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A “Church of Christ” Member “asked” or rather stated: Does the Church have a name….what is it? I would be a shamed to say I was of any other Church, then the COC. Why? If you are in Christ, you have eternal life. Good Night!! Christ said, he was going to build his Church, did he……….Is it His Church? What name is it? On the day of Pentecost when Peter got up with the twelve, and the same day there were added unto them three thousand souls…..who’s Church were these people added to.

Where in the bible does it name the church as the “Church of Christ”. It doesn’t. Rom 16:16 says “Churches (plural) of Christ” being demonstrative of the differing congregations through out the biblical area. And Paul mentioned this also.

1Co 1:12-13ow this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Paul said there was unity among those “churches (plural) of Christ” in that they are not of Paul, Apollo, or Cephas. No they where “IN” Jesus. Paul the notes that his Christ given mission is not to baptize but to preach the gospel least the cross be made un effective.

1Co 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

The bible says we are saved by grace so that no man may boast, even as David and Abraham and all of his seed by faith have nothing to boast about. In contrast we are told to glory in the Lord and glory being “In the Lord”. It does not say to glory about being in any denomination or sect of Paul, Apollos or Cephas. No, The bible says to glory “in the Lord” or Glory about “being in the Lord” not anyone’s else’s faction.

1Co 1:27-31 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Although the Christian church is not called “the Church of Christ”, it is called the “Church of God” 8 times.

1Co 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1Co 10:32 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

1Co 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

1Co 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

Gal 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

This denominating (naming as different from others) of the church as the “Church of God” (as opposed to church of Baal) here in the bible is abused by another authoritarian/sectarian alledged one true church. The Churches of God denomination. Denominating is just naming. like a 5$ bill is “denominated” as as a five and not a one,.ECT. When one claims to be the one true sect they become sectarian. When one claims a name distinguishing oneself from another group, they have become a denomination. YES the COC is a denomination.

The “one true church” is not any sect/denomination or faction. No the “one true church” is those “found IN Jesus” through his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. So does the bible call the church “The Church of Christ”. NO IT DOES NOT! I defy you to prove it.

Some questions that need answering by the COC members: When and How did Jesus become a member of the Church of Christ? When and How did the Apostles become members of the Church of Christ? Do you recognize people who call themselves the “CHURCH OF GOD” as a part of the church? Does wearing a Scriptural NAME alone mean that BODY is a Scriptural Body?

Upon what grounds do you refuse to recognize the “Holiness” people who call themselves by the name CHURCH OF GOD? Where the members of “Church of God at Corinth” LOST because Paul failed to call them CHURCH OF CHRIST? Is it possible for anyone to be a Believer who is a member of a church that is not called the “CHURCH OF CHRIST“? Where there any Churches in the New Testament -not called by the name- CHURCH OF CHRIST? Where their members saved or lost? Is the term “THE CHURCH OF CHRIST” found as a TITLE to any one CHURCH in the Bible anywhere? Where was your CHURCH OF CHRIST when Alexander Campbell was being baptized by a Baptist preacher?

Does it matter if you call your church the Church of God, Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ, Church of Jesus Christ later day saints,, etc.

It is safe to say that the “COC” is not the “One True Church” as their sectarian/authoritarian rhetoric proclaims! Paul also addresses this issue in I Corinthians 12:12-31.

1Co 12:12-31 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body neither, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.

NO “The Church of Christ” is an pseudo/Christian cult that has many unorthodox/aberrant and heretical doctrines! If you doubt that the “COC” is a cult, look into it’s teachings and spend some time interacting with some of it’s members. The attitude of the individuals and the denominational organization itself speaks volumes. They laughably imply perfect understanding of the word of God with their motto, “We speak where the bible speaks, and we are silent where the bible is silent.“ Their claim to NOT be a denomination, but “the one true Christian church’ is absurd and ridiculous. The “Church of Christ” is a cult!!!

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17 Comments

    • answeringchurchofchrist
    • Posted July 31, 2008 at 10:30 am
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    Nice post. It’s interesting how so many people who are in this kind of church simply parrot arguments – no matter where you go or who you talk to, you get the same rebuttal points. Fascinating, for a church that claims that each body is autonomous.

