Before we dip into that, it’s imperative to stress the one thing a faithful, churchgoing Christian should not do – and that one thing is to stop being a Christian.
Christians whose faith, principles, convictions, and identity are wholly contingent upon external considerations like churches and communities will be forced to make a decisive and potentially divisive choice in the near future. Continue down the perilous path of escalating corruption, degeneracy, and profligacy under the questionable assumption that all is well and God is in charge. Or take a stand and spiritually reject exterior Christianity’s streamlining calibration with the demonic System.
I use the term exterior Christianity above because I believe we are already far past the point of being able to devotedly and conscientiously rely upon external, moderate, everyday Christianity. That aspect of Christianity has been thoroughly dismantled. It would take an unfathomably insincere imagination to envision that what is coming up in its place is in any way remotely related to Christ.
Those convinced that they are safely barricaded behind some unassailable exterior Christian fortification will eventually find themselves in the same situation as Christians in vanquished or less-defended bastions. All externals are vulnerable. They will inevitably be assimilated, corrupted, or destroyed.
Christians are well into a potentially devastating time of choice and division. No Christian will be spared these choices and divisions. Do I recommend abandoning all aspects of exterior Christianity? Not necessarily. Such a choice depends on individual circumstances; however, if one continues to adhere to exterior Christianity, the adherence must be outweighed by an elevation and intensification of interior Christianity.
Contrary to popular Christian belief, elevating and intensifying the internal does not signify a retreat from the external. It is not quietism or submission or fatalism. It does not mean digging in. It does not mean surrender. Very little is relinquished. Quite the opposite. The elevation and intensification of inner, inward Christianity is an advance. A step forward. A breakthrough.
The forces of darkness utilize external, temporal means to achieve internal, eternal ends. They use the external to demoralize, humiliate, infuriate, tempt, and goad. They enthusiastically invite external reactions unsupported by elevated and intensified internals. It makes little difference to them if rage and resentment or despondency and despair fuel the reaction. Either way, all is lost in the eternal, which is the ultimate aim.
One way or another, Christians will have to go through what the demonic forces have lined up before them, and they will have to come out the other side or be lost. The only open question is what they rely on to carry them to the other side.