You have all had the wool pulled over your eyes and are blind to what is really going on. "The church", is a halfway house, a place for prisoners to go to learn the way of life in the kingdom upon their release, but it was never God's intention for anyone to remain halfway, sitting on the fence with one foot in the kingdom and one in the world. It has become the great apostasy, in all it's denominations (hair splitting), for it has become full of those who desire positions of authority over others and false teachers who preach the "prosperity gospel", not realizing they are promoting covetousness (desire for worldly riches) in the heart of their flocks, and legal eagles binding up souls in the letter of the law.

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in." - Matthew 23:13

Many are leaving "the church", not because they've lost faith, but because they're tired of going around in circles and with good reason, for when Jesus returned to Nazareth He could do no mighty work there except a few healings and going around in a circuit teaching because of the lack of true belief and faith in others, and you wonder why, in the religious, legal institution of "the church", there is no true power and yet because of a few healings and going around in circles teaching, it thinks it is the absolute authority and Pastors cry wolf at all those who stand up in truth, saying "you must come under my authority!" God does not make anyone an authority "over subjects", but "on the subject" and the true church is in the minds and hearts of all those who truly believe, with all their heart and soul and walk in the truth, the way and the life, the true way of eternal life in Christ. For His kingdom is not governed and ruled by a religious, empirical hierarchy, but by the power and glory of His absolute love, that governs and dictates our every thought, word and deed.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

Look at these TV evangalists, who people idolize like movie stars and many pastors want to be like them. The man of sin is not any one man, it is any man or woman who is governed and ruled by the sinful nature of the survival instinct of the flesh and it's deceptive ways. The falling away is not in people leaving "the church", but in those who have fallen away from the sacrificial life, seeking worldly wealth and luxury, for the comfort of their flesh and pulling the wool over the eyes of everyone else, to justify themselves and many sit like kings over the congregation, exalting themselves as the authority of God and seeking to expand their own empire and authority, and gathering tithes like taxes, and do not realize that they are in opposition to the word of the lord himself, being deceived by the desires of their own sinful nature, that comes from the survival instinct and desires for the comfort of their flesh and the pride of knowledge and prestige of position. God is about to tear down the walls and bring it all back to it's foundation, it's grass roots and will deal harshly with all those who exalt themselves above others.

and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. - Mark 4:19

Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.' But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves." - Luke 22:24-27

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. - 1 Peter 5:1-4

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. - 1 Timothy 1:5-7
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