Campbellites Answered 4

Ever hear these names?

  • Sidney Rigdon
  • Parley Pratt
  • Oliver Crowdery
  • Orson Hyde
  • Lyman Wight
  • Edward Partridge
  • John Corril
  • Isaac Morely
  • John Murdock


They’re all early Church of Christ devotees.

Now, the Lord told us, “by their fruits ye will know them.” (Matt. 7:20). If the Cambellites were of God, you’d expect to find a few false converts, because the Bible tells us indeed there would be some.

But all of these men left. All of them. Okay, men become false converts, and leave churches all the time.

All of these men left and became Mormons. If you recognize the names Sidney Rigdon and Orson Pratt, and Oliver Cowdery, you’ll recognize these were Original Witnesses, the men who supposedly saw the golden plates and the angel. Well, their stories changed a lot, so I can’t say for sure.

According to Faith Defenders – and I have no reasons to doubt its veracity – Sidney Rigdon taught the concept of the “restoration” doctrine to Joseph Smith, who borrowed it and improved on it. Except it’s no longer Alexander Campbell who’s the chosen Restorer of God, but instead…. Joseph Smith.

This also explains why the Mormons place a high emphasis upon Baptism, but wrapping the cultic “Baptism of the Dead” concept into it, making it even more weird and cultlike than it is with Campbellites.

It got so bad that Campbell denounced the Mormons as “Satan’s Counterfeit of the Church of Christ.” Which really is bizarre, as the “church of Christ” is in itself Satan’s counterfeit of Christianity.

Now, let’s look at the “Restoration” doctrine. Basically, what this is is the same thing advocated by dozens of cults. The basic premise is – God’s “church” has disappeared. Lost. And one chosen person, a new “messiah” is selected to “restore” it, deliver it.

Like Joseph Smith.

Alexander Campbell

John Dowie

Frank Sandford.

Charles Taze Russell

Ellen G. White

Sung Myun Moon

David Koresh

Marshall Applewhite

Messianic Jews

Michael Rood

The names change, but the doctrines are the same. The “church” supposedly failed, disappeared, lost.

Some special guy has the responsibility, the quest, to retrieve it. To rebuild it, to restore it.

And usually, along with that, the plain sense reading of the Bible that everyone else does, isn’t good enough. Why, there’s some special doctrine that this person alone has found, that is a requirement to salvation.

So, for one thousand eight hundred years, men have been reading the Bible, and never noticed this?

If it’s not cultic, and I’m wrong… well, I was baptized in obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at my Baptist church. That’s good enough, right?

Oh, no – it has to be done at a Campbellite church.

So… how were men saved for almost two thousand years, then?

Sad, really, all those men who died for Christianity, burned alive by Catholics – but they weren’t saved. Like Balthazar Hubmeier, whose very story would have you praising God for such a brave man who risked everything and paid it all. Well, he wasn’t baptized by a Campbellite, so he’s not saved.

Martin Luther… not baptized by a Campbellite.

Neither was Charles Spurgeon.

Nor Matthew Henry.

Matter of fact, so many legendary names, great Bible teachers, men who’ve risked their very lives for the Gospel, or spent their lives preaching, teaching, at the very cost of their health. I’m sure Spurgeon’s death was hastened by his overwhelming work load.

But none of them were Baptized by Campbellites, so any Church of Christ person would have to tell you they weren’t saved. Amazing.

Okay, so, by their fruits will ye know them. Let’s look at all the GREAT Bible teachers who’ve emerged from the Campbellites, whose commentaries have enriched Christians and furthered our knowledge of Bible and doctrine since they came out in the early 19th century.

Wow, that’s an impressive list. None.

The problem with cults, is that you have to put on some kind of rose colored glasses to see the Bible with their eyes. And once you do that, it makes it nearly impossible to write a commentary. Because now you’ve got to explain away all the verses that completely contradict your heresies. And in most cases, the word of God triumphs over cultism.

What’s the big conflict with the Campbell heresies? They disparage the Cross of Christ. The death of Jesus is not enough according to their doctrine. They have to help. So, Jesus Christ is not enough for the Campbellite.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30 (KJV)

The bible says that our salvation is accomplished at the Cross of Christ. No mention is made of the baptismal.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 (KJV)

The Bible says that the churches of Jesus Christ will never be destroyed, that hell will not prevail.

Didn’t any of these Campbellites read their Bibles? Didn’t any of them immediately think when hearing this nonsense that the bible teaches something different?

If you really want to watch a TV show about Christians, sure, okay. But keep in mind that reality TV is not going to give you anything more than the Duggars, and the only thing that keeps them on TV is the fact there’s so many of them.

