Christo-Centric Fellowship

Posted December 6, 2016 by SandreS
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We have to be Christo-centric. Not ego-centric, but Christo-centric. Not doctrine-centric, but Christo-centric. God is working with His people teaching them to receive one another according to each one’s relationship and faith in Him.

There are many viewpoints or doctrines within the fellowship of the Body of Christ over which we can divide if we want to find them. However, if we are concerned about being Christo-centric then we can minister Christ to each other.

Our fellowship today at large is not Christo-centric. It is doctrine-centered. Each group draws up its doctrinal statement and says, “If you want to believe this, then you can have fellowship with us.”

Each of us must have the freedom to think and to be convinced in our own hearts and not to be afraid because someone says we dare not. Paul, writing in Romans says,

Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. … Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind (Romans 14:22, 5).

The message of Romans 14 must be central in our hearts if we will have true unity.

Bert BaumanBert Bauman
Beware of Other Christians? pages 2-3, 10
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Emancipation and Freedom

Posted September 6, 2016 by SandreS
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The organization is not the ecclesia.[1] The denomination is not the ecclesia. If we see the ecclesia we will not be able to stay in the “church” long – it simply becomes an untenable position. An untenable position is one that you can not live with.

Someone who has seen the ecclesia and is paying the price to remain on that ground has found in his own personal life an emancipation and a freedom that he did not dream existed. The limitation, the smallness of Christianity and its conception of God’s purpose simply break forth into something limitless and expansive.

Floyd Police
The Great Mystery, pp. 3-4
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[1] [Editor:] Ecclesia is the Greek word often translated as “church” in most English versions. The word is a compound word meaning “called-out” (ek = “out”; kaleō = “called”). The ecclesia is God’s “called-out” ones. The ecclesia is not a building or denomination; not a meeting, or doctrinal creed; it is not somewhere we go, or something we do, it is who we as believers are. (Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.)

No Covenants for Today’s Believer

Posted August 14, 2016 by SandreS
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Believing Gentiles during the period covered by the book of Acts were blessed with faithful Abraham, but by nature and in the flesh the Gentiles were “strangers from the covenant of promise,” and in the teaching of the Prison Epistles, no covenant of any description is known. …

How thankful should we not be, to think that so far as the Body is concerned there are no contractual agreements, no covenants, no testaments, that involve the believer, he finds all in his completeness in Christ.

Charles H WelchCharles H. Welch (1880-1967)
An Alphabetical Analysis, Volume 1, pages 172-178
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Exercising Our Sacred Duty

Posted April 7, 2016 by SandreS
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For my part, I shall always claim the right of thinking and judging for myself, and of fully and freely expressing my views, whether these correspond with those of others or differ from them. This I conceive to be a high and holy privilege, and its exercise a sacred duty.

Robert Richardson
Cited by John M. Bland in
Men Who Would Be Kings (1995)
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Freedom from Sins

Posted February 11, 2016 by SandreS
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In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the freedom from [aphesis] sins, according to the riches of His grace? (Ephesians 1:7, BSV).

In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the freedom from [aphesis] sins (Colossians 1:14, BSV).

The Greek word (aphesis) often translated “forgiveness” is a compound word, “from-letting” (Concordant Keyword Concordance), meaning “freedom” (Strong’s G859).

Ultimate freedom from sin is far more than the traditional “forgiveness” or “pardon” of sins. “Forgiveness” and “pardon” are rooted in guilt. The followers of religion seek to obtain forgiveness through some means – concerted effort, confessions, prayers, penance, resolutions, etc.

What Paul taught went well beyond “forgiveness.” The revelation given to him involved “justification,” which, instead of being rooted in guilt, is rooted in righteousness.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Free from Man’s Examination

Posted November 17, 2015 by SandreS
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Paul tells us in I Corinthians 4:3 that it was “a very small thing” that he should be judged by man. The Concordant Version says,

Now to me it is the least trifle that I may be being examined by you or by man’s day.

Others may choose to “examine” or judge us. However sincere their actions may be, or appear to be, we are not to be affected by this. When we, like Paul, walk before the Lord, their verdicts will be “the least trifle” in our sight, and in God’s. In fact, if we are concerned about their opinions, it will have a hindering effect on God’s work in us.

… Am I seeking to please men? If I still pleased men, I were not a slave of Christ (Galatians 1:10).

Thus, we have Paul’s instruction,

Let no one, then, be judging you … (Colossians 2:16)

C2Pilkington-4Clyde Pilkington
“Accountability” and “Covering”

Overstepping Influence

Posted October 20, 2015 by SandreS
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Although there is a very important place for the impact of others in our lives, conversely, maybe you have allowed others to overstep this mutual influence by letting them actually attempt to live your life for you – or at least parts of it. In your relationship with them you have not been free to follow your own heart, thus creating apprehension, tension, anxiety, stress and heartache.

Maybe your desire for “peace” and “harmony” with certain people close to you; your dread of the potential “drama” and “displeasure” that they can create; or even your fear of losing their “friendship” and “love,” or your desire to be “accepted” or “approved” by them has caused you to give way to them and to lose yourself in the process.

You belong to God; reject the pressures of others to live their lives for you – this place belongs to God alone. Resist conformity; embrace uniqueness.

I am what I am, by God’s grace! (I Corinthians 15:10).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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