Change, Change, Change
…meddle not with them that are given to change.
- Proverbs 24:21
Change—the hope of America seems to rest upon this single word, provoking misguided ideas and dreams of a better future. Yet when those misplaced ideas and dreams manifest themselves into laws—negating the very principles on which this country was founded—can we Christians truly say that we had no part at all in this “change”?
You see, we could focus on changes in the political, economic, or social climate or draw our attention to America’s progressive shift from freedom to socialism. But none of these issues pose a greater threat to the stability and future of our country—to that future belonging to our children and grandchildren—than the changes we unknowingly or intentionally welcome into the New Testament local church.
For I am the LORD, I change not…
- Malachi 3:6
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
- Proverbs 22:28
The cause of Christ Jesus will not be strengthened when churches adopt a philosophy of change. They cannot “change with the times,” continually adapting to the wants of the individual or constraints of society. However, throughout this nation, churches are changing; and they are changing rapidly.
- THE BIBLE
The King James Bible is the preserved Word of God; yet in our fundamental, Bible-believing, Baptist churches, we are encouraging God’s Word to be attacked. Why? Why are we permitting that in our churches? Why are we supporting the repudiation of what our entire faith rests upon?
The music in our churches is changing from “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19) to performances by singers who are watching and then emulating the showmanship of Hollywood. The theme of what we sing is also shifting—from God to man and from His majesty and power to our troubles and tragedy.
- PERSONAL SEPARATION
This particular change seems to be leading the way. We are embracing the influence of the world by allowing the immoral, unsaved heathen whom we see on television or in films to dictate our personal standards (i.e., how we dress ourselves, which places we can frequent that we hadn’t before, how we view marriage or those with “alternative” lifestyles, etc.). Somehow, we’ve developed the concept that is it fine to live this way—to live in harmony with the world—just not on Sundays.
- COMMITMENT —
By “commitment,” I mean a sold-out commitment to the Lord. In Hebrews 10:25, we read: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
As I preach in other churches, the pastors of those ministries will invariably make the same comment: “I cannot get my people to be faithful to church.” We possess a casual attitude about going to the house of the Lord because our commitment to God has changed. It seems as if attending Sunday school is no longer a priority to some (arriving on time, then, is a moot point). Attending all three church services—Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening—each week is becoming an activity of the past.
God’s people, please be careful of change in your lives and in your churches. I do not mean the change that transpires in someone’s life when he receives Christ Jesus as his personal Savior or experiences revival in his heart. I mean the change that furthers doubt in the Word of God or the change that devolves a sold-out commitment to the Lord into a casual Christianity. When we welcome that change into our lives and into our churches, we then have no one to blame but ourselves for the America that our children inherit.