VOL. XII  NO. 3   NEWS & VIEWS, NOTES & QUOTES, TO WARN & INFORM   February 1, 1995

UN TREATY FOR TOTAL EQUALITY FOR WOMEN—A United Nations treaty, called the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, is a carry-over from the failed Equal Rights Amendment of the 70s. (12/94 Chr. Legal Defense). It contains many very dangerous government expanding provisions that make it extremely objectionable to Christians. Would it force churches to have women pastors? It would require the option of abortion to be available for all women up until the birth of the child. It would require state owned and operated day care centers equipped to care for newborns on up. It allows governments to use reverse discrimination laws to expedite total equality.

BEWARE OF DARE—DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a $750 million-a-year popular drug-prevention program. It has many positive features, but many parents' groups have protested the pseudo psychology at its core. It is modeled upon a values clarification approach and often incorporates humanistic premises. Al Dager says: "Values clarification is a tool of Satan to take children from under the authority of their parents and place their decision-making in the hands of a godless, mindless, state-mandated educational system." DARE's effectiveness has been questioned by a new study (12/94 CWR) which found DARE to be statistically insignificant in preventing drug use in a target group of fifth and sixth-grade students.

DEATH PENALTY FOES SUPPORT MORE MURDERS—The editor of National Review gives evidence of the slaughter that results from the failure to sentence murderers to death: "Of the roughly 52,000 state prison inmates serving time for murder in 1984, an estimated 810 had previously been convicted of murder and had killed 821 persons following those convictions. Executing each of these inmates...would have saved 821 lives...Would not life imprisonment serve as well? No. A 1987 Justice Department study showed at least five federal prison officers killed since December 1982, in three cases by inmates serving murder sentences." (7/1 CACC).

F. GRAHAM TO GO CASUAL—Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son and possible successor, seems to disdain the little dignity left in the ministry. He refuses to follow the time-honored ministry dress code (12/94 VITW). He says he will wear in the pulpit blue jeans, cowboy boots, no coat, his collar unbuttoned without a tie. At a service in Raleigh, NC recently he told an audience: "I suppose you are wondering why I have on a suit and tie. Well, Dad and Mom are here."

ALCOHOL A DESTRUCTIVE DRUG—Alcohol is a mind-altering, physically destructive drug whose effects are as destructive as illegal drugs. There are 15.3 million Americans who use or abuse alcohol (2/95 Light). Each year, 108,000 deaths are attributed to alcohol, and over $98 billion in lost work time. Other drug use accounts for another $70 billion in crime, lost work time and other losses. The Bible warns of the deadly nature of alcohol and other drugs.

HOMOSEXUALITY CUTS LIFE SPAN IN HALF—A new study conducted by the Family Research Institute in Washington, DC found that homosexuality reduces a person's life span by half. (11/21 Chr.News). The median age of death for men who stayed married was 75; for homosexuals it was 41, or 39 if they died of AIDS. The study concludes that homosexuals die most frequently from AIDS, while lesbians die from various forms of cancer. Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders last year called homosexual sex "normal" and "healthy." How can a life-style that cuts your life span in half be "healthy"?

GEORGE MacDONALD A UNIVERSALIST—Scottish preacher and novelist George MacDonald (1824-1905) was forced from his post at a Congregational church due to doctrinal views that his parishioners felt smacked of universalism. (1/9 CT). MacDonald said, "Every soul that is ultimately lost is a defeat of the love of God." He viewed hell as a type of purgatory to be followed by an ultimate salvation for all creation.

WHY PACKER SIGNED THE EVANGELICAL-CATHOLIC PACT—In the 12/12 Christianity Today, Regent College Professor J.I. Packer tells why he signed the Colson-Neuhaus "Evangelicals and Catholics Together"(ECT) document last year. He said domestic differences about salvation and the church should not hinder them (Evangelicals and Roman Catholics) from joint action to "re-Christianize the North American milieu." He said: "I remain glad to endorse it." He added: "In the days when Rome seemed to aim at political control of all Christendom and the death of Protestant churches, such partnership was not possible. But those days are past and after Vatican II can hardly return. [Really?] Whatever God's future may be for the official Roman Catholic system, present evangelical partnership with spiritually alive[sic] Roman Catholics in communicating Christ to unbelievers...needs to grow everywhere." The ECT pact was a colossal capitulation by undiscerning New Evangelical leaders to Roman Catholicism and is a betrayal of evangelical Protestantism. (See 4/15 CC).

