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Table of Contents
Volume 34, Number 2
March-April, 2003

Sermons

Off the Cuff!

Letters We Love

Book Reviews

Bible Study Corner

Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver

Sumner's Incidents and Illustrations

Hints For A Heavenly Household

Gone Fishing

Church Planting

Points For Preachers to Ponder

Significant Trends

Answers in Genesis

Email Link To A Friend

"Off The Cuff"

You hold in your hand, in your editor’s judgment, another fine issue. The sermon we are publishing by Charles Haddon Spurgeon is probably the most famous address he ever preached (and he was considered the greatest preacher since the Reformers) – at least there were more reports of conversion through it than any of his other blessed and greatly-used messages. Your heart will be warmed and stirred in reading it; in fact, please share it with others. Then there is the message with the unusual nursery rhyme title by our friend Homer Duncan, “Humpty Dumpty.” It very definitely is not a message for toddlers. Our friend Jack Wyrtzen, who had a special edition of the editor’s salvation booklet, Heaven Can Be Your! printed for his television audience, tells his salvation experience in a fascinating way and we are reprinting it as “PASSPORT: From Earth to Heaven.” Share it with your friends.

In a different vein you will find the testimony of a woman delivered from the Christian Science cult. Then there is an article on Saddam Hussein that appeared in The Everlasting Nation, published by the International Board of Jewish Missions, and Dr. Orman L. Norwood, the president, kindly gave us permission to reprint.

In our “Bible Study Corner,” Dr. W. Wilbert Welch, who was on our board of directors for decades before his retirement, has another of his timely pastor/church articles, this one relating to churches when searching for a pastor (in our last issue, we had his advice for pastors planning to move to a new church). Church leaders will find it helpful and it would probably be wise to clip it and file it for the time down the road they will need it. And kindly note the These Last Days on page 16. Tom Wendt has given a tribute to our cartoonist for so many years, the late Stan Best. His entrance into Glory was truly wonderful.

I probably ought to also note Dr. Wall’s “Points for Preachers” column. When he first wrote the “Pot/Kettle” matter a few issues back, he mentioned names. I asked him to rewrite it, leaving the personalities out, which he graciously did. Now it seems the controversy has reached the stage where it has become necessary to mention names in order to establish and defend a principle.

So, while Dr. Wall is so doing, let it be noted that we have no fight with The Sword (it has had a long and illustrious ministry, especially under the late Dr. John R. Rice) nor with the current editor, Dr. Shelton Smith. The latter has, no doubt, helped many people though this magazine. While we don’t recall ever having heard him preach or having read any of his writings, we understand that he is a dynamic and powerful preacher. God bless him. In this particular matter, however, we think he is dead wrong and the issue is important enough for Dr. Wall to say so. Pray for both of our magazines. All of us need the dear Lord’s help.

B. E. BOARD MEMBER IN GLORY!

For about 45 years we have considered Dr. W. Thomas Younger a dear friend, beloved brother and co-laborer in the cause of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are not sure what the “W” stood for, although we probably heard at one time, but everyone called him “Tom.” He was the epitome of how Solomon’s advice in Proverbs 18:24 works: “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” The communications director at Western Baptist College, Steve Hunt, summed it up sagely and succinctly when he declared, “Everybody was his friend. He was very much a people person.” As soon as he moved into a new area, he set out to reach all of his neighbors for Christ. He did it by getting to know them first, then by acts of kindness, words of witness from the Word of God, and sometimes by taking them out or having them in for meals. He was always alert for opportunities.

Tom first saw the light of day in the Chicago-area steel city of Gary, Indiana on April 3, 1928, the first and only son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Younger. He was won to Christ through the ministry of the Glen Park Baptist Church in Gary at the age of 15 – and what a great day’s ministry it was for the saints there. That was his home until he went to Johnson City, New York to prepare for the ministry, graduating from the old Baptist Bible Seminary (now Baptist Bible College & Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA). Later he earned a Bachelor of Arts at the Fort Wayne Bible College and took additional studies at Purdue University, St. Francis College, and the Moody Bible Institute. Cedarville University bestowed the Doctor of Divinity degree upon him in 1970.

After graduating from Johnson City, Tom started out as an assistant in Lafayette (IN), then pastored the First Baptist Church of Jermyn (PA), Immanuel Baptist Church, Arcanum (OH), and the Immanuel Baptist Church of Fort Wayne (IN). He went from the latter church to accept the presidency of the Western Baptist College in Salem (OR), where he served with distinction for a decade, resigning for health reasons. He then assumed the pastorate of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Creek (CA), followed by the Lakewood Park Baptist Church in Auburn (IN). After he supposedly retired, he served as special assistant to the president at Western and associate pastor of the Valley Baptist Church in Perrydale (OR).

Aside from the impact he had on the lives of hundreds of young people during his presidency at Western, probably his greatest ministry was at Immanuel in Fort Wayne. Not only did he see significant growth and lead in the building of new facilities for that congregation, he led his people in planting more than a dozen ‘daughter churches’ in the Fort Wayne vicinity, some of which quickly grew to a larger size than the mother church.

So keen was his vision in this area and so phenomenal his success, we asked him to share his secrets with the readers of The Biblical Evangelist. The result was a series of articles from May of 1969 through September of that year which we called “Building New Churches – Extension Evangelism.” His book, Vision Inspired Leadership, containing his experiences in the planting of churches, is expected to be off the press soon posthumously. We also printed other sermons and articles from his gifted pen.

My first association with Tom was when he invited me to conduct an evangelistic crusade for him at Immanuel in Fort Wayne, back in the Fall of 1959 (his eldest daughter, Brenda, tells me she got saved during that meeting). I later conducted a second crusade for him at the same church in its new location in the Spring of 1972. I also ministered for him at Western Baptist College and at First Baptist in Walnut Creek. When we decided to turn the 1-man Sumner Evangelistic Association into a national evangelistic ministry (the present Biblical Evangelism, An Independent Baptist Evangelistic Association), launching this Christian periodical, he was one of the first men we invited to serve on the board – something he did with distinction right up to the time of his Homegoing, including several terms as Chairman – a post he held right up to the time of his departure.

In addition to our board, Tom served on the Council of Baptist Mid-Missions, the Trustee Board of Cedarville University (before Western, 1960-73, and after Western, 1983-2003), the Council of 14 and the Council of 18 for the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches – as well as some State Associations. Cedarville honored him once again last Spring by placing his name on its newest dormitory.

