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
God Wants Our Lips and Our Hearts ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Jesus God looks at the intent of our hearts in our worship, not the style or simply the words we … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 6 – Lip Service
Ignorance and Enlightenment The enemy has used both ignorance and "enlightenment" (or the perception of it) to mislead many. Even the church has been used many times to lead people into darkness - or to keep them there. In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church capitalized on the ignorance of the laity regarding the truth of … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 2 – Ignorance and Enlightenment
Are You a Religious Person? I always cringe inside when people ask me if I'm religious. No...I'm not. I mean...wait...yes...in the sense that I'm a Christian, a Christ-follower. But no..."religious" really doesn't describe it at all. I have a dynamic, living, breathing relationship with the living God - with Jesus. I've been reborn - restored from … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 1 – Are You Religious?
Followers of Tradition The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders; and when they come from the … Continue reading Read Through the Bible – Day #35 – Mark Chapter 7