The Guilt of the Shame and Blame Gospel.
The shame and blame gospel of religion and the guilt that it heaps on people is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The shame and blame gospel stems from self-effort and the feeling of unworthiness when our self-effort does not meet the expectations of those who expect expectations from us. The shame and blame gospel is also used as a controlling mechanism to keep the flock in submission to the religious denomination.
Religion's expectations of people and the believing that those expectations are godly, is a controlling mechanism that subjects the people under the influence of religious deception to view the deception as truth. When people excel at meeting religious expectations such as...Sunday-go-meeting attendance...bible reading...prayer discipline...doctrinal agreement...submission to appointed authorities...paying of dues...stand, sit, sing at the leaders whim...participate in the alter call...etc..they are considered good "Christians" in good standing with God and the denomination.
However, the grace gospel of Jesus Christ is not about meeting religious expectations...it is about being in His presence, enjoying Him and atmosphere that His presence brings. He is not looking for expectational performance, He does not have a performance check list that He puts check marks by as you meet religious expectations. He has no expectations for you to meet, He just wants you to spent time relating with Him, communing with Him so the totality of who He is and the atmosphere of His presence can be seen and experienced in the Community of Humanity because His Community of the Redeemed is allowing Him to live His life through them in their living of life daily.
We have been given everything we need, we have the life of Christ within, we have His Spirit as our comforter, counselor and teacher to free us from the expectations of keeping the man-made rules of religion and conforming to their ideals of denominationalism.
God is not looking for us to impress Him, such endeavors are preposterous...there is nothing that we can do for God to be impressed by. But, the more we rest and trust in Him and allow Him to do His work through us and believing that He is All in All and living out lives to that end....that impresses Him because He sees that Jesus is our life by our acknowledging His Lordship and Headship.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light...Cast of the heavy yoke of religion, bring your burdens to the Lord and LEAVE them there.
In the Gospel of Grace...the Jesus Gospel...there is NO SHAME and BLAME and NO GUILT to RETAIN. Instead we LIVE FREE in JESUS CHRIST, because of HIS SACRIFICE!