The written word is very important to the Spiritual life of the church.

During the New Testament times, letters or epistles were circulated among the churches giving Christians information and instruction, (Jn. 5:47; 2 Pt. 3:15; 1 Thess. 4:9; 5:1; 2 Thess. 2:2). No writing today is on the same level as the writings of the New Testament, because these writings are the inspired Word of God, (2 Pt. 1:16-21). However, the writings of Beyond The Pulpit Christian Literature Ministry both expound and defend the inspired writings found in God's Word.

The Arian and Sabellian heresies of the fourth century were refuted and labeled as heresy at the Council of Constantinople in 381AD. From that time, at least twelve different creeds were written and promulgated expressing various kinds of Arianism. It was the theological writings of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzu, and Gregory of Nyssa, known as the Cappadocian fathers, that clarified, defined, and defended the biblical truth about the Trinity against the uprising of these heresies. (The Story of Christian Theology, Roger Olson, Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1999, Pp. 173-175)

John Wycliffe (1329-1384) during the last seven or eight years of his life wrote against heretical teachings of his day and distributed literature in the people's language from village to village along with preaching. (Understanding Christian Theology, Charles Swindoll and Roy Zuck, Nashville: Nelson, 2003, Pp. 1106-1107)

Martin Luther launched the Reformation, when on All Saints' Day in 1517 he posted the famous Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg addressing biblical problems of repentance in his day. (Systematic Theology, Robert Duncan Culver, Great Britain: Mentor, 2005, p. 706)

After the Reformation, "Baptists" were prolific writers defending the truth. Leon McBeth writes, "Alarmed at the rapid growth of Baptists during the 1640's, opponents complained, somewhat indelicately, that every day in England 'the presses sweat and groan' with new Baptist books and pamphlets; that every day, the presses 'vomit forth new streams of filth' written by Baptists. While these metaphors were perhaps overly vivid, their facts were accurate. Hundreds of sermons, booklets, pamphlets, debates, and lengthy books and treatises proclaimed, advanced, defended, and explained the Baptist faith." (The Baptist Heritage, by H. Leon McBeth, Nashville: Broadman Press, 1987, p. 66)

Benjamin Rush, one of the youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a pamphlet entitled, A Defense of the Bible in Schools, in the late 1790's which was distributed around the country. His influence ultimately led to the founding of the American Tract Society in 1825.

I have this same burden of defending, teaching, and spreading God's Word in written form. It is in this spirit of writing literature, that "Beyond The Pulpit" Christian Literature Ministry exists.

Today, with the costs of Christian literature and the poor content of much of what is called Christian literature, a Christian literature ministry is needed. The good Christian books published today only have an average life of two years and on the average only 2,000 to 3,000 copies are printed. ("A New Commitment," Psychoheresy Awareness Letter, November-December, 2005, p. 6). This fact of limited access to good Christian literature reveals a Christian literature ministry is needed. With the low salaries of missionaries and pastors, a Christian literature ministry is needed.

A ministry like "Beyond The Pulpit" Christian Literature Ministry, summarizes and synthesizes a large amount of good Christian literature into small readable portions. This makes the availability, accessibility, and costs much more reasonable for the average Christian, and also for the missionary on the foreign field, not to mention the poorly paid pastor of a smaller church. This is why I need your prayer support, your financial support and your encouragement in this ministry.

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