True Religion

I am here today to tell you something that will contradict what you might have heard this morning in a building that you call "Church". People are not buildings. Doing good does not mean giving money to banks. Doing good means taking care of others. That's what Jesus said. That's what the Bible says. That's what I say, but your Pastor might say something else.

I have an acquaintance, who, I believe loves the Lord, but needs help from the actual church in the financial stress of burying his father. I cannot speak about his father, only that I know his son and that the Lord has called his son into the ministry and he has been running from it for most of his life. He's only heard me say this once, but he knows I pray for him and I wish him the best. It's hard to run from a calling on your life.

In John 13:34 and 35, Jesus said: "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Did you hear that? The old covenant (testament) asked us to love our neighbors, but Jesus gave a NEW commandment and made it hit closer to home. He said... Love the other disciples and the world will see the proof that you are actually a disciple. Weird. That's not what I've ever heard in church from the pulpit or lectern.

I hear a lot about religion. I usually cannot stand it. I detest it and make it a practice to abhor it. "Religion" is the same basic word as "Tradition" and that is what I don't like much of... Funny thing is, neither does the bible. The only time "Religion" is mentioned in the bible is here: James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Well that's awkward. I thought I was just supposed to write a check for whatever guilt the preacher conned me out of.

Nope. Let me give you a hint. Your pastor asks you to give your "tithe"... Well I would like to declare that... Hey... Since there are no active Levites or Sons of Aaron walking around, and there isn't even a temple (let alone a tabernacle) to go to, then what is the "storehouse" that they refer to? OOOOOH that's right. It's within us.

In 1 Corinthians 6: 19,20 Paul declares: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." WOW. It makes so much sense now about that verse in Revelation 3:20 - "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Jesus is knocking on the door of THE CHURCH, which is THE TEMPLE, which is MY HEART.

Jesus knocks on your heart and wants to be let in... And he's knocking on Christian's hearts. Not the world. Don't you remember Matthew 27:51? "At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split." The moment that Christ died, the Holy Spirit left the physical temple, and came back. Acts 2:4a says - "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit." So yeah. If you're a disciple of Jesus, a follower, a "Christian", then I am pointing out a need to you and asking you to help me fill it.

Do what Jesus did, not what your "Pastor" does. Here is what Jesus said about congregation leaders: "So practice and obey whatever they tell you from the law, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden."
Again, if you would like to help provide a decent funeral for a decent human being, it would be much appreciated. Maybe you can give to this cause instead of having your congregation pay off it's building loan.

IN NO WAY am I asking any person who is not a Christian, who does not profess Jesus Christ as their god, God, Savior and Lord, who does not follow Yeshua Ha Mashiach to give any money... AND I am not asking Christians to give out of a sense of guilt, because that is foolishness. I am not trying to make you feel guilty... Whatever nagging there is inside of your heart better not be me. I assure you, there is no condemnation. All I ask is that you search the scriptures yourself. You obey YHWH, you listen to the still small voice that hovered over the face of the deep in Genesis.

For what the Holy Spirit spoke to the earth then, He still speaks today.

I believe that we should pay the bill so his father can be buried properly. Please click the link below and donate.