|Hebrews 10:24-25 |
24 And let us consider how to encourage one another to love and good works,
25 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.3 [Flee youthful lusts; but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22]
3 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. Paul tells with whom we are to assemble: Flee youthful lusts; but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22. Meet together only if there are others who share this hope, this gospel, this faith; but only meet together if the Lord so instructs you. Until a mature leadership has formed, the Lord will not order assemblies to be formed because it is dangerous for the young to meet together, as detailed below in this note.
The false shepherds will plead for you to stay as a paying customer by saying: "But you must meet with fellow believers; you cannot forsake the assembling of yourselves together," as Hebrews 10:25 plainly states, but the people in Hebrews were hoping and "exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching ," the day of the Lord's return with his Kingdom, which is a personal experience of purified believers. The people in Hebrews had the true hope of the true gospel and their faith was based on obeying the word in their heart. The people in Hebrews have nothing in common with people looking forward to heaven after death and content to continue to live in sin until death. The people in Hebrews were exhorting each other, which is to rebuke sin, to be obedient, to do works of love, fight for the faith. If they don't share your hope of purity and the Kingdom through repentance, with faith in God to fulfill your hope, then they are unbelievers; and as Paul says: "Turn away from such people," and:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness ?
What harmony does Christ have with Belial [the devil]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever ?
And what agreement can the 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 in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Therefore, "'come out from among them [unbelievers], and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Cor 6:14-17.
But now I write to you not to keep company with any man who calls himself a Christian and is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater [whose soul is devoted to anything that usurps the place of God, and how they spend their free time defines what they are devoted to], or a railer, or a drunkard, or an oppressive cheater; do not even eat with such a person. 1 Cor 5:11 So any, who call themselves Christians, but are guilty of immorality,covetousness, or devotion to anything except God (how they spend their free time defines what they are devoted to), or greed, or railing, or drunkenness, or dishonesty, or theft; we should not associate with them or even eat a meal with them. Now if you are not supposed to eat with them, how much less should you fellowship with them is some sect meeting? From George Fox's Letter on Covetousness:
So the apostle here does not speak of the fornicators, and covetous idolaters, and extortionists of the world, which were outside; for God judges such. But the saints, the apostles, and the true church were to judge those who practiced such things within the church, showing the true christian's church had a power; and not to keep company nor to eat with such, professing Christ, who were of such practices, knowing that the unrighteous should not inherit the kingdom of God, nor drunkards, nor fornicators, thieves, railers [verbally abusive], extortionists, nor covetous idolaters; those who lived in these evils, were not like to inherit the kingdom of God; for they were defiled, unwashed, and not sanctified nor justified, etc. So that if the saints did keep company, or did eat with such unwashed, unsanctified, unjustified persons, or have fellowship with them, they took the members of Christ and joined them to a harlot; for he that is joined to an harlot, is one body; ‘for two,’ said he, ‘shall be one flesh.’ And therefore, the saints' bodies are members of Christ; God forbid they should be joined to harlots, or that they should make them members of an harlot. ‘And he that is joined to the Lord, is one spirit:’ And the saints' bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, which proceeds from God and Christ, and being bought with a price, the blood of Christ, and washed, and sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus Christ by the spirit of God, they are to glorify God in their bodies, souls, and spirits, which are God's, which he has given to them to glorify him with; glory to his name forever. Both George Fox and Margaret Fox wrote in several of their writings of not having the freedom to eat with those who called themselves Christians, but having not been renewed in heart and mind, remained worldly in covetousness, greed, language, etc.
Not that we are pure already, and these others are not; no, it is the difference in obligation, commitment, hope, and faith that separates us until we are purified. By your leaving to become pure, you may eventually be able to help them; greater love has no man than he who lays down his life for his friends. The people in the deficit sects, however well-intentioned they are, believe they are justified in continuing in sin —and that Jesus does not want them to become pure, and furthermore that Jesus can not purify them —they are unbelievers: what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? See George Fox's letter 391 for more.
Christianity is made up of sects that believe God accepts sinners into heaven; such groups have no idea who God is, have no idea what God expects, have no idea what God will not tolerate, have no idea how to worship God, and have no idea how to conduct their lives — they ignore sin, they excuse wickedness. From the Word of the Lord within: "Christianity has no idea who I am or what I stand for." Such a group is a deficit sect. For what fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness? And what communion does light have with darkness ? 2 Cor 6:14. Meetings of such people are an abomination to the Lord: The thoughts of the unrighteous are detestable (foul, disgusting), to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant words. Pro 15:26. The sacrifice [or prayer] of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loves him who follows after righteousness. Prov 15:8-9. From the Word of the Lord within:
- "It is hard for those wrapped up in a form to see repentance to the truth ."
(A form appears to be religious but has no power to rid a man of sin and make him acceptable to God. A form is constructed by man's carnal mind, rather than directed by the Spirit of God. A form consists of rituals and dead works, which people who are still slaves to sin believe make them acceptable to God: singing, reading scripture, water baptism, bread/wine, prayers, sermons, collections, creeds, silent time, robes, tithing, studying the Bible, prayer circles...)
- "T hey fight over the husks without ever discovering the corn ."
(The husks are the words in the Bible, they fight over what they mean —but they fail to hear, see, and learn from Christ. )
- "The reason people go to deficit sects' services is because of a charming preacher . "
Woe to you, when all men speak well of you! For so did their forefathers to the false prophets.
- "Those reluctant to look at their slavery say, 'Church me.'"
For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in that way.
