This is in response to the letter by Gene L. Rickaby in the Sept. 26 edition of The News-Times, Advice for young pastor: Back off "hateful language.
Rickabys very first comment was that Rev. Brian Heckber made hateful comments about those who are not Christians and that it demonstrated his crudeness, his lack of sensitivity and his limited education.
First of all, Rickaby might as well have been talking about Jesus Christ himself because even though it states in the Bible that Jesus loves everyone, it also states (very plainly and emphatically) that none can come to God the Father except through Jesus Christ His Son (John 14:6).
Secondly, Heckber does not direct venom. He comes to all with the intention of boldly speaking the word! This is clearly where his passion lies. I know this because I am a witness to it. He does not speak with hatefulness; he speaks only of reality.
It makes me truly ill when people want to believe what they want to believe (areas of gray), instead of what is totally black and white. They want to believe that achieving the highest levels of morality and ethics will get them to a higher plain.
They want to believe anything except that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
I guarantee that if Rickaby would read through the entire Bible even one time, his views and convictions would surely change, for Jesus said Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke 11:28).
I surely hope Rickaby believes in Jesus Christ as his Savior when he ends up standing before the Gates of Heaven to be judged by God, because if he doesnt, he will be turned away forever!
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