A strange twist in this Homegoing report is that the day after Tom was promoted, his brother-in-law for more than half-a-century, Pastor Don Wallace, joined him in the Celestial City. So when you pray for the family, remember especially Mrs. Younger, who lost a husband and a brother in one 24-hour period. The children in each family lost both a dad and an uncle.

Tom had a 3-year-old sister precede him in death. Included among the survivors is his wife of over 53 years, Davina Elizabeth Wallace; 5 children: sons Mark and Peter, and daughters Brenda (Baranco), Colleen (Cowan) and Lori (Taff); a sister, Dorothy Huffman; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. His memorial service was held on Monday afternoon, January 27th, at the Bethany Baptist Church in Salem.

As our tribute to this beloved brother, we are going to reprint here a brief article I asked him to write (because I knew the story) that he titled “What Do You do With the Gift?” We published it in a special column we had back in those good old days, “Highlights In Evangelism” (replaced by Sumner Wemp’s “Let’s Go Fishing!”). He wrote there:

Tom Whitman, youthful, 24-year-old electronics technician with a Roman Catholic religious background, listened to me explain how to be saved. Against a lifetime of teaching that one becomes saved by good works, I carefully shared with Tom the concept that salvation is a gift. We considered together the gift concept through Romans 6:23, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” and Ephesians 1:8,9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.

I said, “Tom, let me demonstrate that when one receives a gift from another, he acts in simple faith by taking the gift. With childlike faith, he trusts the word of the giver who is offering the gift.” Tony, the four-year old son of Tom and Kathy, was playing in an adjoining room. Taking my last dollar bill from my wallet, I called to him and said, “Tony, I’d like to give you one dollar.” He moved toward me with a confident smile and politely reached out to receive the dollar bill.

His little eyes said he was grateful to his new friend, but momentarily he was speechless. Then, before moving away from me, Tony said, “What do you want me to do with it?” We talked about Tony’s new gift of a dollar and what he might do with it, then I turned back to Tom.

“Tom, you observed two things in that little child’s response that are applicable to the concept that eternal life is a gift. The first is that he believed my word when I offered him the gift and received it as his own. Then, upon receiving the gift, he asked me, the giver, for instruction about investing the gift.”

I explained to Tom that when God offers us the gift of eternal life, we, in childlike faith, believe Him and receive Christ into our lives. Then we immediately ask Him how to invest this new life in Christ. God’s counsel is expressed in Ephesians 2:10. Putting it as though God were talking to you right now, His counsel is, “I have made you what you are. I created you anew through union with Christ Jesus for doing good deeds which I planned beforehand for you to do.” We receive eternal life by faith as a free gift. Then we invest our lives in a lifetime of good deeds because we are saved.”

Tom responded by saying, “That’s contrary to all that I have been taught, but I understand what you are saying.”

After further explanation, Tom received Jesus Christ into his life. My last recollection that night was seeing Tom and Kathy standing at the door, saying, “Thank you for coming.” And there was little Tony, wedged in between Daddy and the storm door, sticking his head out into the rain and saying, “Goodbye, Mister.”

That tale is representative of Dr. W. Thomas Younger’s life. He was first, last and always a fisher of men! He wrote out one other soul winning experience at our request and when we published it we titled it, “Soul Winning With a College President.” We may reprint that one sometime soon, too. Our loss – and that of his family, friends and associates – is tremendous. May the dear Lord raise up more of his breed.

Let me add that he was probably generous to a fault. On one occasion he and his wife turned their home over to my wife and I when we were in California on a working vacation and they were out of town. On several occasions I opened correspondence from him with a check inside telling me to take my wife out to dinner for “an alligator steak” or something. My wife thought so highly of him that when she died I thought about bringing him from Oregon to Florida to preach the funeral, but decided it would be too expensive. When he found out about it he said, “Why didn’t you let me know? I would have come.” He would have, too!

Both Western Baptist College (5000 Deer Park Dr., S.E., Salem, OR 97301) and Cedarville University (251 North Main Street, Cedarville, OH 45314) have established memorial scholarships in his name to which you may contribute.

MAN’S DOMINION

When the Columbia exploded in a ball of fire 40 miles above Northeastern Texas during the re-entry phase of what turned out to be its final mission, the whole country (and much of the world, no doubt) went into panic alert. Our talented newscasters assured those listening to their reports of the tragedy that the 7 astronauts could be “presumed dead.” A brilliant deduction, eh what, Watson?

I don’t know about you, but it reminded me again that man has no authority from God to be doing manned space exploration – even though the moon mission proved rather conclusively to those seeking (and willing to accept) evidence that evolution could not possibly be true. Here is how the Word of God presents Jehovah’s command relative to man’s dominion: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28, emphasis added). There is not a word there about the heavens or outer space.

Quite the contrary, we are expressly told by the Apostle Paul that the heavens are currently Satan’s domain. He said in Ephesians 4:2,3: “… in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” The heavens are his domain.

I know of no place in Scripture where authority of any kind was given man relative to the heavens. Do you? Since silence is not necessarily proof of prohibition in a matter such as this, it should nonetheless be a consideration. Because there is no definite “nay” we aren’t one crying out to say it is wrong, but as Paul advised those with differing opinions about the proper day of worship, “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).

In the case of the seven courageous heroes on the Columbia, President Bush was certainly correct in saying, quoting from the NIV, “… farther than we can see there is comfort and hope. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, ‘Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing’ (Isaiah 40:25-26). The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today.”

Where he wasn’t correct was when he continued, in an apparent effort to be politically correct, “The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.” It is too late to pray for the seven to be “safely home.” The home part is true – some are forever home in Heaven and some are forever home in Hell, a matter depending upon their personal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the “safely” part can only be true of the ones who were “born again.” [My local paper, the Vero Beach Press Journal, also apparently wanted to be politically correct. While accurately quoting the “safely home” prayer of Mr. Bush, it omitted any reference whatsoever to our President quoting of Scripture. Since all 3 major faiths accept the Old Testament, including Isaiah, it shouldn’t have been that big a deal to the E. W. Scripps Co. newspaper!]

