Dangers of Religion

Dangers of Religion


Religious people are people who refuse to be sanctified. Sanctification is the process of allowing God to set you apart from the world.

According to Jesus in John 17:17 believers are sanctified through the Holy Spirit and by the word. Throughout the Gospels we read how Jesus often spoke about and against religious people. In his days the religious people were called Sadducees, Pharisees and Teachers of the Law, I suggest you read Matthew chapter 23. So what does religion look like in modern days? The same as in Jesus's days 'having a form of Godliness, but denying its power.'

Believers who become religious either:
1. Don't understand scripture and/or they
2. Don't understand the power of God

...as Jesus stated in Matthew 22:29

In Matthew 7 there are 5 things that Jesus told his disciples and us that would block spiritual growth:
1. Judging others
2. Not asking God for spiritual blessings such as the gift of the Holy Spirit
3. Following false prophets
4. Not being obedient to God's will and
5. Casting our pearls to pigs.

Would you give a pig your pearls or diamonds? Then don't give religious people the opportunity to trample your spiritual development by listening to their unbelief and/or following their lifestyle.

Religious people become religious when they don't see the promises of God manifest in their own life. The Bible tells us that the promises of God are:
1. Righteousness
2. Eternal Life
3. Rest
4. Peace
5. Joy
6. Perfect Health
7. Protection
8. Provision
9. Greater Things

The reason why a religious person who at one point was probably a believer, did not receive the manifestations of God promises is:
1. They were not a believer because they are living in sin. This means that they hear the word, but they don't do it. Righteousness is a practice.
2. They are a believer, and they have faith in God, but they don't confess the promises of God. Read Luke 4:1-13 and Mark 11:22-23.
3. They are a believer, and they confess the promises of God but they have doubting faith. When Peter started to doubt as he was walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33, he began to sink.
4. They are a believer and while they are not living in sin. They have sin that has not been repented of, which is probably the sin of unforgiveness. They need to repent from their heart! Read Matthew 6, and Mark 11:25. The word tells us that faith worketh by love. Your faith will not work in your heart, and none of God's promises will manifest I'm your life. This is why God commanded us to love.

So after a person who was once a believer allows the devil to deceive them by telling them God is not real, prayers don't work, God doesn't hear you, God doesn't care, what kind of God would allow xyz, they will be in a religious cycle. Jesus speaks about this in the parable of the sower, in Luke 8:4-15. The devil doesn't mind if a religious person goes to church or if a believer goes to a religious church because God's power and Glory are absent, thus the believer is the same on day 1 as they are on year 20. No spiritual development! 

What are the characteristics of a religious person?
  • Prayer with no belief that God will answer their prayers.
  • Thinking God (a father) would give his children sickness and painful disease, because they did not get healed; same with poverty.
  • Healing was for Jesus's time.
  • Go to church, feel good for 1 day and spend the other 6 days defeated.
  • If I work to be righteous, God will reward my works.
  • Worship God, with a disobedient heart. 
  • Give God an hour of their day, and spend the other 23 hours doing what pleases them.
So when a religious person is stuck in their religious cycle, they will unconsciously try to drag you in. When your light shines, because they are in darkness they will take offense to your light. You have to remain in Godly love, no matter what. Just because they are weak today, doesn't mean they will be weak tomorrow. Always stay in Godly love.

While you are being sanctified, which means being set apart from the world, you will lose friendships, relationships, and more. Cheer up, because in Mark 10:17-31 Jesus tells us "no one who left home or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life."

TRUST GOD

Trust God's plan for your life; trust God's purpose for that plan; trust God's pursuit for that plan.

STAND FIRM!