We don’t fully realize how deadly the religious spirit is. The religious spirit is the antichrist spirit. This goes way beyond just a certain religiosity forcing us into condemnation or works of legalism to merit favor with God. The religious spirit continually fosters a false revelation of Jesus Christ. It is so ingrained in Christianity that Christians will perpetually bristle when this spirit is confronted. This is why the Pharisees were so enraged with Jesus. Paul, before the Lord met him, was driven by this same religious spirit. Acts 26 states, “And as I (Paul) punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.” Continue reading
Events are escalating in the earth. Here in America brooding clouds of violence and civil war are gathering. The religious, fatalistic mindset says that such things are inevitable and must come to pass. There may be some truth in this, but we don’t realize how much can be avoided, and even that which must come to pass, can be cut short in righteousness.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said things like turn the other cheek, and do not resist him who is evil. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” From these passages, and others like them, many Christians assume a mindset of passivity in all areas of conflict. This is a false concept. Others claim we must defend ourselves against those who would kill us and our families. Such mindsets encourage “arming up and being ready.” This too is a false concept. The truth is that when Jesus spoke the related passages, He was revealing the need to move into a higher realm. When Christians attempt to walk in Jesus’ commandments in the soul realm, trying to adhere to His exact words, it is a fruitless endeavor. The Scriptures are not a guide book. The Scriptures are a revelation of Jesus Christ. To understand the Scriptures, we must abide in the realm in which they are revealed. We must learn to walk in the realm of spirit. Continue reading