And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence,shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
We all have heard this ‘shake the dust off your feet’ and keep it moving phrase before..in the church.
What I want to point out is that in Mark 6, the disciples went about preaching the Kingdom of God…from ‘house’ to ‘house.’ In the midst of this, there was a lot of healing going on. Miracles. Signs and wonders.
Take note that most of these miracles, healings, and deliverances were going on OUTSIDE of the temple.
Jesus had already admitted that because of their UNBELIEF, He couldn’t do ANY mighty works.
Do you see that?
Today, the ‘church’ is crying out for signs, miracles and wonders, yet THE REAL JESUS OF NAZARETH is NOT in the building!
Some get upset and state the above scripture is some type of curse. I will say that it is more of a command. It came STRAIGHT FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD, by way of Jesus Christ. So WHATEVER HE SAYS, THAT I WILL DO!
Many do not embrace THIS particular teaching of Christ Jesus because they have a false perception of love. They think that by leaving the church and not looking back, that that constitutes ‘putting a curse’ on a congregation.
Nothing could be MORE LAUGHABLE!
The Word of God says a curse causeless shall not stand (Proverbs 26:2). That means no one can curse you unless you are in DISOBEDIENCE or NOT RELATIONSHIP with God. If you are TRULY BORN AGAIN, you have been redeemed from the curse (of the law).
In other words, the only way a curse can work on you is if you are not saved!!! Or in rebellion.
Let’s clear up some things: first, God DOES send prophets to a group of people. Second, if that group of people refuses to take heed to the voice of GOD and be obedient, then JESUS HIMSELF commands those WHO ARE SENT to SHAKE THE DUST OFF YOUR FEET AND KEEP IT MOVING!!!!!
Trust me: you do NOT want to disobey God when He calls you to come out of a church system! You will be cursed right along with those people! Guilt by association…
Take another look at the story of Sodom and Gomorrah: all of Lot’s family got out of harm’s way when judgment came…all EXCEPT Lot’s wife! And it wasn’t even because she stayed behind when God said go. It was because she MERELY LOOKED BACK at that which God told her to RELEASE!!!!!!
God has been dealing with a LOT of you to come out of these churches, yet you stay because you think that your presence would make a difference. Your prayers are just oh-so-powerful that now YOU-PROPHET ALMIGHTY, APOSTLE ALMIGHTY, EVANGELIST ALMIGHTY-you think YOU are going to change the church.
NO….YOU ARE NOT!
Just like God warned Lot and his people to get out of Dodge so they wouldn’t suffer judgment with Sodom and Gomorrah, so DO YOU have to TOTALLY and COMPLETELY remove yourself-mind, body, soul, and spirit-from these churches. If you have been instructed by God to GO, GGGOOOOO!!!!!!!!
Judgment was already in the works for S & G….nothing that Lot, his people, Abraham-the Father of ALL nations-or HIS people could do to change God’s mind.
The intercession that Abraham brought before God did NOT work for the people of S & G! It only had enough ‘prayer power’ to save Abraham and his people!!!!!
I have mistakenly thought God was placing upon me a ‘burden’ for the lost in the church, so that’s why I should stay, fast and pray.
And the longer I stayed, the more harm I brought upon myself and my house! God had to literally use TWO hurricanes to get me out of a false church!!!
Hurricanes Katrina AND Gustav!
That’s right…it’s only the mercies of GOD that we were NOT consumed!
And here I thought I was doing God’s service!
After Gustav…I was OUT OF THERE!
God led me to Jeremiah 15 yesterday during devotion. I encourage you to go it, read it and study it. It is a VERY sobering message…for a VERY sobering time!
In Come Out of Her, God’s People by Pam Sheppard, we are offered hope in the midst of transition as well as given reasons why to leave the organized church system.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of ‘Shake the Dust From Your Feet’ where Pam discusses her exodus from the church!