The clergy is always asking us to do more. Christianity will often become more and more rules till you can’t turn around.
A lot of times these type of sermons put burdens on Christians as another “thing” they are expected to do. However it is my experience that “what you need to do” is to trust Christ to live his life out of yours. This puts the pressure to produce fruit on the vine and not on the branch. Getting all you need by trusting Christ alone. We are only compelled by God to love him and others, Which is the whole “law”. By trusting Christ we are put into love. By loving we do all we are called to do.
23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.<a title=" Greek and the Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses.
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Isaiah 28 AMP
10For it is [His prophets repeating over and over]: precept upon precept, precept upon precept, rule upon rule, rule upon rule; here a little, there a little.
11No, but [the Lord will teach the rebels in a more humiliating way] by men with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people [says Isaiah, and teach them His lessons].
12To these [complaining Jews the Lord] had said, This is the true rest [the way to true comfort and happiness] that you shall give to the weary, and, This is the [true] refreshing–yet they would not listen [to His teaching].
13Therefore the word of the Lord will be to them [merely monotonous repeatings of]: precept upon precept, precept upon precept, rule upon rule, rule upon rule; here a little, there a little–that they may go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and taken.
Jesus still calls. “Come unto me and I will give you rest.”