Do you know what it means to be Religious?
~My Religious Testimony~
Disclaimer-Please stop here if you are under 18. This post is pretty straight forward and uses some language at times to get some points across.
Most Christians are Religious. That’s a given. Most Christians that I know have no personal relationship with Christ either. Wow, strong statement? I hope so, because it is true. Just by spending time with someone and talking about Christ, you can really see whether someone is religious of not.
Do you fall into this category? Are you Religious?
If you have ever went to church and sung a bunch of praise and worship songs, or heard an amazing message and came out feeling as if you could climb Mt. Everest and back, because you are on such an emotional high..Then Yes, you have fallen prey to having had nothing more then a spiritual Orgasm. Think on that for a moment. Anyone can have an Orgasm. It doesn’t have anything at all to do with LOVE! This is the analogy, so stay with me, and don’t blush too much. We are all adults.
Anyone could go to church and shout out some amazing Praise and Worship songs, here an amazing emotional message, and come out of church nearly shaking, because they FEEL as though they just spent time with the Lord. Or served the Lord with all they had!
Most Christians think that if they are serving the Lord, they are doing Gods will and work. Are they? Are we “helping God out” when we are serving him? When we are teaching Sunday school, or cleaning up the church pews, or watching the little ones in the nursery; Who are we serving? Who is getting the benefits? Who exactly are you helping out? God??
Does God NEED our help in this area? Does he call us to help him at times, because he can not do it himself?
Or, are we helping the CHURCH? Is the Church God? Can God only be found at the Church Institution? What exactly does the NT say about the church? Are today’s churches even churches that the NT speaks of? Why do we say that the church is Gods House? Are today’s churches the temples the NT spoke of? Does God live in all the churches that we drive by each day? OR, and follow me here for a moment…Are we taught this? Are we taught from knee high that the Church is the building….What about leadership? What does the bible say about leadership? Was Paul out taking donations in the NT, to “help him” preach Gods word? Is there anyone at all in the bible that asked for handouts so that they could “fulfill” their calling to share Gods word? What does 2 Thessalonians 3:10 say in this regards.
Back to church leadership. Is it biblical? Was there any examples of Pastorship in the bible? I see none at all. Why do we take so many things out of context? Oh Yeah, it is to keep the “system up, and running” The system needs our help, it always does!
Just as much as we are pulled into the system each time we see a TV commercial and run out and try the product, or send our children to school so that the school could mold and shape our children so that they can operate robotic-ally in the system…the CHURCH is part of that same system folks whether you realize it or not. Wow! Doesn’t Satan have us all deceived!!
Lets see..we have commercials to shape, form, and suck us housewives into the system..Meanwhile we have our kids at school being molded and shaped and robbed of their identity and self worth, so that they can fit nicely into the worlds standards and the SYSTEM.. We have sports to make the men “feel good” and keep them entertained so that they can fit nicely into the system. Then we have the biggest sham of all….The church! The church is the system to keep all the christians in line. The bible does say not to forsake the assembly. But who is the assembly? Have you ever studies this before? If not, I encourgage you to do so. Hint: WE, the PEOPLE are the assemby. And I never forsake the assemby of the saints. I am encourgaed and edified each time I get together with my sisters and brothers in Christ. It is so magnificent because it is not robotic and structured. We do not all have to shut up, and hear one God-Man belt it out from the front upper stage. Oh No, we get to ALL interact, and interact for as longggg as we want too. At times it is till nightfall too! Praise the Lord!
The church is just as much part of the system as anything else. It is where Satan has all the Christians go so they can be taught how “good and worthy Christians” are to be.
Sure, churches will teach you how to memorize 100+ verses..Oh WOW! That will make me more Christ-like…Ummm, doesn’t Satan know every single bible verse himself???? What the heck are we doing to ourselves forcing memorization on ourselves, and our children. Does this not also lead to Pride? What the heck are we doing to our children? How does it feel to be nothing more then a robot? Churches will teach us what the bible says; because lets face it, we are indeed morons who need to be taught verse by verse what the bible says because even though we are born again, and have the holy spirit WITHIN US..We still need to have someone else spoon feed us what it all means….I suppose since most of us have been brought up in the public school SYSTEM, we have already been raped of our critical thinking skills. SO this is all a no brainer for most of us.
