Friday Church News Notes, Volume 16, Issue 31

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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ASTRONOMERS FIND “EARTH-LIKE PLANET” (Friday Church News Notes, July 31, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - NASA has announced that its Kepler mission has found a “near-earth-size planet in the ‘habitable zone’ around a sun-like star” (“Astronomers Thrilled,” BreakingChristianNews.com, Jul. 24, 2015). This brings the total of “earth-like” planets discovered so far to 4,696. The newest one, Kepler-452, is 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus and is said to “bring science one step closer to finding an Earth 2.0.” Because of their rebellion to the Almighty Creator, these brilliant scientists are engaging in nonsense based on assumptions and just-so stories. Their search for “Earth 2.0” assumes that the universe and biological life are the product of evolution, but there is zero scientific evidence that the complex universe sprang from nothing or that life sprang from non-life or that the myriad of complicated life forms evolved from one “simple” one.

CHICKEN DINNER INVENTED IN ISRAEL (Friday Church News Notes, July 31, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Archaeologists are claiming that “Israel is where the chicken business was invented.” Sometime between 200-400 BC, the raising and eating of chicken began in the town of Maresha in central Israel. When the occupying Romans discovered chicken, the practice spread throughout the empire (“Sorry colonel, Israel had real original recipe chicken,” The Times of Israel, July 21, 2015). This is according to the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at Haifa University. Doctoral student Lee Perry-Gal says, “After the Romans..

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Rice and Roloff Preached Repentance From Sin

July 30, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

In the 1980s, Jack Hyles and Curtis Hutson changed the historic Baptist definition of repentance. I suspect that the motive was to justify the cheap, numbers-oriented soul winning methodology that was popular in that day. This was the methodology that was foundational to Big-itis with its emphasis on “the largest ... the fastest growing... the greatest.”

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I label the numbers-oriented soul winning methodology “Quick Prayerism,” because it is quick to run people through “the Roman’s Road,” quick to “get a decision” and lead them in a sinner’s prayer, quick to give people “assurance,” and quick to pronounce them “saved” and record them as a statistic.

“At least the gospel is being preached; what’s the harm?” some say. The harm is that countless people have been given a false hope of heaven. It has inoculated multitudes of people to true salvation. In some parts of Chattanooga, Hammond, Longview, and many other places where this methodology has been pushed, a frightful number of people claim to be saved even though they live like the very devil himself. If you knock on their doors and try to talk to them about Christ, they respond, “I’ve done that,” and then shut the door and return to their Christless lifestyles.

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You Don't Understand Roman Catholicism

Updated July 29, 2015 (first published June 9, 1996; updated March 9, 2002) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

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From time to time, I receive letters from Roman Catholics who claim that I should retract my writings on the subject of the Roman Catholic Church because, they allege, I don’t understand Roman Catholicism. These people usually tell me that to understand Roman Catholicism properly I must read some Catholic apologist such as Karl Keating or Keith Fournier or Peter Kreeft or Scott Hahn or Patrick Madrid.

I have been answering this charge for decades, since Jesuit priests first made it to me in South Asia in the early 1980s.

The following is my reply to this accusation.

1. I BASE MY VIEWS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH DIRECTLY UPON ITS AUTHORITATIVE DECLARATIONS, SUCH AS THE COUNCIL OF TRENT, PAPAL BULLS, THE VATICAN II COUNCIL, AND THE NEW CATHOLIC CATECHISM.

These contain the voice of authoritative Roman Catholicism. Karl Keating, Keith Fournier, Peter Kreeft, and Scott Hahn are Roman Catholics, and they have their own opinions and interpretations about Roman Catholicism, but they are not authoritative voices for the Roman Catholic Church.

When I have wanted to know what genuine Roman Catholicism is, I have gone directly to the top. I built a large library of Roman Catholic books, and I have studied them. I have visited Catholic churches and attended mass in at least fifteen countries on three continents and have talked with Catholics in many parts of the world. I have been to Rome three times. I have visited some of the largest Catholic shrines in other parts of the world.

