Pretty much tells it like it is, don’t you think?
November 10, 2013
October 29, 2013
It’s been a while since I have put up any videos. I found this pearl this morning. I like the way this brother speaks the truth. No pretense here, no manipulation, no trying to look all self-important. He speaks simple and honestly. Thank you, Brother, Leigh, for being faithful to the Word of God.
If you are part of Church/Building and are being blessed, that is good. No judgment from this brother or me. But don’t be judging those of us who have our reasons for not trying to fit in a man-made mold/system of what we are to look like.
Hope it blesses you like it did me.
January 3, 2013
If you happen to be in a Church building and you are being blessed and being allowed to be a blessing in the way you know God intends, and if you are being taught correct doctrine, I do not begrudge you. I truly am happy for you. I hope you continue to be blessed. However, this article is not for you.
This is for those who once were involved in a Church = building. You gave your time, your love, your service and your money out of committment to God. But, you began to see some things that alarmed you: false teachings, idolatry, theatrics, manipulation, the occult, witchcraft — all being done in the Name of the Lord. When you began to see those things, your heart was first surprised, then saddened, and then you dared trying to warn others what you were seeing. Not out of sowing discord and/or gossip as some of you were accused. Not out of rebellion as some of you were told. But out of a deep concern and love for the truth. Surely, they want to know, you told yourself. But, you found out, they did not. You were more or less poo pooed, shunned, ignored, and as you walked out the door for the last time, no one cared. After all, that Church building no doubt many times had prayed words like this: God, bring in those who You desire and send out from among us who you do not.
Like me, you too, probably said it at one time or another. Because isn’t that what we were taught? That only those who could follow the program were welcomed. Those who wanted to help the pastor with his vision, were esteemed. That you were not to question.
You find out you were just another casuality as you remember the ones who left before you. When you watched them leave, you did not go after them. Instead you looked upon them as if they were the ones with the problem. And now, sadly, you know what it feels like to be one of them.
Leadership taught they were not to be challenged, or else you were unteachable, rebellious, etc. You probably felt confused. Why is it wrong to point out error? You may have thought. So you caught yourself sitting at home as you tried to understand why it made one guilty for just having a desire for the truth.
You may have began to feel sorry for yourself, as you may have began to believe you didn’t matter in God’s kingdom. That thought alone made you wonder if you were guilty of the sin of pride. Before you knew it, that condemnation began to bring you down, perhaps even making you depressed. After all, God’s Word does warn us of the sin of pride. Is it pride to have the desire to share what you believe God laid on your heart, only to be ignored and at times admonished by leaders? I don’t think so. I can only suggest this: If God opened your eyes in the first place, there is a reason for it. It was and is His will for you to share what has been laid on your heart concerning the things you have seen. You were right in wanting to warn the sheep of the leaven. They were wrong in wanting to shut you out.
You were made to feel you didn’t count, you weren’t important. Some even took your desire to be a blessing and perverted it with words like, “You are thinking too much of yourself” — “why, he (the preacher) is a man of God, you just need to follow him and God will lead the way” — you had to show yourself worthy of using any gifts in that church, — worthy being if you were faithful enough to clean toilet, bake the brownies, give your money, sit in the nursery watching unruly kids, go everytime the church doors were opened. Never mind if you had a number of things outside the church that needed your attention: sick parents, illnesses of your own or others, etc., just being plain worn out from having to participate in programs that meant little to nothing or having to listen week after week to what you believed was dead preaching. Not to say the total heresy in some cases.
Some even accused you of just being rebellious towards authority. Uhhh, what does that mean exactly? That we must find a church and must submit? Submit to what and who? Someone else who decides how you will be used? Submitting to never questioning and just going along to get along? NEVER.
You were led to believe that you must go to church or else you were in total defiance to this scripture:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. — Hebrews 10:25 —
And to that I will ask those who want to use this scripture to lord it over the rest of us, what exactly does that mean to you? That those of us who have seen what is sometimes heretical teachings come straight from the pulpit, that somehow we are just to suck it up, and get with the program anyway? IF you have found a place where you are able to get true fellowship, a place where people actually care about your needs as much as you do theirs, a place where you are welcomed and are used in the way God intends, then thank God for it, instead of trying to bring others under some kind of condemnation for not finding it. It is a gift — pure and simple. God does not love you any greater than the Christian who has not been able to find what you have found.
