Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 7, Number 2, May-June. 2001
Inside This Newsletter
1-The Obituary Of Common Sense
2-SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY
3-THE LORD MY GOD PREACHES HATE?
5-BAPTIST PASTORS EXPERIENCE WHAT?
6-MORE INFO ON NEW TRIBES MISSIONS
The Obituary Of Common Sense
Today, we mourn the passing of an old friend by the name of "Common Sense". Common Sense lived a long life but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium.
No one really knows how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, factories and offices, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare or foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, the early bird gets the worm and life isnt always fair.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (dont spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids). A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technology revolution, Common Sense survived cultural trends including body piercing, whole language, "new math", and dont ask dont tell. But his health declined when he became infected with the "If-It-Only-Helps-One-Person-Its-Worth-It" virus.
In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of federal regulation. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by lawyers and auditors. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools implemented policies where a 6-year old boy is charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen is suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher is fired for reprimanding an unruly student.
Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges invaded everything from Boy Scouts to professional sports. As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic, but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations for asbestos, low flow toilets, "smart" guns, and mandatory air bags and he was in disbelief when told that the homeowners associations restricted exterior furniture only to that which enhanced property values. It was the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential election that caused him to breathe his last breath.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son Reason. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY
Debra A. Haffner, a guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News, says in an April 18 article, that, as she beings her presentations on sexuality and religion she asks the audience, "What did you learn about sexuality in your church or synagogue while you were growing up?"
She says the answers come tumbling out.
"Sex is bad."
"Sexual thoughts are bad."
"Women are the reason for the fall."
"Birth control, abortion, and masturbation are sinful."
"One word - don't."
Some say, Nothing. My church was absolutely silent." Other people nod.
Then Haffner asks, "How many of you grew up in a religious community that taught you that your sexuality was a gift from God?" Only one or two people ever raise their hands.
Haffner, former CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, says too many people have been alienated from their sexuality by official policies that are exclusionary or preaching that is condemning. Likewise, many people have been alienated from their religious homes because they feel that they are not welcomed because they are single, divorced, feminist, gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Haffner said that last year, more than 2,000 clergy and religious leaders endorsed the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing.
The declaration affirms that sexuality is God's life-giving and life-fulfilling gift. It calls for a religious sexual ethic that is based on personal relationships and social justice. It states that all persons have the right and responsibility to lead sexual lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent, and pleasure. It calls on faith communities to be truth seeking, courageous, and just, including affirming full inclusion of women [Editor note-female pastors] and sexual minorities [Editor note-sodomite/homo] in religious life, providing comprehensive sexuality education through the lifespan, and calling for a faith-based commitment to sexual and reproductive rights [Editor note-abortion]
Nearly every religious denomination is dealing with issues of sexual justice. More than 10 denominations have developed sexuality curricula in the context of their faith traditions. More than 15 have organizations that are seeking to welcome and affirm sexual minorities as full participating members of the religious community.
Four denominations now officially perform same-sex unions. Twelve major denominations are on record as supporting reproductive choice. More than 2,000 clergy are members of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's clergy action network.
This woman, Haffner continues with these closing statements. The word gospel literally means "good news." And there is good news for those of us who believe that sexuality is central to our humanity and integral to our spirituality. God rejoices when we celebrate our sexuality with holiness.
[Editor] The Gospel of Christ is Good News, but the gospels of these liberal churches spell BAD NEWS.
The only CHUCH teaching on sexuality should be 1 Cor. Chapter 7 which I just posted on my web page. Sexuality is irrelevant to spirituality. Sexuality was meant for only ONE thing and that was to be fruitful and MULTIPLY. IT is for HERE & NOW on this earth and ONLY to be celebrated in the MARRIAGE BED.
In heaven there will be no offspring. There will be no multiplying. There will be no sexuality. There will be no MALE or FEMALE. And in heaven there will be no SODOMITES/HOMOSEXUALS. All of the gay-pride people will be weeping and gnashing their teeth in HELL/LAKE OF FIRE.
In heaven there will be no un-repentant (no change of lifestyle) divorced, feminist, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. In heaven there will be NOBODY with a behavior/manners/conduct that God and I HATE.
HEY! I KNOW this. WHY? Cause God said so, and that settles it.
THE LORD MY GOD PREACHES HATE?
