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Does anyone know anything about the "Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)" (http://www.disciples.org/)? Are they considered to be a cult?

Any info would be helpful.
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Date:October 24th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
i don't think so. i used to attend one when i lived in salt lake city and it was your typical non-denominational church.
Date:November 2nd, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
I ran across this post (and this community) completely by accident... but to answer your question, no. I went to a Disciples church for 14 years. It's a little less rigid than many denominations, but it is a legitimate denomination in and of itself. It was founded by Alexander Campbell and is more or less a group that splintered from the Presbyterian Church. The guiding principle behind the Disciples denomination is discernment... i.e., people should formulate their own beliefs on the specifics of faith, rather than blindly following the creeds of whatever denomination they belong to. To that end, some Disciples churches are extremely liberal, while others may be very religiously conservative, depending on the makeup of the congregation and the church leadership. The guiding ideal of the DOC is the unification of all believers in Jesus Christ into one universal church wherein believers are tolerant of one another's varying viewpoints. The DOC is an organized denomination, with a General Assembly composed of all DOC churches which meets every other year. It is further broken down into regions (my church was in the Illinois-Wisconsin region), and within those regions are clusters of churches within a relatively small area.

Aside from not requiring it's members to adhere to any creed beyond believing that Jesus Christ is who he says he was... the son of god, who died and was risen three days later... and accepting him as their lord and savior, the DOC is much like any other Christian denomination. They sing the same hymns and practice no rituals beyond those described in the Bible (i.e. baptism by immersion, the Lord's prayer, and the Eucharist). As I stated before, each individual church may vary widely, but the DOC is a perfectly legitimate, bible-based denomination. Hope that helps.
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Date:November 5th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your help!
Date:January 17th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
According the the base definitions of Websters for cults. Yes...its a cult. It follows a man and/or an ideal. Now, is it an extreme Off-the-wall' cult. That depends on its detailed message. :-)
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