Please read Matthew 15:1-20 again,
Secret religion is self-deception. If a man is truly religious it will show expression in his life – and it is no different with LOVE.
I. MAN-MADE RELIGION AND RULES ARE EXTERNAL AND ATTRACT MEN.
II. MAN-MADE RELIGIOUS RULES ARE FOR FEELING.
If they were for mere help etc, that would be one thing, but it always turns into a religion. Man-made rules are always going out of their place and into a place where they do not belong.
A. Man-made rules, religion and traditions shift the basis of authority from God to man, from true authority to false authority.
B. Man-made religion and rules exaggerate the place of self in religion. Think of it, the authority of man without God is nothing but worship of self.
C. Now follow me, man-made religious substitute a religion of hand (conduct) for the religion of the heart. Man made religious rules are for feeling, but Bible Christianity is by faith. It is a state of mind and heart. It lives what is in the heart.
1. It is a spiritual relationship with God.
2. It is a religion of love and setting the souls wholly on God.
3. It is the redirection of the souls trust, and fixing it on the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. It is the sanctifying of our will into the will of God.
D. Sincerity is the right relation between faith and feeling.
Christ asked for sincerity of heart and denounced insincerity. Our weakness, failures and faults can be understood, but not insincerity. Nothing can be done with it. Man must be true to himself, others and to God.
A man must say, by lip and act what he feels and what is in his heart. The Problem with Christianity today more than anything is that we have all the outward expressions, but not inward feelings which express themselves in sincerity of heart.
IT’S A MATTER OF THE HEART!
Please Read Matthew 15:1-20.
So often this is also true in our society today. Not only in the world but too often this is also true in the church. Now, let me say this.
This thought is often true not only in religion, but also in the definition of what the love of God is really all about.
I. MAN-MADE RELIGION (OR WITH LOVE) AND RULES ARE EXTERNAL AND ATTRACT MEN.
There are in every age and society people who prefer to have their religion done for them. These same people cannot and will not take the burden of personal responsibility. They want to live by the rules and often even ask for them. AND there are always others who are more than willing to meet their request.
Let me say this: It seems to be the easy way, but never really is. Neither will it give personal satisfaction. =
In all ages as even today, the man-made religion and rules are sure to make the Word of God of none effect in their lives. We ought to draw nigh to God with our mouth and honor Him with our lip.=
Christianity is holy worship, Christlike conduct accepting responsibility, taking part in the Christian activities, bring self into subjection and yes – rules.
It is not only internal, but an expression in life. A faith that says or does nothing is not real faith. A love that does nothing is no real love. If there is life in the seed, there is growth above – so with love.