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Friday Church News Notes

U.S. EMBASSY OPENS IN JERUSALEM (Friday Church News Notes, May 18, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On May 14, the U.S. Embassy formally opened in Jerusalem in practical fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s statement in December 2017 recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The opening ceremony, which was held 70 years to the day after President Harry Truman recognized the new state of Israel in 1948, was attended by Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and some members of Congress. Ivanka said, “On behalf of the 45th president of the United States of America we welcome you officially and for the first time... Read More
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The Leopard

     The leopard (Panthera pardus) is mentioned eight times in Scripture. The common Hebrew word is “namer” (naw-mare), meaning spotted.
    It is a medium-sized spotted wild cat that lives in Africa, the Sinai, the Judean wilderness, the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, South Asia, Russia and China.
    It is beautifully colored with dark spots on a tawny coat, but its coloring changes somewhat according to its habitat. This provides excellent camouflage, and it can... Read More
What is the Emerging Church?

Being a Friend of Sinners

     The following is excerpted from our free eBook What Is the Emerging Church? A softcover book edition is also available. Read the pdf now.
    The emerging church uses the term “missional” rather than “missionary.”
    Missional is trying to build the kingdom of God in the world.
    Dan Kimball says the term “missional” means that “we don’t ‘bring Jesus’ to people but that we realize Jesus is active in culture and we join him in what he is doing,” and, “we serve our communities, and that we build relationships with people in them, rather than seeing them as evangelistic targets” (They Like Jesus, p. 20).
    Missional is building close relationships with the unsaved but not for the gospel’s sake.
    Mars Hill Church in Seattle used to operate... Read More

What Charles Spurgeon Said About the Emerging Church

     The emerging church represented by Brian McLaren and the Emergent village is not as new as it appears to be. It was already raising its ugly head in the late 19th century, because Charles Spurgeon described it perfectly in his comments on James 5:19-20.
    He called it “modern thought” and “deceitful infidelity.”
    Spurgeon also described the tolerant attitude of modern evangelicalism that puts up with emerging heresies. He called this “latitudinarianism.”
    “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
    It was not merely that he fell into a mistake upon some lesser matter which might be compared to the fringe of the gospel, but he erred in some vital doctrine--he departed from the faith in its fundamentals. There are some truths which must be believed, they are essential to salvation, and if not heartily accepted the soul will be ruined. This man had been professedly orthodox, but he turned aside from the truth on an essential point. ... Read More
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Bono, frontman for "U2"

Friday Church News Notes

U2 COMES OUT AS PRO-ABORTION (Friday Church News Notes, May 11, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The influential Irish rock band U2 has tweeted support for repealing Ireland’s pro-life Eighth Amendment and legalizing abortion on demand. The amendment guarantees pre-born humans the right to life (“U2 Comes Out,” LifeSiteNews.com, May 2, 2018). The vote will occur on May 25. Three members of the band claim to be Christians, including the frontman Bono. U2 has a great influence in the contemporary worship movement. Bono is praised almost universally among contemporary and emerging Christians. Phil Johnson observes that “Bono seems to be the chief theologian of the Emerging Church Movement” ... Read More

Emerging Independent Baptists

     The call for an Independent Baptist “unity in the essentials” movement is growing rapidly. This, of course, is one of the foundational principles both of New Evangelicalism and of the emerging church.
    Consider Pastor Tom Messer and Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, home of Trinity Baptist College. I don’t know Pastor Messer personally. He is probably a likable guy, and I’m sure there are commendable things at Trinity. That is not the issue. The issue is whether there is “death in the pot.”
    Messer believes that the Independent Baptist movement should take a stand against “divisiveness,” downplay issues such as music for the sake of world missions, pay attention to the church growth gurus, and put more emphasis on social work and social justice issues.
    Consider the following statements from a blog entitled “Is the Independent Baptist Movement at a Crossroad?”
    “The historic, unifying leadership of the independent Baptist movement has passed off the scene, leaving a leadership vacuum that has led to a more fractured...
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The Emerging Church:The 21st Century Face of New Evangelicalism

    The following is excerpted from our free ebook WHAT IS THE EMERGING CHURCH? A softcover book edition is also available. Read the PDF ebook now.
    The emerging church is simply the twenty-first century face of New Evangelicalism.
    Andy Crouch calls the emerging church “post-evangelicalism.” He says:
    “The emerging movement is a protest against much of evangelicalism as currently practiced. It is post-evangelical in the way that neo-evangelicalism (in the 1950s) was post-fundamentalist. It would not be unfair to call it postmodern evangelicalism” (“The Emergent Mystique,” Christianity Today, Nov. 2004)... Read More
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A Checklist for Keeping the Kids

    The following is the review section from the book Keeping the Kids: How to Keep the Children from Falling Prey to the World. It is a training course for child discipline and youth discipleship that is packed with practical suggestions. Available from Way of Life Literature, www.wayoflife.org.
    We have covered a lot of material in this book, and it might be helpful to offer a checklist of the major points.
    Do the parents have godly child training as a major priority and objective?
    Are the parents doing everything possible to see that...
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