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The Truth About Church: What Your Pastors Won’t Tell You

I was born and raised as a christian and for the majority of my christian walk, I was taught lies and led to believe many things that are either against God’s commandments or are not even in the bible at all.

And if you’re in the christian faith, I can pretty much bet my life on it that you’ve been taught these same lies.

How do I know?

Well it’s simple: over 80% of all christian pastors, bishops, and priests in America today are liars and false teachers.

I know this may be shocking for you to hear, as it was for me too, but it’s the truth. And I’m going to prove it to you in just a few minutes. But before I do, let me first share with you on how The Most High open my eyes to the truth.

Growing up, Christianity was the only faith that I knew. My mom was a christian. Her mom was a christian. My grandma’s mom was a christian. My aunt’s and uncles were Christians. And the list goes on and on. So from birth, Christianity was the only faith that I knew, and everything that my family taught me about Christianity — such as Christmas, Easter, watch night services, Sunday worship, tithing, etc. — I believed it to be true.

But as I got older and started to venture out into the world, I left the faith of Christianity and did my own thing. I didn’t claim any faith, I just explored life and lived as a sinner. I enjoyed myself, had lots of fun, and got to do all of the things that my mom wouldn’t allow me to do growing up in her house. But somewhere in between fun and freedom, was a deep empty void in my life that only the creator of the universe could fulfill. And since Christianity was the only faith I had ever known, I went to church one day for the 1st time in 5 years and went down to the alter and said the sinner’s prayer and became a christian (at least that’s what the pastor told me I was).

So I started going to church every Sunday just as I did as a kid growing up as a kid under my mother’s roof and I started reading the bible as well. Only this time, I wasn’t a kid anymore. I wasn’t just reading the bible because my mom told me to; I was reading it because I wanted to really get to know The Most High. I was hungry for something more in my life and I wanted to get to know the Elohim (God) who my family said could give it to me. And I went to church every Sunday, with the intention of getting to know Him — but I never did.

Instead, I got to know another Elohim (God). A Elohim who would give you health and wealth if you paid your tithes and offerings. A Elohim who would pay off all of your bills and buy you a new house if you had enough faith. A Elohim who would help you live your best life now on Earth if you followed his 7-step principles to success. And I absolutely loved this Elohim (God). I always wanted the finer things in life and I finally found a Elohim (God) who could give them to me. Never mind the spiritual emptiness I had in my heart; I’d rather fill up my pockets with wealth than fill my heart up with truth. At least that was my mindset at the time, when I heard about this God who would give you all of these things.

The only problem was this Elohim (God) was not in the bible. I read and read and never found Him. I looked for him in all the scriptures and He wasn’t there. So I started visiting different churches and listening to different preachers and they all were talking about this “Prosperity God” and preaching this prosperity gospel that I couldn’t seem to find anywhere in the bible. A long the way, I met many other believers who were experiencing this same false teaching in their churches as well.

This made me and my girlfriend at the time (whose now my wife) very mad so we started doing some research on the history of Christianity and where pastors get their doctrines from and we discovered that the majority of American pastors and priests come from seminary schools who train them on how to preach the gospel based on the school’s doctrine. Meaning their doctrine — what they believe and teach others to believe — doesn’t even have to be in the bible because it’s the school’s founder personal beliefs, and what they believe doesn’t necessarily have to be what the prophets, the disciples, or the Messiah taught.

This explains why there are so many different denominations of churches today, because their doctrines are based off man-made traditions instead of Elohim’s (God’s) word.

So for the last 11 months or so, me and my wife have been deprogramming our minds of all the lies and man-made traditions of Christianity that have been taught to us all our lives and we’ve been studying the word (in it’s original Hebrew context) for ourselves to get the full context of what the word of Elohim (God) really says.

And guess what? It has nothing to do with what most pastors are preaching to you on Sundays.

Exposing The Lies With The Truth

The first thing you need to know is that the word “church” in the bible has totally different meaning from the “church” that you attend on Sundays. The church that Christians attend on Sundays is just a building. It’s NOT God’s holy house, temple or place of worship. It’s just a building, nothing more, nothing less. But the word “church” in the bible is the people — not a building.

See, the English version of the new testament that we read today is translated from the Greek language. And the Greek word for church is “ekklesia”, which means “the assembly of the messiah” or “the called out ones”. The first complete English bible was the Tyndale bible which was published in about 1524, and that bible did not use the word “church” anywhere in its pages, it used the word “congregation.” Sometime after this bible, they started replacing the word “congregation” with the word “church”.

You might not think this is important but it is. See if you don’t know that the root meaning of the word church, then everywhere you see the word church in the bible you will think that it means the building that we go to on Sundays, instead of the assembly of believers. And they are two different things.

For instance: In Matthew 16:18, when the Messiah told Peter that on He was His rock and that He would build His church with Peter as the foundation, He wasn’t telling Peter to go out and build a building, He was telling him to go out and build a body of believers (among the Israelites).

