“True disciples of Jesus are those who have been set free by the truth as they abide in His Word (John 8:31-32).  Those who do not know the truth will continue to be enslaved to the bondage of religion.  Throught history, the goal of every religion has been to control people.  This has been accomplished with religious traditions, legalism, pride and deception.  One example of this fierce religious loyalty is a comment we hear so often from Roman Catholics:  “I was born a Catholic, and I will die a Catholic.”  Yet, true conversion can only take place if they confess:  “I was born a sinner and will die a saint.”  And what a way to die!  By God’s amazing grace, saints are elected in Christ (Eph. 1:4), called to Christ (1 Cor. 1:9), have believed the truth about Christ (Rom. 10:14-17), have turned to Christ in repentance (1 Pet. 2:25), are justified by the blood of Christ (Rom. 5:9), are united with Christ (Gal. 2:20), are being transformed into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18), are being kept and preserved by Christ (1 John 5:18) and will one day gain the glory of Christ (2 Thes. 2:14).  Why would anyone chose to be enslaved to religion whan they can become a blessed and privileged slave of the Lord Jesus?”

–Mike Gendron
Proclaiming the Gospel Newletter
Jan-Mar 2010

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