Don’t fall for the enemy’s fake religion

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Is the enemy capable of producing a fake, counterfeit religion? Absolutely. If the enemy, Satan, can get well-meaning people to believe that by doing a thing — sitting on a church pew for a couple of hours a week — is a proper response and all that is necessary to be in a right relationship with God, he has succeeded.
I have heard it said like this: “Sitting in a hen house don’t make you a chicken.”
Worship is not a spectator sport. It is a response to a just, righteous and holy God. If the music is loud and entertaining, and the preacher is engaging, has a couple of funny stories, makes us feel good and doesn’t preach for more that 30 minutes we are all about it.
How did we get to a place that worship is about us and our entertainment? If you want the crowds, you must never talk about sin, the cross, the judgment, the atonement and especially not the blood. Sensitivity and political correctness have taken over our culture. Do you really believe that almighty God needs the things of this world to draw in man?
So is there a ruler of this world? While I am using metaphors, I once heard someone say, “I’m not afraid of work, I can lay down right beside it and go to sleep.” To me this describes our attitude toward sin and the enemy. We do not have the proper attitude here. I heard one of the old preachers say with conviction, “I hate sin,” Do you? Do I hate sin? No. Our tolerance and political correctness won’t allow it. We are much more concerned about offending someone than honoring God. Think about that. Some one will respond, “Judge not lest you be judged.” My reply is don’t take scripture out of context.
Matt. 10:28: “Don’t fear those that kill the body but are unable to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both the soul and the body in hell.” James 1:21: “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness, and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, not merely hears who delude themselves.”
Another common response; there are many religions, so what makes you think you are right? There are devout yet perverted Muslims, ISIS, who believe that it is there religious duty to begin a holy war, to bring about the destruction of civilization as we know it, and force all people to submit to Allah.
These people have nothing but contempt for human life, beheading , burning, destroying, selling innocent young women into sexual slavery in the name of religion. Are they sincere? Are they zealous for their faith? We know the answer, they are willing to wear a suicide vest and take innocent lives in the name of religion.
There are only two religions. Either you believe in Jesus as the only begotten Son of God or not.
John 14:6: “Jesus said to him I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.”
Most so-called religions require that you do something to earn salvation. God left the glory of Heaven to seek and save that which was lost. He, through an unfathomable love, did for us that which we could never do for ourselves.
He sent his only son to the Earth to redeem sinful men through the cross of Calvary.
Do not be deceived. Time is short and hell is real.
Gary Thompson of Lawrenceburg is a faith columnist for The Anderson News.