So what does the unchurched Christian do with that scripture? Friend, I wish I knew. What can I offer you when I too am in the same place? I can only say this and only hope it is something that brings life. For I have been alone so long, now, sometimes I can not see straight. Yet, I keep telling myself, doesn’t it go back to Jesus? Isn’t He always suppose to be more than enough? I am constantly reminded of the thousands of believers all over the world who are in prison. Alone. Forsaken by man. Unchurched Christian, you too, may be in a type of prison.
Like me, there may be times where your soul cries out, “I need… I need… I need.” There may be obstacles that you can not control which get in the way of you getting what you know you need. Fellowship being one of the greatest needs for the unchurched Christian. If you find yourself totally alone and your soul is begging for something that just does not seem to be happening — or even meant for you at the time — then what are you to do?
I believe that God sometimes purposely allows us to be in a place where we begin to see everything we ever trusted in, become as dung before us. Did you once care what man thought of you? He will put you in a place where it will not matter what man thinks of you. Did you seek man’s approval? You will find only God’s approval is enough. Did you like being noticed because of some gift or talent? God not only wants you to see He is the giver of gifts and talents, but desires you to be free from the yoke of performance. Has there been anything in you at all (get real with yourself now) that liked being seen as spiritual? Some of you know what I am talking about. Like me, you carried around certain books to make sure everyone knew what you were reading. That is spiritual pride and God hates it. He desires to strip you from any pre-conceived notions of what spirituality looks like.
See, if you have done any of these things and have found it hard to break free, God loves you so much that he desires you to be more free than you can imagine. I know it hurts right now, to be without a church and true fellowship. God knows I know. But the time spent now in getting to know Him in the stillness of your life, surpasses anything the church building can ever give you.
Many times this scripture comes to me: And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32 —
We know this had to do with Jesus telling Peter that he would deny Him. So what might it have in common for us — the unchurched?
You will feel yourself being sifted many times over during your time of aloneness. You may even begin to question God, causing doubts like never before. BUT…. He is still with you. He has NOT forsaken you. He truly wants you to know HIM. NOT fleeting emotional feel-goods that church services bring. NOT the little pat on the backs affirmations the pastor may give to you. NOT that euphoric feeling one gets when they perform in church knowing their gift is being adored and appreciated.
Though you were led to believe you were the problem, the problem is not with you, precious Remnant of God.
The problem lies with those who desired to put a yoke of performance/bondage on you through deceit and manipulation.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.– Galatians 5:1 —
I’m going to guess, since you have been alone, a part of you has died. Perhaps that part that used to care what others thought. Remember how you bowed to it in order to be accepted?
Some of you truly are house bound. Perhaps illness or other events not under your control make it impossible for you to get out and even try looking for a place if you even wanted. To you, I would say, do not let anyone put a yoke on you. I heard one preacher say if you can’t get to church, then crawel. Really? Church is that important? Well, to some, I suppose. In which case, it could be a type of idolatry. Yes, idolatry. There are those who are addicted to the the idea of going to church = building. I will not expound on that one right now. Perhaps at a later date.
I must say that preacher’s words really irked me. Did he even mention that maybe just maybe, someone could try and offer you a ride to church? No.
You are being changed
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
— 2 Corinthians 2:17,18 —
The things you are going through are not meant to bring you depression or any other negative thing. Though you may battle with those things. They are meant to change you from an image of what you may have thought you should look like, to one of what God thinks you should look like.
… He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; — Philippians 1:6 —
Notice something here: it does not say, He who has begun a good work in you will complete it as long as you go to church every time the doors are opened. Or as long as you follow the pastor on every thing that comes out of his mouth. Or if you tithe, bake brownies for fellowship dinners, teach Sunday school, etc.
