The Vitality of Religion to Salvation


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It is a very common knowledge among people internationally that religion is the church where they belong to. When you pose the question: “What is your religion? Somebody readily answers: “I am a Catholic, or a Baptist, or a Seventh Day Adventist, etc.

Even when signing a legal or public document, people write down at the space provided for religion their ‘organized sect’ or religion. So, it has been accepted internationally that the religion of somebody is the church where he is affiliated to.

The word religion in the Bible is ‘thrēskeia’ in the Greek Bible. Incidentally, the reason why we are citing Greek is because it was the language used by the New Testament writers like Paul and Luke who used the word ‘thrēskeia’, which was translated as religion in the English and Spanish Bible; And in the Bible, there is such thing as pure and undefiled ‘thrēskeia’ or religion.

(James 1:27) “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

The apostle Paul made mention of his former affiliation with the religion or ‘thrēskeia’ of the Jews before he became a Christian.

(Galatians 1:13) “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it…”

He used the word ‘thrēskeia’ to denote the organized religion of the Jews and their practices. He explained this on the following verse (verse 14).

(Galatians 1:14) “And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.”

If we look in the Greek dictionary of New Testament terms, the word ‘thrēskeia’or religion means:

 

θρησκεία

thrēskeia

thrace-ki’-ah

From a derivative of G2357; ceremonial observance: – religion, worshipping. (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries)

So, the Greek word means that religion is ceremonial observance of something related to worship. Is religion vital to salvation? Here is our answer:

Whether you regard religion as the organization you belong to or as a ceremonial observance in worship, we believe that it is very vital to salvation! Your ‘organized religion’ or organization has a vital influence in your thinking, character, priorities, and beliefs. There are people who kill because their religion allows them, if not teaching them, to kill. Some, like the Mormons allows polygamous relationships; meaning having more than one wife. In their book called Doctrines and Covenants, they have this to say:

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jimjones2.jpgYou can have ten wives according to Mormon doctrines. Religion influences the kind of family or life that you will live for the rest of your life. Religion also influences human societies and cultures — what they will eat and drink or not, what they should wear, the kind of profession they would prefer, and even the kind of government they are going to impose on people. Some organized religions teach their members to even overthrow the government of a land which does not favor their faith. Some even institute violent acts resulting in mass murders and killings. Analyzing the way religion influences the character of a person or a sector of society implies that religion is very vital to salvation. If you have fallen victim to ‘blind’ religious leaders, and have followed ‘blindly’ their erroneous concept of worship, you will not be saved!

(Matthew 15:14) “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

Following man’s thoughts, ideas, and teachings will make your worship or religion vain, and you will not be saved.

(Mark 7:7-8) “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.”

Even if at the outlook, some religious practices may seem to be pious or holy but, if they are not God’s law, it is futile.

(Colossians 2:23) “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their selfimposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” NIV

If these things happen to anybody, I am sorry to say that there is no salvation the he or she can hope for.

(Romans 10:3) “Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” NIV

If in case anybody will say that salvation does not depend on your religious affiliation but in your ‘personal relationship’ to God or to Christ, the Bible has this to say:

(Romans 12:9) “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” KJV

The group that you cling to or cleave to is a great factor to salvation. The Bible tells us God’s teachings to know which group we must affiliate ourselves.

(1 John 1:3-4) “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

To have fellowship with the Father and the Son you must have fellowship with the right group of people like the apostles! If you are going to associate yourself to a group of murderers and fanatics, you certainly will not be saved.

(Romans 16:17-18) “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

We are commanded by God to disassociate ourselves to such kind of people or group, especially to idol worshippers.

(2 Corinthians 6:17) “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

If, in any case, somebody will say that he or she wants to be alone and do not have any ‘religion’, will he or she be saved? Remember that religion means worship. Anybody who says that he or she does not want to worship God will not be saved!

The Bible teaches us of a ‘Church’ — a ‘True Church’. The Church is a divine institution established by God through Christ. It is the ‘body’ whose ‘head’ is Christ Himself.

(Colossians 1:18) “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

We are ordained by God to be parts of such body or Church by accepting the gospel.

(Ephesians 3:6) “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel…”

That Church is the Church of God!

(2 Corinthians 1:1) “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia…”

In the Church of God, the apostles teach the pure and undefiled religion or worship.

(James 1:27) “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

All the apostles teach in the Church of God, so it is in the Church that true religion, pure and undefiled, is being practiced.

(1 Corinthians 12:28) “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

Anybody who will reject the Church of the Bible, like most of the Born Again movements who call themselves ‘fellowships’, ‘ministries’, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses who call themselves ‘witnesses’ instead of church, and avoid the use of the word ‘church’ which came from the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, are blatant anti-Christ!

