- Just some excerpts I thought relevant to this list:
Regarding Responsible Reformation
by Al Maxey
maxey@... ------- www.zianet.com/maxey/
Issue #58 ------- July 30, 2003
It is with narrow-souled people as with
narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in
them the more noise they make in pouring out.
--- Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Reflections from Readers
From a Preacher in Lubbock, Texas:
Dear Apostate Al,
I would not accuse you of being a racist or of believing that man
evolved from a monkey.
Apostate Al, you make a monkey out of yourself in just about everything
you write. You lack hermeneutical skill and the ability to correctly use
logic. In virtually every article you write, you prove that you do not
know one thing about sound biblical exegesis. What one sees in your
Reflections is sophistry, distortion of the truth, eisegesis, and the
desire to be "different" --- all "reflections" of an ignorant (or
dishonest), attention craving apostate.
Apostate Al, I do not know whether to laugh at you, or feel sorry for
you. In any case, I will pray for you and for those who might follow
your screwball poppycock.
A beloved professor in graduate school told me that when one began
receiving letters such as the above, that one should not feel badly. It
simply meant that one was bearing fruit for the Lord and had thereby
come to the attention of Satan. I have been receiving such letters,
emails and phone calls for years, and have often taken courage from the
wise words of that professor. When disciples begin to seriously reflect
upon God's Word, and to yearn for unity and harmony with all of their
brethren, the forces of evil muster for a frontal assault.
A preacher friend once informed me, when I first began preaching many
years ago, "When you come to the attention of the Contending For The
Faith bunch, you then will know you are successful in your service to
God." The above critic is one of the Contending For The Faith writers,
and has a long history of attacking anyone and everyone who takes a
stand for the unity of believers in One Body. Being assaulted is never
pleasant, but if it means that these Reflections are touching the hearts
of God's people, thus causing great concern for Satan, then harsh
pejoratives and caustic criticisms are a small price to pay for seeing
Truth advanced and walls of exclusion come down and brethren united. May
God continue to loosen the shackles of religious slavery and bring more
precious souls into the freedom of
His grace! --- Al Maxey
From a Reader in Oregon:
Dear Brother Al, I agree with you that the "young earth" proponents have
a tendency to bend over backwards to prove their theory, just as much so
as the evolutionists do in an effort to prove theirs.
"The Science of God," by Gerald L. Schroeder, I think goes a long way to
reconcile the Genesis account with quantum physics, and while it doesn't
necessarily mean that it's absolutely correct, it does make for a strong
argument against the "young earth." I don't have a problem with someone
who takes the Genesis account at face value, but I do believe that a
complete disregard for theories that probe the depths of Creation does a
great disservice of our Lord's Word. Volumes can be written trying to
explain a parable of Jesus and what the "real" meaning of His story may
have been, yet, singularly it seems, when it comes to Genesis, it's
almost taboo among believers today to even consider the possibility that
it is not literal.
Sometimes I have to stand in amazement of this and want to reply, "What
if Jesus' parable of the sower was really just about farming?"
The heavens and earth exist because of our Creator and they continue to
exist because of the laws that He built into the system. I feel that we
as finite creatures will never fully comprehend those laws, but to
completely disregard that they exist undermines God's infinite wisdom.
As for me, the science that substantiates "old earth" is also the
science that might eventually realize the Genesis Creation account.
Just the realization that our latest scientific thought is on the brink
of agreement with Genesis, a text that was written thousands of years
ago, fills me with that much more awe and praise for the Word of God.