What is the church of Christ and what is it not?

Some people ask if we are Catholic or Protestant, Mormons or Evangelical. We could go through a whole list to explain what we are not. The church of Christ is not:

Catholic.

Orthodox.

Anglican.

Reformed.

Baptist.

Evangelical.

Pentecostal.

Apostolic.

Lutheran.

Methodist.

Presbyterian.

Episcopal.

Mormon.

Jehova's Witness.

Seventh-day Adventist.

One could continue the list with even more names.

That is the thing. People who started new churches creatively came up with new and unique church names.

It is one thing to be enthusiastic about a new direction and about a new name for your church. But it doesn't mean it contributes to a much needed unity among believers.

Paul already addressed this in the early church:

What I mean is this: Individuals among you are saying, "I follow Paul," "I follow Apollos," "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." (1 Corinthians 1:12)

In 1 Cor 3:4 he writes:

For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere human beings?

Starting a new church; pondering on which name to use to explain you are not like the rest, is only human.

The church of Christ however was not meant to be yet another church.

What is the church of Christ actually?

Something marvellous! Look at what Eph 5:25-27 has to say about it:

...just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

That is what members of the church of Christ are desiring: to be part of Christ's church.

We believe discontinuing the use of human names, organizations and doctrines helps us in being just that.

His church.