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The Emergence of the “Church of Christ” Denomination

Those of us who are conservative in doctrine insist that the church of Christ is not a denomination, and never will be.  However, there are those within the church who seemed determined to change that.

Today’s addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary is an interesting and worthwhile contribution to this discussion.

David Edwin Harrell, Ph.D., is a recognized scholar, whose writings have been reviewed (usually positively) by major scholarly journals in the field of history and religion.  He’s also a Christian.

In this short book, Harrell traces the rise of the Restoration Movement from what historians and sociologists call a “sect” (a devout conservative group) to a “denomination” (a liberal, complacent group).  He shows how a portion of the church fought against being denominationalized, but that the same movement is being made once again within the church.

It shows very clearly, from an objective historian’s perspective, that it is the liberals among us that are trying to turn the Lord’s church into something different–and that they are either “ignorant or dishonest” to claim otherwise.

We are happy to present to you this book.  Like always, we have proofread it, reformatted it, and made it just right for reading on your computer, phone, tablet, or other such device!  Just click the link below!


Emergence of the Church of Christ Denomination

A Debate on Preterism (AD 70 Theory)

We are pleased to bring you the latest addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary:

The Jack Hansen/Bruce Webster Debate:

This written debate, taking place in the mid-1970s, is billed as “A Debate on Eschatology: Does Matthew 24 and 25 Refer Only to the Destruction of Jerusalem?”

The propositions debated are:

1. In Matthew 24, the Lord distinguishes between the destruction of Jerusalem and His second coming. (Webster affirms, Hansen denies)

2. Matthew 24 and 25 speak only of the fall of the Jewish commonwealth in AD 70 (Hansen affirms, Webster denies).

It became quickly evident that Jack Hansen was leaning towards full preterism (the stance that all passages which speak of the end of the world/age are referring to the end of the Jewish world/age).  But by the time the debate had ended, Hansen rejected that position (while still maintaining that there is no division in Matthew 24).

The issues debated in this book are ones which are still present in the Lord’s church today, nearly 40 years later.

This debate, like so many others, had times where it devolved to a “he said, he said” contest, but if you are willing to read past those petty parts, there is some great information on both sides to be gleaned in this book.

I believe that you will find information worth considering in this book, regardless of which position you take in regards to the dividing of Matthew 24 and 25.

As always, this book has been completely reformatted and edited to give you the best possible reading experience.

Click the link below to read or to download this debate

Hansen-Webster Eschatology Debate

-Bradley Cobb

The Library has Grown!

We’ve not been just twiddling our thumbs around here.  We’ve been getting more books ready for the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary!

Abner Jones

First, we have made available a biography of Abner Jones, one of the earliest preachers of the Restoration Movement.  This was written in 2009, and updated in 2015.  It is called “Abner Jones – Christian Only.”

Click the link below to read or download it!

Abner Jones – Christian Only (Bradley Cobb)


The second book we’re bringing you is a 12-page work entitled “The Act, Subjects, and Design of Baptism” by James Anderson, a preacher from Australia.  While it’s short, it has a lot of really great information in it.

Click the link below to read or download it!

Act, Subjects, and Design of Baptism (James Anderson)

The Gospel Plan of Salvation

And finally, we’re happy to announce that we’ve included T.W. Brents’ classic work, “The Gospel Plan of Salvation.”  You’ll definitely want to get this one and read it.

Click on the link below to read or download it!

Brents, T.W. – Gospel Plan of Salvation


-Bradley Cobb

Misunderstandings About the Lord’s Church

“Your church was started by Alexander Campbell”

“You don’t preach Jesus, you preach works-salvation”

And they go on and on.

Back in the early 1900s, these same things were being said of the Lord’s church, and it hasn’t changed much today.  But to help straighten out some misconceptions that people in the religious world (and even some in the church) have about the church of Christ, J.L. Hill wrote a book, entitled “As Others See Us, and As We Are.”

It is a collection of sermons dealing with misconceptions about the church, put into print so that people can have a better understanding of it.

And today, it is free for you to download, courtesy of the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.


