A. HOMEMADE ARTICLES ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST
1. A wise pastry cook once advertised, "Pies just like your mother made -- $5.00 each. Pies
just like your mother -THINKS- she used to make -- $10.00 each."
2. My wife and my mother are both talented with a sewing machine, but some are not so blessed.
3. I've seen people wearing homemade clothing that they were obviously embarrassed to wear.
4. The quality of homemade goods is not always perfect and in many cases is not as good as
regular store-bought goods.
B. MUCH OF WHAT IS HOMEMADE IS MEDIOCRE
1. In many things, it is OK to settle for mediocre.
2. If your wife puts a mediocre meatloaf in front of you,
it's always best to just smile and eat it.
3. On the other hand, there are some things where it would be a tragedy to settle for mediocre.
4. Would you want a backyard brain surgery performed on you?
5. Would you want homemade brakes on your car?
6. Would you want to wear homemade contact lenses?
C. HOMEMADE RELIGION IS MEDIOCRE
1. The faith that is based on a homemade religion is mediocre at best.
2. It will turn out to be a poor, low-quality substitute for the real thing.
I. WHAT IS HOMEMADE RELIGION?
A. IT IS A RELIGION MADE OF SPARE PARTS
1. It's a kind of faith that is not based solely on God's Word but on a mixture of many
different sources (something like taking spare parts from other religions to build your own).
2. It mixes and matches things just like a bad homemade recipe.
3. There are some elements of pure religion in the one that is homemade.
4. But it is mostly made up of personal likes and dislikes.
5. It is based on whatever is comfortable or whatever is convenient for the moment.
6. It never asks "WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?" or "What would Jesus have me do?"
7. The guiding question is always, "How can I be more comfortable and cozy?"
B. MICAH HAD A HOMEMADE RELIGION (Judges 17)
1. Micah built a chapel right at his own house.
2. He wanted his church to be comfortable and convenient.
3. Micah did that which "was right in his own eyes." (Judges 17:6)
4. He wanted a church that would be easy -FOR- him and easy -ON- him.
C. THE DETAILS OF MICAH'S TABERNACLE
1. Micah stold 1100 pieces of silver from his mother to build his church.
2. When she threatened a curse on whoever the thief was, he admitted to the crime.
3. She had mercy on him and gave him enough money to do as he pleased.
4. So Micah made his own little religion.
5. It was probably just like the one down the road at Shiloh, but it was more convenient.
a. He chose one of his own sons to be the priest.
b. He made a molten and graven image which evidently was meant to be a cheap replica
of the Ark of the Covenant which was just down the road at Shiloh.
c. The high priest at the Ark of the Covenant, down the road, wore a special garment
called an ephod; so, when Micah ordained his own son to be his priest he made him
a similar garment.
D. MICAH'S MIXTURE OF ERROR
1. Micah's CHAPEL was similar to the one down the road at Shiloh.
2. Micah's RELIGION was similar to the one down the road at Shiloh.
3. However, Micah also had something that was not like anything at Shiloh.
4. Micah had also included the "teraphim" or the household gods. (Judges 17:5)
5. Like most homemade religions, Micah's had truth mixed with error.
6. But, it was "right in his own eyes." (v.6)
7. Everything seemed just right to Micah, especially when he considered the comfort
and convenience of his religion.
II. HOMEMADE RELIGION IS
A POOR SUBSTITUTE
A. IMITATION ELEMENTS AND IMITATION CONVICTIONS
1. Micah's religion was handy and convenient, but it was all imitation and phony.
2. The Ark of the Covenant in the real tabernacle was made of pure gold, but Micah's was
made of silver, iron, and anything else that he could find laying around.
3. It was a poor imitation made out of second-rate materials.
4. Just like a used paper hat, it wasn't going to last for long.
5. It wouldn't last for Micah personally, and it sure wouldn't last for his family.
6. It would not have a lasting influence on anyone.
B. HAVE YOU BUILT A HOMEMADE RELIGION FOR YOURSELF?
1. Have you avoided conviction and study while settling for imitation and phony?
2. Micah built his own faith by borrowing ideas from others.
3. It turned out to be worthless.
4. Very little in the way of religion that you pick up from others (as compared to what you pick
up from God's Word) is authentic.
