The Porn Problem
I can't thank you enough for letting Arlene Bridges Samuels share her family's pain and the story of their healing ("When Porn Invades a Marriage," July). I applaud her and her husband, Paul, for coming forward to share their hearts. God's grace is there for us in the face of tremendous testing.
Wow! In the article on porn addiction, it struck me when author Arlene Samuels said of her husband, "I watched the mercy of God heal a broken man." What is so amazing about that statement is the godly character of the woman who made it. She saw her husband as a "broken man," not someone who had essentially demolished a marriage via adultery of the mind and heart.
Damon E. Heim
San Rafael, California
My wife struggles with pornography on a regular basis. When people talk about the trouble with porn, why do they always think the man is the one with the problem? She is a born-again believer, but she is human. What really needs to be addressed is the problem that women have with pornography.
I am greatly puzzled to see how people chase after miracles, traveling from all over the world or to Nigeria because there is a man believed to have healing powers (People & Events, July). People need not run after miracles but after God.
Matthew 24:24 talks about false prophets in the last days. If the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has issued a warning against this guy, I would expect Christians to listen.
Michael Brian Odiakosa
These additional revelations about T. B. Joshua's conduct totally remove any doubt that he is a false prophet who uses the power of Satan to do great miracles and pretends to be at His service, thereby deceiving the saints. Anybody who can still believe in this guy after reading this article simply does not know the Master's teachings.
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Rebekah Rae Kiser alleges that the staff of T.B. Joshua's church, The Synagogue Church of All Nations, held her airline ticket and passport for seven hours despite her protests and would not let her leave the compound when she wanted to. It is routine for staff to personally take the tickets and passports to the airline in order to reconfirm bookings. Like thousands of others, our group was grateful for this.
Is it any coincidence that Kiser attends New Life Church in Colorado Springs, where Joshua's vehement critic, Joseph Thompson, is an associate pastor?
Auckland, New Zealand
Ask the Rabbi
I was pleased to see the column "Ask the Rabbi" by Jonathan Bernis added to Charisma. I have seen him on three of the Hear O Israel outreaches and respect Jonathan as a man of integrity and compassion. The church needs to know its Jewish roots and the Jewish perspective, as our mainline tradition shows little promise of making the Jew jealous.
Ed Taylor Brevard, North Carolina
Go for It, Anne
I enjoyed your cover story on Anne Graham Lotz ("She Will Not Remain Silent," by Maureen D. Eha, June.) It reminded me of the "glass ceiling" that exists in a man's world. There will always be men in high and low places who are threatened by successful women, Christian or otherwise, and who seek to keep women chained simply because they feel threatened by them. How sad.
Charlie Lake, British Columbia
Three cheers for Anne Graham Lotz! I applaud her focus and determination. God is putting the same goal in the hearts of many men and women in ministry today. Frankly, I read portions of your article with my mouth open wide in amazement at the antiquated attitudes of those who oppose her work. I'm appalled that pastors anywhere can waste precious time arguing over gender when there are still so many souls to be won.
Rev. Michele Gunn
Fresh Oil International Ministries
Anyone who has heard Anne Graham Lotz knows she is right on with God. I am glad she will continue to speak out regardless of what others say. She has the anointing and is a mighty woman of God. I admire her.
Your article said that some Baptist ministers opposed Anne Graham Lotz by turning their chairs around when she stood to speak. When I read that, a silly question popped up in my mind. How many of the men judging her were
overweight due to the sin of gluttony? Thank goodness we have a perfect judge we must answer to. Just give me more of Jesus!
Betty Jones Rawlings
Mason, West Virginia
I've been so blessed by the ministry of Anne Graham Lotz. In my lifetime, I've received very little love from Christian men. I find it difficult to receive from a man in the pulpit. If men don't feel Anne can minister to them, they should just go elsewhere.
The Oneness Debate
J. Lee Grady called us to seek reconciliation between Oneness and Trinitarian Pentecostals (First Word, July). But his comments reek of denominational finger-pointing.
Oneness Pentecostals are not the only ones who isolate other denominations. Trinitarians have isolated Oneness Pentecostals for their beliefs and classify them as false believers. Grady's attempt to "stop the feud" is fueling the feud. The article was obviously aimed at telling Oneness Pentecostals that they are incorrect.
