In this daily Bible reading Paul tells the Colossian Church, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, rather than according to Christ.” Religion has the tendency of adding to or subtracting from the pure Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Over the years, religion has corrupted the Word of God and in many cases has taken the focus away from Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that ‘Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but through Him.” Therefore, an effective church should focus on Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus is the Living Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God. Accordingly, an effective church should teach from the Bible, rather than from some man-made interpretation of the Bible.
One professed Christian organization has created a book that even takes precedence over the Bible. How sad. As a result, this organization is leading millions of people astray and toward destruction.
People are without excuse if they choose to reject the Bible in favor of religion. Religion will not carry a person into Heaven. Religion will likely carry a person to Hell.
The Bible says that we are to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. The Bible is the Truth. We therefore need to worship God in accordance with what the Bible commands. I believe the Bible is essential to our Salvation and entry into Heaven.