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Ruffner Letter to ACU’s Brown Library

By Roelf L. Ruffner

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” ( Luke 6:26).

March 5, 2016

Abilene Christian University
Brown Library

To Whom It May Concern:

I read in the Winter-Spring issue of ACU Today that ACU will be adding the papers of Max Lucado to an honored place in the Milliken Special Collections and Archives of the Brown Library. As a Christian, a preacher of the Gospel, a student of Restoration history and an ACU alumnus (’76) I wish to express my profound disappointment in the University’s decision.

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Unity in (Spite of) Diversity?

 

By Dub McClish

Introduction

Is a renewed and intensified “unity” initiative with the Independent Christian Church (ICC) underway? Abilene Christian University had an ICC preacher on its lectureship not very long ago. The Tulsa Workshop had two ICC speakers on its program last year. Even more recently, the December 2004 issue of The Christian Chronicle gave major ink to two news stories and an advertisement, all of which seem to point in this direction.

News Story Number One

Page 1 carries the headline, “Church of Christ, Christian Church leaders test waters.” The article, written by Chronicle staffer Lindy Adams, tells of ”Ministry Impact ’04,” an October meeting “for dialogue and fellowship” in Grand Prairie, Texas (near Dallas), involving 350 men from the ICC and churches of Christ. Adams, in typical liberal jargon, refers to us, to the ICC, and to the Disciples of Christ as “three streams” of the “American Restoration Movement” and of the “Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.” (Note: I am not a member of a “movement,” but of the church of Christ, to which He added me when I obeyed the Gospel plan of salvation [Acts 2:38–41, 47].)

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Does the Bible Teach the Principle of “Guilt by Association”?

By Dub McClish

Introduction

Is it valid for voters to question candidates for the office of President of the United States about their close associates? In the 2008 presidential campaign this question came to the fore, especially concerning Barrack Obama. His twenty-year membership in the extreme racist and anti-American Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago church and his defense of Wright have raised the guilt-by-association issue. Additionally, Obama’s continued close and amicable relationship with William Ayers, the impenitent early-1970s radical Weather Underground Organization terrorist, further fueled the guilt-by- association charge. Political conservatives argue that such favorable associations imply agreement with the convictions and behavior of said associates and therefore culpability for the same. Predictably, liberal politicos jumped to Obama’s defense, denying the viability of the guilt-by-association principle.

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Rubel Shelly Apostasy Timeline

By Walter Pigg

Rubel Shelly once stood boldly for the truth. But when the floodgates of error were opened in his mind, his falling away picked up speed. We shall give a few examples of the progression of his departure, which happens in a like manner with others. This should serve as a warning that once error has been accepted there is hardly an end.

March 1983. Rubel drops his bombshell, that there are sincere, knowledgeable, devout Christians scattered among all the various denominations. (Rubel has now denied the essentiality of the distinctive blood-bought church of our Lord).

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WILL GOD CHANGE HIS MIND?

By Dub McClish

God has “changed His mind” on occasion (e.g., Exo. 32:7–14; Num. 14:11–20). If God never “changes His mind” about anything Deism is justified, and many of our prayers are vain. Often the very aim of our supplications is to persuade God to intervene providentially in situations that (we understand from the Bible) would not contradict His immutability. These prayers involve cases in which we fear He might not act if we did not make our petitions known.

However, all of these occasions (concerning which we hope to persuade God to act providentially because we have prayed) have a common thread. They relate to His dealings with our finite and temporal circumstances. Had He destroyed the wilderness murmurers and created a new nation through Moses, it would not have altered His promises to Abraham, including the promised Seed Who would bless all nations (Gal. 3:16).

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