We were a missionary family in South Korea 56 years ago. One day, my father and I were traveling by train. While we traveled, he told me a story which illustrated to me the operation of the spirit of God and the operation of the religious spirits (religion). What follows is the short story he related to me.
Before world war 2, missionaries traveled to Ethiopia, in Africa. There they met people who had never heard the gospel. Part of their work was to learn the language and produce a bible in this new language. They had just released a translation of the Gospel of John when they had to evacuate. The war had started.
While the missionaries were gone, the local people read the Gospel of John and shared it with one another. Some even believed what they read and the associated signs, miracles and wonders began to be produced! These events continued and were so remarkable that this news trickled out of these remote areas and even reached the ears of the missionaries.
(Note that the works of God sprang up without any corporate "churches", its' hierarchy, doctrines, theology, or rituals. Isn't that something?)
After the war was over, missionaries returned to this area in Ethiopia as quickly as possible. They worked very hard to convince these new believers that what they were doing, the wonderful works they were producing were wrong. In a short time, the remarkable signs, miracles and wonders ceased.
After hearing this story, my heavenly father showed me that religion denies the power of God and will do all that it can to interfere with His working.
The lesson is that religion will NOT help you live powerfully with God, doing HIS will. In fact the spirits that work in religion will obstruct God, His will, and you in any way that they can. What do you want to work? Whose will do you want to perform? These are questions for each of us to personally answer and act upon. You are empowered and authorized through the accomplishments of Jesus Christ to live the faith without religion.
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