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					VOLUME 11, ISSUE 33                              WAY OF LIFE LITERATURE                               AUGUST 13, 2010



             Friday Church News Notes
Ann Coulter to Speak at “Gay” Convention
Friday Church News Notes, August 13, 2010 www.wayoflife.org
Ann Coulter, a political commentator who is often held forth as one of the
bright stars of the conservative movement in America, will be the featured
speaker at Homocon 2010 in New York City. The meeting is staged by
GOProud, the only national organization of “gay conservatives.” (GOP
usually stands for the Republican Party, though we do not know if it has that
meaning in this context.) This highlights the extreme weakness of the
“conservative” movement for the Bible believer. What good does it do to
fight for constitutional conservatism when the root problem of America’s ills
is moral and spiritual? It’s like putting a bandaid on a cancer. The U.S.
                      Constitution could not have been created in this wicked,
                                                                                    MEGACHURCH PASTOR
                      apostate generation, and it will not be preserved in this      SLAMS “NORMAL”
                      generation. The only hope is for true spiritual revival in        CHURCHES
                      the churches, and that would require separation from the
                      things that God hates. Many Independent Baptists and         In a recent sermon, Perry Noble, pastor of
                      fundamentalists are yoked together with unbelievers          the four-campus NewSpring Church in
                      and immoral people for the sake of “saving America.”         South Carolina, slammed traditional
                      That is disobedience to the Bible, which says, “Be ye        churches mercilessly. Responding to
                      not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what      criticisms that his church is too loud and
                      fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?          resembles a concert, Noble said, “I don’t
                      and what communion hath light with darkness” (2              want to be normal when it comes to
                     Corinthians 6:14). We are never going to get God’s            church in America because normal is
power and blessing by disobeying Him. Furthermore, Bible believers are             dehydrated, normal is dead, normal is
already being persecuted and harassed by homosexuals across the land, and          predictable, normal is boring, normal is
this persecution is increasing each year. Will these “gay conservatives”           lifeless, and when the tomb is empty and
speak out against the so-called hate crimes laws and the persecution of            Jesus is alive and I’ve crossed over from
Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin?                                death to life, praise God, I don't want to
                                                                                   be normal!” (“S.C. Pastor,” Christian
                                                                                   Post, Aug. 4, 2010). By Noble’s strange
MEN WHO WERE CONVERTED TRYING TO DISPROVE                                          thinking, before rock & roll was brought
THE BIBLE                                                                          into the house of God a few years ago
                                                                                   every church was dehydrated, dead,
To believe the Bible is not blind religious faith. It is testable, and that is
                                                                                   predictable, boring, and lifeless. Until a
scientific. Richard Dawkins and his fellow raging atheists haven’t seriously
                                                                                   bare 40 years ago, there were NO
tested it. Many wiser men--such as Gilbert West, George Lyttelton, Frank
                                                                                   churches like NewSpring, and there had
Morison (Albert Henry Ross), Simon Greenleaf, William Mitchell Ramsay,
                                                                                   not been any for 2,000 years. No Sunday
Josh McDowell, Richard Lumsden, Gary Parker, Lee Strobel, and Jobe
                                                                                   morning rock & roll parties. None.
Martin--have made the effort to pursue the evidence rather than rejecting it
                                                                                   Nowhere. All of the churches then were
out-of-hand based on a non-scientific principle that miracles can’t happen
                                                                                   “normal” and “traditional” in that respect.
and a Supreme God doesn’t exist. The aforementioned men, and countless
                                                                                   Noble is confusing a worldly rock & roll
others over the past 2,000 years, set out to disprove the Bible but ended up
                                                                                   party with godly spiritual excitement, but
publishing books defending it, instead. One of the first to do this was the
                                                                                   they are not the same. Rock & roll is
brilliant scholar Paul in the first century. Dawkins personally knows some
                                                                                   definitely spiritual, but it is the spirit of
men who have followed in Paul’s footsteps in moving from skepticism to
                                                                                   the world, the flesh, and the devil. Any
faith in Christ. Of course, Dawkins seems to consider himself a cut above
                                                                                   man that confuses rock & roll with godly
the common yokels, but these men are not common yokels (not that being an
                                                                                   spiritual excitement is far too blind to
“ordinary person” is a disadvantage when it comes to possessing wisdom),
                                                                                   lead God’s people.
and they all approached the Bible skeptically at first, being convinced only
by the evidence. “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by
MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS” (Acts 1:3).


