TEN WAYS TO INSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE CHANGE MOVEMENT

TEN WAYS TO INSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE CHANGE MOVEMENT

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December 31st, 2007, 8:13 pm #1

<font face=arial>Dear Friend of Jesus:

Today we offer two shorter lessons. One explains why and how a preacher or elder who personally would not teach error can allow his congregation to be captured by the promoters of change. The other looks at ways change agents use to capture a church. Both lessons are needed by our brethren. Please share these lessons with other Christians. Pray that Christ's church will prosper in the coming year.

— John Waddey</font>

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      TEN WAYS TO INSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE CHANGE MOVEMENT
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      <font size=3 color=indigo face=times new roman>Many brethren have been rudely wakened and shocked by the challenge presented by the promotions of the change agents. If asked, few would say they actually want to see the innovators victorious in their efforts. Most however seem unwilling to lift a hand to help stop them. While pondering this situation, I thought of ten ways such folks can insure the success of the change movement.
      • Pretend there is no problem. As some ancient sage observed, "There
        is none so blind as those who will not see."
      • Refuse or neglect to inform yourself of the danger that is before us.
      • Refuse to warn your congregation of the imminent danger facing them.
      • Allow personal friendships, family connections and school loyalties to influence your actions regarding this crisis.
      • Pretend to be so pious that you must stand aloof from the strife.
      • Continue to lend you influence, encouragement and financial support to those who are zealously working to undermine and destroy the church Christ died for.
      • Allow those who promote the change agenda to use your school, your congregation, lectureship or paper as a forum to spread their ideas.
      • Refuse to cooperate with others in the common defense of the Cause of Christ
      • Discourage and undermine the efforts of those who are carrying the battle to the enemy.
      • Fight against those who share your faith, rather than the real enemies of the church.
      Any or all of these ten suggestions are recommended by Satan as effective ways to weaken congregations and make them vulnerable to the advances of the promoters of unscriptural changes. All volunteers for his program are welcomed.</font>

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      John Waddey, Editor
      Christianity: Then and Now

      E-Mail: [url=mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com]johnwaddey@aol.com[/url]
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Joined: January 2nd, 2005, 6:45 am

December 31st, 2007, 8:23 pm #2

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<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman>As I watch the tactics of those among us who hate America, I see a similarity to tactics being used to excise the conservative nature of Christianity and replace it with a liberal, denominational kind of religion. While visiting the Island of Trinidad some 30 years ago, I watched as workers labored to change the landscape of a certain area of the island by removing a mountain. Day and night giant earth movers hauled loads of rock and dirt and dumped them into the ocean. Little by little what had once been a towering mountain was leveled according to someone's plan. That same approach can be effective in changing the church of Christ into something new and different. For some 25 years change agents have been employing the following destructive devices.
  • There has been a non-stop barrage of belittling of the church, her history, her faith and her worship.
  • They have been perpetually sowing of seeds of doubt regarding the faith and practice of the church.
  • There has been a replacement of serious Bible teaching and preaching with entertaining stories, pop-psychology and denominational doctrine.
  • There has been a concerted effort to convince our brethren that loyalty to the church and defending the church against her critics is sectarian, thus should be avoided.
  • There has been a practice of raising questions about the dependability and authority of the Bible. This has created uncertainly about the rightness of the faith and worship of the church.
  • When serious questions are asked, change agents tend to provide only tentative answers. The questioners thus go away without solid biblical answers and uncertain faith.
  • There has been a failure to indoctrinate new members. In fact some frown on the practice as somehow bad for the faith of new converts.
  • There are some who are ready to open the doors and give a place within the membership of the church to those who have not been born again as Christ expects them to be (John 3:3-5).
  • The use of literature written by sound men of the past and present has been discouraged. In its place they have encouraged the use of denominational literature.
  • By discouraging the selection of conservative men to serve as elders and deacons and encouraging the selection of men who will be supportive of the change agenda they can weaken a church.
Subject a body of people to these and similar tactics for a period of five years and the mountain of faith and conviction will be hauled away and what is left will be a denominational church which may or may not be known as a Church of Christ. A wise man will observe the attitudes and actions of those around him. Those who respect God and his Word they will follow. Those whose conduct harms the kingdom of Christ they will reject (Rom. 16:18).</font>