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The Pelican

July 28, 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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The pelican is another one of God’s amazing creatures. It is a large waterfowl that comes in seven or eight varieties. It has webbed feet, large wings, a long bill, and a bag of skin below its beak called a gular pouch. It varies in size from about six pounds to 30. Its wonderfully-designed skeleton weighs less than 10% of its body weight.

The pelican cannot straighten its neck, because its eighth vertebra is joined with the seventh and ninth.

Pelicans live in every continent except Antarctica and build their nests in colonies.

The brown pelican fishes by plunge-diving headfirst into the water. The accompanying photo taken from a bridge in Florida captures a brown pelican in a dive. Its sharp eyes can see the fish from 60-70 feet in the air, in spite of the glare of the water, and it has the amazing ability to time its plunge and judge its angle perfectly to capture prey. It hits the water with such force that fish under the surface are momentarily stunned, and when its bill touches the water, the pelican pushes its legs and wings back to create more force (Elise Willitt, “The Biogeography of the California Brown Pelican,” San Francisco State University, 2001). There are air sacs under the bird’s skin to cushion the impact, to help it swim back to the surface, and to help keep it afloat. The pelican’s bill is sensitive and helps the bird locate fish in murky water.

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The most distinctive feature is its pouch. A famous limerick says, “A wonderful bird is the pelican, his bill can hold more than his ‘belican,’” referring to the fact that its pouch holds about three gallons of water, whereas its stomach can hold only one gallon. The amazing bird uses the pouch as a net to catch fish. After scooping up its prey, it contracts the pouch to empty the water, then jerks its head back to slide the prey down its throat. A hook at the end of its upper bill helps it grip slippery food. The second photo accompanying this article shows a pelican swallowing a fish.

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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 16, Issue 30

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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Dino Bird Fossil
ANOTHER ALLEGED DINO-BIRD (Friday Church News Notes, July 24, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The University of Edinburgh and the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences have announced the discovery of the latest candidate for the missing link in bird evolution. Zhenyuanlong (zhenyuan’s dragon) is the name of a fossilized “winged dinosaur.” The 6-foot creature is said to have looked “exactly like a turkey or a vulture.” It had “real wings” with vaned feathers on its short arms and tail, but didn’t fly. The interpretation of the artifact is given an evolutionary twist, not because of the evidence itself, but because that is the presumption in the minds of the scientists. Lead researcher Dr. Steve Brusatte says, “So maybe [wings] did not evolve for flight--perhaps they evolved as a display structure, or to protect eggs in the nest. Or maybe this animal was starting to move around in the trees and was able to glide” (“Dinosaur find: Velociraptor ancestor was ‘winged dragon,’” BBC News, July 17, 2015). This is pure presumption. It is nothing but guesswork. There is zero evidence that wings and flight “evolved.” For a “dinosaur” to evolve into a bird would require massive additions of perfectly-ordered information in the DNA to create new, breathtakingly-complex structures, and evolution has never proposed a creative mechanism that could produce such change. “Natural selection,” at best, can only select within the framework of existing genetic information. As for mutations, they are genetic errors. They are neutral at best and are often highly destructive. Mutations do not build layer upon layer of complex, perfectly-ordered genetic code. Whatever “Zhenyuanlong” was, it was not something that evolved. There are a bewildering variety of flying creatures (birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects) as well as winged creatures that don’t fly (e.g., emu, ostrich), and Zhenyuanlong fit somewhere within these categories.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD DIRECTOR DESCRIBES SALE OF BABY BODY PARTS IN UNDERCOVER VIDEO (Friday Church News Notes, July 24, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Exposed: Planned Parenthood,” Christian News Network, July 14, 2015, and “Planned Parenthood Downplays Video,” Christian News Network, July 15, 2015: “A video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress shows a top Planned Parenthood director explaining in graphic detail how the abortion giant harvests and sells baby body parts and organs nationwide--a practice that is a felony under federal law. The Center for Medical Progress released the video as the next in its ‘Human Capital’ investigative series, as it researches the organization’s illegal sales..

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