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CHRISTIAN  EXPERIENCE
 There seems to be three great spheres of Christian experience:  Redemption Way,  Church Truth, &
Spiritual Life  (John 14:6).  Most believers can ap-preciate redemption way and spiritual growth, but church truth seems to be much neglected.  We need to value "unity of the faith" and take "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).
It is not required by God to be gathered in a scriptural assembly, but there is and will be blessing for saints to meet on that ground and  be part of a collective testimony worldwide, as God intended for His church, and by His revival of 1827 AD.  Faithful readers here can gain some understanding of such fellowship, and may desire to be associated to also express the "one body in Christ", embrace "all the counsel of God", and show forth "unity of the faith" by the "Word of Truth".  There is no such thing in the Bible as going to 'the church of your choice', as many believers say.   Write to the Site Manager for further understanding and to find a Scriptural fellowship.
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CHURCH TRUTH  is about faithful compliance and conformity to what God intended in Acts 2: 41- 42 at the beginning of the church, and then the Epistles.  It speaks of obeying and honoring God collectively without innovations. One who is saved (Jn.3: 16) ought to follow the Word (see Jn.14:23-24; Jn.17:17; Titus 1:9; Phil. 2:2);  including baptism, the collective gathering locally, the collective testimony in the world; and obedience to the Word, a Godly walk, the Lord's glory and honor, etc.  A local gathering in accord with Scripture may be near to one to visit, if interested.

From time to time papers will be set forth here and on the Feature Pages herein, concerning various aspects of this truth.  We ought to love all saints everywhere and be a help, even if we cannot walk with all (Amos 3:3).    - RLD
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NOTE: When we speak of a scriptural assembly we need to be prepared to show what it is biblically, and what it is not by the innovations of men. This writer feels free to invite inquiry on each issue or order of Scripture ---and distinguish between what men have invented (and often prefer), and what some of us are holding as true to God's Word and that recovery of 1827 AD. One might disagree, and that is a choice, but Scripture is quite plain as to what God has intended for His universal testimony in the world. One can write for help herein to find such a fellowship.  - RLD.
PRESERVING CHURCH TESTIMONY
Thoughts By Robert DeWitt
[Many faithful servants of God have labored down through history of the Church in this world, to preserve God's testimony; and often in the face of religious men by Satan's leading. Some notable ones we see from approximately 1100 AD to 1800 AD have made a significant difference in restoring Bible truth; which truth had been corrupted by religious Apostates (imitators of God's Word) who often had control over the governments from circa 500 AD to circa 1500 AD., and could use civil laws against Christians. Many of the faithful servants of God were put to death for their labors. Truly these faithful ones of olden times will be forever rewarded by God in eternity hereafter. History of the Church universal can be shown truthfully in historical books available at Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, Ill. --USA.]

This viewing of the universal Church from secular history of the Middle ('dark') ages: circa 1200 AD through 1500 AD, has revealed that a number of Godly leaders sacrificed much to preserve God's testimony and oppose false teachings ---some even with loss of life by wicked religionists. Martin Luther was especially led of God to boldly renounce the evils in the Roman Catholic Religion, and confront the Pope directly in a public way with the heresies in that religion ---giving up His own high place as a priest and religion teacher there. 
He saw the teachings therein as contrary to Holy Scripture, and had to flee to safety to continue his studies and preach and write. John Calvin also confronted the RC religionists directly and was considered even more dangerous by the RC hierarchy than Luther. All these faithful preachers were hunted down to kill them, and God preserved many. Faithful evangelists in this later age have been bold to do the important work to spread the Gospel message of salvation, to those who have not heard in various remote places in the world.  Such history can be studied in research of the Middle (dark) ages in most colleges that are not sympathetic and supporting the present RC religion.

After God's work of revival of the GOSPEL MESSAGE up through 1500 AD, it was deemed by God time to concentrate on a revival of CHURCH TRUTH, due to the many innovations of men to please the flesh. Some of us can see that special recovery by God in circa 1800 AD, mainly in Ireland ---away from denominated sects. Faithful servants of God were used in those times for various needed ministry. All this was necessary, for God's Church testimony was not maintained by Elders in Christianity after the apostolic period, and from 500 AD to about 1500 AD the tyranny of religious men was rampant, by those who controlled the governments. People were persecuted unto death by the Roman Catholic religion of the land.

Since then Christianity has moved on through the lessons in type ---shown by works and failures in such gatherings as EPHESUS, SMYRNA, PERGAMOS, THYATIRA, SARDIS, PHILADELPHIA, and compared today to our present condition as typified in the early Church in LAODICIA shown in type (see the lessons described in Revelation 2 & 3); those which shows something of God's mind about Church history through the ages. We are now in the latter days of church testimony (the Laodicea type: note Rev. 3:14-19) ---in much confusion with "every man doing that which is right in his own eyes" (Prov. 21:2), as God disdained.  

We can learn from these lessons of failure in the history and do better today ---or not, and suffer loss at the "Judgment seat of Christ" in Heaven, for continuing to act in the flesh. Again: one can see this history in detail by contacting such as Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL --USA.    - RLD: GMd; 2015; add: 02/2020