Pro 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
The man once enlightened, that wandereth out of the way of understanding, in which he had walked, shall remain - have a permanent residence - in the congregation of the dead; רפאים rephaim, the lost;
We are living in the Days Paul Spoke of, men can not endure sound doctrine, and so, many have rejected the truth they once believed. The corporate Church, is also become the congregation of the dead, many individuals that no longer go to church, or do not have a church near them, that is not 100% worldly and preaches a Gospel light message, but now are in a backslidden condition, they are a part of the very Congregation they left, because they to are now separate, but still spiritually dead.
It starts buy wandering out of the way of truth, one step at a time, one brick at a time, one compromise at a time, one bad choice, and such. It does not happen all at once, but little by little, until you are comfortable in your sin, you now justify it and have no conviction at all. You are a part of the congregation of the dead.
Dead, think of that, a Church full of people all dressed up and are corpses, rotted flesh and spirit, but still breathing, and still thinking they are pleasing the lord in the perfumed state of Apostasy. Your attendance means nothing on Sat or Sunday, Wen, or Monday, it means nothing if your spiritually dead.
This congregation of the dead, is like a plague that has swept the church world wide, it is spreading like a wild fire. What we see in the natural world wide, right now is what is happening in the spiritual realm. Everything is being shaken that can be shaken, everywhere are floods, droughts, famine, pestilence, war, chaos, and it is seen, but what is not seen is the same chaos in your heart.
You have a heart condition, a heart disease, you need not a doctor, or a pill, or drink, or a puff of weed, or any drug, you need the great physician to come back to you, all you have to do is take the first step. You can be a prodigal son and return today, or stay with the swine and eating garbage, but you think your eating steak.
Many who are living well off, the ones who have, and have this heart condition , it is shown by your utter lack on concern for the poor, missions giving, prayer, bible study, it is a life of self. This is a key indicator.
Many love the weekend so they can go off and have fun, do things, run to and fro, and do not increase in knowledge. The lord knows your heart, you can hide this disease from your fellow man, but not from the lord Jehovah.
Some of you have said, 'I am changing today, I am going to get back to prayer, back to caring for others and not just myself', but you have not and you continue in your congregation of the dead.
It is time to wake up from slumber, it is high time to arise and wake, to righteousness. It is time to return to your first love. You can stay right in your comfort zone, it will be your tomb later, you can stay in a fallen state, but listen, you are already dead.
It is up to you reader, stay in the congregation of the dead, or repent of your sins and let the spirit of the lord renew you, the choice is yours.