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The Amish Voice 8

This letter was written in January of 2015, and later

sent to area ministers in Northern Indiana.

We write to you today concerning an issue in our Amish

churches. After praying and feeling God’s guidance in this

matter, we feel we must bring this subject to light.

This is concerning the use of the German language in our

churches today. We know this tradition (some would call it a

heritage) has been passed down from generation to generation

from our forefathers, but what is of the fact that most of our

people no longer understand this language? We no longer use

this language anywhere but in church. Our main language is

Pennsylvania Dutch, but before we go to school we must learn

the English language, and we must speak this language if we are

to have a job or any communication with the world around us.

Why is it then that on Sundays we are clinging to this tradition

of using the German language? Most of us know how to read

this language either from attending the Amish school or from

Deitsh School, but sadly we do not know the meaning of the

words. How sad it is to sit in church on Sunday feeling the need

to praise God in song but not knowing what the song we sing

means (we have Our Heritage Hope and Faith book and Hymns

book which would be ok, but we cannot take these books to

church with us).

A lot of preachers today are making an effort to explain these

scriptures in our everyday language (although many do not), but

we feel this is not enough; our young adults and children

understand close to nothing! Is it any wonder than that many are

choosing not to stay Amish? Let’s take a look at what God


1 Corinthians 14:18-19:

I thank my God, I speak with

tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather

speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I

might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an

unknown tongue.

Mark 7:6-8:

He answered and said unto them, Well hath

Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This

people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far

from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for

doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the

commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the

washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things

ye do.

Revelation 3:15:

I know thy works, that thou art neither

cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then

because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will

spue thee out of my mouth.

We ask the question: If our churches were not lukewarm, would

we not be content to sit and sing songs of which we do not

know the meaning? Would we be content to preach the Good

News of Jesus in a language that most of us do not understand?

We understand that our Amish heritage has many traditions that

are worth holding on to, and we are thankful for these things;

but we must ask ourselves when our traditions stand in the way

of people hearing and understanding the gospel of Jesus, is it

worth it? I fear our children are paying the price.

A word of encouragement…

And this I pray, that your love may

abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be

sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled

with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto

the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:9-11

In closing, for fear of being written as such, we feel we must

clarify: we are not part of Revive Indiana, or a Bible study

group or any organization of any kind. We are simply an Old

Order Amish couple with a concern for our church.

Please pray and seek God’s will on the matter.

A concerned Brother and Sister

We have chosen to withhold our names for fear of

being shunned by the people for speaking boldly

what God has laid on our heart.

Lord, Awake Us!

—by Old Order Amish Couple

In Hosea 4:6, the Bible says of the


my people are destroyed for lack

of knowledge…

Jon Courson explains that verse as follows:

Because God's people had grown bored of

His Word, they would no longer be priests,

no longer serve Him. As in Hosea's day, I

am convinced that the great need of the

body of Christ is to know the Word of God.

Churches are in confusion, caught up in

odd doctrine all for lack of knowledge. It

seems people don't want to hear the Word

and study the Scriptures. They want to get

on a pet doctrine and ride it until they've

missed the point completely.