Ecumenicalism of Today

Explains the Unity Required by Yahuwah

This treatise was adapted and expanded from the work of an unknown author. If I knew his name, I would give him credit. Since I do not know his name, I'll give the credit to Yahuwah. The subject matter is excellent and he presented it very well, and it is so true.

C.F. Castleberry

Unity of the Spirit in the Assembly
Yahuwah's object in creation and redemption is to obtain a corporate expression to manifest His Son Yahushua. The corporate expression of Yahuwah is the assembly, the bride of the Anointed. In this dispensation, Yahuwah's goal is to gain the voluntary and loving obedience of the people of the earth so that they may be reconciled to Him through His grace. It is through the corporate expression of the assembly that our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah, will achieve His goal of providing the means of redemption of these people through the blood of Yahushua the Anointed, His Son. The assembly is the body of Yahushua and it is for Yahuwah's present kingdom on the earth. For this reason, satan's chief attack against Yahuwah's purpose has been to divide and separate from the assembly through the entrance of apostate and pagan beliefs. Scripture teaches that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand (MattiythYahuw [Matthew] 12:25). For any assembly to be a successful fulfillment of Yahuwah's goal of the redemption of the people of the earth, that assembly must stand on proper ground as found in His word, the Scripture. The Scripture teaches that the ground of the assembly is the body of Yahushua in a specific locality.

In nature, the Assembly is universal in the Anointed, meaning that the assembly, as the body of the Anointed, exists throughout the universe. In expression, the assembly is local in a specific locality, meaning that each congregation (ekklesia - assembly) is THE ASSEMBLY in its entirety, and not just some small, local arm of a universal assembly. With respect to the believers' divine nature, there is one universal Assembly in which all real children of Yahuwah in the world belong. All who share Yahushua's divine life through the new birth belong to the one Assembly. However, with respect to the assembly's practical expression, there are many assemblies in the world. Yet, Scripture shows that these assemblies are local in nature, and that there is only one assembly in any one specific locality. According to the Scripture, the only ground or reason to divide the universal Assembly into many assemblies is specific locality. Due to the distance problem of geographic separation that we face for the time being, it is impossible for all the followers of Yahushua in the world to meet together for fellowship every shabbath as the one assembly. To solve this problem, Yahuwah has established the local assemblies. In Scripture, a specific locality is shown to be a city, town, village, or any other such area that is a local population center. These places are where people congregate due to the feasibility of their proximity. Therefore, the boundary of the local assembly is always a specific locality. For this reason, Sha'uwl (Paul) told Titos (Titus) to ordain elders in every city (polis - a town, properly with walls, of greater or less size) while the book of Acts records that the delegates ordained elders in every assembly (Titos 1:5, Acts 14:23). Putting these two passages together reveals that there is to be only one assembly in each specific locality in which a plurality of elders are to govern. Furthermore, the Scripture shows us that whenever the singular word "assembly" is used, it refers to the one assembly in that specific locality. However, whenever the plural word "assemblies" is used, it refers to the many assemblies in a larger geographic region or province. Consider the following passages that make this clear:


    The assembly of Antioch - Acts 13:1
    The assembly of Caesarea - Acts 18:22
    The assembly of Cenchrea - Rhomaios (Romans) 16:1
    The assembly of Corinth - 1 Korinthios (Corinthians) 1:2
    The assembly of Ephesus - Revelation 2:1, 3:1
    The assembly of Jerusalem - Acts 8:1
    The assembly of Laodicea - Kollosaeus (Colossians) 4:16
    The assembly of Pergamos - Revelation 2:12
    The assembly of Philadelphia - Revelation 3:7
    The assembly of Sardis - Revelation 3:1
    The assembly of Smyrna - Revelation 2:8
    The assembly of Thessalonikia - 1 Thessalonikeos (Thessalonians) 1:1
    The assembly of Thyatira - Revelation 2:18


    The assemblies of Asia - 1 Korinthios 16:19
    The assemblies of Kilikia - Acts 15:41
    The assemblies of the Gentiles - Rhomaios 16:4
    The assemblies of Galatia - 1 Korinthios 14:33
    The assemblies of Galilee - Acts 9:31
    The assemblies of Judea - Galates 1:22
    The assemblies of Makedonia - 2 Korinthios 8:1
    The assemblies of Shomerown - Acts 9:31
    The assemblies of Syria - Acts 15:41

