You are describing every protestant community.<quoted text>
Obviously, they have no clue what they were restoring. They had a good idea in principal, to set aside doctrinal creeds to just follow the Bible - but then fell flat on their face and have debated and devoured themselves by now. Any more it's hard to tell a CoC from a Baptist of 20 years ago - aside from not having a piano or organ in the building...
Isaiah 42. What do you think God was calling them to restore? The shortfalls of their fathers? Following after their own hearts and falling backwards?(Jer. 7)
If Prophecy says the Messiah would magnify Torah and cause the Gentiles to keep the Torah - is Jesus not the Messiah because Gentile Christians today say that He came to nail the Torah to the cross? Many Jews reject Jesus because the Gentiles pay no attention to the longest standing record of the commandments of God and think it was done away with...
The only difference is the COC was just created in terms of salvation history,(younger than the US), and look how fast it has eroded. It never really took off anyway. You guys just happen to born into it. You only got up to a few million members worldwide and 1/2 of those are in Tenn and Texas. In future history, the restoration movement will be footnote as a abject failure.
Protestantism cannot survive. As they divide they go down to the lowest level to the "Bible and Me" ( I don't need a Church ) to agnostic or atheism.
This is why Jesus gave authority to run his Church to a man and not a book.
God has down this throughout history with Abraham, Moses and David for example.