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.”
Does the Bible teach that a woman cannot cut her hair by any length, and that a man cannot have hair longer than a few inches? In our Vague Dogmas series, we identify Christian beliefs that are not grounded in Scriptural truth or are cherry-picked Scriptures misused and clumped together incorrectly to create a vague dogma.
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 […]
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.
Have you ever been told ‘You must Speak in Tongues in order to be saved’? Have you had the same Scriptures shot-gunned at you about the topic, like John 3:8 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “Everyone that is born of the spirit will speak in tongues!” Only problem – that isn’t what Jesus told Nicodemus…
Some say the method of how you are baptized, and the words spoke at your baptism determines whether or not God honors it. Is Baptism like a magic spell that must be incanted perfectly or it will be rejected? Or is it a matter of faith and dependence on Christ? Let’s discover the truth!
Does a Pastor have Apostolic Authority? Does he have the right to demand your obedience to his commands, or is the role of a pastor to command obedience to Christ? The real test is this: Is your loyalty to Christ alone, or are you Loyal to Christ through your Pastor?
Over the weekend I went looking for more books to read. Last week I found the History of Early Christianity and have been enjoying reading through that. This weekend I found the book Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. This is not a mockery of PTSD, or other trauma-related issues, but seemingly a mirror […]
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.