Vain Teachings of Man Made Religion

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Jesus said we must worship in Spirit and Truth...test your faith here. Those who love and practice lies will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Are you worshipping in truth or a man made …

Jesus said we must worship in Spirit and Truth...test your faith here. Those who love and practice lies will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Are you worshipping in truth or a man made lie???

Revelation 22:14-15
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

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  • 1. Welcome We hope the following presentation will encourage you to ask yourself some deep biblical questions about your faith practices and that of the modern denominational system versus the bible truth. Then we simply ask you to seek the answers in God’s Word. If you love God you will obey. (John 14:15) Note: Our goal is that the name of Jesus Christ be lifted up, people to be pointed to His truth (to be set free) and man’s false religious traditions be exposed.
  • 2. This information will show you bible truth that perhaps you have never heard before? You can then ponder over it, go to the Word and ask the Lord for guidance. We are happy to discuss this with you anytime and share what His Word says. You are even invited to come to our home and reason together in His Word; just like the New Testament saints did. His people are to be close, loving and biblical. Note: the bible says in the New Testament that the saints are to “one another each other” over 50 times. (That is to love, care for, encourage, exhort etc.) That is why we wrote this … love for God and others.
  • 3. Jesus Christ said: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 Please ponder this. Are You “Fully” in His Truth Today? (Truth matters “if” you desire to worship Him) *Are Denominations/Religious Organizations Built on Man's False Traditions or on God’s Truth? *Have You Tested All of Your Faith Practices Against God’s Holy Word? *Have You Examined ALL You Believe or Are You Possibly Deceived?
  • 4. *Important Disclaimer* We are NOT affiliated with any religious organization and we follow only the Word of God as our full source of spiritual truth to set others free for His glory. Also, we work to support ourselves and to proclaim Christ as we refuse to sell the gospel truth. In this presentation we will point you to His Word only and never man-made organizations or ways. Please go on………
  • 5. If you are like most people today who say they are Christians, you go to a religious building on Sunday, sit and watch a modern pastor and you perform weekly rituals handed down to you; thinking they please God. But do they? But what if we told you that the modern religious system in America is built on man’s ways not fully following God’s Word? This all matters very much as your salvation could be in doubt because if you’re not in His truth you are not worshipping in spirit and truth. (John 4:24) Are you aware of the errors of this false system?
  • 6. 10 Unbiblical Issues with Denominational Religion ************************************************** 1) Its gospel message is watered down and unbiblical 2) Its modern pastor role is not found in God’s Word 3) Its “building centered mindset” is unbiblical & pagan 4) It is often filled up with worldly goats, not holy sheep 5) Its men and woman are not taught true biblical holiness 6) Its additional church membership steps are not in the bible 7) It is more program & man centered, not Christ centered 8) Its worship leaders, youth pastors and weekly man led practices are not taught in the bible 9) Its teaching of the tithe is not found in the New Testament 10 ) Its very foundation, practices and history are built on man’s traditions not biblical truth. Why would you practice what man has built vs what God has ordained?
  • 7. What Is The History of Man Made Denominations ************************************************* *If you are a Lutheran your religion was founded by a man Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in the early 16th century. *If you are roman catholic the roots of your faith was started by a pagan roman emperor man named Constantine around the 4th century AD and has had many more man-made false traditions added to it over the years by various leaders called popes. *If you're a Seventh Day Adventist, your religion was created by a woman Ellen White in the late 19th century. *If you are a Mennonite, your group was named after Menno Simons who lived in the early 16th century.
  • 8. *If you are a Methodist, your religion was created by men John and Charles Wesley in the late 18th century. Note: If you are one of these “Church of the Nazarene,” “Pentecostal Gospel,” “Holiness Church,” “Pilgrim Holiness Church,” “Assemblies of God,” “United Church of Christ,” etc your religion is one of the thousands of new groups rooted in the last 100 years by men. *This shows these denominations are rooted in man’s recent ways and not the early New Testament teachings of the first century. All of these denominational brands of religion started well after the early New Testament church that Jesus Himself established.
  • 9. What Did Christ Think of Man Made Religion When He Walked the Earth? Jesus said in Mark 7:6-9 This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men— The Lord of Creation (who came to call people to repentance) made it VERY clear. He rejects man’s vain traditions not rooted fully in God’s Word and His true people must be in truth for acceptable worship.
  • 10. Christ Rejected False Religious Systems Jesus often rebuked religious people who were not in truth. The false religious teachers of His day were the Pharisees. They were “very” religious but they left God’s truth and built their own system of men. The bible warns us of this in the last days. (2 Tim 3) Who could that be today? Those who follow man’s religious ways and traditions not fully rooted in God's Word. *Could that be these organizations like Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Evangelical Free, Mennonite, Roman Catholic or whatever "man made system and name" they may hold to today? Key Point: Denominations and organizations are made by man, not God. Paul warned against this in: 1 Corinthians 12:1
  • 11. You may ask us ‘is holding tight to His truth and doctrines really so important’? What does God’s Word have to say? “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son”. 2 John 1:9 Doctrine means = teachings; His people must follow “all” of the bible’s doctrines and not man’s traditions. Have you really studied to know His doctrines or have you been fooled to follow man’s way’s?
  • 12. Are You Guilty of This? *Most people who are "going to church" under a modern pastor or priest are “attempting” to worship God. Sadly most are not in truth/doctrine due to following man’s “vain traditions”. *Could it also be that this makes people in the pews of these unbiblical religious buildings disobedient, unregenerated and missing the spirit and truth worship that Jesus speaks of that the Father truly desires? (John 4) Have you considered this? What you are doing in those vain rituals is NOT approved by God. This puts you in a very dangerous place….
  • 13. Good News! There is Hope and a Solution If you will read on we will lay out many specific biblical areas that modern, religious professing Christian bodies have very wrong. They are standing against God’s Word and ways that they "claim" to follow. We will also show you the truth and correct way to follow and serve Christ, per His Word, so you can be set free from man’s many errors, just as we were. Praise God for what He has done!
  • 14. Here is the Problem What we have found in our own experience and travels is that most building centered faith practices devised by man, have people who are fooled into practicing what is well outside of God's Word. They are not in sound doctrine, few know this and no one is warning them at all. They are not following biblical truth and so God’s Word says to reject it. We speak out here not to cause harm but out of a godly love and concern to warn others of the errors most are walking in through denominational religion. Godly love always warns and speaks truth. We desire to lift up the Lord and to cast down the ways of man’s religion so you can see the truth and respond. And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15
  • 15. Paul spoke of this in Colossians 2:5-10 “Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Don’t let the ways of man cheat you )
  • 16. Law Breakers Are Judged! As a citizen of the United States you are expected to know and keep the laws of this land. If you do not and you break even one law, you will suffer the result in court. (Judgment and punishment.) But if you are a person who attends a professing Christian religious body that claims to have faith in and love for God; are you not held to a higher standard to hold tight to all His laws laid out in His Word? Why do people believe God (as a Holy Righteous Judge) will overlook your disobedience when His Word says if you love Him obey Him. Jesus said in John 14:15 : “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
  • 17. Something to Consider *You cannot follow Christ unless you are born a new creation in Him. (John 3:3 / 2 Corinthians 5) So if you are a person who does not claim new life and faith in the Living God, please go here to learn the saving gospel for yourself: http://spiritandtruthormansreligion.blogspot.com/p/the- saving-gospel.html Contact us for a free bible and call or email us will you? We are here to help you....... 608-547-8162 Please know the bible says there is but one way to find eternal life and true salvation before you die. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
  • 18. Do You Know Your History? Sadly most people see the building as the church (which is not biblical) and have no idea that much of their modern Christian denominational practices are not fully rooted in Jesus Christ and God’s Word. The roman catholic and other denominational faiths have perverted the truth. How can you worship there in spirit and truth? Did you know there was much perversion by various men right after the apostles passed on? One man was a pagan Roman emperor named Constantine in the 4th century. He legalized Christianity and he began to pervert and paganize it with various man-made rituals and it later became the unbiblical roman catholic religion. Today many protestants are practicing many of those false ways that he instituted.
