Friday Church News Notes, Volume 15, Issue 44

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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CORRECTION TO FRIDAY NEWS

October 31, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,
fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article)

In this week’s Friday News we said that Travis Chappell is Paul’s Chappell’s son. That is a mistake, and I apologize for it. The preacher who sent me the links said he was Paul’s son, and I had no reason to doubt it. It appears, though, that he is a nephew. Mark Rasmussen, Jr., is a recent graduate of West Coast and has been a prominent singer in the Lancaster Baptist Church choirs.

Travis and Mark represent at least a percentage of the next generation under the current leadership at Lancaster, and they represent what happens when you plug into contemporary worship music.

Here is a link to Mark Rasmussen, Jr., jazzing it up with two other West Coast students for Christmas 2013 “to celebrate finishing our finals” ==
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHsSz7iSK9o. The Dave on this Christmas video, who was a West Coast student in December 2013, appears on some of Mark’s contemporary videos, such as their cover of “Oceans” and “10,000 Reasons.”

Mark and and his sister and Dave were in the choir at Lancaster in the Christmas program in December 2013. They are on the front row --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYZ94UejGH4. Go to about 10:19 and you can see how contemporary Lancaster has become in the just the last year.

Here is a contemporary rendition of “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me” in 2012 by Mark Rasmussen, Jr., and his sisters --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZHLzTj9CUA.

Here is another contemporary song by Mark when he was a student at West Coast in 2013 --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77w11bG8gkI. This one is by the contemporary Canadian band Downhere.

Following is the corrected edition:

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NEXT GENERATION ROCKING AT LANCASTER BAPTIST CHURCH (Friday Church News Notes, October 31, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Lancaster Baptist Church of Lancaster, California, has been playing with Contemporary Christian Music for a long time, and the fruit is evident. (We document twenty-five examples of Lancaster’s use of contemporary worship songs in the report “Analyzing Adapted CCM Songs,” and those are only a few examples) We have warned that nothing can change the transformational power of this sensual, “one-world church” music, and nothing can keep it from transforming every ministry that does not heed the warning to separate from it. In a recent article I said, “The transformation will be most evident in Paul Chappell’s children’s generation, but by the time the transformation becomes evident enough for the average independent Baptist preacher to recognize it, it will be far too late to do anything about it” (“Preacher Says the Brethren Are Galled at Brother Cloud,” FBIS, Oct. 28, 2014). Travis Chappell and Mark Rasmussen, Jr. are evidence that my warning is on target. Travis is the nephew of Paul Chappell, senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College, and Mark is the son of Mark Rasmussen, Sr., vice president of West Coast and the most conservative face at the institution. Mark is a recent graduate of West Coast and has been a prominent singer in the Lancaster Baptist Church choirs. The young men are publishing soft rock renditions of popular contemporary charismatic praise songs on YouTube under the names of Mark Rasmussen, 5FriendsFilms, and OneCauseProductions. An acoustic cover of Hillsong United’s “Oceans” is sung by Rasmussen and three other young people that I assume to be associated with Lancaster at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfhsSdz01DM. Though it is played in a soft rock style, Mark’s rendition would be accepted enthusiastically in any charismatic environment. “Oceans (Where My Feet May Fail)” is a popular contemporary song that features endless repetition in the original. The words say, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.” This is standard charismatic mysticism. It is the philosophy of “take me out of the box; take me beyond the words of Scripture; take me to any strange experience; I won’t judge; I won’t test.” It is the philosophy behind such things as spirit slaying, holy laughter, holy shaking, continuing prophecy, gibberish tongues, female pastors, love for the pope, and uncertainty about the sin of homosexuality. The “real” Hillsong United rendition can be found at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK-MBCZ5K5Q. If you go to about 5:50 minutes into the nearly ten minutes of this contemporary worship song, you will see what “real” contemporary worship looks like. It’s all about a powerful sensual experience. It’s about “feeling God.” You can see Mark and Travis’s rocking a cappella version of “Well on My Way” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLsKsS8s3vQ. In “The Unworldly Song” they seem to be mocking biblical separation from the world, though the video is enigmatic enough for them to deny it -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCAaDjfXmI0. Here is a contemporary rendition of “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me” by Mark and his sisters -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZHLzTj9CUA. Mark and and his sister and Dave, who sings with him in ‘Oceans” and other contemporary clips on YouTube, were in the choir at Lancaster in the Christmas program in December 2013. They are on the front row -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYZ94UejGH4. Go to about 10:19 and you can see how contemporary Lancaster has become in the just the last year. Here is a contemporary rendition of “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me” in 2012 by Mark Rasmussen, Jr., and his sisters -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZHLzTj9CUA. Here is another contemporary song by Mark when he was a student at West Coast in 2013 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77w11bG8gkI. This one is by the contemporary Canadian band Downhere.

