Response to Erika Gravely Letter to the Editor
To the rebuke by Erika Gravely that appeared in this newspaper on 11 May concerning the National Day of Prayer, I respond. Since she came to Prayer Day, I will conclude that she views herself Christian. She appears to have a good heart that Christians ought to have but actually has a secular humanist world view (see Humanist Manifest I and II) of which many Christians today do not realize their Christianity is Humanist. I believe that I would like her as a person, notwithstanding our clashing worldviews. For her happiness, she needs to organize her own National Day of Prayer next year.
For about 30 years I attended National Day of Prayer here in Vernon County. Recently I have organized it. I can assure your readers that no comment by Erika will change my Biblical worldview and how I organize the event. I take full responsibility for the schedule and support the ministers and laypeople who read scriptures, offered comments, or prayed that day. Only in modern America would someone find fault with events of Prayer Day 2016 at the Vernon County Courthouse. The schedule would have passed Christian muster from Jamestown until just now, yielding to diversity and weak Bible knowledge. I have sought to follow a schedule that a Biblicist should.
Allow me to address two areas of her letter: her rebuke at the lack of diversity at Prayer Day and her multiple ways to God. She said in her letter: "I hoped that we would be together in prayer, many different people from many different backgrounds, religions, ways of life, theologies coming together in prayer, that we would celebrate the diversity in our country." This comment leads me to believe that Erika is poorly guided by her church causing her to see diversity as good (Isaiah 5:20: "WOE unto them that call evil good and good evil.") when it is destroying the Christian Faith and America. The modern church in many ways is the result of diversity. Examples are many. Christians can choose from an eclectic selection (Bible diversity) of Bibles. Now we have division among Bibles for they do not agree. The King James Bible (KJB) has served Christians well for over 400 years but diversity has brought choices that are not Biblically condoned. Do multiple Bible choices come counterfeiter Satan or God? The answer is clear. The truth is there is "One lord, one faith, one baptism, One God the Father of all" (Galatians 4:5.6). To join these "ones" there is also One Word, and it cannot be added to nor diminished from per Deuteronomy 4:2: "Ye shall not add unto the word, which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it." Diversity of modern translations violates this verse and many others by their additions and deletions via "dynamic equivalence."
Diversity has brought to churches rock music in worship services, sodomites being ordained, and same gender marriages being performed. Diversity has brought to America open borders, a pathway for Muslims who in turn kill here shouting, Allah Akbar, and push for their ways to be adopted. Diversity has led to the Ten Commandments being removed from the public square and attacks upon Christian crosses being on public lands. Diversity has hampered military chaplains from using the name Jesus Christ under certain circumstances. Diversity has brought us political correctness. The bane of America is diversity and does not belong in the National Day of Prayer. For example, Allah is not the God of creation and Muslims do not see Jesus Christ as the way to God. So how can Muslims and Christians pray at the same prayer service? "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3) teaches against Christian diversity.
Then Erika said this: "I hope that we would pray that our way was not the only way. That we are so vain to think that our personal doctrines provide the only lens to see God ... that God can work through all people, even those who do not claim salvation through Jesus Christ." Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6).
The Bible then teaches that there is only one true Christian doctrine. It is not "our way" that is important. It is discovering God's way. Historical Christianity has defined God's way. I, therefore, seek a Biblical worldview of historic Christianity via the KJB and will follow the same for any National Day of Prayer I organize.