No, it does not say those things. Now granted, Jesus can and does use these things to help bring about that good work. But they are not what finishes it. It is in Jesus, and in Him alone.
God tells you He has not forgotten you. He has not forsaken you. That He still will use you wherever you are. If you are alone as a alone can be, He still can and will use you. Your life is not in vain. It is not meaningless.
There will be those who will judge you because you are off on your own. Have they made a real attempt to know you, to understand what you are going through, the things you may be dealing with? Have they even heard your voice? Do they know if you have health problems or if you have been dealing with a family issue? If not, then pay no mind to these people. They have no right to speak into your life if they have not taken the time to know you, really know you.
They will load you down with more bondge as you begin adding them to your I need you to accept me list. No, friend. The only thing you need right now if you find yourself unchurched for the reason I listed above, is God. Use this time to try and draw near to Him. Then when it is time for you to go out and try to find that church = building, you will have died to so many things, that the approval of man will mean very little to you. All that will matter to you, is what God thinks of you.
October 27, 2012
Following article written by Chip Brogan
You will never truly appreciate or benefit from fellowship until you have learned how to live without it.
There already is a fellowship of saints. It is a spiritual fellowship, and it is based on Christ having the preeminence – not the fellowship having preeminence. All this yearning for fellowship and being with others is the result of being hung-over from the religious system. You’re trying to fill a void that religion used to fill.
The purpose of solitude in the spiritual desert is to get you to see that Jesus is Enough. You’re not going to die from lack of fellowship, but if you don’t learn that Jesus is Enough then spiritually speaking you’re dead already. He’s the One you need to be focused on – not starting a fellowship, not finding a home group, not making something happen with other people.
And already I can hear the “yeah buts”. “Yeah, but God made us to be social beings. Yeah, but God knows we need encouragement from other believers. Yeah, but the Bible says forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is. Yeah, but we’re all supposed to be part of the Body of Christ. Yeah, but there’s just something about gathering together with like-minded believers. Yeah, but you just don’t understand what it’s like.” Yeah, but I do understand – I’ve been through that part of the desert before, and what I’m trying to tell you is God wishes to know if you love Him or if you love fellowship with others. God wishes to know if you are in love with Him or if you are in love with things about Him. God wishes to know if you seek Him or seek a meeting about Him.
There are times and seasons where He calls you to be alone and apart with Him. I’m not saying it will always be like that, but what if it is? What if He calls you to walk alone with Him for the rest of your life? Is Jesus enough for you?
I asked that question of a group of Christians once: Is Jesus enough for you? Because most Christians do not believe this. They want Jesus, but they also want fellowship with others. Really, do you know what Christians want? Not fellowship with others. That sounds so spiritual. Really what they want is acceptance from other Christians. You go deep down and that’s what they want. They want to feel accepted by other Christians. Well, all I can tell you is that you’re setting yourself up for a huge disappointment. Eventually there will come a time when you will have to decide between the truth that God has revealed to you and the acceptance of other Christians. Now it hurts when you are not accepted by other Christians. It hurts when other Christians misunderstand you and speak all manner of evil against you falsely when you have spoken the truth to them in love.
But the bottom line is your spiritual life and walk with God does not depend upon the acceptance of other Christians. You might think it does, and it sure makes things easier, but it is not a condition of following Christ – making sure other Christians understand and accept you. The deeper you go into God the more unacceptable you will be to other Christians. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is Himself, “Despised and rejected, a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Jesus would not be, and is not, accepted by most Christians, and do you know that does not change Him and His relationship with His Father? He is Lord whether you accept Him or not, my friend. And if you are His disciple then He accepts you whether the rest of the Christian population accepts you or not.
What I have found is that whenever I ignore the season God has me in, and I try to create fellowship, or seek fellowship, outside of the time and place appointed by My Father, it always ends in disaster. It creates problems, it becomes a disappointment, or it turns into a distraction from what He wants for my life.
