Do you know that the only reason why you stayed in the manipulating and intimidating atmosphere of control in the institutional church is because of fear?
Unscriptural teachings that God would curse you for not tithing kept you there. After all, you had to have a place to tithe to, didnt you? Not! Read your Bible, please!
Then there is the matter of a covering. You bought into it, didnt you? Give me scripture, please, for such a stupid concept. Blood coverings and hair coverings are discussed in the Bible. Nothing about leadership/church coverings. You had to stay at that church didnt you, because if you lost your covering, according to the self-appointed pastor-king there the devil would get you if you left. Not! Read your Bible, please!
Then theres Hebrews, chapter 13. Obey them that have the rule over you ... Not! Read your Bible, please! Hey, do yourself a favor, huh? Look and see what it really says in the Greek.
Lets look at Hebrews 13:7,17,24:
First some definitions of some of the Greek words used:
From Vines Expository Dictionary:
OBEDIENCE, OBEDIENT, OBEY peitho, to persuade, to win over, in the passive and middle voices, to be persuaded, to listen to, to obey, is so used with this meaning, in the middle voice, e. g., in (Acts 5:36-37) (in (v. 40), passive voice, they agreed); (Rom. 2:8; Gal. 5:7; Heb. 13:17; Jas. 3:3). The obedience suggested is not by submission to authority, but resulting from persuasion.
RULE (NOUN AND VERB) hegeomai, to lead, is translated to rule in (Heb. 13:7,17,24) (KJV marg., in the first two, are the guides and guide.
SUBMIT hupeiko, to retire, withdraw (hupo, under, eiko, to yield), hence, to yield, submit, is used metaphorically in (Heb. 13:17), of submitting to spiritual guides in the churches.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation
7. Rememberso as to imitate: not to invoke in prayer, as Rome teaches.The intent of this verse in Hebrews 13:7 then is to remember those who had led you (in the past) who spoke the word of God to you during their lifetime. Follow their lifestyle of faith, even unto death by martyrdom.
have the rulerather, who have had the rule over you: your spiritual leaders.
whoGreek, the which: such persons as.
have spoken unto youspake (so the Greek aorist means) during their lifetime. This Epistle was among those written later, when many of the heads of the Jerusalem Church had passed away.
whose faitheven unto death: probably death by martyrdom, as in the case of the instances of faith in Heb 11:35. Stephen, James the brother of our Lord and bishop of Jerusalem, as well as James the brother of John (Ac 12:2), in the Palestinian Church, which Paul addresses, suffered martyrdom.
consideringGreek, looking up to, diligently contemplating all over, as an artist would a model.
the endthe termination, at death. The Greek, is used of decease (Lu 9:31; 2Pe 1:15).
of their conversationmanner of life: religious walk (Ga 1:13; Eph 4:22; 1Ti 4:12; Jas 3:13). Considering how they manifested the soundness of their faith by their holy walk, which they maintained even to the end of that walk (their death by martyrdom).
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Fabricated myths about God cursing you for not tithing, about a non-existent covering, fear of being in rebellion against leadership by not obeying them in their every stupid whim, and fear of being disobedient by not going to their church building every time they opened their doors all kept you there in that institutional church by creating fear in you.
Fear is a powerful motivating force. But you are out of there now. You are out of the fear environment. When they call, or come knocking on the door, they have no more power over you.
Until you pull out your take-out container and start eating the filth in there along with them.
Included in that take-out container are the illegitimacy of the institutional church, and the pagan and Romanized traditions, and the pope-modeled, man-made traditional systems that have violated the very will and purpose of God for His ekklesia. A real favorite of many is the concept of starting church services in their own home. This garbage, so neatly packed away, has no place in Gods economy other than as a spiritual Babylon from which the overcoming remnant bride of Jesus Christ will exit as they realize the truth of Gods eternal purpose.
Many leave the institutional church proudly carrying their take-out container and not only continue to eat out of it, but even offer it to others, at times insisting that its really good for you and them!
Why leave the institutional church and all of its trappings and liturgy and sickness and hatred, death and bondage if you arent going to do some home cooking with recipes from the Master Gourmet Chef HimselfIm talking about Jesusand put that awful experience from the restaurant/institutional church behind you? And enjoy the love of God, the abundant life in Jesus Christ, and the liberty of the Holy Spirit of God?
To continue to eat from this take-out container of all that you have ever experienced and learned from this poisonous institutional church system is a tremendously harmful habit that has developed into a lifestyle for you. You are not ignorant because you have the Bible, Gods word to you and to me to read, study, understand and apply to your life. Read your Bible!
Let me talk to you about fear for a minute. Like a brother, OK? But pay attention. Youll have to process this through your logic to understand it.
For as long as you are body, soul and spirit you will think, feel and choose. As a result your mind, emotion and will constantly generate desires.
