“The Local Church” – Witness Lee

Check out this open letter To the Leadership of Living Stream Ministry and the “Local Churches”

 The Press Release begins this way:

January 9, 2007 — More than 60 evangelical Christian scholars and ministry leaders from seven nations have signed an unprecedented open letter (www.open-letter.org) asking the leadership of the “local churches” and Living Stream Ministry to withdraw unorthodox statements by their founder, Witness Lee. The letter also calls onthe movement’s leaders to renounce their decades-long practice of using lawsuits and threatened litigation to respond to criticism and settle disputes with Christian organizations and individuals.

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6 Comments

  1. Posco said,

    March 13, 2007 at 8:56 am

    The local churches and Living Stream Ministry have published an initial response to this open letter. See: http://lctestimony.org/ResponseToOpenLetter.html

  2. Nigel Tomes said,

    May 8, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Not all the local churches endorse the stated position of Living Stream Ministry in their respose to the Open Letter of 60 scholars. In particular believers from various local churches in the “Great Lakes area” of N America have published their own response on the “concernedbrothers.com” website:

    http://www.concernedbrothers.com/English.html

    The “Great Lakes area” brothers’ response can be acessed at

    http://www.concernedbrothers.com/Evangelical%20Scholars/60ScholarsResponseToFinalVersionForFJ.pdf

  3. sdf said,

    July 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm

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  4. Jeannie Dai said,

    July 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    I am glad to hear these scholars are speaking up against the organization that held me in deseption. It has been three years now since I have stepped foot in thier meeting place here in Chicago. I pray for “the Local Church” participants almost daily. I know attend a baptist church on the North Side of Chicago, this church unlike what I experienced at the “local church” does not claim to be God’s favorite or hold a lofty opinion of themselves, they do not claim to be the only ones God is using in the city of chicago. I am also now encouraged to study scripture on my own and not be co dependent on anyone elses opinions or comments. (I was never encouraged to study the bible apart from using the recovery bible or some other commentary by Witness Lee or Watchmen Nee.) I thank God for these 60 men who have decided to hold the “local Churches of Witness Lee accountable. I also thak God for His Holy Spirit working in my life through His scriptures.

    • Andre' Petrossians said,

      June 25, 2013 at 6:46 am

      As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we should never badmouth against another Christian who believes on the same God and the Lord. If we ever do this we are not saved and we belong to Satan. We should never promote any man made organization neither because the Lord Jesus is the One whom we are following not a man made building with a person called a preacher. We are believer’s of Christ and our job is to be a true witness on a witness stand we should not let our person to talk we should let the Lord Jesus to be our Speaking as we preach the Gospel. We can only preach the gospel if the Person of Christ is fully Grown in us then we can preach the gospel. Please read Galatians 4:8 — Galatians 4:20. We see that in Galatians 4:19 when the Galatian believers were regenerated through Paul’s preaching of the gospel to them the first time, Christ was born into them but not formed in them. Here the apostle was travailing again that Christ might be formed in them. To have Christ formed in us is to have Christ fully grown in us. First, Christ was born into us at the time we repented and believed in Him, then He lives in us in our Christian life (Galatians2:20), and, finally, He will be formed in us at our maturity. Christ’s being formed in us is needed that we may be sons of full age and heirs to inherit God’s promised blessing, and that we may mature in the divine sonship.

      Thank you and regards,

      Andre’

    • Andre' Petrossians said,

      June 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Hello, my name is Andre’ Petrossians. I am a believer of The Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy Him daily. ” Literally, “Christ” means “the anointed one”, and in the Bible it refers specifically to the Jewish “messiah” (which also means “the anointed one”) promised by prophets of the Old Testament as the future savior of the Jewish people.

      It is true that “God” and “Christ” are two different titles. However, like almost any title one being can have multiple titles. Obama, for example, can be “Mr. President”, “Dad”, “Husband”, “Commander in Chief”, etc. etc. etc. Most Christians believe that Jesus is *both* God and Christ. Being one does not mean that Jesus cannot be the other.”

      Below is my understanding of who Christ is by experience and by my daily walk with Him.
      What the Bible mainly reveals to us is our wonderful God, and the God of the Bible is uniquely one (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4). Besides Him there is no other God (Isa. 45:5); He alone is God (Psa. 86:10). This is the glad confession of both ancient Jew and present-day Christian. However, we as Christians also hold that God is triune—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; 3:14-17; Rev. 1:4-5)—and this is the capital truth of Christian faith. We firmly believe that in the Godhead the Father and the Son and the Spirit are eternally distinct but inseparable. The three of the Godhead coexist “simultaneously” from eternity to eternity (Isa. 9:6; Heb. 1:12; 7:3; 9:14) and are each fully God (1 Pet. 1:2a; Heb. 1:8; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4). Yet there are not three Gods, but one God in three hypostases or persons. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are not three temporal manifestations of the one God; rather, They exist eternally, distinct but not separate from one another. Further, while the Father is the eternal source in the Godhead, the Son and the Spirit are not to be understood as later assumed or adopted into the Godhead through the power of God but are equally God eternally. How God can be both one and three is indeed a mystery to humankind, but it is not beyond our ability to believe and to enjoy; in fact, we believe that the Trinity of God is not merely for our acknowledgment and belief but more so for our experience and enjoyment, as the apostle Paul encourages us: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14).

