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Potpourri, August 1993

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Announcements Warning!
Book Review God Is Irrelevant
They Won't Stop Ain't It a Shame?
Good Question Virgin Birth?
Good Point Don Morris

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  • One dear brother wrote: "I have decided to let my subscription expire because of all the political commentary in your journal. I agree that homosexuality is sinful, but only one of many. You mean you couldn't find anything in the two previous administrations that was a sin?" (RH). We hope you will reverse your decision. The Firm Foundation is nonpolitical. Homosexuality is a moral and not a political question. When political parties champion immoral practices, we do not become political by opposing the sin. If I point out that the Bible condemns homosexuality and that it is wrong to do anything that promotes this foul and decadent practice, and you regard that as an affront to your political party, what is that saying about your political party? Think it over and change your mind.
  • Nothing will divide the church more than ignorance, and nothing can bring us together better than knowledge. A lack of knowledge destroys.

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  • "Things Most Surely Believed" will be the theme for "Four Great Days of Biblical Emphasis" which will be conducted by the Hobbs Street Church of Christ in Athens, Alabama, on September 19-22, 1993.
  • Gary Colley and Joseph D. Meador have accepted responsibilities at the Southwest Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. Brother Colley will be the preacher for the church, and brother Meador will be the academic director of the Southwest School of Bible Studies. The school was established in 1978. For more information contact the Southwest School of Bible Studies, 8900 Manchaca Road, Austin, Texas 78748, or call (512) 282-2486.
  • The Dindigul Bible Teachers Training Institute for Married Men, Tamil Nadu, South India, has a large enrollment of qualified men who are training to teach the Gospel. The cost of maintaining a married student in the school is $50 per month. Single students, both men and women, are also trained at a cost of S25 per month. For more information contact Avondale Church of Christ, 4017 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032, (404) 299-1475.
  • The Fourth Annual Northwest Tennessee Bible Lectures will be presented August 1-4. The speakers include Dub McClish, Willard Collins, Garland Elkins, Kelbuy Smith, Paul Sain, James Boyd, Gary Colley, Winfred Clark, and Wayne Coats. The program will be conducted at 800 East Wood Street, Paris, Tennessee 38242, (901) 642-2861.

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Book Review

Thomas Eaves has written a study guide for Vacation Bible Schools. The material is excellent for high school and adult classes. The study guide would work well for any Bible class. The book deals with use of recreational drugs, including tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana; modest clothing; homosexuality; abortion. These are the hot issues of our time and need to be thoughtfully studied. Contact Thomas F. Eaves, Southeast Biblical Institute, P.O. Box 49101, Algood, TN 38501, (615) 537-9770.

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Strange Things

Bare-breasted teenage girls in overalls and bald, biker dykes from California paraded down Connecticut Avenue during the recent gay-and-lesbian-rights march in Washington. Newsweek magazine reported it was "an unabashed display of lesbian clout" (June 21, 1993). The magazine questioned: "Why now? As conservatives are quick to note, the election of Bill Clinton contributed to this open atmosphere. ... Homosexuals give him credit for being the first president to acknowledge gays and lesbians, let alone promote them." Roberta Achtenberg is an assistant secretary of housing and urban development. She (it) is the first open homosexual ever confirmed by the United States Senate. The National Organization for Women recently appointed Patricia Ireland to head the organization. She has a husband and a woman lover. Newsweek reported that in Washington during the lesbian-sodomite march, women chanted, "Two, four, six, eight, how do you know your grandma's straight?" We wonder about that. They use the word straight in contradistinction to what? Crooked? Bent? What are they saying about themselves with such a chant as that?

Newsweek displayed a large number of photographs of the lesbian-marchers-on-Washington. Every lesbian was down-right ugly. Most of them appeared to be unhappy and agitated. They seemed to be receiving "that recompense of their error which was due." "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."

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They Won't Stop

Cal Thomas in a Conservative Chronicle article (Feb. 10, 1993) wrote:

The pedophiles are knocking on the cultural door, asking for legitimacy. The New York Times Book Review last Sunday published a favorable review of a book that praises adult-child sexual relations. Too far out? Not when you consider how far down the moral ladder we have slipped in the past 30 years. Once the standard that measures right and wrong has been removed, anything becomes possible.

