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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
|SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
|SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
|AUGUST 23, 2015
|SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and
touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor. 6:17, 18)
What should a Christian do when he finds himself in a church that has become increasingly
liberal and modernistic? This church was founded by men who believed in the inerrancy of
the Bible and in all the other fundamental doctrines of the faith. It had a glorious history of
evangelical fervor and of missionary endeavor. Many of its ministers were well-known
scholars and faithful preachers of the Word. But the denominational seminaries have been
taken over by a new breed, and now the ministers coming out of them preach a social
gospel. They still use biblical phraseology but they mean something completely different by
it. They undermine the major Bible doctrines, give natural explanations for the miracles, and
scoff at biblical morality. They are out front in advocating radical politics and subversive
causes. They speak contemptuously of fundamentalists.
What should a Christian do? Perhaps his family has been associated with this church for
generations. He himself has contributed generously over the years. His closest friends are
in the church. He wonders what would happen to the young people in his Sunday School
class if he should leave. Shouldn’t he remain in the church and be a voice for God as long
His arguments seem plausible to him. And yet it vexes his righteous soul to see people
coming to the church for bread week after week and getting nothing but a stone. He values
his associations there and yet it grieves him to hear his Savior condemned with faint praise.
There is no doubt what he should do. He should leave the church. That is the clear
command of God’s Word. If he removes himself from this unequal yoke, God will take care
of all the consequences. God will assume responsibility for those Sunday School students.
God will provide new friendships. In fact, God Himself promises to be a Father to him in a
closeness that can only be known by those who are unquestioningly obedient. “The
blessedness of true separation is nothing less than the glorious companionship of the great
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on September 6,
2015 for the Family Bible Hour service at 11:00 a.m.
Richard and his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at Grace
Bible Chapel from childhood. They have two adult
children and two grandchildren. Richard is a graduate of
Bob Jones University and a retired art teacher. He is
also a teacher in one of our elective adult Bible classes
currently studying in the Acts of the Apostles. He and
his twin brother David take part in our singing groups.
Richard is also an avid golfer.