The ‘Bible lady’ is gone

Thank you for your article “Pressing On” (“Avoiding the ‘spiritual cliff,’” ABN Jan. 10, 2013). You couldn’t have been more correct about the results of the removal of the use of God’s name from the public arena. Back a hundred years ago (well almost) I was teaching in a rural two-room grade school in southwest Missouri. We had a “Bible lady” who came to our school on a regular schedule to present the gospel and teach Bible stories through the use of flannel graph. She was a “circuit rider” who went to the rural schools in our county. We even celebrated “Christmas” instead of the “holidays” and had a Christmas pageant with Baby Jesus. Those days are long gone. It seems like we still don’t get it! God meant what He said in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 – He meant it then and He means it now.  We may look, but we will not find any other deliverance from any of the “cliffs” looming before our nation.

Thanks for your leadership with ABN.
Mike Wolf
Hot Springs Village


‘No Higher Power’

All pastors, as well as other committed Christians, should read Phyllis Schlafly’s new book, “No Higher Power.” The author has promoted her book on the Mike Huckabee radio show.

While aimed at all religions (except one), the war against freedom of religion is aimed primarily at Christianity. Progressively, God was taken out of public schools, pastors were silenced, abortion was legalized, public symbols of Christian faith removed, private prayer meetings zoned out. Now military chaplains and health care professionals are to be forced to violate their religious beliefs.

Franklin Graham was barred from speaking/praying at the Pentagon. Richard Land says he will not pay for abortions and is prepared to go to jail.

Ronald Reagan said in a speech in 1964, “We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy … and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”

Gwen Carpenter


Cowboy churches

Should the Arkansas Baptist News promote cowboy churches? Cowboy church: What is the implication? What impression does that make on the world? Does it imply that they are an exclusive, clannish group?

What if sports figures, farmers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, the military and other professionals wanted churches which glorify their professions?

Christians should want to associate with people of like faith, not like profession.

Some people believe in “whatever it takes.” Do we deceive people into believing all is right with God when we entice them to come because of fun, food and entertainment? Crowds followed Jesus because of the miracles He did, but He didn’t commit Himself to them.

We should follow Him and encourage others to follow Him because of who He is and because of His sacrifice He made to save the world. How we cheapen Him and His sacrifice when we resort to drawing people to Him through worldly practices!

Deuteronomy 28 lists blessings on those who obey Him and curses on those who disobey Him. Verse 45a says, “Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed.” Verse 47 says, “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things.” Our purpose for serving is all-important.

Rosemary Looney


Vote Christian values

What if the candidate of one major political party professes to be a Christian but his politics do not reflect Christian values, while the candidate of the other major political party differs from your religious beliefs? 

Look at the party platforms, which differ radically. One party would change the biblical meaning of marriage, while the other upholds it. One not only is for abortion, but would force those who opposed it for religious reasons to participate both medically and financially. 

Choose the candidate of the party that stands on a platform that reflects Christian American values. 

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psa. 11:3, KJV) 

Gwen Carpenter 


Missing IMB missionaries

I’ve been crunching the numbers from the 2012 annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meeting.

The reports continue to show a drastic decline in our foreign mission force, which is supposed to be our best effort to win the 6 billion lost folks in the world. The number of international missionaries sent out by the SBC fell again in 2011 from 5,031 to 4,857, a drop of 174 or almost 4 percent. This follows the drop of 2010, in which the total was 5,031, down from 5,441 in 2009, a net loss of 410 missionaries or over 7 percent of the foreign mission workforce.

In the last two years, our foreign mission force has gone down by 584 missionaries, a loss of 11 percent.

Warren Watkins

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