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But, it deviates from orthodoxy in both its requirement of baptism as a necessary element for salvation and its heavy requirement of discipleship.
According to the ICC, baptism must be done in their church with the person being baptized having an understanding that baptism saves.
He and Roger Lamb were fired from the Houston, Texas, Church of Christ.
Kip Mc Keen then found a Church in Boston MA, was asked to come on board and began what has come to be known as the Boston movement.
They will cite biblical passages that speak of the apostles establishing one Church per city and claim that there should only be one Church in each city. As of the year 2001, the ICC claims to have over 400 churches with a membership of 130,000 worldwide in over 150 countries.
The International Church of Christ considers itself to be "a family of Christian churches whose members are committed to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible." This commitment to biblical living includes a very strong emphasis on discipling.
The ICC considers Christian denominations to be sinful.Christians are saved by the grace of God, through their faith in Jesus Christ, at baptism.(Ephesians , Romans , Acts , Matthew -20) They do not subscribe to the "sinners prayer" as a biblical method of conversion (James -26).The ICC was influenced by the discipling movement on the 1950's.Its roots can be traced back to 1967 to the Crossroads Church of Christ, in Gainesville, Florida.
There is no Bible command that says we must do otherwise.