To the Editor:

(Re.“Gallup shows fast trot out church doors,” April 8, 2021) Tim, 50 years ago when we were in middle School, the city streets of Ripon went quiet every Good Friday from noon to 3 p.m., as people sat in their various church services. Yet, unbeknownst to us, our country was being torn even then by the same two problems that confronts us today — a disowning of a Holy, Creator God and a hatred for fellow men created in his image.

Let me suggest that the rejection of God/no fear of a Holy Creator God, of which the lack of church attendance is merely a symptom, is the real crux of today’s world issues. If we would return to the simple truth of what the Easter season celebrated the death-burial-and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead so that sinful man could be rescued from an eternal damnation in a literal Hell. Then we would again see church attendance pick up and men genuinely have a love and concern for their neighbors who are all created in the imagine of a Holy Creator God.

1 Corinthians 15:3 — For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received — according to the scriptures, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.

— Rev Doug Hanback


(6) comments

Mark Alexander

Sallie proves beyond a shadow of a doubt religion is not the answer. She Claims religion yet backs the biggest religious hypocrite on the planet in trump. He used religious people to get elected yet is the shadiest most blasphemous human alive.

Also if it were fear that kept people being decent to each other then our cops shooting 1st and asking questions later all the time Long with long prison sentences is much more of a detterent than fear of the after life. As I said to Tim's original article people are just too self absorbed and selfish now. Technology has become their vise because like most things when you don't do it in moderation it consumes you. Parenting by proximity with no guidance is not a way to raise a child. And that's become too much of the norm. Trying to make religion the root cause is highly inaccurate

Sallie Helmer

A blood donor saved my life.

His name is Jesus Christ.

Lord of Lords

King of Kings.

Dale Failor

Anyone that worships Trump like Sallie does, can not worship Jesus also.

Sallie Helmer

Rev Doug Hanback,

So true. Jesus is the answer. Amen


Bill Bumby

In the words of founding father and Deist, Thomas Paine... “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”. What we have lost is empathy and compassion. One doesn’t need fear of a vengeful God nor a promise of heaven to do what is right

Rhonda Perr

Agree completely!!

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