The Hazard of Legalism – Your Day by day Bible Verse

The Hazard of Legalism – Your Day by day Bible Verse

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The danger of legalism
By Joe McKeever

Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said: Why do your disciples go beyond the tradition of the elders? And he answered and said to them, Why do you go beyond God's command for your own sake? Tradition? & # 39; ”(Matthew 15: 1-3).

Historians tell us that the Pharisees, in a way, started well as a resuscitation and called the nation back to allegiance. Eventually, however, her insistence on justice became a code of laws and rules. They turned from encouragers to harassers, from lovers of God to bullies and legalists.

The legalist is someone who says, "I know the gentleman didn't say that, but he would have done it if he thought of it!"

The legalist is smarter than God. He helps the Lord by completing His Word by filling in the gaps in which the Lord has clearly forgotten to say something, to explain something, or to ask for something.

The legalist is driving the rest of God's people crazy. He will forever find rules that we have overlooked, requirements that we have deliberately overlooked, and laws that the rest of us should obey. He insists that his path is the only one and he can play the card that is fairer than you if we don't agree with him.

The legalist claims to love the word more than you. He usually takes a single saying from Scripture and builds an entire system on it. Then he asks everyone else to stick to it. If you refuse, you will not love the Lord, rebel against God, and are not worthy of being a leader or teacher of this church.

Legalism has something that is attractive to many people. It reduces the Christian trust to a list of rules. No more of that "seek me, O God, and recognize my heart; try me and know my fearful thoughts; and see if there is a hurtful path in me ”(Psalm 139: 23-24). No more of it “The Lord's sacrifices are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, oh God, you will not despise ”(Psalm 51:17). They are rules. Laws. Regulations. Requirement. conditions

The Pharisees in Jesus' time were the gold standard of the legalists. But their offspring are numerous, vocal and omnipresent.

In all its manifestations, legalism violates a dozen principles of just discipleship: the sovereignty of Almighty God, the correct interpretation of Scripture, obedience to the Holy Spirit, love for people, the importance of the Gospel message, and many others.

Editor's Note: Part of this prayer comes from Joe McKeever from How Legalism Reveals Christ, Hurts the Gospel, and Destroys People. You can read the full blog post here.


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