By Editorial Staff
Published April 3, 2008
I have been very grateful to our Lord beyond my ability to express for what He has done through you with The Forerunner. And now we have the Russian and Chinese versions! Only when we are in “our Life Hereafter” will we as parts of the “cloud of witnesses” come to know what an enormous uplifting effect those great periodicals (Predvestnik and The Mandate) have had and will be having on our world.
Robert M. Metcalf
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Champions for Christ in the Amazon
I am writing this note from the Amazons of Peru. My family and I are here for a two month span. I am holding a school of evangelism for 60 Christian leaders, as well as going into the schools and university campuses. The group here who invited us to come have a real vision to reach the Indian tribes throughout the jungles, as well as start Bible studies in the many villages which grow cocaine for U.S. consumption – The best way to curb the drug problem (U.S.) is to get the growers saved and under the Lordship of Jesus! I’m teaching new strategies for evangelism in the ’90s. All are multi-media evangelistic tools that attract huge crowds of non- believers in Latin America. I’m teaching them also how to preach Lordship, lay foundations, of true repentance, etc. It’s exciting! Thanks for the wonderful article you ran on Campeones para Cristo (Champions for Christ). Could you send us all the back issues of The Forerunner to help us as missionaries? We’d love to keep up on what’s happening. The cutting-edge articles will also help us to help others.
Freedom for former USSR permanent?
Some time ago, two ministries I have respect for both warned about the freedom in the C.I.S. being not permanent. A number of pastors in the C.I.S. told that the Holy Spirt had impressed upon them that the freedom of religion would not go on indefinitely. There was a vision of a wheel which rolled in one direction and the more it rolled the more freedoms the Russian people experienced. But by and by the wheel began to slow down. Eventually the wheel came to a stop. After hesitating a bit, the wheel began to roll back in the direction from whence it came, and as it rolled back, the freedoms the people had enjoyed began to be taken away one after another. I don’t know whether this will occur soon or not, but this is from respectable men with good ministries.
Editor’s response: Our strategy for reaching nations in the former USSR and now communist China is to act urgently not knowing how long the opportunity of openness may exist. However, we are not driven by prophecies, visions and dreams predicting the failure of the progress of liberty in the world. This is not consistent with what Jesus Christ himself prophesied: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come” (Matthew 24: 14). It is possible that freedoms in the former USSR may be short lived, but we are driven by a gospel of victory not of defeat.
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
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Just what is Calvinism?
Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
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“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
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