[color=#000000" size="3" face="times]Goodbyes are often sad occasions, especially if the partings are permanent. It is especially painful if we are saying goodbye to family members, close friends and comrades. If a goodbye is extended to friends and loved ones in Christ with whom we share strong bonds of love and fellowship, the sadness is mitigated. As the old hymn reminds us, "If we never meet again this side of heaven, we will meet on the beautiful shore." In the Father's great house, we together will spend the endless days of eternity.
But there is a parting involving Christians that is indeed painful. When one party has turned their back on Christ, his Church and his revealed Will; when they have embraced a false faith or worship, there comes a point at which the faithful disciple will find it necessary to say goodbye.
The proponents of the change agenda now wracking the Lord's precious church are forcing just this kind of separation. When fellow-disciples corrupt the faith and worship of God, they go onward and abide not in the teaching of Christ (II John 9-11). When that occurs; when admonitions are spurned; we must bid them farewell! The sadness is multiplied when those departing are close friends and family members.
When Christian schools choose the change agenda our ways must part. Even though we may have enjoyed strong ties in the past, we must bid them farewell lest we be partakers in their sinful rebellion to Christ (II John 11; Eph. 5:7). The same is true of other Christian projects, be they benevolent efforts, evangelistic projects, publishing efforts or journals.
When congregations where we once worshiped in blessed fellowship, turn away from God's word, they leave us no choice but to bid them goodbye. Hearts may be heavy, tears may fall, relationships may be broken, all because of man's sinful rebellion against the Lord, the head of the church. We bid them goodbye with a prayer that the eyes of their hearts may be enlightened, that their hard hearts may be broken and that they will soon come to repentance, before they are called to stand before the Judge of all.
Many of those who embrace the golden calf of change expect us to show them acceptance and warm fellowship, as if nothing has changed by their so doing. But in accepting the change agenda, they are showing disdain and lack of respect for our Christ, his church and His Word. So drastic are their changes that we cannot be true both to them and Christ. Since we no longer agree on the most important matters of life and eternity, how can we continue to walk with them (Amos 3:3). As they travel down the wide road that leads to destruction, our prayers go up on their behalf, that God will spare them till they, like the Prodigal Son, can come to their senses.[/color]
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now