Religious Paradigms


Religious Attributes


Religion Divides


Denominational Empires


It is Finished


Clergy vs Laity


Index to Titles & Introduction

Charles Pinkney Offers
"The Gospel Without Religion"

A Testimony: From Religious Christian to a Believer in Jesus

  Searching for God; Getting Religion



"Pitfalls of Religion


"The Gospel and the Hidden Gospel"

 Learning Christ and Growth Through Fellowship

The Mysteries of God


The Seven Spirits of God,

I will make a statement that you may have not heard: Human beings in their natural state are NOT interested in God or in pursuing spiritual matters. In our natural state we do not choose to live in Godly ways! In fact the Bible declares that all human beings are conceived as being "spiritually dead." The: natural human soul is totally incapable of anything but of self-serving and ungodly behaviors. Nonetheless, many are reared where "moral values" are taught or have received moral guidance through religious activities; yet our native instincts remain ungodly. We shape our lives into a superficial moral veneer through religious practices. The prophet Isaiah declares, "We are all gone astray." "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6" What (or who) can enable us to remove the blinders that keep us from knowing the truth and resroring us to godliness and newness of life? Religious practices alone are not the answer.

The world of religion, and what a world it is! Almost everyone has their own particular notion regarding a personal belief system. How would we graph our place as a believer or an unbeliever? Do you know what you believe? Do you know why you hold these beliefs? Some have a belief in a god of some description, others may not. Some pray, some believe in an after-life, while others have no faith in any god nor any life following this one.

There are so many religions inside and outside of Christianity. Indeed, there are many named gods and paths to appeasing them. Within these myriad forms of belief or worship some offer a set of moral values in accord with these beliefs. Many of these values promote peace and brotherhood toward the greater community. Contrary-wise, other religions may generate hatred and intolerance toward those outside of that faith. Some religious factions hold that unbelievers people must convert if necessary through duress.

"Religion" as a general topic, is an admirable study for some, a mandatory doctrine for millions. For some religion is a career option. Religion in general revolves around the belief in "spirits" as defined by Margaret Mead, the anthropologist.

The crusades were a demonstration of wrong Christian beliefs. Inhumanities have been done in accordance to religious belief. Such beliefs are not in conformity to the Gospel of Christ. The crusades and the inquisition were chapters in Catholicism that further demonstrated an abuse of power that is presumed under religious authority. As we study further we will discover serious detriments in institutional religious practices or churches that have been existent for centuries.

Christianity is meant to be a message of love, acceptance and forgiveness. Destruction and judgment against unbelievers is not to be exercised by believers in the true Gospel, but God is the final judge. In the Gospel of Grace there is an invitation to come freely and receive, partaking in the power of Jesus' love, and forgiveness. There is no sword wielded to convert the unbeliever, but rather the demonstration of the supernatural power of God that converts the heart and pursuades each that there is a loving God in heaven who desires that no one dies under condemnation. "God so loved the world - - ," John 3:16 is the often quoted basic text. Condemnation never comes from the hand of a believer who is commanded to walk in the same love and forgiveness that Jesus modeled to all.

This true gospel has 3 factors to determine authenticity:
The right Jesus, not an angel, not merely a prophet nor a good man, not a teacher, but the only begotten Son of God, the Jewish Messiah.
The right gospel, it is a gospel of good news that humanity may come to the giver of life and receive eternal life and forgiveness freely, without the mediation of a priest; nor is it a gospel of works, nor is it a gospel of faith and works; the door is open to any who call upon the name of the Lord.
The source of truth and understanding of this gospel is the Holy Bible.
The right Spirit, there are many spirits in the world, some sacred and others demonic. Spirits abound in the atmosphere of every nation and have been a factor in human life for thousands of years. Evil spirits addressed by disciples and apostles of Jesus' day are still present to seduce and steal from the life, liberty and spiritual potential of all, even a believer. The spirit of the world is a spirit of self exaltation and pride. Of course modern thought and psychology discredits spirits as a primitive and obsolete belief system. However, it is to be noted that Jesus the Messiah came to "destroy the works of the devil," Satan, the ruler of all fallen beings. It is God's purpose to restore the proper line of earthly rule under the dominion of Jesus Christ. In due time nations will recognize him as the Holy One of God, appointed Lord of all things. Evil or wrong spirits include, pride, rebellion, witchcraft, defilement, sensuality, gluttony, drunkeness, etc.

One God equals any other?
The broad-minded, ecumenical world would like to assert that any god is essentially at par with any other, or declare they all are expressions of the same sublime higher One.

