Chris Kynard being immersed into Christ on June
On Friday, June 15, 2018, my wife Ana and I decided to leave our home in Dover, DE and go to Virginia for a weekend reprieve for my birthday. Upon visiting, we decided to eat at a local Golden Corral restaurant in Harrisonburg. To our surprise, our waitress was extremely attentive and went above and beyond what was needed for us to enjoy our meal. Ana and I immediately noticed how nice she was, and we thought to ourselves there was a certain light about her. So, thinking ourselves to be ministers at that time at our present church, we thought maybe we would witness to her and see if she knew the Lord. Come to find out her father was a preacher and she invited us to the assembly that Sunday, which was Father’s Day. We were so grateful for her service we told her manager how pleased we were with her. In return he gave us a $25 gift card to return to the restaurant. The next day we returned to find our waitress Lizzy working, and we requested her once more as our server. Lizzy reminded us again of the assembly the next day which happened to be Father’s Day and so we told her we would come. My wife and I both honestly debated whether we should go as we were supposed to head back to Delaware. However, we both decided to honor our word and visit her congregation. We were greeted at the assembly with love and joy from every member we came in contact
with. Her father, Brother John Doughty, came over to greet us and even asked me to close the service out in prayer. I asked Brother John if his church was “non-denominational.” He laughed and replied, “yes, but even the non-denominationals have now become a denomination.” I laughed and thought to myself, “he’s right.” After the service, Brother John and I talked for almost an hour in the parking lot about the Lord’s church and the day of Pentecost. Brother John asked me, “Do you know what ‘Pentecost’ means?” I had to be honest, “No.” This really bothered me because here I was supposed to be a “Pentecostal” and I didn’t even know what that name and word meant. John gave a quick summary of the meaning of “Pentecost,” it is a Greek word which is a number. It means “50” and was understood as “50 days after the Passover.” He explained that the old covenant began 50 days from the Passover in Egypt, when Moses brought down the law from Mt. Sinai, (Lev. 23:15-16) where 3,000 died of idolatry (Ex. 32:26-28). But the new covenant of Christ began 50 days (Acts 2:1) after Calvary, and now under the law of Christ, (Acts 2:38-41) 3,000 people were saved, being baptized into Christ and added to the church.
This was my introduction to Acts 2:38 and the “New Covenant” plan of salvation. Looking back, it should have been obvious. The day of Pentecost was the birthday of the Lord’s church. Whatever Peter said on the first day, “Repent and be baptized…” should be the same today and until Christ comes back. Indeed, the next verse Acts 2:39, affirms this. How ironic that I was a “Pentecostal” who had been conditioned to seek the apostolic “power” associated with Pentecost, but not “pardon” nor “plan” which Peter preached on that great day!
We talked about the Biblical teaching of Propitiation. Brother John said this word means “covering” or “atonement.” This is what Jesus did on the cross in atoning for our sins. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven, Rom. 1:18, against all unrighteousness. It must be averted. John used an illustration from his father to explain it to me. If our wives are angry at us for something that we have done, we can do something to pacify or placate their wrath, like buy a bouquet of roses and go to them and apologize. Well, our sin has placed the wrath of God upon us and it took the blood of Jesus to turn it away. Of course, that’s where the water, blood, and spirit of 1 John 5:8 comes in, and… and as I would be taught later and now have come to know, Romans 6:4-6 proves that baptism into Christ puts us into Christ’s death and blood!
I was drawn in by Brother John’s laying out the Scriptures. I can recall both of us standing beside his van dripping with sweat talking about the word and the importance and significance of Pentecost. My wife Ana and I left the Doughty family in the parking lot only to find out we never actually got each other’s phone numbers. Thankfully my wife took down his daughter’s number so I was able to reach out to him. When we made contact, he informed me of the Delmarva Christian Service Camp in Laurel, DE that he and other churches were apart of on the Eastern Shore and that Mrs. Doughty would be working there in a few weeks. He informed me that he would make the trip to Delaware if I would come down and study the Bible with him at the camp.
