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Some conditions or issues, letters, and thoughts here are shared for meditation by the gathered saints in a scriptural assembly. This page is to set forth thoughts and information concerning those who especially value BIBLE-ONLY, and practice that revival of 1827 AD, and responses are welcome. Our desire is to see all saints of God gathered in this worldwide fellowship to have "unity of the faith", as God desires. It is not expected that everyone will agree with all things. Responders here might share other views to consider. Send thoughts to the site manager directly at the e-mail shown here (address: email@example.com). Replies will be held confidential. Thank you.
PREFERRING CHRISTIAN SECTS
As to your expressed thought about finding "a good denomination church", it really appears as a contrary spirit for a true "born again" believer in Jesus Christ to leave a Bible-only fellowship, and prefer a Christian sect to the scriptural order that God has provided in His Word ---though I can appreciate that one may not fully know what the Bible teaches.
Many Christians see only the Gospel message and not the full ministry of REDEMPTION WAY, CHURCH TRUTH, and SPIRITUAL LIFE ---all in Christ (note John 14:6). All sects made by men should be closely examined as to what God has provided for His Church and testimony in the world. I hope this would be your desire. Every denominated church assembly has a history, so one can learn how some men started it.
I surely could not say as you do, that independency is: "the best we can hope for". I see in the Word of God that denom-inating and otherwise being sectarian cannot be said of a real Bible-only assembly, and one should always seek to know if a church gathering is sectarian before joining with it. If we seek to be with what God shows for His testimony in the world, it will be fully in accord with holy Scripture and not a sect, but will honor God and work for "unity of the Faith" world-wide, and "no schism in the body", as God intends (1 Cor. 12:25-27). Would you agree with that? I would be pleased to speak further on this if you wish.
While we love every "child of God", regardless of how much they understand of the Bible, we NEED to see clearly that the Bible teaches scriptural unity, and the Bible references to gatherings in various places speaks of geographical areas, yet all to be of "one accord" worldwide (Phil. 2:2; and note also John 17:21; 1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Cor. 16: 19-20; 2 Cor. 1:1; 2 Cor. 13:12-13; Gal. 1:2; Eph. 4:4-6; Phil. 4:22; Col. 4:15-16; etc). These surely are not denominated sects as many Christians say, but gathered saints in various cities and places as expressing the "one body in Christ" world-wide, in accord with "all the counsel of God" as we are enjoined even today.
We should not be trying to defend sectarianism or independency (as Satan desires), but bow fully to the Word of God, I see; and notwithstanding that there might be some failures at times in a scriptural assembly ---which can be properly dealt with by the responsible elder saints there and assembly approval, and perhaps by counsel from elders elsewhere, to keep that which is committed unto us 'til our Lord comes again; for all saints will be together in Heaven and should be so today.
I know that most professing Christians fight against unity ---a strange thing, but we ought to seek always for our personal place with those who value God's way, to honor Him and thus be commended at "the Judgment Seat of Christ" in Heaven.
- R. L. DeWitt: Cd-C; 01/15
ADDENDUM: 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 church truth in circa 1800 AD. One might disagree, and that is a choice, but Scripture is quite plain as to what God has intended for His testimony in the world. - R.L.D. 08/15
THE LORD IN THE MIDST
Some Thoughts Expressed By An Esteemed Brother
> "A local assembly is never more or less than the expression of the whole (church) in that place."
> "We are not bound by what others do if we do not recognize (collectively) the Lord to be in their midst."
> "His rights (the Lord) to act as head over His house are never to be limited by any sort of human procedure. If He is recognized as in the midst in a place then to put aside what happens there puts aside his presence and authority in that place."
- From correspondence 12/09 - R. DeWitt (parentheses above added).