Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Older Preachers and the Restoration Plea

It seems that if I listen to older preachers, there is still a strong restoration plea in their hearts.  You hear it still talked about.  But my younger preacher friends, it seems that there is not as much of a focus on this old plea.  This is sad, the plea of giving up denominationalism and just being Christians.  We must still believe in this ideal.  Maybe we have moved in a direction of accepting denominationalism in the church, though I hope not.  But the idea of being united through the authority of the word of God is powerful.  Maybe it is because believe that the plea did not work.  If it did not, it was not the plea but the people practicing it.  This does not mean it is not valid any longer.  I believe it still connects to this age.  Unfortunately, perhaps the community church movement has done a better job of highlighting this idea than we have.  And what they are offering is not the true plea, it might be come and be one, but not truly one as there is no unity on the word of God.  There is a older preacher that I look up to by the name of Hugh Fulford, he wrote a excellent autobiography, and he sends out some excellent thoughts over email too.  In his writing, you can tell he believe this plea, and believes that this plea can help Christians all over the world.  I hope our next generation does not give up on this idea.  We just do not hear about it as much from them.  But we need to, it must be passed on to the next generation.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.


One Response to “Older Preachers and the Restoration Plea”

  1. Wes McAdams says:

    Amen, brother! This is what gets me out of bed in the morning! I want so badly for the Lord’s church to revive the restoration movement in our hearts and minds.

    It seems that so many are all too happy to allow the Lord’s church to become, “just another denomination.” I wish I new what to do to turn the tide in people’s hearts. Thank you for your commitment to Truth!

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