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This is a depiction of the spiritual “Babylon, Mystery Religion,” the Christian church, but without the Protestant Reformation, (Rev. 17 & 18.)
There is only one thing wrong with this depiction of Roman Catholic Christianity and her many Christian denominations, or divisions:
ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL DENOMINATIONS, should have been all the churches of the Protestant Reformation — especially the churches of the ‘Pope of Geneva,’ John Calvin, Calvinism, or the Dutch Reformed Church and her sister churches.
My prayer is that this study of God’s Word will help believers to decide what they must do with the great challenges we face in church.
· We really have to leave, and when is the right time to ‘go it alone?’
· Originally, Christianity, ’church,’ and hierarchical posts did not exist among ‘Followers of The Way’
· Why aren’t Jesus’ believers ‘of one heart and soul,’ sharing their possessions so there are no poor among them, as in Acts 2:32-35?
· Is the Cell-church system the home gatherings of the Book of Acts?
· Do not neglect salvation — following Christ to the end is our personal responsibility
· “Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling” - What does this mean?
· ‘Unchurched’ — What now?
WE REALLY HAVE TO LEAVE, BUT WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO ‘GO IT ALONE?’”
Many people from all over the world write to ask, “It is unbearable to go to church because of all the false teaching, lack of truth and real Holy Spirit power, and all the strange spiritual manifestations. We really have to leave, but how will we remain in Christ without the support of a church, seeing that we are part of Jesus’ body, and were not made to worship and follow Him ‘all alone?'
I understand the concern of Jesus’ end-time believers; I am one of them. However, no matter what the enemy uses to scare us into submitting to evil, we can never be alone as long as we remain in Jesus Christ! The true temple of the Holy Spirit, the Scripturally born again believers of Jesus, can never be empty, (Mt. 28:19-20; 1 Jn. 2:27; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6-7, 1 Cor. 3:16; etc.) Still, I am very concerned about those passionate souls, who, once freed from the yoke of dead religion, think they may set up their own type of ‘salvation;’ slowly falling into the acceptance and ways of the world. Then, there are those who leave Church without leaving any of her diseased doctrines behind. Wherever we take those doctrines, we take Church: the false spirit of Christian religion. Paul warned us so clearly about submitting to sin when he wrote, “Reckon yourselves DEAD to so sin but ALIVE unto Christ... Sin has NO dominion over you [except what YOU allow it to have,] for you are NOT under [religious church laws] but under GRACE [in Christ.] WHAT THEN? Shall we sin because we are not under law...? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether by [gradual, sliding away from Christ into] sin leading to death, or of [continuous] obedience leading to [eternal] life? [The former we were all once enslaved to, but now we have chosen to follow Christ,] by obeying from the heart the [Scriptural truth through which] we were [completely] delivered. And having been set free [past tense] form the [spiritual place of] sin, we became [Jesus’ willing] slaves of righteousness... For the wages, which sin pays is [eternal] death, but the [free] gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:11-23.)
Jesus keeps all His true children from harm and other evil by calling them to remain in Him, The Truth, (Jn. 14:6.) However, just as salvation and blessing, redemption and perseverance “until the end” remain personal choices. Jesus warned in Mt. 24:11-24, “Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. But he who endures to the end shall be saved… And false prophets and christs shall show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, [and if we choose evil and deception, it is indeed unavoidable,] to deceive even the [truly born again disciples.] To think we can remain part of that system and reach heaven, we have to annul all Jesus’ teachings and warnings concerning the end-time, which we are now experiencing, (read Mt. 24.) John commanded in 2 Jn. verses 9-12, “Whoever does not abide in the [truth of] Christ does not have God. He who abides in the [truth of God’s Word] has God. If anyone does not bring this [truth,] do not receive him nor greet him; for [then you] share in his evil deeds.”
This does not mean we should shirk our responsibility to warn others of their error and God’s impending judgment for unrepentance from sin. It means we cannot fellowship with those who cleave unrepentantly to false teachers, false doctrines and religious systems, or any other form of sin. We can never and will never change unrepentant people; they will eventually change us. Why? Because repentance too, is a personal choice. If that sinful person will not let go of his demons, he has to go with his demons. Problem is, it is never easy or even possible to make abusers go away from us, and we will never be able to change any church system.
Jesus Himself, when the Hebrew leaders would not accept His truth, said, “’Fill up, then, the measure of your guilt…’ Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple…” (Mt. 23-24:1.) When they would not hear Him, He departed from them. Paul and His other disciples did the same, (Acts 19:8-10.) The bad choices of people make it impossible to remain among them indefinitely. Once we have done what we can and do not find fruit there, it is time to flee before they convert us to their deception.