PINNOCK'S NEW MODEL OF GOD—Clark Pinnock is professor of theology at McMaster Divinity College in Canada. In recent years he has held to an annihilation view of hell, that hell does not torment but rather consumes the wicked (3/ 20/87 CT). He later said those who are sincere in other religions can be saved without faith in Christ (9/26 CN). Pinnock is a highly respected theologian in new-evangelical circles, though Robert Morey views him as an apostate (4/15/92 CC). Now in a new book, The Openness of God (InterVarsity), Pinnock and co-authors argue that the God of the Bible is with us in time but does not know all the future (1/9 Chr. Today). They say one cannot say both that God knows the whole future in absolute detail with absolute certainty and that part of it is still open and undetermined (such as individuals' decisions regarding salvation). The five authors further feel that God cannot be infinite and personal at the same time. They deny the infinitude of nearly all the attributes of God.

DALLAS SEMINARY FEATURES PRO-CATHOLIC COLSON—Catholicism promoter Charles Colson gave the keynote address at the recent inauguration of Dallas Seminary's fourth president, Charles R. Swindoll. Pro-Catholic James Dobson and Stuart Briscoe were also featured as speakers. Meanwhile, Swindoll speaks at Word of Life (Fla.) this month. Evangelical compromise continues.

DANGEROUS TOLERATION OF COMPROMISE—"If we become tolerant of those who are tolerant of compromise, we finally so regard the compromise itself--then we will embrace the very compromise we once opposed. Once compromise becomes our posture the things of sin will shortly become our position. Christians are far more likely to drift into sin than they are to fall into it."

GRAHAM SAYS HOMOSEXUALS BORN THAT WAY—Billy Graham said on the Larry King show in December that homosexuals are born homosexuals, since, he said, it's in their genes (12/26 Chr.News). Homosexuals have long blamed God for their homosexuality, and will no doubt use Graham's unscriptural remarks to excuse their wicked sin.

GEISLER PRAISES POPE, CATHOLICISM?—Prominent evangelical theologian Dr. Norman Geisler is reported as saying Pope John Paul II teaches "historic, orthodox, Christianity" and that Roman Catholics are "fundamentalists" when it comes to the vital truths of Christianity (1/9 Chr.News). He says we hold in common with Rome "the whole theological core of historic Christianity." Roman Catholicism is a cult and teaches a false gospel. The New Evangelicals and Charismatics of our day are being deceived.

FALWELL HAS PRAISED THE POPE—Dr. Jerry Falwell on various occasions has praised the Roman Catholic pope, and had Catholics speak in his pulpit. Catholics comprised 30 percent of his Moral Majority membership. Dinesh D'Souza's 1984 biography said Falwell "is a staunch admirer of Pope John Paul II." Falwell is quoted as saying the Pope and Ronald Reagan are "the greatest in my lifetime." While admitting doctrinal differences, Falwell said: "I know many Catholic priests who are born again and who preach the same message I do." [p169]. D'Souza says: "To the chagrin and horror of fundamentalists, [Falwell] is frequently seen at prayer meetings with Catholics and Jews....He has become more gracious--he is more accepting of Roman Catholics and orthodox Jews."[p180-181]. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

POPE SAYS LOYALTY TO HIM IS ESSENTIAL—Pope John II last month in Manila said loyalty to the papacy is essential for acceptance by the Catholic church (1/14 H.Times). Red China has refused for four decades to allow Catholics to acknowledge papal supremacy. The pope is trying to improve ties, but made it clear that loyalty to the pope is a must for reconciliation. He said: "Consequently, a Catholic who wishes to remain such cannot reject the principle of communion with a successor of Peter." New Evangelicals: be warned, be wise, beware!