Scripture-Bearing Billboard Not Welcome in NYC
According to Agape Press, a pastor is arguing in New York federal court for the right to continue showing a Bible verse on a billboard. Pastor Kristopher Okwedy of Keyword Ministries paid for the billboard in Staten Island, New York, that displays Leviticus 18:22 - "Thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind ... it is abomination."
Critics called it "hate speech," arguing that New York City's anti-bias policy prohibits any public expression of intolerance toward homosexuality. Attorneys for the billboard company called the Bible verse "confrontational" and "offensive" during oral arguments in the case.
The pastor's attorney, Michael DePrimo of the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy (CLP), says the message in New York and other cities is clear: "Keep the Bible out."
According to the CLP, police even questioned Okwedy's wife about the church's doctrine regarding homosexuality. Okwedy was not present at the time. "Most alarming is the police investigation into the church's religious doctrine," DePrimo says. "It appeared designed to intimidate the church from speaking out against homosexuality in the future."
[Editor] The Lord God is not entirely a God of love. There are MANY THINGS He hates. Read the Bible (Gods Word) and see for yourself.
We have women not wanting to get pregnant, and if they do, they KILL/MURDER their baby. We have men not wanting a woman, and women not wanting a man for sexual intercourse. We have longhaired men and shorthaired women. We have most women dressing as men, and some men dressing as women, though not near as many. We have women competing with men in the workplace, (and on-and on-ect) and the fault of ALL THIS is the fault of the MAN.
Man gave up his leadership role a long time ago. He gave his power unto women, ( Proverbs 31:3) and the last few generations are paying the price. See; NO ONE can make a mockery out of the Lord God. He will have the last laugh. (Ps 2:2-4; 37:12-13; 59:5-8;)
I can almost hear Him now. You thought WHAT? You figured WHAT? You reasoned WHAT? Dont make me LAUGH. (Proverbs 1:24-26) But the people laughed; at God and at the righteous. (Ps 80:6) and THAT made HIM laugh. These people will continue laughing and laughing; all the way to hell; when that laughter turns into weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Luke 13:27-28)
We weep and mourn now, but there is coming a time when we too, will laugh. (Ecc 3:4) You bet: one day OUR day will come. We who weep over unrighteousness will be blessed, and WE WILL LAUGH. (Luke 6:21)
We who hunger after righteousness and weep because of all the iniquity going on in the world and in the churches, and we, whom the people of the world and the people in many churches hate, will soon have OUR DAY. And soon THEIR DAY is a-coming. They laugh NOW, but SOON they will MOURN and WEEP. (Luke 6:21-25)
Oh, what a day of rejoicing that will be. BLESSINGS unto US, and WOE unto THEM. There is coming a day, and OH, what a day of rejoicing that will be.
Scuse me while I wipe a few tears. I dont know if Im laughing or crying. Tears of joy I suppose. It felt GOOD writing this. Even so, COME LORD JESUS.
[Sacred--holy-blessed-consecrated- hallowed-revered-sanctified-divine ]
(Excerpts from an article in the Dallas Morning News-5/26/01)
Once they were a well-matched, even passionate couple, but Christianity and art began divorce proceedings during the Reformation, and their union has been contentious ever since. Public brawling. Name-calling. Slashing, burning, smashing. There's been animosity on both sides.
A reconciliation, however, may be beginning.
More artists are openly exploring spiritual themes. More churches are willing to exhibit and embrace their work. Conferences and books are plumbing the relationship between the arts and religion.
Behind it all seems to be the acknowledgement that art and religion both have the power to transform people.
"Faith is a way of seeing. And the function of the artist is to teach us how to see differently. Right?" asks the Rev. Kent Miller, pastor Denton's Trinity Presbyterian Church, which hosts six exhibits of sacred art every year.
[Editor] "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Heb 11:1. Are followers of Christ to see things DIFFERENTLY? "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Eph 4:4-6
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For centuries, many Protestant churches frowned upon the use of visual arts, said Louis Waldman, an assistant professor of art at the University of Texas at Austin. The churches were distancing themselves from Catholicism, and, at the same time, taking literally the commandment not to have graven images.
"The fear that Protestants had was that having images was one step away from idolatry," he said. "They feared people would worship statues instead of what they represented. But they're finding today that visual arts can be used to enrich their faith and spirituality."
Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians have long used art as a way to enhance faith and tell the gospel stories, he said. "These churches have used works of art as a way to make the gospel more vivid to people," he said.
