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									VOLUME 9, ISSUE 48                           WAY OF LIFE LITERATURE                             NOVEMBER 28, 2008



            Friday Church News Notes
Gestapo Tactics Used Against Christian                                              OBESE PEOPLE HAVE “RIGHT”
Ministry in Alabama                                                                   TO TWO AIRLINE SEATS
Friday Church News Notes, November 28, 2008, www.wayoflife.org
The Reclamation Ranch in Alabama, a ministry to troubled men, boys, and
girls, was treated to American justice 21st century style on the early morning
of November 22. The following is an excerpt from the report posted at the
ministry’s website, http://www.reclamationranch.com/: “One of the boys who
convinced his parent that he had been abused, went on to start a major ‘shake-
up’ of Lighthouse Academy in producing false and misleading accusations
upon which resulted in the police department from Blount County on Saturday,
November 22, 2008, coming to our Lighthouse Academy dorm in true ‘swat’
                                                                                      The Supreme Court of Canada has
style, breaking down the door with a battering ram, and entering with pistols
                                                                                      ruled that overweight people have the
and guns drawn! The Parkinson’s and their children were awakened with pistol
                                                                                      right to obtain two airline seats for the
drawn in their bedroom. They forced Bro. Parkinson onto the floor and cuffed
                                                                                      price of one (“Obese Have Right,”
him and then kept the guns on him and his family. ... After getting everyone out
                                                                                      Reuters, Nov. 20, 2008). The weird
of bed, they would not let the staff see the boys nor the boys the staff. They
                                                                                      ruling was first made by the Canadian
then proceeded to interview the boys. After a search of the facilities they
                                                                                      Transportation Agency last year, but it
proceeded to take out miscellaneous items and then took all of the boys that are
                                                                                      was appealed by Canada’s airlines to
in the program and placed them in ‘state’ custody. ... Our homes take many
                                                                                      the Federal Court of Appeal and finally
young people off of the streets, out of abusive situations, out of gangs and
                                                                                      to the Supreme Court. Both refused to
away from video games, promiscuous activities, and quite often away from
                                                                                      overturn the decision, so the “one-
friends who are leading them in the wrong direction. ... Needless to say, if
                                                                                      person-one-fare” policy stands. This is
these children were not known for their lying, manipulations, etc., they would
                                                                                      one of those “too strange for
not have been in a situation where they had to come to one of our homes. We
                                                                                      comment” reports.
do not nor will we ever condone abuse to any young person whether it is in a
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ATHEISTS ADVERTISE ON WASHINGTON, D.C. BUSES

The American Humanist Association (AHA) is launching an          the problem with this world is man’s fallen heart, and the
atheistic advertising campaign in December on more than          only thing that can address that problem is the salvation that
200 Washington buses. The advertisements will say, “Why          He purchased on the cross with His own blood. “And he
believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The          said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the
British Humanist Association is funding a similar atheist        man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil
campaign in London, England, with advertisements that say,       thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts,
“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy            covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil
your life.” They are following in the footsteps of Britain’s     eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness” (Mark 7:20-22). “For the
most famous atheist, John Lennon, who sang, “Imagine             wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try/ No hell below us,       through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
above only sky/ Imagine all the people living for
today” (Imagine, 1971). Fred Edwords, president of the
AHA, says, “Morality doesn’t come from
religion” (LifeSiteNews, Nov. 13, 2008). In fact, if man
follows his own heart and has no fear of God he is capable
of any wicked thing. If there is no God and man is a mere
evolutionary accident, there can be no basis for morality,
because it simply does not matter what man does. Dogs and
chickens are not subject to morality. Jesus Christ taught that




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Christian based facility such as ours or in a parent’s home. ... We are losing our freedoms when a police force can come into
a home with guns and battering rams, handcuffing the superintendent, and scaring everyone. Please keep us in your fervent
prayers.”




