“Religion will kill you.
And religion will make you a judgmental person.
Religion will alienate you from people.
Religion will make God a stranger to you.
If you’re going to be intimate with God it requires time and it requires transparency.
You’ve got to pray some R-rated prayers.
You’ve got to learn to pour out your heart.
You’ve got to quit being so polite.
God doesn’t want you to be polite.
He sent His son to die for you so that you could have intimacy with Him. How dishonoring is it to keep him at arms length and to be respectful but not intimate, when he’s paid such a high price….
He will not and cannot force [intimacy].
He will simply stand at the door and knock.”
-Andy Stanley on “Intimacy with God”
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–Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP-C