Worshiping Him in Spirit and Truth But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. Jesus It is possible to speak the truth of God … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 7 – Spirit and Truth
The Heart of Worship Christ can work wherever he chooses. In any denomination, any church style. The style is not what matters. It's whether the style has become the idol or focal point of that church. The "right" way to do things. It's the question of who - or what - is at the center … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 5 – Religion Doesn’t Really Need God
The Triumphal Entry As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone says … Continue reading Read Through the Bible – Day #39 – Mark Chapter 11
Sacred Worship It is the presence of Spirit-filled believers who participate in sacraments (from the Latin, sacramentum, from sacro ("hallow", "consecrate"), from sacer ("sacred", "holy")) that make them sacred, worshipful acts. The sacraments are often considered to be primarily communion and baptism (or in some denominations, a few other things as well). But in reality, every … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 3 – Religion Does Not Produce Holy Worship
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
Jesus said “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” It seems that Jesus was warning about both religious and secular snares. Watch out for both the hypocrisy and pride of religion and the destructive lusts of the world. Both of these appeal to the flesh rather than the Spirit. … Continue reading Thoughts on Mark Chapter 8
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?