At the camp, I met many wonderful brethren and young people. Brother Frank Goehringer was the camp director and made me feel welcome. He put on a pot of coffee for John and I and we spent three days together at nearly 10 to 12 hours per day, going through the Scriptures and studying the plan of salvation. Frank joined us when time permitted. We recorded much of our daily Bible studies. Some day, I would like to print the dialogue. We covered so much new covenant scripture, Acts 2, Heb. 9:15-17, Baptism -Rom. 6:4-6, 1 Peter 3:21, Gal. 3:27, Circumcision – Col. 2:11-12, Rom. 2:28-29, the Covenants, Heb. 7:12, Heb. 8:13, 9:15-17, 10:8, we talked about the “faith only” position of the denominational world; it blew my mind that the only time “faith only” occurred in the scripture was in James 2:24, where a man “is justified by works and NOT faith only.”
John explained to me about church history; who was Martin Luther and John Calvin, and what was Calvinism. He taught me that the Protestant Reformers were, basically, shipwrecked upon the book of Romans, taking scriptures about faith in Christ Jesus that were intended for unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, and trying to apply it to a Roman Catholic versus Protestant debate of that time. “Faith versus works,” John said, “was a false dichotomy, a false either/or proposition.” I learned that Paul was not putting down baptism when he said, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” Eph. 2:8-9. John taught me that when Paul was debunking “works,” he was referring to the “works of the law” (Rom. 3:20, 27-28, 4:2, 9:32, Gal. 2:16, Gal. 3:2, 5, 10, 12), NOT debunking the commandments of Jesus Christ such as repentance, obedience, or baptism. I learned that Jesus considered faith itself to be a “work” in John 6:26-29. One of the verses which rocked me was Col. 2:12, “having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” NASB. This verse showed me that, yes, someone was doing a “work” in baptism, but it was not the person being baptized, but it was God, Himself.
Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”
One of the biggest obstacles that I had in accepting baptism is that I had been taught according to Romans 10:9 that baptism was not essential to salvation; that all a man had to do was believe and “receive Jesus in his heart.” Brother John and I, and my friend Quinn – who had driven down to join us – studied the Romans 10 text, where Paul was speaking about the unbelief of the Jews. Paul was comparing the hardness of the Jewish hearts toward the Gospel to the unbelieving Israelites rejection of God during the Exodus. In Romans 10:6-8, Paul cites Moses in declaring God’s final words in Deut. 30:12-14. This is the famous “blessings” and “cursings” chapter, where God says, “I have set before you life and death, choose life” Deut. 30:19. God said that the word was in their “mouth” and “heart.” But the Israelites refused to believe and obey. They did not enter into God’s rest because of unbelief and disobedience, which were basically the same thing, Heb. 3:18-19, 4:6. And Paul concluded that the unbelieving Jews with whom he contended in Romans 10:9, had that same spirit of unbelief, Rom. 10:20-21.
Paul was not inventing a new plan of salvation in Romans 10:9, as people today, and as I had been taught, interpreted this to be a kind of feeling of accepting Christ or conversion experience. Paul is flashing back to the Israelite wilderness, to the rebellion and provocations they committed against the Lord. True, Romans 10:9 rightly points out that “confession” and “belief” are requirements of salvation. And these must be coupled with the “repentance” and “baptism” of Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:4-6. However, Romans 10:12-13 reveals that the “calling on the name of the Lord” which is in conjunction with the “word of faith” (Rom. 10:8) which the apostle preached, was prophesied by Joel in Joel 2:32 and Peter locked Joel’s prophecy into his own Pentecost sermon, Acts 2:21, and so we know HOW they “called on the name of the Lord” on that awesome day of Pentecost (Acts 2:37-38) and we know HOW Paul himself, did the same, Acts 22:16, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Brother John explained to me that Romans 10 is telling us WHO the salvation of God was for: the Jew and Gentile (Rom. 10:12-13) but Romans 6:4-6 tells us HOW we get into that salvation. The clincher for me was when we finished the chapter, Rom. 10:21, “But to Israel he says, All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” Why would we go to Romans 10 to be saved when those very people perished for unbelief?
