Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 21

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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PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA (Friday Church News Notes, May 22, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On the so-called International Day Against Homophobia on May 17 President Obama released a statement declaring, “We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love.” Obama has been the most pro-homosexual president in U.S. history and has laid the groundwork for broad-scale persecution of anyone who does not accept “homosexual rights,” because when homosexuals gain the right to live as they please, Bible-believing Christians lose the right to oppose homosexuality as a sin. This is a major sign of the times, as Bible prophecy likens the end times to the days of Lot (Lk. 17:28-30). The International Day Against Homophobia began in 2005, and one of the founding organizations was the World Congress of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual] Jews. In 2009 “transphobia” was added, and in 2015 “biphobia” was added, so it is now called The International Day of Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This illustrates how that there is no end to the moral abominations that will be lumped into the category of homosexual rights. The U.S. State Department issued a statement “reaffirming our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against LGBTI persons must end--and it must end now.” The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo was illuminated with rainbow colors to mark the occasion. The day is officially recognized by the European Union Parliament.

VATICAN RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE (Friday Church News Notes, May 22, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In a new treaty finalized on May 13, the Vatican has officially recognized “the state of Palestine.” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists” (“Vatican recognizes state of Palestine,” The Times of Israel, May 13, 2014). In a papal audience on May 16, Pope Francis called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace.” Three years ago, the Vatican had “welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state.” The Roman Catholic Church has long been opposed to Israel. Jews were slaughtered during the Catholic crusades and placed in ghettos in Catholic-controlled cities. The heresy of Replacement Theology, which replaces Israel with the Church, was fathered by Rome and..

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Visit to the National Quartet Convention

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, fbns@wayoflife.org) -


For more on this see the video “Southern Gospel Music,” available as a free download at http://www.wayoflife.org/zzfls92049fj19284hf0jfso24/mfgoe.html

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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!

WORLDLY MUSIC

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.

ECUMENICAL 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..

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Refuting Theistic Evolution

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

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Most professing Christians believe in theistic evolution. They believe in a Creator God and they believe in salvation through Christ, but they don’t believe the Bible’s account of six-day creation. They accept evolution’s teaching about the ancient age of the earth and the gradual evolution of creatures.

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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Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 20

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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FATHER OF LIBERATION THEOLOGY WELCOMED AT VATICAN (Friday Church News Notes, May 15, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Gustavo Gutierrez, founder of Liberation Theology, was welcomed this week at the Vatican by Pope Francis. This is the second visit of Gutierrez to Rome during Francis’ papacy, and it marks the mainstreaming of the Catholic version of the social gospel. Liberation Theology seeks to analyze and solve the underlying cause of poverty rather than preach the gospel to the poor. It is a Marxist approach to the solving of societal ills. It is shortsighted, focusing on this present life rather than eternity. It blames poverty on capitalism. It focuses more on America as the cause of global social injustice than on Communism and petty dictatorships, even though America has lifted more people out of poverty than any communist government. “The literature of liberation theology consisted of the usual Marxist cant sprinkled with holy water, with unoriginal references to class struggle, oppression, imperialism, dependence, and especially how Latin America poverty was all the fault of capitalism emanating from the United States and western Europe” (Steven Hayward, “How Is Liberation Theology Still a Thing?” Forbes, May 10, 2015). The social gospel has become one of the major uniting factors of a one-world “church.” Even “evangelical” missionaries today tend to focus more on healing “social injustices” than preaching the gospel and building biblical churches, but there is no liberation theology or social gospel evident in the book of Acts.

TEENAGE ALTER-EGOS AND ONLINE PERSONAS (Friday Church News Notes, May 15, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.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..

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Marks of Good Song Leading Presentation

May 14, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

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We have made our complete video series Music for Good or Evil available for free as eVideo downloads.

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.

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