Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee
Even the Apostle Paul turned from religion to SPIRITUALITY.
While there are many folks promoting different meanings for spirituality, at Dare 2 Be Different International - www.daretobedifferentskn.com, we promote spirituality as developing a personal relationship with God the father and choosing to live a life of TOTAL FREEDOM as one follows Pastor Jesus' example of love for all without discrimination.
Religion promotes division, hatred and WAR amongst individuals and nations. Spirituality promotes LOVE for nature and LOVE for mankind and total peace.
As we are aware, Saul (his name before changing it to PAUL), spent his days, having been commissioned by the Chief Priests or Government of the day, persecuting and killing folks who decided to FOLLOW THE JESUS MOVEMENT.
On the road to Damascus to do his DIRTY WORK, God stops him and changes him. It was a very crazy thing to see the man who once persecuted Jesus followers under the name Saul, change his name to Paul and now start promoting Jesus. The Jews didn't trust him and wanted him DEAD.
Therefore, Pastor Paul spent his life doing Gospel ministry and running for his life. Why did God choose Pastor Paul? He chose him because he was BRILLIANT, FEARLESS and OUTSPOKEN. That's the type of person God needed to change the folks from their GODLESSNESS. Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
While pleading for his FREEDOM before King Agrippa, Pastor Paul told everyone that RELIGION CANNOT SAVE. Act 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee
Pastor Paul's sermon or court presentation was so powerful and influential that the King said that he was almost persuaded to be a CHRISTIAN. He didn't say a Baptist or Pentecost of Wesleyan or Protestant or Moravian or Anglican or Catholic or another SECT. He said a CHRISTIAN.
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
For the record, CHRISTIANITY isn't a RELIGION. Christianity is supposed to set you FREE and allow you to live in FREEDOM, not under harsh RELIGIOUS church laws that vary from here to there and keep youths and adults confused as to WHO IS REALLY RIGHT or WRONG. John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
True CHRISTIANITY is SPIRITUALITY. A down to earth, frank, real relationship with your maker GOD, free from all the MAN MADE RELIGIOUS RULES.
Even the Apostle Paul turned from RELIGION to SPIRITUALITY and live a life of TOTAL FREEDOM.
Hope is definitely ahead for you once you choose to stop being MENTALLY ENSLAVED by man made rules and live a life of FREEDOM, PEACE AND HAPPINESS.