Pamphlet 1580 3 John kc1-1
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
There is one overall theme that characterizes the three epistles of John, and that theme is Love, both the Love of the Truth and Brotherly Love.
John has gone to great lengths in his letters, written to the dear little children of the true Father, i.e. God's elect, to show how and why Truth and Love are completely inseparable and how it is that you cannot have one without the other.
Unfortunately, many people believe that just attending a church or belonging to a church somehow puts them in good standing with the Father.
Nothing could be further from the truth and all one needs to do to document that fact is read the words of Jesus Christ Himself as He addresses the 7 churches in the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation.
You see, there is a vast difference between true Christianity, to which is a way of life based on seeking and following after the commandments of Christ, and Churchianity, which is following after the traditions of men and his do's and don'ts designed to produce conformity to his unique church system which we call a "denomination".
The latter is simply a religion where one takes on the mere form of godliness, while the former is a reality, a way of life founded on truth, which is the Word of God.
You see, we do not love and obey our Father because we have to.
We love and obey Him because we want to, because we love Him.
We are instructed over and over again to abide in Him, His Word, not in some church.
And unless and until a person understands that he or she is complete in Christ (Col. 2:10), and comes to know the difference between religion and spirituality, he or she cannot be set free to show forth the true love of God to his or her fellow brothers and sisters.
As it is written in the Gospel of John, it is that truth which sets us free.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Though the example may appear to be extreme, it is not, for many churches in this land can be classified as "The Church of the Closed Door" by virtue of the fact that a true teacher of the Word would never be allowed to speak in their facilities.
We do not seek to nor do we judge the churches or our brothers and sisters who attend them.
We simply strive to teach the Word of God line by line and chapter by chapter whereby through growth and maturity those with eyes to see and ears to hear can learn how to try the spirits (1 Jn. 4:1) and recognize "the spirit of truth" (1 Jn. 4:6) and come out of confusion and darkness caused by "the spirit of error" and begin to walk in the glorious Light of Truth.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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