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19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

1Co 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 1Co 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

 

 

 

For years I have heard it taught that the Church of Christ is NOT a denomination or sect like the Baptist, Methodist, etc.
 
Let’s Examine The Evidence
 
World Book Dictionary defines denomination as: (1) a name for a group or class of things (2) a religious group or sect.
 
Holman Bible Dictionary defines a sect as: a group having established their own identity and teachings over against the larger group to which they belong. especially the different parties making up Judaism in the N.T. times.
 
New Englishman’s Greek Concordance and Lexicon defines sect as: the persons holding a certain opinion, that is a sect, a faction.
 
The evidence is clear; the Church of Christ according to the definitions above is a denomination or sect. (1) they have a name and they are a group of believers (2) they are a religious group (3) they have established their own identity and teachings to set them apart from a larger group, which makes them a sect or denomination.
 
Here is what we read in the bible: Then the high priest rose up, and all that were with him, which is the sect of the Sadducees ( Acts 5:15 ) … and …There rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees ( Acts 15:5 ) … KJV
 
IT SEEMS TO ME; that a DENOMINATION or SECT is a smaller group of believers within a larger group of believers, and different from other groups due to their teachings and beliefs.
 
Groups…Sects…Denominations…Church of Christ
 
(1) One Cuppers…these believers teach that it’s a sin to use more than one cup during the Lord’s Supper.
(2) Fellowship Rooms…these believers teach that it’s a sin to have a fellowship room in the church building where believers can come together to eat and share a meal.
(3) Musical Instruments…these believers teach that it’s a sin to use musical instruments when singing songs during worship to God.
(4) Still Others…see nothing wrong with using multiple cups, fellowship rooms, or musical instruments.
(5) And Many…of these divided sects teach that you are sinning and must repent and come back to the TRUE CHURCH, ( their sect ), in order to be pleasing to God.
 
Many people in the Church of Christ will not admit that they are a SECT or DENOMINATION of the larger part ( Christianity ). They will tell you that they belong to the TRUE CHURCH that Jesus started 2000 years ago.
 
But if you look closely at the Church of Christ, you will find many sects, with each sect claiming to be the one and only true church that Jesus started. And you will find these sects or denominations pointing fingers at each other and demanding that they repent and join their sect. The End Lee Howell

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4 Comments

    • James
    • Posted September 3, 2008 at 2:49 am
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    I am a member of the Church of Christ, and I fully admit that we are a denomination. I have even had arguments with other CoC members over this.

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    Hi James, TY for you message. You r about the tenth or eleventh COC member I have exchanged with and you the first to not want to talk in circles about this. Ty for your honesty hear. It really means allot to me. Now I cannot any longer think all COC’ers must do that. I do understand that not all coc’s are the same, but I found personally that they all was the same about this one point of NOT being a denomination, until now,,,,, so TY again.
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    • CLS
    • Posted September 3, 2008 at 10:40 pm
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    Hi,

    I was born and raised in the CoC and even went to a CoC school through my school years. CoC camps every summer, etc… I got straight A’s in Bible, went to chapel every day and had no understanding of grace whatsoever. No heaven if not water baptized and no music is what characterized the CoC I grew up in. I have never even heard of one cuppers 🙂

    Hard way to grow up… I now am a member of Grace Community Church under John MacArthur and praise God for it… Sad, though for my family – esp my mom who has no real understanding of grace… very painful for her.

  2. Hi CLS, TY for your brief testimony. It is so great that you found GRACE. I pray that your family will too.

    Your little comment here was epic in meaning for me. Because it really does touch at the heart of the matter GRACE. I have ready testimony after testimony from people who have left the COC,,,, and they all talk about the authoritarian and legalistic systems of control in the church and it’s doctrines. Basically what they unanimously say is that the COC has no concept of grace. In fact they define grace as your ability to work for your salvation. Grace is not unmerited favor in COC halls. In fact I bought several bible dictionaries for E-SWORD for the express purpose of using them in debates with COC members. But when presented definitions from 5 different bible dictionaries for the word grace, the COC members I have exchanged with, will still define grace for themselves. And they never define it as unmerited favor. BUT MERITED GRACE IS NO GRACE AT ALL !!!

    Rom 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.


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