Rome and the Bible
Papal Curses Against Bible Distribution in the 16th Century
    Pope Clement VIII (1592-1605) confirmed the Council of Trent’s proclamations against Bible translations (Eadie, History of the English Bible, II, p. 112). Trent’s ten rules regarding books prohibited anyone from reading the Bible without a license from the bishop or an inquisitor. Clement VIII modified this by declaring “the Holy Inquisition have taken away from Bishops and Superiors all power to grant any such licences” (Littledale, Plain Reasons, p. 91). Thus, Clement VIII went further than his predecessors, not allowing licenses to be granted for the reading of the Bible under any condition.
   It is important to notify our readers of the harshness of the curses that poured from the lips of the popes toward those who opposed them. Clement VIII, for example, restored and edited the “Curse from the Roman Pontifical against..
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The Pleasure of Christ’s Kingdom
    Christ will rule a kingdom filled with pleasure.
   “In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth” (Psa. 72:7).
   The word “flourish” refers to every type of prosperity and legitimate pleasure.
   The Psalmist said, “thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures” (Psa. 36:8), and, “at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psa. 16:11).
   The Christ who will rule the world is the God who made Eden for man’s delight. He is the God who “giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). He is the One who came that the redeemed “might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
   We think of the delightful things spoken of..
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Friday Church News Notes
    OBAMA’S TRANSGENDER EDICT (Friday Church News Notes, August 26, 2016,,, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Transgender edict: You will be made to comply,”, Aug. 18, 2016: “The Obama administration has announced it is imposing its transgender bathroom policy on thousands of federal buildings across the country. NBC News reports the notice has been issued today in the Federal Register. According to the notice, ‘federal agencies occupying space under the jurisdiction,.. Read More
Spurgeon on Depression
    The following by Charles Haddon Spurgeon is from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1881, vol. 27, p. 1595:
   I know that wise brethren say, ‘You should not give way to feelings of depression.’ … If those who blame quite so furiously could once know what depression is, they would think it cruel to scatter blame where comfort is needed. There are experiences of the children of God which are full of spiritual darkness; and I am almost persuaded that those of God’s servants who have been most highly favoured have, nevertheless, suffered more times of darkness than others.
   The covenant is never known to Abraham so well as when a horror of great darkness comes over him, and then he sees the shining lamp moving between the pieces of the sacrifice. A greater than Abraham was early..
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The Rapper Deathstyle
   A study published in the May 2003 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that students who listen to violent music are more likely to act violently. “Across five studies, we found that violent lyrics do increase violent thinking and aggressive feelings,” said lead researcher Craig Anderson of Iowa State University.
   Rap is violent music, and it is not surprising that it is accompanied by violence. The following is only a small sampling of this violence (with a few drug overdoses thrown in for good measure).
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How To Conduct Yourself During Preaching
   “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
   Things such as leaning on your elbows with your head down and chewing gum send signals that you are not interested in what the preacher is saying. Remember that others are watching you and being influenced by you. Your attitude and bodily posture affects the preacher, those sitting around you, and the entire atmosphere of the service.. Read More..
Friday Church News Notes

The following is excerpted from “School for Temple Priests,” Israel Today, Aug. 11, 2016: “The Temple Institute has announced the opening of a school to train descendants of the Tribe of Levi for their eventual return to service in the Third Temple. ‘We are extremely excited to announce this new step towards the restoration of the Holy Temple service. We call first and foremost upon Kohanim [Levitical priests] worldwide to support this special project, which signifies a return to their birth right,’ read a statement from Temple Institute director Rabbi Chaim Richman. In a separate comment, Rabbi Richman noted that ‘preparation for the Temple is no longer a dream, it’s a reality, in which everyone can play a part.’ … The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is currently occupied by the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque, which... Read More..
The Disney Gospel
   Few men have had more influence on American society than Walt Disney. He pioneered the American animation industry and captivated children’s hearts with cartoon characters such as Micky Mouse and Donald Duck. He took Hollywood fantasy to a new level of influence with the building of DisneyLand in California and Disney World in Florida.
   The author of
The Gospel According to Disney observes that Walt Disney preached a religious message through his cartoon characters, a message that “faith is an essential element--faith in yourself and, even more, faith in something greater than yourself, even if it is some vague, nonsectarian higher power” (Mark Pinsky, “Finding faith in the house of the mouse,” The Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2004, B7).
   Disney’s animated classics are filled with pagan and occultic imagery such as witches and demons, sorcerers and spells, genies and goblins, which is strongly denounced by Scripture. Like
Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, Disney cartoons present the false and damnable concept that there is good and bad magic. Disney often depicted witches and sorcerers as likable heroes.. Read More..
Marks of Good Song Leading
The position of song leader is important. Just as orchestras need good conductors and armies need good officers, churches must have the right song leaders if they are to have effectual song services. An individual can worship God alone effectively if he is so inclined, but a congregation must be led. That is why God has ordained leaders and has set forth high qualifications for them. It is true that the New Testament does not spell out the position of song leader or music director, but the Old Testament plainly sets forth this pattern and there is no need to restate it in the New. God states that the Old Testament is for our example today (Romans 15:4). The Bible teaches us that God loves spiritual singing (Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 3:16). The largest book of the Bible is a song book. Jesus will sing in the congregation in the kingdom (Heb. 2:12). He is the Creator of the human voice. He is the Creator of singing. How wonderful it will be.. Read More..

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