Following the Messiah Away from the Harlot Church

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Walking away from the harlot church

 

I was 17. Stumbling through the forest behind my home, somewhere between Lebanon and Sweet Home, Oregon, I couldn’t shake the sense of betrayal and humiliation.

Tears streamed from my eyes as I looked up and screamed at the top of my lungs, “Where were You?”

Let me tell you a little bit about how I got to this point.

I Was a Pastor’s Project

My mother did her best, taking my sister and me from church to church over the span of the 18 years she had each of us living at home. This church was a doozy. They had just adopted a “mentoring” program where everyone was held accountable to a superior, and you basically had to share with them all your private details.

Since all of the rest of the kids went to a Christian school in the same building as the church, they all belonged to the same clique. Most of them had gone to that one school since kindergarten and had grown up in that church, so they were all like brothers and sisters.

Don’t get me wrong, they were cordial to my sister and me, but you knew who was “in” and who was “out.” If the lines hadn’t been obvious from the start, they soon would be, after I had a talk with the pastor.

Did I not mention that they wanted me to be “accountable” to the pastor?

Look, I was not your model churchgoer. I rocked a bad mullet, wore torn jeans, listened to Metallica, smoked weed and had a porn problem. This was AFTER saying the sinner’s prayer at 5 and being baptized in the Holy Ghost at 12. I was a walking example of what could go wrong after getting “saved” the traditional way.

Please don’t misunderstand me; I honestly believed that Jesus was the Son of God and all the other basic doctrines… I just had a hard time living it out. My dad was unsaved, so there was no unified front in the home, plus there were plenty of ungodly influences at school, so I had an extremely difficult time maintaining a “godly stand” while living in a compromised atmosphere. In fact, I failed miserably.

Not to mention, I just loved to sin – it was “fun” to me… but the resulting guilt I felt never failed to take its toll. I would go out at night and get stoned out of my mind, only to come home, listen Keith Green and cry myself to sleep.

If Paul was “the worst of sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15), I was the most pathetic.

So this pastor decided he wanted to take me on as his project. Certainly, if he could get me into a suit and tie on Sunday morning, I would definitely be a big notch in his belt.

Gossip and Accountability Do Not Mix

Our first meeting was on a day after I had had a night of indulging, partying and crying myself to sleep to “Grace by Which I Stand.” I could not have felt any lower than I did at that moment. I was absolutely certain that God hated me and wanted to kill me.

In that moment of weakness, the pastor turned to me and said, “Tell me about the struggles you are facing, Kevin. It’s important that you are honest and transparent.”

I completely spilled. I told him everything… and left nothing unsaid. Every sick and twisted secret a teenage boy with a drug and porn problem could have was out on the table and this guy had knowledge of it.

And not too long after that, so did his wife.

And hours after that, so did the gossip ring in the church.

The next Sunday, I felt the stares… and I didn’t need to be told what had happened. Once again, the harlot church had revealed her true colors to me. The only problem was, I didn’t realize at that time that it was the harlot church, I just thought it was “the church.”

So now I was out in the forest behind my house almost in a panic, crying out to God. “Why did this happen? Aren’t they supposed to represent You? It seems everywhere I turn, there is NO EXAMPLE of you, Father! I can’t trust anyone. I can’t believe what anyone says. They all have agendas! What am I supposed to do?”

This was one of the rare times that I heard His (almost audible) voice, “Your example died on the cross. Don’t look to man, they will fail you every time. Follow Him and no other!”

That was one of the defining moments of my life, where I decided to let my Savior be my example. It took me a few years to come up out of the muck of my carnality, but that one moment seared in me a desire to follow what the Word says, even if it meant carving my own trail.

If the crowd was following a man, I would not be in that crowd.

As I put that philosophy to work in my 20’s and 30’s (through many trials and failures), I noticed a strange dynamic slowly evolving. The more I decided to take His Word at face value (all of it), the more I found myself at odds with the church (whom I now know is the harlot church).

And the gap has been growing wider and more obvious each and every year.

Away from the Harlot Church – Towards New Jerusalem

Many of you who still love the present day church paradigm will probably look at this brief snippet of my life and think, “Well he’s just hurt and is holding a grudge.”

Not so, I’ve forgiven all parties involved… but I definitely do not and will not trust those who claim to be in leadership in what is known as “the mainstream church.”

I will not love and live that lie.

People love to ignore verses in the Bible that make them uncomfortable. One such verse is toward the back, in fact it’s one of the last verses you’ll read.

Revelation 22:14-15
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Take the time to meditate on this verse. Before the very end of the Bible, the Messiah is listing out those who will not under any circumstances enter New Jerusalem when she appears. It’s almost like He’s giving us a last minute warning…

Who are those who will not “enter through the gates into the city?”

