Is Religion Enough?

My $.02.
re·li·gion
rəˈlijən/
noun
1.the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
synonyms: faith, belief, worship, creed; More

  1. a particular system of faith and worship.
    plural noun: religions
  2. a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.

Do we have the religion of Christ, or are we Christians? Do we go to Church? Or are we the Church?
I try to read my Bible daily and seek the Lord. I pray before every meal. I don’t drink, smoke, use any illegal substances, cheat on my taxes, watch R rated movies, or listen to what I deem as ungodly music.
Is that enough?
I am a member of good standing in my church ( at least I believe I am). I have been baptized, I’ve spoken in tongues, and I can post about Jesus Christ on Facebook!
Is that enough?
The answer is NO! NONE of the things we DO qualify us for heaven! (Isa 64:6)
The truth is that if we ARE Christians,then we won’t want to do anything that dislpeases God, and we WILL want to seek Him in His word and in prayer! But those things in and of themselves will not qualify us for heaven or make us right with God! When it comes down to the heart of the matter, it’s about knowing Jesus and having a relationship with him! Religion is basically man’s belief and pursuit of God! I would add that it comes with a personal system of “do”s and ” don’t”s that will either make or break you according to how you live by those standards! And, there are religious people in every church, and EVERY religion! And the best that religion can offer is….”I hope so”.
Christianity ( knowing Christ) is just the opposite! It is where God seeks US to follow Him! (Luke 5:31-32, Luke 19:10) And He tells us in His word that we have already blown it and fallen below the standard that God has set (Rom 3:23, Rom 3:10, Ezek 18:4) We are doomed already! But the HOPE is that, IN Christ, we are forgiven, made free, and made righteous! Our freedom is not in what we can do…but what He has DONE! Some of His (Jesus) last words on Earth were..”It is finished”, meaning that Christ has accomplished everything we need for salvation! Anything we try outside of that is only religion…Religion kills! Jesus gives life!
(Matt 11:28-30, Rom 10:9-13, John 8:36)

All Charges Dropped!

We have been found guilty, but the charges have been DROPPED!

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
(Ps 103:10‭-‬12 )

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
(Rom 8:1‭-‬4 )

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
(Jn 5:24 )

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Rom 3:23‭-‬26)

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate (a LAWYER!-My emphasis) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 Jn 2:1)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 Jn 1:9)

Choosing My Religion

Choosing My Religion

So, your aching soul has finally realized the cold universe spins on with or without you. Upsetting to finally realize Grandma was right, isn’t it? It’s not all about me or you. There is something out there greater than us, calling us to seek and find. Congratulations. We’re growing up. The Creator is calling out to us, His creation.

Spiritually, it can get very weird out there. Please consider a few helpful hints on avoiding the spiritual pitfalls awaiting you on your journey that I’ve learned from mine. Remember: not all that glitters is God.

