What Is Institutionalism?

What Is Institutionalism? A broad term applied to a system of practices adopted by many churches of Christ in the min-20th Century What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT FROM THE COLLECTION

FOR HUMAN INSTITUTIONS Bible Colleges Childrens Homes Medical and Counseling Centers What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT FROM THE COLLECTION

FOR HUMAN INSTITUTIONS What is the work of the church (1 Tim. 3:14-15)? Can any good work be a work of the church (1 Tim. 5:9-16)? What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT FROM THE COLLECTION

FOR HUMAN INSTITUTIONS If a work belongs to the church, the church should do it. The New Testament church supported no human institutions. What Is Institutionalism? BENEVOLENCE FROM THE

COLLECTION TO NON-CHRISTIANS The collections is said to be for the saints (1 Cor. 16:1-2). Individual Christians should do good to all (Gal. 6:10). What Is Institutionalism? BENEVOLENCE FROM THE

COLLECTION TO NON-CHRISTIANS There is no example of aid to nonChristians from the collection. What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT TO PREACHERS THROUGH SPONSORING CHURCHES

One church solicits support from other churches for a project it cannot do itself. What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT TO PREACHERS THROUGH SPONSORING CHURCHES

Preaching in another country A national radio or television program What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT TO PREACHERS THROUGH SPONSORING CHURCHES These approaches alter church

organization. They compromise autonomy. They elevate church over church. What Is Institutionalism? SUPPORT TO PREACHERS THROUGH SPONSORING CHURCHES The New Testament church sent

directly to preachers (Phil. 4:15-19). There is no example of sponsoring churches. What Is Institutionalism? SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AS WORKS OF THE CHURCH

Social aid to promote evangelism Social functions as works of the church Entertainment opportunities to youth What Is Institutionalism? SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AS WORKS OF THE CHURCH Jesus didnt use good works as a lure

for evangelism (John 6) Eating together is not to be a work of the church (1 Cor. 11:17-22; 33-34) What Is Institutionalism? SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AS WORKS OF THE CHURCH The work of the church is to teach

the gospel. It is spiritual in nature. It is not to focus on material things.

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