Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Town Talk of Alexandria, Louisiana. It’s titled Truth is never revised; it never changes. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.
We don’t like to embarrass people, so we usually omit the letter-writer’s name and city, but we waive that benevolent restraint when the author is already a public figure. In this case the letter-writer is Milton W. Howard, pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church (nice purple website), located in Ball, Louisiana (population 4,000).
The rev begins with a scripture quote:
(Genesis 1:1) “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Throughout the letter, that same passage is repeated six more times. For efficiency, we’ll abbreviate the rev’s repetitions of that holy passage as
“ITBGCTHATE”. We chose purple to match the rev’s website. Okay, here we go:
There is a lot of talk these days concerning the origin of this world. The theory of evolution – and theory is all it is – is being proclaimed as truth. Theory is not truth, and to declare theory as truth is nothing new. Rarely does the week pass that some new theory is set forth, or some old theory is not revised. Truth is never revised for it never changes.
Wow — what a concentrated collection of goodies! Evolution is about the origin of the world. It’s just a theory. Theories are always being revised. But The Truth™ is never revised. This is great stuff! The people of Ball, Louisiana are fortunate to have such an inspiring spiritual leader. And the best part is that his letter is just getting started:
When you find someone who denies Salvation by Grace alone, through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ, you find most of those same people spouting the theory of evolution. The attempt is to deny that God has anything to do with creation, and if we can deny that and get away with it, we can also conclude that God has nothing, or very little, to do with us getting to Heaven other than making the place called Heaven.
The rev has penetrated to the heart of the matter. Let’s read on:
The first chapter of the Bible gives us the literal and accurate account of God’s work in the creation of this world. There are many who deny this work of God, but do not let it bother you. Men are in darkness, and in darkness they cannot see. Never try to convince a person that “ITBGCTHATE”. Just like everything else that is Holy and Spiritual, this must be revealed from Heaven.
Good advice. He continues:
The person who denies that “ITBGCTHATE” must deny everything else in the Word of God, for everything we know concerning the Word of God is founded on these first words of the Bible, that “ITBGCTHATE”
Twice in one paragraph! Here’s more:
There is no need for prayer if it is not true that “ITBGCTHATE”, for if God did not create this world, then He has no power over this world, and there is not a thing He can do about the events of this world. If God did not create this world, He would be a usurper of an authority that is not His. If He has no authority, He cannot intervene in the affairs of this world.
As you can see, dear reader, there’s nothing more important than knowing that “ITBGCTHATE”. Moving along:
But since God did create this world, as the Bible says He did, then it belongs to Him, and to Him alone, and He can do with it as He pleases, and make demands on those who occupy His domain.
Ah, that’s how we know, with certainty, that “ITBGCTHATE”. Finally, at the end of the letter, the rev reminds us:
This is quite possibly the best letter in our collection. The issues and their importance have never been stated more clearly. Having read it, we’re certain that you will repent and abandon your wicked Darwinist ways.
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