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11-14-2017 08:39 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Gideon7 View Post
Good evening folks. I wanted to jump back in here and give a big thanks for all the info and stories and encouragement that was shared in response to my query. I deeply appreciate what was shared- although I'm sure I didn't quite catch nearly all of it- I don't claim to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. I have decided to move on and not continue to fellowship with the LC in my area. I honestly can't nail it down to one reason- or even a couple- I guess I didn't find my "smoking gun". But I do sense the Holy Spirit moving me away from this group and on to... well, I don't really know exactly what. There are some things I will miss and honestly doubt I will easily find in another fellowship. The open sharing, the lack of the One Man in Charge (Pastor X), the apparent equality, the use of biblical lingo- so much of it had the feeling of Acts. I'll be honest and say I'm sorta sad- kinda like I found out that a person I was getting to know had horrible character defects and I needed to cut off the relationship. I'm gonna miss the "what I hoped it coulda been". I know God has someplace for my wife and I to serve/grow/give/get/share. This hasn't at all lessened my appreciation for Christ or who I am in Him. But it has been another apparent example of the insidious nature of pride- at least in my opinion that was the main downfall of WL- but I could easily be wrong and ultimately that's between he and Christ. So I rejoice that I've been adopted, cleaned up a bit and loved by an Awesome Savior- how eternally grateful I am to be His and know where I'm going when this crazy ride is done. And what a mission He has put us on- to know Him and make Him known- and I hope I'm faithful to Him til He takes me home. Thanks again for all the input. May we each take seriously and joyfully the opportunity we have been given through Christ- all glory to Him!
Love the sound of your heart - thanks for sharing
11-14-2017 07:37 PM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

Good evening folks. I wanted to jump back in here and give a big thanks for all the info and stories and encouragement that was shared in response to my query. I deeply appreciate what was shared- although I'm sure I didn't quite catch nearly all of it- I don't claim to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. I have decided to move on and not continue to fellowship with the LC in my area. I honestly can't nail it down to one reason- or even a couple- I guess I didn't find my "smoking gun". But I do sense the Holy Spirit moving me away from this group and on to... well, I don't really know exactly what. There are some things I will miss and honestly doubt I will easily find in another fellowship. The open sharing, the lack of the One Man in Charge (Pastor X), the apparent equality, the use of biblical lingo- so much of it had the feeling of Acts. I'll be honest and say I'm sorta sad- kinda like I found out that a person I was getting to know had horrible character defects and I needed to cut off the relationship. I'm gonna miss the "what I hoped it coulda been". I know God has someplace for my wife and I to serve/grow/give/get/share. This hasn't at all lessened my appreciation for Christ or who I am in Him. But it has been another apparent example of the insidious nature of pride- at least in my opinion that was the main downfall of WL- but I could easily be wrong and ultimately that's between he and Christ. So I rejoice that I've been adopted, cleaned up a bit and loved by an Awesome Savior- how eternally grateful I am to be His and know where I'm going when this crazy ride is done. And what a mission He has put us on- to know Him and make Him known- and I hope I'm faithful to Him til He takes me home. Thanks again for all the input. May we each take seriously and joyfully the opportunity we have been given through Christ- all glory to Him!
11-13-2017 04:47 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

I find it interesting that when we think of "smoking gun" we think of some sin or heresy.

But if you read Matthew 18 the Lord doesn't tell us to treat a brother or sister who sins as "a heathen and publican". As bad as PL's sin was, it isn't uncommon, just turn on the news. Nor does he say to do this if they are teaching some doctrine you disagree with.

No, the key issue with the Lord is "if he neglect to hear".

A person who is offended comes to the leadership and they neglect to hear. Perhaps they give an excuse -- he was demonstrating angst. He came at the wrong time. He didn't complain in the right way. He should have set up a meeting. Of course if they do that then they run from the meeting, hands on the ears, you shouldn't call this meeting with us. He should send an email. He should send a letter. He should send the letter registered mail. He should bring another brother. Etc., etc., etc. Until finally, hey that was 30 years ago, can't we just move on?

But I like this term "neglect".

Neglect -- to give little attention to or respect.

That is truly the way these ones who have brought their complaint have been treated. Their complaint has been neglected.

But there is more,

Neglect -- to leave undone or unattended, especially through carelessness.

That is truly how these ones have treated these sins. They have left them undone, unattended, and it was through carelessness. How disrespectful is this carelessness!

Other translations say "refuse to hear them" or "pays no attention to them" or even "ignores them".

This is what prompts the Lord to say

17 If he ignores these witnesses, tell it to the community of believers. If he also ignores the community, deal with him as you would a heathen or a tax collector.

What I find very interesting is how much LSM emphasizes the importance of the church. But in Matt 18 What things soever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

All of these promises are after verse 17. If you neglect to hear the complaints of those you have offended you are not qualified. You are not a testimony of the Lord, you don't bind or loose anything in heaven, and the Father doesn't "do what you ask".

Perhaps this is the real smoking gun.
11-05-2017 05:57 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Terry View Post
There was no fact-checking in FOTPR. There was no checking of the facts by WL, but withholding the facts. It's no different how DWS took care of the DNC in the 2016 Democratic primaries. There were manipulations towards a predetermined outcome.
Not exactly.

DWS and the DNC treated Bernie much better than WL/PL/LSM treated John So and the young people from Germany.

But ... yes ... they both were manipulations toward predetermined outcomes.
11-05-2017 05:41 PM
Terry
Re: Smoking Gun?

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It goes both ways......"The book The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion includes my spoken messages, but its content was edited afterward by me personally. I have carefully checked all the facts and have tried my best to be accurate, to be without any mistakes." - spoken by Witness Lee 4/18/90.
There was no fact-checking in FOTPR. There was no checking of the facts by WL, but withholding the facts. It's no different how DWS took care of the DNC in the 2016 Democratic primaries. There were manipulations towards a predetermined outcome.
11-02-2017 08:43 PM
Terry
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Gideon7 View Post
With this in mind, I'm wondering if some of you ex-LCers might share your biggest complaint/grudge/issue/false-teaching/heresy/etc… you personally found in relation to the LC. If you could only pick one- what would it be?
Hypocrisy of practices in relation to teachings.
11-02-2017 08:40 PM
Terry
Making Bullies out of Brothers

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Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
And DCP is the "Defense and Confirmation Project" which is little more than the legal arm of LSM ready to sue any publisher who speaks up. They are doing their best to shut down this website.

When I left, I reminisced my many years there, putting together all my stories with a few other brothers I knew and discovered online, and then I got hit with the awful conclusion one day that this program turns beloved brothers into bullies.
The part about bullies is very applicable. One characteristic of a bully is when confronted, they will back down. That's very much DCP.
As much as the legal issues that went on with Harvest House, when this forum's own "Indiana" sought to meet with DCP representatives face to face, they became conveniently unavailable.
Another characteristic of a bully is they thrive better in numbers.
At the local level, "the fellowship room" is well known. When a brother is summoned to the fellowship room, he can very well expect to be confronted by 10 or more brothers without any peer to advocate.
One such brother I've known was summoned to the fellowship room, when the tables are turned as to end "the fellowship" abruptly, there's an unfavorable reaction "but we have meeting".
If a brother being summoned suggests, "why don't we meet one on one or we can meet one on one and each bring a witness? Such a suggestion will never materialize for a time of fellowship to address issues.
11-02-2017 08:19 PM
Terry
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
The lack of due diligence to present the facts is absolutely astounding.
It goes both ways......"The book The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion includes my spoken messages, but its content was edited afterward by me personally. I have carefully checked all the facts and have tried my best to be accurate, to be without any mistakes." - spoken by Witness Lee 4/18/90.
11-02-2017 08:51 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
ZNP,

Your starting point is always doctrine which I have already stated is a non-starter for me personally.

In any case, I don’t understand your question. Please rephrase.

Thanks
Drake
You said it was obvious that Witness Lee was the lead minister in the Ministry of the Age. I am asking what made it obvious to you that this was the "Ministry of the Age"?
11-02-2017 07:54 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by ZNPaaneah View Post
Was it the "Ministry of the Age" because of the "Ground of the Church" doctrine, or were there other factors that were necessary?
ZNP,

Your starting point is always doctrine which I have already stated is a non-starter for me personally.

In any case, I don’t understand your question. Please rephrase.

Thanks
Drake
11-02-2017 07:04 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
No, not in those terms.

It was apparent that he was the one who was the lead minister in the ministry of the age. I got that idea because he obviously was.

Drake
Was it the "Ministry of the Age" because of the "Ground of the Church" doctrine, or were there other factors that were necessary?
11-02-2017 06:38 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Drake, did you believe that Witness Lee was "the minister of the age" while he was alive? If so, where did you get that idea?
No, not in those terms.

It was apparent that he was the one who was the lead minister in the ministry of the age. I got that idea because he obviously was.

Drake
11-01-2017 11:24 PM
JJ
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
JJ>"Sorry for the confusion, Drake. I’m trying to respect LSM copyright by not copying. Do you not see which books, chapters, sections, are cited? Read them in their context.

My point is not that a singular sentence or phrase tells you “I am the Minister of the Age”. Like Watchman Née before him, Witness Lee never said those words directly. He said it over and over in different ways indirectly"

JJ,

Sure. so just type a sentence you want us to go look at if there is quote. We can use it as a keyword.

Now to your point.... I think the reason that Brother Lee did not say it explicitly is because he was not promoting it. Consider this.... did Brother Lee strike you as a person that went out of his way to avoid controversy in stating something he really believed in? Rather he leaned into the things he believed in even it would be misunderstood. If he believed that a special title and office of "MOTA" was important for him to appropriate then his ministry would have been explicitly with it... no need to skirt it or hint about it.

I stated several posts ago that it recently occurred to me that I never heard him say "Minister of the Age" or "MOTA"... and my sense was right...

Drake
OK, Drake. The LSM on-line publications are difficult to use the way you suggested. But you understood, and answered my point. Thanks!

I disagree because initially I thought it meant the way you said. But, then I watched “the ministry of the age” and “ministers of the age” morph openly under Witness Lee’s tutelage of the “Blended Brothers” into “The Minister of the Age” and “The Ministry of the Age”, and now that is what they openly teach and print.

Doesn’t it bother you, that it is now openly promoted? It bothered me enough to leave TLR.

Again “Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God’s Economy Under the Proper Leadership in His Move” Chapter 1 Section 13 is a collection of some of Lee’s quotes on this topic. It was put together by the Blended Brothers, and uses the capitalized versions of those terms! And, the entire book is filled with indirect ways Witness Lee led his followers there.

OK, No more from me on this topic. Have a good night.
10-31-2017 07:45 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Drake, did you believe that Witness Lee was "the minister of the age" while he was alive? If so, where did you get that idea?
Personally I think it is fascinating that you cannot find Witness Lee talking about being the MOTA anywhere in the written word. To me that is the most blatant hypocrisy. He knew that what he was speaking in meetings was a damnable heresy.
10-31-2017 07:20 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Okay... produce an audio then.

Drake
Drake, did you believe that Witness Lee was "the minister of the age" while he was alive? If so, where did you get that idea?
10-31-2017 05:46 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
It is not printed. That does not mean he never said it.

Okay... produce an audio then.

Drake
10-31-2017 05:45 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

duplicate... sorry
10-31-2017 05:11 PM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
It is not printed. That does not mean he never said it.
And never DID it. As I've stated I was kicked out over the MOTA practice being shoved down my throat, literally.
10-31-2017 04:37 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post

I stated several posts ago that it recently occurred to me that I never heard him say "Minister of the Age" or "MOTA"... and my sense was right...

Drake
It is not printed. That does not mean he never said it.
10-31-2017 04:34 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I got in trouble, and stirred up all the sisters, who stirred up their husband, stirring up a ruckus, when I pointed out Peter was naked. The response was, "No he wasn't." And when the preacher confirmed it the remark was, "Why would they put that in the Bible?"

Later, after getting home, the preacher called me, quite upset, and that's when I was told I was feeding meat to milk drinkers.

The motto of the church was, "No book but the Bible, no creed but Christ." They believe the Bible is the inerrant inspired word of God, but have little interest in reading what they believe is Gods' very own words. I don't get it. Eventually I was run out of that church. (Will it ever end?) I was speaking out of their comfort zone.

But in their defense. Here, in Ky, I've heard from many believers that, they believe the preacher speaks for God. So the Bible isn't all that important. All they have to do is listen to the preacher. Ring a bell?

As to why the Spirit isn't teaching them, maybe they aren't listening.

Thanks for your reply brother Evangelical. Blessings.

Well you were right about the nakedness and it was usual for prophets to strip naked before prophesying.
10-31-2017 03:53 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

JJ>"Sorry for the confusion, Drake. I’m trying to respect LSM copyright by not copying. Do you not see which books, chapters, sections, are cited? Read them in their context.

My point is not that a singular sentence or phrase tells you “I am the Minister of the Age”. Like Watchman Née before him, Witness Lee never said those words directly. He said it over and over in different ways indirectly"

JJ,

Sure. so just type a sentence you want us to go look at if there is quote. We can use it as a keyword.

Now to your point.... I think the reason that Brother Lee did not say it explicitly is because he was not promoting it. Consider this.... did Brother Lee strike you as a person that went out of his way to avoid controversy in stating something he really believed in? Rather he leaned into the things he believed in even it would be misunderstood. If he believed that a special title and office of "MOTA" was important for him to appropriate then his ministry would have been explicitly with it... no need to skirt it or hint about it.

I stated several posts ago that it recently occurred to me that I never heard him say "Minister of the Age" or "MOTA"... and my sense was right...

Drake
10-31-2017 03:38 PM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
According to some the Spirit is supposed to teach them and no man is needed. Why didnt it work?

In fact in a bible study i used to attend I had to defend the idea of unbelievers going to hell. Everyone was against me even the pastor. Why the Spirit teaches different things?
I got in trouble, and stirred up all the sisters, who stirred up their husband, stirring up a ruckus, when I pointed out Peter was naked. The response was, "No he wasn't." And when the preacher confirmed it the remark was, "Why would they put that in the Bible?"

Later, after getting home, the preacher called me, quite upset, and that's when I was told I was feeding meat to milk drinkers.

The motto of the church was, "No book but the Bible, no creed but Christ." They believe the Bible is the inerrant inspired word of God, but have little interest in reading what they believe is Gods' very own words. I don't get it. Eventually I was run out of that church. (Will it ever end?) I was speaking out of their comfort zone.

But in their defense. Here, in Ky, I've heard from many believers that, they believe the preacher speaks for God. So the Bible isn't all that important. All they have to do is listen to the preacher. Ring a bell?

As to why the Spirit isn't teaching them, maybe they aren't listening.

Thanks for your reply brother Evangelical. Blessings.
10-31-2017 03:09 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by awareness View Post
I can testify bro EvanG that this is true in churches here in my neck of the woods, except for the devoted conservative believers. They know and read their Bible, but are few in numbers. Some of them are my Southern Baptist family members.

That doesn't mean that I've haven't been called out for feeding meat to milk drinkers, in the adult Sunday School class, by the preacher, who was leading the class.

But I should also point out that, eating lunch with them after services I found out that they were similar to the early NT church days, in that they didn't read anything, not just the Bible. And they didn't have the excuse that NT believers had, unlike 90% back then, that were literate. In their defense, most of them are farmers, with little time and energy to read anything. Having lunch with one of the elders I was told they get their Bible from the preacher, who had massive amounts of the Bible memorized (like David Koresh of Waco fame).

Still, I must point out that teaching young people the Bible is not a magic pill. Example, one daughter of a brother I knew in the LC knew her Bible well enough to write a thesis in high school on how David and Jonathan were gay, or at least bisexual. I read it. It was a strong argument, with many Bible references. She knew her Bible. She was gay.

I mentioned David Koresh, a cult leader. When I joined the LC I had a choice to join the Children of God. They had to memorize 10 verses of the Bible every day. The Children of God was/is a personality cult too, just like Lee's local church, that's not quite as extreme. Proving that, just because a Christian group teaches the Bible doesn't mean they aren't a cult. Cults memorize the Bible too.
According to some the Spirit is supposed to teach them and no man is needed. Why didnt it work?

In fact in a bible study i used to attend I had to defend the idea of unbelievers going to hell. Everyone was against me even the pastor. Why the Spirit teaches different things?
10-31-2017 09:45 AM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

I can testify bro EvanG that this is true in churches here in my neck of the woods, except for the devoted conservative believers. They know and read their Bible, but are few in numbers. Some of them are my Southern Baptist family members.

That doesn't mean that I've haven't been called out for feeding meat to milk drinkers, in the adult Sunday School class, by the preacher, who was leading the class.

But I should also point out that, eating lunch with them after services I found out that they were similar to the early NT church days, in that they didn't read anything, not just the Bible. And they didn't have the excuse that NT believers had, unlike 90% back then, that were literate. In their defense, most of them are farmers, with little time and energy to read anything. Having lunch with one of the elders I was told they get their Bible from the preacher, who had massive amounts of the Bible memorized (like David Koresh of Waco fame).

Still, I must point out that teaching young people the Bible is not a magic pill. Example, one daughter of a brother I knew in the LC knew her Bible well enough to write a thesis in high school on how David and Jonathan were gay, or at least bisexual. I read it. It was a strong argument, with many Bible references. She knew her Bible. She was gay.

I mentioned David Koresh, a cult leader. When I joined the LC I had a choice to join the Children of God. They had to memorize 10 verses of the Bible every day. The Children of God was/is a personality cult too, just like Lee's local church, that's not quite as extreme. Proving that, just because a Christian group teaches the Bible doesn't mean they aren't a cult. Cults memorize the Bible too.
10-31-2017 04:42 AM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

The lack of of biblical knowledge in denominations by even the most fervent church-goer, reminds me of what Paul said in Hebrews 5:12:

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

This characterizes many denominations and the verse also proves that the view that we don't need teachers is wrong (here, Paul seems to expect the believers to function as teachers, it is not the job of just the pastor or priest).

Although some have claimed it is boasting, it is only the reality that many teenagers in the local church have a better grasp of the bible than a youth pastor (for example) in a denomination.In fact in one denominational church I used to go to, the youth bible studies were often nothing more than watching a movie and playing games. The pastor was quite incapable of leading a bible study and the participants would rather do other things than study the bible. The modern day churches, even though they may be large and attractive, are really just social gatherings and entertainment centers with a religious flavor. Few people there are able to answer a fairly straightforward question from the Bible. In fact the post-church conversations are often not related to God or the Bible at all, the general disinterest in discussing anything of spiritual value is evident.

Here is an article which supports what I am saying, called "The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches":

http://www.christianitytoday.com/eds...-churches.html

The Sad Statistics
Christians claim to believe the Bible is God's Word. We claim it's God's divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren't reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day.


There have been many other studies showing similar results, one of which claims that 80% of church goers don't read the Bible:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/new...ay-survey.html

In a fresh study of "Bible engagement" released yesterday, LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that while 90 percent "desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do," only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day.

The morning revival encourages daily bible reading, and the meetings also encourage it because of the expectation to share something in the meeting. I think a person who has the morning revivals would generally be better off than a person in a denomination, given the statistics.
10-31-2017 04:23 AM
Meribah
Re: Smoking Gun?

The "getting between" occurs whenever any teacher drowns out all other voices but his own and, by doing so, insists that his way is the new and only revelation for that time period. Look at the authors available through LSM. (Hearty chuckle here.)

It also occurs when the leader establishes a feeling that no one else can see what he sees and therefore no one should even try. The truth is, and I will grant him this, WL did receive some revelation. Just as everyone else in the body does, he received revelation. But he and his "portion" are greatly overvalued. I must admit that I now think he is a bore.

I note the boasting about how the young people in the LC are able to expound at length on scripture. Of course, this is only a parroting of WL's teaching. The statement above regarding the young people being able to outdo all the other children in the denominations reminds me of James pointing to the believers in Jerusalem and saying that there were myriads, all zealous for the law. Not quite what Jesus had in mind. And neither is this. It makes one wonder why so many of the young people are leaving or fall away if they are truly following Christ.... all the while "expounding".

In the good classrooms, a teacher is certainly supposed to build a framework for student understanding. The teacher can also share his or her feelings and understandings about whatever is being studied. But the goal is to have students begin to think their own thoughts and take over their learning. They are supposed to think for themselves. This is never encouraged in the LC. So, WL does indeed get between the saints in the LC and the Word. It is true that most of them are delighted to have it that way. That is their choice. But for those that want to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, this just won't do.
10-30-2017 10:49 PM
JJ
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Hi JJ,

As you read the online document at lsm.org just highlight and copy a sentence or phrase and then paste into your post on this site.... that way, we can use your copied sentence or phrase as a search criteria on the lsm.org site.

Thanks
Drake
Sorry for the confusion, Drake. I’m trying to respect LSM copyright by not copying. Do you not see which books, chapters, sections, are cited? Read them in their context.

My point is not that a singular sentence or phrase tells you “I am the Minister of the Age”. Like Watchman Née before him, Witness Lee never said those words directly. He said it over and over in different ways indirectly by: citing examples of Noah, David, Paul, Luther, Darby, Nee while talking about “the ministry of the age”, then immediately talking about how in his ministry he followed Nee who was a minister of the age; by giving examples of brothers who didn’t follow him and issuing dire warnings not to do that; by saying “the army needs a commander in chief”, and other similar things, while also saying he wasn’t ordering anyone to do anything.

How else were we to interpret these things, besides “Witness Lee is the Minister of the Age”? I certainly thought that long before the “Blended Brothers” made it official, and saints in my locality were referring to Witness Lee as “The Apostle” by the early 1980’s. Thankfully the Lord delivered me from such offensive terms to the Lord, and His unique headship of the body of Christ. He is the real Noah, David, “the Apostle”, “the Commander in Chief”.
10-30-2017 09:03 PM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by least View Post
I usually quickly glanced over Awareness' post. I had this: this one bitter and mean ...
This quoted post I actually calmly read through all of it, and I understand.
Hope you are serving the Lord and members of Christ body, with love; and preaching the gospel fervently.
Thanks much brother or sister least. And back at ya.
10-30-2017 08:06 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
How is "getting between" even possible? Doesn't that apply to any devotional or bible assist?
The difference is that in the LC you will be expected to have "morning revival" using a rehash of Witness Lee (HWMR) every single morning for the rest of your life.
10-30-2017 07:23 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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How is "getting between" even possible? Doesn't that apply to any devotional or bible assist?

I think you are mistaken about the context of those verses, but anyway - no one has ever gotten between me and the Word when I have morning revival. Everyone is encouraged to develop their own relationship with God. In fact "go to the Lord" is one of the most frequently heard sayings.
I clearly explained one method by which Lee robbed the other leaders of following the Lord directly -- public shaming and humiliations. Lee made all his adherents afraid of doing anything "independently" without him. They approached him as lap dogs looking for direction. Once he trained his closest circle, they repeated this method of fleshly controls.

This is a primary way Lee got between the Word and the brothers.

During the New Way, leaders continually protested Lee's controlling ways. Then Lee would say from the podium, "Who do I control? I can't even control a mosquito." All the brothers who could not stomach the manipulation or the hypocrisy left. Ask them. Read their accounts.

Does anyone think that every set of LC elders around the world voluntarily abrogated their God given responsibility to feed and shepherd their saints? Fear of retribution guided them.
10-30-2017 06:48 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
There are teenagers in the local church who know the Bible better than a person in the denominations who has attended church all their lives for decades and being only drip fed by the pastor's sermons (which in many cases are not even biblical, being merely only instructional or concerned with ethics or social justice issues etc). This is also evident by the fact that a young person can deliver a biblical message in the meeting, almost as good as any adult, whereas most teenagers in any local denomination would struggle. Two reasons for this - the teenagers are treated like adults and expected to read the Word like everyone else (rather than play games), and secondly unlike in the denominations, the meeting environment encourages people to overcome their shyness and speak.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
10-30-2017 06:36 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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You may not hear this in the Recovery, but Heb 8.10-12 says:
I John 2.27 also speaks of the anointing teaching us, and we not needing the teachings of men.

Evangelical, here is the difference between the Bible and Lee -- Lee's teachings get between the Word and the children of God. Lee takes away their liberty to directly follow the Lord. I told you about how elders would be chastised publicly for attempting to follow the Lamb directly.

Real Shepherds and Teachers lead the saints and open up the Word, but do not get between them. In Acts 20.30 Paul warns us about those who rise up teaching perverted things, and drawing the saints after themselves, rather than leading them to the Lord. This aptly describes Lee and his ministry.
How is "getting between" even possible? Doesn't that apply to any devotional or bible assist?

I think you are mistaken about the context of those verses, but anyway - no one has ever gotten between me and the Word when I have morning revival. Everyone is encouraged to develop their own relationship with God. In fact "go to the Lord" is one of the most frequently heard sayings.
10-30-2017 06:22 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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What's the point of "Sunday school" then? This idea that we don't need teachers is a modern one, not found in the early church period, or in the Bible. The disciples of Jesus themselves had disciples under them, and these had disciples under them. Jesus established a pattern of discipleship which continued into the early church period.If a person has a teacher they can grow in their knowledge of God much faster than on their own.
You may not hear this in the Recovery, but Heb 8.10-12 says:
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10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israelafter those days, says the Lord.
I will put My laws in their minds, and inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people.
11 No longer will each one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their sins no more
I John 2.27 also speaks of the anointing teaching us, and we not needing the teachings of men.

Evangelical, here is the difference between the Bible and Lee -- Lee's teachings get between the Word and the children of God. Lee takes away their liberty to directly follow the Lord. I told you about how elders would be chastised publicly for attempting to follow the Lamb directly.

Real Shepherds and Teachers lead the saints and open up the Word, but do not get between them. In Acts 20.30 Paul warns us about those who rise up teaching perverted things, and drawing the saints after themselves, rather than leading them to the Lord. This aptly describes Lee and his ministry.
10-30-2017 06:03 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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And he did not DARE quote anyone living and still be able to say "poor, degraded Christianity" and not have some holes in his argument against them.
Oh he quoted them, just didn't provide the references.
10-30-2017 05:58 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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While there is truly only ONE mediator between GOD and man (our precious Lord Jesus), the LC has another mediator--one between them and the Word. So, from the ground up you have everyday saints, WL, the Word, Jesus, and God. Only WL could rightly divide the Word. Only WL can "see" the deeper things. Only WL's version is acceptable. This is the applied infallibility that I discussed--and it DOES exist. If it did not, there would be no need to remove things from the writing/speaking of WL that don't mesh with what is appropriate. They could leave it and just say, "Well, he is human and could NOT have been right about everything."
Don Rutledge from Dallas relayed a story which occurred during the New Way. During fellowship one of Lee's adherents (Paul Hon?) talked about the flow from the throne in the Recovery -- "First the Father, then the Son, then the Spirit, then Brother Lee, ..."

When asked who was #5, he couldn't answer, since that would have to be Philip Lee, since all the other elders and co-workers (the future Blendeds) had to submit to him.

But, by all accounts, Phillip was not even saved, so what happened to the flow from the throne?


And they used to condemn the Catholics because of the Pope.
10-30-2017 05:48 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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When I was growing up in an evangelical church, some of us young people would ask, "How can newly saved people learn about the Lord enough from the Bible if no one is there to teach them?" They answered, "The Lord is faithful to guide a seeker to the food he needs in the Bible for his maturity level at that time." Made sense then. Makes sense now. I reject any mediator between me and the Word. Everyone else should also.
I've known people that only read the Bible for them self without teachers and they are in most cases lacking even the basic doctrinal foundations or it takes them years to achieve the kind of growth that a person under a teacher would achieve. The Spirit is not a replacement for human teachers, theologians, Sunday School etc and I think any one of those highly educated doctors and pastors who wrote the "open letter" would agree.

What's the point of "Sunday school" then? This idea that we don't need teachers is a modern one, not found in the early church period, or in the Bible. The disciples of Jesus themselves had disciples under them, and these had disciples under them. Jesus established a pattern of discipleship which continued into the early church period.If a person has a teacher they can grow in their knowledge of God much faster than on their own.

There are teenagers in the local church who know the Bible better than a person in the denominations who has attended church all their lives for decades and being only drip fed by the pastor's sermons (which in many cases are not even biblical, being merely only instructional or concerned with ethics or social justice issues etc). This is also evident by the fact that a young person can deliver a biblical message in the meeting, almost as good as any adult, whereas most teenagers in any local denomination would struggle. Two reasons for this - the teenagers are treated like adults and expected to read the Word like everyone else (rather than play games), and secondly unlike in the denominations, the meeting environment encourages people to overcome their shyness and speak.
10-30-2017 05:29 PM
Meribah
Re: Smoking Gun?

And he did not DARE quote anyone living and still be able to say "poor, degraded Christianity" and not have some holes in his argument against them.
10-30-2017 04:46 PM
Meribah
Re: Smoking Gun?

I suspect that the problems with the link may have sprung up in response to "someone" having read that this link was being used and , therefore, a "problem" arose. You get my drift.

While the Chinese conform to authority readily (and far too much, in my opinion), amazingly there seem to be many Americans doing the same and enjoying it. Some people enjoy being told what is right so that they do not have to think. And then they enjoy even more being told that only THEY are right for letting someone else tell them what is right. Crazy.

While I have not chosen to say that it is a cult in the sense that most think of when talking about cults, it IS definitely a cult of personality. Just think, though, WL has now had to face the Lord Jesus with all that he did--as we will. He has NOT gotten by with what he did and said. We know this. Those hurt by him can rest in this. The Lord's judgment is perfect and he is not ever fooled. Amen.

While there is truly only ONE mediator between GOD and man (our precious Lord Jesus), the LC has another mediator--one between them and the Word. So, from the ground up you have everyday saints, WL, the Word, Jesus, and God. Only WL could rightly divide the Word. Only WL can "see" the deeper things. Only WL's version is acceptable. This is the applied infallibility that I discussed--and it DOES exist. If it did not, there would be no need to remove things from the writing/speaking of WL that don't mesh with what is appropriate. They could leave it and just say, "Well, he is human and could NOT have been right about everything."

Standing between the saints and the Word is WL's interpretation shown in those awful, boring, sometimes really dumb and redundant footnotes. Gosh! How I h.a.t.e.d. Bible-reading with the saints! It went like this: read a prepositional phrase, read five footnotes; read another prepositional phrase, read three footnotes, etc. etc. Yawn. I once suggested that we all just read straight through the Word and THEN read the footnotes and not one other saint agreed to do so--they are THAT much in bondage to what WL has to say! And then we have those Life-Studies. Bigger yawn. The only things worth reading in there are those things from other saints. Now, mind you, these saints have to have been dead at least 100 years in order to be accepted and valued. No current saint-leader could be incorporated--because they probably "had nothing for him". Truth is, he probably did not dare quote anyone living lest some of his flock leave and follow THEM.

So, there may be only ONE mediator between God and man, but there is another sneaky little fellow serving as mediator between saints and the Word. The Word is Christ. And so, we just might have a mediator (Pope?) between man and Christ! An awful thing. If you cut saints off at the Word, you have total control.

When I was growing up in an evangelical church, some of us young people would ask, "How can newly saved people learn about the Lord enough from the Bible if no one is there to teach them?" They answered, "The Lord is faithful to guide a seeker to the food he needs in the Bible for his maturity level at that time." Made sense then. Makes sense now. I reject any mediator between me and the Word. Everyone else should also.
10-30-2017 03:12 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Which two NT verses?
Appoint elders in every church / appoint elders in every city.
10-30-2017 03:04 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I'm not sure why, awareness. There is a Section 13 of Chapter 1. Can you advance one section at a time, by clicking in the upper right corner?

Here's the link to what I'm trying to share again.
https://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?n
Hi JJ,

As you read the online document at lsm.org just highlight and copy a sentence or phrase and then paste into your post on this site.... that way, we can use your copied sentence or phrase as a search criteria on the lsm.org site.

Thanks
Drake
10-30-2017 02:51 PM
Ohio
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I think many of his points about the church being local were valid based on the NT. It still doesn't explain building a whole teaching whole cloth out of an OT typology of the Temple. IMO his use of inference on those two NT verses were incredibly weak and ultimately a misapplication.

I get that he might have been biased. But every time they "take the ground" they give a message on the Ground of the Church. How many times could he have done that before seeing the error in the doctrine? I guess I have more respect for WN's understanding than others do. I just can't imagine him not recognizing the error.
Which two NT verses?
10-30-2017 02:46 PM
Ohio
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I'm not sure why, awareness. There is a Section 13 of Chapter 1. Can you advance one section at a time, by clicking in the upper right corner?

Here's the link to what I'm trying to share again.
https://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?n
This link says "session timeout."

That's because it's tied to your IP number. LSM has all sorts of protections on its website. It has to keep all the riches from getting "stolen."

It's more secure than the Experian Credit Bureau.
10-30-2017 02:21 PM
JJ
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It must be me again. For me chapter 1 only goes up to section 10.
I'm not sure why, awareness. There is a Section 13 of Chapter 1. Can you advance one section at a time, by clicking in the upper right corner?

Here's the link to what I'm trying to share again.
https://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?n
10-30-2017 12:41 PM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I didn't use that term back then, but that's exacting what I thought was happening when the MOTA thing came along : Morphing. Being a Bible thumper I termed it falling into Laodicea.

I can't tell you all the hours I spent praying over it. I honestly felt the Lord wanted me to do all I could to prevent it.

Fat chance. It was time that the rank and file fall in line under the one supreme leader.

I was reading books on oneness back then. I saw clearly that the ground of oneness wasn't living up to its claims.

I don't remember now which book it was, maybe "The Spirit of Love" but William Law pointed out, in a nutshell, that, we're all one in the Spirit but, it is brotherly love that works it out.

So I thought we were falling out of Philadelphia into Laodicea. I went around sharing what Law said about brotherly love. It fell on deaf ears.

Those were the days when we were to fall in line with the supreme leader. That's what it was all about.

And so, me, a brother speaking about brotherly love, me, a brother that loved Christ and the Church, me, a brother that loved God and the Bible, me, a brother that loved Nee and Lee, me, a burning brother, got booted out for not accepting the MOTA Flow of Oneness.

That's right, in those days the MOTA doctrine came down from Anaheim as : "The Flow of Oneness."

Weren't we standing on that already? That wasn't enough. And brotherly love wasn't enough. Now we had to declare brotherLee love too. And good burning brothers like me, and many others, were pushed off 'the ground of oneness' over the new ground of oneness : Witness Lee as the MOTA.

That wasn't just a little bit divisive. Now we weren't only one with all Christians in the city, we weren't even one with our own members.

And talk about divisive. I have it from good authority, from the brother that caused it, a early Elden Hall brother. A couple years or so after I left the Church in Ft. Lauderdale, they had a meeting that almost broke out into a fist fight over the MOTA.

The end result. Those loyal to the MOTA, around 40 of them, left and declared the ground in Boca Raton. And after 3 decades they are still there. All 40 of them, minus some that have passed. And last time I checked, the church in Ft. Lauderdale isn't list as a local church by LSM.