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John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: [url=mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com]johnwaddey@aol.com[/url]
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January 19th, 2008, 9:50 pm #3

<font face=arial>Dear Friend of Jesus:

Today we offer two shorter lessons. One explains why and how a preacher or elder who personally would not teach error can allow his congregation to be captured by the promoters of change. The other looks at ways change agents use to capture a church. Both lessons are needed by our brethren. Please share these lessons with other Christians. Pray that Christ's church will prosper in the coming year.

— John Waddey</font>

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      TEN WAYS TO INSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE CHANGE MOVEMENT
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      <font size=3 color=indigo face=times new roman>Many brethren have been rudely wakened and shocked by the challenge presented by the promotions of the change agents. If asked, few would say they actually want to see the innovators victorious in their efforts. Most however seem unwilling to lift a hand to help stop them. While pondering this situation, I thought of ten ways such folks can insure the success of the change movement.
      • Pretend there is no problem. As some ancient sage observed, "There
        is none so blind as those who will not see."
      • Refuse or neglect to inform yourself of the danger that is before us.
      • Refuse to warn your congregation of the imminent danger facing them.
      • Allow personal friendships, family connections and school loyalties to influence your actions regarding this crisis.
      • Pretend to be so pious that you must stand aloof from the strife.
      • Continue to lend you influence, encouragement and financial support to those who are zealously working to undermine and destroy the church Christ died for.
      • Allow those who promote the change agenda to use your school, your congregation, lectureship or paper as a forum to spread their ideas.
      • Refuse to cooperate with others in the common defense of the Cause of Christ
      • Discourage and undermine the efforts of those who are carrying the battle to the enemy.
      • Fight against those who share your faith, rather than the real enemies of the church.
      Any or all of these ten suggestions are recommended by Satan as effective ways to weaken congregations and make them vulnerable to the advances of the promoters of unscriptural changes. All volunteers for his program are welcomed.</font>

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      John Waddey, Editor
      Christianity: Then and Now

      E-Mail: [url=mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com]johnwaddey@aol.com[/url]
<font face=arial>Dear Lovers of Christ's Church:

Today we contrast the faith of the promoters of unscriptural changes with the clear and simple teachings of Christ. A creed is that which one believes to be true and by which he lives. For true Christians, our creed is Christ. The beliefs of the change agents are based on something else, something quite different from the principles of Christianity found in the New Testament. You can help us protect the church by forwarding these weekly lessons to other Christians of your acquaintance. Feel free to make copies to distribute others. Pray that God will deliver his church from those who would harm her.

In Christ,

— John Waddey</font>

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    THE CHANGE AGENT'S CREDO
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    <font size=3 color=indigo face=times new roman>We live in a day of change. Politicians are clamoring to be recognized as change agents. The denominational world has its change agents. Evangelicals are overrun with them. Even the Catholic Church has a change movement within its ranks. In this piece I have in mind change agents within the Church of Christ. They are at work in every state and of the Union and in many of our mission outposts. Pockets of them are in several of our schools. Some schools they now control. Having read some 40 of their books, advocating their new agenda, I think we can safely say that their credo is "Give me anything but the Church of Christ and old fashioned biblical faith, worship and practice."
      • They can tolerate Pentecostalism, Calvinism, ecumenism, mysticism, theological liberalism and other man-made beliefs and practices. They are more than ready to embrace in their fellowship those who hold such views.
      • They choke on the old-time gospel and gag at the idea of calling bible things by bible names (Tit. 2:8) and doing bible things in bible ways. The vocabulary of the denominational seminary is much preferred.
      • To offer up prayers to God in the name of Christ is so trite to them (John 14:13). They must have labyrinths, mantras and candlelight.
      • To merely sing praise to God is so boring for them (Heb. 13:15). They crave performers and instruments of music to entertain their jaded souls.
      • To them, to preach a message of truth from Scripture is downright oppressive (II Tim. 4:2). They insist on a story-teller who entertains well (II Tim. 4:3).
      • To commune in memory of the Master's death is insufficiently spiritual for these folks (I Cor. 11:23-29). Some of them want a feast for the belly to accompany it.
      • To insist on immersion for every member of the body of Christ is so narrow in their thinking (Rom.6:3-4; John 3:3-5). They must make allowances for those nice people not prepared to go that far.
      • To change agents, having only Christian men lead the worship is so patriarchal (I Tim. 2:8-12). They must grant to women an equal opportunity to lead and teach the church (I Cor. 14:34).
      • In their thinking, to think or say that there is only one true church is so parochial (Eph. 4:4). They recognize all denominations who believe in Jesus as their fellow-Christians.
      • To say that Christ founded the Church of Christ is so juvenile to them (Matt. 16:18). They prefer to have Barton Stone and Alexander Campbell as the founders of their church.
    Come to think about it, there is little or nothing they care for in New Testament Christianity. They snuff at the idea and scorn those who are determined to worship and serve by that ancient standard. Why do they wish to stay among us? What is it that they want from us?</font>