  1. “A Denomination, Founded By Alexander Campbell.”
  2. The Name “Christian”— Is It A Presumption?
  3. “Experimental Religion”— “Is Salvation By Formula?”
  4. “Dangerous Doctrines”— Do We Teach Them?
  5. The Church Of Christ — Its Origin And Growth
  6. Membership In The Early Church
  7. Ordinances And Offices Of The Early Church
  8. Missions The Heart Of Christianity
  9. The Passing Of The Clergy
  10. Corporatism And Ecclesiasticism In The Christian Church
  11. Origin And Growth Of Roman Catholicism
  12. The Reformation
  13. Origin And Growth Of Modern Sectarianism
  14. Ultimate Religion: Christian Unity
  15. A Century’s Growth

Simply click on the link below to read it or download it to your computer for reading later!

As Others See Us and As We Are (J.L. Hill)

Ingersoll’s Mistakes About Moses

D.R. Dungan is best known for his enduring book, “Hermeneutics,” which is still a standard textbook in the study of biblical interpretation, even though it was written over a hundred years ago.  But that’s not the only book that he wrote.

Several months ago, we shared another book by brother Dungan called “The Sabbath or the Lord’s Day: Which?”  And today, continuing the theme of books defending the authenticity of the Bible, we present to you another.  This one is called “Ingersoll’s Mistakes about Moses.”

If you read yesterday’s post [you did, didn’t you?], you’ll remember that there was a man in the late 1800s who went around the country giving a speech called “Some Mistakes of Moses.”

The report of this speech in the Chicago Tribune of March 24th, has laugh­ter eighty-one times; frequently it is preced­ed by such words as “continued,” “renew­ed,” “great,” “prolonged,” “uproarious.” Applause also occurs twelve times.

Like many of today’s comedy personalities, Ingersoll got his kicks by making fun of Christians and Bible-believing people.  Things have not changed all that much, have they?  His tactics were described as:

Mr. Ingersoll is a most extraordinary man. His wit is sparkling and original; his invective is withering, and the undercurrent of blasphemy hisses through almost every paragraph; his humor protrudes, and if ever put on the background comes to the front again on the slightest provocation. He is reckless in his statements; he is irreverent —not to say impudent—in his treatment of believers.

D.R. Dungan, a writer, professor, preacher, and scholar, possessed a quick wit himself, and was a master in the use of sarcasm and humor.  He had quite the knack for “turning phrases.”  For example, here is a quote from today’s book, describing the atheist Robert Ingersoll:

His logic is suffering from paraly­sis and gives no signs of recovery. To make half-statements of facts and create false issues respecting them, he is the peer of any man, living or dead. He is not a slave to truth, but a free man. When he wishes to take a position, he takes it, and if the facts are ad­verse, it is all the worse for them. It would be unreasonable to ask such a man to descend to the dull routine of logic. If he were compelled to establish his premises by the in­duction of facts and reach his conclusion in a legitimate way, the opportunities for the dis­play of genius would be gone, and he would become as tame and dull and stupid and plat­itudinarian as clergymen whom he repre­sents as occupying the caverns of darkness, and, like the owls, “hooting the hoots that have been hooted for the last 1800 years.”

We think that you will enjoy and be benefited by today’s addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary: “Ingersoll’s Mistakes About Moses” by D.R. Dungan.  Simply click the link below and read it online or save for later reading on your favorite device!

Dungan, DR – Ingersolls Mistakes About Moses

Was Moses Mistaken?

The past couple days, we’ve made available booklets defending of the accuracy of the Biblical text.  Today, we continue the same general theme, but this time with a slightly different slant to it.

Instead of dealing with the accuracy of the words (supposed corruptions in the text), or the dating of the biblical writings, today’s freebie is a defense of Moses himself as a reliable author.  You might wonder why such a book would be necessary, but if you were to place yourself back in the late 1800s, you would have heard about a man named Robert Ingersoll.  He was an atheist who made a name for himself going around the country giving a speech called “The Mistakes of Moses.”