"The Flow of Oneness?" Bahahahahahaha
I usually quickly glanced over Awareness' post. I had this: this one bitter and mean ...
This quoted post I actually calmly read through all of it, and I understand.
Hope you are serving the Lord and members of Christ body, with love; and preaching the gospel fervently.
10-30-2017 11:12 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Nee was convinced, possibly by Chinese xenophobic sentiments, that the churches should be local, so-called Antioch style, based exclusively on Revelations chapters 2 and 3. This all changed in the end when Nee adopted the Jerusalem principle, with centralized authority over all LC's. Lee in the US also made the same transition, starting out with Antioch and ending with Jerusalem. Localism in today's LC's is merely a ruse.

Concerning the MOTA paradigm, Nee's book The Normal Christian Church Life was spoken/written by Nee before his excommunication in the 1930's. His book Spiritual Authority was spoken/written after his return to ministry in the late 1940's. Nee went thru serious changes while in ministerial exile. Types and shadows were then used when plain scripture was lacking. Lee also passed thru the same transition, initially during the January 1974 elders training and finalizing during the "New Way."
I think many of his points about the church being local were valid based on the NT. It still doesn't explain building a whole teaching whole cloth out of an OT typology of the Temple. IMO his use of inference on those two NT verses were incredibly weak and ultimately a misapplication.

I get that he might have been biased. But every time they "take the ground" they give a message on the Ground of the Church. How many times could he have done that before seeing the error in the doctrine? I guess I have more respect for WN's understanding than others do. I just can't imagine him not recognizing the error.
10-30-2017 10:23 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I can't tell you all the hours I spent praying over it. I honestly felt the Lord wanted me to do all I could to prevent it.

And so, me, a brother speaking about brotherly love, me, a brother that loved Christ and the Church, me, a brother that loved God and the Bible, me, a brother that loved Nee and Lee, me, a burning brother, got booted out for not accepting the MOTA Flow of Oneness.

That's right, in those days the MOTA doctrine came down from Anaheim as : "The Flow of Oneness."
You were a reformer. What you fought for was good. You fought for people, and their liberty in the Spirit.

Church history is filled with power-lusting Christian leaders who abused those who resisted.

Lee used his version of "THE TRUTH" to overcome the Bible's command to "put on love which binds us in perfect unity." (Col 3.14)

Here is another case where Lee assumed the Lord's rightful place. He identified his ministry with "the river of water of life proceeding from the throne of God." (Rev 22.1) What a deception! A publisher in CA became identified with the throne of God, and it was demanded of all the saints to be one with Lee himself, the so-called "Flow of Oneness."

THE living stream ministry. There was no other.
10-30-2017 09:51 AM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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And anyone that resists the "morphing" will be eliminated!
I didn't use that term back then, but that's exacting what I thought was happening when the MOTA thing came along : Morphing. Being a Bible thumper I termed it falling into Laodicea.

I can't tell you all the hours I spent praying over it. I honestly felt the Lord wanted me to do all I could to prevent it.

Fat chance. It was time that the rank and file fall in line under the one supreme leader.

I was reading books on oneness back then. I saw clearly that the ground of oneness wasn't living up to its claims.

I don't remember now which book it was, maybe "The Spirit of Love" but William Law pointed out, in a nutshell, that, we're all one in the Spirit but, it is brotherly love that works it out.

So I thought we were falling out of Philadelphia into Laodicea. I went around sharing what Law said about brotherly love. It fell on deaf ears.

Those were the days when we were to fall in line with the supreme leader. That's what it was all about.

And so, me, a brother speaking about brotherly love, me, a brother that loved Christ and the Church, me, a brother that loved God and the Bible, me, a brother that loved Nee and Lee, me, a burning brother, got booted out for not accepting the MOTA Flow of Oneness.

That's right, in those days the MOTA doctrine came down from Anaheim as : "The Flow of Oneness."

Weren't we standing on that already? That wasn't enough. And brotherly love wasn't enough. Now we had to declare brotherLee love too. And good burning brothers like me, and many others, were pushed off 'the ground of oneness' over the new ground of oneness : Witness Lee as the MOTA.

That wasn't just a little bit divisive. Now we weren't only one with all Christians in the city, we weren't even one with our own members.

And talk about divisive. I have it from good authority, from the brother that caused it, a early Elden Hall brother. A couple years or so after I left the Church in Ft. Lauderdale, they had a meeting that almost broke out into a fist fight over the MOTA.

The end result. Those loyal to the MOTA, around 40 of them, left and declared the ground in Boca Raton. And after 3 decades they are still there. All 40 of them, minus some that have passed. And last time I checked, the church in Ft. Lauderdale isn't list as a local church by LSM.

"The Flow of Oneness?" Bahahahahahaha
10-30-2017 08:59 AM
Ohio
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That is why it doesn't make sense to me. Nee was obviously an educated, intelligent man who knew how to expound the Bible. He taught that when you teach the word you have to discern between the black and white teaching and teachings based on types and shadows. Nee taught that you can't use types and shadows to build a teaching, only to support and develop a black and white teaching from the NT.

So then, how could the centerpiece of his ministry, the teaching he would have spent the most time speaking on and defending, how is this teaching based on types and shadows and inferences?
Nee was convinced, possibly by Chinese xenophobic sentiments, that the churches should be local, so-called Antioch style, based exclusively on Revelations chapters 2 and 3. This all changed in the end when Nee adopted the Jerusalem principle, with centralized authority over all LC's. Lee in the US also made the same transition, starting out with Antioch and ending with Jerusalem. Localism in today's LC's is merely a ruse.

Concerning the MOTA paradigm, Nee's book The Normal Christian Church Life was spoken/written by Nee before his excommunication in the 1930's. His book Spiritual Authority was spoken/written after his return to ministry in the late 1940's. Nee went thru serious changes while in ministerial exile. Types and shadows were then used when plain scripture was lacking. Lee also passed thru the same transition, initially during the January 1974 elders training and finalizing during the "New Way."
10-30-2017 08:33 AM
ZNPaaneah
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Possibly, but Nee's book was popular in the US long before Lee came, and LSM's furtive tactics were developed.
That is why it doesn't make sense to me. Nee was obviously an educated, intelligent man who knew how to expound the Bible. He taught that when you teach the word you have to discern between the black and white teaching and teachings based on types and shadows. Nee taught that you can't use types and shadows to build a teaching, only to support and develop a black and white teaching from the NT.

So then, how could the centerpiece of his ministry, the teaching he would have spent the most time speaking on and defending, how is this teaching based on types and shadows and inferences?
10-30-2017 08:22 AM
Ohio
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Like WL's messages I suppose WN's spoken messages were quite different from the edited written ones.
Possibly, but Nee's book was popular in the US long before Lee came, and LSM's furtive tactics were developed.
10-30-2017 08:21 AM
ZNPaaneah
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And this is exactly why the LC is not what it claims to be--at all. Over the years, it has morphed from an attempt at oneness into the affiliation of Witness Lee, and LC leaders have done everything to enforce this.
I don't think the evidence supports the idea that the "Ground of the Church" doctrine was ever an attempt at oneness. I think it was an attempt to get a monopoly on the saints and make merchandise of the saints.

Now I suppose you could think that WN and WL were naive enough to think it was scriptural, perhaps we'll never know for sure until the Lord's coming. But dismissive claims like Ohio just pointed out "who do you think you are, I was there" is the kind of argument devoid of any scriptural support that would expect from someone who knew it was bunk.
10-30-2017 08:19 AM
Ohio
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And this is exactly why the LC is not what it claims to be--at all. Over the years, it has morphed from an attempt at oneness into the affiliation of Witness Lee, and LC leaders have done everything to enforce this.
And anyone that resists the "morphing" will be eliminated!
10-30-2017 08:17 AM
ZNPaaneah
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This is exactly true.

The "Ground of Oneness" was explicitly defined by Nee's book The Normal Christian Church Life. Read that book.

It specifically states, in no uncertain terms, that nothing like a MOTA could exist, and anything like a MOTA would divide the church.

When Lee was asked about these glaring contradictions, he basically responded, "who do you think you are, I was there when Nee spoke those messages?"
Like WL's messages I suppose WN's spoken messages were quite different from the edited written ones.
10-30-2017 07:53 AM
Koinonia
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But, the real problem came when brothers were ousted from meeting with the church because they didn't accept the Lee-as-MOTA doctrine. That was a violation of the principle of the ground of oneness, the very principle upon which the local churches were supposed to be established. At that moment if not before the local churches became sectarian. Is Christ divided? Was Witness Lee crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Witness Lee?
And this is exactly why the LC is not what it claims to be--at all. Over the years, it has morphed from an attempt at oneness into the affiliation of Witness Lee, and LC leaders have done everything to enforce this.
10-30-2017 07:22 AM
Ohio
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But, the real problem came when brothers were ousted from meeting with the church because they didn't accept the Lee-as-MOTA doctrine. That was a violation of the principle of the ground of oneness, the very principle upon which the local churches were supposed to be established. At that moment if not before the local churches became sectarian. Is Christ divided? Was Witness Lee crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Witness Lee?
This is exactly true.

The "Ground of Oneness" was explicitly defined by Nee's book The Normal Christian Church Life. Read that book.

It specifically states, in no uncertain terms, that nothing like a MOTA could exist, and anything like a MOTA would divide the church.

When Lee was asked about these glaring contradictions, he basically responded, "who do you think you are, I was there when Nee spoke those messages?"
10-30-2017 07:20 AM
awareness
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“Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God’s Economy under the Proper Leadership in His Move” Chapter 1 Section 13 has quotes of Witness Lee on ministers of the age, the ministry of the age, and its leader.... clearly himself.

https://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?n
It must be me again. For me chapter 1 only goes up to section 10.
10-30-2017 07:17 AM
zeek
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I was also told specifically when working with LSM to edit transcripts that Ben McPherson and others in that work would specifically edit out comments made by WL that were not appropriate for the written ministry. However, I am unable to fulfill Drake's request for a specific example of editing out comments by WL that he was the MOTA because I do not have any audio or video tapes of messages.

I remember specifically during the Ephesians training WL talked about how we were all "apostles" and "prophets". If we speak for God then we are a prophet. If we are sent to speak to a person, then we are an apostle. In that context he was referred to as "The Apostle" by many, and frequently after that the label stuck.
Yes, there were significant changes made to the written transcriptions of WL's videotaped messages particularly when he spoke about controversial topics like his conception of the Triune God, inflammatory rhetoric against Christianity or himself as the MOTA. I'm fairly certain that Ron Kangas would have been a regular participant in those editing sessions from the time of the life studies on.
10-30-2017 05:58 AM
ZNPaaneah
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I'm not going to tear down what Ron Kangas and others are doing. But, don't deceive yourselves into thinking that the realization that Witness Lee was the unique minister of the age was something that dawned independently in the minds of people in the local churches. No. He explicitly claimed the mantle of MOTA in messages that were shared among the brothers, I being one of them. That's a fact that has been suppressed. Why?

But, the real problem came when brothers were ousted from meeting with the church because they didn't accept the Lee-as-MOTA doctrine. That was a violation of the principle of the ground of oneness, the very principle upon which the local churches were supposed to be established. At that moment if not before the local churches became sectarian. Is Christ divided? Was Witness Lee crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Witness Lee?

If the leaders have ever acknowledged their error in making belief in Lee as MOTA a condition of fellowship, I am unaware of it. Instead, I read of their quarantine of other speakers and churches, and their setting up LSM as their sole sanctioned publisher and suing Christians who disagree with them. Where's the oneness?
I agree with this. I was told specifically by Joe Davis (elder in Houston and now a BB) that "we" do not teach anything other than what WL teaches. It does not matter if it is true or not, if WL doesn't teach it we don't.

I also heard Ray Graver repeatedly teach that WL was the MOTA with a wink of the eye as though this was some secret understanding that those in the know had.

I was also told specifically when working with LSM to edit transcripts that Ben McPherson and others in that work would specifically edit out comments made by WL that were not appropriate for the written ministry. However, I am unable to fulfill Drake's request for a specific example of editing out comments by WL that he was the MOTA because I do not have any audio or video tapes of messages.

I remember specifically during the Ephesians training WL talked about how we were all "apostles" and "prophets". If we speak for God then we are a prophet. If we are sent to speak to a person, then we are an apostle. In that context he was referred to as "The Apostle" by many, and frequently after that the label stuck.
10-30-2017 05:51 AM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

I'm not going to tear down what Ron Kangas and others are doing. But, don't deceive yourselves into thinking that the realization that Witness Lee was the unique minister of the age was something that dawned independently in the minds of people in the local churches. No. He explicitly claimed the mantle of MOTA in messages that were shared among the brothers, I being one of them. That's a fact that has been suppressed. Why?

But, the real problem came when brothers were ousted from meeting with the church because they didn't accept the Lee-as-MOTA doctrine. That was a violation of the principle of the ground of oneness, the very principle upon which the local churches were supposed to be established. At that moment if not before the local churches became sectarian. Is Christ divided? Was Witness Lee crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Witness Lee?

If the leaders have ever acknowledged their error in making belief in Lee as MOTA a condition of fellowship, I am unaware of it. Instead, I read of their quarantine of other speakers and churches, and their setting up LSM as their sole sanctioned publisher and of continuing to sue Christians who disagree with them. So, I ask simply, where's the oneness?
10-30-2017 05:42 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Nope. You won't hear that from Kangas. Nee and Lee are saints to him ... at least that's his public persona.
Apparently we won't hear from Drake either.
10-30-2017 03:21 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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“Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God’s Economy under the Proper Leadership in His Move” Chapter 1 Section 13 has quotes of Witness Lee on ministers of the age, the ministry of the age, and its leader.... clearly himself.

https://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?n
Anyone else have trouble navigating LSM's online library?

Every time I clicked on the link, I ended up in a new location.

Using their search engine provided more frustration.
10-29-2017 11:23 PM
JJ
Re: Smoking Gun?

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JJ

Your links are to the search page so we cannot see your reference.

Just cite the book name and chapter ... or if online the section so we can read it and understand what you are referring to. We probably already discussed the Nee reference but missing a reference from a Brother Lee.

Thanks
Drake
“Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God’s Economy under the Proper Leadership in His Move” Chapter 1 Section 13 has quotes of Witness Lee on ministers of the age, the ministry of the age, and its leader.... clearly himself.

https://www.ministrybooks.org/books.cfm?n
10-29-2017 09:09 PM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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So this means the MOTA is a mediator between us and God so that we could know God's word. Once again, denying Christ who bought us with His blood and according to the NT is the only mediator between God and man.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.


The apostle Paul was not a mediator, he was "ordained a preacher". Why is it that WN and WL have to claim some special status above Paul? Why doesn't Drake respond to post #223 and clear up this mess?

Once again, this is a damnable heresy which denies the Lord who redeemed us.
"Come out of her my people."

Look, they've got a full package. And they are hermetically seal in a Lee bubble. Their message sounds good.

I got caught by it. And it was good, until the MOTA thing came down from Anaheim. The MOTA thing went against everything I had learned from Nee and Lee concerning the autonomous ground of the church..

Suddenly the autonomy vanished. And Lee's Recovery recovered the Old Testament way of organizing ; the Moses down kind of system. Cuz the MOTA is God's mouthpiece, so he's the Moses/Pope figure.

When I was getting nail for objecting to the MOTA pitch that's what I told the elder. I said, "well then this is like the Catholic church, and Lee is the Pope." His response was, "This is the way of Life."

Then he hit me with, "If you want to stay in the church you've got to take my personality is your own ... yada yada" ; giving me an ultimatum that's impossible to keep, going way beyond demanding that I accept Lee as the MOTA. Is that really Life?

No, it's an undeniable cult. But that's not what made me see that the local church is a cult. It was the crazy insane fist pumping meeting a week before I got nailed. That's another story. But bro Zeek was there, he saw it too. And many others that I'm still in touch with today. But they didn't get nailed like me. They weren't given an impossible ultimatum. Still, today, they claim that they were in a cult, a personality cult ... with Lee as the Personality -- the one and only MOTA.

Oh, and, let's not forget bro Nee. Who would have been the MOTA if he hadn't ripped off the government, and dallied with sisters and brothels. He certainly wasn't martyred for Jesus. Nee pulled a David, and maybe still had a heart for God, but like David, payed the price, and lost his MOTA status. So Lee stepped in.

But you won't hear that from Kangas. He stayed loyal to Lee even when Lee didn't do anything about Philip's philandering, who was just acting like what he saw out of the then MOTA, Watchman Nee. If Nee can be excused, and even exulted, I guess Philip can be to ... is what Kangas had to think. And don't think for a minute that Kangas didn't know about Philip, and Nee.

Nope. You won't hear that from Kangas. Nee and Lee are saints to him ... at least that's his public persona.
10-29-2017 06:20 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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And also. What the special vision is, is not the Ground of the Church. No, no, no. maybe I don't read you correctly, but .... LISTEN UP .... The vision, this most wonderful of all visions is -- drum roll -- that there's a minister in every age. Did you get that bro ZNP?

The minister of the age -- I paraphrase Kangas -- ministers Gods' Word. How can we know Gods' words if we don't have a minister of God's Word?, Kangas more or less says.
So this means the MOTA is a mediator between us and God so that we could know God's word. Once again, denying Christ who bought us with His blood and according to the NT is the only mediator between God and man.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.


The apostle Paul was not a mediator, he was "ordained a preacher". Why is it that WN and WL have to claim some special status above Paul? Why doesn't Drake respond to post #223 and clear up this mess?

Once again, this is a damnable heresy which denies the Lord who redeemed us.
10-29-2017 06:10 PM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Now Drake uses these verses to justify separating from other Christians over the doctrine that WL was the Minister of this recent age commissioned to release the truth concerning the Ground of the Church.
There was much in your post I could respond to. But writing books isn't conducive on forums. So I selected the above.

First correction. I've been rewinding Kangas, looking for something in particular. More on that, when I find it. I'm presently paused at Kangas saying "Nee and Lee are the ministers of this age." The correction was just adding Nee to your statement, according to Kangas.

And also. What the special vision is, is not the Ground of the Church. No, no, no. maybe I don't read you correctly, but .... LISTEN UP .... The vision, this most wonderful of all visions is -- drum roll -- that there's a minister in every age. Did you get that bro ZNP?

The minister of the age -- I paraphrase Kangas -- ministers Gods' Word. How can we know Gods' words if we don't have a minister of God's Word?, Kangas more or less says.

The problem with Kangas, and Nee and Lee too, is they don't practice what they preach (more, specifically, on that when I find what I'm looking for).

Well sort of. Some of what they preach they do practice. And I don't even know about that.

Kangas says that both Nee and Lee are the minister of this age. But they are gone. So looking at what they have today,we have, ministers such as Kangas, that are not the minister of the age, and not a minister of Gods' Word -- not like Nee and Lee -- but a minister of Nee's and Lee's word ... or plainly, a minister of Nee and Lee? Forgive the crudeness, but, another way of saying it is, we have today used Nee & Lee salesmen. Kangas just didn't wear the customary used car salesman plaid jacket ... then he'd be honest.

This minister of the age thing is confusing. What's an age? But the out come is not confusing. The outcome is being followers of men. The MOTA doctrine completely negates Christ, The Comforter, and the priesthood of all the saints. It creates robots ; in this case, with Nee & Lee algorithms in the wiring in the heads of their followers.

Kangas even says it, that, ministers of the age get special messages from God (like Nee and Lee got about the MOTA). So this MOTA doctrine is God's special message for this age ... and this great MOTA doctrine is proof it?

In the end the MOTA doctrine means, follow Nee and Lee, and us to, cuz we're God's shill for Nee and Lee, who were Ministers of Gods' Word in this age. It's very circular type of evidence ; the MOTA proves the MOTA doctrine.

No one knows this, Kangas says, only Nee and Lee, and now them, as he sings their praises, with constant adulation rolling from his smooth well honed tongue. This is nothing new. The Roman Catholic church declared they were the one and only intermediary to God 1700 years ago.

Don't fall for it. Don't fall for the MOTA doctrine ... well unless you want to be followers of men, and not oof Christ himself directly. Maybe it is true, that, not all of us can be taught all things from the Comforter, but only special ones, like two China men.

Maybe milk drinkers need a MOTA. But not all of us, and certainly not me. To each his or her own. But as far as God having a minister in every age? That's not a doctrine well developed in the scripture. If it was all that profound it would have been spelled out as such. Nee and Lee just cooked that one up on their own What was that Lee said about T. Austin Sparks?

And as far as it being divisive. How can it be anything else when they claim that they're the only ones with God's speaking, that all other followers of the Lord don't have. WOW!!!

I guess those China men were use to authoritarian leadership, and plugged it right into their movement.

And finally, the MOTA doctrine smacks of a personality cult, that and the exclusivity of the darn thing, and the hierarchy & centralized control it produces ... all red-flag indicators of a cult.
10-29-2017 04:45 PM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Least,

It is more than clear that God raises up leaders in every age to carry out His will in that time and place. Call them whatever you like but don’t reject the biblical and historical record.

Drake
I do not reject biblical record. At least I do not call Joshua of biblical record as Moses of biblical record.

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10-29-2017 11:43 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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That said (above post), LSM MOTA is not biblical.
Least,

It is more than clear that God raises up leaders in every age to carry out His will in that time and place. Call them whatever you like but don’t reject the biblical and historical record.

Drake
10-29-2017 11:37 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by ZNPaaneah View Post
It was edited out at the time of the printing. Yes, if you have video tapes or audio tapes you would have heard extensive teaching on this, but the leaders knew that this was "the smoking gun" that would tie them to damnable heresies, hence it was edited out of their written work. These books often took six moths to become available so many people were unaware of the editing process taking place.
Well, give an example where this occurred.

Let’s have a look.

Drake
10-29-2017 11:35 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Koinonia >”And (here) is the outline for that message. The outline clearly says that WN and WL are "ministers of the present age." The outline carefully avoids using the specific phrase "the minster(s) of the age," although Kangas says it a number of times in his message. (Good thing we have video, right, Drake?)”

Of course I agree that they were “ministers of the present age”

Have not been saying anything different.

Drake
10-29-2017 11:33 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Thanks least. Maybe it's me but I can't find anything about either Minister of the Age, or Ministers, on their ministrybooks.org. How come?
It was edited out at the time of the printing. Yes, if you have video tapes or audio tapes you would have heard extensive teaching on this, but the leaders knew that this was "the smoking gun" that would tie them to damnable heresies, hence it was edited out of their written work. These books often took six moths to become available so many people were unaware of the editing process taking place.

Even Drake agreed that this doctrine is divisive and that it would be unreasonable to think that all Christians worldwide would accept it. But he justified this with verses in the Gospel where Jesus says that if you refuse to confess Him in this age then He'll deny you at the judgement seat, likewise if you do confess Him in this age Jesus will testify concerning you in the coming age. Based on this context He continues saying that He understood taking a stand for Jesus would cause dissension in the family. Finally, He concludes that if you love fathers or sons more than Him you aren't worthy of Him.

Now Drake uses these verses to justify separating from other Christians over the doctrine that WL was the Minister of this recent age commissioned to release the truth concerning the Ground of the Church.

To my understanding this doctrine is a case of "loving WL and WN" more than the Lord. Dividing themselves from other Christians over something other than Jesus Christ indicates to me they aren't worthy of Jesus. That is how I read these verses. I am still waiting for Drake to respond to post #223 and give us his spin.
10-29-2017 09:58 AM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Correction to above post by me.
Ministers Of The Age, according to Ron Kangas, are WN and WL. He said as the Lord is coming soon, there will not be another minister of the age.

WL is not outdated MOTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW3RwQgTCgc
Yes, Witness Lee is still their MOTA.

Thanks for the link to Kangas, I think. As I've stated before his voice now rubs me the wrong way.

But I noticed, Kangas is now looking like his hero, Lee. And he sometimes pronounces words like Lee. He says thay aren't Leeites, while they're all Leeites, without a doubt. He says when he met Lee there was no self ... and then this person with no self becomes the MOTA ... a self as big as God (a God complex). Laughable.

So I guess there's no doubt that they are still teaching their MOTA doctrine ... with a slight change : An "s". That way today, with the Blenders, there are Minister"s" of the Age.

All of this is laughable. I pity those trapped in it. May the Lord wake them up. We should stand outside this conference calling out, "Come out of her."

And Kangas is a complete disappointment to me. Out of worship to Lee -- "he impacted my being" -- he has compromised all the convictions I thought he held back when he was the lead elder in the c. in Detroit. I thought I knew him. I was wrong.
10-29-2017 08:51 AM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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And (here) is the outline for that message. The outline clearly says that WN and WL are "ministers of the present age." The outline carefully avoids using the specific phrase "the minster(s) of the age," although Kangas says it a number of times in his message. (Good thing we have video, right, Drake?)
No Koinonia, the outline clearly said that WN and WL WERE ministers of the present age.
Point 1B. Luther was a minister of his age, and Darby was a minister of his age; Brother Nee and Brother Lee were ministers of the present age.
The Age is 'present'. The Brothers 'were' ministers of the present age.
No definition of 'present age' - when begins when ends

Ron K in his speaking said "we are still under, we are still with, the ministers of this age."
His saviour is alive and living and his saviour said 'I will build my church' but he leads his congregation to be under and with dead men!
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10-29-2017 08:07 AM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

Here's a tiny bit of bbq sauce on the chicken skin.

Ron Kangas' speaking extract -
For when we are under the killing of the Lord’s death, His resurrection life is imparted thro us into others. In bro. Lee’s ministry a very touching illustration, is drawn from Joshua. The people of Israel are about to cross the Jordan, the priests are carrying the ark, and the word they get from
God through Moses, “put your foot down”. Soon as they stepped in, the water stopped. And they stood in that region of death, holding the ark until all the people have passed over. That’s ministry. That’s the ministry of the age. And for Bro. Nee, that standing in the Jordan took the form of 20 years of imprisonment. … It will take eternity I believe to manifest what kind of life was released into the body, by that faithful priest standing there.
… He (bro. Lee) ministered for another 25 years, standing in the realm of death, without self-pity, without wanting sympathy, without giving any indication of what is going on, so that life could flow in us. How can we know thank the Lord for such a persons? We know what kind of man they were among us for our sakes.

I think this bbq sauce has weird ingredients. Moses died in Joshua chapter one and in Ron K's chapter three book of Joshua 'and the word they get from
God through Moses?, “put your foot down”'
See, they listed MOTA as Moses, ..., Noah, ... And to place their LSM MOTA in the list, his head has Moses and not Joshua. But he failed to equate WN to Moses in this illustration. He equated WN to the faithful priests who put their foot down in the water, standing there.
More weird - It will take eternity I (Ron K) believe to manifest what kind of life was released into the body, by that faithful priest (WN) standing there.

Ron Kangas definition of MOTA - ministry of the age
And they stood in that region of death, holding the ark until all the people have passed over. That’s ministry. That’s the ministry of the age.

Find the 'Blended LSM chicken' Awareness. could be a SURPRISE !!!!
Very weird chicken.

Sorry. I have to apologise again. This thread is 'smoking gun' not 'weird chicken'.
10-29-2017 07:35 AM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

Here's a link for Awareness

http://www.afaithfulword.org/article...yMinister.html

The Vision of the Age, the Ministry of the Age, and the Minister of the Age
10-29-2017 07:31 AM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Thanks least. Maybe it's me but I can't find anything about either Minister of the Age, or Ministers, on their ministrybooks.org. How come?
haha Awareness, It's you. You have not bought and read hundreds of thousands of pages of LSM publications that's why you can't find 'minister of the age' and/or 'ministers of the age'.
Remember a recording of a LSM sales bro. promoting LSM books? According to him you are only licking the bbq sauce on the chicken skin. You have not get in enough into the LSM publications to get to eat the 'Blended LSM chicken'. LOL

Koinonia's post has a link to a PDF outline of the June 2017 conference message. I posted a link of Ron Kangas video on youtube.

Good luck.
10-29-2017 06:44 AM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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2.) In a FB post dated Sept.
2017 SoCal Blending Conference
“The Vision of the Age”,
“The Ministry of the Age”, and
“The Ministers of the Age”.
Thanks least. Maybe it's me but I can't find anything about either Minister of the Age, or Ministers, on their ministrybooks.org. How come?
10-29-2017 06:10 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by least View Post
Correction to above post by me.
Ministers Of The Age, according to Ron Kangas, are WN and WL. He said as the Lord is coming soon, there will not be another minister of the age.

WL is not outdated MOTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW3RwQgTCgc
And (here) is the outline for that message. The outline clearly says that WN and WL are "ministers of the present age." The outline carefully avoids using the specific phrase "the minster(s) of the age," although Kangas says it a number of times in his message. (Good thing we have video, right, Drake?)

It's crazy that LC leaders and members consider this stuff to be edifying. It is truly crazy that they hold an annual regional conference for members in Southern California, and this is what they choose to share.
10-29-2017 04:49 AM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by least View Post
Correction to above post by me.
Ministers Of The Age, according to Ron Kangas, are WN and WL. He said as the Lord is coming soon, there will not be another minister of the age.

WL is not outdated MOTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW3RwQgTCgc
That said (above post), LSM MOTA is not biblical.
10-29-2017 04:46 AM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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1.) LSM owns copyright to Lee's works, LSM gets the monies from selling Lee's works (in print or digital version); but LSM the publisher has no right to edit/alter the dead author's works. Lee is dead. Similarly applied to Nee's work (but I don't know how much copyright LSM has over Nee's work). There are others publishing Nee’s writings. None has the right to edit/alter Nee’s writings except Nee himself. Nee is dead.

2.) In a FB post dated Sept.
2017 SoCal Blending Conference
“The Vision of the Age”,
“The Ministry of the Age”, and
“The Ministers of the Age”.

If now is the LSM time of the ministers (plural) of the age, and no longer the time of the minister (singular) of the age, as MOTA now stands for Ministry Of The Age and Ministers Of The Age (according to LSM); I pity the one who is fighting so hard to defend the MOTA (as if is defending his beloved Bro. Lee, which previously LSM promoted to be the minister of the age of the ministry of the age).

MOTA - Ministry Of The Age
MOTA - Minister Of The Age (had been LSM promoted WL, outdated in 2017)
MOTA - Ministers Of The Age (newest LSM/LC flow. If you don't know, pay the LSM blended brothers to tell you in their hundreds of thousands of pages publications and training sessions and conferences.)
Read LSM, listen to LSM. Pay LSM. ONLY LSM. To get the vision of the age.

If anyone wants to walk with Christ, know Him and make Him known, then read the Bible and listen to God's dear son. By oneself and together with the ones who read the Bible and listen to God's dear son.
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Correction to above post by me.
Ministers Of The Age, according to Ron Kangas, are WN and WL. He said as the Lord is coming soon, there will not be another minister of the age.

WL is not outdated MOTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW3RwQgTCgc
10-28-2017 10:56 PM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

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LSM & Co. don't hold to the MOTA doctrine any longer. In fact, I heard they are scrubbing any reference to it from all Lee publications.
But of course. If Lee was the MOTA, if the Lord has a minister in every age, who is it now? No one. If the MOTA doctrine was/is something God has been doing, according to them, now God has changed His mind and plan, and no longer has a MOTA.
As a result LSM & Co. can no longer teach the MOTA doctrine. That's why they are working to remove it from all Lee publications.
Now they are pushing the Blended Brother's doctrine. Cuz now God is doing the Blended thing. Haha ... Just who do they think they are fooling? First they say -- from Nee by the way -- God has a MOTA, and now, after Nee and Lee are gone, God no longer has a MOTA. Haha again. What a joke!
How can any except the most gullible and credulous buy into it? Maybe they don't know about or admit to the MOTA doctrine taught by Nee and Lee. That's possible. And even more possible if Kangas removes all references to it from both LSM Nee and Lee documentation. I think that cat is already out of the bag. Ya can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. Because they've been unable to keep a lid on The One Publication, at least not all Nee docs can be scrubbed. Kangas can, however, scrub it from all Lee publications, since Lee is LSM's exclusive domain.
1.) LSM owns copyright to Lee's works, LSM gets the monies from selling Lee's works (in print or digital version); but LSM the publisher has no right to edit/alter the dead author's works. Lee is dead. Similarly applied to Nee's work (but I don't know how much copyright LSM has over Nee's work). There are others publishing Nee’s writings. None has the right to edit/alter Nee’s writings except Nee himself. Nee is dead.

2.) In a FB post dated Sept.
2017 SoCal Blending Conference
“The Vision of the Age”,
“The Ministry of the Age”, and
“The Ministers of the Age”.

If now is the LSM time of the ministers (plural) of the age, and no longer the time of the minister (singular) of the age, as MOTA now stands for Ministry Of The Age and Ministers Of The Age (according to LSM); I pity the one who is fighting so hard to defend the MOTA (as if is defending his beloved Bro. Lee, which previously LSM promoted to be the minister of the age of the ministry of the age).

MOTA - Ministry Of The Age
MOTA - Minister Of The Age (had been LSM promoted WL, outdated in 2017)
MOTA - Ministers Of The Age (newest LSM/LC flow. If you don't know, pay the LSM blended brothers to tell you in their hundreds of thousands of pages publications and training sessions and conferences.)
Read LSM, listen to LSM. Pay LSM. ONLY LSM. To get the vision of the age.

If anyone wants to walk with Christ, know Him and make Him known, then read the Bible and listen to God's dear son. By oneself and together with the ones who read the Bible and listen to God's dear son.
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10-28-2017 06:26 PM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by ZNPaaneah View Post
Points of agreement.

In order to receive the teaching that Witness Lee is the Minister of the Age you must also agree with the teaching concerning the Ministry of the Age and that in this age that ministry is the release of the truth concerning “the Ground of the Church”.

We also agree that this is a divisive issue, that not all Christians would accept this. However, there is the issue that the Lord said following him would be divisive. Families would be split, etc.

The verses you are referring to are here:

“32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”


So if you apply these verses to justify the MOTA doctrine you are saying that this truth is equivalent to confessing Jesus or denying Jesus! Is this what you are saying or would you like to tweek that a little? Using these verses to justify MOTA on this forum is similar to hitting a hornets nest with a baseball bat.

It seems to me that verse 37 absolutely condemns the MOTA doctrine and therefore it demonstrates that the MOTA doctrine is equivalent to denying Christ before men.
LSM & Co. don't hold to the MOTA doctrine any longer. In fact, I heard they are scrubbing any reference to it from all Lee publications.

But of course. If Lee was the MOTA, if the Lord has a minister in every age, who is it now? No one. If the MOTA doctrine was/is something God has been doing, according to them, now God has changed His mind and plan, and no longer has a MOTA.

As a result LSM & Co. can no longer teach the MOTA doctrine. That's why they are working to remove it from all Lee publications.

Now they are pushing the Blended Brother's doctrine. Cuz now God is doing the Blended thing. Haha ... Just who do they think they are fooling? First they say -- from Nee by the way -- God has a MOTA, and now, after Nee and Lee are gone, God no longer has a MOTA. Haha again. What a joke!

