RELIGION – At its Core Means To in Bondage
A relationship with the God of the universe is so incredible, but if we’re not careful religion can get in the way.
The definition of “religion” can be traced back to the Latin “re” and “ligare”. RE meaning “again”, and LIGARE meaning “to bind”.
So to be in religion is to be returning to the bondage of the law, a problem the Jews had under the Old Covenant.
Christians were freed from the bondage of the law. Religion calls for us to return to that bondage.
Religion seeks to rob us of our peace with God. The ‘do more be more so you’ll be okay with God’s gospel. The double talk.
Religion will always stress us out and we will always feel distant from God. You’ll never do enough in the eyes of religious people. It starts with you just need to accept Jesus. Then religion kicks in and says to be okay with God you need to read your bible more. Then give more money. Then volunteer more. Then do this and that. Faith seems to never be enough and religion will always call you to examine your works and your legal pad of to do’s. Yes, good works are part of the normal Christian life, but our works are a result of who we are, not who we are trying to be or to get in good standing with God.
My advice? Get away from religion and get closer to God.
Your faith alone saved you. Your faith alone made you right with God. Don’t let religion rob you of the greatest message ever given to us from God.
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.