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How to Navigate through the Misuse of Religious Words - 2
In the previous article, How to Navigate through the Misuse of Religious Words - Part 1 there was an emphasis of the importance to apply precise and accurate meanings to the words that we use from Scripture. This article continues on the same theme in an attempt to reveal more deception behind many of the common religious terms.
Many use the words of Scripture to justify their practice of worship before God, but under closer scrutiny many concepts and phrases in application do not line up with the true intended meaning and context that God inspired them to be.
Therefore go out from their midst, and BE SEPARATE FROM THEM, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you – 2 Corinthians 6:17
Many in the Church system are content to remain blind and ignorant of the deceptive religious words that are used by their hirelings to exploit them to conform to their man-made doctrines being servants to their agendas.
A true seeker of God would not just accept was is spoon fed to them, but weigh, test and prove what is told to them.
- Ekklesia, or Church?
The word “church” is a very deceptive word that has corrupted the whole world and has been and continues to be the catalyst of perpetuating the dark agenda of Satan.
- Nicolaitan Deception
There is an error that is within the Church system that should be glaringly obvious, but no one recognizes it. It is like having an elephant in the room, but one one recognizes it’s an elephant.
Church is not Ekklesia
It is of utmost importance to understand that “church” is a corrupt word that was inserted into Scripture to usurp the intended meaning of Ekklesia.
Once concept of church is exposed for what it is, the rest of the system crumbles on this demonic man-made platform that has contaminated the responsibility of God’s people to attend to the affairs of hired religious men rather than the Kingdom of God.
The Ekklesia are people who have gone through a spiritual new birth who have heeded the call of their Lord and Saviour to no longer conform to the systems of the world, but preach the gospel of the Kingdom within their spheres of influence. It has nothing to do with attending a church building where the masses practice their flavour of Christianity. God does not dwell in religious man-made buildings where there is a Nicolaitian hierarchical structure of clergy and laity where elite ecclesiastical men exercise delegated rulership over their pew warming minions.
For centuries the sinful abomination of church has deceived people into believing that God gave this structure to man.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, DOES NOT LIVE IN TEMPLES MADE BY MAN – Acts 17:24
Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, WHICH I ALSO HATE. – Revelation 2:6
- The Senior Pastor has been Disqualified
Many salaried-to-serve professional clergymen refuse to believe that they are working in vain. Stop putting your confidence in these men and trust in the Lord in what He has to say to His people.
Pastor is NOT Under-Shepherd
When those in the Church system speak of their pastor, it does not mean in the context of the New Testament saints, but is a butchered maligned concept. The fact is that pastor means overlord, and these men draw people to themselves rather than Jesus Christ. They are the religious pied pipers who make merchandise out of people to market their own practices, doctrines and traditions luring people away from properly following Jesus Christ.
But I have this against you, that YOU HAVE ABANDONED THE LOVE YOU HAD AT FIRST. - Revelation 2:4
So also you have some WHO HOLD THE TEACHING OF THE NICOLAITANS. – Revelation 2:15
- The Pastoral Office of the Modern Church is not Biblical
The office of the head pastor is about a fundamental figure within the institutionalized church who is met with praise and accolades by dispelling God's Word to the masses, but has it been corrupted?
Satan has been sly and has planted many of his tares among the citizens of the Kingdom of God through the utilization of his agents. The masses are blinded to the countless warnings in Scripture. They falsely believe that pulpits, elevated platforms, special titles and church buildings are of the Kingdom of God.
Anyone who makes himself a pastor elevated over the people negates the true Gospel. A lofty person is not an under-shepherd because they are in it for the recognitionand the monetary. The term “pastor” is a religious CEO of religious institutional business that has it original allegiance to the Greek god Pan. It is in direct opposition to the Greek word for “shepherd.”
Those among the Ekklesia understand that a “pastor” who stands over the assembly is Satan’s counterfeit because this position is reserved only for Jesus Christ who is the Chief Shepherd. They even understand that they are not to hear the voice of the under-shepherd, but the voice of Jesus Christ. The under-shepherd is to assist the Chief Shepherd in maintaining the influence of the Kingdom of God by following the prime directive of Kingdom principles.
MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:24
He must increase, but I MUST DECREASE. – John 3:30
An under-shepherd is not looking for a lucrative religious vocation to be of great significance in other people’s lives, but is a humble servant.
- Church is Not What You Think It is
Those who have been exposed to “Churchianity” have been indoctrinated into believing that being a follower of Jesus Christ equates to becoming a member of a church denomination.
The Church has NOTHING in Common with the Ekklesia
Those within the corrupt counterfeit Church system expend all their money and energy on building what they call, “house of God.” They franchise their brand of Christianity under the umbrella of their denominational corporate headquarters.
Church has its origins form the second century where specialized buildings were built with bishops inside of them replacing Jesus Christ as the Head. The leading of the Holy Spirit was replaced with man-made liturgies as templates for “worship.” Money would filter through these Christian temples and their priests would be paid to do their duties. Lavish religious buildings would be built to signify superiority diverting all energies to them instead the priority to those, which God had already given.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BROTHERS, you did it to me.’ – Matthew 25:40
The Ekklesia know that the pattern of the gospel is about encouraging every believer to be a worker of the gospel within his or her sphere of influence anyplace, anywhere and anytime. It is all about serving one another out of agape love, not sitting on a pew and passively listening to some spiritual guru.
Church Saints are NOT the Ekklesia
A Church saint is simply a superstitious term to glorify men of sacred cloth according to man’s traditions. They are among the clergy class who take over the work of the ministry as the educated and learned graduating from seminaries as the officials of church programs.
Men within the Church system have butchered the term “saint” according to Scripture. Those among the Ekklesia understand that a saint is someone who is born again with a mandate to make disciples of the nations through the Gospel of the Kingdom. A church "saint" invites the masses to come to Church in the unregenerate affairs of Churchianity believing that they are “saved” by works of self-righteousness.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, NOT REALIZING that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. – Revelation 3:17
- Church, the Theater of Hypocrisy
When the church institution is weighed and tested with the blueprint of the New Testament, it fails miserably. Their system is completely contrary to the record of the Apostles and Jesus Christ.
A Church is simply a place to find religious hypocrites who attend self-righteous programs believing that “grace” is sitting under an elevated platform where a salaried pompous spiritual guru spews forth his brand of religion.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves TEACHERS TO SUIT THEIR OWN PASSIONS, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to VISIT ORPHANS AND WIDOWS IN THEIR AFFLICTION, AND TO KEEP ONESELF UNSTAINED FROM THE WORLD. – James 1:27
Church is defiled with the stains of the world in the name of tolerance. Love, compassion, forgiveness, grace, etc… mean absolutely nothing at the expense of truth. Tolerance is a fallacy when it comes to following Jesus Christ on the narrow path.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the ekklesia. And if he refuses to listen even to the ekklesia, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. – Matthew 18:17
- The Antichrist Church System: The Orthodoxy of Diotrephes
The followers of Jesus Christ are considered heretics for defying the institutionalized orthodoxy of Diotrephes who is representation of the Antichrist.
Finding wisdom will only come from hearing the voice of Jesus Christ. Sitting at the feet of a “Diotrophes” will only force the demonic “wisdom” of the doctrine of demons down your throat that leads to carnality, double-mindedness and confusion.
But the WISDOM FROM ABOVE IS FIRST PURE, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. – James 3:17
- The Ekklesia is not a Church Building
The modern "church" expects the lost to come to them, and the truth dispensed to them in the “church.” Where in the New Testament does it say to erect a building and invite the lost to come into it?
COME to Church, or GO into the World
The “gospel” of the church is, “Come to our precious building.” “Come into the “house of God” and hear our special religious guru speak.” “Come inside and see what we do!”
The false counterfeit “gospel” has no introduction to Jesus Christ whatsoever.
In stark contrast, the message of the Ekklesia is about repentance and obedience. It is about turning from the ways of the world and drawing near to the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. In order to spread the Good News, one must go out into the world obeying the commands of their King. Obedience is the mandate of every disciple.
