Lets Disarm the Enemy (by John Waddey)
|June 2 2005, 4:06 AM |
LET'S DISARM THE ENEMY
Change agents have landed many successful blows by accusing those who oppose them of certain failures in their teaching, worship and practice of Christianity. The effective use of this approach has been the reason large numbers of brethren allow these false teachers to stay and function in their midst, even though they really do not agree with their philosophy and call for change. The change agents present themselves as pleasant, kind, caring and tolerant and since they emphasize practicing the principles of Christ in daily life, these brethren tolerate them.
To disarm and neutralize these accusing invaders we must live our lives and do our work in such a way as to put the lie to their accusations. I challenge every preacher among us to consider the following suggestions which will effectively disarm them.
Follow these suggestions and you will create an environment where change agents cannot succeed. Their calls will fall on deaf ears because you have disarmed them by your wise conduct.
- When we preach, let the truth be presented in love (Eph. 4:15). Away with harsh, hateful proclamations that insult and offend even good people. Away with sarcasm and ridicule in the pulpit. "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one" (Col. 4:6).
- When we have to correct a brother, let us do so with love and compassion, in a spirit of gentleness (Gal. 6:1). Treat the erring brother or sister as you would wish to be treated were you in their place (Matt. 7:12).
- Let us never be quarrelsome and factious in our attitude and conduct. Agents of change really make an issue of the quarrels and divisions that disgrace our congregations and many of our preachers. God has no use for the factious man, nor should we (Tit. 3:10-11). Be peace makers (Matt. 5:9). Give "diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph.4:3). If division must come, let it clearly be at the hands of the agents of change!
- Let us live out our sermons in everyday life with deeds of service, care and compassion for those about us (Gal. 6:10). Greatness is in service not in position or recognition (Matt. 20:26-28).
- Let's us work to make our worship services truly meaningful so that no one can complain that they are dry, boring and lifeless. We all know the difference between singing and preaching that is uninspiring and that which is. Where worship and lessons are uplifting and inspirational, change agent are powerless.
- Let us be less critical and judgmental of our brethren and seek the good they do and dwell upon it. If we are honest, each of us falls short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). All of us are limited in some areas of our knowledge. All of us desperately need mercy if we hope to be saved (Tit. 3:5). All of us have been wrong is some areas of our thinking and had to make adjustments as we learned better. Hence we need to be patient with each other and slow to attack, condemn or reject a brother with whom we differ. We should receive each other as Christ received us when we first came to him (Rom. 15:7). Such an attitude is "to the glory of God."
- Let us be true students of the sacred book. Change agents shame and ridicule us as mere pikers who know only the outer wrappings of the word of God. Spend the necessary hours in your books, searching the Scriptures and verifying your information so that when you preach and teach, you can do so with authority (Matt. 7:28-29). Thus prepared, no man can gainsay your message (Tit. 1:9)!
- Be interested in young people. Where they are neglected they will either leave the church or gravitate to those who show interest in them. Change agents allure them into their silken web and their apostasy.
- Be flexible in all areas where God has not legislated. Many things in our life and society change for the better. We have modern buildings, creature comforts such as air-conditioning, cushioned seats, carpeted floors. Such things will continue to improve and we should be not resistant to them. Be firm in the essentials of the faith but flexible in all other areas. Such things as length of services, new hymnals and song books are matters we must not quarrel about.
- Be evangelistic. Don't allow yourself to be consumed with fighting error. Be a soul-winner. Support missionaries. Build up the cause rather than use all of your time and energy shooting at those who have gone astray.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
Re: Lets Disarm the Enemy (by John Waddey)
|June 2 2005, 10:57 AM |
Donnie, thank you for posting this article. Although Bro. Waddey has his own issues with credibility that he has to deal with, this article makes sense.
As I have stated on the IBelieve site, one of the reasons that I personally have been pushed to the more liberal side of the brotherhood, is because of the hate filled speech and tactics that brethren such as those affiliated with "Contending for the Faith" and the late Bro. Ira Rice and his cohorts have utilized. I have no doubt that much of the move to the "Community Church" trend has been by people attempting to dissasociate themselves from the negatives caused by people such as these.
Lets Disarm the Enemythis article makes sense.
|June 5 2005, 2:25 AM |
Yes, Tom, this article makes sense. What did you mean by brother Waddey having his own issues with credibility?
