Free Indeed?: Are Christians Free Indeed or Enslaved by Religion? Revised Edition

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Church leaders say that Christians are free, but are they? What did Christ mean when he said, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free? Free Indeed explores in depth this question and more: *If Christians are free, then why are there so many things they must do to be "good Christians"? *If the Church is all about love, then why does it spend 95% of its income on buildings and clergy's salaries instead of on true charity? *If Christians are a part of the "priesthood of the believers" and are led and taught by Christ's Spirit, then why do they need clergy? *If the Christian's body is God's living temple, and when 2 or more gather they comprise a congregation, then why do they need to go to church to meet with God? *If fellowship is a face to face familial type of encounter, where is the fellowship in church services?

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"...a loving gift to those who also question the direction of the church..."

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"...A thoughtful perspective upon reinventing how one experiences and expresses one's faith."

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How satisfying is your religion? Do you feel closer to Christ? Does your church make you feel at home or do you feel tied up in rules and regulations that seem to have nothing to do with faith at all? Free Indeed? Are Christians Free Indeed or Enslaved by Religion? by Shean Smith is a thoughtful and provocative call to believers to reexamine their faith and discover their own unique walk with God.

In clear, easy-to-understand prose, Smith explores how the church has muddied the waters of religion. Believers don't need a church or clergy, he argues. Instead, he suggests that Christ's blood, his good news, and living examples are the only materials needed to spread the gospel. Each chapter takes up a different aspect of church-going, from tithing to assembly, and explores why these church regulations sometimes do more harm than good. Smith offers concrete suggestions for making more of your faith, including making Christ the center of your life and doing away with the guilt forced on you by the church.

Christianity has no specially appointed leaders between humanity and God except Jesus Christ, Smith asserts. By being joyful and loving, he says, we are following Christ's teaching more than by our showing up for Sunday services. Inspiring and thought-provoking, Smith's book argues for freeing oneself from the shackles of tradition and leaving the institutionalized church behind. No Christian can fail with love, and no Christian can succeed without it, he says, and this warm and inspirational book can help you realize your freedom in Christ.

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Are Christians Free Indeed or Enslaved by Religion?

Church leaders say that Christians are free, but are they? What did Christ mean when he said, "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free?" Free Indeed explores in depth this question and more:

*If Christians are free, then why are there so many things they must do to be "good Christians?"
*If the Church is all about love, then why does it spend 95% of its income on buildings and clergy's salaries instead of on true charity?
*If Christians are a part of the "priesthood of the believer" and are led and taught by Christ's Spirit, then why do they need clergy?
*If the Christian's body is God's living temple, and when 2 or more gather they comprise a congregation, then why do they need to go to church to meet with God?
*If fellowship is a face to face familial type of encounter, where is the fellowship in church services?

Author's Bio

Shean A. Smith is a former pastor and a graduate of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The author lives in Alabama with his wife and three sons.

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