How can any except the most gullible and credulous buy into it? Maybe they don't know about or admit to the MOTA doctrine taught by Nee and Lee. That's possible. And even more possible if Kangas removes all references to it from both LSM Nee and Lee documentation. I think that cat is already out of the bag. Ya can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. Because they've been unable to keep a lid on The One Publication, at least not all Nee docs can be scrubbed. Kangas can, however, scrub it from all Lee publications, since Lee is LSM's exclusive domain.

(P.S. - I remember when I first heard of the Blended Brothers I busted out laughing. How can anyone that was in the LC during the MOTA doctrine days still stay in when the Blended Brothers were introduced? I got the boot over disagreeing with the MOTA doctrine. So no one can tell me there wasn't a MOTA doctrine coming down from Anaheim. It turned me off to Lee, and resulted in one of the best things that ever happened in my life : me leaving the LC. Amen Lord. Thank you Jesus. Hallelujah!!!)
10-28-2017 02:26 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Absolutely Moses could be considered the MOTA, The Minister of The Age of the LAW, which btw Paul called the Ministry of Condemnation.

BUT ... Moses was a type of Christ, building God's house. (Hebrews 3)

For Nee and Lee to use Moses as a type of some N.T. MOTA is a perverted teaching acc. to Paul (Acts 20.30), and a destructive heresy acc. to Peter (2 Peter 2.1)
Moses even prophesied that the Christ would be a prophet "like him". The use of Moses as a type of Christ is absolutely undeniable. Appropriating this type for Watchman Nee and Witness Lee is a damnable heresy.
10-28-2017 02:24 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Is that a thing?
Obviously not, otherwise you would have already been targeted.
10-28-2017 02:19 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

Points of agreement.

In order to receive the teaching that Witness Lee is the Minister of the Age you must also agree with the teaching concerning the Ministry of the Age and that in this age that ministry is the release of the truth concerning “the Ground of the Church”.

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ZNP>”This is another issue I have with this doctrine, it is divisive. It is not reasonable to think all Christians would accept those two points as being true. This is just another example of how this doctrine denies Jesus who redeemed us. The only requirement for you to meet in oneness with the church is that you have been redeemed by Jesus, but now you add this whole Ministry of the Age doctrine which you must receive to receive that WL was the Minister of the Age, which you must receive to accept that he is "the apostle" who appoints elders and takes the lead in this ministry.”

I recall the Lord saying something to the effect of bringing in a dividing. For instance, many through their believing in the Lord Jesus and becoming christians divided their personal relationships with unbelieving loved ones yet they must be faithful to the Lords revealing Himself to them as their Savior. In the same principle, those who follow the call for the oneness of the believers may cause a similar unprovoked division. Yet, they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them concerning the practical oneness of the believers even if it appears to be creating a division. If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful.

Drake
We also agree that this is a divisive issue, that not all Christians would accept this. However, there is the issue that the Lord said following him would be divisive. Families would be split, etc.

The verses you are referring to are here:

“32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”


So if you apply these verses to justify the MOTA doctrine you are saying that this truth is equivalent to confessing Jesus or denying Jesus! Is this what you are saying or would you like to tweek that a little? Using these verses to justify MOTA on this forum is similar to hitting a hornets nest with a baseball bat.

It seems to me that verse 37 absolutely condemns the MOTA doctrine and therefore it demonstrates that the MOTA doctrine is equivalent to denying Christ before men.
10-28-2017 09:58 AM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake
Neither am I part of an FTTA hit squad
Is that a thing?
10-28-2017 09:57 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Nml,

Let’s drop the term MOTA for a round because it has been morphed by detractors into loaded term to mean something like an office in the church..... far from its original and intended meaning when mentioned by Brother Nee.

You say that Gods using of a unique leader in a particular time and place is extra-biblical. Yet, the biblical record really conveys that Moses, for instance, was God’s unique oracle, or mouthpiece, in his time. Would you agree that at least in that one case Moses was the unique leader in that age? If not, then who else?

Drake
Absolutely Moses could be considered the MOTA, The Minister of The Age of the LAW, which btw Paul called the Ministry of Condemnation.

BUT ... Moses was a type of Christ, building God's house. (Hebrews 3)

For Nee and Lee to use Moses as a type of some N.T. MOTA is a perverted teaching acc. to Paul (Acts 20.30), and a destructive heresy acc. to Peter (2 Peter 2.1)
10-28-2017 09:31 AM
awareness
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Nml,

Let’s drop the term MOTA for a round because it has been morphed by detractors into loaded term to mean something like an office in the church..... far from its original and intended meaning when mentioned by Brother Nee.

You say that Gods using of a unique leader in a particular time and place is extra-biblical. Yet, the biblical record really conveys that Moses, for instance, was God’s unique oracle, or mouthpiece, in his time. Would you agree that at least in that one case Moses was the unique leader in that age? If not, then who else?

Drake
But that was before the resurrected Jesus, and the comforter. If we need a MOTA today God gave us the vicar of Christ, Pope Francis.
10-28-2017 08:47 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by JJ View Post
Watchman Nee talks about ministers of the age: https://www.ministrybooks.org/Search...?id=0C1EC5E0D0
Witness Lee talks about ministers of the age: https://www.ministrybooks.org/Search...?id=031ECEEDD3
JJ

Your links are to the search page so we cannot see your reference.

Just cite the book name and chapter ... or if online the section so we can read it and understand what you are referring to. We probably already discussed the Nee reference but missing a reference from a Brother Lee.

Thanks
Drake
10-28-2017 07:17 AM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

Apparently Living Stream Ministry has redacted Witness Lee's claims of being the Minister of the Age from the online record. It's a cover-up.

Witness Lee explicitly and repeatedly taught that in every age God raises up one man to be the minister of that age and he claimed that he was that man in the age he lived. In the Church in Fort Lauderdale where I had "migrated" with other saints from Detroit in what Witness Lee called a "consolidation" brothers were ejected from fellowship for publicly rejecting the Lee as MOTA doctrine.

During the 70s and 80s Lee sought an heir to take over his position as MOTA when he passed, but he couldn't find a suitable candidate . So, in the '90s he hit on the notion of the Blended Brothers to do the job. Of course, that idea negates the idea of the one man MOTA in every age. But Lee never let logical contradiction get in his way.

Ron Kangas knows this. He knows me. I was a brother under his authority in the Church in Detroit. He knows this is a cover-up. I suppose he justifies it in his mind as being for the greater good of God's eternal purpose. But, ask yourself, would God require us to lie?
10-28-2017 12:01 AM
JJ
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Still, I thought maybe I missed something and wanted to see if anyone anywhere at anytime or anyplace ever heard Brother Lee use the term or acronym.
So far, the silence is deafening.
Im not playing games Koinonia. I think you and others are. Let’s just put the facts on the table and then we can decide what to think.
Watchman Nee talks about ministers of the age: https://www.ministrybooks.org/Search...?id=0C1EC5E0D0
Witness Lee talks about ministers of the age: https://www.ministrybooks.org/Search...?id=031ECEEDD3

How else is one to take these statements? I was there when Witness Lee spoke what is in this message, and for many years afterward to see what morphed into “The Minister of the Age” cited openly of Witness Lee by today’s Blended Brothers. It was very clear, while not plainly spoken concerning themselves as “the Minister of the Age”, they clearly considered themselves as equal to David, Noah, Martin Luther, and J.N. Darby, who they said were ministers of their age.
10-27-2017 08:27 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

Drake, nice try, but more games. You are good at it.

In your post #187, you associate the practice of the oneness of believers with Witness Lee as the "minister of the age." Why? How are they related?

And why do you go to such lengths to avoid answering that question?
10-27-2017 06:19 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Drake, Let me make it very clear:
In #182, ZNP wrote: In #187, you responded: In #188, I asked you: In #200, you responded: In #204, I responded: In #207, you responded: I am going to say again--what you wrote in your post #167 is unrelated. In #187, you appear to equate the practice of the oneness of believers with Witness Lee being the "minister of the age."

How are those two things related?
Koinonia,

Here’s one last try at this okay? If this doesn’t appease your angst then I got nothing more for you.

I believe that God raises up leaders whenever He does something.. I agree with Brother Nees use of the term minister of the age. Other terms like this I also have no objection to. You asked and those have been my replies. No games.

However, I don’t agree with “Minister of the Age” or MOTA as used in this forum now as its definition morphed into something like POTUS, an office, only in the church. It struck me that I never recalled hearing Brother Lee use the terms so I asked for a reference. None ever came. Kerry refuted Nigel’s many ministers argument and we can disagree on how Nigel and others were motivated. Frankly, I don’t care why, but I do care that this term with its new definition is used as a whip on Brother Lee when he never used it himself, Brother Nee never used it the way you use it here, and neither did Kerry refer to it as some sort of office like it is done here. Those were the thoughts I shared in 167 and nearby.

Now your badgering about 187 ..... it has nothing to do with 167. In 187 I was answering ZNPs comment about division created by teaching oneness. Your tendency to interject yourself in every conversation is where the confusion lies. You could have simply springboarded off of 167 with your own set of responses based on that well thought response I gave you and I would gladly have engaged you. I think you will find that a more effective way to communicate than to jump from post to post and expect me to tie every response I give to someone else back to something I said to you.

No games, no obfuscation, no nuthin like that.

Thanks
Drake
10-27-2017 06:06 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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First one was when someone made the outrageous statement that Witness Lee was our Head. That comment violated the headship of Christ and I became very concerned for the one who made the statement. Yet, I hoped that the statement was made in ignorance and not a conscious fabrication as the latter is blasphemy. Still, I wondered what might mislead a person’s thinking in ignorance that the brothers and sisters in the local churches even had that thought.
Drake,

I am indeed very concerned about this as well. As another member stated, "And you are concerned that one of the posters thought that Lee wanted to be the head of all the LC's? Listen to all of the witnesses. Listen to all of the facts of history."

In the Lord's Recovery the flow comes from the LSM which is still relying on the words of Witness Lee. This is clear, and very concerning indeed.

As always, I pray for your deliverance and hope that you soon come to the truth. Our days are numbered in this fleeting life. The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
10-27-2017 05:03 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Koinonia,
You are engaging in a skeet shooting exercise. I post and you shoot. Frankly, for that reason I can’t keep track of what you are asking about.
Post 167 was my thoughtful and considerate reply to your direct request for an explanation. If you want to have a brotherly dialogue I am happy to do that with you. If you prefer to engage in some other exercise then you have the freedom in this forum to do that too. However, you don’t need my participation to do that.
Drake,

Let me make it very clear:

In #182, ZNP wrote:

Quote:
Fair enough, in order to accept that Witness Lee is the "Minister of the Age" requires that you both agree that there is such a thing as "the Ministry of the Age" as defined by LSM and that in this age this ministry involves the release of the truth concerning "the ground of the church" again defined by LSM.

This is another issue I have with this doctrine, it is divisive. It is not reasonable to think all Christians would accept those two points as being true. This is just another example of how this doctrine denies Jesus who redeemed us. The only requirement for you to meet in oneness with the church is that you have been redeemed by Jesus, but now you add this whole Ministry of the Age doctrine which you must receive to receive that WL was the Minister of the Age, which you must receive to accept that he is "the apostle" who appoints elders and takes the lead in this ministry.
In #187, you responded:

Quote:
I recall the Lord saying something to the effect of bringing in a dividing. For instance, many through their believing in the Lord Jesus and becoming christians divided their personal relationships with unbelieving loved ones yet they must be faithful to the Lords revealing Himself to them as their Savior. In the same principle, those who follow the call for the oneness of the believers may cause a similar unprovoked division. Yet, they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them concerning the practical oneness of the believers even if it appears to be creating a division. If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful.

Drake
In #188, I asked you:

Quote:
What does any of this have to do with Witness Lee being the "minister of the age"?
In #200, you responded:

Quote:
My point was articulated in post 167... in detail.

What can I clarify for you there?

Drake
In #204, I responded:

Quote:
What you wrote in #167 is unrelated. In #187 you appear to be connecting the practice of the oneness of believers with Witness Lee as "minister of the age." I asked what the one had to do with the other. Please stop playing games.
In #207, you responded:

Quote:
Koinonia,

You are engaging in a skeet shooting exercise. I post and you shoot. Frankly, for that reason I can’t keep track of what you are asking about.

Post 167 was my thoughtful and considerate reply to your direct request for an explanation. If you want to have a brotherly dialogue I am happy to do that with you. If you prefer to engage in some other exercise then you have the freedom in this forum to do that too. However, you don’t need my participation to do that.

Thanks
Drake
I am going to say again--what you wrote in your post #167 is unrelated.

In #187, you appear to equate the practice of the oneness of believers with Witness Lee being the "minister of the age."

How are those two things related?
10-27-2017 05:01 PM
least
Re: Smoking Gun?

"The leading Apostle for any ministry is Jesus but acting through His agents on earth doing His bidding.
Drake"

Hi bro. Drake
Jesus is the leading apostle of 'which / 'what / "whose" ministry?
Jesus appointed 12 apostles, including Judas Iscariot who was replaced by Mathias (decided in the midst of 120 Jesus disciples through prayers to the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ).
Lord Jesus called apostle Paul (formally Saul) in a heavenly vision. Saul called him (Jesus) Lord.
Apostles are called by Jesus for Jesus' ministry.

Which/What/Whose ministry made Jesus " its/his " apostle? Even THE Leading Apostle (LOL).
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10-27-2017 04:25 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Evangelical, thank you for your kind and thoughtful reply. Let me just clarify the Eastern Orthodox understanding of the Spirit (The Holy Spirit) and His role in the process of deification. For us, the Holy Spirit (the Spirit) is God, the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He is equal to the other two persons of the Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son. Just like the Son, He is eternal, uncreated, and divine.

All of God’s actions toward man and the world—in creation, salvation and final glorification—are from the Father through the Son (Word) in the Holy Spirit; and all of man’s capabilities of response to God are in the same Spirit, through the same Son to the same Father.

The Holy Spirit is of the same substance with the Father and the Son in the Godhead of the Trinity. He is the agent of deification whose task it is to incorporate us into the life of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit moves through the life of the Church to reveal our common humanity in Christ and to unite us with the Father. We acquire the Holy Spirit through our celebration of the Eucharist and the reception of Holy Communion, through our participation in the Sacraments, through our discipline of daily prayer, though our struggle against our passions, and through purification of our soul, all of which result in a Christ-like life.

The Holy Spirit is also He who inspires the saints to speak God’s word and to do God’s will. He anoints the prophets, priests, and kings of the Old Testament; and “in the fullness of time” it is this same Spirit who “descends and remains” on Jesus of Nazareth, making him the Messiah (anointed) of God and manifesting him as such to the world.

The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost is the final fulfilment of Christ’s earthly messianic mission, the beginning of the Christian Church. It is the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecy that in the time of the messiah-king, the Spirit of God will be “poured out on all flesh”.

A person can abide in Christ, accomplish His commandments and be in communion with God the Father only by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in his life. Through the Holy Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God, through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God.

God bless.
InChristAlone,

I read your posts through a couple of times and I believe they are a good synopsis of a complex topic. I would have used "emanations" in the place of "energies" and also clarified that the receiving of the Spirit is also available not just through the observance of the sacraments..... and I also agree with the greater granularity of understanding that Evangelical described concerning the Spirit of Christ and Christ as the prototype of the new creation... this last point I think is extremely crucial.

What helped me most to wrap my head around that topic (which took several years of these types of conversations) was to lock in the unchangeable nature of the essence of God or the essential Trinity, a term Brother Lee favored. So no matter what happens in the universe that essence does not change in the past or in the future. That means that God's energies or the emanations do not affect what He is in His essence as was very well described in your posts.

Therefore, what happens with God's energies must be something else, and that something else is what Brother Lee called the economical Trinity. The economical Trinity is God's interaction with creation. The old creation (Christ being the framework through which the old creation came into being), incarnation (the Word becoming flesh), human living, death (the termination of the old creation), resurrection (the deification of the humanity of Christ), and ascension (the glorification of the humanity of Christ), are all from God's energies. This is where the new creation was so important to my understanding. Christ and the church is the new creation and just as the bringing about of the old creation did not change the essential Trinity, so also the new creation does not change the essential Trinity. Nevertheless, a marvelous thing happened that still leaves me awestruck, and that is a man, a real man, who is God, a glorified man is in the glory. He is the Firstborn of creation and He is the prototype for the many brothers who follow.

So when we say that God became a man so that man might become God in life and nature but not in the Godhead we mean it initially regarding the Firstborn Son of God and then applied to the many brothers that follow. That's economical not essential. That is the biblical revelation of God's economy. Your posts used different terms but the same understanding. At least that is how I read it.

Thanks for your well thought out post and the opportunity to chime in on this subject.


Drake
10-27-2017 04:15 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Meribah View Post
Question: It has never occurred to me even remotely to go on to the sites or forums of those sharing their sorrows and hurts about a past experience to try and argue them down from their perspective or feelings--or even their errors (unless it would mean that they will not be saved if they continue). So, what is the real reason for Drake and Evangelical to come on this site so often throughout the day to fight and counterpoint about the experiences of all those here? Are they paid to do this? Are they FTTA trainees assigned to this task? They do puzzle me. Drake and Evang, what do you answer? Just curious.
Meribah,

I think you need not fret that there is some sort of conspiracy. I probably do not know Evangelical and he probably does not know me. Neither am I part of an FTTA hit squad and judging from Evangelical’s entries neither is he.

My views are my own. To me, it looks like Evangelical has his own views too.

Now to clarify your charges. I do not argue with the experiences of others. I challenge false narratives about what Witness Lee taught or what the local churches teach or practice. I point out fallacies in argumentation when I see them. I will bring in my perspective about historical events or impressions as I see or saw them because I believe it is important for everyone to see it through another set of eyes. They may not like what they see but it is a truthful account. Last but not least, I care. I care for those that are stuck in the decades old mistakes that others made and cannot move on from it. I care for those that were genuinely hurt by someone directly. And I care for those that mean well but cannot find the way to express their viewpoints in the brotherly way they probably wish they could.

And nope... not a penny to do this. You get this and more for free!

Drake
10-27-2017 04:12 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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First one was when someone made the outrageous statement that Witness Lee was our Head. That comment violated the headship of Christ and I became very concerned for the one who made the statement.
Another part of your post #167.

Lee's endless commentary about how we are all members of THE BODY, and that all of our actions and decisions affect the other members of the body is extreme, and any truth taken to an extreme often becomes a falsehood. Lee used this extreme teaching to "neuter" all the other leaders of their God-given right to follow the Lamb wherever He would go.

Why is it so many dear brothers, elders in the LC's, were publicly shamed and chastised by W. Lee for following the Head, Jesus Christ, with their co-elders? They were not rebuked for sins, failures, offenses, and the like. They were rebuked because they took some initiative from the Lord while shepherding their church. Who was WL to condemn them? Was he not wedging himself in between them and the Head?

So it is altogether right to expose Lee's excessive controls, his unending desire to be the MOTA, the pope, the acting God, the vicar of Christ, the unique oracle, the visible head of all the LC's. And why is it that every LC and every brother and sister had to earnestly and zealously jump on each and every wind and wave of teaching and practice emanating from Anaheim? Or else! Back in the 80's, those who merely "loved the ministry" were constantly "beat up" by those who were absolutely one with the ministry. Following Lee to the "T" was the only option.

Why? Because in the LC's, Lee is the way, the truth, and the reality!

And you are concerned that one of the posters thought that Lee wanted to be the head of all the LC's? Listen to all of the witnesses. Listen to all of the facts of history.
10-27-2017 03:51 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Secondly, unreg said, concerning Brother Lee, that “MOTA paved the way for his rule”. Again, such an important instrument for paving the way “for his rule” was never spoken by the man who allegedly wanted to rule, and it was a term that was first introduced by people who opposed him because they had their own ambitions about being rulers. Also, if MOTA was such a powerful influencer to put one in power then it came a little to late.
Drake, you keep referring this post #167, so let's look at one of your deceptive claims.

I heard this for decades -- people who opposed [Lee] because they had their own ambitions about being rulers. There is not a shred of evidence to support this. On the contrary, every brother who spoke their conscience was appalled by the sins, abuses, and unrighteousness at the highest levels of Living Stream Ministry. Every one of their accounts confirm this. Not a single brother had some ambition to become Recovery Ruler. This has been repeatedly proven to be a false witness and a slander against those who have departed. It was Lee himself who reeked of ambition to rule all the LC's. The BLENDEDS today are still diseased with this same ambition.
10-27-2017 03:42 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
What you wrote in #167 is unrelated. In #187 you appear to be connecting the practice of the oneness of believers with Witness Lee as "minister of the age." I asked what the one had to do with the other. Please stop playing games.
Koinonia,

You are engaging in a skeet shooting exercise. I post and you shoot. Frankly, for that reason I can’t keep track of what you are asking about.

Post 167 was my thoughtful and considerate reply to your direct request for an explanation. If you want to have a brotherly dialogue I am happy to do that with you. If you prefer to engage in some other exercise then you have the freedom in this forum to do that too. However, you don’t need my participation to do that.

Thanks
Drake
10-27-2017 03:33 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by ZNPaaneah View Post
So then If I understand you correctly you believe that there are genuine Christians who do not receive WL as the Minister of the Age. Why then would you describe this doctrine as "Being absolute for the oneness" if at the same time you know that it will divide you from other Christians?
Every washed in the precious blood born again believer is a Christian.

I never said “being absolute for the oneness”, I said “they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them”. There is a very big difference.

Let me personalize that. There are hundreds of millions of christians in the world. I am one. The Lord has shown me through the ministries of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee that though all believers are in Christ we are not testifying to the world our oneness in Christ. The Lords speaking to me is that I need to be in the place where all believers are received based on their status solely as a fellow believer. That is why I am a member of the local churches. I do not insist that anyone else join me. For me it is a matter of what the Lord has shown me and for others it is a matter of what the Lord has shown them.

Drake
10-27-2017 03:00 PM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Meribah View Post
Zeek, this means he had to have said it more than once. I heard it around 1979 or 1980. He clearly said, "I am your apostle". Everything after that was a kind of blur because it upset me so.
Yes. I had a similar reaction. What shocked me about it was that I think intuited that either what he said was true or I was in a cult. What was worse is that later brothers were ousted from the meetings because they expressed publicly that they didn't accept Lee as the MOTA. That was a breaking of the principle of the ground of oneness. Belief in Lee as the MOTA was, in effect, made into an article of The Faith.
10-27-2017 02:44 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
My point was articulated in post 167... in detail.

What can I clarify for you there?

Drake
What you wrote in #167 is unrelated. In #187 you appear to be connecting the practice of the oneness of believers with Witness Lee as "minister of the age." I asked what the one had to do with the other. Please stop playing games.
10-27-2017 02:38 PM
Meribah
Re: Smoking Gun?

Zeek, this means he had to have said it more than once. I heard it around 1979 or 1980. He clearly said, "I am your apostle". Everything after that was a kind of blur because it upset me so.
10-27-2017 02:35 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
ZNP>"In the LRC the saints realize that this is a divisive issue and are willing to justify it because those who do not "believe" WL was the MOTA are "unbelievers"."

ZNP,

I don't believe that and I do not know anyone who does.

Drake
So then If I understand you correctly you believe that there are genuine Christians who do not receive WL as the Minister of the Age. Why then would you describe this doctrine as "Being absolute for the oneness" if at the same time you know that it will divide you from other Christians?
10-27-2017 02:01 PM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
I'd like to compare that audio tape to the highly edited printed message.
Upon reflection I believe I heard that recording in 1975 because it was shortly after I got married. According to my recollection Lee actually referred to himself as the apostle of the age. Only brothers were called to that meeting, no sisters. It was a special meeting on a Saturday afternoon at the meeting hall in Wilton Manors. Something big must have been going on in Anaheim to warrant this urgent announcement, but that wasn't explained to lowly brothers like myself.
10-27-2017 01:51 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
What does any of this have to do with Witness Lee being the "minister of the age"?
My point was articulated in post 167... in detail.

What can I clarify for you there?

Drake
10-27-2017 01:44 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

ZNP>"In the LRC the saints realize that this is a divisive issue and are willing to justify it because those who do not "believe" WL was the MOTA are "unbelievers"."

ZNP,

I don't believe that and I do not know anyone who does.

Drake
10-27-2017 01:22 PM
Meribah
Re: Smoking Gun?

Question: It has never occurred to me even remotely to go on to the sites or forums of those sharing their sorrows and hurts about a past experience to try and argue them down from their perspective or feelings--or even their errors (unless it would mean that they will not be saved if they continue). So, what is the real reason for Drake and Evangelical to come on this site so often throughout the day to fight and counterpoint about the experiences of all those here? Are they paid to do this? Are they FTTA trainees assigned to this task? They do puzzle me. Drake and Evang, what do you answer? Just curious.
10-27-2017 01:16 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Ok.... that dismisses the notion that he ruled.

And I have no objection to pointing out the obvious pattern in both church and biblical history that the Lord raises up someone to lead his move in that age. Why wouldn’t He? Watchman makes a compelling case for “minister of the age”.
If we are talking about NT leadership, say "shepherds and teachers" then of course. But when the NT refers to "the great shepherd of the sheep" it is only referring to Jesus and no one else, not "MOTA", not Pope, etc.

If we are talking about leaders (plural), elders (plural), shepherds, teachers, etc. Then yes, I have no problem. But you aren't. You are talking about a "unique" person, a "particular man".

Why wouldn't he?

Because He did. His name is Jesus. That is the revelation that the church is built on. If you haven't seen that then you haven't seen the revelation of the church.

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.”
10-27-2017 01:15 PM
Meribah
Re: Smoking Gun?

"THE lead in carrying out the ministry of the age" = MOTA

The definite article "the" means one--a specific, singular, unique one. Why did he not say "a"? The indefinite article "a" means one of many. Nope, he wanted to be THE lead in carrying out THE ministry of THE age. There you go! Of course, the website A Faithful Word says it even more clearly. No way around it.

And because there is no way around it, we see here through arguments by Drake and Evang the way of the LC--pretending that embarrassing untruths that they spout as truth were never taught if confronted by those who see. What they say in the huddle, they don't want to say in front of well-taught Christians from poor, degraded Christianity.

Long ago, I was watching a video tape of WL about Thessalonians during a training. In this video, and I have never forgotten it, he said, "I am your apostle". I was stunned. To take on the title is bold to the extreme. Of course, there is the apostleship of starting churches (today often called missionaries), but most--if not all--think of it as being apostleship like that of the Twelve. According to what I remember, and age is a factor now, he did NOT go on to "explain it all away" by saying that he was a mere church starter. So, guilty as charged in my book.
10-27-2017 12:53 PM
OBW
Re: Smoking Gun?

Greetings from the land of the retired. Funny that having more time has caused me to not even think about this forum very much. I think it is still an important venue, but not sure how much my participation will be.

On this thread I have only read the opening few posts, so this is not in response to any more recent war of words.

I left the LRC in early August, 1987. Probably looked like a slow withdrawal to some, but it really was a specific decision over a particular few days to stop the LRC and go to a nearby Bible church. The reasons at the time were that the local group was too caught-up in the publishing business of the LSM and not being involved in that, or not joining in a regular way in the door-knocking efforts meant that you were little more than someone to nod at and accept money from. My wife and I were having problems and the general word was that more meetings would cure it. It took more than meetings, but we are still together.

At that time, I did not have a reason to think I should never return to the LRC, but I never did find the desire for it. And some of the things taught (or said in a way that would now be claimed to not be a teaching) started to be a problem. Like everyone, I started by going back to the Bible to find the proof to defend what I had been taught, but the evidence was too often lacking.

About 18 years later (2005), we came across a few books — the two from the first lawsuits, plus Jane Anderson's book. Those put things in front of us that I had never considered. And we were introduced to the predecessor forum to this one. Over the next 2 years I began to see how much of Lee's (and even Nee's) teaching was not really from the Bible, but had instead been forced into the Bible by overlays. Once the overlays were analyzed, it is evident that many of the teachings were not valid. I'll give an example. In 1 Corinthians 3, we were taught that we need to be worried about how we build — whether with gold, silver, and precious stones; or wood hay and stubble. It is true that Paul says precisely that related to the "builders." But one verse before the passage Paul defined the building and the builders. The building was the members of the church in Corinth. The builders were the ones that they had been arguing about — Paul, Apollos, Peter, etc. In other words, the teachers were the builders and those who learned from the teachers were what was built. (Don't over-milk the metaphor. Paul did not discuss the building — the local Christians — as being damaged by poor building. Surely there would be damage. But the "saved, yet as through fire" was about the builders, not the building.)

I realize that we are not immune from the effects of listening to poor teachers (like Lee??) but that is not what Paul was talking about with the metaphor. He was talking about the responsibility that all of those teachers (builders) had in their tasks.

In the grand scheme of things, that is a rather small error. But grouped with a body of similarly erroneous teachings, it comes to be a system of error. No one is the smoking gun. But the whole thing is smoldering.

Then add the lies about righteous people because they did not allow Lee to leave his predator son in charge of the LSM, or the money-making schemes in which he and his family almost always made out OK at the cost of the savings of his flock, and it is a bonfire of iniquity.
10-27-2017 12:53 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Witness Lee did claim to be the unique minister of the age. I was shocked to hear him make the claim plainly and directly on an audio tape played at a meeting of the brothers of the Church in Fort Lauderdale in the '70s. Brothers who did not accept that he was the MOTA were ejected from the meetings.
I'd like to compare that audio tape to the highly edited printed message.
10-27-2017 12:52 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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So now we are finally getting to the crux of the matter. In the LRC the saints realize that this is a divisive issue and are willing to justify it because those who do not "believe" WL was the MOTA are "unbelievers".

However that is contrary to my definition of unbeliever which is anyone who does not believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Once again this doctrine denies the Lord who bought us with His blood.
Peter would call the MOTA doctrine a "destructive heresy secretly brought in" by false teachers. (2 Peter 2.1)
10-27-2017 12:45 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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In the same principle, those who follow the call for the oneness of the believers may cause a similar unprovoked division. Yet, they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them concerning the practical oneness of the believers even if it appears to be creating a division. If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful.
With LSM's long history of quarantines, excommunications, and divisions, aren't you even ashamed to mention the "practical oneness of the believers?"

"If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful?" Then why do so many of the Blendeds make comments about being faithful to Witness Lee, and are worried about how they will face Witness Lee in the next age? They are merely parroting the same comment Lee used to make about being faithful to Watchman Nee, and how he will give an account to Nee in the next age.
10-27-2017 12:19 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I recall the Lord saying something to the effect of bringing in a dividing. For instance, many through their believing in the Lord Jesus and becoming christians divided their personal relationships with unbelieving loved ones yet they must be faithful to the Lords revealing Himself to them as their Savior. In the same principle, those who follow the call for the oneness of the believers may cause a similar unprovoked division. Yet, they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them concerning the practical oneness of the believers even if it appears to be creating a division. If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful.

Drake
So now we are finally getting to the crux of the matter. In the LRC the saints realize that this is a divisive issue and are willing to justify it because those who do not "believe" WL was the MOTA are "unbelievers".

However that is contrary to my definition of unbeliever which is anyone who does not believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Once again this doctrine denies the Lord who bought us with His blood.

When we were in the LRC we were taught that we were "being absolute" and that this could result in us having to cut off many unprofitable relationships. But now I see "being absolute" about caring for the Body (feed my sheep -- command to Peter). Now, if I am absolute for the Lord then I have to also be absolutely concerned for His sheep. That means not doing anything that would stumble the sheep.
10-27-2017 11:58 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I agree that the descriptors used for Brother Lee ( “unique person”, “particular man”, “the lead in carrying out the ministry of the age”) were used.... and I agree with them.
The Apostle Paul on his way to Jerusalem, warned the Ephesian elders with tears that after his departure ...
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From among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverted things to draw away the disciples after themselves. -- Acts 20.30
The MOTA title and practice at LSM is a perverted teaching used by Lee to draw the disciples after himself.

Contrary to public claims, the MOTA builds walls around the LC's, and seduces the disciples into following only Lee.

Isn't this exactly what has happened?
10-27-2017 11:36 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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With all this talk about ‘The Age’. What exactly is the definition or length of an age and how does this apply to the one unique minister of this so-called age?
We should take a step back in church history and observe how others have fallen for this same heresy.

The Catholics have for two millennia believed wholeheartedly that there was always a "minister of the age" in their succession of popes. Different names, same reality.

The Reformers (remember Martin Luther supposedly the first MOTA?) totally rejected the notion that any one man on earth can be elevated to this position in the church. Read those 95 Theses.

Couple centuries later, John Darby was elevated once again as the first post-reformation MOTA. It took some quarantines to arrive at this stage. (Remember George Muller and Benjamin Newton?) Some historians have claimed that JND became a far worse pope than the one in Rome he protested his whole life. Today we should note that the Exclusive Brethren to this day still adhere to this MOTA heresy. Of all ironies, James Taylor Jr. (their 4th or 5th MOTA on record) was no less degenerate than Philip Lee himself -- amazing how history repeats itself for those who refuse to learn from it.

Both Nee and Lee have repeated the Exclusive heresy. Each time it has introduced untold corruption to their ministries. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The teaching and practice of a MOTA just opens the gates of Hades.
10-27-2017 11:35 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I recall the Lord saying something to the effect of bringing in a dividing. For instance, many through their believing in the Lord Jesus and becoming christians divided their personal relationships with unbelieving loved ones yet they must be faithful to the Lords revealing Himself to them as their Savior. In the same principle, those who follow the call for the oneness of the believers may cause a similar unprovoked division. Yet, they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them concerning the practical oneness of the believers even if it appears to be creating a division. If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful.

Drake
What does any of this have to do with Witness Lee being the "minister of the age"?
10-27-2017 11:31 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

ZNP>”Fair enough, in order to accept that Witness Lee is the "Minister of the Age" requires that you both agree that there is such a thing as "the Ministry of the Age" as defined by LSM and that in this age this ministry involves the release of the truth concerning "the ground of the church" again defined by LSM.

I agree. If anyone does not agree with this then we can debate the point but it is an accurate descriptor. It’s fair game.


ZNP>”This is another issue I have with this doctrine, it is divisive. It is not reasonable to think all Christians would accept those two points as being true. This is just another example of how this doctrine denies Jesus who redeemed us. The only requirement for you to meet in oneness with the church is that you have been redeemed by Jesus, but now you add this whole Ministry of the Age doctrine which you must receive to receive that WL was the Minister of the Age, which you must receive to accept that he is "the apostle" who appoints elders and takes the lead in this ministry.”

I recall the Lord saying something to the effect of bringing in a dividing. For instance, many through their believing in the Lord Jesus and becoming christians divided their personal relationships with unbelieving loved ones yet they must be faithful to the Lords revealing Himself to them as their Savior. In the same principle, those who follow the call for the oneness of the believers may cause a similar unprovoked division. Yet, they must be faithful to what the Lord has shown them concerning the practical oneness of the believers even if it appears to be creating a division. If it is the Lord then we have to be faithful.

Drake
10-27-2017 11:31 AM
NewManLiving
Re: Smoking Gun?

