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Gospel is best defense

To the editor:

I would like to offer an alternative viewpoint to the letter by Father Eugene Hemrick regarding terrorism in the October 2015 issue.

I believe the real problem lies within us, and the solution lies within us as well. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14: "if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land."

Did you catch that? "if my people", who are called by "my name". That would be Christians! We need to repent. We experience terrorism in America because God has removed His protection, because our nation has turned away from God. A basic principle of Christianity is to trust God’s strength, not our own. Remember 2 Samuel 22:2 "… O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer." Also, read what King David wrote in Psalm 33:12-22.

The Old Testament repeatedly tells us how Israel rebelled against God, and He punished them by sending an evil nation to destroy them. Today God allows Islamic terrorists to attack our nation, BECAUSE we have turned away from Him.

In the past, God has blessed America with prosperity that we may bless the world, freedom that we may share the Gospel, and with His divine protection, all because we obeyed Him. We must now humble ourselves, pray, repent, and seek God’s face. If we do, God says HE will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

The greatest weapon we have against terrorism is The Gospel of Christ. The Church must preach it — souls will be saved, lives will be saved, and terrorism will end.

Douglas S. Kindred

Ocala, Fla.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Kindred lived in the Rochester area from 1983 to 2012


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