Church, the Theater of Hypocrisy

Those who are part of organized religion called church have failed in understanding Scripture for themselves. It is unfortunate that the church mind is so adamant that they are right in their ideology that they frown upon and judge those who contend against it without weighing and testing the Word of God first to find the truth for themselves. The ekklesia who have left the trappings of organized religion have come to understand the compromise and apostasy within the churches of men. They have allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them to truth, rather than allowing the salaried-to-serve class to dispense their religious name brand agenda upon their pulpits.

When the church institution is weighed and tested with the blueprint of the New Testament, it fails miserably.Unfortunately, the church mind is not open to believing that their system may be completely contrary to the testament and witness of the Apostles and Christ.


Double-Mindedness
Double-Mindedness

The Religious Church Mind

This may come as a shock to the church attender, but the counterfeit church system are the synagogues of Satan that mix the holy and profane, the truth with lies. These are the church denominations that are the daughters of the Whore of Babylon.

The masses are duped into believing lies, and are dependent upon their “good” works to attain salvation. The seduction of counterfeit Christianity is that it appears to be blessed because it makes the carnal minds feel good about what they are doing. They will say, “My church does a lot of good things for people and the community.” That is great, but so do the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Sikhs, Atheists, Buddhists, etc… who contribute good temporal things that benefit society. They too, do the same “good” works and feel mystically “blessed” about what they do.

The church mind is the result of indoctrination into double-mindedness. The religious bastards that are bred within the whores of Babylon hate the truth and attack the character of those among the ekklesia who will not compromise God’s blueprint. When an overcomer tries to reach out to them, it is often unsuccessful because they are so sure of themselves within their delusional belief system. These are the spoon fed religious minions who are solely dependent on twisting of Scripture to "redeem" and "sanctify" the man-made traditions that they hold so dear. The longer the indoctrinated remain within the harlot system, the deeper the contamination becomes ingrained in their thinking as they fall further away from the knowledge of God into the agenda of the antichrist.

Millions of people who attend church claim to be Christians and profess that they have faith in Christ. They claim that they have a newly transformed life with purpose, joy, peace, etc… Most just nod their heads and believe whatever the clergy class say is “gospel.” You see, what they are saying is a complete lie, because the system that they adhere to does not add up with the scrutiny of God's Word.

They are hypocrites who say one thing, but their lives do not resemble God’s standard for His people. They use their religious affiliations to bolster their egos. Their “good” works are announced on the stages of men for all to see. They pass around the money plates and receive the flattery and accolades of man as they write their checks and empty their wallets into the offering plate all to promote the harlot religious agenda.

The religious mind revolves around attending the building called church. They are deceived in believing that the “good” things that they are doing within the traditions of man are pleasing to God. In fact, all they have to do is be thinking about Christ when they are doing something and that makes it OK. They see nothing wrong with practicing yoga, contemplative prayers, Halloween, Christmas etc… because they are “redeemed” practices as long as they use Christs’ name in the same sentence.


The Religion of Pretenders

This is the religion of pretenders that believe that church involvement within a man controlled environment is the essence of the faith that Christ is building. To be blunt, they are breeders of the bastards of the whore of Babylon under a façade of "another Jesus."

The deception is that they associate with the Bible, but are completely ignorant of its truth.

They believe that their “truth” is the real thing. When they are confronted with opposition to their man-made traditions, all they can really do is assassinate someone's character rather than reconciling their belief with the standard of God’s Word. Christ said that those that followed Him would be persecuted for the true faith.

If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. – John 15:20

Every one can attempt to use hearsay and personal opinion as justification, but when it comes to matters of pure doctrine, there must be evidence and proof provided to defend what is being stated, even the courts of the world do the same. The church minded fail when they are asked to gather evidence to the contrary to defend their glossy delusions.

The ekklesia worship Christ, but they DO NOT worship him the way the church attenders do.

The church minded will condemn those who don’t do it their way. They love to associate with the Bible, but in the end they are too arrogant to believe that they are completely ignorant of it. Of course, they will have their favourite pet verses, but the ekklesia know these verses they use out of context all too well.

