Should Christians Accept the Sallah Celebration Foods for the Sake of Love or Reject it? 

By: Evangelist Deji Popoola


Should Christians Accept the Sallah Celebration Foods for the Sake of Love or Reject it? 

People have been asking a series of questions like, is it okay for Christian to eat the Sallah celebration  Meat/food whenever our Muslim neighbor bring it to us just for the sake of Love? Some people see it as nothing wrong while some see it as wrong it. But I think is good for us to search the scripture and see what the bible is saying about it.

I have a lot of Muslims as a friend I can visit, and we can eat and drink together, there is nothing wrong in that. I can go to my Muslim friend house on January first to celebrate New year together, and there is nothing wrong, God has called everyone to live together in Love and peace. Moreover, Christianity is built on the foundation of Love. I can go to a Muslim house to eat and drink and there is nothing wrong in that. During the Birthday celebration, Marriage, promotion, retired, thanksgiving or Child dedication of Muslim friends or family, there is nothing wrong in joining them and celebrating with them because the bible said, rejoice with those that rejoice. When you show them, love, they will pay back with love, and even when you want to share the gospel with them, it will be easy. don’t be over righteous by avoiding them just because they don’t believe in what you believe, that is not Christianity. We can live together and share things together, and there is nothing wrong with it.

But when it comes to Celebration of Religion festival like Sallah, Christian must never participate with them because it is totally wrong and it is against the word of God.  You don’t accept their food offer in the name of “Sallah Celebration”.  You can’t bless it, because anything that stands against the word of God cannot be blessed, neither can you sprinkle the blood of Jesus on it. If the blood of Jesus can’t purify satan, neither will his food be purified either.

It is not the food they offer you the problem, but on the purpose in which the food was offered to you “Celebration of Sallah”, that is where the problem is.

Because you reject just this single offer doesn’t mean you hate them, you have to please God rather than Man. You must reject it but in an arrogant way, and don’t collect it just because you want to give it to a dog. They might see it and not be happy about it, and they will term it to hatred.

Also, I’ve heard many Christians saying they want to accept it so as not to hurt them, that is a lie, you can never hurt them by rejecting their religion celebration food, because If they knew you don’t believe in their religion, if you refuse to join them in it celebration, they will understand as well.

Christians don’t participate in Sallah celebration because it’s a slap on the face of God

We need to understand the word of God very well. God will never condemn you to hell because you eat with your Muslim brother or share things together in Love, After all, Christ too ate with the Pharisees too.

But the purpose of which the food was offered to you can get you in trouble.  Any Christian eating foods offers in the name of Sallah Celebration is a candidate of hell.

Let’s confirm it from the word of God

The word of God said in the book of Isiah66:3 “ He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.”

The Above scripture said it clearly, Offering another animal for sacrifice after the great sacrifice on the cross of Calvary is an abomination unto the Lord. Such sacrifice goes straight to the devil and not God because it’s like telling God to his face that, “My own will be done and not God’s will” because it’s the will of God that every man accept the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary for our redemption

Now, the bible also confirms this scripture in the book of 1Corinthians 10:20-21, “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?.”

Once you have started dining and celebrating this with them, then you are dining with the devil. Because the celebration simply means, ( God I reject your Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross ) and any other sacrifice anyone else makes in the name of religion or doctrine, then automatically it is a sacrifice to the devil. I know much other religion around the world also have a specific celebration they make. We as a Christian must never be a partaker of this else you will become the property of the devil. I know some white garment churches also do things like that, in which they call it a provision (“IPESE”) or burning incense before service,  praying with miss Paris perfume etc, all these are a sacrifice to the devil it can never be accepted by God except the word of God is a lie. God has given us only one and final sacrifice which is the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason why God once allowed these sacrifice in the time past among the Jews was to suppress their sin before presenting themselves before him the Lord. Even the high priest too will have to make a sacrifice offering for himself before the congregation because every man is a sinner, and this sacrifice doesn’t take away their sin but cover it. So all men have sinned including the child in the womb (Psalm 51:5) No one was qualified to enter heaven before the death of Christ.

