Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 12

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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TEMPLE ALTAR REBUILT, READY FOR USE (Friday Church News Notes, March 27, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Temple Institute has announced the completion of an altar of burnt sacrifice intended for the Third Temple (Breaking Israel News, Mar. 9, 2015). Founded in 1986, the Temple Institute’s objective is “to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.” The founder of the Institute, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, was a member of the paratrooper unit that liberated the Temple Mount in 1967 at the end of the Six Day War. At much expense (tens of millions of dollars have been donated) and based on extensive research, they have fashioned priestly garments, the high priest’s golden crown costing $30,000, the high priest’s breastplate with its 12 precious stones inscribed with the names of the tribes of Israel, a copper laver, an incense altar, silver trumpets, gold- and silver-plated shofars, harps, and many other things. Of special interest is the large menorah that was fashioned from 95 pounds of pure gold, valued at about $2.5 million. The altar of burnt sacrifice, completed last December, is made of bricks fired at roughly 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 degrees Fahrenheit). It can be disassembled and reassembled quickly. In July 2012, the Temple Institute published a video entitled “The Children Are Ready,” depicting children building a model of the Third Temple on an Israeli beach. In Jewish tradition, the rebuilding of the Temple is associated with the coming of the Messiah. According to Maimonides (also called Rambam), the highest rabbinical authority, any Jew that starts rebuilding the Temple is a potential Messiah. Shimon ben Kosiba was considered a Messiah in the second century when he led a revolt to recapture Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. He was named Bar Kokhba (“Son of the Star”) based on the Messianic prophecy of Numbers 24:17, and a coin was struck depicting the Temple with the Ark of the Covenant inside and the Messianic star on the roof. By this tradition, it is simple to see how the Antichrist will be looked upon as the Messiah. (For more see The Future According to the Bible, available in print and eBook editions from www.wayoflife.org.)

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF SPEAKS AGAINST ISRAEL’S “OCCUPATION” OF THE WEST BANK (Friday Church News Notes, March 27, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Speaking at J Street’s fifth annual conference, Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, called Israel’s control of the West Bank “an occupation” that “must end” (“Obama’s Chief of Staff Fires up J Street,” Breitbart.com, Mar. 23, 2015). J Street “was founded to disrupt the close U.S.-Israel alliance and to serve as an alternative to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel group.” Israel won control over West Bank and east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War, though it has withdrawn from most Palestinian towns and returned control of the Temple Mount to the Muslims. Those who consider Israel an illegal “occupier” of any part of that land don’t believe God’s eternal promise to Abraham and his seed, and the fact that Israel is willing to bargain any part of the Promised Land for peace is evidence of her continued apostasy. “And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now..

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Evidence For The Creator Is Irrefutable

March 26, 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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Atheists claim that there is no evidence for God, and agnostics claim that the evidence is not sufficient. The Bible reveals the secrets of men’s hearts to show that atheists and agnostics are deceiving themselves.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed
it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:16-20).

Consider the teaching of this foundational passage of Scripture:

First, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16-17).

This teaches us that we must focus on the gospel. Apologetics are not enough. Winning arguments is not enough. We should answer every sincere question that people have, but we must always come back to the gospel, because it is the power of God unto salvation. By answering questions and refuting evolution and other false philosophies we can help people come to Christ. An example is the first friend the Lord gave me in Christ. Richard grew up in an agnostic home and was educated at the university. Somehow he found a little book refuting evolution. It was the first time that he was challenged about this teaching. He began to think that evolution might not be true and decided to read the Bible for himself. As he read, he realized that its teaching seemed to be true. Eventually he met some Christians and trusted Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He wasn’t saved through creation teaching or arguments against evolution, but these things prepared the way so he would consider the gospel.

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How Many Scientists Reject Darwinian Evolution?

March 25, 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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High Schools, colleges, and universities typically teach only one theory of origins, that being evolution, and the students are not presented with a creationist or even an Intelligent Design viewpoint. In fact, they are often given the idea that no true scientist today is a creationist.

Richard Dawkins, a brash atheist and anti-creationist, says:

“Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact. ... Evolution is a fact, and [my] book will demonstrate it. No reputable scientist disputes it, and no unbiased reader will close the book doubting it” (Dawkins, The Greatest Show in Earth, 2010).

“There is no doubt now; no serious scientist has any doubt that evolution is a fact, in the sense that we are cousins of chimpanzees, monkeys and wombats and cassowaries” (Dawkins, interview with
COSMOS magazine, May 23, 2012).

According to Dawkins, no reputable scientist disputes evolution, and if you do doubt evolution, you are biased, unintelligent, and your sanity should be questioned.

Consider some other examples of this view:

“... no scientist denies the central truth of [Darwin’s] The Origin, the idea of descent with modification ... plants, animals and everything else descended from a common ancestor” (Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, University College of London, Darwin’s Ghost, 2000, pp. xvii, xxiii).

