Homemade Religion 

Judges 17:5
“The man Micah had a shrine, and made an ephod and household idols; and he consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.”

The story of Micah is all too familiar. In a time when the Word of God was being neglected, Micah created his own “homemade religion.” He used terminology familiar to true religion, he had a priest and an ephod. However, his god, his worship, and his lifestyle, was really nothing more than a product of his own imagination. As time went on, his religion became even more organized. He established a priesthood consisting first of his own son, then of a wayward Levite, who pretended to be an expert on the things of God. Only in vocabulary, did this religion bear any similarity to a real relationship with the true and living God.

Sadly, though the Word of God is more accessible today than at any other time in history, we still find people creating their own god, and their own way of worship. It is common for these “homemade religions” to use terminology found in the pages of Scripture. They all include a god, some form of prayer and worship, and usually, a procedure to deal with misdeeds. The problem is, like Micah’s religion, they are nothing more than the product of someone’s imagination. While it is honorable to have a boat, a bookshelf, or even a home, that is the work of your own hands, it is not wise to build your own god.

The Bible declares, Jesus is the Faithful Witness. Everything we can know, and need to know, about God, is found in Christ. If you want to observe what God is like, and how to know Him, read the pages of the Bible. The best place to start is in the Gospel of John, where you will meet Jesus face to face.

Pastor Jim

 

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