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To Change Or Not To Change

By Don Loftis | 08.01.18

There is no denying that we live in a time of transition.  We are bombarded with changes in politics, transportation, medicine, technology, and religion.  These may make us uneasy, or even fearful, but the reality is that change is inevitable.  Some will prove to be good and others bad, but change is the one consistent part of every generation and every culture.

 

Because we know that Jesus is unchanging (Heb. 13:8), and that our faith was once and for all delivered to us (Jude 1:3), we are very cautious about religious change.  The Bible informs us in three places to not add to or take away from God’s message.  We must be committed to preach and defend an unchanging message.

 

Yet, we do need to remember that there was a time in the church’s history when there were no church buildings, no four part harmony, no Sunday school classes, and no individual communion cups.  Just a century ago, there were no PA systems, no church bulletins, no TV evangelists, and only two major English translations from which to choose.  Many congregations in the early 1900’s only met once a week and had limited access to formal preaching.

 

The challenge the church faces in every generation is to seek the Truth, live the Truth, and share the Truth.  The Gospel is not afraid of cultural change, because it is trans-cultural.  It speaks to the rich and the poor; to those who live under democracy and those who must submit to dictators; to the boomer, buster and millennial; to the First Century and the 21st Century.  We will all change!  The challenge is to be sure to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace — Ephesians 4:1-6.

 


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