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The Twisting of Hebrews 10:25 to Coerce People to go to Church

Updated on June 10, 2017
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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

And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. - Acts 7:41
And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. - Acts 7:41


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

The church building is an unburied corpse that lies upon a prime piece of real estate.
The church building is an unburied corpse that lies upon a prime piece of real estate.

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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    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Mark & Anneliese,

      I too have come out of spiritual Babylon and wrestled with missing the social club aspect of the harlot system. I also went through the wilderness experience as Rich touched on in his comment. Once the withdrawal symptoms started to dissipate, the discovery and revelation of true freedom in Jesus Christ becomes a startling reality. It becomes much easier to hear God and His direction without the double-minded distractions of organized religion.

      Life is no longer about who I would like to be around, but how and where He leads me. When He becomes the director, there are many opportunities to share the Truth by His leading using the gifts He has given you instead of being a shackled religious puppet of organized religion.

      Be encouraged, there are more that you think who are the Ekklesia throughout the world. They are never found in the churches of men.

      God draws us together in the most unlikely ways. I am encouraged that you stopped by to share your experiences.

      God Bless.

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      Rich Kelley 

      3 years ago

      Mark & Anneliese

      "We love to fellowship with Believers but the "price" is way high and so we just stay to ourselves praying for the Lord to reveal the lies in our hearts and replace them with His truth."

      Some of the baggage we bring out of the institutional church includes things that we actually enjoyed or learned to enjoy. Fellowship or being around like minded believers is high on the list of things that people notice missing. I brought tons of baggage out with me and it is daily that I surrender as the Spirit lets me know to let go of some things. There is a time in the wilderness that is shown in the scriptures, this helps to cleans us so that we can learn that Christ is actually all we need. Once we have Christ and know that He is all we need then we actually have something to share, a living testimony. We can let our light shine no matter whom we are with. In time our fellowship with Him becomes more than a Sunday and Wednesday, but all day long everyday. When I get home from work the first things we talk about is what God has shown each of us in the scriptures. The discussion becomes more and more about Him all the time. He will give us exactly what we need to grow in Him. Your words are encouragement thank you.


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      Mark & Anneliese 

      3 years ago

      We have come out of the system a few years ago, we prayed much about it and were told that we would wind up in hell because we do not belong to a church. It was really hard at first and we were "lonely" but have learned much about the Word and our Savior. We could no longer justify sitting under such none sense as was coming from the pulpits and being manipulated into doing things others said God told them...

      The church my husband and I met in was a "Spirit filled" church, I just wonder what spirit, they now have the Deacons "pack heat" (loaded guns) in the service. I just can't believe that the Lord would have told them to do that. We have visited a couple churches but come away wondering who their God really is. We love to fellowship with Believers but the "price" is way high and so we just stay to ourselves praying for the Lord to reveal the lies in our hearts and replace them with His truth.

      Thanks for your encouragement to us, we really need to know that we are not alone out here.

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      Rich Kelley 

      3 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Jeremiah 50:6-7 "My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, 'We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, The LORD, the hope of their fathers.'

      Nothing has changed today.

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      3 years ago

      It's clear from Paul's examples and teachings on the service of ministry that Jesus was his greatest influence. Speaking to His disciples on the issue of leadership, Jesus made it very clear that their ministries were NOT going to be like anything the world had ever seen before. In describing the worldly (Gentile) hierarchy model of leadership, Jesus said that while "great" men have positions as "rulers" and exercise "authority" over their subjects, it would NOT be this way among His disciples. Jesus' words imply that there will be NO ruling positions of authority among His disciples - only servants, and with that, those wishing to be "first" among them will become a slave to ALL. Unfortunately, today's position of vocational "pastor," within the corporate church system, is synonymous with the worldly hierarchy leadership model that Jesus described. And even more unfortunate, is that this worldly model is also widely accepted by a majority of Christians as a biblical standard. Today's hierarchical corporate church system is clearly at odds with the examples and teachings of both Jesus and Paul, and should be exposed as the unbiblical counterfeit system that it is.

      Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. BUT IT IS NOT THIS WAY AMONG YOU, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your SERVANT; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be SLAVE OF ALL. For even THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, but TO SERVE, and TO GIVE HIS LIFE a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

      "DO NOT BE CALLED LEADERS; for ONE IS YOUR LEADER, that is, CHRIST. But THE GREATEST AMONG YOU SHALL BE YOUR SERVANT. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:10-12

      This is an excerpt from my newly revised study, "The Apostle Paul on Personal Rights and then Gospel"

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago


      He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” - Matthew 20:23

      The carnal man desire the seats of honor, but fail to understand the greatest in the Kingdom of God are the servants. Those who have been prepared by the Father are humble servants, not self-entitled lords.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago


      The reason I write these articles is to hopefully appeal to the "Churchian" that the system that they are in is man-made, but as you are quite aware, the pastor that we appealed to in another article believes she can interpret God's Word anyway she wants to, and refuses to acknowledge Scripture twisting when the evidence is right in front of her. To continue appealing would be flogging a dead horse.

      Unfortunately, when you build doctrine from an abused Scripture verse, it becomes a cursed endeavor. They think that their success is in making church members. This is not discipleship, but bondage.

      "And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch." - Matthew 15:14

      This is where the man-driven churches are exposed for what they do, and it it is interesting that you brought up baptism.

      And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. - Acts 19:3-5

      There is a difference when we are baptized in the right name. When it is done in any other name than Jesus Christ, it is done in vain. The ritual of baptism done within the church system is a membership ceremony pledging allegiance to a named building and the pastor within it. The certificate is often sent in the mail after the salaried official plunges the pew warmer under the water.

      All you have to do is Google image baptism certificates and you will see the name of the church building and the name of the pastor, but Jesus Christ's name is nowhere to be found.

      Churches don't make disciples, they make members.

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      3 years ago

      James and John (and their mother) had the idea that they could be appointed as leaders among the followers of Jesus. They wanted to "lord" it over other believers by some anointed "authority."

      What we have now in today's churches is a bunch of men who are living examples of what James and John wanted.

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      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- The only thing I can say is, you're right again. Great article.

      The Church of men with never understand the Kingdom of God. Their so tied up into the church system that when someone tries to reveal the true nature of God's Kingdom it just flies right over their heads. The church system keeps them blind from seeing it.

      Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) 19 " Go therefore and make DISCIPLES of all nation, BAPTIZING THEM in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

      I have NEVER heard of any "church" baptizing a disciple, have you?

      God bless.


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