A Reassessment of the Local Church movement of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee

In the Christian Research Journal entitled We Were Wrong, this question was posed: Are the Local Churches, Founded by Watchman Nee and His Protégé Witness Lee, a Pseudo-Christian Cult? In a series of YouTube videos on The Local Churches, the Christian Research Institute answers this question. In their reassessment of the Local Church movement of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, they have done a thorough, in-depth study of the Local Churches and their practices. They give an outsider’s point of view that is both balanced and Biblical.

In this video, Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man, says:

One of the distinctives of the move of the Holy Spirit that you’re involved in, it’s not for the pastor alone to study the Word of God. It is not alone for the pastor to prophesy in the sense of encouragement, edification, exhortation, and equipping, but it is for every believer to be involved in the proclamation of the Word in praise and in worship. In every sense, we worship God through prayer, praise, and the proclamation of the Word. And that is for every believer.

Regarding the functioning of all the believers, Witness Lee is quoted at the end of this video:

God desires that each of the believers prophesy, that is, speak for and speak forth Him.


We Were Wrong 

Witness Lee, Functioning in Life as Gifts Given to the Body of Christ (Anaheim, Living Stream Ministry, 2002), p. 16


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