What is Fellowship Of The Martyrs?

There has been some confusion about the different names that have been used to describe us.  We hope this will help explain everything. 

In 2005, Doug Perry started a website called "FellowshipOfTheMartyrs.com" to expand on some writings he had already been doing about the problems in "institutional church" and how maybe things ought to be different.  It is a place to post Doug's videos and the eight books that he has written. It's simply a statement about the IDEAL of what "church" ought to be - and maybe some ideas of how to get there.

The name comes from the Greek "Koinonia ton Marturon" which means the assembly or community of the witnesses.  The Greek word "Koinonia" is very rich and means much more than just a group of people, it's more like a communion or a family.  "Fellowship" in this instance is more than just a bag of marbles jangling against each other - and more like a bunch of grapes on a vine, intricately connected at a deep feeding and survival level.

The English word "martyr" comes from the Greek word "martus" which means witness - as in someone that testifies in court.  In only came to be synonymous with someone who dies for their faith after the Christians refused to deny their testimony when questioned and were killed. 

It's only in the last decade or so that the word was used by those who would strap a bomb on their chest and get on a city bus or run into a school to kill as many innocents as possible for political gain.  Those aren't martyrs.  Those are murderers

For us it also means people that are dying daily from the things of this world, so that they can live for Christ. 

Jesus said, "Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:38)  In another place the quote is, "Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'" (Mark 8:34)  A third time the quote is included, "Then he said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)

You see, we just don't think that a life unchanged is evidence of someone who is "born again."  Surveys say that 50% of PASTORS in this country are addicted to pornography. That's not the LIBERTY we're supposed to have in Christ.  And surveys say that 84% of America says they are Christian, but we have more prescriptions for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medicine than we have people in this country!  That's not the "peace that passes understanding"!

A Christian isn't just someone that gives up some time on Sunday and Wednesday, sits on a committee and gives some money to charity. A Christian should be someone that means it ALL they way - that Jesus Christ is their commander, messiah, boss, exemplar and KING.  And they ought to live a life SO DIFFERENT from the rest of the world that it's really, really obvious.  And it will probably mean that the "world" hates them.  Jesus said it would be like that...

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:10-12)

In fact, Jesus told us all to go into all the world and by His martyrs. 

"On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses (marturon) to them and to the Gentiles."  (Matthew 10:18)

"You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses (marturon) to them."  (Mark 13:9)

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses (martus) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

At the time Jesus spoke the word, it still meant "witness" - but He knew that the usage would change as the Christians were violently killed for not changing their testimony about what they KNEW to be true.  They probably heard Him and thought it would be "fun" to testify before governors and kings.  Jesus knew better.

Nobody is a "member" of Fellowship Of The Martyrs as if it's some local club or organization or church body.  If you got through the Narrow Gate and your name is in the Book of Life, then you are family - you are already part of the Fellowship of the Witnesses.  It's not for us to decide who is or is not a "member" - Jesus gets to decide. 

Jesus was NOT a Baptist. Or a Presbyterian or a Methodist or anything else.  We were not supposed to split up into denominations and fight over secondary issues.  We're supposed to be One Body - and we're supposed to do it in such a way that the "world" is SHOCKED by our LOVE.  Are we doing that? Can you really look around your town and say honestly that what we've built is what Jesus died for?  We try to tell people that the pastors in New Orleans stopped arguing about when the Rapture was or whether to have Communion with grape juice or wine - and they just fed the hungry and clothed the naked and took in the homeless.  And all it took was a HURRICANE!  Maybe we could do it without the hurricane, just because it would make Jesus smile.

If you go to church regularly and you don't understand what I'm talking about, go ask your pastor why he (or she) isn't preaching about repentance and transformed life and dying to self.  And if you're an atheist or just don't like church or religious people - please understand, we're not trying to convince you that Jesus is real.  We're only trying to tell you that WE are a people that want to follow Jesus 100% (and I mean ONE HUNDRED PERCENT) and that means nonviolence, self-sacrifice, love, service, feeding, caring and more.  People like that are NEVER a threat to you.  And we understand that may have been hurt by "churchianity" - maybe even molested by a pastor or priest. And we're sorry about that and want to make it up to you. Maybe you could go read our "Open Letter of Apology to the World." Just please don't blame Jesus. He never did anything to hurt you. 

I hope this helps folks understand.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions - call 816-929-4466 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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