PASTOR COMMENTS ON TRAVIS CHAPPELL AND MARK RASMUSSEN (Friday Church News Notes, October 31, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A pastor friend recently observed, “Rasmussen’s son and Chappell’s nephew are best buddies and they..

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Rock Music and Insanity

Enlarged October 30, 2014 (first published October 31, 2000) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143)

It cannot be disputed that a spirit of insanity accompanies rock & roll music more than any other in modern times.

Since the 1950s, rockers have thumbed their noses at God’s holy laws, proclaiming, “I’m free to do what I want, any old time.” The reality has been anything but freedom.

Consider the turmoil that envelopes the lives of a large percentage of rock and roll musicians, the countless untimely deaths, the broken marriages, and the mental instability, even pure insanity, that has accompanied this music.

While it is true that the following cases are often associated with drug and alcohol abuse, it is the rock & roll philosophy of “don’t let anybody tell you what to do” that is the underlying culprit.

The following examples are only the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of other members of the blues, jazz, and rock & roll industry have been incarcerated in psychological institutions, undergone psychological counseling, and in other ways demonstrated serious mental imbalance.

G.G. ALLIN was arrested more than 50 times for attempted murder, assault and battery, public lewdness, inciting a riot, indecent exposure, endangering lives, etc. (Pamela Des Barres, Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon, p. 293). He treated his audiences to nudity, assault, defecation, urination, sexual acts with dead animals, eating feces, bashing out his teeth, eating his own flesh, breaking his own bones, setting himself on fire, slicing himself up with broken bottles, knocking himself unconscious, and other insane things. When Allin died in June 1993 at age 36 of a heroin overdose, his brother, Merle, said G.G. would have been disappointed to die that way because he was planning to die on stage and kill many people in the audience at the same time.

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SYD BARRETT, founder of Pink Floyd, consumed endless “hits” of LSD and was turned into a near vegetable. During his last days with the band, he was described as having “completely changed, he just looked like there was nobody home” (Richie Unterberger, Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, p. 111). During concerts he would merely stand on stage in a catatonic state, “playing one note, or playing nothing at all.” He has spent time in a mental ward and lives as a complete recluse. He beat his girlfriend with a mandolin and kept her locked in a room for three days.

GRAHAM BOND, one of the pioneers of jazz-rock in Britain, was often “abusive, cruel, and self-destructive” (Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, p. 28). He claimed to be the son of Satanist Aleister Crowley. Together with his first wife, Diane Stewart, he formed a band called Holy Magick, named after Crowley’s sorcery. He was incarcerated briefly in a mental hospital. A biography by Harry Shapiro, The Mighty Shadow, says Bond’s’ life was characterized by wild mood swings and obsession with the occult. In May 1974, he committed suicide at age 3 by throwing himself under the wheels of a London underground train at the Finsbury Park Station.

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The Hindu Trinity

October 29, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org;)

The Trimurti – the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva -- is nothing like the lovely Trinitarian God revealed in Scripture.

Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are not three different persons but are
the three different aspects of the one all-ensouling Life of the Universe. They are supposed to be the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe.

1. The Hindu Trimurti is not three eternal Persons in one Godhead. Instead the Hindu gods are mere manifestations of one impersonal, unknowable god who is called Brahma and other names.

“Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva is not three but is ONE, manifesting in three different ways at three different times. It is entirely a matter of personal choice and preference as to whether an individual refers to the all-ensouling Life of the Universe as Vishnu or as Shiva or as Brahma.

“In the beginning was only Being, ONE without a second. Out of Himself He brought forth the cosmos and entered into everything in it” (“Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva,” BlissofHinduism.wordpress.com).

2. In Hinduism, it is not necessary to worship God as any one thing or person. In Hinduism God can be worshiped however the worshiper sees fit, whereas the God of the Bible reveals Himself precisely and must be worshiped according to His own revelation.

3. The Hindu Brahma is not the Creator, because nothing new is ever created. Hinduism does not teach creation but rather emanation and evolution. Hinduism says that there is no such thing as “creation” since nothing new can ever be made.

“Brahman, ‘Infinite Godhead,’ is not a Creator, has never created anything, and can never create anything. It simply emanates Itself through Itself, within Itself, and as Itself. Emanation and evolution are realities but creation is not. And it is Brahm
a which is the great Evolver” (“Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva,” BlissofHinduism.wordpress.com).

“Brahma is evolutionary energy.”

4. The Hindu Brahma is not a knowable person who has revealed himself as such to man.

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Preacher Says "The Brethren" are Galled with Brother Cloud

October 28, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org;)

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An independent Baptist evangelist wrote the following recently:

“Brother Cloud:
“I read your piece today about brethren not appreciating your ministry of ‘warning,’ especially pertaining to Paul Chappell, Shelton Smith, and Lee Roberson. [He is referring to the article ‘Turning Doctrinal Issues into Personality Issues.’]

