The Last Exodus

2016-08-28T00:20:39+00:00 By |Blog, Ekklesia, Fellowship & Church|
Many people are beginning to see the truth. They are beginning to see that there is a called-out remnant of people – a “Church in the Wilderness” that God is separating and calling out of Organized Religion.

And this is not a mere reaction to being hurt, or rejected, or just being rebellious. It is actually the fulfillment of a prophetic sequence of events that has already been established in the Scriptures and in the history of the nation of Israel. It is the final calling out of a remnant of Overcomers who will bear the Testimony of Jesus and stand for the preeminence of Christ in all things as we prepare for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and for the inevitable judgment upon those who claim to represent Him, but do not.

These Overcomers have been called by God to forsake “Churchianity” – not to forsake the joining and assembling of the members of Christ’s Body, but to forsake the hypocrisy of the religious spirits that masquerade as the Holy Spirit. They are not forsaking the people of God, they are forsaking the counterfeit, hypocritical worship of God that Jesus Himself condemned as “vain worship” – it does not meet the Lord’s Need or satisfy God’s heart. They have rejected a religious system that is led by blind leaders of the blind. They are simply following the command of Jesus to “leave them alone” (Mt. 15:14).

Other men and women of God have seen these things in the past, but many would not speak of them openly and freely. They would only go so far and in many cases they were still very much a part of the religious system, still trying to reform it or calling it to repent. Someone like A. W. Tozer, who was a prophetic voice to his generation, yet still operated as a pastor within the religious system. That may have been acceptable in that generation, and in that season.

But we are in a different season now. The spirit of Religion is worse, darker, and more deceptive than ever. The days when you could be a part of that system and try to speak against it are over. Many men and women of God saw the truth about Churchianity but still tried to maintain fellowship, ties, or rapport with it in hopes of changing it. Often they preached the preeminence of Christ, but they did not make it clear what that leads to: a repudiation of everything that does not give Christ the preeminence, and in particular, those things that are said and done in the Name of Jesus but have nothing to do with Jesus. Perhaps that was acceptable in their generation, and maybe it was permissible to let people fill in the blanks and come to their own conclusions.

But this generation is different. What could be left unsaid in times past now needs to be made crystal clear. If you follow this revelation of Christ to its ultimate conclusion, and if you truly desire to give Him preeminence in all things, then you will eventually find that you have nothing in common with the religious system that man has created in His Name.

The Cloud has moved on, and if we want to live, we had better follow the Cloud. You cannot have one foot in and one foot out. You cannot go back to Egypt or get comfortable in Babylon. You cannot stop and camp out with the latest truth, when God has called you to live outside the camp. He is always leading us on.

Thank God for the men and women of times gone by who were obedient to the truth and spoke as much or as little as God would have them say. But we are now witnessing something that we have not witnessed in previous generations. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to us today? How is God leading us now? What is the present truth for our generation? And are we willing to follow the truth all the way to its unavoidable conclusion, no matter what it costs us in terms of reputation, comfort, acceptance, position, or fellowship with Churchianity?

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55 Comments

  1. Wilma Korthuis June 2, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for sending the daily devotional. What you wrote in this email has resonated with me for some time now. I love God’s people whether inside or outside some particular building or group and I find more and more that many are seeing the importance of being in Christ rather than in a denomination. God is moving by His Spirit.

  2. Susan Lavoie June 2, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Reading this post brought back something I heard the Spirit of God say to me a while back. “Follow the Cloud – not the crowd”.

    Whenever I’ve heard a prophetic word from the Lord, it brands a mark upon my heart that never departs. However, when that word is challenged, and the lure to join the crowd comes to try that word … God is faithful to speak through the words of another who has heard the same voice.
    Thank you for sharing this today.

    • Carla February 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      So well said Susan.

