When I see people weary or hardened under the brutal weight of religious hyper-spirituality, I am saddened that they do not know the freedom of the gospel of grace. And when I see people indulging in the hedonistic excess of license, I am saddened that they do not know the freedom of the gospel of grace.

Legalism and license are separate categories. But they are in the same category of Departure from the Gospel. Neither cures the other, but the gospel cures both.

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2 thoughts on “Different, But Same”

  1. Matt Cummings says:

    Coming from a church that, in a sense, preached the religious hyper-spirituality, I am thankful for the gospel. Growing up, I never thought I could make it. I would do good for a little while, then would mess up. If I was to be judged based on my religiosity, I was doomed. The cross and the gospel are unbelievably freeing. I know I don't have to live up to some pre-determined set of rules, I just have rest in the finished work of the cross. The gospel is enough.

  2. Jason Wert says:

    I like this…"neither cures the other, but the gospel cures both." Reminds me of a catch phrase I use when I see the extremes going at it…"Jesus was grace and truth in perfect balance."

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