And God HID Himself from the wise or Sophists: rhetoricians, singers, instrumentalists. And Jesus does not even pray for the WORLD. The Stone-Campbell Movement is a human institution
made up of theologians for which there is no reason to exist. It
is fitting that the Stone Campbell theologians speak and write for the
Stone Campbell theologians.
The founder and disciples of the Stone-Campbell Movement are decidedly hostile to the ANTI-intrument
churches of Christ. They deny that the epistles are Scripture
(Garrett). They promote and apparently presume the Direct Operation of
a Holy Spirit person 'who' produces UNITY without respect to the
doctrine of Christ. They promote the H. Leo Boles version of the
"trinity" defining this godhead as "three centers of consciousness able
to hold communion." John calls this the mark of anti-Christ.
Purpose Driving this review is to prove that Churches of Christ were
never part of the Stone-Campbell Movement which probably was hatched in
the 1970's. Only individual congregations were united by Christ and His command---
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
men decided that doctrine (that which Jesus spoke) should never stand
in the way of "unity" even when they intentionally manufacture massive
discord. They introduced anti-Scriptural practices such as trying to worship a Spirit God in the human spirit by using "machines for doing hard work." This "unity" never extended beyond individual congregations fully occupied with their own work.
who agreed with (not necessarily taught by) the Campbells never
believed in the "trinity," their major thesis was to stop division by
teaching what the Bible taught, never believed in or practiced the use
of "instrumental" worship at any time in history and clearly agreed
with Calvin who called those who heard the Spirit outside of the Word
were fanatics. Worship agreed with the church in the wilderness onward:
the qahal, synagogue or ekklesia was for reading and understanding the
Word of God. No one in the Bible ever assembled for
congregational "worship" to engage in singing with or without
As I have looked at events and dates where division was intentionally caused, I have added lots of
Scripture revealed in distinct "words" and "thought patterns"
because nothing which occurred in the Stone-Campbell Movement's claims
should ever be allowed to stand between the individual and Jesus Christ
and His Word.
devoted decades to researching the literature which illustrates what a
word would mean to
the people of Scripture's first audience. Whatever the
mind-set of individual Bible writers, their allusion to pagan religions marks any modern revisionist as intending to trump all known literature and church history.
Peter defined as "building" or "educating" value the prophets led by the Spirit OF Christ and these prophecies made more certain by Jesus of Nazareth and left "for our memory." Thus, a Church of Christ is built upon the Prophets and Apostles with Jesus Christ (sent back as The Holy Spirit). Peter also outlaws private interpretations or further expounding
of these prophecies which define Messiah's REST both inclusively and
exclusively. Paul outlaws Corrupting the Word or "selling it at retail:
MARK OF THE WORLDGrace, like Word or Logos (opposite poetry or music) is
another title for Jesus of Nazareth whom God made to be both Lord and
2 Co.1:12 For our rejoicing is this,
the testimony of our
that in simplicity and godly
with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God,
we have had our
conversation in the world, and more abundantly to youward.
|Titus 2:11 For the  grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
||John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
 Teaching us that,
|Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up
his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell
at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
| denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
|Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that
God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and
| we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
||Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,
what shall we do?
 Who gave himself for us,
|Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them Repent,
| that he might redeem us from all iniquity, [Lawlesness]
Lutron redeem, Luo lavo , cleanse or wash, bathe,
lave. louô, purify, tina ek tôn hamartiôn
Col. 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood,
|and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins,
Redemption or Remission happens ONLY after BAPTISM
even the forgiveness of sins:
|  and purify unto himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works.
|and ye shall receive the gift of A holy spirit
2 Cor 1:12 Hē gar kaukhēsis hēmōn hautē estin, to marturion tēs suneidēseōs hēmōn, hoti en hagiotēti kai eilikrinia tou theou, kai ouk en sophia sarkikē all' en khariti theou, anestraphēmen en tō kosmō, perissoterōs de pros humas:
Sophia , A.cleverness or skill
in handicraft and art, of the Telchines [Simon father of Judas] ,
Pi.O.7.53; hē entekhnos s., of Hephaestus and Athena; in music and singing,
tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8, in
divination, S.OT 502 (lyr.); “dusthanatōn hupo sophias eis gēras aphiketo” Pl.R.406b; s. dēmēgorikē, dikanikē, ib.365d; hē peri Homērou s. Id.Ion 542a; “ou sophia alla phusei poiein” Id.Ap.22b; “sēmainontes tēn s . . ., hoti aretē tekhnēs estin” Arist.EN1141a12: rare
in pl., Pi.O.9.107, Ar.Ra.676 (IG12.522 (vase, v B.C.).
MARK OF THE WORLD
2Cor. 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of
but as of sincerity, but as
of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
ou gar esmen hōs hoi polloi kapēleuontes ton logon tou theou, all' hōs ex eilikrinias, all' hōs ek theou katenanti theou en Khristō laloumen.
to be a retail-dealer, drive a petty trade,
Hdt.1.155, 2.35, Isoc.2.1, Nymphod.21, IG11(2).161
A16 (Delos, iii B. C.), BGU1024 vii 23 (iv A. D.); di' apsukhou boras sitois kapēleu' drive a trade, chaffer with
your vegetable food, E.Hipp.953.
c. acc., sell by retail, “ton herpin” Hippon.51.
metaph., k. ta prēgmata, of Darius, Hdt.3.89; k. ta mathēmata sell learning by
hawk it about, Pl. Prt.313d; “k. ton logon tou theou” 2 Ep.Cor.2.17;
so eoiken ou kapēleusein makhēn will not peddle in war,
i. e. fight half-heartedly, A.Th. 545; “k. tē Khariti tēn amoibēn” Epicur.Sent.Vat.39;
k. tēn politeian traffic in grants of citizenship,
D.C.60.17; k. tēs hōras anthos or tēn hōran, of prostitutes, Ph.2.394,576; eirēnēn pros Rhōmaious Khrusiou k. Hdn.6.7.9;
tukhē kapēleuousa . . ton bion playing tricks with life, corrupting
Another way to CORRUPT the Written Logos of the Living Logos:
"Historians" -- especially clergy --
are infamous for putting their own dogma into the words of famous
people. In Athenian Law and others it was not lawful for
philosophers, rhetoricians, poets or musicians to write "true history."
It is pretty easy to get in "goose step" with anything "scholars" write
and fail to return to teaching "that which has been taught."
Christ in Jeremiah etal defines the CENI
OF ALL DIVERSIONARY MOVEMENTS: The "nut" will never be under EITHER of the shells.
Jer 23:18 For who hath stood in the
counsel of the Lord,
and hath perceived and heard
who hath marked his
word, and heard it?
Men of the Stone-Campbell Movement, that's who, since the do not go back to the unpolluted spring.
Jer 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of
the Lord is gone forth
even a grievous
whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of
Jer 23:20 The anger of the Lord shall not
until he have executed,
and till he have performed
the thoughts of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall
consider it perfectly.
Jer 23:21 I have not sent
Jer 23:22 But if they had stood
in my counsel,
yet they ran:
I have not spoken to them,
yet they prophesied.
and had caused my people to hear
then they should have turned
them from their evil way,
and from the evil of their
the prophets said, that prophesy
in my name, saying,
I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
How long shall this be in the heart of
the prophets that prophesy lies?
yea, they are prophets
of the deceit of their own heart;
Jeremiah 23: 26
Prŏphēta and prŏphētes, a foreteller, soothsayer sacerdotes Aegyptiorum, quos prophetas vocant,” Macr. S. 7, 13, 9: “Aegyptius, propheta primarius,” [this soothsaying extended to sorcery]
think to cause my
by their dreams,
one of the first, of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent, remarkable (class.): “primarius parasitus, the first speaker, he who has a right to be heard
which they tell every man to his neighbour,
as their fathers
forgotten my name for Baal
Jeremiah 23: 27
Here are some revisionists:
Discovering Our Roots: Richard
T. Hughes and
C. Leonard Allen
Gathered People: Revisioning
the Assembly as Transforming Encounter
See: John Mark Hicks Our Triune God-The Wonder of the Story
John Mark Hicks Trinity as "Necessary" Fact in Alexander Campbell
John Mark Hicks "recovery" of the gospel from Alexander Campbell
John Mark Hicks Stone Campbell Unity by the Holy Spirit
Hicks replaces his "Holy Spirit Person" in the roles Jesus Died to
fulfil. In His post-changed form Jesus returned to be the King of His
kingdom, Head of His Church, Master Teacher and only Mediator between
God and man. If you believe the "three people trinity" of
the postmoderns (smile) delusions, John calls you an ANTI-Christ.
The NACC may not want this form of "movement." There is no "holy
spirit people" in the salutations because Jesus Christ as Holy Spirit
had guided the apostles into all truth.
the claims of "Holy Spirit" guidance, both Stone and Campbell
ridiculed the notion that there is a "holy spirit" person who guides
beyond the sacred pages. Both agreed with John Calvin and most
literate writers that the Apostolic Church demands that it be built
upon the writings of the Prophets (by Christ) and the prophecies made
more certain by Jesus of Nazareth. All such claims to
supernatural guidance and even having a holy spirit person, replaces
Jesus Christ as the "one mediator between God and man." Never
mind that of the "another" Comforter, Jesus said "I" will come to you.
can be little doubt that theologians have decided that The Holy Spirit
OF (preposition) Christ is a person or people and that Jesus has been
replaced and they are directed by this spirit person. When people
think that their thoughts are God's thoughts then they have slipped into
the promised Strong Delusions that they believe their own
lie. Lying wonders is defined in the literature as the vocal and
instrumental performance music which is a primary agenda of inventing
the Stone Campbell Movement. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God
does not come with Observation: that means religious observations.
The Organ And Society Sect
No. V.Order of Worship. But to proceed: Another society
meets for worship, and they sing all
shouts all day; another runs as in a race all day; another lies
prostrate on the ground all day; another reads all day; another hears
one man speak all day; another sits silent all day; another waves palm branches all day;
cries in the forenoon and listens to
the organ in the afternoon;
and it is all equally right, lawful,
orderly, and acceptable;
for there is no
divinely authorized order of Christian worship.
We are then, on the
principles of reason, constrained to
abandon this side of the dilemma, and give up the hypothesis that there is no divinely authorized order
of Christian worship
2Th. 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that
because they received not the love of the truth,
might be saved.
2Th. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
What is the MARK of that time?
ŏpĕrātĭo , ōnis, f. operor,
I. a working, work, labor, operation (not in Cic. or Cæs.).
I. In gen.: insidiantur aquantibus (apibus) ranae, quae maxima earum est operatio, cum sobolem faciunt, Plin. 11, 18, 19, § 61; 11, 24, 28, § 80; Vitr. 2, 9.—
II. In partic.
A. A religious performance, service, or solemnity, a bringing of offerings: operationes denicales,
offerings, Fest. s. v. privatae feriae,
mendācĭum a fable, fiction (Opposite. historic truth): “poëtarum,” Curt. 3, 1, 4.—
All Poets and Song writers were known to be liars:
2Th. 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
pŏēta , maker, producer “oratores et poëtae, “pictoribus atque poëtis, minimoque poëtā, poëtā,
poëtam in scenā
scaenĭcus , theatrical (class.).
Lit.: “poëtae,” dramatic poets, Varr. L. L. 9, § 17 Müll.: “artifices,” players, actors,
“fabula,” a drama, Amm. 28, 1, 4: “organa, [musical instruments]” “gestus,” “modulatio,” Quint. 11, 3, 57:
Lying wonders Teras in colloqual language
Thaumazo (g2296) thou-mad'-zo;
from 2295; to wonder; by impl. to admire: -
admire, have in
WORK wonders, pseudôsti
Pindar Isthmian 7 Odes: 
In which of the local glories of the past, divinely
blessed Thebe, did you most delight your spirit? Was it when you raised
to eminence the one seated beside Demeter of the clashing
flowing-haired  Dionysus? Or when you received, as a snow-shower of
gold in the middle of the night, the greatest of the gods then
begin the victory [Nike: TRIUMPH OVER] procession with a
sweet-singing hymn for Strepsiades; for he is the victor in
the pancratium at the Isthmus, both awesome in his strength
and handsome to look at; and he treats excellence as no worse
a possession than beauty.  He is made radiant by the
violet-haired Muses, and he has given a share in his flowering garland
to his uncle and namesake
, Ion. theêma , atos, to, ( [theaomai] )
spectacle, Semon.7.67, A.Pr.306, E.Supp.783,
etc.; ei tis orchoit' eu, theam' ên Pl.Com.130 ; Opposite
freq. of a sight which gives pleasure, theamata kai
parecheis X.Smp.2.2 , cf. 7.5; orchêseis
Phld.Mus.p.26 K.; emplêsthête tou kalou th. Pl. R.440a; but also th.
dustheaton A.Pr.69 , cf. S.Aj.992; hepta th. the seven wonders of the
world, Str.14.2.5, Plu.2.983e: sg., of a marvellously engraved ring,
ONE OF THE DELUSIONS OF POST MODERN THEOLOGIANS
John Calvin on continuing Revelation
wrongly appeal to the Holy Spirit Those who, rejecting
Scripture, imagine that
they have some peculiar
penetrating to God,
are to be deemed
not so much under the influence of error as madness. For certain
have lately appeared, who, while they make a great display of the
reading of the
and deride the
simplicity of those who only delight in what they call the
But I wish they would tell
me what spirit it is whose
inspiration raises them to such a sublime height that they
dare despise the doctrine of Scripture as mean and childish.
