The History of the Institutional Controversy

By Jefferson David Tant | Tennessee, USA Those who have a general knowledge of churches of Christ today are aware of the fact that a division took place during the last half of the 20th Century. This division took place over doctrinal issues concerning the organization, work, and mission of the Lord’s church. In many

The Silence of the Scriptures

By Osamagbe Lesley Egharevba | Lagos, Nigeria Suppose you sent someone to get you some fruits and he comes back with some apples, has he obeyed your instruction? Definitely yes! But suppose you sent him to get you some bananas and he comes back with some oranges, would that be obedience to what you have

The Blessing of Autonomy

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA One characteristic of the Lord’s church that makes it different from most churches of men is autonomy. Autonomous local churches are not linked together in or through some larger organizational structure. Why did the Lord design the church to be this way? Obviously, we cannot always know every reason behind

Institutionalism

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA As we look at the work God has given to the church, we find a great amount of work to do. Jesus told His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). This means that there is plenty for all of us to be doing.