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THE CHURCH SYSTEM

--by David Brandt Berg

WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT

Introduction from the webmaster: Please note that the "Church" and the "church system" are two different things entirely.

The Church: The Ecclesia, the Elect, the Bride of Christ, the true believers, the assembly of those believers, the 80 times in 79 verses that word is used in the King James version of the New Testament.

The church system: The organization of man meeting in defined buildings erroneously called "church". A system based on political motivations to prey on the peoples' wealth and control their minds for the selfish purposes of those who are in control and at the top of the system.
False church system

JESUS NEVER SAID TO BUILD CHURCH BUILDINGS. He said to "love God and others and put God's Kingdom first, and forsake all, go, preach the good news." (Matt. 6:33, 22:37-39; Luke 14:33; Mark 16:15)

The word "Church" itself come from the Greek word "ecclesia" and literally means the "called out ones", or the "separate ones" the "set apart ones"--or the dropouts! "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing (the System); and I will receive you." (2 Cor. 6:17)

THE TRUE CHURCH ARE THE GENUINE CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS in God who follow Jesus--the born again, saved Body of Christ--not a building or a denomination or a religion. God gave Jesus "to be the head over... the Church, which is His Body." (Eph. 1:22,23) So anyone who believes in Jesus is part of the Church! Anyone or anything else is not the Church!

WE DO NOT HATE THOSE WHO ARE NOT PART OF THE CHURCH, but we do hate the hypocrisy, self-righteousness, lies and deceitfulness of those who claim to be the Church but are not; and we hate the spiritual system of the Devil which is behind them.

JESUS EVEN COMMENDED THE EPHESIAN CHURCH for this, saying, "this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans (false apostles), which I also hate." (Rev. 2:6; see also Ps. 97:10)

I WAS SITTING IN "ANAHEIM DELUSION CENTER" (a big church building in California) and the Lord spoke as clearly to me as He ever had: "This is strong delusion!" Deceiving His people!

CHURCHIANITY IS EQUATED WITH GOD and the building with His service. The delusion has become so strong that today the name "church" no longer means anything but a building! The name "Christian" no longer means anything either! It usually means just some kind of hypocritical, self-righteous church person who goes to that building on Sunday!

THE CHURCH TODAY BEARS NO MORE RESEMBLANCE TO JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES AND EARLY CHRISTIANS THAN CAPITALISM DOES TO COMMUNISM. Yet the church says, "If you aren't going to church and following our way, then you're wrong." How can they be so deceived? Because they rejected the Truth!

WHY DO THEY REJECT THE TRUTH? Because they're unwilling to pay the price! "Because they received not the love of the truth... for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they might believe a lie." (2 Thess. 2:10,11)

THE MAIN LYING DELUSION behind the church system and the way of all false religions is that they are all dependent upon self--righteousness and their own way. Paul said about the Jews, the church system of his day, "They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness (through grace) and going about to establish their own righteousness (through religion) have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Ro. 10:2,3)

ALSO, THE CHURCHES HAVE NOT SHARED MUCH WITH THE POOR, but sucked and squeezed the last drop out of the poor to build their fancy cathedrals and idols and live in luxury.

THE COMMUNISTS ARE ONLY TOO RIGHT WHEN THEY SAY THAT RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE PEOPLE. The kind of religion they have seen is exactly that--a horrible drug which puts them to sleep, makes them oblivious to the conditions around them, and lethargic and senseless to the needs of mankind.

BUT THE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM LIKES IT THIS WAY, since they can control their people better in this stupor. And the government prefers it this way, since they don't know any better anyhow, and the religious system keeps them in power.

BUT THE PITIFUL PART ABOUT IT IS THIS: That God says, "even My people love to have it so." The vast majority of Christians prefer it that way, pampered infants, spoiled children.