MORE HOMOSEXUAL BULLYING

    Due to civil rights complains and lawsuits brought by homosexuals, the eHarmony online dating service has been forced to
    establish a same-sex division and pay heavy financial penalties. A settlement with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights
    requires the company to establish a matching service for homosexuals, give the first 10,000 registrants a free six-month
    subscription, advertise the new service, and pay $5,000 to the intolerant homosexual who brought the complaint and
    $50,000 to the state for legal expenses (Christian News, Nov. 19, 2008). This does not include the hundreds of thousands
    of dollars that the company has spent to defend itself against the unjust charges over a three-year period. You would think
    that the homosexuals would be satisfied, but that is far from the case. They want to bleed the company even more, and the
    judges in the state of California are their abettors. The Los Angeles Superior Court ruled on November 20 that a class
    action lawsuit against eHarmony can go forward. Thus, every “gay, lesbian, and bisexual individual” that has attempted to
    use eHarmony since May 2004 can seek damages, and Judge Victoria Chaney said they do not need to demonstrate actual
    injury. They only “have to assert that they visited the company’s web site to see a same-sex match and were turned
    away” (“Class Action Lawsuit,” Online Dating Magazine, Nov. 20, 2008). “But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom
    it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
    revealed” (Luke 17:29-30).




     RELIGIOUS HARMONY: BUILDING THE NEW TOWER
     OF BABEL
    Another New Age project to promote world peace through religious
    harmony has been launched. This one is called The Charter for
    Compassion. The centerpiece of the program is a web site where “people
    of all faiths” are invited to “contribute their words and stories.” These
    will be crafted into the final version of the Charter by a “council of
    sages” composed of New Agers such as the Anglican Archbishop
    Desmond Tutu, Catholic mystic nun Joan Chittister (who says we must
    get “in tune with the cosmic voice of God”), and Joan Brown Campbell,
    former general secretary of the National Council of Churches in America.
    The resulting Charter will then be signed by religious leaders of all faiths
    at an inaugural event. You can be sure that they will ignore any “stories”
    by born-again, Bible-believing Christians! The myriad of interfaith
    projects like the Charter for Compassion that are operating around the
    world are not harmless. Eventually they will bring persecution to Bible
    believers who are looked upon as harmful to the cause of world peace
    because of their “intolerance.”




    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
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AMERICANS ARE ABYSMALLY IGNORANT OF THEIR OWN HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

The following is excerpted from                of failure is pervasive, cutting across     or teach students. Rather, knowledge is
“Americans Know ‘American Idol’                every segment of the American               a process in which students construct
Star Better than American History,”            population.’ ... The overall average        meaning for themselves. So a
CNSNews, Nov. 21, 2008. It is a very           score was 49 percent--an ‘F’ on any         historical question in a history class
sad report, because ignorant people            grading scale, he said. ... Less than       today is not, “Who were the major
can be easily manipulated, as we               half of Americans can name all three        political participants of World War II?”
witnessed in the recent presidential           branches of government. Only 27             But it’s “What do you think of World
election: “More than twice as many             percent of Americans know that the          War II?” or “What might we learn
Americans--56 percent--know that               Bill of Rights prohibits the                from World War II?” Think for
Paula Abdul is a judge on ‘American            government from establishing an             yourself. Construct your own
Idol’ as know that the phrase                  official religion in the U.S. ... Darryl    knowledge, your own meaning out of
‘government of the people, by the              DeMarzio, an assistant professor in the     this.’”
people, for the people’ comes from             education department at the University
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg                   of Scranton, told CNSNews.com that
Address (21 percent) ... More than             many politically correct college
2,000 people were administered a 33-           campuses no longer teach ‘history’
question test this Spring on American          classes, as most people remember.
history and our political and economic         ‘One of the purposes of a history
institutions. Of them, 71 percent--            course now is not the acquisition of
college and non-college educated               historical knowledge, but it’s a vague
alike--got a failing mark, ISI’s Josiah        skill like “thinking historically,” or
Bunting III said, presenting the study         something like that,’ DeMarzio said.
at a news conference at the National           The culprit is that teachers are steeped
Press Club in Washington, D.C.,                in a philosophy called
Thursday. ‘It can truly be said that we        ‘constructivism.’ ‘That’s the idea that
are suffering from an epidemic of civic        knowledge is not something that
ignorance,’ Bunting said. ‘The extent          teachers possess and give to students



