VARIETIES OF CHANGE AGENTS

VARIETIES OF CHANGE AGENTS

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May 21st, 2009, 7:34 am #1

VARIETIES OF CHANGE AGENTS

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Only those who are willfully deaf and blind do not perceive that the Church of Christ is caught in the midst of a major upheaval. Unchecked, this divisive movement will result in a major break in our brotherhood. The agitators, though variegated, have correctly been labeled "change agents." Those who are careful observers have noticed that among the change agents, the following differences can be noted. For example:[/color]
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are the architects and designers of the movement. These men are found primarily in the administration and on the faculties of Abilene Christian, Pepperdine and, David Lipscomb Universities and Rochester College. These academics write most of the books advocating change in our faith and worship. They host the influential lectureships and workshops where their comrades in change promote their new theories and peddle their programs. They are shaping the minds of our students and especially our future preachers. They will go forth taking their the faulty views into unsuspecting churches.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are the traveling salesmen of change who circulate among our brethren, sowing their seeds of discord, in the name of saving the Lord's church from obscurity and decline. They are found at workshops, lectureship, retreats and campus programs. Some travel circuits, meeting with young impressionable preachers in major cities. Others of this type stay at home and sow their seed via the Internet.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are the men who show-case and demonstrate the change agenda. They are usually the "pastors" of some of our largest churches that have been occupied by agents of change. They display the latest fads and feature guest speakers who advocate the latest innovations. They invite assorted denominational preachers to speak in their churches and bless their innovative programs. They are boldly placing women in leadership roles in their churches. They get media attention from the secular press who love to see the Lord's church thus humiliated. They are given fawning write-ups in the Christian Chronicle. They aspire to fill the same role among Churches of Christ that Rick Warren fills among the Baptists.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are those who are like wolves, who quietly circulating among our schools and congregations looking for weak, vulnerable preachers they can capture and turn to their cause. The follow the example of their master (I Pet. 5:8). They also look for vulnerable congregations and help to expedite their shift from truth to the change agenda.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are those who deceive and those who are deceived. Those who are the deceivers we have already mentioned above. Those who are deceived are often young, weak, in faith and shallow in biblical knowledge. Although they are not malicious, they still leave the path of truth and righteousness for exotic and enticing realms of the forbidden and unauthorized. They are to be pitied. Like blind men following a blind leader, they fall into the ditch of error (Matt. 15:14). They are like sheep following the Judas goat to destruction.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Not all change agents have the same goals in mind. Some want to stay among us and change the entire brotherhood into a new kind of church more pleasing to them (I Cor. 5:6). They refuse to repudiate their membership, even though they no longer hold the same biblical views the great majority of our people, past and present, have held. They just want a different kind of Church of Christ. Others are eager to disassociate themselves and make some denominational body their home. However they do not wish to go alone. They are determined to take other Christians, congregations and schools with them. Hence while holding a foreign faith, they remain for a period of time as recruiters. Jesus describes such workers as thieves (John 10:10).[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Some will end up among the Independent Christian Churches where they can still speak of Restoration and call themselves Christians, but enjoy their instrumental music, choirs, etc. Others will drift into theological skepticism. They might find a home among the Disciples of Christ, Episcopalians, etc.[/color]

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[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]And just how shall we treat such departing brethren? Those who are the leaders of this destructive movement we must take note of , mark and turn away from (Rom. 16:17). Those who agitate in our churches we must recognize and refuse as self-condemned factious men (Tit. 3:10). No matter who they or where they come from, they should not be invited into our congregations (II John 9-11). Our pulpits and classrooms should be closed to them without further discussion. Our children should be discouraged from attending the schools they control. None of their programs or activities such as youth retreats, elder workshops, preachers forums should be promoted or encouraged. Just as we are forced to deal with a communicable disease, we should isolate and reject all who choose to go onward and abide not in th e teaching of Christ (II John 9-11). If we do nothing we will suffer the devastation of apostasy. If we act quickly and decisively, the epidemic can soon be extinguished. [/color]

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John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com
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January 2nd, 2010, 11:26 pm #2

If "change agents" have already/just arrived at your congregation [where "changes" in the doctrine and teachings and practices of the church are now being noticed], what category best describes these change agents?

