Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories

In recent times, the construct of “religion vs relationship” has been widely and commonly accepted among evangelical Christians. A good example of this is the YouTube video by Jefferson Bethke that went completely viral about a year ago, called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” (this post isn’t about him, as he’s made clear of hisContinue reading “Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories”

The H-Word: Hypocrisy

Many people (subconsciously) consider perfection to be the opposite of hypocrisy. In other words, if you are imperfect, you are a hypocrite. For example, someone once told me that she felt guilty about going to church on Sunday because she had been partying Saturday night and didn’t want to feel like a hypocrite. Others wouldContinue reading “The H-Word: Hypocrisy”

Legalism: The Word Nobody Likes

No one wants to be called “legalistic.” It’s probably worse than being called an idiot or even an expletive. So what is it? There are various definitions, but I see two aspects of it. One is relative to justification; the other, sanctification. This first aspect of legalism, related to justification, is the belief that salvation is earned byContinue reading “Legalism: The Word Nobody Likes”