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Monday, September 9, 2013

Religion, Yes - Holy Spirit, No

"I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve ... so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Evangelical Christianity is gasping for breath. We happen to have entered a period when it is popular to sing about tears and prayers and believing. You can get a religious phrase kicked around almost anywhere - even right in the middle of a worldly program dedicated to the flesh and the devil.

Old Mammon, with two silver dollars for eyes, sits at the top of it, lying about the quality of the products. In the middle of it, someone trained in a studio to sound religious will say with an unctuous voice, "Now, our hymn for the week!" So they break in, and the band goes twinkly, twankle, twinkly, twankle, and they sing something that the devil must blush to hear.

They call that religion, and I will concede that religion it is. It is not Christianity, and it is not the Holy Spirit. It is not New Testament and it is not redemption. It is simply making capital out of religion.

For any man to presume to represent the Son of God without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, is the most daring presumption.

~A. W. Tozer~


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