The Stone-Campbell movement appeals to Cane Ridge as America's Pentecost: elsewhere they call it witchcraft.
on reviews of the scholarship of those presuming to write a "World
History" it is clear that the PATTERN is not based upon the Word of God and "history" counts for nothing.
|1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth
||that Jesus is the Christ?|
|John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and
yet hast thou not known me, Philip? |
is the same as: ||Which is the same as:
|He is ANTICHRIST|
Jesus made to be both Lord and Christ and The only Holy Spirit after His change to pour out what ye see and hear.
|that denieth the
Father [one God]
the Son. [one Lord]
he thathath seen me hath seen the Father;
[Christ, who is the image of God 2 Cor 4:4]
and HOW sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son |
hethat acknowledgeth the Son
| the same
hath not the Father:|
hath the Father also
14:10 Believest thou not that I am IN the Father, and the Father IN me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but
the Father that dwelleth IN me, he doeth the works.|
Funding for this project has been provided principally by Disciples of Christ Historical Society and Chalice Press.
Every so slowly as we
will note up to what you call the "split" none of the Disciples
approved of instruments. That means that those who added
instruments became the INSTRUMENTAL SECT.
HISTORY BEGINS WITH THE PROPHECY OF CHRIST
After Israel fell from Grace because of musical idolatry
at Mount Sinai, God gave them The Book of The Law and sentenced them to
captivity and death beyond Babylon.
Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lipsPeace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD;
and I will heal him.
Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
impii autem quasi mare fervens quod quiescere non potest
et redundant fluctus eius in conculcationem et lutum
“quiērunt Aequora,” the waves are at rest, do not rise, standing waters,
2. Act., to cause to cease, render quiet, stop, etc.: “laudes,” Sen. Herc. Oet. 1584.—Hence, quĭētus , a, um, P. a., at rest, calm, quiet
4. To make a pause in speaking: quiescere, id est, hēsukhazein, “ludendi est quidem modus
lūdo , B. To play, sport, frisk, frolic: “dum se exornat, nos volo Ludere inter nos,” have some fun, dance,
A. go sport, play with any thing, to practise as a pastime, amuse one's self with any thing “carmina pastorum,
B. to sport, dally, wanton (cf. "amorous play," Milton, P. L. 9, 1045): “scis solere illam aetatem tali ludo ludere,” Plaut. Most. 5,
C. Ludere aliquem or aliquid, to play, mock, imitate, mimic a person or thing imitate work, make believe work,
The measure of tones, measure, rhythm, melody, harmony, time; in poetry, measure, metre, mode: “vocum,” Cic. Div. 2, 3, 9: “musici,” Quint. 1, 10, 14: “lyrici,” Ov. H. 15, 6: “fidibus Latinis Thebanos aptare modos,” Hor. Ep. 1, 3, 12: Bacchico exsultas (i. e. exsultans) modo, Enn. ap. Charis [grace]. p. 214 P. (Trag. v. 152 Vahl.): “flebilibus modis concinere,” Cic. Tusc. 1, 44, 106: saltare [dance] ad tibicinis modos, to the music or sound of the flute, Liv. 7, 2: “nectere canoris Eloquium vocale modis,” Juv. 7, 19.—Fig.: “verae
Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
They DO it because they ARE impious
pax , I. peace, concluded between parties at variance, esp. between belligerents; a treaty of peace; tranquillity, the absence of war, amity, reconciliation after a quarrel, public or private
THERE IS NO GRACE: B. Transf. 1. Grace, favor, pardon, assistance of the gods: “pacem ab Aesculapio petas,
4. Pax, as an interj., peace! silence! enough! pax,
impĭus without reverence or respect for God, one's parents, or one's country; irreverent, ungodly, undutiful, unpatriotic; abandoned, wicked, impious
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Sāturnus As the sun-god of the Phœnicians, = Baal, Curt. 4, 3, 15: “Saturni sacra dies,” i. e. Saturday, Tib. 1, 3, 18: “Saturni Stella,” the planet Saturn, Cic. N. D. 2, 20, 52; 2, 46, 119; id. Div. 1, 39, 85.—As subst.: Sāturnus , “also pater (sc. Superum),” Verg. A. 4, 372; Ov. M. 1, 163:
versus, the Saturnian verse, the oldest kind of metre among the Romans, “carmen, “metrum,
Subst.: Sāturnālĭa also Bacchanalia, Compitalia, Vinalia, and the like), a general festival in honor of Saturn, beginning on the 17th of December and lasting several days; the Saturnalia, “verba,” Tib. 1, 3, 52: “tumultus,” Hor. C. 4, 4, 46: “clamor,
THE MARK OF THE WICKED
Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily,
and delight to know my ways,
as a nation that did righteousness,
and [AS] forsook not the ordinance of their God:
They ask of me the ordinances of justice;
they take delight in approaching to God.
Isaiah 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?
wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?
Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure,
and exact all your labours.
Isaiah 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the
fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day,
to make your voice to be heard on high.
role of the Qahal, Synagogue or Church of Christ never changed: the
Lord's Supper was to show forth or preach the Death of Jesus.
I am afraid that your historians quoting historians quoting historians
with a hidden agenda just didn't get the point. For instance, you don't
know a "scholar" or preacher who can tell you the Purpose of a Christ Driven Church of Christ.
Christ, the Rock, defined the Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of
Christ in the wilderness both inclusively and exclusively. Of course,
the Church of Christ has no Roles and no Doles as the Jerusalem Council
showed the past, present and future role of the assembly which Paul
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
HISTORY The Church always rejected the Boles version of the Trinity
hath in every city them that preach him,
being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
2Corinthians 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, t
hat the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
2Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded:
for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away
in the reading of the old testament;
which vail is done away in Christ.
2Corinthians 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord,
the vail shall be taken away.
used the example of being CONVERTED and BORN AGAIN like a child
Luke recorded the example of BAPTISM to be SAVED and CONVERTED meaning
the same thing.
Until you are CONVERTED you will not be able to read WHOLE THOUGHT
PATTERNS written in BLACK INK on WHITE paper.
c. Philos., cause to return to the source of Being,
tinas eis ta enantia kai ta prôta
and prôtos II. of Time, former, earlier, children
by the first or a former marriage,
in front, before, formerly, of place and of time;
beget, bring forth, engender, call into existence
1 Act.:--bring forth, produce, put forth, 2. beget, engender, get
in the direction of
beget, bring forth, engender, call into existence
It shall happen, when all these things are come on you, the blessing
and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to
mind among all the nations, where Yahweh your God has driven you,
 and shall RETURN to Yahweh your God, and shall OBEY his
voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your
children, with all your heart, and with all your soul;
 that then Yahweh your God will turn your captivity, and have
compassion on you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples,
where Yahweh your God has scattered you.
That has the same meaning as BAPTISM.
WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SPIRIT?
2Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Hearken now unto my voice, I will
give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to
God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: Exod 18:19
And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk,
and the work that they must do. Exod 18:20
Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the
people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness;
and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of
hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: Exod 18:21
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the
Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people
together, and I will make them hear my
words, that they may learn to fear me
all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may
teach their children. Deut 4:10
Qahal (h6950) kaw-hal'; a prim. root; to convoke: - assemble
(selves) (together), gather (selves) together).
Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy
that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear
the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness
with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our
fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: Ac.7:38
Ekklesia (g1577) ek-klay-see'-ah; from a comp. of 1537 and a
der. of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concr.) a popular meeting, espec.
a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Chr.
community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): -
Thomas Campbell got His views of assembly: ekklesia--synagogue from the Spirit of Christ: Stone contributed nothing.
Of the Yarn Spinners (revisionists) who,
at the same
time are ignorant
of, and even
averse to, the religion it inculcates; and whilst others profess to embrace it as a
imbibing the spirit,
realizing the truth,
and experiencing the power
of its religious institutions; but merely superstruct to themselves, rest in, and are
satisfied with, a
form (acts) of godliness; and that, very
often, a deficient, imperfect form, or such as their own imagination has devised;
See Why Thomas
Paine was a Deist.
"let us, with an
open bible before
us, distinguish and
contemplate that religion which it enjoins and exhibits--I mean the
religion of christianity, for it also exhibits the religion of
...but with this, in the mean time,
...we christians have nothing directly to
...we derive our religion immediately from
the New Testament. TC
"But that this may
be the case, the next immediate
ordinance of the
christian religion, namely,
the reading, I mean the musing upon, or studying the Holy
taking them up in their connexion, and meditating
upon the subjects they propose to our consideration,
with a fixed contemplation of the various and important objects which
This dutiful and religious
use of the
bible, (that most
precious, sacred record of the wonderful works of God,
the only authentic source of all religious information,) is
inseparably connected with, and indispensably necessary to, the
blissful and all-important exercises of prayer and praise.
"And again, 'Be you
filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves, in psalms, and hymns,
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
Lord; giving thanks always to God and the Father, in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. v.
"Hence it is evident, that if
we would be spiritually minded, spiritually exercised in this
delightful and heavenly employment,
we must be filled with
and if we would be
filled with the Spirit,
we must be filled
with the word;
the word of Christ must dwell in us richly;
- for we have no access to the Spirit but in and by
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN PROPHECY UNDERSTOOD ALL BUT THE PSEUDO-SCHOLARS
Isaiah 50 has Christ clearly defining the Pluckers and Smiters restored by the Disciples/Christians.
Isaiah 55 clearly defines both inclusively and exclusively
of His Words which provide spirit and life. Peter uses many of
the same concepts to dare anyone to teach beyond the written memory of
the Apostles who were eye and ear witnesses. This is a quick study for
today. If that awas not enough authority He defines the true Rest for
the future church to exclude personal pleasure or even speaking your
own words. "Teach that which has been taught" should be warning
Isaiah 58 has Christ urging a restoration and,
as in the church in the wilderness, and Paul for the assembly
forbidding seeking our own pleasure or even speaking our own words.
IF YOU GATHER THE PEOPLE FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE YOU VIOLATE THE REST JESUS BOUGHT.
Therefore, the ekklesia or synagogue is the
same as Qahal
because both relate to the same event. The Holy Convocation which began
each each First and Seventh day of festivals (for draft age males) was
extended to each Sabbath or REST day. This quarantined the godly people
from the Jacob-Curst tribe of Levi whom God turned over to worship the
starry host. The Disciples--Christian churches follow the
"patternism" of the not-commanded monarchy and the not commanded
sacrificial system. The Levites were Soothsayers with instrumental
noise to warn any godly person that if they came near they would
execute them as they had at Mount Sinai because of musical idolatry.
WHAT IS DIRECTLY EXCLUDED FOR THE
only authorized the two silver trumpets: these were reserved for
sending important signals. However, many people had their own
flutes or shofars, tambourines and sistrums: Miriam had here sistrum as
a priestess or prophetess in Egypt. The women especially were
prone to parade around singing, clapping, dancing and beating on
instruments. Therefore, the command:
The "alarm" is reserved in Psalm 41 to identify the "familiar friend"
or Judas whose Judas Bag was for carrying the mouthpieces of wind
Num. 10:5 When ye blow an alarm, then
the camps that lie on the east
parts shall go forward.
Num. 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that
lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an
alarm for their journeys.
Numbers 10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together,
ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.
