- Religion and Philosophy
Lone Rangers are Part of the Body of Christ
For those who have left the corrupt denominational institutional 501c3 business called church will often hear the retorts from the pew-warmer that we are commanded to fellowship in one of their many denominational buildings. They will quote Hebrews 10:25 and call you a 'lone ranger' because you do not attend their religious services and conforming to their templates to attain God.
They will say, 'You should not forsake joining and participating in a local church where the Pastor(s) teach truth.'
Disobedience, or Ignorance
The 'sacred cow' text they love to quote is Hebrews 10:25.
"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."
What you may find interesting is that 'episunagōgē' means the above synagogue, the higher meeting, the highest assembly and the higher-than-all-gatherings.
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our BEING GATHERED (episunagōgē ) together to him - 1 Thessalonians 2:1
Hebrews 10:25: What Are We Not To Forsake?
For further clarification on Hebrews 10:24-25 please peruse this link. Read it a few times over and let it sink in.
Both Scripture verses have absolutely nothing to with people attending man-named buildings under a denominational template worshipping God in the traditions of man led by those on a pay roll.
'Episunagōgē' can only be referenced only two places in all of Scripture.
The purpose of followers of Christ is to encourage one another in anticipation of the great gathering, or 'the great Day when Christ returns, not assembling into 501c3 status buildings by sitting passively in pews, listening to a hireling and passing around tithing plates.
As the indoctrinated church member ignorantly points the finger, you can be rest assured that they don’t know what they are talking about as they have not rightly divided the word of truth.
The Loneliness of Leaving the Harlot Church System
There are issues that many of those who have heeding God's call to come out of the harlot church system. Some of the withdrawal symptoms are feelings of loneliness and isolation from the fellowship they once had. Their connection and membership with the religious social club has been broken. They will bombarded by with other twisting Scripture to get them to come back to their religious four-walled worlds. These coercive tactics are meant to make many concede into believing that they are not in a good place isolating themselves from the church system.
Seeds of Doubt
We can be assured by the testament of Christ and the apostles that the modern harlot church system is spiritual adultery. It is the counterfeit of the body of Christ.
Satan will use those he has deceived to tell you that you are out of God’s and use guilt and condemnation. This should be considered normal behaviour as Satan will use those he owns to convince you that the counterfeit church system is God's plan and sow seeds of doubt in those who have made the decision to leave.
There can be much frustration when people try do things on their own strength. They will tirelessly try to find a body of believers who are outside the mainstream church system, but will be bombarded with the religious marketing and advertising outlets as the religious world market their own denominational name brands.
It says in Scripture that Christ is the one who is building his ekklesia; therefore, the ideology of the man-driven church system fails on this premise because they have denied the working of the Holy Spirit by creating their own agendas.
The vain search to physically find a like-minded body of believer through our own efforts will lead to frustration. The fear of being believing that you are out of God’s will and missing out on the current and latest things going on in the religious world are lies form the devil.
One of the hardest things to break free from once someone has left the church system is all the baggage that they decided to bring with them. This is a heavy burden as we must abandon all to follow Christ. To continue to carry the weight of all the man-made obligations will choked out the life giving leading of the Holy Spirit. Christ said his burden is light, yet many still want to cling to the whims of religious hirelings to guide their path.
The Lone Ranger
There is a famous fictional western character called the Lone Ranger who had a helper called Tonto. Many don’t know that Tonto in Spanish means 'moron,' or 'fool.' The Lone Ranger had a friend who was his sidekick who was given a derogatory name.
In similar fashion, this is the typical of how a those in the church system will view those who do not conform to their ways and call you a 'lone ranger' and consider you a 'fool.' They fail to understand that the Lone Ranger had great abilities who was trained to be an expert marksman and hand-to-hand combatant and he also was not absolutely alone. The fact is, he had a helper who had saved him from an ambush. Tonto called him 'ke-mo sah-bee' that meant 'faithful friend,' or 'trusty scout.'
