Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 7, Number 1, Jan.-Feb. 2001
Editor-Andy Neckar
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Inside This Newsletter

1-SALVATION
2-SOME MISGUIDED BELIEFS ABOUT GOD.
3-THE NEW SPIRITUAL’ SOCIAL AND POLITICAL RELIGION
4-NEWS WATCH


 SALVATION
By Law-Old Testament
By Baptism-The Transition
By Repentance & Faith-New Testament

Luke 15:3-7 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Why does Christ speak of some that need no repentance?

Jesus Christ is still under the Old Covenant /Testament. God had not decreed repentance from the people.  The Old Covenant Law was all that was necessary for the salvation that would take a righteous man into Abraham’s Bosom.  Belief in the Law (in what God said) was righteousness.

We have 99 school children crossing a school crosswalk and all 99 make it safely across without any near mishaps.  ONE is almost hit by a passing truck. This truck narrowly misses ONE.  Which one will you rejoice over?  The 99, or the ONE.  99 keeping the Law and ONE not keeping the Law.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Matt 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven “is at hand”. (approaching-coming soon-just around the cornor)

 Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

You say, HEY! There is no gospel to believe.  Christ had not yet died and resurrected.  YES, the word “gospel” means “good news”.  Salvation without the “works” of the Law is at hand/near.  That’s good news.

NO MORE WORKS.  All the Temple rituals.  All the endless works and ordinances. ENDLESS-ONGOING works and ordinances.   GOOD NEWS.

At that particular time, the period “between” the Old and the New Covenant, the GOOD NEWS was the BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE that was sufficient for salvation.  REPENT and be BAPTISED for salvation.

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”.

Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;”

Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

They “justified” dikaioo (dik-ah-yo'-o); God.  They “showed” God that they were repentant.  God regarded them as just or innocent, righteous

Matt 3:1-11 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:  (show visible signs that you repented) And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Acts 2:3-4 And there appeared unto them “cloven tongues like as of fire”, and it sat upon each of them. And “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost”, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the “baptism of repentance” to all the people of Israel.

Acts 18:24-26 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, “knowing only the baptism of John”. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Evidently Apollos was still preaching the baptism of repentance, which was not valid/suitable anymore.

Acts 19:1-7 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.

The Old Testament Law for salvation did NOT impart the Holy Spirit of God INTO the believer and neither did the Baptism of Repentance.  Only  repentance” and “faith” in the “gospel of Christ” imparted the Holy Spirit after the resurrection of Christ

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

The word “repentance” is not found in the OT.  Repent” is found 22 times. Eighteen of those times it speaks of God repenting (changing His mind).  Repentance was not preached in the OT, but NOW it is preached.

AFTER the DEATH and RESURRECTION of CHRIST, it was the GOOD NEWS/GOSPEL OF CHRIST that was necessary for salvation, and REPENTANCE was STILL INCLUDED.

REPENTANCE for salvation
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Belief (in faith) on GOSPEL OF CHRIST for salvation
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

See, God wants VISIBLE SIGNS of our faith.  Abraham was told to offer his son Isaac.  God knew Abraham’s heart but still He wanted a  VISIBLE   SIGN.

God want a VISIBLE BAPTISM to picture the inward working of the Holy Spirit washing us clean from sin in the Blood of Christ.

God wants VISIBLE SIGNS of repentance.   He wants to see a changed lifestyle.  Repentance WILL result in a changed lifestyle.

Matt 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
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SOME MISGUIDED BELIEFS ABOUT GOD.

You hear many people say “relax, God is in control”, “He’s still on His Throne” Many Christians take comfort in these words, but was not God in control when Satan rebelled in heaven and when Adam & Eve disobeyed in the garden?

Just because God is IN CONTROL doesn’t mean that ALL THINGS will work out according to His will.  Is it God’s WILL that murder rape, war and all sorts of iniquity/sin is committed here on this earth?

Why did Christ teach us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven?  Why pray that His will be done if it His will is done all the time?