THE PROPHET JEREMIAH, IN A JUDGMENT UTTERED 2,500 YEARS AGO AGAINST WICKED ISRAEL, SEEMS TO PERFECTLY DESCRIBE THE CHURCH OF TODAY when God says through him: "Among My people are found wicked men... their houses (are) full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich, ... they judge not the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge...."

THE PROPHETS PROPHESY FALSELY and the priests bear rule by their means: and My people love to have it so.... Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" (Jer. 5:26,31)

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CHURCH SYSTEM?

THE CHURCHIANITY SYSTEM IS ALREADY DEAD, but their corpse lies upon the ground, neither lamented nor buried! The Communists (or enemies of Christ) will bury the dead, even Khrushchev said so, adding, "God is with us!" They'll bury the dead as we go on with Jesus. It won't be long before those buildings are going to be closed and pastors liquidated, services banned and Bibles burned!

THOSE GOD-DAMNED CHURCH BUILDINGS, AND THEY ARE GOD-DAMNED, WILL BE DESTROYED like the Temple was, and for the same reason: to get the Church's eyes off her buildings and back on the Lord!

FOR "THE MOST HIGH DWELLETH NOT IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS (Acts 7:38)...God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) So "trust ye not in lying words saying the Temple of the Lord are these." (Jer. 7:4)

FOR ISRAEL (THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE GOD'S PEOPLE) HATH FORGOTTEN HIS MAKER, AND BUILDETH TEMPLES... but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof (those multi-million dollar churches)." (Ho. 8:14)

REVIVAL AND REFORMATION--WHY IT WON'T WORK

TOO MANY HAVE TRIED too many years to patch up the old.

THE TRULY GREAT REVOLUTIONARIES FROM NOAH TO CHRIST HAD TO TOTALLY DO AWAY WITH THE OLD AND START ANEW.

THE PHARISEES (THE EVANGELICALS OF JESUS' DAY) WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO SUBSIDISE JESUS and His great following if only He had been willing to work with them within the existing corrupt and rotten System of their hierarchy, and accept their name tag so that they could have gotten the credit for Him.

THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO HAVE SHARED THE LIMELIGHT of His popularity and used His power to their own ends--even at the cost of a little reformation to appease the people.

BUT HE REFUSED TO COMPROMISE WITH THEM, BUT RATHER WORKED TOTALLY OUTSIDE THE EXISTING SYSTEM AND ATTACKED IT head-on and ruthlessly exposed it, saying, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess... ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. (Matt. 23:25,27) Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and harlots go into the Kingdom of God before you!" (Matt. 21:31)

EVERY MODERN REVIVAL MOVEMENT HAS EVENTUALLY FAILED because, though they thought they were breaking away from the system of the denomination, or the thing they came out of, they never actually broke with the System--the Churchianity System for one thing, or the worldly System for another. They were just a new group following the same old plan.

THE DEVIL'S ANSWER (OR REACTION) TO GOD'S CHALLENGE (OR REVOLUTION) IS ALWAYS A SYSTEM-PRESERVING COMPROMISE!

GOD HAS NEVER BEEN FOR REFORMATION OF THE OLD rotten carcass, only for its total burial and resurrection of a completely new man.

FOR, "NO MAN PUTTETH A PIECE OF A NEW GARMENT UPON AN OLD; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old."

AND NO MAN PUTTETH NEW WINE INTO OLD BOTTLES; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved." (Luke 5:36-38)

