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We noted with pleasure that Mignon and Adron Doran observed their
64th wedding anniversary. A reception was given for the Dorans
by the Versailles church in Versailles, Ky., on August 20. We
extend best wishes on behalf of the Firm Foundation staff
and readers of the paper. Brother Doran has contributed a large
number of valuable articles to this paper.
Human Depravity Is Repulsive and Boundless
Based on numerous interviews with doctors and citizens in the
Shenzhen province of China, the Eastern Express, a Hong
Kong newspaper regarded as credible by Western news wire services,
published details on sales of aborted human fetuses in China.
According to the article, staterun hospitals and private
clinics are now selling aborted fetuses, at about $1.25 each,
as a food that can cure a range of maladies and promote healthy
skin and organs.
The paper also reported that a doctor in Luo Huo clinic in Hubei
province, where hundreds of abortions are performed each year,
told them that she had eaten more than 100 fetuses in the past
six months. The doctors was quoted as saying, "They are wasted
if we don't eat them. The women who receive the abortions here
don't want the fetuses."
She went on, "I wash them with a clear water until they look
transparent white and then stew them. Making soup is best. Fetuses
are smelly and not everybody can take the stink."
No matter that God condemns homosexual behavior and warns that
it will result in eternal rejection if not repented of, many continue
to excuse this perversion. The Wall Street Journal (Nov.
10, 1995) explained how Sheila Landers and Brian McNaught present
workshops to volunteer AT&T employees to desensitize their
homosexual aversion. The course is called "Homophobia in
the Workplace." Sheila Landers listened to a seminar leader
describe "the anguish of growing up gay-the dread of exposure,
the fear that he would lose the love and respect of his parents.
Once, he told the group, he had attempted suicide." That
did it for S. Landers. She used her influence to inaugurate a
program to sell AT&T employees on the idea that it is okay
to be homosexual. She believes the unnatural practice should be
tolerated and its practitioners should have sympathy from the
informed. She also thinks homosexuals need protection from the
insensitive clods who might joke about homosexual behavior. Besides,
the poor pervert must listen daily to normal people talk about
their heterosexual relationships with sealed lips and guilt feelings.
Neither Sheila Landers nor Brian McNaught is quoted on homosexual
pedophiles. These grown people who crave abnormal sexual relations
with children must also hear others in the workplace express disgust
over their behavior. Some of them may even consider suicide. Shall
we therefore desensitize our dear children so they will not feel
resentment for those who prey on them? The unspeakable filth that
causes a disproportionate disease factor among homosexuals is
not mentioned in the workshop lesson taught by homosexual Brian
McNaught. The Wall Street Journal says ,"Despite protests
from some customers riled by the right, AT&T is staunchly
committed to the program."
The Houston Chronicle (Nov. 12, 1995) carried a
front page story about a homosexual Episcopal priest, Glynn C.
Harper, as saying "I could not claim who I was-a child of
God-until I claimed myself as a homosexual." Harper, the
article says, is celibate. "The issue so divides the [Episcopal]
church that retired Iowa Bishop Walter C. Righter-accused by fellow
prelates of heresy because of his positive outlook and action
on ordaining gays as priests -goes on trial before a church tribunal
in January in Chicago." Harper is associate rector of St.
Peter's Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Texas. Most of the 500 members
of the congregation accept his homosexual orientation. He says,
"People think I'm less judgmental because I have a perceived
flaw." The article also explains that "some get married
to hide their homosexual identity." So, we have flawed [homosexual]
Episcopal priests hypocritically deceiving wives and congregants
to hide the truth about their identity. No wonder they are disinclined
On love and Marriage
The October 1995 issue of Princeton Religion Research Center's
bulletin, Emerging Trends, reports on teenagers
who plan to marry. About 75 percent say it is too easy to get
a divorce, and about the same number say divorced people did not
work hard enough to save their marriages. Still, around half of
them say they are likely to be divorced some day. By the way,
the report also says that a little over half the people of America,
on average, attend a church or synagogue at least one time a week.
The report does not mention that God hates divorce and that Christians
are told "forsake not the assembling of yourselves together."
