and Sosthenes the Brother – and Me


The scripture says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” – 2 Tim 3:1-5

With the Lord’s help and I trust drawing on the Spirit of Grace, I seek to present a few summaries and snippets of the ministry of John Nelson Darby and others, which I believe God has given His Church for these latter days.

Christendom is full of wrong teaching, building on man’s endeavour and promoting systems of human organisation. Well-intentioned, and even godly people are ensnared into promoting these systems where the Word of God in the Holy Bible is set aside.

There is a Pathway for the Believer in Difficult Times

The writer meets with a few believers who seek to answer to the Lord in what is a ‘broken day’ a breakdown of which I, and many others will admit to having had part in. We have to eat the sin-offering in regard to it. We seek to have no leader but the Lord Himself, no written authority but the Holy Scriptures, and no headquarters but heaven. And we are waiting for His soon coming! Local gatherings, whilst bound in what is universal, are but a minute proportion of the whole of the Lord’s assembly, working together in love recognising the unscriptural nature of a single appointed human leader – vicar, pastor, minister, priest or what you will.

Sosthenes – the Brother

Not the ruler of the synagogue but a brother - depiction from an icon in a Russian Orthodox Church

This site is under the pseudonym of ‘Sosthenes’. Even if he was once the ruler of the synagogue, all he now wanted to be was a brother. I do not want to hide in anonymity, and will willingly share my true identity with any serious enquirer and fellow brother or sister in the Lord. But I do not want to be publicly promoting a particular group of believers (and those who know me personally will know what I am referring to). I just seek to be as John Nelson Darby had on his tombstone ‘unknown yet well-known’.

I value feedback – enquiring and when appropriate correcting. But I have no desire to get into arguments – “But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God” 1 Cor 11:16

– Sosthenes – August 2013

Σωσθένης ὁ ἀδελφὸς (Sosthenes ho Adelphos)

Still Curious? – the real ‘me’


Note on Bible Translations

Normally two translations will be used (1) – KJV where the original author used it, and for public and introductory matters and (2) – the Darby version for accuracy. In French normally the Darby version and in German the Elberfeld versions will be referred to. If for any reason another version is cited, the version will be referenced.