VOL. XIV NO. 16 NEWS & VIEWS, NOTES & QUOTES, TO WARN & INFORM August 15, 1997
HOMOSEXUALS DESTROY LIVES—First of all, they do so by drawing others into their way of life, which is horribly destructive physically. The median age of death for married men is nearly twice that of homosexuals: 75 compared with 39. Only 1 percent of homosexuals live beyond retirement age of 65. The average age of death for married women is 79 compared with 45 for lesbians. Homosexuals are 87 times more likely to commit suicide and 23 times more likely to die from heart attacks. They account for nearly 90 percent of all AIDS cases. One in an exclusively homosexual lifestyle is 1,000 times more likely to contract AIDS than a heterosexual. Yes, they destroy lives - their own and multitudes of others! Secondly, they destroy lives morally and eternally by leading others into their destructive sin. The tiny 2 percent minority making up the homosexual population consistently accounts for one-third to one-half of all sexual child abuse. [Adapted, July 1997 Berean Call].
FALWELL GETS BACK IN THE 'SALT' RING—Dr. Jerry Falwell in his August National Liberty Journal paper said the PTL, Bakker, and Swaggart scandals in the late 1980s did severe financial injury to the cause of Christ and eventually forced him to leave his Moral Majority "salt" ministry. He adds: "But I do believe the time has come for me to cautiously and prudently 'get back into the ring' and begin to resume my salt ministry." He said: "I believe God has given me the unique ability to debate the enemies of Christ and the opponents of Biblical values on their own platforms and beat them almost every time."
CHINA PERSECUTES CHRISTIANS—China allows Christians to practice their faith but only in churches registered with the government. About 10 percent of its churches have registered under what the Communist government calls the "Three Self Patriotic Movement," a form of spiritual mind control, while 90 percent of the believers worship in house churches, many persecuted because they do not regard the state as God (8/2 World). Those unlicensed who evangelize outside TSPM churches are arrested and often tortured (11/13/95 CT). China tolerates religion under the confines of government control.
GRAHAM'S DAUGHTER PREACHES—Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, led the opening devotion at the recent Christian Booksellers Association (7/28 Chr. News). She said the six creation days may have been normal days or long periods of time. She apparently frequently teaches the Bible and preaches (see 1 Tim. 2:12-14). Her father has said she is the best preacher in the family. She has preached at his School of Evangelism (2/1/93 CC), and Texas So. Baptists featured her "stirring preaching" at their 1/96 Evangelism Conference (5/15/96 CC).
PSYCHIC HOT LINES—Interest in psychic phenomena is exploding. Tarot card sales are at an all-time high. Many Christians are among the hundreds of thousands of Americans who call psychics for spiritual guidance (8/97 Charisma). Americans spend as much as $300 million a year on psychic hot lines. Fraud is rampant. Experts believe psychic phenomena generally fall into one of three categories: fraud, self-deception or divination. Trickery, mentalism, and illusion may be involved. Psychics are accurate only about 15 to 20 percent of the time. Many embrace New Age spiritualism, leading people to rely on powers that are dangerously demonic, or at best nonexistent.
SBC LEADERS PLEAD WITH CLINTON ON ABORTION - SBC president Tom Elliff and nine former presidents in a May 12 letter begged Pres. Clinton to reconsider his continued defense of the brutal partial-birth abortion method (Salt). SBC presidents last year asked Clinton, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, to "repent" of his veto of the ban on this grisly procedure that resembles infanticide more than abortion. Clinton replied in 1996 that he would support a ban that would limit the procedure to cases where a woman risks death or serious damage to her health. But Clinton's position has been discredited since his 1996 letter and the SBC leaders wrote (1997) that it is "well established that there are no cases in which it is necessary to partly deliver a premature infant and then kill it in order to prevent injury to the mother." They cited a group of more than 500 physicians.
