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10-05-2018 08:52 PM
JJ
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by UntoHim View Post
The quote from Nee was taken from here:
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/597...uidance-of-the

Many times I will pull a quote from Nee which was posted by a reliable source. If it is a quote like the one put up yesterday, I have never seen the need for context because it is extremely representative of what the man taught throughout his ministry. Same goes for Witness Lee.

In doing some further checking, it seems that this quote was pulled from "The Spiritual Man". Not sure of what page or paragraph.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks Unto Him. Yes, it is from The Spiritual Man (in Chapter 3 about 6 pages down from header “Spirit, Soul, and Body after the Fall”).

After reading it in context there seems to be a seed in there “confuses the issue of right and wrong” that grew and bore a lot of bad fruit because it was taken to mean “it doesn’t matter if someone does wrong”... i.e. righteousness doesn’t matter.
10-04-2018 10:55 AM
awareness
Re: Quotes and Quips

We were warned not to read The Spiritual Man. So I had to read it. Prolly my beginning of troubles.
10-04-2018 09:50 AM
UntoHim
Re: Quotes and Quips

The quote from Nee was taken from here:
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/597...uidance-of-the

Many times I will pull a quote from Nee which was posted by a reliable source. If it is a quote like the one put up yesterday, I have never seen the need for context because it is extremely representative of what the man taught throughout his ministry. Same goes for Witness Lee.

In doing some further checking, it seems that this quote was pulled from "The Spiritual Man". Not sure of what page or paragraph.

Hope this helps.

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10-03-2018 10:21 PM
Trapped
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by JJ View Post
Today’s quote from Watchman Nee: “How true it is that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit intellect not only is undependable but also extremely dangerous, because it often confuses the issue of right
and wrong.”

Where did this quote come from, Unto Him?

I don’t want to say anything about it without context.

I'll go ahead and say something about it without context because it reminded me of a section in A Timely Word that I came across recently that I really revolted about:

Question: Some of the saints may hear some rumors or some gossip. They may not become negative themselves or cause some trouble, but the symptom in many cases is that they become discouraged. They lose their heart for the church life. They lose their confidence in the Lord’s recovery. There are many cases where this causes them to question the leadership in their church or the ministry among us. This last training on Leviticus was a real medicine, a real balm, and a real help. But I am concerned that many of us may have certain cases in our church where brothers or sisters are not negative, but they heard some gossip or rumor, which may be totally unfounded. There may be some element in what they heard that causes them to question. They themselves are not opposing, and they do not form a party. But they lose all their enjoyment, they lose all their heart, and they lose all their confidence. In many cases they do not even express what they heard, but there is a kind of withdrawing from the church life and a withdrawing from the service. This is a real weakening to these saints. How can we help this kind of brother or sister either in a public way or a personal way?

Answer: In 1942 there was a big turmoil in the church in Shanghai. That caused the church in Shanghai to close its doors and also caused Brother Nee to stop his ministry for six years. When that turmoil occurred, I was not in Shanghai. After the war in 1946, I went back to Shanghai, and the church there opened its doors. But there was a very small number of saints meeting together compared to their number before 1942. There were only about eighty or ninety saints at the Lord’s table. Many saints were offended in this turmoil, and all the arrows were being shot at Brother Nee. He was the target of the attacks. Because I was not there and I am not a person who wants to hear negative things, I am still not fully clear concerning all the problems in the church in Shanghai at that time. When I returned to the church in Shanghai in 1946, I had just recovered from a very serious illness. During the two and a half years of my sickness and recovery, I learned a lot. Mainly, I learned about the two trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Some of the saints in Shanghai had been very dear to me in the Lord for years. They came to me and checked with me in this way: “Brother Lee, do you believe that Brother Watchman Nee has never made any mistake?” What should my answer have been? Yes or no?

I was not bothered about this question because I learned in my sickness some lessons concerning the two trees. I checked with the saints who came to me in this way: “Before you condemned Brother Nee as being wrong in certain things, how was your spiritual life?” They responded in a very positive way that their spiritual life was wonderful. They were living and absolutely for the church. Then I asked, “How about now?” Many times they would weep and tell me that they felt lost and that they had lost their heart. They said that the Lord was still with them but that they had lost interest. In other words, their experience after condemning Brother Nee was altogether negative. Then I responded, “Brother, if your saying that Brother Nee is wrong and your condemning of him are something proper, your spiritual life should be better than it was before. Why is it that after condemning him and saying negative things about him, your spiritual life has become so poor?” This kind of fellowship was able to rescue a great number of saints in Shanghai. The saints there came to me one by one in this way. I simply checked with them how their spiritual life was before this negative speaking and how it was afterward. They all saw that there was a great difference, and they repented.

I think that we can help the saints in the same way. We can ask them if what they heard helped them in their spiritual life. If it helps them, they should take it. If it does not help them, it must be something of the enemy. Whether the thing you heard is true or not, as long as your hearing has a negative influence on your spiritual life, you should not take it. It was not the saints’ business to judge whether Brother Nee was wrong or not wrong. Even if what they did was right, what was the result of their doing? The result was to deaden people. Even a little talk about something negative will deaden you. We must help the saints to go along with their inner life and to keep their spiritual life from becoming deadened, hurt, or poisoned by anything. We should help the saints to avoid anything that would deaden, hurt, or poison their spiritual life. This kind of fellowship that I had with the saints in Shanghai from 1946 to 1948 issued in the repentance of hundreds of saints. Hundreds repented and came back to the church life. Many went to Brother Nee and repented to him directly.

I know saints who would read something like that and do the audible groaning thing that shows they are really touched about something, whereas I read it and see a big dancing game with smoke and mirrors trying to get saints to be distracted away from a real problem. "Whether the thing you heard is true or not, as long as your hearing has a negative influence on your spiritual life, you should not take it."?? Excuse me? If something immoral or improper happens, the logical impact of it would be to affect you and often as a side effect affect your spiritual life and send you spinning. To tell people they should not take anything negative REGARDLESS OF IF IT IS TRUE OR NOT is just an insane statement that makes me grieve for everyone reading this stuff who don't see the reality of what they are reading. Argh!!
10-03-2018 08:12 PM
JJ
Re: Quotes and Quips

Today’s quote from Watchman Nee: “How true it is that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit intellect not only is undependable but also extremely dangerous, because it often confuses the issue of right
and wrong.”

Where did this quote come from, Unto Him?

I don’t want to say anything about it without context.
06-06-2018 11:48 AM
Sons to Glory!
Re: Quotes and Quips

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To say that we are the same as God in His Godhead is a great blasphemy, but if we say that we cannot be the same as God in life, nature, expression, and function, this is unbelief. - WL
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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
WL frequently made statements like this, that is, he would insist that not accepting his position is the equivalent of something like 'unbelief'. It put his followers in the awkward position of both having to accept his claim and also having to automatically discredit those who didn't hold that view. I don't know many Christians who would accept the claim that Lee made about becoming the same of God. Thus, when such statements are accepted uncritically, it leads to the disparaging view of Christianity that exists in the LCM.
I'm glad you mentioned this, since it was on the homepage quote for the day (or whatever it's called). So yes, you are right. But it does get one thinking, does it not? And this is where WL got into trouble with some Christians as it seems to be making us too much like God.

