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The Twisting of Hebrews 10:25 to Coerce People to go to Church
Those within the man-made religious system called church love to parrot Scripture verses that their Pastor loves to quote from the pulpit. He will quote a particular verse and the pew warmers will gullibly shout, 'amen!' They all assume that he has used the verses in the correct context because he has special framed certificate on his office wall. The assumption is that he knows God's word better than anyone else. To question his supposed 'infallibility' would mean being 'divisive' with the 'touch not God's annointed.'
There are many all too common cherry-picked Scripture verses that are used to coerce people to attend a religious building called 'church' because nothing can be done without the salaried synod telling you what to do.
These counterfeit religious credentialed officers will say that the most important part of the Christian life is attending the institutional church building to attain God. Those who don't are deemed going against God's commands. Anything outside of what they deem 'God's house' is considered walking away from the faith and their covering.
All they are doing is using fear tactics to have control over your life instead of Christ.
Yet, the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands - Acts 7:48
The 'Sacred Cow'
This article will examine one of the most famous 'sacred cow' verses that those within the institutional church system use to make people adhere to their man-made religious traditions called church.
The following is not trying to undermine the importance of fellowshipping with other brothers and sisters in Christ, but to cherry-picking Scripture verses out of context as a manipulation tool to say that it is an obligation or duty to adhere to a temple system that Christ abolished a long time ago.
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5
The system of the modern church is a superficial imitation of the ekklesia that only give lip-service to the teaching of Christ and the apostles. By simply reading the examples of the followers of Christ in Scripture reveals that man-made organized religion is very far from the truth.
The 'sacred cow' verse used to mandate church attendance is,
Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25
Worship is a Lifestyle
First of all, this above verse has absolutely nothing to do with attending church whatsoever. It is not a command to go to a building. The early ekklesia knew that certain places were of no consequence when it came to worshiping God. After Christ rose from the dead and started building his ekklesia, the old temple system was no longer relevant. The body of Christ became 'living stones,' or temples of the Holy Spirit. The temple system with the priesthood became obsolete where Christ became our High Priest.
If we are to worship God as He is, then we must understand that it is not where man thinks He is within man-made physical structures called, 'church.' The carnal mind will vainly attempt to bind God within their confines use hype, imagery, entertainment, music, etc. and believe that their templates, rituals, rites and ceremonies are somehow the work of the Holy Spirit.
Many will say, 'I do not worship the location, but God.' This is false because on the other side of their mouth they will tell you that you must go to a location called church to worship God. If you don't, you are not doing your Christian duty and moral obligation as a tithing member of the institution.
To worship God in spirit and truth exposes man’s vain traditions. There are no liturgy, rites and ceremonies with sanctioned worship time to fit the desires of its hirelings.
Christ draws his people together for edification, worship, fellowship and instruction in a much different manner.
Worship is a lifestyle, or a way of life. It is not about a particular date on the calendar. It is a state of mind and being. The realm where the Holy Spirit abides are in God's people. Living and walking in the spirit of truth is not a religious system that man has developed.
Anyone who has conformed to the harlot church system cannot say that they can worship God anywhere, any place and at any time. They would be hypocrites as they are obligated to attend canned programs and activities that are created for them. The idea of allowing the Holy Spirit to guide those into all truth does not bring in the monetary; therefore, it is sidelined for the predetermined agenda of salaried mediators.
There is a striking dissimilarity between the worship of what is called a church Christian and a follower of Christ. A 'Christian' believes that submitting to God is about attending a place of worship where the method, order and programs are run by ordained officials. Everything is about scheduling people in the when, where and how to worship God.
The Counterfeit Substitute
Walking in the spirit of truth has nothing to do with a phallic steepled building, but is about being in the presence of the Father through Christ, the Head of the ekklesia. Worship is living are lives in one spirit with the Father and the Son. It is not about going into temples built with man’s hands.
Religious men are erecting counterfeit substitutes of temples of the Holy Spirit that are buildings found on every other street corner.
If true believers are temples of the Holy Spirit, then why are men erecting their own temples and calling it 'God's house?'
It is not God’s house and there is nothing holy about it.
