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Going to Church is a Religious Trap

Updated on March 13, 2017

Organized religion comprises of people who desire to be led by men with special ecclesiastical titles. They are the lords, or the ruling class of the congregation who replace Christ as the Head of the brethren. This system allows the satanic lust for power to manifest among men who corrupt truth for their own personal gain as the people are attracted to their different baits and lures.

Who is First?

Unfortunately, those who insist on being first as a hireling are not servants, but thieves. They have not become the least, but desire to make servants, or members unto themselves. They are self-serving people who make a living off of your backs.

But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about WHO WAS THE GREATEST. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” - Mark 9:34-35

Those who partake of the hierarchical church system are not led by Christ, but by who he called a 'hireling.' These people are led into premeditated man-made traditions and endeavors led by a mediator who is not Christ. This appointed mediator making the message of Christ of no effect as he bilks people of the monetary by merchandising the Gospel when Christ already paid for all in full.

I have written something to the ekklesia, but Diotrephes, WHO LIKES TO PUT HIMSELF FIRST, does not acknowledge our authority. – 3 John 1:9

An antichrist spirit manifests in those who desire to be first among men because they want to replace Christ's leading for their own. These types are easy to spot because they are found in church buildings everywhere and will always ask for the monetary either directly, or indirectly.

Self-Appointed Men

The antichrist spirit dwells in named religious buildings opposing anything that is Spirit led for the whims of men. Anything that does not conform to the denominational templates are deemed divisive to the cause.

An important question we must always ask ourselves,

Are we being led by the Holy Spirit, or by men?

There are many men who assume their supremacy over others and strive to give themselves a name.

Are you this type of person who gives into their desires?

What is called church is all about advertising man’s own self-righteousness in their communities to lure in the next customer through their doors. The more people herd through the doors, the more the money flows in. We should know this as the clergy’s lust for money is at its peak during the many pagan holidays throughout the year.

At the forefront of religious idolatry are the appointed men who have the spirit of Diottrephes lording the masses to spiritual death and ultimately God’s wrath. Unfortunately, many do not see church as a trap because they are baited into believing that they are protected behind their precious four-walls. God has never protected those who are under the guidance and authority of men who lust for money, power and control.

Have you ever considered why many choose to listen to self-appointed men rather than whom God has appointed to be King of kings and Lord of lords?

It is a futile attempt to come together to worship the one true God under the organization and umbrella of the authority of men.

Those among the ekklesia are Spirit led and do not recognize the authority of carnal men and women who turn the gifts of God into self-appointed titles.

Organization

Any assembly organized by religious hirelings is antichrist.

Walking in obedient faith is not about a religious template, but complete reliance on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is no need, or benefit of the liturgy of man-made ordinances, rites and membership obligations.

He said to them, “Then RENDER TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR’S, and to God the things that are God’s.” - Luke 20:25

In likewise fashion, we must render what is of the antichrist spirit to the things that are antichrist, and to God the things that are God’s.

At the top of organized religion is Satan. He uses men with titles who love to lord over the people rather than serve them. They abuse Scripture by twisting it to fuel their carnal agendas revolves around the monetary on their elevated platforms.

You will notice that the precedent of the church system is that it must require financing before they can do anything. Funding and tithing is at the forefront of their actions and behaviours. They defy Kingdom principles and their products are antichrist spirit filled automatons called ‘Christians’ who are seared in harlot doctrines.

Unfortunately, most of the world fails to comprehend that those who have the fruit of the spirit point to the Kingdom of God, not religious man-made buildings.

Works

The ekklesia of Christ understand that when the work of the Kingdom of God needs to be carried out, it is of no consequence whether there are finances or not. It is the hearts of carnal men in their futile pursuits of self-righteousness that need to see the flow of the monetary before they will even lift a finger to do anything.

Those who desire to walk as Christ did understand that financial is of no consequence when God calls them to do something. All that is required is knowing whether God has called you to do something and then walking it out in obedient faith. It's really that simple.

Don't listen to the fund raisers and their marketing tactics who want to lure and bait you into their man-driven agendas. Christ and the apostles had no need for, nor put any value on their faithless work.

