Being a Christian VS being religious

5 10 2011

What is man-made religion? It is what we do within ourselves to please God or what we do to be acceptable to God in our own strength and ability.

This is often done by well-meaning believers in total ignorance. Religion cannot exist without people being completely dependant upon it. Why? Because it cannot exist without your time and money and efforts. People follow these man made regulations because they do not know the Christ in them. So many “Christians go through life knowing that there must be more to ‘doing church’ than what they are experiencing!!!!!

Man-made religion brings the believer into bondage. What kind of bondage you may ask? Bondage to trying to please God in their own strength. They have been taught God from the Old Testament, and because of this, they do not know Him as Father. They try to keep the Law and as Romans says, no one has ever kept the Law perfectly excepting Jesus. Because they break the Law over and over again, they think that God is always going to smite them with a curse or something!!! This is man-made religion. It is following man and his tradition and philosophy. Paul says that every person under the Law, is under a curse!!! So why on earth would we want to be under the LAW AGAIN???? We have been taught to follow man, and not Christ.

Colossians 2:8 KJV Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

We have ignored the gospel of Jesus Christ, His very own Gospel given to Paul. This gospel was not taught to Paul by men, it was revealed directly by God to him – Gal 1:12. This gospel is spoken about as a mystery! A mystery kept hidden for generations!

Rom 16:25-26 KJV Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (26) But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

When any other gospel besides Christ is preached to Christians, death follows. People are turning away from man-made religion because it has no life in it – 1 Jn 5:12. This is why many people turn to other religions to find “God”. If all that is preached is ‘religious jargon’, in place of Christ, ‘death’ is sure to follow. There is no life apart from Christ. Religion does not preach Christ and Him crucified. Religion preaches everything except Jesus Christ. How different this is to Paul because Paul sais himself that his message was Christ. Paul did not preach Jewish Law and Old Testament traditions. He preached Christ in him!!!! Gal 1:16 KJV To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; …..

As born again believers we must know the true gospel*. It is urgent!

Too many Christians, do not know the Christ in them because they are not hearing the gospel of Christ. They are caught up trying to make up for this lack in their spiritual walk by “doing things” and keeping busy, they are constantly trying to impress God and to ‘earn’ His acceptance and favour. This need to “do”, is a flaw in humans, it is something that drives people. It is a belief that you must ‘do’ in order to ‘get’. This is the foundation of religion, man always wants to be able to say that he was responsible for this and this. As born again believers, we are only vessels that contain a Treasure. It is Him in us that does. It is His words we speak. It is His actions we carry out. It is Him, it is not us!

Being a Christian is simply this: “you the believer, no longer live, but Christ takes over the old human self, and a new creation is born – a genuine Christian. A person with Christ in them!”

*For more information on the gospel of Christ please follow this link: https://inchristinme.wordpress.com/mystery-kept-secret-from-foundation-of-the-world/


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