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For saints who value

 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 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  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.
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 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.    - RLD
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 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. One can write for help herein to find such a fellowship.
 - RLD 08/15
A Beginning Testimony

By R. DeWitt, 2007; rev. 03/17

[Some understanding of the scriptural assembly locally and worldwide, and in testimony as shown in the revival of 1827 AD which first met in a home, and is now in many cities and countries worldwide.] 

Some Christians are associated with so-called High Churches who have a formal hierarchy of priestly men and many rituals, with their doctrines, rules, and form; some believers are at the other extreme with various independent, casual, and open sects who follow varied innovations to make them appealing and popular with men; and many Christian groups are somewhere between these. We need, rather, to endeavor to be yielded to God's Word, and that is what the fellowship from circa 1800 is about. A few thoughts are here from other papers to help Christians, who have never heard of the revival of AD 1827, and were not reared within a scriptural assembly. 

The Gathering Place according to the scriptural order for the church, is probably not like anything one has known from the various Christian gatherings they have seen in the world, who often denominate: take a name, have a hierarchy of leaders, follow rituals, ceremonies and rules, may embrace worldly ways, have entertainment and activities, programs, innovations, etc. Others form independent gatherings in homes and do whatever they all agree to do in the name of Christianity; yet also fail to bow to Bible-only.  

While many intended scriptural assemblies begin in homes until they grow larger, they need to do it in fellowship with the universal Church as God established for some help, rather than independency which is divisive (1Cor. 12:25); and certainly not to be exalting certain men among them. There are various ideas developed to please man, rather than true to the Word of God. One needs to decide if they want to be a part of a scriptural assembly as a worldwide fellowship in "unity of the faith" as God ordained, and as a local expression of that, or just follow traditions and the popular ideas of men.  

A true believer ought to seek to know church truth, church history, talk with the elders associated with the gathering, be baptized, pray much, and be an observer for a time before asking to be received into that scriptural fellowship, for unity with the revival of 1827 after the biblical order. It endeavors to hold to Bible-only for universal unity. Reception is not dependent on knowing all the Scripture, and one should come simply in faith as a learner. One should come with the thought of "one accord" as shown and in truth. Certainly, we do not expect perfection with any saints, but God has preserved the testimony and pathway that He ordained.

The Word Of God should be our only authority for the Christian faith, not rules, creeds, the reasoning of various men and personal preferences. One should study the Word, seek some counsel from sound Bible teachers, and pray earnestly. Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL is a sound source of church history and ministry.

The Assembly Life concerns Christian love, happy fellowship, and the various Bible meetings and function as in Acts 2:41-42 and the Epistles ---a Godly spirit, and the care and fellowship for all the saints. Some small gatherings in homes grow to need a larger building in time for the assembly. One should stand apart from various sects and appreciate the truth of expressing the "one body of Christ” as given for the church, rather than the independent ways or mergers of the various religious sects of men. Mergers are not scriptural. A seeker ought to learn such as the ground of gathering, the history of the gathering, the form of gathering, the functions of the gathering, the priesthood of the gathering, etc.; all to know if God is honored, the Bible is followed, and there is liberty of spirit.

The Holy And Royal Priesthood (1 Pet. 2) is a precious truth given all saints, and something different than one will find in the various sects and systems, where the liberty and gifts of God's calling and participation is not allowed. One should study this and value the priesthood of the saints. Men are not called to make rules for others.  

The Order And Government Of God speaks of the scriptural form of the collective gatherings, unity worldwide, a Godly spirit, correction of waywardness, and honor to God; and God's mind and purposes for His testimony from the beginning of the church. This is by sharing of all the gathered saints and some guidance by elders. The saints worldwide should be essentially of one mind before God. 

The Honor And Glory Of The Lord ought to be paramount among the saints in the assembly and in our personal life, rather than pleasing men with their religious ideas.