Perhaps most of the seven were saved; while we would certainly like to think so, we do not know. We do know that at least two had vibrant testimonies. Commander Rick Husband was one. Speaking of his love for music, he said, “When I was growing up, going to church, I sang in church choir as a real little kid.... Especially with some of the songs that we sing in church, just being able to sing a song to tell God how much I love Him, it just feels great. It really does.” Note two things: (1) The songs of his youth were not Beatlemania or Elvis Presley, but church hymns of the faith. (2) He enjoyed music both then and as an adult [note the tense he used, not “sang,” but “sing”] because it helped him “tell God how much I love Him.” Okay, Commander, we’ll see you over yonder!

Another man of faith on that mission was Lieutenant Colonel Michael Anderson, the only Black on the flight. Not as outspoken as Husband, perhaps, but on one occasion when he was speaking of those who had influenced his life, he said, “As you look back at your life, there are just a million different things that have happened, just in the right way, to allow you to make your dreams come true. And you know, someone has all that under control.” He was personally conscious of how things in his life had fallen into place and his firm conviction was that all was under the control of Almighty God. Both he and Husband were married with children.

When Bush spoke at the memorial service in Houston he noted that one of Commander Husband’s favorite hymns was How Great Thou Art, part of which says, “I see the stars. I hear the mighty thunder. Thy power throughout the universe displayed.” And before leaving on his last mission he had told his pastor, “If this doesn’t work out right, don’t worry about me. I’m just going on higher.” Lt. Col. Anderson said basically the same thing to the same pastor (both were members of the same church in Houston).

It would appear that Laurel Clark was a Christian as well. At least her favorite hymn was “Amazing Grace.”

We can hope others in the group knew the Lord as well, although Colonel Ilan Ramon was an Israeli and, as a nationally recognized hero in that country, it is doubtful that his country would have chosen him if he were a follower of the Lamb of God. Kalpana Chawla was a Hindu.

What’s next? Who knows! About the only thing we can be sure of is that Congress will spend billions of our tax dollars to investigate the matter “after the fact” and then conclude, “The best we can guess…!” So why not save the money and spend it on things that matter?

One thing would interest us, if “truth could be known”: did Mission Specialist Chawla have anything to do with the disaster? She, you may remember, erred seriously on her previous flight. That mission was in the Fall of 1997 and she nearly caused a disaster then. Among her duties, she served as the prime robotic arm operator. In that capacity she failed in retrieving a 3,000 pound Spartan satellite, which spun away from the robotic arm out of control when the shuttle released it. It took some of the other astronauts performing a space walk to get it back. She thought the mishap would end her space career; perhaps it should have.

A note of humor, if anything about this could be considered funny: as an ex-Texan I enjoyed listening to the talking heads, in the first little bit after news of the tragedy hit the airwaves, trying to pronounce Nacogdoches. It could have been worse: the explosion could have occurred over Refugio! Or, as one of my Texas preacher friends noted, Waxahachie or Salado.

And a note of tragedy – while the media went wild over the snuffing of the seven lives (and we are not bemoaning that) – on the same day in the United States, approximately 3,000 innocent babies were murdered in their mother’s womb, and almost no one showed the slightest concern.

Oh, by the way, to answer the “dominion” idea set forth in this editorial, we think science would do almost as well with unmanned spacecrafts – thanks to all the technology we have developed – and it certainly would remove the “life risk” from the explorations. With that word of wisdom and a $1 bill you can get a cup of coffee at most cafés. If you can’t, it is probably a greasy spoon and you should get your coffee elsewhere.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

The late John R. Rice used to joke, when referring to the cult Mary Baker Patterson Glover Eddy founded, Christian Science, that it was like grape nuts – neither grapes nor nuts. He was right; this heretical group is neither Christian (how could it be when it denies the fundamentals of the faith, such as the deity of Christ, the blood atonement, the inspiration of Scripture, and the bodily resurrection of anyone, our Lord included?), nor scientific (how could it be when it denies such fundamentals of science as the reality of matter?). One of its tenets is to deny the reality of sickness and its members are supposed to go to their local CS practitioner for healing by prayer – and not to some ‘fake, sham, so-called doctor.’

Do you remember H. R. Haldeman, a member of President Richard Nixon’s cabinet? He was the one who came across as effeminate and unsure of himself. Haldeman was a Christian Scientist and his son, Peter, wrote a book he titled, Growing Up Haldeman. In it he reveals, about his father’s death, that he developed a stomach disorder which wouldn’t go away. In fact, Peter said it was so acute his father could only eat ice chips. As a good Christian Scientist he refused medical aid and trusted only the care of his practitioner. It obviously killed him. The payoff, according to the son, was that the family negotiated with the coroner to list a different cause of death so their church would not receive unfavorable publicity.

Yes, it is like grape nuts!

You will enjoy the testimony of the former member of the cult that we are printing elsewhere in this issue.

THANK GOD FOR LEPROSY!

I read most of the Book of Leviticus this morning in my personal devotions and it included the leprosy chapters (13-14, covering 116 verses). What a horrible, dread disease it was in those days, so awful God made it a type of sin and its consequences. By coincidence, perhaps (and perhaps not), I had been reading my late wife’s notes on our trip to South America, back in 1970, nearly a third of a century ago.

We were 1,000 miles up the Amazon River at Manaus, where I had been preaching at a retreat for Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries in Brazil, but let me pick up her notes, written without thought of style at the time:

There was a trip to the leper colony starting at 2 p.m. Several went by Jeep, the rest of us by truck. Bob rode in the back of the truck with Mr. Mayhew [Raymond, pastor in Michigan at the time], the McLains, Russell Gordon and Ethel Hildebrandt.

The countryside was densely wooded. We saw palms, Brazil nut trees and many wild flowers and plants. At one point we stopped to see a deep valley all densely wooded.

The road was not much more than a set of ruts with huge washed out places. At one time it was raining and the red clay was very slippery.

The leper colony was built on a hilly section several miles (kilometers) interior, up the Amazon River.

Wooden huts were built on the outskirts, each family building its own hut. In the center were rows of neat units resembling motels at home – single story. A Catholic church, canteen and recreation hall were the focal point.

On the far side of the colony was the little Baptist church. The people were all assembled. We didn’t know how they knew we were coming.

We sat in front and Stan Best, who [had] worked at the colony took charge of the service. He interpreted for Bob & Ray Mayhew, then spoke to the group. Stan Best, the McLains and Russell Gordon sang an unrehearsed quartet which was really very good. There was no musical instrument.

Several others gave testimonies in Portuguese and then the Christian lepers sang to us. The men sat on one side of the church, the ladies on the other. There were approximately 45 or 50 lepers present. After that, the Christians testified in Portuguese and San Best interpreted for us. It was a blessing to see the joy on the faces of these Christians, many horribly disfigured, and hear them say they were happy they had leprosy because it was here they had first heard of Christ.