  • dogs
  • sorcerers
  • sexually immoral
  • murderers
  • idolaters
  • whoever loves and practices a lie

Most will take a quick glance at this list and think “No sweat, I got this!”… But do you?

Living a Lie Will Bar You from New Jerusalem

I could write a sermon on each one of the points listed above, but right now I want to pay special attention to the last point… “whoever loves and practices a lie.”

If you look at the various translations of the Bible, this refers to more than just the sin of “lying.” This part of verse 15 refers to those who both lie, practice a lie… and love to have it that way. As we consider what it means to both lie, live a lie, and love a lie, we should be gripped by the fear of God. How do we live? Are we transparent, or do we need to fool everyone?

Even more important than living transparently, we need to ask ourselves:

  • What do we accept as truth?
  • Everything our pastor said?
  • Everything we were taught growing up?
  • Everything we were taught in church?

If you fall into that category, you will not “enter through the gates.”

Are You Willing to Forsake Inherited Lies?

I cannot overstate enough how important it is for us to take a closer look at what we believe, even the very core doctrines of our faith.

  • What do we believe?
  • Why do we believe it?
  • Is it backed up by the Word?
  • Do we see the disciples doing it in the Word?

Don’t be scared of questioning the Word of God. If it is the absolute truth, it will still ring true under the most intense scrutiny. If the doctrine you are questioning doesn’t line up… toss it! I don’t care how near and dear it is to your heart, toss it!

We’re in a place in time where the following passage is coming to pass.

Jeremiah 16:19-20
O LORD, my strength and my fortress,
My refuge in the day of affliction,
The Gentiles shall come to You
From the ends of the earth and say,
“Surely our fathers have inherited lies,
Worthlessness and unprofitable things.”

Will a man make gods for himself,
Which are not gods?

In spite of some glaring anomalies, many of us were taught traces of the truth by good-hearted people who meant well; others were taught by those they trusted in because of their seminary degrees (don’t get me started). All of us, at one time or another, have incorporated somebody else’s slant on the Scripture into our theology… it’s human nature to do so, and anyone who says otherwise is either very young or has an agenda.

But friends, it is OUR responsibility to diligently search the Scripture to find truth for ourselves. We can no longer just accept what we have been taught by our parents, our churches and our leaders at face value. God will not accept “Well, my pastor said…” or “Well, my momma said…” when we stand before Him on that final day.

What “Spirit” Bore Witness?

Additionally, God will look at those of us who have hidden behind the trump card excuse of “Well, it bore witness with my spirit,” and ban us from the New Jerusalem if the witness that we embraced has ignored or contradicted His eternal Word (all of it).

All eternity will know if we have lived and loved a lie… but by then it will be too late.

I’m writing all this to you because, as of the last few years, I have studied some things out that have shaken my foundations. Not my fundamental belief in the Messiah and His Word, but my viewpoints as to how a believer’s life is to be lived out before God and the world. Trust me, because I live in the Last Days (just like you), the last thing I want to do is to be deceived into living a lie. What’s more, I feel a responsibility to bring you along on my journey.

HonorOfKings.org started out with a desire to live according to the pure Word of God, without all of the frivolities and blatant sin of the Prophetic and Charismatic circles. With the release of “Prophetic Masquerade: Learn to Use the Word of God to Unmask the Wolves Among the Sheep,” I hope to leave that focus of the blog and shift gears just a little. I can’t say if I will ever write on that topic again, but my learning and writing efforts are elsewhere right now.

The Digression of the Church Into Harlotry

Currently, I believe that God has instructed me to put a greater focus on teaching the Word within its proper context, as well as write about how the church has digressed over the past 2000 years. There is a reason I said “digressed” and not “progressed.”

You see, there is a reason WHY the Acts church looked one way 2000 years ago, but looks completely different today. The faith in (and of) the Messiah has “morphed” throughout the years in a very bad way. External and internal influences have gradually changed the faith now known as “Christianity” to the point where it is now at the opposite end of the spectrum of the original faith.

The reason the common churchgoer doesn’t know this is because they are treated like mushrooms (kept in the dark and fed a lot of bull… manure). They believe they think for themselves. Some even believe they listen to the Holy Spirit, but in truth, they are being groomed and brainwashed into conformity.

And, with the exception of a few “rebels,” they like it that way.

It All Culminates Into a Cursed Unification

The purpose for all the training and ritual is to breed a compliant attitude for when all the Christian denominations (and non-denominations) will join with the One World Church.

I realize that these are unbelievably broad and sweeping statements and you must be thinking, “Dude, you are totally off your rocker” but this weighs out scripturally AND historically. If you insist on only “living in the now,” you absolutely will not comprehend this. But if you check out this insidious plan from a historical perspective, you will realize that you’re on your way off the cliff with the rest of the lemmings.

