Organic, Spirit-led, home grown Bible fellowships is what Jesus and His apostles began with. Have you prayed about beginning/hosting one? That’s how the earliest believers gathered (Acts 2:42-47). There were no seminarians to poison things and exercise undue control and influence (Colossians 3:16).
To underscore the level of undue, usurp-ish control many times seen in the apostate visible church world, one sister testifies:
“Another lie of the apostate churches!! When I left the lying building!! The pastor told I was not of them!!! You got that right. It was a place of bondage.!!” Sherry Todd
Supporting an ear-tickling local country club or circus called “church” is not what Jesus had in mind when He said “I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18)
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And NOT HOLDING THE HEAD (JESUS), from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” Colossians 2:18-19
Most local churches are a staged act. They bring in the good music and the guys who can draw a carnal crowd. By doing so they alienate the One they claim to be serving – Jesus Christ. Their heart cry is not “We would see Jesus” but rather, let’s church the un-churched and build a large country club! Let the smoke roll off the stage and the coffee, cookies, and music flow! (John 12:21)
What is completely lost is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the divine Person of the eternal Word of God, is the Gospel!
What we have to realize is that if a man can get up and speak freely and in an engaging fashion, he can build a gathering. The masses are not circumcised in heart and therefore are in the flesh and so are drawn in by fleshly things like an eloquent speaker and good music – in place of Christ. But that doesn’t make it all biblical. We were warned of this specifically (2 Timothy 4:2-4). We must view/discern all things through the Holy Scriptures which is only possible in the life of one who is diligently and daily in God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15). Otherwise, such a person is walking in darkness (Psalms 119:130). A New Testament gathering is to worship One, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1-2) and not to be centered around a certain mere man’s personality and his ability to get up and hoop and holler and draw a crowd. Regrettably, so many local gatherings which claim to be Christ’s church are build upon this exact model which is a faulty foundation. But Paul refused to build such a gathering – Read 1 Cor 1:29-2:5. We must realize this: The Word of God is the most powerful thing in existence and always has been and always will be. Deceivers self-servingly use God’s Word to gain fame, power, prominence, and money in this fleeting world. The preach His holy Word or some semblance of it to gain these things. THEY are glorified, not Christ – who is the central Theme of all of Holy Scripture and to be preached and magnified. See Colossians 2:18-19. Study Colossians 1-2. Peter warned us of this exact thing in 2 Peter 2:1-3. The true New Testament church is build upon CHRIST and no mere sinful man. Listen to the great apostle Paul who clearly conveys his knowledge of the very phenomenon we are discussing here: “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:1-2) … “For we are not as many, which corrupt (adulterate, corrupt) the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:17) Please view this brief, powerful video on what Christ intends for His people/church to be as opposed to modern beguilers and the den of thieves they have concocted and call local churches (Acts 20:29-32).
“I left and am now free from the bondage of their false doctrine. What a great relief when I left also my church and find the true Bible-believing Christian fellowship here.” Eliset Igat
MANY love their mere “form(ula) of godliness” which is religion – where you are in control instead of truly surrendering and allowing Jesus to lead your every thought and every step (2 Timothy 3:5; John 5:30).
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