And that is never more true than the period of time when you are fresh out of the religious system. You’ve been under a religious spirit for so many years, and don’t think you can just wake up one day, stop going to church, and be set free from that religious mindset. You think you need fellowship, you think you need meetings, you think you need other people in your life, you think you need all these things, and you are in error. That’s the religious habit talking. It’s just like a drug.
“Oh brother Chip, I’m so lonely, I’ve been going to church every Sunday for twenty years and now we just sit home on Sunday and we feel so empty inside!” Well praise God, if that’s where God has you right now then thank God for it. Stop looking for other people to fill a void that only Christ can fill. You’ve been covering up that void with a lot of religious junk and He’s stripping all that away. He’s trying to build something in you, so let Him do it according to the times and seasons that He has appointed. Don’t rush through that process. Get comfortable with just you and God. My goodness, you don’t even know what it’s like to walk with God and just be hidden in Him because your whole life you’ve been following Him in a crowd, worshipping Him in a crowd, praying to Him in a crowd, learning about Him in a crowd.
Enoch walked with God, and he didn’t have anyone else to fellowship with.
Noah walked with God and he didn’t anyone but his family.
Abraham walked with God and he didn’t have a house church to go to.
Moses spent forty years in the desert and it didn’t hurt him a bit, he came out better than he went in.
Jesus walked with God and every single one of His friends and disciples denied Him and fled when He needed them the most.
You give people too much credit for your spiritual well-being and don’t give God enough credit. I’d rather be alone with God than have a crowd of people without Him.
Now that doesn’t diminish anything the Bible says about the Body of Christ. But you’ve got to learn how to get connected to the Head before you try to get connected to the Body. Body Life is only as good as the Body’s relationship to the Head. The Body has no life in itself apart from the Head. If you read what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, you notice it doesn’t say that we are supposed to seek out our place in the Body or try to insert ourselves into place. It says He sets us in the Body of Christ according to His will. His will, not ours. You try to set yourself in place and you’ll get it wrong.
The Bible does not say “hold fast to the Body” or “hold fast to the members of the Body”, it says “hold fast to the Head.” The Bible does not say, “Seek ye first the fellowship of others”, but “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things – including fellowship – will be added to you.” You learn to do that and the rest will take care of itself, in the time and manner that God sees fit.
Take your hands off that whole issue of fellowship and cast that concern onto the Lord. Go to Him and say, “Lord, here I am in a desert place, it’s dry, and it’s lonely, and it looks like there’s no fellowship. But You are My Rock, My Fortress, My Hiding Place, You lead me and direct my steps. You be My Fellowship. If you see fit to bring me into relationship and fellowship with others, fine; but if not, then I trust that You are more than Enough to meet my spiritual, emotional, and social needs. I can live without fellowship Lord, but I cannot live without You!”
Now folks, I have been in that place so many times I don’t even have to pray about it anymore. I’ve just learned to trust God in this area, and I know He is sufficient. It’s settled in me. It’s not even a thing I pray about anymore. I want it to become settled in your heart as well. Let the desert do its work.
October 5, 2012
Article gotten here:
April 1, 2012
Found this video this morning. This is for those who have no place of fellowship to go to for whatever reason. Remember, the Church is not a building. God be with you where ever you are. May He bring like-minded believers to you to fellowship with in whatever way He chooses.
July 26, 2011
(Note: This is NOT an endorsement to somehow get people to leave their churches. This is for those who are beginning to question whether to stay or not.)
February 9, 1976 I was born-again. It did not take place in church. No one led me in what is known as a sinner’s prayer. I wasn’t given a sugar-coated Gospel about God being all love with no wrath or judgment. No, I was given the truth: you are lost in your sins toward a holy God and are going to hell. When my eyes were finally able to see the truth, I called out for mercy to that holy God and went from darkness to light in the blink of an eye. I truly was — born-again.
I began going to church, thinking it was the right thing to do. Not knowing much about the word of God, I automatically trusted those in authority. Until, that one day when the Sunday school teachers called black folk the “N” word. That was a complete turn off and it was then I stopped going to that particular church, and never finding one again until I met my husband in 1988.