We shared so much teaching in the Word and covered so much ground at the camp. As Brother John, Quinn, and I studied, I noticed that wherever we had some different opinion, we would compare a scripture with other scriptures and allow the Bible to explain itself. We might spend 30 minutes cross referencing, but when we were finished on a point, we were all in agreement. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was my first lesson in Hermeneutics, the science of interpreting the scriptures. One of the verses I learned was that, “no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation…” 2 Peter 1:20. This was important for me because I have had many pastors tell me, “that is your interpretation” but I respond that the scriptures mean what they say. The Holy Spirit must have been working on us because we had a unity of conviction. Perhaps one day I can go back and read a transcript of our study and see exactly where and when the sword of the spirit was doing its job on my mind and heart, Heb. 4:12.
I was commuting between Dover and Laurel each day, over an hour’s drive, and after the third day came to a close I knew in my heart that I hadn’t been obedient to the plan of salvation that was given or instructed by Peter on the day of Pentecost. I was cut in my own heart and told Brother John that I would like to be baptized into Christ. We were excited and rejoicing together. As we broke the news to Brother Frank, he replied, “Let’s just wait for baptismal Thursday…” This caught me by surprise because if I learned anything about conversions in the book of Acts, baptisms were urgent and were never put off or delayed. I didn’t realize Frank was testing me. I protested, “Why wait? There’s water right there…” I felt like the Ethiopian who talked with Philip… “Tomorrow is not promised!” Frank gave me a big hug and gave the signal for the campers to come to the poolside to witness some Christian baptisms. This was also a special day because Brother John’s son, Homer Doughty, had made up his mind to give his heart to Christ, and a third young man, who had received counseling from his father, also came forward to be immersed with us.
I was baptized that Thursday afternoon, June 28, 2018. I called my wife Ana to drive down because I knew she had to hear all that was presented to me. Once she finally heard full biblical truth which was about 4 to 5 hours later, she was baptized into Christ as well. Since this time, my life has never been the same. I was brought up and raised in a Pentecostal/Charismatic church. But it came to a point where I realized that it doesn’t matter what I think, I say, or what I believe but what the word of God instructs us. As Jesus said, “the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). Now I could begin my life in Christ as, simply, a Christian!
The next week I sat down with my Charismatic pastor to explain to him my conversion and how I was enlightened by full biblical truth. Of course my pastor rejected what I presented and even threatened to throw us out of the church if we spoke of this to anyone. Our titles and positions in the church… they had given me the position of being an “armor-bearer” among other things… (this meant that I carried the pastor’s Bible for him), were stripped from us and we were “marked” as rebels. Of course, I couldn’t contain the joy and freedom I had, so naturally I shared New Covenant Christianity with any and everybody I came in contact with. There were two brothers from the church who heard and received what I presented and I immersed them into Christ. Once I began studying the Bible with others, the hostility of my former denominational pastor began to intensify; he did everything he could to dissuade people from coming to our home Bible studies. Some of the sheep who were coming were, sadly, affected by this attack.
The highlight of this opposition was Monday evening, July 9, 2018. I had invited Brother John and his friend Rick from Virginia, and of course, Brother Frank, whom I learned was the preacher at the Old Paths Church of Christ in Georgetown, DE; to come up for a special home Bible study on Covenant and the plan of salvation. Brother John and Rick had prepared some special booklets on Pentecostalism, and we were ready for about 20 people at home Bible study. Unfortunately, we had to start late because the old denominational pastor was on the phone, threatening the people, some of whom were coming in from the driveway, not to come into our home. He was trying to exert all of his influence upon these people. Nevertheless, we carried on, fully persuaded that we were doing God’s will. All this drama ended up working out for God’s purpose, my brother Robert saw through this charade, recognized the truth of the Biblical teaching, and made known his desire to be baptized into Christ.
