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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.
- R. DeWitt.
DIVIDING THE TESTIMONY
[Separations and divisions of God's collective testimony in the world, to follow or establish man's innovations, is not acceptable in the eyes of God, as the Word of God shows, but the worldly man is always intent on pleasing self and accommodating special interests. It seems every few years new sects are being formed by those who want a wider or narrower path. Let us consider how sects get started and what God says about separations from Bible-Only. - Commentary by R.L.DeWitt: from biblecounsel.net: CH01 2009; rev, 09/15 ]
The mind of God is for "unity of the faith" and "one accord" and "likemind" (see Eph.4 and Phil. 2:2; etc.), and He says there should be "...no schism in the body" (I Cor. 12:25). This does not suggest mergers as a remedy, but unity according to the "Word of God", and speaks much of being "together" and showing the truth of the "one body in Christ" (Rom. 12 and I Cor. 12); but most Christians and professors thereof, prefer their own ideas and ways. The reasoning of man and his own interests always leads him astray. God's testimony in the world is harmed by such actions. There will surely be a day of accountability for this.
A statement from another paper answers a common question: "What is the problem with a name or having a separate gathering? It is sectarian because it makes a limited company (sect) out of that which God established as a universal truth in the world (the "one body" of Christ). Faithful saints will not want to take any name that divides them, and which God has not called us. It is His church (assembly) and believers are His, so we ought to follow the Word of God and bow to His government, rather than go off to join or start a new gathering every time we are not pleased about something. Where would Israel have gone if they had left the pillar of fire and cloud that God established for the place of collective worship?"
If one looks at church history it can be seen that the flesh of men has always been active to assert self and oppose God, which Satan surely promotes with careless saints. In circa 1500 AD God revived the GOSPEL message away from the tyranny of the RC religion, in the so-called "Reformation" time with faithful servants; and in time the flesh of men arose again to divide and scatter the saints by sectarianism ---the denominated sects to please all manner of flesh. God then raised a revival in the early 1800's to recover the testimony of CHURCH TRUTH lost in the movements of the sects of men. Some of us are endeavoring to maintain that good work God began for unity and truth in that revival of
Essential to the testimony is sound Godly government in the fellowship by the "priesthood" of all faithful saints together (note 1 Pet. 2:1-10), and "unity of the faith" in devotion and faithfulness worldwide, as God intends; and it is often the cause of division when the believers will not accept it ---either to have a looser and more permissive path of entertainment, or their own ideas to make rules and set up their elite leaders to control all followers. A number of papers are available on these matters to show what began to happen after God's revivals, and the ways that have continued the rebellious spirit. There is a truly scriptural path today as Bible-only, if one is interested in such a fellowship.
Whether an assembly is a division group that set up their own form and ways contrary to the scriptural order God recovered, or a new gathering that knew not of God's revival, it is yet divisive of the church testimony and needs to be corrected.
Questions may be responded to by visiting the site: Biblecounsel.net on the Internet, and contact at Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL for help. - RLD.