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Eben Emerson: Former Church of Christ Minister

January 31, 2011 One Comment

Eben Emerson was raised by his mother in northwest Arkansas.  Even though there was a pentecostal church next door,  his family had no faith affiliation.  Nonetheless, at age 7, seeds were planted in Eben from his friend who worshipped at that church.  Over time, Eben would come to learn about Jesus and prayer through his study of scripture.  In 1993, at the age of 16, he was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ.  He was a changed man and was soon offered to preach in a rural church.  This led to a two-year stint of study and mission work in Ecuador, followed by another two years in ministry training.  Then came undergraduate and master’s degrees and pastoring in Texas.  But it was the exposure to first source documents of the early Church Fathers and the further study of early church history that had a huge impact on his understanding of the Christian faith.  Reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to refute their claims, Eben found himself being pulled in.  He no longer could proclaim what the Church of Christ professed and left the pastorate.  Finally, he completed his journey, embracing the fullness of Catholicism.

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    I’ve just recently viewed the Youtube video of Mr. Emerson’s journey. By the grace of God I would love to share a few words. I am currently an evangelist with the Lord’s church (churches of Christ).
    I have spent nearly three decades in search of the truth of God’s word and the last twenty have been
    testing and confirming my faith daily in His word. Here is what we tend to see and I also believe is the case here. Many people “even” in the churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16) never fully develop true biblical understanding. It’s in 1 Timothy 2:3,4 that we find that Men and Women are saved by coming to the knowledge of the truth. To keep this short I will state this: there is no mention of a catholic faith in the biblical record. Rom. 10:17 Faith comes by the word of God and John 17:17 thy word is truth and Christians can only be set apart and made holy by “truth”. Therefore we cannot have a righteous faith in something that is not found in the biblical record.

    Back to Mr. Emerson and many others like him. I speak humbly in this; we must acknowledge human understanding in comparison to spiritual understanding given by God. Spiritual understanding will line us up with the text, human understanding will not. Mr. Emerson like the many others I’ve read all have the same component in common – they never came to the knowledge of the truth, they never fully surrendered themselves to the truth of God’s word, so as to receive biblical truth and godly understanding. This we know by his own words of the Pentecost account. The churches of Christ is the body, kingdom, bride of Christ and is not her name by her designation. She is NOT restored, she is the original establishment of our Lord and Christ!
    Every church in the new testament is a church of Christ, every church mentioned by Christ in the final book or Revelation in Asia minor is a church of Christ, it is the only blood bought institution in the word of God. First you have to be in the Lord’s church to be a former minister, by his own words Mr. Eber Emerson was never in the churches of Christ, scripture will prove it by 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had
    been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that
    it would be shown that they all are not of us.

    bro. Devin Brown
    Evangelist for the churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16)