“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:17 NLT)
“It is through faith that a righteous person has life” and that faith is in the work of the cross, not faith in man or man’s rules.
There are enough “rules” in most religions that rival the sands on a beach, but none of them–can save a soul or put anyone in right relationship with God.
In some churches (religious institutions) women are not allowed to enter the sanctuary without something on their heads–handkerchief, hat, napkin, anything that covers, but those same places will denounce a woman for wearing a wig.
There are some churches who teach that wearing make-up is a sin.
There are some churches who teaching that getting fingernails polished is sin.
There are some churches that see “wearing red” as being the devil’s color and will make anyone wearing red feel uncomfortable.
There are some churches that don’t believe in having instruments used in the church.
There are some churches that don’t believe in singing in the church.
There are some churches that say “clapping” your hands is wrong.
There are some churches that believe “dancing” is wrong, unless you’re dancing in the church. (Dancing is dancing in my book.)
There are some churches that promote male dominance over females–in all things–no matter what.
There are some churches (religions) that say Jesus is not the Son of God.
There are some churches who believe in baptizing in the name of “Jesus only.”
There are some churches who denounce participation in sports–of any kind. (They do believe in eating–everything not nailed down–and the highest obesity rates can be seen in these churches.)
There are some churches who believe watching television and movies is sin.
There are some churches who dictate what a woman should or should not wear–no pants in these places!
There are some churches who believe so many things that are not based on biblically sound doctrine that it is laughable.
So, the really Good News is that salvation can only come through the work on the cross. Any other method taught is a lie and we know who promotes lies–Satan–the father of liars. The Church Rules are to help “men” control the masses. The Church Rules seldom encourage every individual to establish a right relationship with God because if they did–who would they then, control?
When our relationship with God is right, we have no need for man-made rules in religious institutions that are designed to control others. Holy Spirit control will never lead us astray or in doing anything that opposes God’s Word.
Hallelujah for Holy Spirit Control! Now that’s good news!