“I have a question. Why do you insist on spreading the cancer that is religion? It’s a dirty lie and all your followers are nothing but brainless drones. ~ James”
Wow! NOT one of the usual questions I get as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach! I prayed and then responded:
“Dear James, I’m sorry you believe we are spreading a cancer of religion. Actually, we do not promote religion. Jesus didn’t start a religion. The religious people of his day were hypocrites, as many are today. Jesus came to set us free from religion. Religion is mostly man-made rules. Trying to obey rules will not save anyone.
“Jesus Christ came to free people. Many years ago I surrendered my life to Christ and I was set free! My life changed dramatically both inside and out.
“You may call us brainless drones, but many of us are well-educated, professional people. A good friend and his wife are both medical doctors who recognize that Jesus is alive and has set them free from guilt and fear. Our neighbor is a surgeon who has written books on the power of Jesus Christ to heal and bring peace. Another good friend is a six-sigma engineer who believes and teaches the science of Intelligent Design. It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does creation.
“I have received countless letters from people worldwide who have medical or psychological problems caused by guilt and fear. Once they receive the good news, they too are set free.
“What’s the good news? That there is nothing you have ever done that God doesn’t WANT to forgive. He loves you. That is why Jesus came—to live a sinless life so that He could be the required sinless sacrifice for the sins of the world. He came to free us!
“When people receive that free gift of salvation, then they also receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings all of His fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. There are NINE fruit — as found in Galatians 5:22-23. This fruit is available to every follower of Jesus Christ. He/she only needs to exercise that fruit. When people begin acting on the Holy Spirit within them, they realize they now have the power to resist temptation. They WANT to do the right thing. They begin to experience a joy and a peace they have never known.
“This good news, James, brings permanent change, as it did for me. Marriages are healed, depression disappears, suicidal thoughts are forgotten. This life is short and temporary. Blink your eyes one time and that is this life compared to eternity. This life is a test. I want to pass the test. Don’t you, James?
“Here are two helpful websites: www.JesusFactOrFiction.com and www.WhoIsJesus-Really.com Please write back. I am here to help.”
James responded with a short note of apology.
- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
- Would you have responded to James’ letter differently? Do you have “religion” or a relationship with Christ? Do you see a difference?
- For more information on Global Media Outreach: www.godlife.com
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity