Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 22

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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Friday Church News May 29, 2015
IRISH VOTERS APPROVE GAY “MARRIAGE” (Friday Church News Notes, May 29, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In a major sign of the times, by a margin of 60%, voters in the Republic of Ireland (not to be confused with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom) backed a measure to amend its constitution to allow gay “marriage.” Ireland is a Roman Catholic country. Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister, said, “We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish” (“Ireland Has Voted,” CNSNews.com, May 23, 2015). Mr. Varadkar doesn’t believe the Bible. The move to legalize gay “marriage” is not light, but darkness. Marriage was created by a holy God as the first human institution, and it cannot be shaped by human whim like a nose of wax. The God who created marriage is not dead, and every man will give account to Him. The supporters of gay “marriage” frame the issue in terms of human rights and equality, but the issue is actually about the nature of marriage. This proud generation thinks it is wise enough to change 6,000 years of human tradition based on God’s Word, but the result will be confusion and the destruction of all standards of morality.“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

U2 PROMOTES HOMOSEXUAL “MARRIAGE” (Friday Church News Notes, May 29, 2015, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The rock band U2 posted an Instagram note in support of same-sex “marriage” in Ireland’s recent referendum. The note said, “In the name of love vote yes.” The phrase is a reference to their song “Pride (in the Name of Love)” which is supposed to be about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Three members of the band (Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr.) profess to be Christians and have a great influence in evangelicalism, the emerging church, and the contemporary worship movement. Phil Johnson calls Bono “the chief theologian of the Emerging Church Movement” (Absolutely Not! Exposing the Post-modern Errors of the Emerging Church, p. 9). Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, says that..

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Fundamental Baptists and Big Daddy Weave

May 28, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)


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On the last night of the Friends Conference at Crown Baptist College in April 2014, Kenny Baldwin sang Big Daddy Weave’s “Redeemed.” He introduced the song by saying that in a service at his church he had asked his song leader to sing the song repeatedly because it “touched so many people.”

Regardless of whether or not the song “touched” people,” it is a dangerous error for a fundamental Baptist preacher to promote Big Daddy Weave or any of the other CCM groups that have the same ecumenical, non-judgmental, one-world church philosophy.

One brother who listened to the sermons from the 2014 Friends Conference observed, “I was saddened to see how Christian ‘liberty’ is held in such high regard and ‘biblical separation’ is seldom if ever mentioned.”

Big Daddy Weave is a successful contemporary band composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jod Shirk, and Brian Beihl. Their hits include “Redeemed,” “Fields of Grace,” “Audience of One,” and “Every Time I Breathe.” The band was formed in 2002.

They are Christian rockers who hold the ecumenical, “non-judgmental” philosophy that permeates CCM.

In an interview for their 2008 album
What Life Would Be Like, Mike Weaver said:

“We all grew up in church. That is awesome, and I’m thankful for it, but there is also some baggage that comes with that. We grew up hearing people talk about grace, but there seemed to be an unspoken law that said, ‘but you also have to do this, this, this, this, and this.’ Nobody ever said it out loud, but I saw how people who didn't do ‘this, this, this, this, and this’ were treated. Now truly, you will know a tree by its fruit, but that’s not grace. With What Life Would Be Like we are ripping up our old expectations to get to a place where we can receive the heart of God” (“Big Daddy Weave Bio,” 94fmthefish.com, n.d.).

The “grace” that Big Daddy Weave and their friends in the contemporary Christian music scene preach is not the grace of Scripture.

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Southern Gospel Music Video Presentation

May 27, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)


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We have made our complete 11-part video series Music for Good or Evil available for free as eVideo downloads.

This series, which is packed with photos, video and audio clips, has ten segments, including one on Southern Gospel music.

The download page is as follows:
http://www.wayoflife.org/mfgoe.html

I. Biblical Principles of Good Christian Music (two parts).

II. Why We Reject Contemporary Christian Music.
We cover the following reasons: It is worldly, addictive, ecumenical, charismatic, shallow and man-centered, opposed to preaching, experience-oriented, and it weakens the strong biblicist stance of a church.

III. The Sound of Contemporary Christian Music. In this section we give the believer simple tools that he can use to discern the difference between sensual and sacred music. We deal with syncopated dance styles, sensual vocal styles, relativistic styles, and overly soft styles that do not fit the message. Audio clips illustrate each point.

IV. The Transformational Power of Contemporary Worship Music. We show why CCM is able to transform a “traditional” Bible-believing church into a contemporary one. Its transformational power resides in its enticing philosophy of “liberty” and in its sensual, addictive music. We use audio and video clips to illustrate the sound of contemporary worship.

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Daniel's 70 Weeks

May 26, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

Daniel’s “70 week” prophecy is one of the most amazing and important prophecies in Scripture. A Book that foretells the future in detail with perfect accuracy is obviously a Divine Book!

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate” (Daniel 9:24-27).

The 70 weeks are weeks of years, or 490 years. This is evident by the fulfillment.

During this 70 week period, God’s judgments upon Israel will be completed and Christ will return to establish the kingdom. The angel tells Daniel that the prophecy pertains to his own people, the Jews, and to the holy city, which is Jerusalem (Dan. 9:24).

The first 69 weeks (483 years) lasted from the time that the commandment was given to “restore and build Jerusalem” after the Babylonian captivity to the time of Christ’s “cutting off.”

There were two commandments by Persian kings pertaining to the rebuilding of Jerusalem. First, there was the commandment in 536 BC by Cyrus for Zerubbabel to build the temple (Ezra 1:1-3). Second, there was the commandment in 444 BC by Artaxerxes for Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and the city (Neh. 2:1-8). Since Daniel 9:25 speaks particularly of the rebuilding of the city streets and wall, it appears that Artaxerxes’ commandment is the one that began the 69 weeks.

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Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 21

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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PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA (Friday Church News Notes, May 22, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On the so-called International Day Against Homophobia on May 17 President Obama released a statement declaring, “We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love.” Obama has been the most pro-homosexual president in U.S. history and has laid the groundwork for broad-scale persecution of anyone who does not accept “homosexual rights,” because when homosexuals gain the right to live as they please, Bible-believing Christians lose the right to oppose homosexuality as a sin. This is a major sign of the times, as Bible prophecy likens the end times to the days of Lot (Lk. 17:28-30). The International Day Against Homophobia began in 2005, and one of the founding organizations was the World Congress of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual] Jews. In 2009 “transphobia” was added, and in 2015 “biphobia” was added, so it is now called The International Day of Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This illustrates how that there is no end to the moral abominations that will be lumped into the category of homosexual rights. The U.S. State Department issued a statement “reaffirming our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against LGBTI persons must end--and it must end now.” The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo was illuminated with rainbow colors to mark the occasion. The day is officially recognized by the European Union Parliament.

VATICAN RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE (Friday Church News Notes, May 22, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In a new treaty finalized on May 13, the Vatican has officially recognized “the state of Palestine.” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists” (“Vatican recognizes state of Palestine,” The Times of Israel, May 13, 2014). In a papal audience on May 16, Pope Francis called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace.” Three years ago, the Vatican had “welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state.” The Roman Catholic Church has long been opposed to Israel. Jews were slaughtered during the Catholic crusades and placed in ghettos in Catholic-controlled cities. The heresy of Replacement Theology, which replaces Israel with the Church, was fathered by Rome and..

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