Updated: Mar 31, 2022
I recently read that Disney employees did a walkout, and I thought to myself that even the gays stick together better than the church. I thought about how they are unified. But, in the church, that is not so. You have the serious, the religious, the Methodist, the Baptist, and the list goes on . . . I’m glad that I was born in a non-denominational church because, truly, these such splits and separations are not of God.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. – (I Corinthians 1:10)
Though I was born into a nondenominational church, these separations are yet present. The scriptures speak plainly (in more than one place) against this, admonishing the church to be one. (Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as you; Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. – Luke 17:20-21) The church being one is bigger than us. If the church cannot agree or be at odds with one another, how can the world believe in this Savior that we testify of? It is happening, but it stifles things and brings about confusion and even blasphemy. This is the state of the church, and “how can a house stand if it is divided against itself (Matthew 12:25)? Therefore, because you have some in this church age responding to God’s voice and others not (Revelations 3:20), God allows them of this lukewarm church age to be tried with the dwellers on earth (Revelation 3:10). He does not keep this church age from “the hour of temptation,” as he said to the previous age of the church (Revelation 3:10).
God tasked me to write this book during a peculiar time. I wrote this book during a very dark time of my life. Something tremendous occurred, and with God being a present help in a time of trouble, God gave me instruction. He instructed me to go on a porch. I didn’t know what that meant at all. But God being God, he speaks to us in parables at rimes. But it was made known to me that I was being instructed to pull myself away—to take a breather essentially. I was told that when one goes on a porch, given the circumstance, it is for one to regain their composure, collect themselves, take in fresh air, and such. And so, even after being ministered God’s instruction, I had to dwell on that for further sense. And with me being a writer, it became clear that this book that God had had before me is what he meant. I was to begin writing this book because God knew that I had the maturity in me to not write out of anger, bitterness, grief, frustration, whatever. The instruction to me was to take myself from the situation through writing. The result is these pages of literature.
I Never Knew You is a word to the church, those who believe in Jesus Christ the Lord and who name his name. I wrote it so that one would be blessed and be separate, says the Lord: Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (II Corinthians 6:17).
We need to be ready to be received by the Lord. If one will hear him while in this state of the church, one will also hear him when the trump is sounded to meet him in the air to be with him for ever (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
If one desires this word, both print and ebook can be found online, or you can easily just get yours here: Print - I Never Knew You | Elliot Brent (slingshotmin.com)