October 08, 2005

Harriet Mier's Church

Knowing something about Harriet Miers church may tell us something about her personal religious beliefs, which may tell us something about how she might vote on the Supreme Court. Of course, all this assumes she belonged to the church in Texas because she actually did believe in what it stands for.

The church in question is the Valley View Christian Church in Dallas.

Here's a taste of what the church believes (from its own website):

We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, inspired, authoritative Word of God. As such it is our final authority for all matters of faith and Christian practice. ( 2 Timothy 3:14-16 )

We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and as a result is lost and without hope apart from receiving Jesus Christ. ( Romans 3:23;6:23; Acts 4:12)

We believe that salvation (forgiveness of sins) is available only by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. This free gift of forgiveness is offered to all who receive Christ as Lord and Savior. ( Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:6; John 3:16)

We believe that death seals the eternity of each person ( Hebrews 9:27 ). Those who are forgiven will spend eternity with God in heaven, those not forgiven will be eternally separated from God in hell .( John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Acts 17:31)

Essentially, Harriet's church, which she attended for over 20 years before she came to Washington DC, believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible, that all who do not receive salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ will not receive forgiveness for their sins, and, as a result, will burn in hell forever. Harriet's church basically believes that the vast majority of the people in the world are lost.

How much of it does Harriet Mears believe in? Somehow I doubt she has been faking it all this time. Who knows really? Maybe there are some things about the church she does disagree with but never spoke up about. Perhaps she liked the social setting it provided a single woman. The truth is, we won't know a thing until she begins to make her decisions.

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