Well Written and Theologically Sound, By EO
By Joe Keim
January 1, 2021
Dear sir, I don't know who might have submitted my name and address, but I am thankful that I had the opportunity to read the Amish voice. It is very well written and theologically sound. The topics are well chosen and hopefully will result in turning people to God and prompting people to seek help for emotional wounds. May God bless you as you continue serving God in this way. Sincerely, EO
We love your kind of responses and words of encouragement. Thank you!
We also receive mail from people who do not like the publication. They say the Amish Voice is full of lies and is deceiving. Others, like yourself, look forward to the next issue in the mail, read the publication cover to cover, and walk away encouraged and drawn closer to the Lord.
Responses and opinions are obviously based on what the person was taught. Everyone has some kind of measuring stick or standard by which they compare articles in the Amish Voice. Today, I would like to put some names to those measuring sticks.
- Ordnance Letter
- God’s Word
Traditions should not be used as a measuring stick, because they vary from one family to another. Ordnance Letters should not be used as a measuring stick, because they differ from one community to another. Culture is out, because it too changes from one people group to another. This leaves us with the last choice—God’s Word!
Whether I’m Schwartzentruber Amish, Old Order, Swiss, New Order, Beachy, Mennonite, or English, God only has one measuring stick. His Word!
God’s word, alone, is the standard by which each one of us will be measured by, and judged. Jesus said: “...the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
For these reasons, it is our utmost desire to write articles, not based on traditions, cultural values, and ordinances letters, but the Word of God alone. Of the Bereans, it is said: “they were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 16:11). —Joe Keim
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