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Religion & Relationship

Biblical religion is, not to put too fine a point on it, religion. That is to say, it has rites, liturgies, a called body of people that gather to worship. But in no way does this take away from the relationship the creator God calls us to have with Him. Rather, our religion is in fact simply the rudiments of that relationship. What would John Calvin’s book have looked like were it titled “Institutes of the Christian Relationship”? It would have been truncated, leaving out most of the magisterial reformer’s scope.

It can be an effective rhetorical device to contrast false and fake “religions” with the living faith that marks Christian disciples, but we must be careful not to endorse what so much of the church is already doing—cutting away the breadth of what the Bible would have us do in glad obedience to God. James says that pure religion is to visit widows and orphans in their distress. Couple this with the burning desire to “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Ps. 34:8) and we’ll be right on our way to a reformation in the church that turns the world upside down.

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2011 by Pastor Jerry Owen