Oak Grove Christian Church

5 Morris Road
Arden, N.C. 28704
828-687-8222
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The Original Aim of the Restoration Movement

The Restoration Fathers were not interested in the merger of denominations, but in the abolition of denominationalism.  They desired to remove all creeds that divide Christians.  They urged all followers of the Bible to unite in a new order based solely on the Scriptures.  They called for the unity of all Christians in independent, local congregations.  These would throw off all man-made religious notions and go back to the Bible as the sole authority for faith and practice.
Our Goal

Our Goal is to restore the church Jesus built.  The ecumenically minded denominationalist thinks of unity in terms of cooperation among denominations. This is not Paul's idea nor Christ's idea of unity.

1 Corinthians 1:10; John 17:21

The body of Christ is not, and never will be a confederation of denominations.  To merge with a denomination would be to repudiate everything for which the restoration movement has stood, and would leave the religious world without a voice to proclaim the apostolic conception of unity.
What is a Denomination?

The best that any denomination can claim for itself is that it is a part of the body of Christ.  But, being a denomination, it is, of necessity, an amputated part - amputated because of disease.  The merging of two amputated parts, which remain amputated, cannot possibly constitute the true body of Christ.  The aim of the restoration fathers was not to unite amputated parts, but to heal, or to restore, the body of Christ by destroying the disease of diseases 
which led to the amputations.