Way of Life Literature

Publisher of Bible Study Materials

Way of Life Literature

Publisher of Bible Study Materials

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Birds-eye View of the Bible
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Friday Church News Notes May 26
RICK WARREN, NEW CHANCELLOR OF SPURGEON COLLEGE (Friday Church News Notes, May 26, 2023, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Rick Warren of Purpose Driven Church infamy was installed on May 15 as chancellor of Spurgeon’s College in London. Warren will teach online guest lectures and act as an ambassador for the college. When Warren retired from Saddleback Church last year, he was replaced with a husband-wife pastor team. The church was subsequently evicted from the Southern Baptist Convention for its promotion of female pastors, but the practice began under Warren’s pastorate. In 2021, he ordained three women as pastors at Saddleback. Upon accepting the chancellorship, Warren stated, “[M]y understanding of the meaning of ordination and conviction from Scripture on ministry leadership are identical to Charles Spurgeon’s published views” (“Rick Warren.. Read More
Hymns - O Lord, When We the Path Retrace
May 24
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
 This key passage on congregational singing describes a true New Testament church, which is the only kind of church that can sing after the fashion that God has commanded. It is a church in which all of the members are born again and indwelt by the Spirit and in whom the Word of Christ dwells richly in all wisdom. This is not a biblically shallow church. It is not a church in which only a few of the members are serious Bible students. It is not a church that knows the Scripture only intellectually. It is a church that knows the Scripture in all practical wisdom, a church in which the Word of God is transforming the lives of God’s people so that they are lights in a dark world. It is a congregation that exercises the “one another” ministry .. Read More
Bible Commentaries and Study Books
May 24
  Setting out to be a skillful Bible student and teacher as described in Hebrews 5:12-14 requires building a good Bible study library of carefully-selected titles. We recommend the following as a basic beginning library. All of these are described elsewhere in this report.
Way of Life Encyclopedia of the Bible & Christianity, Strong’s Concordance, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Way of Life Bible Commentary Series, New Moody Atlas of the Bible, Rose Then and Now Bible Map Atlas (not the smaller edition), Satellite Bible Atlas, Believer’s Bible Commentary, Vine’s Dictionary of Bible Words , Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Vine’s Expository, Dictionary of New Testament Words, Nave’s Topical Bible, Complete Word Study Dictionary, Mastering the English Bible (scheduled for late summer 2023, Way of Life Literature)
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Singing the Psalms
May 23
“Speaking to yourselves IN PSALMS and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another IN PSALMS and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
New Testament churches are instructed to sing the Psalms, referring, of course, to the Psalms in our Bibles. The book of Psalms is a divinely-inspired.. Read More
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A photo of the outside of the Mount Ebal curse tablet (courtesy Pieter Gert van der Veen)
Friday Church News Notes May 19
