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Fruit Producers or False Seducers?

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False Hope for a Desperate World!

Matthew 23: 13-14  “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

Reflection: When Jesus spoke he didn't sugar coat or water down his message! He didn't try to make it less offensive or politically correct! He spoke out the truth and rebuked the Pharisees and Scribes for what they were doing and teaching others to do. Until the Anti-Christ arrives on the scene, religion is the best counterfeit the devil can use to deceive & seduce others away from the truth of God's word. Religion holds a form of godliness but denies its power! Religion puts those that will conform to it in spiritual bondage!

Religion cannot produce fruit, it can only reproduce it SELF! The devil is all about self and if he can make it look religious than he can make it more appealing. That's why today you have many people wanting to copy what everybody else is doing in ministry. Before we decide to copy what everybody else is doing, don't you think its  wise to look at what the word of God has to say about it? Let me ask you, Have you ever made 100's of copies of something and discovered that their was an error on the original and now all your copies were in error also? So what do you do? You go back to the original, correct the error, and make copies with the correct information.

In Matthew Chapter 23 we hear the words of Jesus as he addresses his disciples about the Scribes and Pharisees! Jesus had much to say to the Pharisees and Scribes! Each time he addressed them in this chapter he said "Woe to you"! Jesus was giving the Pharisees and Scribes a good old fashion rebuke! To rebuke means to to criticize sharply !

You might be surprised to find that Jesus was a radical, in your face, straight forward teacher who didn't pussy foot around with religion. Perhaps we need to take our que from the Lord? We need to adopt the same principals that Jesus had about religion. Its time to love what Jesus loved and hate what Jesus hated! Bottom line is Jesus hated religion because it gave a false sense of hope and security.

What was it that these Pharisees and scribes were doing that made Jesus speak to them the way he did? Plain and simple they didn't practice what they preached! They were hypocrites! But Jesus went on to say to his disciples what he really thought of the Pharisees and the scribes and their teachings! Jesus said "Woe to them" eight times! Think he was trying to get a point across? Yeah, I think so! Point blank, Jesus was saying that there is NO POWER OR LIFE in religion or what it produces.

Have you ever purchased a car & when you drove it home you discovered it had no power. You might of even thought that lousy salesman he lied to me about this car. Religion is like having the most expensive sports car you can buy but when you look under neath the hood of the car it is running on a four cylinder engine! In other words it looks great, sounds great, makes a great status symbol & people will be impressed by it but when you test to see how much power it has it barely moves…IT HAS NO POWER to GO! Or even worse yet, sometimes the engine has been removed!

God is calling us to look underneath the hood before we buy into the great sales pitch of all time called Religion. Many times when I am speaking to someone about the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, I see the power of God fall on them. I watch their eyes brighten, sometimes they smile and sometimes they weep! God touches everyone in a different way, according to their needs. I watch them as they feel God's power overshadow them  they feel a sense of conviction come to their hearts by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

When we try to make the message of the gospel politically correct or less offensive we take away the power that it has to save peoples lives. If someone were drowning and we sat by and did nothing to help them, they are eventually going to go under the water and never come back up again.

The gospel is a life saver that we can put out there and let people know if they will take hold of the message that it can save their lives. When we try to change the word of God to suit man we will end up with a message with no power. The Holy Spirit comforts us, warns us, leads us, guides us and protects us. If we lack the power of the Holy Spirit in essence we are like the pretty sports car, we may look good, sound good but we have no power to GO! We can also be like the person that stands by and watches someone drowned when we could send them a life line called the gospel.

If you read my devotional reflections by now you know that I am not one to speak lightly about religion. Why? Because I have seen and experienced how religion puts people in bondage. I've watched people who were on FIRE for Jesus have the life sucked out of them by conforming to religion. Everything becomes politically correct instead of biblically sound. The aim becomes to please man instead of obey God. Instead of one vision for the His kingdom to go after the lost, many visions end up causing division and strife among the body. Eventually the harvest of religion (man's way of reaching God) is reaped and the body is split (sometimes many times) and many times there is no chance of recovering. I've seen greed, jealously, envy, strife and false accusations used to shut down the move of God. Once the Holy Spirit is grieved and man decides to give in and compromise the word of God, the Holy Spirit leaves and the spirit of religion sets up camp.

If the spirit of religion is not dealt with it will take over and bring a false sense of hope & security to those that will conform to it. Religion is not interested in preaching the truth, religion is only willing to hold a form of godliness but will deny its power!  Now you've set the stage for the false teachers to come in with their false doctrines. The wolves find their prey easy to devour and Jezebel and all her false prophets have free reign! If that's what you want? Then get on board with religion. Having a form of godliness but denying its power is its ultimate goal. If you don't know the difference, YOU WILL BE SEDUCED!

When we stop doing what God has called us to do inside the four walls of the church, we are not only denying the power of God but God is not able to work through us to reach a lost & dying world outside. Why? Because we are denying the power. So many people talk about going on missions trips to another country. Let me ask you this question, what about the mission that starts in your own backyard? What about the fact that God doesn't care where you tell people about him, just that you tell them? Did you ever stop and think that God has you in your city, state or nation for a reason? Did you every stop and think that perhaps he wants to use you in your city to touch other's lives. Why is it that we are so eager to go to another country, but yet we some how have failed to recognize that there are opportunities to reach the lost right here in our own cities? God's word says those that are faithful with a little he will I make rulers over much. Don't miss understand me, I am not against missions. What I am against and can't figure out is why don't we start in our own backyards! If we can't evangelize our own backyards than how can we expect to go to a foreign mission field that may end up costing us our lives?

I live in America! I know that because I'm on the internet that I can have visitors come to my site from all over the world with one click of a button. So when I write these reflections, I always stop and think, what would God have me to say to the audience of the world today? I love my country but what I have seen in this country in this past few years has really disturbed me. However, If I'm being honest with you, I will tell you that what I've seen in the churches of America today has disturbed me & grieved me even more. Why? Because judgment time begins in the house of God, not with the world. The bottom line is folks that the church of Jesus Christ (I'm talking about people who call themselves Christians and followers of Jesus Christ), has removed or denied the power that has the ability to set the captives free! Without the power moving in us and through us we just become "religious egg heads"! We hear the word but we are not doers of the word. Ha, just like the Scribes and Pharisees!

Let's stop making evangelism about a calling or a gift and see it for what it really is! Its an opportunity and a mandate for everyone who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ! A mandate to take his saving message of the gospel to a lost and dying world. Religion (man's way of reaching God) will leave you with a false hope and a false sense of security. Religion is nothing more than the devil's counterfeit for a world that is lost & searching for hope and assurance. The only assurance we have is through the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ! If we remove or change or make ourselves politically correct we remove the power that saves lives from eternal damnation!

So the next time that you pass someone by and the Lord puts it on your heart to speak them, don't pass up the greatest opportunity that God can give you. Step out boldly, with the confidence of knowing that when you speak His words, there is power in them to save, heal, deliver and set free those that have no hope and are searching!

For more information and free soul winning tools! See what happens when religion & tradition is burned out of you and your heart is set on FIRE for Souls! God is no respecter of persons all he is looking for is someone who is obedient and willing to GO!