I am now a Christian believer, but was not always so. Disallusioned by religion, sensing all of the superficialities, the hypocrisies, and the lack of any proof in the God of the Bible I went on searching and doubting, and trusting that I was good enough not to fall into condemnation in the event that my presumptions were wrong. I had heard the term "Good News" referring the Gospel of the Messiah Jeshua (Jesus). But experience in Christianity was only valued in a sentimental way. I knew the memories of a lifestyle in my childhood. During these days I yearned to touch and experience something that was real, powerful and persuasive. This, I believe, is exactly where so many seeking people are at today. Hopeful, but without proof that God is real and reachable. I was not taught that God was a reality to be experienced and the Gospel is the Power of God to effect human life in many profound ways outside of my religious experience.

The Gospel is the "power of God." It is only the power of God, that can powerfully persuade us to believe in Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior taught in the Bible. He is the only God of love. Only he can impact human lives in remarkable life-changing ways. These can and do exist out of the realm of church life. The God of heaven is outside of shallow traditions ruled by religion. It is His divine Spirit who draws us and provides the measure of faith that will allow us to know God, and eventually reveal himself as Saviour and King of the created universe. And even more amazingly, the Bible is finally revealed to be entirely believable and consistent in spite of its denyers who work continuously to discredit any belief in its authenticity or consistency.
Now when I hear of a God who walked with man in a spiritually perfect world, I believe it; when I hear of a God who did wonders in the days of Moses or the prophets I do not doubt for one moment; when I hear the prophecies of the appointed men of God to declare the end from the beginning I have no doubt in the veracity of any of those words.

God spoke through prophets with inerrant accuracy to declare the Messiah and his mission to redeem fallen humanity and all these prophecies came to pass. Jesus as the lamb of God came to close the divide between God and humanity. The resurrection of Jeshua, as irrational scientifically unsound it sounds on the surface, remains the foundation of Christianity. Resurrection establishes the "Power of the Gospel" and enables any believer to partake in His divine nature.

Religions of the world vary in name and beliefs. Establishing worldly kingdoms as the launching pad for those beliefs is contrary to the Gospel. Christian religions, including, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and most of the protestant denominations have distorted the simplicity of the Gospel greatly, making it formalistic and religious. Churches (Buildings with congregations) are now what people think of when we imagine Christian practices. When ceremony and ritual are the practiced, and where obligations or extraneous demands are taught, these are contrary to the original Gospel, e.g. the Apostolic epistles.

Are You a Seeker?

This is an introduction to the book series I completed in 1996. I decided to call this series "The Gospel Without Religion" which best captures its major focus and intent. It is based upon my own Spiritual interests and in the liberating promises of Bible (The Power of God in Scripture).  These are concise revelations that I believe reveal the truth revealed in the Scriptures. Those who are seeking will find it may answer concerning questions of life, liberty and faith; and these truths achievable quite apart from institutional "religion".

I came to an understanding of the "Gospel" after becoming a "believer". I experienced God's love, being 'born again' in 1981. I was amazed and dismayed that the simplicity of Jesus' teachings  that have the power to change and to transformed lives with divine blessings were never made known to me in the spiritually vacant denominational experiences I grew up with. 

Knowledge of these simple Bible truths are still virtually unknown and unpracticed among most of the tradition- bound doctrines of thousands of supposedly "Christian churches" throughout the world. 

I find that there are 3 paradigms of "wisdom" and "truth" 
which people are apt to follow: 

The first, the paradigm of worldly wisdom, finds truth in a context of worldly life and thought: 
(simply put, the natural man can not know God, The Holy One through his wisdom has made it difficult for the strong, the wise, the self sufficient, the noble, the well-off of this world  to know the truth. Instead we must become "needy" and "poor" or be made small like a child in order to enter in  at this gateway of truth. 

The second, the paradigm of religious wisdom, echos truths based upon catechisms or religious teachings: as it pertains to "godliness" and truth. This is "church house" religion. The paradigm is observable more or less in every formal and institutional house of religion where human leadership and traditions rule.

The third is the paradigm of truth revealed by God's Spirit which we call God's Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is given through Christ to each believer who seeks it. Through the Spirit we are able to become disciples and to know the ways of God which were once totally foreign to us. It is a token investiture of divinity; and it is freely given a gift. 

The True believer, in the Holy Spirit paradigm, requires no priests or intermediaries though we are all called upon to be guides, mentors and eventually mature. There is a fellowship that is pure. It is a fellowship of love, acceptance and forgiveness that extends the "kingdom of heaven" to our hearts (our spiritual selves) and transforms our souls (mind, will, and emotion). 

Believers may grow and mature as disciples. Jesus told his followers to do this, to teach (disciple, or make disciples) people in all nations. 

Shortly after inception of the "Church" in the age of apostles, human headship and tradition took the place of the divinely ordered fellowship of believers in which Jesus reproduced himself in each believers who became a "True Worshipper." 

