Bible Commentaries and Twittering Swallows

Enlarged April 21, 2015 (first published June 16, 2004) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)


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THERE ARE TWO COMMON PROBLEMS IN USING COMMENTARIES:

1. Leaning on them too much.

The Bible student should first go to the Bible and dig it out for himself. For this, he must get a good understanding of how to interpret the Bible. The equivalent of a Bible Institute education is the starting point to be able to use commentaries effectually and test them properly so as not to be led astray by any error that might be present.

2. Despising them.

On several occasions I have heard people disdain commentaries, but I have learned to love good commentaries and I thank God for them often. I thank God that I read and understand English, because that is where most of the good commentaries are today.

When I was a young Christian, I determined to read and study the Bible alone and to forgo consulting any commentaries or study books. I did this religiously for a few weeks, and I the Lord made it plain to me that I need help from men and that He was not going to give me everything by direct enlightenment. It is not that the Bible is insufficient; it is that I am only one weak man and can’t possibly know and understand everything without help. When I rejected the use of commentaries, I was left with my own meager resources, and though I have some gifts in understanding and teaching the Bible, I am still only a very puny man with very limited ideas when left to my own.

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Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 16

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, though this does not imply an endorsement.

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ROMAN CATHOLIC AND BILL GAITHER CREATING THE SOUND TRACK FOR THE ONE-WORLD CHURCH (Friday Church News Notes, April 17, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Matt Maher, a Roman Catholic contemporary worship musician, describes himself as a “musical missionary.” His goal is to bridge Protestantism and Catholicism. Christianity Today, which has never seen an ecumenical bridge it didn’t appreciate, says “Maher is bringing his music--and a dream of unity into the Protestant church” (“Common Bonds,” CT, Oct. 27, 2009). Maher says that touring with people like Michael W. Smith is producing ecumenical unity because people come to the concerts and find themselves standing beside a priest or nun, and they learn that “we’re all in this family together.” Now Maher is widening his ecumenical circle to include the gullible world of Southern Gospel. A few months ago he explained on YouTube the story behind his 2014 song “Because He Lives.” He says that he wanted to write a new edition of Bill Gaither’s 1974 song by that title and collaborated with his friend Chris Tomlin, a popular contemporary worship musician. Deciding that they wanted to use some lines from Gaither’s song, they contacted him. Maher says, “We went to Mr. Gaither and asked him if it would be OK if we incorporated elements from his song and he agreed. So what we have is this song which is a collective result of a lot of people’s effort. And I think that’s always been a big part of my ministry, which is trying to unify the church and to bring all of these different voices from different streams together, so this song just continues that mission. I hope it blesses your congregation” (“Behind the Song ‘Because He Lives,’ Matt Maher, YouTube, Nov. 4, 2014). In 1990, the Gaithers performed at the Indianapolis ’90 ecumenical conference where half of the attendees were Roman Catholics, and a Roman Catholic mass was held every morning. Those who are adapting contemporary worship music are building bridges to the one-world church, and nothing could be more spiritually dangerous. (For more about Matt Maher, Bill Gaither, and Chris Tomlin see The Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians, available in print and a free eBook edition, www.wayoflife.org.)

THE HOLLYWOOD CROWD WILL REGRET PLAYING AROUND WITH THE HOLY THINGS OF GOD (Friday Church News Notes, April 17, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Since Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ and the History Channel’s The Bible, Hollywood has seen the light that “faith based” themes can rake in serious bucks from America’s shallow and oh-so-gullible Christians. The latest effort is Warner Brothers’ Apostle Paul, starring Hugh Jackman, who will also produce..

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Bob Dylan

Updated March 16, 2015 (first published May 29, 2001) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

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From my “hippie” days, I well remember the heyday of rock legend Bob Dylan (birth name Robert Zimmerman). His hit song “The Times They Are A-Changin” appeared in 1964. I had started listening to rock music in the early 1960s and was consumed with it until I was saved in 1973.

