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Friday, November 23, 2012



NOVEMBER 23, 2012, VOLUME 13, ISSUE 47

(David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) –
FRANKLIN GRAHAM REFUSES TO CALL A CULT A CULT (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,,, 866-295-4143) - Franklin Graham recently told CNN that he was shocked when he learned that there was an article at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s web site naming Mormonism as a cult. The article was removed soon after Billy and Franklin met with Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Franklin said, “We have 10,000 pages and I don’t write the 10,000 pages. Other people have written it. There was a discussion as to what a cult was and they had a definition of a cult and then they gave some examples and when I found out there were examples they took them off. But I was shocked that we even had that on there” (“Franklin Graham Was Shocked,” Christian Post, Nov. 15, 2012). Claiming that this is “name-calling,” Franklin said, “If I want to win a person to Christ, how can I call that person a name? That’s what shocked me, that we were calling people names. ... I’m an evangelist and I want to reach as many people as I can. If I’m calling them names, it doesn’t work.” No one has done more to build the apostate one-world church than Billy Graham through pursuing humanistic pragmatism instead of being faithful to God’s Word, and Franklin is following in his footsteps. Both hide their compromise under the shadow of being an “evangelist,” but where does the Bible say that an evangelist is exempt from earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), a faith that includes the whole body of New Testament truth and not just salvation by grace alone? And where does the Bible say that an evangelist is exempt from marking and avoiding those who teach contrary to apostolic doctrine (Romans 16:17), or from turning away from those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5), or from identifying and rebuking false teachers and compromisers plainly as Jesus and the apostles did (Matthew 23:13-33; 2 Corinthians 11:12-15; Galatians 1:6-9; Philippians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 1:15; 2:16-18; 4:10, 14; 2 Peter 2; 2 John 2:7-11; Jude 4-19)?

Jesus is the Evangelist of evangelists, yet He denounced false teachers publicly as hypocrites, blind guides, children of hell, fools and blind, serpents, and vipers. Paul called them vain babblers, vessels unto dishonor, enemies of the cross of Christ, accursed, false apostles. Peter called them presumptuous, selfwilled, as natural brute beasts, beguiling unstable souls, cursed children, wells without water. John called them deceivers. Jude called them filthy dreamers, clouds without water, twice dead, raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever, murmurers. By not plainly condemning false teachers, the Grahams are brazenly, presumptuously disobeying the Bible and demonstrating that they are not true Bible preachers. When measured by the standard of popular “evangelicalism” the Grahams are greatly acclaimed, but when measured by the infallible and unchangeable Word of God, they are found to be enemies of the very cross that they profess to love, because it is impossible to preach the truth and hold hands with the enemies of the truth without destroying the truth. “And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD” (2 Ch. 19:1-2). 