God commanded us to flee from unrepentant people as far as possible. Ps. 37, “Depart from evil and do good; and live forevermore...” Rev. 18:4, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues…”
Jesus Himself warned, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in That Day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?’ And then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Thus, whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his [life] on the rock, [or the Truth, Who is Jesus Himself:] and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that [life,] and it did not fall.” (Mt. 7:21-25.)
ORIGINALLY, CHRISTIANITY, ‘CHURCH,’ AND HIERARCICAL POSTS DID NOT EXIST AMONG ‘FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY’
Traditional churches, as well as the divisions that sprang from them, and the divisions, which, in turn, divided from them, are all unscriptural institutions of Roman Catholic, Christian religion. Now, in the end of end-times, these divisions of Christianity are all returning to Rome, which is forming the one-world Christian church that tolerates everything Christian, no matter how they make God’s Word into a lie — or how much they counterfeit the Holy Spirit Himself, as well as His True, Scriptural GIFTS and miraculous work among the believers of Christ. The first disciples did not call themselves ‘Christians.’ Neither did a hierarchical priesthood order, or the word and concept of “church” exist among them. Jesus’ disciples were known as Followers of The Way, or actually, of Jesus Himself — which had very little to do with modern Pentecostal/Charismatic “assemblies,” (Acts 22:4; 24:14.) They gathered together in houses to minister to one another with the TRUE GIFTS of the Spirit and the truth of God’s Word, to pray and worship God together, and to meet genuine NEEDS among them.
The word “church” and everything it stands for is an imitation of Jesus’ blood-bought, spiritual body and bride!
The church system is based on the doctrines of masonic teachers. One finds the Vatican behind nearly all false teaching, which permeated the churches. Demons have taken over this entire system, which they call “the house of god,” because the true God does not dwell in temples made with hands! (Acts 7:48; 17:24.) Demons are being called up and worshipped in church while believers think these prophets, preachers, and teachers are speaking with the Holy-Spirit GIFT of Tongues, and every satanic manifestation is attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit.
WHY AREN’T JESUS’ BELIEVERS “OF ONE HEART AND SOUL,” SHARING THEIR POSSESSIONS AS IN ACTS 4:32-35?
Prior to this unselfish miracle among Jesus’ disciples, Peter preached the true Gospel at Pentecost - not denominational/divisional church doctrines. On that day, for the first time in all of history, the Holy Spirit came to INDWELL all Jesus’ blood-bought disciples “to the end of this world,” never to leave them again, (Mt. 28:19-20; Jn. 3:34; 1 Jn. 2:27, Jn. 1:12-13, Gal. 4:6-7, Rom. 8:9, 14.) So, with Peter’s first sermon, he said, (Acts 2:38-47,) “REPENT [from all your religious mindsets and personal sin] and be baptized in water [according to the example and commandment of Jesus, Jn. 1:29-34; Mt. 28:19-20,] and you shall receive the... [indwelling] Holy Spirit... Then those who gladly RECEIVED this Word were baptized... and they continued STEADFASTLY in [Jesus’ Word...] Then fear [or true commitment to God] came upon every soul and many [truly God-given] signs and wonders were done... Now all who [followed Jesus in this way,] were together, and had all things in common. Those who [were rich, sold their excess] possessions, and divided them among all, as anyone had NEED [not greed…]” Acts 4:32-35, “Now those who believed were of one heart and one soul, neither did anyone say that his possessions was his own, [because everything was dedicated to God,] but they had all things in common... [and as the true Gospel was preached and real disciples were made,] there was no one among them who lacked, for all who were possessors of lands or houses, [more than one property,] sold them, and brought the proceeds... and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and they [did not take it for themselves, but] distributed to each as anyone had NEED...”
This is not the false Prosperity doctrine; neither is it the so-called “seed faith” deception, which enriches the pastors at the top of the paying pyramid. Neither did the apostles take anything more than their genuine NEEDS. Nor did they distribute anything to the lazy, the greedy, or to manipulators of people’s sentiments, money and goods. No one dared to exploit the disciples’ faith and obedience to God. Everyone was so committed to the Truth of the Gospel and God’s Moral Law commandments that sin was not tolerated; false preaching, false prophecy and false ‘signs and miracles’ did not exist. Disobedience to the Truth was dealt with according to Jesus’ own teachings. Super expensive lifestyles, buildings and universities were not kept with this money. Everyone willingly shared what they had in abundance, (their physical goods, true Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Truth of Jesus’ own Words,) to uplift the entire body of Christ!
