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Jesus Does Not Hate “Religion.”


Here is why you must always speak from the Bible before you speak from experience. And why theological training is crucial for sound doctrine.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth(2 Timothy 2: 15).

Jesus hates religion! Yes! What kind of “religion” does Jesus hate?  This video has been circulating around youtube and facebook etc.  First watch this video and read the thorough response given by Kevin De Young below, titled: “Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really.” 

Did Jesus hate religion?

Kevin De Young writes:

“The only problem is, he didn’t. Jesus was a Jew. He went to services at the synagogue. He observed Jewish holy days. He did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them (Matt. 5:17). He founded the church (Matt. 16:18). He established church discipline (Matt. 18:15-20). He instituted a ritual meal (Matt. 26:26-28). He told his disciples to baptize people and to teach others to obey everything he commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). He insisted that people believe in him and believe certain things about him (John 3:16-18; 8:24). If religion is characterized by doctrine, commands, rituals, and structure, then Jesus is not your go-to guy for hating religion. This was the central point behind the book Ted Kluck and I wrote a few years ago.

The word “religion” occurs five times in English Standard Version of the Bible. It is, by itself, an entirely neutral word. Religion can refer to Judaism (Acts 26:5) or the Jewish-Christian faith (Acts 25:19). Religion can be bad when it is self-made (Col. 2:23) or fails to tame the tongue (James 1:26). But religion can also be good when it cares for widows and orphans and practices moral purity (James 1:27). Unless we define the word to suit our purposes, there is simply no biblical grounds for saying Jesus hated religion. What might be gained by using such language will, without a careful explanation and caveats, be outweighed by what is lost when we give the impression that religion is the alloy that corrupts a relationship with Jesus.”

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