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DREAM HOME VACATION LAKES DISAPPEAR
At least three lakes lined with vacation homes have                 course, is to be saved and have our sins forgiven through
disappeared in the last few years in the States. Last month         Christ’s blood so that death does not take us into eternal
Lake Delhi in Iowa drained when a dam broke. Millions of            judgment. The second priority is to put Christ and His
dollars in property values disappeared when hundreds of             business first. Those who have hopes and dreams only for
vacation homes and permanent residences lost their                  this fleeting world will always be the losers. Jesus told the
lakefront views overnight. In June 2008, Lake Delton in             parable of the rich man who stored up his wealth for himself
Wisconsin overflowed and then nearly emptied in one day.            and determined to live the rest of his life in ease. “I will say
It is a vacation haven for many Chicago residents. In June          to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many
2004, Lake Chesterfield near St. Louis, Missouri,                   years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said
disappeared over a matter of days when a sink hole opened           unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of
up. Residents who had spent large amounts of money for              thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast
beautiful lakeside property were left facing a large, smelly        provided?” (Luke 12:19-20). Jesus summarized the wise
mud flat. One 74-year-old retired resident who had                  philosophy of life in these words: “But seek ye first the
purchased an expensive condominium for its view said, “It’s         kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
disheartening, getting out on your deck and seeing this. One        shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:38).
day it’s a beautiful lake, and now, bingo, it’s gone” (AP,
June 11, 2004). This reminds us of the brevity of life and the
necessity of setting our priorities right. The first priority, of




FACEBOOK ADDS FUEL TO HIGH DIVORCE RATE

The following is by Brian Snider <bksnider@gmail.com> --            distraught to read that her marriage was over when her
“Whether Facebook is to blame, or is simply part of the             husband updated his status on the site to read, ‘Neil Brady
problem, the fact remains that a UK law firm recently went          has ended his marriage to Emma Brady.’ Last year a 28-
through all their divorce petitions and found that one in five      year-old woman ended her marriage after discovering her
mentioned Facebook in some manner. One of the reasons               husband had been having a virtual affair with someone in
for the explosion in the popularity of Facebook is the fact         cyberspace he had never met. WHAS News in Louisville,
that you can easily look up old school mates or                     KY, recently reported on a man who said that Facebook led
acquaintances from the past. What is your high school               to his divorce. He said that his ex-wife went to her high
sweetheart doing today? You are just a few clicks away from         school reunion and saw an old flame, but the meeting didn't
finding out. No doubt, many marriages have been ruined              stop there. His wife and the old flame started to message
because one of the parties connected or reconnected with            each other through Facebook. The divorcee says he went
someone they had no business talking to. Mark Keenan,               into her account, saw inappropriate messages and the
Managing Director of Divorce-Online said: ‘I had heard              marriage went downhill from there. ‘Facebook creates a lot
from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had       of temptation,’ he said. One divorce attorney said that in the
found out things about their partners on Facebook and I             past, ‘If there was an affair in a divorce case it was usually a
decided to see how prevalent it was I was really surprised to       co-worker that was involved. Nowadays, it’s just as likely to
see 20 per cent of all the petitions containing references to       be somebody from an entirely different city and a lot of that
Facebook. The most common reason seemed to be people                has to do with Facebook and how easy it is to reconnect
having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not         with old flames.’”
supposed to.’ Flirty emails and messages found on Facebook
pages are increasingly being cited as evidence against a
spouse. One 35-year-old woman even discovered her
husband was divorcing her via Facebook. Emma Brady was