But the Duck Dynasty people are Campbellites, not Christians. Christians believe Jesus paid it all.

I may revisit the Church of Christ again in the future. Stay tuned.


Campbellites Answered 3

I found this article some time ago, and knew I’d eventually be addressing the Church of Christ. To read this article in its entirety, please visit This article was originally written by Pastor David Martin of Solid Rock Baptist Church. If you’ve never heard of him, he took part in a 3 day debate with a Church of Christ apologist in 1997.I’m sure they’ll never do that again.

1. According to the history of the “Church of Christ,” God used certain men to “restore” the New Testament Church in the early 1800’s. Where was the true New Testament church before then? Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church (Matthew 16:18). What happened to the church and where was the truth it was responsible for preaching before God restored it?

2. If a “Church of Christ” elder refuses to baptize me, will I be lost until I can find one who will? Do I need Jesus AND a Campebllite “preacher” in order to be saved? If I do, then Jesus Christ is not the only Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5) and the Holy Spirit is not the only Administrator (1 Cor. 12:13) of salvation – the “Church of Christ” preacher is necessary to salvation for he is performing a saving act on me when he baptizes me! Is this not blasphemy against Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost?

3. If the water pipes broke and the baptistry was bone dry, would my salvation have to wait until the plumber showed up? If I were to die before then, would I go to hell? If obedience to water baptism is the means of forgiveness of sins, then I would.

4. If my past sins are forgiven when I am baptized in water, and it is possible for me to “lose my salvation” and go to hell after being baptized, then wouldn’t my best chance of going to heaven be to drown in the baptistry?!! – before I had a chance to sin so as to be lost again? If I wanted to be absolutely sure of heaven, isn’t that my best opportunity?

5. If as a Christian I can sin so as to “lose my salvation,” just what sin or sins will place me in such danger? Is it possible to know at what point one has committed such a sin, and become lost again? Please be specific and give clear Bible references.

6. If as a Christian I can fall and “lose my salvation,” is it possible to regain it? If so, how? If God “takes away” my salvation, doesn’t that make Him an “Indian giver”? How could I ever know for sure that I was saved or lost?

7. After becoming a Christian, are there any sins that will put me beyond the “point of no return” so that I cannot regain salvation? What sin or sins will put me in such jeopardy, so that, after becoming a Christian, I would be doomed to hell without any recourse? Please be specific and give me clear Bible references.

8. If I committed some sin -whether in thought, word, or deed, one minute before a fatal car crash – would I go to hell if I did not have time to repent of it? And, please, don’t just say that it’s up to God without giving me a specific Bible reference.

9. Why does the “Church of Christ” insist that their name is scriptural when it cannot be found anywhere in the Bible? The church is referred to as the “church of God” eight (8) times in the Bible, but never is it called the “church of Christ.” The verse they use is Romans 16:16, but it doesn’t say “church of Christ.” Where does the Bible call the church the “church of Christ”?

10. If the “Church of Christ” claims to worship God only as “authorized” by scripture because they sing only (and do not use instrumental music), then where do they get the “authority” to use hymnals, pitchpipes, pews, and indoor baptistries in their worship services? If the answer is that they are “aids to worship,” where does the Bible allow for that? Where is your required authorization? If a pitchpipe can be an “aid to worship” for the song service in the “Church of Christ,” then why can’t a piano be an “aid to worship” for Baptists who may need more help in singing?

11. The “Church of Christ” teaches that a sinner is forgiven of sin when he is baptized in water by a Campbellite elder. Where does the Bible teach that water baptism is required in order to have one’s sins forgiven? Every time the phrase “for the remission of sins” occurs it is speaking of the fact that sins have been forgiven previously! The Bible plainly teaches that the forgiveness of sins is conditioned upon repentance of sin and faith in Christ – never upon water baptism! (Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; Acts 5:31; Acts 10:43; Acts 20:21; Romans 1:16; Romans 4:5; Where does the Bible teach that forgiveness of sin is linked with water baptism? When Christ made the statement in Matthew 26:28, “for the remission of sins,” it had to be because they had been forgiven all through the Old Testament! Christ shed His blood because God forgave repentant and believing sinners for thousands of years before the Son of God came to “take away” sins and to redeem us and pay the sin-debt with His own precious blood. How can one say that “for the remission of sins” means ‘in order to obtain’ in light of the fact that God never uses the phrase in that sense? In the Old Testament God forgave sin on the basis of a blood sacrifice (Heb. 9:22) – the Old Testament saints had their sins remitted (i.e., forgiven) but they were not redeemed until Christ came and shed His blood at Calvary. Their sins were covered (Romans 4:7; Psalm 32:1), but the sinner was not cleared of his guilt (Exodus 34:7) until the Cross (Heb.10:4). Before Calvary, the sins of believers were pardoned, but they were not paid for (i.e., redeemed) until the crucifixion (see Romans 3:25 and Heb. 9:12-15). When Jesus said, “It is finished,” (John 19:30), all sin – past, present and future – was paid for, and the plan of salvation was completed, so that ‘whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins’ (Acts 10:43). In Acts 2:38, the people were baptized because their sins were forgiven (at Calvary when Jesus said, “Father, forgive them,”) and they received the blessing of forgiveness when they repented of their sin of rejecting Christ and accepted Him as their Saviour and Lord. Friend, heaven or hell depends on what you believe about this.

