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Australianndependent Baptist Newsletter

Pastor and Mrs. BennettMap of Australia

October 2002

Dr. David C. Bennett, Editor (DCB)

PO Box 1241 Ė Dubbo Ė NSW Ė 2830 Ė 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

Have you ever wondered how we can win young people to Christ and keep them in the church today?

One of the churches in Dubbo has the answer o so they think. A letter recently came from the Dubbo Community Church (Church of Christ) in the mail. The letter advertised an "up-coming exciting youth event" called "Live in the Shed". The letter said "Many of the bands have featured prominently at ĎBlack Stumpí and other Christian rock fixtures." The enclosed flyer mentioned the local band "GHER" and that there would be sumo wrestling! The letter continued with "We would like it to become an event which is supported and presented by the churches of Dubbo as a whole, as an outreach to all youth."

*Editorsí Comment: This type of an event is not Christian and is not honouring to the Lord of heaven and earth. This is not how we win young people to Christ or develop godly young people! Godly young people are saved by Godís Spirit through Godís Word. Born again young people go on for Christ by reading and obeying Godís Word!

2 Timothy 3: 12- 15 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

Sydney Morning Herald (SMH hereafter) 24 September 2002


There is "Diversity and harmony" with the students at Cabramatta High School "in their peace garden. Each river pebble represents every student and teacher."

"A truck has just arrived carrying another one-tonne load of pebbles. And more than a dozen children, some wielding pick axes, are digging holes in which to plant lillipillis."

Cabramatta Highís "new Peace Garden is due to be opened - with the release of white doves, the reading of poetry and the blessing of local leaders from 17 different religions - tomorrow morning." 25 September, 2002.

The school counsellor, said "Working on the garden" was a "part of the healing process for many of our students who have been traumatised by their experiences."

One of those students is "Iraq-born Moshen Alflouji, a Shi'ite Muslim, who came to Australia via Iran and Pakistan. Moshen said the garden stands "for peace and for religious toleration." Moshenís father is "a local mullah, though most of his family remain in Iraq, under threat of more war."

Of the 950 students at the school "97 per cent come from non-English speaking backgrounds."

*Editorís Comment: John 14:27; 16:33 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."


Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback wrote "In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul concludes his instructions on seeker-sensitive services by saying ĎBut everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.í (1 Cor. 14:40)"

*Editorís Comment: Honestly, to imply that Paul the Apostle is making reference in 1 Corinthians 14 to seeker-sensitive services is certainly reading between the lines!

Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS hereafter) - AUSTRALIA - 26 September 2002

Interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey - For broadcast on "The Religion Report", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 September 2002

SC is the interviewer and GC is George Carey:

SC: On the theological side of the issue, same-sex marriages have been introduced in a number of countries in northern Europe - perhaps they're even on the cards in New Zealand. Here in Australia, two of our four political parties at a federal level are now led by gay men. Even the military seems able to come to terms with same-sex relationships. Is the church basically holding out against an unstoppable tide?

GC: What I'd say about that is that we must respect homosexuals in the church. I've got many homosexual friends, the issue is not in any way a homophobic reaction on my part. There's a tenderness, a deep desire to understand, and to draw them into the fellowship. What I think is that we in the church - and especially I as an Archbishop - I'm responsible for maintaining our rules, and making sure we hold to unity in the Body of Christ. Now, I'd want to put it this way: If a person says to me, what is the largest mammal in the world - it's got big ears and a long nose? I would say it sounds very much like an elephant to me. If someone talks about union, fidelity, a monogamous relationship, love, blessing, I would say it sounds like marriage to me. And blessing, you see, I think is undermining our sacrament of marriage. That's why the issue is a theological one, and it's not a minor matter in the hierarchy of Christian truth. That's why it's important. But that's why, also, we must listen to one another. Homosexuals matter. We want to hear their voice in the church - that's what the Lambeth Conference said in 1998 - and I'm anxious to maintain that unity while we listen to one another. But what we mustn't do is to rush ahead of a decision that belongs to us all.