Yahuwah has ordained that the assembly take the specific locality to be its unit in order to preserve the unity of the body of the Anointed. According to Scripture, there is no assembly that is larger than the specific locality, and there is no assembly that is smaller than the specific locality. The reason why the Spirit has established the ground of specific locality is to prevent division among Yahuwah's people. In Yahuwah's thought, the only reason why I do not meet with another brother in the Anointed is simply because he lives too far away from me. Do you see how this ground maintains the unity of the assembly, and guards the testimony that the Anointed is one before the world? If a child of Yahuwah divides from another child of Yahuwah for any reason other than the distance between his and their specific locality, he commits sin (an exception to this rule deals with excommunication as detailed in 1 Korinthios [Corinthians] 5 and MattiythYahuw 18).

All the children of Yahuwah living in the same specific locality are to be part of the same assembly, for the boundary of the assembly is the specific locality. Assemblies that either exceed or narrow the basis of specific locality are not Scriptural assemblies, but are individual units of a sectarian group. For example, the Roman Catholic Church is a worldwide assembly, and the Anglican "assembly" is a national "assembly." Neither the Roman nor the Anglican assemblies are Scriptural assemblies for they extend the ground of the assembly beyond the specific locality. Likewise, all denominations such as Baptist, Brethren, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Charismatic all undercut the ground of specific locality, and hence do not stand on the scriptural ground of the assembly. All of these "assemblies" that exist in the same specific locality should be meeting together as a single local assembly. The error of the present denominational system is that it produces many "assemblies" in one specific locality which all stand upon a ground other than the scripture in that specific locality (so called "nondenominational" assemblies are just as sectarian as denominational "assemblies" if they do not stand upon proper assembly ground). Sha'uwl condemned this sort of sectarianism in 1 Korinthios 1:11-13.

He writes,

    For it has been declared to me of you, my brothers, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you says, "I am of Sha'uwl, and I of Apollos, and I of Keph (Cephas), and I of the Anointed. Is the Anointed divided? Was Sha'uwl impaled for you? Or were you immersed in the name of Sha'uwl?

The Korinthios had begun to depart from the scriptural ground of the assembly. They were seeking to narrow the basis of specific locality and divide the assembly into several congregations within the city of Korinthos (Corinth). Whenever there is more than one assembly in a specific locality the testimony of the Anointed's oneness is destroyed, and the message sent to the world is that the Anointed is divided. The Korinthios were divisive for they sought to have the assembly of Apollos, the assembly of Keph, the assembly of Sha'uwl, and the assembly of the Anointed to exist within the same city. This is no different than the present situation of having many "assemblies" existing within the same specific locality. Sha'uwl called such divisiveness carnal (1 Korinthios 3:3-4). Each specific locality is only to have one assembly. Whenever more than one assembly exists in a specific locality you have the formation of a sect.

As we have seen, Scripture makes clear that outwardly the boundary of the assembly is the specific locality and the inward content of the assembly is the body of the Anointed. Ephesios (Ephesians) 1:22-23 tells us that the assembly is the body of the Anointed. Therefore, the only requirement for membership in the local assembly is that a person belongs to the body of the Anointed. All those who are part of the Anointed's body in a specific locality are to be part of the same assembly. Our Master Himself said that the assembly is built upon the foundation of those who know and confess that Yahushua is the Anointed (MattiythYahuw 16:16-18).

In 1 Korinthios 1:2, Sha'uwl says, "To the assembly of Yahuwah which is at Korinthos, to them that are sanctified in the Anointed Yahushua, called saints . . ." Here, Sha'uwl shows that all who are called saints by being sanctified in the Anointed and are living in Korinthos are part of the assembly of Korinthos. Furthermore, in Rhomaios (Romans) 14:3, Sha'uwl teaches that the only requirement for one to be accepted in a local assembly is that Yahuwah has received him. Receiving a person into the assembly is not a matter of what doctrines the person embraces, but a matter of whether or not one is accepted by Yahuwah (it is understood that a true believer in the Anointed who has been accepted by Yahuwah will embrace the essential doctrines of spiritual unity listed in Ephesios. 4:4-6). Sha'uwl argues that as long as Yahuwah has received him, we must receive him too. Rhomaios 15:7 says, "Wherefore you receive one another, as the Anointed also received us to the splendor of Yahuwah." You don't have to "move your letter" in order to be accepted in any assembly of Yahushua.

