In Spirit.....And In Truth
Williamston Church of Christ

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Beliefs

What is the Church of Christ?

    That's a good question! Simply put, we are a non-denominational, New Testament church.

    Members of the church of Christ:

   Seek to duplicate the non-denominational church of the first century.

    Take the Bible as our supreme guide.

     Reject doctrines and practices that were introduced after the close of  the New Testament.

     Seek to be Christians only.

     Believe this is the one and only way to unite all who are seeking to follow Christ.
 

What is the distinctive plea of the church of Christ?

It is primarily a plea for religious unity based upon the Bible. In a divided religious world it is believed that the Bible is the only possible common denominator upon which most, if not all, of the God-fearing people of the land can unite. This is an appeal to go back to the Bible. It is a plea to speak where the Bible speaks and to remain silent where the Bible is silent in all matters that pertains to religion. It further emphasizes that in everything religious there must be a "Thus saith the Lord" for all that is done. The objective is religious unity of all believers in Christ. The basis is the New Testament. The method is the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

The Historical background of the Restoration Movement

One of the earliest advocates of the return to New Testament Christianity, as a means of achieving unity of all believers in Christ, was James O'Kelly of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1793 he withdrew from the Baltimore conference of his church and called upon others to join him in taking the Bible as the only creed. His influence was largely felt in Virginia and North Carolina where history records that some seven thousand communicants followed his leadership toward a return to primitive New Testament Christianity.

In 1802 Abner Jones and Elias Smith led a similar movement among the Baptists in New England. They were concerned about "denominational names and creeds" and decided to wear only the name Christian, taking the Bible as their only guide. In 1804, in the western frontier state of Kentucky, Barton W. Stone and several other Presbyterian preachers took sim

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