12. If salvation is not by works of righteousness which we have done, and baptism is a work of “righteousness,” then how can water baptism be a part of salvation? (Titus 3:5; Matt. 3:16) In the Bible, we are SAVED BY GRACE, and grace does not involve human effort or merit – grace is grace and work is work! (Just read Ephesians 2:8,9 and Romans 11:6.)

13. The “Church of Christ” teaches that “obeying the Gospel” includes being baptized in water in order to be saved. If this is true, then how is it that the converts of Acts 10 were saved by faith before and without water baptism? The Bible says in Acts 5:32 that only those who obey God may receive the Holy Ghost – so what did those in Acts 10 do to obey and receive the Holy Ghost and be saved? In the light of Acts 10:34-48, Acts 11:14-18, and Acts 15:7-11, how can anyone honestly believe that water baptism is necessary to salvation? Simon Peter said their hearts were “purified by faith” (Acts 15:9) and that we are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ like they were (Acts 15:11); that is, before and without water baptism! We know that unsaved people do not receive or have the Holy Spirit (John 14:17; Romans 8:9). We know that the Holy Spirit is given only to those who have believed on Christ (John 7:39). We know that the Holy Spirit seals the believing sinner the moment he puts his faith and trust in Christ as Savior, before he is ever baptized in water (Ephesians 1:12,13). How does the warped theology of Campbellism explain away these clear passages of Scripture without “muddying the waters” of truth and drowning its members in eternal damnation?

Campbellites Answered 2

Yesterday, I talked about the sufficiency of the cross to save us.

I talked a little about the mechanism of how we are saved, and types and antitypes. Now, I’m familiar enough with this to note that if I deal with the entire Campbellite doctrine in four or so articles, that sooner or later, some heretic will visit this blog and only read ONE of the articles, and ignore my repeated requests for them to read the entire series. I’ll repeat the request, knowing I’m doomed to having everyone ignore it. Yay!

Okay, resuming where we left off yesterday. The best way to dispel the Campbellite nonsenses is to examine how the mechanics of salvation work. Jesus died, you live.

So let me sum up the points from yesterday, so we can keep track of what’s been discussed.

  • Salvation is a gift of God and not of works lest any man should boast.
  • Salvation was completely and effectually completed by Jesus Christ on the cross.
  • Any cult, denomination or philosophy that disparages the work of Christ on the Cross is faulty at best and heresy at its worst
  • disparaging the Cross of Christi as insufficient to accomplish salvation is perilously close to rejecting the Cross outright according to Phil. 3:18
  • the only requirements for salvation is faith and belief
  • Baptism is a work we do
  • The Bible makes it clear that our salvation is of faith and not of works
  • Christ made it clear it is His blood which is shed for our remission (Matt. 26)
  • whoever believes shall receive the remission (Acts 10)
  • God set forth Jesus Christ that whoever believes shall receive the remission (Romans 3)
  • Without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 12)
  • Water never had a part in salvation in the Old Testament, it only was used for purification.

Now, again, I can’t speak for Mr. Finnell, but there’s a peculiar twist that Campbellites use – they tend to advocate Hyper-dispensationalism.

Hyper-dispensationalism is a faulty premise. One bible teacher I like to listen to falls into this error. Since I’m aware of it, I simply shake my head and mutter under my breath when he mentions it in his online sermons and teachings.

Hyper dispensationalism was analyzed by Harry Ironside in his book “wrongly dividing”. It basically states that for hyper-dispensationalists, the only Bible for them is after halfway through Acts. Why? It says in Hebrews that the Testament is not in force until the death of the testator. It causes some marked warps in Bible thinking. One of the best books on Revelation is actually written by the inventor of this school of thougt, E. W. Bullinger. This is why many today feel that in the Tribulation you’re saved by grace AND law.