Im more inclined to say that the move to the Community Church trend, such as that of Maxs Oak Hills Church (and unfortunately for the many brethren there who could have chosen to leave but had no desire to go somewhere else)
has become a trend among the change movement leaders because distancing from the real truth prescribed in the Holy Scripture is a common attraction to those who are not so willing to abide by what the truth demands. Naturally, such a move would have a greater following for these leaders from among those who prefer to have it the easy, broad way rather then the difficult and narrow way. The alleged negativity of those associated with Contending for the Faith [and that includes me as a contender] is a common alibi for such a trend.
Contending for the faith is negative only to those who do not contend for the faith. I know that you are very familiar with the exhortation in Jude 1:3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Agreeing with the change agents regarding their borrowed doctrines and beliefs from denominational neighbors is agreeing with the lenders of suchand is not by any means contending for the faith.
I believe that while brother Waddey may be trying to have a kinder and gentler approach, lets not forget that he is admonishing us to still disarm the enemy.
P.S.: BTW, Tom, what is your nickname at IB?
Misguided Workers (by John Waddey)
|June 24 2005, 2:39 AM |
My newspaper has a story about three firemen who were charged with setting fires. Of all the people in the world, one would think firemen would be the last to go around setting fires that destroy peoples homes and put citizens and the firemen themselves at great risk of harm.
I also read stories about preachers who are wrecking congregations of the Lords church by introducing destructive and divisive changes into the faith, worship and practice of their congregations. In days past these brothers made a commitment to devote their lives to the service of Christs church. It is safe to assume that their intent was to build up, strengthen and help the church grow. Somewhere along the way they were misled. Someone convinced them that the church was not truly the church that Christ built and is savior of. They were persuaded that the nearly everything about the church of Christ is flawed and needs not restoration but renovation. In the wake of their misguided efforts congregations are in turmoil, members are scattered, the faith of many is corrupted and the cause of Christ is hindered by the division they have caused.
The firemen who set the fire will face serious penalties for their crimes. So will those preachers whose efforts have been destructive rather than helpful to the Cause Jesus died for.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
TAMPERING WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CHRIST'S CHURCH (by John Waddey)
|July 9 2005, 4:48 PM |
TAMPERING WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CHRIST'S CHURCH
In English classes we learned about modifiers which limit or restrict the meaning of another word. In religion a modifier is a person who makes a "basic or important change" in the faith, worship or government of Christ's church. The grammatical modifier is a necessity for effective communication. In Christianity, the modifier stands condemned for his presumption. "Add thou not unto his words, Lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar" (Prov. 30:6).
We know that Christ ordained that each congregation of his church be organized, with elders to leaders it members and deacons to assist them in serving the church (Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5). For the church as a whole, the universal church, no provisions were made for a human government. God appointed Christ to be head over all things to the church (Eph. 1:22). That office he has never abdicated to any mortal man, nor does he share it with earthlings. Christ selected and appointed a group of twelve disciples to be his personal apostles or ambassadors (II Cor. 5:20), to establish his church on earth and guide her in her formative stages (Matt. 10:2-7; Luke 22:29-30). The church was built on that apostolic foundation (Eph. 2:20) and will stand on it when received into heaven (Rev. 21:14).
A sure mark of a false teacher is the attempt to organize and/or control Christians and churches beyond his congregation. We must beware any man proposing a system by which one man, a committee or a strong dominate congregation takes control of the churches in a region. This was one of the first and most visible departures in the post-apostolic age. Strong leaders asserted themselves over their peers in local congregations, taking the title of bishop for themselves (Acts 20:29). Soon they extended their dominance over surrounding congregations and eventually over all the churches in a region. This evolution of a diocesan concept of government is without any Scriptural approval and violated the teaching that elders/bishops are to "tend the flock of God which is among (them)" (I Pet. 5:2). In time this faulty concept gave birth to the greater evil of the Roman papacy wherein one man claimed to rule over and speak for all the churches.
A universal earthly government of the church is Satan's creation. By bringing the one earthly leader under his influence, Satan automatically gains control over all the churches. Even among the apostles, some mistakenly thought of their office as one of dominion over others. Thus the mother of James and John appealed for special places of authority for her sons. Jesus made it clear that in his kingdom no one would rule over the disciples like the rulers of the Gentiles who lord over and exercise authority over them. Rather leaders of his people would be servants (Matt. 20:25-28). Service to others would be the sign of true leadership.
