A concerned writer warns, “If some among us don’t believe that the church is essentially distinctive, but believe that we’re just another denomination, then the call for change will be loud and clear. We should rather hear God say, ‘Ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls’ (Jer. 6:16).” [The same concern about change occurs in many other fellowships as well, to which the following remarks may be adapted.]
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It is time for those who do not study the Bible to get busy doing it. It is time for those who have studied, but who have been quiet about what they learned, to speak out boldly and in love. In short, it is time for change — godly change, repentance of the heart, reformation of the life, improvement of the attitude. It is time for change in doctrines created by our deductions and not by the Word of God; for change in the binding of traditions which rest only on the logic and opinions of men and not on the authority of God; for change in the passing over, ignoring, and sometimes explaining away of biblical teachings, doctrines and experiences which others found before we did and which we therefore refused to acknowledge.
Is this cause for alarm? Not if we know the basis of our security. Our security is not in being correct about everything. Our security is not in restoring a church, or in belonging to the “true” one as listed in the Yellow Pages. Our security is not because we live above sin, or deserve God’s favor, or are more righteous or more right than other professing Christians. We are secure because God loves us and nothing can separate us from his love. We are secure because we are part of his eternal plan which cannot fail. We are secure because Jesus died for us and rose again and lives forever to intercede.
We know our security because the gospel declares it. We sense our security because the Spirit of Jesus resides in our hearts, assuring us that we belong to him and enabling us to cry “Abba, Father.” May the God who never changes continually change us according to his eternal purpose and grace!