An autobiographical non-fiction book, in “Come Out of Her, God’s People,” I interpret my 3 decades of churchgoing primarily within the title’s context. The facts of what happened to me within a mainline denominational African-American church remain constant. However, my interpretation has changed over time. For the first 25 years, I believed that God sent me to the Denomination to be an integral part of bringing repentance to that particular bureaucracy. In this hour, I believe that a counterfeit religious entity sent me to church in 1979, in hopes that through much trial and testing, I would lose my salvation and curse God for allowing me to both rejected, spiritually abused and deceived. The devil failed miserably.
My own ministerial life is merely presented in the book as a tiny iota of a huge puzzle—a microcosmic illustration of a much broader, worldwide, endemic problem that really began in the 4th century, once Christianity became “organized”. This book is less about me and much more about the words of Jesus, as recorded in Revelation the 18th Chapter, verse 4: “Come out of Her, My People, that you be not partakers of Her sins, lest ye receive of Her plagues.” In the final analysis, the truth of this book is based upon whether or not I have rightly interpreted who the Lord is referring to as “Her.”
Some Christians have interpreted the metaphorical pronoun of Revelation Chapter 18 as a nation, with America as the prime candidate. In fact, I know of American eschatologists who are now ex-patriots, having re-located to Canada. On September 11, 2001, I too made a wrong assumption, as I watched on TV the destruction of the World Trade Center. With the fall of both towers in an hour, my bible was opened to Rev.18, verses 8 to 10, specifically “for in ONE HOUR is thy judgment come.” So I first interpreted the feminine pronoun as symbolizing New York City. I told quite a few of my friends to “come out of Her,” and move to either upstate NY or another state.
So I know firsthand that it is a lot easier to make a wrong interpretation of a symbol than it is to make a correct one. In my case, as time unfolded over the next 9 years, especially with the publication of my 4th book, “the Fake Jesus: Fallen Angels Among Us,” I began to have some serious doubts about my original interpretation that “Her” was a geographic location like a city or a nation.
My spiritual awakening was both gradual and sudden simultaneously. Gradual, in that for 25 years, I knew there was a reason why “church was not working,” but I rationalized that “anything that humans are involved in will be imperfect, and that includes the church.” Yet suddenly, the truth hit me like a bright light in the face of a deer. I was in shock. Then I shook. With the final tremble, I quickly regained my spiritual equilibrium. I have put decades of delusion and deception behind me, and I continue to press on to deeper levels of truth which I share herein.
The interpretation of biblical metaphors and other symbols is certainly not an exact science. It is so easy to wrongfully assume that the literal is meant to be symbolic and in reverse, that the allegorical should be taken literally. Quite frankly, it hit me real hard that the “Her” could be the entire organized church—not Catholicism alone—but the entire thing. Protestants are quick to point their fingers at the religious idolatry of Catholics, presenting ALL of itself as the one true church. Yet, let’s face it. Catholicism is the tree and its fruit is Protestantism including all of its various branches and sects. The bible confirms that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For as Jesus Himself taught, if the tree is corrupt or evil, so is its fruit. (Matthew 7:18,19)
With each chapter of “Come Out of Her God’s People”, I am metaphorically standing outside of a burning church building shouting, “Come out! It is on fire!” Therefore, those with an open, rational mind will at least perceive how I arrived at the conclusion that attending church in the endtimes is a dangerous thing to do. Certainly, if we are not living in the last days, perhaps today’s churchgoers are safe. Nevertheless, when you finish this book, I will be satisfied if at the least you have asked yourself “do I really want to take that chance?!!!!!”