The world is full of religion, but this religion Baird little to no resemblance to the truth of the Scriptures. Why? Because man-made religion it’s vain. It is empty. It dresses up nicely and pretend to great power and influence, but inwardly processes no power to change men not to give them life. It is like the “scribes and Pharisees, they are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanliness” (Matt23:27).
The Bible offers this simple analogy. A man that claims religion but cannot bridle his own tongue is adhering to arrange religion. He may believe himself secure and righteous, but he is simply deceiving his own heart. Only thing that can change a man is trusting Christ as Savior.
If I can help somebody as I pass along, in my living room will not be in vain. Righteousness is the quality or state of being morally correct and justifiable behavior that is morally justified or right.Dr Martin Luther King
There’s nothing better than a church that is socially aware of what’s going on and that is truly guided by biblical principles, that dedicate themselves to the word of God and prayer. It would be utterly foolish to even imply that churches and their belief systems are the root of the problem.
Churches are necessary and useful for the social and spiritual health of God’s people. However, we must understand that churches, and their doctrines , can become an idol and operate under a Pharisees spirit; we try to make our rituals and regulations equal to God. That was the problem with the Pharisees they were putting more emphasis on the rituals an outward appearances then the inward transformation and relationship. So much so that Jesus called them “White-Washed Tombs full of Dead Bones.
Are You Righteous Or Religious?
A service was done by The George Barna Research Institute, that revealed something about religious life in America. According to the survey 94% of America is claim to believe in God. Amazingly out of the 94% only 45% sure that they attend some form of worship on a regular basis. Regular meeting at least once a month. Then of that 45% only 4% so they actually practice their faith daily.
If 94% of people believe in God but only 4% practice their faith what are the other 90% of the people actually practicing? I would venture to say religion.
Religion is defined as an organized system of belief, ceremonies, and rules used to worship God or a group of gods. Wow that sounds familiar. That definition literally makes anything religion. Atheism, the belief that there is no God is a religion. Buddhism, The belief in the false god is a religion. Hinduism, the week in many gods is a religion. I heard someone say once that they practice the religion of Jedism because they believed that the force within them – For those that may not know what a Jedi is it is the main protagonists, the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama movie, novel, or other fictional character in Star Wars. Movie franchise, they are fictional characters of a movie and to develop a religion out of that and anything other than Jesus Christ it’s a sin.
But he who doubt is condemned if he eats, because it isn’t of faith and whatever is not a faith is a sinRomans 14:23
Righteousness is the quality or state of being morally correct and justifiable Behavior that is morally justifiable or right.- Behavior that is morally justifiable or right.
The Greek New Testament word for “righteousness” Primarily described a conduct in relations to others, especially the regards to the rights of others in business, and legal matters, and beginning with the relationship to God. It is contracted with wickedness, the conduct of the one who, out of gross self-centeredness, never reveres God nor respects man.
Behold, the Lord’s eye is on those who fear him, and those who hope in his loving kindness; to deliver the soul from death, to keep him alive and famine. Our soul has waited for the Lord. He is our help and our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in him because we have trusted in his holy name. Let your loving kindness be on us Lord since we have hope in you. (Psalm 33:18-22).
To be righteous, and biblical language, is to be right or pleasing to God. Pleasing God involves keeping his commandments.
Religion can be external, but righteousness is internal, real, and always from the heart.
Many people today in fifth at the righteousness is the righteousness of Christ which clothes every believer by imputation. It is true that because we are imputed with the righteousness of Christ, we are seeing in God’s eyes as having a righteousness that far exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees because the blood of Christ covers our sins.
Behold, a certain Bible (Torah) scholar stood up and tested him, saying, rabbi, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, what is written in the Bible (Torah)? How do you read it? He answered, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, I love your neighbor as yourself. He said to him, you have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live. But he, desiring to justify himself ask Jesus, who is my neighbor? Jesus answered, I certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, He fell among robbers, They both stripped him and beat him and then departed, leaving him half dead. By the chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him pass by on the other side. By the certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him he was moved with compassion, came to him, bound up his wounds, Pouring and oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, brought him inn and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out Denarii, gave them to the host, and said, take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that point, I will repay you when I return. Now which of the three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers? He said, he who showed mercy on him. Then Jesus said to him go and do likewise.Luke 10:25-37
Samaritans were considered the lower class, they were literally shunned by the Jewish people. The righteous people look down on them with great disdain and contempt, sound much like religious people today. The story of the good Samaritan is a great illustration of the righteousness of god versus the religious aspect. There is a man lying in the road who has become a victim of violence. Let’s bring this into the more modern aspect of today homelessness, drug or alcohol abuse, homosexuality, and all the other unfortunate circumstances today.
The question is if we see a beaten man, a homosexual, a transient, dirty, smelling, alcohol or drug induced crazy person. The question is are we going to stop whatever we’re doing and come to their aid or help their need, which is to meet Jesus. Are you willing to take a minute your day to minister to a stranger, a friend, a family member? Are you willing to show the love of God to someone who needs it? Are you willing to put self, religion, and whatever else might by hindering you aside, and change somebody’s life? You never know. The life you change might be your own. It is in the moment that you face the situation that you will find out whether you are religious or righteous.
There were three men traveling along the road from Jerusalem to That day that encourage the one lying on the side of the road near death. Three represents fullest Past, Present, Future Death, Burial, Resurrection, Father, Son, Holy Spirit.