Relationship NOT Religion

The WORLD classifies Christianity as a RELIGION. It likes to say to the Christian “Keep your RELIGION to yourself”…or “Don’t OFFEND me with your RELIGION”, or “You are so RELIGIOUS”. By classifying Christianity as a ‘RELIGION’, the WORLD is able to compartmentalize it and move it off to the side, so that it can be maligned or even demonized, and its adherants classified as mentally ill, weird, uneducated or ignorant. We see this today as the god of this WORLD (satan) is making every attempt to turn people AWAY from the TRUTH. And by the looks of how this WORLD is going so far, he’s been very successful. Isn’t it interesting how the WORLD is so tolerant of ALL of man’s “RELIGIONS” EXCEPT…for Judaism and Christianity? The WORLD is tolerant of Budhism, hinduism, humanism, and Islam, BUT Christianity and Judaism are TABOO. Hmm…..Why? Because THE WORLD HATES THE TRUTH! Expect TRUE BIBLICAL Christianity to fall under EXTREME PERSECUTION, even in “the West”. Conservative voices are already being SILENCED and CHURCHES are being ACCUSED of spreading the Corona Virus. It won’t be long before the Bible itself will be declared “hate speech”.

What is religion?

Religion is defined as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods“, or as a set of beliefs concerning the cause and purpose of the universe usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code. In that respect, Christianity could be classified as a religion. However, practically speaking, Christianity has a key difference that separates it from other belief systems that are considered RELIGIONS

That difference is relationship.

RELIGION centers on man’s ATTEMPTS to have some kind of relationship with God or “gods” based on “works”. RELIGION will always involve some kind of “WORKS” (meaning that MAN must DO SOMETHING to make himself in RIGHT STANDING, or RIGHTEOUS before their “god”). A theistic religion, such as Judaism or Islam, holds to the belief in a supreme God or gods; while non-theistic religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, focus on metaphysical thought patterns and spiritual “energies.” Humanism makes MAN into a GOD, and actually includes Climate Change and the “Woke” movement. The RELIGION of CLIMATE CHANGE and the “WOKE MOVEMENT” has woven itself into most of today’s RELIGIONS, even making HUGE inroads into non-Bible based Christian Churches. This is the mystery of lawlessness that was spoken about in the Bible and SADLY, is very prevalent in the modern Church today.

2 Thessalonians 2:7:  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

2 Timothy 4:3: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

1 John 4: 1:  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the worldBy this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world

RELIGION is about man reaching UP to “God (or gods) via human effort, sacrifices, or good deeds. Paradise, nirvana, or some higher state of being is man’s REWARD for his strict adherence to whatever tenets that religion prescribes. In the RELIGION of humanism / climate change, where man believes himself to be a “god”, mankind’s strict adherance to the tenets of that faith will supposedly bring resolution to all of the world’s problems thus creating a type of Paradise on earth.

I know it might sound strange to call Climate Change a RELIGION, but that is EXACTLY what it is. The world tries to pass it off as a “science”, but their data is very sketchy and not provable, requiring FAITH to believe what they teach. They were even forced to change the name of their RELIGION from GLOBAL WARMING to CLIMATE CHANGE because the earth’s “warming trend” PAUSED between the years of 2000 to 2012. In reality, science tells us that the earth has always gone through cold and warm cycles, but this information is kept hidden.

Check out what happened on September 20, 2019, the timing of their “Climate Summit”. Students at the Union Theological Seminary of Manhattan performed a religious ritual in which they confessed their sins to plants. Here’s what they wrote on Twitter..

“Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor…”

The RELIGION of CLIMATE CHANGE denies the CREATION STORY in favor of EVOLUTION and therefore DENIES the Creator. Because this RELIGION is really the ONLY RELIGION that is taught as “undeniable truth” in every school and university around the GLOBE……many, many people are being caught in its web of lies. If you want to be “POPULAR” on the world stage, you must be part of their RELIGION.