But if we break it down what he said - "the same in God's life, nature & expression" - and add relevant verses, is it far-fetched? I don't think so. (nonetheless still astounding and amazing beyond description!)
  • Life - "He came that we might have (zoe - God's eternal) life." (too many verses on this)
  • Nature - "That we might become partakers of the divine nature"
  • Expression - "The glory Father you have given to Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one."

Christians are always wondering if something has gone too far, which they rightly should. But then often fall prey to not going far enough! "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it come up in the heart of man what God has in store for them that love Him." WL did push those accepted boundaries.
06-06-2018 09:40 AM
Freedom
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Witness Lee
To say that we are the same as God in His Godhead is a great blasphemy, but if we say that we cannot be the same as God in life, nature, expression, and function, this is unbelief.
WL frequently made statements like this, that is, he would insist that not accepting his position is the equivalent of something like 'unbelief'. It put his followers in the awkward position of both having to accept his claim and also having to automatically discredit those who didn't hold that view. I don't know many Christians who would accept the claim that Lee made about becoming the same of God. Thus, when such statements are accepted uncritically, it leads to the disparaging view of Christianity that exists in the LCM.
03-03-2018 06:29 AM
OnHisPath
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Steel View Post
No... Eating chicken won't make you a chicken.

In the organic realm, that's what DNA is for.

But according to scripture...

In a spiritual sense, the more time we spend before the Lord considering the Lord... And doing so in and through the life of the Lord... We will be like Him.

Which is the reality that the following scripture verse is speaking to...

1 John 3:2... "Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is."

To "...see Him..." is akin to our eating Him.
Steel, since you said "But according to scripture..." could you please list some of those scriptures which speak to spending time before the Lord and considering the Lord causing us to be like Him? I am not challenging the concept, just would like to see some verses. As an aside, "considering" is something we do with our minds and yet the LC seems to put our mind as being at odds with our spirit (which no doubt can happen but I do not believe the mind/spirit relationship to be exactly as the LC puts forth).

Also, what support do you have for the statement to "'...see Him...' is akin to our eating Him."? 1 John 3:2 does not hint at the aspect of "eating" Christ.
03-02-2018 07:18 PM
HERn
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Steel View Post
In 1989 my sister, older than me by one year+, drank Draino in an attempt to commit suicide. She was born again, but had become involved with an older man if Indian (from India) heritage...
Dear beloved brother Steel: What you have written is very sad and troubles me. Please don't be offended if I suggest that you talk with a Christian therapist. I know that I have benefited and my family has benefited several times. I guess I have learned that God is not my sugar daddy. Sometimes I think God can be brutal. God the Father allowed His Son to suffer such horrible physical, psychological, and spiritual pain that I cannot imagine. But, our Christ took it on for our benefit. I don't know why God allows "bad" things, but He does. Somehow He works all things together to our benefit. I am still struggling in this area, and have found that members of the Body have greatly helped me. May our Lord love you.
03-02-2018 06:51 PM
Ohio
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Steel View Post
How can I love a God who would allow this to happen to His own child... My sister who was just 27 years old.
The Bible is filled with the stories of God's people suffering horrible things. The same can be said about all the posters here. Who has not know unexplainable tragedy?

These earth suits we wear are just disposable outfits. This earth is not our home. Everything we can see with our eyes is temporary, and is passing away.

Read what Paul says at the end of Romans 8:
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What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth; who is he that condemneth? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Even as it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
03-02-2018 12:06 PM
Steel
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
I would ask you where is the scriptural support for these ministerial abuses, i.e. shaming, belittling, and humiliating brothers and sisters, which is far too common in the LC's.
In 1989 my sister, older than me by one year+, drank Draino in an attempt to commit suicide. She was born again, but had become involved with an older man if Indian (from India) heritage. In their relationship she gave up most everything to become acceptable to him and his family. Then one Christmas he said that he had to go on a business trip to India. But my sister found out that he had gone to meet women and their families who his parents had set up meetings with regarding their arranging a marriage for him as was their custom. My sister was devastate, and in a moment of utter weakness sought to take her life. But she didn't succeed.

At least, not for two weeks. You see, she didn't die right away, it took the acid in the Draino two weeks to eat through all of her vital organs. She died early one morning... Having said to me the day before that she didn't want to die.

And I had had been at her side as she went through this.

How can I love a God who would allow this to happen to His own child... My sister who was just 27 years old.

Some seven years before the above happened, I was at home with my family. We had gone to bed. Then around one in the morning I heard a loud shattering of glass and my parents scream out. Gunmen/robbers had broken through the window in their bedroom. I instinctively ran from my room up to their room and was confronted by a man pointing a gun at me. He fired it from maybe ten feet away. The bullet missed, by for an hour my mother, step-father, and myself suffered beatings — my mother was raped. I was just seventeen, and couldn't for the life of me understand why this would happen to people who just tried to live good, simple lives.

Should I continue with my experiences?

What is the scriptural support for the way God allowed my sister to die, even though all she was doing was trying her best to love someone?

What is the scriptural support for God allowing my mother to be raped and myself to be beaten, even though all we ever tried to do was treat others in a proper manner?

Life... That which we live out daily on this earth... According to the time God has given us on it... Is often a "...far too common..." horrible experience for many.

You ask me for scriptural support for what people go through... Even believers when among other believers...

Most of the time I simply have to turn to this scripture verse...

Matthew 22:37... "And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.''

Why?

Because apart from my doing so... There will never be any expression of the following scripture verse in or through me...

Matthew 22:39... "And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.''
03-02-2018 11:29 AM
Ohio
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Steel View Post
Do you think God allowing this brother to go through the experiences He allowed him to go through... Including his LC experience... Benefited him... And has by extension benefited "...the entire body of Christ..." as a result?

Or do you think that all that God allowed our brother, Phillip Comfort, to experience before God "recovered" him after his experience with the LC, was of no value... And just a loss of time to his growth in the life of God?
We have a great, wise, and loving Father who is able to make all things work together for good.

We also have a righteous, just, and avenging Lord who says, "vengeance is mine," when God's children are stumbled.

Stories like PC's, and so many others on this forum, show us both aspects of our God.

PC would probably say that he loved studying the Word and ministering to us. He would not agree with TC's abusive ways towards many brothers, supposedly a way of "perfecting" the brothers, "recovered" and passed down from Margaret Barber via W. Nee and W. Lee.

