One of the things I’ve found about the Church of Christ is that they know a lot about the Catholic Church. The friends of mine who are CofC are always ready to point out all the bad popes we’ve had (you’d be surprised at how many they claim), and all the things wrong with the Catholic Church (Infant Baptism, Baptism by Sprinkling, Purgatory, music, and that whole “Mary Thing” we’ve got going on). One of the things you’ll find is that they are taught a lot about the Catholic Church, but it’s a little bit of truth covered in a whole bunch of lies. And they believe the tripe! Sometimes I think they subscribe to Jack Chick Publications.
I understand that they are very legalistic. One of our local churches couldn’t decide whether to distribute the “fruit of the vine” (he wouldn’t say wine, so I assume it’s grape juice considering their ban on alcohol) from one chalice or two, so they split up! Just flat out split up!!!
I had a recent discussion with one guy over Purgatory, and he said that when people die, they either go to a waiting room for heaven or a waiting room for hell. This will last until the Rapture. I’m curious if that theory is held throughout their faith.
Another interesting note. While banning music in church, the local CofC church does have a $13,000 sound system, as well as an “Infocus” so they can put the sermons up on “Powerpoints”. Now let’s see, was that in Romans? Nope, maybe in Revelations? Nope. I’m still not sure how they can satisfy this with their lack of music due to no precedence in the bible.
Regarding the 1906 origin from Alexander Campbell… When the Catholic Church became corrupt, several “True Christians” went underground (yes underground for 1700 years!!!) and resurfaced with the start of this movement. Any proof of this??? They don’t need no stinkin’ proof!
Good Luck with your discussions with them. For some free advice, I’d suggest picking a topic and staying on that topic. When we get in our little discussions, I can tell when I’m making a good point with them, because they will invariably bring up another topic, like “Explain to me how you can claim infallible popes with scoundrels like Honorius”.
You MUST cover Sola Scriptura first, in my opinion, because you will be unable to use the Early Church Fathers writings, as well as early Church Traditions as arguments unless you can establish that Sola Scriptura is an invalid argument. I can not stress this enough!!!
Good Luck! Let us know if you have any trouble, or need some help with some arguments. I’ve got numerous arguments for Infant Baptism and Sola Scriptura if you’d like them.
But I’ll always be NotWorthy!