God says: "...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,.." (Gal.5:22)
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SPIRITUAL  LIFE -          
WHAT  IS  ONE  SEEKING?

Our spiritual life will be in 
direct  proportion to the place we give the Lord Jesus Christ  in  our heart and daily experience.
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When we speak of "spiritual life" we are referring to that life of God----awareness, as contrasted with physical and carnal-awareness.  It concerns worship; devotion; growth and maturity; trials; peace and joy; communion; holiness; charity; the Lord's glory, and praise, etc. If one is alive unto God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that one may be full of faith and devotion to Christ, moderately faithful, or shallow in faith.  It is all about faith and maturity for a child of God, and we hope faithful readers will learn to live closer to the Lord and enjoy communion with Him.
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THE GOSPEL
How To Be Saved
A PERSONAL PATH
[Letter to a dear believer in Christ who for years remained unsettled about a scriptural and Godly pathway, and visited this Bible-only assembly at times; and could not see God has shown ONE PATH for the universal church in the world, and thought the various sects of man's interpretations was all we have;    but who was later happily gathered with us in "unity of the faith" universal before she went home to the Lord.] 
   --1998--
Dear sister_____________:
  It was pleasant to have you with us recently here and to visit some.  Regarding the things we talked about, I wanted to also send a paper that I trust is profitable.

  I am glad you appreciate the gathering here and express interest to go on in a way that honors the Lord.  Like me, you have had a good look at all the Christian sects around us, and while some are better in spirit and truth than others, I don't think we should be looking for a PERFECT SECT; rather, to find GOD'S PATH to express the "one body" in the world.  That can only be in accord with His Word, you know (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:13 & 20; Eph. 4:4; etc.). One must surely do what the Lord shows us, regardless of what other brethren do or fail to do. We are all failures in so many ways.  I remember when I was searching out the truth of gathering years ago, brother A.C. Brown --a gifted teacher in Los Angeles, said to me: "Remember, we are not gathered to the brethren here, but ever seek their good". We surely need to remember to whom we are gathered, and try to encourage others to go on well and be happy in the Lord, expressing the "one body in Christ"; and we ought to walk in the scriptural path even if others do not. 

  As I mentioned briefly and what I want to emphasize, is that the gathering principle is not based on much knowledge of church history, or certainly not what the majority of Christians are doing. We at least ought to know the fundamentals and what is contrary to Scripture, whether or not we know all the Word.  If the church was going on as it should, all the saints would be together in one universal fellowship (I Cor. 1:9-13), even as we will be in Heaven ---right?  That is most pleasing to God. Some Christians agree somewhat with that thought, but seek to justify their independent position by saying: "all that matters is that we are saved" for Heaven, which is not ALL that matters, but is the essential matter.  

  The so-called “Open Brethren” position, which we both were in, came about back in 1848 AD when they denied the "one body" path and sought more liberty of expression. They had the same foundation of truth as we, but they got off onto independency and so left us. As you said, some of them today don't hold such independency within at least a small area;  nevertheless, they continue their way, and the universal fellowship of God's revival in the world in 1827 AD, was scattered by self-serving divisions, and the damage is done. May we all press on with the light we have, and understand what the Bible teaches.

  While there are dear saints in all gatherings and we love them in the Lord, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3).  It is lamentable that the enemy has divided and scattered the saints, but we can only hope and pray there will be individual exercise to seek the ground of gathering to be of "one accord", and avoid the many errors in man's ideas. I think you also believe that.

  As noted in the enclosed papers, there is a lot of truth to learn, but how much we know is not so important. It is important to be established in the fundamentals and go on happily with the saints. We need to support GOD'S TESTIMONY.  If one desires to search out Bible doctrine, that is good and shows "unity of the faith". I feel sure I am gathered in the scriptural way now, but am always reviewing God's Word.

  Well, look up, dear sister, and rejoice in the Lord and our bright hope.
  - Ever yours in Christ,   RLD: 1998 

[ADDENDUM for ministry:  Regarding independency, it is not just an optional personal choice. One ought to see it is going CONTRARY and against the mind of God for "unity of the faith". I fear it is creeping into the assemblies among us today, with saints saying the gospel is only what matters; and it denies the plain teaching of the "one body in Christ", and being "together", of "like mind""one accord", and is rather allowing "schism" in the body, as God warns us against (1 Cor. 12:25).  Much of our troubles within the testimony today comes from some essential fundamentals:  NOT accepting that God is "in the midst" of His scriptural assemblies; NOT expressing the oneness of the "one body" in the world;  NOT honoring judgments also in other Godly assemblies among us worldwide.   
 - RLD: CL42-m; 08/04]