Am I A Religious Christian?
Bottom Line: Being a Christian is all about “holiness”.
Holiness is Christ’s love for God and for one another and that love is proven in what we wear and how we groom, in where we go, in what entertainments we feed on, and in what we say and the tones in which we speak to people — ESPECIALLY OUR CHRISTIAN BRETHREN.
As a Christian, if we withhold Christ’s love from just one person on earth, it means I am a “religious person”.
Hebrews 12 King James Version (KJV)
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
DANGER IN BEING A “RELIGIOUS” CHRISTIAN
It is extremely dangerous to be a “religious person” or “religious Christian”.
It is never good to be a “religious person” or “religious Christian” because it means we have all kinds of behaviors developed that make one appear to people as knowing God, praying to God, going to church or religious meetings supposedly about God — yet may have broken fellowship with Jesus Christ (God) or never had fellowship with God at all!
The pattern of the church today, according to Revelation Chapters 1 through 3, is MOST, not some, but most of us wear the name of Christ — but we do not take seriously the call, its required separations, costs, and their consequences — so we envy, mock, hate and harm those who do.
We are not realizing that harming, hating, mocking, or rejecting our very own Christian brethren who are only focused to please the Lord reveals to God which of those in the church are, actually, against Christ! This is what it means to be a “religious person” or “religious Christian”.
Jesus calls it “Carnal-minded”.
Some religious Christians call you ‘holier than thou’. Some carnal-minded Christians call you ‘so spiritual you are no earthly good’. Some religious Christians call you ‘super spiritual’. Your carnally minded Christian brothers and sisters (some being pastors and preachers) may call you many things to scorn you and try to change you or shut you down!
They’re idea and understanding of Jesus Christ is fake. While in church, the Jesus such persons are worshiping is a fake Jesus — because they think He is okay with their heart attitude and their expressions of it through religious deeds such as in Matthew chapter 7.
JESUS, the Lord of the church and head of the family of God in heaven and in earth — calls you ‘holy’, ‘precious’, ‘faithful’, and ‘peculiar‘ (meaning just for Himself).
What JESUS calls you and thinks of you is the only thing that matters and it is the only truth about you.
So, as Jesus taught us in Revelation chapters 1-3, when your church pastor and brethren are “religious Christians”, you are to:
Overcome, Be faithful, Endure, OVERCOME!
Romans 8 King James Version (KJV)
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
This passage from Romans reminds me that if I don’t change from being a “religious” Christian, Jesus numbers me with those in Luke Chapter 7 — where He makes his point in verse 23 — that, in God’s eyes, I am a “hater”. HATING GOD while doing all kinds of outward displays of worshiping Him makes me a “religious person”/”religious Christian”. Such Christians end up damned for all eternity with all haters.
Am I a religious Christian? Search oneself and decide.