Readers' Forum

Missed "Jewels"

Just received the August issue of PH.  Missed the "Jewels From Past Giants." Has that been dropped? Not that I ever preached one of those sermons, but they were informative and interesting reading.  I always started PH by reading the Jewels first.

I have appreciated the two articles by Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, M.D. That series you ran on historical criticism critiqued was fantastic.

I seem to always gain something every month from PH. You do a great job of pulling it together.

Archie Miller www.OrcuttChristian.Org

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Dear Brother Archie: We surely appreciate your comments on "Jewels From Past Giants." No, that feature has not been dropped-but it did go to every-other-month schedule some time ago. (It alternates with "Church Builders"-which are brief biographies of prominent and/or effective Christians whom God has used to build His church around the world.)

Your comment about the eight-part series we ran on historical criticism made us search our files to recall when that was published: it was from March to October, 2000. Thank you for sharing our opinion that it was, indeed, fantastic.

The Editors

"Moral Negative" on the Mark!

As pastor of a small mission church I look forward to your magazine each month. I appreciate the Bible studies and current items and of course the Sermon Starters. Thank you so much for the information and input.

In the August 04 issue I especially appreciated the article by Jan Silvious and the article on The Culture of the Moral Negative. How on the mark!

Pastor M. Slocum Stanfield Indian Assembly of God Stanfield, AZ

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Quit Ragging Homosexuals

I thoroughly enjoyed "It's Your Move, Daughter."  Thanks so much for publishing it. But while I am writing, I would like to know why you people keep ragging on about homosexuality? We are talking about two consenting adults loving each other, both of whom happen to be of the same sex.  Still, it's love, and it sure beats a lot of other things going on in the world that are far more worthy of your attention. If Christians gave half as much attention to child and spousal abuse, poverty, racial prejudice,  rape, war, etc. (issues that have a far more detrimental effect on our society) you would be doing the world a big favor.

You have the nerve to call acceptance of a homosexual bishop a moral negative, yet say nothing about the war in Iraq. What part of "Thou shalt not kill" do you not understand? What would Jesus do? He would certainly not declare war. And he most certainly would not relegate a segment of the population to the trash heap because they are gay.  Love, my friends, is the highest law. Let us never forget that.

Cynthia Strain Highlands, NC  28741

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Editor's note: In His Word God has made clear that homosexuality is an unnatural perversion of His beautiful gift of sex to humankind [Read Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9]. This perversion is engulfing our nation and Christians need to take a strong stand because it's taking us down the Sodom and Gomorrah path.

You're right that love is the greatest commandment. The Bible says " Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself" (Luke 10:27). Jesus says, "If you love me keep my commandments." His design and purpose in intimacy is expressly between a husband and wife. For our own well-being and happiness, our sexual experiences should be confined within the framework God intended when He made us male and female.

In reference to your comment on the commandment "Thou shalt not kill," it is not speaking of war, but of murder. And speaking of murder, since 1973 we have "legally" murdered millions of the innocent unborn.

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