Common Bible verses that are Twisted to make people go to Church

Those within the man-made religious system called Church love to parrot Scripture verses that their pastor loves to quote from the pulpit. They will quote a particular verse and the pew warmers will gullibly shout, “Amen!” especially when it read by a salaried official upon the podium. They all assume that he has used the verses in the correct context because the ordained clergy all have a special framed certificate posted within the four-walls for all the pew minions to ogle at. In other words it means, “How dare you ask questions that would be “divisive” to my "ministry."

There are many all too common “cherry-picked” Bible verses that are used to coerce the masses to become indoctrinated within the four-walled buildings under a denominational umbrella. Everything resolves back to the building because nothing can be done without the salaried synod giving permission first.

These false religious credentialed officers will say that the most important part of the Christian life is attending a man-named Church because outside of their religious bubble there is no opportunity for encouragement, prayer and teaching to remain strong in the faith. These people even have the audacity to call a building God’s house.

"Howbeit the most High DWELLETH NOT IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS - Acts 7:8

The "Sacred Cow"

This article will examine one of the most famous “sacred cow” verses that those within “Churchianity” use to make people adhere to their man-made religious ceremonies called “attending Church.”

With that said, I am no way trying to undermine the importance of fellowshiping with other brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, but “cherry-picking” Scripture verses out of context as a manipulation tool to say that it is the Christian duty to adhere to a temple system that Jesus Christ abolished is ludicrous.

You yourselves like LIVING STONES are being built up as a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5

The system of the modern Church is a superficial imitation of the Ekklesia that pretend to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. It is easy to read the Word of God and compare and contrast the practices of the Church system with the example of the Early Ekklesia, which reveals that organized religion is very far from Truth.

The “sacred cow” verse used to mandate Church attendance is,

NOT NEGLECTING TO MEET TOGETHER, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25

Worship is a Lifestyle

First of all, this above verse has absolutely nothing to do with attending Church whatsoever. It is not a command to go to a building. The Early Ekklesia knew that certain places were of no consequence when it came to worshiping God. After Jesus Christ rose from the dead and started building His Ekklesia, the temple system was clearly abolished. The Body of Christ became “living stones” who are temples indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Temple worship was no longer acceptable to God. Unfortunately, religious man still thinks that it is so.

If we are to worship God as He is, then we must understand that it is not where man thinks He is, which is in a Church building. The carnal mind will vainly attempt to bind God within their confines of a denominational building and use hype, imagery, entertainment, music, etc., and believe that their man-made rituals, rites and ceremonies as "worship" to God. Many fail to understand that worshiping a physical location and giving it a name is idolatry.

You cannot say, “I do not worship the location, but God.” This is false because the church system must tell you that you must go there in order to worship God, otherwise you are not doing your Christian duty. "Christian duty" is the business of Church. All businesses will fail when there are not enough paying customers.

To worship God in spirit and TRUTH will take away all man’s vain traditions of “worship.” All the liturgy, rites and ceremonies must be abandoned. There is no need to predetermine a sanctioned “worship” time to fit man’s desires. Jesus Christ draws His Ekklesia together for edification, worship, fellowship and instruction in a much different manner.

Worship is a lifestyle, or a way of life, not a particular date on the calendar. It is a state of being. The realm where the Holy Spirit abides are in His people. Living and walking in the Spirit of Truth dwells at home in every believer. Worship is not at a place called Church within a religious system that man has developed to attract members by quoting Hebrews 10:24-25 mandating a gathering for “worship.”


Anyone who has conformed to the system of “Churchianity” cannot say that they can worship God anywhere, any place and anytime. They would be hypocrites to their mandated canned organized religious activities. To worship God in spirit and in truth would require “burning” the church to the ground. The works of the traditions of men would have to stop. The “Churchians” would have to take the name off their precious building and not tell people where to gather, but allow God to gather them unto Him.

There is a striking dissimilarity between the worship of the “Churchian” and the Christian. For the “Churchian,” submitting to “God” is attending a place of “worship” where the method, order and programs are run by the clergy class. Organized religion is all about telling people when, where and how to “worship” God.

Walking in the spirit of truth has nothing to do with a steepled building on a street corner, but is about being in the presence of the Father through Jesus Christ, the Head of the Ekklesia. The Holy Spirit becomes one with their spirit, NOT within a temple built with man’s hands.

Religious men are making counterfeit substitute temples of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation are buildings on every other street corner. If true believers are temples of the Holy Spirit, then why are men erecting their own temples and naming them. This is blasphemy! They are mere buildings built by mere men. It is NOT God’s house and there is nothing holy about them no matter how many ways the indoctrinated ignorant try to spin it.

