"The opinions expressed in the following / preceding program are not necessarily those of..."
Disclaimers such as this are not uncommon when religious programming is being aired. In fact, our weekly radio program (available in mp3 format) has been tagged with such a disclaimer for most of our broadcast history. Of course, the purpose of such a warning is to separate the station from the material in question. Airing a program does not constitute agreement with the contents. That's all fine and well, but for a few moments, I'd like to focus on the phrase "...opinions expressed..."
The word "opinion" is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter; belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge; a generally held view..."
Everyone has an opinion, and it is wonderful to live in a country where we have the right to express our opinions. And yet, when the word "opinion" is applied to the material discussed on our weekly radio program, I cringe. Why? Because it matters not what one's opinion on things religious is, but rather, what the word of God says.
A consistent question on our program has been, "What does the Bible say?" Our discussions are not intended to shed light on what we might like the Scripture to say, or what we think it should say. We study to honestly and earnestly inquire what God's word says.
Consider just a few examples of topics we've discussed on the radio which most definitely are not "opinions expressed", but Scriptural fact:
- Can a child of God fall from grace? (Gal 5:1-4; Heb 12:15)
- Do Christians today miraculously speak in tongues? (Acts 2:1-12; 1 Corinthians 13:8b-13)
- Is homosexuality a sin? (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Now, well into our 2nd year of broadcasting, I am confident that we have program after program expressed to the public, not our opinions of things religious, but the truth of God's word. May we continue to do so, and may all who express an interest in the will of God seek to know His will, not someone's opinion about it.
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Are those who obey the law cursed? Galatians 3:10 says yes, but Deuteronomy 27:26 says those who DO NOT obey the law are cursed. Is there a contradiction?