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Old 08-28-2019, 09:34 AM   #1
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Default Indwelling Christ in our Human Spirit - who emphasizes this now besides LC?

We did so well with the "Eating & Drinking Jesus Daily - who emphasizes this besides the LC?" thread, I thought to start this topic.

It seems like such an evident (aka no-brainer) and key aspect of the New Covenant, that now Christ lives in us, and the Anointing is dwelling in us to write His laws on our hearts and minds. And it seems most apparent in scripture that man has a spirit and by the new birth our spirit is regenerated with His life. And that we are one Spirit with Him. (1 Cor 6:17)

I learned about having a spirit and that Christ was in me from the LC (circa 1974). Now days I seldom hear anyone in other Christian groups talk much about the importance of "Christ is you, the hope of glory." (Col 1:27) But if this not the New Covenant, then what is? And, of course, many might acknowledge that Christ is in the believer, but then approach the whole New Covenant in a largely outward, Old Covenant way of buckle-down performance, which is simply legalism.

So here's the main question: Are there Christian groups or speakers out there who emphasize the indwelling of Christ in our spirit - and that the Christian life is impossible to live apart from Him living in and through us?

(and of course I know the ramifications of how LSM took things to an extreme and abused the truth of this, and how the resultant legalism has suppressed the Holy Spirit there, etc., etc.)
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This indwelling Spirit comes from Inner life movement not directly from Nee or Lee's ministry. We can find it richly in T.A Sparks sermon.
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This indwelling Spirit comes from Inner life movement not directly from Nee or Lee's ministry. We can find it richly in T.A Sparks sermon.
Absolutely! Sparks is one of my routine favs. (the LC would have done much better to more closely follow his speaking on various matters I think)

So do you hear anyone speaking about this now much - and even more, practicing it?
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We did so well with the "Eating & Drinking Jesus Daily - who emphasizes this besides the LC?" thread, I thought to start this topic.

It seems like such an evident (aka no-brainer) and key aspect of the New Covenant, that now Christ lives in us, and the Anointing is dwelling in us to write His laws on our hearts and minds. And it seems most apparent in scripture that man has a spirit and by the new birth our spirit is regenerated with His life. And that we are one Spirit with Him. (1 Cor 6:17)

I learned about having a spirit and that Christ was in me from the LC (circa 1974). Now days I seldom hear anyone in other Christian groups talk much about the importance of "Christ is you, the hope of glory." (Col 1:27) But if this not the New Covenant, then what is? And, of course, many might acknowledge that Christ is in the believer, but then approach the whole New Covenant in a largely outward, Old Covenant way of buckle-down performance, which is simply legalism.

So here's the main question: Are there Christian groups or speakers out there who emphasize the indwelling of Christ in our spirit - and that the Christian life is impossible to live apart from Him living in and through us?

(and of course I know the ramifications of how LSM took things to an extreme and abused the truth of this, and how the resultant legalism has suppressed the Holy Spirit there, etc., etc.)
Mary E McDonough penned a treatise that Is so similar to Lee’s teachings on this topic that it appears he based a lot of his teachings on it: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Plan-Red.../dp/0736307184

Major Ian Thomas also used the three circle tripartite man illustration, but his ministry was quite different than Lee’s. Here is a Sermon index http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/m...cat.php?cid=17
He came to my community church in 2005, and I asked him if he knew of Lee. He did and said “he was a sheep stealer” as a congregation he was ministering to in Colorado had been attracted away to follow him.

But, while I hear much about Christ in me or you in community church circles, there is not much on The Spirit in our spirit as Lee so over-emphasized.

I’ll be interested if contemporary teachers not influenced my Nee or Lee teach on this topic.
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Mary E McDonough penned a treatise that Is so similar to Lee’s teachings on this topic that it appears he based a lot of his teachings on it: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Plan-Red.../dp/0736307184

Major Ian Thomas also used the three circle tripartite man illustration, but his ministry was quite different than Lee’s. Here is a Sermon index http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/m...cat.php?cid=17
He came to my community church in 2005, and I asked him if he knew of Lee. He did and said “he was a sheep stealer” as a congregation he was ministering to in Colorado had been attracted away to follow him.

