You must be born again!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Annette Johnson, in a letter ('Boyne does disservice with extremism') published in The Gleaner of Tuesday, November 25, commented strongly on Ian Boyne's approach to marital rape. I do not intend to join this debate, but rather to examine briefly something else she wrote in that letter.
In reference to Boyne, she wrote: "... [T]he world view he often expounds is irrationally loyal to one specific version of Christianity - the born-again Christianity based on the age-old formula of Evangelicals ... ." (Emphases mine)
A simple quote from the third chapter of the Gospel of John should allow all readers - Christians and non-Christians - to examine these things for themselves: "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ... Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again,' (John 3:1-3 and 7; New King James Version).
Ms Johnson, the Evangel, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the One whose name provides the root for the word 'evangelical'. It is He, confronted by an enquirer who hid from his peers and came by night, Who declared that a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God! As much as Ian Boyne is said to be a 'well-read' journalist, he did not come up with an 'age-old' formula. There are no 'versions' of Christianity, just the one way declared by the Saviour Himself!
Ms Johnson, I humbly ask that you think again, as your letter reveals the thought processes of one who both thinks and writes well.
PATRICK H. GRANT