I was reading over a denomination's bylaws the other day and was appalled. I wonder if the powers to be even realize the religiousness they have set in place, and how they have made themselves above God? This denomination is a pentecostal one and has thousands of missionaries around the world.
In my travels, many other denominations have splintered from this one because of the religiousness and harshness they impose. How crazy is that? What have we become as the body of Christ? We have convinced ourselves that we are alright with our current way of running the church. We tell ourselves that Jesus is the Head; only when we want Him to be.
This denomination, DEMONation is what I call it, declares that a minister would have to go through the district council first before allowing someone outside of their denomination could come and preach. If a minister in this denomination desires to preach at an non-############## church then he or she would have to get permission first from the council. Are you kidding me? Mr. Big Shot who do you think you are.....? This denomination also declares that a minister could be kicked out if he or she does not come to the council with the above mentioned. Craziness!!!!!
Religiousness can never enter into the passionate move of God. You can preach all day from the pulpit to the religious zombies in the congregation, but nothing will change until complete repentance flows through the dead's veins again. It is like breathing life into a CPR dummy and expecting the dummy to live. It ain't going to happen.
Jesus spoke many times against those in denominations or who were religious.
Luke 11:33-54 "No one lights a lamp and hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand so that those who come in will see its light. (34) "Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is unclouded, your whole body is full of light. But when your eye is evil, your body is full of darkness. (35) So be careful that the light in you isn't darkness. (36) If your whole body is full of light and not darkness, it will be as bright as a lamp shining on you." (37) After Jesus spoke, a Pharisee invited him to have lunch at his house. So Jesus accepted the invitation. (38) The Pharisee was surprised to see that Jesus didn't wash before the meal. (39) The Lord said to him, "You Pharisees clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside you are full of greed and evil. (40) You fools! Didn't the one who made the outside make the inside too? (41) Give what is inside as a gift to the poor, and then everything will be clean for you. (42) "How horrible it will be for you Pharisees! You give God one-tenth of your mint, spices, and every garden herb. But you have ignored justice and the love of God. You should have done these things without ignoring the others. (43) "How horrible it will be for you Pharisees! You love to sit in the front seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplaces. (44) How horrible it will be for you! You are like unmarked graves. People walk on them without knowing what they are." (45) One of the experts in Moses' Teachings said to him, "Teacher, when you talk this way, you insult us too." (46) Jesus said, "How horrible it will be for you experts in Moses' Teachings! You burden people with loads that are hard to carry. But you won't lift a finger to carry any of these loads. (47) "How horrible it will be for you! You build the monuments for the prophets. But it was your ancestors who murdered them. (48) So you are witnesses and approve of what your ancestors did. They murdered the prophets for whom you build monuments. (49) That's why the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles. They will murder some of those prophets and apostles and persecute others.' (50) So the people living now will be charged with the murder of every prophet since the world was made. (51) This includes the murders from Abel to Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the temple. Yes, I can guarantee this truth: The people living today will be held responsible for this. (52) "How horrible it will be for you experts in Moses' Teachings! You have taken away the key that unlocks knowledge. You haven't gained entrance into knowledge yourselves, and you've kept out those who wanted to enter." (53) When Jesus left, the scribes and the Pharisees held a terrible grudge against him. They questioned him about many things (54) and watched him closely to trap him in something he might say.
What is Religiousness?
1. Religious people don't care for others. You don't see them caring for the poor, the widows, or others in need. They are usually judging those types of people though.
2. Religious people pay good money to the church , so they can have positions of power.
3. Religiousness is the making up of man made rules and calling them God's rules. Jesus did not wash his hands before eating, so he was considered heathen by the religious. Today, if you are not a Republican then you are not a Christian.
4. Religiousness makes the scripture fit their needs and wants. Just read a denominations bylaws and see how twisted the Body of Christ has become.
5. Religious people get insulted or their feelings hurt when there laws and rules are questioned.
Just read the rest of the passage and see what Religiousness is about. Jesus made it clear that Religiousness in the Body will be dealt with harshly. Do we not believe this message to be true. Where is the fear of the Lord?
If you desire to eradicate Religiousness then you will have to follow the truth of God's word.
1. Allow the fear of God to flow
2. Hunger for righteousness all the time
3. Allow the word of God to replace human law
4. Be in constant prayer
5. Be watchful from worldly influences
We can conquer this evil within our churches if we so desire. Religiousness is cancer that can hit anyone. We must be careful and follow hard after the heart of God.