First of all it is LSM that is using MOTA - acronym for minister of the age. Second what you said that I said, I did not say at all. Recall that it was you who dismissed my question and changed it to your own. Third, true to LSM protocol, whenever they cannot find an answer in the New Testament they resort to the Old Testament. My answer to this is the same as the writer of Hebrews: In past days God spoke through the prophets (many times and many ways) today Drake he speaks through His son - Hear ye Him. If you cannot answer my direct question please do not deflect from my original question
10-27-2017 11:27 AM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

Witness Lee did claim to be the unique minister of the age. I was shocked to hear him make the claim plainly and directly on an audio tape played at a meeting of the brothers of the Church in Fort Lauderdale in the '70s. Brothers who did not accept that he was the MOTA were ejected from the meetings.

Here's another instance of WL making the MOTA claim in a slightly indirect way:

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We should believe that our God is living (1 Tim. 3:15). Since our God is living, He should be always moving. He is still moving today. Where is He moving? God's moving is always by speaking. Without speaking, He does not move. We must ask ourselves where God's speaking is. Is it in the Orthodox church, the Catholic church, the Protestant denominations, the state churches, the private churches, or the free groups? Our God who is living and moving always moves by speaking. We have to admit that His present speaking is among us. His present speaking is not concerning presbytery, baptism by immersion, tongue-speaking, gifts, healings, or evangelical movements. His speaking today is concerning God's New Testament economy. I hope we can all be enlightened. I am forced to be bold to recommend myself so much to you all. I am forced to be a fool. The one who can be the leading one in the Lord's move today is the one who knows God's New Testament economy, the one who knows what God's speaking is today. (Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God's Economy under the Proper Leadership in His Move, Chapter 1, Section 13)
10-27-2017 11:09 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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With all this talk about ‘The Age’. What exactly is the definition or length of an age and how does this apply to the one unique minister of this so-called age? For example, if both WN and WL are both the unique minister of ‘the age’ then the term unique cannot be used. To me this is where the argument falls apart. First you need to define age as length of time and then there can be only one person if the term unique is used. If your argument is that only WL is the MOTA then who was the MOTA before WL, as an age certainly must be more than 100 years. If there was another MOTA during the same age then WL is not unique. When did this LC definition of age start start and when does it end? How do you fit one unique MOTA into this time frame while including Paul, WN, WL. Sorry LSM your reasoning is illogical and even worse -extra-biblical. There is no such thing as a MOTA specifically mentioned in the scriptures.
Nml,

Let’s drop the term MOTA for a round because it has been morphed by detractors into loaded term to mean something like an office in the church..... far from its original and intended meaning when mentioned by Brother Nee.

You say that Gods using of a unique leader in a particular time and place is extra-biblical. Yet, the biblical record really conveys that Moses, for instance, was God’s unique oracle, or mouthpiece, in his time. Would you agree that at least in that one case Moses was the unique leader in that age? If not, then who else?

Drake
10-27-2017 10:43 AM
NewManLiving
Re: Smoking Gun?

With all this talk about ‘The Age’. What exactly is the definition or length of an age and how does this apply to the one unique minister of this so-called age? For example, if both WN and WL are both the unique minister of ‘the age’ then the term unique cannot be used. To me this is where the argument falls apart. First you need to define age as length of time and then there can be only one person if the term unique is used. If your argument is that only WL is the MOTA then who was the MOTA before WL, as an age certainly must be more than 100 years. If there was another MOTA during the same age then WL is not unique. When did this LC definition of age start start and when does it end? How do you fit one unique MOTA into this time frame while including Paul, WN, WL. Sorry LSM your reasoning is illogical and even worse -extra-biblical. There is no such thing as a MOTA specifically mentioned in the scriptures.
10-27-2017 10:41 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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ZNP>”What bothers me and what no one has explained is why this "particular man" is not Jesus? This is what Peter and Paul both said when someone tried to call them the "particular man". Jesus gave us the blueprint. He is the one through whom the vision was released.”

ZNP,

I agree that the descriptors used for Brother Lee ( “unique person”, “particular man”, “the lead in carrying out the ministry of the age”) were used.... and I agree with them. Of course, their veracity depends what definition of the ministry of the age is held. If one believes that the ministry of the age in our age is encapsulated in the local churches as the procedure to accomplish Gods eternal purpose and to close the age then those descriptors apply to Brother Lee. Yet, if one does not agree on the definition of the ministry of the age then it does not matter how one describes the one taking the lead.

Therefore, I think the objection with most is that they do not agree with our definition of the ministry of the age.

The leading Apostle for any ministry is Jesus but acting through His agents on earth doing His bidding.

Drake
Fair enough, in order to accept that Witness Lee is the "Minister of the Age" requires that you both agree that there is such a thing as "the Ministry of the Age" as defined by LSM and that in this age this ministry involves the release of the truth concerning "the ground of the church" again defined by LSM.

This is another issue I have with this doctrine, it is divisive. It is not reasonable to think all Christians would accept those two points as being true. This is just another example of how this doctrine denies Jesus who redeemed us. The only requirement for you to meet in oneness with the church is that you have been redeemed by Jesus, but now you add this whole Ministry of the Age doctrine which you must receive to receive that WL was the Minister of the Age, which you must receive to accept that he is "the apostle" who appoints elders and takes the lead in this ministry.
10-27-2017 10:21 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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What can I clarify for you there?

Drake
Drake, your role here as a wordsmithing spinmeister puts on full display the kind of doublespeak hypocrisy we were subjected to for decades.

For that, in some strange way, I have to appreciate what you are doing.
10-27-2017 10:13 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Then, what is your point?
My point was articulated in post 167... in detail.

What can I clarify for you there?

Drake
10-27-2017 10:11 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Koinonia,

You can address my points or you can ignore my points and stick to the opposers standard talking points. Which will it be?

If you want a dialogue then address the points of my argument starting with #166. Am very familiar with Brother Kerry’s response to Tomes’ attempt to establish many ministers of the age.

Thanks
Drake
Uh oh, I questioned the concept of MOTA, and now I'm an "opposer."

Drake, stop obfuscating, and stop playing games. You believe that Witness Lee is the "minister of the age," so what are you arguing about?

And by the way "opposer" puts any of us here in the company of brothers like John Ingalls, a former WL coworker who got "quarantined" for daring to push WL into stopping his profligate son groping sisters in the LSM office over a ten-year period. That's our MOTA!
10-27-2017 10:11 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

ZNP>”What bothers me and what no one has explained is why this "particular man" is not Jesus? This is what Peter and Paul both said when someone tried to call them the "particular man". Jesus gave us the blueprint. He is the one through whom the vision was released.”

ZNP,

I agree that the descriptors used for Brother Lee ( “unique person”, “particular man”, “the lead in carrying out the ministry of the age”) were used.... and I agree with them. Of course, their veracity depends what definition of the ministry of the age is held. If one believes that the ministry of the age in our age is encapsulated in the local churches as the procedure to accomplish Gods eternal purpose and to close the age then those descriptors apply to Brother Lee. Yet, if one does not agree on the definition of the ministry of the age then it does not matter how one describes the one taking the lead.

Therefore, I think the objection with most is that they do not agree with our definition of the ministry of the age.

The leading Apostle for any ministry is Jesus but acting through His agents on earth doing His bidding.

Drake
10-27-2017 10:07 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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No, I don’t.
Then, what is your point?
10-27-2017 09:50 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Unreg>”Drake's request for a direct reference to WL saying this word for word about himself is merely a last ditch effort to conceal the truth. WL knew this was being said, enjoyed it, and never publicly spoke out against it. This is proof enough.”

In other words, you don’t have a reference.

And lack of a reference is proof.

Got it.

Drake
10-27-2017 09:32 AM
UntoHim
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Drake's request for a direct reference to WL saying this word for word about himself is merely a last ditch effort to conceal the truth. WL knew this was being said, enjoyed it, and never publicly spoke out against it. This is proof enough.
This is a huge point. Witness Lee knew very well that certain people were ascribing all sorts of lofty (and unbiblical) titles to him. It's like the term "Apostle". Lee vehemently denied in public that he considered himself as an apostle, or that he encouraged anyone to consider him as an apostle. He even went so far as to purger himself during one of the legal depositions when he was asked directly about being considered an apostle. Not many years after this, certain leading brothers were directly and strongly declaring Lee to be "an apostle of the first kind" like Peter or Paul. This was done while Lee was still alive and he did NOTHING to stop them, in fact, he encouraged them and promoted the ones who were the most vocal and militant about Lee's authority and right of apostleship over the entire Local Church Movement.

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10-27-2017 08:28 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Koinonia,

You can address my points or you can ignore my points and stick to the opposers standard talking points. Which will it be?

If you want a dialogue then address the points of my argument starting with #166. Am very familiar with Brother Kerry’s response to Tomes’ attempt to establish many ministers of the age.

Thanks
Drake
Great, so let's look at Kerry's points.

I pretty much agree with everything he says about vision, vision of the age, and to a lesser degree to ministry of the age, so I will ignore all of that.

Instead I want to focus on what he says about "Minister of the Age".

According to Kerry this is the definition:

“the co-workers defined the term as applying to the unique person through whom the vision of the age is released and who takes the lead in carrying out the ministry of the age”

I have an issue with this concept of "unique person". For example the apostle Paul would certainly be considered one of these "unique persons". Yet he makes it very clear in his epistles that he is a member of the Body, that the Body has many members, that every member has different functions and it seems to fly in the face of many other spots in the NT where Peter and Paul rebuked anyone who tried to distinguish them from any other believer. According to Peter we all have "like precious faith". I find this concept of singling out one person as the "unique" person who "takes the lead" as being contrary to the NT vision. Instead, the only unique person I would identify as the one "taking the lead" is Jesus. As you yourself said calling WL the "head" was jarring and disturbing. So then who is he to say he is taking the lead? At best he is following the Lord's lead and we are only following him because he is following the Lord. At worst he is leading us astray.

The Minister of the Age
The particular man through whom the vision of the age is released is "the minister of the age." As Brother Nee pointed out, Martin Luther and John Nelson Darby were ministers of their respective ages. Furthermore, the two ministries between which Jonathan stood were with particular ministers-Saul and David. Brother Lee spoke of the vision of the age as the blueprint and of the person through whom the vision of the age was opened up as the master builder, strongly pointing out that there is only one such blueprint and one such master builder in every age. Brother Lee then applied these two matters to correct the practice of some in the Lord's recovery to preach and publish their own messages.


What bothers me and what no one has explained is why this "particular man" is not Jesus? This is what Peter and Paul both said when someone tried to call them the "particular man". Jesus gave us the blueprint. He is the one through whom the vision was released.

Then the inferences from this teaching are truly catastrophic.

1. If you accept the teaching then you accept that there is one man, in any age, that is "taking the lead" and to not follow his lead is rebellion. What about the Lord's leading? According to this teaching you can't follow the Lord's lead if it is not in agreement with following the lead of the minister of the age. So then say good bye to following the Lord's lead.

2. If you accept this teaching then there is one key concept or truth the Lord is releasing in any age. If the Lord speaks something else to you and not to the Minister of the Age then it is "off the central lane" and merely a distraction. Therefore say good bye to the Lord's speaking.

So then let's return to the definition that Kerry gives:

“the co-workers defined the term as applying to the unique person through whom the vision of the age is released and who takes the lead in carrying out the ministry of the age”

The ministry of this age is carried out by the Lord's grace, by the Spirit indwelling us and by the Body being in oneness with the head. This definition short circuits all of this to say that one unique person (not Jesus) is taking the lead to carry out the ministry. That is a damnable heresy. That denies that it is Jesus who is taking the lead to carry out His ministry.
10-27-2017 07:45 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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This is false. That Witness Lee is the "minister of the age" is LC teaching. See here.
Koinonia,

You can address my points or you can ignore my points and stick to the opposers standard talking points. Which will it be?

If you want a dialogue then address the points of my argument starting with #166. Am very familiar with Brother Kerry’s response to Tomes’ attempt to establish many ministers of the age.

Thanks
Drake
10-27-2017 07:34 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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So, do you disagree with the current LC teaching that Witness Lee is the "minister of the age"?
No, I don’t.
10-27-2017 07:13 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Ok.... that dismisses the notion that he ruled.
The epiphany I had from recent comments in this forum, is that the term “Minister of the Age” or “MOTA” was never invoked by the man who allegedly used it to grab the reigns of power, but rather he rebuked those did apply it to him, and yet it has become a favorite whip of opposers who introduced the term and jawboned it till it became an assumption that he used the term and created an office like POTUS, except in the church.

Drake
This is false. That Witness Lee is the "minister of the age" is LC teaching. See here.
10-27-2017 07:12 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Koinonia,

Based on two comments made recently it forced me to rethink my assumptions.

First one was when someone made the outrageous statement that Witness Lee was our Head. That comment violated the headship of Christ and I became very concerned for the one who made the statement. Yet, I hoped that the statement was made in ignorance and not a conscious fabrication as the latter is blasphemy. Still, I wondered what might mislead a person’s thinking in ignorance that the brothers and sisters in the local churches even had that thought. I realized that the introduction of the term “MOTA” which sounds a lot like POTUS... and has similar positional connotations , like an office only in the church is the source. I then realized that I never actually heard Brother Lee use the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym “MOTA”. Seeing how important that office would be I searched Brother Lees ministry but cannot find it. Maybe I missed something.... so I asked.

Secondly, unreg said, concerning Brother Lee, that “MOTA paved the way for his rule”. Again, such an important instrument for paving the way “for his rule” was never spoken by the man who allegedly wanted to rule, and it was a term that was first introduced by people who opposed him because they had their own ambitions about being rulers. Also, if MOTA was such a powerful influencer to put one in power then it came a little to late.

Still, I thought maybe I missed something and wanted to see if anyone anywhere at anytime or anyplace ever heard Brother Lee use the term or acronym.

So far, the silence is deafening.

Im not playing games Koinonia. I think you and others are. Let’s just put the facts on the table and then we can decide what to think.

There is no smoking gun, but there is plenty of smoke and mirrors.

Drake
So, do you disagree with the current LC teaching that Witness Lee is the "minister of the age"?
10-27-2017 06:57 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by ZNPaaneah View Post
In my experience it was Ray Graver who was the most vocal and explicit in this "rule". Witness Lee would frequently "rebuke" saints for saying this from the pulpit, but I always thought that if he was serious about rebuking them it would stop immediately.

That said Witness Lee did teach that Luther was the "Minister of the Age", that Watchman Nee was the "minister of the Age" and that in every age the Lord is releasing some truth -- Justification by faith or ground of the church. He said that WN was releasing the truth of the "ground of the church" in this age and that he was carrying on that ministry. Hence Ray Graver was correct in connecting the dots and claiming that WL was the Minister of this age. Ironically WL was also correct in condemning this teaching that he was the MOTA.
Ok.... that dismisses the notion that he ruled.

And I have no objection to pointing out the obvious pattern in both church and biblical history that the Lord raises up someone to lead his move in that age. Why wouldn’t He? Watchman makes a compelling case for “minister of the age”.

The epiphany I had from recent comments in this forum, is that the term “Minister of the Age” or “MOTA” was never invoked by the man who allegedly used it to grab the reigns of power, but rather he rebuked those did apply it to him, and yet it has become a favorite whip of opposers who introduced the term and jawboned it till it became an assumption that he used the term and created an office like POTUS, except in the church.

Drake
10-27-2017 06:29 AM
ZNPaaneah
Re: How liars lie

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Koinonia,

Based on two comments made recently it forced me to rethink my assumptions.

First one was when someone made the outrageous statement that Witness Lee was our Head. That comment violated the headship of Christ and I became very concerned for the one who made the statement. Yet, I hoped that the statement was made in ignorance and not a conscious fabrication as the latter is blasphemy. Still, I wondered what might mislead a person’s thinking in ignorance that the brothers and sisters in the local churches even had that thought. I realized that the introduction of the term “MOTA” which sounds a lot like POTUS... and has similar positional connotations , like an office only in the church is the source. I then realized that I never actually heard Brother Lee use the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym “MOTA”. Seeing how important that office would be I searched Brother Lees ministry but cannot find it. Maybe I missed something.... so I asked.

Secondly, unreg said, concerning Brother Lee, that “MOTA paved the way for his rule”. Again, such an important instrument for paving the way “for his rule” was never spoken by the man who allegedly wanted to rule, and it was a term that was first introduced by people who opposed him because had their own ambitions about being rulers. Also, if MOTA was such a powerful influencer to put one in power then it came a little to late.

Still, I thought maybe I missed something and wanted to see if anyone anywhere at anytime or anyplace ever heard Brother Lee use the term or acronym.

So far, the silence is deafening.

Im not playing games Koinonia. I think you and others are. Let’s just put the facts on the table and then we can decide what to think.

There is no smoking gun, but there is plenty of smoke and mirrors.

Drake
In my experience it was Ray Graver who was the most vocal and explicit in this "rule". Witness Lee would frequently "rebuke" saints for saying this, but I always thought that if he was serious about rebuking them it would stop immediately.

That said Witness Lee did teach that Luther was the "Minister of the Age", that Watchman Nee was the "minister of the Age" and that in every age the Lord is releasing some truth -- Justification by faith or ground of the church. He said that WN was releasing the truth of the "ground of the church" in this age and that he was carrying on that ministry. Hence Ray Graver was correct in connecting the dots and claiming that WL was the Minister of this age. Ironically WL was also correct in condemning this teaching that he was the MOTA.

It became an excellent lesson on how liars lie.
10-27-2017 06:22 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Drake, why are you playing games with us? Do you disagree with this teaching, or are you just being deceptive?

(Gideon7, take note of what is going on here. "Minister of the Age" is a smoking gun)
Koinonia,

Based on two comments made recently it forced me to rethink my assumptions.

First one was when someone made the outrageous statement that Witness Lee was our Head. That comment violated the headship of Christ and I became very concerned for the one who made the statement. Yet, I hoped that the statement was made in ignorance and not a conscious fabrication as the latter is blasphemy. Still, I wondered what might mislead a person’s thinking in ignorance that the brothers and sisters in the local churches even had that thought. I realized that the introduction of the term “MOTA” which sounds a lot like POTUS... and has similar positional connotations , like an office only in the church is the source. I then realized that I never actually heard Brother Lee use the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym “MOTA”. Seeing how important that office would be I searched Brother Lees ministry but cannot find it. Maybe I missed something.... so I asked.

Secondly, unreg said, concerning Brother Lee, that “MOTA paved the way for his rule”. Again, such an important instrument for paving the way “for his rule” was never spoken by the man who allegedly wanted to rule, and it was a term that was first introduced by people who opposed him because they had their own ambitions about being rulers. Also, if MOTA was such a powerful influencer to put one in power then it came a little to late.

Still, I thought maybe I missed something and wanted to see if anyone anywhere at anytime or anyplace ever heard Brother Lee use the term or acronym.

So far, the silence is deafening.

Im not playing games Koinonia. I think you and others are. Let’s just put the facts on the table and then we can decide what to think.

There is no smoking gun, but there is plenty of smoke and mirrors.

Drake
10-27-2017 05:44 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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LofT,

I’m still missing the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA from Brother Lee’s writings.

MOTA is being presented in this forum like POTUS, like an office and the highest one in the land or in the church. An office like that, were it to exist in the church, would be mentioned at least someplace by the person that holds it.

Drake
Drake, why are you playing games with us? Do you disagree with this teaching, or are you just being deceptive?

(Gideon7, take note of what is going on here. "Minister of the Age" is a smoking gun)
10-27-2017 04:46 AM
Unregistered
Re: Smoking Gun?

Drake is using the common tactic of the LC when cornered with their zany terminology and beliefs-- asking for a direct quote from WL himself in writing-- about himself. WL was a Wiley man. He would NEVER write this about himself but, rather, would glory in the roar of his "crowd" who desired to make him "emperor"--MOTA. He let those around him say what he wanted to be said about him so that it was said and taught but allowed him to wear a cloak of false humility and escape being caught in his own words. Let's face it-- even if those around him were saying what he didn't want said, he could have stopped it at any time. He had absolute and unquestioned authority.

Drake's request for a direct reference to WL saying this word for word about himself is merely a last ditch effort to conceal the truth. WL knew this was being said, enjoyed it, and never publicly spoke out against it. This is proof enough.
10-27-2017 04:26 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
LofT,

I’m still missing the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA from Brother Lee’s writings.

MOTA is being presented in this forum like POTUS, like an office and the highest one in the land or in the church. An office like that, were it to exist in the church, would be mentioned at least someplace by the person that holds it.

Drake
Drake, you're playing with us.

Lee regularly told us that Luther, Darby, and Nee were Ministers of the Age.

Then all the Blendeds began calling him the Minister of the Age.

This is all common knowledge. Have you read what's in those links?

You have been there 40 plus years, and now you pretend it never happened.

Why don't you take these posts to the next ITERO and see what they say to you.
10-27-2017 03:34 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
You can't cut and paste active links from ministrybooks.org (I'm sure this is by design). Give it the book titled, "Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God's Economy under the Proper Leadership in His Move" a read. Here is a small snippet:

"It bothers me that some brothers among us still put out publications. According to my truthful observation there is no new light or life supply there. They may contain some biblical doctrines, but any point of life or light has been adopted from the publications of Living Stream Ministry. There is nearly no item of life or light that has not been covered by our publications."

You can also read Words of Training for the New Way, Volume One.

"Now we have already seen clearly that the ministry spoken of in the Bible does not refer to a person, but to God’s building work. Moreover, in God’s building ministry, there are those who take the lead in that ministry in every age. May the Lord open our eyes to see that as long as we are human beings, we should be Christians; as long as we are Christians, we should enter into the Lord’s ministry in this age."

It is pretty brutal to read Witness Lee, but the more you read the more truth you will see. This guy was either delusional or a deceiver. Also, is it just me or does it seem like there has been some heavy editing?
LofT,

I’m still missing the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA from Brother Lee’s writings.

MOTA is being presented in this forum like POTUS, like an office and the highest one in the land or in the church. An office like that, were it to exist in the church, would be mentioned at least someplace by the person that holds it.

Drake
10-27-2017 03:12 AM
InChristAlone
Re: Smoking Gun?

Evangelical, thank you for your kind and thoughtful reply. Let me just clarify the Eastern Orthodox understanding of the Spirit (The Holy Spirit) and His role in the process of deification. For us, the Holy Spirit (the Spirit) is God, the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He is equal to the other two persons of the Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son. Just like the Son, He is eternal, uncreated, and divine.

All of God’s actions toward man and the world—in creation, salvation and final glorification—are from the Father through the Son (Word) in the Holy Spirit; and all of man’s capabilities of response to God are in the same Spirit, through the same Son to the same Father.

The Holy Spirit is of the same substance with the Father and the Son in the Godhead of the Trinity. He is the agent of deification whose task it is to incorporate us into the life of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit moves through the life of the Church to reveal our common humanity in Christ and to unite us with the Father. We acquire the Holy Spirit through our celebration of the Eucharist and the reception of Holy Communion, through our participation in the Sacraments, through our discipline of daily prayer, though our struggle against our passions, and through purification of our soul, all of which result in a Christ-like life.

The Holy Spirit is also He who inspires the saints to speak God’s word and to do God’s will. He anoints the prophets, priests, and kings of the Old Testament; and “in the fullness of time” it is this same Spirit who “descends and remains” on Jesus of Nazareth, making him the Messiah (anointed) of God and manifesting him as such to the world.

The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost is the final fulfilment of Christ’s earthly messianic mission, the beginning of the Christian Church. It is the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecy that in the time of the messiah-king, the Spirit of God will be “poured out on all flesh”.

A person can abide in Christ, accomplish His commandments and be in communion with God the Father only by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in his life. Through the Holy Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God, through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God.

God bless.
10-26-2017 06:32 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Thanks LofT,

Appreciate that. Rather, I am looking for references where Brother Lee specifically used the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA. Either one will suffice.

Thanks
Drake
You can't cut and paste active links from ministrybooks.org (I'm sure this is by design). Give it the book titled, "Remaining in the Unique New Testament Ministry of God's Economy under the Proper Leadership in His Move" a read. Here is a small snippet:

"It bothers me that some brothers among us still put out publications. According to my truthful observation there is no new light or life supply there. They may contain some biblical doctrines, but any point of life or light has been adopted from the publications of Living Stream Ministry. There is nearly no item of life or light that has not been covered by our publications."

You can also read Words of Training for the New Way, Volume One.

"Now we have already seen clearly that the ministry spoken of in the Bible does not refer to a person, but to God’s building work. Moreover, in God’s building ministry, there are those who take the lead in that ministry in every age. May the Lord open our eyes to see that as long as we are human beings, we should be Christians; as long as we are Christians, we should enter into the Lord’s ministry in this age."

It is pretty brutal to read Witness Lee, but the more you read the more truth you will see. This guy was either delusional or a deceiver. Also, is it just me or does it seem like there has been some heavy editing?
10-26-2017 05:06 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by InChristAlone View Post
There are a couple of things that my wife was not able to explain:

1 If Christ became life-giving spirit after His resurrection, then Who had He been before that? Isn't God spirit? Hasn't He always given life, being the source of it? What is the difference in Christ's spirit before and after His resurrection?

2 What is the essence of Christ as the life-giving spirit? Is it divine? If so, how divine essence can interact with human nature, body and soul? How can human nature mingle with divine essence and "stay alive", without turning into the divine essence?
1.The difference between the Spirit of the Old Testament and the Spirit of the New Testament, or the Spirit of Christ, is that the Spirit has been infused with the human experience of Christ. In this way, the Spirit is a suitable replacement as a Comforter/Helper for Christ's physical presence. In other words, the Spirit became the Spirit of Christ, and Christ became the Spirit. I do not believe any change of essence in the Spirit or divinity took place.

To me it does not make sense to say that the Spirit is the Spirit of Christ yet Christ is not the Spirit. How can a person's spirit be himself but himself not be his spirit?

2. Divine essence already interacted with human nature in Christ. We can imagine Christ to be the first "prototype" of this kind of new creation.

It is said that in the old testament the Spirit never lived inside anyone, however in the New Testament the Spirit can now live inside people because of Christ. I believed this before I knew about Witness Lee, but Lee had an explanation for it. I understand that some change took place in the Spirit, resulting in the Spirit becoming the Spirit of Christ and therefore able to indwell man. I understand this change to be the same change which enabled the divine essence and human nature to interact in Christ. I believe this change not to be a change of essence but a satisfaction of legal requirements and gaining of human experiences. In other words, there was nothing intrinsic about humanity stopping God's divinity indwelling man. In fact, there is the belief that God desired to indwell man but Adam and Eve ate of the tree before that could happen - Christ came to restore and make possible God's original intention for that to happen. What was preventing was humanity's sinful nature from the fall, which prevented interaction from a legal standpoint, and God's lack of human experience by which He could relate to mankind in a full way.
10-26-2017 04:29 PM
InChristAlone
Re: Smoking Gun?

"...Western Christians do not discern between the essence and the energy of God. They say that God is only essence. Since man cannot be deified by means of divine Grace, what purpose does his life have? Only that he becomes morally better. But moral perfection is not enough for man. It is not enough for us simply to become better than before. We have as our final aim to unite with holy God Himself.

Life in Christ is not simply the moral edification of man, but deification, participation in God’s glory, and experiencing of God. This is a mystical union of God and man in the Holy Spirit.

Theosis is a process that has a few stages. And experiences of Theosis are proportional to the purity of man. The more someone is cleansed from the passions, the higher the experience he will receive from God.

With the Grace of God and within our daily struggle against our passions, with humility, repentance, prayer, observance of Gospel commandments, and partaking into the holy Mysteries, we acquire the possibility of union with Him in the present age, and in the age to come." Archimandrite George, abbott of a monastery on Mount Athos, Greece.
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God bless.
10-26-2017 04:27 PM
InChristAlone
Re: Smoking Gun?

..."Christ has two perfect natures: divine and human. These two perfect natures are joined ‘without change, without confusion, without separation, and without division’ in the one person of Christ, according to the definition of the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon.

Now then, by means of the union of the two natures in the person of Christ, human nature is irrevocably united with devine nature. Because Christ is the eternal God-man. As the God-man, He ascended to heaven. As the God-man, He sits on the right hand of the Father. As the God-man, He will come to judge the world at the Second Coming. So, now, after the incarnation of the Lord – we can unite with Him and so become gods by Grace.

A union, of course, not with the Divine essence, but with the deified human nature of Christ. (BTW, after our resurrection, people will have the same deified bodies - spiritual, immortal and incorruptible. I.e. when the Eastern Orthodox read the Apostle Paul's words about life-giving spirit, they understand it not just as some spirit that gives life but deified body of Christ, the body of new Adam, first-born of the dead. It is just in the context).

The Church is the body of Christ, the real body, not a moral one. Because we are members of Christ's body, Christ's life is offered to us and it becomes our life. And thus we are enlivened, saved, and deified. We could not be deified, had Christ not made us members of His Holy body.

Man can achieve deification because God is not only essence, as the West thinks; He is also energy. If God was only essence, we could not unite with Him, could not commune with Him, because the essence of God is unapproachable for man, in accordance with: ‘Never will man see My face and live’ (Exod. 33:20) If we were able to unite with the essence of God, we too would become gods in essence.

If we grasp a bare electric wire, we will die. However, if we connect a lamp to that wire, we are illuminated. We see, enjoy, and are assisted by the energy of electric current, but we are not able to grasp its essence. Let us say that something similar happens with the uncreated energy of God.

Again, if God had only the divine essence – of which we cannot partake – and did not have His energies, He would remain a self-sufficient god, closed within himself and unable to commune with his creatures.

With these, His uncreated energies, God created the world and continues to preserve it. He is present in nature and preserves the universe with His preserving energies; He illuminates man with His illuminating energies. Finally, He deifies him with His deifying energies.

So, we unite with God through His uncreated energies, and not through His essence..."
10-26-2017 04:25 PM
InChristAlone
Re: Smoking Gun?

Thank you, Drake.
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"According to the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, the final purpose of our life is not moral improvement but deification (greek - theosis), the full union of man with God.

God created man ‘in His image and likeness’. Having been formed ‘in His image’ (love, self-awareness, free will, creativity, etc) man is called upon to be acquire the ‘in His likeness’, in other words, deification.

Church Fathers say that God became man in order to make man a god. The full union with God, Theosis, becomes possible with the incarnation of the Divine Logos.

Adam and Eve wanted to become gods, but not in collaboration with God. They separated themselves from God, and instead of attaining deification, they attained exactly the opposite: mortality and spiritual death.

What had been made ‘in His image’ was sullied. Since the fall, man no longer has the preconditions for proceeding to deification, as he had before he sinned. Thus there is a need for a new root for humanity; a need for a new man, who will be healthy and able to redirect the freedom of man towards God.

This new root, the new man, is the God-man, Jesus Christ, the Son and Logos of God, the new Adam, who incarnates to become the new root, the new beginning, the new leaven of humanity..."
10-26-2017 04:03 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

InChristAlone>"There are a couple of things that my wife was not able to explain:

1 If Christ became life-giving spirit after His resurrection, then Who had He been before that? Isn't God spirit? Hasn't He always given life, being the source of it? What is the difference in Christ's spirit before and after His resurrection?

2 What is the essence of Christ as the life-giving spirit? Is it divine? If so, how divine essence can interact with human nature, body and soul? How can human nature mingle with divine essence and "stay alive", without turning into the divine essence?

Well, my questions do not mean that WL didn't have the answers. So, please forgive my ignorance. "



InChristAlone,

These are very thoughtful questions and I welcome a thoughtful dialogue on them. I will wait until after your next post.

If applicable, it might be better to start a new thread but either way is fine.

thanks
Drake
10-26-2017 03:52 PM
InChristAlone
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by A little brother View Post
From what you are saying, this "truth" of man becoming god was known long long ago (Athanasius) and also currently believed by many (Mommons, Orthodox, and a whole lot of Christians).
Brothers, I am sorry for interrupting your conversation. I would like to clarify a few things. You know, sometimes we can use the same word but have a different understanding of it.

For example, as far as I know, Mormons teach that deification is when a man becomes God, not only obtaining the divine essence and nature but also getting his own planet where he becomes a sole Creator.

As for WL, I hope Evangelical and Drake will correct me, I know WL read the Church Fathers. But I don't remember if he distinguished between the essence of God and the uncreated energies of God. At least, I have never heard about the latter in the LRC.

Once I talked about deification with my wife who is an active member of the LRC. I can't claim that her opinion 100% represents the teaching of WL. But what I learnt is that for her, deification happens when Christ as the life-giving spirit enters those who call on His name and study the Holy Bible, "eating and drinking Christ". In other words, this is the process when human spirit mingles with divine spirit. This process of the life-giving spirit's entring into our human spirit became possible after the resurrection of Christ.

There are a couple of things that my wife was not able to explain:

1 If Christ became life-giving spirit after His resurrection, then Who had He been before that? Isn't God spirit? Hasn't He always given life, being the source of it? What is the difference in Christ's spirit before and after His resurrection?

2 What is the essence of Christ as the life-giving spirit? Is it divine? If so, how divine essence can interact with human nature, body and soul? How can human nature mingle with divine essence and "stay alive", without turning into the divine essence?

Well, my questions do not mean that WL didn't have the answers. So, please forgive my ignorance.

However, it seems to me that the Eastern Orthodox have a different understanding of deification. Let me try to explain it in my next post. (I will use my "copy and paste approach" with help of articles of archimandrite George, abbott of a monastery on Mount Athos, Greece).
10-26-2017 03:01 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
The influence of Watchman Nee is far greater than Witness Lee. Witness Lee sought to humble brag his way into influence... but outside of his circle of yes-men, he has been the opposite of popular. I have found that the leadership in my locality loved to take credit (on behalf of their leader) for different positive aspects of modern Christianity. I found/find this hilarious - but not surprising.

For example - Taking credit for the non denominational church movement. Taking credit for increased discussion in regards to the Holy Spirit in the church. Before Witness Lee it was just the nasty Pentecostals talking about the holy spirit - most people don't know that.
In what sense is the influence of Nee greater? I think yes, in some sense, Christians may have read Normal Christian Life and gained some appreciation of the tri-partite man. But not Normal Christian Church Life. I don't know of many people leaving their denominations after reading Watchman Nee, as he said the command in the Bible is to "come out". It is the same on this forum, Nee does not have much influence, because 8 out of 10 posters will disagree with me when I say "the Bible says to come out of denominations". If Nee had some influence, the number of people in agreement would be much higher.
10-26-2017 12:14 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Thanks LofT,

Appreciate that. Rather, I am looking for references where Brother Lee specifically used the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA. Either one will suffice.

Thanks
Drake
Well, even if a book reference like Vision of the Age was provided, you could always claim that the editing of the book was flawed, perhaps Lee was misunderstood, or "taken out of context" -- a regular disclaimer.

Allso, take note of what Kerry Robichaux wrote here: "No unique Minister of The Age, Is That what Watchman Nee Taught? in his rebuttal to a Nigel Tomes paper.

