Why I am NOT a Member of the C.O.C.
COPYRIGHT ©2017 - James M. Frye
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Here are some of the reasons why I am not a member of the “Church of Christ” (C.O.C.).
1. The Church of Christ (C.O.C.) claims to be the one true church and that there is no salvation outside of the C.O.C..
What does the Bible say?
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
According to the above verses, whosoever believes in Jesus Christ for salvation is saved (has eternal life and the remission of sins). These verses say nothing about assembling with a particular church being required for salvation. Who should we believe, the Bible or the teachings of the C.O.C.?
The Bible does not teach that there is one true church. It teaches that there is one true faith (Eph. 4:5). Any church which teaches this one true faith (the true teachings of the New Testament - Jude 1:3) is a true church (1 Tim. 3:15). As we shall see later in this article, the C.O.C. does NOT teach this one true faith but teaches a false gospel. And just like many cults (the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, the Roman Catholic Church, etc.), the C.O.C. teaches the cultic doctrine that they are the one true church and that there is no salvation outside of their church.
The C.O.C. claims to have the one true church name “the church of Christ”. But when you search the scriptures, you will NOT find that phrase anywhere in the Bible. We do see the phrase “the churches (plural) of Christ” one time (Rom. 16:16), but we also see the term “the church of God” 8 times. We also see churches being referred to with the words “the church of” followed by the city (or people of the city) in which the church was located. A few examples would be “the church of the Laodiceans “ (Col. 4:16), and “the church of the Thessalonians” (1 Thess. 1:1). We also see a reference to “the church of the living God” (1 Tim. 3:15).
The same churches were often referred to in different ways. For example, the church at Ephesus is referred to in scripture as “the church of Ephesus” in Rev. 2:1. But Paul said that the elders of that church were taking care of “the church of God” (Acts 20:17, 28). The term “the Churches of Christ” is used to refer to all of these churches together (Rom. 16:16) but scripture also uses the term “the churches of God” (1 Cor. 11:16) to refer to these same churches.
What a person will find, after studying this matter out thoroughly, is that churches is the Bible did not have actual names. The same churches are referred to by more than one term. These churches belonged to God and were therefore referred to as the churches of God. These churches belonged to Christ therefore they were also referred to as the churches of Christ. But they were also referred to in many other ways as well.
So no “church” can get away with saying that they have the one true Biblical church name. They may claim it, but such a claim will not bear up under the test and scrutiny of scripture.
It should also be pointed out that the C.O.C. did not begin until the early 1800’s with the teachings of Thomas and Alexander Campbell. No organization or church ever held to their specific set of beliefs prior to that time. The C.O.C. claimed that they were only restoring to the church that set of doctrines to which it originally held. But this is clearly not the case since the scriptures vehemently contradict their teachings.
2. The C.O.C. teaches that salvation can be lost.
What does the Bible say?
John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them ETERNAL LIFE; and THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Jesus says that He gives people eternal life and that they shall never perish, but the C.O.C. teaches that salvation is not eternal but can be lost, and that Christ’s sheep can perish. Who should we believe, the Bible or the teachings of the C.O.C.?
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
According to the above verse, everyone who is justified (saved) is also glorified (makes it to heaven and receives a glorified resurrection body). In other words, none who are truly saved will ever be lost.
John 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
Jesus said that of all those which the father has given Him (His Sheep), He would lose “nothing” (none of them). But the C.O.C. teaches that He can and does lose them. Once again, who should we believe, Jesus or the teachings of the C.O.C.? As for me, I will stick with Jesus.
3. The C.O.C. teaches the heretical false gospel of Baptismal Regeneration [that a person is born again (regenerated) by being water baptized], and that water baptism is essential for salvation.
What does the Bible say?
Although this point is listed last, it is by far the most important. To see why the “gospel” taught by the C.O.C. is a false gospel which cannot save anyone and why those who teach it are under the curse of God, please read my article on that subject at the link below.
There are other reasons why I am not a member of “the Church of Christ”, but these alone are sufficient to stay away from this organization. I do not say these things to offend anyone, but rather to warn them (1 Cor. 4:14; Gal. 4:16). The very salvation of people’s souls is at stake.