Legalism in any generation is a deadly, life and death error. You have legalism in play when anybody deviates from the core Gospel principle of salvation by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone, teaching that to faith we must add certain works in order to be saved (like the Judaizers did – Acts 15.1ff) Any time people anywhere ground our salvation in whole or in part on some kind of merit or human performance, that is legalism. That heresy the Apostle Paul himself anathematizes in his epistle to churches of Galatia. The form of legalism the apostle combats in this epistle was strictly Jewish in flavor. These Judaizers insisted that in order to be saved, one must be circumcised and observe the law of Moses. Therefore his rebuttal of it is naturally from that point of view. Still, when you peel away the strictly Jewish components, we have an argument in its timeless principles that exposes the folly and fatality of legalism in any form. It is one thing to say that in faith we obey the moral law of God because we have been saved; it is a whole different animal to say we must keep the law of God in order to be saved. Today there are many folk who will make up their own conditions for salvation other than by grace through faith. The same anathema still applies, let it be understood.
In reading biblical historical narratives many readers may be ignorant of the fact that always the protagonist (or main Actor) in them is God, not the human characters so prominently featured in their pages. Always remember that the Scriptures represent not just the one authoritative written revelation from God, but the Bible also represents the […]
In church history, our day is not unique in terms of the ever-present peril of false teachers and false teachings. However in this digital age with 1001 sources of information or disinformation, believers are more easily than ever exposed to heresy parading under the banner of “Christian ministry.” Combine that accessibility with massive biblical illiteracy […]
The Book of Revelation is a favorite Bible study for all those who look forward to our Lord’s return and the events surrounding it on all sides. Because of its literary genre (apocalyptic – rich in symbolism, some of it internally interpreted, much not) the book contains some mystery and tons of fascination for students […]