  • 19. Did you also know...The 16th century reformers were not much better as Luther and Calvin were both unbiblical men who even condemned men to die over faith issues? They were NOT following God’s full truth in detail but building a system of man-made false religion that lives on today. *This should concern you if you desire truth in your faith life and worship of God! God’s Word says: But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:5
  • 20. Why Should This All Matter To You? If you are practicing man-made religion what will practicing lies get a person in the end? Revelation 22:14-15 warns this… I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”. Gods Word has spoken……. *If you’re in lies you will be as a dog, outside of His gate and we want better for you.
  • 21. Powerful but Sad Facts *Modern denominational bodies look very little like, nor do they function as the biblical New Testament church of the first century that Jesus ordained. *The believers they produce today are often unholy, worldly and carnal minded; outside bible truth. *The biblical doctrines once taught have been tossed aside for man-made and seeker friendly messages. This should greatly trouble you if you practice man- made traditions and lies today. Are you practicing modern ‘churchianity’ or true biblical Christianity? Only God's Word will help you determine that for yourself. Test all things; hold fast what is good 1 Thessalonians 5:21
  • 22. Walk In The Light ************************************** Biblical truth is often referred to as light. God’s Word says: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin”. 1 John 1:74 So can your denominational place be called a true biblical New Testament church? We are happy to meet with you and your modern pastor to reason over these truths. We stand on God’s Word alone and are ready to give answers. (See 1 peter 3:15)
  • 23. *Many False Teachers and Wolves abound* Did you know there are many other man-made false movements that have also influenced most bodies today? Examples are the word of faith, New Apostolic Reformation, Hebrew Roots, Dominionist’s, seeker sensitive, the heretic emergent groups and the growing social gospel/Missional/church planting approaches. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3)
  • 24. Do your own study and you will find the truth! These false and pagan ways influence what most of you are doing in a religious building and following the model of man’s ways. Sadly modern priests/pastors have even told us personally "they don’t want their people to hear this information". Why is that? Because His truth will set you free from man’s unbiblical religion and they need you there in the pews to pay for the building, parking lot, lights and salaries etc. We care and want you to be set free in Christ's truth and not be caught up in modern religious lies. Jesus said: the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
  • 25. Here are some more facts you may not be aware of: *non-active people just sitting/watching a show *inviting in many non believers *practiced sermons *paying tithes *practiced instrumental emotional music offerings *practiced choirs *emotional worship experience * ceremony called worship services...these are all false traditions. You wont find these in the bible so why are you doing them? These were never done in the true early church as they are not biblical but of the lustful flesh. How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. Jude 1:18
  • 26. The Role of The Modern Pastor Do you know the role of the modern priest/CEO pastor: one man in a pulpit running the service, doing all the teaching, putting on a weekly show in total charge of the entire body is NOT found ANYWHERE the bible? Only one New Testament bible verse mentions the pastor role and it is a “servant” not the ‘lording over’ modern pastor position we see today. Many men are to share and teach not just one! Fact: Man created the all-powerful CEO pastors role, not God. Jesus said in Matt 20: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  • 27. Jesus never lorded over others so why should any pastor? Fact: Many men are to be active in the body's gathering. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:26 “Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification”. Fact: Do you know that a group of godly elders were to oversee the body, not one hired man to run and rule it? Paul said in Titus 1 “that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you” *Multiple elders was the rule in the New Testament church. see: Acts 14, 15, 21, 1 Tim 5:7, Titus 1:5, Heb 11:2, James 5:14
  • 28. The modern pastor is a handed down falsehood. The result is that God's pure design is tossed away for man's rule, God’s Spirit is not allowed to move as He, "the Creator“, desired and then the product of modern religion is most often a biblically ignorant, lazy, disobedient, worldly people who don't follow all of His truth. They would NEVER be called Christ's set apart Holy bride in the early New Testament body so why should they be considered His bride today? Please don’t stay in error seek the true biblical New Testament body for God’s glory. They are futile, a work of errors; In the time of their punishment they shall perish Jeremiah 10:15
  • 29. Fact: The pastor's role is shepherding (Eph 4) he is not to “lord over” the body and run it. (See Matt 20 ) Sadly over time man's traditions have perverted it and this steals from God's glory as His Spirit no longer leads the body but one man does. Study the real New Testament church and see God's design for His body. Jesus Christ is the HEAD of His church ( 1 Corinthians 11 ) not any man in a lifted up pulpit as we see today all over denominational America. They have left His full teachings so can these places be His true church? Now some of the people there may be His and they might find truth and salvation in the end, but surely if they are striving in His word they will work to change their body or leave for His glory. We pray you are one of them.
  • 30. Here again are the scripture verses to point you to the correct function in God’s true New Testament body. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you Titus 1:5 Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16
  • 31. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 *The Modern pastor is often lifted up or found “lifting himself up” today in his modern role. But Jesus said: "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Matthew 23:12 God’s Word warned that wolves would come in: Acts 20:29 “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock”. (Beware of modern wolves in the pulpit.)
  • 32. Biblical body’s encourage the priesthood of all believers not one paid clergy position to usurp control. Jesus died to allow us all access to God through Him (1 Peter 2 / Mark 15:38) *Often modern CEO pastors are looked upon as closer to God or as the "head" of the church when that role is for "Jesus Christ" alone! (Col 1:18) *Men are not to have lifted up titles such as reverend. (Only God is called reverend / see Psalms 111:9 ) *The paid “salaried positions “ of the day are NOT biblical as being practiced. Paul worked to support himself. ( 1 Cor 9 ) *Seminary trained leaders were never Christ’s standard as He chose and trained “regular men” for ministry. Man makes a professional career out of what was to be a lowly servant of God in full obedience to His Word.
  • 33. ***************************************************************************** Why Do You Have a Ruling Man Up On a Stage Today? This error comes from pagan Rome. The 4th century emperor put priests (as paid staff) to rule over the crowds packed into pews of once pagan temples, which is in violation of God’s plan of the priesthood of each believer. (See 1 Peter 2) Then when the reformation occurred that same perverted system was left in place removing the priest and adding a lording over “pastor”, again in violation of God’s true plan. (See Matt 20 / 1 Peter 5 ) Do you know that modern denominations often run their organizations like a business with CEO pastors who are not following God's full truth? This is all because of sin and false teachers who have crept in over time. (See false teachers like Peter Drucker, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren who compromise the gospel and teach lies just to fill buildings.)
  • 34. The true biblical body is to consist of many saints participating, not just a few lifted up clergy types doing all of the teaching, functions and actions. That is not found in God's Word at all. Sitting in a pew watching error filled, man-made shows does not grow godly men. Is your religious group functioning in line with God's Holy ways or are you following man's created false, wayward traditions? Multiple elders are to oversee, not lord over it or force everyone else to be only spectators. God's plan has been stolen by pagan practices and men throughout history and they continue the falsehoods today against the Word of God Almighty.
  • 35. God’s Word Has Spoken on Modern Pastors It is God’s design that must be followed and practiced not man’s system of the modern pastor role. The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 1 Peter 5:1-4 Fact: Pastors/elders are to be holy examples and not bosses that lord over you, controlling the entire gathering of saints. Will you follow God’s plan or man’s?
  • 36. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand. 2 Corinthians 1:24 Are you seeking for deeper truth and higher holy ground in Christ daily? This is part of the sanctification process that all true believers must be in for God's glory. Men, are you willing to step up in the body or will you just pay another man to do it for you? The bible says: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 Are you examining yourself or like many; will you just compromise on man’s traditions as you sit idle under a modern unbiblical pastor; all against God’s design?