I would ask you where is the scriptural support for these ministerial abuses, i.e. shaming, belittling, and humiliating brothers and sisters, which is far too common in the LC's. Have you read the Thread of Gold book by a loving and devoted sister in the Texas LC's? Please read chapter 1 and then answer your same questions for us.
03-02-2018 10:58 AM
Steel
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
Slowly Phil Comfort and his gift got "recovered" by the Lord, but not in the LC's. He went back to school, honing his writing and teachings skills, and today Dr. Philip Comfort has become a Wheaton College professor, an established author, and a well-respected Greek scholar, benefiting the entire body of Christ. To God be the glory.
Do you think God allowing this brother to go through the experiences He allowed him to go through... Including his LC experience... Benefitted him... And has by extension benefitted "...the entire body of Christ..." as a result?

Or do you think that all that God allowed our brother, Phillip Confort, to experience before God "recovered" him after his experience with the LC, was of no value... And just a loss of time to his growth in the life of God?
03-02-2018 10:47 AM
Steel
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by A little brother View Post
Steel, sorry that I would be off-topic here. I think brother Igzy also asked earlier about your use of the ellipsis. May be you would like to refer to the following link:

http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/ellipses.html

Specifically, "Like the exclamation point, the ellipsis is at risk of overuse."

I did a rough count, there are about 78 ellipses in your previous post.
No problem... I write for a living, and have done so fairly successfully for some 20 years... And have the website you give above bookmarked... As well as have a library of books on English grammar.

But I'm certainly open to the Lord's perfecting in all that I do... And I'll check with Him regarding your thoughts... As I did regarding Igzy's.

Maybe you could do the same regarding my thoughts towards your own speaking... And Igzy as well.

Praise the Lord for fellowship in life that builds.
03-01-2018 06:21 PM
A little brother
Re: Quotes and Quips

Steel, sorry that I would be off-topic here. I think brother Igzy also asked earlier about your use of the ellipsis. May be you would like to refer to the following link:

http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/ellipses.html

Specifically, "Like the exclamation point, the ellipsis is at risk of overuse."

I did a rough count, there are about 78 ellipses in your previous post.
03-01-2018 10:18 AM
Ohio
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
This is something I found to be utterly frustrating in the LCM. On the one hand, the elders would make us feel insignificant, claiming that we were all too passive. Then, when anyone tried to initiative anything, they were there waiting to shoot down the initiative.
You are not the only one. In this regard, living with Cleveland was the same as with LSM in Anaheim. All the time we heard that we each had a ministry to build up, yet we were also told we cannot "use the church" to build it up.

What???
Let's look at this for a minute.

Firstly, how did W. Lee and Titus Chu build up their own ministries, if not on the back of the LC's?

Secondly, why can't a local church, under the guidance of her elders, and with the support of her saints, help to build up one's ministry? Does any one really think that when the Head of the body "gave gifts," (Eph 4.11-12) that these ones would be entirely self-sufficient?

Why not be helped by one's church? Because that ministry would then be a "threat" to headquarters, to the established ruling hierarchy.

At my 2nd LC in Columbus, we had a gifted minister named Philip Comfort. He was passionate, loved the word of God, and loved to teach the church. But unwittingly he became a "threat" to TC, and so TC demanded that he relocate to Cleveland where he could receive "further perfecting." In plain words, TC mercilessly beat poor Phil into submission, accusing him of a host of shortcomings and flaws, all the while shaming him in front of all the other Midwest leaders. Poor Phil returned to Columbus a broken man, and all the leaders there lost all respect for TC. 25 years later one of these elders was instrumental in successfully suing both Columbus and Mansfield for their meeting halls for LSM. TC has this way of producing more "enemies" than "perfected" brothers. The last I heard Phil's name in the LC, TC was shaming an elder brother in Hanover Park, IL for not restoring him to the "fellowship," as if it was all his fault.

Slowly Phil Comfort and his gift got "recovered" by the Lord, but not in the LC's. He went back to school, honing his writing and teachings skills, and today Dr. Philip Comfort has become a Wheaton College professor, an established author, and a well-respected Greek scholar, benefiting the entire body of Christ. To God be the glory.
03-01-2018 07:54 AM
Steel
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
The above quote caught my attention, and got me thinking as to just how much WL's view of Bible interpretation differed from how most people would approach the Bible.
No doubt about it... Most people approach scripture from the POV of whoever/whatever they hold to... Such as is related to institutionalism, examples of which are Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, and Luthereanism, or related to following people, examples of which are Creflo Dollar, Charles Stanley, and Rick Warren. And Lee would have been no different.

And scripture even speaks to this matter of humans holding to things... And doing so in and out of our natural affinities... Truth be told, I believe this is even clearly exposed in your own above quoted speaking.

Tell me... Who exactly were you referring to with your use of the phrase "...most people..."?

There are 8 billion people in the world... Were you thinking of 90% of these eight billion people?... Or perhaps, were you thinking of those people who share your own social environment?

See how that works... Even in simple things like our speaking.

Now I agree with you that most people will approach scripture from a different POV than Lee... And do so for this reason... Scripture has been hijacked by folly religion of almost two thousand years, and as a result, most people have been influenced by what religion has to say about scripture... Which differs in many things from what Lee says in his ministry.

And I am confronted by this almost every day... First within the speaking of unbelievers, who think they know something of scripture because they've picked up bits and pieces of speaking on it as they experienced their life... And second, within the speaking of believers who hold to/participate in the profusion of denominations/non-denominations found within Christianity, and think they know something of scripture because they've picked up bits and pieces of speaking as they've experienced the mutitude of differing speaking found in the environment they meet within.

Shoot... I even encounter this within my own extended family.

Natural affinity is a very powerful infuence Freedom... Which is why we read in scripture... John 3:30... "He must increase, but I must decrease."

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
Anyone could allegorize a story, but just because there is the potential for that doesn't mean the allegory is correct or that an allegory was ever intended.
Again... No doubt about it.

Which is why God, in His infinite wisdom... Gave us the Spirit in our regenerated spirit... 1 Corinthains 3:16... "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"

And why did God do this? . . . John 16:13... "But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming." . . . Romans 8:14... "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."

You want to know the reality of all that you are hearing/reading/experiencing... Turn to the Spirit of God, who is in your regenerated spirit.

And BTW... The above speaking is a foundational pillar in Witness Lee's ministry... And is not so much a foundational pillar in many of the more recognized religions in Christianity.

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
Those who follow Lee's ministry operate upon the notion that he had some sort of insight that others didn't.
I certainly appreciate Lee's ministry... And reference it many times each day in my own speaking... But not because of the person of Lee... But because I am fully convinced that the Lord leads me to do so.

Scripture tells us that God can make a rock praise Him... That God can form an army out of dry bones... That God can cause a donkey to speak... Tell me... What "...insight..." did the rocks have... Or the dry bones have... Or the donkey have... In order for God to cause any of these things to carry out what He desired? . . . And... Is it not true to say that in each case, God caused each of these things to "...have insight..." that others didn't?

Tell me... Why is it that I can see this, and speak it to you... But you seem to not be able to do either... Is it because I have insight that you don't have?

