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Is the Lesser of Two Evils Excuse Evil in Itself?

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Many of my fellow preachers and other Christians are refusing to vote this election cycle. Why? They claim both candidates are evil, and therefore to choose the lesser of two evils is still evil. Some refer to 1 Thess. 5:22 as a justification for not voting for the lesser of two evils: “Abstain from every form of evil.” However, there is another biblical concept that I believe some are overlooking. Could it be that refusing to vote for the lesser of two evils is evil in itself? Consider the following line of logic: We are here for a purpose. God created every nation of men, and has determined their “preappointed times” and the “boundaries of their dwellings” (Acts 17:26). The purpose…

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State of Georgia demands part-time preacher turn over sermon transcripts

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In 2014, Dr. Eric Walsh was hired as a District Health Director for the Georgia Department of Health. During the interview process, state government officials asked for recordings of sermons Walsh had delivered. He is a part-time Seventh-Day Adventist preacher. After reviewing the recordings, Walsh’s employment was terminated. Earlier this year, Walsh filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Public Health alleging he was terminated for delivering sermons on issues ranging from homosexuality to evolution. Now, Georgia Attorney General Samuel Olens is demanding Eric Walsh turn over of his sermon notes and transcripts. Not only was this man apparently fired based on content of sermons he preached, but now the government is attempting to review his sermons to…what? See…

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Evan McMullin’s sole purpose is to defeat Trump

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Those conservatives who cannot stomach a vote for Donald Trump should think long and hard before casting their ballot for Utah Mormon candidate Evan McMullin. Since he arrived on the scene out of nowhere, we have suspected he is an establishment plant to keep an anti-establishment candidate Trump out of the White House. Now there is proof. In a recent interview, Evan McMullin states: “We’re on the ballot or registered as write-in in 34 states. By the time we get to November 8, it will be 40 to 45, and that’s plenty for our strategy, which is not a conventional strategy. We’re not trying to win 270 votes — of course that would be great, but it is just not…

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Death threat made against Utah political party chairman

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans confirmed Monday that party staff were dispersed to various locations following a “specific death threat” made against him. The threat comes on the heels of a controversial interview with CNN last week when Evans insisted inquiries should be made into whether former President Bill Clinton fathered an illegitimate son with a woman he paid for sex. Evans’ comments were cut off midsentence by host Carol Costello. See coverage here.

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Body found behind church of Christ building

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KNOXVILLE, TN — Police are investigating the discovery of a body found in the woods behind a North Knoxville church Monday morning. A male body was found shortly before 11 a.m. in the woods behind the parking lot of Norwood Church of Christ, 6001 Central Avenue Pike, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk. The body, which has yet to be identified, was clothed and appears to have been there “a while,” DeBusk said. See coverage here and here. The Wayfellow will follow up when more details emerge.

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Federal judge won’t dismiss Fort Des Moines church of Christ lawsuit

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DES MOINES — A federal judge has denied a request from Iowa officials to dismiss a church’s lawsuit that contends a state commission has misconstrued a law regarding sexual orientation and gender identity public accommodations standards as giving it the power to censor and control churches. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose, however, also declined a request by attorneys representing the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ that she grant a preliminary injunction against state enforcement action while the lawsuit proceeds through the judicial process. See coverage here and here.

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Trump camp puts forward witness to refute sex assault claim

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And the soap opera continues. The New York Post is reporting: “Donald Trump’s campaign says a British man is countering claims that the GOP presidential nominee groped a woman on a cross-country flight more than three decades ago. “The man says he was sitting across from the accuser and contacted the Trump campaign because he was incensed by her account — which is at odds with what he witnessed.” Read more here.

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Proof of voter fraud

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John Gibbs at The Federalist writes: “This week, liberals have been repeating their frequent claim that voter fraud doesn’t exist. A recent Salon article argues that “voter fraud just isn’t a problem in Pennsylvania,” despite evidence to the contrary. Another article argues that voter fraud is entirely in the imagination of those who use voter ID laws to deny minorities the right to vote. “Yet as the election approaches, more and more cases of voter fraud are beginning to surface. In Colorado, multiple instances were found of dead people attempting to vote. Stunningly, “a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.” In Virginia, it was found that nearly 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people.…

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A strong aversion to the word “denomination”

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Dr. Roger E. Olson, a Baptist minister and professor of theology at Baylor University, is currently updating and revising the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In a blog post regarding the work in progress, he makes a very interesting observation about the state of denominationalism in our country: “One of the biggest surprises for me in this whole research project has been the adamant rejection of the word “denomination” by many leaders and members of denominations. For the handbook’s purposes, a “denomination” is any collective, network, of congregations (whatever they may call themselves) that has some identity. A denomination does not even have to have a headquarters, let alone a hierarchical structure, to be a denomination. For example, the…

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‘We’re in a tight spot’

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One of the funniest catchphrases in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the saying, “We’re in a tight spot.” It occurs whenever the main characters are in caught between a rock and a hard place, with no seeming way of escape. Well, my fellow Americans, I’ve got to tell you, “We’re in a tight spot!” This election has put us in the difficult situation of figuring out which candidate is more likely to lead this nation in a mutually beneficial direction. To add insult to injury, we also have to filter through all the various charges and accusations that are flying around here at the tail end of the campaign. So, just for kicks, I decided to go…

