Adam and Eve’s two eldest boys had dramatically different responses to God (Gen. 4:3-8). Cain, a farmer, brought the Lord an offering “of the fruit” of the ground. There was no need to trust God with sharing from his abundance. On the other hand, Abel, a shepherd, brought the firstborn of his flock. Abel trusted God to provide for him and offered up his firstborn.
The danger of blind religion is that it is faithless. We know that it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6). Faithless religion is ritualistic and impersonal. It is powerless to free a person from the bondage of sin. Scripture informs us that Cain’s life was full of evil deeds (1 Jn. 3:12). His blind religion deceived him to believe that his sin was okay as long as he made offerings to the Lord. The Lord desires obedience more than sacrifices (1 Sam. 15:22).
Even in his sinful state, God gave Cain an opportunity to repent, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” God warned that if Cain chose not to do well, sin was crouching at the door desiring him. Sadly, Cain chose to disregard God’s warning and killed his brother.
Just as Cain came to the crossroads of a decision, you too may have a decision to make. Has faithless blind religion crept into your life? If you have found yourself trying to do good deeds to make up for your habitual bad deeds, it is time to repent. Confess your sins to God and turn from them. We would be honored to assist you as you begin to walk in obedience to Christ.
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.