THE RECIPE IS THE SAME
Carl B. Garner (via
If there is one thing we humans can
agree on it is the need for change. Nothing is as boring as the “same-old-
same-old” things we have always seen, read, watched, or eaten. Variety—that’s what
Well, change has its value, though even “change” becomes boring. It is nice to sleep in our own bed, sit in our favorite chair, and read our hometown newspaper. We like to know where to find things. And—we like to get where we want to go without looking at a map.
During a recent trip to
In the summer of 1956 I sold Bibles
in the state of
Should we have been shocked? Is it wrong for some things to be alike and
for others to be different? No, to both
questions; but when Christ has given us the “recipe”
for worship, doctrine, and daily living, those things ought to be the same in
are the same in
Baptism is “for the remission of
When man gets bored with some activity, he wants to make a change. Man, however, has never had the right to change or modify God’s way of doing things. Moses could not (Deuteronomy 4:2). The apostle Paul could not (Galatians 1:6-9); and when we refuse to walk in the “way that leads to life,” we can be sure that we are walking in the “way that leads to destruction” (Matthew7:13-14). For this reason, and this reason alone, we are determined to do “all things according to the pattern” (Hebrews 8:5; Romans ). This is not because we want to be different, but because we want to be what Christ wants us to be—His church. This being true, we shall: (1) Worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24); (2) Preach only the truths revealed in the Bible, God’s inspired Word (I Peter 4:11; II Timothy 3:16-17); (3) In areas of expedience, we will practice only that which is “unto edifying” (I Corinthians 14:26); and (4) Be consistent in our convictions by practicing meekness, self-discipline, forbearance, gentleness, joy, and perseverance (Galatians 5:19-23; I Corinthians 15:58; II Peter 1:5-10).
We often hear of Christians who travel from home and stop on a Sunday morning to worship with their brethren. Some leave the building with puzzled looks on their faces. They came to a building with a sign that was familiar, but when they went inside nothing was familiar. We all like an occasional change, but we have no authority to change God’s Word. There is a place for diversity, but not a diversity that ignores God’s Word. McDonald’s would not tolerate such diversity in their biscuits, and it must not be desired or tolerated in the church Jesus purchased with His precious blood (I Peter -19).