But, while I hear much about Christ in me or you in community church circles, there is not much on The Spirit in our spirit as Lee so over-emphasized.

I’ll be interested if contemporary teachers not influenced my Nee or Lee teach on this topic.

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Mary E McDonough penned a treatise that Is so similar to Lee’s teachings on this topic that it appears he based a lot of his teachings on it: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Plan-Red.../dp/0736307184

Major Ian Thomas also used the three circle tripartite man illustration, but his ministry was quite different than Lee’s. Here is a Sermon index http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/m...cat.php?cid=17
He came to my community church in 2005, and I asked him if he knew of Lee. He did and said “he was a sheep stealer” as a congregation he was ministering to in Colorado had been attracted away to follow him.

But, while I hear much about Christ in me or you in community church circles, there is not much on The Spirit in our spirit as Lee so over-emphasized.

I’ll be interested if contemporary teachers not influenced my Nee or Lee teach on this topic.
I heard a radio message yesterday by Charles Stanley that hit on a lot of indwelling points. His main thrust was the Comforter was given to us, and at a couple points he said the HS resided in us. Then he mentioned that Christ was in us. It was one of the better things I'd heard on media for some time!

I've also read some good things about the indwelling in Piper books. (also Murray, Tozer, Hannah W. Smith, Sparks, et. al., but these are not alive)

So there is mention of the indwelling out there by some current mainstream ones, and not just obscure teachers. I mean this is a main tenet of the New Covenant, is it not?
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I heard a radio message yesterday by Charles Stanley that hit on a lot of indwelling points. His main thrust was the Comforter was given to us, and at a couple points he said the HS resided in us. Then he mentioned that Christ was in us. It was one of the better things I'd heard on media for some time!

I've also read some good things about the indwelling in Piper books. (also Murray, Tozer, Hannah W. Smith, Sparks, et. al., but these are not alive)

So there is mention of the indwelling out there by some current mainstream ones, and not just obscure teachers. I mean this is a main tenet of the New Covenant, is it not?
The notion of the indwelling of the HS has been posited, debated, and questioned, going back to at least the apostolic fathers ... and also condemned.

An early proponent of it, Montanus (2nd century CE), was condemned as a heretic because he and his two two female colleagues, Priscilla and Maximilla, who claimed the Paraclete to be indwelling and working thru them more than thru Montanus, in what was considered back then to be The New Prophecy.

The moral of my little screed here, I guess is, Montanus claimed the Paraclete spoke through him. But it looked to the orthodoxy as something tantamount to witchcraft, or demon possession, so I guess we can get carried away with the HS, to the point of being unpredictable ; a wild card to the orthodoxy, perhaps a loose cannon, or canon ... haha ... at any rate, the HS made troublesome to the order of that that had developed during the proto-orthodox, the precursor to the church in Rome becoming the state religion.

But then again, according the gospel we call John, Jesus said the HS is like the wind. We can hear it, but can't tell from where it comes, and to where it goes ... so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

So Montanus might have been right, but it would have removed the authority of what became institutional Christianity.

The Mother Church was against it. The charismatic movement within her these days is a hard pill for them to swallow.

Same for the local church. Lee killed the movement of the holy Spirit many times. Just try and follow the Holy Spirit in the local church, and see where that gets you.
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Same for the local church. Lee killed the movement of the holy Spirit many times. Just try and follow the Holy Spirit in the local church, and see where that gets you.
You mean I couldn't just stand up and testify of a fresh experience of the Lord!? Yeah, yer probably right!

I do distinctly remember WL, as we were going through the Romans training and chapter eight thereof, asking Who of the Triune God was in us. Not easy to figure out from the following . . .

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Here Billy Graham hammers the point that the Holy Spirit is in us and that the christian life is about Him living through us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03T2uLXio28

In this message he speaks about three things: 1) without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness, 2) without faith I cannot please Him, 3) without "Me" you can do nothing. On this 3rd segment, starting at minute 25, he talks about abiding in Christ, here are some excerpts:

"After you come to Jesus Christ as your Savior, you know what happens, the Holy Spirit comes to live in your heart. The moment you receive Christ, the moment you put your whole weight on Christ, the Spirit of God comes to live within you and He lives through you and in you and He lives the christian life through you.

