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Take Christianity off the list – religion is dead | Church Corner

It thrills me to speak to you today about the death of religion. This is going to be fun!

There are many different religions in the world; so many in fact it is impossible to count them all since new ones spring up every day. There are six major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, New Age, Judaism and Christianity.

Today my goal is to forever remove Christianity from the list of religions because frankly...religion is dead!

Religion seems like a good thing doesn’t it? I mean, what could be wrong with a strict code for moral conduct and a clear list of rules, laws, traditions and ceremonies? That’s really what a religion is, right? When you boil it down, religion is list of rules and things you can and can’t do. It is a code for how you are to live and depending on a person’s adherence and obedience to the code a person is judged. They are qualified or disqualified by how strictly they obey the rules, perform the works and walk the straight and narrow.

I think there was a time when I would’ve settled for religion. Religion seemed like a good change for my undisciplined life. I was looking for a way to a better life and to shed the pile of guilt and shame I had for living a life that would’ve made my grandmother cry. I was ready to submit and turn my life around. I thought religion was the way and that it was God’s plan for my salvation.

Proverbs says, “There is a WAY that seems right to men, but in the end it leads to death.” I believe the author is talking about religion.

I don’t think Christ-ianity is a religion; in fact, the life of Jesus brought about the death of religion! In religion we are judged based on our goodness, obedience and performance. In Christ we judged based on the goodness and obedience of Jesus. Jesus said in St. John 14:6, “I Am the WAY, the truth and the life, nobody makes it to the Father except by me.” Religion could never be the way because no matter how many rules we construct or how hard we try, we could never be good enough or prove ourselves worthy.

Any plan of salvation that is hinged on our ability, performance or moral conduct is a poor plan. We would all fail. But Jesus is not about religion.

He destroyed religion and every rule and requirement that disqualified us. He fulfilled all of the qualifications of The Law once and for all. He became our sin so that we could become the righteousness of God. That means we are morally perfect and fully qualified to enter Heaven and go to the Father. Our qualifications will never again be hinged on our goodness, obedience or performance, but rather on the life of Jesus Christ! Religion is dead!

There was a time I thought Christianity was religion. I thought it was all about rules, work and obedience. Being tired of my life and riddled with guilt I was ready to finally submit. Now what I submit to is Jesus being my righteousness and resting in his work.

Romans 10:3-4 – For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law (religion) for righteousness to everyone who believes.

If you are in a religion...it thrills me today to tell you there is a better way!

Jesus is the only way. All of your religious ceremonies and works will never wash away your sins or remove your guilt. Religion brings us into bondage but in Christ we are free!

I want to thank our all of the brave men and women of our armed forces who have fought and died for our freedom. Freedom will always be worth dying for.

Heath Rainwater is lead pastor at Grace Point NW, www.gracepointnw.org.

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