“Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” – The Spoken Word Video

Jeff Bethke uploaded this video to YouTube on Tuesday, January 10.  As of this afternoon, it has already been viewed 9.7M times by YouTube’s count.  [Editorial note: as of December 2014, the views are over 28M]

I think this clip has struck a deep chord among those who love Christ because it draws a sharp distinction between what is good about Christianity and what is bad.  What is good is Jesus Christ; what is bad are all those things that make it Churchianity.

Here’s how Bethke labeled his video:

A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God!

And I love this signature line from his FaceBook page:

I love Jesus, I’m addicted to grace, and I’m just a messed up dude trying to make Him famous.

The words to this video can be found here.

See also:

Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church

Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is

How to Be in the One True Church

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