Summary: Religion—is man’s best attempt to get to God.

Religion—is man’s best attempt to get to God.

Eight Characteristics of the Religious Person:

1) They rely on a Label.

Jew—means a praises or he who praises God!

2) They depend upon Rules and Regulations.

Fact: The law has never saved anybody!

John 5:39-40

3) They believe they have Special Status with God!

Question: Who did God announce Jesus Birth through? The Shepherds!

4) They claim to have a Direct Line to God!

Philippians 1:10 “So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ…” (NIV)

5) They Maintain a High Moral Standard.

Key: Moral Integrity will not get you to heaven!

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (NIV)

6) They have a Condescending Attitude toward others.

Billy Graham: “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread!”

7) They don’t always Practice what they Preach!

Isaiah 29:13

Two Keys to Remember:

It is not my purpose to make people religious!

Never expect an unbeliever to act like a believer until he is one!

Chuck Swindoll: “Religion is a curse, not a cure!”

8) They Rely on Rituals.

A vow is worthless if there is no commitment behind it!

Galatians 3:29 “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (NIV)

Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship!

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