There were beautiful flowers planted about the church by these people whose limbs were so disfigured one wondered how they were able to do anything.

After taking pictures [ask me some time to tell you about the picture my wife took of me with my arm around the leper who pastored the little flock – he had been ‘cured’ but chose to continue living in the colony because his wife was there, in really bad shape – Ed .] and bidding farewell, we started back. It was still cloudy, but not raining. [And remind me to also tell you sometime about the ‘race’ our bus had with a VW Beetle, up and down those slippery hills, the VW gaining going uphill and our bus gaining on the downhill slopes – until our vehicle ‘died’ and another had to be sent out from Manaus to rescue us! – Ed.]

We arrived back just in time for the evening meal and then had the evening service, still looking dirty and bedraggled….

Why am I telling you this story? Notice again the words above: “It was a blessing to see the joy on the faces of these Christians, many disfigured, and hear them say they were happy they had leprosy because it was here they first heard of Christ.” Oh, my! How that humbled me to hear them praising God for the horrible disease of leprosy since it was the indirect means of their salvation and new birth in Christ Jesus. And the next time you go around complaining about your sad lot in life, I hope you will remember those precious Brazilian lepers!

GOOD OLD HARRY!

Harry S. Truman (the “S” was made up, like the “R” in the late John R. Rice’s name) was our 33rd President. In Harry’s case, John and Martha Ellen’s firstborn was not given a middle name or initial; the “S” was added later to appease some relatives whose name began with S. Born of dire circumstances, he moved with his family to the big city (Independence, MO) at the age of 6, but didn’t start school until he was 8 – and by then he was wearing glasses with huge thick lenses to compensate for his severe nearsightedness. Even so, he was devoted to “music” and “reading,” rising every morning at 5 a.m. to practice his beloved piano and receiving instructions from a teacher twice a week. Since his family was so poor, I assume he paid for these lessons himself with money he earned.

He graduated from High School in 1901 and that diploma was the only one he ever earned. He had a couple of insignificant jobs, then had to return home to help his parents run the family farm for his widowed grandmother. He lost what little money he had in Missouri lead mines and didn’t do much better with Oklahoma oil. He marched off to battle in World War I, where he saw his first measure of success – rising to the rank of Major by the time of his dismissal, having turning the ragamuffin Battery D unit (known before his leadership as “the Dizzy D”) into a first-class fighting machine that distinguished itself at Saint-Mihiel and Argonne.

He returned home and performed one of his smartest acts, marrying Elizabeth Virginia “Bess” Wallace, whom he had first met at age 6 (she was 5) at the First Presbyterian Sunday School both attended in Independence 29 years earlier. As for the greatest thing he ever did, it was when he recognized the new State of Israel at a time when no one knew whether it would “make it” or not. Thanks, in part, to President Truman, it did.

When he got home after the war, he and a buddy opened a haberdashery which went belly-up. To Harry’s credit, he refused to declare bankruptcy and eventually paid every penny of those debts in full. He did have character and those who were privy to his political career can testify to his high standard of ethics.

He attended law school classes for a time, but the high school ‘sheepskin’ was the only one he ever earned. During his Missouri political days he was a part of the corrupt Pendergast machine, but apparently kept himself pure (none of his enemies were able to dig up anything on him and, believe me, they tried)! Extremely loyal to those who helped him climb the ladder of success, he faced bitter criticism by attending, when Vice-President, Tom Pendergast’s funeral.

But here is the $64,000 question: How did a man in the 20th century with only a high school education become President of the United States? Well, it was surely in part because he did not let adversity deter him and when there was no money for education, he got “book larning,” as they say in the Missouri hills, on his own. While still in high school he read 4 or 5 histories and/or biographies every week, acquiring a tremendous knowledge of the lives of the world’s greatest leaders and of the world’s great military battles. In his first job out of high school, as a $35-a-week timekeeper for the Santa Fe Railroad, he used his spare time to read histories and encyclopedias (instead of the dime novels and Haldeman-Julius Nickle Blue Books so popular with youth at the time).

When the moment in time came to assume national leadership, he was intellectually prepared.

Most of today’s Harrys (and Joes and Johns and Bills and Georges, etc.) are too lazy to work at improving themselves. They want everything handed to them on a silver platter. I am sorry, but you know that is the way it is.

“FATHER” OF TV’S HARD LIQUOR ADVERTISING

I was sorry to read of his passing in mid-January. He and I exchanged a few shots over liquor back in mid-1996. T. Frank Smith III was owner and manager of KRIS Channel 6 (NBC) in Corpus Christi when your editor lived there and the offices for our organization were in the neighborhood. You see, Smith was the first television owner in all of America to advertise hard liquor on his station. Yours truly strongly objected on the ground that it was a disservice to the community the station was supposed to be working for its betterment (that is part of the reason the government grants it a license and something to which they must solemnly swear).

Smith, kept arguing that prohibition had been tried and didn’t work. My response was to ask when had it been tried? Not in my lifetime and I’ve been around a spell! Surely that time Evangelist Billy Sunday got the smart people of America to vote dry couldn’t count. The government did almost nothing to enforce it and liquor flowed from all over the country and right up to (and inside) the White House. Enforcement was a joke!

Smith also argued that he was only promoting alcohol advertising, not alcohol abuse.

I responded in my final communication: “You keep trying to divorce the advertising of hard liquor from the abuse of hard liquor. It can’t be done. They are married ‘till death do them part’!” And I pointed out that if he had bought the liberal line that alcoholism is a disease, what he was doing was immorally advertising a bottle of germs that triggers such diseases. Since he kept insisting alcohol was not illegal, I asked him bluntly, “Mutiple sclerosis is not ‘illegal,’ yet you surely would not advertise a bottle of MS germs, would you?” He did not respond to that.

Smith acknowledged to me that he had “seen plenty of alcohol abuse in [his] own family,” adding, “I cannot possibly argue that it is a good thing.” Of course not. Yet in spite of all my efforts he could not see – or at least would not admit – that promoting alcohol held a responsibility for the fruits of alcohol. I offered to go to his studios and let him tape an “opt ed” rebuttal, but he declined. (In the early days of television, stations featured editorials and “responsible parties” were invited to rebut, but eventually management discovered that if they didn’t call its comments ‘editorials,’ they could say the same thing on the news and no rebuttals were necessary!) They’ve been getting away with it every since.

