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Is Church of Christ A Cult?

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This is a question that was asked me.
Not being in the organization, I cannot say it is, simply by their beliefs, though they are different from mine.
I always believed that if people are being born again and living a spirit-filled life, then their church cannot be all so bad.
But any church organization that controls their people needs to be watched, because changes do happen.
 

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I don't know if I would call it a cult, as long as it is a bible believing church. Though, the errors they make about music during worship is something to consider. Not necessarily to call them a cult, but that could be the door the rabbit hole.
 

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That music does not belong in a worship service.
 
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Sorry I don't know what type of music they do (hence my question).
 

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To my understanding, they believe that music during church service is unScriptural. (Going off the verse in the NT about making melody in your heart.)

I'm told they have some pretty different doctrines, but don't know exactly what those are or much else about them. I think as long as they preach Jesus and have the gospel message right, they're genuine.
And a cult, very basically put, tends to want to control their members in practically every area of their lives; typically in a cult thinking for yourself is highly discouraged or maybe even punished. (To my understanding.) No clue if Church of Christ does that or not.
 
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in the NT, look how it is written at times, i don't remember how many places, that "if anyone thinks differently , realize that none of the assemblies does - all the assemblies are in agreement" (for basics; which some assemblies never got past).

the people of the book. Yhwh's people. were in strong agreement, in unity, often enough to see it in Scripture, both in OT and NT.

since 300a.d., probably a bit earlier, the 'christian' religion has not even been in mediocre agreement with Scripture for the most part. (the 'bulk' has been in direct opposition to Yeshua's Life, and has been putting to death the believers whenever they could get away with it, and opposing them always)

(maybe this is "end times" topic)
 
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so, the bible based churches get along royally (fine and good) with Yhwh, as long as they don't add or subtract from His Word.
it's just hard to find, or to 'make' or to 'start' or to 're-make?' because so much un-Scriptural has accumulated over time. (and, no, the fact that society changed and changes, that different cultures have different 'values', doesn't excuse rebellion or changing Yhwh's Word --- He is Big Enough to show anyone who wants to know what HE means and what HE desires and what HE requires and how HE has provided for their salvation and freedom and life and joy and peace and righteousness in Yeshua HaMashiach(Messiah).
 

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I wouldn't label then a cult as much as I wouldn't label Jehovah Witnesses, or SDA a cult. Sure they are a bit off on certain doctrines, but again, if they are bible believing and preach the full council of God then it is hard to label them a cult.
 
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I don't believe the Church of Christ are a cult. We used to have a few in this forum that were frequent posters, if I remember correctly.

Sorry I don't know what type of music they do (hence my question).
They don't believe that musical instruments should be used in a church service. They do however sing hymns.
 

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Jehovah's Witness I'd probably consider a cult, TBH, knowing how they treat anybody who leaves their way of thinking. (I've talked to someone who left.)

But I don't like to use such a term without justification, either. So yeah, I'm not inclined to consider SDA or Church of Christ cults unless there is clear evidence pointing otherwise.
 
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Jehovah's Witness I'd probably consider a cult, TBH, knowing how they treat anybody who leaves their way of thinking. (I've talked to someone who left.)

But I don't like to use such a term without justification, either. So yeah, I'm not inclined to consider SDA or Church of Christ cults unless there is clear evidence pointing otherwise.
I agree with you on all your observations.

I was on a JW site this morning. I've known for years that they believed only 144,000 of them would go to heaven and the rest would be on the earth but then reading this morning I discovered that they believe only those 144,000 have a mediator in Christ. None of the rest of them have this position in Christ. How could one be saved without the mediator? :shrug
 
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We did have a couple of members here that were from The Church Of Christ they preach salvation by works.. if that's the teaching of a cult then they are a cult..:yes

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We did have a couple of members here that were from The Church Of Christ they preach salvation by works.. if that's the teaching of a cult then they are a cult..:yes
tob
well, this sure is awkward --- the worst the CoC here in oklahoma did was to neglect the poor and the widows. at least that was the worst that they admitted. (who knows what goes on unseen).

however, the Jewish Believers in the NT were sometimes accused of preaching a slavation by works also, but they weren't ---- others just wanted to be critical and didn't abide themselves in Yeshua, so the accusations were false and without foundation, and the Jewish Believers were right and justified in Yhwh's sight and in His Word.

so, some CoC may preach a salvation by works that is wrong,
OR, they may just be accused of it LIKE the JEWISH BELIEVERS in the NT were, and at least then in that not be wrong.(they still might be wrong in neglecting the poor).

like I said, awkward.......
 
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Jehovah's Witness I'd probably consider a cult, TBH, knowing how they treat anybody who leaves their way of thinking. (I've talked to someone who left.)

But I don't like to use such a term without justification, either. So yeah, I'm not inclined to consider SDA or Church of Christ cults unless there is clear evidence pointing otherwise.
Jw's and SDA both believe/teach that Jesus is Michael the archAngel. They vary on Michael's / Jesus' eternal pre-existance where JW believe He was created and SDA believe He was pre existing and still part of the Trinity.
 
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I thought you were talking about the mormons (The church of jesus christ of latter day saints)
 
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well, this sure is awkward --- the worst the CoC here in oklahoma did was to neglect the poor and the widows. at least that was the worst that they admitted. (who knows what goes on unseen).

however, the Jewish Believers in the NT were sometimes accused of preaching a slavation by works also, but they weren't ---- others just wanted to be critical and didn't abide themselves in Yeshua, so the accusations were false and without foundation, and the Jewish Believers were right and justified in Yhwh's sight and in His Word.

so, some CoC may preach a salvation by works that is wrong,
OR, they may just be accused of it LIKE the JEWISH BELIEVERS in the NT were, and at least then in that not be wrong.(they still might be wrong in neglecting the poor).

like I said, awkward.......
Where do you get this information?
Jewish believers in the new testament were not preaching salvation by works?
Where do you get this information?
 

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We did have a couple of members here that were from The Church Of Christ they preach salvation by works.. if that's the teaching of a cult then they are a cult..:yes

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Before labeling them as a cult, how about actually looking at the official doctrine of the CoC, instead of going from comments a couple of members.
 
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Before labeling them as a cult, how about actually looking at the official doctrine of the CoC, instead of going from comments a couple of members.
just like in the NT, except they didn't have all the problems to deal with of so many denomination's creeds and doctrines,
the people not the rules may make it a cult. ----
a wolf (or bear cub) who gets into leadership in any denomination may make his group a cult - nothing at all to do with the 'official' doctrines; rather what is being practiced.