Testimony of Church HistoryWitness Lee
Witness Lee, a faithful co-worker of Watchman Nee, also clearly saw the ground of the church in the Scriptures. During his entire life he was faithful to this vision and never deviated from it. His writings are replete with this truth. The following are excerpts from Witness Lees publications which testify of his standing in oneness with Watchman Nee to sound out this great truth for the benefit of all the Lords dear seekers.
The Practical Expression of the Church (1974)
Beginning in 1922, many local gatherings were raised up by the Lord in China. By 1933, Brother Watchman Nee, realizing the confusion among the Brethren assemblies and being greatly concerned regarding the boundary or limit of a local church, read through the New Testament again in order to be clear concerning this matter. By so doing he came to see that the boundary of a local church is the boundary of the city in which the church is located. That was a real deliverance to us. We became very clear that the church in Shanghai covered everything within the city limits of Shanghai.
The Vision of the Church (1986)
In the Bible, we find the principle of one church for each cityno more, no less. In the entire New Testament this principle is never violated. Whenever a church in a certain city is mentioned, it is always in the singular number. Whenever reference is made to the churches, in the plural number, it is always in relation to an area or district which is larger than a city, such as a province. There is nothing in the Bible about street churches, school churches, churches in a home, or, on the other hand, national churches or world churches. There are only churches in cities. You may say that there are some instances of a church in a home recorded in the Bible. But if you read carefully, you will see that in every case these simply refer to the home in which the entire church in that city met. The boundary of the church is not limited to a home; neither is it expanded to a district or nation. In the Bible, it is always according to the size of the city. A church that encompasses the whole city meets the qualification of the unique unity. (9-10)
The Genuine Ground of Oneness (1989)
The jurisdiction of a local church should cover the whole city in which the church is; it should not be greater or lesser than the boundary of the city. All the believers within that boundary should constitute the unique local church within that city. Hence, one church equals one city, and one city equals one church. This is what we call the local churches. (128)
A Brief Presentation of the Lords Recovery (1993)
The second element of the church ground is the unique ground of the locality in which a local church is established and exists. The New Testament presents us a clear picture that all the local churches, as the expression of the universal churchthe universal Body of Christare located in their respective cities. Hence, we see the church in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1), the church in Antioch (Acts 13:1), the church in Cenchrea (Rom. 16:1), the church in Corinth (1 Cor. 1:2), and the seven churches in Asia in seven respective cities (Rev. 1:4, 11). Every city as the boundary in which a church exists is the local ground of that church .