In the light of the ecumenical movement to abandon the past and to restructure the church we can find examples of what called “relevant church work.” In Miami, Florida, such a program is outlined by a denomination as follows:
Young People's Work
A relevant program for young people is set out by a church in California. (See Ladies Home Journal, March, 1969, p. 86.) A mother tells of a relevant youth program. Her church, she says, is pushing agape programs for hippies. Smoking, drinking, and sex are encouraged among fourteen-
This effort by a few to remake the church in their image is new among us but old in the denominational world. They are growing tired of it just when we are catching on. A Mr. Kenneth S. Keys, millionaire of Miami, Florida, working with a group called “Concerned Presbyterians,” says “Thousands of Christians are leaving the church because of liberal trends.” In 1967, he said, “One thousand two hundred and ninety-
There was never a greater opportunity to preach the primitive gospel than today. We should not presume to remake the church but get people to return to it. Jesus built the church, and its work and worship were defined by the Spirit of God as revealed in the New Testament. Like David, we should pray, “Keep back thy servant from presumptuous sins.” These are presumptuous men who would restructure the church; all of them claim to be directed by the Holy Spirit. However, there are no two who agree, so we wonder just which one is led by the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit (?) leads one preacher to support L. B. J.’s “Great Society” and another, the “Social Justice” of Adolf Hitler, or the society of the hammer and sickle of Russia. We can only wonder what kind of a spirit leads. We feel that the adjective “Holy” could be well left off.
Let us respect God’s Word and His church. We should not attempt to remake them.
G. K. Wallace