By Paul Proctor
June 6, 2007
I have had a column in one form or another somewhere on the World Wide Web now for nearly ten years - the last five of which have been at NewsWithViews.com. During much of that time, I have maintained a Reader's List of those who felt compelled to write me on occasion about similar concerns we shared - mostly involving the changing church. I certainly wasn't the first to address this controversial issue - but since I began doing so back in August of 2000, there have been numerous individuals and ministries that have sprung up and joined in the effort to warn the flock.
There are some excellent websites and blogs on the Internet now that regularly address this and other related issues and I am glad they all are there - even those whose publishers and contributors I have had a few squabbles and differences with in recent months. The importance of the needed warning, not to mention the necessity of the Gospel being proclaimed, soundly dwarfs the personal and petty.
Though the field is now replete with both watchmen and wolves, the job is certainly no easier. In fact, just endeavoring to be a faithful Christian in these tempestuous times is a struggle in and of itself. And, with so many false, shallow, superficial and cunning examples of what a Christian is being celebrated and promoted far and wide, frankly, I don't know how anybody finds honest fellowship anymore with other believers without first sifting through countless charlatans and self-promoters, each with their own shtick and agenda.
As many of you know, it's also becoming increasingly difficult for news and opinion sites, not to mention columnists like myself, to send out news alerts via email to subscribers due to all of the spam software now blocking group sends. Over the last year, I have been forced to repeatedly re-send my article links to regular readers from various email addresses just to try and get them out to their intended recipients - only to have many email me later asking why they have been removed from my Reader's List. As you might imagine, it is frustrating to get this question sent to you from email addresses you continually receive "Returned Undeliverable" notices from.
For this and other reasons, I have decided to discontinue my Reader's List - at least for now. If you've been reading my column regularly, I'm sure you know where to find it. You'll just have to bookmark my archive and check in whenever you're surfing the net for news and opinion. With impending "hate speech" legislation in the hopper, unless the Lord intervenes, there may not be a lot of faithful Christian commentary published on the Internet or anywhere else much longer - at least not that which is biblically based. It is apparent that our window of opportunity to get the Truth out that Christians have enjoyed over the last decade may soon be closing.
There's also a good chance I won't be quite as regular with this column over the coming summer as I have been. At least, that is my desire. All of the stress, frustration, failures and victories from the year past have convinced me that some time off is necessary. I am reluctant to say, however, what I will or won't be writing about in the coming days because the Lord may well have plans for me I am not yet privy to.
As always, we'll just have to see where He leads.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it." - Amos 8:11-12
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.
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As many of you know, it's also becoming increasingly difficult for news and opinion sites, not to mention columnists like myself, to send out news alerts via email to subscribers due to all of the spam software now blocking group sends.