Jehoshaphat’s compromise with Jehu was not a small thing. It resulted in the spiritual corruption of Israel at the hands of Jehoshaphat’s son and grandson Jehoram and Ahaziah, who brought idolatry into Judea through their relationship with Ahab’s family, the  bridge to which was foolishly built by Jehoshaphat, the pragmatist. (For more on this see Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience, a free eBook available from
REPLY TO A DEMOCRAT (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,,, 866-295-4143) - Last week I received the following note. The capitalization was in the original. “I am sorry, but I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! I am a 66 year old retired Steel Worker. I have been a Christian since I was 15. I have followed your website for the last 3 years. My Grandparents, parents, & all my family have been and are DEMOCRATS! WE VOTE THE WAY WE WANT!  AND WE ARE SICK OF THOSE WHO CONDEMN US FOR VOTING THE WAY WE DO!! THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS WHO ARE DEMOCRATS! YOU MENTION ONLY TWO ISSUES, BOTH OF WHICH WOULD NOT CHANGE EVEN UNDER  REPUBLICAN RULE! AS OF NOW I AM DROPPING YOU AND NO LONGER WISH TO RECEIVE ANY EMAILS FROM YOU. GOOD RIDDANCE.” REPLY FROM BROTHER CLOUD: You have every right to test my preaching by God’s Word, but your carnal anger is not righteous. It is also terribly misguided. When did I ever say that the Republicans are good? I have condemned both the Democrats and the Republicans. America has never been a righteous nation, and it is more wicked today than ever. That is what I preach. But that is no excuse to vote for a political party that has the murder of unborn babies and the “marriage” of homosexuals as an official part of its platform, a party that has brazenly shaken its silly fist in God’s face. You are dead wrong, friend, and you will give account to God. If I were you, I would be preparing myself to stand before Almighty God instead of criticizing a preacher who preaches God’s righteous Word in an unrighteous age, criticizing him on the basis of your own thinking. If you have been saved for 51 years, it certainly doesn’t show in your e-mail. I say little about politics, but when I do I base my comments on God’s Word. If you can show me where I preach something contrary to God’s Word, do it. Otherwise, you need to repent of your attitude and your ways. “Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not" (Prov. 29:24).
ABORTION DESTROYING BLACKS IN AMERICA (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,,, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “White People Don’t Like Abortion,”, Nov. 12, 2012: “Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger believed in using abortion to rid the world of the ‘unfit.’ In Sanger's world, the unfit included blacks and she hoped they would be eliminated with the help of her organization. As she wrote in her autobiography, Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 ‘to stop the multiplication of the unfit.’ This, she boasted, would be ‘the most important and greatest step towards race betterment.’ While she oversaw the mass murder of black babies, Sanger cynically recruited minority activists to front her death racket. She conspired with eugenics financier and businessman Clarence Gamble to ‘hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities’ to sell their genocidal policies as community health and welfare services. Outright murder wouldn’t sell. But wrapping it under the egalitarian cloak of ‘women's health’--and adorning it with the moral authority of black churches--would. Sanger and Gamble called their deadly campaign ‘The Negro Project.’ ... Planned Parenthood receives $500 million from the government each year and funded millions of dollars worth of advertisements this year to get Barack Obama reelected. Sanger’s dream is coming true today as Planned Parenthood clinics are purposely placed in minority neighborhoods to target pregnant women. Fast forward: Five decades and 16 million aborted black babies later, Planned Parenthood’s insidious agenda has migrated from inner-city ‘birth control bureaus’ to public school-based health clinics to the White House--forcibly funded with taxpayer dollars just as Sanger championed. ... 28 percent of the black race has been wiped out by abortion. More than 1400 black babies are aborted every day. Though blacks make up 12% of the population, they make up 36% of abortions.” 
MORE BRIDGE BUILDING FROM IFB TO THE DANGEROUS WATERS OF EVANGELICALISM (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,,, 866-295-4143) - The Minnesota Baptist Association has announced that Phil Johnson will be the featured speaker at its men’s fellowship in September 2013. Johnson is the executive director of John MacArthur’s broadcast ministry Grace to You. The announcement says, “Phil is known as a faithful proclaimer and expositor of the Word of God” (“Men’s Fellowship to be Held,” Minnesota Baptist Association, Nov. 9, 2012). These are dangerous waters. MacArthur, who used to condemn “cultural liberalism” and the worldly “new Calvinists,” in recent years is moving rapidly into that very camp. The Master’s College, which is headed by MacArthur, hosted a hip-hop concert in December 2011 featuring Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tadashii, Sho Baraka, DJ Official, and THI’SL. The Master’s College students produce pop/rap/country rock videos with full blown dance routines and covers of secular rock songs. They host a Fall Thing event that is extremely worldly. In 2011 the theme was ‘Unrestricted Reality,’ and the students donned costumes imitating characters from Star Wars, sci-fi fantasy, super heroes, and the pop culture in general. This plays right into the hands of the culture’s fascination with fantasy and the devil’s use of it to corrupt men’s minds. The young people wouldn’t want to dress up this way unless their minds and hearts were already in love with Hollywood. The Master’s College’s annual Week of Welcome features beach activities and pool parties complete with girls in tight and very skimpy bathing suits. (This is not “hearsay.” All of it is evident from the photos placed at the Flickr pages owned by the camp and school and from YouTube clips. See
