Articles by Stan Dean

Change Is Good- - Sometimes

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We live in an ever-changing world and most of us would agree that there are usually positives and negatives that go along with that. Some things need to be changed, but not everything. Let me illustrate what I have in mind.

The latest that I can think of is the new “Colonel Sanders” rolled out by Kentucky Fried Chicken. For three months they used the actor, Darrell Hammond who, to be frank, was not a good choice in my book. In his defense, the real Colonel left big shoes to fill. He was the grandfather figure that you felt should take you to the park (and then to KFC). But, in my opinion, Hammond did not even get close to the image of the original. His voice reminded me of the guy who yells insults at you from the dunking booth at the county fair.

The parent company of KFC also got foul vibes. They just announced they were plucking Hammond for another Colonel. Their research showed that one-out-of-five who viewed the Hammond commercials hated them. I am a “one” and glad they are making the change.

These kinds of changes are not unusual in the business world. Sometimes they work and sometimes they do not, but business owners have the prerogative to change things as they see fit. However, there are some arenas where change is never good and the Bible makes the top of the list. Any change one might try to make to God’s will is always to his own undoing. Of course, I am not talking about whether we worship at 10:00 or 11:00 o’clock on Sunday morning. I am talking about specific doctrinal teaching.

There are numerous examples in the Bible that help us to understand that God wants us to honor His unchangeable plan (Matthew 24:35). Consider the following: Cain got in trouble with God by offering an unacceptable sacrifice (Genesis 4:3f) and so did Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1f); later Saul paid the price for changing God’s orders under the guise of worship only to be told, “To obey is better than to sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15); further, Jesus identified the “vain worshippers” as those who tried to approach Him by their own devices (Matthew 15:1-9).

The list goes on, but these are sufficient to make the point, which is- - that which is perfect does not need change (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

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