Dear U R,
Wow! What an eye opener… more than just food for thought, it is as Jeremiah said, «Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts» Jeremiah 15:16
There is quite a lot of chewing going on down here and some might even be swallowing, Ha Ha.
We are truly happy that our letter gave You joy. Each and everyone of us have been so busy trying to get You to do things FOR US and make us happy, we have missed what Jesus said, «I do always those things that please HIM» John 8:29. We have never been made aware of this at any CHURCH, SCHOOL, or SEMITARY. We thank you not only for these words, but we have asked, and know, that we have received Your forgiveness for our selfishness.
Now as one of our group said, This letter finally makes sense to me. Looking around this world at the wars, rapes, murders, robberies, hunger, sickness, diseases, homelessness, and death, we know that there is NO WAY these evils can be from Your likeness or Your image. How have we been so blinded and led so far away?
Now, our group has come together, not as a DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH with RULES and DOCTINES; we have come together to be taught of You. We, as newborn babes in Christ, «desire the sincere milk of the word that we may grow thereby» as Peter instructed us (1 Peter 2:2). To be real honest we do not know what this really means for sure.
Now we have many questions! First, no one really understands what it means to be BORN AGAIN. What are the baptisms of John, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost and Fire? You said the SINNER›S PRAYER left You and John the Baptist out, we can see that now. We are guilty of that too as You already know it was in our confession. We know we are forgiven but do not have complete understanding as yet, and we all sort of feel like lost sheep.
All of us are looking to You and the Scriptures of John 14:22 & 23, «Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?» Jesus answered and said unto him, «If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE WILL COME TO HIM, and MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM.»
This is so NEW and DIFFERENT from what we have been taught in our CHURCH DOCTRINES where we have to go to their CHURCH BUILDINGS to meet with You!
Our group is chewing on this too, and we are anxiously awaiting Your next letter and teaching.
Your Pastors, Family, and Friends
PS – A few others have joined our group …Butt, we are not of one mind or one accord… yet, though our hope is in You and the words You gave Jesus to give us.