How are you, your family and the saints at Sullivan church doing? I am pleased to inform you that our University has satisfied all the conditions to merit a permanent license from the National Universities Commission. We have passed the probation stage. Thank you for your prayers and support for this work.
I have attached a copy of the letter from the Commission here.
There is a question some one asked me and I could not deal with it satisfactorily. Will the church in our age or oncoming age restore the church fully before Christ comes? It will be a pleasure to hear from you. Greet the saints there for us. We plan to leave for Nigeria, the Lord willing at the end of this month.
Here is my reply to him:
Moses, Thank you, brother for the information. It is great to hear and it is great that the work is going that good for recognition.
With regard to the question, it is my view that the structure of the church is clearly restored. That is, the NT order of elders, deacons, and the various members of the church carrying their load to serves the Lord in the congregational setting. If a congregation is fortunate enough to have a preacher who works alongside the members, then that is all the better (a lot like Paul left Titus in Crete or Timothy in Ephesus).
[There is another point of emphasis in the biblical idea of restoration. Just as it is important for the structure of the church to be patterned after the teaching of the New Testament, it is also important that the gospel plan of salvation be restored to its rightful place. It is a shame of immeasurable tragedy when someone will be taught that to become a Christian one needs to pray the “sinner’s prayer.” This is nowhere taught in the New Testament, and for those who teach as much they teach falsely.
In fact, with regard to the teaching of the New Testament, the apostles taught that love of God is the foundation of salvation (Matthew 22:34-40). Build upon that, one needs to hear the word (or read) of God, believe that which the Lord said (Acts 16:14; 16:31), allow that belief to change one’s thinking with regard to the life lived. This is called repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30-31). This belief and repentance expresses itself in a willingness to confess the name of Jesus, calling upon God to save. When a person calls upon God to save, that one who hears God will submit to and associate with the Lord in the death, burial, and resurrection, called baptism (Acts 22:26; Romans 6:3-7).
This is the idea behind the restoration movement. Getting back to the Bible in matters that the Bible teach.]
Now, if there is a compromise of NT teaching, then to that degree (or point) there is no proper restoring taking place.
In another respect, with regard to the life of the individual saint, there will always be a “work in progress” with regard to restoring NT Christianity (cf. 1 Peter 2:21-25). Along this line, we all rely on the Lord’s mercy to make up the difference (for we lack much) when He returns.
I hope this helps, brother. If I can be of any further help, I will be at the ready to serve you.
Have a great day, brother!