In a fundraising letter the American Civil Liberties Union
says "the extreme right" is attempting to make it possible
for students to voluntarily pray during school hours and advocate
putting the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes on par with pagan
Hindu and Chinese religious literature. Of course, the ACLU didn't
put it exactly that way. In making a appeal for money from professing
Christians, they wrote, "With religious right leaders ...
fanning the fires of destruction with extremist rhetoric and radical
right lawyers putting the torch to years of judicial precedent,
the demands on the ACLU are overwhelming."
It is unacceptable and tragic for even one child (or adult) to
be abducted. We need to know the danger points and take steps
to protect ourselves against criminals. Still, there is no reason
to misrepresent the number of missing children. Tadd Wilson says
that Statistical Assessment Service, an independent organization
that examines research findings, reports that "19 percent
of the 'lost' children misunderstood parental instructions; another
12 percent forgot the time. In all, 73 percent of those lost were
home within 24 hours. Among runaways, STATS reports, half returned
home within two days, and 73 percent of parents were aware of
their child's location ... that 600 children annually are the
victims of stranger abduction, not 4,600 as the Justice Department
maintains." John Gill, director of Children's Rights of New
York, says "some organizations are exaggerating the figures
to make their cause seem more urgent." Ernie Allen, president
of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, notes that
"of the 800,000 cases of missing children occurring each
year, 99 percent are resolved successfully by state and local
Still, one is too many, and we do need to have healthy respect
and reasonable caution for the danger of abduction to keep our
dear ones safe. To blow it out of proportion to raise money is
wrong. Parents do not need to be paralyzed by fear nor do children
need to be paranoid. Be careful, but not hysterical.
Samuel Cotton authored six articles printed in the City Sun.
"As you read this," Cotton began, "in the Islamic
Republic of Mauritania, Black Africans continue to be enslaved
by their Arab Berber masters. ... In the Islamic Republic of the
Sudan ... Black women and children (mostly Christian) are being
captured in raids on their villages and sold as ... slaves."
At the abolitionist Conference held at Columbia University in
May, black nationalists made common cause with the American AntiSlavery
Group and African exiles. Sudanese Bishop Macram Max Gassis told
delegates Sudan's Islamic fundamentalist regime "encouraged
slavery" and had declared holy war on nonMuslim Sudanese.
The Nation of Islam, headed by Louis Farrakhan, is speaking out
in defense of Sudan and the Muslim enslavers. So is the black
weekly, the Amsterdam News. Chattel slavery in Sudan and
Mauritania has been documented by academics and journalists, Human
Rights Watch, the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and
Cotton said he attempted for two years to get Jesse Jackson to
make a statement against slavery. A Jackson staff person told
Cotton "that Jackson wouldn't touch the issue because it
seemed antiArab." Jackson wouldn't even give Cotton
a statement. He "is busy with affirmative action," an
aide explained, "Right now, slavery is not on his agenda."
What accounts for the inertia? Black leaders "have ties and
friendships in Islamic fundamentalist countries," explains
Cotton, "and sources report that Arab money funds a number
of pet projects of some Black politicians and religious leaders.
Black leaders also fear alienating Louis Farrakhan." (Based
on an article in National Review, Oct. 23, 1995.)
The National Education Association passed a resolution backing
"Gay History Month" at its annual convention this summer
and the proof is Section B9 of the 199596 resolutions,
which states, "The Association therefore supports the development
of positive plans that ... tend to be but are not limited to ...
support for the celebration of a lesbian and gay history month
as a means of acknowledging the contributions of lesbians, gays,
and bisexuals throughout history."
Dr. Beverly LaHaye, president and founder of Concerned Women for
America, the largest women's organization in the country, says
the NEA is using "its power to promote an unhealthy lifestyle
that represents only 1% of Americans.... Our schools have no business
celebrating homosexuality." The CWA may be contacted at 3701
L'Enfant Promenade, S.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20024, (202)
Human Events (Oct. 6, 1995) raised the question, "Why
Not Let ProLife Forces Televise Abortions? In the last congressional
elections a prolife candidate whose TV commercials including
graphic scenes of abortions in progress was refused permission
to air them. An abortion foe who wanted to confront candidate
Clinton with an aborted fetus in a sidewalk encounter was summarily
sent to jail. How often have you seen a photograph of an aborted
fetus? Do you think they are all that rare? There are millions
of abortions every year in America."
