As our church has been reading through a booklet called "The Religious Spirit," I couldn't help but wonder how many OTHER Christians might have embraced that spirit without even knowing it.
Many years ago, my pastor said, "Mike, I love the way you minister to people, however, I have noticed that, from time to time, you can get quite religious in your teachings and expectations." He recommended I do some reading about the Religious Spirit.
In my desire to be all that I could be in Christ, I started reading. Boy, was I ever convicted! I have just found the following Self-Assessment written by Os Hillman. Though Os ministers to the Christian Workforce, I found the checklist applies everywhere INCLUDING the job.
Read it and discuss it. WARNING: Religious spirits may manifest... even from YOU!
If you find you have a very religious attitude, perhaps you can receive freedom through ministry. Let me know if I can assist.
Religious Spirit Self-Assessment
o You believe your faith life should remain separate from your work life.
o You’re motivated to share Christ out of duty.
o You can’t relate to non-believers because you’re afraid of rejection.
o You display a “better than they are” attitude toward nonbelievers.
o You are viewed by others as dogmatic and rigid (not simply a person of conviction).
o You feel compelled to be involved in religious activity and you can’t relax in your faith.
o You often feel guilty (not the same as the conviction of the Holy Spirit) for not sharing Christ with others.
o You often engage in religious debate.
o You need a packaged presentation in order to share the gospel.
o When talking about spiritual matters to strangers, you tend to talk about your church or ask about their church involvement versus talking about Jesus and their personal relationship with God.
o You have a difficult time socializing, loving or accepting those who do not believe the way you do.
o You are motivated by your church leadership out of guilt and Christian duty instead of loving devotion to Christ.
o You discourage change, preferring religious tradition.
o You believe that the ministry gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 and Ephesians 4:11 are no longer applicable today; or, if you believe they are valid, you think that they are for religious professionals, not for you.
o You form relationships for the purpose of achieving a religious activity rather than developing community from which Christ-like ministry flows naturally.
o Your loyalty to denominational structures is greater than your commitment to the kingdom of God and the entire Body of Christ.
o You view government as an “evil empire” from which we must separate instead of influence for good.
o You don’t see the need to work with other Christian ministry groups in a common effort; you usually feel that your way is the primary way and everyone should join your endeavor so as to not compromise your belief or doctrine.
Hope it helps! Every blessing,
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