Friday Church New Notes, Volume 15, Issue 38

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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BILL NYE READY TO “GO TO HELL” FOR HIS BELIEFS (Friday Church News Notes, September 19, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Bill Nye recently told Popular Science that he is ready to suffer eternal judgment rather than give up his evolutionary faith. “Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell. Even if I am going to hell, that still doesn’t mean the Earth is 6,000 years old. The facts just don’t reconcile” (“Evolutionist Bill Nye,” CharismaNews, Sept. 10, 2014). Nye starred in the Disney/PBS children’s television program “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which ran from 1993-1998 and which was part science and part comedic. Lately he has made himself the great defender of “true science,” which in his mind is evolutionary science, and the avowed enemy of creation science. Nye claims that a young earth doesn’t reconcile with the facts, but in a debate with Ken Ham in February he demonstrated a gross ignorance of the facts. Though he claims that creationism is dangerous to science, it was obvious that his examination of the creationist position has been perfunctory. It was apparent in the debate that he has not read the Bible. He doesn’t know its content and history, the rules of biblical interpretation, the principles of biblical apologetics, and such things as biblical archaeology and ancient history touching the Bible. It was obvious, too, that he is ignorant of the wealth of material written by highly educated creationists in defense of the biblical worldview. To mention a few: Andrew Snelling, Ph.D. geology - Earth’s Catastrophic Past, a two-volume, 1100-page work; Walt Brown, Ph.D. mechanical engineering, MIT - In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood; Stuart Burgess, Ph.D. biomimetics and engineering design - Hallmarks of Design; Lowell Coker, Ph.D. microbiology and biochemistry - Darwin’s Design Dilemma; Don DeYoung, Ph.D. physics - Thousands ... Not Billions; Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D. physical chemistry - By Design. All of these men are far more educated in “real science” than Bill Nye (with his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering), yet he despises their research by ignoring it. It was obvious, too, that Nye has not carefully examined the vast evidence that Jesus Christ is the Son of God that He claimed to be and that He did indeed rise from the dead as He said He would, evidence that has convinced many brilliant men and women, including scientists. Lacking the education necessary to reach an informed decision on his issue, Nye nonetheless cleaves stubbornly to his delusion that faith in the Bible is blind religious faith. And now he says he is ready to go to hell for his evolutionary faith, a faith which is indeed blind and which flies in the face of true science. Every known scientific fact tells us that a universe cannot come from nothing, that life cannot rise from non-life, and that complex things such as DNA require a designer and creator. I’m sorry for Bill Nye, but the Bible says his blindness is willful. He has the same opportunity to investigate the truth as any other man. For example, Bill Nye could read the books that have been written by lawyers who have used their judicial skills to investigate the claims of Christ. Examples are Simon Greenleaf’s An Examination of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Law, Edmund Bennett’s The Four Gospels from a Lawyer’s Standpoint, Irwin Linton’s A Lawyer Examines the Bible: An introduction to Christian Evidences, and Sir Norman Anderson’s Christianity the Witness of History: A Lawyer’s Approach. Bill Nye doesn’t have to go to hell. He could be saved through the lovely grace of Jesus Christ as multitudes of others have been, and the living Christ stands ready to prove the truth to any sincere seeker. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND STATE’S RIGHTS (Friday Church News Notes, September 19, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Federal Judge Becomes First to Uphold State Marriage,” Christian News Network, Sept. 4, 2014: “A federal judge nominated to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan has upheld Louisiana’s state constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman. ‘The court is persuaded that a meaning of what is marriage that has endured in history for thousands of years, and prevails in a majority of states today, is not universally irrational,’ wrote Judge Martin Feldman on Wednesday. He broke a series of over 20 federal decisions striking down state bans on same-sex ‘marriage,’ opining that states should have the right to decide its own affairs, including allowing voters to have their say regarding preserving the institution of marriage. ‘Must the states permit or recognize a marriage between an aunt and niece?’ Feldman asked…


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Old Protestant Hymns vs Contemporary Worship Songs

Rewritten September 18 (first published January 22, 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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It has been argued that since Baptist churches use Protestant hymns, it is acceptable to use contemporary worship songs that are have a biblically-sound message.


A fundamental Baptist pastor asked the following question:

“What is the difference in using songs that every denomination uses across the board from the past (‘Just as I Am,’ ‘Amazing Grace,’ etc.) to using songs that everyone uses across the board in the present (‘How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,’ ‘Holy Ground,’ ‘Majesty,’ etc.) if they follow Biblical principles and if we do not promote a particular artist whose lifestyle we don’t support?”

Another pastor said that if my position against CCM is true, I should stop using the King James Bible because it was written by Anglicans.

If we buy into this popular argument, we will not be able to resist the onslaught of CCM in any effective manner except perhaps to stand against hard rock, and that stand won’t last very long. Those who accept soft rock will eventually accept “hard” rock. Both have the same sensual character.

The following is my reply to this popular challenge:

First, the old Protestant denominations were fundamentally different from their modern counterparts.

The old Lutherans and Methodists were militant for the Christian faith and were not infiltrated by theological modernism, Darwinian evolution, and other new thinking.

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The Sin Unto Death

September 16, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

1 John 5:16-17 — “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.”

The sin unto death is a serious sin in the Christian life that is not repented of. It is a rejection of God’s discipline.

“... he that hateth reproof shall die” (Prov. 15:10).

