Letter: Loving one another means telling the truth

On May 2, the National Day of Prayer was observed at the Whitfield County Courthouse, where a public official stated that regardless of which denomination or religion we come from, we all pray to the same God.

Christians affirm that God has revealed himself to mankind generally through nature (Psalm 19:1-3, Romans 1:18-20), but most importantly and explicitly through the God-breathed words of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21). Based on the testimony of his inerrant, infallible and inspired word, we understand that sin has separated humanity from this holy God (Romans 3:10, 23), and the only way to be reconciled to God the Father is to be made alive by God the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27), who gives us faith in the finished work of God the Son (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:22). The divine Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us, living a sinless life, suffering on the cross the eternal death due to us, being physically resurrected on the third day (Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus accomplished the great exchange -- our sin for his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). This righteousness is an irrevocable covering of protection for all who will cast themselves on Christ, repenting of their sins and insufficient good works; these will live eternally satisfied in the presence of the God's glory (Matthew 4:17, 1 Peter 1:16, Matthew 25:21).

If all people do not recognize that a saving knowledge of God is based on the testimony of Scripture alone, by the grace of the Father alone, through saving faith given by the Holy Spirit alone, which faith is rooted in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone, all to the glory of the one true God alone -- then all people do not pray to the same God. Therefore, as we uphold the 2019 National Day of Prayer's theme, "Love one another," may we each be convinced that we cannot truly love one another if we are content to lie to one another.

"Controversy is an odious thing, but there are days when it is a positive duty ... Unity is a mighty blessing, but it is worthless if it is purchased at the cost of truth." -- J.C. Ryle

Blake Gentry

Dalton

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