Tomorrow’s freebie will be a more direct rebuttal to Ingersoll’s speech, but today we’re offering you a book called “Was Moses Mistaken? or, Creation and Evolution.”

This book, like “The Corruptions of the New Testament” (from Monday) and  “The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship” (Tuesday), was written by H.L. Hastings, editor of “The Christian” newspaper and “The Anti-Infidel Library.”  He was highly respected by people in different churches throughout the world for his clear writing on important topics.  He also edited a songbook called “Songs of Pilgrimage: A Hymnal for the Churches of Christ” in which he argued that it cheapens psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to accompany them with instruments.


  • Who was Moses?
  • Who Created the World?
  • Can a Corn Stalk Count?
  • The Chicken or the Egg?
  • Who Made Man?
  • The Donkey and the Commandments
  • Why People Neglect the Bible

Also included at the end of this booklet are some excerpts from some of Hasting’s other writings and works.

So, take a few moments, if you will, and see what you think about this, the newest addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.  Click on the link to read it online or download it for reading on your own time.

Was Moses Mistaken? (H.L. Hastings)



The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship

This week’s additions to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary all have to do with defending the Bible against the skeptics who make claims that it is uninspired and/or severely corrupted.

Back in the late 1800s, it was popular for atheists to go around making claims that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) was full of mistakes and corruptions, and wasn’t even written until many years after Moses was dead.  By this, they tried to prove that it (1) wasn’t from God and that (2) it wasn’t written when/by whom it was claimed.

In response to these speeches, several responses were written by different men from different church backgrounds.  One such response is today’s free offering.  Written by H.L. Hastings, editor of “The Christian” newspaper and the “Anti-Infidel Library,” this booklet contains several solid lines of evidence showing the divine origin of Genesis through Deuteronomy, and also spends a lengthy chapter showing that the claims of mistakes and corruptions are overblown.

Originally printed in April of 1894 as part of the “Anti-Infidel Library,” we present to you

The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship.


  • The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship
  • Changes in Style and Language
  • Testing the Higher Critics on Shakespeare
  • The German Critics Tested
  • Time Notes and Foot Notes
  • One Independent Witness to the Authenticity and Great Antiquity of the Pentateuch.

As always, if you want to read this book online, just click the link below.  Or you can download it for later reading on your personal electronic device (Kindle, tablet, computer, iPhone, smart phone, etc…)


The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship (H.L. Hastings)

The Corruptions of the New Testament

H.L. Hastings was a prolific writer in the late 1800s, with literally millions of his booklets being published.  Most of them dealt with the topic of the reliability and inspiration of the Bible.  He put out a regular publication called “The Christian,” and a series of booklets called “The Anti-Infidel Library.”  Several of these booklets are on list to add to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary in the coming weeks.

But for now, we’d like to present to you his book called “The Corruptions of the New Testament.”  It shows that the claims of the skeptics are completely overblown when it comes to supposed “corruptions” of the New Testament text.


  • How Old Is The English Bible?.
  • Old Bibles In Other Languages.
  • Uncial And Cursive Manuscripts.
  • Various Readings.
  • The Most Ancient Manuscripts.
  • The Variations In Different Editions.
  • Various Readings In The Sermon On The Mount.
  • The Preservation Of The Manuscripts.
  • No Record Of Apostles’ Death.
  • What, Then, Are Our Conclusions?.
  • Genuine And Spurious Books.
  • Eusebius On The Sacred Canon,
  • The Testimony Of Origen On The Canon.
  • The Muratorian Fragment On The Canon.
  • The Earliest List Of The New Testament Books.
  • The Disputed New Testament Books.
  • The Epistle To The Hebrews.
  • The Conclusion Of The Matter.
  • The Fountain Head.

To read this book, simply click the link below, or you can download it to save for later reading.  Enjoy!

The Corruptions of the New Testament (H.L. Hasting)

The Holy Spirit and the Word of God

I’m assuming you’ve all already seen this post from a couple days ago, so you know about the new Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.  If not, click on the link and read about it.  We’ll wait for you.

