Is Christianity A Religion?

Posted: August 24, 2008 in Commentary, Soul Food

That is the question pastor and author Voddie Baucham addresses in the following piece. Here is an excerpt:

“I understand what people are trying to say when they eschew the term religion. The goal is to assure skeptics that we are not offering dead ritual and empty tradition. The goal is to paint a picture of a vibrant life with our Lord, Jesus Christ. I get that. However, I do not believe that it is wise, or necessary to commit logical fallacies, and make trite, nonsensical arguments in order to do so. Arguing that Christianity is not a religion is like arguing that America is not a country. I believe honest, thinking people laugh when they hear some Christian trying to be hip and relevant by saying something as asinine and illogical as, “I’m not talking about religion… I’m talking about a relationship.” Enough already with the play on words. It’s not our job to make Christianity cool. We just need to make it clear. Unfortunately, since this “Christianity is not a religion” business is out of step with the English language, the history of the Church, and common sense, it compromises the clarity and the integrity of our message. I praise God for the fact that we have a religion and a relationship. (read the whole thing)

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Comments
  1. Jay says:

    Christianity is not a religion. Look up the word religion. Following some one and one’s teachings is not a form of religion. However, Chatholic, Baptist, and etc are religions. They are all man made. Evangelicals are some what of a joke to me but I repect any one that is one.

  2. Richard Froggatt says:

    This just in: Fundamentalists discover new verse in Bible; Mass conversions to the Christian Religion expected.

    James 1:27 (Whole Chapter)
    Pure and undefiled religion [Rom 2:13; Gal 3:11] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to [Matt 25:36] visit [Deut 14:29; Job 31:16, 17, 21; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17, 23] orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by [Matt 12:32; Eph 2:2; Titus 2:12; James 4:4; 2 Pet 1:4; 2:20; 1 John 2:15-17] the world.

  3. David Ross says:

    I for one cannot abide those who use such sophistry as “religion is man reaching to God, Christianity is God reaching to man”. The Muslims and Mormons could as well say the same (I suspect the Muslims for their part DO say the same).

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