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
Whether they will admit it or not, they believe that there is something esoteric about the Bible which prevents the average person from being able to understand or interpret the Bible.
Do you believe what scripture says... If so... Tell us what the following scripture verse is saying... 1 Corinthians 12:4-11... "But there are distinctions of gifts, but the same Spirit;... And there are distinctions of ministries, yet the same Lord;... And there are distinctions of operations, but the same God, who operates all things in all... But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is profitable... For to one through the Spirit a word of wisdom is given, and to another a word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;... To a different one faith in the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing in the one Spirit,... And to another operations of works of power, and to another prophecy, and to another discerning of spirits; to a different one various kinds of tongues, and to another interpretation of tongues... But the one and the same Spirit operates all these things, distributing to each one respectively even as He purposes."

As sctripture clearly tells us, Freedom... It is not a matter of a believer either being "...average..." or not "...average..." . . . It is a matter of God's "... distributing to each one respectively even as He purposes."

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
I think this notion was largely due to the fact that WL introduced all kinds of allegories that seemingly made sense of complex passages.
Or maybe... As scripture tells us... God simply chose to distribute a gift according to His purpose.

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Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
No one else would have thought of these allegories, simply because they were unique to WL. So that is what made his teachings seem so 'unique'. But had people sought to question what he was doing in the first place, maybe they might have realized that he could just have easily been making all those allegories up.
Years before I started reading the Ministry of Witness Lee I had been studying the first two chapters of Genesis... And came to see that the speaking on creation was a perfect allegory to the manifestation of God's economy as it relates to the full salvation of man.

I didn't come by this because I read it or heard it in someone's ministry... I was simply doing my own study before the Lord and saw it on day... Then years later when reading Witness Lee's ministry I saw that he had pretty much a similar revelation... And that was revelation of just one of a few other matters that I found in his ministry that I had experienced myself many years before touching Lee's ministry.

So... As one of those people who reads and speaks from Lee's ministry... I don't do so because "...No one else would have thought of these allegories, simply because they were unique to WL..."... I do so because I believe/know that in Lee's speaking is much help regarding the unveiling of the infinite revelation of God that is within scripture.
02-28-2018 07:48 PM
Freedom
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by Watchman Nee
It is a fact that God wants to destroy every work of our flesh, but He never desires to destroy our personality. He takes no pleasure in transforming us into an automaton; Rather He delights in having us cooperate with Him.
According to what the LCM teaches, what they will refer to as "the flesh" is something synonymous with personality. Individuality is frowned upon, and for a rank and file member to initiate anything is out of the question.

This is something I found to be utterly frustrating in the LCM. On the one hand, the elders would make us feel insignificant, claiming that we were all too passive. Then, when anyone tried to initiative anything, they were there waiting to shoot down the initiative.
02-26-2018 08:16 AM
Ohio
Re: Quotes and Quips

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Originally Posted by UntoHim View Post
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

Billy Graham surely valued character over spirituality. Maybe, just maybe, this is why God blessed his ministry so much, and maybe this is why he lived until the age of 99. Just me thinkin out loud.

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Here's another BG quote I love:

It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and my job to love.
02-26-2018 07:50 AM
UntoHim
Re: Quotes and Quips

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

I think many people have a tendency, if even subconsciously, to replace character with "spirituality". Replacing character for spirituality can all too easily get us off the hook for our words, actions and especially treatment of others. Maybe this is why Jesus taught that the second greatest commandment is "love your neighbor as yourself", and not "lock yourself in your room and pray and read your Bible all day".

Billy Graham surely valued character over spirituality. Maybe, just maybe, this is why God blessed his ministry so much, and maybe this is why he lived until the age of 99. Just me thinkin out loud.

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02-18-2018 08:04 PM
Ohio
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Great points.

Who knew that all those verses in Leviticus about leprosy could one day be allegorized by Lee and the Blendeds and then applied to Midwest LC's for playing drums and electric guitars?
02-18-2018 05:55 PM
Freedom
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Old Testament narratives are not allegories or stories filled with hidden meanings
The above quote caught my attention, and got me thinking as to just how much WL's view of Bible interpretation differed from how most people would approach the Bible.

Anyone could allegorize a story, but just because there is the potential for that doesn't mean the allegory is correct or that an allegory was ever intended.

Those who follow Lee's ministry operate upon the notion that he had some sort of insight that others didn't. Whether they will admit it or not, they believe that there is something esoteric about the Bible which prevents the average person from being able to understand or interpret the Bible.

I think this notion was largely due to the fact that WL introduced all kinds of allegories that seemingly made sense of complex passages. No one else would have thought of these allegories, simply because they were unique to WL. So that is what made his teachings seem so 'unique'. But had people sought to question what he was doing in the first place, maybe they might have realized that he could just have easily been making all those allegories up.
02-10-2018 06:14 AM
Steel
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Stop obeying the Lord for 3 days and let us know what happens to your "sense of life".
To stop obeying the Lord is the same as to stop eating the Lord.

So in the manner that there will be a negative effect that will happen to your body's constitution if you stop eating for forty days... There will be a negative effect if you stop obeying (eating) the Lord for three days.
02-10-2018 02:47 AM
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If pray reading was talked about in the Bible- fine. But, it's not. To push this practice just isn't right. It's not going to work for everyone and every personality- and that's ok.

If some people like it, fine. I personally don't- and that's fine too.

My issue is mainly on the practices being forced in a group setting. It caused more harm to me spiritually than it ever helped me!
I think that Ray Graver's book on Pray reading does a good job of presenting the Biblical practice of praying the word. I think it is also telling that LSM has chosen not to publish this book because it does nothing to support the practice as it is done in the LRC. I was there when Ray was researching this book (he was using the library at my University so I saw him on numerous occasions). This took place prior to the practice of "pray reading the ministry".

Shortly after this the plans for Irving center were being made, Ray would be in charge of that, and the "gold bars" would be ready at that time. Publishing the "gold bars" took special printers that we did not have at the time. The "gold bars" were nicknamed that in part because getting the saints to pay $50 to $100 for a recovery version, perhaps several per family, would be a cornerstone to the economic viability of LSM.

Ed Marks was the first to really promote the practice in Houston. This, in my mind, was a marketing ploy. Many saints had copies of the various RV versions in their book bags from trainings, and they had other Bibles perfectly suitable for the meeting. But if you are going to pray read footnotes you have no choice, you have to have the RV to participate and the more expensive $100 one at that.
02-09-2018 08:47 PM
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Or maybe you simply stopped a day early and therefore came up a dollar short.
I would never doubt it if someone said they experienced the Lord's presence through pray reading- because it's not my place to judge their experience.

I also think, this "practice" of corporate pray-reading falls suspiciously and too close for comfort, next to thought reform techniques and group think strategies.

Even if that wasn't the intent, it comes down to a personal preference. MANY people (myself included) tried this for years with no fruitful experience.

