God's Sword of Truth - The Word
Most religious organizations use the guideline ("Local Church Fellowship - What Is It?") on what a local church is, and like all religious people of the world they are in grave error. Like the Jews, they have established a system where one tries to reach heaven by ones own righteousness, fellowship, and they even call a building "the church".
"O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth...." Galatians 3:1. The early church that they speak of, started by the Spirit, in their pamphlet, is still in the Spirit and not in the flesh as they have so placed it.
There is no salvation in the church or their fellowship. They have totally missed what Jesus is all about, and what the true body of Christ is. Do they not understand that Paul was a "freelancer"? The local church and fellowship have nothing to do with each other. There is no Book of Acts Church alive today, only the spiritual cell established by the Holy Spirit, taught and led by Him. Again, like the religions of men, they have erred. The birth of the body of Christ did not start on the day of Pentecost. The body of Christ has always existed.
They do mention baptism and how it is not needed, but you deceive others by attaching joy and blessings in doing so! No, there are no feelings to faith, no privileges and responsibilities, no rules or laws.
I was saved before baptism, and became a member of the body of Christ when I truly believed. It had nothing to do with joy or any feelings. I felt no responsibilities, just a lot of love in Christ, which gave me the desire to share Jesus with all who would listen. I baptized a few, I saved no one, I did plant seed which the Holy Spirit watered, and only He knows who was added to the Body of Christ. I’m not in the counting business as they (the pamphlet writers) are. There are no stepping stones to salvation - just Jesus.
The pamphlet "Local Church Fellowship" which was passed out door to door, uses religious explanations and eloquent wording...and even states that God has blessed the reasons for Christian "partnership" by adding to their numbers....What is that? Give me chapter and verse! Even the words used..."throughout the Roman Empire"...sounds Catholic. I see no scripture, nor can I find any purpose or reason for how they see that God makes divine intention for local churches, especially, "each on its own independence". Again, only churches of men do this and they are like the Jew of today.......lost! If anyone follows W.E. Vine of Bath, England....that person is confused!
Again, they have missed Christ and fell for Satan’s lie. The words..."local assembly, its life, worship and witness".......are all religious words of Satan and his angels of light who have no real truth in Christ and His Grace.
The local church is spiritual, not physical. Where two are gathered, He is there (Read Matthew 18:20), and it has nothing to do with meeting regularly. The Pamphlet's definition of a local church is: "....believers in Christ who meet regularly for the purpose of worship....". Are you Jewish? I ask, because you hold worship service. The Jews did that, and I might add, they never understood it either, and did it for the wrong reasons. Under "Grace", there is no worship service, no outside temple, no sacrifice, no altar,....can’t you see it? Grace is grace, and it is all inside, FREE! No works or acts of joining anything. It’s how you "live it" not practice it.
The three-fold authority spoken of in this pamphlet, .....the Headship, Control and Teaching...are all of the Holy Spirit - not man! Your real worship service is your life in Christ, everyday!
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.