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Forms of False Christianity: Part 8 – Religious Christianity

Religious Christianity involves one or both of the following: Connection with God is sought through elemental things (sacraments, rituals, candles, vestments, chalices, icons) rather than through Christ, who lives in the heart. Everyone knows the rules, no one knows the Ruler. Everyone knows the system, and no one knows the Savior. Human effort is made … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 8 – Religious Christianity

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Forms of False Christianity: Part 7 – Works-Based Christianity

Good works and/or rites (baptism/communion/circumcision - more subtle forms of works) = salvation. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 7 – Works-Based Christianity

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Forms of False Christianity: Part 5 – Cultural Christianity

Attending church, doing a few "good works" each week, being Republican, and/or calling yourself a "Christian" makes you a Christian. Or just living in Colorado Springs ("evangelical Mecca") or even in America makes you a "Christian". To sum it up, Cultural Christianity is adding Christianity on to your cultural identity. Cultural Christianity is also calling … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 5 – Cultural Christianity

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Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 10 – Futility and Death

Things Destined to Perish Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 10 – Futility and Death

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Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 8 – Works and the Wisdom of Men Replace the Spirit

Fruit vs. Root As Christians (either reborn believers or Christians in name only), we often make the mistake of striving to replicate or copy fruit (works) rather than the seeking the root (the Holy Spirit) of those works.* We take the fruit (some good, some bad) of our forefathers - writings, ideas, theology, creeds, and church practices - the … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 8 – Works and the Wisdom of Men Replace the Spirit

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We Are the New Temple

God's glory once dwelt in the temple of Solomon. And in the temple of lesser glory that was rebuilt before Christ visited the earth. But when Christ died, the temple veil was torn in two, and God no longer accepted sacrifices in the temple. And here's something fascinating: There's a rabbinic tradition preserved in the … Continue reading We Are the New Temple