  • 37. Recap on the False Modern Pastor Role *The bible shows us that early New Testament congregations were overseen (not run) by a multiple of elders. (Acts 20:28, Titus 1 and 1 Peter 5) *The male New Testament members were responsible for exercising their spiritual gifts in the body in open participatory gatherings (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 2) not just one man. *A pastor role is a gift not an office, and various male members may exercise it freely. (Eph 4) It means to shepherd others. *Unlike the modern bodies of today, the elders (or pastors) were entrusted with responsibility for the oversight of the body but; not to lord over it and control everything. (See Matt 20) *Many men should step up and use their gifts in a gathering; not just watch. (1 Cor 14:26) *No lady pastors or elders are allowed in God’s true church (1 Tim 2 / Titus 1) *No modern pastor’s role is found in the bible. See how different the function of God’s body is compared man’s ways?
  • 38. A Wrong Gospel Message Why is the gospel message that is being preached by most modern religious places NOT found anywhere in the bible? It is man centered and man-made, how can this be? Example: Just ask Jesus into your heart, church attendance means your a redeemed believer, baptized as baby, come up to the altar and bow your head, doing local community work as the social gospel or say this sinners prayer to be saved. Beware! None of these are found in God's Word at all! The bible teaches that Christ is the lone atonement (sacrifice) for our sins (1 John 2:2) we must repent (Luke 13:3) follow His ways. (1 John 5) God's Word then says we are to admit our sin, trust in Christ, repent (change our mind/practices on sin) and be born again. As a result of saving faith we will be baptized, die to self, be obedient to His Word, be holy and be a living sacrifice in all things to the Lord, until the end! There is NO easy believe-ism in God's Word but sadly man-made religion has created it in order to fill up buildings. His people are to be held to a high holy standard. “Be holy in all your conduct” / 1 Peter 1:15
  • 39. The Word is clear ... For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins Acts 2:38 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service Romans 12:1 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:16
  • 40. Jesus said; And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22 (Who hates you today for your gospel message?) Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the who do the will of my Father Matthew 7 (Many religious people will miss salvation.) What is The Result of Man’s Error? Many religious places and their unbiblical modern CEO (Chief Executive Officer) pastors teach a man centered/seeker friendly unbiblical gospel that lacks the power of truth to save anyone. These men and systems have left solid biblical doctrine. They follow man's model to soothe itchy ears (2 Tim 4:3) to deceive and fill up their pews. It is often a numbers game to them. We assure you it is not a numbers game to a Holy God. This weak gospel is called seeker sensitive/easy believe-ism and it is not in line with God's holy Word.
  • 41. What gospel does your modern pastor preach? An easy believe-ism gospel or a true biblical gospel that challenges, calls out sinners and can save souls for His glory? Is he teaching you in the true ways of God's Word leading to holiness or just man's traditions that leave you idle & carnal? Based on this information ask yourself; have I truly been born into God’s family (seeking all holiness and obedience as fruit) or are you just a un-regenerated religious person as we were for so many years; before God’s Word and Truth set us free? Fact: Man’s religion won’t save your soul from God’s wrath to come. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 2 Timothy 4:3
  • 42. Got Fruit? What is your godly fruit as a person who attends a modern religious place? Do your daily habits, words, actions, desires, interests and coversations really honor Christ and pass the Philippians 4:8 test: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things Or 1 Peter 1:15 as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct The fruit of Christ’s true people is holy obedience not worldliness (1 John 2:15) Are you holy (set apart) and being taught to grow for God's glory in His ways as taught in the bible? Or has your religion and this culture formed what you're practicing today in your fallen flesh?
  • 43. Is your religious body teaching you this and lovingly calling you out to a greater obedience Christ? Or are they just happy you show up? If they are NOT teaching you to be set apart and holding you to obey and grow in God's Word; are they a true New Testament church? (See Ephesians 4) The purpose of the church is to train up holy saints not entertain people with programs, emotional music and events. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” / Hebrews 12:14
  • 44. Why Are We Doing This? Some may ask why are we preaching against what so many are practicing today in denominational America? We have only the most pure motive: "TO SEE CHRIST'S GOSPEL PROCLAIMED AND HIS TRUE BIBLICAL NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH BODY RISE UP FOR GOD'S GLORY AND TO SEE PEOPLE REPENT AND BE SET FREE FROM MAN'S FALSE TRADITIONS OF RELIGION INTO A NEW LIFE IN HIM!“ We are asking you to test everything . Will you test what you’re practicing? God’s Word says we all should do this. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21
  • 45. Do you know that God has always called His true people to come out of false worship and unbiblical ways. Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 Will you come out of man made religion or follow your own way? Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way. Psalm 119:128 (Many are following denomination religion but is it God honoring?) For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God Luke 16:15 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death Proverbs 14:12
  • 46. Worship in Special Religious Buildings Do you know the early New Testament church met and thrived in their homes (or anywhere they could) and did not erect special religious buildings? Note: we are not anti building as we live in a small building called a house, so buildings are not the real issue here. The fact is: modern religious buildings are excess, they take the focus off being His body daily, they use up the Lord’s money and are often the main focus as “the church” which is VERY unbiblical. The true New Testament church is people who are set apart, obediently following Christ where ever they may be gathering and led by His Spirit. They did not need or build any buildings and call them churches for well over 200 years until pagan Rome passed laws and began this unbiblical practice in the 4th century under Constantine.
  • 47. *He used pagan temples to sit the Christians into a man led, false worship service. Buildings use up the Lord's money for cement, bricks, maintenance, parking lots, high tech TV screens spotlights etc. *Many of those things done in a religious building are not about truly practicing God's holy ways as found in the bible. (Coffee bars, gyms, bookstores, atriums etc.) *This is poor theology that trains you to "GO" to a church building when you are to "BE" His church everyday and worship daily where you are. Your building is NOT the house of God. No, His true set apart people are now His temple. (That all changed after Christ rose again.) *Meeting in homes is more intimate and creates a closer loving family atmosphere; not a fake religious one. you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5
  • 48. According To the Bible Where Does God Dwell Today? ************************************************* the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says. Acts 7:48 Jesus said: For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands Acts 17:24 If a pastor says ‘God dwells here’ he is lying to you!
  • 49. Religious buildings also have various pagan origins such as the steeple which comes from ancient times when they were trying to reach "up" to their false gods. (Correct theology shows that Christ has reached down to man, praise Him!) Why would we use pagan symbols? Other than some early temple activity (because all the early saint’s were Israelites and the Temple was still there and used on the Sabbath) the early church was a home based body for centuries until men stepped up and ushered in buildings. (Fact: todays buildings are not the Temple of the Holy God) “how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house” Acts 20:20 “Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ”. Romans 16:5
  • 50. History is Very Clear on New Testament Religious Buildings The early New Testament church consisted of His holy people who met in their homes, helped their poor brethren and spread the gospel with their money. They would not have wasted it on fancy structures, blacktop, gymnasiums, coffee bars or bookstores etc. History and God's Word is NOT on the side of man's modern religious ways at all. Religious buildings in America are said to cost in the multi $ billions of dollars and yet God never ordained them. ************************************************* “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23). So the next time you’re in your religious building (or paying for it) ask yourself; is this really biblical and does it honor God or man? The correct answer will change your entire faith life!
  • 51. Can You Ever Go To Church if You Are to Be the Church? Why do we see all these modern religious places with signs saying "come to church this Sunday". Do you know you biblically cannot ever "go" to church? The bible clearly teaches that those who are His, are born from above, are set on Him and His truth to eternal life and are to be “BE” His church daily. Thus they will live according to His holy ways, not man's false traditions. His people don't just attend and act holy on certain days, they are set apart and are living sacrifices everyday for His glory. What does your body teach you? True biblical worship is: Paul said in Romans 12:1-2 “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Do you do this daily?)
