2 Timothy 1;1-5
You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The “act” or appearance of being religious includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, using Christian cliches, and following Christian traditions.  Such practices can make a person look good, but if their inner attitudes of belief, love and worship are lacking, the outer appearance is meaningless.  Jesus said it twice in Matthew, “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices.”  In other words, God does not want our outward actions unless our heart is turned toward Him and we are living His Word, His way. Those who “live” as if they belong to God, but do worship Him as Lord of their life are just going through the motions. 

Right now in our society this is quit common.  In fact, Christ said it would happen in the days before His return.  The hearts of this world are turning toward “spirituality” but are leaving Christ out of it.  They want to look like they are religious, but it is of their own doing and really has nothing to do with God.  That is why we are seeing homosexuals holding high positions in some churches. (Any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin according to the Word of God.) They have the “appearance ” of living for God, but are really living their own agenda.  God will have nothing to do with it.  If the church you are in brings in sin and states that the Word of God is wrong on this sin, run!  The Word of God cannot be amended to fit into what our society finds acceptable today.  That is what happen in Sodom and Gomorrah and look what happened to them.  It may be difficult to distinguish those who say they belong to God, from those that really do at first, but how they worship Him will tell in an instant.  Do they call upon the name of Christ and do they say that all of the Word of God is without error?  This is you clue.  Look to what His Word says and do not pick out the parts that you like and say, “I will live this part, but not this.”  To be a part of Christ, He makes the rules, we don’t.  The Bible has already been written and it is from God and we are not in a position to change what He has already done!

Have a God Day!