AN OPEN LETTER FROM NORMAN L. PARKS

Dear Charles:

I have been neglectful in writing to say how attractive in appearance and how scriptural in message is The Examiner. How often what you are saying needs to be said! I appreciated particularly the article on the clergy in the July issue.

What is going on in this area is shocking. Now the official minister is also becoming an elder, almost the eider, a small Pope surrounded by his College of Cardinals, and their pay often bears no relationship to their education, particularly in the Scriptures, their experience, or their solid ability. I was told this week that there are five Nashville preachers each drawing in excess of $90,000 a year. Also that the Highland Church in Memphis seeking a new "minister" has set a pay scale ranging from $100,000 to $150,000! But, of course, these salaries are kept secret from the members who pay the bill!

I think the passive pew is getting a bit restless and maybe The Examiner can stir them to resolution and revolution.

Keep up the good work.

 

A month later another letter:

I do not know how you do it. financially in getting ()ut such an attractive publication in such quantity, but I take my hat off to you. I would like to help in a small way, and am enclos­ing a check to that end. [Editor's Note: This is the way it is done; good people sending financial help. And that financial help is desperately needed now .]

I am convinced of one thing: if' we would fire all of our pro­fessional clergy and then re-employ them to do exclusive evangelical work, we could have a different movement. Some whom I know are paid far above their educational level, their knowledge, and their commitment. It is ridiculous when a man who has never finished college and is far from being a biblical scholar, with no knowledge of the Greek, or for what matter a lot else that a diligent student would know, can draw $92,000 a year'. Cut loose from his pulpit he probably could not make $20,000 a year in the secular world.

I pray that The Examiner can reach those who will profit from it.