  3. Stephen June 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Amen ! But what is one to do when they cannot find fellowship with others outside organized religion. Are they to go it alone? This is an extremely difficult journey to make, that is, alone. I have been in the wilderness since 1987 when I left the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination (A.W. Tozer’s denomination). My wife passed away at a young age (54) and I have been alone even more so than others. Every time I try returning to an organized church the Lord seems to slam doors in my face making his intention for me obvious, to say the least. There are time I feel guilty that I am “going it alone” but I eventually overcome this guilt trip. I miss my preaching and teaching ministries I had in the local church. Now I have no audience in which to equip for what lies ahead. At the age of 64 I am praying that I do not have to go it alone for much longer. I miss my soul mate and hang tight to my spirit mate-Jesus. I wish I could find likeminded saints where I live (Mt Joy PA). Thank Chip for your encourangement.
    Stephen

    • dawn February 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      I also am having a very hard time finding something. I have been saved since I am ten years old and am now 72. Church was a very important part of my life, now not so much. I cannot find a good church. There aren’t any. I miss the fellowship, the good messages from a pastor. I stay home and I know I am saved, but it is a lonely life. My spouse also passed at a young age God is good, and i understand about having to hang on much longer. I am glad I am not alone

  4. Kathy June 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Amen Chip, Amen. Did you see that the Evangelical Lutheran Church just hired their first openly gay Bishop. Totally deceived.

  5. Melissa Askew June 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    This does disturb me though because there are many great churches out there. And “church” is not the problem. People make up the church, and people are flawed. Every church that I have been a part of has taught about “Christ”ianity, not “church”ianity. My pastor uses these terms all the time. Currently I am attending a Baptist Church, but I never use the term denomination b/c that really is meaningless. It all depends on what is being taught in the church building. If it is not teaching sound Biblical doctrine regarding Christ then I have a problem with that particular church. But it worries me when we use the term “church” so broadly and make generalizations about church that actually are keeping people away from true fellowship with other believers, which is necessary in our spiritual growth, and also keeping people away from the necessary teaching and learning to become Christians with spiritual depth to actively be used productively for Christ. There are many excellent churches out there and there are some not so great churches out there, but it’s the “people” that make up those churches, and it’s the “people” who need to change, not necessarily the “church” concept. People leaving the churches isn’t necessarily the way to solve anything. People need to become spiritually discerning and learn truth and then need to stay in those churches to make the bold changes that may need to occur. If you just leave, then you give up the opportunity to transform the idea of church and make the church what God intended for the church..

    • Ken June 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      It’s foretold… Written in the scriptures… Re-read the article

    • Tom Schultz June 3, 2013 at 2:11 am - Reply

      Melissa, I agree with you. It seems too easy to condemn all ‘organized religion’ and come across as superior to folks like Tozer who worked within the system. There are folks who are following Jesus in most of those churches…perhaps not exactly the same flavor…probably with many flaws…but it seems the break-away folks either start new groups (far be it from me to call them churches) or else drift away into new errors of their own.

    • Chuck Selander August 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Chip, I am becoming concerned about your teaching about “coming out”. I want to know where in the New Testament is there clear unmistakable teaching about coming out? I agree with Melissa–there are indeed many churches–kingdom churches that support missions overseas, ministering in cultures different than our own here in the US and are serious about discipleship–cooperating with the Holy Spirit to make people holy. Sure, there are false people in churches but I feel it is dangerous teaching to encourage people to come out without specific New Testament teaching. People are people–who will be the leaders? What witness will these “come out” people have in there communities? Seems to me that there will be more questions by the unbelieving communities–wondering about the increased disunity. Jesus said He is revealed by our unity!!
      But the bottom line is–where is there clear teaching by the inspuritation of the Holy Spirit in the NT that this is what true believers are to do?

      Chip, the OT is a history of our faith–but Christ had fulfilled the law. I feel it is dangerous to call people out of Churches based on OT teaching. Our teaching is found in 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17. We, true believers, do not break up the temple/church. Enough of that had been done already.
      Looking forward to your response.

      • Chip Brogden August 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

        Chuck. I have been teaching these things for years. I have answered these questions numerous times, in my books, and in detailed webinars over the past several weeks in particular. I have invited everyone to attend these teachings and get the whole story. Have you done so?

        • Chuck Selander August 28, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

          Yes my wife and I have. I would like to know where this teaching is confirmed in the NT. I know you have been teaching this for years and I am just becoming more concerned. I have followed your daily devotional a for years and have been blessed.