I think we should (as bro and sis's in Christ) give each other the benefit of the doubt and not call it a "user error" by saying we may have stopped a day early and came up a dollar short. That's just not fair.

If pray reading was talked about in the Bible- fine. But, it's not. To push this practice just isn't right. It's not going to work for everyone and every personality- and that's ok.

If some people like it, fine. I personally don't- and that's fine too.

My issue is mainly on the practices being forced in a group setting. It caused more harm to me spiritually than it ever helped me!
02-09-2018 03:09 AM
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Not really. The protein gets broken down into amino acids, the lipids get broken down into fatty acids, the carbohydrates get broken down into sugars, the nucleic acids get broken down into phosphate groups and nucleotides. None of these are chicken-specific, they all come from the corn and grains the chicken eats. But, when we contact the Lord Jesus in our spirits by prayer somehow he sanctifies us and transforms us; which occurred before WN/WL/LSM and continues today and tomorrow with or without LSM. LSM may play a part, but it is not essential to what God is doing on the earth today.
Thanks for the nutritional science info, HERn.

Contrary to Lee and his Blindeds, the Bible never says that we become God by PSRPing outlines from LSM.
02-08-2018 05:50 PM
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Actually...

What is contained in the chicken we eat actually becomes a part of us.

Perhaps you take some time to check out the science behind nutrition and how it affects the human body.
Not really. The protein gets broken down into amino acids, the lipids get broken down into fatty acids, the carbohydrates get broken down into sugars, the nucleic acids get broken down into phosphate groups and nucleotides. None of these are chicken-specific, they all come from the corn and grains the chicken eats. But, when we contact the Lord Jesus in our spirits by prayer somehow he sanctifies us and transforms us; which occurred before WN/WL/LSM and continues today and tomorrow with or without LSM. LSM may play a part, but it is not essential to what God is doing on the earth today.
02-08-2018 05:37 PM
aron
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To "...see Him..." is akin to our eating Him.
I find this amusing. On par with "Riding on a boat in the Tennessee River is akin to listening to Frank Sinatra". Um, yeah. . . okay.

To see is not enough. To obey is necessary. "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision" implies that it's possible to be disobedient to the heavenly vision. Otherwise the author wouldn't have written that.

The two sons of Aaron sat there, ate and drank, with the 70 elders, and Dad, and Uncle Moses. They saw the blue expanse, the sapphire stones. They saw all the divine sights, just like everyone else. But they never made it off the mountain.

Seeing is not enough. Just like eating is not enough. Obedience is the way - not our obedience, but Jesus'. Our faith is not in ourselves but Him, in His obedience. When you get that, you get saved. Until you get that, you strive in vain, including your "eating".

(when I say 'you' here, of course I'm speaking of my own subjective experiences and impressions. Others may have other experiences).
02-08-2018 04:11 PM
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Stop obeying the Lord for 3 days and let us know what happens to your "sense of life".
That too, aron!
02-08-2018 03:27 PM
aron
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Stop eating. After 40 days let us know what happened to your genetic constitution.
Stop obeying the Lord for 3 days and let us know what happens to your "sense of life".
02-08-2018 03:22 PM
Steel
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In let's also use the God given gift of sound reasoning.

With that we can clearly see that transubstantiation is nonsense.
I don't know what you've been reading... But nothing I've read even hints of the folly religious doctrine of transubstatiation.
02-08-2018 03:20 PM
Steel
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uh ....Freedom,

Stop eating. After 40 days let us know what happened to your genetic constitution.

thanks,
Drake
LOL...

Okay... That made me laugh.
02-08-2018 03:19 PM
Steel
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Agreed!

I remember one training meeting, huge audience, and a young brother was all excited to prophesy "we are what we eat!"

He then went on saying, "If you eat chicken, you become ..."

He caught himself at that point, and stopped momentarily. The audience chuckled.
Actually...

What is contained in the chicken we eat actually becomes a part of us.

Perhaps you should take some time to check out the science behind nutrition and how it affects the human body.
02-08-2018 03:18 PM
Drake
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Eating is not done for the purpose of constitution.
uh ....Freedom,

Stop eating. After 40 days let us know what happened to your genetic constitution.

thanks,
Drake
02-08-2018 03:16 PM
Steel
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Our objection, Steel, is that eating chicken, or carrots, or wheat don’t make us chicken, carrots, or wheat. Neither does eating Jesus make us Jesus. We need to be careful about what scripture actually says and doesn’t say. And stick with that.
No... Eating chicken won't make you a chicken.

In the organic realm, that's what DNA is for.

But according to scripture...

In a spiritual sense, the more time we spend before the Lord considering the Lord... And doing so in and through the life of the Lord... We will be like Him.

Which is the reality that the following scripture verse is speaking to...

1 John 3:2... "Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is."

To "...see Him..." is akin to our eating Him.
02-08-2018 03:11 PM
Steel
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Eating is not done for the purpose of constitution.
Oy vey.

If the above quoted response is indicative of your growth in life, then perhaps the matter of eating the Lord is a bit too much meat for you.
02-08-2018 03:08 PM
Steel
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It didn't work. All it did was make me look and act silly. It was grasping at vapors.
Or maybe you simply stopped a day early and therefore came up a dollar short.
02-08-2018 03:03 PM
aron
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Freedom, I remember a song in the Supplement, with the words "eating, eating, eating." We sang it with great gusto and enthusiasm -> "Oh Lord Jesus!"

The way to eating Jesus was : "Calling on the Lord," and "Prayreading the scripture."

And we were told that by doing those things we would be transformed into the image of Christ.

I was excited about that. I was becoming divine! And all I had to do was call on the Lord, and prayread the Bible! Yea! Lord! Amen!

Spoiler alert: It didn't work. All it did was make me look and act silly. It was grasping at vapors.
Freedom is right: it is unbalanced. "Eating is the way" is not the way.

Luke 16 has the parable of the steward. Repeatedly uses the word 'oikonomiea', or economy. Not translated as 'dispensing but rather 'management's or 'stewardship'. You think Jesus didn't know about God's economy, here? It's about obedience, not eating.

Jesus was obedient, we weren't. Now our faith in his obedience restores us.

Jesus said, "My food is to do the Father's will." It's about obedience.

The disciples asked, "What work can we do" to please the Father. Jesus said, "Believe". It's still about obedience. Just as he obeyed the Father, now we obey him. John 14:21; 15:10.

Remember Aaron's oldest sons? They sat in front of God, they ate and drank, they got halfway down the mountain & were vaporized. Eating wasn't sufficient.

The children of Israel ate heavenly manna for 40 years in the wilderness. But they died there. Eating wasn't sufficient; eating wasn't "the way".
02-08-2018 02:36 PM
awareness
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Eating is not done for the purpose of constitution. It is a matter of necessity. That is why we eat. WL seemed to have ignored that fact. In the LC, they will make declarations like "eating is the way!" Or the lyrics of a song come to mind "eat, eat more of Jesus..." They make such declarations all the time, encouraging people to 'eat'.