  1. If your new faith friends have a name tags that all say “Elder”, knock on your door weekend morning before even the wee birds are chirping and have “special study guides” without which you simply cannot grasp the teachings of the Bible, it’s OK to unchain the family pit bull. God understands. It’s probably not what Jesus would do but trust me, you’ll feel better.
  2. If they constantly reference Jesus but don’t follow him, don’t follow them, either. Better, if their example does not reflect His, they do not reflect Him.
  3. If they offer castration and tennis shoes as prerequisites to salvation and they are waiting for anything out of the heavens other than Christ himself, say, a UFO or a comet, tell ‘em you’re going out for a Slurpee and run! Sure, they’re in tennis shoes but you have more important things hanging in the balance. Your future progeny will thank you.
  4. You’ve been invited to a special 3 day meeting at Kamp Submission – out in the woods where there are no cell phone towers or washing machines – and they insist on driving, leaving you trapped with no way home, they’re not really taking you camping. And they only thing they intend to wash is your brain.
  5. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Just don’t.
  6. If you find out that Jesus is just an angel or merely a good man, or that Jesus and Satan are, in fact, brothers, skip the next meeting. Get a really good security system. Look what happened to pop singer Prince. He’s wasa a Jehovah’s Witness. And you’d think that wealthy brother could afford a better security system.
  7. Buying into the promise of personal godhood is a guaranteed, permanent eviction notice from the grace of God. If this particular lie was powerful enough to turn angels into demons, just what do you imagine it will do to you? Do the angry words, “I will be like the Most High” ring any frightening bells?
  8. If there is anything or anyone put between you and God, say, a priesthood you obey without question, ditto on a high potentate, the necessity of child or sexual sacrifice, or sacrificing your property to the collective, beware. Under no circumstances do you open the door and let such thugs in your home.
  9. If the anointed leader lives a posh few million bucks up the street from your little house in a great big house with gates and guards and you can’t pronounce the name of the import car he or she drives, you can probably guess that those sacrificial “special offerings” aren’t getting to the widows and orphans. Tell that smiling greeter with the required ‘Information and Income registration card’ a hearty, “Ummm. No Thanks”.
  10. If they reject the Bible, that’s their decision however foolish. If they decide to rewrite it being “led only by the Spirit” and not scholarship, well, “There is a dimension not known to man… you’re entering the Twilight Zone.”
  11. If an angel, spirit guide or ascended master has told the leader that their group will teach the Bible like it’s never been taught before, they probably are teaching it like it’s never been taught before. This is bad bad bad. Psst. Evoke the Run Away strategy.
  12. If their attire of choice is veils or sheets, you’re either about to be enslaved or shaved, tattooed and recruited for the master race. You can do better.
  13. If they coyly whisper to you, the about-to-be initiated, that evil has a secret, beautiful side to explore; there are most likely dismembered bodies in the basement deep freezer. Time to go.
  14. Umm, if the phrase “72 virgins” comes up positively in conversation, what they aren’t telling you about in their Suicide Bomber Recruitment Drive are the 72 eternal mother-in-laws. Count ‘em, 72. Ponder the scary finality of that word eternal. Sadly, you only get to kill yourself once. Still worse, see point 15.
  15. Dynamite Suppository. DO NOT get in the car, strap on the vest, or carry that mysterious unopened package to Check Point B. The last thing that will go through your mind is your backside.
  16. Sometimes identity theft is about stealing your money. Sometimes it is about stealing your soul. Example: If you suggest stopping for lunch and your new faith friends says they must first consult the elders about where and what to eat, opt to dine alone and don’t answer your phone for 6 months. You know who it is.
  17. If your faith friends invite you to a back-to-nature orgy to celibate the ‘ancient paths’ and you note with concern all the freshly bloodied knives and axes, remember this helpful phrase: “Children of the Corn.”
  18. If the privately revealed “will of God” involves you getting naked so they minister to you in a “blissful state of innocence,” it’s not a sacrament they want to slip you.
  19. Like oil and water, snakes and faith do not mix. It didn’t work in the Garden of Eden and it will not work now.
  20. If the new religion, the higher revelation, makes a good Oprah’s Book of the Month, please revisit point 10. Cure the Twilight Zone theme… Do de do-do, Do de do-do, Do de do-do…
  21. You’re in the mall and take a fun, free personality test. Surprise. Your real problem is that your amnesic mind has forgotten that it is possessed by the souls of dead aliens and you need to pay a heapin’ wad o’ cash to have your new faith friends evict these pesky parasites of the soul. We’re back to points 10 and 20.
  22. If the goal of the path they offer is blissful Nothingness, just an opinion here, but I think we can shoot a little higher. God’s name is I AM, not I’m Not.
  23. Recycling. Cans, yes. Souls, no.
  24. If all you’re required to do is ascribe to a set of defined beliefs, even Biblical beliefs, without actually having to implement those beliefs in your personal life, something is amiss. Don’t wait around to find out what.
  25. If makeup and fashionable clothes are evil but gluttony and gossip are “ministry and fellowship,” let someone else grab that third piece of pie. Politely excuse yourself from the fellowship feeding tough, run for your car, and never look back. Chances are good they are too out of shape to catch you.
  26. If they offer to pray for you and try to look spiritually powerful by pushing you over or knocking you down, bite their ankles and holy roll your tail right out of there. Hucksters can speak with the forked tongues of fallen angels, too.
  27. If they use telltale phrases like orbs of light, gold dust or jewels manifesting from the ether, or boast about having Cornflakes with angels, or about having been interviewed on The Blasphemy Network, you have God’s blessing to sleep in that Sunday to regroup and try another church. Do not confuse Prophetic with Nitwit.
  28. If they believe in a Way, a Truth, or offer a Life that is not the Lord Jesus Christ who shed his blood on the Cross to die in your place to pay for your sins, then it is not the Way, not the Truth, or the Life. Do not pass God, do not collect eternal life.

A final thought. Having fed at many of the world’s spiritual slop troughs, I finally came to believe in the God of the Bible. Why? His love won me over. But isn’t the Bible full of error and contradiction? When I ask skeptics to name even one instance of this, their stunned silence is quite telling.

This magnificent book is a revelation of God himself and offers a somber warning in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Having traveled down those roads, I can tell you from painful experience this is true.

