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					VOLUME 11, ISSUE 7                           WAY OF LIFE LITERATURE                                      FEBRUARY 12, 2010



             Friday Church News Notes
Billy Graham Voted Most Influential Preacher
Friday Church News Notes, February 12, 2010, www.wayoflife.org
According to a new survey, Billy Graham has had the most influence on Protestant pastors of any
living preacher. In addition to Graham, the list of top ten most influential preachers included Chuck
Swindoll, Chuck Stanley, Rick Warren, David Jeremiah, and Mac Lucado. The survey was taken by
LifeWay Research, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Billy Graham has preached the gospel
to more people than any other man in history, but he has also compromised the gospel as much as any
man in history by pioneering the ecumenical evangelism philosophy that has torn down the biblical
walls of separation between truth and error. He has turned hundreds of thousands of his “converts”
over to Roman Catholic and liberal Protestant churches to be devoured by wolves in sheep’s clothing.
(For documentation see “Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience” at the Way of Life web site.)




                                                     NON-ESSENTIALS?
The following is from the late H. A. Ironside’s commentary on Daniel: “I have heard Christians refer to certain precepts in
the Scriptures as non-essentials. But we may rest assured there are no non-essentials in our Bibles. ‘The words of the LORD
are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’ When people talk of non-essentials in regard to
anything concerning which God has revealed His mind, it is well to ask, ‘Essential or non-essential to what?’ If it be a
question of the soul’s salvation, undoubtedly the one great essential is faith in His blessed Son, whose finished work alone
avails to put away sin and procure peace with God. But if it be a question of what is essential to the enjoyment of
communion with God--essential to obtaining the Lord’s approval at the judgment-seat of Christ--then it is well to remember
that in everything the believer is sanctified to the obedience of Christ.”




                                    The Evolutionary Inquisition
                                    The following is excerpted from William Dembski, The Design Revolution, pp. 304, 305:
                                    “As Michael Behe pointed out in an interview with the Harvard Political Review for a
                                    biologist to question Darwinism endangers one’s career. ‘There’s good reason to be afraid.
                                    Even if you’re not fired from your job, you will easily be passed over for promotions. I
                                    would strongly advise graduate students who are skeptical of Darwinian theory not to
                                    make their views known.’ ... Doubting Darwinian orthodoxy is comparable to opposing the
                                    party line of a Stalinist regime. ... Overzealous critics of intelligent design regard it as their
                                    moral duty to keep biology free from intelligent design, even if that means taking extreme
                                    measures. I’ve known such critics to contact design theorists’ employers and notify them
                                    of the ‘heretics’ in their midst. Once ‘outed,’ the design theorists themselves get harassed
                                    and harangued with e-mails. Next, the press does a story mentioning their unsavory
                                    intelligent design associations. (The day one such story appeared, a close friend and
                                    colleague of mine mentioned in the story was dismissed from his research position at a
                                    prestigious molecular biology laboratory. He had worked in that lab for ten years. ...
                                    Welcome to the inquisition.”




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                                          RINGO STARR TURNS TO GOD
                                          In a January interview, former Beatles         alternative paths to God. Ringo
                                          drummer Ringo Starr said that the has          declared, “God is love,” and He is, but
                                          turned to God. He said, “For me, God is        He is also holy and a judge of sin, and
                                          i n m y l i f e . I d o n ’t h i d e f r o m   since all men are sinners, the only way
                                          that” (“Ringo Starr is approaching more        of escape from God’s judgment is
                                          milestones,” Los Angeles Times, Jan.           through the redemption purchased by
                                          26, 2010). But there is no evidence that       Jesus.
                                          Ringo’s God is the God revealed in
                                          Scripture. He said that the search for
                                          God is “all about finding yourself,”
                                          which it definitely is not. Rather it’s all
                                          about finding Jesus Christ as Lord and
                                          Saviour. Last year Ringo appeared in a
                                          documentary entitled Oh My God,
                                          which presents the world’s religions as


    ANOTHER LOTTERY CATASTROPHE

In the book Money for Nothing: One Man’s Journey through          without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye
the Dark Side of Lottery Millions, Edward Ugle says the           have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake
“broke or financially troubled lottery winners are the rule.”     thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and
In fact, the consequences of winning the lottery are often        I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews
more frightful than mere financial trouble. Abraham               13:5-6).
Shakespeare, a professing Christian who “knew his way
around the Bible,” purchased a winning lottery ticket in
November 2006 and received a $17 million payout after
taxes. In a little over two years he had spent most of the
money and was murdered by someone who was probably
one of his newfound “friends.” His relatives said that he
was “miserable early on from his newfound fortune” (“Trust
was costly for Shakespeare,” The Tampa Tribune, Feb. 4,
2010). In January 2007 he purchased a million-dollar home
and then sold it for a loss of $350,000 two years later to a
woman who said that she wanted to write the story of his
life. On January 28, 2010, Shakespeare’s body was found
buried under a slab of concrete on that property. If he knew
the Bible, Shakespeare should have known better than to
gamble. The Bible exposes the lottery for the lie that it is.
The lottery encourages covetousness, which the Bible
condemns, and it mocks contentment, which the Bible
exalts. The deceitful message of the lottery is that wealth
can solve your problems, but the Bible says, “Wilt thou set
thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make
themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward
heaven” (Proverbs 23:5). It is a poor testimony for a
Christian to trust in “Lady Luck.” “Let your conversation be



