Sometime in 2010, Rick Atchley, preacher for what was then the Richland Hills Church of Christ and is now The Hills Church, produced a YouTube video called “Chairs”. In it, he presents his argument for rejecting the traditional Restoration view of Bible authority. It generated lots of discussion back in the day, and it continues to pop up on Facebook from time to time.
Recently, I was asked what my perspective on “Chairs” was (honestly, I thought I’d already written about it, but apparently not). Let’s start with the good. I give Atchley all the credit in the world for being a smooth, plausible, even funny speaker. Unfortunately, he uses his considerable skills to promote false doctrine. He distorts the Biblical truth about authority in a way that will cause souls to be lost, and I think he does so knowingly. The problems with “Chairs” are legion. Here are the four I think are most significant. Continue reading