Blinded by Religion

 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”  2 Corinthians 6:16-18.

I had someone tell me we have to “meet them where they are”.  In this particular situation, they were regarding preaching the Gospel of Jesus to the Jewish people.  In other words, they were saying we must join them to reach them.  Such is how many of the modern day gospels believe.  God’s plan for His Children does not involve joining the world to overcome the world.  We, God’s Children, preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to the four corners of the world and He will draw the lost.  We don’t have to reason with the world.  We don’t have to come up with another way to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus or attempt to manipulate the lost to come to the church in order to hear the Gospel.  We tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they come to the church to learn more about Him.

Some have said they don’t see the love when I write.  Please understand, I’m talking to Believers who are deceived and not to the lost.  I’m talking to the ones who have led and are leading many away from the faith of Jesus for victory over their sin nature.  Those who have been seduced by seducing spirits and are now attempting to seduce others.  I’m speaking to the ones who have fallen from grace and returned to law for dominion over their sin nature.  They preach “love” until their “loving” rebuke is rebuked and then their rotten fruit is revealed as they point the finger to you for breaking their rule or regulation.  Is it really love to allow others to seduce God’s children to another faith for victory over sin?  Doesn’t that lead to their destruction?  Man made schemes and traditions do not give the Saint dominion over their sin nature.  There is but One, Jesus Christ, Who gives the Believer dominion over their sin nature and it is there, in His finished work on Calvary’s Cross that our faith must remain.  The same faith that got us in to the Kingdom of God is the same faith that gives us victory over sin…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

There have been too many attempt to join the world to win the world and have become of the world.  There is no longer a line between Believers and unbelievers because too many Believers submitted to the rebuke of the religious rules and regulations without knowing the Word of God for themselves.  I don’t ask you to take my word, I simply ask you to “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.

The Lord will lead you into all Truths but He will also not overtake your free will.  If you are seeking rules, regulations and traditions, the Holy Spirit will convict you of your error but He will not stop you.  By continuing to seek victory over our sin nature through rules, regulations and traditions and not through faith in the only One Who can give us this victory, Jesus Christ, our sin nature regains dominion.  The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to give us victory over our sin nature when our faith is in those rules, regulations and traditions.  “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.  The law of the Spirit requires faith in Jesus Christ to make us free from the law of sin and death.  A law, Mosaic law or any other law, designed to give one victory over our sin nature is spiritual adultery.  It is pointing God’s children to another way of victory over sin. 

Religious bondage is the worst kind of bondage and self righteousness is often the result.  I’m not pointing my finger at “you” saying you, the reader, is in bondage and self righteous.  I’m talking about the one’s who are in bondage and cannot see they are deceived.   Could that be you?  I have no idea, that is between you and God.  I will say this though, if you cannot see the religious bondages of many in the modern church, I ask you to prayerfully seek the Lord for His revelation which will always line up with the Word of God.  Don’t seek man, seek the Lord Jesus Christ and He will guide you into all Truths. – Donna Clark Warren

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