Randy made a suggestion that we examine some Scriptures that our friends Johnny Robertson, Norm Fields and James Oldfield regularly take out of context to help support the things they are teaching.
Here are two Randy gave, with added thoughts.
Gal. 1:6-9: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Church of Christ preachers often use these verses against denominational folk, stating they are preaching another Gospel because they are ignorant of some things in the apostolic letters, or misunderstand some things as they (the CofC ) do.
One must ask “What is the Gospel?” Simply put, it’s the good news about Jesus and his finished work. (Cor. 15:1-4)
Those whom Paul was addressing were people who wanted to be justified by law, and teaching people to reject justification by faith through the finished work of Christ. Sadly, our friends at the Church of Christ yank this verse from its context and use it quite often to say that denominational churches are guilty of preaching another Gospel.
Anyone see the irony there?
2 John 1: 10,11:“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
This verse is one of the favorites to again turn people away from denominational folk. This time its not the gospel but the word “doctrine” that has been pulled from its context and used at will to divide people in the church. The verse states “if any come to you and not bring this doctrine, receive him not, neither bid him God speed”. Our church of Christ friends love this verse, here they say, “You aren’t teaching the right doctrine!” and they might point how you believe various things that they don’t.
But is this the doctrine that John was referring to? If our friends in the church of Christ would keep reading it would become very clear to what John was referring: he was writing to counteract the effects of Gnosticism. The Gnostics taught many heretical things, but in this context they were denying Jesus came in the flesh, and John was telling his readers to not receive people that bring this doctrine, nor bid them Godspeed.
Sadly, our boys in the Church of Christ pull this verse apart and toss it upon the denominational folk and their doctrine, with which they disagree.
If you have others, please feel free to add them. Or, if you think these verses are incorrectly represented in Church of Christ doctrine, feel free to defend the use of them, or explain your use of them.