Concerned Women for America conducted a nationwide study of 68
evangelical churches (AFA Journal, Jan. '97). The CWA study
indicated "a seismic shift in thinking" on the essential
sinfulness of homosexual conduct. The four factors named for producing
the change are:
- The Bible is no longer considered inspired and inerrant.
- The idea that homosexuals cannot change.
- Influence of outspoken homosexual church members.
- Conflict within the churches over homosexuality.
Marianne Moody Jennings, a newspaper columnist, reports that her
article which was critical of homosexual conduct resulted in abuse
and threats- threeinch screw driven though the side of her
car's tire, attempts to discredit her with her employer and get
her fired, and name calling. She also claims that her children
In Romer v. Evans the Supreme Court of the United States ruled
that Colorado's Amendment 2, which denied special rights
and protection to homosexuals, was unconstitutional. Justice Scalia
wrote in dissent to the majority:
When the court takes sides in the culture wars, it tends to be
with the knights rather than the villains - and more specifically
with the Templars, reflecting the views and values of the lawyer
class from which the Court's members are drawn. How that class
feels about homosexuality will be evident to anyone who wishes
to interview job applicants at virtually any of the Nations' law
schools. The interviewer may refuse to offer a job because the
applicant is Republican; because he is an adulterer; because he
went to the wrong prep school or belongs to the wrong country
club; because he eats snails; because he is a womanizer; because
she wears realanimal fur; or even because he hates the Chicago
Cubs. But if the interviewer should wish not to be an associate
or partner of an applicant because he disapproves of the applicant's
homosexuality, then he will have violated the pledge which the
Association of American Law Schools requires all its member schools
to exact from job interviewers: 'assurance of the employers willingness'
to hire homosexuals (Bylaws of the Association of American Law
Schools, Inc. sec. 64b).
World Magazine (Feb. 8) says, "Homosexuals
are less than 2 percent of the population, but they are
able to set the national agenda because they're in the cities
and in the cultural centers. They're in the universities where
the educational establishment is, and where its leaders are being
made. The homosexuals are where the entertainment industry is."
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Edward Fudge, elder of the Bering Drive church in Houston, is
reported to have said: "We now use women and men indiscriminately
at Bering Drive CoC in Houston in all ministry except preaching
and eldering, on the NT basis of: (1) Jesus' elevation of women;
(2) the principle stated in Gal. 3:28; (3) NT examples
of women in public service; and (4) a careful decision
that no NT text forbids such."
Hey, wait a minute Edward, don't try to fudge. Does preaching
and eldering repeal Gal. 3:28? If there is no distinction
in gender with reference to leading singing and leading prayers
how is that changed when it comes to preaching and eldering?
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Matthew Henry, in commenting on Proverbs 24:2122, where
the inspired wise man said: "Company not with them that are
given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And the
destruction from them both, who knoweth it?" made this astute
Have nothing to do, he does not say, with those that change, for
there may be cause to change for the better, but those that are
given to change, that affect change for changesake, out
of peevish discontent with that which is and a fondness for novelty,
or a desire to fish in troubled waters: Meddle not with those
that are given to change; come not into their secret; join not
with them in their cabals, nor enter into the mystery of their
iniquity (Matthew Henry's Commentary).
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In North Carolina, the Family Policy Council won a decadelong
battle when the state legislature passed a law requiring public
schools to teach abstinence from sex until marriage.
In South Carolina, Dr. Steve Jamison, in a speech at Charlestown
High School, talked about sexually transmitted disease. One attractive
girl stood and said, "You've told us all about what doesn't
work to protect us from all these things [sexually transmitted
diseases]. What I want to know is why haven't you told us what
will protect during sex?" The doctor responded, "There
isn't anything. If there was, I would tell you."
School nurse, Esther Splaine, rose from her seat, walked onto
the stage and took the microphone from Dr. Jamison. "He's
telling you the truth, honey,"she said. "Remember
a couple of years ago, people came in here and talked about safe
sex? And then, the next year they came in and talked about 'safer
sex.' Did you ever wonder about why they changed? It's because
'safe sex' [for the unmarried] is a lie" (World, Feb.
In Hawaii, the State House passed a bill attempting to undo state
court rulings allowing homosexual marriage. Also approved: a bill
giving homosexual couples some of the same rights as married couples-such
as joint property and inheritance rights-that stops short of allowing
homosexual partners to wed. Both measures now go to the State
In Alaska, a federal judge ruled that three landlords who-based
on religious beliefs-had refused to rent to unmarried couples
are protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise
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A driver who had used a little too much medicinal marijuana collided
with righttodie supporter who had consumed a little
too much red wine for his heart condition. Both were killed instantly
by their airbags.
