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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 9

January 09, 2013

God issues warning in the book of Jude

To the editor:

To all of those who think God is silent concerning the sin of homosexuality, there is a Bible warning of what will happen to a society of men and women who ignore God’s order for them in life. This warning and example is found in the book of Jude, verse 7.

Once a society starts down the road of endorsing and sanctioning this sin of fornication, that society will suffer the vengeance of eternal fire. Do you hear God’s historical warnings: politicians, judges and academics who want to cater society to their lustful pursuits? I would encourage you to read Genesis 1:26, God’s mandate for man to have dominion over the earth? Who would deny this infallible proof? Also, you might want read Genesis 2:18-23, another obvious proof of God’s order for man and woman to multiply and replenish the earth after their kind. There are no reproductions after their kind in same-sex marriages. It’s not God’s order or his will.

To those who are in denial that God has such an order, what more can God say or what greater example can he give than the warning of Jude, verse 7 in the Bible? 

I want to leave you with a way of escape from this terrible controlling sin. It’s found in John’s gospel in chapter 8, verse 32: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” This is God’s invitation to hope, which is received only through truth.

Fellow believers, who are standing on the word of God, look at the impact you can have by standing for God’s order in our society. Read Isaiah 1:9.

Charlie Gower
Martinsburg, W.Va.


Some questions to consider regarding gun ban

To the editor:

A number of high-profile people — Piers Morgan and Michael Moore, for example — argue that it is time for America to jettison the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Conspicuously absent from their arguments are logic and reason. All rely heavily on emotion to support their position and on ridicule and sarcasm toward those who disagree with them.

They simply assume, and expect us to assume along with them, that a gun ban will result in a safer America. Before we make that assumption, let us ask Piers, Michael and others like them five questions.

1. If Prohibition did not eliminate alcohol, and if the war on drugs did not eliminate drugs, why should we believe that a ban on guns would eliminate guns?

2. In what way would it make decent, law-abiding citizens safer to disarm them and leave them defenseless against armed criminals?

3. Last year, armed citizens shot criminals 2 1/2 times as often as policemen did. Would America be a safer place if those criminals had been free to commit their crimes and get away?

4. England’s anti-gun campaigners, like ours, assumed that Britain’s Firearms Act of 1997 would reduce firearms crime. U.K. Home Office figures reveal, however, that armed crime rose 10 percent in 1998, including a rise in drive-by shootings, gangland-style executions and home invasions.

If guns were to be banned in America, would gun violence go up here, too?

5. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 31,347 Americans died from gun injuries this past year (accidents, suicides and homicides). 

But, according to various studies, Americans use guns to defend themselves from crime and violence between 1 million and 2.5 million times every year, often by merely brandishing a gun.

On balance, then, doesn’t the good of private gun ownership outweigh the bad?

G. F. Miller
Hagerstown


We are a society in a downward spiral

To the editor:

Over the past 50 or so years, we have started downward. At present, I believe we are spiraling down.

We have the highest prison population in the world. Our crime rate is escalating. Our churches are failing as congregations dwindle.

Many people claim to be Christians but don’t worship and praise God. Many people know Jesus is God’s son but don’t understand what Jesus Christ has done for us.

Most recently, a young man killed his mother, then went to an elementary school and cold-bloodedly shot and killed innocent, defenseless children as well as some of their teachers and principal.

Give thought to this horrendous act taken place close to Christmas. Why don’t the American people take heed? The message is clear.

Before the Lord’s Prayer was taken out of our schools ...

Before it was “politically incorrect” to wish someone “Merry Christmas” ...

Before our federal, state and local governments started shunning God ...

Before the American people started turning their backs to God ...

When we lost moral values and told God we don’t care about His commandments ...

When we started being selfish ...

When we began wanting gratification yesterday ...

When we began to think we can do what we want to do on our own ...

When we stopped going to church ...

When we began failing to give glory to God ...

When we stopped believing “In God We Trust” ...

Robert P. Keplinger
Hagerstown

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