There are many of you here tonight, you look like a christian, you act like a christian in many ways, but deep inside there is no abiding in Christ. There is no life, there is no sap, the fruit isn't there. ...Are you abiding in Christ? Jesus withdrew Himself into solitary places to meet God, and we must do the same thing. We must keep contact with Him everyday, it must be constant and deliberate, never a day when we do not sense His presence. And without this abiding you cannot do anything that will be spiritually pleasing to God.

Without "Me" you can´t bear supernatural fruit but with Him I can love that fellow over there that normally I wouldn't love. With Him, I can be gentle when normally I might want to hit him in the face. With Him in my life, living through me, I can forgive the wrongs that have been done and the things that were said. With Him the life can be lived, because you see, nowhere in the New Testament does it tell me, Billy Graham, to live a christian life. It tells me that the old Bill must die and Christ must live through me and in me. He does the living through me if I´m daily moment-by-moment abiding in Him. It's His sap that gives me the strength and the life, the spiritual life that I must have. By their fruits you shall know them. "
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Now days I seldom hear anyone in other Christian groups talk much about the importance of "Christ is you, the hope of glory." (Col 1:27) But if this not the New Covenant, then what is? And, of course, many might acknowledge that Christ is in the believer, but then approach the whole New Covenant in a largely outward, Old Covenant way of buckle-down performance, which is simply legalism.
Let me ask you, Sons to Glory! - Does your group have guest speakers, teachers from other other churches in your area or other unaffiliated people come and speak at your fellowship? The reason I ask is that it seems like you guys are a little isolated, and even a bit insulated, from the other Christian groups and influences in general, and from non Local Church sources specifically. I guess this shouldn't be too surprising, knowing that the group is a direct spin off of the Local Church of Witness Lee.

I guess I'm struggling a little with your attitude towards "other Christian groups". You say that you seldom hear anyone talk much about the importance of "Christ in you, the hope of glory". This seems a rather puzzling thing to say. This term "Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a direct quote from the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:27. So it's in the Bible. So any Christian teacher who is doing either a topical study or sequential study will be covering this wonderful and important aspect of the indwelling Christ, and depending upon the audience, place it in its proper context and give it the proper emphasis. The teacher may or may not use the same terminology as, or put such a great emphasis on a certain aspect as was done by Witness Lee, but so what? The New Testament contains 27 books, 260 chapters, containing about 138,000 words. God Word is God's Word. Any interpretations, including what is or is not emphasized, is subject to the frailty and fallibility of the teacher - even if they are claiming that their personal interpretations are "recovered truth". The days of the scripture writing apostles are over. We do not have the apostles John, Peter or Paul to expand and expound upon what has been written. And just as important, in my view, we do not have these men around to tell us what should or should not be emphasized.


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So here's the main question: Are there Christian groups or speakers out there who emphasize the indwelling of Christ in our spirit - and that the Christian life is impossible to live apart from Him living in and through us?
In light of what I have written above, I think that your ostensibly rhetorical question is actually begging the question. It is circular, it assumes something that you could not possible know - to wit - that you know what is taught and emphasized by anything but a small fraction of Christian teachers, ministers and scholars. Witness Lee was constantly making this crucial error. Eventually, this kind of thinking lead Lee to make such absurd and asinine statements as "Judaism is satanic, Catholicism is demonic, and Protestantism is Christless". May God have mercy.
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Here Billy Graham hammers the point that the Holy Spirit is in us and that the christian life is about Him living through us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03T2uLXio28

In this message he speaks about three things: 1) without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness, 2) without faith I cannot please Him, 3) without "Me" you can do nothing. On this 3rd segment, starting at minute 25, he talks about abiding in Christ, here are some excerpts:

"After you come to Jesus Christ as your Savior, you know what happens, the Holy Spirit comes to live in your heart. The moment you receive Christ, the moment you put your whole weight on Christ, the Spirit of God comes to live within you and He lives through you and in you and He lives the christian life through you.