But now, there is no church and at times, I know I am being judged by certain individuals because I do not attend church. I used to care. But not anymore. It is hard to care about what others think when they are not testing things and are following every wind of doctrine. Somehow their opinion of me just does not matter.
When I was a baby Christian I had a fear of the Rapture happening and that I would be left behind. I reasoned the best place to be would be in the church. So on Sunday, I sat in church thinking how safe I was by just sitting in the pew.
But you will not find me using church as a means of a safety net now. I’ve grown up, I’ve matured. I’ve been through so much in my lifetime, that I have learned it has never been church that has gotten me through anything. Even people — as much as I have appreciated those whom God sends my way at times — have not been my source of true help. It has been Jesus. No other has loved me or cared for me like He has.
My days of trusting in a church pew are long gone.
In fact, I dare say, that it may just be one of the worst places you can be right now.
If you find yourself in a church service where the pastor or worship leader is trying to manipulate you, then you may want to leave. They practice witchcraft on you. What do I mean by witchcraft? Anything or anybody that desires to manipulate you in their likeness, for their causes, for their agenda, for their gain — that my friend, is witchcraft. You do not have to be standing over a boiling pot chanting some spell to practice witchcraft. Simply put: manipulation = witchcraft.
If you find yourself being ignored and poo-pooed because you have some cause for concerns, then you may want to leave. You are in a place where discernment is not allowed.
If you find yourself having to sit through teachings that just do not ring true, then search the Word of God to find if what is being taught is the truth. If you find it is not — and again, if those in authority do not listen, — you may want to leave. If you choose to stay, do not be surprised to find yourself being told you are rebellious, unteachable, etc. You will have to decide if it is worth the emotional/spiritual/mental pain of staying and trying to make a difference. More than likely, it will not.
If the pastor is leading in some “new revelations” that you have never heard or/and trying to line up the church in some agenda that just does not set right with you, go to scripture. If it isn’t there, then it’s probably not of God.
If the pastor is esteeming outsiders and giving them authority to lead over you, you may want to leave. More than likely, that pastor is either giving up his sheep to a wolf or/and trying to establish himself among those whom he esteems.
If you are told to “give, give, give and God will bless you,” while the leaders live like kings and queens and you find you and your family doing without, you may want to leave. You are being fleeced to the core. It will be interesting to see how this kind of thing plays out if and when the economy collapses. Will your teachers and leaders give to YOU for a change? Or will they still be finding ways to get in your pocket?
If people are putting experiences, feelings over the Word of God, you may want to leave. The church has begun going into the twilight zone at this point and only God knows if there is any turning back.
If there comes signs and wonders of angel feathers … pleeeease check the duct work in the joint, for crying out loud.
If someone jumps up and says they have just been blessed with a gemstone from heaven, INSIST it be taken to a jeweler and go with them. IF it is real (I have my doubts — and so should you), then INSIST it be sold and given to the poor. If it is not real, then ask what craft store they got it at. Same thing goes for gold dust.
If someone says all of a sudden they have a gold tooth where once there was none, ask why God who created all things did not give a REAL tooth. Tell them to prove it.
If the spiritual among you start saying they see angels in your midst, you may want to get up and leave at that point. You probably are being set up to receive a greater delusion at another time.
If people start talking about orbs (unexplained balls of light) and calling them angels, then ask if it is ok for you to call them demons? If they tell you “no,” ask why your opinion is not as valid as theirs. After all, it is just their opinion an orb is an angel. There is no proof of anything here.
If leadership is bringing in certain books that you find occultic in nature and asking everyone to read it, you may want to leave. You are being set up for group-think, instead of being allowed to keep your individuality in Him that God intended you to have.
If you find yourself having to leave, you will ask yourself, “Lord, now what?” I can not say if He will answer you right away and tell you one thing or the other. He may be calling you to a place of being still and knowing He is God. Or He may show you another place (church) to go. I frankly do not know. However, I do know this: He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It could be He just wants you to know that He is more than enough in all things.
May you find Him more than enough.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24 –
(I am certain there are many more things that can be added to this list and if anyone knows of any, feel free to comment and leave one.)