Are the teachings of Witness Lee and the Local Church biblical? Yes. Is the gospel of Witness Lee a false gospel? No. Are the Local Churches a cult? No.
On January 9, 2007, a number of evangelical Christian scholars and ministry leaders published “An Open Letter to the Leadership of Living Stream Ministry and the ‘Local Churches’” online. This caused ill-researched, inaccurate, and downright wrong information to be widely disseminated on the internet.
Since then, Living Stream Ministry and the Local Churches respectfully offer:
1. a defense of the seventeen quotations that were mishandled in the open letter
2. a detailed response to the open letter
3. their initial brief response.
Read the full defense HERE.
A Defense of Seventeen Quotations from the Ministry of Witness Lee
“We feel that we have done what the signers of the open letter should have done, that is, examine the full context of the isolated quotations as well as the larger ministry of Witness Lee on these issues before making conclusions about his teaching.
We have repeatedly shown that the isolating of these quotations presents a false witness concerning the teachings of Witness Lee.
Admittedly, our response has been lengthy, and we hope that we have not exhausted our readers with it. But for each misquotation in the open letter, we have provided ample proper quotation from Witness Lee’s ministry to show his actual position on the issues at hand. The very length of this response testifies to the abundance of material in Witness Lee’s ministry that counters the impression given by the isolating of quotations in the open letter.”