To The Daily Sun,
This is my response Miss Denise C. Burke's letter dated Jan. 19 in The Daily Sun.
The Apostle Paul the greatest apostle who ever lived, in my opinion wrote most of the New Testament. In it, he lays out the qualifications for the office of a bishop. I Timothy 3:1-7 says, "This is a true saying, if a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work, a husband of one wife (not a bigamist), vigilant, sober, of good behavior (outside and inside the Church), given to hospitality, apt to teach (God's holy word); not given to wine, no strikes, not greedy for filthy lucre (money gained by lies, deceit, bribery, etc). but patient, not a brawler, not covetous. one that rules his own house, having his own children in subjection with all gravity.
A Roman Catholic priest is forbidden to marry. For if a man know how not to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God? Not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. More over he must have a good report of them outside the church, lest he fall into reproach of the devil." This is God's qualifications of a bishop, not man's teachings (Catholicism, teachings of the Roman Catholic Church).
In your letter you demand that I gave myself the title of bishop. Mam, Bishop is not a title. It is an office that God has called me to. And I have answered that call. I do not follow Catholicism, I'm following the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. "A bishop must be blameless." Blameless in God's sight, not man's! Men without Christ will always find fault, like your letter, for example.
I don't know you Miss Burke. And you don't know me. God knows us both perfectly. I locate a persons faith in God by what comes out of their mouth. In your letter you are judging me as God's servant.
Romans 14:4 says, "Who are you to judge another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand."
Yet you never mention love. The holy Bible says, "Faith worketh by love." No faith no love, no love no faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, again the apostle Paul writes, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him." "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," Proverbs 23:7. What a man has deposited in his heart will come out of his mouth. Love in love out, faith in faith out, hate in hate out.
I do not say this in bitterness. I say this in love. I want every reader to know that I, Bishop Paul W. Blake, loves the owners of the Holy Grail. I want their business to prosper. If they obey God the surely will. If not they won't, it's their choice. I love you also, Miss Burke. I will not use this opportunity to slander. It's sin for me to do so.
You stated you are a Catholic. I also am a catholic (small "c"). I believe you are a Roman Catholic. I am not. The word catholic means "worldwide". Christianity is worldwide. I'm a born-again Christian. John 3:3.
I don't want to burst your bubble, I don't want to rain on your parade. The Roman Catholic Church does not have a monopoly on God. Us Protestants have a right to God also. Miss Burke I was ordained and licensed a non-denominational Christian (not Catholic) minister November 16, 1990, by Grace Fellowship Church. I have a lot of Catholic friends and love them all. You questioning my bishopric is the same as the Pharisees did to our lord Jesus. They actually killed him because he said he is the son of God.
It is an honor for me to be in the same category as my savior. "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (Timothy 3:12). Miss Burke, please keep reading my letters. And the love of God will be shed abroad in you heart. I love all people. I have no hate of malice toward anyone.
Remember Jesus and I, his bishop, love you. God Bless! I won't be answering every complaint out there.
If The Daily Sun would print my letters as I write them and not chop them up, people wouldn't be so judgmental and understand what the will of the Lord is. When the paper does that, it's no longer my letter, it becomes their letter.
Bishop Paul W. Blake
(Editor's note: Bishop Blake's letters are sometimes edited to exclude frequent and lengthy quotations that do not especially add to the narrative.)
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