(I did not give the information on this page to Charles Holt, the editor and publisher of The EXAMINER. Instead, I've given it directly to the graphic artist and asked him to include it here, because I am sure that if given the choice, Charles would not print it.
-- Art Thompson)
The Lord raised up and has used His servants, Charles and Jewel Holt, for many years in a very mighty way. The two of them are the last to recognize this. I believe that probably no one will ever be able to assess the breadth and depth of the work He has done through them.
I have known Charles for many years. He has been in the thick of many battles for the Lord all of that time. During his tenure as a "professional pulpit minister," he fired one of the opening volleys in the war which split Churches of Christ in the 1950's. Early in his life, Charles questioned the "authority" of elders in the church. As he grew and matured in the faith, he raised many other questions. He began to examine whether or not the church organization, as it had come to be, ever existed in Gods plan or in His revealed word.
Over the years, the issues he raised, the papers he published, the debates he conducted, cost him many of his dearest and closest friends. That hurt him and Jewel deeper than any of us will ever know. But, as their faith led them, they "kept on keeping on" because they believed that what they were doing pleased the Lord.
I know that it is impossible to count the thousands of people our Lord has reached through Charles and Jewel. Today, because of them, there are many more people learning the will of God for themselves than anyone ever could have dared to dream. Many who have left or who have been pushed out of churches of the restoration heritage, are finding themselves closer and closer to our Lord now than they ever would have been while inside a church organization.
Somewhere else in this edition of The EXAMINER, CAH will have placed his thoughts on this final publication, I'm sure. He has real and deep humility. Because of that, in this life, he will never even recognize that the things Iíve mentioned here have happened and are continuing to happen. Who can measure the countless number in this and in coming generations who will be blessed because of the work of the Holts? May all of us affected by their work, along with all those who have shared in it in any way, join Charles and Jewel praising God around His throne through endless ages.
Both Charles and Jewel would urge you to keep searching, keep asking, keep knocking, keep Examining for yourself. The Lord is very near to each of His own, and for those with "honest and good hearts" (as CAH describes them) the Lord will not let you stray away so far from Him that He cannot bring you back.
A final thought in the words of Paul: Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.
May our God bless and keep you.
A church was in need of a preacher. One of the elders was interested in finding out just what kind of a preacher the church wanted. In order to do this he composed a letter as though it had been received from a preacher and read it to the committee selecting a new preacher.
Understanding that you need a preacher, I would like to apply for the position. I have many qualifications that I think you would appreciate. I have been blessed to preach with power and have some success as a writer. Some say that I am a good organizer. I have been a leader in most places I have gone.
Some folks, however, have some things against me. I am over fifty years of age. I have never preached in one place for more than three years at a time. In some places I have left town after my work caused riots and disturbances. I have to admit that I have been in jail three or four times, but not because of any wrong-doing. My health is not too good, though I still get a good deal done. I have had to work at my trade to help pay my way.
The churches I have preached in have been small, though located in several large cities. I have not gotten along too well with the religious leaders in different towns where I have preached, and I am sure that they will not recommend me. In fact, some of them have threatened me, taken me to court, and even attacked me physically. I am not too good at keeping records. I have been known even to forget whom I have baptized. However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you, even if I have to work to help with my support."
The elder read this letter to the committee, and asked if they were interested in the Applicant. They replied that he would never do for their church. They were not interested in any unhealthy, trouble-making, contentious, ex-jailbird; and were insulted that his application had ever been presented! But one of them did ask the preacher's name, and the elder replied, "The Apostle Paul."