The apostle John rebuked a brother Diotrephes who "loveth to have the preeminence among" his brethren (III John 9). Such men are ever with us and pose an ongoing threat to the church. Some are content to dominate their congregation, others the churches in their city or region. Some desire to impose their will on the entire brotherhood of churches.
It was this desire to harness the wealth and direct the activities of the brotherhood that motivated the brethren who in 1849 created a Missionary Society and a General Convention of the churches. Having created it, they naturally assumed that they would be the ones to head the organization or at least to select the ones to lead. That such was contrary to their prior belief and teaching, that no warrant could be found for such in scripture meant nothing to them. The thirst for power to control overcame all such obstacles. Nor did it greatly concern them that many brethren would never consent to such controlling organizations. They saw them as enemies and obstacles to their dream and trampled them and their objections in the dust. Today, the descendants of those progressive brethren live and serve in the Disciples of Christ denomination with a controlling human government directing their affairs. They bear little or no resemblance to the church of the Bible.
Our brethren here in America understand this teaching and all acknowledge it. But history reveals an ever-present latent desire in some to step beyond their congregational boundaries to exercise their authority.
From some of our mission fields we hear of men who wish to create a governing board to represent the churches of Christ in their nation. Some wish to set standards for churches, for preachers' income, etc. Some wish to elect a president or general secretary to set policy and manage the affairs of the churches in their land. All such efforts are without Bible authority. These things are contrary to the divinely revealed plan for Christ's church. They are presumptuous for they usurp the place of Christ as head and his apostles and his associates in the government of the church universal. Such efforts, at best are rooted in ignorance of God's Word. At worst, they are the schemes of men, filled with pride, who aspire to gain power over God's people (I Tim.3:5-6). All such attempts should be flatly rejected. There can be no compromise on such dangerous and unscriptural proposals. Those who propose such schemes should be shown their error, if they persist in such efforts, they should be rejected and shunned as men who cause divisions and occasions of stumbling contrary to the doctrine of Christ (Rom. 16:17-18).
- We see it when large mega churches talk of having branch campuses in other communities where congregations function under the oversight and control of the large mother church.
- It is evident when strong churches plant mission churches and hesitate to grant them autonomy.
- It happens when strong churches assist weak churches and assume the right to direct their affairs for them.
- It appears when dominant preachers seek to impose their will on the internal affairs of a sister congregation.
- It occurs when Christian Schools presume to speak or act for the brotherhood of churches.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
David Lipscomb's School (by John Waddey)
|August 10 2005, 4:05 AM |
DAVID LIPSCOMB'S SCHOOL
In 1891 David Lipscomb published the following in the Gospel Advocate:
"It is proposed to open a school in Nashville . . . under safe and competent teachers in which the Bible, excluding all human opinions and philosophy, as the only rule of faith and practice; and the appointment of God, as ordained in the Scriptures, excluding all innovations and organizations of man, as the fulness of divine wisdom, for converting sinners and perfecting saints, will be earnestly taught. The aim is to teach the Christian religion as presented in the Bible in its purity and fulness; and in teaching this to prepare Christians for usefulness. . . " (Bible School, Gospel Advocate, Vol. 33, p. 377). James A. Harding, co-founder of the school with Lipscomb, wrote a telling paragraph concerning the obligation of the administrators and teachers toward the property their benefactors had provided:
"It (the property) is ours to use for a school as long as we are true to the Bible in our religious teaching, believing it to be a sufficient guide in all our work and worship in the service of Christ. But if any teacher in the school is allowed by the faculty to advocate or use any of the innovations that cause divisions among the people of God, the trustees will sell the property and divide the proceeds among the donors, giving to each in proportion to his donation." (The Nashville Bible School, Gospel Advocate, Vol. 39, p. 144). (Both of the above quotes are found in Earl West's Life and Times of David Lipscomb, p. 199, 214).Evidently the trustees and administrators of Lipscomb University have never seen these words, or else they have repudiated them. For if they still honor the founders' intents and wishes they would take immediate action to dismiss those who are engaged in the change movement that is troubling the Lord's church. (The agenda of the change movement is virtually identical with that of the disruptive, divisive digressives of Harding and Lipscomb's day). For the board and administrators not to do so is to betray the trust and confidence not only of the founders of the school but of the thousands of Christians who have given their resources to the support of the school.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
