AUGUST 24, 2012
The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, but this does not imply an endorsement.
ELVIS WEEK: THE MYSTICAL POWER OF ROCK & ROLL (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – Some 75,000 people congregated at Elvis’ grave at Graceland in Memphis for a candlelight vigil last week on the 35th anniversary of the death of “the king of rock & roll” (“Elvis Week Draws Faithful,” USA Today, Aug. 16, 2012). Some fans were teary-eyed as they laid flowers on the gravesite. Sergio Galleguillo of Argentina said, “I felt the spirit of Elvis there, as if he was alive; it really was a beautiful experience.” What is it about rock & roll that has produced such spiritual fervor? What is the mysticism in rock? It is a combination of the heavy sensual syncopation and the “me first” philosophy. The most mystical, most powerful element of rock, though, is not the lyrics; it i s the music itself. Timothy Leary, the LSD guru, said, “Listen to the words; it’s the music that has its own message. … I’ve been stoned on the music many times” (Politics of Ecstasy, 1968). Steven Tyler of Aerosmith said that rock music “is the strongest drug in the world” (Rock Beat, Spring 1987, p. 23). Neil Young said, “Rock ‘n’ roll is like a drug” (cited by Mickey Hart, Spirit into Sound). Janis Joplin likened rock music to “the best dope in the world” (“Janis Joplin Followed the Script,” Wichita Eagle, Oct. 6, 1980, p. 7A). It is impossible to sanctify something this sensual.
NEW YORKERS: LET CHICK-FIL-A BUILD RESTAURANTS (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – The following is excerpted from “NY Voters Poll,” Christian Post, Aug. 16, 2012: “Most New York City voters say Chick-fil-A should not be blocked from getting permits over its traditional stance on marriage, according to a new poll. Amid debate over Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s statement last month againstsameSex marriage, 82 percent said there should be no impact on the fast-food chain’s ability to get permits, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed Wednesday. Also, 83 percent said elected officials should not try to discourage people from eating at Chick-fil-A. ‘New Yorkers may disagree with what you say, but they defend your right to sell chic ken,’ said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. The survey was conducted among 1,298 New York City voters. It follows comments by several mayors and other elected officials that they don’t want Chick-fil-A in their cities.”
POPE SAYS MARY CAN HELP US LIVE WELL (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – Speaking at a papal mass on August 15, Pope Benedict XVI said Mary’s intercession with God “can help us to live well and with hope” (“Mary’s assumption into heaven fosters hope on earth,” EWTN News, Aug. 15, 2012). The pope said Mary was taken “body and soul” into heaven, “intimately united with her Son,” “fully conformed to him,” and crowned Queen of Heaven. By going to heaven, he said, Mary “was not leaving behind the faithful on earth, but instead becoming closer to all.” Speaking at the 13th International Mariological Symposium in Rome on October 5, Cardinal Angelo Amato told attendees, “For conversion to Christ you must go to the Virgin Mary so that she leads us back to Him” (“If you get lost,” EWTN News, Oct. 5, 2012). What blasphemy! Where are the influential “evangelicals” and charismatics and contemporary Christian worship musicians who are rising up in condemnation of this heresy and calling for strict biblical separation from Rome? That we can’t name even one is irrefutable evidence of their spiritual blindness and apostasy.
AL QAEDA ADVERTISING FOR SUICIDE BOMBERS (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – The following is excerpted from “Al Qaeda’s Suicide Bomber Want Ad,” Business Insider, Aug. 15, 2012: “The Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth reports the global terror group has resorted to online classifieds to find new recruits to pull off the ultimate attacks. The ad was apparently posted to a restricted forum known to be frequented by radical Islamists and offered simply a position titled ‘Suicide Bomber.’ The position was listed in Arabic, the location as ‘global’ and offered a jihadist workshop to those with ‘mental maturity, physical fitness, dedication, obedience and the tenacity to see the mission through.&rs quo; With several email addresses known to belong to Al Qaeda frontmen operating in the Arabian Peninsula, Yedioth Ahronoth says the ad also asked for a resume, listing age, health, languages, available passports, and oddly–‘previous experience.’”
HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST ATTACKS FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCILHEADQUARTERS (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – A homosexual activist angry at the defense of “traditional marriage” entered the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington D.C. and opened fire with a handgun. An unarmed guard was able to wrestle him to the ground even after being shot in the arm, so that he didn’t get past the lobby. The shooter, 28-year-old Floyd Corkins, had dozens of rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He is an intern at the D.C. Center for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community, and his parents said he “strongly supports gay rights.” After his gun was taken away, Corkins said, “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, i t was what this place stands for” (“Shooter Opens Fire on Conservatives,” Fox News, Aug. 15, 2012). Retired special forces Lt. General Jerry Boykin, who was in the Family Research Council building when the shooting occurred and was present when the gunman first talked to police, said, “I think the scenario is … he was going to go through and kill as many people as he could and drop Chick-fil-A bags at every dead body to send a signal that he was reacting to the stance on traditional marriage, that being between a man and a woman” (“Glenn Interviews FRC Shooting Witness,” Glennbeck.com, Aug. 18, 2012). The Family Research Council, which was part of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family until 1992, “promotes the traditional family unit and the Judea-Christianvalue system.” For its outspoken position against homosexual “marriage” and against homosexuals serving in the military, the Family Research Co uncil has been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, being lumped together with the Aryan Terror Brigade, the AmericanNazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan, the Nation of Islam, and the New Black Panther Party!
BLACK COMMUNISTS MURDERING WHITE FARMERS IN SOUTH AFRICA (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – The following is excerpted from “Genocide Looms for White Farmers,” WorldNetDaily, Aug. 18, 2012: “Last month, when Genocide Watch chief Gregory Stanton declared that white South African farmers were facing a genocidal onslaught and that communist forces were taking over the nation, virtually nobody noticed. … The silence is so deafening that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t even publicly mention the problems when she was there last week. Instead, she was busy dancing, pledging billions of dollars and praising the ruling government. … Over [the past] 10 years, thousands of white South African farmers, known as Boers, have been massacre d in the most horrific ways imaginable.
Experts say the ongoing slaughter constitutes a clear effort to exterminate the whites or at least drive the remaining ones–now less than 10 percent of the population–out of the country. … Many more victims have been savagely tortured, raped, disemboweled, drowned in boiling water or worse. … When ANC Youth League boss Julius Malema began singing ‘Kill the Boer,’ Genocide Watch moved up South Africa to stage six out of eight on the road to genocide … When a court declared the racist song ‘hate speech’ for inciting genocide against whites, the self-styled communist president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, began singing it too. … It is all part of a vicious campaign of dehumanization aimed at whites, according to experts. Demonizing the victims always precedes genocide. … The government, meanwhile, has alre ady launched a campaign to disarm Afrikaner farmers. … Even before apartheid was dismantled, the ANC was notoriously brutal to its opponents, using some of the most barbaric tactics imaginable even against blacks who refused to bow down. Necklacing, in which a tire filled with gasoline is placed around a victim’s neck and set on fire, for example, became a common form of punishment for dissenters and ANC opponents. Even Nelson Mandela’s wife endorsed the monstrous practice.”
