Systemic religion vs. freedom in the Spirit

Religion is systemic. The Holy Spirit flows. Sometimes they contradict.

Sermon-free, unprogrammed, Spirit-led worship is an amazing thing to experience. Spiritual awakening focuses on the living Jesus, not on preachers, churches, or politicians.

When church allows attendees no function but programmed sitting, they become functionless. Then the people of God become a Sunday morning blob, instead of the interfunctioning body of Christ.

Jesus didn’t follow religious systems, so 1st century religious groups resisted Him. Even today, the living Jesus and organized religion sometimes conflict. Jesus often disturbs religious people today, like He did in the Bible.

Perhaps Christianity isn’t about aligning with a religious institution but about daily following the risen Jesus. Perhaps humility is designed to free us from solitary confinement in the prison of our pride. Perhaps when tears come to your eyes, it’s best to let them flow.

Religion tells people that they are “good.” The Holy Spirit convicts people that they are sinners who need Christ. To self-identify as a “good person” is to contradict the Bible in several places.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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