By Ken Brown
reality cannot be found in traditional religion with its rules and
rituals, dead formalism, man-made authority structure, public worship,
group prayer, false prophecy, miracles and lying wonders, doctrinal
statements, self-help classes, recovery groups, children's programs or
anything else it might have to offer.
Let me ask you a couple of questions.
Are you happy with your religion, or
have you ever thought there must be something more?
Do you think there's any difference
between learning about God and really knowing Him in an intimate
relationship that is defined by your experiences with Him?
Do you think God only exists to serve
man and his religious programs, or is it possible that He has a plan
of His Own that is directly opposed to what most men believe?
Do you think the only way to approach
God is through the rituals, traditions and group activities of
institutional, denominational religion, instead of an individual,
personal and private submission and obedience to Him?
Do you think salvation is not an
issue, because God is a benevolent God and everyone is going to
heaven; or that salvation is quick and easy to obtain and impossible
to lose, and don't know that salvation is a lifelong process of
submitting to God so He can change you into the image of His Son?
And do you think traditional,
institutional, denominational religion is where you go to find God and
don't understand that religion in its many forms is never what God
intended and is, in fact, specifically designed by the world, the
flesh and the Devil to lead you away from God?
Do you think that everything I've said so far sounds sarcastic,
hateful or just downright insane? If you do, then at least consider
that it comes from a guy who was involved in traditional religion for
over 35 years. And what I have to say about religion doesn't come out
of hurt or anger, but from a genuine love for God, for truth and for
those who really want to know Him. But I have to tell you up front; I
didn't really find God until I was willing to walk away from religion.
The papers you will find on this website will show you some of what
God has been teaching me about Himself and about religion and why one
is not the same as the other. If you take the time to read them, and I
hope you will, please have your Bible handy and take the time to read
every Scripture reference you see in bold print. I'm not trying to win
any arguments. I'm not trying to gather followers, so I can start yet
another institution. I'm not selling anything. I don't want to be
anyone's "pastor" in the sense of the professional clergy that you may
be used to. I just want to point you in the right direction.
And I will be your friend and untiring supporter if I even suspect
that you might have a heart for God and the courage to pursue Him. And
if you'll allow me, I'll try to guide you through this barren
wilderness of religion called Christianity. I welcome your comments
Your friend and servant,
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