Looking back now, we can say with Paul, that whatever seemed to be gain we counted as a loss for Christ, Philippians 3:7. We can laugh at the term “armor-bearer.” Yes, the Old Testament soldiers of Israel such as Saul and Jonathan had armor-bearers, but in Ephesians 6:13-17, God wants every Christian to “put on the full armor of God” and to wield with precision and skill the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Now instead of being an “armor-bearer,” the Lord has put in my heart a desire to preach the Word and win souls to Christ.
While we were severing ties with the old denomination… I tried to meet with our former pastor as honorably as I could, and explain to him that our reasons for leaving were doctrinal… my brother Robert travelled the one hour to the Old Paths Congregation and was immersed into Christ by Brother Frank for the remission of sins. There was a moment when we were counting the cost of planting a congregation here in Dover. Would people respect us enough to pledge their resolve and commit to establishing a new congregation, or should we make the hour long drive from Dover to Georgetown and assemble with our new found brethren there? Robert’s decision for Christ was a turning point for our group of disciples. Not only was he now saved in Christ Jesus, but he saw how sincere we were in our mission and he shared the word with his wife Alex, who was baptized into Christ, and they both pledged to help us begin a new congregation.
In the midst of this time of Bible studies, evangelism, and tribulation, God blessed Ana and I with a little girl on July 30, 2018, whom we named Eliana. God added her to our family in addition to our children: Moriah and Josiah. God is good! Robert and Alex also had a little boy, Malachi, born one month prior. They love the Lord and have been a real encouragement to us. I also had the privilege of baptizing my mother in law Aleceia, into Christ on Oct. 5, 2018, along with another precious friend, Rebecca, who obeyed the gospel after being taught the Word.
Since my conversion, I’ve been bolder than ever about proclaiming the good news to everyone I’m connected with. I’ve spent countless hours studying and being mentored by Brother John and his father Preacher D. I’ve debated countless leaders, ministers, pastors and even self-proclaimed “prophets” and “apostles.” I don’t say this to boast in myself because the power is in the word of God. One evening I had eleven Charismatic pastors ask me to join them on a conference call as they tried to rein me back into their fold. One of the pastors ended up calling me privately afterward to commend me for how I handled the scriptures, particularly the old versus new covenant, and how I conducted myself with them. This man even reached out to Brother John and spent a couple hours with him on the phone. However it amazes me how every encounter I’ve had with Charismatics… it ultimately ends with how they “feel” or “what I believe” or “I think.” But nothing is supported by the word.
Whenever I go to the store or run errands, I always try to say a graceful word to people and this inevitably leads to a conversation about Jesus Christ. This has helped me to share the word with many people including Conrad. Conrad was so convicted by the scripture verses, he was baptized into Christ. So was his girl friend Shana. Conrad has a t-shirt making company and he decided to take the Bible verses that I showed him and make up t-shirts for all of us. These t-shirts have been big conversation starters and have helped us in witnessing.
My favorite subjects to teach on and witness about are Propitiation, Covenant, the New Testament being a will, and Christian Baptism. I have taught many people, at home and even on the street, about the Biblical doctrine of Propitiation. Yes, it is a big word, but I teach people that it means a “covering, appeasement, placate, satisfy.” I talk about the wrath of God revealed against all unrighteousness in Romans 1:18 and sin and trespasses, Eph. 2:1-2, 3. Jesus satisfied this wrath of God when He offered up His blood on the cross and died for our sins. Jesus became the “propitiation” (KJV, NASB) or “the atoning sacrifice” (NIV) for our sins, according to Rom. 3:25, Heb. 2:17, 1 John 2:2, and 1 John 4:10. The one thing I always tell people when I witness is, “We are all going to meet the wrath of God. Either we meet that wrath at the foot of the cross or we will meet it on the Judgment Day.” This is a powerful salvation Bible study and it has been my most effective teaching.
