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.