All of Scripture hinges on two seminal events: creation and redemption. In neither of these do you ever find any establishment clause for religion. There is no evidence of religion in the Garden — no altars, priests, temples, or sacrifices — and there’s no evidence of it on either side of the cross — Jesus said to make disciples, not establish a religion and build buildings in His Name.
Nevertheless, man clings ignorantly to religion, tradition, and law — eschewing the overarching premise of God’s Love and Grace — and wonders why the church remains powerless.
But, in the eyes of the adherents of religion, I — and those like me who have caught this revelation — am a heretic. Neither I, nor those who share my perspective, purport to have all the answers but we clearly see the failure of religion, as it was never a component of God’s plan.
It is only the revelation of God’s unconditional Love and Grace and Liberty in Christ that will awaken the church to the understanding of her righteousness imputed to her by the Blood of Christ and her holiness imparted to her by the Holy Spirit. This is THE THING that will empower and embolden the church.
Meanwhile, the culture around us disintegrates and the world burns to the ground while churches build bigger buildings to hide their increasingly insular numbers. The church is painfully silent on economic disparity, race, violence, and many of the other ills that plague our society but it should be the trumpet of solutions as it is the delegated steward of the very Word that powers all that is known to mankind.
Instead, the church falls back on its traditions and rituals and blames the world for not participating in its powerless programs and productions. Jesus was precisely correct when He said the traditions of men render the Word of God of none effect…
© 2015 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)