What you see in the title is the second choice I had in my list when I was considering names for this blog. Red Pill Ministries is an often apt expression it seems for a majority of the things I’ve done in this blog so far, as well as other places. For those that don’t know from other posts in the manosphere, the Red Pill is a pop-culture reference out of the movie the Matrix, along with the Blue Pill. The Blue Pill represented the blissful ignorance of illusion, and the Red Pill represented reality, however harsh it might be.
It is used in terms of marriage and the manosphere of having your eyes opened to the truth of what marriage has become, the things that are involved on the path of it, such as the misandry, divorce rates, the fact that women initiate divorce about 90% of the time, preferential treatment towards women, the family courts and what they do and so on.
Another movie speaks to the Blue Pill almost perfectly: The Truman Show. To quote it:
INTERVIEWER: Why do you feel that Truman’s never come close to discovering the true nature of his world?
CHRISTOF: We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. As the show expanded, naturally we were forced to manufacture ways to keep Truman in Seahaven — demonstrating that every venture is accompanied by a risk.
In other words, we always accept what we are presented with as truth when we don’t know any different. To take it to Churchianity, for example, when a new person walks in, they take what they see as 100% factually what Christ and true faith represents. When they accept Christ, they accept what they see and hear around them, which is often the Personal Jesus and not the true Christ. Pushing towards the real truth requires being able to set that aside and evaluating what is going on wholly through the lens of Scripture. This is taking the red pill when it comes to Christianity.
The Bible speaks of this shadowing and deception as well. It uses the word tradition to describe this. Tradition is the Blue Pill. Tradition is man’s practice carried forth into general acceptance and practice to the point where people don’t think about it, they just accept it, do it, and even use Scripture to affirm it. Tradition is what men come to see as the truth and define their world after it. For example, feminists have successfully inserted their traditions of marriage into the church, which is why it is often taught so incorrectly. It has become so common place that they do not think about it, have that as a background, and interpret Scripture based on those traditions. It is like wearing purple-tinted glasses without knowing it, seeing everything as purple, and then calling everything shades of purple. It is that pervasive. Like the glasses, what people interpret can change drastically just with a small change in personal perception. Take the glasses off and the true colors of things shine forth. The faith that God expects can change drastically as a result, too. Scripture bears this out:
Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.” (Isaiah 29:13-14 NASB)
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people. (Micah 6:16 KJV)
We go through Scripture and ask how so many prophets could come to the Israelites and issue correction from God, yet they do not turn. We ask how the Pharisees could have the very Son of God in their face and yet reject Him. Tradition is how this happened. Those things were accepted for so long that they just were. And when tradition is questioned, people react violently. Jesus was rejected and crucified for the sake of the Pharisees’ tradition. Churchianity has its power because of tradition. Jesus taught on the issue (Mark 7:1-13 is a parallel passage):
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. (Matthew 15:3-6 KJV)
Tradition is that powerful, and that potentially destructive when it countermands the word of God. In fact, Jesus says that man’s tradition makes Scripture of none effect! To explain this in a very simple way (the in-depth explanation is more text than I want to use in this post and goes slightly different than this but does not present a serious discrepancy), they could give korban, which in simple terms was a vowed gift. Now part of honoring your father and mother is financially supporting them in their older age. Jesus affirmed this. What the Pharisees allowed was outside of Scripture since they said the gift absolved people of their God-given responsibility. Yet this was not seen and not questioned yet readily practiced.
Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:7-9 KJV, quoting Isaiah 29:13-14)
So to interpret that into a formula: GOD COMMANDED (this), BUT MEN SAY (something else).
The original comment functions as a great example of tradition as Jesus preached against because:
1. It redefines God’s Church into something it is not (a building and denomination). It negates God’s purpose that His Church be those who are called out of the world, possess the Spirit, and live in His Name. Many Scriptures can be used to point out that God’s Church is His people, not buildings and denominations.
2. It pre-supposes something that isn’t in Scripture, the idea of “attending church”, which is consistent with the error in #1. This negates numerous other Scriptural commandments, including the 2 which also exist within the same verse in context (Hebrews 10:24-25)
3. It interprets Hebrews 10:25 through that traditional lens, adding that information from man’s tradition to it, implying something that is not written. (I’ve seen that drilled enough by numerous people to know why it comes up, and can guess why she brought it up)
4. The context of attending a set event eliminates the possibility of fulfilling all the commandments God has given regarding the function of His Church. Just to use Hebrews 10:24-25, once you set out to exhort others and provoke them to love and good works, the next thing that’s going to happen is you will be exhorted and provoked right out the door.
The correct interpretation is to remember that Hebrews was written during a time of persecution. In reading the rest of the epistle, it was to former Jews who accepted Christ but were going back to Judaism because of the pressure. Hebrews 10:25 is as written, to not “forsake the assembling of ourselves together”, in other words, to not stop being the Church. It never referred to a set event in a set place at a set time, as many apply it towards. It refers to gathering together in any available place, doing all the “one another” commandments for each other, loving one another as Jesus commanded and supporting one another. It’s about being the Church, not attending church.
The use of the word worship is another great example. Again it is defined by most in the context of singing in a set venue at a set time. While there is no set definition of worship in Scripture, there are many Scriptures which point at what worship is. Most people aren’t at odds regarding the object and purpose of where worship *should* be directed, but is it tied to a location?
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-24 KJV)
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NASB)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)
Do these things really not indicate that worship requires only singing and at a specific location, but worship is something done continually in the life of a righteous believer? That as revering the Church’s true living stones and not dead stones to live holy lives that honor and give Him glory each and every day.
Part of my testimony as a follower mirrors that video in the Matrix exactly. Once I was prompted to look deeper into Scripture by that gnawing feeling that something isn’t right, once the question was asked about why that something wasn’t right, I definitely felt like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole when the answers started coming. All anyone can do with anything is to show you the door. By the power of the Spirit can anyone walk through it and accept it. For as it is written on why Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in parables:
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Matthew 13:13-15)
May men finally choose to desire to understand and desire to see in this coming age!