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by Judith Gayle Smith 
03/25/14
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We are concerned about the waning of doctrinal teaching in the churches today. To quote James Henry Thornwell, a mid-Nineteenth Century Presbyterian Preacher: "Where the church has sought for numbers, doctrinal purity has suffered.” 

God’s Commandments are broken without fear of reprisal. Sure, go ahead and covet - you're forgiven. Bear false witness? Everyone does it. Stealing and murder are still frowned upon, but everyone lusts and commits adultery in their hearts - so? Just go to your local in-total-agreement-with-you church for some Band-Aid theology, and get involved with a feel-good-about-yourself-anyway group. 

Evangelizing holds a great part in our living Christ-like lives, but once you have souls interested, if they say "yes" to our plea to receive Christ, and then act like the very devil afterward, believing they are "saved" to sin again and again, are they truly saved or are they just politely agreeing with us to free themselves from our presence to go back to what their carnal nature dictates?

Let's strive for the perfecting of the saints. We are called to exhort one another to righteousness. A church without walls is more accessible than a church frozen in man’s convenience and personal agendas. 

 We left a small church in danger of losing its purpose, fast becoming a political rallying post rather than a voice crying in the wilderness to repent. 

When we started studying Scripture for ourselves, rather than following the "plan", becoming the abhorred "deeper lifers" seeking for doctrinal purity, we were told not to tell any church members why we were leaving for fear of "splitting the church". 

We served so eagerly. We drove a bus route, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school classes. We could be counted on to be in church every time the doors swung open. God’s Fourth Commandment was ignored as many members worked Saturdays. Others spent His Seventh Day weeding, painting, cleaning, shopping, golfing, fishing, etc. 

We were busily serving ourselves rather than GOD, ignoring His Fourth Commandment, working on His Sabbath. We don't see problems with attending church on Sunday, as long as we honor God by acknowledging His work in creation, resting with Him on His set-apart day. 

We determined, through Jesus, to accept His empowering grace to lovingly, gratefully, faithfully obey God. I arranged my work hours to offer Friday sundown through Saturday sundown to YHWH.

We tried returning, prayerfully to implement changes. We were not welcome.Churches today have "comfort zones" where some Biblical truths are not to be mentioned.

It's exhausting, seeking church bodies that agree with Scripture.  Being a preacher’s wife, my heart yearns to the church members; at the same time my hackles raise when listening to preaching that glorifies men and not God. We need Jesus.

Our time for meeting in sweet fellowship has dwindled to our “kitchen table” Bible studies. The four of us treasure our Sabbath time together, but we miss the hymns glorifying God and His Son Jesus.  The prayers binding us to His Word and to each other . . . 

I’m thrilled to be a member of Faithwriters – an online gathering of like-minded believers glorifying God in prose and poetry. Reading the Writing Challenge entries has been the highlight of our Sabbath time together as a family.

This is why I am delighted to find, through Faithwriters, a set apart church body that gathers hearts online.

This happy find, SetApartChurch is an Online Non-Denominational Church, established to reach out to ALL who are unable to attend Church in the traditional setting. Whether it’s due to a mental or physical ailment, your work keeps you out on the road, or there are no churches in your area. We are a Church Without Walls. No matter what the reasons are, the Lord can touch you right where you are at. We are a Church Online with weekly relevant online sermons. We are a “Church without Walls,” ministering the Word through SetApartChurch. 

This online Church offers us online sermons to absorb and study, praise God.

I was blessed by “Sufficient Grace”, the SetApartChurch’s sermon concerning the thorn in my flesh.  I never realized that I was suffering with my anger and annoyance.  This puts everything in a new perspective, and I may stop being furious with myself, hating myself, and give it over to God . . . 

Thank you, The SetApartChurch.

At last – a church we can attend without the embarassment of walking out due to doctrinal differences.

Be open to His glorious touch . . . 


http://www.thesetapartchurch.com/

KJV Revelation 14:12
KJV Hebrews 10:26-31



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ginny smith 25 Sep 2014
Great article. I couldn't agree with you more.




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