The inspiration of the Scriptures
The Vidor Church of Christ elders, preachers, and missionaries believe in and teach the verbal,
plenary inspiration of the Scriptures. It is our conviction that the entire Bible is God breathed (2
Tim. 3:16) and that the very words recorded are exactly what God wanted expressed (1 Cor.
2:13; Eph. 3:3-4; 1 Cor. 14:37). We believe the New Testament is the complete revelation from
God to man, and only in the New Testament do we have everything that pertains to life and
godliness(2 Pet. 1:3; cf. Gal. 1:8,9; Rev. 22:18,19).
The distinctive nature of the church
The church was built by Christ (Matt. 16:16-18), was purchased with His blood (Acts 20:28),
and that which He will save (Eph. 5:23-25). The New Testament teaches that the church is the
body of Christ (Eph. 1:23; Col. 1:18), and that Christ is the head of that body (Eph 1:22). All
authority belongs to Christ. It is the church’s responsibility to obey the commands of Christ
because we will be judged by His words (John 12:48). Since the church is the body of Christ, He
naturally has only one body. Ephesians 4:4 teaches that there is only one body, and that one body
is the church. The true church today is comprised only of those congregations who pattern
themselves after the church built by Christ and established by the apostles in the New Testament.
The Worship of the church
Jesus said that we are to worship according “to spirit and truth” (John 4:24). He defined the term
“truth” for us in John 17:17 where he said that “thy word is truth.” Therefore our worship must
be according to the word of God. We are to have authority for everything that we do in worship
(Col. 3:16-17). Worship then is not something that is based upon mans likes or dislikes. It is
solely determined by Gods word. The church is only authorized to use of congregational
singing. This singing should be with the instrument of the heart, without the use of mechanical
instruments (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19). Therefore, only a cappella singing is to be used, and that the
entire congregation should engage in that singing. Having a choir replace the congregational
singing is not authorized in the Scriptures. In addition, the New Testament teaches that men are
to assume the leadership roles in the assembly (1 Tim. 2:8-15; I Cor. 14:34-35), therefore we do
not believe it is appropriate to have women serve as group leaders in the congregational singing.
We are to also partake of the Lords supper every Sunday (Matt. 26:26-29; Acts 20:7). We are
only authorized to partake of the Lords supper in the same manner as Jesus did, which was
instituted during the Passover (Matt. 26:17-18). Jesus would have only used unfermented fruit of
the vine and unleavened bread which would have been in accordance with the Passover laws
found in Exodus 12 and 13. We also are commanded to have prayers offered by faithful men
during our worship to God (1 Tim. 2:8). We are commanded to give of our means every Sunday
(1 Cor. 16:1-2) as a free will offering. It is also commanded that we have preaching every
Sunday during our worship ( Acts 20:7, 2 Tim. 4:2). Worship is to be conducted in a decent and
orderly manner (1 Cor 14:33).
John instructed in 1 John 1:3-7 that we can only have fellowship with those who have fellowship
with God. Those who have fellowship with God are those who are “walking in the light” (1 John
1:7). Thus, it is impossible for us to have unity with, or to offer fellowship to those who do not
“obey His commandments” (1 Jn. 2:4). We believe the New Testament teachings are clear
enough that we can distinguish those who are in the light from those who are in darkness (Eph.
5:8-17). We equally will not fellowship those who do not abide in all the teachings of Christ (2
Marriage, divorce, and remarriage
It is our position that the Bible teaches the following truths concerning marriage, divorce and
1. God’s original plan, from the beginning, was one man and one woman for life. (Matt. 19:3ff).
2. If one marries another, while the first mate lives, he/she is guilty of adultery (Rom. 7:1ff).
3. Fornication is the only exception Jesus offers to the above situations. If one’s mate is sexually
unfaithful, the innocent party has the right to divorce his/her mate and marry another (Matt.
19:9). We do not teach that the guilty party has the right to remarry. He (or she) forfeited his
right when he was unfaithful.
