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 many with man-made concepts and ideologies. 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 from 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' is a counterfeit word that does not represent a locality of people within a city or universally all those who are in Christ. 'Church' refers to religious institutional buildings where people congregate in and conform to their denominational templates. Within the religious 'four-walls,' the traditions of man hold the greatest precedence giving where the masses give their allegiance to 'pied pipers' on the pulpits. The church system is bound to a hierarchal top-down structure with 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 conform 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. Christ is their Head and they are guided by the Holy Spirit, not hirelings. They are not mute pew warmers who are required to listen to a professional speaker and put their money into an 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.
Freedom in Christ for the early ekklesia and those who follow Christ today means that the physical temple system has been fulfilled by what Christ has done. The veil being rent means that all believers are a priesthood where each are able to freely use the gifts God has given them without asking permission from the clergy to use them.
The sins of the counterfeit church system could not be more obvious for those who walk in Kingdom principles. Many have been spoon fed their beliefs rather than allowing the Holy Spirit guide them to the truth. They have bought into glossed up hype and think it is a 'movement of the Holy Spirit'. 'Spiritual Babylon' is a slick well-oiled machine where their butchered 'Gospel' is sold
God is calling His people to come out the 'harlot daughters' of the 'Great Whore' to follow the way of Christ. The difference between the denominational church system and those following Christ are they can be traced back to. Many give credence to the founding fathers of the church, but none of these men are Christ. The 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 and take it as if it theirs. They are antichrist.
A genuine follower of Christ will no longer associate or partake of the man-made religious institutions because their principles defy seeking first 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 partake of the traditions of man. This requires repentance. As we walk in obedience to Kingdom principles, God will take the scales off of our eyes by the Hoy Spirit where we are able to discern what is deception and the illusion of truth for what it is.
"COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues – Revelation 18:4
Walking on the narrow way 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 religious concepts of the church system and allowing God to renew your mind and take the blinders of of your eyes.
Indoctrination that has been seared into the minds of many takes a miracle to reverse. Many of the religious elite are the hardest people group to reach for the true Gospel because most are reprobate and will zealously defend their 'golden calf' religion.
They like to quote this following verse and twist what it means.
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 like impose their preconceived notions onto this verse saying that it is a command to go to denominational church meetings where they are allowed to run things their way. Their outlandish eisegesis speaks of mandatory attendance and membership to their phallic (steepled) religious buildings where their is 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 that Christ fulfilled along with its priesthood. They are antichrist in believing they can sow back up the veil that was rent.
Sincerity and Good Intentions is not Justification
Here are some important distinctions between the ekklesia and the harlot church system:
- The ekklesia are not a building called 'church.'
- The ekklesia are not a meeting place called 'church.'
- The ekklesia are people in Christ any place, anywhere and at any time, not in a church building at a pre-determined time.
- The ekklesia are all believers in a locality or universally, not in buildings called 'church.'
The fact is that any man-made religious service or observance that is done in man's traditions is all done in vain. Partaking of a white-washed religion is where people assemble together in man's design of things where the planning, marketing and the monetary are always front and center. The counterfeit 'Gospel' they preach is more about making sales through entertainment rather than pointing to Christ and what he has done. Many gauge how effective a church service is by how good they feel afterwards. This is what they call 'a move of the Holy Spirit.' When their carnal feelings reach a crescendo, this is the moment 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 the church system 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 will 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 supposedly do 'God's work.'
Unfortunately, there are many sincere people who are caught up in the deceptions of the 'Great Harlot.' They are programmed and controlled by man rather then being renewed in their minds being led by the Holy Spirit.
Entering into the Kingdom of God requires rejecting the ingrained beliefs and ideologies of 'Spiritual Babylon.' History attests to the origins of what is called 'church' and it does not lead to Christ. Constantine in 325 AD was the start of what is called 'Christianity' where paganism was melded with giving lip service to Christ, but denying his principles becoming the religion of the Roman state. Later, the 'church fathers' of the Protestant faith would continue to ignore God and His ways through His Son as 'harlot daughters' of the the 'Great Whore.' The likes Martin Luther and John Calvin entrenched their followers with ideologies that did not originate from God.
Those who followed the way of Christ as attested in Scripture did not walk on the wide religious path and their manifestation is quite different than what is called 'Christianity' today.
- 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 conducted 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 where people were able obtain special certificates using their brand of 'Gospel' as a means of obtaining a lucrative religious vocation.
- The early ekklesia did not segregate into denominations.
Most are committing spiritual adultery within the harlot church system. It is a counterfeit and those who are partaking of her are in bondage.
For those who have walked out of this darkness into the light must shed all of the baggage they have accumulated in man's religion. Repentance requires that the Holy Spirit do its work in us. There will be a period of time in a spiritual wilderness as we allow God to strip the antichrist system from us. There will be no salaried mediator to hold your hand and tell you what to do and say. Obedience to the way of Christ is to no longer consume the pre-packaged candy coated pabulum and learn to live on the solid untainted food of God's truth with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Wilderness Experience and Withdrawal Symptoms
The wilderness can be a lonely place and many will demonize you for taking a stand on truth. In most cases you will be deemed as 'divisive,' 'rebellious,' 'back slidden.' You will lose many of your religious friends where they will no longer be a part of your life. Abandoning the social rituals, religious hype and the heavy indoctrination will bring withdrawal symptoms as you allow God to begin His work of cleansing you from the opiate of the masses. Unfortunately, many find the process too hard and give in to their carnal cravings and run back in through the harlots doors. We must remain strong a persevere to be an overcomer.
For those who are struggling within the counterfeit church system or have recently heeded the call to come out, there is hope. Remain strong as the un-indoctrination process and changing your ways is not an overnight process. However, if you continue to focus on Christ rather than the religious noise you were once a part of, rebellion will turn into obedience. God will take the blinders off and show us the corrupt spiritual condition that you have been in. It is a given that this will be at times hard and lonely journey. There will be withdrawal symptoms, but once the fog disperses, the discovery of what you once were and what you have become will be as different as night and day.
We are called to be 'living stones.' Salaried mediators are not the builders of God's people, but Christ is. It is only through him that we can use our gifts to expand his Kingdom. The longer we are separated from the oppressive and distractive nature of 'Spiritual Babylon,' the more untainted we will become. We must remember that Christ fasted for forty days and forty nights. It was not easy, but he was able to overcome the flesh with the many baits and lures that were meant to compromise. Coming out of the other side and walking along the narrow way will be much easier when we are able to hear God's 'voice' and know His direction and purpose for us and what it means to be part of the Kingdom of God.
Becoming a citizen of the Kingdom of God is discovering that it is not about going into a religious building, but allowing Christ to join you his body. As we walk in obedient faith with our gifts, we will find other like-minded believers who are on the same path.
The assembly of believers in Christ does not resemble anything like the worldly organizations and their structures because it is a living living organism. Being in one accord with Christ and his is about being led by the Holy Spirit, not being corralled into a religious building.
Take heed to these following words because they are of utmost importance.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. - Matthew 7:13-14
Have you found the narrow way that leads to life that only a few find?
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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