The following is a letter that I wrote to the elders at the church I grew up in with much prayer to bring correction about issues of worldliness which are detrimental to holiness. These problems prevent the production of biblically-good fruit in each person under their teaching. By turning the grace of God into licentiousness these men, deny Jesus Christ by their works: nullifying any profession of faith (Titus 1:16). None of the problems were acknowledged in the response from Rainier View nor did they show me any place I am in error. I also sent this letter to the current pastor and now I believe it is time to warn the congregation, calling each one to biblical repentance and complete surrender to God. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His ways are higher than our ways.
Scripture quotations are from the NASB. Frank Turek quotes are taken from the first hour of his debate with Christopher Hitchens: Does God exist?
From chapter 23 of Losing Faith In Faith: From Preacher To Atheist by Dan Barker:
This article is in response to this question I received promoting heresy:
I plead with you to be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20). His Word says to “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith” (2 Cor 13:5). Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar (1 John 2:4). We cannot have fellowship with Jesus while walking in darkness (1 John 1:6). Even though you call Jesus “Lord”, and pray, “in Jesus’ name”, you may be one of the many to whom He will say, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Mat 7:21-23).
God is not “a son of man, that he should change his mind”.
God was God from all eternity
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.