Through the physical eyes of the indoctrinated, a 'lone ranger' is considered an outcast who has isolated himself from the security of man-made traditions. His helper has been given an offensive prejudiced derogatory name, but he was actually a faithful friend who looks out for him.
Fear not, for I AM WITH YOU; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will HELP you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
YOU SHALL SEEK THOSE WHO CONTEND WITH YOU, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “FEAR NOT, I am the one who HELPS you.” – Isaiah 41:10-13
But the HELPER, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. - John 14:26
I hope you may be getting a clearer picture. The lone ranger is not liked by the institutional church members who are led by their own posse of hirelings who love to ambush the loner with their twisted doctrines. They do not understand that the lone ranger is not alone, but has a helper, the Holy Spirit. By having a relationship with the Father through what Christ has done, the Helper, the Holy Spirit trains the lone ranger to become great warrior for the Kingdom.
The institutional church member does not see it that way. The lone rangers are the betrayers of man’s religious agendas by following the guidance of their Helper. To the church member sees this as being 'foolish' and 'moronic.'
A genuine 'Lone Ranger' has been trained as a skilful warrior who is a marksman in the truth of God’s word. They have been 'called out' of the worldly system to be a light by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth. Christ is their 'faithful friend.'
Those in the harlot church system do not like the biblical Christ, but prefer a 'Jesus' of their own making created from their vain imaginations.
Being called a 'Lone Ranger' is meant to be an insult and instil fear and condemnation. This is a tactic of Satan to deter those from the most important part of their walk with Christ. It is where we allow the Holy Spirit to train us in the gifts that we have been given. The training isn’t easy. It is not like the church system where you are spoon fed pabulum from the Pastor and suckling the pacifier of entertainment. To the contrary, we learn how to put on and wear the armour of God and practice using the sword of truth. It is about recognizing the one true Shepherd’s voice and being obedient to it.
Come Sing with Us as Worship Pastor Leads Us into Song
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Churchy Street
Come and play
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Churchy Street
It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To Happy people like you--
Happy people like
What a beautiful
Come and Join us for Worship, Can I Get an Amen Church!
Did your eyes gloss over?
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I BECAME A MAN, I GAVE UP CHILDISH WAYS. - 1 Corinthians 13:11
Being in the Wilderness is a Good Thing
The process of maturing in Christ is shedding our carnal nature. It is about being released from the influence of those who are oppressive and in captivity themselves. There is no double-mindedness under the authority of Christ.
The false perception of success in greater numbers within the church system reveals the greater number of those who have voluntarily entered into the shackles of man-made religious that puts man as the head rather than Christ.
When we come to understand that the concept of church is a lie, we will no longer have anything to do with the rule of religious hirelings, but come under the authority of Christ.
Those who choose to leave religious corruption will end up in the wilderness. This is a place of vulnerability and this is where the religious posse will try to ambush you. They will demonize you calling you a lone ranger who they say is 'rebellious,' 'divisive,' 'intolerant,' 'a heretic' and 'backslidden.'
Remember, your conviction to leave came form the Holy Spirit. It is the antichrist spirit that makes people comfortable with themselves in social rituals where 'ear candy' is served. They fell secure in numbers, however Scripture states,
I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, WILL HE FIND FAITH ON EARTH?” – Luke 18:18
Withdrawal symptoms are inevitable, but remain steadfast and the peace will come.
"The STEADFAST OF MIND You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3
The Holy Spirit will draw us to like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ, but it will not look like what religious men are doing. There is a remnant out there. We must learn to be guided by our Helper and trust solely in God's Son. It is only then that we will recognize our other brothers and sisters who are in Christ.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF and take up his cross and follow me. - Matthew 16:24
As attested in Scripture, many disciples did not continue following Christ, but turned back.