    Please feel free to visit our blog, which is dedicated to discussing this very issue, with focus being on what we call “hyperconservative” churches of Christ – the ones that think they are the only ones “doing it right”.

    answeringchurchofchrist.wordpress.com

    • Damon Whitsell
    • Posted July 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm
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    Hello Answering,, Your comment resonates strongly with me. Two yrs ago I thought the COC was just another Christian denomination, then about five of it’s members showed up in our CD&D MSN discussion and debate forum. It did not take long for their rhetoric to sour on my stomach. Their presence emboldened another COC member that had pretended to be a sister for about 6 yrs to finally show her true colors, but when faced with post like this she had to flee for safety. It was no longer a mystery as to why she disagreed with everything I would call historical/orthodox Christian doctrine. Once her peers showed up, she too spouted the same scripted arguments. Good point that that is strange for an autonomous group.

    I believe they do have some autonomy. 5 of the six members I have had the displeasure of interacting with over the last two yrs, adhere to the doctrine of “Christian perfection”. Do you find this to be wide spread among them? TY for the comment and the posting of you blog URL. I will be checking it out today and will be doing some work on my COC page @ http://www.how2becomeachristian.info/churchofchrist.htm

    I have about 10 articles and some videos to list and will be adding your blog to the page. TY for the work you do.

    If you don’t mind, I will sift through some of the resources available at your blog and post them in the page. Can ya do me a favor? Sometimes next week, can ya take a look at the page and if you have any information that I don’t have up, can you contact me via this blog article comments page or email me @ damonw_25@yahoo.com and conect me with that information?

    TY so much, you made my morning. Damon Whitsell H2bac.info

  1. Hi Gabe,

    You just don’t know what a blessing you and your visit where to me. It is nice to be recognized for the hard work I put into this. God has blessed me so that I can work on it 6 minutes or sixteen hrs a day. He has given me everything I need. And has taught me all that I need to know, when I need to know it. Surely I can do all things through Christ Jesus’s strength.

    Like you for example, I found a study I did on the COC and (felt lead to) proofread, correct and published it in CD&D, H2bac.info and then at the sites Google blogger Blog. Then you came along about two hrs later and commented in the guest book and on the Blog post. As a result I was turned onto wordpress.com and it offers a solution to my biggest problem, not being able to add keyword tags to my individual pages and articles for good search engine results..

    This will save me so much,, as I was thinking the solution would be so complex and costly that I may have to accept donations at some point. But with the wordpress solution I will be able to get the objectives met and keep the cost on a poorboy level. The advantages are numerous over the other solution I had in mind. It would have made this site technologically comparative to a professional apologetics site, but would have been very costly and would have required so much more learning. So praise Jesus for learning that negates much learning J LOL I will be able to keep the cost of this ministry down and support it out of my own pocket as a service to my fellows and my God Jesus Christ. So I am proud to say that your visit will help me to freely give what I have freely received.

    Gabe, God bless you and your family. Thanks for your awesome site ( I think I already added it to my COC page, if not will do soon) I need to visit and register in your group and leave some comments. I also plan to put your site in the wordpress blogroll. TY again so much. TY Jesus for Gabe and wordpress!!!!

    Sincerely Damon

    • Ray Parsley
    • Posted January 3, 2009 at 10:36 am
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    I set in the class room of the CofC for 14 years and trieded very hard to see their doctoring. I was told to be quite and listen and learn the real truth. There was certain scripture that was not completed as long as it wasn’t challenged to prove their works gospel. They seem to stop short of certain quotes as total evidence of their point of view. When I wasn’t allowed to speak or continue the certain scripture they did not complete, I grew very disgusted and took my family and left. There is no freedom to speak or teach but just certain teachers and leaders are allowed this prividledge. They claim to use nothing but the bible and that is true but will skirt around certain meaning or reinsert some letters to aid their gospelof works.

