Jesus Hates Religion

April 23, 2014

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“- Has your experience with God been about the “do’s” and the “don’t?”
“- Are you on a path that was decided for you by people you trusted, but it feels more like bondage?
“- Have you completely abandoned all paths because you’ve seen the end results, and you have no desire whatsoever to be a part of that?”
“- Have you been blinded by hurt and betrayal?”
“- Have you been crushed by the church?”
“- Have you lost all desire to even find a path?”

Alex Himaya asks these questions and more in his new book, Jesus Hates Religion: Finding Grace in a Works-Driven Culture.

As you know, I read a lot of books on grace. This is one of the best I’ve read. I felt like a kindred spirit with Himaya as we are both dedicated to a similar message.

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Here are a few of my other favorite quotes from Alex.

“The purpose of the rules, the Law, was to show how sinful we are and how unable we are to keep God’s standard.”

“God needs us to come to the end of self-trust, because “I” has nothing to do with our relationship with God.”

“When a person surrenders all to God and prays the salvation prayer, it doesn’t mean the temptation to trust in good works disappears. No matter what point you’re on in your journey, the performance path is always a tempting detour.”

“God knows when good works become a requirement for his grace, its no longer real grace.”

“Jesus says in parable of prodigal son that our acts of self-righteousness can actually be more damaging and unfruitful than the acts of unrighteousness. Why? The unrighteous man knows he needs help; the self-righteous man doesn’t acknowledge his need for help.”

“The motive for doing good deeds must be “because” not “so that”

“Christianity is not built around performance like business, it is built around the Person of Jesus Christ. It is a lie to say success comes from hard work, in Christianity it is through grace.”

“Only one person can live the Christian life. You’re not the one – it is Jesus.”

“Jesus himself did not try to live this life by his own power (John 5:19, 14:10). Jesus lived his life through the indwelling of the Father”

These are just a sampling.

I am so thrilled to see yet another book on grace.

Many ask if I get tired of reading about or speaking on grace. The answer is NO!

I need it, My soul is desperate for it. Alex Himaya and I are not in competition with each other for book sales or speaking engagements. We are on the same team promoting the most incredible message in the world.

Pick up a copy of Jesus Hates Religion: Finding Grace in a Works-Driven Culture today. You won’t be disappointed!

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A missionary teacher for 24 years currently living in South Africa. I am a recovering superhero, daily in need of the grace of God