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Escaping the Grip of Spiritual Babylon: the Antichrist Church System
'Spiritual Babylon' is a familiar place to many. It is a religious system called church that has indoctrinated its concepts and ideologies into its many members. Her charms are enticing with entertainment and programs that appeal to the senses. Without discernment many do not know how to filter out or make the distinction between truth and lies.
'Spiritual Babylon' operates by drawing people into buildings that are under a denominational umbrella that separates and segregates people into different classes. The concept of church has been twisted and does not represent a locality of people within a city, or universally all those who are in Christ, but refers to institutional buildings where people congregate in a religious man-made templates. Within the religious 'four walls,' the traditions of man hold the greatest precedence giving all their allegiance to a 'pied piper' on the pulpit. The church system is bound to a hierarchal structure of clergy and laity. Attendance is an obligation at predetermined times where programs have been created by hirelings as a means of attaining God.
In contrast, the ekklesia or the 'called out ones' are not obligated to the whims and demands of salaried hirelings, but are an assembly of believers that are one in spirit with the Father and the Son any place, anywhere and at any time. This is quite different from the traditional church setting because the followers of Christ are guided by the Holy Spirit, not by hirelings. They are not mute pew warmers who are required to listen to a professional speaker at a mandated time with the passing of the offering plate.
The fact is that you will find nowhere in the New Testament where there the early ekklesia were part of any ritualistic system of programs, sermons, prayer times and professional worship music with the insatiable hunger for the monetary.
Freedom in Christ for the early ekklesia and those who follow Christ today means the abolishment of the temple system. The veil being rent means all believers are a priesthood being able to contribute to the body of Christ with the gifts God has given them without a select class of clergy getting in their way.
The sins of this corrupt church system are front and centre by weighing and testing it with God's word, but many have been conditioned to be continually spoon fed their beliefs rather than allowing the Holy Spirit guide them to the truth. They have bought into glossed up hype and equating it with the 'movement of the Holy Spirit'. 'Spiritual Babylon' is a slick well-oiled machine where the Gospel is not told, but sold.
God is calling His people to come out the 'harlot daughters' of the 'Great Whore.' These are the church denominations that can be traced back to their founding fathers, but not Christ. The founder and head of the ekklesia is Christ because his Father gave him the authority. For thousands of years religious men have tried to usurp Christ's authority. It will be to their own detriment when they will one day come face to face with the King of kings and Lord of lords.
As a genuine followers of Christ, it means we no longer associate or partake of the man-made institutions and organizations because their principles and standards disregard and ignore what is of the Kingdom of God. The modern church system with all their glorious regal structures appeal to the flesh of what can be seen rather than walking in the faith of the Kingdom of God.
The plan and purposes of God through His people can only be fulfilled once one heeds the call to come out of Spiritual Babylon and no longer conforming to the traditions of man. Through repentance God will take the scales off of our eyes and show us what is not of Him and the deception and illusion of what is promoted as if it is.
"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 supposedly done in the name of Christ and aligning with the truth and objectives of the Kingdom of God. It is discarding all the false concepts of church and allowing God to renew your mind by veering of the wide road onto the narrow way.
Indoctrination that has been seared into the mind takes a miracle to reverse. Many have cognitive dissonance and will zealously defend their 'golden calf' religion.
They will twist this following verse.
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 impose their indoctrination and preconceived notions onto this verse to mean that it is a command to go to church meetings that are steeped in man's traditions. Their outlandish eisegesis of this verse speaks of mandatory attendance and membership to a phallic (steepled) religious building with a salaried mediator at the helm.
It should be obvious that this is not how God designed for His true people to assemble and function through His Son.
To congregate within a church building necessitates a temple system, but Christ abolished the physical temple and its priesthood by what he did on the cross. This is the epitome of the antichrist church system where they try to sow back up the veil that was rent. This is antichrist.
Sincerity and Good Intentions is not Justification
Here are some important distinctions between the ekklesia and the counterfeit harlot church system:
- The ekklesia are not a building called church.
- The ekklesia are not a meeting place called church.
- The ekklesia are believers (people) in Christ, not in a church building
- The ekklesia are all believers in a locality or universally, not in buildings called churches.
The fact is that any man-made religious services and observances that are done in the name of church with good intentions and sincere efforts are all vain works. White-washed religion is where people assemble together in man's design of things where planning, marketing and the monetary are always front and centre. Church gospel has become more about sales and entertainment than pointing to Christ and what he has done. The gauge for how effective the church service was is by how good you feel afterwards and that is 'the move of the Holy Spirit' and when the good feelings have reached the crescendo, the tithing plates are passed around.