(1) The architects and designers of the Change Movement [from ACU, Pepperdine, DLU]?
(2) The traveling salesmen of change in workshops, retreats and campus programs?
(3) "Pastors" [who love being addressed as "Pastor Sumone"] in your own church?
(4) Those who show-case and demonstrate the change agenda of Rick Warren and the Community Church Movement?
(5) "Like wolves" in vulnerable congregations like yours?
(6) Deceiving change agents being with those easily deceived?
(7) Those who want to change the entire brotherhood?
(8) Those who abuse the Restoration Movement principles and desire to be affiliated with the Christian Church?
(9) Some or a combination of the above?

Beware!!! To congregations unaware of what's happening: "The Change Agents Are Coming! The Change Agents Are Coming!"
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February 16th, 2010, 12:26 am #3

VARIETIES OF CHANGE AGENTS

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Only those who are willfully deaf and blind do not perceive that the Church of Christ is caught in the midst of a major upheaval. Unchecked, this divisive movement will result in a major break in our brotherhood. The agitators, though variegated, have correctly been labeled "change agents." Those who are careful observers have noticed that among the change agents, the following differences can be noted. For example:[/color]
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are the architects and designers of the movement. These men are found primarily in the administration and on the faculties of Abilene Christian, Pepperdine and, David Lipscomb Universities and Rochester College. These academics write most of the books advocating change in our faith and worship. They host the influential lectureships and workshops where their comrades in change promote their new theories and peddle their programs. They are shaping the minds of our students and especially our future preachers. They will go forth taking their the faulty views into unsuspecting churches.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are the traveling salesmen of change who circulate among our brethren, sowing their seeds of discord, in the name of saving the Lord's church from obscurity and decline. They are found at workshops, lectureship, retreats and campus programs. Some travel circuits, meeting with young impressionable preachers in major cities. Others of this type stay at home and sow their seed via the Internet.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are the men who show-case and demonstrate the change agenda. They are usually the "pastors" of some of our largest churches that have been occupied by agents of change. They display the latest fads and feature guest speakers who advocate the latest innovations. They invite assorted denominational preachers to speak in their churches and bless their innovative programs. They are boldly placing women in leadership roles in their churches. They get media attention from the secular press who love to see the Lord's church thus humiliated. They are given fawning write-ups in the Christian Chronicle. They aspire to fill the same role among Churches of Christ that Rick Warren fills among the Baptists.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are those who are like wolves, who quietly circulating among our schools and congregations looking for weak, vulnerable preachers they can capture and turn to their cause. The follow the example of their master (I Pet. 5:8). They also look for vulnerable congregations and help to expedite their shift from truth to the change agenda.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]There are those who deceive and those who are deceived. Those who are the deceivers we have already mentioned above. Those who are deceived are often young, weak, in faith and shallow in biblical knowledge. Although they are not malicious, they still leave the path of truth and righteousness for exotic and enticing realms of the forbidden and unauthorized. They are to be pitied. Like blind men following a blind leader, they fall into the ditch of error (Matt. 15:14). They are like sheep following the Judas goat to destruction.[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Not all change agents have the same goals in mind. Some want to stay among us and change the entire brotherhood into a new kind of church more pleasing to them (I Cor. 5:6). They refuse to repudiate their membership, even though they no longer hold the same biblical views the great majority of our people, past and present, have held. They just want a different kind of Church of Christ. Others are eager to disassociate themselves and make some denominational body their home. However they do not wish to go alone. They are determined to take other Christians, congregations and schools with them. Hence while holding a foreign faith, they remain for a period of time as recruiters. Jesus describes such workers as thieves (John 10:10).[/color]

    </li>
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Some will end up among the Independent Christian Churches where they can still speak of Restoration and call themselves Christians, but enjoy their instrumental music, choirs, etc. Others will drift into theological skepticism. They might find a home among the Disciples of Christ, Episcopalians, etc.[/color]

