Shocking Facts About The Church

This little brochure may have some information about The Church that will be shocking to you. To present these facts, I am going to share with you a letter by a man who has since died and gone to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. The letter was written to a radio preacher. Some of the names will be changed for the benefit of those who might not want to be identified, but the truth will remain just as shocking to many.

The Church I am talking about is not one of the man-made religious organizations that profess to be Christian, but about The Church the Bible speaks of. The letter is dated October 1, 1966 and its contents are as follows.

       
   

Dear brother Sam Brown,

You may have wondered what happened to me and my letters. Well, I am still alive - even more so, in a sense, than when you last heard from me. Since around last "Christmas" time, a spiritual revolution had been going on inside me. In fact, the entire structure (except the foundation) of my Christian walk has felt the shock wave.

The "break-through" began on Friday afternoon last December. At my place of employment, just before quitting time, I met up with a Christian friend named Jack Hobson. While chatting briefly with him, he mentioned that the church of this present age has not been commanded to observe any physical ordinances. As shocking as it was, I must have been spiritually prepared for this statement. It hit me like a breath of fresh air in a stale room.

Brother Brown, I have been burdened for some time by the lack of spiritual hunger and growth in my Christian brothers, as I want to believe you have also been. In denominationalism, Christians are not of one mind in spiritual matters. There is much church activity for the sake of the program, but how much is Spirit-led, how much of it is being done in the Name of Christ alone, and how much of it is for His glory only ??? Romans 8:14, Colossians 3:17, 1Corinthians 10:31

I gave up teaching a boy's Sunday School class last fall, thinking that a more personal and home visitation effort would result in "my boys" experiencing a more balanced and richer spiritual life in their home. I thought this would at least match the 40 to 50 minutes of "training" (?) in the Sunday School classroom once a week. After eight years of "teaching" intermediates, I have seen almost no moving into spiritual maturity, by either the pupils or their parents, even though the Lord (seemingly) blessed soul-winning efforts, somewhat. The Christians in denominational churches today are like the Corinthian saints in Paul's day - "Carnal...babes in Christ" - however well-trained and well-versed they are in Churchanity (man-made, artificial, institutionalized religion). See 1Corinthians 3:1-3. One reason: too many "instructors" and not enough "fathers." See 1 Corinthians 4:15. Also Ephesians 6:1-5, 5:21-33. Also John 14:26; 16:13.

Perhaps the spirit will intervene in some of your scheduled activities, as he has in mine, and help you to re-evaluate your structure also. Believe me, Satan is MUCH against such a move. I have felt his "fiery darts," and still do as never before. Our adversary, the devil, does not want us to obey God's divine injunction to "PROVE ALL THINGS; HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD." - 1Thessalonians 5:21.

Satan appears to be expending a good deal of his energy and resources helping Christians to build with "wood, hay and stubble" Two of his methods for doing this are particularly impressive and effective: 1. by keeping Christians divided (denominated apart) and 2. by creating an unequal yoke between believers and unbelievers INSIDE these denominational walls.

Incidentally, I am not proselytizing. I accused Jack Hobson, my friend at work, of this for over two years! I can however, say that I am "jealous over" God's people (see 2 Corinthians 11:1 & 2), many of whom are being unmercifully proselyted by institutionalized religion and who are being tragically deceived by "traditions of men". Colossians 2:8.

Among the greatest barriers to Christian unity today are two PHYSICAL ORDINANCES - water baptism and the Lord's supper. And it is all because in this present dispensation we Christians are not given explicit instructions as to how such ordinances are to be observed. Yet we are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God... that the man of God may be perfect (mature) THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS." Where brother Brown, are GENTILE Christians furnished to observe these ordinances? For years I countenanced these two rites because I did not realize the truth of 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17. For years I did not know that "WHATSOEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS SIN" and that "FAITH COMETH BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD" and that therefore whatsoever is not authorized by the Word of faith, the Bible, is sin! God calls it sin! See Romans 14:23; 10:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 11:6. Praise God, I know now that I can personally "PROVE ALL THINGS" by the Word of God and "RIGHTLY DIVIDE" this blessed word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

As you know, the religious and secular world seriously considers the advantages of (what it chooses to call) "unity." But, isn't it odd that Christians in one denomination consider those in other denominations as being "distant relatives" instead of brothers in Christ - at least in PRACTICE!

