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The Gospel of Religion VS The Gospel of Christ

Updated on May 31, 2011

The Gospel of Religion VS The Gospel of Christ

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by Faith in Jesus Christ. " Galatians 2: 16

There came certain men from Jerusalem who insisted that Gentiles should follow the way of the circumcision in order to be justified. They also insisted that obedience to the Law is needed to be acceptable to God. They departed from the true Gospel and added false elements necessary to salvation. They turned tha Gospel of Christ into Gospel of "works" or Gospel of "religion."

In our time there are certain professing Christians who have turned Christianity into a "system of ethics", "rules" and "regulations." They imposed certain rules among their congregation and see to it that it is followed strictly. They set rules such as women should wear dresses at all times, women should have a shoulder length hair, men should always wear polo shirt, should have above the ear haircut. They are concern more on the outward appearance rather than the inner beauty of the heart. In this way they are converting Christianity into religion,

Christianity is not a system of ethics and conduct,it is a way of life. It is living the life of JesusChrist in your own life. Transformation happens because Christ indwells in your heart. The Holy Spirit indwells you from the time you believe the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the one working out your transformation and conforming you to the image of the Son of God. The Holy Spirit in you is the one that enable you to live a righteous life and follow the commandments of God. Holiness is a product of salvation and not a means to it.

Certain known "cults" have also added false elements to salvation. A cult in the Philippiness founded by Manalo known as "Iglesia ni Kristo" insists membership to their church is needed in order to be saved. Boston Church of Christ insists that water baptism is needed for salvation. The Roman Catholic Church insists that the "sacraments" are needed for salvation.

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      OMBENI 

      7 years ago

      Oh! To be oldest religion like Catholic does not mean it is True Christian religion but it may be oldest FALSE Christian religion,remeber divil is even older than all christian religions.

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      DavePrice 

      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      You speak to the heart of what I believe about the church today. Lift up your voice and call the church back to its first love.

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      roma 

      10 years ago

      I really believe Catholic faith is the oldest and therefore the only TRUE Christian religion. All the rest are heretics.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Kenny and Peter for nice feedbacks. Truly I am greatly disappointed by this group of "religious people" in the church which is concern more on external transformations or physical apperances rather than inward holiness. I heard that Pastor John MacArthur has been with these people and commented that he never experienced inward transformation while he was with these people. I agree with you that their kind of christianity is somewhat a representation of the Pharisees. Their christianity is only dressed up.

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      Peter M. Lopez 

      10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Indeed. It seems that many modern church leaders have become the pharisees of Jesus' day, worried more about upholding rules rather than living the gospel. Great hub.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I believe in God and in no religion. I have been disillusioned by a lot of hate and greed in religion, and can't associate God with that!

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you ang3lz and Wehzo for nice feedbacks. We must be concern more on the inner transformation rather than outward appearances. God bless you and regards.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      10 years ago from Detroit, MI

      As always you have touched us where we needed to be touched, at the heart of our convictions. Good work Cristian327.

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      ang3lz 

      10 years ago

      Amen sister! I feel the same way as you do and this is a good topic! Wish I had thought of it...the inner beauty is way more importantt than the outter beauty.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you too MrMarmalade. Best regards.

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      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      In our time there are certain professing Christians who have turned Christianity into a "system of ethics", "rules" and "regulations." They imposed certain rules among their congregation and see to it that it is followed strictly. They set rules such as women should wear dresses at all times, women should have a shoulder length hair, men should always wear polo shirt, should have above the ear haircut. They are concern more on the outward appearance rather than the inner beauty of the heart. In this way they are converting Christianity into religion,

      More than just some people, there are a few religions as well.

      Son 1 was relating to the fact he was criticized for not wearing a tie to a midweek meeting, when he lived in Adelaide.

      His comment back to accuser was he had come straight from work. If he went home to get his tie there would have been no point in coming to the meeting.

      The other person closed his mouth and moved on. It shows there are nit pickers everywhere.

      Great hub

      Thank yyou.

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