Apostolic Succession Doctrine
- What is God’s way of continuing the work of the original apostles?
- Who is the sucessor or replacement for Judas Iscariot? Matthias or Paul?
Jul 26, 1996
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Who Are We?
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WHO ARE WE?
We are of different nationalities, with varied profession and occupation, bound by a common zeal in reading the Holy Bible. From this hallowed activity, we discovered the cause of disagreement among religious sects. Every sect takes the authority of interpreting the Holy Bible, thus, the claim for truth of every sect. Christianity Today therefore became a "market place" for "truths." In our view, this fulfilled the prophecy of our Lord in:
We found the Author alone, God, is the sole authority to interpret His words for they are like prophecies being fulfilled, as our Lord said:
Thus, no one is authorized to interpret the words of God:
From this "discovery," Christianity Today is exposed to have veered away from Christianity Yesterday. Today’s version, composed of 1001 sects and denominations, is clearly ADULTERATED (from the word adultery) with human precepts and religious traditions that God condemns in spiritual matters. We believe the following and they are our by-words.
Because we do not want to stumble like the 1001 groups of Bible believers that are organized and run by men, no one among us is looked up as the leader. We are all "brethren."
In our spiritual fellowships, we "tarry" as our Lord commanded His disciples "to be endowed with wisdom and power from on high." During this “waiting period," God chooses the most humble among us and these are given the revelation of His words. The "chosen servants" would then expound on the message of the word that should never contradict what is written. The message, because it comes from God is clear and powerful, precise, and in perfect harmony with what is written, both in the Old and New Testament. Our Bible Study therefore is a "free for all"; however there is perfect harmony because we are bound by the power of Truth from the Word.
Because divine wisdom comes from God, as if He is speaking over the microphone; the "brethren" speaking acts only as the speaker system. This is how we discern the truth from the following:
The most humble among us at a particular time, in the view of God, are the "appointed servants" who express the message. This was true from Old Testament time:
We never ask spiritual wisdom from anybody for only God is the sole Giver. This is the promise:
We find joy in sharing the truth to whoever would like to hear it. We therefore conduct Bible Studies "on the air," distribute pamphlets free of charge, and make this "spiritual discovery" accessible in cyberspace through the Internet, and in every means available to us. We finance our expenses by "digging from our pockets."
Like the Apostles who followed the example of our Lord, we observe the Law on Tithes and Offering spiritually, not literally, for we have seen the limitation to its literal application:
When asked WHO ARE WE, we give the example of the apostles. If Peter, John, Paul, Virgin Mary, and other disciples are here with us and asked the same question, would they say, "We are Roman Catholics, Lutheran, Born Again, Charismatic, Baptists, Presbyterian, Methodists, Pentecostal, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, etc.?" Perhaps, they will simply say, "We were called one by one by our Lord and followed Him in spirit. Then He introduced Himself and His Father, that God is no longer a mystery to us." How clear is the following to many people?
God spoke in parables and to our satisfaction He explains everything to us, as He did to His disciples, through His very words:
Christ revealed to us that TO KNOW the "One Lord and one God" is the "first of all the commandments", and this is a PREREQUISITE to the Two Great Commandments of Love:
It is only after KNOWING the "One True God" that our Lord began enumerating the Two Great Commandments:
With human interpretation of the word of God, Christianity Today does "not see" the basic doctrine of recognizing JESUS "not with flesh and blood, but by the revelation of the Father."
Thus, the words of our Lord have not passed away for they are like prophecies being fulfilled:
We believe we are freed from this rebuke. With the purity of the words that we aspire to know and our zealousness to follow them through the guidance of God, we claim to be CHRISTIANS in the strictest sense of the word with "brethren" in many countries.
THE LOST SHEEP FOUND BY THE LORD