The Bible teaches that God disciplines His children, and those who are not disciplined are not His (Heb. 12:5-8). The goal of His discipline is that “we might be partakers of his holiness” (Heb. 12:10). If the believer refuses to respond to God’s discipline and refuses to repent and persists in his sin, God will take his life. This is the sin unto death.

We see the sin unto death in 1 Corinthians 11:30-32. Some of the brethren died because of their unconfessed sin (1 Cor. 11:30-32).

We see the sin unto death in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, who died because they agreed together to lie to the church and to God (Acts 5:1-11). God made an example of them.

We see the sin unto death in the case of King Amaziah, who died because he rejected God’s reproof (2 Chronicles 25:14-16).

We see the sin unto death avoided in the case of David, who was told that he would have died had he not repented (2 Sam. 12:13).

Under the Mosaic law, there were many crimes which required the death penalty, including murder (Le. 24:17; De. 19:11-13), idolatry (Le. 20:2; De. 17:2-7), witchcraft (Le. 20:27), adultery (Le. 20:10; De. 22:21, 22), homosexuality (Le. 20:13), bestiality (Le. 20:15, 16), rape (De. 22:25-27), incest (Le. 20:17), blasphemy (Le. 24:11-16,23), presumption (De. 17:12-13), kidnapping (De. 24:7), and rebellion against parents (Le. 20:9).

1 Corinthians 5:11 might provide a list of the type of sins that become the sin unto death if not repented of.

As for praying for others in regard to the sin unto death (1 John 5:16-17), apparently this is something that the Holy Spirit will reveal as the necessity arises. Compare Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14; 14:11 and 15:1.

Even though God told Moses not to pray for rebellious Israel, he persevered anyway, and God answered the intercessor’s prayer (Exodus 32:10-14).
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What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals Gain Their Rights?


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If homosexual activists are given every right they demand, citizens in Western nations will be robbed of many liberties they have heretofore enjoyed. This is not a guess; it is a judgment based on current facts. The rights to free speech and to the free exercise of religion, in particular, will be effectively destroyed.

WHEN HOMOSEXUALS GAIN THEIR RIGHTS, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO SAY ANYTHING THAT MIGHT APPEAR BIASED AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY.

In 1997 Jo Ann Knight was fired by the Connecticut Department of Public Health after she counseled a homosexual couple from the Bible about salvation and about the necessity of repenting of sin. Knight’s job was to supervise the provision of medical services by Medicare agencies to home health care patients, and in that capacity she interviewed patients. The homosexuals filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights. A district court upheld Knight’s dismissal, claiming that her religious speech caused her clients distress and interfered with the performance of her duties.

In 2000 Evelyn Bodett was fired by CoxCom Cable for expressing her biblical views against homosexuality to a lesbian subordinate. They claimed that she was thereby “coercing and harassing” the lesbian contrary to company policy. The lesbian, Kelley Carson, had sought Bodett’s advice in regard to a recent breakup with her homosexual partner, and Bodett gave her biblical counsel that homosexuality is a sin. Carson complained about the matter to a supervisor. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Bodett’s religious discrimination suit.

In 2001 Richard Peterson was fired by Hewlett-Packard after he posted Bible verses condemning homosexuality. Peterson, who had worked for HP for nearly 21 years, posted the verses in response to the company’s diversity policy that requires acceptance of homosexuality. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2004 that Peterson was not discriminated against because of his religious beliefs. Commenting on the case, Stephen Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy, said: “The new rule in the workplace seems to be: The Bible is out; diversity is in” (“Using Caesar’s Sword,” AgapePress, March 19, 2004).

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Israel in Bible Prophecy

September 10, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org;)
The Bible’s amazing prophecies are evidence of its divine inspiration. They are clear and detailed and unfailing.

This is in contrast to extra-biblical prophecies, which are typically vague and inaccurate.

Consider the Sibyl prophetesses in the fourth century. When Maxentius consulted these before meeting Constantine in the battle on the banks of the Tiber, he was told, “On that day the enemy of Rome will perish.” This prophecy is so vague that it would apply to whoever won!

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The prophecies of Nostradamus were “cryptic” and “obscure.” Consider the following prophecy that is alleged to describe Hitler: “Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers: The greater part of the region will be against the Hister. The great one will cause it to be dragged in an iron cage, when the German child will observe nothing” (centuries #2, quatrain #24). This is so vague that it is meaningless.

Consider astrology. The forecasts are usually very vague, such as, “Some friends may have the feeling that you’ve been ignoring them.” And when the astrological forecasts are more precise, they are usually wrong. Two famous astrologers in Britain predicted that Hitler would not start World War II. Edward Lyndoe said, “The Nazis attacking Britain? Don’t make me laugh! Not a sign in my charts” (June 25, 1939).

Consider Jean Dixon. She prophesied that the Soviets would beat the U.S. to the moon, that World War III would begin in 1958, and that a cure would be found for cancer in 1967.

Consider Edgar Cayce. He prophesied that China would be converted to Christianity in 1968 and that Armageddon would occur in 1999.

In contrast, Bible prophecy is clear and detailed, and it has never failed. For example, the prophecies about Christ’s coming 2,000 years ago described such details as the exact time of His coming, the exact place of His birth, the piercing of His hands and feet on the cross, the words that He spoke from the cross, the soldiers gambling for His garments, and His burial in a rich man’s tomb.

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