Friday Church News Notes, Volume 17, Issue 6

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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ISRAEL APPROVES INTEGRATED PRAYER SITE AT WESTERN WALL (Friday Church News Notes, February 5, 2016,,, 866-295-4143) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has announced a plan to build a new worship site at the Western Wall that will accommodate both sexes. Currently there are segregated worship areas at the Wall, a large one for men and a smaller one for women, with the sections divided by a wall. For years, the Women of the Wall organization, which represents the “liberal streams of Judaism,” has been demonstrating for mixed-sex prayer. In Herod’s Temple women were restricted to the Court of the Women. It was also called the Middle Court, because it was between the Court of the Gentiles and the Court of Israel which was for Jewish men. The synagogues were also traditionally divided into men’s and women’s sections until recent times when the more liberal ones integrated worship. The Israeli government plans to build a mixed-sex worship area to the south of the existing worship areas in a place currently occupied by an archaeological dig. The Western Wall Plaza was built in 1967 immediately following the Six-Day War when Israel gained access to eastern Jerusalem. The area of the plaza near the Wall, known as the lower plaza, functions as a synagogue.

THE ANCIENT BABYLONIANS’ “FANCY MATH” (Friday Church News Notes, February 5, 2016,,, 866-295-4143) - Recent research by astrophysicist Mathieu Ossendrijver, using ancient tablets at the British Museum, has found that from about 1800 BC the Babylonians used a “complex geometrical model that..

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Contemplative Spirituality and the New Age

Updated and enlarged February 4, 2016 (first published October 28, 2008) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,

Contgemplative Mysticism
The following is excerpted from our book CONTEMPLATIVE MYSTICISM: A POWERFUL ECUMENICAL BOND. Contemplative mysticism, which originated with Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox monasticism, is permeating every branch of Christianity today, including the Southern Baptist Convention. In this book we document the fact that Catholic mysticism leads inevitably to a broadminded ecumenical philosophy and to the adoption of heresies. For many, this path has led to interfaith dialogue, Buddhism, Hinduism, universalism, pantheism, panentheism, even goddess theology. One chapter is dedicated to exposing the heresies of Richard Foster: “Evangelicalism’s Mystical Sparkplug.” We describe the major contemplative practices, such as centering prayer, visualizing prayer, Jesus Prayer, Lectio Divina, and the Labyrinth. We look at the history of Roman Catholic Monasticism, beginning with the Desert Fathers and the Church Fathers, and document the heresies associated with it, such as its sacramental gospel, rejection of the Bible as sole authority, veneration of Mary, purgatory, celibacy, asceticism, allegorical interpretation of Scripture, and moral corruption. We examine the errors of contemplative mysticism, such as downplaying the centrality of the Bible, ignoring the fact that multitudes of professing Christians are not born again, exchanging the God of the Bible for a blind idol, ignoring the Bible’s warnings against associating with heresy and paganism, and downplaying the danger of spiritual delusion. In the Biographical Catalog of Contemplative Mystics we look at the lives and beliefs of 60 of the major figures in the contemplative movement, including Benedict of Nursia, Bernard of Clairvaux, Brother Lawrence, Catherine of Genoa, Catherine of Siena, Dominic, Meister Eckhart, Francis of Assisi, Madame Guyon, Hildegard of Bingen, Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Keating, Thomas a Kempis, Brennan Manning, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Basil Pennington, John Michael Talbot, Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Lisieux, and Dallas Willard. The book contains an extensive index. 482 pages, $19.95

This title is also available in an e-book format at our online catalog at

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The contemplative mysticism that is permeating evangelicalism is a bridge to the New Age. It has been called the “Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality” (Tilden Edwards, Spiritual Friends, p. 18).

