Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 MKJV)
Lies rob, bind, blind, maim, enslave, slay, and destroy, and this one certainly does all of these things.
To be sure, all believers need fellowship, one way or another, at one time or another. But it is true fellowship they need, with true saints. Yet God has set some aside even from true fellowship for a time, in order to prepare them for the service to which He calls them. For now, however, we’re not talking about true spiritual fellowship, but about the fellowship that kills.
Those professing faith, who haven’t known the Lord, declare that unless Christians belong to some nominal Christian church or organization, they will inevitably grow cold in faith and perish. It is taught they will fall prey to Satan, “who walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). I say that for believers to fellowship with those gone astray and doing their own thing is folly; it is playing into the hands of the prince of this world. He loves carnal fellowship, and the more spiritual it looks and feels, the more he loves it.
My wife and I have not attended a church as members or regular goers since 1975 – for 37 years. In 1976, the Lord directly, specifically, and categorically commanded us to come out of all church systems. He led us out, informing us that His people in them were perishing in their sins, iniquities, whoredoms, pleasures, superstitions, and idolatries. They were suffering terribly, destroying themselves for lack of knowledge and because of iniquity (not obeying His Law, doing their own thing).
The Lord informed us that all these formal Christian organizations were unclean, and that His wrath was upon them for the many things they believed and practised in His Name. He revealed that all these churches are, in fact, the high places mentioned in the Old Testament. He said they were the gates of Hell of which He spoke, saying they would not prevail against the true Church of God.
He showed us that all these churches are the works of men, the paths of the destroyer, and have nothing whatsoever to do with Him, except that they take upon themselves His Name in vain, feigning faith and worship. He informed us that the reason people belong to a church is because of love of money; they serve mammon (self). For all those in these churches that were His people, He painfully declared He was hurting badly.
We came out, obeying His command. From that time forward, He has been with us in all faithfulness, discipline, instruction, revelation, in great power, blessing, and glory.
He has called on me to bring the knowledge He has given us in our deliverance to others who perish in the systems of religion. Along with my wife and me, several of our believing companions have been out of these churches and systems for decades. We also know that we are His Church, His Body.
Men teach this doctrine of formal church membership because they want you there for them. Notice how important numbers, impressive buildings, and fame are to the flesh. The leaders of these groups will take all that you have, if they can, and enlist your services to build up their works for fame, glory, wealth, and security’s sake. It is all lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. God is nowhere there.
“But we feel God’s presence,” they say. No, it isn’t God’s presence, but entertainment, emotion, and the effect of seducing spirits.
“But our pastor is so wonderful and sincere,” they say. There were many wonderful and sincere people and pastors in Noah’s day, and they were all taken away in the Flood. Wonderfulness and sincerity don’t cut it with God. Neither do an impressive knowledge of the Scriptures, great showmanship, and oratory or organizational skills. These things are all tools in the hands of Satan, who comes as an angel of light, his servants as ministers of righteousness, to deceive and destroy.
We who have “come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:17) are God’s Church, 24/7. We became members of His Church when we received His Spirit and were baptized into His Body by the Spirit of God:
“For also by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free, even all were made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13 MKJV).
We have come “unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
We crave fellowship with God and the saints. That’s precisely why we have come out. Christ lives in me, and I in Him. Is He not our Savior and sufficient for all things? If spiritual health and welfare depended on fellowship with other believers, then Noah couldn’t have prevailed. Abraham wouldn’t have made it to be our father of faith, being alone much of the time. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and so many others would have to be spiritual goners or invalids because they were alone much of the time. Instead, they were strong in the Lord.
John the Baptist was in the wilderness until his showing unto Israel. The apostle John would have perished on the Isle of Patmos, assuming he didn’t have others with him who believed. God took Saul of Tarsus (Paul the apostle) off to the side for many years (Galatians 1). Who did the eunuch “go to church with” after Philip ministered to him (Acts 8)? Was Jesus a Pharisee, a Sadducee, an Essene, or a member of any other sect (denomination)?
Hebrews 10:25 is the one and only verse I have heard used so many times to defend this evil doctrine. The problem, as usual, is that it is misinterpreted and misapplied by men building their own kingdoms and seeking earthly benefits.
It is not those having left the church systems in obedience to the Lord who forsake the assembling together, but God’s people who remain in the gates of Hell and are like fish out of water, with equally disastrous consequences. As it says:
2 Corinthians 6:15-18 MKJV
(15) And what agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever?
(16) And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
(17) “Therefore come out from among them and be separated,” says the Lord, “and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you
(18) and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty.
“Therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:12-14 MKJV).
Read The Case for Coming Out and Counterfeit Christianity for exposure of the false and The Church for evidence of the True. Also read Spiritual Reality vs. Make-Believe, His Watchmen Are Blind, False Christianity Unmasked, Christ vs. Christianity, and especially The True Marks of a Cult.
Consider the alternative to this doctrine: Follow the Lord outside the city, without the gate, away from the pernicious influence of men and their works. Meet God where He is, and forget trying to meet Him where He is not. Consider that you’re in church for all the wrong reasons – friendship, social benefits, sympathy, and attention – none of which has anything to do with worshipping the Lord in spirit and truth (John 4:21-24).