Apostolic Expectations and Guidelines 
for Christian Fellowship

What we are called upon to seek in  Koinonia

1. To be: United in purpose - namely, to give God glory 
2. To be: United in Spirit - The Spirit that is in Christ Jesus
3. To be: Bound in mutual love and acceptance. 
    The spirit of Love denotes we are Christians
4. To: Seek God individually and corporately in Spirit and Truth
5. To: Realize that the Holy Spirit must be welcomed and given place so that He may lead and guide
6. To: incorporate the unique gifts and abilities God has given to each
7. To: Follow the "Gatekeeper", the head of the home or house; 
the(leader) who is designated to follow the Spirit in an orderly way
8. To: Gaurd against pitfalls against unity; to gaurd against the rong spirit; anger, prejudice, suspicion, jealousy will "grieve" the Holy Spirit.
9. To see to it: That all things are in order and intended for gaining God's peace, edification and joy.
10. To: Use the Word of God to establish every principle of truth and doctrine. 

Growing in the knowledge of God as Disciples

1. Discipleship provides learning experiences for a believer. 
2. Knowledge of fundamental principles of doctrine which are taught in the Word: Essential Apostolic Doctrine.
3. Paradigms of wisdom: worldly, religious 'Godliness', and Spiritual Godliness understanding principles 

Becoming acquainted with spiritual understanding pertaining to:

  • the power of agreement recognizes the spiritual law pertaining to agreement between 2 or 3 witnesses, the amen of God. 
  • understanding principles pertaining to God speaking the end from the beginning, Spirit of prophesy. 
  • understanding principles pertaining to words and their power 
  • understanding principles pertaining to blessings and curses 
  • understanding principles pertaining to apostolic order
  • understanding principles  pertaining to the new covenant (gospel)
  • understanding principles pertaining to the blood of Jesus
  • understanding principles pertaining to types and foreshadows of Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures
  • understanding principles pertaining to Jewish roots of the Gospel 
  • understanding principles pertaining to feasts of Israel, all fulfilled in Christ
  • understanding principles pertaining to the kingdom of God 
  • understanding principles  pertaining to kingdom authority of the believer over spiritual enemies
  • understanding principles pertaining to praise and worship entering the streams of God 
  • understanding principles pertaining to agreement the first step in receiving from God
  • understanding principles pertaining to spiritual warfare, the ongoing battle for each divinely invested saint
  • understanding principles pertaining to ways of prayer, communion, intercession, enforcement, faith 
  • understanding principles pertaining to ministry of every disciple
  • understanding principles pertaining to Holy Spirit baptism, equipping and empowering the disciple to minister.


Expectations and Guidelines 
for Christian Fellowship

When we seek fellowship with fellow believers

  1.  To be united in Spirit and purpose giving  praise and glory to God, rejoicing in our common salvation
  2.  To worship God in the Spirit of Holiness, seeking the presence of God, hearing his voice as God speaks
  3.  To pray and share the spiritual life, utilizing the all gifts and callings of the body
  4.  To be bound in mutual love and acceptance demonstrating the spirit of Love that denotes we are Christians
  5.   To give place to the Holy Spirit who when given place, guides us into truth and edification
  6.   To foster spiritual understanding; building up, discipling and maturing members 
  7.   To follow the spiritually appointed mature leader who is anointed to follow the Spirit in an orderly way
  8.   To guard against pitfalls against unity, any wrong spirit; (anger, prejudice, suspicion, jealousy which impede
          the Holy Spirit.)
  9.   To see to it: that all things are for gaining God's peace, edification and joy.
10.   To Use the Word of God to establish every principle of truth and doctrine. 


Quest for God, Introduction to the Gospel Without Religion


Koinonia is the first step in experiencing the fellowship with God and with believers,
Within koinonia, individuals are edified and matured by the sharing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Why Christians Gather

Additional Pages of Christian Insight

Complete Listing of Christian Topics

Introduction to "The Gospel Without Religion"

 Wheaton College, Christian Library

"You can access the life of God
without being side-tracked by religious tradition."

 Charles Pinkney


The Doctrine of Dominion or Kingdom-Now Theology

Biblical basis for the Rapture of Believers

C. Pinkney's List of Titles - Commentaries on Christian Doctrine

A Search for God may end in Religion

The Power of Paradigms in Our Lives and Faith

What are Attributes of the Religious Paradigm

Essentials of "The Gospel of the Kingdom"

Fellowship of the Body, Koinonia

Spiritual Mysteries Revealed in Scripture

"The 7 Spirits of God," Attributes of Divine Character

New: The manifestation of Angels in Revival.
Worship - Images

A Final Great Move of God?


additional Biblical themes