On the qualifications to be a minister

To the editor:

Dear church members: “I am writing to apply for the position as your pastor. My experience is more along the lines of evangelist, but I believe I could fill your position adequately. I’ve never attended any Bible school formally, but I much field experience. I don’t have a degree on my wall, or a wall for that matter. I’ve traveled most of my life, renting and doing odd jobs to support myself and preaching wherever I was invited; churches, streets, even jails. As a matter of fact, I’ve been in jail several times and been involved in a few public squabbles. I’ve been accused of being anti-semantic, anti-authority and causing disturbances many places. But, I did have a few conversions to Christianity during my ministry, as well as a few healings. Thank you for considering my application.”

I understand there is some disagreement about qualifications for the pastor at Martinsville First Baptist Church. It would have been nice if the committee had received this guy’s letter before calling Libby Grammer.

To be clear, I did not author this letter. It was originally written by a frustrated deacon on a search committee years ago, who remains unknown. His church couldn’t agree on a pastor to call. He wrote the letter from frustration. I sent it from love. You see, Libby is my niece, and I am proud of her.

The man who was fictionally applying for this pastorate was the Apostle Paul.

Christians, be careful when you attempt to judge.


Rossville, Ga.

Pastors are passing the buck

To the editor:

Acts 18:14-15: Gallio said unto the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you; But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be not judge of such matters.”

This Scripture speaks volumes to what I have been reading from local “pastors” who wrote letters wanting to put blame on The Martinsville Bulletin for publishing letters from the Church of Christ. The responsibility for filtering theology is not on the shoulders of the editors. The so-called religious authorities should be silencing the Church of Christ with the Scriptures if they can.

“Pastors” should not be trying to “guilt trip” the editors of this paper to remove letters the “pastors” disagree with doctrinally. The Bulletin is a platform for free speech. I thank them for that!

The “pastors” have the responsibility to answer questions (1 Peter 3:15) and “to convince the gainsayers ... stop the mouths of subverters” (Titus 1:9-11).

So why are they passing blame on the Bulletin to do their work for them? Revisit the Scripture above. Could it be they have no defense for their unbiblical actions? Guess we will have to wait to hear a response from them. But I will not be holding my breath.



Editor’s note: The writer is an evangelist for Martinsville Church of Christ.

Use common sense in Biblical interpretations

To the editor:

After reading Caleb Robertson compare himself to Matthew, Paul and even Jesus Christ (“I don’t want to be a ‘bully,’” Aug. 9), I would like to respond to his initial question as to why the First Baptist Church would “hire a woman preacher” when 1 Timothy 2:11-12 says, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection...”

In 1 Corinthians, Chapter 11, Paul says a woman should have a veil on her head when she prays or prophesies in church. I wonder why the Church of Christ follows the directive of silencing women in church while ignoring the requirement of the veil?

God’s word is easily misunderstood if we fail to apply the common sense God gave us to consider the obvious cultural differences of the time. Early Christians participated in slavery, and women were considered slightly above a slave. Education was only afforded to men. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” This ideal did not happen overnight, and we still have a long way to go.

If the Church of Christ can banish musical instruments in its worship service because there is no example of its use in the New Testament, then surely Mr. Robertson can search the many examples of women leaders throughout the Bible as ample proof that God does not limit his word to come only from the mouths of men.



It’s the message that matters

To the editor:

What would I like to say to Caleb Roberston: Your first teacher was your mother. Your first everything was your mother. Even Jesus’ first teacher was his mother, Mary.

This world is going to hell because of the mistreatment of women, all the way back to Adam and Eve, Genesis 3:6: “She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.” So who do you say is wrong? It’s not the woman because God did not tell her nothing. The man is the older. You always leave the oldest in charge. Matthew 27:55 says “...and many women where there beholding afar off which followed Jesus from Galilee Ministering: unto him 6 or more women.”

If women could minister to Jesus, why not anyone else? The most honorable Elijah Muhammad said, “A woman could do anything except one thing, and that thing is she shouldn’t do anything to degrade herself.”

Robertson asks why First Baptist would hire a preacher who openly supports Islam as an acceptable religion? What does Islam mean? It means “entire submission to do the will of God.” And Jesus submitted entirely to do the will of God to death.

The Bible is older than all of mankind but not almighty Allah (God), who sent all the prophets and messengers. The name alone will not save anyone. What Jesus and Muhammad taught will save whoever obeys what they taught. It’s the (Word) that saves. Both Jesus and Muhammad, taught the same thing.

Submit your will to do the will of Allah (God). Jesus and Muhammad were sent by almighty Allah (God) to do the work of the father.

We all can become a Jesus and a Muhammad and bring heaven to the Earth. then the Lord’s prayer will be answered.



How about quoting the Bible?

To the editor:

Some folks have voiced disapproval of my letters to the editor, and I take no issue with that. They have the right to disagree. I do wonder though why it is that so little Bible is being quoted against me? Many opinions are being tossed about, but no Scripture. A letter quotes a secular writer, but again, no Bible (“We are better than this,” Aug. 9).

In Matthew 4:4-10 when Satan tempted Jesus He responded three times with “It is written,” quoting from Deuteronomy. In Matthew 19:1-9, when the Pharisees asked what grants the right to divorce and remarry the Lord asks, “Have ye not read?” Quoting from Genesis 1. In Matthew 22:23 the Sadducees asked Jesus about the resurrection of the dead, and his answer again was, “Have ye not read?” And he quoted from Exodus 3.

My point is: Prove to me from the Bible that what I am saying is wrong.

I’ve lived in Martinsville for 20 years. I love this community as much as the next guy. What is love though? Mark 10:21, when the “rich young ruler” ran to Jesus the text says, “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest.” If I love this town then I am going to point out how we can be even better. An area in which we can grow is learning to use more facts in our dialogue.



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