2 Thessalonians 2:11:  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

Matthew 24:24: For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Because THIS humanistic RELIGION does NOT believe mankind was created in the IMAGE OF GOD, they have no problem whatsoever killing babies (abortion), they have no problem with homosexual marriage or whatever kind of “free sex” (“love is love) that people desire, they have no problem STEALING people’s money under auspices of “wealth redistribution/socialism”, they have no problem SILENCING those who do NOT believe in their RELIGION. Because they do NOT believe in the Bible, they are NOT CONCERNED AT ALL that the RELIGION of Climate Change plays right into satan’s plan to bring the whole world together under a TOTALITARIAN REGIME known as the “New World Order”.

They are NOT CONCERNED AT ALL that countries involved in the Climate Change agreement were asked to “GIVE UP SOME OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTY”. No alarm bells there. They label those who do not subscribe to their RELIGION as CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS. In-fact, this “woke” RELIGION has many derogatory terms that they love to lob at those who do not subscribe to their belief system such as : “RACIST, MYSOGYNIST, HOMOPHOBIC, ZENOPHOBIC.” They hurl these derogatory terms, like weapons, against any who would dare to REFUSE their RELIGION, regardless of skin color, ethnicity, or gender. This RELIGION is particularly dangerous because it is so deceptive, always pretending to be “good” or “enlightened”, while DEMANDING that mankind DENY the Word of God. It is an actual RELIGION that is able to masquerade as a science or as a “movement”, and is therefore completely accepted and EMBRACED by all WORLDLY institutions such as GOVERNMENT, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, SCIENCE, PHARMACY, MUSIC, MEDICINE and , EDUCATION.

If you DENY their “WOKE RELIGION”, you will feel like a salmon swimming upstream, against the current. But that’s OKAY because Jesus told us that the ROAD that leads to LIFE is NARROW, and FEW FIND IT…but the ROAD that leads to DESTRUCTION is WIDE, and MANY are travelling on THAT ROAD.

Romans 1:22: Professing to be wise, they became fools23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

24: Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Matthew 7:13: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

How does Biblical Christianity differ from any of the world’s religions, including “Woke Christianity”? Biblical Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a RELATIONSHIP that GOD HIMSELF established with HIS CHILDREN. In Biblical (True) Christianity, God reached down to mankind in order to ESTABLISH a RELATIONSHIP with HIS CREATION.

Romans 8:3: For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

The Bible states clearly that there is nothing man can do to make himself right with God

Isaiah 53:6: All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him (Jesus).

Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

According to TRUE BIBLICAL Christianity, God did for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

2 Corinthians 5:21: He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Colossians 2:13: When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

Our sin separates us from God’s presence, and sin must be punished, but because God loves us, He took our punishment upon Himself. All we must do is accept God’s gift of salvation through faith! This is God’s blessing on the undeserving.

The GRACE-based relationship between God and man is the FOUNDATION of TRUE BIBLICAL Christianity and the OPPOSITE of RELIGION.

Established RELIGION was one of the staunchest opponents of Jesus during His earthly ministry. When God gave His Law to the Israelites in the OLD TESTAMENT, His DESIRE was that they “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”

Deuteronomy 6:5: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

“Love” speaks of relationship. Obedience to all the other commands had to stem from a love for God. We are able to love Him “because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). However, by Jesus’ time, the Jewish leaders had made a RELIGION out of God’s desire to live in a LOVE RELATIONSHIP with them.

In the days of the Old Testament, the Mosaic Covenant required the Israelites to OBEY the LAW; HOWEVER, even at that time THE LAW was not what brought them into a RELATIONSHIP with God. Strange as it seems, the REQUIRED ANIMAL SACRIFICES, as a SHADOW and TYPE of the BLOOD OF CHRIST, were NECESSARY for Israel to keep and maintain a RELATIONSHIP with God. In the days of ancient Israel, there were people who UNDERSTOOD that the SACRIFICES were necessary to “cover sin” and thus maintain a RELATIONSHIP with God (animal sacrifices NEVER took away sin, but they temporarily “covered sin” UNTIL the time that Jesus Christ would pay the ULTIMATE PRICE for sin). However, the MAJORITY of Jewish people simply followed the animal sacrifices as a type of RELIGIOUS RITUAL and did not truly have a converted heart. We see this EXACT behavior in much of today’s “modern Christianity” replacing the TRUTH of God, the WORD of GOD with RELIGIOUS RITUALS.

