We can try to reform religion, but it will always have the same terrible consequences in the life of its followers. It will always try to become the dependent factor. It will always try to rob its followers of setting their hope in Christ Jesus and him alone. Give it time, in just a blank of an eye, and we will see the same former practices being repeated in different forms, having the same exact consequences: burdens and blindness and sleepiness and greed and self-righteousness.
The evil practice of religion is as simple as falsely believing that we please God by doing, and therefore, should seek to do more to please God. Now, a religious leader will have an army of workers before him that are doing works to bring him recognition. He believes that no one can think without his approval. He also believes that no one can have a relationship with God without his approval. In the back of his mind, Jesus is just someone who is preventing him from fulfilling his big dreams. Since Jesus doesn’t approve his works, he goes to the Old Testament and reminds people of Moses, Daniel, David, anyone he can find to show how those of old have done it and that he too can and should do it. He claims to be a Christian, but he hates everyone who believes in Jesus and Jesus alone.
” They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. ” (Matthew 23:4)
Religion will always reform right back to religion.