Church of Christ (Demonination)

I didn’t know which category to list this under. It’s not Final Season, and I don’t consider the Church of Christ to be “Wolf-like Sheep”. So I put it under Misperception just because why not. I really should make a Miscellaneous category (this post inspired the Miscellaneous category)…

Anyway, I have been considering making this post for a very long time, but I didn’t know how to do it without making it seem like I was calling the denomination a satanic cult. True, I have tons of criticisms about them, but I don’t think that low of them. I believe many of them are still saved, it’s just that their teachings can be very dangerous.

As I’ve said in previous posts on this site, I was raised in the Church of Christ. I grew up being told that that is the only right denomination, and that if you are a Baptist or Methodist or anything other than Church of Christ you’re going to hell. I remember one time in particular at the church I went to when I was in high school. The youth minister took the youth group to a youth retreat (youth youth youth youth youth…yeah, how many more times can we squeeze that word into this sentence), but he didn’t know until we got there that it was being sponsored by a Baptist Church. When we got back home the church body (the parents and elders) yelled at him for “endangering the souls of our children!”.

While at that retreat, after the youth minister realized his “mistake”, he forbade us to sing along with the songs they sung, which was accompanied by music. This is another major issue with the denomination. They claim that because the Bible doesn’t mention using music during worship, that it’s a sin to do so. There was even one time when one of the elders of the church went up after service to announce he was stepping down as elder and as member of the Church of Christ to go start a new church. The only difference was the use of music. During his announcement, he called out two other elders who felt the same way, as well as a few regular members. Immediately after service, those elders and members were kicked out by the remaining “musically pure” elders.

In the 25 years I attended Church of Christ, I never heard a preacher really dig into the Word. They would read the “popular” verses and talk about why those are good verses. Now only that, but every single Church of Christ I’ve been to have been filled with judgmental people. They’d judge for the littlest thing. I’d wear a hat in the lobby of the building and be told it’s disrespectful to God to wear a hat in the building. I’d point out that when Moses approached the burning bush God told him to remove his sandals, and that they’re wearing shoes in the building. They’d glare, then huff and storm off. I’ve been asked to leave more than one Church of Christ simply because I was tapping my foot along with the beat of the song. Even though there’s no music, there’s still timing in the song, but apparently musical logic is a sin.

It wasn’t until 2014, when I willingly stepped into a Baptist Church for the first time, that I finally found the real Truth. You’re saved by faith in Jesus, not by not playing music or being a member of the Church of Christ (denomination). You have to be a member of the Church of Christ (body of Christ), but no one denomination is right.

The first couple of weeks at Grace Baptist Church, I felt very uncomfortable during the singing part, because they used music. But within a month I relaxed and now it feels weird NOT having music when singing to God. It’s been a year and a half since I made the switch, and I’m still struggling with a lifetime of conditioning to believe a certain way. It was pretty much discouraged in the Church of Christ to study for yourself, because the preacher will tell you everything you need to know. At my church, and in the podcasts I listen to and other pastors I listen to, they all tell you to not just take their word for it, to research this for yourself.

The pastor at my church (and the podcasts and everything mentioned above) not only covers more of the Bible than I’ve ever heard covered in Church of Christ, but they dive deep and get to the true meaning of the Scriptures. Not only by looking at the original Greek and Hebrew to figure out what was actually being said, but also looking at the scientific, archaeological, and historical evidence that backs up the Bible 100%. When I shared all of this with some of my Church of Christ friends, they turned it all away, saying it’s wrong to go by anything other than what the Bible itself says.

Which is why I say that even though I attend a Baptist Church, I am not a Baptist. I am a Christian. If the pastor says something that goes against the Bible, I’m going to go with what the Bible says.

Root of All Evil

My whole life I’ve heard it preached that “Money is the root of all evil”, so wanting money is a sin. Having money is a sin. Only the poor are righteous!

But the Bible does not say that. They have taken out a couple words out to change the meaning of the verse. Let’s look at the verse itself.

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

See that? The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Greed. How many times have you been  screwed over because of money? A phone company that charges for everything you do on your phone, a store charging you to use their plastic bags, ATM fees making you buy your own money, etc.

