Suing for Man’s Approval
The saints rejoice when persecuted by the religious on account of their faith in Christ. But not Witness Lee and his “Local Church.” They take you to court just if critiqued. They will not be denied their place at man’s table, so they deny the Lord and are refused a place at His.
Witness Lee came from an evangelical background in early twentieth century China. He professed faith as a young man and became associated with Watchman Nee. Lee moved to the US in 1962 and was headquartered in California while continuing his evangelical/teaching work worldwide till his death in 1997.
Lee believed he was called by God to lead others into “The Lord’s Recovery” of the original and authentic Church in our times. He and Nee set a guideline and established “Local Churches” one per city, because the True Church of God should be unified.
Victor met a member of Lee’s church in Lethbridge in 2013 and had the following email correspondence about whether theirs was the Lord’s Church.
Here is the summarized version (click here to read the unabridged correspondence):
Matheson emailed Victor the following information:
A website about the teachings of Witness Lee:
A video of Hank Hannegraaff giving the “Christian Research Institute” seal of approval to Witness Lee’s “Local Churches”:
Victor replied by asking Matheson if he was aware of the lawsuits initiated by the Local Churches and Witness Lee against other professing Christians who wrote materials critical of Lee’s teachings. The defendants wrote about their case:
“Litigation between Christians is the subject of scriptural rebuke and warning (see Matthew 18:15-17 and I Corinthians 6:1-11). Despite these biblical admonitions, Witness Lee has personally filed lawsuits against authors and publishers who have dared to review his teachings and the practices of the local Church in books made generally available to the public. Because of Lee’s action, we have been given no choice but to defend ourselves.”
They summed up the nature of their defense as follows:
“The suit puts in issue the rights of an author to offer the opinion that a minister’s teaching is heretical.”
Matheson didn’t acknowledge Victor’s question, but replied by providing a letter from his church’s leaders that said various Christian religious institutions had been reexamining “the teachings and practices of the local churches and Living Stream Ministry” and were “dispelling misconceptions” and “raising an awareness of the riches” of the ministry of Witness Lee and Watchman Nee.
In other words, “The lawsuit is history – what matters is we essentially won it because now we’re accepted as Christians by mainstream Christianity.”
Victor then rephrased and expanded his original question, making the matter perfectly clear:
As per the document I sent you, did Witness Lee file a lawsuit against others, such as Duddy, SCP, the Swiss publishers, Jack Sparks, and Nelson Publishers for speaking and publishing against him and the “Local Church,” or did he not?
Is it customary and right in God’s sight for His true church to be suing anyone, whether the defendants were right or wrong?
Finally, are you, Jacob Blatz, Edith, Henry, and the gathering in Lethbridge and Nobleford aware of this suit information? Do you know whether the suit occurred? If it occurred, is this the fruit of the True Congregation/Assembly/Church of God?
Are you, Matheson and Jacob, as well as Benson, Dan, Andrew, and Chris, in agreement and approval of Lee’s lawsuit, if this information is indeed true?
Matheson continued to refuse to answer:
You should read our statement carefully first…
If you want to read recovery bible with us that is okay, but if you only want to argue with people, please don’t interrupt me anymore.
Thank you for your attention.
We have carefully red the statement you’ve provided. It appears you haven’t red Victor’s questions carefully, because the statement doesn’t contain any answers to his questions…
You need to know your argument has no merit whatsoever. What you’re saying by the statement you’ve sent is that because other “Christian” sects approve of your sect, therefore everything you’re doing must be right, including suing other professors of Christ if they don’t agree with you. That doesn’t make sense by any rational or spiritual thinking. Just because men agree with you doesn’t make you right. The issue is whether you’re walking in the truth and God agrees with you.
“But let God be true, and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
And we know for a fact that those you appeal to, such as Hank Hanegraaff and CRI, don’t agree with God. For example, have you red the following about Hank and his organization?
Here’s what the Lord Jesus Christ says about the kind of thinking and self-justification you present in your statement:
“And He said to them, You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15 MKJV).
So one last time: Will you answer the questions, or is what we’ve just described here your final answer? No reply confirms the latter.
Paul and Victor
We heard nothing further from Matheson or his organization.
These people have confirmed they’re truly great hypocrites. Their organization exists on the premise that they represent the “recovery” of the original Church of God, which automatically implies all other churches are apostate, missing the mark. Therefore, suing these false churches in what has proven to be a quest for their approval, even boasting of it when obtained, is a great contradiction and betrayal of the “Local Churches”/“Living Streams Ministry” raison d’être. They are not separate and better – they are the same and worse.
Their cover has been blown; they’re no different than the religious Babylon their founders and leaders thought to lead them out of. The arcane arguments they’ve had with other nominal Christians about the nature of “the Trinity” has only been impractical theory. Agree or disagree, they’re all in the same boat that’s not going anywhere but down. None of them have known the Father because they haven’t known the Son. Fruits don’t lie.