There is a whale of a difference between religiosity and spirituality. Many people have confused one against the other. They thought that when you’re religious, you’re already spiritual. Some confused spirituality to fanaticism that is also connected to religiosity that has gone overboard. It is an extreme form of religiosity. Nevertheless, it is still religiosity. What really is religiosity as against spirituality? Which is accepted by the Almighty Father?
First and foremost, I would like to tell you that religiosity is an outward form of worship. It doesn’t affect the inward at all, while spirituality starts from within. The spirit and the heart and then, it affects the whole being of man.
When our Almighty Father, as the Begotten Son in the Jewish Setting, came for the first time, (we call it the First Advent), He dwelt among His own people (in the Middle East). He was born in the Jewish race. There were already big famous religions at the time that He went and visited them with His salvation. But He never submitted Himself to the system of religion existing in His days. He brought unto them something that was new. It was the real message that the Father wanted men to have from the beginning when He created the “First Created Son,” Adam.
He wanted to give that spirituality to men. But before He can give spirituality to man, another spirit in the form of Satan Lucifer the devil went into the serpent and then introduced another kind of spirituality. It is a devilish and demonic spirituality. It is still spiritual but it is demonic and devilish because it is the serpent seed that was implanted within man. And that serpent seed is your will born within you, which has become a god in you.
You may not be able to follow anything else but there is one thing you cannot avoid, it is your will. It is the only thing that is present within you that you have to obey whether you like it or not because that is your very being. And you thought that is just normal. It’s not normal. That’s why we have the problem of sin. And the problem of sin has not been addressed by religion properly. They addressed it like putting bandage over the growth that broke out of the skin and the sores are the cancerous cells within.
Can you put bandage over the breaking of your cancerous flesh and then say, “Let’s just hope that this is already healed.”
Religion is not the solution to the sin-problem in man. The Father brought the solution on earth, but men did not accept it. He took man to cure him, but man did not want to be healed. Until the Father chose one man who subjected himself to Him and received the “cure.” He is no other than the Appointed Son of God.
Religiosity is far different from spirituality as religious people are far different from spiritual people.
Jesus Christ, the Begotten Son in the Jewish Setting, who is the Almighty Father in the Gentile Setting, came as a spiritual man as opposed to those who were already religious, who were the leaders of the religion of His days. That was where the conflict began, because these religious people thought they had the monopoly of God, they had God and they had been entrusted with the things of God. Why would this man come and introduce something else, which was foreign to them?
They had their rituals, they had their ceremonies, they had their Temple, they had their offerings and their form of worship. They had all of the outward forms of godliness but they didn’t have the power because those spiritual works of the Father did not begin on the outside, it began on the inside. They refused to receive from Him the instruction to be healed from the spiritual disease. Jesus Christ introduced that to them when He said in John 3:5, “…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
How can you understand that when you think your religion is already the answer to entering into the Kingdom of God? How can you understand that when you already believe that you are in the Kingdom of God? You won’t be able to accept and understand that. You will be contented in where you are and that is where the problem lies. It is a spiritual problem and it has not been solved by religion.
Religiosity has so many faces.
And the many faces of religiosity only stem
from one source – the spirit of the greatest deception,
which is religious deception, believing you are saved,
when in fact you are not.
He stretched out His arms unto them to accept them into His fold and told them about the things that the Almighty Father wanted them to have. But they refused to do so, until the time of their visitation ended and He called another people in the Gentile Setting. He also stretched out His arms unto them for 1,935 years, but they failed to accomplish that which was necessary – the solution to the sin-problem in man. They were not able to solve it in those long years that were given unto them until I was called.
I accepted what the Almighty Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, offered and I am here standing before you. He once offered the solution to the problem of sin unto those generations of people under the influence of the serpent seed, under the race of the fallen Adam, but they did not accept it. Now, the problem of sin has been solved. That is why April 13, 2005 is very important to us. It is called “the beginning of The Day of the Lord.” Before April 13, 2005, all of those years that I was called in the 1970s up to April 13, 2005 are all inclusive in my years of training, of receiving those revelations and the completion of the Father’s work of salvation in man until I was introduced into the world on September 13, 2003 as “His Appointed Son.”
A Shocking Reality
My introduction to the world as the Appointed Son of God was a very shocking spiritual reality to the religious powers and principalities that are holding the souls of men. When they had heard that announcement, the time for them to let loose the souls that are within their realm and within their rule, has come. Light has come upon each one of us. Light has come upon darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it. But darkness will be dissipated when that light will come. That is the light of the Father’s revelation.
Only spiritual people will go and live with the Father in eternity. Religious people will never make it. That’s why He told the people in His days, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:20
There are two kinds of righteousness that are being talked about here. Admittedly, they already had an existing righteousness. What was that righteousness? Let us look at Romans 10:1-3:
v-1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
v-2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
v-3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
They had the zeal of God, but not according to knowledge for they are being ignorant of God’s righteousness. They already had the zeal of God, they already had a form of righteousness but they were ignorant of God’s righteousness. They established their own righteousness and failed to submit themselves to the righteousness of God. That is the sin of religiosity. You establish your own righteousness that is palatable to you and according to your own will. You interpret what is good and what is evil according to your own standards. That is exactly the serpent seed. That is the spirit of deception, and the greatest deception is religious deception. You thought you were saved, when in fact, you are not. They are ignorant of God’s righteousness. Therefore, they established their own righteousness and they failed to submit to the righteousness of God.