  • 52. That is the only true biblical worship Gods desires! Anything else is false teaching of men and God will reject it. Ask Cain about worship that is done incorrectly. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering.“ ( Genesis 4:3 ) “I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain”. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Paul prays that you may be “strengthened with power though his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith . . . that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-17, 19) “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. 1 Peter 2:5
  • 53. All saints are to be "priests unto God" and not just expect their modern pastor to be paid to do it all. This concept alone should totally change your view of “going to church” and make you see how your CEO pastor led, building centered organization is operating outside of God's plan. It is not modeled after what God has done; but man’s desires. Many male believers are to be active ministers of God's truth in the gathering, not just going to the special building to watch a salaried modern CEO pastor as the masses sit idle in the pews for a show. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy”. 1 Peter 2:9 So will you step up to Biblical truth or just sit in the pews?
  • 54. The Tithe For Today Is Not Truth Are you aware that the weekly tithe ( 10% ) that you are being told to give to your body is NOT a New Testament teaching and was “not ever” practiced by the early Christian church? Fact: It was an Old Testament law to the Israelites and it was food, not money. It was not meant for Gentile saints. Paul said in the New Testament: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need”. Ephesians 4:28 He also said: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
  • 55. No instruction of the tithe ( 10% ) was ever given to the Gentile converts that believed on Jesus Christ. One should give it to needy brothers, use it to proclaim the gospel, be wise stewards but not support a faulty unbiblical model of man (teaching false ways against God’s Word) that is wasting the Lord’s resources. That would be sinful! The tithe was re-started in pagan Rome around the late 4th century to pay for unbiblical "lifted up" clergy wages and special buildings. Sadly the modern religious places today run the same way, using money for unbiblical salaries, buildings parking lots etc. while God's plan for His true church body is left behind. They use the tithe to extract money from you; don’t be fooled. The New Testament bible has NO mention of a tithe "for Gentiles" but rather giving from the heart and for the need. (Jesus only refers to it once and that was only to the Jews not gentiles.)
  • 56. Many of the false teaching modern pastors will use Malachi 3 to say “you don’t want to rob God”! This is scripture twisting at best, dishonest and clearly not biblical at all! “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house” (Malachi 3) Remember to always read God’s Word in context. This verse was for the nation of Israel and the Israelites only. The tithe was a 10th of the crop they harvested and they were to bring it into the storehouse. Again many modern pastors will say the church building is the store house but this is a lie! It was the Temple in Jerusalem. To be biblical you would have to get several bags of produce and hand them to the pastor who’s building was in Israel and… you would both be Jews. You see how silly this gets don’t you? It is about greed not truth. It is all done to remove your money from you or they can’t survive. * So why have you been lied to all these years about giving the tithe?
  • 57. Redoing What God Has Done Away With Denominational religion has wrongly recreated many areas (here are 3) that God has done away with from the Old Testament. 1. In the Old Testament, God required a temple of stone to dwell in. Modern religion has brought back the building as a religious focus, against God’s desire. Today He dwells in the believer by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 7:48) 2. In the Old Testament, God had special priests that performed religious duties. That was done away with when Christ died and the veil as torn. The modern body has reinstalled the lording over/CEO pastor vs the priesthood of each believer. Now all men are to be priests unto God. (1 Peter 2:5) 3. The old Testament, had the Israelites bringing animal sacrifices, offerings and tithes to the temple for worship. Christ’s death and resurrection became the ultimate sacrifice for us and now the modern body teaches the tithe and worship services. Now we are to be the holy, living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1-2)
  • 58. Some Will Ask Does Doctrine Really Matter? Doctrine simply means = bible teachings. Do you know how important doctrinal truth is? You can't be saved without biblical truth, period! Paul said this: Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1 And this: Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you 1 Timothy 4:16 And finally this: But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8 Jesus said: “be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:48 If your religious body does not teach a biblical gospel you will be accursed for supporting it. That is something to consider! (This is why we reject the modern religious places as they are false.)
  • 59. What is the goal of ALL true Christ seekers? It is living in His truth and growing in holiness for the coming King. (1 Peter 1:15; Hebrews 12:14) Many will say “well no church body is perfect as even the bible shows their many faults in the New Testament”. While this is true, those bodies were still all called to "repent" and were told to strive for perfection with solid biblical doctrine (Matt 5:48) or they were told their lampstands would be removed by Christ Himself. Will you and your body repent and return to biblical works or will you settle for less and fall short of what God has commanded you to do…obey Him fully? Jesus said: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent Revelation 2:5
  • 60. Will You Eat Poison? Do you know that there is only a very small amount of poison in rat bait as most of it is protein. So now knowing that, will you still willingly eat some? Of course not as you know that even just a little poison can indeed kill you. Please know if you willingly ignore or leave out any of God's truth; it shows your true heart for Him or lack of it. It can destroy your walk, your growth, your testimony and perhaps even your eternal soul. Does God require His truth be maintained or man's error filled traditions? The fact is unbiblical ways/sin; even though small can destroy much. Paul warned: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump”. Galatians 5:9 Jesus said: “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men.” Matthew 7:8
  • 61. The issue is that man's faulty religious traditions have over taken God's design for His body. It acts as a poison and denies the Holy Spirit's work. Many have plugged in man's traditions and this stifles truth. It also stunts the spiritual growth of people and in the end it kills truth. This is NOT small at all. Do you recall that Ananias and Sapphire were killed for telling one lie? (Acts 5) It is indeed rebellion and sin before a holy God to disobey even a little. Will you repent or seek His truth for His glory? Again Jesus said: John 4:24 “we must worship in spirit and truth" As you cling to man's religious ways and traditions know this; spiritual darkness will lead to man's death and then judgment. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20) Godly love brings us to proclaim these things and we want better for all people who will hear and then seek after Him. If you claim Him and really do want to be obedient to Christ who died on the cross for you.... please go on.
  • 62. God Desires All Men to Be Saved “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 According to His Word, most people (even religious folks) are not going to be saved in the end. They will not see God's glorious kingdom to come and they will perish! (Matthew 7) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”. (In Matthew 7 Jesus tells many they are “lawless ones”… this means they left His ways. We hope that is not you?) We love God and all people too much to not speak out. Man’s religion can’t save you; only His truth can!
  • 63. Where Are You Rooted ? You must be rooted in God's holy Word. Are you there today or are you more likely rooted in man’s ritual, just like we were. (We were very spiritually blind ourselves.) Please don’t turn to fables over truth. “and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables”. 2 Timothy 4:4 So the real question is this: do you, after reading all these facts, believe you worship in spirit and truth? Jesus said "the Father is looking for such people" (John 4:23) We are calling out to those who desire that as well. Will you hear this and seek His biblical ways? Or will you sit and practice man's religion that has ignored God's teachings and is far from the truth; leading only to God’s Wrath to come? “but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath” Romans 2:8
  • 64. We again challenge you to test your ways and see how short you may be from hitting God's mark. We know this issue well because we were "way off" His truth when we were just sitting in the pews of the modern religious places! *Not one modern pastor or denominational member ever taught us these life changing biblical truths that are clearly taught in God's Word for His body. How can this be? *Do you know what they are, from His Word, and are you walking in them daily? Shouldn’t you be if you claim Christ? *Are you constantly studying to show yourself approved or are you ashamed by what you do "not" know after many years of man's religion? (We were ashamed and we all are responsible before God to know His high holy ways; especially if we claim Him as Lord.) “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle”. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 ”Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day”. Psalm 25:5
  • 65. Do you seek His truth like riches or are you just religious? Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16 “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth”. 1 John 1:6 “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” Mark 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”. Mathew 7:7 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”. Matthew 22:37
  • 66. Local Church Membership With is Man-Made Rules Where in God's Word does it teach anyone that they must join as a "local member" (often with many extra unbiblical rules) into the place they attend? Nowhere in God's Word does it support an additional local membership step that is above and beyond being a born again member of Christ's holy body. Paul clearly taught there is ONE body. If you're in Christ, you're in His body. It is just another way to try to run God's body like a business. (Like joining a country club.) It is often about manipulating the people in the pews but it is not from God's Word at all. Where the bible speaks of members it is talking of this: we are all members in Christ alone. There were bodies in each town but don't be fooled, there is ONLY one body and Jesus is its head... not a CEO modern pastor. Local church membership (with its man-made classes/rules) is not found God's Word!