The Ekklesia are the true tabernacles of God who are a spiritual priesthood that do not associate with places and things and give power to them. This is idolatry. God is not confined to here, or there in an exact spot on a particular time and date.

The Ekklesia, who are temples of the Holy Spirit can function with their gifts anytime, anywhere and any place just as Jesus Christ ministered during His time on earth. He rebuked the religious for attempting to suffocate His ministry, which was representing the Kingdom of God. When we truly follow the Way, it is not planned, restrained and rehearsed, but it is a walk of faith in obedience to His ways, not by man’s traditions.

The only worship God accepts is in spirit and truth. Any other way is the way of Cain. It is all in vain. The time is coming soon when the fulfillment spoken of in Matthew will take place.

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

And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. - Acts 7:41
And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. - Acts 7:41


Worship within the sphere of denominations and religious ordinances is idolatry. Those who partake of her will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Are you willing to break your idols and cast the image of church away and depart from her system?

Accessing the Father through the Son is not at a special time or place like Jerusalem, or at Church. The moving of the Holy Spirit is not about playing worship song choruses over and over again with professional musicians, or the sermon with a certified preacher at the helm.

Assembling in the Spirit

Hebrews 10:25 is not about filling pews for a stuffy church meeting. It is about a meeting outside the realm of man and assembling in the Spirit.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to MEET TOGETHER (EPISUNAGŌGĒ), as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

The requirements of assembling together by warming church pews is spiritual death. Spiritual life is in a dimension that is above. The seating of the Ekklesia is in a dimension where believers are in one accord with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm. Worship is about Spirit calling to spirit partaking in communion with Jesus Christ outside the veil. It is only in this place when spirit and truth are revealed within the heavenly sanctuary. This is where the universal congregation of the Ekklesia assemble.

The spirit of truth is not within the synagogues of men on Sunday mornings, but the synagogue above within the realm of the Father within His Kingdom. The churches of men are monuments of death singing their temporal pious songs to an "angel of light," but the eternal harmony of the Ekklesia within the Kingdom of God will ring forever.

The Church building is an unburied corpse that lies upon a prime piece of real estate. They will soon be destroyed for the same reason the Temple was.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and TRANSFERRED US TO THE KINGDOM OF HIS BELOVED SON – Colossians 1:13

If then you have been raised with Christ, SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, seated at the right hand of God. SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:1-2

"The Church building is an unburied corpse that lies upon a prime piece of real estate."
"The Church building is an unburied corpse that lies upon a prime piece of real estate."

When the pastors of the man-named churches quote Hebrews 10:25 to convince you to attend church under their lordship say, “No thanks! I would rather not forsake the upper synagogue, the heavenly tabernacle where I can commune and fellowship freely in the Spirit, NOT within the bondage of organized religion.”

They will probably have no clue what you are talking about.

Let us read Hebrews 10:24-25 in context.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together (episunagōgē), as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Episunagōgē means the above synagogue, the higher meeting, the highest assembly, and the higher-than-all-gatherings!

And raised us up with him and SEATED US WITH HIM IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS – Ephesians 2:6

Is your seat with "Jesus" on a pew in Church.

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graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PandN- The only thing I can say is, you're right again. Great article.

The Church of men with never understand the Kingdom of God. Their so tied up into the church system that when someone tries to reveal the true nature of God's Kingdom it just flies right over their heads. The church system keeps them blind from seeing it.

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) 19 " Go therefore and make DISCIPLES of all nation, BAPTIZING THEM in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

I have NEVER heard of any "church" baptizing a disciple, have you?

God bless.

Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

James and John (and their mother) had the idea that they could be appointed as leaders among the followers of Jesus. They wanted to "lord" it over other believers by some anointed "authority."

What we have now in today's churches is a bunch of men who are living examples of what James and John wanted.

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


The reason I write these articles is to hopefully appeal to the "Churchian" that the system that they are in is man-made, but as you are quite aware, the pastor that we appealed to in another article believes she can interpret God's Word anyway she wants to, and refuses to acknowledge Scripture twisting when the evidence is right in front of her. To continue appealing would be flogging a dead horse.

Unfortunately, when you build doctrine from an abused Scripture verse, it becomes a cursed endeavor. They think that their success is in making church members. This is not discipleship, but bondage.

"And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch." - Matthew 15:14

This is where the man-driven churches are exposed for what they do, and it it is interesting that you brought up baptism.

And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. - Acts 19:3-5

There is a difference when we are baptized in the right name. When it is done in any other name than Jesus Christ, it is done in vain. The ritual of baptism done within the church system is a membership ceremony pledging allegiance to a named building and the pastor within it. The certificate is often sent in the mail after the salaried official plunges the pew warmer under the water.

