Being a Church Member does not Equate to being a Disciple of Christ
There are many who want, or desire to become a follower of Christ reconciling with God and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them to truth. Unfortunately, many have a false ideology that if they become a church member, it equates to becoming a disciple of Christ.
The man-driven church system cannot create disciples of Christ period, but instead they create ‘Christians’ who conform to the worldly hierarchical religious structures of the world becoming slaves to the ‘good works’ of self-righteousness. Christendom is built on the foundation of man’s good works that organize people into groups and categories called denominations, charities, seminaries, universities, books, DVD’s, music, TV shows, magazines, etc. Just like the world, they promote their special celebrities through marketing and advertising tactics.
And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME; IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. ’You leave the commandment of God and hold to THE TRADITION OF MEN.” – Mark 7:6-8
The tragedy of many in the moment they decide to live for Christ is that they are swept into the traditions of man, making the Gospel of no effect. The zeal of the Christian witness compels those who desire to follow Christ to fall for the trappings of organized religion and are told they must conform to a denominational template and become a cookie-cutter saint that somehow equates to being a disciple of Christ. Unfortunately, many have been hoodwinked into accepting a false gospel that converts them into an indoctrinated minion instead of being obedient to the way of Christ.
The culture of the counterfeit church system is identified by what they feed their members with. The masses are spoon fed their brand of indoctrination that teaches them to promote the brand name of their church and their Pastor instead of pointing to Christ. They will tell you that participating in their brand of religion, filling the pews and putting money in their offering plates equates to having a relationship with God. Many fail to realize that modern day Christianity is an idolatrous religion run by men who are consumed with mammon. They are antichrists who give lip service to Christ, but replace him with themselves instead.
For MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. – Matthew 24:5
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now MANY ANTICHRISTS have come. – 1 John 2:18
The clever deception of Satan has been to use men to usurp the role of Christ as the head. The salaried religious celebrities parade upon their stages and draw attention to themselves and their brand of doctrine.
Who is Lord?
You will always find the one-man-show on the common church website who is the predominantly displayed in the photo section. These special men are the ones in control who demand loyalty without question. Any scrutiny would be deemed as ‘hostility’ and being ‘divisive.’
You can always tell who runs the religious man-made because the pew-warmers will say, ‘This is Pastor Tim’s Church.’ Of course, it is his church. Everyone who walks through their doors will gather around the elevated podium to see their esteemed hireling each week. Pastor Tim has positioned himself to be the self-appointed one in all the affairs of the church. Any criticism is responded with, ‘Do not touch God's anointed,’ or ‘Obey your leaders and submit to them.’
The picture should be becoming clearer that those within the counterfeit church system are not equally brethren in Christ, but rather mindless religious slaves who bow down to their dictator and conform to his agenda.
No matter how many try to defend the man-driven church system, it will always fail on their demand for hierarchy. They fail to understand that their behaviours cannot be reconciled with the example of Christ and the apostles. All cults, sects and church organizations are set up on a hierarchical framework where there always someone who is appointed to prominence over the people. These elevated men believe that they are called to be like Moses as the mediator between them and God.
The fact is that any man who presumes to take upon himself a role that God has not given him is in direct disobedience towards Him. Yahweh gave unique authority to Moses as leader over Israel at that time in the Old Testament, but Christ clearly gave instructions to his disciples not to be lords over their brothers and sisters in the New Testament.
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU. But WHOEVER WOULD BE GREAT AMONG YOU MUST BE YOUR SERVANT, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:42-45
The ekklesia that Christ is building has no room for a personality who wants to be the center of attention. It is amazing how so many are duped into believing that this pattern is acceptable today.
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under COMPULSION, but willingly, as God would have you; not for SHAMEFUL GAIN, but eagerly; not DOMINEERING over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the CHIEF SHEPHERD appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. – 1 Peter 5:1:4
If you walk into any church building, you will find all of these upper-cased words in the above verses in action taking place. All you have to do is ask, ‘Who is in charge here?’ They will say, ‘Pastor Tim.’ You see, Pastor Tim is the ‘Chief Shepherd’ who wears his esteemed crown of glory that the people have given him.