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 4:17
DRAW NEAR TO GOD, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:8
And he said to them, “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. – Mark 16:15
Teaching them to OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
God’s house is NOT a Church building, but the children of God. God does not dwell in temples built with man’s hands, but dwells among His Ekklesia. Jesus Christ is the one who saves the soul, not attaining church membership by jumping through all the religious hoops.
The Lawlessness of Tolerance and the Righteousness of God
A prime example of tolerance can be found in the Old Testament when the Israelite’s had no king and everyone did what they thought was right in their own eyes. Everyone tolerated their own version of truth. It was relativism.
In those days there was no king in Israel. EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES. – Judges 21:25
- The Ingredient Missing in the False Gospel of Love
It is true there are hundreds of Bible verses that stress the importance of love, but without the important ingredient that makes up genuine love, it is considered worthless to God.
The Greek word anomia  means lawlessness. Today, many religious people proudly raise their flags of tolerance. Their “truth” is relativism as all paths have merit. God’s says that these people’s version of “righteousness” is as filthy rags.
Righteousness is about what is good and evil in God’s eyes, not the lawlessness of man’s version of “righteousness.”
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for IT DOES NOT SUBMIT TO GOD’S LAW; indeed, it cannot. – Romans 8:7
The Church system is based on tolerating the ideology, theology and traditions of man. It is the epitome of lawlessness on the foundation of the notions of man.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with LAWLESSNESS? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:19
The Doctrines of Men, or the Words of Jesus Christ
The Church doctrines of men are based on private interpretations of Scripture. This leads to the pride and arrogance of the indoctrinated pew warming masses that believe that their “truth,” or doctrine is right in their own eyes. History attests to the pomposity of the Church system and the martyrs who exposed their deception.
Those among the Ekklesia do not follow pulipteers who attempt to tickle their ears, but rely on the Spirit of Truth to guide them into truth. They do not latch onto religious concepts unless they have thoroughly ben weighed, tested and proven.
Carnal men have applied carnal knowledge to their words, concepts and phrases found in Scripture and have duped the masses in the demonic orchestration of them. The indoctrinated will parrot their pastor by cherry-picking, misapplying, twisting and proselytizing them according to their carnal understanding.
Enlightenment from the Spirit of Truth easily discerns deception just like a “noble Berean” who exposes false beliefs in the light of truth.
But as for you, teach what ACCORDS WITH SOUND DOCTRINE. – Titus 2:1
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, EXAMINING the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. – Acts 17:11
- Escaping the Grip of Spiritual Babylon that is the Church System
God is calling His people to come out the "harlot daughters" that are denominations of the modern "church" and enter into the New Spiritual Jerusalem.
The Church is NOT God’s family as they follow the doctrines of their harlot Mother. Those who are seduced and ensnared in her influence will share in her judgment unless they come out of her. Many do not want to heed the voice of Jesus Christ and follow Him out of the grip of spiritual Babylon, but desire to remain content in lawlessness.
The Spirit of Truth does not tolerate partial “truths.” The Ekklesia do not tolerate lawless doctrines that depend on men who make professions of the faith.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and TEACHINGS OF DEMONS – 1 Timothy 4:1
For there is one God, and there is ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5
It is important to be able to discern the religious words that people speak. Although they sound the same, the message behind them makes the distinction between two different kingdoms and the allegiance of the people. The message of that particular kingdom reveals who their king is.
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and DOES NOT UNDERSTAND IT, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. – Matthew 13:19
The true gospel of REPENT AND OBEY will not be found in the churches of men because their attendees practice personal obedience and allegiance to their salaried pulpiteer. In this environment, Satan easily snatches away the true gospel for a smokescreen of religious entertainment all wrapped up in words, terms and phrase found in Scripture, but butchered in meaning to promote a carnal agenda.
Is your Gospel "repent and obey?"
- How to Navigate through the Misuse of Religious Words - 1
One of the most important things in studying the Bible is learning the precise and accurate meanings of the words that are intended to convey a particular message.