Unfortunately, they do not understand that the "Jesus" they worship is a counterfeit one who they honour at Christmas and Easter just like pagans have all through history long before the time of Christ.


Organized Religion, Counterfeit Christianity

Not many are willing to come out of the daughters of Babylon because they know all too well that their status among men would be at jeopardy. They know that they would lose their social status, friends, business contacts etc… because they love these things more than God. They know that those who left their church are often slandered for leaving.

The religious church minded use the name of Christ for their own agenda. It is all about what religious name-brand they are affiliated with and what it can do for them, rather than glorifying the name of Christ by what he has done. They go to church, rather than being the ekklesia. They go to a building built by men, rather than Christ building them as a living stones.

They boast about their “good” works, but they are no different than any other secular charitable organization/social club. The children of counterfeit Christianity act as if they are filled with the Holy Spirit, but when push comes to shove, they manifest as children of the devil who believe lies as truth, and truth as lies. Satan is the king of organized religion. The wide gate that leads to destruction are through doors of the church institution. The beast religion was conceived long before the time of Christ to entice the religious ignorant mind to accept a counterfeit "Jesus."

When one of the Ekklesia contend for the true faith, the response is that they are “bitter,” "divisive" and “critical,” not showing the “love” of Christ. The religious mind has no concept of being judgmental and critical of apostasy.

To execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” – Jude 1:15

The bastards of the whore of Babylon multiply themselves in church buildings and bitterly oppose the truth while at the same time falsely identifying themselves with it.

Synagogue of Satan

It is sad that not many are willing to come out of the harlot and throw away their idolatry. The wrath of God is coming for those who take part of the beast system. The disease of celebrating pagan holidays and traditions in the name of Christ are most treasured because business, relationships, finances and good feelings take precedence over worshiping God in spirit and truth. Churches are theaters of hypocrisy and their praises and worship are damned in the sight of God.

“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. – Amos 5:21-23

The bastards of the whore of Babylon receive the false antichrist religious spirit, rather than the Holy Spirit. It is only those who come out of the harlot system and accept Christ that God will purge the religious demons from them. Unless they repent, take up you cross and follow Christ instead of man, they will not enter the Kingdom of God, but will remain in bondage within the kingdoms of men. The false doctrines within churches are lies concocted by men to deceive, enslave and destroy all who fall for them.

Counterfeit Christianity is a product of commerce that sells the wares of man that offers gratification and satisfaction with sugar coated words and experiences. It exalts, honours and glorifies man instead of Christ. It pampers carnal experiences of emotions and good feelings over humility to God. It is all about I, I, I, instead of Him.

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. – 2 John 1:10

This verse is talking about those who are in company with those within phony Christianity. Those who do take part in her sins. It’s that simple, get out, or be judged with them.

“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues – Revelation 18:4

Those who attend the synagogues of Satan sit in pews every Sunday morning hoping that the Holy Spirit will move among them. They are always wanting a sign, or an experience to affirm their belief. Unfortunately, they have no idea that when the Holy Spirit comes to indwell in a true believer that it equates to the power and presence of the Lord within them. It is strange that they call out to the Holy Spirit to come, but if they had read Scripture for themselves they would have know that the Holy Spirit is already present in the true believers who are temples of the Holy Spirit.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man – Acts 17:24

The Antichrist Lie

The pew warmers and their hirelings do not possess the Holy Spirit, but accept any religious spirit that gives them goose bumps. The false religion of church does not have the Holy Spirit indwelling within its members, but a counterfeit spirit that attempts to mimic the Holy Spirit.

The church relies on signs and wonders, feelings, experiences and emotions to affirm their beliefs, but this is a “faith” in sight.

They summon their counterfeit antichrist spirit by chanting and singing their “worship” songs over and over to get the masses hopped up on hype. Once everyone is glossy-eyed, their centering mechanism is to hand out the offering plates. The feel-goods come at a price as their “gospel” is a product of commerce.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. – Matthew 6:7

The mantras and vain repetitions manifest in a flurry of emotions that equate to an “encounter” with God. It is all about experiences, rather than about Christ.

