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RELIGION VERSUS CHRISTIANITY

 

RELIGION

CHRISTIANITY

“Salvation is something I must do. I must somehow earn or gain salvation by the way I live.” “Salvation is something only God can do. Salvation is of the LORD!” (Eph. 2:8-9; Jonah 2:9).
Religion is summed up in one word: DO–man trying to DO different things to please God and earn His favor. Christianity is summed up in one word: DONE–Christ dying on the cross to save sinful man (John 19:30).
The religious man is busy “working” (doing good works) in order to be saved. The saved person is “not working” (Rom. 4:5) but is RESTING upon the finished work of Another.
TRYING TRUSTING (Acts 16:31)
A Work to Do which is never done (How can anyone work well enough and hard enough to earn salvation?) A Word to Believe (1 Pet. 1:25) about a Work that is Done (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
Man hoping to save himself God saving hopeless man (1 Tim. 1:15)
RELIGION is man trying to BRING HIMSELF TO GOD (by human effort, good works, ritualism, traditionalism, sacraments, etc.). CHRISTIANITY is Christ BRINGING US TO GOD on the basis of what He did for us on the cross (1 Peter 3:18).
Religion is man trusting his own good works (Titus 3:5). Salvation is man trusting the good work which the Lord Jesus did on the cross (Rom. 3:22-26).
A religious ritual A real relationship (John 17:3)
Following rules Enjoying life (John 6:47; 10:10).
“I must reform my life and turn over a new leaf” “I must be born again” (John 3:7).
Doing Something Knowing Someone (John 17:3)

There is a great difference between CHURCHIANITY and CHRISTIANITYMany are GOING TO CHURCH but few are GOING DOWN THE ROAD WHICH LEADS TO LIFE (Matthew 7:13-14). Many name the Name of Christ (2 Tim. 2:19) and claim to be Christians but few understand what a Christian really is. Many are RELIGIOUS but few are RIGHT WITH GOD. May God help us to understand the difference between RELIGION and true CHRISTIANITY as set forth in the Word of God, the Holy Bible. (by The Middletown Bible Church)

REMEMBER! The Game Coach (God) is coming quickly. The time keeper (death) is already waiting…repent now, start obeying and practicing the “Spiritual Laws of Time” (the Bible).

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