House Churches-Leaving the False Organized Church

 

Back in the day, as a new spirit filled believer, and eagerly studying the Word of God, I first “joined” up with “church” as we have come to know it. This particular church seemed to be the closest model of what the early church was…except, as I began to find out not too long after joining….that it wasn’t. Many things began to trouble me, and I questioned the LORD why this church and others wasn’t like the one He set up in the book of Acts, and the rest of the New Testament. I tried to pass my concerns off as a cultural issue, but couldn’t get away from the burning question in my heart, “Who gave man the right to change God’s order for church?”

 

Gradually, the Lord began to open my eyes more and more to the fact, that no one did, least of all Him! It was man’s doing! The entire man-made system was upside down from the top to the bottom. But yet, looking across the broad landscape of organized institutional churches, I could see this man-made form of an intellectual, back-slidden “church” had become the norm, not only across my city and state, but across America and most part of what we call the West. There wasn’t one single assembly that practiced the scriptural model of the assembly of believers anywhere in sight as far as I could see, except for some isolated underground churches in countries where Christians were persecuted.

 

I use the word “church” here loosely, because actually, the real meaning of church is not a building. The accurate definition is the assembly of the called out ones. In other words, the “CHURCH” is the Body of Christ, the believers, not a building or an organization. 

 

The final upshot of these things the LORD showed me, was that He wanted me out of it.  And out of it I went, because to me, I had no other choice than to obey Him. The rest is history, and I’m not going to go into all of it here, as this is not the place. The question is to those believers who are still in bondage to the man-made system, are you willing to open your eyes to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and “come out of her”?

 

What I have found, as I’ve tried to explain to those still in bondage to the church system, is that they look at me in shocked disbelief and simply shut their eyes and minds to ANYTHING, even Truth, that doesn’t fit into the narrow paradigm of what they’ve been taught, come to believe and indoctrinated in, no matter how off, un-scriptural or downright wrong it is. This simple fact explains WHY there are so many different denominations and versions of “church” practice. And why, even early on, the Apostle Paul asked the piercing questions to the believers in Galatians in Chapter 3″1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

 

Not that today’s Christians may be practicing the Law, or parts of it, but that they , having begun in the Spirit, but are now practicing the works of the flesh in these man-made doctrines and traditions of men that make the Word of God of no effect. What do Christians think these words and others mean if not what God intended them to mean? Clearly, not what they have been and are being taught in apostate, fallen away churches across the land.

But read on, within the pages of these links and the series of videos and begin to question, who are you going to obey, man or God? Be willing to be taught by the Holy Spirit, and compare notes within your own frame of reference, if what you are practicing really and truly lines up with the practice of church in the early church.

http://www.housechurchresource.org/index.html

 

 

 

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Don’t Just Go to Church-BE the CHURCH!

 

 
And we wonder why we don’t grow, why we don’t get healed, why we don’t get delivered from addictions and life controlling bondages. We know the mainstream church is apostate and “off track”, yet we slough off doing anything else about it—- taking any personal responsibility or accountability. There can be no other answer than what Ian has on his blog, and this cuts to the core of everything I’ve ever seen out there in “church land”.

The answer is NOT to “sit there alone if you have to, for the rest of your life to avoid the boogie man {{{{{{{{{church}}}}}}}}}} with all those scary “shadow people ” in it, like one online guy is suggesting. HE clearly doesn’t have the answer or even the right doctrine!
Because,  how can you have the right doctrine that  he and other “mystery meat teachers” claim to have without a spirit-filled fellowship without the presence of the Holy Spirit in manifestation and the flowing of the Holy Spirit corporately as a unit, (which is what the body is supposed to be). It’s like a leg trying to walk by itself, or an eye trying to speak. IOW, dysfunctional.

The Word of knowledge, the Word of Wisdom, or prophecy and interpretation will not be in operation where it’s not allowed, where it’s not believed, where it’s despised.!  So, how can these pseudo churches expect to be a united Body of Christ, the Ekklesia, when the Holy Spirit is not in charge? When instead, He is being restrained, grieved, resisted, and quenched?

