Standing Alone

Dear Brethren and Friends 

Since this work begin on July 8 2007 I have always plainly stated that I am not and I have no intention of starting a corporate church organization.  The purpose of this Church of God News site is to provide news of the various organizations, and to call all brethren to a closer relationship with God, regardless of their organizational affiliation. I welcome input and accurate information from our readers. 

Our other site is TheShiningLight, which is our main site and contains studies through the entire Word of God along with News and Prophecy articles and Doctrinal Studies.  TheShiningLight is intended to further help the brethren and to reach out to the general public as well. 

I repeat, it is NOT my intention to set up a corporate church organization and I have no intention of doing so.  Rather it is my purpose to call all brethren and organizations to a closer relationship with God regardless of their organizational affiliation. 

Yes, I do post about some of the errors being made. This is done out of love in the hope that those doing these things will seriously reexamine their positions, and to warn the brethren about heresy in the various organizations. 

It is my sincere desire to excite a spiritual revival in the Assemblies; and my sincere hope that each and every called out person would embrace a wholehearted enthusiastic zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God!

The scriptures tell us plainly that in these latter days, the majority will be spiritually lukewarm and they will be rejected into severe correction.  There will also be pillars of godliness who God will separate out from the spiritually lukewarm, so that the godly do not receive the same correction as those who have strayed. 

This begs the question:  If I will not set up a corporate church and no faithful and zealous organization can be found, what are we to do? 

Remember that Noah, Abraham and countless others have stood alone [some with their immediate families] through history.  Remember Joseph in Egypt and how he stood alone for many years as a slave and later in prison. 

Organizations and ministry can be a tremendous help if they are truly godly, but when they go astray they can become a great hindrance. Please see our series on the Priesthood and the Ministry

When we become used to blindly believing and obeying the ministry, we will fall away from true godliness if we follow the lead of men who have gone astray.  This is how we make idols of men and the traditions of men, and offend God.  Remember how many times the Mosaic priesthood fell away from godliness, remember that many in today’s ministry have fallen away over the years. 

We are commanded to prove all things and to hold fast to the Word of God (Mat 4:4, 7)

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

1 Thessalonians 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 

Brethren, what are we to do when our elders or organizations condemn us for asking questions, when they cannot defend their teachings from the scriptures and when they insist that they are to be obeyed without question because they have a right to interpret, to bind and loose the Word of God?  See the article on Binding and Loosing

We are to do what Joseph did; we are to run from sin!  We are to do what David did; we are to run to our Deliverer putting our trust in him, and we are to put learning and living by every Word of God first above all else! 

What is the sum of the matter?  Are we to stand on the words of men as some liars claim, or are we to stand on the Word of God?

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Seeking Godliness

The first step in seeking attaining to godliness is humility before God, we are to hold Almighty God in high awe and esteem,which is what fearing God means.  We are to exalt God and the Word of God above all things, and no matter what title some man claims we are to question and prove his words by the Word of God.  We must be humble and  small in the spirit of self-justification and very large in the spirit of being willing to cast aside all pet ideas to embrace the truth  of the Word of God.  

The second step is to love truth and to embrace truth which is the Word of God with all our hearts, to cleave to truth like a lover cleaves to his spouse, cleaving  tightly and never letting go; we are to want and seek to be one in full unity with truth, which is godly wisdom and proper understanding of the Word of God.  This includes asking God to reveal a good understanding of his Word to us, as well as diligent persevering study.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

If we love truth we will be diligent and enthusiastic to search for it and to immediately discard all proven errors.  If we love the Word of God which is truth, we will be diligent in study to learn every Word of God and we will exalt that Word above all other words. 

The third step is to be zealous to act on the truth which we learn.  We must do what we learn so that we can turn truth into wisdom, which is attained through experience in living the truth, in living by every Word of God.

This involves repentance from all past sins and a commitment to STOP sinning as soon as errors are discovered, remembering that we must not be a partaker of another man’s sins either.

1 Timothy 5:22 . . . neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

This is where the brethren will get into trouble in today’s Assemblies, just like they did in the first century. 

