Alright everyone pull your feet up under you cause I am sure that I am about to step all over some people's toes ...
There has been a video that has gained a lot of popularity lately and been passed around on Facebook like crazy. It is from a gentleman who talks about why he "Hates Religion but Loves Jesus". Let me first say that I completely agree when he talks about having a relationship with Christ! Those who just go to church but do not know our wonderful Lord a Savior are lost! But my agreement stops there!
I am so afraid for my generation! We seem to want so badly to embrace loving everyone that we are not helping anyone be accountable for their actions or sins. I hate that he bashes the church and makes it sound like everyone who attends church is fake and only going through the motions to put on a front. If you are going to love Jesus then you have to read his word. The church is important, it is to be a symbol of God and his sweet grace. Christ loved the church and died for it!
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Rom 155May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of 'unity' among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work
See the church is meant to strengthen the believers. To give you a place where you can come together and to encourage one another. This beauty of the church is to work as the body of Christ for the Glory of His kingdom!
If everyone begins to "hate religion" then does anyone believe in God's word anymore? Will we all become people who just love Jesus but pick and choose what scriptures we want to live by? Will churches no longer exist? Will we all live in our sin but rationalize that its okay because we love Jesus, even when we don't show it with our lives?
The majority of people don't like religion because it tells them what they can't do and how they shouldn't behave. Those are the people who are not ready to make a change and follow Jesus completely! If you love Jesus so much then you would want to please Him with your life. You would want to bring Glory to Him in all that you do. You would want to be around other believers that can encourage and hold you accountable. But if you just want to feel good about yourself and then you don't understand what loving Jesus really means.
Our church is in danger!