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Australian Independent Baptist Newsletter

Pastor and Mrs. BennettMap of Australia

April 2003 #2

Dr. David C. Bennett, Editor (DCB)

PO Box 1241 Ė Dubbo Ė NSW Ė 2830 Ė AUSTRALIA

Phone/Fax 02-6884-2846

Email: kjb1611tr@aol.com

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.

Email: aussiedubbo@yahoo.com

Standing unashamedly for the King James Bible

Sydney Morning Herald 1 April 2003 (SMH hereafter) KISS-OFF CELEBRATES NEW GAY LAW (Edited by DCB) "At least 20 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will celebrate a new Queensland law which comes into force today by kissing on the steps of state parliament."

"University of Queensland student union representative Khrys Robb said the changes to the state's anti-discrimination legislation had been won after decades of fighting."

Robb said "the legislation, which was passed by the Queensland parliament last year, did not go far enough for transgender people who could not afford the surgery to change sex."

These people "wanted to be able to change the sex listed on official identity documents such as birth and marriage certificates and drivers' licences."

Robb said there were many people who were unable to have "sexual reassignment surgery" and that according to Robb "leaves them unable to change their identification..."

The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner was glad for the legislation. The Commissioner said she was "keen to let everyone know and to encourage them to exercise their rights."

Editorís Comment: In Noahís day Genesis 6:5 says that "GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Things havenít changed. Eph 5:11 "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."

Episcopal News Service (ENS hereafter) April 1, 2003

EPISCOPAL CHURCH CONTINUING ITS COMMITMENT TO ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE

(Edited by DCB) "The Episcopal Church's patient participation in and commitment to ecumenical dialogue, with the stated ultimate goal of full communion, continues on several levels with different partners. Progress is sometimes slow but participants eagerly mark each successful marker along the way.

At the national and international level, Episcopalians and Anglicans regard dialogue with the Roman Catholics as very important--and quite successful over the years in sweeping away some of the dead timber of misunderstanding and stereotypes."

Regarding the union of Anglicans and the Roman Catholic Church Professor J. Robert Wright of the General Theological Seminary said "there is something deep in our Anglican mentality where we know we belong with them, that we are a part of each other.

Episcopalians express more discomfort over differences with Roman Catholics because we know these two churches are meant to be one." In May, 1999, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International

Commission (ARCIC) asked the "Anglican Communion to consider a new relationship with the authority of the bishop of Rome, suggesting an interim period of association with the papacy as one step along the way."

Editorís Comment: The Anglican Communionís complete assimilation into the Roman Church is drawing closer! Spurgeon in TRUE SPIRITUAL WORSHIP called these two groups the "Roman and Anglican Antichrist."

ENS 1 April 2003 DIALOGUE IN A CHANGING WORLD (Edited by DCB) Participants at the 54th meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the USA (ARC-USA) 27-30 March unanimously agreed that the two churches "ought to move ahead, theologically and practically, toward the goal of full

communion."

However, one of the sticky issues requiring "further investigation before Anglicans and Roman Catholics can take those steps toward a deeper communion" is the Roman Catholic doctrine of infallibility.

Editorís Comment: They will work out this issue for nothing is going to stop this Roman Church take over!

ENS 1 April 2003 CUIC SEEKS TO RESOLVE MINISTRY ISSUE (Edited by DCB) "The Consultation on Church Union, a church unity effort by nine US churches with roots that go back 40 years, launched a new plan in Memphis January 20, inaugurating a new effort called Churches Uniting in Christ--with more realistic goals in light of continuing roadblocks to church unity."

The past president of the COCU said "We don't know where it will take us, but now we know we will all get there together."

The nine denominations represented in this are the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, the International Council of Community Churches and the Episcopal Church.

Editorís Comment: Pr 10:14 "Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction."

The Daily Telegraph, Australia 26 March 2003 BRACKS A GAY ICON (Edited by DCB) "VICTORIAN Premier Steve Bracks has added another accolade to his name - that of gay icon.

A poll in this month's gay magazine, DNA, has named the state leader one of the sexiest men alive, alongside the likes of Australian actor Hugh Jackman and underwear model Travis Fimmel.

Mr Bracks, a married father of three, is listed in the Wild Card section of the magazine's Sexiest Men Alive Issue, which included surprise nominations by readers."

"Comment was being sought from Mr Bracks."

Editorís Comment: Proverbs 26:4 "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him."

The Daily Telegraph, Australia 25 March 2003 ONE STEPFROM SAINTHOOD (Edited by DCB) "VATICAN CITY: Pope John Paul II beatified four founders of religious organisations and a Hungarian doctor yesterday, adding to the ranks of those on the path to possible sainthood."

The Pope said the five had lived what the Roman Church calls "the mystery of redemption" and that their holiness should be an inspiration to other Catholics.

"Beatification is the last formal step before possible sainthood and requires evidence of one miracle after the person's death."

The Pope said "The holiness of the new beatified stimulates us to aim for evangelical perfection, putting in practice all the words of Jesus. It is certainly a demanding ascetic itinerary, but it is possible for all." Since 1978 when he became pope he has beatified more than 1300 people and proclaimed more that 450 saints!

