Letters to the editor for Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
November 16, 2014
Continue teaching scriptural truth
It has been suggested by a Nevada Appeal guest columnist that Jesus and Paul were "religious reformers." That's true, but only in the sense that earlier religious leaders had written and taught false interpretations of scripture which gave rise to false beliefs and traditions of that era.
Teachings of Jesus, Paul and others brought them back to scriptural truth, including the "Greatest Commandment" — to love God and our neighbors. We do that by turning from sin; returning to God; and abiding in him and his word.
Sadly, two misconceptions about this commandment have emerged from the post-modern culture and within some churches. One is that we must agree with and accept the divergent beliefs and lifestyle choices of others in order to prove our love for them. The other misconception is that if we aren't fully accepting, we hate them. The Greek word for those misconceptions is "hogwash."
Those who want to hear what tickles their ears and continue practicing their immoralities can find accommodating churches. But, knowing what their final destiny is, we must remain steadfast and continue teaching scriptural truth. No one should be excluded from truth, nor should truth be excluded from them.
King Solomon said it this way: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy," (Proverbs 27:6).
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I hope the phony "war on women" is over. Mark Udall, Wendy Davis and Sandra Fluke all ran on it and all lost big. If the government doesn't belong in the bedroom, then the government has no place paying for abortion or contraception, thank you.
Obama blabbed about the Henry Gates situation before it was resolved, as well as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. I know you want to believe blacks are perfect, but guess what, Mr. President? Blacks are no more perfect than the general population. Accept "your people" might be wrong and move on! It happens.
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