HUGH HEFNER WAS A MODERN DAY KING SOLOMON AND I TOLD HIM THAT OVER AND OVER (PART 12) Letter from 4-29-16 (based on 1996 sermons from FELLOWSHIP BIBLE OF LITTLE ROCK)

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Over and over I have read that Hugh Hefner was a modern day King Solomon and Hefner’s search for satisfaction was attempted by adding to the number of his sexual experiences.

Pastor Jamie Smedsrud noted:
King Solomon had more money than Bill Gates, more girls than Hugh Hefner, more power than any other person. He tried it all and had it all. But near the end of his life he said that it was all like “chasing the wind.”

Many of the sermons that I heard or read that inspired me to write Hugh Hefner were from this list of gentlemen:  Daniel Akin, Brandon Barnard, Alistair Begg, Matt Chandler, George Critchley,  Steve Gaines, Norman L. Geisler, Greg Gillbert, Billy Graham, Mark Henry, Dan Jarrell, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., R. G. Lee, C.S. Lewis Chris Lewis, Kerry Livgren, Robert Lewis,    Bill Parkinson, Ben Parkinson,Vance Pitman, Nelson Price, Ethan Renoe, Adrian Rogers, Philip Graham Ryken, Francis Schaeffer, Lee Strobel, Bill Wellons, Kirk Wetsell,  Ken Whitten, Ed Young ,  Ravi Zacharias, Tom Zobrist, and Richard Zowie.

 

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In this letter below I quoted the sermon outline from Adrian Rogers when I wrote, “Hugh you remind me of Solomon because you are looking for  lasting meaning in your life and you are looking in the same  6 areas that King Solomon did in what I call the 6 big L words. He looked into  learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries,  and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20).” I also quoted Ravi Zacharias when I wrote, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term UNDER THE SUN — What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system and you are left with only this world of Time plus Chance plus matter.”

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Dan Jarrell pictured below:

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Robert Lewis pictured below:

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Bill Wellons pictured below:

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Bill Parkinson pictured below

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The much of the material for the 2 letters below was taken from a 1996 sermon on the Book of Ecclesiastes by Robert Lewis at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock.

April 29, 2016

Hugh Hefner
Playboy Mansion  
10236 Charing Cross Road
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1815

Dear Mr. Hefner,

I know that you are a big fan of the Beatles and they have been big fans of yours over the years. In fact, I was told that both Ringo and John were visitors to your Playboy Mansion. Looking back at the Beatles’ lives it is obvious that they all went through a time in the 1960’s when they tried the playboy lifestyle but they all chose later to be in committed marriages.

On You Tube in the video Paul McCartney (1/9) – Wingspan at 5:18 mark Paul said At a  a certain age you start to think “Wow, I have to get serious. I can’t just be a playboy all of my life.”  Paul went on to marry Linda Eastman and they stayed together until her death April 17, 1998. They were married almost 30 years and had three children together ( Mary Anna, Stella Nina, and James Louis) plus Paul adopted Heather Louise who had been born earlier.

The difference in the hard work it takes to make a  marriage work with one lady versus the laziness involved with just trying to maximize the amount of sex you get with various women is very real. Both you and King Solomon can say that you both have bedded over 1000 women but Francis Schaeffer rightly noted, “You can not know woman by knowing 1000 women.”

In the You Tube video Ask Hef Anything: Breakup with Holly you asserted: “We (Holly and I) had just celebrated our 7th anniversary together and maybe the natural cycle of relationships is they wear out at the end of 7 years. They talk about a 7 year itch….Kimberly is a wonderful mother but she is not very good at marriage. I don’t know if I am very good at marriage or not. I never have been in a situation where I had a chance to find out, but I am certainly good at romance and it is love I am looking for.”

I SEE SO MANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND KING SOLOMON WITH THAT COMMENT.

Ecclesiastes 2:8-9The Message (MSG)

I piled up silver and gold,
        loot from kings and kingdoms.
I gathered a chorus of singers to entertain me with song,
    and—most exquisite of all pleasures—
    voluptuous maidens for my bed.

1 Kings 11:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.

King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:11 sums up his search for meaning in the area of the Sexual Revolution with these words, “…behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained UNDER THE SUN.”

You like Solomon have defined your life by the volume of sex that you have had and you both have entered your last years with regrets.

