WASHINGTON
Koop Joins Medicine Show

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, an outspoken evangelical during the Reagan administration, has gone to bat for President Clinton’s health-reform plan. The 77-year-old Koop is appearing at forums this fall in various cities as an administration liaison to explain Clinton’s proposed restructured health-care system to physicians, many of whom are skeptical.

Koop, who has actively called for health-care reform since retiring as surgeon general in 1989, said, “The plan is headed and moving in the right direction” in a September 20 White House briefing with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But prolife groups are worried that insurance plans would be forced to cover abortion services if the Clinton bill passes. “Every American would be forced to foot the bill,” said Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee. Koop has been an outspoken opponent of abortion.

PENTECOSTALS
Church Loses, Begins Anew

A new organization, the Wesleyan Pentecostal Church, is being organized in the wake of a legal defeat for Paw Creek Ministries in control. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joseph R. Chambers, senior pastor of Paw Creek, says the new group will be a movement, not a denomination, with autonomy for member churches in matters of local control.

Chambers says his congregation is finding “a lot of classical Pentecostals like us, who still hold to the fundamentals of Scripture.”

The congregation of Paw Creek Church voted to leave the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) last year because the denomination had become “charismatic in the PTL, Benny Hinn mold,” Chambers says. The denomination was awarded ownership of Paw Creek’s church and school property, valued at $3 million.

The majority of the 300-member congregation ...

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