Letters to the Editor by: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy 1979-1980
I worked for the Polk County Enterprise for almost a year. I was secretary to the publisher and that is a lot of hats.
I was receptionist, answered the phones, took subscriptions, canceled subscriptions, repaired stencils, found old newspapers and made copies for people who wanted them, took classified ads when Linda needed help, put together ads for the paper, helped with political ads, investigated whether some ads were scams or not, helped the bookkeeper, wrote an article on boating for the sports editor (about 3), wrote letters to the Editor for the Editor, helped proof read the paper, made appointments and wrote letters for the publisher.
I had only been working for a short time when one of the reporters made a statement that there was no need for missionaries because everyone was pre-ordained by God. I stood up and said yes we are pre-ordained; but Jesus said to Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.
Our editor overheard and asked me to come into her office. She asked me if I would read the religious related letters to the editor and if they were not true to the Bible, would I please write a letter to the editor writing the truth. She would run them both side by side on the editorial page.
She had been getting flack from some of the local pastors about the misleading letters. After I started writing rebuttal letters, the pastors were happy again.
I already had a small new testament on my desk; but I replaced it with a Large Holy Bible that had a concordance in the back. Almost every week we received a letter from someone who was obviously a member of a cult. I would research the subject and write a rebuttal letter.
2 Tim 2:24-25 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
Eph 4:11-16 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ; from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
1 Tim 1:3-4 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia; remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
1 Tim 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Titus 1:8-9 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding 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.
Background picture of me from a page in the Polk County Enterprise 1980 Secretary's Day - I was secretary to the publisher.
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