December 12, 2013 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143)
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Indeed, he did. It was largely on the basis of uniformitarianism that the Bible was rejected. If the earth is millions of years old and the strata represent vast eons of time, then the Bible is wrong. (The attempts to reconcile uniformitarian geology with the Bible, such as the gap theory and the day-age theory, are not based on sound exegesis.)
Interestingly, by the mid-20th century, uniformitarianism was being rejected by evolutionists themselves.
“The geologic community gave up substantive uniformitarianism long ago” (David Young, Christianity and the Age of the Earth, p. 142).
In 1956, P. D. Crynine called it “a dangerous doctrine” (Journal of Palaeotology, 30: 1003-1004). In 1965, Stephen Jay Gould said it should be abandoned (“Is Uniformitarianism Necessary?” American Journal of Science, 1965, 263: 223-228). In 1979, S. A. Austin called it “a doctrine that needs rethinking” (Compass, 56: 29-45).
Falwell’s spiritual compromise and error was not late in coming and was not small by any measure. It was evident even by the 1970s that the man had made a 180 degree turn from his earlier stand and that he was determined to conduct a broadly ecumenical ministry. He was doubtless sincere in his desire to “bring America back to God,” but sincerity didn’t keep Moses from being judged by God when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it. “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully” (2 Timothy 2:5).
In 1999 I issued a warning report entitled “Jerry Falwell: The Billy Graham of Independent Baptists.”
Though Falwell claimed to be a fundamental Baptist, in reality he was a groundbreaking ecumenist who helped pave the way for the end-time harlot “church.” He happily worked alongside Roman Catholics, Charismatics, unregenerate Jews, Mormons, and religionists of many stripes who are staunchly opposed to the doctrine that he professed to hold in his Baptist church.
In a sermon preached in Evansville, Indiana, on December 12, 1978, Falwell said, “I believe God has called us in this last quarter of the 20th century to bring respectability to fundamentalism” (cited from Don Jasmin, Why Do Fundamental Schools Go Apostate, 2007, p. 171).
That was the same unscriptural objective that was announced at the founding of the New Evangelical movement in the late 1940s. When Christianity becomes respectable in the sight of this sin-cursed world, it has left its Biblical moorings. The Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty God, but He wasn’t respected when He came into the world 2,000 years ago, and He is not respected by the world today. Christ’s apostles were certainly not respected by the religious crowd or by the world at large. They were mocked, hounded, persecuted, and killed.
One of Falwell’s first concrete steps toward compromise was in the late 1970s when he decided that he needed to influence politics, and toward that end he formed the Moral Majority.
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Dear Bro. Cloud,
I am writing to you to help me clear up some things in my mind. For many years now I have had extreme doubts about my salvation. So much so that it cripples me at times. I am newly married with one toddler. These doubts cause me to shrivel up, and become useless to my husband and baby. I spend many days crying and reading my Bible, and begging God to help me.
The thing is, I have had many professions of faith. About five, and have been scripturally baptized. The last profession I made, I haven't been baptized, because I wasn't sure if God gave me assurance that I was already saved, or if I had just gotten saved. But the last profession is the one that was the most real to my heart. At that time I was in college and a preacher came by to preach in chapel about this very thing. About how he had doubts, and would have many professions and still no peace. He finally realized that he must trust Christ and his shed blood no matter if he was lost or saved.
I knew I had to talk to this preacher, so I went up to him after he preached, and he explained salvation to me that was the most clear I have ever heard. It was exactly what I have been hearing all along, but on that day it made the most sense. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit that was helping me understand? Anyway, he said that regardless if I was lost or saved, I needed to risk my soul on Christ's blood. Trust my most treasured possession to His care. He then showed me in the Bible that only Blood can cleanse away my sins, and I was guilty before God with my sins. When Christ died, rose again, and offered HIS blood on the mercy seat, God was satisfied for the payment of man's sins.
After we talked, I went to my dorm room and thought about all he said. He said a whole lot more, but this is what stuck in my mind. Finally I realized that if God was satisfied with Christ's blood sacrifice for my sins, then I knew I could be too. So I told the Lord just that. That I knew I was a sinner, but I believed that Christ's blood was sufficient to cover my sins, and I trusted Christ to save me by His shed blood. At that moment I had a very still quiet peace, and knew I was accepted as God's Child.
Then why am I doubting? Well, for one thing, there is a link on your web-site to a church where they have testimonies about people who thought they were saved, but were really lost.
