W H Y THE FIRE? --By Steve Finnell
There once was a man
whose children played
with matches. First the
children, then the house - all were ashes. Why the fire?
To what can we attribute the acceptance of the
denominational doctrines that are creeping into many of
the congregations of the Restoration Movement? The
permissive attitudes and actions expressed by various
church leaders certainly warrant our consideration.
THE LOCAL CHURCH:
(A) We fill our bulletin boards with advertisements
promoting denominational and inter-denominational
(B) We extend invitations to various denominational
singing groups to lead us in worship, in song or
(C) The pulpit is used as a platform to praise
denominational personalities and encourage participation
in denominational workshops and seminars.
(D) The errors of denominational doctrine are not exposed
or exposed in weak "mopping up" exercises after the fact.
(E) Denominational literature abounds in our churches.
(F) We involve ourselves with denominationally influenced
ministerial associations, interfaith prayer groups, and
denominational evangelistic crusades. Then we cry,
"Why the fire?"
(A) We allow articles advocating denominational doctrines
and philosophies to be printed. (All in the name of liberty
of opinion, of course).
(B) Refuse to publish articles that openly oppose
particular denominations, even if their teachings are
contrary to the Word of God.
(C) Publish articles written by denominational writers. (If
they are credible enough to publish, they are credible
enough to follow, many suppose.) Then we cry, "Why the
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CENTERS:
(A) Teach limited basic Bible doctrine.
(B) Support denominational lecturers on campus.
(C) Tolerate instructors who openly advocate
Then we cry, "Why the fire"?
Because God’s children are playing with matches!!