*Editorís Comment: The leaders of the Greens Party and the Democrats are homosexuals and both are from Tasmania. The homosexual issue is just one of the many reasons not to vote Green or Democrat! 1 Corinthians 6:9 "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind." Strongís Greek Dictionary says these "abusers of themselves with mankind" are sodomites. "The scum of the earth are no ways fit to fill the heavenly mansions." so wrote Matthew Henry.

ACNS Media Release No 13-25 9/02


"The world's great religious traditions should be seen as on the same side fighting for peace and justice, said Bishop Kenneth Fernando of Colombo Sri Lanka, in making his presentation to the ACC on interfaith issues. ĎWe all condemn violence and are striving to remove the causes of terrorism.í"

Fernando said "we should try to become more familiar with the texts of other religions and to learn from themí where appropriate."

*Editorís Comment: Rather than becoming "more familiar with the texts of other religions" Godís Word says to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.

Des Moines Register 14 September, 2002


"Quarter horse trainer Wendell Iams has only five horses racing at Prairie Meadows. But he has a barn full of friends who know what counts in the measure of a man is the size of his heart, not the size of his stable."

Iams is a man of faith and good works. It is those "good works" which have "earned him Prairie Meadows' first Racetrack Chaplaincy Good Samaritan award."

Racetrack chaplains Dennis Luft and Ed McIntosh chose Iams "because of his many years of humanitarian deeds."

"Iams doesn't preach to others about the Christian beliefs that lead him to help others. Instead, he lets his horses signal that his stable is faith-based.

Before they go to the track, Iams slips purple blinkers embroidered with a big gold cross over their ears. And the jockey's racing silks are adorned with a cross." According to Iams "there is power in the religious symbolism his horses display as they sprint down the track."

"A few years back, Iams had a horse entered in the Pit Run Quarter Horse Breeders Futurity at an Illinois race track. As he was walking to the barns, sunlight on the blinkers he had hanging over his arm reflected the image of the cross on the wall of a nearby glass-walled security shack. The guard on duty saw the reflection and was shaken by it.

At first the guard took the sign of the cross to be an omen that Iams' horse would win the race, and it did, setting a new track record. But what pleased Iams even more was how the incident affected the security guard. The man began attending church and quit drinking, which changed his life."

*Editorís Comment: I remember as a boy growing up in Iowa the nearest race track was in Nebraska. Sadly that is not true today. Horse racing as with other forms of gambling is seeking to gain wealth from anotherís financial loss. Horse racing, lotto and all other forms of gambling are not for the born again Christian. Proverbs 13:11 "Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase." Matthew Henry wrote "that which is got by gaming or by the stage, may as truly be said to be gotten by vanity as that which is got by fraud and lying, and will be diminished."

SAYINGS OF SPURGEON: from the book AN ALL-ROUND MININSTRY. This book contains a selection of Spurgeonís addresses at the annual conferences of the Pastorsí College. "Even fanaticism is to be preferred to indifference." "Personal godliness must never grow scanty with us (preachers)." "Men are not cast in moulds by the thousand; we are each one distinct from his fellow." "Be yourself, dear brother, for, if you are not yourself, you cannot be anybody else; and so, you see, you must be nobody." "No man should ever dream that his education is complete." "When we preach and think nothing of it, the people think nothing of it, and God does nothing by it." "We must, in fact, live to educate a race of saints, in whom the Lord Jesus shall be reflected as in a thousand mirrors." "Ministers are for churches, and not churches for ministers." "Ministers are servants: they are not guests, but waiters; not landlords, but labourers." "The idol of yesterday is the butt of to-day." "Even to those who reject our gospel, we must display unbounded tenderness."

Yours against apostasy and for Biblical Truth,

David C. Bennett, D. Min.

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