Today, many "assemblies" have refused fellowship with professed members of the Anointed's body making the ground of their assembly more narrow than the body of the Anointed. Regrettably, many that would call themselves "Christian" have rejected their supposed brothers in the Anointed from fellowshipping with them because of perceived differences in doctrine or spiritual practice. From their perspective, you not only have to be a "Christian" to fellowship with them, but you must also be a Baptist, or Methodist, or whatever else they may be. Sorry, folks. There is no such thing as a Baptist Christian, a Methodist Christian, a Catholic Christian, etc. You are either a child of Yahuwah, or you are not. This sectarianism is a major error of the denominational system today and Yahuwah condemns it. Most of today's assemblies are based upon a certain creed, doctrine, method, or minister rather than on Scripture, spiritual unity, and obedience to the will of Yahuwah. The result is that within the same specific locality there are so-called Christian "assemblies" that are grounded upon spiritual gifts, so-called Christian "assemblies" that are grounded upon water "baptism," so-called Christian "assemblies" that are grounded upon "sound" Scripture teaching, so-called Christian "assemblies" that are grounded upon evangelism, so-called Christian "assemblies" that are grounded upon receiving of the Spirit and speaking in "tongues", etc. While such practices such as water "baptism," sound Scripture teaching, etc., are all important to the life of a child of Yahuwah, according to Scripture none of these constitute the ground of the assembly. The ground of the assembly is being in the body and in obedience to the will of Yahuwah. Any group that makes a doctrine, a practice, or a minister the basis of their fellowship is sectarian for it denies the Scriptural ground of the assembly and the whole doctrine that is revealed in that Scripture. It does not necessarily follow that the people attending such assemblies don't sincerely consider themselves to be Yahuwah's people. Rather, it means that the assembly is inherently exclusive, does not stand upon the Scriptural ground for an assembly, and that those in fellowship are therefore not in obedience to the will of Yahuwah and without the required scriptural base. Unhappily and to their and our sorrow, the people of these congregations are going to hear the sad words Yahushua spoke in MattiythYahuw 7:21-24.

As an example of extreme divisiveness some people actually say that if you do not "speak in tongues" you are not a "Christian." They base this on Markos 16:17-18. I say to them that they need to read the entire passage. If speaking in tongues is required as evidence that someone is a child of Yahuwah, then casting out demons, healing the sick, drinking poison, and snake handling are also required for each and every one of us who would be children of Yahuwah. Actually, all of these are individual gifts of the spirit as seen in 1 Korinthios 12. Some may have them all, or some may have only one. Lack of any one of them is not evidence of anything except that the Spirit did not impart that particular gift to you. As the next chapter points out rather succinctly, none of the gifts matter if you do not have love one for another. That is the real evidence of the disciples of Yahushua (Yahucanan 13:34-35).

While some assemblies have narrowed the ground of the body of the Anointed, others have widened the ground, receiving the disobedient and unbelievers into their congregations as brothers. Assemblies that permit unbelievers to partake of the Master's table and receive spiritual fellowship open the door for carnality to enter and destroy the assembly just as it was foretold by the Delegates and has been proven by history. Just as the mixed multitude caused Yisra'el to sin, so the defiling element of unbelievers will cause the assembly to be hindered spiritually (Bemidbar [Numbers] 11:4). Sha'uwl said, "Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven that you may be a new lump as you are unleavened" (1 Korinthios 5:6-7). When an assembly receives unbelievers and practicing sinners as brothers, the assembly becomes apostate, and begins to conform to the corrupt world. When accepting these people in the state of their willful disobedience, the assembly has never been able to turn them away from their false doctrines, but these people instead have always caused the assembly to be turned away from the truth toward their pagan doctrines. Assembly history is replete with examples of this. This is the single major reason for the multitude of varying beliefs that constitute modern "Christianity," and the many, many assemblies practicing so many, many different things. Yet all of them profess to be followers of the same Yahushua the Anointed. Just how many different directions is Yahushua going anyway?

Scripture is clear that the ground of the assembly is the body of the Anointed in a specific locality. Any group of believers that is not based on this ground is sectarian. Although such groups sometimes contain some of Yahuwah's people, they nonetheless hinder Yahuwah's purpose of gaining ground for Yahuwah's kingdom in the earth by disobeying His will. However, when the assembly is built up in oneness, Satan is put to shame. Consider the Anointed's prayer for the assembly in Yahuchanan 17:21-23,

    That they all may be one, as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME . . . I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in ONE and THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME...