There are many of you here tonight, you look like a christian, you act like a christian in many ways, but deep inside there is no abiding in Christ. There is no life, there is no sap, the fruit isn't there. ...Are you abiding in Christ? Jesus withdrew Himself into solitary places to meet God, and we must do the same thing. We must keep contact with Him everyday, it must be constant and deliberate, never a day when we do not sense His presence. And without this abiding you cannot do anything that will be spiritually pleasing to God.

Without "Me" you can´t bear supernatural fruit but with Him I can love that fellow over there that normally I wouldn't love. With Him, I can be gentle when normally I might want to hit him in the face. With Him in my life, living through me, I can forgive the wrongs that have been done and the things that were said. With Him the life can be lived, because you see, nowhere in the New Testament does it tell me, Billy Graham, to live a christian life. It tells me that the old Bill must die and Christ must live through me and in me. He does the living through me if I´m daily moment-by-moment abiding in Him. It's His sap that gives me the strength and the life, the spiritual life that I must have. By their fruits you shall know them. "
That was simply awesome!! Now that's what I'm talking about!
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Let me ask you, Sons to Glory! - Does your group have guest speakers, teachers from other other churches in your area or other unaffiliated people come and speak at your fellowship? The reason I ask is that it seems like you guys are a little isolated, and even a bit insulated, from the other Christian groups and influences in general, and from non Local Church sources specifically. I guess this shouldn't be too surprising, knowing that the group is a direct spin off of the Local Church of Witness Lee.

I guess I'm struggling a little with your attitude towards "other Christian groups". You say that you seldom hear anyone talk much about the importance of "Christ in you, the hope of glory". This seems a rather puzzling thing to say. This term "Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a direct quote from the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:27. So it's in the Bible. So any Christian teacher who is doing either a topical study or sequential study will be covering this wonderful and important aspect of the indwelling Christ, and depending upon the audience, place it in its proper context and give it the proper emphasis. The teacher may or may not use the same terminology as, or put such a great emphasis on a certain aspect as was done by Witness Lee, but so what? The New Testament contains 27 books, 260 chapters, containing about 138,000 words. God Word is God's Word. Any interpretations, including what is or is not emphasized, is subject to the frailty and fallibility of the teacher - even if they are claiming that their personal interpretations are "recovered truth". The days of the scripture writing apostles are over. We do not have the apostles John, Peter or Paul to expand and expound upon what has been written. And just as important, in my view, we do not have these men around to tell us what should or should not be emphasized.



In light of what I have written above, I think that your ostensibly rhetorical question is actually begging the question. It is circular, it assumes something that you could not possible know - to wit - that you know what is taught and emphasized by anything but a small fraction of Christian teachers, ministers and scholars. Witness Lee was constantly making this crucial error. Eventually, this kind of thinking lead Lee to make such absurd and asinine statements as "Judaism is satanic, Catholicism is demonic, and Protestantism is Christless". May God have mercy.
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Yes, we do have others come in to speak a few times a year. And there is a fair amount of "cross pollination" with other Christian groups by various ones. There are a number of other groups nearby, that some here go to weekly, and some from other groups come here weekly. One of the leading ones here was asked about three years ago to come teach at another group, which he has been doing each Tuesday since. There are no "fences" in anyone's mind, from any other believers. (we see this as a clear error of the LC)

And I've shared on this forum numerous times that I travel around and meet with various groups, denominations, etc., as the opportunity arises. So there's this, and also what I hear on the radio and TV. It's just that so much of what I hear is sort of like trying to follow the New Testament in an old covenant way of performance and legalism, which is something that is required of the self to do - not through daily abiding in the indwelling Christ. This was really emphasized well with what Raptor just posted of Billy Graham's speaking. That was so good!

