principle of God
gathering and unity
on no account, be surrendered.
moment men begin to organize, to form societies, churches
(assemblies) or associations, they act in direct opposition to the
word of God, the mind of Christ, and the present action of the Holy
is entirely a divine work. The Holy Ghost came down, on the day of
Pentecost, to form the church (assembly) of God, the body of Christ;
and this is the only church (assembly), the only body that scripture
recognizes; all else is contrary to God, even though it may be
sanctioned and defended by thousands of true Christians.
church of God should own no center but the glorious and infinitely
precious Name of Jesus. “Where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Precious
center! To this alone the New Testament points, to this alone the
Holy Ghost gathers. It matters not where we are gathered, in
Jerusalem or Rome, London, Paris or Canton. It is not where, but
be it remembered, it must be a divinely real thing. It is of no
possible use to profess to be gathered in or to the blessed Name of
Jesus, if we are not really so.
apostle’s word as to faith may apply with equal force to the
question of our center of gathering. “What doth it profit, my
brethren, though a man say” he is gathered to the Name of
Jesus? God deals in moral realities; and while it is perfectly clear
that a man who desires to be true to “Christ cannot possibly
consent to own any other center or any other ground of gathering but
His Name, yet it is quite possible – alas! alas! how very
possible – for people to profess to be on that blessed and holy
ground, while their spirit and conduct, their habits and ways, their
whole course and character go to prove that they are not in the power
of their profession…
are bound, by the very highest and most sacred obligations, to refuse
every ground of gathering but the one body; every center of gathering
but the Name of Jesus; every power of gathering but the Holy Ghost;
every authority of gathering but the word of God.
all the Lord’s beloved people, everywhere, be led to consider
these things in the fear and love of His holy Name!
- Deuteronomy ch 14