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Potpourri, October 1992


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Announcement Burgett Article
Comment Upon Learning ACU Has Appointed a Methodist Preacher to Be Editor-in-Chief of Their Campus Newspaper, the Optimist Missionary to Russia
Methodist Bishop Denton Lectures
AIDS Report Interesting Comparison
Footnote From a Church Bulletin

The Firm Foundation is the very best in the brotherhood. It does such a good job of informing us about liberalism (EFM-80 years old in September-TN.)

I don't know how I came to not receive the Firm Foundation, carelessness on my part I'm sure. . I am sending a check to get me started again ... I have been preaching the gospel 44 years next month and will be 84 years of age August 28th (Byron Beasley, Minister, Star Church of Christ, Lometa, TX).

I am glad you have the guts to expose error. Keep on keeping on. I am 83 years old and have found out in the last six weeks that I have a tumor on my left lung. May God bless you in your fight for what's right (RLW, TX).

Dear Sirs, I do not want my subscription renewed. I can no longer read the Firm Foundation. It has become a means to write up, run down, and belittle anyone you disagree with ... What you write is very likely completely true, and your evaluation of their writing is correct (RC, TX).

Please add my name to subscription list ... Reference August 91 Firm Foundation "What are we going to do about David Lipscomb University?" My wife and I and four children are grads of DLU. We will not support DLU until they get rid of the rascals (GWE, GA).

I wish to thank the staff for producing an excellent publication. You and those who contribute edify me everyday. Please keep up the good work (GW, New Zealand).

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Announcement

The elders of the Peak and Eastside church in Dallas are pleased to announce that Bill Cofer has accepted their invitation to serve the congregation as evangelist.

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Comment Upon Learning ACU Has Appointed a Methodist Preacher to Be Editor-in-Chief of Their Campus Newspaper, the Optimist

This is mind-boggling. Despite the liberalism flowing out of the place for a long time, I still could not have imagined them appointing a Methodist to edit one of their publications. Next, a denominational Ph.D. will head the Bible Department, and after that, the presidency. It is indeed a sad day for the cause of Christ (GNW, TN).

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Methodist Bishop

The Rev. Ann B. Sherer, pastor of Houston's Westbury United Methodist Church was elected the first woman Methodist bishop in the South (Houston Chronicle).

Are you listening, Abilene?

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AIDS Report

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and HIV/AIDS Surveillance homosexuals and IV-drug abusers account for 76.4% of AIDS in America. There is an increase of cases of AIDS among heterosexual females going from 2.0% to 4.6%, an increase of 1,298 cases nationwide.

The fact that HIV is much more easily transmissible from men to women, rather than vice versa, raises the question: If the women are getting it from heterosexual contact, as seems necessary, then were did the men who are giving it to them get it?

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Footnote

Brother James E. White of Bay City, Texas, sent us a photocopy of an article that appeared in the August 17, 1992 issue of U.S. News & World Report. Here are a few quotes from the article:

Heather Has Two Mommies is a children's book about a lesbian couple having a child through artificial insemination. It is one of many books listed for New York City public schools. So is Daddy's Roommate, which features a happy youngster with two male parents ... They are books that celebrate the wonders of double-mommy and double-daddy households ... The traditional civic virtue of tolerance (if gays want to live together, it's their own business) has been replaced with a new ethic requiring approval and endorsement ... A letter to Newsday said: 'If my wife and I choose to believe in what the Holy Scriptures say about homosexuality, it is not up to teachers, or any municipal or political group, public or private to refute these teachings.'. . The key words, positive teaching and appreciating diversity mean that certain sets of ideas are about to be 'infused' as valuable, whether parents think so or not. If that happens, home schooling and the school choice movement will empty out many schools.

It may be later than you think!

