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Letter: Pastor Nolton is following his guide book, the Bible

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:33 pm

In Deborah Goni’s recent response to Pastor Frank Nolton’s letter about intolerance and bullying, it’s obvious Ms. Goni is unaware of the source of his beliefs.

As Christians we have a guide book about how to live life. It also tells history and gives insight into the future. This book is called the Bible and was inspired by God long ago. It’s the word of God.

The Bible was around long before the civil rights movement. If everyone followed its directions, we wouldn’t have needed a civil rights movement. And even though it’s been around a long time, it addresses situations we are presently experiencing. It has 66 books inside, written by 40 different people. To date it has a 100 percent accuracy rate. Only God could inspire these authors to do such work. The Bible even warns about the consequences if anyone adds or takes away from the words written.

Anyone can look for themselves and predict how the Brendan Eichs, Craig Jameses, Phil Robertsons, the Chick-fil-As and Pastor Noltons of this world will respond to the issues that face us as long as they use the Bible for guidance. You can even look in the Concordance and find Phil Robertson’s statement. He didn’t make it up. He’s just following the Bible.

The Bible does not change because of approval ratings. If you disagree or get angry about their stance, take it up with God. It’s his word and he’ll listen.

Following the Bible doesn’t make us perfect. We still have Satan to deal with. This is why God’s son Jesus was crucified for us, and rose from the dead.

And a pastor’s job is not to provide a soft, non-judgmental place for everyone to fall, but to give guidance and love so everyone can be lifted. It’s written in the Bible.

I recommend Ms. Goni and others who so passionately disagree with any of the people mentioned above to get a Bible. You’ll have our playbook and can anticipate our moves. If we don’t comply, you will know that, too.

Before you respond harshly when we don’t live up to what is expected, please look up “Grace.” We all fall short and stumble through this life. Thank God for Grace!

Barbara Boynton


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  • Christina Welch posted at 10:32 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    Interesting...according to what I've heard, about 58% of Americans do support gay marriage, so I'm not sure how I'm out of step with the vast majority of society? I also am not sure how I deliberately misrepresented the opposing side, so I don't quite see the straw man argument in my words. I never said other people want the Bible to be the guidebook for our society, I said simply that it isn't. Yes, I do read what I write, and I thought I was pretty clear. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough for you this time around.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:54 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    Ms. Welch,

    You're so out of step with th vast majority of society. You make this straw man argument that there are those who want the Bible to be the "guide book" for secular society and government. Do you actually read what you write before you post it?

  • Christina Welch posted at 10:23 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    Agreed, Eric. While I totally support those who embrace the Bible and its teachings and use it as a "guide book" in their personal lives, it is not the guide book of our secular society or government. While marriages are indeed often performed as a religious ceremony, marriage itself is a legal issue, and gay marriage should be afforded the same protections as any other marriage.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:16 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Barrow: There is no limit to what certain individuals will believe without question. I refer you this "religion" letter from last week and Mr. Diskin's appropriate comment:


  • M. Doyle posted at 7:23 pm on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 188

    My favorite line:
    "The Bible was around long before the civil rights movement. If everyone followed its directions, we wouldn’t have needed a civil rights movement."

    The Bible unequivocally supports slavery. Interracial marriage is forbidden. Women are the property of their fathers and husbands and may be bought and sold as chattel. Perfectly happy with following these rules, Barbara believes civil rights are unnecessary.

  • Rick Houdack posted at 7:00 pm on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 188

    Her delusion bone deep, Ms. Boynton has never felt the necessity of actually reading the book she claims to revere. Facts have no effect on those who, like her, are so disconnected from reality. But she may be held up as an example of the sad result of the effects of untreated religious addiction.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:37 pm on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Boynton`s letter belongs in the Religion section, since many people do not agree with what she brings to the table. She claims the Bible was here before Civil Rights, I might point out that man was on earth millions of years before the Bible and the cave man ( no mention ) of a cave man in the Bible. It`s all in what you want to believe. [wink]

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:42 am on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    I love the logic that the Bible must be the word of God because it says so in the Bible. Barbara or anyone could you explain further about the Bible's accuracy rate that's a new one for me.
    As far as grace goes I understand that grace referred to in the bible is God's grace and when dealing with discrimination I'll leave it for God to dispense. I personal have a hard time being tolerant of the intolerant but as Barbara points out none of us are perfect.


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