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To the editor:

As a pastor, I have noticed a disturbing trend that has been in Richmond County for as long as I can remember. It is the lack or the non-existence of true godly fellowship among the churches.

I truly believe it has to do with race, religion and a lack of understanding of the Word (Bible). Nowhere in the Bible will you find separation based on color or denomination (which is not of God). Religion is rampant in vast majority of the churches in this county. Religion is man’s way to God, which is not biblical, while Christianity is a relationship. The Lord redeeming fallen man, an individual accepting Christ as Lord and Savior!

I know for a fact, I have talked with some Caucasian pastors about fellowship, I get answers like, come to my church, or we are the fastest growing church in Richmond County. So what! If it’s not by the Bible, its growing is in vain. I have had more Caucasian pastors at my church, Church of Freedom Ministries in Raeford. It is really sad that most pastors are afraid to branch out or to speak out to the leaders and congregation of the church, to challenge them to act like Christians, instead of church members. Yes, there is allot of crazy things going on in all churches, so don’t make excuses. There are some pastors (African Americans) who tell the truth and have education, and spirit-filled and led.

So pastors, why don’t you invite African Americans pastors to your church? I listen to radio broadcast around Rockingham and not many are saying much, so don’t say its African Americans can’t teach or preach the word. Our worship experience might be different, because what we had to go through in this county, so don’t try to use that as a reason not to fellowship with us.

Some of the bigger churches teach bad doctrine too. Jesus didn’t die for a black or white, green, purple or blue church, He died to save sinners! I challenge some of the Caucasian pastors to break this and start representing the Lord right, bring fellowship. I get tired of Caucasian pastors saying come to my church, and have a good time, or come to our revival — how about come to ours! I have heard what’s preached, not the Word, but religion and their denomination! Anything divided will fall, and the local church has fallen, and the result is no power because of this Satan influenced and man-made division.

Check Rev. 3:20, and while you are in your Bible read Matt. 7:13-14. Jesus is talking to people in the church, not to sinners. Not many that flock to church will go to heaven! The true Body of Christ doesn’t have racial problems, but the local church is replete with. There is a difference between the Body of Christ and the local church.

I know the MLK celebration is coming up and an African American Pastor will go to a Caucasian church — of course, empty of the members (visitors will make up attendance.) Caucasian pastor will preach at an African American church, with not many Caucasian visitors. I think these services should stop, it’s hypocrisy on both sides, forced fellowship.

Politicians will attend to be seen, so they might secure some votes for African American voters. This is a serious problem, so keep your silly quotes to yourself. I for one am not a hireling so I can afford to tell the truth. Who knows the meaning of these scriptures, not what you think, nor you denominational thinking, but what the Lord meant. Gal. 3: 27-28, “For asmany of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Racism and division because of status is done away with in these scriptures. Who can refute these scripture?

Edward Ash


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