TWILIGHT LEADING TEENS TO VAMPIRISM (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,,, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “‘Twilight Break Dawn’ Leading Teens to Bloodletting,” Christian Post, Nov. 12, 2012: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which opens in theaters on Friday, is the last chapter of the popular ‘Twilight’ movie series, but a Christian producer and author has warned that it is just the beginning when it comes to leading teenagers into occult practices. ... In his interview with Christian Post, Steve Wohlberg said he has been watching the trend of teenagers getting involved in the occult for a long time--starting with the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies, which the producer says led many curious teens to inquire about the Wiccan religion. ‘When the Twilight series came out, I knew that just like Harry Potter contributed to interest in Wicca, Twilight will increase interest in vampirism,’ he shared. ‘There is a whole network of organizations that are promoting vampirism, and it is very easy to go on the Internet an type in teenage vampire, and you will find websites that are teaching kids how to get involved in drinking blood, how to find a donor, how to get involved in vampirism, and the evidence is so overwhelming that kids are getting involved in occultism and vampirism left and right.’ Wohlberg noted that the problem is not just limited to American teenagers--there are ‘clans’ reportedly popping up all over Australia that are actually involved in drinking blood. ... ‘The reality is that teens who are involved in mesmerizing entertainment that are saturated with occultism an making occultism look positive, there is just a lot of people who are getting lured into the real things, and that is a very dangerous trip,’ Wohlberg added. ‘The biggest danger is that kids will try to emulate the heroes (in movies like Twilight) and when they check out real occultism, they can be invaded by demonic forces.’”
SUFFICIENCY OF THE EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE’S DIVINE INSPIRATION (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,,, 866-295-4143) - For the unbiased, God gives enough evidence to prove that the Bible is divinely inspired, but enough is left unproven and enough questions remain to give the willful unbeliever rope to hang himself. As the renowned Harvard law professor Simon Greenleaf stated: ‘Christianity does not profess to convince the perverse and head-strong, to bring irresistible evidence to the daring and profane, to vanquish the proud scorner, and afford evidences from which the careless and perverse cannot possibly escape. This might go to destroy man’s responsibility. All that Christianity professes, is to propose such evidences as may satisfy the meek, the tractable, the candid, the serious inquirer’ (The Testimony of the Evangelists Examined by the Rules of Evidence). In His story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16, Jesus warned that no amount of evidence will convince a committed skeptic. The Word of God itself is the ultimate evidence, and men are required to believe it. A committed skeptic would not be convinced if he saw Noah’s ark with his own eyes and if Noah himself rose from the dead to tell the story. “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:27-31). 
SHARIA LAW OPERATING IN ENGLAND (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Islamic Sharia Law Comes to Great Britain,” CBN News, Nov. 15, 2012: “Stoning for adultery. Amputations for theft. Death for apostates. And second-class status for Christians and Jews. This is life under Sharia law, the Islamic system practiced in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Great Britain. Yes, Great Britain. There are reportedly some 85 Sharia courts now operating there, with Islamic judges ruling on cases ranging from financial to marital disputes among British Muslims. ‘We went into some proceedings and there were a couple of Islamic judges sitting up above the rest,’ said Alan Craig, who recently stepped down as leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance party. ... Craig is a former city councilor in East London, home to several Sharia courts where women face open discrimination. ‘A woman's witness value is half that of a man,’ Craig told CBN News. ‘So [the courts] will tend, therefore, to take the man's position in a divorce.’ ... Muslim women in Great Britain often face intimidation within their communities to settle things the Sharia way. ... The courts have popped up in several British cities with large Muslim populations, including Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester, and London. The Tower Hamlets section of East London is arguably the epicenter of the Sharia movement in Great Britain. The impoverished borough has been dubbed ‘The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets.’ Its first elected mayor is a Muslim who critics say has ties to extremist groups. His office declined CBN News's request for an interview.”
A MAN LIKE JONAH (Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012,, 866-295-4143) - The following is from John Phillips’ commentary on Jonah: “God can use a man like Jonah far more than He can use a spineless, compromising one. ‘I would thou wert cold or hot,’ the Lord said to the Laodiceans (Revelation 3: 15). In spite of his many faults, Jonah was just the man for Nineveh. Nobody else would do. Likewise God can use us, no matter what our temperamental strengths and weaknesses might be. He has a place for all of us in His plan, whether we are impetuous like Peter, crafty like Jacob, meek like Moses, or headstrong like Jonah. But first He must extinguish our passions, which are too often set on fire by Hell, and then rekindle them with fire from on high. God does not try to make a Peter out of a Paul, a Samson out of a Samuel, or a Moses out of a Joshua. God takes people as He finds them, changes them, and then uses them. Jonah is the classic Biblical example of how God does His perfect work with an imperfect instrument.”

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