Doing God’s work is about giving, not taking. It is about serving, not lording. It never points to a religious brand-name as a means to finance 'the work of God.' It is an antichrist spirit that demands finances before anything can be done. We should know them because the monetary is their god.

The true work of God is always possible, but the work of an antichrist will always demands contributions, sponsors, donations, tithes, pledges and any other financing tactic requiring the religious synod to 'drill for oil first' rather than first walking in obedient faith and taking heed to God’s instructions.

Beware of anyone who says, 'If it wasn’t for your generous contributions, we wouldn’t be able to do God’s work.' This was never about God’s work, but about stroking egos.

Making a Career Out of the Gospel

A follower of Christ is not a taker, but a giver. They do not focus on the temporal, but the eternal. They do not require someone with a man-made title to tell them what to do before they do the work of the Lord. It is simply about being obedient and using the gift God has given them any place, anywhere and at any time.

It is important to understand that God never calls anyone into a full-time salaried job for the Gospel. If you are personally financed to spread the Gospel, then your 'gospel' is antichrist. It is a carnal mind desires to become a hireling for the 'Kingdom of God' preaching 'Christ' and for personal gain.

Did you know that all Scripture that is used to support a salaried position in the body of Christ must been twisted out of context?

The phrase 'full-time ministry' is a crock. Someone who says that they want to devote all their time 'working for the Lord,' but requires pay to do it is an antichrist and a fraud. They betray the example of Christ and the apostles who freely gave of themselves to others.

Hirelings are traitors to the pure faith.

The Trap

Millions of people partake of organized religion and sit quietly in their church pews to listen to a salaried antichrist called Pastor. The indoctrinated pew warmer does not understand that Christ is the one who organizes his people. When man attempts to do it, there will always be someone who desires special attention demanding to run the show. Anything that defies the leading of the Holy Spirit is antichrist.

Many are called, but few are chosen because of man’s desire to be great, to be recognized and wanting to stand out for their own glory. It is ego driven, not Spirit led.

To worship God in spirit and truth requires humility, not accolades from man. God does not respect the ego that requires a podium and offering baskets.

Christ handed around baskets of bread, not tithing plates.Can you see the clear distinction?

He must increase, but I MUST DECREASE. - John 3:30

Anything that is done within the framework of denominations and organized religion is a creation of man. It is void of the Holy Spirit. The framework of organized religion demands finances and leadership of salaried men.

Anyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit is in unity with Christ under the direct leadership of the one true Shepherd.

For we are NOT, like so many, PEDDLERS OF GOD’S WORD, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. – 2 Corinthians 2:17

And constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, IMAGINING THAT GODLINESS IS A MEANS OF GAIN. – 1 Timothy 6:5

The system of church is a trap. Get out while you still can before it is too late.

Accessing Kingdom Resources, or Man’s Fund Raisers

To drive the point again, the problem with man-made religion is that in order to ‘God's work,’ they first use the market crier called Pastor to push for pledges, donations, tithes, or whatever other word they use to canvas the pew warmers to empty purses and wallets.

The true servant of God understands that they already have been given access to God’s resources.

Why would a servant of God leave the Kingdom storehouse and go out on their own to ‘drill for oil?’

When we call something ‘God's work’ then that is what it is. It only follows that it will be supported by God Himself. Accessing the Kingdom storehouse requires obedient faith, not going around extorting money from the gullible. What an insult to God and what is called a walk of faith.

What is called Christian labour today is simply something that done according to the size of the budget. Once the money is used up, the singing of ‘Kumbaya’ stops and the sob story begins that there is not enough money to continue the ministry until we see more pledges.

The church telethon is never-ending. You just have to wake up to figure this out.

This is the epitome of putting trust in man instead of God, is it not?

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength - Jeremiah 17:5

The work that God assigns His servants to do has all the Kingdom resources already available to them. There is no need to continue to lobby for monies, or hold fund raisers. These are the carnal endeavors of human conception, but God has no use for the offerings of ‘Cain.’

Why would we need to pay anyone to do the work of God?

The work of God through His Son has been paid in full!

As citizen of the Kingdom of God who walks in faith and obedience already has access to God's unlimited resources. No pandering for money required, or asking permission from a hireling first.

