Do-It-Yourself Religion

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IN a world in which the motto often is “do your own thing,” people frequently develop self-styled religious beliefs and practices. For some this means a pick-and-choose, take-it-or-leave-it approach to established Christianity. For others it means coming up with outlandish ideas about God and eccentric ways of living. Either way, the ultimate authority becomes the individual, who assumes the prerogative of ignoring any demand or discipline that feels too limiting or imposing.

A somewhat similar attitude seems to have characterized the Israelites as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. Apparently they were doing whatever was right in their own eyes when it came to religious observance (Deuteronomy 12:8). Not that they were necessarily turning away from God, but the lack of a permanently located worship center seems to have brought about a degree of laxness in regard to the ritual obligations of the Law. Moses warned them that that must change once they entered the land and God designated a site for worship (Deuteronomy 12:13-14). They were to follow the detailed instructions of the Law concerning sacrifices, holy days, tithes and offerings, and other elements of religious life.

Is the same true for Christians today? In answering that, it is important to note that NT instructions and descriptions of worship are not nearly as detailed as those given to Israel in the OT Law. There seems to be a great deal more freedom given to individual believers and to their communities of faith. But that does not mean a do-it-yourself approach to religion. Scripture gives us an objective set of truths to be believed and behaviors to be lived. There may be latitude within those boundaries for cultural, ethnic, and geographic applications, but all believers fall into sin when they move outside the clear teaching of Scripture. In whatever manner we worship God, He still calls us to worship Him “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).

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Courtesy of Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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3 Responses to Do-It-Yourself Religion

  1. says:

    When I’m the throes of a pandemic, we began watching online services as well as available devotions. The past year we both turned 80 and continued with the same routine because of health issues. We probably have done more Bible study during this time than before. Now physical ailments deter us from church services, but we’re glad we can still worship. The fellowship is greatly missed however.

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    • I know what you mean Sis. Sue has leukemia, it’s under control with expensive medication but it leaves her weary and very tired. It is hard for her to go out. We have Christian friends we are able to fellowship with but we don’t always get to church because of health issues. That is really how the Lord led me to start online ministry back in the 90s because of shut-ins, the church often times either forgot or ignored. I never thought I would become one, but God has blessed my outreach ministry because of it. You and Paul are always in our prayers!!

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