VOL. XXI  NO. 9  NEWS & VIEWS, NOTES & QUOTES, TO WARN & INFORM   September 2004

PK PLANS TO IMPACT SOCIETY, TIES WITH MESSIANIC JEWS—Promise Keepers leaders are planning a new strengthening of ties between evangelicals and Messianic Jews. Messianic Jews believe Jesus is the Messiah but consider themselves Jewish and observe Jewish rituals. Jewish religious leaders, however, consider them Christian and are offended by their efforts to evangelize Jews (8/14 H. Times). PK, known for its arena and stadium events, recently began taking stands on social issues (8/16 Agape Press) saying it is changing from a movement to a mission.

NO LIGHT FROM MOON—Sun Myung Moon's Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, formerly known as the Unification Church, has started a series of seminars on the Divine Principle to recruit 12,000 Christian ministers to “take down their Crosses” and follow Moon's teachings (8/9 C.News). He claims to be the new Messiah and have direct revelation from God. He makes the blasphemous claim that Jesus failed His mission. Yet, some big name evangelicals (e.g., Jerry Falwell) have spoken at his functions.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS GLORIFY THE OCCULT—Books, movies, music, and video games increasingly are making the occult seem acceptable. Since Harry Potter became a publishing sensation [J.K. Rowling's books have sold over 250 million copies!], the children's book market has been swamped with fantasy books that glorify paganism and the occult. So writes a charismatic Anglican priest in his new popular book Shadowmancer reviewed in the 8/04 Charisma.

U.S. AIDS FUNDING PROBLEMS—The U.S. has committed $15 billion over five years to help AIDS victims, but has so far drawn disdain for our abstinence-friendly AIDS policies. (7/31 World). Some wonder why communist Vietnam, with state-funded abortions and a non-epidemic, was the choice to receive U. S. AIDS money.

SIX MARKS OF FALSE PROPHETS: 1) Through signs and wonders they lead astray after false gods (Dt. 13:1-4); 2) their prophecies don't come to pass; (Dt. 18:20-22); 3) they contradict God's Word (Isa. 8:20); 4) they bear bad fruit (Matt. 7:18-20); 5) all men speak well of them (Lk. 6:26); 6) they deny that Jesus, the one and only Christ, has come once and for all in the flesh (I Jn. 4:3). Any one of these marks is sufficient identification to indicate a false prophet. (Dave Hunt)

NEA'S LEFTIST AGENDA FOR OUR CHILDREN—The National Education Association is a powerful labor union whose goal is to nationalize our education system with the NEA in control. It was founded in 1857 but in 1917 was taken over by socialist progressive educators and became a powerful subversive labor union in the 1960s. (8/23 New Amer.) In the process, with the NEA in control, a “dumbing down” and moral corruption of our children has occurred in preparation for acceptance of a socialistic new world order. The NEA is active in destroying our traditional morality (homosexuality?) and supports “family planning” (abortion?).

WARREN COURT'S ACTIVIST LEGACY—Since the late 1950s, the Warren Court “dictatorship of nine judges” de-Christianized our public schools: Prayer and Bible readings were abolished and a radically secularist relentless war to remove all expressions and symbols of Christianity from our public square was launched. A few more examples of judicial activism (“legislating from the bench”): Judges have declared pornography, nude dancing in beer halls, and burning the American flag to be constitutionally-protected speech; created new rights for criminals; declared abortion a constitutional right of all women, declared homosexuality a protected right; and outlawed the death penalty for a generation. [CVN]

“To Know God Truthfully, To understand the Scripture comprehensively, and to live life rightly is the greatest conceivable human blessing.” (Frontline)

SBC: “UNITED IN ERROR”—“Better to be divided by truth than united in error.” Newly-elected Southern Baptist President Bobby Welch is very intent on bringing unity to his fractured denomination and plans to use a bus tour to bring everyone to “the Baptist table.” He hopes this will be a “sterling opportunity for everybody” to come to the Baptist table, “including moderates and liberals” who have withdrawn much of their support for the convention in the last 20 years (8/14 H. Times). He hopes to convince all groups to set aside their differences to create “a spiritual synergy” through evangelism. But a unity based on unscriptural alliances does harm to the doctrine of separation. A unity not based on truth (Bible doctrine) is an unscriptural one.

