Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
Select a thought to read by choosing a collection, the month, and then the day:
From conversations with those who have come out of Christianity
With hardly an exception, the first question asked by someone when they realize that God is calling His people out of Christianity is, “Where do we go?” It is a Christian question, inculcated into the fabric of their thinking by the devilish spirit of Christianity. That religion indoctrinates its members to believe that they must “go somewhere” and/or “do something for the Lord”.
When many of the children of God hear His voice to “Come out of her, My people”, they ask, “Where do we go?” My answer is this: If you have heard the Father’s voice and obeyed it, then you are there! You have arrived. Where else do we want to go but into the path of obedience?
If our father Abraham had refused to follow God’s call to leave Ur of the Chaldees until he knew where God wanted him to go next, we would have never heard of him. He would be buried somewhere beneath the southern sands of present day Iraq. But father Abraham “went out, not knowing where he was going.” But what did Abraham know? He knew God had called him out, and he went. Where he would go after he went out was not his business, but God’s. That is the faith of Abraham, and it is only those with like faith who will leave Christianity when they hear God’s call.
If you have obeyed Christ and come out, then you need not go anywhere. Instead, you yourself have become a place to which others may go for comfort and knowledge. God promised through Isaiah (58:11) that He would make those who obey His word “watered gardens, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” In other words, by obedience to the call of God, YOU become a place where other pilgrims can be refreshed and fed. You yourself become a refuge, a shadow of that great rock in a blistering desert, and God can use you to encourage other struggling saints to have faith in God and do His will.
The spirit of Christianity is like a drug, and it has been very difficult for some to “kick the habit”. A few of the saints who meet at my house have been through times of withdrawal pains in spirit after they obeyed God and abandoned the Christian religion. But full recovery always follows steadfast obedience, for God Himself is the rewarder of our efforts.