Religious Sinners

Romans 5:1-11
Peace with God Through Faith
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we  have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith  into this grace in which we stand, and we  rejoice  in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Looking at my past I have come to realize a frightening truth.  I wasn’t saved but I was religious.  Some of us truly don’t know the difference and the world sees it as one in the same.  Every time a person says that they are Christian, their religious behaviors are compared and judged.  Even amongst “believers”, these actions are weighed and judged.  So we see ourselves as “do gooders” and present that image to the world.

We become so wrapped up in the act of “doing”, that we lose sight of “being” or “living out” Christianty.  Once that is done we lose at lot, especially ourselves and our center who is Christ.  We quickly become religious and get off course.  In most cases such as my own life, this path leads to more stress.  You will find yourself trying to earn things that are freely given by The Lord God.

Galatians 3:10-14

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit  through faith.

1. We try to earn his love
2. We try to earn his favor
3. We try to earn his blessings(earthly things)
4. We try to earn protection
5. We try to earn joy
6. We try to earn peace
7. We try to earn salvation

How I decided to earn these things, like most of us is by deeds or behavior.  The unsugarcoated name for it is manipulation.  At this point our “faith” is just like all the other religions.  The focus is now morality not holiness.  The focus is self and not Jesus Christ.  We no longer worship God in spirit and in truth but we spend hours as well as lifetimes trying to bend God’s will in the direction of our own.

If we are trying to bend God, we attempting to apease him.  So we sit like the monkeys; “hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil.”  Basically we put ourselves back at the tent of meetings trying to atone for forgiven sins.  We wash off the redemptive blood of Christ because we think we can do it better.  To our defense, the reconciliation done by Jesus can seem to good to be true but it is.  Hence the Gospel Message being the good news. Why do you think they call God’s grace scandalous?

This process of human inclusion can be viewed in the multitude of Christian denominations.  Just as Peter in all of his good intentions tried to do after Jesus was transfigured.  We to, at our moment of illumination go over board with aligning with God.  Peter wanted to build three alters; for Moses, Elijah and Jesus.  But only one has earned it.  In the same way we do the same things but we have different names.  We call them; Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Methodist, etc.  We create church convenents more rigid than the ten commandments.  Everything we build  becomes centered around law and not love.  Around works and not faith, around man and not Jesus Christ even though we say its for him.  Yet it is all about us and that’s where we are today.

Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration
28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,  which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One;  listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

We have seen our error but we think removing labels will fix it.  Now we are non-denominational, casting away traditions.  But we have no foundation.  To much foundation made it massive so we water it down.  To much water makes it hard to measure growth for our bottom line.  So we added structure that can be customized per memeber like insurance.  We peddle the Word, shaping it in our own image as we follow our green arrows into darkness.  We are told that we are saved because we have checkboxes.  Please pass down to the religious sinner next to you.

An un-regenerated heart which doesn’t revolve around Christ can’t have salvation.  Just ask Nicodemus…

11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:11

The Scripture above leaves no room for us not to be Christ focused. How can we live a life in Christ that calls for death if we are serving self? We have gathered unto ourselves teachers, preachers, ministers, pastors, evangelists and the like who will do whatever to fill seats. No one in the history of christianity who has truly lived it has had a life of comfort. This isn’t the boys scouts and we are not here to earn badges.

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4 Responses to “Religious Sinners”
  1. Joseph says:

    Thank you so much for speaking truth and revealing the hidden things that many people want to keep bottled up. It reveals that we’re not alone on our hidden things, even though we think we are..

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