"CHRISTIANS MUST CONTEND FOR THE FAITH" (by John Waddey)
|September 12 2005, 4:08 AM |
CHRISTIANS MUST CONTEND FOR THE FAITH
Christianity was born in a crucible of controversy. Real flesh and blood men bravely crisscrossed the pagan Roman world, preaching the gospel. They planted congregations of Christians in every community that would receive them. They encountered hostile enemies without and subtle deceivers within. Either of which would surely have destroyed the infant church had they not boldly resisted their assaults. The little epistle of Jude is a classical defense of the true faith of Christ. The author urges the disciples to rally in defense of the sacred cause of Jesus against false teachers. I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in privily...ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (Jude 3-4). In these words we see the following lessons:
I. The Faith Is Something Which Is Delivered to Us. Our faith was passed down to us from past generations. We did not discover its great principles and truths all by ourselves. The Christian faith originated with Jesus. He then entrusted it to his apostles (Heb. 2:3-4). The Holy Spirit brought to their remembrance all he had said to them (John 14:26). The apostles first taught and then recorded the faith in their books and epistles and placed it in the hands of the various congregations. The things they wrote were the commandments of the Lord (I Cor. 14:37). Loyal churches continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42).
Each Christian has the duty to teach and protect the faith and pass it on to the coming generation. This principle has always been true. Moses taught Israel to make them (Gods truths) known unto thy children and they childrens children (Deut. 4:9). We continually look back to the stream of truth which flows down to us from ancient Jerusalem (Is. 2:3).
II. Our Faith Was Delivered Once and For All. The Christian faith is an unchangeable commodity. It is permanent and enduring. It never needs revision as mens creeds do. It is always relevant, never obsolete. These facts are true because of its divine origin. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2). He is eternal and unchanging (Heb. 13:8) and so is his word (Matt. 24:35). Christianity is a completed system and allows no additions or deletions. We are forbidden to go beyond what is written (I Cor. 4:6 ASV). Those who go beyond the doctrine of Christ have not God (II John 10). Curses rest upon those who either add to or take from the faith of Jesus (Rev. 22:18-19). Such writings as the Book of Mormon, the Watchtower, Science and Health with a Key to the Scriptures, and those of Ellen G. White are excluded and condemned as spurious.
III. The Christian Faith Was Entrusted to Gods Saints. Saints are those who are saved by Jesus and members of his church. The Corinthian Christians were addressed as saints (I Cor. 1:1-2). They were sanctified when they were washed in the name of the Lord Jesus (I Cor. 6:11). We are washed in the name of Christ when we are baptized to wash away our sins (Acts 22:16). The faith is not the exclusive possession of any one individual or group. Anyone, anywhere, with a Bible in hand can know and do Gods will and be acceptable to him. Scripture is not of private interpretation (II Pet. 1:20-21). Nor is it the private property of any church such as the Roman Catholic Church. God has given every saint the sacred privilege and responsibility to study the faith, teach and defend it. When the early brethren were scattered abroad, they went everywhere preaching the word (Acts 8:1-4). Selfish men would seek to restrict these privileges to a professional clergy.
IV. The Faith of Christ Must be Defended. Paul was set for the defense of the gospel (Phil. 1:16). Our faith is always under fire by unbelievers, false teachers and hedonists. Sadly the church suffers from heretics within her midst. Every Christian should be a defender of the faith. Each one should be ready to give an answer to any man that asks a reason for his/her hope (I Pet. 3:15). All must be prepared to fight the good fight of faith (I Tim. 6:12). We must prepare ourselves to defend the faith against the hosts of wicked spirits in heavenly places (Eph. 6:12). There are such enemies as militant atheism, evolutionary dogma and the promoters of immorality such as homosexuality, pornography and abortion. There are heathen religions and denominations and cults with which we must contend. We must also be concerned about those who attack church or seek to corrupt her with their own ideas and opinions. We must oppose both legalism and liberalism within the church.
Our methods of defense are numerous. Men must be trained to both preach and teach the truth in love (Eph.4:15). We need soldiers to write tracts and articles, letters to editors and books setting forth the case for the Lords true gospel. We need to talk about Gods ways in our daily associations, whether at home or at work (Deut. 6:6-9). Capable men are needed to publicly engage the enemy on the forensic platform (Prov. 25:9). Elders must exercise careful oversight to protect their congregations against false teachers (Tit. 3:10).
