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Three things that commonly pass as true religion

3 things that people often mistake for true Christianity, according to Henry Scougal, author of "The Life of God in the Soul of Man":

  1. Intellectual assent. An mental commitment to belief, often to a particular denomination or strain of theology.
  2. Pious activity. Regular church going, or pious and charitable acts.
  3. Emotional response. An fervent, emotionally charged adoration of God in response to the consideration of his goodness.

What's the real deal? A vital principle, the divine life implanted in your soul; the likeness of Christ being formed in you. The things that accompany it (belief, action, love) should not be mistaken for the principle cause - namely new birth; the enlivening presence of the Holy Spirit of God.