Relationship, Not Religion
Born Into A Relationship With God
When we are born again by the Holy Spirit, we enter into a relationship with God as our heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally with an everlasting love. The ultimate proof of this is Jesus' death on the Cross in our place to forgive our sins and put us right with God. When we put our faith in Jesus, God adopts us as sons and daughters EPHESIANS 1:5.
The Difference Between Faith & Religion
RELIGION comes from the Latin word religio, which means to "bind someone with an oath to someone else" (usually the Roman emperor). It involves obeying a set of rules and following a set of rituals.
FAITH on the other hand means putting my trust in God based on what I know about him from the Bible, from my personal experience of him and by having a real relationship with God as Father.
In MATTHEW 23:1-12 Jesus had some hard words to say to the Pharisees and Jewish religious leaders about being religious and having a real relationship with God as heavenly Father.
Read about John Wesley's journey from being sincerely religious to a real relationship with God by clicking on JOHN WESLEY.