Well, someone over there has finally acknowledged that our blog exists. I appreciate Norm not ignoring us (as Johnny did), and I think he was pretty wise to mention that we are here, even if he did misrepresent us a bit.
Norm, we aren’t “dedicated to try and discredit” the Church of Christ. If you read through our past entries, you’ll see that the opposite is true! We’re just trying to do what you say you are trying to do, and that is, have a place where conversation can take place. The difference is: 1) I’ve chosen a different medium than you; 2) I don’t have the money to go on television three times a week, and so I have my free blog.
I’m also glad to hear that Norm mentioned us to the Danville Church, and hope that he gave out our URL, so that the folks over there can come online with us and discuss what we are saying about their pastor’s teachings. You are all welcome here!
Norm’s main focus was on baptism tonight (I wonder if our blog conversation this week had something to do with that?), but he started out defending their use of Romans 16:16. I have just a couple of comments on that.
Norm referenced a conversation he and I had on his blog, which you can read if you follow this link and scroll down the page:
In the broadcast last night, he said that the Church of Christ in Danville “fits the description” of the New Testament church, and that’s why they have the authority to call themselves the “Church of Christ”. Now, contrary to what brother Norm says, I don’t have a problem with this. My problem comes when he (and others) uses Romans 16:16 to justify the name of their church while denying others the right to have a name.
In the link I provided, you can see how on a past episode, Norm was discussing this topic with a caller. In that program, Norm challenged the caller to look up “Baptist church” and said it wasn’t there. Then he looked up “churches of Christ” and pulled up Romans 16:16. He then made a big deal that “churches of Christ” got one hit. So, I made the point that if you look up “Baptist church” (singular), and look up “church of Christ” (singular) you get an equal number of hits, which is ZERO. So, Norm, Johnny, and James should stop using the argument I gave above, because it’s not a genuine argument, and I am glad to see that Norm didn’t argue it that way last night.
Incidentally, I’m also waiting for an adequate response to the question about why the Churches of Christ, who are such advocates of following the Bible, refuse to obey the Bible in Romans 16:16 where Paul commands the reader to “Salute one another with an holy kiss.”