I hear that if God wants us to have certain things we will get them and if not ,then we will not get them.  I hear that if God wants us to have extra money or good health we will have these things.  Does God get His way ALL the time?

God gets His way all the time no more than we do.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, “not willing” that “any” should perish, but that “all” should come to repentance.

Do ALL people come to repentance?

Can God do EVERYTHING?  Well, God CANNOT be tempted and neither can He tempt (CANNOT) any man.

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

God cannot lie.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

God cannot deny Himself.
2 Tim 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

God is infinite, unlimited in power, which means He “cannot fail”. There is much that God cannot do, not “IN SPITE of Who He is”, but “BECAUSE of Who He is”.  Because He is God, He cannot lie, cheat, steal, sin in any other way, or be mistaken.  The list goes on.

Because of His absolute holiness, God cannot do evil or cause others to do evil or even entice/tempt them to do evil.

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, “neither tempteth he any man:”

You say, “what about God tempting Abraham”? Let’s take a look at that.

Gen 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that “God did tempt Abraham”, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

“did tempt” Strongs Greek/Hebrew number 5254  nacah (naw-saw'); to test, to prove, to try, as to try/test/prove Abraham’s faith

Deut 6:16 Ye shall “not tempt”(5254) the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

Ps 78:18 And “they tempted” (5254) God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.

Ps 78:41 Yea, they turned back “and tempted” (5254) God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Ps 78:56 Yet “they tempted” (5254) and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:

God was not being TEMPTED He was being PROVOKED. The Israelites were “testing/trying” God’s patience.  They wanted fresh water or they would not follow God’s man, Moses.  They wanted meat instead of manna.(Num 11:13)  They wanted vegetables like they had in Egypt. (Num 11:4-5)  They said they were better off in Egypt.  They were slaves but at least they ate better, they said. (Num 11:18)

Another thing that God CANNOT do is SAVE ALL MEN, “regardless”.  He CANNOT forgive sin without the penalty being paid. He CANNOT contradict Himself. He CANNOT change.  He CANNOT go back on His Word.

God has ALL POWER and    SOVEREIGNTY/CONTROL and yet He CANNOT forgive whomever He wills. He CANNOT simply wipe their slate clean and take them up to heaven.  WHY?  Because He is also PERFECTLY JUST.

Is it a denial of God’s omnipotence/all powerfulness and sovereignty/control if there is anything He desires but cannot accomplish?

Omnipotence and sovereignty are UNRELATED to FORGIVENESS.  What did Christ pray in the Garden the night before He died?

Matt 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, “if it be possible”, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Possible”1415   dunatos (doo-nat-os'); capable, able.
O my Father, IF YOU ARE ABLE, if you are CAPABLE

It was IMPOSSIBLE for God to save man ANY OTHER WAY.  God decreed a penalty, and that penalty had to STAY IN PLACE.  God CANNOT change, even to make things easier on HIMSELF.  HE IS JUST and I AM GLAD OF THAT.

A few more tid-bits of information about God.

People say that “we will not go before our time”.  If we put ourselves in a dangerous situation is that God’s will?  If we die/are killed because of putting ourselves in that situation, is THAT God’s will?

Just because God has FOREKNOWLEDGE of a situation does not mean it is HIS WILL Just because God has FOREKNOWLEDGE of who will be SAVED and who will be LOST doesn’t mean that the lost CANNOT BE SAVED, or that the saved COULD NOT HAVE BEEN LOST.

Man has a FREE WILL apart from God’s omnipotence and sovereignty.  God WILL NOT, because He CANNOT force us to love Him.  He cannot FORCE us to REJECT Him.  He WILL NOT because He CANNOT force the GIFT of SALVATION on us.

See, God has attributes, traits characteristics, nature, quality, and make ups that He CANNOT DENY.  God is an entity.  He is a being.  He is a life form. He is PERFECTION.  He is PERFECT holiness, purity, righteous, just, love, and mercy.