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ECUMENISTS CLAIM THAT ROCK MUSIC MAKES “WORSHIPING GOD AUTHENTIC” (Friday Church News Notes, December 6, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - The spiritual confusion of the ecumenical movement was evident in a statement from the recent Mighty Men Conference in Nashville. The event featured American Idol’s Scotty McCreery, country rocker Charlie Daniels, and “drumming sensation” Stikyard.* The conferences were founded by Pentecostal evangelist Angus Buchan in 2004 in South Africa. In America they are organized by Pentecostal pastor G. Allen Jackson of World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They are similar to Promise Keepers events, featuring messages geared for men mixed with a large dose of ecumenicism, permeated with charismatic kingdom-building heresy, and fueled by contemporary worship. Jackson says, “Music is a big dynamic in the way we make worshipping God authentic. The [music artists], who have a heart and their own inspiration meshed right into the music, are another asset of this ... event” (“Mighty Men Conference USA’s first time in Nashville,” PRNewswire, Nov. 17, 2013). To think that authentic worship is created by borrowing the world’s sensual party music is spiritual insanity and biblical heresy. God taught us the essence of true worship through the Old Testament Tabernacle, and it was to include no element of the world. Everything was to be done in accordance with God’s Word with no admixture of human thinking and pragmatism. Everything was sacred. The holy oil and incense were not like anything in this world. The sincerity of the worshiper does not make unscriptural worship acceptable to God. This was evident when God killed Nadab and Abihu for offering strange fire (Lev. 10:1-3) and Uzzah for merely steadying the ark with his hand (2 Sam. 6:6-7). (* Stikyard’s rendition of “Nothing But the Blood” is on YouTube. For a generation addicted to rock & roll, Stikyard’s pulsating, near trance-inducing percussion is glorious, but in my estimation, the mixture of godly lyrics with such a worldly sound and presentation is blasphemous. It’s like an actor reciting the third chapter of John in a clown’s suit. The message is negated by the presentation.)
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THANKSGIVING REPLACED BY THE UNBRIDLED LUST OF COMMERCIALISM (Friday Church News Notes, December 6, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The national celebration of Thanksgiving is a unique American institution that has its origin in a 1621 thanksgiving feast held by the Pilgrims in gratitude for the blessings of the Almighty Creator God. They were grateful in spite of the fact that nearly half of their number had died the first winter in the New World. By the fall of the second year, having among other things learned planting and survival lessons from an English-speaking Indian, the Pilgrims were prospering and wanted to celebrate their first successful crop and their new-found liberty from government tyranny. The annual fall celebration continued as an American tradition. The Continental Congress proclaimed a national thanksgiving in 1777 and urged “that servile labor and such recreations (although at other times innocent) may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment [and should] be omitted on so solemn an occasion.” President George Washington proclaimed a nationwide thanksgiving celebration for the new nation at the urging of Congress, marking November 26, 1789, as a day to “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” In 1817, New York became the first state to adopt Thanksgiving as an official holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving day with the blessing of both houses of Congress. In 1941, the U.S. Congress set the date of Thanksgiving for the last Thursday of November. Since 1957, Canada has had a national Thanksgiving day on the second Monday of October. Historically, the Thanksgiving celebration in America was deeply religious, with church services and praise to God through Jesus Christ. Over the past century the celebration has been increasingly secularized and has deteriorated into little more than a worldly party. In recent years, it has become an occasion for unbridled commercialism. Black Friday began in the 1960s as the kickoff to the Christmas holiday season, but it has taken on more of a frenzy in the 21st century. (“Black” refers to retailers moving into the black or profitability in sales.) Stores use discounts and a wide variety of gimmicks to attract customers, and it has become popular to shop in the early hours of Friday morning. People have been injured and even killed in the mad rush. Now many national retailers open on Thanksgiving itself rather than give their employees the day off.
The following is excerpted from our book What Is the Emerging Church? which is available from Way of Life Literature.
Many of the books I have read by emerging leaders make this admission.
For example, in Blue Like Jazz Donald Miller tells how that he refused to be restricted by the teaching of traditional-type churches. He wanted to drink beer and watch raunchy movies and talk trashy and run around with atheists and other rebels. In discussing his involvement in church in his youth he says, “I wished I could have subscribed to aspects of Christianity but not the whole thing” (p. 30). He complains, “In order to believe Christianity, you either had to reduce enormous theological absurdities [i.e., Garden of Eden, universal flood] into children’s stories or ignore them” (p. 31). He wanted to believe the gospel “free from the clasp of fairy tale” (p. 35). In other words, he wanted to pick and choose what parts of the Bible he would believe. He despised dogmatic Bible preaching and hated it when preachers “said we had to follow Jesus” because “sometimes they would make Him sound angry” (p. 34).
In fact, Jesus was angry sometimes even in His incarnation (“he looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts,” Mark 3:5), and He will be very angry in the future when the wrath of the Lamb is poured out upon mankind as described in the book of Revelation and many other places in Scripture!
When Miller decided to attend a raunchy secular college in Portland, Oregon, where most of the students are atheists and agnostics and they use drugs and openly fornicate and sometimes run around naked, a Christian friend sat him down and warned him that God did not want him to attend there. That was good biblical advice (e.g., 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Timothy 3:5; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17), but Miller ignored the warning and felt that the wicked atmosphere was a liberating experience. He writes: “The first day of school was exhilarating. It was better than high school. Reed had ashtrays, and everybody said cusswords” (p. 38). After spending time with drug-using, atheistic hippies who lived in the woods he said, “I had discovered life outside the church, and I liked it. As I said, I preferred it” (p. 210).
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