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Addicted to Religion


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What happens when someone compulsively misuses prayer life, church attendance, ministry activity, or theology? How does religion go bad, coming to serve as a source of self-righteousness, as a strategy for anxiety-reduction, or as plain old magic? In this audio talk, Powlison shows how Christians are prone to tie themselves to their faith in ways that serve and satisfy their desires and passions but are untrue to God’s character and the responsibilities Christians have to other people. Powlison encourages the listener to consider ways forward out of defective religious addictions like demonstrations of superiority, the love of status and reputation in the eyes of others, superstitious religious practices, and a sense of superiority in doctrine. Jesus skillfully undoes each effect of bad religion, and teaches us to counsel in his footsteps.