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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 (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 testimony in the world. One can write for help herein to find such a fellowship.
 - RLD 08/15
Letter About Bible-Only Movement

THOUGHTS ON SOME CHURCH TESTIMONY
[Adapted to avoid names of saints and some personal references]

Hello again, friend:

  Yes, there is certainly much to learn about Christian history and sound beliefs if one desires to know of it, and see what God intends for our pathway; and I have a personal interest in that so-called "brethren movement" of AD 1827, which I have been with for many years. It is called that by some Christians due to the emphasis on the holy and royal priesthood of all "born again" believers (1 Pet. 2: 5 & 9) ---having ALL saints in Christ being together in expressing the "one body in Christ" with "no schism in the body" worldwide as shown  (see 
1 Corinthians 12:25; Phil. 2:2; etc). God never intended we be divided, nor have a hierarchy of leaders to preach and teach. One should thus note God's disdain at the hierarchy of men to rule in the Church ("nicolaitanes" Rev.2: 6 & 15-16 meaning "rulers over the laity").  

   I think the "Bible-only" kind of message, which you inquired about, arose from that revival in circa 1800 AD when Church Truth was restored out of the Reformation age of circa 1500 AD. That so-called Reformation was a work then by God to recover the true Gospel message from the false teachings and tyranny of the Roman Catholic Religion, as you may know from history studies. Protestant denominations then began to form as various sects, knowing only the rituals, hierarchy, innovations they experienced in the RCR ---for printing presses were not yet available widely to send forth the printed form of Bible books until after circa 1500 AD. 

  This revival of 1827 AD later was a return to the Bible as our ONLY authority for God's testimony for the Faith and honor to God. I surely don't see legalism in general, as you wondered, but individual saints may be that in some degree in all church gatherings everywhere in christendom; and also loose and permissive ones. Many believers often leave and go out to join or start a new Christian sect to please their interests ---the flesh can always be a sad problem for any Christians. Faithful saints among this universal fellowship I know seek to prove all things by Holy Scripture, and be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth", and keeping "all the counsel of God" as God enjoins us. I can share more later if you wish; and you can likely be helped by visiting each month at the site: Biblecounsel.net on the Internet.

  Church truth was not understood in the Middle (Dark) Ages, so the various denominated sects that were formed from the Reformation time began following what they had learned over a thousand years under the tyranny of the RCR ---and the rituals and innovations continue with many sects today. We rejoice that God recovered the Gospel message, but He also continued then to recover Church Truth over time; and the revival of 1827 AD in Ireland was a return by a few scholarly brothers in Christ to Bible-only for ALL authority for the faith, which began to be appreciated, blessed, and spread worldwide.

  Sadly, our enemy continued his efforts to destroy God's testimony, and that new recovery of the functions for the Church in 1827, had a major division about 20 years later when basic truths were given up by some believers. They wanted to be more liberal and allow mixing with all Christians of all professions. That was a movement who called themselves: Plymouth Brethren (from a designation by a group in Plymouth, England under the doings of a Baptist preacher, who came among the gathered saints and began to stir up a sect. He was sound in the gospel and energetic, but not appreciating what the Church is. That group has continued to this day and are very much like all other denominations with innovations to God's Word,  and often meet as Bible Chapels.   In following years some Christians wanted a more strict view and also left; and to begin a gathering after rules and dogma, and one prominent group known generally as "Elitists", set forth leaders referred to as annointed "elite brothers" and Taylorites,  to rule over the saints. To the present day there are varieties of sects who have formed to suit self.   How sad it is that the flesh of men wants to have things go there way, rather than bow fully to God's "WORD OF TRUTH".  

  You can write to Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL - USA for much ministry and history on God's workings. I recommend the book there on MILLER'S CHURCH HISTORY to help in seeing how the works of the enemy of God's "unity of the faith", has been working to divide and scatter saints of God. The Internet site at biblecounsel.net is a good place to see some of what God intends for His testimony in the world.

  I do not know of any gathering of Christians in the world more true to the Word of God, brother, than what God has shown us from the recovery of 1827 AD, and I think I am familiar with them all ---except some of the various new independent house churches that rise up every few years. We need to be faithful before God ---not just in the Gospel message, but in "all the counsel of God" for His Church.
Keep in touch, brother!     - R. L. DeWitt: Cd-L; 07/17.


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