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 A CENTER CIRCLE      

DO THE READERS KNOW of those believers in Christ holding that recovery of church truth in 1827--- endeavoring to continue the expression of the "one body in Christ" worldwide in the scriptural order, as intend -
ed by God for "unity of the faith"----rather than independency, mergers, and sectar-ianism?   Does one want to know?  Such a fellowship does exist today.  SEE THE SITE 
MANAGER for a brief history.
Some thoughts here especially for the faithful saints who value Bible-only , who earnestly desire to be faithful to our Lord and His Word (Mt.18:20; Acts 20:27).  See also other pages listed below for some thoughts.   Write to the Site Manager if one has questions or comments.   
-  Bible Counsel:  Feature Page 13
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NOTE:  For the faithful gathered saints already in a scriptural assembly who would like to review related papers on our path,  they might see the Conditions And Comments page, and may write for copies of papers.  It would not likely be understood or appreciated by other readers.  Contact Site Manager with any questions.  
CHRIST IS THE CENTER 
OF GATHERING

If the "Kingdom of Heaven" is like an OUTER CIRCLE of profession and honor to God and His ways, as we understand, and the "Kingdom of God" is like an INNER CIRCLE of posses-sion of Christ and the "new birth", then we might well look for a CENTER CIRCLE with-in of believers gathered around Christ and His Word for obedience and submission.  

This page speaks to those who value the fol-lowing G.R.E.A.T.W.A.Y:  Gathering with other saints to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone in love;  Receiving "all the counsel of God" and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth";  Expressing the "one body" of Christ in  the world;  Acknowledging the "priesthood" of all believers;  Trusting the Lord and keeping His Word;  Worshipping in devotion as pleases God;  Appreciating  God's assembly, order, and government;  Yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

In anticipation of those who might have some objections, one ought to say: no one should  presume to boast of being in a center circle;  nevertheless, it remains and that should be the object and desire of faithful saints.
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MAINTAINING THE REVIVAL
Dear brother_________:

  Thank you for your nice letter. While I realize it may sound presumptuous to imply the fellowship I am with is of the original revival of 1827 A.D.,  I don't know what else to say. As we trace our history we see some saints who went out from that good work of God, took a name, and set up their own tables ---like the various denominated sects of men with worldly practices, and some others who became a controlling exclusive club;  also a few who rebelled against necessary assembly judgments and left.  We have maintained God's recovery and know the history, and we do not claim perfection. It is important to see there was nothing like this movement before in church history after the apostolic time. We have endeavored to continue God's revival, in "unity of the faith" worldwide down through the years, holding Bible-only.

  This is speaking about the post-reformation time, when the Lord sought to have His testimony maintained in full, not just in the Gospel message as was accomplished by faithful saints in circa 1500 AD ---out of the heresy of the Middle Ages from the RC religion. God began this present revival to recover Church Truth in circa 1800 AD.

  We are only a remnant testimony among the so-called "brethren move-ment" in the world, and perhaps not as large as some new groups that left us.  Some call us by various names, but we only see this fellowship as nameless believers (as Scripture shows) gathered to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and surviving all the divisions through the years. There will probably yet be others who also will go off at times and start something new, but we have not gone anywhere.  

  Every year there are new sects being formed in christendom, which denies the expression of the "one body in Christ" and "no schism in the body", as God shows us in His Word (note 1 Cor. 12).  Some papers I have show something of the history ---the divisions and our position, if you would be interested. We value that revival of the early 1800's, though no one here is perfect.  

  I do not believe God approves sectarianism. Separations of Christians as in the Word should only be on the ground of assembly discipline within (Matt.18:15-20; etc.), and with the thought of recovery from it. We need to learn to get along within God's scriptural testimony, even as Israel did in the wilderness. The cloud of witness and the pillar of fire remained where God placed it, regardless if an Israelite went off and left the gathering place. That applies today with both the local gatherings and the universal fellowship.

  We are thankful for God's care and don't wish to strive with any brethren. One can find failures among us, but we press on to maintain that testimony worldwide with all such gatherings for "unity of the faith" as God desires. One ought to realize that if the church was going on in the world as it should, all the saints with all their differences would be together, providing they were of one accord about essential church truth and obeying and honoring God. One might have conscience about non-essential things, and might share it properly, but not press it on the gathered saints.

  Well, I won't speak further at this time. The attached papers may be of some further help. I hope you will continue to visit the web site at www.BibleCounsel.homestead.com for monthly updates, and one can ask questions there. Keep in touch, and let me know if I can be of any assistance.

- Yours by grace, Robert DeWitt:  CL07;  11/03