In a 2005 interview Tony Campolo said:

“I got to meet the head of the Franciscan order. I met him in Washington. He said let me tell you an interesting story. He told me about one of their gatherings, where they bring the brothers of the Franciscan order together for a time of fellowship. About eight years ago they held it in Thailand and out of courtesy, they really felt they needed to show some graciousness to the Buddhists, because they were in a Buddhist country. So they got Buddhist theologians together and Franciscan theologians together and sent them off for three days to talk and see if they could find common ground. They also took Buddhist and Franciscan monastics and sent them off together to pray with each other. On the fourth day they all reassembled. The theologians were fighting with each other, arguing with each other, contending there was no common ground between them. The monastics that had gone off praying together, came back hugging each other. IN A MYSTICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, THERE IS A COMING TOGETHER OF PEOPLE WHERE THEOLOGY IS LEFT BEHIND AND IN THIS SPIRITUALITY THEY FOUND A COMMONALITY” (“On Evangelicals and Interfaith Cooperation,” Cross Currents, Spring 2005).

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Does Salvation Make a Difference?

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Sir, we’re from the Main Street Baptist Church and would like to inquire about your relationship with the Lord. Are you saved and on your way to heaven?

“Saved? Sure, I’m saved.”

On what are you basing your hope of salvation?

“Some time back someone talked with me about Jesus, and I prayed the sinner’s prayer and the fellow showed me some verses and told me I was on my way to Heaven.”

Great! We’re happy to hear that. Do you walk with the Lord now?

“Well, not really. I guess I don’t live like I should. But that is between me and God. I’m doing the best I can and as good as a lot of people I know. You don’t know how hard it is for me to live for God.”

Do you go to church and fellowship regularly with God’s people?

“Well, no, but I do watch religious programs on T.V. sometimes. A person doesn’t have to go to church to be right with God, anyway.”

Surely, though, you must read your Bible now that you are saved.

“I don’t read the Bible too much. I have a hard time understanding the Bible. My eyes aren’t too good, either, and the Bible doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”

Sir, we don’t want to be rude, but are you sure you are saved and on your way to Heaven?

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Every Non-Muslim Is a Kafir

February 2, 2016 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,

The following is excerpted from THE BIBLE AND ISLAM. In light of today’s news events, we do well to ask what the Bible says about Islam. Islam controls a large part of the world and is on a jihadic rampage that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years. This far-reaching book describes Islam’s beginning and history, the doctrine of Allah, the Quran, Islam and salvation, the three stages of jihad, the Koran’s doctrine of abrogation, Islam and Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Sharia law, jihad and world conquest, Islam and the slave trade, Islam as a judgment on apostate Christianity and apostate Israel, Islam’s divisions and internecine hatred (Sunni vs. Shiite, etc.), Islam as a preparation for the Antichrist, the Antichrist and the Middle East problem, and Muslim nations in prophecy. The book explains what is happening in the Middle East, and where these events will ultimately lead. 160 pages. Available in print and as a free eBook from

The Bible and Islam
According to Islam, humanity is divided into those who accept Muhammed as the prophet of Allah and those who do not. Those who do not are the Kafirs.

Kafir is the word that is used in the Quran, and it is a strong word. It is the word for Allah’s enemies. It is the word for those who resist the truth. Kafirs are unclean, evil, cursed, ignorant liars and partners of Satan. “It is usually translated as unbeliever, but that translation is wrong. The word unbeliever is neutral. But the attitude of the Quran towards unbelievers is very negative. ... Kafir shows the common political treatment of the Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, atheist and humanist. What is done to a pagan can be done to a Jew or any other Kafir” (A Simple Koran).

A Kafir is hated.
“They who dispute the signs of Allah without authority having reached them are greatly hated by Allah and the believers. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart” (Surah 40:35).

A Kafir can be enslaved.
“Muhammed then said, ‘Saed, give these people [the Jews of Medina] your verdict.’ Saed replied, ‘Their soldiers should be beheaded and their women and children should become slaves.’ Mohammed, pleased with the verdict, said, ‘You have made a ruling that Allah or a king would approve of’” (Sahih Al-Bukhari hadith 5,58,148).

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February Edition of O Timothy Magazine Available

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The February 2016 edition of O Timothy magazine is now available for viewing or download HERE.

Featured in this issue,
A BAPTIST CHURCH ON THE SLIPPERY SLOPE, A Review of Robert Bakss’ Worship Wars. This article is a 15 page report on a very important topic. Bro. Cloud provides 12 clear warnings against Bakss’ book.

Please read this important report.

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