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 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.    - 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 circa 1800 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
AN INDEPENDENT ASSEMBLY
[Correspondence adapted here for ministry and to avoid names and references]

Dear brother__________:

  I am pleased with your good spirit and openness. I hope you will not lose patience with my inquiry, but I am puzzled. You speak of having a scriptural order where you attend, which sounds mostly to be right as to form, but I am interested in seeing the background and history of that fellowship. One might say: "Why does it matter"? Well, for one, God enjoins us to "unity of the Faith" worldwide, rather than independency. Consider the following: 

1. God did a great and notable work to revive church truth in the early 1800's, which had been lost after the apostolic period (not taught, understood nor practiced). One can read a number of reliable church history papers about that ---see ministry at Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL. I have condensed it in a paper called: CHURCH CONDITION. Records show God specifically brought together some faithful brethren in Ireland then England in 1827 AD, to revive church truth and church unity out of the sectarian church groups ---which groups developed from the Protestant Reformation Movement of circa 1500 AD, when the Gospel message was restored worldwide out of the RC religion. This more scriptural fellowship spread rapidly in the world. Much sound ministry was written, which is available today. Do you know of this period and would you be interested is reading some about it?

2. There is "one body" (Rom.12 & I Cor.12) and the saints of God surely ought to express or show forth that oneness in the world (note 1 Cor. 12:25, Gal. 1:1-2 and Phil.2:2, etc.), as it will be in Heaven. God does not speak of independency or appreciate sectarianism we can see. He intends, I believe, that we show "unity of the Spirit" with all scriptural assemblies.

3. There were a number of major divisions in that good work, beginning in 1848, and numerous other divisions came out of those. It was all to please the flesh with innovations, but some held to the original recovery. 

4. The worldwide fellowship I have found knows our history, and we see our direct connection with that original revival, in that we all stood against those who left and started something new. We don't take a name, as the church is nameless, and we are not perfect, but we don't follow men, and are "holding fast" to Bible-only to honor God. Surely we should honor God in unity universal.

5. All Christian assemblies professing, or actually upholding a somewhat scriptural order and practice today ---apart from the various innovations of denominated sects, have either risen up new and carry on independent of that universal revival of circa 1800 AD, or they are part of a division group that departed. So, I am always interested in the history of a gathering ---who started it, where, when, how, etc. One should know what they are associated with.  

6. The only godly way Christians can be united, is by individuals seeing the need for unity to honor and obey God, and taking steps to achieve it---not by a collective merger of various sects. An assembly can only receive individuals, as Scripture shows, and not receive an organization. So, we want to see earnest saints of God gather with us, to honor God's testimony in the world 'til our Lord comes again. He will always have a true testimony whether individuals own it or not. We believe that revival of 1827 AD was God's work to restore His testimony.

  Well, my brother, I hope you can appreciate my exercise, and know I only seek our good and the Lord's glory. I know God would have us to be "of one accord" with "no schism" in the "one body" in the world as He said. All the saints will be held accountable for how they regarded God's universal testimony. I must, therefore, pursue unity as far as I can. Would you be interested? God bless you, brother, and please keep in touch. 

- Sincerely in Christ, R.L.D. -CL04-h; 03/01; add: 08/18