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Old 11-15-2019, 01:53 PM   #1
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You have “the truth of the full gospel of God;” and you want people to hear it,
but you don’t care for the truth regarding Daystar’s devastation; the factors of
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For those floundering, their helplessness is compounded from multiple directions. Trying to live up to being "God in life and nature" but actually being under-resourced to even function normally is not an equation that can add to a good result. This from persons born-in, second generation LCers! They are supposed to be flagships for the cause, evidence of it’s ‘reality’!....yet another source of pressure to be a living example of a schema that just doesn’t work, because it’s not actually truth.
I brought this great post over to this thread because I believe that it hits upon the real reason why there is such a "low grade depression" among many Local Churchers - young, old and everywhere in between.

The problem is not Daystar. The problem is not opposition on the Internet. The problem is certainly not the saints "not getting into the ministry enough". Local Churchers are swimming in a vast sea of 25-50 year old messages from a guy who's been dead for over 22 years. The problem is that Local Churchers are starving. As Curious has aptly stated, LC members are "actually under-resourced". If Witness Lee's ministry was actually part of the New Testament ministry it would be doing what the New Testament ministry does - Feed, give life, be a light unto our path, show us the way of mercy, grace and peace. It would also reprove, rebuke and correct. And yes, it would bring us "the full Gospel of God". It is now painfully obvious that Witness Lee's ministry does none of these.

Maybe Lee's ministry did actually function partially under the New Testament ministry back in the good old days of Elden Hall. I think there is a lot of evidence that there was a certain blessing poured out by God himself to his seeking ones in America and some other places. And this blessing was not created by Witness Lee or his ministry, but rather despite him and his well-meaning, fanatical followers. Church history is replete with such movements that had a wonderful and blessed beginning, only to become sick and lifeless for lack of following the real source of God's blessing - God himself, his Word and obedience to his Holy Spirit. All these have been replaced by a man and his so-called "ministry of the age".

Minoru and others have called for revival in the Local Churches for decades. And Witness Lee called for revival for decades before him. The problem is that they are calling for a revival back to a time and place that we cannot not go back to anymore than we can go back to the time and place of Jesus and the original apostles. But we can partake in and participate in their ministry, which has been preserved for us in the pages of the holy Scriptures. We also have the promise of the Spirit of power, grace and truth. It is only the Word and only the Spirit of the living God which can bring revival.

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Minoru and others have called for revival in the Local Churches for decades. And Witness Lee called for revival for decades before him. The problem is that they are calling for a revival back to a time and place that we cannot not go back to anymore than we can go back to the time and place of Jesus and the original apostles. But we can partake in and participate in their ministry, which has been preserved for us in the pages of the holy Scriptures. We also have the promise of the Spirit of power, grace and truth. It is only the Word and only the Spirit of the living God which can bring revival.
The LC is a system that has failed its members. And I think that includes members from just about every demographic, including longtime members, church kids, and even newcomers. Like Curious stated, it might be expected that success with the church kids would be evidence that the LC was something special. Quite to the contrary, church kid retention rate is something that they might want to take an honest look at.

I remember seeing a video a while back where Minoru went into some of the statistics related to the churches in southern California. It was eye-opening to say the least and it got me thinking as to why Minoru and the other blendeds just don't seem to get it.

