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International Church of Christ
please read this short intro first before going to the articles.
TO THIS MOVEMENT
Although this is a new movement, it is not to be ignored. Many other cult groups have
grown over the years because the church has not paid attention to those who have sounded a
warning. I hope that we don't continue to make the same mistake.
Once a church movement increases to a certain size, it begins to become established into
the culture of our society. Many world religions were, at first, considered cults until
they were accepted by the populace. What this movement has done is present a new way to
practice Christianity that we fell is extreme and unbiblical. They have poured into basics
new meanings and practices that affect the essential teachings of the Church.
There have been many that have spoken out about this movement, yet one thing that was
glaringly missing was a theological refutation aimed at the foundation of this church.
First, of course, are their discipling methods, which many have written about. They are
known as a multiplication ministry. Second, their uniqueness is focused on their stand on
baptism. Third is their rigorous Bible study training. Concerning these practices, they
believe that they are the one true church. What is practiced in one church is almost 100%
practiced in the others. They believe that they have rediscovered a covered up truth and
have restored the biblical format of first century Christianity. What their members are
not aware of is that they are merely rehashing what their predecessors said and did 150
years ago. It made no less of a stir then, than now.
Looking in from the outside, everything can seem wonderful. However, as we take a trip
from the inside, we certainly see a different story. The Bible teaches us to test all
things and hold fast to what is good. This means to examine something to see if there is
any falsehood being said or practiced, and letting go of what is not biblical. We will go
through the maze of their appeal to the Bible to see its validity and test their practices
to determine whether they are genuine. Whether they admit to damaging people's lives or
not, the hard facts and statistics show that there are almost as many ex-members as there
are current participants. They may be considered just numbers by their movement, but each
individual is a person with real feelings who has been disillusioned by this false
presentation of Christianity. Many are devastated, filled with guilt or depression, trying
to adjust to being part of a church again.
The reason we are compiling this information on the International Churches of Christ and
the Oahu Church of Christ is so that we can help to prevent many more people from getting
involved with this machine of discipling, and to provide help for those who have accepted
distorted biblical principles and practices associated with this movement. It is our
desire to help others to know the truth and be set free into a real, vital, exciting
relationship with the Lord and be discipled unto Him alone.
Articles are taken from the spiral bound book International Church of
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