It has been said that the free will of man is the most marvelous of the Creators works. Without the power of choice there could be no GENUINE fellowship between God and man.  Withput CHOICE a GIFT cannot be OFFERED.  The GIFT of SALVATION would be USELESS.

God COULD NOT have created a creature capable of LOVING HIM without that creature also being capable of REJECTING His Love. 

God has sovereignly given man the power of genuine choice, that enables God to love man, and for man to RECEIVE that love and to love God IN RETURN because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

People say, “if he is to be saved, God will call him”.  But God calls EVERYBODY

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that “all” should come to repentance.

2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and “called us with an holy calling”, “not according to our works”, but “according to his own purpose” and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

What is God’s “own purpose”?  His purpose for calling us is that He doesn’t want ANY to perish.

But not EVERYBODY is saved.

Matt 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and “few” there be that find it.

Matt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for “many be called”, but “few chosen”.

many”4183  polus (pol-oos'); abundant, a great deal altogether.
altogether” Total, totally, in total, completely.  In other words, ALL are called

People say, “if God wants them to know this or that, the Holy Spirit will tell them”. SOMETIMES YES and SOMETIMES NO.  Most of the time Holy Spirit speaks through MEN.

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and “how shall they hear without a preacher”?

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, “except they be sent?” as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

they be sent   649  apostello (ap-os-tel'-lo); to send out, sent forth, to set apart.

It is the Holy Spirit that “sets apart” and “sends out” so that He can speak THROUGH THEM.

John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

John 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the “word which ye hear is not mine”, but “the Father's which sent me”.

Jesus did not speak HIS OWN WORDS and neither does a TRUE man of God.

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

God sent His Word, Jesus Christ to speak to us, and now God’s Word, Jesus Christ, sends those “set apart” by the Holy Spirit to speak for God.

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL’ SOCIAL AND POLITICAL RELIGION
(** A portion excerpted and adapted from an e-mail)

The One World Religion is upon us.   We true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ must be aware of the happenings in the world. The One World Religion is a NEW religion.   It is a NEW spiritually.  It is NOT the faith ONCE delivered to the saints as spoken of in Jude 1:3.  IT IS SOMETHING NEW

The spiritual revival going on in the major corporations and  political groups, including the White House, is a NEW spiritually.  This NEW spiritually has infiltrated the public schools, health clinics, television shows and it’s commercials, movies, amusement parks, and the military.   This NEW thing has penetrated almost every area of our lives.  There is no place to hide from it.  IT IS HERE.  It is NEW AGE religion. 

You can find it in the “Christian” bookstores.  Al Gore wrote a book about it called “Earth in the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit”.  The “religious” bookstores is what I should call them, are FULL of such books written by what many people consider “fundamentalist believers”

FOLKS, the GREAT DELUSION is upon us.   BEWARE, BE WARNED

**NEW AGE religion is not a “religious belief system” in itself.  It is a “philosophy. It is a “viewpoint”.  It is a NEW way of thinking. It is a mixture of spiritual, social and political beliefs. People can be a part of the New Age and not even know it. And only the people who are well educated in the spiritual aspects of it fully understand what it means. It is fully occult. Though there are many versions of it, it will be the only acceptable religion in the New World Order. It will be the  "tolerant" religion where you can believe whatever you want, (all or part of their beliefs) as long as you don't try to change anyone else by teaching the truth such as stating that faith in the literal, Biblical LORD Jesus Christ is the only true way of salvation.  In the New World Order -- such a dogmatic stance and statement could eventually bring the death penalty upon you.

I hear much from the “Religious Socialists” that write and tell me what Attorney General Janet Reno said about Christians.  I hear what they tell me that Al Gore said in the book written by him that I just mentioned.  I hear of ALL THESE THINGS, and they ALL turn out to be fables.  Seems some people don’t think things are bad enough, so they resort to Fw: fabrications/lies.  THEIR work for a POLITICAL LORD consists of POINT & CLICK.