    CHARISMATIC SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCHES
    The charismatic movement is a part of the Southern Baptist       condition and running into garbage cans and backing into
    Convention’s religious melting pot. Ron Phillips of Hixson,      another automobile. On one occasion Kilpatrick fell onto
    Tennessee, estimates that there are 500 charismatic SBC          the platform and a woman from the “worship team” fell
    churches in his network (“Charismatic Southern Baptists          into his arms and they lay on the platform in a drunken
    See Themselves Open to Spiritual Gifts,” Associated              stupor together. He laughingly tells this story on an audio
    Baptist Press, Nov. 20, 2008). Phillips, pastor of Abba’s        cassette that I have. It is definitely not the Holy Spirit who
    House, had a charismatic experience in 1989 and spoke in         causes that kind of moral temptation and confusion.
    “tongues” three years later. In 1998 he began hosting an         “Spiritual jerking” was also a feature of the “Brownsville
    annual charismatic “Fresh Oil, New Wine” conference              Outpouring.” The 2008 Southern Baptist Hymnal contains
    which draws hundreds of Southern Baptist pastors and             many songs written by charismatics and published by
    church members. The Fresh Oil & New Wine Conference              charismatic music companies such as Integrity, Maranatha,
    for 2007 featured radical charismatic speakers such as John      and Hillsong. For example, songs by David Ruis, Paul
    Kilpatrick, who led the “Brownsville Outpouring” in the          Baloche, and Darlene Zschech are included. These popular
    1990s as the pastor of the Brownsville Assembly of God in        worship leaders are extreme charismatic ecumenists and
    Pensacola, Florida. When the “outpouring” began in June          contemporary Christian rockers. Ruis is one of the worship
    1995, Kilpatrick fell to the floor and lay there almost four     leaders at the Toronto Airport Church where people roll on
    hours. He said, “When I hit that floor, it felt like I weighed   the floor, bark like dogs, roar like lions, laugh hysterically,
    10,000 pounds. I knew something supernatural was                 and get “drunk in the spirit” during their “revivals.” Ruis’s
    happening” (Charisma, June 1996). Supernatural, yes; Holy        song “Break Dividing Walls” calls for ecumenical unity
    Spirit, no!!! Kilpatrick got so “drunk in the spirit” at times   between all denominations. (For more about this see the
    that men in the church had to haul him out of the church         article “Charismatic Southern Baptists” at the Way of Life
    auditorium in a wheelchair, carry him home, and help inside      web site.)
    the house. He told of trying to drive in this drunken




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    HIndus in Nepal cremate bodies at
    Pashupati, the largest Hindu temple site in
    Kathmandu. Cremation has pagan origins.




    Cremation Gaining in Favor
    An article in the Associated Baptist Press in 2001 observed that “as cremation becomes more popular in the United States,
    fewer people are asking serious theological questions about the practice.” The article cited Baptist ministers Bob Beck and
    Leroy Summers of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area, who said they hear no theological objections to cremation these
    days. This reflects a dramatic change in American society. As recently as World War II, people were excommunicated from
    the Roman Catholic Church for cremation. In 1913, the year the Cremation Association of America was formed, there were
    only 10,000 cremations. By 1999, the number had risen to 595,000 cremations or 25% of deaths, and by 2005 it was
    778,000 or 31%. Our article “Cremation: What Does God Think” lists 10 biblical reasons to reject cremation: (1)
    Cremation has a heathen origin and purpose. (2) God’s people have always practiced burial (Gen. 23:1-4; 25:8-10;
    35:19-20; 49:33; 50:26, etc.). (3) Even when burial was difficult God’s people practiced it (Gen. 50:24-25; Ex. 13:19; Josh.
    24:32). (4) Burial looks forward to resurrection (Rom. 8:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:20-23, 51-57). (5) God practices burial (Deut.
    34:5-6). (6) Cremation is a sign of God’s curse (Num. 16:35, etc.). (7) For a person not to have proper burial was a
    dishonor (1 Ki. 21:23-24; Psa. 83:9-10). (8) The Christian’s body belongs to God (1 Cor. 6:19-20). (9) God calls cremation
    wickedness (Amos 2:1). (10) Jesus was buried (Jn. 19:38-42). This article can be found at the Way of Life web site.


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     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
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