The argument goes we want to "restore" the New Testament church, but is that even a legitimate cause? (Check out Adam Ellis' blog and his podcast regarding what he terms "post-Restorationism). Is that what God ever intended? What if God simply wants us to worship him however we can doing whatever we feel would best honor and glorify him? Is that not what worship is about? Is that not how God's people have always worshiped him? Noah comes out of the ark and doesn't know what else to do but build an alter. Why? It just seemed appropriate to him.
This would scare the pants off alot of Church of Christ folks, but why? What is there to be scared of?
"With what shall I come before the Lord?
Shall I come before him with my unacompanied singing?
With the obedience of weekly observing the Lord's Supper?
With the proper mode of baptism?
He has shown you man what is good! Over and over again in Scripture!
To love mercy, to act justly, and to walk humbly with your God!"
O how I long to do that! Let's get away from these tedious arguments of who's right, who's wrong, who's orthodox, who's heretic, and come together and worship the one Savior who's saved us all! Give me some Scripture that stands opposed that idea! Jesus' prayer is that we be one! Not divided into our many factions and idealogical polarized groups.
Our people ask, "Should we cast fire down on the Baptists, Lord, for their heretical view of baptism? Should we burn the Catholic churches because of their veneration of the Virgin Mary, Lord? Should we raid the Methodist churches because of the liberal ivew of Scripture? Should we throw rocks at the windows of the United Churches of Christ for stealing our name and ordaining homosexuals?"
Do the Lord's words come back harshly, "Patience my child they will get what they deserve in the end?" . . . quite the contrary, Jesus looks at the people doing his work and lovingly rebukes us, "Children, if they come in my name, they are on our side. If they're not against us, they're for us. Accept them as your brothers and sisters." and you'll know my people by their love . . . we must look around us for we are surrounded by love in all of these groups - a love that is a fruit of the Spirit - God's Holy Spirit. How dare we work against Him?
I stand in the tradition of the Apostle's Creed. If someone comes to challenge the values upheld there, then maybe we can engage discussion of heresy and orthodoxy, but until God is challenged in the longstanding tradition of the Church, or in the standing of the moral image of holiness presented in Scripture, you are my brother, you are my sister. Let's be busy in kingdom work!