Monthly Archives: July 2008

Apostle Paul’s 2000th Birthday Anniversary Is Celebrated

by Eusebio Tanicala

A streamer at the gate of the Baguio Cathedral announces the year-long celebration of the Apostle Paul’s two thousandth anniversary starting on June 28th this year. The Syrian Department of Tourism in the Middle East likewise makes this event an item in inviting tourists to visit the interesting places in Syria. Syria was the birthplace of Apostle Paul who converted to Christianity. An article in the internet says that Syrian authorities place the Apostle Paul’s birth between A.D. 7 and A.D. 10. The Roman Catholic Church puts it on June 28 Anno Domini 8. #

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The Appendix and Darwinian Evolution

Charles Darwin

In recent months, we have quoted university medical schools’ researches that told us of the human appendix’ part in maintaining and strengthening our immune system it being a “factory of good flora.”

We have asked atheistic or Darwinian evolutionists to offer their public apologies for telling us that the human appendix is a vestigial organ soon to be discarded being a useless part of the body. But up to now, I’ve not read of any such apology for their false claims. When I wrote that the medical research favors creationism instead of atheistic evolution, one professor castigated me and said that he is a Christian and that evolution is scientific. I would like the Christina professor to scientifically demonstrate that the human appendix is a useless vestigial organ. I would like the Christian professor to scientifically demonstrate that the human appendix will soon be discarded. I would like the Christian professor to scientifically demonstrate that the human appendix has been an evolutionary organ from lower species since homo sapiens are in the apex of evolutionary tree. I would like the Christian professor to demonstrate or cite medical science researches that there has been any discarding of or any diminution of the human appendix from the time of the ancient Egyptian and ancient Greek medical practitioners.

The Bible speaks of plants and animals reproducing “after their own kind” so there’s a kind of evolution within a certain degree or within the family or “kind”. Just like the evolution of the telephone of Thomas Edison up to the Nokia cellphone today. It is within the family of the telephone. But evolution transcending and crossing the chasms of orders and phyla is the area of contention.

I have personally asked a veterinary doctor if she has observed or if she has read about primates like the monkeys and chimpanzees and orangutans having appendix. I was told that she knows nothing about appendix in lower families of animals.

If the Christian professor could not do the above, then I continue to claim that the human appendix being a “factory of good flora” favors creationism and shames Darwinian evolutionism. (Eusebio Tanicala)

Jack P. Lewis Makes Confession about Amos 6:1-5

Note: Portions of this article is in Filipino.

By Eusebio Tanicala

Brother Jack P. Lewis, a noted scholar in the Churches of Christ, deals with the question about instrumental music in worship in the March 2008 issue of TRUTH FOR TODAY (edited by Eddie Cloer, published in Searcy, Arkansas). He has many excellent articles on the question of instrumental music in the church worship. I personally recommend this issue as an excellent reference material.

On the use of Amos 6:1-5, he makes the following confession which is found on pages 3 & 4 and we quote a portion of it:

I started my local preaching career about sixty-six years ago, fully convinced that the introduction of instrumentally accompanied singing in Jewish worship was presumptuous on David’s part and that the prophet Amos condemned him for it. The text on which I based this thinking was Amos 6:1-5: “Woe to them . . . that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David” (KJV). The ancient rabbis said, however, that one should learn from all his teachers, and I have tried to make that a pattern of life.”

“A denominational preacher whom I met at Sam Houston State University (then College) informed me that the use of instrumental music was commanded by David and was commended to King Hezekiah. He supported his statement by using 2 Chron. 29:25: ‘And he [Hezekiah] set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by His prophets (KJV; emphasis mine).

I had never considered that passage before. I will always be grateful that he shared his insights with me. However, when he insisted that singing was not a part of worship in the New Testament and that proponents of a cappella music are at fault for making it a part of worship, I differed, as I do now.

