Popular religion is selfish, but Christ and self cannot coexist.

Over on QBT, I wrote how a bad habit in nomenclature ignores the horizontal element in singing, toward one’s brethren, in order to focus solely on the vertical element, toward God. This manifestation reinforces the conclusion that popular religion feeds selfishness.

Most Brazilian religious songs, among evangelicals, anyway, speak of the individual, rather than the group. Perhaps, in part, it is a linguistic problem, since the former requires fewer syllables. But it adds evidence to the tendency of selfishness in popular Brazilian religion.

Seeing that what it offers is the health and wealth gospel, how could it be otherwise? Pentecostal tongue-speaking, their primary evidence of salvation, puts the individual front and center.

It’s amazing to see how many songs speak of the happiness of the individual. There is no community in popular religion. The sense and practice of family is absent.

In contrast, the Way calls men and women to the Cross, to die with Christ, to give up self in order to serve and save. Freedom is considered as opportunity to serve others. Blessing is given by God in order that the receiver may bless others. Salvation immediately places the saved in position to save others.

Christ and the self cannot coexist in the same heart. If I am in this only for myself, I have nothing of love and goodness of God.

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