4. The so-called “Pauline privilege” of 1 Cor. 7:15 is not an additional reason to divorce and remarry.
Paul is allowing one to leave his or her mate under an extreme circumstance, but does not
provide an additional reason for remarriage. Earlier Paul had stated that if one left his or her mate
it left but two options: (1) remain unmarried, or (2) be reconciled to his/her mate (1 Cor. 7:11).
Women Leaders in the Church
It is not a part of God’s plan for women to be allowed leadership roles in the assemblies of His
church. Based on the teachings of 1 Timothy 2:8-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, both men and
women have divinely specified functions. Those functions include the men leading the worship
and the women assuming a submissive position (1 Tim. 2:12). We do not believe these teachings
indicate an inferior status for women. The man has been designated by God as the “head” of the
wife (Eph. 5:23), and the men are to be the leaders of the church. The New Testament recognized
no women as elders. The teachings (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1) are clearly speaking to male
leadership, and the examples in the New Testament support this.
Salvation, Grace, Works
The grounds for man’s salvation is the blood of Christ, and God’s grace is manifested by what
He did for our salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). Therefore, it is God who determines to whom He extends
His grace. He is not going to give His gift of grace to one who disregards His commands in the
Gospel, or one who continues in sin (Rom. 6:1-2). God has given man His grace when he came
to God through faith and obedience. Therefore, the acts of obedience we do are not to merit or
earn our salvation. Those are simply the loving acts done by those wanting to please God (John
14:15). Our works are done to demonstrate our faith (Jas. 2:14-26).
The Scriptures teach that one receives forgiveness of sins when he is baptized (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
There is no other point in one’s initial obedience where he/she receives forgiveness. Therefore, it
is absolutely essential that one be baptized (immersed) to be saved. Otherwise his/her sins will
not be forgiven. The Bible clearly teaches in Acts 8:12 that we must understand the authority
(name) of Jesus and understand the essential nature of the Church (the kingdom) prior to baptism.
While there are clearly other Biblical steps necessary (hear-Rom. 10:17; believe-Jn. 8:24; repentActs
2:38; confess-Rom. 10:9-10), it is when one emerges from the waters of baptism that he is
united with Christ (Rom. 6:3-4; Gal 3:27), he is then added to the Lords church (Acts 2:47)
The Bible clearly teaches that during the first century the Holy Spirit was very active in the lives
of the Apostles and many of the Christians. The gift of the Holy Spirit was only able to be
transferred to an individual by an apostle “laying hands” on them (Acts 8:18). Upon the death
of the last of the Apostles, the gift was no longer able to be given. The Holy Spirit was for the
main purpose of bringing comfort (John 14:16) and revealing truth (John 16:13). When truth had
been revealed in its complete/perfect state then there was no more need for the Holy Spirit to be
given (1 Cor. 13:10; Eph. 4:13). Today we are able to enjoy the completed product of Holy
Spirit every time we open our Bibles and read.
Clearer words cannot be spoken than those of Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is
raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Many have tried to justify drinking
without getting drunk using such scriptures as John 2 and Ephesians 5:18 and other New
Testament verses. These attempts put our Savior in the position of sinning because Habakkuk
2:15 says that a Jew wasn’t to give his neighbor strong drink to drink. If Jesus turned water to
alcoholic wine then he not only gave his neighbor strong drink, but an entire wedding party!
Furthermore, God is a consistent God. If alcohol caused mockery, rage, deception, and one to be
a fool under the Old Testament, the principle still applies under the New Testament. Proverbs
23:31 says to not “look upon it when it is red, when it turns itself aright in the cup.” If we can’t
look at it, how can we drink it? Psalms 75:8, “For in the hand of the LORD there is A CUP, AND
THE WINE IS RED; IT IS FULL OF MIXTURE; AND HE POURETH OUT OF THE SAME: BUT
THE DREGS THEREOF, ALL THE WICKED OF THE EARTH SHALL WRING THEM OUT,
AND DRINK THEM.” What shall be of those who partake of that which the Lord himself has
All of our Elders, Deacons, Preachers, Missionaries and Visiting Preachers are in full
agreement with the above stated positions.
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