When I registered this domain, I paid $5 to Register.com for the domain itself, $16 to keep my information private, then $15 to WordPress to even connect it to my site. That’s $36 for a $5 domain. While I know that’s still pretty cheap (a friend of mine paid $25 just for his domain with a different site…..I highly recommend Register.com), that’s a bunch of extra charges.

Another, probably better, example is my phone. I dropped it and cracked the screen back in November. I wasn’t concerned because I had insurance on my phone. I’d just go to my carrier’s store and get it replaced. I’m not going to say the name of my carrier, but I will say it’s another word for “run”. I paid $150 for my phone, but even with insurance they wanted $280 to replace the phone. The guy at the “run” store was confused when I got frustrated and walked out. That phone company just wants my money. I have another year on my contract, then I’m going with Net10.

My point is that the world we live in is filled with examples of the LOVE of money being the root of all evil. I want more money than I’m currently getting because what I’m getting now only covers my bills, I can’t even afford food. I’m relying on food pantries.

I don’t want to be a millionaire, I just want enough to live comfortably without having to worry if I’m going to have my phone cut off next month, and also be able to put some away into savings. People keep telling me “You need to manage your money better”, but you need money to manage money. I’m always broke because of bills, debts from when I couldn’t pay bills, and overdraft fees from when I tried to pay those bills anyway.

You need money to live these days. It’s not evil to want or need money. It’s evil (read: a sin) to manipulate and hurt others in order to get money.

Music in Church

1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV)

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

I was raised Church of Christ. In the Church of Christ churches, music is looked upon as being evil. Because God didn’t tell us to do it, therefore, it’s pure evil. I’ve been to several of those churches throughout my life, and it seems that all of them at some point were split over whether or not to allow the use of musical instruments. By split I mean some or most of the members left to start a new church where the only difference would literally be that they played musical instruments.

Back in April of this year (2014), I moved from Texas to Ohio and started going to a baptist church. They play instruments. The first couple weeks I was so uncomfortable that I sat there rigid expecting the place to be destroyed any second. But soon I found that I preferred the music. It enhanced the worship for me. It didn’t hinder the worship.

Romans 14:2-3 (KJV)

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Paul isn’t talking about literal herbs. The context is talking about worshiping God. Verses 2 and 3, and the verse I opened this with, are basically saying, “If it enhances your worship without hindering it, and doesn’t go against the Bible, go ahead and do it”. You’re saved by believing in Christ and being baptized, not by playing music or singing A Capella.

Besides, Paul instructed us to use instruments. At least, he said to use string instruments. What? You didn’t know that? That’s because you don’t know Greek.

Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms. The original Greek, psalmos (or ψαλμός) means “a striking (of musical strings)“. So Paul, through whom God spoke, tells us to strike a sting instrument and sing spiritual songs.

So we’ve seen here that not only does scripture give us the freedom do enhance our worship as long as it doesn’t hinder, but we’re also instructed to use string instruments.

Law of Moses

Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV)

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Is Jesus saying that we’re still under the Law of Moses, the set of 613 laws given to the Israelites by Moses through God? Well, at least now we can ask for forgiveness instead of sacrificing a lamb.

But what about these verses?

Galatians 3:23-25 (KJV)

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

 

Galatians 3:24 (KJV)

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Acts 6:14 (KJV)

14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

 

The Law of Moses was only meant to be temporary until Christ could come to be the sacrificial lamb. Because of His sacrifice, we have forgiveness of sins. Here is a great site I highly recommend.

So if we’re not bound by the Law of Moses, how are we saved?

Romans 10:17 (KJV)

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Luke 7:50 (KJV)

50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

Ah, I see it now. So we’re not bound by the Law of Moses because salvation comes from faith. As previously covered, you have to believe in Jesus (that he was crucified, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead, and that He is the only begotten Son of God). Jesus came and made everything so much easier. Instead of remembering 613 laws that you COULD NOT break because you would never be fully forgiven, now you just have to remember that simple thing, and on top of that you can now be forgiven of sins.

Romans 10:13(KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.