AMERICA’S LARGEST CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE CHAIN CLOSING (Friday Church News Notes, March 3, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - Family Christian Stores, America’s largest Christian bookstore chain, is closing after 85 years (“Family Christian Stores,” ReligionNews.com, Feb. 23, 2017). The chain’s 240 stores in 36 states will close. Several factors contributed to the collapse, including an overload of debt which the chain’s owners could have avoided had they obeyed the precepts of the Bibles they sell. Chiefly, though, bookstores in general are being overtaken by the changing of the times. The explosion of the availability of eBooks and eVideos and the convenience of online shopping is hammering most traditional “brick and mortar” retailers. From a spiritual viewpoint, Family Christian Stores were as much a danger as a blessing. They were filled with corrupt Bible versions, worldly music, and the writings of a vast number of heretics (e.g., C.S. Lewis, Paul Young, Robert Schuller, Bruce Metzger, Dallas Willard, Norman Vincent Peale, Max Lucado, Brennan Manning, G.K. Chesterton, Larry Crabb, Robert Webber, Brian McLaren, Donald Miller, Erwin McManus, Chris Seay, Donald McCulough, Philip Yancey, Rob Bell, John Michael Talbot, Tony Campolo, and an assortment of Roman Catholic mystics). Forty-three years ago, the man who led me to Christ took me into a Christian bookstore to buy me a King James Bible and a Strong’s Concordance, and as we were walking through the store he commented, “There is a lot of spiritual danger in this store. Beware of false teachers.” He taught me to be wary of false teaching and to test everything by God’s Word. The word “beware” is found 16 times in the New Testament. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). (For more on this see “Dangers in Christian Bookstores” at www.wayoflife.org, using the search engine.)
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK FEDERAL TRANSGENDER BATHROOM RULE (Friday Church News Notes, March 3, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - U.S. President Donald Trump has rescinded the guidelines instigated by Barack Obama to give transgender students the right to use whichever public restrooms they are most comfortable with (“Trump administration orders U.S. schools to ignore Obama transgender bathroom efforts,” UPI, Feb. 23, 2017). The Trump administration said, “This is an issue best solved at the state and local level.” As it turns out, Obama reached a little too far, too fast with his bathroom policy, but we would not be surprised if the “right” of transsexuals to use the bathroom of their choice will be discovered in the Constitution by the nation’s judges. However that turns out, the bathroom issue is actually a red herring. The more fundamental issue is that homosexuality and its related entities (lesbian, bisexual, transssexual) have become morally acceptable to a large and rapidly growing percentage of the nation’s citizens, and they are already legally protected from “discrimination” under some federal, state, and local laws. Betsy Devos, U.S. Education Secretary under Trump, immediately came out with a statement that her department’s Office for Civil Rights “remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying, and harassment” against LGBT students. It is this reality that is bringing increasing persecution against Bible-believing Christians, as we have documented in “What Rights Others Lose When Homosexuals Gain their Rights,” and absolutely nothing has happened in the recent political upheaval to change this reality.
DENMARK ENFORCING MUSLIM SHARIA LAW (Friday Church News Notes, March 3, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - In an act right out of the Muslim Sharia law playbook, a 42-year-old man in Denmark has been charged with “blasphemy” for burning the Quran. The defendant’s lawyer “said his client burned the Quran in self-defense, asserting that the Islamic holy book ‘contains passages on how Mohammed’s followers must kill the infidel, i.e. the Danes’” (“Danish man who set fire to Quran,” Breitbart, Feb. 24, 2017). At the same time, it is legal to burn a Bible in Denmark, where the state church is “Lutheran.” A man who burned a Bible on state television in 1997 was not charged. Islam has been a judgment on apostate Christianity since its inception.
LACEWING MAGIC (Friday Church News Notes, March 3, 2017, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - The following is from CreationMoments.com, Nov. 17, 2014: “The relationship between the beaded lacewing larvae and the California termite poses a real problem for those who believe there is no Creator. The lacewing larvae enter termite nests in order to finish their growth cycle. Later, they leave as adults. The problem is, termites are often still at home when the larvae enter the nest. The termites, 30 times the size of the larvae, pose a serious threat to the larvae. But if you watch the larvae enter the nest, they wave their abdomen to an approaching termite, and the targeted termite immediately falls over. Upon further study, scientists have learned that the tiny larva releases a chemical that totally paralyzes the termite. Studies have also shown that the chemical works only on this particular species of termite. The evolutionary explanation is that for millions of years lacewing larvae crawled up to every sort of insect, madly waving their abdomens at them--and were promptly eaten! One wonders how the larvae survived at all and why it was that their chemical protection just happened to work on those termites that made nice safe tunnels for them to grow in. To believe that the lacewing’s defense developed just by chance is nothing more than blind faith. It’s not science. And it is a very opposite kind of faith from those who believe in a Creator!”
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