Facebook: Which Protestant denomination should you join?

Usually I don’t populate Facebook items here, but this was a recent quiz that I thought some might find interesting (HT:┬áMike Beidler) – not sure if it’s available in a non-Facebook format. My result is particularly interesting to me in that Disciples of Christ shares a common root with the quasi-denomination that I grew up in, the Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. Both come from the Restoration Movement, which emerged from the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century.

There’s quite a bit here that I agree with and a little bit that gives me pause. I’ve highlighted the specific items that resonate strongly.

Your Result: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a renewal movement that sought to unify the Church on Scripture alone. Influenced by both the Presbyterian and Baptist Churches, the polity is both congregational with the leadership of local elders within the congregation. Rejecting Creeds and Denominational Confessional Statements as a test of fellowship, they maintain that the Good Confession that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God is the only mandatory confession. There is a strong heritage of congregational autonomy which leads to great diversity within various congregations. Diversity in liturgy, music and organizational practices are prevalent. Ultimately a strong sense of the Churches unity is a unifying force within the movement. Baptism of adults by immersion into the one Body of Christ is practiced, although those who transfer into the Church having been baptized other ways are accepted. Holy Communion is celebrated weekly with both clergy and laity serving at the Table. The ultimate authority is Scripture as each believer is given the freedom to interpret Scripture within the community of faith. the heritage of the Church’s history, specifically the early church, which is held in high regard. Although initially a fairly conservative movement, the Disciples (as they are often called) believe in the equality of all believers. Therefore, it is not uncommon to have women in position of leadership as well as baptized youth.

The last two sentences seemed fair enough to me until I looked up one of the local congregations, where I found this statement on their home page:

We are thoroughly committed to the Christian tradition, but we reject the notion that Christianity must condemn all other religious traditions. A summary of the way we think is that we seek to be the people of God only, without claiming to be the only people of God.

Is that really what is meant by “the equality of all believers”? That’s not how I originally read it, but maybe it has multiple meanings. I’m trying to reconcile that with my understanding of Jesus in John 14:6 as “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Christ].”


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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 4, 2009 at 8:02 PM | Permalink

    I got the same thing. It probably has a lot to do with the scoring matrix.

  2. Posted May 6, 2009 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    I grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I think you’d find many people in that denomination with whom you’d agree on many things. You’d find some people who love and serve and know the Lord.

    You’d also find those who are religious but without any strong convictions about Jesus. (That’s a polite way of saying that they are still walking in the darkness, still in their sins, walking according to the course of the ruler of this world.)

    Much would depend on the local pastor and the local lay leadership of the congregation.

    • Posted May 6, 2009 at 10:05 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for the comments, Jim – I know we’ve talked before about this “denomination” in relation to my personal history. I still have the Milligan book on my “to get” list…