The Six Week Challenge

Several of the Churches here in San Luis Obispo recently had something called , Forty Days of Purpose.  It was a comprehensive endeavor, involving everyone in the church who was willing to participate in purposeful prayer, fellowship, renewed commitment and repentance.  From the responses I received from those who participated, it was a wonderful forty days.

I would like to suggest something for all of the people caught in the post-Geftakys Assembly.  Again, this is a suggestion, but I think it has real merit.

Take Six Weeks off!  Yes, do not go to any meetings at the Assembly.  Do not get together in large groups, or even small groups, where "Assembly fellowship," behavior is likely to occur.  Don't plan or discuss the future of the Assemblies. Above all, leading brothers should not get together and "talk."  Take a complete break from the system that has totally dominated and directed your lives for as long as you have been there.  Get away, let your head clear, and then seek The Lord regarding your future.

We have all been programmed.  None of us could think straight.  We were totally blind, and deceived. 

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So, I challenge every gathering that is seeking whether to continue meeting, or who should lead, or what the new dress-code should be, or whether one Geftakys doctrine or the other is correct,  to take six weeks off.  Get total separation and retreat from the dysfunctional Assembly culture.  Go apart, and seek the Lord.  Get counsel from other Christian leaders.  Visit other churches.  Walk on the beach with your family.

If God wants the groups to reform and continue,  He will make it clear.  If he wants all of them to disband,  do we really want to try to keep them together?  I have heard from scores of people about how their joy and vitality has dried up over the last several years.  How much more of a wasteland will the Assemblies be if we attempt to keep them going without God's blessing?  On the other hand, if The Lord wants to keep something alive and restore it,  how will seeking Him for six weeks hinder what He wants to do?

Shall we start the Six Week Challenge this  Saturday, February 1st?   Have a nice vacation!

Brent T.

January 27th, 2003