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Overview The calling of every believer is to come to the living person of Christ, leaving behind all religious forms and dead doctrines. In Christ vs. Religion Witness Lee examines the life of Christ in the Gospels. In both word and deed, Jesus astounded and even offended the religionists of His day. When confronted with questions related to religion, politics, and even the interpretation of the Scriptures, He exposed their preoccupation with dead knowledge and pointed people to His living presence.
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Studio: Living Stream Ministry
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1996
Publisher Living Stream Ministry
ISBN 0870830104 ISBN13 9780870830105
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More About Witness Lee
Lee, at the age of 19, began preaching. Early in his service, he met Watchman Nee and began to labor together with him. In 1949 he was sent by Watchman Nee to Taiwan. In 1962 he came to the United States and began to minister here. He ministered in weekly meetings and in weekend conferences, delivering several thousand spoken messages until 1997. He gave his last public conference in February 1997 at the age of 91.
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Christ doesn't want religious people; He wants a bride! Sep 7, 2006
This book revolutionized both my personal relationship with Christ and my understanding of what it is to be a member of the Body of Christ. Lee traces the theme of Christ versus religion through the entire New Testament, book by book.
In the Gospels, Jesus was questioned, pestered, and persecuted by religionists. Lee especially draws attention to the incident where Jesus was asked why his disciples did not fast, and Jesus replied that no one fasts when they are in the presence of the bridegroom. Christ referred to himself as the Bridegroom because that's what he wants to be to us! This little nugget alone had a huge impact on the way I relate to and talk to God -- it's so pleasant to enjoy Him as a wonderful bridegroom, a fiancee!
Moving on to Acts and Paul's epistles, we see how people in the early church struggled with such snares as gnosticism and returning to the laws of judaism. It is really eye-opening to see how much of the content of these epistles concerns turning the young believers away from these distractions and back to Christ Himself. Paul says, "I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy, for I betrothed you to one husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ" (2 Cor. 11:2)
Going book by book through the New Testament, this vision of Christ wanting a bride, not religious followers, becomes clearer and clearer.
Finally, the book concludes with three short chapters on Revelation. "Five Steps Toward a New Religion" expounds on the letters to the seven churches in Rev. 2-3 to show the steps of falling from a pure love for Christ into "Christianity" as a religion. This is not bashing anybody or anybody's way of worhsipping God -- it is calling each of us to take care lest our own hearts be carried away into religion instead of relationship. For example, the first step is "work without love."
The book of Revelation reveals both the bride of Christ and the true nature of religion, which is very hideous. Fortunately, this book also unfolds what the Word says about allowing the Lord to shine on and deal with our natural religious concepts. Above all, we must "keep our first love" for our dear Bridegroom!
Christ is Life not the Founder of a Religion Sep 30, 2005
Witness Lee meticulously, but in a readable format, debunks the myth that Christ is at the foundation of the Christian religion. He is clear and scripturally based in his argument and he makes the reader see that Christ never intended that His presence or His teachings would become the basis for religion or religious practices. I received revelation after revelation regarding Christ as life rather than as a founder of a religion. For the first time I saw the essential difference between the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, one being a picture of Christ, the other being a picture of religion.
Witness Lee: Christian Cult Leader Mar 31, 2005
Many times I heard Witness Lee's judgmental words about other Christians who didn't measure up to his own standards. The Bible says "Judge not that ye be not judged. For with the same judgement you judge, you are judged." Be careful. "Try the spirits."
This is a must have for understanding Matthew Mar 11, 2003
This book opened up the perceived discrepancy between how Jesus treated those who needed healing and salvation and how he treated those who are religious.
To me, the easiest sin for a Christian is becomming "religious." I highly recommend this book.
A Faithful Warning Mar 4, 2001
"To be religious is simply to be sound, scriptural, and fundamental, yet without the presence of Christ" (p. 152). This one sentence summarizes the entire book, and expresses the author's main point: Christ and religion are separate, different, and opposed to each other. It is possible to have something of Christ, yet not have the living and present Christ Himself. Therefore, if something is traditional, religious, scriptural, or fundamental, regardless how good it may be, if it does not have the presence of Christ, God does not want it.
It is in this light that Witness Lee carefully takes the reader through the New Testament (especially Matthew, Paul's epistles, and Revelation) to show clearly, emphatically, and unequivocally, that Christ is versus religion.
What Witness Lee points out is very subtle and therefore can be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted upon first hearing. However, after reading through and studying, one sees that the point is strongly anchored in the Scriptures. Actually, one realizes that the fact is plainly found in the Bible. What can be clearer than Christ's own words, "You search the Scriptures. . . Yet you are not willing to come to Me. . . ." (John 5:39, 40).
I appreciate the clear exposition of the pure Word of God. I have been greatly helped and continue to be helped by the message conveyed in this book - seek only Christ!