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The National Church of America???

I was quite surprised to read that some people descended from the Restoration Movement actually made the claim that they were the closest thing to a national church in America that there was–and that they foresaw the day when that vision became a reality, where all the denominational groups would join together with them.

Now, some might scoff at that statement and say that the Campbells looked to unite all the denominations into one body, and that I just don’t know my history.

No, there’s a difference.  The Campbells were trying to stop the division among the denominations based on clear teachings of the word of God.  These people I’m talking about took pride in saying that none of the sermons they preached would be offensive in any denomination.  They took pride in saying that they were the only church who weren’t offensive to anyone, and who would accept anyone, so long as they would acknowledge the Bible as the word of God (whether they accepted what was written in there apparently didn’t matter, as we’ll see momentarily), and displayed a Christian attitude.

If they accepted infant baptism, sprinkling or pouring as baptism, or rejected baptism completely, it didn’t matter.  If they used instruments and women preachers, no big deal.  Ignore the Lord’s Supper?  Who cares! As long as you take the word of God and act nice, you’re more than accepted!

We have brethren today who may not be as far gone, but they’re getting close.  In the name of “Christian Unity,” they are willing to ignore anything “doctrinal,” anything to do with worship, leadership roles, and even things the Scripture clearly connects with salvation, and just proclaim to people that their sins are all forgiven and that they have a home eternally with God awaiting them–WITHOUT OBEYING THE GOSPEL!

The people that brought this post about were the early 20th Century descendants of the Christian Connexion.  In 1911, Martyn Summerbell gave a short lecture called “An Address on the Origin and Principles of the Christians,” and in it he made the claim that the “Christians” were the only ones who could bring together all the denominations.

Perhaps they could.  But bringing together all the denominations into one body still doesn’t make them the church if they haven’t come to the Father through Jesus Christ in obedient faith which exhibits itself in repentance, baptism, and a faithful life in service to our Lord.

The address, fully reformatted and corrected (and searchable) can be downloaded below.

Address on the Origin and Principles of the Christians (Martyn Summerbell)

-Bradley S. Cobb


We are in the process of trying to buy a house, and we are trying to get the biggest down payment we can.  As such, we are having a sale on the books we publish to try to help that out.

Some of these books are ones we haven’t officially added to our store here at, but hopefully will be able to soon.

The following books are all ones I publish, and are BRAND NEW. Any purchase over $30 gets free shipping, and any purchase over $40 gets a dollar off each book.

Email (, or text/call (479-747-8372) for more info or to place an order.

A History of the Baptists in the Middle States Henry C. Veddar $10.95

A History of the Baptists in the Southern States B.F. Riley $10.95

A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia R.B. Semple $13.95

A Life Richly Lived: The Story of Tolbert Fanning Kyle Frank/Tolbert Fanning $12.95

A Sketch of the Life and Labors of Richard McNemar J.P. MacLean $5.99

Abner Jones: A Collection (Volume 1) Bradley Cobb/Abner Jones/Burnett $10.95

Alexander Campbell: A Collection (Volume 1) Alexander Campbell $9.99

Alexander Campbell: A Collection (Volume 2) Alexander Campbell $11.99

An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews James Haldane $12.99

Back to Basics: 2016 Gravel Hill Lectureship Bradley Cobb/Scott Roderick/Others $3.99

Bible Broadband Stephane Maillet $6.99

Brother McGarvey W.C. Morro $13.99

Concerning the Disciples of Christ B.B. Tyler $6.99

Each One Reach One Andy Erwin $15.95

Evenings with the Bible (Volume 1) Isaac Errett $11.95

Evenings with the Bible (Volume 2) Isaac Errett $11.95

Evenings with the Bible (Volume 3) Isaac Errett $11.95

Fight for the Faith (Jude) Bradley Cobb $8.99

Gospel Sermons T.W. Brents $12.95

Historical Documents Advocating Christian Union Campbell/Stone/Errett $10.95

Jesus is Better: 2017 Elk City Summer Series Johnson/Parish/etc $9.99

Jesus Knows, and Other Sermons Gantt Carter

Justified by Works (James) Bradley Cobb $9.99

Life of Elder Walter Scott William Baxter $12.95

Life of Knowles Shaw, Singing Evangelist William Baxter $11.95

Messiah’s Mission Accomplished James D. Bales $12.95

Origin of the Disciples of Christ (2 in 1) Whitsett/Longan $10.95

Pardee Butler: The Definitive Collection Pardee Butler, etc $13.99

Recollections of Men of Faith W.C. Rogers $10.95

Scripture Studies (Volumes 1 and 2) S.H. Hall $10.99

Select Studies in Restoration History Andy Erwin $12.95

Sermons on First Corinthians George DeHoff $5.99

Sketches of Our Pioneers Frederick D. Power $10.99

Studies in the Scriptures (Romas, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians) R.C. Bell $14.99

The Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel Frank G. Allen $10.99

The Beatitudes: A Sermon Collection Bradley S. Cobb $4.99

The Dawn of the Reformation in Missouri T.P. Haley $13.95

The Disciples of Christ: Tracing the Restoration Errett Gates $9.99

The Hansen-Webster Debate Jack Hansen/Bruce Webster $9.99

The Hardeman-Boswell Debate on Instrumental Music N.B. Hardeman $10.99

The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts Bradley S. Cobb $12.99

The Life and Work of R.C. Barrow R.C. Barrow/Frank Barrow $10.95

The Life of Elder “Raccoon” John Smith John Augustus Williams $14.95

The Life of the Apostle Paul Barbara Dowell $9.99

The Model Church G.C. Brewer $7.99

The Oliphant-Smith Debate on Atheism W.L. oliphant $8.99

The Prodigal Slave (Philemon) Bradley Cobb $8.99

The Quarterly (Vol. 1, No. 1) Cobb and more $3.99

The Quarterly (Vol. 1, No. 2) Cobb and more $3.99

The Quarterly (Vol. 1, No. 3) Cobb and more $3.99

The Reformation of the Nineteenth Century Garrison, Loos, Tyler, Grafton, etc. $12.95

The Wallace-Stauffer Debate on Infant Baptism and Lord’s Supper G.K. Wallace $4.99

They Called Him Superman: The Life of T.W. Brents (Vol. 1) Kyle Frank/T.W. Brents $12.95

Things Which Came to Pass: Revelation Class Handouts Bradley Cobb $9.99

Toils and Struggles of the Olden Times: Autobio of Samuel Rogers Samuel Rogers $9.99

Wait, Not THEM! (Habakkuk) Bradley Cobb $4.99

Why We Believe the Bible George DeHoff $7.99

Wisdom’s Corner: Short Daily Devotionals Mark McWhorter $12.95

THANK YOU in advance for any help you can be in this.

-Bradley S. Cobb

So…You’re a Unitarian, Right?

Misrepresentations and misunderstandings abound regarding the church.  “You hate music.”  “You hate women.”  “You think water is more powerful than the blood of Jesus.”  I’ve heard all these and more spouted by our “loving” and “understanding” denominational friends.

One I haven’t heard is “You’re a Unitarian.”

For those who don’t know, a Unitarian is someone who believes that Jesus Christ is not deity (that designation only applying to the Father), that there was a time when Jesus was not (i.e., he was created), and that the Holy Spirit is a thing or a force, not a conscious being.

Today, there are some small groups who hold that belief, and then there’s the so-called Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are probably the biggest group of Unitarians claiming to be Christ’s in existence today (note: one could make the argument that Muslims might fall into this category, but as they don’t claim to be Christ’s, they aren’t being considered).

Why bring this up?  Because back in the 1800s, some of the people involved in the Restoration Movement–people associated with Barton W. Stone, James O’Kelly, and others–had to defend themselves against this accusation.

The problem arose because of some rather bold and self-promoting preachers in New England began to publicly espouse Unitarianism.  One of them, Simon Clough, had become editor of one of the prominent papers in the Christian Connexion, and published a letter written to introduce the “Christian Church” to a Baptist group in England.  In that letter (which can be seen here), he declared that the Christians were Unitarian in sentiment.

The problem was that this wasn’t as widespread as Clough was letting on.  In fact, this stance was viewed as heretical and anti-Christian by most of the “Christian Church” in the southern and western states.

So, when a Methodist preacher wrote a book declaring all those in the Christian Connexion as Unitarians, it required a response.

W.B. Wellons, a preacher and editor for the Christians in the southern states, took up the charge, and entitled his book “The Christians, South, Not Unitarians.”

In it, he exposes the faulty reasoning of attributing to all, the views of a few; he explains why they believe in the Godhead, the Deity of Jesus Christ, and the Personality of the Holy Spirit, but refuse to use the theological word “trinity” or subscribe to the historic creedal descriptions and definitions of the Trinity.

For those interested in Restoration Movement history, this book highlights some of the theological issues that caused Alexander Campbell concern, and caused Barton W. Stone problems.  Understanding the topic contained therein helps to explain why much of the New England branch of the Christian Connexion didn’t join in the union between the “Reformers” and the “Christians,” as well as why there was a distinction between the southern and northern “Christians” who had years earlier given each other the right hand of fellowship.

In all, it is an interesting read from both a historical and theological perspective.

And you can download it below in a fully-reformatted, corrected (and searchable!) edition.


The Christians South, Not Unitarians (W.B. Wellons)

New Additions to the eLibrary


Chester Estes was a fine man, and perhaps an even better preacher.  In his life, he wrote untold numbers of articles and sermons; and also wrote commentaries.  He even did his own translation of the Bible!