RADICAL METHODIST BISHOP SPRAGUE—UMC Bishop Joe Sprague denies the eternal deity, virgin birth, and bodily resurrection of Christ. Set to retire in August, he believes Muslims, Jews and born-again Christians all worship the same God. He was arrested several times for his pro-homosexual and anti-war activism, e.g., protesting the war in Iraq (7/23 Agape Press). His replacement is Bishop Hee Soo Jung who is more theologically moderate than Sprague, but “quite liberal.” Jung is said to be deeply committed to social activism.

ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT—[This is one of 22 Terms to Know in the 21st Century, by Matt Costella, FEA, Box 6278, Los Osos, CA 93412.] “A movement of men, churches, parachurch organizations and church councils that strives to unite all churches that claim to be 'Christians,' whether Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal or Evangelical. While the ecumenical movement originally sought to unite only professing Christian churches, today a strong emphasis is placed upon the unification of all religions—Christian and non-Christian. Initially, the ecumenical movement intended to forge a visible organizational or institutional unity of all churches. However, the emphasis of the ecumenical movement is now upon a 'unity by consensus' or 'unity in diversity' model, that is, a unity in which those of all religious persuasions are now urged to retain their own religious or denominational identities while uniting around a common cause or belief. In the U.S., key proponents of the ecumenical movement include the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Charismatic Movement and evangelical movements such as the Promise Keepers movement, Evangelicals and Catholics Together and any other individuals, churches or parachurch organizations that seek to minimize Biblical doctrine (truth) in an effort to find common cause with those who preach a false gospel.”

SINCE YOU ASKED—My double and blurred vision is as bad as ever. Combining two Parkinson's drugs gives me more strength (for which I am thankful), but there are side effects and the disease continues to progress.

NEW SBC & BWA LEADERS—David Coffey, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, has been nominated as president of the liberal Baptist World Alliance to succeed South Korean pastor Billy Kim. BWA Gen. Secretary Denton Lotz received a doctor of divinity degree from the Moscow Theological Seminary. CBFers Lolley and Leonard were to lead a Baptist tour of historic Baptist sites last month which included a stop at the BWA congress in England where “participants experienced the opening ceremony,” heard Rick Warren, and were students in Jimmy Carter's Sunday School class.

MORE THAN THESE is a new 270-page book by Pastor Ralph Ovadal detailing how Roman Catholic influence and doctrine have permeated the pro-life movement, including street-level ministries, Christian radio and pregnancy center networks. It documents stories of Protestants converting to the RCC due to Christians being involved in pro-life ministry with Catholics. Many evangelicals today accept Roman Catholics as “brothers and sisters in Christ.” Pastor Ovadal believes the pro-life movement has been a key factor in desensitizing Christians to the dangers and sin of accepting the Roman church as Christian and thus helping to advance its ecumenical strategy. This book is available from WCU, POB 771, Monroe, WI 53566, Ph. (608)328-4841.

T.D. JAKES' NEW PASSION FILM—Will the theater soon replace the church? Bishop T.D. Jakes, frequently mentioned to replace Billy Graham as America's preacher, has a new film that includes intense scenes of child rape, drug use, domestic violence and murder. He went to Cleveland recently for a private (to about 60 men) screen showing of “Woman, Thou Art Loosed.” He is hoping pastors will rent out theaters for a gritty, modern screen adaptation of Jesus overcoming suffering (8/15 Huntsville Times). Like Gibson, Jakes is hoping for an R rating as a way to reach contemporary audiences.

DR. COLAS' SPECIAL REPORT ON NAE—ACCC Executive Secretary Dr. Ralph Colas attended, with press credentials, the 61
st Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Ted Haggard, NAE president, is pastor of this charismatic mega-church. Notorious liberal Robert Schuller was a main speaker at this NAE convention. He received a standing ovation before and after his self-esteem message. The NAE reached a new low by inviting Schuller to speak. Get a copy of Dr. Colas' six-page special report of the NAE convention from: ACCC, 610/865-3009, offering appreciated.

ACCC MEETING—The 63
rd Annual Convention of the American Council of Christian Churches is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 at Faith Baptist Church, Orono, ME. Host pastor is Rev. Dave Natale. Phone 207/866.5749. For motel (Bangor, ME): 207/942.7899. (Comfort Inn).

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