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Another Trip To Babylon

November 26, 2015

This blog post is about three years old, but it felt right to post it here again today.  It represents my last visit behind Spiritual bars and walls.

Greetings,

“……to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”  Isaiah 42:7

Sunday morning I visited Babylon (the traditional/institutional “church” system) again.  The woman I have been seeing for over a month wanted me to meet some of her friends.  She came to home fellowship here last week.  So it was only fair that I went with her this week.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a non-denominational “Bible” “Church” of about 200 members.  Turns out that one of their associate pastors was a professor at the “Christian” college I graduated from 26 years ago.  We attended the 9 am service and the adult Sunday School class at 10:30 am.  True to their name they handled the bible very well and I could not find any gross errors in the sermon or the class.

The Pastor shared about Jesus walking on the water and calming the storm.  His main point was that we all must face storms in our lives, but the storms serve the purpose of drawing us closer to the Lord if we choose to endure.  The Sunday school teacher shared about different kings in the book of Isaiah.  Sunday school was somewhat interactive, allowing for comments and questions; but still tightly scripted and controlled.  The sermon was a typical monologue, but was casually delivered with a touch of humor.

So overall I had a pleasant time there and the people were extremely friendly and welcoming.  However, it still did not sit right in my Spirit and I left there feeling sorry for all who attend there regularly.  Like I said it was pleasant and nice, but it still was not total freedom in Christ.  It just wasn’t real, it was a stage show.  Even with all the positive attributes it was still a prison and HIS people were being held in captivity.

Sure it was a low security prison with free designer coffee, fresh doughnuts, and comfortable cushioned seats: but it was still a prison none the less.  The people there were not free to use their priesthood and God-given gifts to bless Christ and the other members of the Body.  It was still a one man show, even though the man was gifted, friendly and entertaining.  The Lord showed me that this “church” was like a zoo.  All the animals there were well fed and cared for, but at what cost?  They were still being denied their best natural/supernatural habitat because they were not allowed to be totally free and open.  There were no locks on the doors, but this place was still a cage.

People have told me in the past to be happy for those who are happy in their current “church” situation.  However, I am not happy…in fact I wept greatly and was filled with much sorrow when I got back home.  Even though they had a nice and gifted Clergyman, the Clergy/Laity division was still solidly in place.  There was no true freedom in worship there.  The gifts of the many were held down while the gift of the one was elevated and given total preeminence.  Some will still say to me …look at how happy the animals are?  I say blindman it’s a cage!

Love and…….

Kirk Out !

P.s.  I really don’t believe that I am meant to be single the rest of my life, but it is very difficult to find a Godly woman without Babylonian baggage or ties.  I would deeply appreciate your prayers in this matter?  Better yet, just send me contact info for your single, Spirit led, female friends?  LOL!

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments
  1. Serve the Lord and trust Him brother, and you won’t have to window shop. He is well able to bring the right one at the right time. It’s true that women who have departed the Babylonian church system are rare as priceless pearls, but they are out there. You wouldn’t be willing to settle for less after all. 🙂

  2. Here is a comment on today’s blog post from facebook:

    From: Giovanni Riccitelli

    I can so relate. I just cannot bear going to any kind of service anymore, its like watching fruit rot on the trees and fall to the ground. More often I find more greetings and conversation going to the supermarket or DMV than I do than going to church services. Animals in a zoo seem to interact more than many church goers do on a Sunday. I can no longer sit through a small group when the ‘leader’ also models the same format and lectures the rest of the group in church settings. I was looking for a small mens group near my home, and I found a really neat group of guys doing a home group, but the leader of the home group ‘preaches’ for 30 to 40 minutes without letting any of them say hardly a word, its horrible to watch them all sit there, all with bibles closed on their laps. The fellowship afterwards is great, but that 30-40 minutes is painful. If you give them each a chance to talk, there’s plenty of wisdom there, and the spirit just flows. I’m hoping to help the teacher learn to ask questions too, and allow them to talk also. It is kinda funny, he asks lots of questions, but answers them all himself without giving anyone even a second to answer them. But sitting through one more of these lectures is personally so difficult to watch and endure. He is a really great guy, just duped into believing he has to preach for 30 minutes every time be opens his mouth.

  3. Tom Ball permalink

    One is blessed to follow where God calls.

  4. "BK" permalink

    It took me years to realize the most deceptive ‘church’ in Babylon is the one that appears most free, most Bible knowledgable. I agree to to the weeping after visiting such places…I was in that type; a pastor of one actually. Having said that, I also have to recognize unless the Spirit has called one to ‘come out’ they will remain there….hopefully to grow until they can no longer stretch themselves on the bed (Isaiah 28:20). As you have often said, the Lord Lord loves the people but the system is hated and it WILL come down. Great post, brother, “BK”

  5. phariseeinrecovery permalink

    “church” had absolutely nothing to do with me meeting the love of my life, my wife of thirty years. And I’m absolutely sure that she is God’s choice for me…go figure.

  6. Chad permalink

    I’ll be praying for you brother! I appreciate your faithfulness and your heart for God’s people!

  7. I’m getting this more and more…….and I appreciate your sense of humor, albeit possibly w a serious undertone!

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