Christ set us free from "self-made religion." We didn't have time to go into this in the sermon yesterday on Colossians 2:16-23, but I thought some of you would find this helpful. How do you recognize controlling, rule-based, unhealthy Christianity that is very common in blogs, conferences, books, and churches? Here are a few thoughts: 
- Doesn’t Center the Christian Life We are Called to Live on the Life of Jesus
- Certainty about Minor Matters
- Us vs. Them Mentality (either Church vs. World or Our Church vs. Those Churches)
- Either/Or Thinking
- Shifting Rules (often one set for you, one set for them or changing the rules for you because the goal is control)
- Catering to Fear (a symptom that there is little love present, as love casts out fear)