Chapter 1 – Life After Religion

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verses from memory.
  • Explain the difference between religion and the true demonstration of God’s power.
  • Identify worldly power structures.
  • Give a Biblical reference which explains the difference between worldly and Biblical
    power.
  • Define Biblical power.
  • Define Biblical authority.
  • Identify the supernatural forces which are the sources of spiritual power.
  • Identify the two parts of every Biblical promise.
  • List steps for possessing the promises of God.

INTRODUCTION

Just as there is a deceiving sleep and warmth which comes upon a man who is dying from cold by freezing to death, so it is in the spirit world. There is a stupor and an unconcerned attitude when people are dying spiritually.

Religion is the attempt of man to know God. It is ritual and regulations, works and words without power. Religion brings spiritual death.

The power of God is the visible demonstration of His desire to reveal Himself to man. Spiritual power is God’s Kingdom in action. It brings spiritual life.

Many have experienced religion. They have joined various cults and denominations. These organizations have lulled them into an unconcerned spiritual attitude. They have not experienced the power of the Gospel which can change their lives. They are defeated and 9 discouraged, sick and wounded. They are dying spiritually. Their heart cry is as that of the Psalmist David who wrote. . .

O God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my
flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
(Psalms 63:1-2)

These people need to experience life after religion.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.