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. – John 15:26

The Holy Spirit is not about entertainment and mystical experiences, but the counterfeit “angel of light” obliges the pew warmer with carnal religious experiences.

Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” – Matthew 15:14

If only the church minded read Scripture for what it says. We have been warned over and over that the days of apostasy are here. The deception is right in front of our eyes, but so may are completely blinded in their delusion. It is so bad that they believe that those who walk the narrow road are heretics and fanatics.

The antichrist lie is that Christianity is about mystical experiences that give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. The church system is the theater of hypocrisy. Flee now, or face the wrath of God.

Did you know that the modern church system is a counterfeit man-made facade not found in the examples and testimonies of the early Ekklesia in the New Testament.

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graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PandN- I always look forword to your articles. As always, this one is great.

Again, you have defined or dientified the defference between ekklesia and churchh. My only concern now is what fines the body of Christ. Offen, if not always, the "church" call themselves the body of Christ. It is evident both ekklesia and church can not be the body of Christ. As the church is part of the anti-Chirist system, then they can not be the true body of Chirst. If you have already mention this before, then I somehow missed it.

God bless


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flpalermo 2 years ago

Well said. Agree.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

The harlot church is all about avoiding persecution and living in peace and harmony with its members and the world. They believe the lie that if all is well in their lives then God must be blessing their ways. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus said that those who follow Him WILL BE PERSECUTED!

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved."

And Paul said basically the same in Philippians 1:29-30

"For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me."

Both Jesus and Paul weren't talking about being persecuted by the un-religeous, but the religious. It's not the un-religeous that true believers have to worry about, they could care less. It was the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day and the corporate church leaders of our day who feel threatened by the TRUTH of the gospel and will attack as Satan leads them to do his bidding to destroy the truth.

But today's church wants to live at peace with the world and accept anything that doesn't pose a threat to their system or their people.

They do this because they are led by the prince of this world, who has deceived them into believing a lie. And this is why the harlot church will persecute all who come out of her midst.


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Pamela Bush 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Hi PandN;

Christ Jesus could not have been more clear in His description of the "true follower" and just what is required to follow Him "faithfully." Jesus says "who ever does not forsake all that he has to follow Me cannot be My disciple." This is a necessary step toward following Christ because as long as a believer is preoccupied with the affairs of this world they will not be free to follow Christ Jesus faithfully. For this very reason many believers are trapped in the man made religious system which offers both Christ Jesus and the fulfillment of the carnal desires of this current world as well. PEOPLE WANT BOTH. But Christ is very CLEAR that the FAITHFUL believer cannot have both. Those who come to this understanding will STOP seeking after both the world and Christ and seek Christ Jesus only - this is the first step in discipleship for Christ. "He who seeks to save his life will LOSE it and he who will lose his life "in this world" for My sake will find "have their heart prepared for seeking" life eternal. In touching the "body of Christ" - Those who have laid down their life "those who by their own choice have stopped lusting after the things of the flesh - willingly chose to die to their carnal nature - those who could have all the pleasures of this current life, but have chose to deny themselves for Christ Jesus precious name" where such evidence of good fruit is present so is a member of the body of Christ. An evil tree cannot produce good fruit. Members of the counterfeit religious system sometimes do seemingly produce good fruit, but they take the glory from Christ for themselves because Christ Jesus is not the root of the vine from which they are branches.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

What I failed to mention in my comment was the deception Satan is using against the harlot church to keep them from looking at themselves as a false church. Satan uses "false" churches/religions like Mormonism, Islam, Buddhism, etc. so the harlot church can hold them up as "false" churches. In having this outlet against what they perceive as the false churches of the world, they can confidently espouse themselves as the "true" church without having to examine their own false teachings.

So when they are exposed by those who have been enlightened to the real truth, the harlot church leaders immediately brands them as uneducated crack-pots and cults so they can protect their enterprise and the ignorant masses of pew-warmers will continue to ignore the truth.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Graceinus,

As you know, the church cannot be the body of Christ because the heads of every church are men. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Ekklesia. They are members of His body, not a building that represents a man-made denomination.

