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The Outsiders: 
God’s Called-Out Ones
A Biblical Look at the Church 
– God’s Ecclesia
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Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr. In 1995, after sixteen years of being in the “pastorate” the author walked away. He left the "religious system" by resigning from the very “church” and “ministry” he had formed.  In many ways this work is a testament to these actions. This testimony was thirty years in the making -- the results of a spiritual journey that the author found to be common to other saints scattered throughout the world and across history. This is an opportunity to explain why some who love the Lord no longer "go to church." It does not seek to persuade others to do something different; but rather to simply be who and what they already are “in Him.” This is an uncovering of the truth of the church, and an encouragement for the members of His Body to enjoy the position and standing “in Christ” that they already possess, realizing that they are truly “complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10), that He alone is their Life (Colossians 3:4), and that His Life is full of freedom (Galatians 5:1).    

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Introduction .................................................................................................
What Is the Church? ..................................................................................
Common Definitions ...................................................................................
The Church, Which Is His Body ..............................................................
Membership in the One Church ...............................................................
The One Church and Its One Head ..........................................................
God’s Church ..............................................................................................
The House of God ......................................................................................
The Temple of God .....................................................................................
Temple Worship .........................................................................................
Worship in the Spirit ..................................................................................
God’s Called-Out People ...........................................................................
The Oneness of the One Church ..............................................................
The Local Church .......................................................................................
The Church – In a Locality vs. the Local Church ..................................
“Local Church” Language .........................................................................
Church–es ....................................................................................................
The Church in Your House .......................................................................
Examples of “The Church in Your House” Truth ..................................
Why “The Church in the House”: Religion ............................................
Why “The Church in the House”: Identity ............................................
Why “The Church in the House”: Relationship ....................................
Forsaking the Pauline Pattern ...................................................................
A Light View of Religious Tradition.........................................................
A Forgotten Tradition ................................................................................
A Snapshot of the Church ........................................................................
Division Enters ............................................................................................
“Church, Inc.” Religion ..............................................................................
Would Paul Have Qualified for “501c3” Status” ...................................
Institutionalization of God .........................................................................
The Danger of the “House Church”
Movement: Religious Tradition in Disguise............................................
Offering to God What He Does Not Want .............................................
The Religious System ................................................................................
Paul the Tentmaker .....................................................................................
Religious Hirelings .....................................................................................
Numbering People: A Gentile Obsession ................................................
The Few of Paul’s Ministry .......................................................................
A “Not Many” Ministry ............................................................................
The Off-Scouring ........................................................................................
Belonging .....................................................................................................
Stolen Identity .............................................................................................
Denominationalism .....................................................................................
The Personal Nature of Bible Study ........................................................
Appendix 1 – Habitat for Divinity ............................................................
Appendix 2 – Those Turning from the
“Church” Should Turn to Jesus Christ ...................................................
Appendix 3 – Christian Individualism: A
Way of Life for the Believer in Jesus Christ ...........................................
Appendix 4 – Not Forsaking the
Assembling of Ourselves Together .........................................................

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