The work of God is exactly what it is and does His works through His people as causal agents to spread the truth about His Kingdom. Think about it, if God does the work, then it would be an insult to believe that He would need our money for Him to do only what He can do.

Christ when he walked the earth was only able to do what he did by his Father working through him.

If man believes they need money to do God's work, then the only logical conclusion is that they somehow believe that God is dependent on them to get anything done. This is their delusion.

We can do nothing good unless God’s Spirit is working through us; otherwise, it is all in vain. Antichrist religion is about doing self-righteous works in Christ’s name. Ecclesiastical men are in charge claiming to be ministers of ‘righteousness,’ but can only do ‘God’s work’ after the money rolls in.

There is a much easier way. Throw out the clergy and follow the way of Christ where the price has already been paid.

The genuine Gospel has nothing to do with what we do, but everything to do with what Christ has done. The price has been paid.

Let’s go out and preach what Christ has done, not what your Pastor is doing.

It’s time to wake up. Paying someone for something that has already been paid for is foolishness.

Walking in through the doors of a church is trap.

Be careful, the bait and lures are always changing.


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    • Rich kelley profile image

      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      The shepherd is one function in the body, it is not a vocation and comparing it with other vocations to justify payment is typical of how things are done in the world. Justifying payment to clergy after reading this hub and comments that are based on scripture not traditions of men, just means that things are just like they were when Christ was here, the traditions of men out weight the Words of God.

      John 10:12-13 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

      These are the words of Christ, no hirelings allowed.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Hendrika- Your comment is the very point PandN in trying to make in this article. Your comment reveals just how carnel minded you are. I will pick apart your comment to show you what I'm talking about.

      " You are right, there are many churches out where money is all it is about, but there are also churches where the Gospel is preached."

      If your church is not about money why "Once a year is the Budget drawn up." In the ekklesia there is NO BUDGET, ever. But every church who think they preach the Gospel, all have a BUDGET.

      " The church I BELONG TO has many checks in place to prevent the pastors from getting a hold on it."

      EVERY pastor of all churches ALREADY has a HOLD ON IT. Your just to blind to see it. You have no idea if they stray from it because as a pew warmer your to blind see to it. The four walls of your church that you GO TO is part of the blindness.

      " The Holy Spirit rules and if that is not the case they are not wlcome."

      If the Holy Spirit truly rules within your church, then who among you has the authority to say that a pastor is not welcome. In the ekklesia this would not be an issue. In the ekklesia we ALL serve as equals. We share the undersandings of the Gospel. There is not one person or two above the rest. And Jesus Christ is the Head of the ekklesia.

      "If you stay away from organized religion all the time you also stand in danager of straying if you do not have brother and sister to draw your attention when you are not right about something."

      Organized religion IS THE PROBLEM. Organized religion is the anti-christ system. But again as a pew-warmer your to blind to see it for what it is. The one's who are in danger of straying are the one's in the organized church system who are spoon fed false doctrine while warming the pew. I don't go to brother's and/or sister's if I stand in danger of straying, I go to God word and study. In the ekklesia we have a responsibility to study God's word. This does no mean we write off fellowshipping with fellow believers.

      "I have to say, on the contrary, in our church the pastor always have to keep the congregation in mind and will not get always with anything that is not Biblical and money is never preached."

      Of course the pastor has to keep the congregation in mind, because the congregation is where his/her money will come from. Let the congregation hear the real truth and see how fast the pastor is out of a job. You mention "NOT BIBLICAL" , well when pew warmers are already blind how do they know what is biblical. You say money is never preach.

      "Once a year the budget is drawn up and that it it."

      In the four Gospel of Matthew Mark, Luke and John, have you ever heard of or read about a budget in Jesus Christ's ministry. Have you ever heard anything from the writing of the Apostles about a budget in the ministry. In the ekklesia, money and budget don't exist. The ekklesia has no dependence on money, but churches depend on money

      "Very often the pastors decline a raise in their pay that is already way below what other professionals get with the same amount of study."

      Would a pastor continue to preach the Gospel in your church if he/she did not get paid at all. How long would pastor last in your church if they never again receive a pay. Would the pastor continue to preach in your church. Not likely. In the ekklesia, we earn a living by other means and still have time to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

      "Ask me, my son is a theologian with a doctors degree and can hardly make ends meet."

