It’s been a while since we did a Evangelical Jargon post. So here’s another one.
“It’s a Relationship, not Religion.”
I like to call the thinking behind this the ‘Religion of Relationship’. This ‘Religion of Relationship’ sets up a certain aspect of our relationship with God as though the relationship itself is God. We are invited to a relationship, live in the power of our relationship, and pray by virtue of our relationship.
The religion of Christ calls us to Himself, gives His Spirit and grace for daily living, and bids us make our petitions known to God based upon both our relationship with Christ and Christ’s relationship to the Father.
Not that I deny the truth behind the relationship part. We are in a relationship with the Triune God. But that does not necessarily mean that we are not in a religious relationship with the Triune God.
God is not my buddy. He’s not my celestial grandpa, or my imaginary friend. He’s my God. The proper relationship between us is not only of Father and son, but of Creator and creature, Sovereign and subject, Holy and sinner, Savior and redeemed.