Thoughts on Faith and Legalism

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.

Until Later,

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Faith and Legalism

    1. Well, I don’t think in there quite yet, but I’m trying! I have been very impressed this week that I need to study study study the scriptures to better understand. I feel like I was always wondering, but never knew that I could take the initiative to know what God personally wants for my life. I always wondered what I was doing wrong and why I couldn’t hear more clearly or better understand the Holy Spirit, but to search it out on my ow was never a thought in my head. It was always crowded out by I need to ask the staff or how could I personally know? Or doubts after I actually received a clear direction. It was bad manners to think for myself without asking another member’s opinion. But, I am finally coming out of that mindset, praise the Lord! As to your question, I have not. I think I’ve heard of Keller, but am not totally for sure. What do they write about? What are some of their works? Thank you for the thoughts, Tony, as always they are valued!

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