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When one considers the present day state of Christianity, with more than 20,000 separate fellowships claiming Christ world wide (Barrett, 17), it obvious that this is not the condition of the Church Jesus promised to build, for which He died, and for which He prayed might be One (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28; John 17:21). If this is not the state that Jesus intended, what should be done by those desiring to be pleasing to Christ?
The restoration plea is a plea for the authority of Christ. “And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). This authority is found in His will revealed in the New Testament, not in the words of men, creeds or councils.
The restoration plea is a plea to return to God’s original plan as revealed in the Scriptures. It is a conviction that departures from the intended divine arrangement are not beneficial, but in fact are detrimental to Christianity. It is a determination to allow the Bible to be our guide and follow its model for salvation, worship, and practices. It is a belief that such a plea is not only desirable but possible. It is an attitude of humility to seek to be pleasing to God and not ourselves. If we believe what the first Christians believed; if we do what they did, we will be Christians, no more, no less!
The restoration plea has been expressed in various slogans: “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.” “Do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names.” “In matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all things, charity.”
The study of Restoration history is to study the attitudes that have been held in regard to the Scriptures. It is to trace the developments in the understanding that the Bible is to be our guide, but also to accurately understand its content. “If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Pet. 4:11). Come study with us in the heart of the Restoration Movement!
World Christian Encyclopedia, David Barrett, ed. (1982).