LEWISVILLE, Tex. (BNc) — Preacher Jeff Jenkins felt sad after reading an article by a man who had left the church and laid the blame at its feet for preachers who left.
“As I read this article it made me sad. It made me sad because much of what is stated in this article is just not true. It makes me sad that a writer who has separated himself from the church claims to know so much about preachers in the church,” Jeff wrote today. “It has been one of the great blessings of my life to preach in churches of Christ for nearly forty years. My father was a preacher in the church for more than fifty years. His father was an elder and his grandfather was a preacher in churches of Christ.”
Jeff believed some would become discouraged about preachers in the church and think that the majority were leaving. He let his sadness lead him to speak up.
“That is why I felt compelled to write this article. It is my goal to offer a different perspective. One that gives us reason for hope,” he said.
He takes the article to task when it stated that few in the church today dare to make an argument for a cappella worship.
“That statement comes across as arrogant, condescending, and deceitful,” he challenged.
“The implication is that one cannot be thoughtful and come to a conclusion that the Bible argues against instrumental music,” he offered. “Isn’t interesting that when some want to change the church they state that any doctrine they are not happy with is just ‘our tradition?’”
Further in his lengthy article, Jeff noted, “We must never quit loving the church, we should thank God for preachers who love the church, we should not allow a few who are disgruntled to keep us from our commitment to the Lord, and we should not remain silent when people are critical and negative about the Body of Christ. The church of Christ is not our ‘tribe,’ it is not ‘our non-denomination,’ it is not a denomination; it is the church that belongs to Christ. It was planned, purchased, and purposed by our Savior!”
The entirety of Jeff’s article can be read at this link.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us