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Churchianity vs. Christianity

John Collins3/31/2012 8:19:00 AMThis was sent in by a close friend who wished to remain anonymous. These are very powerful thoughts, we all should learn something from this:

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My friend writes:

In honesty I look at this I only see myself in a very few of the Christian category side. The Christianity side I've seen in some very dear Christian friends is what I focused on while writing this. It was their example that has helped me see through the differences in Legalism and true attributes of Christianity. After years in the Message, I have learned the differences between the two very well. I believe if we can just focus on HIS WORD and HIS DESIRES rather than by what others tell us we need to do, He can show us the light that can even come through times of extreme darkness. I know I still feel like I'm fumbling though life trying to figure it all out after years of indoctrination in a man-made system. I believe the scribes and Pharisees were the legalistic churchianity's that are still very present in the same way today. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Could it be He has tried to teach us through His teachings that the Bible churchianity's, the legalist, and misguided people from the times He came in flesh were the very example of what we are NOT supposed to be today?

I'm quite simply not as knowledgeable as most of my friends when it comes to the Bible so forgive me for my simplicity, but this is something that I wrote some time ago and at that time I really felt God opening up to me that I myself had been so mislead for years and was walking as the scribes and pharisees in Jesus day thinking the Message was the only way and anyone outside that was wrong. Was that thinking any different than the religious fanatics of Jesus day??

"Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel".

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess".

"Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also."

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness".

"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity".

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous".

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