I saw this on another thread and thought that it needed adressing. The term "legalist" has been misused so much that no one remembers the original description of the term. A legalist believes that a person can not be saved by grace alone...that other things must be done in order to be saved as in Acts 15:1. A legalist adds to grace. Fundamental Baptists are not legalistic, because Fundamental Baptists believe in salvation by faith alone. Having stict standards is not the same as being a legalist. It's one of those words, that because it's been used in the wrong context repeatedively has taken on another meaning. The fact is, calling a person or group of people who believe in salvation by faith alone a legalist based on them having stricter standards than another person or group of people who believe in salvation by faith alone is an incorrect use of the term. To call for an example a Catholic person who believes that a person has to do something in adition to believing in Jesus Christ's sacrificial gift to be saved, would be a better use of the word. But, I have never heard a Catholic called a legalist. Or any other religion that believes that salvation by faith alone is inadequate. Some Baptists believe in strict standards, but they never at any time believe that a person has to adhere to these standards to be saved. Therefor the use of this term, is wrong.