How would you define the lone ranger, John the Baptist? Many today would disregard him, because he was a lone ranger.macca wrote:I have come to realise we all need to be committed to the body of Christ.
As that is the truth it is impossible to function alone.
Even an Apostle ( Paul as an example) had people with him on his missionary journeys that helped him with support, prayer, food, news from other churches and love.
The ordinary church member who has not received a ministry or special anointing needs that local body just like Paul needed other believers around him .
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.
An antichrist is one who denies Christ's teaching, Christ's word's and believes he can make it on his own.
John. 17: which see.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
Paul had people and support, yet he was often alone as well. In many ways he was a lone ranger and had a solo mission. Maybe this is what you mean by a special anointing because he had direct revelation from Jesus.
Was Paul among believers when he was shipwrecked or when he was in the colosseum preaching or when he stood before his accusers? In some cases yes, in some cases no. Sometimes it was a small ragtag group with Paul.
I think Paul gathered with saints when he could. Paul was a theme driven man as is shown in God's word. Even though Paul went out from the saints many times, his main focus was Christ as he often pointed out. It is my opinion that Paul would be an outcast and not well thought of by the churches of today.