I know people with an “education” who know many of the things that I’m going to discuss in future posts. They were taught it in seminaries! And yet they refuse to teach their flocks because it will cut into their profits and disrupt the conventional church paradigm.

Well… I’m gonna tell it and I don’t care if they like it or not.

Over the coming year, I hope to write more about church history. The events that transpired in the 400 (or so) “silent years” between the Testaments and the first few centuries after the death and resurrection of Christ changed and shaped what we know today as “Christianity.”

I’m also going to analyze current church practices and see if they really do line up with the Word, or if we’re just TOLD that they line up with the Word. I am probably going to end up going after some pet doctrines that have been part of the western church for years, view them in light of the Word, church history and other data (translations, etc.), and see if they all add up.

This may cast me in a bad light to some people. It may even irritate and/or challenge you, depending on where you stand. But if we’re all ready to put aside our personal biases and opinions and search out His truth, perhaps we can find the right path and move forward.

Isn’t it time for His church to get its act together and move forward?

Kicking It Up a Notch!

This responsibility weighs very heavily on me and I cherish your prayers for me and my family. Things are going to get kicked up a notch in the world, and the need for truth is greater than ever before, so I’m going to kick it up a notch with HonorOfKings.org. That said, I do not want to be guilty of adding to or taking away from His Word.

Deuteronomy 12:32
Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

For more information on the purpose of this web site, you can read the “About Honor of Kings” page and the “FAQ” page.

And if you know anyone who is tired of cookie-cutter christianity and may need to know that they are not alone, now is a great time to tell them about HonorOfKings.org!

When He returns, may we be watching and waiting while walking on His Path.

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26 Comments

  1. I have a question I’d like to throw out considering we’re talking about Status Quo Christianity. There’s a great deal of emphasis on a “personal relationship with Jesus” versus no longer being lost and becoming part of the Body. Is this “personal Jesus” teaching Truth? Heresy? Or something else? Thoughts?

    1. Great input, Mike. Any time the “personal Jesus” points you away from repentance and the Truth of the Word, it’s not “Jesus”, but something else. IMHO, the “Personal Jesus” theology teaches that God is OK with where you are at, and loves you as you are. Although this is partially correct (He does love you), it implies that repentance is somehow not needed, or can be postponed for another time. This flies in the face of the message of the Gospel that ALWAYS started off with “Repent!”

      Anyone else have thoughts?

      1. I still believe in a personal relationship vs. religion. A personal relationship, to me, means we WANT to know what is required of us, and do it. A personal relationship means that we read the Love Letter God had written down for us, called The Bible, and that we study it to see what HE said, and what pleases HIM. Not what someone else said He said. We care enough to see for ourselves. We walk and talk with Him all the time, every day, and are very aware of His presence and we have His Word hidden in our heart so that we do not sin against him. If and when we do, we ask forgiveness, and do not run and hide or lie to ourselves and to Him. It means the closest Friend we could ever have.

    2. I find that the more I want a “personal Jesus” that never asks anything of me and never tells me I am wrong. I am usually compromising in some area of my life. My flesh comes in and tells me it is not as bad as you think (no doubt satan is also saying things) after all just accept more grace, and everything will be well.

      However, I have noticed something over these past two years as at times I just use grace for convenience and for opportunities for the flesh, I see that I do not love nor am as loyal to Jesus as I used to be. I am supposed to be a living sacrifice as well, and I have been hearing things in my life that seems to only be satisfying to the flesh, but there is Jesus and He is always that anchor pulling me back to repentance, and forgiveness.

      This “personal Jesus” is very subtle and that is probably why the bible says “if you think you are standing strong be careful lest we fall.” WE have to stick close to Jesus Christ.

      1. Hey Jimmy,

        You hit the nail on the head with this one. When I read what you wrote, the following verse comes to mind:

        Hbr 10:28-29 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

  2. I am with you on this. I found folks who really seem after the things of God. But, Oh Whoa, when it touches a stronghold of tradition. This truly saddens my heart.

    I usually receive your articles in my email. I didn’t receive this one, though. I found it on my FB page. Glad I did. Keep telling the truth.

  3. Wow Kevin! Thanks for sharing that beginning story! This has got to be “one” of your best articles.

    Love your statement “Don’t be scared of questioning the Word of God”! So few actually do this. We are commanded to be like the Bereans. What did they do? Searched the scriptures “daily”. Why? To see if they were “believing a lie”…. the point of your entire article. Are Christians today, believing a lie?

    YOUR BOOK! Its AMAZING! I’m so thankful you wrote it!

