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ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND WHAT IS PROBABLY THE OLD ROMAN THEATER IN JERUSALEM (Friday Church News Notes, October 20, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Excavations near the Western Wall of the old Temple Mount in Jerusalem have uncovered the remains of a 200-seat Roman theater (“Jerusalem archaeological dig,” UPI, Oct. 16, 2017). The theater was beneath 26 feet of soil. The archaeologists were exploring Wilson’s Arch, which is on the north side of the main prayer area at the Western Wall. The arch was part of a massive stone bridge leading to the Temple Mount. It was named in 1864 for explorer and surveyor Charles Wilson. who discovered it in modern times. A synagogue under the arch features a... Read More
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Cultural Factors in the Weakening of Churches
     Following are some of the factors that have weakened the character of Bible-believing churches over the past 70 years and helped create a mixed multitude philosophy.
    Theological Liberalism
    Confidence in the Bible was weakened by theological liberalism and Darwinian evolution, and this greatly weakened the spiritual power of churches.
    Though liberalism took many forms, at its heart it was an attack upon the authority of the Bible and it was an application of the theory of evolution to Bible history.
    The Northern Baptists became liberal in theology at the beginning of the 20th century. (They were... Read More
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What the Roman Catholic Church Teaches About Salvation
    Because of the ecumenical movement, a growing number of Roman Catholics are familiar with biblical terminology about salvation, such as born again, and some have been trained to reply affirmatively to the questions, “Are you saved?” or, “Have you been born again?”
    The problem is that they do not mean by this what the Bible means. Rome’s doctrine of salvation is not the the true gospel of complete and sure salvation through personal faith in Christ. It is a gospel of works that is sometimes presented under the guise of grace.
    THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH’S DOCTRINE OF SALVATION CAN BE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS:
    1. Rome teaches that Christ, having purchased redemption by His blood and death, delivered it to the Catholic Church to be distributed to men through her sacraments.... Read More
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The Church Fathers: A Door to Rome
     Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism.
    The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries. In the book Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, David Currie continually uses the church fathers to support his position. He says, “The other group of authors whom ... Read More
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KENNETH COPELAND’S FALSE PROPHECY ABOUT HURRICANE IRMA (Friday Church News Notes, October 13, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On September 9, charismatic preacher Kenneth Copeland prayed a “word faith” prayer to stop Hurricane Irma, which was approaching the U.S. mainland. Speaking before a crowd at a Living Victory conference, Copeland said, “God is not in control. That comes from religious brainwashing. He is not in control. ... The earth doesn’t belong to God; it doesn’t belong to Jesus; he gave it to men. If you... Read More
The Gettys - The Pied Pipers of Contemporary Worship Music
    Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “contemporary hymns” are used widely among “traditional, non-contemporary” churches, because they are considered relatively safe.
    At least eight of their songs are included in Majesty Music’s Rejoice Hymns.
    Twenty-nine of their songs are featured in Hymns Modern and Ancient, published by Heart Publications, a ministry of Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association and compiled by Fred Coleman who heads up Bob Jones University’s Department of Church Music.
    Both Crown Baptist College and West Coast Baptist College, the two largest independent Baptist Bible colleges, perform Getty material in their services.
    The Getty’s popular songs include “Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder,” “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend), “Speak, Oh Lord,” and “The Power of the Cross.”
    Typically, the lyrics are Scriptural and the tunes are not blaring rock & roll (though the Gettys can and do rock out in their... Read More
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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 New. God tells us that the Old Testament is for our example today (Romans 15:4).
    The song services are too important to be given into the hands of... Read More
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