We have had a few sheep stumble. The Parable of the Sower teaches us that not every plant will take root because of the depth of foundation or some are choked out on the thorns of worldliness. Sadly, I have lost a few disciples who have turned back. Some were caused to stumble by pastors, friends, or family members who resented them breaking free through the gospel of Christ. Some of them were questioning, “How old is Chris? What degree does he have? How long has he been in the ministry?” They were questioning my authority to preach and teach the word as an evangelist and as a soul winner. This is when John’s father, Evangelist Charles W. Doughty stepped in. “Preacher D,” as we affectionately call him, was not going to allow my denominational critics to despise me because of the “youth” (1 Tim. 4:12) of my new Christian ministry. After much prayer, he and Brother John envisioned a great Bible conference and preaching and teaching rally in Dover to present New Covenant Christianity to the community. This would be a shot in the arm to help me and let the critics know that I belonged to a great brotherhood of saints, the spiritual Kingdom of God. We began to plan fervently for this rally.
I talk to Brother John almost every day for an hour in the early morning and he studies the scriptures with me. I also came to visit the Winning at Winchester preaching rally on the Labor Day (Aug. 31-Sept 3, 2018) weekend at the Church of Christ at Mountain View and heard many great preachers in the brotherhood expound the Word. The fellowship was good also for me to see God’s people in action and to get a vision of what a congregation and a movement of congregations of Christ should look like. Since my conversion, we started a home congregation and I’ve immersed over 15 people into Christ. Our assembly consists of those who left the Charismatic Movement, Roman Catholics, and even atheists. I am grateful to God for receiving full biblical truth and I’ve been honored to present it to others as the Lord graces me to do so. Your Brother Chris Kynard, Christian servant.
November 28, 2018- We have had many Bible studies since this time, Thursday night Bible studies and Sunday morning assemblies at my house. Sister Rebecca has also opened up her home for Bible meetings. I previously mentioned her conversion. I had known Rebecca and her husband Robert three or four years in the Charismatic Movement. Robert and I had a close relationship, as friends, and working out together in the gym. Robert found out he had stage 4 cancer, that’s when we really started getting close, praying together, and asking God for a miracle that he would be healed. Unfortunately, he passed away and Rebecca ended up walking away from God. I met Rebecca at the gym; she had given up all hope. I wanted to share the new covenant faith with her. She came to one of our Thursday night Bible studies. We had asked her for weeks and weeks to come; finally she did.
I taught on covenant. What really struck her was when I quoted 1 John 5:8 how that the water, Spirit, and blood agree in one. I asked her when she was saved… “When?” She couldn’t give me a date. I told her the water of baptism is our record, something on earth to show we have something in heaven. Well, Rebecca is a person that keeps records and calendars. It bothered her that she could not recall the exact date of her “conversion experience.” She really loved that scripture and was baptized into Christ the next day. Rebecca called me to say that she had not drained the water out of her pool for some reason, and she wanted to be immersed into Christ. It was Friday, October 5, 2018.
I have a critic at the gym, Pastor Wayne. He had heard about Rebecca’s baptism, and asked her, “What do you mean you are now a new covenant Christian?” She told him she had been baptized into Christ. He was put off by this answer and wanted to debate me every time at the gym. The first debate started calm, he started asking questions about baptism. I shared with him Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21. He strongly disagreed. I asked him, Why he wouldn’t receive the teaching of the apostle whom Jesus had given the keys to the kingdom. He had never heard of Matthew 16 and Jesus giving the keys of the kingdom to Peter.
This shocked me; how could a “pastor” not know about this? I have since discovered that Charismatics consistently avoid the great foundational truth of Matthew 16:16-18, “Upon this rock I build my church…” It didn’t take long for me to realize why. Since they are claiming the powers of an apostle; they don’t want to hear about the apostle Peter’s authority. In fact, Charismatics treat the apostles as if they are just average ordinary church members! The fact of Peter possessing the keys also cripples the whole faith-only position. If Charismatics acknowledge apostolic authority, then they must submit to what Peter said in Acts 2:38 on the day of Pentecost; Peter said, “Repent & be Baptized.” I have had not one person from the Charismatic Movement admit or acknowledge that Peter was given the keys of the kingdom. Most of my Charismatic friends have never even heard of the keys of the kingdom. They want to get off of that subject as fast as possible.
