Christianity is not a religion; it is the proclamation of the end of religion. Religion is a human activity dedicated to the job of reconciling God to humanity and humanity to itself. The gospel, however -- the good news of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ -- is the astonishing announcement that God has done the whole work of reconciliation without a scrap of human assistance. (Robert Farrar Capon)
The empty wisdom of human religion proclaims, "What goes around comes around. God helps those who help themselves. You get what you pay for" -- but these are lies that lead only to bondage and despair. The gospel of grace speaks an entirely different word, a word that's filled with paradox and mystery. By God's grace, we get what someone else paid for. By grace, God helps those who not only can't help themselves, they don't even want to. By grace, what goes around stops at the foot of the cross, never to come around again.
PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace (Zondervan, 2014, p. 16-17).