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The Christian’s Continual Boxing Match – Round 4 of 10

June 2, 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 4 of 10

Religion says, It’s all about getting what you can from God.

Too many times I’ve seen Jesus offered as the means to an end. The false gospel of religion says that if you come to Jesus, God will make you healthy, wealthy, good-looking, successful, and He’ll also throw in perfect kids as a bonus. In the religion based life, God exists to give us rules by which we can live in our own little self-ran kingdoms that we’ve established. But the real Gospel is not about getting what we can from God.

Gospel says, It’s all about getting God Himself.

The goal of the Gospel is to get God into our lives, not to put us into His world. He is our greatest treasure, our highest joy, our ultimate source of life. And these things are true whether I’m rich or poor, healthy or sick, living or dying, happy or sad, good-looking or not so good-looking.

Doesn’t that sound like marriage vows? They are – Christ is your husband and you are the bride. This example is most clearly seen in Jesus on the cross where He gave nothing less than Himself as a gift to us. Religion loses Round 4.

Zach


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

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June 2, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

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