We continue to receive a flood of mail commending the Firm
Foundation for its unbending but kind stand in favor of biblical
truth and in opposition to religious liberalism in the churches
of Christ. Some tender souls consider it too hard to quote a false
teacher and point out his error. The Bible implores us to "mark
them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling,
contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from
them" (Rom. 16:17). It is not possible to mark the false
teacher anonymously. He must be named. As good journalists we
must tell who said what, when, and where. It is cowardly to refuse
to name the source. The Firm Foundation does not deal in
rumors, gossip, or derogatory insinuation. What we print we can
prove. When a false teacher publishes his flawed and mistaken
views, we will publish a correction of his delusion. The people
have a right to know. We are not ostriches. A conspiracy of silence
when false teaching runs rampant does not become a soldier in
the Lord's army. We are glad to account for what we print. Among
recent comments from our readers are the following: "I want
to subscribe to your paper for one year ... The Firm Foundation
continues to be a source of encouragement to me ... Without
these voices from the 'seven thousand,' some of whom are heard
from through your paper, some of us would be as despondent as
Elijah in his cave ... I have read and heard many things that
caused me concern, but nothing so angered me as your editorial,
'They've Gone Too Far' ... Thousands will never bow to your creedal
dictates but rather will continue to search for truth ... I have
enjoyed the Firm Foundation for about 30 years ... I appreciate
your stand for truth ... I always look forward to the Firm
Foundation ... Keep up the good work and may God richly bless
you ... Brother Whitten, I thank God for you and brother Dobbs
... we are in the fight of our lives ... we cannot let up on preaching
the truth and opposing error."
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- Quinton Jenkins and his good wife, Johnnie gather clothing,
blankets, quilts, shoes, and Bibles from churches in Oklahoma
and Texas and distribute them to destitute people in Arizona and
New Mexico. He told of how a Spanish woman asked, "May I
have a blanket for my daughter; she sleeps under a horse blanket?"
She was given two blankets and tearfully smiled her thanks. Another
asked for a bedspread she had never had one - and hugged her bedspread
as she walked away. A young girl asked for a Bible. The Jenkinses
and their many partners are quietly doing a great work. Their
address is P.O. Box 127, Gould, OK 73544.
- Daniel Hung and a group from Oklahoma Christian University
plan to go to China soon. He writes, "We will be there for
a month. We will try to help build a base for Chinese missionary
work." The door of opportunity is slowly opening in mainland
China. Perhaps it will swing wide, and the people will eagerly
embrace the Gospel, as is happening in Russia. Brother Hung can
be contacted through the Memorial Road Church of Christ, P.O.
Box 36000, Oklahoma City, OK 73136.
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Benjamin J. Stein in the December 1992 issue of The American
Spectator tells the following story:
Tom, as I call him, had grown up in Singapore, where his father
worked for a commodities firm. Then he had come to Chicago for
school. Now he was out, and he was working at a "home"
for homeless children. John Coyne had a good question about whether
kids with guns who are 18 years old should be called "children,"
especially after they have just killed someone in a robbery.
Tom's views were fascinating. "I work with kids who have
never known anything but violence and abuse. That's their lives.
Getting hit, being mistreated, being abandoned. It really doesn't
scare them to go to prison. They're used to very tough surroundings.
What's amazing is that any of them, any of them at all, actually
go to work in the morning, save money, and eventually get an apartment
and have a life. Where that comes from is incredibly mysterious."
"Is there any hope for most of them?" I asked.
"If there is, I don't see what it is," he said. "It
would have to come from a society entirely different from what
ours is now."
I asked Tom what Singapore would do with lazy, rebellious, sullen,
"They wouldn't be allowed to be sullen and lazy, he said.
"The whole society makes young people work and be disciplined.
The parents can be severely punished if the kids aren't doing
their work. The kids are ostracized, and no one will talk to them
if they don't work. I've been thinking about this, and the whole
time I was in Singapore, I don't remember any kids who were bad
kids. The goal of social organization there is to make people
learn and work and save, not to allow people to hurt themselves.
That means a lot of repressed people. But it also means a society
that's amazingly safe and productive, and where young people rarely
hurt anyone. If they do, they get hit really, really hard."
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- "If people here were not getting killed on the job in
homicides, we would have quite a low rate of fatalities"
(Labor Department official Samuel Ehrenhalt, on findings that
murder is the top cause of on-the-job death in New York City -
quoted in Newsweek).
- "I feel strongly that society needs to condemn a little
more and understand a little less" (British Prime Minister
John Major, following the murder of a 2-year-old boy and the arrest
of two 10-year-old boys for the crime.).
- "Divorce and remarriage, women in the church remain unsolved
but such must remain mere issues and not be allowed to shape our
emerging identity. Instrumental music will remain an issue, but
it is certainly not deserving of center stage, and it never ever
was. There is something grossly distorted about religion that
depends for its cohesiveness upon paltry issues that kill he spirit"
(Carroll Osburn, distinguished professor at ACU, speech given
at Restoration Forum X - a conclave with Christian Church preachers
- transcribed from the tape).