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Good Question

Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana says his opposition to lifting the ban on sodomites and lesbians in the military is based on "very practical aspects. For example, the military does not allow men and women to share quarters because of potential problems of a sexual nature." Senator Coats asked "whether it would be appropriate to separate homosexuals from heterosexuals if the ban was lifted."

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Good Point

Samuel Francis recently wrote:

Last week the Washington Times broke the story of how a merry band calling itself the 'Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Military Freedom Project' is hard at work planning what to whine about once Clinton lifts the ban. The project's two-page agenda gives the lie to the claim of the lavender lobby that all they want is to be left alone to snuggle with each other in peace. What they really seek is nothing less than the seizure of cultural power through a charade of 'tolerance.'

The chief aims of the group are: grant veterans discharged because of homosexual practice retirement and educational benefits and separation pay; remove "homosexuality" from discharge papers; compensation by the taxpayer. The project's agenda includes "training programs" to remove prejudice, stigma and discrimination with regard to sexual orientation. Training includes "didactic and experimental" opportunities. Francis comments: "Didactic means 'teaching,' which in this case really means 'brainwashing.' It is not clear what 'experimental opportunities' for learning about homosexuality involve, and maybe we don't want to know."

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Prayer is dangerous. The U. S. Supreme Court ruled in Lee vs. Weisman that a rabbi who delivered a very politically correct "To-Whom-It-May-Concern" prayer at a Rhode Island junior high school commencement had violated the constitutional rights of a 15-year-old student in the audience. The court said, in effect, that the girl must be legally protected against listening to views she disagreed with. In another case, Zion, Illinois, was forced to remove a cross featured in its city seal because the justices ruled it a breach of the First Amendment. Teachers may hand out condoms in school, but they are forbidden to display a copy of the Ten Commandments on a bulletin board. Students may indulge in almost any kind of activity in school, but they are forbidden to pray (Source: Imprimis, April 1993).

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God Is Irrelevant

Ours is a live-for-the-moment society that thinks that if God is not dead, he is irrelevant. In 1992, polls indicated that 65 percent of Americans believed the Bible to be true. In 1993, polls indicate that only 32 percent do, while 50 percent say that they actually fear fundamentalists. There has never been a case in history in which society has been able to survive for long without a moral code. There has never been a time when a moral code has not been informed by religious truth (Source: Imprimis, April 1993).

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Ain't It a Shame?

University of Cincinnati's Provost David Hartlieb hired Dr. Edwin J. Nichols, a sensitivity trainer from Washington. During his faculty training session, Dr. Nichols tore into a young lady who had been at the university all of three weeks and who had earned a bachelor's from Wellesley and graduate degrees from Harvard and New York University. The young lady was made to stand before an audience, which included a hundred faculty members, while Nichols proceeded to berate her, saying, "This is a member of the privileged white elite." The young lady fell into tears in response to Nichols' continuous taunts. Not a single person rose to defend the lady. Afterwards, Provost Hartlieb praised Nichols as perhaps the best sensitivity expert in America, saying his presence demonstrated the university's commitment to racial sensitivity.

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Virgin Birth?

Jesse Whitlock of Ardmore, Oklahoma, writes:

According to a poll in Christianity Today, the question of the virgin birth of Jesus was considered. Seven thousand denominational preachers responded to the question: Do you believe in Jesus' virgin birth? Forty-four percent of the Episcopalians said 'No.' Forty-nine percent of the Baptists said 'No.' Among the Methodists 60 percent said 'No.' And 49 percent of the Presbyterians said 'No.'

Whitlock wonders what would happen if the same question were asked on the campus of ACU.

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Don Morris

April 1960 President Don Morris of ACC prepared an article entitled "Losing Individualism?" Under the subtitle, "Aversion to Controversy," he wrote:

A second mark of the soft mind is aversion to controversy. We prefer to be soothed rather than challenged, pleased rather than provoked, and gratified rather than stimulated. Some go to great lengths to avoid argument and emotional tensions. This is simply the reaction of soft-minded people who have lost, or soon will lose, their personal convictions. Tranquilizers and alcohol represent common forms of evasion.

This tendency to avoid conflicts and controversy is widespread. Many people will frankly tell you, for example, 'We do not discuss religion or politics in our home.' Yet Christianity itself was born in controversy and has flourished during periods of tremendous opposition. And our Republic was born in revolution and controversy The enlightened mind does not shun a discussion of controversial issues. Soft minds do.

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