WHO CARES so much what the government thinks?  It is what the so-called MEN OF GOD think and DO that bothers me.  What do I expect from the government?  I expect GOVERNMENT policy.  What do I expect from MEN OF GOD?  Well, I SHOULD expect BIBLICAL policy, but do I get that?  NO!   The spiritual leaders, the “sheep”pretenders are so bad that I do not have to FABRICATE to cause alarm.

Those that continually look at the government and cry “WOLF” wouldn’t know a wolf if they saw one.  Besides I don’t mind a wolf.  A wolf that says he’s a wolf, and acts like a wolf and talks like a wolf and lives like a wolf doesn’t bother me.  In fact I have more respect for this wolf than I have for a “professing Christian”, who looks, acts, speaks and lives like a “wolf”.  AMEN?

You see, it is not the MANIFEST WOLVES that we should fear, but the WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING.  As long as we can SEE the enemy we can be prepared for him.  It is those who have “crept in unawares” (Jude 1:4) that we watch for.  It is THOSE that do the most damage to the Body of Christ.

I see more spiritually in our government here lately that I have ever seen.  America and many other parts of the world are on a “spiritual kick”. The “controlling arm” of the government will be taking a hold of “religion” with this “faith based charity” tax money that Bush inaugurated and given to religious charities and organizations.

Can we breath a sigh of relief?   At first I thought so, but now I see differently.  At first my conservative political patriotism surfaced, and I saw the events through a glass darkly. But, the rain is gone. I can see clearly now, there are no obstacles in my way.

WHY is the GOVERNMENT embracing religion here in the “last days”?  WHY are “so many people” on this spiritual kick?  Is this what we are to expect here in the end-times?  What did the Lord Jesus Christ have to say about this?  Read Matt 24:1-14.

Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

The world will HATE “true faith”, but doesn’t it look like the world is beginning to LOVE this “spiritual revival” of “signs and lying wonders”?

Does not this speak for itself?   What kind of religion is to be embraced by the WORLD

Should we FEAR and HIDE, or should we SPEAK OUT and CONTEND for the faith ONCE (a long time ago) delivered to the saints, (Jude 1:3) and OPPOSE the faith NOW delivered to the people?  You see, the faith NOW delivered cannot change PEOPLE into SAINTS.

John 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Would the world love aliens, if those stupid aliens were AGAINST everything you held dear?  Everything dear like sodomy, abortion/murder, inclusiveness, tolerance, social gospels, and “behaving your way” into heaven?

Folks, we are NOT IN UNION with these things IF the Holy Spirit of God dwell in us. (Rom 8:9).

I Jn 3:13  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

BEWARE if the world LOVES you.

I’ve got news for this world. “Touché”

Heb 4:12 For the “word of God” is quick, and powerful, and “sharper than any twoedged sword”, “piercing” (Touché) even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and “he that hath no sword”, let him sell his garment, and ”buy one”.

Prov 23:23 Buy the truth,(sword) and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Farfetched? Well, it’s a thought.

The Word of God IS Truth.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

The SWORD of the Spirit is Word of God

Eph 6:10-17 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

Its cold out here in Hico, folks.   I sold my garment and bought me a sword, and me and my web page has more.  Go there and get some. There’re free
Andy
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NEWS WATCH

PORNOGRAPHY BIG BUSINESS
The pornography industry continues to grow, with sales exceeding $10 billion in the U.S. and $56 billion worldwide. Online sales in the U.S. are nearly $1 billion. As technology becomes cheaper, the number of hardcore film titles has climbed from 1,275 in 1990 to 11,041 in 2000.

According to Nielsen NetRatings, 20.7 million web surfers visited porn sites from their homes in October 2000, or roughly 23 percent of the web-surfing population in the U.S. Nielson also found that 16 percent of the Internet-equipped working population clicked onto porn sites in October as well (Insight, 1/8/01).

