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The Deceit of Religion

By Sherry Edwards Mackey

 

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,”   Jeremiah 29:11 KJV.

 

Religion is on the rise and we each need to understand there is true danger!

 

Satan by using religion is bent on deceiving and sidetracking the church and the nations!  We each must be settled within our own mind and heart that we are the children of God.

 

God knows our hearts.  Pray and study God’s Word for wisdom and understanding of discerning of spirits.

 

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,”   Romans 8:15-18 KJV.

 

Religious spirits are dangerous as these do not bow down and obey.  Because of the free will involved, interacting with them, is difficult.  It’s like dealing with multiple personalities of demonic and human.

 

The human part makes it difficult to remove the demonic, because the human part is enjoying the fellowship, and especially the power the demonic gives it and does not want it to leave.

 

Deliverance will not happen without the human will agreeing to it.  I believe the religious spirit is the most dangerous, because Jesus spent most of his rebukes on the Pharisees and religious leaders.

 

Religious spirits oppress and persecute others, usually, it’s the true believers in the name of God.  They criticize others almost constantly and recruit others to join them.

 

They are controlling, legalistic, and rigid in opinion.  Very unforgiving about what they accuse you of doing wrong or done wrong in the past.

 

Their religious zeal, spirituality, and righteousness are not of God.  They are self-righteous and depend on their works to keep their place in God and in keeping their religious pinnacles.  They focus on perfection, not progress, and are proud and arrogant.

 

They believe that God has appointed them to fix you.  They fix you by tearing you down, by destroying you, and criticizing everything they think is wrong with you.

 

They do not tolerate weakness, mistakes, or failures.  The Bible says we are supposed to bear one another’s burdens.

 

They do not understand the work of God’s grace in someone’s life.  They may have started out as spirit-filled, but they think they can perfect themselves by the flesh.

 

They will put religious curses on you or others by speaking and twisting God’s Word as a weapon against you.

 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.  They have been around a long time throughout history, as the Pharisees were in Jesus’ time.  These desire to be important, they desire power, to prove they are “anointed” of God.

 

They become false teachers and false prophets, etc.  These are self-deceived, and corrupt, doing the religious dance for money, power, and fame or title, etc.

 

These do not understand the finished work of Christ’s righteousness and criticize others who are called of God, as fakes.  They actually attack true teachers of the gospel, and true prophets and claim they are fakes when they are real.

 

The Prophet Jeremiah was persecuted by the religious leaders of his day and they claimed he was a false prophet, but he was real and spoke the truth.

 

Even though Israel was carried away captive to Babylon, God still sent Jeremiah along with them to speak.

 

Jeremiah prophesied that God wanted the captives of that nation to build houses, plant gardens, eat from them, take wives have children so they would increase and not diminished.

 

The Word of The LORD also told the captives of Babylon to seek the peace of the city and pray accordingly so they would have peace.

 

“Beware of the prophets and diviners lies that deceive you!  Neither give heed to their dreams or visions!  For religion shall prophesy falsely in My Name but I have not sent them,” says The LORD.

 

“Yes, even in captivity in Babylon I will visit you and I will perform My word towards you. I know the thoughts I have toward you, thoughts of peace and not evil to give you an expected end. You are My ambassadors beloved, represent Me,“ says The LORD.

 

“Even if seventy years are accomplished, I shall visit you and perform My Word causing you to return.  You shall call upon me and pray and seek me and find me as you search for me with your whole heart!

 

I have raised up prophets even in Babylon.  I sit on the Throne of David and all the people that dwell in that city and all brethren shall understand that I send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence and I will persecute them and deliver and gather what’s mine from all kingdoms of the earth.

 

Because many didn’t listen to my servants like the prophet Jeremiah, I will correct in measure.  I will restore health and healing to you and shall have mercy! I will multiply and I shall be glorified ,” says The LORD.

 

Beware of the prophets of Religion!

 

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. Resist them, as God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Recognize them as those with convictions, zeal, but having a righteousness that is NOT of God.

 

Remember, they crucified Jesus!  Imagine what they would do to you if given the chance.

 

We are living the last days and religious spirits are everywhere regardless of whatever the church is and whatever the size.  They love numbers and love a crowd.  The religious want authority and promote it before many.

 

“Behold the whirlwind of The LORD goes forth in fury, a continuing whirlwind shall come in fall with pain on the wicked.

 

I shall not return until I have performed the intent of My heart; in these latter days you shall consider it and know I AM The LORD.”

 

Please also, study Jeremiah 29-31.

 

 

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,

Sherry Edwards Mackey

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