Religious rituals destroys faith

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Monday, August 16, 2010

Those of you who know me, will know that I am vehemently opposed to anything that is religious. For religion, in my opinion has caused many to fall away from the Gospel of Truth. The religious rituals of man has brought the church into bondage and continues to drive countless away from the true freedom that only Christ can give. It is for this reason that I believe the declaration I made at the turn of the millennium, "The Revolution Has Begun" to be just as relevant today as it was then! 


Since this time, we have noticed and seen many bound by religion reject the "system" that put them in bondage in the first place and have chosen to be the church outside the four walls. I have seen the message of grace, freedom and liberty rise up and change the hearts and lives of countless across the globe in and outside the establishment and I have seen how the Father continues, through His Blessed Holy Spirit to change the hearts and minds of many a leader.


Those who have chosen to remain outside the establishment have been labeled heretic's, rebels and a whole lot more by the very one's who stand in positions of leadership within the institution. These are those who proclaim to love Jesus, yet, treat these people with contempt and choose to have nothing to do with them. Instead of allowing the love of Jesus to lead them, they find it easier to cast these people aside, than be Christ to them.  


Yet, many of those who argue for the system cannot answer the simplest of questions. I have asked questions like:

When last have sinners walked off the street and given their lives to Christ on a Sunday in your service?

When last have prostitutes bowed before the pulpit and confessed that Jesus Christ in Lord?

When last have drunkards and thieves come to your service on Sunday and confessed Christ as their Savior?

When last have people come to your service in wheel chairs and walk out of the building healed and delivered?


It is my opinion the reason why we do not see these things happen is because the world considers the church a joke! They tolerate and use the church if and when they have need, but do so because the institution is willing to be used in this way while all the while we continue mixing up all sorts of religious rituals to suit their needs.


When the world dies, we give them a Christian burial or when they need to get married, we compromise and meet their needs, which remains merely a part of the ritual we all have become accustomed to. But there is a time coming, when they, the world, will not walk into these buildings out of fear for our King, for I believe the Lord will no longer tolerate these fake rites we have  permitted in His name and continue to bestowed on them.  


I am not for one moment knocking those who by choice remain within the system nor do I choose to knock its leaders, I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and have a passion for His church, but I will not keep quiet and I will continue to declare, it is time the True Church of Jesus Christ would rise up and crush every idol that we have set in place and or permitted and adopted, knowing that these rituals continue to hinder God's people from walking in the true freedom that only the Father can give. 


Thank the Lord, I was set free from the religious system of man a long time ago (And not for any reason but by choice) and over the years, I have seen and heard everything most people who either remain within the four walls of the establishment or who have left have had to endure at the hands of this religious system, but God is doing something in His Church that is shaking its very foundations and every man-made plan and idea, every ritual, idol and pagan inspired program, will come down. Everything that is not of HIM will fall and be crushed, for this Bride is being prepared by heaven for the imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. 


Those who choose to criticize the "un-churched" church, do so out of fear. The leaders fear losing the empires they have built around themselves. They fear losing their vision and the support of the people, but I believe there is a better way. The word of God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from the wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land". The Father is gracious and will not turn His face against those who He has called, and he wants us to know that He has is preparing a pure and spotless Bride, one that will no longer be caught up in things that are not pleasing to Him and it is for this reason that we are called to bow our hearts and surrender to His Majesty. He is calling you and me to accept that we are part of His plan and that the Church belongs to Him.


The invitation to join your fellow revolutionaries is extended to you. Revolutionaries are those who surrender unconditionally to the lordship of Jesus Christ and are not willing to compromise for the sake of the King. With grateful hearts, they worship their Lord and Savior and submit to His purpose, accepting His unmerited favor as their motivation to serve Him... You will find them inside the establishment and outside the four walls of the system. You will find them inside the workplace, the schools, and on the highways and byways, you will find them inside home groups and bars, you will find them on the street corners and in places of authority. They can no longer sit still, there is something on the inside that compels them to worship Jesus Christ the risen Lord. 


Viva Jesus Christ, viva the Revolution...


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