January 14, 2011 Volume 12, Issue 02
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POPE SAYS GOD BEHIND THE BIG BANG (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
The Roman Catholic Church, which once put Erasmus Darwin’s evolutionary book Zoonomia on its index of forbidden books, has long since capitulated to a similar doctrine.
Pope Benedict XVI recently said that while evolution is true [to which John Paul II subscribed, also!], God is is its author.[SO MUCH FOR THE BOOK OF GENESIS!!]
He said that the scientific theories on the origin of the universe are not in conflict with “faith” but they cannot explain “the beauty of the world, in its mystery, in its greatness and in its rationality” (“God was behind Big Bang,” Reuters, Jan. 6, 2011).
The pope “sees no reason why God would not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species.”[Of course! GOD could not have gotten it right in His attempt to CREATE! HE had to do it is "evolutionary stages!]
This is because the pope doesn’t believe the Bible.
Not only is Genesis 1-11 plainly written as history rather than poetry or allegory, but Jesus and the apostles authenticated it as history.
In Luke 17:26-32, for example, Jesus mentions Noah, the Ark, the Flood, Lot, the destruction of Sodom by fire, and Lot’s wife. Elsewhere Jesus mentions the Creation (Mk. 13:19), Adam and Eve (Mat. 19:4-6; Mk. 10:6-7), Cain and Abel (Mat. 23:35; Lk. 11:50-51), and Abraham (John 8:39-40). Christ always treats Genesis as history, and it is impossible to honor Him as Lord and Saviour and disregard His teaching.
In Matthew 19:4-5, Christ mentions both “accounts” of creation in Genesis 1 and 2 and treats them as history. Charles Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus, preached evolution in his two-volume Zoonomia; or, the Laws of Organic Life (1794-96) [BANNED by Pope Leo XIII, a ban in effect as late as 1900! SO MUCH FOR PAPAL INFALLIBILITY!! THIS WAS A MATTER OF FAITH in which the Pope's decrees were/are to be considered INFALLIBLE!]. He believed that an intelligence created the first “living filament,” from which all life evolved.
LESBIAN EPISCOPAL PRIESTS “MARRY” (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
Thomas Shaw, Episcopalian bishop in Massachusetts, rang in the New Year by “marrying” two lesbian Episcopalian priests: Mally Lloyd, an official of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and Katherine Ragsdale, dean and president of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Ragsdale is a defender of abortion, calling it a “blessing” (“Lesbian Episcopal Clergy Married,” ChristianNewsWire, Jan. 5, 2011).
NC COUNCIL OF CHURCHES LED BY HOMOSEXUAL (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
The North Carolina Council of Churches has elected a homosexual as its incoming president (AP, Dec. 28, 2010). Fifty-five-year-old Stan Kimer is a leader in the Metropolitan Community Churches, which is a denomination geared largely to homosexuals and lesbians. This state council is a very liberal organization that has traded the gospel of salvation of souls for a leftist social gospel.
BEWARE OF EVANGELICAL SCHOLARSHIP (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
In the book New Evangelicalism: Its History, Characteristics, and Fruit [For a good tree bringth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrup tree bring forth good fruit. Luke 6:43], we warn about the corruption of evangelical scholarship over the past 60 years.
This has come about by the “repudiation of separatism” (to use the words of Harold Ockenga) and the resultant corrupting influence of theological liberalism. An example is Alfred Hoerth, who taught archaeology at Wheaton College for almost 30 years and authored the popular book Archaeology and the Old Testament. Hoerth claims to have a high view of biblical inspiration, but he holds to theistic evolution which is impossible to reconcile with Scripture.
He believes in the mythical evolutionary ages of development, such as the neolithic period, claiming that man gradually developed the use of metal working (pp. 36, 82) whereas the Bible plainly states that this was known by Adam’s immediate sons (Genesis 4).
He says that “fossils and mastodons date to prehistoric times” (p. 15). He allows for a naturalistic explanation of the destruction of Sodom (p. 98), says the crossing of the Red Sea was actually the crossing of the Reed Sea (p. 167), questions the number of Israelites in the wilderness (p. 178), is neutral about the extent of the Flood (p. 189), and allows for billions of geological years, considering it a non-issue (p. 199). (New Evangelicalism: Its History, Characteristics, and Fruit, is available in print and electronic versions from Way of Life Literature.)
ROME’S MARY ON THE CROSS AND ON GOD’S THRONE (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
Nothing more clearly demonstrates the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church than its doctrine of Mary.
According to Rome, she was immaculately (sinlessly) conceived, participated in Christ’s suffering for mankind, ascended bodily to Heaven [a fact ONLY DISCOVERED in 1950!! ha ha!], was crowned Queen of the universe, and intercedes for sinners.
