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Potpourri, January 1996


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Wedding Anniversary

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."

Homosexual Update

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 to judge.

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."

ACLU

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."

Hooray! Hooray!

Missing Children

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 police."

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.

Slavery

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 Anti­Slavery International.

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.)

Education?

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) 488­7000.

Abortion

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.

History Repeats

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 laughter.

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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