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religion is crap (part 1)

August 18, 2009

As a Christian pastor, the most complex and one of the most important things I do is listen to people about their hearts (as in emotions, will, desires, etc) and observe how people’s hearts work.  After a year of watching, listening, and thinking, I’m convinced that the two most common sins that keep people in Spring Hill from richer and more joyful communion with Jesus are…

  1. Love of the world (comfort and stuff)
  2. Religion

Of those two, I think religion is by far the greater danger.  Gospel vs. Religion is going to be a constant theme in my preaching throughout this year but I want to start by doing a series of posts about religion – what it is, symptoms of having a religion-enslaved heart, and how to fight religion in our hearts.

The title of this series is based on Philippians 3:8-9 where Paul points to all of his religious works and calls them “skubala” in Greek.  My standard Greek dictionary from seminary defines this word as follows…

A strong scatological term; useless or undesirable material that is subject to disposal, refuse, garbage (in var. senses,’excrement, manure, garbage, kitchen scraps’)  An offensive term for fecal matter similar to the English word “crap“.

I’ll post a new part of this series every Wednesday for at least four weeks.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Brenton Santiago Hippler permalink
    August 19, 2009 8:21 am

    I’d go a little further in the definition of skubala than ‘crap’. It’s one of those words that when you’re little momma would wash your mouth out with soap for saying. It’s only used once in the whole Bible – right there in Philippians.

    Pastor Tim Harris did a series in June called “Old Time Religion” examining a lot of the issues your talking about here. For a little inspiration or another point of view, check it out on the Woodburn Baptist Church podcast. June 7 – 21. Search for Woodburn Baptist Church in the podcast directory and it’s the June 21st message that references that bad word.

  2. Cindy permalink
    August 19, 2009 2:58 pm

    I don’t think of religion as “crap”, just the stupid things people have done to take away from it or add to it. I once had a co-worker tell me that I am “too religious”, because I love to talk about God. She said, “I don’t want too much of God or too little, just somewhere in the middle”……..I thought being in the middle is what makes God sick. For so many years I lived my life “in the middle” and I know I wasted so much time. I don’t think we should worrry so much about being “too religious”…. just being concerned that the friends and family around us may die without Christ if we don’t let them know what He means to us. I am so thankful that the Bridge is getting it right regarding Religion, helping all of us understand that keeping Christ in the center is what is important, not a bunch or do’s and don’ts.

  3. Jennifer permalink
    August 19, 2009 5:23 pm

    Seems we often get religion and relationship confused. Religion often equals rules where as relationship is far different. Jesus summed it up in Matthew 22:37-38: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

  4. Ricardo permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:40 pm

    For the fist time i feel some one say what i have wanted to say because it is good to have religion giving us peace but not dominating ower lives.


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