SCOTLAND BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO REQUIRE LGBTI INDOCTRINATION IN SCHOOLS (Friday Church News Notes, November 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Scotland to Embed LGBTI,” The Guardian, Nov. 9, 2018: “Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment. State schools will be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements, as well as tackling homophobia and transphobia and exploring LGBTI identity, after ministers accepted in full the recommendations of a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign. There will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the policy, which will embed LGBTI inclusive education across the curriculum and across subjects and which the Scottish government believes is a world first. ... Scotland has regularly been ranked as one of the best countries in Europe in relation to legal protections for LGBTI people ... In 2016, the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale described the country as having ‘the gayest parliament in the world’: at the time four of Scotland’s six party leaders (Dugdale, the Conservatives’ Ruth Davidson, Ukip’s David Coburn and the Greens’ Patrick Harvie) identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.”
BENNY HINN’S NEPHEW RENOUNCES THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL (Friday Church News Notes, November 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Benny Hinn Is My Uncle,” Christianity Today, Nov. 20, 2017: “Growing up in the Hinn family empire was like belonging to some hybrid of the royal family and the mafia. Our lifestyle was lavish, our loyalty was enforced, and our version of the gospel was big business. Though Jesus Christ was still a part of our gospel, he was more of a magic genie than the King of Kings. Rubbing him the right way—by giving money and having enough faith—would unlock your spiritual inheritance. God’s goal was not his glory but our gain. His grace was not to set us free from sin but to make us rich. The abundant life he offered wasn’t eternal, it was now. We lived the prosperity gospel. ... We lived in a 10,000-square-foot mansion guarded by a private gate, drove two Mercedes Benz vehicles, vacationed in exotic destinations, and shopped at the most expensive stores. On top of that, we bought a $2 million ocean-view home in Dana Point, California, where another Benz joined the fleet. ... doubts would surface. What about unsuccessful healing attempts? I learned that it was the sick person’s fault for doubting God. Why would we speak in tongues without interpretation? ‘Don’t quench the Spirit,’ I was told. ‘He can do what he wants.’ Why did many of our prophecies contradict the Bible? ‘Don’t put God in a box.’ Despite the questions, I trusted my family because we were so successful. ... After graduating college and returning home, I met my wife, Christyne. I had no idea that God would use her in bringing about my salvation. In fact, my family and I were nervous because she didn’t speak in tongues. ... one day she pointed to a verse I had never seen: 1 Corinthians 12:30 (‘Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?’). I was shaken to the core. There it was plain as day—not everybody has to speak in tongues. Soon, the domino effect began. Other longstanding beliefs were failing the biblical test. No longer did I believe that God’s purpose was to make me happy, healthy, and wealthy. Instead, I saw that he wanted me to live for him regardless of what I could get from him. ... I am thankful that my wife was willing to question my insistence on speaking in tongues and that my pastor loved me enough to disciple me out of prosperity gospel confusion.”
UNITED BIBLE SOCIETIES: UNHOLY HANDS ON GOD’S HOLY WORD (Friday Church News Notes, November 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - The United Bible Societies (UBS) and the World Council of Churches have published a book that discussed the Bible as an ecumenical tool. It is called Your Word Is Truth: The Bible in 10 Christian Traditions. “The publication revives a long history between the WCC and UBS of working together to nurture engagement with Scripture as a unifying element in ecumenical, inter-confessional relations” (Christian Newswire, Nov. 8, 2018). The only way that the Bible can be a unifying element in ecumenical relations (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) is to misuse it. If it were interpreted literally and accurately, it would destroy the ecumenical movement. The Bible says, “... earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). Fighting for the one true faith of God’s Word is the very opposite of ecumenical unity. If I stand up, for example, for the gospel of the grace of Christ without works or sacraments as taught in God’s Word, then I destroy unity with those who preach a sacramental gospel. If I stand up for the literal interpretation of Bible prophecy, I destroy unity with those who hold to an allegorical method of interpretation. If I stand up for the cessation of apostolic sign gifts, I destroy unity with those who claim to exercise those gifts. In truth, the World Council of Churches and the United Bible Societies are enemies of the Bible. they together because they are unified in error. They have a false christ, a false gospel, and a false spirit. For evidence of this, see the free eBooks Unholy Hands on God’s Holy Book and The World Council of Churches, available at www.wayoflife.org.
IS THERE REALLY EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION IN THE FOSSILS? (Friday Church News Notes, November 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is from CreationMoments.com, Oct. 8, 2018: “It is popularly supposed, without foundation, that fossils are the definitive proof of the theory of evolution. This is the impression that has been given in high schools, and the like, the world over. For example, the Washington Science Standards says this: ‘Earth History has been uncovered by observing processes that take place today, and projecting those processes back in time. These remnants, especially fossils, provide essential clues to understanding the evolution of our planet’ (Washington Science Standards K-12, Washington State Board of Education, Version 1.2, 2010). Other states and countries have similar things to say. The BBC’s website contains some pages to help high school students in England and Wales. On one of these pages, we find this: ‘Most of the evidence for evolution comes from the fossil record. Fossils show how much, or how little, organisms have changed over time.’ If most of the evidence for evolution comes from fossils, how much evidence really is that? The BBC’s website continues. ‘One of the problems with the fossil record is that it contains gaps.’ What sort of an admission is this? The evidence for evolution is in the fossil record, yet this record contains gaps. How do they know the record contains gaps? Because important stages in the evolution of certain species are missing? But how do they know they are missing if the actual evidence for evolution is in the fossils? Could it be that the statement is disingenuous and the fossils do not, after all, provide evidence for evolution? In fact, the fossil record provides no such evidence. Instead, there is evidence for stasis--that many organisms have remained the same--and for extinction.”
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