The Spirit of Restoration

Church History

There can be no restoration without the spirit of restoration which is the desire to take the New Testament as the standard of obedience. One cannot have the spirit of restoration without completely laying aside all human creeds, decrees of popes, and religious organizations unknown to the New Testament. Here are some vital facts that we must know and believe about the New Testament if we are to be successful in restoring New Testament Christianity: (1) The New Testament is divine – from God (2 Tim. 3:16-17); (2) It is authoritative (John 12:48); (3) It is intelligible (Eph. 3:4; 5:17); (4) It is universal (Mark 16:15-16); (5) It needs no revision (James 1:25; 1 Cor. 13:10); (6) It is sufficient (2 Tim. 3:16-17); and (7) It has life and power to bring the church into existence any time men choose to let it have its way in their lives (Luke 8:11; Heb. 4:12).

So I say to you, brother or sister in Christ, are you interested in restoring New Testament Christianity, or do you find yourself blindly following the popular crowd without seriously checking to see whether or not your practice is after the New Testament order? Remember, we are the Lord’s church ONLY if we walk according to God’s divine truth (1 John 2:19; 1 Cor. 11:19)!


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Church History: The Church, the Falling Away, and the Restoration by Donald Townsley. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

NEW RELEASE: Church History

We are happy to announce that our newest book – Church History: The Church, the Falling Away, and the Restoration by Donald Townsley – is now available!

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A study of church history helps us understand present-day conditions in the religious world and the origin of the various denominations. It also helps us to have a greater appreciation for the church in the New Testament. This study should serve as a warning against the introduction of innovations and errors, no matter how innocent and insignificant they may appear.

Donald Townsley (1931-2013) was a preacher of the gospel of Christ who devoted himself to that work for over fifty years. In Church History, Townsley outlines the history of the church, departures from the faith that led to the formation of various denominations, and attempts at reformation and later restoration. Special emphasis is given to the Restoration Movement and various issues that impacted churches of Christ in the 20th century.

Townsley’s ability to condense a vast amount of information into a concise volume arranged in an easy to digest outline makes this book a valuable reference work for anyone interested in a history of the church, the falling away, and the restoration.

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“Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve” – Now Available for Pre-Order

We’re excited to announce a new release from Gospel Armory – Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve by Amos S. Hayden.

Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve (Hayden) - coverFirst published in 1875, Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve chronicles the beginnings of the Restoration Movement in Northeast Ohio. Hayden records the efforts of those early preachers – some of whom have been largely forgotten by our generation – and the methods that were used to advance the cause of the gospel.

This volume contains valuable lessons from both the successes and shortcomings of these men who forsook the churches of men and endeavored to return to the pattern found in the New Testament.

This book is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2012. But starting today it is available for pre-order. If you pre-order, you can get this for the special price of $17.99 (28% off the retail price).

For more information, or to order your copy, click here: Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve.