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Randy Mayeux, Roy Osborn, Royce Money, Don Preston, Charles Hodge, Abilene Christian University, religion, Bible,
Wineskins, Rubel Shelly, Midtown Church of Christ, Christianity, Church of Christ

Potpourri, November 1992

religion, articles, christianity
Debate Coming Debate Going Sad Report Footwashing
Shelly Again! Move Over, Oral Roberts Nashville Eye Randy Boy

"The letter you published from brother Money concerning the appointment of the Methodist minister to edit the Optimist is the weakest, sorriest, poorest, sickest excuse for an answer I have ever read. And to think, he is the PRESIDENT" (TE, TN).

"Sadly, I must face the fact (as I did some time ago) that ACU is 'gone!'" (TW, TX).

"Your post script to brother Money's letter, re: ACU and the Methodist, was a classic. I've made several copies and will spread the word" (BF, TX).

"May God bless you and all the others at Firm Foundation as you work in the kingdom. May you always teach and print the truth" (BJA, TX).

"I should like to salute the excellent rebuke of the false teacher Osborn and his cohorts at ACU" (SG, AR).

"You are doing a par-excellent job" (LWM, OK).

Debate Coming

In an upcoming debate Don Preston and Bill Lockwood will discuss the idea that Jesus returned in A.D. 70, raised the dead, made the final judgment of the whole world--past, present, and future established his kingdom and fulfilled all prophecy and redeemed all promises. Preston affirms, and Lockwood denies. The debate in the Civic Auditorium in Ardmore, OK, is Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, Wednesday night excepting, at 7:00 each night.

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Debate Going

Lynn Parker reports that on August 3 and 4, 1992, Jerry Moffitt, Christian, of Portland, Texas, debated Robert Wilbanks, Jr., Baptist, of Corpus Christi. Willbanks affirmed: "The Bible teaches that an alien sinner is saved from sin by faith alone before water baptism." Parker moderated for Moffitt and says Moffitt carried the day and proved "mightily from the scriptures" that Baptist teaching is wrong. Moffitt merely stood pointing to Mark 16:16: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned." It was enough!

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Sad Report

Abilene Christian University is downsizing its staff according to an article in the Abilene Reporter - News. The reporter, Jerry Daniel Reed, says the school's 1992 enrollment is the lowest at any time in the past two decades. ACU has lost about 20% of its student body. Royce Money, the president of the university, is quoted as saying there will be 100 job cuts in the next two years. President Royce Money said in his inaugural address, "We will not sit still. We cannot go backward. We must move forward with courage and conviction."

The school was founded by men and women with a firm conviction that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. They presented a unique educational opportunity because the Bible was featured and its instruction followed. There has been considerable slippage from this high ground in recent years. Parents who want their youngsters taught in an environment of good strong Bible emphasis are looking elsewhere. Parents who have no strong Bible conviction turn to the more prestigious schools. Abilene Christian is drifting-and the drift is downward. Very sad! It is correctable if the board of directors is willing to make some tough decisions about faculty and direction, or else ACU will continue to be a second-rate school with nothing special to offer.

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Charles Hodge, preacher for the Duncanville church in Dallas, Texas, is recommending footwashing as a cure-all for relationships and spiritual maturity. He says, "Footwashing could save homes, churches, souls. If you're on the outs with someone, go over and wash his feet." Hodge's cure for marital discord is footwashing. He wrote, "Husbands! Come home-wash your wife's feet! She will be thrilled and thankful . . . . She will demand to wash yours. Try me out! There will be a bonding. In counseling footwashing could be great therapy. Try it!" Question for Charles: Did Jesus wash the disciples' feet to save them from sin and death and for bonding purposes? C'mon, Charles! Gospel preachers have long taught the lesson of humble service based on John chapter thirteen, while recognizing that footwashing in the absence of need is pretense and hypocrisy. Christianity is not theater but is practical. There is nothing either practical or beneficial in what Charles is trying to promote. Members of the denomination called the Church of God have long practiced, once a year, going to the church building with their feet scrubbed and perfumed to go through a farce they called footwashing. They only make themselves look silly! The pope does the same thing. Now Charles Hodge is doing it.

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Shelly Again!

In the June 1992, issue of Wineskins Rubel Shelly complains that "Divorced people are treated as lepers in some churches. Ex-convicts are unwelcome. So are alcoholics, people with AIDS, prostitutes, bad smelling folks. . ." (page 5). Divorced people may not be too thrilled to be linked up with prostitutes and bad-smelling folks. Alas! Let's tell the prostitutes to repent and the bad-smelling folks to take a bath. Hope Woodmont Hills has lots of deodorant.

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Move Over, Oral Roberts

The Midtown church in Fort Worth where Jim Hackney preaches reports that

our elders went to the homes of two of our members to pray for their healing and to anoint them with oil in the name of Jesus. It was touching to hear each man present pour out his heart to God in behalf of the one who is ill. It was moving to witness brother Wade Banowsky anoint these two individuals with olive oil in the name of Jesus.
Alas! Alas! According to a recent report, both members later died. James says, "And the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (James 5:15). If James is talking about physical sickness, then the healing is guaranteed. The two Midtown members who were prayed over died. Hackney and Banowsky ought to know by now the healing James speaks of is not physical but spiritual. James is talking about curing sin-sickness. Elders pray for the sin-sick and anoint them with the oil of God's word. The sinner repents, and the elders pray for him, and he is cured of his sin sickness every time. It never fails. To prove the point, James says, 4 6 and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him." In the very next verse James tells us to "confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working" (James 5:16). Notice the use of the word therefore. It means "here is why" or "to assign the reason." So, James is saying, the sinner recognizes his lost condition and repents (this is signified by his calling for the elders); the elders teach him, thereby anointing him with the oil of God's word, and pray for him, and he will be forgiven. Confess therefore-the therefore ties what he is about to say with what he has just said and proves he is talking about the cure of those who are dead in sin and not about people who have a terminal physical illness.

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Nashville Eye

Rubel Shelly is quoted in the Nashville Tennessean under dateline of July 28, 1992, as saying, "Hollywood is preaching to churches. Is it possible to hear what is being said? Or will the gulf of failure to communicate and irrelevance to life just grow wider?" Tsk! Tsk! Shelly wants us to learn how to preach the gospel and save souls by studying the irreverent and foolish antics of an actress named Whoopi! I am serious, folks; he really does! He clinches his argument by saying that when he saw Whoopi portraying grace and Christian virtues on the silver screen in a movie called Sister Act ,teens sitting behind him said, "Yeah!" and applauded! Well, that proves it! Still, there are some who may prefer to study their Bibles. These are the folks Shelly wants to change. He even dares them to change. He says they are afraid to change. They are not ready to exchange the teaching of the apostle Paul for the wisdom of Whoopi! Alas!

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Randy Boy

The Dallas Morning News brings us up to date on Randy Mayeux, erstwhile preacher at the Preston Road church in Big D. Here is what the paper said: "Randy Mayeux, 41, pastor of the nondenominational Christ Church North, is shown holding a box of popcorn while standing in the ring at the Sportatorium and cheering on two wrestlers." This was the brochure a Hollywood-type advertising executive thought up to get people to come hear Randy preach. Mr. Mayeux's new church, the article says, "will use a 'seeker-targeted' Sunday morning service, with a band and the use of contemporary music; Wednesday night services are designed for believers." Anyhow, Rubel Shelly will approve.

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