Letters to the Editor: March 6, 2015

Reactions to Duke Chapel controversy

I was disappointed when Duke University opened their chapel to the Muslims for prayer. We cannot conform nor compromise our belief in Jesus Christ. We cannot water down our doctrine of faith.

Paul says in Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world…” John 3:36 “He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life but whoever rejects the Son will not see life. God’s wrath remains on him.” John 11:25-Acts 16:3 “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Also John 5:24-16:47.

I have always loved John 17—for we future believers also—17b “I pray also for those who will believe in me.”

We are to love one another and respect one’s beliefs but cannot conform.

I have been in Bible studies with other faiths. We were all there for one purpose, to learn more about Jesus and God and how we could serve Him better.

I enjoy the Arkansas United Methodist.

Hettie Van Patten
First UMC Searcy


I applaud the decision of Duke University to honor the protests of thousands of Christians who strongly opposed the use of the Duke Chapel tower to call Muslims to prayer to Allah.

I agree that in dealing with those of other religions, we should go beyond tolerance to love, respect, and cooperate when possible, but there are limits to interaction when we start promoting worship of a false god.

As a Christian, I accept the Bible as the fully inspired Word of the only God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is no other beside Him. The Duke Chapel was dedicated to the worship of this one God and has always lifted up the name of Jesus Christ as the divine Savior of the world. Muslims do not exalt Jesus as divine Lord and Savior. In fact, their writings say that Jesus as a lesser prophet will return with their “messiah” Al-Mahdi, and will seek to convert others to Islam.

The scriptures clearly show us the consequences of bringing syncretism into the Temple in Jerusalem before the exile, and during Jesus’ earthly ministry.

Duke Chapel and the Christian community on campus shouldn’t compromise on this doctrine.

Joallen Moose
First UMC Siloam Springs


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