By Jim Paris

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plaques." Rev. 18:4

 The title of this article, which is an excerpt from Revelation 18:4, is a call that I personally believe is going forth at this time, at least to an effective degree. Based on Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34, in light of the past forty years, I believe God has said that enough is enough. No more will the so-called pastors, who are not pastors at all, keep God's "sheep" in spiritual and emotional bondage, feeding themselves, clothing themselves and living the "good life" all at the expense of those called of God.

They have built shrines to themselves and sat on the throne of JESUS CHRIST. They have unlawfully usurped the rightful position of the HOLY GHOST. They robbed God's people of the ability to hear the SPIRIT of ALMIGHTY GOD. They have labored in vain because the Lord did not build the house. Now, their works are beginning to crumble, from the least to the greatest.

You, who are familiar with these cults of the past dispensation, know that several of the leaders have passed on. But, there are several others jockeying for position in these vacated high places. They are seeking the prestige, wealth and power of which it consisted.

Around thirty years ago when these organizations began splitting, each faction said they were the "body of Christ" and all the others were "Babylon." Then when you asked one of the other factions, THEY were the "body of Christ" and all the others were Babylon. They have been in total derision and confusion the biggest part of this past dispensation. As most of you already know, God is NOT the author of CONFUSION.

Their three major weapons of rule were FEAR, GUILT and CONDEMNATION. They totally forsook God's LAW of LOVE and substituted their own demonic rules and traditions. (Read Mark 7:6-13). They totally obliterated the image of God and His Son. God, in our eyes, was the instrument of punishment for those who dared question or disobey their burdensome, ungodly commandments.

Their pattern of recruitment was common among all. First there was spiritual and emotional SEDUCTION, then MANIPULATION, then INTIMIDATION, and finally, DOMINATION. (Read Song of Solomon 5:7) You, or I, were not allowed the liberty to even have an opinion unless we first asked them what it was. We had very heavy burdens of legalistic rules laid on us and were told that if we disobeyed them, "God was going to get us."

These "shepherds" were well versed in scriptures taken out of context to use as their scepter, e.g., Eccl.10:4; Rom.13:1-7; Heb.13:7&17, I Pet.2:13,14, etc. They demanded instant and complete obedience, without question. They took from and added to the Word of God to further their own carnal, demonic desires.

If you have been involved in such a cult, and that is exactly what it is, you know that the list could go on and on, but I won't. Some of the things are so absurd that they are almost unbelievable unless you, yourself, have experienced them.

I feel, what I believe is an UNCTION from the Holy Ghost, to return to the pure Word of God and allow the Holy Ghost to interpret it for us. God is raising up Pastors of the same mind who not only are willing, but strongly desire that the Church again be ruled by the Spirit of God and His Commandment of LOVE. As we are led by God through this transition, we will experience a lot of mixed emotions. We will gradually be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom.12:2). Considering that we have become "institutionalized" by the demonic manipulators of the past, this transition will come about, "not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." (Zech.4:6).

Many of us hated the conditions, but our fear of leaving was much greater than our hate for the system. But, we read in I John 4:18, "There is no fear in Love, but PERFECT LOVE casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect (complete) in LOVE."

We who are coming out of that system are going to have to abide in brotherly love and the AGAPE LOVE of GOD. We are going to have to allow other "sheep" into the fold who have different viewpoints. (Read Rom.14) In other words, we are going to have to go back to the unadulterated Word and Spirit of God and let Him lead us. We are going to have to realize WHO we are in the eyes of a God who IS LOVE. "Til we all come in the UNITY of the FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE of the SON of GOD, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of CHRIST. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the SLEIGHT of men and CUNNING CRAFTINESS, whereby they lie in wait to DECEIVE. But speaking the TRUTH in LOVE, may grow up into HIM in all things, which is the HEAD, even CHRIST." (Eph.4:13-15).

God, Himself, has said in Isaiah 45:2,3, "I will go before thee and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass and cut asunder the bars of iron, and I will give thee the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of (Spiritual, also) Israel."

"Beloved, I wish above all things that ye PROSPER and be in HEALTH, even as your SOUL PROSPERETH." (III John 2.)