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De-Baptism

In his BreakPoint commentary, Chuck Colson noted “a bizarre trend” in Great Britain: (Quoting Time magazine) “More than 100,000 former Christians have downloaded ‘certificates of de-baptism’ in a bid to publicly renounce the faith.” He calls these documents as “apostasy certificate”. The National Secular Society (NSS) spearheaded this “de-baptism” campaign. They intend to “mock the practice of baptizing infants too young to consent.” (Some Protestant churches baptize infants. Here in Makati Gospel Church, we don’t do infant baptism. We only dedicate children. Biblically, we believe baptism is for adults. But we still need to be concerned with this atheistic trend.) Colson wonders, “Now, there have always been people who have walked away from their faith. But what’s behind this public display?” The reason, he thinks, lies in a statement from the NSS website: “Liberate yourself from the Original Mumbo-Jumbo that liberated you from the Original Sin you never had.” That is a scary thought…

Leno's Legacy

Last Friday, May 29, Jay Leno took the microphone for the last time “as the second longest-running host” of NBC’s top-rated “Tonight” show after 17 years since taking over the late night show from Johnny Carson (who led the show for 30 long years!). Back in 1992, Leno got “a chilly reception” when he got the job, beating “Carson favorite David Letterman”. But now Leno proudly pointed out (no pun intended!) that, just as he assumed the mantle with the show in the number one slot, he is passing it on to Conan O’Brien with the same ranking. He even lauded his successor, “You were the perfect choice. You’ve been an absolute gentlemen in private and in the press.” Near the end of his last episode, Leno said his goodbye. “Now comes the hard part,” Leno said as he gestured towards “the children born to show staffers during his tenure — all 68 of them, babies to teenagers, who filled the studio stage.” This was his answer to those who would ask about his “Tonight” feat. “That’s what I’d like …