Most people know religion and practice it.
While Few people know how to have a relationship with God.
AMAZINGLY… JESUS CHRIST DID NOT SAY ANYTHING TO PROMOTE RELIGION IN THE BIBLE! HIS FOCUS WAS ALWAYS ON THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
John 8:42-45 Jesus calls the Religious leaders children of the Devil
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on My own, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me!
AMAZINGLY the word “RELIGION” does not appear in the original manuscripts of the OLD TESTAMENT. It is mentioned in the NEW TESTAMENT 3 times by the Apostles Luke, Paul and James
Acts 26:5 – The Apostle Luke states that he practiced The Jewish Law before he believed on Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior
Galatians 1:13-14 – The Apostle Paul states that he practiced the religion of the Jewish Faith before he believed on Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior – Paul states that he persecuted the Followers of Jesus Christ (The Eklessia) when he was practicing The Jewish Law.
James 1:26-27 The Apostle James states that pure religion is what man does for the good of man – Pure Religion IS NOT how man maintains a relationship with God.
I would like to challenge you… please put down religion for a minute and and open your mind and heart to the possible truth that you are missing out on an amazing relationship with God. If this is possibly true, wouldn’t you want to experience this relationship that I am talking about? Wouldn’t you want to know your creator intimately and personally?
RELIGION \ PHILOSOPHY WILL NOT GIVE YOU A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!
Although there are many religions in the world today, there is one movement that seeks to join them all together to form the One World Church that will be under the New World Order. Most people do not see what they are doing yet.
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT… CATHOLICISM \THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH – IS NOT CHRISTIANITY
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest religion in the world today, with approximately 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide as of 2019. The Roman Catholic church was formed around 314 AD by The Pagan Emperor Constantine when he declared the Christian faith the official religion of Rome. The problem is that they did not throw out their previous religion doctrine when they took on Christianity. Instead, they folded Christian doctrine into their existing Pagan doctrine creating a false Christian Doctrine. (The Catholic doctrine is not based on the bible alone, which makes them a religion of man made traditions)
The Apostle Paul warns us about False Apostles – 2 Corinthians 11:1-4 & 11:13-15
1 I hope you will bear with a little of my foolishness, but you are already doing that. 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes and proclaims a Jesus other than the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the One you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it way too easily. – 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.
No Other Gospel Galatians 1:6-8
6 I am amazed how quickly you are deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel 7 which is not even a gospel. Evidently some people are troubling you and trying to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a curse! 9As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be under a curse!
THERE ARE 5 MAJOR RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD THAT DWARF THE OTHER BELIEF SYSTEMS – CHRISTIANITY, HINDUISM, BUDISM, ISLAM, JUDAISM.
We don't go to church, Because We are the Ekklesia!