And in John 2:19 when the Messiah told the people to destroy the temple and that He would rebuild it in 3 days, He wasn’t talking about physically rebuilding a temple; He was talking about building up a fresh body of believers in Him as the promised savior of Israel, based on His resurrecting from the dead.

So this so-called Holy building that we go to today is NOT the House of Elohim. You are the house of Elohim. The church is just a building that you go to, to fellowship with other believers and get taught the word by someone who is appointed by The Most High to teach it. Notice I said appointed by The Most High and NOT a seminary school.

The second thing you need to know is that the vast majority of all christian churches are businesses. Yep, almost every church in America is registered with the IRS as a 501 C3. In case you are not familiar with 501-3C’s, it’s a religious organization that belongs to the state and is exempted from paying taxes. So if your church is registered with the IRS, then they are a 501-3C, which means the church belongs to the state, and it has to abide by the rules and laws of the state regardless of whether the state laws match the laws of The Most High or not.

When you sign a 501c3 contract, you willingly give the state government legal power to tell your church what messages it can and cannot preach. This is a huge red flag because the church is restricted to what type of activities they may conduct and they are legally bound to abide by the rules on the contract that they signed with the state. This means the church is run by the state and not Elohim (God). Once a pastor has signed the papers, it does not matter who the pastor says is the sole authority and sovereign head over the church he’s preaching at, because he signed a document declaring that the State has authority over the church.

If a church is incorporated by the State, they are legally defined as a business. One of the evidences to show that they are truly a business, even if they are not incorporated, is that they want the money up front. Just like you have to pay Mcdonalds before you can get your food, or pay the gas station before you can get your gas; you have to pay the church before you can get the word. That’s why they pass the bucket around before they even preach the Word, so they can get the money up front. That’s a business, that’s commercial activity, that’s selling the word of The Most High.

So clearly, these men-made churches of today are NOT the churches (assemblies) that the Messiah was referring to in the bible. With that being said, if you would like to know if your church is registered with the I. RS in your state, just go to 501c3lookup.org and type in your churches name and it will tell you if they are or not. And if they are, I would advise you to really pay attention to see if what’s being preached at your church comes from the bible or comes from your pastor.

The Good Shepard VS. The False Prophet

If you ever read through out the New Testament of the bible, you will see the Messiah over and over again warning us of false prophets. Why do you think He does this? Why do you think He would put so much emphasis of protecting yourself from false prophets and teachers?

The reason is because they are all over the place. They’re on TV. They’re on the radio. They’re at church. They’re in the workplace. They’re on the bookshelves. Their on the internet. They’re everywhere. But how do you know if they are false teachers? Simple: by their fruits.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. — Matthew 7:15-20

Our Messiah said that we will know the true ones from the false ones by their fruits. So let’s examine the fruits of the seminary schooled pastors and prophets of today vs. the prophets and disciples of the bible who were ordained by The Most High.

Today, the majority of our church leaders (especially those who have mega churches) have the best of the best. They drive nice expensive cars. They have beautiful big houses. They eat good. They travel regularly. They have great credit and all of their bills are paid. The irony is that most of their income, which allows them to live this lavish life, comes from the members of their church. Yet, well over 60% of members of every christian church in America is living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to survive.

Does this make sense to you? Did God teach his leaders to live fat and neglect their flock? Let’s see…

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock.You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them. – Ezekiel 34:2-6

As you can see, The Most High is totally against this type of corrupt leadership over His people. He clearly tells us that the Shepards should be taking care of the flock, not the other way around. But just as greed and selfishness dominated the hearts of men back in those days, so is it doing so today. That’s why God says: What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

The corrupt rulers and self-appointed church leaders we have today are no different than the ones of old — except they probably have more money. But there is and always will be a faithful few who seek after the heart of Elohim, and not his own. And those are the ones that go out of their way to take care of their sheep before taking care of their themselves.

In the bible those were people like Moses, Abraham, Noah, Jacob, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Job, Daniel, David, Joshua, Peter, John, Paul, etc. People who followed The Most High at all cost, and took care of His people the same as they would themselves. And out of all these sold out servants of The Most High, only a few of them were rich in their finances; but all of these men were spiritually rich because they had an authentic relationship with The Most High and they devoted their lives to doing His will.

They weren’t perfect, but they were consistent in their faith and they produced good fruits for the kingdom. And as a result of their faith, we have a book of instructions, called the bible, on how The Most High desires for us to live our lives.

The Bible VS. The Prosperity Gospel

The prophets and disciples of past have died and gone away and their is a new school of pastors with a new doctrine called the prosperity gospel. Of course they don’t call it this, but if you listen to their messages, you can clearly see that it’s a gospel of riches and wealth and not the gospel of Yahusha Ha Mashiach (Jesus The Christ).

