In the front of my Bible Doctrine and Practice book I have written some very inspirational saying that help me to differentiate between real faith and legalism. I would like to share them with you now:
Deception is a whole lot of TRUTH with a little bit of LIES sprinkled in.
Watch for it as a watchman watches for an enemy.
“Faith Saves us. NOT WORKS.”
“But the true saving faith of a born-again Christian will always produce works, just a live baby will produce movement.”
“Works is the result of faith. Faith without works is not necessarily dead.”
“By works Abraham was justified in front of men.”
“To be saved by adding works to faith CANCELS out grace.”
“But. After we are saved by grace alone, we will produce works.”
“Legalism denies the Liberty that Christ gives.”
“Legalism denies the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian: producing self-righteousness, anxiety, guilt, slavery to the church authorities, and the destruction of families.”
“Legalism DIVERTS the sinner AWAY from looking to Christ for his salvation.”
“Legalism to the Christian can mean lifelong slavery.”
Some of these thoughts come from the Stoppels, whom I was warned long ago about avoiding by the staff and members of the church. You can find their website by clicking here.
Before you travel there, tell me, do these statements sound false? Well, they did to me less than a year ago.
Thank you for bearing with me as I process all of this. It means a lot that I can share with each of you and whether or not you reply, your shoulder was one I could lean on.