Friday Church News Notes, Volume 15, Issue 28

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.

SOCCER CHANT FAILS (Friday Church News Notes, July 11, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A 15-year-old sports chant, “I believe that we will win,” was adopted by fans of the U.S. team playing in the World Cup and shouted from the housetops. But all of the passion and the unity and the believing and the positive vibes didn’t change a thing. The American team was knocked out of the running last week with a loss to Belgium. The chant, which was invented by a cheerleader for the U.S. Naval Academy during the 1999 Army-Navy football game, has been called “the trendiest chant in American sports,” but it is a meaningless thing. Professional sports is one of the gods of these end times. None can beat the popularity of soccer at a global level, but pro sports in every form is an empty thing. What players accomplish at a stadium somewhere has absolutely nothing to do with the real lives of their fans. The emotional high is as pathetically empty as a pretty soap bubble. There is nothing godly about it. Pro sports is 90+ percent pride, boasting, worldly cool, covetousness, gambling, drinking, drugging, cursing, anger, immodesty, and neglect of the house of God. It is perfectly summarized in 1 John 2:16 as “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” It is idolatry in one of its purest forms. I was a serious baseball fan for awhile in the 1990s, and I regret it. I threw away many precious, fleeting hours on vanity that could have been devoted to things of eternal value.

HOMOSEXUALS DESTROY ISRAELI MESSIANIC BUSINESS (Friday Church News Notes, July 11, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Homosexuals Destroy Israeli Messianic Business,” Israel Today, June 27, 2014: “The Jerusalem District Court has ordered Moshav Yad Hashmonah, a community of Messianic Jews and Evangelical Christians, to pay compensation to two lesbians after it refused to host a same-sex wedding reception. ‘We knew we were breaking the law. Somebody needed to do it.’ says Ayelet Ronen, general secretary for the village. Judge Moshe Yoad Cohen upheld a lower court ruling that the Moshav violated a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the trial, representatives of the Moshav quoted from both Old and New Testaments. ‘We do not hate homosexuals or lesbians. We love them. We simply told the court that it is God’s word in the Bible that calls homosexuality... continued

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What Was Not in the Tabernacle

July 10, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

Portrait of Christ
The following is excerpted from our new book A PORTRAIT OF CHRIST: THE TABERNACLE, THE PRIESTHOOD, AND THE OFFERINGS. ISBN 978-1-58318-178-2. This book is an extensive study on the Old Testament tabernacle and its priestly system, which has been called “God’s masterpiece of typology.” Whereas the record of the creation of the universe takes up two chapters of the Bible and the fall of man takes up one chapter, the tabernacle, with its priesthood and offerings, takes up 50 chapters. It is obvious that God has many important lessons for us in this portion of His Word. Speaking personally, nothing has helped me better understand the Triune God and the salvation that He has purchased for man, and I believe that I can guarantee that the reader will be taken to new heights in his understanding of these things. Everything about the tabernacle points to Jesus Christ: the design, the materials, the colors, the court walls and pillars, the door into the court, the sacrificial altar, the laver, the tabernacle tent itself with its boards and curtains and silver sockets, the tabernacle gate, and veil before the holy of holies, the candlestick, the table of shewbread, the incense altar, the ark of the covenant, the high priest, and the offerings. All is Christ. The tabernacle system offers brilliant, unforgettable lessons on Christ’s person, offices and work: His eternal Sonship, His sinless manhood, His anointing, His atonement, His resurrection glory, His work as the life and sustainer and light of creation, His eternal high priesthood and intercession, and His kingdom. In addition to the studies on every aspect of the tabernacle, A Portrait of Christ features studies on the high priest, the Levitical priests, the five offerings of Leviticus, the day of atonement, the ransom money, the red heifer, the cherubims, strange fire, the golden calf, leprosy, the Nazarite vow, the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, and the transportation of the tabernacle through the wilderness. The tabernacle is very practical in its teaching, as it also depicts believer priests carrying Christ through this world (1 Pet. 2:5, 9). Like the Israelites in the wilderness, believers today are on a pilgrimage through a foreign land on the way to our eternal home (1 Pet. 2:11).

It is instructive to think about what wasn’t in the tabernacle.

There was no chair.

This reminds us that the work of the Levitical priests was never finished. Those sacrifices could not bring salvation; they only pointed to the salvation that would come by Christ. Salvation wasn’t complete until Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished” just before He surrendered His spirit in death (John 19:30).

Hebrews 10:11-12 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.

The fact that there was no chair in the tabernacle also reminds us that the believer priest should always be busy in the service of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Life is too short to be lazy or to retire from the Lord’s business. Slumber produces both physical and spiritual poverty.

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Matt Maher: Building the One-World Church Through Music

Updated April 10, 2014 (first published August 20, 2013) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

The following study of popular worship singer Matt Maher further illustrates the fact that contemporary praise music is a key element in building the end-time, one-world “church.” It describes the very dangerous spiritual world to which many fundamental Baptist churches are building bridges.

Many are deceived by the fact that contemporary praise musicians sing about the Lord in such a seemingly sincere manner. They ask, “Can it be wrong to sing Maher’s ‘Lord, I Need You’?”