But absent from the equation is the 'why' part of it all. That is why I called it eating for the sake of eating. If someone literally had a motto of "eating is the way" then it would be safe to assume that they have an eating disorder. That is what I'm trying to get at here. All WL's talk about eating was imbalanced. He claimed other Christians didn't understand or pay attention to the matter of eating. I would argue instead that he was overly focused on it, thus creating the illusion that others didn't give it any thought.
Freedom, I remember a song in the Supplement, with the words "eating, eating, eating." We sang it with great gusto and enthusiasm -> "Oh Lord Jesus!"

The way to eating Jesus was : "Calling on the Lord," and "Prayreading the scripture."

And we were told that by doing those things we would be transformed into the image of Christ.

I was excited about that. I was becoming divine! And all I had to do was call on the Lord, and prayread the Bible! Yea! Lord! Amen!

Spoiler alert: It didn't work. All it did was make me look and act silly. It was grasping at vapors.
02-08-2018 11:48 AM
Freedom
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But both sustenance and growth are matters/aspects of constitution.

Nothing I have read in WL's ministry says or even suggests that eating Christ is only for the "...sake of eating...".

And more...

There is no such thing as "...eating for the sake of eating...".

Eating has a spontaneous result regarding its effect on the person doing the eating.

A person cannot eat Christ without a result of being both sustained by Christ in doing so and growing by Christ by doing so.

And this from my experience is fairly common understanding among believers who meet as the local church.
Eating is not done for the purpose of constitution. It is a matter of necessity. That is why we eat. WL seemed to have ignored that fact. In the LC, they will make declarations like "eating is the way!" Or the lyrics of a song come to mind "eat, eat more of Jesus..." They make such declarations all the time, encouraging people to 'eat'.

But absent from the equation is the 'why' part of it all. That is why I called it eating for the sake of eating. If someone literally had a motto of "eating is the way" then it would be safe to assume that they have an eating disorder. That is what I'm trying to get at here. All WL's talk about eating was imbalanced. He claimed other Christians didn't understand or pay attention to the matter of eating. I would argue instead that he was overly focused on it, thus creating the illusion that others didn't give it any thought.
02-08-2018 08:20 AM
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Our objection, Steel, is that eating chicken, or carrots, or wheat don’t make us chicken, carrots, or wheat. Neither does eating Jesus make us Jesus. We need to be careful about what scripture actually says and doesn’t say. And stick with that.
Agreed!

I remember one training meeting, huge audience, and a young brother was all excited to prophesy "we are what we eat!"

He then went on saying, "If you eat chicken, you become ..."

He caught himself at that point, and stopped momentarily. The audience chuckled.

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Jesus told his disciples, "He who eats Me, shall also live by Me."

Jesus did not say, "He who eats Me, shall also become Me."
02-08-2018 08:00 AM
awareness
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Our objection, Steel, is that eating chicken, or carrots, or wheat don’t make us chicken, carrots, or wheat. Neither does eating Jesus make us Jesus. We need to be careful about what scripture actually says and doesn’t say. And stick with that.
In let's also use the God given gift of sound reasoning.

With that we can clearly see that transubstantiation is nonsense.
02-08-2018 06:30 AM
JJ
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And yet... Today we know from science that organically speaking, we are in fact, what we eat...
Our objection, Steel, is that eating chicken, or carrots, or wheat don’t make us chicken, carrots, or wheat. Neither does eating Jesus make us Jesus. We need to be careful about what scripture actually says and doesn’t say. And stick with that.
02-07-2018 02:44 PM
awareness
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And yet... Today we know from science that organically speaking, we are in fact, what we eat...
Isn't eating Jesus partaking of the Eucharist?
02-07-2018 02:07 PM
Steel
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...will often say things like "you are what you eat." That is hyperbole, however, and it is the context under which they intend to understand the concept of eating Christ.
And yet... Today we know from science that organically speaking, we are in fact, what we eat...

And the same principle is found in spiritual matters...

You even say this in your below speaking...

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...He was also clear that to eat Him is to abide in Him, which would suggest a metaphorical view of eating Christ for sustenance/growth. What He never spoke about was eating for the mere sake of constitution - what I would call “eating for the sake of eating.”
But both sustenance and growth are matters/aspects of constitution.

Nothing I have read in WL's ministry says or even suggests that eating Christ is only for the "...sake of eating...".

And more...

There is no such thing as "...eating for the sake of eating...".

Eating has a spontaneous result regarding its effect on the person doing the eating.

A person cannot eat Christ without a result of being both sustained by Christ in doing so and growing by Christ by doing so.

And this from my experience is fairly common understanding among believers who meet as the local church.

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...Simply put, LCer have the wrong goal in mind.
Oh Lord...

Is there any end to this nonsense speaking.
02-07-2018 12:49 PM
Freedom
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The food we eat does a constituting work within us. This is a picture of our Christian life. We need to eat Christ as the living bread from heaven embodied in His words of eternal life, as the tree of life. By eating Christ we can be constituted and supplied with Him as our life element so that we can grow in life and be transformed in life.
Witness Lee
From AllinclusiveChrist.Org
WL often spoke about eating Christ, and this topic was one of the major themes of his ministry. More and more, however, I can't help but notice how much he misrepresented the context of this subject. WL taught that to eat Christ is to become constituted with Christ, or later on he taught that to eat Christ is to become Christ. Consequently, when discussing the subject of eating Christ, LCers will often say things like "you are what you eat." That is hyperbole, however, and it is the context under which they intend to understand the concept of eating Christ.

Peter's words in John 6 to provide a bit of context as to what Jesus was really talking about: "But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." Like everyone else, the disciples didn't really understand what Jesus was talking about, but at least Peter already understood that by following Jesus, they had found eternal life. So when Jesus said that by eating Him, they would have life, I’m sure Peter must have picked up on the fact that Jesus wasn’t speaking about cannibalism, but it was related to eternal life.

Jesus was clear that eternal life is gained by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. He was also clear that to eat Him is to abide in Him, which would suggest a metaphorical view of eating Christ for sustenance/growth. What He never spoke about was eating for the mere sake of constitution - what I would call “eating for the sake of eating.” Simply put, LCer have the wrong goal in mind.
01-11-2018 09:47 AM
aron
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Today's quote by Hudson Taylor: "God's work done God's way will never lack God's supplies". I wonder why the LSM always has an "urgent need" somewhere? This seems to be a minstry of need.

Look at a HWMR some time, in the outline. "We need to do this" and "We must do that". Always the imposition of need.
01-11-2018 06:43 AM
JJ
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In the gospels Jesus said they searched the scriptures but didn't come to Him. The warning being that simply reading and studying the Bible might not lead you to a closer walk with the Lord.

Hebrews says that the word of God is a sharp two edged sword that is able to discern the thoughts and intents and separate the soul from the spirit.

Being able to do something doesn't presuppose that it will do it. A tuned piano is able to play very beautiful music, doesn't mean it will.

