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What legalism is NOT.

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Dale-c, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Dale-c

    Dale-c Active Member

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    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.
     
  2. Dale-c

    Dale-c Active Member

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    Another thing that is NOT legalism is refraining from something lawful for personal reasons.
    It is not legalism to abstain from alcohol. It is legalism to require stronger Christians to live to your standards.

    It is not legalism to avoid TV and the internet to avoid the temptations thereof. It is legalism to insist that others follow suit.
     
  3. matt wade

    matt wade Well-Known Member

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    I like the implication that stronger Christians can hold their liquor. :laugh:
     
  4. Johnv

    Johnv New Member

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    Yes, yes, you've got it right. It is NOT legalism to, for example, abstain from alcohol. It IS legalism to require everyone else to abstain from alcohol, and/or to make a judgement of salvation or righteousness upon them based on whether or not they consume alcohol.
     
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    It is not legalism to expect Christians to LOVE ONE ANOTHER even if we don't agree with their stances or standards!
     
  6. Dale-c

    Dale-c Active Member

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    lol.

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    it si legalism when you start putting people donw telling them they don't love God, aren't earning His grace, or aren't reverenceing Him if you don't so what they do.


    what he said
     
  8. Dale-c

    Dale-c Active Member

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    It is also NOT legalism to make a truth claim that is binding on all people.

    To say that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and all others who believe in other Gods and other ways are not saved is NOT legalism.

    TO say that the Bible claims a certain doctrine or law that is clearly taught in scripture and is morally binding on all people is not legalism.

    To say that God's law is morally binding on all people is not legalism.
     
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