The Fourth Assembly of the World Council of Churches chose for its theme “All Things New.” At the United Methodist Conference a caricature of the old prophet’s solemn warning was posted: “Prepare to meet thy Change.” In the patois of some radical activists in the church, God is change. Odd innovations are embraced and dubbed “evangelism,” even though they may be completely foreign to anything in the New Testament.
Speaking at the Senate Breakfast Group in Washington, Senator Frank Carlson said, “Today there is a widespread devotion to the idea that nothing, absolutely nothing, can remain the same. All things must change, and there is practically no consideration given as to whether the change is good or bad—right or wrong—easy or difficult—necessary or unnecessary.… But irresponsible, erratic, violent change only for the sake of making things different is as illogical and as unreasonable as it is unspiritual” (U.S. News And World Report, July 1, 1968).
Change is caught on the wheel of time and at its turning things rot, rust, break, disentegrate; earth dies and is reborn. Society, politics, religion—everything is affected. In the twenty-four volume Collier’s Encyclopedia, 13,624 pages—the equivalent of nineteen volumes—have been revised since 1965 to keep the work abreast of our swift-changing times. “The old order changeth,” and sometimes we are staggered, sometimes amused or delighted.
Scripture opens with a majestic sentence: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.… And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Cosmic transition took place. The human race appeared and moved forward into vastly varied experiences. Israel was thrust into time. Christ came—and what a change that brought! The Church ...1
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