Let's focus for a moment on the word "religion" and what it really means. First, religion is a poison to the Kingdom and a divider of people. Second, all religion hinders you from coming to King Jesus without having to attend some kind of ceremony, tradition or custom. Religion keeps you from embracing the Kingdom as the government it is instead of a religious organization. A vast majority of religious leaders have a religious mindset and have no idea what a Kingdom is. Often they are unwilling to preach or teach it in fear that it will interfere with the finances or their job as pastor.
There are many denominations who use Kingdom principles and standards as their cornerstones. But keep this in mind, they all have their own agenda, customs, laws and traditions and they've wrapped God's Constitution around those things. Just because those customs, laws and traditions are wrapped up with God's Word doesn't mean they are of God. They are man made. Many people in these denominations don't even know the Holy Spirit, our Governor in the Kingdom. Also remember, the King isn't a God of confusion. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.
If these religious organizations were of one mind, why are they so separated? Kingdom citizens are of one mindset. Ambassador Paul stressed that in his letter to the believers of Christ in Rome. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. NKJV We must be of one mindset, like God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. NKJV And when Paul wrote in his second letter to the citizens of the Kingdom at Corinth, he stated: Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. NKJV
Remember, there isn't division in the Lord God nor in the Kingdom. Having said that, how does that compare with religion? The very word denomination denotes division or a separate group. I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
Remember, your faith in the Lord God's Word is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
John 3:15-17 1 Corinthians 14:33 Romans 12:14-16; 15:5-6
1 Corinthians 1:10
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