The Practical Steps to Being Completely
Abandoned to God as a Worship Community
The earth is the
Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who
live in it.
The following is a guide for those who seek to become fully ungrafted to
the World. Being "ungrafted" means individually and corporately ending
all contractual obligations to the World System that God set in motion
through Cain to administer the affairs of World inhabitants. This firm
decision requires forsaking any 501c3 contracts or other such
obligations that cloud the pure devotion an assembly would have for its
true love, Jesus Christ.
This is offered as a practical step-by-step guide, and while it is
comprised of real actions that mobilized members of an assembly may
take, it is quite general in nature. Each assembly must carefully
examine its own particular situation and prayerfully lift that to God.
He is faithful to do miraculous things to liberate those in World
contract bondage. That may require acceptance of His timing — this is
nothing other than the thoughtful understanding of the truth that no
matter what happens, He
will liberate those who want it, in whatever way that is. This
unconditional abandonment to His provision, however, is part of the
beauty of seeing His glory revealed.
It must be emphasized in the strictest, most explicit terms — these
instructions will only benefit an assembly if stakeholders are
authentically devoted to Christ and clothed in His righteousness. This
primer is only applicable to them. Should an assembly attempt this while
the congregants' beliefs are aberrant or behavior iniquitous, it will be
clobbered by the agents of Cain authorized to prosecute with the full
strength of law enforcement.
The Basic Steps for an Assembly to be Ungrafted
most important step for an assembly to move toward the goal of having a
thriving community ungrafted to the legacy of Cain is that each
put his unwavering trust in Jesus Christ. Read
"Becoming De-Catholicized" for a comprehensive understanding of what
any given individual may do to shed undue allegiances with the World.
Please note that the "World" here refers to the
World System, as opposed to the "world" of Psalm 24:1, which is
merely a reference to all that God created. The critical point here is
that God owns it all anyway. In this sense He does "own" the
System as well, which He exploits to accomplish His ends. God is very
clear showing us the distinction between the Kingdom and the World and
He does give us the wisdom to discern that.
The only way Caesar can make a claim
on any given individual's productive value is if that individual lets him do so by signing on to his
power over his affairs. Everything is first about what is in
one's own heart with regard to the object of his true affections. Is
that Caesar, or is it God?
Through careful examination of history and
current events seen by Scripture's light, it should be understood
that Caesar is in his position because God put him there. Being
ungrafted means neither remonstrating against him and his assigned
duties, whatever they may be, nor entering into an association with
him that would compromise the integrity of one's worship of God. The
full breadth of this website is designed to elucidate this truth.
Personal devotion to Him must then be manifest with and among
others, since His call is for His own to thrive in community. This is not
optional, and is indeed the very essence of the eternal Shalom
community described throughout Scripture. Since becoming ungrafted
entails a firm disassociation from Caesar's incorporations, and
accomplishing this is very difficult without community, the emphasis of
this guide will be about doing this together with disciples who
also share a commitment to this effort.
Therefore, being ungrafted in this sense means frequently and
intentionally joining with others to pray purposefully, read Scripture
thoughtfully, worship expressively, and serve one another intimately.
Believing on Christ must be demonstrated with others, not
as a laborious chore but a joyous endeavor. In this sense congregants
really don't need to do a thing — He will do it
all. They just need to ask Him.
A critical component of this is the
establishment of a covenant among all members of this worship
community. Its development will progress through the following areas
addressed here, but the key is that all are in agreement about
general expectations of behavior that are biblically driven and God
Yes, a covenant should be written down. This
enables the community to be in gracious, open interaction with
secular officials who will be watching what those bound by the
covenant do. Please note something very important which is missed by
so many desiring to thrive in the ungrafted church: Much of what
secular officials expect in the law are items that should be in your
covenant! Let's be honest, much of those things are terrific things!
If city ordinance says you must have at least
twenty feet of open space between building and street, then include
that in your covenant. If county regulations insist that if food is
served particular sanitation procedures must be followed, then
comply with those very reasonable requirements. This is why it is
crucial to reclaim the gifts of lawyers and business
managers from the World. God extends abundant gifts in these two
areas, we should be employing them! Sadly, the church isn't, but
more about this is in the section "Ministry" below.
Those with leadership duties must speak boldly to the assembly. They
must base their words on the Truth — building
their case for being ungrafted on the Rock.
Let the Lion loose! Pastors, elders, and board members must be so
immersed in Jesus' words that they begin to see how much they've been
heeding the World's more widely disseminated "applications" of
Scripture. Review 501c3 Q & A for a thorough
treatment of how churches formally request the World's services.
church that decides to become ungrafted may endure some measure of
withdrawal, in the sense that they are now being weaned from the World
System, and its congregants are now expected to actually do what Christ
asks without relying on the letter of the law to constrain them. From
this, those still devoted to the Catholicist Nation should be allowed to
leave, no matter how wealthy they are. Accept that it will be sorrowful
when the truth is discovered about those in it only for the tax break.
(Ironically, this is beside the fact that one fully given over to His
love is free from undue tax liability to begin with!)