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Burgett Article

Re: "The Case For Bible Inerrancy," by Gene Burgett in the August, 1992, issue of the Firm Foundation your second two premises, that God is omniscient and cannot lie, supports more than the accuracy of the words contained in the Bible. If God knows everything and has accurately revealed a portion of this knowledge to us by language correctly recorded in the Bible, then the Bible is the truth. Hence, Christ's statement in John 17:17 that 'thy word is truth.' Therefore . . . the Bible is absolute truth" (LKV, MO).

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Missionary to Russia

The elders of the Northeast Church of Christ in Cookeville, Tennessee, announce that Mitchell Covington will begin a missionary endeavor in Moscow, Russia, under the oversight of the Northeast elders. The elders of the Northeast church are asking for financial help to sustain the Covingtons in Moscow. Contact Elders, Northeast Church of Christ, P.O. Box 865, Cookeville, TN 38503; Phone: (615) 526-2535.

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Denton Lectures

The Eleventh Annual Denton Lectures will be November 8-12, 1992 at the Pearl Street church in Denton, Texas. The director of the lectureship is Dub McClish. The daily discussion forum will address controversial subjects, such as: Does the Church Need to Make a Transition? Should Denominational Baptism Be Accepted by the Lord's Church? Are The Second Incarnation and Pilgrim Church Concepts Scriptural Models for the Church? Should Women Be Allowed to Take Leading Roles in the Church? The audience will be encouraged to ask questions. Exhibit space is available, subject to approval by the Pearl Street elders. Housing in homes of local Christians will be provided as long as it lasts. There are several major motels in Denton. Hook-ups (including dump station) for travel trailers and motor homes are provided by advance registration. For more information you may write to: Church of Christ, 312 Pearl Street, Denton, TX 76201, or phone: (817) 387-3531.

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Interesting Comparison

Sam Morris, Baptist preacher, wrote:

We take the position that a Christian's sins do not damn his soul. The way a Christian lives, what he says, his character, his conduct, his attitude toward other people have nothing to do with the salvation of his soul. All the prayers a man may pray, all the Bibles he may read, all the churches he may belong to, all the services he may attend, all the sermons he may practice, all the debts he may pay, all the ordinances he may observe, all the laws he may keep, all the benevolent acts he may perform will not make his soul one whit safer; and all the sins he may commit from idolatry to murder will not make his soul in any more danger. The way a man lives has nothing to do with the salvation of his soul.

Rubel Shelly and Randall Harris, after commenting that the sign over the gates of Auschwitz, Hitler's infamous death camp, reads "Work Sets You Free," call this a "grotesque lie." Then they say:

People live by the same lie in their spiritual lives. They have put their hope in obeying enough essential commandments, attending enough of the required assemblies, and developing enough of the necessary Christian virtues ... It is a scandalous and outrageous lie to teach that salvation arises from human activity of any sort. We do not contribute one whit to our salvation (The Second Incarnation, pages 206-7).
Verrrrry interesting!

The Holy Spirit said of Jesus:

Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation (Heb. 5:7-9).
For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10).
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he render unto every man according to his deeds (Matt. 16:27).
Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to each man according as his work is (Rev. 22:12).

Comment is not needed. You have read what Christ said, and what the Baptist preacher said, and what Shelly and Harris said.

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From a Church Bulletin

In the July 29, 1992, bulletin of the Red Bridge Church of Christ, Kansas City, MO, where Bob Chisholm preaches, there was an article written by Jim Dalton. It demonstrates how far some brethren have gone into Holy-Rollerism. Here are a few excerpts from the bulletin,

This past Friday and Saturday 22,500 Christian men gathered in the University of Colorado's football stadium to praise the Lord . . . men who came from all over the country to say, 'Yes ... I want to be a man of God' . . . The presence of the Holy Spirit was moving among us and reviving our spirits . . . What power! ... As I sat among the crowd I could not help to be moved to tears as I saw the power of the Holy Spirit move among these men. . . . At one point the men started shouting 'Jesus Jesus' with all they could muster.

How very sad! It is the result of teaching like that which Carroll Osburn gave at the recent ACU lectureship.

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