Since the beginning in the Garden of Eden, man has wanted to dominate and lead other men.
Even from the beginning, man has wanted to dominate, lead and control his Brother. If he cannot control his brother, he makes war against him and kills him. (1 John 3:11-12)
Today, mankind follows the example of Cain as well as the Serpent. The Serpent did not want the man and the woman to listen to and obey God. Instead, the Serpent wanted them to listen to him. God told Adam one thing and the Serpent told the woman (Eve) something different from what Adam told her (what God told him).
Thus, the Serpent was acting as a “go-between” man and God, misinforming, misleading, deceiving, and lying to Adam and Eve. Thus, today, religion – a creation of Satan – is serving the same purpose: It teaches and tells mankind something different from what the Most High God has told mankind through His Son. Religion REALLY makes those who are within her to listen to her. Religion is acting as a “go-between” demanding that mankind listens to it.
Yet, the Most High God tells us to listen to His Son. (Luke 9:35)
Christ says we have only ONE Leader. At Matthew 23:10:
Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. (New American Standard Version)
The Prophet Jeremiah at Jeremiah 10:23 says:
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.
Preference is to the religious organization one is affiliated with and they think this makes them followers of Christ.
Listen to this audio presentation as it explains how subtle religion has brought all of mankind within captivity to itself to where very few in the world are REALLY obeying God and listening to Christ.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.