So yes, while the indwelling of Christ is certainly a main theme in the New Testament, that doesn't mean we are in the reality of that practice, does it? Shoot, my old man still thinks it can live the Christian life apart from Christ - that is, having a form thereof, but denying the abiding in Him. I need to look away unto Jesus every day, be nourished by Him and let His life live through me (and the cross is applied to my old life thereby).
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That was simply awesome!! Now that's what I'm talking about!
YES! It was very refreshing. I had not listened to BG all my christian life until now that I started dialysis and eliminating the kool-aid. He´s got several good messages, so much power, sober mind, simplicity, release of the Spirit and word....he was a gift!
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https://youtu.be/-lpAeHMoQCI

This pastor of my favorite ministry has something to say about that. This would be my assembly if it weren't a few hundred miles away. The reality of Christ in us is not an exclusive belief or knowledge, praise God!
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Here Billy Graham hammers the point that the Holy Spirit is in us and that the christian life is about Him living through us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03T2uLXio28
Billy Graham helped lead me to the Lord. What an awesome preaching gift he had!

If anyone was a minister of the age..... But can you even imagine him making such a claim? 'Nuff said.
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If anyone was a minister of the age..... But can you even imagine him making such a claim? 'Nuff said.
Billy Graham's vision of Christ and the church is an excellent pattern for us all.
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It's interesting that I find myself somewhere between the LC and so-called mainstream Christianity on many things. The LC rails against other Christians and thereby becomes divisive. Yes, Christianity is short on many things, and I'm often surprised by how sideways Christians get certain things that are so clear and even elementary. But the Lord has to supply the vision and clarity to us all, and attacking others about these things just divides and makes others defensive and closed-off. For instance, T. Austin Sparks is not shy about pointing Christian shortcomings out, however I never get the sense that he's the least bit divisive about it - rather he's just wanting to point out the reality, for the building up of the body in love.

To me, the biggest short-coming in Christianity is what Paul might ask is, "Beginning in the new birth of the Spirit, why do you think you should continue in the flesh?" That is, going back to doing things in an outward way, and not relying on the indwelling Christ (doing the New Covenant in the way of the old covenant).

So I can't cotton to the "way of the LCs" because of many obvious factors, but the LC was basically right about certain short-comings of Christianity. (however as WL would say, "Dead right.")
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Well, I don't think he was basically right. When he called Protestant churches "Christ-less" and other churches "lifeless," he was basically wrong. Christ-less means NO Christ. Lifeless means NO life. That was flat wrong and intentionally misleading. Lee exaggerated the shortcomings of other churches and whitewashed his own. He was completely biased and unfair.
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Well, I don't think he was basically right. When he called Protestant churches "Christ-less" and other churches "lifeless," he was basically wrong. Christ-less means NO Christ. Lifeless means NO life. That was flat wrong and intentionally misleading. Lee exaggerated the shortcomings of other churches and whitewashed his own. He was completely biased and unfair.
It's like family members who tell me, "I get life when I read the ministry." Oh really? What they are not saying is implied -- I get no life when I read elsewhere. But is it true? It's all subjective, so who can say otherwise? When I read the ministry I get troubled. So who is right, and who is not?

Lee allowed no tolerance for other's ministry. Paul said, "Let your tolerance be known to all, the Lord is near." (Phil 4.5) With the LC then, we must consider the contrapositive of this verse -- if there is no tolerance for others, does that mean the Lord is not there at all?

W. Lee regularly loved to compare the best of the Recovery with the worst of Christianity, especially in the big trainings. All of us would then smile, firmly convinced that the Recovery was all good, and Christianity was all bad, based on his simple comparison. But can we not use the same standards on His ministry? Why can't I compare the dear saints I know in "Christianity" with Lee's Manager at LSM, namely his own son Philip? Using Lee's own practice, what's wrong with characterizing the entire Recovery using Philip, his profligate son?
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:17 AM   #20
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Well, I don't think he was basically right. When he called Protestant churches "Christ-less" and other churches "lifeless," he was basically wrong. Christ-less means NO Christ. Lifeless means NO life. That was flat wrong and intentionally misleading. Lee exaggerated the shortcomings of other churches and whitewashed his own. He was completely biased and unfair.
Yes, calling them "Christ-less" is not the heavenly vision of the church, to be sure! Let's face it, to our eyes the church is a mess, but God loves her just like in the book of Hosea where God tells him to love the whore. The reality is what she - the church - actually is to become. Therefore, you might say that WL sided with the erroneous earthly vision of what was apparent to the eyes . . . and then took that erroneous, earthly vision to condemn her. We always have that choice - to take the earthly view or God's true view.
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Let's face it, to our eyes the church is a mess, but God loves her just like in the book of Hosea where God tells him to love the whore.
Our eyes are not qualified to see or know if the church is a mess. And it certainly is not the calling or job of any self-appointed apostle wannabe to go around telling gullible people that all of protestant Christianity is "Christless". No man could possible know this...unless he was omnipresent like God. Witness Lee based most of his criticisms on his experience with foreign missionaries in early-mid 20th century China - hardly a large enough of a sampling of the Christian church throughout time and space. But this is the last significant contact the Lee had with "poor, poor Christianity". Lee's followers should have known this, but we were so enthralled with this Godman that we swallowed everything hook, Line and sinker.

