When church folks realize you don’t go to church, they say, “What’s wrong with you? Don’t you love God’s people?” In other words, how can you have a relationship with God’s people if you don’t go to church?
And the fact of the matter is, of course, I think most people who love God also love God’s people. But I think we would have to dig down more deeply into this idea of “loving God’s people.” What does it mean? When someone goes to church, is it because they are really loving God’s people, or are they just loving themselves? Are they motivated by a spiritual concern or by a social or psychological concern? In other words, are they really pursuing a love relationship with God and with God’s people, or are they just going through the motions of religion?
I love God, and I love God’s people. That’s why I hate the religious system that keeps God’s people in bondage. I hate that a religion about Jesus keeps getting in the way of a relationship with Jesus. I want everyone, everywhere to experience the freedom and the joy of a Christ-centered faith that is based on relationship, not religion. Meaning, not just another religious relationship pretending to be love, but a real relationship. A real relationship with God, and a real relationship with God’s people. Based on Christ, not based on church.
What’s the difference?
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