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The Church Outside The Camp

The Church Outside The Camp:

This article is written to address the thoughts, needs and concerns of people who have already made the decision to worship "outside the camp" for good and proper reasons.

What this article is NOT :

This is not written to encourage believers to leave their fellowships if they have good, sound churches where there is no danger of deception.

Nor is it encouragement to those who simply have a grievance or are unwilling to submit themselves to discipline, to come out of their churches for those reasons.

This is not written from the viewpoint of any one denomination or group; nor does it have ANY connection to cell churches or the "Open Church" restoration system.

This is also not written as a practical handbook on "how to worship in small groups" although I agree such a handbook might be useful.

Almost every day I get another e-mail from a desperate Christian saying something like this: "we have been uneasy about our fellowship for some time, and now the pastor has visited Brownsville and he's come back preaching all kinds of strange doctrines. The elders rebuked us when we tried to point out where they were scripturally in error, and in the end we just had to leave the church. Some of our family members are still there and we feel sad to have left them, and we are worried about them. Now we cannot seem to find anywhere suitable to go, as all the local churches are importing Toronto manifestations and suchlike. We just don't know what to do or where to go for fellowship. Can you help us?"

Scriptural and Practical Notes For Isolated Believers:


Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Thanks for posting this thread Coconut, this can be a great help to those who are disillusioned with religious institution and contemplating venturing outside the camp or have already began the journey.

I hope to be a help to anyone seeking to start this journey. It is very different from from the "camp" and I encourage everyone who is tired of camping to become a climber. Are there dangers involved? Absolutely, but how can we learn the amazing rescuing ability of God if there is nothing to be recued from? Is it hard? Yes,very hard and very trying, but this is how endurance is developed.

The camp has a certain amount of security and comfort. This journey is not for the faint hearted. Some seek God's visitation, I , myself prefer God's habitation. Feel free to PM me or post here with any questions or responses.