in fact from the book of Genesis to the day Christ was crucified, only 3 people were recorded that goes to heaven, (Moses, Enoch, and Elijah), everyone who dies goes straight to the underworld which is the world of the dead which is also known as Hades. But the only difference here is that it was divided into two places which are Abraham Bosom (Paradise) and Hell. During this time, Paradise was never in heaven, it was in the world of the dead. Remember Jesus told the thief crucified by his side that today you will meet me in paradise, and we all knew the moment Jesus died he never goes to heaven, he went to Hades 3days and night to fight the battle and set the captives free for 3days. That was the reason why He told Mary Magdalene when he resurrected that “don’t touch me because I have not yet gone to my father ” so where was he during these 3 days? He was in Abraham Bosom to preach salvation and to set the captives free.

Abraham Bosom was under the control of satan before the death of Christ, in fact when Moses Died, and he wasn’t allowed to go there, the kingdom of darkness start fighting for his body because the word of God already said, all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. (Jude1:9).

But the moment Jesus resurrected on the 3rd day, All the saints also resurrected with him (Mathew27:52) since the time Jesus resurrected, Paradise has been transported to heaven and no longer in the world of the dead. When they said Jesus went to set the captive free, it doesn’t mean those who are already burning in hell, it means those who are in Abraham bosom which was then under the control of satan by that time because Christ has not yet collected the key of death and Hades by that time. That was the reason why the rich man could communicate with Lazarus.

,and that was the reason why The witch of Endor could use a demonic spell to summon the spirit of Samuel the saint.

But Now, any saint who dies now goes to heaven, no saint go to the world of the dead anymore, no saint can communicate with those in Hell again, No demonic power can be used to summon the spirit of any saint again, that was one of the reasons why satan has been so cruel against human and Christians, just because they now have access to go to heaven he never wanted them to go, Jesus gave this access.

Now The Muslims has denied themselves of this access that will guarantee them heaven, by refusing the sacrifice of Jesus which was to take away their sin and get them register for heaven. But they have decided to choose the sacrifice God has rejected and call abomination. They chose to cover their sin instead of washing it away with the blood of Jesus. So it doesn’t matter what you believe, any sacrifice make is to the devil. And you as a Christian must never dine with the devil.

But that doesn’t mean because you reject just this Sallah celebration food, you can’t dine with them again. Paul said in 1Cor10:25, if any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience’s sake. There Celebration is Sunday and you go there on Monday, you can eat whatsoever they give to you since the celebration is over, but if they tell you that the food is from the one for the yesterday celebration, the bible says don’t eat it.

You don’t go to visit them in the day of their celebration, because you know they will serve you food, and if you reject it that is tempting God, never gives room to the devil

The Bible said follow peace with all men and holiness in which no man shall see God. Do not eat foods offers to the devil

AN ODE TO THE GIVER OF LIFE

By: Femi Fani Kayode


AN ODE TO THE GIVER OF LIFE

In the 99 names of God, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, the All-Powerful, the Compassionate, the Merciful and the Great, I offer this ode unto Him alone.

He is the God of the Holy Word, the Creator of all that is, the Giver of Life and the Conqueror of Death.

He is the Holy One of Israel whose coming was prophesied for thousands of years before it came to pass.

He is He that humbled Himself and shed His divinity, who came down as God incarnate in the flesh, who suffered on the cross, who shed His precious blood, who gave up His life as a living sacrifice

and who went down into hell.

He is He who overcame satan, death and the principalities and powers, who rose again, who ascended into Heaven and who sits at the right hand of God the Father.

He is He whose Holy Spirit guides, leads, protects, provides and fights for us as each day passes. He is He that is high and lifted up, whose train fills the Temple.

He is He that is awesome in battle, that no man can stand against. He is He who reigns supreme and before whom all other gods bow.

He is He that is more than able, whose Kingdom shall never end. He is He that makes all things beautiful in His own way and in His own time.

He is He that created the world and established the foundations of the universe by the power of His word. He is He that sends out His word and always honors His promise. He is He that makes a way, where there seems to be no way. He is He that makes every crooked path straight before those that love and trust Him.

