LET MY PEOPLE GO!
'For among My people are found wicked men; they lie in wait as one who sets snares; they set a trap; they catch men. As a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich. They have grown fat, they are sleek; yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; they do not plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless; yet they prosper, and the right of the needy they do not defend. Shall I not punish them for these things?' says the Lord. 'Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?' Jeremiah 5:26-29
Moses addressed Pharaoh one last time before all hell broke loose on the people of Egypt and said, "Let My people go!" and so, as the story goes, the people of God, enslaved for over 400 years were set free to follow their God into the wilderness. One of the greatest miracles of the entire Bible and yet these people who were loosed from their bonds and led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit couldn't get the Egypt out of their hearts and they wandered for 40 years, all dying in a desert of despair.
So it is today, the people of God have hundreds of years of tradition, doctrine and false teaching, not to mention: wolves, predators and false shepherds fleecing the sheep and building mega-kingdoms of fleshly ambition and greed to further wreck the body of Christ and derail the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ! "You are cursed with a curse if you don't tithe to my ministry, they cry!" Taking the scripture in Malachi to new heights of deception and lies as they condemn the people of God for not giving to them as they place a yoke of guilt around their necks. Some of the stories of these false prophets of profit are so ridiculous that it seems out of this world and hard to believe that anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ could be deceived by them.
A well known pastor in Dallas demands up to $120,000.00 to preach at a revival meeting, not to mention a private jet, five star accommodations for he and his family, plus, plus, plus! What an abomination and shame brought about for the whole world to see how far so-called Christianity has fallen into the depths of debauchery and downright sin! No wonder the unbelievers run from the church and these false shepherds and "Bishops of Bling!" Sadly, this is only one of hundreds of world famous self-help gurus, charlatans, snake oil salesmen and false shepherds roaming through the body of Christ destroying lives and filling their pockets with with the offerings of hard working misguided church members in bondage to the lies and deceptions of these predators.
"An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?" Jeremiah 5:30,31
A WARNING TO THOSE IN LEADERSHIP!
The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. "Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and the unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the clean and the unclean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Ezekiel 22:25,26
For those who have been placed or called by God to be in a leadership position or have a gifting to be one of the fivefold ministry I would give warning for you to re-evaluate and re-focus your calling. Leaders cannot lead until they learn to follow the Lord Jesus in all humility and grace, understanding that those in their charge do not belong to them, but to Him who died for them and shed His own blood.
The devil has deceived the church into believing that there is a human shepherd to lead and feed them and to also do the work of the kingdom for them, and all they have to do is write a check! The entire body is to function as God intended it to, being made in the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. The underlying deception is for the members of Christ's body to be bound in the chains of religious ritual and rote while Satan elevates a man to rule over them as high priest (Senior Pastor) promoting a false submission to his supreme authority, and so it has been ever since the devil incited Constantine to set up the clergy/laity system in 300 AD.
Believe it or not, there is one on every corner, divided from their divine family, submitted under a man, and deceived into thinking that they have the whole loaf while their deceiver, Lucifer laughs his head off! The danger of sitting under this demonically designed assembly is the fact that you are only receiving from a man who is standing in the Headship of Christ, leaving Jesus outside knocking on the door of the church to be let in. (Ref.- Revelation 3:20) Don't take my word for it, check it out in your Bible and see if what you are attending is in the New Testament scripture or a diabolical plan to destroy your spiritual life.
"Her princes (leaders) in her midst are like wolves (in sheep's clothing) tearing the prey (you) to shed blood, to destroy souls and to get dishonest gain. "Her prophets plastered them with whitewash seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says the Lord God,' when the Lord has not spoken." Ezekiel 22:27,28
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM!
"Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." II Corinthians 6:17,18
The ultimate goal of Lucifer's conspiracy is to trap the unsuspecting through tradition and false teaching bringing them back under the old priesthood that Jesus did away with on the cross and destroy the body of Christ. By stifling the new creations with religious ritual and setting up a false hierarchical leadership over them, the entire body begins to slowly die from lack of use being prohibited from sharing their God-given gifts and talents!
A diabolical plan so widespread and ingrained into the lives of almost everyone on the planet makes it so hard to break free from because we were born with it in our very souls, being passed down through the ages by our ancestors. Even new born believers in Christ are quickly indoctrinated with false teaching and begin to be destroyed before they ever begin to grow up into Him, being stunted by Lucifer's smoke screen of lies and deception. Only those who manage to escape this prison of religious bondage will make it out alive, free to worship the Lord in Spirit and truth, exercising their spiritual gifts and spreading the message of the Lord Jesus Christ! Throughout the history of Christianity beginning at Pentecost, the Spirit has called the righteous out of darkness into the light of His presence, to worship and serve the Lord Jesus with all of their hearts, but those who love selfish ambition, pride and greed will stay to their own demise being smothered by a demonic cloud of deception.
If this series of messages has opened your eyes to the truth of God's word and you have found yourself in the midst of a church built upon the traditions and doctrines of men, being ruled by their selfish agendas, then my advise to you is to ask God what to do, and where to go, and flee for your spiritual life. Don't let the devil deceive you into staying because of guilt and obligation or lean on your own understanding, your very soul could be at stake. Jesus warned His own disciples to beware of false prophets and shepherds who will come to you in sheep's clothing and He said that you would know them by their fruits. Not because they are nice, eloquent or because they are respected by the world, but because they preach the truth of God's word without compromise and are not concerned with what men think or say about them! My prayer for you is for you to be filled with all knowledge and wisdom in the things of God and for you to have your eyes opened to the mysteries of God's kingdom and fulfill your destiny in Jesus name!
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. II Corinthians 7:1
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
RECOMMENDED READING: The Body of Christ, a Reality by Watchmen Nee, The Early Church by Gene Edwards, Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and Reimagining Church by Frank Viola