[Editor] You can bet your bottom dollar that the Internet-equipped churches and Internet-equipped parsonages have found their share of porno sites as well.
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WOLVES DO WOLFISH THINGS
There has been a dramatic increase of ministers involved with pornography since cyberporn was introduced," warns Richard M. Dobbins, Christian psychologist and president of Emerge Ministries, which has worked with hundreds of ministers from all denominations. A national survey reveals about 20 percent of ministers of all kinds involved in porn (Charisma, 1/01).

[Editor]  There has been a tremendous increase of the churches falling away and this is one example why. A minister of God does not indulge in pornography. By their works/actions you shall know them.   Only thing, when the wolf gets caught without his sheep attire, the other wolves in the church, still wearing their sheep/christian clothing come to his defense and portray him/her as a “wayward” shepherd rather than the wolf that he really is.
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COMMON GROUND-A HOT SUBJECT NOWADAYS
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church and a group of evangelicals are planning a series of talks to "move beyond false stereotypes" and find common ground. Seventh-Day Adventists plan to meet in September 2001 with the World Evangelical Fellowship, an umbrella organization representing 160 million Christians in 111 countries. According to Religious News Service, there are no plans to find agreement on doctrine, but rather to better understand each side’s historical understanding of Christian faith (Christian News, 12/4/00).

[Editor]  History has it that the Seventh Day Adventists teach a works gospel and reject the clear Biblical teaching of eternal punishment in hell.  The common ground is that BOTH faiths, Adventist AND Evangelical are heading for hell.  The Adventist for their teachings of “soul sleep”, their belief in their false prophet Ellen White, and the annihilation of the lost in lieu of the eternal Lake of Fire, are heading for hell in a bread & vegetable basket while the modern evangelical is heading for  “common ground” with them for teaching only one half of the salvation message. He teaches “faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ” but leaves out the “repentance before God” part. (Acts 20:21)  He preaches faith/in part, as he believes only PART of what Christ teaches. And the list goes on.
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CHURCHES FIND “COMMON GROUND” IN MUSIC
Recent surveys conducted by Christianity Today indicate that the number of churches using predominantly nontraditional music in their worship services more than doubled in the early 1990s. The hymnal is disappearing from the pews, and with it is going some music sung by churches for centuries. At least four out of ten churches now define their worship music as nontraditional or contemporary (Greenville [S.C.] News, 11/19/00).

[Editor] The hymns and the faith ONCE delivered to the saints are disappearing from the churches.  They are Rocking & Rolling, Jazzing and Rapping their way into their “fathers” abode, prepared for him and his angels. (Matt 25:41)
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CHURCHES FIND ‘COMMON GOOD’ IN SOCIAL ACTION
One hundred evangelical and Roman Catholic leaders have issued a document calling on Christians to "cooperate in turning society away from relativism, individualism, and abandonment of transcendent moral truth." Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action was a key player in this endeavor. The document, titled Cooperating for the Common Good, came out of a meeting in Philadelphia (Christian News, 12/4/00).

[Editor] The word evangelical is described as “one who brings good news that emphasizes faith in Jesus Christ for salvation” (Webster’s New World Dictionary). SO-there is NO SUCH THING as a Social Action Evangelical.  Got that?  Here we go on hell again.  Folks, HELL is gonna be FULL of people “Cooperating for the Common Good” and holding to “transcendent/inspiring moral truth”
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DIFFERENT REASONS FOR CUTTING TIES WITH BOY SCOUTS
The Los Angeles city council voted 11-0 on November 28 to cut the city’s ties with Boy Scouts of America, saying the group’s exclusion of homosexuals and atheists was discriminatory. The vote followed similar moves across the country to show displeasure at a U.S. Supreme Court decision last June that upheld the Boy Scouts’ right to exclude homosexuals.

Under the terms of the decision, the Los Angeles Police Department will be asked to dismantle its Explorer unit, a Boy Scouts affiliated police cadet training program. In addition, the city’s parks will charge a fee for the Boy Scouts to use their facilities (Christian News, 12/11/00).

