The Mail Room
Letters from Volume 41
Welcome to the Mail Room for Present Truth Magazine! This is where we post some of the interesting letters which we receive from our viewers. All of our viewers are invited to E-mail us your comments and views and we will post these views for all to consider!
To say the least, I am delighted with your December issue entitled "This Is Life." I appreciate your effort to be helpful on a congregational level. How to use the great Reformation doctrines in a layman's arena of life, and our own too, is a huge undertaking, but I think you are accomplishing it. You have influenced my thinking, even though I have always been taught historic conservative Lutheranism.
I appreciate your December issue, "This Is Life," and would like to use it as a reading project for my high-school class. I believe it will help them in facing some of their many questions about life in general.
With your recent issue entitled "This Is Life," I was dumbstruck to find that your publication appears to have fallen from a journal of theology to that awful level of literature found on our supermarket shelves with such titles as "Dieting with Jesus." Forgive me for being so blunt, but I am truly astonished. I will only make a brief comment on "This Is Life": "It is not what goes into a man but what comes out of him that defiles him," and "the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; he who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men" (Matt. 15:11; Rom. 14:17, 18).
Your December issue, "This Is Life," is absolutely superb for my "Spiritual Life" course when we deal with the Christian's stewardship of the human body.
I'd like to try the "You Too Can Live" program announced in your December issue. I was most impressed by this unique evangelistic approach and couldn't put down the issue until I had read it through.
The "You Too Can Live" Life Risk Profile Questionnaire is a fantastic method for reaching others. Health is a subject so many folks are interested in. And it is a fine way to get them interested in spiritual things. The survey is a ''wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove" method for missionary work.
Sound and Refreshing
Having received your journal for several months and scrutinized it for cultic tendencies (since I don't know who "down under" is reliable), I've concluded that it is both sound and refreshing in its rancorless challenge of those errors that have cheapened the gospel by an "evangelical" form of indulgences.
Regarding the letters' section in the August issue of Present Truth, I am amazed at the people who viciously accuse one of their brothers in Christ of being a heretic. Maybe at times the editor is guilty of splitting theological hairs, but that should give no rise to accusations as serious as "heresy." Surely those who write articles are entitled under God to their own responsible interpretation of the Scripture. I wonder if the test of salvation—according to some—is a strict line of doctrine with no deviation from the position they hold. I hope not.
Since receiving your journal, I have truly been blessed by your emphasis on justification by faith.
The great advantage I have gained through reading and studying your journal is to learn the objectivity of the gospel. It would seem to me at the present time that the problems in all our churches, from the Roman Catholic down to the Pentecostal, is that they are following a subjective interpretation instead of realizing that the gospel is an objective fact outside of themselves, already existing no matter what they do.
I praise God for having stumbled onto your journal. I don't remember how I came to have it, but it has been a blessing. I do remember that at the time I was completely wrapped up in Hal Lindsey and his The Late Great Planet Earth, and your issue on "New Testament Eschatology" straightened me out. I am now looking for Christ in hope, not the antichrist in the form of Kissinger or other such nonsense—as you say, "carnal speculation."
Thank you for your publications. Seldom have I seen so clear an analysis of the doctrine of justification by faith as set forth by the Reformers and, in particular, the emphasis of Luther. I liked what I read, and that for one good reason: it is thoroughly scriptural. We need, as you state, a revival and reemphasis of this glorious truth in an age when souls by the multitudes are being submerged in the broad sea of religious subjectivism.
Your journal is appreciated very much. It has a good, clear, Bible-based message, is very encouraging, and has an excellent format. May the Lord continue to bless your work.
Many thanks for your journal I have benefited greatly from its teaching. Even the letters' section is educational. Every issue is studied, documented and carefully filed for future reference.
I feel you have lost touch with mainstream Christianity. I appreciate very much your justification emphasis, but your lack of practicality disturbs me. You must find ways to return your journal from the intellectual deep to the realm of the everyday believer. Truth is good. But if it is truth, it must be relevant to one's situation!
Your explanations in theology are nicely compact, and even we simple laymen can understand them with a little effort. Thank you for your explanation of the Reformation gospel, which truly is the rediscovery of God's pure Word.
Thank you for a really professional publication. It is quite enriching to my scholastic needs and responsibilities as a teacher in the Christian education field. The material is challenging and well presented, though I am not always one hundred percent in accord with some of your articles. The "reform" approach assures an openness which is refreshing.
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