IN CHRISTIANITY: NEVER YOU BE RELIGIOUS BUT BE FAITHFUL
(Christianity Is Never About Being Religious But It Is All About Being Faithful)
Research shows that Religious Christians are more religious than being faithful. But what God demands or requires of every true Christian is faithfulness.
Being faithful has nothing to do with being religious. Many Christians don’t have this deep understanding.
Faithfulness is one of the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5: 22 NKJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” Being religious is never one of the nine (9) components of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
There is a clear difference between faith and faithfulness. Faith is belief, assurance of God’s word and all that He (God) has done. Faithfulness is living in accord with that truth of the word of God.
Now, the difference between being religious and being faithful:
Being religious is concerning religion. In Christianity, being religious means being full of religious activities without knowing and understanding the person of Jesus Christ while faithful is loyal to the person of Jesus Christ after knowing Him as the Lord and Saviour; adhering or following firmly to the person of Jesus Christ and practicing His dictates, teaching and reflecting His life (the life of Jesus Christ).
For instance, Pharisees are full of religious activities but never practiced the reality of the truth of the word of God.
The religious persons follow men and the doctrine of men dogmatically and blindly without critical thinking with the pure word of God – Matthew 15:9 KJV “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
Do not forget that being religious is not being spiritual! Many Christians think that spirituality and religion are the same thing, and so they equate religion to mean spirituality. While religion and spirituality are similar in foundation, they are very different in practice. The idea of religion and spirituality is like a rectangle versus a square. Spirituality has great capacity to control religion. Though in all religions, spiritualism is not ruled out but they are not the same in meaning. In true Christian faith, you are expected to be ‘spiritual’ without being religious unlike the Pharisees who are religious without being spiritual.
Religion is a specific set of organized beliefs and practices, usually shared by a community or group. Spirituality is more of an individual practice and has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose. What I am saying is that religion is an organized, community-based system of beliefs, while spirituality resides within the individuals and what they personally/individually believe with having a sense of peace and purpose like true Christianity which has to do with personal salvation in Christ Jesus and personal walk and intimate relationship with God.
In true Christianity, the issue of salvation is personal between you and God. Spirituality in true Christianity relates to the process of developing your faith around the meaning of Christian living and life with connection and interaction with others (your neighbors) by making the presence and evidence of God real in their lives.
What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious?
“Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR), also known as “spiritual but not affiliated” (SBNA), is a popular phrase and initialism used to self-identify a life stance of spirituality that does not regard organized religion as the sole or most valuable means of furthering spiritual growth. Remember that Christianity is not a religion but people (not God) make it to be like a religion because Christianity is the practice of dictates, teachings and life of Jesus Christ. Religion is a man’s invention. Religion is the product of man. Humanity is above religion. In fact, religion is a product of human mind.
Now as mentioned earlier above, Faithfulness is living in accord with that truth of the word of God. Faithfulness is doing the word of God. Faithfulness is practicing the word of God (not the word of man). Faithfulness is being loyal to the word of God to the core. Faithfulness is giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to the person of Jesus Christ, that is, to the word of God. Faithfulness is standing by the side of God’s word through good and bad times.
Faithfulness is having or demonstrating undivided and constant support for the word of God – Proverbs 25:19 KJV, Proverbs 20:6 KJV and 2 Timothy 2:2 KJV ” Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint….Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?…And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Faithfulness is always supporting the word of God even in difficult times! Faithfulness is far more than being religious.
The Lord Jesus Christ mentioned three (3) weightier matters of the law in Matthew 23:23 – and one of them is faithfulness: Matthew 23:23 KJV “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” The word “faith” in this scripture (Matthew 23:23 KJV) just like the word ” faith” mentioned as one of the components of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 KJV means “faithfulness” – Matthew 23:23 ESV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”
God is not looking for a religious person but a faithful person – He (God) is looking for faithfulness in any genuinely born again Christian to use for His glory the way He used Moses – Numbers 12:7 KJV “My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is not looking for a religious person but a faithful person to do His works on earth – 2 Timothy 2:2 KJV “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
The Almighty God is looking for a faithful minister of His word – He is not looking for a religious minister of His word: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 KJV and Acts 6:3-4 KJV “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful….Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is looking for the faithfulness of a person to start with small things before committing bigger things into his or her hands – a faithful person (not a religious person) : Luke 16:10-12 KJV “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?”
The great honor as a reward in Heaven is awaiting a faithful person not a titled religious person (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teachers – the five ministry gifts): Matthew 25:21 KJV “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
A faithful person ( not a religious person) is always needed in every aspect of life; be it in ministry, marriage, family, organization/establishment, business, politics, government, finances, etc, – Proverbs 28:20 KJV “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”
Faithfulness is a must to serve God to the end (death) because a faithful Christian (not a religious Christian) is the one the Lord Jesus Christ is talking to in Revelation 2:10 KJV “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Faithfulness brings the blessings of God into the life of a faithful person – Proverbs 28:20 KJV “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…”
A faithful man who will abound with blessings of God must possess the qualities of integrity and honesty. That is, in faithfulness, you find integrity and honesty. Christianity needs faithful Christians – and NOT religious Christians as Pharisees are religious but never faithful.
Christianity is never about being religious but it is all about being faithful.
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