      As Christians, our faith is centered on Christ as the incarnate God, and our first confession concerning Jesus Christ is that He is the true God. Of course, in declaring this item of our faith, we imply that God is triune and are again pointed to the Triune God as the capital truth of Christian faith. Christ is complete God and perfect man, possessing both the divine and the human natures. We believe that the two natures in Christ are preserved distinct and that each nature maintains its distinct qualities without confusion or change and yet without separation. As God, He is God’s only begotten Son and the Word of God (John 1:1, 14, 18); He is distinctly the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15) and the effulgence of His glory and impress of His substance (Heb. 1:3), existing in the form of God and being equal with God (Phil. 2:6; John 5:18). In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9; 1:19). Through incarnation Christ became a genuine human being. So genuine is Christ’s humanity that the Bible boldly declares that He “became flesh” (John 1:14). We believe that He is like us in all respects, yet He is without sin (Heb. 4:15). In His perfect wisdom God sent the Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin to condemn sin in the flesh (Rom. 8:3), and in dying on the cross for our sins, Christ has become our Redeemer, who has brought us back to God. Jubilantly we declare that Christ was raised from the dead, both spiritually and bodily, on the third day, and as the resurrected Christ He is our Savior, who saves us not only from our sins judicially but more importantly in His life organically (Rom. 5:10 “much more we will be saved in His life”). We believe that after His resurrection He ascended bodily to the Father, who exalted Him to His right hand as Lord of all (Acts 5:31; 10:36). Today He is in glory as the ascended Lord, still human and always God.

      While we hold that it was the Son, and not the Father or the Spirit, who became a man, lived a human life, died a genuine human death on the cross for our redemption, rose from the dead for our salvation, and ascended to be Lord of all for the accomplishment of God’s eternal economy, we equally hold that His actions as the incarnate God fully involve the operations of the Father and the Spirit, as He is inseparable from the Father and the Spirit and cannot act independently of them. Intrinsically, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35), and as in the eternal Godhead, so also in His human existence, the Father is always with Him (John 8:29, 16); all that He does, He does with the Father (John 5:19; 14:10) and by the Spirit (Matt 12:28, 18; Acts 10:38; Heb. 9:14). In incarnation, as in His eternal existence, He is in the Father and the Father is in Him (John 14:10-11, 20; 10:38; 17:21). We firmly resist the notion that the Son was incarnated as a man separably from the Father and the Spirit, as this does not accord with the revelation in the Scriptures. For that matter, it is not the testimony of the saints in the long history of the Christian church, even if it may be the uninformed notion of many a common believer today.

      In ascension Christ today is Lord of all, and we eagerly await His return when He will come back as the Bridegroom for His church (John 3:29; Rev. 19:7). We look forward to the day when He will reign manifestly as King of kings to all the nations (Rev. 19:16). With all our fellow believers we share the blessed hope of being glorified by God and of dwelling with Him eternally, having Him as our full enjoyment while He has us as His eternal expression (Rev. 21:1—22:5).

      This hope is the portion of all who are saved by God, and we believe that human beings enter into salvation through faith by the grace of God (Eph. 2:8). Every human being is constituted a sinner by birth and by action, and in order to be saved from the righteous judgment of God, a person must repent to God (Acts 2:38; 26:20) to be forgiven of his or her sins and to be redeemed, justified, and regenerated (Acts 10:43; Rom. 3:24; Acts 13:39; John 3:6). Having the life of God, we become the children of God (John 1:12) and members of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27). It is our great privilege as co-laborers with God to preach this gospel to all humankind.

      Finally, we believe that for the accomplishment of His purpose and to make known His multifarious wisdom, God produced the church (Eph. 3:10; 2:15), which is most intrinsically the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:24), composed of all persons across the centuries and across the globe who are believers in Christ. In its universal aspect, the church is one (Eph. 4:4), and we believe that in its local expressions, as local churches, it should be one as well (e.g., Rev. 1:11). Certainly there is much disagreement among Christians today concerning the matter of the church, as evidenced by the many denominations. Some even deny completely the necessity of the church as a basic provision for our Christian life. However, it is our understanding and belief that the one church as the Body of Christ is a necessary and significant operation in God’s economy, even if it is something of the oneness of the faith at which we have yet to all arrive (Eph. 4:13).

      Thank you and regards,

      Andre’ Petrossians


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