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From Bro. Cloud's Mailbox, Sept. 2008

September 3, 2008 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) –

From time to time, I publish some of the goodies from my interesting mailbox, and many people have told me that they enjoy reading these things. Following are some items from the last couple of months:


“I have been emphasizing ‘repentance’ as I also have been exposed to the Sword of the Lord mentality of evangelism. For many years I would go out knocking on thousands of doors pointing towards a prayer. Hundreds if not thousands of people were ‘saved’ in the 5 years that I was in --------- as a youth pastor. Maybe 20 were baptized. And of those that were baptized I remember maybe 3 or 4 that became active members of the church and evidenced some fruit of Salvation. During those years, I knew in my heart something was wrong, but was so blinded by loyalty to a pastor/group of men that were ‘doing the real work of evangelization’ that I did not question the methodology. It has only been in the last two years that I have been challenged biblically by several men (primarily yourself and several other men) about preaching ‘repentance.’ I do believe in Biblical Repentance and know that it must be preached!”

“God bless you for all the articles you have written about immodest dress among women and about the evils of CCM and rock music. God bless you for having written the book: ‘Dressing for the Lord.’ There is nothing like it written in the last one hundred years. It is a book that should get 90% of the IFB Churches into sack cloth and ashes and repentance. God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that IF God's people would ‘Turn from THEIR wicked ways’ then God would HEAR us from Heaven and forgive our sins and HEAL our land.”

“Thanks for your ministry. The Lord is surely using you as THE WATCHMAN. I appreciate it very much.”

“I enjoy reading your material. Your studies of the scriptures and writings have influenced many of the people in our church. You have a great handle on the word of God and have taken a strong stand at time when many churches have not.”

“Thank you for your clear and direct, albeit respectful, handling of biblical (and unbiblical) issues on your website. I really appreciated your remark in regards to some extra biblical and creative teachings of Peter Ruckman. You said: ‘I don’t have to refute them; they are self refuting for the simple fact that they have no biblical authority.’ Thank you for providing such a simple and concise answer. May the Lord bless you in your labor for him.”

“Thank you for your ministry. It is a light in the darkness of the apostasy of this world. ... I look forward to my monthly O Timothy magazine. May the Lord bless you and His grace be with you.”

“I continue to enjoy your frequent emails and benefit from your insights. You are a man of amazing depth and breadth of knowledge of God’s Word, and you are adept at applying it to the situations we face every day. Thank you so much.”

“Thank you Brother Cloud for all your good work. You have helped us very much in all your sermons, through some very trying times. Keep up fighting the good fight!”

“Thank you again for the POWERFUL weapon of the scripturally based written word in sounding the alarm and contending for the Faith”

“Great work on the church fathers in this last O Timothy. I have been meaning to also thank you for the great work you did in your ‘The History of the Churches’ which I plan to use in our upcoming ‘Church History’ module. Keep up the great work which is so needed today!”

“It is time for my 3 year renewal to O Timothy. At 74 years of age this will probably be my last renewal. I did even think that I might not renew again, but your magazine is such a Spiritual blessing, I decided to press ahead.”

“I just wanted to say how very thankful I am for your ministry! One of the reasons I say this, is that I find your articles which demonstrate the pitfalls of Calvinism, to be such a great resource. As you point out in one of your articles, belief in Calvinism is greatly on the increase. I had thought Christians who believed in it were in a tiny minority, but it seems as if everywhere I look on the internet, there are Christians who are espousing this doctrine. ... May God continue to bless your ministry greatly!”

“I want to thank you for your writings and teachings on CCM and Christian Rock and Roll. It is beginning to open my eyes on CCM. For me, I grew up from a young age on rock and roll. When I was saved at 13 in a Charismatic church, Christian rock and roll was all the rage. I fell into it in the mid eighties. Since leaving the Charismatic church and becoming a Baptist, it has been a struggle between regular rock and roll and CCM. ... If CCM and other secular forms of Christian music are wrong, I just do not want someone to tell me this as I have heard many preachers preach against it, but I want someone to show me how and why. I do see that you are doing this. ... Me, I am a show me kind of person and saw the people you quoted in an article on your website about this connection. Well, I started to do my own research and saw that your quotes and conclusions are truthful. ... In closing, I want to be right with the Lord, but want to do it from knowledge of why and how. You have helped me in this endeavor. Thank you for telling and teaching the truth.”

“I truly enjoy reading the articles posted on your website. They are a great blessing and encouragement to me. I pray that our Lord would continue to strengthen your ministry as it spreads His truth without shame.”

“I've also been meaning to tell you that I read your book, Dressing for the Lord. Thanks so much for its timely message. Here in California there is much fashion and show, even among 'Christian' people. And I find that many are under attack for their strong convictions in this area.”

“I enjoy your reports and I'm thankful that there are men of God who are willing to stand for the truth! There is such a great need to ground our people in faith. May the Lord richly bless your faithfulness.”

“Right on target as usual [referring to our article on Carl Jung]. Few Fundamentalists know how dangerous this man’s teachings are. In fact, you are the only Fundamentalist I know who even knows how to pronounce his name! Thanks for your good work--quantity and quality.”

“I wanted to thank you for the ‘survey’ article on men's opinions of women’s attire. It was insightful, and I sent it to my women friends.”

