Religion has no age, no form, no dress code, no set kind of music, no specific kind of messages.
Religion can be young or old, hip or cold, it can be modern or ancient, it may have the latest music, or music that is a hundred years old, it may be joyful or stiff and cold.
It my clap its hands, jump and dance on the beat, or stand planted like a frozen tree. It may present beautiful and refreshing messages, or bring what seems as stale bread to swallow.
What is religion?
It is every effort of worship on the part of man that is not Inspired by The Holy Spirit!
It is the practise of “Christianity”, void from being directly under the influence of The Holy Spirit and void from being led of Him.
It is the set programs of man, whether hip and happening or stone dead, that are not Inspired by The Holy Spirit, which leads our meetings and our lives and makes us believe that in being partakers of them, that we are in fact serving, following and pleasing Him.
Religion is the lie that comes to deceive us to make us believe that we are in fact living and being led of The Holy Spirit, while we are doing our own thing! It aims to replace the irreplaceable Holy Spirit with our own religious programs.
Religion is a self-help system which teaches from the principles of God which He has communicated with others in relationship with Him, and offers methods from these principles to overcome obstacles, to be successful and to live a life of prosperity as a result thereof.
It teaches people to rely upon God’s principles, rather than upon His Presence! It teaches faith in what He proclaimed to others (who truly walked with Him and who received what they did from Him by pure Revelation as a result of their walk with Him), rather than faith in His Person and in what He currently wants to speak into their hearts.
It teaches people to look back and to live in the Revelations of the past, rather than to walk and to live in faith of His Person in the present and the Revelations He seeks to bring us to, today. It teaches people to believe in a God Who spoke yesterday and to desperately hold on for dear life to what He said back then, and to profess it at all cost, rather than to join us to Him today as the Living God Who still speaks, Who still reveals and Who still daily seeks to live and commune with us!
Religion lives in the past, believes in things of the past, worships in the past and positions God in past tense.
Religion presents us with the self centered and self created perceptions of man about Who God is.
It passes these beliefs on through religious schools where young men eager to serve God are trained in these beliefs.
They in turn teach these ideas to the people as the accepted norm and standard of “faith” and as though having been “received from God Himself”.
Religious formal education, titles and positions upheld by the system has caused millions to be duped by believing that they are sitting under the teaching of ‘learned men of a higher degree to which they need to look up to, to be led by as dumb sheep!
History shows us how God, by the Revelation of His Holy Spirit has defied these perceptions and beliefs through His prophets, His Son and His apostles, through “the weak and the base” and those who were discounted by the religious hierarchy of their times, and how He did so through these simple and ordinary pioneers of righteousness and voices from Above, at times when He would sent them to overturn the tables that had been set by religion for His people to be seated at and to be fed from.
Today once again we are in a season where man made ideas of religious thinkers are being overturned by the New Revelation that The Holy Spirit is bringing to free and to liberate His people from the religious strongholds of a metaphorical (but oh so real!) spiritual Egypt, where they have become prisoners of a system that has come to control their mindsets and beliefs to such an extent, that if The Holy Spirit did not intervene, many would rather choose to remain slaves than to follow into what God had destined for them as their ‘promised land’.
From those who re-translated the original Scriptures over the past 400 years, to the indoctrinated teachings of religious doctrine, formed by the wisdom of men, void from the influence and direction of The Holy Spirit, being no more than pure religious ideas, concepts and precepts — God’s people have been captivated in thoughts and ideas that has held them in confinement, unable to break through to have The Holy Spirit lead, teach, unveil and reveal Who God truly is and how His Kingdom truly functions.
The Holy Spirit is starting afresh!
From the Revelation the apostles received and He is tearing down and rooting up — rebuilding His Church from the original foundations of His Revelation up to where we stand in our current day and age, renewing the minds of those who’s heart will receive Him and His Revelation, imparted into their inner-man as His Life in Revelation being unfolded in them, and leading them in the Way of His Life!
We are in a time and season of a great reformation, not in the natural reasoning of our natural understanding and the thoughts of our own mind, but in the renewing of who we are in the complete dimension of our soul man (inner being) so that we may be renewed from the inside out, having our soul mind filled with His understanding, His thoughts and His ways, that we may be One with Him in expressing Him as His predestined and created sons in the earth.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of The LORD since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings. The Holy Spirit is announcing a NEW SOUND from Heaven beginning in 2020 — The Sound of His Glory being poured out!
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