During a radio message concluding the Jubilee of the Redemption, April 28, 1935, Pope Pius XI gave Mary the title Co-redemptrix. At least five times Pope Paul II referred to her by this title in his papal statements. [When he was shot, a previous nun, Ann Collins, wrote that all he would say was "Mary, my mother, Mary, my mother!"]
In his general audience on April 9, 1997, he said that Mary “collaborated in obtaining the grace of salvation for all humanity” (Vatican Information Service). This pope [John Paul II] dedicated himself and the whole world to Mary.
The influential book The Glories of Mary by Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, a Catholic saint, calls Mary our Life, our Help, our Advocate, our Guardian, our Mediatress, our Salvation, and the Hope of Sinners.
Chapter 5 says “Mary’s intercession is necessary for our salvation.”
This book was tested 20 times by the rules of Pope Urban VIII and Pope Benedict XIV and was said to contain not “one word worthy of censure.” It was pronounced to be without error by Pope Pius VII and by Pope Leo XII. Pope John Paul II acknowledged Liguori’s influence in his own idolatrous affection for Mary.
Liguori’s book continues to be published today with the imprimatur [Latin meaning “let it be printed”] of various Catholic authorities. Inside the Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major) basilica in Rome, Mary sits on the right hand of Jesus on His throne being crowned by Him as Queen of heaven.[The pagans have a few "queens of heaven," don't they?!! Isis, and so on!]
Outside of the basilica, Mary hangs on a cross with Jesus. Mary also hangs on the cross in the Church of the Mother of God of Polish Martyrs in Warsaw. In the Saint Stanislaus Kostka church in Chicago, Mary is seated in the place of God on the Ark of the Covenant.
[Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.]
THE BONE CHURCH AND THE BONE CHAPEL (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
Rome loves unburied bones and bodily tissue. I’ve seen two alleged skulls of John the Baptist, the head of a priest in Dublin, and the heart of a priest in Montreal. [ALL THIS IS SO VERY SICK!]
Rome’s churches feature loads of bones. There are good assortments at the Venerable Confraternity of Devotees of Jesus Christ on Calvary and of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Church of the Archconfraternity of Our Lady of Prayer and Death, the Church of the Stigmata, the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows at Frascati, and the basilica of St. Paul Without the Walls.
There is even a lavishly-adorned Bone Chapel beneath the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rome. Its five crypts contain the the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks arranged in artistic patterns. Some crypts have a speciality, such as the crypt of the skulls and the crypt of the pelvises. In 1797, Pope Pius VI granted a plenary indulgence to those who visit the Bone Chapel on the first Sunday in October, but both of our visits were in the month of April, so we missed out. The grandest bone collection of them all is in Bohemia at the Church of All Saints Ossuary. The bones of 40,000 human skeletons decorate the place.
There are rows of skulls, a massive bone chandelier, four bell-shaped mounds of bones, as well as an anchor and a coat of arms fashioned from bones. The woodcarver who built these wonderful objects of veneration even wrote his name with arm and hand bones on a wall by the stairs.
INTELLIGENT DESIGN: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM FOR EVOLUTIONISTS (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
Evolutionists say, “Where is the evidence for creation?” We reply, “Everywhere!” Everywhere we look in nature we find evidence of a Divine Designer. Biologist Michael Behe, though he is not a biblical creationist, calls “intelligent design” the elephant in the room for evolutionists.
He writes, “Imagine a room in which a body lies crushed, flat as a pancake. A dozen detectives crawl around, examining the floor with magnifying glasses for any clue to the identity of the perpetrator. In the middle of the room, next to the body, stands a large, gray elephant. The detectives carefully avoid bumping into the pachyderm’s legs as they crawl, and never even glance at it. Over time the detectives get frustrated with their lack of progress but resolutely press on, looking even more closely at the floor. ...
There is an elephant in the roomful of scientists who are trying to explain the development of life. The elephant is labeled ‘intelligent design.’
To a person who does not feel obliged to restrict his search to unintelligent causes, the straightforward conclusion is that many biochemical systems were designed. They were designed not by the laws of nature, not by chance and necessity; rather, they were planned” (Darwin’s Black Box, chapter 9, “Intelligent Design”).
The Bible itself says that the creation itself is evidence for the existence of an Almighty God.
The “design” argument, therefore, is Scriptural. Because the “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; t 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 1:18-20).
Here we see that God will hold men accountable for their rejection of Him because He has revealed Himself through the things that He has made. If an individual cannot “clearly see” God through creation, it is because his mind has been darkened through rebellion. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
TEMPORARY MISSIONARIES (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
This is the generation of short-term missionaries, of missionaries who don’t put down roots and stay put in order to plant solid, self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating biblical churches.
