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•Free Subscription• •October 2014• Virtual Edition Contending for American Freedom • Contending for Fundamental Christianity “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” - Mark 1:3

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The Voice IN THE Wilderness PRINTED MISSIONARY Ronnie and Terry Williamson Evangelist/Editor Steve and Rebekah Lilly Staff Missionaries The Virtual Voice serves as an online monthly connection with ministry partners providing up-to-date ministry headlines, relevant news, information, and available resource reminders. To receive a monthly link in your inbox, please subscribe to The Weekly Voice at membersnp@ thevoiceinthewilderness.org In this Edition The Voice in the Wilderness is a nonprofit, independent incorporation, founded by Rev. Dr. J. Royce Thomason D.P.D. Ph.D., evangelist and medical missionary. The organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world, especially in foreign lands. The program consists of building mission stations, supporting American missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching Christ to the lost. We are supported by the gifts of those who care. Contributions to The Voice in the Wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures. Gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to The Voice in the Wilderness. § A fundamental publication, published quarterly in behalf of the work of the Lord and preservation of the liberties of our United States. § Printed material from other sources does not necessarily imply an endorsement from this ministry. § There is no subscription charge; all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it. Address all correspondence to: The Voice in the Wilderness, PO Box 7037, Asheville, NC 28802. Page 4 ......................... Politics & the Pulpit Page 7 ............................. Venezuela Update Page 8 ..........................................Resources what will you do? The Voice in the Wilderness is standing firm on The Word of God. Support this ministry with: A special offering Prayers (See Prayer Request page at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org) For Personal Correspondence, Contributions, Address Changes, New Subscriptions, www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org E-mail for address changes only: visionpartners@thevoiceinthewilderness.org Sign-up for The Weekly Voice e-mail and Blog: membersnp@thevoiceinthewilderness.org Dr. Ronnie L. Williamson Dr. J. Royce Thomason Memorial Voice in the Wilderness P.O. Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 Voice (828) 649-1043 Write to us

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Dear Friends, Driving into Chivacoa, Venezuela is a shocking experience in October. A perverted towering statue of a woman riding a beast situated in the center of the highway median declares the celebration of Maria Lionza. Thousands have gathered to venture into the mountain for unspeakable mystic rituals. The grip of the cultic enslaves multitudes into religious captivity. It is such a strange and foreign thing to me. Thank the Lord, He has raised up a host of saints taking the good news to their fellow countrymen. It was a joy to go door knocking and preach in Chivacoa. Several precious souls came to Christ in salvation, and it was wonderful to worship with a new congregation of believers. National pastors around the world in places like Chivacoa are preaching Christ and deliverance to multitudes in darkness. It is my privilege to ask you to pray for our dear brothers and sisters scattered across this globe. They are doing a great work, and God is using them in a mighty way. They are citizens of their country, know the culture, food, people and language. From every tongue, tribe and nation the Lord is gathering a people. Thank you for praying and giving to be a blessing and help to our precious family around the world. Now back to America. What a mission field we have in our back door. This nation faces a critical hour. Please read the CLA article to learn what we all can do. Also listen to our radio program via podcast. God bless you richly. www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org For Christ and souls, available at: Ronnie L. Williamson Isa. 40:31 Happy Trails… NEW RESOURCE Luke 2:1-20 Hall of Faith card set Use these cards to memorize the Christmas story. Includes tips, tools, and techniques for memorizing Scripture.

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Politics and the Pulpit Pastors and Churches across the United States of America best wake up and recognize the growing hostility toward Biblical Christianity. You can rock and roll a good time churchianity while the devil wreaks havoc on the very freedoms the forefathers sacrificed dearly for. The church can make a difference. Christian Law Association outlines the rules of engagement. It is critical Pastors use every possible opportunity and means to take the fight to the powers of darkness. Read, be informed and pray for wisdom as to your strategy in holding forth the Word of Life. The IRS makes it clear exactly what a church may and may not do in the political arena. In most of the previous cases in which the tax-exempt status of charitable organizations, including churches, was threatened, the IRS found that the groups had engaged in some type of clearly prohibited political campaign activity. With important elections coming up, it is important for churches to know exactly what activities the IRS prohibits for tax-exempt groups. The government has come up with a list of seven activities that churches should avoid if they do not want to risk having their tax-exempt status challenged. These are the seven deadly IRS sins: 1. Distributing voter guides that encourage readers (generally church members) to vote for particular candidates; 2. Distributing other printed materials that encourage the members to vote for a particular candidate; 3. Using the church’s website or linking the church website to other websites that endorse or oppose a particular candidate; 4. Using the pulpit to endorse or oppose a particular candidate; 5. Making cash contributions from the church or charitable organization to a particular candidate’s political campaign; 4•The Voice in the Wilderness - October 2014 Virtual Edition

