The Prison Called Religion

Religion: the prison of the mind
Religion: the prison of the mind

If the Son shall set you free . . .

‘This was the Holy Spirit's way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can't just walk in on God.’ – Hebrew 9:8 (MSG)


When men mapped out a supposed way to the Almighty, having some rules and regulations that satisfy their uprightness then was religion birthed. In religion, the man at the top holds others responsible for breaking the laws of which he himself is not innocent. The harlot church system is so concerned about religion and is bent on keeping its people together, even when God commands them to go into all nations.


It is unfortunate that the harlot church system is having her way among the people; giving them the juice of religious anesthetics so as to keep them bound in a prison called religion. Truly, as long as large tent (harlot church system) stands, people can not walk to God, not to talk of knowing Him as individuals. But the good news is that the ‘church age’ is speedily passing away. This ‘strange’ truth is diffusing strongly among many people, I read recently a hub titled, ‘Yearning for a churchless city.’ Nothing can stop this progressive truth; the ecclesia is marching in unto God.



On our way to the Promised Land (fullness of the spirit), many beloved like Rachel, are carrying with them Laban’s idols, known today as the traditions of the fathers. Howbeit, we must choose between the truth of what God says in His Word and what man has put together in his natural mind and pass off as facts for many generations.

Jesus once told the Jews that believed on him that, ‘If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’ -John 8:31 – 32


Half-truth is more dangerous than that which is false, and there is nothing that easily enslaves one as half-truth. It is the mother of all religions, the fig leaves covering alternative to God’s mercy (Genesis 3). It seems good to the Lord Jesus that we put together all Laban’s idols that we have ignorantly taken with us and defended religiously; exposing them without fear for what they really are – Lies!. If you fail to get rid of your religious coverings, you might not be clothed with the truth. When you bury these idols, their prison gates shall be opened, and then you can experience God without a middleman.




WORSHIP: This is a summation of 2 words i.e. Worthy + Lordship

Going through the bible, hardly can we find this word associated with music of Keyboard, Guitar or Mass Choir. Read Exodus 34:8, Mark 5:6, Acts 24:14, John 4:24, Revelation 5:14, etc. I am not saying we should take good music away from worship, but worship is not contained in music. To God, worship is the awesome reference of His Name and Nature.


Sometime ago, I received a paper through the post from Elaine Cook, titled ‘Teach me to worship’. The content goes like this: ‘As I was praying, I was very conscious of my inability to pray with words fitting my Maker. I prayed, ‘Lord, teach me to worship you acceptably.’ Much to my joy, He answered:


§ When you accept whatever situation you are in without murmuring, you are worshipping Me.


§ When you can rejoice in Me in the midst of your infirmities, you are worshipping Me.

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§ When I have brought pressures to bear upon you to bring out the gold of My nature and you bear them patiently – blaming not Me, nor another person, nor yourself, then you are truly worshipping Me.


§ When you can ‘forgive yourself’ for your weaknesses and failures and cease expecting your human nature to bring forth perfection, you are worshipping Me.


§ When you have come to the place of recognizing and acknowledging that ‘of myself I can do nothing’, then do I have praise of thee.


§ When you can look upon a wasted life and agree that I can and will make this one every whit whole – that this is My desire – then you have offered Me true worship, for you have seen My true nature!


§ When you look upon My natural creation and the beauty of it and magnify Me, then I am worshipped.


§ When you hear My word within you saying, ‘This is the way – walk ye in it,’ and ye obey My word with rejoicing, I feel worship from thee.


§ When you look with compassion upon one who is afflicted, tossed, and broken, then I am worshipped.


§ When you recognized My Body and honor them as My brethren, this is true worship unto Me.


§ When thy lips are silent because of your pain, and you lift your heart to Me, I feel your worship.


§ When you say, ‘I cannot – please help Me!’ then I am worshipped.


Worship is a heart attitude in every place and situation in which you find yourself. It acknowledges My Lordship, the righteousness of My nature, the truth of My word, and the reality of My indwelling presence. You may offer true worship at all times and in every situation by keeping your heart right toward Me and toward your fellow – man.’


Religion has taught us to entertain ourselves with good music all in the name of worship that is being led mostly by talented people with no gift of the spirit or His fruit. If this is worship, what then happens to those with terrible voices and those can not play any music? According to this idol, they stand no chance to ‘worship’ Jehovah.

The truth is that God is not looking for those who will worship Him with voices and music, but in spirit and in truth.




SUBSTITUTION: ‘That he by the grace of God should taste death for every man’ (Hebrew 2:9), ‘the just for the unjust’ (I Peter 3:18), ‘He bore our sins’ (I Peter 2:24) what are these scriptures saying. The key is in 2 words FOR and INSTEAD. Christ died FOR us, but He did not die INSTEAD of us. Contrary to what religion is teaching us, Christ did not die as our substitute, but as our companion, and associate, and NOT instead of man, but with him and FOR him. This half – truth of substitution has made many Christians lazy and weakling, not ready for any challenges in life. Why did Jesus ask us to carry our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23)? The example that a Teacher gives for his students is no substitute for their examinations. They will still write their own. Jesus has shown us the Way; we still have to walk in the Way. This idol must be buried under the Oak tree, like Jacob did.





