© John R Nolan 7/2/98

 There are Scriptural instructions for Christians regarding fellowship.

As with most Biblical discussion, those opposing Truth use personal or denominational interpretation, none sustainable, rather than the Word of God, to justify and or excuse their refusal to adhere to what God has instructed us to observe. 

These thoughts may encourage the reader to clarify any confusion on this matter and will provide a range of Scriptural references to help elucidate, remove any confusion for those who choose to pursue the topic further.  

A Christian’s goal is getting people into Christ, the Word, not into denominations, and this is where the churches have brutally perverted the entire concept of evangelization.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” Heb.10:25

“By our gathering together unto Him” 2Thes. 2:1

These are two of the more common quotes, (weapons) used by church people to encourage others to join their denomination. Most denominations use these quotes, but though they use God’s Word, none of them agree on IT, so which of the denominations is right?

For Christians there is only one that is right, God, and HE is revealed only through His Word.

2Pet.1:20, “knowing this first that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.”

God alone can reveal what His Word means.  

It is important, through fellowship, to have access to teaching, foot-washing and communion, all part of this last Church age ordinances.

Fellowship is described as two fellows in one ship, and that is a good analogy, providing both are rowing in the same direction. Fellowship is only viable and beneficial when both brethren are believers, who can commune as and with people of like mind.

Fellowship is to build each other up in the Faith, to encourage each other; to share each other’s burdens and provide the Spiritual, Scriptural support we all need, as we tread this narrow, dangerous pathway to our goal, to be with Him, in Him.

Fellowship is a means to share the joy we get in continuing revelation, from the Lord, through His Word. 

It is a means to check our personal growth in knowledge of Him, the means to consider the ministry we hear, to be assured we’re not being led up any spiritual garden path, by the deceiver, which is so easy in this day of false doctrines, denominationalism and hypocrisy.

Scripture declares that in the last days Lucifer’s church and the Christian church will be so alike that it is only the very elect of Mat. 24:24 who will not be deceived.

Where confusion erupts is in our understanding of the Biblical instruction regarding fellowship. We are nowhere instructed to go to church, though the Bible says the saints gathered together on the first day of the week, Sunday, to hear the Word and partake of communion and foot washing. Acts 20:7; 1Cor.16:2.

The early meetings were in Believer’s homes, referred to as the church at Ephesus, etc.; all read Paul’s letters and all had the same doctrine. None kept the Sabbath, which is a law given to Israel but never to the Gentiles. 

The Bible is specific in its instruction for us to gather together with people of like mind. It’s impossible for people, who believe different things, to really have successful ‘fellowship’ Rom. 12:2&16; 15:5-7; 1 Cor.1:10; 2 Cor.13:11; Gal.5:10; Phil.1:27; 2:2; 3:15-16; 1 Pet.3:8.

Scriptures expound why it is important for Believers to search and comprehend ALL Scripture, 2 Tim.3:16, for there is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, Eph.4:5 and the Bible, in its entirety, is the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most denominations follow the pagan baptismal ceremony introduced by the Roman church at Nicea, in 325 A.D. This involves baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, of infants, by sprinkling of water on the forehead of the one baptised. Although this might seem Scriptural, it is anti Christ and baptises the recipient into membership of the Roman Catholic cult.

 Biblical baptism is by full immersion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as taught by Peter, whom the Catholics claim as their first pope, and Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.

There is no such thing as infant baptism in Scripture Mat. 28:19; Acts 2:38

In Acts 19 Paul instructs those baptised by John to be re-baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. There is no historical record of any Christian being baptised, other than in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, prior to the Nicea council of 325 a.d.

Why did they, the founders of the r.c. church, change the original doctrine?    

Now churches baptize by sprinkling, immersion face forward, face backward, etc., but the majority still use the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which are titles describing the Lord, but are not the name of the Lord.

Paul said to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Col. 3:17, not in the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost, didn’t he? So why do denominations baptize contrary to what Paul taught? Acts 19:2-5

There are over 122,000 denominations, worldwide, which claim they are Christian, yet they differ on doctrine; somewhere along the way. Which one is right?  Are Christians not to be likeminded in all things, Scriptural, as Paul instructs us; Rom.15:5; Phil.2:2; 2:20?

The r.c. cult claims their pope hears direct from God, yet the fundamental doctrines they teach, including their baptism, communion, worshipping of Mary and other, intercessory saints, is straight out of Babylon and is anti Christ. Christians ask, “Where is the Biblical vindication of the pope’s authority?