We are blind and foolish if we think we are immune to the poison of false doctrine. Only those willing to contend for the faith will survive the conflict.
Kings and queens of England wear as one of their titles, Defender of the faith, but this honor is not for them alone. Each soul that wears the name Christian is privileged to contend earnestly for the holy faith of Jesus.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
"OBSERVABLE CHANGES" (by John Waddey)
|September 22 2005, 10:04 AM |
In my lifetime I have observed many changes in our society, some good, others bad. In the last 20 years I have seen several changes appearing in our churches.
Until recently our formal greeting for fellow-Christians was "Brother or Sister Smith, or Jones." For many it is now Mr. or Ms. From the Scripture, we learned that Peter referred to Paul as "our beloved brother Paul" (II Pet. 3:15). Jesus said to his disciples, "all ye are brethren" (Matt. 23:8). He pointed to his disciples and said, "Behold, my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother" (Matt. 12:49-50). Paul said, "ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:27). Since all Christians are children of a common Father in heaven, we must of necessity be brothers and sisters in Christ.
In days past our brethren reserved the use of brother and sister to those who were fellow-members of the body of Christ. When addressing or referring to those of other religious bodies they generally spoke of them as Mr. or Mrs. since they were not members of the Lord's church. Now, with the new ecumenical spirit brought in by the promoters of the change movement, I fully expect we will be hearing some folks referring to Bro. Brown of the Episcopal Church, or Bro. Black of the Catholic Church Or Bro. White of the Baptist Church.
In days past when a preacher of the church of Christ spoke of "the church" he meant the church of Christ, that particular church which Christ built, the church revealed in the New Testament. It was not used to identify the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox or any other denomination, cult or sect. Now however, change agents commonly speak of "the church" with clear reference to the Roman Catholic Church even in those centuries of her cruel and bloody persecution of believers like us who dared to defy her in their attempt to serve Christ. To change agents, the church includes all their denominational neighbors, no matter how foreign their faith and worship be to the New Testament of Christ. Strangely those champions of change no longer view the church of Christ of which they are members to be the church of Christ that Jesus built!
The term Christian was used primarily to refer to fellow members of the church of Christ. They were in the Lord's kingdom because they had been born of water and Spirit (John 3:3-5). They were in Christ, since they had been baptized into him (Gal. 3:26-27). They claim to be Christians, without denominational affiliation (I Pet. 4:16). They took the Bible alone as their standard for their faith, worship and practice. They wore only the name Christian and eschewed all denominational suffices. Now agents of change extend the honorable name Christian to any and all who confess Christ, regardless of their denominational connection or their imperfections of their faith and practice. Even those who preach another gospel (Gal. 1:6-9) are afforded this sacred name.
These, among many other items, are the changes being introduced into the faith and practice of Christ's church.
What will be the end thereof?
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
"FOOL'S GOLD" (John Waddey)
|January 6 2006, 7:39 AM |
To the untrained eye, iron pyrite looks like gold. Its golden flakes shining in the sand of a mountain stream-bed inflamed many a greenhorn's heart. Lack of knowledge and understanding caused some poor souls to waste their time gathering the worthless pyrite. While the undiscerning miner was laboring for naught, his wiser neighbor was able to collect a valuable bag of gold dust. If at the end of the month the fellow had two pounds of pyrite he would not be a penny richer. That's why the miners called it "fool's gold!"
The same is true of those preachers who are working feverishly to create for themselves large churches and gain God's approval by the agenda of the change movement. In kindness we will presume that they are men of limited knowledge and experience in the field of Christian truth.
Every person who hopes to spend his eternity with the Lord, should understand that the doctrines and practices of the promoters of the change agenda are not the refined gold of God's truth (Rev. 3:18), rather they are worthless fool's gold. Pursuing them is worthless effort and will yield only disappointment and sorrow.
- They mistakenly assume that by preaching another gospel, other than that which the apostles preached (Gal. 1:8), they can have the same results as those who preach the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16).
- They falsely assume that God will bless their labors like he will those of the faithful servants who know their Lord's will and do it (Matt. 7:21).
