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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:  Replies will be held confidential.  Thank you. 
Dear brother:
      Thank you for your nice letter. I appreciate your sincerity and manner, and your thoughts, since I know you want to be faithful to the Lord.

       I want to feel you have all the picture in making your judgments. It just seems to me, as was stated in the paper I sent, that the ideal conditions of the beginning of the church (as in Acts), is not what we have today. As C. H. Mackintosh said in his ministry from the beginning: "We have to bear in mind that we are not in Acts, but in such as 2 Timothy shows ".  That is to say that conditions degenerated to "a great house" with vessels "to honor and some to dishonor". We see denominated sects everywhere ---dividing the testimony of the "one body", which is not what existed in the beginning. We have to take a stand by honoring the Lord and the holiness of His table (including the fellowship there). That is a condition I believe we must address today. We must have "unity of the Spirit" (Eph.4:3), not just separate unions of Christians everywhere. I hope you do appreciate that.

      A visitor coming among us as Bible-only believers and who "are gathered" (Mt. 18:20 --a spiritual work by God for His testimony) may bring in false teaching, then we would have a serious problem, for we should not receive a visitor at the holiness of the Lord's Table and then restrict him there. Reception is to the fellowship, not just to the Table. The gathered saints have liberty to exercise their priesthood in the assembly; and I want to emphasize that unity, and the holiness of God must be maintained as God has often stated.

      I agree with you that all the saints should be together, but some have set up the barriers to fellowship by their choices for sectarianism. I cannot do anything about that, except to stand apart from it ---I cannot be a party to it.  The letters of commen-dation were established by God to introduce faithful saints to others, and to deal with all these matters of those who are not going on well. We are only trying to honor the Lord's table and His one testimony worldwide, and we are not just being exclusive. We are inclusive of all who bow to "all the counsel of God" and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" as God enjoins us. The various denominated sects are being exclusive by setting up their creeds, doctrines, practices, etc. which excludes others who esteem the scriptural order.  I hope this will be of some help in your understanding of "unity of the faith", compared to popular mergers of all who profess a belief.

      Well, I may be redundant, friend, so I will stop. I must say, we ought to try to reach out and help others see these things, and work until the Lord comes, to help God's testimony go on worldwide as He intended in the beginning. Many dear saints of God have never been taught Church truth and do not understand the foundation of the church.   Keep in touch!  

- [R.L.D.: CL06; 3/03; add 2/19]