...and ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. - 1 Corinthians 12:27

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and do fill up the things lacking of the tribulations of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly (ekklesia). - Colossians 1:24

That is the problem with the counterfeit whore religion called church is that they use words that are in the Bible, but upon closer inspection their definitions of them are completely foreign to their true meanings. Here are a few examples,

Body of Christ = those in a church building

Love = tolerance

Holy Spirit = whatever gives you goose bumps

Salvation = attending church

Head of God's people = the senior pastor

righteous judgement = being divisive

double honor = salaried-to-serve clergy

discernment = being judgemental

blessing = money

Christmas = the birth of Jesus Christ

Easter = the resurrection of Jesus Christ

As you can see, if we really thought about it, the list would be never ending. They associate with holy words, but their definitions are profane and full of lies.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

flpalermo.

Thanks for taking the time to read the article and affirmation. God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

The question is, how can anyone identify with Jesus Christ unless they are persecuted for His names sake?

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. – 1 Peter 4:14

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:10

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. – 2 Timothy 3:12-13

That is the challenge to all who claim to follow Jesus Christ to not duck and hide from persecution. It comes by being a true believer who walks the narrow path. The church mind will be repulsed by it, but it is our duty to represent the Kingdom of God and expose the counterfeit church system.

The truth needs to be heard although most do not want to hear it.

And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. – Acts 4:1

We all know who are the captains of the temples today. They become greatly annoyed when somebody challenges their lofty salaried positions with the sword of truth.

If we are not facing persecution, then we have not committed ourselves. Jesus Christ submitted Himself to persecution because He knew that was the will of the Father. To follow Jesus Christ persecution will become inevitable.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Pam,

You are right, members of the counterfeit religious system sometimes do seemingly produce "good" fruit. This is true, but the best that they can offer is fulfilling the temporal needs of the world like helping others in need of money, donations, food, man-power etc... that go to many good causes. You do not have to be a follower of Jesus Christ to fulfill temporal needs in the world. Anybody can do this.

Acts of kindness in itself is not the Gospel, but the church preaches it because it brings in many through their doors equating to fuller offering plates.

The true Gospel is about redeeming work of Jesus Christ. The deception is that acts of kindness can make anybody feel warm, fuzzy and content, but this really has no resemblance to the Gospel message in Scripture.

The church system fails to understand that social justice initiatives do not save people. Salvation does not come from the "good" things that man does for others, but it is ALL about what Jesus Christ has done. The true Gospel is all about fulfilling the eternal needs of people, not the temporal.

For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! - 1 Corinthians 9:16

The churches of men go out in their communities and do "good" works and then they come back on Sunday morning and boast about them upon their stages pulling the heartstrings of the pew warmers. They glorify themselves rather than calling people to repentance.

We cannot produce good fruit that is acceptable to God without the Holy Spirit working in us first. Anything other than this is a vain work even when it is done in the name of Jesus Christ.

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ - Matthew 7:22-23


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

That is why the indoctrinated masses are the hardest people group to reach. The brainwashed mind has bought into lies and deception. Finding truth requires throwing out statements like, "But my pastor has always told me..." and start reading Scripture through the lens of the Holy Spirit.

The shocking truth about the counterfeit church system and their false doctrines are found in most pages of the the New Testament. Nuggets of truth like this are never taught by the pulpit peacocks because they are more concerned about selling ear candy.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

Aaron -

When an assembly of believers incorporates into a 501c3, they voluntarily replace Jesus as the head of the assembly with the "State." And because they are limited by law regarding certain "speech," they also voluntarily allow State regulations to supersede the Word of God.

Nothing could be more of an abomination to God!

I spoke to a board member of the huge Baptist church (about 4K members) I used to attend about these facts and he had no clue. This particular individual is not ignorant of business practices as he was a CFO for a major corporation for many years and is still a member of the Focus on the Family board to this day. He admitted that if this were the case, then he would have major concerns. I sent him documentation about 501c3's almost a year ago, but after speaking with him recently, he has not said anything about this to anyone else on the board or any of the many "pastors" of that church.

I sat with this man in an Old Testament survey class and listened to him, and many others, voice astonishment as to how the leaders of Israel could continue to turn away from God's leadership and directives and choose instead to follow their own way.

