Godís Organized Church Vs. Stray Offshoots
God always has had an organized church, a people who KEEP His commandments without stray offshoots, one here and one there. When Jesus gathered out those who would take the gospel to the world and formed them into home churches, they were organized under Him. He did not consider such as being stray offshoots.
In every succeeding generation, Godís True Reformers have had to leave the church of their fathers, because of apostasy and because the leaders would not tolerate light, and God did not consider them stray offshoots.
Godís Word says that where two or three meet who keep the commandments of God, there Godís presence is, and only His presence can constitute a church. There is a† people who claim to keep Godís commandments, while grossly disobeying them and imbibing serious, unpardonable sin apostasy. All such ones are stray offshoots. They have strayed from the test of Isaiah 8:20.
Act 16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Act 16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Act 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house of] Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
Act 18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain [man's] house, named Justus, [one] that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
Rom 16:5 Likewise [greet] the church that is in their house. Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
1Cr 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
1Cr 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
1Cr 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
"And as they persisted in their rejection of the gospel the apostle (Paul) went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus." Acts, 19:8, 9.
When any church commits apostasy, Godís† presence departs. The only master in such a case is Satan. Any once church that forms a new movement that removes God by removing pillar doctrines, is no longer Godís church, no matter whether or not they were once Godís chosen people. Jesus proved all of the above with His first ďchosenĒ people, the Jews.