George Bentch

It has become the in-thing to put down The Light. This did not originate with the young folks-they are copying what they have heard from older people.
Consider some of the men who are referred to as "The Light bunch", anyone who dares to write for the publication. These are men who, in the battle for truth and right, stand in the front line. They have the sword of the Spirit in hand and mind. They are concerned with the salvation of the souls of others. Some have car­ried the gospel to foreign lands.

Writing is a very serious business. You may not remember what was said in a sermon but the written word can be reread and checked. The speaker may say, "I don't remember saying that." The writer cannot deny what he wrote. Those who write do so with conviction based on the scriptures. It ill behooves anyone, even if they know more than the writer, to belittle one who takes the time and makes the effort to write.

The same is true of those who preach or teach. James 4:11-12 says, "Speak not evil one of another, breth­ren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?" It seems there have always been more judges than doers. Romans 14:4 asks, "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth..." In John 7:24 Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." Get the facts straight!

Everyone, whether speaking or writing, is dealing with the souls of people. Paul told Timothy in 1st Timothy 4:16, "Take heed unto thy­self, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." Jesus gave this warning in Matthew 12:36, "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Oh, be care­ful how you use your tongue! How much more your pen!

It is not in the power of men to know the thoughts of others. First Chronicles 28:9 tells us,"...the Lord searcheth all hearts, and under-standeth all the imaginations of the thoughts..." In Acts 8:22 Peter told Simon, "Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee." Thoughts produce words. The wise man said in Ecclesiastes 5:2, "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few." In verse three he wrote, "...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words." We've all been told, "It is better to be silent and have people wonder if you are a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt." Not a thought we think, or a word we speak escapes the perception of the God we serve.

True servants of God have always been put down and spoken evil of. Remember, Ahab, the wicked king, asked the prophet of God Elijah, "Art thou he that troubleth Israel?"  When anyone speaks or writes in a conser­vative manner, those with a liberal attitude are offended. We serve a conservative God. His Word is plain and restrictive. He is the great law giver. He makes no mistakes. James 2:12 tells us we will be judged by the law of liberty. This does not mean we are at liberty to sin or revile those who stand for truth and right living. Do you realize that, as the unkind words you speak enter the ear of God, they may be accompanied by the prayer for you led by the one you are speaking unkindly of?

There is comfort in the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:11, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all man­ner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." He also warned in Luke 6:26, "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."  It is better therefore to speak or write the truth and be evil spoken of than to be wrong and have approval of men. Too many are concerned with that. Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 10:18, "For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth." In John 12:42-43 we read, "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." It feels good when people approve of us, but beware of what you value most!

A man once told a preacher after his sermon, "Brother, I covet your mind." What he meant was, he knew how much thought and study had gone into the sermon. This is true of "The Light bunch." There is prayer before the pen. No one ever writes without thought and study. The writ­ers strive to present the truth in an understandable manner.  

It is often a heavy load to decide what to print and when. Jerry can and does consult with any or all of the editorial staff for advice at any time. He does not always make all the decisions alone.