They have the information in front of them. They have the numbers. They see that a problem exists, but they can't (or aren't willing to) pinpoint it to its origin. For example, Minoru was around in the late 80's when LC members left in their masses, and he had somewhat of a hand in that. Later on the blendeds go quarantine churches/leaders in an entire region of the U.S. and they think nothing of it. Then they wonder why their numbers are down.
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They have the information in front of them. They have the numbers. They see that a problem exists, but they can't (or aren't willing to) pinpoint it to its origin. For example, Minoru was around in the late 80's when LC members left in their masses, and he had somewhat of a hand in that. Later on the blendeds go quarantine churches/leaders in an entire region of the U.S. and they think nothing of it. Then they wonder why their numbers are down.
I would caution regarding using numbers alone as an indicator of whether the Lord is with a group. The Lord and His life are attractive, but numbers of people don't always make a good indicator. (e.g., the RCC has over a billion)
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There is a sense, among us who are still meeting, that the Lord is bringing us on to a more advanced level of “enjoyment”. That letter is not far fetched from what’s to come in the LC in the coming years. Just wait and see. There is going to be a big “release” in the coming years. I’ve left for some time, and have come back recently. - a young working saint.
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I would say this is a big part of the problem, and I don't know if it's been discussed: WL made such a big thing, and rightly so, about not having a church "name", but just The Church, the church in xxx city, you call yourself Mrs. Jones but you're married to Mr. Smith, etc. Yet he had no problem brand naming his "ministry". Instead of being part of "the ministry", he made a divisive decision to create his own brand name, made a business of LSM, and sold it to "the church", and in fact insisted that no one not under his brand and control had any part in "the recovery". This whole process still exists today. How is God supposed to honor such a divisive organization/business. Seems like the way of recovery would be for those involved in LSM to repent of their divisiveness and that the local assemblies turn back to scripture and to the Holy Spirit.
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There is a sense, among us who are still meeting, that the Lord is bringing us on to a more advanced level of “enjoyment”. That letter is not far fetched from what’s to come in the LC in the coming years. Just wait and see. There is going to be a big “release” in the coming years. I’ve left for some time, and have come back recently. - a young working saint.
Would you mind clarifying your comments? In my last post on this thread, I referred to the LC as a system that has failed it's members. Consider each of the major so-called turmoils that occurred within the LC. Each resulted in significant numbers leaving the LC. Additionally, there are countless "church kids" that have left, as well as rank and file members who felt that the LC is no longer for them. As an analogy, I might compare it to a truck driving down the road and losing it's load (unaware that it's happening).

The future success and impact of the LC remains to be seen, I certainly am not one to try to predict that. But based on the current state of things within the LC, the outlook doesn't look very promising. Here is why:
  • LC leadership seems oblivious to the real issues that they are faced with. Steve's letter to Minoru is an attempt to highlight this.
  • There has been no reckoning in regards to past failures of the LC. Even some of those who have been affected by such things have been demonized. Until the LC takes responsibility for past wrongdoings, a great number of people will continue to have a negative perception of the LC.
  • LC members are continuing to speak out and leave. Jo's letter is a perfect example of this, and this is just one case. The wide impact of the letter goes to show how many current LC members are getting restless.
With these points in mind, to me it seems nonsensical to hear anyone in the LC talking about being brought into a more 'advanced' level of enjoyment. So that is supposed to happen in spite of all these things? That is supposed to all happen while current LC members are trampling on those who have concerns and less-than-positive experiences? Really?

It simply does not work that way. Going back to my analogy, sooner or later, the LCM will have to realize that they can't continue on full speed ahead. The only 'release' that has happened is that they have lost much of what gave them the potential to be an impactful movement in the first place. Some in the LC might think that all those who voiced concerns or spoke up were just weighing the LC down. Quite to the contrary, these people provided something very necessary - the feedback the LC needed to improve upon.
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Minoru and others have called for revival in the Local Churches for decades.
There it is . . . MTLCGA! Make the Local Churches Great Again!

And like the other "great again" slogan, the unanswered question is when you (me, whoever) thinks that was. If it ever was. Typically it is presumed to be some time before most can remember.
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There is a sense, among us who are still meeting, that the Lord is bringing us on to a more advanced level of “enjoyment”. That letter is not far fetched from what’s to come in the LC in the coming years. Just wait and see. There is going to be a big “release” in the coming years. I’ve left for some time, and have come back recently. - a young working saint.
I remember Benson Phillips saying virtually the same words in the late 60’s. THE LATE 60’s!!! The words he used were “just you wait!” As a result we looked past the present, relied on our prideful “senses”; we looked down on those who were not as “advanced” in their enjoyment as WE were. We looked down with pity at poor, poor Christianity, and we looked with pity at those who were in the meetings but did not measure up to our “advanced level of enjoyment”. So in that regard, I guess not much has changed.

I’m still looking for the big “release”, prophesied in the late ‘60’s! It was portrayed as being the Church in Philadelphia...the church of brotherly love...none of which we had.

We were clearly in Laodicea and didn’t have a clue.

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There it is . . . MTLCGA! Make the Local Churches Great Again!

And like the other "great again" slogan, the unanswered question is when you (me, whoever) thinks that was. If it ever was. Typically it is presumed to be some time before most can remember.
So, it becomes Babylone the Great instead.
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The last sentence of the post being considered says, "I've left for some time, and have come back recently. - a young working saint."

