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The Christian’s Continual Boxing Match – Round 2 of 10

May 19th, 2010

Gospel vs. Religion

I’m a good Christian. I hear that a lot. What they’re really saying is, I follow the rules. I worship the rules. Too many Christians have turned religion into an idol. The reason that idolatry is so alluring is that idols promise to make life worth living, bring us happiness, and provide for us and sense of being good. All of these desires are fine, but they become evil when they become our focus, rather than Jesus, who alone makes life worth living[1]. For many, it seems that control, comfort, and quiet are the idols many people are devoted to worshipping. We have elevated many things to a god-like status that aren’t really God-like at all. Over the next 10 weeks, I’d like to make aware the 10 differences between God’s truth (gospel) and the Christian’s idol (religion).

Round 2 of 10

Religion says, The world is full of good people and bad people.

Religious people make checklists, like Santa Claus, on a judgmental scale that determines whether people are good or bad. Generally, the religious crowd condemns as bad people unlike them, and they condone people as good who are like them. This has seeped into the church because of the political scene in our country. If I listen to a liberal talk radio show, the conservatives are the bad people, and the liberals are the heroes. If I listen to a conservative talk radio show, the liberals are the villains.

Gospel says, Everyone is bad except for Jesus. Everyone.

Check out Isaiah 53:6; Romans 2:23; and Hebrews 4:15.

If you read the verses above, the Bible teaches us that the world is not full of good and bad people. The world is full of sinners who are either repentant, or sinners who are unrepentant. I’m a repentant sinner, you? The world is full of either sinners who trust in Jesus’ death for their life, or sinners who remain separated from God under His wrath. I trust in Jesus’ death for my life, you?

Practically, this means that you too are a sinner who needs to continually repent of sin and trust in Jesus. Maybe it’s time you took some time to do that today, right now. Gospel wins Round 2.


[1] Driscoll, Mark, Death by Love, pgs 94-5


May 19, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

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