There is something that doesn’t sit right with me when I hear so many people say, GOD doesn’t want religion but a relationship. The Bible clearly says. James 1:26-27, If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before GOD and the FATHER is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
I understand the importance of building a personal relationship with GOD versus trying to follow a bunch of strict rules but I sense something else when I hear that slogan. We are in a generation that wants to have their cake and eat it too. They want to say that they are in good relationship with God but do not want to OBEY Him or abide by his commandments; but we know that doesn’t work. If you have a relationship with GOD then that will compel you to obey his laws and commands. John 14:15 If you love me keep, my commandments. Jesus also said in that chapter those that love me keep my commandments and those that hate me do not keep my commandments. His commandments are his laws. If you love GOD then you will obey Him. It’s that simple.