I hope this article will answer some of the most important questions and discussions about religion.

 

God Bless.

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27 thoughts on “The Vitality of Religion to Salvation

  1. Thank God for making things clearer, Bro. Eli! Yahoo! Thanks Be To God. Well said, and everything stated here were based on the Bible! Yehey!

    Gracias a Dios por esta contesta! Gracias a ti, Bro. Eli.

  2. Born again movements are simplifying salvation too much that they come up with man-made doctrines like the ABC of salvation, faith alone saves… and teach that religion is not necessary. But taking a closer look on their deception, they themselves are categorized as a “religion” when they registered their organization in the Security and Exchange Commission…

    I use to be a Baptist Church member, but when I heard Bro. Eli… well let us just say the time had come for me to be a member of the Church of God.

    To God be the Glory!

  3. Yes, i really, really believe that religion is very much needed for the salvation of our souls. Let’s say for example in our daily routine task. If we are along in a site of adventure or in a time of which we are planning to go for a vacation in Davao City, then you are here in Cotabato City. You are obliged to ride a bus to go there, then what should you do? You should ride to the exact route of the bus you wanted to go. The sign-age must be in Davao, am I right? Then, if you do not ride to the exact sign-age of the bus then you will be brought to other place. That is why, sign-age is important, like of what really religion is important. But, if it is in a true religion written in the Bible! You are obliged to search for the truth.

  4. Joining the true religion as delineated in the Bible is a must for anybody who wants to grasp the true teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is only in the true Church where you can find the messages of God through his Minister, and I believe I have found the one sent by God in these latter days in the person of Brother Eliseo Soriano. Through him,transformation of oneself for the better can be achieved with the help of God. No other religion can come close to the Church of God in glorifying the Almighty. If anyone is really searching for the truth, try his web sites, the soul you save can be yours.

  5. Thanks be to God! We have Bro Eli, for giving the RIGHT INFORMATIONS! I can even share it to my students.

    To God be the Glory Forever! AMEN.

  6. Well pinch_hopper, we might as well find the meaning of “absolute truth” from the bible itself.

    I’ll just give the opposite for now:

    John 8:44 (King James Version)
    Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    Synonymus?:

    John 7:18 (King James Version)
    He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

    —————————————————
    We become obsessed of what we can say and preach nonetheless forgotten to think and accept that not all is chosen to be the temple from which His divinity will oscillate to the benefit of those ears that learned to digest what not of this world but that manna originating from His grace.

    But the father of this world never rest to adulterate and create the pagan state from which he finds possession of life that never really his, followers that blindly lead by a blind, a fool’s gold anonymity.

    Until, The voice reverberated to the walls of lead, that obstructs the sense which was long and overdue almost forfeited, we found a hole from which we took a deep breath we came and freshen our humid mind.

  7. Bro Eli,

    I have nothing to say, only bro Eli can resolve this kind of question and it was clearly stated according to the bible…Thanks be to God!!! To God be the Glory….Amen

  8. As mention by Brother Eli:

    From a derivative of G2357; ceremonial observance: – religion, worshipping. (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries)

    So, the Greek word means that religion is ceremonial observance of something related to worship.

    And Jesus Christ said: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true WORSHIPPERS shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him”. (John 4:23)

    So: True religion shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth

    Also: True WORSHIPPERS shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth

    Therefore: Religion can be equal to worshippers or a group teaching and observing the doctrines which worship the FATHER in spirit and in truth.

    But, a group is composed of a leader, preacher, worker and member which they called ecclesiastical or a church.

    Therefore, a church is composed of hierarchy.

    As what Jesus Christ said:

    “And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” (Matthew 18:17) —- This deals COUNSELLING

    Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:18) —- This Deals AUTHORITY

    So, church has an authority

    of what?, an authority to bind and loose its member or officers who did not worship GOD in spirit and in truth.

    As the truth lead us to righteousness and spirit is to sanctified.

    Therefore, we should deny unrighteousness act such as be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners.

    And if your church now will not practicing their authority by binding and loosing there members who made unrighteous thing then that church is not the church mention by Lord Jesus Christ.

    Now lets talk COUNSELLING.

    A true counselling should composed of a righteous advice through righteous teaching and heartily caring.

    So: Counseling is an advice and Care, and advice should have knowledge.

    As what Lord Jesus Christ Said: (Refer to English Standard Version Bible)

    He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, TEND my sheep. (John 21:16)

    He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, FEED my sheep. (John 21:17)

    So: Is your pastor, preacher or highest priest in the church now as a main counselor FEEDING you the true doctrines of christ and following it entirely.

    Is your pastor, preacher or highest priest in the church now as a main counselor TENDING your soul by disciplining you, guiding you and depend your doctrines.

