Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Issues, Etc. Petition Statistics

03/19 459 (first day)
03/20 1836
03/21 841
03/22 439
03/23 264
03/24 400
03/25 367
03/26 125 (today as of 3:35edt)
4700 names and counting

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Brothers in Christ,
I am writing this letter on the eve Resurrection Sunday. I would like to respectfully object to the unceremonious cancellation of, in my view, the most vital radio in Christian broadcasting, Issues Etc.

In March of 1996, I listened to my first "Issues" show. The subject was "The Theology of the Cross". In my previous church-going experience, I attended various congregations including Evangelical, and Charismatic churches In these environments there was something missing. I heard plenty of positive thinking, signs and wonders, practical application, and other subjects. Most of these painted our savior
as a life coach, and a showman. In my personal Bible Studies, I read about a Savior that died on the Cross for my Salvation, and rose again the third day. There was nothing I could do of my own power, but by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. I rarely heard these things in those churches or from the evangelists that broadcasted there version of the Gospel on radio and television. Then on Sunday night in March 1996, I "accidentally" tuned in Issues Etc. They spoke of the Theology of the Cross. I was hooked. I later learned about the sacraments; baptism, and communion. As I continued to listen, I became more acquainted with the Confessional Lutheran message. In April 1998, I became a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville IL. Our pastors have always been faithful servants of Jesus Christ, who rightfully divide Law and Gospel in a way that did not magnify themselves as media superstars as we so often see today. Instead they did so in totally giving Glory and Honor to our resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ.

This is why I feel that Issues Etc is so vital to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a world of pop-culture evangelism, where the seeker is scared, Issues Etc directs people to the true "Full Gospel" of Jesus Christ. It directed me to a Confessional Lutheran Church, and has done so for countless others. To take this vital tool of the Gospel off the air without a specific reason is unconscionable, in my humble opinion.

Yours in Christ,
Jim Harter, Naperville IL