Amos 3:7 “God will do nothing except HE revealeth His secrets to His servants, the prophets”.

Deut.18 explains the vindication required by a prophet. Has any pope fulfilled these requirements?

God talks to prophets; not popes, church leaders nor pastors, et al.

 If denominations believe the Bible is the Word of God, and teach its contents only, why are there so many denominations? If they all believe the same thing, should they not all be able to fellowship together? There’s only one Bible, One Word of God, isn’t there?

Each historical church age got revelation, for that age. Sadly, after the messenger to each age departed, the church leaders denominated and went straight back to Nicolaitane control.

The word Nicolaitane is derived from two Greek words, Nicao, to conquer and laitos, the laity, which is exactly what happened when Lucifer took control of the Roman church, put a man at its head

“Instead of the Son of God; In Vicarious Fillie Dei” 666, and took control of the laity.

Each church received further Light for their age and then refused to move on with God in His progression to completion of His revelation of Himself, though the Roman cult refused any further revelation, though it continuously changed it teachings with each new pope. They have refused to progress, evolve, as God has progressed toward the fulfilment of the times of the Gentiles.

A Christian’s desire is to fellowship only with people who have the same revelation, of God being here, who are like minded, now, closing out this age.

God has and is continuing to prove HE  is here by the works HE did through His vindicated prophet, bro. William Marrion Branham, to fulfil Mal.4:5-6, Lk. 17:30, Rev.10:7, and by the ongoing revelation of His presence with us, His children.

Jesus said to the people, “If you don’t believe me, believe the works I do, they testify that it’s not me, but HE, the Father, here doing the works through Me.”  Bro Branham’s confession was the same; he said ‘It’s not me doing these miracles; I’m only standing here when HE does them.’

Sure, all denominations claim faith in the mediatory work of Christ, but have they continued to walk the Way which the Lord has called us to follow? Are we not far progressed from the doctrines of the Jewish Orthodox church?

God allotted four days to the Jewish dispensation, two days to the gentiles and then comes the millennium; doesn’t that imply development, growth, progression?

“One day with God is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day” 1Pet.3:8. 

Have we not progressed far, in our walk of Faith, from the original teachings of Martin Luther, John Wesley? Hasn’t each church age received further light, understanding, of the Scriptures?

Not more Word, but greater understanding of that which is already written.

If we hadn’t progressed, the restoration of the gifts, which took place in Azusa St. in San Francisco in 1905, would never have come to pass. Nor would Joel 2:25 have been fulfilled. Nor would God have returned, spoken through a prophet, opened the Seals and continued to reveal Himself, His presence, today.

Christianity is an on going path, a walk. A walk is not a stop; it involves forward movement, so let’s get moving. If Eve hadn’t stopped to listen to Lucifer, through the beast, there would never have been a fall, so don’t stop in your walk; lest you be found listening to and worshipping the Beast, Satan, instead of God. Rev.13:4.

Have we not come to the close of this dispensation, this allotted portion of time that God has appointed? Remember, two days of the gentile dispensation equals two thousand years in God’s time 2Pet.3:8, so we are now well into the third day. The Jewish calendar states we are in 2038.

As we stand on the edge of the Millennium, looking to the new world, we need accept the changes God has introduced in our knowledge of Him. We need remember, that, with the opening of the Seven Seals the gaping hole in Christian understanding of God, the Godhead and Who Jesus the Christ really is there is no longer any excuses for our having an incorrect confession of what God is doing today.

We are instructed to ‘grow in grace and the knowledge of Him.’ 2Pet 3:18

Grow indicates development, progression, in a forward, positive manner. Unless we continue to grow in our faith and knowledge of Him, we will be found, shipwrecked, lost, not knowing which way to go, who to follow, and then, easily, get caught up in the doctrines of men, Mk.7:7, rather than the progressive Word of God.

Before this age, faith in Christ’s death on the cross, to pay for our sins was sufficient; now, with the Seals removed and all mysteries revealed, Christians are accountable for a lot more. Not that Christ’s sacrifice is in-sufficient for our salvation, but we are also accountable for our attitude toward God’s on going revelation of Himself. We are responsible for our acceptance or rejection of His messenger for this age and the Message he bore to this, the last age.

There is no excuse of ignorance any more, for all is revealed.

 “In the days of the sounding of the Voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as HE hath declared to His servants, the prophets.” Rev.10:7

Not popes, church leaders, denominations nor committees.