- "The world," a wit has said, "is divided into
two kinds of people: those who divide the world into two kinds
of people and those who do not." I say, "The world is
divided into two kinds of people: those who apologize to apostates
for the Bible teaching on singing in worship to the exclusion
of instruments of music, and who reject the teaching of the Scripture
on woman's role in the church and society, and those who do not."
- Henry James said, "Life is effort, unremittingly repeated."
- "To sit by in silence when they should protest is what
makes cowards out of men" (Abraham Lincoln). Revelation 21:8
says that "the cowardly ... will have their part in the lake
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- Following is a quote from a speech made by Abraham Lincoln
on March 6, 1860, in New Haven, Connecticut. We have adapted the
quote to fit the current situation by substituting the word abortion
where Lincoln used the word slavery.
What we want, and all we want is to have with us men who think
abortion is wrong. But those who say they hate abortion, and are
opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic Party - where are
they? Let us apply a few tests. You say you think abortion is
wrong, but you denounce all attempts to restrain it. Is there
anything else that you think is wrong, that you are not willing
to deal with as wrong? Why are you so careful, so tender of this
one and no other? You will not let us do a single thing as if
it was wrong! We must not call abortion wrong where it is practiced
because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because
that would be bringing morality into politics, and we must not
call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics
into religion; we must not bring it into the Tract Society or
the other societies, because those are unsuitable places, and
there is no single place, according to you, where this wrong can
properly be called wrong.
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- Don Feder has written a book entitled A Jewish Conservative
Looks at Pagan America. He wrote, "In the early part
of the 20th century, an Italian Communist by the name of Antonio
Gramsci theorized that it would take a 'long march through the
institutions' the media, the universities, public interest groups,
and religious and cultural institutions - before socialism and
relativism would be victorious. By capturing those institutions
and using their power, cultural values would be changed, morals
broken down, and the stage would be set for the political and
economic power of the West to literally fall into the hands of
the radical left. The idea, according to Gramsci, was to change
the way society thinks about problems. For starters you have to
subvert and undermine the belief in God. Chip away at the assumption
that there is a set of divinely inspired moral absolutes, and
everything more or less begins to fall into place for the Socialist-relativist
- "What we are facing in America today," Feder writes,
"is a crisis of values so severe it threatens the very foundations
of our society. The root of the crisis is a growing spiritual
anesthesia primed by an unholy crusade to purge all vestiges of
Judeo-Christian ethics from the public sector."
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- Item: Homosexuals must now be allowed to march in New York
City's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The city's "Human Rights
Commission" ruled October 27 that parade sponsors must admit
the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization. The Ancient Order of Hibernians
said there may not be a parade in 1993.
- Item: The District of Columbia's "Human Rights
Statute," which protects racial minorities, women, homosexuals,
and the disabled but omits other "groups" from protection
against discrimination is being tested in a suit over a pro-gay
ad which a local country-western radio station has refused to
air. The station asserted its right to determine its own music
and advertising under the First Amendment's guarantee of free
speech. - The Washington Post.
- Item: Police had to be called in to remove demonstrators
when the D.C. Council failed to overturn the district's anti-sodomy
law. The council repealed the city's sodomy law a decade ago,
but Congress didn't approve the action. This time the proposal
to make sodomy legal failed on a 5-5 vote, though it appears likely
to come up again. - The Washington Times.
- Item: The Canadian Department of National Defense,
marching ahead of U.S. President Clinton, recently declared: "Canadians,
regardless of their sexual orientation, will now be able to serve
their country without restriction." -- The Washington
- Item: Australia's government has also scrapped a ban
on homosexuals joining the armed forces after months of debate.
- The Washington Times.
- Item: Canadian Anglican Bishops will continue to study
homosexuality and human sexuality in general until at least the
spring of 1994. In the interim they plan to "collaborate"
with U.S. Episcopal Church bishops to "explore the nature
of the Gospel in a changing church and culture." The Canadian
bishops said they will review their guidelines on ordaining homosexuals
in 1994. --Anglican Journal.
- Item: Rev. Jane Spahr, a lesbian woman, has vowed to
fight for homosexual rights in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
She made the pledge after the church's top judicial body widened
prohibitions, saying church law prevents all practicing homosexuals
from becoming "pastors" - even those, like Spahr, who
were ordained before a 1978 church action made the policy explicit.
Spokespersons for both gay rights groups and conservative organizations
predicted that the fight is not over yet but will move to the
Presbyterian General Assembly. - Religious News Service/Christian
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- The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) is seeking
new office space. Their current Washington D.C. home is a Methodist
building. It became a hot topic at last spring's Methodist convention
when an effort to pull out of RCAR was narrowly defeated. The
Methodists founded RCAR as a post-Roe v. Wade project in 1973.
RCAR has 17 Protestant denominational members, 13 Jewish, six
Unitarian, the YWCA's national board member and a representative
from the American Humanist Association. - The Washington Post.
- If you cannot legislate morality, as some say, then God certainly
did not know it. He gave the Ten Commandments and the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ.
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Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. To reach a senator by mail,
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D.C. 20510. Keep your letter short and to the point. They all
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