Sent: Mon, December 13, 2010 3:35:11 PM
Subject: Re: [fortify_your_faith] Lessons to Fortify Your Faith
I support you in your plea. I hope it does not fall on deaf ears. Our universities are insititutions that have and continue to foster the growth of the church. Opportunities are rife to spread the truth of God in its simplicity and its purity in our academic institutions. We need to grab hold of the these opportunities. In so doing the Kingdom will be blessed and lost souls will find hope.
That I may know him and the power of his resurrection..... Phil.3:10
___________________________________A PLEA TO THE PRESIDENTS OF OUR CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
Across the country and in many nations abroad, the Lord's church is suffering strife and division as a group of brethren seek to introduce changes into the faith, worship and practice of our congregations that are contrary to Scripture. The changes are also foreign to that which has long been held and practiced by those committed to restoring New Testament Christianity. Since these things are not being done in a closet I am confident that you are well aware of the problems of which I write.
The Christian school of which you are president was founded by men who were members of the Church of Christ. They invested their lives and resources to create and nurture a school that would be supportive and beneficial to the efforts of churches of Christ. Yes, they had in mind a school that would provide good academic training for young people but they also intended that students in their school would be taught the fundamentals of the Christian religion. They expected that those not yet in Christ would be influenced in that direction and that young Christians would be rooted and grounded and prepared for useful service in the congregations in which they would worship.
They helped the church prepare young preachers who would be solid in their faith and skilled workers for Christ. Teachers were expected to be faithful members of the church and loyal to the doctrine of the Master. Administrators and Bible teachers recognized religious error and taught against it. Tragically, in many quarters this is no longer an accurate portrait of the schools associated with our brotherhood.
I write this as a fellow Christian who loves the Church of Christ. I have long been a promoter and supporter of Christian education. All my children attended Christian Colleges. I plead with you to be loyal to the Church of Christ in this hour of crisis. Please give no aid or comfort to those who are promoting doctrines and practices that will corrupt the faith of many and most surely result in a major schism in the body of the Savior. It is sad to say that many of the principal leaders of the change movement are men associated with our schools. This gives them great influence over young Christians. Your peers in the academic world are expected to grant academic freedom to professors even when they teach things totally at odds with the principles upon which their schools were founded. I realize the pressure upon you to do the same. But loyalty to Christ must surely come before professional loyalties. The church needs your school to be a faithful helper in fulfilling her sacred mission. I urge you to please stand up and be counted. Let the brotherhood know that you and your school can be counted on to stand fast in the faith.
Yours in Christ,
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now