Who Do You Follow?

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world (system), the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)

The word "world" here does not mean "planet" it means the world system and the things that operate as the world system operates, including religion!

Our identity is in Christ and His way, not in the way of religion and the religious world's way.

If our life as believers is patterned after the religious system that is patterned after the world system, it does not reflect the character of Christ, and opposes the finished work of Christ on the cross...it is time we reevaluate who we are following Christ or religion.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that we could continue living life bound, manipulated and controlled by the religious system of the world, but instead to accept the  righteousness of Christ and allow His life of within us to outwork His life through us to affect the Community of Humanity with His Love and Grace.

God’s desire for our life is to accept our identity and purpose in Him, rather than the shallow and misguided ways of religious conformity. The roots of our faith should not be planted in Religion, they should be planted in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We must seek our spiritual nourishment and understanding from God...not from those who claim to be the God's spokesperson as to what God wants us to know.

If we call ourselves Christ-followers, then we should follow Christ...not Religion.

That does not mean that we will never fail, mess up or make mistakes. We are human and humans are fallible.

Let’s ask ourselves if we truly are a Christ follower or are we just a follower of Religion.

Whether you belong to a denominated denomination, go to Sunday-go-meetings, pay your tithes, sing in the choir, lead the worship, preach the sermon, all of these things are irrelevant in terms of living the Christ life. Renewed by His Spirit and Him taking up His abode in us, Him living His life through us as we work with Him will reflect His characteristics of Grace, Love, Hope, Forgiveness and Mercy. Not the characteristics of Religion...shame...blame guilt...judgmentalism...and condemnation.

Let’s open our hearts to be moved by the Grace and Love of loving God.

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