The oneness of the assembly is the secret to effective evangelism! This is why satan fears the building of the assembly in oneness. You see, one of the greatest hindrances that blinds unbelievers from seeing the truth of Yahushua is the fact that there are so many sects within what passes for "Christianity" today. The fact that there are hundreds of "assemblies" in a city which all proclaim a different Anointed sends a message to the world that the Anointed is divided. However, if believers would abandon their sectarianism and come into the unity of the Spirit, the world would know that Yahuwah has sent the Anointed! This is the essence of the Anointed's prayer in Yahuchanan 17. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, there was only one lampstand representing each of the seven assemblies of Asia. Today, the lampstands of our cities are divided into so many different segments. When the lampstand is divided, the oil leaks out. However, when the lampstand is one, the oil of Yahuwah's testimony will be available to cause the light to shine bright and full, and bring His love and spiritual fullness to others.

I am convinced that most professing "Christians" do not understand what spiritual oneness entails. Spiritual oneness is not simply a matter of holding hands with other denominations over the doctrinal fence that separates your denominations. This is simply a subtle cloak to conceal your own divisiveness and lack of obedience to Yahuwah. Satan uses this cloak most effectively to make assembly members feel content in their individualism, independence, and divisiveness while they think what good little "Christians" they are. Spiritual oneness is not a matter of us holding hands over the fence, but of destroying the fence altogether! True unity is abandoning our sects completely to their master and becoming a part of the one assembly of the real Master of the universe. This can only be accomplished by everyone concerned forgetting the beliefs that they have built up over time and turning to the Scripture for the timeless and real truth it contains. Quit trying to prove your beliefs by the Scripture! Use the Scripture to learn the doctrine of Yahuwah and therefore what your beliefs must be! Use no traditions of man as coequal in authority with the word of Yahuwah for there are none that are able to meet that standard. The Scripture alone tells us all we need to know of the assembly, its organization and operation.

According to the Scripture, the existence of one assembly in a specific locality entails the following three items:

  1. it has only one, locally grown, administration (see Acts 14:23, Titos 1:5, Acts 20:17),

  2. it identifies itself by no other name than the name of its specific locality (Revelation 2,3), and

  3. it is based upon no other ground than the body of the Anointed in a specific locality. (It has no National or World Headquarters, See, Synod, etc.)

With respect to the practical outworking of having one assembly per specific locality, several points should be noted. An assembly should meet together in one place until the number of people in that assembly exceeds the feasibility of the meeting facility, or hinders the success of the assembly meeting. At that point, a group from the overcrowded local assembly should join together with those who live in their immediate environs and start another congregation that is identified by their immediate specific locality name. All towns and cities of the world have enough suburbs and small unincorporated areas surrounding them so there should never be a problem as to what to call a particular assembly. Remember, it is still THE assembly, and people can freely move from one congregation to another without regard for geographic boundaries. All local assemblies can or not cooperate with each other and every other assembly outside their local area in matters that they wish to if they see fit. If they do not desire to support or cooperate in some matter with other assemblies, they are not by Scripture required to. Also remember that the doctrine as found in the scripture must be maintained in its simplicity and purity by each assembly, regardless of geographic locality, or sectarianism will be the result of any move.

When we begin to build the assembly and come into oneness we must expect satan to rise up and attack. Since satan knows that the building of the assembly is the key to gaining ground on the earth for Yahuwah, he violently opposes it. Yahushua taught that the building of His assembly was a threat to satan's kingdom.

Consider MattiythYahuw (Matthew) 16:18-19

Moreover I also say to you since you are Keph and upon this rock I will build My assembly and the gates of she'owl shall not prevail against it. {19} And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of the sky and if whatever you bind upon the earth is that which has been bound in the sky and if whatever you loose upon the earth is that which has been loosed in the sky."

The enemy, satan, does not mind so-called Christians building their own sects based on doctrine that differs from the word of Yahuwah. As a matter of fact, he encourages and assists it. This type of building furthers his ends and contributes much to his specialty, confusion on the earth. But he trembles when true children of Yahuwah abandon sectarianism and begin to build the true assembly upon its proper ground of the confession that Yahushua is the Anointed, the Son of our living Elohiym and the obedience to His commandments. This is why the Anointed related the building of the assembly to enforcing the kingdom of Yahuwah upon the earth (MattiythYahuw 16:19, 18:18-20). Yahuwah's earthly kingdom is the assembly and it therefore suffers loss when division occurs.

