These days it’s popular to speak admiringly of just about every religious group around, and disparagingly of the churches of Christ. I am not suggesting that our religious friends have nothing to commend themselves, nor that we are beyond criticism, but I have often wondered what the alternatives to our restoration plea would be.
Instead of naming ourselves after Christ, after whom would we be named? Instead of calling all believers back to the Bible, whose words, whose thoughts would we call them to? Instead of calling sincere believers to the waters of baptism, upon whose terms would we offer God’s forgiveness? Instead of worshiping God according to the simple instructions of scripture, whose instructions should we follow?
Is there a viable alternative?
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,” the prophet declared, “who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
I understand the deep desire people have to be “liked,” to be popular, but you remember the old saying that “if you stand for nothing, you will fall for everything.” We need to make a stand. Not just any stand, but the one we have always taken — on the authority of Christ and his word. Otherwise we become, in the words of Malcolm Muggeridge, people “who, believing less and less, disagree about very little.”
It’s heartbreaking to find yourself in disagreement with someone. When you do so, do it lovingly. But our aim supremely is never to find ourselves in disagreement with our Lord!
Let’s speak admiringly of what he has said!

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  1. Brother: Your words are on point and stated lovingly. I suppose we are still walking according to the NT pattern as “the sect everywhere spoken against. Like Jesus said, beware when all men speak well of thee or words to that effect. Pursue the course!

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