5. It may be comfortable and convenient, but there will be no conviction or commitment.
6. It won't last through the storms! (Matthew 7:24-27)
C. DO YOU WORSHIP A SECOND-RATE IMITATION?
1. Micah's little chapel looked fine on the surface but a closer look revealed it was just a
second-rate copy of the real thing.
2. His faith featured a counterfeit priest, with an unauthorized ordination.
3. Many homemade religions feature a counterfeit Jesus as their Great High Priest.
4. It's not the Jesus of the Bible. (2Cor 11:4)
5. Their Jesus is merely a false idol fashioned out of whatever was handy at the time.
6. Their's is what the Apostle Paul refers to as "another Jesus" or a different Jesus. (2Cor 11:4)
7. Micah's priest wasn't even a Levite.
8. Their Jesus isn't even Lord!
9. He is not allowed to rule their lives!
10. His Word has no place in their homes except perhaps as a book to take up space on a shelf!
11. The True and Living God will convict, challenge, and chasten you!
12. True religion is not always comfortable, cozy, and convenient.
III. THE ELEMENTS OF
A. HOMEMADE RELIGION IS SELF-SEEKING
1. Micah did not perceive that he was doing anything wrong.
2. It didn't bother him to even steal from his own mother in order to start his religion.
3. Those with homemade religions are seeking selfish gain and don't care about others.
4. They don't care who they step on in order climb their self-made ladder to God.
5. They come up with all kinds of strange doctrines.
6. I've heard deluded souls even say that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you
believe in something.
7. The Bible teaches us that Scripture is our only authority.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
B. HOMEMADE RELIGION IS SELF-RIGHTEOUS
1. Micah was concerned that his priest was not proper.
2. He had appointed his own son to be priest but his son was not of the priestly tribe of Levi.
3. Micah felt that everything would be just right if he only had a priest from the correct tribe.
4. The truth is, everything would be right in Micah's eyes, but it would never be right with God.
5. Micah was fooling himself.
6. He had replaced God's righteousness with his own self-righteousness.
7. Judges 17:7-13 tells of a "real" priest who passed by Micah's house.
8. Micah offered him the pastorate for ten pieces of silver a year, and a place to stay.
9. The young man was happy to accept and Micah thought everything was perfect. (v.13)
10. Micah was only concerned with how he looked to himself and to those around him.
11. He hadn't asked God what God wanted or expected from Micah.
12. Micah only "did that which was right in his own eyes." (Judges 17:6)
13. How about you, are you only concerned with how you look to yourself and to others?
14. Do you only do that which is right in your own eyes, or are you concerned with what
is right in God's eyes?
C. HOMEMADE RELIGION DOESN'T LAST
1. Judges chapter 18 tells of a wandering tribe of Danites who discovered Micah's chapel.
2. They stold his priest and all the furnishings of the chapel.
3. Micah called the local militia and pursued the Danite warriors, but when they caught up with
them they frightened Micah and he quickly returned home.
4. When the devil attacks those with homemade religions, they call on the world just like
5. But, the arm of flesh and its carnal weapons will fail them. (Eph 6:10-16)
6. Without the God of the Bible, they have no hope. (2Cor 10:4-6)
7. Homemade religions don't have the power to prevent being robbed by the enemy!
8. Homemade religions get defeated, robbed, and looted by the forces of evil.
9. They don't produce any lasting results.
10. Even when there is growth, it is only temporary. It doesn't last.
1. Everything Micah did in establishing his homemade religion was unnecessary.
2. The real thing was just down the road at Shiloh all the time!
3. He had a fair imitation of the real thing.
4. He had all the trimmings, even if they were imitation and phony.
5. Sometimes people adopt a fair imitation of Christianity.
6. They include some of the trimmings of the real thing, but it is a self-manufactured faith that
is not based on the Word of God.
7. The sad part is, Jesus is there knocking at the door of their heart all the time they are
constructing their homemade religion.
8. Everything they do in establishing their homemade religion is unnecessary.
7. Acts 4:12 says, "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."