When I began my journey with us I was completely enthralled with the Restoration Movement concepts. What a grand move to take all who would follow back to the words of the Word. Too simple.
While the concepts remained as powerful as ever, it wasn't long until it became apparent the Restoration Movement had become footings of sand. Yet, the Word insists we build upon the rock. There is an immediate glitch in the RM system. Do we believe Jesus is still building his church or do we believe he built it, completed it, it was lost, and now we are restoring it? One goes forward. The other looks back. One is built on the rock; the other on sand.
The Restoration Movement began with great hope. But as anything with the hands of man involved in formation, it became the goal of many to keep the Golden Calf of the Church of Christ living by restoring the Restoration Movement. At that point we slipped. The Word was overridden by hammerings of the loudest debaters.
Soon the efforts to restore the New Testament church were side-swiped by the sandy footings of personality agendas. Clarions imposed the message to look back as in putting our hands to the plow. Wrong direction says the builder of the New Testament church. He would have us lift our eyes to mystery and possibility...all based on the teachings of the rock-solid Word.
The church has suffered over time for many reasons. Guys like me do a lot of damage in the process of growing up. Strong signals of hope are arising day by day and year by year. Those marks will always be when believers untangle themselves from a movement and grow closer to the Man.
There is a lot of good about us and with us. None of it can be credited to what we have organized or structured. Our entire hope remains in the remaining builder of the church....Jesus the Lamb.
If your commitment is to restore the Restoration Movement then at a least three things might be present:
- You find yourself easily irritated ( I did).
- You can't prove your faith from the Bible nearly as well as you have convinced yourself you can ( I couldn't).
- You don't pray much (I didn't).
- You love people better than you once did.
- You see your own flaws as more glaring than anyone else because you compare yourself to Jesus.
- You no longer live in constant fear and resentment.
One is Rock. The other is sand.