          • Chip Brogden August 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

            If you listened to the teachings then you would know I’m not relying on OT only. Please email me so I can send you the replay links.

  6. Kay Tee June 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    For those that think there are a lot of “good” churches out there, ask yourself what is a “good” church. Sitting in a comfortable building getting “sound teaching”? Going around handing out tracts and trying to convince people to “make a confession” or praying a prayer to punch their ticket to heaven? Most sinners think the church is irrelevant because it is. Even “sinners” have soup kitchens and shelters for the homeless. Ask the kids what they think about your “good” church. If they’re not bored they likely feel Christianity has no relevance to life on earth. If that wasn’t the case why do churches have to come up with “alternative” activities that are cleaned up versions of activities the unsaved practice. Why do we need programs to keep the teens interested?

    There may be a lot of “good” religious institutions but a “good” church will produce hope in the lost and oppressed and strike fear and anger in the hearts of those that love unrighteousness and those who prefer to stick to “forms of godliness” that has no power to actually transform a life or deliver from anything that sin produced in someone’s life.

  7. sdm June 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    The problem is that there is only so much “truth” that the modern ”church” will tolerate. I am talking about the most staunch supporters of so-called “Sola Scriputra”in the USA as well. How many “churches” do you know of that follow the instructions on 1 Cor:12-14 on worship. There is no precedent for a sermon from one man every Sunday, no proof that the Lord’s Day is the same as the Sabbath, no proof that we should tithe to the local “church”(tithes were mostly food in the OT and NEVER money). Bring these concepts up in your Reformed or “conservative” ( what ever that means because it changes all the time like in politics) and I promise you will be shown the door. As long as you sit quitely in the pew, pay your tithe, don’t question anything your told (unlike the Bereans) then yes you will be accepted by the modern-day priests who call themselves pastors. I have been in the most solid, hardcore, Bible-believing “churches” and I promise you there is no flexiblity on these issues. The only alternative like the article says is to get out. I think that being in it only harms you and you don’t need a pastor/king to rule over as a dictator (even if you say he is benevolent). People in the church are not biblically literate, don’t read their bibles, and for the most part believe everything their told by whoever they are around. Most never even check if their pastor is following the creeds that they are sworn to uphold. I have seen it in two Presbyterian churches and it is wide-spread.

    • Michelle April 2, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

      The tithe has been a sticking point for years. When folks set up a “system” and intend to profit from that “system”, then they will do just that–profit. The mega-pastor syndrome was built on the back of this manipulation of the law. And we know that if we attempt to keep the law, we have to keep the WHOLE law. Jesus specifically said that we are under grace. Be free. Give as the Lord directs to the needs of the saints and don’t be entangled with that yoke of bondage called the tithe!

  8. Catrise Paige June 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Amen, Chip. Church is a man-made concept anyway, along with all its systems and agendas and procedures and schedules.. God established His Ekklesia, it was Constantine who established church, based on a pagan false goddess and system of worship (“circe/cirice”). If the foundations of a thing is wrong, then the entire building of that thi ng is wrong and must be dismantled. Th ank God He is rescuing more and more of us to come out of global babylon’s harlo t and drawing us together in Him outside of her infellowships and gatherings online and offline!

    • John Paul Christopher June 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Amen, Chip!
      John Paul Christopher
      And…
      ____Camelot Lost____
      It saddens me beyond tears to know
      That within the space of only a few decades
      This once great nation of ours
      Will be no more

      Not because it lost its greatness
      Or its potential for greatness
      But because it refused to water the spiritual roots
      That established it as a Christian nation
      Or to listen and act upon
      The messages sent to it by God’s prophets

      John Paul Christopher
      1983

  9. patricia June 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    The churches to day are simply man made.
    God is calling his remnant to himself away from organised religions. If his sheep are still there he will bring them out.
    Its all about a simple one on one relationship with Jesus right now.
    Its so true! The most important thing is Christ not a denominations.