Can Christians see alike? With the Holy Spirit as Teacher, how can two brethren see the world differently in things pertaining to their WALK unless one or both are carnal? If the Holy Spirit teaches two or more brethren, will He instruct them to stand up and fight each other (look at the hundreds of splits in the Baptist alone) and to present to a lost and dying world a divided testimony concerning names, programs, creeds, doctrines, membership and practices? Is God, after all, the author of "confusion" or of "peace?" See 1 Corinthians 14:33.

Christ spoke clearly on the need for Christian unity and the believer's like-mindedness on earth. See John 17:21. He inspired His servant Paul to be equally explicit. See Ephesians 4:3-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10-14, Philippians 1:27; 2:1-5; 3:16. We shall be guilty before God and lose rewards if we do not strive for this unity so that "the world might believe" that the Corpus Christi (the body of Christ) is not a freakish mass of confusion. Two of the "seven things" the Lord hates are a "false witness" and "he who soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16-19. Every Christian is commanded to "avoid them which cause division." See Romans 16:17-18.

I will say at this point, since the first of the year, I have been meeting with a group of Christians who assemble in a rented building in Fort Worth, Texas. We are honestly endeavoring to meet only in the Name and sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ, "decently and in order," and "in spirit and in truth," desiring to have "no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3). These Christians have not voted on, nor hand-picked, an official name with which to identify their Christian work, since each Christian there assuredly knows that the moment a sinner truly accepts Christ as his personal Savior he is added to the one, true church which Christ is building. Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47. This fact alone eliminates the need for voting Christians into a local membership. "There is one body" - Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:13.

Do you ask if this church has a name? Yes, it does. Christ's church carries the name "which is above every name," the Name of its Head and Builder, the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12; Philippians 2:9. Therefore, we who are Christians have no need of "an assumed name or alias."

For 35 years I followed what seemed to be sound Bible doctrine, but much of it has proven to be the sound of men's voices only. We have the command to "let God be true, and every man a liar." (Romans 3:4) God's Word MUST be our supreme and final authority for all that is right in spiritual matters. I trust you will be like the Bereans of Acts 17:11. The brethren who I am meeting with WELCOME investigation!

Brother Brown, may God be allowed to help you to follow on in this light. Psalms 143:8; Hosea 6:3; John 17:11.

Sincerely,
Gordon Weatherby

P.S. As for missionary efforts, the following verses have helped me no little: Psalms 19:1-4; Romans 10:18, 1:18-20; Colossians 1:6, 23; John 1:9, 15:22; 1 Timothy 5:22; Job 4:8; Proverbs 13:15, 12:10; Ecclesiastes 5:8; Luke 4:18, 25-28; Galatians 6:10.

P.S.S. The devil may try to convince you, just as he tried to convince me, that I have yoked up with another sect. But, brother Brown, after nine months of close association with these brethren, I have not heard of nor seen any tangible evidence of a common ground for standing together other than their mutual love for Christ, their like-mindedness concerning Him, and their dependence (to a remarkable degree) on the Holy Spirit for a united walk. They have no sectarian name, program, cause or membership to divide them from any other Christian.

Therefore, I implore you, do not dismiss the foregoing Bible references without honestly waiting on God to re-examine your understanding of them ... But, let us strive to be in a continuous state of yielding ourselves to "correction" and "instruction in righteousness" that our labour "may be accepted of Him." 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10. See Ephesians 5:21; 4:3; Galatians 6:1-2; John 13:34-35.

 

   
       

Representations of the church which is Christ's body, The Church of the Bible (known to us) continue to meet outside of "man-made," "steeple house" religion across the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. We meet in the same way and with the same desire we did when Gordon Weatherby came to meet with us in 1966. Gordon Weatherby went home to be with the Lord in 1994. He was not a preacher; he was not a vocal or prominent person, but a humble Christian desiring to serve the Lord and deal with his lot in life in a godly way. His lot in life was not easy. This letter was found in his personal effects after he died. My prayer is that the truth he so simply and clearly presented to the preacher I have called Sam Brown will thrill your heart as it did mine. If you are presently functioning as a Christian within a man made church/denomination may this letter and the truth it contains motivate you to obey the command of the apostle Paul 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 "Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you." :18 "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." and Hebrews 13:13 "Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach."

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