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Religion by works vs. Salvation by grace

November 23, 2010

One of the most helpful ways of distinguishing between religion and the gospel is through this series of statements by Tim Keller.  You can find these words in his message “On Being the Church in the Culture” from the 2006 Reform & Resurgence Conference.

Religion (salvation by works) v. Gospel (salvation by grace)


“I obey-therefore I’m accepted”

“I’m accepted–therefore I obey”


Motivation is based on fear and insecurity.

Motivation based on grateful joy.


I obey God in order to get things from God.

I obey God to get God–to delight and resemble him.