This is where the church will come in and fill the gap for us too!
The church will teach us so much..How to act, how to give sacrificially, how to minister, how to become a missionary, how to treat one another. How to serve God, even though John 15:15 is very clear that after Jesus Resurrection, he no longer needs us to serve him, let alone wants us too. All he wants, is a relationship with us, and to love one another. Church will Pretty much teach us everything we need to know to be a good Christian, so we can all be a carbon copy of everyone else in the pews. That way, once we are all robotic in our thinking and ways..Then we will REALLY be able to be blessed, and used by the Lord. Until then, we need to continue to go to church, stand up, sing some songs, sit down, pray..Stand up again, hear the word of God being read, sit back down once more, Stand up once more. (How many times do you think you sit and stand in ONE service? It may surprise you!!!) OK, then we will listen ever so carefully to the preacher give HIS interpretation of what God is actually saying, because we are just not qualified to understand anything on our own, and besides, we have not all went to bible college. We really are dummed down in this area and really need all the help we can get. This is where the preacher is most needed! He is like God after all, and that is why the congregation treats him sooooooo good. He even has his OWN day!
Pastor Appreciation day!!!
What does the first commandment say again? What does 1 Timothy 2:5 say again? Hmmmm…
Hip, hip Hooray it is:
Pastor Appreciation day!!!
We need to go out and get the pastor a really expensive gift, and increase our tithe by 20% so he will know how much we Love and honor him… BUT, ONLY if we are walking with God though and have been really faithful to the church. If you have not been faithful to YOUR church, then God is going to be withholding his love from you. Do not expect any blessings from God either. You MUST be faithful in your church attendence, and only then, will the Lord use and bless you!! IF your worthy enough..If not..The Hell with you! Or so we are brain washed to believe. :o(
So, let me ask you once more….Are you in the system that is known as,
THE CHURCH? Have you been used by God lately? Is being a follower of Christ about being used and blessed by God?
Does Religion have anything at all to do with have a relationship with Jesus? NOT, knowing ABOUT GOD, But having a one on one relationship with the father, because I can bet my life that Satan knows more about God then you, or I do! Knowing about God has nothing at all to do with having a personal relationship with him. You will NEVER hear this preached at church. Trust me when I say, I have been in more churches then you ever have. I have been in more churches then schools, and I went to a different school for every grade of my school career!
So… what does God want from us then??? Nothing! Apsolutely nothing! He wants us to just relax and get to know him. He is our father, our daddy. He is everything that matters. He is the only one in the whole world who will love you unconditionally and FOREVER!! Many Christians will spend the rest of their lives jumping through hoops and back, not ever really knowing who Jesus is, or how much he loves them.
This is what keeps unbelievers from wanting anything to do with Christ. They simply have no clue how much they are loved by him.
My husband gave a great example to a teen last night who was a non believer. He simply asked her how she feels when a boy shows interest in her. She said she liked it alot. What if the boy told the girl how much he loved her? This makes the girl want to get to know the boy even more so, does it not?
This is how Christ works. Once WE realize how much he loves us…all we want to do is get to know him more and more!
It really is that simple, yet churches have turned it into fire and brimstone preaching that uses nothing more then scare tactics to scare people to the the thrown. Let me ask you, do you think Jesus is forceful? Is there any occasion in the bible where Jesus forced himself on a person? No, he is a Gentleman, an amazing one at that. SO much so, that he waits patiently for us to ask him to come into our lives. He will not ever force himself on us. He won’t. For those who do not believe..All I can offer is that you have nothing to lose. You do not have to say some silly mundane robotic prayer for Christ to come into your life and make himself known to you. All you need to do is ask God silently to show himself to you if he is real. That is it! If he does not reveal himself to you, then I guess he is not real. This is how much faith I have in the Lord that I love!
This is all about relationships and has nothing to do with anything else. I have gotten so sick reading blog after blog, and feeling as if I just had a church service. Guilt has never worked in the past, and never will. You can beg people to give to your ministeries. You can show people pictures of deathly starving babies in another country, you can tell the congragation that if they want to be blessed from God, they will do XYZ…..Guilt has no place here.
People have been using guilt for years and years. Everyone has their own agenda. Everyone but God. He will never force his ways on you, and will never use guilt to get you to believe in him. Why do we do this then?
Why do we use guilt, and judge our brothers and sisters on performance?
