Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are Scott and Annette Brians residing in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Scott started walking with Jesus when he was 8 years old. Annette, a former atheist, was born again at age 21. Scott is U.S.-American, Annette is German. God has blessed us with three children. We both grew up in traditional church settings. God called us out of the church system in the year 2,000 and we have been loving Jesus “outside the camp” ever since.
Regular church meetings are described in 1 Corinthians 14:26: “What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” The kind of meeting Paul describes here is that every member of the Body of Christ (that is all the brothers and sisters) are free to function in their God-given gifts. Each one has been given a spiritual gift, and each one serves in the capacity they have received for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). It is here that mutual submission comes into play (Ephesians 5:21). We submit to Christ speaking through our brothers and sisters.
This kind of meeting is impossible in a traditional church setting where a few people “run the show” and basically only one or two people speak. We have been privileged to experience the reality of 1 Corinthians 14:26 and all the gifts of the Spirit. It is "Jesus live" through His body of believers. It is God’s will for His church that we stop elevating a few men and women and all enter into our calling as spiritual people who know their God and who are able to correctly "teach and admonish one another" (Colossians 3:16).
Our heart longs to see the church function under the leadership of Jesus who is the only Head of the church. This will bring the true anointing of the Holy Spirit. The goal is neither anarchy nor democracy, but to be led by the Holy Spirit which necessitates discerning what the Lord is actually saying (Romans 8:14). Not everyone who says “Thus saith the Lord” is truly prophesying. It would probably be correct to say that most aren’t. We only need to look at the amount of contradicting doctrines in the Body of Christ to realize that in no way can all be led by the same Spirit of truth.
The church today is being flooded with demonic teachings that lead away from the cross of Jesus and the simplicity of devotion to Christ (1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Corinthians 11:3). False gospels have been introduced (Galatians 1:8) and unfortunately many are accepting them. One of the most destructive lies today is the teaching that we must not judge. Jesus actually commands us to "judge with righteous judgement” (John 7:24). We must “examine everything carefully” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and are told that “he who is spiritual appraises all things” (1 Corinthians 2:15). The refusal to judge right from wrong and to test the spirits has led to the tolerance of unclean spiritual foods and practices of all kinds. It is one of Satan’s most effective tools to destroy the believers and ruin the church.
May this website contribute to the edification of the Body of Christ, until "we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man", because "we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming" (Ephesians 4:13-14).
Scott & Annette Brians