The Forum: Army infantryman lauds The Christian Index

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From time to time The Christian Index gets some gracious communications for which we are eternally grateful. Last week we received an email from a dear friend and supporter of our publication. His name is Mariano Pidlaoan. He is a member of Pinehurst Baptist Church in Columbus.

Mariano was born at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. He came to the United States in 1983 after enlisting in the U.S. Army. He began attending Pinehurst Baptist Church in 1991 and was saved through the ministry of the Columbus church in 1992. Beginning in 1993 he was stationed in Germany for five years but came back to Pinehurst in 1998 and continues to be a faithful member of the church. He served in the U. S. Army as an infantryman for a total of 22-years.

The former infantryman recently sent an email to a number of his colleagues urging them to read The Christian Index and gave them three reasons for doing so.

“First,” he explained, “is the truth. Personally, I follow the editorials written by Dr. Harris. I love the way he conveys the message in a layman’s term from the start to the finish. He points out the main topic with an unadulterated and unbiased truth regardless of the situation. The editorials are very ethical because he never compromises the value of truth whether the topic is likable or unlikeable. That is the mark of a true and good writer.

Second, I love the way he underscores current events with biblical truth, always citing examples from the Bible to support his conclusions. The editorials always seem to be characterized by biblical exegesis and lead to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Third, I do not mean to write for the purpose of self-aggrandizement, but I have been edified by reading The Christian Index. Throughout four-plus years of reading The Index I have accumulated a greater vocabulary and have been stimulated intellectually and enriched mentally by reading the editorials.

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