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Zetousa.com™

Exploring a life in Christ together … outside the religious system

The WHY of Zetousa.com: our raison d'être

Zetousa.com: seeking the church outside of the religious system

Zetousa.com™ is still more of a dream than a reality.  Initially launched in July 2003, it has been shut down temporarily while other things are getting established ("If anyone does not provide for his own, especially for those of his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever" — 1 Tim. 5:8).

Still, the passion behind all the other things I'm doing is this website.  My hope that it will be a place where those who are seeking a reality in the life of Christ, not found in the institutional structures of the church as we've always known it, can come and be enlightened, share things they've learned and find support for their journey of faith.

Our experience in the way

From the time the Lord first laid His hand upon us and gave us some sense of light ("In [the Word] was life, and the life was the light of men"), we have seen that the Lord has called us to a different expression of the ekklesía.  We've tried to find a place within different churches, but were always left yearning for something more: more real, more biblical, more of the Spirit of our Lord, more tangibly of Him — not man.  We're still looking for that expression of the body of Christ.

I guess what we were looking for was:

But, what we have always found was a system that seemed to swallow up good, sincere people, a system that looked — and acted — more like the world than the Lord, that never produced mature believers who could function together without the presence of the pastor. 

And the people were glad to have it so.

The "system" equals spiritual death

It is my firm belief that the religious system itself, as it's practiced week-by-week, is one of the main reasons for the lack of anything like spiritual maturity — or anything like a biblical faith — in the church today.  I've seen the "system" kill more spiritually-eager young believers than anything else.

One of the saddest things I have seen has been the Lord moving in a church meeting, seemingly breaking hearts and enlightening the people about something of critical importance, only to have things back to business-as-usual the next week — simply because they didn't know how to do things differently.  The "system" itself quenched the working of God among them.

If these good people, who had received of the graciousness of the Lord, could only have been in a setting where there was no fixed routine, where they were free to wait upon the moving of the Lord among them and where they were free to act according to that movement, maybe there could have been the change — a lasting change — that the Lord desired to work among them.

Our small, comfortable vision of the faith

I know there is so much more to know of the Lord.  What we see today can hardly be called a beginning in the things the Lord has for those who love Him.

The ekklesía is supposed to be something glorious.  She is supposed to be "the fulness of Him who fills all-in-all" (Eph. 1:23).  As members, we are to be built up together into a corporate, mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Eph. 4:13).  Jesus said of John the baptizer that, "among those born of women, there has not arisen anyone greater than [he];" not Abraham, not David, not Enoch or Moses, "yet he who is the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than [John]" (Matt. 11:11).

Think of that.

Are we missing something here?  Are we missing everything here?

Seeing the church — and the faith — from a different perspective

When the ekklesía was young, she was not institutional, but organic.  She didn't rely of forms or traditions; she was connected to a living Head.  She moved according to His direct promptings.  She didn't rely on the clergy in order to meet.  There was no clergy.  No; everyone was the clergy.  She had no laity.  No; everyone was the laity — the people of God.

But even before the end of the first century, much of this had been lost.  Instead, we had a church that was calcifying into a set of rituals and traditions, relying on the intermediation of a man between them and their Lord.

But, there was another side to the story.  Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been those who met together outside the religious system.  Often persecuted for their faith, they would not settle for what the church had become, but kept their spiritual integrity and strove to walk with their Lord in an organic fellowship, sharing in His resurrection life.

That is the experience of faith I seek.

At Zetousa.com, you will (eventually) find a variety of writings and Bible studies dealing with this experience of faith, as well as a Newsletter.  Your contributions to the dialogue are most welcome.

Anson ArtWorks™

In another life (it would seem), I used to do some drawing.  I'd combine a pencil drawing, some accented in ink, or a pen and ink drawing with a scripture verse.  The intent was to be appealing, but also present a challenge.  I had some of these drawings reproduced as note cards or posters.  I will be adding them to this site sometime soon (the Lord willing).

Your part in this  

Please be praying for me, that the Lord will open up the way fully to the development of this website.  It burns in my heart, but I have not been released to this work as yet.

The Lord bless you as you diligently seek Him, in Spirit and in truth.


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