I’m typing on Christmas morning, listening to Alison Kraus, and enjoying a few moments of quiet before the kids (college age and older) wake up.
Yesterday, the January 2010 edition of the “Spiritual Sword” arrived on my doorstep. I subscribed in preparation for the GraceConversation dialogue, to get a better sense of current thought in the conservative Churches of Christ.
The new issue is a series of articles warning against change. Change, it seems, is very bad. Indeed, change produces the different gospel condemned in Galatians. Change damns. And we have lesson after lesson on how to assure the absence of change.
Praise teams, clapping with the music, dimming lights for emotional effect, showing approval by applause, moving the communion table to the back of the auditorium, giving microphones to some men and women in the audience to aid the singing, teaching classes from The Purpose Driven Church … these are all the work of “false prophets” coming as wolves in sheep’s clothing and requires that these false teachers be “marked.” (Gary McDade, “Insidious Influences,” p. 23 ff).
Among the darkest sins that change can produce is —
The claim that worship is to be refreshed by the strong breeze of the Holy Spirit who takes hold of services and, however well planned the services were previously, moves those to new heights of praise, hand clapping, lifting holy hands, with crying, confessing sins, giving testimonies, being led by the Spirit to understanding, guidance, and resisting temptation by his direct impact on the heart.
(William Woodson, “Standing for the Right,” p. 34.)
I thought about writing about the many exegetical errors and sins against logic that fill the magazine, but it’s too easy — and too sad. I can only bring myself to mourn.
(2 Cor 3:17-18) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
(Col 2:8) See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.