Legalism

wtb on October 22nd, 2015

\\\ Trigger Warning \\\ The New Testament (NT) documents can’t be treated as entirely normative for the present-day church … “Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch” from The Bible and Its Story by Charles Horne and Julius Brewer, public domain

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wtb on September 5th, 2015

Once upon a time, a husband and wife decided to solve their marriage problems by writing out a list of rules each would keep as a way of improving their relationship.

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wtb on November 20th, 2011

Do a Google search on the phrase “is not a Christian” and two criteria will compete for first place in denying people a Christian identity.

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Deaver does a great job on a narrow topic for a narrow constituency.

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wtb on May 27th, 2010

A take-off on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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wtb on September 9th, 2009

The Book of James alludes to an ancient philosophical concept everyone should work to understand.

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wtb on December 8th, 2008

Simone Weil described the human desire for order as like the preoccupations of a night traveler who must think constantly about the path ahead.

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wtb on December 7th, 2008

People are created for community.

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wtb on June 11th, 2006

Popular attitudes toward the Mosaic Law among Christians are largely negative. The Law is seen as being synonymous with “works.” It is the ground of legalism. It stands in opposition to grace and faith. No wonder Jesus came to destroy it.

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wtb on June 16th, 2002

Law can be a blessing and means of grace. A country may be wealthy in terms of natural resources, but it will be a land of deepest poverty without good laws widely obeyed. Law can, however, come to be an “embodiment of estrangement.”

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wtb on June 9th, 2002

Someone has said that sin is a turning away from God– evil is the distance traveled. In Romans, Paul views turning away from God as a principle (law) whose modus operandi is the use of good things for purposes distant (evil) in terms of God’s intentions. A good example of the “sin principle” is its […]

Continue reading about Legalism Part 5 (Torah Psalms)

wtb on June 2nd, 2002

A sacrament is a point where the divine and the mundane intersect– but is that really possible? How you answer that question will radically shape your understanding of legalism.

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wtb on May 26th, 2002

But when is legalism not really legalism?

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wtb on May 19th, 2002

The essence of legalism is misplaced trust in law-keeping as the basis for one’s standing before God.

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wtb on May 12th, 2002

Legalism is particularly seductive in an age of lawlessness.

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