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Australian Independent Baptist Newsletter

Pastor and Mrs. BennettMap of Australia

JANUARY 2003 #3

Dr. David C. Bennett, Editor (DCB)

PO Box 1241 – Dubbo – NSW – 2830 – AUSTRALIA

Phone/Fax 02-6884-2846


Permission is given to forward material contained in the AIB Newsletter.

Purpose: To inform and warn God's people of religious social, and political events in today's world.


Standing unashamedly for the King James Bible

Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS hereafter) HONG KONG - 16 January 2003

"On Saturday 18 January 2002, the standards of Jesus Christ will be raised at Leao Senado Square in Macau, Hong Kong. It is the first United Christian Carnival in Macau and will take place from 12 noon to 5:30pm, followed by a prayer service in St Domingo's Church.
The event is the culmination of more than nine months of collaboration of twelve Christian communities in Macau, among which are the Roman Catholics, Methodists, Christ Church of China, YMCA, Lutherans, Macau Baptist Church and School, Southern Baptist Mission, Cocordia School for Special Education, the Anglicans, and independent Christian organisations from the Assembly of God and congregational traditions." (Emphasis added by DCB)
This is the first time in Macau Roman Catholics and Protestants have joined "together in public to confess their common heritage in Jesus Christ."
*Editor’s Comment: Revelation 17: 4, 5 "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Emphasis the Bible)

January 14, 2003 Episcopal News Service (ENS hereafter) 14 January 2003 NEW STUDY SAYS RELIGIONS CAN BOOST ENVIRONMENTALISM
"A new Worldwatch Institute study says religious
institutions can provide a needed boost to environmental protection and sustainable development advocates--if both groups can overcome what the report called ‘mutual misperceptions and
divergent worldviews.’ "
The December, 2002 report, "points to a number of partnerships between" the Worldwatch Institute and the Episcopal Church California Regeneration Project "which promotes energy efficiency and ‘green energy’ among individuals and congregations."
Gary Gardner, director of research at Worldwatch, said religions and environmentalists look "at the world from a moral perspective; each views nature as having value that surpasses economics; and each opposes excessive consumption."
He went on to say religions possess "the ability to shape people's worldviews and wield moral authority, have the ear of multitudes of adherents, possess strong financial and institutional assets, and generate so-called ‘social capital’, an asset in community building. All of these assets can be used to help build a socially just and environmentally sustainable world."
Gardner has observed that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has made curbing "the culture of consumption a major focus of his ministry."

The Episcopal initiative "California's Regeneration Project" includes the "Episcopal Power and Light" begun in 1996 "when the Rev. Sally Bingham realized that she might capitalize on the state's deregulation of energy to persuade the state's Episcopalians to choose energy generated from renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, and biomass."
"The Regeneration Project now includes California Interfaith Power and Light, which does political advocacy to promote renewable energy."

Editor’s Comment: We born again believers are responsible in how we use the resources God has given us but the Episcopal Church by its associations and actions has shown it has departed "from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." 1Timothy 4:1

ENS – (Presbyterian News Service) 14 January 2003

"About 1,100 participants turned out for Celebrate IV: Weave Us Together, an ecumenical conference for college students in which about 1,100 participants were ‘woven together’ into a spiritual community that included Catholics and Protestants, Pentecostals and Seventh Day Adventists. They all came together from around the globe to celebrate their common faith in Christ, and their diversity." (Emphasis added DCB)
"The five-day festival at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which ended on New Year's Day, was co-sponsored by the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry (CESCM), and the National Catholic Student Coalition."
This get together was "for the students to broaden their theological horizons by stepping out of their individual denominations and getting a glimpse of all of Christendom." (Emphasis added DCB)
About 20 denominations were represented. "Lutherans had the largest group, with 327, followed by Catholics (248), Methodists (156) and Episcopalians (151). Many other participants described themselves as ‘ecumenical’ or ‘non-denominational.’ A handful of students represented the National Baptist, Dutch Reformed and Armenian Orthodox churches, as well as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the United Church of Christ (UCC). About 60 international students came from countries as distant as India, Uganda, Denmark and Ecuador."

