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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High Quality Paperback — 219 pages
Foundations in Biblical Orthodoxy
Driving down a country road sometime, you might see a church with a sign proudly proclaiming: “No book but the Bible — No creed but Christ.” The problem with this statement is that the word creed (from the Latin: credo) simply means “belief.” All Christians have beliefs, regardless of whether they are written.
Yet a single book containing the actual texts of the most important creeds of the early Church will not often be found. Out of the multitude of works on the evangelical Christian book market today, those dealing with the creeds of the Church are scarce.
Why Creeds and Confessions? provides a foundation of biblical orthodoxy as a defense against the false and truly heretical doctrines advanced by the spirit of this age.
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That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism
Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner
The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.
Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.
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