Escaping the Grip of Spiritual Babylon: The Church System
Spiritual Babylon is a familiar place called the modern “church” that has ingrained its concepts and ideologies into its citizens (members). Her charms are enticing with entertainment, programs, and music that is familiar to the senses. Without discernment, many do not know how to filter out, or make the distinction between what is of man and what is of the Spirit.
Spiritual Babylon operates by drawing people into buildings that are under the umbrella of a denomination that separates and segregates people. The modern "church" has not become a locality of people within a city, but separated into their own individual buildings as monuments of deception. Within the “four walls,” the ideologies and traditions of man separate and create division from other believers according to the denomination of their allegiance. All the traditional concepts of “church” are bound within their particular system where meetings are mandatory for the existence of clergy and laity structure. The meetings are at predetermined times with predetermined programs that do not promote the functioning of everyone as the Holy Spirit leads.
The ekklesia are not under the demands of the salaried hirelings to have a mandatory meeting, but have an assembly when the Holy Spirit wants to speak to His people. The Babylon system makes it a requirement that a professional speaker preaches to the mute masses at a scheduled time. It is a requirement, or the "ordained minister" does not get paid.
There is nowhere in the New Testament where there the ekklesia were part of a ritualistic structure of Sunday programs, sermons and hymns (singing), etc...
The New Testament ekklesia were able to have discourse with one another where everyone had the opportunity to speak, or contribute in some way as open ministry.
The modern “church” has become stagnant and ritualistic in nature. The sins of this corrupt system are coming to the forefront in the latest headlines as they are being exposed for what they truly are. All the glossed up hype of “Holy Spirit” movements, conferences, books, ministry schools, seminaries, etc.., have been exposed as products of spiritual Babylon.
God is calling His people to come out the "harlot daughters" that are denominations and enter into the New Spiritual Jerusalem. It means no longer associating with man-made institutions and organizations that mean absolutely nothing in God’s Kingdom. The modern “church” with its regal structures appeal to the flesh, but the Kingdom of God can only be seen with spiritual eyes. The purposes of God through His people can only be fulfilled apart from the Babylonian “church” system of traditional “church” religion of "attendance."
"COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues – Revelation 18:4
It requires letting go of doing all the things that are done in the name of God that are not in alignment with His truth and objectives. It is discarding all the false concepts that are considered “church,” and allowing God to renew the mind to be able to conceive and walk out how the true Body of Jesus Christ functions.
Many in the modern “church” religion of "attendance" will defend the Babylonian system by quoting Scripture.
NOT FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES TOGETHER, as a custom of certain is, but exhorting, and so much the more as ye see the day coming nigh. - Hebrews 10:25
They will use this verse based on a presumption that “church” meetings within the system of Babylon is the only structure that follows the proper assembly of people. The fact is, the possibilities of assembly are endless when one throws out the mandatory attendance in a "church" building with rows where the professional ordained clergy members perform upon the stage. This is not how God designed for His true people to assemble, be taught, function, and to hear and obey His leading.
When people congregate within a “church” building it necessitates associations with Babylon and man’s traditions of expanding their kingdoms of indoctrination and membership of conforming to particular denomination. For this system to survive, its sole life force comes from raising the monetary. In contrast, there is nothing in the New Testament that supports special buildings called “churches” that have an assembly at a fixed time under the control of salaried professionals.
Sincerity is not Justification
Here are some important distinctions between the ekklesia and the counterfeit "church:"
- The ekklesia are not a building.
- The ekklesia are not a meeting.
- The ekklesia are believers (people) in Jesus Christ.
- The ekklesia are all believers in a locality, not buildings on street corners.
The fact is that any man-made religious services and observances that are done with sincere efforts are an abomination to God. It is called making a religion of assembling for rites and rituals where the Holy Spirit has no say in how the service is conducted because it has been all planned out beforehand. Often, upon leaving the building, the hireling will ask you how you liked the service to gauge how the entertainment factor affected the masses. Unfortunately, those who are part of this system will never ask, or know how God “enjoyed” their rituals.
