Friday Church News Notes
JIMMY CARTER SAYS UNBELIEVERS AND SKEPTICS MIGHT BE IN HEAVEN (Friday Church News Notes, April 28, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, a Baptist Sunday School teacher, said recently that he doesn’t know whether or not Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi is in hell because of his rejection of Jesus as only Lord and Saviour. When asked by journalist Nicholas Kristof whether he believed that men like Gandhi go to hell because they don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, Carter replied, “I do not feel qualified to make a judgment. I am inclined to give him (or others) the benefit of any doubt” (“President Carter, Am I a Christian?” The New York Times, April 15, 2017). Kristof further asked Carter if skeptics who doubt... Read More
The Slippery Slope of Spiritual Decline
A large number of the fundamental Baptist churches that existed in the 1970s and 1980s have either ceased to exist, have capitulated to the contemporary philosophy. or they are well on the way to capitulation.
Consider the following testimony that describes what is happening in multitudes of Independent Baptist churches:
“Recently, there was a large photo in the newspaper of one of the NFL football team cheerleaders dressed in her cheerleading uniform which was equivalent to a bikini. Since watching NFL football is talked about so positively from the IFB pulpit, the Sunday School teacher’s lectern, and amongst the deacons and other men of the church, I decided to take a closer look. An internet search provided endless links--and just visiting... Read More
A True Believer Is a Disciple of Christ
The church we see in the New Testament is a church of disciples. It is a disciplined, discipling environment. A New Testament church is not something to attend. It is a spiritual entity where disciples of Christ are trained, encouraged, and protected.
New Testament discipleship is not merely a course in Christian fundamentals; it is the essence of the true Christian life. The entire church should be geared to producing and training disciples of Jesus Christ.
A pastor friend said that at a youth camp some years ago, he asked the youth to list words that God uses to describe those who are saved. He said, “We came up with something like fifty in total, and then I pointed out to them that they had forgotten the most used word, which is ‘disciple.’”
Indeed, the most common name... Read More
Beware of Hypnosis
Another occult practice that has invaded the health care field is hypnosis. This is “an induced altered state of consciousness in which the subject becomes passive and is responsive to suggestion” (Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience). The term hypnosis comes from hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, and was coined by James Braid, a 19th-century British mesmerist.
Hypnosis is used widely in medicine and psychology. Donald Connery, in Exploring Hypnosis, says, “There is greater interest in and employment of medical hypnosis than ever before in history.” The American Medical Association... Read More
Friday Church News Notes
FALLING IN LOVE WITH A FANTASY CHARACTER (Friday Church News Notes, April 21, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - In this age of fantasy multitudes of people live in a mythical world. Of course, this began in ancient Babel, but modern technology has taken everything to a new level. Consider the Japanese anime dating simulation video games that have captivated the hearts of multitudes of young men. The fantasy games “allow users to engage with anime characters in dating and sexual encounters” (“Japanese video game maker,” UPI, Apr. 15, 2017). The most popular is Niitzuma Lovely xCation (Niitzuma means “new wife”), and for the rollout of the 2017 edition, a select number of users will be invited to participate in... Read More
Old Baptist Churches Were Discipling Churches
Beginning in the 16th century, Baptist churches multiplied greatly, and they were discipling churches. They renounced infant baptism, requiring a regenerate church membership and exercising strict discipline.
Baptist churches practiced church discipline for centuries. In the book Corrective Church Discipline: with a Development of the Principles Upon Which It Is Based (1860), Patrick Hughes Mell, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, stated, “The views which are presented in the... Read More
Training for Song Leaders
The position of song leader is important. Just as orchestras need good conductors and armies need good officers, churches must have the right song leaders if they are to have effectual song services.
An individual can worship God alone effectively if he is so inclined, but a congregation must be led. That is why God has ordained leaders and has set forth high qualifications for them.
It is true that the New Testament does not spell out the position of song leader or music director, but the Old Testament plainly sets forth this pattern and there is no need to restate it in the ... Read More
A Testing Mindset
The heart and soul of discipleship and separation is a testing, vigilant mindset. This is the path of spiritual growth and protection.
Consider some Bible passages that instruct God’s people to have this mindset:
Psalm 119:128 - “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”
The Psalmist esteemed all of God’s Word to be right. This is the foundation for a testing mindset. The believer has an absolute standard of truth. Christ said the Scripture is truth (John 17:17). It cannot be broken (Joh. 10:35), meaning it is correct and authoritative in every point. Peter said the Scripture is a light in a dark world that we are to... Read More
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