COR WANTS TO REBUILD CIVILIZATION—A July letter listed Coalition on Revival director Jay Grimstead's vision for COR. The Mission statement: "To help unify and mobilize the Church to rebuild civilization on the principles of the Bible." COR is one of many groups working towards an ecumenical consensus and unity in the church for the coming millennium. Many COR leaders are post-millennial Reconstructionists. The May Christian Conscience said COR shares dominionist beliefs with many leaders in the signs and wonders movement and has openly welcomed "signs and wonders" charismatics into positions of leadership. It said: "COR has adopted the very non-scriptural principle that 'the ends justify the means' by expanding their political consensus to include obvious cults, and by building ecumenical bridges with highly controversial, charismatic-fringe Christian groups." Jack Van Impe and David Noebel have been connected with COR. Current COR Steering Committee members include: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professors Gleason Archer and Wayne Grudem, D. James Kennedy, Ronald Nash, Joseph Tson, NAE's Robert Dugan, John Witmer (Dallas Seminary), Gary DeMar, and ORU's Paul Chappell.
SBC-BWA-WCC RELATIONSHIPS—The Southern Baptist Convention is by far the largest member body of the apostate Baptist World Alliance. A large percentage of BWA member bodies relate to the World Council of Churches. It is estimated that BWA member bodies in the World Council of Churches would make up 15% of the total (BWA's 7-9/97 Baptist World). Some BWA member bodies such as the SBC have engaged in ecumenical conversations with a whole variety of other bodies including the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The BW article said Baptists who were suspicious of any move toward organic union between churches in the 1950s and 1960s are much more likely today to feel comfortable in an ecumenical milieu. Those who claim the Southern Baptist Convention is now "conservative" have to ignore its links to apostate one-world church movements. Be warned, be wise, beware!
GRAHAM PROMOTES BWA—Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Denton Lotz, in the July-Sept Baptist World, writes: "All over the world, Billy Graham is known by Baptists and other Christians as the greatest evangelist of this era. As a Baptist, he served us around the world...He has spoken at six Baptist World Congresses and encourages everyone to support the BWA. In 1995 the BWA honored Graham with a special award." Lotz included Roman Catholic Mother Teresa in his list of "heroes of the faith." Many BWA members relate to the liberal World Council of Churches, and the BWA is heavily financed by its largest member, the SBC.
GOTHARD SPEAKER DIES DURING SERMON—Prominent Southern Baptist evangelist Mickey Bonner collapsed and died June 5 while preaching a sermon on humility and brokenness. He was addressing 16,000 people who had gathered in Knoxville, TN for a home schooling conference sponsored by Bill Gothard. The 8/97 Charisma said: "Although [Bonner] was Southern Baptist, he was widely accepted by charismatics because of his emphasis on spiritual gifts such as healing and deliverance."
SCHULLER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING FLIGHT ATTENDANT—A dispute over wrinkled robes and cheese mixed with fruit led to Dr. Robert Schuller being accused of physically assaulting a flight attendant while flying to speak at the June 30 funeral of Malcolm X's widow. Schuller denied the allegations and said: "I'm very proud of who I am. I have not broken a single one of the Ten Commandments. I have not broken any of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and so I'm proud of my faith and my message." (7/14 C. News). Schuller is the liberal pastor of the Reformed Church in America's largest congregation, the 9,435-member Crystal Cathedral (Calif.) and seen by 20 million on his Hour of Power TV program.
NE PUBLISHERS' UNCHRISTIAN BOOKS—Some new-evangelical publishers publish some good books, but also a lot of theological poison and watered-down junk. Word's Searching for God in America portrays the different faiths (Islam, Buddhism) as equally valid paths to God. InterVarsity Press's The Openness of God and other works by Clark Pinnock maintain that God changes, that He condemns no one, and that salvation is possible apart from faith in Christ (7/21 Chr. News). Eerdmans puts out books from the perspective of contemporary liberal theology, Roman Catholicism, and even Judaism.
