Religion is an artificial life support system

27 08 2011

“Religion” is just another “drug” available to people who need a “fix”. It is no different to other addictive substances in that it causes the “user” to become dependant on it. “Religion” is structured to make people dependant on the religious structure that they serve. I mean think about it for a while, if you can make someone dependant on you, they are your slave, because they will do almost anything to get their “fix”.

We are living in a time when you can hear almost anything from the pulpit. The worst part of all, is that most churches preach the Law and Jesus Christ! It is a co-mingled gospel that Paul calls no gospel at all Gal 1:6-8. The Law of Moses brings people into the worst kind of bondage there is. It puts demands on people that they cannot fulfil. Why do I say this? Because from Moses up to Jesus, not a single person on this planet ever kept the Law perfectly aside from Christ! Jesus was the only person who ever kept the Law perfectly.

Whenever you turn on the TV, or the radio, you hear the Law being preached in some form or another. Let me give you an example from my own life: I was part of a very large church “organization” that preached that if you didn’t tithe, your refrigerator or other appliances would break down!!!!! Can you believe it? This law preaching caused people to give out of fear and brought people into condemnation. What law preaching does is cause dependency . People gave because they were afraid of God cursing their finances!!! They gave to receive, because they thought that if they didn’t give, then they would lose everything because it.

In direct contrast to this law preaching, Paul preached grace. He said that we have been crucified with Christ. He preached that we are dead to sin and to the Law!!!! In fact the work of Christ on the cross was so complete that both sin and the Law were nailed to the cross. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, so was the Law. Rom 7:4

Col 2:14 KJV Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

“Religion” is a system that causes people to depend on it for survival. What it does is very similar to an artificial life support system. A life support system keeps vital organs functioning, in order to keep the body “alive”. When I say alive I mean the organs are working with the aid of machines. They are not functioning apart from the machines. There are pipes connecting up the organs to machines which artificially keep all the human body functioning on a very basic level.

A life support system is like the religious church. The “religious church” uses systems and programs to make the people dependant on it. It is geared to keep people “plugged in” to the system. For example: “If you don’t submit”, or “if you do not come to church on Sundays”, or “if you do not come to the prayer meetings…..” then you are going to die in some form or another.

Heb 2:14-15 MKJV Since then the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise partook of the same; that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death (that is, the Devil), (15) and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

In contrast to this scripture, religion implies that performance is the the way to God, and that the only way to God is through their man-made systems and “machinery”. The truth is, the church doesn’t save you, pastors don’t save you, praying doesn’t save you, and even reading your bible doesn’t save you. Jesus saves you. Jesus ALONE saves us.

The preaching of the Law keeps us “plugged in” to the life support system. Let me give you an example how: “If you don’t serve in church, then you will never be promoted by God!!!” This leads to works, and a very bad attitude! The people are chained to the system through “doing things” because religion has taught that people need the life support system in order to live!! What a lie?

The “religious machinery” keeps the people dependant on law so that the organization and structure will stay current. If the people leave, there will be no structure! The organization instils so much fear into the people through the law, that the people are too scared to question the “specialists” involved. The people on life support don’t know that there is so much more to God, than what they are experiencing. The people stay tethered to the “machinery” because they don’t realize that there is Life beyond those systems and structures. The worst part of all is that those “systems” that they think are there to help them, are actually causing them to be completely dependant on them. Religion is in all reality a “dealer”. It causes innocent believers to become “addicts” and “users” because it causes their “addicts” to become completely dependant on it’s products!

Medically speaking, a life support system causes a “lifeless” body to keep functioning. It is very similar to religious church in that the people feel spiritually lifeless. They have absolutely no zeal for “going through the religious motions” over and over again, with no results. They go to church because they are too afraid not too, or because they don’t know what else to do. They have been threatened with the “machines being unplugged” speech. They think that if they don’t have the life support, that they will die!

Little do they know that their fleshly nature is already dead in Christ and that this dry place that they are experiencing is where God wants them to be. Why? Because if you hunger and thirst for righteousness then you will be filled. The “fleshly old man with the Adamic nature” is dead on the cross of Jesus! God wants us to move on and forsake the fleshly “old man”, and cleave to the new – the spiritual man – Christ.

1Co 15:45-50 KJV And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (46) Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. (47) The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (48) As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. (49) And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (50) Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Just as you do not have to believe everything a medical specialist says, the same is true of “spiritual specialists” – pastors etc. I dare you to be “unplugged” from the artificial life support system! It is only artificially keeping your flesh man alive! He has been dead for more than 2000 years!

The fuel that the artificial support system runs on is the Law. The Law is old school. In fact Paul says that it was a schoolmaster.

Gal 3:24-25 KJV  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  (25)  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

What a contrast to what Jesus says, “you will lose your life….. “ Life is in the Son only, not in the structure.

Mat 10:39 MKJV  He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.

Luk 17:33 MKJV  Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

In closing: We need to be brave in order to be free from man-made church. I pray the same prayer Paul prayed, “that the Lord Jesus Christ will open the eyes of your understanding, and give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM!!!!”

Being “unplugged” from a life support system is not easy and is not comfortable. In fact it is very scary at first. This is because we don’t know what lies on the other side of this life apart from the “machinery”. What stands on the other side is Jesus. He is standing with His arms open. He is knocking on the door of your heart. He is not trying to come in, but trying to come out. He has been locked up for so long. He wants to live His life through you! Rom 5:10

Rom 8:8-13 MKJV  So then they who are in the flesh cannot please God.  (9)  But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.  (10)  And if Christ is in you, indeed the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  (11)  But if the Spirit of the One who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised up Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you.  (12)  Therefore, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  (13)  For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die. …

Free at last…..?

Note:

* When I say religion I mean “man-made tradition and philosophy under the guise of religion”. It is anything that man does and says you must do, to be acceptable to God, and to other “religious people”.

* I am not saying that all churches are “life support systems”.

* I believe in the one true church – the body of Christ


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