John 8:5 Religion vs Faith

John 8:5 (KJV)
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

But what sayest thou?

The scribes and Pharisees were attempting to set up a false dichotomy. 
Jesus is the Word. He had previously insisted that He is greater than the Temple and the Lord of the Sabbath. Now they wanted to separate what Moses commanded in the law from what Jesus Himself would say. 

It didn’t work. 

Jesus allowed the Word of God to do what it was always meant to do; address the matter of the heart. The Bible is meant to be used as a mirror to allow us to see ourselves for what we are and to address our own sin. It was never meant to be used as a club to beat others into the shape we want them to take. 

  • Religion uses the Bible on others
  • Faith uses the Bible to correct self

Religion hypocritically makes people do what the teachers themselves do not. Faith changes the individual who is then moved to be a help to his fellow man. 

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John 8:5 Religion vs Faith

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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