10 good reasons for the body of Christ to leave the church system part 1
by Steve Dines
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By “good” reasons I mean that they are rooted in scripture and revealed to me by the Holy Spirit.
I do not say this lightly. The message I have been given to share with you has been a cause of great distress for me over the last 15 years or so. I have had some false starts, where I spoke about these things too early and to the wrong people. But now the time is right.
Things began in 1993, when I attended a small independent Pentecostal assembly in a South Wales valley. It seemed as though the Lord wanted to work in and with this group, yet every time He tried, things would go astray ending in chaos, confusion, jealousy, envy, bitterness and strife, together with a large dose of rumours, gossip, the “pointing finger” and malicious talk.
So I began to seek God, praying and fasting, asking Him to show me what was going on. It was not long before I started to receive answers to my prayers. In a nutshell, this is what happened.
The Lord lead me to read 2 Kings 7. He showed me the account of the unbelieving soldier and how his unbelief was not able to stop the sovereign work and power of God. However, because of His unbelief he died, not participating in the promise. I also noticed that the lepers (representing spiritually unclean people) were the vessels God used to bring His promise into being.
Then the Lord asked me to read about Abraham in the New Testament, in particular Romans 4.
Abraham received all that he was promised because he took God at His word. His faith was credited to him as righteousness and Abraham believed that God had the power to do exactly what He had promised.
Since then I have kept returning to these scriptures and meditating on them. The result is that today, I am totally convinced that those who do not take God at His word form the vast majority of leaders and influencers in the church system. So when members of the body of Christ start to take God at His word by speaking about God’s unconditional promises and what they mean under the New Covenant, we might say that all hell breaks loose against them.
The world, the flesh and the devil hate God’s promises and they will do all they can to prevent the body of Christ talking about them, that is, exercising faith.
Now I am not talking about the “word faith” people or the “prosperity” teachers here; they have taken things too far the other way. The body of Christ cannot think of anything they want and then “name it and claim it”, this is pure presumption, which I have been guilty of on more than one occasion.
Where faith is concerned, we must listen to God for ourselves and let Him speak to us. Abraham was promised that he would be blessed and be a blessing (future tense). On the other hand we (the body of Christ) have been blessed in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing in Christ (past tense).
The net result of the unbelief that exists within the church system is that many millions of people are asking God for things He has already done for us in Christ; “make me a better person” is not an acceptable request to God, He has already gone way beyond that. By faith each member of the body of Christ is dead in Christ and now have the same power working in them that raised Christ from the dead. So how can we ask for a great awakening?
Failure to take God at His word has millions of people praying for revival when God has already given us everything we need for life and godliness in Christ. By asking God for revival we are sinning in unbelief. We want Him to turn a blind eye to what we call our human faults and failings when it is our unbelief that allows us to continue is our sins and transgressions.
The unbelief of the church system in the 21st century has raised a generation of people who say they have life but are dead and God is not at all pleased and He is going to put an end to it.
This is why I do my work with a great deal of fear and trembling. The church system is going to end up the same way as the unbelieving soldier in 2 Kings 7, whereas members of the body of Christ are going to be like the lepers, “spiritually unclean” because they are outside the church system.
The church system and its followers have come to believe that the church system is the way to God, but it is not the way. Jesus is.
Restoration for the body of Christ will mean life for those who take God at His word and death for those who don’t.
When God says “Come out of Her My people” He is referring to the church system.
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