“... no educated person any longer questions the validity of the so-called theory of evolution, which we now know to be a simple fact” (Ernst Mayr, professor of zoology, Harvard University, “Darwin’s Influence on Modern Thought,”
The Best American Science Writing 2001, edited by Timothy Ferris, p. 141).

“Evolution is a fact and no educated scientist doubts it” (Gary Huxley, biologist, Brandt University, quoted by Paul McDorman, “Noted Evolutionist Says He Won’t Debate Creationists,”
World by Design, 2011, p. 1).

“In fact, all scientists accept the reality of evolution” (Joseph McInerney, director of Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, quoted by David Hill, “Counter Evolutionary,”
Education Week, Nov. 20, 1996, p. 7).

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Occupation of the Saints in Christ’s Kingdom

March 24, 2015 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
Micah 4:4
We read in the Bible:

“And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth” (Psa. 72:15-16).

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut THE SIX WORKING DAYS; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened” (Eze. 46:1).

God made man to work and explore and learn. That is the purpose of the creation over which man is the head (Gen. 1:27-28).

The creation is for enjoyment, education, occupation, and revelation.

The idea of the saints sitting around strumming harps in a sort of glorious rapture is unscriptural. A lazy, inactive life is a wasted life that is out of God’s will. The book of Proverbs emphasizes how much God hates sluggardism. See Proverbs 6:6-11; 10:4, 26; 12:24, 27; 15:19; 19:15, 24; 20:4, 13; 21:25-26; 22:13; 24:30-34; 26:13-16.

We don’t know all of the things that men will do in the kingdom, but we read about teaching (Isa 2:3; 66:19), governing and administering justice (Isa. 60:17; Mat. 5:21-26; Rev. 2:26-27), mining, silver and gold smithing, metallurgy (Psa. 72:15; Isa. 60:6, 9, 17), shipping (Isa. 42:10; 60:8), land transportation (Isa. 60:5-6), husbandry and agriculture (Isa. 60:6-7; 61:5; 65:21; Jer. 32:12-13; Mic. 4:3-4), carpentry (Isa. 60:13), construction (Isa. 60:10; 61:4; 65:21; Jer. 31:38-40), real estate commerce (Jer. 32:43-44), fishing (Ezek. 47:10), chariot making (Isa. 66:20), textiles, sewing (Psa. 45:8, 13-14), perfume making (Psa. 45:8).

In Christ’s kingdom, the main work will be to learn of God in Christ (John 17:3; 1 John 5:20). Man was not created to live for himself but to know God and to walk in fellowship with Him in obedience to His law (Ecc. 12:13). Christ invites men, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me” (Mat. 11:28-29). As the eternal ages progress, we will be ever learning of God’s wisdom (Eph. 1:8-9), God’s grace (Eph. 2:7), God’s love (Eph. 3:17-19), and of every aspect of God’s character.

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Friday Church News, Volume 16, Issue 12

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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ISIS WANTS TO BLOW UP WHITE HOUSE, BIG BEN (Friday Church News Notes, March 20, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “ISIS wants to blow up White House, Big Ben, and Eiffel Tower,” National Post, Canada, Mar. 12, 2015: “The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham wants to ‘blow up your White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower,’ its official spokesman said in an audio message Thursday that claimed the ultra-violent extremist group had expanded its reach into West Africa. In his first speech in two months, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram and listed the cities ‘we want,’ from Paris and Rome to Jerusalem and Kabul. The 28-minute Arabic-language audio, translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, appeared to be an attempt to rally ISIS fighters and intimidate international audiences amid setbacks in Iraq. Al-Adnani was also capitalizing on the recent decision of Boko Haram, notorious for its indiscriminate bombings and kidnappings of girls, to align itself with ISIS. He called it ‘a new door opened by Allah’ and directed jihadists to West Africa.”

TENS OF THOUSANDS RALLY FOR CHAPLAIN ACCUSED OF BEING ANTI-GAY (Friday Church News Notes, March 20, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Fox News, Mar. 12, 2015: “Thousands of Americans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and famed evangelist Franklin Graham, have come to the defense of a chaplain who could be thrown out of the Navy because of his Christian faith. Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder has been accused of failing to show ‘tolerance and respect’ in private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality--specifically homosexuality. Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to ‘function in the diverse and pluralistic environment’ of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. The highly decorated, 19-year military veteran previously served in the Marine Corps and has had several high-profile assignments--including being named force chaplain of the Navy SEALs. Just a few months ago, Modder’s commander called him ‘the best of the best’ and a ‘consummate professional leader’ worthy of an early promotion. But all that changed after Modder’s assistant, a married gay officer at the base who was upset about the minister’s views on same-sex relationships and homosexuality, filed a complaint against the chaplain. The young officer had been..

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