- They erroneously think that gathering large numbers of people to their entertainment programs equals many sinners being saved from sin and thus heaven-bound. Christ's salvation is promised to those who obey him (Heb. 5:9), not to those who enjoy a drama production or a singing group.
- They mistakenly presume that because their audience laughs and applauds at their jokes and funny stories that they have preached the gospel and worshiped in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
- They assume that because the young people love the band that entertained them that God accepted their performance as true worship. True worship is that which God has commanded and authorized. Jesus made it clear that he that offers acceptable worship must do so in spirit and truth. Since God's Word is man's only source of spiritual truth (John 17:17), we must look to the Sacred Message to learn what is pleasing to God. Songs offered to God from hearts filled with love are specified (Eph. 5:19). Songs performed on instruments made by man are without divine approval.
- They falsely assume that their ability to attract members from other churches of Christ means they have some better to offer them. D-Con attracts mice, but it is deadly to them. The insect zapper light attracts flying insects but it kills them. Worldly programs do attract the untaught, the worldly-minded and the deceived, but they do not provide the spiritual blessings people desperately need.
- They are mistaken in thinking that having fellowship with denominational churches is the unity for which Christ prayed. They compromise the faith of Christ to have unity with those who teach another doctrine (Gal. 1:6-7). Christ wants us to be one as he and the Father are one (John 17:20-21).
- They falsely assume that by placing women in the public leadership roles in their churches that they are blessing them. In reality they are encouraging women to disobey God's prohibition for them to teach or have authority over men (I Tim. 2:11-12).
- They wrongly assume that they are merely improving defects in the church of Christ. While it is true that each of us have defects in our understanding and practice of the faith of Christ and every congregation has need of improvement, the changes they wish to implement are patently contrary to the expressed will of Christ. Rather than improve a church they will change it from a church of Christ to a denominational body that God will neither recognize nor bless.
- They falsely hope to capture the entire brotherhood of churches of Christ, but they have overlooked the faithful remnant that will not accept their corruptions of the faith of Christ. They underestimate the determination of that loyal band of disciples who are prepared to fight the good fight of the faith (I Tim. 6:12), to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered (Jude 3), to block their progress and drive them from the field.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
The Community Church Movement: False Growth
|March 21 2006, 2:45 AM |
The following is taken from the article: The Community Church Movement by Mark Dunagan of the church of Christ, Beaverton, OR:
The Community Church Movement
Willow Creek, which is held up as the model of church growth, recently did an internal audit, in which they found that only 2% of their growth consisted of new converts. The rest of the people simply came from other churches in the area. MacArthur observes, "User-friendly, entertainment-oriented, market-driven, pragmatic churches will probably continue to flourish for a while. Unfortunately, however, the whole movement is based on current fashion and therefore cannot last long. When the fickle winds finally change, one of three things may happen. These churches will fall out of vogue and wane; or they will opt to change with the spirit of the age and very likely abandon any semblance of biblical Christianity; or they will see the need to rebuild on a more sure foundation" (p. 188). (See Acts 17:21; Ephesians 4:14). Such congregations have made the mistake of giving people what they think they need, instead of what God says they need. "Those who advocate a contemporary style of worship tell us that if we want success and growth in the church, and if we want to keep our young people, we must do things in new and different ways. But, consider this: When the new wears off and the different becomes customary, what happens then?" (The Spiritual Sword, October 2000, p. 27). One cry that was heard in the denominations and is being heard in liberal churches today is that "We are bored" with the same old songs, prayers, and preaching, but people also become bored with entertainment as well. People were bored with the Olympics, claim to be bored by the present World Series and so on. The truth of the matter is, as long as one is selfish, eventually everything will seem boring to you. I like the following comment: "Instead of attempting to renovate worship for our own benefit, what we need to do is cultivate our appetites for pure, New Testament worship (John 4:24; Habakkuk 2:20)" (p. 27).
Beaverton Church of Christ (503-644-9017)
the other place
|March 21 2006, 1:48 PM |
Great: will you post this at the other place under Tulsa?
They always planned to STEAL SHEEP.
|Palm Beach Lakes church of Christ|
The change agents are coming??? The change agents are here!!!
|May 1 2006, 9:55 AM |
What do you mean the change agents are coming, the change agents are coming? It should be "the change agents are here, the change agents are here".