The person left for some time - now, we don't know this person's circumstances but most leave with disillusionment. What was promised never got delivered. So they go out, seeking the temporary comforts and distractions of the world.

So why do they return, to what didn't work the first time? Why re-imbibe the failed promises of old? I believe it is this: they want something "more", and know it's somehow connected to the God of the Bible, and remain convinced that LSM has the "proper interpretation" of that promise.

The perceived alternative is what many young people on this forum write of - giving up on God altogether. The assumption in both cases is that God is accessed only through LSM interpretation of scripture. Either it must be embraced in toto, or 'God' rejected altogether.

But many of us who've gone on to read the Bible apart from it's current pen-builders (we have God in our theological box) have come to see that these are false alternatives.
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I remember Benson Phillips saying virtually the same words in the late 60’s. THE LATE 60’s!!! The words he used were “just you wait!”
I heard Ron Kangas say virtually the same words in the late 90’s. THE LATE 90’s!!! After WL passed.

RK prophesied that many who had left the Recovery would soon return!

Then a few years later he quarantined the entire Midwest! Then he followed up with South America!
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So why do they return, to what didn't work the first time? Why re-imbibe the failed promises of old? I believe it is this: they want something "more", and know it's somehow connected to the God of the Bible, and remain convinced that LSM has the "proper interpretation" of that promise.
It's a marketing scheme -- always treat new "customers" better than those old, reliable ones, who regularly get taken advantage of.
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Would you mind clarifying your comments? In my last post on this thread, I referred to the LC as a system that has failed it's members. Consider each of the major so-called turmoils that occurred within the LC. Each resulted in significant numbers leaving the LC. Additionally, there are countless "church kids" that have left, as well as rank and file members who felt that the LC is no longer for them. As an analogy, I might compare it to a truck driving down the road and losing it's load (unaware that it's happening).

The future success and impact of the LC remains to be seen, I certainly am not one to try to predict that. But based on the current state of things within the LC, the outlook doesn't look very promising. Here is why:
  • LC leadership seems oblivious to the real issues that they are faced with. Steve's letter to Minoru is an attempt to highlight this.
  • There has been no reckoning in regards to past failures of the LC. Even some of those who have been affected by such things have been demonized. Until the LC takes responsibility for past wrongdoings, a great number of people will continue to have a negative perception of the LC.
  • LC members are continuing to speak out and leave. Jo's letter is a perfect example of this, and this is just one case. The wide impact of the letter goes to show how many current LC members are getting restless.
With these points in mind, to me it seems nonsensical to hear anyone in the LC talking about being brought into a more 'advanced' level of enjoyment. So that is supposed to happen in spite of all these things? That is supposed to all happen while current LC members are trampling on those who have concerns and less-than-positive experiences? Really?

It simply does not work that way. Going back to my analogy, sooner or later, the LCM will have to realize that they can't continue on full speed ahead. The only 'release' that has happened is that they have lost much of what gave them the potential to be an impactful movement in the first place. Some in the LC might think that all those who voiced concerns or spoke up were just weighing the LC down. Quite to the contrary, these people provided something very necessary - the feedback the LC needed to improve upon.
Freedom's post is quite interesting- you could substitute RC for LC and see the same pattern. We all loved the whole concept of the local church in the beginning and this was used by WL to sell the rest of his products, to seduce the believers into his scheme and false theology. As we used to apply the letter to the church in Thyatira to the RC we can now do the same to the LC, because there was no recoverey of the church, it became just another version of the RC- just a different pope, cardinals, arch bishops, bishops, etc. As a Christian I have to say the entire leadership needs to repent and deal with their gross sine and the beast they have created. I would go back in an instant to meeting as the local church in my city if they would sever the ties with LSM and truly meets as the church in my city.
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It's a marketing scheme -- always treat new "customers" better than those old, reliable ones, who regularly get taken advantage of.
The unregistered poster has yet to expound upon their post, but the statements made are highly indicative of what LC leadership is probably "selling" people in the LC. Promises of revival, telling people that the LC has reached an advanced level of enjoyment, etc.

Many longtime members have already seen through the sham. Some still stay regardless for whatever reasons. But then ever once in a while someone comes along saying how they were away from the LC and returned. Never is any good reason or rationale given. They just "returned." I tend to think that in such cases, these people simply weren't getting cared for in the LC. So they leave, then come back and everyone is ecstatic to see them return. So that cycle can be a little bit rewarding, especially when these people don't know what they really want.
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The last sentence of the post being considered says, "I've left for some time, and have come back recently. - a young working saint."

