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!