Brethren, I am so hungry for more of the LORD, I’m bordering on breaking out into righteous indignation and a “money changer moment” on this issue, not like Jesus did, but I think you know what I mean. If I caught someone whipping my child, or stealing from him,…. I’d react, wouldn’t you? Yet, these apostate teachers are mistreating the Lord’s sheep everyday, stealing the pure word of the Lord from them by feeding them bad sheep chow, and getting paid for it, usually A LOT OF MONEY!!! And the sheep are not looking so good because they’re on a bad diet from what these hirelings are spoon feeding them.

There is an entire generation of both adults and youth that are being deceived and cheated, yes, cheated, out of the most glorious life in the spirit because they are not being taught by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as we are told to do. And we are being herded into situations where we find it impossible to locate a church that actually obey the gospels and the New Testament teachings as in the book of Acts!!

What a load of absolute rubbish  I heard recently, that it would be better to JUST SIT THERE ALONE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THAN GO TO AN APOSTATE ORGANIZED CHURCH! Where does it teach THAT GARBAGE in the bible?  It DOESN’T! It says WE ARE TO BE THE CHURCH!

The answer obviously, is right in the book of ACTS. We are to BE THE CHURCH, BE THE EKKLESIA….. right in our own HOMES!! IN ONE ANOTHERS homes, breaking bread together, and I dare say that meant sharing the Word of God together as well as physical food. The early primitive church did it that way, and that was the most pure, holy church, the most spirit filled church in the ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH!

 If you are serious about Jesus, if you want to grow, be healed, be delivered, or even saved, you will have to have an active FAITH and actually DO something about it yourself in obedience to Jesus. He did SAY to follow Him, not just sit there and do nothing.  Faith worketh by love! An active faith that works by love  involves action, participation!  Not just sitting there listening to false teachers complain about the apostate church. They are part of the apostate church. Didn’t you know you can be just as apostate sitting outside one of these churches as you can on the inside? Ian’s not complaining, he is one of the few that is accurately speaking about the solution TO the problem, not just the problem without offering a solution.  

Brothers and sisters, let’s bone up on the Word, especially the NT, lets first of all pray, pray, pray until we hear from the Lord on this, do some fasting….. however your health allows….. maybe it will be a Daniel type fast. Then,…….. no more excuses….let’s pick our shoes up off the living room floor, and buy an extra chicken or two, or even make a pot of chili or soup, and then invite a few Christians for bible study and fellowship. And please know that by doing these simple things that are for our example in the Word of God does not mean “works” that are going to negate the “grace of God”. No, in fact it is grace in action. Praise God!

 

Don’t forget to pray before you are to  gather together to honor the LORD, and then just see what happens! I did say “Christians”. You want to worship the Lord, have prayer, flow in unity as the Body of Christ, and have communion, fellowship, love and accountability for one another. This is not to be an “outreach” or a hospital for sinners. In fact, let’s stop right here a minute and allow me to stress, even though you aren’t going to bully your guests, you will still have to be careful about others trying to co-opt your gathering and hijack it. Don’t let that happen. Nothing will mess up a fellowship and shipwreck it any faster than that, or allowing outright unsaved people living in sin, into your fellowship. Be very careful about that, especially if you are not a very seasoned Christian yourself. Let the Spirit guide you in this as in all things.

Ok, if you say you just can’t do all that…well, then I guess it’s pretty much like IAN said in another post, it looks like you’re just not serious enough about your walk with the LORD, and it’s going to show up in your life and become evident. There are no two ways about it. Once you have been shown a truth, you will be accountable to obey it. No if’s ands or buts. I don’t know about you but I am excited! And I am not just going to sit here and do nothing while the house burns down.

http://ianvincent.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/why-we-dont-see-a-nt-church-today