Matthew 23:25

Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, you clean the outside of the cup and dishes and leave the inside unclean.

Religion focuses on the outward appearance of people while the Gospel impacts the inner man. Religion focuses on behavior modification while the Gospel transforms the heart. Religious people show an outward form of piety but deny the true Gospel. With religion, the focus is always turned away from the finished work of Christ to petty rules, regulations, and self-righteous activities which only lead to emptiness and frustration. Religion only turns people into hypocrites but the Gospel matures and brings out the best in people

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