The Ibriy (Hebrew) Scripture illustrates well the opposition to the building of Yahuwah's one assembly. After the captivity in Babel (Babylon), Yahudah (Judah) was exiled from their land and dispersed throughout the Empire of Babel. Interestingly, while the Yahudiym were in exile, they no longer called Yahuwah the Elohiym of the sky and the earth, but addressed him as the Elohiym of the sky only (Ezra 1:2, 5:11, NechemYahuw (Nehemiah) 1:4, 2:20, Daniye'l (Daniel) 2:37). Since Yahuwah's people were not living in the land to maintain Yahuwah's testimony, Yahuwah no longer had His ground in the earth. Therefore, they could not call Him the Elohiym of the earth.

The Babel captivity was a prophetic type of the divisions that have separated those who would be children of Yahuwah since the fourth century. However, Yahuwah used Ezra and NechemYahuw to bring the people back to Yeruwshalom to maintain His testimony of oneness. Sadly, Scripture records that not all of Yahuwah's people were willing to pay the price of returning to the testimony of oneness. Many became comfortable in their new living conditions within the Babel Empire, and were content to remain separated from their brothers. Thank Yahuwah, however, that there was a remnant that returned to Yeruwshalom and rebuilt the temple and the city wall, etc. As NechemYahuw built the wall of the city he was violently opposed by Yahuwah's enemies. For this reason the builders of the city wall carried a sword as they did the work of construction (NechemYahuw 4:18). And so it is with the work of constructing Yahuwah's assembly today. Yahuwah purposes that the assembly gain ground in the earth for His habitation, but this can only occur when the assembly is built in truth and unity. The rebuilding of the temple represents the building of Yahuwah's assembly for His corporate expression, and the building of the city wall signifies bringing the earth under Yahuwah's kingdom, so that the Anointed's authority will be manifested. Nevertheless, all that return to the unity of His assembly must expect opposition and persecution as they build. Let us all abandon the comforts of being dispersed and come back to oneness for the building of Yahuwah's assembly. Only in this way will we be able to be Yahuwah's corporate expression on the earth.

Scripture tells us that sectarianism emanates from the flesh (see Galates [Galatians} 5:19-20). Sha'uwl told the Korinthios, "For you are yet carnal. For whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men? For while one says, "I am of Sha'uwl," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?" (1 Korinthios 3:3-4). You see, it is very uncomfortable for our flesh to fellowship and become one with those who do not believe and practice exactly the same way as we do. It is much easier for the flesh to simply meet together with those who believe and practice like us. This is why Sha'uwl exhorted the Ephesios to have "longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, [for] there is one body..." (Ephesios 4:2-4). It does not take much spirituality to hold the hands of our brothers over the fence of our sects but it requires self-denial and love to destroy the fence and unite in the oneness of the body. Yahushua said, "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another" (Yahuchanan 13:35). Sectarianism, individualism, and independence are all hostile to love. Once people truly put all of their trust in Yahuwah they will tear down the fences of doctrinal differences and build a strong doctrinal belief that is the same throughout. Their practices will be have to be the same because they will all be read from the same book and when the Spirit guides us in our understanding, the unity of the Spirit will cause our understanding to be the same. Then the problems of sectarianism, individualism, and independence will disappear, and love for everyone in the Anointed will abound. Then everyone can be comfortable in their fellowship because everyone will believe and practice like them.

Many people have been taught that individualism and independence are acceptable in "Christianity." This is true only in satan's concept of it. Otherwise, it is not true. True "Christianity" is corporate. There is no place for individualism and independence in the assembly, for we are all members one of another (Ephesios 4:25, 5:30) and therefore interdependent on one another. We must see that sectarianism not only causes Yahuwah's purpose to suffer loss, but it also limits our own spiritual advancement. You see, the assembly is the vessel of Yahuwah's fullness (Ephesios 1:23). It is only when a glass vessel is fitly framed together that it can fulfill its purpose of holding liquids. However, if the glass vessel is cracked and divided, how can it hold the liquid? So it is with the assembly today. Divisions within the primitive assembly divided the Anointed's body and started the divisions that we have today. As a result, many people today are members of "Christian assemblies" without being members of each other or the body of the Anointed. Because of this, evangelism, spiritual maturity, and deeper revelation have all been limited through the ages until now.