10-26-2017 12:11 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Thanks LofT,

Appreciate that. Rather, I am looking for references where Brother Lee specifically used the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA. Either one will suffice.

Thanks
Drake
Why? Do you not agree with the concept?
10-26-2017 12:01 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
http://www.afaithfulword.org/article....html#Minister

This may be helpful for you. I'm surprised you're not more familiar with one of the core tenants of your church. The flow comes from Witness Lee.

Are you not in the states Drake?
Thanks LofT,

Appreciate that. Rather, I am looking for references where Brother Lee specifically used the term “Minister of the Age” or the acronym MOTA. Either one will suffice.

Thanks
Drake
10-26-2017 10:48 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
Look, WL was a stubborn man who bullied others into parroting only what HE said and doing what HE wanted to do...to whomever. He was, again, a bully, and the title MOTA certainly paved the way for his rule.

I do not believe and have never believed that he received any Revelation from the Lord to do these types of things. His behavior does not reflect the behavior of Our Lord. Our Lord would have left the ninety and nine and gone and gotten the one lost sheep. Our Lord bound up the brokenhearted and lifted their burdens. He went in search of the poor, the hurting, the damaged, and all of those that WL would refer to as poor building material. Our Lord was a man of consummate kindness and compassion who served others. It is not serving others merely to get up and speak. Serving is many actions. And these actions should be displayed in every arena in which our Lord displayed his actions of kindness and compassion.

It is supremely interesting to note that during all the time I was in the LC, I never heard one testimony of any saint receiving any kind of shepherding care for his financial needs, his physical needs, or his emotional needs from WL. No one ever repeated his many acts of kindness. They only spoke of his revelation and speaking as well as his admonishment and discipline. As they say in the secular world, not my hero.
I sure do wish you would register! It saves our Moderator the time to preview your posts.

I spent my last ten years serving as church deacon, treasurer, building manager, etc. We had a line item on our financial statements for "Needy Saints." It was always left blank. Cleveland was always beating on us to give more to their regional fund.

WL (and TC too) used their podium to regularly mantain their power base. Both practiced regular boot-camp style "dress-downs" in their elders/workers meetings. Please show me one verse in scripture to justify this management style.
10-26-2017 10:41 AM
Unregistered
Re: Smoking Gun?

The post above written by Unregistered is my personal opinion and experience only. Others have their own perspective and experience. I define a person by his/her actions and what I know to be the defining characteristics of the terms I choose.
10-26-2017 10:24 AM
Unregistered
Re: Smoking Gun?

Look, WL was a stubborn man who bullied others into parroting only what HE said and doing what HE wanted to do...to whomever. He was, again, a bully, and the title MOTA certainly paved the way for his rule.

I do not believe and have never believed that he received any Revelation from the Lord to do these types of things. His behavior does not reflect the behavior of Our Lord. Our Lord would have left the ninety and nine and gone and gotten the one lost sheep. Our Lord bound up the brokenhearted and lifted their burdens. He went in search of the poor, the hurting, the damaged, and all of those that WL would refer to as poor building material. Our Lord was a man of consummate kindness and compassion who served others. It is not serving others merely to get up and speak. Serving is many actions. And these actions should be displayed in every arena in which our Lord displayed his actions of kindness and compassion.

It is supremely interesting to note that during all the time I was in the LC, I never heard one testimony of any saint receiving any kind of shepherding care for his financial needs, his physical needs, or his emotional needs from WL. No one ever repeated his many acts of kindness. They only spoke of his revelation and speaking as well as his admonishment and discipline. As they say in the secular world, not my hero.
10-26-2017 08:13 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
The influence of Watchman Nee is far greater than Witness Lee. Witness Lee sought to humble brag his way into influence... but outside of his circle of yes-men, he has been the opposite of popular. I have found that the leadership in my locality loved to take credit (on behalf of their leader) for different positive aspects of modern Christianity. I found/find this hilarious - but not surprising.

For example - Taking credit for the non denominational church movement. Taking credit for increased discussion in regards to the Holy Spirit in the church. Before Witness Lee it was just the nasty Pentecostals talking about the holy spirit - most people don't know that.
LeastofThese, are you saying that every positive development in the entire body of Christ during the last 70 years should NOT be directly credited to Witness Lee, the consummate Minister of the Age?
10-26-2017 08:09 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
http://www.afaithfulword.org/article....html#Minister

This may be helpful for you. I'm surprised you're not more familiar with one of the core tenants of your church. The flow comes from Witness Lee.

Are you not in the states Drake?
Drake, were you saved before coming to the LC? Did you come from a Christian family?
10-26-2017 07:04 AM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Very few Christians have ever heard of him.

He is also dead.
The influence of Watchman Nee is far greater than Witness Lee. Witness Lee sought to humble brag his way into influence... but outside of his circle of yes-men, he has been the opposite of popular. I have found that the leadership in my locality loved to take credit (on behalf of their leader) for different positive aspects of modern Christianity. I found/find this hilarious - but not surprising.

For example - Taking credit for the non denominational church movement. Taking credit for increased discussion in regards to the Holy Spirit in the church. Before Witness Lee it was just the nasty Pentecostals talking about the holy spirit - most people don't know that.
10-26-2017 07:00 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
http://www.afaithfulword.org/article....html#Minister

This may be helpful for you. I'm surprised you're not more familiar with one of the core tenants of your church. The flow comes from Witness Lee.

Are you not in the states Drake?
Thank you, leastofthese.

Drake, since you are familiar with the teachings and practices of the Local Church, I must wonder if your question is disingenuous.
10-26-2017 06:48 AM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Koinonia,

Where is the reference for the term Minister of the Age.?

Drake
http://www.afaithfulword.org/article....html#Minister

This may be helpful for you. I'm surprised you're not more familiar with one of the core tenants of your church. The flow comes from Witness Lee.

Are you not in the states Drake?
10-26-2017 05:51 AM
Unregistered
Re: Smoking Gun?

MOTA reference:

http://www.afaithfulword.org/article...yMinister.html
10-26-2017 12:18 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Yet you all believe that Witness Lee is the "Minister of the Age."
Koinonia,

Where is the reference for the term Minister of the Age.?

Drake
10-25-2017 10:27 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Very few Christians have ever heard of him.

He is also dead.
Yet still popular.
10-25-2017 08:22 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
He surely is because he is so popular.
Very few Christians have ever heard of him.

He is also dead.
10-25-2017 07:39 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Yet you all believe that Witness Lee is the "Minister of the Age."
He surely is because he is so popular.
10-25-2017 04:21 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Thats right. Many even dont like to talk about the Spirit openly. Some see the Spirit only as power or force. Others who do see that the Spirit is Jesus only mean that in a metaphorical way. The "real Jesus" is in heaven they say. The Spirit is just the helper.
Yet you all believe that Witness Lee is the "Minister of the Age."
10-25-2017 04:06 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
I think that is the typical held belief. The Father is pictured on the throne in heaven, the Son will come back someday, and the Spirit is here with us now.

This general idea neglects the scriptural truth that the Spirit that indwells us is the Spirit of the glorified Jesus.

Drake
Thats right. Many even dont like to talk about the Spirit openly. Some see the Spirit only as power or force. Others who do see that the Spirit is Jesus only mean that in a metaphorical way. The "real Jesus" is in heaven they say. The Spirit is just the helper.
10-25-2017 04:04 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Really? Did you take a poll?
Yes my own polling.
These are typical beliefs I have encountered. For myself it was the first time anyone said the Spirit is Jesus without being metaphorical. I feel that is the truth rather than a dogma from a pagan emperor hundreds of years after Christ.
10-25-2017 03:07 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I think you've touched on another matter which is that most of Christianity believes that only the Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is in their heart and not the Father and the Son as well.
I think that is the typical held belief. The Father is pictured on the throne in heaven, the Son will come back someday, and the Spirit is here with us now.

This general idea neglects the scriptural truth that the Spirit that indwells us is the Spirit of the glorified Jesus.

Drake
10-25-2017 03:00 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by A little brother View Post
F. The existence of the universe is according to God’s eternal purpose to have the church—Rev. 4:11; Eph. 3:9-11:
1. The full revelation of the Scriptures unveils to us that all things in the universe are for the church—v. 9.
2. Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence—1:3-23; Matt. 28:19; 16:18; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1:1.
3. The heavens, the earth, a multitude of other things, and the tripartite man are required in order that the church may exist to express God; without these things God cannot have the church in the universe to be His corporate expression—Zech. 12:1; Rev. 4:11.


If they are talking about the obvious you mentioned, don't see why they use the word "even".
Alb,

It is what I thought. It does not mean the Gods existence is dependent on the object of His purpose. It does mean that before creation in eternity past the Triune God had a purpose and everything that followed was related to that ... even His Triune being is for the purpose He decided on and through all three, the Father, Son,and Spirit He accomplishes His purpose.

Drake
10-25-2017 10:48 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I think you've touched on another matter which is that most of Christianity believes that only the Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is in their heart and not the Father and the Son as well.
Truly amazing how many of Lee's factoids and mischaracterizations are just blindly espoused by his adherents.

LC leaders and posters would do well to heed a recent comment by former president George Bush:
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Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions – forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.
10-25-2017 10:09 AM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
I think you've touched on another matter which is that most of Christianity believes that only the Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is in their heart and not the Father and the Son as well.
Really? Did you take a poll?
10-25-2017 02:40 AM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by A little brother View Post
I don't think your statement about "Most of (Western) Christianity thinks we are only adopted sons of God." is correct though there may not be any real statistics to prove. But at least most can read the plain fact stated in 1 John 3:1 (NIV) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

I totally agree with Unregistered. There is a fine line between "son of God" and "God but not in godhead". Putting emphasis on the later can cause lots of trouble. As an example, in the recent training outlines (ITERO Autumn 2017, Leipzig, Germany), there was a statement like:

I F 2: Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence

It shows the fine line has been crossed.
I think you've touched on another matter which is that most of Christianity believes that only the Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is in their heart and not the Father and the Son as well.
10-25-2017 01:02 AM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Where does it say in that statement that the three Persons of the Godhead “exist for” that purpose. They are for that purpose. Perhaps it will help if you post the relevant sections of the outline before or after.

Since God is triune then anything God does will be done in a triune way. Since the church is God’s purpose hidden in Him since eternity past then of course the three Persons of the Godhead are for that purpose and the church is produced from the interaction of all three in the Godhead.

It seems you are objecting to something so obvious and rational that I think you must be misunderstanding the statement.

Drake
F. The existence of the universe is according to God’s eternal purpose to have the church—Rev. 4:11; Eph. 3:9-11:
1. The full revelation of the Scriptures unveils to us that all things in the universe are for the church—v. 9.
2. Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence—1:3-23; Matt. 28:19; 16:18; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1:1.
3. The heavens, the earth, a multitude of other things, and the tripartite man are required in order that the church may exist to express God; without these things God cannot have the church in the universe to be His corporate expression—Zech. 12:1; Rev. 4:11.


If they are talking about the obvious you mentioned, don't see why they use the word "even".
10-24-2017 11:45 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by A little brother View Post
Exo 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM....

The three persons have a role in producing the church, but they do not exist "for" this purpose.
Where does it say in that statement that the three Persons of the Godhead “exist for” that purpose. They are for that purpose. Perhaps it will help if you post the relevant sections of the outline before or after.

Since God is triune then anything God does will be done in a triune way. Since the church is God’s purpose hidden in Him since eternity past then of course the three Persons of the Godhead are for that purpose and the church is produced from the interaction of all three in the Godhead.

It seems you are objecting to something so obvious and rational that I think you must be misunderstanding the statement.

Drake
10-24-2017 08:49 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Most of (Western) Christianity thinks we are only adopted sons of God or considered to be sons of God rather than in actuality. Lee emphasized the fact that the born again experience (as it is known in Evangelical circles) makes us truly sons of God.
This is the kind of gross mischaracterization of the body of Christ which so characterized Witness Lee for decades.

The truth is two-fold. John emphasizes spiritual birth and Paul emphasizes Roman legal adoptive status. These do not conflict, and Christians I have met in a multitude of churches all get it.
10-24-2017 08:38 PM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Alb>”I F 2: Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence

It shows the fine line has been crossed.”

A little brother,

I don’t think you understand what was meant by the statement. Did the Father, Son,and Spirit have a role in the producing the church? If you don’t think so then which of the Persons of the Godhead were involved and which were excluded? Please provide scriptural support for your position.

Thanks
Drake
Exo 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM....

The three persons have a role in producing the church, but they do not exist "for" this purpose.
10-24-2017 08:33 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Alb>”I F 2: Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence

It shows the fine line has been crossed.”

A little brother,

I don’t think you understand what was meant by the statement. Did the Father, Son,and Spirit have a role in the producing the church? If you don’t think so then which of the Persons of the Godhead were involved and which were excluded? Please provide scriptural support for your position.

Thanks
Drake
10-24-2017 08:10 PM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Even saying "son of God" is not acceptable to many. Even to call ourselves sons of God is a blasphemous thing to say to the Jewish mind (John 10:33-36). Jews and Muslims will kill people who say they are even sons of God, so to them we may as well call ourselves God. That's what got Jesus into trouble and why they wanted to kill Him.

I don't think Lee's intention was to make us ever more than a son of God though. The question is around the type of son we are. When we understand where Lee is coming from it makes sense. Most of (Western) Christianity thinks we are only adopted sons of God or considered to be sons of God rather than in actuality. ...
I don't think your statement about "Most of (Western) Christianity thinks we are only adopted sons of God." is correct though there may not be any real statistics to prove. But at least most can read the plain fact stated in 1 John 3:1 (NIV) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

I totally agree with Unregistered. There is a fine line between "son of God" and "God but not in godhead". Putting emphasis on the later can cause lots of trouble. As an example, in the recent training outlines (ITERO Autumn 2017, Leipzig, Germany), there was a statement like:

I F 2: Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence

It shows the fine line has been crossed.
10-23-2017 06:25 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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The Bible repeatedly says that we are sons of God if we had believed in to Christ. Why is being a Son of God not enough? Why can we not simply say what the Bible says?

When a woman marries a man, they become one flesh according to scripture. But she does not become exactly like him. She has access to all that he has and enjoys his presence hopefully for their entire lives.

If a man has a son, that son has much of him in him. The son has his life since the Bible states clearly that it is the father who gives life. The son therefore is a partaker of his father's life. He enjoys all the rights and privileges of the household and is his heir if he dies. He is, again, the son of his father. As long as his father lives, that is his position.

The LC has stated, quite correctly, that we are never a part of the Godhead. That is good. But they would do far better by moving away from teaching that we are gods (which I believe we are not) back to what the Bible actually says, which is that we are sons of God. You have to ask yourself why it is not enough to be a son of God. In my opinion it is and I need no other terminology to describe it. In fact, I tremble at saying that I am a baby god. There is a verse in the Bible, applied to another being who decided that he should be God and share all that God has, that says: "Ye have said that ye are gods but ye shall die as men." I think I shall continue to be a son of God and feel deeply and profoundly content to be just that.
Even saying "son of God" is not acceptable to many. Even to call ourselves sons of God is a blasphemous thing to say to the Jewish mind (John 10:33-36). Jews and Muslims will kill people who say they are even sons of God, so to them we may as well call ourselves God. That's what got Jesus into trouble and why they wanted to kill Him.

I don't think Lee's intention was to make us ever more than a son of God though. The question is around the type of son we are. When we understand where Lee is coming from it makes sense. Most of (Western) Christianity thinks we are only adopted sons of God or considered to be sons of God rather than in actuality. Lee emphasized the fact that the born again experience (as it is known in Evangelical circles) makes us truly sons of God, not incarnated like Christ of course, but nonetheless more than merely being "considered" or "adopted". This teaching goes back to the early church and the Eastern church, Orthodoxy etc still retains the form of it.

Many Christians only understand being born again or saved in a legal sense of contractual exchange and obligation. Even though the spiritual reality is that their spirit is one with God, they do not consider this to be in a real sense, only metaphorical. It is for this reason that Lee emphasized the spiritual reality of the matter.

Pentecostals, as they emphasize the Spirit, tend to understand that being a son of God is more than just a consideration. However they consider this more in terms of miracles or outward acts than inner life. A key point of difference between Lee and the TV evangelists is that the TV evangelists only think in terms of miracles and power. Lee's teaching emphasizes what takes place in the heart/spirit of the believer which is more important than outward miracles. An outward miracle may work in 1 situation out of 10, but knowing we are truly sons of God gets us through the other 9 times. A person who understands only that they are adopted sons of God typically seeks God for a miracle as they are not aware of the availability of the inner life to draw upon. A person who understands only that they are adopted sons of God and rejects miracles and the Spirit has little strength to draw upon at all.
10-23-2017 05:16 PM
countmeworthy
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Let me ask you a question: did you ever hear the phrase "go after the good building material" in the LSM/lc?
So glad you asked! I know the question is not directed to me. But I remember very well when that phrase began to be used. It was 1977. I think it was the same time we stopped saying Sunday and had to begin using 'the Lord's day'. Sunday was a bad word. To this day, I don't know anyone who will say Sunday.

Back to good building material.. yeah.. I think that is when the gospel of Lee started going to the colleges recruiting 'good building material'.

Good thing I am no longer a part of the LC/LSM as this past weekend, beginning Thursday and ending yesterday, a group of 60 of us went to minister to prisoners incarcerated for who knows how long.

I had never been on this kind of 'mission'. But it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in Christ.

42 inmates were selected to participate in a 'Love feast' via the warden and of course (GOD behind the scenes!)

About 40 brothers in Christ took lunch and dinner to the inmates. But except for Thursday and Sunday (yesterday), the brothers befriended and ministered to the inmates from 6:30am til 7p. We women cooked lunch and dinner which included desert and home made cookies. There were 2 runs: one at 10:30am and 3:30pm. We not only prayed over the food but we prayed as the 40 guys left to minister, singing "This is the day the Lord has made". When the truck with the food would leave at 10:25 and 3:25, we also went to the truck, prayed over the food and inmates. When the guys returned at 7ishpm, we would greet them and had ice cream waiting for them. They then shared with us how it went.

There was a chapel and every 30 minutes, each of us would go into the chapel to pray for the inmates and whatever the Holy Spirit placed on their hearts to pray. Twice a day, there would sharing in the chapel too.

Before the weekend, we had meetings ahead of time. Each of us wrote 42 letters encouraging the inmates, including scriptures and prayer whatever God put on our hearts to write.

The inmates were seated around a table of 7 with a group leader. The tables were named 'Table of Paul, Peter, Luke, Mark, Matthew, John').

We did not know the name of the inmates so we had to wait until we got the list with their names. Each inmate received 42 letters, one from each of us. The letters were placed in decorated paper bags, decorated by children. Paper place mats were also decorated by children. Most had 'God loves you' or something similar. One little kid (unknown) wrote 'you better repent or you won't have any friends.) We laughed out loud and pulled it out.

The children were not from any particular one school or church.

At around 7:30pm the men would return to give us an update and many had index cards with prayer requests from the inmates. Saturday morning w

On Saturday morning we prayed over all the letters. First we called up each table and then we prayed over all the tables and letters as a unit. Each inmate also received a cross on a chain.

The inmates received their letters from us on Saturday evening.

Sunday morning they had one more home cooked meal delivered to them and since we would not be cooking dinner for them, we made hoge sandwiches for them as their dinner from us. That was so much fun.

Sunday afternoon, they had a surprising closing ceremony at the prison gym. That was the only time we were able to see the inmates. We were not allowed to talk to them or shake their hands.

We went in to the gym about an hour 1/2 before they went into the gym. There were already about 60 inmates on one side who were 'graduates' from previous years greeting us and waiting to greet the new brothers in Christ.

It was sooooo moving!! There was a small band playing Christian songs. One was hilarious! Remember 'Louie - LOU-EYE" ? They changed the words to 'PHAROE - PHAROE, oh baby, LET MY PEOPLE GO!'

When the new converts were getting ready to walk in, we began singing 'O WHEN THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN'. When they walked in, it was so spiritually emotional.

After a brief intro, each table went up to the microphone and introduced themselves. Then whoever wanted to share could speak. So many tears were shed by the converts. Many of them said they had known God from a young age and had been church kids. They are the ones that really broke down and cried. They thanked us for the letters. They loved their place mats. Some got up and said they had forgiven their father, their mother for abandoning them. Others said they had never felt loved in their lives and they could not get over how much love was poured into them.

There were lots of hugs among the inmates, the new ones as well as hugs from those who already were walking with Jesus. Everytime someone cried, the other guys would put their arms around them and prayed quietly for them.

They were also told that while they had a great weekend, the battle was just beginning. They would be returning to their 'houses'. They were encouraged to grab hold of each other, to pray together, to fellowship together.

A few were going to be paroled soon. Oh.. and the prayer request cards they wrote to us, were mostly prayer requests for their families, not for themselves.

It does not end there because every week, one or two men go to the prison on Thursdays to visit and fellowship with them. This has been on going since 1997. Once a month, the new brothers in white are taken a dozen cookies each and a home made sandwich.

These 'missions' are held twice a year. One in October and one in March. Too hot to do in the summer.

Perhaps they are not good LSM 'building material' but God loves them too.

Hebrews 2:2-3 says:
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.

The ministry is called 'Kairos' Greek for 'In God's time'.

Here is a very short video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoFMPG9vjx4

There are other you tubes on this ministry.
10-23-2017 05:03 PM
Drake
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
Who is "our"?
What's funny about the worship of Witness Lee?
Christ is the Head of every believer. There is no other.

Brother, do not be so careless when touching the headship of Christ.

Drake
10-23-2017 04:23 PM
leastofthese
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Are you attempting a bit of humor yourself?

I hope so but even so, do not blasphemy Christ our Head.

Drake

Who is "our"?

What's funny about the worship of Witness Lee?
10-23-2017 11:13 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post

This is the heavenly vision that turned Saul on the road to Damascus. He was persecuting believers and the Lord said “Why are you persecuting Me?” then the Lord drove the point home by sending Saul to get healed by a little member of the Body, Ananias. By this Saul the great persecutor became Paul the lead Apostle for the universal truth of the great corporate entity of Christ and the Church.

Drake
Talk about a distorted interpretation of the vision Saul saw! If it was all about Saul persecuting the Jewish believers who were calling on the Lord, then why did the Lord send him to the Gentiles?

Read again about what happened in Jerusalem. (Acts 21.27 - 22.23) At the temple, all the Jews were willing to hear Paul speak of his testimony until he mentioned the Gentiles. The real "vision" Paul received from the Head was not just that believers were members of Christ, "the universal truth of the great corporate entity of Christ and the Church," but that the believing Gentile nations were now part of Christ.

This was why Paul had to suffer such great things on behalf of His name. (Acts 9.16, Gal 1.15-16, Eph 3.8)
10-23-2017 09:53 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
The Bible repeatedly says that we are sons of God if we had believed in to Christ. Why is being a Son of God not enough? Why can we not simply say what the Bible says?

When a woman marries a man, they become one flesh according to scripture. But she does not become exactly like him. She has access to all that he has and enjoys his presence hopefully for their entire lives.

If a man has a son, that son has much of him in him. The son has his life since the Bible states clearly that it is the father who gives life. The son therefore is a partaker of his father's life. He enjoys all the rights and privileges of the household and is his heir if he dies. He is, again, the son of his father. As long as his father lives, that is his position.

The LC has stated, quite correctly, that we are never a part of the Godhead. That is good. But they would do far better by moving away from teaching that we are gods (which I believe we are not) back to what the Bible actually says, which is that we are sons of God. You have to ask yourself why it is not enough to be a son of God. In my opinion it is and I need no other terminology to describe it. In fact, I tremble at saying that I am a baby god. There is a verse in the Bible, applied to another being who decided that he should be God and share all that God has, that says: "Ye have said that ye are gods but ye shall die as men." I think I shall continue to be a son of God and feel deeply and profoundly content to be just that.
Unreg,

In relationship to Christ, we believers are described in many different aspects. You are correct that we are sons of God through our receiving the life and nature of God. He is the Firstborn and we are the many brothers.

Yet, the Bible also reveals that we are collectively the Body of Christ. Whereas the position of a son can still be thought of as separate from the other sons including the Firstborn even though we share His life and nature, yet being a member of a body does not allow the same latitude for separation. The members of your body are still you. If someone punches you in the arm you will say “why are you punching me?”

This is the heavenly vision that turned Saul on the road to Damascus. He was persecuting believers and the Lord said “Why are you persecuting Me?” then the Lord drove the point home by sending Saul to get healed by a little member of the Body, Ananias. By this Saul the great persecutor became Paul the lead Apostle for the universal truth of the great corporate entity of Christ and the Church.

Drake
10-23-2017 09:18 AM
Ohio
Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Are you attempting a bit of humor yourself?

I hope so but even so, do not blasphemy Christ our Head.

Drake
To call out the excessive adulation of Witness Lee in the LC's rather brings glory to our real Head, who is Christ the Lord.

Here are some excerpts by John Ingalls account STTIL from "my smoking gun:"
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On the Thanksgiving Day weekend of November 1988 Brother Lee, just returned from Taiwan, held a conference of five meetings in the auditorium of the Pasadena City College in California. The conference was followed by an elders’ meeting November 27th in the meeting place of the church in San Gabriel.In that meeting Brother Lee proclaimed that though he had a hall in Anaheim, he was not happy to use it (no doubt because of certain people who were in Anaheim). The brothers in the Los Angeles area invited him to have a conference and arranged the place in Pasadena. He said that when he heard that it would be in Pasadena he was happy. These people, he said, "exalt" me: I am happy to be exalted.

He referred to the title he has used for the Holy Spirit – "the all-inclusive Spirit of Christ as the consummation of the processed Triune God" – and asked who made such a title. Webster? he asked. Then he answered his own question, "That Lee! Lee has to be famous! Lee! Lee! Lee must have the credit! And if you listen to me, you do not listen to Lee, you listen to the very God in His oracle spoken by me." A little later in his message he said, "Going with God’s oracle, surely there is the deputy authority of God in this oracle. Whoever speaks for God, he surely has certain divine authority. I’m claiming this for Lee!"

Now I would ask, are these the words of a sober man, the words of a spiritual man, a man of God?
To me it is shocking to hear him speak this way, for he has indeed been used of God in the past to speak His Word. But to vindicate oneself so blatantly and boastfully indicates to me a fall. May the Lord have mercy on us all.
10-23-2017 08:29 AM
Drake
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
This is an attempt to be humorous?

The interesting thing is, it is not far from the truth. The LSM doesn't care how much she would speak through the power of the Spirit or from scripture - but is she flowing from the head - which is Witness Lee. Even if she adopts a blind worship of Lee, SHE would eventually be put in her place...
Are you attempting a bit of humor yourself?

I hope so but even so, do not blasphemy Christ our Head.

Drake
10-23-2017 08:26 AM
Drake
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by countmeworthy View Post
Yep!!
I was an usher at her conference in San Antonio around 2008 I think. She indeed flashed picture of Nee and LEE before the conference started each day. It was a 3 day conference. I was flabbergasted when I saw Lee's picture. To be sure, she had many, many pictures of old time preachers that probably made an impact on her walk.

I don't follow her but back in the day between 2005- 2011, I watched many TV evangelists. I don't anymore but I don't despise them. My season in watching them is up.
Thanks for the eyewitness account, CMW!

Drake
10-23-2017 07:24 AM
leastofthese
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
If we see her putting out more one-liners from Lee and then some, then I think we'd have to consider.
This is an attempt to be humorous?

The interesting thing is, it is not far from the truth. The LSM doesn't care how much she would speak through the power of the Spirit or from scripture - but is she flowing from the head - which is Witness Lee. Even if she adopts a blind worship of Lee, SHE would eventually be put in her place...
10-23-2017 07:19 AM
countmeworthy
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Certainly Joyce Meyer read Brother Lee... even flashed a picture of him in a sermon some years back.

But you know, I could not be happier when it happens. This truths need to spread to every corner of the earth even when it's done without acknowledging the source or document. Who knows what the Lord will do and with whom?

Although, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of new wine in an old wineskin. Doesn't always work out.

Drake
Yep!!
I was an usher at her conference in San Antonio around 2008 I think. She indeed flashed picture of Nee and LEE before the conference started each day. It was a 3 day conference. I was flabbergasted when I saw Lee's picture. To be sure, she had many, many pictures of old time preachers that probably made an impact on her walk.

I don't follow her but back in the day between 2005- 2011, I watched many TV evangelists. I don't anymore but I don't despise them. My season in watching them is up.
10-23-2017 04:27 AM
Unregistered
Re: Smoking Gun?

The Bible repeatedly says that we are sons of God if we had believed in to Christ. Why is being a Son of God not enough? Why can we not simply say what the Bible says?

When a woman marries a man, they become one flesh according to scripture. But she does not become exactly like him. She has access to all that he has and enjoys his presence hopefully for their entire lives.

If a man has a son, that son has much of him in him. The son has his life since the Bible states clearly that it is the father who gives life. The son therefore is a partaker of his father's life. He enjoys all the rights and privileges of the household and is his heir if he dies. He is, again, the son of his father. As long as his father lives, that is his position.

The LC has stated, quite correctly, that we are never a part of the Godhead. That is good. But they would do far better by moving away from teaching that we are gods (which I believe we are not) back to what the Bible actually says, which is that we are sons of God. You have to ask yourself why it is not enough to be a son of God. In my opinion it is and I need no other terminology to describe it. In fact, I tremble at saying that I am a baby god. There is a verse in the Bible, applied to another being who decided that he should be God and share all that God has, that says: "Ye have said that ye are gods but ye shall die as men." I think I shall continue to be a son of God and feel deeply and profoundly content to be just that.
10-23-2017 03:48 AM
Drake
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
You think the Local Church movement is a "new wineskin"?
Start a new thread if you want to discuss.
10-23-2017 03:11 AM
Ohio
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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I'm tempted to pop that information into the Ron Kangas discussion about the MOTA and "most widely circulated" material. Joyce Meyer is huge, and generally considered one of the most stable of the tv evangelists, unlike some of the more extreme hand waving and knocking people over ones.
Perhaps Joyce Meyer or one of your other word-faith preachers also has aspirations to be the next MOTA?

Don't we now need another MOTA for the 21st century?

Perhaps Nee's and Lee's teachings will widely circulate and enable us to have a female MOTA again, and then I could complain about her husband's fancy cars and lavish lifestyle.
10-23-2017 03:03 AM
Ohio
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Certainly Joyce Meyer read Brother Lee... even flashed a picture of him in a sermon some years back.

But you know, I could not be happier when it happens. This truths need to spread to every corner of the earth even when it's done without acknowledging the source or document. Who knows what the Lord will do and with whom?

Although, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of new wine in an old wineskin. Doesn't always work out.

Drake
That's what quarantines are for. Eh?
10-23-2017 02:59 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
And ..... there it is.., post 95.

You know Evangelical this is the proof point to the situation I mentioned earlier. It is very difficult for a person to have rationale conversation if they have never processed an experience and allowed the Lord to heal them. So they fall back on the only thing they know. Therefore, a conversation will, most of the time, end up in the same place... PL, John Ingalls, Titus Chu.. The answer to everything. Does not matter what the topic is.

Drake
But ... Drake ... This is the "smoking gun" thread is it not?

You have to cut me some slack. Huh?

By your logic, since WL and the Blendeds have condemned all of Christianity their entire lives, they have "never processed the experience, or allowed the Lord to heal them."
10-22-2017 11:37 PM
Evangelical
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Koinonia View Post
Is Meyer "in more circulation" than Witness Lee? Maybe she's the MOTA (it helps that she is actually still living)...
If we see her putting out more one-liners from Lee and then some, then I think we'd have to consider.
10-22-2017 11:29 PM
Koinonia
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
I'm tempted to pop that information into the Ron Kangas discussion about the MOTA and "most widely circulated" material. Joyce Meyer is huge, and generally considered one of the most stable of the tv evangelists, unlike some of the more extreme hand waving and knocking people over ones.
Is Meyer "in more circulation" than Witness Lee? Maybe she's the MOTA (it helps that she is actually still living)...
10-22-2017 11:28 PM
Koinonia
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Certainly Joyce Meyer read Brother Lee... even flashed a picture of him in a sermon some years back.

But you know, I could not be happier when it happens. This truths need to spread to every corner of the earth even when it's done without acknowledging the source or document. Who knows what the Lord will do and with whom?

Although, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of new wine in an old wineskin. Doesn't always work out.

Drake
You think the Local Church movement is a "new wineskin"?
10-22-2017 11:14 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

This is for Ohio who said:

"2. I am not aware that Catholics believe in deification. I was raised Catholic, with 12 years parochial education, and 6 years of Latin. I never heard of the teaching while I was there. But, for that matter, I never heard the gospel either."


“The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 3, Paragraph I, I:460),

So now it's those aberrant cults like mormons and Catholics who propagate this teaching
10-22-2017 11:13 PM
Evangelical
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Certainly Joyce Meyer read Brother Lee... even flashed a picture of him in a sermon some years back.

But you know, I could not be happier when it happens. This truths need to spread to every corner of the earth even when it's done without acknowledging the source or document. Who knows what the Lord will do and with whom?

Although, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of new wine in an old wineskin. Doesn't always work out.

Drake
I'm tempted to pop that information into the Ron Kangas discussion about the MOTA and "most widely circulated" material. Joyce Meyer is huge, and generally considered one of the most stable of the tv evangelists, unlike some of the more extreme hand waving and knocking people over ones.
10-22-2017 11:05 PM
Drake
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
The timing of all these tv-evangelists revealing the teaching on "little gods" is suspicious to me. I wonder if they are on the LSM mail order too?
Certainly Joyce Meyer read Brother Lee... even flashed a picture of him in a sermon some years back.

But you know, I could not be happier when it happens. This truths need to spread to every corner of the earth even when it's done without acknowledging the source or document. Who knows what the Lord will do and with whom?

Although, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of new wine in an old wineskin. Doesn't always work out.

Drake
10-22-2017 10:56 PM
Evangelical
Re: Back to my Smoking Gun

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
The timing of Lee's recovery of high peak truths strikes me as quite suspicious.

Do you really expect us all to believe that the holy and ascended Head of the church would unveil the mystery of the ages to a solitary minister in Anaheim who had just excommunicated and slandered dozens of devoted men of God because they dared to expose the minister's abusive and molesting reprobate son whom he placed in charge of his ministry?

Is that what "becoming God" looks like?
The timing of all these tv-evangelists revealing the teaching on "little gods" is suspicious to me. I wonder if they are on the LSM mail order too? As Bill Winston said, we need to get acquainted with our divinity
10-22-2017 10:51 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

I don't think many on this forum have an appreciation of just how prevalent Nee/Lee's teaching is in Christianity, or maybe Penn-Lewis.

This video is a string of word-faith teachers propagating the teaching of Christians being "God's-kind", God-men, or "little gods":

https://youtu.be/sPoQixUloZk

When Joyce Meyer says "if humans have a baby it's called "human-kind" and cattle having a baby is called "cattle kind". Then children of God are called "God-kind". " this seems like she read Lee's books.

