By Coach Dave Daubenmire
April 14, 2011
Secular— Worldly rather than spiritual
Pharisee—A hypocritically self-righteous person
Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues.” -Mathew 23
I hate religion, and I bristle at religious people. According to the dictionary, religion is “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects. Christianity, in its purist form, is a way of life, not a set of rules and regulations. It is a relationship, not a religion.
Following Jesus is an issue of the heart. Religion is an issue of the head.
Jesus also hated religion. He died to deliver us from it. He warned of the “religious” Pharisees who “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
All “religion” is man centered, controlled by the thoughts of the mind, rather than the conviction of the heart. Jesus warned us, that “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.” Leaders of religions create rules which they then require the people follow.