Dylan, who was included on Time magazine’s list 100 most important people of the twentieth century, helped to popularize the merging of folk and rock music. He was one of the chief poets of the ’60s generation. His songs posed many questions, but he had no answers. In “Blowing in the Wind,” he asked such things as, “How many roads must a man walk down before he is called a man?” What is the answer? “The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind...” This means that he doesn’t know the answer and he is not sure anyone knows the answer. Sadly, that is the philosophy of most of Dylan’s fans because they have rejected the Bible as the Word of God.

Dylan’s vast influence has been anything but godly. He lived out-of-wedlock with folk singer Joan Baez, and introduced the Beatles to marijuana (Peter Brown,
The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles). Dylan “went through some profound drug experiences during 1964-5, taking up Baudelair’s formula for immortality: ‘A poet makes himself a seer by a long prodigious and rational disordering of the senses.’ He … tried just about everything he could to ‘open his head’ as biographer Tony Scaduto puts it” (Henry Shapiro, Waiting for the Man, p. 144). Many of Dylan’s songs were about drugs, including “Lay Down Your Weary Tune,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

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The Rapper Deathstyle

Enlarged April 15, 2015 (first published December 5, 2002) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

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A study published in the May 2003 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that students who listen to violent music are more likely to act violently. “Across five studies, we found that violent lyrics do increase violent thinking and aggressive feelings,” said lead researcher Craig Anderson of Iowa State University.

Rap is violent music, and it is not surprising that it is accompanied by violence. The following is only a small sampling of this violence (with a few drug overdoses thrown in for good measure).

Rapper Scot Sterling (aka Scot La Rock), whose debut album was titled “Criminal Minded,” died in August 1987 at age 25 of a gunshot wound.

King Tubby, who invented the dubbing process that was popularized by rappers, was murdered in 1989 when he was 58 years old.

Rapper Michael Menson, of the group Double Trouble died in 1989 at age 29 when a gang soaked him in gasoline and set him afire. Double Trouble had a hit that same year titled “Street Tuff.”

MC Rock, rapper with The Almighty RSO, was stabbed to death in 1990 at roughly age 28.

Trouble T-Roy (Troy Dixon), rapper with Heavy D and the Boyz, fell off a balcony after a concert in 1990 at age 22.

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The Rock & Roll Party Christ

David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org

The following is excerpted from INDEPENDENT BAPTIST MUSIC WARS. See end of this report for information about this book.
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A large percentage of Contemporary Christian Music artists worship a rock & roll party Christ.

In his
Live ... Radically Saved video Carman says, “Jesus is always cool; He’s got his thing together.” Carman blasphemously imitated the Lord Jesus walking along in a hip-jive manner, doing “the Messiah walk.” In Resurrection Rap, Carman portrays Jesus as a street hippie. In The Standard album, he calls Jesus “J.C.”; and in “Come into This House” on the Addicted to Jesus album, Carman speaks of “Jammin’ with the Lamb.”

Petra claims that “God gave rock and roll to you/ Put it in the soul of every one.”

In “Party in Heaven” the Daniel Band sang, “The Lamb and I are drinkin’ new wine.”

Phil Driscoll says, “God is the King of Soul; He’s the King of all rhythm” (quoted by Tim Fisher,
Battle for Christian Music, p. 82).

Messiah Prophet Band says, “Jesus is the Master of Metal,” and Barren Cross says, “Better than pot, Jesus rocks.”

John Fischer described God as puffing on a cigar and swaying to rock music.

“‘Wait a minute Kid’ [supposedly this is God speaking to Fischer]. Leave it [the radio] on. You know, I kind of like this stuff [rock].’ I watched in shock as He smiled at me through a casual puff of cigar smoke and swayed His head ever so slightly with the music” (Contemporary Christian Music Magazine, July 1984, p. 20).

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