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January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Number 1

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Learn from the Bible, not cults or other religions



Re: “Learning from diverse faiths,” Nov. 14, page 4.



I was surprised and disappointed with the article about learning from Mormons and Muslims how to live Christian lives.



Whatever happened to learning these things from the Word of God? All cults/religions contain teaching that mirrors the Christian faith, but this does not make them examples that Christians should be following so we can be better equipped in our churches.



We can learn the benefits of fasting by reading Isaiah 58. We can learn about simplicity and modesty of dress by reading I Timothy 2:8-10. We can learn how to educate our youth by reading Deuteronomy 6:6-7. These are only three of many important instructional scriptures available to us in God’s Holy Word.



The Mennonite church was built on a strong, solid foundation of purity and Bible-based teaching. Let’s not lose this privilege of experiencing the Father’s favour because we no longer believe the Word of God is “given by inspiration of God, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16). The Scriptures clearly warn against looking to other gods for guidance.   



If we as believers have a reverent “fear of the Lord,” we have the keys to kingdom living and will see churches filled with people hungry for what we have in Christ: his power, authority and anointing. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do his commandments” (Psalm 111:10).



Fran Klassen, Wellesley, Ont.

Don’t ‘abandon’ homosexual suffering



Re: “Promote the gospel, not protest or homosexuality,” Dec. 19, page 12. Alice Unrau writes that “homosexuality is once again becoming a prime focus of your magazine. We have had so many years of that topic. Can’t we move on?”



Why would Canadian Mennonite retreat from this topic when gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals continue to be victimized by institutions and other individuals? Why should this topic be abandoned when the suicide rate for gay teens is three times that of their straight peers?



Ignoring the suffering of others might be the easy thing to do, but it’s also the wrong thing to do. As Jesus said, “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:45).



Mark Morton, Kitchener, Ont.

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