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What is the “Church of Christ?”


Question:
  Would you consider the Church of Christ a cult?  I know they believe that you can lose your salvation, but does that mean they are under bad teaching or an actual cult? 

 I have a friend who is part of Church of Christ.  In light of 2 John 10,11  “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.  Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.” is it wise to establish a friendship with this person?

 

Answer:  The Church of Christ is a Christian sect.  It is not a cult.  Cults deny the deity of Christ.  That’s the doctrinal focus of 2 John 10-11, written at the time and in the historical context of the rise of gnostic teaching, which denied the full deity of Christ.

Sects, on the other hand, do not deny the deity of Christ, but sects often have an unbalanced emphasis on some particular “pet” doctrine–such as the 7th Day Adventists and the Sabbath.  The Church of Christ emphasizes water baptism to such a degree that many believe it is necessary for salvation.  There are true believers in the Church of Christ, but those who are trusting in their baptism instead of Christ for their salvation obviously are not saved.   

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