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The 'Little Flock' versus what is called, 'Church'

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Christ uttered many statements in Scripture that gives much insight into who his true followers are and what they are doing in their walk of faith. In light of his statements and comparing them with the manifestation of the church system today, it is hard to reconcile it with the admonition of being doers of the word. Christ gave reference to who was the doorway to salvation, but many have chosen to go through a different door of their own making.

One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?" He said to them, "Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able. – Luke 13:23-24

When we read Christ’s words, we have to ask ourselves,

Who are the ‘many’ who are seeking to enter by the narrow door?

They are many seeking to enter it, but are not able to. When you think about who Christ was referring to, the only conclusion as that his words fits with Christendom where many are giving lip service to Christ, but are denying his words in their actions and behaviours.

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say? – Luke 6:46

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. – Matthew 7:15

Many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. – Matthew 24:11

For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. – Mathew 24:24

Who are the ‘many false prophets’ and where can they be found. It should be obvious, shouldn’t it. It is where the many profess Christ in Christendom. The vast multitudes that are seeking to enter are consistent with Christ’s words. This is what the manifestation of what is called, ‘church’ has become today.

Most people have not taken Christ’s words seriously. The institutional church cannot be the representative of Christ because it has not taken the form that Christ prophesied.

One of the most telling characteristics of those who truly follow Christ is that they listen to his voice. They are the ‘little flock.’

Christ came first for the Jews and then would present the Gospel to the entire world.

Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already. – John 4:35b

Many did not respond to his words that included his family, friends, hometown and his nation.

Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house." – Mark 6:4

Christ realized with disappointment and grief that the Jewish nation would lose the kingdom because they did not respond to God’s word.

"Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruit. – Matthew 21:43

Christ would then foretell their destruction as they blindly clung to the old covenant by rejecting the new. The few that remained loyal followers of Christ would become his ‘little flock’ that would spread as a scattered bunch throughout the world becoming the extensions of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

The early ekklesia were considered heretics by the Jews who did not accept Christ as the Messiah. Because of this, they were increasingly expelled from the synagogues. They then began to meet from house to house being dependent of their knowledge of Christ’s teaching and the testimony of the apostles through oral tradition. They held a common belief that Christ was the Son of God and the way to the Father.

Those who did follow the teaching of Christ would cling to the old covenant and incorporate the traditions of the world including pagan ideologies leading to what is Christendom today.

The Little Flock

From the time of Christ to today, his ‘little flock’ has always been around. They could be found wherever anyone listened to the Good Shepherd. Their purpose was to preserve the words of Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit to keep them alive and bringing remembrance to them.

Don't be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. - Luke 12:32

After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, the ‘little flock’ would go through persecution from those who would misrepresent Christ because they could not bear to hear his voice. This manifestation remains till today from the likes of the same people who partake of the harlot church system that has integrated with the world being ineffective as a tool for redemption. What is called ‘church’ is a trap that uses baits and lures with the promise of salvation and then they slam their doors shut. The sheeple remain inside being assured that they are saved through their ministrations supposedly being forgiven in their man driven templates.

The church system has made their conquest of the world compromising with pagan idolatry and their different versions of God. Their Gospel has been radically changed making it of no effect. They reject Christ as the Messiah while confessing his name at the same time.

In spite of the monstrosity of ‘Christianity’ today, there is a ‘little flock,’ a remnant who belong the Good Shepherd that take heed to the holy words of Christ. Christ has planted his words in them given to him by his Father by the Holy Spirit. The word through Christ came at a great cost and God will not allow them to be eradicated. They word (logos) will always be protected by the Holy Spirit for the sake of the ‘little flock.’

What many fail to understand is the paradox of the church system. They associate with Christ and give lip service to him, but in reality, hate his words because they do not take them seriously, nor do they to put any of them into action.

He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. – John 12:25

Christ’s mission that his Father gave him was the Gospel of the Kingdom that led to his death and resurrection. This is the foundation of his message to sows seeds of the Kingdom in the hearts of men.

The masses and multitudes that claim to follow Christ cannot be synonymous with a remnant, or ‘little flock’ because they are many and do not listen to the words of the Good Shepherd. They are proven to be not of his sheepfold.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27

Oil & Water

A good metaphor between the ‘little flock’ and what is called ‘church’ is the difference between oil and water as they both don’t mix with each other. You can try to shake both vigorously together and they may seem to have mixed, but over time it will turn out to be a vain endeavour.

Usually when we hear of an oil spill in a body of water, it is deemed as a contamination, but many cannot see that mixing truth with lies is folly in their spirituality.

Imagine if there was a major cleanup in what is called, ‘Christianity’ today. It should be quite obvious that money is their primary motive in all that they do. Let’s say we clean this mess up.

What would it look like?

The likes of preachers and their kin would lose their wages. The esteemed seminaries would lose their highly-ranked Doctors and Professors. Also, we cannot forget about the most important thing of all, the tithing plate. Surely, all would fall flat if the plate was no longer passed around on Sundays.

Mixture

In contrast, there are people who are among the ‘called out ones’ who strive to be pure, uncontaminated and uncompromised. They understand that the teachings of Christ and the world do not mix, not even a little bit because it produces a entirely different product. They understand that man has been trying to mix things for centuries claiming it is the way of Christ.