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    TY for the new comment Ray. I am trying to get a guest that can speak about the CoC. When I get one, please call in and say hello on the air and let me ask ya a few questions. Ty sir. Damon

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    • Ray Parsley
    • Posted January 14, 2009 at 2:41 am
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    The CoC only use 8 scripture to reinforce their water works gospel. That is Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16 Mark 16:16, Peter 3:20, John 3:4-10, Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:26 and Colossians 2:12. They hijacked their name from Romans 16:16 that is plural and used the name in a singular term. They can not preach their gospel where there is no water. I would never trust any of them to tell my dying son on the battlefield that god can not save him and has to go to hell becase there is no water. They can only preach that kind of gospel when the baptestry is a few feet away full of water. You can not find one of these preachers in the frozen North or desert or any place that they can not get to water. I was called to the bed side of a dying man at 3AM that had no possibility of ever being baptised in water and did the very best I could to lead him to Christ and within a few minutes he was dead, did he go to Heaven or hell?

    • Ray Parsley
    • Posted February 1, 2009 at 6:41 am
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    I am 76 years of age and have lived and worked beside the CoC for 53 years. Have seen a few of them get saved and leave their doctoring of works. These fellows wasn’t just a member but two of them had a Drs. degree and had preached many years in the CoC. 3 of them was 4 years grad. I know them personally because I went to church with them for 20 years after they left the works of water baptismal regeneration. They was from the elete because 2 of them that had Drs. degrees went to David Lipscomb and got their Drs. degree from Pepper dine University. I went to church with many former member that left that school of thought also and know them by name. I don’t know why the CoC keep this from the public but I believe it is because of fear of being exposed. I know your doctoring and the why’s and what’s and can quote most of your scripture. I took my family out of it after 14 years that I couldn’t ask questions in their class rooms. If I ask a question, I was briefed on it as if I was unlearned and to be quite and learn the real truth.

    • JoeVasquez
    • Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:43 am
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    i would just like to say that we are not called the church of christ but the churches of christ. we are far from a cult, and far from a denomination. Paul summed up denominations perfectly claer in the book of 1st Corinthians berse 10 when he stated that there are to be no divisions in Christ’s church. a denominational church is a church that has divided because they believe what they want not what the bible says.REvelations 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.

  3. a denomination is anything that is named differently than something else,,, look at the dictionary

    • godlee
    • Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm
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    I was in the CoC for 35 years and know for a fact that it is a cult based on its demonic doctrine of works. All those years I never had assurance of salvation in fear that I had not done everything perfect. I became so exhausted that I literally had a nervous breakdown a few years ago.

    I began to question the church on certain things—-such as—-whether or not it is OK to listen to gospel music outside the church. The answer I got was —-no. They told me that it would be better to listen to rock and roll than to risk worshiping God with music!!!! All because the N.T. is “silent” on whether music should accompany worship!!!

    This is just one example. I was finally ex-communicated for visiting other “churches” of Christ—-because they said they were all too liberal and going to hell for having a kitchen in the basement!!!

    I was told that I needed to come back and repent or I was going to hell.

    The spiritual abuse was severe. My entire family is still CoC so please pray for them.

    What makes matters worse is that I went from the frying pan into the fire of the word of faith movement. However, I am free from the cult scene now and just desire to be in unity with my husband—-who is a Baptist.

    I know true salvation now—as a gift from God—by grace, thru faith in Jesus alone.

    One verse CoC loves to focus on is James 3:17–“Faith without works is dead” which they take out of context.

    I just want to stress what it really means——works are not the means of our salvation, they are the outgrowth of our salvation. A true faith has the outgrowth of what it professes. God Bless

  4. Thank you for sharing your testimony godlee. Sorry hear you jumped from the pan to the fire,, but so glad to hear your out of the fire now.

