Vol.VI No.XII Pg.6
February 1970

Preview Of Disaster

Robert F. Turner

I am reminded just here of a situation that developed in the early church. The number of disciples was multiplied, and there arose complaint that some of the poor widows were being neglected. When this matter was brought to the attention of the twelve, they called the multitude of disciples unto them, and asked that they look among themselves and select seven good, well prepared men whom we may appoint over this business. This was a matter of business, and as the record shows it was handled in a businesslike way.

Since we are followers of the early church in many other ways, may I suggest that we take its lead in handling matters of business? In this problem of education, which is one great problem of the church and one upon which the vitality of the church depends, could not those most vitally interested in Christian education call the multitude of disciples together to agree upon some plan of action? When the plan of selecting the seven was made known, it pleased the whole multitude. Should not the selection of a number of well—prepared members from among us to attend to our educational business be pleasing to our entire membership? Surely there can be found in the church not one friend of education who would object. We would all not only be glad but would rejoice to see business handled in such a business—like way.

We should then, at some early date have a general mass meeting where our different educational problems could be presented. Every factor that we have that is making for Christian education should be present, and feel free to express its views. Each representative should come remembering that he is representing that good, whole- some Christian influence which is so common in his community. At the close of such a meeting would be an ideal time to select from our number those members whose duty it shall be to attend to our business of education.

These men appointed would be able in a short time to formulate plans for our educational program, and in due time could correlate all our efforts into one united power for the purpose of driving the curse of ignorance from among us. They would give stability and permanence to our educational efforts, and therefore, make possible a large endowment, an essential factor in the success of any Christian college. They could in the light of the wishes of all the members lift the educational activities from the realm of confusion and random movement up to the level of rational, purposive conduct.


From pp. 73—74, Abilene Christian College Bible Lectures, 1919; speaker was Joseph U. Yarbrough.

He confused the local church (of Jerusalem, Acts 6:) with the entire brotherhood or universal church. He assumed that secular education (as is taught in our colleges) is the work or obligation of either the local church or an organized brotherhood. He asserts without proof that the vitality of the church depends upon the college. His kind are with us today!!