Add this to the False churches lead to falling away files...I found this blog the other day, it is of a IFB pastor who left the churches and became an atheist. He is quite the writer and seems to be sincere though I believe sincerely wrong, but what makes me sad, is thinking about how many fall away from the faith watching the parade of nonsense out there in some of the churches?
How many false conversions are there that give some of these folks a brief time or even a long time in this case in the church system who when they see the abuses, and more go running? I don't endorse his website in that he is now an atheist and decries the Christian faith but reading this, I kind of got the feeling why he walked away. Look how much he discusses the abuses, and sadly he is right about many of them! He is also right about the false emphasis on self righteousness and the "rules" that can pop up in many churches.
The IFB River Called Denial
Independent Fundamentalists Baptists and The Secrets They Keep
One's faith today better be apart from a church system and based only on Jesus Christ. If you have it in a church system it's going to crumble, it will be building upon the proverbial pile of sand. Unless one is given the big picture and pays attention to the endless warnings in the Bible about the hirelings, the wolves scattering the sheep, one will come to the WRONG conclusion that the wolves represent what Christianity IS. I do think there are some good IFBs and independents left, but remember Satan's workers are going after every group out there. Fundamentalist churches are being definitely infiltrated as well with their own apostate leadership [with one example being Jack Schaap].
I wrote about this the other day, but while I had good memories of my last IFB church, there are things in IFB churches I do not agree with, no longer believing in a Pre-Trib Rapture and Christian Zionism would be two definite avenues of separation but one big one would be the advancement in many of the churches of Dominionism and the religious right. As one grows in the Lord and is shown more, it can change their outlook.
I feel broken hearted seeing people leave Christianity behind like this, I have known others, either raised fundamentalist or otherwise, some of even told me they were "saved" who TODAY reject Christianity. These are people who were active members of their various churches, out there "witnessing" and preaching. Today they have walked from everything religious. They have said, "Enough!", and walked away. Remember the 1980's when fundamentalism was in an upswing, well some of those people are knocking around today and want nothing to do with "Christianity" at all. Where is God in all this? Sadly to many folks, the churches are the representation to God to them and when those fail, they walk.
I am not going to put myself above anyone else here, I spent years in the UU, that is enough to know I can be deceived without the help of the Holy Spirit. One enters a danger zone where they take everything for granted and don't test or even examine themselves to see if they are in the faith.
Matt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell
Why are these warnings in the Bible? They are for believers to read too.
One can see a network of ex-'fundamentalists" webwide as well as those who left other churches. If you take a tour of those websites, you do see untold evils done in the name of religion to many many people. The religious right is not bringing people to the place of compassion and love in many cases. The Bible warns about those who DO FALL AWAY...
Matt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
I always found these verses interesting, one has the FOWLS eating up the seeds, who are the FOWLS but the birds in the branches, the rotten false preachers? Then there is the "stony places" I would conclude that means the people who have grown hard-hearted and falling away, and with the sun and thorns, this may take more study, but I would conclude sunshine would mean those who are enticed by the bright and shiny things of this world and lured away and thorns would be the hardships and facing evils in this life. When I read this article I noted something here.... It's hard, because I find myself saying to people constantly, after presenting the gospel to them, and quoting Bible verses, read what Jesus Christ preached, wipe away the nonsense before your eyes via the Babylonian church system.
The ex-IFB blogger wrote this article: "I am happier without God" Something struck me here when he wrote this:
This is one thing I see happening in some of the churches, and I kind of have hinted around this subject with the Duggars quite a bit, all the fake stuff isn't going to fool God. There are too many invested in the churches in telling people to how can I say this.."put on an act." Obviously this man felt the sheer brunt of that. This is what you get when cultural and culture wars Christianity takes over biblical Christianity where everything is about looking "perfect" and fitting what the world sees as the "Christian stereotype". I also found the stuff strange about where he seems to have felt FORCED to love Jesus, unless that is happening naturally and spontaneous, one is in trouble already. If you do not see Jesus as a source of comfort in your infirmities and trials, then something is already missing."I am happier without God because my wife and children can be themselves around me and I can be myself around them. We no longer have to pretend we are right with God or that we love Jesus every moment of every hour of every day"
As for the "pretending" part, I always say something about God to the closest ones around me, and I say, "You can't fool God!" This means if you have negative emotions or anger, or the rest, and try to put on false face, and are more invested in appearing to be the "perfect Christian" then that is a place where trouble starts. Sadly the churches lead people to this place, where the appearances, the rules, the Christian "sub-culture" hold total sway. This is a contest I have no interest in, I want God to be happy with me of course, but I know already I do not fit into that world. One subtext I have read in his words is the ones of illness and hardship. I have faced things in this life, I do not want to go into detail here, but those thorns really can hurt. That much is true. Is that what led to his falling away"?
The Christian faith is supposed to be about one's love of and with God, and invested totally in that, not in systems, not in appearances, not falling into the trap of self-righteousness and "putting on a show".
Ephesians 3:15 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Oh one thing I kept thinking of reading his articles, and I was an "athiest" well technically freethought agnostic during a portion of my UU years, I kept thinking, what does being an atheist offer but a whole lot of nothing? How could you be an IFB preacher for years and learn about Bible prophecy and truth of the Bible, and see it for yourself and then chuck it all away? But people do...
Doing this blog, I've had the truth of God's Word proven to me so many times, I can't even conceive how someone could go that route, but this is what is happening in these churches out there. I've definitely even have had my own horrified thoughts, thinking "christiandom" [well the harlots we see before us] is such a horror show" but there the Word stands up and one's relationship with God. I really fear so many can't see outside the church system in having that define everything for them. That said, always examine yourself if you are in the faith as instructed by God's Word. When these things happen to people I find it tragic.
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.