A while back I sent you the sermon THE PLAYBOY’S PAYDAY  by Adrian Rogers and that  sermon was based on the fifth chapter of Proverbs which I want to encourage you to read today. Rogers went on to say that the playboy lifestyle was bankrupt of lasting satisfaction and that God’s plan of marriage was best. In fact, the Book of Ecclesiastes shows that Solomon came to the conclusion that nothing in life gives true satisfaction without God including knowledge (1:16-18), ladies and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and great building projects (2:4-6, 18-20)

HUGH, I have just got finished writing a letter to Paul McCartney since he is coming to Little Rock this week to do a concert that I will attending. In this letter I did refer to you several times and I have enclosed a copy for you to see.

The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221

PS: This is the 33rd letter I have written to you and I have again responded to a quote that you had made earlier.

 

RINGO, HEF AND BARBIE:

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Art attack ... (l-r) tycoon Hefner, a Matisse and Lennon
Art attack … (l-r) tycoon Hefner, a Matisse and Lennon put his cigarette out in the Matisse picture while visiting the Playboy Mansion
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Paul McCartney  Wingspan – talking with Mary on You Tube
Below Francis Schaeffer holds up Beatles SGT PEPPER album during the film HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? Episode 7
Francis Schaeffer below in HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? film series
Marilyn Monroe was featured on cover of SGT PEP, just one of the 6 sex symbols who made it on the cover
Hugh Hefner makes cameo appearance in Mel Brooks movie THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART ONE and he says, “I am very excited about it. It is a new concept. It is called a centerfold.”
King Solomon wrote the Book of Ecclesiates
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April 25, 2016

Paul McCartney
MPL Music Publishing, Inc.
41 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019-5404

Dear Paul,

My family and I are really thrilled that you are performing in Little Rock on April 30th and we will be the first to be seated that day when the doors are open. I wanted to say how much we respect you as a family man, but we were starting to wonder in the 1960’s how you would eventually live your life. This letter today was taken mostly from my recent blog post at http://www.thedailyhatch.org on the Beatles and the 1960’s sexual revolution. 

Something happened to the Beatles in their journey through the 1960’s and although they started off wanting only to hold their girlfriend’s hand it later evolved into wanting to smash all previous sexual standards. This sounds like what Hugh Hefner set out to do also with his Playboy Clubs. Francis Schaeffer has rightly noted  that Hefner’s goal  with the “playboy mentality is just to smash the puritanical ethnic.”No wonder Ringo Starr and John Lennon were later visitors at the Playboy Mansion. 

This climaxed in 1968 with these words: Why don’t we do it in the road?, No one will be watching us, Why don’t we do it in the road?

On You Tube in the video Paul McCartney (1/9) – Wingspan at 5:18 mark you said At a  a certain age you start to think “Wow, I have to get serious. I can’t just be a playboy all of my life.” HERE YOU ARE SHOWING HOW EMPTY YOU FOUND THE PLAYBOY EXPERIENCE AND HOW YOU WANTED SOMETHING MORE MEANINGFUL!!!!!!!!

During the 1960’s the Beatles were searching for a lasting meaning for their lives and they wanted to see if the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s was a piece of the puzzle that was missing for them.  No wonder in the video THE AGE OF NON-REASON (Episode 7 of HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?) Francis Schaeffer noted,  ” Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…for a time it became the rallying cry for young people throughout the world. It expressed the essence of their lives, thoughts and their feelings.” 

Paul I want to encourage you to go to You Tube and look up the video How Should We then Live Episode 7 small which is only 28:35 long and watch it. 

When I think of the Beatles’ efforts to find meaning for the lives in the 1960’s it reminds me of King Solomon in the Book of Ecclesiastes.  Three thousand years ago, Solomon took a look at life “UNDER THE SUN” in his book of Ecclesiastes. Christian scholar Ravi Zacharias has noted, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term ‘UNDER THE SUN.’ What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system, and you are left with only this world of time plus chance plus matter.” 

HERE BELOW IS SOLOMON’S SEARCH IN THE AREA OF THE 6 “L” WORDS. He looked into  learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries,  and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20). TODAY WE WANT TO LOOK AT SOLOMON’S SEARCH INTO THE WORD “LADIES.” 

Ecclesiastes 2:8-10The Message (MSG)

I piled up silver and gold,
        loot from kings and kingdoms.
I gathered a chorus of singers to entertain me with song,
    and—most exquisite of all pleasures—
    voluptuous maidens for my bed.