Over the years, the Jewish leadership (Pharisees/Sadducees) perverted God’s SYSTEM of bringing Israel into a LOVE RELATIONSHIP with HIM into a works-based religion that alienated people from Him. THEY even ADDED many of their own rules (Talmud) to make it even more cumbersome. The Jewish leadership prided themselves on their ability to keep the Law—at least outwardly—and lorded their authority over the common people who could never keep such strenuous rules.

The Pharisees, as adept as they were at rule-keeping, failed to recognize God Himself when He was standing right in front of them. THEY HAD CHOSEN RELIGION OVER RELATIONSHIP.

Matthew 23:13: But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 

Luke 11: 42:But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

Just as the Jewish leaders made a religion out of what was MEANT to be a relationship with God, many people do the same with Christianity. Entire denominations have followed the way of the Pharisees in creating rules not found in Scripture. Some who profess to follow Christ are actually following man-made religion in the name of Jesus. While claiming to believe Scripture, they are often plagued with fear and doubt that they may not be good enough to earn salvation or that God will not accept them if they don’t perform to a certain standard. This is RELIGION masquerading as Christianity, and it is one of Satan’s favorite tricks.

Holiness and obedience to Scripture are important, but they are evidences of a transformed heart, not a means to attain it. God desires that we be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). He wants us to grow in grace and knowledge of Him (2 Peter 3:18), but we do these things because we are His children and want to be like Him, not in order to earn His love. At the same time, “Woke Christians” who reject the Word of God and Biblical Holiness do NOT really love Jesus Christ (as they claim) because Jesus said that IF we LOVE HIM…we WILL KEEP His Commandments (Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself). We cannot REJECT the WORD OF GOD (BIBLE) and say we LOVE JESUS CHRIST, who IS the WORD MADE FLESH. Evidence of a truly converted heart is LOVING God’s Word. Those who do think they can REJECT God’s Word and yet consider themselves “Christian” are DECEIVED!

There is only one way to have a RELATIONSHIP with the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE….

  1. ACCEPT the fact that you are a sinner in need of a SAVIOR!
  2. REPENT of your sin, recognizing that it is an ugly thing before a HOLY GOD
  3. BELIEVE Jesus DIED on the CROSS 2000 YEARS AGO to PAY for ALL of your sins, past, present, and future!
  4. BELIEVE that JESUS ROSE from the DEAD 3 days later
  5. ASK Jesus Christ into your heart so that HIS HOLY SPIRIT will take up RESIDENCE inside of you, helping you to live a life of HOLINESS.

Christianity is not about signing up for a religion. Christianity is about being born into the family of God.

John 3:3: Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Just as an adopted child has no power to create an adoption, we have no power to join the family of God by our own efforts. We can only accept His invitation to know Him as Father through adoption.

Ephesians 1:5: He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

Romans 8:15: For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

When we join God’s family through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside our hearts (1 Corinthians 6:19Luke 11:13; 2 Corinthians 1:21–22). He then empowers us to live like children of the King (HOLY). He does not ask us to try to attain holiness by our own strength, as religion does. He asks that our old self be crucified with Him so that His power can live through us (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:6).

God wants us to know Him (read our Bibles), to draw near to Him, to pray to Him, and love Him above everything. That is not religion; that is a relationship.

“As a practicing Muslim for over 20 years, Hedieh Mirahamadi’s entire professional career in the U.S. government and the private sector was built around her Muslim faith and defeating Islamic terrorism. Hedieh maintained a rigorous prayer schedule, kept the strict Islamic dress code, and fasted regularly. But no matter what Hedieh did, she never felt her sins were forgiven or that she would go to heaven until she accepted Christ.

Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with YOU!💕

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My name is TFJ, which stands for Thankful for Jesus. I'm a wife, a mom, and a grandma. I have a passion for Jesus because He literally drug me out of the pit, washed me clean, and made me new. I know He will do the same for you, if you let Him.