I have long ago rejected organized religion. I no longer join myself to any organized denomination of any persuasion be it 501c or not.
In these last days I view organized religion or organized religious groups as coming under the umbrella of Revelation’s woman riding the beast, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:3-6
It does not take too much reasoning to figure out who or what is being referred to, read the whole chapter to gain some insight.
Being that the woman is a symbol of a “church” or organized group of religious folk AND that she is a harlot, and mother of harlots again it does not take too much reasoning to figure out whoever came out of her (their mother) is also defined as harlots.
So we see here a “church” or organized group of people that is corrupt and committing spiritual adultery, fornication against the one true God and those who break off from their mother and form other “churches” or other religious groups of people are also harlots, corrupt as their mother in committing spiritual adultery, fornication against the one true God.
This is why God commands HIS PEOPLE who are joined to these religious groups or “churches” to come out of her and her daughters religious groups or “churches”. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
The MOTHER OF HARLOTS and her daughters are ripe for judgment and God is close to lowering the boom on her and her daughters, before he does so he warns all his people who are still mingling with her and her daughters to come out and be separate, touch not the unclean thing. If you don’t heed his warning you be be swept up with her and her daughters in judgment and become collateral damage when his judgment falls on her. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! You are without excuse if you do not heed the warning.
So if you have to come out of organized religion in these last days what do you do for worship and fellowship?
Find like minded brothers and sisters in Christ and fellowship in each others homes or where ever you decide to meet just as they did in the 1st century. There is a possibility that you won’t find like minded brothers and sisters in Christ in your area and have to go it alone but I tell you with the internet you can fellowship with like minded brothers and sisters in Chrsit 24/7 if you need to, there are lots online. Another option is to find a town or city that has a good amount of like minded brothers and sisters in Christ and relocate so you can have physical fellowship. I personally don’t need physical fellowship, online fellowship is just as edifying.
We have to remember that the closer it gets to Messiah’s return the more the heat is going to be turned up against those who follow Christ and scripture alone. We will become “enemies” to organized religion, enemies to the mother and her harlot daughters and will be called all manner of names, heretics, Judaizers, persecuted, brought before courts, thrown into prison for proclaiming “hate” speeches or crimes just because we stand on the scriptures and we DO NOT CALL EVIL GOOD OR GOOD EVIL. For that reason even our own families will turn against us but take heart our Master, our Lord, our King, Messiah tells us, “But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues you shall be beaten: and you shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what you shall speak, neither do you premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak you: for it is not you that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.” Mark 13:9-13
Endure all that will come against you to the end and you shall be saved….. “You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
We are soldiers in the army of the Lord of Hosts, we go into battle with wickedness every day, every moment of each day….. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13
One last thought, do not think that we are going to get out of this battle, this war with our life intact, more than likely most of us engaged in this war will lose our life for our Masters sake, but our reward will come with him in the resurrection.
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 12:7-17
Be ready, the Dragon is ramping up his war against us, he is determined to exterminate us and God is going to allow him to overcome us and kill most of us. The Dragon by killing most of us thinks he wins yet we are the ones who win, a martyrs death is the best death a servant of God can attain.
“Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be you faithful to death, and I will give you a crown of life.” Revelation 2:10
Stay the course, run the race to the finish, remain faithful, steadfast do not compromise or falter in the end we all win big time of not only being with our savior who went through torture & took our pentaly of sin on himself & gave his life for us so that we may gain life eternal if we put our faith and trust in him, but also we will be rewarded with blessings unimaginable because we believed even though we did not see, trusted that which we can not verify by our senses, we trust, believe, hope, have faith based on words in a book. We who are drawn know that those words in a book is a lot more than just words in a book, they are spirit & life, those words in that book energizes our spirit and makes us alive, gives us light in the darkness, it is something that only those who has been touched, drawn and captured by God and his Son can realize is truth. “But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Cling to Messiah and his Father and the word of truth, the scripture. Do not put your trust in organized religion or man, test everything, be a Berean and keep pressing forward toward the Kingdom……