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With the death of the apostles and the disappearance of spiritual leadership rooted in the teachings of Christ and the apostles which governed the early church, the second part of the prophecy recorded by Zachariah quickly came to pass:
“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd [Jesus], and against the man that is my fellow, says the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep [the disciples] shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand upon [against] the little ones [the Father’s elect children]” (Zech.13:7 KJV). See also Matt.26:31: Acts 20:28-30.
The scattering of the elect brought an end to the central authority of the early church, which maintained doctrinal integrity. This scattering also resulted in a fulfillment of a famine of knowledge and understanding of God’s word among the elect as recorded by the prophet Amos (Am.8: 11-13), as well as the spiritual destruction of many, which was recorded by the prophet Hosea (Hos.4:6).
Today, we find great confusion and doctrinal chaos among the elect about many extremely important spiritual and organizational issues set forth in the biblical record. These are issues which are necessary to understand and practice in order to lead a righteous lifestyle and fulfill the purpose for one’s calling during this gospel age of salvation.
I do not have all the answers to every doctrinal, spiritual, organizational issue, and problem within the body of Christ. But I do believe that I understand some of the major issues and problems which adversely impact many congregations of the elect and how to effectively deal with them through the application and practice of biblical concepts, principles, and laws.
This book contains information that is vital in dealing with major issues concerning the Father’s earthly children and it provides insight into concepts, principles, and laws set forth in the biblical record for the elect to practice in order to live in harmony with their heavenly Father, their Savior, and each other.
I have compiled the information in this book in the hope that the experiences which I and others have had in dealing with major issues within the congregations of God will help my brothers and sisters in their pursuit of immortality and in the performance of the work each has been called to perform during this lifetime.
I sincerely hope you find this information enlightening and spiritually beneficial.
B. L. Cocherell b8w1a