William A. Rusher proposed televising nationwide a thirdtrimester
abortion, in which the fetus' skull was crushed and drained while
still in the birth canal (to keep it from being murder). He also
observed, "The prochoice forces would oppose the whole
idea tooth and claw. They are rightly afraid of letting the squeamish
look at the physical evidence of their policy."
'Taint Funny, McGee
The San Antonio ExpressNews reported: "Rev.
William Hoover resigned after admitting he had molested a twelveyearold,
but he retains the support of some parishioners. "He is very
wellliked and very wellrespected here," said
Fern Bombadier, "and he has touched a great many people."
The latest consumer protection legislation in the Netherlands,
as reported by the London Times: "Government regulations
require S&M prostitutes' clients to be bound and gagged in
such a way that they can work themselves free in an emergency
in a maximum of 30 seconds."
Career preparation in the Old Dominion, as described by The
Key Reporter: "Ansrea Ballengee was dethroned from her
position as Miss Virginia after pageant officials discovered she
had falsely claimed to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa and to have
been graduated from High School with highest honors, and that
she misrepresented her high school Most Outstanding Cheerleader
award as Most Outstanding Female Athlete." Ballengee intends
to attend law school and eventually to run for Congress.
The Associated Press reports that "a former Forest
Service worker tried to escape punishment for stealing truckloads
of government property, claiming that his eyesight was so bad
he could not see how much he had taken."
Worth Thinking About
Marvin D. Hinten says if you attempt to talk with a dying man
about sports or business or politics, he is no longer interested.
He now sees other things as more important. People who are dying
recognize what we often forget, that we are standing on the brink
of another world.
Toronto's Airport Vineyard Church has maintained a neopentecostal
type worship for over a year. Services are conducted each night
and last four to five hours. Physical manifestations occurring
in the "worship" services are the focal point of attention-
holy laughter, shaking, animal noises, and falling down. It may
be exciting and fun but it is not according to the Scriptures.
Nothing of the kind is recorded anywhere in God's Word.
George Byron Koch, preacher of the Church of the Resurrection
in West Chicago, says he observed "one minister standing
behind a couple who wanted prayer for their struggle with infertility.
He held his hands above their heads, palms downward, and began
pumping vigorously up and down, as if pushing something into them.
Another minister stood in front of a man desiring prayer, resting
his left hand on the man while scooping the air in a sideways
motion. Eventually, this man and others fell to the floor to "rest
in the Spirit."
Koch says there are eerie echoes of the common practices of Hindu
gurus in all this. For example, Rajneesh, the infamous Indian,
would touch his followers, who would then convulse in uncontrollable
shaking and laughter, or simply pass out. DaFree John, an American
guru, would sit with large crowds of his devotees and wave his
hand toward groups of them, who would then collapse in ecstatic
The West Chicago minister says there are others involved in the
Toronto Blessing who believe they are able to transmit the Holy
Spirit into other people. They think the Spirit is a power they
can pump, scoop, and press into others.
Whatever is happening in Toronto - or in Willowbrook, for thee
matter-has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, and should be rebuked.
It is time for a serious restudy of what the Bible says about
the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Nothing remotely akin
to what the Toronto people say happened to them is recorded in
the Scriptures, unless it be in connection with Baal worship.
One man said, "As I stood to receive prayer, I was determined
not to fall down as some did, wanted to worship Jesus and invite
his presence in my own way. But then my legs completely melted,
and I fell backwards to the carpet for several minutes. My mind
was still alert, wondering, until convulsions started in my stomach,
and I began heaving sobs from the pit of my being." Where
can you read anything like that in the Bible?
Personal witnessing-unknown in firstcentury worship of the
early church-is always connected with wild babble. Its advocates
are all too eager to blame it on the Holy Spirit.
Emotional upheavals, weeping and wailing, have also hit Campus
Crusade, according to Bill Bright, the movement's founder. According
to a report in the Optimist (Sept. 6, 1995), ACU's campus
newspaper, such unbridled emotionalism has also hit ACU during
the Sunday evening comeandgo Lord's Supper at the
University church building.
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