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, HOW CAN YOU TURN BACK AGAIN TO THE WEAK AND WORTHLESS ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF THE WORLD, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. – Galatians 4:9-11
The ekklesia does not function, or flourish under compromise with Babylonian traditions that denies people true fellowship with God. It is not about pleasing man, but giving ourselves over to worshiping our God in Spirit and truth. It is about being able to hear Him spontaneously and following His lead. A hireling cannot do this for us by making a religious spiritual announcement upon his podium in vain attempts to manufacture hype that "God is moving."
There are many sincere believers who are caught up in the deceptions of the Great Harlot because of indoctrinal programming and religious activities designed by man to conform to their ways.
Entering into New Jerusalem requires rejecting the ingrained beliefs and ideologies of Babylon. This may require extensively researching the origins and historical evidence of many of the religious traditions in the modern “church.” For example, Constantine in 325 AD melded Christianity and paganism together and made it into the religion of the Roman state. Most of the rituals that go on within the modern “church” have pagan origins. Additionally, John Calvin furthered this apostasy with further entrenchment into the worldly concepts of meetings, liturgies, altars, and "church" leaders, such as reverends and pastors who are trained professional clergy manufactured from the minds of men, not of Jesus Christ.
- The ekklesia are in no way associated with "special" buildings called cathedrals, chapels, or churches.
- The ekklesia does not have man-made liturgies that conduct the order of the assembly.
- The ekklesia does not have the segregation of Sunday schools and youth groups.
- The ekklesia does not use offering plates.
- The ekklesia does not have special seminaries and Bible schools.
- The ekklesia does not belong to a denomination.
Jesus Christ built His ekklesia without any of these things, but it requires spiritual eyes to comprehend this. There are sincere believers within the harlot system who will try to protect their friends and leaders within this system. They do not want to hear that the way they have been doing things most of their "church" lives are corrupted. This often leads to personal rejection, but those who come to listen to the truth and look at the evidence will be drawn by the Holy Spirit out their bondage. There is a period of time of spiritual wilderness that comes as a result of rejecting a system that had everything packaged for them and all the road signs marked for them.
Wilderness Experience and Withdrawal Symptoms
The "wilderness" can be a lonely place as many will demonize you for making a stand. In most cases you will be looked upon as divisive, rebellious, back-slidden and denied friendship. Abandoning the social rituals that go on within the “church” leaves many feeling empty causing them to go back into the harlots doors.
For those of you who are struggling within the system of Babylon, or have recently come out from the chains her oppression, there is hope. Remain strong in your convictions. Hope and peace will come by remaining steadfast by refusing the temptations and enticements of the harlot “church” system. It is all the religious activities the deceptively hide the corrupt spiritual condition of those within it. It may be a hard and lonely experience, but in time, after the withdrawal symptoms disappear, there is a discovery of what we have truly become. We become a “living stone” where we are no longer the builder, but the material Jesus Christ is using to build His Kingdom. Once there is separation from the distractive nature of Babylon, it will be much easier to hear God speaking to you and the direction and purpose He has for you in His Kingdom.
Entering New Jerusalem is discovering that it is not about going into a building, but about letting God decide the people He joins you to. New Jerusalem is not a building, but is a city that has been built by Jesus Christ. Many who do not understand this concept will turn hostile and cold toward to those who do.
God will draw you to a family that does not resemble any of the worldly organizations and structures, but a living organism. There is a bond and unity of being in one accord with Jesus Christ this is solely about being led by His Spirit within a family of believers. These are the ekklesia functioning completely separate from the discord of man-made divisions.
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- The Seven Thunders of God - 1
There is a sense of urgency, as God is speaking to His people in these last days. The seven thunders of God are vital and relevant to His plan for His people.
- The Seven Thunders of God - 2
The true followers of Jesus Christ are commanded to come out of the great harlot, which is the apostate modern church of today. Wake up! Come out of her, and hear the voice of the Lord.
- The Seven Thunders of God - 3
God wants you to hear His thunderous voice for yourself, not through some salaried clergy member in the corporate institutionalized church.
- The Seven Thunders of God - 4
It is time to heed God’s thunderous voice for yourself. He is calling you to come to Him. It is time to no longer stand aloof, but make your way up to meet Him face-to-face.
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