How to harmonize the spirit of these two passages, one in Amos and one in 2 Chronicles, perplexed me. As I studied the prophets more, I became conscious that proof-texting is not a proper way to settle the meaning of a passage of Scripture. The use we were making then of Amos 6:5 had done just that. The setting of the passage in Amos is not at all a worship context. The other actions mentioned there are not worship actions; they are recreational. Look at the list: These people were lying on beds of ivory, eating lambs from the flock and calves from the stall, singing idle songs, inventing instruments, and anointing themselves with finest oils. They were accused of being unconcerned about the ruin of the northern kingdom, which Amos was threatening. Their careless, idle lifestyle and lack of insight into real conditions was being denounced. This old proof passage should no longer be cited as a part of the argument about worship. It has no convincing power.” (End of quote)

Brother Jack P. Lewis is a scholar on the Old Testament. He says that Amos 6:5 “should no longer be cited as part of the argument about worship.” I ask my Filipino brethren to listen to a scholar who has taught in graduate school for many years, and who has participated in translating the Bible coming out with the New International Version. He says that using Amos 6:5 “has no convincing power.” Indeed, those who know the context of Amos and consistency as well as simple logic would only laugh at Churches of Christ preachers who use Amos 5:6 in arguing against the use of instruments of music.

Paulit-ulit ko nang sinasabi na ang unang kinondena ay pagawit. Bakit umaawit tayo? Bakit yaong ikalawa sa listahan lamang ang ilalabas na bawal? Bakit hindi mo babanggitin ang una at sumusunod pang mga bagay? Di ba kalukuhang sistema ng interpretasyon yan? Bakit sabihin mo na bawal ang instrumento pero hindi mo sasabihin na bawal ang matulog sa magandang kama, hindi bawal ang kumain ng karne ng karnero, karne ng baka, hindi bawal ang mga kanta ni Yoyog Villame, hindi bawal ang paggamit ng lotion?

Pakiusap ko sa mga ministro na gumagamit ng Amos 6:5 na makinig kayo sa mga eskolar na may Ph.D. mula sa magagaling na Universidad at gumagamit ng lohika. Huwag kayong makinig sa mga nagtapos sa mababang uring universidad at walang lohika sa interpretasyon. #

BETHSAIDA ESPINO LAID TO REST

Sister Bethsaida Espino, went to her sleep last June 28 and her remains were interred at Sison, Pangasinan July 2nd. She is survived by her husband, brother Arthur Espino and several children and grandchildren. She was a professor in the Pangasinan State University for many years.

8 BAPTIZED IN BAGUIO

Brother Emilio Panday reports that eight precious souls were brought to Christ Jesus’ blood and were baptized last June 28 in Baguio. They now attend the Centrepoint Church of Christ. Baptized were Isidro Fossing, Marcial Madriaga, Gladys Victor, Mae Legaspi, Gemma Piliyen, Manuela Dimas, Jocelyn Bengcan and Victoria Ayao-ao.

RABON BIBLE COLLEGE NEWS

Rabon Bible College has 14 new students, one second year this June semester and eight interns.

Meanwhile a new building for Rabon Bible College is under construction. The steel pillars are expected to be delivered to the site very soon. Beside the chapel of the Rabon congregation is a fellowship hall which was destroyed by storm “Cosme.” It is being renovated.

Rabon church workers have taught and baptized recently four souls: Medy Soriano, Jose Galera, Jomar and Sandra.

Every Sunday morning at 8:00-8:30, brother Ed Bacani has a broadcast aimed at the younger generation. The program uses a mixture of Tagalog and English as its medium.

Pangasinan congregations hold quarterly fellowship

SAN CARLOS CITY, PANGASINAN – Pangasinan speaking congregations come together on July 5th at the Astrodome of the Central School 2 in this City for their 53rd Quarterly Fellowship. Theme of the affair is “The Ancient Word in a Modern World.”

Brother Eusebio Tanicala talks on the topic “The Transition of the Holy Scripture in Various Dispensations,” while brother Scott Saboy lectures on “The Influence of Modern Secularism in Christianity.” An inspirational message will be delivered by brother Felix Bravo.

Coinciding with this quarterly fellowship is the formal launching of the “Centrepoint Church of Christ (San Carlos). Main workers in the city are brethren Romulo Banggawan, Jr. and Sammy Seridio.