March 2012

Stand for what is right

March 26 2012 by Dan Lang, Gatesville, N.C.

In Dudley Stallings’ letter (March 3) he said he did not think pastors should preach about the marriage amendment. Yes, it can cause some controversy, but preachers should stand for what is right according to God’s Word. 
To illustrate what can happen: In 1989 I changed my membership to a new church. We called a new pastor in 1993, and some time later we voted to change our affiliation from the General Baptist Association of Virginia to The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. There were a number of families who left. But after a dip in attendance, we began to grow fast.
When this pastor came the average attendance was 135; now it has reached near 700. This church has planted three other churches that are growing steadily. If you follow God’s leading you can grow.

Dan Lang
Gatesville, N.C.

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3/26/2012 4:02:34 PM by Dan Lang, Gatesville, N.C. | with 0 comments

Pastors should take a stand

March 12 2012 by J. Hubert Street, Columbus, N.C.

I want to commend Erik Stanley for his inspirational and informative article in the Feb. 18 edition, urging churches to do what any Christian and church should do concerning the state marriage amendment. It is refreshing to see people taking a stand for the Bible’s mandate of morality in marriage. I also want to respond to the letter in the March 3 edition, Tar Heel Voices: “Asking for trouble,” by Dudley B. Stallings. He stated that, “pastors who preach and promote the marriage amendment will cause problems for the pastors that do and may very well split churches.”  He is right that anyone can have their opinion about the marriage amendment, but if their opinion is not in line with the teachings of the Bible, their opinion is wrong.
The New Testament Christian martyrs, such as Steven, the Apostle Paul, Apostle John, Apostle Peter, John Bunion in the Bedford Jail, etc., were not afraid to speak out about the moral issues and standards of their day. Why should pastors and Christian leaders do any less? If it causes problems and trouble for pastors to stand up for the truth of the Bible, so be it. The rewards are out of this world! And if churches split over moral issues that the Bible clearly, plainly teaches are wrong and sinful, then they ought to split. It is very easy to talk Christianity, but it is different to walk as a Christian. Jesus Christ, God’s Son and Savior of the world, has the last word about the marriage relationship and human morality. “And he answered and said unto them, have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this cause (marriage) shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Matt. 19:4-6
J. Hubert Street
Columbus, N.C.

3/12/2012 6:22:52 PM by J. Hubert Street, Columbus, N.C. | with 0 comments