“My brother you should understand that what you have sent out as ‘warnings’ have been perceived by a large percentage of men who might otherwise be sympathetic to you, as attacks against these brethren. A common refrain heard in preachers’ meetings is that Cloud has an axe to grind, especially towards West Coast. Whether you like it or not, that is how you come across. What especially galls brethren is that you have never taken the time to actually go to West Coast and talk to them and understand the greater context of which you seem oblivious. And it is my understanding that you have never even heard or met Shelton Smith, who is a man of integrity.

“When Jesus said ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged,’ it was not so much a commandment as it was a proverb. When a person sits in judgment over others, others will sit in judgment of him. That is pretty much where you are at. You have been very critical of just about every well-known preacher or college. What’s sauce for the goose has become sauce for the gander. It is coming back on you. ...

“Many others do understand the issues. ... You presume you are the final word on what is right and what is not right, but you do not have the perspective of many who have, for example, been to Lancaster and have seen the big picture there. Likewise for Shelton Smith as another example. You take the cheap-shot route and heap criticism on these men and others, with clear prejudice, but never go the trouble to truly investigate. Surely you know that internet research is often inaccurate and seldom gives solid perspective. You shoot from the hip with pre-conceived prejudices and assumed stereotypes. That is why other Fundamental brethren have turned on you. ...

“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee. You presume to be the exclusive voice of God. ... You presume you are the only one who has any discernment. That is pride of heart, notwithstanding your feeble attempts at humility (i.e., ‘I am just a long-haired hippy saved by grace.’)”

BROTHER CLOUD’S REPLY
Hello.

I didn’t say anything about the brethren not appreciating the warnings. 

What I said was that the brethren ignore the warnings and twist them and turn them into an occasion of personal attack. That is precisely what you have done in this e-mail by repeatedly charging me with pride, prejudice, etc., when you are in no position to know the condition of my heart.

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Friday Church News Notes, Volume 15, Issue 43

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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Northland
NORTHLAND OFFICIALLY A SOUTHERN BAPTIST INSTITUTION (Friday Church News Notes, October 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Northland International University (formerly Northland Baptist Bible College) is officially a Southern Baptist institution after the trustees voted to donate the school to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The decision to take Northland into the SBC was made under the leadership of the current president, Daniel Patz, who is the grandson of founder Paul Patz. Al Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Seminary, said, “The fact that there will be a Boyce College and Southern Seminary campus located in Wisconsin on a campus of this stature is an enormous step forward for Southern Baptists. I can only imagine what the founders of the Southern Baptist Convention would think to know that the reach of the SBC and its mother seminary is now of this magnitude in the upper Midwest” (“Southern Seminary trustees accept gift of Wisconsin university campus,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, news.sbts.edu, Oct. 15, 2014). Dennis Hansen, director of missions of the Bay Lakes Baptist Association in Appleton, Wisconsin, says, “I think the Southern Baptist work in the upper Midwest is really going to benefit from this.” Northland has been moving in this direction for some time. On October 22, 2002, we published a warning by Pastor Bobby Mitchell, Jr., that “Northland promotes John Piper’s materials to the student body and he is held in high esteem among the students.” Piper has influenced many independent Baptists in a Calvinistic, New Evangelical direction. About the time of Pastor Mitchell’s warning, I had observed that Northland’s bookstore featured many titles by New Evangelicals with no warning whatsoever, but Dr. Sam Horn, a vice president at Northland, responded to Mitchell’s warning as follows: “I can’t begin to tell you the times we have publicly addressed the Piper issue on our campus and encouraged our guys to stay off him. ... We did not renew contracts with two teachers last year over the issue of Hyper-Calvinism and Hyper-Dispensationalism. We are constantly hitting the Piper and New Evangelical issue” (“More about Northland and John Piper,” Fundamental Baptist Information Service, Oct. 25, 2012). Obviously they didn’t hit it hard enough! By 2010, the die was cast at Northland. Northland’s chapel welcomed Rick Holland, executive pastor of John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church. Not only is Holland a “hyper” Calvinist, he also heads up the “Resolved” conferences which pollute the minds and hearts of young people with Christian rock and rap. Matt Olson, former president of Northland, pushed the “in essentials unity” philosophy to justify the changes. Last year he said that issues such as “Bible translations, music, dress, methods of ministry, secondary associations” are non-essentials and such things should not be used as a basis for separation (“Pursuing Transparency with Change,” MatthewOlson.com, Apr. 18, 2013). This is the Southern Baptist principle of “unity in diversity.” No wonder Northland joined the Convention. We are living in a time of breathtaking change, a time of blending, and most independent Baptist preachers and their churches are not in a position to stand. There was a time when a preacher could remain ignorant of important issues and drift along with the “herd” in a right direction, more or less, but that day is long past. Preacher friend, have you read our free eBook Why Most Independent Baptists Will Be Emerging within 20 Years? Are you a serious student? Are you educating yourself on issues such as music, ecumenism, "Christian" psychology, New Evangelicalism, and the emerging church? Are you educating your people properly?

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