(h4744) mik-raw'; from 7121; something called out,
i. e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or
the place); also a rehearsal: - assembly, calling, convocation, reading.
they read in the book in the law of God
distinctly, and gave
the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. Ne.8:8
Isaiah 4: 4 When the Lord shall have
washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the
blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment,
and by the spirit of burning.
the Lord will create upon
every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies,
and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for
upon all the glory shall be a defence. Is.4:5
Dwelling: 168. ohel, o´-hel;
from 166; a tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance):—covering,
(dwelling)(place), home, tabernacle, tent.
Assembly: 4744. miqra,
mik-raw´; from 7121; something called out, i.e. a public meeting (the
act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal: assembly,
calling, convocation, reading.
for pay? "Give money to make poor pious
youths learned clergy, or
vain pretenders to
erudition; and they pray
that they may preach to you; yes, and pay them too.
Paul proved that those who make a PROFESSION out of the Word of Christ corrupt the Word: they are, he says, prostitutes.
Wonder why the Stone-Campbell Sectarians never use that?
ever such a craft as priestcraft? No, it is the craftiest of all crafts.
It is so crafty that it obtains by its craft the means to make
craftsmen, and then it makes the deluded support them!" (Campbell, Alexander,
Baptist, Dec. 1, 1823,
Vol. 1, p. 91).
Later we will note that God HIDES Himself from the WISE: these are the Sophists who work as rhetoricians, singers, instrument players or sorcerers.
A godly elders as the Pastor-Teacher or preacher teaches that which HAS been taught: he gets no personal opinions nor does he engage in Spiritual Formation (witchcraft)
hallucinating that what comes out of his mind has any value
whatsover. Paul outlwas such "doubtful disputations" in Romans 14
and includes everything which does not edify or educate in Romans
15. He defines that as "that which is written" and calls it
"Scripture." You may or may not believe it but Spurgeon couldn't find a
word to define the depravity of one who would teach in a congregation
(college) when he cannot be loyal to those who feed him.
1825 A Restoration of the Ancient Order of Things--by Alexander Campbell
False Teachings by John Mark Hicks
Subsequent participants in the
“Restoration Movement” turned the
“ancient order” into a test of fellowship as the fundamental identity
of the New Testament church, the distinguishing mark between the true
church and apostate churches. That was never Campbell’s intention
and he would have regarded it as a subversion of the gospel
itself–substituting the “ancient order” for the confession of Jesus as
the Messiah as the true test of faith.
There is not a remote hint that Alexander Campbell would "fellowship"
the sects in the pattern of the later day spirit-guided scholars.
There is no hint that Alexander Campbell or most early disciples who
would fellowship in the sense of attending, affirming and thereby
endorsing the sects: especially the instrumental sect.
No. III I have no idea of seeing, nor one wish to see, the sects unite in one
Campbell was discussing unbelievers to participate in a Church of Christ.
This would be dangerous to our liberties and laws.
the Saviour did not pray.
It is only the disciples of Christ dispersed
that reason and benevolence would call out of them.
them unite who love the Lord, and
then we shall soon see the hireling
and their worldly establishments prostrate in the dust.
No. XXI. Besides, where any
number attend there generally are some disciples of Christ not
connected with the church, and who consequently can, and do join in
prayer and praise; and we know no reason why any man should forbid
them. We know it has been said we might as well admit unbelievers to
the Lord's supper as suffer them to stand up along with the church in
prayer or praise.
But by receiving them to break bread, we acknowledge
them to be disciples, members of the body of Christ; whereas their
placing themselves in the same posture with the church, implies no
acknowledgment of them, on our part, as believers.
On the whole, we
think any attempt to prevent the hearers from assuming the same posture
as the church, in any part of their worship, is unscriptural. It gives
a false view of the encouragement given by Jesus to sinners, and while
it has a show of faithfulness, it is calculated to foster a temper
towards those who are without very different from what Christ has
enjoined on his people. We do not know that your sentiments, beloved,
differ from our own on this subject. If they do, we trust you will take
our observations in good part, as we have known much evil result from
the practice to which we have referred
1826 neither Stone nor Campbell taught the Stone-Campbell Sect's view of the trinity.
A Restoration of the Ancient Order of Things--by Alexander Campbell
But we shall go on to specify a sample of those Babylonish terms and
phrases which must be purified from the christian vocabulary, before
the saints can understand the religion they profess, or one another as
fellow disciples. I select these from the approved standards of the
most popular establishments; for from these they have become current
and sacred style. Such are the following: "Trinity. First, second,
and third person in the adorable Trinity: God the Son; and God the Holy
Ghost. Eternal Son. The Son is eternally begotten by the Father;
the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. The
divinity of Jesus Christ; the humanity of Jesus Christ; the incarnation
of Jesus Christ. This he said as man; and that as God. The common
operations, and the special operations of the Spirit of God. Original
sin, and original righteousness. Spiritual death; spiritual life.
Covenant of works, covenant of grace, and covenant of redemption; a
dispensation of the covenant of grace, and administration of the
covenant. Effectual calling. Free will. Free grace. Total depravity.
Eternal justification. Eternal sleep. Elect world. Elect infants.
Light of nature. Natural religion. General and particular atonement.
Legal and evangelical repentance. Moral, ceremonial, and judicial law.
Under the law as a covenant of works, and as a rule of life. Christian
sabbath. Holy sacrament. Administration of the sacrament. Different
kinds of faith and grace. Divine service; the public worship of God,"
These are but a mere sample, and all of one species. It will be said
that men cannot speak of Bible truths without adopting other terms than
those found in the written word. This will be granted, and yet there
will be found no excuse for the above species of unauthorized and
Babylonish phraseology. It is one thing to speak of divine truths in
our own language, and another to adopt a fixed style of expressing
revealed truths to the exclusion of, or in preference to, that fixed by
the Spirit, and sometimes, too, at variance with it. For instance, the
terms Trinity, first and second person of--Eternal Son, and the eternal
procession of the Spirit, are now the fixed style in speaking of God,
his Son Jesus Christ, and of the Spirit, in reference to their
"personal character." Now this is not the style of the oracles of
God. It is all human, and may be as freely criticised as one of the
numbers of the Spectator.
Barton W. Stone Christian Messenger 1826. 1. We shall begin with the
Trinity, and inquire whether
this doctrine is fundamental, or whether the notions formed of it ought
to be terms of communion among Christians. The orthodox notion
of Trinity seems to be this: that there are three persons in the
same one Being, substance, or nature, which Being is God.
thinking it humility to
discard reason from religion, content themselves with believing in three
persons in the one Godhead, without attaching any ideas to the
doctrine, calling it an incomprehensible mystery.
that there are three intelligent persons, or conscious
the one divine essence, or Being, God.
Others reject this as tritheism, and contend that these three,
the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, are three distinctions, or three
modes, or three relations, or three perfections, or
three somewhats, existing in the one God;
which distinctions they do not
profess to understand, but which must be so defined
to exclude the idea of three
or three distinct spirits, or three
However jarring and discordant their notions may be, and whatever ideas
their language may communicate;
Yet it is believed, that none have affirmed or contended, that the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit, are three distinct,
intelligent Spirits; but
all affirm that God is one intelligent Spirit--
none have contended that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three
distinct, intelligent minds, [before Hicks]
but all agree that God is one
infinite, intelligent mind.
Why then this endless controversy about
unintelligible language and notions?
Alexander Campbell Atonement: "A.
B. W. Stone." MH (June 1840): 246-250
In your kind epistle of November 11th, you
asked me for my definition of a Unitarian, and assured me that you
denied the name, though often applied to yourself, and urged me to say
whether I "designed to co-operate with Trinitarians against
Unitarians," &c. I felt it my duty to make the proposition
to in your letter of March 30th. I have done so in the full persuasion
that the contemplated discussion is not only expedient, but necessary,
and that it can be so managed as to disabuse the public mind of
injurious prejudices both against you and myself.
The Holy Spirit and Unity John Mark Hicks Stone-Campbell Dialogue November 2011 The Holy Spirit and Unity John Mark Hicks Stone-Campbell Dialogue November 2011,
You have long
disavowed Unitarianism, and I have also disavowed Trinitarianism
every other sectarianism in the land; and therefore that morbid state
of feeling elicited by these partizan wars about the polemical
abstrusities of metaphysical abstractions, which, in its excessive
irritability, forbids the scriptural investigation of the great points
which have been so often distorted and mangled on the racks and wheels
of party discord and proscription, should have no abiding in our minds,
much less prohibit a scriptural examination of the facts, and precepts,
and promises, on which these unhallowed theories have been
reared. and I most sincerely supplicate the FATHER OF LIGHTS to subdue
our spirits and to imbue them with the holy spirit of the gospel of
* In Faith and Creed, Augustine notes
the passages which connect the Father to the Son consistent with the clear teachings of the Bible. The revised Nicene Creed reads:
Later, however, the second and third waves of the Holy Spirit—as they
are commonly called—renewed an ecumenical life within Pentecostalism as
the life of the Spirit reached across denominational and traditional
boundaries. From the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship to the
Vineyard Movement, the experience of the Spirit has united believers
from various traditions in such a way that their denominational
heritages recede into the background. The Spirit-filled life trumped
those boundaries even though many remained in their traditions.
I have been tasked with reflecting on the role the Holy Spirit in the
unity of the church with a particular focus on what resources exist in
our common tradition for communal reflection on this topic. Is there
anything that might parallel what we find in Pentecostalism’s heritage?
At the origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement are at least two themes
that resonate for many in the Stone-Campbell tradition and create an
ecumenical trajectory. One is clearly more associated with Stone while
the other is strongly present in both.
1. Revivalism. If Cane Ridge is America’s Pentecost,
then the resources
may parallel what happened at the beginning of the
in the birth of Pentecostalism.
1. I Believe in God the Father Almighty. Chs. 2 and 3.
[Acts 2:36a Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly
2. (And) In Jesus Christ, the Son
[Acts 2:36b hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,
both Lord and Christ.]
Only-Begotten of the Father,
Only Son, Our Lord. Ch. 3
[Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power,
according to the spirit OF [preposition] holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead]
3. Who Was Born Through the Holy Spirit of the Virgin
Mary. Ch. 4 (§ 8.)
[Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;]
4. Who Under Pontius Pilate Was Crucified and Buried.
Ch. 5 (§ 11.)
[Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet,
5. On the Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead. Ch. 5
that it is I myself: handle me, and see;
for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me
6. He Ascended into Heaven. Ch. 6 (§ 13.)
[Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted,
and having received of the Father
the promise of the Holy Ghost,
he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.]
Promise is: epagg-elia proffession or summons to attend
a dokimasia tōn rhētorōn
doki^m-a^sia right of a man to speak in the ekklēsia
the rights of manhood, D.44.41, v. l. in 57.62. [rights of priesthood]
“tōn hiereōn” I.
filled with or manifesting divine power, supernatural,
dosis the gift of God,
They saw FIRE and heard WIND (spirit) but not a personal spirit.
he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.]
Ekkheō [the only fit] 2. of words, pour forth, utter, Ar. Th.554; “molpas” E.Supp.773; “pollēn glōssan ekkheas matēn” S.Fr.929, cf. A.Ag.1029 (lyr.).
Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified
are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
Hebrews 2:12 Saying,
I will declare thy name unto my brethren,
in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
humn-eō 2. descant upon, in song or speech
Laudo II. Transf., to adduce, name, quote, cite a person as any thing
7. He Sitteth at the Right Hand of the Father. Ch. 7 (§
Neither Campbell nor the masses of "Christian" church preachers who
defected to Campbell believed that this was anything more than a
deliberately induced mental disturbance.
8. From Thence He Will Come and Judge the Living and the
Dead. Ch. 8 (§ 15.)
* 9. (and I Believe) in the Holy Spirit. Ch. 9 (§ 16-19.)
