THere has been a lot of conversation about legalism here. How about what it is not? Legalism is NOT obeying the law of God as revealed in scripture. It is not legalism to not allow any other God's before the One True God. It is not legalism to oppose idolatry. It is not legalism to remember the sabbath or to refrain from stealing. It is not legalism to be faithful to your spouse. It IS legalism to think that you can keep these fully and earn merit before God. It is also legalism to add to these as moral absolutes, things not mentioned in scripture.