All you have to do is Google image baptism certificates and you will see the name of the church building and the name of the pastor, but Jesus Christ's name is nowhere to be found.

Churches don't make disciples, they make members.

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


He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” - Matthew 20:23

The carnal man desire the seats of honor, but fail to understand the greatest in the Kingdom of God are the servants. Those who have been prepared by the Father are humble servants, not self-entitled lords.

Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

It's clear from Paul's examples and teachings on the service of ministry that Jesus was his greatest influence. Speaking to His disciples on the issue of leadership, Jesus made it very clear that their ministries were NOT going to be like anything the world had ever seen before. In describing the worldly (Gentile) hierarchy model of leadership, Jesus said that while "great" men have positions as "rulers" and exercise "authority" over their subjects, it would NOT be this way among His disciples. Jesus' words imply that there will be NO ruling positions of authority among His disciples - only servants, and with that, those wishing to be "first" among them will become a slave to ALL. Unfortunately, today's position of vocational "pastor," within the corporate church system, is synonymous with the worldly hierarchy leadership model that Jesus described. And even more unfortunate, is that this worldly model is also widely accepted by a majority of Christians as a biblical standard. Today's hierarchical corporate church system is clearly at odds with the examples and teachings of both Jesus and Paul, and should be exposed as the unbiblical counterfeit system that it is.

Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. BUT IT IS NOT THIS WAY AMONG YOU, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your SERVANT; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be SLAVE OF ALL. For even THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, but TO SERVE, and TO GIVE HIS LIFE a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

"DO NOT BE CALLED LEADERS; for ONE IS YOUR LEADER, that is, CHRIST. But THE GREATEST AMONG YOU SHALL BE YOUR SERVANT. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:10-12

This is an excerpt from my newly revised study, "The Apostle Paul on Personal Rights and then Gospel"

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Rich kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

Jeremiah 50:6-7 "My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, 'We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, The LORD, the hope of their fathers.'

Nothing has changed today.

Mark & Anneliese 2 years ago

We have come out of the system a few years ago, we prayed much about it and were told that we would wind up in hell because we do not belong to a church. It was really hard at first and we were "lonely" but have learned much about the Word and our Savior. We could no longer justify sitting under such none sense as was coming from the pulpits and being manipulated into doing things others said God told them...

The church my husband and I met in was a "Spirit filled" church, I just wonder what spirit, they now have the Deacons "pack heat" (loaded guns) in the service. I just can't believe that the Lord would have told them to do that. We have visited a couple churches but come away wondering who their God really is. We love to fellowship with Believers but the "price" is way high and so we just stay to ourselves praying for the Lord to reveal the lies in our hearts and replace them with His truth.

Thanks for your encouragement to us, we really need to know that we are not alone out here.

Rich Kelley 2 years ago

Mark & Anneliese

"We love to fellowship with Believers but the "price" is way high and so we just stay to ourselves praying for the Lord to reveal the lies in our hearts and replace them with His truth."

Some of the baggage we bring out of the institutional church includes things that we actually enjoyed or learned to enjoy. Fellowship or being around like minded believers is high on the list of things that people notice missing. I brought tons of baggage out with me and it is daily that I surrender as the Spirit lets me know to let go of some things. There is a time in the wilderness that is shown in the scriptures, this helps to cleans us so that we can learn that Christ is actually all we need. Once we have Christ and know that He is all we need then we actually have something to share, a living testimony. We can let our light shine no matter whom we are with. In time our fellowship with Him becomes more than a Sunday and Wednesday, but all day long everyday. When I get home from work the first things we talk about is what God has shown each of us in the scriptures. The discussion becomes more and more about Him all the time. He will give us exactly what we need to grow in Him. Your words are encouragement thank you.


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

Mark & Anneliese,

I too have come out of spiritual Babylon and wrestled with missing the social club aspect of the harlot system. I also went through the wilderness experience as Rich touched on in his comment. Once the withdrawal symptoms started to dissipate, the discovery and revelation of true freedom in Jesus Christ becomes a startling reality. It becomes much easier to hear God and His direction without the double-minded distractions of organized religion.

Life is no longer about who I would like to be around, but how and where He leads me. When He becomes the director, there are many opportunities to share the Truth by His leading using the gifts He has given you instead of being a shackled religious puppet of organized religion.

Be encouraged, there are more that you think who are the Ekklesia throughout the world. They are never found in the churches of men.

God draws us together in the most unlikely ways. I am encouraged that you stopped by to share your experiences.

God Bless.

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