For instance, Buddhism offers an 8 fold path that finally leads to hell. So does every other path of every other competing ism. So do all roads lead to God? John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.”

If that sounds narrow, it is! Consider Jesus. He was crucified for blasphemy. He believed himself to be God in the flesh and even accepted worship from his disciples. He died but rose again from the dead and offers this same hope to all who will turn from turn from evil and trust in his promise of eternal life.

This great promise is found in Romans 10:9. “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Or you can keep wandering aimlessly as you perish eternally.

Chose this day who you will serve.

Peace.

Independence Day?

Independence Day?

As we lose our freedoms. As we lose the values that this great nation was founded on. As we lose the “United” in the “United States” and we give way to more and more division…
We who love this country are grieved! And we wonder… “Why is it like this?” and “How have we fallen so far?” The answer is in the name of the holiday we are about to celebrate. Independence day was once a celebration of our separation from tyranny, and the hope of freedom and the “pursuit of happiness ” for all…. Why is it like this? How have we fallen so far?
We have AGAIN declared our “Independence”!!!
We have declared our Independence from God, and from His Word! We have kicked God our of EVERY area of our society! We have replaced the truth of God with subjective truth. We have called good, EVIL, and EVIL , good! We have replaced the Gospel, with “social justice”! When churches would rather promote #Blacklivesmatter, than Jesus Christ, we have turned a fearful corner!!!
And we have the blatant AUDACITY to wonder WHY we’re in the state that we’re in! Sad! I love my country! I am a red, white, and blue, flag waving American Patriot! But I fear that the country I have known is gone! Never to come back! All because we have declared a NEW Independence! I pray for the REPENTANCE of this nation!

Who Are You Working For?

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
(Col 3:17)

So… I have had a situation at my work. I am a fidgety type, so at work I am often moving back and forth, running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. I cannot sit still, especially when I see a need. I work at my local hospital as a patient care tech. More specifically, I work in the surgical unit that comprises both pre-surgery and surgical recovery. I work in a BUSY place!

I am just one of many who assist the nurses and the patients with whatever they may need. As a Christian though, I try to be the very best that I can! I try to always have a good attitude and a servant’s heart. I’m not boasting… It is who and how I believe God has called me to be, so ALL GLORY BE TO HIM!

But lately, I have felt that some of my co-workers have been slacking off. I have felt that I was doing more than they were. And I began to have an attitude, even to bitterness! I had thoughts like, “If they’re not gonna do it, then I’m not gonna do it (A, B, C, or D job)!” Or, “Why are they sitting on their phones while I am up doing all the work? ” My attitude soured through my pleasantries while doing my job. If my attitude could have been described through emojis, it would have looked something like this: 😡😡😡😝😝😝⚡⚡⚡⛈️⛈️⛈️🌩️🌩️😡😡‼️‼️‼️‼️

But then, God gently spoke to my heart…. “Who are you working for?” All at once, it hit me. I am working for Him! HE is my ultimate BOSS! Oddly enough, I have been praying and striving to be a greater testimony for Jesus. And here, God brought it back to me… I work FOR HIM! I am to live to please HIM! Whatever I do, whatever my profession…. I am to be a laborer for HIM!

“But God,” I thought, “what about so and so not doing THEIR job?”

And God gently nudged me, “But we’re talking about YOU.”

Disclaimer: No, God didn’t speak to me literally…He just moved upon my heart with these thoughts.

I then realized that it doesn’t MATTER what others are doing or not doing! God has a specific purpose for ME! And if they aren’t Christians, then I shouldn’t be surprised if they don’t ACT like Christians! When I asked Christ into my life, my RIGHTS went out the window! I am SUPPOSED to be DEAD to myself, which includes my will, my attitudes, and my rights to be angry!!

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
(Col 3:3)

I am to be a Christian first, and an employee later! And it doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing! I will have to give an account for what I do!!!

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor 5:10)

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “ As I live, says the Lord , Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Rom 14:10‭-‬12)

Now don’t get me wrong… This is not the same judgement that unbelievers will receive. If we’re saved, then we are ASSURED of Heaven. But we WILL give an account of our life in Christ!

However, if we want to be a good testimony for Christ, then we are to LIVE differently!! We don’t have the same rights and standards that the world has! We are held to a HIGHER standard!

So… Who are you and I working for? If we DO share Christ at the place we work, is our work ethic up to the standard of Christ? Is there a question about our work ethic and our integrity? Are people drawn to, or pushed away from Christ because of us?

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:14‭-‬16)

I felt convicted, and I want to live for Christ with EVERYTHING that is in me! It doesn’t matter if my ego is bruised or that I’m doing more .. I have to be obedient to HIM!

