Sunday, September 30, 2018

Legalism Exists In Different Forms

  • Resorting to the keeping of the Law as a means of obtaining fellowship with God (Romans 3:27-28; Galatians 2:16).
  • Adhering to the letter, not the spirit, of the Law (Matthew 5:18-20):
          -The incidents of the Scribes and Pharisees confronting the apostles for plucking heads of grain and Jesus healing a crippled man in a synagogue on the Sabbath illustrates this point (Mark 2:23-3:6).
  • Imposing arbitrary, extra-biblical human laws in addition to or in disregard for what the Word of God says:
          -The Scribes and Pharisees exploited the youth by rewarding disobedience (i.e. giving sums of money to them instead of the parents) which stood in violation of the commandment of God regarding honoring the parents (Matthew 15:3-9).
          -The Scribes and Pharisees were hypocrites regarding the value of the temple verses gold and placed a higher emphasis on tithing (external appearance so as to receive praise from outsiders) than matters of the Law (Matthew 23:16-24).
  • Imposing obsolete, Old Testament requirements on other Christians (Hebrews 8:13):
          -Romans 14:1-23 is a discussion as to how we should interact with other believers on secondary issues.

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