He is the Spoiler of our Enemies, our Advocate, our Defender, our Deliverer and our Judge. He is the husband of the widow and the father of the fatherless. He is the helper of the helpless and the defender of the oppressed. He is the voice of the voiceless and the healer of the sick. He is the deliverer of the captives, the provider for the needy and the glory of Kings.

He is the Man of War, the Prince of Peace, the Avenger of our Blood and the Ancient of Days. He is the Lord of Hosts, the Comforter, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the All-Consumming Fire.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon. He is the Balm of Gilead, the Blood of the Sprinkling and the Lord of Creation.

He is the Rejected Stone that became the Corner Stone, He is the Lamb of God that saved the world.

He is the Gentle Nazarene, the Mighty Warrior and the Master of Satan. He is the Great Provider and the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

He is our Shield, our Glory and the Lifter of our Heads. He is our Heavenly Father who is filled with love, mercy and compassion, who guards us jealously and who never fails.

He is the Lord of the Universe and the God of the Twenty Four Elders that sit before His heavenly throne.

He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Lord of the Angels and the Archangels, the Lord of the Cherubims and the Seraphims and the King of Glory.

King David asked, “who is this King of Glory?” and He answered by saying “the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, He is the King of Glory!”

His name is Jehova Sabaoth, Jehova Rapha, Yahweh God and the I Am, That I Am. He is irresistable, unknowable and unfathomable.

He is the God of the Armies of Israel. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the God of Gideon, Jeptha and Jehu.

He is the God of Samson, Moses, Samuel and Joseph. He is the God of David and Cyrus. He is the God of Elijah, Elisha, Nathan and Paul. He is the God of Hezekiah and Nehemiah.

He is the God of the elemental forces, the God of the Seven-Fold Spirit of Power and Splendour, the God who holds the four winds of the earth in the palm of His hand. He is the God of love and the giver of wealth, slendour, power, magnificence and plenty.

He is the keeper of our souls  the protector of our spirits and the guardian of our bodies. He is the Merciful, the Benevolent, the Faithful, the Kind, the Compassionate, the True and the Blessed.

He is Yeshua Hamashiach: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is One in Three and Three In One, the Mystery and the Power of the Holy Trinity. He  is the Ruler of the Land, the Master of the Seas, the Lord of all Creation and the King of the Universe.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is Yahweh God, the Mighty One, the God of all the gods.

He is the Adonai, the Elohim and the El Shaddai. He is the Lamb of God, the Risen King and the long-awaited Messiah.

He is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God, who came down as God incarnate in the flesh and to whom every knee must bow. He is He who came, who saw and who conquered and who shall come again.

He is the Lord of Joy, the Giver of Life and the Conqueror of Death. We were created for His pleasure, He delights for us to prosper, He displays His glory and splendour in our lives, He is faithful to His word and besides Him there is no other.

CAPITALISM AND THE CHURCH…THE WAY FORWARD

ERRORS OF THE WORD OF FAITH – YOU ARE GODS 

By: Abiodun Jemilehun


ERRORS OF THE WORD OF FAITH – YOU ARE GODS

The main pillar on which the Word of Faith hangs is the thought that the Christian is a god! Faith teachers teach that since the Christian is a child of God, it implies that he is also a god because like begets like. They claim that the man in Christ is in the class of God by virtue of his faith. He has a creative ability like God and can speak things into existence just like God spoke the world into existence in the book of Genesis. All these they premise on John 10:34-35.

“34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken).” (John 10:34-35)

Is it true that the man in Christ is a god?

We have to start by firstly comparing the characteristics of the true God to those of the man in Christ.

First, there is only one God, according to the Scripture. All other gods are false. So, the man in Christ cannot be a god. Though he has the Spirit of God in him, he is human.

“Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Mar 12:29)

“5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth-as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”- 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (1Co 8:5-6)

How a Christian could refer to himself as a god despite these scriptures and several similar ones that speak clearly to the contrary beats my imagination.

