Often I hear people use the term religion and Christianity interchangeably. Now, I don't want to be "picky" but the two words are vastly different. Religion tends to focus on rules, while Christianity focuses on a relationship.
Rules without a relationship equals rottenness, arrogance, self-pride, and Phariseeism.
In my 49 years in the ministry, I've discovered that people who focus primarily on a rule or rules do so for one of two reasons. First, they are attempting to justify or make up for a failure or shortcoming in their life. Secondly, they are telling others how as a believer, they should have "Godly standards" in their lives to take the attention away from themselves because of sin in their own lives.
A rather crude experiment was
carried out by Emperor Frederick who ruled
✞ Stress the importance of a good relationship with God.
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