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    John Waddey, Editor
    Christianity: Then and Now

    E-Mail: [url=mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com]johnwaddey@aol.com[/url]
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Servant
Servant

February 7th, 2008, 10:46 pm #4

Hey J Waddey.
How are things over in the western part of our nation?
Still bringing in good numbers over at the mall?

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February 8th, 2008, 5:37 am #5

<font size=3 color=indigo face=times new roman>Hey, Servant,

You may wish to introduce yourself to brother John Waddey. His e-mail address is listed above. Please feel free to ask him those questions or even begin corresponding with him and getting to really know him as one of God’s messengers. It will just be between you and him.

Thanks!

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Servant
Servant

February 10th, 2008, 10:38 pm #6

I have emailed him on several occasions already Donnie. He has yet to respond.
I didn't think that he would.....and believe it or not Donnie it was in no way belittling him with my emails to him, although time and time again he enjoys doing that with those he disagrees with.

Dave
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

April 20th, 2009, 2:46 pm #7

In an earlier post, Dave wrote: "Hey J Waddey. How are things over in the western part of our nation? Still bringing in good numbers over at the mall?"

If Dave's emails to Waddey were anything like his post above, I doubt that Waddey would answer someone who obviously had no desire to establish a really sincere correspondence. You don't have to "belittle" someone to convey the tone that you abhor his theology. An email laced with satire will do just as well.
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Ken Sublett
Ken Sublett

April 20th, 2009, 5:17 pm #8

Waddey works OUT of a building in the MALL.
Isn't that better than working IN a "theater for holy entertainment?"

Old Paul worked IN and OUT of the school of Tyrannus: No, this was not a class room but a FORUM to which anyone could attend and present their views. It was in fact part of the Agora or MALL! The ekklesia in Athens would be UP the hill.

Why did he do that? That's where the people would be most of the time.
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Tim K
Tim K

May 5th, 2009, 6:24 pm #9

Posters all,

It's coming. The old view that only a few people in a few churches have it right is untenable and un-Biblical. The scripture doesn't say that everyone's name that was in the book of perfect test scores will be saved; those whose name is written in the Book of Life.

It's sad that this kind of blood-letting continues. "...fallen from grace..." doesn't mean deviated from the rigid code of the church of Christ. It means relying on works for salvation instead of Jesus.

So sad to waste time and energy attacking and hating.

Tim
Former Washington PA church of Christ member
Former Belmont Church member
Former Woodmont Hills Family of God member
Current confirmed member of the Episcopal Church worhipping at the church of the Good Shepherd
Nashville TN Area
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

May 8th, 2009, 5:41 pm #10

Some folks find it odious and unpleasant to worship God in spirit and in truth according to Christ's directives in the New Testament, so they depart the Church of Christ and seek the denominations.

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Tim. 4:3-4 KJV).

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not" (2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV).


Those people must live with the choices they make.
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