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M K Estes (White Hall, US) says...
Amen. In our own church meeting in an evening service just recently, our pastor asked openly what keeps us from having a revival or move of God. In conviction I spoke aloud "because the world sees no difference in our churches for the most part than themselves." I further added that we are hypocrites, keeping to our own pet sins--worldliness. You have stated much here, and there is much more that could be said. Church clubs and church business as usual. Ichabod is written across our doors, and ... Read More
Admin:
Amen! Thank you so much for sharing that! I couldn't agree more.
14th February 2014 3:05am
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James (US) says...
I'm curious what you do with the Bible clearly stating that we are to gather together as one body? (1 John 1:7, Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:24-25 and so on) I agree that we, Jesus' followers, are the church but it is important to have the fellowship, learning, and accountability that comes from being with fellow believers. Paul spent so much of his life dedicated to preaching the word, but also establishing churches throughout the Mediterranean. There is strength as a united body. When it comes ... Read More
Admin:
The article does not discourage Christians meeting together for fellowship as one body. The article is about WHERE we are supposed to gather, in each others homes, and not in huge temples or mega-churches like they do in America. These abominations to God led by false shepherds are leading people astray with all sorts of false doctrines!!! Church is NOT a building, it is the BODY of CHRIST -- people! Meeting together is small groups in homes is the best way to worship God. That is exactly how the early Christians did it! No denomination was ruling over them telling them what to do, only the Lord Jesus by His Holy Spirit!
13th November 2013 3:24am
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Randy Harrell (US) says...
I've been wondering for years about Christians giving soooooooooooo much creedance to the church instead of Christ. It's nothing but idolatry.And humans want a king or someone else to read the bible for them etc. etc..They need to read pagan Christianity and the death and resurrection of the church and many others the church is the born again believers and not some building or institution and there are no human men or other wise that are a Jesus substitute or saragot .Ya know what if ... Read More
10th October 2013 8:35am
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Lee (US) says...
OH my goodness I praise God for this article and these posts! I myself have just been delivered out of a very famous Word of Faith Ministry and the Holy Spirit began waking me up to this very truth! The only problem is that my husband is very indoctrinated and division is becoming more and more uncomfortable. Please pray that he too wakes up! So grateful for all that you have said is a total confirmation for me.
7th April 2013 2:05am
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Donna (Albany, US) says...
Thank you for writing this. I am so thankful that God is lifting the veil from my eyes. I can now see clearly the deceitfulness of the church system, especially with tithing and making people feel guilty when not belonging to ONE church. We are the church. We are God's people, and we know HIS voice. He is our covering!!!! Praise Him. I sense that there is about to be an awakening because I have been awakened!
14th June 2013 2:38am
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Webmaster James (Japan) says...
Thank you Donna for your input. Amen, the believers ARE the Church! God's Kingdom is not a man-made organization at all, but created by the Holy Spirit.
16th June 2013 12:13pm
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Katam Ganesh (India) says...
very very thank you....

nice story it.....

I believe In jesus christ only.... God dwelleth not in temples (all religions) made with hands

30th April 2012 12:01pm
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Lynn D. (Japan) says...
Thank you James. Keep spreading the Truth! As Jesus said, "the harvest is great but the workers are few." I believe we should talk about these things and it is of a Biblical nature to do so because we are commanded to "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather to EXPOSE them." Ephesians 5:11 We can't expose them very well if we don't talk about them! Jesus also commanded His follower to "Be ye wise as serpents, but harmless as doves." In order to be 'wise as ... Read More
16th January 2012 10:21pm
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Lynn D. (US) says...
Love everything written here. It all lines up with the Truth (the real Jesus). Also the comment from Eileen was very enlightening since the Holy Spirit has shown me how the Freemasons have infilatrated most churches, especially the one's with a "steeple" (asherah pole) on top. The asherah pole represents Nimrod's phallus same as the Egyptian obelisk and is a satanic symbol of control of the Illuminati (largely comprised of Freemasons who worship Lucifer as God). They consider the true God ... Read More
2nd January 2012 11:52pm
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Eileen (US) says...
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our family has been been very disappointed, hurt, and quite dismayed by "churches". We've encountered unbiblical compromises and direction as well as flat out lies. None of them get it right. Even more egregious is the selling of merchandise such as books and CDs and sponsoring worldly events such as outings, movies, and concerts. We're returning to ekklesia and Fellowship meals as well as direct efforts such as direct contributions and direct ministry. I know ... Read More
1st December 2011 3:31am
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