Palm Beach Lakes Church of Christ
West Palm Beach, Florida
The Community Church Movers Have Invaded and Occupied
|May 2 2006, 8:30 AM |
Thanks for the excellent message.
Actually, there was a movie several years ago (decades?) titled, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! I havent seen the movie. But The Change Agents Are Coming [Your Way] seems to serve the purpose of warning any congregation that has not been infected yet with the spiritual disease of apostasy.
There are many other good titles. What aboutThe Apostates Are Coming! The Apostates Are Here! Something similar-sounding to the Communists would be the word Community; therefore, this one would be a good oneThe Community Church Movers Have Arrived.
Certain and Uncertain Sounds
|July 13 2006, 3:36 AM |
Dear Friends in Christ,
If you can imagine a great glacier steadily advancing on a village, then you can understand the danger now facing churches of Christ. Something must be done and quickly if we are to avoid major damage and loss. Working together we can organize an adequate defense against this destructive change movement. You can help by sharing these weekly lessons with other Christians. You may copy and distribute them or forward them. Use them in your church bulletin, sermons or classes. Pray that God will raise up an army of faithful disciples for the crisis.
CERTAIN AND UNCERTAIN SOUNDS
In pointing out the folly of those wishing to address their congregation in foreign tongues (languages), Paul asked, "For if the trumpet given an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" (I Cor. 14:8). His allusion was to the war trumpets used by officers in that day to signal instructions to their troops during combat. If the bugler did not know the prescribed signals, the troops would be confused and unable to respond to their leader. Disaster would surely follow.
Those who preach and teach God's Word are expected to provide a "certain sound" so their hearers will clearly know what God expects of them. That certain sound is the message of God's Word, faithfully expounded, correctly applied and confidently affirmed (Jer. 23:28). Those who are proponents of change are issuing a litany of uncertain sounds and are spreading chaos and confusion among God's people. From them we hear uncertain sounds:
There Are Other Uncertain Sounds.
- About the inspiration and authority of God's Word.
- About the inerrancy of Scripture.
- About the existence of a God-given pattern to which we are to conform in our faith, worship and work.
- About the nature of saving faith.
- About the necessity of baptism in man's salvation.
- About the church of Christ being the family of God, the body of Christ, the kingdom of Christ.
- About the sinfulness of denominationalism.
- About the nature of the praise we offer to God in worship. Should it be acappella or could it include instrumental music as well?
- About the Lord's Supper. Is it a sacred memorial or a fellowship meal?
- About the role of women in the leadership of the church.
Thus if they can persuade the majority they feel justified in imposing their changes on a congregation.
- These promoters of change can tolerate most anything in religion but the Biblical convictions we have held and cherished for generations past.
- They are sure that many folks in denominational churches will be saved, even though they have not obeyed the Lord's instructions for salvation, faith or worship. They are not sure however that those of us who are members of the church of Christ, but refuse their overtures for change, will make it.
- They preach and practice "non-judgmentalism" for those of the religious world, but they hesitate not to pass judgments on their brethren who reject their new doctrines and practices.
- They perceive of the church as a democracy rather than as a kingdom.
Because of their uncertain sounds, there is confusion in the camp of God's people and turmoil in the ranks of many congregations. A bugler who did not know the proper calls for action would not have been tolerated by a general who hoped to win the battle. Nor should elders tolerate a preacher in their midst who issues uncertain sounds in his lessons. Back in 1966, when the first tares of the change movement appeared among us, some of them, working in New York City, issued a small paper aptly named, "The Uncertain Sound."
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
Winds of Change Are Blowing (by John Waddey)
|October 21 2006, 3:11 PM |
WINDS OF CHANGE ARE BLOWING
We constantly hear of new assaults against the church by the promoters of change. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
On June 29, Bobby Ross, Jr., of the Christian Chronicle, wrote a glowing report of the North American Christian Convention of the Christian Churches at which some 1,000 members of the Church of Christ were present. Jeff Walling, minister of the Providence Rd. Church of Christ in Charlotte, NC confessed that he once believed that a cappella singing was the only way to worship but now God has helped him learn better. He blamed the division that occurred a century ago on the Weve got it right disease and legalism deep in our veins. He announced that he now embraces the Christian Churches as family. He challenged the audience to go home and shape the future of our brotherhood for our children
Joining Walling in publicly demonstrating their union with the Christian Churches were Royce Money, president of Abilene Christian University and Mike Westerfield, president of Rochester (Christian) College.