In his last letter to me Smith had said, “There is plenty of advertising for fast food and we have a lot of overweight people” (which seemed, strangely, to be saying what I was arguing more than his position), so I started my final letter:

“Did you hear about the fellow who went to MacDonald’s for a Big Mac, fries and a large coke, and it triggered such fiery emotions that he went home, slit his wife’s throat from ear to ear, then drowned his two children in the bath tub? Neither did I. Such a thing never happened and never will happen, although it is an almost daily occurrence somewhere in this country with alcohol. For you to equate fast food and overweight people with promoting the consumption of hard liquor is absolutely inane. There is no connection whatsoever. It is like comparing apples with automobiles.”

After all, they both start with the letter “a,” don’t they?

I finally terminated the exchange, saying there was no need for him to reply, acknowledging that “the irresistible force has met the immovable object.” After advertising the liquor for a time, he quit it – apparently finding it was not profitable (the only reason he started it in the first place). Eventually the whole NBC network started liquor advertising. It, too, apparently found it didn’t work and the network seems to have stopped it as well.

Nonetheless, the report of his passing saddened us. We don’t know whether or not he read the books we gave him (The Blight of Booze and Heaven Can Be Yours!), although he checked out the first one sufficiently to charge me with promoting prohibition – which we don’t deny. While we prefer voluntary prohibition, when someone is a slave to drink, you do him a favor by making it unavailable. You help him. You help the community. The 18th Amendment, in spite of Smith’s sneers and its eventual repeal, proved it. While the government did next to nothing to enforce it, the fact that it wasn’t sold publicly helped drive down the problems alcohol always produces.

That, dear friends, is a matter of record in American history.

THINGS LOOK ROUGH FOR OUR KID’S FUTURE

What do over 30 wives of our country’s governors have in common, irrespective of political affiliation? The answer is that they have banded together in an organization called Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free. They are worried about what booze is doing to our kids, and well they should.

The Sunday magazine supplement, Parade, pointed out that little children between the ages of 9 to 15 are boozing big time these days. The periodical noted: “Drinking in childhood has been linked to lifelong health and emotional problems, early sexual activity and poor grades. And the problem is everywhere, not just in big cities.”

Maybe you ought to reread the preceding editorial. When kids are bombarded on every side with the “glamour and glories” of booze, they are obviously going to want to “get in on the fun.” After all, they are told how great it is every time they turn on a radio or television to hear or watch an athletic contest. In fact, many of the greatest names in sports are there to tell them how wonderful it is. While these ads are for beer and wine, introducing the tots to those things will lead to the hard stuff just as surely as rain is brought in by wind.

Maybe the alcoholic kids will hear the Gospel and get saved down the road, letting the Lord transform their lives and permanently sober them. For most that won’t happen, but praise God for the ones who will encounter it. Alas, as Parade noted and experience verifies, the damage done to their bodies is for life!

DANGER TO LIBERTY?

One of our media’s premier conservative columnists penned frightening words recently about plans the government has for our safety. Lyn Nofziger wrote:

Currently the road most Americans seem to want to take is the road to government control in the belief than government can give them more security without diminishing their liberty. Of course, that is not true. If Americans turn to government to secure their freedom at the expense of the Constitution they will lose it.

The Constitution and the first ten amendments – the Bill of Rights – make it plain that the Founding Fathers had no faith that government could be trusted to guard the rights of individuals. It is well to remember that under the Constitution government does not give us our rights; they are our birthright. It is government’s job to protect those rights. Unfortunately government too often moves instead to limit them.

Today a soft generation that in recent years has willingly accepted government limitations on freedom in exchange for laws enacted in the name of the common good now appears willing to give up even more of its fundamental liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. Thus we see a new push for a mandatory national identify card masquerading as a national drivers license, except that we’d all have to carry one.

With the new technologies now available, these would be so-called ‘smart-cards’ and they could be used to track our movements, activities and purchases. All such information would go into a centralized – read federal government – computer. And if you think such a system would not be abused by every segment and every level of government you are living in a dream world.

The push for such a card is being led by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators which says its purpose is to make us all safer. Also less free, but it doesn’t say that. Every American who values his freedom should protest this proposal, even if it eventually means taking up arms in defense of liberty.

To which we add by way of observation, on the other hand, such a card might be great for all resident aliens living in this country, either on a student visa, work visa, or whatever!

THAT WASHINGTON DEMON-CRAT!

In our last issue we referred to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and her treasonous praise of Osama bin Laden, saying he was popular with Islam nations because he sent money to their countries to build schools, roads, hospitals, dams and other things to benefit the people. While that was a lot of malarkey, Ossie is a native of Yemen, one of the trouble spots of Arab territory (where the 3 Southern Baptist medical workers were killed in cold blood at Christmas time by an Islamic Fundamentalist; their only crime being that they were there to help the Yemeni people – and over a 35-year stretch, had treated approximately 40,000 patients annually).

So how many hospitals has Bin Laden built in his homeland? Nary a one. How many schools? None. How many hospitals? Zip. How many roads, dams or other benefits for the people of his native land? Nada. Zilch. How much money has he poured into Yemen? $0.00, in both American and Yemen currency. Has (un)Patriotic Patty apologized? You gotta be kidding. Has the leftist media (Tom, Dan, Peter) been on her back? You know better than that. Has Hilary Clinton or her husband objected to these remarks which were far worse than anything Trott Lent ever imagined? You do love jokes, don’t you? Have Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton or the other ‘civil rights’ darlings jumped in front of the cameras to rant and rave? I commend you on your sense of humor! Did PAW or ACLU make the New York Times or the Washington Post with their complaints? To ask is to answer.

It makes you wonder if Patty Murray is any kin to Madalyn Murray (O’Hair), doesn’t it?

REWRITING HISTORY?

Ah, those politicians! Miss-ouri’s Dick Gephardt is trying to become our President. Ipso facto, with an eye to a group that should be in his back pocket anyway, he declared the Confederate flag shouldn’t fly “anytime, anywhere.” The States’ director of Natural Resources, Steve Mahfood, promptly ordered the flags removed from the Confederate Memorial Historic Site near Higginsville and the Fort Davidson Historic Site near Pilot Knob. Puppet Bob Holden, a former Gephardt employee who is now governor of Missouri, said he concurred with the action – which appears to us to be a form of attempting to rewrite history.

