“The Lord says: These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
I think this really fits into the recent post about what I like about my church; except this would be something that I don’t like about church sometimes… Apparently this audio isn’t available from the church’s site anywhere – only Kamen has it! So go there and listen to it here (or directly at NewSpring Church’s resources page here). “We can fake it until we make it as Christians… but if the condition of our heart is not right it can prove fatal for our spirituality.”
He goes and strips out of the extra stuff of religion to just Jesus. Let’s not forget what really bothered Jesus – the Pharisees – the guys who had scripture memorized among many other things, but I believe the main thing – was their heart. They followed the innumerable rules, but didn’t follow God with their heart. Great stuff. Perry also has a blog here…
UPDATE: Via Church for Men Florida – check this out about Why I Hate Religion… it completely relates.