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It's useless to bring your offerings. I am disgusted with the smell of the incense you burn. I cannot stand your New Moon Festivals, your Sabbaths, and your religious gatherings; they are all corrupted by your sins.
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THIS WEEK'S WORD OF ADMONITION:
The devil’s favorite place to trap people and bring them into bondage is not your local tavern or house of prostitution, nor is it with religions like Hinduism and Islam. No. The devil’s favorite place to render powerless God’s people is inside a local institutional church that advertises itself as a “God glorifying” and “Christ-centered” church.
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that the ‘church’ doesn't want them to know."
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CHAPTER THREE: "C-H-U-R-C-H"..."C-H-U-R-C-H"... AND MORE "C-H-U-R-C-H"
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LIE OF THE WEEK
“The existence of trouble in your life indicates a lack of faith and some undealt with sin.”
"EAR'S TO HEAR!"
..How much more absurd can it get..
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Does “your pastor” follow the apostle Paul’s specific example of working a real job, while teaching and preaching on the side? Why not?
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The word “c-h-u-r-c-h” has affected our whole approach to the meaning of the body of Christ. Search out this article and see why.
Is your church a safe place? Take the survey and see.
An examination of the all-time favorite verses that church leaders love.
Is delegated authority in the church biblical? "NO", and using the scriptures, this article will prove it to you.
Is it right to call names, to name names,
and to expose false teachings?
"Binding the consciences of God's people"?
WARNING: Not for the timid.
Who is Jesus REALLY warning us about? Is anyone listening?
What happens when you reject the teachings of Scripture and the example of the apostles?
Read how these serial killers of the soul operate each and every week.
Exposing one of the single most powerful delusions on the market.
The dynamics of deception in church leadership exposed;
with quotes from a typical message by marriage-destroying "pastors."
Is a religious sociopath present in your church leadership? Before
you answer too soon, read this brief article first.
Let's bare the bones and expose this dreaded orthodox monster.
It is no accident that God refers to people as sheep - probably not the highest compliment.
Not from the Bible! Can we be open-minded enough
to ask questions about this subject?
Are God's people "church members?"
Are you expected to attend the stated meetings of the church unless
you are providentially hindered?
Check for these signs. Do they appear in your church?
Where does God exalt
the "Office of Preacher?"
Another favorite verse, turned into poison by many pastors/elders. Includes a personal testimony too.
Is it what we hear coming from the musty halls of Christendom?
Many decades of service, "all for the love of his people."
Many "leaders" twist the symbolic nature of the shepherd-sheep
analogy and apply it almost literally.
What are some of the "policies" that are put into practice in these types of churches?
See the words used by 'church leaders'
as they interact with the membership.
Let's look at one example of this false teaching, using
some comments from a church leader's series of messages
on "Tithing as an aid to giving."
"Not my church!" "Never!" An article by John G. Reisinger
Christ has given His people work to do, but as time passed, His
people came up with a better idea.
With rebuttal comments by
Russell Earl Kelly.
A great article and book by Dr. Russell Kelly exposing the great Christian deception about tithes and offerings.
Is it in your church? Is it in your leader? Is it in YOU?
Jesus could not have been more clear on the issue of leadership;
but apparently, not clear enough for some people.
A revealing article by Ron Henzel that focuses on leaving
spiritually abusive church systems.
Chapter 9 of "The Subtle Power
of Spiritual Abuse"
Please read with a teachable spirit.
Illustrating the lie and hypocrisy of the Pastoral Office
(with commentary at the end)
"...She knows too much..."
What is the worst enemy the church faces today?
Read what A.W. Tozer has to say.
Are you absolutely sure that what you have been taught is the clear teaching of scripture?
May some of you think long and hard about your continued aggrandizement of carnal men.
An article that your pastor and all feminists will hate but one
that will be loved by those who are called according to His grace.
Does 1st Timothy 3 and Titus Chapter 1 list qualifications for the office of elder? Many religious strongmen answer "yes."
How are we to respond to these blasphemous, home-wrecking, pompous, arrogant subverters of Truth? The Scriptural answer is clear.
Why do other Christians see things differently than you do?
Again, Russell Kelly hits the nail right on the head.
Few indeed who have repeated their vows and exchanged their rings have even the slightest sense of the
immensity of their actions.
A sad story about the destruction of a family.
Does your spiritual life and walk with God depend upon the
acceptance of other Christians?
Church leaders, as well as your so-called Christian friends will ruin
your marriage faster than the heathens down at the local tavern.
"They shall become ONE flock, ONE Shepherd."
Which one is a Biblical servant: # 1 or # 2? Read the brief article
and answer the question for yourself.
Genesis 3: The Serpent appears to have had "church."
The Church today doesn’t want the New Covenant to replace the Old.
How to start a church: "waiting on the Lord; signing a covenant; constituting ourselves;" This is very, very, mysterious.
What else but gather together his ministers of righteousness
for a time of instruction.
Another "point of view" that we rarely hear about, yet ought to
receive our "Berean" consideration.
"Would you dress that way if you had a meeting with the President?"
Why a Christian should never do church in a church building.
The truth about John Calvin.
Are you guilty of censoring God's Holy Word? Some people are!
Are the Scriptures really your authority or the traditions of men?
Some thoughts concerning legalism; "legalistic Christians"; legalistic organizations.
