Nineteenth century religious
movement that attempted to restore the church
as seen in the New Testament
. The slogan
"we speak where the Bible
speaks, and are silent where the Bible
is silent" summarizes the main idea behind this movement. Restoration Movement churches have no teachings other than those found in the Bible
. There are no creeds
or teachings that come from the church itself, as the Bible
is viewed as the only spiritual
This movement broke into 3 main divisions: independent Christian Churches, churches of Christ, and Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ). Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ are not denominations. Each church is governed autonomously. Members of these two divisions of the Restoration Movement are refered to simply as "Christians". The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), however, is now a denomination governed by a hierarchy.
The International Church of Christ is a sect with origins coming from the churches of Christ. The ICC is viewed by many as being a cult.