Oneness doctrine has its roots in Noetus of Smyrna of the late second century. This man, also known as Sabellius, said of God: "He who is the Father is the same one who is the Son and the same one who is the Holy Spirit, so that there are three names in one hypostasis."
The church was right to reject this teaching as heretical a millennia ago, and it is right to continue to reject it today. I doubt that there is a respected theologian anywhere who would characterize the nature of this disagreement as "fussing about terms," as Grady describes it.
Eric S. Weiss
Who is Grady trying to kid? His July editorial reveals that he is not interested in reconciliation with Oneness Pentecostals.
Nine years ago I left a leading Oneness church because I could not handle the legalism. But how can you criticize us for receiving baptism in Jesus name? That is the Bible way.
Rev. Robert Libby
I find it interesting that Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, a Oneness minister, was featured in your New Man magazine. Yet you speak of how rigid and narrow-minded Oneness people are. I have found over the last two years that Mr. Grady writes much about love and unity in the body of Christ, yet speaks harshly against those who do not hold his similar views.
Rev. Tony Suarez
Villa Park, Illinois
I was raised in the United Pentecostal Church and have spent the last decade renewing my mind so I can understand the grace of God. I used to believe that I could go to hell because I cut my hair, wore pants or used a moderate amount of makeup.
It seemed that I could never "do enough" to consider myself worthy of salvation. Thank God that my Trinitarian friends showed me I'm worthy because Jesus Christ is worthy.
Rhonda R. Cyprus
True Oneness people would say that James Dobson, Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy are not saved. They pass out a tract here in our area that says you cannot be saved unless you repent, are baptized with their wording and speak in tongues.
Rev. William A. Davis Sr.
Tunnelton, West Virginia
I'm excited that dialogue is beginning to take place between the leaders of evangelical and Pentecostal churches. But how can healing filter down to the grass roots when you abuse your editorial soapbox by adding more fuel to this fire?
Do you really think that adding your biased opinion to this decades-old feud helped to bring closure to this? Sometimes silence is the best way to truly stop the feud.
Victory Over Drugs
I was impressed with the article about North Carolina pastor George Bloomer ("The Man With the Plan," by Cedric Harmon, July) and the outstanding work that Bishop Bloomer and his wife are doing in the name of Jesus.
Bloomer fought a tough battle with drugs as a young man, but today his focus is what God showed him. This brought tears to my eyes. I have never experimented with drugs or alcohol, but I too had issues in my life that I have overcome.
False Doctrine in Tulsa
Regarding Tulsa pastor Carlton Pearson's "gospel of inclusion" ( People & Events, June), I believe Pearson has been studying the Bible with his intellect, not the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible warns us to test all spirits.
I challenge Pearson to read John 3:1-20 and Revelation 3:20 and ask the Holy Spirit for direction.
Since he is open to correction, I pray he withdraws from this falsehood, apologizes to his congregation and seeks God's forgiveness.
The Power of A Testimony
Donnie McClurkin's testimony of healing after being molested ("No Longer a Victim," June) really blessed me. It was like telling the story of my life.
I am still young, but I have struggled with homosexuality for a while now. Sometimes I feel so dejected, and I cannot express my hurt to anyone. But I know in my deepest heart that God's plan for me is much better. I earnestly seek God's healing power and yearn to be free.
I grew up in a Christian home, but I didn't really experience God personally. It is an encouragement to know that people have passed through this same experience and have come out victorious. I long for the day that I will be able to look back at my life and tell the testimony of my healing.
I was molested by two relatives, a male and a female. Although I did not struggle with homosexuality, my mind was consumed with sexual thoughts, and I ended up molesting a younger child when I was just 11 years old. When I was a teenager, some relatives learned of my secret, and I plunged into depression and attempted suicide.
After years of internal pain I found freedom through Christ. Christians need to know that they can change. Thank you for sharing Donnie McClurkin's testimony. It is so timely today.
Shock Rocker for God?
I found your article on rock musician Alice Cooper interesting (People & Events, July). I have no doubt that Mr. Cooper loves the Lord, but it really bothers me that he still continues to wear the satanic makeup. I don't feel that is a good witness.
Mr. Cooper, if you are reading this, please prayerfully consider getting rid of the makeup. We like you the way God made you.