A Grave Misconception
At this point in our study, I feel that it is necessary to make a practical application of what we have been studying. We have talked a lot about works, obedience and doing our duty. These are all in the Bible. Yet, what you mostly hear in the modern pagan churches of today is the concept of "relationship".
This is how you will most often come across this concept. "Oh, obedience is fine, but before we can be obedient, we must develop a relationship with Jesus." Or, "Keeping the Ten Commandments is fine, but before we can do that, we must have a relationship with Jesus." Or, "Only through Jesus can we keep the Ten Commandments, therefore we must first develop a relationship with Him in order to keep them." Or, "We keep the Commandments because we are saved, not to be saved."