  • 67. We are all for people committing to each other in biblical New Testament local church bodies with biblical elders but; based on God's Word we reject the man-made additions of classes, waiting times, voting you in and extra biblical rules that only cause more division where Christ wanted "none". The fact is, denominations and organizations are not of God's ways. So who are you a member of? The church of Jesus Christ or another man made denominational body that is outside of God's biblical ways and truth? Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? 1 Corinthians 6:15 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body 1 Corinthians 12:20
  • 68. Biblical Holiness (holy means= set apart for God) **************************************************************************** Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 Often in our experiences, modern religious people live just like (and are part of) this fallen culture around them with their love of TV, secular movies, carnal entertainment, gross materialism, sports idolatry (NFL), etc... which are NOT taught ANYWHERE in the bible for God's Holy people! Most modern religious bodies/pastors do not teach holiness and are quite influenced by this fallen culture. Did you know the early biblical New Testament church was far removed from the fallen culture of their day and would not have ever been enjoying or partaking in what it offered them? Only carnal people desire what the world system offers them daily ( TV, movies, gossip, sports etc...) not God’s redeemed people.
  • 69. The New Testament saints went out to proclaim the gospel but they were not of the world like most of the modern bodies in America today. Sadly most today have not been taught that His true redeemed people are to be pure, obedient and separate (holy) for Him and "not" of this world's ways. Often modern pastors are the most carnal minded! Note: Please know we do believe we are "saved by faith" not works. But once we are truly made new (born again/set apart), we then die to self and sin, strive to live obediently and become His truth seeking, holy people as the EVIDENCE (fruit/works) that we are saved by His spirit. Do dedicated police officers break the law? No and God’s true people don’t live in the flesh and sin habitually either. They kill their flesh. (Romans 6) Are you following flesh and feelings, or God's Word?
  • 70. Does your modern religious system help you to biblical holiness? Why are modern religious people most often quite worldly, carnal and not living in or taught about seeking godly holiness in all areas of their lives? God's Word stresses holiness in His people daily not just on certain days. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”. Romans 12:1 “that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”. Ephesians 1:4 **To the men in the denominations who profess Christ we ask…** Has your body taught you all of God’s Word, light and truth? Are you truly regenerated and born again? As godly fruit did you leave behind the sexual TV, violent carnal NFL, video games, lewd movies, obsessive idol hobbies that rule your time and entertainment that is often just soft porn? Is idolatry in your life and are you still of this fallen culture's ways loving the world while claiming new life in Christ? How can this be? The bible calls that a carnal false convert. Matt 7:20
  • 71. Men who claim Christ…does your entire life and every thought meet God's Word and standard of holiness? (The Word calls you to it. ) “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Are you redeeming the time or wasting it with carnal entertainment? “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil”. Ephesians 5:15-16 Men, how can you do take every thought captive for Christ while you're enjoying the carnal ways of the fallen world we live in like the NFL? Are you redeeming the time for God or yourself? Do you need to repent of this and get in line with His way or do you still need to be born again? I would encourage you to take a look at your entire life to see if you’re walking in holiness. “Be holy in all your conduct”. 1 Peter 1:15 If your religious body is not teaching you this, modeling it and holding you to it; they are not a biblical New Testament body. Run from them…
  • 72. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” Matthew 7:20 Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10
  • 73. To the modern ladies who profess Christ….are you still into the carnal impurity of the culture such as TV, unbiblical fashions, worldly fads, horoscopes, Oprah, love novels, Hollywood productions, trendy fads, magazines etc? God's Word warns a person of being carnal, double minded and in danger of perishing. God's Word is clear... For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23 Sadly most religious organizations fail here and do not teach you how to live daily or what God requires. They do not use ALL of God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16) for instruction. And they often avoid using Matthew 18 which is on "church discipline" to help hold people accountable in His way’s. Why you may ask? Because God's Word tells us many people will run from holiness as they love the world and that won’t fill up pews. So again how can these be called New Testament church bodies?
  • 74. Who Is Modeling Holiness For You and Your body? The truth is that God has VERY high standards of holy living. Are you being taught and shown how to be holy and set apart in your denomination or are you and your body of the world, filled with carnal ways of self and entertainment? Do you fit right into the lost world or do you stand out for Christ? Do your leaders model holiness for you or are they also of this world's lost ways themselves? Just going to a religious seminary does NOT make a man God's holy one. True salvation by His Spirit, then a desire to be obedient and kill your carnal flesh does. Note: seminaries are another man made invention by the way. Biblical leaders are to be: For a bishop (elder) must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self- willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9
  • 75. Is Your Compass Off? Following God’s Word in detail is very important. Example: If a plane is off only a few compass degrees on the start of its journey, it will be off by many miles at the end. The bible calls God's people to be obedient and to be in the world but not “of” it. How does your life look? It seems denominational America does not care about biblical holiness and it is one of the reasons why true believers cannot fellowship with them. If you don't follow God's Word obediently… Paul said: And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed 2 Thessalonians 3:14 He also said: Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do by not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17
  • 76. Who Should Be in God’s Body and How Do They Get There? Why is denominational religion using unbiblical models and methods to draw people into their religious meetings and buildings that are not found ANYWHERE in God's Word? (Like feel good self-improvement messages, contemporary music that evokes fleshly movements and feelings often not on spiritual truth, missional mindsets and social justice gospels, mood lights, big screen TV's, worship teams, new themes, new programs, coffee bars, gyms, plays, skits, super bowl parties, silly worldly children's activities, various carnal social events, flashy video's and such?) Sadly the norm that we see all over in man's religion today is a "seeker sensitive" emotional feeling based, man centered model that is not the true spiritual biblical GOSPEL of repent, believe, die to self, follow in holy/obedience, that we see everywhere in God's Word! This is deceiving many as it is bringing in and making "false worldly converts” who think they are saved when they may well be in danger and perish in the end, according to God's Word. It is man centered not Christ centered, and lacks the truth to save a man’s soul. Jesus said : repent lest you all perish. Luke 13:3
  • 77. Jesus also said many who are religious will hear this: And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:23 Man-made religion is making false converts and mixing the very few who may be striving in Christ with those who are not committed and born in Him. Paul said don't mix in any leaven or you ruin the whole loaf. 1 Corinthians 5:6 You need to know that God's true church is to train up His born again, committed people: not those who don’t even know Him as King, Lord and Savior. Is evangelism important? Yes indeed! But did they invite unbelievers 'into' His holy body in gatherings to entertain them? No, that is not biblical. His church is to train up His people to go 'out' and preach the gospel in the world (Eph 4) and then baptize new believers to come 'into' the church body. The church is to be His holy bride (body) set apart and it is not for a bunch of worldly, un-regenerated seekers who are most often just looking for an easy believe-ism, comfortable relevant social atmosphere! That may be you and if it is, are you really in Christ?
  • 78. This is man's sad religious system of the day. God has His holy standards and sinful man simply casts them aside and replaces them with what pleases the flesh and draws bigger crowds. Reaching worldly goats (not the sheep) with watered downed messages is NOT of God. How did Peter preach and draw crowds? Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" Acts 2:38 What did Paul tell people to warn them of their actions? but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath Romans 2:8 Or how about this admonishment? God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. John 9:31
  • 79. Jesus said in Matthew 24: then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. *********************************************** With a false denomination on every corner not teaching truth (but lies) and its modern pastors perverting the full gospel … it is easy to believe we are in those last days indeed! Where do you want to be found when Christ returns?
  • 80. Spirit Led gatherings People sitting in pews watching a man-made show, singing some emotional songs and listening to a sermon for 30 minutes is not biblical worship. As we told you, worship is your entire life lived (Romans 12:1) not weekly acts of man. Much of the body is to be active when it gathers using its gifts, acting out in the spirit, love and truth. Man's false ways strangle God's Holy Spirit and robs the body. This is sinful and God's Word is clear... How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26 by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
  • 81. True saints loved one another, met house to house in fellowship and practiced all truth as their reasonable service. Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men Ephesians 6:6-7 breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. Acts 2:46 They also could listen to God’s truth for more than 35 minutes. Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. Acts 20:7 So when was the last time you all gathered/fellowshipped about biblical matters for many hours vs your usual ritual? We hope you can see a very different picture forming than man’s ways?
