Religious people think they have a special favor of God, and the higher
they are on the religious hierarchy scale the greater favor they have.
Many religious people brag about their relationship with God. In
conversing with a guy the other day, based on Acts 17:11 which states;
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received
the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so...he had this to say; I quote "So according
to this all Christians are not equal. Paul makes a distinction between
those who study the Scriptures and those who don`t. He says that those
who study the Scriptures are more noble. I have made up my mind of which
group I will be in this modern time when some of this things appear to
be old fashion and outdated." End quote
This superior elitist
attitude shows the depth of deception people are in and their ignorance
of what is meant by the word noble in that they think they are better
than other Christians and are shown more favor by God.
here means: having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that
people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)
does not mean: relating to, or belonging to a higher religious class or
being better spiritually or more favoured by God than someone else.
Such thinking, that they are better than other believers, reeks with
egoistical self-righteousness that displeases God, but in their
deception they believe it pleases God...may God have mercy on their
deceived soul and arrogant attitude.
Paul writes, "You call
yourself a Jew, you rely on the law, and brag about your relationship to
God." The Jews felt that they had an inside track to God. They felt
that because they were the chosen people, they had special status, "God
likes us more than other people, that makes us the spiritual group."
Have you ever met anybody with that attitude? My denomination is the
better one because we believe the Bible truer than you do. That's a
trait of religion.
Jesus has nothing to do with religion except
to show that He was against it. Jesus taught that religion was not the
avenue to gain God's favor. It's the relationship that gets you in favor
with God not religion. The Jews felt very secure. When you study the
scriptures you find that God often bypasses a religious establishment to
get His message across. When God wanted to announce Jesus' birth did He
go tell the priests? No. Who did He first appear to? Shepherds. He
bypassed the high priests, the rabbis, the teachers, the religious
groups. When God wanted to get the message out it says, "The word of God
came to John the Baptist." Who was John the Baptist? A nobody as far as
the religious establishment was concerned. He wasn't part of the
Religion's hierarchy position
themselves as the spiritual information pipeline from God to the
pew-warmer. They claim to know the will of God for the people in the
denomination!" Because the Jews had God's word, they claimed to know His
will! The all important word is "if"..."if you know His will". The
religionists think they've got it together: they've got the name-tag,
they have got the Pentateuch, they think they are the pipeline to God.
Paul is saying it's not enough to know God's will, you need to live in
Religionists approve of their beliefs because they
are instructed and taught by their denominated seminarian religious
professor and believe what they are taught. It is no different than the
Pharisees who taught the Law because they were taught the Law by the Law
Another religious dysfunctional characteristic is
their condescending attitude towards others who do not believe as they
do therefore, not as spiritually enlightened as they are.
think they've got more spiritual insight that the ordinary believer..
"We're the teachers, we're the enlightened, We've got the "AUTHORIZED
KJV BIBLE" we know the way and will show you the way." They view others
as spiritually blind, foolish, in spiritual darkness, and everybody else
is more spiritual ignorant than they are! Have you ever known anyone
who was a religious snob? "Listen to me, I've got the answer for that
spiritual difficulty." A religious know it all? Wants to show you how
much Bible knowledge they've got in their head. This is a characteristic
of a religious person. They use the Bible as a weapon to shoot out of
context Bible verses at you when you go wrong or do not agree with their
religious philosophy. They take great pride in correcting you. They've
always got a verse to quote; it gives them an ego boost.
Religious people have a condescending attitude toward others. They act
as if they are the know-it-alls who go out and beat up on people and
then they complain about being persecuted. Suffering for Jesus? No,
they're just being obnoxious! Don't blame it on Jesus. No matter what
you're doing if you're going to be obnoxious, people are going to be
If your beliefs make you feel superior to others and put
them down, then you're devoted to a religion not a relationship. As a
believer you are not to feel spiritually superior.
states "You who teach others, do you not teach yourself? And you who
preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should
not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you
rob temples? And you who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by
breaking the law?"
Another characteristic of religious people is that they don't always walk the talk they talk.
Religious people are easy prey for hypocrisy because they have external
standards. They hold up a standard of living then they don't live up to
it themselves. Paul asks them these pointed questions: "Do you practice
what you preach?" Notice what they do: "you teach", "you preach", "you
say", "you abhor", "you brag". What do all of these words have in
common? They're all related to the tongue. Religious people are great at
mouth-offers things but not living what they mouth-off.
is saying, "Your walk does not match your talk. Your conduct does not
match your product. Your behavior does not match your belief. You say
one thing but you do something else." Isaiah 29:13 "They honor Me with
their lips but their hearts are far from Me." A lot of religious people
just give lip service. On Sunday they put on their best performance, go
through a ritual, say a prayer, sing praise songs as lip service, but
they fail to walk the walk that talk.
Ezekiel 33:31-32 This is
the basis for what Paul was saying. "My people come to You as they
usually do and they set before You to listen to Your words but they do
not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion but
their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.
Romans 1. Paul has
listed the seven characteristics of a religious person. The result of
religion in the world is in v. 24 "As it is written Jesus' name is
blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." What an inditement! Paul
isn't writing the easiest passage here. He's saying, because of your
religion, non religious people are turned off! Because of your
piousness, unbelievers reject God.
Non-believers usually don't
have hang ups with God, they have hang ups with self-righteous
Christians. They don't have hang ups with the Jesus, they have hang ups
with denominations and their hypocrisy. They have a problem with
believers who act spiritually superior, who pretend to be perfect, who
brag about being better than others, brag about their relationship to
God, and treat other people in this condescending manner.
Blasphemy is bringing shame on God's name. Paul says because of the way
you act, unbelievers are turned off, and don't want to have anything to
do with the way of doing church. He says You claim to be teachers,
instructors, guides for everybody but you're actually turning people
away. No wonder unbelievers say; "If being a Christian means being like
most Christians in their elitism, you can have it for me."
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
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The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…
There is no doubt that the Bible has lots of do's and don'ts, commands, demands, rules and rituals. But they were never meant to produce man-made-doctrines, denominated denominations, segregated buildings called the "House of the Lord" to house the different denominations, nor are they meant to determine a person's spirituality or dedication to God based on their performance in keeping the laws and obeying the rules even though the the religious denominational world is based, built and operates on such thinking. Such use of the Bible is misuse and abuse and hinders the work of God in and through His Community of the Redeemed in the Community of Humanity.
Treated in its proper context the rules, demands and commands of the scripture reveal our inability to gain or maintain a relationship with God while pointing us to Jesus Christ in order to know the character of His Father God. After the law leads us to recognize God’s character and our inability to keep the deman…