My friends in the world get confused when I tell them that I am not religious; mind you some in the church get confused about this too.
I define religion as when man tries to reach God through his own self-efforts and good works of self-righteousness.
They try to do this or that and stop this or that, in order to seek relationship with God and obtain blessings from Him.
Religion is the man made traditions that bind people in guilt and condemnation; it leads to guilt and condemnation as self-efforts always fail.
A great picture or shadow of religion can be found in Genesis 11 where men try and build the tower of Babel (Genesis 11 v 4).
This was an effort of man to try and reach God, trying to build his own edifice up towards God (that is a great definition of religion).
We then see God destroying this man made structure (Genesis 11 v 7 and 8).
Let me write something that may shock you (well, it will not if you understand my definition of religion); God hates religion!
Jesus came to the earth with grace and truth and He came to destroy religion and not start a new one; we see a picture of this in Genesis 11 v 5 to 8 when God came and destroyed the tower and scattered the people.
True Christianity is a relationship not a religion, it is a relationship with God through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
The truth and grace of Jesus Christ will annoy those of a religious persuasion, but it will also free many from the never-ending treadmill of religious performance.
I hope and pray that you are free this morning and not bound up by religion.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am in relationship with you through Jesus and not through my own works”.
Genesis 11 v 5…..And the Lord came down to see the city and tower, which the children of men builded