If you are discouraged, realize that you have a faithful friend who will never leave you, or forsake you. Your faithful friend has come to save you. Yes, you will be called a 'lone ranger,' but consider it a blessing that many will revile you for walking on the narrow path.
BLESSED ARE YOU when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. – Matthew 5:11
Be assured that there are a remnant of brothers and sisters in Christ who do not conform to religious man-made traditions.
Although the ekklesia are a scattered bunch and may be hard to find, the Holy Spirit will guide us together in one spirit. All the brethren throughout the world are in one accord in a spiritual community in Christ having a great hope for the great gathering (episunagōgē) of the saints upon his return.
We are a 'called out' and scattered locally and internationally. A common bond can be found among those who spread the Gospel of the Kingdom by heeding to and walking in Kingdom initiatives and principles through the working of the Holy Spirit.
Where are the ekklesia to be found?
The Holy Spirit will guide you to them. It is not a bond in man’s traditions, but a spiritual bond. The ekklesia are not identified by glossy religious physical distinctions and destinations, but are identified by their spiritual distinction of being allegiant to the principles the Kingdom of God. By being born again you will be able to discern what is and what is not part of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3
The Kingdom of God does not consist of denominational church buildings. Institutional pew-warming members cannot see this as they are shackled to their twisted 'sacred cow' verses believing Hebrews 10:25 means worshipping God in an abolished and obsolete temple system.
"Thus you NULLIFY THE WORD OF GOD by your TRADITION that you have handed down. And you do many things like this." - Mark 7:13
As we are trained in the gifts God has given us and learn how to use them, we will find others who are doing the same as they too are in one accord with Christ.
Our indoctrinated preconceived ideas must be shed. We must learn to listen and recognize the voice of God, which requires staying away from the zealous carnal noise of man’s traditions. From there, we will learn to recognize who the true followers of Jesus Christ are and the ones who just give him lip service.
It may seem lonely, but you are not alone because you have a faithful friend. That is where it starts. It is a day-to-day journey with your 'Helper.' It’s not about a career, money, or ministry vocation. It is about learning how to listen and obey and also ignoring the posse of 'pious parrots' and the 'pulpit peacocks' with their vain religious opinions.
Christ was called many names, and if we follow him we will be called worse.
"Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the Master of the household, HAVE BEEN CALLED THE PRINCE OF DEMONS, the members of My household WILL BE CALLED BY EVEN WORSE NAMES!" – Matthew 10:25
“If the world HATES YOU, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world HATES YOU. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also PERSECUTE YOU. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. – John 15:18-20
With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and THEY MALIGN YOU – 1 Peter 4:4
The Lone Rangers, Foreigners and Nomads
It is important to study God’s word with the guidance of the Holy Spirit that is not tainted with an indoctrinated lens. The supposed wisdom of religious men and God’s wisdom are two totally different and opposing things.
Who cares what other people think. Many who read this will find this text offensive. They are used to a religious template where they get theur egos stroked and the backs patted. We will look like 'fools' to them in their eyes because we don’t play church anymore with them.
Disciples of Christ no longer belong to the world and do not identify themselves by the world’s standards. We are foreigners and nomads on this earth. That is why we will be called 'lone rangers,' however we can call them 'pew-warmers.'
Abraham was a foreigner who was called to leave his home and by obedient faith he forged ahead. He had to trust in God while in the wilderness living in tents. This did not deter him because he continued to move forward with the confidence and hope of the promise that was given to him. He saw the Kingdom of God with his spiritual eyes.
We too must heed the call of God through his Son. We must abandon the vain harlot church and all the baggage that comes with it.
The narrow path may not be comfortable at times and requires a lot of perseverance, but it will be so worth it in the end.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, AND HOPE DOES NOT PUT US TO SHAME, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5
Be encouraged. We are not alone. We have a Helper to guide our path and lead us along the way.
Have you ever been deemed a 'Lone Ranger' for not attending church?
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