  10. Clif June 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    In 2008 when searching for the ‘real’ God. He showed me via the medium at hand, youtube, the penti/char branch and the manifestations thereof and said these are not of Him, the operative, discerning ‘word’ drilledinto me was HOLY..what was going on then and now is not HOLY.( its also not biblical, often quite the opposite) I have been to some prosperity/ word of Faith Churches and same applys, in their case, much twisting of scripture for ‘ merchandising’, auctioning Christ for the highest bid.
    It came to me this morning, if the manifestations are not of God…then the Spirit behind the manifestation is not also…and oh God does that open up a giant can of worms.
    The One World Church of Revelations does not just magicaly appear, it is here and growing and is frightening in its power and influence , imagine the ‘spirit’ behind such control.
    I grieve for those ‘in’ the deception but it appears they like it, I have argued, to no avail, its a system and it is swallowing up the Children of God to Hell.
    2000 years of Prophets and not one set up a Church on the NT model but on ”God said” imitation Jewish Temple model, that is Rome, whose very form denys that Christ came in the flesh, it is the form of ‘religion’ without the substance of the life indwelling.
    The wide road and narrow path, I no longer see as world and church, but Churchanity and those that follow Jesus alone.

  11. kibby June 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Doesn’t John l7:21-23 state God’s heart on His Body –

  12. Ian Williams June 3, 2013 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Aa-meen.

  13. David June 3, 2013 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Hi Chip, a breath of fresh air, still so many as you have said, are trying to convert the unconvertable. I have so many time on forums, said to them that if you asked Jesus who where the hardest people to convert, He would tell you christians. Jesus has called His bride into the wilderness where He is feeding Her, for He alone has the bread of life.

    In all His love

    • Mariek Wols June 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      You have put this very plain and with clarity

  14. Der June 3, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    This is simply the voice of the Wholly Ghost for those who humble themselves and wants to save their life from the current unidentifiable, mixed and earthly/worldy messages being said in the house of God. Chip your reward is from heaven don’t be fade up and discouraged what ever costs you are paying for this truth.

  15. Jim Puntney June 3, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    We are hearing reports from the spies that are being sent out to explore this “new Canaan” as they return the report is one of exceeding joy, and one filled with fresh and new understanding. This “new Canaan” is Jesus Christ, He is outside the “camp” of mans religion. The reports are to be mixed with faith, not in those making the reports, but in the One that is Faithful and True.

    • Lyn Sheri June 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      I really like how you’ve put it Jim. Jesus IS the Promised Land. The Promised Land that Abraham saw and desired, such that nothing distracted him from Him. Amen! What an exciting dispensation we live in! 🙂

  16. rick June 3, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Good word Chip. I have realized through revelation, that no matter how “Godly” or “Spirit Filled” a church is, inevitably, over time many focus more on the glory of the church or themselves than Christ, often without even realizing this. I am not judging any follower of our Lord because apart from Christ I am no better. It is a daily struggle with the flesh that only the power of God can change in all of us. As you often quote
    the truth of John 3:30, “I must decrease, HE must increase” is a truth all of us must live each minute of our lives.

  17. Jim Wickens June 3, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Don’t see seasons, dispensations, seasons, geography, races or ages. It is simply this. Is it Christ or not? He is the door and everything behind it. By entering Him we have left Egypt and the old creation and “all” that it is. That was the same 2000 years ago and it will be the same 2000 years from now because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Wither you are in or out of what ever assembly structure there is and where ever that place geographically meets is not the issue to me. The issue is, Have I seen Him and have I seen him as He is and as my very Life and existence? Until I have seen Him I will always be distracted by, other than and instead of Christ (or anti-christ).
    The question that will always answers where and when is
    Ephesians 2:13 B U T N O W I N C H R I S T J E S U S !
    That settles forever the when and where. We all know the principle of the counterfeit dollar bill. To teach people how to spot that counterfeit we teach and show them the authentic. That is why I preach the present reality of Christ. I am also looking for Him no matter what the structure, formality or geographic location is and I often see Him no mater what the facility looks like or denominational name is on the door. It is His Body.
    I have noticed that many are more focused on what they don’t believe in rather than living Him as an Living epistle known and read by all men in each and every situation, religious or not. I don’t believe in this or that. We should not meet like this or that. They are doing it wrong, I am doing it (whatever that is) right. OH LORD JESUS!

    Gal 2:20
    Jim W.

