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Why I am NOT a "House Church" Guy

It's true, there is a lot of mention of "Home Assembly" and "Home Church" and links to such on my site, but I still have to say I'm not a house church or home assembly guy, although I believe it's OK for the ECCLESIA to meet "according to their homes" as the book of Acts says. Note that that was spoken concerning the ONE ASSEMBLY in the city of Jerusalem where the "ecclesia" started .... and there was only EVER one ecclesia in that city. It is not against scripture for the ecclesia of God to meet almost anywhere (except unlawful places for believers to even be, of course) and the fact that they met in homes was doubtless because that is where their free time was spent; but Jesus met on a hillside, in a garden, etc. etc.

The problem arises (and this was addressed by Watchman Nee during his ministry) that if you make the home the BOUNDARY of a "church" or the ecclesia (you can probably tell I dislike the word "church" becuase it associates in the minds of most folks a church building and religious mindset automatically - I explain further in other parts of my site and related links to Neil Girrard's writings) or we can call it an assembly although that is not the full meaning of the New Testament word "ecclesia", then you have contradicted the scriptures because the whole NT ONLY knows ONE assembly PER one CITY (or town, village or probably the best term is locality).

Now some folks are going to call me out on this and say I'm being legalistic; but when you say that what do you mean? If you mean it's OK to sin that grace may abound, you are just talking to the wrong guy. You disagree with Paul. God created 2 trees in the garden. AFTER He created what He created He called EVERYTHING He made GOOD! Really???? Yup! ALLLL of it was good! EVEN the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is good! So why did He tell man not to eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? (By the way He never said they would never ever eat of that tree but the timing for it was not yet because they were not yet ready for that .... and very very few are ready for it today! Hmmmm....) In the garden where the tomb of Christ was, came Mary, the first woman to visit there after the resurrection, (Eve was the first woman to visit the first garden and this word "touch" shows just one connection between these 2 gardens, the 2 women and also these two gardens are connected to the garden of Gethsemane)and she was astounded to meet the Risen Lord and was, of course, anxious to embrace Him. But He said a strange thing to her: "touch Me not; for I have not yet ascended to My Father ..." This IS related to Eve's possibly false statement (because God may have never said "don't touch" concerning the knowledge tree)that they were commanded not to touch it or they would die. So what are these 2 trees? The 2 covenants! You could also say the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is a mature relationship with Father God where you love His law, it having been through much experience and processing written upon your heart, you delight to obey Him and always follow the Lamb wherever He goes. And He has never ever done anything lawless and never will. And the Tree of Life is obviously, if you study carefully all scriptures concerning it, is relatedness to the Son of God as eating Him to take Him in as our LIFE and LIFE supply. Obviously a bad relationship with the tree of knowledge of good and evil is you or me trying to avoid evil and do the good on our own OUTSIDE of Christ. However, the OK relationship with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil could also mean a person such as Hebrews talks about as follows:

Hb 5:13 for every one who is partaking of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness--for he is an infant,

YLT Hb 5:14 and of perfect men is the strong food, who because of the use are having the senses exercised, unto the discernment both of good and of evil.

Do you see that the spiritual diet is the main element of all this? So Jesus ascending to the Father means we must ONLY arrive at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil BY and THROUGH CHRIST and His finished work which was prepared fully when He ascended AFTER His cross work and rising work. Of course this work must have it's full way in us.