Why do churches judge us on how well we perform?
If you are a Christian, do you honestly believe that the way you “perform” determines how much Christ loves you? Do you think that the Lord is sitting on the thrown waiting for you to mess up, say, or do the wrong thing ,so that he can condem you to hell, or hit you over the head with a baseball bat?
If you feel this way…..You are serving a false God. You are NOT serving the Messiah, and it has all been in pure vain if you are viewing Christ as someone who is getting ready to hit you over the head each time you mess up! You are stuck in the system and Religious Bondage, and otherwise conforming to this world. What does conforming to this world mean exactly?
Simple ly stated, being sucked into this worlds system..Why are we taught in church that it is something external? Oh, stay away from the movies, stay away from the malls..these are places that the heathens linger about….*G*
Ask for discernment folks. It is an amzing gift to have. Ask the Lord to reveal himself to you. That is it!
That all said, we are all in different walks in our journey we call life. Some people are ready for certain things that the Lord will reveal to them. A couple years ago if I would have read this blog entry, I might have scratched my head. I would not have been at the right period in my life to understand any of this. That would have been fine too!
With this all said, I have been very religious myself for years. I felt that the Lord only loved me on how good I performed for him. Or how much I gave the church to keep it running etc. How I talked and looked, or what company I kept. Being Religious really has nothing to do with Christianity. Think about that for a moment.
Most people “assume” that if I call myself a Christian, well then, I must be a very Religious person. When someone thinks you are religious, they are very careful on how they talk to you. They don’t say any bad words, and if they slip, they immedietely apoligize to you, as if YOU were God. The only gifts they give you are “religious ones” Pictures of Jesus, pictures of the Last Supper, little trinkets of praying hands, bible verses on plaques, etc.
Being Religious use to mean.. just being a church goer. Oh, how times have changed. Christians are the main reason why unbelievers do not take the bible as being the word of God. Christians are also the reason why there is so much division in all the congragations and why we have so many congragations, and lack of unity in the world itself. Another strong statement, I know…Religion is really a very bad thing.
I know many people who are Religious. I am sure all of us do. I have Family that has fell into the Religious trap, and friends too. What’s more, Religious people do not even realize that they ARE being Religious! This makes me chuckle nowadays because I have been called Religious in the past and laught it off . because I did not see myself as being religious at all. LOL
I guess we all have a preception on what being religious actually means or is.
So, let me ask you..If someone asked you what it means to be religious, what would you say?
Religious people could fit into any of the following groups below. Keep in mind that these are only SOME examples of what being religious falls under..Maybe you see one, or two things that describe you. Maybe everything below describes you…IDK.
People that are religious sometimes are avid chruch goers, feeling so guilty if they miss even one service, dreading that call from the “special church committee member” that gives those, who miss a Sunday, a “speical call” just to make sure they are good and well of course!
It is sincere, really it is…..*Grin*
Religious people dress a certain way to show off their religion. They go to all extreams to look NOT of this culture. Of course if the bible would have been written in the Western culture, Oh my, how we would be dressing otherwise, for religious reasons….You get the point.
Religious people will read the bible and change ON THEIR OWN… something about themselves. If the bible says do not drink, they will not drink, if the bible says to do XYZ, then they will do XYZ. They will make changes in their life for the sole purpose, to earn Gods love & favor. To make God love them more then the next sister or brother….
Religious people will SERVE the Lord! They will go to all extreams to reach out, they will not relax and let the Lord bring people to them to minister and encourge. (BTW-most people do not know that the Lord WILL bring people to them.) If only they would stop, do nothing …. let go, and let God….AMEN!
Religious people will not only feel CALLED to save the orphans, homeless etc….they will make sure that the rest of us feel guilty by not joining them on their calling too!! Hmmmm, Guilt trip much?
