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Old 07-02-2018, 07:55 AM   #83
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Default Re: Some Good Things to Come Out of the Recovery?

Thanks for the response UntoHim!

To recap, here are the good things I've put forth that I consider the LC to have promoted (again, not necessarily originated by the LC):

UntoHim's comments below in Navy Blue
My comments below in green

1. Open meetings - encouraging all to function
Great idea for home or small group meetings. Not so much for the general meeting of the church on Sunday/Lords Day. What good does "encouraging all to function when the "function" is simply regurgitating the words of Witness Lee?
I wasn't speaking specifically about the LC. I just enjoy hearing the functiing of all the saints! Take yesterday's meeting in Scottsdale for example. Different ones called songs and shared why they had enjoyed them this week. Then one of the six speaking brothers gave a message on a topic the ekklesia felt was good. Then several shared about what the Lord impressed them with during the meeting and regarding the message. Other experiences/seeings/needs were shared too. Then someone called another song toward the end that they thought pertained well to the message. In closing a sister reminded us of a study they were giving this week, concerning their family's recent trip to Israel. Then we did a potluck with lots of fellowship. Gosh, was that all so enjoyable - I experienced being part of God's family in my spirit! That's the kind of open functioning I'm talking about.

2. The Emphasis on the Indwelling Christ
Almost every evangelical/orthodox Christian church I've been in the last 20 years has some "emphasis on the Indwelling Christ" It may not be emphasized with the same verbiage as in the LC of Witness Lee, but the same exact basic understanding and appreciation.
That's awesome! I hope the message gets out more and more - really the central theme of the New Covenant. Us learning how to experience the indwelling Christ is critical.

3. Calling on the name of the Lord
Although I no long practice calling "OOOOHHHH LLLOOOORRRRD JEEEESSUUUUUS, I still call on the Lord many times a day. I do not find this practice profitable myself, nor biblical, I have absolutely no problem with those that do! Call Away!
Yes, many of us have seen the way NOT to call on the Lord. It is scriptural, and He's shown me that "Not denying My name" has saved me frequently in the wilderness. Dead chanting no - but a sincere calling - yes! (audible or inaudible) A verse that's helped me is "No man can say Lord Jesus apart from the Holy Spirit." Take that to the bank!

4. Taking in the Pure Milk of the Word
Do you mean just reading the bible? If so, why do we need Witness Lee to do that?
Of course we don't need WL! If you read the earlier post describing this, it's about not going to the word just for some head knowledge. But rather taking the word in by prayer, praying it back to Him, singing it, etc. Again, not in some rote way, but meditating on the word and asking Him about it and chewing it over. Also using our mouth to audibly speak His word, when possible, helps.

5. One church; One city
Described in the NT - - NOT Prescribed. Not to mention that the Local Church does not perfectly follow this man-made construct. There are MANY cities throughout the history of the LC that have multiple meeting places (or halls) in a particular city.
I like that - "Described . . . Not prescribed." Sure, like any other dead knowledge it will just kill and divide. I see it in the NT and meet with a group that basically ascribes to the idea of not having a name per se. But it is a minor point with the ones I meet with, and for me too. If the name we meet under intentionally stumbles our brother and severs fellowship - what good is it!?

6. The Building
I'm clueless about this on. "The Building".?
I will respond about "building" in another message.
What exactly are you "clueless" about?
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