I think if Witness Lee had spent more time emphasizing the "Indwelling Christ in our Human Spirit" than ranting and raving about the shortcomings of others, the Local Church movement would have come a lot closer to being the true recovery of the proper church instead of the personality cult that we see today. May God have mercy.
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I'm not sure what good it does to point out that "the church is a mess" or that "Christianity is short on many things" other than to make oneself feel like the exception. If the church is a mess it's been a mess for a long time, and that includes the LR and all of us. I'm sure the Lord knows it's a "mess," if indeed it is.

The solution is to minister positively to the church as one can. Pointing out specific areas of need is one thing, calling the whole thing a mess is like a coach telling his team, "In general, you guys stink!"

"Let's face it?" What good does that do? Oh, yeah. It shows we know something. Bully for us.
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I'm not sure what good it does to point out that "the church is a mess" or that "Christianity is short on many things" other than to make oneself feel like the exception. If the church is a mess it's been a mess for a long time, and that includes the LR and all of us. I'm sure the Lord knows it's a "mess," if indeed it is.

The solution is to minister positively to the church as one can. Pointing out specific areas of need is one thing, calling the whole thing a mess is like a coach telling his team, "In general, you guys stink!"

"Let's face it?" What good does that do? Oh, yeah. It shows we know something. Bully for us.
Ha ha - "Bully for us." (are you sure yer from Texas?!)

So true. Saying "You stink" to someone is derogatory to them, as is says nothing specific about their actions, but rather who they are. That is not meant to help them or make us one with them, but is of the "steal, kill & destroy" camp I think.
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I think if Witness Lee had spent more time emphasizing the "Indwelling Christ in our Human Spirit" than ranting and raving about the shortcomings of others, the Local Church movement would have come a lot closer to being the true recovery of the proper church instead of the personality cult that we see today. May God have mercy.
Winner! Winner - Chicken dinner! Love took an exit from the LR, stage left. Yes, God please be merciful to the dear ones there.
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Christians, including those in the Recovery, make up the aggregate "Christianity." As an older Christian, the sharing that separated us from other Christians that influenced me as a young believer now I see was off the mark.
As for judging whether the universal church is a mess, I go to Rev 2 and 3.
However one may interpret those portions. I.e., that Sardis is dead Protestantism, and so forth, I've come to see that portion as the Lord counseling
us of the conditions that hinder all Christians from experiencing Him, but also showing us, with Smyrna and Philadelphia, what He approved.

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I'm not sure what good it does to point out that "the church is a mess" or that "Christianity is short on many things" other than to make oneself feel like the exception. If the church is a mess it's been a mess for a long time, and that includes the LR and all of us. I'm sure the Lord knows it's a "mess," if indeed it is.
The underlying pretext for large scale condemnations of Christianity and the premise for the Recovery itself is that we must be "restored or recovered to the glorious church of the New Testament." Well I've read the Bible and I didn't find this so-called "glorious church." Every N.T. story and description of the early church has a little heaven, a little earth, and even a little hell. Go back and read your Bible. Isn't that what you see too?

So what do we focus on? Problems? The church is a mess? So what's new? Recently I watched a Podcast series, "The Church is Broken," and from the speaker's point of view, he was convinced he was right. He had his evidence. Millions of other Christians throughout church history probably have said the same thing. Every servant of God could perhaps repeat the same conclusion.