It’s funny though, when you try to pin a Campbellite down on this issue, they get a little slippery. Why? Hyper-Dispensationalism actually refutes a few of their key proof texts. “Well, that part is still applicable today because…”

Now, here’s where I’m going to blow a few of your minds. There is some sound exegesis on the parts of Campbellites. They have correctly noticed that you have to read a portion of Scripture and note when a verse is said, you have to read it to its conclusion. They do this in scenes where no mention of Baptism is mentioned in connection with salvation, and they point and say, “Aha!!!! You see, the jailer/people at Acts 2/Eunuch were all Baptized!”

Yes, they were. But the only flaw is you started from a flawed premise, and as I quoted Tim LaHeye yesterday, a faulty premise ALWAYS guarantees a faulty conclusion.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is the first act of a converted lifestyle. It is the public act of a saved man or woman that Jesus Christ is their Lord and saviour.

What did it mean to the audience who heard it at Acts 2?

Among Jews, Baptism has one meaning, and one meaning alone. Purification.

Observant Jews went to the Mikveh daily. For salvation? Well, the belief is in Judaism you are saved by being observant of the laws of Moses, as taught by the Rabbis. But what’s the purpose of Mikveh? To purify you.

Dishes, spoons knives and other utensils can be placed in a basket and lowered in the water, then back up. Are the dishes being saved? No, purified.

Yesterday we examined the case of the Za’arah, the leper. The leper was not permitted to be baptized (mikveh’d) until he was pronounced clean. This is rich in Typology, a type of the sinful condition of man, sin, repentance, and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. When you realized you were a Za’arah (leper), you went to the High Priest (Jesus Christ) to be examined (admit your sinful condition). He would pronounce you clean (forgiven, saved) and then you would wash your clothes (be baptized).

So, in Judaism, to be publicly baptized after faith in Jesus Christ meant purification. It meant you were also now a very observant and religious Jew. The early Jewish believers no longer needed to keep the law, but many did at first out of fervor for Jesus Christ, as the New Testament testified in Acts 21:10. As the issue of Galatianism (Judaizing) began to spread, the early believers quickly stopped any keeping of the law, simply to show they were not part of that heresy.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (KJV)

This verse teaches a crucial concept – Baptism is considered by many the door into the church. That’s what was taught in my Seminary, and apparently in many Baptist seminaries. The body being the local church… then 1 Cor. 12:13 would teach that we are baptized into that body, that local church.

Many Baptist churches hold to this teaching, and entrance to membership is done through baptism, letter from another church of like faith and practice, or by personal statement they’ve already been baptized in a previous church of like faith and practice but don’t have a letter.

This is something that the Campellites do not have. If they teach that Baptism is for salvation, then it is not an entrance into a church.

Tomorrow, we’ll examine more on this issue.

Campbellites Answered 1

I was putting this one off, but as so often happens on this blog, a visitor has pushed the issue.

For the last four or five months, a man has visited my blog, writing long articles in the comment boxes, always ending it, “You are invited to follow my blog at…”

Yeah, uh… no.

Because his articles advocate salvation by works, a heresy.

He teaches the doctrines of a group that call themselves arrogantly the Church of Christ. Arrogant, because they are most definitely NOT the church of Jesus Christ, but rather, follow the teachings of a false Christ and a renegade Baptist preacher, Alexander Campbell. And this man is very aggressive about teaching his doctrines. I wrote two articles where I enjoined him to stop, without mentioning his name. But he knew what I was saying.

I emailed him directly. no answer for three days.

And then another spam comment article, this time aggressively trying to combat “faithers.”

What’s a “faither”? Someone who believes in salvation by faith alone.

The church of Christ (Campbellite) claim among Christians that they believe in salvation by faith – but you see from one of their adherents that they mock this amongst themselves.

Campbell had started off right, but had deviated by becoming convinced (or by the desire to create a cult, I’m not sure which) that salvation comes from Baptism.

In case you’re unaware, that’s so far removed from Baptist doctrine that it’s sickening. Lutherans and Episcopals teach Baptismal Regeneration – a heresy that Billy Graham admits to believing in.

A faulty premise always produces a faulty conclusion. — Tim LaHeye

Baptismal regeneration teaches that Baptism saves. Its a heresy. Why?

salvation is not something we do. Salvation is a gift. Where do I get that?

The same place you should get all your doctrine – from the Bible.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

Well, again, that one verse does more to refute this point than anything else. It’s not my only rebuttal – but it’s the first one we should go to to answer the Campbellite.