      Your comment here is typical of a pew-warmer. You must be very PROUD of him. I guess you thought the doctors degree in THEOLOGY will help bring in the money. Many of those in the ekklesia are very knowledgeable in God's word. Although I have well over 10,000 hours of study of God's word, I have no problem spreading the gospel of the Kingdom of God for free. And still manage to hold down a full time job. I don't have a degree in theology or for anything else for that matter. In the ekklesia it is not expect nor do we ask to make money from God's word. We spread the Good News of the Kingdom of God because God expects us to.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I cannot agree with you. You are right, there are many churches where money is all it is about, but there are also churches where the true Gospel is preached. The church I belong to has many checks in place to prevent the pastors from getting a hold. If they stray, they are in trouble. The Holy Spirit rules and if that is not the case they are not welcome in our church any more. If you stay away from organized religion all the time you also stand in danger of straying if you do not have brother and sisters to draw your attention when you are not right about something.

      I have to say, on the contrary, in our church the pastors always have to keep the congregation in mind and will not get away with anything that is not Biblical and money is never preached. Once a year the budget is drawn up and that is it. Very often the pastors decline a raise in pay that is already way below what other professionals get with the same amount of study. Ask me, my son is a theologian with a doctors degree and can hardly make ends meet.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Today if you point out the error in something with scripture very often the response from those in the institutional church trying to maintain the status quo is; what is your denomination? Where do you attend church? Who are the senior elders that you answer to? What church do you pastor? How many people are in your church? What seminary did you go to? What is your theological doctrine in?

      Everything I’ve listed as questions are common and very much of this world. None of the questions have anything to do with the Ekklesia or the Kingdom of God. People with worldly beliefs tend to support one another. An example would be most that attend the institutional church believe that tithing is a required biblical practice. Most that attend religious gatherings believe the pastor should have seminary training and a degree in some biblical topic. The disciple of Christ needs and will be better off with none of what the world considers important. The authority that we have to challenge the world, the institutional church and pastors on forums is Christ, the Holy Spirit and His word. When Christ directs us, may we all turn tables over.

      John 2:18 The Jews then responded to him, "What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"

      Rich

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Rich Kelley,

      Why would we need to pay someone to do the work of God?

      As citizen of the Kingdom of God who walks in faith and obedience already has access to God's unlimited resources. No pandering for money required, or asking permission from a hireling first.

      The work of God is exactly what it is, God does His work through His people as causal agents. If God does the work, then it would be an insult to believe that He would need our money for God to do only what He can do. No mere man can save anyone, it is a miracle of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

      If man believes that He needs money to do God's work, then He believes that God is dependent on him to get anything done. This is delusional.

      We can do nothing good unless God is the one working through us; otherwise, it is a vain endeavour no matter how many ways it is spun. "Churchianity" is the epitome of doing God's work in His name, but God does not know them because ecclesiastical men have become the self-appointed "gods" and made themselves the "saviors" over the masses claiming to do God's work for Him. What they fail to realise is that they cannot do the work of God because it is solely done by Him. To extort people of their hard earned money to do something that God does for free is robbery.

      In the church system, it is man who does the "work of God," but they require money for something Jesus Christ has already paid the price for.

      The Gospel has nothing to do with what we do, but everything to do with what Jesus Christ has done. The price has been paid; therefore, paying someone for something that has already been paid for is ridiculous.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      John 10:12-13 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

      Question: Why would a disciple of Christ pay a hireling to be in charge of and look after the sheep?

      Answer: The disciple has made a choice to believe someone other than Christ, that makes them a disciple of whom?

      Question: Why would a disciple of Christ ignore the words of the Apostle and brother in Christ called Peter when he wrote;

      1Peter 5:2-3 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

      Answer: The disciple does not understand that you cannot receive money for service. Once you have received money for something you are obligated to do what you have been paid for. There is no longer " because you are willing" if you are on the payroll. Receiving money obligates you to do something until you decide to bolt or move on. Today it has gone so far as to invite the wolf in to increase the multitudes and compensation.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      The salaried-to-serve will jump around and use Scripture verses and even go to the Old Testament and use the Levites to justify receiving a salary.

