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Friday Church News Notes
Volume 21, Issue 36 - Sept. 4, 2020
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The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, though this does not imply an endorsement.
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Robert Trump's casket being carried out of the White House

CLARENCE SEXTON PREACHES THE GOSPEL AT ROBERT TRUMP’S FUNERAL (Friday Church News Notes, September 4, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is Pastor Clarence Sexton’s testimony about the funeral of Robert Trump, President Donald Trump’s brother, which was held on August 21. This statement is from the Sunday Morning service at Temple Baptist, Aug. 23, which is available online at SermonAudio. “My wife and I met the Trump family on Thursday afternoon and evening and then we went over to the White House on Friday for the funeral service. I had the opportunity to say anything that God put in my heart to say. I was able to give the gospel clearly, to talk about knowing Christ and who Christ is. And when I finished, the President and his family had the kindest things to say. I was invited by Robert Trump’s wife, Ann Marie. They have been watching our church services and listening to all that is going on here, and even praying for Catherine, my sister. And when I talked to Robert last before he went to be with the Lord, he said, ‘Pastor, I want you to know that I am praying with you for the revival I believe we must have in America,’ and my heart was stirred. He was a good man. He told me his faith was in Christ, and I praise God for that. I want you to continue to pray for them. Pray for our President; he is under lots of pressure. This is the loss of his baby brother and his best friend. ... I want you to pray that God will minister to his heart in the private, secret times of his life.” CONCLUSION: We don’t know what Pastor Sexton preached at the funeral. Hopefully, he preached repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ, as Paul did (Acts 20:21). And hopefully, Robert Trump’s faith in Christ was not a mere sinner’s prayer, but was a born again conversion that made him a new creature in Christ. That is the only genuine hope of heaven, as Christ Himself said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

JEWS IMMIGRATING TO ISRAEL (Friday Church News Notes, September 4, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Israeli government estimates that 90,000 Jews will immigrate to Israel in the next 18 months. “The Jewish Agency, Nefesh B'Nefesh, Qalita and other organizations dealing with aliyah have all stated of late that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a large spike in the number of Jews expressing interest in immigrating” (Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2020). The return of the Jews to their native land in a unconverted condition is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Ezekiel 37:1-14 describes a two-stage resurrection. First, they rise up “but there was no breath in them” (Eze. 37:7-8). Then, they come to life by the Spirit of God (Eze. 37:9-10). The first part of the prophecy is necessary to set the stage for the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th Week (Da. 9:27). Only a spiritually-blind Israel will make a covenant with the Antichrist

BLACK LIVES MATTER RIOTERS BURN BLACK BUSINESSES, BEAT A 71-YEAR-OLD MAN, MURDER A MAN WEARING A PATRIOT PRAYER HAT, DEMAND THAT DINERS RAISE A FIST, THREATEN A U.S. SENATOR WITH DEATH, CHANT “DEATH TO AMERICA,” EXPRESS DESIRE TO BURN DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE (Friday Church News Notes, September 4, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - “An elderly man was brutally attacked during a Black Lives Matter riot last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after he tried to stop a mattress store from being burned to the ground. ... [Store owners] Pamela Moniz and her husband, Keith McCoy, told Fox 6 News that the man was trying to chase them off with a fire extinguisher. ‘They broke his jaw’” (“Rioters Attack Elderly Man” The Daily Wire, Aug. 26, 2020). “Leftist activists cornered a woman at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., early this week and demanded that she give into their demands of joining them by raising her fist. Washington Post journalist Fredrick Kunkle captured the incident on video and shared it on social media, writing: ‘In a scene that played out several times Monday, a Black Lives Matter protest that began in Columbia Heights confronted White diners outside D.C. restaurants, chanting White silence is violence! and demanding White diners show their solidarity. In Adams Morgan, protesters screamed at Lauren B. Victor for several minutes for refusing to raise her fist with them.’ ... Federalist journalist John Davidson tweeted: ‘This is insane. These people don’t want to share a republic, they don’t want justice or peace, they don’t want a better world. They want to rule you.’ Leftist journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted: ‘This is repulsive. And has nothing whatsoever to do with the murder of George Floyd, the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake, or even police brutality generally. It’s about all sorts of other things besides that.’ Policy analyst Brian Riedl tweeted: ‘When I imagine a Democrat ascendancy over the next few decades, these intolerant, woke mobs scare me the most. I tell myself most Democrats are sane & moderate, but I fear these younger generations of Robespierres already dominating campuses, & someday fully conquering the Dems’” (“Black Lives Matter Activists Corner Woman,” The Daily Wire, Aug. 26, 2020). On the evening of August 28, a Black Lives Matter “defund the police” mob outside the White House attacked Senator Rand Paul and his wife and threatened his death. He said, “I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless. ... if you defund the police, if America becomes Portland, what’s going to happen is people are going to be pummeled and kicked in the head and left senseless on the curb. ... I mean, we can’t walk down the street in D.C. safely now. That’s how bad it is” (“Rand Paul calls for FBI arrests, investigation,” Fox News, Aug. 28, 2020). The mob was chanting, “We’re not going to let you go alive unless you’ll say you’re for criminal justice reform,” meaning their kind of reform which will destroy law and order. In Chicago, Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins said she “100 percent” supports the violent looters who trashed the city and again called it “reparations.” She said, “The whole idea of criminality is based on racism anyway. ... I will support the looters till the end of the day” (“Winning Has Come Through Revolts,” WBEZ radio, Aug. 12, 2020). In a Black Lives Matter event in Washington, D.C. a BLM leader said, “I’m at the point where, I want to burn the White House down” (“BLM Activist,” The Daily Wire, Aug. 30, 2020). In Portland, Oregon, which has witnessed 100 days of Antifa/Black Lives Matter riots, a young white man wearing a Patriot Prayer hat was shot and killed. Retired Marine Gabriel Johnson, who lives nearby and heard the gunshots, said he was “appalled by all the people in the street celebrating” (“Fatal Portland shooting,” Fox News, Aug. 31, 2020). Johnson said, ‘What we’re seeing is that [Portland Mayor] Ted Wheeler and our city council, even our governor has created an atmosphere of lawlessness and this is the result of it. I hold the city and I hold the mayor responsible. This man's death is on them.” On Aug. 26, in Oakland, California, about 700 Black Lives Matter protesters went on a destructive rampage chanting “Death to America” (@MrAndyNgo, Aug. 31, 2020).