Second, God has no beginning and end. He was not created and He does not die. Though the man in Christ has eternal life by faith, he was created and “recreated” by God and he dies in the natural. Therefore, he is not a god. He is a full-blooded man.

Third, the true God is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient) and present everywhere (omnipresent). We know that the Christian does not possess any of these attributes, hence, he is not a god. He is a man.

Forth, God is perfect. He has no flaws. We know that the Christian man is imperfect. Though he is legally righteous before God, practically speaking he makes mistakes, thence, he is not a god.

Fifth, God is autonomous. He is self-existing. He acts independently. He does not derive His authority from anyone. The man in Christ is dependent. Though he has a reasonable level of latitude to act, he will give account of his actions to God one day. His authority is a delegated one. Christ gave it to him. This simply shows that he is not a god.

What message was Jesus getting across to the Jews in John 10:34-35?

The event that led to Jesus’s comment in that Bible passage happened after He healed the man who was born blind in John chapter 9. One must at least read from verse 22 to 36 of John 10 to get Jesus’ message clearly. For the purpose of this discourse, we would cite verse 30-36.

“30 I and My Father are one.”31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?” (John 10:30-36)

The Jews came to Jesus asking Him to tell them in clear terms if He was the Messiah. Jesus answered that He had told them in the past that He is but they would not believe. He reprimanded them that the works (the miracles) he performed in His Father’s name bore witness to his Messiahship but they would not believe. In verse 30, Jesus stated categorically that the Father and Himself are one. This offended the Jews because they interpreted it to mean that He equated Himself with God. They picked up stones to kill Him for blasphemy. Jesus then quoted Psalm 82:6 to educate them.

“I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.” (Psalm 82:6)

Again, we have to examine the whole of Psalm 86 in order to understand what God said through Asaph the Psalmist here.

“1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. 2 How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3 Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. 5 They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. 6 I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. 7 But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; For You shall inherit all nations.” (Psalm 82:1-8)

The Hebrew word translated “gods” in this Bible passage is “Elohiym.” It occurred 2601 times in the Old Testament part of the KJV Bible. Elohiym is a plural word (gods) that is generally used for the supreme God. It is also used for false gods and occasionally used in deference to magistrates (judges). For example, Elohiym is translated as “Judges” in Exodus 21:6, Exodus 22:8 and Exodus 22:9.

“If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall be brought to the JUDGES (Elohiym) to see whether he has put his hand into his neighbor’s goods.” (Exo 22:8)

God’s message in Psalm 82 is very clear. He addressed the corrupt Judges of Israel who perverted justice. They could have done this as a result of bribery and corruption.

We know that justice primarily belongs to God. Judges are God’s delegates in the dispensation of justice to man. Therefore, God referred to them as gods because they perform a function that primarily belongs to Him. This is the sense in which the word “gods” was used in the Mosaic Law and Psalm 82 in deference to Judges. God didn’t refer to them as “gods” who are in the class of the supreme God as the faith teachers teach. God stated this without ambiguity in verse 7 as he reminded them of their humanity and mortality.

“6 Didn’t I commission you as judges, saying, ‘You are all like gods, since you judge on my behalf. You are all like sons of the Most High, my representatives.’ 7 Nevertheless, in death you are nothing but mere men! You will be laid in the ground like any prince and you will die.”

(Psalms 82:6‭-‬7 TPT)

Juxtaposing Psalm 82 with John 10:34-36, we see that Jesus was not referring to the man in Christ in this Bible passage as faith teachers often assert. His reference was to the corrupt Judges of ancient Israel to whom “the word of God came” through Asaph the Psalmist. That if God could refer to human Judges as gods, what is the big deal in referring to Himself, whom the Father separated apart and sent to the world as the Messiah, as the Son of God?

We see clearly here that Christians are not gods who are in the class of the supreme God as the faith teachers assert. They are humans who have the life of God in them.

ARE BELIEVERS CHRISTS? (part 1)

IS SEX EVIL OR GOOD?

By: Evangelist Theophilus


IS SEX EVIL OR GOOD?

SEX – The topic frequently in the mind of most young adults and even old people no matter how spiritual, yet, the least talked about.

