Yes, this is the same Malarkey family from the discredited book, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. This is Beth, Kevin, Alex, and Grace Malarkey. Beth had opposed the book for some time, speaking with such people as Phil Johnson, Justin Peters, and J.D. Hall. Alex recently wrote an open letter to stores and publishers such as LifeWay, Family Christian, and Tyndale Publishers, who knew about this opposition. In said letter, he affirmed Christian Truth. Pulpit and Pen has recently posted that they are collecting donations for the family. They did not ask for this, but out of it is done out of Christian love. In its proper context, Matthew 25:31-46 may apply here,
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
I am not saying if you don't give to the Malarkey family, you are not truly saved. I am saying that we are commanded to love one another with a charitable and sacrificial love. This is one of those times where we have the opportunity to fulfill it. In my limited interaction with them (A very short conversation with Grace and simply telling Alex happy birthday via Facebook) I have come to love this. I truly believe that Alex and Ms. Beth are believers, and I ask that you be in deep prayer for them and open to give to them, if it so in your ability.
I am not telling you to give in order to earn something. I am not telling you to try and gain God's favor by giving. I am not telling you to attempt to receive salvation through charity. I am not telling you to give so you can have pride or bragging rights. I am asking you to give for two reasons: 1. The Glory of God and 2. Your love for a fellow believer. If you want to give for any personal gain, please do not give until your motives change.
If you are unable to give, do not feel guilty. There is no reason to. You are to give as much as God wills and ables you to give, and if you are unable that is not at any fault of your own, but because it is God's will and for his glory. His plan is infinitely better than anything our temporal, tainted minds could imagine, and you are in that position in accordance with his plan. There is no reason for you to feel guilty for a non-sin.
If you wish to give for the right reasons and it is in your ability, you can visit the Pulpit and Pen Article here.
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35 (ESV)
"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Hebrews 13:16 (ESV)
"What does the Bible say about Charity?" By S. Michael Houdmann
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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