“…when I first heard it, it was even for me…It was hard…”
Pam is speaking of when God called her OUT of the institution we call ‘the church.’
I know many would say, ‘Would God do such a thing?” YES!
He did it for Pam. He did it for me. And He IS doing it for MANY…for the remnant.
God called me out of the Potter’s House in 2009. Now, you need to understand: I liked the PH. I liked TD Jakes. But when GOD calls you OUT, its time to come out.
The reason why so many find it challenging to leave the church because they always naturally assume that any voice telling them to leave their church is the devil. We have a warped view and perception of what the church is. We think church is the steeple, the people, and the pews.
THE INSTITUTIONALIZED CHURCH IS NOT THE CHURCH. WE ARE THE CHURCH!
THIS is what God is talking about in the Word when it says to forsake not the assembling of OURSELVES together. The Word is talking about US coming together in fellowship. What many fail to realize is that fellowship does not just manifest itself in the form of putting on your Sunday’s Best, jumping in a car, and congregating with 1000s of other people on Sunday. Fellowship CAN and DOES take place, streaming live webcast occur all the time of Internet. Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace-all the social network sites-are fellowshipping sites. Not necessarily religious ones, but millions fellowship online nonetheless. Chat rooms are another form of fellowship. They are not your traditional forms of fellowship, but the trend is leaning towards more and more people utitlizing this form of fellowship for one reason or another.
With that being said…
Since WE are the church, then WHEREVER WE GO, WE BRING ‘CHURCH” with US. Fellowship does not have to happen in a building.
So hopefully, as people realize this, they will be more willing to embrace that voice THAT IS FROM THE LORD that is telling you to leave the church. God’s ways truly are NOT our ways, neither are HIS thoughts our thoughts.