Organized Religion

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:16–17, NIV 1984).

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27, NIV 1984).

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew 23:23, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Not a fan of “organized” religion? If it is organized properly, there should not be a problem. There are many that are “disorganized,” and have “neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.” But as we practice these things, we must do so “without neglecting the former.” In some cases, one of the “former” things that are being neglected is the Gospel. Neglected by omission, contamination or dilution. We must continue to be salt and light, speaking “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” in love.

My Advice – Real organized religion (“pure and faultless“) includes “stop doing wrong, learn to do right,” and keeping “oneself from being polluted by the world,” while practicing “justice, mercy and faithfulness” towards the “oppressed, orphans and widows.” By the same token, all this is pointless without the Gospel, while the Gospel is disingenuous without them.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

2 thoughts on “Organized Religion”

  1. I have been part of organized religion (a denomination) and also a non-denominational church. The denominational church is too ecumenical and the non-denominational church held to strict beliefs, only they were false beliefs. (Sorry if I sound a little disillusioned right now.) Holding fast to the Truth is only going to get harder and harder in these strange times, but never more important. Blessings, Steve!

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    1. Hang in there Cindy. For the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. In the meantime, His grace is always sufficient. My problem is that I often want more than sufficient. But the Father always knows best.

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