Many sincere believers from all kinds of denominations contribute to or benefit from these word-faith evangelists so whenever their material is purchased around the world it is essentially propagation of Lee's high peak truths, (in a much more materialistic way of course).
10-22-2017 10:45 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Evangelical>"Instead I expect a reply from you with some reference to one of the turmoils or rebellions which have nothing to do with the subject"

Yep. It's coming.

Drake
And ..... there it is.., post 95.

You know Evangelical this is the proof point to the situation I mentioned earlier. It is very difficult for a person to have rationale conversation if they have never processed an experience and allowed the Lord to heal them. So they fall back on the only thing they know. Therefore, a conversation will, most of the time, end up in the same place... PL, John Ingalls, Titus Chu.. The answer to everything. Does not matter what the topic is.

Drake
10-22-2017 10:43 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Evangelical>"Instead I expect a reply from you with some reference to one of the turmoils or rebellions which have nothing to do with the subject"

Yep. It's coming.

Drake
10-22-2017 10:27 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by A little brother View Post
From what you are saying, this "truth" of man becoming god was known long long ago (Athanasius) and also currently believed by many (Mommons, Orthodox, and a whole lot of Christians). So what exactly was lost and then recovered by WL's "high peak truth"?
That is factually correct that its a teaching that has been in Christianity for centuries and is still promoted today by TV evangelists and such. I cannot say that these were influenced by Lee/Nee as I suspect they took the teaching directly from the source (early church fathers) or from the Orthodox church. Many charismatic and pentecostal churches and individuals follow these TV evangelists and look up to them.

Given that the Orthodox church teaches it we could even say it is historically orthodox but Ohio seems to have meant "orthodox evangelical" and I don't know if that term even means anything, particularly since he and others have often rejected my "orthodox evangelical" posts taken from CARM, gotquestions.org and bible.org (Daniel Wallace etc) against their "non-orthodox evangelical" (that God did not preserve His Word into English, for example).

So Ohio was wrong on two accounts, the first being that only aberrant cults teach it, and the second that it is unorthodox, which having its origins with Athanasius it clearly is not.

I think it was recovered to the Western church (which includes Protestants and Evangelicals etc), clearly the teaching has prevailed in the East.
10-22-2017 10:15 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
Have you studied what W. Nee and early Lee have said about becoming God?

And no, I don't get my teachings from Benny Hinn. Have you ever watched him prance around the stage knocking over people who supposedly got healed, but no one could verify it?

Actually, now that you mention it, W. Lee began teaching this "high peak" stuff during the midst of the turmoils in the late 80's-early 90's. It was quite the diversionary tactic, don't you think? Oh that's right, you weren't around in those days to know what happened.
Therein lies the hypocrisy when many Christians in evangelical, pentecostal and charimsatic circles are following Benny Hinn and others teaching the same things that Lee/Nee taught regarding man becoming God and you choose to connect the Local Churches to aberrant cults like the Mormons because you know that is an easy sell and makes it look worse than it actually is.

But an objective and fair person would consider that the doctrine is also prevalent in the word-faith movement, the Orthodox and the early church and consider that it is not a teaching confined to the Mormon church and "similar cults".
10-22-2017 09:44 PM
Ohio
Back to my Smoking Gun

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
Instead I expect a reply from you with some reference to one of the turmoils or rebellions which have nothing to do with the subject.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
Actually, now that you mention it, W. Lee began teaching this "high peak" stuff during the midst of the turmoils in the late 80's-early 90's. It was quite the diversionary tactic, don't you think?
The timing of Lee's recovery of high peak truths strikes me as quite suspicious.

Do you really expect us all to believe that the holy and ascended Head of the church would unveil the mystery of the ages to a solitary minister in Anaheim who had just excommunicated and slandered dozens of devoted men of God because they dared to expose the minister's abusive and molesting reprobate son whom he placed in charge of his ministry?

Is that what "becoming God" looks like?
10-22-2017 09:23 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
thanks for bringing us back to topic. I'll head to bennyhinndiscussions.com to warn people about his teachings.
Sorry. I guess I felt obligated to respond to some of EvanGelical's post. My bad.

Note to self:
10-22-2017 08:55 PM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
It takes a whole 5 seconds to find that not only Mormons, but also Orthodox believe it, and therefore your use of the term "only aberrant cults like Mormons" is probably not appropriate. I asked you to check your facts not because I thought you were ignorant (we've discussed this topic before, a while ago, and you seemed knowledgeable) but because I know you are not typing from ignorance, but deliberately ignoring that Orthodox believe in deification in order to make the local churches and Witness Lee look worse.

But when examined Lee's teaching is no worse than the Orthodox teaching, as unlike the Mormons, Lee qualifies his statements by saying we do not become part of the God-head. Also the teaching is found in pentecostalism and word-faith teaching, in Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch, Fred Price, and Joyce Meyer.

So there are a whole lot of Christians believing it outside of the local churches.

Here is Benny Hinn saying "God came from heaven, became a man, made man into little gods", and "I am a God-man"

https://youtu.be/S_2A7gS5eUE

But I have yet to see you or anyone come out and say these American TV evangelists are cults?
From what you are saying, this "truth" of man becoming god was known long long ago (Athanasius) and also currently believed by many (Mommons, Orthodox, and a whole lot of Christians). So what exactly was lost and then recovered by WL's "high peak truth"?
10-22-2017 08:29 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
Have you studied what W. Nee and early Lee have said about becoming God?

And no, I don't get my teachings from Benny Hinn. Have you ever watched him prance around the stage knocking over people who supposedly got healed, but no one could verify it?

Actually, now that you mention it, W. Lee began teaching this "high peak" stuff during the midst of the turmoils in the late 80's-early 90's. It was quite the diversionary tactic, don't you think? Oh that's right, you weren't around in those days to know what happened.
thanks for bringing us back to topic. I'll head to bennyhinndiscussions.com to warn people about his teachings.
10-22-2017 08:18 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post

Here is Benny Hinn saying "God came from heaven, became a man, made man into little gods", and "I am a God-man"

But I have yet to see you or anyone come out and say these American TV evangelists are cults?

Instead I expect a reply from you with some reference to one of the turmoils or rebellions which have nothing to do with the subject.
Have you studied what W. Nee and early Lee have said about becoming God?

And no, I don't get my teachings from Benny Hinn. Have you ever watched him prance around the stage knocking over people who supposedly got healed, but no one could verify it?

Actually, now that you mention it, W. Lee began teaching this "high peak" stuff during the midst of the turmoils in the late 80's-early 90's. It was quite the diversionary tactic, don't you think? Oh that's right, you weren't around in those days to know what happened.
10-22-2017 06:57 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
Evan, long before you heard of W. LEE, I studied both the scriptures, the church fathers, and the Reformers. THE FACTS you allude to are both sparse and scarce. Years ago I did myself no favor by spending hours and days researching this subject, and that's why I posted as I did.
It takes a whole 5 seconds to find that not only Mormons, but also Orthodox believe it, and therefore your use of the term "only aberrant cults like Mormons" is probably not appropriate. I asked you to check your facts not because I thought you were ignorant (we've discussed this topic before, a while ago, and you seemed knowledgeable) but because I know you are not typing from ignorance, but deliberately ignoring that Orthodox believe in deification in order to make the local churches and Witness Lee look worse.

But when examined Lee's teaching is no worse than the Orthodox teaching, as unlike the Mormons, Lee qualifies his statements by saying we do not become part of the God-head. Also the teaching is found in pentecostalism and word-faith teaching, in Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch, Fred Price, and Joyce Meyer.

So there are a whole lot of Christians believing it outside of the local churches.

Here is Benny Hinn saying "God came from heaven, became a man, made man into little gods", and "I am a God-man"

https://youtu.be/S_2A7gS5eUE

But I have yet to see you or anyone come out and say these American TV evangelists are cults?

Instead I expect a reply from you with some reference to one of the turmoils or rebellions which have nothing to do with the subject.
10-22-2017 06:32 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
For Evangelical,

Your tone in your last sentence to Ohio and it's content are inappropriate and rude. There is no way that ANYONE can be aware of all the "facts" and none of us can afford to take the position of "schoolmaster" sending an inferior "student" back to the books. If you are aware of some "facts", just share them.
Ohio called the local churches an "aberrant cult" like the Mormons, knowing full well the facts of this teaching existing in the early church and in Orthodoxy. I knew that Ohio wasn't posting out of ignorance, but out of deception, given that he knew already that the teaching and forms of it was existing in the early church and the Orthodox church, and any church which respects Athanasius. But he decided to claim that "only aberrant cults" like the Mormons believe in this teaching.

The facts are all over the internet about this:

St. Maximus the Confessor wrote:
A sure warrant for looking forward with hope to deification of human nature is provided by the Incarnation of God, which makes man God to the same degree as God Himself became man ... . Let us become the image of the one whole God, bearing nothing earthly in ourselves, so that we may consort with God and become gods, receiving from God our existence as gods. For it is clear that He Who became man without sin (cf. Heb. 4:15) will divinize human nature without changing it into the Divine Nature, and will raise it up for His Own sake to the same degree as He lowered Himself for man's sake. This is what St[.] Paul teaches mystically when he says, '[]that in the ages to come he might display the overflowing richness of His grace' (Eph. 2:7)[6]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosi...stian_theology)
10-22-2017 06:28 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
1. Martin Luther also believed in transubstantiation, that the communion bread is literally the body of Christ. Do you believe that too?

2. I am not aware that Catholics believe in deification. I was raised Catholic, with 12 years parochial education, and 6 years of Latin. I never heard of the teaching while I was there. But, for that matter, I never heard the gospel either.

3. The Eastern Orthodox church does believe in deification, so you are correct on that point. One of our long time posters InChristAlone left the LC and now meets with the E.O. church.

4. 2 Peter 1.4 says that "Jesus our Lord ... has granted us great promises, that thru these we might become partakers of the divine nature." How does that mean that "we become God in nature?" We also partake of God's marvelous grace. Does that also mean "we become God in grace?" How about we become God in promises? Do we become God in love?

5. Yes, I understand the exact quote is from the early church, Athanasius to be more specific. Now, while I have great respect for Athanasius and many of the church fathers, they are not the Apostles, and they did not write the scripture. I do appreciate the creeds, and while they are all helpful, they are not scripture either.

6. When I refer to orthodox evangelical scholars I am not referring to scholars from the E.O. churches.

Conclusion: Both WN and WL repeatedly claimed to be those uniquely "returning to the pure Word of God." They boasted that even if the whole world believed something, if it were not in the Bible, they would never believe it. WN's quote here is even plastered on the LSM "Shin Gee" building in downtown Taipei.

Now why the change? Both early Lee and Nee both rejected deification. If the Lord wanted something this crucial to be believed by the church, he surely would have spelled it out for us.

Don't you think it's really amazing that the two primary teachings for which LSM condemns all of Christianity -- the ground of oneness and man becoming God -- are not even spelled out in the Bible?
So we have mormons and Orthodox who promote this teaching. Do you believe Orthodox are aberrant cults too?
10-22-2017 05:35 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
Thats not true. Catholic and Orthodox believe in it and the Scripture is 2 Peter 1.4. It was also believed by Luther. The quote as stated is from the early church.
1. Martin Luther also believed in transubstantiation, that the communion bread is literally the body of Christ. Do you believe that too?

2. I am not aware that Catholics believe in deification. I was raised Catholic, with 12 years parochial education, and 6 years of Latin. I never heard of the teaching while I was there. But, for that matter, I never heard the gospel either.

3. The Eastern Orthodox church does believe in deification, so you are correct on that point. One of our long time posters InChristAlone left the LC and now meets with the E.O. church.

4. 2 Peter 1.4 says that "Jesus our Lord ... has granted us great promises, that thru these we might become partakers of the divine nature." How does that mean that "we become God in nature?" We also partake of God's marvelous grace. Does that also mean "we become God in grace?" How about we become God in promises? Do we become God in love?

5. Yes, I understand the exact quote is from the early church, Athanasius to be more specific. Now, while I have great respect for Athanasius and many of the church fathers, they are not the Apostles, and they did not write the scripture. I do appreciate the creeds, and while they are all helpful, they are not scripture either.

6. When I refer to orthodox evangelical scholars I am not referring to scholars from the E.O. churches.

Conclusion: Both WN and WL repeatedly claimed to be those uniquely "returning to the pure Word of God." They boasted that even if the whole world believed something, if it were not in the Bible, they would never believe it. WN's quote here is even plastered on the LSM "Shin Gee" building in downtown Taipei.

Now why the change? Both early Lee and Nee both rejected deification. If the Lord wanted something this crucial to be believed by the church, he surely would have spelled it out for us.

Don't you think it's really amazing that the two primary teachings for which LSM condemns all of Christianity -- the ground of oneness and man becoming God -- are not even spelled out in the Bible?
10-22-2017 02:13 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Unreg,

So Evangelical's last sentence is inappropriate but the mocking and derision found in abundance in others posts toward him is fine with you.

I'll join you in a call for civil discourse but not with your selective outrage.

The fact is, this is less a forum about discussion of facts and often more about opinions based on others opinions. The lack of due diligence to present the facts is absolutely astounding.

Drake
I have also endured much mocking and derision from Evan G.

He is not a defenseless victim here on this forum.
10-22-2017 02:05 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
Thats not true. Catholic and Orthodox believe in it and the Scripture is 2 Peter 1.4. It was also believed by Luther. The quote as stated is from the early church.
You would do yourself a favor if you spend more time checking facts before posting.
Evan, long before you heard of W. LEE, I studied both the scriptures, the church fathers, and the Reformers. THE FACTS you allude to are both sparse and scarce. Years ago I did myself no favor by spending hours and days researching this subject, and that's why I posted as I did.
10-22-2017 12:28 PM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Unreg,

So Evangelical's last sentence is inappropriate but the mocking and derision found in abundance in others posts toward him is fine with you.

I'll join you in a call for civil discourse but not with your selective outrage.

The fact is, this is less a forum about discussion of facts and often more about opinions based on others opinions. The lack of due diligence to present the facts is absolutely astounding.

Drake
I take your point that in some cases there is a lack of due diligence. But it is an oversimplification to say this a discussion forum based simply on "opinions based on others opinions." This discussion forum is full of people's personal experiences.
10-22-2017 10:15 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Gideon>" But… (and here’s where my lack of history possibly kicks in…), weren’t there groups that stayed faithful to the Word even through the dark ages? I believe the Anabaptists were one? (Maybe others?) So how would WN/WL view these faithful brethren? Were they part of the Recovery? Pre-Recovery? (It strikes me that it perhaps almost parallels OT Israel- as small as it may have been at times- there ALWAYS remained a remnant that remained faithful to God?) So the Reformation took off and grew over time- and MAAAAAAAANY Godly teachers have come and gone in the last few hundred years. WL et al would seriously claim that THE VAST MAJORITY OF TEACHERS since Luther (I believe I’ve caught wind of a small list of others that are approved by LC?) are wrong and have missed the theological boat? I’m not trying to be rude, but that seems an enormously wide-sweeping, self-serving, prideful claim to me. Only the LC has “true truth’? Only they have it right? That seems scarily elitist and unbiblical to me. (I want to clarify here- in my few visits to the LC I have not caught the slightest hint of this elitism- and the few folks I’ve gotten to know actually seem to refer to other believers as such. But it does concern me if this is truly an ongoing teaching of the LC?)"

Gideon,

There were recoveries during the dark ages before the Reformation. Yet the Reformation represented a monumental shift. Following the Reformation many servants were raised up such as the Anabaptists who stood on Luthers shoulders in that they baptized those that were justified by faith. Calvin, Wesley, the Moravian brothers, Govett, Pember, the Brethren, ... too many to enumerate here but Watchman Nee's "What Are We?" covers the flow of God's Recovery up to and including servants and events up to about a hundred years ago when he spoke it. That booklet may be found online at LSM.org under the online publications and read for free. All of those servants had their place in the history of the Lords Recovery. Far from dismissing them we all are standing on their shoulders!

We do not hold the view that only we are right theologically. It is fair to say we believe the Lord has given us a special calling. Apart from that special calling we have no reason to exist. Here is a summary from the booklet I mentioned:

"Hence, what are we doing today? We should answer as John the Baptist did that we are a voice in the wilderness (John 1:23). Our work is to sound out the call to God’s children to return to God’s central purpose, to take Christ as the center of all things, and to take His death, resurrection, and ascension as the basis of everything. This is the message of Colossians 1 and 3. We know the position of the church in the New Testament. We realize that this position is lofty and spiritual. We thank God for the help rendered to us from the Western missionaries. Yet God is showing us today that we should bring everything back to God’s central purpose. Our work today is to return to the biblical ground of the church."


What some characterize as elitist is just our commitment to follow our calling before the Lord.

Hope that helps.

Drake
10-22-2017 09:24 AM
Drake
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For Evangelical,

Your tone in your last sentence to Ohio and it's content are inappropriate and rude. There is no way that ANYONE can be aware of all the "facts" and none of us can afford to take the position of "schoolmaster" sending an inferior "student" back to the books. If you are aware of some "facts", just share them.
Unreg,

So Evangelical's last sentence is inappropriate but the mocking and derision found in abundance in others posts toward him is fine with you.

I'll join you in a call for civil discourse but not with your selective outrage.

The fact is, this is less a forum about discussion of facts and often more about opinions based on others opinions. The lack of due diligence to present the facts is absolutely astounding.

Drake
10-22-2017 04:34 AM
Unregistered
Re: Smoking Gun?

For Evangelical,

Your tone in your last sentence to Ohio and it's content are inappropriate and rude. There is no way that ANYONE can be aware of all the "facts" and none of us can afford to take the position of "schoolmaster" sending an inferior "student" back to the books. If you are aware of some "facts", just share them.
10-21-2017 08:38 PM
zeek
Re: Smoking Gun?

I'm in
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With this in mind, I'm wondering if some of you ex-LCers might share your biggest complaint/grudge/issue/false-teaching/heresy/etc… you personally found in relation to the LC. If you could only pick one- what would it be? That would really help me know some things to look for.
I was drawn to Witness Lee's movement because I was led to believe that the local churches were a return to the original unity of all Christians. The dates of my involvement with the Local Church movement are listed on my signature line below. Initially the basis of oneness was explained as the recovery of the oneness of the Spirit by dropping all the teachings and practices that divide us and simply meeting with the Christians in the city where I lived.

What I found out again and again was that this was not the case. Witness Lee taught that "The denominational organizations have been utilized by Satan to set up his satanic system to destroy God's economy of the proper church life." (Life-Study of Genesis, Chapter 34, Section 6). If one did not conform to whatever practice Witness Lee was preaching at the time one was ostracized for being out of the "Flow".

Those that didn't believe that Witness Lee was the one true Minister of the Age were labeled as divisive and driven out of the meetings. When Witness Lee sued other Christians in court, I felt that violated I Corinthians 6:1-8. When I expressed that opinion, I was labeled as a "negative brother." My wife was called upon by the local elder to meet with him and the wives of other negative brothers and pray for [against?] me.

Finally, I witnessed that the Local Churches conducted sham business meetings where members were expected to say "Amen" to every decision that elders made. Dissenting opinions were negatively sanctioned by the group. As business meetings, these meetings were nothing more than shams conducted for the purpose of satisfying the IRS. When I saw that bogus business meetings were sanctioned by Witness Lee, I left.

So , my biggest complaint is that the Local Churches didn't keep to the unity of the Spirit that was my reason for joining in the first place. They acted like they were one in the Spirit in the beginning and they taught me how to act that way too. But, the deeper I got into it, the more complicated it became and the more I lost the simplicity I had initially in Christ. The Local Church Movement promotes a semblance of unity by reinforcing conformity and suppressing conscientious dissent. For me it was a 13 year journey with lifetime consequences. But, I'm glad I left.
10-21-2017 07:13 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I would basically agree with this ...

Until the end of Witness Lee's life, that is, where he radically departed from the core teachings of both the Reformers and Watchman Nee and moved into a highly speculative and controversial arena of doctrine which he called his "High Peak" teachings.

These teachings can be summarized by the oft repeated phrase, "God became man to make man God." This teaching has no scriptural support, and must draw on verse inference only. If true, why didn't Jesus or the Apostles actually say it? Why is it that only aberrant cults, like the Mormons, promote this unorthodox teaching? Why do you think that nearly all orthodox Christian evangelical scholars have trouble with this assertion?
Thats not true. Catholic and Orthodox believe in it and the Scripture is 2 Peter 1.4. It was also believed by Luther. The quote as stated is from the early church.
You would do yourself a favor if you spend more time checking facts before posting.
10-21-2017 06:17 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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The last category is concerning the work and it is here where the fiercest allegations arise and in some cases with legitimate objections. For example, there is no question that mistakes were made when it came to Philip Lee in the management of LSM office. At minimum a workplace harassment should have been filed. If the worst allegations were verified it should have resulted In engaging law enforcement.
From those who met Philip Lee and have recorded their experiences around him, we must draw comparisons with Harvey Weinstein, recently occupying the news cycle. It was common knowledge that Philip was a hot-tempered, fleshly man, who had little respect for other people. None of this was hidden from his own father, who heard the gross stories of his behavior for decades. We don't know what was said between the two in private, but we do know that Philip was never disciplined or removed from power, rather his victims were relocated to other cities. The actions of the father could not be defined as a single "misstep," since they occurred over a lengthy period of time.

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PLs actions never defined my experience of Christ. The misstep his father made in trusting his son did not define my experience of Christ and the Church. The difference between me and others on this matter is that I processed the experience and moved on. Others never moved on and are stuck in events of decades ago.
Drake, your comment that PL's actions "did not define my experience of Christ," assumes that our cries for justice are not an experience of Christ. You also said "the difference between me and others on this matter is that I processed the experience and moved on." This indicates that you were an LSM insider, who was informed of the facts of the case, and decided they were not significant. Lucky for you. The rest of us around the globe were purposely kept in the dark from the facts, and lied to in order to coverup crimes. We never got to make that decision. Then referring to some of us, "Others never moved on and are stuck in events of decades ago." In my case, I believed these lies for 15 years, then learned the sordid details in 2005 when I exited the LC's.

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Other objections around the quarantine of individuals and churches need to be reviewed case by case. I also loved these brothers who were dismissed from the work but I also understand why it happened and the manner in which it went down. Others see it differently and I respect that but we just have to agree to disagree in most cases.
It was the public quarantines, false accusations, and smearing the reputations of godly men that troubled me the most. Lee forced everyone to publicly choose sides, with him in unrighteousness, or expelled for having a conscience. Perhaps you loved John Ingalls and others, but you never came to their aid. You assented to the allegations of a Kangaroo Court. John Ingalls and others received the same kind of "justice" as the Lord Jesus got standing before the High Priest and Pilate.
10-21-2017 05:51 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

Whatever helps you sleep at night Evan. I've sat in those chairs, the wool isn't over my eyes bro
10-21-2017 04:14 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

I guess you think people take communion to get others approval too?
Pray reading and speaking is an expectation but not for the reason you said.

People who dont speak are not functioning and therefore not building up the church.

Every church has expectations and God forbid that a person has to actually do something! Whats the point of meeting if no one participates?
10-21-2017 01:51 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

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In some sense, all of this is true. Most LC members love the Lord and are very well-intentioned. But try sharing someone from a book or author other than WL and see what happens. As a newbie, you will probably get away with it--until you don't.
This is well stated, and matches my experience. Get in line - stay in line. Even if you say something wildly off, you'll usually get an Amen, as long it is clear you've bought in to the tribe.

I remember the response after a brother said that he felt burdened to share Christ with others, that Witness Lee didn't matter. I was probably the only one nodding along, while the other wrang their hands, waiting for the awkwardness to end. I don't think he got any "Amens".

On a similar note, Drake mentioned "Still, no one is obligated to pray read the Scripture or call on the Lord. If one doesn't like it don't do it is my opinion."

Drakes comment is the general response you'll get if you really press into it. But practically, that doesn't tell the whole story. The brothers taught pray reading during Sunday meetings, so brothers also taught it in home meetings, then brothers practiced it during "fellowship". So while we're not "obligated" it is an expectation - if you want approval - get in line - stay in line.

One meeting a sister began to share in a Sunday meeting about how it turned her off that all the saints spoke with the same tone and cadence - as she continued, the room fell silent. I'm sure the elders shifted towards the front of their seats, while others sat by holding their breath, sheepishly waiting for it all to be over. As she continued to talk, the air cleared as the saints collectively took their much needed breath. She was OK with it! Amen, Lord Jesus! All was right again with the world and the next person could share their portion.
10-21-2017 01:28 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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The last category is concerning the work and it is here where the fiercest allegations arise and in some cases with legitimate objections. For example, there is no question that mistakes were made when it came to Philip Lee in the management of LSM office. At minimum a workplace harassment should have been filed. If the worst allegations were verified it should have resulted In engaging law enforcement. Some here accuse me of turning a blind eye to this. I don't and never have. As serious as it was, it does not negate everything else. I am just not obsessed with it as others here are. PLs actions never defined my experience of Christ. The misstep his father made in trusting his son did not define my experience of Christ and the Church. The difference between me and others on this matter is that I processed the experience and moved on. Others never moved on and are stuck in events of decades ago. I understand many here were devastated, crushed, and disillusioned about that matter. I get that, but I only care that they are emotionally and spiritually bogged in a slough of discontent and often anger. When I read their posts I pray they will be able to climb out and be at peace with God and men, even fallen men they once put on a pedestal. Perhaps that is another difference between me and others. I never put Brother Lee on a pedestal and my expectations were moderated by the biblical record of the weaknesses and mistakes of his servants.
Wow, that was hilarious. Do you really think that you have provided the "worst case scenario"?

Let me give you my "worst case scenario".

1. Daystar was criminal. I am familiar with SEC regulations involving selling an IPO (I am a licensed stock broker). A few years back when I first came to this forum I learned about Daystar in some detail. I am no expert, others on this forum know much more than me, but I came to the conclusion that selling this investment to the saints would have involved some very serious violations of US government regulations on the sale of securities. But the evidence was clear that at the time of Daystar the pernicious behavior of PL and TL was on full display, WL was well aware of it then and certainly was aware of the legal jeopardy he was in at the conclusion of this scam. His financial survival depended on several things -- he needed the elders (Ray G and Benson P, among others) to sell the saints on eating their loss without asking to be reimbursed. Had this gone to trial WL and his sons would have had very serious legal jeopardy, worse than just going bankrupt. Second, he needed to set up the Living Stream Ministry, a new corporation, to limit the liability from Daystar. Finally, it appears based on a full view of his subsequent behavior that WL needed PL to be the president of LSM because of something (he was willing to sacrifice Max, John Ingalls, and many other saints in exchange for keeping PL as President, why?)

2. Then after setting up Living Stream Ministry PL abused a sister. She was sent to Houston. Ray G and Benson clearly knew about this. At precisely the same time that they took this sister Houston also became a branch of LSM printing LSM materials on a very small printer. I became involved in the LSM from that moment. As an eyewitness of the subsequent behavior Ray was obsessed that no brother be alone with a sister. Although this might be a general rule for the recovery I can testify that this rule was vigorously taught, repeated and enforced. I have never known anyone else in the Recovery who emphasized this rule more. In retrospect I would say that Ray was well aware of what PL had done but may have attributed it to "being tempted". He might have viewed PL as someone who was tempted to sin and not necessarily a predator. Still there is the appearance of evil, a quid pro quo, Houston covers up PL's sin and they get to become a branch of LSM.

However, this also coincided with Max's "rebellion", Sal's "rebellion", and the "Sister's rebellion". What we now know is that Max learned that PL was a sexual predator. Sal learned about fraudulent financial dealings of Daystar, etc. The Sisters rebellion was a preemptive attack by WL on them since he figured once he made Max a scapegoat that the group his wife fellowshipped with might learn about PL, so they had to be discredited.

In all of these cases Ray Graver and Benson Phillips played key roles. Benson was the one who supposedly discovered Max's rebellion. He was the one that went to Boston to deal with the chaos caused by Sal's leaving. Also Ray and Benson were the ones that accused Jane of rebellion in the contrived "sister's rebellion". Once again, not only did Houston get rewarded with the LSM branch office but LSM also decided to build a conference center in Irving Texas. Ray was the foreman. LSM also built Benson a new house in Irving. Once again, this has the appearance of evil, they were rewarded for being faithful to clean up WL's mess.

3. However, thanks to all this PL the sexual predator is able to continue as President of LSM thanks to WL getting rid of Max, Sal, and the Sisters. And thanks to Ray and Benson. John Ingalls becomes aware of further abuses. He and the Anaheim elders go to Witness Lee and ultimately are forced to resign. They are replaced by Ed Marks (Houston/Irving), Kerry Robicheaux (Houston/Irving), Ray Graver and Benson Phillips. Once again, for the third time, this has the appearance of evil. They covered their eyes, ears and mouth to the sins of PL and as a result they were rewarded by Witness Lee.
10-21-2017 12:52 PM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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In some sense, all of this is true. Most LC members love the Lord and are very well-intentioned. But try sharing someone from a book or author other than WL and see what happens. As a newbie, you will probably get away with it--until you don't. Also, some of the HWMR material is innocuous, but much is silly stuff like this:
F. We need to be on the third story of the ark, under the skylight, the unique window, receiving light from the Lord through
the ministry of the age—Gen. 6:16:
1. In God’s economy and in God’s church there is only one
window, one revelation, and one vision.
2. We need to serve God according to the vision of the age,
which comes through the ministry of the age.
Did you know that the overhead window in the ark is a picture of Witness Lee's ministry? Remember--this is supposed to be your morning devotional material.
This steady diet of daily "reinforcement," supposedly based on a careful study of scriptures, all the while "standing on the shoulders" of great men of God throughout the generations, is what blinds LC inhabitants from greener pastures.

A regularly occurring theme of members after leaving the LC program is this: "I can't believe there are so many riches of Christ, and so many dear believers in Christianity."

Read their stories.
10-21-2017 11:47 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Just a quick thought I wanted to share- in an effort to give credit where it is due. I've gone to maybe 5-6 Sunday meetings at the LC. I've heard here- and other places- that only LC approved "stuff" can get shared during prophecy time. There seems to be one guy who sorta opens the floor- and he very clearly mentions we are welcome to share things from the weekly readings OR... something from the Lord (or words to that effect).
Admittedly- most folks have their nice little weekly booklets and share from it when they speak- but others share something that happened- or something they felt the Lord worked in them that week- and they get "Amen" when they are done. Again- I"m just a newbie- but it seems most of the folks are focused on their walk with Christ. I'm sure most of what is uttered is WL restatements- but most folks seem sincerely intent on their walk with Christ. I just wanted to share this so I don't come off as close-minded to things or unfairly skewed against the LC. Thx
In some sense, all of this is true. Most LC members love the Lord and are very well-intentioned. But try sharing something from a book or author other than WL and see what happens. As a newbie, you will probably get away with it--until you don't. Also, some of the HWMR material is innocuous, but much is silly stuff like this:
F. We need to be on the third story of the ark, under the skylight, the unique window, receiving light from the Lord through
the ministry of the age—Gen. 6:16:
1. In God’s economy and in God’s church there is only one
window, one revelation, and one vision.
2. We need to serve God according to the vision of the age,
which comes through the ministry of the age.
Did you know that the overhead window in the ark is a picture of Witness Lee's ministry? Remember--this is supposed to be your morning devotional material.
10-21-2017 11:34 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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You mention that the Lord’s Recovery began with Luther. I’m certainly no world class historian, and it seems pretty obvious that Luther did indeed make a dramatic and costly stand- and things changed in the “Christian world” at large from him on. But… (and here’s where my lack of history possibly kicks in…), weren’t there groups that stayed faithful to the Word even through the dark ages? I believe the Anabaptists were one? (Maybe others?) So how would WN/WL view these faithful brethren? Were they part of the Recovery? Pre-Recovery?
Sure, there were many faithful believers on the European continent, often protected in mountain hamlets, whether the Alps or the Pyrenees, through all the dark ages. Many of these children of God were persecuted unto death by Papal emissaries and corrupt rulers. Church history books tell some of their stories, though most were lost or even written by their persecutors. Here are some histories I have always recommended:
  • Milller's Church History is great, comprehensive yet without excessive detail. He identifies the "silver lining" of God's grace in true believers throughout the age of grace.
  • The Pilgrim Church by Broadbent is excellent also, less coverage, but more inspiring stories.
  • History of the Christian Church by Philip Shaff in 8 vols is the definitive work from the N.T. to the Reformation. More for reference than casual reading.
  • Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Recommended for all of us Christians who like to complain about our lives.
Btw, the "anabaptists," those who rejected infant baptism and were baptized again following their conversion by faith, were after the Reformers, including Luther. They desired to go further in the truth than the reformers were willing to go, and sadly the reformers were part of their persecutions. Not Luther's finest moment.

Though I have the highest regard for Martin Luther, despite any shortcomings by today's standards, he never should be considered a MOTA. He did not "recover" justification by faith, though he championed it to the German people. In this regard, Luther gave credit to John Huss before him, who was martyred. What differentiated Luther from prior men of God was not the truths he found in the scripture, but his protection by the German nobility from papal assassins, and Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.

After leaving the LSM/LC's, I have been forced to discard every bit of church history I learned from Witness Lee, as it was always skewed in a self-serving way to exalt him and his ministry.
10-21-2017 10:57 AM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

Just a quick thought I wanted to share- in an effort to give credit where it is due. I've gone to maybe 5-6 Sunday meetings at the LC. I've heard here- and other places- that only LC approved "stuff" can get shared during prophecy time. There seems to be one guy who sorta opens the floor- and he very clearly mentions we are welcome to share things from the weekly readings OR... something from the Lord (or words to that effect).
Admittedly- most folks have their nice little weekly booklets and share from it when they speak- but others share something that happened- or something they felt the Lord worked in them that week- and they get "Amen" when they are done. Again- I"m just a newbie- but it seems most of the folks are focused on their walk with Christ. I'm sure most of what is uttered is WL restatements- but most folks seem sincerely intent on their walk with Christ. I just wanted to share this so I don't come off as close-minded to things or unfairly skewed against the LC. Thx
10-21-2017 10:09 AM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

Drake- thx for that detailed explanation of how you view it- gives me some things to chew on… You mention that the Lord’s Recovery began with Luther. I’m certainly no world class historian, and it seems pretty obvious that Luther did indeed make a dramatic and costly stand- and things changed in the “Christian world” at large from him on. But… (and here’s where my lack of history possibly kicks in…), weren’t there groups that stayed faithful to the Word even through the dark ages? I believe the Anabaptists were one? (Maybe others?) So how would WN/WL view these faithful brethren? Were they part of the Recovery? Pre-Recovery? (It strikes me that it perhaps almost parallels OT Israel- as small as it may have been at times- there ALWAYS remained a remnant that remained faithful to God?) So the Reformation took off and grew over time- and MAAAAAAAANY Godly teachers have come and gone in the last few hundred years. WL et al would seriously claim that THE VAST MAJORITY OF TEACHERS since Luther (I believe I’ve caught wind of a small list of others that are approved by LC?) are wrong and have missed the theological boat? I’m not trying to be rude, but that seems an enormously wide-sweeping, self-serving, prideful claim to me. Only the LC has “true truth’? Only they have it right? That seems scarily elitist and unbiblical to me. (I want to clarify here- in my few visits to the LC I have not caught the slightest hint of this elitism- and the few folks I’ve gotten to know actually seem to refer to other believers as such. But it does concern me if this is truly an ongoing teaching of the LC?)

