Reflections of an Exiled Believer

I have for the last five years felt distanced from “the church” and many who propose to be a part of the conventional church. For years my journey has led me to houses of worship and to church leaders who seemed to have an aversion to either living holy or embracing me (a female) with any level of respect. This lack for love and nurturing is a trend that has infiltrated many congregations. The faithful are being shunned, ostracized and called witches to make room for worship styles that do not always exalt the Father. We know that in the last days we’ll face perilous times (2 Tim 3:1) but also we’ll encounter a falling away (2 Thess 2:3). While “the church” would like to believe this excludes them, this event is not isolated to the unbelieving sinner we’re often so quick to condemn. Sadly, it’s already commenced. The house church movement has grown not because people are not willing to submit to leadership, but because they have submitted to them and were wounded. They’ve found perverse leadership who routinely operate in unGodly fashion and evict themselves from accountability. They operate the church as if it were a corporation and under the guise of preaching the gospel, souls are lost. More emphasis has been given to protocol, traditions, sexism, racism, personal agendas and money which seems to be the ultimate god. Many of the exiled have been either invited to vacate fellowships or felt compelled to do so due to alienation or other form of intimidation. Regularly, the exiled are accused of “operating in witchcraft”.

Where is the compassion?

Where is the love that Christ commanded the church to have in abundance?

For most this scenario seems like a dismal end for the exiled. However God has raised a standard. Through this torturous process for rejected believers, a new body within the body of Christ has now emerged. I call them Exiled Believers. The exiled fall into a unique category. They are willing to take a second look at the word of God in order to reclaim the principles upon which the early church was founded. They are willing to expose their own individual shortcomings so that corrective action can take place corporately. They’ve examined their own walk with the Father to facilitate re-alignment with God’s word. Love, peace, accountability and holy living are the true desires of the exiled. They’re weary of the chaotic circus that we call “church” today. They yearn for leaders that thirst for holiness more than their next breath. They are willing to stay true to God in every way possible so as not to be deceived by manipulative tactics in order to be viewed as “good” parishioners.

Ministries that measure a congregant’s growth in God by obedience to self serving agendas are in danger of igniting God’s wrath because they are contributing to the destruction of souls. Under the facade of doing the “Lord’s work”, they’ve partnered with the adversary. God didn’t call parishioners to join churches with the intent of climbing the leadership hierarchy through abundant giving. He doesn’t want us to collect titles that seemed to be dangled in front of church goers like carrots before horses. This competitive crab mentality gives power to a system that annihilates the church Christ founded because ultimately, leaders are left to determine who is worthy of these titles. This worship of titles to feel significant in the body is driving immature believers to desperate acts. Godly order needs to be re-established and titles do not measure spiritual depth or importance! It should be an outward manifestation of a life of holy servitude. Paul writes in Colossians 3 to not be tricked by rewards that cater to fleshly desires (Col 2:18).

God loves us too much to leave us with a misapprehension of worship that could be manipulated by men.

Those who are exiled feel honored to be in the company of those who have learned to pray, fast and weather spiritual storms. In understanding this, they know the freedom of living in Christ (John 8:36). In being free, they are not impressed, swayed, misguided or influenced by the promise of titles. Nor do they believe anyone has arrived because of large donations. Even the operations of prophetic gifts doesn’t mislead them because they know devils can prophecy (Acts 16:16) out of divination. They know the power of repentance because it initiates a portal of emotional healing. This allows the exiled to pursue His will to offer the unsaved hope that any life obstacle can be overcome.

The exiled are not witchcraft laden deceivers who desire to overthrow leaders and take over churches.

I John 4:18 reveals God is the first love of mankind. Those who live in exile have fallen recklessly in love with Him. There is nothing more rewarding, than living a life in Christ that leaves us open to HIS will. He is a lover of the soul and a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). I myself am proud to be associated with the exiled. Daily I seek pure worship coupled with humble servitude. In immaturity, it could be easy to shun such an existence by believing the exiled are hell bound. However, those that are exiled for being righteous, holy, without blemish and striving daily to please the Father, they know it’s an honor. In a world where laws change daily to pacify ungodly living, the exiled know the church age is fast expiring. They want to reach more souls while listening to the heart of the Father because time is truly growing short. They are obsessed about leading the lost to healthy  ministries, churches, resources and people who are not impressed with earthly authority but walk in HIS power. The exiled know that there is no perfect church but are men and women of God who demand a life of holiness from the usher who unlocks the church door to those that pastor pastors.

The exiled simply choose to have a deep burning passion for souls!

This is not a call for believers to abandon the church in its traditional sense. God forbid! Even though flawed, the broken church system has positive attributes. However, it is a call for compassion for those who have been unjustly evicted from the body. It is a call to be self reflective or repentant, not judgmental. It is a clarion call for us to cry out to God for holy leaders that are lead by the Holy Ghost and not by feelings, offerings or strategy to grow congregations. It is a call to have the holy boldness to expose evil or remove our membership from ministries that entertain it. It is a call to fast even more and pray without ceasing to hear God’s heart beat in these challenging times. It’s a call to return to our first love with a ferocity that would make the unsaved jealous of how often we’re being outwardly blessed.

Let us all embrace the exile spirit by drawing closer and discovering a spiritual sanctuary in selling out to Christ. Let’s endeavor to show love to those that have been thrust from the body to be a catalyst of loving support. Let’s decide to stop contributing to blood bought believers being forced into spiritual exile; rather, let’s place a demand on leaders live as Christ commands us all to live; in  service to others..

Be encouraged and blessed, child of the most high God!

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Author: The Healing Place Ministries

Denise J. Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York & holds a doctorate in biblical studies. More of her work can be found on her blog http://www.thebrokenvessel.wordpress.com​ Her first book, The Healing Of A Broken Vessel was released in 2009. Her second offering, Chambers of the Believing Heart was released in June 2012. Her objective is to inspire the modern day believer to seek an authentic, passionate relationship with the Lord.​ Both books can be found on Amazon. ​ Denise has over twenty years of ministry experience. Her past outreach efforts included ministering to nursing home residents and tutoring young women in reading. She currently hosts Healing workshops in the Jacksonville area to empower women to be Kingdom builders in the body of Christ. In addition, she is a photojournalist who contributes weekly to The Florida Star newspaper, a voice over artist and on occasion hosts the radio show IMPACT sponsored by The Florida Star newspaper on WCGL 94.7 FM a gospel station in the greater Jacksonville, FL area. Denise is fully persuaded that believers can be viable catalysts to expose the world to God’s unconditional love, healing power and authority for such a time as this!

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