The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 13, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-13 | Your vote reveals your beliefs

JOHNSTOWN — “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it (saving faith) is the gift of God, not of works (anything you do to try to earn salvation) lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). St. Paul is describing God’s sovereign work of salvation. Paul then writes that those “in Christ” are new creations, with a new way of living. St. John writes in 1 John 3:8 that “he who sins is of the devil.”

Many call themselves Christian, but by whose definition – their’s or God’s? Christians don’t condone acts that God declares as sin, not even their own. Christians don’t condone shedding innocent blood (abortion), lying (covering up the truth), stealing (redistributing wealth), homosexuality (perversion), adultery (illicit sex), blasphemy (using God’s name flippantly), profaning his day (not worshipping God on Sunday) and so on. Christians are called to repent of (forsake) these sins as evidence of the salvation that God has graciously provided them.

Democrats apparently condone abortion, homosexuality, wealth redistribution, lying, rewarding laziness, punishing hard work, suppressing religious and other freedoms, etc., and Republicans preach conservative principles when campaigning, then compromise those principles, on these same issues, after winning re-election (with notable exceptions like Ted Cruz) to avoid criticism and appear bipartisan.

Paul writes that “if we judge ourselves, God will not judge us with the unrepentant.” Christians aren’t perfect, but they never condone what God hates – our sin.

Your vote reveals what you condone.

Barry W. Billings


‘Angel’ helped woman with memorials

On Dec. 5, a lovely woman helped me by placing the Christmas wreaths on my family’s graves for me at Grandview Cemetery when she saw I was having some physical difficulties.

I hope this woman’s family realizes what an angel they have living among them.

I cannot say thank you enough to this angel.

Merry Christmas to you.

Sue Laichak


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