      The Levite priests serving in the temple were allowed to eat the meat and the grain that was brought as sacrifices. In 1 Chronicles 23-24 they were divided into divisions that served two weeks out of the year, but for the remainder of the year they worked with their own hands for the needs of their families on the land they were given (Numbers 35) with herds and crops. The Levites had an allotted time to serve in the Tabernacle/ Temple for two weeks, then dwelled and worked in the cities that were scattered around Israel.

      The Levites did not make a living from the tithes and offerings, but had their own vocation and worked as a herdsmen, potter, textiles, etc… who worked with their hands to make a living.

      By the time Jesus Christ walked on the earth the priests lived and worked in the Temple and acquired real estate to grow the temple grains. They became wealthy by turning the temple into a place of trade by selling animals without blemish. It was clear what Jesus thought and was angered by their behaviors because they were leveraging the Law to make money.

      In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the MONEY-CHANGERS and overturned their tables. – John 2:14-15

      This is strikingly familiar within the churches of men who believe that they are entitled to their own enrichment on the backs of the people.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      The “senior pastor” will require each church member to tithe for dishonest gain.

      For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, WHOSE MOUTHS MUST BE STOPPED, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. – Titus 1:10-11

      The churches of men are in disobedience for supporting paid ministers. Scripture makes it clear what the wages of a minister are defined by Jesus in Luke 10:1-10. They are hospitality, which includes staying at a home, eating and drinking whatever they are given.

      In parallel verses in Matthew 10: 8-10 it says, …Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; FOR A WORKER IS WORTHY OF HIS FOOD.

      Food is a wage, but it is NOT a salary.

      Matthew 10 is the Law of First mention, which determines how wages are defined. Other Scripture verses clearly support this.

      Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities — Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, AND MANY OTHERS WHO PROVIDED FOR HIM FROM THEIR SUBSTANCE. – Luke 8:1-3

      This is hospitality.

      The context of the Apostles who had a right to receive a wage does not relate to a local preacher/ minister.

      Matthew 10 and Luke 10 clearly refer to all ministers who were sent out by Jesus to preach the Gospel.

      And how shall they preach UNLESS THEY ARE SENT? – Romans 10:15

      And AS YOU GO, PREACH, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE. – Matthew 10:7-8

      Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? I ROBBED OTHER CHURCHES, TAKING WAGES.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Can we use this following verse a a "proof" text for the salaried church class?

      Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his wages." - 1 Timothy 5:17-18

      Earlier in 1 Timothy, it speaks of honoring widows, but this honor does not mean a paid salary. In the same way in 1 Timothy 6:1, a slave honoring his master is not giving him a salary either.

      But a HIRELING, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The HIRELING flees because he is a HIRELING and does not care about the sheep. - John 10:12-14

      The word minister is derived from the Greek word diakonos, meaning servant, but a hireling works for wages.

      "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON." - Luke 16:13

      FREELY you have received, FREELY give. - Matthew 10:8

      How can someone minister and be paid a salary qualify themselves as freely giving?

      The salaried-to-serve born in the seminaries of men will always try to justify their paid positions.

      Nevertheless we have NOY USED THIS RIGHT, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ… But I HAVE USED NONE OF THESE THINGS, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. - 1 Corinthians 9:12-16

      Paul was practicing what Jesus taught him, not what the seminaries of men taught him as a Pharisee.

      What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not ABUSE MY AUTHORITY in the gospel. – 1 Corinthians 9:18

      For we are not, as so many, PEDDLING THE WORD OF GOD; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. – 2 Corinthians 2:17

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      I had posted this article on a certain website and a follower of their pastor posted the link and said, "Another rant against the church." to see how their pastor would respond.

      His response was, "Clearly the author hasn't read the Old Testament with it's *extremely* organized religion, and the new testament verses like this (affirming paid organizational church officers...) :"

      and then he quoted this verse,

      The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” - 1 Timothy 5:17-18

      What is unfortunate is the response to their pastor's minion comment which was,

      "Yup."

      The thing is, it is easy to attack the character of the author with unfounded statements, but to actually come to the article and refute it without twisting Scripture probably won't happen.

      The salaried-to-serve love to twist Scripture as "proof texts" to justify receiving a salary and the church minion will simply nod and accept their pastor's response as truth. To be a Berean requires a more in depth study to rightly divide the Word of God than cherry picking a verse and making false assumptions.