Rebecca saw and heard the discussion with Wayne. As we tried to reason in the Word, she noticed that Pastor Wayne kept saying, “I feel…” “I think…” “I believe…” She was right there witnessing our discussion and she jumped in, “It doesn’t matter what we feel, think, or believe. There can be no confusion; we have to go by the word.” Rebecca’s faith is stronger than ever.
Pastor Wayne went around badmouthing me to everybody in the gym. One day I was working out, Brother Ben asked me if he could talk to me. He said, Mr. Wayne told me that you are telling me that some people are not going to heaven unless they are baptized.” “I didn’t say that.” Well what did you say? It doesn’t matter what I say, I’m just quoting scripture. Ben liked that answer and became interested that day. Ben came to a Thursday night Bible study. We taught on “How Grace is found in Covenant.” Ever since then, Ben has been all in.
Working hand in hand with Brother John and Preacher D, we fulfilled our vision to have a Bible Conference in Dover. We rented the Holiday Inn Dover-Downtown convention center and scheduled for Nov. 16-18, 2018. The conference was a hit. I had invited several people, and we heard good Bible preaching and teaching on the New Covenant Christianity. Brother John prepared a 64 page book compiling many scriptures on Covenant, Kingdom, the Day of Pentecost, Acts 2, and many other classic New Testament studies. Brother Frank also taught on the Lord’s Church and Covenant. We had over 100 people attend the many expositions Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Lord’s Day morning. Many other congregations of Christ came to support the rally from across the Eastern Shore and Virginia.
The worship leader from my old denomination showed up. I thought she might be turned off. She listened to Brother John speak on the Work of the Holy Spirit & the Charismatic Gifts. In a nutshell, Brother John listed the scriptures detailing the different jobs the Holy Spirit would do upon believers, sinners, and also did with the apostles. As for the apostolic gifts, these were for the confirmation of the Word, Heb. 2:2-4, Mark 16:20, and 2 Peter 1:19. The apostles had the gifts of the Holy Spirit; Christian disciples have the fruit of the Spirit. Shockingly, I saw the worship leader woman nod her head in agreement on several points. What was even more astounding is when I “Facetimed” the live presentations of the Bible conference. I don’t do Facebook; but decided to set up a special account just for this Bible rally; to promote and herald the expositions among my friends. I was amazed to find that over 100 of my friends were watching live. When we had questions and answers following the sessions, the number of viewers jumped to 175. Apparently, my friends were interested in the seminar, but were afraid to come in person.
The Bible Conference concluded on Lord’s Day morning and culminated with taking the Lord’s Supper together and the hearing of the Word proclaimed; Preacher D gathered the men who had faithfully attended, and in a special meeting right down N. Dupont Highway at the Hilton Garden Inn Dover, conducted an informal study on Church Leadership from the word of God. He challenged this core group of men to step up and commit themselves to help begin and lead a new work, a new covenant congregation of Jesus Christ, free from the shackles of tradition, denominationalism, and false doctrine. The men were so excited. Many of our old Charismatic friends and acquaintances have asked us who we are and what we have been doing. They have heard that we have been meeting in homes and taking the Lord’s Supper and having Bible studies. We have been calling ourselves the Remnant of Christ. I had been working as a soul winner and Bible teacher up to this point by myself, but from this leadership meeting, which turned out to be just as important as the seminar, we ended up with a nucleus of five men; Ben, Brandon, Robert, Conrad, and myself, who have pledged themselves to help lead this congregation of souls whom Jesus Christ has raised up in our midst and whom He has entrusted to us.
Since that time, Brandon has brought three families to the Lord; we have immersed three of the husbands to the Lord, and their wives and families, Lord-willing, are soon to follow. Brandon’s three disciples are Abbie (man’s name), Nigel, and Darius. Abbie’s fiancé, mother, and grandmother all have decided to be a part of our fellowship and it is expected that after we teach them the word of God, they will be baptized in the name of Christ and added to the body. The grandmother was very enthusiastic. They all were starved for the word.
