My Grandpappy heard the sermons often from Rancel K. Fiddley of the Church of Christ Church of Christ located in downtown Dishwalla, Tennessee. He passed the traditions down to my father and to me. We know how blessed we are.
It was a December when Alexander Campbell, after receiving a double portion of his father’s (Thomas’) spirit, came down to West Virginia in a flaming chariot. We reckon it was the same one ol’ Elijah used. He came straight from Heaven just in time to tell all the denominations that they better stop worshiping baby Jesus.
He had a copy of the King James Version signed by the Apostle Paul and started preaching the old paths right away. He told’em they better stop focusing on Jesus so much and get back to talking about the one true church. They had not heard of the OTC so he started baptizin people left and right. He showed’em right there in the Authorized Version where it says they should not worship God with instrumentation of music. He bridged the gap from the last Apostle John, until the 1800s. As soon as He, being the only Church of Christ preacher around at the beginning, started baptizin’ folk, the church was established.
Grandpappy told us about other great men of Campbell’s day that he heard Brother Fiddley talk about. Men such as AIG, JFK, Jr., BFF, DHL, ABCD, and many others. One of my favorite stories was of Mordecai “six-fingered” Scott. He was actually born with six fingers and preached for many years his famous “6 Steps to Salvation” sermon, using each finger for a point. When Brother Campbell found him and taught him the way of truth more accurately, he chopped off Mordecai’s extra finger with a hatchet so that he could preach the Gospel Truth.
They didn’t have praise teams or pre-millenialism in those days because of the power of Alexander “the Great” Campbell’s fierce preaching. They say flames shot out of his ears like in a cartoon while he preached. His hair was white and almost glowed; people said they could read their Bibles by the light from his glowing hair. His voice was like the rushing of waters in the crick. He would often begin his sermon at 9:00 a.m., get to the invitation part around 5:00 p.m. and keep going until someone fell out of a window just to make sure the assembly was following the Apostolic Example.
There are so many more stories I heard from Grandpappy. If only I had time to share them all, but now I must go and organize all Biblical truth into lists of five to make sure that I make it to heaven.
Let the record show…
I do appreciate the Campbells. I also appreciate Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and others. Good men, you can learn from all. None of them had it all right or were perfect.
I think attacking the worship/celebration of Baby Jesus, whether in December or otherwise, is shameful and sad.
The KJV is an okay translation, has been used to spread the gospel. It’s just not the best or only Bible that one can use. Forbidding others is wrong.
I believe in believer’s baptism as necessary to salvation.
I could not in good conscience worship with instruments. I would be against it if the Biblical arguments were stronger. IMHO, they are just weak.
I am not against the five “steps” taught. I believe all 5 are important/necessary. I despise the way they are presented as the Gospel in many churches that I have heard personally. It minimizes Jesus, the Cross, and even personal spiritual growth. It is an over-simplification.
I don’t believe in pre-mill, but neither do I believer it is a damnable heresy.
I personally don’t like praise teams, but can find nothing wrong with them Biblical.
Our lists and charts leave out a lot of important stuff, force us to focus on certain things instead of taking th Biblical as our guide. Too many churches of Christ are denominational while denying it. Don’t tell someone we don’t have a creed but then hand them a copy of Leroy Brownlow’s book! That is confusing from their point of view.
I just wanted to clear some things up. I was attacking certain attitudes and not certain doctrines.