One mans story. Is it not what he is saying true of the majority of “churches” in America today? I’ve found to be true, that the institutional church, or “organized religion” consists of a false premise that has little or nothing to do with the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and instead is a sham or characture of what the Lord Jesus Christ paid for when He shed his Holy and sinless Blood on Calvary’s Cross.
While it may be true that many church goers have been led to believe “going to church, and not forsaking the assembling together” is what they are supposed to do, it’s because of the very fact, that they have been deceived into following man made doctrines and traditions of men that make the word of God ineffectual. This is the work of the enemy of our souls, Satan who is the master manipulator and perveyor of lies.
It is said that in Christianity, there are no victims. I believe that saying to be true, regardless of the mass deception presently evident in the churches. Lord Jesus said, “Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness.” Luke 11:36 NLT
The Lord Jesus was in essense warning there is a type of self deception that can convince a Christian that they are holding to the truth of the gospel when in actuality, they are deceived and the truth they are holding to, is nothing more than self deception, for whatever reason, be it something in their own spiritual make up, and/or holding to a man made religious form, they have deviated from the truth.
If any man or woman is hungering and thirsting after God to the extent they will be satisfied with nothing else but Knowing the Truth, the Very God of Truth will meet them and lead and guide them to that Truth which is in Jesus Christ.
That said, it is clear to me that many Christians have come out from amongst them, only to fall into apostasy themselves. This is a great danger, possibly due to spiritual pride. There is no guarantee that having once coming out of the organized church is going to make anyone a better, holier or more righteous Christian in and of itself. It is only by obeying all Lord Jesus commandments, of taking up one’s own cross, denying the flesh.(self, ego), and following Jesus Christ on to embrace the Truth of His Word in all it’s aspects including the suffering that goes along with it, can we truly hope to be His disciples indeed, and to know the truth that will set us free.
Lord Jesus said that He would build His Church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. To be sure, there is a True Church/Ekklesia and Satan and his minions are not invited, nor will they be allowed entrance. When the Lord set in place the early primitive church, it was the model that the Lord desired to kept in place for His people. This body of believers, His Bride, bears no resemblance to the false church institutions of today, and it’s thousands of denominations.
For before Me, says the Lord, before Me are people crying out to seek truth and power and strength. Before Me are people crying out to seek truth and strength! For they want to serve the Lord God. They have been entangled in the affairs of this earth in various religious forms which I never created, in various religious forms which have been tainted by the world and its thinking—in various religious forms.
These days are the days of the separation of the sheep and the goats. You will begin to see a sword of division. And I will begin to call My people from amongst the religious institutes, and they will come out in dazed and wounded form. For there are those in those religious institutes who will attack them and they shall be wounded in many forms—spiritually wounded. For they shall suffer as they leave those institutions. For those institutions shall be brought forward of the devil to be fully used in the attack on the true people whose hearts are dedicated unto Me, saith the Lord.
Listen and beware and know there is a great power out there that is not of Me. It is a religious spirit that has filled the churches and has taken over many of them, and it has totally imprisoned all of those who have gone there.
Now I call them out, saith the Lord, now I call them out!
Now is the time, now is the time for deliverance. As I have called them out I have raised up prophets, and I have raised up apostles, and I have raised up pastors to take these under their wing and show them the truth, and set them forth a true church unto the glory of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
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Amen sister. The sheep and the goats are in the process if being separated. To walk past a someone in need and not fulfill a simple need in the name of Jesus is a violation of the Gospel.
40 For he who is not against us is on our[a] side. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.
That’s what I think as well Bro Al.
Peace in Jesus,
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