Among Jimmie’s many books was a copy of “The Spirit and the Word: A Treatise on the Holy Spirit in Light of a Rational Interpretation of the Word of Truth” by Z.T. Sweeney.  I think it’d have been better titled simply “The Holy Spirit and the Word of God,” but I wasn’t around a hundred years ago when it was written.

This book is all about the Holy Spirit, His work, and His indwelling in the Christian.


  1. The Spirit in the Old Testament
  2. The Spirit in the New Testament
  3. The Personality and Divinity of the Spirit
  4. The Spirit and John the Baptist
  5. The Spirit and Jesus
  6. The Spirit and the Apostles
  7. The Spirit and the Apostolic Church
  8. The Spirit and the World
  9. The Spirit and the Christian
  10. The Parting Word (Blasphemy against the Spirit, Fruits of the Spirit, The Spirit of God at Work Today)

This book contains a list of every verse in which the Holy Spirit is mentioned, which is very handy.

For those who are interested in the Holy Spirit, and especially His indwelling in the Christian, this book is for you.  It will make you think.

Click on the link below to read or download this book.

The Spirit and the Word (Z.T. Sweeney)

The Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary

Let me quickly tell you about a man named Jimmie Beller.  From the first day that I stepped into the building of the congregation here in McLoud, Jimmie was one of my best friends and biggest supporters.  He always had a smile on his lips, was always happy to see you, and was a great encouragement.

He was also fighting against cancer.

The cancer Jimmie had was incurable, and I can’t tell you how many experimental treatments they tried on him to keep it at bay.  But earlier this year, Jimmie went on to his eternal reward.  I (along with everyone who knew him) still misses him greatly.

But Jimmie’s legacy still lives on.

He discovered that I run the Gravel Hill church of Christ website, and absolutely loved the sheer amount of free material that is available there.  In fact, he loved it so much that he allowed me to scan several books from his own library to put online.  One of those books was very brittle, and I told him that I couldn’t scan it because it would destroy the book.  His response was classic Jimmie Beller: “So, destroy one book so thousands of people can read it.  I don’t see the problem.”

After his passing, his entire library was donated to me with the hope that Jimmie’s desire of spreading useful books to as many people as possible would continue.  Special thanks to Robbie, Jamie, and Jeremie Beller for their immense kindness in making those books available to me.

It is today that we announce the creation of the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.

The books contained in this free eLibrary have all been scanned, completely reformatted, proofread, and “prettied up” so that you can have a better and easier reading experience.

If you’ve been following our posts the past few weeks, you’ve already seen the first two books:

Both Sides of the Music Question (A Debate)

The Eldership (M.M. Davis)

The Newest Addition to the Library

In 1947, Howard Hilliard (H.H.) Gray, a black brother from Dallas, TX, wrote a book titled “The Music of the New Testament Church.”  I only mention that he was a black brother because that helps explain some of the things he says in the book.  He dedicates it to the “White churches of Christ in Dallas” who helped support his preaching work and who made it possible to get the book published.  He also mentions things which were common in the “colored churches.”

H.H. Gray was led to the Lord by his wife just over six months after they were married.  Within a year, he preached his first sermon in Haskell, Oklahoma.  In 1939, they moved to Dallas to work with the Lawrence and Marder congregation, and rapidly brought people to the Lord.

It is a book that is worth your time to download and read.  It deals with the issue of instrumental music, but it is much more than a book on that topic.  You will find it interesting and even challenging in some areas.

From the Jimmie Beller Library, we now present the latest addition.  Simply click on the link below to read it, or right-click the link and select “save target as.”

Music of the New Testament Church by H.H. Gray

How You can Help

If you would like to help this eLibrary grow quickly, we would welcome your participation.

First, please share this post with your friends, family, and brethren through email, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other means you would like.  Jimmie’s desire was for as many people as possible to be blessed by these books.

Second, we are in need of proofreaders.  We can quickly scan these books, but we want the final product to look nice (and not like a cheap photocopy of an old book).  The real time-consuming part of getting these books ready is reading through them to catch the punctuation and typographical errors.  If you would be willing to aid us by proofreading, please contact us.