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religion, Bible, Christianity, church, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, faith, salvation, baptism, Christian, Church of Christ, Baptist, Catholic, Non-denominational, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, morals, feminism,
Ron Fitzsimmons, Mike Royko, partial birth abortion, clones, Pat Boone, 
Golf Course Road Church of Christ, Midland, euthanasia, Booker T. Washington, 
Florida Baptist Convention, Trumpets of Truth International Church, Phillip Johnson,
Phillip Johnson, Fritz Schaefer, Stephen Meyer, William Dempski, Paul Nelson

Potpourri, June 1997

religion, articles, christianity
Baby Killers RIP Wanna Know More?
Clones and Such Songs Get Out
Pat Boone Euthanasia Evolution
Follow Up Booker T. The Net

It is a common expression to say, "What goes around comes around." A more genteel way of saying the same thing is, "History repeats." We are in the midst of a major departure from the faith. Most of the schools operated by our brothers are banded together to lead the church into compromise and eventual destruction. The Disciples of Christ have almost compromised themselves out of existence. Those who are drifting away from the "things that were heard" are following the same path. If not brought up short, the liberal trend will end in denial of the ancient faith.

The critical question is, Can anything be done about it? Well, yes, we can at least object. We put our grandchildren at risk. It is possible for each generation to start from religious error and fight its way to a knowledge of God and the kingdom. It has happened before. It will happen again. Still, it is such a waste and the price is lost souls. It is much better to simply cling to the truth and reject all error. The Firm Foundation is "set for the defense of the gospel." We encourage all the saints to "let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that ... ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but of your salvation, and that from God; because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf: having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me."

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Baby Killers

Mike Royko (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 27-again, our thanks to Earl Davis) says that Ron Fitzsimmons admitted to "lying through his teeth" when he made public statements in 1995 that the controversial "partial birth abortion" was rarely used. And that it was used only when a woman's life was in danger or the fetus was already severly damaged." Royko said, "The fetus is partially delivered feet first, then a device is used to suck its brain out to collapse the head." The article also says, "Fitzsimmons now admits that most such abortions are done on women who are healthy and fetuses that are healthy, but not because the woman is in danger or the fetus is unhealthy."

Ancient Rome, we are told, used to leave unwanted babies out in the cold to be eaten of wolves. There ain't a whole lot of difference.

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Clones and Such

The British science journal carried the blockbuster news of a cloned Scottish sheep named Dolly (Chicago Tribune, Mar 3, by way of Earl Davis). The writer, Peter Kendall, said: "Like some bizarre end­of­the­millennium revelation, the last 15 months have witnessed a parade of spectacular hypotheses: Evidence of life on Mars, evidence that cloning is possible, and evidence that there are planets orbiting stars other than our sun. It has been enough to inspire many to wax on about living through a golden age of discovery. In fact, history may show that ours was not an age of discovery, but an epoch of jumping to conclusions." The good news is that there is very little likelihood that science will be able to clone Buster Dobbs.

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Pat Boone

Trinity broadcasting dropped Pat Boone's show when the actor shocked his devotees by appearing in leather vest and bare chest augmented by fake tatoos and topped off by a studded dog collar. Boone said, "I've been indentified in the minds of millions of people as another one of those metal scourges and scumbags, and I'm being judged in the same way that I judged. And I deserve it." Boone also said, "Christians have got to deal with this judgmental, opinionated attitude that if somebody doesn't dress like we dress, or doesn't like the same music, or maybe rides a Harley­Davidson, they must be heathens." Follow the cash and you will understand the theology. "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). Unless, of course, you're a TV evangelist who focuses mainly on the bottom line (Chicago Tribune).