JENKS SUCCEEDS ZODHIATES AT AMG HELM—For 50 years Dr. Spiros Zodhiates has been pres. and CEO of AMG (originally American Mission to Greeks, then Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel, to reflect a wider focus). Now at 75, his son-in-law Paul Jenks (Taylor Univ. grad) is CEO (see 2/15/91 CC for more on AMG).
UR IS TO BE A UN FOR RELIGION—Nearly 200 delegates of world religions (Islam, Hindu, Sikh, etc.) wrapped up a weeklong meeting in the Presidio in San Francisco in June predicting they had given birth to a United Religions movement, a "spiritual United Nations" (see 6/15 CC). Led by Episcopal Bishop William E. Swing, they inaugurated formal efforts to come up with a structure and mission and launch a charter-writing process (7/14 Chr. News). The aim for the UR is that it be a world assembly to nurture harmony among religions.
TIM LEE'S YOUTH ALIVE '97—Tim Lee's Youth Alive conference at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte (see 6/1 CC) featured Johnny Pope and David Ring (a So. Baptist who speaks in SB and charismatic churches - see 7/15 CC). Greater Vision and the Mike Speck Trio provided the music. The July-Aug. Northside News had these comments: "Special surprise guest, Andy Pettitte, of the World Champion NY Yankees gave a testimony. The finale was worth the wait! As the Speck Trio sang a final song, fireworks erupted and a man portraying Jesus came down 60 feet from a cloud in the ceiling of the Worship Center. It was a real deal!! Dr. Tim Lee announced that Youth Alive V will return next year."
SPURGEON SAID IT: - "Neither when we have chosen our way can we keep company with those who go the other way. There must come with the decision for truth a corresponding protest against error." (8/1 Baptist Vision).
HINN'S LAVISH SPENDING, HERESIES—Charismatic "healer" Benny Hinn has launched a $4.5 million fund raising campaign to renovate a 30,000-square-foot building for a World Media Center to house TV and production facilities. He recently implemented sweeping policy and personnel changes after CNN criticized his lavish spending practices (8/97 Charisma). Hinn then fired some staff members after an internal investigation indicated that someone fed CNN unauthorized information. Hinn has had to shift his heretical views about the death of Christ, a nine-person Godhead, etc. (see 4/15/91, 10/15/92, & 11/1/93 CCs), and continues to praise Roman Catholicism. Jerry Falwell was featured with Hinn, Kenneth Hagin, and other charismatics as a speaker at the April 1996 Washington For Jesus rally.
NEW PICKERING BOOKLET—Dr. Ernest Pickering, Field Representative for Baptist World Mission, is a prolific writer and author of several books and booklets. His new 16-page booklet, Our Tear-Washed Eyes-Why Does God Allow His People to Suffer?" gives a moving account of how he lost his eyesight last November (and entered "the realm of perpetual night"), and why God allows His children to suffer. It is available from BWM, P.O. Box 1463, Decatur, AL 35602, for $1.00 postpaid.
D. CLOUD'S 'HANDBOOK OF BIBLICAL DIFFICULTIES'—O Timothy editor David W.Cloud has a new book entitled Things Hard to Be Understood. It has over 200 large 8.5 x 11 pages and sells for $19.95 + $4 for shipping. It seeks to explain difficult verses (e.g., unpardonable sin, baptism, cremation, ecumenism, TULIP, eternal security, miracles, hell, Purgatory, Mary, soul sleep, wine, women preachers, and Bible inspiration/preservation). You don't have to agree with everything to greatly benefit from this helpful book. Order from: Way of Life Literature, Bible Baptist Church, 1701 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
ACCC HAS MOVED—The American Council of Christian Churches' office is now located in Bethlehem, PA. Reports on numerous religious conventions and meetings (PK, NAE, etc.) are available from the ACCC office at: PO Box 5455, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Phone: 610/865-3009.
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