They had a form of religion, they had religiosity and people who have not listened to me yet are still not enlightened. But deep within them, there is a nagging question, Why am I not changed? Why am I the same? Is this the true one?
People who have been thirsty and hungry for righteousness hop from one religion to another, trying to satisfy the inner longings of their hearts and they cannot find it because all of these religions, though they may have different grades of deception, are still under the rule of the serpent seed of deception. They are still established in their own righteousness. That’s why the righteousness of God failed to come into them because they thought they were already righteous in the sight of God. That’s why when I came and introduced this kind of spirituality just like what my Father, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Begotten Son did in the Jewish Setting, what did they call me? They called me a cult. What did they call my Father? They called Him not only a cult. They called Him not only Satan’s agent. They called Him the prince of the devils. They called Him Belzebub because they cannot accept the righteousness of God.
They had established their own righteousness and they did not want to accept the Father’s righteousness. That’s why God cannot deal with them anymore. They had established their own righteousness in their ignorance of God’s righteousness.
What is God’s righteousness?
God’s righteousness is the interpretation of good and evil, not according to man, but according to the Father Almighty.
When you trust in your religion to save you, I will call you a religionist. And I have seen so many religionists in my lifetime. I was in (South) Korea in the early 70’s and there was this one religionist in a plaza in Seoul City. He chopped off his fingers one by one to tell all of us that he will not transfer religion, and that his religion was what is right and he was like telling everyone, “I am willing to sacrifice all the fingers of my hands and chop them off before you to tell you that I am a diehard religionist.” That guy is one of those that will stand in Judgment one day and would say, “Lord God, did I not chop off my fingers one by one in Your name because I knew I was in the truth?” And the Father would tell him, “Even though you have chopped off all of your hands and feet, if you had not repented, you were still full of the serpent seed, you were not doing My Will, you will go to hell without fingers!”
Isn’t that hard to accept? Imagine, you had your fingers cut off, and then in Judgment, He will tell you face to face, “You are going to hell!” Your religiosity is futile.
What will these people say to the Father, as they stand before Him in the last days? They were depending on their works of religion to save them, because they have not subscribed to the righteousness of God and they established their own righteousness. One by one in judgment, all of them will seek entry into the Kingdom of God. But they will face the Son of God and they will give their reasons for being saved. And these are some of the reasons, as written in Matthew 7:21, the favorite Bible verse all of the spiritual people.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the Will of my Father, which is in heaven.”
Having religious works and being part of a religion cannot be the basis for you to go to heaven. This is a serious business. I am talking about you entering into heaven. We cannot play around when we talk about eternal issues because it is your soul that will either go into the eternity of hell or the eternity of heaven with the Father Almighty forevermore. I know that many of these people don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is very easy to mention the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, “Oh, I am the preacher of Jesus Christ.” Have you heard them say that? Many of them are saying that. Jesus Christ is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” When I came and said, “I am the Son of God,” they would readily say, “He is the false Christ!” They would quote Matthew 24, “Beware of false Christs and false Messiahs that would come.” But they are not aware that they are also included in that because they are also preaching about Jesus Christ. It is very easy to quote John 14:6 where Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Who would not believe you, when those are the words of the Almighty Father.
The Way, The Truth, The Life
But the question is: Where is Jesus Christ that you are preaching about? Can I see Him? Have you seen Him? And then what would they say? I’ve not seen Him! Can you introduce me to Him? Where is He? Where is He living?
They would point you to the immensity of the skies of the heaven and they would tell you, “He’s somewhere over there.”
So, if you cannot show Him to me and you are preaching that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, have you found Him? If you are preaching about Him, that means you’ve found Him, that means you’ve seen Him. That means you’ve heard Him because if you haven’t and you are saying He is the way, the Truth and the Life, you are the greatest deceiver of all because when I wanted to see whom you are introducing, you cannot show Him to me.
How can you show someone whom you have not met, whom you have not seen? You are introducing Jesus Christ and you don’t even know where He lives. Any Tom, Dick, and Harry can stand before a crowd and say, Jesus Christ said He’s the way, the truth and the life, believe me. I want to meet Him also. I want to see Him. I want to hear Him. He’s not here. You say He’s a spirit. Why you are introducing Him whom you have not met? Why are you introducing Him whom you have not heard? You are a hypocrite if you do that.
If you are introducing Him, it means that you are the first convert of the One you are introducing to the people.
You are the first one who believed in Him. The question is, Can I follow you as my example? Do you represent His life? Can I live in your house and follow you and learn of His ways from you? What would they say? “No, no, no. We have individual lives. You live your own, I live my own life.”
You cannot even follow them because they are short of the way. They don’t know the way. They are not even enlightened. They cannot even explain to you the serpent seed. They cannot even explain to you the source of sin. They would just say, “I am saved by grace. not by works,” How are you saved by grace? “I raise up my hands, Lord, I receive You as my personal Savior. Amen.” And then when the Father looks at you and requires you of the fruits of your confession, you cannot give Him any fruits because you went on living your own way and you depended on your own religion and in your religious works. You are one of these people that will complain in the last days as it is also written in Matthew 7:21-23;
v-21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
When you ask these people where Jesus Christ is, they cannot show you where He is. They don’t know themselves because they were not enlightened. What was their enlightenment about? It is a very vague enlightenment, and they already called that enlightenment. “Oh, I received Jesus Christ. I am a Christian.” If the enlightenment of those in the Church Age were true, all of them would have saved the world from destruction and ruin now. They were given 1,935 years and the world is still a sinner as it is.