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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 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.
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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 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
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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 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 CALLING TO UNITY
[It is clearly the mind and desire of our God to have His children be of "one mind" and "one accord" in "unity of the faith", to express the "one body in Christ" in the world, even in remote places (Rom.12; 1 Cor. 12; Phil. 2; etc., so "what doth hinder..."?) - R. L. D.]

There are many dear saints of God in the world who value His Word, do not believe God calls us to a so-called "church of your choice" place, and cannot find a true scriptural assembly for fellowship. They may also be in remote places making travel difficult. God cares about each one of His saints and values faithfulness; so do we care? 

Every child of God can be associated with God's intended fellowship in the world, showing the "unity of the faith" everywhere, though perhaps not able to meet regularly with other saints in a true scriptural gathering as God shows, due to distance --- for the Lord's supper, Bible study, biblical ministry, collective prayer, and godly fellowship (Acts 2:42-44) as the beginning of the Church universal shows. It can be, however, a privilege to bear a true scriptural testimony in a solitary place ---even in one's home, as a Bible-only testimony, and in happy communion with the universal Church in the world by Bible conferences, and for travelers passing by, as God intends for the saints by His Word (noting the Epistles). 

Church history shows that God revived His testimony in the early 1800's apart from the sectarian systems man had made, and this so-called "brethren movement" was a lovely thing in accord with the Word of God, and like the church in the beginning. Much sound ministry was written which is available today from the sources listed below.

Though the enemy of our souls began to stir up the flesh to bring in divisions to this revival, the work continued. One should discern this, and seek to be associated with that line of truth, and stand apart from all the various sects being formed everywhere. The history of this testimony is available at such as Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL.

- Things A Seeker Can Do -
1. See the truth of God's way from His Word.
  a. Believers in Christ should want to be on scriptural ground for God's testimony and His honor. There ought to be ONE worldwide fellowship in unity as it will be in heaven (prayerfully read John 17:11, 21-22;  I Cor.1:9-13;  I Cor.12:12-27;  Eph.4;  Phil.2:2; etc.).
  b. One can see in the Scripture that the early church expressed unity, and the local 
assemblies pertaining to God were in full fellowship (e.g. Acts 2:41-47; Rom.1:7; I Cor. 1:2; 
I Cor.16:19-20; Gal.1:2-3; etc.). They were not mergers of man's religious innovations, nor independent gatherings, but a fellowship in accord with the Word by the apostles.  

2. See the need to own the truth and act on it.
  a. Believers should stand apart from man's organizations and innovations, and study the Word with those who value obedience and honor to God.
  b. One should understand that sects and systems man has organized are not of God, no matter how nice the Christians are, and the fact they read the Word. Every group has a history.
  c. The fact that a denomination or other sect is prominent and been around for years does not justify it, not even that it tries somewhat to follow the path today (see Eccl. 3: 14-15).
  d. An independent gathering is simply not true to the Word of God and is divisive of the universal Church.
3. Seek out that universal fellowship that God recovered in circa 1800 AD.*
  a. That testimony as described here continues in the world, though is not popular and does not advertise or assert itself. It was a return to the Word.*
  b. Some of the division groups from this testimony set forth in 1827 AD, also have some sound ministry and meet in form like the original revival, but have formed a sect by leaving God's work in unity, adding innovations, and setting up their own tables independently. That dishonors the Lord more than the various denominated saints in the world that have never known scriptural truth.
  c. The author would be pleased to help one contact the nearest scriptural assembly to them. God says: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psa.133:1). That speaks of unity in truth, not just some union by men.  

4. Seek the Lord's leading by earnest prayer.
  a. God honors prayer and those who earnestly seek Him. Believers need to humble themselves, and by supplication cry to God to lead and keep them in His way. Whatever we see as the way, we ought to first read and pray, and not hesitate to say: Lord, do not let me go astray.
  b. If one leans on his own reasoning and popular appeals he will go astray. 

5. Stand with believers on this ground for God's testimony in the world.
  a. If one visits the nearest assembly in this worldwide fellowship, and meets with brethren there to search the Scriptures and see the path, one may be led of the Lord to soon be gathered into this fellowship worldwide.
  b. If the assembly is too far from one's home to be able to attend regularly, one may still be associated with them, and maintain a faithful stand with the Lord with readings and prayer at home until the Lord shows something further.* Others will visit to give help and encouragement, and have fellowship; and there are Bible conferences in some cities.
  c. It may be possible to find other Christians nearby who also desire "the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Cor.11:3), and they too may come together with one to study and pray in the home. That is God's way for a nice beginning.
  d. It is important to appreciate that this does not speak of independent gatherings,  but one worldwide fellowship of the universal church of like mind, and the local expression of it in towns and cities, which values the fellowship and priesthood of "born again" believers (1 Pet. 2), and keeps "all the counsel of God" and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth".

6. Stand for the honor and glory of the Lord.
  a. In all this matter we are talking about obedience and honor to God, and not what is after traditions, man's reasoning, and what is pleasing to oneself (Isa.55:8-9).  
  b. One needs to make a serious decision to stand faithfully for the Lord. It is His Church ---the "bride" of Christ, which He bought at a great price, and we are privileged to be part of it.

In conclusion, one would urge the serious seeker after the truth to inquire and seek answers, and not just reject these things because they have never heard them before or understood them. God holds us accountable for His Word. Does the reader have an interest in expressing the "one body of Christ" in the world and keeping His Word?    - R. L. DeWitt: CA10; – 2001; rev. 06/18

* Contact this writer at aninterface@hotmail.com; or Bible Truth Publishers, P.O. Box 649, Addison, IL 60101, USA, tel. 630-543-1441 – www.bibletruthpublishers.com.