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Faith in God, Bible, is your hope, not fear of church rule

Leaving The Institutional Church?-the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ leads to spiritual life

        You go into a restaurant with your family and order a full meal. During the course of eating your meal you and your family suddenly become deathly ill. There is high fever and chills, vomiting and diarrhea. As you look around you, you see that everyone in the restaurant is having the same reaction to the food.
        Would you then, compliment the chef, gladly pay the cashier, leave a big tip for the waiter, ask for a take-out container to take the rest of the food home with you to eat later, and then tell the manager that you’ll be back every week?
        Of course not!
        So why would you leave the institutional church, after having eaten their sickening food to the point that you finally leave there, but insist on carrying your take-out container packed with leftovers from every loathsome meal that you have ever eaten there?

        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, didn’t you? Not! Read your Bible, please!
        Then there is the matter of a “covering.” You bought into it, didn’t 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” didn’t 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 there’s 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.
        Let’s look at Hebrews 13:7,17,24:
        First some definitions of some of the Greek words used:
        From Vine’s 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.

        Hebrews 13:7:
        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
        The phrase “have the rule over” is hegeomai and should have been translated “lead” so it would read “them which lead you.”
        Comments on Hebrews 13:7 excerpted from the Jamieson, Fausett and Brown Commentary:
        7. Remember—so as to imitate: not to invoke in prayer, as Rome teaches.
        have the rule—rather, “who have had the rule over you”: your spiritual leaders.
        whoGreek, “the which”: such persons as.
        have spoken unto you—“spake” (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 faith—even 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 end—the termination, at death. The Greek, is used of decease (Lu 9:31; 2Pe 1:15).
        of their conversation—“manner 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).
        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.
        Hebrews 13:17:
        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.
        The word “obey” is peitho, meaning to persuade, to win over. It would be better translated here as “allow yourselves to be persuaded.”
        The phrase “that have the rule over” is hegeomai and should have been translated “lead” so it would read “them that lead you.”
        The word “submit” is hupeiko, which means “to yield.”
        So rather than “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves.” this entire phrase would be better translated as ‘Allow yourselves to be persuaded by those who lead you and yield to them ...’ for the reasons in the verse that follows.
        What is to be the persuasive factor that would persuade you to yield to their lead?
        That was given to us in verse 7. When we remember and compare these living leaders with those who have passed on are they also speaking the word of God to you during their lifetime? Do you desire to follow their lifestyle of faith as you see them willing to be faithful even unto death by martyrdom?
        If you see that their walk measures up to those leaders in the past, which for us today, are those that are to be found in scripture, then yield to their eldership and their Godly wisdom. If you are not convinced by their 24 hour a day, 7 day a week lifestyle that you want to be like them, then run, don’t walk, to the nearest exit.
        Hebrews 13:24:
        24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
        The phrase “have the rule over” is hegeomai and should have been translated “lead” so it would read “that lead you.”
        Who is it that leads you? Those who went before, those who have more time in the Lord.
        The whole intent of what the author is saying would be much better expressed as: ‘Allow yourselves to be persuaded by those who lead you—those who are more mature in the Lord—and yield to them if ... upon comparison with those who have passed on, these living leaders are also speaking the word of God to you during their lifetime. And if ... you desire to follow their 24 hour a day, 7 day a week lifestyle of faith as you see them trying as hard as they can to be just like Jesus, even willing to be faithful unto death by martyrdom.’
        So you hung around because you were afraid of being disobedient to that “pastor-king” guy and his cohorts, didn’t you? Shame on them! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice (or many times more) and shame on me.
        Then there’s the “forsake not the assembling of yourselves” routine. What does the Bible say. That we assemble. Does it say anything about a rented building? On a specific day? At a specific time? Why do you assemble together with others? To provoke one another to love and good works and to encourage one another. So if you get two or three assembled any time, any place and provoke one another to love and good works and encourage one another that’s assembling, isn’t it?
        Hebrews 10:24-25:
        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.
        And all this time you were taught that if you didn’t go to their “church” building that you were in rebellion. Not! Read your Bible, please!

        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 God’s economy other than as a spiritual Babylon from which the overcoming remnant bride of Jesus Christ will exit as they realize the truth of God’s 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 it’s 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 aren’t going to do some home cooking with recipes from the Master Gourmet Chef Himself—I’m talking about Jesus—and 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, God’s 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. You’ll 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.
        You’ve 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.
        That’s 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? It’s 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 that’s 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 don’t 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 won’t 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, don’t 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 God’s love, the abundant life in Jesus Christ, and the joy and liberty of the Holy Spirit.
        Don’t 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.

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