MT. EBAL CURSE TABLET REFUTES LIBERAL VIEWS OF THE BIBLE (Friday Church News Notes, May 19, 2023, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - “And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal” (Deuteronomy 11:29). A small lead tablet found on Mt. Ebal single-handedly upsets liberal views of the Bible. The tablet was discovered during a 2019 wet-sifting project of detritus from an excavation led by Adam Zertal in the 1980s. Zertal believed that he had discovered Joshua’s altar (De. 27:4). The tablet could not be opened without.. Read More
Self-Esteem and Unconditional Love - May 18
 The following is an excerpt from our free e-book The God of End-Time Mysticism:
Two of the fundamental principles of modern psychology are self-esteem and unconditional love.
 These are blatant denials of Bible Christianity and are a rejection of the God of the Bible and are thus a pursuit of a false god -- the very god of end-times apostasy.
 The doctrine of self-esteem was developed by the fathers of the psychological counseling movement and has spread throughout that field and beyond to every level of modern society.
 According to the doctrine of self-esteem, man must pursue his own self-love or self-confidence for the sake of psychological wholeness, and anything that damages self-esteem is wrong. The mystical path to the development of self-esteem is psychological counseling. Since absolute rules produce guilt in those who don’t live up to them, the pursuit of self-esteem emphasizes the need for “new rules which will allow us more freedom of movement and..
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Transitioning Churches Away From the King James Bible - May 17
The Translation Transition” is an interview with Bryan Samms by Luke Clayton at the Church Advance YouTube channel.
 Shallow Baptist churches that are uneducated in the Bible and in the fundamental issues of the day are ripe for the devil’s picking, and they are falling away from the truth on every hand.
 Bryan Samms is pastor of River City Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, which under his leadership (beginning in 2016) transitioned from a conservative fundamental Baptist Church to a contemporary evangelical church. According to his own testimony, after he took the pastorate, he came to a “conviction” that modern versions such as the New King James Version, the New American Standard Version, and the English Standard Version, are to be preferred above the King James Version. He subsequently transitioned his church to the modern..
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Conviction vs. Preference in Church Matters
May 16
 The following is excerpted from the May 2023 edition of Keys to Fruitful Church Membership, available as a free eBook from Way of Life Literature - https://www.wayoflife.org/books/
 Another key to fruitful church membership is to understand the difference between conviction and preference. Conviction is based upon a clear teaching of God’s Word. Preference is not. Preference is a personal opinion. A Christian can have preferences on all sorts of church matters, but he is not at liberty to judge the church on the basis of his preferences, to disturb the church’s unity on the basis of his preferences, and to make them a law for others. This is discussed in Romans 14:
 “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak.. Read More
Isn’t the King James Bible Too Difficult to Understand?
May 15
 The following is adapted from THE BIBLE VERSION QUESTION-ANSWER DATABASE, available from Way of Life Literature, https://www.wayoflife.org/books/
&emspIt is widely believed that the King James Bible is too antiquated and difficult to understand for the 21st century, but the following points need to be taken into consideration:

