Religion Or Righteousness?
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature (Galatians 6:15)
William Booth, a Methodist preacher who started the Salvation Army in England in the middle 1800’s was once asked what dangers he thought lay ahead for Christianity. He replied, “In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell”.
Paul the Apostle in our text, concluded a large letter to the Galatians primarily aimed at keeping them in the faith without giving in to preachers of Judaism and advocates of religion that cannot save. In this conclusion, he reminded these precious converts in Galatia that the Jewish traditionalist’s outreach to them is to make them conform to their religion and customs. He reminded them that the circumcision which counts in the sight of God is not that which is outward but the inward heart circumcision.
The confusion about which teachings takes precedence; the Bible or tradition continues today. Many, today, respect the traditions of their churches over and above God’s word. Some ignorantly believe their church leaders are infallible, that is, they cannot make mistakes. Those who are fanning the embers of religion must understand that people don’t get to heaven by complying with man’s requirements.
It is only God’s immutable dictates and the necessary compliance that will get sincere seekers to heaven. No wonder Jesus denounced the religious leaders of his days for teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Upon which foundation do you stand? The Bible or tradition? Making models of religious men who are blinded by tradition, and neglecting the inspired word of God carries grave consequences. Please be warned!
Single-minded faith, not religion, is the gateway to heaven
by: Pastor W.F. Kumuyi