Readers' Forum

Blessing in an Article

I wanted to write this morning to thank you for something. I just received the July copy of Pulpit Helps and as usual I thumbed through it quickly while here at our office looking for anything that stands out. Well, I just got a few pages in when I noticed your article "Sacrifice and the Christian Life." What a tremendous message is contained in this one-page article. It spoke to me in a very profound way and I just wanted you to know that the Lord has used your article to remind me of some extremely important biblical truths. Thank you for speaking from your heart and for sharing something that is not a very popular topic in today's world, unfortunately even today's Christian world.

Thanks again for sharing.

Bob Hastings
AMG International, Guatemala

"Therapeutic Deism"

I have been reading Pulpit Helps for years and have never written to thank you for the great job you do in each month's issue. As a pastor I look forward to every edition and read it from front to back. The articles are always well written and biblically sound. Rarely do I find anything that could be controversial or contrary to my doctrinal beliefs even though I am a pastor with the Church of the Nazarene.

Your article in this month's issue [July], entitled "Evangelism in an Age of Skepticism" was excellent. The author quotes a Chris Smith and his book, Soul Searching, and says that the average young person has adopted a belief system called "Moral therapeutic deism." I agree with his assessment 100%, but would add that that belief system isn't just a twisted theology which affects the young; it is epidemic among baby boomers as well. Many who believe that being what they would deem "morally good" claim that they are saved (born again) simply because they have been to church at one time or because they go past a church on their way to the local pub. God is only called upon when they face a big problem or encounter a serious malady of some kind.

Any way, thank you for your fine publication and keep up the good work. I have been blessed over the years and have used the knowledge gained from reading Pulpit Helps to enhance my preaching skills and thereby grow the Kingdom of God. Blessings on you all.

Timothy D. Johnson,
pastor of Indian Lake Northside Church of the Nazarene, Lakeveiw, Ohio

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