So it's no surprise to me how today's "church" leaders seem to have blinders on when it comes to not just knowledge of the truth, but actually doing the truth.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins - Hebrews 10:26

They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. - 2 Peter 2:19-21

Does the board member know that God's divine grace does not cover intentional sin. Religious double-mindedness cannot distinguish between unintentional and intentional sin. They believe that God's grace covers both.

If, in spite of all this, you refuse my correction and still go against me; then I too will go against you; and I, yes I, will strike you seven times over for your sins. - Leviticus 26:23

Those who have come the knowledge of their disobedience and continue to surrender to their sin, rather than repent, is spiritual disaster. Even under the OT Law their was no atonement for intentional sin, it was death. A man who willfully sins is not deceived, but it is a deliberate decision to willfully ignore God's truth.

There are many who are deceived in the church system who need to be told the truth, but there are also many who continue to deliberately sin even after the truth is revealed to them. They will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

God's grace allows us to learn from our mistakes, but when if continue to refuse to learn, He gives the rebellious over to a reprobate mind.

How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? - Hebrews 10:29

Church leaders somehow believe they are immune to this verse because they are covered by God's grace. They are under the delusion that they can do whatever they want. The fact is that they do not have the Holy Spirit working in them, but religious demons.

Deliberate and purposeful lifestyle of sinning equates to being a slave to sin; therefore, unsaved.. The holiness of the Holy Spirit does not reside in willfully rebellious religious people.

Jesus Christ has given all a way out of their carnal lifestyle, the church system opens the doors to even greater abomination of knowing right from wrong, but deliberately continuing in it. Knowing when something is wrong and then continuing to engage in it in the name of Jesus Christ is blasphemy.

That is why I left the church system because God showed me the abomination that it is. If I continued in it, I would be in willful rebellion against His ways.


liberty 2 years ago

Aaron, are you suggesting that believers do not 'intentionally' sin at all?

"Those who have come the knowledge of their disobedience and continue to surrender to their sin, rather than repent, is spiritual disaster. Even under the OT Law their was no atonement for intentional sin, it was death. A man who willfully sins is not deceived, but it is a deliberate decision to willfully ignore God's truth."

Repent in the context of salvation simply means a change of mind. It does not mean to turn from sin. Repentance is not turning from sin.

As salvation is a free gift from God through faith, a believer's sin (whether intentional or not) does not determine their eternal destiny as Christ dealt with sin at the cross.

I am not concerned about my future sin (whether intentional or not) as I trust God has dealt with this. That said, I do not seek to sin either. (Romans 6).

You seem to suggest that a professing believer's lifestyle indicates whether or not they're truly saved.

Is this the case?

Asking nicely. :-)


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Hi Liberty,

I believe that there are those who have come to the knowledge of their sin and disobedience, but continue to live in rebellion against God. A continuing rebellious LIFESTYLE of sin are those who are slaves to sin.

Unintentional sin is something we may not realise we are doing until we are convicted of it. It then becomes intentional when we willfully continue in that LIFESTYLE after having the full knowledge of how God sees them and not allowing Him to deal with it.

I myself have many times intentionally sinned knowing it whas the wrong thing to do. Many times God has convicted me for them. I must continue to fall on my knees and allow Him to deal with them.

For many years I was deceived in the church system unintentionally in disobedience to God because I allowed men to be mediators between me and God, rather than Jesus Christ. I thank the Lord that He convicted me by giving me knowledge of this counterfeit system through His Word. I had a change of mind as I allowed Him to deal with me. If I had continued to be a part of supporting the counterfeit system after the blinders came off, I would be in willful disobedience supporting an idolatrous system rebelling against God. Willful disobedience and rebellion against God leads to a reprobate mind.

A professing "believer" who persists in a lifestyle of sin is not saved. They simply profess Jesus, but do not follow Him.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 7:21

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The key word is a LIFESTYLE of sin, which is anyone who is in in clear violation of God's laws. God wants to deal with all those things listed in 1 Corinthians, but if we don't let Him, he will give us over to our own devices.