The ekklesia are the true tabernacles of God who are a spiritual priesthood that do not associate with places and things as a means to give them power. This is idolatry.
God is not confined to here or there in an exact spot on particular times and dates.
The followers of Christ are temples of the Holy Spirit who can function with their gifts anytime, any place and anywhere just as Christ ministered during his time on earth. He rebuked the religious for attempting to suffocate the ministry of the Kingdom that his Father gave him, which was representing the Kingdom. When we truly follow the the way Christ, it is not planned, restrained and rehearsed, but it is a walk of faith in obedience to the ways of God and the principles of the Kingdom of God, not about man’s traditions.
The only worship God accepts as genuine is in spirit and truth. Any other way is the way of Cain. It is all in vain. The time is coming soon when the fulfillment spoken of in Matthew will take place.
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
Worship within the sphere of denominations and religious ordinances is idolatry. Those who partake of her will not enter the Kingdom of God because they have chosen man's religious kingdom instead.
Are you willing to break from idolatry and depart from the harlot system?
Accessing the Father through the Son is not at a special time or place. The moving of the Holy Spirit is not about playing worship song choruses over and over again with professional musicians, slick sermons and the passing of the tithing plates.
Hebrews 10:25, The Great Gathering
The meaning of Hebrews 10:25 has nothing to do with filling pews for a mandated institutional church meeting. It is about a meeting outside the realm of man and assembling in the Spirit.
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.
Those in the harlot church system twist Scripture for their man-driven agendas
Let’s look at Hebrews 10:24-25 in its context.
What you may find interesting is that the greek word 'episunagōgē' means the above synagogue, the higher meeting, the highest assembly and the higher-than-all-gatherings.
The Greek word for ‘meet together’ is found in only one other place in Scripture.
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our BEING GATHERED (episunagōgē) together to him - 1 Thessalonians 2:1
So what are we not to forsake in Hebrews 10:25?
When we put these verse side by side with 1 Thessalonians 2:1, they parallel the same thing.
We can be certain that the verses in Hebrews have absolutely nothing to with people attending religious man-named buildings under a denominational umbrella worshipping God in the traditions of man who are led by salaried mediators. It has absolutely nothing to do with a 501c3 organization where the masses sit passively in pews being spoon fed the doctrine of demons.
'Episunagōgē' is used only in two places in all of Scripture; therefore, it is quite easy to delineate the meaning.
When Scripture interprets Scripture, we find out that the the purpose of followers of Christ (ekklesia) is to encourage one another in the hope and anticipation of the great gathering, or the great Day when Christ returns. We should not neglect this hope as we see the ‘Day drawing near.’
Hebrews 10:25 is twisted as a coercive tool and fear tactic used by the indoctrinated sheeple and their hireling leaders to make people obey their commands to come to a building they call, ‘church’ and put money into their coffers.
The ekklesia are ‘called out’ of the harlot church system. They are not to go back into it.
As many point their fingers, you can be rest assured that they don’t know what they are talking about. They have not rightly divided the word of truth.
The requirements of assembling together according to church tradition is spiritual death. Spiritual life is in a dimension that is above. The seating of the ekklesia is in a dimension where believers are in one accord with Christ in spirit connected to the heavenly realm being in communion with Christ outside the veil.
The spirit of truth is not within the synagogues of men on Sunday mornings, but the synagogue above within the realm of the Father within His Kingdom. The churches of men are monuments of death to an 'angel of light,' but the eternal harmony of the ekklesia within the Kingdom of God is not about some temporal building, but what is eternal.
The church building is an unburied corpse that lies upon a prime piece of real estate. It is a cemetery where people gather that one day will be destroyed for the same reason the Temple in Jerusalem was in 70 AD.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son – Colossians 1:13
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:1-2
When the Pastor quotes Hebrews 10:25 to convince you to attend church under his lordship say, 'No thanks! I would rather not forsake the upper synagogue, the heavenly tabernacle where I can commune and fellowship freely in the Spirit, not within the bondage of organized religion.'
He will probably have no clue what you are talking about.
And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus – Ephesians 2:6
Is your 'seat with Christ,' or in a pew in a church building?
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