  • 82. How Are You Growing? Do you compromise or stand on His full truth? Are you growing in your ways? God's true people hear His voice (the bible) and they follow His ways NOT man's. Jesus said: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 Men, are you growing up spiritually by sitting in the pews or more often bored and wondering “is this all that God wants of me”? You need to be training yourself in His Word and holy ways and then using your gifts for His glory or His Spirit is not at work in you. always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. 1 Peter 3:15 Sadly today we find very few men who are able to stand and reason in God’s Word. Why, you ask? Man’s false religion creates spiritual weaklings not mighty soldiers of truth. In our experiences biblical growth doesn't happen in man's religion where a false clergy class is lording over. God wants your life as worship. He wants you to have peace, knowing His truth; not man's ways. He desires you to be an obedient, living holy sacrifice not just sitting idle.
  • 83. The Priest At Home Men, are you leading your homes biblically, living out the Word and growing in your holiness or are you just going to man's church to watch a show then it’s off to your own life of hobbies, watching TV and carnal pro sports? God's Word is clear what you are to be about if you claim Him and sadly you’re not being held to this in your body: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light 1 Peter 2:9 The bible calls men to be leaders of their own homes in training their children in the admonition of the Lord, guiding their wives (wives submitting to husbands Eph 5) and participating as a man in the body of Christ. (Men loving their wives, see Ephesians 5) Paul says about wives: And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. 1 Corinthians 14 Men… will you have any answers beyond the latest football scores?
  • 84. What Man Has Added to God’s Plan Do you know that worship leaders, choirs of special practiced singers, Sunday school and youth pastors are NOT found anywhere in God's Word? They are man's faulty creation which is not of God. Those in the pews are controlled; they draw bigger crowds to popular new and relevant entertaining ways which create more man centered ideas; not biblical Christ centered believers! Does God need such gimmicks? No! We are to all lift our voices to the Lord as a group as it was done in the New Testament church, with no focus on special people up front on a stage, singing as a "worship show". Not to mention the practice of using contemporary music that usually looks and sounds like the world’s music and causes those who claim they worship God, to act out emotionally just like those at carnal concerts do. This is emotion based not biblically based at all.
  • 85. They move their bodies to the beat of hip new music that is not biblically based when Paul says this: speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Eph 5:19 Have you seen the emotional way music is used to affect people today? Is creates moods when we are to be people of the Word! Is that good, true and pure of actions of a people towards a Holy Holy Holy God? whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8
  • 86. Fact: No instruments were used in the New Testament church as they wanted a pure and true song from the heart and not practiced musicians to woo the crowds with emotions which is far too man centered. (Colossians 3:16) We mentioned Sunday school and youth pastors. Neither are biblical and they create a separation in the family when the father is to be the teacher. Can we really improve on God’s design? Fathers are to instruct their children not send them off to others (that are often strangers) to teach and guide them. And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
  • 87. Many youth programs have raised up "youth pastors" who often leave God's pure and holy truth and are into “entertaining” with silly carnal fun and often worldly games and gimmicks. They are not raising up godly children for His glory. Godly children should be with the body and learn from their parents and adults. God's Word is clear. All these programs play to the flesh but don’t add to godliness or bible truth. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded Titus 2:6 Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Romans 6:15 Conforming to the world’s standards is NOT for God’s body.
  • 88. Where Are the Biblical Godly Ladies? Why don’t the modern religious places today teach what God's Word instructs godly ladies to do in its fullness? *** Dress **** The bible says to wear modest apparel (long flowing garments/dresses to cover the form) Ladies, have you studied God's word to see how you are to clothe and conduct yourself as a called out godly woman? Most of today's women in the modern church who claim new life in Christ do not submit to their husbands, don't remain silent in the church body, they don't dress biblically, nor do they cover their heads. God's Word is clear.... In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array 1 Timothy 2:9
  • 89. The greek word for‘modest’ is kosmios= orderly and the greek word for 'apparel' is 'katastole' which means a long hanging robe like garment to totally and fully cover her form as God did to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:3-4 Today you see shorts, heels, painted nails and make up! Did you know that the word ‘kosmos’ references the world or worldly affairs and the word ‘cosmetic’ comes from the Greek word ‘kosmos’. All the references to make-up in the bible are talking about harlots. Don’t you want to be & look pure? (See our discernment blog on biblical ladies dress.)
  • 90. To Cover Your Head? But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 1 Corinthians 11:5 *To not cover your head, to dress in anything less than biblically obedient, painting your face with cosmetics and adorning your outsides is the resemblance of what the bible would describe as disobedient and worldly. (Yes, it’s true ladies.) You see jeans, short skirts, modern stylish dresses, form fitting, exposing clothing, make up, short hair, jewelry etc. are not of a holy God; but of the fallen world. They say "look at me" when God says cover up! The portrait of a godly woman includes covering up the outside so that the inside may be made manifest. No this is not legalism but the FRUIT of obedience and LOVE for God's Word and ways.
  • 91. These teachings on head coverings are NOT cultural either as when Paul starts the letter to the Corinthians: To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours 1 Corinthians 1:2 Paul states it is for all believers in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ. Does that mean you? As he moves on to the commands of head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11 he states that we are to keep all the ordinances he taught. Then in that same chapter he teaches on the Lords Supper. Was that cultural too? No it wasn't and so head coverings are a wonderful spiritual blessings and a biblical teaching to be obeyed. (See our discernment blog for headcoverings.)
  • 92. *Sadly feminism rules today in the modern religious places with women pastors (which is unbiblical) and most ladies who’s lives are more like the carnal world than that of godly set apart Christ seekers. Ladies, have you found these biblical teachings and blessings and are you obediently practicing them? Has your husband or elders ever taught you these truths? If not, then do you realize you are not being fully obedient to His Word and ways? Will you gladly submit to Him? Wives submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Colossians 3:18 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 1 Corinthians 14:34 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 1Timothy 2:12-13
  • 93. History Shows The Truth Did you know that for 1900 years women of the Christian faith practiced all of these things right up until very recently when feminism rose up and perverted it all. Then the modern denominational organizations rolled over and allowed it to happen totally against God's holy Word just to keep the pews filled up. Does this alarm you at all? It should as it is true! If you don't think biblical dress and head covering matter today, sadly you don't know or understand God's holy Word and your buying into the lies of man's religion! As He called out the Israelites to a different life: so He calls His true men and woman out today in holiness. You are missing out on tremendous blessings the Lord has for you and man's religion is not teaching you these truths found in God's Word.
  • 94. Who Hates You? Do you know that Jesus said those who are His will be hated for His name? Who hates denominational Christians for the gospel they live out and proclaim? Most modern religious places are interested in drawing non believing people and being liked by the fallen world; not standing in full biblical truth with the gospel. Jesus said: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Matthew 24:9 Are you living a biblical life in total set apart holiness; rejecting the fallen culture's sinful ways around you? Are you persecuted for your life and faith? The bible says if you're His you will be persecuted. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 Do you live and proclaim the biblical saving gospel in a way that those around you (that are of the world) are convicted of their sin or are you fitting right into the fallen world around you with man’s religion? Well then; you may not be walking in Christ's truth at all?
  • 95. Some recap facts about modern religious systems: *Worship in a dedicated building - This began in the 4th century at the hands of pagan Rome. (The early New Testament church had NO such practice.) *Clergy – We don't see a lifted up clergy class in the early New Testament church. Pagan Rome and Protestants have used and adjusted various forms of false clergy and none of which are biblical in nature except elders as overseers, those with the gift of pastoring and all men using their gifts. (The New Testament church had NO other such practice.) *Communion–The biblical Lord’s Supper was a fellowship meal with bread and wine, 1 Corinthians 11; Matthew 26.) It was turned into a tiny, assembly line act in the 2nd-4th century as the lifted up clergy class arose.