FLORIDA SHERIFF WARNS BLM PROTESTORS NOT TO TRY RIOTING IN HIS BAILIWICK (Friday Church News Notes, September 4, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Florida Sheriff,” Reformation Charlotte, Aug. 26, 2020: “In a rare display of support for the right to life and liberty and self-defense upheld by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, one Florida Sheriff has publicly warned protesters to stay out of suburban neighborhoods because people in his county like guns and will use them. Grady Judd, Sheriff of Polk County, Florida, says he received information from social media that Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters in his county were planning to ‘take their criminal conduct’ into the neighborhoods. ‘I would tell them if you value your life you probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County,’ he says during a press briefing, ‘because the people in Polk County like guns, have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded. And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of their house with their guns. So leave the community alone.’”

REPUBLICAN RIOTING (Friday Church News Notes, September 4, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - I despise politics. It is dirty, compromising business at best. There is no Godliness Party in America or anywhere else on this corrupt earth (and if there were, it wouldn’t win many elections!). The Republican Party is a moral mess, and both parties spend money like drunken sailors. But when it comes to law and order and freedom of religion and speech, which are very, very big things, the choice between the two parties in America is night and day. Where are the Republican rioters? Where are Republic demonstrators burning down businesses and shooting peaceful protestors and surrounding people to demand that they support Trump or else? Where are the Republican mayors and governors legitimizing riots? Where are the Republican attorneys general and district attorneys who are weak on punishing violent criminals but are filing charges against peaceful citizens for bearing arms in self-defense? Where are the Republican educators who are removing the names of the Founding Fathers from their schools? Where are the Republican governors who are releasing violent criminals back into the population? Where are the Republican mayors and governors who are backing defunding the police? Where are the Republican politicians who are campaigning on destroying Second Amendment rights? Where are Republicans calling for the death of top Democratic party officials? Where is the Republican cancel culture? Where are the Republicans who are oppressing churches?
Dry Waterfall
A DRY WATERFALL (Friday Church News Notes, September 4, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is from creationmoments.com, June 25, 2020: “In eastern Washington State, there is a waterfall, four times larger than the Niagara Falls. So why haven’t you all heard about this magnificent wonder of the world? Because there is no water going over the falls today. The whole jaw-dropping spectacle is dry--hence its name. Yet, it clearly used to be a waterfall. How was it formed, and why is it now dry? There was a devastating flood in the North West of the United States a long time ago. An inland lake, situated around Missoula, Montana, broke free, and the water poured west across Idaho and into east Washington, where it carved out enormous valleys, called coulees. Then the water flowed south into the Columbia River, where it carved out the Columbia Gorge--but that is another story. At one point, in the Grand Coulee, the water plunged over this cataract, which is nearly five miles wide, and has a drop of 400 feet. The waterfall must have been an awesome sight --even without water, it is impressive today. The depth of the plunge pools at the base of the falls give a measure of the power of the water. The Dry Falls were probably not wet falls for very long. They serve as a testimony to the fact that major geological changes in the Earth’s surface do not take millions of years, but can clearly be seen to be catastrophic--just as the Bible informs us in its account of the worldwide Flood. Ref: Oard, M.J. (2004), The Missoula Flood Controversy and the Genesis Flood (CRS).”

CONCLUSION: The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, but this obviously does not imply an endorsement. We trust that our readers will not be discouraged. It is God’s will that we know the times (1 Ch. 12:32; Mat. 16:3) and that we be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. The News Notes remind us that the hour is very late, and we need to be ready for the Lord’s coming. Are you sure that you are born again? Are you living for Christ? “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:11-14).

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