Unfortunately, many still refuse to believe that what is called 'church' is a counterfeit repackaged version of the ekklesia that Christ is building.
All Christians will say they believe the God's word to be infallible, but in action they are too obsessed with their own traditions to want truth. Everything is wrapped up in glossy religious activities to promote their own self-righteousness. They advertise their church as the road to salvation, but fail to understand that they deny Christ they claim to follow in their vain traditions.
Thus MAKING VOID THE WORD OF GOD by your TRADITION that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” – Mark 7:13
The Christian in Action
The counterfeit church today is a double-minded world of confusion having become indistinguishable from the ways of the world. If you walk into any Christian bookstore, you will find it filled with mystical, ecumenical, eastern philosophical, universal, contemplative and meditative practices promote idolatry that God deems as an abomination.
The church system is run by religious men who have yoked themselves with the traditions and practices that are syncretistic will all other world religions. Christianity has become polarized religion in synthesis with the ecumenical antichrist worldly agenda.
Christianity does not really refer to God’s word for their world view, but instead follow the opinions and doctrines of hirelings who parade themselves upon their stages. The people have rejected Christ for the latest celebrity minister who likes to draw attention and allegiance to himself.
The sad fact is, many do not desire to study Scripture for themselves, nor do they allow the Holy Spirit to guide them to the truth. When you have someone other than Christ leading, you will never see the light. The harsh reality is that the church system attempts to unite heaven and earth with their own appointed mediators instead of Christ. They glorify themselves in their do-good religion at the expense of truth.
The institutions of men do not create sincerity towards Christ and his brethren, but to a man-driven denominational agenda. Those within Christianity have men ruling over them instead of Christ.
Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” Gideon said to them, “I WILL NOT RULE OVER YOU, AND MY SON WILL NOT RULE OVER YOU; THE LORD WILL RULE OVER YOU.” – Judges 8:22-23
Many throughout history have followed and bowed down to many false Christ’s happily drinking their flavour of Kool-Aid.
Why are so many blind to all the warnings in Scripture and sit idly by in their pews allowing their fellowship to be built around someone other than Christ?
It is time to contend for the truth and pray that many will come to their senses and realize their vain idolatry of building their worship around the whims of hirelings.
A true disciple of Christ will not partake in a demonic religion that promotes the carnal desires of people who want power, prestige and accolades of men.
True freedom in Christ are people who do not fall for the tactics of those who think they are more special than the other. The ekklesia are brethren of equal standing who build up and encourage one another, rather than fawning after religious pulpiteers and their brand of ‘Jesus.’
The harsh reality is that those who are in the antichrist church system call themselves Christians, but they are antichrist. They have been prepped, indoctrinated and prepared to worship a counterfeit Christ by paying their religious celebrities to guide their paths. These elite men will do whatever it takes to keep their power. All those who get in their way are character assassinated by the simple wave of their hand. Their loyal dogs will chase out any opposition. The church ruler is always above the law, morality and ethics. They are demagogues who pull on the heartstrings of the people appealing to their emotions in a premeditated environment for their own selfish gain.
As disciples of Christ, we are no longer part of the worldly entanglements and deceptions of the counterfeit religious church system. The modern Christian cannot represent the true Messiah to the world because they do not have the truth of the genuine Gospel because their man-made traditions have blinded them.
SEE TO IT that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to HUMAN TRADITION, according to the ELEMENTAL SPIRITS OF THE WORLD, and NOT ACCORDING TO CHRIST. – Colossians 2:8
A you a Christian, or a Disciple?
- Are You a "Christian," or a Disciple?
The vast majority of people who associate with man-named buildings call themselves “Christians.” This is a religious label that defines whom their allegiance is to.
- In Whose Name Are You Sent?
Unfortunately, those in Church system defy the words of Jesus Christ because they are sent in the name of their pastor, Church and denominational name-brand instead of his name only.
- The Hierarchical Structure of the Modern Church
Many falsely assume that the government of God's people is to be run by the hierarchical structure of the priesthood class even though Jesus Christ eliminated it.
- Those Who Submit to the Church System
Church members are solely dependent upon their ordained ministers to hear from God for them. They sit, listen and nod their heads being spoon fed doctrine that fits to their denominational mould.
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