  • 96. * The Sermon – The early New Testament church practiced orderly but "open" services with singing, teaching and many believers using their gifts. As this biblical form died out in the 4th century the clergy arose and began using Roman rhetoric ways delivered by professionals thus was born the modern day sermon as the standard. (The early New Testament church had NO such practice.) *Organs/Instruments - history shows there weren’t musical instruments in the NT church until the Middle Ages. Instruments then became the norm, appear in the 13th Century. (The early New Testament church had NO such practice.) *Order of worship – The Roman mass comes in about the 6th century under Pope Gregory and the protestant forms of worship have been adapted from it in various ways.
  • 97. There was NO formal order of worship in the early New Testament church as it was spirit led, not man led. (The early New Testament church had NO such practice.) *Choirs –groups of trained singers started in Rome in the 4th century. (The early New Testament church had NO such practice.) *Tithing –In the 4th century the tithe was brought into the bodies to help pay for the lifted up clergy class. Constantine made it a practice and it lives on today in the modern religious places. (The early New Testament church had NO such practice.) *Sunday school –This goes back to the eighteenth century. It was created for secular children and then adapted by the modern religious world. (The New Testament church had NO such practice.)
  • 98. While these facts may be offensive, they are given in love and His truth can set men free! Are you free in Christ's truth or trapped in man's lies? We care so we speak out. In the end, the real product of man's denominational religious system is most often an unbiblical system, worldly, carnal, false converts who 'go to church' but are NOT regenerated and living daily as Christ's true body. It is sad as seen by the fruit we have just previously listed. Jesus warned: And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:10-14
  • 99. You may ask... how has this happened? First, as we've shown you, the pagan Romans did many changes back in the 4th Century. But do you know who Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, Peter Drucker, C. Peter Wagner, Bill Hybels, and Joel Osteen are? Don't feel bad as often many modern pastors don't even know who all these men are, yet they are teaching the very things these wolves have brought to corrupt God's truth. (Their unbiblical, man centered, seeker sensitive ways.) These are just a few of the more recent famous false teachers who have had a role over the last 40 years to purposely steer the modern religious system even further off its course and away from God's saving truth. Millions (like you perhaps?) are following them on the wide road to destruction. What is their goal? They are satan's workers (1 Peter 5:8) and he wants to steal God's glory, and destroy people….
  • 100. …and build a false (coming) one world system of religion that the antichrist will rule over one day before Jesus returns. (Revelation 13) The bible teaches all world religions will link up to worship a false leader, the antichrist. Some feel we are close to this happening today and we could be by the many signs we see happening. Are you looking for the Lord's return? Are you ready and in His spirit and truth and prepared to meet Him? We can discuss all of this in great detail if you decide to contact us to reason together. Most religious and denominational people have NO clue what is full truth and what is coming upon this earth soon. It will be great tribulation! (See Matthew 24) Please, have ears to hear will you?
  • 101. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 (Are you ready to come into the knowledge of truth?)
  • 102. Why is this nation in such a mess and in a moral decline? Sin is the answer and sadly the gospel has been corrupted and is not a light of truth. Today biblical ignorance, worldliness and rebellion rule the day. It is NOT bible truth that is taught and it is making weak, false converts. The result is an immoral culture ripe for God's judgment to come. This false system and its practices has many man-made pagan ways and lies. It does not have the power to convict and call out sinners from this culture. Sadly it does not teach the true gospel that Christ and the Apostles proclaimed to mankind. You may think we are quite harsh on man's religion, and we are! Do you know who Jesus most often called out in very harsh manner? The religious leaders of His day! God hates false religion (Matt 23) and so do we but; we love those trapped in it like we were once. (See Deuteronomy 12) Will you repent of these unbiblical ways?
  • 103. If you doubt these truths, do some serious bible and history study as well. Many play "man's church" but lack the knowledge to see clearly to God's truth. God wants better for His true people. Are you one of them or just a product of man’s religious system? ************************************************ Jesus said: You will know them by their fruits Matthew 7:16 *Godly fruit is if you desire to seek ALL of His ways and shed any falsehoods or traditions of man, for His glory. If you love Me, keep My commandments John 14:15 So if you claim to know and love Jesus Christ you must know and keep His ways, not man's.
  • 104. What Would Jesus or Apostle Paul Say Today? Would the Apostles or Jesus even recognize the modern places as His church by their biblical fruit? They were holy, set apart, focused on God's Word, living as daily sacrifices before Him; following ALL His ways not man's traditions. What does your modern body look like in comparison? Today most all fail the test of God's Word. What does that say to you? God's truth is eternal so why has man changed God's holy body to be more man centered, emotional, relevant, carnal and worldly? The answer is sin. How do you fix that? You repent and cling to God’s Word in total obedience. You then reject man's ways and run to God's no matter the cost. (And it will cost you much...we know this.) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me Matthew 16:24
  • 105. Do you know satan doesn't fight man's religion, he created it, uses it, then he takes souls to hell with him? Do you know he comes as an angel of light? And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 Again please test all you believe lest you be deceived! (1 Thessalonians 5:21) We were saved out of man's false denominational system and we come here in truth to inform you of the serious biblical errors that "could" cost you your eternal life. You won't grow in the biblical way the Father has ordained unless you seek His ways and reject man's. Jesus warned in Matthew 7 that MANY will think they are His but He will cast them away into hell because they are lawless! We lovingly challenge you, and anyone else to reason over God's Word with us and seek the truth for God’s glory.
  • 106. Jesus said: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23 ************************************************* Jesus also said: Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are FEW who find it. Matthew 7:14 Are you following the massive modern religious crowds or are you on His VERY narrow road to spirit, truth and biblical worship?
  • 107. Why Does This ALL Matter? The bible teaches that Christ's true body functions in all biblical truth, is overseen by elders, runs by His Spirit; meets often in close knit relationships with accountability to one another; is obedient, pure, holy and not of this world's fallen ways and they are aliens and pilgrims in this world. Do you feel like an alien here because you follow His ways? Or do you fit right into this world (that satan rules) that God will destroy one day because of disobedience, rebellion and sin? “who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation”. 1 Peter 2:10-12
  • 108. We have exposed much truth to you here. Do you care to go deeper to seek perfection for His glory? If you claim Him, then you must strive on for truth or darkness will be your end. Jesus said: And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that they have been done in God.” John 3: 19-21 Why do these areas matter? Why must you strive for higher holy ground and truth in His word? Because mere belief is not enough. Even the demons believe—and tremble James 2:19 Jesus said: Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
  • 109. Why should you desire biblical holiness? The Word says: Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 Why should you try to be holy (set apart) in all that you do? The bible says: But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. 1 Peter 1:15 What kind of life should you live? The bible says: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 Why should you be striving and clinging to God’s way’s not man’s? You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, For their deceit is falsehood. Psalm 119:118 *God will reject those who reject His biblical way’s*
  • 110. Now you may think we just want to steal converts and I want to be a pastor but that's not true. We are simply called to proclaim the gospel truth and labor to see God build His New Testament church for His glory. That is what we are doing as we approach modern religious places and people. Ephesians 5:11 says: "expose evil" Would you agree that denying His holy ways for man's fallen ways is evil? (Man and satan has stolen God's plan and created a false one.) We have found that most in the modern places today are in great darkness shown by their doctrinal fruit. It is evidenced by how the modern CEO pastors and people most often reject God's holy truth but follow their traditions and error, even after being told the truth! God's Word makes it clear that unless you're obediently seeking ALL of His light, you don't have a Christ like mind and you may be in great danger of losing your soul.
