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WOW-19 JUNE 2024: RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST, NOT RELIGION OF SHAME

Senior Pastor Daniel O. C. | Jun 19, 2024


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Calvary greetings to you in the blessed name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Amen!

RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST, NOT RELIGION OF SHAME

The distinction between virtuous and vicious actions has been engraved by the Lord in the heart of every man.
My concern is not whether God is on our side, my great concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.

(Micah 6:8)
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Religion is a tradition and ritual ceremony which teaches the difference between right and wrong.
Religion is reading and trying to memorise Scripture verses, offering of prayers, giving to the poor and celebrating religious holy days.

Judas Iscariot, the cheat and thief talked about giving to the poor but had no sincerity and divine honesty to serve God (John 12:3-8).
Religion includes singing in the choir, helping the needy and trying to correct past wrongs.
Beloved, religion is hypocritical, it was something that was practised by the Pharisees’ preaching but not practicing or doing.

Many people are killing, destroying and hurting others in the name of religion.
Those Scripture-loving conservatives, separatist spiritual leaders hated Jesus enough to call for His death.
The hypocritical spiritual leaders hated Jesus not only because He broke their tradition in order to help people but because He saw through their religion to their hearts (Matthew 15:1-9).

Christianity is not a religion in the actual sense but it is God in us.

  • Jesus Christ our Lord is more than a system, tradition or belief.

  • Jesus our Saviour is a Person who knows our needs, feelings, pains and sympathises with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
  • In exchange for our trust, He offers to forgive our sins.

  • Jesus intercedes for us and brings our petitions to God the Father.
  • Jesus cried for us, died for us and rose from the death to show that He was all He claimed to be.

  • Jesus Christ the Son of the living God conquered defeat and death.
  • Jesus showed us that He could save us from our sins (Acts 4:12).

  • Jesus offered Himself as a Gift to anyone who will trust Him (John 20:24-31).

You can have tons of religion without an ounce of salvation (John 1:12).
Jesus is the Greatest Man who ever lived.
He alone is the Fountain of Peace and Comfort.
In a world plagued with sorrow and fret, to get illuminated by Him is an earnest everlasting light.

Jesus Christ is a Person; He is not an opinion.
Jesus is God and not a hypothesis. He is not a new idea in philosophy as some people think.
Jesus is the Eternal Truth. For over two millenniums, He has been the prime figure in history’s annals.
Jesus towers above all other personalities of all times.

Whatever your view of God apart from Jesus, it amounts to nothing but vain worship.
Jesus remains the High Priest and King consecrated by the Almighty God Himself.
To follow Jesus is to be secure here on earth and in eternity.
Beloved saints of God, follow righteousness in Christ Jesus and not religion of shame.

To be continued.

Remain blessed and rapturable,
Yours to reach this generation with the Gospel,
Dr. Daniel O. C.

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