The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 6, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, April 6, 2013

Church should not stay quiet, cowardly

Jesus told Peter that he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. Then why has the church become so cowardly?

We have hidden inside our church sanctuaries and listened to our mild-mannered sermons, with the ending proclamation, “Don’t worry, God will take care of it.” And then went out into the world and pretended that we weren’t even Christians. God does not ordain undercover Christians.

When God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush and told him that he was coming down to free his people, Moses said, “Hey, that’s a great idea; come on down.” But Moses began to sputter when God said, “I will send you.” If God had nothing for us to do after our salvation experience, he would have taken us home then.

We, as Christians, are called to be the salt of the earth, not as a preservative to maintain the status quo, but as an irritant to help bring to attention the atrocities of our society. Our most important calling is to spread the gospel message, tell the world that Jesus loves them and has died to pay their sin debt. The acceptance of the gospel is a life-changer, so why are we ashamed of our changed lives, or are we lying to ourselves?

We have remained quiet when morality has been flushed away as a way of life. Integrity and character are old-fashioned ideas. Such evil has invaded our society — homosexuality, child abuse, rape, murder, drug addiction, drunkenness, robbery, infidelity, adultery and more ways of self-gratification than can be counted, but the church remains so very quiet. All we ever hear is rehab. When we get back to punishing criminals by a biblical standard, we will have much less crime. Our prisons are of no value because they have become rest homes.

Most Christians don’t vote, because of apathy or the quality of candidates. That allows the secular world to put some very immoral people into office and pass laws to take us farther away from Godly standards. Christians, aren’t you ashamed of the way we have allowed trash to accumulate in our country?

I think I know what has happened to the church. We are supposed to change the world, but we have allowed the world to change us, we have brought the world into the church.

A great hymn-writer, Fanny Crosby, once said, “We shouldn’t have to pause to consider, whether the music is coming from a bar or a church.”

Christian, if your church is in session at the time of the rapture, will the congregation know it happened?


William A. “Bill” Ward


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