  18. Lyn Sheri June 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Honestly, I am bubbling with excitement thanks to this post! I remember when I asked God a year ago (a few years into organized religion) who He considers His Church, I didn’t expect what He told me. He actually called what I thought was church a “harlot.” I scolded myself for thinking such a thing! 😀 A year down the line, Christ severed me from organized religion, and has been breaking down the Babylon that was within me. I am more free every day, I see and understand more every day, I transform every day, I overcome every day – and I NEVER miss the building church! Not even a little. Oh, how exciting is this time that Christ is building His own Church with His very hands? Promising never to let even a single one get lost, and writing His Truth [Himself] on their hearts… Oh what an exciting time this is!
    Thank you for your Spirit-directed posts, Chip and Karla 🙂

  19. Mom June 4, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Thanks to all for a truthfull article and good comments about religion. I pray for eyes to open up to false teaching and for awakening from the sleep they are lulled into by various systems!
    I am blessed to have been set free from all that but I am left with one big concern.
    Jesus telles us in His Word that it is good to gather together, break the bread and He Himself says to come in with His Father and have a meal with us…..when you leave a church community, you leave and will be left by your friends.
    The gathering with likeminded people in order to build each other up and restore each other …is so easily lost when only communing through medias like these.
    The gathering, praying and worshipping with one another is so upbuilding for little children and all of us….what is the alternative for that?
    The Spirit blows where it will and yes I can determine a brother or sister in Christ a mile away, but to belong somewhere, to be able to ask a neighbour to “come with us” to a church service is so nice. What will be the alternative for that??
    We have been out on the street twice now and at home for a year…it does not feel right. Sundays are a day of rest and worship. You do need others for that and particularly churches are a good place, not?
    May God bless you all with His wisdom and insight as you are seeking His will for your life.

  20. Mercedes June 4, 2013 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Hi Chip,
    ]I am writing from the UK where I sense what you speak of is also already a realityand the prophetic declaration you have made above is coming to pass already.

    You hit the nail on the head when you speak of times past when many within the system tried to reform it, change it, bring revival to it, but ultimately did not succeed fully because they still belonged to the system and having to compromise was unavoidable.

    I agree that God is bringing forth an army of his people who are prepared to be radical no matter what the cost and to denounce the state of The Church whilst standing outside of it, indeed having become an alien to it and an outcast to the church family, because of the nature of those things we declare.

    I have found your blogpost utterly encouraging and a light in the darkness or I should say dreariness of this wilderness I find myself in right now. I sense that for those who find themselves in this wilderness as I do, the wait is not long now. God is about to bring us all out of this wilderness in order to flood with His Truth the plains of compromise, hypocrisy, deception and a controlling, manipulating spirit.

    I am blessed to have found this site.

    Thank you.

    Mercedes

  21. Steve Brown June 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Chip – I am with Christ all the way. All on this post who understand are brothers and sisters in Christ. My wife and I left “church” about 10 years ago, however in the first few years we kept getting the feeling we should go back, which would of course simply entangle us into “church.” It has been a struggle of loss, until we started to dig deeper in to the Scriptures. We also purchased a 1535 Tydale/Coverdale Bible. In it is the amazing word “congregation,” rather than the word church. The actual Greek word is ekklesia, or literally translated, “called out ones.” I would ask your thoughts on that word alone. Your readers will thank you for yet more opening of our hearts to the true Word of God – Jesus Christ and His congregation, or called out ones. God’s many blessing on your life.

    • Chip Brogden June 15, 2013 at 7:21 am - Reply

      I devote an entire chapter on the etymology of the word ekklesia, and why Tyndale used it (and why King James ordered it not to be used) in The Irresistible Kingdom. Thanks for reading.

      • Carl Johnson August 30, 2016 at 1:02 am - Reply

        2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

        In other words, leaving the gather of the saints, the church, located in buildings worldwide, via means of being deceived by false teachings.

        I honestly feel this Chip Brogden teaching is such a one. It’s not sound doctrine or teaching. I myself have the same feelings and problem with organized religion today, but going this route is not of Christ.

        • Chip Brogden August 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          You say a teaching is “false” based on the sinking sand of your “honest feelings.” I do not offer feelings or opinions, but the solid rock of Scriptural truth to the spiritually discerning.

