“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come’” (Matthew 3:7)?

Dull and insipid religion is always threatened by the presence of an exciting and vibrant faith. Such faith is unsettling to those long satisfied by religious expressions done for the purpose of impressing others, maintaining one’s image, and meeting cultural expectations. Religion is the toxin that decays the soul and makes it unreceptive to the transforming power of the gospel.

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