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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.
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 12/2009 -- R. DeWitt (parentheses above added).
[Letter to one seeking a Bible fellowship, and adapted to avoid names and references]
As to your inquiry and to qualify what I briefly stated, brother, I would say: the Bible-only fellowship worldwide that I know of speaks of the Holy Bible as our only authority for the faith, and that must be without inventions, innovations, and neglecting of applicable Scripture; and the venerable Authorized KJV Bible is valued by many of us in this persuasion as the most tested and proven version for group study, with cross references in some other valued writings for some comparisons. Such a study way allow also for unity in the discussions and for memorization of Bible verses.
According to the Bible the local assembly is 'a scriptural gathering in a geographical place of the universal fellowship worldwide'. God expects us to value all scriptural assemblies of "one mind", "unity of the faith", and "no schism in the body of Christ" in the world. Independency of gathering is contrary to Bible truth as the Epistles clearly show. Each assembly in various cities manages their affairs, but always as scriptural; and other such gatherings in this fellowship I spoke of might need to be consulted at times, when help is needed about some understandings. This is to obey and honor God. One needs to see this order in comparing the Holy Bible Epistles to appreciate Church Truth.
The "elders" in the local assembly, who are known by others of this fellowship, must guide things by Scripture and the universal testimony, but not reign supreme or rule ---God rules by His Word and Spirit. It values the priesthood of all believers and not a hierarchy of men, as 1 Peter 2 shows us; and the exercise of spiritual gifts to faithful saints provides for balance in studies and in ministry subjects. All 'gathered' brothers may speak on subjects in meetings; and the sisters are not to speak, but may pray, sing, serve in many ways, and be helpers and much encouragement to all ---which is all as God shows in His immutable Word of Truth. Most Assemblies in such fellowship use the same song books and references to be of "one mind"; and when visiting at Assemblies elsewhere they are thus "of one accord" as God enjoins us.
On the Lord's day (first day of the week ---resurrection day; note Acts 20:7), the meetings would primarily include worship at the Lord's Table for the collective remembrance of our Savior (who arose in victory over death), with the Lord's Supper (see 1 Cor. 10:16-21; 1 Cor. 11:27); also a Bible study time on Lord's Day ---with classes for children while adults meet for study in the Assembly; except in small House Meetings the Supper and some studies might be all they have. There are special gospel meetings set for the general public in the larger gatherings, that might be encouraged to attend; weekly prayer meetings for saints; general fellowship gatherings of the local saints for various purposes, even occasional meetings with esteemed fulltime ministry brothers from other known assemblies, who are well known and have been commended forth universal, to visit and share thoughts for some consider-ation (see Phil. 2:19-20; Col. 4:7-10; etc.). There are general Bible conferences in some cities at times for sharing ministry with very many visiting saints; and summer camps; special Christian activities for happy fellowship; etc. This all speaks of Christian "unity of the faith" worldwide with "no schism in the body" of Christ, as Scripture declares (John 17:11, 21-22; Acts 2:41-44; 1 Cor. 12:25; etc.).
One can inquire and see more about this nameless Bible-only fellowship which has been going on for over 190 years now, by visiting at the Biblecounsel.net web site, which shows much of what God intends for His testimony in the world; and one can ask questions there ---also at Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL --USA, for much ministry on Bible truth and church history, Christian literature, many Christian helps, etc. We who have been associated with this fellowship for many years, find it rewarding and very true to the Holy Bible. I personally use the Scofield KJV Study Bible for much help in appreciating and more fully understanding the Authorized KJV Bible. - R. L. D. : GB41; 05/18; add 04/2021.