Your personal value system will determine if these desires are to be satisfied or controlled and your conscience will determine your course of action.
Hope accompanies our desires. We hope for fulfillment of a desire. Therefore, hope is an attitude of favorable and confident expectation.
Faith is the substance, or materialization, of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We have faith in an object to cause our hope of materialize.
Faith and hope are not the absence of all doubt. Faith comes as decisions are made based on the best evidence available that proves the strength of its object. Therefore, faith is, ultimately, only as strong as the proven strength of its object.
Hope is an attitude of favorable and confident expectation i.e., focusing on the positive aspect of things. Unfavorable lack of confidence is doubt which is focusing on the negative aspect of things.
Therefore, the opposite of hope is doubt.
Faith is fulfilled, satisfied hope that has materialized. Unfulfilled, unsatisfied hope that has not materialized is disappointment.
Therefore, the opposite of faith is disappointment.
Youve probably heard that the opposite of faith is fear, but think about it for a moment. The opposite of fear is courage.
Fear is heightened doubt. Focusing so much on the negatives of a thing that you begin to paint painful pictures on the screen of your mind. When you do that, you have destroyed the ability to generate hope in your thoughts.
So fear is not just the opposite of faith. Fear is a destroyer of hope, which aborts any possibility of faith being birthed. In a sense, then, fear is more than the opposite of faith in that it actually aborts (kills) faith.
If you place your hope and faith in anything other than the true and living God of the Bible, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, then you are guaranteed to have doubt and disappointment in your life. As your doubts and disappointments multiply in your life, so will your fear. And that fear has the potential to kill your ability to have faith.
If there is doubt and disappointment in your life, you must rekindle your hope and faith in Jesus Christ and confidently await the materialization of your faith.
Thats why God puts you in a desert/wilderness experience. So you can build your faith back up and can deal with the fear that has soaked into you. And which fear also destroyed your hope. During that desert/wilderness experience God can teach you directly and get you to dump that take-out container out on the garbage heap where it belongs. Along with the doubt, disappointment and fear that you picked up, big time, in the institutional church system.
Will you let God teach you? Or will your desire for fellowship with the body of Christ keep you dependent upon other human beings? Its our choice. But think of this: to the extent that you learn to fellowship with God by reading and studying His word and spending time in your prayer closet with His Holy Spirit during this desert/wilderness experience is the extent to which you will learn to fellowship with other saints.
Why keep resisting Him? Dump that container out! Dump it all out! And let God fill you up with His food. You will accomplish that only by first dumping your take-out container and the old doubt, disappointment and fear thats still oozing out of you, and then by reading and studying your Bible for all of its worth and by spending time with God in your prayer closet so that the Holy Spirit can teach you those things that you read in scripture but dont have full light on yet.
Your focus must be on Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, you must learn of Him, support Him, follow Him, imitate Him. To the exclusion of every human who has their own opinion of what the Bible says on any given subject.
Greek and Hebrew dictionaries are a must. In fact, every Bible version/translation is basically a commentary. The translators must attempt to determine the meaning of words used in the past by different cultures, in different countries. Their explanation of words translated is a subjective choice on their part in an attempt to convey to you what they think it means based on their subjective understanding of the original thought expressed as influenced by the country, society and culture at that point in time.
Read commentaries that are at least 100 years old, preferably 200 years old. Their comments will be less reflective of our present society and will reflect an outlook that dates back to their own time. You will easily recognize those comments that reflect their thinking at the time they wrote it. This will help you to disregard those comments that you can see are indications of their having been influenced by their society.
There are many words in the King James Version of the Bible that are incorrectly translated. King James gave the interpreters specific instructions about how he wanted the Bible translated. This was done for political and religious purposes.
The King James Bible, however, has become the benchmark for translators. Woe unto them if they change the traditional meaning of certain verses or phrases to read what they really say in the original language! The publishers wont publish them, because the professional Christians who assume leadership titles for themselves where none exist, would see to it that such a translation never became popular.
As an example, whenever you find a verse that suggests that one believer has authority over another believer, run, dont walk, to the nearest Greek or Hebrew dictionary and research it.
The truth shall make you free. Continuing to eat from your take-out poisonous food container from the restaurant/institutional church will keep you sick and unhealthy in your body, soul and spirit.
You have to dump it all and leave it all behind you. And eat of the food prepared by the Master Gourmet Chef, Jesus Christ.
These articles have been written for the purpose of helping to deprogram you from the institutional mindset which has been instilled in you by control and fear tactics.
I strongly suggest you read these as a minimum to help to get you accustomed to enjoying Gods love, the abundant life in Jesus Christ, and the joy and liberty of the Holy Spirit.
Dont want to take the time to read biblical articles that will bring life back into your walk with Jesus? How much time did you spend sitting in a dead pew in some dead church with dead traditions keeping you in bondage to a dead system? Wisdom is justified by her children. Selah ... pause and calmly think of that.