Is the "CHURCH SYSTEM" Killing People? -by Andrew Strom. If you have been on this List for awhile or have read my book "The OUT-OF-CHURCH Christians", then you will know the 'fine line' I have been walking for a number of years. From 1986 to 1993 I was immersed in the "Out-of-church" scene. But since then I have tried to find a 'middle ground' and I have always avoided blanket condemnation of the "system". But lately I have been taking a long, hard look at the state of the church and how bad things really are. And I have come to the conclusion that one of the primary statements of the "Out-of-church" camp is absolutely correct:- The church system really is killing people. It is the "system" itself that is doing this. It is set up in such a way that it is actually PREVENTING millions of people from coming into the kingdom. And thus it is sending MILLIONS to hell. That is a pretty huge statement. But it is the conclusion I had to reach. There are 100 million people attending 'church' every week in America. But how many of them are actually walking in the kingdom? How many Baptists? How many Catholics? How many Pentecostals or Methodists, etc? How many are actually walking in true salvation? Or how many are headed for HELL because they are locked in a system in which they are never told the truth? The religious system is imprisoning and destroying millions of people. -It is as clear as day to me. And so I put out my first article on the "Nine Lies of Today's church". But to be honest, I get little joy out of the "war" that I am bringing down upon my head. For I have just shifted my whole family to America and one of the major things I came to this country for was to preach 'deep Repentance' and Revival in the CHURCHES. And that is what I have been doing. I preach in churches all the time. And people have indeed been repenting. But who will want me now? I knew that publishing that article would make me a "pariah", and it probably has. If I get the chance, I will continue to preach 'deep Repentance' in the churches. But it is very clear to me that we need far more than just repentance. What we need is a GREAT REFORMATION. The fact is, even if people truly repent for now, most Christians today are locked in a system that will NEVER allow them to come into full New Testament Christianity. Far from it. They are in a system that simply DOESN'T ALLOW IT. Nothing they are ever told will bring them there. Most of them do not even have the BASIC GOSPEL preached to them any more. If the original apostles heard what passes for the "gospel" today they would be horrified. I am convinced that there are millions upon millions of totally UNSAVED people sitting in our churches every week. And most of them are beyond our reach. They are locked away in systems in which they will NEVER hear the truth. The Pentecostal/ Charismatic system is pretty much as bad as the others. In some areas it is worse. Multitudes of people are being told they are "OK" when clearly they are not. They are being fed candy-coated half-truths. Very few are truly right with God or have a deep walk with Him at all. Are they truly "saved"? And so it became obvious to me that nothing lasting could be achieved unless we can get people OUT of this 'system' of deception. We need to wage a "war" on their behalf. Not a war against people, but a war against the 'lies' that imprison them. "We do not war against flesh and blood". So it is not 'people' that we are fighting. It is the lies and deceptions that need to be brought down. The Truth will set them free. And it is not just "getting people out" that is the end goal. It is seeing people transformed by the Truth - to walk with God in a deep way that today's system never brings. (-In fact, it prevents people from entering in). We need to see people repent deeply from sin. We need to see the 'fear of the Lord'. We need to see good foundations laid in people's lives. And then we need to see liberty and a deep walk of communion and intimacy with God. We need to see full New Testament Christianity. "Romans 8" Christianity, where people walk before God with "no knowledge of present sin" - a totally clean conscience before Him. And when these people gather and fellowship it is truly the 'Body of Christ'. Today's "system" is in the way of all of this. It is keeping people sated with half-truths and a kind of "half-Christianity". A "go to church on Sunday and you'll be alright" mentality. It really has to go. And so it is time for war. It is time to contend for these people with every ounce of Truth that we possess. It is time to smash down the lies and bring God's people out into the light. The system is killing them. "Let my people go". I spent many years trying to forge a 'middle ground' between the "In-church" and Out-of-church camps. But now I see clearly that the 'system' is God's enemy - keeping His people in chains of half-truth and compromise. It is 2004. The season has changed and it is time for battle. I believe that "Councils of war" need to be held. I believe that the people with the Truth need to raise the trumpet to their mouth and sound a clear clarion call. A great "shaking" is underway. It has already begun. I believe the 'Out-of-church' movement that has been taking place is the beginning of the "Great Reformation" that God has promised. But what does He now require of us? How are the captives to be set free? If God has been talking to you about the direction that things need to head, then we would love to hear from you. Our email here is - prophetic@... One thing we have been looking at is holding some kind of large "gathering" over Independence Weekend. (3-4 July). Any of your thoughts are welcome, my friends. God bless you all! Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.