Remember, these places where the flags were ripped down were Confederate historical sites! This action would be comparable to taking down the Christian flag over a church because a Muslim candidate for President objected. (And that may not be too far in our country’s future, either!) John Wolfe, heritage defense chairman for the Missouri division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, rightly complained, “They tore down our heritage, stole it from us. It’s theft, it’s blasphemous, it’s criminal – and all for political purposes.” Well, maybe not blasphemous, but certainly action completely indefensible.

AN INTERESTING STUDY

We are for evangelism, both personal and public. Our legal name has “evangelism” in it and this magazine has “evangelist” in its name as well. However, both also have the word “biblical” in front of them and we are only in favor of evangelism that is grounded in the Word of God. Believe me, much so-called evangelism in our day does not meet the biblical criteria standards necessary for our approval. Some we are totally against and some, while we do not favor, we would not oppose.

We said that to say this: one fine religious magazine, a quarterly, which we have received, read and recommended over the years is The Discerner. Currently it is edited by Dr. William A. BeVier, who came to the defense of C. I. Scofield in Bibliotheca Sacra when he was so viciously and unfairly attacked by Joseph M. Canfield a few years back. He does an excellent job with The Discerner.

In the final two issues of 2002 BeVier’s paper featured a two-part article by Gary E. Gilley, “The Market-Driven Church: A Look Behind the Scenes.” They, in turn, were based on Gilley’s book, This Little Church Went to Market.

Gilley is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute where, in his senior year, he was required to take a course in “pastoral theology,” only to discover it was “almost identical” to the psychology course he had taken in a secular university. Not only so, since he had been asked to serve as a dorm Resident Assistant, he was also required to take training for those duties only to find he was being fed “the latest rage of pop-psychology” (ideas since abandoned by even the psychologists). He confessed, “I remember my wide-eyed amazement that all my studies in Scripture apparently did not equip me to deal with the real problems what would face me in my future ministry.”

He examines the two most successful and prominent of these mega-churches, California’s Sad-dleback Valley Community Church (supposedly a Baptist church hiding its identity), pastored by Rick Warren, and the Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois (supposedly an Evangelical Free church hiding its identity), pastored by Bill Hybels. Warren has put his philosophy into print with a best-selling book, The Purpose-Driven Church. What did Gilley discover? The driving principles behind these churches are the principles taught in the latest books on psychology!

The slogan for today’s market-driven churches is that the message remains the same but the methods differ. Boy, have they sold their followers a bill of goods! Gilley (and the numerous authorities he quotes) shows the message to have, indeed, changed – perhaps more by what isn’t said that what is said. Much of what these churches preach is determined in the same way William Jefferson Clinton shaped his policies while in the White House. In other words, it is based on the preferences of the people as determined by the polls. Really, can you visualize in your wildest imaginations the Prophet Jeremiah or the Apostle Paul determining their message to the peoples in their respective days by taking a poll to discover what the masses wanted to hear? If you can, your imagination tops mine by 180 degrees.

We are mentioning this now to encourage our readers to get these two issues from The Discerner. We are not sure what two issues would cost, but we suggest you subscribe to this helpful, always timely magazine. It is only $5 per year (4 issues) and you could request that your subscription start with the final two issues of 2002. If you do this, add some extra for postage because it is much more expensive to mail copies like this than in the regular bulk mailing of a magazine. By the way, the Oct-Dec issue also has a brief but helpful article by Dr. Roy E. Knuteson, “Why We Reject the Apocrypha.”

The Discerner mailing address is: 5693 Geneva Avenue, N, Oakdale, MN 55128.

“DISNEY GOLD!”

Well, dizzy Disney has done it again. After turning the once great playground for kids into a Sodomite park – causing a voluntary boycott by many; I was talking to a woman who has 3 young children in a public place recently and she lamented they couldn’t even take their kids (not far from here) without calling first to make sure the Sodomites wouldn’t be all over the place – the corporation has really been hurting. The value of its stock is down. The profit and loss column is reeking. Business is bad. The public has been hurling all kinds of criticism over what is going on. And people have been staying away from the Disney enterprises in droves. Its ABC-TV is at the bottom of the network heap.

So what does the big brass do?

Well, they gave CEO Michael Eisner a $5 million stock bonus last year. They needed to make it up to him since the poor lad only gets $1 million annually in salary – and you can surely understand how hard it is to make ends meet on that paltry sum. Not only so, but they gave Disney President Robert Iger a $3 million bonus, in addition to his $1 million dollar salary, plus $1 million in stock. That’s not all. Iger’s contract was extended to 2006 and, as part of that deal, he was given stock options that will be worth an estimated $12.6 million when that contract runs out in three years. Or so The Wall Street Journal tells us.

Apparently, according to the Disney board of directors, doing a terrible job and producing failure earns the biggest salaries and the biggest bonuses!

It doesn’t affect me because I don’t patronize the Disney theme parks and I agree with other viewers that ABC is the worst network on television. But then, Mickey and Minnie don’t look anything like they did in our funny papers when I was a kid.

And, yes, figuratively, poor Walt must be spinning in his grave like a whirling dervish. He never started out to create a monster like this. He believed in family values and practiced them in his work.

THIS & THAT. . .

Brilliant Ben declared it: “It is a great mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous” (Benjamin Franklin)…

Another giant for God went Home late last year. Dr. John R. Walvoord, one of the top theologians in America and a highly respected student of biblical prophecy, died on December 20th. He was 92. A strong proponent of pretrib, premill, dispensational teaching, he succeeded Lewis Sperry Chafer as the second president of the influential Dallas Theological Seminary, serving in that capacity for more than a third of a century, then becoming its chancellor. A prolific author, he wrote some 30 books, the most popular being the best-selling (over 1.5 million) Armageddon: Oil And The Middle East Crisis, a book widely read in the White House during the Gulf War of the early ’90s. A thorough-going inerrantist, he kept Dallas on course during his administration...