The word of God is the sharp two edged sword able to do this, but just because you are handling the Bible doesn't mean you will discern the spirit (just like those who didn't come to Jesus). We need to understand that this is a goal for us.
OK. Thanks for helping me understand your point, which is well taken.

I reread Hebrews 4 http://biblehub.com/blb/hebrews/4.htm, and note there is an exhortation to come forward with boldness to the throne of grace through Jesus immediately following the part I had quoted. That supports your point.
01-11-2018 01:03 AM
aron
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I remember attending prayer meetings, we would pray for an hour or more - God's economy this, Lord's move that. Most of the time I had no clue what specifically anyone was praying for. But it did sound impressive.
I think most of it is acculturation - "Blah blah blah BLAH!!" ("Ayyeeemeeen") blah blah blah blah BLAH!!" ("Ayyeeemeeen").

Acculturation is participation in, and assimilation of, group culture. The LC is subjective at its core, and this allows members to experience group dynamics via conscious participation. Just do the group prayer mode, with sing-song tonality and ministry verbiage. And then you are "in".

For example, if you use the word "economy" or "process" or "vital" in LC group prayer, you are not praying a tiny prayer but are being expansive. Nee and Lee were your portals into a supposedly larger realm.
01-10-2018 07:04 PM
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Yes, great verse. I don't get how that balances Heb 4 on the topic of discerning soul from spirit though.

I understood the antennae and ground wire thing though. Heard that quite a few times in TLR

I'm loving what the rest of you are saying on this topic
In the gospels Jesus said they searched the scriptures but didn't come to Him. The warning being that simply reading and studying the Bible might not lead you to a closer walk with the Lord.

Hebrews says that the word of God is a sharp two edged sword that is able to discern the thoughts and intents and separate the soul from the spirit.

Being able to do something doesn't presuppose that it will do it. A tuned piano is able to play very beautiful music, doesn't mean it will.

The word of God is the sharp two edged sword able to do this, but just because you are handling the Bible doesn't mean you will discern the spirit (just like those who didn't come to Jesus). We need to understand that this is a goal for us.
01-10-2018 06:53 PM
Freedom
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Why do so many Christians pray such tiny prayers when their God is so big?
This quote of Nee also caught my attention. Nee makes two faulty assumptions: 1) Christians only pray simplistic or 'tiny' prayers and 2) There is something wrong with praying for the more trivial things.

I remember as I was growing up in the LC, we were always told that we need to develop a relationship with the Lord through prayer. However, those leading us would always come in and try to qualify things. They told us not to pray "help me" prayers, because the Lord doesn't want to help us, he wants to be our all. They told us not to pray for trivial things because it didn't advance God's economy. It thus left us in a state of wondering what we could pray for. One of the things that this resulted in is that we developed a tendency to try to come up with prayers that would 'impress' everyone, especially in large gatherings.

I am reminded of what Jesus said:
Matt 6:5-7 And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

The Bible would suggest that what some in the LC might call 'weighty' prayers are nothing more than vain prayers. I'm not saying that all such prayers are vain, however, it could be a lot more than people in the LC realize. I remember attending prayer meetings, we would pray for an hour or more - God's economy this, Lord's move that. Most of the time I had no clue what specifically anyone was praying for. But it did sound impressive.
01-10-2018 06:29 PM
JJ
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“Why do so many Christians pray such tiny prayers when their God is so big?”
Today’s quote can be taken as encouragement to pray “big things” to our big God. But does it also have a spirit of superiority over fellow believers in it?
01-07-2018 08:13 PM
JJ
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You quoted Heb 4, you also need to balance that with the verse "you search the scriptures but won't come to Me".
Yes, great verse. I don't get how that balances Heb 4 on the topic of discerning soul from spirit though.

I understood the antennae and ground wire thing though. Heard that quite a few times in TLR

I'm loving what the rest of you are saying on this topic
01-07-2018 11:48 AM
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Another thing that is interesting about the development of thought in the LC: I notice that they're not terribly interested in the actual person of Jesus Christ. Instead, "Christ" is some feeling like "peace" or "joy". So they chase sensations, hoping that it brings transformation and eternal reward.
I'm sure Lee and his future Blendeds had much "peace and joy" when those who called for justice against Philip Lee were all silenced. The endless quest for "peace and joy" can cause our ruin.

That's quite a bit different from the "peaceable fruit of righteousness" in Heb 12.11.

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Instead, they'll sit in a circle in someone's living room and go over today's theological template. Instead of a person they get a concept.
That "concept" can contain endless doctrines, and many from the Bible.
01-07-2018 06:24 AM
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I had a few memorable "charismatic" experiences before contacting the LC, and many after. If they are truly of the Lord, then they will be life-changing and transformational. I wish every believer's experience was filled with these.

Unfortunately, like tongue-speaking and other charismatic experiences, it becomes our tendency to replicate them without the Lord. This can be very dangerous to our faith, because as soon as we face fiery trials, we may only know feelings, and before we know it, can have become spiritually bankrupt.
Another thing that is interesting about the development of thought in the LC: I notice that they're not terribly interested in the actual person of Jesus Christ. Instead, "Christ" is some feeling like "peace" or "joy". So they chase sensations, hoping that it brings transformation and eternal reward.

Secondly, and related, are abstract concepts like "consummation" and "processed". Like if you jump up and down excitedly, wave your arms, and shout today's theology you'll make it.

And the person of Jesus, the person that Peter knew so well, the "This Jesus" that Peter saw suffering and triumphant in Acts 2:36, the actual person who Peter said "went around doing good works" in Acts 10:38, slowly recedes from view.

Instead, they'll sit in a circle in someone's living room and go over today's theological template. Instead of a person they get a concept.
01-06-2018 10:08 AM
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In spite of the lack of tongue-speaking and healings, the LC is experientially charismatic: it whips members into an excited and altered state.
I had a few memorable "charismatic" experiences before contacting the LC, and many after. If they are truly of the Lord, then they will be life-changing and transformational. I wish every believer's experience was filled with these.

Unfortunately, like tongue-speaking and other charismatic experiences, it becomes our tendency to replicate them without the Lord. This can be very dangerous to our faith, because as soon as we face fiery trials, we may only know feelings, and before we know it, can have become spiritually bankrupt.
01-06-2018 09:56 AM
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I felt like Jesus failed me.
Based on my decades of experience, I think your feelings are failing you, not the Lord Jesus. Sometimes it seems like you are badmouthing Him, and perhaps you hurt His feelings.
01-06-2018 08:52 AM
awareness
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Good observation.
I remember my early days in the church in Cleveburg, I marveled how much the Lord was doing in my life, with just a little cooperation.
Compare that to my final years, when I often wondered why so little was happening with so much hard work.
I felt like Jesus failed me.
01-06-2018 07:19 AM
aron
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Good observation.
I remember my early days in the church in Cleveburg, I marveled how much the Lord was doing in my life, with just a little cooperation.
Compare that to my final years, when I often wondered why so little was happening with so much hard work.
In spite of the lack of tongue-speaking and healings, the LC is experientially charismatic: it whips members into an excited and altered state. Initially this provides some transformation as the participant's consciousness & behaviours are altered by the subjective orientation. Suddenly, heaven isn't far away but is in the next church meeting!

