Nov 10, 2012

Confessions of a Legalist

I came across this post by someone who is a 'recovering" legalist and it hit home.  I found it encouraging and right on... and while this post/story is as much for me as anyone, I think it will be a good thing for unsaved or non-believers to read as well.

While our hearts intention is to do good and share the good news, we often times get caught up in the "letter of law" and lose sight and connection with the Spirit of the law.

I thought this was a good read and want to pass it on, share it with those who have dealt with or are dealing with it....and to those who are seeking to understand how a true Christian should be living their lives and representing the life of Christ.

http://www.ptm.org/legalism/legalismConfessions.htm


The Law of Faith is belief that only God is righteous and merciful and that only He can provide the way of salvation for mankind. This plan of salvation from God was actually carried out when God the Son (Jesus) paid the requirements of the law for all on the cross. These who by faith believe God and accept the sacrifice He provided for mankind's sins will be saved. You see, God is interested in saving people who truly trust in Him. God is not interested in having people in His presence who think they got there by their own righteousness through following the letter of the law or by rituals of obedience.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Gal 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Another good read regarding legalism in the Church and how the problems it creates.  This was well written with some good insight as to the repercussions of legalism among Christians and the impact it has on non-believers.

http://maxgrace.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/how-legalism-kills-the-church/

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