    I’ve been to allot of churches and the ones I spend the most time at are usually baptist. I moved 2 months ago and am really happy with a little baptist church,,, can you believe that when I told the pastor that I could not give because I spend 20-30% of my money on my ministries that he told me he does not keep up with who gives and who does not and that would be a distraction for him and was between the giver and God anyway. I am still proud about that. That man did not come our of a can or he would not have accepted me and my broke self. LOL

    GOD BLESS YA

  5. hi damon!
    i own and manage a page on facebook called “Ex Church of Christ Cult Survivors” as well as a private group and blog, for our hundreds of members. we represent all branches that split from the mainline COCs that started in the restoration movement. basically the mother church and all her children… and in the future any new children, or grandchildren that may arise from yet another split. this includes all sects of the COC (liberal and conservative) to ICOC and DOC. while they may differ on various theologies, they all came from the same core and have a lot in common.

    while everyones story is different, we still find many commanilities. even with other religions. the spiritual abuse suffered from say the FLDS (fundamentalist latter day saints) or Catholics affects us the same way it does their members. and a lot of these religons have a lot in common with the COC in this regard. spriitual abuse has common ground no matter what church you were abused in.

    in the last paragraph of your article you said,
    ” If you doubt that the “COC” is a cult, look into it’s teachings and spend some time interacting with some of it’s members. The attitude of the individuals and the denominational organization itself speaks volumes…”

    this is SOOoooo on point! the number one complaint i get from the public that interacts with a COCer over religion is “what is their problem? why are they so arrogant, nasty and rude? they were even calling me names!” (this is how they find me BTW….just talking with current members and they have never heard of the COC before) and when someone comes to my page to ask about what the church is i tell them “find ANY pro COC group or page or blog or website and just read the interactions with people who disagree with them. yes ANY…i dont have to provide certain websites, any will do.” these churches breed arrogance and pride in its members and it is VERY evident when interacting with them….it is not “just one church or a few bad people” that give the COC a bad name. it is everywhere. on my page i have a note entitled “the wall of shame” where i copy what current members come to my page and post “defending” the COC. i have been called satan, satan’s whore, swine, hater, evil, trash talker, viper among many others….simply because i own the page i do. this is usually on their first comment to me. please read this note and see what i mean.

    we provide a resource for EXer’s to come and know they are not alone. we help so many exers with many struggles of the aftereffects of spiritual abuse and brainwashing they endured inside and outside the COC. you feel so alone while it is happeneing and you feel like theres a target on your back. to find there are so many others out there like you is a great relief and help….then you can finally know it “wasnt just me or just my church” but that there are some serious problems in these denominations, all over America and the world. we have members from all continents on the earth.

    many of us deal with our families disowning us because we are no longer a part of the church either from “disfellowhip” (disfellowhip is: the church kicks us out/ forces us out/ tells us not to come back until “we repent of our sins and apologize”) or because we left of our own choice. this is also a reason why so many wont leave. they see others that have left and leave their family and friends behind and dont want that to happen to them. current members also see the family and friends that the “sinner/exer” left behind talk bad about the now exer and how hard it is for them not to speak to them “until they come back to the Lord because they know better…” and praise and encourage themselves in these acts as “holy, scriptural, and sound….authorized by God.” for most of the exer’s, it is a continuous struggle to deal with this great loss, and live a happy life. its hard when you arent invited to family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, graduations, holidays, no phone calls, letters, cards or pictures, no interaction except hell fire and damnnation preaching and guilt tripping you to come back cuz “they miss you and love you so much…” and for some it is too much and they go back to have their families back or stay to keep from losing their families. having others that understand and live thru the same struggles is comforting. i am one of hundreds if not thousands that live through this with my family. it is not easy. you feel orphaned. strangers get more respect in the aisle of the grocery store than i do from my ex church family that supposedly “loves me”. they avoid eye contact if possible and ignore me. they FEAR me now i am an exer.

    there are a few other Exer COC groups out there besides ours for anyone to go for help, encouragement, questions, and hope. and we grow stronger by the day. there are so many of us out there. and by getting the word out about the ugly truth in these churches we hope many others find the courage and the strength to look at their church and its impact on others, themselves, and see it without rose colored glasses but really look at its teachings, how its members really act towards others (and how that behaviour is proclaimed and encouraged as “love” and “virtuous”) and how ugly this church really appears to outsiders.

    if you ever need anything from us contact us on facebook anytime. we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. thanks for the wonderful article. i will share it with my members to read.