When assembling a board of elders, it is
imperative that all seven of the motivational gifts of Romans 12 be
represented — only one per person! This
means there should be at least seven members. The direction of a
church's overall ministry gets derailed mostly because the board
does not have the full breadth of counsel from everyone who must be
in the mix for genuine success.
The use of these gifts is illuminated in
the next section, and described at the
end of this piece.
congregants must then seek the use of the gifts of the Spirit from
among those who truly want to see. This means wisely enlisting the
vibrant support and active service of professionals who fully honor
Scripture and are well-versed in the fields of law and finance. That inventory of the gifts
in Romans 12 should be
wholeheartedly cultivated, every one of them: prophecy, teaching,
encouraging, serving, comforting (mercy), accounting (giving), and
administering. Every person in an assembly has one of them, and he/she
can do that gift beautifully as led by the Spirit. The problem is the
World System has done a fine job of co-opting them, especially the
critical task of those who have the gifts of accounting and
administering — which are usually fulfilled by those who
work in law and finance — will be to establish and maintain a pool of capital
from which those in community may draw to further distance themselves
from the usurious practices of the World System. The Kingdom would then
grow exponentially, as Jesus said it would, by merely discarding our
devotion to World things; He even specified the degree
to which it would grow — see Mark 10 to find out
what that is. The very tricky part is that that those administrators
must be wholly given over to Christ to make it work. It isn't just
the lawyers and financiers, it is the ministers and elders too who are
used to living richly in the World's ivory towers!
There is no reason this pool of capital shouldn't be so large
that it may be used in abundant measure for homes, schools, and
businesses of those in the assembly. This concept is not new
— many churches and religious organizations have had such pools for
centuries. What has happened is that churches have corrupted
themselves by slipping, some diving head-first into the sewage of the World and its exploitive
practices. This guide is designed to move congregations committed to
being de-Catholicized to abjure that realm. The World's banking and
investment system is managed by Caesar on behalf of liars and thieves,
and those in the Kingdom are living in Christ by His love
— there is an infinitely wide gulf between the two!
Part of the church's task of being
ungrafted must also involve rejection
of the thoroughly unbiblical conception of tithing.* A tithe is
merely a church tax, and the word itself means "small amount." What
an insult to a God who has already given us the entire Kingdom!
A piddly ten percent? Sowing for
Him does not mean mindlessly giving,
but industriously working out
everything one has in great abundance resulting in profound
bounty for all.
How much exactly, then, must one give?
Keeping accounts is reasonable, yet this too involves prayerful
discourse with others over Scripture. Those gifted in finance and
reclaimed from World Service will help a lot! Again, it can't be
emphasized enough: with Christ doing it all anyway and trusting in
Him to do it, I truly believe it'll happen much more easily than you
The Acts 2 Church for more of a
guidepost in this area.
Also, I have set aside
an entire page devoted to the
concerns about being ungrafted as a business organization, one that
is not necessarily a church assembly but may be tempted to be
incorporated as a World-sanctioned entity.
may be necessary to set up an entirely new assembly with no
obligation to the World at all. If "Maple Street
Community Church" was a 501c3, that church may be perpetually
registered in the System as that entity and subject to Caesar's rule
over it. All the arrangements for a new ungrafted assembly to meet will
depend on the congregants' complete abandonment to Christ, and out of
that their earnest obedience to Him in deftly mobilizing His gifts to
may also be the case that a church's leadership is so intractably
Catholicist that it would never consider becoming ungrafted. With prayer
and fellowship, a group may need to begin anew in covenanting together
and establishing an ungrafted worship community. This will require
focus, industry, and ongoing conversation, as well as a humble
forbearance and a sustained dependence on Jesus and His words.
This will certainly involve setting up
clear accountability at all levels within the the community. Those
who are following Jesus and His words will have no trouble detailing
appropriate responsibilities among stakeholders.
lives of the congregants should be so transformed that those around them
actually see what it means to live wholly for Christ, and the Kingdom of
God will explode in their very midst. It must be emphasized that with
this abundant joy may very well come persecution and hardship. Jesus
even categorically said it would come. Committed
Catholicists will revile those committed to truth and grace, and may even work to sabotage
Many of them are, after all, highly trained in arts of war by the best
To the extent that intractable World
devotees work to plant themselves into an assembly —
whether seasoned Jesuitized humanists or unwitting "fellow
travelers" — the more the congregants' spirits are
absorbing what God really means by charity, truth, grace, law,
fellowship, worship, and discipline, they will be able to incisively
distinguish between what is of the World and what is genuinely of
the Kingdom. Even better, they will be able to fully comprehend
precisely what the proper course of action must be in any given
critical note: Once a congregations' life starts to become manifest, it
is important that the assembly remain among those in the World.
No running off to the woods to start a remote commune. An ungrafted
church has no reason to fear, it is the very power of Christ on earth.
Jesus asks us to be in the mix with others — we are
His light! But it only works if the light is bright and pure. God
clubs are always exposed as just being another place where the World
does its business.