    </li>
[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]And just how shall we treat such departing brethren? Those who are the leaders of this destructive movement we must take note of , mark and turn away from (Rom. 16:17). Those who agitate in our churches we must recognize and refuse as self-condemned factious men (Tit. 3:10). No matter who they or where they come from, they should not be invited into our congregations (II John 9-11). Our pulpits and classrooms should be closed to them without further discussion. Our children should be discouraged from attending the schools they control. None of their programs or activities such as youth retreats, elder workshops, preachers forums should be promoted or encouraged. Just as we are forced to deal with a communicable disease, we should isolate and reject all who choose to go onward and abide not in th e teaching of Christ (II John 9-11). If we do nothing we will suffer the devastation of apostasy. If we act quickly and decisively, the epidemic can soon be extinguished. [/color]

___________________________________
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com
[color=#0000FF" size="5" face="times]WHAT ARE WE PROFITED?[/color]

[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]In this century of eroding faith and evolving churches, we see some of our most liberal schools and congregations putting much emphasis on service and evangelism in our mission fields.

It is certainly true that God's people should be interested in any involved in mission work. They should always be zealous unto every good work (Tit. 2:14). But this presupposes that the message they disseminate is truly the gospel of Christ and that the good deeds they engage in do indeed build up the Cause of Christ.

Those who truly care about the future of the church should ask, If we send a thousand young Christians to our mission outposts what will they teach the people they contact? Will it be the teaching of Jesus or that of the promoters of change? There is a difference! All must recognize that the message of the change movement is simply old fashion denominationalism.

For example, if a young person has spent two or three years being indoctrinated by a smooth talking change agents, he might believe and teach some or all of the following ideas:[/color]
  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]That a man is saved by grace through faith. Thus when he believes in Christ he is saved. The misguided student will not emphasize the need for "faith working through love" (Gal. 5:6).[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might teach that baptism is good but not absolutely essential. This is his message if he thinks the unbaptized believer can still be saved because of God's mercy.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might teach that the Bible way of baptism is immersion, but he will not be willing to tell the person who was baptized by sprinkling or pouring that his baptism is insufficient and unacceptable (Rom. 6:3-4).[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might teach the importance of immersion but neglect to stress the purpose of baptism which is to receive remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might leave the impression that being part of Christ's one true church is not essential to pleasing God. Many change agents believe that there are many saved persons in the various denominations.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might leave his hearers thinking that the Church of Christ is really only one of many denominations that believe in Jesus. This is a common error held among change agents.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might leave the impression that all denominations that preach Christ are equally valid in God's sight.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might teach the people that worship is only a thing of the heart and thus the actual forms are flexible. That God will accept the sincere man's worship, even if it is not what He calls for. Jesus tells us our worship must be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might teach that our acappella praise is only our tradition; that praise accompanied by instruments is also an acceptable tradition. This is widely held by change agents.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might leave the person assuming he can commune on any day of the week or on special occasions such as weddings and funerals. Some change agents have said this.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might leave his converts thinking that women can fill leadership roles in the church Many change agents argue that Paul's prohibitions in I Corinthians 14:33-34 & I Timothy 2:11-12 were only cultural and thus are not actually binding today. [/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He might leave the impression that the Church of Christ and the Christian Church are really no different, thus one can worship with either and still please God.[/color]

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  • [color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]He may well teach that God has not given us a pattern to follow as we seek to serve him. In saying this he must ignore Paul's exhortation in II Timothy 1:13. This most change agents do. Hence the new convert will proceed to do as he will in his worship and service to God.[/color]

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[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]So with zeal and excitement, zealous young Christians raise the necessary funds, board the plane and head for distant nations. They work for weeks and months, sharing what they have been taught. Some are won by their labors, maybe a church is established. They return home to resume their studies. The question is, What have they left behind? Is it a Christian Church with instruments of music? Or is it a Baptist church teaching salvation by faith alone? Is it a Methodist church that accepts members on immersion, sprinkling or pouring? Could it be a charismatic church with belief in miracles, women leaders and instrumental music, etc. Could it be a postmodern, emergent church with an unholy blend of Hindu-New Age mysticism and a dash of medieval Catholicism mixed with the gospel?

Don't laugh or scoff! All the above is currently being taught by various preachers and professors involved in the change movement. If such is the fruit of these mission trips, what is the Lord's Cause profited? Would she not be better served if such ill-taught and unprepared workers stayed at home?

Let us send the zealous young Christian to share the gospel with the lost. But those who send should be sure that their young missionary knows, believes, teaches and practices the pure message of our Master. [/color]

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John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now

E-Mail: mailto:johnwaddey@aol.com
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