A Letter From Bro. Bales
The following letter was received from Bro. James D. Bales. It is self -explanatory. We are glad to hear of his intent to write. We hope he will he able to do so soon.
September 28, 1959
Mr. Bryan Vinson, Jr.
Dear Brother Vinson:
Please publish the following:
When the pressure of other work and when my health permits me, I may reply to A. C. Grider's review, July, 1959 of my tract, "The Law of Love."
At this time, 1 would like to inquire whether the author and the editor who printed the article believes that it is a part of sound doctrine to sit in judgement on a brother's motives, without presenting facts to justify one's conclusion, and maintain that he is dishonest. Three times brother Grider was unwilling to concede that I did not know any better. He compliments my intellectual attainments at the expense of my integrity.
If he felt that he must do one or the other, I would certainly appreciate his reflecting on my intelligence and understanding rather than upon my integrity. He further accuses me both by direct statement and by implication of using a discussion of orphans as a ruse to enable the colleges to get their hands into the church treasuries.
These charges against me do not bother me personally, however I do view them with sadness because this is but one illustration of a violation of what I consider to be fundamental sound doctrine. There may or may not be some difficult questions concerning orphan homes, colleges, etc, However, so far as I know no one questions the unsoundness of sitting in judgement upon a brother's motives.
In Christian love,
James D. Bales (signed)
Truth Magazine IV:2, p. 23