10. I Believe the Holy Church (Catholic). Ch. 10 (§ 21.)
11. The Forgiveness of Sin. Ch. 10 (§ 23.)
12. The Resurrection of the Body. Ch. 10 (§ 23, 24.)
13. The Life Everlasting. Ch. 10 (§ 24.)]
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus,
who was made a little lower than the
or the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour;
he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things,
and by whom
are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory,
to make the captain
of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth
and they who are sanctified
are all of one:
for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
C.S. Lewis used the term “a great cataract of nonsense” to describe how people use a modern idea to construe Bible theology. Resource
1826 THE REFORMATION IN TENNESSEE. By Isaac N. Jones.
"In about 1826 my father and uncle William Jones moved to McMinn
County and located a wool-carding machine on Spring Creek. Here they
heard of a man, perhaps from Kentucky, preaching a strange doctrine in
a county or two east of McMinn. My father, being the principal carder,
requested Uncle William to go and learn what the new doctrine was. On
his return he showed how the man had used Acts 2:38 to prove that
baptism is for the remission of past sins. The reasoning was so clear,
and in such harmony with what they had tried to teach, viz: "Salvation
of some sort is connected in some way with baptism, or Christ would not
have said (Mark 16:16) 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved,"' that they at once went to preaching it, strange as it sounded
Many were the hard-fought battles necessary to get the
brethren to see the simple teachings of God's word, and to break loose
from the doctrine of abstract operations of the Spirit in converting
the sinner; and to see that shoutings, swoonings, laughing, barking
like dogs, the jerks, etc., etc., were not miraculous influences of the
Spirit, but the wonderful magnetic influences of some men, aided by the
surroundings... [These were the Stonites]
And as he had joined "The
Reformation" seven to ten years before he had ever even heard of A. Campbell, and at least seven years before A. Campbell himself, in
1827 or 1828, became a reformer holding the platform heretofore
mentioned, it is evident that neither I nor those described in Middle
and East Tennessee are entitled to the name Campbellite. In fact, this
movement occurred while Bro. Campbell was yet with the Presbyterians
But it was no holiday job to preach then. Besides going mainly
at his own expense, the preacher suffered losses at home, persecution
both at home and abroad, and was often traduced personally; besides
having to bear the odium attached to the cause itself. "You are
Schismatics"; "You deny the Divinity of Christ"; You deny the
operations of the Holy Ghost"; "You deny heart-felt religion," etc. ,
etc. , were some of the charges hurled at them. But in process of time
A. Campbell took the same ground that brethren of Middle and East
Tennessee had held for some years before they ever heard of him, and
now it is Campbellite, Campbellite, Campbellite! "You are following
Campbell," was hurled at them, although many of them were in the
"Reformation" years before Bro. Campbell joined the movement in 1827 or
8! This reminds me of a great divine who said of John the Baptist, "And
he was a Christian," as though the fore-runner could be a follower.
1831 DISCUSSION OF UNITY
This is the "pre fabled union" in 1831: the denial of any kind of
"union" in the Lunenburg quote was in 1837. Without passing
judgment one way or another, the Reformers saw the Disciples as just
another denomination, and saw Barton W. Stone bent on forming a NEW
INCLUSIVE denomination. Garrison proposed to include ALL OF
CHRISTENDOM. That is why the Disciples have reached a dead end.
Does he mean a formal confederation of all preachers and
people called "Christians," with all those whom he
calls Reformed Baptists? (rather reforming,
than reformed;) or (as he represents them as
prefering for a sectarianwhat shall be the articles of confederation, and in
what form shall they be ministered or adopted?
Shall it be in one general convention of messengers from all the
societies of "christians" and "disciples," or one general assembly of
the whole aggregate of both people? Shall the articles of agreement be
drawn up in writing like the articles of the "General Union" amongst
the different sects of Baptists in Kentucky? purpose the name)
disciples. If so,
Historians should understand the difference between Mythological History and True History.
We discover, or think we discover, a squinting at
some sort of precedency or priority in the claims of the
writer of the above article, which are perhaps only in appearance, and
not in reality; but if in appearance only, he will prevent us or any
reader from concluding unfavorably by explaining himself more in detail
than he has done.
He says, "The reformed Baptists have received the
doctrine taught by us many years ago." "For nearly thirty
years ago we taught," &c. &c. From what
source or principle these sayings proceeded, we do not pronounce
sentence; but if they are mere words of course, and he intended to
plead nothing from them, we would suggest the propriety of qualifying
them in such a way as to prevent mistake.
I am, as at present advised, far from thinking
that the present advocates of reformation are only pleading, or at all
pleading, for what was plead in Kentucky thirty years ago, after the
dissolution of the Springfield Presbytery. If such be the conceptions
of brother Stone, I am greatly mistaken. That he, with others, did at
that time oppose authoritative creeds, and some articles in them as
terms of communion, and some other abuses, we are not uninformed; but
so did some others who set out with him.
Our eagle-eyed opponents plainly see the difference between
the radical and differential attributes of this reformation, which they
ignorantly call a deformation, and any other cause, however unpopular,
plead in the land.
"The Christians" in some places, nay, in many places, are
quite respectable in the eyes of those who contemn
"the disciples" as unfit for good
society. And I think the amiable editor of the
Christian Messenger himself told me last winter,
that even he and some
of his brethren were considered by the orthodox as degrading
themselves because they associated with us most "unworthy
Indeed, it was no mean proof of his christian spirit to
see him so condescending to persons of such low degree in the
estimation of the noble christians of the land. His willingness to
fraternize with us in despite of the odium theologicum
attached to our ancient gospel, I must ever regard as an additional
proof of his unfeigned regard to the authority of Jesus as Lord, and
his love to all them who esteem the reproach of the Messiah greater
riches than all the treasures of Egypt.
Among the Greeks it was widely taught that rhetoricians, poets and
music must not be permitted to write about true history. It was ok to
lie about history when entertaining (only) but never in the schools or
called assemblies (ekklesia).
THE 1832 UNITY MEETING J.F.BURNETT Stone and the Disciples of Christ (Reformers then)
Any additions would, as definitons demand, mark the imposers as heretics or sectarians.
Morrill, in "History of the Christian
Denomination," says: 
"The 'union' itself was consummated
on New Year's day, 1832, in Hill Street
Christian Church, at Lexington,
Kentucky, where representatives of both parties pledged themselves
'to one another before God, to abandon
all speculation, especially on the
and kindred subjects, and to be content with the plain declaration of
Scripture on those subjects on which there had been so much worse
than useless controversy.'
The plain meaning is that they found common
ground to occupy, threw away their divisive teachings and opinions,
and acted as one. The men who at Lexington pledged themselves there
and then gave one another the hand of fellowship,
speaking for themselves, and the
they came from,
but not for all the churches or the denominations in Kentucky or the
There was no voting, and no attempt at formal union, but merely a 'flowing together' of those like-minded.
In token of that union Elder John Smith, of the Disciples of Christ,
and Elder John Rogers, of the Christians, 'were appointed evangelists
by the churches' to promote that simple unsectarian Christian work,
which was adhered to by thousands; and Stone took Elder J. T.
Johnson, a Disciple, as co-editor of The
"This 'union' did not change the status of any
name or church or minister or piece of property.
At a later time Campbell made some public
invidious remarks about the Christians, and it began to be claimed that
they had joined or united with the Disciples. John  Rogers says on this point:
'No one ever thought (at the first)
that the Reformers, so-called, had come over to us, or that we had
gone over to them; that they were required to relinquish their
opinions, or we ours.
We found ourselves contending for the same
great principles, and we resolved to unite our energies to harmonize
the church and save the world. Such are the simple facts in the
The Christian Messenger (1832) says:
"It is common for the Christians to
say, the Reformers have joined us--and no less common is it for the
Reformers to say, the Christians have joined us.
One will say, the Christians have
given up all their former opinions of many doctrines, and have
received ours; another will say, the Reformers have relinquished
their views on many points, and embraced ours.
These things are doing mischief to the
cause of Christian union, and well calculated to excite jealousy, and
to give offense. They can do no good--in fact they are not true.
We have met together on the Bible, being drawn together there by the
cords of truth--we agreed to walk together according to this rule,
and to be united by the spirit of truth.
Neither the Christians nor Reformers professed
to give up any sentiments or opinions previous to our union, nor were
any required to be given up in order to effect it. We all determined
to learn of Jesus, and to speak and do whatsoever He says to us in His
Word. We all profess to be  called
Christians, being the followers and disciples of Jesus."
The Campbells and most people at that time defined church as a Society for study of the Word:
- Church as defined by Christ in the wilderness and as Ekklesia or Synagogue was A School of Christ.
was reading and musing the Word as is clearly defined by Paul, Peter
and the pre-Constantine periood were singing as an ACT was imposed in c
373 and split the west church from the east.
1837 Jenning, Walter W., Origin and Early History of the
Disciples of Christ, p. 196, Standard
Although union was not so easily brought about elsewhere as in
Kentucky, thousands of ''Christians" did join the Reformers. After
referring to the union effected by Stone in Jacksonville, M. T.
Morrill, the leading historian of the Christian Connection, made the
"Then followed a wave of ' Campbellism ' that swept the Christians
off their feet, and aggregated about eight thousand accessions to the
Disciples. No Christian churches long survived in Tennessee, their
cause was ruined in Kentucky and never has regained its former strength
or prestige. Of the Southern Ohio Christians a majority of the
preachers embraced Campbeism prior to 1837, and only about one thousand
church members remained. A man named C. A. Eastman, traveling through
Indiana about 1846, reported that, 'In many places they [the
Christians] have amalgamated with the Disciples, and are known only as
the same people.' Several years later it was reported that on Stone's
account conferences of the Christians had been dissolved and churches disbanded, and the people had become amalgamated with the Disciples."
1833 to 1841 and beyond Stoneites denied the Atonement
Barton W. Stone dened the Atonement and Campbell debated him from 1833 onward: why would there be UNITY between such important "fundamentals>? The Millennial Harbinger 1840-41 the debate still raged.
So be it, say I.
And what have I said, more than this? I have only said, in the
conclusion of my letter, "that, believing as I do, that it was
not possible, that any one of our race could be saved without the
sacrifice of the Lamb of God, I must hold every attempt to explain it
away into a mere moral example, or display of love without regard to
justice, as tending to subvert the basis of the divine government, and
to rob the gospel of all that glorifies the wisdom and power, the
justice and mercy of God in putting away sin, and in saving the
sinner." It is not, then, the degree of importance that my opinion
attaches to the death of Christ, either as it respects the glory of
God, or the salvation of man, in which we differ; but about the express
scriptural reasons of its vast importance. And here, dear brother,
permit me to express, in my turn, my sincere regret, that having lifted
up your voice for a pure scriptural reformation, predicated upon the
Bible alone, you should ever have been led off that divine platform
into the arena of sectarian controversies. MH.NumberVII.VIv.Aug.1833
1837 REPUDIATING THE DISCIPLES / CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
It is reasonable to say that all of the so-called
Stone-Campbell Movement are liars about this issue: especially about
the lady from Lunenburg to write the editor of the Harbinger
is in an article entitled "Letters to England-No. 1," which was
published in the June, 1837. We use the word liars because people
pick what they want to write their own history and the goal most often
is to driven non-instrumental churches into a guilt complex for NOT
beginning to do what they had NEVER done.
They have never read the Lunenburg correspondence. To Campbell
a "c"hristian was one who lived according to Christian principles. We
speak of a "c"hristian nation. However, a "C"hristian is ONLY one who
has obeyed the gospel.
I. With all despatch, then, I hasten to show that I have neither
conceded nor surrendered any thing for which I ever contended; but that
on the contrary, the opinion now expressed, whether true or false, is
one that I have always avowed.
(Footnote in original reads: It is with us as old as baptism for the remission of sins,
and this is at least as old as the "Christian Baptist." Read the first two numbers of that work.)
1. Let me ask, in the first place, what could mean all that we have written upon the union of Christians on apostolic grounds,
had we taught that all Christians in the world
were already united in our own community?
2. And in the second place, why should we so often have quoted
and applied to apostate Christendom what the Spirit saith to saints in
Babylon--"Come out of her, my people, that you partake not of her sins,
and that you receive not of her plagues"--
had we imagined that the Lord had no people beyond the pale of our communion!
3. But let him that yet doubts, read the following passages from the Christian Baptist, April, 1825:--
"I have no idea of seeing, nor wish to see, the sects unite in one grand army.
This would be dangerous to our liberties and laws. For this the Saviour did not pray.
It is only the disciples dispersed among them
that reason and benevolence would call out of them,
&c. This looks very like our present opinion of Christians
among the sects!!!
2d ed. Bethany, p. 85.
4. Again, speaking of purity of speech in order to the union of Christians, we say,
"None of you [Christians] have ever yet attempted to show
how Christians can be united on your principles.
You have often showed how they may be divided, and how each party may hold its own,
but while you pray for the visible unity of the Disciples,
and advocate their visible disunity, we cannot understand you."
March, 1837, vol. 4.
