The Grace Escape From Religious Bondage

There are thousands of religions to choose from and new ones are always forthcoming. But they aren’t really new at all because they keep revolving around the same basic design: What must we do to become more acceptable, forgiven and pleasing to God.

For each question asked, there are usually thousands of different answers representing each brand of belief … and unfortunately the Christian religion is no exception. After all, just look at the huge number of church denominations which came into existence largely due to anger, disputes, dissensions and factions—which are defined as works of the flesh in Galatians chapter five. The system as a whole is often nothing more than social clubs requiring preexisting conditions in order to join their government approved and tax-exempt earthly institution, filled with legal precedent and human tradition.

Inside of these walls we’ll find the self-righteous piously sitting in “pews” that smell like filthy rags (the Greek word for that is P-U). On the flip side, there are the dismayed parishioners who live in fear that they will perish. Even the baptized will feel as if they are drowning in being able to live up to whatever required standard is being presented to them. Yet they always seem to fall short and will feel the need for another do-over as they seek to reassure themselves.

Religion says: Do your best to obey the stone tablet commandments.

The gospel: Jesus did what the law could not do and He fulfilled it for you (Romans 8).

Religion says: We need the glory of those written commandments to help reduce sin.

The gospel: The Mosaic ministry caused sin to increase and no longer has any glory at all as it ended and was replaced with a more glorious ministry of the Spirit (Romans 5; 2 Corinthians 3).

Religion says: We need certain laws and rules to guide us and show us how to live.

The gospel: The Holy Spirit is our guide and His grace teaches us to deny ungodliness (John 16; Galatians 5; Titus 2).

Religion says: Salvation is a gift. On the other hand, Jesus taught us to obey all of the commandments in order to inherit eternal life.

The gospel: Although the law was holy and good, it was weak, useless and powerless. Jesus became the end of the law for righteousness to all who would believe (Romans 8, Romans 10; Hebrews 7).

Religion says: You’re forgiven for your sins … unless you commit another sin.

The gospel: You have been forgiven forever, by the blood of Jesus, shed once for all (Colossians 2; Ephesians 4; Hebrews 8-10).

Religion says: You’re saved by grace but are sanctified and made holy by behavior improvements.

The gospel: You’ve already been declared as holy and sanctified through the finished work of Jesus and we boast of nothing in ourselves (1 Corinthians 1; 1 Corinthians 6; Hebrews 10).

Religion says: The Holy Spirit is always with you, but He also comes and goes frequently.

The gospel: The work upon you is finished. He never leaves. He lives in you. He works in you. His anointing abides in you. (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 3; Philippians 2; 2 Timothy 1; 1 John 2:27).

Religion says: We are identified as sinners and it’s now about what we do to work at becoming more like Jesus.

The gospel: As Jesus is, so now also are we in this world … having received an inheritance and were gifted with His righteousness as partakers of the divine nature. (Ephesians 1; Colossians 1; 1 Peter 1; 2 Peter 1; 1 John 4).

For more on avoiding the trap of religious bondage inside of a new and better covenant, and also gaining a better understanding of the teachings of Jesus, get the book: Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee.

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