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Jesus Versus Religion


With 26 million hits on his Youtube video "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus", Jefferson Bethke is out to reach the young people and show them the authenticity of being a follower of Jesus. He wants to bring a depth and fullness of biblical literacy to his generation. 

As he said on his website, his life was changed the day he "realized that He (God) saw all my filth, all my sin, all my shortcomings, and all my insecurities yet still looked me right in the eye and said, 'I love you and I'm not going anywhere.' "

"The best part about being a Christian is that I don't have to have it all together because I'm loved and pursued by a God who does. I never went searching for Him, but He went searching for me. That's quite an awesome truth!"

With Jefferson's new book, Jesus > Religion, he wants to declare what Jesus had done as opposed to the things one needs to do in order to be in a religion. Jefferson says, "If you think you can 'earn' God, if you think you can just do X, Y and Z to get into heaven, that's pretty much spitting in the face of Jesus and saying your cross isn't necessary. I can do it on my own..." 

With Jefferson's ministry, he wants to be a blessing not only to his generation but everyone else, making Jesus relevant and real to all.

For a copy of Jefferson's book, Jesus > Religion, please visit Crossroads eStore.

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