Mr. Steven Finnell may or may not officially be a part of the Church of Christ – but certainly he advocates their doctrines, using much of the same terminology.

Because so many Christians are not being warned about them, the heresy is suddenly spreading, where before it was very limited. That’s due to a TV “reality” show.

My point is: We need to wake up. It’s FANTASTIC that someone on a TV show is openly naming the name of Christ. It’s FANTASTIC that they’re standing up for Biblical morals. I guess. I’ve never seen the show.

But you shouldn’t be watching it. Why? It’s about heretics.

Would you watch tv shows about Jehovah’s Witnesses? No? Then why watch a show about people who also are heretics?

If I advocate – in any way – that my efforts can in any way aid my salvation, I have disparaged the Cross of Christ. Not only that, it’s akin to rejecting the Cross of Christ as insufficient.

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Philippians 3:18-19 (KJV)

There is not one thing I can do to aid my salvation. The work of Christ was completed on the cross. What Campbellites do not understand is the method of salvation.

It’s already done. All you have to do is accept it.

38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. Luke 18:38-43 (KJV)

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. Acts 16:29-32 (KJV)

Faith. Believe.

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:9-11 (KJV)

I deliberately mention Acts 16, because this is a Campbellite proof text. The jailer asks, “what must I do to be saved?” The answer is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” This verse is one of those verses my seminary requires students to memorize.

The Campbellite will object, “Yes, but he was baptized – clearly, this teaches he must be baptized to be saved!”
Uh, no – it merely requires believing with the heart and confessing with the tongue.

Let me put it this way – the Campbellite is NOT CORRECT when he will point out there are no cases in the Bible of anyone who is saved from the book of Acts onward who does not get baptized. EVERY person who is saved from ACts chapter 2 and onward gets baptized. I originally wrote “correct”, but one of you with sharp eyes and a good knowledge for the Bible corrected me, so I stand corrected! This is why you should never think you have enough research! anyway, resuming the article…

The point we disagree on is – when are they saved? The Campbellite insists that it is after the baptism. This is impossible.


Because Baptism is something I do. There is nothing I can do to aid the cross of Christ.

In all these passages, we see it is FAITH in Jesus that saves.

He completed the work on the Cross. He suffered, bled and died. Done. Paid.

See if you can follow the thought here…

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28 (KJV)

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:43 (KJV)

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:25 (KJV)

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22 (KJV)

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Hebrews 10:18 (KJV)

Blood, Remission. Faith.

Jesus Christ died as the sacrifice for our sins. Right? So He completed it, being the perfect sinless lamb. Right?

Where do WE come into the picture?

To claim we have ANY PART in our own salvation is to elevate us to the level of Jesus Christ.

What was water used for in the old testament?

To purify.

Was there a sacrifice of water?

No. There was a drink offering of wine.

40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering. Exodus 29:40 (KJV)

13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. Leviticus 23:13 (KJV)

5 And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb. Numbers 15:5 (KJV)

7 And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savour unto the LORD. Numbers 15:7 (KJV)

10 And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. Numbers 15:10 (KJV)

What does the wine represent? The wine is a type of the blood of Christ.

So if Christ is the lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world, what does Baptism do?

Purify. Same thing it did in the old testament.

Washing anything stained by sin got you nothing.

33 He shall be shaven, but the scall shall he not shave; and the priest shall shut up him that hath the scall seven days more: 34 And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the scall: and, behold, if the scall be not spread in the skin, nor be in sight deeper than the skin; then the priest shall pronounce him clean: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. Leviticus 13:33-34 (KJV)

You can’t wash until you’re clean. This Za’arah (leprosy) is a type of sin, and the cleansing of it is a sign of salvation. You go to the high priest (Jesus Christ) HE declares you clean (saved, forgiven of sins) and then… you are allowed to wash, to regain purity.

The washing did not heal – you were purified before the washing.

Funny how “faithers” can clearly understand rich symbiology – but the Campbellite cannot understand, as his self imposed doctrines cripple him, and completely remove any typology and all types and antitypes from the Old Testament.

Except for types of Jesus Christ – because the Campbellite needs Jesus. If you preach salvation by works, you preach another Gospel. If you preach a Jesus Christ who could not complete the work at the cross, you preach a different Jesus.

A different Gospel is a different Jesus, and a different Jesus cannot save. — Justin Peters

So, we will star our expose’ of the Campbellite church of Christ and its false doctrines. It shouldn’t take long – I’ve already removed most of their ammunition already.