What light do you follow? "Satan himself masquerades
as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Pride will kill you.   Forever!   Pride is the sin most likely to keep you from crying out for a Savior.
Those who think they are well will not look for a doctor.

1. You judge other people by their appearance.   God judges us by our heart, but man judges by outward appearance (1 Sam. 16:7). In many churches where young people have not felt welcome or have even been condemned by church leadership because they had a tattoo, a nose ring, or dressed a certain way. In some legalistic churches men have to wear a suit and tie to attend church and ladies are not allowed to wear makeup and pants or cut their hair. Although mature believers should dress modestly, we especially need to allow visitors to come as they are and all believers should dress as they feel comfortable (with moderation). Churches that forbid folks to attend services because of their attire have exhibited one of the signs of a religious spirit.
2. You try to earn God's love and salvation.   Since religion refers to a man-made effort to please God--the motivation behind those efforts has to do with following certain rules, or regulations regarding the outward man, in order to be in right standing with God. This is a clear violation of passages that teach us that we are saved by grace and not by our works or looks (Eph. 2:8-9).
3. You try to conform to outward holiness without inward transformation.   The Scriptures teach us that God is more concerned with cleansing the inward man (Ps. 51:6) than our outward conformity to rules and regulations. Those that only have a form of godliness without inward transformation deny His power (2 Tim. 3:5). Jesus strongly rebuked those who merely attempted to cleanse the outer man without allowing God to deal with the heart (Matt. 23). Very religious people usually have sinful habit patterns that eventually manifest because they don't allow God to change their inner being. The more we attempt to follow God merely by the letter of the law--the more it will incite our sinful tendencies (Rom. 7:7-25).
4. You are always critical of other people's walks with God.   The more religious a person is, the more critical they are of other believers and ministers. Since they are so hard on themselves religious people generally don't understand grace and walk in self-condemnation, they are also equally hard on other people.
5. Your closest Christian relationships are based only on ministry activities.    Religious people are not only superficial with God but with others as well. Since they attempt to connect with the "other" merely by activities, they are disengaged emotionally and do not know how to connect heart to heart with those they interface with. Church-related ministry or functions usually hold their friendships together.
6. You perform Christian duties but have no passion or hunger for God.   Religious people sustain their version of Christianity by performing ministry or church attendance. They do not have a deep relationship with God nor do they hunger and thirst for Him.
7. You desire position and honor in the church more than honor from God.    Those with a religious spirit hinge their life and identity upon their outward man. Hence, they are drawn to having recognition and titles in the church world. If they cannot legitimately get a ministerial title from their local church, they will hook up with an online course or other entity that will give them some kind of card signifying they are a minister or chaplain.
8. Your identity is rooted in a lifestyle of Christianity instead of in Christ.      Mature Christ-followers receive their main identity in the fact they are "sons" of God, religious people receive their main identity in the things they attempt to do for God and their church.
9. You know about the truth of Jesus but not the way of Jesus.    Religious people make a big deal about the doctrines they accumulate through head knowledge. They make the mistake of thinking that having good doctrine means they are mature believers. Just because we may know about God doesn't mean we commune with God and know Him experientially.
10. You project righteousness but inwardly are filled with anger and resentment.    Religious people know the entire Christian lingo, know how to act and project themselves in certain settings and use this "act" to gain influence in church circles. However, projecting ourselves to create a Christian persona will not last long. Those who depend upon this superficial personality projection are merely being religious and will not have the sustainability to deal with the hurt, pain and disappointments of life. This results in a duality in which they appear righteous but inside are filled with anger, resentment and envy.
  All of us can fit in one of these at certain times in our life. The good news is: God is calling for us to go deeper into Him and experience His infinite love and peace. The only way to experience His life to the fullest is to
let Him increase so that we can decrease (John 3:30).

When we reverse this, then we will merely be religious and God will allow us to fail.

Though pride is a stubborn demon that shows up in almost every demonic way, God is more stubborn still--stubborn enough to rescue you. In Job 41, pride manifests itself in the spirit realm as Leviathan, the crooked sea serpent.

The Holy Spirit does not babble in a language  that can not understood by everyone!  Neither does Jesus! The miraculous charisma of the Holy Spirit (the gift of interpretation) was given to unbelievers present on the day of Pentecost.
It started the message of God's love throughout the nations. There is nothing satan can not fake!
Faking the Holy Spirit is spiritual death.
It glorifies the person, takes Glory from God!

When God speaks to people in a language they cannot understand, it is a form of punishment for unbelief. It signifies his anger. Incomprehensible speech will not guide, instruct or lead to faith and repentance, only confuse and destroy.

They are blind.   God has deluded them.
It's one thing to make the devil angry.
Now we face God's anger!

How does Satan transform himself into an angel of light? Knowing the biblical answer to this question is the answer to the demoralization of America and the reason so many churches have become carnal and weak.

If you were "Born Again" in a church.     
You will need some demons removed!

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