Contemporary leaders of our congregations often find themselves pressured to allow members of their staff or congregation to introduce some aspect of the unscriptural change agenda into the life of the church. Our lesson reminds elders that they have the right and the responsibility to say "No" to such demands. Please share this lesson with other Christians. Forward it or copy and distribute it to your Christian friends. Working together we can build a fire wall that will block the spread of the destructive flames of change.
- <font size=5>ELDERS, JUST SAY NO!</font>
<font size=3 face=times new roman>It has been said that the most important word a parent can teach his child is "No!" The most valuable and useful skill that can be imparted to a child is the ability to say, No! In her White House years, Nancy Reagan devoted herself to encouraging young people to "Just Say No!" to illicit drugs.
Elders and leaders of congregations of the Lord's church need to recognize the power of this two letter word and use it in leading their flock. It is especially needed in view of the many pressures to allow unscriptural and divisive changes in our congregations.
- Say No to your preacher if he tries to introduce the change agenda into your congregation.
- If a man applying for a position as your minister or other staff position is found to be sympathetic to the change movement, exercise your right to say, No! You are under no obligation to employ a man you know will cause harm to your congregation.
- Should a representative of a Christian school or university that has embraced the change agenda request permission to speak to your congregation or your teens, just say No. Why should we offer any encouragement to our children to attend a school where their faith will be undermined rather than reinforced?
- Should your song leader propose that you change your worship to allow gifted singers to perform, to have a choir sing for worship or to allow the use of a musical instrument, tell him, No! He has no right to make such a request. You are not being cruel or unkind in rejecting it. You are keeping your flock on the narrow and straitened way of truth.
- Should your youth minister be found encouraging young ladies to lead prayers in their group devotionals, or allowing some to play their guitar while they sing a spiritual song, say No to such practices. If they request permission to take your teens to teen retreats and programs that are dominated by false teachers of the change movement, say, No! Do not allow your young members to be subjected to corrupting leaders and programs.
- If your campus minister is incorporating the unscriptural changes in his program of activities. Tell him, Such will not be allowed!
- Should young adults in the congregation begin to promote such changes among their peers, promptly meet with them and explain that such agitation will not be tolerated.
- Should the teacher of any Bible class be found to be undermining the faith of his students, the authority of the elders, the faith and worship of the church, call the teacher in and make it clear that such divisive teaching will not be allowed.
- If your educational director wishes to use class materials written by change agents and advancing their agenda, tell him such will not be used!
- If a missionary or foreign worker whom you support is found to be teaching and practicing things in his field of labor that you would not tolerate at home, let him immediately know that you will not support such teaching or conduct. Better still, before any worker is sent, your position on such departures from the faith should be clearly stated. Anticipate the problem with a strong No!
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now