Letters to the Editor: Dec. 8, 2013

Remember all who died in Pearl Harbor attack

December 7, 1941 – the attack on Pearl Harbor – was a day that has remained in infamy. Very few servicemembers who personally remember that day are still among us.

The American Legion Auxiliary encourages everyone to do what they can to keep Pearl Harbor a part of our national consciousness.

Many brave servicemembers were asleep or about their morning routines when the Japanese bombers delivered a blow that would decide America’s involvement in World War II. More than 2,400 servicemembers died during the attack.

I invite you, along with the members of the American Legion Auxiliary Daniel W. Bird Unit 26, to take a moment and remember the men and women who lost their lives that fateful day.

Diane Belue

President

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 26

Aberdeen

edbelue19@hotmail.com

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Scott revealed as a ‘shade tree’ theologian

Sonny Scott in his Nov. 10 column “How American churches become more Pauline than Christian” must be trying to express a concern, but I am personally turned off by his interpretation of scripture.

He minimizes salvation, but Matthew (a Jew) and Luke (a Gentile) record what is commonly called “The Great Commission.” Matthew 28:19-20 and Luke 24:46-47 and Acts 1:8. There is a teaching prior to baptism and a teaching after baptism. The truth is one must believe (be saved) before one behaves, that is accepts and follow the teachings of Jesus.

He states, “The tension between Paul and James is ‘glossed over’ in the New Testament. In Acts 15:13, James begins his response and in 26, ‘It seems good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men with our beloved Barnabas and Paul’.” That is not glossing over, but following the command of Jesus in Matthew 18:15-18.

His statement that Paul never met Jesus is a leap of presumption. Paul identifies himself as a Pharisee, and Acts 7:58 identifies Saul (Paul) as the young man who guarded the clothing of those who stoned Stephen. For a Pharisee in Jerusalem to not know about Jesus is impossible. In Acts 9:5 Paul claims to have met the crucified, resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Scott is truly a “shade tree” theologian. The term refers to those who attempt to repair something without the appropriate manual. The same term applies to Scott’s “fire insurance faith.” How many people have learned after the fact that their insurance did not provide the cover they thought they had.

I have read and/or meditated upon the contract with Jesus daily for the last 56 years. I have discovered that a lot of the things I assumed in the previous 16 years are not in that contract. There is a simple test of one’s relationship to Jesus. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. If you ask, “Which?” you have “fire insurance faith.” If you ask “How?” God will lead you to that perfect peace that he alone can give. Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey God rather than man.” Acts 5:29.

Ken Pickens

Tupelo