. He challenged me to attend the convention to re-examine Southern Gospel.
The popularity of Southern Gospel music is evident by the large crowd that gathered for the NQC. There were 21,000 people attending the Thursday night I was there. Unlike many ecumenical meetings I have attended, the atmosphere was quite conservative. (Of course, the majority of the people were middle-age or older.) It was refreshing to see that a large percentage of the women were clothed modestly in nice dresses. Most of the men also were clothed conservatively. Very few wore long hair or earrings or tattoos or that type of thing. This definitely was not the “Christian rock” crowd!
Sadly, the music itself was not conservative. If you stripped away the words, the music is that of the world. Every group that was featured used a strong back beat, bass guitar, drums, and heavy dance syncopation. It is the “Nashville sound.” Many of the lyrics were Christ-honoring, but the worldly music distracted from the message.
During the presentation of Singing News awards on Thursday evening, one of the speakers thanked the leaders of the National Quartet Convention for “THEIR ABILITY TO BRING TOGETHER CHRISTIANS OF ALL DENOMINATIONAL LABELS BY THE MEANS OF MUSIC.” This is the unscriptural ecumenical philosophy, and it was evident on every hand. There were Baptists of all stripes, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Church of God, Nazarene, Jesus Only (who deny the Trinity), Church of Christ, and many others.
JERRY FALWELL was there with Robbie Hiner. I documented Falwell’s extreme ecumenism in a recent article entitled “Jerry Falwell: The Billy Graham of Independent Baptists.” At the Liberty University booth I..
May 19, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
Consider Billy Graham. He says it doesn’t matter what one believes about creation and evolution. “Either at a certain moment in evolution God breathed into one particular ape-man who was Adam, or God could have taken a handful of dust and created a man just like that” (United Church Observer, July 1966).
Theistic evolutionists believe that it is possible to reconcile the Bible with evolution, but in reality this is an impossibility.
First, the early chapters of Genesis are written as history rather than poetry or allegory. The days of creation are 24-hour days with “an evening and a morning” (Gen. 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).
Second, the Genesis account of creation is cited as history by Jesus. He mentions the first man and woman as historical people (Mat. 19:4-6). In Matthew 19:5 Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24. Christ always treats Genesis as history, and it is impossible to honor Him as Lord and Saviour and disregard His teaching. In Matthew 19:4-5, Christ mentions both “accounts” of creation in Genesis 1 and 2. These are not two contradictory accounts of creation. Genesis 1 and 2 are two accounts of the same creation viewed from different perspectives.
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TEENAGE ALTER-EGOS AND ONLINE PERSONAS (Friday Church News Notes, May 15, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Not White in the Head: The Tumblr teens convinced they were born the wrong species, sex and even race,” Breitbart.com, Jan. 16, 2015: “Greed, selfishness, too much spare time and access to the internet can have a curious effect on some people. And when you throw in the modern tendency toward whining entitlement and the perpetual broadcast of every thought, feeling and inclination, something truly weird emerges: people who demand to be regarded and treated as things they are self-evidently not, such as white girls advertising to the world that they are ‘mentally black’ and tortured musicians who advertise their ‘true’ Romany identity despite having no gypsy blood in their veins whatsoever. ... To understand this bizarre world of people who believe they are trans-species or trans-ethnic or trans-cultural, it is best to start with the marginally less weird world of ‘furries.’ Furries are people who..
May 14, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
This series, which is packed with photos, video and audio clips, has 12 segments, including one on “Marks of Good Song Leading.” This would be a good training tool (or refresher) for song leaders. Visit the download page HERE.
The presentation covers:
I. Biblical Principles of Good Christian Music (two parts).
II. Why We Reject Contemporary Christian Music. We cover the following reasons: It is worldly, addictive, ecumenical, charismatic, shallow and man-centered, opposed to preaching, experience-oriented, and it weakens the strong biblicist stance of a church.
III. The Sound of Contemporary Christian Music. In this section we give the believer simple tools that he can use to discern the difference between sensual and sacred music. We deal with syncopated dance styles, sensual vocal styles, relativistic styles, and overly soft styles that do not fit the message. Audio clips illustrate each point.
May 13, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org;)
There is rejection of the doctrine that only the born again believer in Jesus Christ has eternal life. There is the idea that there might be other paths to salvation, that an unbeliever might be saved because of his sincere response to “natural light,” etc. For example, Don Richardson, author of Peace Child, Eternity in Their Hearts, and Heaven Wins, says that natural light is “salvific,” meaning that it is able to bring salvation apart from the knowledge of the gospel.
There is also widespread rejection of the doctrine that the unbeliever will suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
At the heart of this confusion is the rejection of what the Bible says about God’s character and the nature of the atonement that was made for sin.
If one believes that God is a holy God who judges every infraction of His law and that apart from a proper judicial payment (atonement) made to satisfy (propitiate) the penalty demanded by His law, it is not difficult to understand and accept eternal judgment, and this is exactly what the Bible teaches.
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