9-10 Oh, how I prospered! I left all my predecessors in Jerusalem far behind, left them behind in the dust. What’s more, I kept a clear head through it all. Everything I wanted I took—I never said no to myself. I gave in to every impulse, held back nothing. I sucked the marrow of pleasure out of every task—my reward to myself for a hard day’s work!

1 Kings 11:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.

Francis Schaeffer observed concerning Solomon, “You can not know woman by knowing 1000 women.”

King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:11 sums up his search for meaning in the area of the Sexual Revolution with these words, “…behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained UNDER THE SUN.”

 Adrian Rogers said in sermon, “Playboy’s Payday,” these words:

Do you know what Hugh Hefner said on another occasion? He was reminiscing. Here is this guy who has all of these girls around  him, all of this booze, all of these casinos and presumably can have any   sensual pleasure he wants. He said, You know, in the next ten years I would rather meet a girl and fall in love and have her fall in love with me than to make another one hundred million dollars.   But I fear the man doesn’t know what love is.  I feel that he’s missed it.  What he’s saying is, I’ve got it all, but I don’t have satisfaction!  There’s something that’s worth more than a hundred million dollars to me, and I don’t have it!

Marilyn Monroe, the sex goddess who took her own life, said, “I hate sex.”  Everybody says, “Oh, look at the pleasure that she’s having.” 

Adrian Rogers’ sermon was based on the fifth chapter of Proverbs which I want to encourage you to read today. Rogers went on to say that the playboy lifestyle was bankrupt of lasting satisfaction and that God’s plan of marriage was best. In fact, the Book of Ecclesiastes shows that Solomon came to the conclusion that nothing in life gives true satisfaction without God including knowledge (1:16-18), ladies and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and great building projects (2:4-6, 18-20). You can only find a lasting meaning to your life by looking above the sun and bring God back into the picture.

Solomon’s experiment was a search for meaning to life “under the sun.” Then in last few words in the Book of Ecclesiastes he looks above the sun and brings God back into the picture: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

In the History Channel TV Special (about Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Lifestyle)  “HOW PLAYBOY CHANGED THE WORLD” at the 49 min mark the narrator says “The so-called WAGES OF SIN were now paying off.” This was referring to the growth in profits at  PLAYBOY MAGAZINE. The narrator turned  Romans 6:23 totally around when it really says, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” However, Galatians 6:7 asserts, “Be not deceived, for God is not mocked. Whatsoever man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

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Robert Lewis on 4-14-96 as a teaching pastor at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock delivered a sermon entitled LIFE UNDER THE SUN which was based on Ecclesiastes chapters 1 and 2. Here is a portion of that sermon below:

Solomon wanted to know the meaning of life beyond God in this world. So he tried to live life at the edge or the extreme so to report not like a philosopher in a ivory tower, but he wanted to do that by putting himself personally into these pursuits to see IS THERE ANY OTHER MEANING IN LIFE BESIDES GOD. This is really what he tries to do. Ecclesiastes 1:13, “And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven.” The word SEEK means to do rigorous research and that is what he has done. 

The word EXPLORE means to examine all sides of things and he didn’t do that just as Lab Technician, but Solomon did it the old fashion way. He got personally involved. He researched every category as far as it could go in order to know everything about life. So he didn’t talk about materialism but he became the ultimate materialist...He became the ultimate hedonist. You want to know about sex? Solomon can tell you everything about it….UNDER THE SUN there is no real meaning in any of it. The best life can do is keep delivering to you the empty promise that if you have something else then you will be happy, but the curse is when you get it. Ecclesiastes 2:17, “So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.”

I befriended a man several years ago who was a kind of real Little Rock PLAYBOY. In fact, his lifestyle and sexual escapades were legendary around the city. He was rich, single, hansom and very sophisticated. He told me, “A woman any night and anything your mind can imagine.” Where did it lead him? Ultimately it led him to a hotel in Little Rock where he put a gun in his mouth because to have it all is to find out it is empty.  

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Let’s go back to Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.” The meaning of this verse was distorted in the film “HOW PLAYBOY CHANGED THE WORLD” about Hugh Hefner’s life. Did you know that Romans 6:23 is part of what we call the Roman Road to Christ. Here is how it goes:

  • Because of our sin, we are separated from God.
    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)
  • The Penalty for our sin is death.
    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
  • The penalty for our sin was paid by Jesus Christ!
    But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • If we repent of our sin, then confess and trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved from our sins!
    For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (Romans 10:13)
    …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9,10)

The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221

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