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SBC’S WORLDLINESS AND SPIRITUAL COMPROMISE 60 YEARS AGO
The wretched worldliness that permeates the Southern Baptist Convention is not a new phenomenon. Sixty years ago, Hovie
Lister, frontman of the Statesmen gospel quartet, represented the spiritual backsliding that was not uncommon within the
Convention. Lister, an ordained SBC preacher, not only was one of the early forerunners of Christian rock, but he was also a
32nd degree Mason. When Ivan Tribe asked him in 2001 if he had gotten much criticism for his Masonic membership from
within the Southern Baptist ranks, Lister replied “that he had received very little, in part because so many Southern Baptist
ministers were numbered among his Masonic Brethren” (“Hovie Franklin Lister: A Legend in Southern Gospel,” Scottish
Rite Journal of Freemasonry, 2001). For a Christian to join a secret organization that is permeated with pagan beliefs and
holds to a false gospel of salvation through good works and religion is strictly and solemnly forbidden by God’s Word (e.g., 2
Corinthians 6:14-17; 11:1-4; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Timothy 3:5). As for Lister’s music, he was one of the men who broke down
the wall of separation from the world in Southern Gospel in the 1940s. Lister’s style, “which differed from his predecessors
in his adoption of jazz, soul and ragtime idioms over the staid solemn accompaniment of prior generations, influenced the
sound of gospel and CCM in the later 20th century” (Wikipedia). Spiritually discerning saints of that day deridingly called it
“Broadway Gospel.” Lister justified his approach by claiming he was keeping kids out of the world. “If it takes shaking my
hair down, beating a piano like Liberace or Piano Red to keep these young people out of beer joints and the rear seats of cars,
I’ll do it.” He said, “I get results; that’s what counts.” I don’t know what kind of results he got, but his jazzy music didn’t
keep the kids of the world. I was born one year after Lister founded the Statesmen in 1948 and grew up in an SBC
congregation that loved ragtime Southern Gospel, and I can assure you that it had no spiritual impact on our lives. I don’t
recall one kid in that church that had a real testimony of salvation. It was as worldly an outfit as you can imagine, and in my
experience that was true of all of the SBC churches in our area. Preachers who throw away separation always have a good
excuse, but it doesn’t work. 1 Corinthians 15:33 ALWAYS comes into play. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt
good manners.” I’m not warning about this because I want to mock the SBC and degrade Lister’s memory. I’m sure there are
many things that could be praised in the man’s life, but that is not the point. I am trying to warn my fellow Independent
Baptists, many of whom are headed down the same road that the SBC traveled long ago.



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    CCM’S SLIPPERY SLOPE
    The following is excerpted from Graham West’s <tbbc_mem@aapt.net.au> excellent presentation “The Rhythm of Rock,”
    which is available as an e-video download from Way of Life Literature. “Dan Lucarini, a former contemporary worship
    leader, warns that the rock rhythm affects us like a musical drug. ‘Though it may be subtly introduced, the listener soon
    develops a craving for it. The flesh demands more and more, just like an addict, and there is no turning back’ (Why I Left
    the Contemporary Christian Music Movement). This sets up an inevitable trend away from traditional church music. In
    chapter 17 of his book, Dan writes, ‘In reality, what happens over time is a steady slide down the slippery slope away from
    all traditional music into the latest, edgiest contemporary styles.’ I like Dan’s illustration of a slippery slope. I can remember
    when we were children. We had this particular park where we would go, and it had a very
    steep grassy slope. And we all had our pieces of cardboard, and with these we would
    slide down at our own risk. I was probably the littlest of all the kids, and for me it was a
    pretty scary thing. I remember when you first started off, if you really wanted to stop
    yourself you could. But if you didn’t stop yourself immediately, then pretty soon you
    would reach the point of no return, and like it or not you would wind up at the bottom of
    that hill. That’s exactly what it’s like when a conservative church once begins to dabble
    in CCM. Like it or not, they will wind up at the bottom of that hill, and they will get
    there at an alarming rate. Whether you understand it or not, once you begin listening to
    soft rock, immediately you begin sliding down that slippery slope to the more
    aggressive forms of rock. This is because the rock ballad begins to orientate the whole
    way of perceiving music: around rhythm and away from melody. Your musical interests will change. The hymns and songs
    of the past that seemed such excellent vehicles for worship will suddenly sound dull in comparison to your newly acquired
    tastes. It’s a progression I’ve seen it over and over again in the lives of Christians. It’s like a downward spiral. It happens in
    the lives of individuals; it happens in the lives of families; it happens in the lives of churches. The trend is really all that we
    would expect, because people are only following their CCM idols as they in turn faithfully follow the world and its trend of
    ever-increasing musical degradation. In the past 50 years in the West, as our culture has become progressively more fleshly
    the musical focus of society has been increasingly dominated by complex, sensual rhythm. So here we are in the 21st
    century with rap, the world’s number two selling music format, almost completely devoid of any melody whatsoever. Over
    time the musical ear has become disorientated. Once it was attuned to melody, but the addictive, sensual rhythms of rock &
    roll have carried us swiftly down that slippery slope to the place where our ear is now tuned to rhythm. The church, sadly,
    has followed this same corrupt trend.”




                                                           Conclusion
    Friends in Christ, do not be discouraged by any of this. 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. These things remind us that the hour is very late, and we need to
    be ready for the coming of the Lord. Are you sure that you are born again? Are you living for Christ day by day? “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). This material is sent only to those who personally subscribe to the Fundamental Baptist
    Information Service list. To SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE ADDRESSES go to http://
    www.wayoflife.org/fbis/subscribe.html. Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,
    fbns@wayoflife.org. David Cloud is the director of Way of Life Literature and author of the Friday Church News Notes.




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