Someone who is not saved will deliberately continue unrepentant in a lifestyle of sin. It is only the power of the Holy Spirit that gives the ability to all believers to continually live in a lifestyle of repentance towards God with a desire to strive to be more and more like Jesus Christ.

Here are two article that may clarifies more of what I mean.

http://hub.me/a8ZqT

http://hub.me/afQ9b

God Bless.

Let me know what you think.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

Aaron -

It's a tough call to make when we see or hear of a professing believer doing something we can validate by scripture as "sin." But for me, it's a call I try not to make anymore, especially when I have many planks in my own eyes.

Dealing with my own sins is tough enough without having to consider if my brother in Christ is actually saved or not with respect to my perception of his "lifestyle."

I can quote scriptures dealing with sin that relegates the sinner to condemnation and eternal hell, but one thing I do know for certain, I do NOT know the mind and heart of any believer except myself, and even then, I'm sometimes conflicted because of my actions.

Fortunately, Paul addresses this issue in depth in his letter to the Ekklesia at Rome:

14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, SOLD INTO BONDAGE TO SIN. 15 For what I AM DOING, I do not understand; for I am NOT practicing what I would like to do, but I AM DOING the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, NO LONGER AM I THE ONE DOING IT, BUT SIN WHICH DWELLS IN ME. 18 For I know that NOTHING GOOD DWELLS IN ME, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, BUT THE DOING OF THE GOOD IS NOT. 19 For the good that I want, I DO NOT DO, but I PRACTICE the very EVIL that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I AM NO LONGER THE ONE DOING IT, but SIN which DWELLS IN ME.

And here is where Paul unravels the mystery...

21 I find then THE PRINCIPLE that evil IS present IN me, the one who WANTS to do good. 22 For I joyfully CONCUR with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a DIFFERENT LAW in the members of my body, WAGING WAR against the LAW OF MY MIND and making me a PRISONER OF THE LAW OF SIN WHICH IS IN MY MEMBERS. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the BODY OF DEATH? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with MY MIND am serving the LAW OF GOD, but on the other, with MY FLESH the LAW OF SIN. Romans 7: 14-25

Do you confess that evil is always present IN every believer? Do you know that all believers DO the very things they hate? Do you understand that there are TWO laws at work within every believer, and that they are the reason for such discomfort and anguish?

This doesn't make me feel any better about my sins, but it does give me some solace that I'm not the only one who feels this way. And it makes me more understanding of other believers' dealing with the same things I deal with on a daily basis.

We are told to confront any brother/sister that continues in a particular sin and to even put them out of the assembly if they don't change their ways. But we can not judge them as being "unbelievers" or even "lost" if they persist in their sins, that's God's call. We are to pray for them and encourage them in the spirit to confess their sins and cling to the hope of salvation in Christ.

His mercy endures forever!


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

I myself fall into the category of Romans 7. I want to do good, and it is my desire to obey God. I know I will sin and fall short, but I know that I will not live in a habitual lifestyle of sin if I continually and habitually seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Without the power of the Holy Spirit working in my life, I would have no power within myself to be able to continually and habitually do it on my own.

Taking up our cross and crucifying the flesh is not a one time deal, but something that continues from day to day until glorification.

If we love righteousness and hate sin, we must cry out in humility to Jesus Christ as people desperately seeking after holiness knowing that any attempt to pamper the flesh is of the devil. It takes humility to admit that our flesh is no good.

Unfortunately, many attempt to use Romans 7 to justify intentional willful sin. It is meant as a comfort to those who are struggling with guilt as a result of legalism, but many use it a justification for sin as a means of whitewashing their rebellion. This is all too common, which breeds counterfeit holiness.

Scripture says that if anyone professes to be a Christian, but they habitually and continually commit and practice known, intentional, and willful sin without changing their minds, they are not a true believer at all, but unregenerate counterfeits.

You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. - 1 John 3:5-9

Romans 6 states that Christians are no longer slaves to sin being freed from a life of habitual sin. Paul wrote Romans 6 before 7 to lay a foundation. His words cannot be twisted to comfort counterfeit Christians. The counterfeit church system breeds hypocrites with false assurance, which is "peace" when there is not.

