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Daily Devotional – September 12

 

RELIGION – SATAN’S GREATEST DECEPTION 

Believe it or not, religious legalism and “religion” in general are Satan’s greatest tools, the primary means by which he “blinds the minds of those who seek Christ” and which are included in Eph. 4:14 as part of “…every wind of doctrine, sleight of men, cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive.” Satan has used religion as a means to subjugate the mind of man and deceive him since the beginning and with the years has gotten much more sophisticated in its use.

The next series of devotionals will deal with the topic of religious legalism and the destructive part it has played in Christianity and in the lives of Christians. 

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September 12, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

6 Comments »

  1. Sadly, by “religion” we often mean “yours but not mine”.

    Comment by helenl | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  2. Absolutely, Helen, looking forward to your contributions on this one!

    -j

    Comment by bereans | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  3. From a dear friend, Alton Pollard (see http://candler.emory.edu/ABOUT/faculty/pollard.cfm ) I learned to beleive that “all religion is magnificent.” That does not mean all relgion is harmless.

    There is copy of this famous statue (smaller, I think) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I love it — like I love the Ben Long frescoes in the small Episcopal churches in the North Carolina mountains and the chapel at Har-Ber Village on The Grand Lake of the Cherokees in Oklahoma. These are in quaisi-secular settings, where life (museum, park) meets religion and, thus, meets us where we are. A statue of Christ with outstrethced arms seems more honest that a flag flying over a courthouse, where justice doesn’t reign and never did. I also love the icons in the Greek Orthodox Church, (here in Winston-Salem) where uplifted eyes meet the coming Lord. Sadly, many Protestants have rejected art as a part of their worship, (unless you count “three points and a poem”), decalring that others worship statues rather than the Lord. So I hope by “religion” you aren’t meaning art, Jack. I hope you mean the rules that end up like checklists in the life of someone who ought to be free. The pilgrims above a purifing their hearts. Would that my heart was pure!

    Comment by helenl | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  4. You’re right on, Helen! 🙂

    -j

    Comment by bereans | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  5. Matthew 7:12

    Comment by Brian Reason | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  6. I have never been one for religious iconography. Just my personal taste. I love abstract pics. It has to just strike me.

    Satan does use religion to cause our downfall. What joy he must take from causing good people to go the wrong way in the name of the church. In the name of diversity, tolerence, and moral absolutism.

    Codependency on it’s face seems like a good christian attribute eh?

    Larry

    Comment by Larry | September 12, 2006 | Reply


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