Excerpts from two other articles: Is the translators choice of "Rule"
or "rule over them" correct?
Among the world of Christians, there is a "Christian Dumbing Down."
Virtually no one in the church knows how to stand on their own feet spiritually.
Written in 1883, a short article by A.A.Phelps
There really is life after spiritual abuse.
Did Paul confront the apostle Peter in Galatians 2?
This author says no.
"Sometimes its harder to 'unlearn'
than it is to learn".
Many pastors today are just like
the Wizard of Oz.
An all time favorite verse for many churches. Read it and weep.
An example of a follower who,
"Obeys them that have the rule over her."
A short article on its origins
and its purpose.
The evils of a runaway "elder system."
How the Institutional Church
Excerpts from, "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse"
by David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen.
What would it be like if there was no church to worship in?
"Where should we worship?," "What church should we attend?,"
"What ministry should we submit to?"
"..My proper name and title, by unanimous consent, is.."
Popish demeanor reveals
pride in the heart.
Do you have the right to study the Bible for yourself?; Do you
really have the freedom to come to your own conclusions?
God’s thoughts as to Divine order within the Church.
The vicious preying continues
There is only ONE! Not two; not many, but one (Ephesians. 4:4).
The code that needs to be inculcated early on in every church member's mind.
See which is the right candidate
for your church.
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"authority gone wild" in the church has been manifested.
Some Things That You Can Do
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Why and how do professing Christians allow themselves to be put under bondage at their local institutional churches?
Abusive church leaders and their shameful and godless tactics in bringing down church members.
THIS WEEK’S CHURCH
1) A scornful comment deliberately made about anyone who will not agree and follow the churches outline of instruction; 2) Often used when speaking of those who have left the church, describing them and their “uncertain fate;” 3) A term said in a manner and tone that conveys fear to anyone who even thinks of switching to another church.
“Beware of the apostates; those that went out from us but were not of us.”
Is skipping church meetings dangerous to your health? This article exposes the unbiblical nonsense, pulling no punches.
How did "the pastor" become such a powerful position? Answer: "The Pastorate" is a man-made tradition!
Are you guilty of idolatry?
Don't answer too soon.
"Going to church" might be just that!
The Pastoral Office
A brief examination of ACTS 17:11;
One of the most misinterpreted, prepackaged verses in the New Testament.
Anyone manifesting these marks
should be resisted even to the
disruption of the body.
Then, “the pastor” (Pastor John) died
and stood before God, and God said:
"Pastors" today teach that they have the same authority and the same function
like Moses had in the Old Covenant. Really?
As human beings, something in us draws us to the things we join.
Is churchmanship a biblical notion?
Jesus never held regularly
So when a “local institutional church” meets together, what does that
If anyone ever tells you that they have a "New Testament church," ask them a simple question: "Who's the pastor?" If you get a title and a name in response, you may respond with sublime confidence: "Oh no, you don't have a New Testament church!"
In the New Testament and in the early church up till about 150 A.D., THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS "THE PASTOR." There is nothing in mainstream Christendom that offends the unscriptural, worldly church order so much as attacks upon the holy, sacred, and venerable institution known as "The Pastor."
But it needs to be hammered home despite the difficultly that many will have with it. So, here it is again: In the New Testament and in the early church up till about 150 A.D., THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS "THE PASTOR!"
Paul told the Corinthians that when they came together
it was not for the better,
but for the worse.
People always bring up the matter of the “early Church Fathers.”
Really? So what’s that supposed to mean?
Using very select passages of the Bible to validate authoritarianism is a common practice in the world of churches.
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The Reformation has never ended. It is just beginning.
When your neighbors and friends speak to you about “how great their church” is, how are we to respond?
By telling them the "Truth In A Nutshell."
"Not in word only,
but in power"
1 Cor. 4:20
Genuine Christians need to be on guard and to stand firm because the fiercest opposition they will often encounter will come from the very men who tell you that they are "God's leaders."
With only the rarest of exceptions, none of these arrogant “church leaders” who teach that they have “divine authority bestowed upon them” can ever be objective when confronted with the Truth because the Truth exposes their role as the unbiblical authority figures in an unbiblical church institution that the people look up to, and in many cases, who pay their salary, fringe benefits, and other perks.
Many of these hirelings literally earn their living as those who think that they have been "called by God to exercise rule and control over His people."
It is very easy for them to be self-deceived, and in many other cases, totally corrupt and bereft of a conscience, actually believing that they are “God’s men,” as they go about parlaying their perceived pastoral authority!
Such is the astonishing power of deception – both, to the deceiver and the deceived! Yet, Jesus' teachings on how His assembly is to be structured stand true. They are formed, not from the example of “eldership rule, control, power, greatness, positions, and titles,” but from the example of a household servant.
The example of Jesus is the most powerful argument against the idea of an official ruling clergy. Did He model one thing, only to build another? Did He come serving, only to elevate His people’s status later down the road?
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John 13:12-17
There is absolutely nothing whatsoever revealed in God's Word about the primacy and exaltation of a specialist who issues forth a monologue Sunday after Sunday, notwithstanding the literally myriads of messages to the contrary.
See and learn from the Scriptures the Truth.
See the truth come to life!
"...They insist that anybody close to them be submissive and will lie and cheat to protect themselves and their empire, all the while posing as a righteous hero..."
Where did your theological mind-set come from? Is there any room for change?