I remember in my youth I used to hear people say all the time “God does not want a RELIGION, He wants a RELATIONSHIP.” This saying came from people that claimed to be Christians, and they acted like the word “RELIGION” was not found in James 1:26-27. People confuse the word “RELIGION” with the word “DENOMINATION” and I learned even more so that the real threat to God’s true Church is the word “ORGANIZATION.”
(James 1:27) PURE RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father IS THIS, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
According to James 1:27, titles such as: CATHOLIC, LUTHERAN, PRESBYTERIAN, BAPTISTS, PENTECOSTAL, etc. are NOT RELIGION. According to James 1:27, (1) visiting the fatherless, and (2) visiting the widows in their affliction, and (3) keeping yourself unspotted from the world is the biblical definition of PURE RELIGION. Religion is defined as ACTIONS not a DENOMINATION. God is not against PURE RELIGION according to James 1:27.
It is not RELIGION that has caused so much division. How could visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping ourselves unspotted from the world be something that God hates? It is ORGANIZATIONS that has split up the Kingdom of God, and divides the people of God with modern-day middle wall of partitions. Jesus NEVER started one single ORGANIZATION upon the face of the planet! Jesus established the KINGDOM OF GOD, and everything else is simply a mortared wall.
I know this might sound simple, and almost not important but that is because the common church folk have NO CLUE about the dangers of STATE-MERGED INCORPORATED RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. They are Government regulated organizations that the Government it is the HEAD of, and not Jesus compliant as they claim. Even their so-called prophecies contain the name of a man-made ORGANIZATION as if Jesus Himself would stoop so low to call His Church by a 501c3 registered name when in the Book of Revelation He simply called the churches by their city location.
Written by: Minister C. Nevarez
There are many people within the Church today that lack the simple understanding that the Church is not a building made with human hands, and as a result of this many believe in a modern-day practice which is called “altar call” that is not found within the pages of Scripture. Mind you, if we are the Temple of God, neither one of the altars (brazen or golden) are physical altars. The brazen altar signified repentance, and the golden altar symbolizes worship and prayer. Those two physical altars in the Old Covenant were abolished when the Lord nailed them to His cross establishing the New Covenant.
The so-called “altar call” believes in a backless bench, or a stepping area near the pulpit that people traditionally call an “altar” by the doctrine of men, and not according to what is written in the Scriptures itself. Did the apostles have this custom? Why is there NO RECORD of the apostles leaving us one single example of this practice? The so-called “altar call” practice is not an apostolic practice, but yet many apostolics have bit the hook, and are almost ready to be scaled. The “altar call” is the invention of a man named Charles Grandison Finney (1792 – 1875), a former 3rd degree Master Mason. Charles G. Finney was the creator of what is called the “anxious seat” which was later transformed into a backless bench that people call an altar.
Charles G. Finney
Is our altar something made with human hands? No way! Only someone who is as carnal minded as Charles G. Finney would believe something like that! As I said before there is NOT ONE SINGLE EXAMPLE FROM THE SCRIPTURE of the apostles’ leaving us this modern day tradition. No apostle ever believed a man-made piece of furniture was an altar!
Let me make this clear, I am not speaking out against prayer at the end of a service, there is nothing wrong with having prayer at anytime. What I am speaking out against is calling a bench or piece of furniture “the altar.” Many of the so-called altars do not even come close in fitting the description of a biblical altar!
The fake modern day altar call is an non-apostolic practice, and not ONE SINGLE person that believes it can come up with ONE SINGLE SCRIPTURE to support it! You are God’s true sanctuary, the true golden altar of incense is within you, and you don’t have to come to a fake, unbiblical, non-apostolic altar to repent of your sins.
Acts 2:38 is the ONLY WAY to be saved!
(Daniel 2:34-35) You saw till that A STONE WAS CUT OUT WITHOUT HANDS, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and THE STONE that smote the image BECAME A GREAT MOUNTAIN, AND FILLED THE WHOLE EARTH.
(Daniel 2:44-45) And in the days of these kings SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM, WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED: AND THE KINGDOM SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE, BUT IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS, AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER. Forasmuch as you saw that THE STONE WAS CUT OUT OF A MOUNTAIN WITHOUT HANDS, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Jesus was that “STONE” cut out of a “MOUNTAIN” (Israel) without hands, set up a “KINGDOM” which is “HIS CHURCH” which shall “NEVER BE DESTROYED” (the gates of hell shall not prevail against it) and a “KINGDOM” that “SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE.
This is “THE CHURCH” and “THE KINGDOM” that I was born again into. A GLORIOUS CHURCH, a SET APART NATION, that originated from “A STONE WAS CUT OUT WITHOUT HANDS, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” What a pleasure it is to be a part of a prophetic KINGDOM that THE GOD OF HEAVEN set up. I wouldn’t want to be a part of anything else, because in the end NOTHING ELSE WILL LAST until Jesus comes.