What happened to all those genuine leaders, who ministered to the genuine body of Christ? They were swallowed by Roman Catholicism Christianity and their unscriptural hierarchy of ruling ‘elders’ in the 4th century A.D., when greedy emperors and ‘superior’ clergy with their false doctrines and pagan sacraments herded Jesus’ disciples into a great “kingdom here on earth,” where greed and clambering for position rule. While this selfless sharing between true believers is often compared to political socialism and communism, it is clear that this ‘giving’ had nothing to do with the oppression of political dictators, who have been deceiving the impoverished masses of the whole world to enrich only 1%-3% elitists at the top, while masses of impoverished people were, and are reduced to slaves, and the hard-working middle classes are eaten up by bribery, corruption, political oppression and constant socialist chaos. Communism has only two classes: the super-rich elite at the top, just like those in the church system, (and if it were solely up to them,) the dreadfully poor masses at the bottom. Communism, just like the Prosperity, Seed-faith gospel of the devil, is not about bringing ‘power to the people.’ These political and religious systems are taking away everything the masses could have had under fair, truly God-led leadership, while stuffing billions upon billions into their own, already overflowing pockets. Hence, the blue-print of Jesus’ ecclesia, who were all members of His Spiritual Kingdom, will not work in our time, which is ruled by the self-enriching Roman Catholic Church’s daughters and their deceiving church structures.
IS THE CELL-CHURCH SYSTEM THE HOME GATHERINGS OF THE BOOK OF ACTS?
Today, the many masonic orders and other subversive movements, which govern politics and religion, are all under control of the super powerful, superrich Jewish Cabalists; the ‘cap stone’ on the world pyramid of masonic secret societies. The underground world of these secret societies closely resemble an ant’s nest with its countless underground channels that all lead from a central ‘command centre’ to the different chambers in the nest. These chambers are all aptly called “cells.” Each ‘cell’ is under the stringent control of its own little hierarchy of leaders, who receive all their instructions from the command centre. All other religions and societies are based on the same ‘ant nest’ pattern of masonic orders. Now we know where the converted Buddhist, Yonggi Cho, founder of the mega South Korea’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, found his ‘home cell’ idea, which structures the churches of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement. Cho never really repented from Buddhism. Through Cho, many occult practices such as visualization were incorporated into the methodologies, ‘miracles,’ spiritual manifestations and doctrines of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement in particular.
Yonggi Cho is the Buddhist-Christian father of the cell-church system. Scandalously, he is embezzled $12 million in church funds.
This proves that the ant nest church system of Cho is not the gathering together of Jesus' true believers in ordinary homes, as described in the Book of Acts. True believers must "abstain from every form of evil," and flee from all such idolatry, (1 Ths. 5:21-22.)
DO NOT NEGLECT SALVATION — FOLLOWING CHRIST TO THE END IS OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Jesus did not suffer, die, and was risen from the grave to redeem fallen angels. Jesus did it all for us humans, (Jn. 3:16-17.) Salvation can only be found in personal acceptance and the steadfast following of Jesus until the end of our lives here on earth. Yet, He warns in Heb. 2:1-4, "Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, [the TRUTH of Scripture,] least we drift away." We are not only in danger of being deceived and oppressed until we decide to turn away from Jesus. We are also in danger of becoming lukewarm, apathetic towards the Word, Spirit, and body of Christ, and slowly drift into selfishness and the allurements of the world — may God have mercy on all our souls! When we start placing people and things above God, and neglect to act on His Moral-Law commandments, we are in danger of 'drifting away.' 'Drifting away' speaks of a slow process, whereby we lose interest in Jesus, His calling on our lives, the salvation and care of others, (Mt. 28:19-20,) constant prayer and praise, personal Bible study, seeking His face in everything that touches our lives, and remaining totally dependent upon Him. Heb. 2:2-4, "For if [His Word] proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience [was dealt with in Christ,] how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which... was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with [true] signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?"
The answer on how to remain steadfast in Christ is in Heb. 12:12, “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees, [by a stern decision to constantly SEEK God's Face and to remain in His will, following through by making time for Jesus EVERY DAY, and by obeying His Word and Spirit.] And make straight paths for your feet, [turn away from everything that hinders your relationship with Christ,] so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. PURSUE peace with all people [through constantly obeying the truth of JESUS and the leading of the Spirit,] and holiness, [by rejecting all filth, lies, idolatry, and witchcraft, or the making our own plans instead of following the will of God,] without which NO ONE will see God. Looking carefully lest anyone falls short of the grace of God, least any root of bitterness springing up, [strife, slander, and harm cause people to fall into unforgiveness,] cause trouble, [because it has the power to defile marriages, families, and whole communities,] lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who, for one morsel of food [one fleeting pleasure,] sold his [salvation.] For afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing [again,] he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears."
Do not believe that we can play with people and with God — and flirt with the tempter!
Let us live on a 'cash-basis' with God and one another, confessing and repenting from sin as soon as it rears its destructive head
“WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING” – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? (Phil. 2:12.)
This does not mean we have to search for extra-Scriptural revelations, or run after man-made prophesies and teaching to understand Gods will and truth to find the real power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we already have all of these necessities from the moment we are truly born again in Christ. We already have the truth of the Bible, the protection of God’s angels, and the indwelling power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It’s all there already; inside all true believers. All the anointing we will ever need already “abides” in us, (1 Jn. 2:20, 27.)