April 30, in Chaing Mai, Thailand, the Abilene Christian University mission team had a combined worship with eight churches of Christ and five Christian Churches. They announced plans to do so again. JHW
Those who today embrace in fellowship folks who use instrumental music in worship will eventually allow instruments in the worship of their congregations. They have surrendered any meaningful basis for opposing it.
Let the names of those who betray the church be written in stone that we may never forget their shameful deeds.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
|October 22 2006, 10:06 PM |
"To be forewarned is to be forearmed."
OK, so you're "forearmed". What are you going to do about it? You talk a lot about the terrible change agents, and how they are invading. If they are so bad and evil, what are you going to do to "protect" the church from them?
I hear a lot of talk, I see NO action. We know you think they are bad and evil, but what will you DO to stop them? Start a website called concerned memebers and write mean things about them? HA! Ironically, this website has done FAR more good for "The Change Movement" than it has hurt it. People who were previously against change, have read the legalistic rantings on here, and reconsidered. For that, I must thank you.
Fact is, when God's will is being done, you, or nobody else can stand in his way, try as you might.
|October 23 2006, 3:41 AM |
We need proof that the Change Movement has benefited from this website. As to why you left the church seems to contradict that [your] assertion. Lets not wonder about your own personal experience any longer. Did you rebel your parents and/or the elders of your former congregation? So, you left because your former church had not succumbed to the invading and intrusive change agents? Or, you would have remained
correct? BTW, what is now your church affiliation?
I Knew It
|October 23 2006, 1:36 PM |
So, your answer is.... NOTHING. You're not going to do anything about the "change agents", because there is nothing you CAN do. You and all the Waddey-ish Pharisees love to talk and write, and insult, and call names, but you're not doing anything to fix the percieved problem.
Let's follow the logic:
A.) You say the "change agents" (I love that name), are bad, evil, sinful, all that.
B.) You say they are destroying God's church
(because apparently the God you worship isn't powerful enough to stop them??)
C.) You say you love God's church
D.) You're taking exactly NO action to stop them.
THEREFORE- there are only 2 possible conclusions:
1.) You really AGREE with the "change agents", and when you whine and cry about how evil they are, it is just a show for your Pharisee friends.
2.) You don't really love God and His church, and you will take no action, because you want to see it destroyed.
Which is it Cruzer? Please tell me it's #1.
you didnt know it.
|October 24 2006, 4:45 AM |
You didnt and you dont even understand the meaning of to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
This website is replete with forewarnings ABOUT the change agents. How could you miss all that so badly?
Now, you know it is cowardly to deviate from or ignore my questions to you:
Dont be shy. Im not going to investigate.
- We need proof that the Change Movement has benefited from this website.
- As to why you left the church seems to contradict your assertion [if that church or congregation had benefited from this websites forewarnings and became a changed church]. I would say that you left BECAUSE your congregation stood its ground.
- Lets not wonder about your own personal experience any longer. Did you rebel your parents and/or the elders of your former congregation?
- What is your church affiliation now? Without mentioning the location, is it the ___________ Christian Church
or _________ Church [no ownership]
or ___________ Chapel
or ___________ Community Church?
Let's Try This Again
|October 24 2006, 6:17 PM |
Now, you know it is cowardly to deviate from or ignore my questions to you:
I understand very clearly.
Forewarned is to be warned before something happens. In this case, the impending penetration of change agents coming soon, to a Church of Christ near you. I agree, there are numerous (and hilarious- and by hilarious, I mean false) forewarnings on this site about the change agents.
I also know what forearmed means. It is to be armed for an impending battle, before the battle happens. Since Waddey has written all these slanderous statements that he calls warnings, he feels that he has armed you for an impending battle.
My question is very simple. If you believe Waddey, and you feel that he has effectively armed you, WHAT HAS HE ARMED YOU WITH? That being, what are you going to do? My post was just removing all the hullabaloo from Waddeys trash talking. He loves to use terms like, infiltration and battle and forearmed. The truth we all know is, there is no battle, if your church is going to change, its going to change. Theres nothing you can do about it. Gods will can not be altered. Not by John Waddey, not by you, not by anybody.
How could you miss all that so badly?
Lets take turns. You answer my relevant questions, then Ill answer yours, that have nothing to do with what we are talking about.