The Christian Chronicle is publishing a front page article on the decision of the Richland Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, to add an instrumental worship assembly on Saturday evening. Click here to read the article. The poll on their web site asks whether or not Richland Hills’ decision will influence other churches to do the same. Right now, about three-fourths say, "yes."
I for one have great respect for the Richland Hills Church of Christ. This hasn’t changed based on their decision. If anything, my respect for them has grown. Not because I wish Highland Oaks could go instrumental, but because I know the pain that Rick Atchley and others will have inflicted on them by brethren who claim they are sticking up for God. They know it’s coming as well…and they made the decision nonetheless because they believe it’s what God wants for their congregation. That’s called leadership.
Churches could do a lot worse than be influenced by Richland Hills. If other churches had half of their dedication to world evangelism, the preaching of the Word, unity among believers, and prayer, the world would be a different place.
Highland Oaks has been influenced positively by Richland Hills for years. I don’t see that changing…instrument or not. And, by the way, it shouldn’t.