The Collective Worship And Ministry speaks of communion at the Lord's Table and the Supper, as worship in both a collective and personal way by the working of the Spirit (Matt. 18:20), and the ministry shared in Bible studies and in messages delivered among the saints needs to be sound and esteemed; and those visitors in the "room (place) of the unlearned" can profit from it, as God says (note 1 Cor. 14:16) .  

[It is important to appreciate that in all this it is speaking of God's standards and testimony in the world after His order. There is no such thing in the Holy Scriptures as "a church of your choice", so one ought to seek to find what God intended for the church, rather than look for a popular place of convenience and our preference. One can learn more about such a fellowship at the site: and ask questions there. One cannot speak for others, and surely each child of God ought to pray earnestly to find God's mind for one's pathway.]   – RLD: CF15   

   The faithful saints of God truly need to be conformed to the mind of God, looking to and considering the scriptural Church as shown in the Holy Bible. We cannot otherwise know much about honoring and pleasing God, though one might feel happy where they are with friends. Faithfulness is living for God as He shows man.  - R. L. DeWitt  2005; add: 10/17

   There are those professing Christians who stand for a concept of Conservatism or Fundamentalism or Liberalism; or Orthodox sects claiming to be the original church in the world. There are also movements of Humanism for independent gatherings with various religious-type practices, to further please self in the name of christendom. God surely wants His testimony held in truth. 

   Faithful Christians should not be quarreling with others about personal choices, but only sharing holy Scripture and God's order, and urging all to hold fast to "all the counsel of God" as our only authority for God's testimony; and this wherever they are seeing the innovations and additions to the Word of God. Without attacking various sects, the saints might well discourage any kind of adaptations or deletions of God's Word, and developing any gatherings to accommodate the flesh of men. We need to be sure we all are in accord with Holy Scripture in the world, and expressing the "one body in Christ" as enjoined, without adding to or taking from God's Word ---"...rightly dividing the Word of truth" as told (2 Tim. 2:15). There must be "no schism in the body" (1 Cor. 12:26) as God says, which dishonors Him; and be keeping God's standards, and showing "unity of the Faith" as God shows and intends before the Lord comes again. 

   Some Christians say: "salvation of souls is our only mission"; and some think the whole testimony is about walking in a certain way, or doing good and godly acts toward mankind; yet, the truth is greater than even these good things. It embraces the fullness of Redemption Way, Church Truth, and Spiritual Life, to obey and honor God as we serve Him in this world; for Christianity is more than the ways of simple christendom. A sincere seeker needs to learn to be conformed to God and by His Word alone.

   Often we hear of voices saying the denominated sects of men today are all we have, and the Bible is open to interpretations. Such reasoning is clearly from those who do not read their Bible (or are reading some new wordings in various new Versions they prefer), and thus fail to see what God began in the formation of the Church, as shown in Acts 2: 41-42 and the Epistles (made more clear in the KJV of God's Word). They advocate modern practices, often saying they believe they should do what they feel God has shown them; and continue perverting the Holy Word of God to please the flesh of men. 

   Some of us have come to appreciate God's revival of Church Truth in 1827 AD ---often called the "the brethren movement", coming out of the denominated sects from the Protestant Reformation of circa 1500 AD. We have found this fellowship in the world which has stood the test of God's Word now for over 180 years, and seek to share this way ---though admittingly most professing Christians refuse to even consider that possibility, being quite comfortable where they are with friends. Sometimes they cry out, "throwing dust in the air" and "casting stones" (figurativly like Israel of olden times, when their religious ideas were questioned by the Prophets and Apostles) ---note Acts 7:54-58; Acts 22:22-23.
   There continues to be such a New Testament truth if one is a sincere seeker after it. If some saints do not value this, we can only commend them to God, and pray all will otherwise seek to be faithful to God in what they can understand as the Christian testimony in the world. It will all be manifest and judged in Heaven as to the intent of the heart. Let us be sure our heart is in accord with the mind of God.   - RLD: CF22; 2005; add: 10/17.