To the Editor:
To the general undiscerning populace it does not seem to matter what church one attends as all churches are essentially alike. I commend First Congo of Ripon for dispelling that notion with clever, bold ads making clear what they do and do not believe.
They could not be more different from Trinity Church of Ripon as we chose the name “Trinity” when the congregation was formed in 1987 because it speaks of the core of what we believe about the God who revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God is three equal and eternal persons in one Godhead. The scriptures are clear on this teaching ...
There is one teaching we do have in common with all churches and that is that God loves absolutely everyone and we are to love them too. The bible teaches that Christ died for everyone. Therefore, we are to preach this good news to everyone calling them to repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
We do not do people a favor telling them they may continue in deliberate sin and still be forgiven and have new life. In Christ we are delivered from the power of sin to live as He taught us to live.
The Ten Commandments are given for our benefit as a guide to healthy living. They are not rules and laws to keep us from joy, but the means to joy when we love God as he has loved us. ...
Americans are blessed with freedom to choose their congregation and doctrine, however, it behooves us to search the scriptures like the Bereans of old to determine if what we are being taught is in accord with God’s Word (Acts. 17:11,12)....
— Art Volkmann
733 Sunrise Drive
To read the entire letter, see the June 5, 2014 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.