The situation has changed even in my lifetime. It is rare today for a couple to go to a “field” and stay put. [Oh! No! It is a wonderful and COST FREE experience to have and "provide" for their children! How else would a family of SIX, to include a small toddler be able to travel so much (Yes! They were in other countries!) and have two homes in different states immediately upon their return, eh, Matthew Furan, who was a "missionary" in Sri Lanka for but a few months?!
One just has to do the math, especially considering that according to Matthew Furan, he wasn't even saved but for 15 years, after which they both, he and Barbara, went to Bible college in Oklahoma, where it was THE KING JAMES BIBLE that was taught! Yet, for two and a half years, NEITHER could bring the importance of this Bible to the congregation!
One has to understand that in these very poor third-world countries, the white man is catered to, has many servants, etc..
I know this from experience: when in Goa, which is where I was born, I could not have counted the number of servants there were at my step-grandmother's house!
We, my bother and I, each had a nanny to ourselves when growing up in Bombay, India. Labor is very cheap, and easily abused!
I WONDER THE WORTH TO THE NATIVES OF SRI LANKA, AS WELL AS OTHER EXTREMELY POOR PLACES, OF SUCH A REVOLVING DOOR EXERCISED BY SUCH, UNCOMMITTED, MISSIONARIES!!
But ah! from the proud look that Barbara exhibited when she'd recall all the countries, places, to which they had been...!! PRICELESS, INDEED!!
The sheer WASTE OF GOD'S MONEY on the likes of these! Yet, these are the type churches, as the one that sent Matthew Furan on the world-wide tour, that continually push "missions" to the clueless congregations that give a LOT EXTRA MONEY for this purpose!]
The following is from Pastor Buddy Smith’s e-publication Heads Up, January 7, 2011
“I recently received as a gift the biography of Granny Brand, the mother of Paul Brand, outstanding missionary doctor to India. He pioneered the leprosy surgery needed by so many in India and Africa. There are so many precious passages in the book about Granny Brand, but one especially stood out to me. Granny Brand prayed for years and years for more labourers to reach the people living in the ‘Mountains of Death.’ Many came to survey this neglected field, but very, very few stayed. One after another they came, they saw, and they fled. Of one such group, she wrote, ‘They didn’t do enough to hurt them out here, but they had to go home on furlough to get over it.’ I can’t help wondering if these two little paragraphs do not describe precisely the present state of the churches at the end of the age? Maybe the jacuzzis and the shopping malls are calling, and because we are so idle and so apathetic, we hear and follow.”
GREEN POWER SILLINESS (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
The following is from Pastor Buddy Smith’s e-publication Heads Up, January 7, 2011
“Richard Littlejohn, writing about the many ‘green’ power-generating wind turbines deployed in England points out: ‘Over the past three weeks, with demand for power at record levels because of the freezing weather [Global warming, no doubt!], there have been days when the contribution of our forests of wind turbines has been precisely nothing.’ It gets better. ‘As the temperature has plummeted, the turbines have had to be heated to prevent them seizing up. Consequently, they have been consuming more electricity than they generate.’” [HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! THIS IS HILARIOUS!!]
EVOLUTIONISTS DRIVEN TO BELIEVE IN ALIENS AND SPACE SHIPS (Friday Church News Notes, January 14, 2011, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
In Charles Darwin’s day, the living cell was thought to be a simple blob of protoplasm. Working within the realm of this ignorance, it was possible for evolutionists such as Alexander Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane to believe that natural processes could have produced life. In the 20th century, though, there was an explosion of knowledge about genetics and micro-biology and it is now known that the simplest living cell, and even the individual proteins and organelles within the cell, are incredibly complicated.
This fact has driven some evolutionists to believe in aliens and space ships. Consider FRANCIS CRICK, the co-discoverer of DNA’s double helix structure. He was a convinced evolutionist and an opponent of Christianity, but he realized that life could not have spontaneously arisen in “a warm pond.”
In his 1981 book Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature, Crick theorized that life was created somewhere in the universe by an unknown intelligence and sent to this solar system by aliens using space travel technology. British scientist Sir FRED HOYLE and astronomer CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE reached the same conclusion. Hoyle said, “The notion that not only the biopolymers but the operating prog
se of a high order” (“The Big Bang in Astronomy,” New Scientist, November 19, 1981, p. 527). Instead of allowing this knowledge leading him to the Creator God, Hoyle believed that the earth has been repeatedly seeded with alien life, and that the seeding has been a product of intelligent design by some unknown higher power with “an overt plan of planetary invasion” (Evolution from Space, p. 126).
RICHARD SHAPIRO, Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard, also argued that life is too complex to have evolved through any of the proposed evolutionary processes and in the book Origins: A Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth he speculated that life originated in outer space.
RICHARD DAWKINS, who has called the God of the Bible “the most unpleasant character in all fiction,” said in an interview with Ben Stein that he, too, suspects that life was seeded on earth by aliens. This was published in the documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”
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