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Today we’re begining a series: Religion vs. Relationshp.
Before we begin please allow me to clarify something
Throughout this article, I am constantly addressing a works-based religion even to the point that the reader could think that I subscribe to the “hyper-grace” or “sloppey agape’ movements which basically subscribe to the ideas that God and people (respectively) are “loving” and accepting regardless of a person’s sin or iniquity. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Those who have been around our ministry for any length of time know very well that I am VERY Bible-based.
The entire Bible tells us what James 2:26 so precisely says: “faith without works is dead”. Likewise, in Philippians 2:12 Apostle Paul admonishes us to “work out our own salvation”. Clearly, relationship goes hand in hand with action.
The subject of this series is not whether certain activities should be practiced or not. Rather at issue here is the origin of the motivation of those activities.
In John 7:38 Jesus / Yeshua said that our relationship with God should flow forth from the most inner part of our being.
1 Samuel 16:7 says that “man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.” It is from this perspective that this article is written.
For REAL healing and/or revival to occur in your life, religion will need to be eradicated.
There are several definitions for the word “religion”: When I was studying Christian apologetics the definition that I used was “a system, set, or collection of beliefs”. This will be the definition I will be using throughout this article.
Religion is easier than relationship
Most people of average intelligence can easily to study and memorize a religious “system, set or collection of beliefs” to the point at which they can fluently recite them. Religion can be studied and memorized much like you would study and memorize for a history, English, or math class in school.
Similarly, it is easy to “go to church” every week and socialize for an hour. It is easy to take a meal over to the Johnson family because they are experiencing a crisis and it is a nice thing to do. For many, it is even easy to fulfill their weekly, religious, financial commitment because they are told it is the right thing to do and it keeps them in good standing and it may even give them a little leverage. It is easy to learn what is expected of you and how to perform in order to be accepted.
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