A few congregations once associated with the Churches of Christ have abandoned their former association. Churches like The Hills in Ft. Worth and Oak Hills in San Antonio have added instrumental music to their worship, have shifted to the pastor system, have started using women in spiritual leadership positions, have become the lead campus of a multi-congregational mini-denomination, have jettisoned all interest in being undenominational, and have abandoned the truth about grace. In so doing, these and a few other congregations are embodying the complete Liberal/Progressive agenda.
Recent World War II movie and multiple Oscar nominee Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of a combat medic, Desmond Doss, who earned the Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa. Of the 472 Medals of Honor awarded in WWII, Doss' recognition was unique because he was a conscientious objector (CO), and was the only CO to receive the Medal of Honor during WWII. His story and his status help us distinguish between cranky, but negligible complaints on the one hand, and substantial, conscientious complaints on the other hand.
Neither individual Christians nor congregations of Christians are required to be victims. Wizened by the word of God, we know that "Satan masquerades as an angel of light" (II Cor. 11:14). We know about and should be prepared for "ferocious wolves...in sheep's' clothing" (Mt. 7:15) who will "not spare the flock" (Acts 20:29).
These Bible words teach us that we will most certainly become the targets of people who pretend to be faithful brethren, but who are not. Instead, they are camouflaged predators who target Christians for different kinds of schemes. Who are these predators? What can we do about them?
The gap could not have been wider. Some ancient Christians endured the sting of persecution and even saw other Christians persecuted unto death. Other ancient Christians dodged persecution, and briefly abandoned the faith in order to avoid the sting of religious-based punishment. How did ancient brethren close this gap?
Benjamin Franklin said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Beyond the affairs of this world, Paul added another certainty. "In fact," said the Apostle, "everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (II Tim. 3:12). If we do any Christian pushing, in other words, this present evil world is going to push back.