The beliefs and sentiments expressed by those whose letters appear here are not necessarily shared by the Adventist Review or its editorial staff. These letters have been edited for clarity and length. -- Editors

Just a Question
Thank you for the informative summary, “Multiple Viewpoints Aired on Women’s Ordination Question” (August 15, 2013).

The article cites the views of six professors at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. It’s striking that of the six who oppose women’s ordination to the ministry, only one bases his argument not on Scripture, but on post-biblical historical precedents.

It’s time for present truth to prevail over past errors and prejudices.
--Myron Wehtje
South Lancaster, Massachusetts

Confidence and Hope
As a long-time champion of the Review, I have seldom had the stirring reaction I experienced from Justin McNeilus’ insightful article “Redeeming the Blind” (August 8, 2013). Such thoughts come only from inspiration and a careful study of God’s Word.

The church is indeed safe in the hands of such young people, who demonstrate their love for God and instill confidence in those of us who share their hope and belief.
--Charlene J Scott
McDonald, Tennessee

Faithful Unto Death
Thanks to the Adventist Review and Wilona Karimabadi for “Gabrielle’s Story” (July 25, 2013), the recounting of Gabrielle Weidner’s faithfulness to a heavenly calling, even unto death.

I learned much of Weidner’s life and the exemplary Christian love and service of her family as her brother, John, and I spent scores of hours in the 1960s conversing about his danger-filled wartime, faith-testing experiences that are the basis for the book Flee the Captor. As John talked of Gabrielle’s relationship to his Dutch-Paris underground organization, and the circumstances leading to her tragic death, his tears flowed freely, a clear evidence to me of his deep, sincere love for his sister.

Here’s hoping for more such faith-building stories as this in the Adventist Review.
--Herbert Ford
Angwin, California

When I attended the Lowell, Massachusetts, Seventh-day Adventist Church in the 1980s, I found a copy of Flee the Captor in our small library. It contains the exploits and testimony of John Weidner and his underground agents and safe houses that saved many lives in Europe during World War II.

Their lives were an inspiration, not only for what they did in the past, but what will likely be repeated very soon by the prophesied, worldwide, antichrist theocracy. We Sabbath-keepers must not only fully understand, but be willing to prepare and pray to play our part in our modern last-day version; just as John and Gabrielle Weidner did in theirs.
--Stephen J. Goodness
Umatilla, Oregon

A Different View
I’m writing in response to Andy Nash’s article, “‘The Least of These’ and the Judgment” (July 18, 2013).

While I admire Nash’s attempts to “mine the deep truths of Scripture,” he unfortunately misses the point of the parable in Matthew 25. We should not forget that Jesus was speaking to Jews, people who believed they were saved by their pedigree, or by their understanding of Scripture.

The idea that we demonstrate our faithfulness to God by the way we treat “the least of these” was doubtless something novel. If there’s any good news to this parable, it’s that those who serve are sometimes more likely to experience salvation than those who claim to have all the answers but don’t lift a finger to relieve human suffering.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Attempting to spiritualize a message about service and turn it into a message about those who preach the gospel of Jesus Christ is not good news.
--Juanita Carpenter
San Bernardino, California

Vote of Affirmation
My hand is reaching toward heaven and waving wildly in support and agreement of Bonnie Isakson Blythe’s letter to the editor (July 25, 2013) regarding the article “A School Grows in Alaska” (June 20, 2013).

If we accept the premise that our schools are a major incubator for church members, it follows that not allowing non-Adventists to enroll their children, makes about as much sense as not allowing non-Adventists to attend Ted N. C. Wilson’s New York evangelism campaign. Go figure!
--Richard R. (Dick) Williams
McMinnville, Oregon



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