Ben is a retired police detective from New York City. He wants to be a leader and help me in the ministry. Ben said he is studying the qualifications of a deacon and elder and is prayerfully trying, by God’s grace, to meet them. He wants to have another evangelistic rally. He and I go out soul winning together, and also trying to pastor the sheep that God has given us.
Ben asked me to come straight to the gym today. He introduced me to his friends, Darrel and Steve. They asked me, What den-omination are you? [Inside I prayed to God, Lord, please help me with the right thing to say.] I replied, “Is Christ divided?” “What?” I told them that denominators, in fractions, divide the number. I showed him 1st Corinthians where Paul said that Christ is not divided. They liked that answer and told me they were tired of traditions and gibberish. They told me, “We will give you 30 minutes to persuade us over to your position.” I replied, “I don’t have a position, but I will tell you the Bible position.” I pulled out my phone Bible and after one Bible study, these two men said, “We’re all in.”
Darrel is a contractor and told me, I want to be a part of your congregation. Ben told us all about you and we have a great respect for him. We can even build a building. I said, “Shouldn’t we study first?” Darrel said, “We’ve been looking for three years for a congregation in Dover.” What really turned him off was that in three weeks at the Charismatic establishment, the pastor’s gibberish utterances were all the same, in the same phonetic pattern. “If it were really a tongue prayer language, shouldn’t the syllables be different?” I showed him 1 Corinthians 14 chapter listing the rules for speaking in tongues when the apostles had this gift, such as the requirement of an interpreter. It is ironic that the Charismatics still don’t follow these rules even when they don’t have the gift. The reality is that there are many people who have never embraced the Charismatic Movement who are starved for real Word of God teachings.
We have had more baptisms into Christ, and our fellowship is now up to 37. My prayer is that God will continue to be glorified and that Christ will continue to be glorified and that we will continue to spread New Covenant Christianity. Brother Ben keeps asking, “When are we going to bring back John and Preacher D for another special teaching session?”
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 10:20 PM [Text from Brother Ben S.]: Chris, Chris, Chris, I have been waiting for your text, it took everything in me not to text u earlier, lol, but I know that u see it too, buddy how we r growing, not just in numbers but in knowledge. Today I saw more interaction within all of us, more talking, more answering more learning, it’s a Blessing & I praise & thank the LORD for this. Brother u r doing an Awesome job, ur teaching is reaching & helping all of us. Bringing us closer with ourselves and with the LORD. As always my prayers are with the R. O. C. praying that we all remain humble & hungry for the word from the LORD. GOD BLESS u & the family. Love always.
Dec. 12, 2018: It really touched my heart. Brother Ben called me yesterday and asked me to go shopping with him. The Lord had put it in his heart to buy some Christmas presents for the children of our congregation. One of the hardest things, meeting in the homes, has been trying to organize the children’s ministries. Praise God,
the Christian sisters stepped up and said, We can do it. They put together lessons for the kids and maybe do a craft or draw pictures of Bible characters on the tables. We have grown to the point that we will need to rent a place to meet. The children’s ministry is so important to us. Ben and I went out shopping for the dozen or more children in our congregation. I said“you don’t have to get the most expensive thing…” But Ben had his mind made up. When the Lord puts it into someone’s heart to do something, you don’t dare get in the way. I had tears in my eyes as they rang up the bill. Ben had spared no expense to purchase the very best.
It made me think about what God did for us, sending His own Son, Jesus Christ to this Earth. God cared enough to send the very best. Many verses came to my mind, “God forbid I should give to the Lord that which costs me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24. “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased
with His own blood.” Acts 20:28 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16. I know that the Lord is working with us and we pray that He will use us to do a good work here in Dover for His glory. We are glad to have likeminded brethren with whom we can fellowship, pray, and love in the Lord, a remnant of saints who still keep the testimony of Jesus Christ. May God Bless you!! Brother C Chris Kynard, ,Preacher, Servant of Jesus Christ, Remnant of Christ, Dover, DE