The Really Good News!

“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!

It’s Between You and God!

“In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable” (Romans 14:5 NLT).

Everyone wants to be right and to tell everyone else–they are wrong–about everything Bible and religion.

The truth of the matter is–perception changes perspective–about anything and everything and our faith should be based upon our Relationship with God/not religious affiliation.

There are some who feel they should only eat vegetables–their prerogative–they should do it.

There are some who feel they can eat anything when they have asked God to bless the food–they should do it. If we ask God to bless anything and everything we do (not contrary to The Word) and have faith that He does–it’s okay.

There are some who would argue about which day is the Sabbath–let them–don’t get involved. If we choose to worship God every day (and many do), it’s between us and God! He won’t have a problem with it, but others might.

I’m taking a leap of perspective here–there are many things that people could argue about as to how Christians should do things–and we should not–argue the merits of Christianity with anyone. God will judge–not us. As long as we are not doing anything in opposition to The Word–it’s all good.

So, for those who will accept women in all roles of ministry–so be it and for those who won’t–oh well!

For those who have rigid dress policies while in the sanctuary of a building–so be it–for those who don’t–thank you for seeking God in all you do.

What we must do–in order to promote The Gospel effectively–is to seek God about everything and not argue about anything. The truth of the matter is that none of us are 100% right about anything, but we’re not 100% wrong about everything either. How we worship, when we worship, what we eat, who we allow to do what in the churches, and how we look while doing it–is between us and God–and no one should ever attempt to make someone feel like they are not worthy simply because they do not fit the mold others have created. Your relationship with God and how that manifests itself is between you and God. I would be more concerned with His thoughts than anyone who walks the earth–they have neither heaven nor hell as a eternal resting place to assign me.

Lord, help us to seek You and not people for all we do in honor of You!