What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

In Galatians 3 Paul emphasizes the fact that God's benefits of salvation come by faith, not works. It's an extended argument that Paul had to repeat more than once in his missionary travels. Some Jewish people followed him around and harassed him and tried to refute his teaching of salvation by faith alone in Christ… Continue reading What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

I don't always agree with the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (d. 1855), but he always gets me thinking. For example, I recently read his essay For Self Examination, which has a section on Martin Luther, faith, and works. Although he doesn't use the terms, Kierkegaard was talking about legalism and antinomianism. Here's part of that… Continue reading Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

Legalism Indulges the Sinful Nature (Bridges)

 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.... You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free" (Gal. 5:1; 13 NIV).  One awesome outcome of Christ's death and resurrection is that we are free in Christ.  Now it is true that sometimes Christians flaunt their freedom by bragging about what kind of… Continue reading Legalism Indulges the Sinful Nature (Bridges)

Legalism, Love, and the Law

 One of my favorite shorter articles on Christian ethics is John Murray's contribution simply called, "The Christian Ethic."  At one point in this article he discussed how God's law and love relate in Christian ethics.  He gave three specifics: The primacy of love, the priority in love, and the specific nature of the correlation of… Continue reading Legalism, Love, and the Law

The “Old Filth” of Legalism (Fisher)

 Legalism is one of those things that keeps creeping up in the Christian life and in the Christian church.  For example, some people say that there's a final justification which depends upon our works.  Others talk about justification by faith alone, but then go on to define faith as faithfulness.  Still others have rules for… Continue reading The “Old Filth” of Legalism (Fisher)