If God’s Two Witnesses Came Would The Church Let Them Through The Door?
By Linda C Dipman
In my endeavor to spread God’s message I naturally felt that my market should be directed to the
churches, because this was a Christian book. So I began by mailing a picture of my book cover and
information on how to purchase my book to the surrounding churches in my state. Months passed and
hundreds of mailings were sent out. The majority of the churches would not post my information on their
I was shocked and I questioned why they wouldn’t give their church members access to this book.
Maybe it was because I was a woman? Or could it be because I had been an upholster for the past
thirty-two years. Of course it could be because I had no theologian education. As I questioned their
lack of interest many biblical stories came to my mind.
Amos was a farmer, David a shepherd, Peter a fisherman, Paul a tent maker, yet they were all called
by God. Jesus was a carpenter and He was the very Son of God and the Savior of the world. It seemed
that according to the Bible I didn’t need any credentials, just a calling from God.
If this is the case then why weren’t the churches allowing their congregations the knowledge that my
book existed? Here is the letter I mailed out to the churches.
Dear Church Leader,
I wanted to personally invite you and your congregation to read this book, “The Game of Life: it’s almost
over.” It answers in detail the reason for our present day life experiences, using my life as an
illustration. We want all churches from all religious backgrounds to post the cover and how to purchase
this book on their bulletin boards.
So many Christians are depressed and they play the blame game when something bad happens to
them in their life. They are worried and upset over the unbelief of some of their family members. They
are concerned about raising their children in a world filled with chaos. Christians want to know why they
have cancer or why their child died in Iraq. This book answers all of these questions using my life and
“The Game of Life” is filled with encouragements and answers to the hard questions we face in life.
Families will be brought together, parents will understand their teenagers, and it will teach us not to
judge. This book illuminates the debates over homosexuality, divorce, and abortion. It is clear and easy
to understand; it will break down the barriers of misunderstanding and reveal a truth that is being
This book will help your leaders and teachers be better councilors and deliver messages that are more
effective to the congregation. It will draw more people into your church so God can meet the needs of
the churchless people. The words in this book will explode into revelation that will ignite a fire in the
hearts of all mature Christians who needed the right ingredients in order to meet the needs of their un-
churched family members and friends.
Then the letter came and I was excited. A chief under shepherd of a large church was kind enough to
answer my questions. He gave seven reason why he wasn’t going to let anyone know about my book.
1. I don’t know what message your presenting.
2. You seem to place ‘my life’ first and biblical truths’ second, in terms of sources for truth.
3. I’m always suspicious when someone tells me they’ve found ‘hidden truth’.
4. I’m also suspicious when someone tells me that a book (other than the Bible) will draw people,
make messages better, or explode into revelation.
5. I don’t know your denominational affiliation. Are you Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Moonie, 7th Day
6. I’m leery of people who say ‘God talked to me’ because those words often precede words that
7. I’m also hesitant because you’ve mentioned the issue of homosexuality, but give little indication of
where you stand.
He concluded his letter with these final words. “In short I can’t recommend a book that I don’t know.
Hope this has been helpful.” Immediately I was happy for his input, but I questioned why if he had so
many questions why didn’t he just purchase my book and see what I had to say?
So in my endeavor to help all ministers from every denomination to understand the answers to these
questions let me begin by saying I didn’t ask you to recommend my book. I asked you to allow your
people to know that my book was available and they could decide whether or not they would choose to
There is a popular Christian song being played on the radio called, “My Jesus”. The song states that
if Jesus walked into our present day churches they would not let Him in. They wouldn’t want His
bloodied body and nail pierced hands to soil the white carpet found in the sanctuaries.
If a prophet came with a message from God does that mean that he or she would have no hope of
reaching God’s children? When the churches doors are slammed shut, then where does a messenger
of God go to get out God’s words?
Why are Christian people not being given the resources that are available so they can make up their
own mind? Are the pastors afraid of new teachings? Or are all Christian’s incapable of making good
decisions, so they need to keep their congregations in the dark?
Maybe we are in the dark ages where the Priest would do all of their sermons and scripture reading in
Latin because they didn’t want the people to understand “The Words of God”. This way the people had
to do what they wanted them to do.
Looking at our world as a game helps people to take a step back from the tragedies of life.
Understanding that we are in a huge complex game helps a person to do battle for good. For we know
that we are just passing through this world for a lifetime. We gain hope because our momentary
sufferings will end and be rewarded in an eternity surrounded with love.