1839 IT appears from the
"Union Herald" of the 9th instant, that the
Christian Union Convention, out of the proceedings of which we made
large extracts in the two preceding numbers of the Harbinger, held
its second meeting, according to the appointment of its standing
committee, at Cazenovia, on the 30th of January; at which time and
place, the Business Committee reported the following resolutions:-
MILLENNIAL HARBINGER, VOLUME III.-----NUMBER III. BETHANY, VA.
THE "PATTERN" FOR UNITY AGREED WITH THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS AND MANY NETWTESTAMENT EXAMPLES;:
In 1839, from the "old brother, came an article
on "The Divine Order for Evangelizing the
World, and for Teaching the Evangelized How to
Conduct Themselves." He started with the Great
Commission in Matthew, and urged the necessity
of teaching and preaching.
Thomas Campbell defined union thusly: [The Millennial Harbinger (March 1839): 134-144.]
He proposed for the Lord's Day a
meeting of four hours, beginning at ten o'clock
and a half-hour intermission between each two hours.
An order of service is really suggested
which provides at the close for assignments of
study for the week and "a contribution of
something to the common stock for religious purposes,
as God has prospered him.
"Let the church then
take up its Book and read and study it. The
proper character of the church is the school of 
Christ, disciples, Christians. . . .
It must not shame
its Master by its stupid, wilful, shameful ignorance
of his Book."
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [Jesus Christ]
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever
I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
SO THAT PATTERN WILL NOT CHANGE
Jesus followed the pattern as our example.
Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:
and, as his custom was,
he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day,
and stood up for to read.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city
them that preach him,
being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
1Timothy 4:11 These things command and teach.
1Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers,
in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee,
which was given thee by prophecy, [teaching]
with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
1Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; [speaking and meditating IN THE HEART]
give thyself wholly to them;
that thy profiting may appear to all.
1Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself,
and unto the doctrine; continue in them:
for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself,
and them that hear thee
Thomas Campbell: "Some thirty years ago, when
we addressed a portion of our fellow Christians in
western Pennsylvania upon this all-important subject, we
met with universal opposition from the
leaders of the people and were considered as the
disturbers of religious society; but now, blessed be
God, it is not only our privilege to bear of some
hundreds of thousands in the United States and
elsewhere that have been awakened, by means of
our humble commencement, to advocate this blessed
cause, upon pure scriptural principles of primitive,
apostolic Christianity; but that also now, at length,
there is a voluntary movement in different parts of
the camp, beyond the bounds of our co-operative
agency in favor of this blessed cause, the cause of
union in truth amongst all the friends of truth and
peace throughout all the churches, for this was the
sacred design and motto of our commencement."
"Second, as to the propositions adopted by the
convention, they, appear too indefinite, and, of
course, have a tendency to produce difficulties,
5. That with respect to the commands and ordinances of our Lord
Jesus Christ,That, of course, appears throughout the Church
historians and is common decency since Restoration meant removing
anything not required to be A School of Christ. Neither Campbell would
have "unioned" with any group which ignored the purpose of the assembly
and who IMPOSED something in order to SUPPLY the
supposed deficiency. That has nothing to do with the "law of silence"
or "traditions" or decisions of church councils which are owned by what
became the Disciples-Christian churches.
where the scriptures are silent as to the express
or manner of performance, if any such there be;
no human authority
has power to interfere, in order to supply the supposed
by making laws for the church;
nor can any thing more be required of
Christians in such cases, but only that they so observe these
commands and ordinances, as will evidently answer the declared and
obvious end of their institution.
Much less has any human authority
power to impose new commands or ordinances upon the church,
Lord Jesus Christ has not enjoined.
Nothing ought to be received into
the faith or worship of the church, or be made a term of communion
amongst Christians, that is not as old as the New Testament.
"13. Lastly, that if any circumstantials
to the observance of divine ordinances
be not found upon the page
such, and such only as are absolutely necessary
for this purpose,
should be adopted, under the title of human
without any pretence to a more sacred origin--so that any
subsequent alteration or difference
in the observance of these things
might produce no contention nor division in the church."
THE MILLERITE CONNECTION: The Society was to make it POSSIBLE for Jesus to return!
William J. Nottingham Global Ministries.
"My point here is that the first
was the product of a long and intense process which generated
considerable soul-searching. There were shared biblical principles and
at the same time fundamental differences in theological opinion.
concerning congregational ecclesiology,
commonality in mission with other Christians,
and also perhaps communion of the Holy Spirit.
This tension would eventuate in separate bodies and institutions
of the 20th and 21st centuries. [Disciples and NACC] A full
appreciation is probably hidden from us in the distance from
ante-bellum times. But the nature of the Bible's authority,
the relatively new idea of the autonomy of
the local congregation,
and the centrality of millennialist eschatology
for these men and women,
men doing most of the writing which is left to us, seem to me to be
mysteries that can only be observed from different angles and rarely
entered into existentially by later generations like our own.
This is evidenced in the decisions concerning missionaries growing
out of this fervor leading up to the Cincinnati convention:
Dr. and Mrs. James T. Barclay were the first. It was in their parlor in
Washington, D.C., 1843, that the congregation had been organized which
became the Vermont Avenue Church and in 1930 the National City
They went to Jerusalem, not because of Acts 1:8 "beginning with
Jerusalem" as a popular Disciples legend has it, but
because it was taken for granted by Alexander Campbell and his
followers that the Jews were to be converted before the return of
RICHARD HUGES MAKES THIS FALSE ASSUMPTION
That was a false assumption: the Millenial Harbinger's major thrust was
not to SUPPORT Millerism but to defeat it.
Campbell denies that Jesus will return to Canaan. Because the
of Christ did not believe in William E. Miller [Ellen G. White].
will notice that it was the Disciples who were tilted by Miller.
title of Campbell's journal proclaimed clearly the eschatology of the
pre-Civil War spirituality, so neglected in our denominational memory
by scholars and theologians since then.
Notice that Campbell spoke of THE PROTESTANT THEORY:
not his because he speaks where the Bible speaks and insists on a NEW
HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH and that you could not convert people after the
literal earth was burned up.
In the Millennial Harbinger of
we read in what is called The Protestant Theory:
Millennium, so far as the triumphs of Christianity is concerned, will
be a state of greatly enlarged and continuous prosperity, in which the
Lord will be exalted and his divine spirit enjoyed in an unprecedented
measure. All the conditions of society will be vastly improved; wars
shall cease, and peace and good will among men will generally abound.
The Jews will be converted, and the fullness of the Gentiles will be
brought into the kingdom of the Messiah."
THIS WAS NOT CAMPBELL'S VIEW AND THEREFORE THE FOSTER VIEWS HAVE NO FOUNDATION.
The founding of the American Christian Missionary Society cannot be
separated from the millennialist eschatology of the period
See Alexander Campbell on the Second Coming to prove that you never believe "the doctors of the Law." This takes careful reading to grasp that Campbell REPUDIATES any speculation.
The Disciples followed the Millerites: not Campbell.
nor from the pragmatism which
required a foreign dimension to keep pace with other denominations
or to outgrow them!
D.S. Burnet's book The Jerusalem Mission and Dr. Barclay's book The
City of the Great King make this clear, along with speeches and
articles by various leaders like Isaac Errett. Barclay wrote in a
journal The Christian Age:
to make the first offer of salvation to Israel.
for the salvation of the Jews...
for upon the conversion and resumption of Israel
The Restoration Movement History: John T. Brown in his history of
"Churches of Christ," p. 153, says:
"David S. Burnet was the father
of organized cooperative work among the disciples of Christ. He crystallized the
sentiment for cooperation. He was the leader of leaders, who, more than any
other man, advocated the adoption of the plan of cooperation, which has grown to
its present power and usefulness among our people. Afterward, in looking over
his life-work, he said: "I consider the inauguration of the society system,
which I vowed to urge upon the brethren if God raised me up from my protracted
illness of 1845, was one of the most important acts of my career." He was indeed
the leader of the leaders in the work of organization and formation of the
American Christian Missionary Society.
So, according to David S.
Burnet, "the father of organized, cooperative work among the disciples of
Christ," the resolution to urge the society on the Brethren originated in the
sickroom in 1845, in the mind of David S. Burnet, but was not put into execution
until four years later, 1849.
While there was never a "union" in 1832 at least many
groups including the Reformed Baptists could have fraternal
relationships because at yet no one had been so daring as to introduce
1849, the first major departure was made. David
S. Burnet was the father of the Missionary Society;
it was organized in 1849.
David S. Burnet was a convert from the Baptist Church
and he brought the idea of the Missionary Society with him from the
Baptist Church. "He was brought up as a Presbyterian but at sixteen
years of age, after careful study of the New Testament, was baptized
into the Baptist Church." ("The Story of the Churches." by Errett
Gates, p. 190.) He said, "I was born into the
missionary spirit, and
did not relinquish it when I associated myself with my present
brethren." (Christian Magazine, Vol. 3, p. 173.
Notice Nottingham's reason why these groups were never
"unioned" because you cannot "union" congregational churches. This also
shows that Foster twisted the "apocylptic" claim for Alexander
Campbell. That is because he did not care enough to read the original
documents. Historians daisy chain and quoting A BOOK is never
scholarship. Of course they are all defined by John as ANTICHRIST by
their neo-trinity dogma.
Church "scholars" are really a laughing stock and they write
only for other "scholars" totally missing Jesus who said that "doctors
of the law take away the key to knowledge."
I don't write history: I post the actual documents the
RECONSTRUCTIONISTS lie about seing godliness as a means of financial
gain--occupation. Don't be a cultist: never trust anyone who quotes
Mark 1.1 and does not post the text in context.
religious groups rejected musical instruments because of the persona of
musicians and the fact that a disciple fully understands that
instruments always mark those who refuse to hear the Words of God.
John Calvin on Instruments clearly understood and observed by presbyterians.
object, that music is very useful for awakening the minds of men and
moving their hearts? I own it;
always take care that no corruption creep in, which might both defile
the pure worship
of God and involve men
in superstition. Moreover, since the
expressly warns us of this danger by the mouth of Paul,
proceed beyond what we are there warranted by him is not only, I must
say, unadvised zeal, but
wicked and perverse
Calvin notes that: "We
know that our Lord Jesus Christ has appeared, and by His advent has abolished these legal
therefore maintain, was only tolerated on account of the times and
the people, because
they were as boys,
as the sacred Scripture speaketh, whose condition required these puerile rudiments.
in gospel times
we must not have recourse to these unless we wish to destroy the
evangelical perfection and to obscure the meridian light which we
enjoy in Christ our Lord." (Calvin's Commentary on the Thirty-third
Psalm, and on 1 Sam. 18:1-9).
"Unto the pure all things
but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but
even their mind and conscience is defiled" (Tit. 1: 15.)
For why is a
upon the rich who have received their consolation? (Luke 6: 24,) who
are full, who
laugh now, who
"lie upon beds of ivory and stretch themselves
upon their couches;" "join house to house," and "lay field to field;"
"and the harp
and the viol,
are in their
feasts," (Amos 6: 6; Isa. 5: 8, 10.)
Certainly ivory and
gold, and riches, are the
good creatures of God, permitted, nay destined, by divine providence
for the use of man; nor was it ever forbidden to laugh, or to be full,
to add new
and hereditary possessions, or to be
delighted with music,
or to drink wine.
This is true, but when
the means are
supplied to roll
and wallow in luxury, to intoxicate
the mind and
soul with present and be always
after new pleasures,
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543) Calvin wrote
if we would not throw everything into
we must never lose sight of the distinction
between the old and the
dispensations, and of the
fact that ceremonies, the
observance of which was useful under the law,
are now not only
superfluous, but vicious and absurd.
in regard to the former, it
is plain that
are destitute of authority from the
as well as of any approved
example of such
while, as to the latter,
none can invoke
save those who
have been taught by his
word to pray. On this
depends the confidence with which it becomes pious minds to be
actuated and imbued when they engage in prayer.
The instruments were tolerated because God had already turned them
over to worship the starry host and sentenced them back to captivity
WEST: "Apostasy in music among 19th century
churches that had endeavored to
restore New Testament authority in worship and work
in the main, following the American Civil War'
Ben Franklin guessed that there were ten thousand
and not over fifty had used an instrument
in worship." (Earl West,
Search for the Ancient Order, Vol. 2, pp. 80, 81)
American Civil War
supporters of the
new look in styles
of work and worship, had been predicting
for years the early demise of
the Advocate. It was unthinkable, as
these men viewed the problem,
in the South
would not want to keep
up with the times.
