“Hey! I never intended the church to turn out this way. I never intended the church to become like it is. I never intended the church to become a religious system like Christianity. I never intended my dwelling place to become a dwelling place for demons. I don’t have anything to do with the church — her sins are piled up as high as heaven. Those who think I do have a very low opinion of me. They don’t know who I am or what I am like.” ~ God, the Creator of the universe
God is not to blame for the religious system. He abandoned Judaism long ago. He scattered old Israel among the nations, destroyed their temple, and put an end to their priesthood and their sacrifices. Later He abandoned the early church when they stopped living together in love. They began tolerating divisions, and received another gospel that made room for their selfishness and independence. When they abandoned their whole-hearted devotion to Yahshua the Messiah and stopped obeying His commands, they became Christianity.
Those who wish to follow Yahshua will find Him outside the camp of Judaism and Christianity:
Therefore Yahshua also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by His own blood. Let us then go to Him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured. (Hebrews 13:12-13)
We are not part of Judaism or Christianity. We have gone outside the camp to become what God intended from the first. We are a spiritual brotherhood whose love for one another stretches across the boundaries of nationality, race, and culture. We are a part of the “restoration of all things” spoken of by all the holy prophets since ancient times. One of the foremost things that is being restored in our midst is the communal life that the first disciples lived:
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need ... The whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common ... There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35)
This communal life is very much like the tribal life that Abraham experienced. Our hearts are being turned toward such forefathers, the men of faith who went before us and suffered many things to remain true to their God. At the same time, our hearts are turning toward our children to command them to keep the way of our God by doing what is right and just. By doing this, we hope to see the promise to Abraham fulfilled.
There have been many groups over the centuries who have tried to go outside the camp and be God’s people. Unfortunately, every such group has failed to pass on their vision to their children. Inevitably the second generation either abandoned or distorted the original vision. That is what happened to the early church during the first century. It’s nature changed. It was not just a developmental step or a logical progression, like moths becoming soot-colored in order to survive in industrial areas. Rather, it was a dramatic transmutation, something as shocking as a cat becoming a fish or a snake becoming an elephant. The second state is not recognizable as having the same nature as the first. What began as a pure bride has become a harlot:
Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul bird, a haunt of every foul and hateful beast ... Come out of her, my people, so that you do not take part in her sins, and so that you do not share in her plagues, for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:2,4,5)
Anyone who desires to go outside the camp must leave his life behind, whether Christian, Jew, or any other persuasion, and come into the place where God dwells: in a people who are the salt and the light of which our Master Yahshua spoke — His holy nation and royal priesthood. Their life together is the witness, the demonstration to the world of who God is and what He is like.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed — I, and not some foreign god among you. You are My witnesses,” declares YHWH, “that I am God.” (Isaiah 43:12)
That demonstration is the evidence people need to face their sinfulness and receive faith that God can save them. There they find a place to belong and are restored by God’s grace to do the works He created them to do. Apart from that demonstration there is no salvation, neither in Christianity nor in Judaism. Let’s be real!