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Follow Up

Donny Weimar, Odessa, Texas, wrote: "High levels of controversy have engulfed congregations of the Lord in the Permian Basin during recent months. In Midland, Texas, shepherds of the Westside Church of Christ have met with elders of the Golf Course Road Church of Christ to discuss Golf Course Road's participation with other religious groups [denominations]. Reportedly, the elders of Golf Course Road do not believe their participation with other religious groups [denominations] displays an approval of or overlooking of the biblical error that the groups [denominations] practice ... There has been no written severance of fellowship between these congregations, however, the Westside elders hold the public concern that the present relationships and methods of Golf Course Road will divide and dishonor the church of Christ."

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Richard Nathanal Hogan has passed into eternity. Like Lincoln, he now belongs to the ages. Robert L. Woods­Irvin said of Hogan, "R.N. Hogan was not only a child of God, but a man of God. Not a man to get caught up in the philosophy of religious rhetoric, but a 100 percent gospel preacher that traveled across this country and into all parts of the world emphasizing not only the gospel but Christian education. R.N. Hogan alive in eternity at the age of 96. Service were held on March 5, 1997 in California."

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Ernie R. Bailey (University Church of Christ, 801 North 12th Street, Murray, KY 42071) is interested in locating the heirs of such men as Will W. Slater, Nelson Slater, G. H. P. Showalter, Paul Epps, Austin Taylor, and Tillet Teddlie, who may have a collection of their songbooks.

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"My concern is not simply, as another author has put it, that euthanasia breeds euthanasia, or that the floodgates would be opened. My primary concern is the message that would be given to society. It would be yet another secular message that we need not wrestle with God, another message denying the soul and telling us that this is solely our life to do with as we please. It would be a most discouraging message. It would not encourage us to face the natural existential suffering of Life, to learn how to overcome it, to learn how to face emotional hardship the kind of hardship that calls forth our courage. Instead, it would be a message pushing our society further along the worst of directions it has already been taking" (M. Scott Peck, Newsweek, Mar. 10).

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you or be absent, I may hear of your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but of your salvation, and that from God; because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf: having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

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Booker T.

Booker T. Washington headed a school in Alabama, Tuskegee Institute. He lined up students and lead them in a "chopping bee'" during which he and they cleared the undergrowth of trees and shrubs off the land. Some of the students protested, arguing that they had come for an education so they would not do manual labor - "slave work." Mr. Washington, however, swung his ax vigorously, both showing and telling that "there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem." Dignity, he taught, comes from glorifying God in whatever capacity he has placed us, then working to improve our circumstances.

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Wanna Know More?

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Get Out

The Florida Baptist Convention has expelled two charismatic churches for advocating doctrines such as speaking in tongues and being "slain in the Spirit." The mission board voted to deny voting privileges to, and mission gifts from, Trumpets of Truth International Church (formerly First Baptist) of Homosassa Springs and Riverside Christian (formerly Riverside Baptist) Church (Christianity Today, July 15. 1996).

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The scholars are finally waking up. Some top-drawer scientists in a few major universities are beginning to say that evolution does not explain the emergence of the species. Phillip Johnson, law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has gained an international reputation for his arguments against Darwinism.

Scientists like Hugh Ross of Reason to Believe, Walter Bradley of the University of Texas, and Fritz Schaefer of the University of Georgia all speak out regularly against evolutionism. So does the venerable Institute for Creation Science, with its more conservative take on things. An intellectual trio, including Stephen Meyer, a specialist in the philosophy of science who serves both with Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., and the Discovery Institute of Seattle; William Dempski, Notre Dame University and holding a theology degree from Princeton Seminary; and Paul Nelson, now completing a Ph.D., in the philosophy of biology at the University of Chicago, and described as a "walking encyclopedia on any subject" speak out against evolutionism. There are others, of course. Phillip Johnson with his seminal work, Darwin on Trial, flatly rejects naturalistic Darwinism, believes in a personal Creator, but also holds to the likelihood of "common descent" (the idea that all living things derive from the same ancestors).

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The Net

Bible Infonet­ is loading down to visitors from around the world close to 20,000 pieces of information each week, and it is daily increasing. The home page is primarily for evangelism and generates a number of Bible questions each day. Most of the material is designed to help the lost know what to do to be saved. It is a thrilling prospect.

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