Re: Worried I am being mis- led
There is alot of variation in CoC churches, which I have noted in discussions with members here. I know from my dealings with an offshoot of the CoC (although disavowed by the CoC) that they definitely considered anyone outside their church unsaved.
It is only the cynic who claims “to speak the truth” at all times and in all places to all men in the same way, but who, in fact, displays nothing but a lifeless image of the truth… He dons the halo of the fanatical devotee of truth who can make no allowance for human weaknesses; but, in fact, he is destroying the living truth between men. He wounds shame, desecrates mystery, breaks confidence, betrays the community in which he lives, and laughs arrogantly at the devastation he has wrought and at the human weakness which “cannot bear the truth”. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Ethics.