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Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:28 PM
Subject: [fortify_your_faith] A Lesson to Fortify Your Faith - 07/14/07</font>
THE CONVICTION IT TAKES TO WIN
<font color=black face=arial>Dear Fellow Member of the Lord's Church:
Today we send a lesson on the conviction we must have if we are to win the struggle with the forces that threaten the integrity of the church. We are also including our response to a lettera regarding change agents. Please share these with other Christians.
- <font size=5>THE CONVICTION IT TAKES TO WIN</font>
<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman> Before this generation passes one of two things will have occurred:
- The change agents will have been met, defeated and routed, or
- They will have prevailed and the church we love will be left a broken and scattered remnant.
When the patriot fathers launched the revolution that gave birth to this nation, they pledged their "sacred honor, wealth and lives" to that cause (Declaration of Independence). It will take that same degree of dedication and commitment to save the church from the juggernaut of error that now threatens to destroy her.
Paul was willing to spend and be spent for the Cause he loved (II Cor. 12:15). Christ loved the church and gave himself up for it (Eph. 5:25). To win this battle that spirit must take hold of our hearts.
- Truth must take precedence over error, no matter how popular the error may be.
- Loyalty to Christ must take priority over loyalty to men and institutions, no matter how strong the bonds of friendship and affection may be.
- The authority of Scriptures must preempt the will of men in all matters relating to our faith, worship and practice (Gal. 1:10). To preach, to accept, to tolerate another gospel is more than a simple choice it is to be alienated from and anathema to God (Gal. 1:8).
- The kingdom of Christ must be cherished more than jobs, brotherhood recognition, popularity and worldly success. If we are striving to please men (we) should not be servants of Christ (Gal. 1:10).
- "The old paths" of Scripture must be valued more than the new paths of the "change agents" (Jer. 6:16). The old came from Christ; they are plainly set forth in Scripture. They can be followed in full confidence. The new paths of the professors of change have as their authority the uninspired assertions of men who aren't sure about the inerrancy of God's Word (See God's Holy Fire, By K. L. Cukrowski, M. W. Hamilton and J. W. Thompson of Abilene Christian University, pub. By ACU Press, pp. 39-44). Nor are they sure of the primacy of the New Covenant of Christ over the Old Covenant of Moses.
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- <font size=5>ARE CHANGE AGENTS BAD PEOPLE?</font>
<font color=black face=arial>Bro. Waddey:
Yesterday, I heard a man speak. He seems to really love Christ and follows the Bible. He is also from a college. But I think he is one of the change agents but he seems so nice. Katrina </font>
<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman>Dear Katrina:
Occasionally we hear of a person who desperately wants to be a doctor. He/she loves people and wants to help them. However, because of faulty training, or lack of competence, the person ends up hurting rather than helping his/her patients. Some of them even die.
I have no doubt that many of the younger people who have eagerly embraced the change agenda and are promoting it in our congregations love Christ and are sincerely trying to do good things for his kingdom. Many of them have had poor religious training others are not mature spiritual leaders. Consequently, they ended up hurting the church.
Some do so by leading the people away from God's appointed way, rather than encouraging them to follow it (II Pet. 2:15).
Some do so by causing chaos, confusion and division in churches where they are able to stir up a few members for their agenda and there is tension and strife between those who wish to worship and believe as they always have and those who clamor for something new and different (Rom. 16:17-18).
Paul was sincerely wrong in persecuting the church (Acts 23:1). A person can be sincerely wrong today in his/her spiritual understanding and do great harm to the church.
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now