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Offline Julabee Jones

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John Darby and replacement theology...
« on: Tue Oct 14, 2014 - 07:01:53 »
I've some small experience with the 'restoration' movement arising from the ministries of China's Watchman Nee and Witness Lee (knowing Witness Lee personally for some years before his death) which has oftentimes been seen as the latest iteration of the Brethren Movement. And I'd enjoy making the following observations...

Such an adherence to God's Word as the "Local Church" practices is virtually unknown in the various denominations throughout the modern world. And that leads to a much greater resemblance between the local or 'house churches' of this movement and the New Testament's portrayal of the New Testament church. In other words by way of example, there are no purpose built church buildings in the New Testament. In the New Testament Church meetings were held in homes, and one only church per city was established. However, all who had received Jesus as their savior was accepted into that singular fellowship just as Romans 15:7 requires, "Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God."

The singular exception to the 'house church' rule in the New Testament is found in Ephesus, where Paul rented the 'school of one Tyrannus' into which to move the church meetings after much opposition was raised against the church from all sides (Acts 19:9).

The plurality of eldership is another bit of New Testament bedrock upon which the 'house church' movement is set. This follows closely with Paul's admonition to Timothy and Titus to 'ordain elders in every city'. By the way, while modern religion calls Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus the 'pastoral epistles', they, Titus and Timothy, were neither of them pastors, but rather, apostolic messengers or delegates, being assigned by God to Paul's apostolic ministry. To call Timothy and Titus 'pastors' is to incorrectly diminish their true office in the New Testament church.

And while John Nelson Darby stands tall in his influence on the Brethren Movement and subsequent denominations unto this very day, his failure to see the true nature of Israel's place with God today (which biblical truth is dismissively called 'replacement theology' or 'supersessionism') has wrought untold damage on the modern church and Israel's true, biblical place in God.

Couple that with 'dispensationalism' and you end up with the church being called a 'parenthetic insertion' or 'parenthesis' in the total overlook of God's eternal purpose...and equally damaging, the so-called 'rapture', whereby the church is expected to be removed by forcible extraction from the earth just prior to the tribulation.

These and many other aspects of the Brethren Movement and the Local Church Restoration are extremely instructive to the denominations whose adherence to the Bible is at best suspect and at worst, totally a religious joke.

I'd like to, God willing, explore these things in some upcoming posts...if there is any interest at all in reading such.

God Bless you!

I am and remain sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,

Julabee Jones


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Re: John Darby and replacement theology...
« Reply #1 on: Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 13:07:16 »
I'm interested.   

I've wondered how Darby became so influential with this group.