What we are reaching for is the freedom that our Lord promised us:
Jesus said: “If YOU remain in my word, YOU are really my disciples, 32 and YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set YOU free.” (John 8:31, 32)
I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and I always thought those words applied to me. However, for that to have been true, I would have had to be free to the enslavement to men. Again, I thought I was, but alas, a careful study of Scripture has shown me that was not the case. Only very recently have I come to understand the full scope of the freedom that Jesus promised us. It is the greatest freedom that a human can aspire to. It is freedom from every form of human authority. Only when we submit ourselves to Jesus as our one and only true Lord and King—the one to whom our Father has granted all authority—can we know true freedom. Such freedom is not possible under the dominion of organized religion. Any such religion must have a Governing Body, or as Gerrit Losch put it, an “ecclesiastical authority” which rules and to which all members must submit if they wish to remain in the religion or organization. (See point 7 of his statement.)
To obtain the freedom that Jesus promised, we must “know the truth” for it is the truth that sets us free. To know the truth, we must stop surrendering our thinking ability to men. We have to begin to think for ourselves, using only the Bible as our guide.
“When wisdom enters your heart And knowledge becomes pleasant to your soul, 11 Thinking ability will keep watch over you, And discernment will safeguard you, 12 To save you from the bad course, From the man speaking perverse things,” (Pr 2:10-12)
While our original site, www.meletivivlon.com, began as a means to examine the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, this new site has an expanded objective. We can break this down into two goals.
- Willing examine any teaching of men (of any religious denomination) to see what is true and what is false.
- Establish Bible truth by letting the Scriptures speak to us.
The first goal, while tending toward the negative, is necessary to open the mind of enslaved ones. (2Co 10:4) But overturning false doctrines is necessary, one cannot build faith on what is not true. So our second goal is the more exciting one. The Bible is there to be understood by those who are hungry, honest and humble. For the spirit seeks out such ones and guides them to the truth. It is our hope to be such ones and to gather more and more to our community.
We seek not to establish a new religion. Ours is already old since it was founded by Jesus almost 2,000 years ago. We are Christians, nothing more, nothing less. We accept no other name, and we reject any man who would set himself up as our leader, for our leader is one, the Christ. (Mt 23:10)
As you can see from the images on the home page, it is our belief that Jesus’ illustration of the wheat and weeds has its fulfillment not in that there exists a single Christian denomination that constitutes the wheat, but rather that there are wheat-like Christians throughout Christendom. (Mt 13:24-43) These individuals are like those in Ezekiel’s vision who are “sighing and groaning over all the detestable things” being done in God’s temple, which is now the worldwide Christian congregation. (Eze 9:4)
If you too deplore the things being done in God’s name, then we welcome you and look forward to your encouraging comments, as all have something to contribute to the building up of the Body of Christ. (Eph 4:11-16)