Death to the Legalist (in Me)!!

  "Through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God" (Gal. 2:19 NASB).  "If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law" (Gal. 5:18 NASB).  In Reformed theology, these words are taken to mean that the believer is not under the law as a covenant… Continue reading Death to the Legalist (in Me)!!

Legalism: A Complex and Deadly Spiritual Disease

Legalism is not a rare thing in Christian circles.  It's not confined to a certain denomination, age, gender, race, or class.  Legalism is not rare because it's the default mode of the sinful human heart.  Thomas Boston said it is "engrained in man's corrupt nature."  From one angle, then, we could even say that legalism… Continue reading Legalism: A Complex and Deadly Spiritual Disease

A Low View of the Law Brings Legalism (Machen)

I really appreciate J. G. Machen's discussion of the law in chapter four of What is Faith?  The first line is especially insightful: "So it always is: a low view of law always brings legalism in religion; a high view of law makes a man a seeker after grace.  Pray [to] God that the high… Continue reading A Low View of the Law Brings Legalism (Machen)

Letting The Law In The Back Door of Justification

When it comes to religion, humans are wired with law.  Since Adam broke the covenant of works in the garden, people have always attempted to please God (or god/gods) by doing something for him.  The law that says ‘do this and live’ is part of human DNA.  This is why it is so hard for… Continue reading Letting The Law In The Back Door of Justification

Misunderstanding the Law: Antinomianism and Legalism

In, The Christian Faith, Mike Horton has some helpful notes that help steer Christians clear of both antinomianism and legalism.  Here are a few parts of a longer section: In many respects, antinomianism and legalism share the same misunderstandings of the law.  Like human laws, God’s laws are not abstract principles for living but are… Continue reading Misunderstanding the Law: Antinomianism and Legalism