Jesse Jackson, on the NBA's treatment of Dennis Rodman: "It's
one thing to punish a man. It's another to take away his dignity."
Sport magazine (April '97) featured on its cover a nearnaked
Dennis Rodman wearing only ladies underwear, lipstick, navelpin,
eyeshadow, dangling earrings, multiple tattoos, painted
fingernails, and a broad smile. Such dignity! Basketball
coach Chuck Daly says of Rodman, "He's always been searching
for his identity. I don't know if he's found it, but he seems
to be getting closer." Daly also said, "What people
don't understand about Dennis is that he's a grown man."
Really-that's what he said-we're not kidding.
The Graham Street church in Stephenville, Texas announced in its
bulletin (Jan. 19), "No evening worship service January 26."
The bulletin also announced, "Communion will be served at
6:00 p.m." that day for those not able to attend the morning
service. Do you suppose communion is not worship? By the way,
January 26 was Super Bowl Sunday.
Beijing, China arranged to have Matsu, a goldplated statue believed
to be an actual goddess, transported by airplane to Taiwan. Matsu
rode in the first-class cabin of the plane where "she"
was offered food and beverages by flight attendants.
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Word (Nov 16, 1996), The New Homophobia: Schools Fear
Lawsuits, reports that Education Week admits: "Public
schools are [becoming] a battle ground for gayrights issues."
Homosexual activist Donna Redwing announced, "We're here,
we're queer, we're in the classroom."
Jacob Schilling, 8, told his mom he did not want to go to music
class at Pewett Elementary School in Omaha, Texas, because his
teacher, Mr. Stewart, was "weird." The teacher later
announced to the class that he was homosexual. When the mom tried
to take the child out of Mr. Stewart's classroom, she was told
by the principle if she wasn't going to send Jacob to Mr. Stewart's
class not to bother to send him to school at all. She protested
and is now being sued by Mr. Stewart. The Texas State Teachers
Association has threatened to also sue the mom.
Rodney Wilson, 29, "came out" to his class, after showing
a film about the Holocaust. When the film was over, Mr. Wilson
held up a poster showing the emblems the Nazis used to identify
Jews, homosexuals, and Gypsies. He declared, "If I had been
in Europe during World War II, they would have put this pink triangle
on me and gassed me to death, because I am gay." The Mehlville
(suburb of St. Louis) school board issued a memo saying it was
"inappropriate for a teacher to discuss facts of a personal
nature, regardless of the nature of those beliefs, in the classroom."
Mr. Wilson is suing the district to have the memo removed from
his permanent record.
In San Diego, a highschool teacher named Jose Arroyo took
advantage of 1995's "National Coming Out Day" by announcing
in his classes his homosexuality. The school administrators knew
about it and admitted they were "troubled" by it, but
they didn't stop him.
In Dedhim, Mass., student activity money was used to fund a "GayStraight
Student Alliance" and to distribute a questionnaire that
was lightly veiled propagandizing.
In St. Paul, Minn., a lesbian social worker Mary Tinucci brought
a program called Out with Equity to all six of the school
system's high schools. This program offers support groups for
kids who are questioning their sexuality ("peeking into the
closet" is the homosexual term); confidential health services
(condoms and information about homosexual sex); and "safe
zones" in each building (classrooms where teachers have been
trained to answer questions about sexual orientation.)
In the vanguard is a group called the Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Teachers Network. This group has the ear of President Clinton
and is quietly effective in introducing homosexuality in the classroom.
The public schools are the missionary ground for those advocating
homosexuality. Founded in Boston six years ago, GLSTN led the
drive to "ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation"
in Massachusetts public schools.
GLSTN is seeing steady progress. Five states and numerous school
districts have changed their educational codes to bar discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
Perhaps here, finally, is a legitimate use of the word "homophobia."
School districts see a minefield of potential litigation. The
National Education Association has a longstanding
policy of providing free legal counsel to teachers who feel they've
been discriminated against because of their homosexuality. The
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is representing
free a number of teachers who make such claims.