There are countless religious bartenders out there that are mixing all sorts of 'Kool Aid' for the masses to drink. They are busy stirring, shaking and pouring their delicious concoctions derived from the ingredients from the world and the masses are gleefully drinking it up.

This is not so with Christ and his followers. They are insoluble with the world and that is why when they get in close proximity there is persecution and violence for the world does not accommodate the word of truth.

In can be said that the ‘little flock’ and ‘church’ are incompatible as they are two entirely different entities. They cannot dissolve into each other. There is one or the other. However, the Christian religion as it is manifest today mixes readily with the world as they are not like oil and water because they are miscible being homogeneous with one another.

The harlot church system pretends to the sole dispenser of salvation to the world, but in reality, leads the many down the wide road that leads to destruction.

Are you accepting contaminants and drinking whatever concoctions the religious bartenders are serving you?

When the name of Christ is applied to something contaminated, it immediately becomes adulterated. An adulterated Gospel means you cannot be saved nor inherit eternal life.

He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. – John 12:25

Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." He said to him, "You have answered correctly. – Luke 10:25-28

Do you hate life in this world because you can see all the lies and deception that surrounds us?

This world and its ways is what separates us from God. The words of Christ point to another world that will not be contaminated. It is not easy separating from this world, but it is a must for salvation.

It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God." – Mark 10:25

Those who love the things of this world will not hate their lives in this world and turn from its ways.

Believing in the words of Christ and taking heed to them is essential for salvation and eternal life.

Have you studied his every word?

To hate this world means to love God through His Son. Our attitude about our life is the essence of who we are.

He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. – John 12:25

If we do not believe Christ’s words, then we are fooling ourselves by giving lip service to him.

If you love your life here in this fallen world, why would you want to go to God?

Why would you need to repent of it?

You see, the church system is the exact opposite of following Christ. This might be a hard pill to swallow for many, but the facts are in Christ’s own words. If you walk in through the church doors, they will give you lots of stories of what Christ did, or what was done to him, but they will never point to believing what he said, but rather to their own self-help programs. It’s time to stop listening to those who are highly esteemed and exalted among men because they will lead you to ruin.

He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. – Luke 16:15

I don't receive glory from men. – John 5:41

Can you see the oil and the water?

Can you make the distinction between the ‘little flock’ versus ‘church?’

Are you part of the little flock?

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    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 7 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      Charlie: yes I believe in One Source from which all life and religion springs.

      I believe all Humanity is One.

      I believe one person should not harm another.

      For more see:

      https://hubpages.com/family/From-Warrior-to-Office...

      Peace to you and from one to another.

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      charlie 7 weeks ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      P&N here is a conclusion copied from one of JC Obriens articles. and he has more similar

      "Baha'u'llah teaches about the common foundation of religion, oneness of humanity, the elimination of prejudice, the harmony of science and religion and the application of the Golden Rule to our daily lives.

      Baha'i is like the General Motors of religions. It consolidated various divisions into one holding company."

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      PlanksandNails 7 weeks ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jay C Obrien,

      I don't know where you get the idea that I follow 'OT teachings' as you would perceive them to mean. Here is a link to a book that you may find interesting.

      https://www.scribd.com/doc/114209950/Is-God-a-Mora...

      Chapters 15-18 covers some of your question and concerns about God.

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      Jay C OBrien 7 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      "PlanksandNails' goal is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves."

      The Biblical truth is to leave behind the ancient Hebrew view of God as a warrior, killer for the truth Jesus taught: love one another (including your enemy).

      Once we adopt what Jesus taught we can see the ancient stories of God being Angry, Jealous and Wrathful were wrong.

      Joshua was wrong to kill people and claim God had any part in it.

      Joshua was a religious Terrorist. He killed babies and claimed it was by God's command.

      Most of the Bible was written by the Rabbis to justify killing for land. They lied about their enemies to justify themselves.

      Follow Jesus, not Old Testament teachings.

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      PlanksandNails 7 weeks ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      KingdomCome,

      Thanks for reading the article and your comment. It is appreciated.

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      PlanksandNails 7 weeks ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jay C Obrien,

      I do not promote the harming of other people or the practice of terrorism. I'm not sure where you got this idea from the article.

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      PlanksandNails 7 weeks ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Charlie,

      Thanks for the comment.

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      KingdomCome 2 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      PandN-This is another great article. Thank you for sharing it with us. I can only hope many more will take the time to read it and understand it with their heart.

      Ggod bless.

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

      my amen was to P&N

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      Jay C OBrien 2 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      As I understand the article, it is about following Christ. In my opinion one who follows Christ will not harm themselves or another.

      If we apply the above, a soldier would not harm or kill.

      Martyrs would not harm themselves.

      Terrorists would not kill.

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

      jay- what in the world does your comment mean? How does it fit here?

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      Jay C OBrien 2 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      It is wrong for one person to harm another (or themselves), especially in the name of their God. Harming people in the name of God is Terrorism. People who practice Terrorism are mentally ill.

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

      And I add a hearty AMEN, My Brother

      John 8:32

      32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."