  22. Mario C. Alleckna June 17, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Thank you Chip. Jesus said that He chose us, we didn’t choose Him. As we read in Matthew where He judges, it is more important to be known by Him than to know Him. (If I ask to see the president because I know him from TV etc., I won’t get into the White House. Only if the president knows me.) I am humbled by the revelations He chooses to give. This Exodus you speak of is His work, initiated by Him. All we can do is respond to His call to, fully, enter the promised land. And, as Jim wrote, Jesus is the promised land. Instead of desiring God’s presence, church leaders teach that we should constantly ask for His presents. They view Him as the eternal vending machine where we throw in a quick prayer and out comes the blessing, when the true blessing is to be with Him, in His presence, in Him.

  23. M.r. July 10, 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Saved at home alone ib 1989. In and out of various churches and denominations. Accepted my disassociation this year. Confused. Thought God had rejected me until I realized it was only Him that I trust. I give it all to Him. He is God, if He wants me alone, alone I shall be.

    • Deirdre July 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      And alone we are at first, but then HE shows us, we are not alone. And HE is prepping HIS people for the last days work that HE has for us. Steady pace as you run the race! We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and our True Coach, so never let those feelings of loneliness get to you.
      Peace,
      Deirdre

  24. Larry July 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Chip,

    On October 15, 1978, my wife and I called on the Lord Jesus Christ to save us in a small “Independent” Baptist Church. From there we were immediately indoctrinated into “Baptist” doctrine and “went to work for Christ”. This included visitation, congregational song leading, etc. We were there each time the doors open. You see, we wanted to give our ALL to Christ. As a military member, we were then sent to Germany where I became a deacon, flock leader, Adult SS teacher, etc. In short, if there ever were “Good Christians”, we were it! We came back to the States and only searched for Independent Baptist Churches (as we had been taught that WE were the only “right” denomination). We also held strictly to the teaching that the KJV was the ONLY inspired Word of God. This went on until 2009 when I was acting as congregational song leader in our then current Church. I began having questions concerning some things in the church and began only attending Sunday morning services. The Pastor called me aside one day and told me that the people in the congregation did not believe I loved them. When I asked him why they felt that way, he replied “because you don’t come back to church on Sunday night”. That’s when the light came on as I realized they only cared for what I could do for them. I expressed myself to the Pastor and we ended up leaving the church. But just prior to leaving, the Pastor gave me a book and said something like “you may b interested in this”. The book he gave me was Grace Walk by Steve McVey. I began reading and my thirst for this new found view on “grace” became insatiable. I couldn’t get enough as Steve spoke of how he had been a Pastor and had left organized religion. I bought every book of his I could find. I then began seeking God for myself and realized that all those years of supposedly “serving’ Christ, I didn’t really have a RELATIONSHIP with Him. Later, in my quest to learn more, I began searching for others who believed as I did and that’s when I came upon your site! What a blessing!!! I began reading your writings (all Glory to God!) and the Holy Spirit began teaching me. I still felt a need to go to Church but the more I read and studied, I found had no need to be taught by a “Pastor”. I was being taught the way of Grace by the Spirit Himself and I began teaching my wife. I can still remember surprised response when I told her “Honey, guess what? We don’t have to tithe because it’s unscriptural!” Each morning, my wife and I would meet around the kitchen table and I would teach her as the Spirit taught me. I began to ask God for wisdom and understanding and He answered EVERY prayer request. The Bible took on new meaning. No longer was it a “chore” to read and study but now I looked forward to every opportunity to feed on the Word with the Holy Spirit confirming the scriptures within me. Our marriage began to “jell” as God in His grace began cementing our relationship and making us ONE. There is SO much more I could tell but thanks to you allowing God to use your writings, we have a relationship with one another that is supernatural and a relationship with Jesus that I never thought possible. I thank God for you and Karla for staying the course! We are now in North Carolina visiting and God has opened a “door of effectual” unto us to speak the truth regarding His grace to my childhood friend who is very receptive and excited! I have not gone back to organized religion as I now see it for what it really is. It’s a religious monster that’s enslaving millions and the sad part is, they have no idea of the deception they are caught up in. Funny part is, many of them KNOW something is not right about that system but just can’t put a finger on what it is. Tradition in many cases is what keeps them there (especially in the African American churches). Anyway, through your enlightening teachings and the Holy Spirit’s confirmation of same, our lives are exciting and joyful each new day. He IS the vine that provides life (and consequently LIGHT) to the branches. My only desire in life now is His increase and my decrease. I am a disciple of my Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks so much Chip, I am your Brother!

