by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Evan Sayet writes,
“Imagine being in a restaurant with an old friend and you’re catching up, and suddenly, he blurts out: ‘I hate my wife.’ And you kind of chuckle to yourself because he says it every time you’re together and you know he doesn’t hate his wife, they’ve been together for 35 years. He loves his daughters, and they’re just like her. Ah, no, he doesn’t hate his wife. You’re having some dinner and you look out the window and you spot his wife, and she’s being beaten up and you grab your friend and say, ‘Come on, come on, let’s help her!’ and he says: ‘Nah, I’m sure she deserves it.'”/1
Sayet is telling this story in relation to politics but it has application to the battles we face in the Lord’s body. While progressives in the Lord’s body do not hate the Church, they certainly aren’t expressing much love for her.
Some take the Church of Christ off of their signs because they think it inhibits growth. Their writings and sermons often condemn and ridicule the church for all manners of evil.
Their first reaction is that the church is to blame. So, if they see the church being beaten up, they shake their heads and mutter that she brought it on herself.
Jesus built his church which bears his name (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:16). Scripture clearly establishes that the church was singular and that denominationalism did not exist until the falling away from the faith (Ephesians 4:4; 1 Timothy 4:1-3).
Regardless of these clear principles, some progressives denigrate the Lord’s Church to the level of denominations. They argue vociferously that the Church of Christ is a denomination and dismiss anyone who disagrees as delusional. They claim that they are still in the Church of Christ, so they can fix it.
They conduct unity services with denominations and apologize for the Lord’s Church being divisive, despite the fact that the denominations left the Church, not the other way around.
Why the anger at the Bride of Christ? The reasons are the same as why Scripture is being mistreated. Traditions must be uprooted. Presuppositions must be restated and Scripture must be acculturated until it is accepted by the fleshly world.
The sharp edges must be dulled until it no longer causes discomfort to a lost and dying world. While appearing magnanimous and loving, it strips the Lord’s church of its identity and purpose.
Their love for hearts overshadows their love for souls. If we convert people using something other than God’s pure word, what have we converted them into? If Jesus is not there, why would we want to be?
We become the modern manifestation of the people of Israel who said, “make us a king to judge us like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5, NKJV).
When they grew displeased with God and his leaders, they headed down the same ruinous paths that the pagans trod. Why would we emulate them today?