Of course we are a body and need to minister to one another, but that should never diminish our personal responsibility before God.
The answer to what Phil. 2:12 means, is answered in Phil. 2:13, “For it is God Who works IN you both to will, [giving you His gifts, Scriptural truth, and the Holy-Spirit conviction and power to follow Jesus to the end,] and to DO for His good pleasure... [to obey Him because we love and honor Him.]” We ‘work out our own salvation’ by NOT believing “every wind of doctrine,” but when we TEST all teaching and spiritual manifestations, as God commanded, to “see whether these things are from God, because many deceivers have gone out into the world… walking about as roaring [lions,] to see whom [they] can devour,” (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 1:1-4.) Thus, the commandment to ‘work at our salvation’ means to constantly work at our own safety and spiritual growth in Christ according to God’s truth and the leading of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, God also commanded in Jude v. 20-22, “Build yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction, [who really wants truth and needs help and who is conning us,] but others save with fear [by teaching God’s punishments for unrepentance,] pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment defiled by sin.” All these commandments are based on our own will and our own responsibility for our own safety and growth in Christ. It speaks of our own decisions; our own actions to obey the truth of Jesus and thus, not to ‘try to save ourselves,’ but to remain saved in Christ. To remain in the redeemed, blessed position or place, which is Jesus’ Kingdom of Light, where He placed us, that day when we personally accepted Him and experienced the Scriptural rebirth, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
So many people were conditioned to think God will keep us safe while we carry on endangering ourselves with sin. However, the ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine is a Christianized, pagan myth. The Calvinist, (Dutch Reformed) dogmas of predestination and sanctification, which allegedly produce ‘unconditional love,’ or “The Perseverance of the Saints,” were derived from the abuse of Scriptural truth.
Yes, God keeps us safe in a million ways, but diminishing our personal responsibility in this way is a great deception. God will speak, teach, lead, call... but God will NOT prevent us from carrying out our bad decisions. He is NOT a slave master. He does not make us bow down. He does not grab sin from our hands. He calls us to submit to Him in all things, and to follow His Truth and Moral commandments in Godly love. This is why we must be on our guard about everything. We are in a world that is “in the power of the evil one,” (1 Jn. 5:19,) until Jesus returns on the clouds to take us home. We are in danger everywhere we go. Of course God will do everything supernatural, (sending His angels to guard us, allowing the Spirit to lead and teach us, etc.) but we have to take responsibility for our own lives.
God treats His disciples as grown-up, spiritual people, who must manage their own lives according to the truth of His Word. Yes, He always gives us His grace to obey as soon as we decide to obey, but do not think God will do it all FOR us. God has given us everything we need to follow Him “to the end.” That is why we are more than conquerors in Christ: He has already given us the victory, authority, and power to DO whatever He has commanded us to do. We are stronger in HIM than we think. On the other hand, we will never be able to do it on our own, which is why we must always depend on Him in everything. Let us just remember, God will not treat us as babies all our lives.
‘UNCHURCED,’ WHAT NOW?
Everyone wants a place to fellowship. Many people have asked me to start a church — and I immediately state that we have enough of those, thank you! Most of us have tried home fellowships, but those don’t work either. I think it is because the believers in Acts lived in the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to the Gentile nations; we live in the end of His ministry to the people of the world. Our world is so much more corrupt, loveless, and deceitful than the world they knew — although it was also bad then, (read Mt. 24:4-24.)
Someone once asked, “How long will you think, after you start fellowships like in Acts, before it will become just another church system? As soon as people know they are really free to follow only the Word and Spirit, why should they heed Jesus’ spiritual leaders like those in Acts did? [Eph. 4:11.] Then, you will have to make rules to keep people ‘in fellowship’ and… where will it end?”
We will never find a ‘spiritual home’ on earth. Actually, we are just like Old Abraham, the father of faith in God, who also “waited for the city which has [heavenly] foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God… For those who say [they are seeking a spiritual home] declare plainly that they seek [an eternal] homeland… Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” (Heb. 11:13-40.)
All those, who have followed Jesus to this place where we wait on His leading, have continued to make disciples wherever He gave us the privilege. We have warned, encouraged, prayed, and fought long and hard spiritual battles. Some, at their own request, we have baptized in water. Some we have taught what Jesus said in His Word, and all the while, we are waiting on the leading of the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Maybe, at this stage, He is just testing our patience and endurance before He brings His true disciples together again. Maybe, He chooses to return on the clouds before then. Come what may, we know our God will always be in control!
Relating article: “Suffering from “left-church syndrome? Feeling guilty, Lost, Disorientated?”
“Come Out of Her My People!”