&emspThe Trinitarian Bible Society publishes a list of 618 antiquated words. It is called
Bible Word List. Most of these can be understood by considering the context. There are only about two hundred words in the KJV that have become so antiquated that they have changed meanings or have dropped entirely out of common usage, so that you really need a dictionary to understand.. Read More
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Friday Church News Notes May 12
CORONATION OF KING OF ENGLAND FEATURES BUDDHIST, HINDU, JEWISH, MUSLIM, AND SIKH LEADERS (Friday Church News Notes, May 12, 2023, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Charles III, newly crowned king of England, is the well-fitted head of the apostate Church of England. He makes no profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. He is a radical environmentalist who serves the creature more than the Creator. He holds to the myth of man-made climate change (including pushing global depopulation) while rejecting the Bible as the infallible Word of God. His coronation on May 6 featured a Roman Catholic cardinal, plus Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh leaders, not as guests but as participants (“The Last Christian King?” Religion News Service, May 5, 2023). “It is the first time in nearly 500 years.. Read More


Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing!
May 11
  “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding” (Ps. 47:6-7).
  The following is excerpted from
The Way of Life Commentary Series, Psalms, which is scheduled for publication in the second half of 2023.
  God’s Word exhorts and commands the redeemed to sing praises. Note that we are to sing “
unto OUR King.” To be worshipped properly, God must be known personally through redemption in Christ Jesus. It is amazing that God would enjoy the singing of fallen creatures, even in their redemption. We are so frail in “the body of this death”; our voices are so imperfect; our conceptions of God and the things of God so limited; we are so affected by the “old man.” Yet God has mercifully condescended to and.. Read More
Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home May 10
“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:4-5)
 This is the Greek oikouros, which is a combination of oikos (home) and ouros (a keeper). It means “one who guards the house, one who stays at home, domestically inclined.” “One who looks after domestic affairs with prudence and care” (Complete Word Study Bible). 1 Timothy 5:14 says the wife/mother is to “guide the house.” This is the Greek oikodespoteo, which is a combination of oiko (house) and despotes (ruler). It is a strong word, meaning master of.. Read More
Hymns - Old Hundredth May 9
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
 This key passage on congregational singing describes a true New Testament church, which is the only kind of church that can sing after the fashion that God has commanded. It is a church in which all of the members are born again and indwelt by the Spirit and in whom the Word of Christ dwells richly in all wisdom. This is not a biblically shallow church. It is not a church in which only a few of the members are serious Bible students. It is not a church that knows the Scripture only intellectually. It is a church that knows the Scripture in all practical wisdom, a church in which the Word..
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The technology-empowered music revolution is the heart and soul of the global pop culture with its licentious “me first” philosophy.
Friday Church News Notes May 5
THE AGE OF MUSIC (Friday Church News Notes, May 5, 2023, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - If ever there were an age when God’s people need to take heed to the issue of music, it is today! This could be called “the age of music” because technology has made it ubiquitous. Moderns typically are immersed in music every day of their lives. This is a brand new thing in human history. There was no music on demand from Eden until the 20th century, except for kings and the most wealthy who could afford to have musicians on their payroll. The music revolution began with the phonograph. It was invented in 1877 by.. Read More
The Mobile-Phone and the Christian Home
Careful Child Evangelism May 4
The following is enlarged from the youth discipleship course entitled THE MOBILE PHONE AND THE CHRISTIAN HOME AND CHURCH, available in print as well as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org. This study on child evangelism is from chapter two: The Parents, point # 5, “Training teens focuses on a biblical conversion experience.” --
Unless young people are saved, they can’t be discipled.
 This is a frightful fact in light of the shallowness of evangelism in so many churches. The church I grew up in probably didn’t have even one saved young person, though we all knew the right things to say. We “talked the talk,” but we didn’t “walk the walk,” and the reason was that we prayed..
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The Ungodly Fruit of Modern Textual Criticism May 3
 The following is excerpted from Faith vs. The Modern Bible Versions: A Course on Bible Texts and Versions and a 10-Fold Defense of the King James Bible, www.wayoflife.org --
We further reject modern textual criticism because of its terrible fruit: increasing uncertainty and skepticism, a weakening of the authority of Scripture, and the promotion of the ecumenical movement.
1. Modern textual criticism has resulted in uncertainty in the Biblical text.
 Whereas prior to the late 19th century the vast majority of Bible-believing Christians were confident that the Masoretic Hebrew and the Greek Received texts were the preserved Word of God, today there is no real certainty where textual criticism has been accepted. The Masoretic Hebrew has been challenged by the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, and other sources, so that some twenty to thirty thousand textual changes have been suggested for the Old Testament. The Greek Received Text has been replaced with a constantly..
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The first page of the Vilna Edition of the Babylonian Talmud

The Talmud and Jewish Tradition May 2
 “The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness...” (De. 28:28-29).
 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find
it” (Am. 8:11-12).
 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed” (Isa. 6:9-10).
 “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail..
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Dr. Aaron Edwards

