“Liberal” Churches of Christ
“Conservative” Churches of Christ
There is a division that exists among churches of Christ. Some churches no
longer hold to the divine pattern in every detail. They are called
“liberal.” The churches that do hold to the divine pattern are called
“conservative.” This chart will contrast some of the views and practices of
the two groups.
Embrace the social
gospel philosophy by providing entertainment and recreation for
members. They offer church dinners, church camps, gymnasiums,
fellowship halls, childcare facilities, etc.
Do not believe that it
is the work of the church to provide entertainment and recreation.
They oppose the social gospel philosophy with all its games and
Use missionary and
benevolent societies to execute the work of the church. They believe
that human organizations are more effective in reaching the lost and
caring for the needy.
Do not believe that
human organizations are authorized to do the work of the church.
They say the church is fully capable of doing the work.
Seek to attract crowds
by conducting youth meetings, rallies, and other activities. They
have plays and contemporary worship services for the young.
Seek to draw men to
Christ with the preaching of the gospel. They oppose the innovations
of the liberals to attract crowds as unauthorized and insulting to
Have special singing
groups perform in the assembly. They have choirs and solos.
Believe the singing of
the church is to be congregational. They oppose musical
Base many of their
practices on the silence of the Scriptures. They do not believe we
must have authority for every activity.
Believe the silence of
the Scriptures prohibits an activity. They base their practices on
book, chapter, and verse.
ministers” and “youth directors” working in the church. They also
have special committees to oversee various aspects of the work.
Do not recognize
offices that cannot be found in the New Testament. They have
evangelists who preach, elders who oversee, and deacons who serve.
hope this chart has helped you to see some of the differences between
“liberal” and “conservative” churches of Christ. These are important issues
that cannot be ignored. Which group do you want to fellowship? Which group
is doing the will of the Lord? Investigate these things for yourself.