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October 27, 2007:  FIRST DAY IN KURNOOL  

We left Bangalore about 4:00AM this morning (Saturday) for the eight hour drive north to Kurnool. I'm glad we got an early start because it meant we missed the heavy traffic of the city. Our trip was pleasant and without incident - which is saying something because the traffic on the road was very heavy and the driving very scary at times! (See the photos of today for the road sign that reads, "We like you but not your rash driving"! That describes Indian driving perfectly!)

We settled into the hotel that will be "home" for the next two weeks and then met with ten of the gospel preachers we are working with for lunch. It was so good to see these brethren again! Eight of these men have been involved in arranging the classes we will begin on Monday.

After lunch Bobby, Dan, Justin, LeRoy and I met with a man who has been involved in the work here in Kurnool for the last two years. Unfortunately, he has shown himself to be deceitful and has conducted himself in a sinful manner by continuing to have fellowship with liberalism while at the same time claiming to have been converted from this error. We thoroughly discussed this matter with him, presenting him with the evidence of his error. We urged him to repent, and we pray he will do so, beginning with a public statement to the class on Monday.

We will not knowingly have fellowship with any one who is not following the New Testament pattern in word and deed (Col. 3:17; 2 Jno. 9-11). The gospel work we are doing here in India is not about money - we have never offered money to anyone to get them to join with us - and we never will do so. Yet, we have heard this charge being made against us here in India. It is a lie and there is absolutely no evidence to support this baseless charge. We will be challenging those who are spreading this lie against us, and we will challenge them to honorable Bible discussion of the subject of the work and organization of the local church. We will not traffic in carnal tactics.

The opposition that the pure gospel is getting here in India reminds me of what Paul wrote the Thessalonians concerning how he and his companions brought the gospel to that city:

1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain.
2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
3 For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.
4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
5 For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness.
6 Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. (1 Ths. 2:1-7)

We will continue to work hard to call the lost to salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord, and to call those who have been deceived by Satan out of doctrinal error.

Thank you for reading - we hope you'll return for tomorrow's update.

Best wishes in Christ,

Joe Price

 

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