Rules or Relationships, but Not Both — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Culture of Honor”

“There’s no life in the rules. You can be amazingly obedient to the rules but not manifest the life of the Kingdom because there’s no life in the rules… Generation after generation in the Church has lived life attempting to protect a relationship to the rulebook. You can say you’re not all day long. What happens when somebody breaks the rules? That is your barometer. What happens when somebody violates what you’re living to protect? That’s where it’s going to show up. That’s your feedback right there. What happens when Johnny brings you an F on his report card? Your ‘Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’ response is evidence of how important the rules are to you… When we panic in the presence of sin, it is evidence of how important the rules are to us.”

“Scripture is clear that we have two options—we can choose either to protect the rules and create a religious culture, or to protect our relationships and create a culture of love. And only one of these options is the covenant that Christ died to make with us.”

— Danny Silk, “Culture of Honor”, Kindle location 1022-1044

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2 thoughts on “Rules or Relationships, but Not Both — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Culture of Honor”

    1. Tim Thomas Post author

      He doesn’t, but I’m guess he was thinking of how Moses could approach God and speak with him face to face (Exodus 33). And for David, how David wore an ephod and took on some of the roles of a priest when the ark was being brought into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). Not to mention how he didn’t punish David with death for adultery and murder; or for taking the shewbread when he was fleeing from Saul.

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