[Editor]  My son Andrew Jr. (a former Eagle scout) enrolled my 12-year-old grandson in a Boy Scout troop here locally, but after a few meetings cut ties with the group.  Why? Because the Troop Leader, an Independent Baptist, lead the scouts in closing prayer invoking the blessing of the “all seeing eye”.  All throughout the prayer it was clear to my son that the IB scoutmaster was reciting a Masonic prayer. Freemasonry is a religion in itself.
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ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH DECEIVING THE WORLD
Pope John Paul II, speaking on December 6 before 30,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, said that all who live a just life will be saved even if they do not believe in Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church: "The gospel teaches us that those who live in accordance with the Beatitudes—the poor in spirit, the pure in heart, those who bear lovingly the suffering of life—will enter God’s kingdom." He also stated, "All who seek God with a sincere heart, including those who do not know Christ and his church, contribute under the influence of grace to the building of his kingdom" (Christian News, 12/18/00).

[Editor]  Used to be the RCC was into deceiving only it’s members. (I was one of them until 1991), but now they are not satisfied with sending only their members to hell in the guise of Christianity.  They have an outreach.  They are out to reach a much broader market.  They are expanding the false gospel to all faiths.  No longer is the Roman Church essential for salvation, but neither is the ONE NAME under heaven by which man may be saved. (Acts 4:12)

There is a name by which a Roman Catholic must be saved though. That name is “Mary”.  The “Blessed Virgin Mary”. The “Queen of Heaven”. (Jer 17:18 and chapter 44)
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BILLY GRAHAM. SAVING SOULS OR CONDAMNING THEM?
Following his recent crusade in Jacksonville, Florida, Billy Graham plainly stated, "one of the purposes we have here is to bring a new union among the churches." A November 6 press release said that "more than 650 churches representing 51 denominations mobilized over 25,000 volunteers from the Jacksonville area to participate in the yearlong crusade preparations, exhibiting denominational and racial unity unprecedented for Billy Graham crusades in recent years."

Members of the crusade’s executive committee included United Methodist, Assemblies of God, and Christian church pastors. Trained Roman Catholic counselors direct Catholics who come forward

[Editor] God’s Word will not return to Him void.  SOME souls are saved at these crusades IN SPITE of Billy Graham. Billy Graham, the worlds leading devil’s advocate in spiritual matters has just about finished his course in bringing the churches of the world together, and his cohort Bill Clinton has hopefully finished his in helping to bring the worlds nations together under one roof and giving power to that union.
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SPIRITUAL CANCER
Mormonism is the fastest-growing faith group in American history, according to U.S. News & World Report, which predicts that if present trends continue there could be 265 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide by 2080. Mormons have launched a major expansion program to keep up with growth, opening 32 temples across the country in 2000 (Charisma, 1/01).

[Editor] ABOUT FACE-the Mormon church is fixing to stop calling themselves “Mormon”.  Mormon has a stigma to it..  They are asking their members to be consistent in calling themselves “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”. That move will help spread the cancer.
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TAKING ON THE WORLD
Christian musicians are making inroads into new genres of secular pop music, claims a recent article in Christianity Today (1/8/01). In the past, their acclaim has generally been balladeers and softer bands. "But now, surprise, Christians who play hardcore, thrash, rap, and metal are shooting to the top of secular Billboard charts and landing major tour gigs and broad video and audio play."

One band featured in the article is P.O.D. (Payable on Death). The band has a platinum record and has had tour spots with Korn, "a group whose shady lyrics and stoned fans would make many Christian parents shudder."

[Editor] Taking on the world.  Sound like a bold and courageous statement doesn’t it?  Well, I didn’t mean it that way.  The “christian” musicians have taken on the ways of the world, if they ever had any other ways at all, and so have the “christian” churches. THE WORLD LOVES IT’S OWN. (John 15:19)

 We Must Earnestly Contend For THe Faith. - Jude 1:3