Pat Buchanan in a Prophet’s Role: “In coming decades, involuntary euthanasia will be commonplace in Europe, and Gen-Xers’ battles to stay alive into old age will be treated with the same cold contempt as they treated the silent screams of the unborn. Millions will be put to sleep like aged and incontinent household pets. Since the 1960s, the radical young have pleaded for a world free of the strictures of the old Christian morality. They are close to getting what they have demanded; and my sense is that they will not like what they get.” He might be right…

The fellow who won the PowerBall lottery seemed like a decent chap, didn’t he? While he didn’t say much about the Lord other than giving Him credit for having the machine select the right numbers in his gambling (!), he did say a good word for his church. And surely everyone was impressed when he said the first thing he was going to do with the winnings (largest in American lottery history) was to give the church its share off the top, writing checks immediately for 3 ministers. We assume, or hope anyway, he meant churches. Since he is of the Church of God persuasion and that group has strongly opposed gambling over the years, do you think they will accept contributions resulting from his gambling winnings? In the past, some evangelical groups have refused such gifts…

Let George say it: Our first President declared: “Much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to, so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass. The Great Governor of the Universe has led us too long and too far...to forsake us in the midst of it....We may, now and then, get bewildered; but I hope and trust that there is good sense and virtue enough left to recover the right path.” Alas, we have neglected and departed. It remains to be seen whether we have sufficient “good sense and virtue to recover” and return...

The United States Supreme Court, with Scripture references and religious slogans all over the place, banned — by refusing to hear the case – the loved ones of the victims of the Columbine school massacre from mention of God in any memorial tile placed on the school’s walls. It was a sad day for the Constitution, which forbids any prohibition of the free exercise of religion and its corresponding freedom of speech…

Boy, those California Sodomites are something else, aren’t they? The Golden State Supreme Court is considering a proposal to forbid California judges from being in the Boy Scouts because it bars perverts from membership. It is one of the most asinine, illogical, foolish things we’ve heard of in a long time (something like putting Sodomy on the protected species list for discrimination – imagine, putting a Sodomite on the same level as a victim of multiple sclerosis!) – which means the California Supreme Court will go for it hook, line and sinker! San Francisco Superior Court judges already follow the policy of cutting ties from any local chapter that doesn’t accept Sodomites. Of course, they have already cut all ties from God so it probably doesn’t matter much...

Ronald Reagan pointed out, in the year featured by George Ormond’s book 1984: “The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God.  We have the true message of hope for America.”...

What do the following States – Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming – have in common with the greatest social issue facing America today? Answer: their population numbers (42,000,000) equal the numbers of innocent babies killed by abortion since Roe v Wade (1/22/73) went into effect! Listen carefully. Do you hear the angels sobbing?…

Proof that Thomas Jefferson had gifted insight into both human nature and politics: “...the States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones.  I wish, therefore... never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” Alas, his fears have become reality...

The farce in Iraq: why in the world has the U.N. sent 300 inspectors on a wild goose chase, trying to find needles in haystacks? Why not START (and STOP) with the ‘missiles of mass destruction’ everyone knew they had (and they acknowledged they had) at the end of the Gulf War and had promised to destroy? Let them produce the evidence of their destruction, not a really difficult thing to do if they were destroyed! All this other stuff is an exercise in futility…

A breath of sanity in Texas: its Supreme Court ruled 8-0 the State has a right to refuse funding of abortions for the poor. A breath of insanity in South Carolina: United States District Judge William Bertelsman ruled that the slogan “Choose Life” on license plates is unconstitutional! The South Carolina legislation voted to do it and one man said, in effect, “I’m running this show,” and outlawed it. Senator Mike Fair called it a perfect example of “legislating [law] from the bench.” Bertelsman said only one side of the issue was being heard (okay, let the others have plates saying “choose death”). The plates were to have cost 70 smackers and the money above the regular cost was to fund crisis pregnancy centers. But, obviously, Bertelsman would rather have death there, too...

In our last issue we mentioned the whopping raises/salaries Congress voted itself. When Thomas Jefferson and company were running the show, Senators received $6 per day and another $6 for travel expenses!...

Is God your Father? Jesus insisted, “If God were your Father, ye would love me…” (John 8:42)…

For 20 years, California’s sitting governor has gone to St. Patrick’s Home for Children in the State Capitol with gifts for the kiddies. Last Christmas the director, Monsignor Edward J. Cavanaugh told Governor Gray Davis, a Roman Catholic, he would not be permitted on the property unless he repented of his politics that killed “innocent unborn children.” He refused (the killing was more important to him than the giving)! So did the cleric!...

On January 1, 2003 Helen Rubin gave birth to a baby girl. Her husband/pervert partner (choose one) of a dozen years, Joanna Bare, moved from Virginia to Maryland for the birth because Sodomy adoption is illegal in the former and okay in “merry land.” Pray for the precious baby; she’ll need a lot of help from the Lord...

Back in ‘the Beatle’ era (along with the unbalanced ex-Harvard professor, Timothy Leary), much was made of “mind expanding” drugs, things like LSD that kids could take to expand their minds and make them smarter. The claim was untrue, of course. Marilyn Vos Savant, whose name supposedly rhymes with smart, said frankly in one of her columns: “There really is no such thing as a mind-expanding drug.” Which was what we said in this magazine a third of a century ago, then published in our book The Menace of Narcotics (available from our Raleigh office for $5, postage paid)…

As you know, this country has been cracking down on pedophiles, tossing them in the slammer and hiding the key. Except, that is, unless the sexual aberrations are against their own children. In that case, they often get very lenient sentences – sometimes with no time behind bars. What, pray tell, makes this unspeakable sin permissible if the pervert assaults his own children?…

Probably as no surprise to the Senate Minority (ex-Majority) Leader, President Bush, on the first day of the new Congressional session, re-nominated all 30 judicial nominees for federal benches that Mr. Daschle & Co had rejected, blocked and /or refused to send to the full Senate for a hearing (as the Constitution demands). Included are Charles Pickering of Mississippi and Priscilla Owen of Texas, both rejected by the Judiciary Committee along party lines and blocked from the Senate for a hearing, even as “not recommended.” The other 28 nominees were not even voted on by the committee…

To clone or not to clone: “If we start down the road of treating embryos as commodities, we abandon the dignity and sanctity of life.” – Mona Charen, the good Jewish lady columnist Gentile columnist. Cal Thomas expressed it: “Cloning is the unnatural fruit – there will be many more – produced when the root of the tree of life has been pulled out of its nurturing soil and replanted into a soil of situational ethics that serve the temporal interests and feelings of humanity. What was it a few people said in 1973 about a slippery slope? We have slid a long way since then, and cloning is but a way station where the rest of humanity indulges itself in a slight gasp before resuming the downward spiral.”…