The person left for some time - now, we don't know this person's circumstances but most leave with disillusionment. What was promised never got delivered. So they go out, seeking the temporary comforts and distractions of the world.

So why do they return, to what didn't work the first time? Why re-imbibe the failed promises of old? I believe it is this: they want something "more", and know it's somehow connected to the God of the Bible, and remain convinced that LSM has the "proper interpretation" of that promise.

The perceived alternative is what many young people on this forum write of - giving up on God altogether. The assumption in both cases is that God is accessed only through LSM interpretation of scripture. Either it must be embraced in toto, or 'God' rejected altogether.

But many of us who've gone on to read the Bible apart from it's current pen-builders (we have God in our theological box) have come to see that these are false alternatives.
Leaving the LC is no easy feat. And that is just the beginning. One still has to decide what happens next, what they believe, and what they really want. It seems though that it can be difficult to really think that far ahead, especially when the primary concern is simply escaping the clutches of the LC, and sometimes even abusive situations.

All too often, I saw people in the LC who were amid a constant cycle of meeting and then not meeting. I saw church kids leave, only to get caught back in, pressured to attend the FTTA, etc. What drives people back? Is it because they don't know anything else? Probably so.

I don't see anything in the LC currently that would be a particular draw to make people want to be part of it. Of course, those who were there when the LC was in its heyday can point to such and such an experience that happened at Elden hall and they derive meaning from that. But what about all the rest of the LC members? What do they really have going for them? Unless someone has had particularly positive experiences within the LC, they are left trying to rationalize what the LC is not. And all too often it ends up being a situation where they stick around because they know nothing else, or they keep falling away and coming back because they think the problem is they can't measure up to the demands of the LC.
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All too often, I saw people in the LC who were amid a constant cycle of meeting and then not meeting. I saw church kids leave, only to get caught back in, pressured to attend the FTTA, etc. What drives people back? Is it because they don't know anything else? Probably so.
Young adults leave because the blessed life doesn't materialize, instead it's more demands for commitment. Eventually, they either come back because they've been deeply programmed to believe there's no alternative, or they give up on Christian hope altogether. In both cases they're shaped by the narrative from Lee and the Blendeds.

But the God of Jesus in the NT is different from the one taught by LSM. Jo Casteel's open letter agrees: when they read the Bible without LSM interpretation they realized that the God presented in scriptural text was fundamentally different from that presented by LSM.

In the Psalms, a pattern of NT citations emerged in front of me, and I started seeing that the Jesus presented in the NT was seen as the fulfillment of the promised [OT] Messiah, the Righteous One sent to rescue God's chosen people, to be the Saviour of the world and a light to the Gentiles, and likewise the God who raised Jesus from the dead, whom Jesus called "Our Father", seemed fundamentally apart from the "Processed Triune God" in "God's Economy".

If you look at Psalm 34, for example, it continually references the righteous v/v the wicked, their paths and their end. RecV footnotes dismiss this, saying there is none righteous, we're all depraved and justification is by faith alone. David, the author of this psalm, lied to Abimelech and pretended to be insane, said Lee, so David wasn't righteous. Case closed.

But the NT citation of Psalm 34 shows Jesus as the Righteous Man: "The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken" (vv19, 20; cf John 19).

A consistent and coherent pattern of textual referent emerged that I'd not seen when immersed in the LSM teachings. So I began to seek after Jesus there in the text, on the terms the text allowed. "Seek, and ye shall find", and "My sheep will hear my voice."

Here's a post from an "ex-Church Kid" who grew up in the LC programme, then FTTA, who's now functionally agnostic/atheist. Scroll down the Introductions section & you'll see quite a few in this vein.

