Brent posted this on Facebook today, I was a little proud.
“Satan is primarily in the business of replacing vital faith with mere morality. He loves to take a life flowing from happy confidence in God and turn it into a perfunctory religious regimen. Don’t let him do it! For ‘whatever is not from faith is sin,’ including religion.”
Organized religion tends to over emphasize man’s response to God, while the Gospel’s center is on Christ, God’s response to man. To be Christ-Centered often works against this religious tension. While grace moves the heart towards action, our actions never merit or warrant His good grace.
Keep Jesus center by keeping His life, His death, and resurrection your fountain of assurance. The moment we start patting our own back, we’ve entered the slippery slope of religion!