July 2008

Leave health advice to pros

July 28 2008 by Max Welborn, Yadkinville

I wonder what virus infected your brain when you dedicated practically the entire July 19 issue to "Fat America." I think you should stick to helping churches save souls and leave physical health advice up to people far more competent to give this advice than you.
7/28/2008 9:35:00 AM by Max Welborn, Yadkinville | with 2 comments

Churches in grievous state

July 28 2008 by Sharranne G. Lloyd, Fayetteville

I am an agent for a Christian music evangelist. My artist seeks to encourage the Church through music and testimony. Over the last two years she has ministered to 139 churches. I sometimes make 75 calls a day seeking engagements on her behalf.

Talking to pastors and staff over the past two years I have:
1  Been hung up on;
2. Lied to;
3. Deceived and put off;
4. Legally qualified;
5. Told I'm not interested and hung up on;
6. And received many other negative attitudes.

I am the wife of a Southern Baptist minister and have experienced this with SBC churches also.
Until I started this ministry with my friend, I had no idea of the grievous state of the Church in North Carolina. I grieve over this "dead state" of the Church. This is present in all denominations throughout the state. You would be shocked at the number of pastors, staff and secretaries I counsel and pray with on a daily basis who are struggling with the meaninglessness of the Church's ministry.

Good brothers and sisters in Christ, something must change and that is the membership and leadership of the body. We need to seek a better relationship with Christ and take it to a hurting and lost world; wherever we sing, pray, serve and certainly worship.

7/28/2008 9:34:00 AM by Sharranne G. Lloyd, Fayetteville | with 3 comments

Castration cure for rapists

July 28 2008 by Georgie Kitchen, Winston-Salem

I just finished reading the numerous articles regarding "Betrayed Trust" (printed in the July 5 issue of BR). With so many too lenient judges who think a "warning" for the neighbors and a little bit of jail time will cause a change in these predators, something is just not right.

There is only one real cure for serial rapists and child molesters - complete, surgical castration! 

Take away their "weapon" and "ammunition" and the problem will be solved.

7/28/2008 9:31:00 AM by Georgie Kitchen, Winston-Salem | with 0 comments

Survey says too many ways to heaven

July 16 2008 by Dale O. Steele

The most recent survey on religion in America indicated that 90 percent of Americans believe in God. More than half of those also believe there are many ways to find God and get to heaven. Often the whole subject of heaven produces a condescending smile toward such an old-fashioned belief. We hear of eternal life more and of heaven less. The fact is that the Bible assumes eternal life but defines and describes the two destinations where never-ending life will be spent.

Have you ever wondered how once strong, evangelistic churches became indistinguishable from the rest of the world? The goal of the world and those churches is to be objective, non-judgmental, neutral, balanced and fair. Biblical doctrine no longer matters and is believed to be divisive. What matters is that no one should feel uncomfortable or offended by the news that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And few hear the good news that God has made a way for that judgment to be reversed through the saving knowledge of Jesus. His death on the cross pays our debt of sin in full.
We are to believe in God and the Bible but not be exclusively devoted to either. We are to applaud everyone's beliefs but not examine the fact that they can't all be true at the same time.

The only true and acceptable survey that matters is the question that our Lord asked Peter. "Who do you say that I am?" The answer to that is not a matter of opinion. Eternal life truly depends on "the way, the truth, and the life" as revealed in Jesus Christ.
Dale O. Steele

7/16/2008 7:52:00 AM by Dale O. Steele | with 0 comments