In the beginning God gave His accounts and the law to Moses, this became the “old testament” of the Bible we read today. God knew what He wanted recorded and Moses wrote it exactly how God said. As time went on, men became hungry for power and they preyed on those who endeavored to live by the law of Moses.
Mathew 15:1-9 The scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus and asked Jesus why His disciples transgress the tradition of the elders. The disciples didn’t wash their hands before they ate. Jesus put it right back on them. Why do you transgress the commandment of God? God commanded to honor father and mother and you have substituted your tradition. You were to give some of your ministry money to your father and mother but you made up an excuse to rob them.
The scribes and Pharisees studied the law and then interpreted it for the people. They had their own interpretation that put them in a place of prominence, and they added their traditions to the Word of God. The Sadducees did not believe in the spirit realm, they did not believe in the resurrection nor any future punishment or reward. They had the first seeker sensitive church that saw no need to confront the sins of man.
1 Timothy 4:1 In the last days many shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
In light of this scripture we can see that the devil is the one imputing the doctrine of “religion”. Religion is merely a demonic substitute for what God has already spoken. It relieves people of their responsibility to repent and use the grace of God to change their nature. The demonic spirits overwhelm the spirit of truth with doctrine that appeases the flesh. Just because something sounds good, that doesn’t make it true.
2 Timothy 4:3 The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts they shall heap to themselves teachers having itching ears.
We are in this time right now,; many folks are looking for a “gospel” that is easy on the flesh. People don’t want to be told they are sinning, they don’t want to believe they could go to hell. They have no problem finding a “minister” who will tell them they are just fine. When men alter God’s Word to relieve them of accountability they become the authors of religion. They judge themselves in place of God believing it’s the way He would do it. Religion is a great deception for those who want to feel good about their “lifestyle”.
Religion is a strong institution and durable until the day when God judges the secret of men. Religion has a beginning and an end, Christianity had a beginning and will endure forever.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!