At its core, legalism is the belief or doctrines that there are standards, rituals, and performances one must do in order to be accepted by God i.e., Saved. As noted in my previous article, “Forcing the Bible to say what it does not say”, I noted the comments of a person who said, “Grace is only applied (Ephesians 2:8) to an individual after they have performed the ritual seen in Acts 2:38.”
The majority of Christendom is familiar with the term ‘Backsliding’, referencing someone who has moved backward in their relationship with God, rather than forward, closer to God. The term is naturally used negatively, often with scorn to identify someone who ‘walked away from God’ and is always used to pre-judge […]
Does the church belong in your home? Should your pastor setup monitoring systems on your computers and be given rights to check your drawers when he wants to? The abusive system of Oneness Pentecostalism leans that way, and some pastors have demanded that right. You should be warned, that it is a cult.
If you church teaches dress and behavior standards that you must abide by in your own personal life, while not at church, they have made new Laws of salvation. This is legalism at its purest and darkest form.
Is your Christian Walk all about being right, and proving it to other people? Is your mission to connect with people and develop friendships that could turn to witnessing about Christ, or is your purpose to bash enough people with Jesus until one submits and then, and only then, they can be your friend? Do you have to ‘perform’ to gain approval of your elders and leaders? If so, it might not be Christ’ mission you are following.
When you worship and pray, are you being judged on your performance? If so, you also must perform to
Westboro Baptists, Oneness Pentecostals, and many other Christian sects often do not reflect the man they claim to follow, Jesus. In the words of Ghandi, Christians are often unlike Christ. One popular video is called, ‘Lord, save us from your followers’. Why is this? Should Christians feel justified in being judgmental and rude for the sake of their ‘Gospel’?
Are you trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross for your redemption, or the self work of sacraments, ordinances, laws, formulas and rituals to get and stay saved? Does your pastor demand obedience to His Commandments, or only Christ’ commandments? Paul tells us exactly what we should trust in in the Book of Galatians.
There is that word again! Legalism. Give it a rest will you? Nope. It’s just too important. Probably as important as Christian Liberalism – anything goes – no holds barred. But since I was freed from legalism, I write a lot about it. Being free of Legalism is being grounded in […]
It seems that the most common phrase of religious abusers, and those who are bought in to the abusive system, attacking someone who questions their system, is “You are just bitter”. This defense mechanism holds to weight of fact, evidence or Scripture. Ignore it.