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But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

-Romans 4:5

Religion is Behavior Modification – Christianity is Heart Transformation

Written by Jamie Pantastico

On June 13, 2019
Religion is Behavior modification Christianity is heart transformation

Religion is man’s attempt to gain God’s grace by doing something that he or she thinks will satisfy God enough to let him or her into heaven. Christianity is doing absolutely nothing but believing by faith alone that Jesus Christ did absolutely EVERYTHING required by God the Father on my behalf to secure my place in heaven.

The latter goes against mankind’s nature and so it is when it comes to the gospel of grace. The gospel of grace is diametrically opposed not only to mankind’s nature but to the world itself and EVERYTHING it has to offer.

In Religion, any religion, it always comes down to an individual doing something! Doing something to fit a prescribed theology, to modify your behavior and the way you think; then, you might be doing just enough to make it to heaven.

Christianity, on the other hand, requires a person to do nothing but believe by faith alone that Jesus Christ died for their sins on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead never to die again. God’s promise as a response to that person’s FAITH is salvation. But it doesn’t end there, God immediately steps into the person’s life by indwelling them with the Holy Spirit, making that person a new creation changing the person from the inside out.

Religion offers no such change of heart, no assurance of an eternity with our Lord and Savior. Only the desperate hope that maybe they have done enough good that God will let them into heaven.

The horror of religion!

Christianity is supernatural, transformative and powerful.

For the believer, it is the gospel of grace and God’s grace in general that transforms us working through the Word of God .

Titus 2:11-12a
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared unto all men. (In other words, not just a select few, or the most religious).

Here it is in the next verse, what God’s grace is teaching Christians through His Word. It is 12. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, (that because our sin nature has been nailed to the cross we now can deny which at one time we could not) we should live soberly, (in other words not living a superficial or frivolous lifestyle) righteously, (In other words, we are always striving to do that which is right before God as well as before our fellow man) and godly,…”That’s a small “g.” Simply means the very opposite of living according to the god of this world. As Christians, we live according to the doctrines of grace and all the teachings laid in the Word of God.

Titus 2:12b
“…in this present world;” That means NOW in the world, every minute, of every day not just on Sunday’s.

For the believer, we have the indwelling Holy Spirit living inside us as our moral anchor (Galatians 5:18,22,25; Romans 8:4,5) and it is through love that we fulfill the law (Romans 13:8;Galatians 5:14). Not a list of rules on a wall at home, or on a desk at work constantly reminding us not to do this and not to do that (Galatians 3:10). 


Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1 



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Jamie Pantastico

It’s All Grace or Nothing At All




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