Many have taken a liken to this gospel because instead of it telling you that you are a sinner and if you don’t repent of your sins you will burn in a lake of fire forever; it tells you that God loves you no matter how you live your life and as long as you went down to the church’s altar and prayed the sinner’s prayer at some point in your life, you will be saved from your sins. This gospel also teaches you that The Most High destined you to be rich and wealthy and if you just pay all of your tithes and offerings, He will bless your socks off.

Now this gospel sounds much better than the gospel of Yahusha Ha Mashiach (Jesus The Christ) doesn’t it. You mean to tell me that all I have to do is say a prayer stating that I believe in Jesus and then i get to live however i want for the rest of my life and God will give me health, wealth, and prosperity as long as I pay my tithes and offerings? Sounds like a no-brainier to me. Sign me up. I’m in!

The problem with this gospel is, it’s not mentioned anywhere in the scriptures. The Messiah didn’t preach it. The disciples didn’t preach it. The apostle Paul didn’t preach it. Nor did any of the prophet in the Old Testament preach it. So where does this gospel come from?

I’ll tell ya. It came from the Devil. It is a new age doctrine that comes from spiritual teachers who don’t even believe in Jesus and christian pastors have scooped it up and added it inside their teachings in hopes that it will gain them bigger following and memberships. And that’s exactly what it’s done. It’s given these prosperity preachers the biggest followings that men of faith have ever seen before.

But the reason the prosperity gospel (the promises of health and wealth) has been so successful is not because of the Devil, it’s because it’s what people truly want to hear.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

No one wants to hear the truth anymore. Everybody is seeking to hear something that will sound good and make them feel better about their wicked, sinful ways. And that’s exactly why this false prosperity gospel goes over peoples heads, because these pastors preach these feel good sermons to you that motivate you to do all you can to live your best life now, and you eat it up like it’s the best meal you ever had in your life.

But unless you read the bible for yourself (in it’s original Hebrew context) you wouldn’t have any knowledge at all about these lies you are being told. You would just continue walking down the path of destruction. The same path of destruction that I WAS on, and that over half of the entire world IS currently on right now.

So because you are following me, and I have a duty as a follower of Yahusha (Jesus) to tell you the truth; here it is:

Beware of Career Seeking Preachers

Anyone who seeks to make a career out of preaching the good news, simply cannot be trusted. I know this is going to cause you to have to reevaluate your membership at your church, but I tell you this because it’s the truth and your soul is at stake.

But don’t just take my word for it, listen to what the messiah has to say about this manner…

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. – John 10:11-13

The Messiah says the hired hand is NOT the true Shepard. He ONLY tends to his sheep for financial gain. So when outside disruptions come to attack his flock, he runs away because he doesn’t care for the sheep outside of his financial gain.

As it relates to pastors and preachers today who earn their living from preaching the gospel; they cannot be trusted because they are selling the gospel for a profit, and if their life’s circumstances causes their pockets to get low, they will alter or water down the gospel to increase their financial gain because the gospel is nothing more than a business for them — and you are the customer.

Think about it. The Messiah never once told the disciples to go into the world and make careers out of preaching or singing the gospel. The only thing He told them to do was preach the gospel to all the nations where our people were scattered, telling them to repent because the kingdom is at hand (Matthew 10:7). His message was simple as that!

Yet, in the Christian church, there are so many people slapping “ministry” labels on their selfish pursuits claiming that they are preaching the gospel; when nothing they’re doing is spoken of in the scriptures. And as a result, our people are more lost than ever before.

It’s time for us to wake up! Wake up from what you’ve been taught all your life in church buildings, and actually read the word for yourself. Wake up from the patterns of this world and reprogram your mind with the authentic word of God. Wake up from the traditions of men, and start seeking the truth.

But do not get me twisted. I am not saying that you should not be under an elder for guidance and leadership. You should most definitely seek out the leadership of an elder for guidance and leadership in your faith walk. Although you’re still supposed to seek him by yourself so you can get to know Him personally, you also need someone who knows more than you to help guide you in the right direction. That is the purpose of having pastors and elders in the congregation of the Messiah — to help you grow in knowledge and truth. But the person you are following MUST be called and appointed by The Most High. Not by a man-made seminary, but by Elohim; the creator of the Universe. Otherwise, you will be learning man-made doctrines instead of the truth.

I don’t know what type of church you currently go to or if you’re in a church at all, but please note that all pastors are NOT false teachers. Some of them really have a desire to do the will of the Father. It’s just that most of them don’t. And it’s up to you to do your due diligence and read the word for yourself so that you are not led astray.

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good – 1 Thessalonians 5:21

I pray that what I shared with you today has open your eyes to the truth and I wish you a blessed journey in your walk towards the kingdom. Shalom!

Author

Maurice Lindsay

I'm a husband, father, historian, blogger and most importantly a follower of Yahusha. I'm also the author of the book series, Wake Up To Your True Identity.

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