Editorís Comment: Matthew 7:22, 23 "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. "

The Washington Times 1 April 2003 BIBLES OK, BUT '3 P'S' PROHIBITED (Edited by DCB)

"U.S. troops in Iraq can carry Bibles into combat. But don't send them pork. Families mailing packages to their loved ones fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom are asked to avoid the Ďthree P'sí abhorred by Islam: pornography, pork and political propaganda."

"Rules in Muslim host countries such as Kuwait Ďmostly prohibit the entry of alcoholic beverages of any kind, narcotics, munitions, pork and pork by-products, pornography and material contrary to the Islamic religion,í the Defense Department said in a statement."

Bible societies say the prohibitions do not include the Scriptures and according to the Societies the troops and chaplains are requesting thousands of Bibles each month. "However, while Bible societies can distribute Scripture to troops, ordinary Americans can't send them to soldiers through the mail."

The military deliver Bibles through the chaplains whereas a Bible through regular mail from home just will not get through.

Editorís Comment: Islam has their "three Pís" but Bible Christianity proclaims the Blessed Trinity! 1 John 5:7 "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Ottumwa Courier 2 April 2003 LEGISLATORS FORM MARRIAGE TASK FORCE (Edited by DCB)

"DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A group of lawmakers and a Des Moines-based family advocacy group announced the formation of a task force Tuesday to study ways the state can help keep married couples together.

Republican Danny Carroll said "We are here determined to do everything possible as far as a legislative body to see that marriages are strong and successful and enduring."

There are bills waiting Senate debate that "would eliminate Iowa's no-fault divorce and require that both spouses agree to a divorce when they have children."

Also involved in this discussion was the Deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who said there is proposed Federal legislation "that would provide money to pay for pilot programs in marriage research and education, which could include job skills, parenting, budgeting and relationship counseling."

Carroll said the task force "hopes to compile a guide detailing how other states encourage fatherhood, family and marriage and develop recommendations for Iowa."

Editorís Comment: The Government does not have the answer but Godís Word does! Ephesians 5: 22, 24, 25, 28, 31, 33; 6:1 "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right."

Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS Hereafter) 4 APRIL 2003 ARCHBISHOP'S CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM INITIATIVE CONTINUES IN QATAR (Edited by DCB) Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will convene the second "Building Bridges" seminar from April 7-9 in Doha, Qatar. "The conference is being hosted by the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and follows on from a similar gathering last year at Lambeth Palace."

Approximately, "thirty Christian and Muslim scholars from across the world will hold detailed discussions over three days." The meeting "will focus on the place of scripture in the two faith communities; speakers will address issues such as the contemporary interpretation of scripture and scriptural perspectives on those from other faith traditions."

"The conference was planned well in advance of the military conflict in Iraq and is part of a continuing process of engagement between Christian and Muslim scholars."

Williams says dialogue with Muslims is important because "Christians and Muslims have much to learn from each other, and much to share, despite all the differences we acknowledge. A meeting such as this is a clear demonstration that we do not have to be imprisoned in mutual hostility and misunderstanding when our encounters are shaped by the scholarship and experience of people such as those who will be contributing to this meeting."

Editorís Comment: Anyone who has been reading past AIB Newsletters would know by now the Anglican Church is apostate. This meeting only further solidifies that knowledge.

ACNS 8 April 2003 THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY'S OPENING REMARKS AT THE 2ND 'BUILDING BRIDGES' SEMINAR IN DOHO, QATAR (Edited by DCB) "Your Highness, eminent guests and friends: My first duty, which I discharge with the most sincere pleasure, is to thank His Highness the Amir of Qatar for welcoming us to his country and doing so much to facilitate this meeting. He has shown precisely the kind of enthusiasm for honest exchange and deepened understanding which meetings such as this are designed to assist, and we are all profoundly grateful. It is a kind of openness that is also making possible significant gestures towards the Christian community here and for that too let me express my gratitude."

Williamís spoke of former Archbishop Careyís "imagination with which he addressed these issues of mutual understanding across the frontiers of our communities of faith." (Emphasis added)

"Christians are Christians and Muslims are Muslims because they care about truth, and because they believe that truth alone gives life. About the nature of that absolute and life-giving truth, Christians and Muslims are not fully in agreement. Yet they are able to find words in which to explain and explore that disagreement because they also share histories and practices that make parts of their systems of belief mutually recognisable - a story reaching back to God's creation of the world and God's call to Abraham; a practice of reading and absorbing scriptures and of shaping a life in response to the Word God speaks to creation. (Emphasis added)

In this dialogue, we are not seeking an empty formula of convergence or trying to deny our otherness; indeed as we reflect on the holy texts we read, we shall be seeking to make better sense of how we relate to the other, the stranger with whom we can still speak in trust and love."

Williams concluded his talk by saying his hope was for all of them "to go from this dialogue better equipped to witness in a deeply troubled world, to witness to what faith and humble obedience to God and patient attention to each other might have to offer to struggling and suffering nations throughout the globe."

Editorís Comment: It is for the very reason that the Muslim does not know the reality of "absolute and life-giving truth" that Jesus told us to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." The Scriptures of the Christian are the very words of the living God whereas the Koran is not Mr. Williams. What is "our otherness."? There is a lot of double talk in these one world religion promoting dialogues.

If Mr. Williams knew His Bible and the God of the Bible he would realize the God of the Bible does not desire for His people to have "fellowship with devils." 1 Corinthians 10:20.

Yours against apostasy and for Biblical Truth,

David C. Bennett, Titus 2:13
 

 
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