Empty Religion — an excerpt message from Grace Church

Even though my wife and i were out of town, my daughter and her boyfriend went to a Church near us to listen to this message.  Troy Dobbs did a decent job of discussing something that my BLOG discusses quite frequently. The pharisees were a powerful religious and political organization in the days of Jesus that jesus spole boldly against. Today, we still have pharisees (in how we ALL think at times) and they range from overtly pharasaical to something maybe more subtle like when Paul had to approach Peter in Galatians.  Both Jesus and Paul became livid at people who strayed from a pure Gospel message as Paul explained it in Galatians. This is what Paul said to Peter and the church of Galatia!

Galatians 5:7
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?

Galatians 5:12

As for those agitators [Pharisee like thinkers, discipled  by Peter] I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

As far my BLOG I have always stated the religion of the Pharisees says “if you obey, then your accepted, but a pure Gospel message centered on Christ says your accepted, then you can have real obedience”.   The pharisees, in a nutshell found a righteoussness in obedience. This type of obedience can only end in religious pride. A pride that drives sinners away from the Church. This message is the opposite message Jesus was sending and perverts the Gospel!

Here is a portion of what Troy said in his sermon notes:

What is God saying?

  • I have not come to set aside the Old Testament; I have come to fill it full of meaning.
  • Jesus’ issue is with the Scribes and Pharisees and their addendums and additions to the Law.
  • The Scribes and Pharisees were recognized as “the key scholars” of religious Judaism.
  • Jesus didn’t weaken the Law—He freed it from the cage in which the Pharisees had imprisoned it.
  • The Scribes and Pharisees codified the Scriptures into 365 negative commandments and 248 positive commandments.
  • The Mishnah is the codified scribal law (or the book where all of their regulations were recorded).
  • The Talmud is the commentary on the Mishnah.
  • Civil Law – Ceremonial Law – Moral Law

Three ways Jesus fulfilled the Law:

1. He simplified it.
2. He satisfied it.
3. He intensified it


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