It is an act people engage in frequently but feel uncomfortable to talk about.

The information most people have on it are obtained from the ‘gutters’ because traditional institutions and other standard channels of communication and education will not talk about it. When they do, it is in hush tones.

I remember a friend hosted me on radio for a few weeks as we explored sexual dysfunctions among adults. By the third week, the program director had ordered the program shut down. May be I was too blunt, calling a spade a spade.

Many people know the danger of sex, both physical and spiritual but no one seems to be comfortable to talk about it’s good sides and the factors that influence them.

In many quarters and to many people, sex is just a necessary evil. I have met married couples who often felt guilty after having sex with themselves and I kid you not. A newly married guy once told me, he has been asking for forgiveness of sin after having sex with his wife and he couldn’t place why.

Some of you speak in tongues immediately after having sex with your wives, you know yourselves. It may not be because you are spiritual. You are probably battling with subconscious mixed feelings involving guilt over appropriateness of sex, even within matrimony. There are many who have become poorly sexually adjusted by reason of the things they have been taught while growing up about the evil in sex. This followed them to their matrimony.

A story was told of a king who newly became a Christian, in the mediaeval times who commanded his wife to be burnt at the stake the following morning after having sex with her. Her offence? He claimed  She enjoyed “the pleasure of sin” by moaning during sex. This is how “her ringing tone” sent her to an early grave. But it was not really her fault, she died due to the ignorance of an overzealous  king who was mistaught and misguided that sex is inherently evil.

Friends,  much has been said about how the devil uses sex to destroy people to the point that Sex now looks like the creation of Satan.

Truth be told, sex is good, when used appropriately. Sex is a gift from God and not from the devil. The devil only seeks to pervert it. Many petty problems that happen in marriages for which you disturb your pastors can be deleted by just one mind-blowing sex between couples.  Yes!  You heard me right.

Today, a lot of people suffer from various sexual dysfunctions but they can’t talk about them for fear of being viewed as “spoilt” or sinful.

I once attended to a man who had been running from home simply to avoid the chance of sexual encounters with his wife.  He worked shifts in a Hotel so he decided to do all the shifts,  just to stay away from home.

This man could not sustain erection for more than 2 mins and he was in a mismatched relationship with a woman who wanted it for thirty minutes and more.  The fear of poor performance drove him from home.

I insisted on seeing the wife and the day she showed up, it was drama. She did all the talking as she pounded away on my table.  “My body is not wood…” He has to do something about this otherwise…. ” she yelled.  It was one threat after another.  Then she grabbed her hand bag and left without completing the session. To a stranger like me, she simply cut the picture of trouble and I could only imagine what the man was going through in her hands.

Now, here’s the point.  There are many women in this position but they don’t know they are a serious part of the problem. Let me tell you something.  In a committed relationship (not hit and run) , the woman retains the power to either sustain a man’s erection or to kill it.

About 50 percent cases of erectile problems in men are purely of psychological origin. The brain is the most important sexual organ, not the genital.  If a man’s mind is at rest in the home and he’s happy with you,  he will have erection with you. This is basic truth.

I once attended to a woman who previously had been dragging her husband to pastors for prayers and made him a prayer point among her prayer partners for inability to perform in bed.  I requested to see her husband as usual and after much hesitation,  he showed up. It turned out the man had no erectile problem unless the wife was involved.  He said if he had full erection and his wife as much as touched him with a finger, he would lose it. In his own words there had been some conflicts and It was a delicate peace they had had at home. The wife had been winning all the arguments in the house without knowing she was also losing the man. What they needed was conflict resolution, not prayer vigil or medication.  Dear woman,  your mouth can do wonders, both physically and psychologically. If you know, You know…

Worse still some women will be behaving as if they are lame in bed. They can’t use their hands and they won’t use their mouths. They Just lay down like universal recipients. What kind of tradition is that?  What has that got to do with holiness?

I know by now somebody is thinking this man is spoiled o,  or may be his account has been hacked.  If you read up till this point and you haven’t stopped, na you spoil pass! So let’s continue…just kidding!

