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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word

January 13, 2012

Check out this video…it is powerful…6.5 million views


4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2012 10:53 am

    Yeah, I saw this video when someone posted it on Facebook. There was a lot of comments about how they do not think that he has sound doctrine.

  2. January 16, 2012 1:25 pm

    Yes, I’ve heard both praises and criticisms of the video.
    I really appreciate this guy’s testimony, as well as his desire to make Jesus known.
    However, I did find this article really helpful in understanding Jesus’ hate (or lack there of) for religion.

  3. eastwoodtulsa permalink*
    January 16, 2012 2:27 pm

    I read a lot of fantastic responses the now-famous “I love Jesus, but I hate religion” video. But I must say, my favorite response of the week came from Bethke himself. In an email exchange with Kevin DeYoung, Bethke responded to DeYoung’s criticism with this:

    “I just wanted to say I really appreciate your article man. It hit me hard. I’ll even be honest and say I agree 100%. God has been working with me in the last 6 months on loving Jesus AND loving his church. For the first few years of walking with Jesus (started in ’08) I had a warped/poor paradigm of the church and it didn’t build up, unify, or glorify His wife (the Bride). If I can be brutally honest I didn’t think this video would get much over a couple thousand views maybe, and because of that, my points/theology wasn’t as air-tight as I would’ve liked. If I redid the video tomorrow, I’d keep the overall message, but would articulate, elaborate, and expand on the parts where my words and delivery were chosen poorly… My prayer is my generation would represent Christ faithfully and not swing to the other spectrum….thankful for your words and more importantly thankful for your tone and fatherly like grace on me as my elder. Humbled. Blessed. Thankful for painful growth.”

    A guy who can respond to criticism with that much openness and that much humility gets nothing but respect from me.

  4. January 25, 2012 10:40 am

    A cool look into the why this video was made.
    A CBS News interview with Bethke:

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