So the law is good! That 2nd tree is good. But we must come to that tree by eating the LIFE tree which is a relationship with Jesus NOT try to come to a relationship with Jesus by eating the other tree (yuk! THAT would be like eating bark but so many many people DO it!) .... So what am I saying here? Many many people today attempt to DO THINGS and NOT do bad things in order to GET a relationship with God, not realizing how fallen they already are. But that will never work. Instead we must accept through the cross a relationship with God RIGHT NOW and then through that He will gradually write His laws upon our hearts as the writers of Hebrews and Jeremiah and the book of Dueteronomy (WHERE THE NEW COVENANT WAS GIVEN AND STATED, BY THE WAY!) so plainly state. SOOOOOO: FIRST, we should never agree with sin, but we do sin from time to time so let's admit it and come back again and again to Christ for forgiveness. (It was Paul who wrote in romans 8 "If we walk in the Spirit we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." So we do not fall if we are walking in the Spirit but only if we turn away from God walking our own steps. Is. 53 says: "All we like sheep have gone astray.") John in 1st John defined sin saying "sin is the transgression of the law" so being disobedient to God's law is NEVER right no matter how you dress it up. And to say God has put away law also contradicts the envoy John. SECOND: Even though obeying the law is what we want to do and ought to do, THAT is old covenant thought. The MODUS OPERANDI cannot be trying to attain to the law on our own to make God like us or enter into a relationship with God for that is the Old Covenant related to physical Jerusalem, Hagar and Ishmeal according to Galations chapter 4. This covenant was made when the children of Israel made marriage vows to God saying "all the LORD has spoken to us we will do" at the foot of mount Sinai. This covenant no man can keep. THIRD : Through admiting our sin, believing in Christ, accepting His blood, receiving His grace and entering into the free relationship He offers, we must EAT and DRINK HIM the true Tree of Life and River of Life, and thereby have God's law written more and more on our hearts so that more and more we will come into agreement with Him and will more and more naturally want to obey Him and more and more actually do it! So BY relationship the law will be fulfilled in us by love rather than trying to fulfill the law on our own in order to get relatioinship. So the only way to come to "Tree of the Knowledge ..." is BY the "Tree of Life" not vice versa. Vice versa will never work. As Jesus said " no man comes to the Father but BY Me." Coming straight to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil didn't even work BEFORE the fall! So how could it work now??!?!?!?? But the Muslims still don't get it. The Jews still don't get it. Hek, even the Christians still don't get it!

So how does this apply to one assembly per one city? THIS! I LOVE the concept of one assembly for one city because I love Jesus and because that is the ONLY way God presented assemblies (see my main book chapters 2 and 3) and I have experienced the blessedness of this so, no! There cannot be denominational walls that could be lawful before the throne dividing believers in the same locality. This is against God's command of stealing. Stealing? Stealing glory of God expressing His Own worth throughbelievers by their oneness with one another in the same city. YES! There can be meetings more than one in one city as long as they all come together from time to time and realize the ASSEMBLY is ALL believers who live in a locality : why?? Because I agree with the man of God who wrote the scripture "how I love Thy law, Oh Lord!" I LOVE IT! I tell you! So although many "house church" folks have in many ways left the system of today's Christianity, to say meeting in a house is OK as long as you don't meet in church buildings etc. etc. is NOT me, OK? I am NOT a house assembly guy. I AM A LOCAL ASSEMBLY GUY!

So here I formerly wrote some things concerning Gene Edwards? Why? Because I have hardly ever heard him say there can only be one assembly per one city. But other brothers told me other things, however, that is none of my business! I will always mention Gene Edwards on my site because he is one of the best writersever on matters of men's traditions versus God's traditions. Gene's book "The Divine Romance" is STILL the best concerning God's romance on the market, and would recommend it to anyone. Gene is the one who taught me about Acts 14 where Paul set the example by leaving each Galatian assembly of the 4 he raised up on their own for 2 years at least after he had raised them up. Of course you may say he had to cause they had less communications then than we do now. But that makes what I'm saying as the template of raising an assembly according to New Testament standards even harder these days, no?

So I was bothered in the past somewhat that he did not seem to hold to the "one church; one city" concept, but neither did he contradict it. So what was I trying to do? I would just say that some of us emphasize this more than others, and, if you read my book "The Revelation of the Lost Keys", you will understand why I beleive it is not emphasized enough.

But this WILL change! It is ALREADY CHANGING! HALLELUJAH!

For more on the subject of why there should be only one assembly per one city, see my 3 articulate articals on the subject starting with Matter of the Ground Matters, Same Title Part Two and then Part Three. We ALL make mistakes and are ordained to have some level of blindness. It is ordained from above or God's PLAN would not have actually HAPPENED! But HAPPENED it HAS! And IS! Have you seen THIS? I HAVE! HALLELUJAH!

 

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