Religion: Literal & Simple

"Every week,'' wrote Evangelist Jim Nichols of Abilene, Texas, "the Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics. Christian Reformists. Seventh-Day Adventists, Christian Church and scores of independent preachers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in preaching false doctrines from coast to coast over the air." Strapping young (24) Evangelist Nichols of the fervent and fast-growing Churches of Christ (10,000 congregations, 1,000,000 members) called on his denomination to put its own message on the air.

Since last month, Evangelist Nichols has had what he wanted: a 145-station hookup of the American Broadcasting Co. Nichols himself, speaking with a strong Texas drawl, leads the preaching in a...

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