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GOSPEL: Examine leaders closely

| November 5, 2010 10:00 PM

K. Kriss's "A thief in the night" asks us to challenge "those who lead us." The Bible implores us, through the people of Berea, "to search the scriptures day after day, to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth." Acts 17:11 And so we should, and so I do.

Reading K. Kriss's article with a discerning eye moved me to respectfully respond.

The Social Gospel was a Protestant Intellectual movement started in the early 1900s and its aim was to combat injustice, suffering and poverty in society SO as to EXHIBIT the kingdom of heaven to the world. This does not mean the kingdom is here. It simply means, God can use those who are willing, here and now, to bear witness to His light in a dark and fallen world. Ref. Isaiah 61:1

Kriss alludes to the book, Hole in our Gospel. "Our" does not reference the Bible. It means ours. Us, you and me. The book is meant to challenge our Christian walk. The book clearly states its message, "if your personal faith in Christ has no positive outward expression, then your faith-and mine-has a hole in it." Ref. James 2:20

Kriss criticizes reaching out beyond our neighborhood. If God can create the universe then he is fully able to commission each Christian as to where and when they should go near and far.

I have cited scriptures that I hope you examine. Let it be these words that reveal truth and not mine nor any other man's. John 17-21

VICTORIA PETERSON

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