- the Lord Jesus is present wherever "two or three are gathered in [His] Name".
- denominational titles are essentially wrong.
- clergy/laity distinction is a denial of the Headship of Christ.
- there is only one Body, and membership in anything other than the One Body is sectarianism.
- the Lord's Supper ought to be observed weekly and unscripted.
- the directives about women being silent in the meetings, headcoverings, etc. are for today, and are to be taken literally.
Then I wrote about the Gospel of God. I claimed the Gospel as taught in Scripture is clear: there is nothing to do, there is only something to believe. There is no need for baptism (it's important, but it doesn't justify us), there is no need to live a better life. We are justified in God's sight by simply believing Him. And once justified, there is no way to become unjustified.
And then, a little while later, I wrote about Dispensationalism. I claimed Christians are not bound to keep the Mosaic Law, not even the Ten Commandments.
It's been a year... a long year, an eventful year. In that year, I actually walked away from the "exclusive" assembly where I had been in fellowship. I visited one or two assemblies/churches, and spent several months at an Anglican church, and I finally (reluctantly) concluded that wouldn't work. I've made some friends, and possibly lost others... some of that is my fault, some isn't.
It's been quite a year.
My involvement in the Anglican church was a significant part of my twisty path. I was never more than a visitor there, albeit a long-term visitor. It was obviously running counter to many of the points I made above, many of the things I said I still believed. There was a certain lack of integrity on my part in claiming to believe one thing while doing another. I had to re-examine those things. I had to see if I really had been right to make such dogmatic statements.
I started investigating by deciding my one authority had to be Scripture. Tradition ("brethren", Anglican, or otherwise) might be helpful, but it isn't authoritative, and it sure isn't sufficient.
And after a few weeks of discussion (here and elsewhere) and checking Scripture, I've come to a conclusion:
I'm still working out the implications of that.