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6. Placing signs on church property that support a particular candidate, and 7. Giving improper preferential treatment to certain candidates for office by permitting them to speak at church functions to which their opponents have not been invited for a legitimate debate. This regulation does not preclude office holders or candidates from being appropriately invited to speak to the congregation about nonpolitical topics. It is clear that these regulations deal with official church support of particular candidates for office. The ban on official candidate support – which was enacted by Congress in the 1950s and has not yet been repealed – does not include the appropriate discussion of various issues that are also being discussed in the political arena. Pastors continue to be free to preach sermons about important issues of the day, such as homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, and other values questions, so long as they do not also endorse particular candidates who are also opposed to these views. Since before the founding of America, pastors have had an important role in discussing societal issues from a Biblical viewpoint. There is much that they may accomplish in shaping the future of America culture. POLITICAL – LEGISLATIVE GUIDELINES FOR CHURCHES Supporting or Opposing a Candidate for Public Office • A church may not make statements in support/opposition of political candidates for public office. A pastor personally may make statements in support/opposition of political candidates for public office, but not in his official capacity (which would bar him from making statements during church meetings and in church communications). • A church may not make contributions to a candidate for public office. • A church may not make contributions to Political Action Committees. • A church may not make “in-kind” contributions or expenditures for or against candidates for public office. Such contributions would include use of the church mailing list or directory, use of the church facilities, and providing of volunteers from the church. • The church cannot engage in any fund-raising for candidates for public office. For example, the church may not allow a candidate for public office to take an offering during a church meeting or service. • A church may allow a candidate for public office to appear at a church meeting or service as long as it is not for campaign purposes. If it is for For more resources, visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org •5

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campaign purposes, all candidates for the elective office must be afforded the same opportunity. • A candidate for public office may be introduced to the congregation during a church meeting or service. • A candidate for public office may preach or read Scripture as long as the candidate for public office does not “preach” about his campaign or solicit volunteer workers or finances for the campaign. • A church may conduct non-partisan voter registration programs and getout-the-vote campaigns. • A church may distribute neutral voter information materials stating the positions of the candidates for public office on the issues of the campaign. • A church may rent its mailing list to candidates for public office but the list must be made available to all candidates for that public office on the same terms and at the same prices. • Candidates for public office may use the church facilities but all other candidates for that public office must be invited to use the facilities on the same terms. • The pastor may grant the use of his name in support of a candidate for public office and may include title and church affiliation in the personal endorsement if he includes the following disclaimer: “Title and affiliation for identification purposes only.” • The church may not support or oppose candidates for judicial office even if the candidates are required to run on a non-partisan basis. Supporting or Opposing Legislation • Churches may support or oppose legislation to an insubstantial degree. “One of the most important documents a man ever signs is his will. I can tell better what a man had in his heart by reading his will than I can by reading his obituary. His obituary tells the world what his friends thought of him; his will reveals what he had in his heart.” - A. M. Vollmer For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. Out of (the heart) are the issues of life - Proverbs 4:23. A bequest in your Will to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. can assure that the outreach of this ministry at home and abroad will continue after you have gone to your eternal reward. Prayerfully consider us in your Estate Planning. Thank you! 6•The Voice in the Wilderness - October 2014 Virtual Edition IS GOD’S WORK IN YOUR WILL?

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• • • • • • • • • We recommend that the amount expended on such activities not exceed 5% of the gross annual revenues. A 501(c)(4) organization may support or oppose legislation without any limitations. A church may support or oppose legislation that directly affects the organizational structure and operation of the organization without limitation. The church may use its facilities to allow lobbying groups to discuss social issues (subject to the 5% rule). The church may rent or loan the church mailing list to lobbying groups (subject to the 5% rule). The pastor may (and should) preach sermons on social issues and political issues. The church may engage in education on the political process and provide information regarding political issues. The church may participate in petition drives that support or oppose specific proposed legislation. The church may encourage members to communicate with legislators regarding their support or opposition to specific proposed legislation. The church may hire a lobbyist to communicate with legislators regarding its support or opposition to specific proposed legislation. The church may distribute position papers that support or oppose specific proposed legislation. - (Christian Law Association) See the Faces Venezuela Mission 2014 Update Thank you to all who participated through prayer and love gifts for the ministries in Venezuela. Bro. Ronnie and Bro. Steve Lilly visited with many precious men of the Lord who serve as pastors and lay leaders in new churches being planted in Venezuela. Many were saved through our visitation efforts and church services and the pastors were tremendously encouraged by the $1,000/ pastor given by friends of The Voice in the Wilderness. We look forward to sharing more details in upcoming editions and on the ministry website at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org.

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These resources are not for sale, but are this ministry’s gift to you when you send an undesignated gift to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. A Miracle in India Pamphlets The story of Baba and his testimony of faith How to be a Prayer Partner A simple yet challenging outline of how to connect and pray effectively for your missionaries The Voice in the WildernessMinistry details Suicide / What About Cremation? With the coming of “evil days,” perhaps these pamphlet resources Hall Hall will be a help, encouragement and of of Books Available Faith Faith study tool with an Hall of Faithoffering of $10 Collector’s series with biographical W details of great heroes of the faith NE - Set Options: Heroes of the Faith, His Voice Shakes the WildernessKing James Bible Translators, Ten A detailed account by Sophie Muller of Commandments, Unreached People her lifetime of missionary work in the Groups Jungles of South America Suffer the Little ChildrenBeyond CivilizationDynamic examples and techniques Further details of Sophie’s ministry to equip the adult in biblical teaching and leading a child to Christ including her “Jungle Methods” used by Indian lay leaders in the jungle The Book of RevelationA layman’s verse by verse study of additional Revelation written by The Voice in Heritage Lapel Pinthe Wilderness founder Dr. J. Royce A uniquely designed lapel pin Thomason picturing the Christian flag, US Flag, Star of David, Alpha & Omega, Bible, Eagle - beautifully displayed on a full-color description card KJB Anniversary Lapel Pin Featuring the Bible with salvation colored ribbons and dates for KJB 400th To obtain a resource, please write: anniversary Available PO Box 7037, Asheville, NC 28802 I II “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” exodus 20:4 Resources for You 8•The Voice in the Wilderness - October 2014 Virtual Edition with an offering of $6

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