English – Spanish – Chinese 我們收到了這封信： 維克多， 我的名字是丹尼爾，我也曾與菲利普會面並一起工作過。我正在閱讀你和保羅的電子郵件，我注意到您在哪裡說：「我知道，在『基督教』世界裡，有很多不好的文學作品，教導謊言，例如，那些沒有得救的人永受折磨教義。從未有過比這更醜陋的謊言。這是對上帝的本性和品格的誹謗。」您是在說您不相信地獄或永恆的詛咒嗎？我不明白您在說什麼。此外，在您給菲利普的電子郵件中，我注意到一種沮喪的語氣，幾乎到了責罵的程度。您認為這種語氣是一種愛和關懷，是對菲利普的造就和鼓勵嗎？ 丹尼爾 我們憑信心而活，而不是憑眼見。 維克多和保羅的回覆： 嗨丹尼爾， 你來信的結尾 (「我們憑信心而活，而不是憑眼見」) 本質上就是我們告訴菲利普的。你認不出來嗎？我認為你發送該聲明是我們給他的信的結果。我可能是錯的，但如果是對的，諷刺的是你會把它發給我們。 我認為你相信一個永恆的、折磨人的地獄。雖然聖經清楚地表明地獄的存在，但不是在大多數新教或天主教圈子中所宣揚的地獄。大多數人發現或將發現自己身處的地獄是一種黑暗和晦澀的狀態，是死者的地方，他們「一無所知」(儘管他們可能認為自己知道)。他們在屬靈上對上帝是無意識的。 當然，在黑暗中，與上帝的靈隔絕，那裡有無知、懼怕、缺乏理解、拜偶像和束縛，更不用說折磨。但是在來世是否有字面的、身體上的懲罰之火？沒有。地獄會永遠存在嗎？不 (啟示錄 20:14)。有沒有像詹姆士王欽定版翻譯的那樣「永遠的詛咒，」即與上帝「永永遠遠」的隔絕？沒有。閱讀“永遠”、“永久”、和“地獄”的真正聖經含義。 只有上帝是不朽的，以及那些祂授予的人。永恆的詛咒和折磨是邪惡、異教思想的編造，試圖向人們灌輸恐懼，以控制他們。天主教會，從君士坦丁開始，使用這種可怕的教義，而新教徒繼續利用使用它。上帝不會通過恐懼來獲勝。 如果你看一下希伯來語和希臘語翻譯成英語的「地獄」和「永遠」這兩個詞，它們沒有提到一個沒有盡頭的狀態。關於這些問題，我有很多文章可以發給你。目前，閱讀我們《萬物的復興》的部分，你還可以閱讀惡魔般的教義；你應該特別閱讀永無止境的折磨。 你可能想(或不想) 閱讀的另一篇文章是：邪教的真實標記，並考慮你的立場。 丹尼爾，我懷疑當你幾乎還沒有觸及我們的著作時，你不會同意它們，但它們是真實的、符合聖經的、由上帝教導的，那些不同意這些教義的人不是上帝派來傳教的。他們是出於自己的公義和假定而宣講的，對他們聲稱代表的唯一的那個是一無所知。 判斷了我對菲利普說話的語氣後，你問：「您認為這種語氣是一種愛和關懷，是對菲利普的造就和鼓勵嗎？」對於這個問題，我的回答：「是的，」我很清楚你不會那樣理解上帝的愛。就在今天，我 (部分)寫信給另一個人： 「事實上，人將他人吸引到上帝面前的行為恰好是敵基督靈的一個顯著特徵。人假設他們在基督裡的，認為他們可以通過『在他們裡面的光』來『愛』人歸神，因此，他們以『能力作見證。』事實是，他們以他們的愛作證歸給自己，同時在宣告祂的名。舊約或新約都沒有記載聖徒通過愛他們贏得任何人到上帝面前…無處，甚至是與耶穌。這就是敵基督的靈。」 你可以閱讀的有關該主題的文章有： 虛假宗教人士喜愛那憎恨(拒絕)上帝 上帝只說出柔和的話語嗎？ 竭力維護從前一次就全交給了聖徒的信仰， 維克多 丹尼爾，我是保羅。 我想補充一點。 有趣的是你在同一封信中詢問關於地獄和愛。我們經常發現那些指責我們沒有愛心的人，他們相信並宣揚全能和愛的化身的上帝，祂創造了...
From: Dwight To: The Path of Truth Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:05 PM Subject: Please agree with me Your site is awesome! Praise God for you and His infinite wisdom that He has poured into you. My close friend and our fellow brother in Jesus needs major deliverance from ALL the false preachers, teachers and so called prophets (false) that he & his wife have followed for too long. I have sent up prayers for them both and ask that you would agree with me in prayer for the Holy Spirit to touch them both and set them free. Andrew Womack being the #1 culprit that Dave & Sue are following very closely. Any further info that you feel would help me in encouraging them both please let me know. Gods continual best to you & yours. Dwight JOHN 8:51 From: Paul Cohen and Victor Hafichuk To: Dwight Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:56 AM Subject: Re: Please agree with me Hi Dwight, You ask us to pray that your friend and his wife will be delivered. What you need to do is let go of them, entrusting their judgment to the Lord. Consider what His Word says about those under strong delusion: 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 EMTV (7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He Who now restrains will continue until one comes out of the midst. (8) And then the lawless one will be unveiled, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and will destroy by the brightness of His coming, (9) whose coming is accordin...
Wrong. It is a celebration, likely the greatest and most widespread the West and even the world has ever known; however, it is anything but holy unto God and has nothing whatsoever to do with the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whose Name it is celebrated. Christmas never did have anything to do with Him, and never will.