“I appreciate very much the material you make available on the internet, and make much use of it in bulletin inserts.”

“I was thinking the exact thing yesterday as I worked on a computer in one of our offices. [He is referring to the article ‘Country Music Confusion’ in the Friday Church News Notes.]. The radio in that office was playing a country station and I only caught parts of the songs but I was glad that I had decided not to listen to the radio for music. Then the Alan Jackson song you mentioned had come on and I was glad that I had decided not to listen to his ‘Precious Memories’ CD anymore. Thank you again for your ministry.”

“I have to just share with you that the articles on your site has been a wonderful blessing indeed -- very handy ‘summarized tools’ re the widespread deception, to pass around.”

“Regarding the sermon ‘Neglect of Separation’ by David Cloud, thank you for your courageous faithfulness to speak the truth and expose error. The situation in the United Kingdom is similar to the USA--so called evangelical churches are to a large extent compromised and hardly any one is sounding the warning message as Charge Haddon Spurgeon did with the Downgrade controversy and left the English Baptist Union in the 1800s.”

“Greetings in the precious name of our dear Saviour Jesus Christ. I've never written to you before but I have been reading and appreciating your efforts for many years. I would like to thank you for this particular article and for the depth it contains with regard to C S Lewis. I have been wary of the man for a long time and did some research on him several years ago which led me to the conclusion that he was very unlikely a born-again believer.
What amazed me was the resistance I found to this point of view amongst fundamental Baptists. It seems that, at least in the circles I move in, Lewis is held in as high a regard as by evangelicals. A few years ago I purchased and read through the whole set of his Narnia chronicles and noted every place I could find a twisting of Scripture as part of the storyline. By the time I was done I had a lot of sticky notes poking out the side of the book. As an unsaved, unchurched boy growing up in Britain I remember the confusion I felt over the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The notion that somehow this 'allegory' points people to Christ is a dangerous one. If it is indeed an allegory it is a very twisted and poor one indeed. I was certainly none the wiser for reading the book as an unsaved child and after reading it as a saved man I was horrified at the way that Lewis uses Biblical themes in his construction of Narnia. The same goes for his partner in crime Tolkien. Thank you again for your diligence and hard work in this and many other matters. May God bless you and keep you and give you great joy in His service.”

“I have just finished your book
The New Age Tower of Babel. Disturbing, but excellent! Thank you so much for continuing to keep us informed through your books and e-mail writings. I am praying for more men who are willing to stand for the truth, as you so faithfully do, in these perilous days.”

“Brother Cloud, I cannot say it enough, thank you for your ministry through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour.”

“Brother, many in the church are edified and many lost churchgoers are drawn by the light that comes from your ministry in Christ. There are many of us that are trying to grow in Christ and learn to serve him in spite of this flesh.”


“As a former Lutheran and now Catholic for over 15 years, I find that your information is wrong about the Catholic Church. I am sorry that you feel the need to Catholic bash. I will pray for you. For God says, you shall not judge.”

“Please remove this garbage and lies you have posted about the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Baptist cult in which you belong is full of lies and deceptions and the protestant religion as a whole is of the devil and you are Satan's mouthpiece to spread his lies.”

“I don't see your problem with CCM industry because it is reaching people and places that the church can't get to. So I think you need to open your mind and open your heart. There is beauty and there is still a message in gospel music and I think the Christian community needs to find some sort of ‘entertainment’ when the world's entertainment is not even close to entertaining. So go ahead and keep posting these ridiculous articles but all your doing is lying to yourself and lying to the people reading, if they actually believe this hogwash. You are a radical and give Christians a bad name!!!!!!!!! It's people like you that cause global warming!!!!!!!!!!!!! An Outraged Singer!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“I am praying that our Lord would free you from the religious spirit that is influencing you. Similar to the Pharisees during our Lord's time on this earth, I believe that you have let ‘religion’ overwhelm you and prevent God from working in your life. ... I feel sorry for you. May our Lord have mercy and help you overcome this religious spirit.”

“You are concern about a man that has been married more the once! How low can YOU go? I guess all the way to whatever.”

“It’s amazing how you can be so WRONG and think you are so RIGHT”

“It is the fundamentalist extremist population who are the most dangerous. Just look at the Muslim Jihadists.”

“I am a Christian. But I prefer Christ's message of love over your doctrine of hate.”

“I've been reading your article on Gossip. I was enjoying it very much till I came across your comments concerning Billy Graham and James Dobson. I very seldom have ever done this but I would encourage you to be very careful about how you speak in regards to these men. Although they are not perfect, as none of us are, they have reached more people for Jesus and have done more for the Kingdom of God then most believers. My pastor said one time that if we reach as many people for Jesus as they do then maybe we have a right to say something.”

“How Christians can JUDGE Christians is beyond me. Having the POWER OF THE INTERNET and using it to disgraces Gods word. Love one another as i have loved the church, JUDGE not or you will be Judged by the same manner.”

“You are self-righteous.”

“Saddleback is a Christ centered believing fellowship with an amazing leader whom God is using in a might way. If you are indeed a ‘brother’ you should instead be preaching to the unsaved. I will pray for you,”


“What is your problem with John Lennon. ... The things you imply are sick, immoral, and grossly outlandish. I hope you are ashamed at the kind of person you are and how you have to put people down so much. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. Peace, Love, and Harmony. John Lennon's Ghost”