POPULAR POPE IS A UNIVERSALIST—Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa are universalists who believe that all who sincerely follow their own religions/beliefs will be saved, and that Muslims, Hindus, Jews and other non-Christians can get to heaven without saving faith in Christ (4/1/92 CC). Loyalty to the papacy is essential to acceptance by the Catholic Church. Time magazine named the Pope "Man of the Year" for 1994. Time quotes Dr. Billy Graham: "He'll go down in history as the greatest of our modern popes." "He's been the strong conscience of the whole Christian world." (12/26 Chr. News). The popular pope has been profusely praised by many evangelical leaders. He blasphemously calls himself the "vicar of Christ." The Autumn '93 Focus said: "The pope is anti-Christian as he pretends to be all the Persons of the Godhead, the Father (holy father), the Son (supreme pontiff), and the Holy Ghost (vicar of Christ). In 'showing himself that he is God' the pope appeals to the spurious miracles of the Roman church to authenticate his claims, '...whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders' (2 Th. 2:9)."

CATHOLICISM IS A CULT—Kenneth R. Samples outlined five doctrinal areas that separate Roman Catholicism from evangelical Protestants: authority, justification, Mariology, sacramentalism and the mass, and religious pluralism (Spr-Sum/ '94 Chr.Res.Jrnl.). Yet he said Catholicism is "foundationally orthodox." Are authority and justification not "foundational"? Romanism is very unorthodox on these and other doctrines. Gullible evangelicals are being seduced today to accept Catholics as brothers in Christ, merely on the basis of their assent that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Demons, Mormons assent to this.

ECUMENICAL RIVER RUNS ROMEWARD—TBN's Paul Crouch and his charismatic friends glory in Romanism, demonstrating their own apostasy. The ecumenical river is running toward Rome, the Mother of Harlots, and those who do not resist the current of the age and aggressively contend for the faith will be swept downstream. Billy Graham once warned against Rome, but denounced separation and today calls the pope a great evangelist. Jack Van Impe once preached boldly against error, but denounced separation and now exalts the pope as a defender of the faith. James Robison once preached boldly against error, but he, too, denounced biblical separation and today thinks the pope is a great pattern of morality. If we do not continue paddling upstream, we, too, will be swept away. [Adapted from 11/94 O Timothy - also see 11/15/93 CC].

NEED MULTIPLE COPIES OF CC?—Some pastors want multiple copies for missionaries, deacons, teachers, congregations, etc. Prices for mailing to one U.S. address for one year are: 3 for $14, 6 for $24, 12 for $40, 25 for $70, or 50 for $110. These subsidized rates include first-class postage. Postage and paper costs keep increasing.

WARNING TO YOUNG FUNDAMENTALISTS—Baptist World Mission Exec. Director Dr. Fred Moritz has the following advice in his new book (see 9/15 CC) for young separatists: "A dangerous tendency on the part of younger separatists today is to look at the weaknesses of the older generation and abandon or moderate the position they took because of these weaknesses. The present generation of preachers needs to realize that it too will leave a record of imperfection in its service for Christ. The shortcomings of former leaders do not justify forsaking or weakening the biblical position for which they fought. Men must be as militant as Jude, Paul, Peter, and John in the ministry of the Word. The Bible teaches militancy. Indeed the younger man today will not want to emulate whatever flaws are apparent in a leader. He should adopt the attitude which Paul asked his followers to adopt when he said, 'Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.' The current generation should imitate the godliness of the past generation while not forsaking separation because of the human weaknesses of those leaders."

GEORGE MacDONALD A UNIVERSALIST—Scottish preacher and novelist George MacDonald (1824-1905) was forced from his post at a Congregational church due to doctrinal views that his parishioners felt smacked of universalism. (1/9 CT). MacDonald said, "Every soul that is ultimately lost is a defeat of the love of God." He viewed hell as a type of purgatory to be followed by an ultimate salvation for all creation.

F. GRAHAM TO GO CASUAL—Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son and possible successor, seems to disdain the little dignity left in the ministry. He refuses to follow the time-honored ministry dress code (12/94 VITW). He says he will wear in the pulpit blue jeans, cowboy boots, no coat, his collar unbuttoned without a tie. At a service in Raleigh, NC recently he told an audience: "I suppose you are wondering why I have on a suit and tie. Well, Dad and Mom are here."

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