BrotherhoodNews.com recently issued this report —
MERIDIAN, Miss. (BNc) — The Northside congregation hosted a Bible debate on church benevolence Jan. 21-22.
Thursday night Patrick Donahue of Huntsville, Ala., affirmed that, “The Bible does not authorize use of the church treasury for social meals.” John T. Polk II of Dover, Tenn., denied.
On Friday night Brother Polk affirmed, “The scriptures teach that in benevolence, a local church of Christ may relieve saints and non-saints from its treasury.” Tommy Thrasher of Decatur, Ala., denied.
I can’t find the words to adequately describe how very repugnant this is to me … debating whether the body of Christ can act like Jesus. And you wonder why some congregations feel compelled to drop “Church of Christ” from their name.
This is what the Regulative Principle and our peculiar understanding of “authority” does to us. You’d think that the direct command “Love your neighbor” would be sufficient authority to, you know, love your neighbor.
Excuse me while I go be sick at my stomach.