Lipscomb's simple ways might
have been condoned in the hills
of Franklin County before
times were passing
him by. It was only a
question of time until the Advocate would fold up, and when it did,
as these men gleefully
envisioned, it would be
a happy day." (Earl West, Life and Times of David Lipscomb, p.
the end of Alexander
Campbell's life the missionary society had grasped rights to
Campbell's song book. Campbell believed that he was putting the
ownership into the hands of a committee of brethren.
influenced Campbell to sign over (extorted?) his copyright, had
argued that it
unity of the church to have unity of worship,
and the latter could not be
used one hymn book--Campbell's.
Standard and the
vigorously the publication of any other hymn book. Lipscomb by
selling a hymn book printed in Canada had been visited by some of the
ire of these men." (West,
1859 Restoration Movement Boles: A second departure was the
introduction of instrumental music in the worship. This began about 1859. It was
not introduced because it was found in the New Testament; neither were those who
introduced it in the worship guided by the New Testament. But few have been bold
enough to attempt to prove that the New Testament authorizes the use of
instrumental music in worship. Many have claimed on other grounds that they have
a right to use instrumental music in worship, but the point made here is that no
one, guided by the New Testament, introduced the organ into the worship. Errett
Gates, in his history referred to above, p. 250, says: "The organ controversy
was the missionary controversy in a new form, for both grew out of the
opposition to human innovations in the work and worship of the church ... The
organ party treated it as a question of expediency on which there should be
forbearance and liberty. The antiparty treated it as a matter of principle."
The arguments now used to justify the use of instrumental music in worship are
"after-thoughts" and were not used when the instrument or organ was first
imposed on the brotherhood.
1860 The Organ: The Christian Repository. Hickman Creek
To accuse non-instrumental churches for being sectarians ignores the
recorded history of contemporaneous battles among ALL religious groups.
They were men of sincere piety and fervent
zeal, but governed in manners and in preaching by laws of their own.
Unlike the gowned clergy of our day these primitive preachers of the
wilderness were accustomed, on a hot summer's day, to take off their
coats and preach in the shirt sleeves a very convenient habit for
those who toiled coatless all the week. Unlike the drilled theatrical
disclaimers of the modern pulpit, who read their sermons, these
earnest, unsophisticated heralds of the gospel, with no teacher of
elocution but the promptings of their own pathetic voices, sung their sermons. Like their illustrious ancestor with the leathern girdle, their voice was heard "crying in the wilderness."
Vulgar and ludicrous as the habit may seem to the eyes of learned criticism, this sing song
preaching had its attractions. Congregations would set [sic] from three
to five hours, on backless benches, and listen to sermon after sermon
sung off in this way, without complaining. But the congregation of this
refined age, who sit on cushioned seats, with cushioned backs, and
cushioned foot-stools, and listen to sermons enriched by the best
creations of intellect and genius, set off with all the improved arts of
voice and gesture, and all the witchery of rhetoric, complain
dreadfully if they are kept more than forty-five minutes. There must be a
difference somewhere, either in the essence and manner of preaching, or
in the taste and instincts of the hearers. After all it is a question
whether singing the gospel is not as apostolic and efficient as reading it; whether the one did not make as many converts in that day, as the other makes in this age.
It was at this meeting-house, and under this preaching, when a
small boy, I got my first ideas of divine worship, and of Jesus Christ
as a Saviour for sinners. And this fact may account for some notions
that cling to me at the present time. The first pastor I remember to
have met and heard at Hickman Creek was a tall, gray-headed gentleman by
the name of Durham. It was under the ministry of this aged servant of
God I first witnessed the exhibition of instrumental church music. It
was very simple and primitive in its order. The instrument was not an
organ, nor melodeon, nor violin, nor flute, nor drum, nor horn. It was a
cheap and portable concern, that the pastor carried in his pocket,
which at the proper tune he played himself, thereby saving the expense
of a salaried performer.
When the hymn was announced Father Durham drew from his pocket a lady's tucking comb,
to one side of which a piece of brown paper had been adjusted. While
the congregation struck the air of the tune, he sung the same notes
through the comb, which being reflected by the paper, and broken into
diverging and crossing volumes by the intervening teeth, produced a
monstrous jingle of sounds, that supplied the place of bass, treble,
alto, and all the imaginary notes. Whether scientific or not, the
primitive church instrument sent out a novel clatter of sounds, which to
my uneducated ear seemed wonderfully melodious.
Little did I dream at that time of living to be a grown-up man; of
being transported from those native hills and dropped down among cities;
to tread the threshold of majestic Gothic temples, and see the tucking comb
transferred from the preacher's pocket to a spacious room in the
gallery, and expanded into the beauty and grandeur of the church organ,
with its thundering sounds.
I will not undertake to give an opinion as to the comparative
merits of the various instruments of church music. Let those who believe
in instruments do this, if they choose. After some years of experience I
decidedly prefer congregational singing to all the instruments in the
world. Some might attribute this to erroneous education, or the lack of
education. Be this as it may, I would rather listen, especially on the
Sabbath, to some forty or fifty clear toned human voices
1866 Moses Lard Lard's Quarterly [Volume III: April, 1866]
Until after the UNcivil war the concensus of all of the people who
flowed into either the Christian Churches or Reformers, no one believed
in nor would tolerate the use of instruments in what Christ and the
Campbells called A School of Christ. Alexander Campbell was quite happy
as a Reformed Baptists because they did not divide over instruments
until around the turn of the decade. However, it was the Baptists
who proposed to excommunicate Campbell because he taught that "baptism
for the remission of sins" meant "baptism for the remission of sins..
While there was never any organic "union" it was possible for people of
most groups to join with others in what they called "worship."
Unity of heart and soul was created by Jesus Christ before a clergy
system usurped the role of elders and deacons as the Pastor-Teachers of
the flock pledged to teach that which had been taught.
But the Church of Christ in halves, or a divided body of Christ,
is impossible. The moment the church is so divided
the one part becomes an apostasy,
Suppose the division to have its origin in some doctrinal
question. In what light, then, should it be viewed, and how disposed
of? Of course, in that case the first question raised would be:
the other remains the church.
Is the doctrine clearly taught in the word of God. If
clearly taught in the word of God,
But suppose the doctrine not to be clearly taught, or
suppose it to admit of a reasonable doubt whether it is taught
or not, how, then, should we proceed?
the case admits of a very simple solution.
The party rejecting the doctrine would stand, on that
ground, and for that reason alone, condemned;
while the party accepting, would have to be held as no
party, but as the church.
In that case the difference should be regarded as a
difference of opinion, and hence should be made no test of
soundness in the faith, or of fellowship.
Here, if brethren were possessed of even the most
ordinary share of love, the difference would either
permanently rest or permanently end.
But if one of the differing parties should
persist in an effort to force its opinion on the
or should dogmatically require subscription thereto,
or should make it any such test as has just been named,
then such party would have to be regarded as having
become heretical, and would have to be repudiated.
The other party would have to be held as the church.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1877
"Well, the churches
generally are going into it, and it is 'a foregone conclusion that
they will have and use the organ,' and it is useless to stand against
No "the churches
generally" are not gone into it, nor are they
going that way.
We do not know the
number of churches in the United
but doubt not that six thousand would be a low enough
many of them
use the organ in worship? We do not know this with certainty, but
probably not more than from 
hundred and fifty to
two hundred, and
certainly not five hundred. 
organ party is yet small,
and would amount to but little, had it not found way into
places of note
and prominence. There are still whole
States that have not an organ
in the Church.
think there is
not one in use in Canada,
not one in Virginia, Tennessee, nor Texas,
that we have heard of; scarcely any in Kentucky, West
Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas,
Nebraska, and many other States.
The organ is
still the exception, not the rule; and the party is small.
body are true to the great principles of reformation--to the divine
purpose of returning to and maintaining, the
original practice in all
note that like
David Lipscomb, E. G. Sewell worked for the Gospel Advocate to earn a living
preached for the Woodland Street Church in
Nashville. He received little for his preaching. A new building was
constructed in 1880 and Sewell was asked to preach there longer and
devote more time.
As well funded by the Standard
the North, where the Society
system was deeply imbedded in the
churches, people moved into Nashville and many filled the Woodland
Street church. By the end of 1882, a woman
from Kentucky asked Sewell about forming an auxiliary society to the Christian Woman's Board
of Missions. Sewel objected, and gave his reasons.
always, when a group in
a congregation wants something, and the preacher stands in their way,
there is only one thing to do: dismiss
the preacher. Sewell was ousted and at the beginning of 1883, W. J.
Loos, son of
C. L. Loos, president of the Foreign Society, was hired. In the fall
of that year young Loos
attended the annual convention at Cincinatti, telling them with some
embarassment that he was
ashamed to admit he was
from Tennessee for the churches of his state were doing
Sewell refuted the false charges about Tennessee churches. Loos was check-mated and was replaced
later by R. M.
Giddens who "fanned the
flames of Societyism."
women were soon busily at
work to form an auxiliary
society. Sewell's pleas to Giddens went unheeded. During the
wrote letters to the churches of the state
asking funds be sent to
could hire a
Evangelist. Before long, plans
secure the services of A.
had agreed to publish
information in the Advocate after being assured that evangelism was
the goal. However, Giddens failed to get the work under the Woodland
Street elders. J. C. McQuiddy who had helped raise the money and
Sewell who was an
consulted about Myhr.
made his goals clear about promoting
and Instrumental music
even though it would divide the
Lipscome believed, was to
"ostracize, boycott, and
starve every preacher that does not APPROVE the
1889 TWISTING SAND CREEK
nothing about Daniel Sommer's claimed bad attitude which can divert
the facts abot imposing instruments as the "laded burden" straw which
broke the backs of people who had been lulled into the Cult of Unity.
The only lovely and honorable "evangelist" who understood the CENI of
the Great Commission was labeled a Sommerite. But, then so was Carl
Ketcherside and Leroy Garret in attitude: we might say that the
Stone-Campbell Movement derived from Daniel Sommer
was never any organizational union between the Church of Christ and the
Disciples (Christian Churches). However, at one time there would
have been nothing in the public assembly which would offend the Bible
knowledge and sensibilities of most people. If and when it is
apparent that one group in "fellowship" is purpose driven to
"infiltrate and divert" your congregation, and when that attacking
church is organized and financed, the honorable thing to do is to try
to cut off contact with that group. Several "unity lovers" have
discovered since the origin of the Stone-Campbell Movement that they
will not, have not hesitated to twist all recorded history of the
"instrument cult" to take you captive.
Rick Atchley: The era of the progressive Church of Christ is over.
in the 80’s you could go to any major city, especially in the South,
and you could find a progressive Church of Christ — and if they would
preach grace, and if they would put words on a screen, and if they
would let divorced people place membership, they would grow.
generation of Boomers has enough denominational loyalty that they’re
going to find the least legalistic
Well, we discipled the
children of those progressive churches
for a whole generation to grow
past us Boomers.
They never heard the sermons we heard.
heard the rationale for a cappella music.
We sent them to youth
rallies and Church of Christ events
with some of the finest Christian
bands in the world.
We discipled our children to leave our Movement!
The church at
Sand Creek was without any of the innovations. When a group
attempted to impose instrumental music there was objection. To
their credit they left rather than steal the property. A Supreme
Court decision declared that the property belonged to the
non-instrumental group which had founded the congregation
not let minimal ethics stop them when they use the law and lying to
take over a church as a defacto Christian Church. People of the
Stone-Campbell Cult love to point to Sand Creek to denounce them for
refusing to be TAKEN CAPTIVE. People who use virtual violence
against Daniel Sommer over the instrument issue are the same ones who
get violent when Churches of Christ will not submit to what Scripture
and recorded history calls sin: "making the Lamb dumb before the
the few dupes of the NACC claim about "everone wants instruments" the
lust usually begins with one misleader. As confessed, they "cut out" a
small herd and instill the idea into their heads. Rick Atckley took
over a decade of being "intentional" as they say before a spirit told
him that it was time to preach that sermon enforced by David Faust and
Dainel Sommer Addresses Sand Creek.
About 20 decided to force instrumental music and 100Christian Church and filed a lawsuit to take
over the new brick church house. opposed. The 20
discorders took the name The Illinois Supreme court decided that
the group founded by the principles of Alexander Campbell and existing
since 1834 owned the propert. In his very godly address Daniel Sommer concludes:
"When they determined to have their
devices if they had only left the
established congregations in peace and
had gone out into new fields and built up churches, they would have acted with some honor.
