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Message - Re: IM Newspaper Ad Posted By Steve Thomas on 5/22/2008 4:31:00 PM - Subscribe to this discussion here - Subscribe

“One: The restoration Movement did not have the objective of unity. It had the objective of "Back to the Bible". This has been documented too many times to contradict.”

Actually, I can provide plenty of evidence that one of the primary goals of the Restoration Movement was unity—unity through scripture alone, but without the legalism and sectarianism of the modern CoC.  Doubtful interpretation, example, and necessary inference have become the pharisaical dogma on which mainstream Churches of Christ now hang their hat.

“Two: when has scripture and facts ever constituted opinion?”

I would say that scripture and facts oftentimes elicit opinion.  Surely you can’t deny that.  Of course, I don’t know, maybe you can.....  

“Three: Rewording scripture is the reason there are denominations. Leave the Word alone. Are you not satisfied with what it says. It is like denominationalists when they say "What Paul is trying to say is ......" Wrong attitude. Paul said what he said. He didn't "try". He did.”

I knew that would cause a problem.  I only reworded those particular verses to make my point crystal clear.  Apparently it didn’t work.  

“Four: God doesn't leave us if we truly belong to Him. We leave him. By inserting the word NOT, Adam and Eve were led to defy God.

I agree with everything you stated here, though I’m not exactly sure how it’s relevant to our discussion.

“Instrumental Music is a man made addition to the worship, and no one can deny it is not.”

Many deny exactly that...and with good reason.  Just look to scripture and you’ll find plenty of instrumental music.  However, if you insist on using your logic then you must rid your church building of all electronic devices, water fountains, pews, song books, etc.  In fact, you must rid yourself of the building entirely since nowhere in scripture is the church “authorized” to own a building.

“Following your logic, we would still be in the Garden of Eden.”


“Sin has consequences.”

Yes, it certainly does.

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