The Glorious Story of the Restoration Movement

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.


15 thoughts on “The Glorious Story of the Restoration Movement

  1. You know I thought I would have been a big hit in the community of Bee Spring, Kentucky, where my maternal grandpappy lived, but I guess “big tales” are instilled in all Kentuckians, they tell stories that stretch all the way to Tennessee, Davie Crockett, and Dannel Boone, as I am sure I would have been were just one among many.
    I loved the story 🙂

  2. Man, I am glad my church still follows this ordination from the past! All I can say is Amen! This Pharisee is sticking to to the truth in our past.

  3. That’s like the time when Leroy Garrett’s true restorationists liked to liberate divorces for any reason and forgive without repentance while remembering that God is big enough to open the Assembly to spirit-feeled worship by lifeless machines as with foreign languages. Then, they took time to move into their new congregations and castigated the Pharisees for they showing love by observing all things and rejecting machine-worship until they could receive collection and the treasury of their pre-owned buildings, schools, and homes. With the money and power from their “God”, now they could truly teach their foundational doctrine on how the Bible commands history, culture, and asceticism for those who really have a relationship with the “true Jesus”. With this, they gathered outside parties to worship by machine-worship and to support Leroy and the beast in gathering all the armies to make war with the man on the white horse, but we all know how that ends.

  4. “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

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