SEEDS OF DIVISION
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Restoration History #8
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The 1906 Admission
- S.N.D. North - Director of the U.S. Religious Census of 1906 detected a division in the SC movement.
- David Lipscomb, editor of the Gospel Advocate, reluctantly agreed that Churches of Christ and Disciples of Christ should be listed separately.
Why Did We Divide?
- The Issues:
- Missionary Society
- Musical Instruments in Worship
- Professional Ministers
No heaven was promised to those who hold one position or the other, and no hell was threatened to those who deny them.
- Raccoon John Smith
Why Did We Divide?
- Unspoken Issues
- Regional/Political Differences
- Urban Culture vs. Rural Culture
- Economic Differences
- All of these are impacted and magnified by the U.S. Civil War
A Divided Nation
Secession and Churches
- Presbyterian (PCUSA)
- American Baptist Convention
- Methodist Episcopal Church
- Episcopal Church in the USA
- Presbyterian (PCCSA)
- Southern Baptist Convention
- Methodist Episcopal Church, South
- Episcopal Church in the CSA
The Issue of Slavery
- Campbell was moderate.
- He opposed the institution of slavery.
- However, it should not divide the church.
- Opposing views among Disciples.
- The war forced the issue.
Can We Divide?
Indeed, a division of the body of Christ, except in the sense of causing a faction, is impossible. What divine authority makes one, it is difficult for man to make two.
- Moses Lard (1866)
- Heretical Faction (Apostasy)
- Slavery is not an issue
Did We Divide?
Seeds of Division
- Civil War and Reconstruction create regional and cultural differences
- National Identity (Politics)
- Second generation of leaders emerge just prior to, during, and after the War
- Americas "Millennial Hope" has faded
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Evening Sermon, 27 April 2008
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