Proof The Federalist has a sense of humor: Discussing the Democrat claim it is the party of the common folk and all others are just working to benefit the rich, it editorialized: “And a footnote on all the Leftist class-warfare effluent being spewed by the Demos, we thought you might be interested to know who the ‘classiest’ guys are in the Senate. The wealthiest Democrat could buy and sell the richest GOP senator more than 13 times. Drum roll please....  First place goes to John “Ketchup King” Kerry (D-MA), $675 million (more than half a billion inherited); in 2nd place is bad-boy Jon Corzine (D-NJ), $400 million; 3rd place goes to Herb Kohl (D-WS), $300 million; in 4th place, Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), $200 million; 5th place goes to Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), $50 million. Finally a Republican, Lincoln Chafee, shows up in 6th position. (Oops, did we say “Republican.” Let’s not make that this week’s editing error!)  Hold the phone, there is a Republican majority in the Senate, but the richest guys are all Democrats, you know, the “Party of the People.” Shouldn’t there be some “affirmative action” plan to raise up more rich Republicans?…

Since we are quoting it anyway, let’s add another to the above: “While The Federalist never reports opinion polls, which can be manipulated easier than the Black Democratic Caucus, we do comment when Sociocrat politicos use polls as instruments of propaganda – ‘pollaganda’ as it is known around our shop.  For example, this week a Gallup poll is being heralded by Demos and their Leftmedia talkingheads because it indicates President Bush’s recent job approval rating has dropped below 60%.  But they are not telling you the other numbers gathered from the very same poll: President Bush... is willing to make hard decisions: 83%, yes; is a strong and decisive leader: 76%, yes; is honest and trustworthy: 70%, yes; has a vision for the country’s future: 68%, yes; brought dignity back to the White House: 67% yes; can manage the government effectively: 67%, yes; inspires confidence: 65%, yes; works well with both parties to get things done in DC: 64%, yes. Haven’t heard those numbers, have you?  And we might add, 60% is not so bad in the depths of an economic recession.”…

About all those pictures shown so frequently on television of Muslims – from Saddam Hussein on down (or up, whichever way you see it) – prostrate on their faces in an attitude of prayer, here’s a little secret: they ‘ain’t’ praying! They are reciting a verse of the Koran. The only time they are praying is when you catch them Friday at noon. They are not nearly as pious as you think. Perhaps that is why they can get up off their knees and go out to blow up women and children in the name of Allah…

Georgia had an unusual inaugural ceremony for its 81st governor, the first Republican since Reconstruction Days that followed the Civil War. What was so unusual about it? Well, for one thing, the governor’s son, Jim Perdue, a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, brought a message from Micah 6, encouraging the new governor to “to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly” with the Lord. The governor did a little preaching on his own, quoting Isaiah regarding the key to Jehovah’s guidance…

Remember the one of President Clinton’s 177 last gasp pardons/clemencies that got so much attention because Hillary’s brother, Hugh Rodham, had been paid $200,000 to assist in obtaining it (which the heat of public pressure caused him to return after the citizenry learned of it)? Well, Almon Glenn Braswell needs a new one, but we doubt he will get it from our present President. The IRS threw him back in the slammer and he is now awaiting charges basically the same as his prior convictions: consumer fraud and misrepresentation of goods! Apparently old habits are hard to break...

Why are we not surprised? The Baptist General Convention of Texas, through its Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee, has called for “a moratorium” on capital punishment, wrongly claiming the Bible does not support it as practiced today. We are not surprised because the BGCT, in our judgment, long ago abandoned Truth and is now just “a hair and a freckle” away from Neo-Orthodoxy. Meanwhile, the national SBC, issued a statement supporting the death penalty, in “fair and equitable use.”...

The liberal nuts are still at it. Dr. John McKnight, the president of the American Council of Christian Churches, was invited to open the Maryland Senate (he is pastor of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Darlington MD), as preachers have been doing for more than 2 centuries in that State. As one whose Holy Book instructs him to pray “in Jesus’ Name,” he obediently did so in closing his prayer. On the back row was Sharon Grosfeld, a feminist Democrat who had served in that body a “lengthy” 18 days (!); she immediately filed a protest with the Senate President demanding future “prayers” be offered by members of the Senate so they could be censured if their “prayers” were not appropriate! Will the citizens of her 18th District re-elect her? Probably! Efforts are now being made to make it “the law” in the Merry Land. What next?...

Remember Elian Gonzalez, the little boy whose mother died getting him out of the bondage of Cuba and to the freedom of the United States – but whom Bill Clinton and Janet Reno sold back into Communist slavery for political advantage? It was done under the guise of reuniting a boy with his father (who had previously said he didn’t want him). The dad was on this year’s ballot for Cuba’s Parliament and won! Of course, he and the other 608 who were elected (including Fidel) ran unopposed! That is how “free elections” are done in Cuba!…

The Amish summed up every-one’s biography very aptly: “We are too soon old and too late smart!”…

Our friend Sumner Wemp (his web is at the bottom of his column) told of a lady who thought her bank was closing for good because of a sign in the lobby, “We Will Be Closed Good Friday.” Praise God, Satan’s office will be closed permanently one day because of what happened on what the world calls “Good Friday.”…

Ah, these crooks! Men who do not believe in total depravity are hard pressed to explain what happened when the Empress of Ireland went to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River nearly a century ago (5/29/14). When the victims filed claims for cash and jewelry losses they were so high the insurance company went to the huge expense of having the ship salvaged. It will be no surprise to biblicists that when the safe was opened it held less than 5% of the alleged claims!…

A good friend quoted the old Grit magazine to me recently (first time I’d thought of Grit in a long time). Here is a sample of the wit it offered our forebears: “You know that you’re over the hill,/And life has lost most of its zest/When you’re given the ‘senior discount’/Before you can make the request.”…

Where your tax dollars went: A half-million of our hard-earned bucks were given to Peggy Neff as “compensation” for the “9-11” attack. Why? She was the lesbian pervert partner of Sodomite Sheila Hein, who was killed at the Pentagon. I suppose you shouldn’t get excited. A half-million is chicken feed in Washington...

Castaways Travel of Spring (TX) is a disgrace to its profession. It is sponsoring a charter from Miami to Cancun (Mexico) and back in May for a week’s vacation. The plane seats 172 passengers and the room and the flight will cost each vacationer approximately $1,409. What’s wrong with that? Well, the vacation destination is a nudist colony and as soon as the Boeing 727 reaches cruising altitude, the passengers will be invited to take off all their clothes for the remainder of the trip. The only restriction is that the perverts must not sit directly on the seat, but o

 

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