Just watching some of the posts on this Forum, I have come to the conclusion that one of the worst tendency people seem to have is that they will ISOLATE Bible stories, Passages, and Verses from the rest of the Bible and then come to a decision based on that one scripture, to the neglect of the rest of the Bible. For instance, take a look at just these Bible verses as an example:. Now at first glance, one could read these two verses in ISOLATION and think "well there you have it! I am saved by faith alone and works dont matter! I dont need to keep the Law of God, it has been ABOLISHED: Ephesians 2: 8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9: Not of works, lest any man should boast. But now, let us be reasonable, shall we? WHAT IS SIN? Lets allow the Bible to answer this question... 1Jn:3:4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. SIN by Bible definition, is TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW... What Law? THE TEN COMMANDMENTS! of course. So then are we free now to TRANSGRESS that same Law because we are under grace? Let the Bible instruct you... Rom:6: 1: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2: God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom:6:15: What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Well whats the answer? shall we SIN (break those Ten Commandments, the Law of God)because we are now under grace? and your answer is? Yes________ No________ That is one of the biggest reasons, I think, that Christians fall off the path. People will take each little story, each little Bible verse or passage... Then they will figure out some way to twist that scripture or story to fit their ideas of what they want for it to say. Its EASIER that way to twist things... to isolate parts of the Bible from everything else. But you must look at THE WHOLE THING!! When there are so many other verses that let us know that you must keep the commandments, you must repent of sin... then if you look at those and COMPARE these scriptures with the individual stories, passages and verses, you come away with an entirely different perspective on what the Bible is really saying. Notice the part about COMPARING spiritual things with spiritual things: 1Cor:2:13: Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Just like when we read that "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: Not of works, lest any man should boast" But guess what children of God? Those same Scriptures inspired by the Holy Ghost ALSO ALSO ALSO tell us we are NOT free now to TRANSGRESS THAT LAW!! Thats why people need to stop isolating scriptures and stories and verses... Kind of like this, but only with Bible verses instead of people: Prov:24:6: in multitude of counsellers there is safety. Now I would like for everyone to please take the Poll. Are you a LEGALIST if you keep the Ten Commandment Law of God? Are you a LEGALIST if you tell others they need to keep the Ten Commandment Law of God?