REPENTANCE:

Do not call upon the sinner to turn unto God in order that he might be redeemed. Declare unto him first full redemption. Make that the ground and the reason why he should turn to God.

The sinner is not redeemed because he repents, but he is called upon to repent because he has been redeemed. This same thought is expressed by Isaiah to his people: ‘I have blotted out, as thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud thy sins; return unto Me, for I HAVE redeemed thee (not return unto Me and I WILL redeem thee, but, because I HAVE redeemed thee). – Isaiah 44: 22 – 23

Did God asked the whole world to repent first before sending Jesus Christ to die for our sin and sins? This idol is a giant among others, a big pillar of our religious system. Where Grace and Truth abounds, Law has no chance. This idol will not make it to the PromiseLand.


Time and space will not permit me to mention many others like offerings which the system takes by seductions, manipulations, begging, and sometimes by threats. Freewill offerings are no more relevant to the harlot church. Even when God asked us to take our Tithes to Levites (Pastors), Widows, Orphans & Strangers (Missionaries), the harlot church taught us to take our tithes only to Pastors. Hence, some of these pastors are overfed and they kicked against the Rock that made them. That Widows, Orphans and Missionaries members are suffering in the midst of a multi – billion dollarsChurch organizations is a proof of the evil system.


At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:

And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest. ‘– Deuteronomy 14:28 – 29


Religion is a prison system that rarely set its captives free. In many cases, it always presents itself as an alternative to the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Beware!


‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.’ – Galatians 5:1


God ordained your salvation, finished with the Blood of Jesus and sealed by the Holy Spirit. In this is your praise. Walk in this truth!



Preparing the Bride,

Segun Tewogbola

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EphremHagos 6 years ago from Addis Ababa

The following ADDENDM, please!

What about worship of God, "in Spirit and truth", by "accepting the commandments and obeying them to the fruition of Christ's self-revelation in His perfect and transfigurative death on the cross"!? (John 8: 21-32; 14: 15-21 Paraphrase)

This is in accordance to the Scriptures, in general, and the gospel's four steps of initiative, breakthrough, follow-up and climax at the cross! Blessings!


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Segun, for a very enlighgtening hub, I enjoyed reading it. thankl you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Segun Tewogbola 6 years ago Author

EphremHagos/Creativeone59,

Thanks for your comments. We all shall continue to spread the truth, until the knowledge of the glory of our God cover the earth as the water covers the sea.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Segun,

It is why our ministry is entitled,"Unchained Grace Ministries" as we have long since looked at religion as nothing short of manmade doctrine hiding behind God's Word. Therefore, all of what you stated in this Hub is 100% correct.

I've been to many small and large churches both as a visitor and a speaker and quite honestly, when it comes to the offertory, all of what you mentioned usually takes place. The greed factor from the pulpit puts me in remembrance of Jeremiah 23. I fully realize it takes financial resources to keep the doors open, though when a church is largely inwardly focused, it becomes clear as to what the true agenda is.

Unchained Grace Ministries/Holy Truth Temple of Deliverance has been directly focused on crisis/homeless intervention since its inception in 1998. Every nickle which comes in must go right back into the ministry to support the homes we maintain for the homeless veterans and nonvets.

In short, the above, coupled with our street ministry keeps us right where we need to be with the vision God gave us. Thanks for a great Hub. Finally, somebody who sees it for what it is.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

There are too, those who live in the prison of their minds, who never have set foot into a church...more spiritual bondage, that effects more than finances:( I really feel in the form of music, so much is lost, by the church, that chooses not to have a counterbalance of the older hymns.


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Segun Tewogbola 6 years ago Author

Heart4theword, I do really appreciate your patience in reading this hub and more importantly your honest contribution. God bles your heart!


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Hello Segun!

This is my first visit to your hubs--and I am glad to have found you! This hub is just excellent--I voted it up. I think you have brought forth some excellent points here.

I agree with your accessment of the practice of urging, even quite forcefully; "offerings".

God loves a cheerful giver--not a giver under compulsion. Not a giver who gives to impress. Not a giver who does it with a wrong spirit.

Churches, at times--really seem to have a worship service in order to pass the collection bag. If God's Spirit dwells within a Church, and the Pastors live to serve the interests of our Lord Christ Jesus---the funding will always surpass the need! No arm-twisting necessary! The Holy Spirit would ensure the provision to exceed the need.

Good job on this hub Segun! I will be back for more!


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Segun, I love your ideas on religion and they are so true. Religion has corrupted the truth of the gospel. Paganism has also found its way into the churches and has been creeping in since Biblical times.

I also love the list of ways that we worship the Lord.

Good job and voted up.


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Segun Tewogbola 4 years ago Author

Ann1Az2, Whenever I come across a sister, my spirit leaps within me, Ann1Az2, you are one! Thanks for speaking out the truth in confirmation of The Prison Called Religion. You are blessed.

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