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Leave the Church? “Am I Hearing Right?”

17 Feb

“…when I first heard it,  even for me…It was hard…”

Pam is speaking of when God called her OUT of the institution we call ‘the church.’

I know many would say, ‘Would God do such a thing?”  YES!

He did it for Pam.  He did it for me.  And He IS doing it for MANY…for the remnant.

God called me out of the Potter’s House in 2009.  Now, you need to understand:  I liked the PH.  I liked TD Jakes.  But when GOD calls you OUT, its time to come out.

The reason why so many find it challenging to leave the church because they always naturally assume that any voice telling them to leave their church is the devil.  We have a warped view and perception of what the church is.  We think church is the steeple, the people, and the pews.

THE INSTITUTIONALIZED CHURCH IS NOT THE CHURCH.  WE ARE THE CHURCH!

THIS is what God is talking about in the Word when it says to forsake not the assembling of OURSELVES together.  The Word is talking about US coming together in fellowship.  What many fail to realize is that fellowship does not just manifest itself in the form of putting on your Sunday’s Best, jumping in a car, and congregating with 1000s of other people on Sunday.  Fellowship CAN and DOES take place, streaming live webcast occur all the time of Internet.  Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace-all the social network sites-are fellowshipping sites.  Not necessarily religious ones, but millions fellowship online nonetheless.  Chat rooms are another form of fellowship.  They are not your traditional forms of fellowship, but the trend is leaning towards more and more people utilizing this form of fellowship for one reason or another.

With that being said…

Since WE are the church, then WHEREVER WE GO, WE BRING ‘CHURCH” with US.  Fellowship does not have to happen in a building.

So hopefully, as people realize this, they will be more willing to embrace that voice THAT IS FROM THE LORD that is telling you to leave the church.  God’s ways truly are NOT our ways, neither are HIS thoughts our thoughts.

“If You Have Really Forgiven, You Would Go Back…”

17 Feb

I liked this video because it reminded me of the religious games that the institutionalized church makes us play, all in a failed effort to prove to ‘them’ how spiritual we are.

In this video, Pam discusses her return to the I.C.  She explains that she went  back ‘to test herself,’ to see if she was embittered on unforgiving towards the very church people who had done her wrong.

It made me think of an instance when I was in the I.C. where I, too, returned to the I.C.  But it wasn’t GOD who led me to return.  A religious spirit had told me that if I had REALLY forgiven this ‘church,’ then I would have to ‘prove it’ by returning, by repenting to that pastor and that church and act like nothing had ever occurred.

How many times have we who were formerly entangled with the I.C. were told that LIE (YES, I call it a LIE)?  Either some two-legged religious devil, or a ‘voice’ who we perceived was GOD told us that if we REALLY were walking in TOTAL LOVE AND FORGIVENESS, then we would place ourselves RIGHT BACK into the abusive situation that caused what others call ‘offense’ (But what I call an atrocity before God) in the first place.

And because we were ALL under the influence of a religious demon, we fell for it.  We went back.

In Pam’s case, she was astutely aware of what was going on around her.  She was able to discern who was at work.  She needed to go back…as she stated, to test herself.

In my case, I SHOULDN’T have gone back.  I won’t go into details, but I will say it was a disaster and a spiritual tornado upon my return..

Listen…

Once God leads you out of a church, out of an abusive relationship, once God releases you from a place or thing, DON’T GO BACK!!!!

THAT IS A TRAP RELIGIOUS DEMONS LOVE TO PLACE US IN…BECAUSE THE WHOLE POINT OF IT IS TO KILL, TO STEAL AND TO DESTROY…YOU!!!

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE TO ANYONE!!!  NOT EVEN YOURSELF!!!!

Forgiveness is not something you feel; it’s a decision.  You decide to forgive someone of a wrongdoing.  Then walk it OUT in faith that AS YOU GO, God will help you to continue to WALK IN FORGIVENESS.

When you walk, you are not stationery.  You don’t walk in place, not if you’re trying to get somewhere.  You place one foot in front of the order.  YOUR STEPS ARE ORDERED BY GOD!!!!

TRUST GOD WHO CALLED YOU OUT…AND STAY OUT!!!!  KNOW THAT THAT VOICE YOU’RE HEARING TO STAY OR RETURN TO SOME FOOLISHNESS IS A RELIGIOUS DEVIL!