 “the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven, with a Shout, a Voice and a Trumpet…” 1Thes.4:16

Trumpets were used, in Biblical times, to call people together for religious ceremonies or in preparation for war. Our Trumpet is to call out those who are predestined to partake of what the denominationalists call the rapture.

We move from the seventh church age into the Bride age. This is when God deals explicitly and solely with His bride, personally. Jer.3:2; Rev.21:2 & 9; 22:17: Rev.10:7 speaks of a mighty Angel Who descends, puts one foot on the land and one foot on the sea, and cries with a loud Voice (a shout?) “It is finished”

 Who is this?

 This messenger is God, fulfilling Mal.4:5-6, Luke17:30, Mat.24:27 etc., through a man. It is God, speaking through a prophet, Amos 3:7, to call His children out of the denominational systems, back to His Word, in exactly the same way Jesus called the Jewish believers out of their dead denominations back to identifying and rejoicing in Him.

Therefore, to have fellowship with people of like mind, it’s imperative one fellowship with those who have this common revelation. How can one have fellowship with people who are dead, in spiritual fornication, which is the teaching of the Roman Catholic denomination?

To fellowship we should, must be like-minded; with denominations that’s impossible. Prov.17:3; 9:16; Is.1:18; 2:5; 8:20; Rom.15:5; 1 Cor.1:10; Phil 1:27, 2:2; 1 Pet.3:8; Heb.13:9, etc.

Very, very, very few people are like-minded about any thing, let alone the continuing revelation of Jesus Christ, here today; unfolding the mysteries, revealing Himself and calling out His bride. Can you show any group who really fellowship, on the Word, within any denomination, or with other denominations?

The majority of people professing Christianity refuse to accept the Scriptures, or even honestly study them, (not denominational interpretations), in relation to the lateness of the Spiritual hour we are in. 

What’s your re-action to them?

Believers know that many Scriptures relating to the end time are fulfilled already. We know God, ELOHIM, Jehovah, Who’s name is Jesus {not Jesus, the physical body}, has come back on the earth, in the form of the Holy Spirit, to bring judgement upon the earth and call His elect out of the satanic, denominational chaos.

 Is the second coming not a twofold matter?

1: the return of God, in Spirit form. To open the Seven Seals, reveal the mystery and complete the work.  Rev.10:1-7

2: His return, as Jesus Christ, the Man, in the flesh, on a white horse, with the host of heaven. Rev.19

This implies “three comings” but, in reality, the second coming referred to in the Scriptures is only relating to the return of Jesus Christ, the Man, It does not especially deal with the return of God.

Bro. Branham, in ‘Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the Earthly Bride’; page 51 para 2 “Jesus comes three times.”

This does not suggest there are two God’s there’s One God, Who created a body, a tabernacle, called Jesus, in which HE was able to dwell. The Bible is God expressing Himself, in gradually increasing ways, that, over the seven church ages, HE could call out His children from each age, without revealing too much, ‘til the end, when there are no more to be saved.

Denominational churches don’t believe Bro. Branham fulfilled Mal.4:5-6, Rev.10:7. In fact most Christians have never heard of him. He is one of the Roman and denominational churches’ best kept secrets. Likewise, most people never heard of Jesus Christ when He was here, in the flesh, the first time either.

 Yet, without this return of God, to the earth, in Spirit form, (en-morphe), and Jesus is God, there would never have been the opening of the seals, the calling out of the bride, from the denominational chaos, for the catching away of 1Thes.4:15-16.

Nor would the wicked one be revealed. Spiritual blindness would still be upon the people. Is.60:2

We are instructed to have fellowship with people of like mind. For a Believer to sit in a denominational church is like a dog returning to its vomit, or a sow to her mire, and is contrary to everything we are taught in the Bible. 

God is here; NOW!

HE’S not in the doctrines and commandments of men, not in the denominational systems, which are now uniting under the whoredom of Rome.

Do you think a true Bible believer could have fellowship with people that believe such rubbish?

We clarify that we are not suggesting Jesus Christ, the Man, is here; God, The Lord Jesus Christ, ELOHIM, Who dwelt within that ‘temple made without hands’, for three and an half years is here, bearing the Name above all names, Phil.2:9, Col.2:9.

The churches rejected the Parousia of the Lord and they will die in their unbelief. He came back to restore Holiness to His Church, but it is His Holiness, His Righteousness alone, not ours.

For us to be righteous or holy, we need be in Him, in His Word, and to be His children we need be part of His Spoken Word creation.  Amen