Dear God!

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By Gail Ramsey

Dear Ms Ramsey,

First and most importantly, you have the letters (in this column) addressed, "Dear God," and then you proceed to answer the question.

It is my doubt that you can answer anything as God would. He is the only one who can help people who address Him directly ? to know the mind of God, no I think not.

There are too many people who try to play God and take His place. Our ministers today are only by-products of God. Only as His words are spoken, is the real and true answers given.

I am a born again, real and true Christ believing Christian, and have been for more years than you have lived. God is real. No, you must not ever speak for Him.

Alice

 

Dear Alice,

Thank you for your letter. I will take this opportunity to put your mind at rest.

First of all, please know that I am not trying to "play God" or "take His place", for surely He stands alone.

God has commanded us, as "true Christ believing Christians", however, to: "exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today', lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3:13)

He has also commanded us, in Titus 2:1&15 to "Speak these things, (the things that are proper for sound doctrine) exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you"

The apostle Paul speaks in the book of Titus 1:9, that a religious leader should 'hold fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict."

Alice, Christians ARE the hands and feet and voice of God on this earth.

Dear God! was created to encourage, exhort and convict according to the Word of God, all those who choose to read it. Each and every column is based upon specific scripture or scriptures which relate to the problem presented.

Would you rather we refer them to Dear Abbey?

Every letter featured in this column is from someone who has either asked me for help in person, or contacted this ministry by letter or telephone. I feel very confident in saying that not one of these people has ever confused me with the Almighty God.

Please note also, that the letters printed, PURPOSELY begin with an exclamation (!), (which, according to Webster?s means: a sudden forceful utterance or protest.); not a comma, which we use when addressing someone in a letter.

Jesus said, "Go and preach the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:60).

Alice, God has given me a mandate. You can find it in 2 Tim. 4:2&5 ?Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching...do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.?

Whether I preach from a pulpit, over the radio, or on the printed page makes no difference to me, but, like Paul 'woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" 1 Corin. 9:16

If you question my doctrine or Scripture, I welcome your comments.

 

Gail Ramsey, an ordained minister, portrayed the role of Susan Moore on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. she had other roles on the TV programs Mike Hammer, Generations and California Dreams. Today, Ramsey leads Semeion Ministries, where readers can write her at P.O. Box 77, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43063.