As the title indicates, this will be the last article I write for the Shelbyville Newspaper. I recently resigned as the pastor of Blue Ridge Christian Union Church to accept the position of associate pastor at The Journey Church in Lebanon, Tennessee. At the first of the new year, my family and I will move to Lebanon to begin our new ministry assignment.
It’s not easy leaving my church. Nor is it easy giving up this writing ministry. Both have been a part of my life for a long time, and God has used them to bless many people. If you have been reading my articles for any length of time, I want to say thank you. I can’t even begin to count how many times people have approached me in public to tell me they enjoy my column. I will be honest with you, that is what encouraged me to keep writing. There were times when my schedule got so full that I thought about giving up this writing ministry. I don’t get paid for it. It’s a volunteer ministry; so, it would have been easy to give it up when times got busy. But God used people (sometimes on a weekly basis) to encourage me, and if you’re one those people, truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. You kept me going.
I submitted my first article for the newspaper on September 25th, 2014. Not long before that date, I did an interview with the paper on the issue of biblical marriage. After that, I asked the editor if he would allow me to write a weekly column. At first, he said no, stating he already had two writers with weekly religious columns. But I asked him to reconsider on the basis that, though the paper did have two religious columns already, neither of them were from a conservative Christian perspective. One column was written by Nathan Wilson, a liberal Christian and the other was by a Catholic man named Sean Gallagher. Neither columnist offered a conservative evangelical voice, and that was my argument to the editor. I told him Shelbyville, in large part, was conservative and would appreciate a biblical view point. Thus, he agreed, and I have been writing ever since.
Before he let me begin, he asked what I intended to write about each week. The answer to that question was easy. I said I intend to address relevant issues from a Christian worldview based on the truth of the Bible, and that’s what I have sought to do ever since. The first column I wrote was entitled, “Man’s opinion or God’s Word?” That really sums up my entire writing ministry. In fact, it sums up my ministry period. I have always sought to exalt the word of God over and above the opinion of man, because “Every word of God proves true” (Proverbs 30:5), and “Heaven and earth will pass away” Jesus said, “but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16-17), and all those who believe in Him will be saved (John 3:16). I am thankful that God has allowed me write about Him, His word and the gospel. My prayer is that you have been blessed and God has been glorified. Once again, thank you for reading this column. To God alone be the glory.
Thanks for reading.
Brandon Sutton, Pastor2334@gmail.com