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Letter: God expects believers to pray aloud in public

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God expects believers to pray aloud in public

A recent letter-writer asked in the letter, “Cannot God hear a silent prayer as well?” The answer is a resounding “yes.” But why would God answer such a prayer, one in which you expect results if all you want is a blessing without any effort on your part? Do you think God is in the business of passing out blessings without a personal commitment? I don’t think so.

The Daily Advance does no one a favor by allowing people to show their ignorance on matters they should be well versed in to begin with. If all that God requires of us is to intellectually believe in him why do you think that so many of the Old and New Testament saints gave their lives for the gospel? Why did Jesus offer himself on the cross if all it takes is to simply believe and utter a silent prayer? Why were so many brutally murdered in the Roman Coliseum for their testimony if all they needed was to stand for a “moment of silence?”

God is an activist God and a man of war. He requires believers to be the same way. Religion is not a personal thing as many believe. It’s to be shared with all we come in contact with in our daily lives, even if we need to write our beliefs on a piece of paper and wave it all about as one former politician has said.

In a manner reminiscent of the altar-building prophets of the Bible, Christians have always been required to announce to the world that they are believers — even in public.

CALVIN LACY

Hertford

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I guess

you guys don't read the Perquimans Weekly. Bless your hearts.

Agreed Melanie

I couldn't have said it better!!

Actually

I am sick to death of you. And I'm not the only one. You are so holier than thou that it makes me gag. Your brand of Christianity is not the only one. Religion IS a personal thing. You talk about "God." Let's talk about Jesus. I don't think you even understand Jesus . . .

4 There is one body and one

4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. So much for multiple brands of Christianity.

Ya' know, Twinstar

I wish I could agree with you. One Christian faith is an ideal, but it is not reality. Various Christian denominations take opposing positions on various issues. To contend otherwise is no better than sticking your head in the sand.

Agreed but

human tradition (denominationalism) doesn't necessarily make it right. I will defer to the inspired Word as the final authority in the High Court of arbitration.

Various Christian faiths

Unfortunately, we have 'various Christian faiths' started by men, only one was started by Christ.

avnrulz, You are SO right! ... So

let's all be Catholics, together. Again! From Jesus, to Peter in the year 32AD, to Francis, today, in one unbroken line of succession. "Thou art Peter, and upon thy rock I will build MY church." Finally, something that we can all agree upon. Respectfully Submitted, Force 12

The "rock" referred to here

was not Peter himself but the faith that Peter's confession was based on. Peter, himself, declared that there was only one "Rock" or "Cornerstone" for the foundation of the Church and that was Christ Himself. The misinterpretation of this passage is the basis for the creation of more unintended (unbiblical) doctrine including the establishment of a "Pope" where none was commanded or appointed by Christ, Peter, or Scripture. The historical record indicates that many years after the death of the last Apostle, Boniface I appointed himself to be the first Pope with no divine or scriptural authority. The only divine authority for the establishment and practice of the original Christian movement known as "The Way" established in the first part of the first century AD is the cannon of Scripture that was completed by 90 AD.

Such vitriol! Are you sure

Such vitriol! Are you sure YOU understand Jesus? The darnedest little things get your panties in a wad...

casual observer?

Or sexist observer? Respectfully Submitted, Force 12

Now you're just being silly.

Now you're just being silly. Again.

thank you

Now there is the Melanie I remember. What did he say that made you so angry? All he did was talk of his faith, just like you are always speaking your mind. What a hypocrite.

Look it up

"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."

32 "Therefore whoever

32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matt 10:32 Note: Humbly asking a blessing for a meeting or a sports event is a far cry from the arrogance demonstrated by the 1st century Jewish Sanhedrin under the leadership of Caiaphas which is what this passage was about. and here I thought you rejected the authority of the written Word. I'm pleasantly surprised to learn otherwise. A public prayer - e.g. Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. Matt 4:19

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