W.E. Vine

Leading in Prayer

It has doubtless been frequently observed how varied is the nature of the prayers addressed to the Lord in a prayer meeting. How happily the assembled saints will recognize a prayer which is indited by the Spirit of God, the prayer which is prayed "in the Holy Spirit", Jude 205 cf. 1 Cor. 14.15, and thus unite with fervent outpouring of the heart to the Lord! And how much is wrought by the power of God in response thereto! Not all prayers prayed in public are of this character, however. ...

The Importance of New Testament Church Principles

In the Holy Scriptures God has provided for us "the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints," Jude 3, not once upon a time, as if the provision of the faith was a passing event, leaving something else to be provided later, but "once for all," indicating its completeness, its finality and its permanent authority. The Lord Himself confirmed this authority as being binding and decisive by constantly appealing to the Scriptures. When, for instance, a certain lawyer questioned Hi...

Are Christians Who Are Gathered To The Name of the Lord Jesus a SECT?

That a number of Christians in any locality, learning the will of the Lord as revealed in the Holy Scriptures as to the mode and purposes of their gathering themselves together, are found acting in obedience thereto, in contrast to adherence to the mere tenets and traditions of men, does not constitute them a sect. The Origin of Present-day Testimony Originally Christ Himself separated His followers from the apostate religion of Judaism, and this separation continued under the guidance of the ...

The Mistaken Term "The Brethren"

The appellation “The Brethren,” as applied to companies of believers who seek to be guided by the Scriptures alone in the principles of their gatherings, is an utter misnomer. It is, or should be, repudiated by those who are so called. No doubt the term “Plymouth Brethren” had an innocent enough beginning, and arose from the fact that in their evangelistic labors and the testimony they gave they were spoken of as “brethren from Plymouth.” The mistake arose in ...
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