    Amber Hill

  6. oh…and for those that refute the COC doctrine with sound scriptural teachings, you will find they get very annoyed with you quite easily and think they “win” the debate/arguments by saying their favorite phrases over and over….such as:

    “you can not rightly divide the word of truth”
    “you reject the holy word of God.”
    “i’m just the messenger. this is what God says we must do and if you cant accept that, then you cant accept God.”
    “you will never get it.”
    “we speak where the bible speaks and are silent where the bible is silent.”
    “you are adding to/taking away from scripture!”
    “i will pray for you.”
    “just wait till the judment day and then you will see!”
    “lets see what the bible really says…”
    “denominations will tell you….xxxxx….but we arent a denomination. (denominations are evil, wrong, ignorant, deceptive, perverted)”
    “you are twisting the truth to suit your own needs.”

    and my personal favorite….
    “YOU’RE TWISTING SCRIPTURE!”

    usually the argument ends in insults as well as these phrases listed above in various forms….trying to make the disagreeable party out to be evil, misguided, stupid, ignorant, full of hatred, and not worth their time to continue discussing anything else. while “friends” come by to praise their nasty comments as righteous and holy acts for the Lord, emboldening them as “soldiers for Christ”. they feel that if they are NOT using cuss words, its ok. some even use slang cuss and then defend its usage when you call them out for it!
    you can not correct them unless are one of them. if youre not, you are in no way equal and how dare you tell them how to act or speak towards others when you are the “heathen” in the conversation.

    always be wary when getting into a discussion with one of them. it may start out ok but it wont last too long if you arent agreeing with them. it turns ugly very, very fast. and it doesnt return to a civil tone on their end. it only gets worse. it is frustrating and maddening after some time. they are not open to questions and differing views from what they were told to think about things, even tho they proclaim to be. they always say “we tell our members to question teachings all the time…this is one of the reasons why we arent a cult…bla bla bla….” but if you cant accept their answers….see how much longer will you be allowed to keep asking. you will be targetted and harrassed until you conform or leave. that is if you are a member…if you arent then you are the scum of the earth perverted by some evil denominations teachings.

    in all my years of running the page that i do….i have yet to come across a current member “defending” the COC properly, or even able to have a decent discussion. the ones who speak up are angry and full of hatred for me and my page. this also speaks volumes.

  7. The Church of Christ is a title but he purchased His church with His blood so why do you not want to give him honor that He rightly deserves? One other thing, The Church of Christ of Ladder Day Saints is a cult because they deny His Diety. The true church does not deny this.

    • Devin Brown
    • Posted November 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm
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    There isn’t much said here in the O.P that is true, other than an obvious lack of understanding of
    scripture, which is exactly why you feel you’re boldly correct. I read these types of post all the
    time and I am truly taken back by the lack of humility when stating such things. I also don’t propose
    to attempt to move you forward in understanding past what I’ll write here. Time and time again, I see
    people fail to do any real historical research to find that “The church” is there and easy to be found.
    Historical landmarks, along with the same doctrine and principals the Lord’s church abides by today.

    You men see what you want to see, and as long as that clouds your vision you will be lost. Let’s say
    for instance I wanted to check, ahhhh! The church of God in Christ for example, the first thing we
    would look at is who do they claim to be the founder, what was the date, is there actual evidence?
    Yes, there is, Charles Mason I believe ( just speaking hypothetically – not actual facts) this is for
    the purpose of example only. Even though I choose a real denomination, some things are factual.

    Now, I’d take that evidence and find out if it corresponds with God word. It wouldn’t take very long to
    find out that it does not, as well as many other well known denominations. My point is this, Mr. Whitsell
    you have not even begun to take a proper approach to find the truth you claim to know. So many
    people miss the plain truth – God doesn’t use a formal name because, He clearly over and over and
    over designates who’s it is. “CHRIST” is the name given of who died for the her, the bride which is
    the body (His Body) and church synonymous (means the same thing! The body is HIS church – He
    only has One Body, just like you and I, so we could not confuse that! I know you know the scriptures
    but I’d better list a few. To make this point clear! The church of Christ is not our NAME!
    It is true believer’s designation….. church of Christ is equal to body of Christ!
    So we are simply stating who we are, just as biblical example instructs.