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 who have heeded the call of God to come out of the corruption of church primary goal is to have a relationship with their Father through Christ without salaried mediators getting the way. The walk of life is about worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Pleasing man has become a thing of the past. It is now about the guidance of the Holy Spirit rather than manufactured hype and the plead for the monetary to do 'God's work.'
Unfortunately, there are many sincere people who are caught up in the deceptions of the 'Great Harlot' because they have been programmed and controlled by man rather then being renewed in mind and led by the Holy Spirit.
Entering into the Kingdom of God requires rejecting the ingrained beliefs and ideologies of 'Spiritual Babylon.' This may require extensive study by researching the origins and historical evidence of what is called church. For example, Constantine in 325 AD melded the way of Christ and paganism together as the religion of the Roman state. Obviously, God has never allowed the syncretism of mixing of the holy and profane. The institutional church fathers ignored God and His ways and committed spiritual adultery with the 'Great Whore.' The likes of John Calvin furthered this apostasy entrenching his followers into the worldly concepts of meetings, liturgies, altars and hierarchy of trained professional clergy. The manifestation can been still seen today.
The way of Christ and the apostles as attested in Scripture is a totally different path.
- The early ekklesia are in no way associated with special buildings called cathedrals, chapels or churches.
- The early ekklesia did not have man-made liturgies run by salaried officials that conduct the order of the assembly.
- The early ekklesia did not have the segregation of people in Sunday Schools and Youth Groups.
- The early ekklesia did pass around tithing plates.
- The early ekklesia does not have special seminaries and bible schools to obtain special certificates to make the Gospel a religious vocation.
- The early ekklesia did not belong to church denominations.
Christ built his ekklesia without any of these things, but most are blind to seeing this. Those who commit spiritual adultery within the harlot church system do not want to hear that their worship towards God is corrupt and antichrist.
Fortunately, there are those who have heeded the call. They have considered and studied the evidence of what is called church today and know it is a counterfeit and those who are partaking of her are in bondage.
For those who have walked out of the darkness towards the light there will be a period of time in a spiritual wilderness that you must walk on your own that comes as a result of rejecting the antichrist system. There is no salaried mediator to hold your hand and tell you what to do and say. It is a sole reliance on our Father through His Son to help you fully abandon the pre- packaged candy coated pabulum that you have been eating and learn to eat the solid untainted food of God's truth on your own with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Wilderness Experience and Withdrawal Symptoms
The wilderness can be a lonely place because many will demonize you for taking a stand on truth. In most cases you will be deemed as 'divisive,' 'rebellious,' 'back slidden' and many of your religious friends will no longer be a part of your life. Abandoning the social rituals, religious hype and the indoctrinated will bring withdrawal symptoms as God begins His work of cleansing you from the opiate of the masses. Unfortunately, there are some that will find the process too hard and give in to their carnal cravings and run back in through the harlots doors.
For those who are struggling within the counterfeit church system, or have recently come out there is hope. Remain strong in your convictions because hope and peace will come. The un- indoctrination process of mind renewal and changing your ways is not an overnight process, but if we continue to focus on Christ rather than all the religious noise we were once a part of, God will show us the corrupt spiritual condition that we were in our disobedience. It is a given that it will at times be a hard and lonely until withdrawal symptoms and fog disappears. The discovery of what we once were and what we have become will be as different as night and day.
We are called to be 'living stones' where salaried mediators are no longer the builders, but Christ . It is only through him that we can help expand his Kingdom. The longer we are separated from the oppressive and distractive nature of 'Spiritual Babylon' more clarity will come. We must remember that Christ fasted for forty days and forty nights. It was not easy, but he was able to overcome the temptations of the world with all of its baits and lures. Coming out of the other side and walking on the narrow path will be much easier when we are able to hear God speak and know the direction and purpose of what it means to be part of the Kingdom of God.
Becoming a citizen and entering the Kingdom of God is discovering that it is not about going into a religious building, but allowing Christ to join you to his people. As we walk in obedient faith, that is where we will find other like-minded believers.
The assembly of believers does not resemble any of the worldly organizations and structures because it is a living living organism. Being in one accord with Christ and his followers is about being led by the Holy Spirit, not being corralled into a religious building.
Can you discern the difference between the traditions of man and the leading of the Holy Spirit?
- Organized Religion, the Counterfeit Antichrist Church System
There is an increasing majority of people who are leaving the organized religion of attending church. They are compelled to leave because they can no longer conform to the popular accepted system.
- Corrupt Church Government
Submitting to God requires discernment and understanding. It is not about conforming to a religious institutionalized system of the modern church where you become a slave to the traditions of man.
- 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.
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