    • Chip Brogden July 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      A powerful testimony, Larry! Thank you for sharing it.

  25. Fabien July 12, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Hello Chip
    I’m french, so excuse me for my english!

    I read the articles in your blog, and I wanted to thank you for your shares. They truly reflect the present work of Christ in His Church.

    In France, the same reform occurs. The institutional church is beginning to be shaken …Myself with my wife have left our old community 3 year ago by obedience to the Holy Spirit who revealed us the religiosity spirit in us and in the institutional church.

    And we are discovering the reality “to be” simply the Church and not “to try to do” the Church. We live it with other brothers and sisters in Christ, and it’s a real joy to see Jesus build His church in our relationships without the structure of the institutional church.

    And is it possible to published this post in my blog ? i will like to translate your post in french for the readers of my blog. Thanks to say me if you are ok !

    My best regards in Christ
    Fabien

    • Chip Brogden July 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you Fabien. Feel free to share this with the brothers and sisters in France.

  26. Paula Guthrie December 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I’ve experienced coming out of an abusive instution, and found a deeper walk in the Lord. After years of being out, the act of walking away from brothers & sisters in the system still erks me. If the church is family (and some there, are His) is there no compassion for the blind? I certainly don’t have all the answers, and I don’t see that the “system” will every be redeemed. I just know there are people there He loves. My family suffered in instutionalized church. I think of those stuck in the church machine like some think of the lost. There is a certain amount of brain washing that goes on in some of these places. I can be awful.
    Is there no place for believers to awaken those asleep, or extend a hand to those sinking? Are the walls of organized church like Jericho? If so, I don’t want to be afraid to take the land, Perhaps God will pull out the living stones Himself. These thoughts bounce around in my head. I respect all the statements of those who posted before me, and perhaps prayer is, all that can or should be done. Only Jesus can save, after all.

  27. Chip B. February 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I know that I have a hard time with traditional “churchianity”. I am a student of the Word and find so many pagan teachings in the churches, (eternal torment by a sadistic being who demands fairness from us but allows himself to torture forever those who live a short span of years on the Earth and other things I won’t mention in this comment), so much phony-ism, so much back slapping and outer showiness of friendliness, but no desire to really connect and get to know one another on a personal level, the absolute resistance to questioning long held, traditional views on sacred cow issues like tithing, the natural immortality of the human soul, the role of the pastor, etc. It is very discouraging. I have often thought that a small group setting, where people can actually interact and become friends in Christ would be a better alternative for me and my wife. We rarely go to “church”, preferring to be together and discussing the bible, praying and worshiping as we see fit.

  28. Laura Grace August 28, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Well put This really struck a chord with me. thank you Chip.

  29. Mtch August 28, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Well said Chip. Keep up the good and encouraging words.

  30. Dereje Ayele Shebeshe August 30, 2016 at 4:09 am - Reply

    This is not a simple truth and something that we can do it easily. It requires real revelation and wisdom. Our eyes should be opened to see what is happening in the “House of God”. I think their is no option without moving out of the religious atmosphere and ring the bell being in the wilderness with HIM. We have to cry out to recieve His grace.
    Chip, grace be with you.

    • Mitch August 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Dereje, what you said about what is going on in the “House of God” is so very true. We do need revelation from God in order to see this, and He is more than gracious to share is with people if they will just seek it.

      However we must keep in mind Eph.6:12; For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood (real people), but principalities and so forth.

      The word principality comes from a Greek word Arche (ar-kay) which basically means a ruling force or influence, which does manifest itself in people. These principalities are very strongly entrenched in many churches. We must be very careful not to attack the people, but try to pull down the stronghold instead . This is often times compounded by the simple fact that many people are satisfied with the “status quo” of church services and don’t want anything more or different.