      There is no justification for paid church officers and every Scripture verse that is used as a “proof” text has been twisted out of context.

      You will find nowhere in the New Testament where any among the early ekklesia received salaries, but they were admonished by Paul to work with their own hands (vocation). The "wages" for feeding the flock were food, shelter and to cover expenses when someone was away from their vocation when traveling to preach the Gospel. There was never a salary. Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron.

      But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. - 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

      Paul worked with his hands as a tent maker.

      And remain in the same house, EATING and DRINKING what they provide, for the laborer deserves his WAGES. Do not go from house to house. – Luke 10:7

      Paul could have used his "rights" to receive "wages," but he relinquished them and said,

      What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel FREE of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:18

      Scripture does NOT support "salaried positions" for resident ministers.

      There are many Scripture verses that become crystal clear if you read them without seeing them through an authoritative denominational lens.

      Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a WORKER IS WORTHY OF HIS FOOD. - Matthew 10:9-10

      Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:14

      We see here in the context of 1 Corinthians is referring to the command of the Lord given in Matthew 10.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      John 11:7 Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."

      What is in Judea? The physical temple, the Levitical priest, the religious system and eventually death. Today if we keep going to Judea death will be the end results of our efforts. Christ allowed Judea to kill Him to fulfill what the Father ordained. Because of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus we no longer have to die in Judea, we have been set free in Christ to be built up as part of His temple. Today's temple is being judged and if you remain, not one stone will remain on another, you will be judged.

      Rich

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Rich,

      Unfortunately, if they don't get the message soon , Jesus Christ will let them know the consequences of following after the traditions of men.

      On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you WORKERS OF LAWLESSNESS.’ - Matthew 7:22-23

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      No one wants to be told their "church" is not built by Christ but by man.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Rich Kelley,

      The verse you quoted (1 Peter 2:5) tells us that the spiritual sacrifices that are offered to God within the man created church buildings are not acceptable to Him. They are done in vain, just as Cain's sacrifice was not accepted.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      You are right, it is a great effort to un-indoctrinate from the beast system, but with the Lord's help, the result is freedom from religious oppression. As you said, "...it is by far worth it." God Bless.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Celafoe,

      We must continue the effort in exposing the church abomination for what it is so that more and more will come out of these harlots. Thank-you for the encouragement.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      lifegate,

      The problem with "Churchianity" is that in order for them to do "God's" work, they first use the market crier called "pastor" to push for pledges, donations, tithes, or whatever other word they use to canvas the pew warmers to fill the coffers.

      The true servant of God understand Kingdom principles. They know that they have been given access to God’s store of already provided resources. Why would a servant of God leave the Kingdom storehouse and go out on their own to "drill for oil?" Many fail to understand that God's work is supported by God Himself. To leave the Kingdom storehouse is an insult to God. To ask people for money to do God's work is extortion.

      "Churchianity" will labor according to the size of their pockets and will stop once they are empty; then you will hear some sob story that they need even more money. This is the curse of putting trust in man instead of God.

      Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength - Jeremiah 17:5

      The work that God assigns His servants to do has all the Kingdomm resources available to them, there is no need to lobby for monies, or hold fund raising meetings. This is the carnal endeavors of human conception, but God has no use for "Cain's" offerings.

      Thanks for taking the time to read the article. God Bless.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      1Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

      What Peter points out is not taking place in the build as this article so rightly points out.

      Thank you

      Rich

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Again, direct and to the point. But most of all it's the truth. I hope many take this article to heart and have the willingness to remove the blinders. It will take effort for many but it is by far worth it.

      Great article and God bless.

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      charlie 2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      wow it can't be said any more clearly and scripturally correct then this. I have believed this for sooo many years but have never explained or seen it explained so clearly. This is the truth ALL true believers MUST SEE and understand to truly be able to walk in the Kingdom and be led by THE HOLY SPIRIT without falling into the hands of those false "leaders"

      All these related articles need to collated into book form and be made available for your usual charge (free) on amazon.

      God please keep blessing my brother and even increase his anointing.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "Doing God’s work is about giving, not taking." I think that says it all, PandN. I also like the first pic on this page. It presents quite n image.