Understandeth thou what thou readeth, Boyne?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
A response to Ian Boyne's column 'Can the Church be saved? (Sunday Gleaner, November 30, 2014).
Ian Boyne has come to be known as both a journalist and a practising Christian. I sometimes wonder if his zeal for the journalistic profession, coupled with the volume of his reading, override his fulsome understanding of the human being, born again and walking in right relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The following story may guide us all.
I once found myself at an important gathering of elders within the church to which I belong. The particular church's policies and practices were the centre of the discussions. Many of these men were trained theologians, with significant training in, and exposure to, the doctrines of the Christian Church.
A rather sticky point of profound scriptural importance was tossed around for some time. An elder, not as 'well-read' as many who had shared before, and from a hillside rural church, intervened, read a relevant portion of his Bible, and spoke for about seven minutes.
When he sat down, the problem had been solved to its fullest. I now wonder just how many 'learned' writings this rural-based elder, a simple 'grass-roots' Jamaican, had interacted with?
"The fear of The Lord is the beginning of knowledge" [Proverbs 1:7a; New King James Version]. We have learned, too, Ian, that wisdom is the proper use of knowledge.
Incidentally, Mr Boyne also wrote: "The number of Christians who have de-converted is astounding. The number of pastors, theologians and biblical scholars who have renounced their faith and are now atheists and agnostics is staggering."
The answer to this comes from 1 John 2:19: "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they were of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us." [New King James Version]
PATRICK H. GRANT