WHO ARE WE? We are of different nationalities, with varied profession and occupation, bound by a common zeal in reading the Holy Bible. From this hallowed activity, we discovered the cause of disagreement among religious sects. Every sect takes the authority of interpreting the Holy Bible, thus, the claim for truth of every sect. Christianity Today therefore became a "market place" for "truths." In our view, this fulfilled the prophecy of our Lord in:
Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.
We found the Author alone, God, is the sole authority to interpret His words for they are like prophecies being fulfilled, as our Lord said:
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Thus, no one is authorized to interpret the words of God:
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
Mark4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
From this "discovery," Christianity Today is exposed to have veered away from Christianity Yesterday. Today’s version, composed of 1001 sects and denominations, is clearly ADULTERATED (from the word adultery) with human precepts and religious traditions that God condemns in spiritual matters. We believe the following and they are our by-words.
Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
1 Corinthians 1:19-21 ...I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe?... For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God...
Because we do not want to stumble like the 1001 groups of Bible believers that are organized and run by men, no one among us is looked up as the leader. We are all "brethren."
Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
In our spiritual fellowships, we "tarry" as our Lord commanded His disciples "to be endowed with wisdom and power from on high." During this “waiting period," God chooses the most humble among us and these are given the revelation of His words. The "chosen servants" would then expound on the message of the word that should never contradict what is written. The message, because it comes from God is clear and powerful, precise, and in perfect harmony with what is written, both in the Old and New Testament. Our Bible Study therefore is a "free for all"; however there is perfect harmony because we are bound by the power of Truth from the Word.
Because divine wisdom comes from God, as if He is speaking over the microphone; the "brethren" speaking acts only as the speaker system. This is how we discern the truth from the following:
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
The most humble among us at a particular time, in the view of God, are the "appointed servants" who express the message. This was true from Old Testament time:
Isaiah 28:9 (KJV) Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
We never ask spiritual wisdom from anybody for only God is the sole Giver. This is the promise:
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie…
We find joy in sharing the truth to whoever would like to hear it. We therefore conduct Bible Studies "on the air," distribute pamphlets free of charge, and make this "spiritual discovery" accessible in cyberspace through the Internet, and in every means available to us. We finance our expenses by "digging from our pockets."
Like the Apostles who followed the example of our Lord, we observe the Law on Tithes and Offering spiritually, not literally, for we have seen the limitation to its literal application:
Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. 23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God…the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
When asked WHO ARE WE, we give the example of the apostles. If Peter, John, Paul, Virgin Mary, and other disciples are here with us and asked the same question, would they say, "We are Roman Catholics, Lutheran, Born Again, Charismatic, Baptists, Presbyterian, Methodists, Pentecostal, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, etc.?" Perhaps, they will simply say, "We were called one by one by our Lord and followed Him in spirit. Then He introduced Himself and His Father, that God is no longer a mystery to us." How clear is the following to many people?
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Hebrews 8:11. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
God spoke in parables and to our satisfaction He explains everything to us, as He did to His disciples, through His very words:
Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Christ revealed to us that TO KNOW the "One Lord and one God" is the "first of all the commandments", and this is a PREREQUISITE to the Two Great Commandments of Love:
Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came...and asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
It is only after KNOWING the "One True God" that our Lord began enumerating the Two Great Commandments:
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart… this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
With human interpretation of the word of God, Christianity Today does "not see" the basic doctrine of recognizing JESUS "not with flesh and blood, but by the revelation of the Father."
Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Thus, the words of our Lord have not passed away for they are like prophecies being fulfilled:
John 8:19 "…Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also."
John 8:54 "…it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him…"
We believe we are freed from this rebuke. With the purity of the words that we aspire to know and our zealousness to follow them through the guidance of God, we claim to be CHRISTIANS in the strictest sense of the word with "brethren" in many countries. THE LOST SHEEP FOUND BY THE LORD