"For God so loved the world..." The final step will be a sustained
effort requiring the most resolute endurance those in the assembly can
have. Rigorously exercised wisdom will be needed to address relationships with local World officials, such as city councilpersons, city managers,
or county officers like supervisors and assessors. They should be duly
respected when addressing prudent transparency about an assembly's conduct, gathering,
places of worship, and even how much it pays for reasonable
services rendered. Again, this is not about protesting any legitimate
payment even if it is a tax or registration fee. It is simply about having the proper relationship
with governing authorities.
This does not mean allowing them to cleverly subvert the assembly's
Christ says very simply "Love your enemies." He never says one must
enter into codependent interactions obsequiously enabling sinful
behavior. He asks His disciples to simply stand with Him, love with His love, speak Truth, and be
Grace. If one is doing precisely what Christ has asked of him, World
should leave him to live out the Kingdom as the Spirit leads. It is
also possible they will mistreat him with deceit, exploitation, or even
murder, but it is by His strength that he will not only hold up but know
exactly how to respond.
Remember, He holds His own in His hands. Nothing that anyone can try to
do will separate them from His love and care. Even better, a governing
official may be so blown away by His glory shown through these people,
he may genuinely want to be His as well. Being Jesus' flesh and bones they
will have helped usher another person into God's Kingdom. The angels
rejoice because of this — why wouldn't we do all
Jesus explicitly tells us to do to see that happen?
Being Ungrafted as a
A Note About Contracts
| A Note about Civic Duty
Psalm for Being Ungrafted
(A page with more detailed questions
and issues about being ungrafted is under construction.)
The seven motivational gifts as elucidated in the 12th
chapter of Romans:
Prophet — someone
who can share truth in bold and uncompromising ways. (This
individual is the most marginalized by the church, much because
true prophets are mistakenly thought to be merely fortune
tellers, holy rollers, or wild-eyed cranks, and mostly because
too many Catholicized individuals feel very threatened by
penetrating exposure of their real condition.)
Teacher — someone
whose occupation is providing riveting understanding of those
Server — someone
who lives to industriously get the nuts and bolts of ministry
Encourager — someone
who has the natural, buoyant conviviality to inspire others.
(known by the term "mercy") — someone who has an
instinctive attention to deep personal needs and knows how to
gently meet them. (This individual is the most common in
churches today, to the extent that each person is expected to be
this type at the expense of another gift that one may have. It
is a very unfortunate result of the mass infiltration of
humanism in churches. Biblically, just as much love can be
expressed from the use of any of the other gifts.)
Giver — someone
who can assemble and manage resources. It definitely involves
handling the standard measure of value (money), it may involve
being blessed to generate great wealth to use for Kingdom
advancement, and as such it is critical that this person be
extraordinarily unselfish in his or her devotion to the Kingdom.
Organizer — someone
who knows how to run an organization, and can compellingly
identify and arrange who does what, when, and where. The giver
and the organizer are the two the World has seduced the most
into believing everyone must have System contracts. They
are, however, so essential for the pure and free church to
process being ungrafted and there is no greater immediate task
than to reclaim their abilities for Kingdom work.
I should add that the idea
that each of us has one motivational gift is amplified by
verse 14 in the fourth chapter of Paul's first letter to
Timothy. It is also given strength in the 12th chapter of his
first letter to the Corinthians in which he explains how much
each individual needs others in a worship community because they
have gifts he/she does not have.
The steps to being ungrafted in thumbnail
|1. Put your faith in Jesus Christ and in Him alone.
Understand Caesar is assigned the task of ruling over those who do
not have their devotion directed at Christ.
2. For the community of His disciples: Gather together for the
expressed purpose of understanding the distinction between the World
and the Kingdom and for richly supporting one another.
3. For those in leadership positions: Immerse
yourselves in His word, insightfully discern Christ's words
from His counterfeit's, and boldly share those words with those in
your midst who are genuinely seeking His direction.
4. Cultivate the
motivational gifts of the Spirit that are divinely assigned to each
individual, and rely on one another. Reclaim those who are
experts in law and finance from service in the
5. For an assembly that has been
incorporated: Reorganize into a new fellowship.
For a group who wants to organize for the purpose of fellowship and
worship: Form a meaningful covenant. Meet regularly to prayerfully discuss the definitively
practical ways your fellowship community will graciously interact
with notable World operatives.
6. Jesus said we are to be His
Kingdom. Therefore, rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give
thanks in all things, especially in light of the severe persecution
you may encounter because you are living completely free from the
grip of the World.
7. Stand with Him, love with
His love, speak Truth, and be Grace to those all around you who are
enslaved to the World System, introducing them to The One Savior and
His Bountiful Kingdom.
brief note about tithing for the reader who insists that it
is biblical. Tithing was indeed commanded by God in the Old
Testament, a tenth of one's produce for proper maintenance
of righteous items like the temple. The principle of giving
to provide for community needs in some significant way is
always godly, however the new covenant of truth and grace is
one that includes the expectation that followers of Christ
and laborers in the Kingdom sow
— note the word: sow not just give — all of
themselves in His service. While tithing is indeed
biblical in a certain sense, we must make sure that the
sense God intends for it is the one we are heeding. I am
convinced a church listening too attentively to what the
World says it should do can't understand this.
This page was
originally posted by David Beck at yourownjesus.net on April 10, 2009