I am writing in response to a letter published in your September, 2002, “Readers’ Forum” section. In this letter, your organization’s director of Filipino Missions, a Mr. Bill Layda, referred to the adherents of Islam as “our Moslem brothers.”
I sincerely hope that AMG International does not embrace the opinion of it’s director. If it does, will you please remove our church from your mailing list. Islam is a devilish assault on everything holy. Christians should pray and witness to Moslems, but we should never embrace or sympathize with their beliefs (Gal. 1:8-9).
Pastor Carl D. Green
Victory Bible Baptist Church
Editor’s note: Here is Bill Layda’s response to Pastor Green’s letter:
“Thanks for your email of August 29, 2002, about one of your readers’ reaction to my letter to you regarding my comment to the article “ The Struggle Within Islam.” Let me answer briefly and kindly:
“Firstly, I would like to assume that Pastor Carl Green knows the difference between Islam and Moslem (or Muslim). Yes, I agree with him that “Islam is a devilish...” and “we should never embrace or sympathize with their beliefs.” Islam is religion but Moslem is a person who happens to embrace Islam.
“Secondly, when I said our “Moslem brothers” I didn’t mean theologically as though we are of the same faith. Rather, I mean socially or anthropologically. In the Philippines we use the term “Moslem brothers” to mean our fellow countrymen. In the wider sense it would mean our fellowmen. They are part of humanity, just like any of us created by God. Whatever their spiritual state, we must “pray and witness” to them. And the best way to do it is to approach them in the spirit of love. That was the context of my comment.”
First, may I say I’ve been a subscriber and avid reader of Pulpit Helps for many years. I clip and use and file articles regularly for teaching my Sunday School Bible Class at Kings Baptist Church, Taylorsville, KY. Your editorial on Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day on October 20 strikes me very forcefully and brought me to my knees in prayerful gratefulness and it’s a joy to share with you.
I am a Sunday School teacher. In a few days (Sept. 9) I will be 89 years old. I began teaching primary children when I was 14 years old (in 1927). Then I taught jr. age for 25 years. During this period I started conducting and directing Vacation Bible School in many different churches and associations each summer for 54 consecutive years. I was 81 years old in my last one. I saw many young people accept Christ as Savior. Today, some are missionaries, preachers, deacons, Sunday School teachers, school teachers, doctors, business people, farmers, and home makers. For the last several years, I have taught adult senior ladies and still teach them, and look forward to it every Sunday in spite of arthritic knees. We have about 35 enrolled, average attendance 25. Some are members in service. Some are inactive (homebound).
We had 27 present today. Our class is very active in missions, visiting, community service. We have our own choir, piano, and music director.
I don’t know what the future holds but I know Who holds the future! My only grand-daughter and her husband have served as foreign missionaries for 13 years.
As Paul said in Galatians 6:11 “You see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.” (Her letter was hand-written.) Keep up your good work ‘til Jesus comes.