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Letter: Jesus said hypocrites offer public prayers

By Edward Pearce

The Daily Advance

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It appears that the teaching of Jesus has very little influence on our society today. People do not care what he thinks. That he labels those who would have public “prayers” before city council meeting as hypocrites does not disturb them.

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From the looks of things

our little town is in desperate need of some Bible classes. There is more than a little local misinformation about Biblical concepts. The teaching of Jesus regarding the Publican and the Pharisee is in criticism to public arrogance and condescention not public prayer. Jesus, Himself, prayed publically many times. I still say the solution to the problem is to just call a local police chaplain in to open up the meetings with prayer.


The comical thing is that the DA editor didn't comprehend the message of the letter and put the headline the exact opposite of the writer's intention.

Letter: Praying at meetings is clearly endorsed

"Jesus is not condemning the fact that people prayed aloud, but that they were putting on a public display for their own benefit. Their motive—to be seen of men—was the problem. Such prayer is not real prayer, but empty words meant for the ears of other people (Hebrews 10:22). Proverbs 15:29 says, "The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous."

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