If we refuse to go out when invited on the Sabbath or to partake of church sponsored catered meals and activities on High Days, if we observe the Holy Days by God’s biblical calendar and not with them:  We will stand out and we will be quickly noticed!  Why will we be noticed?  We will be noticed if we are different than others, which means that we are already standing alone; yes, even within an organization!

We are told to be always ready to explain our actions, and our positions will get around, and some will accuse us of causing corporate division as if corporate unity is more important than unity with God. 

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin [we are not to allow others to sin without a warning] upon him.

James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him [How does one convert a person from sin?  By teaching him not to sin.]; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Depending on the elder, and I know that there are a few good elders out there, you may be tolerated for a time or you may be given an ultimatum to accept and obey the official line or leave.  This will come sooner or later whether you are an elder seeking godliness or a member of a congregation. 

Then comes decision time; to stand on the Word of God or to compromise with the Word of God to maintain a relationship in a doomed organization, doomed because in rejecting truth God will reject them into great correction (Rev 3:15-22). 

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Do not be intimidated by the prospect of being cast out of some organization; did not our Lord prophesy that this would happen (Mat 10:17, 23:34)?  Instead realize that you have already been standing alone [within the organization] for some time! 

Remember that with God you are never alone, you are standing with the All Powerful King of the Universe!   It is really these folks who are standing alone because they are standing on their own ways and not on the Word of God. 

What shall we do then? 

Continue doing what you have been doing!  Humbly seeking after the truth of the Word of God and standing on that Word to live by it.  In practical terms, immerse yourself in serious study of the scriptures, praying for understanding and then apply what you learn. 

If you are an elder, remember that you are never to teach anything which is not true.  To do so is hypocrisy and deceiving the brethren.  I advise you to continue to seek and internalize godliness, teach only what is true and set your financial house in order, knowing that the day of decision will come.

Resources

TheShiningLight is a study resource which is available to everyone with internet access and studies through the entire Bible are available for free download so that they can be read on your personal computer even when internet access is interrupted.  Please make use of these studies, while cross checking and proving them by your own studies. 

If various like minded persons want to get together on a Sabbath, New Moon or Holy Day that is wonderful.  But be aware that in cases where several people are meeting it might create parking or other problems in your area, if the new assembly grows it may be necessary to seek an appropriate venue.

Skype is an excellent free or low cost way to keep in touch by long distance and conference calls.

The Immediate Future

When God’s two witnesses are set up they will call on all of God’s people to leave at that time and they will instruct us on what to do.  When they begin and prove their credentials they will not be people trying to start something on some street corner. They will have instant access to all of the brethren through TheShiningLight which reaches most of the brethren who have internet access and the brethren will surely share the news with others. 

Whoever they will be, they will have immediate instant access to thousands of brethren through our sites.  They will also reach out to warn society and those warnings accompanied by miracles will be highly newsworthy and circulated widely. This will not be done in secret. 

At that time those who are faithful to God will be clearly separated out [by their own choice to obey God’s prophets or not], from those who have been deceived into idolizing men.

At that time the diligently faithful will come together, while during the tribulation the corporate organizations will collapse into small groups and individuals standing alone.  Yes, God will destroy all idols including corporate churches who make organizational unity their idol;  God will force the people to put him first or lose out. 

The tribulation will begin with the occupation of Jerusalem when the miracle working Pontiff goes to the Holy Place (Mat 24:15).  After that the Anglo Saxon countries will fall into economic collapse and an escalating series of catastrophes. 

This work will not end with the onset of the tribulation, it will continue through the work of God’s two witnesses, and during the tribulation very many of those left behind as well as many others, will turn to God with a whole heart.  See Revelation 7 and 14: The 144,000

 

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  1. Hi James, thanks for your article which is an answer to my post on having an organised group of like-minded people here.
    Your point is clear and well noted. Thank God for His wisdom and understanding given.
    I wish all the brethren across the globe happy, fruitful and rewarding Sabbath.

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