In a cloud of forgetfulness Christians today, at times, do not grasp (or believe) why Jesus opposed religious people.

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This is a big part of why I started this blog. Culture and religious systems exert tremendous influence over even the faithful. Recently this became painfully clear as people I considered to be on the straight and narrow of spiritual living became deceived by the false teaching of how we do stuff and get blessed in this world by things of this world for it.

God calls the people who follow Jesus, not to earthly blessings or guaranteed financial results, but to witness in the midst of, despite, persecution and oppression. Our call is to serve God for others, not to collect spiritual reward points on a religious credit card.

When Christians hear the call of God to work of the Spirit, “there are wonderful pastors and elders who will encourage us to go and pursue God’s call. But more often than not, we are counseled to do the opposite. We are told that if we go, no one will be able to replace us in the fellowship; and if we give our resources, the church’s programs will suffer. If we get involved in pursuing missions, we won’t be able to do justice to our church duties.” (K. P. Yohannan, “Reflecting His Image; The Beauty of Following Christ Intimately”, 1998, page. 27)

If anyone advises you to second guess God in favour of work, status or connection to any religious gathering or system, chances are high that the advice comes as a deception to hinder your complete obedience to God Almighty.

Please remember that. Practice discernment. Trust God.