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CATHOLIC DIOCESES STILL FIGHTING OVER FULTON SHEEN’S BODY (Friday Church News Notes, February 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen died in 1979, but two dioceses are still fighting over his body. Currently it is interred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, but the diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has been fighting to have it moved there since Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky began sponsoring Sheen’s sainthood. Jenky claims that he was promised by previous New York ecclesiastical authorities that Peoria could have the body, but that is disputed by the current authorities. Sheen’s closest living relative, a niece, Joan Cunningham, proposes that the... Read More
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When Did Graham's Compromise Begin?

     Billy Graham’s compromise and disobedience began very early in his ministry. He was born in 1918 into a Presbyterian home and traces his conversion to the preaching of evangelist Mordecai Ham in 1934. He graduated from high school in May 1936 and attended Bob Jones College (which later became Bob Jones University) in the fall but switched to Florida Bible Institute after only one semester because he did not like the strict discipline at Bob Jones.
    He notes in his biography that "one thing that thrilled me [about Florida Bible Institute] was the diversity of viewpoints we were exposed to in the classroom, a wondrous blend of ecumenical and evangelical thought that was really ahead of its time" (Graham, Just As I Am, p. 46).
    It was during his time... Read More
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Israel Is Still God’s Chosen Nation

    The following is excerpted from the new book WHAT ABOUT STEVEN ANDERSON?, which is available in print or as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.
    Anderson is an Independent Baptist preacher who has growing influence through his YouTube videos and movies. The book is a review of his teaching and deals with the following errors:
    Holocaust denial, Replacement Theology, Rejection of biblical Repentance, The heresy that salvation doesn’t have evidence, Cursing of homosexuals, Christ suffering in hell as an atonement for sin, The denial of the imminency of the Rapture
    We give extensive proof that God is not finished with Israel and that the church is not Israel and defend... Read More
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Christ Will Rule With a Rod of Iron

     “He shall ... break in pieces the oppressor” (Psa. 72:4).
    “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel” (Psa. 2:9).
    “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. ... For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. ... But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away” (Psa. 37:1-2, 9-10, 20).
    “But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it” (Prov. 2:22).
    “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed” (Isa 45:23-24)..... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes

U.S. EPISCOPAL DIOCESE VOTES TO STOP USING MASCULINE PRONOUNS FOR GOD (Friday Church News Notes, February 9, 2018, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Episcopal Church Diocese of Washington, D.C. has rejected the God of the Bible for a mythical goddess of feminist thinking. On January 27, the delegates to the diocese’s annual convention approved a statement “to utilize expansive language for God ... and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God.” Gendered pronouns are things such as “He” and “Father” and “King.” The drafters of the daffy resolution said, “By expanding our language for God, we will expand our image of God and the nature of God” (“U.S. Episcopal diocese,” LifeSiteNews, Feb. 1, 2018). “The Rev.” Linda Calkins of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Laytonsville,... Read More
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The Ancient Spice Trade

     Spices are mentioned 37 times in the Bible.
    The Song of Solomon mentions spikenard, saffron, calamus, cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and aloes (Song 4:14).
    From ancient times, the spice trade was worth great amounts of money.
    The growing of the rarest spices was centered in southern Arabia (Sheba) and Africa and were transported from there to the spice merchant middlemen such as the Phoenicians, who distributed them across the Mediterranean region (Eze. 27:22). The traffic of spice merchants is also mentioned in 1 Kings 10:15.
    The queen of Sheba brought rare spices to Solomon from Arabia (1 Ki. 10:10). Sheba made use of a sophisticated irrigation system with water supplied by a massive dam.... Read More
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The Divine Design of Wheat

     The Bible says that man was made by God and placed in a world that was designed for his well-being, and the evidence for this is on every hand.
    Consider wheat. It has been cultivated from ancient times. It is mentioned in the writings of Ur of the Chaldees, Abraham’s hometown. Ur’s farmers grew corn, barley, wheat, millet, lentils, chick-peas, beans, garlic, onions, lettuce, turnips, cress, leeks, mustard, and cucumbers, among other things. Sesame was grown to produce oil. Their farming techniques were methodical and complex. There was a farmer’s almanac that provided information on weather, irrigation, annual flooding, and guidelines... Read More
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Starling Murmuration

     Murmuration describes the swarming behavior of a flock of European starlings. They fly in groups of hundreds and even thousands, maneuvering and swirling, twisting and turning across the sky in perfect synch as if putting on an aerobatic display. I have stopped my automobile on two occasions to watch them.
    Grainger Hunt of the Peregrine Fund describes a murmuration as follows:
    A dazzling cloud, swirling, pulsating, drawing together to the thinnest of waists, then wildly twisting in pulses... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes
IS THE ISRAEL IN THE WORLD TODAY GOD’S “ISRAEL”? (Friday Church News Notes, February 2, 2018, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Baptist preacher Steven Anderson claims that the Israel that exists in the world today, the Israel that came out of the nations to form a state in 1948, is not the Israel of Scripture and has no future in the covenants and promises of God. A major thesis of Anderson’s popular video Marching to Zion is that since the Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah and have continued in unbelief and disobedience... Read More
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Bible Commentaries and Twittering Swallows
    Two Common Problems in Using Commentaries:
    1. Leaning on them too much.
    The Bible student should first go to the Bible and dig out as much meaning as possible 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. We deal with this in the course The Effectual Bible Student, which is available as a free eVideo... Read More
Kabbalah
    “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. 8:28-29).
    “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).
    “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart” (2 Co. 3:14-15).
    “Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear... Read More
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The Talmud and Jewish Tradition
     [pictured: Vilna Edition of the Babylonian Talmud]
We read in the Holy Scriptures:
     “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... Read More
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