But instead of so doing they have thrust their
devices upon congregations established upon primitive simplicity, and
thus have become usurpers of other men's
labors. We were once a happy and a
peaceful and a prosperous people and for peace we pled.
We entreated them for God's sake and for the
love of heaven not to thrust their
devices upon us, but they would not
hearken. WHAT THEN MUST BE DONE? In the language of the Apostle Peter
I answer: "THE TIME IS COME THAT JUDGEMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF
It is not an honorable thing to denounce Churches
of Christ as sectarian by attempting to force them to approve of that
which has divided since singing as an ACT was first introduced in the
The Britannica Notes that: Or Click
introduction of musical
instruments (reed organs) into Christian worship led to
local disputes. Other innovations added
occasion for controversy--the infringement of the "one-man
pastoral system" on the local ministry
elders, introduction of selected
choirs, use of the title Reverend, and lesser
In 1889 several
Illinois issued the
withdrawing fellowship from those practicing "innovations and
etal loves to use the "rural" word to describe how churches of Christ
had such an appeal in Tenneessee. However, it was the Bible
Reading Moms who forced the Stoneites to preach baptism in North
Alabama where the appeal to raw emotion (called sorcery or witchcraft)
failed to produce the falling down mad conversions.
R. L. Dabney Presbyterian
It has always been common among the advocates
of this Popish mode of worship,
- to meet the objections of simple minded Protestants to the organ,
- with the retort that their scruples were
the relics of fanatical prejudice,
- and rustic ignorance.
It is not strange that men, such as the
advocates of the organ in Presbyterian churches in America, should
bring such a charge against such men; many of them educated
amidst the richest specimens of the fine arts
in the old world, their youth
the spirit of a gorgeous and poetic age?
He found it
significant that, on the whole, only women and effeminate men fell
into this folly."
to Philo, the gods
of the pagans exploit this weakness of men. For the sake of a better
effect, and with the
intention of more easily cheating their devotes, that they have set
their lies to
melodies, rhythms and meters.." (Father Johannes Quasten, p. 52)
to the instrumental group who got in debt and needed entertainment to
dig them out, Alexander Campbell derived his views of a professional
clergy from John Calvin.
any other man who gets in debt and fails to pay, soon becomes
demoralized, and indifferent about paying--becomes, indeed,
have never been willing,
when not actively engaged in preaching to sit
around on our professional dignity, but have labored at whatever
work presented itself to make
a living." (West, p. 167)
THE RISE OF CORRUPTERS OF THE WORD SELLING LEARNING AT RETAIL.
denying support for Evangelists Campbell warned about the mercinary
clergy, the dominant pastor was and is divisive and the only way that
the NACC has helped any churches of Christ impose instruments.
"The pastor is not
a necessity. He is a FUNGUS
upon the church,
the body of Christians, DWARFING its
development of its members; and until the church GETS RID of him it
will NEVER prosper as it should. In the Bible we can find all the
"I can testify from my own
observation that a good eldership will lose its efficiency, and its
members become both UNABLE and UNWILLING to do the work of elders, in
a very few years after the employment of a pastor. And if under the
pastor system a good eldership has ever developed, I have never seen
or heard of the case. I don't believe that has or ever will be done."
--James A. Harding,
Gospel Advocate, May 20, 1885
for pay? "Give money to make poor pious
youths learned clergy, or
vain pretenders to
erudition; and they pray
that they may preach to you; yes, and pay them too.
Wonder why the Stone-Campbell Sectarians never use that?
ever such a craft as priestcraft? No, it is the craftiest of all crafts.
It is so crafty that it obtains by its craft the means to make
craftsmen, and then it makes the deluded support them!" (Campbell, Alexander,
Baptist, Dec. 1, 1823,
Vol. 1, p. 91).
John Calvin on the need for a Restoration Movement excluding
who lord it over the
people will soon begin to destroy Them. The word Balaam means 'the
destroyer of the people.' If we turn back to the history of this
strange figure as recorded in the book of Numbers we find that which
clarifies three passages in the New Testament where 'the error of
Balaam' (Jude 11), 'the way of Balaam' (II Pet. 2:15) and 'the
doctrine of Balaam' are discussed." (Barnhouse, D.G., Revelation,
Zondervan, p. 54
are Paul's words. Let
them, then, show us that they are ministers of the gospel,
and I will have no difficulty in conceding their right to
ox must not be muzzled that treadeth out the corn [1 Cor. 9:9].
But is it not altogether at
variance with reason that the ploughing oxen should starve, and the lazy asses be fed?
will say, however, that
they serve at the altar.
I answer, that the priests under the law deserved maintenance, by ministering at an
that, as Paul
declares, the case under the New Testament is different. And what are those
altar services, for which they
allege that maintenance is due to them?
that they may perform
in churches, for example, partly labor to no purpose, and partly
provoking the anger of God. See for what it is that they are
alimented at the public expense!
Aeschines Against Ctesiphon
3. And you blame me if
I come before the
people, not constantly, but only at intervals. And you imagine that
your bearers fail to detect you in thus making a demand which is no
outgrowth of democracy, but borrowed from another form of government.
For in oligarchies it is not he who wishes, but he who is in
authority, that addresses the people;
whereas in democracies he
speaks who chooses,
and whenever it seems to him good.
And the fact
that a man speaks only at intervals marks him as a man who takes part
in politics because of the call of the hour, and for the common good;
whereas to leave no day without its speech,
is the mark of a man who
is making a trade of it, and talking for pay.
2 A quiet citizen, as distinguished from the professional political blackmailer,su_kophant-ēs
Pl. Cur. 2.3 And then those Grecians
with their cloaks, who walk about with covered heads, who go loaded
beneath their cloaks with books, and with baskets6,
they loiter together, and engage in gossipping among themselves, the
In the "sportule," or "baskets," the poor, and the parasitical
dependants on the rich, carried away the scraps that were given to them
after an entertainment was concluded.
Amos 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
from H3611 keleb keh'-leb From an unused root meaning to yelp, or else
to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute:—dog.
Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they
may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city.
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers,
and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Revelation 22.15 exō hoi kunes kai hoi pharmakoi
kai hoi pornoi kai hoi phoneis kai hoi eidōlolatrai kai pas
philōn kai poiōn pseudos.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the
offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Pornos , ho, A. catamite, Ar.Pl.155, X.Mem.1.6.13, D.22.73,
II. Idolater, Suid.
Xen. Mem. 1.6.13 So is it with wisdom. Those who offer it to all comers for money are
known as sophists, prostitutors of wisdom,
but we think that he who
makes a friend of one whom he knows to be gifted by nature, and teaches
him all the good he can, fulfils the duty of a citizen and a gentleman.
Sophis-tēs , master of one's craft, experts, poets, musicians, harpists, "making melody in holy places." a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money, 3.
later of the rhētores, Professors of Rhetoric, and prose writers “Apollōnidē sophistē”
2Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
G2585 kapēleuō kap-ale-yoo'-o From κάπηλος kapēlos (a huckster); to retail, that is, (by implication) to adulterate (figuratively):—corrupt.
1) to be a retailer, to peddle
2) to make money by selling anything
a) to get sordid gain by dealing in anything, to do a thing for base gain
b) to trade in the word of God
1) to try to get base gain by teaching divine truth
c) to corrupt, to adulterate
1) peddlers were in the habit of adulterating their commodities for the sake of gain
k. tēs hōras anthos or tēn hōran, of prostitutes
Instead of killing all of the people of Lydians, croesus advised:
Hdt. 1.155  “O King, what you say is
reasonable. But do not ever yield to anger, or destroy an ancient city
that is innocent both of the former and of the present offense. For the
former I am responsible, and bear the punishment on my head; while
Pactyes, in whose charge you left Sardis, does this present wrong; let him, then, pay the penalty.
Grant, then, forgiveness to the
Lydians, and to make
sure of their never rebelling against thee, or alarming thee more,
send and forbid them to keep any
weapons of war, command
tunics under their
cloaks, and to put buskins upon their legs,
..........and make them bring up their sons to cithern-playing (Kitharizein), singing
(psallein), and shop-keeping (Hucksterism).
wilt thou soon see them become women instead of
Used by O.E.Payne to justify PSALLO as a command [p.106
and there will be no more fear
of their revolting from thee."
sungnômên echôn tade autoisi epitaxon, hôs
mête aposteôsi mête deinoi toi eôsi: apeipe
men sphi pempsas hopla arêia mê ektêsthai, keleue
de spheas kithônas -[khiton David's garment] te hupodunein toisi
kothornous hupodeesthai, proeipe d' autoisi -kitharizein te kai psallein kai kapêleuein [prostitutes, petty
trade, playing tricks,
corrupting] paideuein tous paidas. kai tacheôs spheas ô
basileu gunaikas ant' andrôn opseai gegonotas, hôste
ouden deinoi toi esontai mê aposteôsi."
word kitharizo means to
PLAY THE CITHARA and does not include singing.
- -Kitharizô 1 [kitharis] to play the
cithara, phormingi [Apollo] kitharize Il., Hes.; lurêi eraton kitharizôn Hhymn.
(so that there can have been no great difference between the kithara,
lura, and phorminx ); kitharizein ouk epistatai, of an uneducated
-Kithar-isis , eôs, hê, playing on the
cithara, Pl.Prt.325e; k. psilê, i.e. without the
voice, Id.Lg.669e, cf. Pae.Delph.15;
aulêsis kai k. Phld.Mus.p.23 K.
-Arassô ,of any violent impact, with collat. notion of
rattling, clanging, as of horses, hoplais, pound in a mortar, strike with a shower of stones.
a). kitharēn strike the lyre, Orph.A.382; humnon, melos, etc., Nonn.D.1.15,440, etc.
2. c. dat.
modi, arassein tina oneidesi, kakois, assail with reproaches or threats,
Pass., to be dashed against, dash one against the other
Pound in a mortar, “holmō a.” Nic. Th.508
The gad-abouts: Drapetæ. From the Greek dremō,
"to run." He probably alludes to the propensities of the Athenians for
gossipping and running about from place to place. Probably, at the time
of Plautus, they had begun in considerable numbers to resort to Rome.
By his reference to the books, he is, perhaps, more particularly
alluding to their Philosophers. The Romans considered it effeminate in
civil life to go with the head covered.
su_kophant-ēs became notorious as pettifoggers, blackmailers, professional swindler or confidential agent,
kolax , a^kos, ho,
in later Gr., = Att. goēs, Moer. p.113 P. II.
lisping pronunciation of korax, Ar.V.45.
goēs , ētos, ho, A.
sorcerer, wizard, Phoronis g. epōdos Ludias apo khthonos” E.Ba.234, cf. Hipp.1038; prob. f.l. for boēsi Hdt.7.191.
juggler, cheat, “deinos g. kai pharmakeus kai sophistēs” Pl.Smp.203d; “deinon kai g. kai sophistēn . . onomazōn” D.18.276; “apistos g. ponēros” Id.19.109; “magos kai g.” Aeschin.3.137: Comp. “goētoteros” Ach.Tat.6.7
Sophis-tēs , ou, ho, A.
master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners,
of musicians, “sophistēs . . parapaiōn khelun” [harp]
with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” Ael.NA11.1;
Ael. NA 11.1
anthrōpōn Hupeboreōn genos kai timas Apollōnos
tas ekeithi hadousi men poiētai, humnousi de kai
suggrapheis, en de tois kai Hekataios, oukh ho Milēsios,
all' ho Abdēritēs. ha de legei polla te kai semna
melōdountes, alla hōsper oun
ek tou khorolektou to endosimon labontes kai tois
sophistais tōn hierōn melōn tois epikhōriois sunasantes.
eita tou humnou telesthentos hoi de anakhōrousi
tē pros ton daimona
of Alexandria, Stromata I
speaks through books,
consecrates himself before God, crying
in writing thus:
gain, not for vainglory, not to be vanquished
by partiality, nor enslaved by
fear nor elated by
but only to reap the
salvation of those who
read, which he does,
participate in, but
awaiting in expectation
the recompense which
will certainly be rendered by Him, who has promised to bestow on the
labourers the reward that is meet.
is enrolled in the number of men [Ps. li. 7-12.]
not to desire
vaunts his good services, receives glory as his
And he who does any duty
for the sake of
recompense, is he not
held fast in the custom of the world, either as one who has done
well, hastening to receive a reward, or as an evil-doer avoiding
must, as far as we can,
imitate the Lord. I And he will do so, who complies with the will of
freely, and receiving
as a worthy reward the citizenship itself.
hire of an
harlot shall not come into the
is said: accordingly it was forbidden to bring to the altar the
price of a dog.
in whomsoever the eye of
the soul has been blinded by ill-nurture and teaching, let him
advance to the true light, to the truth,
writing the things that are
unwritten. "Ye that
thirst, go to the
waters," [Isa. lv. 1]
says Esaias, And "drink water from thine own vessels," [Prov. v. 15]
Solomon exhorts. Accordingly in "The Laws," the philosopher who
learned from the Hebrews, Plato, commands husbandmen
irrigate or take water
until they have first dug down in their own
ground to what is called the virgin soil, and found it dry.