NEW BLACK PANTHERS CALL FOR KILLING WHITE BABIES IN AMERICA AND ALL WHITES IN SOUTH AFRICA (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – The New Black Panther Party in America is applauding the murderous ways of their ANC brethren in South Africa. The New Black Panther Party’s (NBPP) radio program last week rebroadcast a 1993 obscenity-laced message by the late Khalid Muhammad, former chairman of the NBPP, calling for the murder of all white people in South Africa. “We give them 24 hours in South Africa to get out of town. I say, if they don’t get out of town, we kill the men, we kill the women, we kill the children, we kill the babies, we kill the blind, we kill the cripple, we kill the crazy, we kill the ******, we kill the lesbians, I say ******** we k ill them all” (“New Black Panther Audio,” Examiner.com, Aug. 16, 2012). An audio at the NBPP’s web site calls for white babies in America to be killed by firebombing nurseries (“New Black Panthers,” Breitbart News, Aug. 14, 2012). The audio calls for a new black militia to “kill everything white in sight” (“New Black Panther Party,” Townhall.com, Aug. 25, 2012). On NBPP Radio, August 12, chief of staff Michelle Williams ranted about why she hates whites and why all blacks should, too. Cursing and blaspheming, she said her foot will be on the necks of white people. In June, the NBPP’s General T.A.C.O. (Taking All Capitalists Out) said his party is going to hunt down whites. He said, “Once [white people] die, we should dig ‘em up, and kill e’m again, bury ‘em, dig ‘em up, kill ‘em again, and again and again!” The Barack Obama justice department has taken no action against this organization. Once certain parties are above the law and are a protected or even semi-protected class (e.g., homosexual activists, black activists, Muslim activists, illegal aliens), law and order gradually breaks down and anarchy takes it place, and this is happening in America. This didn’t begin under Obama, but it has been taken to a new level under his watch.
ATHEISTS CLAIM CROSS AT 9/11 MUSEUM MAKING THEM SICK (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – The American Atheists have filed a lawsuit demanding that the steel cross at the 9/11 museum be removed, as it violates the U.S. Constitution and is causing them “depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish” (“Despite Atheists’ Absurd Claims,” American Center for Law and Justice, Aug. 17, 2012). The Ground Zero Cross is composed of a surviving crossbeam from the Twin Towers and is displayed as one of 800 artifacts. The 9/11 museum is defending the display, arguing that the cross became a symbol of hope to many during the recovery effort, and “there is no legal authority for the proposition that a museum is prohibited from displayin g an item with historical, cultural or artistic significance merely because that item also has religious significance.”
MUSLIMS DEMAND THEIR OWN NATION IN NORWAY (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – The following is excerpted from “Muslims Demand Breakaway Islamic Nation,” Examiner.com, Aug. 19, 2012: “The Norwegian news portal VG Nett is reporting that a Muslim terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna, is threatening that if a section of the nation’s capitol isn’t transformed into a sharia-complaint Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched upon the Scandinavian nation. … As translated by Michael Laudahn: ‘If Norwegian soldiers can take planes to Afghanistan, then Osama and Mohammed can also take planes to Norway … This is not a threat, only the words of truth. The words of justice. … We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody. But let Grønland become ours. Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it. … We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.’”
IRAN’S FUTURE (Friday Church News Notes, August 24, 2012, http://www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – Iran, which was called Persia until 1935, is a friend of Russia and a vicious enemy of Israel. In September 2008, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, warned that Russian arms sales to Iran and Syria are “destabilizing and dangerous for Israel” (“Israel Irked by Iran-Russia Military Ties,” PressTV.ir, Sept. 13, 2008). Russia is a major player in providing Iran with nuclear technology and high-tech armaments. In 2009, Iran’s defense ministry hailed the nation’s military ties to Russia (AP, Feb. 20, 2009). Earlier this month, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said “the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel” ; (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 2, 2012). On August 17, Ahmadinejad called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that will soon be destroyed, and the next day a top Iranian military commander said he would welcome an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities because it would give his nation a reason to retaliate and “get rid of the Jewish state forever” (“Top Iranian Commander,” TheBlaze, Aug. 18, 2012). According to Bible prophecy, the armies of Persia will join Russia’s attack on Israel and suffer destruction with her. “And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet. … And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (Ezekiel 38:3-5, 22).
CONCLUSION: The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, but this obviously does not imply an endorsement. We trust that our readers will not be discouraged. It is God’s will that we know the times (1 Ch. 12:32; Mat. 16:3) and that we be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
The News Notes remind us that the hour is very late, and we need to be ready for the Lord’s coming. Are you sure that you are born again? Are you living for Christ? “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:11-14).
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