Letter to Church Leaders

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  1. inchristsblood

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    The following is a letter that the Lord gave me to send to many churches through an e-mail based ministry. I feel like many didn't recieve it so the Lord has encouraged me to post it on forums where it would be seen by church leaders.

    As a servant of the Lord and in His leading, I am writing to you today to present upon your church a challenge. An challenge to glorify and serve God among the people in your community. A chance to bring your Church outside it's walls, to a community starving for God's word. The Church building itself is a barrier to many, including believers - who for one reason or another don't attend. as individuals are encouraged to go out into our communities and be of witness to our Lord, Jesus, the Lord encourages your church as a whole to do this as well. Because you are in a leadership position, I encourage you to join with other Church leaders for God's glory, to spread the love of Jesus throughout your community. It is wonderful to meet where we feel comfortable, fellowship and worship, but the Church needs to do much more. I know your Church already serves your community in many, many, ways. This would just be another way to do this very thing!

    The idea is this - to encourage your Church to unite with other area Churches besides and including your own denominations. We all serve the same God! To hold your Worship Service outside of your normal realm. Yes, take your congregation out of the church through your leadership! Who says every Worship Service needs to be in the sanctuary? Parks, community or senior centers, the High School gym, auditorium or stadium are great places to have services. It needs to be a public place with no confinements to keep anyone from feeling awkward about attending. It needs to be a cooperative service for the good of your community. Hold an all day service, for each congregation involved having their own time slot and supporting the others by attending as much of the day as possible. Draw people in with food and music! Feed them spiritually and physically! It should be a Worship service where any and all could attend without anyone being singled out as an outsider to a church. A place where non-believers could just come in and meet Jesus for the first time and be captured by the Spirit! Where members of one Church could freely visit and support another's service - all in the same place while building a bonfire of love for the Lord! There should be many services and you could be involved in as many as you wanted to. Plan with Churches in your area to unify into teams to have different and many services/events. You could be involved in saving more lost souls for the Kingdom of God than you have ever experience in your lifetime! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The devil has done a splendid job of dividing the church and scattering it. So much so, can you even name all of the sectors? What is satan's biggest fear? UNITY AMONG THE CHURCHES in the name of JESUS CHRIST! Please let us come together in Jesus' name. Are our differences greater than our commonality in Christ? The Holy Spirit is being poured out among us. It is time for the Bride to become ready for her Bridegroom. Let us praise God together!

    2 Corinthians 5:10
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

    In the service of the Lord,

    Faith
    UNITE4CHRIST
    Dressing the Bride & Assembling the Army
    An E-mail based ministry
    Feel free to contact me at [email protected]
     
  2. Ernie Brazee

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    Our church does go outside the walls. We have a Great Commission night every Tuesday night.
    Some go to nursing homes, others to surrounding communities to introduce the Lord. We have
    knocked doors in our community for 36 years.

    As for cooperating with other churches, whose gospel will we agree on? Our church only
    presents the Gospel presented in the Bible. Salvation by grace, through faith in the shed blood of
    Jesus Christ, and his resurrection. Other churches believe in salvation by baptism, works, etc, so
    cooperating is out of the question.

    [ July 15, 2002, 05:29 PM: Message edited by: Ernie Brazee ]
     
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    As for cooperating with other churches, whose gospel will we agree on?[Bro.Ernie]

    "I was thinking the same thing! God's Word commands us to separate truth from error, but the ecumenical movement is teaching that bridges must be built between the two. Failure to practice Biblical seperation from doctrinal, spiritual and moral error will only lead to the further contamination of churches (especially those which have previously stood firm on the eternal truths of God's Words).

    The older I get, the more I see the breakdown...
    Sometimes it begins with an "innocent" blended Thanksgiving service, as is the case in our town's big SBC, where several 'faiths' come together, one having a female 'pastor'!

    "EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!"
     
  4. inchristsblood

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    I would hope that we would all agree on the gospel of Jesus Christ!

    Ephesians 4:4-6
    4There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

    [ July 15, 2002, 10:32 PM: Message edited by: inchristsblood ]
     
  5. Mike McK

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    Wow! You mean in the entire Body of Christ, your church is the only one that's faithful to the Gospel?

    Mike
     
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    Mike - Thought the exact same thing from the way bro Ernee worded his message.

    We must both have the little-known spiritual gift of sarcasm! :rolleyes:
     
  7. Ernie Brazee

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    Yes. Mike in our area there are few churches who believe in the Gospel. We do cooperate with churches of like faith. The orginal post indicated ecumenical cooperation.
     
  8. inchristsblood

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    The idea is not to join with other faiths but to unite our faith in Christ among the different Christian churches.
     
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    Please explain the difference...
     
  10. Mike McK

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    Agreed.

    It seems we are a lot quicker to divide over non-essentials than we are to unite over essentials.

    Unfortunately, there are are times when it's appropriate to go our seperate ways, but we should be sure that we're dividing for the right reasons.
     
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    All these responses and nobody questioned the very beginning of this post???

    I am pretty sure the Lord isn't giving anyone letters anymore to email around. That "letter giving" ministry stopped about 1900 years ago or so.
     
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    Actually, Bob I'm petitioning to have curmudgeonliness recognized as a fruit of the Spirit.

    Mike
     
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    All these responses and nobody questioned the very beginning of this post???

    I am pretty sure the Lord isn't giving anyone letters anymore to email around. That "letter giving" ministry stopped about 1900 years ago or so.
    </font>[/QUOTE]True. Just read it for the first time (been away caring for my mother who had a stroke) and coupled with the potential ecumenism makes me look with caution.
     
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    It is so funny to me that someone is writing to a baptist board and talking about joining other denominations to spread the gospel. We can't even join ourselves to each other, what makes anyone think we could join other denominations and have peace? We have different denominations for a reason, why is everyone always trying to "break down the walls" between demoninations? I kinda like the walls. Besides how in the world would I explian Binny Hinn's hairdo to a non-believer?
     
  15. inchristsblood

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    May the Lord turn all of your hearts to Him.
     
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    You seem to assume they are not already turned to him. Why?
     
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    why is everyone always trying to "break down the walls" between demoninations?[go2church]

    "The ecumenical movement has rapidly advanced since 9/11 and I do not think God is in this drive to unite all denominations: "Unity at the expense of purity"...not a good idea.
     
  18. BrianT

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    The idea of Christians meeting and working with other Christians is good, even across denominations. I don't think one should (or even needs to) compromise their beliefs in order to participate with other Christians. Some are against "unity" with other denominations, but we must keep in mind that we already are united in Christ. We may disagree on secondary doctrines (those not related to salvation), but that doesn't mean we should avoid each other in fear of "ecumenicalism". In eternity, there's only going to be one "denomination", and it ain't gonna be labeled "Independent Fundamental Baptist". ;)
     
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    In eternity, there's only going to be one "denomination", and it ain't gonna be labeled "Independent Fundamental Baptist".[BrianT]

    "And it won't matter then, either; but it DOES matter to God now: WHAT church you attend, WHO your friends are, WHICH Bible you use, etc. ;)

    [ July 19, 2002, 03:04 PM: Message edited by: GrannyGumbo ]
     
  20. BrianT

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    Putting aside the obvious question for the moment, how/why would this prevent fellowship with Christians who attend a different church, have different friends, or use a differerent Bible version?

    [ July 19, 2002, 04:18 PM: Message edited by: BrianT ]
     

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