All these about COC, Anglican,Luthureran, Methodist,Protestants,pentecostal ism, I want to ask is christen dom fighting the devil or are they more interested in the justification of Disobedience. Christ have mercy on the lost sheep.
To me the differences are
1. they are scared of confessing their sins to mare mortals even when the early christians and the scripture approves, 2.They register their churches as corporate entities with board of directors drawn from within the family ranks of the founders as the case in my country. So many differences which are inexhaustible. 'He that have ear let him hear' 'that they may be one as I and the Father'
There are the other sheep from a different fold. I rest my case for now.
QUOTE=ivecomeback;9817148]I sume that you are referring to the "Church of Christ", a Protestant denomination with its roots in the Restoration movement. If not, than this reply is irrelevant!
There are some similarities between the Catholic Church and the CoC in its doctrine of baptismal regeneration, but IMO the paralellism stops there. The biggests bugaboo is the CoC Sola Scriptura basis of its belief and its VERY narrow interpretation of how one is "saved". It rejects all Protestant denominations and especially the Catholic Church as being full of the lost. Press a CoC member on the point. In casual conversation, there will be some nod to the "there are saved people in every church" but then when the rubber meets the road and they are studying the Bible with someone, it is "proved" by Scripture that you are lost. Of course, this is my experience as a long time member of the CoC.
Also, the use of only Protestant versions of the Bible (in my experience) lead it to interpret the translation of one word as "teaching" when it is used in a positive sense and as "tradition" when it is used in a negative sense. This leads to the rejection of the traditions of the Catholic Church as "rules taught by men".
It is NOT growing. The international church of christ, an off-shoot of the traditional Church of Christ, has experienced growth and is characterized by very assertive evangelism and a focus on discipleship - some of which in the past was pretty unhealthy but not so much now. The traditional Church of Christ, on the other hand, is dying out. You can find numerous articles, including the bemoaning of Abiliene University about enrollments.
I was in it for 25 years, spent considerable time researching the differences between it and the Catholic Church, and made a decision to "revert" to Catholicism in 2009. it was based on solid doctrine, despite the assertions of the congregation that I left.
I could go on and on. The experience that I had with the CoC was positive, but lacking in the depth of spirituality that is within the Catholic church and its celebration of the Eucharist.