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.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.