Please do not mistaken what I am saying here. It is fine and very nice to go help people that need help. I help people all the time, but just do not go announcing it to everyone that I know… If you are one that helps folks and then goes out and makes sure that everyone you know , knows how much you are helping “change” the world….What are the motives of helping them? Are you helping them for RELIGIOUS reasons? Are you helping them because you want to or feel you need too, because that is what the bible says to do? Are you helping them because you feel that God will love you just a tiny bit more then your neighbor who is kicking back, doing nothing, and not helping. This is where Religion takes lead. Also, are you quietly going and helping someone who is in need, or are you preaching to everyone you meet, asking for them too, to HELP YOU..on your supposely calling by the Lord. See the difference here? I know many people who are out there asking everyone they know to help them with their mission. This is nothing more then Religion I am affraid. Think about this for a moment if this describes you…
There are so many people who do stuff, for the love of their Religion. Just look at the Muslims. Some of them kill, all in the name of Alah! It is all about their religion and has nothing to do with the maker. We, as christians are not much different in this area.
If God has really called YOU to help so and so…then where is your Faith in God? That he will supply the means for you to do the task? Why are you reaching out by your own means and asking others to help you on your mission? I guess it is really not Gods calling for you, if you are doing this. If you are asking for everyone else to help you, or making people fill guilty for NOT helping you. SHAME ON YOU!
God does not need YOUR help!
If he is truly calling you, to do, or help someone, he has always and forever supplied the means for the task at hand. You should not have to say, tell, or do anything at all. This too, has Satan all over it. Vanity, Pride, Guilt.
You can go out and literetly save the world. This will not make the Lord love you any more then he already does. Think about all the icons, such as Princess Diana and Ghandi. They did sooo much, on their own to help people, to make a difference.
Other then Mother Tereasea, I really do not know of any other person who moved the mountains of good sterwardship then they did. Were they believers? Nope! They helped thousands upon thousands too. Was it wrong for them to help? No, I am not saying that. However , they were not going out and asking others to help them feed the orphans though and help the needy, so they are one up on most believers.
Religious people often times have very high standards for themselves, and anyone else they feel worthy enough to grace their presence with.
Religious people do not hang out with or befriend anyone who is different then they are. Some times they do, having the motive to convert the other party to see things the way that they do, or believe the way that they do. These are both very wrong. Yet, I am guilty of having done this in the past myself. If you are friends with anyone in your life and have a motive on the back burner for them, this is very Religious and wrong!
Religious people have an agenda, and the unbelievers are aware of this, hence, why they want nothing at all to do with Chrstians. The agenda often times is…to convert the unbeliever. To let them know that unless they accept Christ into their hearts at that very moment..then they are doomed to Hell and are going to burn in the firey gates of hade!
Hmmm, how has this worked out for you lately? Being so Religious and all.
Does the Lord need us to scare anyone to believe in him??? How dare we do such a thing!!
Actions have always spoken louder then words, and the moment that I submitted to Christ and just relaxed, Let go, and let God work within little old me…..That is when the Lord revealed himself to me in such a powerful way, that before, when I was sooooo busy with ministeries, serving and church..I was blindsided…Business is indeed, todays worldliness too. Satan wants to keep us busy in the system! The key to being part of the system is to keep us busy, really busy, so we will not have any time what so ever for relationships and genuine loving , caring friendship. Sure, we will get thrown a bone every now and again.. “Good Job Susie”! You have served God so well with your faithfulness and performance..”God is surely going to bless you greatly”!!!! Just look at all the youth groups that treat your child to a nice shiny badge or ribbon on how many verses they memorize, or GOOD they perform within the insitution. Their self worth is taught at such a young age, by how well they perform. They are taught that performance equals LOVE! Love =Acceptance. Very sad!
This is how the system and the church uses us. It makes us feel sp worthy and loved. It shines and puts the spot light on self. It makes you feel like such a Good worthy christian. It makes you want to serve even more then you already do in fact!!!….All for Gods Glory, even though it has nothing to do at all with God at all. WIll God turn it around for his Glory? Sure he will, he alwasy has and alwasy will. But, it must sadden him that we are all so ablivious to all this.
Religious people are like puppets. You can look at them,talk to them for about 10 minutes, and know all about them and what makes them tick. This is why so many people take advantage of them. They make it so easy to fool them and pull the wool over their eyes.
So, are you Religious? Do you know God? Or are you nothing more then a religious puppet that everyone pulls the strings too? Are you robotic in your ways? Is there not much to you? Are you very predictable? Are you nieve and easily fooled?
Maybe you are the one who is pulling the strings. The bible describes these people as, Wolves in sheeps clothing. I have know several of these “so called believers” in my days too. They are as sly as a fox. They slither in, take what they can get, have hidden motives & agendas up there sleeve as a way to trick you into thinking that they care about you. They will love bomb you to death. They will make you feel special and worthy. They will suck you in, and then spit you back out.. once they get what they want from you.
