The “wave of the future,” so joyfully acclaimed by some churchmen, may prove to be a wave not of progress but of disaster.

I am convinced that there are many good men caught up in the excitement of new-wave activity who have little idea of what it is they are supporting and where it is leading the Church.

I am equally convinced that there is a hard core of brilliant designers and coordinators who know exactly what they are doing and where they plan to take the Church. The Apostle Paul seems to describe such men when he speaks of “enemies of the cross of Christ”: “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things” (Phil. 3:18, 19).

Paul was equally explicit about those who preach another gospel, not the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ: “As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:9).

We are confronted with perhaps the most serious situation the world-wide Church has ever faced. God grant that we may face it with love and truth.

Had I not heard with my own ears the perversion of the Gospel being proclaimed by some today, I would not have believed it.

I witnessed a series of conferences for young people based on the theme “reconciliation,” not of men with God but of the Church with the world. Indeed, it was not so much reconciliation that was being taught as revolution—revolution against God, the “establishment,” and the present order of things. A representative of the black militants was brought in to tell the whites how evil they were. And a representative of the Students for a Democratic ...

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