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ANIMAL OWNERS BURIED WITH THEIR PETS

A growing trend in England is for animal
lovers to be buried with their pets. The
Telegraph of London reports that “an
increasing number of pet owners [are]
seeking burials with their favourite cats,
dogs and horses” (“Owners pay to be buried
with their pets,” Jan. 23, 2010). Some
cemeteries are encouraging this practice.
One operated by Penny Lally in Penwith,
west Cornwall, has buried more than 30
people with their pets and has 120 “forward
bookings.” The Egyptians and other
idolatrous societies revered animals and
buried them alongside their owners, but this
is a pagan custom. There is no support for
such a practice in Scripture. Burial looks
forward to the bodily resurrection (1
Corinthians 15:42-44), but animals do not
have living souls that survive death.


    OBAMA NOMINEE SAYS SOCIETY SHOULD NOT TOLERATE BELIEFS AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY

    The following is excerpted from “Obama’s EEOC Nominee,” CNSNews.com, Jan. 18, 2010: “Chai Feldblum, the
    Georgetown University law professor nominated by President Obama to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity
                                 Commission, has written that society should ‘not tolerate’ any ‘private beliefs,’ including
                                 religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual ‘equality.’ Feldblum, whose
                                 nomination was advanced in a closed session of the Senate Health Education, Labor, and
                                 Pensions Committee on December 12, published an article entitled ‘Moral Conflict and
                                 Liberty: Gay Rights and Religion’ in the Brooklyn Law Review in 2006. Feldblum’s
                                 admittedly ‘radical’ view is based on what she sees as a ‘zero-sum game’ between religious
                                 freedom and the homosexual agenda, where ‘a gain for one side necessarily entails a
                                 corresponding loss for the other side.’ Feldblum does recognize that elements of the
                                 homosexual agenda may infringe on Americans’ religious liberties. However, Feldblum
                                 argues that society should ‘come down on the side’ of homosexual equality at the expense
                                 of religious liberty. Because the conflict between the two is ‘irreconcilable,’ religious
                                 liberty -- which she also calls ‘belief liberty’ -- must be placed second to the ‘identity
                                 liberty’ of homosexuals.” CONCLUDING NOTE: Feldblum, who obviously despises both
                                 the Bible and the U.S. Constitution, is correct in that homosexual equality and religious
                                 liberty are irreconcilable and in that a gain for homosexual rights is a loss for the rights of
                                 Bible-believing Christians.


    FOLLOWING THE CROWD: WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT THE MAJORITY
    The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
    destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
    life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). This is a warning that the majority in this present world are on the
    wrong road. The crowd is not in the way of the truth. The majority is wrong. Jesus also said, “Ye are they which justify
    yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the
    sight of God” (Luke 16:15).




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HOLLYWOOD DARLING, JULIA ROBERTS, TO PLAY IN MOVIE GLORIFYING NEW AGE MYSTICISM

 The following is excerpted from Lighthouse Trails, Jan. 28, 2010: “This August a new
film, starring one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses, Julia Roberts, will be
released. The movie, Eat, Pray, Love, is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoirs of the
same name. Gilbert’s book hit the New York Times Best Seller list after becoming well
known through Oprah’s ardent promotion, in which Oprah calls the book, the modern
woman’s Bible. Oprah says that Gilbert is everybody’s guru. The book follows Gilbert
in her spiritual journey, which takes her to an Indian Ashram and to a life of meditation.
No doubt, with Julia Roberts playing Gilbert, actor Brad Pitt producing the film, and
Oprah most certainly promoting the movie, tens of millions of viewers could be drawn
toward Eastern religious outlook. Eat, Pray, Love is one of a number of films over the
last few years that have had a strong eastern mystical content. A note of interest to
illustrate the paradigm shift that organized Christianity is going through: Anne Lamott,
who was just featured in Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine, endorsed Eat, Pray,
Love, the book, and has gone on speaking engagements with Elizabeth Gilbert,
expressing her resonance with Gilbert’s spirituality, calling the book ‘rich in spiritual
wisdom.’”




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                                                        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
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