Young Christian Jefferson Bethke has become an Internet sensation after his “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” video gained more than 12 million hits on YouTube in a matter of days.

But his popularity — and his opinion on Christianity — has not come without debate.

In the video, Bethke recites his poem on what he calls “the difference between Jesus and false religion.”

He recently received some constructive criticism from Michigan Pastor Kevin DeYoung, who commended the twenty-something recent graduate for his “passionate faith” and “hatred for anything phony or self-righteous.”

Still, DeYoung warned Bethke to “be more careful when talking about religion” and not overstate God’s grace and forgiveness.

“Religion is all law and no gospel. If that’s religion, then Jesus is certainly against it. But that’s not what religion is,” DeYoung wrote in a blog titled “Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really.”

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