[Editor] Vivid; bright-stunning-dramatic-flamboyant-flashy-gaudy-glitzy-showy-extravagant. How does this compare with; "For the word of God is 'quick', and 'powerful', and 'sharper' than any twoedged sword, 'piercing' 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." Heb 4:12
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Seattle writer Jeffery Overstreet said fellow church members often see his talent as a tool for winning people to Christ, while he sees it as a means of discovering.
"Most artists are trying to explore something that they can't explore in regular didactic language," said Mr. Overstreet, who reviews movies for Christianity Today and is writing four books of Christian fantasy.
Nothing is more important than his Christian faith, he said, but as an artist, "my job is to be honest and use my talent as best I can. If I butter that up too much, it will go down easy, but is that the right thing to do?"
Mr. Overstreet founded the Promontory Artists Association which publishes an on-line magazine called The Crossing. He founded the group because "we felt lonely," said Mr. Overstreet, who attends Seattle's Green Lake Presbyterian Church, which sponsors juried community art shows with themes such as longing, laughter and beauty. What's deemed acceptable covers a broad range.
"They could be really bizarre stuff to more traditional material to nudes," he said. "We've had a breast. There was no scandal."
[Editor] The above describes their "sacred" art
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A growing number of churches are actively encouraging all sorts of art - dance, music, video, sculpture and paintings.
Journey, a church sponsored by "Dallas' Gaston Oaks BAPTIST Church, provides canvas so that worshipers can express their feelings by painting as the Sunday service progresses". The Catholic Diocese of Dallas encourages the creation of original art for every new church building, said Dr. Novinski, who is on the committee that oversees diocesan building programs.
[Editor-once more] All sorts of trash, eh art. The modern day "religion" is a religion of "feelings". It is an emotional, feel good religion. It is to stimulate the BODILY senses. It is to be FELT and SEEN. The new age religion is a religion for the BODY A body that will never make it to heaven, no, not even a true believers present body will go there.(1 Cor 15:50-54)
The only thing these people will FEEL and SEE will be the fires of a burning hell if they continue as they are until death. PRAISE GOD that the Lord Jesus Christ FELT the sting of death in my place, and for Him AND me it is now FINISHED. There ain't nothing for me to do but to continue living in this crippled ole body as a humble and grateful living witness to HIS GOOD WORKS; walking after HIS Spirit and looking for that BLESSED HOPE (Titus 2:13) which one day I will SEE, HEAR and FEEL, as I occupy another body.
The organized church crowds continue to march to a different drummer through the fog, but I can see clearly now as I keep on keeping on looking for that blessed hope. There are no obstacles in my way. The road is narrow and rocky ( Matt 7:14) but I have a GUIDE. (Like 1:79) He is a light unto my feet. I'm gonna make it. I'm GUARANTEED to make it. (Too many scripture references. See the article, "once saved-always saved")
I know who I was and where I came from. I came from deep in the bowels of the Roman Catholic Redemption Center. They didn't cause me to become a sinner, but they offered no saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the living God either. They offered the priests, bishops and the pope and the rituals of the church but they couldn't offer me what I needed.
I was a loyal Roman Catholic lawyer. That is, I was a "part time" keeper of the Law of Moses and the laws of the "church". Of course I was against abortion, homosexuality and murder. I was for liberty and justice for all. Sounds like I was a keeper of the law of the land too.
Right now I know who I am and where I'm going. Big difference. Right? I DO have a feel good religion. I FEEL GOOD right now. Why shouldn't I? JESUS paid it all. ALL to HIM I owe.
BAPTIST PASTORS EXPERIENCE WHAT?
(Excerpted from the Detroit News, May 9, 2001)
Two Baptist pastors in Lexington, Ky., recently took the old adage "walk a mile in my shoes" seriously by participating in 24-hour simulated homeless experience.
Jay Robison, senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, and Bob Baker, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, joined approximately 50 other community leaders in going out into the streets of Lexington with little more than the clothes on their backs to discover what homelessness is like.
"We were given a sack lunch, a couple of blankets and were allowed to carry no more than three dollars," Robison said. "The program coordinators let us know the places where many of the homeless frequent for food and shelter, and after that we were basically on our own for 24 hours."
The participants were divided into groups of four and set out from different parts of the city. Police officers were members of each group for safety
The "24 Hour Homeless Experience" was sponsored by the Lexington Faith Community Housing Advocacy Program, an outreach ministry of Catholics In Action. The event raised funds for area residents whose rising utility costs threatened to make them homeless.
Both men said their churches supported their experience both financially and spiritually.
