Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

Recently, a video went viral about a guy telling the world why he hates religion but loves Jesus. In response to that video, Kevin DeYoung wrote a very nice article critiquing the video. This was then followed up by an update by Kevin DeYoung again. This video is really hitting home to a lot of people. I appreciate both Kevin and Jefferson’s exchanges, as they seem to be both loving and encouraging of each other, very different then many people handle criticism today. I do appreciate the video, and the opportunity that it presents to talk about the difference between Jesus and legalism. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). So being a Christian isn’t about following certain rules, but through the process of sanctification, our hearts will continue to become more and more like Christ, putting sin to death and putting on Christ. We then will be so radically changed that the “rules” we find in the Bible that are so hard to follow, have now become second nature to us. May we continue to pursue Christ-like-ness in every area of our lives.

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  1. Arían

     /  January 16, 2012

    Those who have the Spirit of God live in the Spirit and the Spirit guides their lives in righteousness.

    Romans 8:1-16 KJV

    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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  2. Finious

     /  January 16, 2012

    I think what he means by this, is that Christians don’t have to worry about getting into God’s good graces because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for them and released them from that duty. As he says in the video “Because when Jesus said IT IS FINISHED,Romans 8:2 – He died for our(christian) sins. Just believe that he died for sins and they are saved. That is nothing less then organized-atheism.

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