I am thankful for the power of Jesus Christ who frees us from a lifestyle of willful sin and rebellion against Him into servants of righteousness and holiness.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

Aaron -

I agree 100%. But the counterfeit church system is not a person, but an entity created by men who have been deceived by the same Satan that has it in for each and every follower of Christ. The false leaders and teachers who promote the harlot church will answer to God, along with those all who ignorantly follow their ways.

Paul warned many times that men would come from without and from within and teach false doctrine to lure believers to them. Today this harlot church system has trapped millions of people who are seeking the truth, but the slick talking sons of Satan continue to malign the word of God to keep their eyes shut and their wallets open.

That is why I believe we need to do as Jesus and the Apostles did and enter into these Temples of Satan and openly preach the truth and warn those believers who will listen of the danger of being judged and ultimately condemned along with the false teachers if they do not come out and repent.

I'm sure in doing this we will be mocked as kooks and probably be asked to leave or even thrown out or escorted by the police, but this need to be done! After all, isn't that that what essentially happened to Jesus and His Apostles?

What fear stops us from doing this? The fear of persecution or public humiliation or jail? We need only to look to Paul's ministry and the things he endured for the truth of the gospel.


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Rich kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

Nice article.


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Rich kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

It is hard (but true) to accept that if you remain in the system you will be judged with it. In scripture they actually LEFT Babylon and went to rebuild the temple. Today we may leave Babylon but most don’t move very far away from it. It is hard to rebuild when everything about you is the world, the flesh and a false Christianity. Usually the first question asked after leaving the church is where do we meet? This tells me that they may have left the building but they left their hearts in San Francisco. Neil mentioned we need to go into the temples of today and proclaim the gospel. The disciples and Christ could go to the court of the Gentiles get on a soap box and preach/teach without opposition. This kind of behavior was approved. The problem they encountered was the ruling religious leaders wanted the subject changed. They disapproved of the subject matter and the way it was being presented. No doubt the church today has much better control over who can speak. If we tried what the disciples did we would be given the right foot of fellowship. I think people that leave the church need to follow the example of Moses. He left Egypt and ended up in the desert getting Egypt out of him. In God’s time He called Moses out of the desert and sent him back to Egypt for a brief time and with an anointing. By spending some time in the desert we can let go of some of the baggage we drag with us out of the church.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Rich Kelley,

I believe you are correct. The wilderness experience that comes from abandoning the harlot system can be a lonely place because the indoctrinated religious will demonize those who leave as nut cases, divisive, rebellious, back-slidden etc... There is often a feeling of emptiness that comes from no longer conforming to social man-made rituals anymore. This place of humility is where the Lord can start to do a great work that builds on his foundation rather than man's.

Hope and peace will come by remaining steadfast, and God will give those who are faithful the strength to overcome the lure, temptations and enticements that all too common fare within the harlot's doors.

As God begins to work, the withdrawal symptoms will eventually disappear. This is called recovery from being a church addict into a living stone built by Jesus Christ. There is a discovery that it is man who builds the harlot church system, but it is Jesus Christ who builds His ekklesia, a transformed people that hear His voice and no longer bow to the will of the pulpit peacocks.

Entering the Kingdom of God is discovering that it is not about going into a building called church where a salaried-to-serve mediator tells the masses how to attain God through rituals, programs and traditions, but is simply about hearing God's voice, reading His Word and using the gifts that He has given them. The Ekklesia are completely separate entity from the discord and divisions of the denominational church institution.

God's people do not resemble any of the worldly organizations and structures, but they are a living organism where Jesus Christ is the Head. There is a bond and unity of being in one accord with Jesus Christ that is solely about being led by His Spirit. These are the ekklesia who function completely separate from the discord of man-made divisions called church.


Liberty 2 years ago

Aaron, the people whom profess "Lord Lord" and did "many wonderful works", why did the Lord reject them?


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Rich kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

It came to mind that Moses went back to Egypt from the desert, only to end up in the desert for the rest of His life. The people he brought out of Egypt could not see the promised land, they all died off.

