"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of truth." — (Psalm 60:4)
"Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them." — (Isaiah 13:2)
Devoted To The Defense Of The Church Against All Errors And Innovations
Vol.IV No.VIII Pg.12b
March 1942

A Word From The West

Dear Brother Murch:

I read with interest your "Straws in the Wind" of February 14 in the Christian Standard. I hasten to add a word and I hope you will print it to show how the wind blows among the young preachers of the Churches of Christ in this state.

I am a young preacher and I know how the young preachers of the church feel. I have been associated in school and in work with the majority of the young preachers in all of the states west of the Mississippi. Any "straws" that you have seen blowing from Detroit and Louisville do not represent the sentiment of the young preachers of the church of our Lord. To be sure there are some "straws" blowing out from the above mentioned cities, but these all, come from men who could not preach in most Churches of Christ.

A good indication of how the wind blows in California could be found here in Los Angeles. There are more than 60 Churches of Christ in this city and the territory surrounding it. There is not a preacher of any importance that would encourage a single move made by the leaders of the so-called unity movement. The teachers and leaders of Pepperdine College in this city and the preachers of Los Angeles are not with the "straws" of your movement. When the "straws" are identified it will be seen that they are those who would compromise the gospel and lead the church into sectarianism. Why not give us the name of the "capable, successful" young minister you mentioned?

The younger preachers remember another famous "poll" and the 90% of preachers that favored that movement, but who were the preachers? A look at your "straw" votes would reveal them.

I hope you will print this but I really do not expect to see you do so.

Most sincerely. Glen L. Wallace.