Yet, bad religion has taken advantage of man's desire to NOT hear from God directly. It's not new.
The time when God tried but the people didn't want to hear from him:
Exodus 20IF you read this chapter and the ones following you will see the outline of the laws of Moses. The ones that the Pharisees added to. The ones that were used to create a religious system that God had to destroy in 72 AD. The One Jesus laid an AXE to it's root.
18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
20 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
We still have this today. People are unwilling to learn to hear from God so they go to a church with a priest or a pastor or an apostle and yes a prophet to hear what God is saying. All the while He is constantly speaking to them. They are there confessing sins but not hearing his voice.
There is a cooperation with this human weakness by the clergy. Job security exists because people remain intentionally deaf dumb and blind to the truth so they gather to have someone tell them things they should or shouldn't do. They take it unfiltered. Untested. Unquestioned.
Just as the Jews did in the first century. If the Pharisees said it, that settled it. Bad Religion.
You don't NEED a priest to forgive your sins, that is already done. You must receive the forgiveness freely given. But because religion is what it is, we put man between us and God.
Anything that is Jesus PLUS is bad religion. When a church or a denomination tells you that you NEED to come to them for certain things, that's Bad Religion and centered on Clergy Job Security issues .. nothing else.
I think it's time to lose our bad religion.