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The Christian’s Continual Boxing Match – Round 3 of 10

May 26th, 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 3 of 10

Religion says, It’s all about what you DO.

Because of this infectious belief, religious people like to gauge right living on a measurable scale.

Gospel says, It’s all about what Jesus has DONE.

Such things as love, kindness, patience and other fruits of the Spirit listed here:

Galatians 5:22-23 are difficult to check off on a Christian ‘to-do’ list. The religious person likes to pursue things they can check off, things like regular church attendance, a clean house, acts of service, Bible-reading for 15 minutes a day and so on.

Conversely, the Gospel is not about what you can do, it’s about what Jesus has D-O-N-E, silly goose. It’s about what He’s done in you and for you and through you.

Gospel wins Round 3, I smell a winning streak.

Zach


[1] Driscoll, Mark, Death by Love, pg. 95

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May 26, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

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