Not Interested in your So-Called Amish Voice, by SG
By Paul Miller
March 1, 2021
We are not interested in your so called Amish Voice. Is it honest and upright to call it Amish? I know of no Old Order Amish that believes as you do. Paul said that you will be saved through hope. I think it is yours that need to read the whole Bible—won’t you? If we had no hope, there wouldn’t be a church. I could write lots more, but the Bible is for bettering one’s self, not to find fault with others. I do not wish for our Amish Voice newsletter here or anywhere in this settlement!!!
Thank you for your letter. You bring up some good points. Think back a couple of thousand years, when the new convert, Paul, was proclaiming the truth of the gospel to the Jews and gentiles. Can you just imagine some of the Orthodox Jews telling Paul that he should not call himself a Jew—that they did not know of any Orthodox Jews who believed as he did— that he should not claim to teach the Jewish Scriptures and to speak as a Jew to the Jews?
I am glad that Paul kept going. Despite rejection and opposition from the very religious ones, he continued to proclaim the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Having lived a life of rules and ritual, even of prayers and studying the religious laws, Paul was not free until he was free in Christ alone—and He remained a Jew, seeking to save the lost.
You are right, too, in that many do not believe God’s truth. It has always been that way. I am glad to report, though, that there are indeed an increasing number of Amish who are being born again, who are being set free from sin and self and rules, and who choose to gladly remain Amish— yet now living with true forgiveness, joy, hope, peace, and eternal life.
As for being saved by hope: Yes, Paul wrote that in Romans 8. I hope you will read the entire chapter. The beginning of that chapter says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Do you see? Those who have faith in Christ Jesus have been set free from the law! We could not do it on our own or by trying to follow the law, “but if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11).
Does God’s Spirit dwell in you? Have you been born again, born of the Spirit, as Jesus taught? If so, then you, too, can look forward with expectant hope, as Paul says, to eternal life in Christ. Paul is not talking of a mere, “I hope I will go to heaven,” but Paul is telling those who have been born of the Spirit that their hope and their trust is in Christ, and they can expectantly look forward to the day when God will make all things new. As Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4, those who trust in Jesus do not grieve as those who have no hope, for we have hope—we know what the future holds, and we know that He holds us!
May you not only seek the truth contained in the Amish Voice, but may you and all people hear God’s voice in the Scriptures and by His Spirit as He pleads with us to put our faith and hope in His Son, Jesus Christ.
— Paul Miller
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