Recent articles on the eternal state in the “People and Faith” section of The Advocate remind me of a line from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”: “Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream.”

There is a lot of skim-milk theology in The Advocate’s religion section.

C.S. Lewis once cautioned students about the use of secondary sources. If you want to know about Plato, read Plato, he said. It is much easier, and much more enjoyable than reading what others have said about Plato.

The same principle holds in this case. If you want to know what the Lord Jesus Christ taught about heaven and hell, read his words in the gospels. You will discover a clarity never achieved in The Advocate!

Joe Nesom, pastor

First Baptist Church