“Jesus Christ is not about religion. He is on the other hand, about freedom from religion”.
Jesus Christ came to destroy religion and instead, have a personal relationship with us.
The word ‘religion’ is probably the most awful term in the human language.
Loaded with vain and futile ideologies, it has always prompted hatred, division and war.
It has taken people down the dark paths of legalism. Religion has always been and still is man’s attempt to somehow please God. Hence it is created by man.
It is mans attempt to reach upwards to God. That is what the “Tower of Babel” in [Genesis 11:1-9] was all about.
Every religion on this planet is man made and finds its roots in the Tower of Babel. It is self pride-filled.
The word ‘Babel’ means confusion. It’s the only thing that religion has ever accomplished. Absolute confusion. Today, we are a world in the midst of that absolute chaos and confusion.
The Bible tells us that, “God is not the Author of Confusion” [1 Corinthians 14:33].
Satan is the author of confusion. He is the very founder of religion. He is the evil spirit behind every religious confusion, oppression, deceit, terror, hatred, division and manipulation.
Religion And Religious Tradition Defiles The Truth
What started off as true liberty and freedom in Christ in the days of the Apostle Paul, has over the centuries turned into a religion and religious tradition.
Being filled with rites, rituals and human theological opinion, it has darkened the only path of freedom that God created through the Cross of Christ Jesus, His Son, for every single human on this planet.
The Church at large has strayed from the simplicity of the Truth of the Gospel, and has made Christianity no more than a religious tag.
It has split into all kinds of denominational entities with their own spiritual doctrines and incorporated political hierarchy.
Christendom at large is filled with cults and new fangled theories, which have consistently been added on over the centuries. It still goes on today.
The Bones Jesus Christ Picked
Jesus Christ had bones to pick only with the Jewish religious hierarchy.
They questioned Jesus, “Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders?” The response they got from Him was, “Why do ye also transgress the commandments of God by your tradition?” [Matthew 15:2-3].
Let’s not forget that Jesus spoke as One “under the Law”, and He did not break it with his statements, but rather fulfilled it [Matthew 5:17].
The Bible shows us that the Apostle Paul was saved out of the Jews religion. That’s what Paul was.
He was religious and religiously blind, and hated the very name of Jesus of Nazareth.
When Jesus went to the cross, he nailed in full, the Jewish religion to that cross.
Control and manipulation is at the core of every religion.
And guess who is the master-mind behind all this? Satan himself.
Truly, religion and tradition defile the Truth.
The simple uncomplicated Truth is that SALVATION = FAITH + NOTHING.
Religion Vs The Cross
Religion, and not sin, is the greatest hindrance to God’s Salvation which He offers through the “death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ” His Son [1 Corinthians 15:1-4] and [Romans 4:25]. Sin was the reason Jesus went to the Cross.
“You can make it on your own with your good deeds”, says religion, “you don’t need the cross of Christ”.
The Cross of Christ says, “I have paid in full with My Blood for your all your sins, past, present and future. You’re forgiven”.
Satan is the “god of this world” who has “ blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” [2 Corinthians 4:4].
He’s really got man exactly where he wants him.
The devil has replaced God’s Grace Gospel with religious works, and man has fallen for the trap.
The Power Of God
The Gospel is “the Power of God to save to all those who believe” [Romans 1:16].
It is in reality, God reaching down in His Mercy and Grace to a lost human race.
GOD came down to our level. Religion never does that. It is totally incapable of doing so. It has “NO ANSWER” for sin.
Religion asks you to climb a lot of mountains and cross of a lot of seas. It will send you on ‘wild goose chase’ pilgrimages.
Quite a difference between the two!
“Sin”, the Bible says, “lies at the door” [Genesis 4:7], but “Salvation” lies where you are at this very moment.
“Salvation through the Cross of Christ is at “ground level”, exactly where you are at any given moment in time”. You ‘don’t’ have to reach for it. It is closer than the air you are breathing. You only have to embrace it by faith.
A World Of Cover Ups
We live in a world of cover-ups. Everything evil from the highest to the lowest in every sphere of life is an object of cover up.
And there’s nothing like having a religion to do just that. We need a cosmetic religious cover of righteousness over our lives.
It makes us feel good, holy and pious which then can be outwardly displayed when convenient and necessary.
Yet we know we are rotten to the core. Yes indeed! We do need that religious carpet to brush all our internal garbage under.
But at the end of the day, we are only fooling ourselves. And the devil is laughing at us.
He has absolutely no problem with man being religious. He has no problem with us making our own gods. “Keep it going son”, the deceiver whispers into our ears.
In the nation of India we have thirty three million gods. Our number one export commodity is religious spirituality and the western society and culture loves it.
They are our biggest and most faithful customers. All the “sad-gurus”, “bad-gurus” and “mad-gurus” originate from here.
What’s Paul’s Gospel again? That Christ died for all these sins. He died for the sins of every human being that has ever lived. He died for the sins of these moral hypocrites, these religious people.
God is going to judge the human race based upon that. You wouldn’t have to go where you’re going and perish, because Christ has already settled your account if you would just believe it.
The Body Of Christ Is Not Christianity
One Brother put it quite aptly, “The Body Of Christ is not Christianity…The Body Of Christ is you and me in the grip of the Father’s Love”.
This is what God is building today in this “Age of Grace”. The “Body of Christ” is the only true Church.
As ones who bear the religious tag of “Christian”, we need to ask ourselves, this one vitally important question, “am I in the Body Of Christ?”
Because the hard truth is that our denominations, baptisms, religious rites and practices, Church attendances, tithes etc, “DO NOT” save us.
Christianity, as a religion DOES NOT save us. We are still in our sins and we will die in our sins.
Only a heart-filled belief in Paul’s Gospel saves us. Not in anything else.
This invitation is open to ‘all’ men and women without any reservation of any kind whatsoever.
The Gospel Will Judge
The Gospel of Grace of Christ Jesus, which is our only Hope, will one day judge the hearts of men.
There is no hope in religion. The only thing it guarantees is an eternal doom in hell.
The Gospel is “the Power of God to save to all those who believe” [Romans 1:16]. This is the same Gospel Paul says, “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel” [Romans 2:16].
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” [Proverbs 14:12].
“Beware of Religion”, “Beware of Tradition”.