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Major disappointment

Dear editor:

It's been almost 50 years since the Equal Rights Amendment was sent to the states for ratification. It was brought before the Arkansas Legislature again about 10 or so years ago. A Democratic Legislature agreed to endorse it standing in the Rotunda of the Capitol only to rescind their pledge once in session. Today we need only one (1) state to make it a permanent amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing everyone equal rights regardless of race, sex, religion or country of origin.

Can you imagine if those men had done as they promised or swore to do that day? We'd have 28 amendments and all these laws and rules allowing the government to decide who can vote, who can enter the country or what a woman can do with her health decisions would be illegal under the law based on religion, race or sex?

Arkansas, you are a major disappointment as a so-called "Blue" Democratic state. You have earned your place as a Red state and all it implies.

Judy Ladd

Hot Springs

Day of judgment

Dear editor:

"One of these days we all will stand in judgment for every single word that we have spoken.

"One of these days we all will stand before the Lord to give a reason for everything we've done.

"And what I've done is trust in Jesus, my great Deliverer, my strong Defender, the Son of God.

"I trust in Jesus, blessed Redeemer, my Lord forever, the Holy One, the Holy One.

"What are you going to do when your time has come and your life is done and there's nothing you can stand on?

"What will you have to say at the Judgment Throne? I already know the only thing that I can say -- I trust in Jesus.

"There's nothing I can do on my own to find forgiveness. It's by His grace alone, I trust in Jesus, I trust in Jesus."

(These words are from the contemporary Christian song entitled, "Trust in Jesus," sung by Mac Powell of the group, "Third Day.")

Some of you have not realized your need of God. He should be regarded as the most important thing in your life. Why? You are literally dependent upon God for every breath you take and for your every heartbeat. Your life really is in His hands!

Even though your physical body will die, there is another part of you called the soul which will live on forever. Yes, you will continue to exist in your soul form in one of two places, either Heaven or Hell!

God reveals in the Bible that we have all sinned against him. "Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious ideal (perfect standard.)" (Romans 3:23) We have offended God! Our sinfulness makes us incompatible with God.

How can guilty sinners like us expect to spend eternity in Heaven with God? God declares that nothing impure will be allowed to enter Heaven.

"... No one can ever be made right in God's sight by doing what the law commands. For the more we know of God's laws, the clearer it becomes that we aren't obeying them; His laws serve only to make us see that we are sinners." (Romans 3:20)

"But now God has shown us a different way to Heaven-- not by 'being good enough' and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way. Now God says that He will accept and acquit us -- declare us 'not guilty' -- if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins." (Romans 3:21, 22)

"For God sent Jesus Christ to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God's anger against us. He used Christ's blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath." (Romans 3:25)

On the day of Judgment, those who trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and followed after him will be raised to eternal life in Heaven. But, those who rejected Jesus and lived anyway they pleased will face eternal punishment in Hell!

Yes, you all desperately need God both now and forever. Once you die, it will be too late!

Lloyd Hoffman

Hot Springs

Editorial on 03/06/2019

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