January 18, 1998
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Not all churches dead: (from postal subscriber)
Thank you for sending me your mailings. Plz, keep me on your mailing
list and keep up the good work. I appreciate your letters. Just
remember not all churches are DEAD and/or of the System. I encourage
people if they are in a DEAD church where the Gospel is not preached,
get out - you DO NOT OWE those people nothing.
VW's Church Affiliation?
What a good answer. We have been doing home fellowships for the last
20 years, but only in the last eight years totally independant. It is
always interesting to me when I get that question, or explaining to the
children ( 4 of them ) why we don't go to church in the traditional
sence of the word ( unlike the biblical ekkelsia ). Anyway thanks for
your sharings. We also share many of them with our handful of
Yes. People just don't seem to understand that it is even "possible" to
"have church" in any setting other than the building with the sign out
front. Nor, for many others, that the "Church" is not the "building"
...but the "people in Christ."
Paul exhorts Timothy about 1) Reading, 2) Exhortation and 3) Doctrine.
(1Tm4:13) And about 4) singing.(Eph5:19,Col3:16) 5) Praying (1Tm2:8)
And then, the two ordinances 1) Lord's Supper (1Cor11:23) and 2)
Otherwise, we are given no "order of service" in Scripture, are we. Nor
any "creeds" to recite, etc. Just that we are not to "forsake"
Thanks for your good note. Take courage in His strength!
Fellowship for family:
Also we have had a hard time finding fellowship for our family and are
strictly at home now together. We have found that even though a church
may be closer to the mark then most they still are very lax in their
teachings concerning the children. Youth groups and such. We were
wondering if any other families have written into you voicing these
concerns and looking for fellowship. Looking forward to your reply.
Yes. There are many different ones here and there. There are some who
have "no" fellowship nearby. One, who has become a "friend" and we
correspond on a regular basis, is all alone. Some fellowship at a
distance. And I have some of those, too. For several years I was "going
crazy" with the idea that "there MUST BE SOMEPLACE I can fellowship!"
But, eventually, the Lord gave me peace on the matter. The individuals
and families I know about, have taken it upon themselves to teach their
children. Regular Bible reading times. Scripture memory. And even
special "dedicated times" during the week for special Bible
study...just as though they were "going to" a church. Only, they do it
in their homes. It is specifically scheduled, and faithfully kept.
So...it might not be the fancy "program" provided by an organization.
But, I don't read that Abraham had a local "Sunday school" to send
Isaac to. Hananiah, Mischael and Azariah did not have a local "youth
program" to attend every week to be with their "buddies."(smile)
There is no reason why you can't do the same thing.
OK Just being in Jesus Christ?
We no longer attend a local Church because we are not wanting to
participate with Promise Keepers, Pensacola, Toronto Blessing, Unity
movements and the list goes on.
I guess we no longer trust Pastors or elders because they seem to have
so little discerment. But at the same time we are wondering by not
attending some kind of service are we forsaking the assembly, or are we
all right just being in Jesus Christ...worshipping Him in are home, as
Could you please give your opinion...
When Hebrews 10:25 says not to forsake the "assembling of yourselves
together" what is the writer saying? Does "assembling" ASSUME going to
the specially-built "building" with the sign out front, with the raised
platform? In Rom16:5 Paul speaks of the "church" that was in Priscilla
and Aquila's "house." Again in 1Cor16:19. When the Believers were
praying for Peter, they were gathered in a "house" belonging to Mary
and son, John Mark.(Acts12:12)
While history records the progress of the Catholic and Reformation
churches, most people forget about the Church of Christ which was
underground. They met in homes, forests, caves...often two steps ahead
of the arresting authorities. "of whom the world was not worthy. They
wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth."
How "large" were these groups? They varied. But they met faithfully.
Jesus said, ""For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them." (Mat 18:20) "Two" is not a LARGE
group, is it. But if Believers meet together faithfully, Jesus promises
to be there with them.
As you do this, be faithful in it. Schedule your meeting times, and let
nothing interfere...much as you would treat the matter of "going to"
some special building some place where somebody "else" was leading it.
And let it not be a "casual" affair, either. We meet before a Holy God.
The same "reverence" we have habitually come to expect when walking
into a "sanctuary" should be the same that we meet together in our
Don't let the lack of a building bother you. As far as a "temple" is
concerned, WE (the True Believer) ARE the "temple of the Holy
Spirit."(1Cor6:19) And, just as God is "Spirit...those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth." (Jn4:24) The "location" is not as
Be encouraged....there are many in your situation!
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