What was the atmosphere like at such a gathering? "There were spirited worship services with thunderous music" and "Bible studies and keynote speakers, workshops, creative caucuses, denominational gatherings and cross-denominational small-group sessions."
Above the auditorium stage hung "a colorful tapestry of overlapping crosses, symbolic of Christians woven as one in Christ."

"A mariachi band played traditional Mexican music during a New Year's Eve banquet, and Native American dancers performed during the event, which also was attended by ministerial students, graduate students, professors, campus ministers and chaplains.
Also present at the gathering were "Native American chants and drumming." There was a prayer from Bernard Duran, a member of the Picuris Pueblo tribe of New Mexico.

There was a petition opposing a war with Iraq and the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was an issue. El-Halabi, regional secretary for the World Student Federation said "Our God is a just God. Palestinians are not children of a lesser God."

The keynote speaker was Baptist "Millard Fuller, a founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International." Fuller said "If you will extend your spiritual antennas, God will reveal to you your unique ministry, and what it is that God wants you to do." He went on to fire up the young people by calling out the names of the various denominations. He cried "Got any Catholics, here?" Then he cried "I wonder if any Lutherans are here? ... How about United Methodists?" He continued this ecumenical Promise Keepers strategy of BREAKING DOWN THE DENOMINATIONAL WALLS.

Editor’s Comment: Le 10:10 "And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean." Hosea 7:8 "Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned." According to the email photos of this ecumenical mishmash may be seen at


"A public school system that claims to promote diversity and tolerance should not ban books that advocate same-sex relationships to kindergartners, Canada's Supreme Court has ruled."

The court said "the Surrey School Board in British Columbia, near Vancouver, must revisit its ban on three books that also have stirred controversy in the U.S." The books were "Asha's Mums," "One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dads, Blue Dads" and "Belinda's Bouque."

This all began in 1997 when an out of the closet homo kindergarten teacher "attempted to have the books approved as a learning resource." The books were banned by the school board and "drew 5,000 letters of support from parents and just 1,000 in opposition."

The Court’s Chief Justice "wrote in the 7-2 ruling on Dec. 20 that, ‘Parental views, however important, cannot override the imperative placed upon the British Columbia public schools to mirror the diversity of the community and teach tolerance and understanding of difference.’ "

The general legal counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada said "The only accommodation the chief justice mentions for religious parents is the option of leaving the public system altogether."

Editor’s Comment: My children would have been out of their schools a long time before the homo teacher was hired.


"Marking his fifth anniversary as presiding bishop on

January 12" Griswold told a gathering at the Washington National Cathedral that Americas willingness to spend more on war in Iraq than on the AIDS pandemic in Africa is "a manifestation of evil" and a "form of sin from which we as a nation are called to repent."

Editor’s Comment: Africa and elsewhere would be far better off if Griswold and his crowd was preaching "repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance." Acts 26:20

ACNS – ENGLAND - 16 January 2003

TEMPLETON PRIZEWINNER BEGINS LECTURE TOUR – Templeton Prize winner for Progress in Religion Professor John Polkinghorne "will begin a nationwide lecture tour on Monday 20 January 2003 at the International Study Centre of Canterbury Cathedral.

The topic of his lecture is "Science, Christianity and the End of the World: Is there a destiny beyond death?"

Polkinghorne was a professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University until he resigned in 1979 "in order to pursue theological studies." He was ordained in 1982 and has "consistently applied scientific habits to Christianity, resulting in a

modern and compelling exploration of the faith. His approach to the fundamentals of Christian orthodoxy has brought him international recognition as a unique voice for understanding the Bible as well as

evolving doctrine." (Emphasis added DCB)

Editor’s Comment: Jude 1:3 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Our faith and doctrine is NOT EVOLVING BUT IT IS "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

C. H. Spurgeon "The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them."

Yours against Apostasy and for Biblical Truth

David C. Bennett

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