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August 10th, 2010, 3:37 am #1


[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]As liberals maneuver to gain control of the Church of Christ, they use multiple tactics to silence those who stand in their way. One commonly used tactic is to charge the conservative with serious spiritual crimes for resisting their agenda.[/color]
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]If you object to their progressives ideas, "You are a legalist!" That charge is the religious equivalent of calling a person, a homophobe, a nativist, a sexist pig or a racist. It is the use of a pejorative with the intention of silencing their critic. We concede that legalists will oppose the change agenda, but so will every faithful child of God.[/color]

  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]If you resist their efforts to change the church according to their new paradigm, You are divisive! You will divide the church! We know and agree that those who cause division sin and will answer to God for their destructive conduct (Rom 16:17-18). The question is, who bears the responsibility for dividing the church? Is it those who hold to the faith of their fathers, which is as old as Christianity itself, or is it those interlopers who in the last forty years have pursued a campaign to change our faith and worship? It is those who enter peaceful congregation and wreak havoc with their human innovations? Be not deceived, the change agents divide the church and then, to deflect attention from themselves, they point the finger at faithful saints and cry "Church wreckers!"[/color]

  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]When congregational leaders refuse to embrace their change program for the youth of the church, the promoters try to intimidate them by charging, "You are driving the youth away from the church!" The first order of business for the change agent is to indoctrinate impressionable young folks of the church. They undermine the faith and trust of the young people in their elders. They incite them to demand the leeks, garlics and flesh pots of denominationalism. When faithful preachers, elders and parents refuse to accede to their demands, the change agents encourage the disillusioned young folks to go where they can have that which they have been taught to want. This deception is further seen when we are reminded that change agents no longer believe the Church of Christ to be truly Christ's church. To them we are but a poor quality denomination. They further believe that denominationalism is not an evil thing, that each separate religious body is pleasing to God, a part of his universal church. So if the young folks can't have their drums and guitars, if their ladies cannot lead the church, per the change agents, if they leave and go to the Baptists or Pentecostals,, they have just moved to another room in the Father's grand house.[/color]

  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]If your approach to Bible study is not scholarly, they will talk down to you as one incompetent to understand these profound things. In their world, a man with a doctorate from a great secular school trumps the believer who knows, believes and cites God's word on any and every matter. With great swelling words and much puffery and posturing, they seek to silence those not of their academic caste. Be reminded that our back to the Bible movement was not launched and spread by men with auspicious credentials from Ivy League Universities. Ninety-nine percent of our churches were planted and nurtured by godly men with ordinary education. Even the schools now controlled by change agents were founded and built up by men whose education was from second tier colleges and universities. Our successful missionaries have been faithful servants, most of whose education was in schools founded and staffed by our own brethren.[/color]

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]When you encounter these arrogant accusers, ask them how many churches they have planted? How many souls have they saved? How many times have they publicly defended the cause of Christ in the face of her enemies?

Evil men think they can win by intimidation. With Christ as our captain (Heb.2:10), with the strength the Holy Spirit provides (Eph. 3:16), with the sword of the Spirit, we can and will be more than conquerors through him that loves us (Rom. 8:37). David was not intimidated by the Philistine giant and his insults. We will not be intimidated nor silenced by his modern counterpart! [/color]

John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now