And in the New Testament, the religious Pharisees meticulously dishonored God with empty words and showy rituals (Matthew 5:21-30 ;Matthew 15:7-9).
We evangelicals call our faith a relationship with Jesus, not a religion.
But we can sometimes be "religious" too:
- Talking about the importance of prayer and Bible study but rarely doing either.
- Listening more carefully to popular opinion than to God's Word.
- Excusing or justifying our sins.
- Picking which of God's commands to follow.