Σωσθένης Ὁἀδελφὸς – Sosthenes the Brother
ADOSS Newsletter – February 2014
Dear Christian Friends
Another month gone by – another month nearer to the Lord’s return – and we are still here! Our times are in our Father’s hands.
What to do next
I have finished the summaries of both ‘Faith once Delivered to the Saints’ and the ‘Present Hope of the Church’. I am now counting on what to do next. The summaries need to be checked – by me, and at least three others (Offers of help required!), and then I want to move to publication, see below.
But then what? I would welcome suggestions for the next series of Darby Simplified. I do not have anything planned at the moment, and am waiting on God for guidance.
Publication of Darby Simplified
When the two series have been thoroughly checked I want to move to publication – first electronic, and then hardcopy. A couple of my dear Christian friends have publishing facilities, and have indicated their willingness to help when the books are ready.
I have already made ‘Present Hope of the Church’ into an eBook, and it can be downloaded in .pdf, Apple (.epub), and Kindle (.mobi) formats. This is currently a draft and not ready for widespread distribution, so I would like to know who has received it, not least so that I can send him/her the final version when available.
As I have said, any help in going though the summaries with a critical, and spiritual eye would be much appreciated. Any who wish to help should e-mail me and I will send a ‘parallel version’ in Word format with both the JND original and the summary.
The Sad State of the Church
What a mess the Church is in! I don’t want to down any sect – not even the Roman Catholics. Indeed I have been in correspondence with an old colleague of my wife’s, who resigned his vicarship over the question of women priests, became a Catholic. We had plenty of areas of disagreement – but two things we were in agreement on – the saving grace of our God and the efficacy of the blood of our Lord Jesus.
There are problems everywhere, and the more I think of it, the more we have to be humble about. This side of the glory there will not be any group who is not affected by wrong judgments, worldliness, legality and the desire of people to promote themselves and their own ideas.
By faith we have to lay hold of the truth of the One Body. There is no breakdown in the bride of Christ.
I am pleased to make contact with many who, like me, acknowledge that the only scriptural outlook is that the church will be raptured, then there will be tribulation on earth, and then the Lord will return to take up His rights in the place where He was rejected.
Of course JND’s writings were very influential in the 1800’s and the effect of them is still recognised. So, I would be glad if you could tell others with this sure and glorious outlook about ADOSS. I would be glad to hear from them
May you be blessed, awaiting our Lord’s near return!
PS – Thanks to many prayers my shoulder is progressing well.