For it is right
to supply want, but it is not well to support laziness.
"although it be
agreeable to reason to take a share of a burden, it is
not a duty to take it away."
1890 CHRISTIAN STANDARD PROMOTES A NATIONAL CONVENTION IN TENNESSEE
In 1890 the first
convention was called at Chattanooga to organize the state society. The only churches in the state of
Tennessee were those who had already adopted the organ in their
worship. The Christian
news and "it is reported that the brethren in Nashville, Tennessee
are desirous of entertaining our National Convention next year."
This of course was just two congregations. A survey showed that out of 2500
members in Nashville, less than one hundred wanted the society.
Lipscomb noted that among the Society people "the Bible is as popular
as last year's almanac."
supporters of the
missionary society organized the Tennessee State Missionary Convention on October 6, 1890,
with one purpose in
mind, as stated by J. H.
Garrison. He said at
will take Tennessee for organized mission
1890 The Plan: Again "We
will take Tennessee for organized mission
I. Myhr was dispatched to
Tennessee to head the new state society despite the
protestation of David Lipscomb that
Tennessee was not a
destitute mission territory. Myhr and his supporters moved resolutely
ahead to accomplish their mission.
efforts met with some
success and the intent
was clear. Myhr was
aggressive and abrasive in his operations. His
actions were of such a
nature, in promoting the missionary society, that he came under the
direct attack of E. G. Sewel and David Lipscomb. And as later event
proved, Myhr was no match for Lipscomb and the Gospel Advocate.
- Why would anyone ENDORSE and accept pay from those always on a hostile path?
made his goals clear about promoting
and Instrumental music
even though it would divide the
Lipscome believed, was to
"ostracize, boycott, and
starve every preacher that does not APPROVE the
- How could any godly person REBUKE and use all of the RACA words on a people who simply refused to be TAKEN?
BECAUSE OF THE RADICAL ATTACK AGAINST THE NON-INSTRUMENTAL CHURCHES..
Notice that the
use of the organ affected only a few Christian Churches. That did
not prevent the Disciples leadership , prompted by the Standard, to IMPOSE
instruments into the Christian churches. This is proof that Churches of
Christ had no organs.
1882, Sewell and Harding
were urging that a
separation be brought about to identify that part of the
Church fellowship which
supported the organ
and the society. Lipscomb, at the time,
rebuffed his brethren who
called for such division. He sought no compromise, but hoped that the
church would not suffer division."
That, of Course, proves that they saw the Christian Church Fellowship as not the same as The Church of Christ.
Not until 1878 did anyone in
psallo to justify the massive discord they had already sown by using
the ORGAN and Life Members of even children of the Missionary Society. This has a
foundation beginning in heaven where Lucifer began to TRAFFICK in
some spiritual world we do not understand. Being CAST AS PROFANE (a
musical term) out of heaven he or most often showed up in the garden
of Eden as the serpent meaning a MUSICAL ENCHANTER.
1897, Lipscomb was
reconciled to the fact that division had already occurred and the supporters of
the innovations would be
satisfied with nothing less than a complete take-over of
the churches... (Adron Doran, J.E.Choate, The
Christian Scholar, p. 59
1901 Instruments of Music in the
Service of God By
Instruments had been added into the Disciples of
Christ--Chrisitian Churches. In time the determination was to "take
Tenneessee for the organ and society party within five years."
That is proof that churches of Christ in Tennessee did not belong to
the Stone-Campbell and God wants people to stop lying to "take
Tennessee a hundred years later."
When the church determines to introduce a service not required by God,
he who believes it wrong is compelled to refuse in any way
to countenance or
affiliate with the wrong.
when a part of a church insists on and adopts the wrong,
had I not better yield
than to create division in the church?
church that requires disobedience to God to maintain peace in it is already an
apostate church; it has rejected God as it only Ruler.
In the case where the Society and Organ party goes to law to seek
control of the property they have stolen, Lipscomb urged people not to
go to law over property.
While forbearance and love should be
exercised in seeking to show them the right and persuading them to do it, it is
sinful to so affiliate with them as to encourage and build up a church that is
1902 THE NEWBERN HOSTILE TAKEOVER
There is no command, example or
remote inference that any of God's people assembled for congregational
singing with instruments. Of course it comes as no surprise that
Doctors of the Law who take away the key to knowledge do not care
enough to grasp that SPEAK is the direct command for teaching the
written LOGOS of the Living Word. Bringing in an organ as an AID
was grasped by Churches of Christ as a weapon of violent invasion.
In 1902 the
church at Newbern
was taken over by society and organ people. The church, against
Lipscomb's advice, sued to retain the property. Of course the society
could muster a majority and won the lawsuit. The decision was handed
down in 1905 that the trouble did not warrant the intrusion of the
party had said during the trial that
when the organ
was used as a part of the worship, it was sinful;
but they defended it on
the ground that it was an AID to
on the other hand,
had insisted that it was a distinct service,
and when persisted in
always supersedes and destroys congregational singing.
court, passing on this
phase of the question,
said that the claim that
the organ was not a part of the worship
and it could not be considered as merely
an aid to worship."
The the Logos.Mythos or Word.Music proof that when people move away
from the Logos.Word of Jesus Christ they have fallen into an effeminate
or perverse trap and will never get out.
Logos, Opposite. kata pathos, Arist.EN1169a5 or personal experiences
Logos, verbal noun of lego
Opposite kata pathos
Opposite music, poetry or rhetoric
Opposite human reasoning
Opposite Epagoge bringint in to one's aid, introduction
Alurement, enticement, incantation, spell
Epagōg-ē , hē, 2.
bringing in to one's aid, introduction, 3.
process of reasoning, Aristox.Harm.pp.4,53M.
esp. in the Logic of Aristotle, argument by induction (cf. “epagō”
1903 J.W.McGarvey What Shall we do with the Organ
this it had bred similar
societies and Baptist
and Presbyterian churches; for all these bodies
in their early days knowing
that the practice originated in the Roman Catholic Church, regarded it as a
Romish corruption and refused to tolerate
it until it was forced
them by the spirit of
characterized the present century.
it is obvious that these evils, the baleful effects of
which will never be fully
revealed until the day
be charged either against those who have introduced the instrument
begin by arguing that the
practice belongs to a
of things expressly
condemned in the New
or against those who have opposed
reference to certain additions which the Pharisees had made to the ritual
of the law: "In vain do they worship
teaching as their
doctrines the precepts
of men." In these words
he propounds the doctrine that all worship is vain which
originates in human
authority; or, to put
it negatively, that no worship is acceptable to God which he himself
has not authorized.
echoes this teaching
when he condemns as "will
worship" the observance of, ordinances "after the precepts and doctrines
(Col. 2: 20-23,
R. V.) The Greek word here rendered "will
distinguished from worship imposed by God;
and the practices referred to in the context are condemned on this
ground, thus showing that all self-imposed worship is wrong in the
sight of God.To deny,
then, that the present use of instrumental music in the church is a part of the
a subterfuge and an afterthought ingeniously got up to
obscure the fact that it comes
under the condemnation
pronounced against vain worship and will worship.
BROTHER: Your second
question is this: "
we fail to
convince the brethren that the use of the organ is wrong,
else can we do to keep them from
forcing it upon us?"
not know that organs have often been
forced into churches by
the act of a few
asking formal consent, and
put them in without regard to the protests of
minorities, I would be
surprised at the form in which you put your question;
I hope that the
brethren to whom you refer are too conscientious to do such a thing.
If conscience does not
deter them, they ought to be restrained by fear of bringing into contempt the practice which they
advocate; for nothing can
sooner bring the use of the organ into contempt
its advocates force
it upon churches in an unchristian manner.
To act wickedly in order to worship God more to your
is to imitate Rachel, who stole her father's gods in the hope that the
stolen property would help her
religiously (And give her the deed to her father's
THE 1906 BIG FAT LIE
Christian Union: Chapter 5 - Period Of Reunion 1906
By J.H. Garrison
Speaking of a National Organization by others, he notes:
"These fragmentary movements, while of value in
preparing the way for something better, were not satisfactory. It was
believed that something better was practicable, and the great
Inter-Church Conference in New York City in November, 1905 was called,
in this conviction. It was believed that the time had come when the
evangelical Protestant bodies of Christendom.
J. H. Garrison defines the instrument as "matters of opinion" but if
you don't share his opinion then you are disloyal to the "progressive"
movement and to Christ. Furthermore, to allow Paul's instructions about
singing in church to govern one's worship practices is equivalent to
falling back under the Law of Moses. With that in mind it is easy to
see how division was necessary.
"The same erroneous method of reasoning has been applied to the
Sunday-school, to missionary organizations. "We come now to the
consideration of the very latest of these efforts to give visible and
tangible expression to the growing unity of the Church, for the double
utilizing this unity in the service of our common Master, and of
promoting a still closer unification of the religious forces of Christendom.
"We are bound, therefore, by every consideration of loyalty to
Jesus Christ, and by every regard for our future growth and
development, to co-operate to the fullest extent possible,--which would
be in different degrees, no doubt, in different places--
with all who love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ for the advancement of his kingdom among men.
This is what the federation movement means, and as such, it is
the next logical step--the next inevitable step--toward the complete
unity of Christians.
But there are other ways in which some have been disloyal to this
high ideal. This ideal implies that Christianity consists, as it does,
of faith in and devotion to Christ, and is pre-eminently a spiritual
religion; that it is a life, rather than a system of doctrine, although
it involves sound doctrine. And yet it has often happened that in their
preaching and teaching the chief emphasis has been laid by these men on
things that are external, rather than on things which are internal and
vital. Obedience to an externalcommand, like baptism or the Lord's
In some instances local churches have been rent asunder over the
organ question, and sister congregations have been alienated from each
other because of the different ways of doing missionary work. It is
easy to see, of course, how utterly inconsistent with any claim of
catholicity of position or spirit, for the movement,
The fact that they had almost no success in their hostile takeover of
Churches of Christ, the Disciples of Christ-Christian churches tried to
COUNT the Churches of Christ as their members--all of them.
The Churches of Christ did absolutely nothing sectarian: by definition
the Sectarians or Heretics are those who IMPOSE something not required
over the views held entoto. En toto included almost 100% of the
churches in Tennessee in 1906. Therefore, the Disciples/
Christian churches financed by their denominatal money extorted from
the congregations were not even COUNTABLE in the state and the Society
could not tolerate such a census.
The 1906 Census which was, I believe, the first, saw the
Disciples / Christian Churches attempting to do a body count including
the Churches of Christ in Nashville. The Census taker knew this was
utterly false and consulted Lipscomb who just said NO to the body
The Disciples-Christian churches already had a Denominational
Movement underway and needed the body count to send them vast sums of
As far as the PRESENT CLAIM by the Christian Churches you have
to grasp that they did not begin to hold separate denominational
meetings until 1927 and were still counted as Disciples unto THEY were
removed from the census as late as 1971. That was the time when Garrett
etal began to "cut out" Churches of Christ where "unity" meant you
AFFIRM instruments or you CONFORM and then we can have unity.
Now why would people fall for the NACC effort at "unity" and
claiming that Churches of Christ were legalistic sectarians when the
Christian Church did not BEGIN to SECT out of the Disciples until 1927?
When Churches of Christ denied that they had ever been "joined" even
fraternally since the introduction of instruments among the Disciples
which split that group. At that time the Disciples/Christian Churches
issued a Centennial edition of the Declaration and Address which should
prove to anyone that Churches of Christ could not be counted on.
THIS IS WHY THE ORGAN AND SOCIETY PARTY HOPED TO "TAKE TENNEESSE IN 5 YEARS"