Religion Says Be What You’re Not – Jesus Says Be What You Are. Religious Contradictions
If I asked a monkey to be a turtle he’d scratch his head and wonder just how can he be something he isn’t. In a similar way, we see this in religion as it applies to who we are in Christ.
1: Religion Says: You need to receive Jesus into your heart & Love God with all your heart.
2: Then Turns Around And Says: Our hearts are wicked. You can’t trust it.
3: But The Truth Is: #1 & #2 don’t fit. We have new spirits and new hearts-Ezk 36:26. We have become obedient from the heart-Rom 6:17 (not the flesh) and Jesus lives in our hearts-Eph 3:17. How do you receive Jesus in your heart (#1) and then still call it (evil #2)? You can’t and shouldn’t.
1: Religion Says: Don’t sin. Be holy and live upright godly lives.
2: Then Turns Around And Says: You’re a dirty sinner and you need to try and be holy and are not worthy.
3: But The Truth Is: #1 is asking us to “do” and “be” something that #2 (religion) says we are not. The fact is the new has come, the old has gone-2 Cor 5:17. Your identity is in Christ and you have been made Holy-1 Cor 6:11. God can ask us not to sin because we have been made new, it’s who we are at the very core, and our desires have changed, even though we all still struggle with old thoughts and need to renew our “minds”(Rom 12:2) and believe who we are now so we can live it out.
In other words, religion says “act and be something that you’re NOT”. The bible says “act and be what you ARE”. Holy. Sanctified. Justified. Righteous. Saint. Child of God.
You don’t have to fake it. Just live out who you have been made to be. That’s the reason to avoid sin. Not to “be” but rather because you “are”.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.