He also wrote some other books, one of which is being added today to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.  It’s called “What is Truth?”

The eBook that you can download below is a scan of the original book.  I realize that isn’t our normal operating procedure (usually we completely reformat and proofread/correct every book we post), but hopefully you’ll forgive us for giving you the original this time.  🙂

What is Truth? (Chester Estes)

Now, for the people who really want to dig deep on the myth of evolution, we are presenting a booklet called “The Man from Monkey Myth,” written by Douglas Dewar.  This was originally published in a magazine in 1944, and later reprinted by James D. Bales as part of a campaign against evolution.

Dewar speaks the scientists’ language, as he shows their conclusions are unwarranted and untrue.

Fully reformatted and searchable, you can download it by clicking the link below.

Man from Monkey Myth (Douglas Dewar)


Great Preachers of the Past

Guy N. Woods, Gus Nichols, Franklin Camp, Batsell Barrett Baxter, Cleon Lyles, David Lipscomb, G.C. Brewer, N.B. Hardeman, H.A. Dixon, G.K. Wallace, Foy E. Wallace.

What do these names have in common?  They are all subjects of chapters in the book, Great Preachers of the Past!

And thanks to the kind folks at the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies (formerly East Tennessee School of Preaching), we are making it available as a free download in the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.

And if you’re wondering who wrote this book?  Here’s the list of authors:

  • J.E. Choate
  • E. Claude Gardner
  • Alan Highers
  • Robert Taylor, Jr.
  • James W. Boyd
  • Garland Elkins
  • William Woodson
  • Richard England
  • Carroll C. Trent
  • Bobby Duncan
  • Willard Collins

To read it online, or to download for later perusal, just click the link below!

Great Preachers of the Past

A History of the Christian Connexion

Yes, we are still alive and kicking (though not so high right now, after some of us got badly sunburned on the feet…).  We don’t have any news to report, except that God is taking care of us quite well (as always) while we are trying to figure out where he wants us to be.

Today, I realized that there are some books that I had already prepared to be added to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary, and simply forgot to actually add them.  So, today, you get a short book called “An Account of the Christian Denomination in the United States” by Simon Clough.  Clough was a preacher in the “Christian Connexion,” which boasted Abner Jones and Elias Smith as some of its most prominent early preachers.

In essence, it is a letter written in 1827 to explain their beliefs, history, and practices in response to the inquiry of the General Baptists of England.

It was just four years later that a large segment of the Christian Connexion (the part which worked with Barton W. Stone) formally united with the “Reformers” (including Alexander Campbell, Raccoon John Smith, and Walter Scott,).  Clough, however, was not a party to this union, and actually opposed it.

The book can be read online or downloaded by clicking the link below:

An Account of the Christian Denomination (Simon Clough)

Call Him a Pharisee

Earlier this month, we told you about a bunch of unpublished manuscripts by James D. Bales which we are working to make available to the masses.

Today, we present to you the first one… and it’s FREE.


Call Him a Pharisee was written in response to James Woodruff, whose book, The Church in Transition, accused the church of only preaching half a gospel, of being “astray,” and of being Pharisees.  In this short book, Bales shows what a Pharisee is, and debunks Woodruff’s theories  accusations against the Lord’s church.

This book is copyright, 2017, Mark McWhorter, and is being made available as a free digital download, exclusively from your friends at

Just click the link below to download or read online:

Bales – Call Him a Pharisee

-Bradley S. Cobb

A Sketch of the Life of James A. Garfield


Sorry I am a bit late in getting this post up today, but here you have it.  🙂

Today, we are offering you yet another freebie, added to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.  This one is called, “A Sketch of the Life of James A. Garfield.”  President Garfield, as many of you may know, was a Christian, a preacher, a teacher at a “Christian school,” and helped to create The Christian Standard.

So, without further talking from me, here it is!

A Sketch of the Life of James A. Garfield

The Minister’s Monthly

Beginning in 1955, Gospel Advocate began producing a journal for preachers and elders, called “The Minister’s Monthly.”  It was quite popular during its heyday, but like so many other brotherhood periodicals, it has gone away.

However, we will be making several of these issues available for you in the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary over the coming months (Lord willing).

Today, we’ll start you out with the issue from July, 1956.  It starts off with a biographical sketch of T.B. Larimore (whose picture is on the cover), gives a first-hand account of the power of Alexander Campbell’s preaching style, includes several sermon outlines, many illustrations, and articles as well.

We think you’ll enjoy it!  Like the other periodicals we’ve uploaded the past week, this one is a straight scan of the original, with no tweaking or reformatting.

Ministers Monthly (July 1956)

-Bradley S. Cobb