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The Change Movement—Repeating the Mistakes of the Past

July 15 2008 at 12:15 AM
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Dear Reader:

It is said that they who do not learn the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Today we consider a portion of our brotherhood's history and lay that beside our present problems. With a better understanding of our past you will better perceive what is happening to us today. If you find the lesson useful, please forward it to other brothers and sisters.

— John Waddey


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    OUR RELIGIOUS COUSINS


    Most of us have relatives from whom we are removed by time, distance and interests. We have first and second cousins, many of whom we hardly know, even though we share a common ancestry. The same is true of our religious kindred.

    In the first half century of our back to the Bible movement, numerous groups merged together and coalesced into one brotherhood. There were the Christians of New England, the heirs of Drs. Abner Jones and Elias Smith. They derived from Baptist roots. There were the Christians of the Atlantic Seaboard, James O'Kelly's New Light Christians who emerged from the Methodist Church. In Kentucky and the mid-South states, Barton Stone led a multitude with Presbyterian roots to abandon their old faith and resolve to be Christians only. They usually called their congregations Churches of Christ. In Virginia, Thomas and Alexander Campbell launched a movement among Presbyterians and Baptists, generally known as Disciples of Christ. All of these having a common goal to be non-denominational Bible Christians, a common standard, the New Testament of Christ and a common desire for unity as Christians, they gladly extended the hand of fellowship to each other.

    With a few minor exceptions, they worshiped and worked together for the first 80 or so years of the movement. Following the Civil War (1861-1865) a new spirit appeared among these Christian brethren. As some of them grew wealthy and successful, they and their congregations came to desire to be like their denominational neighbors. Some were no longer content with their congregational polity. They were determined to organize the brotherhood with a general convention and a missionary society to manage its evangelist endeavors. Some wanted to modify their worship to be more like their denominational neighbors. The most visible feature of their change was the introduction of instrumental music into their worship. Behind both of these innovations was a loss of faith in the authority of Bible and loss of commitment to do all things according to the scriptural pattern God had provided (Heb. 8:5; II Tim. 1:13).

    As tensions grew between those embracing those new ideas and those determined to stay true to their original commitment, alienation set in. Those preferring the innovations flocked together. Those who could not in good conscious abide them were constrained to go their separate way. From 1880 to 1900 this leaven of division worked among our brethren. By 1906 the division was so obvious that even the U. S. Census Bureau took note of it. From that epochal date onward, there were two separate bodies, each tracing its roots back to the Restoration Movement of the 19th Century. Those preferring to be like their neighbors were generally known a Christian Churches and Disciples of Christ. Those preferring to continue in the steps of their fathers in the faith were known as Churches of Christ. Fully 85 percent of the congregations and members chose the more liberal path. The minority was left struggling to survive and recover. With God's blessing, in the next fifty years, they rebounded and surpassed the others.

    For the next 80 years there was little or no contact between these alienated brethren. The spirit of change and departure continued to work among the progressives. Within 25 years they themselves divided as theological skepticism swept through the more liberal Disciples of Christ schools and congregations. As they abandoned the idea of restoring the ancient faith they rushed to embrace denominationalism and a place in the ecumenical circle of Protestants.

    The conservative Christian churches evolved more slowly. They generally clung to the Scripture and gradually came to resemble Evangelical Protestants. Their women were given a place in the public worship and leadership of their churches. Their views on fellowship continued to broaden.

    There were a few failed attempts at reconciliation over those 80 years. In the decade of the 1980s a movement was launched by Don DeWelt and other leaders of the Christian Churches, inviting individual preachers and professors of our brethren to discuss restoring unity. Our brethren who rushed to participate, tended to be men of malleable convictions and a compromising spirit. They insisted that they had high hopes of persuading the representatives of the Christian Churches to abandon their instruments of music and stand with us on a solid biblical basis. In time a strange thing emerged from these unity meetings. Rather than the digressives abandoning their error our spokesmen were influenced to abandon their biblical position of praising God with the fruit of their lips and embrace the golden calf of the instrumentalists. They returned home sowing their seeds of apostasy among our people They were easily seduced by the glittering innovations of their cousins of the Christian Churches. We predict that many of them will soon be receptive to the invitation of their Disciples of Christ cousins to sit with her and her sister denominations at the ecumenical round table. He that understands these things will not be easily deceived by the false prophets of the change movement.


