Religion, Rules, and Relationships

Religion, Rules, and Relationships

Young and Untaught Believers: I’m not in a religion, I’m in a relationship with Jesus.
Scripture: James 1:27 PURE RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Fake Evangelists: Religion stops revival!
Scripture: Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
James 1:27 PURE RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD.

False Preachers: Religious people killed Jesus!
Scripture: Matthew 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
What killed Jesus. Religion, or Envy?
James 1:27 PURE RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Water in Flint was corrupted. Polluted water is corrupted. People have gotten sick drinking contaminated water.

If you heard a person railing against how wicked and corrupt water is, and how they only drink pop because water is corrupt… what would you think about that person? What would you do for that person?

“They are deceived. They need some pure water.”

What does the Scripture say is Pure Religion? What does the Scripture say about Christianity? Religion can be corrupted by sin, but Pure Religion is not. Christianity can be corrupted by iniquity, but Pure Christianity has been confirmed by Apostles Peter and Paul.

Zealous and Immature Believers: It’s not about rules, it’s about personal preference and what I feel in my Spirit.
Scripture: Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, LET US WALK BY THE SAME RULE, let us mind the same thing.

Confused Theologians: Certain chapters in the new testament were only for the city & culture it was written to.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ORDAIN I IN ALL CHURCHES.
Scripture:1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that THE THINGS THAT I WRITE UNTO YOUR ARE THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Confused Apologists: The Law was done away.
Scripture: Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

What was done away? The Law, or the “Ministration” of the Law? Hmm… (See 2 Corinthians 3:6-11)

Ignorant Atheists: The God of the OT is evil
Scripture: Leviticus 19:33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. 34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Relationships ARE 2 way Covenants. Covenants are 2-way Relationships.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: and his commandments are not grievous.

Relationship question: Both sides give what? What are the Terms of the Covenant?

True Love, and True Faith, and Loving Relationships do not exist without Rules, Laws, Commandments, and Ordinances (Boundaries)

In the Kingdom of God – these Laws, Commandments, Ordinances, Statutes, Precepts and Rules have been agreed upon by The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Apostles and Prophets.

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