As an individual attempting to follow Yahushua, you will always be hindered from advancing spiritually until you know the truth and you are united with all the members of the body in your specific locality. All the riches and fullness of the Anointed are contained in the assembly (Ephesios 1:23). As an individual child of Yahuwah, you will be limited in your knowledge, your spiritual growth, your ministry, and you will not gain victory over the enemy without dependence upon the body. One cannot even comprehend the depths of the Anointed's love without the body, for Sha'uwl says that we perceive the dimensions of Yahuwah's love together with all saints (Ephesians 3:18-19). For this reason, Sha'uwl told the Korinthios, "But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you. . ." (1 Korinthios 12:20-21). It is a shame that this attitude of not needing the other members of the body is in the hearts of so many of the people who would be Yahuwah's children today. You see, sectarianism often causes us to exclusively emphasize the importance of one member or gift in the body. Some emphasize the significance of the eyes, others emphasize the ears, and others the hands or the feet. Only when we embrace the oneness of the body can we enter into the full supply of the entire body of the Anointed, and receive all the members and their function. However, there is a price to be paid. Those who are not willing to depart from their individualism and independence will never be able to take part in the building of Yahuwah's assembly. May Yahuwah give us grace to repent of such sins and become rooted and grounded in love (Ephesios 3:17)!

So far we have seen that the ground of the assembly is the body of the Anointed in a specific locality. The boundary of the assembly is the specific locality, and the content of the assembly is the body of the Anointed. However, there is one last point that we must touch upon and that is the function of the assembly. In 1 Korinthios 12-14 Sha'uwl teaches that the purpose of the body is for function and service. In a physical body, all the members must function else the body cannot accomplish the will of the head. In like manner, in the body of the Anointed, every member must function and serve. No one in the assembly meeting is to be passive but all are to be ministers (1 Keph 2:5-9) serving the body. If one of the members of my physical body is passive and is not functioning, my whole body suffers. Likewise, passivity among believers hinders the body from advancing and expressing the Anointed. In 1 Korinthios 14:26, Scripture clearly sets forth the fact that every member is to serve in the assembly meetings:

How is it then, brothers? When you come together, EVERY ONE OF YOU has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, and has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

As this passage shows, the ministry in the local assembly must come from the entire body. "Every one of you" is the mark of the assembly meeting. The purpose of assembling together is for the saints to actively give to each other and to Yahuwah and not to simply passively receive. As the writer of the epistle to the Ibriym says, "And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the day approaching" (Ibriym 10:24-25). Yahuwah has ordained that the body of the Anointed grow and increase by that which every joint supplies (see Ephesios 4:15 -16, Kolassaeus [Colossians] 2:19). Therefore, it is imperative to the life of the assembly that every member function and minister according to the gift that they have received from the Master. In today's present system of "Christian assemblies," many assemblies encourage passivity among the congregants due to traditional teachings concerning assembly government and order. In most assemblies, only a select few that carry certain titles may perform the ministry while the majority remains passive. Scripture speaks against such a structure. May Yahuwah open our eyes to see that we must return to the ministry of all believers in which we all are called.

We are living in the last days of preparation of the splendorous bride for Yahushua ben Yahuwah, who is His expression and enjoyment. Yet before we are presented to the Anointed at His return, we must fulfill the task that Yahuwah has given us. Yahuwah has commissioned the assembly to bring the knowledge of His Son to this earth, and to edify His body (MattiythYahuw 28:19). As we build the assembly we gain ground for Yahuwah in the earth. However, the assembly can only be built according to the pattern that He has provided and in the manner that He has prescribed. When we build in this manner we will be in the true unity of the spirit that must be found in the assembly. This is a high price to pay for true spiritual unity brings forth opposition from the world, the flesh, satan, and especially the opposition of the mainstream sectarian "assemblies" of today. Yet, there is no other purpose that is higher than the building of the Anointed's assembly. Evangelism, the ministry gifts, and the laws of the kingdom are not ends in themselves, but are the means for the building Yahuwah's of corporate expression. May Yahuwah give us grace to be a part of the building of His assembly, so that satan may be put to shame, and Yahuwah can be expressed and magnified through the body of the Anointed.

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