Back off and pray!
Re: Help Your Kids Embrace the Faith (May/
I ENJOYED this article. While I agree
genuine faith is better caught than taught,
I find there is often one key ingredient
missing in these articles and studies – the
prayers of parents and grandparents that
the Holy Spirit be working in the lives of
Do you want your children to embrace
the faith? Back off and pray! Go into your
closet and close the door. Your Father who
sees in secret will reward you openly.
Wrestle with God’s promises. I often read
Isaiah 44: 3–5.
God’s Holy Spirit, working through the
Word, is all about change, conforming us
to the image of Christ. Authentic faith
speaks truth, requires trust that God will
do what He has promised, works in community with other believers and looks to
Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
with whom nothing is impossible.
The prayers of righteous parents are
powerful and effective. Parents, let’s get
down on our knees!
Johanna Campbell, Abbotsford, B.C.
Movie for the hurting
Re: The Shack Controversy (May/Jun 2017)
KUDOS FOR publishing Patricia Paddey’s
article. Although I read the novel years ago,
it was my son-in-law’s positive comments
that spurred me into seeing the movie.
Although he is “opposed to organized religion,” he told me the book touched him.
I loved the movie (for the same reasons
Patricia did), and saw it three times because I took others to hear its message.
And like Patricia I wish the Christian label
had not been put on this one. I believe it
was more for the skeptics and hurting. I
hope those who have judged The Shack
without seeing it will make the effort to
do so. They may be surprised.
Cathy Mogus, Richmond, B.C.
Artists shouldn’t break second
THE SHACK’S main fault is its reckless fic-
tionalization of the triune God as human
figures. The Bible leaves no doubt any
humanizing representation of God is
strictly forbidden, and must be classified
as “profaning” and “blasphemy.” The
second commandment expressly forbids
image making (Exodus 20: 4–6) on pain
of dire consequences.
In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer
gives a detailed account of God as revealed
in the Bible. In regard to image making,
material or mental, he states among other
things, “It needs to be said with the greatest
possible emphasis that those who hold
themselves free to think of God as they like,
are breaking the second commandment.”
Roland Gebauer, Kelowna, B.C.
TV series persecutes Mennonites
Re: Voyeurism, Exploitation or Edgy Fiction?
I DON’T see Pure as journalism or exploitation. I see it as a form of persecution, pure
and simple. What better way to strike at
Christianity’s roots than to demonize an
otherwise law-abiding, industrious, productive and well-respected group. It has
already been done with the Amish and we
can expect more of the same. Part of our
belief system is to turn the other cheek, and
Jesus Himself said if they persecuted Him,
they would likewise persecute us.
Mennonites constitute a substantial
part of our local community, are growing
steadily, and are an exemplary group.
They are single-handedly saving farming
from a dismal decline. They buy rundown
farms with land that has been sucked dry
of nutrients and go to work.
None of this sits well with the anti-Christian folks who seek any chance they
can get to point out the failures of just a
few. I think it hardly likely the CBC will
run a similar series on [another religion].
But Christians, well, they are fair game.
David Blackburn, Meaford, Ont.
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