"I hope to use what happened as sermon illustrations in the upcoming months, and use it as a way to help our members be more aware of the needs of our community," he said.
According to Baker, the Faith Community Housing Advocacy Program and Catholics In Action have planned a meeting for all the participants to discuss using their experiences in the community and working together to assist the homeless.
"This whole experience has made me appreciate the material blessings I have, and I am more willing and more intent on helping the homeless," Baker said. "I'm looking forward to meeting with the group participants again and discussing where we go from here."
"This experience has been what I think Matthew 25 is all about," he added. "The church needs to do a whole lot more than it has been doing."
[Editor] Here are a few comments I will NEVER apologize for. What the church needs to do is follow Christ and forget about PLAYING SOLDIER. Experience is not to be gained by PLAYING; and police protective playing at that.
Catholics in Action are headed for hell unless they come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. There is no SAVING KNOWLEDGE in the Roman Catholic Church. It teaches the knowledge of the tradition of the Roman Church and the sayings of the infallible Pope. There is no saving knowledge in the words of the Pope.
Jesus Christ didnt PLAY around at ANYTHING. Yes, He was at all points tempted as we are. Heb 4:15. Now, folks, this was not PLAY tempting. It was REAL. He was not PLAY ACTING a man. He BECAME a man. He WAS man.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, [made man] and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 does not say that the Word PLAYED flesh, does it now?
Onward through the fog.
MORE INFO ON NEW TRIBES MISSIONS
I received some letters in response to this Calvary Contender article if May 2nd 2001. I post them for you for your discernment.
THE MAY 2nd CALVARY CONTENDER ARTICLE
MORE EVIDENCE OF NEW TRIBES COMPROMISE? We reported in the 5/15/98 CC that three couples with New Tribes Mission (Panama) were Southern Baptists. We now read in the Mar.-Apr. Fundamentalist Digest that missionaries associated with NTM were guest speakers March 5 at the United Methodist Church in Wolfsville, MD. The FD editor said NTM has "departed from its Fundamentalist moorings and is New Evangelical in orientation and practice." We have long warned of this (e.g., 10/15/96 CC). Many supporting fundamental churches apparently still trust NTM's statement on separation.
My wife and I were going to go to NTM in 1988 after we surrendered To serve the Lord. We had sold all (ALL and I mean all) of our wedding gifts and were just a month away from going. One of the deacons at our church (at that time in St. Pete, FL) showed up at our door with his son who had recently came back from NTM in Jackson, MI. Bro. Slater's first comment was, "What we are about to tell you is not of the Devil." We were young Christians can you imagine what we were thinking! Anyway his son proceeded to tell us of gross compromise in the area of Christian ROCK music in the dorms, constant attacks on the King James Version from the professors in class, not to mention an irreverent attitude toward local churches. We were devastated, but the Lord sent a friend and we went to school there in Fort Worth and the Lord blessed us the entire time. When I called the representative that was formerly a member at our church in FL. he said this, "Ben, you need to understand that God is not as fundamental as you think He is!!!!!!!!!!!" Did you catch that? What a pussy-footer! We have long since learned how to identify snakes. Before turning the log over, Amen
[Editor] I asked if I might use this letter as the Spirit leads, and the response I received.
Dear Bro. Andy,
You may use the information I sent you after you pray about it and if you feel it will be received by the brethren as a admonishment about a good school gone bad. You got the short article. The blessed deacon who has since gone to be with our precious Saviour had to un-program the anti-KJV trash they pumped into his sons head and rebuild his faith in the purity and dependability of the word of God. Furthermore they told us we would almost certainly have to send our children away to a NTM school in a different part of whatever county we would be in while we served the Lord. That is not Bible truth at all. God did not give me a family just to ship them off to some school. Though this was not mandatory they were kind of strong about it.
[Editor] And onward though the ever thickening fog.
Im still preaching Sunday mornings at First Monday Trade Days in Weatherford, TX. (weekend before the first Monday of the month) Attendance is holding up. About 12-20 vendors each month. Open air preaching. I love it. Other vendors around and a few early customers can see and hear the goings on. We sing, pray, and I preach a short 15-minute sermon. Sometimes a bit longer. We have good fellowship. I take the banner hanging in the church in my home. It says, It Does Make A Difference What You Believe. I always open my part by telling the people that this is a non-denominational church service, but NOT a non-Bible believing gathering. Its been eight months now. How time does fly, but time aint got nothing on me. One day Ill Fly Away myself.
We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith-Jude 1:3