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A Man Made Religion

TEXT:† 1 Kings 12:26-33

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† BACKGROUND Ė REHOBOAM AND JEROBOAM.† ISRAEL SPLITS.

B.††††† THE LAW STILL BOUND THEM TOGETHER.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Jeroboam seeks to sever the ties.

††††††††† 2.†††††† Establishes his own religious order.

C.††††† Rom.15:4;† 1 Cor. 10:11.† WE CAN LEARN MUCH FROM THE ERRORS OF

JEROBOAMíS MAN-MADE RELIGION.

I.††††† ORIGINATED IN THE HUMAN HEART( vs. 26, 33 ).

A.††††† REALLY ONLY TWO RELIGIONS Ė GOD AND MANíS.

B.††††† GODíS WAY AND MANíS ARE NOT THE SAME( Isa. 55:8-9 ).

C.††††† MAN HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DEVISE A SATISFYING OR ACCEPTABLE

††††††††† RELIGION( Jer. 10:23;† 17:9 ).

D.††††† HE MUST REVEAL HIS WILL TO US( 1 Cor. 2:12-13;† 2 Tim. 3:16-17;† 2 Pet. 1:3 ).

II.†††† WAS FOR JEROBOAMíS OWN SELFISH ENDS( vs. 26-27 ).

A.††††† MANíS SELFISH INTERESTS LIE AT THE ROOT OF EVERY FALSE WAY

††††††††† ( Rom. 16:17-18 ).

B.††††† THE PHARISEES WERE SIMILAR TO JEROBOAM( Matt. 23:1-7 ).

C.††††† PAULíS WARNING AGAINST PREACHING FOR GAIN( 1 Tim. 6:3-5 ).

D.††††† DIFFERENT FORMS OF CARNAL GAIN.

III.††† PRETENDED TO BE FOR THE OTHERSí GOOD( vs. 28-29 ).

A.††††† ďTAKE THE EASY ROUTEĒ ( Matt. 7:13-14 ).

B.††††† BUT ARE WE WILLING TO SACRIFICE?( Luke 9:23;† Rom. 12:1 ).

IS OURS A RELIGION OF CONVENIENCE?

IV.†† IT CONTRADICTED GODíS LAW( vs. 28;† Ex. 20:4;† vs. 31 ).

A.††††† THEIRS WAS A FAITHLESS RELIGION( Rom. 10:17 ).

B.††††† GODíS WILL IS ALL IMPORTANT( Matt. 7:21 ).

C.††††† WE MUST ďWALK BY FAITHĒ TO PLEASE GOD( 2 Cor. 5:7;† Rom. 14:23 ).

V.††† IT WAS A SNARE TO OTHERS( vs. 30 ).

A.††††† THE CURSE PUT ON FALSE RELIGIONS( Rom. 16:17-18 ).

B.††††† TEACHERS HAVE A GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY( James 3:1;† 1 Tim. 4:16 ).

C.††††† WE MUST BE CAREFUL( Matt. 18:1-7 ).

VI.†† HIS RELIGION APPEARED ALRIGHT TO SOME.

A.††††† STILL HAD THE ALTER, PRIESTS, AND FEASTS( vs. 32-33 ).

B.††††† BUT WAS MERELY SEEKING THE PEOPLEíS LOYALTY.

C.††††† HIS RELIGION BROUGHT A CURSE( 1 Kings 13:1-3 ).

D.††††† MANMADE RELIGIONS HAVE A CURSE ON THEM TODAY

††††††††† ( Matt. 15:7-9;† 13-14 ).

E.††††† EVEN THOUGH IT LOOKS GOOD, ACCEPT NO CHEAP IMITATIONS( Psa. 127:1 ).

CONCLUSION:† GODíS RELIGION IS REVEALED!