Ohio- I think I’ve seen the “God become man- man become God” stuff sorta written off as simply WL’s way of referring to “being conformed to the image of Christ”? Maybe commonly referred to as sanctification or Christian maturity? The Word obviously teaches that we are to become more like Christ. And after death what EXACTLY can we expect? “Eye has not seen…” etc… I’m DEFINITELY not saying we will “become God”- (only He is worthy of worship and is totally holy, etc…) there will always be some sort of clear distinction between God and His creation. But I wonder- were some of WL’s claims due to misunderstanding of the English language? Not trying to make excuses for him, but it just struck me- it’s hard enough at times to discuss deep theology in one’s primary language- but in a totally other language with possibly unknown nuances and cultural implications?? Plenty of room for serious misunderstandings it seems… Just a thought.
10-21-2017 09:54 AM
aron
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Once there was something contradictory in one of the messages. Some were open to discuss it over lunch and others did not care if Lee was right or wrong. But this is within the realm of normal human behavior I think, as I have asked questions before in churches and people don't seem interested to discuss a matter.
Welcome to the quasi-mystical, hyper-subjective world of the LSM/lc. Some don't "have a heart" to discuss something, or "don't care" about what happened, or "don't seem interested" in it. Because they know that if they do have a heart, or do care, or do express interest, they'll be marked out. And if they persist in their interest, or attention, or caring, they'll be expelled, as being not "one" with leadership, who don't care, and are not interested, and don't have a heart.

None of this is formally explicated on paper, so as not to leave a smoking gun. But at some point you'll learn this is how it is. Someone will say, "I only care for life", which means, "I've learned to keep my mouth shut".

Every now and then someone will inadvertently spill the beans. When one son of Witness Lee was repeatedly caught, en flagrante even, the now-Blended said that he was proud to be an ostrich with his head stuck in the sand.

But usually you get mumbo-jumbo with a spiritual sheen.
10-21-2017 08:34 AM
Ohio
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Concerning truth. The ministry in the Lords Recovery adheres to fundamental bible teaching concerning the Person and work of Jesus Christ. There is no departure from fundamental Christianity in this regard. What began as the Lords Recovery with Martin Luther progressed to recover the truth concerning the Church and the churches ...
I would basically agree with this ...

Until the end of Witness Lee's life, that is, where he radically departed from the core teachings of both the Reformers and Watchman Nee and moved into a highly speculative and controversial arena of doctrine which he called his "High Peak" teachings.

These teachings can be summarized by the oft repeated phrase, "God became man to make man God." This teaching has no scriptural support, and must draw on verse inference only. If true, why didn't Jesus or the Apostles actually say it? Why is it that only aberrant cults, like the Mormons, promote this unorthodox teaching? Why do you think that nearly all orthodox Christian evangelical scholars have trouble with this assertion?
10-21-2017 08:13 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Gideon>"I wonder if I might respectfully ask- how do you view the various allegations concerning the LC? .......I’m not trying to be rude or challenge you in any disrespectful way- but any feedback here? Thx!"


Certainly Gideon. That's what we are here for.

My view is this. There are three broad categories to address your question about allegations. The first is about truth, and concerns the beliefs and teachings of the local churches. The second is about life, and is closely linked to the first and concerns the practices in the local churches. The third is related to the work and the majority of the allegations in this forum are animated about this one. Even when discussing the first or second some will invariably retreat to the third.

Concerning truth. The ministry in the Lords Recovery adheres to fundamental bible teaching concerning the Person and work of Jesus Christ. There is no departure from fundamental Christianity in this regard. What began as the Lords Recovery with Martin Luther progressed to recover the truth concerning the Church and the churches, and the building of the Body of the Christ as Gods NT ministry almost a hundred years ago through Watchman Nee and after his death his coworker Witness Lee. The allegations in this category are largely misunderstandings and the primary scholarly critics upon further review retracted their allegations with the publication "We Were Wrong". Summary of the article found here: http://www.equip.org/article/we-were-wrong/

Many of the allegations in this category in this forum are blatantly false such as the recent conversation attributing the statement "The age of the Word is over, it is now the age of the Spirit"" to Brother Lee. He never said that and wouldn't given a his love and life's work with the Bible. That is one example but any desire to understand what Witness Lee taught may be found in the online publications at lsm.org

Concerning the life practices such as calling on the Lord and pray reading the Word are right out of the Bible. However, though many of us have touched the Lord in a sweet, intimate, and personal way through these life practices some just don't like them so they seek alternative explanations for them like they must be mantras and other such nonsense. Still, no one is obligated to pray read the Scripture or call on the Lord. If one doesn't like it don't do it is my opinion.

The last category is concerning the work and it is here where the fiercest allegations arise and in some cases with legitimate objections. For example, there is no question that mistakes were made when it came to Philip Lee in the management of LSM office. At minimum a workplace harassment should have been filed. If the worst allegations were verified it should have resulted In engaging law enforcement. Some here accuse me of turning a blind eye to this. I don't and never have. As serious as it was, it does not negate everything else. I am just not obsessed with it as others here are. PLs actions never defined my experience of Christ. The misstep his father made in trusting his son did not define my experience of Christ and the Church. The difference between me and others on this matter is that I processed the experience and moved on. Others never moved on and are stuck in events of decades ago. I understand many here were devastated, crushed, and disillusioned about that matter. I get that, but I only care that they are emotionally and spiritually bogged in a slough of discontent and often anger. When I read their posts I pray they will be able to climb out and be at peace with God and men, even fallen men they once put on a pedestal. Perhaps that is another difference between me and others. I never put Brother Lee on a pedestal and my expectations were moderated by the biblical record of the weaknesses and mistakes of his servants.

Other objections around the quarantine of individuals and churches need to be reviewed case by case. I also loved these brothers who were dismissed from the work but I also understand why it happened and the manner in which it went down. Others see it differently and I respect that but we just have to agree to disagree in most cases.

Sorry Gideon, this went on much longer than I intended. Hope that helps explain my views.

Drake
10-21-2017 07:54 AM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Once there was something contradictory in one of the messages. Some were open to discuss it over lunch and others did not care if Lee was right or wrong. But this is within the realm of normal human behavior I think, as I have asked questions before in churches and people don't seem interested to discuss a matter.
That actually bothers me most. This is not the responsiblity of just the leadership but every member to seek the truth. The LC believes it is different but it is actually not, may be worse in certain sense because it claims to have the truth. If someone spends so much time on one man's teaching and doesn't care if he was right or wrong, it is pretty scary. Or may be they just don't bother because Lee is always right.
10-21-2017 07:06 AM
leastofthese
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Well the majority of "Christians" believe the Pope is never wrong. Or ask a Benny Hinn supporter if Benny is ever wrong. You get the idea. You sound naive.
The majority of Christians? What circles do you run in man? I had never seen such an unquestioned devotion to a figure until I met the LSM. Is it idolatry? Not really my place to characterize. What would happen if Witness Lee was removed from the LSM? Would it crumble? Move to following the next guy, Kangas maybe?

Thankful the Lord is our rock and foundation- He can never leave us or forsake us.
10-21-2017 06:50 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Well the majority of "Christians" believe the Pope is never wrong. Or ask a Benny Hinn supporter if Benny is ever wrong. You get the idea. You sound naive.
That's right--because LC members have a cultish devotion to Witness Lee akin to hardcore Catholics' devotion to the Pope. Otherwise, they would be willing to read/watch anything other than his old messages.
10-21-2017 02:43 AM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Most likely, this is because LC members do not wish to acknowledge (with specifics) that Lee was ever wrong.
Well the majority of "Christians" believe the Pope is never wrong. Or ask a Benny Hinn supporter if Benny is ever wrong. You get the idea. You sound naive.
10-21-2017 12:07 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I have also asked irritating questions before and if you question Lee the response you will get is "who cares if Lee is wrong" or something like that.
Most likely, this is because LC members do not wish to acknowledge (with specifics) that Lee was ever wrong.
10-20-2017 10:40 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Do you mean asking the questions in your church? Can you elaborate a bit more and share what it means to you? Thanks.
Once there was something contradictory in one of the messages. Some were open to discuss it over lunch and others did not care if Lee was right or wrong. But this is within the realm of normal human behavior I think, as I have asked questions before in churches and people don't seem interested to discuss a matter.
10-20-2017 10:01 PM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I have also asked irritating questions before and if you question Lee the response you will get is "who cares if Lee is wrong" or something like that.
Do you mean asking the questions in your church? Can you elaborate a bit more and share what it means to you? Thanks.
10-20-2017 09:43 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Alb>"So from time to time I ask irritating questions to fellow LCers in the local meetings and in this forum "

A little brother,

I don't consider your questions as irritating. I just think they tend to be verbose and often condescending... though your most recent entries have been more civil.

Thanks
Drake
10-20-2017 09:41 PM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

Drake- the link worked fine and thx for that. I’m sure some of those things meant a lot to you. Thx for sharing such deep and personal stuff- not taken for granted.
Having said that- I wonder if I might respectfully ask- how do you view the various allegations concerning the LC? I’m sure you are far more aware of the scope and severity of them than I. You strike me as an intelligent and logical person- I sincerely wonder how you deal with the list? For the sake of argument- let’s assume a certain percentage of them are simply not true- that still leaves some pretty significant issues sitting on the table- wouldn’t you agree?
I’m not sure anyone- least of all me- has any PRECISELY accurate list of the real issues- though some probably think they do. But, regardless of EXACTLY which issues really did/are happening- most of them are pretty serious. I’m not trying to be rude or challenge you in any disrespectful way- but any feedback here? Thx!
10-20-2017 09:30 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Welcome Gideon7, you can also find my feedback to Drake's vision along that thread...

http://localchurchdiscussions.com/vB...&postcount=562

I am a current member of the LC but with a different opinion. There is no doubt many brothers and sisters in LC love God. What troubles me is somehow many of them choose to know God through the teaching of one man - WL. When you read his books, regardless of his questionable theology, you should easily see there is something wrong with his heart, especially the pride. He just loved to belittle others (especially Chritianity in general) in order to elevate his "high peek truth".

So from time to time I ask irritating questions to fellow LCers in the local meetings and in this forum hopefully someday somehow, we will see how much we as a whole have gone astray from the original vision. But I am just the minority so not seeing much progress at the moment.
I have also asked irritating questions before and if you question Lee the response you will get is "who cares if Lee is wrong" or something like that.
10-20-2017 08:05 PM
A little brother
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Hi Gideon7,

Here is my testimony summary.

http://localchurchdiscussions.com/vB...&postcount=554

Hope that link works.

Drake
Welcome Gideon7, you can also find my feedback to Drake's vision along that thread...

http://localchurchdiscussions.com/vB...&postcount=562

I am a current member of the LC but with a different opinion. There is no doubt many brothers and sisters in LC love God. What troubles me is somehow many of them choose to know God through the teaching of one man - WL. When you read his books, regardless of his questionable theology, you should easily see there is something wrong with his heart, especially the pride. He just loved to belittle others (especially Chritianity in general) in order to elevate his "high peek truth".

So from time to time I ask irritating questions to fellow LCers in the local meetings and in this forum hopefully someday somehow, we will see how much we as a whole have gone astray from the original vision. But I am just the minority so not seeing much progress at the moment.
10-20-2017 07:38 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I’m gaining much from the discussion everyone- thx for all the input. I realize I’m a newbie here and I hope this doesn’t come across as rude- but I’d really like to hear from Drake and Evangelical specifically here. (And any other current LC supporters- I think I’m correct in believing they are pro-WN/WL/LSM/LC? Please forgive me if I’m misunderstanding…).
My original post requested any sort of “smoking gun”- why folks left the LC… OR reasons from LC adherents “if you would maybe share the main reason you choose to stay in the LC given this (apparently) lengthy list of “smoking guns”. It certainly at least appears there are myriad reasons to have some serious questions concerning the LC.”

I’m really not trying to be sarcastic/divisive here- but if I was invited to “church XYZ” down the street, but found out they had a fraction of the controversy/complaints/lawsuits/sexual abuse allegations/power struggles/borderline false teaching/authoritarian practices/divisions/etc… that seem pretty well founded concerning the LC (*I’m sure some would argue this… but there’s plenty of LC “smoke”)- I’m pretty sure I’d not bother visiting. I’ve been quite involved in different types of Christian ministries for over 25 years- they admittedly all have their issues- but I’d say the LC/WN/WL/LSM seems to have a longer list than most.

But perhaps I’m really missing something? So I politely and sincerely ask- how do you overlook all these things? Some of them seem quite serious- are ALL of these accusations unfounded from your perspective? What is SO special about WN/WL/LC/LSM that it’s worth taking so much negative with the positive? It seems most Christian teachers/preachers/leaders down through the centuries have their pros and cons- I’m not grasping what makes the LC SO special? And for you non-LCer’s- why do/did you see folks stick with the LC- in light of all the allegations? I hope you hear my heart here- this seems to be a pretty open forum where people speak their minds- and I’m deeply curious- with so many other (apparently) healthier choices in town- why would/should someone visit the LC?
I have about 3 decades past experience with liturgical Protestant (the big ones), charismatic and pentecostal /community and SDA churches. I still fellowship with certain SDA and local church community members since leaving denominations over a decade ago (note, we say "leaving denominations" we don't say "join the LC" because in our minds there's nothing to join). For a period of a couple of years I met freely with both denominational and LC churches and I must say no voice of disapproval or dirty looks from the LC church. Many current LC members have family members who still attend other churches. I think some portray the LC as a black and white thing and it is not. There are good LC churches and bad ones. Ones that stay true to the ministry and others which compromise with the world. There is a wide variety of people not unlike any other church. I have brought friends and family members to my church and most say they love it. Some criticize it because it is not to their expectations.

Here is one thing that I see is a big advantage of the LC over others. In the early church a big part of fellowship, even the main reason for it, was enjoyment of the Lord.

This was somewhat lost during the middle ages as church became a place a person went to on a Sunday to receive some spiritual help from a qualified person, rather than a place people went to for fellowship with the Lord and others. Thus the fellowship resolved around the service, not the meeting. This concept is still seen today most strongly in the liturgical churches where the Priest is the main person to go to for anything spiritual. In parallel to this was the restriction of the Bible to the common man - only the Priest was allowed to interpret it properly. Probably at this time there were still groups (Anabaptist?) who met freely, independently of the mainstream church.

Since the Reformation has come and gone, the Bible was recovered back to the common man, but churches have still retained the concept of providing a spiritual service to spiritually desperate people who come every Sunday. Still today, what most churches do on a Sunday is called "services" because they have a pre-planned program of activities intended to render some spiritual help to the congregation, typically consisting of some worship/singing, some bible message, and some social activities. Most Christians attend church on Sunday but do not read the Bible or pray much during the week (the priest/pastors message is intended to make up for that). Also, because of the service structure, many lack the freedom for more spiritually mature members to participate freely in the service in a meaningful way (such as delivering a snippet message from the Bible). In this way, the weaker members are dependent upon the priest/pastor/service, and the stronger members are dissatisfied as they cannot exercise their spiritual gifts and callings freely because that is the job/role of the pastor/priest.

In the LC however a big advantage is the focus on the enjoyment of the Lord in a corporate way under the concept of a meeting, not a service, without predefined pastoral/priest roles that stifle individual participation. Yet conducted in an orderly and efficient way with a plurality of eldership authority structure that mirrors the early church.

Another reason the LC has an advantage is that they understand that the Spirit and Jesus is the same Person whereas the Spirit is largely unknown in other churches. Now you might be thinking "why is Evangelical now talking about the Spirit, what has that got to do with church?" the connection will become apparent in my summary.

These are the wrong concepts I've encountered in denominations:

The Spirit comes from the Word/Bible (technically, the Bible came from the Spirit)
The Spirit is a power/force (yes the Spirit is powerful but the Spirit is a person)
The Spirit makes you do crazy/silly things (some pentecostals talk about getting "drunk" or "stoned" in the Spirit) . To me this is just emotionalism/mesmerism..
The Spirit is someone else different to Jesus (hence, we can talk to Jesus and then talk to the Spirit separately). The Bible refers to the Spirit as the "Spirit of Christ" hence we can know they are the same Person - the Spirit is the presence of Christ, not the presence of some third unknown person. We in the LC understand that "in Christ" means the same thing as "in Spirit".

In summary, most other churches don't have a clear idea about who the Spirit is, and as a consequence this means their services are not "in the Spirit" or "in Christ", and the goal of church is to perform a spiritual service not fellowship/worship in the Spirit and truth. This is most strongly seen in the liturgical denominations. The LC understands both that the Spirit is Christ, hence there is no confusion, or fear, about the Spirit, and that God's intention of church is corporate fellowship in the Spirit and not performing a set of programmed services every Sunday. I think that compared to most churches, the LC prioritizes a more in depth subjective walk in Christ or in the Spirit, with much devotion /attention paid to God's Word and this is reflected in the meeting.
10-20-2017 06:43 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Aron>"So I'll take the people like William Bennet, and the books I cited, because that's the best source I have."

Certainly. Quote them then. But don't quote them and say it is a quote from Witness Lee.

Drake
I wonder if Aron or someone could explain exactly what Bennets source is and that source's credentials?
10-20-2017 06:33 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Hi Gideon7,

Here is my testimony summary.

http://localchurchdiscussions.com/vB...&postcount=554

Hope that link works.

Drake
10-20-2017 06:22 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Aron>"So I'll take the people like William Bennet, and the books I cited, because that's the best source I have."

Certainly. Quote them then. But don't quote them and say it is a quote from Witness Lee.

Drake
10-20-2017 02:11 PM
ZNPaaneah
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Interestingly, the word cult is not in the Bible.

Strictly speaking, JW, LDS and every denomination is a sect because it is a "cut"(i.e. sect) in the Body. Cults are those groups like the KKK etc.
Not entirely true. Yes, the word "cult" is not a Biblical term. However, "false prophet" and "the fruit of a false prophet" are very clearly NT terms.

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.


Key terms here:

1. Privily bring in damnable heresies

2. Denying the Lord who bought them

3. Influence many to follow their pernicious ways.

4. Through covetousness shall they with feigned (fabricated) words make merchandise of you.

All four of these apply to Witness Lee.

1. A heresy is a school of thought. Clearly LSM is a school of thought. That doesn't make it "damnable". What makes it damnable is the teaching of the Ground of the church (I will go into this on point 2) and MOTA (also go into this on point 2). Both of these are damnable because they are divisive. No reasonable person would think that all Christians worldwide would recognize WN or WL as the "MOTA" or agree that WL should decide how they meet and who their elders are. Instead the real ground of oneness is the Lord's blood and the real MOTA that all Christians could be in one accord about is Jesus.

2. Both the "ground of the church" doctrine and the "MOTA" doctrines deny the Lord who bought us. According to the ground of the church their doctrine trumps the Lord's redemption in deciding which group of Christians is truly one with the Lord. Likewise the MOTA doctrine denies the Lord by taking OT typology of Jesus Christ and applying it to WN and WL.

3. PL, TL and many other practices by WL and LSM are pernicious. Lawsuits, sexual abuse, making merchandise of the saints, Daystar, etc.

4. WL's ministry is based on a fabricated story about WN being the MOTA. Had WL told the truth concerning WN's excommunication in Shanghai he could never have sold him as the "MOTA". The entire ministry is built on a fabricated story.

However, none of this answers your question about "smoking guns". I only learned of the "pernicious practices" months before I left and it was not the cause. I was in NY and the discussion was about PL in Anaheim. I didn't learn about the fabricated story until years after I had left. While in the recovery I realized that the doctrine of the Ground was flawed but had no idea that it was a "damnable heresy". As for the MOTA doctrine I ignored it, not seeing it as a damnable heresy either. As far as "denying the Lord" I would never have thought that was possible while in the Recovery. It was only years after leaving and learning about the pernicious behavior and fabricated stories that I examined these doctrines with an eye to this verse in Peter.

This is why I think James is far more useful in provoking saints to leave the sphere of a false prophet.

1. Pure religion is to care for widows and orphans. This is how we felt when we first came to the recovery but saw this concern warped into a "burden for the ministry".

2. In the recovery you are turned into a "forgetful hearer" (spectator). Prior to this I wanted to be a "doer of the word". The feeling that the recovery was a "dead end" to spiritual growth.

3. False prophets are like a "rider on a horse". New believers can't discern if they are gifted members or not. They then take charge of the church like a rudder driving the ship into the rocks. Finally, they are like a fire that burns down half the forest. We saw this with the church and Witness Lee. Numerous events like the sister's rebellion and JI were like Witness Lee driving the church into the rocks. Then when various churches left like Germany, Cleveland, etc that was burning down the forest.

These are the things everyone in the church under the influence of the false prophet can see.

One smoking gun was a lunch I had with Ray Graver and Phillip Lee. I was working in Irving on the construction site. I realized during this lunch (first time I ever met PL) that he was an evil, gluttonous man. I knew Ray Graver for years and the only explanation I could see for him overlooking the obvious was "having the faith of the Lord with respect of persons". That was a smoking gun.

During this same time, while working on the construction site Benson Phillips met with the local paper and described the Lord's recovery to them as "just another fundamental church". It became very apparent that there was a political decision made to make friends with the world. I rebuked Benson in a Lord's table meeting the day the article was published. This was a second smoking gun. The situation has become much more egregious in recent years.

JI leaving should have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Seeing WL once again drive the church onto the rocks rather than deal with sin in his own house. But it took me years before I actually learned the story on that. One of the last things I did before leaving the Recovery was to publicly rebuke LSM for tolerating PL.

What was the final straw for me was to realize the lack of concern the church had for widows, and orphans. The gospel contacts versus the children of the saints. I saw this my second year in the recovery (Houston) and it became a thorn that continually provoked me. I rebuked the elders in Texas over this. In Taipei during the FTTT I realized the gospel work was merely a marketing ploy to sell more LSM books. I was involved in a very successful campus work that brought in 18 engineering graduate students into the church. The goal had been "abiding fruit" and we had succeeded. However, instead of LSM actually being interested in fellowship about our work they just wanted to credit training books for new believers. Finally, when I returned to NY the church was virtually an apartheid system with gospel contacts being treated as untouchables and full time workers were merely nannies for children of the saints.
10-20-2017 11:51 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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But perhaps I’m really missing something? So I politely and sincerely ask- how do you overlook all these things?
Let me speak as a "younger" version of Ohio, who staunchly supported WN/WL/LSM/LC's unreservedly since the mid-70's.

I was convinced that we were the continuation of the early apostles and those throughout the centuries who were faithful to follow the Lamb where ever He went. When I read about the battles Paul faught with the Judaizers in the book of Acts, Galatians, etc., I believed that we were in the same fight. Just as "religious" Jews persecuted and killed Jesus and the apostles, they opposed all of us in the Recovery, especially our leaders WN and WL. Lee wrote a book Christ vs. Religion which we all identified with. We were with Christ and everyone else was "religion" and they were all against us.

When I heard of saints leaving, I assumed their faith was compromised, not being able to endure the fiery trials that came against us. We had a foxhole mentality. We were "Gideon's Army." We were few in number, but we were all the Lord needed. Everyone needed what we had, so why would we listen to anyone else? They needed to hear what we had to say! We were led by today's Apostle Paul, the consummate MOTA. We were in the same lineage of faithful believers that always was faithful to the death, and always persecuted by religious people, who could never be trusted.
10-20-2017 11:22 AM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

I’m gaining much from the discussion everyone- thx for all the input. I realize I’m a newbie here and I hope this doesn’t come across as rude- but I’d really like to hear from Drake and Evangelical specifically here. (And any other current LC supporters- I think I’m correct in believing they are pro-WN/WL/LSM/LC? Please forgive me if I’m misunderstanding…).
My original post requested any sort of “smoking gun”- why folks left the LC… OR reasons from LC adherents “if you would maybe share the main reason you choose to stay in the LC given this (apparently) lengthy list of “smoking guns”. It certainly at least appears there are myriad reasons to have some serious questions concerning the LC.”

I’m really not trying to be sarcastic/divisive here- but if I was invited to “church XYZ” down the street, but found out they had a fraction of the controversy/complaints/lawsuits/sexual abuse allegations/power struggles/borderline false teaching/authoritarian practices/divisions/etc… that seem pretty well founded concerning the LC (*I’m sure some would argue this… but there’s plenty of LC “smoke”)- I’m pretty sure I’d not bother visiting. I’ve been quite involved in different types of Christian ministries for over 25 years- they admittedly all have their issues- but I’d say the LC/WN/WL/LSM seems to have a longer list than most.

But perhaps I’m really missing something? So I politely and sincerely ask- how do you overlook all these things? Some of them seem quite serious- are ALL of these accusations unfounded from your perspective? What is SO special about WN/WL/LC/LSM that it’s worth taking so much negative with the positive? It seems most Christian teachers/preachers/leaders down through the centuries have their pros and cons- I’m not grasping what makes the LC SO special? And for you non-LCer’s- why do/did you see folks stick with the LC- in light of all the allegations? I hope you hear my heart here- this seems to be a pretty open forum where people speak their minds- and I’m deeply curious- with so many other (apparently) healthier choices in town- why would/should someone visit the LC?
10-20-2017 10:33 AM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

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This was and is taught and practiced all the time. College students, "typical Americans," middle/upper-class people, etc., are "good material." Go after those people. We are not here for "good works." Witness Lee and other LC leaders place high value on the outward appearance of success and prosperity.
Paul Hon, in an Anaheim meeting of perhaps 200+ "college-age" trainees, pointed to one male who looked like a spitting image of LA Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser. "This is what we want", he said.

Point-blank. Now, was Paul Hon "going rogue", or was this simply what was being said from the podium, minus the spiritual trappings? Obviously I think he was following his leader. "Closely following", in LSM/lc parlance.

This of course is my subjective assessment, and is open to question. And I do believe that this stuff never got printed, and cannot be sourced back to Lee, and thus isn't a "smoking gun". But for those of us who were there, that's the way it was.

Again, back to China. William Bennett, whom I cited for my quote, seems credible. The LSM/lc apologists on this forum dismiss his source as some "Chinese villager". But my question is: if you are interested in what the LSM/lc did in China to be able to claim some tens of millions of adherents by the mid-'90s (some of us heard Lee speak this [no, I doubt it ever got printed])?

Did they actually send out millions of tracts with simplistic and borderline-orthodox slogans? What did they say?

Did this quote come from the EL and not the LSM/lc? In other words was Bennet mistaken?

My question is, if you can't trust some "Chinese villager", then who can you trust? Witness Lee? Ha! The Communist Government? Ha! So I'll take the people like William Bennet, and the books I cited, because that's the best source I have.
10-20-2017 08:32 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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This was and is taught and practiced all the time. College students, "typical Americans," middle/upper-class people, etc., are "good material." Go after those people. We are not here for "good works." Witness Lee and other LC leaders place high value on the outward appearance of success and prosperity.
Thanks, Koinonia. To be honest, I never heard these specific comments either. I was never involved with LSM's college work.

But, just because I never heard them, does not mean they are not true. This just exposes the dismissive attitudes of LSM's supporters towards current and former members. I'm sure ones like Drake and Evangelical would also deny some of the horror stories the GLA LC's endured at the hands of LSM operatives during and after the Quarantines.

But what troubles ex-members the most is the arrogant attitude towards any and all who would speak of their abuses. I too used to do this while still active in the LC's. It was a "protect the ministry at all cost" mode that was instilled into us for decades. For many of us it took the internet to compile all these stories together so that denial was no longer an option.
10-20-2017 07:45 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Fair question.

I never heard Brother Lee say that. On the contrary, I was with a group of brothers in a meeting with Brother Lee many years ago and something similar came up. The idea about reaching professors on campus, big fish. His response was along the lines of it being better to pray and not move to quickly. I felt the Lords enlightening from that and had the sense that though the idea had made sense yet it was in the wrong realm.

So, no, I never read that in any of his books, never heard it in any messages, nor did I expect to.

Drake
This was and is taught and practiced all the time. College students, "typical Americans," middle/upper-class people, etc., are "good material." Go after those people. We are not here for "good works." Witness Lee and other LC leaders place high value on the outward appearance of success and prosperity.
10-20-2017 07:28 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Aron>"This shows me that not everything spoken from the podium got printed. So, sorry."

Of course not. Not everyone articulates like Charles Stanley but I imagine even his messages would go through final edits.

Your argument is not logical. It makes no sense that if Brother Lee wanted to influence those following his ministry that he would omit the very thing he wants to influence. Do you think that a conversation about good building material is more controversial than the deification of man or eating Jesus! Was he a man who ran from controversial teachings? Isn't this forum created because he did not? Therefore, there is no reason whatsoever for him to run from a conversation about good building material. Your suggestion that he edited out those things and why they are not there is not logical.

Drake
10-20-2017 07:22 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Frankly, Aron, I am very concerned that a brother would do such a thing to anyone much more that a brother would do that to another brother. We are not worldly people like those who create fake news about something the president said when he did not.. You are a brother, I am a brother, and Witness Lee is a brother. Or do you not also see it that way?
How I wish you would be as concerned about all those who have been hurt by W. Lee and his cadre, and not live in denial of the things so many ex-members have seen and heard and experienced.
10-20-2017 07:18 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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I could ask you the same thing how do you know that he said the "age of the Word is over", just because Aron quoted some Chinese villager?
When many witnesses, including foreign news, repeat the same lines, we must do our due diligence to go back to the source, which was W. Lee. Aron's quote from China merely showed how widespread Lee's saying was.

Just because you cringe and squirm today at these ludicrous claims by W. Lee (and this forum is filled with many more), clamoring for written evidence on official LSM stationary, does not negate the fact that they were said, and heard, and repeated. LSM's hefty editorial staff cannot sanitize Lee's every word from the podium.

Lee and his followers loved to talk about "THE VISION," as if the LC "vision" was identical to Saul/Paul's vision on the road to Damascus. The Apostle Paul, au contraire, backed up his vision with a conscience void of offense, which he constantly exercised before God and man. (Acts 23.1, 24.16, 26.19)

What W. Lee did to John Ingalls et. al., who were simply exercising their own conscience before God and man, was deplorable. He threw them all under the bus in order to protect his degenerate son, his own reputation, and his ministry. The events surrounding that time of trial were a test to manifest what his ministry was really all about. Both Lee, his son, and his Blendeds got exposed for their self-serving works of the flesh. Nearly all of the things mentioned in Galatians 5.19-21 were on display there. Paul's conclusion? "Those who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
10-20-2017 07:14 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Let me ask you a question: did you ever hear the phrase "go after the good building aterial" in the LSM/lc?

And if so, where is this printed in one of Lee's books?
Fair question.

I never heard Brother Lee say that. On the contrary, I was with a group of brothers in a meeting with Brother Lee many years ago and something similar came up. The idea about reaching professors on campus, big fish. His response was along the lines of it being better to pray and not move to quickly. I felt the Lords enlightening from that and had the sense that though the idea had made sense yet it was in the wrong realm.

So, no, I never read that in any of his books, never heard it in any messages, nor did I expect to.

Drake
10-20-2017 07:09 AM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Aron>"Sorry that my citation lacked the rigour you require."

This isn't about me, Aron.

Why did you elect to use "quotes" about something Brother Lee supposedly said when you had no reference? Yet, you knew while doing it that you also were quoting another unsubstantiated statement but you presented it here as if it were fact.

Frankly, Aron, I am very concerned that a brother would do such a thing to anyone much more that a brother would do that to another brother. We are not worldly people like those who create fake news about something the president said when he did not.. You are a brother, I am a brother, and Witness Lee is a brother. Or do you not also see it that way?

Look, I am not saying we cannot or should not disagree. Nor am I saying we should not disagree sharply. I am saying that the integrity of your argument matters, else where is your testimony? Don't make stuff up. Don't say Witness Lee said this or that when he did not. Can you not find enough substantive material to disagree with in the thousands of messages readily available online and searchable with key phrases at lsm.org? Or is there no "smoking gun" there and therefore you use resort to fake news out of some obscure place in China?

Exactly, what do you hope to gain by doing that?

Drake
I have read "China's Christian Millions" by Tony Lambert. But when I tried to cite it on Google books, it gave me only snippet views.

Same thing with "Redeemed by Fire" by Xi Lian and "A New History of Christianity in China" by Daniel H. Bays.

And I don't see you or anyone going through them, point-by-point, and discrediting them, so I'll assume they have some value in current discourse.

I read that the LSM operatives flooded the Chinese countryside with millions of tracts. Slogans like "The age of the word is over, it is the age of the Spirit". Sorry if I don't have sound recordings and video recordings. I gave you one quote by William Bennett who seemed to have more than a passing interest & abilities. The man evidently read Chinese and had hold of some documents. But no go, huh? Okay. Fine.

But do you think LSM/lc operatives would use tracts and slogans that were not approved by HQ? Doubtful. Tight operational control is the watchword, there. I was in the system and I know. People don't ad-lib much under Witness Lee. We were told to be "tape recorders" in the training sessions. The RecV footnotes in Revelations 2 and 3 say that every lc has to be "absolutely identical" with "no differences whatsoever". So when a tract got sent out, it was approved and even directed by HQ. This I believe.

So, sorry again for the lack of rigour. I was in the system, and know it as: Provoke and deny. Equivocate it away.

I notice you don't answer my questions about "good building material". Did you ever hear that phrase in the LSM/lc? And if so, where is it in a written speech by Witness Lee? And if not, why not? And what is the biblical basis?

And, how do we know that Witness Lee was a "spiritual giant"? Did you also hear that phrase? Where is it printed, then? What objective basis do we have? 200 books by a man who owned his own printing presses? Messages given? Churches started? Acolytes? We could call any number of Christian leaders or pseudo-Christian leaders "great" on any objective measure.

This shows me that not everything spoken from the podium got printed. So, sorry.
10-20-2017 06:34 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Evangelical>"I could ask you the same thing how do you know that he said the "age of the Word is over", just because Aron quoted some Chinese villager?"

Sadly, this has become standard operating procedure in this forum as it has in American politics. Same pattern. Some political hack makes a claim and it becomes theatre for a week with calls for impeachment. It's an ugly side of humanity and it is alarming that it is so readily accepted in a forum of believers.

Drake
10-20-2017 06:21 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Aron>"Sorry that my citation lacked the rigour you require."

This isn't about me, Aron.

Why did you elect to use "quotes" about something Brother Lee supposedly said when you had no reference? Yet, you knew while doing it that you also were quoting another unsubstantiated statement but you presented it here as if it were fact.

Frankly, Aron, I am very concerned that a brother would do such a thing to anyone much more that a brother would do that to another brother. We are not worldly people like those who create fake news about something the president said when he did not.. You are a brother, I am a brother, and Witness Lee is a brother. Or do you not also see it that way?