Friday Church News Notes Apr. 28
BIBLE SCHOOL FIRES, THREATENS PROFESSOR FOR HIS STANCE ON HOMOSEXUALITY (Friday Church News Notes, April 28, 2023, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, Apr. 6, 2023: “A Methodist Bible college located in the UK fired one of its professors, Dr. Aaron Edwards—and then threatened to report him as a ‘terrorist’—for a simple tweet warning evangelicals about the invasion of homosexual behavior into the church and saying that this is severe. Dr. Edwards tweeted, ‘Homosexuality is invading the Church. Evangelicals no longer see the severity of this [because] they’re busy apologising for their apparently barbaric homophobia, whether or not it’s true.’ He later defended his tweet with: ‘This is a Gospel issue, by the way. If sin is no longer.. Read More
Was King James Onlyism Invented by a Cultist? Apr. 27
Some of the fundamentalists that promote modern textual criticism, such as Bob Ross, Gary Hudson, Doug Kutilek, James Price, and the editor of “From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man,” have made the amazing charge that the defense of the King James Bible is based upon the views of Benjamin Wilkinson, a Seventh-day Adventist. They allege that Wilkinson authored the view that the Received Text is the preserved Word of God that can be traced through history, and that J.J. Ray and David Otis Fuller picked up this teaching and promoted it to the “KJV Only” crowd.
 In his 1930 book, “Our Authorized Bible Vindicated,” Wilkinson defended the text of the King James Bible and gave some evidence of its textual primacy among Bible believers through the centuries. Large portions of Wilkinson’s book were republished in David Otis Fuller’s 1970 book,
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Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
  - Pr 20:1

Christian Drinking Is a Bellwether Issue Apr. 26
The rapid change in attitude toward drinking among “Bible believing” Christians is a major sign of the times.
 Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon said, “Next to the preaching of the Gospel, the most necessary thing to be done in England is to induce our people to become abstainers” (1882), and, “Those beer shops are the curse of this country--no good ever can come of them, and the evil they do no tongue can tell ... the beer shops are a pest ... the sooner their licenses are taken away, the better” (1884).
  When the 18th Amendment, which “prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” was ratified in America in January..
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Effectual Prayer
Praying With Fervency Apr. 25
  The following is excerpted from Effectual Prayer for Perilous Times, a Bible course available from Way of Life Literature. --
 “The effectual fervent prayer ... he prayed earnestly” (Jas. 5:16, 17); “strive together with me in your prayers” (Ro. 15:30). --
Effectual prayer is fervent, passionate, earnest, and heart-felt. It is engaging in spiritual warfare. It is not halfhearted or frivolous.
Effectual fervent” (Jas. 5:16) is the Greek energéo, which is elsewhere translated “was mighty in” (Ga. 2:8). “Prayed earnestly” (Jas. 5:17) is the Greek proseúchomai prosyookhay (Strong 4336 and 4335), which could be.. Read More
Mary Quant

Mary Quant 1930-2023

Friday Church News Notes Apr. 21
FASHION REVOLUTIONARY MARY QUANT DEAD AT AGE 93 (Friday Church News Notes, February 4, 2022, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Before men were wearing dresses, women were wearing pants, and the female pioneers of this phenomenon knew that they were creating a revolution that would eventually destroy biblical morality in western culture. Consider Mary Quant, the revolutionary British fashion designer of the Beatles era, who died on April 13 in England at age 93. In 2019, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London had a major exhibit on Quant, inventor of the mini-skirt, the micro-mini, and hot pants. Mary understood that fashion is a language. The exhibit was a clothing exhibit, but the focus was revolution, liberation from biblical sexual mores, and breaking down the barriers between the sexes (unisex, androgyny). There was no attempt to hide this. Quant.. Read More
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Bruce Metzger

The Attack on Biblical Inspiration Apr. 20
     The authority of the Bible is foundational to everything in the Christian life and ministry, and there is a great and relentless attack upon the infallible inspiration of Scripture in our day. God’s people need to settle this matter in their own hearts and be able to give an answer to those who cast doubt upon Scripture.
    The individual, home, or church that gives even an inch to those who are casting doubt upon the Bible’s plenary (full), verbal inspiration are in great spiritual danger. They are playing right into the hands of that enemy whose first words to mankind were, “Yea, hath God said?” They have.. Read More
Eugene Peterson
Eugene Peterson and The Message Apr. 19
    Eugene Peterson (1932-2018), author of The Message, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served for almost 30 years as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland.
    The New Testament portion of The Message was published in 1993 and the complete Bible in 2002. It is called a “translational-paraphrase” and is said to “unfold like a gripping novel.” In fact, it IS a novel!.. Read More
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