I Will Not!

I will NOT stop preaching that Jesus Christ is God, and that He is the ONLY way to salvation for anyone who would choose to call upon Him!

I will NOT stop telling people that they NEED Jesus Christ! We are wicked and Hell deserving sinners, but in Christ, we are forgiven and free! I don’t care who gets offended!

I will NOT stop preaching that the Bible is the unadulterated full counsel of God! Either His word has the answers to all of it problems, or it has none! There are many “holy” books. But none are true, safe the Holy Word of God!

I will NOT compromise the word of God for the sake of culture! The word of God changes NOT! It DOESN’T need an upgrade to make it “relevant” for today! It has worked for over 2000 years! And will continue to work in the hearts of men who trust in God!

I will NOT change my view of what the Bible calls sin, just because the culture, or sadly, even those in the Church tell me I should! Sin is SIN! I will EVER preach against it!

I will NOT stop praying for those who are lost! Be they my family, friends, co-workers, or even my enemies! When I didn’t know Christ, I’m quite sure someone was praying for me! I may not get to speak to them about Christ, but I can speak to Christ about them!!! They cannot stop or hinder my prayers!!!!

I will NOT quit!!! Ever! I am gonna follow Jesus and be a witness for Him until He takes me by death or rapture! No threat against me or my family will dissuade me! If I follow Him ALONE,…. I WILL STILL FOLLOW! And unless someone cuts my head off, or cuts my tongue out so I’m unable to speak, I WILL share the good news of Jesus Christ!

I WILL BE WHO GOD HAD CALLED ME TO BE!

Short and sweet…(Nah..just short)

A couple of things…

* For some reason, I am having a hard time seeing posts from those I follow… 🤔 It’s not that I don’t want to read all of your blogs…It’s just that, often, it is like pulling teeth to get to them! Any suggestions?

*I’m writing a book! I have had the idea for years, and I have it all mapped out. It’s just time, circumstance, and my own “laziness” has kept me. So, today begins that change. I’m gonna approach it like I’d approach eating an elephant… How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! I’m gonna commit to one page per day! I figure that that will be manageable with my time and schedule. BTW… It’s a Christian fiction book.. (Oh no! I’ve revealed too much! 😂)

*I may be hit and miss here for a bit… Much going on…

*Finally, I want to say to all, Have a GREAT day in the Lord! This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!!!

I DON’T CARE!

My $02. Like it or not.

I DON’T CARE!

I don’t care if you’re black or white, red, yellow, or brown! I don’t care if you’re male or female, or identify as anything in between! If you don’t know Jesus Christ, you are LOST!

I don’t care if you identify as a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Bhuddist, Atheist, Agnostic, or a Jedi! If you don’t know Jesus Christ, you are LOST!

I don’t care if your mother was a Christian, your grandmother was part of the “prayer warrior group”, whether your daddy is a pastor, or your whole family sang in a Gospel group! If you don’t know Jesus Christ, you are LOST!

I don’t care if you have gone to church all your life, if you have tithed 50% of all your wages, put money in a Salvation Army kettle at Christmas, spoke in tongues, read he Bible cover to cover, handled a snake (weird!), swung from the chandeliers, got baptized (even more than once!), and prayed every morning and night since you were a child! If you don’t know Jesus Christ, you are LOST! Jesus said ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt 7:21-23)

At the end of your life, no religion, no lifestyle, no good works, no family who know Christ, no amount of money you give is gonna save you! You can get baptized EVERY WEEK and go to Hell soaking wet! It’s not about WHAT you know! It’s about KNOWING JESUS CHRIST!!!! It’s about LIVING FOR JESUS CHRIST! (Isa 64:6)

I don’t care if you are a racist, an alcoholic, a drug addict, a sex addict, a murderer, a homosexual, an adulterer, a wife beater, a liar, a con man, a thief, a generally bad person, or….a person who is GOOD!
You need Jesus Christ! And, there is NO SIN that will keep you from His grace and forgiveness if you REPENT! Jesus saves! He CAN and WILL save YOU!!!!!! His blood will cleanse ALL sin!!!!

I don’t care who you are, and what you’ve done!!! Jesus Christ stands ready to forgive you and TOTALLY change your life!!!!

Jesus said. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)
The Bible also says, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:8-13)

The ball is in YOUR COURT! What will you do with Jesus Christ? One day, you will stand before Him! I am not your judge, but He is! He will judge based upon His Word, and His judgement will both be RIGHTEOUS and FINAL! He will send NO ONE to Hell…but those who go there, will go by their rejection of Jesus Christ! He will merely honor their choice!