Re the July 27 letter by A.G. Yarbrough.
I read the Holy Bible, the complete, inerrant word of God, every day. I do not pretend to be an expert on anything, particularly the Bible. But I want to know which version of the Holy Bible Mr. Yarbrough has been reading and studying and what bad theology he has been exposed to. Whichever version it is must be a great deal different from the King James Version that I use on a daily basis for devotionals and as a reference.
It is true that God the Father loved this old evil world so much that he gave his only begotten Son as the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for our sins. His sacrifice was not for a loving, caring world but for the terrible stench of our sinful nature and our horrible sins.
You can love people, be tolerant of people due to their race, gender, and sexual preference, do good, loving works until the cows come home, but all this will not, cannot, rid you of your sins or get you possession of eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
In the Gospels, Jesus says a great deal more about the wages of sin and hell than he does about "love." Remember you are to love the sinner but hate the sin. God does truly love us all but He cannot stand to look upon our sin-stained souls. And only the shed blood of his Son can wash away our sins and thus cleanse sinful souls so they are white as snow.
Sin is a cancer which has but one miraculous, supernatural cure -- the shed blood of Christ. So, confess your sins to Christ, ask Him for divine forgiveness, and invite Him into your heart. You will be a new creature in Christ. ...
David R. Smith, Sardis