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John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: johnwaddey@aol.com

 
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NEED AND NEED NOT

November 30 2008, 10:58 PM 

NEED AND NEED NOT




There are things we all need and numerous things we need not. Everyone needs food but no one needs a tourist trip into space. The same is true of the Lord's church.

  • She needs gospel preachers who are capable of teaching the Word of God to those in and out of the church.

  • She needs men whose hearts burn with evangelistic zeal. She needs men who see lost nations and feel compelled to go preach the saving gospel to them (Rom. 1:14-15). Others will be driven to teach God's Word here at home, not because they have a contract and are paid but because they feel it to be their personal duty to do so (I Cor. 9:16).

  • She needs men who are church planters and builders who extend and strengthen her borders.

  • She needs men who love Christians and congregations and work for their welfare as a gentle nurse would do (I Thess. 2:7); men, who like Christ, are physicians of souls (Mark 2:17).

  • She needs men who love the Bible as God's Word. They treat it with reverence and respect. They feast on its contents and teach others to do the same. They feed the flock of God on its pleasant and healthy diet, fully confident that it will provide them all things pertaining to life and godliness.

  • She needs men who are amassing a broad and extensive knowledge of God's Word and those subjects that help in correctly understanding it. They have studied all of the sixty-six sacred books. They can answer the Bible questions people raise. They can point questioners to the chapter and verse that they need.

  • She needs men, whose education and experience are sufficiently broad, that they can understand the times and provide leadership for the church in the midst of confusion. Such men can discern not only the good and the bad, but they can perceive that which and is not expedient for the situations we face.

  • She needs men who can defend the Bible, the church and her faith from those who attack or pervert them. In every generation there are anti-Christian teachers whose clamorous attacks must be refuted. There are sectarians who attack and slander Christ's church. There are false teachers within the church whose mouths must be stopped (Tit. 1:11).

  • She needs men who can apply Scripture to problems that arise from time to time. Each generation raises new questions about means and methods of doing God's work. As society and culture change, new questions confront Christians. As technology introduces new procedures and things into our world, she must have men to help assess them and our response to them.

Such men as these, the church has needed from the day of her birth. She still needs them, if she exists among a poor backward people or if she is in the intellectual capital of the world. With them, she will flourish and grow strong. Without them she will wither and die.

There is a certain kind of scholar the church does not need. These are men who view the Bible as an inanimate thing to be analyzed in the same way geologists study rocks or art critics study paintings. (We speak not of Textual Criticism, a legitimate discipline that labors to secure a biblical text as near as possible to the original inspired documents). We have in mind scholars who are described as "higher critics." They approach the Bible from a rationalistic point of view. The church really has no need for them. In fact, she is much better off without them.


  • Such scholars ask questions that 99.99 percent of Christians never ask. They spend a lifetime searching for answers no one but them and their kind care about.

  • Such men tend to look at the Bible and the church with detachment like the owner of a salvage yard looks at old cars.

  • They view the Scripture as something imperfect on which they feel qualified to pass judgment. They pour over its words and phrases, culling and rejecting bits and pieces, leaving it like a puzzle with numerous pieces missing.

  • For many of them scripture study is a way to make a living and a name for themselves, rather than instruction for self-improvement and winning the lost to Christ.

  • When they teach the Bible, it is not to instill faith and obedience to its precepts, rather, they seek to convince their students that it is not the perfect message they (students) thought it was when they entered the university. They raise questions about its origin, its integrity and harmony. They offer novel concepts of inspiration. In the end, the student may well be persuaded the Bible cannot be taken seriously as the Word of God.

  • Such scholars view the Bible as an ancient curiosity, but not as the power of God to salvation, not as the constitution of the church, not as a divine tool to save lost human or to edify and build up the church or to comfort the suffering or console the dying.

  • As they pursue their work, they often mask and hide their true beliefs and purposes from Christians whose financial support pays their salaries and provides their facilities.

  • Such men seem to be drawn to Christian Schools to do their work. History reveals that they have infiltrated and eventually captured virtually every seminary and Bible department of every mainline Protestant denomination. A century ago they did the same in all the schools operated by churches of the American Restoration Movement. Now we see them ensconced in some of our schools.

Such men the church does not need! If she had not one of them, she would suffer no loss. She would be better off because she would not have to worry if her young preachers have had their faith in God's Word corrupted by such teachers while pursuing their education in a Christian School!

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John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: johnwaddey@aol.com

 
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Unknown number of "demons" (Flying everywhere, to many to count)
 

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