by Michael Gilbert
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God”
When this admonition was first given, it was for Christians who were tempted to forsake Christ and fall back into Judaism. To do so would have been to “depart from the living God”.
It should come as no surprise that many today are “departing from the living God”, but this time lapsing into Judaism is not the problem.
Religious liberalism has swept through churches of Christ deceiving many people.
Under the guise of being “more loving” than the “traditional” churches of Christ, liberals have introduced numerous changes into the worship and practice of many churches of Christ, with the familiar slogans, “we must change to reach people with the Gospel” or “we can’t save world by being narrow minded”. Using these slogans (and many others), here are some of the innovations that have recently been introduced into the churches of Christ: instruments of music in worship, the Lord’s Supper on Saturday night, a “non-offensive” style of preaching, open fellowship with the denominational world, hand-clapping and humming during worship, as well as many other things.
Brethren, liberalism is Satan’s attempt to destroy the church that Jesus built. Don’t buy into it, for in so doing, you will “depart from the living God”.