A little clarification


About three months ago, I wrote a blog post about the Church of Christ, predicting its demise. The comments in the post mostly agreed with my position, and aside from my dad, nobody really talked to me about it too much.

Since the post was published, I’ve received several emails from people who disagree strongly with my position. This wasn’t unexpected, I suppose, but the sources of a couple of the emails certainly were.

I don’t want to apologize for a majority of the content in the post – I still stand by the points raised.

However, I would like to apologize for the offensive and strong headline. I wrote it with the intention of capturing readers’ attention. It was intended to be strong. But I fear it was so off-putting as to render the content of the post unreadable for some.

I would also like back off of my “prediction” that the Church of Christ is done for. There are certain types of Churches of Christ that are certainly doomed. But not all of them. There are Churches of Christ that will thrive and grow in the coming years.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.

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  1. Cindy
    March 19, 2009 at 10:58 am — Reply

    Todd, I have to say that what bothers me is the fact that you are focusing on the negative parts of the CofC rather than the positive. I have visited other non CofC churches and rather than seeing true worship, I either see scripted worship (stand up, sit down, read this responsive sentence-whether I believe it or not), or I feel like I’m at a concert of performers that can’t make the big time. At both, I didn’t hear discussions of care for the community, the schools, or the lost.

    I can say that I have also been to dying CofC’s that focus on whether clapping and overhead projecters are scriptural. Those congregations will naturally die away.

    Thank you for clarifying your position. There are individual legalistic churches of Christ that will most likely die, to be replaced by those churches of Christ that focus on God’s plan to love Him and love others. Hopefully spreading the positive news of our love for God and what we are doing to save the lost will eventually replace the old legalistic stereotype.

  2. Bobby
    March 21, 2009 at 7:10 am — Reply

    The Pharisee of Jesus day got more things “right” about God than any other group at the time. They were right on the resurrection, the relationship between God and government, the importance of obeying God and the need to love their brothers among many other correct understandings. Why did Jesus insist on being so negative towards them and give so little attention to the much worse, and much bigger target, of Rome?
    The comment above is an example of why your post was on target. It slices the onion ever thinner. Other groups don’t experience “true worship” because it is deemed either too scripted or too performance oriented (and they can’t make the big time so that makes it even worse!) Other groups are too focused on clapping or overhead projectors and they will naturally(?) die away.
    As long as our central story is “we are right and everyone else is wrong” we will be centered on us and Jesus will be supplementary material.

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A little clarification