      When you do find someone who has had enough of “churchanity” let them know that they are not alone, and they can survive “outside the camp”.

      Be encouraged by staying in His Presence.

  31. Dereje Ayele Shebeshe August 31, 2016 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Amen, thank you Bro for your encouraging words.
    “We must be very careful not to attack the people, but try to pull down the stronghold instead . This is often times compounded by the simple fact that many people are satisfied with the “status quo” of church services and don’t want anything more or different.
    When you do find someone who has had enough of “churchanity” let them know that they are not alone, and they can survive “outside the camp”.
    Yes we can survive outside the Camp. Oh Lord we love you so much. Grant us your grace.

  32. CL Mareydt September 13, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    ALWAYS love the truthful simply inspired thoughts you give us … am so glad I have found you AGAIN !

  33. Rick Rapson September 14, 2016 at 2:56 am - Reply

    I find it incredible that a certain denominations leaders profess that 70 plus percent of those who attend their services arent believers. Whats more shocking is they are all right with that reality without making changes. Why??

    How many more denominations arent that straight forward or honest. Can mixture grow up those who are born from above into the head/body? Is there to be a division not to mix with the people of the land? Can we reform the enemies of God in the land? Many questions to ponder to those who want to work within the corrupt system. Maybe if Israel would of followed that idea of mixing and working within the systems of Caanan they would of changed and converted the people of the land. Read the answers the Father has recorded is clear.

    Hear the call to come out of the whore and be not found in her.

    2Co 6:14-15/EBR v 14 Be not getting diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? v 15 And what concord hath Christ with Beliar? Or what part hath a believer with an unbeliever?

  34. Linda September 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I was preferring to stay home from the Baptist church I belong to more and more.
    Sometimes I didn’t feel so comfortable there. Sometimes it seemed alright. A couple times at least, I’d look over at someone and see a evil spirit in their faces and wonder is this real? Other tomes I’d look and see their faces looked normal again. But one guy who has since moved, would bring this one daughter of his, (he has two grown daughters) and I’d see some sort of evil in her eyes it was frightening. So I never bothered to look at her again when she was there.
    The pastor there is a man around late 30’s or 40’s and married with 2 boys. He seems to preach from the word of God, the Holy Bible but also has a sense of humor once in awhile then back to being serious.
    I started wanting to be home on Sundays and I really like it. I’d like to be able to explain why I want to now more than ever to my family but not sure how to go about it, will you give me good christian examples why it is better than going to a church service? I want to a real relationship with JESUS CHRIST and all the ways of going about it. I am glad I found this site and wish to convince my family to do the same but they are used to going to church every Sunday and meet their friends there and end up chatting awhile before leaving the church grounds.
    I’ve seen many church goers doing this so it’s normal to many church members. Sometimes, after church services, we have a lunch buffet and people will bring a dish of some kind.

  35. Alice September 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I know everyone will see this. Sorry. We are on the road and can’t get your webinar. Will we be able to get them later? This is month of Sept. Won’t go home until Oct. Thanks.
    We really are in the wilderness with low wi-fi. Poor Israelites!

  36. molly January 28, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Thank you dear Chip for your valuable teachigs that i always enrich and much more a confirmation tothe leadings of the Holy Spirit indeed . as to leaving church i came out from Catholic church though my husband still attends though he do not have much appreciation or faith about it but but just a routine way of going to satisfy him . By the grace of God he has no objection of my going and attending a near by church A Penticostaal church Assemblies of God though i attend because i love the worship service though at times becomes too emotional but teachings alays a confirmation to my mediation on the word through my personal prayer as from the begining i was touched in 1978 novemeber 5th . God directed me trough Isa 60;19,20
    Jermiaha31 ;34 that there is no need for any man to teach but God Himself teach so from that time God lead me and it led me to Your Spiritled teachings Thank you so much . also The first word i received after the encouncounter with God HE gave me the word I am the way the truth and Life / I am from India age 76 this year and my left eye has no vision but use the right eye for to spread the good news on where ever i can on internet siytes and i share your messages . God Blessyou and please pray for our family .theremay be mistakes as to my eye sight

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