What to look for in a church home

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NLT)

A while ago I posted on why I left the church and I just want to take the time to clarify some things. Now just because I’ve stopped associating with typical church people, doesn’t mean that I’ve isolated myself from the TRUE church or body of believers. I’m not haughty or crazy.

“One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1, NET)

As a matter of fact, my husband and I have found a church that we pray to become a part of. We understand the importance of fellowshipping with like minded believers. I am always praying to be connected with the saints. Especially with my sisters (that’s one of the reasons why I created this blog!).  But the truth is that the majority of churches have conformed to this world and are full of idols and vain worship. So I’m going to share what my husband and I have been looking for in a congregation to determine whether or not they’re apart of the remnant or just some “Christian” organization.

So, first things first.. Sound doctrine.

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” (1 Timothy 6:3-5)

Many are merely hearers and not doers of the Word so like that house build upon the sand, many churches aren’t built upon what Jesus teaches.  They claim to be “Bible based” but they’re really just founded on man’s opinions and interpretations of it. So with that being said, find a place that preaches holiness. And that doesn’t have any taboo topics like demons or repentance.

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4, NLT)

The power of God

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Nowadays everyone is claiming to be a Christian but no one is overcoming sin or physically healing others.  All we do is TALK but real believers posses real power and real authority from God.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20)

Order

Now this could be a post in itself! But all I’m going to say is that when looking for a place to fellowship we need to make sure that the church is being ran properly. For Instance, sin should be addressed (and all error should be rebuked). They should be following the examples of the apostles and early churches not following their own desires or evolving with the culture.

Love and Humility

 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35)

One thing that will be different about a congregation of people who are truly following Jesus is their modesty and love for other people.  We are so used to these mean and arrogant church cliques that we forgot that the greatest among us should be the servants.

 “But Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ ” (Matthew 20:25-28, NLT)

True followers of Jesus Christ humble themselves by lying down their lives (which includes their reputations!) to serve others. And true leaders aren’t too proud to speak when they’re greeted or to repent publicly. Now of course they should be above reproach, but no one has no more to learn or to grow.

People of prayer and repentance

We should be gathering to pray and to edify each other. Not to be listening to the choir sing secular “gospel” music all day. Find a place where the people are dedicated to prayer.  And I mean real prayer, not emotional (sensual), self seeking and eloquent vain prayer.

But anyway, these things are just a start. More importantly we all have to make sure that we are being led by God. Do you attend a holy church? If so, praise God because they are scarce.

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Why I left the “church”

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)

Now first of all, let me just start of by saying that this post isn’t really about why I left the “church” I was attending. It’s more about why I left the congregation of professing Christians in general.

See, there once was a time when I would shy away from admitting that I didn’t have a church home (as if going to church makes you a true believer) but what I’ve learned is to be bold and unapologetic about it because the true church has left the building.

Yup, that’s right! True followers of Jesus Christ are not hanging out in some government building being spoiled by philosophy and by vain deceit after the rudiments of this world or THE TRADITIONS OF MEN and not after Christ. So therefore, I have left the “church”, or I have forsaken the assembling of myself with church people—people who claim to know (and love!) God but are manifesting works of the flesh rather than fruits worthy of repentance.

I mean, what fellowship does a bible believing Christian have with contentious, carnal people who are not obeying the Lord’s commands but are busy building their own kingdoms (or brands!) here on this earth in the name of Jesus? I have met the REAL Jesus and I can assure you that the majority of professing Christians have not had a real encounter with (or revelation of) the living Christ!

These people are not truly seeking the Lord. They’re pursuing the pride of life while I choose DAILY to count it all dung that I might win Christ. And I’m not saying that i’m perfect or that I’m the only one. What I’m saying is is that I’ve been there and done that and have gained NOTHING.

I choose to live right. According to God’s standards, not according to people’s thoughts and/or feelings.

I’ve spent YEARS seeking the Lord and what I found is a HOLY God who isn’t interested in Sunday rituals or lip service.

And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.

(Isaiah 29:13)

He requires true REPENTANCE, we have to come separate! And that includes from vain, proud and ignorant congregations. So, with that being said, if you don’t take anything else away from this post just know that I’ve decided to quit playing church and to wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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Our last Easter Sunday, 2016

 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-12, NLT)

♥♥If you’re interested, I shared how to choose the right congregation to fellowship with here