“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:14).
The problem with religion is it creates a salvation that finds its origin in man and not God. It is characterized by a smug complacency and self-satisfaction that comes from being caught up in the performance trap. In their arrogance, the keepers of religion can never imagine that it is the humble sinner, alone, that can know and experience the mercies of God. We must never lose our hunger, thirst, longing for, and celebration of grace. In a world of religion, it is what gives us our distinctive identity as the followers of Christ.