  • 111. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12 Today you may be fooling yourself, like we once were. Don't be cheated by modern pastors who count on you to keep idle and sitting in the pews for their building plans and career pay. That was NEVER God's plan so don't be deceived any longer. Seek the truth and be set free in His mighty name. Jesus said: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 If you choose to reject His true message (it is God's holy Word, not ours) you do so at great peril. It costs everything to follow Christ. Jesus said: Matthew 10:39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
  • 112. Having read all of this material, we pray you see these errors, repent, turn to God's Word, be obedient in ALL things and seek His truth not yours or man's ways any longer. This world is fading fast and evil is coming to rule it soon. Please redeem the time! See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 It does not matter if you’re Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Evangelical free or whatever. If you are outside of God’s truth, you cannot worship Him or stand in the days to come. Jesus said: making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do. Mark 7:13 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12
  • 113. A Falling Away Did you know that the bible warns about a great falling away in the last days and many will be spiritually deceived by false teachers? Per their fruit; most religious places and modern CEO pastors today are deceived or deceiving many. We could be in those last days; please don't be one of the deceived. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers. 2 Timothy 4:3 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. Jude 1:17-18
  • 114. As people go about their ritual, man-made religious practices, most will say “these are such small issues, they really don't matter do they”? We would ask you this…….. What do call a person if he breaks one law? A criminal. What are you called if you deny God's holy ways after knowing the truth? A rebellious sinner! What does God’s Word say about such people? Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17 ********To continue in lies and falsehood is sin******* For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 Does God deserve ALL or just some of your obedience and faithfulness if you claim Him? Will you cling to man’s false religious system or God’s truth as fruit that He is at work in you?
  • 115. Are you a Berean pouring over the word daily to test and to find ALL of the truth? “they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” Acts 17:11 Are you just content to do religion, paying a modern pastor to control everything and do things after man’s system? God never ordained any of His true followers to be part of a compromised and corrupt system that is practiced today. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
  • 116. Now that we have exposed the modern system, you may ask, what is God's true model for His church? Please go to Him, pray and then seek it the Word and find it for yourself. (You can find more details on our discernment blog) Can you imagine small groups of committed people coming together to enjoy the Lord’s Supper as a meal in a home. No man is running the meeting but there are (eventually) elders who oversee to make sure God's Word and order is upheld. They don't run gathering but they just guide when needed by godly example. Then as God's spirit leads, someone could start a song and the others join in. (Nothing is practiced.) In the setting of a home, which creates closeness and freedom, someone brings a testimony, another brings a teaching, another an experience they had, a man who feels he has a pastors gift shepherds the people with a bible
  • 117. message and he looks to counsel and lift up those around him who need it. Someone asks for prayer and they pray together. All the while the children are there to see God's Holy Spirit move. Another man says 'I have a question' and it is addressed by the group. Another man says 'I want to read from the Psalms‘. Each man can address and use his gifts. All of this is done with no paid modern ruling pastor, no planned out themes, no printed bulletin, no special expensive building, no paid staff, no worship leaders, no set time limits. (You leave when you need to.) An offering for a good cause can be taken and amazingly all of the money goes right to the need, none to pay for insurance, electricity, wages, parking lots or carpet in the narthex that you don't even need!
  • 118. There is also a time for the elders to formally teach the body and in this we see a setting of the biblical true New Testament church. It is not run by one man (a modern pastor) but by the Holy Spirit. The elders over-see and other men, who God calls, use their gifts as they gather in truth and love. They also hold each other accountable to holy lives. And what is the result? A spirit led church where everyone is expected to use their gifts, love another, hold each other to His holiness and truth in close fellowship to grow in commitment together as His body. (No worldly saints here.) In this setting, men and women grow in the Lord as they are called out to study, learn, love and care for each other in real ways through God's Spirit. The body is united, biblically based, maturing and seeking His ways, not the modern religious ways the pagans have given the world.
  • 119. Then they go out into the world and proclaim the gospel to the lost and "God" adds to His church, not through church techniques that men/satan's workers have passed on to them. Then as the body grows they still don't need a building. They simply divide and move to other homes, in time more elders step up to oversee and they continue God's model of "being the church" not ever "going to one"! They may plan to rent or meet at a large place to all unite at times but still no need for buying brick and mortar as God's house is holy people, not buildings. There is a beauty of His plan versus man’s perverted ways that are being practiced. It calls for those who will rely on God's spirit for truth; not man for religious ritual services. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13 How different is that from what you practice?
  • 120. We began this presentation saying: Jesus said “the Father is looking for those who will seek truth and the spirit” (John 4:23) What are you seeking in your faith life? Is obeying His truth easy and are there many people who desire it? Not at all. But weren't we told that narrow is the path? Do you realize Noah only had 7 others on the ark with him that were spared from God's wrath? (Read Genesis 7) The things of God are hard (we are even called to die for the Lord) and we know the way to destruction is broad. Those who want ALL of Christ want to do His hard things and be on that VERY narrow, holy road to eternal life. How about you? Will you settle for man's ways that will lead to easy believe-ism, false doctrine, death and God’s judgment? Does His truth matter to you? If His word cannot move you to see this truth and then change or reject a false man-made unbiblical system; God's Word says you may not be in Christ's saving truth at all.
  • 121. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:6 What would you call worshipping in a way that goes against His truth and light? Sin and darkness. The modern religious world is living in that daily. What will you live in for His glory now that you know the full truth? As we have said, we care about you and we do understand. We too had to answer issues for ourselves as His truth had us leave man's denominational religion for a new life in Him. We were set free into His truth and want that for you as well. Yes, the cost was great and few will follow this path but His saints are called to do it or …you cannot be His disciple! Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:14
  • 122. In closing…there is so much more to being a biblical believer than just sitting in a pew saying “I am a Baptist or a Methodist”. We are calling out to those who claim Him but desire higher holy ground in Christ. His people are interested in "becoming" His biblical New Testament body (daily) instead of just going to religious services of man. Be warned, if these points have moved you spiritually and you go to your modern body to discuss it; don't be surprised if you're quickly rejected and scorned by them! That happens to us almost everywhere we go. Unless a person is desiring His truth and moved by God's Spirit to see it; they will do everything they can to cling to flesh/what lies they know. In this case they are clinging to man's faulty pagan influenced religious model. You must strive on, study His Word, fellowship with those also desiring full His truth if you can, and come into the full Light.
  • 123. We have now shown you that most of the denominational system is built upon an unbiblical foundation and not functioning according to God’s Word. If you think leaving your denominational roots would be difficult, please read Matthew 10 and the hard things that the Lord requires of us if we claim salvation in Him. Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
  • 124. We are here for you so please reach out to us anytime. Some have accused us of being divisive but we rest in God's Word. What did Paul say to do about those who rejected God's truth and how they should be dealt with? Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Romans 16:17-20 Did you see Paul praising their obedience? (Also read Galatians 2 where Paul called Peter out for his false ways. Godly love corrects it does not ignore truth.) Also read 1 Corinthians 5 where Paul says the body is to be judged. The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke. Proverbs 13:8
  • 125. Are You Worshipping In Truth? *Can you really call your body a true New Testament church if they don't model God's biblical New Testament ways? The next time you’re sitting in the pews just watching the show; we hope these words hit you. We hope they echo in your heart, your mind and you begin to see through man's way’s into God's high holy way’s for His set apart people. Obedience is the ONLY way to please Him and honor Christ. Study your bible, repent of your errors as you test all of man's traditions. Note: We will “repent and correct ourselves” when shown in God's Word we are wrong. Contact us anytime if we can help you or if you and your modern pastor ever want to reason and show us any issues that you feel we have wrong. We stand on His word alone…. How about you?
  • 126. We ask you this; what will you, your modern pastor and those who are sitting in the pews do if you are unbiblical? Jesus taught us: God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24) Repent and seek His ways….. Please consider this all while there is yet time and please take this message in the way it was intended; in love. Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Proverbs 27:5 Praise Him, Jim and Debbie narrowroad8711@hotmail.com 608-547-8162
  • 127. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. Revelation 22:13-15 Thus saith the Lord.