This edited posting was the response of the editor of the Christian Press Report, an elect
This edited posting was the response of the editor of the Christian
Press Report, an electronic newpaper out of California. This repsonse
was posted along with _The Two Faces of Bob_ in the June issue of CPR.
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Saturday, 11 September 1993 10:15am ET, BY Scott.Mikusko
From the June issue of CPR, Christian BBS out of California
( 619-487-7746 ): CHRISTIAN PRESS REPORT - AN ELECTRONIC
NEWSPAPER ~ Why We Published These Items...
As is mentioned elsewhere in the Christian Press Report,
we hope that the items we publish will, first and foremost,
inspire our readers to pray. Second, we hope that our
news stories will lead you to praise, protest, or take
other appropriate actions.
Ken Smith's expose on Bob Larson is no exception.
However, as the editor of the CPR, I must say that I have
been very relunctant to print Ken Smith's article. I
believe that matters of church discipline should be
handled by the church, rather than by outsiders. Ken
Smith, by his own admission, is not a Christian (or, in
his words, "no longer a professing Christian").
Over the past few years the immoral, sinful practices of
many prominent Christian leaders have been exposed.
Unfortunately, more often than not, it wasn't the Church
that called the charlatans, adulterers and thieves to
task, but rather the world.
What can we do, though, when the Church (including
Christian journalists, writers and publishers) refuses
to confront sinful behavior by one of its own?
[ occult biblical quotes regarding sinful behaviour and
Christian responsibilty deleted - drice & scott ]
Like I said, I was reluctant to print Ken Smith's article,
mainly because Ken is not a part of the Church.
Nevertheless, truth is truth. Truth is not ambiguous.
That's why I hope that Ken's articles will indeed inspire
our readers to pray - pray for Bob Larson, pray for the
Christian press, and also pray for Ken Smith (please also
pray for Ken's father who, at "press" time, was hospitalized
with a ruptured aorta).
For the record, I have been able to verify some of the
information Ken has presented, have talked with one of his
main sources (who himself is known by others in the
Christian community as a respectable Christian), and have
sought the counsel of several Christian leaders - all of
whom encouraged me to go ahead and publish this information.
I do not necessarily agree with all of Ken's views. For
one thing, I happen to like _Christianity Today_ (a magazine
known for trying to present a well-balanced point of view
on even the most controversial issues), am a great fan of
_World_ (which I consider to be one of the finest Christian
News Magazines available), and appreciate the ministry of
the _Evangelical Press Association_ (without whom Christian
journalists and publications would miss lots of information
I am confident, however, that in publishing this information,
the Christian Press Report is doing the right thing. As
always, we welcome letters and E-mail responses from our
Stand-alone copies of Ken's two articles and this
editorial will be available for downloading from Christian
BBS Abba II. The file name to look for is LARSON-0.ZIP.
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