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I was required to attend every Sunday, as well summer school of truths, conferences, and even semi-annuals when I was older. I lived in a sisters house a few years in college and attended FTT-Anaheim for two years. I would say that I was marginally in the CL until the FTT. It was there that most of the issues that I had came to the forefront and I, from that point, couldn't ignore it anymore and made my eventual (but quiet) exit. To me it was just another religion and, having been taught my whole life religion was bad... well, there you have it.
Minoru's conceit is that the ministry alone explains the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Jesus and Paul and James and John. But if you read the Bible, it isn't so. I used Psalms as an example, but others might use Numbers, or Isaiah... that if you subject LSM to the same scrutiny as everyone else got. you'll start to see the issues with their output, which is why critical thinking is forbidden with the group. Any critical examination of LSM doctrine is labeled as being "negative" or "poisoned" against leadership. So the young ones who left either think, "I couldn't make it" and they're doomed to outer darkness, or they can't stand the pressure and condemnation and just reject God in toto.
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This is actually the fundamental flaw in the whole "recovery" concept: A recovery of the church would first and foremost be a recovery and return to the vocabulary of the scriptures, apart from all the garbage that has been added over the centuries. Jesus and the apostles never presented the vocabulary WL presented. The speaking in the church should echo what is plainly taught in the NT. WL's speaking and writings present a different gospel- my recollection is that he even boasted of a new heavenly language and new light. The basic concept of gathering together as the church in a city, of not adding other divisive names, the priesthood of the saints, and the open fellowship, which were not of WL's origin were great- but then his LSM business with its warped concept of God and Christ corrupted the sweetness of the church, and the true fellowship of the saints. It was no longer are you a believer, but are you a 100% follower of WL and LSM.
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This is actually the fundamental flaw in the whole "recovery" concept: A recovery of the church would first and foremost be a recovery and return to the vocabulary of the scriptures, apart from all the garbage that has been added over the centuries. Jesus and the apostles never presented the vocabulary WL presented. The speaking in the church should echo what is plainly taught in the NT. WL's speaking and writings present a different gospel- my recollection is that he even boasted of a new heavenly language and new light. The basic concept of gathering together as the church in a city, of not adding other divisive names, the priesthood of the saints, and the open fellowship, which were not of WL's origin were great- but then his LSM business with its warped concept of God and Christ corrupted the sweetness of the church, and the true fellowship of the saints. It was no longer are you a believer, but are you a 100% follower of WL and LSM.
Initially WL behaved like so many other 60's ministers who saw the undeniably genuine move of the Spirit amidst the chaos and protests of Viet Nam and a few high profile assassinations. Much of the fruit of the "Jesus People Movement" had no desire to return to traditionally structured denominations. All sorts of new groups and congregations sprung up with a common theme -- return to the basic message of the N.T. -- a "recovery" of sorts.

With a Catholic background and a fresh salvation, I was particularly attracted to the message of "Christ, only Christ" and the promised return to the "pure word" of God in the church in Cleveburg, OH. Simultaneously many fresh translations came forth to replace the archaic wording of the KJV. With my new life and a living bible, I was ready to join the "real" body of Christ. Except for the outspoken hatred of all Christianity and brothers who wanted to run my life, the early church life was wonderful, and almost "normal."

As is often said by the power-hungry, "never let a good crisis go to waste," true to form WL used manufactured self-inflicted "storms" to slowly take over absolute control of all LC's. WL would use many other gifted brothers to build his empire, and went things went south, he would throw them under the bus. Thus every Recovery crisis would pass with WL appearing more exalted like some godman MOTA, and all the LC's forfeiting our liberties to him for his "protection" against these "ambitious" men out to deceive and "poison" us. WL had mastered these techniques in China and Taiwan and was ready to apply them to gullible Americans.
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I became a Christian in '74 and came to my 1st meeting of the LC in '76. Catholic background as well. I think WL started switching gears right around that time. An increase in LSM was an obvious decrease in the practice and blessing of the local assembly. Then by the 80's he really put the pedal to the metal and there was a departure of saints and some elders and a total sell out by others. I left in ''86. Can you imagine how all Christianity would have changed if the local church had remained local- with that local functionality? Instead, most Christian gatherings now are based on the pastoral business model, which also ripped off the Jesus people from great fellowship.

