own admission I have not read all of the posts on this
site I was wondering if someone could help me out in
having a better understanding of the situation as it
is currently played out.
1. Has this web site had any influence in changing
the church back to the 'way it used to be ' ?
2. Has Madison been growing ? Declining ? Stable ?
3. Of the many members who have left Madison BECAUSE
of the changes that took place, are there any efforts
in getting those people together to start a new
4. Of the current members at Madison, how many support
what is taking place and how many oppose what is taking
place at the church ? An estimate would be fine.
Ex. 55-45 support or 60-40 oppose or whatever you
think it is.
5. Of those who oppose what is currently taking place are
there enough to vote in Elders who could turn things back
What it all boils down to is this:
My suspicions are that Madison has gone through these
changes and it is either at a point of no return or
for all intents and purposes this web site is nothing
more than a gripe board of disgruntled members or
former members who wish that things could be the same
as it once was.
There are many times in my life and really in the lives of
just about every reader on the forum that have a difficult
time in accepting that things change and not always the way
that we would like for them to turn out.
At some point in time the best way to approach it is to make
lemonaide out of lemons and do something positive out of
I would encourage the people who oppose the changes to get
involved with the youth of today so that you can help them
forge their own destiny and maybe make the church stronger
for the next generation.
<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman>Note from ConcernedMembers:
- While this forum welcomes messages and opinions from those of different religious persuasions, this board at times deems it necessary to request further information whence the message comes, unless the poster has made that acknowledgment at the outset. This is to ensure that our original message to warn other congregations in the brotherhood [among churches of Christ] remains clearly understood. For example, it is certainly a wrong impression to suggest that this forum or a congregation should oppose or should never allow any change. But it becomes a major issue when the change, regardless of the slick and subtle methodologies used, destroys a congregation. Or, when Gods directives for the church are challenged, modified or redefined.
Thanks to Harry Smith [a.k.a. wordkeeper] for providing the requested information.
Just a little bit of caution herewordkeeper as an identity is somewhat delusive. I certainly believe that while I am a keeper of Gods truth and that while I am a Christian I am not the only keeper of the word [Luke 8:15] and I am not the only Christian [Acts 11:26; I Peter 4:16]. And, yes, I will continue to identify myself by my own name: Donnie Cruz. Can Harry Smith do the same?
Harry Smith has provided more information in his post dated November 8 2006, 5:51 PM.