A Reader Speaks

"I received the July, 1986, copy of The Examiner and was surprised to find that it attempted to address some of the things that I have been studying and pondering for several years. It seems that the liberal/conservative persuasion have identified those of their number, secured their meeting houses, and settled back to practice their form of religion. However, I am afraid that we are being won without a word as we observe the behavior of the denominations round about us. Just like the Jews who wanted a king, we want a form of religion after the denominations of men, complete with elaborate meeting facilities, a clergy, a church hierarchy, and a human creed.

"Can you imagine the outrage if someone were to suggest dispensing with some of our 'traditions' such as invitation songs, the song before the Lord's Supper, the invitation, the closing prayer, Wednesday night services, or even our standard meeting times. A group of elders even tried to convince me the way to 'start a new work' was to buy land and construct a meeting house. If we are to have the effect people in the New Testament times had we should follow the example of the men of Cyprus and Cyrene in Acts 11:20 and preach the Lord Jesus." -- South Carolina.

"We really enjoy The Examiner and believe in the work you are doing with it. It is written so us people in the pews can understand the words, and it says things that have needed saying for the last 40 years...We are sending what we can..." --Memphis, TN.


"Dear 'Truth' People, I very much appreciate your sending me The Examiner. Thanks for your efforts to 'unbind' what has not been 'bound by God.' Unfortunately it seems that most congregations are ruled either by lords or Diotrepheses. We still have some honest hearts who try to live by the scriptures --no more, no less -- but they are in the minority, often because of insufficient love for the truth.

"I enclose a check for $50.00. Please send me the two Homer Hailey books. Keep up the good work." -- Florida.

"I would like to see The Examiner continue to be published. Please continue the good work. Enclosed is a small contribution to help with the expense." -- Texas.