E. L. Jorgenson in 1934 was in the throes of controversy surrounding a particular point of Biblical interpretation. The controversy was deep and acute and touched him personally, as well as those he long worked with in building congregations, preaching, teaching, and writing. He submitted this to his “Publisher’s Page” in the December 1934 issue of Word and Work:
In the midst of bitter provocation and great temptation we have again sought to keep the paper clean of personalities and fit to hand to a neighbor. Had we the Super-human power to read always and unerringly the inward hearts and motives of men we might at times debate and cut and slash and call names, condemn and judge; but in our limited, humble, human state we see no good, but only harm, to come from such a course. It seems to use more needful that we study anew the way of true unity in Ephesians 4:1-3: lowliness, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance and love! And that, too long content with the husks of mere controversial religion, we set ourselves to seek sincerely after that spiritual personal Christianity which is revealed in the New Testament.
If any may be tempted to point out our own frequent and evident failures on this line, the trouble is unnecessary: we know it and confess it. And we ask for prayer that we may yet attain, and that editor and publisher may be granted all needed grace and wisdom.–E. L. J.
Mac is Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at Abilene Christian University.