*Note: When the author renders the word 'Church' as shown here, he is referring to man's design for a Business entity we commonly refer to as traditional 'Church.' When he renders the word church in all lower case lettering, he is referring to Christ's authentic home church, which He created and continues to build.
I found the following exchange on the internet written by an unknown author. It immediately compelled me to write this piece while the piece as a stencil to guide my thoughts. The obvious analogy of the story is clear, but after reading on I will unveil what it said to me all too well. I'd like to extend my thanks to whoever wrote the piece, for it is a beautiful picture of what I wanted to say throughout this blog. Here goes:
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?” The other replied, “I don’t know, but there would be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.” The other says, “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And we [eat] with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies us nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.” “I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.” the other replies. “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.” “Well, I don’t know.” says the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.” “Mother??” You believe in mother? Where is she now?” “She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.” “I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.” To which the other replied, “Sometimes when you’re in silence you can hear her. I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality…"
The whole point behind our pleading is to persuade those still in the womb ('Church'), that there is life free from the debt, free from the influence of a controlling clergy and freedom from being under the thumb of a business organization. Christ never placed any of these constraints on His church. So why do we think we are doing God service when we Proclaim that this form of slavery is what He wants? He meant us to be free in Him, not pseudo-spiritually and pet-doctrinally suffocated by those of the Institutional clergy. Staying within the Institutional womb, without acknowledging that freedom lays without, is suffocating in and of itself. Let me say that there is life after delivery.
Some within this womb, or as we on the outside like to call, 'the Matrix,' often experience a false sense of security and belonging to God's plan for church within those walls. They do not realize it is a false security and sense of belonging because they've been listening to men behind a pulpit who are paid to tell them they're in the right place at the right time. I liken this to a baby lamb being raised by a family of wolves. The baby lamb get's fed, is Provided a den for shelter, finds water and questions not why he is being reared among his natural enemies. Why? Because that's all he's known. The lamb doesn't realize that his ravenous foster-mother wolf will someday end up devouring him. He knows he's a lamb, and knows that a wolf's den isn't an ideal place for him to be. But, since he is young and defenseless, he may feel that this is the hand he has been dealt and he'll go along and make the best of his situation for as long as he can. He doesn't know that the gate to freedom from the den is always open and he can leave when ever he wants. But why doesn't he? Because all of the other lambs around him in the same den are content to stay because previous lambs (who were long ago devoured) told them this was the place to be. Does this sound familiar? It should!
So why does the parishioner within the Institutional model listen to men instead of the One Who gives them life? Because they believe their surroundings are natural even though instinctively they sense that they are foreign. It was how they were reared. They are simply a Product of their environment. They are told by their parents and peers to listen to these leaders instead of reading God's Word for themselves. What a shock they will get when they are delivered from this matrix. I am not trying to suggest that all Institutional 'Churches' are dens full of wolves. Nor am I saying that this environment is evil in and of itself. What I am suggesting is that an Institutional 'Church' environment is as foreign to believers in the Apostle's day for how Christians met as much as a den of wolves is the natural habitat for a baby lamb. The Institutional environment doesn't match up with the Creator's design. The Problem is, these dens are full of lambs who are unaware of their ill suited surroundings!
The second way we could be delivered away from the Institute is if we become silent and then tune our ears to listen. Ask God to show you through Scripture what I'm am talking about. Allow the Holy Spirit's small, still voice to lead us out of the false concept of Institutional 'Church.' Hopefully, some will hear Him calling them out while we're still kicking up earthly dust. Either way, He is the One Who delivers us into the reality He created for us. Just like the leap of faith we took to accept Christ to be our Saviour, the same leap of faith exists for us to be delivered from the water of the womb. I'll ask a metaphorical question: What would happen if a baby stays too long in his mother's womb and refuses to leave? No doctor is around and mother is unconscious. The baby sucks the last drop of life from mother and she dies. There is no more oxygen to sustain the baby within. What would happen? Eventually, the baby turns blue for lack of oxygen. In short, he suffocates. What I'm saying is, it's time to get out of the water and onto dry land where we belong.
In contrast, the positive baby was glad to be delivered from his confines, for he understood that something better awaited him outside of those walls. When I was delivered from the Institute, what I found was freedom, new friends and a new understanding of what Christ's authentic, organic fellowship was. Yes, we still have convictions and standards, but they're Biblical, and not from man's traditions or pet doctrines. Those of us who have been delivered meet in smaller intimate groups in homes, the way it was in New Testament times. The Lord's Supper, or 'love feast' is a full meal and not a token one shrouded in pomp and ceremony. There is no constraint of income tithes to siphon our resources away from our families and those with real needs like the poor, widow and blind. God, family, and then taking care of those in need is the order for our lives. The Institutional 'Church' and it's Programs have no say in what we do, no more than the Catholic 'Church' has jurisdiction over a Baptist 'Church.' Only Jesus Christ of the Bible has a say.