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By Curtis Pugh

            Religion is outward observance or devotion to a deity, idea or set of religious beliefs. Religion is man reaching upward to God. Job's friend Zophar asked: “Canst thou by searching find out God?” (Job 11:7). He answered his question in the negative. God is limitless while man is finite. God cannot be put under a microscope or in a test tube and subjected to experimentation. Man cannot  “find out God.”

            Much “Christianity” is mere man-made religion. Hidden away there are genuine followers of the Lamb of God, but not many. God's people are always a minority commanded to be separate from religion. Man made religions are always works-oriented. They all teach that by doing something human beings can gain God's favor. Religion teaches that sinners are saved by works or that they are kept saved by works. The idea of God saving individuals as a gift – by grace – is foreign to human reasoning. But the Bible says, “...David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin,” (Romans 4:6-8). God saves people “without works.” He credits righteousness to sinners by grace because of the finished work of Christ. He forgives the sins of those for whom Christ died. He goes further than that: He does not credit them with sin at all. That is grace! Grace is foreign to human thinking! Grace is contrary to man made religion!

            The Bible is the complete revelation of God to man intellectually. But head knowledge is not salvation. The Scriptures are able to make one wise to salvation (2 Timothy 3:15, being God's revelation, but they are not salvation. However there is another revelation other than the Bible: a personal one. In Matthew 11:27 the Lord Jesus said: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” This is a personal revelation made by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to individuals. Without it no one has a living relationship with Christ or the Father. This is the Sovereign Son of God exercising His power in revealing Himself and God to lost sinners. Has Christ revealed the Father to you? If Christ has not revealed the Father to you, then your religion is only a man made one! It accounts for nothing in God's sight. You are yet in your sins. It is written: “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life,” (1 John 5:20). Do not be content with mere religion. “...Ye must be born again,” (John 3:7).

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