But eventually it becomes a dry cycle of meetings, training and conferences, and recruiting others for the same cycle. And the transformation process tails off.
01-06-2018 05:36 AM
Ohio
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I completely agree with the point. This has been one of my biggest problems with Lee the expositor. His message is self-focused. And he tries to get you to focus on self, on 'making it'.
Good observation.

I remember my early days in the church in Cleveburg, I marveled how much the Lord was doing in my life, with just a little cooperation.

Compare that to my final years, when I often wondered why so little was happening with so much hard work.
01-06-2018 02:23 AM
aron
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2. It ends up being so self centered (I count eight “we”s) instead of God, Christ, and Holy Spirit centered.
I completely agree with the point. This has been one of my biggest problems with Lee the expositor. His message is self-focused. And he tries to get you to focus on self, on 'making it'.

Only Jesus Christ 'made it'. Lee's grave is with us to this day (cf Acts 2:29).

The unwavering core of the gospel is about ''this Jesus'' being raised to life (Acts 2:32). If we focus on this Jesus we get the Father. The Holy Spirit testifies about him, not about the 'NT believer enjoying grace'. If you focus on this Jesus you'll enjoy grace. If you focus on enjoying grace you'll delude yourself; you'll seek vain sensations, and get entangled in theoretical cobwebs, flipping imaginary "switches".
01-06-2018 01:40 AM
ZNPaaneah
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Need both what?
You quoted Heb 4, you also need to balance that with the verse "you search the scriptures but won't come to Me".
01-05-2018 08:32 PM
Ohio
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I agree, Ohio. TLR is a good example of the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Lee’s saying that “we need to discern our spirit” usurps the role of God’s word and of God himself that penetrate and divide soul from spirit and judge the thoughts and intentions of our heart (i.e. discern). At least that’s the way I read Hebrews 4:12-13. http://biblehub.com/blb/hebrews/4.htm

Or am I misinterpreting here?
Lee made it scientific. Remember all of his talk about "flipping the switch" of our spirit? His methodology needed neither God nor our faith, just open your mouth and shout.
01-05-2018 08:29 PM
Ohio
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Need both what?
12 volt power and ground.
01-05-2018 08:16 PM
JJ
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You need both. When I was in High School my brother and I decided to put a new stereo into the family car. We installed it ourselves and for hours could not get it to work. We went over the instructions repeatedly. Finally I asked my brother "what is this wire here?" He said "oh that is just the ground wire". I said "well let's attach it anyway, what do we have to lose?" Immediately the car filled with music.
Need both what?
01-05-2018 06:58 AM
ZNPaaneah
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I agree, Ohio. TLR is a good example of the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Lee’s saying that “we need to discern our spirit” usurps the role of God’s word and of God himself that penetrate and divide soul from spirit and judge the thoughts and intentions of our heart (i.e. discern). At least that’s the way I read Hebrews 4:12-13. http://biblehub.com/blb/hebrews/4.htm

Or am I misinterpreting here?
You need both. When I was in High School my brother and I decided to put a new stereo into the family car. We installed it ourselves and for hours could not get it to work. We went over the instructions repeatedly. Finally I asked my brother "what is this wire here?" He said "oh that is just the ground wire". I said "well let's attach it anyway, what do we have to lose?" Immediately the car filled with music.
01-05-2018 06:19 AM
JJ
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I agree, Ohio. TLR is a good example of the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Lee’s saying that “we need to discern our spirit” usurps the role of God’s word and of God himself that penetrate and divide soul from spirit and judge the thoughts and intentions of our heart (i.e. discern). At least that’s the way I read Hebrews 4:12-13. http://biblehub.com/blb/hebrews/4.htm

Or am I misinterpreting here?
01-04-2018 08:12 AM
Ohio
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Right. When I read the end of 1 Corinthians 2 in which Paul talks about what it is to be spiritual, he says the spirit of man knows the things of man, but The Spirit knows all things, and that we have the mind of Christ. I don’t see a place for Lee’s type of thinking in it. http://biblehub.com/blb/1_corinthians/2.htm
There are reasons why Lee's minions elevated him above all. Part of it was teaching the impossible, e.g. "Living the god-man life for the building of the one body of Christ without opinion consummating in the New Jerusalem by being absolutely one with God's New Testament Economy." gasp!

Another part was his constant condemnation of all things Christian. In others words, Lee was supposedly living in the stratosphere and everyone else was a dismal failure. Then I learned about all the corruption at LSM, and the Wizard behind the curtain got exposed by a dog.

The lesson to learn is that all of us are accountable, and righteousness is the foundation of His kingdom.
01-04-2018 06:37 AM
JJ
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Right. When I read the end of 1 Corinthians 2 in which Paul talks about what it is to be spiritual, he says the spirit of man knows the things of man, but The Spirit knows all things, and that we have the mind of Christ. I don’t see a place for Lee’s type of thinking in it. http://biblehub.com/blb/1_corinthians/2.htm
01-03-2018 10:52 PM
Freedom
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3. This type of thinking leads to comparing oneself to other believers (“I know my spirit better than you” or “I don’t know my spirit like he or she does”) which leads to division.
Good point. Lee commonly made statements like his one about how we need to learn to do everything "in our spirit." I guess maybe it sounds good, but when people attempt to practice it, the first thing they look for is an example. Who knows how to live by their spirit? Who doesn't? Such considerations arise and everyone gets categorized accordingly.
01-03-2018 10:12 PM
JJ
Quotes and Quips

I’ve often had a reaction to the Quotes and Quips post of the day on these boards.

Today’s Witness Wednesday quote really got me riled up because I used to believe this stuff. Here’s the quote:

“Our spirit is connected to the heavens by God as the Spirit. In spirit we are therefore in the heavens, in ascension. To live in ascension requires that we live, act, move, and do everything in our spirit. Thus, we must learn how to discern our spirit. If we do not know our spirit, if we do not know how to discern our spirit from our soul, we cannot be a spiritual person. When we live in our spirit, we are in ascension as the new creation in resurrection. We are a new person living in a new universe.”

I have a number of problems with the part in bold:

1. It makes us work for something “being ascended with Christ” that is already a given (see Ephesians 2 where we have been raised up together with Christ and seated together with Him in the heavens). What a waste of time!
2. It ends up being so self centered (I count eight “we”s) instead of God, Christ, and Holy Spirit centered.
3. This type of thinking leads to comparing oneself to other believers (“I know my spirit better than you” or “I don’t know my spirit like he or she does”) which leads to division.
4. What has this type of ministry produced in 50 years that makes us think there isn’t a problem with it, and head back into scripture instead of reading this stuff?

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