Women are not left out as victims in this sexual problem. As a matter of fact,  more than 50 percent of women don’t know what orgasm is, in all their existence.  They hear people talk about  it but they don’t believe it really exists and they are scared of asking their husbands to help explore possible ways to achieve this.  Many of them don’t even get aroused with their husbands but they can’t talk about it.  Many husbands have turned themselves to terrorists in their homes.

Dear husbands, I need your help. How do you manage to speak in tongues and still throw punches at your wives? There are testimonies of godly men who never raised a finger against their wives of many decades in spite of provocations. Please follow the examples of these men and stop damaging your wife physically and emotionally. That “Mike Tyson” in you must die finally.  May God’s grace be sufficient for you.

It is so unkind to abuse your woman and get home only to pull her panties like a mechanic trying to start a generator. What is your intention? It doesn’t work like that.

Let there be mutual respect in the home.  Resolve conflicts as they come. This has tremendous effect on what happens beneath the sheets. Like I said before, the human brain (the seat of the mind) is the most important sexual organ, not the genitals.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have any question or objections, kindly ask your pastors and pastors’ wives or go see a therapist, not me. I’m a learner ooh.

It is a new day!  

REASONS WHY MEN ALWAYS ASK YOU FOR SEX

THE BURDEN OF RELIGION VS THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE 

By: Evangelist Theophilus


THE BURDEN OF RELIGION VS THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE 

There are many in the church today that are carrying heavy loads that have nothing to do with their faith in Christ. They are burdened by a lot of obligations that have been placed on them by the religious system.

The long list of obligations to be met, all in an attempt to procure  God’s favor and be loved by Him stares them in the face, day in day out. That’s what they have been taught. Much like the Pharisees during Jesus’ earthly ministry, their teachers have laid heavy burdens on them.

But when Christ came He declared to his listeners “come unto me,  all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.

Friends, rest is what Christ brought you, not religion, and definitely not a long list of obligatory meetings, conferences, programs, offerings and sacrifices.

Check it well sir, If it is getting too burdensome, there’s no Christ in it.

If it is getting too heavy, it doesn’t belong in Christ. It doesn’t belong in your new testament reality. Rather it is in the domain of mere religion. Believe me, much of what goes on in the denominations is mere religion.  The deeper you go into religion, the more burdensome it gets.

But Christ has called you out of religion unto himself, why sink back into it?

Please take a good look at The Message translation of Mt. 11:27-29:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

” Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 MSG.

From the foregoing, it is abundantly clear that if it is “heavy” then it is not in tandem with the “unforced rhythms of grace”. Let no man deceive you into paying a heavy sacrifice that is outside of you willingness. No sacrifice can be heavier than the one at Calvary. And it was done on your behalf.

Friends, It may interest you to know that aside the “mega pastors” that get tongues wagging by their bogus teachings and ostentatious lifestyles, many young and unsong pastors are depressed, anxious and worn out. Yes, they are burnt out on religion. They bear heavy burdens that Christ Has not put on them.

They are under pressure to remit money to the headquarters. They want to build “befitting places” of worship. They want to  start counting “their members” in several thousands.

They want signs and wonders to validate their calling before men. They want a raised profile to the status of “international conference speakers”. They are struggling to  “network”. They want the fame, the money and the influence.

Many think they are in ministry but they are not. They are fiercely in business. Beneath their pius skin is a desperate lust for self-projection and ego-pampering. They have been caught in a rat race.

In the same vein, they muzzle their members by teaching all kinds of ill-timed messages. They lay on them all kinds of burdens in order to achieve the things misconstrued as “success in life and ministry”.

In the long run both the pews and the pulpits are caught in a thick web of religion. The “rest” that Christ promised is lost on them. It is a given, religion will wear you out,  but Christ will give you rest.

Dear friend, on what divide are you? Are you in religion or are you taking a rest in Christ Jesus? The choice is squarely yours.

“But there remains a Sabbath-rest for the people of God……”

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

Reference: NINYO

CHRISTIANITY VERSES RELIGION