What we see with our own eyes can be a real "faith-killer." But have we not been called to walk by faith, not by sight? Faith can see Jesus in the heavenly part, the earthly part, and even the hellish part of the church. Faith can find Jesus in every situation. Admittedly many times this takes some serious searching, but be assured, Jesus has promised us that we will indeed find Him.
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The underlying pretext for large scale condemnations of Christianity and the premise for the Recovery itself is that we must be "restored or recovered to the glorious church of the New Testament." Well I've read the Bible and I didn't find this so-called "glorious church." Every N.T. story and description of the early church has a little heaven, a little earth, and even a little hell. Go back and read your Bible. Isn't that what you see too?

So what do we focus on? Problems? The church is a mess? So what's new? Recently I watched a Podcast series, "The Church is Broken," and from the speaker's point of view, he was convinced he was right. He had his evidence. Millions of other Christians throughout church history probably have said the same thing. Every servant of God could perhaps repeat the same conclusion.

What we see with our own eyes can be a real "faith-killer." But have we not been called to walk by faith, not by sight? Faith can see Jesus in the heavenly part, the earthly part, and even the hellish part of the church. Faith can find Jesus in every situation. Admittedly many times this takes some serious searching, but be assured, Jesus has promised us that we will indeed find Him.

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The underlying pretext for large scale condemnations of Christianity and the premise for the Recovery itself is that we must be "restored or recovered to the glorious church of the New Testament." Well I've read the Bible and I didn't find this so-called "glorious church." Every N.T. story and description of the early church has a little heaven, a little earth, and even a little hell. Go back and read your Bible. Isn't that what you see too?

So what do we focus on? Problems? The church is a mess? So what's new? Recently I watched a Podcast series, "The Church is Broken," and from the speaker's point of view, he was convinced he was right. He had his evidence. Millions of other Christians throughout church history probably have said the same thing. Every servant of God could perhaps repeat the same conclusion.

What we see with our own eyes can be a real "faith-killer." But have we not been called to walk by faith, not by sight? Faith can see Jesus in the heavenly part, the earthly part, and even the hellish part of the church. Faith can find Jesus in every situation. Admittedly many times this takes some serious searching, but be assured, Jesus has promised us that we will indeed find Him.
As long as humans are involved Christianity will be a mess. That's the situation.

How do I know that a church is a mess? Cuz I walk into it.
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As long as humans are involved Christianity will be a mess. That's the situation.

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Interesting posts, but I think we are off topic.

Maybe we need a new thread to discuss how we cope with church disfunction in general.

On one hand we bash the LC for how messed up it is, then say all churches are messed up. Is that hypocritical?
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Interesting posts, but I think we are off topic.

Maybe we need a new thread to discuss how we cope with church disfunction in general.

On one hand we bash the LC for how messed up it is, then say all churches are messed up. Is that hypocritical?
"Messed up" can mean different things. All churches are comprised of imperfect people and so are imperfect. In that sense they are all "messed up."

The LR took being "messed up" to the level of abuse of members and even of outsiders. That's the difference. Isn't that obvious?
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Christians, including those in the Recovery, make up the aggregate "Christianity." As an older Christian, the sharing that separated us from other Christians that influenced me as a young believer now I see was off the mark.
As for judging whether the universal church is a mess, I go to Rev 2 and 3.
However one may interpret those portions. I.e., that Sardis is dead Protestantism, and so forth, I've come to see that portion as the Lord counseling
us of the conditions that hinder all Christians from experiencing Him, but also showing us, with Smyrna and Philadelphia, what He approved.
This goes along with the other posts here by Ohio, JJ, Igzy et. al.

Someone recently said something like, "So do you think God didn't know what He was getting into (literally) when He brought humans into His grand purpose? Is any human too much for Him? Of course not! Therefore He will get His glorious bride!"

This is why the whole universe will be absolutely awestruck when everyone sees how He has built His church. This, to me, is an example of the "Irresistible Force meets the immovable object." God planned to do this "impossible" thing through us, with all our issues and a free will to boot. To God be the glory!!!
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