INSTITUTIONALISM: Voices From The Past
Advocates of evangelistic institutions (societies, foundations) claim a historic or traditional acceptance of collectivities of Chrsitians apart form the churches. They argue that the contention that the church is the only collectivity of God's people, ordained and authorized of God for worship and service in the gospel, is something new. The facts show otherwise. Quotations from brethren dating back as far as 1850 show that faithful brethren have always opposed organizations apart form the local church to do work God has authorized the church to do.
THEY HAVE NO RIGHT
These books are in response to two books written by Daniel H. King, Sr. and Mike Willis, published by The Guardian of Truth Foundation: We Have A Right and Response to We Have A Right Answered, now combined and published under one cover as We Have A Right (Revised).
In addition to articles and exchanges previously featured on this site, there are yet more from the pen of Gene Frost and from various other authors. Two categories are listed: Exchanges, involving texts in support of institutionalism (either reproduced when length is not prohibitive or the source is referenced), and Articles, listed with the name of the author.
An exchange of articles between Gene Frost and Herb Evans covering a variety of issues including Substitutionary Atonement, Inspiration of the KJV, Faith Only, Baptism, and much more.
“History often repeats itself. Old issues, which occasioned debate and division in times past, often reappear in new clothing and are championed by new names. One such issue within the fellowship of the children of God is that of centralization and institutionalism. It has been the occasion now of three major divisions within the body of Christ. If future generations are to be spared the bitterness and heartbreak of division, and are to be kept sound in doctrine and practice, they must be knowledgeable of the arguments and consequences of error.”
– Dedication, Old Issues Do Not Fade Away
Another movement embracing institutionalism is upon us, but this generation, for the most part, is unfamiliar with the struggles of those earlier years and thus we need to prepare ourselves and future generations to face the problem of ever re-emerging movements of centralization and institutionalism. It is for that very purpose that this website has been created. Over the years articles have been published in periodicals, bulletins and tracts in answer to new developments of centralization and institutionalism. There are several written exchanges between those who are in support and those who are opposed to human institutions in doing the work divinely ordained for the church to do. It is our desire that this material be made readily available to all who desire it. As much as possible, these works have been provided free for download from this website. Resources that demand we meet publication costs are available at the lowest possible price.
The book featured on this site, Brotherhood Societies, is a basic resource, containing articles published over a period of thirty years. Prior to it is Old Issues Do Not Fade Away, a more general study of the times and issues form which the present institutional issue arose. Following these two books are books written in exchange with proponents of brotherhood society-ism, along with other articles and exchanges, including material written by others. We suggest you read first Brotherhood Societies, which may be downloaded, free of charge (or can be purchased at less than production cost, so price to encourage the widest circulation). Click on this link to download Brotherhood Societies.