Jesus alone can save you from your sins. No works will earn you salvation. But following Christ comes with a cost. And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses … Continue reading Forms of False Christianity: Part 11 – What is True 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
Five Thousand Fed After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. Therefore … Continue reading Read Through the Bible – Day #74 – John Chapter 6
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
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
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
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