The Heart of the Matter

The difference between relationship and religion, Cain, Pharisees, religion, insincere religion
Cain was the first religious person. His outward actions didn't flow from a love for God. He wanted to "look good," not be good. 

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.
Let's do more than talk about our love for Christ, let's allow it to change us from the inside out. 

2 comments:

  1. Ouch! You are so right.
    I need a relationship with Jesus and not a religion.

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