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in this article. If we deal with sufferers in
the politically correct/psychology textbook language of our day, we do injustice
to the gospel of Christ, who loved us so
much He suffered and died so that we
could walk in the New Jerusalem where
there will be no more death, mourning,
crying or pain (Revelation 21: 4).
The only salve for sufferers, Christian
or not, is the Balm in Gilead!
Johanna Campbell, Abbotsford, B.C.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: We invited Doug Koop to
respond, and posted both letters on Facebook
at www.Faith Today.ca/DKJC.]
Effects of coolness, Spirit
Re: Foul Mouthed and Faithful (Sep/Oct 2016)
GOOD ARTICLE on Christians swearing.
Two points not addressed. The first is the
implicit sense that being cool is an appropriate high value to which any of us can
aspire. Worth exploring how that embedded value in Christians might trip them
up as they walk out following Jesus.
Secondly, the following reality has been
most helpful for me in curbing such language in myself. That is the realization that
the most holy, pure and loving person in
the universe has graced me, by taking up
residence in my being. I do not want to
“grieve the Holy Spirit with whom [I was]
sealed.” Neither do I want to be legalistic.
But if I grow in keeping my focus on
God’s great love and the mission He’s
given all of us Jesus followers, not only
what comes out of my mouth, but also
what goes on in my head and heart are
more likely to be pleasing to Father, Son
and Holy Spirit.
Charmaine Kelder, Abbotsford, B.C.
MY HUSBAND and I were extremely disheartened to read this article. If we have to
become what a worldly person is in order
to reach them, how are they going to get
the message of repentive salvation? We are
in the world, but we are not of the world.
In the workplace we may converse with
fellow workers and socialize with them,
but we still need to stand apart in our
beliefs and behaviour in how we present
doctors, would that still not be murder in
God’s eyes? Would you defend a law that
legalized slavery if it limited slavery to
only certain persons, at their request?
Stop going along with killing. There is
only one position to take on this issue. No
Jule Koch, Sharbot Lake, Ont.
Assisted suicide concerns
Re: The Gathering Place (Jul/Aug 2016)
THE COLLEGE of Nurses of Ontario also
requires us to refer patients to a physician
who might be able to provide medically-assisted suicide if the patient or their family
asks us. We are also not allowed to disclose
that we are conscientious objectors.
Craig Rowe, RN, Toronto, Ont.
Charter preamble holds meaning
Re: History Lesson (Jul/Aug 2016)
THE PURPOSE of a preamble is to set a
broad moral, ethical, legal and philosophical perspective to guide the development
of legislation and public policy. The
“principles that recognize the supremacy
of God” act to temper the extremes of the
rule of law by identifying legislation and
public policies that fail to recognize the
dignity and worth of the human person.
At the time of the Charter, I wrote to
ask the political leaders of the day to explain their understanding of this preamble
phrase. Not one of them was able to explain what the principles were.
Could this mean our parliamentarians
and courts do not understand? Rejecting
reference to the supremacy of God leaves
us at the mercy of the courts and the rule
I and many other Canadians will continue to see our preamble in the light of
Scripture, and respect the “principles that
recognize the Supremacy of God” and the
dignity and worth of the human person.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the
Lord, and the people whom He hath
chosen for His own inheritance” (Psalm
Winston Dykeman, Moncton, N.B.
ourselves. Jesus might have socialized
with the shadier part of His culture in His
time, but we read no indication He indulged in any of their questionable practices you might classify as non-sinful, but
were questionable in value.
Paul addresses these topics in his letters.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true
. . . meditate on these things” (Philippians
4: 8). “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law” (Galatians
5: 22–23). “Let no corrupt word proceed
out of your mouth, but what is good for
necessary edification, that it may impart
grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4: 29).
“But shun profane and idle babblings, for
they will increase to more ungodliness” ( 2
Timothy 2: 16).
Maureen & Gerry Zelmer
[EDI TOR’S NOTE: We invited Patricia Paddey
to respond, and posted both letters on Facebook at www.Faith Today.ca/PPMGZ.]
More texts on swearing
I APPRECIATE that Patricia Paddey was
presenting a survey rather than a Bible
However, might it not have been more
appropriate to let the apostles Paul and
James have the last word rather than
“But now you must rid yourselves of all
such things as these: anger, rage, malice,
slander and filthy language from your
lips” (Colossians 3: 8).
“Out of the same mouths come praise
and cursing. My brothers, this should not
be” (James 3: 10).
Roland Gebauer, Kelowna, B.C.
No killing. Ever.
Re: The Gathering Place (Sep/Oct 2016)
THE EFC finds itself in the position of
“having to defend a law we had opposed.”
That’s the result of compromise. Your
position can never “prevent further
harm,” because if only one person were
killed by so-called assisted suicide and
mercy killing, that’s one too many.
Are not all human lives equally sacred?
If Kay Carter were the only one killed by