Homosexuals want your kids to be homosexuals. The Queers, which
is what they call themselves, are using the taxsupported
schools of America to recruit even elementary children into their
ranks. Parents need to beware of the homosexual teacher in the
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Way Out West
The Westside church in Midland, Texas, sent a letter (Feb. 12,
1997) to the Golf Course Road elders expressing deep concern about
teaching and practices at Golf Course Road. The letter mentioned
(1) embracing Promise Keeper's movement, advocacy of open fellowship
with denominations and joint participation with sectarian churches
and (2) GCR Workshop (Jan. '97) saw Golf Course Road elders serving
the Lord's Supper on Saturday and (3) GCR claims of instant healing
of physical ailments by direct operation of the Holy Spirit when
GCR elders laid hands on the sick.
The Westside church called for clarification and suggested it
may have no choice but to "mark them that are causing the
divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine
which ye learned: and turn away from them." Congregations
in the Midland area received a copy of the letter.
The Firm Foundation called the Golf Course Road Church
to ask about the situation. We received a sixteen page response
and the request that we print it all or none at all. The response
confirms that GCR unabashedly supports Promise Keepers and
is fully aware of the interdenominational nature of the movement.
The elders of GCR acknowledge serving the Lord's Supper on Saturday,
and say they will do so again, but not on a regular basis. The
paper denies that the GCR elders claim to have experienced miracles
like those we read about in the New Testament, but also claims
physical healing that is above natural recovery. It is neither
miraculous nor nonmiraculous. The claim is that the healing
is supernatural, but not perfect, which makes us wonder who is
doing it. God, by his nature, cannot do anything immediately that
is less than complete.
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Air and Water
James Gerstenzano, "Viewed Less as Paganism, Environmentalism
is New Religious Cause" (Houston Chronicle, Feb. 7),
says: "In short, worshipping the creator can also mean worshipping
the creation." Thayer says that the word translated "creature"
in Romans 1:25 also means "creation." Gerstenzano says
environmentalism is "new," but Paul wrote about it in
the first century-that's about 2,000 years ago. The columnist
for the Chronicle obviously has never heard of Harry Ward,
Emerson Fosdick, Walter Rauchenbusch, and the Social Gospel. It
short: It ain't new, but it is foolish, as Paul says.
Watch out, brethren, there are straws in the wind (Christian Scholar's
Conference papers) indicating the old error is about to in the
restored church. How sad that some, made in God's image, worship
dirt. We want pure air and water, but we don't want to hear it
about from the pulpit. It may be the business of schools and government
and civic groups, but it is distinctly not the business of the
church to promote environmentalism. "If you can keep your
head when all about you are losing theirs ... you'll be a Man
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Friends supporters of the Firm Foundation continue to send
accolades for the work we do in holding high the banner of truth.
Thought you might enjoy reading a few of these encouraging words:
"We would like to start sending a bundle of ten to the congregation
here so we can share in this good work. Again let me tell you
how we appreciate the good work with the paper ... Thanks for
living up to your name .... Thank you for the admonition and encouragement
I receive through your work (a contribution of $222.00 was included)."
We received a letter from the beloved O. B. Porterfield that included
this paragraph: "Please pray for us and we will pray for
you and the great work you are doing. I had cancer surgery in
February of last year, our house was nearly split in half by a
tornado five days after getting out of the hospital, my wife suffered
a heart attack in October and had to have surgery. She later fell
and crushed her shoulder. I am not complaining. We thank God for
life and that we are getting better." O. B. Porterfield continues
to "contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered
to the saints." God bless you, O. B., and your dear wife.
You are a sterling example for the rest of us.
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Frank Dunn, gospel preacher, has written an excellent book. Know
Your Bible. The one volume, 650page book, gives
a summary of every book in the Bible. The scheme brother Dunn
uses throughout the book is to give key words, key verses, key
phrases, and key chapters for each Bible book. He then explains
the message of the book and its purpose. This includes such things
as the theme, design, history, and summary of each book in the
Bible. He also explains the main divisions, great events, and
great characters. An outline of the book is given. This is a helpful
The Firm Foundation congratulates brother Dunn for
this outstanding work. The lessons were originally presented over
a period of 25 years (19701995) on a weekly radio program
over WOAIAM, and were heard in many states.
In the introductory statements, Frank says: "The supreme
attainment in life is to know God, the noblest purpose of life
is to glorify God, the worthiest aim in life is to please God,
the greatest achievement in life is to be as godlike as possible.
The greatest need in life is to have an obedient faith. The highest
goal in life is to be with God forever."
Know Your Bible will help one to know, glorify,
please, and obey God and be with him eternally. Good job, Frank,
your book will live and benefit many and serve as a tribute to
your life's study and work.
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