Campbellite "Church of Christ" heresy

The falsely so called "Church of Christ" is a cult denomination started by Thomas Campbell in the early 1800s and further popularized by his son, Alexander Campbell. They also had the help of Barton Stone and Walter Scott. This cult is very popular in the southern United States, but not anywhere else. They are known as "the Catholic Church of the South" because they believe that you must confess to one of their preachers and have one of them baptize you in order for you to be initially saved. After you go through this initiation process of confessing before a man, having him baptize you, and make a commitment to turn from all your sins, they believe that you MUST go to one of their churches and take the Lord's supper every week in order to stay saved. That is complete Roman Catholicism. 
They are also A-Millennialists, they do not believe that Christ will literally return to Earth and reign in Jerusalem 1,000 years. They believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is on Earth right now and that Satan is chained right now. They think Revelation 19-20 is a description of the present. 

The best books written against Campbellism are the works of Bob L. Ross (The Restoration Movement, Campbellism: Its History and Heresies, Walter Scott and Acts 2:38) and the booklet Why I am Not a Campbellite by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman.  

If you want to see the Campbellite heresy in action, go to Steve Finnell's "A CHRISTIAN VIEW" blog or Aaron Erhardt at Erhardt Publications. 

Here are the posts I have made that are relevant to the Campbellite heresy.  

The case against water baptism (part 1) 

The case against water baptism (part 2)

Response to an Acts 2:38 Campbellite 

O foolish Landmark Baptists (and Campbellites!)
Alexander Campbell the Bible perverter   

What is "baptism into Christ"? 

A divine "Church of Christ" mouse trap (1 Cor. 12:13) 

Was John's baptism different from Peter's? 

"A CHRISTIAN VIEW" by Steve Finnell 

Common Sense Questions for a "church of christ" Preacher by Pastor David Martin

Who can baptize? A response to Steve Finnell

A review of the Church of Christ deception. Proving eternal security of the believer.

Correspondence--between Hoss and a COC evangelist (Part 1)  

Correspondence--between Hoss and a COC evangelist (Part 2)

Review of a COC vs MAD debate on Youtube

Answers to our Campbellite friend 

"Church of Christ" and Roman Catholicism

Figures, baptism, conscience

What is the the "filth" of the flesh? (1 Pet. 3:21)

Hoss vs Finnel: Baptism into water or baptism into Christ?

"Born of water": Answering the Church of Christ confusion

Hoss vs COC baptismal regeneration heresy

Baptismal regeneration heresy and the failures of the COC. (Part 1)

Baptismal regeneration heresy and the failures of the COC. (Part 2)

Baptismal regeneration heresy and the failures of the COC. (Part 3)  

Is believing a work?

"Turning from sin" or change of mind?  

Lord's supper weekly? 

50 things that would have to happen for you to lose salvation. 

"Fall Away By Evangelist, Aaron Erhardt "                                

Campbellite Confusion on "The One True Church"

How do you "obey the gospel"?  

The "church of christ" vs the dying thief

Hoss vs Finnell: Are there works that save under Grace?                                                   

"church of christ" A-Millennial heresy! (Part 1)

"church of christ" A-Millennial heresy! (Part 2)

Do you really follow Jesus? 



  1. The "point" of salvation...

    There is a "point" in time for all believing and penitent sinners at which they pass from condemnation into salvation.
    Everyone needs to know what that "point" is!

    The blind man in John 9 came to a "point" of healing when he washed as commanded - that is, when he obeyed!

    From early Bible times, the blessing of God was given when obedience (as directed) was satisfied. This is "faith" as the Bible defines it. The walls of Jericho, Naaman the leper, etc., how many examples do you want - these examples show the "point" of being blessed by God - through the means God selected - and this "point" was/is always AFTER faithful obedience.

    Faith in God + Obedience to His means >>> Blessing of God.

    Water baptism today is no different.

    Water baptism is "unto" (in order to obtain) remission of sins (Acts 2:38), to "wash away" sins (Acts 22:16), and as such, water baptism IS inseparable from being saved.

    Faith in God + Obedience to His means (immersion in water) >>> Blessing (salvation) of God

    God's "works" (the means selected by God) do not nullify His grace... His means complement His grace. The blessing of salvation is offered by grace. The blessing offered is appropriated by obedience to the means God selected. In the case of salvation, by being immersed in water God gives you eternal life ! How could the grace of God be any greater?

    Just ask the blind man.
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    Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    1. I asked the blind man....he said Christ also put mud in his eyes. Is someone putting mud on your eyes also a requirement for salvation?

      John 9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

      Campbellites love to quote passsages about the blind man and John 9 and the leper in 2 Kings 5....though neither passage has anything to do with salvation in the present dispensation. God healed people through many different means (Mark 5:34, Math. 9:2, Luke 7:50, etc.). None of these passages have anything to do with how a sinner is saved in the present dispensation.

      I agree, faith is doing what God said. And God said to us “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5.

      Acts 2:38 and 22:16 have absolutely nothing to do with me whatsoever, also water baptism is never said in the Bible to be by immersion in water.

      You need to stop trusting your works and trust Christ alone for salvation.

    2. The case against water baptism (part 1)

      The case against water baptism (part 2)


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