I would answer by asking this: Is Matt Maher, who prays to Mary and believes that she aids men in salvation, singing about the same “Lord” as the Bible-believing Christian? When the pope and thousands of Roman Catholics, who hold to a false gospel and worship a piece of bread as Jesus, join their voices to sing this song, who are they singing to in reality, according to God’s Word?

Too many professing Bible-believing Baptists are following their emotions and their vanity and the crowd and their bellies (e.g., build bigger churches, sell more books, don’t offend the popular leaders, etc.) rather than God’s Word and the Spirit of Truth.


The Canadian born Matt Maher (b. 1974), who lives in Tempe, Arizona, is an eight-time GMA Dove Award Nominee. He has a degree in Jazz Piano from Arizona State University.

Like John Michael Talbot, Matt Maher is a Roman Catholic ecumenical bridge builder.

He grew up Catholic but had a “profound awakening” through a charismatic Catholic group. This consisted of an emotional experience that he had while watching a skit “The Broken Heart” about a girl who gets a new heart from God after giving hers away to a young boy.

“‘I was standing in the back of the room and I burst into tears,’ Maher remembered. Not long after, he started writing worship songs for the group’s prayer sessions and devoted himself to performing Christian music” (“Catholic Rocker Matt Maher,” Religion News Service, May 17, 2013).

The skit did not present the biblical gospel, and Maher’s conversion was not a biblical conversion. It was a religious conversion that did not include repentance from error and rejection of Rome’s false christ and false gospel.

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The Sword of the Lord and the Carl Hatch Squeeze - Abbreviated

Updated July 8 2014, (first published July 11, 2011) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

This is an abbreviated edition of a report that was published July 11, 2011. For the full report see the search engine at the Way of Life web site.

“Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:8).

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).

“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

“But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20).

In the June 10, 2011, issue of the Sword of the Lord, the paper’s editor, Shelton Smith [pictured left], published a reply to my warning about the Sword’s position on repentance. His response was to the following brief report that appeared in the Friday Church News Notes last December:

SWORD OF THE LORD OMITS REPENTANCE FROM SPURGEON SERMON (Friday Church News Notes, December 17, 2010, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Recently I received the following e-mail from Jim Koenig: “Last night we watched your video ‘How to Avoid False Professions’ for the second time and the segment on repentance was even more enlightening this time around. Over the years we have noticed that the Sword of the Lord has shifted away from the doctrine of repentance and cunningly led their readers in that direction. A good example is the Charles Spurgeon sermon ‘Only Trust Him’ in the November 26, 2010 issue. They have left out what he said about repentance. The original sermon can be found at www.spurgeongems.org/sermons.htm (sermon #1635) and the omitted part is on page three of the sermon, the 6th full paragraph down. Years ago my wife and I graduated from the Sword Soul Winning Director’s College, taught personally by Bro. Smith, Bro. Norris Belcher, and the late Bro. Larry Staner. At no time, never, was the word ‘repent’ mentioned or implied during the three day course. I am not anti-Sword, but they are 100% wrong on repentance and have influenced thousands of young preachers to spread their one-two-three repeat after me prayers.”


Sword of the Lord truly has a problem with biblical repentance, and this is not a new thing.

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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 15, Issue 27

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.

ISIS ANNOUNCES MUSLIM CALIPHATE (Friday Church News Notes, July 4, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Muslim terrorist group formerly called the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS), a split from Al Qaeda that has seized large portions of Iraq and Syria, has announced a caliphate called the Islamic State, dropping the rest of its name. It has proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “the caliph for the Muslims everywhere,” demanding allegiance from all Muslims, and announcing that “the legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority” (“Sunni Militants declare Islamic state,” Fox News, Jun. 30, 2014). Its goal is to recreate the Islamic empire that existed during the Ottoman era, but they have as many enemies among fellow Muslims as they do outside of Islam. For one there are the leaders of all of the “emirates, groups, states and organizations” that are being ordered to submit and who have no intention of doing so. Then, too, there is the division of Muslims along Sunni-Shia (Shiite) lines, which began after the death of Mohammed in AD 632. The Shias trace their lineage back to Mohammed’s cousin Ali bin Abu Talib, whereas the Sunnis trace theirs to Mohammed’s advisor Abu Bakr. They have been killing one another ever since. “Tension and violence characterize the relationship between the two sects in countries where both communities reside” (“Sunni and Shiite Terrorist Networks,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 18, 2002). Sunnis make up some 85-90% of Muslims today, including the majority in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Tunisia, Gaza, Turkey, Lebanon. But there are perhaps 100 million Shias and they form a majority in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, and probably Yemen. The ISIS is Sunni and has declared that Shia Muslims deserve death (“ISIL terrorists raises flag at Turkish border,” AhlulBayt New Agency, Jul. 1, 2014). Sunnis push the harshest form of Sharia law and have birthed the most infamous of the modern terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, Hamas, and the Chechnyan terrorists. It was reported that Sunnis committed 70% of terrorist murders in 2011 (National Counterterrorism Center, “Report on Terrorism,” Mar. 12, 2012). This is not to say that Shia Muslims are not terrorists. Hezballah is Shia, and Shia Iran is a terrorist state that threatens Israel’s existence and is near to possessing the nuclear bomb. Both Sunnis and Shias hate Israel and can unite in that hatred.

WHAT KEEPS ME ENCOURAGED (Friday Church News Notes, July 4, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - This is a deeply troubled world, continued...

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