- " The deficit sects have no husband ."
(They pretend Christ is their husband, but have failed to become holy, pure, and sinless as He is and as His bride must be.)
- "The deficit sects eat mortal food ."
(They feed on words without Spirit. Their services are not Spirit-led. They read the letter [the Bible]. Their ministers speak from the carnal mind, and the carnal mind is enmity against God . Rom 8:7. Until their minds have been renewed, their words are without life, and speak from the nature of death. The words have no power —they are mortal, without life. )
- "God is not found in going to sect services or reading about him."
- "Just like Judaism was taken over by the enemy, so has Christianity, which is corrupt through and through."
- "There is no church in the world that Christ set up specifically; none of the churches reflect true Christianity."
- "Christianity has no idea who I am or what I stand for."
- "When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience ."
You say, how could that be? Does their gospel include Christ being able to lead them out of darkness to a sinless state? Does their Jesus offer the destruction of sin and the works of Satan within them, now, while on earth? Does their Jesus show them what is in their heart so that they can repent of it and please Him by obedience? Does their Jesus promise them the Kingdom of Heaven while still alive on the earth, providing they make it their life's first priority? Paul said, people preached a different gospel and a different Jesus from those he preached. He further said, cursed is anyone who brings you a different gospel; —- a different gospel and different Jesus from those he preached. Can you see Christ arguing for sin, imperfection, impurity, and unholiness? Jesus said , I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin . John 8:34. Doesn't 41,000 sects mean there are 41,000 different concepts of Jesus? So, each is praying to a different Jesus —their collective conscience —their group's collective opinion of how Jesus wants them to live, how he wants them to seek him, how he wants to be worshiped, what he expects them to do —as taught to them by their Bible scholars, with 41,000 different possible interpretations —and counting.
And if someone comes preaching another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit from that which you have received, or another gospel from the one you accepted, you might well tolerate him, 2 Cor 11:4... But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so I say again now, if any man preaches any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed, Gal 1:8-9. So, Come out of her my people so that you will not share in her sins and plagues. Rev 18:4.
As evidence of your desire for the Lord to lead you to a sinless state and the Kingdom, you will have to leave your deficit sect. To continue to meet with your deficit sect, is contradictory to the truth and to the true gospel requiring repentance. To continue to meet with any of the deficit sects is to fellowship with people who deny the hope of purity through repentance, union, holiness, and the Kingdom. Instead of repentance with forgiveness, their God only forgives with no help or power for further repentance to help them change. To stay, you will either lose your peace or lose your integrity. If you stay, you are associating with people who think sin is OK with God as long as they are believers and support their sect; to associate with people who continually demonstrate that evil is overlooked by God cannot help but weaken your resolve to rid yourself of your sinful nature. These people will constantly tell you: "We're OK, and you're OK because God loves us just like we are," still full of sin; but that is a tragic, colossal mistake. By your attendance, you are supporting those same people in their delusions, supporting the false teachings and lies of that sect, and thereby condemning yourself. Come out of her [the false church], my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues. Rev 18:4.
The voice of the Lord said, " They must withdraw from their sect to be taught ;" and " withdraw from your sect, not out of pride and prejudice, but separate yourself long enough to see its false rulings ." To be able to hear Christ's teachings, you must quietly withdraw from your deficit sect because he will not build you up on top of a false foundation . See 'Sect's Services' for more detail. Also see Isaac Penington's writing as to why coming out of Babylon is necessary.
Now don't make the mistake of looking for others of similar views with which to fellowship. Realize that until you or anyone else has been crucified, their and your spoken words come from the carnal mind, which is enmity to God and cannot submit itself to God. Rom 8:6-7. As the Lord said, anything beyond a yes or no spoken comes from the evil one, Mat 5:37, the spirit of Satan in you and them. If you and others can speak words heard from the Spirit of God, (immediately before speaking), then you are sharing the words of God; but immature people are sharing the words of Satan. From the Word of the Lord within: " It is dangerous for the young to fellowship together." There will soon be a time when meetings will once again be set up by mature, kingdom-dwelling individuals throughout the world, but until a mature leadership has been perfected and formed, the Lord Himself is shepherding His sheep, alone. Eze 34.
George Fox spoke further of the true fellowship in the below excerpt from Letter 149, (a fellowship in the Spirit that John also referenced: But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7.)
All Friends everywhere,
Meet together, and in the measure of God's spirit wait,
that with it all your minds may be guided up to God, to receive wisdom from God.
That you may all come to know how you may walk up to him in his wisdom.
That it may be justified of you, and you in it preserved up to God, and be glorified.
And Friends meet together, and know one another in that which is eternal,
which was before the world was.
For knowing one another only in the letter and flesh,
differs you little from the beasts of the field;
for what they know they know naturally.
But all knowing one another in the light which was before the world was,
this differs you from the beasts of the field,
and from the world's knowledge,
and brings you to know one another in the elect seed which was before the world was.
Some people want human companionship. Few seek God only, treasuring His words, teachings, love, convictions, and encouragements, however scant the bread from heaven may be when compared with Babylon's boundless TV, books, radio, music, and meetings.
The Lord will be your pastor, your shepherd, your leader, your commander, your teacher, your comforter, your salvation. Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither will the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, so that they may not be meat for them. ..As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day...And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he will feed them, even my servant David; he will feed them, and he will be their shepherd. Eze 34:10,12,23.
Exhorting one another as you see the day approaching. What day? The day the Lord appears in the hearts of his obedient faithful followers, who have daily denied themselves and picked up their cross to follow him.