Al Maxey opposes restorationism

In Al Maxey’s writings he has said much in opposition aginst the restoration idea. He says that it once was  his heritage but that over a period of many years he has “studied his way out of it.” In a private message to me he said, “I no longer consider myself church of Christ.” “In his Reflections article “The great restoration fallacy” Al wrote this: “Dr. Leroy Garrett, in another book, observed, “Restorationist groups always divide again and again and again, for restorationism by its very nature is divisive.” Ironically, this is true, according to what Jesus said. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I am come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law, and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.” (Mat. 10:34-36) But it does not mean what Al thinks it does. It causes us to divide, but divide from what?

How is Jesus called “The prince of peace?” Why did He say, “I did not come to bring peace on earth” and then say “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.”? (John 14:27) Now read the next line, “not as the world gives do I give to you.” So the Lord does not bring the kind of peace the world gives. He does bring the kind of peace God gives. The right question to ask here is, Where is the peace Jesus said He gives? A little later He said, “These things I have spoken to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Peace is in the Lord’s way, not in worldly compromise. God wants us to be united IN CHRIST, not in theories and opinions of men.

The kind of “peace” some brethren are preaching is not what God commands. It is according to the world’s prescription, which amounts to unity in rebellion against God. In their concept you try to make peace with everything and everybody. You do not stand up against anything professing to be religious, you compromise with virtually all doctrinal opinions and never condem anything. This is contrary to God’s will for His people. His word calls us “the called out,” which the Greek word “ekklesia” literally means. and tells us to stand fast in the faith and against error regardless of who doesn’t like it. In fact outright division is commanded in some cases. “Therefore come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you.” (2 Cor. 6:17) We are called to separate from every wrong thing. John wrote, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him. For he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” (2 John 10)

THE BIG DIFFERENCE: Yes the idea of restoring the ancient order of things is divisive in the sense that it is uncompromising. But it is unifying for faithful believers. It stands for what is good in a world where evil behavior dominates. God’s line of division is between right and wrong, good against evil, truth against false doctrines. Jesus approves the idea of testing everything and holding fast to the truth even when it means being divided from others. Al Maxey and his allies condemn this policy and propose unity in error. That is a huge difference. I will continue to side with God on this issue even if some folks despise me for it.

 

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