The person that I was in Egypt needs to die off before I will enter the promised land. When He returns is our promised land.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Liberty,

These people were not the product of the true faith. All the religious gloss could not cover and atone for their sins. They professed to associate with Jesus Christ, but He never knew them. Many fail to understand that good works, prophecies, miracles, healing, etc... does not necessarily equate to knowing Jesus Christ. How many religious people do you know who focus on their outward appearances? This is deception.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” - Matthew 7:24 - 27

Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith and anything apart from this is sand. An outward profession of religion is sand because it is about what man is doing instead of what Jesus Christ has done. When the storm comes, the religious hypocrites will be exposed and shocked that have not entered the Kingdom of God. They thought the kingdoms of men called church was the Kingdom of God. They were delusional.

Doing the highest service in the name of Jesus Christ does not mean Jesus knows them. You see, the religious hypocrite believes that their salvation rests on what they have done in Jesus's name rather than what Jesus Christ has done. Counterfeit Christianity is about glorifying man's name in Jesus' name. They promote churches, denominations, movements, ministries, books, websites, conferences, programs, etc.. that all resolve back to promoting men and their names claiming to associate with Jesus. In contrast, the true faith and salvation resolves back to Jesus Christ and what He solely has done.

When man becomes the instrument for salvation, rather than Jesus Christ, it is the wide road of Chruchianity that leads to destruction.


Liberty 2 years ago

I agree. But sometimes you seem to put much weight in deeds for clarification or validation of faith rather than whom one is trusting in.

Is there any one verse in Scripture which calls on Christians to judge another's faith/salvation? Let alone, based on their deeds?

When any Christian starts talking deeds... I get wary.

Therefore by the deeds of the flesh shall no man be justified.


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flpalermo 2 years ago

Liberty:

“Deeds of the flesh” - That’s NOT in the Bible!

Perhaps you mean: deeds of the Law?

Is it wrong to do good deeds?

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your “work and labor” [deeds] of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have “ministered to the saints”, and do minister.

In ministering to the Saints (Romans 15:28) Paul reveals the necessity we have as Christians, to do good deeds and be generous in our giving to the needy.

Jesus Himself did good works [deeds] when He ministered to the public. (John 10:32)- “I have shown you many good works [deeds] from the Father, for which of them are you going to stone me?”

When Christians start talking about deeds, you get weary? I don’t think you understand true Christianity.

Traditional Christianity teaches a No Law salvation. Do not be deceived.

Ephesians 2:10 reveals: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before (ordained) that we should walk in them.”


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Rich kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

Gal 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NASB)

The KJV and NIV calls them "acts of the flesh"

Rich


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flpalermo 2 years ago

Rich Kelly: You are right on the (NASB) Thank you for the input.


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Rich kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

Liberty “Is there any one verse in Scripture which calls on Christians to judge another's faith/salvation? Let alone, based on their deeds?”

1Co_5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

1Co_6:5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?

Jas_4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?

I think the answer to your question is no, there is nothing that give us the authority to judge another person’s faith. It is by faith that we are saved. We are not saved by our works but because we are saved we will do His works for the Kingdom of God. We don’t work our way to heaven, yes we will do work because of who is living inside of us by faith.

If you are part of the Ekklesia it is part of your new being in Him to question one another, to hold one another accountable. Iron sharpens iron, not to cause division but to build up Christ in us. This doesn’t go on in the institutional church. There is top down management in place in the building. Christ and His spirit doesn’t lord it over any of us, so if we are in Him we won’t be lording it over our fellow believers.

If you have decided to come out from among them, helping fellow believers out is His nature and should also be ours. God will judge those outside the Ekklesia. The Holy Spirit will convict those in the Ekklesia. It may sound harsh but if “they” are still in the institutional church system, they are being judged by God, I’ll not interfere.


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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

awesome-- but more importantly-- as usual absolutely scriptural. God Bless you brother.


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newjerusalem 2 years ago from India

Thought provoking.

In today's Christendom,Christians are mostly churchians.

False Gospel or compromised Gospel open the way for people to become hypocrites. But, the Lord will make the difference between the wheat and the tare. He is, ultimately, building his own church, which will be transformed into his bride, Thanks

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