Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite.
All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them.
(Caught up in what they wear & how they look, trying to follow a list of rules. Religious leaders insisting on circumcision, as if God won’t accept you otherwise. People confusing how we dress and what we do with God’s consern for how we cloth ourselves Spiritual and conduct ourselves in loving each other to please truly Him).
The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it.
We couldn’t carry this off by our own efforts, and we know it—even though we can list what many might think are impressive credentials.
You know my pedigree (The apostle Paul): a legitimate birth, circumcised on the eighth day; an Israelite from the elite tribe of Benjamin; a strict and devout adherent to God’s law; a fiery defender of the purity of my religion, even to the point of persecuting the church; a meticulous observer of everything set down in God’s law Book.
The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for.
Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life.
Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung.
I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.
(Stripped of religion & stirred in a relationship with Christ )
I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ— God’s righteousness.
I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself.
If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
Philippians 3:2-11 MSG
If you are conserned with what to do with Church go to: Working in Church
Do we need to avoidsome people?
I am personally identifying more & more with God’s view & seeing why He divorces Himself from people with lots of religion but no relationship with Him. Go to: Psalm 101 (that post is mostly just the Scripture, not much commentary or my personal thoughts added).
BLESS THE LORD.
This may not apply to you. If see Jesus in the behavior of those you “go to” Church with then your Chirch is above average.
The Lord layed this on my heart from my personal past expiriance and what others have shared with me.