Friday Church News Notes
Friday Church News Notes
PROMINENT BBFI CHURCH JOINS THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION (Friday Church News Notes, February 24, 2017,,, 866-295-4143) - In the latest example of the changing of the times and the breathtaking collapse of whatever spiritual zeal once existed among Independent Baptists, High Street Baptist Church of Springfield, Missouri, is in the process of joining the Southern Baptist Convention. The 81-year-old church is pastored by Eddie Lyons, who is also the president of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International (BBFI). The church will be dually aligned with the BBFI and the SBC. Pastor Lyons says, “We have the same heart, the same calling” (“Independent church aligns with Missouri Baptists/SBC,” Baptist Press, Feb. 15, 2017). We have no doubt that Lyons is right... Read More
The Rapture and Jewish Feasts
   There is a growing movement to interpret the Jewish Feast of Trumpets as pointing to the Rapture of the church, and dates have been set based on that interpretation. In other words, according to this view, the Rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets (the Jewish date of Tishri 1, which usually occurs in September).
   Based on this view, some have claimed that the Rapture would occur in September 2011; others claimed it would occur in 2015. Now some are saying it will occur in 2017.
   According to vain Jewish tradition, the Feast of Trumpets, (Lev. 23:23-25), or Rosh HaShanah, is the beginning of 10 Days of Awe (
Yamim Noraim) that end with Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. During this time, God supposedly weighs every man’s work to determine who will be written in His books, who will live and die, who will have a good life or a bad... Read More
Beth Moore’s Ecumenical Philosophy
   Beth Moore is one of the most popular female Christian speakers and authors. Her Bible-study books have sold millions of copies. Her Living Proof Live conferences, hosted by LifeWay (Southern Baptist), draw thousands of attendees. She hosts her own radio program (Living Proof with Beth Moore) and appears regularly on the television program LIFE Today. Christian Reader magazine called her “America’s Bible Teacher.”
Beth Moore’s Ecumenism
   Moore’s meetings are attended by people from “every denomination,” because she “doesn’t get caught up in divisive doctrinal issues” and “steers clear of topics that could widen existing rifts between different streams in the body of Christ” (Charisma, June 2003).
   This is the unscriptural “keep it positive” ecumenical philosophy that is so helpful in furthering end time apostasy and building the apostate one-world “church.” Paul exhorted Timothy not to allow any doctrine other than sound Bible doctrine, but Mrs. Moore knows better than to be so
intolerant and... Read More
John Rice, Lester Roloff, Repentance, and Sloppy Soul Winning
    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-ism with its emphasis on “the largest ... the fastest growing... the greatest.” I call the numbers-oriented soul winning methodology “Quick Prayerism,” because... Read More
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NEW STUDY FINDS THAT STAYING IN MARRIAGE USUALLY BRINGS HAPPINESS (Friday Church News Notes, February 17, 2017,, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you do,” The Telegraph, Feb. 8, 2017: “Researchers found the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born feel fulfilled a decade later.  Research commissioned by the Marriage Foundation found that 68 per cent of the couples who stay together following the birth of their first child report being happy 10 years on. Moreover 27 per cent said they were ‘extremely happy,’ giving their relationships... Read More
The Shack
The Shack's Cool God
   The Shack, authored by William Paul Young, is a novel that explores the issue of why God allows pain and evil. It is a fictional account of a man who is bitter against God for allowing his youngest daughter to be murdered and who returns to the scene of the murder, an old shack in the woods, to have a life-changing encounter with God. The “God” that he encounters, though, is not the God of the Bible.
   Published in 2007,
The Shack was Number One on the New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks. By 2012, it had sold 18 million copies internationally. It is being translated... Read More
Bible Commentaries and Twittering Swallows
   1. Leaning on them too much.
   The Bible student should first go to the Bible and dig it out for himself. For this, he must get a good understanding of how to interpret the Bible. The equivalent of a Bible Institute education is the starting point to be able to use commentaries effectually and test them properly so as not to be led astray by any error that might be present.
   2. Despising them.
   On several occasions I have heard people disdain commentaries, but I have learned to love good commentaries and I thank God for them often. I thank God that I...
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He Who Was Rich Became Poor
   The following is from John Phillips’ commentary on 2 Corinthians:
   But the example of the saints of God, touching and compelling as it was, was eclipsed in Paul’s mind, by the example of the Son of God (8:9). There is, for instance, His supernatural grace:
   "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
   What greater example of giving could we find than that?
   We know He was rich, but we have no idea how rich He really was. We get some idea, however, from what John tells us of the Celestial City. In His country they pave their streets with gold and build their walls of jasper. They make their gates of pearl and stud foundation’s rocks with gems. The great white throne of God is there, the crystal stream, the tree of life. Many crowns are placed upon His head in that celestial land. His ministers are flames of fire, comprised of countless angel hosts, beings of great beauty...
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Friday Church News Notes
THE SYRIAN KURDISH DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (Friday Church News Notes, February 10, 2017,,, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Macer Gifford, “The Unknown American Heroes of Syria’s Civil War,” National Review, Feb. 6, 2017: “There is no better way to describe the impact that the March 2015 victory in Kobani had on the war against the Islamic State. ISIS’s defeat in this north Syrian city will go down in history as the moment the group began to decline. ... The liberation of Kobani wouldn’t have been possible without the intervention of the American military. High in the sky, U.S. Air Force pilots killed hundreds of jihadists and annihilated their heavy equipment. ... The Kurdish fighters were surrounded, outgunned, and short on supplies. Refusing to surrender to... Read More
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).
1. Sit respectfully and alertly
   Things such as leaning on your elbows with your head down and chewing gum send signals that you are not interested in what... Read More
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