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Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Casino Measure From Ballot

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LITTLE ROCK, Ar. — The Arkansas Supreme Court has thrown out a proposal to legalize casinos in three counties from the November ballot, ruling that the ballot title does not “honestly and accurately reflect what is contained in the proposed amendment.” Justices agreed with opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment that would give three private companies rights to run casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties. The proposal would have given the rights to companies owned by supporters of the proposal. The court ordered election officials to not count any votes for the measure in the Nov. 8 election. The lawsuit was filed by a group funded by dog and horse tracks in the state that currently offer video poker and other…

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Muslim Woman ‘Rises from the Dead’ After Two Days, Converts to Christianity

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A freelance journalist tells the story of a Muslim woman who supposedly died, was placed in a morgue, and “rose from the dead” two days later. Following her recovery, she and many members of her Muslim family converted to Christianty after hearing her story of a vision she had while she was in the morgue. This story is linked here for informational purposes only. Perhaps there is a good illustration here.  

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Today’s Snowflake: Rep. G.K. Butterfield

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Today’s Sensitive Snowflake Award goes to Rep G.K. Butterfield, North Carolina Democrat and head of the Congressional Black Caucus. When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Butterfield complained the statement was racist. “The moment an African-American hears the word ‘shackles,’ it’s reminiscent of the era of slavery,” Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said. “We’re at a point now where Donald Trump is out of control. We don’t know what’s next.” What’s next for the politically correct sensitive snowflakes? Banning the word “ship” because slaves came to North America on them? Cotton? Auction? Congratulations, Rep. Butterfield! You’ve earned your…

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Bill Clinton: Donald Trump’s base of supporters are ‘rednecks’

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Speaking today in Ft. Myers, Fla., Bill Clinton says Donald Trump’s base of support is made up of the kind of people Clinton grew up with: “rednecks.” We checked several mainstream news sites searching for the video of the entire speech to get the context, but for some reason this section has been removed. Wonder why?

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Police awaiting toxicology report in hit-and-run that killed preacher’s daughter

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Marcia Annette Demarcus, 41, is being held at the Fayette County (Ga.) jail following a hit-and-run incident in which she struck and killed a 16-year-old girl as the teen handed out literature from her church, Fayetteville police said Monday. Demarcus was charged with a long list of offenses, including first-degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, drug possession and DUI. She was being held late Tuesday on $289,000 bond. Caelyn Olds, the step-daughter of Middle Fayette church of Christ preacher Nicholas Adams, was distributing flyers inviting people to the congregation’s gospel meeting when the driver struck her and another woman, Linda Long. Olds died from her injuries at a local hospital. Long was treated on the scene.  

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Freed-Hardeman president announces retirement

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Dr. Joe Wiley has announced he will retire as president of Freed-Hardeman University effective June 1, 2017. In sharing his decision, Wiley said, “When I interviewed for the position of president of FHU, I was asked how long I intended to serve. My response was a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 10. This year, I will complete my ninth year as president of Freed-Hardeman University.” While stating his intent to retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Wiley added, “If a new president is not identified and/or not able to take office on June 1, 2017, the board has requested (and I have agreed) that I will continue to serve as president until a successor…

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Memorial service set for preacher’s daughter killed by DUI driver

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Memorial services have been scheduled for a preacher’s daughter who was killed by a DUI driver while helping to evangelize her community. According to reports from several sources, sixteen-year-old Caelyn Olds was killed by a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs. The hit-and-run incident happened Saturday in Fayetteville, Ga. Olds, the step-daughter of Middle Fayette church of Christ preacher Nicholas Adams, was distributing flyers inviting people to the congregation’s gospel meeting when the driver struck her and another woman, Linda Long. Olds was transported to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Long was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, Marcia Demarcus, 41, was arrested shortly after and is being charged with vehicular homicide…

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Culture blogger defends Ben Bailey

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As the distorted version of Ben Bailey’s comments regarding homosexuality and the Bible went viral via rawstory and multiple pro-gay websites, at least one blogger is promoting a more balanced view. Ben has received a lot of support from the church, of course, but it is nice to see someone outside of the story take a fairer view than the attackers from the left. While Ben is not a “pastor,” this blogger does a much better job than previous mentions of the video.

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Ben Bailey responds to accusations

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response submitted by Ben Bailey regarding the distortion of his teachings regarding homosexuality. While the rawstory website mentioned in the response below was the first to post the accusations, the story has since been repeated on several pro-homosexual websites. Please share this link to help get the word out: http://thewayfellow.com/2015/08/18/ben-bailey-responds-to-accusations/) A Response to Recent Accusations Against Stoning Homosexuals by Ben Bailey In a recent rawstory article several things were reported about me that are not true and that I do not believe.  Please allow me a moment to clear the air as to what I do believe and teach. From the outset, please understand that I do not believe Christians should stone homosexuals.  I did not…

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Ben Bailey’s ‘shocking’ comments go national

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According to one website, Ben Bailey, preacher for the Central church of Christ in McMinnville, Tenn., and a speaker for The Gospel of Christ, “lashes out at ‘liberal society’” and says stoning gays is part of the “mindset of God.” View the video and judge for yourself.

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