· Will You Help Us? We need the names and addresses of more Christians to whom we can send The Examiner for the three-issue trial period. As you know, there are some areas of the country where there are large concentrations of disciples. We need your help in obtaining the names and addresses from these areas; but not only from the larger centers, but everywhere.
For example, in Tennessee we need names and addresses from Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Johnson City area, Jackson/Henderson area, and Memphis. We have been sending a large number of papers to Memphis and many saints there have requested to be put on the permanent list. Thousands of saints live in Middle Tennessee. Help us obtain their names and addresses.
The same is needed for Birmingham, Montgomery and other places in Alabama. Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro and other places in Kentucky. In Arkansas - Little Rock, Fort Smith, Paragould, etc. In Indiana - Indianapolis, Hammond, other places. In Texas - Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, and other places. We have been sending a very large number into the Fort Worth area and the response has been very good!
These are just examples of places where we need help in getting names and addresses of Christians. Please help us. Let's give everyone possible an opportunity to decide if he/she would like to receive this paper. Sending a church directory is perhaps the easiest and best way to accomplish this. We do need your help. - CAH.
· What The Bible Teaches About Immortality And Future Punishment is the tithe of a small book by Curtis Dickinson, 2313 Rancho Lane, Alamagordo, NM 88310. It is well-written and a good study of this important subject. If you are interested in this subject, this book could be of value. I do not know the price, but $4.00 would likely get you a copy. Brother Dickinson also publishes a one-page monthly paper called The Witness that contains some excellent material relative to God's word, but also some useful information about this nation and what is happening in the world. It is sent free upon request.
· Are you aware that the early Christian community had neither real estate (ecclesiastical edifices) nor clergy (professional pulpiteers)? Did you know- that money was collected only for evangelism and the destitute?
Today most all monies collected by religious parties (churches) go for real estate or to sustain a clergy caste. "Religion" is big business! At the beginning God and His Son were taken seriously. Now they are exploited. The clergy are worshipped and "church buildings" are esteemed.
Every Christian is a priest and preacher (I Peter 2:9 & Acts 8:4). God's only "holy place" or house is the believer's heart (Acts 17:24-25 & Hebrews 3:6). The believer can "lead" his own worship without assistance from the clergy or "church buildings." Anywhere he meets with other believers, God is with him - whether in a living room or under a tree. Let us remove the "sophisticated equipment" and come down to earth. There God will meet with us in a humble setting. - The Reformer.
· Unpleasant But Necessary. Controversy is always unpleasant, and most people shrink from the prospect of becoming involved in it. Disagreements and disputes bring anguish to the mind. In the church, controversy has caused unhappiness and divisions, so much so that many say they will have no part in anything controversial.
Nevertheless, error that is propagated in the name of truth must be resisted.
Pain and inflammation are nature's warning of infection in the body. So it is with the church. Where error is presented as truth, evil as good, man as sovereign above God, there must be a reaction, and this reaction means controversy. Only by such a reaction is it possible for the church to maintain purity of teaching and life.
It is right to "Contend earnestly for the faith once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). - Carroll Ellis.
· "To know how to say what other people only think, is what makes men poets and sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers, or both." - Dickens.