The Top Ten Ways to Know You’re Dealing with a Hyper-Conservative Church of Christ Person.
10) They condemn your use of creeds, but cling to their own. (“Speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where the Bible is silent”, etc.)
9) They won’t let you play musical instrument in worship because they say it’s not authorized by Scripture, even though the OT has many references to musical instruments being used in worship, and in the NT, God never takes away that authorization.
8) They will kindly and lovingly tell you that no matter the circumstances of your salvation experience, it is invalid unless it conforms to the model they’ve developed from their own personal interpretation of Scripture.
7) They will tell you that you are commanded to take the Lord’s Supper each “first day of the week”, even though no such Biblical command exists in Scripture, and if you don’t you are in sin.
6) They will demand that if you aren’t adhering to Scripture like they are, you are not saved. But of course, they do not adhere to Scripture. For example, in Scripture there are four separate commands that the church should greet one another with a “holy kiss”. And yet they don’t do this, and conclude that they don’t because it’s just a cultural tradition.
5) They will tell you that if you are in any church other than their own, you are not saved, because denominations are not authorized in Scripture, and the churches within which they assemble are – to which they’ll quote Romans 16:16 to support this assertion. Even though “church of Christ” (singular) is found nowhere in Scripture – and yet they all worship in a singular “church of Christ”.
4) They will not celebrate Christmas or Easter, because Scripture is silent about these holidays. And if you happen to (horrors!) wish them a Merry Christmas or Happy Easter, you’ll get a royal earful about how you are keeping Catholic traditions that no real God-fearing person would ever in their right mind keep. And you are in sin.
3) They will insist that there is not a chance that Jesus would have ever taken a drink of alcoholic wine, because that would have made him a lawbreaker, and Jesus wasn’t a “heavenly bartender” at Cana. Besides, “oinos” can mean “wine” or “grape juice”, so it must not mean wine.
2) They will claim that the thief on the cross was already saved when he went up on the cross, and that’s why he didn’t need to be baptized, because he had already been baptized.
And number 1…
They will be living on pins and needles, because they can lose their salvation, and will have a very limited view of God’s grace and mercy.