Religion is the Worst Thing that Ever Happened!
By David J. Stewart | May 2002 | Updated December 2016
Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes!
Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world. Religion is man trying to reach God through human effort, but Christianity is God trying to reach man by the sacrifice of His only begotten Son on the cross. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved. Eternal life is the free gift of God, paid for by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, Who is God's only begotten Son. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” You just read the stated purpose of the Gospel of John. I encourage you to freely listen to John (as read by Alexander Scourby).
Tons and tons of books about the religions of the world have been printed. The figure is beyond count. Many religious people are totally blinded by the good deeds system. They have no concept of the doctrine of the total depravity of man (that all men are corrupt, evil, sinful and unable to please God in their own human efforts). They think of “total depravity” in terms of people who lie around in the gutter. Actually, those individuals who lie around in the gutters might be respectable compared to some religious people. No one ever got saved who didn't admit that they are a SINNER in God's eyes (Romans 3:23). If we deny being a sinner, we are making God a liar (1st John 1:8-10). I am a big sinner!!! And so are you friend! There's a penalty for those sins, which is DEATH (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8).
The sins of religious people are amongst the most awful sins of all. The sin of pride for example is fantastic. The sin of legalism is the system of trying to impress God with something you can do, rather than be impressed with what God has done through Jesus Christ. It is not what we are DOING that gets us into Heaven, it is where we are LOOKING! Look to Jesus! Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
Let’s consider a religious person talked about in the Bible. His name was Nicodemus. He was a very well educated man. He was a Pharisee (religious leader). Nicodemus was a very proud, vain, legalistic and hypocritical man. He came to Jesus at night, for Nicodemus was a very busy man. No doubt, he hoped to impress Jesus with his flattery. He addressed Jesus as “Rabbi” (an official title of honor). To Nicodemus, Jesus was a teacher, nothing more. Though Nicodemus had a body and a soul, his spirit was dead. He had no ability to fellowship with God, because he was “spiritually dead”. He had never been born spiritually.
If you are to be “born from above” or “born-again”, you must accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is such a wonderful truth that is taught in the Bible. Many people, far beyond count, just don’t believe upon the Son of God. They believe in a God; maybe a god of wood, of stone, of metal, of spirit, of knowledge, of power, of nature, et cetera. There are literally thousands of religions in the world, and not one can save you from your sins or Hell. You need Jesus Christ, the sinless, only begotten Son of God.
Religion by the ton, of every sort, of every kind. Religion, religion and more religion. People have all kinds of ideas what God should be like. If they can’t find a god that is already made for them, they will make a new god to their liking.
It is very difficult for some people to realize they are sinners, they feel they are very good people. Many don’t believe in a god, of any kind. They do not believe that there is anything beyond the grave.
In short; many believe we are born, live and we die, the end!
However, so many questions about life are with us all the days of our life and they must be answered one way or another. In this life, a time comes when we must settle in our hearts whether or not a God does exist. Is there life after death? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? What is the purpose of life? Does God really give us eternal life? Will God actually punish people in hell? Is God, if there is a God, telling me the truth? Look at the world today and the destruction sin causes! Will the wicked really be turned into hell? WE ALL HAVE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND MANY MORE because they need to be answered. No person can escape having to decide the answer to these questions; no one, it’s a part of life! You may decide you want nothing to do with God at all, but THEN THAT IS YOUR DECISION. See, you have to decide!
Many religions will offer you answers to these questions, but the answers are not found in religion. The answers are found in a person, the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son!
Miracles are happening today, just as in the time of our Lord Jesus. You may have not thought about this before, but it takes a miracle to become a child of God. Salvation is a supernatural act of God in response to our child-like faith in Christ alone. When we reach that point in life where God has drawn us to make that decision to either accept or reject His Son Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin, a miracle will or will not take place; depending on what we do with Jesus. Whether we reject or accept the Son of God as our Savior is totally up to each of us. If we reject Christ, no miracle of the new birth takes place.
