Seduction: Difference Between True and False Religion
People said that there are many religion in the world, but we only have two types of religion which are True and False religion. While the Spirit of God is the author of true religion, seductive spirit is the pioneer of false religion.
Before we go into the difference between the two, I want us to understand that from the very beginning of the creation of man in the image and likeness of God, truth was the only religion which existed between man and God, until the devil the Father of lies set foot into the garden and pioneered lies and deceived man by contradicting the very instructions of God. (Gen. 3:1-5)
The Difference Between True and False Religion
1. False religion is complex while True religion is simple
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.(2 Corinthians 11:3|KJV-
True Religion which is centered on Christ is very simple; the simplicity is not foolishness or liberalism but teaching and proclaiming the saving knowledge of Christ to nation’s in clearity of terms and words. False religion always comes with mysticism and too many demands of learning and doing with inventions of man which has been incorporated to make the worship of God more burdensome and ultimately makes holiness and salvation unattainable. False Religion present itself with multiple gods and multiple traditions as part of it’s worship.
2. False religion is controversial while True religion is constant
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.(Genesis 3:4-5|KJV-
The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.(Psalms 19:7|NLT2013-
Devil has no power to bring anything into existence, he only specialises in manipulating the Truth and presenting it in a more subtle ways, his very agenda from the foundation of the earth is to contradict what God has spoken but we can resist him by the power of the Holy Spirit only when we know the Truth. Today in our Churches, alot of controversies has set in, in areas of public prayers and speaking in tongues, baptism, marriage, grace, forgiveness, old and new testament usages etc. The only thing that can set us free is the knowledge of the perfect word of God.
3. False Religion is Dynamic while True Religion is Immutable
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.,(Hebrews 13:8|KJV
But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.(James 1:17|LIVING-
Some people believe that since we live in a changing world, that the Church and Christian faith should also be subject to change, a good example is the way soft copy bible and projectors in church is replacing and discouraging carrying of bible and hymn books. There is also a believe that some Christian practices are ancient, hence many has gone a long way to modernise it. A good example of this is the way Churches are built this days with the picture of the pastor on the alter instead of the cross of Christ. All these and more are the spirit of false religion at work.
4. False Religion is obfuscate while True religion is to be published
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.(Ephesians 5:11-12|KJV-
It is only those in secret cult that conceal their means of power and have their fellowship in hidden places. True religion is to be proclaim in the open and made known to nation’s of the earth, there is nothing like hidding a particular of the Bible from someone because freely we received and freely we will give.
5. False Religion subvert while True Religion convert
For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money.(Titus 1:10-11|NLT2013-
True Religion primary aim towards the people is to convert them to become followers of Christ but false religion is always after the money of the people, how to collect their money and make them feel alright even when they are not alright with God. False religion does not always want to offend sinners, they always feel that sinners has right and should be allowed to make their own choice out of their own free will without compulsion or rebuking of any sort.
6. False Religion Seduce while True Religion saves
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.(Mark 13:22|KJV-
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.(1 Timothy 4:16|KJV-
Finally friends, the end is near and the man of lawlessness is already taking his sit at the temple of God, teaching lies with straight face and making men lovers of themselves instead of lovers of God, watch out for their deceptions because if care is not taken even the very Saints of God will be deceived and Seduced into lies. It is the knowledge of the word of God backed with the manifestation of the Holy Spirit that can deliver us from their lies and cunning words. God bless you, see you on Wednesday.