We note a strange, and sad, but age-old phenomenon in current periodicals. The ones who have been most active and diligent in breaking down the sound teaching of brother Thomas, and in agitating and fracturing the cohesion and stability and habits of sound Bible study founded upon those teachings, are the very ones who are now bemoaning the results of their own termite activities. They have sown the wind in their speculations and attempts to undermine respect for the works and teachings of brethren Thomas and Roberts -- especially in relation to: (1) sound fellowship; (2) the importance of doctrine; and (3) the Revelation -- and now they are wringing their hands at the whirlwind that has inevitably followed. They express anguish that the ubiquitous and iniquitous TV and the general tinseled Disneyland of this empty, shallow modern world are taking the place of the Word of God in the interests of the flock. They profess distress that "doctrine" is being neglected and belittled, and that those in responsible positions are incompetent to conduct sound baptismal examinations. They seem utterly oblivious to their own responsibility for these conditions. It is not for us to gloat -- far from it! -- but rather to be deeply saddened, and to fear and tremble and examine ourselves, for we have no automatic guarantee of immunity from similar folly. We are reminded of the "Reunion" debacle, when all those who were the most active and prominent in promoting it were the first to realize the tragic unwisdom of what they had set in downward motion. Some of them stayed with the movement, perpetually torn with remorse for what they had gotten the flock into. Some soon withdrew from it, but could not summon the ability to face the embarrassment of a direct public reversal, so found obscuring refuge in a
further new group. And some -- very few -- had the courage and wisdom to publicly and frankly retrace their steps, and return to the position they had left. We tend to insufficiently value and acclaim these latter. Could we ourselves rise to do the same? Few indeed could summon the fortitude and moral integrity to take such a clear course of self-correction after such fanfare in the other direction. Most would rather seek a face-saving alternative.