Look, I am not saying we cannot or should not disagree. Nor am I saying we should not disagree sharply. I am saying that the integrity of your argument matters, else where is your testimony? Don't make stuff up. Don't say Witness Lee said this or that when he did not. Can you not find enough substantive material to disagree with in the thousands of messages readily available online and searchable with key phrases at lsm.org? Or is there no "smoking gun" there and therefore you use resort to fake news out of some obscure place in China?

Exactly, what do you hope to gain by doing that?

Drake
10-20-2017 05:51 AM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
How would you know what Lee said in every meeting in the USA? Were you there in every one?

You now live in Australasia, I doubt if you ever heard Lee speak live.

Have you ever compared some of his live "off-script" messages with what his editors put in the book?
I could ask you the same thing how do you know that he said the "age of the Word is over", just because Aron quoted some Chinese villager?

Believe me in my role I have heard many a message. Enough to never heard the phrase "age of the Word is over" but I already said before I heard the potato one so that is accurate. But it is not right to claim Lee said things he did not say. I am very well informed with what was said and what was not said. And remember I can always ask the brothers if in doubt. But as you are disconnected who knows whether what you claim to have heard 30 years ago is accurate? As one ages the mind plays tricks, we recall things as we think we remember not as they actually were.
10-20-2017 04:25 AM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Is that where Princess Leia is from?

There is a pattern emerging here!

Drake
Sorry that my citation lacked the rigour you require.

Let me ask you a question: did you ever hear the phrase "go after the good building material" in the LSM/lc?

And if so, where is this printed in one of Lee's books?

And how does this square with Jesus' command to help those who cannot repay you in this age?

Sorry if I struggle to unwrap the enigma of the LSM/lc. But I heard FTTA trainer Paul Hon tell us, point-blank, not to waste our time. And I do appreciate his frankness. It helped me understand what sort of spirit I was facing.

I pointed to China because: 1 we see Lee's operatives unfettered by Western cultural considerations; and 2 because the activities of EL and other cults throw sharp relief upon the more nuanced (read: deniable) activities elsewhere.
10-20-2017 03:57 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
Lee never said that the age of the Word was over in the USA or wrote it down anywhere.
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How would you know what Lee said in every meeting in the USA? Were you there in every one?

You now live in Australasia, I doubt if you ever heard Lee speak live.

Have you ever compared some of his live "off-script" messages with what his editors put in the book?
10-20-2017 03:51 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
Do we really think that Lee would say the age of the Word is over after having written so much on the Word even a new bible version?
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The question here is not what we think about Lee, but what did we hear and see him say.

And yes, Lee spoke extensively, often elevating his writings above scripture. Were you at the meeting where Francis Ball, one of the Blendeds, called the completion of Lee's Life Studies the interpreted word of God ?
10-20-2017 03:32 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
If a Chinese village said it's true then it must be true!
Is that where Princess Leia is from?

There is a pattern emerging here!

Drake
10-19-2017 10:56 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

The interesting thing is that the Evangelicals who signed the open letter are hypocrites for writing against what Lee said about Roman Catholicism etc but themselves believing that Roman Catholics are not saved.

One of them, Norman L. Geisler, writes

So, invite a Catholic to your Bible study or church. There is a good possibility that they will get saved! They have a least been pre-evangelized by Roman Catholicism to believe in God, miracles, Christ, His death and resurrection.

http://normangeisler.com/roman-catho...g-catholicism/

So we can see that Norman believes Catholics are not saved, and whatever they do believe in about God and Christ is only pre to being fully or properly saved like Evangelicals are.

It is a common belief in Evangelicism that Catholics are not saved and that those who follow the Catholic gospel are not saved. So how can they disagree with Lee that Catholicism is not a legitimate church?

So they are hypocrites for condemning what Lee wrote against Catholicism, while themselves believing that Catholics are not saved ( and Lee did make clear there are saved Catholics and was speaking only of the Organization when he said "in every denomination, including the Roman Catholic Church, there are real, saved Christians. They are God's people belonging to the Lord. ").
10-19-2017 10:34 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Aron,

That reference is less credible than your unsubstantiated quote.... unsubstantiated on top of unsubstantiated.

Drake

If a Chinese village said it's true then it must be true!
10-19-2017 09:26 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by leastofthese View Post
Ha. I've always pictured you as older...maybe not.
Well, I'm fighting it yet I'm no spring duckling.

There are no perks. You must be thinking of Osteen.

The Lord knows and will reward the sacrifice.

Drake
10-19-2017 09:08 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
LOT>"My locality was a top dog, I ran in the circle with the top dogs. They would never admit to it... I mean... why give up the perks?"

Perks?

Not in this life...

Drake
Ha. I've always pictured you as older...maybe not.
10-19-2017 08:36 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

LOT>"My locality was a top dog, I ran in the circle with the top dogs. They would never admit to it... I mean... why give up the perks?"

Perks?

Not in this life...

Drake
10-19-2017 08:17 PM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by aron View Post
Drake,

Did you ever hear this one: "The age of spiritual giants is over; it is now the age of the small potatoes"? We heard that in 1997 when Witness Lee passed on. Why does an age pass when a Christian minister dies? What Bible verse comes to mind here, if any?

And it probably never got published in the LSM/lc. . . . don't want to make a paper trail. A 'smoking gun'.

Regarding the quote you wanted, it's from

https://www.chinasource.org/resource...deas-come-from

And I think I read it elsewhere also. There are several books on contemporary Christian experience in China, and Watchman Nee & Witness Lee obviously loom large. There's quite a bit of data if you are interested.

One book is called "Redeemed by Fire" and another book is called "China's Christian Millions". There are easily a half-dozen books like this.
Aron,

That reference is less credible than your unsubstantiated quote.... unsubstantiated on top of unsubstantiated.

Please provide the pointer to the quote of Witness Lee where he allegedly said "The age of the Word is over, it is now the age of the Spirit"

You quoted, so where is it?

Not, he said things like that, not he probably said something like that. Not statements about potatoes or giants. Not quoting someone who said he said it. Not you think you heard it somewhere.

Where?

Drake
10-19-2017 08:07 PM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

LeastOfThese- thx for the input- I'll keep some of that in mind- much appreciated!
10-19-2017 06:56 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by aron View Post
Drake,

Did you ever hear this one: "The age of spiritual giants is over; it is now the age of the small potatoes"? We heard that in 1997 when Witness Lee passed on. Why does an age pass when a Christian minister dies? What Bible verse comes to mind here, if any?

And it probably never got published in the LSM/lc. . . . don't want to make a paper trail. A 'smoking gun'.

Regarding the quote you wanted, it's from

https://www.chinasource.org/resource...deas-come-from

And I think I read it elsewhere also. There are several books on contemporary Christian experience in China, and Watchman Nee & Witness Lee obviously loom large. There's quite a bit of data if you are interested.

One book is called "Redeemed by Fire" and another book is called "China's Christian Millions". There are easily a half-dozen books like this.
This is the only source:

Leung Ka-lun 梁家麟, Gaige kaifang yilai de Zhongguo nongcun jiaohui 改革開放以來的中國農村教會 [The Rural Churches of Mainland China Since 1978] (English title provided on copyright page) Jidujiao yu Zhongguo wenhua yanjiu congshu 基督教與中國文化研究叢書 [Christianity and Chinese culture research series] 4 (Hong Kong: Alliance Bible Seminary, 1999), 168, 168n36.


Lee never said that the age of the Word was over in the USA or wrote it down anywhere.

I did hear him or someone say that this is the age of the small potatos (actually, the mashed potatos) so that one is probably correct.
10-19-2017 06:44 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by UntoHim View Post
Well then you wen't listening very well.

Did you ever hear Witness Lee say that "the process of sanctification" is only taking place in the Local Church? Did you ever hear him say "if you go away from" the Local Church of Witness Lee you will never be "a great spiritual person", but instead be spiritually "bankrupt"? Well these cult-like declarations came from none other than Mr. Benson Phillips, the President of LSM and undisputed most blended of the Blended Brothers. So where did brother Phillip come up with such absurd notions? He didn't just dream up this garbage from the words of John MacArthur, Billy Graham or R.C. Sproul, now did he? No, he was a devout follower and intense listener to the words of Witness Lee. When I read this scary damnation from Phillips it didn't surprise me one bit. I sat at the feet of Witness Lee for about 2 decades and heard him speak hundreds upon hundreds of "messages" IN PERSON, AND NOT THE EDITED VIDEOS/AUDIOS/PUBLICATIONS. What Phillips said is in perfect alignment with the teachings of Witness Lee, and so are the things aron has recently pointed out.

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I believe Drake asked for a quote where Lee said "The age of the Word is over". Where's the quote? Are you saying that you personally heard Lee say this?

I believe some forum members took it from here and similar spurious Chinese websites:

http://www.xjshzzj.cn/en/h-nd-1577.html

Do we really think that Lee would say the age of the Word is over after having written so much on the Word even a new bible version?

Doctrinally speaking it is the Eastern Lightning who might say the Spirit replaces the Word as they don't regard the Bible, and for this reason this quote is most likely from them, not Lee.
10-19-2017 06:34 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
Gideon7, this forum has had LSM advocates like Drake and Evangelical for years.

Keep reading, and you will see first hand all the diverse tactics they will use to dismiss legitimate concerns and discredit those who voice their concerns. It's kind of like watching our political news each night.
Again Ohio writes a remark with no substance.
10-19-2017 06:27 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohio View Post
This comment has no historical basis.

Gnosticism and endless Greek philosophies existed long before the Apostles.

Read the story about Paul's first visit to Athens, Greece in Acts 17.
Note that the context is within early Christianity, not the idea of gnosticism in general. And gnosticism further found its foothold in Christianity when certain early church Bishops started to follow it.

If it has no historical basis, why did I get it from Wikipedia which cites this source?

Magris, Aldo (2005), "Gnosticism: Gnosticism from its origins to the Middle Ages (further considerations)", in Jones, Lindsay, MacMillan Encyclopdia of Religion, MacMillan


Just another one of your uneducated and ill-informed remarks.
10-19-2017 06:05 PM
leastofthese
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gideon7 View Post
I really don’t want to invest my time in a group that is off concerning some of the basic doctrines/practices of the faith- and when there’s this much "smoke", there tends to be a fire somewhere…
The next "training" in Anaheim is probably coming up over Christmas break. You should attend and see it all for yourself. Make sure to take good notes and ask questions in the breakout groups. Your smoking gun is the Living Stream Ministry.

You mentioned in another post "I plan to talk with maybe 3 key people- elders or whoever." I did this as well. As another poster mentioned, it depends on how connected your locality is to the LSM. My locality was one of the top dogs in the pecking order, very well versed in steering conversations with college students. What you'll find over time that the rehearsed and memorized responses do not always match with reality. The funny thing is everyone knows it, but refuses to talk about it.

For example: A member of Witness Lee's church may reject my comment that my old locality was a top dog - that... on the contrary... there is no hierarchical structure within the LSM (and may provide bible verses that point to WHY that is the case). But the sad truth (as you'll find) is that there is a hierarchy. Not only within the localities, but across the country (and I assume the world - but can't say first hand).

My locality was a top dog, I ran in the circle with the top dogs. They would never admit to it... I mean... why give up the perks?

What would you say if I told you I loved the new church I'm attending. We all pay for a weekly flyer written by a fallen man. On Sundays (eehm, the Lord's Day) We get together and use his words as an outline to then talk about this guy's writings. We read scripture, but only scripture that was translated by this dude... but actually we focus mostly on his commentary (eehm, footnotes). After that we sing songs that were written by this same guy (well maybe only 90% were written by him) so the rest are approved by him. Yeah this dude has somewhat of a shady track record, but he did a lot of good too. Out of all of his writings he mentions one time that he isn't always right (Life Study Genesis Message 88 - using this as a warning to "spies") but overall it is clear that he is always right, in fact, he is was the minister of the age - like Paul or Luther. Seeking any truth outside of his ministry means that you're being "negative" and may be "poisoned".

Go and see it for yourself my friend
10-19-2017 02:20 PM
Nell
Re: Smoking Gun?

Gideon7,

Here are some links which are very informative regarding the LC/LSM's attitude toward other Christians as well as the efforts of other Christians to address issues with them.

Questions and Answers about The Local Church’s Lawsuit Against Harvest House Publishers and Authors John Ankerberg and John Weldon
LINK: Harvest House Lawsuit
This was appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, but the Supremes refused to hear it.

More than 70 evangelical Christian scholars and ministry leaders from seven nations have signed an unprecedented open letter to the leadership of the “local churches” and Living Stream Ministry.
LINK: 70 Evangelicals Open Letter to LC

Christian Research Institute - We Were Wrong! (Walter Martin wrote a book (The New Cults) and Lee was in it. Lee either threatened or actually filed a lawsuit. CRI was once critical of Lee, under the original Bible Answer Man, Walter Martin. Bible Answer Man's replacement was Hank Haanegraaff who was unrighteous in his takeover of Martin's ministry after his death. Benson Phillips, et al, wined and dined Hank, including a visit to China. As a result, Haanegraaff was flipped by the LSM. These links contain the story and its rebuttal.)

A statement from Walter Martin's family:
LINK: Walter Martin Family

LINK: We Were Wrong!

Responses to "We Were Wrong!"
LINK: Geisler-Rhodes Response
LINK: Jane Anderson Response

As for the enjoyment, etc., you're experiencing now in the LC meetings, I once heard Ray Graver ("Blended") say "There's a hook inside that bait!" In hindsight, pretty scary.

Nell
10-19-2017 12:26 PM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Aron>""The age of the Word is over; it is now the age of the Spirit""

What? I never heard this from Brother Lee nor anything like it. His life's work was completely centered on Life studies of the Bible followed by Crystallizations of the books of the Bible.

Aron, since you put that in quotes, meaning it is an exact statement, please provide the reference so we can read it in context.

Drake
Drake,

Did you ever hear this one: "The age of spiritual giants is over; it is now the age of the small potatoes"? We heard that in 1997 when Witness Lee passed on. Why does an age pass when a Christian minister dies? What Bible verse comes to mind here, if any?

And it probably never got published in the LSM/lc. . . . don't want to make a paper trail. A 'smoking gun'.

Regarding the quote you wanted, it's from

https://www.chinasource.org/resource...deas-come-from

And I think I read it elsewhere also. There are several books on contemporary Christian experience in China, and Watchman Nee & Witness Lee obviously loom large. There's quite a bit of data if you are interested.

One book is called "Redeemed by Fire" and another book is called "China's Christian Millions". There are easily a half-dozen books like this.
10-19-2017 10:42 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gideon7 View Post
Ohio- thx for the heads up. And thx again to all the other input. Honestly- I appreciate hearing both sides. I have only had good to very good experiences at the LC- admittedly only about half dozen visits so far. I almost wonder if it might be as others have said- they don't have issues with the people in LC- but the leadership? (But I must keep in mind- those "leaders" came from within LC most likely...) The few folks I've gotten to know seem to sincerely love Christ and His word- joyful, thankful, faithful, reasonably healthy doctrine, etc...
I am pondering- WL died about 2 decades ago- his seemingly authoritarian church politics happened before that- I believe his apparently un-Godly sons are even passed? (I know nothing of the "Blended Brothers"- and who is/was "GLA" btw?) I don't see any recent claims about scandalous RV money schemes, sexual assault, people/churches getting quarantined/excommunicated... I'm trying to give the benefit of the doubt here- but perhaps positive changes have come about in the last 20+ years? That's a loooong time... just wondering? I'm not trying to pull this post in a different direction- I think I might start a new thread somewhere else about "what changes have come since WL passed?" Sorry- new to this...
Sorry about abbreviations. GLA is th Great Lakes Area, with a regional leader in Cleveland named Titus Chu.

Yes, Lee's sons are now also passed.

Current leader/President is Benson Philips. His abusive style is on full display (as "Dan Williams") if you would read the first chap of former member Jane Anderson in her book Thread of Gold. Philips is a brutal, ambitious man who would "eliminate" anyone who got in his way, including Titus Chu, who was excommunicated 10 years ago, which divided all the LC's I knew in the GLA. He also excommunicated all of Brazil ~2010 because they had their own printing presses, and stopped buying books from LSM. Remember the saying "power corrupts?"

And, yes, many, many precious saints are there, with too many abusive leaders, especially at LSM, with a smile on their face and a knife in their hand. The "Blended Brothers" are the leaders at LSM who give conferences and trainings.

And DCP is the "Defense and Confirmation Project" which is little more than the legal arm of LSM ready to sue any publisher who speaks up. They are doing their best to shut down this website.

When I left, I reminisced my many years there, putting together all my stories with a few other brothers I knew and discovered online, and then I got hit with the awful conclusion one day that this program turns beloved brothers into bullies. I saw this on a local, regional, and national level. It was systemic. The leadership style draws on elements from Chinese culture and the military. The established hierarchy is often maintained by regular "dress-downs," public shaming and humiliations of leaders, none of which you will witness while just meeting house to house.
10-19-2017 09:48 AM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

Ohio- thx for the heads up. And thx again to all the other input. Honestly- I appreciate hearing both sides. I have only had good to very good experiences at the LC- admittedly only about half dozen visits so far. I almost wonder if it might be as others have said- they don't have issues with the people in LC- but the leadership? (But I must keep in mind- those "leaders" came from within LC most likely...) The few folks I've gotten to know seem to sincerely love Christ and His word- joyful, thankful, faithful, reasonably healthy doctrine, etc...
I am pondering- WL died about 2 decades ago- his seemingly authoritarian church politics happened before that- I believe his apparently un-Godly sons are even passed? (I know nothing of the "Blended Brothers"- and who is/was "GLA" btw?) I don't see any recent claims about scandalous RV money schemes, sexual assault, people/churches getting quarantined/excommunicated... I'm trying to give the benefit of the doubt here- but perhaps positive changes have come about in the last 20+ years? That's a loooong time... just wondering? I'm not trying to pull this post in a different direction- I think I might start a new thread somewhere else about "what changes have come since WL passed?" Sorry- new to this...
10-19-2017 09:14 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gideon7 View Post
A very big thx again for your responses! Please know this means a lot to my wife and I as we try to dig through the details of a complicated group and see what’s really at the bottom of it all- I sincerely hope it’s the one true God and His word, but…?
Gideon7, this forum has had LSM advocates like Drake and Evangelical for years.

Keep reading, and you will see first hand all the diverse tactics they will use to dismiss legitimate concerns and discredit those who voice their concerns. It's kind of like watching our political news each night.
10-19-2017 09:06 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
LSM/LC cannot be blamed for Eastern Lightning just as the apostles cannot be blamed for Gnosticism which arose out of the teachings of Paul and John.
This comment has no historical basis.

Gnosticism and endless Greek philosophies existed long before the Apostles.

Read the story about Paul's first visit to Athens, Greece in Acts 17.
10-19-2017 08:50 AM
UntoHim
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
What? I never heard this from Brother Lee nor anything like it.
Well then you wen't listening very well.

Did you ever hear Witness Lee say that "the process of sanctification" is only taking place in the Local Church? Did you ever hear him say "if you go away from" the Local Church of Witness Lee you will never be "a great spiritual person", but instead be spiritually "bankrupt"? Well these cult-like declarations came from none other than Mr. Benson Phillips, the President of LSM and undisputed most blended of the Blended Brothers. So where did brother Phillips come up with such absurd notions? He didn't just dream up this garbage from the words of John MacArthur, Billy Graham or R.C. Sproul, now did he? No, he was a devout follower and intense listener to the words of Witness Lee. When I read this scary damnation from Phillips it didn't surprise me one bit. I sat at the feet of Witness Lee for about 2 decades and heard him speak hundreds upon hundreds of "messages" IN PERSON, AND NOT THE EDITED VIDEOS/AUDIOS/PUBLICATIONS. What Phillips said is in perfect alignment with the teachings of Witness Lee, and so are the things aron has recently pointed out.

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10-19-2017 07:49 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drake View Post
Aron>""The age of the Word is over; it is now the age of the Spirit""

What? I never heard this from Brother Lee nor anything like it. His life's work was completely centered on Life studies of the Bible followed by Crystallizations of the books of the Bible.

Aron, since you put that in quotes, meaning it is an exact statement, please provide the reference so we can read it in context.

Drake
I've heard talk like that too.

Just because LSM won't put that in their books, doesn't mean it is not said publicly.

But for context, oftentimes John 5.39 would be twisted and used as a springboard for dumb comments such as the one aron provided.
10-19-2017 04:51 AM
Drake
Re: Smoking Gun?

Aron>""The age of the Word is over; it is now the age of the Spirit""

What? I never heard this from Brother Lee nor anything like it. His life's work was completely centered on Life studies of the Bible followed by Crystallizations of the books of the Bible.

Aron, since you put that in quotes, meaning it is an exact statement, please provide the reference so we can read it in context.

Drake
10-19-2017 03:44 AM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
LSM/LC cannot be blamed for Eastern Lightning just as the apostles cannot be blamed for Gnosticism which arose out of the teachings of Paul and John.
I agree with the above. I don't see a "smoking gun" per se (i.e. direct causative effect), but thought there were interesting aspects in common. And your comparison is apt, as I've often felt John was creating a firewall against Gnosticism, not inviting it.

In retrospect, the LSM/lc would have done better with firewalls, themselves. They went into an isolated populace with slogans inviting subjectivism over objective truth. "The age of the Word is over; it is now the age of the Spirit". Just shout yourselves inti foment and you are "in S/spirit" and "in God". When people began to have completely heterodox dreams and visions there was no stopping them. Subjectivity uber alles.

And the recruiting methods are pretty much identical; the EL is less subtle, which makes it so informative. Deception: "We are just Christans." Hide affiliation, at first. Find commonalities and build relational bridges. Then, dependency and isolationism: "We alone have the truth. All others are in darkness." Secrecy. Paranoia. Tight operational control.

My message here is that we can see a warning in this. Mysticism can lead to manipulation and slavery worse than "dead letters" even.
10-18-2017 07:06 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Quote:
Originally Posted by aron View Post
LSM/lc have tried to stay right on the limits of orthodoxy, where they can be the same as everyone else, but different, too.

But if you want to see LSM/lc & Lee off the rails, look up the truly cultic off-shoots in the PRC. They went in aggressively in 1979, when China opened to the west. Within 15 years they had millions of acolytes, it seemed.

Read about the Eastern Lightning, an LSM/lc sect. Or the Lord Changshou Shouters, or the Three Grades of Servants. If you read the ELrecruiters guide, readily available, it's lifted right out of the LSM/lc playbook. Just not as subtle - it's quite forthright.

Quite the eye-opener.
LSM/LC cannot be blamed for Eastern Lightning just as the apostles cannot be blamed for Gnosticism which arose out of the teachings of Paul and John.


Within early Christianity, the teachings of Paul and John may have been a starting point for Gnostic ideas, with a growing emphasis on the opposition between flesh and spirit, the value of charisma, and the disqualification of the Jewish law. The mortal body belonged to the world of the archons, and only the spirit or soul could be saved. The term gnostikos may have acquired a deeper significance here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosti...istian_origins
10-18-2017 06:05 PM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

LSM/lc have tried to stay right on the limits of orthodoxy, where they can be the same as everyone else, but different, too.

But if you want to see LSM/lc & Lee off the rails, look up the truly cultic off-shoots in the PRC. They went in aggressively in 1979, when China opened to the west. Within 15 years they had millions of acolytes, it seemed.

Read about the Eastern Lightning, an LSM/lc sect. Or the Lord Changshou Shouters, or the Three Grades of Servants. If you read the ELrecruiters guide, readily available, it's lifted right out of the LSM/lc playbook. Just not as subtle - it's quite forthright.

Quite the eye-opener.
10-18-2017 05:29 PM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Originally Posted by Gideon7 View Post
I just want to send out a quick thx for the replies thus far- would love more. I also want to say I'm honored that y'all would share some of your story with me- I don't take it lightly or for granted. I realize there must be some deeeeeep thoughts/feelings/memories/hurts/frustrations/regrets/etc hanging around in some of those stories. I realize many have only shared the abbreviated version- May God's grace truly heal and restore as really only He can!
It seems to me that unlike some of the pretty clear "cults"- JW/LDS/etc...- LC just doesn't seem to have the verifiable clear cut one/couple/few teachings/practices that you can point at, stand up, and scream "Aha- Got ya- there it is!" Frustrating... And just to clarify- I don't think I currently see LC as a cult- possibly some cult-like tendencies- but I personally can't go far enough yet to label it a cult- perhaps some of you see it differently?
Witness Lee liked to say provocative things, that stretched the limits of orthodoxy. But then he'd explain what it meant, and he was always (so he argued) firmly within the orthodox camp.

I don't know if this was deliberate, but it allowed him to be two things simultaneously: "different" and "the same".

He wanted to be different because he needed to distinguish himself from the rest. He'd often say, "Nobody has seen this but us". Or, "Nobody else teaches this". This way he could hold the sheep in his pen. Everyone else, it seemed, was deficient, often hopelessly so. Only Nee & Lee had the up-to-date light; everyone else was passe.

But he also had to be "the most orthodox", as he'd put it. He'd lay out his bona fides repeatedly. He trafficked in the legitimacy of Wesley, Luther, Calvin et al. (But somehow current followers of Wesley/Luther/Calvin were totally in the dark. ??)

The other thing is, a lot of his more inflammatory statements got edited out, and never published. The oral messages were "polished" in LSM/lc lingo. So the stuff that was really 'out there' often never saw the general public.

Provoke and then deny, over and over again. Lee didn't care if he argued continually, and had to explain himself yet again; as long as he was kept the center of it all, it was A-ok. . . this m.o. kept him right in the center of (a small) public consciousness.
10-18-2017 05:24 PM
Evangelical
Re: Smoking Gun?

Interestingly, the word cult is not in the Bible.

Strictly speaking, JW, LDS and every denomination is a sect because it is a "cut"(i.e. sect) in the Body. Cults are those groups like the KKK etc.
10-18-2017 04:24 PM
Gideon7
Re: Smoking Gun?

I just want to send out a quick thx for the replies thus far- would love more. I also want to say I'm honored that y'all would share some of your story with me- I don't take it lightly or for granted. I realize there must be some deeeeeep thoughts/feelings/memories/hurts/frustrations/regrets/etc hanging around in some of those stories. I realize many have only shared the abbreviated version- May God's grace truly heal and restore as really only He can!
It seems to me that unlike some of the pretty clear "cults"- JW/LDS/etc...- LC just doesn't seem to have the verifiable clear cut one/couple/few teachings/practices that you can point at, stand up, and scream "Aha- Got ya- there it is!" Frustrating... And just to clarify- I don't think I currently see LC as a cult- possibly some cult-like tendencies- but I personally can't go far enough yet to label it a cult- perhaps some of you see it differently?
10-18-2017 02:04 PM
aron
Re: Smoking Gun?

I left on good terms, and occasionally visited. My own gripe was twofold: first that they said to ignore the people Jesus ministered to - the poor, the sick, the weak and the weary - and went for the "good building material", i.e. naive college students, who would get good jobs and buy ministry publications and recruit others to buy ministry publications.

Second was that we were "the Body" and "just Christians" but seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time pooh-poohing everyone else in "the Body" but us. We were "the church in Smithville" but wouldn't visit anyone else in Smithville but required that they sat at our Lord's Table. The hypocrisy of it became too much, and I tired of sitting in the same chairs looking at the same faces saying the same things.

So I left.

But only later I learned of Philip Lee and the "storms" and "turmoils" and "rebellions" that Ohio alluded to. Never even heard of John Ingalls, except that his name was in the front of some older LSM publications. Never heard of John So or Max Rappoport or Sal Benoit or Bill Mallon or so many other "rebels" who walked away.

But everyone has faults, right? So I became more critical, but not "negative" in the true sense, not an "opposer", though I would occasionally be critical, which was dangerous enough to the programme zealots.

My smoking gun became this: when I read the footnotes to the RecV in the Psalms and realized that probably 70% of the verses were panned by LSM as "fallen" or "natural concepts" or "mixed". This completely flies in the face of NT reception of scripture.

Look at Peter's speech in Acts 2. Did he say, "David was just in his natural mind, supposing that God would help him, a sinner."? No, Peter said that David was a prophet and was not speaking concerning himself but of the seed that was to come.

Again and again the NT indicates that the writers and speakers of the books were looking to scripture as indicative of the coming Messiah. Some might be arguably not - the repentant Psalm 51 or some of the more vitriolic "imprecative" psalms come to mind (though even these have NT echoes if you look) - but the LSM version of the Psalms goes far beyond that.

Jesus said, "David was in spirit" writing about Him. Nowhere does He, or Paul, or the gospel writers say that this was limited to the 40 explicit citations. Yet LSM either sees "NT believers enjoying grace" in the Psalms, or David/Asaph/&c expressing "natural" or "mixed" sentiments.

When I saw that I also "rebelled" against this ministry, and its franchise churches. Nice people, but very, very misled.
10-18-2017 12:26 PM
countmeworthy
Re: Smoking Gun?

For me, it was the 'brainwashing' there was nothing out there in 'Christianity'. We were not 'allowed' (more like an unspoken rule) to read anything outside the LSM/LC.. that includes different translations of the bible, unless it was in the bookstore like Foxe's book of martyrs and Miller's church history.

I have heard the blended brothers sometimes NOW refer to the Amplified bible. If that's the case, then the brethren can follow the bouncing ball and do the same. There are some localities that have more 'freedom' than others I understand. And in each locality there will be some 'rebels'. Some localities have genuine close fellowship and understand each other well. Some localities were/are more rigid.

That said, I can tell you that Nee and Lee's teachings did in the lonnnnnng run make me realize through the scriptures and the HOLY SPIRIT, that the 'church' is not a denomination. It is true there were no denominations or 'non denominations' when the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles and the disciples and the church was birthed in Acts.

They got that part right. And yet, they became one themselves! Go figure!

Now many people here have been attending a denomination for a long time and are happy there. I have no qualms with their decisions. If that's where the Lord has them, so be it.

My experience was I attended several denominations: Messianic Jew, Baptist, John Hagee's cornerstone 'church' and another 'charismatic' church. I learned much from the pastors of these churches but I never had the close fellowship I had in the LC when I was there.

Little by little, I met like minded people and even if we are not always on the same page it's OK! We are not going to 'quarantine' or excommunicate each other! Our allegiance and fellowship first and foremost is with our Creator and Savior, Jesus, His Holy Spirit and Father God.

The LC was the foundation of my faith and growing in Christ. But my season there ended..as did my season with the denominations.

It has not been an easy trek. Yet no doubt GOD IS FAITHFUL. He is our Shepherd. He leads us to still waters and His Goodness and Mercy follows us all the days of our lives. Glory and Praise to His Holy Name.
10-18-2017 10:40 AM
Ohio
Re: Smoking Gun?

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Hello everyone- I hope we are all walking close to Christ today- knowing Him and making Him known- what an adventure and honor! I'm really not sure if this is the best spot for this post- please forgive me if it isn't. I already gave a rather un-brief intro of myself, so I will try not to repeat much of it here. But I would like some responses concerning specifics from your experience in the LC. In essence I guess I’m looking for a possible “smoking gun”.
I'm not sure if there was only one puff of smoke or many more, but this is what completely change my attitude and removed all my respect for Witness Lee, his successors the "Blendeds," and Living Stream Ministry.

Back in the late 1980's, numerous events occurred including a serious upheaval in the LC's, which was afterwards characterized by Lee as a conspiratorial rebellion, a literal coup d'taut. Supposedly leaders from Anaheim and around the globe conspired together to overthrow Lee's ministry. We all believed this account for many years. Then I came across an online book called Speaking The Truth in Love, written by a well-respected and spiritual brother named John Ingalls, who was one of the original founders of the LC movement in the US. John had helped translate the first recovery version, and he also helped compile the hymnal. This brother had a heart as pure as the driven snow. We all loved him. He just recently passed away.

His account explained so many unanswered questions and rumors surrounding those years of turmoil. Witness Lee had placed his reprobate son Philip in charge of his ministry in Anaheim, while he was in Taiwan. The man was abusive, by all accounts unsaved, hot tempered, and molested the female staff. More than once he was caught with women on the ministry property. This was a pattern with a long hidden history dating back to China.

John Ingalls documented his numerous attempts to get Witness Lee to remove his profligate son and to protect the saints. Read his account. The mounting concerns from like-minded men of God around the globe was never a "rebellion" but a response to bullying, abuse, and fleshly activity by the new "Office Manager" Philip Lee, changing the very nature of the ministry. Instead of taking action to protect the saints, Witness Lee rounded up all of his most zealous followers to attack these "whistleblowers," whose only crime was to speak their conscience on behalf of God, righteousness, and His children. Meetings were held, lies were spoken, books were written, it was all pretty ugly. Many leaders were excommunicated and branded rebels, lepers, and worse.

The smoke from this gun can be described as the "poison" which LSM fears most. I hope my brief description of events helped to explain some of what caused me to walk away after 30 years actively serving in the LC's.
10-18-2017 10:14 AM
Koinonia
Re: Smoking Gun?

For me it would be this: in the LC, you will be taught that there is little to no profit in reading any Christian material besides that published by LSM. Members are actively discouraged from doing so, and other members will not receive it if you share anything that originates from other material.
10-18-2017 10:03 AM
Gideon7
Smoking Gun?

Hello everyone- I hope we are all walking close to Christ today- knowing Him and making Him known- what an adventure and honor! I'm really not sure if this is the best spot for this post- please forgive me if it isn't. I already gave a rather un-brief intro of myself, so I will try not to repeat much of it here. But I would like some responses concerning specifics from your experience in the LC. In essence I guess I’m looking for a possible “smoking gun”.

I’ve spent some time reading what various people claim about the LC- mostly from ex-LCers and "cult specialists". I’ve read about things such as authoritarianism, false teaching, didn’t help save someone’s marriage, RV companies, numerous lawsuits, power struggles, "brainwashing", WL’s reprobate kids, numerous allegations concerning LSM- the list could go on and on it seems... And as is usually the case- there are numerous claims and counter claims. As I wasn’t present when any of this happened I essentially have to take someone’s word for it, “ask, seek, and knock”- and pray the Holy Spirit will give me wisdom. I really don’t want to invest my time in a group that is off concerning some of the basic doctrines/practices of the faith- and when there’s this much "smoke", there tends to be a fire somewhere…

With this in mind, I'm wondering if some of you ex-LCers might share your biggest complaint/grudge/issue/false-teaching/heresy/etc… you personally found in relation to the LC. If you could only pick one- what would it be? That would really help me know some things to look for.

And it appears there are some current LCers around here as well? I would appreciate it if you would maybe share the main reason you choose to stay in the LC given this (apparently) lengthy list of “smoking guns”. It certainly at least appears there are myriad reasons to have some serious questions concerning the LC.

A very big thx again for your responses! Please know this means a lot to my wife and I as we try to dig through the details of a complicated group and see what’s really at the bottom of it all- I sincerely hope it’s the one true God and His word, but…?

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