Welcome to episode 47 of The UnSunday Show. Let’s talk about Hebrews 10:25. I don’t know about you but in my experience, this verse has been used over and over again as a proof text to convince me that leaving institutional religion was more than just a bad idea. Leaving institutional religion, so the argument goes, is forbidden in the Bible and Hebrews 10:25 is proof of that. This verse clearly tells us, so the argument goes, that leaving institutional religion amounts to “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” and is clearly forbidden and unhealthy.
But is it? Is that what Hebrews 10:25 means? When viewed in context the answer is a resounding “No!” Far from being a warning to not leave institutional religion, Hebrews 10:25 is a warning to not go back into institutional religion. Let’s talk about it.
Welcome to episode 46 of The UnSunday Show. In Galatians 3:1 Paul asked the Galatian believers, “Who has bewitched you?” This bewitching was a result of the Galatian’s mixing of New Covenant grace with Old Covenant law. Or as Paul put it, “Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” He described this thinking as “foolishness” with the result of having “fallen from grace.”
We’re no different today because we blur the lines between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant and we think everything in the Bible is meant for us so we mix law and grace together all the time. Look around. It’s everywhere. Yes, we began in the Spirit, but it’s up to us to finish strong in order to keep God happy with us. In other words, grace alone isn’t enough. What’s needed is a mixture of grace and rule-keeping. Having begun in the Spirit, we need to be made perfect by our own efforts and determination.
Add to that 2,000+ years of religious tradition that tells us we can never do enough and we have a recipe for disaster. That’s the topic in this episode of the UnSunday Show.
Welcome to episode 45 of The UnSunday Show. This is part one of a two-part relaunch of the show. In this episode I talk about religion’s failure to deliver and how our systems of religion diminish who we are in Jesus. Add to that, a misunderstanding of how the Old Covenant and the New Covenant relate to us today and how the Bible fits together. Thinking that Bible passages all apply to me, coupled with religion’s message that I’m never doing enough, is a dangerous mix. Let’s talk about that and some of the related topics I hope to address in The UnSunday Show.