    For example: Broadway church of Christ – is “the body of Christ located on Broadway” Just as
    scripture teaches. The church at Corinth or Philipi is the same as the church at Broadway today!
    We have not added or taken away! We are still that same called out group that abides in the doctrine
    of Christ alone…..

    The phrase “the Body of Christ” is a common New Testament metaphor for the Church (all those who
    are truly saved). The Church is called “one body in Christ” in Romans 12:5, “one body” in 1
    Corinthians 10:17, “the body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 4:12, and “the body” in
    Hebrews 13:3. The Church is clearly equated with “the body” of Christ in Ephesians 5:23 and
    Colossians 1:24.

    No one with Godly understanding can deny Christ has only one church and if I can make a bold leap
    assuming seasoned people are reading….Then we’re really just talking about doctrine/ teaching!
    We don’t need to worry about names, because wherever true teaching is the names will be right.
    This is all any church of Christ should be saying, can’t speak for all of them – like you all seem to do,
    which I don’t know how, when the church is autonomous for this reason. Read Revelation One, we
    the people can’t corrupt the teachings of Christ, we either accept or deny His truth. His truth shall
    stand no matter what, let “every man be a liar”.

    The Church may be called the Body of Christ because of these facts:

    1) Members of the Body of Christ are joined to Christ in salvation (Ephesians 4:15-16).

    2) Members of the Body of Christ follow Christ as their Head (Ephesians 1:22-23).

    3) Members of the Body of Christ are the physical representation of Christ in this world. The Church
    is the organism through which Christ manifests His life to the world today.

    4) Members of the Body of Christ are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9).

    5) Members of the Body of Christ possess a diversity of gifts suited to particular functions
    (1 Corinthians 12:4-31). “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its
    parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ” (verse 12).

    Mr. Whitsell states we are all in the same body (not so) and this is all the church is saying or should
    be saying, we must all speak the same truth (doctrine/teaching) here in lies the problem.

    Mr. Whitsell, I bid you time to reflect on the words you use to make sure they are God’s words and
    not your own. I assure you of this! If the Baptist church is the right or left arm and the Lutheran
    church is the hand and the Catholic church is the fingers – You will never, never, never have
    unity and agreement among these members. Why? because they are not in the same body!
    My dear brothers……..Doctrine divides what’s truth from what’s not of the truth. Blessings to those
    who have ears to hear truth.

    • Devin B.
    • Posted October 31, 2015 at 9:17 pm
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    I find it interesting that you would speak as if you’ve been in every church of Christ. You certainly have not spoken
    to or gained this insight from the members I’ve had the pleasure to know and fellowship with. It seems you, yourself
    paint a pretty fierce picture of people I’m sure God loves. We must remember that we ourselves (Matt. 7:2) For you
    will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. I’m
    sure you are all firm in your convictions, but the most important question is can we find your faith in the scriptures.
    1 Timothy 2:3,4 Men are saved by coming to the knowledge of the truth. The church of Christ is not the name but
    designation of those called out here on earth and the bible only teaches one faith and it is not divided in it’s doctrine.
    That’s bible guys. See with your spirit and not with your head – God bless!

    • Amber hill
    • Posted November 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    What’s in a name? It is not the name that makes it a church of christ? It’s probably also not a denomination either.

    Lets see… If its not a name then, can a member just say they are a Christian and nothing more? If its not a denomination…and a friend asks you what faith you are do you say Christian and nothing more OR distinguish church of christ so “Christian” is not confused to mean some “evil denomination” like baptist or catholic etc…

    If you have to distinguish your denomination from the other denominations, then you are a denomination. For more info on why the church of christ is a denomination even tho it claims non-denominational…see my page “ex church of christ cult survivors” on Facebook and read the notes at the top of the page about the church of christ denomination.

    If you have to distinguish yourself by claiming church of christ when you speak of your faith it is more than just a name.

    All this one church talk…smh…is not exclusive to the church of christ denominations. Many denominations claim this as well. Church of christ is a very loud proclaimer of this title, doesn’t mean it is rightly due to them, by them, or for them.

    I can tell at everyone that I am a car, doesn’t mean I really am. Just that I really think I am and who is gonna listen to me about it very long?


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