It's so unfortunate ones like Minoure don't recognize this fundamental flaw and minister to bring back the local church. It is high time for those in the LC lead to repent, turn and minister to bring back that which was from the beginning.. But it is hard to kick against the prods. They should have an old fashioned book burning and dump all their LSM material and count the cost of the materials. They should reject any control of LSM over the local assembly and return to scripture. The mere fact that they need to have "trainings" shows that the normal function of the local assembly has disappeared.. if there was a return to the practice of the local assembly, I think everyone would really receive A heavenly blessing (church in Philadelphia). Without this major repentance it is ludicrous to think there is going to be any blessing from God.
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The centralized command & control the LC began practicing is a natural result of the flesh. It's such a big irony with the LC, because they preached against it and its evils. You may be right, that is, if local autonomy was protected and practiced, there might have been a much bigger impact on Christendom! There were some very good practices (e.g., open and participative gatherings), but with the overt centralization (and a highly flawed one at that) it just looks like just another fleshly denomination vying for power.
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Jesus and the apostles never presented the vocabulary WL presented. The speaking in the church should echo what is plainly taught in the NT. WL's speaking and writings present a different gospel — my recollection is that he even boasted of a new heavenly language and new light.
All strange incense and strange music. An abomination. Man's attempt to please God in a manner that He never ordained.
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As is often said by the power-hungry, "never let a good crisis go to waste," true to form WL used manufactured self-inflicted "storms" to slowly take over absolute control of all LC's. WL would use many other gifted brothers to build his empire, and went things went south, he would throw them under the bus. Thus every Recovery crisis would pass with WL appearing more exalted like some godman MOTA, and all the LC's forfeiting our liberties to him for his "protection" against these "ambitious" men out to deceive and "poison" us. WL had mastered these techniques in China and Taiwan and was ready to apply them to gullible Americans.
I have been mulling this thought against the facts of history for several days, and to me it presents several frightening aspects of "Recovery" ministry.

First consider the foundational ideals of those in the US who initially espoused WL's ministry as a co-worker of WN: Local assembly/churches each governed by local elders seeking the Lord to best care for their members while rejecting established traditions, and faithfully adhering to the N.T. pattern in the word of God. Localism without headquarters, eldership without hierarchy, all the saints functioning by the Spirit, centered on Christ, only Christ -- all watchwords for the blossoming movement.

How did we get from there to here? Was it normal evolution, chance happenings, or an orchestrated plan of events? How did the members and local leaders agree to these monumental changes? Did we all just go along willingly?

Here's what's troubling me. The pattern I'm seeing is the same one used by organized crime. Simply stated, goons are sent into "local" businesses and in the aftermath of the resulting dangerous chaos, "protections" from these same people are then promised in exchange for "local" assets and their liberties. In the resulting state of fear, this is then justified as the "cost of doing business."

Study both the "Max" and "Ingalls" rebellions, and I cannot arrive at any other conclusion. Did not WL effectively use the tactics of organized crime to transform the entire movement from an "Antioch Principle" local movement to a "Jerusalem Principle" high-control headquartered movement? Comments?
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We used to say "so & so doesn't 'see' the church". Meaning, apart from all the history and movements in Christianity over 1900 years, there was still that thing " the church" and "the churches". Local assemblies of believers, gathering together as the called out ones, loving the Lord, the truth, the saints, fellowshipping together, growing in grace, keeping the word, breaking bread, etc., under the leadership of elders in the local assembly who understood and saw this. WL did a good job "recovering" this, and the saints seemed to flourish. Then we were introduced to a different side of WL- the businessman who saw a golden opportunity. His business rode on the back of the churches "vision" and in no small feat, put them all under the yolk of LSM. So the one who introduced meeting with no name took on a name and we can see, he himself lost the "vision". I say no small feat, because the elders and the saints should have whole heartedly rejected such a move. As we all know, some did, and we know the history of the whole fiasco.

Still, that "vision" of the church and the churches still exists, and still needs to be "recovered". I mean, what is the alternative? The pastoral business model of Christians filing into an auditorium and watching a pastoral performance, and a midweek bible study? No Thank You!.

You would think ones like Minoru would wake up from the LSM nightmare shake off the disgusting error and repent of the error. Elders in lthe LCs should do the same: Dump the whole LSM entrapment and return to the scriptures and the "vision".
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I started reading a secular book written in the late 60's called Power, author A Berle. He talks about the history of power- men ruling over men, positions, organization, use and misuse, rise to power, fall from power, gravitating to power, why people submit to power, what people get out of power etc.
Our Lord, Jesus, talked quite a bit about how the church was to be ruled, and the church structure related to power: the key elements seem to be humility, love, and serving. Sure signs of wrong church leadership are mistreating saints, love of money, love of position. Nicolaitianism was something Jesus hates! Yet all of this is what governs the LSM/LC enterprise.
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