Note: All Scripture references are ONLY to the precious, perfect, inspired, King James Bible!
On the other hand, if we accept Christ as our personal Savior—By admitting that we are a guilty sinner in God's sight (Romans 3:19), and BELIEVING the Gospel (i.e., Good News) that Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and then bodily RESURRECTED from the dead the third day (I Corinthians 15:1-4)—We will be saved immediately. God can read our mind (Psalms 94:11; Proverbs 24:12; Hebrews 4:13). The very second that we BELIEVE the Gospel, God knows our thoughts and He saves us! It is that easy and simple to be saved, that is, born anew by the Spirit of God.
Also, Jesus doesn't forgive sin. That is correct! Jesus has already paid for our sins with His precious blood (I Peter 1:18-19). Therefore, forgiveness of sins and eternal life are free gifts (Romans 6:23). To have our sins forgiven, we simply need to receive the gift of God, which is eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
The new birth takes place immediately, not partially over time, nor in steps; but instantly the very second we accept Jesus as our Savior. We then belong to God as His child, we are adopted into His family. A supernatural miracle has taken place and according to the Scriptures, there is no power, no person, no angel, nor anything in this universe that can separate us from the love of God; which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35).
The question of accepting or rejecting Christ must be settled in your heart. Whether you are a faithful churchgoer, give lots of money to charities, and do all kinds of religious works, et cetera, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is—ARE YOU A BORN AGAIN CHILD OF GOD? No amount of religion or outward self-righteousness can help you on judgment day! Salvation is not found in a religion; but in a person—The Lord Jesus Christ!!! It’s that simple! You are a SINNER in need of a SAVIOR. Stop trying to save yourself and decide to rely upon Jesus. Only Jesus paid for your sins, so only He alone can save! Only Jesus has the nail-scared hands and feet! Make Sure You're Saved!
By faith, simply BELIEVE the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!!! You will be saved the very moment that you receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He DIED, was BURIED, and miraculously RAISED UP three days later (This is “the Gospel”). Make the Gospel your only hope for Heaven, and you will immediately be saved!! It's that simple! Decide to rely upon Jesus alone to save your soul, apart from any and all human effort, and you can't go wrong!
Just remember, religion didn't die for your sins, Jesus did!!! Don't let Satan mislead you, by complicating “the simplicity that is in Christ,” which is THE GOSPEL! The Word of God is the ANSWER!!! Christ DIED on the cross, He was BURIED, and He RESURRECTED three days later! These three things constitute the Gospel. The holy Bible plainly defines THE GOSPEL:
Notice Verse 2... “BY WHICH YE ARE SAVED.” We are saved by BELIEVING the Gospel. That's simple enough, right? Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, as the Lamb of God (John 1:29; Revelation 7:14). He was buried, to officiate that He was in fact, dead. And then He physically RAISED UP three days later, as our heavenly High Priest (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:15-16). WHAT A SAVIOR!!! I have intentionally repeated the basic facts of the Gospel, to ensure that you understand it. Notice in 1st Corinthians 15:2 the phrase... “IF YE KEEP IN MEMORY what I preached unto you.” I explain this statement much more in my article, HOW TO MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE.
You'd be surprised to know that 95% of the churchgoers who profess faith in Christ, haven't the foggiest idea WHAT they are trusting in. They don't know WHY they are trusting Christ. All they know is what they've been taught... “To trust Jesus.” But that is NOT the Gospel, as I have just taught you. I want you to be in Heaven with me friend, so you need to get this right. As I just quoted to you from Verse 2, the apostle Paul said you're only saved if you know how you got saved. I have presented a clear presentation of the Gospel to you. What a blessing to understand how to be saved, and to BE SAVED!!! Hallelujah!
Forever Settled in Heaven | Listen (sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001)
(An excellent defense of the Gospel by Michael P. Bowen; free .pdf book online - Book excerpts, More)
How To Be Saved