“A Hand of Live-Giving Love”

I find it ironic that in the very first paragraph of the article “A Hand of Life-Giving Love,” it speaks about the Great Commission in Matt. 28:18-20 “being caught, thought, and taught incompletely and even inaccurately” when the article itself incompletely presents that very Scripture.  Finger number 4 on the outstretched palm and paragraph no. 4 both speak of baptizing and teaching them everything that Jesus has told us.  Jesus words recorded in Matt. 18:20 are “teaching them to obey (emphasis added) everything I have commanded you.”  Certainly Jesus could have left “to obey” out of the Great Commission if he thought it unnecessary.  The article’s point of these verses having been given a “heavy Law orientation” is not served well by simply deleting or ignoring words inconvenient to the author’s point.
Let us keep and teach Jesus’ words in their entirety and resist the common temptation to dilute them.
Beth Gehrke
Elgin, IL


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