I like to call them, “The Pretenders” They are so good at what they do. Satan REALLY uses them. They will act just like you when you are around and then when the next group of people are around, they act like them..liking the same things that whoever are with them likes. They are actors and actresses at best.
I do not want to forget to mention the super ultra conservatives. They are the self rightous modern day Pharisees that think they are the only ones that will actually be in heaven. That unless you look and act the way that they do..then you really are not a believer at all. They feel it is THEIR job to let you know everything that is wrong with you. They are their brothers keeper. They are nortorious at holding their brothers and sisters accountable for their actions. They are controlling, manipulating and have a dictorship quality about them. They are very self rightous and you can smell them a mile away. Heaven forbid that you call them on it though. You will then be seen as Rebellion, and you will either be casually eliminated from their circle, or shunned publically. Having you go through a tad bit of humiliation is OK, because they are just doing it for YOUR own good!
All these things..all for the Glory of God! Got to LOVE RELIGION!!!
So, why would anyone ever want to Love the Lord with all their heart and soul?
With friends like these, who needs enemys right?
Well, not me, no more. I have been on both sides of the spectrum and have recently chosen the Lords field. The field that only has to do with Loving each other and letting the Lord do the rest. I have faith in him, and he DOES NOT need my help!!
This is called Relational Chrstainity. I did not even know there was a word to describe it, but you know how that goes. *G* The way it use to be.
There is no room for fakeness in mine, or my families life. If anyone has any hidden agendas or motives, I have Faith in God that they will be revealed and dissoved at once. I am not into game playing christianity, nor religious mumbo jumbo. I am also not into role playing Christainity. I am not going to be the victim any longer. I have a relationship with the father, and that is all I need. For the first time in my life I feel secure in that. It makes me cry knowing how much Christ loves me!!!
I pray that all you do too. I also pray that the Lord will reveal himself in you in such a way that only you will know it to be him. I pray that the Lord will wake you up to what it means to be in “the system”. To show you how many people are pulling your puppet strings…
Who are you? What is your self worth? Who are you identified with? Are you nothing but your heavenly fathers son or daughter? Or are you lost in limbo? Are you feeling unhappy and lonely? Do you want more for your life and feel as if you need to cling to what ever comes your way, as a way to escape from it all? If so, what is your escape route? Is it church, to make you feel high and mighty for God? Is it a physical relationship , or an emotional one that has grasped you by your throat and you can not seem to let go of it.
If there is anything that has control of your life, other then Christ..then it is Religion. Maybe you are an Atheist, that is a Religion too. Maybe you are in Spiritual bondage. Religion once more. Maybe you are working so hard to be the person that the Lord has NOT transformed you to be..and you feel yourself sinking by the day. Maybe you are trying to live up to someone elses expectations for you, and are stuck in game playing Religion and performance based religion.
Some people will live their whole lives this way because they do not want to prove anyone right, so they remain in bondage, due to pride. They would rather be misrable the rest of their lives, then admit someone else was right.
This happens all the time, and is nothing new. The Lord wants us to have freedom and Liberty, and despite what we have been fed in church and by the “Religious folks” we are not in Rebellion for wanting to have Freedom in Christ!! AMEN!
We can do nothing on our own. I think most of us get that. This does not mean that we need to carbon copy ourselves to meet the expectations of another person. God made us all unique, and different and will use our gifts and talents in ways that we will never be able to fully comprehend.
It is not our job to make anyone feel, or act a certain way. Where there is motives, there Satan lays in the mix!
All we need to do is be oursleves and ask God to transform us. This is so simple. Why do we make it so difficult. It is nothing we need to handle on our own.
So I will just leave you with that….Be yourself!! Just Be yourself! God made you after all. You are Good enough the way you are for now! You do not need to earn Gods Love and favor! Let HIM be the one to transform you when HE sees fit. STOP trying!!
Be yourself, NOT the person you have been molded to be..not a certain brand-line of what you have been taught what a good little christian should be…..Just YOURSELF!! Why? Because God Loves you regardless, and will change things in you…WITHOUT your help..and believe me when I say..you will not even see it coming….
God does NOT need your help!!!;o)~~