  4. Kevin, This newest undertaking is not only urgent and timely but time sensitive, I’m thinking. Only the Lord can sustain you through iy (because it’s huge!), so I will be praying for you. Many will have their eyes open and be amazed; others will be offended and close minded; while yet others will be shaking their heads in agreement and saying, “at last”! The church has been on a down hill glide for centuries because of external as well as internal influences, almost always because of ignorance of church history.

    Thank you for being obedient to what the Lord has called you to do.

    Blessings and Shalom.

  5. Keep it up, Kevin. The path you are starting on, I have been on for some time and I can assure you it is God’s way. On my walk I questioned every doctrine and practice so that God could strip away what was not from him and leave me with only what was pure. It can be a lonely road, for you lose most of those you thought were friends but the joy and peace that comes from your solid relationship with the Father is indescribable. I just want to encourage you to be bold; you cannot fail to be victorious.

  6. Really glad that you are ‘kicking it up a notch’, Kevin. Very much appreciate the direction your blog is taking. Thank you for the time you take to research, study and write. I hope to purchase your book soon. The church world is a jungle and the points you bring out make sense. I am still seeking … and still reading your blog and taking note of the things you emphasize. (I have nothing to offer here .. just expressing gratitude)

  7. I was born again reading the Bible from cover to cover then I started attending church afterward. I know the path you walk. The Hebrew roots movement was also filled with conflict more so and I found I had to be very careful. I read an article today by a doctor in the HR movement that many people follow anti Christ by the nature and content and through his education of Torah comparison he was denying our atonement. I told him so.I will pray you stay on the narrow. Keel your atonement above all else. Yeshua and the Father paid too much to let those who let their education shipwreck their faith. Walk the narrow road ahead. The truth can be a dangerous journey

    1. Your prayers are always welcome and I thank you. Believe me, as one who still sins, I need His atonement. At the same time, the covering He provides does not negate the necessity to obey His commands, and those who refuse to do so are going to find themselves in an area they don’t want to be in, come Judgment day. I agree that the HR movement has much conflict and some people going off the deep end, but there are not 44,000 different denominations of HR people, like there are mainstream Christians. While I haven’t bought into a lot of the non-Torah “Jewish” customs that some are trying to take on, I think they have a really good thing going with the Sabbath and the Feast days. They also bring a much needed historical perspective to the scripture. All the best!

  8. We’re so likeminded!! It makes my day to know there are others out there… Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Jesus said “my sheep know my voice and follow me.” I know truth when I hear it because it doesn’t contradict His word. I love truth at any cost so the Lord has graciously given me eyes to see and ears to hear. I praise God for your service to Him for defending His truth.

  10. Quick question: how do you abide by the “forsake not the gathering together with other believers”? I reached a point a long time ago where I can no longer attend any “modern” church. We, as a family, have been observing the Sabbath as best as know how starting at sunset on Friday evenings. However, I do miss meeting with fellow believers. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated…aside from praying about it. Lol!

    1. Don’t be shackled by the observance of days and rituals – the form rather than the substance; they tend to give a semblance of piety – just a thought.

  11. I had simular walk in Christianity in that I was concerned about wolves in the church leading many astray. However over the last 2 years I have become really concerned about the falling away from the truth. I start every day in the word with coffee. And I too find what I read and what I see being fostered by the “church” not in agreement. It really is becoming apostate. Been reading a lot in this area and also those who call themselves “dones” as in done with organized church of which I am. I am not a fowler of man rather God. Yet many whom I know for many years go and sit through 3 fast songs 2 slow, announcements, offering, sermon and see ya next week and don’t forget to bring your check book.

    I know because I walked as an elder 6 years, led worship 4 years, chairman of board 7 years and its all a man made organization designed after business. The show (whoops program must go on) so we never stop be still, here God or pray. We never stop to consider is this what we are to do today? We must get-er-done in one hour less people get upset. How sad what is called church sits while a “man” seeks God for them so they might feel good about themselves then go about their week till the next Sunday feeding. Men following and dependent on men. How blind I was.

  12. So if you truly follow Jesus, do you really follow His commandments, ??. Do you still go to a “Christian ” church with its ingrained anti-Semitic doctrines, do you worship on the first day of the week instead of the seventh as God instructed, Jesus always obeyed his father’s Torah. You have obviously understood that the “Church ” is not suitable for you, follow Yeshua the Jew allow him to show you where you should be, and that’s not in a church

  13. For anyone who feels that they want to understand more about how “Church ” teaching leads people out of God’s ways. I would recommend the Yashanet website, go to the libary section, the two sections I would suggest are, Torah Etz Chaim (Torah Tree of Life) and Not subject to the Law of God.

  14. I absolutely love your site. I’m constantly posting your articles on my FB ( yes I’m still on Facebook). I don’t get all the “likes” on your posts as the cute cat vids do, but some people are being exposed to the truth for the first time.That’s what it’s all about.
    I GREATLY appreciate your work!

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