I realize that the message below will be ridiculed and rejected by the liberals and left-wing conspirators who still claim to be members of this church just as much as by those who have left the church or by members of other religious faiths. That, of course, is sad and unfortunate, and I strongly feel the need to post this very important message.
- <font face=arial>Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In the great apostasy of the late 19th century, Christian schools led the way in departing from the New Testament standards. The same is occurring today. A vivid example of this is seen in the upcoming Conference on Preaching hosted by David Lipscomb University in Nashville. Read this and weep all ye who love the church. Please share this information with other saints.
<font size=4>FOR YOUR INFORMATION: LIPSCOMB'S CONFERENCE ON PREACHING</font>
<font color=black size=3 face=times new roman>David Lipscomb University has announced its Conference on Preaching for Oct. 16-18, 2008. The theme will be Reclaiming the Imagination.
Founded by godly Christian men who saw the role of the school as that of a faithful servant to the Lord's church, Lipscomb's current leadership has a different vision for their school. Since the retirement of Willard Collins, the school has turned away from the old paths of New Testament Christianity. With the coming of Dr. Randolph Lowry as president, all pretense was cast aside and now the school is firmly in the camp of the change agents who are wracking the church.
The speakers for this Conference on Preaching demonstrate this fact.
- There is Walter Brueggemann of Columbia Theological Seminary of Decatur, GA. He is a United Church of Christ minister. Acclaimed as "the most heuristic interpreter of the Old Testament. ("Rev." Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago was Mr. Obama's minister).
- There is Brian McLaren, pastor of the Cedar Ridge Community Church. Author of "Everything Must Change." He is the leader of the Emergent Church movement.
- There is Cleophus J. LaRue of Princeton Theological Seminary, a Missionary Baptist minister. He is the author of "This is My Story; Testimonies and Sermons of Black Women in Ministry."
- There is Dennis Dewy, storyteller and minister of the Presbyterian Church USA.
- There is Jerry Taylor of Abilene Christian University and organizer of the New Wineskins Retreat. He is associate minister with Mike Cope of the Highland Church of Christ of Abilene, TX. Bro. Taylor, Cope, the Highland Church and ACU are all in the forefront of the change movement.
- There is Mark Hamilton of ACU, editor of the One-Volume Bible Commentary from ACU Press. This is an ecumenical endeavor whose authors "typically espouse standard critical conclusions (multi-source Pentateuch, multiple Isaiahs, two-source hypothesis for the Synoptic Gospels)." "The commentary strikes out in directions that will be new to most general readers within the movement" (Quotes from Mark Hamilton in the Stone Campbell Journal Fall, 2006). For those who may not know, the description he gives of his book is a description of theological liberalism.
- There is John York of Lipscomb minister of the Woodmont Hills Church and long-time associate of Rubel Shelly.
- They represent what the change movement is all about.
- They wish to demolish the view that the Church of Christ is Christ's one true church.
- They want to be accepted in the circle of the Protestant denominations.
- They want to introduce changes to the faith, worship and work of the church including the mystical approaches of the Emergent Church movement.
- They want to influence as many of our preachers and ministerial students as possible so they will be receptive to the change agenda and introduce it into the churches they serve.
The path leading away from biblical Christianity and into apostasy is broad. It is attractive and filled with numerous enticements. It takes years to finish the trip and by the time people reach the destination their hearts are so jaded that they feel they have found spiritual treasure in the land of disobedience. Their knowledge of God's word has been so diluted that they think error is truth and truth is error.
The leaders of Lipscomb received a spiritual asset from dedicated Christians who went before them and have now traded it for a worthless imitation of the religion of Christ. </font>
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now