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[color=#000000" size="3.5" face="times]In the contest between political parties the smaller or minority party will use every available means to persuade the public that they (the minority) represent them and their best interests. They work to convince the people that the opposition, though much larger in number, actually represent only a few citizens. While only 20 percent of Americans identify themselves as liberal in their social, economic and political views, liberal politicians and their media friends act as though they are the reigning majority. Proponents of global warming have used this same tactic. They act as though the contest is over, that they have won the battle.
Today, we see this same tactic being used in the church. Those who fancy themselves leaders of the movement to capture and redesign the Churches of Christ regularly use it. They want to convince the average member of the church that they (the change agents) are, in reality, the majority of our brethren, the mainstream of the church. They want to create the impression that they are the wave of the future. Those brethren who prefer to continue worshiping and serving God as they and their predecessors have done for generations past, are painted as out-of-touch, cranky, insignificant minority. Of course this is definitely not the case. The progressives act as though they have already won the battle, that the overwhelming majority of our people are ready, even eager to adopt their package of innovations. They pretend that conservative congregations, content to walk by the old paths, do not exist. They assume that by ignoring them they will vanish.
The fact is, the progressives, the change agents are still a minority among us. Yes, they have captured a number of our largest congregations, but certainly not the majority of the 9,500 congregations who constitute the mainstream of our brotherhood! At the present, (Spring of 2012), it is doubtful if the congregations openly embracing the change agenda are more than 350 in number. They do control three of our universities and one small college. But schools are not churches.
They do get a lot of publicity from the Christian Chronicle and secular newspapers. That does not mean they are listed in the Lamb's Book of Life (Phil. 4:3).
What the future holds no one knows nor can predict. When change agents prevail, their congregations will cease to be Churches of Christ, having become in fact, an imitation of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ who pursued this same course a 125 years ago. We can be sure that Christ is greater than the father of lies (Matt. 28:18; John 8:44). The Lord's church is greater than the kingdom of darkness (Dan. 2:44; Col. 1:13). The truth of God's Word is stronger than the doctrines, commandments and opinions of men (Rom. 1:16). Solomon rightly understood that "the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong" (Eccle. 9:11). Through Christ we will be more than conquerors over these and every enemy (Rom. 8:37).
In the meantime, our challenge is to awaken our brethren to the danger of the change agents (Acts 20:28-31), to inform them of the errors being promoted and stir them to action in defense of the gospel and the kingdom of Christ (Phil. 1:16).
Weeds in a garden must be plucked up else they will swallow the whole and choke out the flowers or vegetables you have planted. The best time to pull weeds is while they are young, few in number and before they drop their seed. Brethren should heed and learn this lesson.[/color]
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now