by Spencer Cromwell
If you have been a member of the Church for a substantial period of time, you will have heard the term “Brotherhood” used to describe the community religion. Typically, for the Church of Christ, we use the term to describe conservative values and sound interpretation and application of Scripture within each congregation. In simpler terms, it has become a word of comfort for many, as it brings forth an understanding that the congregations working together, though separated by distance, have similar traits as those of siblings within a family…devotion, trust, loyalty, and shared values in Christ, especially when it comes to Scripture and theology. The “Brotherhood” has always been a beautiful term to describe the body of Christ in its wonderfully crafted autonomy yet community and as a signet to assure one another that we ARE the New Testament church wherever we are located!
Today, the imposition by the “World” into the Lord’s body have brought on a plague that has affected your area and community, regardless of location. What once may have been assumed and promoted, now must be investigated and questioned. Where did this harmful movement come from?
There is a great struggle and temptation growing with every year for Churches to become more culturally, politically, and socially relevant in “religion”. The “Otherhood” is a dangerous movement to remain the “Church” and “brotherhood” while having the autonomous ability to change an individual congregation’s stance and perspective on worship, on women’s roles in the Body, on what leadership is and isn’t, and the list will perpetually go on and on!
Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; on Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
We know the New Testament Church of the Bible hasn’t changed. If your congregation has changed its stance on what the Church should look like, then seek awareness, unity, and obedience to God first. – Taken from the bulletin of the Windsong Church (December 2019).