I’m a lifelong member of the Church of Christ denomination (yes, yes, I know it’s not a denomination). I’ve attended a pretty broad spectrum of CofC’s – from the incredibly hateful and legalistic to the more progressive, open-minded kind. Which basically means they’re fine with clapping during worship AND after baptisms.
Because of my relationship with the CofC, I take pride in what it brought to the Protestant discussion – mainly its insistence on the Bible as its only creed. At the same time, I’m painfully aware of its shortcomings – mainly the inconsistencies that arise when taking the Bible as its only creed.
I bear no ill-will towards the Church of Christ. It has created what I believe to be a solid foundation for the rest of my spiritual journey, instilling in me a desire to know God’s word, understand it to the best of my ability and apply it as best as possible.
But, I think the denomination as we know it is done for.
The reason – as I see it – is three-fold:
- It is known for what it opposes rather than for what it stands.
- The core values of the Church of Christ are no longer relevant to today’s Christians.
- At the fundamental level, innovation is abhorred and tradition is adored. (Hehe – I like rhyming.)
I’ll go into depth on each of these in an upcoming post.
Am I way off? Are these three things unique to the Church of Christ or do they accurately describe issues facing a number of denominations?