Undenominational Christianity (Part Three)
“Reunification” is a buzz word in the Restoration Movement.
When the Restoration Movement started they were calling for everyone to drop their denominational titles and be “Christians only.” This was all going on in the early 1800s and was being led by three guys in particular Barton Stone in Kentucky. The other two were a father son pair who had done battle with the Presbyterian Church Thomas and Alexander Campbell. Eventually their seperate movements would come together and form the Stone-Campbell movement in 1832.
Eventually however these movements broke up into three seperate groups. One group broke away over arguments about funding things like orphanages and missionary societies. The second group split off over the issue of instrumental music. The argument is always that neither of these things were in the Bible, therefore we should not have them today.
Reunification is the idea and hope that, in time, these groups will come back together.
Some people are for it. Some people are against it. Some people are for it if they admit they were wrong and come back begging.
I am for it. All the time there are small displays of solidarity and unity. Recently many churches around the country hosted unity communion services.* I have not been able to be a part of one of these, but I believe that they are a step in the right direction. These services are obviously recognitions of what I talked about in previous posts and that is recognizing members of other congregations as brothers and sisters in Christ.
This is also a step in the right direction for reaching ther real goals of the Restoration Movement–unifying not dividing.
If you have been to any of these Reunification events, please tell me about it. I am curious and inspired.
*Special Thanks to Kate Dear for the Link.