Whenever religion becomes leverage, it ceases to be the religion of Jesus. The gospel of God’s grace takes away the leverage. Why? Because if I am forgiven without condition, you cannot make me feel guilty. If God loves me, you can’t manipulate me by threatening to take away your love. If God knows my secrets and doesn’t condemn me, then you can’t use my secrets as blackmail. If you have power and threaten to use it against me and I don’t care, then your power ceases to be real power. Is there freedom in that? You tell me.
A Scandalous Freedom, by Steve Brown