    Verily I say unto you that MEMBER OF CHURCH OF GOD INTERNATIONAL leaded by our preacher Brother Eli Soriano. simply to say, HAS IT.

    Do you have objection? Then try to attain doctrination and worship services and compare and investigate it to your existing church and follow the advice of our lord Jesus Christ in
    (Mathew 5:20) “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”

    Therefore find the best of the best of what you have now!

    EYES

  9. To Bro Pinch

    Share ko lang po info… from this, it might help you. slamat po sa Dios

    ab·so·lute [ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    –adjective
    1. free from imperfection; complete; perfect: absolute liberty.
    2. not mixed or adulterated; pure: absolute alcohol.
    3. complete; outright: an absolute lie; an absolute denial.
    4. free from restriction or limitation; not limited in any way: absolute command; absolute freedom.
    5. unrestrained or unlimited by a constitution, counterbalancing group, etc., in the exercise of governmental power, esp. when arbitrary or despotic: an absolute monarch.
    6. viewed independently; not comparative or relative; ultimate; intrinsic: absolute knowledge.
    7. positive; certain: absolute in opinion; absolute evidence.
    8. Grammar.

  10. This article is an enlightenment especially to those people who strongly believe that religion is not necessary for salvation. The mere fact that the Bible speaks of a true and undefiled religion proves that it is necessary for salvation, and no Bible-believing person can reject this truth in the Bible, for the Scripture does not speak in vain (James 4:5).

  11. i just found this Online Etymology Dictionary and that site have this entry on the etymology of religion:

    religion
    c.1200, “state of life bound by monastic vows,” also “conduct indicating a belief in a divine power,” from Anglo-Fr. religiun (11c.), from O.Fr. religion “religious community,” from L. religionem (nom. religio) “respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods,” in L.L. “monastic life” (5c.); according to Cicero, derived from relegare “go through again, read again,” from re- “again” + legere “read” (see lecture). However, popular etymology among the later ancients (and many modern writers) connects it with religare “to bind fast” (see rely), via notion of “place an obligation on,” or “bond between humans and gods.” Another possible origin is religiens “careful,” opposite of negligens. Meaning “particular system of faith” is recorded from c.1300.

    “To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name.” [Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, 1885]

    Modern sense of “recognition of, obedience to, and worship of a higher, unseen power” is from 1535. Religious is first recorded c.1225. Transfered sense of “scrupulous, exact” is recorded from 1599.

  12. Amen!!! I strongly agree to that!!!
    For what bro. Eli says is on the Bible..
    To GOD be the Glory and all thanks.

  13. some the born again pastors simplify the thing they so called “salvation” to simplify the flow of tithes hehehe. they dont say sometimes they hid most commandments and even have guts to say it is not necessary for the salvation so that their potential victims(not members) will join them easily and smoothly, therefore the more member/victim the more money. i can boastfully say that I prefer a reader like Brother Eli that dont hide any verse from the bible nor have reservations whenever he speak the words of God. he doesnt care if you will get offended, he doesnt care if you will get angry, he doesnt care if you dont affiliate with the church he is presiding, he will still insist that salvation is not that simple as those deceitful pastor is saying. he will still insist that religion is vital to salvation, you kow why? because brother Eli is not merchandising the words of God nor merchandising you, he is not interested in your money, but he is interested in your soul’s salvation, that’s why, even though how complex it is, he will say and read it even if the whole world hates him.

    besides, it is better to be hated by the whole world than be hated by God. it is better to lose everything and everyone, than lose God.

  14. It may not be a very good example, but it came into my mind that men are like the fish in an aquarium which is the church, or religion, the water and the food are the teachings and admonitions of the leader like Bro Eli. Take the fish out of the aquarium and it will die. Put a dirty water and improper food, this stands for the fake church leaders, whose teachings and doctrines are not biblical, and just the same, the fish will not survive. As the aquarium must be a good and true aquarium, so is the church or religion be the true biblical church, which is the CHURCH OF GOD as mentioned in many verses in the bible. Thank you so much Bro Eli for this blog, and for you biblical explanation of the things related to the topic. WE GIVE THEE THANKS O LORD.

  15. Do you really know your bible? Where can you find in the bible that you will be saved by your religion? The verses that has been given here are irrelevant to salvation? Give me a verse that says you will be saved by your religion?

    • seriously Mr. Jake Sadia?

      How can you say that these verses are irrelevant to salvation?

      Are you saying that those verses written by the apostles are irrelevant to salvation?
      Do you even think before you speak Mr. Jake Sadia? Do you know what you are saying?

      It is like you are asking for a verse that Jesus said He is a God. You can never find that in one verse only. You have to search and read what is written in the Bible to know that Jesus is really a God. The same goes for your question. Learn how to read the whole context of the Bible. Not by verse only.

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