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EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF HAPPINESS SELLS FOR $1.6 MILLION (Friday Church News Notes, June 22, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Albert Einstein’s theory of happiness sold recently at an auction for $1.6 million. He wrote the “theory” on a piece of paper in 1922 and gave it to a hotel bellboy. It read, “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” This, of course, is a simple platitude that most people would recognize as basically true, yet it is also vague and therefore nearly meaningless. Einstein was... Read More
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Fifty Years of Anglican Liberalism

    The worldwide Anglican Communion is composed of some 80 million members * in 164 countries, including the “mother church,” the Church of England, and the Episcopal Church in America. (* A large percentage of Anglican members are “invisible” because they are church members due to the fact that they were baptized as infants and perhaps catechized, but they do not participate in the functional life of the churches.)
    The Anglican Church is permeated with theological liberalism at every level.
    Consider some examples... Read More

The Emerging Church’s Radical Environmentalist Agenda

     According to emerging church theology, the object of the church’s mission on earth is not the preaching of gospel but the building of the kingdom of God. It is earth-minded and mocks a heavenly-minded orientation. It gets more excited about solving the “AIDS crisis” and saving the polar bears than winning lost souls.
    Emerging church writings say very little about the salvation of the soul, but they say a lot about the salvation of society and creation. Their activism runs toward all sorts of very liberal social-justice concerns--environmentalism, animal rights, you name it--anything except the winning of souls. If there is any emphasis at all upon the winning of souls, it is a secondary thing.
    They use terms such as “missional” and “holistic” to define this agenda.
    The Emergent Village says:
    “We see the earth and all it contains as God’s beloved creation, and so we join God in seeking its good, its healing, and its blessing”... Read More
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Plain Clothing

    Some independent Baptists and fundamentalists in general seem to be reacting to the worldliness of many churches by adopting a “plain clothes” style that is akin to the old Mennonite fashion. I can understand the rejection of worldliness, but I question the plain clothes position and fear for its end result. We should not establish doctrine and practice on the basis of “reactionism,” but upon solid Bible teaching.
    I know of dozens of families and churches in five states that are moving in this direction.
    The Charity Fellowship... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes

TEL AVIV’S BIGGEST EVER GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL (Friday Church News Notes, June 15, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Tel Aviv’s 20th annual Gay Pride Parade on June 8 was the biggest ever, with more than 250,000 in attendance. The Times of Israel reported, “Israelis and visitors celebrate freedom and tolerance at 20th annual event in self-styled ‘most gay-friendly city’ in world. Cafes, stores, and lamp posts were decked with rainbow flags across Tel Aviv, with tens of thousands of tourists visiting Israel specifically for the event. ... Perched on high heels and wearing a black skirt which is attached with a rainbow... 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 on the Way of Life website.
     2. Despising them.
     On several occasions I have heard people disdain commentaries, but I have learned to love good commentaries and I thank God for them often. I thank God that I read and understand English, because that is where most of the good commentaries are.... Read More

Jerusalem: A Burdensome Stone

    The following is excerpted from Jews in Fighter Jets: Israel Past, Present, Future, which is available from Way of Life Literature.
    “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:1-3).
    About 2,400 years ago, the prophet Zechariah stated that God would make Jerusalem a cup of trembling (intoxication) and a burdensome stone for all people.
    Ever since, Jerusalem has been “the most controversial piece of real estate on earth”!
.... Read More
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    One pastor says the books “are extremely helpful for any Christian, no matter where they are spiritually; the practical application is extremely helpful and edifying.”
    In the Advanced Bible Studies Series there are currently 21 volumes totaling more than 6,400 pages (averaging 300 pages per book). Four of these courses (Acts, Four Gospels, History of the Churches, and Old Testament History and Geography) are accompanied by 50 PowerPoint presentations containing nearly 6,000 slides. Many of the photos and video clips were taken on location and in world-class museums by the author.... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes

SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH CHRISTIAN BAKER (Friday Church News Notes, June 8, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Christian Headlines, Jun. 4, 2018: “The U.S. Supreme Court handed religious liberty advocates a major victory Monday when it sided with a Christian baker who refused to design a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. In a 7-2 ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated hostility toward religion and violated the First Amendment’s guarantee... Read More
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