To the hurting and confused Mars Hill outcast

I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;” Rev.18:4

For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick….Ezekiel 34

You have left Mars Hill Church. The stories you could tell, of what you have been through, what you have seen! You have been spiritually abused, used and cast out. You have experienced abuse, shame, bondage and lies. You have seen terrible things happen to your friends. You left. You are confused. You hurt. You are shaken. You have PTSD. Now what?

Some will try the kind of Church the most “opposite” of the Megachurch Evangelicalism. They will go reactionary, traditional, liturgical. They’ll go Episcopalian or Anglican or Lutheran. Some will head straight to the bosom of Mother Roman Catholic Church. Some will abandon their faith altogether.

But not you. Jesus is calling you out of this whole abomination. He is calling you out of the man-created and controlled substitute for Himself. He is calling you to flee to the mountains and not go back even to get your coat. He is calling you to follow Him to be with Him, outside the camp. He is calling you to come away with Him, away from spiritual predators. He is calling you to come back to your first Love. Back to the time when you first met Him. Back to the two-way covenant relationship that is based on trust, love, friendship and mutual commitment. He is calling you to the wilderness, where He will feed you and care for you,  where He will teach you Himself. Where He will lead you Himself. Where He will guide you as the faithful, loving and trustworthy Shepherd that He is. Where He will bind up your wounds and care for you.

The apostate Church System thinks it is the way to God  , but it is not. Jesus is The Way. If you hear His voice calling you out of Babylon, answer Him,  go to Him. He is leading you out to the only spiritually safe place there is — Himself.

gentle, sparrow-like saints, be encouraged in Truth

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood” 1Cor.11:25

Excerpts from an article about “How to Honorably Leave a Church”, by false teacher, predator and wolf Doug Phillips, found via the internet “Wayback Machine”. The article was originally posted on his blog in 2005 and again in 2007.

DP Quote: “Christians are in a state of covenant with the Lord. One way that supreme covenant finds expression is through the “mini” covenant of their relations and duties to Christ’s local church. Because Christians are in covenant with Christ, they are to be in covenant with a local church. They are not “married” to the local church, but they are to be in a state of formal covenant with it. This “mini” covenant (an extension of our covenant with Christ) carries privileges and responsibilities, and is not to be taken lightly.”

Me: This is a re-phrasing of the “Church is the Way to God/ Church is the Savior” deception. This is the same doctrine as stated (by means of similar flowery words) by the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. And like the RCC, Protestantism (whether the Calvary Chapel flavor, the Willowcreek Association model or the strict Puritan/Reformed Calvinist), teaches lies that, if taken to heart, ie believed, and put into practice, only serve to bring the gentle sparrow-like saint into bondage, confusion, shame, false obligation, pain and spiritual suffering. Oh love of Truth!

DP Quote: “To put it another way, the believer’s covenant with the local church can be transferred to another Christ-honoring local church, but it cannot be “resigned,” abandoned, or simply disregarded without the professing believer becoming a covenant-breaker.”

Me: Lies. Straight from the spirit of bondage. The writer equates covenant with Church as on the same level as covenant with God.

We do not express our covenant with Christ, by demonstrating and making a covenant with an organized religion, institutional Church. 

That teaching makes “Church” out to be Christ. There is only ONE covenant with God that is in and through the blood of Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ needs no intermediary. He does not need The Church to step in and be the mediator between Him and the saints.  The saint has every right to leave any religion or Church or cult or group or ideology or doctrine or practice, if that thing is usurping upon the covenant the saint has with Christ. Saints all thru history (the great cloud of witnesses) have left all manner of societal, cultural, political and religious obligations in order to enter in to covenant with Christ. (I am not speaking of marriage here, I am speaking of religions, traditions, organizations, political groups, secret groups, occupations, religious teachers and such.) In other words, we cannot have two masters. Our covenant is not with “Christ, AND–“. We cannot have covenants with two entities at the same time….. one a thing and one a Person. Our loyalty and allegiance, which is part of our covenant, is with Christ. He does not share us, our heart’s loyalty, with a… Thing. We absolutely can resign and abandon what causes us to be prevented from having a clear conscience before Christ / having Truth and Life in Christ….. Our covenant is with ONE Master, Lord Jesus Christ. The Church says “To be disloyal to The Church is to be disloyal to God” and “To go against Church is to go against God.” These claims make (visible/ institutional) Church out to be God, or at least the mediator between you and God.

Your covenant with God is with HIM, in the blood of Christ.

Gentle, sparrow-like saints, be encouraged in the Truth.

Quote source here: on the Wayback Machine.

 

lots of little churches

and to the church in your house… Philemon1:2

What Church do I go to? I don’t. I don’t “go to” the ones on the corner with wood, stones, mortar, steeples, pews, lobbys, offices, classrooms, donation envelopes, ATMs, liturgies, confession boxes, “prayer rooms”, membership contracts, State-incorporation, power-tripping Clergy, Spirit-squashing Church traditions, mics, stages, sound systems, lighting systems and elevated pulpits.

But I am a part of lots of little churches, and we are all united; one flock, with one Shepherd.

What do my lots of little churches look like? Where are they located? Who are the leaders? Is there a liturgy or order of service? Do we meet on Sundays?

I had dinner out with J.; we are a little church. My friend K. came over and we sat in the living room; we are a little church.
My daughter and I spent time together; we are a little church. My daughter’s girl friend spent the evening at our kitchen table.
We talked for hours; the 3 of us are a little church. I chat with my blogger friends online, we are a little church. I chat
with many friends via email; we are lots of little churches. One Facebook friend came thru my city on her way across the country and
she stopped by for tea; we were a church of 2 sisters. On Skype, i meet up sometimes with 2 or 3 friends, we are a little church. I talk on the phone to one
dear sister who lives in another state, we are a little church.

I find the followers of Jesus all the time out in public. We stand there on the sidewalk together, we are a little street church. Out in the parking lot
with a girlfriend, we are a little church in the sunshine. I send a letter in the mail…. the postman delivers “love one another” to my far away friend.

P. comes over for dinner, we eat, share, cry, read scripture and pray. We hang out in the backyard sitting in lawn chairs near the vegetable garden, just being together. We are a little church every time he comes over.

My FB friend sends me an encouraging email. We are a little church thru the miles.

My little churches, “gatherings” really, happen wherever I happen to be with another saint, and we are sharing time together, and sharing encouragement together. Jesus is with us. The leader is the Holy Spirit and there is no clergy, no order of service or liturgy, there is no “Hierarchy”, no power- trips, no committees, no board and definitely no “proper Church clothes”. There is no required day.

There are only a few of us at a time, with Jesus, together with one another. We are a little church in my house.  When we communicate with one another in any way, we are together and we are a little church. One body, one Spirit. Lots of little churches.